The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi, friends. It’s been AGES since I’ve done one of these award tag things. The lovely Corina of The Brown Eyed Bookworm nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. I thought it would be a fun change of pace, so here we go! Thanks, Corina!

What is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog. (See above!)
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 3 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.
CORINA’s QUESTIONS:
  1. What was your best book of 2020?
    Oh, boy. This is a REALLY hard one to answer. I’ve read some great books this year, so how do I narrow it down to one? I’m going to go with The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros.
  2. Who was your favorite author of 2020?
    Hm… Again, tough. I think I’m going to go with Rebecca Yarros again because I not only adored The Reality of Everything, but also Muses & Melodies. Add in her backlist books I read this year, and she was probably on top.
  3. Holidays are coming up, what books would you want to find under the tree?
    This might seem weird because I read mostly romance, but I usually ask for celebrity memoirs for Christmas. They’re books I’m not likely to buy myself.
  4. How do you feel about DNFing books?
    If you hate a book, you shouldn’t keep reading it. Too many books, too little time and all that.
  5. How do you feel about hyped books?
    I actually like hype. Without hype, there are many books I wouldn’t have read — especially some great YA fantasy because I am not a fantasy fan. Seeing everyone’s hype for those books pushed me to read them and others. I think it’s a good thing. I don’t let the hype dictate how I feel about a book, though.
  6. Do you have a reading buddy?
    I’ve buddy read with a couple of blogger friends before (Kayla and Debby). I scream a lot to Ari on Twitter about what I’m reading or she’s reading or what I want her to read. On a daily basis, it’s probably my Havanese Winnie.
  7. How many hours do you usually read a day? And what time of day do you tend to read the most?
    Total probably depends on the day. I usually read at night, after dinner until I go to bed. Maybe two or three hours? It depends on what’s going on or whether I’m interested in what my husband or daughter is watching on TV.
  8. How do you feel about tbrs?
    They can be daunting. I try to limit mine. My Goodreads TBR contains between 65 and 80 books at any given time. Most of these are books that haven’t released yet or are upcoming releases I want to read. There are some books that have already released that I want to read, but not many. I take off and add books without feeling stress.
  9. Do you track your books, or fly by the seat of your pants?
    I track them on Goodreads. I like to be able to look back at reviews and remind myself of my thoughts on them. Or look back and see if I’ve read a book. It’s too easy to forget if I have sometimes. Horrible, I know.
  10. How many books do you usually read a year, and do you feel pressure to read more?
    OH GOODNESS. PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME ADMIT HOW MANY BOOKS I READ A YEAR. This year is especially bad because we are all stuck at home since March. I’ve read WAY TOO MANY books this year. Can I just say that I surpassed my goal of 200 books on my Goodreads Challenge and call it good? Obviously, no I don’t feel pressure to read more. I would actually would like to read LESS. This year was just so boring. There wasn’t much else to do at times.
  11. What other social media platforms are you active on?
    Twitter:  @anovelglimpse
    Goodreads: Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
MY QUESTIONS:
  1. What is your favorite romance trope?
  2. Who is the most memorable character that you have ever read and why?
  3. Which author do you think has the best overall writing style?
  4. What is your favorite book to gift people?
  5. What book, without giving away it away, gave you the most surprising twist?
  6. Do you like it when authors include playlists with books? Do you actually listen to the songs before, after, or while reading the books?
  7. What one book would you want turned into a TV series or movie?
  8. If you had to pick one author to write a story based on your life, who would it be?
  9. Do you like to binge read book series? Which ones is the last one you binged?
  10. Favorite new-to-you author you have read in 2020?
  11. If you had to convince me to read one book, which book would it be and why should I read it?

I nominate: Carla | Andie | Raven 

The Folklore Book Tag

I first saw this tag on The Orangutan Librarian and couldn’t resist doing it myself. I know Taylor Swift isn’t for everyone, but I’ve been enjoying listening to her Folklore album and what better way to spotlight it than in this tag? Thanks to Ilsa for creating the original tag.

THE RULES

  • Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
  • Tag at least 3 people.
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post.
  • Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post.

The cliffhanger at the end of this book truly left me speechless in a good, WTF way. If you like twists and turns and being pushed out of comfort zone, Nine Minutes is a great trilogy. Warning: You will both hate and love it at the same time.

If you have read Bright Side, you will know what I mean. If you haven’t, you really need to read it. It’s beautiful. When someone asks my favorite book, I always say this one even though we all know we don’t truly have favorites.

It feels strange putting a book set in Cuba with The Last Great American Dynasty prompt, but it was the first book that came to mind. The way Next Year in Havana was written was so brilliant. My attention was captured by the story from the moment I picked it up.

Forbidden gets a lot of love because it is very well written, but it was hard for me to digest and still makes me sick every time I think about it.

P.S. This is my favorite track  on the album, so I’m kind of sad it’s a negative prompt. But I get it since it’s a sad song.

And we’re back to Bright Side. I cried for the last 1/3 of this book. It was worth it, though.

This was a hard prompt! Any time a favorite authors adds to a series or releases a new book it feels like it’s written just for me. LOL I was looking back through the books I’ve read this year and saw #IMOMSOHARD. I decided to go with it because man, it’s so easy to relate to what these women talk about as a mother and women.

Oh, boy. I think this is supposed to be a sweet and innocent book, but my pick is so twisted! *hides face* I picked Remember Me because it was my favorite book in that junior high, maybe even high school era. My best friend and I were really into reading Christopher Pike, L.J. Smith, and R.L. Stine books. I can remember us going to Walden Books in the mall and scanning the shelves for new releases.

The name Sarah Dessen is synonymous with summer, so I picked her latest release.

I was going to pick Fallen Crest High because this prompt was making me think of Sam, but then I decided I HAD to choose Ryan’s Bed. The grief and loneliness Mackenzie was feeling and the whole vibe of the book fits to a “T”.

There was just a lot to think about when I finished The Reckless Oath We Made. It was brilliantly written and kind of messed up. I wanted to love it, but wasn’t sure I should. Does that make sense?

This is a deep prompt, but my answer is the opposite. The Match came into my life when Kayla recommended it as a buddy read for us. I needed/wanted something happy, uplifting, and funny in my reading life. The Match hit all three of those.

I almost went with Kate from Bright Side, but decided I should spotlight some other books. Annie Mathers from You’d Be Mine might just be my favorite female character I’ve read this year.

The Sun Down Motel is perfect because there is actual haunting in it!

A book couple that fills me with yearning? I had a hard time with this one. I felt like it meant a couple that left me yearning for more in my own life, and that’s not a thing for me. So I’m going with a book couple that does a lot of yearning for each other, and I always want more books about this couple because I love them together: Mason and Sam.

I’m not willing to die for a book character. That’s just crazy talk. What I will say is that Kate is a character that represents internal peace to me.

The Map from Here to There is the sequel of The Start of Me and You. I’m kind of wishing there hadn’t been a sequel. It wasn’t like the most horrible thing I’ve read or anything, but it just didn’t work for me and kind of ruined my feeling from that first book.

And those are my answers to The Folklore Book Tag. I’m not tagging specific bloggers, but if you want to do this tag go for it! I would love to read your answers. 🙂

Disney Parks Book Tag

Don’t we all just wish we could leave the pandemic behind us and head to Disneyland/world right about now? I was tagged to do the Disney Parks Book Tag by Alison at Our Book Boyfriends. This tag originated over at Reading By Starlight.

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☆ Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading By Starlight]
☆ Thank the blogger who tagged you
☆ Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
☆ Tag 5+ friends
☆ Feel free to copy the heading graphics

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Not quite the jungle, but definitely set upon a river.

This one is set on cruise ship that’s sailing the world with a bunch of adrenaline junkies.

An old, haunted motel and a serial killer on the loose. Creepy enough for you?

Not actually a thriller, but figuring out what is going on in this book is a thrill for sure.

This series is called Getting Hitched in Dixie. If that doesn’t say “Deep South”, I don’t know what does.

Princesses obviously live in a castle. This is a fun NA princess read.

I don’t know how whimsical this actually is since it has a dark side, but it is a take on a fairytale, so there’s that.

This cover doesn’t scream trek through the mountains, but there is an actual trek through the Alaskan wilderness.

This book travels the world: ancient India to Berlin in the Nazi era, weaving in present day Chicago, London and Pakistan.

I always enjoy the Ritchie twin’s books, so even though I don’t usually read books about space I enjoyed this series.

I Tag: Anyone who wants to do it!

New-To-Me Author Summer Bingo

My blogger friend Jessica over at Reading with Jessica has set up a summer bingo challenge with Jana at Artsy Reader Girl. I am going to attempt to play along this summer. I’ll update you with how I’m doing periodically.

NEW-TO-ME AUTHOR SUMMER BINGO

The Basics:

  • This event lasts from June 1st-August 31st.
  • You can only count books towards the bingo card if you have not read that author before.
  • Each book only counts for one bingo spot. You can’t use one book for multiple spots.
  • A bingo can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
  • Feel free to use any genre for this challenge. Multiple genres even!
  • Use the hashtag #nasbingo to share updates on social media/blog posts.

Bingo Card:

Where you can join:

My TBR:

Recommended by a friend: Marrying His Runaway Heiress by Therese Beharrie
Over 400 pages long: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Features a vacation: Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd
First in a series: The Hook Up (Game On, #1) by Kristen Callihan
Standalone: The First Score by Amie Knight

We’ll see how I do and I might tackle another bingo on the card, if I make it through these.

Book Tag: Mystery Blogger Award

I was tagged by the lovely Jamie @ Bubbly Books for the Mystery Blogger Award. I’ve done this tag before, but it’s been a while so I thought I would go ahead and do it again.

RULES:

  1. Book you’ve read that you could angry rant about for at least five minutes?? (my weird/special Q)
  2. If you could travel anywhere during any point in time where/when would you go?
  3. A book or TV show romance (or just tv show if your not a huge fan of romance!) you can not stop recommending or telling everyone you know about?
  4. Whats your favorite color? (mines pink haha!)
  5. Whats your go to comfort read?

3 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. I’m good at Ladder Ball. Or at least I’m better than my friends at it. Maybe it’s the alcohol they drink and I don’t. Maybe it’s just my skill. We’ll never know. 😉
  2. I’m horrible at riding a bicycle. They say “It’s like riding a bicycle.” That does not apply to my bicycle riding skills. I don’t go up or down hills. Just saying.
  3. Growing up, my favorite movie was Girls Just Want to Have Fun. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Shannon Doherty, Jonathan Silverman, amazing dancing. It’s still a favorite.

JAMIE’S QUESTIONS:

  1. Book you’ve read that you could angry rant about for at least five minutes?? (my weird/special Q)
  2. If you could travel anywhere during any point in time where/when would you go?
  3. A book or TV show romance (or just tv show if your not a huge fan of romance!) you can not stop recommending or telling everyone you know about?
  4. Whats your favorite color? (mines pink haha!)
  5. Whats your go to comfort read?

MY ANSWERS:

  1. I could ugly rant about the After series by Anna Todd for at least 5 minutes. I basically did in my reviews of her books, if you’re curious what I would rant about.
  2. Well, I always prefer the present instead of the past. Although, now I bet we would all like to go back to January and try to lock some stuff down early… But really I would go in the future. Like 4 years so it’s safe to tracel and go somewhere tropical.
  3. I’m all about the romance. What I recommend depends on what type of romance I know people like. If it’s someone new to reading, probably a Colleen Hoover book. If it’s someone who isn’t that into romance, Bright Side by Kim Holden. If it’s someone who loves a steamy romance, Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe. Someone who doesn’t like steam, maybe a Mariana Zapata book. I am a never ending vault of romance recommendations.
  4. Favorite color… That’s hard. I like a lot of them. I don’t know that I actually have a favorite. I’m usually into turquoise, pink, purple, and yellow. All depends on the tone.
  5. My to go comfort read… I don’t re-read often. If you went by # of times I’ve re-read, it would be the Fallen Crest High series by Tijan. If you go by what I reach for when I want comfort, it’s a rom-com in general.

MY QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

I’m lame and not going to tag anyone in particular. I know, I suck. BUT if you’ve never been tagged for this award before or just want to do it again, consider yourself tagged and answer these questions. Tag me back with your answers!

  1. Are you going to read the upcoming Twilight book, Midnight Sun? If yes, do you think you will still be Team Edward after? If you were Team Jacob, do you think you will swap sides?
  2. Do you want to read the new Hunger Games prequel or does the whole idea of it being about President Snow rub you the wrong way?
  3. If you could choose any fictional character to go to a party with, who would it be and why?
  4. If you had to get a book quote tattooed on your body, what would it say and where would you put it?
  5. What’s the best thing you can cook or bake?

Taylor Swift Lover Book Tag

Get Ready For It…

I recently saw this tag at Read and Thoughts and had to do it. I love me some Taylor Swift, and thought it would be so much fun to pick out my own answers to each prompt. If you want to check out the original tag, you can find it here on Nish & Ngoc’s Book Nook.

The Rules:

1. Link back to the original creator of the book tag (Nish & Ngoc).
2. Thank the person that tagged you and link to their post.
3. TAG AS MANY SWIFTIES AS YOU WANT! (Or non-Swifties, maybe inspire them to listen to our Queen)

Here we go!

1. I Forgot That You Existed – A book that you want to forget you ever read

“It isn’t love, it isn’t hate, it’s just indifference”

After and the entire series made me so mad. One, because of the emotionally abusive relationship. Two, because I felt the need to read the entire thing so that I could (hopefully) find out that Tessa grew a backbone.

2. Cruel Summer – A book you turn to when the going gets rough

“Killing me slow, out the window. Always waiting for you to be waiting below.”

It’s probably this whole series. For some reason, it’s super addictive for me and it completely gets me whole attention no matter what’s going on.

3. Lover – Your book OTP

“Can I go where you go? Can we always be this close forever and ever?”

Jaime & Wes — These two could not be any cuter together.

4. The Man – Your fave kick-ass female protagonist

“I’m so sick of running as fast as I can. Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man.”

Beatriz Perez — She’s willing to do whatever it takes.

5. The Archer – A book with good mental health representation

“All the king’s horses, all the king’s men couldn’t put me back together again. ‘Cause all of my enemies started out friends.”

I loved the way this book was set up. It’s one everyone should read.

6. I Think He Knows – Your fave fictional crush

“I want you, bless my soul, and I ain’t gotta tell him, I think he knows”

Tyson Preeter — I don’t really do fictional crushes, but he’s one of my favorite male love interests.

7. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince – Fave angsty romance

“It’s you and me, there’s nothing like this. Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince. We’re so sad, we paint the town blue. Voted most likely to run away with you.”

So, so angsty.

8. Paper Rings – Book with an ugly cover that you absolutely adored

“I love shiny things but I’d marry you with paper rings”

I thought this cover was ugly when I first saw it. After reading the book, it goes with the decade it’s set in and the vibe of the book. Also, it has the author’s daughter as a model on it. The story was AMAZING.

9. Cornelia Street – A book or series you never want(ed) to end

“I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends”

I really wish Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy would have written more than 2 books in the WAGS series.

10. Death By A Thousand Cuts – A book or series that deserved a better ending

“I can’t pretend it’s okay when it’s not, it’s death by a thousand cuts”

I LOVED The Start of You and Me. The Map from Here to There ruined my memories of that first book. It left things even more up in the air.

11. London Boy – Your fave British male protagonist

“They say home is where the heart is, but God, I love the English”

Max Stella — If you have read this, you know why he’s my favorite.

12. Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that your heart will never recover from

“This won’t go back to normal, if it ever was. It’s been years of hoping…”

I loved this book so dang much, but there is a reason I’ve only read it once. I don’t know if my heart could take a second journey throw.

13. False God – A character you would leap into the burning pits of hell to save

“We were crazy to think, crazy to think that this could work. Remember how I said I’d die for you.”

Kate

14. You Need To Calm Down – A book with a powerful message

“Say it in the street, that’s a knock out. But you say it in a Tweet, that’s a cop-out.”

This isn’t my necessarily my favorite Colleen Hoover book, but it has a really important message.

15. Afterglow – A book you want to give a second chance

“Hey, it’s all me, in my head. I’m the one who burned us down. But it’s not what I meant. Sorry that I hurt you.”

I tried to listen to it earlier this year and was so lost. I want to try to read it instead of listening.

16. ME! – Best character development

“I’m the only one of me. Baby, that’s the fun of me.”

Margaret — The things she has to go through and come to terms with.

17. It’s Nice To Have A Friend – Fave friends-to-lovers story

“School bells ring, walk me home…something gave you the nerve to touch my hand…Church bells ring, carry me home.”

Arizona & Carter — SO ADORABLE!

18. Daylight – If you could only read one book or series again and again, what would it be?

“I don’t wanna look at anything else now that I saw you. I don’t wanna think of anything else now that I thought of you.”

or

This is hard. I would probably say The Off-Campus series UNLESS you can count the Him and WAGS series as one series.

WAIT! I lied. It would totally be Fallen Crest High series. I re-read that one all the time for some reason.

So those are my answers. What are yours? Feel free to do this tag and let me know, or just comment. I’m not tagging anyone specifically.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

It’s been a REALLY long time since I did a book tag. I’ve been seeing a ton of people post the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. It’s one of my favorites to do, so here is A Novel Glimpse’s Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

I actually listened to this one, but it’s still my favorite. I felt like this book could have been non-fiction. It felt that realistic. It was so epic! I highly recommend it.

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

There have been a lot of good ones, but these three are my absolute favorites.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO

I downloaded it, I just need to get to it!

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

This looks like it should be a romantic comedy. It wasn’t.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

It was actually a surprise release, so I was surprised!

FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)

Devney Perry and Miranda Elaine.

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

I don’t really do fictional crushes, but my favorite new male character is Knox Gentry.

NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

The entire cast of characters from this book!

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Daisy Jones & The Six was just a moment at the end. The Other Side a couple of tears a couple of times.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

It was just so fun and funny when I needed it.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

I need to read several, but these two for sure.

And that’s it for my Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! HAPPY 4th of JULY!