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The Liebster Award #4

The Liebster Award

I was tagged by Stephen @ Stephen Writes if you haven’t checked him out yet you should head on over. Thank you, Stephen, for having patience I know you tagged me a while ago.

THE RULES:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  4. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Stephens Questions

Who is your absolute favorite book character?

Alexia Tarabotti from The Parasol Protectorate books by Gail Carriger

What is your favorite fruit?

Honeydew Mellon

You just walked into a lovely coffee shop, what is your order?

English Breakfast Hot Tea with 2% milk

Which house-chore do you despise and which one is your fave?

I really do not like doing the dishes.  I do not mind doing the laundry

Book shopping in-store or online?

I enjoy the instore experience but sometimes you can not beat the online prices.

What is your Hogwarts house?

Hufflepuff

Who is your favorite author?

Gail Carriger

What would your dream holiday be like?

I am not sure where I would go but I would want it to be a relaxing area. (not the beach)

What is the worst book you have ever read, and why?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I DNF’d this book at 50% done. I do not own the book anymore so I can not tell you want page I just know I was exactly halfway through.

This book is sold as this great Scottish love story with time travel. What they do not tell you is all of the threats and attempts of rape and the abuse committed on the female lead. What really got me was the female lead was just so accepting and it was okay because he made her a ring.

It’s just not okay. If you like this book that’s great but I just could not stomach it.

What is your favorite book cover and why?

I picked three.  I just love the designs on these and all the thought that went into creating them.

Which book would you like to have a movie/series adaptation of?

The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club Series by Theodora Goss

I am going to follow suit and use these same questions.

  1. Who is your absolute favorite book character?
  2. What is your favorite fruit?
  3. You just walked into a lovely coffee shop, what is your order?
  4. Which house-chore do you despise and which one is your fave?
  5. Book shopping in-store or online?
  6. What is your Hogwarts house?
  7. Who is your favorite author?
  8. What would your dream holiday be like?
  9. What is the worst book you have ever read, and why?
  10. What is your favorite book cover and why?
  11. Which book would you like to have a movie/series adaptation of?

If you want to answer these questions too feel free to do this tag.

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Sunshine Blogger Award #8 and #9

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I was tagged by the amazing Brittney @ Perfectly Tolerable and Stephen @ Stephen Writes.   If you are not following them you should head over and check them out.

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.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

Brittney’s Questions

Do you ever read a book without reading its synopsis?

If I am picking up the book I have read the synopsis at some point.  I have picked up books without rereading the synopsis.

What was the first book you really obsessed over?

Harry Potter

What is the best bookstore you’ve visited?

The Strand in NYC

What is a hyped book you have no interest in reading?

Aurora Rising By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

If you could read any book again for the first time, which book would it be and why?

I wanted to say Harry Potter but then I am afraid that I may not have the same love for the series. So I don’t know so I am going to go with Soulless by Gail Carriger.

What is the best book you have read so far this year?

A Heart in the Balance by L.G. Rollins

What is the worst book you have read so far this year?

The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

Do you prefer Plot-Based or Character-Based stories?

Character-Based

What is the oldest book you have read?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen published January 28, 1813

What is your favorite book cover (or a recent read that you absolutely loved the cover)?

The strange case of the Alchemists daughter

How do you pick your next read?

By my mood, unless I have a book that I need to review and the date is getting close.

Stephen’s Questions

How much time do you spend blogging?

I really have not thought about it but I would have to say its a minimum of 10 hours a week.

Are you a planner or a go with the flow, type of person?

I am a planner.  I get very stressed out if I don’t have a plan.

Are there any films that you thought were better than the book?

The Lord of the Rings movies

When in dire situations, what/who keeps you going?

Tina. I don’t know what I would do without her.

How would you describe your blog in just one sentence?

An attempt at promoting books/authors and connecting with people.

Of all the books you own, which one has the nicest cover?

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

Which country or place would you most like to visit?

Glastonbury England

What do you think is the most challenging thing about being a book blogger?

Writing reviews that people will want to read.

What are your favorite type of blog posts to write?

Reviews.

Share one of your favorite quotes of the book you are currently reading or have just finished reading.

“For my son, born of a dragon and a phoenix. Fight not for greatness, but for goodness.”
― Renee Ahdieh, Smoke in the Sun

What is your favorite thing about the book blogging community?

The people.  They are great, especially during these times.

My Questions:

  1. Who inspires you the most in this world?
  2. What is your favorite way to treat yourself?
  3. What is your favorite book trope?
  4. What is the last book you finished?
  5. What is your comfort food/drink?
  6. POV’s multiple or single?
  7. Hardback. Paperback or E-book?
  8. If you could travel to any place real or not where would it be?
  9. Are you a cover snob (do they matter)?
  10. Favorite book series of all time?
  11. What is your favorite bookish quote?

My Nominations:

Orang-utan Librarian

Asha @ A Cat, A Book and a Cup of Tea

Nicole @ The BookWorm Drinketh

Marina @ Books of Magic

Sophie @ Beware Of The Reader

Pages and Pugs

Jess @ Fiction No Chaser

Leslie @ Books are the New Black

Claire @ The Coffeeholic Bookworm

As always, don’t feel obligated to participate! If you do, let me know so I can check out your answers!

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A Book for all Occasions Tag!

A Book for all Occasions Tag

*Image by Hannah @Hannah’s Bookshelf

Thank you, to Leslie at Books are the New Black for the tag! A Book For All Occasion Tag was created by Hannah at Hannah’s Bookshelf.

RULES:

  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag at least five people to continue the tag
  • Give credit where credit is due – it will make Hannah smile.

Name a book that makes you cry

Me Before You

Name a book that makes you smile.

Reticence

Name a book that makes you feel passionate.

The Radium Girls

Name a book that makes you feel cosy.

Pride & Prejudice

Name a book that transports you to a magical place.

harry potter-hufflepuff

Name a book that scared you.

This one I had to dig deep

'Salem's Lot

Name a book that makes you feel jealous.

I had such a hard time with this because of the books that I read.

Name a book with an inspiring female character.

Soulless (Illustrated Edition)

Name a book with an inspiring male character.

I’m tagging:

Steff | Dani | Kristi | Amanda | Julie

As always feel no pressure to do this.

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The Awesome Blogger Award #2

The Awesome Blogger Award

Hey, there lovely book lovers! I hope everyone is doing well and reading #allthebooks!

I was tagged by Bree @ In Love & Words.

The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala. This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

What is your favorite trope?

Enemies to Lovers

What is your favorite book from that trope?

Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

It is this book that sparked my love for this trope.

What are your favorite traits in main characters?

Strong personality.  I do not like it when the main character just lets everyone run over them.

What is your most recent all-time favorite book you read?

A Heart in the Balance

A Heart in the Balance by L.G. Rollins

What is your most re-read book?

Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Tag some of your favorite book bloggers.

Oh this is so hard.

Brittney @ Perfectly Tolerable | Shannon @ Reads & Reels |
Shalini @ Shalini Books & Reviews | Nicole @ BookWorm Drinketh |
Lisa @ Way Too Fantasy

Name your Top 5 authors you’d like to meet?

Gail Carriger
Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with steampunk and urban fantasy (plus sexy queer romance as G. L. Carriger). Her books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Tinkered Stars, and San Andreas Shifter series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages, has over a million books in print, over a dozen New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, and Romantic Times.

Her debut made Audible’s Best list, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book, an IndieBound Notable, and a Locus Recommended Read. She has received the ALA’s Alex Award, the Prix Julia Verlanger, the Elbakin Award, the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Award, and a Starburner Award. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, cephalopods, and tea.

(Headshot by Vanessa Applegate)

 

L.G. Rollins
L. G. Rollins has always loved a heart-melting happily ever after. It didn’t matter if the story took place in Regency England, in outer space, beneath the Earth’s crust, or in a cobbler’s shop, if there was a sweet romance, she would read it.

​Life has given her many of her own adventures. Currently she lives in the Rocky Mountains with her best-friend, who is also her husband, and their four beautiful children. She still loves to read books and more books; her favorite types of music are classical, Broadway, and country; she’d rather be hiking the mountains than twiddling her thumbs on the beach; and she’s been known to debate with her oldest son about whether Infinity is better categorized as a number or an idea.

​Join in the fun—get access to behind-the-scene news, fans-only bonuses, and two free stories!

 

Melanie Karsak

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. The author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Southern New Hampshire University.

 

Theodora Goss
Theodora Goss is the World Fantasy and Locus Award-winning author of the short story and poetry collections In the Forest of Forgetting (2006), Songs for Ophelia (2014), and Snow White Learns Witchcraft (2019), as well as novella The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), debut novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (2017), and sequel European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (2018). The final novel in the series, The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl, will be published in October 2019. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, Seiun, and Mythopoeic Awards, as well as on the Tiptree Award Honor List. Her work has been translated into twelve languages. She teaches literature and writing at Boston University and in the Stonecoast MFA Program. Visit her at theodoragoss.com.

Alison Goodman
Alison is the author of seven novels. Her most recent is The Dark Days Deceit, the third and final book in the Lady Helen historical dark fantasy trilogy. The first book in the series, The Dark Days Club, is a 2017 CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers, a 2017 Bank Street Library Best Book and an NPR Best Book of 2016. The second book, The Dark Days Pact, won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best YA Novel.

Alison is also the author of the New York Times bestselling duology EON and EONA. Her award winning debut novel, Singing the Dogstar Blues, was first published in 1998 and is still in print, and her very adult thriller, A New Kind of Death, was a Davitt Award finalist under its original title Killing the Rabbit.

Alison can dance a mean contra-dance, has a wardrobe full of historically accurate Regency clothes and will travel a long way for a good high-tea. She lives in Melbourne, Australia and is currently working on her PhD at the University of Queensland.

What would you ask those authors if you had a conversation with them?

lol I have no idea.

What type of blog posts are your favorite to write?

As much as it stresses me out I enjoy writing reviews.

What are your favorite blog posts to read?

Wrapups and Hauls.  I find out about books that I may not have found myself.

My Questions:

Since I am really trying to get caught up on all my posts I am going to use the same questions.  I know no fun but my backlog is a little out of hand.  Here are the questions again.

  1. What is your favorite trope?
  2. What is your favorite book from that trope?
  3. What are your favorite traits in main characters?
  4. What is your most recent all-time favorite book you read?
  5. What is your most re-read book?
  6. Tag some of your favorite book bloggers.
  7. Name your Top 5 authors you’d like to meet?
  8. What would you ask those authors if you had a conversation with them?
  9. What type of blog posts are your favorite to write?
  10. What are your favorite blog posts to read?

I tag you is you would like to do this!!

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I Dare You Book Tag!

I was tagged by the amazing Brittney @ Perfectly Tolerable and the wonderful Whitney @ Whit Reads Lit.

Brittney tried to find the creator of this tag, but couldn’t.

1. What Book has been on your shelves the longest?

My current shelves…The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

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

Last Read

Current Read

What I might read next

The Kingdom of Back

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

Outlander.  I have no love for this book.

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

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

I really do want to read it but it’s a huge history book and I am a mood reader.

5. Which book are you saving for retirement?

None.

6. Last page: Do you read it first or wait to the end?

Always wait until the end.

7. Acknowledgments: Are they a waste of paper and ink or interesting?

They are interesting.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

None of them.  Either I would be in a fantasy world or in Regency/Victorian London.  I like my modern conveniences a little too much for that.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

Harry Potter.  I put off starting these books for so long. The first 4 were out before I finally picked up the first one.  I refused to read them because they were so popular, typical teenager I know. What made me pick them up was they started to be banned so I wanted to know what all of the fuss was about.

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

Brittney @ Perfectly Tolerable got me a signed copy of The Omega Objection by G. L. Carriger (Gail Carriger) while she was at the Denver Comic Con.  Gail is my favorite author so this meant a lot to me.

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

This may sound silly but its the first thing I thought about.

A while back I had a co-worker that had a house fire.  Most of her things were saveable but had to be professionally cleaned. If memory serves me the fire was a shortage in the kitchen and the response time was wonderful and most things were just water damaged.  Due to insurances paying well they were not accepting any help at this time.  A short time before this she let me borrow her favorite book, which I had already given back.  This book had been out of print for more than a decade or two so I went on a search for it so she would have something for comfort.

The book was The Nonsuch lure by Mary Luke.  If you ever come across it you should pick it up.

12. Which book has been with you the most places?

I am going to have to say The Wrong Number by R.L Stine.  I still have my very battered copy that I read way back when.  This is also the book that sparked my love of reading.

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

Nope, the book that I hated then I still feel the same way.  Of Mice and Men.

14. Used or brand new?

Either is fine as long as it’s in good condition.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes.  Angels & Demons I do not know why I never continued the series.

16. Have you ever seen a movie that you liked more than the book?

Don’t come after me…The Lord of the Rings Movies

17. A book that’s made you hungry?

I can’t think of any that does.  I don’t snack while I am reading.

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

My friends Tina and Kelly

19. Most read authors?

RL Stine (that I can remember) @ 55

Gail Carriger @ 20

Charlaine Harris @ 17

J.K. Rowling @ 15

20. Ship from two different books?

I have no idea why these two came to mind.  Audrey Rose from Stalking Jack the Ripper and Nikolai Lantsov from the Grisha Books.

I Tag:

Tea and Turned Pages | Susan Loves Books | Stephen Writes | Mermaid Reads

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Book Lover Blog Tag

Book Lovers Tag

I want to thank Newblogger20 for tagging me.  I fell so far behind and did not realize how much until I started this tag.  I was Tagged in June 2019.  Sorry, it has taken me so long to get it together.  If you have not checked out Newblogger20 you should head on over there. If you want to see how they answered these questions you can go here.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Include the Book-Lover Blog Tag graphic and rules in your post.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Nominate at least 5 new bloggers to do the tag.

What is your favorite thing about reading?

My favorite thing about reading is that it allows me to escape this world for another.  This allows me to relax and better deal with stress in my day to day life.

Which male character is your favorite?

I have to say I really like Thomas Cresswell from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco.

Which female character is your favorite?

This one was much easier to come up with. Alexia Tarabotti from the Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger. The first book is Soulless and I highly recommend it.

Who is your favorite villain of all time?

Bellatrix Lestrange.  She did not become my favorite until I saw Helena Bonham Carter play her.

Who is your least favorite character of all time?

Sorry for the multiple Harry Potter references but I have to pick Dolores Unbrige.

Which book do you think has the strongest plot?

I am not a plot-driven person so I don’t know.

What gets on your nerves the most in a story (a boring character, an unrealistic plot, etc.)?

When the characters begin acting unrealistic or their personalities just completely change. 

Which book has the best cover (share a picture!)?

Okay, so I had to pick three. Trust me it was hard to just stick to three.

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner

Do you let people borrow your books? If so, are you specific about how they treat them?

I only loan them to people that I trust.  LOL, I can only think of three people that I have loaned books out to in the past few years.

If a movie could be made based on any book, which book would you choose?

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

I would love to see this happen!

Which author has inspired you most?

So I can take this two different ways. 1) motivation/self-help type of books (non-fiction) or 2) an author that has inspired me to tell my own story (fiction).

  1. Rachel Hollis
  2. Gail Carriger

What single book would you be unable to live without?

Do I really have to pick only one…Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My nominees:

Anyone that wants to do this tag I nominate you.

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Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Ivy @ Ivy’s Well Used Library Card to do this tag! Thank you so much Ivy for tagging me.

Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer) in your post
  • Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
  • Tag 5 others to take part
  • Enjoy!

5-star book

Air Awakens

Always going to recommend

 

Own it but haven’t read it

 

Would read again

Reticence

In another world

 

Back on Earth

LOL I drew a blank on this one so I am going to go with a classic.

harry potter-hufflepuff

I Tag

Brittany @ Perfectly Tolerable
Steff @ Reader Fox
Emma @ The Terror of Knowing

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