The Reader Problems Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Jackie with fallinlovewiththesoundofwords for the Reader Problems Book Tag.  Thanks for the tag!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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


Typically… I pick somewhere around 5 books around the beginning of each month that stands as my TBR for that given month.  I try my VERY hardest to stick to that…but most of the time I stray.  Hahahahaha



 

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


99% of the time  I will finish the book.  I don’t know why I insist on torturing myself…but I just can’t quit a book.  I have only ever quit reading 2 or 3 books EVER.


 

 

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? 


I always try.  It doesn’t always mean that I will make it, but I alway try.  The how is simply reading ALL. THE. TIME.  If I’m super far behind, I will keep my book on me at all times so that I can read any time that I have free time.


 

 

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


It actually doesn’t bother me at all.  The only time that i have purchased another full set is with Harry Potter.  I have 4 British Hardback covers of the Harry Potter books (missing books 1-3), so I bought a US boxed set to have a full complete set of them . Other series I have are pretty mixed as far as different covers, or hard and paperback books.


 

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


 

Usually the Hubby.  He will let me vent about my dislike/hatred over an overhyped or much loved book.


 

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


I’m not a crier.  I’ve only had 1 book that has made me cry (The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein) and I was at home when I was reading it.


 

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?!?!?! (oh my..calm down)


 

It depends on how much free time I have at the time or how into the series I am.  If it’s a series that I love, I’ll just re-read the previous books.  If I’m pressed for time, with little to spare for reading, than I will try and find a good review/synopsis for the book online before reading the next one.


 

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


 

My go to is humor when I’m in a reading slump.  I find a short, funny read that helps kickstart my reading again.  A lot of times, Christopher Moore books are a good cure for this type of slump for me.


 

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


 

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Does this fully answer that question?  I buy at a MINIMUM, 1 book a week!  And that is honestly the MINIMUM!


 

10.) 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?


It honestly just depends on how excited for that particular book I am, and sometimes that doesn’t even factor in.  Some books get read immediately, while others will sit on my shelves FOREVER before they are picked up and read.

I want to say a big THANK YOU again to Jackie for tagging me! I’m not going to physically tag anyone since I JUST did a tag post this morning, but if you want to complete the tag PLEASE do and tag me in your post so that I know!

Keep It Fresh Award

I found this award tag on a friend’s blog (fallinlovewiththesoundofwords) and LOVED it. When you get a chance, check out her blog because it’s awesome! Jackie is a moderator for a book club and does TONS of wonderful reviews!!!

Rules

  1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  2. Part AAnswer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  3. Part BChoose your favorite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
  4. Part CCreate your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.
  7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh!

Part A: Fruits

1. Strawberries – Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)

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This one was easy for me, as I don’t often read “sweet” books.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is BY FAR the sweetest book I’ve read.  To me, this was a realistic romance, no love at first sight.

 

 

 

 

2. Coconut – What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)  

I have to only choose 1?  We travel a lot, and I always take whatever book I’m currently reading plus whatever book I plan to read next.  But for the sake of choosing something for the challenge…

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I am one of the few that has not finished reading the entire series, though I am currently working on it.  I just got the full set in so that I can read it start to finish since it’s been a while since I’ve read the first 3 books! 🙂

 

 

 

3. Pineapple – What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?

The Vampire Academy!  These covers are terrible, yet I absolutely LOVE this entire series.  The covers tell you nothing about the book…nothing!345627

4. Orange – What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

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This one was a little bit hard for me as I don’t tend to read “juicy” books packed with romance, but after some thought… this series had a little bit of everything!  There was death, action, romance, supernatural, the works!

 

 

 

5. Watermelon – A watery book (e.g. There wasn’t tons of substance3090465 to the book/the details were just too watery…etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)

THE TWILIGHT SAGA… It was like a train wreck

that I couldn’t look away from.  I kept reading

hoping that it would get better, but it never did…

 

 

 

 

6. Dragonfruit – What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)

Unique book easily goes to any book by Chuck Palahnuik.  His writing style is just like no other! If you have never read a Palahnuik book, what are you doing with your life!  Lullaby is VERY high on my favorite books list!

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7. Lemons – Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)

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I tried soooo hard to like Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book after it was recommended to me about a million times, but I just couldn’t get into it.  I hate every page that I read and ended up never finishing it.  It seemed like so many people were so into this book…

8. Tomato – What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)

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Any time I am asked this question, THIS is my answer.  This was such an AMAZING trilogy to me.  I read all three books back to back.  Brent weeks created this amazing world with books that are full of tragedy, grit, and pure awesome!  If you like fantasy and you’ve never read this, I HIGHLY recommend them!

9. Apple – Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)

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I feel like the Divergent series is what pops in most people’s minds when you bring up dystopian books.  I really liked the first book, felt indifferent about the second, and have yet to read the third because it seemed like such a controversial disappointment to it’s fan base.

 

 

 

 

10. Blueberries – Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

Can we just talk about how much I adored this book?  The Art of Racing in the Rain is by far the saddest book EVER, but I could not put it down.  It was beautiful, and is a MUST read for any dog owner for sure!!! TheArtOf_RacingInTheRain

11. Grapefruit – Any bitter books? (e.g. a book that was blue but MORE… do you have any bitter resentments towards characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber-hateful villains?)

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Ok, I absolutely LOVED everything about this book except for Denna!  I hated her… I disliked her as a person, as a woman, as friend, she was just terrible all around, yet Kvothe loved everything about her…  I kept waiting for her to die, hoping for it, wishing for it… but it NEVER came!

 

 

 

 

12. Limes – Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavour and so does humor with every book.

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari was everything I hoped it would be and MORE!

 

 

 

13. Banana: A book that despite its mellow flow you are excited to always come back to it. (A book you reread so often you almost know it by heart)

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This book is my all time favorite re-read.  It’s a super short, hilarious book that not matter how many times I read it, it STILL makes me laugh!

 

 

 

Part B: Create Your Own

Pear: A book that was refreshing to read. (A book that got you out of a slump, that fixed everything that was wrong with your last read, or a book that just pleasantly surprised you)

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This could very well change, as I haven’t yet finished the book, but so far I am in LOVE with this book.  It may be a classic (so not very “Fresh” per say) but it’s my current read and I think it’s refreshing in a way!

 

 

 

 

 

Part C: Smoothie 

Ok…I’m going with Coconut-Dragonfruit-Banana!  It actually sounds kind of delicious! 🙂

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This fits that completely!  This is one of my ALL TIME favorites and I would love to re-read it again soon.  It would be a perfect vacation/beach read and I felt like it was completely unique and beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the Tagging! 🙂  This is a pretty time consuming tag (or at least it was for me) so I fully understand if you pass on it!

The beautiful ladies of Saigon3 

The lovely Shealea 

The lovely Sammie

The lovely Kate

This adorable Lazy Panda

Of course if you are not tagged, feel free to do the Keep it Fresh tag!  I had so much fun doing this!

 

The Ultimate Book Tag

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For today’s blog I’m going to complete The Ultimate Book Tag.  This tag was created by  Chapter Chicks.  No one tagged me to complete it, but I seen a couple of accounts complete it and really enjoyed it, so I figured I would complete it too! =)

  • Do you get Sick when reading in the car?
    • No, thank God!!!  I have been on WAY too many several hour car rides that would have been horrible without a good book in hand.  What do people do on long car rides if they can’t read?  I mean, what kind of life do they live???
  • Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
    • I think Chuck Palahniuk’s writing style is so different from any other author’s that I’ve read.  It just comes across so raw and edgy, I mean he wrote Fight Club and Choke if you don’t know who he is.  His books are always so dark and there’s always this twist to them that only he could spin in the way that he does!
  • Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga?  Give 3 Points to defend your answer.
    • Ummm is this EVEN a question?  Harry Potter.  Twilight does not even begin to come close, sorry Twilight fans.  I mean, don’t get me wrong…I read the books.  But the writing is horrible (Sorry Stephanie Meyer).  I LOVED The Host, and I feel like that book redeemed her for me, but the Twilight Saga was just not that great in my opinion.  That being said, Harry FREAKING Potter is amazing!
  • Do you carry a book bag?  If so, what is in it (besides books…)?
    • I do not carry a book bag, but I do almost always have some sort of book on me (whether it be my actual book or my tablet) in my purse.
  • Do you smell your books?
    • Do you not?  It’s a normal thing!  I swear!  Yes, yes I smell my books.
  • Books with or without little illustrations?
    • This one doesn’t matter matter to me.  I do enjoy when a book has beautiful illustrations, but I don’t necessarily need illustration to make a book.
  • What book did you love while reading, but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
    • Twilight.  I had JUST gotten back into reading again and a friend suggesting that I read the Twilight books.  While reading them, I enjoyed them.  After reading them and reflected back and thought to myself…what the hell did I just spend all that time reading that for?
  • Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
    • It’s not necessarily a funny story, but when I was little…my mom HATED reading so much (she still does) that she would make me read books to her at bedtime, rather than read me bedtime stories.
  • What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
    • Free Range Chickens by Simon Rich.  It’s freaking hilarious!!!
  • What is the thickest book on your shelf?
    • I think it’s Under the Dome by Stephen King.  I have a hard back copy of it and it’s just HUGE.
  • Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
    • No. I wish I did, but I don’t.  I tried once and I couldn’t put anything together.  I think that the hardest part is to think of something original with all the fun and exciting things that I’ve read.
  • When did you get into reading?
    • I’ve always been into reading.  After high school, I took a bit of a break from it other than my studying, but I picked it back up and never looked back .
  • What is your favorite classic book?
    • I don’t know that I have a favorite classic.  I have always loved most things Shakespeare, The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Animal Farm by George Orwell, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  • In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
    • Yes.  I was actually in AP English once I got into High School.  I’ve always been really good at writing papers.
  • If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
    • I would say thank you and later trade it in for something that I hadn’t read before.  There is an amazing used bookstore here in town that gives store credit for books. =)
  • What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to harry potter or the hunger games?
    • I actually recently read a book that was a lot like the Harry Potter series called The Gallery of Wonders by Marc Remus.  I did a review on it for an author and found it to be very similar to the idea of Harry Potter.  It is meant for ages 8-14 and is full of life lessons.  It’s going to be a 6 book series I believe is what I read as well.
  • What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?
    • I say “ummm” and “like” a lot.  I did grow up in Southern California though, so “like” is a huge part of my vocabulary.
  • What is your favorite word?
    • I don’t know that I have a favorite.  I do say “awesome” a lot.
  • Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
    • I’m definitely kind of a nerd.  I always have my nose buried in a book and I play video games with my hubby from time to time as well.
  • Vampires or fairies? Why?
    • Can I pick both?  I’ve read books with both of them where I’ve liked and disliked both.  If I can only pick one though, I have to say vampires, and not the sparkling Twilight version.  David Wellington wrote a vampire series where vampires are your literal worst nightmare…not something you want as your boyfriend, and it’s awesome.
  • Shape-Shifters or Angels? Why?
    • Again, can I choose both?  Ummm…. Shape-Shifter I guess because they can be anything or anyone!
  • Spirits or werewolves? Why?
    • Werewolves because they are awesome!
  • Zombies or Vampires? Why?
    • Vampires, zombies are mindless human munching machines.  No thank you!
  • Love triangle or forbidden love?
    • Most stories  seem to have a love triangle in them than they do forbidden love, though I have read a couple with forbidden love that are really good.  I think Love triangle though.
  • Full on romance book or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
    • Action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in.  Full on romance books do 1 of 2 things to me. 1.) They make me feel EXTREMELY uncomfortable while reading them, or 2.) They bore me half to death.

So that is my Ultimate book tag.  Feel free to complete it as well and tag me in it so I can see your answers.  I would love to know your opinions on some of these.  Thanks for reading!  Hope you all are having an awesome week!!!