OMG! That Song Book Tag

When I saw the OMG! That Song Book Tag post Dedra did last week, I knew I had to do it. It combines two of my favorite things: books and music. This tag was originally done by Katesbookdate on Youtube

OMG! That Song Book Tag

My Jam:

A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it before
and
a book you’ll never get sick of:

Robyn’s Dancing on My Own is a song I’ll sit dance through no matter how many times I hear it. 

Fallen Crest High is a book I don’t think I’ll get tired of no matter how many times I listen to or read it. 

THROWBACK:

A song that reminds you of the cringiest time in your life
and
a book you read that you wouldn’t like if you were to read it now:

I think I went through a phase when I was about 20 that I listened to Creed for maybe a month or two. This was a time I would give myself a good shake if I could go back. 

I rated Anna and the French Kiss high when I read it. The more I think about that book, the more messed up I think it was. I think I would hate it if I read it now.

REPLAY:

A recent song that you have on repeat
and
a recent favorite book:

I’m a big Sam Hunt fan, so I was excited to hear new music from him. I’m really loving this collaboration with Sasha Alex Sloan. The vibe is really cool.

Well Matched was so good! It’s my new favorite in the Well Met series.

GETS ME:

A song that is literally me
and
a book that is me in book form:

Blinding Lights is an odd choice. I wouldn’t say that the lyrics or video is me. What is me is the classic, almost 80’s vibe to the song. I’m a huge fan of the way this song sounds like it could be from almost any era. I would like to think that I’m a little old school, but still with it. HAHA

As for The How and the Why… Literally book me was hard to find. Are there books about women who are happily married with kids? Usually there’s some sort of turmoil and all the turmoil I’ve got right now is this dang pandemic. So I went with this book because I have felt what some of the MC felt regarding being an adoptee. 

WUT:

A weird song that you liked anyway
and
a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason:

I Believe in a Thing Called Love sounds like it should be in some weird horror movie or something, but I love it for some reason.

The Lace Reader is probably the first book I read with an unreliable narrator. It made an impression on me and I’ve read it several times since. I always pick up on something new.

LET’S GO:

Pick your best pump up song
and
a book that inspires you:

Are you trying to kill me with best pump up song??? There are so many that I would pick for different reasons! I almost chose I Got 5 On It because my friend and I used to listen to that back in the day before we would go out, but I ended up choosing Ol’ Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis with Got Your Money. It’s such a fun song. 

Do Epic. That’s all I got to say about Bright Side. Live every day to the best of your ability. 

CHILL:

Your best relaxing song
and
a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day:

BIG Ed Sheeran fan here and Thinking Out Loud puts me in a good, calm mood. All of his music does.

The Match because Sarah Adams’s books are light and fluffy, perfect for a rainy day.

ADDICTING:

A guilty pleasure song
and
a light, trashy read you can’t help but love:

Anything by Britney Spears will always be my guilty pleasure music. 

Um… trashy? Not my favorite word for a book. I don’t think any book deserves “trashy” as a descriptor. So Tapping the Billionaire is not trashy. It’s light, funny, and on the steamier side. But NOT trashy. 

NOSTALGIA:

A throwback song you look back on fondly
and
a book you read and loved when you were young:

I was obsessed with 80’s music when I was 18 (still am, but that’s when it started). There was a time when I listened to this song on repeat. I’m sure my parents loved it, especially with the song’s meaning. 

Say Goodnight, Gracie is a book I read as a child or teenager. It’s the first book I can remember loving.

And that’s it! That’s the tag. I’m not tagging anyone. Feel free to do this tag if you want. 

The Last Ten Books Tag

When I read this tag Dini did on Dinipandareads, I knew I had to do it. It was just too fun to pass up. The original tag was created by booktuber Marc Nash. I hope you enjoy reading my answers.

THE LAST BOOK I GAVE UP ON

I felt bad not finishing Tryst Six Venom. I knew going in it was a bully romance, but I just couldn’t stomach the slurs. 

THE LAST BOOK I REREAD

The last book I reread (or actually listened to again) was Broken and Screwed 2 by Tijan. I was in the mood for a Tijan book, so I listened to the series again. 

THE LAST BOOK I BOUGHT

I read the first book in the Deanna Madden series awhile back. I never finished it, but want to. I had to purchase the third book when it was on sale for 1.99. Now, I just need the second.

THE LAST BOOK I WROTE IN THE MARGINS OF

NONE! I mostly read ebooks, but if I’m reading a physical book I don’t normally write in it.

THE LAST BOOK THAT I HAD SIGNED

I had to think hard about this one because the last signing I was at was Book Bonanza 18. I can’t be 100% certain who the last author I had sign a book was, but I think it was Jay Crownover. I had my copy of Charged I had picked up at Powell’s City of Books a couple of years prior to that.

THE LAST BOOK I LOST

I couldn’t tell you that last time I lost a book or what it even was. 

THE LAST BOOK I HAD TO REPLACE

I borrowed this book from my boss years ago. Somehow, the corner got bent. I didn’t want to return it that way, so I bought her a new copy. 

THE LAST BOOK I ARGUED OVER

Argued over isn’t really the right way to describe it, but was the closest I could get to this prompt. I “yelled” at Ari to keep reading when this book was making her mad. LOL

THE LAST BOOK I PRE-ORDERED

I don’t often pre-order, but I did for Main Street Dealmaker because it had a special pre-order price I couldn’t pass up since I want to read it anyways.

TAGGING:

Anyone who wants to do this tag.

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.

**2020 READING STATS**

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?

Shortest: 

This romantic comedy by Pippa Grant was 62 pages.

Longest:

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.

First…

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. 

2019 End of the Year Survey

Welcome to my 2019 End of the Year Survey
(Hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner)

**2019 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: More than I care to admit. Let’s just say I hit my Goodreads goal and then some. I actually read about 50 or so less books than in 2018, though.

Number of Re-Reads: Like 16? All were audiobook re-reads, so actually listens.

Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Romance

1. Best Book You Read In 2019?

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

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

Good: I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did for some reason.

Bad: There was so much hype surrounding this one, and it just didn’t live up to it at all.

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

Hmm… I’m not sure. I feel like I’m pushing Bright Side by Kim Holden and Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn every year. I don’t know if everyone read it that I told to, but I did push this one a lot.

5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?

This question is brutal this year! Honestly, I could have answered these so many different ways, but here’s what I am going with…

Best series I started: Landon & Shay: Part 1 by Brittainy C. Cherry
Best sequel of 2019: Letters to Molly (Maysen Jar, #2) by Devney Perry
Best series ender of 2019: Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers, #7) by Penny Reid

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?

Devney Perry

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

I’m lumping these two together. I read Illuminae a couple of years ago, but just got back to finishing the series.

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

This is probably my favorite thriller I read this year.

 9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

For some reason, this is my go-to book and series to re-listen to. I have a feeling I’ll be doing that again next year.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

11. Most memorable character of 2019?

Daisy Jones

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

Bryn Greenwood writes such ugly things is such a pretty way. I don’t even know how to describe it.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?

This is a personal one for me because both the author and her MC are adoptees. I am as well, so I identified with a lot of the thoughts and feelings.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read? 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

“Guilt and me, we’re conjoined. One. When it isn’t stabbing me, I drag it around like a ball and chain.”
Kim Holden, The Other Side

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

Longest: 1014 pages

Shortest: 32 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

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

I did not see the cliffhanger coming at all.

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

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

I read mostly romance, so this was a hard choice for me. I have to go with Wheeler and Poppy, though.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Cap, Kline, Thatch, Will, Trent, Theo… All the billionaire book club members.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Thanks, Ari!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?

I don’t really do fictional crushes and this guy would be too young, so he’s just one of my new favorite male characters: Jace from Girl at Heart. Jace was super nice and an all around good guy.

23. Best 2019 debut you read?

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

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

I couldn’t just pick one, so you get three: The Guy on the Right, Top Secret, and Girl at Heart.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I felt so horrible for the kids in this book.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

The format really set this book apart. The audio was especially amazing.

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

If you’ve read this one, you probably know why. There’s a relationship that I was not okay with. It made me really uncomfortable, but the writing was so dang good!

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?

Our Book Boyfriends

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

I don’t have one. That’s sad, right? So here’s my review for my favorite book of the year:
https://anovelglimpse.com/2019/03/29/review-daisy-jones-the-six-taylor-jenkins-reid/

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:?

I didn’t really take any bookish photos that would be favorites. Lol.

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

Sadly, I didn’t attend any bookish events this year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

This year I focused on reading backlisted books on my TBR. I was able to prioritize and bring the number of books on my TBR down.

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

Writing reviews. I didn’t always feel inspired.

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

My review for Meghan March’s Deal with the Devil:
https://anovelglimpse.com/2019/01/17/review-deal-with-the-devil-meghan-march/

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Can I just say ALL OF THEM?

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

My most recent discovery is probably the Read Me Romance podcast. It’s a fun way to listen to romance novellas written by some of my favorite authors.

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

I did a Goodreads Challenge of 200 books and completed that. I also set out to read a book set in each of the 50 United States. I was able to complete all with the exception of Delaware, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Rhode Island.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?

I’m just waiting for my library hold to come in…

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?

I want to finish reading all of the backlilst books on my TBR and then focus on the new releases I want to read. I want to continue to limit the ARCs I request as well.

6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

2016 End of Year Book Survey

The 2016 End of Year Book survey is a year end survey created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. This is the survey’s 7th year! If you would like to complete this survey, you can find the original survey post and link up here.

And now we begin my 2016 End of Year Book Survery!


 

Number Of Books You Read: 320
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Romance

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

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I chose The Hard Count by Ginger Scott because I felt like it was so well written and applicable to today’s youth. It encompassed so many important things. Amazing book.

 

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

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Don’t get me wring, I really enjoyed A Gift of Time by Beth Flynn. It answered all of my questions and resolved so many things from Nine Minutes and Out of Time, but it was kind of a weird read. The first half of the book reminded me of Out of Time, while the second half reminded me of Nine Minutes. It was hard to switch between the two tones. Still loved it, though.

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

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I was expecting to fall in love with Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. It had such great reviews and made Huffington Post’s top ugly cry list, but I hated every moment of it.

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

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Surprise, surprise. It’s not very hard to get the ladies to read a book with a cover like this! Thank goodness the writing is amazing!

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best series I started:

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Addicted / Calloway Sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Best Sequel of 2016:

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Us (Him, #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Best Series Ender of 2016:

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The Goal (Off-Campus, #4) by Elle Kennedy

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

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This could honestly be a really long list, so I’m going to pick the first author to pop into my head: Max Monroe. The entire Billionaire Bad Boys series was hilarious and super sexy. Loved it!

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

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I’m not much of a fantasy fan, but I love Amy Harmon’s writing and she did not disappoint with The Bird and the Sword.

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

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Too Late by Colleen Hoover was like crack. I anxiously waited for each addition to this story on Wattpad.

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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I hate to admit it, but I don’t re-read many books. If I had to choose one to re-read from this year, it might be Banking the Billionaire because it was so dang funny!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

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This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

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I am picking two most memorable characters, one I hated and one I adored. I hated Miranda from So Much More by Kim Holden. She is memorable for being a complete jerk. I adored Frank Sanger from This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills because Frank Sanger is for everyone — me especially.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

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Like I said above, this book was amazingly written and so important.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

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Tarryn Fisher knows how to make you think like no other. Marrow is probably one of the most thought provoking books I’ve read this year.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

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Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“You have to be willing to be happy. Despite the mess of your life—just accept what’s happened, throw away your ideals, and create a new map of happiness to follow.”

-Tarryn Fisher, Marrow

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (64 pages)
Longest: Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie (664 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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A Gift of Time by Beth Flynn

 

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

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Jamie & Wes

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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Sloane & Frank Sanger

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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Steadfast (True North, #2) by Sarina Bowen

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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I found My Perfect Mistake on Cristina from My Tiny Obsession‘s blog. Loved it!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

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Knox Masters

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

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The Way I Used To Be felt like it was written by a seasoned writer and it was a touching story.

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

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Amy Harmon created a beautiful set.

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

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If you want to laugh and smile a bunch, then read Banking the Billionaire by Max Monroe.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

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When it Rains by Lisa De Jong was a sob fest. So good, but so sad!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) by Erin Watt

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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I can’t even begin to explain it. I felt so many emotions I didn’t want to feel.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

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Lily is an a dachshund. The octopus is, well, an octopus. Add in Lily’s owner Ted and this story is delightfully unique.

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

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Author Anonymous by E.K. Blair

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

It’s hard to keep straight what blogs I discovered when, but one that pops to mind is Rant and Rave About Books.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

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F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher. It was before I switched by self-hosting.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I don’t think I had a discussion post this year. Shame on me!

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

I went to two this year. First, I went to Emerald City Author Event. Second, I went to An Evening with Anna Kendrick.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

It would have to be the Emerald City Author Event. I got to meet so many amazing authors, including Claire Contreras, Tarryn Fisher, E.L. James, Jay Crownover, Emma Chase, and so many more!

Oh, and also updating to the beautiful new header Aentee @ Read at Midnight created for me!

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

The past couple of weeks. My blog has been acting up. 🙁

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

This surprised me. It was my review of The Goal by Elle Kennedy.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Hey, I’d take more love for any of them!

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

Hmm…I probably discovered it last year, but I think The Bookworm Box deserves all of the publicity it can get for donating so much to charity.

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

Yep. I completed my Goodreads challenge. 🙂

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

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I adore Kasie West’s books and I’m so disappointed in myself for not having read P.S. I Like You yet!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

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To me, collaboration doesn’t getting any better than Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. I cannot wait for Good Boy and their new WAGS series!

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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Wait for Me just popped up on my radar recently, but I’m so excited to read this debut!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

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I cannot wait to read Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers, #2)!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Meet more amazing bloggers! Maybe some who are into NA/Adult contemporaries.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

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I love Kelly Siskind’s Over the Top series and I would definitely recommend Hooked on Trouble. BUT read the first two books in the series first!


And that’s my 2016 End of Year Book Survey. I hope you enjoyed reading it!

The Amsterdam Book Tag

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I was tagged by the Orang-utan Librarian for The Amsterdam Book Tag. (Thank you!) I feel like I’m cheating a bit since I’ve never been to Amsterdam, but I’ll get over it. 😉


Why Do We Have So Many Cheese Stores In One Street – A Cheesy Read.

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I chose Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll because it has kind of a cheesy rock star plot. It was cute, but totally predictable.

Canal Parade – A Book that Celebrates The LGBT-Community.

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I couldn’t pick just one. I had to pick both Him and Us because Jamie and Wes’ entire story is a celebration of the LGBT community.

Anne Frank House – A Book That Made you Cry.

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I think I cried the entire last 1/3 of Bright Side. Such an amazing, touching book.

Museum Square – An Artsy Book.

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I’m not sure if I’ve really read any “artsy” books, but Four Days would probably be closest to it. It’s a descriptive healing journey through New Zealand.

Pigeons, Pigeons Everywhere – An Annoying Character.

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Bellini. If you’ve read Stroked you’ll understand why this reality star is on the top of my annoying list.

Red White Blue – Recreate The Dutch Flag Using Books.

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And that’s my best attempt at the red, white and blue Dutch flag. (All amazing books, by the way!)


I tag:

Laura @ Bibliofagista
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Betwixt the Pages
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Esther @ Chapter Adventures
Jacquie @ Rattle the Stars
Jesse @ Books at Dawn
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets
Lois @ My Midnight Musings
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Susan @ Susan Loves Books
The Bookie Monsters

The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

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I can’t remember the last time I did a tag, so I’m super excited to have a fun one to share with you. Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions tagged me for The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag. Thanks, Cristina!


WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BUYING NEW BOOKS?

The rush I get when I buy a physical copy of a book is a little insane. I do it so rarely that it’s so much fun. I really try to limit myself on buying books, though. If I start to overflow my bookcase, my husband starts to complain.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY NEW BOOKS?

Honestly, I try not to purchase books too often. I always check the e-book and regular library first. NetGalley is a savior, too.

BOOKSTORE OR ONLINE BOOK SHOPPING – WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

If I’m going to buy a physical copy, it’s more fun to get it from the bookstore. I usually end up ordering them from Amazon due to the cheaper prices, though.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOKSHOP?

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YES! My absolute favorite bookstore is Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been there three times and each time was completely overwhelming. So many floors of books.

DO YOU PRE-ORDER BOOKS?

Only if it’s one of my favorite authors.

DO YOU HAVE A MONTHLY BOOK BUYING LIMIT?

My husband would say yes, that it’s zero books. Lol. But no, I don’t. I just try not to buy so many that he’ll notice all of the Kindle charges on the credit card bill.

BOOK BUYING BANS – ARE THEY SOMETHING FOR YOU?

Not really. I just do my best not to buy books unless I have to (ie: new favorite author release or binge reading a series when the library doesn’t have them).

HOW BIG IS YOUR WISHLIST?

I don’t think I can answer that. My TBR expands daily.

WHICH THREE BOOKS FROM YOUR WISHLIST DO YOU WISH TO OWN NOW?

I wish to own these three books because they’re not out yet! I need them! (Click on the book covers to be taken to their Goodreads pages.)

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I TAG:

Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Corina @ Happily Ever After
Jill @ Rant and Rave 
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Susan @ Susan Loves Books
Tash @ The Bookie Monsters

The 2016 Blogger Awards

I was recognized by Tash @ The Book Monsters in her The 2016 Blogger Awards post. It was so nice to be recognized and so I thought I would participate. (Thanks, Tash!)

For those of you who are not familiar with these awards, you can check out the original post on Just Call Me Elm or Something or read the rules below. It was really hard to pick one blog for each of these. So many bloggers could fit in so many of the categories!


The Rules (PLEASE READ)
• It is preferred if you nominate one blog/blogger per award, but if you’re finding this difficult, two should be the maximum.
• Post ALL NOMINATIONS on this post, or write a post that links to this post so that I am notified as to who you have nominated. If you don’t know how to make a pingback, you can always ask, or email me.
• If you do not link your nominations to this post in some way, they cannot be counted.
• You must link your nominees to their blog – just writing a name will result in confusion, because there are multiple Em’s to give an example.
• Please tag your blog posts that relate to the awards with the hashtag #2016BloggerAwards. This is so that both the readers and I can keep track of any nominations.
• Results will be posted on 31 December, to allow as many people to submit their nominations as possible.


Blogger of the Year
A blogger that you feel has stood out this year as being very inspiring, kind, and who holds many of the qualities that you feel makes a fantastic blogger. This blogger can be one who you aspire to be and who’s personality traits cause them to, again and again, be seen as a central part of your blogging community, both to you and others.

Maren from The Worn Bookmark is the first person that came to my mind for this category. Maren is warm and friendly to other book bloggers. She makes a blogger feel at home in the blogosphere. I love the wide variety of books she reviews and all of the posts she shares.

Blog of the Year
Through their posts, the blog which you nominate for this category will have made an impact on the community with their writing. Each aspect of the blog is well thought-out, and their posts are both creative and original. Content, appearance and the effect you think this blog has had on you as a person and other people should contribute to why you nominated them.

I like everything about Books at Dawn. Jesse has done an amazing job streamlining his reviews. I love the way they look and read. His reviews are simply broken down, and they deliver his opinion in a way that helps a reader quickly decide if a book is for him/her or not. His graphics are really cool, too. I’ve heard he may use https://www.hostiserver.com/ as a host server so that he can focus on the reviews. Either way, he’s doing a pretty sweet job. I especially enjoy his Weekly Cover Reveals. I love that he not only focuses on the Fantasy books he loves, but on other genres as well.

Kindest Blogger
Somebody who has always been there with a lovely word if you feel down. They do not judge you, and can always be relied on to say the sweetest things no matter the situation that you find yourself in. Their comments are ones that stick in your mind because of their kind words, and they are nice to everybody and anybody.

Susan from Susan Loves Books has been a big supporter of my blog from the moment I started it. She’s constantly leaving positive comments on my blog that brighten my days.

Most Approachable Blogger
No matter the time of day or the amount of followers you have, you feel as if you can always talk to this blogger. Whether they have 10 followers or 10000, they do not make you feel unwelcome, and allow you to feel as if your opinions will be listened to. They’re friendly, and their personality makes it so that they are easy to have a conversation with.

There’s just something about Claire from Art and Soul that screams approachable to me. She’s super nice, makes amazing desserts and writes wonderful reviews. She always comes across as upbeat and positive. I love interacting with her and reading her blog posts.

Best New Blogger
A person who has, ?spite not being in the Blogosphere for long, made an impact. This award is for those who have taken blogging in their stride, and right from the beginning, given it their all. They have firmly entrenched themselves within the community, emerging into blogging and not letting their ‘newbie’ status bother them.

Jill over at Rant and Rave is my Best New Blogger for 2016. (Hopefully, Jill started blogging in 2016. If not, I’m still picking her because she’s new to me!) I love her rant and rave reviews. It’s such a fun and easy way to make her reviews pop in my feed. I also love the colorful way she reviews books.

Most Positive Blog
The posts on this blog, or this blogger’s personality, lift your mood whenever you are not feeling your best. They could write inspirational posts, or have the personality that allows you to smile when they comment or speak to you; a simple post or conversation with them can make you happy.

I had to pick Tash from The Bookie Monsters for the Most Positive Blog award. Her blog is a happy place to go. First, there’s her super cute header that makes me smile. Then, there’s all her posts. I especially love her Tea with Tash ones. They’re a great way to catch up with her month and find out what’s new with her.

Most Helpful Blogger
Somebody who has always strived to help anybody, in any situation. This can be through their posts, or through any contact you have had outside of blogging. They have always helped you when you needed any assistance or advice, whether that would be with blogging or any real life situations, and they go out of their way to offer you this help.

Kelly over at Here’s to Happy Endings could have easily filled any of the spots on this awards post. I chose to name her most helpful blogger because she’s always willing to answer blog related questions when I ask them — and I ask a lot. I’ve appreciated her friendship and getting to know her through her blog posts and our Twitter exchanges.

Best Looking Blog
When you look at this blog, it should be obvious that they’ve spent some time on making it look amazing. It can be through the way they’ve organised it, the design in general, the best pictures: whatever element they’ve put into their blog, they’ve done it incredibly well. Remember, beauty is subjective, so don’t feel worried that other people may disagree with you.

If you haven’t found Read at Midnight yet, you need to hop on over there and look at Aentee’s gorgeous designs. They’re amazing and so beautiful. And she’s willing to share her design services for a great price with everyone. (I have to credit her for my amazing blog header!)

Most Relatable Blog
Many of the posts that they write, you find yourself relating to. This can be because of their style of writing, or the stories that they share; when you read their blog, you think that you aren’t alone.

I have two picks for Most Relatable Blog. I couldn’t just pick one. I relate to both Cristina at My Tiny Obsessions and Ari at The Daydreaming Bookworm a lot. That probably has to do with the fact that we enjoy so many of the same books. I love reading their book reviews because I’m usually nodding my head in agreement or adding a new book to my TBR. They’re part of the reason my husband cringes when he sees Kindle charges on our credit card bill.

Most Creative Blogger
There are some people who have added wonderfully original ideas to the Blogosphere. These people have contributed awards, tags, challenges and anything else that has been very well created. As well as this, they could be a creative writer, artist or could be a musician – anything that showcases a talent, or brings something never brought before to the blogging world. This is flexible, so you can nominate 2 people if this one is especially difficult.

I had to think about this one for a while. I feel like every blogger I’ve come across is creative in some way. One that really stands out to me, though; is Jordyn from J. Bookish. She created The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag and started a BookTube that’s really awesome.

Funniest Blogger
This blogger will never fail to make you laugh. Through what they say, their posts or how they interact with people, they put a permanent smile on your face and can have you in stitches. They can be unexpectedly funny, can say the strangest things, but the one thing that this person has is a brilliant sense of humor.

Joey over at Thoughts and Afterthoughts is the wittiest book blogger I’ve met so far. Every single one of his posts make me laugh or smile. He brings a unique perspective that I really enjoy. I wish I could book ramble like him.

The Wildcard
If you think that a blog/blogger should be recognized for an aspect of their blog/blogging personality that doesn’t fit a category on this list, then you can nominate them here, with the name of the aspect that they deserve and a comment. Though no one will necessarily ‘win’ this, those that stand out will be featured in the Results post.

She’s not super active in the community, but Sky from Bookish Night is my Wildcard choice. What I love most about Sky is that she’s real and honest. She puts herself out there in each review and interaction.


If you’re interested in participating, you don’t have to be tagged. Just simply follow The Rules and link to Just Call Me Elm or Something or use the hashtag #2016BloggerAwards.

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award #2

I have to admit I’ve done this one before. I think I’ve been nominated a few times since then. I decided to go ahead and do it again because I love answering questions other bloggers ask and it’s such a pleasure to be nominated by other community members.

I would like to thank Beatrice @ When Curiosity Killed the Cat, nominating me for the Sisterhood  Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award. If anyone else nominated me and I didn’t complete the nomination, I’m sorry! If you let me know, I’d happy to add your name/link. If I get a chance, I’ll even go back to your original post and answer your questions! (Can you tell I feel guilty?)


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the Award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate ten blogs.

Beatrice’s Questions:

Aside from reading books, what are your favorite pastimes?

You mean there’s other things you can do besides read books? *Gasp*

My favorite past times besides reading books are scrapbooking, camping, boating, hanging out with friends and spending time with my family. I’m also planning on taking up sewing soon.

A book turned into a movie or turned into a series?

Hmmm…It depends. If Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter wanted to turn some of my favorite books into a TV series, I would totally be okay with that. Otherwise, probably a movie. I think there’s more time to ruin a good book in a TV series than in a movie.

Which do you prefer, Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop?

Both? Neither? Maybe I need to actually check those things out!

What phobia do you have?

My biggest fear is death because, well, death. It could be my death or death of a family member. Second, would be physical pain. I hate getting hurt. Third, would be spiders and snakes. Ewww.

If you were given a chance to meet a book character in person, who would it be?

Kate from Kim Holden’s Brightside.

What country are you from?

The United States of America

What is your favorite music genre?

Pop. (That really that just means popular music, right?) I tend to like a little bit of everything, but I mainly listen to Pop. I love music from the 70’s to the present. If I had to pick a favorite decade it would probably be the 80’s.

If you were given a chance to learn other languages, what would they be?

It’s been a while, but I took Spanish in high school and college. I could read and write but couldn’t speak it very well. I would love to relearn it. It would also be nice to learn Japanese, Chinese, French or German. I would be open to learning pretty much anything.

What is your favorite food?

Picking just one is so hard! I am going with Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Odd, I know, but it was my first favorite food ever and you really can’t go wrong with one.

Who is your favorite author?

I think you’re trying to kill me with this question. Who has just one favorite author!?!? I can’t choose! Here’s a list of some of my favorites right now: Colleen Hoover, Ginger Scott, Kim Holden, Karen White, Kristan Higgins, Beth Flynn, and many, many more.


My Questions:

  • If you could get a sequel to any standalone novel, which one would it be?
  • Gummy bears or gummy worms?
  • What is the saddest book you ever read?
  • Favorite TV show?
  • What is the most inspiring book you ever read?
  • Song you’re listening to on repeat this week?
  • If you could hang out with one author for the day, who would it be?
  • *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys or New Kids on the Block?
  • Do you believe Big Foot really exists?
  • If you could recommend one book to me, what would it be?

I Nominate:

This time I’m going to nominate some bloggers I’ve recently discovered. If you’ve already done it, I won’t be upset if you don’t do it again. 😉

Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog

Aneta @ Aneta Quinn

Courtney @ Abibliophobic Tendencies 

Hayley @ Rather Too Fond of Books

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Lucía @ Making Days Better

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark

Rachael @ bookspieandcoffee

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews