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The Last 10 Books Tag | Book Tag

I saw this book tag on Kristin Kraves Books and it looked fun so I wanted to try it out also.

The Last Book I Gave Up On

I don’t hate it but for some reason I’m having a hard time getting through this one! Not sure if it’s a mood thing? But I’m going to wait until fall when I’m in a witchy mood to pick it up again. But check out the cover, so pretty!

Last Book I Re-read

This is the second book in the Secondborn series and my favorite one out of the three because of Roselle and Reykin. The third book was a mess, and one I gave 5 stars to on first read because I loved all the Roselle/Reykin content, but on my second read I was like…yikes…the story was all over the place, so I really need to bring that score down to 3 stars. But Traitor Born is definitely my favorite of the three books.

Last Book I Bought

It’s 700+ pages so it’s a hefty hard cover book! I bought it first as an ebook though, so I’m glad I read it that way.

Last Book I Said I Read But Actually Didn’t

I mostly read this, but mostly the ending – the beginning parts I skimmed here and there because I was just not feeling this book. It picks up for me towards the end and that’s what I remember about it.

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins of

I don’t write in my books. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Last Book That I Had Signed

I have never been to a book signing! Not many of my favorite authors come here to Hawaii. πŸ˜”

Last Book I Lost

I didn’t really lose it – my 4 year old daughter loves the color pink and goes to my bookshelf collecting/rearranging my pink books! I thought this one was lost, but nope, she was just carrying it around and I found it in her room. πŸ˜…

The Last Book I Had to Replace

I had the original copies from 1991 and the cover was falling off of all my LJ Smith books so I got them all in the new paperback verions! Yup, I read this when I was 13 years old and I was obsessed. I have the new copies on my shelf for nostalgia sake. I think I tried reading them a few years back and I flew through them so fast! Compared to what young adult books are like today at like..350+ pages each book? I think it says on goodreads this book 1-2 compilation is only 492 pages haha…that’s like barely 250 pages each book. It was perfect for my middle grade self though.

Last Book I Argued Over

I really can’t recall arguing over a book. But maybe Harry Potter? I’ve only read book one (lies, Goodreads says I read the second book also and I don’t even remember anything about it?!) but I have no interest reading the rest lol. My husband tries to convince me to read the whole series and I’ve told him it really doesn’t interest me, but at one point he insisted so much it became an argument. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ At least I read two books!

The Last Book I Couldn’t Find

A few Judith McNaught books that I wanted to keep on my shelf for nostalgia. It’s the books that got me reading romance in my teen years and I fell in love. The copies my sister and I shared fell apart from being re-read so much and I’ve been scouring library book sales to find hardcopies and it is so hard to find.

Thanks for reading!

☺️ ~ Yolanda

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Books Under the Tree Book Tag

I saw this on AceReader‘s blog and thought it was a fun Christmas theme post to do since I don’t think I did any holiday posts yet – and with Christmas a day away…let’s try this one out!

1. What book would you like to find under the tree this year?

I don’t usually get book gifts under the tree but this would make a great collection to my Cruel Prince series!

2. What is the best book you have ever received for Christmas?

Like I said, I don’t get many book gifts so I’ll say…the book my mother-in-law got me…

3. What book gives you all the Christmas feels?

I read this last year and it was super cute – lots of family Christmas vibes and romance of course.πŸ₯°

4. What book do you plan on reading to put you in the Christmas spirit this year?

I honestly have no plans to read a book to put me in the Christmas spirit this year…lol…I did read the In a Holidaze arc but that was months ago. And I didn’t join any winter blog tours this year, just didn’t have the energy!

5. What book have you read this year that you would like to throw out with the Christmas tree after the holidays?

I have a fake tree so I don’t toss a tree out after the holidays πŸ˜… but this one right now is trying my patience and might end up a DNF, which is rare for me! I love the cover but I think I expected something else? It’s not for me.

6. What is a book from this year that you would like to place under a friend’s tree?

I would gift this to a few people ~ it’s an inspiring story!

7. Challenge: Create a stack of books in which the spines alternate green and red! Share the titles.

I’m tagging whoever wants to do this tag! Well here we are, one more day until Christmas and I hope those of you who do get books under the tree get all the ones you have been wishing for. 😘

Happy Holidays! πŸŽ„ ~ Yolanda

Spell the Month

Spell the Month in Books: December

Hi all, I thought this would be a fun tag to do. I saw a bunch of bloggers doing it, like One Book More. It was originally created byΒ Reviews from the Stacks, and the idea is to spell the month using the first letter of book titles. So let’s try out December:

D:

E:

C:

E:

M:

B:

E:

R:

I tag everyone else who wants to do it! 😘

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20 Questions Book Tag

I saw this book tag on a few blogs but finally decided to do it after seeing it just recently on Nen & Jen check out and follow her lovely blog for more awesome content!

Let’s do this!

How many books are too many in a series?

I think it depends on the series – some just need to stop at three if it’s becoming repetitive or the writing/editing is suffering (I’m looking at you Anita Blake series πŸ˜…). In YA Fantasy or Sci-Fi, I love a good, solid, well written trilogy but lately I am in love with duologies. It keeps the story tight and exciting. But for historical romance novels with a whole family and each family member has a story to tell, I want each sibling or whoever to have their own book. So it depends!

How do you feel about cliff hangers?

I used to hate them, because I hate waiting a year for the sequel. Like why do you have to torture us?! πŸ˜‚ But now that I blog about books, I have so many books on my TBR list, it makes the time go fast reading other books, and now I don’t mind them so much. Out of sight, out of mind haha…

Hardback or paperback?

I’m not picky anymore. Just give me books.

Favourite book?

I don’t have just one…I just have too many I love equally.

Least favourite book?

I don’t have a book I totally dislike. I mean there are a few, but not at the top of my head.

Love triangle…yes or no?

I love them when the girl picks the guy I want her to end up with. πŸ˜‚

The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

I don’t know why but I just cannot push on to read Ruin & Rising by. Leigh Bardugo. I barely got through Chapter 1! And I just don’t have a desire to finish. I borrowed it twice already and both times I didn’t finish.

A book you’re currently reading?

The last book you recommended to someone?

Outside of my blogging, I recommended, Frankly in Love, by. David Yoon to one of my besties who is looking for more Asian authors.

Oldest book you’ve read (based on publication date)?

I think it has to be Pride and Prejudice. I’m pretty sure I’ve read older stuff in high school and college, does William Shakespeare count? Or Beowulf (wasn’t that a poem? πŸ€”)? Haha but the one I enjoyed is Pride and Prejudice.

Newest book you’ve read (based on publication date)?

I read a lot of eARCS that haven’t been published yet, but for published books, I’ll say Vow of Thieves by. Mary Pearson that was published on Aug. 6th. And I’m just looking at my NetGalley list.

Favourite author?

I have too many: Mary Pearson, Sarah J. Maas, Madeline Miller, Jenn Bennett, Sarah MacLean, Lisa Kleypas, Karen Marie Moning….way too many haha.

Buying books or borrowing them?

Mostly borrow because of cost and space but I’ve been buying more because I’m trying out book crate subscriptions. And I told my hubby I finally want a nice big book shelf in the house. I didn’t plan on one because my kids would pull off the books. But I do love our library!

A book you dislike that everyone else loves?

Very unpopular opinion but The Grisha series. 😞 I tried but for some reason, it doesn’t interest me.

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks!

A book you can re-read over and over?

Lisa Kleypas books I’ve re-read a lot when I’m in the mood for historical romance. But I also love the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Can you read while listening to music?

I have two children. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I’ve learn to read while listening to gaming youtube videos, Dan TDM videos, baby shark videos, Peppa Pig, Blippy…πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Multiple POV or one POV?

No preference, I love both, as long as it’s done well!

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days on average? 

If the book is good, then in one sitting (well…actually that’s what I used to do before kids-so I’d say in one day because my kids do come first). But if a book is slow-paced, it will take me a few days.

Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to do this tag! No pressure. 😘

Thanks for reading my post! Hope you enjoyed it and if you do any book tags, please put your links in my comments. I love reading book tag posts!

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Ultimate Book Tag

Another fun book tag post from A Little Haze Book Blog! Check out her book blog for more book tag ideas and enlightening book reviews. Let’s see how well I do answering these questions:

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

I never used to but I haven’t tried it in forever since I’m always the one doing the driving lately!

2. The Harry Potter Series or The Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer

Twilight

  • According to my Goodreads Read list, I’ve read 2 Harry Potter Books. I don’t even remember the second one. It’s not for me.
  • I read Twilight so long ago but I loved the whole ordinary girl gets noticed by a vampire and a werewolf. I was addicted to this series.
  • It has romance! I love romance – did Harry Potter have any romance in it? I don’t even know!

3. Do you carry a book bag? If so what is in it?

Nope, I have one bag filled with my essentials, and no room for a book. Plus I’m always with my kids and they never leave me alone enough to actually read in public.

4. Do you smell your books?

Um yes…doesn’t every book lover smell books? πŸ˜‚ I love it new, I love it old.

5. Books with or without illustrations?

Obviously without illustrations for novels but I read a LOT of children’s books and soon middle grade books for my son. He’s moving onto graphic novels so I’m trying them out too.

6. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Long ago (I act like I’m a dinosaur sometimes πŸ˜†) – long ago, in late 1990’s, when I was in college, lol… I started reading Lauren K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. It’s urban fantasy, and I thought it was really good, different, Anita Blake was a badass vampire slaying private investigator, it was addicting, kinda racy, a little kinky, sexy if you like seeing someone hook up with shape-shifters, ya know…but then each book after the first few started sounding the same. And Anita didn’t only now have a vampire lover and a shape-shifter lover…she had a few…like soon all the story was about who’s turn it was for her to have sex with and I gave up. And look, I don’t even mind sometimes if a book doesn’t have quality writing, but when it’s a series and the newest book reads like the last book, then we have a problem. I gave up…and I just checked goodreads and it says there are now 26 books in the series!! I think I gave up at book 10.

7. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Not that I can think of.

8. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

The Little Prince by. Antoine de Saint-ExupΓ©ry

9. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

10. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future becoming an author?

I started writing in the 6th grade, writing some teen romance novel. I wrote in diaries since the 4th grade, journaling until I was about…33 – when my kids came, I found no time to write. But when I thought to tell my parents when I was young I wanted to be a writer/author…my immigrant parents said “what do you mean, writing? What is that? You can only be a doctor, lawyer or nurse.” πŸ˜‚ SO…I wrote and wrote for years privately, never really finishing a story because I didn’t believe I could I think. I had a few blogs years ago to just write about what was going on in my life – especially when I was wedding planning. Did some paid blogging jobs also, which was was surprising and fun. But never sat down and finished a story. Instead I just read a lot, worked in a library (to be near books), and finally told myself to start a blog again to do book reviews since all I do is read so much. Will it happen? I don’t know. Maybe. My friends keep trying to encourage me, which is nice. But we shall see…

11. When did you get into reading?

I remember being fascinated with the Disney version of Cinderella at like 5 or 6. But getting INTO reading, like…when my addiction started? I’d say middle school when I read teen romance novels that my older cousins handed down to me. 😬

12. What is Your Favourite Classic Book?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and of course, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

13. In school was your best subject English or another Language Arts subject?

English and History

14. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

The only person who gifts me books is my mother-in-law! If someone did give me a book I hated I would donate it to the library haha.

15. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

There are so many books on Amazon by indie authors similar to Harry Potter, but with a female protagonist. I’ll mention The Culling Trials (Shadowspell Academy Series).

16. What is your favourite word?

So hard to pick one. But one of my favorites is “Mana” – in Hawaiian it means “power”, the power inside of you or the power of nature, etc…

17. Are you a Nerd, Dork, or Dweeb? Or all of the above?

A book nerd for sure. Sometimes a dork, but aren’t we all? Dweeb…hmmm, what exactly is a dweeb?

18. Vampires or Faeries?

You really going to make me pick? Because I think my love for both them are EQUAL. Now would I want to get with a vampire or Faerie? I might like the lure of Faerie much more…they seem to have a lot of fun. πŸ˜‚

19. Bookmark or Random Piece of Paper?

Both, because I love bookmarks but always lose them! I blame my daughter though, she takes them from me.

20. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

I love a good love triangle if it’s done well. I love anything with “love” in it. πŸ˜…

21. One book at a time or several books at once?

I used to only read one book at a time but when I started this blog I wanted to have all these posts ready to go and then I signed up for NetGalley and now I read several books at once. It’s taken awhile for me to get used to it and sometimes I get overwhelmed and take a break from reading. Hopefully I can get back to reading one at a time.

22. Can you stop reading at any part of the book or does it have to be the end of the chapter?

I shoot for end of the chapter.

23. Do you write in your books?

Nope. The only one I ever wrote in was my paperback copy of Jane Eyre but ever since then I don’t do it.

24. Can you read while listening to music or watching TV?

I can read while my kids watch tv – does that count? πŸ˜‚ but I prefer quiet.

25. Do you read out loud or silently in your head?

Silently but sometimes when the writing is just so beautiful, I read a passage out loud to just appreciate how wonderful it is!

BONUS QUESTION: Physical book, e-book or audio book?

Physical and ebooks and NO to audiobooks. I don’t have the concentrate needed for audiobooks.

And that’s another book tag! If you think this was fun and you want to do it, feel free to leave me your link in my comments. I would love to read your answers! Happy reading book lovers!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to the fun and amazing book blogger A Little Haze Book Blog for nominating me for my first book blog award ever! 😘 Check out her blog, it’s filled with awesome blog posts and book reviews that always makes me smile!

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.

Questions from A Little Haze Book Blog:

What is the first book you ever remember buying?

I don’t have a memory of the first book I ever bought. But I have a memory of my older sister and I, who loved Judith McNaught romance novels, but were too embarrassed to buy them (we were in high school at the time and thought we’d be judge for reading romance novels πŸ™„). I remember we were in the aisle at Waldenbooks trying to decide who would take the book to the cashier, because we were buying a “romance” novel. πŸ˜‚ We ended up both walking up to the cashier together, I just don’t remember what book it was!

Have you ever read any book that changed the way you see yourself or how you see the world? If so what book and why?

I just read the arc for Frankly in Love which tackled the issues of growing up Asian-American. There were a lot of things in that book that made my heart ache because I saw myself in Frank Li. It’s amazing when you see yourself in a character, it puts to voice a lot of conflicting things I thought of as a child. The book also made me appreciate my parents and their own journey in life 1000% more.

What is your most unpopular bookish opinion?

I’m not in love with the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. 🀭 I know so many people that is in love with the Darkling and this trilogy and I read book one, barely got through book two and I have no interest to read book three. The Darkling does nothing for me. πŸ˜©πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ But do I want to see the series come to life on Netflix? Sure! Because the series might be better for me, if it was brought to life visually on screen.

What is your favourite thing about book blogging or blogging in general?

I like that I get to meet fellow book lovers! Everyone has been so welcoming in the book community. Thank you to my followers for following me!

What is your favourite ever quote from a book and why that quote?

This one is so hard. I can’t pick a favorite ever, but I’ll pick one of my favorites that I have dog-eared in a book on my shelf. I usually don’t EVER dog-ear book pages but this one I did for some reason, so I must have really loved it.

β€œI am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” 
― Charlotte BrontΓ«, Jane Eyre

I love Jane’s spirit, she’s a fighter. Even with her abusive past and things go wrong with Mr. Rochester, she stays strong.

If you could only ever read books by one author for the rest of your life, what author would that be?

One author for the rest of my life?! Hard question. I’ll choose Sarah MacLean. My first love is romance and they always make me happy, so why not choose an author that will make me feel happy the rest of my life.

What is your favourite genre to read?

Automatically I’d say romance but I’ve been reading mostly fantasy young adult lately but it HAS to have romance in it.

What is your least favourite genre to read?

Horror – sometimes it’s so good it scares the life out of me. It’s a love/hate thing but I try to avoid it most of the time. 😳😣

What is your opinion on open-ended books?

Depends on the book I think. I’ve read some that let me super frustrated. I want to know what happens…

Have you ever bought a book based on its cover alone? If so what was the book and what about the cover drew you in?

All the time. I bought Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton because of the cover. It’s purple and black with a tree with no leaves. There are red petals falling down and I love the font of the title. I love the color combo and the withered looking tree, it’s such a mood. I also haven’t read it yet. Haha…but I love looking at the cover.

Bloggers I’m Nominating (and you are totally not obligated to do this book tag! It’s just for fun but I’d love to see your answers. ☺️):

11 Questions for those Tagged:

  1. What is a book or book series you can re-read over and over again?
  2. What is the book that made you fall in love with reading?
  3. Because I know it’s hard to choose just one, what characters would you name as your ultimate book boyfriends OR girlfriends?
  4. How long have you been blogging and what made you start in the first place?
  5. What is the best book you’ve read so far in 2019?
  6. What is a book that has been sitting on your shelf, unread, for the longest time?
  7. How do you feel about Audiobooks? Love it or Hate it?
  8. What is your favorite genre and why?
  9. What are you currently reading?
  10. Name three music artists, songs or albums that could be the soundtrack to the book you are reading right now?
  11. Where is your favorite reading spot?