The 20 Questions Book Tag!

20 questions book tag

I’ve had my nose to the grindstone all week working on The Brides of Blooming Grove Book 2 and school work, so I thought it would be fun to keep going with the get to know me style tags. This one’s about my reading preferences, but the last one I did was all about me!

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How many books are too many in a series?

That’s a tough question because it really depends on the series and genre. If I had to pick I would probably say trilogies are the sweet spot. Just enough without overdoing and stretching the story line. There are always exceptions to the rule though, like Harry Potter and Bloody Jack.

How do you feel about cliff hangers?

I actually don’t mind them because 9.9 times out of 10, I’m reading the book so late that the next book in the series is already out. In the off chance that I have to wait for the next book in the series they help keep me interested. As an author I’m a HUGE HUGE fan of  having mini-cliff hangers at the end of each chapter so the reader wants to keep going!

Hardcover or paperback?

Either works for me. With the rare exception, I always buy paperbacks when I’m buying brand new books because they’re so much cheaper, but if I’m buying a box set or buying used I’ll just take whatever’s available. Big floppy paperbacks are the best!

Favorite book?

I could never narrow it down to just one! My *most recent* favorite book is Six of Crows, though. 

Least favorite book?

There aren’t any books that I particularly despise, but *most recently* I was pretty disappointed in Daughters of the War.

Love Triangles: Yes or no?

I definitely don’t seek love triangles out, but I usually don’t mind them if they pop up in a book I’m reading.

What’s the most recent book you couldn’t finish?

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz. I can’t remember the last time I DNF’ed a book because I’m pretty honed in to my reading tastes but I only got through the first ten pages.

What are you currently reading?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, A Woman of War by Mandy Robotham, and The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman. I’m in a reading slump right now and far more interested in watching TV than reading on my down time so progress is slow.

What’s the last book you recommended someone?

Six of Crows!

What’s the oldest book you’ve read?

According to Goodreads it’s the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (published in 1791), but I’ve read a TON of Shakespeare and classic literature that I’ve obviously forgotten to add to Goodreads. I want to say that Canterbury Tales is the oldest thing I’ve read.

What’s the newest book you’ve read?

A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews published on November 13, 2018.

Who’s your favorite author?

If I had to narrow it down to one I’d probably say Janette Oke, but I could name plenty of runner-ups!

Would you rather buy or borrow books?

Well, based on the astronomical number of books sitting on my shelf, I’d say buy. As I work through reading a chunk of the books on my shelf this year (thanks, Beat the Backlist!) I’m going to work on paring down my collection and transitioning over to borrowing more than buying. That’s the plan, anyway.

Is there a book you dislike that everyone else seems to enjoy?

The Maze Runner series for sure. I read it when I was a teenager and dystopian trilogies were being published left and right and it just didn’t entertain me the way the other series did. Maybe I was just burnt out on dystopians!

Do you prefer bookmarks or dog ears? 

I shouldn’t even justify this question with an answer. Bookmarks ALWAYS.

What’s a book you could always reread?

The Slow Burn series by Maya Banks, Harry Potter, anything by Janette Oke but especially the Love Comes Softly series, the Beautiful series by Jamie McGuire…. I could keep going forever.

Can you read while listening to music?

Only if it’s instrumental! I have a hard time focusing if the music has lyrics. Plus, my reading time is pretty exclusively right before I go to bed these days which means my brain is already done for so the less focus required to read the better!

Do you prefer one POV or multiples?

I’d say multiples, both as a reader and an author, as long as they’re done well. Two is my sweet spot but some authors (lookin’ at you, George R. R. Martin) can do a billion and make it work.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

It depends on how much time I have and how into the book I am, but I usually go for multiple days. 

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Let me know if you’ve done the 20 questions tag so I can get to know you too!

Harry Potter Christmas Book Tag

Harry-Potter-Christmas-Book-Tag-1.jpgThe holidays have sucked away all of my time (and desire) to read or write, so another book tag it is! I like doing book tags anyways, and the Christmas tags are super festive and fun. I saw this tag over at Pages and Pugs, but it was created by Charleigh Writes!


It’s your first Christmas at Hogwarts. What’s one book you’ve asked for this year?

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I always give my parents a long list of books so they can pick out two or three that they know I want and so I can still be surprised on Christmas morning because I don’t know which books they’ll pick. This year The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein was one of those books!

You spot Hagrid hauling the Christmas tree through the grounds. What is the longest (or heaviest!) book you own?

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One of the longest (if not the longest) book I own is London by Edwards Rutherfurd at 1152 pages.

It’s time for the famous Great Hall feast. What’s one book you can’t read without snacks?

I actually don’t like to eat while I read. I might have a soda or a glass of water close by, but I hate getting crumbs and stains in my books!

Well done, you’ve brewed your first Polyjuice potion. What’s one book you’d change the cover of?

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I love the Slow Burn series by Maya Banks but the covers are all so plain!

You receive a brand new Firebolt for Christmas. What’s one book you read super quickly?

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I couldn’t put Daughter of the Pirate King down. I read it in about two sittings and immediately ordered the sequel!

You join Harry for his first proper Christmas. What’s one book you’d love to receive this year?

This is basically the same as the first question, so I’ll go with The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein again!

You get hit by one of Fred and George’s flying snowballs. What’s a book you wanted to throw across the room?

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I know this is a fairly unpopular opinion, but I wasn’t a fan of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

You’ve just visted Hogsmeade for the first time. What’s one popular book you haven’t read yet?

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There are S.O. M.A.N.Y popular books I haven’t gotten around to yet, but I think the Grisha Verse series takes the cake. I’m just now reading Six of Crows and loving it, so I know I’ll pick this series up soon.

Congraulations, you’ve been invited to the Yule Ball. What book about Christmas do you love?

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A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews was my favorite Christmas read so far this year!

You find Ron’s deluminator. What’s one book that’s helped you through some dark times?

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I know it’s a Harry Potter tag and it’s not an original answer, but no other book series has impacted my life the same way, so I’m picking it!


What’s your favorite Harry Potter Christmas moment?

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Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Another Christmas tag! Woohoo! I saw this one over at KarisBooks.


Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release are you most anticipating?

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi sounds really interesting and is set to come out in 2019.

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author’s praises can you not help but sing?

Nicholas Sparks was the first person that came to mind. The man is a literary powerhouse, cranking out bestseller after bestseller, and every book of his I’ve read was moving and extremely entertaining! Plus, his books are all set in NC which is pretty neat for me, being an NC native and all.

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

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I’m taking the easy way out here and siding with Karis, definitely Harry Potter. Since Harry Potter is kind of unbeatable when it comes to world building (and let’s face it – pretty much anything else) I’ll give a backup and say the All Soul’s Trilogy.

A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read

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There are a lot of classics I still want to read! Murder on the Orient Express, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Jane Eyre are at the top of the list.

Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

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Whiskey in a Teacup is one of the many books I’d love to get for Christmas this year.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

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A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews was the most recent to give me the warm fuzzies. I loved it!

Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

I could easily pick A Holiday by Gaslight for this one again, but another cover that’s recently caught my attention is The Gallery. SO. PRETTY.

Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas and/or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I love everything about Christmas. From the gift giving (and getting) to wrapping gifts to trimming  the tree to the special movies and music, it’s all amazing!


What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?

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Dashing Through The Snow Book Tag

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Christmas is by far my favorite time of year (if you couldn’t tell already), and I’m READY for all the holiday themed posts. Bring ’em on! I saw this post at Dee Reads Things.


1. Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree

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For the last three years my parents have gotten me the latest illustrated Harry Potter book, but Goblet of Fire isn’t coming out until next year. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi has been on my to-buy list for foreverrrrr and Barnes and Noble had signed copies on Black Friday, so fingers crossed it’ll be under my tree!

2. A book you’ll be reading during the Christmas Season

I’ve already read two Christmas books this year (reviews here and here), but I plan on picking up at least two more: The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett and Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva.

3. Favourite Christmas Movie

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If I absolutely had to pick favorites, I would go for the animated A Christmas Carol, White Christmas, and the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I like pretty much any Christmas movie that crosses my path though, especially the old claymations and the occasional cheesy Hallmark movie (I just watched A Christmas Prince on Netflix! So. Good.).

4. Do you like snow?

YES. A thousand times yes. I love the snow and any other form of winter weather with all my heart. I know there are plenty of people mocking me from the other side of the computer screen right now, but snow is a novelty in North Carolina and I’ll take every flake I can get.

5. Name a character you you would like to spend your Christmas day with

To pick from a book I read this year (and avoid a Harry Potter answer), probably Matthew Clairmont from the All Soul’s Trilogy.

6. To give or to receive?

The older I get the more I like to give gifts. It’s so fun to pick out (or in my case – make) something special for someone and watch them open it! The anticipation is worse than waiting for your own gifts!

7. What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

I try so hard to avoid Harry Potter answers when I do book tags because I don’t want to take the easy way out, but I gotta go with the Weasely’s Burrow on this one.

8. Fondest Christmas memory?

All of my Christmas memories are fond! It’s by far my favorite time of the year.

9. Can you say Christmas tree ten times FAST  in a row (pronouncing it correctly!)

Yes!


Do you like snow? Is there already snow where you live?

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Get To Know Me Tag!

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Since this website is still relatively new I thought it would be fun to make a few posts to introduce myself in a little more depth than I have before. This tag is more about my personal life than books, but I have a few bookish get to know me type tags up my sleeve for the near future!


Vital Stats

Name: Sarah

Nicknames: I don’t really have any. It’s hard to come up with a nickname for Sarah.

Birthday: May 30th

Star Sign: Gemini

Occupation: Graduate student and historical interpreter


Appearance

Hair color: Dirty blonde

Hair length: A couple of inches below my shoulder. That’s actually really short for me! I’ve kept my hair long as far back as I can remember.

Eye color: Blue

Best feature: Probably my hair?

Braces: Nope! I was one of the lucky few that didn’t need ’em.

PiercingsJust normal earlobe piercings (which I didn’t get until I was 20)

Tattoos: None, but one day I might get something super, super small.

Right or left: I’m a lefty!


Firsts

Holiday: I just had a very American moment where I had to go read someone else’s answer to this question to realize holiday meant vacation here and not, like, Christmas. Anyways, my dad owned a pretty demanding business for most of my childhood so we’d just hit the beach for 4 or 5 days and stay at a campground. The only time I’ve been more than a few hours from home was when I went to D.C. in the 11th grade. So maybe that was my first real holiday?

Best Friend: So this is kind of weird but all I can remember is that I had a best friend named Amena in the first grade who was from Pakistan. She was my best friend when 9/11 happened and I remember my mom being worried for her family but obviously I didn’t know why at the time. Other than that I had a few best friends in elementary school that I’m still in touch with today.

Award: A medal for the mini-olympics at my gymnastics gym. I started when I was 3!

Sport: Gymnastics (see above lol)

Concert: The Zac Brown Band


Favorites

TV shows: I like SO MANY TV SHOWS. So instead of agonizing over picking one, I’ll just list all of them that I can think of: The Office, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Little House on the Prairie, Frontier, The Punisher, Sons of Anarchy, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, Army Wives, M*A*S*H, Avatar the Last Airbender and Legends of Korra, Rick and Morty, Peaky Blinders, and Shameless but THERE ARE SO. MANY. MORE.

Color: Aqua, but I really like that dusty purple-y lilac color, emerald green, and sapphire blue too.

Song: At the moment, The Night We Met by Lord Huron, Sunflower by Post Malone, and Trip by Ella Mai

RestaurantI don’t think I have a favorite restaurant

Shop: This is the lamest answer ever but I really like Amazon and Target.

Books: Little House on the Prairie (and anything that has to do with it), Harry Potter (and anything that has to do with it), Code Name Verity, the Love Comes Softly series, Longbourn’s Songbird, anything Nicholas Sparks, and again, SO. MANY. MORE.

Shoes: Preferably none. If that isn’t an option, definitely flip flops.


Currently

Feeling: Sleepy!

Single or Taken: Single!

Eating: Popcorn and a Dr. Pepper

Thinking About: The gingerbread house I’m building once I’m done with this post and alllllll the Christmas gifts I still need to make.

Watching: Frontier season 3

Wearing: Pajama shorts and a tank top, but I’m under a heated blanket lol


Future

Want Children: Maybe someday. I’m really drawn to the idea of adoption but I’d be open to having some of my own.

Want to be married: Someday, if the right person comes along.

Careers in mind: I’d like to eventually get to the point where I can support myself with my writing, but I’d also like to stay involved with historical interpretation and education.

Where you want to live: I love living in North Carolina and I honestly wouldn’t mind staying here for the rest of my life. I would like to move closer to the beach though!


Do You Believe In…

God: Yes. I would identify as a Christian if I had to put my religion in a box but I’m pretty open minded about other beliefs.

Miracles: Yes!

Love at first sight: Not really. Maybe a strong infatuation that can quickly grow into love.

Ghosts: Yes!

Aliens: Yes! It seems pretty ridiculous to assume that we’re the only living beings in the universe.

Soul Mates: Yes, both romantic and platonic.

Heaven: Yes!

Hell: Yes!

Yourself: Of course, but just like everyone else I have my less-confident days.


Let me know if you’ve done this tag so I can get to know you too!

Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Halloween Creatures Book Tag

This is a super popular tag right now, but the last place that I saw it was at Modern Witch’s Bookshelf!

Witch: a magical character or book

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The All Souls trilogy and Harry Potter series are both super magical and *bonus* they both feature witches!

Werewolf: The perfect book to read at night

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I do almost all of my reading at night lately, so any book would do. My favorite type of book to read at night is cozy historical fiction, especially if I’m reading by candle light. It makes it feel more authentic!

Frankenstein: A book that truly shocked you

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I’m pretty good at guessing what’s going to happen in books, but I remember being completely thrown off a few times in One Thousand White Women.

The Devil: A dark or evil character

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Am I allowed to say Hitler or is that cheating?

Grim Reaper: A character that never should have died

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I hate answering questions like this because I don’t want someone to get mad at me for spoiling, so I’m going to default to my classic pick-a-book-where-no-one-is-safe strategy.

Zombie: A book that made you hungry for more

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I was halfway through this book when I paused to order the sequel. It was so good!

Gargoyle: A character that you would protect at all cost

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Soooooo I’m one of the 12 people left on the planet that hasn’t read Six of Crows, but I finally started it and I can already tell that Kaz Brekker is going to be one of my favorite characters ever. I’m only about 20% of the way in but I’m loving it (and him) so much!

Vampire: A book that sucked the life out of you

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Between Shades of Gray is one of the most impactful books I’ve read, but also incredibly draining.

Ghost: A book that still haunts you

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The way the story is told, the way the story ends, the twists and turns…. everything about Code Name Verity still haunts me.

Demon: A book that really scared you

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I don’t really read horror (excluding the stack of Stephen King books on my shelf I’ve yet to touch), and I don’t scare easy, so I don’t have great answer for this one. Daughters Unto Devils was pretty spooky but it didn’t necessarily scare me.

Skeleton: A character you have a bone to pick with

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This was a 5 star read for me, but I still have a bone to pick with Will Traynor.

Mummy: A book you would preserve throughout time

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I’m going for the easy answer and saying Harry Potter.

Creepy Doll: A cover too scary to look at

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What’s your favorite halloween creature?

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