The Reader Problems Book Tag

This is another one of those tags that I could have sworn I’d already done, but if I did, it wasn’t here. I know one of my Goodreads groups often does book tags as part of their read-a-thons a few times each year, so it must have been over there. This tag was originated on About To Read back in 2014, but it has become quite a popular one since then. I’ve felt like I’ve been in such a slump lately that I decided this would be a fun way to start thinking about my reading habits.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Well, my TBR hasn’t hit 20,000 books yet but I’m getting dangerously close to 2000! Since I do reading challenges, I start each year with a list of 150 or so books that I want to read to fit my challenge prompts, so that cuts things down considerably. Of those, I choose based on a few factors. I get the majority of my books from the library, so I usually try to request as many as possible and put them on hold but suspended until I need them. To help me decide what to read next, I sometimes look at what my challenge groups have picked for Book of the Month or monthly themes and choose accordingly. Otherwise, it’s a combination of what I’m in the mood for and what’s available. I tend to release 10 or so at a time from the library, so I make sure that I have a mix of different genres and lengths in that mix to keep things varied.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I have only ever quit reading one book, and that’s because it was something I picked up completely randomly while sitting at the library and hated. It was a “choose your own adventure” style story about a girl in high school, but very poorly written. The paths overlapped in illogical ways, so that following one thread of the story referenced characters or events from other storylines that you wouldn’t have read yet (or at all). Otherwise, I hate to DNF books, especially when I’m more than halfway through. It’s especially a problem when reading books for a challenge since I don’t want to “waste” the time I spent on the book by abandoning it, since I wouldn’t count a book I didn’t finish for my challenge. At least if I can get through it, I can cross a prompt off my list.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I would absolutely try to catch up, and I have done that a couple of times in the past. Usually what I do is pick some graphic novels or shorter books that still interest me so I can read more quickly. Sometimes I do feel like it’s cheating to purposely put books off until the next year, even though there’s no one policing my challenge.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

It annoys me a bit, but not as much as it seems to drive other people crazy. I do my best to buy copies that all match whenever possible, but at the end of the day, the contents of the book are much more important to me than the cover.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

This is a tough one. None of my friends read as much as I do or have very similar taste to me. Come to think of it, there is one person I work with who also loves to read and we do tend to have similar opinions, but we don’t have much time to discuss books.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I would close the book and escape to a washroom or something to compose myself. This hasn’t happened to me, but then again I don’t do much of my reading in public.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

It depends on the book. Ideally, I’d love to re-read the first one if it is a book that I enjoyed, but in reality what I usually end up doing is look for a synopsis or Wiki page that gives a detailed plot summary. I also have a (bad?) habit of waiting until a series has all been published before I pick it up, so I often end up reading them all pretty close together.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I hate lending out my books! Lucky for me, no one ever asks. Most of my books are scattered in piles on my floor or put away in my closest since I don’t have anywhere near enough shelves, so it’s very easy and believable for me to say that I have the book but don’t know where it is.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Good question, since I kind of feel like I’m in a slump now. I’m not the type to abandon books so I probably wouldn’t have started and stopped multiple in a row like this. For me, a slump usually looks more like taking absolutely forever to get through even a short book. To get over it, I usually read some shorter books or graphic novels, or pick up a book that I’m very excited for and pretty confident I would love, although this is a bit risky since the slump might affect my enjoyment. If all else fails, I’ll revisit favourites like Harry Potter or Jodi Picoult’s books.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Given how expensive books have become, I’m hesitant to buy anything new unless I’ve read it and know that I enjoy it. I’ve recently started using Book Outlet to get cheaper books, and I’m a lot more flexible with those ones. I’ve received 2 orders so far, both of which were mostly books I hadn’t read but really wanted to. Otherwise, I mostly use the library.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Longer than I would like! Another reason I don’t often buy books is because I have so many in my library stack that I know I won’t get to them any time soon. It’s actually pretty rare for me to start reading a book immediately after I bought it, which is a bit weird since if I haven’t already read it and I’ve decided to buy it, it’s something I really want to read.


The Intimidating TBR Book Tag

I really need to start keeping a list of all of the book tags I’ve already done. I was sure I had done this one, but can’t find a post for it. My TBR itself has become a little intimidating, with 1900 books that I want to read. To be fair, some of them are more “long-term TBR” (ie. lengthy classics), and others are books that I’d love to get to soon. I know a lot of people refuse to let their lists get so long, and weed them out as they go, but I have a hard time with that. I’ve gone through my list from start to finish (over several days, to be fair), and I’m still interested in everything on it. There are obviously some books that interest me more than others, but nothing yet that I’ve really decided that I’ve changed my mind about. I’m sure it will keep getting longer and longer as more books are announced every year!  This tag was created by Lindsey Rey, who apparently has taken all of her videos down so I can’t link to it.

1) A book on your TBR that you’ve been yet to finish

The only book that I have never finished was Journey to the Center of the Earth. I started reading it as part of the Book Study program at work, where each year we pick one book and read and discuss it with the participants. This was the book chosen the year I was there was a placement student, and my placement ended before the we had finished the book. To be honest, I’m not sure they finished the book since the staff running the group had trouble with the language and it would have been hard for them to lead the discussion. I never finished it because I was busy with exams, and then forgot about it. By the time I realized I never finished, I was far in enough in that I didn’t want to just restart, but it had been long enough that I couldn’t remember too much of the details.

2) A book you haven’t had time to read

This is an odd question for me, since if I haven’t read it yet, I obviously haven’t had the time to. I guess the closest fit would be either Ivanhoe or The Three Musketeeers because classics tend to take me a while, and I really want to read these when I have the time to devote to them properly instead of just a few pages here or there.

For a non-classic option, I’d say the all of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series or Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. Both are longer series, and I’m sure if I start them, I will want to read all of the books but it is such a time commitment.

3) A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel

I have so many of these! That’s why I’ve devoted this year to finish off many of the series I’ve started. On the other hand, I’ve added quite a few full series to my list that I haven’t even started yet. I think I’ll go with Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, which is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer. I added this one to my list yesterday even though I haven’t read Strange the Dreamer yet, just because I love Laini Taylor’s writing.

4) A book you haven’t read yet because it is brand new

Still Me by Jojo Moyes! I’m one of the few who absolutely adored Me Before You, and I liked the sequel although not as much. I was surprised to find out that there was a third book on the way, but I’d love to give it a chance. This book was released just over 2 weeks ago, so I obviously have not been able to read it yet.

5) A book by an author you previously read and didn’t enjoy

Definitely any book by Jacquelyn Mitchard. I read Deep End of the Ocean and really didn’t like it. I have three more of her books on my TBR (A Theory of Relativity, Cage of Stars, and The Breakdown Lane) but have been very hesitant to pick them up because of how much I didn’t connect with the first one.

6) A book you haven’t read because you’re not in the mood

Well, most of the books that are still on my TBR are there because I haven’t been in the mood for them yet. The one example that really comes to mind is The Goldfinch, which I had in mind a couple of years ago for my reading challenge and kept procrastinating on because I was just never in the mood for it. Two years later, and I’m still never in the mood but I’m hesitant to take it off the list completely because I’ve heard it’s very good.

7) A book you haven’t read yet because it’s humongous

Anna Karenina!  Or, for a non-classic, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Both are books that I’d love to read, but I don’t have the time to devote to something of that size.

8) A book you bought just because of it’s cover

I haven’t bought anything just because of it’s cover, but I’ve definitely added a few to my TBR because of the cover (as long as the synopsis interests me). One that I added not too long ago mostly because of the cover was Jokes About Dead Girls, because the title and cover both seemed so intriguing. Unfortunately, this book is not out until next year!

9) The most intimidating book on your TBR

Probably War and Peace, Don Quioxte or Les Miserables. These three are definitely long-term TBR projects. They are intimidating because of the length and because they were written so long ago.

If I had to pick a non-classic, I’d go with The Memoirs of Cleopatra. It sounds fascinating, but the book is over 1000 pages!

The Rapid Fire Book Tag

I don’t why, but I was absolutely convinced that I had already done this tag and posted it here. This tag was created by GirlReading last year, and it consists of a bunch of questions about a variety of reading preferences. I was reminded of it not too long ago, when I saw it on IceBreaker’s blog (here), which is actually what prompted me to finally go back through my own archives and check whether I’d answered these questions before. And since I always forget to tag people — if you haven’t done this tag yet but would like to, consider yourself tagged!

E-Book or Physical Book?

Definitely physical books. I have a lot of trouble reading books off a screen, for some reason. Whenever I read anything on a screen, I have a tendency to skim through it way too fast and not actually read properly.

Paperback or Hardback?

I’m on the fence with this one. Hardbacks are so expensive, but they are usually much more durable. Paperbacks are lighter and easier to take with me when travelling (not that I travel so much), and usually pretty inexpensive but they bother me when the spines crack. In a way, it depends on the book. For most books, I don’t mind paperbacks, but for longer books I prefer hardbacks so they don’t break.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

If the question is what I do more often, then definitely online. The nearest bookstore is about half an hour away by bus and the books can be kind of pricey so I don’t shop there very often, although I love to browse! I actually don’t buy books too often in general since I use my library a lot, but when I do I often order them online.

Trilogies or Series?

It is complete dependent on how they are done. I don’t mind longer series if the books are good and there is enough going on to actually justify multiple books in the series. The only drawback I find sometimes with longer series is that I sometimes get bored reading all of the books in a row since it feels like too much of the same world. That’s more down to my reading habits than the books themselves though, since I could just alternate books from the series with something else.

Heroes or Villains?

I love a good complex villain, but there aren’t too many books that I know of that seem to have them. I also like reading about heroes as long as they aren’t the “almost perfect in every way” kind. A lot of hero protagonists can get pretty generic.

A book you want everyone to read?

I always have a hard time with these kinds of questions because it’s impossible to pick something that would be to everyone’s taste. The one that keeps coming to mind is The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, which is by far the best book set during the Holocaust that I’ve ever read.

Recommend an underrated book?

I’ve mentioned this one before, but Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia. The main character is obnoxious and some people might have trouble with the book because of that, but it is one of the most unique YA stories I’ve read and the synopsis really does not do it  justice.

The last book you finished?

This may be slightly embarrassing, but Rules by Cynthia Lord. I also finished off The Wind in the Willows for the first time yesterday.

The Last Book You Bought?

I bought 18 books through BookOutlet, so I think that’s a bit too much to list although my Instagram photo can be found here. The last book I received was Blood Sisters, which arrived yesterday, that I got for free from a Goodreads giveaway!

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

I usually just use regular bookmarks, but I’ve probably used scraps of paper or a pen before too if I didn’t have a bookmark available.

Used Books: Yes or No?

I prefer to get my books new if at all possible, but in reality I end up getting most of them used. I tend to prioritize buying my favourites brand new if I can, and everything else can be used as long as it is in good condition.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Contemporary, fantasy and psychological thrillers

Borrow or Buy?

I usually borrow since I have a great public library nearby, but if I read something I really love, I’ll buy a copy.

Characters or Plot?

Both are important, but I’m more likely to get frustrated by poorly developed characters than I am by a mediocre plot. So I’d have to go with character.

Long or Short Books?

Medium, really. I find short books tend not to develop the characters/plot as much as I would like, but long books tend to lose my attention (with some exceptions). If I had to pick, I would pick longer books so it would have more time to develop.

Long or Short Chapters?

Depends how they are done. In general, shorter chapters because it’s easier to find a suitable place to stop if needed.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

  • Harry Potter (of course, lol)
  • The Raven Boys
  • Me Before You

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

This might seem a bit weird, but it is much easier for a book to make me cry than it is to make me laugh. I love funny books, but I prefer books that have a strong emotional impact. Those that make me cry tend to be more memorable.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Depends on my mood. I’m not always in the mood to read very descriptive chapters about what a world looks like, although I do enjoy reading about their social structure. On the other hand, fictional worlds can be fascinating when they are well done. When the book is set in the real world, the focus can be on the characters and story immediately, which can be good if I just want to jump straight in.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I very rarely listen to audiobooks, and when I do it is usually because I’m having trouble getting through the physical book. The one audiobook that I really loved was Jeremy Irons narrating Lolita, but aside from that, I generally prefer physical books.

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

I wouldn’t say judge, but I do notice covers. I have been intrigued by books on Goodreads because of the cover art, but I’ll always check if the synopsis is something that interests me before I add it to my TBR. Cover art doesn’t put me off reading something unless it is really scary or disgusting.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to movie, just because I don’t watch a lot of TV and don’t always have the time to devote to series. I think TV adaptations have potential to be more faithful to the book, but because they have to go on for longer, there is also a lot of room for the story to diverge from the books and that can be good or bad depending on how it is done. Book to movie adaptations tend to frustrate me when they skip over or change a lot of the story, but it’s usually a good way to capture the spirit of the story.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Definitely The DUFF! I hated the book, but the movie was great. Also, I wasn’t a fan of The Devil Wears Prada book, but I love the movie.

Series or Standalones?

Up until recently, I would have said standalones hands-down, but I’ve read so many great series over the past year that I may need to change my mind. Series are more of a time commitment though, so I still read predominantly standalones.


The 2017 Year in Review Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged in this one, but I saw it over on Destiny’s blog HowlingLibraries (linked here), and it looked like a lot of fun. This tag has kind of made me realize how out of touch I am with the news, since I didn’t get a lot of the references they made. I don’t know what it was this year, but it feels like in general there’s been quite a bit of negativity and stress everywhere. I’m hoping that this will all ease up with the new year, but if nothing else, at least I know I’ll have a lot of fun with next year’s reading challenges!

1) First Ever Doctor Who (Your favourite female protagonist)

23395680I had a few characters who were good contenders for this question, but I think I have to give it to Kady Grant from Illuminae, specifically because of her interactions with the ship’s AI system. Kady was a lot of fun to read, and I loved her devotion to the people she cared about, and her willingness to do whatever it takes to get out of bad situations. She is definitely one of the most memorable characters I read this year.

2) GCC Cuts Ties with Qatar (An author you cut ties with)

16115612This is actually a tough one for me to answer because (with a few exceptions), I have a self-imposed rule that I try not to read more than one book by the same author in the year to encourage myself to read a wider variety. I think the closest for this one would have to Khaled Hosseini, although I’m hesitant to say I cut ties since I would probably still read his books. This year, I read And the Mountains Echoed, and it was my least favourite of his books. I love The Kite Runner, and I really liked A Thousand Splendid Suns, but I found this one disjointed and not that interesting.

3) La La Land Oscar Mix-Up (A book that surprised you)

23492736I’ve mentioned this one before, but definitely The Status of All Things. I feel like it’s the kind of book you need to be in a certain mood for in order to enjoy, but I rarely read this kind of story and wasn’t expecting much from it. I ended up really enjoying it, and immediately went onto Goodreads to add more books by this pair of authors to my TBR. I love books that involve social media and books that are character-driven, so I guess it’s not a huge surprise that I ended up enjoying this one. I’m glad I decided to give it a chance.

4) Hurricanes and Earthquakes (A book that rocked your world)

17675462I have to give this one to The Raven Boys. After hearing about it non-stop for about a year, I finally decided to give it a chance, and I was really missing out! This book drew me in right from the first pages, and I was captivated the entire time. I put it off for so long because it seemed way too overhyped, although I should have learned my lesson from doing the same with Harry Potter. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, and find out what happens next! The characters are so well-developed and interesting, and although I found the plot a little confusing at first, it was easily one of my highlights of the year.

5) Louvre Abu Dhabi (Favourite book cover art)

26721568I’m not really one to judge books by their covers, although there are a few that catch my attention. What I sometimes find is that the books with the most appealing covers aren’t always the most appealing reads, unfortunately. I think I have to give this one to The Problem with Forever because I first decided I wanted to read it after the cover art caught my attention at the bookstore. This book was a 4-star read for me. It was a little on the lengthy side for a YA book, but the character development was great. I love the cover because of the beautiful blend of colours.

6) Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi Sells for $450 Million (A take-my-money book)

23299512Hands down, I have to give this one to This Savage Song. As soon as I finished reading it, I knew I had to buy this book and it’s sequel, and I got them both within a couple of weeks of reading it. I was going to put this one down for the book that rocked my world above, but once I saw this question, I knew it would fit best here instead. This is one of the few books I’ve read that literally made me want to run out and buy it as soon as I had read it, and where I actually followed through on that and bought it. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to read Our Dark Duet this year, but it’s top of the list for next year for sure!

7) Total Eclipse (A sequel that overshadows the first book)

13206900I was more focused on starting new series than on continuing ones I’d already started this year, so I don’t have a ton of sequels to choose from. The one series I did finish was The Lunar Chronicles, and I think Cress and especially Winter were excellent sequels. I loved Cinder, and I liked Scarlet but not quite as much. I thought Winter especially was an amazing ending to the series, and it was impressive that book that was so long managed not to feel like it was dragging. And as much as I enjoyed Cinder, that book was very predictable. I would love to read more by Marissa Meyer!

8) Muslim Ban (Favourite diverse read)

32075671I’m starting to feel like this book is becoming the Harry Potter of the year, where it’s almost a cliched answer to any kind of “favourite book” or “best diverse book” question, but I have to say The Hate U Give. I thought this book did a great job of making the issue so clear and accessible to a wider audience, and it really brought it to life for me. I’m sure we’ve all heard the news stories about police brutality and racial profiling, but this book brought it down to such a personal, human level that it was easy to connect with. I was very worried going into this book that it couldn’t possibly live up to all the hype surrounding it, or that the subject matter had overshadowed the book itself, so I was glad to find that it really was that great.

9) Italy Doesn’t Qualify for World Cup (Most disappointing book)

30555488The Underground Railroad! Can a book really count as disappointing if you weren’t sure in the first place how much you wanted to read it? I honestly had no intention of reading this book, and the only reason I picked it up is because it was chosen as a Book of the Month in one of my Goodreads groups. It seemed like everyone was talking about it, and everyone seemed to love it, so I thought I would give it a chance. I’m sure it didn’t help that I went into it expecting that I wouldn’t be that into it, but I just could not connect with the book at all and I found it very boring. The concept was great and thinking about the overall storyline afterwards, I liked what the author tried to do, but I didn’t enjoy reading it at all.

10) Prince Harry Gets Engaged (Favourite ship)

Easy one for this one — Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles.

11) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Most anticipated book)

I’m not sure if this is meant to be my most anticipated book from this year, or for next year. Right now, the book I’m most anticipating for next year is What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, two authors that I only started reading in the last year or two, and that I’ve grown to really love. There is no cover art available for this one yet, so I can’t add anything, but the book is due out all the way toward the end of next year — October 2! It’s such a long time to wait!



The Television Tag

I actually don’t watch very much TV anymore. I used to have one show to watch just about every day of the week, including big reality shows like Survivor or American Idol. Now, I find it hard to keep up-to-date with so many shows, especially with Netflix putting out so many series, but I have a few that I record each week and catch up on each weekend. In the past year or two, I’ve also discovered the fun of binge-watching shows on Netflix. I saw this tag on CeCe’s channel ProblemsofaBookNerd, and thought it would be a nice change from talking about books.

1. Favourite shows?

My all-time favourites are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Addams Family and Boy Meets World, but I also like The Big Bang Theory, Dawson’s Creek, The Simpsons (although admittedly, the new seasons aren’t as good) and a few anime like Death Note, Black Butler and especially Clannad. I also loved House and Bones, which didn’t come to mind immediately since they are both over now.

2. Favourite genre?

I tend to watch fantasy, comedy, or drama.

3. Least favourite show?

South Park. I could never get into it, and I just don’t find it funny at all.

4. Most rewatched show/favourite show to binge watch?

Boy Meets World, Buffy, and Friends. I wouldn’t necessarily consider Friends one of my top favourite shows, but it’s a lot of fun to binge-watch. I’ve also been rewatching Degrassi The Next Generation.

5. Do you prefer watching things week-by-week or binge-watching?

At this point, binge-watching. My time during the week is limited, and I often find I’m so tired by the evening that I end up falling asleep when I sit down on the couch to watch TV. Instead, I either binge-watch online or PVR the shows and watch them over the weekend. I try to keep up with them week-by-week if they are recorded to save space, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

6. Favourite television characters?

  • The Addams Family (most of the characters, but especially Morticia and Wednesday, although Wednesday in the New Addams Family and movies more than the original TV series)
  • Willow, Tara, Oz and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love most of the characters, but those 4 are my favourites
  • Shawn Hunter, Topanga Lawrence, and Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World
  • Pacey Whitter, Joey Potter and Jen Lindley from Dawson’s Creek
  • Homer Simpson
  • Phoebe Buffay from Friends
  • Dr. House
  • Dr. Brennan and Agent Booth from Bones
  • Sheldon Cooper

7. Favourite television ships?

  • Willow and Tara, but I also really liked Willow and Oz on Buffy
  • Buffy and Spike. I know there are a lot of problems with their relationship, but I really liked them together
  • Cory and Topanga on Boy Meets World
  • Pacey and Joey on Dawson’s Creek
  • Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler
  • Gomez and Morticia Addams

8. Show you could never get into?

Family Guy and South Park

9. Show you fell out of love with?

Reality shows, mainly. I used to love Survivor but I got bored with it. I especially got frustrated with American Idol because the shows dragged out so long and I just didn’t have the time to commit to watching it. I also started to not really like many of the people they picked, especially when the top 2 contestants in season 11 were both country singers and I didn’t like either of them. That was the last season I watched.

10. Cancelled too soon?

Tru Calling! I still can’t believe they stopped making this show just a few episodes into season 2, and just when they started leading up to what seemed to be a bigger story arc. The show had such a great concept, and I wish they had at least finished the season before giving it up.

11. Guilty pleasure show?

Re-watching old favourites, including Disney channel shows like Lizze McGuire, Even Stevens, and That’s So Raven. I’m not sure if I’d consider Degrassi a guilty pleasure, but it definitely could be.

12. What are you currently watching?

  • Hell’s Kitchen (the one reality show I haven’t gotten bored of yet)
  • The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon
  • The Simpsons
  • Buffy and Angel (I’ve never seen most of Angel, so I’m watching the episodes of both together in the “correct” viewing order)
  • Will and Grace (I never saw the complete original series, but the revival is a lot of fun)
  • Degrassi


The End Of Year Book Tag

It’s hard to believe we’re already so close to the end of the year! It definitely means I have my work cut out for me trying to finish off my challenges in time, but things are going pretty well so far. I’ve spent quite a while today starting to really focus on putting together my list of options for next year’s challenges as well. Nothing I’m picking right now is set in stone, but since I use the library to get the vast majority of my books, it’s good to have them at least partially planned in advance. I saw this tag earlier today on Regan’s channel ThePeruseProject (video here), which inspired me to try the tag for myself. I’ve only just learned that the tag was originated by Ariel Bissett (here), and it seems like a good way to start wrapping up the year.

1) Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

7600924Not really, since I only read one book at a time. I guess technically, I’m still in the middle of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, but it’s not like it was a book I picked up and then abandoned. I’m actually expecting to be finished with it by the end of the day today. And I have to say, given the subject matter, I wasn’t really expecting to like it very much but it is quite well-done. The book is about a pair of siblings who have never really seen each other as just brother and sister, since they have taken over parenting their younger siblings to step in for their alcoholic mother. As teenagers, they fall in love with each other, a storyline I expected to hate. I decided to pick this book up in the first place because I’d seen so many reviews going on about how good it is despite the incest angle, so I was curious how that was possible.

2) Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

28449150I don’t have one specific book that I read ever autumn or anything like that, but over the past few years, I tend to read more creepy, Halloweenish books around the start of October. This year, the main book that I really felt like was my transition to the Halloween season was And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich, which I read toward the end of the first week of October. Last year, it was The Night Circus at the beginning of October, and The Thirteenth Tale just before Halloween. I wouldn’t necessarily consider any of these autumnal, but they definitely get me in the Halloween spirit…which is ironic, since I don’t actually do anything for Halloween anymore.

3) Is there a new release you are still waiting for?

33413929Is it bad that I’ve already started adding a bunch of upcoming 2018 releases to my TBR list? Of the books that are due out this year, the one I am most looking forward to is The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle. This book is due out right at the end of the year, on December 26. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s the most anticipated book I had for the year, but I’m definitely interested in reading it. It is about a girl named Lily who has ADHD, and a boy named Abelard who has Asperger’s Syndrome. They start chatting online after Abelard posts a quote from an ancient love letter, and soon fall for each other. It sounds like such a cute love story! Actually, now that I’ve looked at the synopsis again, it’s made me anticipate it even more all over again.

4) What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

281108628490112The book I want to read most by the end of the year is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I’ve had a very good run this year of trying series that I thought were overhyped, and ended up loving all of them! Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the last remaining new series that I intended to try, and I’m hoping to get to it pretty soon. Another book that I’m really looking forward to is Wrecked by Maria Padian, which ironically enough, was one of the first books I’d decided I wanted to read this year, and somehow ended up being one of the last I will actually read. I don’t really have a third one that I want to read on the same level as those two, but if I had to pick one (no picture, unfortunately, since I couldn’t figure out how to make the layout work), I would say Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, because I absolutely adored the Agatha Christie book I read last year!

5) Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

28220826Possibly When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. I like magical realism, but it is not a genre I read very often because I sometimes find the books confusing. Unless the magical elements are handled very well, I have trouble getting immersed in the story. It’s another book that I decided very early on that I wanted to try, but somehow ended up putting off until the very end. Also, the cover art on this one is just stunning! I’m expecting to like it, but I will be pleasantly surprised if it ends up becoming one of my favourites.

6) Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Yes! I’ve committed to doing both the Around the Year challenge and the PopSugar challenge, and over this weekend I’ve started the very early stages of compiling my lists of which books I want to read. Up until now, I’ve had a bunch of books in mind that I wanted to read in, but I’ve just started the process of actually writing everything down. It really helps to see which categories I still need to fulfill, and part of the fun is always playing around with the list to see how to fit in even more books! I’d love to try the BookRiot challenge as well when it comes out, if the prompts aren’t too obnoxiously specific. It looks like that won’t be out for another month or so.

Anyone else started planning for next year yet? I’m very open to recommendations. As for the tag, I tag anyone who has not done this one  yet and would like to!


The Currently Reading Book Tag

When I first saw this tag done by Destiny @Howling Libraries,  I was a little confused. How many questions could possibly be asked about the book you are currently reading? It turned out that this was a tag that had more to do with reading habits, which I find it strangely fun to talk about. For anyone who is curious about what I am actually currently reading, it is Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Audrey Niffenegger, just in time for Halloween!

1) How many books do you usually read at once?

I’ve only ever been able to read one book at a time, which probably explains why I couldn’t do much reading all the years I was in school. When I try to read more than one, I end up prioritizing one over the other anyway so it ends up being like reading just one. If anything, having more than one in progress at once irritates me since I track my reading on Goodreads, and it bugs me when it shows that a book takes too long (or whatever I think is too long) to finish. My TBR list is massive, but I don’t find reading multiple books at once actually helps me in any productive way.

2) If you’re reading more than one book at once, how do you decide when to switch books?

I guess I’ll answer this one hypothetically, since I don’t read more than for exactly this problem. In reality, I wouldn’t switch very effectively. I’d either get so absorbed in one book that I’d abandon the other, or so bored of one that I’d avoid it and keep picking up something else. If for whatever reason I had to read more than one at a time, I’d probably switch depending on my mood or depending what is due back to the library soonest.

3) Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book.

No? Why would anyone do that? The only time I change bookmarks is if I can’t find mine. I don’t collect bookmarks and don’t really care what my bookmark looks like. There are some very nice ones out there, but I don’t see the purpose in randomly switching in the middle of a book.

4) Where do you keep the book(s) you are currently reading?

On my desk, with a stack from the library of my upcoming reads on the floor next to my desk.

5) What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

In the evenings, mostly, since that’s the only time I have during the week. I work 8:30 to 4:30 every day, and in the kind of job where reading during the day is impossible. Even on my lunch break, it’s often too noisy in the staff room to focus on a book plus my coworkers like to socialize during breaks.  On weekends, unless I’m out for the day, I read most of the day.

6) How long do you typically read in one sitting?

Generally a couple of hours at a time.

7) Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

I used to only read with the dust jacket on, but I found it was likely to get ripped or dirty that way. Now I leave it off, and safely out of the way.

8) What position do you mainly use to read?

Usually sitting at my desk, but sometimes sitting with the pillows propped up behind me on the bed. I can’t read comfortably lying down.

9) Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

When I was in university and college, I always had a book with me to the point where even my TA’s were asking if I was an English major. Now there’s no point since I wouldn’t be able to read in the places I’m going (generally work), and I can’t read on public transit or in cars at all.

10) How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you are currently reading?

Usually I only update once at the end of the day, unless I have a status I want to add about a specific quote, event, character, etc.

For once, I remembered to tag! I will tag:

Harini @ BooksandReaders
Kourtni @ KourtniReads
FNM @ FNMBookReviews
Anushka @ GoingThroughBooks
Beth @ ReadingEveryNight