Netflix #BookTag #TagTuesday

Time for another book tag 😉

As always – link your answers in the comments. Scroll down to find the questions and original tag video 🙂

1. Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading.

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5 Stars from me! Check out my full review: Thirteen Reasons Why #spoilerfree #bookreview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on book you have previously read.

Based on my Favourites shelf, Goodreads recommends:

Deal Breaker

 

Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron’s prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family’s tragedy, a woman’s secret, and a man’s lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction Myron Bolitar a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.”

Uzumaki

 

Shortly after Shuichi Saito’s father becomes obsessed with spirals — snail shells, whirlpools, and man-made patterns — he dies mysteriously, his body positioned in the shape of a twisted coil. Soon, the entire town is afflicted with a snail-like disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kushiel's Dart

The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good… and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission… and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel’s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair… and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel’s Dart-a massive tale about the violent death of an old age, and the birth of a new.”

3. Recently Added: The last book you bought

Vienna Waltz

 

I bought Vienna Waltz at my local library used book sale for a fantastic price, along with a few other books. I wouldn’t normally buy this genre, but thought for the price I would give it a try.

“Europe’s elite have gathered at the glittering Congress of Vienna–princes, ambassadors, the Russian tsar–all negotiating the fate of the continent by day and pursuing pleasure by night. Until Princess Tatiana, the most beautiful and talked about woman in Vienna, is found murdered during an ill-timed rendezvous with three of her most powerful conquests. . .

Suzanne Rannoch has tried to ignore rumors that her new husband, Malcolm, has also been tempted by Tatiana. As a protégé of France’s Prince Talleyrand and attaché for Britain’s Lord Castlereagh, Malcolm sets out to investigate the murder and must enlist Suzanne’s special skills and knowledge if he is to succeed. As a complex dance between husband and wife in the search for the truth ensues, no one’s secrets are safe, and the future of Europe may hang in the balance. . .”

4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about. (2 you’ve read and 2 you haven’t read or have no interest in reading)

2 I have read

Harry Potter and Sorcerer's STone

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

Two I have NO INTENTION of reading. Or any of the other Fifty Shades books. Ever.

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5. Comedies: A funny book

#1 book on Goodread’s “Best Humorous Books” is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I can’t wait to finally read this one – might be a great summer read actually.

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6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.

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Cersei Lannister. Such a drama queen – love her and hate her, all the same time.

 

 

 

 

7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

The eye of the world

8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read

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I read the first…8 or 9 books from the Sword of Truth Series, and would love to re-read the series from the beginning so I can read the more recent ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

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Great little book that can help everyone improve their grammar and writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Action and Adventure: An action packed book

Lunar Chronicles

11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.

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Publication Date is June 13th, 2017. So excited to read this one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVryd…

Questions:
1. Recently Watched:The last book you finished reading.
2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on book you have previously read.
3. Recently Added: The last book you bought
4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about. (2 you’ve read and 2 you haven’t read or have no interest in reading)
5. Comedies: A funny book
6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.
7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover
8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read
9. Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone
10. Action and Adventure: An action packed book
11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.

Growin’ Up Book Tag #TagTuesday #BookTag

This tag was created by Possibly Literate. (links to her social media below)

This is open to everyone – questions are below for copy/paste (leave a link to your tag in comments, or answer questions in the comments section). 🙂 🙂 🙂

1. Pre-school: It’s okay to admit it, you’re just in it for the pictures. What’s your favorite illustrated book?

Anything by Dr. Seuss

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2. Kindergarten: NAP TIME! What’s a book that put you to sleep?

man-gone-down

 

I’ve tried to read this one for YEARS. I don’t know why, but for some reason I find it incredibly boring and it puts me to ZzzzZzzZzzzzz…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Elementary School: Recess and story time and jungle gyms–SO MUCH FUN. What’s a book or series that’s just plain fun?

momswhodrinkandswear

 

I laughed almost constantly reading Moms Who Drink and Swear by Nicole Knepper. Even if you’re not a mom, I think you’d still find this one lots of fun.

 

 

 

4. Middle School: The awkward and embarrassing years… What’s a book or series that you’re embarrassed you used to be a huge fan of?

Hmmmm…that’s a good question. I don’t think I feel embarrassed about any books I’ve read…simply because I don’t embarrass very easily haha! I used to read romance novels as a teen, which are super cheesy, but I don’t feel embarrassed about it.

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5. High School: The popular girl, the jock, the nerd, the loner–these are all stereotypes, but people are more than they appear!! Who is a character that you initially wrote off as a trope/stereotype but grew to love?

This Savage Song

Kate Harker in This Savage Song written by Victoria Schwab. At the beginning of this story Kate seems like she is nothing but a wanna-be-trouble-maker, but we then learn she is the daughter of the mayor – which then made me think she was simply a spoiled brat who doesn’t realize how good she’s got it. I was incredibly wrong. Kate is a strong young woman, who isn’t afraid to say what she means, and means what she says. She’s not the damsel in distress who needs saving – she does the saving. I absolutely fell in love with her character and can’t WAIT to read the next book in this series.

 

 

6. College: Out on your own, forging your own path, making your own schedule. What is your favorite coming-of-age story?

Little-Women-bookcover

 

Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott has been my favourite coming of age story since I was about ten years old. This is one of the few books I’ve actually re-read, and would love to re-read again soon. I’ve also watched the movie about fifty times. ♥♥♥

 

 

 

 

 

7. Adulthood: Taxes and retirement accounts and car payments OH MY. All depressing, but you still have a sense that the world is your oyster. What is a book that’s pretty depressing, but also has a sense of optimism to it?

13RWanniversary

 

This might seem like a strange choice. Thirteen Reasons Why is the story of Hannah, who left recorded tapes explaining the thirteen reasons why she committed suicide. Painfully depressing read that made me cry numerous times – however, there is an optimistic side there…where it’s teaching us the important lesson that everything affects everything. We can take the time to realize the power of our words and actions. It also teaches us to love our friends and family better and never take anyone for granted.

 

 

Questions:
1. Pre-school: It’s okay to admit it, you’re just in it for the pictures. What’s your favorite illustrated book?
2. Kindergarten: NAP TIME! What’s a book that put you to sleep?
3. Elementary School: Recess and story time and jungle gyms–SO MUCH FUN. What’s a book or series that’s just plain fun?
4. Middle School: The awkward and embarrassing years… What’s a book or series that you’re embarrassed you used to be a huge fan of?
5. High School: The popular girl, the jock, the nerd, the loner–these are all stereotypes, but people are more than they appear!! Who is a character that you initially wrote off as a trope/stereotype but grew to love?
6. College: Out on your own, forging your own path, making your own schedule. What is your favorite coming-of-age story?
7. Adulthood: Taxes and retirement accounts and car payments OH MY. All depressing, but you still have a sense that the world is your oyster. What is a book that’s pretty depressing, but also has a sense of optimism to it?

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Reader Problems Tag #TagTuesday

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag – Feel free to link your tag in the comments 🙂

Questions are at the bottom of post for easy copy/paste.

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

I read books sent to me for review first, after that I’ll read the library book that’s due back before the others. It seems like I always have a book to review or a library book due (or one that I’ve had on hold is ready for pick up), so the physical books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet are piling up. As of right now I have no books to review, and have three books out from the library. 🙂

I’m also taking part in a few reading challenges on Goodreads: Dewey Decimal, and A to Z Location, and also the Fantasy Book Bingo challenge on Reddit r/fantasy group, so they also help determine which book I read next.

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

I find it very, very, very hard to quit on a book. It doesn’t happen very often at all, maybe half a dozen times in my life. I like to finish it so I can get the whole picture and be able to give a more accurate review. The curious cat in me likes to know what happens, even if I don’t like what’s happening or how it’s being told, etc…

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3. 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?

Ignore all households chores and mommy duties. HAHAHA joking! Naw, I read for pleasure, so I’m not too hung up on “deadlines”.

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

Doesn’t bother me.

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

Everyone has their own personal taste, and things happening in their life which change the way they perceive a story. The online reading world has opened up a whole new group of bookworms to chat with about books. I love to chat about books on Goodreads, Facebook, blogs, and “Booktube”.

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

I don’t like to show emotion in public and have become a suppress-emotion Master Ninja. LOL I wait until I’m home alone, or with a close friend or husband, then let the tears flow while eating chocolate.

7. 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 read the first seven or eight books from the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind then got busy with University, work, kids, etc…I have plans this year to re-read the series, starting at the first book…maybe read one per month or every other month.  I also want to do the same for The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

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

Anytime I have  borrowed a book I NEVER get it back. I feel like I need to put library card holders in the back of them or something LOL

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

I don’t usually read more than one book at a time…right now I have a few going because I started Man Gone Down but find that to be a very slow read. I started Wyrd Sisters but the e-book was due back to library, and someone else had it on hold…so now I have it on hold to finish it. SO then I started book one of the Outlander series. But – I picked up Thirteen Reasons Why which was on hold at the library, and it’s a fast turn around book, so it’s due back before Outlander…so it kinda makes sense to read that first right? 😛

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

My local library has books for sale super cheap so whenever I go I always check to see what’s on the sale shelf. I sometimes buy books from Bookoutlet.ca, but not often. My book buying budget is small, so I make great use of our local library 🙂

11. 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?

*Hangs head in shame* My bookshelf is filling up quickly with books I bought but haven’t read yet. I would say the one that’s been there waiting the longest has been waiting for a year or so. I plan on reading them all in 2017.

 

★QUESTIONS:
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
3. 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?
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
7. 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?!?!?!?
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
11. 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?

The Book Cake Tag

Watch the original Book Cake Tag video

The recipe is numbered below so you can easily copy/paste and make your own Book Cake! Link yours in the comments 🙂

First ingredient, Flour: a book that started off slow, but picked up as it went along.

For this one I chose a series, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. The first book started off slow, but Hollow City and Library of Souls have a lot more page-turning action.

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library of souls

Second Ingredient, Eggs: a book you thought was going to be bad, but actually turned out to be enjoyable

Although I was grateful to receive a complimentary copy of Deep Under Cover for review, I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy it all that much. This is not a genre I had ever read before, but I’m sure glad I did read it because I quite enjoyed Jack Barsky’s story.

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Third Ingredient, Sugar: a very sweet book

Furthermore is a magically-delicious story with a sweet story.

Furthermore

Fourth Ingredient: Icing: a book that covers everything you enjoy (funny, action, sad, etc)

This might be a strange choice, but Wild had everything I enjoy: a great character arc, action, humour, lesson, romance, and personal growth.

Wild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Ingredient, Sprinkles: a book you turn to for a pick me up

Is it corny for me to choose Harry Potter? Ya…but…I’ll pick it anyways! hahaha!

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Sixth Ingredient, Cherry on top: your favourite book so far this year

I think I would have to pick Small Great Things. SO GOOD.

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  1. Margarine: a book that had a rich plot
  2. Eggs: a book you thought was going to be bad, but actually turned out to be enjoyable
  3. Sugar: a very sweet book
  4. Icing: a book that covers everything you enjoy (funny, action, sad, etc)
  5. Sprinkles: a book you turn to for a pick me up
  6. Cherry on top: your favourite book so far this year

Truth or Dare #BookTag

Questions are down below so you can copy/paste. Be sure to share the link for your Truth or Dare Book Tag in the comments! I tag anyone who would like to do this tag 🙂

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I’ve had Ramona and her Father on my shelf since 1989.

Ramona and her Father

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

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Current Read: The Lonely Hearts Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tapestry of Tears

 

 

Last Read: A Tapestry of Tears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlander

 

 

The book I’ll read next: Outlander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

girl-on-the-train

 

Over 1.1 million ratings on Goodreads, with an average rating of 3.88. I didn’t HATE it. I don’t think I HATE any book, that’s a strong word. It’s not that I disliked The Girl On The Train, it just didn’t live up to the hype for me.

 

 

 

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

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A Suitable Boy, it has a great rating on Goodreads and sounds like a great read, however, it has 1474 pages, making it the longest book on my TBR at the moment. I’d love to read it, but not sure when I’ll be able to make that kind of commitment haha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

See question 4. LOL

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

Wait till the end!

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

I always read all of the notes and acknowledgements. It’s an interesting glimpse into the author’s support system.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Miss Peregrine from Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children because it would be kickass to be able to change into a bird and fly.

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

I was introduced to The Wheel of Time series by a friend while attending University, so when I think of those first books we read and discussed together it always brings me back to then.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

The book from question 1…is a book I borrowed from the library of my elementary school…but never returned. *SHAME*

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

I love to give books away…I try to find a book that I think they would like, can take something from, will make them laugh, or is pertaining to something they are going through at the time.

12. Which book has been with you most places?

The book from question 1 again…I’ve had it when I lived in Labrador, Newfoundland, British Columbia, and Ontario.

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

Shakespeare! I disliked it in high school, but when I read it in University for an English course I really liked it a lot.

14. Used or brand new?

Both, but new books do smell fantastic.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Not yet, but I have two on my shelf that I bought at a library sale.

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

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I loved the book Little Women, but the movie was even better. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the movie. I just love it so much ♥♥♥♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I own about 15 cookbooks, and every single one of them make me hungry!

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Rock Recipes is one of my favourite cookbooks. I was born and raised in Newfoundland, so I love to make “Newfie” meals.

 

 

 

 

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

My Dad and I share similar book taste, and Oprah has great book recommendations.

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

Dragon Teeth

 

I highly doubt I would have ever picked up Dragon Teeth to read. It was recommended to me by Netgalley, and have to admit I enjoyed every chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post the link to your Booktag in the comments! Or answer the questions in the comments 🙂

QUESTIONS:
The questions:
1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
5. What book are you saving for retirement?
6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
12. Which book has been with you most places?
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
14. Used or brand new?
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Okay So Booksically #booktag #tagtuesday

I’m loving these book tags. 🙂

List of questions are below for easy copy/paste. Be sure to link your blog/video in comments!

1 – Tell us about your user/blog/channel name and your real name
My blog is called “Amanda’s Words” and my real name is Amanda Hartwick.

2 – Open Instagram search and chat about the first 3 images
the.imperfect.library posted a picture of a children’s book called Homegoing

molly_odette posted a picture of a big beautiful shawl she knit called Lucidity

wearethemurrays posted a picture of a her almost 40 weeks pregnant, pointing to her TV which is showing the mama giraffe who finally gave birth LOL

3 – Open YouTube and talk about the first 3 videos

The Beardy Adventures posted a video called “Last day of our beardy holiday & my new trousers

A Dash of Ash posted a video called “10 Fantasies I need to read”

Super Space Chick posted a video called “March Wrap Up”

4 – Your favorite song to listen to while reading/writing, and how many plays its got

I don’t normally listen to music while reading or writing…I also don’t have iTunes, or other players that keep track of # of plays. I basically only listen to music while driving in my van (radio), or to “Rock my Run” APP when I go for a walk or a jog.

5 – Favorite book on your shelf at the moment

Hmmmm…that’s a really hard question to answer for me. I can’t pick a favourite! You can’t make me!

6 – Favorite bookish thing you love using as a prop in your pictures/videos

I don’t really pay attention to props…I guess I need to up my photo taking game.

7 – 3 Books you are dying to re-read, but probably never will

It by Stephen King. One of my favourite authors, but I have an irrational fear of clowns.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I’ve wanted to read this one for as long as I can remember, however, I’ve heard some really mixed reviews, it’s really long, if I start a book I have to finish it, so it’s a commitment that I’m not sure I want to make.

Let’s Just Say it Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton. It’s on my Goodreads “To Be Read” list, but it has a really low average rating, 2.83, so not too sure on if I’ll ever get to that one.

8 – Amazing bookish finds (this can be books, bookish things, or bookish moments)

I found a first edition copy of Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King at a used book sale.

I’ve had the same KOBO for about 6 years now and it works great. Knock on wood.

Watching my kids become bookworms like me.

9 – Hottest author(s)/Author Crush

Veronica Roth

Ransom Riggs

Paula Hawkins

Gillian Flynn

John Green

 

★QUESTIONS
1 – Tell us about your user/blog/channel name and your real name
2 – Open Instagram search and chat about the first 3 images
3 – Open YouTube and talk about the first 3 videos
4 – Your favorite song to listen to while reading/writing, and how many plays its got
5 – Favorite book on your shelf at the moment
6 – Favorite bookish thing you love using as a prop in your pictures/videos
7 – 3 Books you are dying to re-read, but probably never will
8 – Amazing bookish finds (this can be books, bookish things, or bookish moments)
9 – Hottest author(s)/Author Crush

The Goodreads Tag #BookTag

The Goodreads Booktag

I watched Peter Monn’s Youtube video doing this tag (his video is below).

I tag anyone who would like to do this tag – link yours in the comments! 🙂

Add me on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/amandadroverhartwick

Questions are below to easily copy/paste.

1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Turning

Turning by Jessica J. Lee

“Through the heat of summer to the frozen depths of winter, Lee traces her journey swimming through 52 lakes in a single year, swimming through fear and heartbreak to find her place in the world.”

At the age of 28, Jessica Lee–Canadian, Chinese, and British–finds herself in Berlin. Alone. Lonely, with lowered spirits thanks to some family history and a broken heart, she is ostensibly there to write a thesis. And although that is what she does daily, what increasingly occupies her is swimming. So she makes a decision that she believes will win her back her confidence and independence: she will swim fifty-two of the lakes around Berlin, no matter what the weather or season. She is aware that this particular landscape is not without its own ghosts and history.

Expected Publication Date: May 4th, 2017

2. What are you currently reading?

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Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas

In May 2014 I started reading this book, but stopped at page 246. This January 2017 I decided that one of my goals for this year was to start from the beginning and actually finish it. I’m on page 195. *hangs head in shame* I really need to pick this up again. Perhaps if i just focus on reading one chapter at a time I can get through it.

 

 

 

 

 

The Only Child

 

I started reading The Only Child by Andrew Pyper on April 8th, and am 47% done. LOVING this one so far.

Expected Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017

The publisher kindly sent me a complimentary copy for review.

 

 

 

 

 

3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

Harry Potter The Prequel

 

The Harry Potter Prequel is an 800-word story written by J. K. Rowling, and was published online on June 11th, 2008. Set three years before the birth of Harry Potter, the story recounts an adventure had by Sirius Black and James Potter.

 

 

 

 

 

4. What book do you plan to read next?

Dragon Teeth

 

Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel—a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, but I have a really hard time deciding what to rate a book.

6. Are you doing a 2014 Reading Challenge?

I’m doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 and I’m also doing a few more challenges on Goodreads:

Let’s Turn Pages Challenge

A to Z Challenge (Location Edition)

Dewey Decimal Nonfiction Challenge

7. Do you have a wishlist?

Not really. I have some books in my cart at Chapters website, Amazon.ca website, Bookoutlet.ca, and a TBR. But not an official “wishlist”.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

Hmmm…I’m slowly buying all the books in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I’m also keeping an eye out for Stephen King books. I want to read the unread books on my shelf before buying more. (hopefully, haha!)

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Unless you have been very, very lucky, you have undoubtedly experienced events in your life that have made you cry. So unless you have been very, very lucky, you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.” ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
Stephen King

“Sometimes, making the wrong choice is better than making no choice. You have the courage to go forward, that is rare. A person who stands at the fork, unable to pick, will never get anywhere.”
Terry Goodkind, Wizard’s First Rule

10. Who are your favorite authors?

Stephen King

Robert Jordan

Marissa Meyer

Veronica Roth

J.K. Rowling

Ransom Riggs

Sandra Gulland

William Shakespeare

J. R. R. Tolkien

Lisa Genova

George R. R. Martin

11. Have you joined any groups?

2017 Reading Challenge

ReadingRealm ReadAlong

County of L&A Libraries – Online Book Club

Monthly Recommendations

BooktubeSFF Awards

Fiction Writing

The Book Bound Society

 

THE QUESTIONS:
1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?
2. What are you currently reading?
3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?
4. What book do you plan to read next?
5. Do you use the star rating system?
6. Are you doing a 2014 Reading Challenge?
7. Do you have a wishlist?
8. What book do you plan to buy next?
9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?
10. Who are your favorite authors?
11. Have you joined any groups?

Spring Reading #BookTag

I tag anyone who would like to completely this booktag! Be sure to link yours in the comments 🙂

 

1. What books are you most excited to read over the next few months?

The Only Child

 

I’m currently reading The Only Child by Andrew Pyper and loving it. The publisher kindly sent me an Advanced Reader Copy to review. Expected publication is May 23rd, 2017.

The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces—Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula—in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.

Dragon Teeth

 

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton was another e-book sent to me by the publisher for review. I’ll be reading this after The Only Child. Expected publication date is June 1st, 2017

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

A Tapestry of Tears

 

After Dragon Teeth I’ll be reading A Tapestry of Tears by Gita V. Reddy.

Set in the early nineteenth century, A Tapestry of Tears is about female infanticide, and the unmaking of tradition. If a woman gives birth to a female child, she must feed her the noxious sap of the akk plant. That is the tradition, parampara. Veeranwali rebels, and fights to save her offspring.
The other stories span a spectrum of emotions and also bring to life the varied culture and social spectrum of India. Woven into this collection is the past and the present, despair and hope, and the triumph of the human spirit.

 

2. What book most makes you think of Spring, for whatever reason?

The Hobbit

 

Bilbo sets off on a great adventure in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, going through incredible changes leading him to become an unlikely hero.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No idea why, but The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion reminds me of Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The days are getting longer – what is the longest book you’ve read?

Lord of Chaos

 

Lord of Chaos (Book 6 of The Wheel of Time) written by Robert Jordan. 1011 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. What books would you recommend to brighten someone’s day?

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Moms Who Drink and Swear by Nicole Knepper is hilarious! Highly recommend this read 🙂

 

 

 

 

5. Spring brings new life in nature – think up a book that doesn’t exist but you wish it did. (eg by a favourite author, on a certain theme or issue etc)

Harry Potter The Prequel

 

J.K. Rowling did write an 800 word Harry Potter prequel, but I selfishly want more LOL A whole book, or shall I be so bold as to ask for a trilogy about Harry’s parents growing up as children attending Hogwarts, then becoming adults, leading up to the first Harry Potter book?

 

 

 

 

6. Spring is also a time of growth – how has your reading changed over the years?

As a young child and teen I basically only read fiction and school-required books. While attending University I read only fantasy and required reading for school. Now, in my mid-thirties, I read many different genres, and this past year has been my best reading year since I was thirteen years old.

7. We’re a couple of months into the new year – how’s your reading going?

Since January I have read 23 books, which is already more than the number of books I read ALL of last year. 🙂

8. Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?

Well, now that I’ve been reading a lot more the past six months I’ve decided to get back to writing two stories that I’ve been working on for awhile. I’m hoping to finish them this year, and look into getting published.

My “To be read” list is getting completely out of hand. Once I finish all the books that I received to review, I will be reading all of the books on my bookshelf that haven’t been read yet, then tackling all the unread books on my KOBO before I delve into my TBR list. That’s the plan HAHA!

 

Tag questions:
1. What books are you most excited to read over the next few months?
2. What book most makes you think of Spring, for whatever reason?
3. The days are getting longer – what is the longest book you’ve read?
4. What books would you recommend to brighten someone’s day?
5. Spring brings new life in nature – think up a book that doesn’t exist but you wish it did. (eg by a favourite author, on a certain theme or issue etc)
6. Spring is also a time of growth – how has your reading changed over the years?
7. We’re a couple of months into the new year – how’s your reading going?
8. Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?

Nope! #BookTag

These are my opinions…you may disagree, and that’s okay! I tag anyone who wants to do this tag. Be sure to link it in the comments! Feel free to answer the questions in the comments too – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Disagree

 

★QUESTIONS:
1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

State of Wonder

2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

The Lifeboat
3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1) by Louise Penny

Still Life
4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

Tris and Four. Yup. I said it.

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5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

The Light Between The Oceans by M.L. Stedman – Did NOT see the plot twist at all. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The Light Between the Oceans
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.

Murder By Family by Kent Whitaker. I did not agree with many of the decisions the father made.

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7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

I would never say never – but I’m not a fan of Manga or Erotic Romance.
8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

I have never listened to an audio book, and not sure if I ever will.
9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

Love triangles. Insta-love. Damsel in distress. Villain monologues where they reveal their entire plot and motivations.
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

50 Shades of Grey – or any erotic romance.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Message in a dream.
12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

Carl from Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

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13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

I don’t think any book is bad enough that it shouldn’t exist.
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

Dracula.
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

So sad 😦  The Fault in our Stars by John Green. The feels. Oh the feels.

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16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

Roy MacGregor. Sorry 😦

★QUESTIONS:
1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.
4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.
8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.
13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

The Coffee Booktag

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I found this book tag on Bookerly’s Youtube Channel and thought it would make an interesting blog post 😉  Book tags are a fun thing where we categorize books based on creative questions or topics.
Questions 1. Black- name a series that is tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

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I know there are thousands of people who loved this book, but I’m not one of them. I gave it 3 stars, it was OKAY, but just not amazing for me.
Question 2. Peppermint Mocha- name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

Lunar Chronicles

I’m going to go with The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, I don’t know why, I just feel like they are a great Winter series to read, plus one of them is called “Winter”. Cinder was published first, but there are a couple prequels coming out soon. I have read Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and Stars Above but haven’t read some of the others.
Question 3. Hot Chocolate- what is your favorite children’s book?

Charlotte's Web

It was the first chapter book I read, and I have re-read it I don’t know how many times. Absolutely love this one ♥

Question 4. Double shot of espresso- name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

truly-madly-guilty

I read this pretty quickly, I was on the edge of my seat, heart pounding – I needed to know what happened at the BBQ!! LOL
Question 5. Starbucks- name a book you see everywhere.

Furthermore

I see it at stores, Booktubers talking about it. A great Middle Grade read.
Question 6. That hipster coffee shop- give a book by an indie author a shout out.

Motherhood by Lindsey Williams

Gotta go with my girl Lindsey! ♥
Question 7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf- name a book you were expecting more from.

Poisonwood Bible

Average rating on Goodreads 4.02, over 550,000 people rated it…but I gave it 2 stars.
Question 8. The perfect blend- name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

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Some gut-wrenching, heart-squishing parts…but adorable parts…full range of emotion reading this one.

If you do this booktag post the link in the comments below! 🙂

Here are the questions in case you’d like to copy/paste:
1. Black- name a series that is tough to get into but has hardcore fans.
2. Peppermint Mocha- name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
3. Hot Chocolate- what is your favorite children’s book?
4. Double shot of espresso- name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
5. Starbucks- name a book you see everywhere.
6. That hipster coffee shop- give a book by an indie author a shout out.
7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf- name a book you were expecting more from.
8. The perfect blend- name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.