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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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

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

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

20 Questions Book Tag

It’s time for another tag! I’ve never done the 20 Questions Book Tag before, so this is an especially exciting one for me. Thanks so much to Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts for tagging me!

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

I think it really depends on the series itself, but generally it takes an exceptionally great story to extend past the length of a trilogy in my opinion. One of my biggest pet peeves is when series drag on for books and books after the core of the story has been told.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? 

I love them! There’s nothing better than ending on a chapter with a cliffhanger that makes you want to keep reading until the very last page.

3. Hardcopy or paperback?

Definitely paperback! Not only are they cheaper to buy, but they’re also more comfortable to hold and easier to transport.

4. Favorite book?

This is such a difficult question! I think I’m going to have to go with The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien since it’s my favorite book of my favorite series.

5. Your least favorite book? 

This is also a difficult question! I usually don’t give up on books once I start reading them, but one book that I just couldn’t get through is Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. It was painfully cheesy!

6. Love triangles, yes or no? 

NO. I think love triangles are a really lazy way to create some sort of semblance of a plot.

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

I don’t often put down books once I’ve started reading them, so the last one I didn’t finish was probably Dairy Queen a few years ago.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Unfortunately, it’s taking me a long time to read because other books keep distracting me. I’m hoping to finish it this weekend!

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Probably How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky because I talk about it all the time.

10. The oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date) 

The Epic of Gilgamesh, which dates back to 2000 BC.

11. The newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, which was published on October 10, 2017.

12. Favorite author?

Another really difficult question! I have so many favorite authors, but at the moment I would have to go with William Faulkner. He’s such a fascinating writer!

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Ideally: buying books. Realistically: borrowing books.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love? 

Anything by William Shakespeare. As you know if you’ve read this post, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Bard despite the fact that everyone else seems to be.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

I prefer using bookmarks, though I have been known to dog-ear my own books to mark important quotes that I want to come back to. (I would never dog-ear someone else’s book, though!)

16. A book you can always reread?

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I love it even more every time I come back to it.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yes! As long as it’s a song I already know and not something completely new. I’m usually pretty good at blocking out noise while I read.

18. One POV or multiple POV? (POV’ = Points of view)

I love reading books with multiple POVs as long as it’s done well. Otherwise, I would much prefer just sticking to one POV.

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

I LOVE reading books in one sittings if they’re short enough, but the vast majority of the books I read take me longer than a single day.

20. One book you read because of the cover.

So many! (I’m an awful impulse buyer in bookshops.) I remember buying The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Kevin Moffett, and Matthew Derby because I thought the cover was so cool. It ended up being an okay novel, but not one that I would likely reread.

Thanks again to Jenna 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

Location Book Tag

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week! Today I’m here with the Location Book Tag from ages ago (I was tagged in the summer, I think). Thanks so much to Charlotte Annelise for tagging me!!

1. You’re sat in a coffee shop trying to read when a group of excited six year olds come in with their parents and begin screaming in the play area. Which book can you push past the noise and lose yourself in?

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Not only is this book incredibly suspenseful and gripping, but it’s also such a fun story. I could block out any and all noise while reading this!

2. Your (rich) friends dare you to spend the night in a haunted house for an undisclosed but inevitably large sum of money. Which book do you bring to distract yourself with?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Imagine reading Frankenstein in such a spooky atmosphere! It’s kind of like the time I read Stephen King’s The Shining while staying at a lodge on a mountain in the wintertime…

3. Though the landscapes are beautiful, your delayed train journey is starting to drag. Which book do you take out?

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. While reading this book I couldn’t help but think about the beautiful landscape it must have taken place in.

4. It’s beach time! You have your family and friends around you and don’t want to miss out on the conversation too much but still want to read. Which book do you choose?

Probably something I’ve read before and loved, such as The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg. I’ve read this book so many times that I feel like I know it by heart at this point!

5. You’re backstage ready for your big emotional scene but the tears just won’t come. Which book do you get out to make you cry?

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. This collection of poetry is so emotional, raw, and honest that it’s bound to make me tear up at times.

6. You’re camping in the woods with your friends and you’re the first to wake up. Which book do you read under the early morning light?

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. This lovely story set in a magical woods would be perfect to read from a cozy sleeping bag in a tent.

7. You’ve had an amazing day on your solo trip but now that you’re back at the hotel, you’re starting to feel a little homesick. What do you read to feel less lonely?

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. This book always reminds me of my childhood and is sure to make me feel less homesick.

8. You’ve been invited for an interview for a place at a prestigious university. Which book do you lay flat on your knee to hide the cover while you wait?

Probably something Shakespeare that I feel like I should have read by now as an English major.

9. The book exchange stall at the library finally has the book you’ve wanted for so long, and you have a book in your bag that you’ve been dying to get rid of. Which do you give away, and which do you take?

I’d give away The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han and I’d pick up Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

10. You were just browsing the children’s section of the library and boom, you’re hit with a sudden blast from the past. Which book have you found that you haven’t seen for years but that you used to love as a child?

The BFG by Roald Dahl. I loved this book SO MUCH when I was younger. Recently I reread it and it was everything I remembered and more. Roald Dahl is a brilliant storyteller!

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

Yours,

HOLLY

Disney Princess Sidekicks Book Tag

Nothing brings a smile to my face quite like a good Disney movie. Fortunately, this Disney Princess Sidekicks Book Tag blends together everything great about Disney AND books. Thanks so much to Eva @ Brilliantly Bookish for tagging me!!

Mushu from Mulan 

{The Comic Relief – Name your favorite hilarious character or your favorite comedy/funny book}

Anything by Roald Dahl is hilariously witty, but a recent favorite of mine is George’s Marvelous Medicine. The grandma is such a riot!

The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White

{Favorite Group/Ensemble}

Definitely Blue and her friends from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Not only do they have amazing adventures together, but their personalities also balance each other out incredibly well. They certainly have their ups and downs, but that makes it all the more realistic.

Pascal from Tangled

{The loyal cheerleader chameleon – Name a book that started out one way but changed for you}

Dracula by Bram Stoker. The beginning in Count Dracula’s castle was great, but then the action and excitement suddenly stopped. I wish Dracula played a larger role in the novel!

Meeko from Pocahontas

{Pocahontas’s sly and sneaky raccoon friend – Name a plot twist that you did not see coming}

Many people say that they predicted the ending of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, but I never saw it coming!

Flounder from The Little Mermaid

{Gentle with their princess but protective with everyone else – Name your favorite best friend in a novel}

Raffy from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Taylor is so lucky to have her as a best friend!

Louis from The Princess and the Frog

{The Musical Bunch – Name a novel where music played a big part or made you want to sing its praises}

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. I love the way Willa Cather incorporates so much about music and performance in general in this lyrical novel.

Maximus from Tangled

{The obstacle in Flynn Rider’s way – Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles}

Mark from The Martian by Andy Weir. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to survive on Mars… major props to him for doing so well!

Hamish, Hubert, & Harris from Brave

{Favorite family dynamics in a novel}

Fairies from Sleeping Beauty

{The Advice Givers – Book that most impacted your life}

This is so hard!! I’m going to go with Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien because I have such a nostalgic attachment to it.

Hei Hei from Moana

{Name a character that steals the show}

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. No other character in that novel can beat Heathcliff’s strangeness!

Gus & Jaq from Cinderella

{Opposites Attract – Name your favorite or worst opposite attracts pairing}

Since I’ve already mentioned Jellicoe Road once in this tag, I’m going to go with Westley and Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

Okay, I’m curious: What’s your favorite Disney movie?? What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Goodreads Book Tag

I first joined Goodreads in December of 2010, which means that I’ve been an active member for SEVEN YEARS. When I first discovered that such a website even existed I was ecstatic– finally, a place to connect with other people about BOOKS. Today I am still a loyal Goodreads user, so you can imagine how happy I was when I learned that I had been tagged to do the Goodreads Book Tag. Thanks so much to Lauren @ My Paper Infinity for tagging me!!

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It was excellent!

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading several books at the moment, but the one I’m focusing on the most is Light in August by William Faulkner for my upcoming term.

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

Artemis by Andy Weir. I’m so excited for this book to be released in November! It’s been far too long since I read The Martian and I’m in desperate need of some great science fiction.

What book do you plan to read next?

Do you use the star rating system?

I used to until a few months ago when I realized that I was letting it frustrate me for no reason. In fact, I wrote a whole post about it which you can check out here!

Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?

Yes! For the past few years I’ve set myself a goal of reading 24 books, which I’ve already surpassed this year. I use the reading challenge more for tracking purposes than to ensure that I read a certain number of books each year.

Do you have a wishlist?

No, but that’s actually a really good idea….

What book do you plan to buy next?

I’m already looking forward to buying and reading Rupi Kaur’s upcoming poetry collection the sun and her flowers, which is set to be released on October 3rd. I adored Milk and Honey and I can’t wait to see what emotions Rupi delves into in this collection. I already love the connection she’s making between the lives of humans and plants. October can’t come soon enough!

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

SO MANY. A few favorites that I’ve recently added to my list are:

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

“Matilda said, “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…”    ~ Matilda by Roald Dahl

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”    ~ Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Who are your favorite authors?

I didn’t even know this was a feature on Goodreads!! (You learn something new every day…) In general, some of my favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, John Green, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Frederick Douglass, and Melina Marchetta.

Have you joined any groups?

I’m part of SO MANY groups on Goodreads, although unfortunately I rarely participate in them. I try to be a more active member, but there’s just so much to keep up with!

Thanks again to Lauren for tagging me!!

Do you use Goodreads? What are your favorite and least favorite things about it? Are there any cool bookish websites like Goodreads that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY