March 21, 2017

Tag - I'm it

So I found this tag via Karen at For What It's Worth, and thought it looked like fun. Join in if you like! :)

You must be honest
You must answer all the questions
You must tag at least 4 people {I’ll be breaking this one and tagging the whole internet. Go big or go home!}

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest? 

I'm not sure? But probably something by Lurlene McDaniel. I loved her books when I was younger and haven't been able to make myself get rid of them yet.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

I'm in the midst of INSPY reading currently, so the last official book I read front to back was The Secret Ingredient of Wishes. I paused the "have to" reading in order to start For Love and Honor, so am currently almost finished with it. Then it's back to INSPYs with The Progeny...I think?

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated? 

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t? 

Anything by Charles Dickens. I keep thinking that I want to read one of his books some day, but who knows if I ever actually will...

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

Um....all of them? I'm fairly certain that I'll still have an endless TBR at that point in time, plus all my favorites that I'll want to reread, so... :)

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

Oh, definitely read it! I know that is incomprehensible to most of you, but there it is. I pretty much always read the end first. There are occasions where I haven't, but those are few and far between.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Jenny B Jones acknowledgement page
Interesting aside, for sure! I don't always read them, but I do sometimes.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

I wouldn't mind living as Anne Elliot from Persuasion by Jane Austen, but only if you could guarantee that I would jump in the story with absolutely nothing changing. (Well, except for the Mr. Elliot stuff. I could do without him.) I wouldn't have a clue how to actually act as Anne, so if left to my own devices, I'd probably mess up the story horribly. But if I could just become Anne? I could definitely go for spending a little time with Captain Wentworth! ;)

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

My copy of The Singing Boones by Dale White always makes me think of my grandma. I first read the book at her house and fell in love with it. I then proceeded to reread it numerous times whenever I visited her. Which, naturally, required that I find my own copy once I was older! :)

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. 

Real life friends and family rarely ever gift me a book, I guess they're conscious that they may not give me one I'll enjoy. But one year for Christmas, my sister-in-law gave me a hardcover copy of Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. I don't remember talking about the book with her, maybe I did, but regardless I don't think she knew how much I love that story. I did already have a personal copy of it, but one can never have too many copies of a favorite book, right?? (I eventually gave my original copy to another niece, who loved it. :) That remains one of my favorite memories!

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

The only kind of special reason that I've given a book away for is a wedding, birthday, Christmas, etc. Does that count?

12. Which book has been with you most places?

That would be any book on my kindle! I keep it in my purse, which means it's always with me. :)

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

So far, I've not been brave enough nor curious enough to see if I'd like The Great Gatsby any better now.

14. Used or brand new? 

Both! Having a lovely, brand new book is delightful, but used is cheaper, so...

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?


Image result for austenland movie16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Yes!! Austenland by Shannon Hale. I thought the book was cute and fun.....until I saw the movie. Now I LOVE the movie and have no desire to read the book again.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included? 

YES. Lots of books have done that:

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes made me hungry for pie
A Portrait of Emily Price made me want Italian food
Return to Chocolate made me crave chocolate
Cool Beans made me wish for cinnamon rolls and coffee (and I don't even really like coffee!)
The Pioneer Woman Cooks made me long for southern food dripping with butter and all manner of things bad for you

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I could name all of my blogging friends for this! But it does come with a condition. I take their advice on books that sound intriguing to me, yet I don't always read every single thing they recommend. Still, we have so very many in common that I love to read their reviews to help add to my TBR. Those bloggers are: Rissi, Amber, Courtney, Jamie, Rel, Hamlette, Birdie, Suey, Kami, Jenny...

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

A few years ago, I'd never imagined that I would love The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. It seemed way too complicated to read. But! Blogging friends convinced me otherwise and I finally read the books and fell in love! :)

March 15, 2017

30 Days of Books :: Day 20

When I'm getting several days of these posts ready to go all at once, I'm finding that I have no idea what to say in this introductory paragraph that won't be repetitive. So!

Hi. :)

{many thanks to Jenni for the idea}

Day 20: Favorite romance book

This one was actually easy for once! :) I love a good romance in a story, y'all should know this by now, and I even talk a lot about how fantastic the chemistry is between the main couple in a good deal of my reviews. But when it comes to chemistry, let me just say that nobody holds a candle to Grace and Devin from Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann! It is seriously palpable between them, every single time they are on the page together. And sometimes even when they're not on the same page, but just thinking about or mentioning the other in conversation!

I admit that I was not prepared for the awesomeness of these two characters and how they make mistake after mistake, yet love each other for who they are, flaws and all. It's a beautifully written story that has a romance as the main plot point, but believe me when I say that it is SO much more than just a romance. It is high on my list of favorite stories ever and I don't think it'll be going anywhere for a good long time! :)

March 14, 2017

30 Days of Books :: Day 19

Here I am again! And here you are, reading my posts still. Thank you, dearest reader! :)

{many thanks to Jenni for the idea}

Day 19: Favorite book turned into a movie.

Since it says "favorite book...", I think I'll have to go with The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien! I admit that the first book that came to mind was Austenland by Shannon Hale, but as I LOVE the movie so much more than the actual book, I decided it, sadly, wouldn't fit this criteria. So Tolkien it is! :)

Image result for the lord of the rings
I haven't watched the movies in ages, but they remain some of my very favorites. And I absolutely loved the books when I read them a couple years ago! While I haven't made the time to watch them since I read the series, I'm sure there are definitely differences between the two (there always are). In fact, I seem to recall thinking "I don't remember this scene being in the movie!" while I was reading. Even so, I do think that the movies are exceptionally well cast and wonderful to watch. I think a rewatch needs to be in my near future, don't you?

March 13, 2017

30 Days of Books :: Day 18

Hello, my lovelies! Here I am again, determined to get through this 30 Days before an actual year goes by. *fingers crossed* I hope you're all doing well? My posting is sporadic as usual, but I'm doing fairly well, all things considered. A lot of my days seem to get busy with things to do or I end the day tired and just want to go home instead of to the library to blog. I haven't gotten tired of blogging yet though! I think it's just a little phase I'm in currently.

So! Without further ado, let's get to the point of this post, shall we? :)

{many thanks to Jenni for the idea}

Day 18: A book that disappointed you

I think I used this book on another of the 30 Days, but I decided not to let that stop me from using it again. Because it truly did disappoint me! Everyone sings the praises of John Green and especially of this book, The Fault In Our Stars. But me? I had such high hopes when I first bought my copy at Target! Sadly, I ended up skimming through most of the chapters, unable to truly like the characters all that much. (And returning my book so I could get my money back and spend it on something I liked instead.)

So to all the Augustus Waters fangirls out there, y'all can keep him. I'm good with Captain Wentworth! ;)

What's a book that's disappointed you recently??


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