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World Book Day


Today, World Book Day is being observed in the UK and Ireland (and maybe other places, I’m not sure.) I’m in the U.S., but any day that people are celebrating books and reading is a day that makes me feel warm and cozy. Speaking of warm and cozy…

When I Googled “world book day” this morning, the first article that came back was Parents fret as World Book Day costumes wasted as schools closed and events canceled due to snow as the UK deals with Storm Emma. Hopefully, parents use this day to read with their little ones as a snow day activity. I mean, it sounds like a good plan to me.

Are you observing World Book Day today? As for me, I’m going to try and finish my current read, The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory, and get started on my next read. I love days where I have bookish plans, lol.

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Autumn Reading Tag

I have snagged and adapted this tag from Amy Jane Smith on YouTube. This is, obviously, a booktube tag, but I don’t booktube and thought this tag would work just as well on the blog.


1) Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

I have quite a stack of graphic novels set aside for Dewey’s this month. I also plan on finishing Victoria by Daisy Goodwin and starting The Pearl and the Carnelian by Annabel Fielding. These are both currently on my NetGalley shelf. I also want to read more Sherlock Holmes stories. I’ll download those for my iPad. I also plan on reading a collection of short stories called Rogues that was edited by George R. R. Martin. I’ve preordered The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon that will be released on Nov 1 and I will read as soon as I open the box.
2) September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects?

The book I most enjoyed studying in school was Animal Farm. I remember liking how the animals in the book were representative of real people, leaders and such. Funny thing, my oldest daughter thinks this book is creepy, lol. My favorite subject, I think I’m cheating a little bit here, but it was Vampires in Myth and Culture that I took during my undergrad. By far, my most favorite class EVER. Least favorite, back to high school, was p.e. I suck at sports. I have no coordination or endurance for that matter. I hate being the center of attention, which happens often when you have the ball or, in my case, when you miss the ball. Gym class was painful for me and still remains as a painful memory.
3) October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?

I used to really love scary movies. The older I get, the less I enjoy being jolted by things jumping out on screen. Usually, when I know something scary is about to happen, I can’t stand the suspense and just look away from the screen. I’m such an old fuddy duddy. I’d rather read scary books, but I haven’t found too many that I like. I did like Pet Cemetery both the movie and the book. The same for Misery. I’d really like to find some non Stephen King books though since I don’t read his novels anymore.
4) With November it’s time for bonfire night & firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?

This is really British, lol. We don’t have bonfire night and we have fireworks displays for the 4th of July. Anyway…The entire Outlander series, In Death series, The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore, A Study in Scarlet. There are others, but those are what popped into my head.
5) What book is your favorite cosy comfort read?

I love rereading the In Death books because they’re familiar and I love the characters so much. I would consider them to my coziest, comfort reads. Also, Harry Potter. Those are definitely cozy reads for the autumn. It might be time for a reread…
6) Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?

I enjoy both coffee and tea. Hot cider and mulled wine (as long as they’re not too sweet) are good as special treats but not something I have very often. Coffee and tea are mainstays throughout the year.
7) Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?

Nothing that I can think of. My daughter was recently in a car accident and while she didn’t sustain any severe injuries, she did have some injuries that we’re dealing with right now. Between doctor’s appointments and waiting for the ball to drop from our insurance company, we’re kind of in limbo. I guess you could say that I’m looking forward to all of that being resolved, good or bad.

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The Goodreads Book Tag

I saw this posted on Adoptabooksaus and couldn’t resist joining in. This is a good tag! Without Goodreads, I’d buy a lot more duplicates of books than I already do, heheh.

What was the last book you marked as “read”? That would be Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. I’m not reviewing this book here unless I get a request to do so, but suffice it to say I only rated it as 2 stars on Goodreads and it took me three weeks to read it. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.


What are you currently reading? I just started Victoria by Daisy Goodwin yesterday and I’m loving it! If I didn’t have to take care of my daughter (was recently in a car accident), I could’ve had this book read in a day, I like it so much.

What was the latest book you marked as “tbr”? That would be Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. Someone recently posted an interview with this author on a blog I follow and it sounded like a book that’d be right up my alley, so I added it.

What book do you plan to read next? Good question. Nothing on my bookshelves has been catching my eye lately. What I really want to read are the graphic novels I have set aside for Dewey’s Readathon. It has taken all my self restraint to NOT read them. I suppose I’ll read The Pearl and the Carnelian by Annabel Fielding since it’s a NetGalley book.

Do you use the star rating system? I do. I’ve written about my feelings about ratings before.


Are you doing a 2016 Reading Challenge? I am! For a while, I was worried that I wouldn’t meet my goal for this year. I was something like seven books behind schedule at one point. As of this writing, I have read 55 of 65 books. That’s 85% of my goal and I’m four books ahead of schedule. Woohoo!!

Do you have a wishlist? On Goodreads, I mark books that I want to read as “to read” and if I don’t already own them, I add the shelf “need to buy”. That’s basically my wish list. My husband knows to peruse my “need to buy” shelf for gift ideas.


What book do you plan to buy next? This couldn’t be an easier question. I plan on buying Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s the second book in the Illuminae series and I’m sad that I don’t already have it in my hands. 😦

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few. 

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (The only Austen novel I like)

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
― Oscar Wilde

Who are your favorite authors? In no particular order:  Twain, Gaiman, Hemingway, Erik Larson, J.D. Robb, Michelle Moran, Jenny Lawson, Alison Weir, Margaret Atwood, Zora Neale Hurston. There are others that aren’t coming to mind right now.

Have you joined any groups? I’ve joined a few but I participate very little. So little, that I can’t really remember which groups I am in, lol.

I’m not tagging any particular person. If you want to participate, please do so! I’d love to read your responses, so leave me a comment if you decide to tag yourself. 😉

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Pokemon Go Book Tag

I saw this floating around the blogosphere and tracked it back to its origins at Read at Midnight. I’m not going to tag anyone because I’m coming into this rather late-ish and I don’t know who’s already done it. But feel free to participate if you haven’t already. The graphics can be found on the original post.


I’ve been reading since my earliest memories and don’t recall any of my very first books. In elementary school, however, I couldn’t get enough of Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Nancy Drew books. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret had such a big influence on me, even now as an adult.


I’ve read this book so many times. In middle school, high school, and for both my undergrad and graduate school classes. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I love this book so much that I did an in depth study of it for my last class. I’ve probably written at least three different papers on this book.


I can’t think of any book that I lost interest in because of its popularity. I can think of some books that I didn’t read because of hearing about them constantly like anything by John Green, Jojo Moyes, or Liane Moriarty. But I never had any interest in his books to begin with. By the way, this graphic should’ve had the rattata’s instead of the zubats. Those freaking rats are everywhere.


Hmm. This for this one, I guess I would say just about any romance that I’ve ever read that I liked. I like romances for their ease of reading and for the escapism aspect, but let’s face it. They’re basically all the same.


There aren’t any series I haven’t started because of how large it is. The bigger, the better I’m thinking.


So, this one means because it creeped me out and not just because I couldn’t put it down. Honestly, I don’t read a lot of thriller/suspense/horror-type books. I don’t read Stephen King anymore and most books in this genre(s) are cheesy. Please, if you know of one that is well-written, moves at a good pace, and creeped the hell out you, feel free to leave a comment with a rec.


I have no answer for this.


Any of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books. I zip right through these, usually in one sitting because I can’t put them down. They’re face-paced, hilarious, feel-good reads.


This is a hard one. I can’t think of any series of books that I’ve read that even had spinoffs except for Harry Potter and I refuse to read any of those. I guess J.D. Robb’s In Death series could count because she’s written quite a few novellas for this series and I’ve read most of them. Honestly though, I didn’t really like any of them. Shortened versions of my favorite books are more frustrating than enjoyable.


I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the Hunger Games. I didn’t think it’d be my cup of tea. From that, I was definitely shocked that I liked the Divergent series at all because everyone said it was a knockoff of Hunger Games. Not so. I liked and enjoyed both series.


Oh goodness. I’m not really sure here.


There aren’t any collector’s editions of books I wish that I owned. There are, however, first editions of books that I wish I had. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Moveable Feast, Lord of the Flies, and a few others.


Ugh! This tag should be easier! I can’t think of anything modern, but I’ve been wanting to read A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


I don’t really have auto-buy authors so much as I have auto-buy series. Like Stephanie Plum and In Death. I guess you could say Alison Weir though.


This is an easy one!! Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. We, the fans, wait FORever for each book to be released. FORever!! They’re always worth the wait and they’re always long books, but I still read them in a couple days, lol. Seriously though, I think Gabaldon takes the longest of any authors for whom I am a fan, to write books.

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Thanks and Here Ya Go


I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Kayla at KDREWKTHEBOOKWORM. I’m not going to follow the rules to this award to the letter because I’ve had a terrible headache today and can only think so much. I’ve also been nominated for this award before. I do, however, want to answer her list of questions that she included because, unlike me, she can follow simple rules. 😉

What are you doing this summer? (Or if your region is not in summertime, what did you do last summer/plan on doing next summer?)
I don’t have any plans for myself this summer. The husband and I took our 20th anniversary trip to Europe at the beginning of May and our coffers are drained as a result. However, we are the vacation destination for some family from Ohio, so we’ll do summery-type things with them when they get here. The perks of living in Florida.

How many physical books do you own?

Holy bones!! I have no idea. I’m going to guess a couple hundred. No more than 300 though. I wouldn’t think. I dunno.

Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?

If the editing/proofreading is terrible. I won’t go so far as to say when the writing is terrible, but I will say when it seems like a book was edited by a 2 year old, I don’t put myself through the torture of dozens of typos, grammatical errors, or formatting issues. I’ve also started giving myself permission to DNF books that I just can’t get into or can’t finish because I’m not enjoying the story. Reading is a pleasure and when it becomes something else, it isn’t worth doing.

What was the last movie you saw in theatres? Did you enjoy it?

Oh gawd!! The last movie I saw in the theaters was Oz the Great and Powerful. It was bad. I’m not really big on going to the movies these days and I truly felt like I had wasted my time and money sitting through this awful, awful movie.

Do you play video games? If so, what console do you have?

I play video games!! We have a Wii U but I don’t play on it very often. I prefer PC games.

What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging?

My favorite part of blogging is the community and feeling like I’m part of something. My least favorite part is when it becomes The Thing That I Feel Like I Have to Do. Then I stop doing it and it becomes The Neglected Thing Hanging Over My Head.

Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

I actually just finished a book this afternoon and haven’t started anything new yet.

What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?

There is absolutely no way I could blog from anything other than a full sized keyboard. Phone?? Absolutely not. I blog either from my Macbook or my PC depending on if I want to lounge on the couch as I type or sit at my desk.

Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.

I prefer painting my toenails in traditional pinks, reds, oranges, and purples. I just don’t like how my feet look with green or blue or some other offbeat color. My fingernails, however, I’ll paint any color in or out of the rainbow.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right this instant, where would you go, and why?

I’d go back to Germany. I the four days we were there in May, I fell in love. I was sure that England would be my favorite part of our trip. We went to Germany because my husband had always wanted to go. I had no interest in going. Then, I saw it, drove in the countryside, walked the streets, talked to the people, fumbled with the restaurant menus, toured castles, and fell head over heels.

What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

I wish I could name a really cool song but what I have stuck in my head right now is some sorta music from a commercial I heard a few minutes ago.