Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Instead of doing the Top Ten Tuesday post for today, I decided that I’m going give you all the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag instead. Here we go!

Best Book so Far in 2021 

This is really tough because I feel like I’ve read some great books this year. Not all of them were released this year, so I’m going with one that was.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2021

I can’t choose between these two!

New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To

I didn’t realize we were getting another book for this series until recently, so it wasn’t on my radar to read.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

I’m excited for so many books that it’s hard to pick one. This might be the one I want to read the most, though.

Biggest Disappointment of 2021

I’m going to be honest. This book was sitting on my Kindle for years. I have mixed experiences with this author’s books. I was hoping this would be a positive one, but I could not stand the dude and the way he thought/talked. I didn’t make it past the first couple of chapters.

Biggest Surprise

I don’t know how to choose between In the Company of Killers and The Mindf*ck series for biggest surprise. Both are dark romantic suspense that are thrillers with big twists that I didn’t see coming. The first involves a group of killers and the second involves a serial killer who falls for an FBI agent.

Favorite New To Me Author(s)

I actually did a post for this exact prompt last week for TTT. Here’s my list.

1. Lex Martin
2. T.J. Klune
3. Chloe Liese
4. Kim Jones
5. Julia Quinn
6. Melissa Williams
7. S.T. Abby
8. Jaqueline Snowe
9. Katja Millay
10. Kate Canterbary

New Favorite Character

LUCY! Who knew the Prince of Darkness could be so freaking funny?

Book That Made You Cry 

This book had all the feels.

Book That Made You Happy 

So many books have made me happy this year…Probably because I read a lot of romantic comedies. I’m going with one of the most recent ones because I adore Meghan Quinn’s writing and she couldn’t have given Walker a better story.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year

I just love this cover. I only have it on ebook because I don’t buy many physical books.

What Books Do You Need to Read By The End of Year

I already have this book because I love Katie McGarry’s writing. This is a different genre for her, so I haven’t exactly jumped on reading it yet. I should.

So that’s it. The end. Feel free to do this tag if you want.

10 Year Challenge Book Tag

I was tagged by Bea @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic to do the 10 Year Challenge Book Tag. This tag created by Rincey Reads. It’s a fun tag that takes a look back at my reading 10 years ago versus today. Please check out  Bea’s post here. Thanks for the tag, Bea!

What was your favorite book in 2011?

I’m going to try to give you the most honest answer I can because I didn’t start using Goodreads to track my reading until 2012. That being said, I picked up The Beach Trees by Karen White while browsing at Border’s (Man, I miss that Borders!) back when it was released in 2011. I loved this book and went on to read her entire backlist…and I’m still reading her books today.

What is your favorite book of 2021 (so far)?

Ugh! I’m horrible at picking a favorite! I could give you 10 for this year already. I think I’ll go with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Malibu Rising. I loved this multigenerational tale set in Malibu.

What was your least favorite book in 2011?

I used to be in a book club with my sister and her husband’s female co-workers. These ladies were very bright and read a wide variety of books. One woman picked Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light as her choice for us to read. It was like reading a text book.

What was your least favorite book in 2021?

Letters in White is a book that sat on my Kindle for 6 years before I read it. It was one several authors promoted saying how much they loved it and I bought it for $.99 all that time ago. I gave this book 3 stars because the writing was good and I knew it hit the right people the way they needed it to. That person wasn’t me. It’s a book about a woman who is going through depression and suicide is her answer. It’s sad and depressing. The only thing I liked was the last chapter.

What is a book published in 2011 that you still want to read?

This is the only book published in 2011 that is still on my bookshelf that I have yet to read.

What is the book published (to be published) in 2021 you want to get before 2022?

Um, all of them? Haha. Let’s just go with Bend in the Road because I didn’t get an ARC of this one. 🙁

What is a genre you used to read a lot of that you don’t read as much of anymore?

YA contemporaries. I’ve had some issues reading them lately. They just haven’t been working well for me. Racing Savannah is one on my Kindle I need to read soon since I’ve had it forever.

What is a new genre you’ve discovered since 2011?

New adult romance!!! I don’t remember what book was the first. It was either Slammed or Left Drowning by Jessica Park.

What is a reading or book habit you are hoping to leave behind in this decade?

Reading so much. Yes, you read that right. Reading so much. I’m hoping the world goes back more towards normal and I can get out and do stuff rather than hang out at home so much.

What is a new reading goal or habit you want to create in the upcoming decade?

I can’t really think of a new one, but I have been working on a big goal this year. I went through all of the books on my Kindle and looked them up on Goodreads. I dumped the ones I knew I wouldn’t read and made an Excel spreadsheet of the ones still on there. I have been diligently reading those books in between ARCs and new releases this year. My goal is to have read all of them by the end of 2021. I think I have around 10 books left. Then, I will move on to the books on  my physical bookshelf that I haven’t read. I think I have somewhere around 5 to 10 there to read. That can be my 2022 goal.

I am tagging these readers to do the tag:

Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books
Natalie @ Natalie the Biblioholic
Lenore @ Celebrity Readers
Kayla @ Books and Blends
Alison @ Ali’s Books

End Of Year Survey – 2020 Edition

For the past 11 years, The Perpetual Page-Turner has been creating the Annual End of Year Survey. You can find her survey HERE and link up as well when you complete it. Here are my survey answers.


Number Of Books You Read: I read too many books this year. thanks, covid-19.

Number of Re-Reads: 5 (actually re-listens)

Genre You Read The Most From: contemporary romance

1. Best Book You Read In 2020?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2020 release vs. backlist)

I read so many books I loved this year and it’s really hard to pick a favorite, especially with all the romance I read. So I’m going to pick my favorite NON-ROMANCE read. It’s Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People. I still randomly think about this book, how it was set up, its message, etc. 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I’m a fan of E. Lockhart’s books and normally they work for me. Again Again didn’t. The format took away from the book and I struggled to read it. 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

I subscribed to BOTM for one month to get Tarryn Fisher’s The Wives early. I then forgot to cancel and had to pick another book for the second month before I could cancel. I chose The Sun Down Motel. I don’t do horror and was worried, but I ended up LOVING this book. Best surprise of the year. 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I buddy read The Match with Kayla and we both loved it. I hadn’t read Adams before and began telling people they needed to read it. I don’t know if it’s the one I pushed the most or not, but I know I pushed it a lot.

 5. Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2020?

This is seriously hard for me to choose. I binge read several different series this year and loved them all. I could choose so many different ones. 

Best series: Flight & Glory by Rebecca Jenshak, Smart Jocks by Rebecca Jenshak, Havenbrook by Brighton Walsh, Game On by Kristen Callihan

Best Sequel: The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros, Hometown Troublemaker by Brighton Walsh

Best Series Ender: Muses & Melodies by Rebecca Yarros, The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?

Rebecca Jenshak, Karla Sorensen, Brighton Walsh, Lauren Rowe, Kristen Callihan, Sarah Adams, Kate Clayborn… to name a few!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I saw everyone saying how good The Thousand Doors of January was, so I requested the audiobook. It was so good!

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

There were a lot of books that I didn’t want to put down this year, but I finally read Black Lies and that book put me through…something. It was crazy in a way I wasn’t expecting. Not really a thriller, but unputdownable. 

 9. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t know. I pretty much re-listen to books only. It would probably be a Tijan book. Hers tend to be the ones I reach for when I want a comfort re-listen. It’s usually Fallen Crest High, but I could branch out.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?

I don’t know what it is about this cover I love. Maybe it’s the colors in the sky. I like that there is a couple and it’s not illustrated. It’s just one that I loved from the moment I saw it and the first one I thought of when I read this prompt.

11. Most memorable character of 2020?

There are several characters that stuck out to me this year, but Nixon from Muses & Melodies came to mind first. He has addiction issues and his coming to terms with them stuck with me. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?

To quote the beginning of my review… (It gave me) “Goosebumps. Reading this book was like listening to a singer who can emote like no other. Everything that Tiffanie DeBartolo wrote I felt. Deeply. This book’s title is Sorrow. That title encompasses so much more than just the feeling…”  

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2020?

Anxious People’s message hit hard and stuck with me. I was between laughing or crying with this book. 

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read? 

The Game On series is so right up my alley. I’m surprised I hadn’t read it yet. 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2020?

“Hatred is a one-way emotion.” I take a breath. “It only affects the person holding on to that hate. Take Laney’s ex, for example…” I face him, but he’s already watching me. “Do you think he knows how much you hate him? Do you think he cares that you do?” Leo chews the corner of his lip as his eyes search mine.  “Does he even know you exist?” His lashes lower. “So, what’s the point, right?” I murmur. “Only you carry the burden of hatred, Leo. And it’s a lot easier to let go of that pain than it is to hold on to it.”

– Jay McLean, Leo

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?


This romantic comedy by Pippa Grant was 62 pages.


This anthology to benefit the wildfires in Australia was 910 pages.

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

This book was a ride. I thought I knew what was happening until I didn’t and then I knew again. It was just not what I was expecting at all. It stuck with me. 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I have so many being a romance reader, but I’ll go with Annie & Clay. This wasn’t a 2020 release, but I read it this year.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The friendship between Arlo and his friends in this book cracked me up. I loved all the texts they had between them. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

It could be any of the books I named and loved in this post. So many romance authors brought me joy this year. If I had to narrow it down, it would be one of the Rebecca Yarros books I mentioned in this post. I would also thank Meghan Quinn, Max Monroe, Sarina Bowen, Ginger Scott, etc. for making my year better. Oh, and all those new authors I found and binged on. Plus, the others I always enjoy. Really everyone. I feel like I’m leaving people out.

21. Best Book You Read In 2020 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Corina at the Brown Eyed Bookworm gave me so many recommendations this year that were AMAZING! This is one that would make my favorites list.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?

I don’t really do fictional crushes. I will give a shout out to Luke from Best Friends Don’t Kiss by Max Monroe for being one of my favorite love interests in a book, though. He was a good dude.

23. Best 2020 debut you read?

I didn’t read a ton of debut novels this year, but it doesn’t matter because this one was so good.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I have two this year for two very different reasons.


A mix of fantasy and history, the world(s) built in The Thousand Doors of January were fascinating to me.

and Second…

I don’t know if it’s because it’s set in Seattle and I am aware of the area and climate, or it was just Tarryn Fisher’s writing. The world she created in this book revolving around a single house and the people inside was so vivid to me.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Meghan Quinn’s take on a teacher-teacher romance was so hilariously fun!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2020?

I didn’t expect to love Rory the way I did and I found myself tearing up on her behalf. 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I don’t think enough people read Tiffanie DeBartolo’s books and they are so gorgeously written.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I tried to read books that lifted me up rather than crushed me this year, so it was hard to pick on for this. I would say this entire Preload series by Scarlett Cole. Jordan and his buddies went through some rough, abusive stuff as kids and it broke my heart.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?

I’m still not sure what really happened. I need a sequel.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

This book frustrated me so much! I liked it, but man! The angst and the decisions the characters made frustrated me so much.  

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2020?

I just want to thank all the bloggers who put out content in such a crazy world. 

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?

Probably my review for either Sorrow or The Reality of Everything.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?

I don’t have many bookish photos this year. Maybe a couple for my personal social media, but nothing that I would say is worth sharing here. 

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

I got nothing for this. I did not leave my house much this year. I was supposed to go to Book Bonanza 2020, but that didn’t happen. My triumphs this year were that my daughter (with lack of social and sports activities) got into reading more and that I nominated my local foodbank and they won $2500 donation from the Book Bonanza 2020 Raffle. 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?

Both Tiffanie DeBartolo and Rebecca Yarros spotlighted my reviews on their social media/newsletters for their recent releases. That was cool. 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Being in the mood to read certain books. YA genre was a harder read for me this year. I didn’t want to read any romances that were too angsty or made me sad. I just wanted to read happy books.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

This is really weird, but my top post from this year by views would be for an old review of Anna Todd’s After Ever Happy. If I look at posts from just THIS year that had the highest, it would be my review of Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I think we all want our reviews to be read more often.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

A website called Love Tropes that you can pick what type of romance trope, the hottness, etc and it will recommend books for you to try. 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yep. Surpassed my Goodreads goal by quite a bit because I was home so freaking much this year. My plan was actually to read LESS, but that didn’t happen. 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2021?

As soon as I’m in a thriller mood, I’m reading Every Last Secret.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2021 (non-debut)?

All of them, but I’ll choose The Last Night in London. I love Karen White and it’s been a while since she released a new book.

3. 2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don’t know. I haven’t really scoped out new debut authors for 2021 yet. I will probably wait for some hype by other bloggers. 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?

Nate isn’t probably considered a sequel of the Fallen Crest High series and is more a spin-off, but I’m counting it.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?

Read less, get out more. I know that sounds crazy, but I hope it’s more possible in 2021. 

6. A 2021 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

February 23, 2021

And that’s a wrap for 2020! I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Eve and that 2021 rings in many new possibilities and good times for us all. 

Anti-TBR Book Tag

I was tagged for the Anti-TBR Book Tag by the lovely Beatrice @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic. She enjoyed watching videos with Anti-TBR tag because by creator Nicole and Her Books  and felt inspired by it. It’s a fun tag, so I hope you will enjoy reading this.

A Popular Book Everyone Loves That You Have No Interest In Reading

Throne of Glass is one of those books that everyone seems to love and I feel like I should read, but just don’t have any desire to do so.

A Classic Book (or Author) You Don’t Have An Interest In Reading

Rebecca is a book that has been recommended to me for years. I should probably read it, but can’t bring myself to do so.  I don’t really read classics.

An Author Whose Books You Have No Interest In Reading

Tomi Adeyemi. Beatrice had this one, too. I just can’t after she tried to accuse Nora Roberts. Nora freaking Roberts. C’mon, man.

A Problematic Author Whose Books You Have No Interest in Reading

Jamie McGuire has said some HORRIBLE things on social media. I won’t give her my money or time.

An author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you

Marie Force. It’s not that her books aren’t good. I just can’t do them anymore. I read so many. They all started feeling like character catch ups rather than new character stories, so I had to let go.

A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldn’t

Fantasy and Science Fiction. All the world building and info dumping is just too much for me.

A book you have bought but will never read

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. I am not prepared to be sucked into such a long series. It overwhelms me just thinking about it. But I guess I shouldn’t say never…

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d

I read the first three Brayshaw books by Meagan Brandy. At first, I was interested to know where this angsty, drama-filled series was going. That third book took things so far past crazy town that I just can’t read the next two books in the series. I don’t care what happens to Captain or Royce. I’m done with drama for drama.

A new release you have no interest in reading

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling. For several reasons.

I am just going to go ahead and tag anyone who wants to do this one. Sorry, I’m feeling lazy.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi, friends. It’s been AGES since I’ve done one of these award tag things. The lovely Corina of The Brown Eyed Bookworm nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. I thought it would be a fun change of pace, so here we go! Thanks, Corina!

What is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog. (See above!)
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 3 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.
  1. What was your best book of 2020?
    Oh, boy. This is a REALLY hard one to answer. I’ve read some great books this year, so how do I narrow it down to one? I’m going to go with The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros.
  2. Who was your favorite author of 2020?
    Hm… Again, tough. I think I’m going to go with Rebecca Yarros again because I not only adored The Reality of Everything, but also Muses & Melodies. Add in her backlist books I read this year, and she was probably on top.
  3. Holidays are coming up, what books would you want to find under the tree?
    This might seem weird because I read mostly romance, but I usually ask for celebrity memoirs for Christmas. They’re books I’m not likely to buy myself.
  4. How do you feel about DNFing books?
    If you hate a book, you shouldn’t keep reading it. Too many books, too little time and all that.
  5. How do you feel about hyped books?
    I actually like hype. Without hype, there are many books I wouldn’t have read — especially some great YA fantasy because I am not a fantasy fan. Seeing everyone’s hype for those books pushed me to read them and others. I think it’s a good thing. I don’t let the hype dictate how I feel about a book, though.
  6. Do you have a reading buddy?
    I’ve buddy read with a couple of blogger friends before (Kayla and Debby). I scream a lot to Ari on Twitter about what I’m reading or she’s reading or what I want her to read. On a daily basis, it’s probably my Havanese Winnie.
  7. How many hours do you usually read a day? And what time of day do you tend to read the most?
    Total probably depends on the day. I usually read at night, after dinner until I go to bed. Maybe two or three hours? It depends on what’s going on or whether I’m interested in what my husband or daughter is watching on TV.
  8. How do you feel about tbrs?
    They can be daunting. I try to limit mine. My Goodreads TBR contains between 65 and 80 books at any given time. Most of these are books that haven’t released yet or are upcoming releases I want to read. There are some books that have already released that I want to read, but not many. I take off and add books without feeling stress.
  9. Do you track your books, or fly by the seat of your pants?
    I track them on Goodreads. I like to be able to look back at reviews and remind myself of my thoughts on them. Or look back and see if I’ve read a book. It’s too easy to forget if I have sometimes. Horrible, I know.
  10. How many books do you usually read a year, and do you feel pressure to read more?
    OH GOODNESS. PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME ADMIT HOW MANY BOOKS I READ A YEAR. This year is especially bad because we are all stuck at home since March. I’ve read WAY TOO MANY books this year. Can I just say that I surpassed my goal of 200 books on my Goodreads Challenge and call it good? Obviously, no I don’t feel pressure to read more. I would actually would like to read LESS. This year was just so boring. There wasn’t much else to do at times.
  11. What other social media platforms are you active on?
    Twitter:  @anovelglimpse
    Goodreads: Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
  1. What is your favorite romance trope?
  2. Who is the most memorable character that you have ever read and why?
  3. Which author do you think has the best overall writing style?
  4. What is your favorite book to gift people?
  5. What book, without giving away it away, gave you the most surprising twist?
  6. Do you like it when authors include playlists with books? Do you actually listen to the songs before, after, or while reading the books?
  7. What one book would you want turned into a TV series or movie?
  8. If you had to pick one author to write a story based on your life, who would it be?
  9. Do you like to binge read book series? Which ones is the last one you binged?
  10. Favorite new-to-you author you have read in 2020?
  11. If you had to convince me to read one book, which book would it be and why should I read it?

I nominate: Carla | Andie | Raven 

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.