Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Morning, book nerds!

Can I mention we have only 2 weeks until Christmas? I’ve been counting down the days, and I can’t fathom how quickly the holidays are speeding up so quickly.

I wanted to save this post for my 12 Days of Blogmas. But since Teagan and Jess from Fiction No Chaser tagged me, I couldn’t resist. I’ve been waiting for a Christmas-themed tag! And it’s such a great one. Thank you, dearies!

RULES

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

The List | Check It Twice

Received an ARC and not reviewed it

Thankfully, I’m pretty good with finishing ARCs on time.

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley  

LOL, I have a NetGalley account, but I haven’t used it yet.

Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)  

Honestly, I have so many reviews saying “RTC” that I’m surprised someone hasn’t bothered me yet.

Folded down the page of a book  

I used to be bad with this habit. But now, I just use bookmarks.

Accidentally spilled on a book  

I spilled some water on my hardcover copy of A Darker Shade of Magic, and I still feel horrible.

DNF a book this year  

I don’t see DNFing as a bad thing though. I’ve given a lot of time to books that didn’t keep me interested. I need to DNF more titles.

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it  

My most recent book purchase is the collector’s edition of Throne of Glass. So you know my answer.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)    

I pull this off almost every week. I am such a procrastinator that I’m surprised I’m not behind on everything in my life.

Skim read a book  

Obviously, I can’t skim an entire book, but if there are sections that are boring, or I want to find out what happens to a particular character, then I definitely skim.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Well, if you give me a few more weeks, then perhaps, I’ll fail this year’s goal. I’m about 2 books behind. 😭

Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library

Since my local library doesn’t always update its book collection, I rarely use it.

Broke a book buying ban  

I am not a measly peasant (more likely, I am), so book bans do not concern me. So the answer’s yes. 😅

Started a review, left it for ages, then forgot what the book was about    

I believe I have about 3 or 5 reviews in my Draft’s folder that can wholeheartedly agree with my statement. I am horrible when writing reviews.

Wrote in a book you were reading

Neva. Never. Never. Textbooks, sure. Well, okay, there was one mandatory school book I wrote in and informed the next readers they’ll be utterly bored as I was. But other than that time, I usually don’t.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

One of the only reasons why I use Goodreads is to update my lists.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend  

Okay, I can explain. Truly, I can. I borrowed several books from a former friend who has refused to talk to me, so how can I return the books?

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book  

ALL THE TIME. No one else touches my babies. No one.

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THAT?! I can’t break my own.

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged  

Why must this tragedy happen? You’d think that it’d be safe. But no. Life is cruel, and it aims to hurt my babies and their jackets.

Sat on a book accidentally  

I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I am such a stickler for keeping my books in excellent condition.

My Final Score: Nice: 6, Naughty: 14

Am I surprised? Not a single bit.


Tag Time

You know the drill. If you don’t feel up to doing this tag, don’t feel like you must do it since I’ve tagged you. If I haven’t tagged you, and you want to do it, go ahead! Either way, if you do, link back to my post! I’d love to see your results.

Kristin ❄️ Danielle ❄️ Lana ❄️ Sara ❄️ Shalini ❄️ Darinda ❄️ Jennifer ❄️ Sahi ❄️ Brittany ❄️ Cindy

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End of the Year Book Tag | 2018

Hey everyone,

Everything seems to start winding down or speeding up, and I’m feeling both at the moment. I can’t imagine we’re so close to Christmas and the new year, and I still have so much more to accomplish for 2018. But I’m counting down the days for my holiday break, which is definitely needed right now.

I found this fantastic book tag on My World of Books. You need to check out Sahi’s blog. I love it! I hope you all enjoy.

 

Are There Any Books You Started This Year That You Need to Finish?

Oh no, not this question. During my slump, I started so many books that I lost count. But these need to be at the top of my list though.

 

Do You Have an Autumnal Book to Transition into the End of the Year?

Typically, I don’t. I’m such a mood reader and don’t usually reread books anymore.

 

Is There a New Release That You’re Still Waiting For?

I’ve waited for these books for such a long time, but I’m scared to read them, especially QOAAD, which will just bring pain, misery, and tears.

 

What Are Three Books You Want to Read before the End of the Year?

I literally do not have the time to attempt these titles, but I don’t care. I need some binge-reading right now.

 

Is There a Book You Think Could Still Shock You and Become a Favourite of the Year?

You all know I’m a huge fan of historical fiction set in WWII. I’ve read nothing but stellar reviews for this book, and I cannot wait to dive into it.

 

Have You Already Started Making Reading Plans for 2019?

Of course! I hope to do more buddy reads, read more books (others than just the 50 for my Goodreads challenge), get into more romance novels, take more risks with my blog and not freak out when I do them, and take the plunge with Instagram, which intimidates me more than you’ll ever believe.


Tag Time!

You know the deal: if you feel pressured to squeeze this book tag into your already tight schedule, by all means, don’t be. You aren’t obligated to do it. If you want to, or if I haven’t tagged you in this, then go ahead. But link back to my post. I’d love to see what you’ve done!

Taylor ❄️ Kim ❄️ Sara ❄️ Kay ❄️ Rebecca ❄️ Rachel ❄️ Mogsy ❄️ Nina ❄️ Christine ❄️ Kelly ❄️ Leslie

Top Ten Tuesday | Cozy/Wintry Reads

It’s finally December. And Blogmas, or some variation of it, is upon us bloggers. So what’s better than the first winter-themed TTT post?

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Today’s theme is cozy/wintry reads. I’m not a huge cozy reader. I typically stick with the whimsical, fantasy, and thriller storylines. So I’ve pondered what I’d do for this week’s post. But these 7 books came to mind when I was writing it. I hope you all enjoy!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2018

Hi, book fam!

Okay, I’ll be straight with you all. November may be my worst month of 2018, and I may be so glad it’s over. But my thrill of December starting just makes me warm up. As some of you know, I struggled with some personal problems like family stress and someone stealing my identity. But I can’t let these negative sway my love of Christmas.

So for my monthly goal, I’m catching up on my blog and up my blogger friends, reach out like before, and be more involved in our great community. And frankly, I’m a little stoked for Blogmas (or some form of it, because blogging every day sounds daunting).

Who’s ready for another monthly wrap-up post? Let’s get to it then.

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Tropes Book Tag

Hey, book fam!

Who else is nervous for Black Friday? I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for it, but the crowds are bound to creep me out. I want to wish all of my US blogs friends a Happy Thanksgiving. Stuff your face, ask for seconds, sneak in some dessert, then curl up with a great book. You all deserve it!

Sara from the Bibliophagist tagged me. Thank you, love! 💜 I highly recommend that you visit her blog and send her some love!

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Beyond the Blurb | Books with Nonbinary, Genderfluid, and Trans Characters

Morning, everyone!

One negative aspect of politics is how politicians use their ideology as a way of completely wiping out the great strides LGBTQ+ people have made. Earlier last weekend, the provincial Conservative party wanted to talk about excluding transgender identity from sexual education. This topic is extremely heated right now.

I never knew this hatred would hit a new low in my province. But unfortunately, Ontarians decided to vote in a bigoted man who believes religion and conservative views should reign supreme. Does he sound familiar? Thankfully, for now, he has backed down from that rhetoric. So how to combat it? Well, you stand up against it.

Now, I have read many books with gay and lesbian characters, not with trans, genderfluid, or nonbinary characters though. But I want to change that. Trans, nonbinary, and genderfluid characters and authors deserve their time and their recognition. A literary revolution is occurring, and we should give our time to explore more diverse stories. So for my next Beyond the Blurb, my weekly/monthly discussion post, I want to highlight LGBTQ+ books you definitely should read.

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Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

Morning, everyone!

Who’s excited for the weekend? I know I need some time away from the everyday grind! I found this tag on Thrice Read. And I thought it was the perfect time to do it, even if there’s snow on the ground.

 

1. Crunching leaves | Pick a book that has reds, yellows, and oranges on it

I’ll pick yellow. I own too many red and not enough orange covers. I absolutely loved reading the Last Namsara. So I need to find a way to squeeze this book higher up onto my TBR pile.

 

2. Cozy sweater | It’s finally cold enough to wear warm, cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm, cozy feelings?

I know, I know. Adulthood Is a Myth isn’t technically a book. It’s more like a collection of comics. But Sarah has basically taken every little nuisance or weird aspect of life (especially mine) and made it into a neat little book.

 

3. Fall storm | The wind is howling, and the rain is pouring. Pick your favorite book or genre to read on a stormy day

I have to go with YA fantasy. I’ll still be 50-years-old and want to read it.

4. Cool, crisp air | What cool character would you like to trade places with?

Since most of my favourite characters suffer, I’ll pick Amren from ACOTAR series. I love her as a character, and I wouldn’t be surprised we’re the same height.

 

5. Hot apple cider | What is an under-hyped book that you want to see be the next big thing?

I think anything by Kelley should be the next big thing. But this series particularly just has everything in it. The author has created such a great mystery and thriller series that everyone should read.

 

6. Coats, scarves, and mittens | The weather has turned cold, and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most amazing book cover you’ve seen this year?

Every single one of Leigh’s covers is beautiful. But the King of Scars cover may be at the top of my life. I can’t get over the level of detail on it!

7. Pumpkin spice | What’s your favourite fall time snack to eat while reading?

Usually, I don’t eat while I read. But I do enjoy cookies, especially the soft ones.

8. Warm, cozy bonfire | Spread the warmth! Who are you going to tag?

Like always, don’t feel pressured into doing the tag. If you want to do it, link back to my post so I can show yours so love. Have fun! And if I haven’t tagged you, feel free to do it!

Rhea | Taylor | Jill | Lola | Leslie | Hamad | Shalini | Jasmine | Mandy | Kay | Mogsy | You!

Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Merch I’d Like to Own

Morning, everyone!

I’ve already done this type of post before. But you know me and my love for bookish merch. I can’t get enough of it.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Today’s theme is bookish merchandise! Over the last several months, I’ve collected an impressive lot of these goodies. But I’m dying to add the pieces below. (If you’re interested in buying them, you can click onto the link in the photo. All photos have been taken from the artists’ websites or Redbubble pages. I don’t own them.)

Finally, I can show off my new winter-themed graphics. I’ve been eager to see what you all think about them.

I hope you enjoy!

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Beyond the Blurb | The Struggles of Blogging with a Mental Illness

I always stay honest with you, my readers and fellow bloggers. With my discussion posts, Beyond the Blurb, I like to bring up the tough and also hushed up topics, try to find solutions, and connect with you. You all know I have several mental illnesses. Yes, unfortunately, I have more than one. And I never thought they would affect my blogging. But they do on a constant basis.

This topic is rather personal. Mental illness will follow you even if you think it’s disappeared. And I’ve allowed it to control my life. I’m finding help and getting treatment. But sometimes, I struggle with mine, and I don’t always reach out to bloggers who comment on my blog or like my posts. I apologize for not connecting. I’m not ignoring you; I’m simply fighting my own mind.

I often find solace in helping others who struggle with the same problems. So here are tips to find a balance between blogging and mental illness:

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Three-Day Lyrical Challenge (Take 2 ad Day 3)

Morning, book fam,

Finally, the weekend is here! I’ve needed a break from everyday life. Taylor from Nerd Narration tagged me. And I have had such a blast with this challenge.

Before you get to my post, give her some love and visit her blog!


The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

Today is the final day of the challenge. Over the last few years, my musical taste has changed. And I’m surprised by the songs that interest me and wouldn’t in the past. “Whatever It Takes” is one of those songs.

Falling too fast to prepare for this
Tripping in the world could be dangerous
Everybody circling, it’s vulturous
Negative, nepotist
Everybody waiting for the fall of man
Everybody praying for the end of times
Everybody hoping they could be the one
I was born to run, I was born for this
Whip, whip
Run me like a racehorse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes
Always had a fear of being typical
Looking at my body feeling miserable
Always hanging on to the visual
I wanna be invisible
Looking at my years like a martyrdom
Everybody needs to be a part of ’em
Never be enough, I’m the prodigal son
I was born to run, I was born for this
Whip, whip
Run me like a racehorse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top, I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes
Hypocritical, egotistical
Don’t wanna be the parenthetical, hypothetical
Working onto something that I’m proud of, out of the box
An epoxy to the world and the vision we’ve lost
I’m an apostrophe
I’m just a symbol to remind you that there’s more to see
I’m just a product of the system, a catastrophe
And yet a masterpiece, and yet I’m half-diseased
And when I am deceased
At least I go down to the grave and die happily
Leave the body and my soul to be a part of thee
I do what it takes
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top, I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

Tag Time

I love doing this challenge, so if you want to, go ahead. I don’t want bloggers to feel like they have to do this post. If you post it, link back to my post. I’d love to see what you’ve picked!

Lynn | Clarissa | Lola