Tag: I Dare You

Thank you to Meghan for tagging me — or should I say daring me? — to do the I Dare You Book Tag! I thought I had done this one before, but it turns out that I haven’t!

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Of the books that I currently have in my possession, I’m pretty sure that honor goes to The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss, which I have owned since I was approximately… born, and is one of my childhood books that my mom recently sent me.

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current: I’m trying to get my ARC of Snug by Catana Chetwynd to open on my phone and doing a buddy read of Roommates by M.E. Parker with my boyfriend.

Last: I just finished Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews and I hated it.

Next: Probably I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, but I haven’t actually decided yet!

What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Pretty much everything? But no, more specifically… Illuminae.

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Most of what’s on my physical shelf, honestly. A lot of my Book of the Month mysteries would probably qualify.

What book are you saving for retirement?

Oh goodness. Um. It would have to be something long, like The Wise Man’s Fear, but I’m pretty sure I’ll read that before I retire.

Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?


Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

They’re fine, I guess. I don’t usually pay much attention to them, though.

Which book character would you switch places with?


Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (place, time, person?)

Yes, I actually did a Top Ten Tuesday post about this! I can definitely associate books with specific events in my life.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

My boyfriend gave me Troll as a gift for hitting 1,000 followers on this blog and so that I could hate-read and hate-review it.

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Like, one of my books? I mean, I’ve lent them out. Or do you mean just giving books as gifts? Because I’ve done that a lot.

Which book has been with you most places?

Maybe Emma? I bought it when I was in high school and it’s moved with me seven times. I still haven’t read it.

Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Honestly, I never had a problem with the required reading in high school. It was college lit classes that really did me in. There were definitely some books I couldn’t finish in those classes that I ended up not hating years later, like Kallocain.

Used or brand new?

Either way, as long as I’m reading. 🙂

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Once upon a time, twelve-year-old Sara heard the hype about The Da Vinci Code and decided to read it. That was more than half my life ago, so I remember almost nothing, but yes. I have.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Probably. I really don’t watch that many movies, though, so I can’t think of one off the top of my head.

Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Yes, most recently Sourdough. I still want to bake some bread.

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

There’s no one whose advice I’ll always take, because I have enough books I want to read on my own without factoring in everyone else’s opinions, but I definitely trust my boyfriend! We have the exact same opinion on books most of the time.

Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

I wouldn’t say it’s outside of my comfort zone, but I don’t typically love books written in verse. That said, I really loved The Poet X!

Please consider yourself tagged if you think this looks fun! Which book are you saving for retirement? What’s the last book that made you hungry? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Productivity Book Tag

Thank you to Siobhan for tagging me to do the Productivity Book Tag!


  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

Planning: A Book That Is Completely Thought Out

To quote my boyfriend, “The Name of the Wind, considering it takes him like seven years to write each book.” I 100% agree.

Focus: A Book That Kept Your Undivided Attention

The Story That Cannot Be Told. I probably could have finished this in a day if I hadn’t had other obligations.

Delegating: A Book That Should Have Been a Series

I usually go the other way and think that some series should have just been standalones. It’s really rare for me to finish a book and think, “wow, I really wish this author would drag this out into even more books.”

Small Goals: Name a Book Below 150-Pages That You Loved

Revival! Something about zombies in my hometown really does it for me.

Peak Hours: A Book/Series You Can Only Read at a Certain Time

I don’t know about a book or series, but I can only listen to non-fiction audiobooks when I’m doing something else. I’ve been listening to a lot of them while I work recently and it’s been a really good experience! I feel like I’m learning a lot while I earn a paycheck. There’s no way I’d be able to just sit down and read through a lot of these books, though.

Lists: A Book That You Finally Crossed Off Your TBR

I’ve been wanting to read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson for a very long time, and I finally crossed it off my list!

Proactive: A Book That Is/Was Ahead of Its Times

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray was really ahead of its time! It was published in 2011 but I feel like it has today’s attitude toward diversity and inclusiveness.

Declutter: A Series You Wish You Could Unread

I’m not even going to dignify this with a picture of the cover: the Montague Siblings series. I enjoyed The Gentleman’s Guide and I guess I didn’t hate The Lady’s Guide (but I didn’t much enjoy it, either), but I can’t support an author who treats her fans as poorly as Mackenzi Lee does.

Multitasking: Books That You Read at the Same Time

I’ve been doing a lot of this lately! Right now I’m reading Proof of Collusion and Permanent Record. I have to do very different genres or it doesn’t work.

Please feel free to steal this tag if you want to do it! What do you wish you could unread? What’s the last book you crossed off your TBR? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Reader Problems

Thank you to Consu for tagging me to do the Reader Problems tag!

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I used to have this whole system involving release dates and a calendar, but now I just read whatever sounds like it’s going to hold my interest the most. I’ve never in my life been a mood reader, but I am now.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I am COMMITTED. I will finish it even if it kills me, unless it’s the boring kind of bad and not the kind of bad that’s easy to write a sassy review about.

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?

I definitely try to catch up with (1) audiobooks while I’m doing other stuff, and (2) graphic novels.

The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

It actually doesn’t bother me that much. I mean, matching is nice, but my shelves are always a mess anyway.

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

My boyfriend. We have similar taste in most things, and even if he loved it, he’d listen to me rant about how much I hated it.

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I’d probably text my best friend and let her distract me. That’s what I usually do when I’m about to start crying, publicly or prviately.

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? Cry in frustration?

I’ll try to find a synopsis on Goodreads, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll just jump right in and hope that it all comes back to me.

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I’ve never really been weird about people borrowing my books. I mean, sure, there are some books I’ve lent out that I haven’t gotten back, but I’ll live. Am I going to let total strangers borrow my books? Not usually. Is my signed Starry Eyes going anywhere? No. But other than that… my world will not end if someone else gets enjoyment from one of my books.

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Mix up genres and formats. This has been my life for the last several months.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Either all of them or none of them. There is no in between.

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?

Forever. Help.

Please feel free to steal this tag if you want to do it! How do you get through a reading slump? Do you let people borrow your books? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Identity Crisis

So, first things first, thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me to do the Identity Crisis tag! I’ve seen this one floating around a lot and it looked like so much fun, so I’m excited to get right into it!


  1. Take all the quizzes down below and record your answers.
  2. NO CHEATING. You get one shot to take each quiz.
  3. Give credit to the creator Loretta @ The Laughing Listeneror tag her on twitter @LaughnListener so she can see everyone’s answers!!
  4. Tag some friends to spread the fun!

Red Queen

WHO AM I: Kilorn

Did you forget about Kilorn? Well you shouldn’t have! He may not be the center of attention but he has stuck by Mare since day one and didn’t even hesitate to join the Scarlet Guard. Just like Kilorn, your loyalty and bravery are your most admirable qualities. Rise, Red as the Dawn!

I actually did forget about Kilorn, because it’s been about three years since I read Red Queen. I don’t remember even one single thing about him, but hopefully this was a good one to get?


WHO AM I: Jace Herondate & Kit Herondale

What a dangerous combination you are! Persuasive and restless, sarcastic and capable of more than you could ever imagine. Use your abilities for good, or you might just push your closest friends away.

Well, at least I know who Jace Herondale is! It’s no secret that I’m not a huge Cassandra Clare fan, but that’s fine. I am pretty sarcastic once I get to know you.

Throne of Glass

WHO AM I: Nehemia & Chaol

You hold strong to your morals, as there isn’t much that’s more important than that—is there? You are selfless (perhaps a bit too much so), and incomparably kind. Anyone who knows you should consider themselves lucky.

I will take this. I love Nehemia and I know a lot of people dislike Chaol, but I don’t mind him.

The Hunger Games

WHO AM I: Effie Trinket

Well, you’re certainly no shrinking violet, are you? You stand out in a crowded room and like the finer things in life. But despite your flamboyant nature you are one of the kindest and loving people out there and a dear friend. You may be surrounded by sorrow from time to time but you’ll always be upbeat, because you’re you. Keep on smiling.

I really don’t think this is even remotely true, but it’s better than a lot of characters I could have gotten.

Harry Potter

WHO AM I: Dolores Umbridge

You love sweet, fluffy, pink things, but you can be ruthless and bitchy when it comes to fulfilling your ambitions.

I think not.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

WHO AM I: Azriel

Dark, mysterious, and brooding, the shadows are at your beck and call. No one truly knows you, and that’s the way you like it. Because the real Azriel, the one behind the shadows and the spies, is simply a boy who feels unworthy of everything he has been given, especially the love and devotion of his friends and a certain blond High Fae.

I haven’t read this series, so is this a good character to get?

The Raven Cycle

WHO AM I: Noah Czerny

You are very observant, and mostly keep to yourself. A little too naive and gullible of others, your willingness to trust leads to you getting hurt quite often. You are extremely kind and loyal to those you love.

I love Noah. 😭


WHO AM I: Edward Cullen

Stunning, charismatic, mysterious, cold, warm, serious, funny — my oh my, you’re quite the package deal. Tell me, have you become accustomed to people fainting when you enter a room? You’re Edward Cullen, and you’re loyal to such a degree that no being will ever hurt the ones you love.

Actually, yes. People frequently faint when I enter a room. How did it know??

Folk of the Air

WHO AM I: Taryn

People may think you’re shy but you have secrets of your own. You have your own desires and will go after them, no matter what it takes.


The Lunar Chronicles

WHO AM I: Cress

A Lunar shell confined to a satellite to aid Queen Levana with hacking and surveillance of Earthen countries. She is a petite girl with very long honey blonde hair, a heart-shaped face, and freckles. She has a very overactive imagination, and nervous around people due to her lack of social interaction growing up.

I love Cress, and her book was my favorite. I’ll take it.

I’ve seen about five hundred people do this tag, so I’m not going to tag anyone specifically. If you want to steal it, though, please feel free and link back to me so I can see your answers! Which characters are you? Can you tell me who the heck Kilorn is? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 13)

I was nominated by Heran, Alexandra, and Sylvia for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you all so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
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Rules of the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

11 questions from Heran:

What was your first blog post?

You know, good question. It appears that it was a review of Margot by Jillian Cantor way back on November 12, 2013.

What’s the best film you’ve seen this year? Why?

I can suddenly only think of movies I haven’t liked! While I can admit that Midsommar was a cinematically beautiful movie (even given the subject matter), it just didn’t do it for me. (My boyfriend absolutely loved it.)

Where’s the best place you’ve ever been (on holiday)?

Costa Rica!

What’s your favourite post you’ve written?

It’s been a long time, but I really am partial to my post about my favorite book bloggers. ❤

Would you rather be the hero in a story or the villain? Why?

The hero, just because I hate confrontation and I’d have to have way too much of it as the villain.

Is there anything you’re excited for in 2020 (bookish or non-bookish)?

A new president. (I definitely didn’t just say that.)

Do you have a favourite word?

I do. It’s spiffy.

What’s one song you think everybody should listen to?

I think if you’re going through a difficult time in your life, you should listen to High Beam by Chelsea Jade.

Are you a plot person or a characters person?

Ideally, I would have both. I really don’t know how to answer this one. If the plot is boring, I don’t care about it or the characters. If the characters are boring, I don’t care what they’re doing. But we all knew that I’m super critical about things, so this probably isn’t a surprise.

What’s one thing that’s on your bucket list?

Going on a fun vacation abroad with my boyfriend! We’ve only gotten to travel within the US so far.

What is the best thing that happened to you during the past week?

I actually got to tell an author, to her face, without stumbling over my words or embarrassing myself, that I loved her book.

11 questions from Alexandra:

What is your favorite book-to-screen adaption?

Hmm, maybe Matilda.

What is your most hated book-to-screen adaption?

The Mortal Instruments.

Create a quick playlist for your favorite book.

My most recent five-star book was The Story That Cannot Be Told, and conveniently, I just shared a playlist created by the author!

A book you pretend you’ve read.

Why would I pretend that I’ve read a book when I could actually read it? I just don’t understand that.

Who’s your favorite superhero and why?

I’m not really a superhero person, but I was always partial to Mr. Fantastic when I was in high school.

Recommend me a new book boyfriend. What makes him swoon-worthy?

I’ll go with Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient. He’s just such a good person.

A criminally underrated book or series.

Anything by Jenn Bennett, really. Her books are so good and I feel like only a very small section of the book blogging world talks about her.

If you could interview one character who would it be and why?

All the credit goes to my boyfriend for this one: Kvothe from The Name of the Wind, because how fun would that be?

What is your go-to fluff book?

The Hating Game. I’ve only ever read it once, though. (But then again, I only ever read most things once.)

What are your favorite reading snacks?

I don’t eat while I read. I’m way too messy of an eater.

It’s time to assemble your bookish squad! Which characters make the cut?

I’ll go with Connor Cobalt from the Addicted series, Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and Joshua Templeman and Lucy Hutton from The Hating Game.

11 questions from Sylvia:

What animal would you want as your side kick?

Definitely a cat, preferably a sassy one like Mr. Kindly in Nevernight.

Which genre of books is underrated in your opinion?

I think quality memoirs are underrated. I say “quality” because there are a lot of really, really bad memoirs out there.

What is the most interesting food you’ve ever eaten?

Probably llama heart.

What is your favorite winter activity?

Literally never leaving the house. I hate winter.

What useless super power would you want to have?

Credit to my boyfriend again: being able to turn the page without touching it.

Favorite cartoon?

Bob’s Burgers!

Favorite ice cream topping?

I like sour things, so sour gummy worms, those sour popping balls, anything sour, really.

Who is your favorite book or movie villain?

Victor Vale from Vicious!

If you could see any singer/band (living or dead) in concert, who would it be?

I’m really sad that I never saw Brand New in concert. If they ever do another tour, I’ll be there.

Best read so far this year?

I’ve hardly had any five-star books this year! I’m going to cheat a little and give you three:

Which planet would you want to visit?

I’ve always liked Saturn, although I don’t know quite how visiting there would work!

If you want to answer these questions, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ What’s the most interesting food you’ve eaten? If you could recommend one song to me, what would it be? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Why Am I Weird

Back in July, Susan tagged me to do the Why Am I Weird tag. Thank you, Susan! Like 99% of the credit for this post goes to Daniel, who let me know why I’m weird.


  • List ten weird things about yourself, your life, or silly habits that you wouldn’t normally share
  • Tag up to ten people so you can get to know them better
  • Link back to the person who tagged you and the creator
  • Comment on the posts of people you tagged – and feel free to comment on mine– I might regret that later but why not?

My ten weird(-ish) facts:

  1. I twitch a lot when I fall asleep, sometimes really violently.
  2. I really hate beer, especially hoppy beer. IPA is probably the kind I hate most.
  3. I have recently, as an adult, found out that I LOVE arcade games.
  4. Every morning, I text my best friend the first song I heard on the radio.
  5. I have no sense of direction whatsoever. If I could possibly get lost, I probably will.
  6. I love linguistics and could sit down and read about language acquisition for hours.
  7. I am very particular about my audiobooks, especially fiction. The voice has to be right or it just completely ruins it for me.
  8. Thanks to my job, I can rattle off the diagnosis code for a ton of medical conditions off the top of my head.
  9. I may have a bit of a greeting card buying addiction, even though I hardly send them anymore.
  10. I like my half and half with just a touch of coffee in it, just to take the edge off.

What makes you weird? Do you relate to any of my facts? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Autumn Book Tag

Many thanks to Consu for tagging me in the Autumn Book Tag! 🙂 I’m ready for fall, Halloween, pumpkin-themed everything, the weather cooling down… all of it. This was a perfect tag for me!


  • Answer the questions
  • link back to the creator (Jenniely)
  • tag other people!

1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I’m not sure that I really have a comfort book, but I have a comfort genre, and that’s fluffy YA contemporaries!

2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?

I love sewing! (When I actually get the motivation to do it.) I especially love sewing things for babies, like blankets and bibs and burp cloths. I have no children of my own, but lots of my friends and coworkers do, and I love spoiling their kids.

3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I think I’d have to agree with Consu here! I think that moving can be a really great experience if you go into it with the right mindset. Yes, it’s super stressful to deal with getting all of your stuff to a new place, but once you’re there, nobody knows anything about you! You’re starting totally fresh.

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

STAYING IN. It’s fun to go out to concerts and stuff on the weekends sometimes, but sometimes it’s also night to sit at home and just relax. I mean, I work a full-time job. Sometimes it’s nice just to sleep in and have a lazy day with some Netflix and books. I used to work with someone who just did not understand why I would want to do nothing on the weekend. He would make me so mad because he was so judgy about it!

5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?


6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film

172 Hours on the Moon, probably.

7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat

My favorite thing ever is probably mac and cheese. My favorite candy is anything sour, especially Sour Patch Kids or sour gummy worms.

8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must have’ accessory

A blanket and a cup of hot cocoa. 🙂

9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

The Hating Game. You probably saw that coming, though.

10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

There are a lot of books I could use for this one, but I’ll go with Beauty Queens! Between the title and the girl in the bikini with the lipstick ammo, it looks kind of like a disaster. It was so, so good though! It’s such an empowering book with such a great message.

I’m tagging

Jamsu 🍂 Lori 🍂 Dini 🍂 Nish & Ngoc

No pressure to do the tag if you don’t want to or already have! And if I didn’t tag you and you want to do it, please feel free to steal it! (And link back to me so I can see your answers!!) What’s your favorite creative outlet? What’s your favorite thing to eat? Let’s talk in the comments!

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