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My Good Reading Habits Tag

Back with another tag! I had never heard of this one before I was tagged in it, so I’m excited to dive in. Thanks so much to Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca for tagging me!

What intrigues me about this tag is the way it asks us to define “good” reading habits. Does “good” mean getting through as many books as possible? Treating books as though they’re objects to keep as pristine as possible? Is being a “good” reader sticking to the books you’ve listed as part of your TBR pile and never deviating from that stack? If so, then I must be a terrible reader! Here I’ve explained some of my reading habits that I consider to be “good” in my own personal experience as a reader.

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+ I annotate books. I know this is a huge NO for many people, but hear me out! Annotating helps me organize my thoughts about what I’m reading so much more effectively than taking notes in a notebook on the side or just plowing through without writing anything. I also love going back and rereading a book that I previously annotated. It’s so interesting seeing what I thought the first time around, especially when it’s been a while since I first read something. Personally, I feel as though annotating is one of the best ways to get the most out of what you read.

+ I read from a wide variety of genres. This might be my favorite reading habit of all. I’ve always loved reading from a bunch of different genres, and that love seems to expand the more I read. From fantasy and science fiction to classic literature, memoir, young adult, non-fiction, essays, literary criticism, and even children’s literature, there aren’t many genres out there that I would refuse to dabble in. While I have genres that are certainly my favorites (classic literature and memoir, I’m looking at you), it’s nice to dip in and out of a bunch of different writing styles and topics.

+ I read more than one book at a time. Between books I have to read for class, what I’m listening to on audio book, and whatever is on my bedside table at the time, I’m almost always reading at least two or three books. This juggling of books is also where reading multiple genres comes in handy: it’s much easier to keep several books straight in your mind when they’re vastly different from one another. Reading multiple books at once also makes me feel as though I’m getting more reading done (even if it is just a placebo effect!).

+ I almost always carry a book with me. Going to the doctor’s office? Book in bag. Driving to work? Audio book on phone. Taking the train? Book in bag AND audio book on phone. It’s rare that I venture anywhere far without some sort of literature on me. You never know when you’ll have time to crack open a good book!

I’m not sure who has already done this tag, so forgive me if you’ve already been tagged!

Thanks again to Rebecca for the tag!

What are some of your “good” reading habits? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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The Bookish Naughty List Tag

Long time, no see! It’s been a while since I last posted something (since Halloween?!), but I’m here today with a festive tag to jump back into things. Norees @ No Reads Too Great tagged me in the Bookish Naughty List Tag, which I had never seen before. Let’s get right to it!

Read an ARC and not reviewed it.

Unfortunately, yes. There are a few that I read over the summer that I meant to write reviews of this past semester, but obviously that didn’t happen… hopefully I’ll get around to writing them eventually!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley.

Although I signed up for a Netgalley account years ago, I don’t think I’ve ever actually used it.

Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog–and it never did.

Oh, ALL THE TIME. I’m so guilty of saying this; however, I always do genuinely intend on writing a review at some point, so at least it comes from a place of good intentions!

Folded down the page of a book.

Yup yup. I’m not averse to doing this at all if it’s a book that I own, but I would never fold down the page of a book that wasn’t mine.

Accidentally spilled something on a book.

I’m the worst and spill tea on the corners of pages on a regular basis. At least it doesn’t really stain, though!

DNF’d a book this year.

Probably, although none come to mind at the moment. I have a bad habit of checking out audiobooks, listening to an hour or so of them, and then running out of time in my schedule to fit it in before the due date arrives much too soon.

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it.

Nope! If I buy a book, it’s because I’m at least decently interested in reading it. I don’t want to waste money (or space on my bookshelf!).

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework).

Oh, absolutely! I tend to read whenever I’m stressed or sad or want to distract myself from something, so it often makes its way into my morning/evening routine when I could be spending that time being productive in other ways. I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing, though–it’s always good to take a much-needed break sometimes!

Skim read a book.

Guilty as charged! I’ve done this with quite a few books for courses when I only need to read a certain section but I want more context from the rest of the book. Some skimming also usually happens when I’m particularly tired…

Completely missed your Goodreads goal.

I for sure thought I had at some point, but I just checked my Goodreads page and apparently I’ve never missed my goal?!?! How has this happened?!?! In recent years I’ve taken to setting some pretty manageable goals so I don’t put added pressure on myself to read more than I feasibly can, but early on I had some WILD reading years.

Borrowed a book and not returned it.

Nope! I’m pretty diligent about returning books to people. I’ve been on the opposite end of not getting a book back a few times and it’s not fun!

Broke a book buying ban.

I’ve never set myself a book buying ban, so there hasn’t been one to break! I’m fairly good at only buying books here and there, mostly because I already have so many books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet.

Started a review, left it for ages, and then forgot what the book was about.

ALL. THE. TIME. I can’t even count the number of times this has happened to me, especially during the summer months when I tend to read books faster than I write reviews of them. All those poor deleted drafts!

Wrote in a book you were reading.

Oh, I LOVE writing in books! I do this all the time and have absolutely no shame.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads.

I’m sure there have been a few that I’ve forgotten to add, but I do try to stay on top of updating my list–even if that means doing so a few weeks late!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tag! I’m not going to tag anyone else because I’ve been out of the loop for so long that I have no idea who has done this yet and who hasn’t. If you’d like to have a go at it, please do!

Looks like I’ve been more bookishly naughty than nice lately! What are your answers to these questions? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Halloween Creatures Book Tag

BOOO! Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day of spooky celebrations and plenty of candy corn to go around. Today I’d like to celebrate with this Halloween Creatures Book Tag. Thanks so much to Theresa @ The Calico Books for tagging me!

Witch: A magical character or book.

How could I not mention one of my favorite books? The Hobbit is magical in so many senses of the word, from setting and characters to the warm, fuzzy feeling it gives me whenever I return to its faded pages.

Werewolf: The perfect book to read at night.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte has always struck me as the ideal book to read under the covers on a dark, stormy night. Is it the eerie setting? Cruel Heathcliff? Bronte’s lyrical writing? Or a combination of them all?

Frankenstein: A book that truly shocked you.

The existence of this book shocked me. I had no idea that my favorite movie and Michael Crichton’s brilliant book Jurassic Park was inspired by The Lost World, a 1912 novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, until I found it in a bookstore one day in Oxford.

The Devil: A dark, evil character.

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is filled with complicated, ambiguous, surprising characters who may be considered a hero one minute and evil the next. I love a great character twist!

Grim Reaper: A character that should never have died.

I think Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling goes without explanation for this prompt. So sad!

Zombie: A book that made you hungry for more.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte was the book that made me eager to read more classic literature. What would I be reading nowadays if not for my favorite genre?

Gargoyle: A character that you would protect at all costs.

I’m going to say Jim Burden from My Ántonia by Willa Cather, one of my favorite novels. Ántonia could definitely hold her own, but I’m not so sure about poor Jim…

Vampire: A book that sucked the life out of you.

I really enjoyed reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, but it took a long, long time. A few summers ago I read about a section a week for two months or so–splitting it up over the course of a summer definitely helped!

Ghost: A book that still haunts you.

Beloved by Toni Morrison is one of the most striking, unsettling, powerful, haunting books I have ever read. It’s a novel that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

Demon: A book that really scared you.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is hilarious and witty while simultaneously terrifying. What if society goes in this direction? What does our future look like? Huxley offers a frightening example.

Skeleton: A character you have a bone to pick with.

Emma by Jane Austen was such a tedious book to read because I found so many of the characters annoying. I think it might be worth rereading someday, but for now I’m fine just watching Clueless. 

Mummy: A book you would preserve through time.

I have a strange attachment to Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis. I read it for an essay in my AP United States History class during my junior year of high school and I adored it.

Creepy Doll: A cover too scary to look at.

Even the spine of The Shining by Stephen King is creepy. I remember finishing this book while staying overnight in a lodge on a mountain in January… definitely fit the mood of the book!

YOU! Since Halloween is today, I’m not quite sure if anyone will want to do this tag. But if you’d like to, definitely go for it! Happy Halloween!!

What are your answers to these prompts? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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The #NotAll Book Tag

Thanks so much to Norees @ No Reads Too Great for tagging me! Also, thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for creating this #notall book tag in the first place. This is such a fun idea for a tag, so let’s dive right in!

#NotAll Cover Changes || A cover change you liked

Normally I’m not a fan of cover changes that involve movie adaptations, but the new cover of Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman is perfect. I love how simple it is and how the solid blue background really make the people and the typography pop.

#NotAll Adaptations || An adaptation you love more than the book

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I enjoyed the book, but after watching the movie I knew it would be my favorite of the two. Not only was the film beautifully done, but the soundtrack is also incredible. I still listen to it years after having seen the film for the first time in theaters.

#NotAll Tropes || A trope you’ll never tire of seeing

BOARDING SCHOOLS. If you’ve been around this blog long enough, then you’re probably already aware of my adoration of books set at boarding schools, summer camps, etc. There’s just something about these kinds of settings that I love (lots of kids, little supervision, plenty of shenanigans, etc.).

#NotAll Insta-Love || You insta-loved this insta-couple

Usually I really dislike insta-love situations, but I couldn’t help rooting for Westley and Princess Buttercup from the very beginning of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. I couldn’t think of a more stereotypically picturesque couple!

#NotAll Love Triangles || An example of a love triangle done well

This is a tricky one because I really dislike love triangles. Perhaps an exception would be Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, although I guess that novel technically involves a love square. 

#NotAll Parents || Bookish parents that actually parent

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I listened to the audio book version of this beloved classic a few months ago for the first time and couldn’t help but adore Marilla and Matthew. How could you not after reading this adorable book?

#NotAll Villains || A villain you love

I think he technically counts as more of an anti-hero than a villain, but I’m still going to go with Victor from Vicious by V.E. Schwab. There’s just something about his wit and ambiguity that makes him fascinating to read and think about, even years after I read the book for the first time.

#NotAll Chosen Ones || A chosen one you can get behind

Sophie from Roald Dahl’s The BFG. I want to be chosen to hang out with the BFG! Pick me! Please?! (As you can probably imagine, this was Young Holly’s childhood dream.)

#NotAll Hyped Books || A hyped book that lived up to the acclaim

One of my worst bookish pet peeves is when a book is spoiled by unrealistically high expectations. Fortunately, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley lived up to all of the hype and more. Such a bizarre, hilarious, thought-provoking novel!

#NotAll *Insert Favorite Genre* || A book you’re not keen on from your favorite genre

It’s no surprise that I LOVE classic literature. However, I must admit that I simply do not enjoy reading Ernest Hemingway’s novels. There’s just something about his choppy, terse writing style that grinds my gears.

#NotAll *Insert Least Favorite Genre* || A book you liked from a genre you don’t often read

I’m not sure I actually have an answer to this question! I tend not to read anything from my least favorite genres, so I think I’ll have to pass!

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

Yours,

HOLLY

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Jurassic Park Book Tag

It’s no secret that I adore Jurassic Park. Not only is it my favorite movie, but it’s also one of my favorite books. You can imagine my excitement when I learned that such a thing exists as a Jurassic Park Book Tag. I wasn’t tagged in this at all, but Camillea Reads showed me this post from the Literary Phoenix and I knew I had to do it, too!

“Spared no expense.”  ~John Hammond || A series that seems to go on forever. 

The longest series I’ve read recently is A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It takes some dedication to wade through all thirteen books! Fortunately they’re quick and easy to get through, so they don’t take that long to read.

“Life finds a way.”  ~Ian Malcolm || A book with amazingly intricate world-building. 

I’m only halfway through The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, but it’s already clear that the world-building here is incredible. I love the way the novel is formatted as stories told within this larger story. It’s easy to forget that all of this happens in such a short span of time.

“Hold on to your butts.”  ~Arnold || What’s the fastest you’ve read a book, and what book was it?

I read I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith in one sitting in Heathrow Airport as I waited for my flight from London to Boston over winter break, which was pretty fast. I was stressed about traveling and definitely grateful for the distraction!

“Mr Hammond, after careful consideration, I’ve decided not to endorse your park.”  ~Alan Grant || A book you refuse to read (or finish).

There are few books that I would flat-out refuse to ever read, so I can’t say that one even comes to mind.

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”  ~Ian Malcolm || A book that left you going ‘Why?’

I love this question–so many books can apply! I’m going to go with How to be Both by Ali Smith, which I had to read for a tutorial last term. This book is so bizarre that you can’t help but wonder why she makes the writing decisions that she does.

“We need more teeth!”  ~Gray Mitchell || A book with no human MCs. 

Animal Farm by George Orwell. I’ve only ever read the Spanish translation of this book, but I love it all the same. It’s one of those books that haunts you long after you finish the final page. I’d love to read the original English sometime.

“The kids? This will give the parents nightmares.”  ~Simon Masrani || A book that terrified you.

Definitely The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’ve read this book twice now and both times it has made me think twice about the direction in which our society is currently heading. I haven’t seen the TV series yet, but I can only imagine that it’s just as terrifying!

“Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We’re just used to being the cat.”   ~Henry Wu || A book that changed your perceptions on an issue/culture, etc.

I’ve talked about this book a lot on this blog, but I adored reading Girl Up by Laura Bates. It’s such a hilarious, fun, empowering read!

What are your answers to these prompts? What do you think of mine? Do you like Jurassic Park, either the book or the movie? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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20 Questions Book Tag | 2

Who doesn’t love a good game of Twenty Questions? Fortunately, the 20 Questions Book Tag is a lot more interesting than just “yes” or “no” answers. Thanks so much to Ash and Lo @ Windowsill Books for tagging me!

1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A BOOK SERIES?

It definitely depends on the series itself, but I think around four books is generally a good rule of thumb. For instance, I think the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater works really well as four books, but more than that would make the series feel like it was dragging on forever. When I was younger I used to love reading really long series, but lately I’ve been appreciating the closure of a good standalone.

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

I love cliffhangers in the middle of series or at the end of chapters when you know that your questions will soon be answered; however, I dislike them at the end of series or books when there are countless important questions left unsolved.

3. HARDBACK OR PAPERBACK?

100 percent paperback! I hate how expensive, heavy, and awkward to read hardcover books can be. When given the choice, I will always choose paperback.

4. FAVORITE BOOK?

Ah yes, the most impossible question. Usually my answer to this horrid inquiry is The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien because it holds such a nostalgic place in my heart. It’s one that I never get tired of rereading!

5. LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?

Another really difficult question! It takes a lot for me to really hate a book, but I think I’m going to have to go with Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. I started reading it several years ago and disliked it so much that I couldn’t even finish it!

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

NO. NO. NO.

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?

Last term I tried listening to the audio book of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead because one of my friends read this series when she was younger and said she was obsessed with it back then. The protagonist was so annoying that I literally could not bring myself to listen to the last few hours of it.

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

Grimm Tales: For Young and Old by Philip Pullman. I started reading this while traveling during my spring break and haven’t found the time to finish it now that term has started up again in Oxford. Maybe I’ll finally finish it on my eight-hour flight home? So far I’m really enjoying it!

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

Lately I’ve been telling so many people to read anything and everything by Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I feel like these two writers are on a lot of TBR lists out there, but are not often prioritized. They’re such brilliant writers!

10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? *PUBLICATION DATE*

According to Goodreads, the oldest book I’ve read is the Epic of Gilgamesh.

11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? *PUBLICATION DATE*

It’s hard to tell on Goodreads what the most recently published book I’ve read is, so I’m just going to throw Turtles All the Way Down by John Green out there since it was just published on October 10, 2017.

12. FAVORITE AUTHOR?

Since I have many favorite authors and I tend to be quite indecisive in general, here are a bunch of authors that I love: John Green, J.R.R. Tolkien, Roald Dahl, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, E.L. Konigsburg, Frederick Douglass….the list goes on and on!

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

I try to borrow books from libraries and fellow bookworms as much as possible because it’s less wasteful and definitely cheaper; however, there’s nothing quite like a great bookshop haul!

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE?

I was so excited to read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because so many people highly recommended it; however, I think the hype monster made my expectations a bit too high and I ended up being rather disappointed with it.

15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARS?

Definitely bookmarks! Not only are they fun to collect, but they’re so much more easy to use than constantly having to fold down pages.

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?

Any Lord of the Rings book, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg… I just LOVE rereading books in general!!

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?

Yes! The only thing that really distracts me from reading is when I can distinctly hear a single conversation nearby.

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POV’S?

It really depends on the novel, but generally I think books with multiple perspectives or story lines are really interesting.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

Once again, it depends on the book. Usually I end up reading books for fun over the course of multiple days and books for school in one sitting (so much required reading, so little time!).

20. A BOOK YOU’VE READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER?

SO. MANY. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but some recent cover-buys for me were a few of the Penguin Modern editions that recently came out. They’re just so pretty!

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

Yours,

HOLLY

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How I Choose My Books Tag

When I’m not buried under mountains of required reading for coursework, I often ask myself an important question: How do I choose my books? Fortunately, that’s the very same question that this tag attempts to answer! I had never heard to this tag before I was tagged in it, so I’m really excited to take a look at these questions. Thanks so much to Krisha @ Bookathon for tagging me!!

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Since I’m currently studying abroad and don’t have access to my actual bookshelves at home, the closest I could come to a blue book is the turquoise Penguin Modern edition of Wendell Berry’s “Why I Am Not Going to Buy A Computer.” I chose this book not only because the design is brilliant but also because Ariel Bissett (one of my favorite booktubers) HIGHLY recommended it.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place? 

This situation happened to me when I tackled War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy last summer. It’s a novel that was always on my list of books that “I Should Probably Read At Some Point Because They’re Really Well Known and Are Referenced In A Lot of Other Things.” However, I finally decided to read it last summer because Laura @ Reading in Bed was hosting a read-a-long and I couldn’t resist.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

Once again using my limited shelves, I picked up Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I first discovered this book from major blogging hype and purchased a copy so long ago. However, I just got around to read it recently because it’s on my required reading list for Postcolonial Literature this term. Everything comes full circle eventually!

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

Whenever I think about books people have recommended me over the years, the first one that usually comes to mind is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The librarian at my high school recommended this to me when I was a senior and I LOVED it. Now I’m the one always recommending this brilliant novel to people! I’m so glad I decided to follow her suggestion!

Pick a book that you discovered through Youtube/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

I could list so many books in this answer, but I think I’m going to go with An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. For a while this book was everywhere in the blogosphere, so I decided to give it a try; however, it definitely didn’t live up to my expectations. If you want to read more about why I was disappointed with it, you can check out my book review here. 

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one word title. What drew you to this book?

Since I’ve already used Americanah, I’m going to have to go with Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf because it’s the closest I can get to one word with the books I currently have on my limited shelf. While I was required to read this for two tutorials, I was also drawn to it because the entire novel takes place in a single day. I was so intrigued!

What book did you discover through a film/ TV adaptation?

Years ago I watched The Help movie with my family one night and immediately went to the library to check out the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett. Both forms of telling this story are amazing and I would highly recommend them in either order. I think this is definitely a case where the book and the movie are equally as well done.

Think of your all-time favourite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them in the first place?

For this question I have to go with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien I first read this series going into sixth grade (for a book project!), a time in my life when I was a very awkward kid and needed a respite from middle school awkwardness. These books will always hold a special place in my heart. ❤

  • YOU!!!

 

These questions were surprisingly difficult to answer! Thanks again to Krisha for tagging me ❤

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

Yours,

HOLLY

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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!

Yours,

HOLLY

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The Nope Book Tag

I’m not usually someone who often speaks negatively of books (good luck? good taste? good recommendations from friends and fellow bloggers? who knows!) but sometimes being less than positive is unavoidable. Today I’ll be talking about some not so great books (in my opinion!) in the Nope Book Tag. Thanks so much to Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books for tagging me!

NOPE. ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card. While I enjoyed this series overall, the ending was disappointingly anticlimactic, abrupt, and confusing. I had really hoped for more!

NOPE. protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

The main reason I disliked the popular Summer trilogy by Jenny Han was because the protagonist, Belly, was so annoying. Frustrating protagonists are a major bookish pet peeve of mine!

NOPE. pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

Controversial opinion coming your way, folks: I’ve never been a huge fan of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley. THERE. I SAID IT. Their relationship has always felt rather rushed and forced to me, especially when compared to some of the other relationships and friendships in that series.

NOPE. plot twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. If you’ve read this trilogy, then you probably know which plot twist I’m talking about. For some reason I just didn’t feel as though it went with the rest of the series and seemed like it was just done for the shock value of it.

NOPE. genre: a genre you will never read.

I don’t generally like to say that I’ll never read something, but I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be reading any Westerns in the near future. They just don’t appeal to me at all!

NOPE. book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

Hardcovers. I definitely prefer paperbacks (not only are they more comfortable to read and easier to carry around, but they’re also a lot cheaper), so I’ll usually wait until the paperback edition of a book comes out before buying it.

NOPE. trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

Insta-love and love triangles. Often these two tropes go hand in hand, which makes a book twice as annoying as it would be otherwise. Why must writers insist on using these tropes over and over and over again?

NOPE. recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

This is going to sound horrible (especially coming from an English major) but I always cringe a little inside whenever someone recommends something by Shakespeare to me. If you’ve read this post, then you’ll know all about my love-hate relationship with the Bard!

NOPE. cliché: a cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Definitely the really dramatic, obvious statements that everyone always makes fun of (example: “I let out a breath I forgot I was holding,” etc.). They’re just so unnecessary!

NOPE. love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

Basically all of the characters in Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. This also goes along with my insta-love/love triangle aversion. Nothing about these relationships made sense to me…

NOPE. book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.

To be honest, I feel like the rest of James Dashner’s Maze Runner series could have been left unwritten. The first book was fantastic, but the rest of the series was such a disappointment. If only the first book had been longer!

NOPE. villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

So many to choose from! I think I’ll have to go with Lord Voldemort because he’s a) intimidating b) creepy and c) has the formidable skill of attracting followers to blindly do his bidding. I definitely wouldn’t want to be up against him!

NOPE. death: a character death that still haunts you.

I won’t mention the specific character because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, but it happened in John Green’s debut novel Looking for Alaska. So many conflicting feelings! So many unanswered questions! AGH.

NOPE. author: an author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.

As much as people have told me to give her another chance, I think I’m going to have to go with Jenny Han due to my negative experience reading her Summer trilogy.

Thanks again to Marie for tagging me! ❤

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

Yours,

HOLLY

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Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag

Months ago I was tagged in the Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag and I’m just getting around to answering these questions now…. better late than never, right? I’m glad this tag already has the word “probably” in its title so I don’t have to add it–I always like to keep my reading options open! Thanks so much to Carrie @ Cat on the Bookshelf for tagging me!

A Really Hyped Book You’re Not Interested in Reading?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This series is talked about so often in here in the book blogging world, but I’ve never had an interest in reading it for some reason. I think a huge amount of hype can be off-putting sometimes, especially when it comes to a series as long as this one.

A Series You Won’t Start/Won’t Be Finishing?

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. At one point years ago I considered starting this series, but now that so much time has passed I’ve pretty much lost all interest. I’ve heard some mixed things about it, so I’m not sure it’s worth starting now when there are so many other series that I’m much more excited to read.

A Classic That You’re Just Not Interested In?

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time then you’ve probably noticed that classic literature is one of my favorite genres. It’s hard to pick a classic that I’m not interested in reading at all, but I think I’m going to have to go with The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (I know, I’m a horrible English major). I had to read some of it for an English class in high school and it was enough to make me realize that I’m just not that interested in medieval literature.

Any Genres You’ve Never Read?

Interesting question! I’ve never really thought about this before, but now that you mention it I’ve never read anything in the New Adult genre… at least, I don’t think I have. To be honest, I’m not really sure what the New Adult genre entails. (Explanations in the comments would be most welcome!)

A Book On Your Shelves You’ll Probably Never Actually Read?

Many, unfortunately (I have a bad habit of picking up books at used book sales because they’re such a great bargain…). One that comes to mind is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain. Not only is it pretty lengthy (nearly five hundred pages) but I also feel like I’ve just lost interest in the story.

Thanks again to Carrie again for tagging me!

What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Have you read any of these books? Think I should reconsider? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY