This or That Book Tag

I felt like doing another tag this morning, so here we go!  I found this one over at My Tiny Obsessions.  It originated at Tea and Paperbacks.

 

The Questions:

Reading on the couch or in bed?

Bed.  I usually read right when I get up in the morning or before I go to sleep, so the bed is the most logical place.  I keep plenty of books on my nightstand for easy selection.

Male main character or female main character?

I typically don’t care which, but I do tend to read more books with male main characters.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

I don’t eat while reading.  What if I got something on my books?!?

Trilogies or quartets?

Trilogies.  I usually read standalones or super long series (like Nancy Drew and other mysteries that have 20 books to them), so I don’t read many trilogy or quartet sets.  Trilogies seem like a nice balance, and quartets seem too long, though.

First person point of view or third person point of view?

It doesn’t matter to me, as long as it’s done well.  Most of my books are third person, though that is completely unintentional.

Reading at night or in the morning?

Both, but I get more reading done at night.

Libraries or bookstores?

Bookstores.  The library in my town sucks, and I prefer to own my books, anyway.  I don’t like only getting two weeks to read a book.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

Laugh.  I prefer to be happy!

Black book covers or white book covers?

White.  It’s nice and clean looking.

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Either as long as it’s done well.

 

So that’s another book tag!  I’m sure some more will come next weekend….I’m really loving them right now!

 

Inside and Out Book Tag

I found this tag over at Lunaris Blogs, and I loved it, so I thought I’d get to it!

Inside flap / Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (Discuss)

I usually think they are pretty good, not too little, not too much.  What gets me more is when they are misleading.  I don’t like expecting one thing and getting another.

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?

I love to buy pretty hardbacks, prefer to read paperbacks over hardbacks, but I think I’m totally an e-book girl now.  So many books to choose from, easier to read in bed, and no need to carry around multiple books just in case I finish the one I’m reading or just feel like starting a new book.  There are so many options right there!

Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)

I like my books in pristine condition.  Writing in books is close to a sin to me.  Unless I got the book secondhand.  It’s already used an worn so I don’t mind it as much.  I just don’t want to be the one to mess it up!

In your best voice, read for us your favourite first sentence from a book.

Whenever I read the first line of The Great Gatsby, I just get the coziest feeling.  To me The Great Gatsby is associated with hot hot summer days and reading outside and everything wonderful with the season.

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.  “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had.”

Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

Nope.  I don’t pay much attention to the gender of the author.  Half the time I couldn’t even tell you the gender after reading a book (unless the author is super famous or a favorite of mine).  I’m more aware of the gender now that I’m trying to keep a log of my reading, but that’s just because I write the author’s name down on the list, so I actually have to look it up.  When I pick a book on my shelves to read, I look at the description of the book first.  When I’m wondering around a bookstore, I see titles and covers that stand out, then I look at the description and decide whether to buy it from there.  Turns out my male to female ratio is pretty even, so I’m good with that.

Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

I do sometimes.  In romance novels I tend to look toward the end to find out who ends up with whom (I don’t like getting attached to a couple and then they don’t end up together).  Other than that, it’s a bad sign when I read ahead.  It means that I’m bored with the book and want to get on with it.

Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

Organized.  I need my books in alphabetical order by author, and then by publication date when I have multiple by the same author.  I separate my nonfiction from my fiction, try to categorize them when I have a bunch of one kind (reference, writing, and biographies/memoirs), and then they have to be alphabetized, too.  It’s driving me crazy right now, actually, because I’ve run out of space on my shelves and have books piled everywhere, and things are out of ordered, and it’s a mess!  I want to fix it so badly, but I don’t have the room to do it!

Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

No.  I pick up books based on the cover, but I don’t blindly buy based off it.

Take it outside to read, or stay in?

Both.  I tend to read inside, but when the weather is just right, I absolutely love reading outside.  In the spring I love to read outside when it is just starting to get warm again, and I’m just so happy that the snow is behind us.  In the summer, I like reading outside at high noon, with the sun beating down and I can get a nice tan (or a sun burn when I’m really engrossed in a book).  And in the fall reading outside is the best when it starts to get cool and it’s time to wear long sleeves and listen to the wind rustle the leaves on the ground.

First Match of the Opening Round

We’ve only just started and my favorite pick to win the Tournament of Books is out. I’m so sad about this and can only hope that Fates and Furies is revived in the Zombie Round. I’m also thinking I really need to get ahold of Bats of the Republic. If it’s really good enough to beat Fates and Furies, it’s got to be pretty fantastic. Go check out the commentary on this match by using the link above!

The Play-In Round

The Tournament of Books has completed its bracket! The Play-In Round winner is ….. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler!  Yes, I’ve got one pick right! 

While I had a feeling Tyler would get picked, I was actually really surprised at how much Irving got bashed. It was no contest! 

Go check out the post on the official website for the opinions and commentary of this round (in my opinion, the discussions are the best part of this tournament). I will warn you, though, it is a bit spoilery. Nothing really major, though. 

Tomorrow will be Fates and Furies against Bats of the Republic. You guys know my pick. What’s yours?

Tournament of Books 2016

It’s March!  And while many people associate this month with March Madness and the beginning of spring, I have forever linked March with the Tournament of Books! Brackets have been set, and soon the tournament begins. Today is an introduction, tomorrow is the play-in round, and then the tournament really kicks off on the 9th. I thought it would be fun to make some predictions this year.  Who do I think will win?  Let’s look at the brackets:

First up, the Play-In Match: Avenue of Mysteries v. A Spool of Blue Thread.  Predicted Winner: A Spool of Blue Thread.  I’m a big fan of Irving, but I’m thinking with the buzz A Spool of Blue Thread received this year and the Man Booker nomination will help it pull through.

Onto the first round:

Fates and Furies v. Bats of the Republic.  Predicted Winner: Fates and Furies.  I’m thinking if this book doesn’t win, it will get very close to it.

The Sympathizer v. Oreo.  Predicted Winner: The Sympathizer.  Oreo just hasn’t gotten as much buzz as the Sympathizer has, so I’m a little biased toward the one I’ve heard the most about.

The Turner House v. Ban en Banlieue.  Predicted Winner: The Turner House.  I’ve read it and thought it was fantastic.

Our Souls at Night v. The Whites.  Predicted Winner: The Whites.  I don’t know anything about either book, so I’m just going with my gut with this one.

A Little Life v. The New World.  Predicted Winner: A Little Life.  I will never read A Little Life (it just seems too much, you know?), but the way everyone else talks about it, I’m sure it will go far.

The Book of Aron v. The Tsar of Love and Techno.  Predicted Winner:  The Tsar of Love and Techno.  This was a hard one for me, because I think they both sound fantastic and they’ve been on my TBR since I heard of them, so this is a simple guess.

Play-In Winner v. The Story of My Teeth.  Predicted Winner: The Play-In Winner.  I’ve picked A Spool of Blue Thread, but even if Avenue of Mysteries wins, I think it will pull through here.  I like rooting for the underdog and would like to see the play-in last longer than one round.

The Sellout v. The Invaders.  Predicted Winner: The Sellout.  A story involving the legal world and the Supreme Court v. a story involving the rich Northeast?  Very difficult for me as those are two topics I love to read. Guessing a little here, but The Sellout seems like the safer choice.

So that’s the first round!  We’ll see how I do.  I do absolutely terrible at these kinds of things, usually, so I don’t really have high hopes.  I’ll check in here as winners are decided and make some predictions for the next round when this one is finished.

Any early picks for you guys?  Who do you see winning it all?

Secret Life of a Blogger Tag

I was tagged in the Secret Life of a Blogger Tag by A Stranger’s Guide to Novels!  It’s the first time I’ve been tagged! Thank you!!

On to the tag!

How Long Have you Been A Blogger?

I started at the beginning of the year, so this is month 3.

At what point do you think you will stop?

When it becomes a chore instead of something pleasurable.

What is the best thing?

I love writing, about anything, so being able to write about something that I love: books!

What is the worst thing?

Keeping up with posts!  I feel like I have to post something new every day, and it just never works out that way. I put that pressure on myself!

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Not long at all.  I really only use pictures of books, so a simple search will get a book cover easy.

Who’s your book crush?

The Weasley twins have always been a weakness of mine.

Which author would you like to have on your blog?

I’d be thrilled to have any author on my blog!

What do you wear when you write your blog?

I mostly write in the morning after my cup of coffee, so I’m usually still in sweats.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

It’s really hard to say…for a lot of book tags and Top Ten Tuesday posts, I kind of mull things over for the week and jot down answers as they come to mind.  Then actually pulling the post together only takes about 30 minutes or so.  Same with reviews.  I jot down my thoughts as I read and try to get it together for a review at the end.  Reviews I’m learning still take a lot longer, maybe an hour?  More?  I’ve got a bunch of reviews that are only halfway started because they’re taking so long to write (so hopefully expect some good reviews coming soon)!

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I think it’s pretty amazing!  I’m just thrilled to have found people who love books as much as I do!

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

Well, I’m still a newbie, so it’s not like I’m an expert at all, but my advice would be to blog about something you’re passionate about (or else you won’t enjoy it) and to socialize with the people that share that passion.  I try not to care about followers and view counts, because I want to write for me and enjoy what I’m doing.

Who do you tag?

Time to tag!

 

Let’s go with:

  1. Musings of a Girl
  2. Weezled
  3. P.S. It’s Jo
  4. Hanalogies
  5. Anyone else who would like to do the tag!

Day 30: My Favorite Book of All Time

To Kill A Mockingbird

 

And of course this is one of my favorite books.  I read it in high school and didn’t read it again until Go Set a Watchman came out.  I decided to reread this first, and I found it just as lovely as I did the first time around.  It proved to me that To Kill a Mockingbird would always be a top book on my list.

So that’s it!  I’ve completed the 30 Day Challenge!  Hopefully now you’ve learned a bit more about my reading life.

New Books!

Tuesday is the day for book releases, and I just wanted to take a minute to let you know what has come out today that you need to check out!

This week is:

Dear Emma by Katie Heaney

College girl Harriet is great at giving out advice on her newspaper’s advice column.  Unfortunately, she’s awful at following her own advice.  Her boyfriend Keith ends up dumping her and starts to see a new girl Remy, who then starts writing to Harriet’s column.  Harriet wants to hate Remy, but she can’t help but like her. She’s faced with a major dilemma when faced with Remy’s questions for her column: does she tell her the truth, or does she seek revenge?

Go check this book out if you love the college romance vibe.  I for one love turning back to books such as this, because I love looking back on the college years.