The Folklore Book Tag

I first saw this tag on The Orangutan Librarian and couldn’t resist doing it myself. I know Taylor Swift isn’t for everyone, but I’ve been enjoying listening to her Folklore album and what better way to spotlight it than in this tag? Thanks to Ilsa for creating the original tag.


  • Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
  • Tag at least 3 people.
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post.
  • Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post.

The cliffhanger at the end of this book truly left me speechless in a good, WTF way. If you like twists and turns and being pushed out of comfort zone, Nine Minutes is a great trilogy. Warning: You will both hate and love it at the same time.

If you have read Bright Side, you will know what I mean. If you haven’t, you really need to read it. It’s beautiful. When someone asks my favorite book, I always say this one even though we all know we don’t truly have favorites.

It feels strange putting a book set in Cuba with The Last Great American Dynasty prompt, but it was the first book that came to mind. The way Next Year in Havana was written was so brilliant. My attention was captured by the story from the moment I picked it up.

Forbidden gets a lot of love because it is very well written, but it was hard for me to digest and still makes me sick every time I think about it.

P.S. This is my favorite track  on the album, so I’m kind of sad it’s a negative prompt. But I get it since it’s a sad song.

And we’re back to Bright Side. I cried for the last 1/3 of this book. It was worth it, though.

This was a hard prompt! Any time a favorite authors adds to a series or releases a new book it feels like it’s written just for me. LOL I was looking back through the books I’ve read this year and saw #IMOMSOHARD. I decided to go with it because man, it’s so easy to relate to what these women talk about as a mother and women.

Oh, boy. I think this is supposed to be a sweet and innocent book, but my pick is so twisted! *hides face* I picked Remember Me because it was my favorite book in that junior high, maybe even high school era. My best friend and I were really into reading Christopher Pike, L.J. Smith, and R.L. Stine books. I can remember us going to Walden Books in the mall and scanning the shelves for new releases.

The name Sarah Dessen is synonymous with summer, so I picked her latest release.

I was going to pick Fallen Crest High because this prompt was making me think of Sam, but then I decided I HAD to choose Ryan’s Bed. The grief and loneliness Mackenzie was feeling and the whole vibe of the book fits to a “T”.

There was just a lot to think about when I finished The Reckless Oath We Made. It was brilliantly written and kind of messed up. I wanted to love it, but wasn’t sure I should. Does that make sense?

This is a deep prompt, but my answer is the opposite. The Match came into my life when Kayla recommended it as a buddy read for us. I needed/wanted something happy, uplifting, and funny in my reading life. The Match hit all three of those.

I almost went with Kate from Bright Side, but decided I should spotlight some other books. Annie Mathers from You’d Be Mine might just be my favorite female character I’ve read this year.

The Sun Down Motel is perfect because there is actual haunting in it!

A book couple that fills me with yearning? I had a hard time with this one. I felt like it meant a couple that left me yearning for more in my own life, and that’s not a thing for me. So I’m going with a book couple that does a lot of yearning for each other, and I always want more books about this couple because I love them together: Mason and Sam.

I’m not willing to die for a book character. That’s just crazy talk. What I will say is that Kate is a character that represents internal peace to me.

The Map from Here to There is the sequel of The Start of Me and You. I’m kind of wishing there hadn’t been a sequel. It wasn’t like the most horrible thing I’ve read or anything, but it just didn’t work for me and kind of ruined my feeling from that first book.

And those are my answers to The Folklore Book Tag. I’m not tagging specific bloggers, but if you want to do this tag go for it! I would love to read your answers. 🙂

Disney Parks Book Tag

Don’t we all just wish we could leave the pandemic behind us and head to Disneyland/world right about now? I was tagged to do the Disney Parks Book Tag by Alison at Our Book Boyfriends. This tag originated over at Reading By Starlight.

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☆ Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading By Starlight]
☆ Thank the blogger who tagged you
☆ Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
☆ Tag 5+ friends
☆ Feel free to copy the heading graphics

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Not quite the jungle, but definitely set upon a river.

This one is set on cruise ship that’s sailing the world with a bunch of adrenaline junkies.

An old, haunted motel and a serial killer on the loose. Creepy enough for you?

Not actually a thriller, but figuring out what is going on in this book is a thrill for sure.

This series is called Getting Hitched in Dixie. If that doesn’t say “Deep South”, I don’t know what does.

Princesses obviously live in a castle. This is a fun NA princess read.

I don’t know how whimsical this actually is since it has a dark side, but it is a take on a fairytale, so there’s that.

This cover doesn’t scream trek through the mountains, but there is an actual trek through the Alaskan wilderness.

This book travels the world: ancient India to Berlin in the Nazi era, weaving in present day Chicago, London and Pakistan.

I always enjoy the Ritchie twin’s books, so even though I don’t usually read books about space I enjoyed this series.

I Tag: Anyone who wants to do it!

New-To-Me Author Summer Bingo

My blogger friend Jessica over at Reading with Jessica has set up a summer bingo challenge with Jana at Artsy Reader Girl. I am going to attempt to play along this summer. I’ll update you with how I’m doing periodically.


The Basics:

  • This event lasts from June 1st-August 31st.
  • You can only count books towards the bingo card if you have not read that author before.
  • Each book only counts for one bingo spot. You can’t use one book for multiple spots.
  • A bingo can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
  • Feel free to use any genre for this challenge. Multiple genres even!
  • Use the hashtag #nasbingo to share updates on social media/blog posts.

Bingo Card:

Where you can join:


Recommended by a friend: Marrying His Runaway Heiress by Therese Beharrie
Over 400 pages long: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Features a vacation: Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd
First in a series: The Hook Up (Game On, #1) by Kristen Callihan
Standalone: The First Score by Amie Knight

We’ll see how I do and I might tackle another bingo on the card, if I make it through these.

Book Tag: Mystery Blogger Award

I was tagged by the lovely Jamie @ Bubbly Books for the Mystery Blogger Award. I’ve done this tag before, but it’s been a while so I thought I would go ahead and do it again.


  1. Book you’ve read that you could angry rant about for at least five minutes?? (my weird/special Q)
  2. If you could travel anywhere during any point in time where/when would you go?
  3. A book or TV show romance (or just tv show if your not a huge fan of romance!) you can not stop recommending or telling everyone you know about?
  4. Whats your favorite color? (mines pink haha!)
  5. Whats your go to comfort read?


  1. I’m good at Ladder Ball. Or at least I’m better than my friends at it. Maybe it’s the alcohol they drink and I don’t. Maybe it’s just my skill. We’ll never know. 😉
  2. I’m horrible at riding a bicycle. They say “It’s like riding a bicycle.” That does not apply to my bicycle riding skills. I don’t go up or down hills. Just saying.
  3. Growing up, my favorite movie was Girls Just Want to Have Fun. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Shannon Doherty, Jonathan Silverman, amazing dancing. It’s still a favorite.


  1. Book you’ve read that you could angry rant about for at least five minutes?? (my weird/special Q)
  2. If you could travel anywhere during any point in time where/when would you go?
  3. A book or TV show romance (or just tv show if your not a huge fan of romance!) you can not stop recommending or telling everyone you know about?
  4. Whats your favorite color? (mines pink haha!)
  5. Whats your go to comfort read?


  1. I could ugly rant about the After series by Anna Todd for at least 5 minutes. I basically did in my reviews of her books, if you’re curious what I would rant about.
  2. Well, I always prefer the present instead of the past. Although, now I bet we would all like to go back to January and try to lock some stuff down early… But really I would go in the future. Like 4 years so it’s safe to tracel and go somewhere tropical.
  3. I’m all about the romance. What I recommend depends on what type of romance I know people like. If it’s someone new to reading, probably a Colleen Hoover book. If it’s someone who isn’t that into romance, Bright Side by Kim Holden. If it’s someone who loves a steamy romance, Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe. Someone who doesn’t like steam, maybe a Mariana Zapata book. I am a never ending vault of romance recommendations.
  4. Favorite color… That’s hard. I like a lot of them. I don’t know that I actually have a favorite. I’m usually into turquoise, pink, purple, and yellow. All depends on the tone.
  5. My to go comfort read… I don’t re-read often. If you went by # of times I’ve re-read, it would be the Fallen Crest High series by Tijan. If you go by what I reach for when I want comfort, it’s a rom-com in general.


I’m lame and not going to tag anyone in particular. I know, I suck. BUT if you’ve never been tagged for this award before or just want to do it again, consider yourself tagged and answer these questions. Tag me back with your answers!

  1. Are you going to read the upcoming Twilight book, Midnight Sun? If yes, do you think you will still be Team Edward after? If you were Team Jacob, do you think you will swap sides?
  2. Do you want to read the new Hunger Games prequel or does the whole idea of it being about President Snow rub you the wrong way?
  3. If you could choose any fictional character to go to a party with, who would it be and why?
  4. If you had to get a book quote tattooed on your body, what would it say and where would you put it?
  5. What’s the best thing you can cook or bake?

Taylor Swift Lover Book Tag

Get Ready For It…

I recently saw this tag at Read and Thoughts and had to do it. I love me some Taylor Swift, and thought it would be so much fun to pick out my own answers to each prompt. If you want to check out the original tag, you can find it here on Nish & Ngoc’s Book Nook.

The Rules:

1. Link back to the original creator of the book tag (Nish & Ngoc).
2. Thank the person that tagged you and link to their post.
3. TAG AS MANY SWIFTIES AS YOU WANT! (Or non-Swifties, maybe inspire them to listen to our Queen)

Here we go!

1. I Forgot That You Existed – A book that you want to forget you ever read

“It isn’t love, it isn’t hate, it’s just indifference”

After and the entire series made me so mad. One, because of the emotionally abusive relationship. Two, because I felt the need to read the entire thing so that I could (hopefully) find out that Tessa grew a backbone.

2. Cruel Summer – A book you turn to when the going gets rough

“Killing me slow, out the window. Always waiting for you to be waiting below.”

It’s probably this whole series. For some reason, it’s super addictive for me and it completely gets me whole attention no matter what’s going on.

3. Lover – Your book OTP

“Can I go where you go? Can we always be this close forever and ever?”

Jaime & Wes — These two could not be any cuter together.

4. The Man – Your fave kick-ass female protagonist

“I’m so sick of running as fast as I can. Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man.”

Beatriz Perez — She’s willing to do whatever it takes.

5. The Archer – A book with good mental health representation

“All the king’s horses, all the king’s men couldn’t put me back together again. ‘Cause all of my enemies started out friends.”

I loved the way this book was set up. It’s one everyone should read.

6. I Think He Knows – Your fave fictional crush

“I want you, bless my soul, and I ain’t gotta tell him, I think he knows”

Tyson Preeter — I don’t really do fictional crushes, but he’s one of my favorite male love interests.

7. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince – Fave angsty romance

“It’s you and me, there’s nothing like this. Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince. We’re so sad, we paint the town blue. Voted most likely to run away with you.”

So, so angsty.

8. Paper Rings – Book with an ugly cover that you absolutely adored

“I love shiny things but I’d marry you with paper rings”

I thought this cover was ugly when I first saw it. After reading the book, it goes with the decade it’s set in and the vibe of the book. Also, it has the author’s daughter as a model on it. The story was AMAZING.

9. Cornelia Street – A book or series you never want(ed) to end

“I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends”

I really wish Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy would have written more than 2 books in the WAGS series.

10. Death By A Thousand Cuts – A book or series that deserved a better ending

“I can’t pretend it’s okay when it’s not, it’s death by a thousand cuts”

I LOVED The Start of You and Me. The Map from Here to There ruined my memories of that first book. It left things even more up in the air.

11. London Boy – Your fave British male protagonist

“They say home is where the heart is, but God, I love the English”

Max Stella — If you have read this, you know why he’s my favorite.

12. Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that your heart will never recover from

“This won’t go back to normal, if it ever was. It’s been years of hoping…”

I loved this book so dang much, but there is a reason I’ve only read it once. I don’t know if my heart could take a second journey throw.

13. False God – A character you would leap into the burning pits of hell to save

“We were crazy to think, crazy to think that this could work. Remember how I said I’d die for you.”


14. You Need To Calm Down – A book with a powerful message

“Say it in the street, that’s a knock out. But you say it in a Tweet, that’s a cop-out.”

This isn’t my necessarily my favorite Colleen Hoover book, but it has a really important message.

15. Afterglow – A book you want to give a second chance

“Hey, it’s all me, in my head. I’m the one who burned us down. But it’s not what I meant. Sorry that I hurt you.”

I tried to listen to it earlier this year and was so lost. I want to try to read it instead of listening.

16. ME! – Best character development

“I’m the only one of me. Baby, that’s the fun of me.”

Margaret — The things she has to go through and come to terms with.

17. It’s Nice To Have A Friend – Fave friends-to-lovers story

“School bells ring, walk me home…something gave you the nerve to touch my hand…Church bells ring, carry me home.”

Arizona & Carter — SO ADORABLE!

18. Daylight – If you could only read one book or series again and again, what would it be?

“I don’t wanna look at anything else now that I saw you. I don’t wanna think of anything else now that I thought of you.”


This is hard. I would probably say The Off-Campus series UNLESS you can count the Him and WAGS series as one series.

WAIT! I lied. It would totally be Fallen Crest High series. I re-read that one all the time for some reason.

So those are my answers. What are yours? Feel free to do this tag and let me know, or just comment. I’m not tagging anyone specifically.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

It’s been a REALLY long time since I did a book tag. I’ve been seeing a ton of people post the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. It’s one of my favorites to do, so here is A Novel Glimpse’s Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!


I actually listened to this one, but it’s still my favorite. I felt like this book could have been non-fiction. It felt that realistic. It was so epic! I highly recommend it.


There have been a lot of good ones, but these three are my absolute favorites.


I downloaded it, I just need to get to it!



This looks like it should be a romantic comedy. It wasn’t.


It was actually a surprise release, so I was surprised!


Devney Perry and Miranda Elaine.


I don’t really do fictional crushes, but my favorite new male character is Knox Gentry.


The entire cast of characters from this book!


Daisy Jones & The Six was just a moment at the end. The Other Side a couple of tears a couple of times.


It was just so fun and funny when I needed it.



I need to read several, but these two for sure.

And that’s it for my Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! HAPPY 4th of JULY!

Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Tag

The lovely Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser has tagged me to do the Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime tag!

The rules are as follows:

  1. Include a link back to Amazon’s official 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime page.
  2. Tag Perfectly Tolerable, the creator of this meme
  3. Tag the person who nominated you
  4. Copy the list of books and indicate which titles you have read.
  5. Tally up your total.
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and share your total count.
  7. Tag five new people and comment on one of their posts to let them know.

This is the first time I’ve seen the Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list. I’m pretty sure I haven’t read many of these by glancing at the list. I’ve bolded the books that I’ve read.

I’ve only read 22 of these books. How many have you read?

I tag anyone who would like to do this tag!

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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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:
  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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!


  • 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!


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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!