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?
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!
my preorder of Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell finally came!
3 things this week:
I went to the release party for The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer and it was so much fun!
I started listening to audiobooks at work and first of all, I’m happy to have books in my life again, and second of all, it’s actually way less distracting than having fifty different conversations going on all around me.
I met Chelsea Jade!! I am still in disbelief.
Song of the week:
This song has been stuck in my head for like three days straight.
How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!
Rating: ★★★★★ Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads Publication Date: October 8, 2019 Source: ARC via author/publisher
A powerful middle grade debut that weaves together folklore and history to tell the story of a girl finding her voice and the strength to use it during the final months of the Communist regime in Romania in 1989.
Ileana has always collected stories. Some are about the past, before the leader of her country tore down her home to make room for his golden palace; back when families had enough food, and the hot water worked on more than just Saturday nights. Others are folktales like the one she was named for, which her father used to tell her at bedtime. But some stories can get you in trouble, like the dangerous one criticizing Romania’s Communist government that Uncle Andrei published—right before he went missing.
Fearing for her safety, Ileana’s parents send her to live with the grandparents she’s never met, far from the prying eyes and ears of the secret police and their spies, who could be any of the neighbors. But danger is never far away. Now, to save her family and the village she’s come to love, Ileana will have to tell the most important story of her life.
Once upon a time, something happened. If it had not happened, it would not be told.
From the first time I heard about this book, I was intrigued. A middle grade historical fiction novel set in Communist Romania? That’s a little different from what I usually read, and a little different from what I usually see floating around the book blogging world.
The thing is, I’ve been in kind of an extended reading slump for a few months now. It’s very rare that I want to pick up a book for more than a few minutes at a time, but this one had me hooked from the first page. Quite honestly, I probably could have finished it in one sitting if I hadn’t had other things to do.
So, where do I even start with this review? I guess, first, I’ll talk about Ileana and what a great heroine she was. Sure, she’s a great storyteller. But she’s also smart and perceptive and a little bit sassy, and above all, she’s a normal little girl. She makes mistakes and lives through the consequences. She questions the Communist government that she’s grown up in without it feeling forced or overly political. Her character growth over the course of this book is incredible and I was so, so proud of her by the end of the book.
The next thing I want to talk about is the story itself. I’ve never read a book quite like this before, and I think that was another thing that kept the pages turning. Not only was there the story of Ileana moving from the city to the country to (hopefully) escape the Romanian Securitate, but interspersed throughout the story are chapters of Romanian folktales, which I loved. Toward the end of the book, I actually got goosebumps reading about how everything played out.
As always, I want to avoid spoilers, so I’m going to cut myself off here. I’ll end by saying that this is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year and I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J. Kasper Kramer is an author and English professor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has a master’s degree in creative writing and once upon a time lived in Japan, where she taught at an international school. When she’s not curled up with a book, Kramer loves researching lost fairy tales, playing video games, and fostering kittens.
So, first things first, thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me to do theIdentity 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!
Take all the quizzes down below and record your answers.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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??
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!
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: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12
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)?
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’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!