What’s On My Summer 2020 TBR

Hello again!

It has been quite some time since I last sat down to write a blog post (see my Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes review from freakin’ MAY!). I figured if any kind of post could jumpstart my blogging slump a Top Ten Tuesday would be the one. My TBR has been all kinds of an organized mess so far this summer, so I am glad to prioritize ten books I want to read this season.

Let’s jump right in…

you say it first by katie cotugno

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Katie Cotugno is an auto-buy author for me now. I won an ARC of 99 DAYS forever ago, and I have been hooked since. I absolutely love everything Katie writes, so when I saw a new book by her I immediately bought it. This book seems like a perfect mix of romance, humor, and politics. I can’t wait to read an opposites attract trope!

love and gelato by jenna evans welch

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I have eyed up Jenna Evans Welch’s books for more than a few years now. Barnes and Noble had a deal starting this past week, so I finally bought the first book in this series. From the synopsis, I got Mamma Mia vibes. I am LIVING for it! I know this will be the perfect summer read.

six of crows by leigh bardugo

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I know, you’re probably thinking, “YOU HAVEN’T READ THESE BOOKS YET?” Well, I tried reading her Grisha trilogy and could not get into it. When quarantine hit, however, I decided to jump aboard this series train and order SIX OF CROWS. I’ve been told this series is what gets people interested in the Grishaverse. With the Netflix show in production, I was getting a serious case of FOMO.

with the fire on high by elizabeth acevedo

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I adored Elizabeth’s THE POET X along with the rest of the world. WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH comes highly recommended by Shealea (an amazing member of the book community!!) but has sat on my shelf for a year. I have decided this summer will be the summer of WTFH.

you don’t live here by robyn schneider

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Robyn Schneider is another one of my auto-buy authors. She released a new book this summer that tackles being bisexual, society’s expectations, and probably so much more. I cannot wait to dive into this book which will be sure to make me cry. If you haven’t read any of her other books yet, please do!

peter and the starcatchers by dave barry and ridley pearson

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PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS is part of my ‘12 Book Recs From 12 Friends‘ challenge as recommended by Evie. Evie is an absolute angel, and she always has the best book recommendations. I have known her for just over a year now from book club. I cannot wait to read one of her favorite books this year!

the beautiful by renee ahdieh

The Beautiful cover

When this book came out, I heard so much hype about vampires returning to YA. One of my best friends recommended this book to me last year, and I never got around to it. After another one of my friends, Hannah Marie, watched THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, I knew I needed to get a vampire fix from somewhere. I am pumped to jump into a vampire world again.

unfiltered by lily collins

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UNFILTERED is definitely a shift from all of the above books. I fell in love with Lily Collins in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS movie, though, and I got this book from a thrift shop a while ago. I am trying to incorporate non-fiction books into my TBR for the rest of 2020 (and beyond!). When I saw this one sitting on my shelf, I knew this would be my next NF read.

queen move by kennedy ryan

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In the past year, I keep adding romance books to my TBR in order to expand my comfort zone. Through Instagram, I found The Romancetheque Book Club which always strives to bring in a variety of romance. I can’t wait to dive into this book since it’s a childhood friend to lovers trope. Nothing is truly more wholesome.

becoming by michelle obama

Becoming cover

BECOMING was also a book rec for my ‘12 Book Recs from 12 Friends’ challenge. This turned into a buddy read from Amber who recommended the book. I absolutely have been failing at the buddy read, but I hope to fall into a routine with my busier work schedule soon to allow me to read more. The chapters I have read, though, blow me away. Michelle is an amazing writer, and I can’t wait to fall into its rhythm.

stamped by jason reynolds and ibram x. kendi

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I added this book to my TBR when it first released, but I didn’t realize it was a YA version of Ibram’s STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING. When I saw C. Forte’s read-along starting on Juneteenth, I knew now was the time! I am still waiting on my order for STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING, but I’m hoping to supplement the two titles together.

What’s on your summer TBR? Have any bucket list items for summer? Let me know in the comments!

xo,

Charley

my favorite 2019 blogging moments tag

Welcome!

Today’s post is all about reflecting on 2019. Sumedha from The Wordy Habitat tagged me in this fun blogger tag, and I just knew I couldn’t resist myself from looking back at everything 2019 meant to me on this blog. This tag originally comes from Laura on The Book Corps, so make sure to go check out her post, too!

my favorite book review

I honestly didn’t write that many book reviews here on the blog this year, but I would say my favorite book review for the year was either for ‘Own Your Everyday’ by Jordan Lee Dooley or ‘100 Days of Sunlight’ by Abbie Emmons. I had so much fun interviewing Abbie for her review. Reading ‘Own Your Everyday’ though changed how I viewed myself and my life. I found a community through reviewing that book.

my favorite discussion post

I don’t know if you would consider this a discussion post or not since I meant it mainly as a reflection for myself, but my favorite post would be ‘my evolving gym mindset‘. Throughout my life, I have struggled with my weight and body image. In this past year, I made it a goal of mine to work out twice a week, which I did consistently in the spring semester. But then fall semester hit, and I had found myself not moving on a regular basis. One day I did, though, and then I ended up writing this post. Going back to this post, I am reminded of how often my mind is my biggest obstacle in working out.

my favorite fun post

This year I started sharing poems on here, and my favorite poem I shared is my first poem: ‘the breeze‘. I had this poem bouncing around in my mind for a while and having this be my first poem felt special for me. I have struggled with having my poems out on this blog simply because of how much of my soul is bared in these poems. But I would never take them back.

my favorite book recommendation post

I enjoyed putting together a Top Ten Tuesday for books I would recommend to read to get in the holiday mood. As I was putting the post together, I discovered just how many dark atmospheric books I enjoy reading in the winter months. Ultimately, I laugh at the irony in the title of ‘ten books to get you ready for the holiday season‘ when in reality many of the books are about death and fantasy worlds.

my favorite book/bookish photo

This was a quick snapshot photo for Instagram, but I wanted to take a flatlay picture. I grew my Instagram solely through flatlays on a white photo backdrop, and this served as a sort of throwback photo for me. But I also love this photo because the unedited version was super dark due to the candle’s flame. The candle created a sort of filtered light that I occasionally edit into my photos, but this one turned out perfectly.

my favorite original idea/blog post

I shared my journey to cruelty-free products here, and I haven’t seen many posts discussing cruelty-free products and the transition. In my post, I shared how I got introduced to the topic, which products I chose to change, and then followed up with a bit of research and further places for readers to check out.

I do have to say that my ‘8 Tips to Being Sustainable in Your Every Day‘ also sits highly as one of my favorites. Sustainability is a topic near to my heart, and I loved being able to share how I try to be sustainable in my life as a college student.

my absolute favorite blog post I wrote this year

Each blog post has a little bit of my heart in each one, but I think my favorite would have to be writing my ‘ten authors I’m thankful I read‘ post as part of Top Ten Tuesday. I genuinely got to thank the authors who shaped me as a person, writer, and reader. I am sure none of them actually saw the post, but so many readers came and commented similar experiences with these authors. That post made me realize just how powerful an author can be with a single book.

blogging achievements reached this year

I mentioned this in a prior blog tag, but I passed 100 followers this year. I also started sharing my poetry on here. I didn’t get to blog as much as I would have hoped to this year, but I know that 2020 will hold so much more. I can’t wait to see just all that happens in another year. Maybe I’ll add another 100 followers to the count. Who knows?

What’s your favorite post from here on the blog? Anything you want to see new or more of in 2020? Let me know in the comments!

xo,

Charley

behind the blogger tag

Welcome!

I absolutely love doing blogger tags, and I was ecstatic when Sumedha tagged me in a blogger tag! If you haven’t checked her out yet, head over to The Wordy Habitat right now.

This tag is originally from Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx who has one of the cutest blogs I’ve seen.

Let’s jump right in:

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why did you start blogging and why have you kept blogging?

I started blogging as a junior in high school because I had met some awesome people in my life who also blogged. I wanted to be able to share my love of books and give a platform for my writing, so I started a blog called A Writer Named Charley. When I moved away to college, I stopped blogging. But that didn’t last long… and now we’re here at The Miss Charley. I just love to share about my life to help document where I’m at in life to look back on.

what is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I honestly enjoy answering blog tags or creating lists. I live by creating lists in my everyday life, so creating list posts (like a Top Ten Tuesday) is simple but fun. By having a list a post, then I can focus more on curating images and playing with formatting a bit more than a simple review.

what are your top three favorite blog posts?

what’s in my bullet journal // setting up a new bujo in mid-2019

This was my first big bullet journal post in 2019, and I loved being able to show how and why I set my bullet journal up. I always love having my bullet journal during my breaks, but I wanted to set it up so I could use it during the school year, too. Sharing my bullet journal makes me so happy.

complete bedroom transformation // a year in the making

THIS BEDROOM TRANSFORMATION POST TOOK FOREVER. And the reason it took forever is because I legitimately took pictures through the process, uploaded them randomly into a post as I worked on my bedroom, and then I had to delete it all and start over again. So not only did my bedroom transform but the post did, too. As I wrote the post, though, I realized how much my bedroom had changed. Since I lived in my room while I renovated it for over a year, I got use to each phase and slowly forgot what exactly it looked like initially.

reorganizing my bookshelves into rainbows // finally updated my goodreads shelves!

I spent hours counting, reorganizing, and scanning my books to my Goodreads’ shelves all for this post (and my peace of mind). I tend to rearrange my bookshelves a few times a year, but having rainbow shelves during Blogmas season let me have a fun and simple backdrop for quick photos on Instagram. I loved having them as a rainbow until I kept buying new books and struggled to figure out how to move them into the rainbow.

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sunday thoughts: I’m here for you

my first bullet journal flip-through

ten holiday movies to watch during december

what are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

As a type one on the enneagram, I often find myself not relaxing. It takes as lot for me to be able to feel like I can relax. Most of the times I actually need help and tons of reminders from my friends. So first things first, I love to hang out with friends to relax. I love to go thrift shopping, baking, movie-watching, and just about anything else with my friends to relax. Sometimes, it’s even going to the gym.

picture of me headed into the gym to take a yoga class with my best friend

If I am feeling super low on energy, though, then I legit seclude myself in my room and clean. In busy seasons of life, my room gets neglected with the cleaning I should be doing like sweeping or dusting. To feel more in control of what my life looks like, I will deep clean my room about once a month. A clean room equals a happy room for me.

what are three of your favorite things?

My three favorite things are simple, really: 1) books, 2) journals, and 3) markers. If you weren’t sure that this blog actually showed what I loved in life, then here’s the proof. I have an obsession with collecting journals and planners of all sorts. Typically, I struggle with actually finishing using a journal consistently from beginning to end. I legitimately just started using a journal again that I only used 6 pages from in the beginning of 2018.

Naturally, I love books. From reading them to using them for decorating (to maybe even using some for crafting and black out poetry), I am always expanding my book collection and making room for more books in my small room. If you want to see a small part of all the books in my collection, check out my Instagram here.

My love for markers has recently started to grow the more that I have used my bullet journal. For my high school graduation, I asked for the Papermate flair pens. Then this past summer, I got my first pack of Crayola Supertips. I am living out my elementary school dreams with getting all the fun pens and markers.

what are your proudest blogging moments?

I think my proudest moment with this blog has been hitting 100 followers. This blog has not grown as quickly as my last blog did. Maybe it’s because I’m not sharing in a ‘niche’ or creating original tags or doing anything extremely phenomenal. I have struggled to look past all the statistics with this blog and on social media. But I have begun to look past it. I would love to continue to see this blog grow (and to become more consistent with it) and see what it will become in the next few years.

what are your hobbies outside of blogging?

My hobbies aren’t very diversified, but I love to write. I share most of my poems on here, but I also post on Wattpad for my short stories. Just this past year, I have tried to become more artistic. What I mean by that is I have attempted lettering and watercolor. I have been getting the ‘itch’ to scrapbook or knit or learn something new. Every time I near a break from school, I always want to learn something new.

what are your top three pet peeves?

I could create the longest list you may have ever read, but I’m going to try to list just a few.

  1. Incorrect spelling.
  2. People who don’t get to the point in stories.
  3. People who don’t learn from their mistakes and create inefficiencies.

what’s something your followers don’t know about you?

This is such a difficult question simply because I do share a lot about myself on here. I share about my insecurities, faith, school, friends, etc. The only thing I can think of right now comes from the podcast episode I’m listening to from Jordan Lee Dooley’s SHE podcast episode about singleness.

I have never dated anyone, gone on a date, or been kissed. I think some people think that I have simply because I write about falling in love or being in love in my writing. I would love to be in a relationship, but I also know that I need to focus on myself and my faith right now.

I would like to tag anyone who wants to do this tag. I would love to see your answers to this tag, so make sure to link back to this post if you do!

xo,

Charley

Blue Sky Tag // Learn My Deepest, Darkest Secrets

For all my US people: I hope you had a good Fourth of July. For the rest of my amazing people: You made it past Wednesday. How does it feel?

I have had this tag sitting in my drafts folder for a while and decided to show it the light of day finally. Thank you Hanne from Rock and Minerals for tagging me! It feels like forever since I’ve been tagged, but I love doing them.

1. How do you spend your money? Are you more of a saver or a spender, and what takes the most of your money?

I like to think I’m a bit of a mix. When I started college, I quickly realized just how much more I have to start saving compared to when I was in high school. However, working at a bookstore when you love books can be a bit difficult as well. I definitely have a budget and put away money for each paycheck, but I have also been making bigger purchases.

2. What is the pettiest thing you’ve ever done?

I think the pettiest thing I’ve ever done is probably using someone’s exact wording of something they said to me back to them in a day or two after an argument. I always regret it, immediately.

3. Would you rather have a lot of acquaintances or a few close friends, and why?

A few close friends. I would rather have people I can seriously talk to when I need to instead of having a bunch of people to have fun with only. Does that make sense?

4. What book do you first remember reading?

I’m not sure if this counts, but I’m going to count it: Harry Potter. My mom read the books to my sister and me growing up every night before bed. Technically, I’ve never read them, but I do know the stories.

5. What is your most recent God-moment? (For those who don’t know, a God-moment is a moment that just works out so perfectly, and afterwards is just so apparent that God had his hands on the whole situation.)

I can’t think of a recent one, but my most amazing experience of a God-moment comes from when I was a bit lost in high school after going to a Christian school from fourth through eighth grade and going to public school. I did not have the same constant surrounding of my faith. One night (really late at night) I randomly flipped open my Bible and read a full chapter which was Hebrews 11. For those who don’t know, Hebrews 11 can be referred to as the “By Faith” chapter since it recounts a lot of the events of the Bible and all the amazing acts of God’s followers. To this day, Hebrews 11 is the chapter I return to when I need inspiration, motivation, and reminders.

6. If you had to choose between blogging and whatever other creative pursuits you have (writing, YouTube, photography, etc), which would you choose, and why?

This one is so difficult since I am always looking to expand my creative outlets, but I think I would choose writing. I have always written stories, and I can’t imagine not writing all the ideas I have floating in my mind.

7. What are the books that you recommend to people?

Recommending books to people is my job, so I literally recommend everything. My area of expertise is young adult, but I have expanded into adult as well. I also recommend in Christian fiction and non-fiction, regular non-fiction, middle grade, etc. If you ever want a recommendation, just message me and I can probably give you a list. Basically, I recommend based on interests even if I haven’t specifically read the book.

8. What language do you want to learn/have learned?

I took Spanish in middle and high school and loved it. I wish I would have kept up those lessons in order to become more fluent. But I do want to learn American sign language because I find it’s a language many people overlook.

9. What makes you angry?

When people refuse to open their minds to different viewpoints. If you want to discuss a topic with me, I will probably make you look at the situation in a different way before stating my opinion. I just like looking at things from every angle before settling on a decision.

10. If you could eliminate one weakness from your life right now, what would it be?

Spending my money on books. Or in the cafe part of my work with my employee discount.

11. What is your top love language?

I had to go and retake the 5 Love Languages quiz, because I lost my results… BUT: My result is QUALITY TIME. Then it’s followed by acts of service, words of affirmation, receiving gifts, and physical touch. Honestly, looking back at any time I felt annoyed or frustrated in a relationship (family, friends, etc.), I simply wanted to spend time with someone or a little less time with someone.


Have you taken the love language quiz? What was your last God moment? Which tag do you think I should do next? Tag me in it! 

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Christian Girl Tag // Answering Basic Questions About My Faith

I saw this tag over on Creativity and Crazy and couldn’t resist! I haven’t looked to see if there are a lot of Christian tags, but now I will be doing multiple searches. Comment below if you know of any good ones!

1. How long have you been saved, and when did you become saved?

My entire life? But I didn’t become completely serious with my faith until sixth grade when I first experienced a close death in the family. It was a tough year, but I grew closer to God. In my opinion, everyone is already saved. It’s just about growing a close relationship with God though.

2. What’s your favorite Bible verse, and what does it mean to you?

I wrote a post with several of my favorite verses, but I can narrow it down to two verses for you.

The first one is Psalm 46:10. It reminds me that God is everywhere I look. In today’s non-stop society, however, it also reminds me to take time to just be. I don’t have to be going 100 miles per hour just to keep up. God will work in the chaos and in the stillness.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

My confirmation verse is also one of my favorites. Revelation 21:6-7 reminds me that God has always been and will always be. He will be by my side no matter what.

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

3. What’s your favorite Christian song and why?

This literally changes all the time. In fact, I have two Christian playlists on Spotify depending on my mood: Chill Christian and Pump It Up Christian. I’m very much a mood listener, and Christian music has such a diversity nowadays. It’s no longer the old hymns of my mother’s generation. Now you have MercyMe, Hillsong (all of them), Skillet, Lecrae, Lauren Daigle, etc. There is literally a Christian artist for everyone. Plus I always discover more when I go to Lifest each year.

4. What is your favorite Christian book?

Honestly, I haven’t read a lot of Christian books. I adore Francine Rivers, however, and I am working my way through reading all of her books. She just writes from a realistic point-of-view and not the type of Christian fiction book where the main character is basically perfect already. The only other Christian fiction book I have read that isn’t by Francine Rivers is Rush of Wings by Kristen HeitzmannIf you have some recommendations, comment them below!

5. What’s your favorite thing about church?

This changes on a week-to-week basis. Most of the time the music inspires me, but every once in a while my pastor will hit me with an amazing one-liner that sticks in my head for the rest of the week. Sometimes it’s the insight from my friend I always sit by.

6. If you could meet Jesus right now, what would your first question/action be?

I would fall down at his feet and begin worshipping. What else is there to do in the presence of Jesus?

7. Oddest place that you have ever prayed?

I literally pray everywhere, so I’m going to say the shower. I have a lot of deep thoughts that need to come out and when they come out, it doesn’t matter where I am.

8. Are you ready if Jesus were to come tomorrow?

Definitely. But also not. I’m not sure anyone will ever be ready for Jesus to come. I would love to finally meet him face-to-face and see Heaven.

9. How do you openly share your faith?

I simply strive to live the way I’m supposed to. My friends notice because I don’t swear, talk obscenely, or discuss certain things. This year I’ve had a lot of discussions with my friends about my beliefs and what it all means. One of my friends who had bad experiences with her church has started asking me about what it means to be a Christian. I never thought I would be at the point to be able to give a testimony. But God is working through me to be a light. I am honored to share my faith with anyone who asks. That’s what Sundays are about as well on here. If I can help one person start a relationship with Jesus or grow their relationship, my job here on Earth is complete. If you ever want to talk, just message me on one of my (many) social media platforms. 


Did you like this tag? What would you answer for some of these questions? Let me know in the comments below!

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20 Questions Book Tag

This tag was created by buydebook over on Goodreads, and I was tagged by the wonderful The Wordy Habitat! Let’s jump right on in!

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?

I feel like a long series can be done well, but normally I find book series to get weird around the fifth book in. If you can keep me past that, you may just be able to keep me for the rest of the series. I think the longest series I ever read was Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine, but even then I stopped at book eight. (Apparently it’s still going on through book 15.) I tend to read more trilogies or four book series.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

As a reader, I hate them. As a writer, I love them.

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3. Hardcover or paperback?

I know a lot of people say hardcover, but I think they can get too visibly damaged too quickly. I love paperbacks because I can carry them around in my bag easily. Plus, I can hold them with one hand better than I can with a hardcover.

4. Favorite book

Ha ha ha… good one.

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5. Least favorite book

I should probably choose something other than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, right? I did some digging through my Goodreads’ shelves and found this gem: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. I simply could not stop comparing this book to Mean Girls the entire time, which is basically what my review of it was. Check out the link above if you want to see. 

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Most people would say no right away. But here’s the thing: they can be done well. Probably one of the most popular love triangles written would have to be Jem-Will-Tessa from Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy. I fell in love with both of the guys and saw how they complemented Tessa in different ways.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish

I’ll put The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in here. Sometimes I feel like a broken record, you know?

8. A book you’re currently reading

Well, I’m supposed to be reading a few books right now for review. Instead, I’m watching Netflix movies and writing blog posts.

But I am a few chapters (exactly two) How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley. It seems like a fun read!

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9. Last book you recommend to someone

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang because of how adorable it is. Seriously, if you haven’t read it yet, go to the library and pick it up now!

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10. Oldest book you’ve read

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is the oldest which I fell in love with. I still need to read some of her other books, but I don’t know which one to read!

11. Newest book you’ve read

Does it count if the book isn’t out yet? I have a few ARCs that I’ve been reading lately for blog tours, but I think the newest published book that I read would have to be The Prince and the Dressmaker.

12. Favorite author

I have more than a few auto-buy authors lined up:

  • Sarah Dessen
  • Maureen Johnson
  • Amy Reichert
  • Katie Cotugno
  • Nicholas Sparks
  • Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • Laini Taylor
  • Nicola Yoon
  • Francine Rivers

I think I have a few more, but it’s so hard to choose just one! This is why I’m so freaking poor. (Help me and buy me a coffee through ko-fi!)

13. Buying books or borrowing books

Growing up, I always borrowed books from the library. And then I got a job at a bookstore. The majority of my paychecks went straight to buying books. Now I have a nice stockpile that I’m trying to work through (to no avail) before buying more books or heading to the library.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee had a lot of hype from its publisher and on my feeds. But I had several issues with the story and characters. I simply do not understand the continued interest.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears

I have developed from someone who used to dog-ear books into someone who always uses bookmarks. I tried once after I had started using bookmarks to dog-ear a book and couldn’t stand the feeling of the page crinkling under my hand. It was terrible.

16. A book you can always re-read

I have re-read few books in my life. The lucky few were:

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Thanks to college.)
  • Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

But I’m trying to figure something out for some summer re-reads.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

All the time. I tend to read when I’m around people (like in a living room or in my dorm room) so I use the music as a way to tune others out. You have to train your mind to not hear the music, kind of. 

18. One POV or multiple POVs

I have rarely read multiple POVs done correctly (Falling Kingdoms does it wonderfully.) but sometimes one POV can be boring. I prefer two POVs which is usually what I end up writing for stories.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I do both, but I would definitely prefer to sit and finish a book in a day. Reading a book over multiple days can make the story feel stilted to me.

20. One book you read because of the cover

  • The Thousandth Floor
  • The Hazel Wood
  • One of Us Is Lying
  • When Dimple Met Rishi

The list can continue because most of the books I pick up are because the cover caught my eye. It can definitely be hit-and-miss for a good read though. I recommend reading the synopsis before buying a book.

 

This is typically the part of the post where I would tag people, but I’m going to tag EVERYONE! If you want to do the tag (because it’s super fun) then do it!


What do you think of my answers? See any similar responses? Let me know in the comments! Also let me know if you decide to do the tag, so I can check out your post!

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Netflix Book Tag (AKA Combining My Two Greatest Loves)

If you follow me on any sort of social media, you know how much time I spend on Netflix watching shows and movies instead of reading books. When I came across this tag, I knew that I immediately had to do it.

I tracked down the tag to originally be on a YouTube channel: A Darker Shade of Whitney. 

1. Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading.

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I will forever refer to this book as “the one where I didn’t know where it came from for two full days”. Yeah, it was a low-point of my blogging career so far. I ended up loving this book with all its intricacies and unique story concept. The review for this book hasn’t been published yet, but keep your eyes open in the next week or so!

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2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on book you have previously read.

I always love reading classics, but I usually only pick them up with great recommendations from friends. My best friend loves Pride and Prejudice, so last summer I decided to borrow her (gorgeous) book to read it. I FELL IN LOVE. The story took a bit to get into, but once I reached about a quarter of the way through, the rest flew by. I’m hoping to read more Jane Austen this summer when I have time to enjoy the stories.

3. Recently Added: The last book you bought

As you can probably see, the bottom two books are borrowed from the library… BUT THE TOP TWO are a different story. I bought these from Jill (@booknerd_reads) and her shop she runs (on a separate account) where she sells her used books. Summer Days and Summer Nights and Wink Poppy Midnight have both been on my TBR for a while, but I’m hoping to jump into these soon.

4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about

If someone doesn’t know about Shatter Me at this point in my life, do we even talk? I love this series and cannot wait for Restore Me to come IN MARCH!!!! (Yes, those exclamation marks may be excessive, but have you met Kenji and Warner?)

This one may be a bit of a stretch, but I feel like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants can be seen as a classic of the young adult category. I loved the movies when I was younger, but just recently started reading the series. In fact, I still need to track down book three before continuing reading.

The Hazel Wood got some pretty major hype prior to its publication, and I feel like it was well-deserved. I absolutely loved the story. Everland was a book recommended to me, but I feel like most people I talk to know what the basic story is about.

5. Comedies: A funny book

I really wish more people had read The Romantics because I absolutely love it. The story is humorous and adorable since it’s told from Love’s perspective. The narrator is so sassy. If it wasn’t past Valentine’s Day, I would say read it for that day… honestly though, go and read it anyways. The story is FANTASTIC for a humorous read.

6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.

This book kind of disappeared off any of my social media after I read it. I didn’t particularly enjoy this book because of all the mindless drama every character had. Plus, I didn’t want to share a negative review of this book when I want this space to be positive and inviting.

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7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

I struggled with this one for a bit since some might have said manga is a “cartoon”, but I think cartoons and manga are different. So… the result is The Little Prince which honestly is a book I hold dear to my heart. The story is metaphorical, lovable, and intense. It’s a book that makes me want to learn a foreign language in order to read the book in its native tongue. (Plus, have you watched the Netflix movie? I cried for 70% of that movie.)

8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read

Funny story time: I never actually read Harry Potter as a child, teenager, or adult. Okay, I literally heard everyone gasp from this side of the screen. My mom read these books to my sister and me as the series was published. I barely remember the first few books or movies. When I do read these books, I think it will be during summer when I can binge them.

9. Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is indescribable. I wanted to read this book, originally, because I saw it was turned into a movie with Oprah Winfrey. (Who doesn’t love Oprah?) When I saw it as required reading for college, I bought it automatically. The story is wonderful and unique and does not read like a normal non-fiction book laden with facts and statistics.

10. Action and Adventure: An action-packed book

Black Ice was on my radar because I had read Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. This book excited me because it was so different from her other books, so I knew I had to immediately pick it up. From what I remember, the book was constantly full of twists and turns and running… lots of running in the snow.

11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

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The first thing that caught my attention with this book was the cover. When I read the description, I knew I had to add it to my TBR.

Alice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her.

She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn’t lead to having sex.

After her last relationship ends with soul-crushing parting words from her ex, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she’s done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.

But when Alice experiences instant attraction for the first time with her coworker Takumi, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk…

Doesn’t that sound AMAZING??

12. Max: Tag some people

I always struggle with tagging people, so I’m just going to leave it open for people to do if they feel like it. If you enjoyed reading this tag, then feel free to jump on in!


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