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Goodreads Book Tag | 2

There’s nothing quite like hearing a new friend say, “Wait, you’re on Goodreads, too?!” I’ve used Goodreads for years and it’s definitely my preferred way of tracking what I read. You can imagine my excitement when I learned I had been tagged in the Goodreads Book Tag– two of my favorite things rolled into one! Thanks so much to Malanie @ Malanie Loves Fiction for tagging me!!

{Also, I schedule all of my posts in advance so these updates may be outdated by three days or so. I’m just going to let it slide!}

What was the last book you marked as “read”?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling. I listened to the audio book version narrated by Eddie Redmayne (!!!) and it was a really fun read. Would highly recommend!

What are you currently reading?

Grant by Ron Chernow, which is a biography of Civil War general and US president Ulysses S. Grant. I’ve been listening to this for AGES because the audio book is around 48 hours long (1074 pages) but now I’m finally over halfway through. This book has reminded me of how much I enjoy reading biographies!

What was the last book you added to your TBR shelf?

How to Be Both by Ali Smith, which I’ve been assigned to read for one of my tutorials this term. I’m really excited to read it because apparently some editions of it have a certain section first and others have the second section printed first. This seems like such an interesting bookish experiment and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in actuality.

What book do you plan to read next?

Oooh, such a difficult question! I usually don’t decide which book to read next until I’ve finished the one I’m reading, but I’d really love to read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. So many people have recommended it to me recently and the blurb makes it sound really interesting.

Do you use the star rating system?

Nope! I decided to stop using the star rating system about a year ago and I have never regretted the choice. It’s so freeing! I never have to worry about projecting my opinions onto a five-star system or deliberating over what I’ll rate it on Goodreads. You can read more about why I did away with it in this post. 

Are you doing a 2018 reading challenge?

Yes! My goal was to read 24 books this year, which I’ve actually already done?!?! I’m not quite sure how I managed to complete my reading challenge as early as February 19, but somehow it happened! As of the time I’m writing this post I’ve read 54 books this year.

Do you have a wish list?

Nope! I’m really trying to buy fewer books, so I never keep a wish list of what I’d like to purchase next.

What book do you plan to buy next?

Again, I’m been trying not to buy a lot of books recently so I don’t really have any in mind.

Do you have any favorite quotes?

SO. MANY. One I stumbled upon recently while reading T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land for my Virginia Woolf in modernist contexts tutorial is: “In the mountains, there you feel free.” It reminds me of the gorgeous mountains I saw while traveling in Salzburg, Austria.

Who are your favorite authors?

Again, SO MANY. I’ll just list a few: J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, John Green, Michael Crichton…

Have you joined any groups?

Technically I’ve joined a handful of groups, but to be honest I never check their pages or keep tabs on what they’re doing. I love the idea of participating in Goodreads groups– like a sort of online book club!– but I have so much reading for classes that I can never stay on top of what they read on a regular basis.

What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? What are your thoughts on Goodreads in general? Let me know in the comments section below!




17 responses to “Goodreads Book Tag | 2”

  1. Ooh, I like this tag. I might steal it eventually. I’m hoping to read Lincoln in the Bardo sometime this year, too.

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    1. Definitely do! I’d love to read your answers 🙂


  2. I love your approach to the star rating system. I’m toying with the idea of going down that route as well. I sometimes overthink the whole rating thing and as someone who already suffers from a great deal of anxiety, that’s probably something I could let go.
    That quote is superb, I love mountains and nature in general and completely agree with that lovely quote. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! 🙂 Letting go of the star rating decision was such a freeing decision for me personally. I feel like it also lets me have more nuanced discussions of books in reviews without feeling like I always have to justify whatever number of stars I decided to give it.

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  3. Love the post! The tag looks interesting. I might just do it😊

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 Let me know if you do– I’d love to see your answers!

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  4. Ahhh you’ve read SO many books already, Holly, how do you do it, I’m impressed haha 🙂
    Lovely answers! ❤

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    1. To be honest, I don’t know how I do it either haha 🙂 Having to reading so many books for classes certainly helps!

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  5. Thanks for the tag!

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    1. No problem!! 🙂

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  6. Ooh, I’ve been really curious about Lincoln in the Bardo, but I’ve been hearing mixed things about it, so I’d love to hear your thoughts on that once you’ve finished.

    And by golly! That Salzburg view is sooooo pretty! I’m very jealous because this is in my top 5 destination goals in my lifetime. 🙂 Nice tag!

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    1. I feel the same way about Lincoln in the Bardo– I can’t wait to read it as soon as my hold comes in from the library!

      Salzburg is AMAZING ❤ Would HIGHLY recommend it and would go back in a heartbeat!!

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      1. So I’ve heard! I’m so glad to hear you love it there!! 😀

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  7. Imma make use of this tag 😉 The only wish list I have is on Amazon, so I can be informed in case a deal comes for the ebooks 😀

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    1. That’s an awesome wish list strategy! 🙂


  8. Oo, such a cool idea for the tag (need to do it one day)! And completely agree with the rating system and does feel a little mean… if I rate it low, I like to give feedback at least that way it would be constructive! Plus 5* is way too short anyway and should at least be 10* at the very least.

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    1. I agree!! It’s really difficult to narrow your opinions into one single number. Often I would feel like doing 3.5 stars or something, which is really just expanding it into a 10-point system anyways… the struggle 🙂

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former english major, current twenty-something book lover, allergic to nuts. drop me a line at or on instagram.


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