Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 12)

I was nominated by Roo, Eline, Rachael, and Rae for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you all so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 91011


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 Roo:

What is your favourite book of the year so far?

This is the hardest question, but I think I have to go with Bloom!

What is your most anticipated book of this year?

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff!!!! I cannot wait!!!!

Have you found a TV/movie adaption of a book you have really enjoyed? If not, are there any you are looking forward to?

I really enjoyed the adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I also really liked Love, Simon!

Where is your favourite bookshop? And what is it called?

I recently went to A Room of One’s Own in Madison, WI and really liked it. I hadn’t been there since college since now I live in New Jersey, but it was 10,000 times better than I remembered.

Would any of the characters in the book you are currently reading win The Hunger Games?

I just finished Through the Woods by Emily Carroll and I think that yes, many of the characters could win.

Do you have multiple copies of a book? If not, are there any editions you currently have your eye on?

I don’t think that there are any books I have multiple copies of. I’m trying to be pretty good about either donating or selling any books that I don’t need to keep.

What is your favourite season?

I love spring!

What is one of your dream vacation spots?

I’d love to go to Spain or Portugal! I majored in Spanish in college and took a semester of intensive Portuguese for fun.

Describe your perfect Sunday

I love my Sundays recently! I stay home and do laundry while my boyfriend goes out and does the grocery shopping. After he gets back, we go out for lunch and hang out downtown for a bit and then go to the library. It’s such a fun and relaxing way to spend a day. 🙂

Are you an aspiring writer? Have you currently got a WIP? Or any ideas for one?

I am not! I’m happy reading stories and not creating them. 🙂

What it your most treasured possession?

Excluding my cat (who isn’t really a possession), probably a necklace my boyfriend gave me for my birthday. ❤


11 questions from Eline:

A place you would want to travel to next

I think the next place I’m going is Hershey, Pennsylvania!

Which authors are on your auto-buy list?

  • Becky Albertalli
  • Jenn Bennett
  • V.E. Schwab
  • probably others that I can’t think of right now!

What could a synopsis include that would immediately make you want to read a book?

FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS!

A stunning book cover

I love Emma Mills’ book covers! I haven’t read this one yet. 🙂

At what point do you DNF books? Is it a certain percentage through it?

Well, first of all, I rarely DNF anything. But if I do, I try to get up to page 100 before giving up. That doesn’t always happen though, because sometimes I just can’t handle the book.

Would you prefer to live in a big or small city?

Definitely a big city. I would love to move to NYC!

Favourite mythological creature?

🦄

One of your goals for 2019

Survive my job…

How many languages do you know and what would you like to learn next?

Other than English, I can understand most written and spoken Spanish (I’m not as great at speaking it myself) and I could probably get by with Portuguese. I’m not really sure which language I’d like to learn next. I always thought that Icelandic would be fun, but it’s not a language that I’d use on a daily basis.

A book quote you like

“You can be with the same person for a long time and have it be fine and meet someone else who instantly makes you see that it’s broken,” she said.

EMERGENCY CONTACT BY MARY H.K. CHOI

Recommend me some book blogs you follow!


11 questions from Rachael:

What’s your favorite lesser known book or series and why?

I hardly ever see people talking about Starry Eyes, even though it’s one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read!

Describe the best food you’ve ever read about in a book.

I don’t tend to really remember the food I read about, but I do remember the Korean-Brazilian fusion food truck from The Way You Make Me Feel! I would love to eat some of that.

Would you rather be a character in a whimsical magical tale or an epic space opera?

I’d take whimsy and magic over battles any day.

If you could change something about your favorite book, what would you change?

I pretty much have undying love for Starry Eyes, but I suppose I could get rid of the miscommunication in it? That’s one of my biggest pet peeves. It didn’t bother me too much in that book, though, since it seemed really natural.

Why did you start blogging?

Because I moved to New Jersey and didn’t know anybody here! I needed someone to talk to about books!

What is your most controversial bookish opinion?

I did a Top Ten Tuesday post about this not too long ago, but my most controversial opinion is probably that I can’t support Cassandra Clare.

Personal library or public library?

Both! I own a ton of books, but I also make weekly trips to my public library.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Probably the fact that I’m very calm in a crisis and can pretty much get anything done that needs to be done.

What book character would you name a pet after? (and what kind of animal is the pet?)

Honestly, I don’t think that I would name a pet after any characters! I’ll save the literary names for my future children. 🙂

Where would you go if you could go anywhere within driving distance (like 5 hours max) right now?

Right now, I’m very tired and don’t really want to go anywhere… but in general? Probably New York City. I could really go for some ice cream at Ample Hills.

Who is your book boyfriend (or girlfriend)?

Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game, I guess. I already have the perfect boyfriend. Fictional characters can’t even compare.


11 questions from Rae:

What’s your favorite genre?

Right now I’m very much into graphic novels. They don’t take a ton of brainpower or effort to read and that’s perfect after a long, stressful day.

Where do you like to read?

Mostly I read on my couch or on my bed.

What do you do when you’re not reading?

I like to spend time with my boyfriend, go to New York, cook and bake, and obsessively plan out every detail of my life.

Who is your favorite author?

Jenn Bennett!

When is your favorite time to read?

Right before bed. It’s a really easy way for me to calm down and get relaxed enough to sleep.

How do you choose what books to read next?

I try to read ARCs first, but after that, it’s really whatever I feel like. Sometimes I’ll choose a book based on a reading challenge prompt, but I’m finding that I read more when I don’t set a strict plan for myself.

What do you look for in a book?

I don’t think that I really ask for a lot in books. I want it to be well-written with believable characters who do things that make sense for the situation. I always love a good friends-to-lovers storyline and I’m a sucker for anything with a lot of pining, but I don’t think I’m really that picky.

How do you feel about book to movie adaptations?

I don’t usually watch them, but that’s mostly because I don’t usually watch most things. I have so much time to read because I don’t really watch TV or go to many movies.

Do you prefer a stand-alone or a series?

I really prefer standalones. I have no opposition to series, really, but I don’t always have the time or energy to dedicate to reading a really long series.

Have you ever joined a book club?

I have not!

What are your tips to other bloggers?

My biggest tip is to make sure you’re posting the kind of content that makes you happy! Don’t force yourself to write a ton of reviews if you don’t want to and don’t feel obligated to come up with discussion topic after discussion topic if that’s not something you’re comfortable with. Your blog is yours and it’s there to make you happy. If it’s stressing you out, then something has to change. ❤


If you want to answer these questions, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ What’s your dream vacation spot? Do you prefer to buy or borrow books? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Versatile Blogger Award (Take 7)

Thank you to Keri for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! (And sorry that it literally took two months to get this post up!)

If you want to see the previous versions of this award, you can click here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


The Rules

  • If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

  1. I recently drove all the way to Wisconsin from New Jersey with my boyfriend! We made stops in Pittsburgh, PA (where we had a great breakfast in a great diner) on the way there and Hammond, IN (where we literally just slept and left) on the way back.
  2. I went to Summerfest and saw both Billie Eilish and Bleachers perform on the same night. Both concerts were amazing, but I think Bleachers was my favorite.
  3. Next up on my TBR are Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi, The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett, and Comics for Choice edited by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor, and O.K. Fox.
  4. I have a membership to a farm near my house and I’ve really been enjoying picking blueberries recently!
  5. Sometimes I overreact to little things, but I’m weirdly calm in a crisis. I’ll probably freak out and cry when it’s over, but while it’s happening, I’m 100% fine.
  6. I’ve decided to decorate my apartment with Ghüs from Saga! I bought some of the single issues of Saga with Ghüs on the cover and I want to frame them and hang them up in my living room.
  7. My neighbor randomly knocked on my door and asked if she could take a look at my floors while I was writing this post.

Since this is my seventh time doing this award, I’m not going to nominate anybody, but if you feel like sharing seven facts about yourself, please consider yourself tagged!

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Tag: The Mid-Year Freak Out

I am very, very behind on doing tags, but I’m hoping to get caught up soon! Today I’m doing the mid-year freak out tag. Thanks to both Paige and Consu for tagging me!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2019?

Definitely Kiss Number 8! I was so surprised by how much I ended up loving this book, especially after having kind of mixed feelings at the beginning.

Best sequel of 2019 so far?

I’ve read a few good sequels this year (mostly graphic novels), but I think the best would have to be Saga, Vol. 9!

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

I have probably about five hundred books that could fit this prompt, but I’ll go with If I’m Being Honest because I love the cover so much! It also reminds me of the dodie song, so that’s a plus.

Most anticipated release of the second half of 2019?

DARKDAWN!!!

Biggest disappointment?

Probably Follow Me Back! I had really been looking forward to this one and ended up so disappointed! It had a really intriguing plot but the execution was all wrong.

Biggest surprise?

I already mentioned how surprised I was about how much I loved Kiss Number 8, so I’ll go with a different one for this prompt. Lost At Sea was one of those books that I thought I might like (after all, I enjoyed Scott Pilgrim) but I ended up LOVING it.

Favorite new (to me) author?

In the interest of not repeating books, I’ll go with something else I rated five stars. Bloom was adorable and I loved it. I’ll definitely be reading more from Kevin Panetta.

Newest fictional crush?

I’m sorry, but I don’t think I have one! I’ve read mostly YA this year and I just can’t have a fictional crush on someone that’s a decade younger than me!

Newest favorite character?

I’ve liked a lot of characters so far this year, but I think I’m pretty partial to Max from The Music of What Happens.

Book that made you cry?

I don’t think any books this year have made me all-out cry, but I felt so many things while I was reading Lost At Sea!

Book that made you happy?

Christina Lauren’s books tend to make me pretty happy. The Unhoneymooners was no exception.

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

I think the only book to movie adaptation I’ve seen this year is Carrie!

Favorite review you’ve written this year?

Possibly Smart Tass? I like writing sassy reviews, and this was one of the sassiest.

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

I think I’ve acquired at least 100 books so far this year (oops) but one that has a cover I love that’s also within my line of sight right now is The Wicked Deep.

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

A ton. Like… so many. Take a look at my Ultimate TBR post, most of which I haven’t read yet.


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: Fall Out Boy Book Tag

I was not tagged, but I love Fall Out Boy and I love books and I love tags, so I had to do this when I saw it on Angelica‘s blog!


The Rules

  • Link to the creator’s blog (Raine Reads)
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Pick a book or character to answer each prompt
  • Tag as many bloggers as you’d like!

Take This to Your Grave

a book that’s a little rough around the edges but you love it anyway

I definitely understand what it is that makes people dislike Emergency Contact. But I just love it so much. I think that what makes it rough around the edges is also what makes it realistic and great.

Sugar, We’re Goin Down

a book that lives up to the hype

You probably thought I was going to go with The Hating Game. Surprisingly, I’ve decided to go with something different. I was a little bit afraid to read Ready Player One since I don’t always go for this kind of story, but this one was really well-done.

A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”

a book with pop culture references

You might not think a book set in 1553 would contain a lot of pop culture references, but… My Lady Jane does.

Thnks fr th Mmrs

a book that you changed your opinion about

I don’t know if it’s really accurate to say that I’ve changed my opinion about The Gentleman’s Guide. I still think it’s a great book, but I’ve definitely changed my mind about its author.

What A Catch, Donnie

a character that you want to take care of

There are many characters I want to take care of. Adam Parrish. Holland Vosijk. Darius Kellner. The one I’m going with for this prompt, though, is Luka Kotova from Infini.

Just One Yesterday

a book you wish you could read for the first time again

I absolutely loved Fangirl the first time around. I’m actually planning to re-read it, but I wish I could read it again for the first time.

Hot To The Touch, Cold On The Inside

a book that you were excited to read but ended up being a disappointment

I was a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk when I was in high school. I read all of the books of his that my local library had. I got Pygmy for my 19th birthday and just HATED it. I haven’t read anything else of his since.

Centuries

a book you see everywhere but are afraid to read

I just finished Daisy Jones & the Six and loved it. I’ve really only seen positive reviews of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It’s just sooo hyped that I’m terrified that I’m going to hate it.

Ghost Busters (I’m Not Afraid)

a new take on a classic story

At the Stroke of Midnight is basically a sexy, feminist retelling of Cinderella.

Young and Menace

a controversial book

Let me tell you, I had some conflicted feelings about All the Bright Places. It was written in a way that made it very hard to put down. Niven made me feel a lot of things for her characters. But I feel like the whole message of the book is problematic and I can’t support it.


I’m not going to tag anyone to do this, but if you love Fall Out Boy, please feel free (and please link back to me so I can see your answers)! Which book do you wish you could read for the first time again? What’s your favorite book that includes pop culture references? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Mystery Blogger Award (Take 10)

Many thanks to Shyla for the nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous versions of this award here: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 789


What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s 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

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

Three Facts About Me

  1. I’m getting rid of over 100 books that I’m never going to read again. (I’ll be doing a post about it someday soon.)
  2. My least favorite vegetable is probably eggplant.
  3. Thanks to my boyfriend, I’ve been on more rollercoasters in the last six months than I’d been on in the last probably fifteen years.

Questions from Shyla

What is in your reader wheelhouse? You see it on a shelf, you can’t resist.

I’d have to say any kind of friends-to-lovers romance. I’m a little pickier about my enemies-to-lovers books, but friends-to-lovers is almost sure to please me.

What is the last book you read?

Right now, I’m about halfway done with We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar. The last book I finished was The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

If you could have one superpower, would would it be?

I have a standing answer for this question — teleportation. I’m in a long-distance relationship and both my mom and my best friend live in a different state than me. I’d be teleporting constantly if I could.

What horror/dystopia book or movie would you be most likely to survive through and why?

Well, I just watched The Conjuring with my boyfriend not too long ago, and I think I can pretty safely say that I’d survive that movie. Why? Because the second that dog refused to walk through the door of the new house, I would’ve been like… nope. Something’s wrong here. We’re leaving.

If you could invent one thing, anything at all, what would it be?

Ooh, good question. Going along with my superpower answer, I’d love to invent a way to teleport. Not only would I be able to easily visit anybody at any time, but I would also definitely be rich enough to retire and spend the rest of my life focusing on books and doing good in the world.


Recent(ish) Posts That I’m Proud Of


I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular this time around, but please feel free to answer Shyla’s questions if you’d like! Which horror movie would you survive? Which superpower would you like to have? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Friendship Profile Challenge

I was so excited to see that I’d been tagged by Rebecca to do the Friendship Profile Challenge! I love tags like this and I’m always up for making more blogging friends! ❤


RULES

  • Tag the creators @bookprincessreviews
  • Make the pledge that ✋ you are interested in making new blogger friends
  • Answer each question as fully as you want
  • Tag at least two other bloggers you want to get to know better

 

Name: Sara
Location: New Jersey, USA

 

✋ My name is Sara, and I’m interested in making new blogger friends.

I enjoy: (check all that apply)
☐ Twitter chats
☐ Insta chats
❎ WordPress comment threads
☐ Other:

Expand on that! (optional): 
Twitter stresses me out so much that I rarely ever use it except to retweet other people or automatically share my blog posts. I only have a personal Instagram, which is probably pretty uninteresting if you don’t know me in real life. So WordPress it is! I’m always ready for a good conversation in the comments. 🙂

I like to talk about: Books (of course), my cat, any cats, music and concerts, baking, dermatology, basically any kind of pop culture from the 90s, coffee shops and bookstores I should visit in the NY/NJ area, really anything that you’re passionate about

Conversation Starters: “Want to see a cute picture of my cat?” & “Have you heard this song??”

Find me on Twitter & Goodreads.


I’m tagging…

Cait ✳️ Jamsu ✳️ Lori ✳️ Megs ✳️ Hannah ✳️ anyone who’s looking to make friends!


Please feel free to do this challenge even if I didn’t specifically tag you! Do you like talking about any of these things? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 11)

I was recently nominated by Trisha and Alex for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 910


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 Trisha:

If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?

I think I’d live in New Girl. Can you even imagine how much fun it would be? I’d love to have Jess as my BFF. Hanging out with Nick, Schmidt, Coach, and Winston wouldn’t be too bad, either. (And Ferguson!!)

If money were no object, where would you be living?

I’d be living in a spectacularly awesome apartment in Brooklyn!

If you could INSTANTLY become an expert in anything, what would it be?

Can I say something like… not letting things get to me? I’m usually pretty good at that, but I’ve had trouble letting little things go recently. I was mad for longer than I’d like to admit last Friday because a man was super rude to me at work.

Which one is the first book you ever bought?

I’m not really sure! Probably something by Tamora Pierce, I’d guess. I was always at the bookstore with my mom when I was little.

Let’s be honest, which is that series of books that you know you will not finish?

Most of them! I’m very bad about finishing series. It’s more rare for me to finish a series than it is for me to stop it.

If the place you lived in could only experience ONE season forever, what season would you choose?

Summer. My favorite season is actually spring, but with everything blooming comes a lot of pollen, and it just leads to me sneezing over and over and over and over and over again for weeks. With summer, I get nice weather without all that nonsense.

How many unread books do you own?

Overall, I’m not sure, but I counted 75 in my bedroom a couple days ago.

Which authors are on your auto-buy list?

Jenn Bennett, Krista & Becca Ritchie, and R.S. Grey. There are a ton of authors that I want to read everything from, but not a ton of authors that I’ll actually purchase each time.

What’s your favourite bookish map?

Another question that I’m not sure on! I don’t mind fantasy, but it’s not really my favorite genre. I can’t think of any bookish maps that I was really into off the top of my head.

Which fictional character do you think best represents you?

Maybe Belle from In Bed With the Beast. It’s basically a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, so Belle is a nerdy bookworm who’s lived a pretty sheltered life, and I relate a lot.


11 questions from Alex:

Which author, living or dead, would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Jenn Bennett!

What is the most popular book or series that you have no intention of reading?

Probably A Song of Ice and Fire? I just have no desire whatsoever to read that series.

Have you ever caused irreparable damage to a book?

Yes, I have dropped books in the bath. 😥 I mean, I guess they dried out, but they look weird.

How do you organise your bookshelves?

My shelves aren’t really organized in any real way. They were sort of a rainbow, but then I decided that I didn’t want to separate series, and it turned out that at least half my books have black spines, so it’s just kind of a jumble right now.

How many unread books do you own?

I just counted a couple days ago and I believe it’s 75!

What is your most anticipated release of 2019?

Darkdawn!

What is one backlist book you *must* read this year?

Oh, I did a whole post about this in January. I’m not doing too great on reading my backlist books, but I am trying. I’m going to say Vengeful because I was so excited to pre-order it and now it’s just been sitting on my shelf forever.

What was your favourite childhood book?

I had many favorites, but the one that’s best stood the test of time is Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

How do you get yourself out of a reading slump?

A minor reading slump can be fixed by picking up some audiobooks or graphic novels. I was in a pretty major reading slump from the end of February until the beginning of April, though, and nothing really pulled me out of it until I just one day got over it.

Which of your blog posts are you most proud of?

I don’t do discussion posts really often, but I usually end up feeling pretty proud of myself when I do. Here are some discussion posts I’ve really enjoyed writing:

What is your favourite book cover?

I always have the same answer for this question, which I guess makes sense since it’s my favorite…


I’ve tagged a ton of people recently, so I’m going to take a little break for now. If you want to answer these questions, though, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ If you could live anywhere, where would you live? Which backlist book are you most excited to read this year? Let’s talk in the comments!

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