Chocolate Book Tag

Hi! Today, I have a really fun tag for you: Chocolate Book Tag. Because who doesn’t like chocolate? I was tagged by the lovely Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions. Check out her post here.

Let’s get right to it so that I can run off and get some chocolate!


Dark Chocolate: A book with a dark theme/content

I was going to use Nine Minutes, but I always use it. So I’m changing things up and going with its new spin-off, The Iron Tiara. If you like dark romances, you can’t miss this entire series. SO. GOOD.

White Chocolate: A light-hearted/humorous read

Honestly, I could have put any of Meghan Quinn’s books on here. I have no idea where she comes up with the stuff she does, but I love it!

Milk Chocolate: A book with a lot of hype that you are dying to read

It’s CoHo, so of course it’s got a ton of hype following it. I’ve heard the hype is real, though, and I can’t wait for this book to be released.

A Wafer-Free KitKat: A book that surprised you lately

I had never read a book by Staci Hart before, so I had no idea what to think. Bad Penny surprised me by how funny it was. I loved it!

Chocolate With a Caramel Centre: A book that makes you feel gooey on the inside

Dear Aaron was an adorable slow burn romance. I could not get enough of it. It made my insides so very happy!

Snickers: A book you are going nuts about

I love Tarryn Fisher’s dark side, but her light side is surprisingly refreshing. Don’t get me wrong, this book isn’t without its edges. It was just so different and I loved it.

Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream and Marshmallows: A comfort read that you turn to again and again

I rarely re-read, but I think I would re-read this book if I needed comfort. It’s so much fun.

Box of Chocolates: A series that has something for everyone

I don’t know if I’ve read a series that has something for everyone, but I would recommend Ginger Scott as an author who has a book for almost everyone. Most of her books are new adult contemporary romances, but she does have some YA. They include a variety of situations, people and social issues. There’s even a super hero or two thrown in.


I Tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Susan @ Susan Loves Books

Get to Know Me Tag

Good morning! Today, you’re going to learn a little more about me through the Get to Know Me Tag. Before beginning, I need to thank Talia @ Red Hot Ink for tagging me for this fun tag. 🙂


Vital Stats:

  • Name: Deanna
  • Nicknames: None
  • Birthday: October 29th
  • Star Sign: Scorpio
  • Occupation: Office Professional Substitute / Stay at home mom

Appearance:

  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Hair Length: Long
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Best Feature: My smile
  • Braces: Yes, in 7th and 8th grade.
  • Piercings: Now, in my ears. Back in the day I had my belly button pierced. That scar is so awesome now.
  • Tattoos: Yes, I have a small butterfly on the lower right side of my back. It is NOT a tramp stamp. I had it done before there was such a thing.
  • Right or Left: Right

Firsts:

  • Real Holiday: The first holiday I remember is when I was 5. I got a cabbage patch doll. The original cabbage patch doll. Yes, I’m old.
  • Best Friend: First one was Bettina. Second one was Melissa. Third was Jaime. Still friends with all of them.
  • Award: I got an award for being the nicest in 9th grade.
  • Concert: Not musical at all. I did play both basketball and fastpitch through high school.

Favorites:

  • TV Show(s): The Big Bang Theory, So You Think You Can Dance, Party of Five, Sons of Anarchy
  • Color: Shades of blue, pink and purple
  • Song: Right now, Halsey’s Now or Never.
  • Restaurant: Ranchito. It’s the Mexican restaurant down the street.
  • Shop: Modcloth.com
  • Books: This past week it was the Fallen Crest High series by Tijan. Changes all of the time, and I have so many favorite authors.
  • Shoes: New Balance Fresh Foam

Currently:

  • Feeling: Tired. I stayed up too late reading.
  • Single or Taken: 16 and a half years of togetherness and 10 and half years of marriage, so I’m pretty taken. 😉
  • Eating: Quaker Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal
  • Thinking About: I need to tell my kid to get ready for school.
  • Watching: Nothing.
  • Wearing: Pajama pants and a t-shirt. I look hot. Lol.

Future:

  • Want Children: Nope. Well, not anymore. One and done.
  • Want to be Married: Yes. No plans of divorcing ever.
  • Careers in Mind: I’d love to be a stay at home mom forever, but that won’t happen. I’m not sure what I want to do now that I’m a grown up.

Do You Believe in:

  • God: Yes.
  • Miracles: Yes, maybe.
  • Love at First Sight: No. There’s only lust at first sight.
  • Ghosts: I want to say no, but you never know. And I’d rather not know.
  • Aliens: Same as ghosts.
  • Soul Mates: So, yes, I think I do. I read this book called When it Rains by Lisa DeJong and it made me think about this a lot. I’ve loved more than one person in my life, and I think every relationship has meaning. Here’s a quote that maybe helps…“There’s a difference between soul mates and true love. Looking at the surface, they are similar, but when I dug deep down inside, I found they were different.
Is one type of love better than the other? I don’t know but I’m lucky enough to have found them both.” I think that’s kind of how I feel.
  • Heaven & Hell: I hope there’s a heaven, and maybe a hell for some really horrible people.
  • Kissing on the First Date: Since I’m never going to date again (hopefully), I say go for it!
  • Yourself: Yes, I’m awesome!

I tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Betwixt the Pages
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Lois @ My Midnight Musings
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Susan @ Susan Loves Books
The Bookie Monsters

This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

Hello again! Today, I have another fun book tag to share with you. This time I was tagged by Flo @ Flowless Books for the This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag. I thought it sounded like so much fun, so here we go!


THE RULES:

  • Credit the bad, bad  Drew @TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.
  • No long list, simple really!

1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GENRE?

Contemporary romance is my favorite genre. If I had to narrow it down even further, I would say new adult contemporary romance.

2. WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR FROM THE GENRE?

That’s a tough one. There’s so many! I’ll give you three of my favorite new adult authors:

Ginger Scott
Elle Kennedy
Sarina Bowen

3. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE GENRE THAT KEEPS PULLING YOU BACK?

There’s something so raw and real about new adult contemporary romances. I don’t know how else to explain it. The emotions and the first person point of views make them so easy to relate to.

4. WHAT’S THE BOOK THAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR FAVORITE GENRE?

I think the first new adult book I ever read was Slammed by Colleen Hoover. After reading that book and the rest of CoHo’s, I started looking for books similar to them. I’m sure a lot of people will have a similar answer.

5. IF YOU HAD TO RECOMMEND AT LEAST ONE BOOK FROM YOUR FAVORITE GENRE TO A NON-READER/SOMEONE LOOKING TO START READING THAT GENRE, WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?

Honestly, it depends who the non-reader/person looking to start reading the genre is. There are so many different types of new adult romances. For a non-reader, I would recommend Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. For someone who reads but not normally romance I would recommend A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott. For a reader who likes romance but hasn’t read new adult yet I would recommend The Deal by Elle Kennedy.

6. WHY DO YOU READ?

I love it. It’s the perfect escape from every day life.


I Tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Jasmine @ How Useful It Is
The Orang-utan Librarian

And anyone else who wants to join in!

To Not To Read Tag

Thank you to The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me for the To Not To Read Tag. It will be interesting to see how I answer this tag because I don’t DNF a lot of books. Let’s get started…


Rules:

  • Thank the person that tagged you (See above!)
  • Include ping-back to creator of tag (Icebreaker694)
  • Answer questions (See below!)
  • Tag other poor souls to do this (Trust me, I won’t)
  • Easy right?
  • Oh and only use books that you DNF as your answer hence the “to not to read” part.

What book would you be willing to finish?

I read the first couple chapters of Life of Pi (I think) and it seemed good. I just wasn’t in the mood for it. I think I would like to finish it, maybe on audio.

A dystopian book that you put down.

I liked The Selection well enough, but I couldn’t stand America in the 43 pages I read of The Elite.

A book that you just didn’t want to finish at all.

I wasn’t a fan of the writing, characters or plot in this book. Sorry.

A sequel.

I think I must have just gotten side tracked and started reading something else. I don’t remember a good reason for not finishing Destined for Love.

A book you’ll never again pick up.

My mom gave me Wicked once for my birthday because she was taking me to the musical. She thought I would want to read it first. I tried. It just wasn’t my thing. I won’t be picking it back up because I sold it at the used book store.

A book with too much hype.

A haunting read.

This book creeped me out from the beginning. I didn’t get too far into it before I set it aside looking for something happier.

A contemporary.

I had to DNF this book because it had to go back to the library. I will request it again at some point.

A book you were unsure of.

I wasn’t sure of Almost in Love because it felt a little dated from the beginning to me. I didn’t get far. Maybe I’ll pick it up again some day.


I guess I did okay! Or maybe not, since I didn’t finish these books! 😉

I TAG:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Betwixt the Pages
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Lois @ My Midnight Musings
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Susan @ Susan Loves Books
The Bookie Monsters

Anything But Books Tag

I’m back with another tag today! This one is the Anything But Books Tag. A big thanks to the lovely Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions for tagging me!


1. name a cartoon that you love.

I love Wild Kratts because my daughter loves it. She has learned so much about animals and their habitats from this amazing PBS Kids show. To check out Wild Kratts, you can click on this link: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/videos/.

2. what is your favorite song right now?

Lately, I’ve been listening to Ed Sheeran’s new CD non-stop. I’m really into the song Dive.

3. what could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

There’s something to do besides read? Huh. Well, I guess I could hang out with my friends for hours.

4. what is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

This spring I got really into watching the University of Washington Women’s Basketball Team. They were phenomenal. Kelsey Plum and Chantel Osahor were a basketball match made in heaven. I even went to the NCAA play-offs that were held in Seattle. It was so much fun!

5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Unnecessarily specific. Huh. This one stumps me a bit. Maybe authors? I really like knowing more about them besides what’s on their author blurb. Not stalkerish, but just curious.

6. what is something unusual that you know how to do?

I know how to get up on a wakeboard. I guess that’s not unusual, but I’m pretty boring.

7. name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

I made my daughter a pair of Seattle Seahawks pajama pants. Sorry, no picture.

8. what is your most recent personal project?

Getting healthy! 2017 has been crazy for me. I’ve already had surgery twice this year. In January, I had uteroscopic kidney stone removal. In April, I had my gallbladder removed. And I may have to have another kidney stone removed soon if it doesn’t pass on its own. Fun times! So my recent personal project has been recovering from all that crap!

9. tell us something that you think about often.

My daughter. Can’t help it. I have to get her from here to there and everything she’s involved with daily. Plus, I’ve been really proud of her lately. (Here’s where I start bragging.) The director of a local premier soccer club called her a “super star” and asked her to try out for his team. That was a nice compliment for her. She also got a speaking part in the second and third grade musical at school “because she has a loud voice”. 🙂 End bragging.

10. give us something that is your favorite.

Modcloth.com. I love their clothes. I love that they have the same clothes/styles for everyone from size XXS to size 4X. Now, if only they were cheaper!

11. say the first thing that pops into your head.

I’m so tired. (And that’s the truth!)


i tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Debby @ alwaysbooking
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

What Would That Villain Read? Tag

Hey, everyone! I was tagged by the lovely Orang-utan Librarian for the What Would That Villain Read? Tag. (Thanks!) This tag is pretty simple, so we’re going to get right to it!


the rules:

  • Pick 5+ villains and wonder what books they are most likely to read (feel free to use our villains or find new ones!)
  • Nominate bloggers! As many as you want!
  • Have fun in the world of villainy!

1.asa (Too late by colleen hoover)

If Asa was going to read, he’d probably read something kind of porn-ish. I think he’d want a little bit on kink, so Grey seemed like a good match for him.

2. Amy dunne (gone girl by gillian flynn)

Amy Dunne was a complex with woman who knew how to work the system. I think she would appreciate the web of deceit in Nine Minutes.

3. grizz (nine minutes by beth flynn)

Grizz was a smart guy. I can see him enjoying the complexity of the Millenium series. Plus, it had some badass bikers in it, too.

4. miranda (so much more by kim holden)

I think Miranda would have been highly impressed by Amy Dunne. I can see her loving Gone Girl.

5. draco malfoy (harry potter series by J.k. rowling)

With his pasty white complexion, I bet Draco Malfoy would love reading all about vampires.


i tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Debby @ Always Booking
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

The Shocker Book Tag

I was tagged by Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm for The Shocker Book Tag. (Thanks, Ari!) Check out her blog for tons of cool content.


A BOOK YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE BUT ENDED UP HATING.

Falling for the Player was a M/M sports romance. I couldn’t handle the third person POVs in this book. It just sounded like one person. I also didn’t find a true connection between the love interests. Sadly, I couldn’t even bring myself to finish it.


A BOOK YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING HATE BUT ENDED UP LOVING.

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy Nine Minutes based on the blurb. A motorcycle gang abduction of a teenager just sounded like something I wouldn’t enjoy. Luckily, it turned out to be one of my most favorite reads ever.


A BOOK FROM A GENRE OR INCLUDING A TROPE YOU GENERALLY DON’T LIKE THAT YOU LOVED.

I love Rachel Van Dyken’s writing, but I wasn’t sure about a story around a man who fell for his ex-girlfriend’s sister. That storyline can be hit or miss. Luckily, it totally worked in this book.


A COVER THAT TOOK YOUR BREATH AWAY (CAN BE FOR GOOD OR BAD REASONS).

There’s something so simplistically beautiful about the cover of This Adventure Ends. And after reading the novel, it really makes sense.


A CHARACTER WHO YOU HATED AT FIRST BUT YOU GREW TO LOVE.

Asa. I still hate him, but I have to admit that I love him for the story he helps create in Too Late. It’s a crazy ride!


A BOOK  WHICH YOU ARE SHOCKED IF ANYONE HATES.

I can’t imagine anyone hating On the Fence or any of Kasie West’s adorable YA contemporary romances. They are like cuddly breaths of fresh air — if fresh air was cuddly.


A BOOK THAT IS SO UNDER-HYPED YOU FEEL LIKE THE ONLY ONE WHO’S READ IT AND YOU WOULD BE SHOCKED IF SOMEONE TOLD YOU THEY HAVE.

I feel like people are finally starting to read Ginger Scott’s books. That makes me happy. But I think they’re reading her newest releases and not going back to the beginning of her writing where there are some major gems. One of them is You and Everything After. I adore this book. Just a warning, though. You have to read the series in order. This is the second book.


A BOOK WITH A PLOT TWIST THAT SHOCKED YOU.

Every Nine Minutes book by Beth Flynn has shocked me, but Out of Time probably did the most.


A BOOK YOU’RE SHOCKED YOU HAVEN’T READ YET.

I own The Raven King. I guess I’m just not ready for the series to end.


I TAG:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Claire @ Art and Soul
Debby @ alwaysbooking
Jesse @ Books at Dawn
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews