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The Book Sacrifice Tag

April 20, 2017 Bonnie Book Tag 6 Comments

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I haven’t done one of these Book Tags in a while. Plus, I got sick last week/this weekend and fell behind on blog stuff so Book Tags to the rescue! Thanks to Jessie and Dani for posting this one. 🙂

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Let’s start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let’s say you’re in a bookstore, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies’ only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated so you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!

Book Review – An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa TahirAn Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

One of the more recent additions to my baa-baa black sheep shelf that seriously everyone seemed to adore. This book was said to have been inspired by ancient Rome with a fantasy twist. The brutality (primarily towards females) was simply gratuitous after a point and the plot itself moved at a snail’s pace. This one just didn’t do it for me so I would absolutely be chucking copies of these to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Runner Up: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

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Let’s say you’ve just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline KepnesBook Review – Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

I thought You was absolutely fantastic and I eagerly awaited more crazy adventures of Joe. What I expected was not what I got and the more I think about it the more I feel like You could have easily stood on its own and Joe’s story didn’t need to get drug out past its shelf life. I’m clearly in the minority here because most people I know loved both stories and some loved Hidden Bodies even more. I hear there’s a third one coming too… I won’t be joining in.

Runner Up: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness

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Let’s say you’re in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it’s worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?

Book Review – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I didn’t actually have to read this one in school although I didn’t actually get assigned a lot of classics at all in school (I think I went to a really shitty school.) I took it upon myself in my late 20s to finally read some of the classics I never got assigned in school (Frankenstein, A Clockwork Orange, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Animal Farm, etc. — nope, I wasn’t assigned any of these in school.) The Great Gatsby was by far the biggest load of crap that I willingly wasted my time on. I’ve still got a long ways to go with my classics backlist but for now, Gatsby reigns king.

Runner Up: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Let’s say that you’re hanging out at the library when BAM! Global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You’re trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favorite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?

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Man, I’ve read some pretty shitty books in my lifetime but choosing which book to burn was a tough decision. Life of Pi always manages to be that one book that whenever I see it on any “Best Of” or “Must Read!” list I immediately disregard anything and everything else that could have been recommended. Because if that’s on the list then it must all be garbage, no? No, probably not but my hatred of this much-loved book isn’t exactly rational. It is what it is.

Runner Up: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel by Anton DiSclafani (aka Horsey Camp)

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The Inside Out Book Tag

March 9, 2017 Bonnie Book Tag 4 Comments

I found this Book Tag by way of Jessie at Ageless Pages Reviews who found it posted by Lindsey at Bring My Books (who also created these graphics!).

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I am the absolute worst at reading book summaries. I look at the cover, I look at reviews, I do a scan of the genres it has been shelved as, and sometimes I’ll do a brief scan of the summary. But rarely. Which is why I do a whole lot of TBR purges where I go through my digital tbr shelves and force myself to read the summaries. I can’t tell you how many books end up getting removed because of how god awful they sound. lol

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These days I’m all about my Kindle. I love the convenience of having all my books on the go and they’re typically cheaper. (Getting midnight pre-orders is pretty fun too!) In recent years I’ve become a massive audiobook listener and I have a few narrators I particularly love… I don’t have an Audible membership though so if I really want a book on audio I’ll get it from the library.

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I definitely don’t write in my books! I take a lot of notes while reading (quotes, thoughts, etc.) for review purposes but I always have a tiny notebook on hand to scribble on. Now that I think about it though, I have a few (mostly Non-Fiction/History) books that I highlighted special passages. But writing, no. And definitely no dog-eared pages.

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I’m not sure if it’s my favorite but one that I remember most vividly.

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 photo 06_zpsetcdmiyc.pngI have a massive book spreadsheet that I started keeping last year for a more detailed accounting of all the books I read. I track gender but I can’t say it determines whether it’s the next book I read or not, I just like to see at the end of the year how the percentages fall.

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Nope, never. If the ending got spoiled for me I probably wouldn’t even want to keep reading.

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I’m all about the organized shelves. I just recently picked up another bookshelf so I was able to bring the majority of my collection out of boxes. I reorganized all my books, did a massive purge, and ended up with a lovely collection in alphabetical order of just my unread books (and some favorites that have spilled over from my other shelf.)

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I have a smaller shelf where I keep most of my favorites and the occasional ARC since the majority of my ARCs are digital. I’m almost too practical when it comes to keeping books… if I read one from my collection and it’s not one I could ever see myself re-reading then it ends up in the pile to take to my used bookstore.

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I’ve added plenty to my digital TBR without reading the summary (as I already admitted to lol) but bought one because of the cover alone? Nah. I’m pretty picky with my purchases.

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When the weather is nice, I do like to sit on my balcony. My kitties love to be able to “come outside” and lay in the sun. When the weather is not nice I love to curl up in bed or on the couch with a cup of tea. 🙂

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The Coffee Book Tag

February 23, 2017 Bonnie Book Tag 4 Comments

I am a coffee addict.

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So this book tag totally spoke to me. 🙂

Found this post thanks to Jessie and Dani @ Ageless Pages Reviews and Lindsey @ Bring My Books.

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Lord of the Rings immediately comes to mind. I’ve decided this is the year I’ll finally conquer it though! Wish me luck. lol

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For years I’ve noticed people come out in droves to read Little Women. I always said that when I finally got around to reading it that I’d save it for Christmas. I’m happy to say I finally made that happen this past year.

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Juniper by Monica Furlong. I went through all my books that were boxed up recently and found this in there. I only have fond memories of this one.

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Book Review – Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach

Fortune’s Pawn felt like a shot of adrenaline that I absolutely could not put down. SO GOOD, PEOPLE.

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Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

Everyone is reading this series (I blame Christina). I have no idea why I haven’t but I’m determined to start this year.

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Darkhouse was one of the first Indie books I took a chance on and it paid off. Halle’s Experiment in Terror series remains one of my all-time favorites.

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Life’s Too Short: Feedback, A Promise of Fire, The Girls

Most disappointing in recent memory is definitely Feedback. I’m just pretending it never existed, it’s better that way.

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The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3) by Libba Bray

Everyone loves to hate on the ending for these (because it certainly isn’t a happily ever after) but it’s one that has stuck with me for years. I can’t remember things from last week but I vividly remember the ending to this trilogy that I read over a decade ago. That’s saying something I think.

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Book Review – Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light by Amy Thomas

I know it’s clichĂ© to want to visit Paris, but it’s truly a beautiful city that I really do wish I’ll be able to see someday. Paris, My Sweet was such a fun (and delicious!) read that made me want to make it a reality that much more.

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Audiobook Review – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

“Classic” is such a broad term. Is a book from 1962 a classic? If so, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This book broke my heart but damn, what a story.

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. The story itself is magical but the real magic is Ivey’s writing. Goals.

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The Bedtime Book Tag

January 26, 2017 Bonnie Book Tag 10 Comments

Every once in a while it’s good to mix it up and do a random, fun post. I’ve never participated in a Book Tag before but I think it’s something I could get used to. 🙂 I found this Book Tag by way of Jessie at Ageless Pages Reviews who found it posted by Lindsey at Bring My Books (who also created these adorable graphics!). The original tag was created by YouTube user Kellys BookSpill, and can be found here!

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Basically the entire Fever series. I don’t know how it’s even possible but I read the entire (original 5 books, all 2,354 pages) series in a single week. I was working full time and I attended 4 hours of night school four days a week as well.

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Book Review – The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

 

I read a lot of horror so I feel I’m kind of immune to most I read in the genre these days. But The Woman in Black by Susan Hill freaked me out so bad I had to ask my partner to walk with me upstairs to our darkened bedroom. lol

 

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Early Review – The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel by Anton DiSclafani
This book, which I shortened to ‘Horsey Camp‘, has become the reference point for how bad a book is. “Yeah, this is shit… but is it Horsey Camp bad?” This book received all the rave reviews but I found this to be terribly dull.

 

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Hands down, A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas. It has become a tradition for me to take the release day off for new installments in her Throne of Glass series but I’m planning on doing that for this book as well.

 

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I’m not big on the book boyfriends but I must admit to being quite infatuated with both Rhys (A Court of Mist and Fury) and Rogan (Burn For Me/White Hot). These are my mental interpretations:

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You’re welcome.

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Probably Hunger Games. Or any story where the world has ended and there are zombies and I’m required to run to save my life. I like to imagine that I’d be a badass that could hold my own in hand-to- hand combat and that I wouldn’t accidentally eat some poisonous berry and die but I’d probably be one of the first to go.

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I’ve read so many insane cliffhangers that I couldn’t even think of one when I got to this question. And then I was reminded how brutal the ending of Heir of Fire, the third installment in the Throne of Glass series, was. I binge read the first three and then had to wait 9 months for the next one. It was a painfully long time.

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This is probably more space than night time but I think it’s gorgeous.

 

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Definitely the Harry Potter world. Getting my school supplies in Diagon Alley. Picking out a pet. Platform 9Âľ at King’s Cross Station. Taking the Hogwarts Express. Making new forever friends. Changing into our robes. Getting sorted into our respective houses. Learning about magic. Practicing magic. Roaming the castle. *sigh*

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Um, no monsters? Only massive dust bunnies, please and thank you. But if I really had to pick, I’d say definitely no to Pennywise. Holy hell no.

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