I saw this tag on the blog Hundreds & Thousands of Books so check out her blog for more amazing book content! I wanted to do this tag since my daughter has been playing Animal Crossing New Horizons all week, so I thought this would be fun. 🥰 All credit goes to Bookish Things and Tea for the super cute graphics!
Answer the following Animal Crossing themed book questions.
Feel free to use graphics, but be sure to credit Bookish Things and Tea.
Tag some friends to spread the love!
So this was on my Kindle Unlimited for the past month and I still haven’t read it. I will eventually read it lol…sometime this year?
The first book was such a struggle to push through but I did and had no regrets because the rest of the series is amazing. So The Heart Forger had only room to go up after the slow first book, Bone Witch.
I’d say Crescent City is a pretty large fantastical city that SJM has built in her series. I kinda wish it was a real place I could visit! But nope, only in my mind will it exist lol.
I feel like I don’t read a lot of new releases, I guess I can count arcs that become new releases but as far as books I didn’t read arcs for and was released in 2022 – this book would be it.
I’m gonna go old school with this one and my first copy of this book was so tattered by the time I became an adult lol – I read this in 1991! I was barely a teenager and this book/series had me in a chokehold through all my teen years. I even read it in my 20’s, but yeah…it’s what made me love all things vampires, supernatural, paranormal – whatever that was different. I’ll always have a space in my heart for it, even with the new copies that I just don’t touch lol.
Patrick in The Guncle is a Character with emphasis on that capital C! lol He is the moment – he is the book – he is a mess sometimes, but he is really something. Add in his niece and nephew and this book is filled with so much character.
This is a book that I read last year and thought it was a unique account of the Jews that fled into the forest to evade capture from the Nazis. It’s a harrowing tale, but interwoven with mystical elements but an inspiring tale about survival.
I mean…just because it was a total miss for me, doesn’t mean it won’t be for you, but this was such a struggle for me to get through. I DNF’ed at 20% in but read the ending lol…
This was such a cute tag to do and I won’t tag anyone but feel free to do it if you want!
Format Snob // You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
If I had money to spend and space for shelves I would probably be a physical book snob. I can’t do audiobooks and I’ve tried a few times. For now though I do most of my reading with eBooks!
Adaptation Snob // Do you always read the book before watching the film/ TV show?
I used to read most of the books before the film/TV Show came out because years ago YA books or just books I read in general would hardly make it to the screen. That changed with Twilight. But yeah I never expected the books I read would make it on the screen but it’s a whole new ballgame now! So many books are making it to the screen that now I have no time to read them all beforehand – so I don’t! Plus I used to be critical of book adaptations – but now I just realize they are two different beasts and I can love both without stressing about every little change. 😅
Ship Snob // Would you date or marry a non-reader?
I have dated non-readers but I did marry someone who is a reader (or used to be lol). He’s more of a gamer than reader but he comes from a family of readers so his mom is always gifting me books, which is sweet. Now our kids are readers, which is nice!
Genre Snob // You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?
I can ditch horror. 🤷🏻♀️ Thrillers and Suspense is a good substitute for me.
Community Snob // Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
I think romance always gets hated on but it’s the genre that got me addicted to reading so I love romance. Sometimes it’s hard for me to enjoy a book without even a little bit of romance in it.
Snobbery Recipient // Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?
I can’t say I’ve ever been snubbed but I’ve always felt my love of Young Adult would make people wonder why I bother reading it at my age, 43 going on 44! 😆 But hey…I like to reminisce about my young adult years – it’s when life is starting and I have to escape from adulting okay?! lol…most people leave me alone since the people around me don’t read. 🤷🏻♀️
Hi everyone, my name is Yolanda. Of course I love to read since this blog is about books. I’m a mom of 2 wonderful kids, ages 9 and 5. I was born and raised in Hawaii but went to college in California and even lived there for a tiny bit. I love to travel but haven’t left this island for the past 10 years while I was raising my kids, but that’s changing in a few weeks – so excited to travel! I’m a stay at home mom but used to (or still) work from home running my own Etsy shop. I ran it pretty much part-time when my son was younger and business was booming. I cut back tremendously when my baby girl was born and was gonna jump back into it as she got older, then the pandemic happened. I do it on a very small scale now, barely part-time haha, but I’m fine with it for now. I do metal-stamping and resin (sometimes).
SOMETHING MOST EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW…DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS?
My daughter has a betta fish named True. And we have our 1.5 years old scruffy boy named Atlas. ❤️
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DRINK?
Mostly ice-cold water for everyday. On days I need caffeine (which is every day), I do decaf iced-tea or for a treat a decaf mocha cookie crumble frappuccino from Starbucks or a decaf cookies and creme ice blended from Coffee Bean.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SEASON?
We don’t have much of a Fall or Winter in Hawaii. Fall feels like summer weather these days so I’ll say winter just because we get more rain and somewhat cooler weather.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TALENTS?
I can play piano but I’m rusty. I sometimes play when my kids are tinkering around, on the piano (electric) my hands are just not fast as before!
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START YOUR BLOG?
I started my blog when I heard about NetGalley! I wanted a chance to read arcs and I’m so glad I did it. The first year I started the blog I read so much I had a sore neck and headaches 😅. I told myself I could cut back the next year and I went easier on myself. I’m happy with the pace I’m going now, it’s much more doable.
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WISH YOU KNEW ABOUT BLOGGING WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED?
That I should pace myself on requesting books on NetGalley and not try to do so much the first year! I almost burned myself out on reading.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART ABOUT BLOGGING?
Having posts ready to go but I’ve gotten better at doing them ahead of time. Also trying to engage and read everyone’s blog. I try my best to do it though!
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BLOGGING?
Being a part of a community with people who have similar interests in reading is so wonderful! I’m not surrounded by many friends that read or have time to read and yet reading is a big part of my life so I love that about blogging and meeting fellow book lovers. 🥰
DO YOU WRITE YOUR POSTS AHEAD OF TIME OR WRITE THEM THE DAY OF POSTING?
Yes…and yes! LOL. I try to get most of them written a week before. Weekly wrap-ups get written a day before hence why sometimes I’m not on time with finishing or posting them. There are some days I will forget to get some things written up but for the most part, they are written ahead of time.
WHO ARE YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE AUTHORS?
Not in any order because that’s too much pressure lol…
Sarah J. Maas
Danielle L. Jensen
WHAT GENRE DO YOU READ THE MOST?
It has to have romance but I think I read more fantasy or romantasy lol…but yeah I think definitely more fantasy.
WHAT GENRE SURPRISED YOU BY HOW MUCH YOU LOVE IT?
I like the whole gothic romance or gothic thriller genre. Sometimes when I need a break from everything else, I look for something in that genre.
WHICH POPULAR BOOK DIDN’T LIVE UP TO THE HYPE FOR YOU?
This one was just okay for me but I still have to try her other books!
WHO ARE SOME POPULAR AUTHORS YOU HAVEN’T READ?
Oh so many! T.J Klune is one that is so popular right now that I want to read.
WHAT UPCOMING RELEASE ARE YOU EXCITED TO READ?
Here’s just a few! And why are the covers so dark? lol I need to add some light-hearted contemporary romance in this list for sure.
DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE READING?
No, I usually read at night when the house is nice and quiet – but when I’m blogging, for sure I need music!
WHERE ELSE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
Twitter: @ylmpastmidnight (I’m hardly on though)
Instagram: @ylmpastmidnight (I’ll post sporadically) or @fancifulwishcraft (crafting acct)
So let’s check out some of these 90’s Movies, shall we?
SHE’S ALL THAT
NAME A BOOK COUPLE THAT IS AN ODD PAIRING BUT THEY STILL FIT PERFECTLY
I think El and Orion are an odd pairing that grew on me. But she is grumpy, sassy, rude, not very likable or sociable but she’s a survivor. And Orion is the one who is worshipped at school, he’s the hero, he’s the nice guy and the two of them together seem so wrong – but by the end of the book, they are right for each other.
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
A BOOK/SERIES THAT YOU HAVE A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH
UGH….this scene. 💔
I was obsessed with this series, books one and two are awesome and then…this one. I loved the romance, it’s what I was hoping for, but the story went in a direction that I wasn’t expecting. And it was confusing – it didn’t have to be that way. So I love the romance because that turned out the way I wanted…but everything else in this book was so disappointing.
A CHARACTER THAT IS TOTALLY CLUELESS BUT YOU LOVE THEM ANYWAY
Kate wasn’t clueless per se but she did have her head in the clouds, the theater clouds. Also she was a bit judgmental when it came to the jocks so she was a bit clueless about that. Sort of like how Cher was judgmental about her step-bro lol (yikes I forgot she hooks up with her step-bro in the movie…no blood relation but still)
NAME A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Bawled my eyes out reading this one. 😢
A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH
This story is over the top, slapstick humor and just a fun time!
CAN’T HARDLY WAIT
A BOOK WITH A CRAZY PARTY
This is a party where anything and everything happened!
NAME A CHARACTER YOU CAN NEVER FULLY TRUST
Jacks! He’s such a gorgeous bad boy – I can never trust him. lol
DRIVE ME CRAZY
NAME YOUR FAVOURITE “BOY NEXT DOOR” OR “GIRL NEXT DOOR” COUPLE
This one was super cute and fun!
A BOOK WITH A MEMORABLE VILLAIN
There are some pretty good villains in this story!
NAME A BOOK WITH WITCHES
This book is full of witches!
And there you have it! All these movies bring back so many memories for me – I enjoyed them all back in the day and have seen them multiple times. This was definitely a fun tag post to do! ~ Yolanda
You have to answer the prompts without using the internet or looking at your bookshelves.
Your answers have to all come from memory!
Make sure to link to the person who originally tagged you (no one tagged me)
Once you’re done, you can tag five other people if you’d like.
Name a book written by an author called Michael
Judith Michael? A romance writer I believe – I think I read a few of her books back in the day…in the 90’s lol.
Name a book with a dragon on the cover
Name a book about a character called George
George?! Yikes…I have no clue!
Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith
L.J.Smith who wrote Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle and more…
Name a book set in Australia
Apparently I don’t read many books set in Australia! I have no clue, although one of the first books I reviewed for this blog was set in Australia…but I cannot for the life of me remember the title, but I do remember the cover being blue lol. Not a big help, I know! 🤦🏻♀️
Name a book with thename of a month in the title
I know what the book looks like and the title goes something like Thousand Doors in January 😅. You know what I’m talking about!!😆 I have a bad memory as proof of this post!
Name a book with a knife on the cover
Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title
This is impossible to do without Google lol…
Name a book with an eponymous title
What does eponymous mean?! Definitely googling that…”named after a particular person”…
Name a book turned into a movie
The Fault in Our Stars by. John Green
I’m not tagging anyone – this one is hard but fun to do. As you can see I didn’t do to well haha. Makes me wonder how I survived without Google. It’s like how did I drive around without GPS and smartphones? I did survive someone 😅…paper maps were fun lol.
Good luck if you happen to try this – I’d love to see your answers. ~ Yolanda
Thank you to the love Dini at dinipandareads for tagging me for this award. Please check out her blog for so much amazing bookish content. I love her blog!
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.
How does it work?
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Describe your current read in five words:
chemistry – food – southern belle – italian hottie – competition
What is your go-to comfort genre?
I’m go to comfort genre will always be romance! Whenever I need a break from fantasy, I head on over to contemporary romance and it’s a much needed vacation for my brain.
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
The whole Encanto soundtrack lol
What’s been your favourite read of 2022 so far?
It’s a backlist title but I haven’t read a 2022 published book yet that has been a 5 star read….mostly because I haven’t bought any, but there are a few I’m eyeing out so hopefully I can get a hold of them soon.
Is there one book that you would do anything to get a special signed edition of?
A Jane Austen book lol which is impossible so maybe a Sarah J Maas one or Holly Black since I have their books on my shelf.
What’s a disappointing book that you’ve recently read?
I am struggling through this arc! It’s taking me forever and I thought her first book was good, but the last arc I read from this author and then this one I’m trying to finish has made me struggling to connect to any of the characters. I don’t know what it is. 😞
How long have you been blogging?
It will be 4 years of blogging this year – wow!! I feel like I just started 2 years ago. How time flies!
What are some of your favourite tropes?
Enemies to lovers is my absolutely favorite. I also love friends to lovers. Bad boy/good girl is always fun, I mean…it’s so hard to resist the bad boys!
Is there a (sub)genre that is an absolute no-no for you?
Reverse harem because I don’t like sharing LOL. Also bully romances – I used to read a few because it was very enemies to lovers…and then some. But now the “and then some” edge just makes me want to punch the guys’ face if he is too much of a bully, it makes me want to get violent in behalf of the girl even if she loves him that way. 🤣 I can’t stand it.
If you could visit one fictional world, where would you go?
Probably to Velaris (A Court of Wings and Ruin) because it’s hidden and protected. But yes definitely into a fae world just because I love stories about the fae…even though they can be quite scary.
Name five characters you would love to spend a day at a theme park with!
I think it would be so much fun to spend the day with Savvy and her two besties, Maggie and Kotter. The three of them had so much fun together in Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell – I can only imagine how much fun they would be at a theme park.
Also, I’d have fun with the guys from XOXO, especially Nathaniel and the younger guy who’s name I can’t remember!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, I am thankful for your continued support of my little book blog. 🧡🤎
I saw this perfect thanksgiving book tag on a fabulous blog called I’m All Booked Up and the original tag creator is from Anna’s Book Nook. So go ahead and check out these great blogs. Let’s get into it:
Friends and Family: A Book with Characters that Feel Like Family
I feel like Lara Jean’s family and friends are my own because this story is so familiar to me.
Fallen Leaves: A Book that Fell Flat (didn’t meet your expectations.)
It wasn’t bad, but I just was expecting more. I definitely had high expectations for this one.
Thanksgiving Dinner: A Book You Want to Read Every Year During This Season
Just beautiful writing that gives me all the feels.
Turkey: A Book With a Bird in It
One of the books I wanted to read this year but never got to it. 🙁
Ham: A Book that Made Your Eyes Glaze Over (Boring.)
I expected a little more from this one and for some reason came away bored with the story. It has such a good premise though – not sure if I was just not in the mood for it. Wait when that happens!
Dinner Rolls: A Book that Melted Your Heart and Made You Feel Warm
Emilia and Wrath together are fire. lol…so they melted me and kept me warm.
Mashed Potatoes: A Book With a White Cover
Gravy: A Book You’re not Totally Sure Why You Love, but You Do
I do know why I love it but when you think of the premise of a young woman and her aunts trying to hide a dead body for a whole day and at a wedding of all places, even if it’s an accidental death…lol…it’s pretty ridiculous! It’s definitely not what would happen in real life…I HOPE. LOL…😅
Pumpkin Pie: A Dessert Book That You Love
The thing I remember about this book is the desserts! 🧁
Bonus: Black Friday: The Top 5 Books on Your TBR
I have such high hopes of trying to read these before 2021 is through but…knowing me I won’t get to it haha, and it’ll be pushed to 2022. Oh well – it is what it is!