Tag: The Mid-Year Freak Out (2020 Edition)

Last time I did this tag, I said, “I am very, very behind on tags,” and that’s still true now. So, instead of doing something that I’ve actually been tagged in, I’m redoing something I did last year.

(You can see the 2019 edition here and the 2018 edition here.)

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?

I’m still kind of in awe at Catch and Kill.

Best sequel of 2020 so far?

The only sequel I’ve rated five stars is Heartstopper, Vol. 2, so I definitely have to go with that one!

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

I have a hold on The House in the Cerulean Sea and I cannot wait to read it. I’ve heard such good things!

Most anticipated release of the second half of 2020?

Honestly… probably Solutions and Other Problems. I know it’s going to make me laugh so hard I cry at least once.

Biggest disappointment?

The Bromance Book Club brought back so many bad memories from my last relationship. I was so disappointed.

Biggest surprise?

I don’t always love video game books, but Slay blew my mind.

Favorite new (to me) author?

Maybe Ngozi Ukazu? Check, Please! was so cute!

Newest fictional crush?

I didn’t have a fictional crush last year, and I still don’t. Same reason. I still read mostly YA and I just cannot have a fictional crush on someone who’s in high school.

Newest favorite character?

I don’t know if I have a hands-down favorite this year, but I feel like I could be friends with Naomi from You Deserve Each Other.

Book that made you cry?

I think the closest I’ve come to crying this year was while reading Clap When You Land.

Book that made you happy?

Jenn Bennett’s books always make me happy! Chasing Lucky was no exception.

Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

I don’t know if I’ve watched even a single adaptation this year!

Favorite review you’ve written this year?

Sassy reviews are always my favorite, and I think my sassiest this year was Handbook for Mortals.

Most beautiful book you bought or received so far this year?

I’m not sure if it’s the most beautiful, but I was super excited when I found this edition of Alex, Approximately.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

A lot. All of the ARCs I have that I haven’t read yet, to start…

I’ve seen a ton of people do this tag so far, but if you haven’t, please consider yourself tagged! What are some books you hope to read by the end of the year? What’s the best book you’ve read so far? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Bookish Would You Rather (Take 2)

Thank you to Ashlee for tagging me to do the Bookish Would You Rather tag!

You can see some previous “would you rather” tags here, here, and here!

The Rules:

  • Answer the questions given to you by your nominator.
  • Make up your own questions and tag others.

Questions from Ashlee:

1. Would you rather spill coffee/tea on your current read or be forced to read it with greasy fingers?
That’s a hard one. I think I’d rather spill something on the pages. It would be annoying, but at least it would dry.

2. Would you rather only be able to read new releases or only read backlist books?
Definitely only backlist. That’s the only way I’m ever getting caught up on my TBR!

3. Would you rather crack the spine of a paperback or dog-ear the pages?
Neither! But I guess dog-ear the pages? At least you can’t tell when the book’s on the shelf.

4. Would you rather only be allowed to read the first and last book in a trilogy or have to wait three years for the final book to come out?
I am very familiar with waiting forever for the next book in a series to come out, so I’ll take that option.

5. Would you rather only read series or only read standalones?

6. Would you rather your favourite book be turned into a movie or a tv show?
A movie, as long as it’s done well. I think my favorite books would be really drawn out if they tried to turn them into tv shows.

7. Would you rather the adaption of your favourite book be badly cast or leave out your favourite scenes?
Oh dear… cast it badly, I guess. If the adaptation of The Hating Game left out that elevator scene, I’d be mad.

8. Would you rather have dinner with your favourite author or your favourite character?
My favorite author, for sure!

9 Would you rather kill your favourite character or spend the rest of your life with your least favourite villain?
Kill my favorite character. I’m not spending eternity with someone I don’t like.

10. Would you rather only read your favourite genre for two years straight or be allowed to read anything but your favourite genre for two years straight?
Only my favorite genre! I don’t think I’d get sick of it.

Please feel free to steal this tag and link back to me if you do! I’d love to see your answers! Badly cast or missing scenes? Crack the spine or dog-ear the pages? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Stuck at Home Book Tag

Thank you to Rebecca for tagging me to do the Stuck at Home Book Tag! While I’m not quite as stuck at home as I was (Tennessee reopened a while ago), I am definitely leaving the house a lot less than usual. I’m also working from home for at least three more months, but probably more.

So… good timing! Let’s do this!


  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

1. What are you currently reading?

I’m working through a physical copy of You Deserve Each Other and listening to When They Call You a Terrorist.

2. What’s your favorite “can’t-leave-the-house” activity?

Probably cross-stitching! I’m about to start Ghus from Saga and I’m so excited.

3. A book you’ve been meaning to read for forever

I have had this book forever and I don’t even know why I haven’t read it yet, other than it’ll probably make me cry.

4. An intimidating book on your TBR

I feel like I’ve said this 600 times, but The Wise Man’s Fear. I know I’ll love it, but it’s SO BIG.

5. Top 3 priority books on your TBR

  • This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender: I got this from a Reddit gift exchange and I’m really excited to read it!
  • Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: I bought this when I was in New York earlier this year with the intention of reading it right away, but then I… didn’t.
  • Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: I marathoned the first four books in this series, and now I just have to wait for my hold on this one to come in. I love this world and can’t wait to learn more about these characters.

6. Recommend a short book

7. Recommend a long book

I tend to stay away from long books, but all the books in Peter F. Hamilton’s Void series are at least 600 pages and I really liked all of them.

8. Something you’d love to do while stuck at home

I think at this point, I’ve kind of done everything I wanted to do. One thing I really like (that’s super boring, I know) is that I can do things like put a load of laundry in on my breaks while I’m working, and then it’s one less thing I have to do in my free time.

9. What do you plan on reading next?

Right now it’s all coming down to my library holds! I have a ton of holds pending right now and whatever comes in first is what I’ll read.

I’m not tagging anyone specifically, but if you’re stuck at home and looking for something to do, consider yourself tagged!

Are you stuck at home? How have you been staying busy?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Liebster Award (Take 8)

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Anna! Thank you!

If you want to see the previous versions of this award, you can click here: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 567

The Liebster Award Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

11 random facts about me:

  1. It’s May and I’m wearing Santa pajamas.
  2. I turn 30 this weekend!
  3. I recently got a hamster and his name is Bread.
  4. I’m growing chives on my balcony!
  5. I’m a huge planner (see my post on planning) and it is absolutely killing me to not be able to plan my wedding right now because everything is closed! (I mean… I get why, but still.)
  6. My cat is screaming at the door because she wants to go outside (it’s raining and late as I type this) and it sounds like she’s saying “hello.”
  7. I will be working from home for at least another month, but probably longer, and I’m not really sure now how I feel about going back to the office.
  8. Last time I did this tag, there were 75 books that I owned but hadn’t read within my line of sight. I have now expanded to two bookcases just in this room and I don’t even want to know how many I’m up to.
  9. I’m not actively cross-stitching anything right now, but I recently bought two patterns on Etsy: Ghus from Saga and Tina from Bob’s Burgers.
  10. I’ve been listening to a lot of Taylor Swift while I drive lately. This week it’s been 1989 and Reputation.
  11. My best friend has a very unusual name and I found an Etsy store that makes custom name keychains, so I’ll finally be giving her something with her name on it for her birthday in a couple weeks.

11 questions from Anna:

What is your favorite series?

I don’t generally read a lot of series, but I’ve been really into Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series recently!

Do you have a favorite magic system? If so, what is it?

I always thought the magic in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series was pretty cool.

Would you rather only read physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks for the rest of your life?
I mean… physical, I guess? Otherwise I spent a lot of money to make my guest room look pretty.

Is there a movie that you like better than the book? What is it?
Not that I can think of, but I don’t watch a lot of movies.

What are you currently reading?
Well, I just finished Once and for All by Sarah Dessen this afternoon, and I’m still slogging through my ARC of The Last Hope by Krista & Becca Ritchie.

Where is your dream house located?
On the beach in Costa Rica!

Would you rather have a gourmet chef make all your food or have a fully stocked fridge that you get to cook with?
It would be nice to have the extra time, but honestly, I think I’d get sick of having someone cook for me all the time. I’d much rather cook for myself.

What is your favorite or funniest bookmark to use?
I usually just use whatever’s on my nightstand! It could be an actual bookmark or a piece of paper or really just about anything. My favorite used to be a wooden bookmark that I got in an Uppercase box, but I’m not sure what happened to it.

Are you more of an early bird or a night owl?
I’m just tired.

Have you ever stayed up all night reading?
I have stayed up very, very late reading, but I’ve never not gone to bed after.

What is your favorite hobby? (Besides reading if that is typically your favorite 😉)
Probably cross-stitching!

I’m not tagging anyone specifically, but feel free to answer these questions if you’d like! Are you an early bird or a night owl? What’s your favorite series? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Real Neat Blog Award (Take 2)

Thank you to Lori for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award! ❤

You can see the previous take of this award here!

The guidelines for accepting the Real Neat Blog Award are pretty straightforward:

  • Display the award logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the blog who nominated you.
  • Nominate seven to ten bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.

Lori’s Questions

Do you have any weird pet peeves?
I don’t think I really have any weird pet peeves, but it does really stress me out and make me kind of cranky when there are a lot of dirty dishes in the sink.

Which celebrity would you like to meet?
Taylor Swift, but I would probably pass out. More realistically, Jack Antonoff. I’d probably just come close to passing out and not actually do it.

What’s your favorite childhood book?
I read all of Tamora Pierce’s books over and over and over again when I was younger! Her Song of the Lioness series was my favorite.

Have you picked up any new habits while being quarantined?
I’ve been baking a lot more (currently obsessed with making cinnamon rolls) and I’ve been cross stitching a lot!

If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be? Why?
I want to meet Lucy from The Hating Game! She’d be so much fun to hang out with.

What is the title of the best book you’ve read this year?
So far, probably Catch and Kill!

What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?
I don’t think there are any foods that I would absolutely not under any circumstances eat, but I certainly would not be picking up eggplant unless I had to. There’s just something about the texture that I cannot handle.

Please feel free to consider yourself tagged and answer these questions if you’d like! Which celebrity would you like to meet? Do you have any new quarantine hobbies? Let’s talk in the comments!

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