The Book Courtship Book Tag!

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This tag was created by Hi I Love Books.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought it would be fun to do a cutesy, romance-y all around Valentine’s Day approved book tag. This one won out because it’s less about romance books and more about the 9 stages of a courtship, so it’s super easy for readers of all genres to participate.

Phase 1: Initial Attraction
A book you bought because of the cover

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Believe it or not, I’ve never bought a book solely based on the cover. I mean, I’ve wanted to, but who’s got the money for that? The Cover of Gunslinger Girl did catch my attention though and after reading the description I bought it!

 

 

 


PHASE 2: FIRST IMPRESSIONS
A Book You Got Because of its summary

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi isn’t something I would naturally gravitate towards, but when I read the summery I was hooked. It didn’t hurt that I’d seen it called a sophisticated Avatar the Last Airbender filled with African folklore. Hopefully I’ll have time to read it soon and see if that’s true!

 

 

 


Phase 3: Sweet Talk
A Book with great writing

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein has indescribably good writing. I can’t put into words how much I love this book (although I’ll try to later this year when I reread it). Every word Wein writes is gold.

 

 

 

 


PHASE 4: FIRST DATE
THE FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES THAT MADE YOU
WANT TO READ THE REST

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The Next Always by Nora Roberts is the first book of the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy. I borrowed these books at the insistence of a friend, fully expecting to give them back unread a month later. Turns out, I absolutely loveddd this book. I read the next two back to back and then bought them all!

 

 

 


PHASE 5: LATE NIGHT PHONE CALLS
A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP ALL NIGHT

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Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern is told entirely through emails, letters, IMs, texts, etc. which made it soooo hard for me to put down. It was super engaging and creative, and I remember staying up half the night to finish this because I needed to know how everything wrapped up.

 

 


PHASE 6: ALWAYS ON MY MIND
A BOOK YOU COULD NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT

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This is my obligatory Harry Potter answer. When I finished Deathly Hallows I couldn’t get it off my mind and I wanted more!

 

 

 

 


PHASE 7: GETTING PHYSICAL
A BOOK THAT FEELS AMAZING

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I have what I call the ‘big floppy’ paperback box set of the Song of Ice and Fire series and I absolutely love the way the book feels. If it’s a book over 600 pages, the big floppy edition is the only way to go.

 

 

 


PHASE 8: MEETING THE PARENTS
A BOOK YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO
YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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This is a tricky question to answer because I recommend books to my family and friends all the time. I actually just sent an entire email’s worth of book recommendations to a friend last night, but the latest book I’ve actually put in someone’s hands in Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.

 

 


PHASE 9: THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE
A BOOK OR SERIES YOU KNOW YOU WILL RE-READ
MANY TIMES IN THE FUTURE

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I haven’t even read all of the books in this series yet, but something about Beautiful Disaster calls me back over and over. I’ve already reread it once and I’m honestly ready to pick it back up for a third time. 

 

 




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What book are you currently in love with?

 

Bare Your Bookshelf Book Tag

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Since I finally cataloged my books last year and now I’m trying to read through some of them with Beat the Backlist, it’s only right that I bare my bookshelf! This tag was originally posted on PaperFury and I last saw it at Tomes with Tea.


Book you own but haven’t read yet

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This made me laugh out loud. I have about 300 books I haven’t read yet, so I’ll list some of the most pressing reads: Crooked Kingdom, Every Breath, Caraval, The Night Circus, Witches, and Children of Blood and Bone.

BOOKS YOUR FRIENDS LOVE

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A good friend absolutely loved the the Inn Boonsboro trilogy and brought all three for me to borrow. I fell in love with them too, so much so that I had to buy them! It’s been a couple of years now so I’m ready for a reread.

BOOKS BY AN AUTHOR YOU LOVE

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The Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke. She’s my absolute favorite writer and one day I’d love to own every book she’s ever written – I have 18 of them so far.

Book at the bottom of the TBR

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I don’t really rank my books because I am the textbook definition of a mood reader. I guess something that I won’t be picking up anytime soon is the Song of Ice and Fire series because I’m currently watching the TV show.

Book with color in the title

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Between Shades of Gray (recently renamed Ashes in the Snow) by Ruta Sepetys, Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein, and Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Book set somewhere you’d like to visit

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I’d love to visit the UK someday!

Most collected author

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My most collected author is actually Janette Oke at 18 books, but since I already talked about my massive Janette Oke collection a close second is Nicholas Sparks at 15.

Mismatched series

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The Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer is probably the most noticeable mismatched series I have. The first three books are the original cover and short, the next five are the updated covers and tall, and I still have four more to buy!

Book you love but don’t remember well

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When this book came out I was SO. EXCITED. Alternate history where women are drafted and fighting in WWII? Yes, please. I read it in 2016 and never got a chance to buy the sequel so I can hardly remember what actually happened. It’s on my reread list for Beat the Backlist.

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I’ve got a lot of reading ahead of me! What’s on your bookshelf?

The 20 Questions Book Tag!

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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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