Reader Problems Book Tag

I went looking at various book tags and thought this one would be really fun. I owe this one to Casey @ inspiredbythepage (her blog is awesome), who found it at toddmedicii‘s page who found it on Katytastic‘s BookTube channel. On to the tag!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I don’t have a system for picking what to read next. Sometimes it’s because I just found out a movie is coming out in the near future, it could be binge reading a series or just that a book on my shelf jumped out at me for no particular reason at all.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
This used to be much more of a problem for me. I’m pretty obsessive compulsive and used to have the hardest time finishing books I hated because I absolutely refused to abandon it. But after reading a few pretty crappy books in a row I had an epiphany. Forcing myself to sit down and read a book I hate was not how I was going to spend my time. I love reading, and if I have to force myself to finish a book then I’m wasting time I could be spending reading a book that I actually enjoy.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
Oh man do I hate losing. It’s especially terrible not meeting the Goodreads Reading Challenge because I literally (or literarily, hehe) set myself up for failure. Last year I tried to catch up by reading the 3 books from the Hogwarts library (which take no time) but still came up short. It’s devastating, but sadly I don’t have a surefire secret way to always meets the Goodreads Reading Challenge.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
Curse the world. I hate when things do not match, I would probably try to accumulate the missing matches and gift or sell the mismatched books if it was a series I really love. If it has actors on the cover I would burn it. (Just kidding I would never ever do that to a book but just making a point. I detest actors/movie art on the cover of books)

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
The Internet, hopefully. Or one of my best friends likes to read almost as much as I do and we generally agree on books, so we bond often. Although he doesn’t read as much as I do so sometimes I have to turn to fellow bloggers until he catches up.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I am definitely a crier. I have ugly cried reading books, thankfully not in public. While I’ve shed a few tears on the train or on a park bench, I haven’t full out lost it in a public place (yet). But I can’t stop reading, especially at such an important/emotional part. I have to power through and cry in public, haters gonna hate (hate hate hate hate).

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads?
Definitely not skip the sequel. It depends how much I liked the first one and how quickly I read it. If I loved it and/or it was a quick read I would likely read it again. But if I only liked it or it took a long time, I would try to find a synopsis online or ask a friend who read it. Maybe read my blog if it was a book I reviewed.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I do let my friends borrow my books…but they know I love my books more than I love them so they know to handle them with great care. When anyone asks to borrow I book I feel two emotions simultaneously, immediately and intensely: 1. YAY! BOOKS! SOMEONE WANTS TO READ BOOKS! IT’S SO GOOD, YOU SHOULD READ IT! WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT AND IT WILL BE GREAT; 2. THIS IS MY BABY YOU CAN’T TAKE MY BABY! WHAT IF YOU HARM MY BABY?!

9. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I wish I knew the answer. I think just takes a really good book, but there’s no way of knowing what book will do it for me until I start reading it. Generally, I don’t like to be reading two books at the same time, so if I’m in a reading slump with a book it can take me a while to finish. If it’s a bad book I’ll put it away and start a new one, but if it’s a good book and I’m just in a slump…I don’t have a cure.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
It depends on the cost tbh. I love owning books and want to have Belle-sized library one day so I’ve stopped borrowing library books, but as a twentysomething drowning in debt I can’t really afford it. So, I always turn to one of my favorite book sites Thriftbooks to buy my books. It’s a brilliant way to buy used, cheap books (with free shipping!). But the books I want aren’t always available or still too expensive for me. I almost always wait until the price is a single digit before I buy it. Unless it’s a series and I really can’t wait to read it, then I’ll splurge.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
There is no one answer, sometimes a book comes in and I start reading right away. But there are some books on my shelf that I probably bought over a year ago that I still haven’t read. It depends on if it’s in a series, if the movie is coming out, on my mood…pretty much the same answer as the first question.

This was a fun one! Here’s who I tag:
Summer @ xingsings
Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts
Emily @ Books and Cleverness
Poulami @ Daydreaming Books
Katie @ Bookish Tendencies

Liebster Award!

First and foremost I’d like to thank Poulami AKA Nerdybirdy at Daydreaming Books for the nomination! I was so excited to see this notification pop up on my phone. For anyone who hasn’t heard about the Liebster Award, it’s just a fun little award for bloggers by bloggers to help find new blogs and help your blog be found. So thank again to Nerdybirdy, and her blog is awesome and everyone should go check her out.

Liebster Award


Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:

  • Link back to the person that nominated you
  • Answer the questions given by the nominator
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  • Create 11 questions for the nominees
  • Notify all nominees via social media/blogs

1. How long have you been a reader?
I’ve been a reader pretty much my whole life. I’ve loved reading since elementary school and throughout middle school and high school I always had a book with me. There have been periods where I’ve unintentionally taken a break from being a bookworm, but never for long.

2. Suppose you have a wide list of choice, how are you gonna pick which book to read?
There is no method to my madness when deciding what to read next. It depends on if I’m in the middle of a series, if there’s a movie adaption coming out, how long it’s been on my shelf, my mood…it could be anything.

3. Any recent favorite adorkable character?
The most recent addition to my adorkable loves is probably Neil Perry from Dead Poets Society. *cries in a corner*

4. Where do you like to buy books?
I always buy my books from Thriftbooks, they usually have the books I want for really cheap. It’s the perfect way to build a library without breaking the bank.

5. What is your worst bookish habit?
Sometimes I judge a book by its cover…

6. Do you wait for the paperback or grab the hardcover?
Depends on how badly I want to read it and how much it is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

7. What’s your hobby beside reading?
Is Netflix a hobby? Or a lifestyle?

8. Do you watch any tv shows? If yes, what are your favourite ships?
I love Captain Swan (Once Upon A Time) and all my favorite Game of Thrones ships are at least half dead so… But for series that are over, my favorite couples are Cory & Topanga, Chandler & Monica, Jim & Pam, Marshall & Lily and Chandler & Joey (OTP♥).

9. What gift did you get on your last birthday?
Since my last birthday was the same day as my college graduation sometimes I mix up what was a graduation gift and what was a birthday gift…but two things I know were for sure birthday were the Funko POP! Ghost action figure (to go with the Jon Snow I already had) I got from my roommate and a big framed photo of Jackie Robinson (my personal hero) stealing home plate on a game that happened on a May 18 (my birthday) from my parents.

10. Which flavour do you love the most?
Which flavor of…what? In my mind this was about ice cream (in my mind, everything is about ice cream) so that’s what I’m going with. My favorite ice cream Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked of chocolate chip cookie dough.

11. What are you passionate about?
My books, my TV shows, my movies, baseball, children, traveling, writing and food.

I’m going to try and not just nominate book bloggers and branch out…here are my nominations:

Head In The Clouds, Heart In The Books
Liam’s Library
Literally Courtney
S. Lynn
For A Lucky Girl
Bookish Tendencies
Elena Square Eyes
Dear World… Sincerely, A Socially Awkward Bookworm

I didn’t check to see if any of you have been nominated before, if you have feel free if ignore the nomination or you can play along again for fun!

Here are my 11 questions:
1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
2. What would you sing at karaoke night?
3. If you could have dinner with any celebrity (dead or alive) who would you dine with?
4. What is your top played song on iTunes?
5. If you had to pick your last meal on Earth what would it be?
6. If you could live in the world of any movie/book/TV show, what story would you live in?
7. How do you eat your Oreos?
8. If you could be anyone in the world  (besides yourself) would you do it? Who would you be?
9. What’s the best compliment you’ve received?
10. If you came with a warning label what would it say?
11. Do you watch Star Wars in chronological order (4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3) or in numeric order?


Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday

I’ve decided to partake in the popular weekly meme by The Broke and The Bookish called “Top Ten Tuesday.” Each week there is a new Top Ten list for bloggers to respond to and talk about. This week it’s ten book you recently added to your (presumably ever growing) to-be-read list. I had to defer to my Goodreads shelf because I lose track of my mental too easily…here are 10 of my books tbr.

1. Paper Towns by John Green
paper towns book cover
I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet considering how much I loved The Fault In Our Stars. I think I’m one of the few female YA book fiends who hasn’t read all the John Green books yet. But with the movie coming out later this year I’ll definitely have to read this one soon.




2. One More Thing: Stories and Other Short Stories by B.J. Novak
one more thing stories and other short storiesAnother hilarious TV writer/actor’s autobiography. I’ve read Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Neil Patrick Harris’ Choose Your Own Autobiography (absolutely brilliant idea) and laughed out loud through the both of them. I love his writing on The Office and The Mindy Project so I’m sure I’ll love his writing in One More Thing: Stories and Other Short Stories.



3. The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes
The Minds of Billy MilliganThis true story is about a man with multiple personalities (24, to be exact) who was arrested for various kidnappings and rapes. I heard about this book when Leonardo DiCaprio was cast to play Billy Milligan. It sounds really interesting and like it has potential for Leo to finally get the Oscar everyone is dying for him to win.



4. Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories by Katherine Heiny
single carefree mellow storiesI found this collection of awkward short stories in one of my daily Skimm e-newsletters. They described it as “a book of short stories about relationships and dating that’s kind of like ‘The Affair’ meets ‘Friends.'” As a an awkward “Friends” aficionado, I quickly found this on Goodreads and clicked “want to read.”



5. The November Criminals by Sam Munson
The November CriminalsThis is another book that’s going to get a movie makeover and it will reunite Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz on the silver screen. I’m a huge fan of criminals and Ansel Elgort, so before I even knew what November Criminals was actually about I knew that I was going to read it. But it’s about a high school drug dealer who starts investigating the murder of one of his classmates. Count me in.



6. Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Playlist for the DeadI have no idea where I heard about this book but it reminds of another book I recently read, Thirteen Reasons Why (about a girl who committs suicide and leaves behind 13 cassette tapes she recorded). This one’s about a teenage boy who tries to understand his best friend’s suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind. Playlists can be like diary entries, so I’m curious to see how these songs play into the story of this character’s life and death.



7. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
The Rook bookThis is the first of The Checquy Files series, it’s about a girl who wakes up to finds a letter that stars “The body you are wearing used to be mine.” Color me intrigued. I don’t remember where I first heard of this one either, but I’m always down to start a good YA book series.




8. 1984 by George Orwell
1984 book This is a classic that I think I read in the seventh grade but don’t remember. I’m pretty sure that I liked it and in my twentysomething effort to be cultured/well-rounded, I figured I should revisit this Big Brother novel.




9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl a novelI’m pretty sure every avid book reader is a fangirl/fanboy on at least some level. I for one am a loud and proud fangirl for a dozen books/movies/celebrities/tv shows/anything and everything. This feels very “chick flick” (not necessarily in a good way) but I’m assuming I’ll be able to relate to the main character as a fellow fangirl. I’ve also read a few good reviews on it, so I figured I might as well give it a shot.



10. A Storm of Swords by The Devil Himself George R. R. Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire #3Speaking of fangirl… This is the third book in George R. R. Marin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired the HBO favorite Game of Thrones. This is one of the only times I’ve watched a show/movie before the book and will continue to do so. I started the show on a whim and it has changed my life (for the better and worse). Since I loved the show so much I knew I would have to read the books. I’ve read the first two and couldn’t put them down even though I knew what was going to happen. Especially with Game of Thrones season 5 coming out, I’m very excited to read this one.


What books are on your tbr list? Which of these books do you think I should read next? Let me know!