Day 1: 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Round 6)

I was tagged by the Orang-utan Librarian for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. I’ve done this tag 5 times already, but it’s so much fun that I’m going to do it again.


The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days.
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day.

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p style=”text-align: center;”>“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?”

-Lisa De Jong – When It Rains


I Tag:

Susan @ Susan Loves Books
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Disney Princess Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions for the Disney Princess Book Tag. It’s the perfect tag to go with this weekend’s release of the live action Beauty and the Beast. I cannot wait to see it. Thanks for the tag, Cristina!


My Disney Princess Facts:

  1. Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie growing up. I owned the VHS tape. (I just dated myself, didn’t I?)
  2. I’ve watched Frozen more times than any other Disney princess movie. The perks of having a 9-year-old. 😉
  3. I might just be more excited than my 9-year-old to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie. I swear I bought tickets more for me than her.

Snow White 
Name your favorite classic.

Does being published 10 years ago count as a classic? I don’t really read classics, so this will have to do.


Cinderella
Name a book that kept you reading well past your bedtime.

I stayed up so late reading Nine Minutes because I had to know what was going to happen!


Aurora
Name your favorite classic romance.

Again, not technically probably a classic, but a Nora Roberts classic. 😉


Ariel
Name a book that’s about making sacrifices and fighting for your dreams.

Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself. I had to choose Twilight since Bella has to decide whether to possibly sacrifice her human life to fight for her dream of being with a vampire. My real choice would have been The Goal by Elle Kennedy. Tucker and Sabrina do a lot of sacrificing to attain their dreams.


Belle
Name a book with a smart and independent female character.

Sadie was a very smart and independent women.


Jasmine
Name a book with a character who challenged the social conventions of his or her world.

I had to choose Goodbye Paradise for this one. Both Caleb and Josh challenge the social conventions they grew up with in a cult by committing the sin of falling for someone of the same sex.


Pocahontas
Name a book whose ending was a roller-coaster of emotions.

So many choices for this one! I had to go with my favorite, though. If the end of Bright Side doesn’t give you some heavy emotions, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.


Mulan
Name a book with a kick-ass female character.

She may not actually kick ass in this book, but Cassie is one of my all time favorite female characters. She’s got balls.


Tiana
Name a book featuring a hardworking, self-made character.

Rose Calloway is the epitome of heard working.


Rapunzel
Name a book that features an artist.

Maggie is a nurse and painter in this book.


Merida
Name a book that features a mother-daughter relationship.

I listened to this for a book group. It was pretty enlightening.


Anna & Elsa
Name a book that features a great relationship between siblings.

You can’t get better sibling relationships than the Garretts.


I Tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Claire @ Art and Soul
Debby @ alwaysbooking
Jessica @ Mud and Stars
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Bookish Alphabet Tag: Contemporary Romance Edition

Happy Sunday! I was tagged by Jesse @ Books at Dawn for the Bookish Alphabet Tag. I think I might have done this one in the past, so I decided to make all of my picks contemporary romances. This might also help people who are trying to hit their goal for the 2017 New Adult Romance Challenge come up with some book ideas. There’s a ton of NA books on this list. 😉 The original creator of the tag is Mariana @ Fireheart Books.


The Rules:

The rules are simple. For every letter of the alphabet you must name a book that begins with that said letter. That’s it.


Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Banking the Billionaire by Max Monroe
Coast by Jay McLean
Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras
F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Infinity + One by Amy Harmon
January by Audrey Carlan
Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Maybe This Time by Chantal Fernando
Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn
One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
Porn Star by Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone

Q – None
Reasonable Doubt Volume 1 by Whitney G.
Sacked by Jen Frederick
There Is No Light In Darkness by Claire Contreras
Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott
X – None
You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly
Zali Luna: Movie Star by Emma Jamvold


I feel pretty good about only missing Q and X. Those are tough ones to get.

I tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Debby @ alwaysbooking
Jessica @ Mud and Stars
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

The Mystery Blogger Award

I was nominated by Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser for The Mystery Blogger Award. (Thanks, Amy!) 🙂


The Rules:

  1. Include the award image in your post
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog (Amy | Curiouser and Curiouser)
  4. Mention the creator of the award: Okoto Enigma!
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself and answer the questions set by the person who nominated you
  6. Nominate ten to twenty other bloggers and notify them on their blogs
  7. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice
  8. Share the link to your best/favorite post!

Three Things About Deanna:

  1. I once drove the wrong way down a one way street in Bellingham, WA. The first thing I did when I realized it was yell, “I love me!” That phrase stuck for a few years and my friends and I would say it whenever we did something stupid. (Luckily, it was early on a Sunday morning when I did this and I could easily turn into a business’ parking lot to turn around.)
  2. Everyone calls me Deanna. Very few people shorten this into a nickname. There are a very few people who call me “Dea” – interestingly enough, they’re all male.
  3. I try to be a really honest person and go with the truth 99% of the time. Lying always catches up with you. Which makes the next fact pretty funny to me. One of my closest friends would call me in college to help her come up with lies because mine were always believable.

Amy’s Questions:

1.Why did you start a blog?

It was something I had been throwing around in my mind for a while. My friends encouraged me to go ahead and do it because I was always recommending books they loved to them.

2.What are you most proud of in your life?

My daughter. She’s going to be 9 in a couple of weeks, and I’m so proud of the little person she’s become. I know part of it’s her personality, but I would like to think all the time I’ve spent with her since she was born has helped shape her. If I do one thing important in life, it’s raising her to be a good person.

3.What’s the last film you watched and did you enjoy it?

So we’re watching all of the Star Wars movies at our house right now. My daughter’s really interested in them. The last one I watched with them was Attack of the Clones. I hate to say it, but I didn’t really enjoy it all that much. I’ve watched all of them except Revenge of the Sith. This trilogy within the franchise is my least favorite.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

To stop myself from saying stupid things in awkward situations!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hmm…I see myself doing a lot of what I’m doing now. I guess that’s how it is an adult with a child. I’m sure I’ll be working full time, running her to all her activities and spending time with the family. I wish I had something more exciting to say.


My Questions:

  1. Who is your favorite female popstar and why?
  2. What is the funnest thing you’ve ever done?
  3. Where is the coolest place you’ve ever been?
  4. If you could have one and one author’s ARCs who would it be?
  5. What celebrity do you think you look the most like?

I Tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Debby @ alwaysbooking
Jessica @ Mud and Stars
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

The Sims Book Tag

I was tagged by Debby @ alwaysbooking for The Sims Book Tag. (Thanks, Debby!) Now, I have to admit that I’ve never played The Sims. Sad, I know. So I’ll just do my best to fill in my answers. 😉


The Original Sims –  the best author debut

Amber Smith published her debut novel in 2016, but she was the first author to pop into my mind. I absolutely loved her first novel, The Way I Used to Be. It was so well written. I was shocked it was her first.

The Grim Reaper – the saddest character death

I hesitated to pick Bright Side because I didn’t want to give away anything about this book, but it was truly the saddest book I’ve ever read. The death in it pierced my soul.

Sims Getting Stuck – a character that just got in the way

Can I say that all of the characters got in the way of the true gem in this story, Frank Sanger? I loved Frank Sanger so much that I want him to get his own book.

Simlish – a book with amazing writing

If you haven’t read a book by Amy Harmon yet, put her at the top of your TBR. Her writing and stories are simply beautiful. I would recommend starting with Making Faces.

Expansion Packs – a series where the books keep getting better

Sweet Home was definitely a series that got better and better as it progressed.

Sim Romance – the worst case of insta-love

Insta-love doesn’t usually bother me if I can understand why the characters are so attracted to each other. I totally didn’t get it in the case of All of It.

Cheats – a book that was entirely unrealistic 

Obviously you can’t telephone the past, so this one was unrealistic. That didn’t mean I didn’t love it, though. I did!

Needs Fullfillment – a character that made all the wrong decisions

Bella. C’mon, she pick a sparkly vampire to fall in love with — one who is intoxicated by her scent. Ew. Wasn’t there at least one good looking human teenage boy to fall for in Forks?

Error Code 12 – aseries that started off well but went downhill from there

I loved the first three Mortal Instruments books. I wish they had ended there because I barely could stand the fourth book and then gave up half way through the fifth. I still haven’t picked up another novel by Clare.

The Sims Vortex- a series that completely engrossed you

Once you start the Addicted / Calloway Sisters series, you’re going to want to binge read them in order. They’re so addicting!!! Here’s the order, just in case you’re curious:

  • Addicted to You
  • Ricochet
  • Addicted for Now
  • Kiss the Sky
  • Hothouse Flower
  • Thrive
  • Addicted After All
  • Fuel the Fire
  • Long Way Down
  • Some Kind of Perfect

I tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser
Arec @ Rainy Thursdays
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Jessica @ Mud and Stars
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

and anyone else who wants to do it!

Lunar New Year Book Tag

I was tagged by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts for the Lunar New Year Book Tag. Thanks, Joey!


Sincerely, Carter is the perfect pick for Rat. I loved it when I read it, but I haven’t seen a lot of bloggers reviewing it. It’s an incredibly fun new adult romance between two best friends. It made me swoon and I know all those new adult romance fans out there will love it.


Now, you wouldn’t probably guess that the football player on this cover has high morals or ideals. Knox Masters does, though. The college senior quarterback could get any girl he wants, but he’s saving himself for that special someone.


I was very impressed with Sarina Bowen’s depiction of drug addiction and recovery in Steadfast. It was inspiring and informative.


I chose P.S. I Like You because it’s the most recent book I’ve read by Kasie West, but any of her books would be perfect for this category. This one was really cute and sweet.


With a title like Royally Screwed, it’s probably pretty easy to guess there’s some royalty in it. In this romance, a prince falls for a baker.


I kind of stole this one from Joey because it’s the perfect choice. No character is quite as snake-y as Amy Dunne from Gone Girl.


Bossman is a standalone romance that is fun, sexy and witty. I absolutely loved it!


I love the cover of This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills. It’s beautiful and makes sense once you read the book.


I have to pick two characters, but they are from the same book. Cassie and Thatch are a dynamic duo. They are hilarious together and apart.


Since I’ve already read (and loved!) Good Boy, my new most anticipated 2017 book is Stay. I love what this duo of authors writes.


I don’t re-read many books, so I don’t have a pick for this one. I just reach for romantic comedies when I need comfort.


A Bookworm Box subscription for a few month. They’re fun, but not the cheapest. Totally worth supporting charity for signed books, though!


I tag:

Alex
Ashley
Jill
Stephanie
The Orang-utan Librarian

Book Blogger Insider Tag

Thanks to Birdie Bookworm for tagging me for the Book Blogger Insider Tag!


Rules:

  1. Answer the questions below
  2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie
  3. Tag at least 5 people
  4. Have fun!

Questions:

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Imagine a white bedroom filled with black office furniture. Below the black table desk there is a computer. On the top of the desk, a monitor and keyboard. The monitor is framed by a window in the background that look directly at the house across the street. This is where the magic normally happens. Otherwise, it’s downstairs on my laptop at the kitchen table.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

I would say too long, but others would probably say too long.

3. When did you start your book blog?

June 1, 2015 was the day I pulled up my big girl panties and went for it.

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Coming up with fresh sounding reviews.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I love the bookish community. I feel like we’re all “soul sisters/brothers”. We get the compulsion to read and desire to own everything bookish.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Last year, during Valentine’s week, I came up with love song themed posts. They were so much fun!

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Top Ten Tuesday posts are always fun to write, but my favorite are probably reviews where the book blew me away and I can’t wait to share it.

8. When do you typically write?

Usually, it’s during the day when my daughter is at school. Sometimes, it’s about 9pm when she’s gone to sleep.

9. Do you review every book you read?

Pretty much. Yes. I should just say yes.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I always have a huge water bottle next to me or a cup of hot water with lemon. Sometimes there is a little snack. Most of the time I have music playing.

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

I try to write them soon after finishing so I can remember everything I want to comment on.

12. How often do you post?

Usually Monday through Friday. Every once in a while there will be a post on the weekend.


I Tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsession
Krysti @ YA and Wine
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

The Stationary Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser for The Stationary Book Tag. (Thanks, Amy!)

Here we go!


The Rules:

  • Thank the creator – Sam @RiverMooseReads
  • Answer the questions
  • Add pictures, if you want
  • Tag 5 people

Pencils: Favorite Middle Grade or Children’s Book

This book has such a great message! 😉

Pens: A Basic Staple For Any Reader

Twilight is written in a way I think non-readers and enjoy, and then become readers.

Notebooks: What Do You Own Multiple Copies Of

I have the e-book and a signed copy of the print edition.

Markers: A Book With A Beautiful Cover

I love the beautiful simplicity of this cover.

Glue: Two Characters That Work Really Well Together (Friends or Couple)

Cassie & Thatch

Scissors: A Book You Would Like to Destroy

 

I don’t know if I’d cut it up, but I couldn’t finish it.

Art Kit: What Complete Series Do You Own

 

Too many to name.


I’m being super lazy once again and tagging EVERYONE for this tag!

Seasons of Book Blogging Tag (2016 Edition)

I was tagged by Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions for the Seasons of Book Blogging Tag. This tag was originally was created by Jordyn @ J. Bookish. Thanks for the tag, Cristina!


Rules and Regulations:

  • Thank the creator and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun, of course!

January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I don’t normally make resolutions. This year, I’m am planning on making some lifestyle changes, though. Less sodium, more water and more exercise. Little things lead to big things.


February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

 

Jamie & Wes are my favorite friendship and romantic relationship. I love those guys.


March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

 

Nine Minutes will be probably be my answer to this question for a very long time.


April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

 

I had high expectations going into this book. I expected it to make me feel so many thing and touch me. All it did was disgust and irritate me.


May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

 

All you need to know is Frank Sanger is for me. He is for you. Frank Sanger is for everyone.


June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

 

I like a humorous contemporary romance when I need to check out. The entire Billionaire Bad Boys series is perfect for that.


July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)

 

I think I saw fireworks when I got to know Zach. Love that guy!


August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

 

I was so impressed by Amber Smith’s debut novel The Way I Used to Be that I will be shocked if she doesn’t reach a high level of success.


September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

Um…It’s been way too long since I read anything for school! The only books I remember reading in college weren’t that enjoyable. I guess I’ll have to go with Of Mice and Men since it’s the only high school book I remember reading now.


October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.

 

Inez would be a fun character to impersonate.

Oh, and the best gift I’ve ever been given. Hmm…Is it cheesy if I say my family? That would be it. Or I did get a really cool Electra beach cruiser bicycle for Christmas one year. That was awesome!


November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

 

I will always be thankful to a group of Goodreads friends for recommending Bright Side to me. It’s an experience I won’t ever forget.


December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

 

I think The Hard Count would be a great gift because so many different people could identify with it and enjoy it.


Sorry to be lazy, but I’m going to leave the tagging open to anyone who would like to join in. This is a fun one, perfect for any season!

 

‘Tis the Season Book Tag

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I was tagged by Joey over at Thoughts and Afterthoughts for the ‘Tis the Season Book Tag. Thanks, Joey! It couldn’t have been timed more perfectly.


Do you have a favorite winter read?

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This year, my favorite holiday read was What Light by Jay Asher.

Find a book with blue on the cover!

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So Much More by Kim Holden isn’t very holiday-ish, but the cover is blue!

Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree!

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It has a star, so I couldn’t help myself.

Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!

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How about a coastal town in Italy?

Which fictional character would you take with you on your winter vacation?

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My bestie Frank Sanger came to mind.

Name one book on your wishlist this year!

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As a Kasie West fan, I’m embarrassed that I haven’t read this book yet.

Favorite holiday drink, treat, and movie?

Drink: hot apple cider
Treat: iced sugar cookies
Movie: The Sound of Music


Normally I’d tag some friendly bloggers, but, since it’s so close to Christmas, I’m going to tag everyone and anyone who wants to do this fun tag. 😉