It’s been a little while since I did a tag, but I couldn’t resist doing this Remember November tag! Thank you to Mandy & Sha for tagging me! ❤
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sadie hawkins day: first saturday
a female character who takes her fate in her own hands
Ileana in The Story That Cannot Be Toldis not going to let anyone decide her life for her. She takes charge of what’s happening, finds her voice, and does her best to keep herself and those around her safe.
I’ve seen this one going around a lot but wasn’t actually tagged. (I’m just over here pretending I don’t have a ton of tags I was actually tagged in to do.) Anyway, I thought this was the perfect tag to do right before Halloween, and what can I say? I love spoopy memes. 🎃
If you’d like to do this tag, please link back to this post so I can see your answers!
Feel free to use the banner above if you’d like, and I highly suggest you copy over the memes, as they give the questions context.
Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?
I’m not super into spooky books, but I did just finish Doll Bones by Holly Black. It’s middle grade but it’s definitely got some creepy stuff going on!
Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!
Well, let’s see. On my front door there’s a sparkly spooky black cat. On my balcony, there’s some light up pumpkins and a real pumpkin. And at my desk at work, I have some Halloween garland. I don’t have pictures of my house (and I’m too lazy to get out of my bed right now) but here’s a corner of my desk:
Also, I was legitimately tempted to print out that meme to hang at my desk the first time I saw it, and honestly, I still might.
What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?
You know, like I said, I don’t read a lot of spooky books. But one book that stuck with me was 172 Hours on the Moon. It’s psychologically scary.
What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?
Does wanting to chuck the book across the room in anger because the ending was so horrible and ridiculous count? If so, Neverworld Wake. (And if not, I really have no idea.) If I hadn’t been listening to an audiobook at work and if I were a violent person, that book would have gone flying.
What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try get people to read?
There are two! For adult romance, definitely The Hating Game. (We all know I love The Hating Game.) And for YA, definitely Starry Eyes! Both books are so great and don’t have a lot of hype anymore.
Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If not, what would be your costume if you were?
I’m not going to go all-out, but I might wear a cat ear headband or something.
What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?
I think it’s great, and I love memes.
Well, Halloween is tomorrow, so I’m not going to tag anybody, but please steal this tag! And link back to me so I can see your answers! Are you dressing up for Halloween? How do you feel about memes? Let’s talk in the comments!
I’m not going to tag anybody in particular, but if you decide to do the tag, please link back to me so I can see your answers! Which books have warmed your heart recently? What are some good lighthearted books? Let’s talk in the comments!
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
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
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!
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!