The Holiday Drinks Book Tag

The Holiday Drinks Book Tag

I keep seeing this book tag pop up on my feed, and thought I’d continue the fun. This tag was created by Ariel @ Waves of Pages for the Browsing for Books Blogmas.

THE DRINKS

Hot Chocolate – Marshmallows and chocolate and whipped cream, oh my! Recommend a book that’s sweet through and through.
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Peppermint Mocha – The flavor of peppermint is strong and distinct. Recommend a book with a lot of strong emotions.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Apple Cider – It’s so good it can’t be good for you, but it’s from apples — that means it’s healthy, right? Recommend a book full of characters with questionable morals.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Eggnog – It’s creamy and smooth, with a little spice, and some people even add alcohol to it. Recommend a book that’s mostly fun, with just a hint of danger.
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Gingerbread Latte – A drink with a veritable explosion of spices. Recommend a book with a lot of action.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Naughty or Nice Book Tag

Naughty or Nice Book Tag

I’ve seen this tag popping up on some of the blogs I follow, and thought it looked like a fun one. Thank you Siobhan at Siobhan’s Novelties for tagging me! Perfect timing. I was wanting to do a Christmas themed book tag.

THE RULES
• Tag & link the person who tagged you
• Tag & link the creator of the tag – Jenn @ Jenniely
• Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
Tag another 10 people

THE LIST – CHECK IT TWICE
Received an ARC and not reviewed it
Nice. I have been late with reviews, but I got them done.

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley
Nice. Currently sitting at 91% feedback ratio.

Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
Nice. I have a Goodreads shelf for books read but not reviewed. I’ve made more of an effort this year to keep up-to-date with reviews, and having the specific shelf helps tremendously. I just click over to it and catch up on reviews every so often.

Folded down the page of a book
Nice. Once upon a time I was on the naughty list for this, but broke the habit years ago.

Accidentally spilled on a book
Nice. I can’t remember spilling anything, though it seems likely that I would have.

DNF a book this year
Nice. I have a personal goal to finish what I start, so I don’t DNF books.

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
Naughty. I own multiple copies of some books. I’ll read one copy, but the others are just for looks. I also buy copies of books I have already read and liked, but don’t necessarily plan to read again.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else
Naughty. Reading is a great way to procrastinate.

Skim read a book
Naughty. See above about DNFing, so I skim parts that don’t keep me interested.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal
Nice. I met, and exceeded, my goal this year.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library
Nice. I always return the book. I was on hold for a book recently that didn’t get returned, and the library had to order another copy. I’m currently on hold for another one that looks like it’s not going to be returned. It’s so frustrating.

Broke a book buying ban
Naughty. I occasionally decide to stop buying books while I catch up on reading what I already have… but then I come across a book I’ve been looking for or see a good book sale. All my good intentions go out the window.

Started a review, left it for ages, then forgot what the book was about
Naughty. I’m going through this right now. I read a book that’s out next month. Started the review last month, but haven’t finished it. I don’t even write in depth reviews, so I don’t know what my problem is.

Wrote in a book you were reading
Naughty. I don’t do this often, but occasionally I make some notes.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
Nice. I recently made sure my Goodreads list matched my personal spreadsheet, so it’s all good. Yes, I keep a spreadsheet of books read each year. It’s really detailed. Hello, my name is Darinda and I’m a book nerd.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend
Nice. I think I’m nice on that. Let me know if I still have a book you loaned me.

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book
Naughty. I know some people that would not be returning books, so they don’t get to borrow anything. Well, unless I don’t care if they keep it.

Broke the spine of someone else’s book
Nice. I feel bad when I break the spine on my own book, so I’m more careful with other people’s books.

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged
Nice. I don’t usually take off the jacket, so not a problem.

Sat on a book accidentally
Naughty. My son likes to move books around. With fair frequency I sit on a book that I didn’t know had been left on the sofa.

FINAL SCORE
Nice: 12, Naughty: 8
Yeah! I’m on the Nice List. This means Santa’s leaving a pile of bookish gifts under the tree, right? Is that how this works?

TAGS
I’m not tagging anyone, but do it. Yes, you! It’s a fun book tag. If you decide to do it, link back to me so I can see your answers.

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you Stephen @ Stephen Writes for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award!

THE RULES
• Thank the person who gave you the award
• Include a link to their blog
• Select 7 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
• Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
• Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

7 Things About Myself
• I read every day.
• I normally read 2-3 books at a time.
• I prefer coffee over tea, but I drink both.
• I’m a night owl.
• I love to travel.
• I find it relaxing to rearrange my book shelves.
• Three of my favorite authors are Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Shirley Jackson.

TAGS
Alana | Ashley | Jennifer | Mackey | Mary | Melisa | Paula

As usual, no obligation to participate in this tag.

Give Thanks for All the Great Reads Book Tag

Give Thanks for all the Great Reads

Happy Thanksgiving book lovers! Hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing day. I wasn’t tagged for this book tag, but I saw it on several blogs and thought it looked like a fun one… so I’m doing it.

THE RULES
• Tag the creator Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl.
Tag the blogger who tagged you.
• Give something that you are thankful for this year at the end of the post.
Tag as many bloggers as you like.

You Turkey! ~ a book that made you laugh
Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I read this book when my son was only a few months old. I remember reading it during the middle of the night while nursing. I would occasionally look over to my sleeping husband and make sure I wasn’t waking him when I laughed out loud.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I’m Stuffed ~ a book that completely satisfied you
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This book has so many great elements to it – historical fiction, coming of age, mystery, and romance. Add in a strong, intelligent female protagonist with an amazing bond to the natural world. Pure bliss.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Pumpkin Pie ~ the book you are looking forward to reading next
Watching You by Lisa Jewell. I’ve been seeing reviews for this one pop up on my feed, and it’s been on my Kindle for weeks now. Planning on reading this one soon.

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Go Team! ~ a book where you found yourself really cheering for a certain character
Cath in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. A simple and fun book, where I couldn’t help but root for the main character.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Macy’s Day Parade ~ a book that’s always there waiting on the bookshelf to be read and you know you’ll get to it eventually
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I have heard so many good things about this book. I have a copy, but haven’t got around to reading it yet. One day.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Traditions ~ a book you could/do reread every year because it’s so dang good
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I have read this one so many times, and it still gets me. Every time.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

I’m Thankful For ~ a book that really helped you in life
Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses by James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. My education and work background is environmental science. This book was one that I used when I worked in the field.

Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses by James H. Miller and  Karl V. Miller

GIVE THANKS
I’m thankful for all the great books I’ve discovered since joining the blogging community. Thank you all for your support and the wonderful recommendations. Y’all are awesome!

via GIPHY

Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

A big thank you to Siobhan at Siobhan Novelties for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award!

THE AWARD
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

THE RULES
• Put the award logo/image on your blog
• List the rules.
• Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
• Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
• Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
• You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
• Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
• Share a link to your best post(s)

THREE OF MY TOP POSTS

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own
Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read
Book Review: The Last by Hanna Jameson

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME
• I wear flip flops pretty much year-round.
• We have two dogs. They’re littermates we adopted from the city animal shelter when they were young puppies.
• My husband and I went to Bora Bora for our honeymoon. We stayed at the same resort where Couples Retreat was filmed.

SIOBHAN’S QUESTIONS
What is your greatest reading/blogging accomplishment?
For reading – I’ve exceeded my reading goals for this year. For blogging – I’ve been able to post new content every day for over a month now. This blog helps me keep on top of my TBR and stay on track for my reading goals.

If you could get your hands on your most anticipated book of 2019, which would it be?
I have two books I’m most looking forward to in 2019. I’ve already got an ARC for one – A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty. The other one is Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine.

Which blogger would you love to collaborate with? And what would you two post about?
No idea, but probably someone I share a similar reading taste with. As for the topic, maybe some type of reading challenge. I’m competitive, and I love reading challenges because it gives me a specific goal to strive toward.

What is the most memorable moment in your life?
The birth of my son.

Funny question: If you could have a book-burning ceremony, which book would you burn?
I can’t think of a book I would burn, though I imagine I could burn some of my own writings.

NOMINATIONS

Christina | Darina | Holly | Jenna | Jonetta | Nikki

As usual, no obligation to participate in this tag.

MY QUESTIONS
1. How many books are on your TBR, and how long will it take you to read them?
2. Who is an author you will read without reading the book blurb first?
3. Name a fictional character you love to read about, but would find insufferable in real life.
4. What are three things on your bucket list?
5. Funny: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

It’s Finally Fall Book Tag

It's Finally Fall Book Tag

Thank you Darina @ Facing the Story for tagging me! The It’s Finally Fall book tag was a fun tag to do.

IN FALL, THE AIR IS CRISP AND CLEAR | NAME A BOOK WITH A VIVID SETTING!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I was completely drawn into the magical setting. In Caraval, nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

NATURE IS BEAUTIFUL BUT ALSO DYING | NAME A BOOK THAT IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, BUT ALSO DEALS WITH A HEAVY TOPIC LIKE LOSS OR GRIEF.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I absolutely loved this book! A very emotional read about a boy’s struggles with anger and grief.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

FALL IS BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON | SHARE A NON-FICTION BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING NEW.

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
An interesting topic presented in an encouraging and helpful way. A good book to introduce the topic of vulnerability and the advantages to allowing ourselves to be vulnerable.

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

IN ORDER TO KEEP WARM, IT’S GOOD TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE PEOPLE WE LOVE | NAME A FICTIONAL FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD/FRIEND-GROUP THAT YOU’D LIKE TO BE A PART OF.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
While their family lives aren’t perfect, these women definitely had strong friendships.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR SOME STORYTELLING BY THE FIRESIDE | SHARE A BOOK WHEREIN SOMEBODY IS TELLING A STORY.

Sadie by Courtney Summers
A powerful story told using a podcast. In the podcast, interviews with people from Sadie’s hometown and the people she meets after leaving home help tell the story about what happened to Sadie.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

THE NIGHTS ARE GETTING DARKER | SHARE A DARK, CREEPY READ.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite authors. This is one of her best stories – very creepy and atmospheric.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

THE DAYS ARE GETTING COLDER | NAME A SHORT, HEARTWARMING READ THAT COULD WARM UP SOMEBODY’S COLD AND RAINY DAY.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This isn’t really a short read, but it is a heartwarming story. This is the best book I’ve ever read about a grumpy old man.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

FALL RETURNS EVERY YEAR | NAME AN OLD FAVOURITE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO RETURN TO SOON.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
This is my favorite Jane Austen novel. It’s been years since I read it, and I’ve been thinking of rereading it soon.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR COZY READING NIGHTS | SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE COZY READING ACCESSORIES!

A big cup of hot coffee and a warm blanket to snuggle up in.

I TAG

You! If you want to give this tag a shot, have fun and drop the link below so I can check out your answers.

The Sunshine Blogger Award #2

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was tagged for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Jenna @ Happy Bookshelves. Thank you so much, Jenna!

THE RULES
• Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking to their blog.
• Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
• Nominate 11 blogs and ask them 11 new questions.
• List the rules and display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post.

11 QUESTIONS FROM JENNA
1. What author have you read the most books from?
James Patterson

2. What is your favorite spot to read in?
At home on the sofa

3. How do you decide what book to read next?
I keep a list of books that I need to read fairly soon (library, ARCs, etc.), so I mostly go by that. I’m a mood reader though, so if nothing fits, I pick something off my shelf that sounds good.

4. What character from a book would you want to be your best friend?
Jennifer in Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

5. What character from a book would you likely punch in the face?
Bella Swan in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

6. What is your favorite format to consume books? Audio? Print? Digital?
Physical books, but I read a lot of ebooks.

7. Do you prefer borrowing or owning books?
Depends on the book. I am a heavy library user, but I also own a lot of books.

8. What hobbies do you have outside of reading?
Reading is my main hobby, but I do enjoy traveling when I get the chance.

9. What pet from a book would you like to have?
Marley from Marley and Me. I had a chocolate lab that I have many fond memories of, so this one is more of a “what pet have you had” answer.

10. Do you prefer series or standalone novels?
Standalone

11. What is your favorite television show?
Gilmore Girls

NOMINATIONS
I’m not going to nominate anyone this time.

This is such a fun tag! Thanks again, Jenna, for the nomination!

Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag

Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag
The Halloween Characters 2.0 book tag was created by Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward. Thanks to Jennifer @ JenChaos Reviews for tagging me in this book tag!

THE RULES

• Answer all prompts.
• Tag 1-13 people.
• Link back to this post.
• Remember to credit the creator.
• Have fun!

THE CREATURES

Witch
A magical character or book.

Circe by Madeline Miller. Mythology and magic in a beautifully written novel.


Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson. A great collection of short stories. Easy to find a stopping place, but entertaining enough to not want to put it down.


Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. A great psychological thriller that was just the right amount of dark and twisted.


The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

Paul Scott in Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. I was expecting something dark and twisted, but, wow.


Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

Tris in Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Divergent is one of my favorite YA dystopian novels, and I really hated that ending.


Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This book introduced me to the world of YA dystopian novels, which is still one of my favorite genres to read.


Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

Conor in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This was such an emotional read, and I just wanted to protect Conor from all the sadness and anger in his life.


Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. This book was a challenge for me to get through, and I put off reading more by Faulkner for years afterward.


Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. This was a dark, but powerful apocalyptic novel.


Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I think this book was so disturbing because the evil is never really known.


Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Clary Fray in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I’m currently reading this series, and Clary has been getting on my nerves more than usual lately.


Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s my favorite book.


Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Zombies are creepy.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Graham-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith


THE MONSTER MASH

I’m not tagging anyone in particular. If this looks fun to you, go for it! Leave your link in the comments so I can check out your Halloween creatures.

The Sunshine Blogger Award #1

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was tagged for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Jonetta @ Blue Mood Cafe. Thanks so much! Definitely check out Jonetta’s blog – she’s got a lot of great content.

THE RULES
• Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog.
• Answer the questions
• Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
• List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post.

11 QUESTIONS FROM JONETTA
1. What was the inspiration for your blog design?
I wanted a simple, minimal design. White background, black text. I use purple for some things because that’s my favorite color.

2. Who was the most positive influence in your life and why?
My mother. She’s always been supportive and encouraging. We’re really close – think Gilmore Girls, but Southern and much slower talkers.

3. What was the book (or books) that led you to your most favorite genre?
I’ve always read mysteries. When I was a kid I checked out every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book the library had. I also loved The Westing Game.

4. What authors would you most like to sit down with for a cup of coffee and discuss their writing?
Liane Moriarty, Ruth Ware, and Karin Slaughter.

5. What are you most proud of so far?
My son. He’s 4 years old, and so curious about everything.

6. If you could be transported into any story you’ve read to date, what book would it be and why? (It’s okay to have more than one.)
– I love the worlds of so many sci-fi and fantasy novels, but they’re usually dangerous places. I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t survive.
– Some of my favorite books are classics, but I enjoy modern conveniences too much to go too far back in time.
– So, I’ll go with a cozy mystery. One with a close-knit, small town setting and quirky locals. Maybe the Miss Fortune mysteries in Sinful, Louisiana to get caught up in some shenanigans with Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie.

7. Where do you post your reviews, other than your blog?
Goodreads, Amazon, and Instagram. Everything goes on Goodreads. Reviews for new(ish) books go on Amazon. If I have a photo of the book, it might go on Instagram.

8. Coffee, tea or something else?
Coffee. I cannot function without coffee.

9. When did you realize that books would always be important in your life?
I’ve always loved reading. I can’t think of a singular moment or event that led to my love of books.

10. What book brought you to tears?
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

11. What are two things you’d want people to know about you?
– I love to travel.
– I sometimes binge watch shows on Netflix.

NOMINATIONS
No obligation to participate! I know some of you have already participated in this tag recently, so no worries about doing it again.

Amanda @ The Limit of Books Does Not Exist
Amy @ Novel Gossip
Ann Marie @ Lit Wit Wine Dine
Berit & V @ Audio Killed the Bookmark
Brenda & Norma @ Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee
Carol @ Bookaria
Jennifer @ JenChaos Reviews
Jennifer @ Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader
Mackenzie @ PhDiva
Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties
Susan @ Susan Loves Books

QUESTIONS:
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What are your favorite genres to read?
3. What are some of your favorite book series?
4. Other than reading, what are your hobbies?
5. Who are three authors you would like to meet?
6. Do you have any pets?
7. What is your favorite children’s book?
8. Can you name a movie that was better than the book? What is it?
9. Night owl or early bird?
10. What are five books on your TBR that you really plan to read?
11. What is your favorite place that you have traveled?