Book Blogger Insider Tag

Book Blogger Insider Tag

Happy Friday!

It has been a while since I have done one of these tags and I keep seeing this one around so, although I was not specifically tagged by anyone, I decided to join in the fun. Also I’m  halfway through several books but not completely done with any so you know…no reviews right this minute… I’m a slacker. :P

Rules
Answer the questions below
Credit the creator: Jamie from A Little Slice of Jamie
Tag at least 5 people
Have fun!

Where do you typically write your blog posts?

At my computer desk. I know you can write a WordPress blog via the mobile app but…yeah I don’t think I could do that.

How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

It really depends on the book. I have gotten better about this because I used to just stare at the screen waiting for the right words to come to me to get the damn thing started. Now I just start typing the first things that came to mind and go back and fill in beginnings and endings and just generally clean it up after I’ve got everything out. So maybe 30 minutes to an hour on average.

When did you start your book blog?

April 2016. And the podcast launched the following November!

What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I don’t know if there is anything particularly that I don’t like about blogging per se but one of the more stressful parts for me is making sure to have content even when I am in a little bit of a reading slump. Those usually don’t last long and probably aren’t even noticeable really because I make sure to read at least the book we will be reviewing on the podcast but it gets to the point sometimes where it seems like a chore rather than for pleasure. That usually goes away with an especially good book though!

What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

This is probably the single most used answer, but definitely getting to know other readers. I can count on one hand the number of people in my life that even enjoy reading as much as I do and some of those don’t even enjoy the same genres that I do a lot of the time so it is great getting to fangirl (just a little bit!) with people that like the same books that I do.

What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

So I feel a little bit bad about this one because it was actually a negative review but it was the review for the second Black Jewels trilogy book by Anne Bishop. I hated that book soooo much and I wrote it when we were just starting to blog and I was so frustrated with it that I just didn’t hold back. It was full of snark and bitchiness and the whole nine yards.

I have absolutely come across some books that are now some of my Top 5 books of all time and I love writing reviews for those. Those reviews do tend to be harder for me write though because I can’t get my emotions for those under control long enough to really express why I loved it.

What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

I don’t do them often enough, but I really do enjoy these tags. I also love reading tags because they are a great way to get to know another blogger beyond just reviews.

When do you typically write?

When I have time and am thinking about it! So usually not long before I want it to be published.

Do you review every book you read?

The vast majority of them, yes. There are a few that I have left out though. Those are usually non-fiction though and I find those harder to review.

How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

If Netflix is on, I can’t focus. There is often times a cup of tea involved though. Sometimes a snack because for some reason I think if I am sitting still, I need to be munching on something.

When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

I try to do it soon after finishing a book but sometimes it is a few days. When it is a blog review for a book that we have reviewed on the podcast, I will sometimes write the review while I am editing the podcast so I can go over exactly what we said, maybe some points that were made during the show that I didn’t have written down.

How often do you post?

I go for at least twice a week. That is pretty much the limit as to how many books I can read in one week so it is only ever more if I have a TBR/wrap up to post or one of these tags.

Who is getting tagged!

Bethan May

James Tivendale at you and i books

 

The Books Under the Tree Tag

I thought I was done with tags for the year but I guess not! :D

The Books Under the Tree Tag was originally created by Game of Tomes. I was tagged by the ever-lovely meltotheany!

1. What book would you like to find under the tree this year?

Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft. Senlin Ascends was my favorite book that I read this year but I was days too late in buying its sequel as both books were picked up by Orbit. Only the ebooks are available until their re-release and I would do anything for a physical copy of Arm of the Sphinx right now.

2. What is the best book you have ever received for Christmas?

That would probably be the first three Harry Potter books that I got for Christmas when I was 12. There was a tad bit of drama surrounding this as I had some family members that were of the “Harry Potter is the devil” mindset at the time and it was some people very close to them that gifted them to me (I had already read them by borrowing a friend’s copies). Some 16 years laters, I still have those exact copies from that Christmas.

3. What book gives you all the Christmas feels?

I don’t know that I have a good answer to this one. I don’t generally read books seasonally so I just don’t think about it.

4. What book do you plan on reading to put you in the Christmas spirit this year?

Again, I don’t really read seasonally. I am really wanting to read The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden which has a distinct winter vibe but I don’t think I am going to be able to get to it before Christmas. I have been watching a lot of cheesy romantic Christmas movies this year though and I am loving them!

5. What book have you read this year that you would like to throw out with the Christmas tree after the holidays?

I’m still angry about Bonfire by Krysten Ritter so let’s go with that.

6. What is a book from this year that you would like to place under a friend’s tree?

It didn’t come out this year but I really want a friend of mine to read Senlin Ascends because I am pretty sure she will love it.

7. Challenge: Create a stack of books in which the spines alternate green and red! Share the titles.

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From top to bottom:

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

 

The Grinch Book Tag

Stolen from Meltotheany because she seems to find the best book tags and so has become my prime resource for fun ones to participate in.

Despite being named after the Grinch, this is not so much about Christmas but more about things that other people may enjoy in books but that you can’t really stand. For some reason, it is really therapeutic to be able to rant about these things so here we go!

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1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill.

I’m gonna have to go with The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I really enjoyed the first book. I know a lot of people couldn’t get past how annoying Quentin Coldwater is but I found him strangely relatable and that kind of carried the story for me. Then in the second book, Quentin’s situation had changed so much that his problems were no longer relatable in any way. I have not read the third book in the series because I was so annoyed by The Magician King.

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away.

Throne of Glass by SJM. I can’t stand this series. At all. Thousands and thousands of people disagree with me though so inevitably the newest book clogs up news feeds about once a year.

3.Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)

Man, this is oddly a weird one. You know what, I’m going to go with Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I enjoy this series and am almost done with the last book but there is kind of a running theme of every decision that Harry makes has consequences that effect other people.

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for,

I can’t think of any times another person has spoiled something for me but I do have a tendency to be curious about the page count in a book so I go to look at how many pages there are and end up seeing something on that last page that is a big spoiler. This has happened with the book I am currently reading, Skin Game by Jim Butcher, and it happened with Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff.

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with.

My first instinct was Jazz Bashara from Artemis by Andy Weir. But I feel like that is kind of a hot topic right now so I’m going to also go with Corban from The Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynne. He was just too perfect!

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand.

I actually can’t think of any that I truly can’t stand but there are some that I just didn’t connect with very well. Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series being chief among them. I like both characters individually but their romance together feels forced.

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of.

Acacia by David Anthony Durham. I have had this book for probably about 5 years and always resist unhauling it but still have not read it. Maybe one day? …Probably not.

8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths).

To stay away from spoilers, I’m just gonna say… Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel.

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9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long.

Look, can we just be done with Anita Blake and her harem of drama, yet?

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10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villains again!).

I thought about recycling some characters from above mentioned series or books but I managed to think of another one: Saetan from The Black Jewels trilogy. Outside of a spoof or other comedy-based genre, there should be zero reason to have a scene where the literal Lord of Hell cuddles puppies. Also….I hate his face.

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That’s it! It is almost the end of the year where we will be going dark for a little bit as we enjoy our holidays. There will be a few posts next week and then mostly I will be living on Twitter as I am out of town for a few weeks.

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Almost End of the Year Book Tag + Rant

Apparently there are only two months left to this year. Who knew?! So I stole this End of the Year tag to take a look at what I have left to read this year!

First though, I need to get something off my chest.

As I’m sure many people have seen, Goodreads has their Goodreads Choice Awards up for the first round of voting. I think it is pretty common for many of us readers to feel like no matter how much we read, there are only ever a handful of the books that end up nominated that we have actually read which is frustrating enough.

But then we also have somehow have to deal with books being on the list that aren’t even out yet!

Artemis by Andy Weir is listed in the Science Fiction category but doesn’t come out until November 14th. How is anyone supposed to vote for that except the readers that have already read the ARCs?

I haven’t checked all the categories to see how many times this has happened throughout the entirety of the Goodreads Choice Awards so far but I find this incredibly frustrating. As most people will not have had the opportunity to read it yet, it will likely not get through the opening round so was there just an extra slot to fill? Out of all the books that came out this year, there was a slot that needed to be filled?

If anyone has any insight into this, I would love to understand!

Anyhow, enough ranting and on to the tag!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Not really any single book that I would like to make sure I get through this year but I would like to get through at least the fourth book in The Wheel of Time series. I am on book three right now so it is not outside the realm of possibility.

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Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Again, no. I don’t normally do seasonal reading. Not on purpose, anyway.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Yes! The aforementioned Artemis and the book that every fantasy geek has on their soon-to-be-released TBR.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

I’ve got several that I am pretty sure that I am going to read by the end of the year. Apart from those already listed, I will definitely be read Age of Assassins by RJ Barker and The Shadow of What was Lost by James Islington. I would also really like to read A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne but we shall see.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

I am pretty sure I am going to love Oathbringer unless it totally tanks. Other than that, I am looking forward to any of the other listed so maybe one or more of them will be a new favorite!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

A little bit. I’d like to read more classics and non-fiction but I haven’t made any firm plans as of yet. It’s not quite the end of the year, dangit!!

I Am a Guilty Reader Tag

Hey all! I wasn’t actually tagged by anyone for this but it seemed like a lot of fun so I tagging myself!

 Have you ever re-gifted a book you’ve been given?

Not that I can think of. Honestly, I have spent way more time on this question than I should because I am like re-living my entire history with books trying to think of a time that I re-gifted a book. I remember re-gifting other things but not books. I just have such a hard time separating myself from them!

Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

I don’t think I have ever outright claimed to read a book that I haven’t but there have been times that I didn’t finish a book and later claimed to have read it as though I read the whole thing. Not stuff that intentionally DNF’d, more like books that I just needed a little bit of a break from and intended to come back to soon but never did. Off the top of my head, I have done this with The Canterbury Tales and The Decameron.

 

Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Yes. There is a Stephen King book on my shelf right now that I borrowed from someone and have not returned. I am really not a fan of Stephen King but I was loaning out a few books to this person and I think as a thank you they brought the Stephen King book to me and told me that I had to read it…..and I just never did. I fail to feel bad about it though because of the books I loaned, one cover got ruined and the other one never came back to me. So. There.

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Have you ever read a series out of order?

Yes, The Sword of Truth series. I was 14 when I read the first book, Wizard’s First Rule and this was way before Goodreads and I don’t think I even had internet at my house to look up release dates. So the dust jacket said something to the effect of “Look out for the next book in the series, Wizard’s Second Rule!”

Well….the name of book 2 is not Wizard’s Second Rule. It is Stone of Tears. So for a year or so whenever I was at a bookstore I would look for Wizard’s Second Rule, upset when I couldn’t find it.

Finally one day, I happened to see Temple of the Winds and it had the same author, same style artwork, and said it was part of the Sword of Truth series! Score! This must be the next book! 14 year old me apparently did not know to look inside the first few pages to see what was out in the series so far…

So yeah, I read book 1 then book 4, then went back and found 2 and 3 and progressed “normally” from there.

 

Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

I don’t think so unless they specifically okay’d spoilers. For anyone that listens to the Book Geeks Uncompromised podcast, you will know that I did this to Greg just last week!

Have you ever doggy-eared a book?

**shudder** yes…. I used to do this to book but some reason I used to be really bad about doing this to manga. I have no idea why the distinction.

Have you ever told someone that you don’t own a book when you do?

Um…only if I am mistaken, I believe. I can’t think of a time that I have intentionally lied about this.

Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Again, I really don’t think so. Not many of my “real life” friends are into reading so it doesn’t really come up much. I may sometimes neglect to mention that I read 50 Shades of Gray. But that’s not quite the same….is it?

Have you ever skipped a chapter in a section of a book?

Yeah. John Galt’s big speech in Atlas Shrugged. It is like 50 pages of monologue. Skipped!

I want to say I have done this a few times in re-reads to so I can get to my favorite parts faster. :)

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Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

So we are going to go back to Sword of Truth with this.

Over the past couple years, I have developed a complicated relationship with this series. The first half of it, I really do love. But after about book 6, the entire thing just goes waaaaaaaaaaaa…..**stops for breath**….aaaaaaaaaaaaay downhill. So I do rant about the series as a whole sometimes because I get so frustrated with later books even though I do truly like the earlier ones.

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What about you? Are you a guilty reader?

Tag: Get to Know Me – Book Blogger Gregisnerd Edition

Dani is just faster than me at posting these things. But here is my list for the tag. Thank you to Book and Sword for the tag!

 

Favorite color and do you have the book in that color?
Describe yourself in 3 book characters.
Hyped books yay or nay? If yay, what was the most hyped book you ever read? If nay, what was the most hyped book you decided not to read?
Recommend one book per season. Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter.
Name one book that wrecked you emotionally.
Name a book that you always recommend to everybody you know.
What book would you recommend with tea and cookies?
What is your guilty pleasure book?
Favorite desert and a book that reminds you of that desert?
Are you a procrastinator? What book have you been procrastinating reading?

 

Favorite color and do you have the book in that color?

 

I have always been partial to the color green. When I was younger, it was mostly because it started because it starts with a G like my name, but I just like it now

Being also my favorite Harry Potter book, Goblet of Fire fits perfectly.

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Describe yourself in 3 book characters.

This one is difficult but I will try not to stretch it to much.

 

Leo Valdez from The Heroes of Olympus series is someone I hope I am. He is very loyal to his friends, and loves to make everyone laugh. (Even to his enemies)

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Kaladin from Way of Kings. While I have not been through the difficult life that Kaladin has had, he is passionate and again very loyal to the ones he cares about.

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Roan from The Lives of Tao. He is so out of place in the situation he is thrown into and while there is complaining involved (very much me) in the end he works hard and fights through the difficulty.

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Hyped books yay or nay? If yay, what was the most hyped book you ever read? If nay, what was the most hyped book you decided not to read?

I definitely like to read hyped books because most of the time I do like it. Not all hyped books turn out well but there a few that have been hyped that have become my new favorites.

 

Most hyped I can think is The Magicians. Now my fellow Book Geek Dani was the majority of the hype but every where I saw online was raving about this book. Turns out, it wasn’t for me.

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Recommend one book per season. Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter.

Spring:

There are a couple of these books ( and yes they are comics books) but I can see my self enjoying these laying in a hammock. Any Calvin and Hobbes books.

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Summer:

Summer = Hot = Fire = Dragons. Eragon is one of my favorite series from my childhood. And Dragons make fire, which is hot. So… Summer… totally fits.

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Fall:

The Mistborn trilogy is arguably the best trilogy of books ever made. I can see my self sitting in the cool fall air just tearing through these books.

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Winter:

Sleeping Giants is a creepy toned, and perfectly chilling!

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Name one book that wrecked you emotionally.

The series of Unfortunate Events is a roller-coster ride for all thirteen books. There are so many times you think something is going to go good for them, the carpet always ripped out from under you. I don’t care how many times things looked positive, it always eneded badly. Even the ending… AH! just typing this gets me worked up.

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Name a book that you always recommend to everybody you know.

Since Dani already mentioned the one I would have picked, I will instead recommend another awesome one. Furies of Cauldron. I love this series. (and not only because in a weird way it is Pokemon meets Romans)

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What book would you recommend with tea and cookies?

Not sure why but I feel The Lost Years of Merlin fits.

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What is your guilty pleasure book?

I have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer book if that counts.

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Favorite desert and a book that reminds you of that desert?

I love some chocolate chip cookies. The 39 Clues books are short little books of fun.

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Are you a procrastinator? What book have you been procrastinating reading?

Yes I am. There is the new Nordic series of Rick Riordan that I have wanted to get into but haven’t has the chance.

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