The Book Addiction Tag

Biiig thanks to Bookishly Rebecca for tagging me in her fun post, the Book Addiction Tag! I always love learning about others’ reading habits, so hopefully this is interesting to some of you!

1. WHAT IS THE LONGEST AMOUNT OF TIME YOU CAN COMFORTABLY GO WITHOUT PICKING UP A BOOK?

Well… up until this year, I had probably gone 3 or 4 years without picking up a book for leisure, and even at that point I was mainly listening to audiobooks. So a pretty long time! This year, which I’ve dedicated to reading, the longest I think I’ve gone without reading anything was about 2 weeks, and it felt very uncomfortable.

2. HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU CARRY ON YOUR PERSON (OR KINDLE) AT ANY ONE TIME?

Usually none, unless I know I’ll be spending a lot of time waiting somewhere and will have time to read.

3. DO YOU KEEP EVERY BOOK YOU BUY/RECEIVE OR ARE YOU HAPPY TO PASS THEM ON TO MAKE SPACE FOR MORE?

This year is the first year I’ve started building up my book collection, and my husband and I would love to have a big library in our house some day. But I think I’d still be happy to pass on books I have no desire to read again or recommend to someone else.

4. HOW LONG WOULD YOU SPEND IN A BOOKSHOP ON A STANDARD VISIT?

I don’t usually visit bookstores unless I know I’ve got a good chunk of time to dedicate to browsing, so I’d say on average probably 30 minutes to an hour!

5. HOW MUCH TIME PER DAY DO YOU ACTUALLY SPEND READING?

When I’m really in the groove, I’ll spend 1-2 hours reading every night. I’m definitely a habitual reader and prefer reading a little bit every day than reading a whole bunch just one or two days a week, so I try to get 30 minutes in at a minimum.

6. WHERE DOES THE TASK ‘PICKING UP A BOOK’ APPEAR ON YOUR DAILY TO-DO LIST?

Pretty much at the bottom – I’m a nighttime reader!

7. HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU RECKON YOU OWN IN TOTAL (INCLUDING EBOOKS)?

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a spreadsheet lover… so of course I have a spreadsheet for all of the books I own 🙂 Between both my husband and I, we own 123 physical books. On top of that I think I only have about 4 ebook titles and maybe 10 or 12 audiobooks.

8. APPROXIMATELY HOW OFTEN DO YOU BRING UP BOOKS IN CONVERSATION?

Very rarely. Hence the blog so I actually have a place to keep bookish thoughts!

9. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST BOOK (PAGE COUNT) YOU HAVE FINISHED READING?

I’ve only started keeping track of page counts this year… and so far the longest book I’ve completed is Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan, which is 541 pages.

10. IS THERE A BOOK YOU HAD TO GET YOUR HANDS ON AGAINST ALL ODDS (I.E., SEARCHING BOOKSHOPS, ONLINE DIGGING, ETC)?

Not that I can think of…

11. A BOOK YOU STRUGGLED TO FINISH BUT REFUSED TO DNF?

I pretty much refuse to DNF any books… but the most recent book I completely struggled to get through was The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.

12. WHAT ARE THREE OF YOUR MAIN BOOK GOALS FOR 2019?

  1. Finish 52 books (currently at 37!)
  2. Read an equal amount of fiction and nonfiction books
  3. Read an equal or greater number of female authors than male!

13. HAVE YOU EVER HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CONVERTING SOMEONE INTO A READER (MAYBE VIA INSPIRATION OR INCESSANT NAGGING)?

I really don’t think so, unless someone from my personal life has seen my Twitter reading updates and been inspired to pick up a book 🙂

14. DESCRIBE WHAT BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN FIVE WORDS

Valuable insight to other lives.

TAGS!

I tag the 6 lovely bloggers below!

Kayla at Books and Blends

Angelica at The Book Cover Girl

Jessica at Reading with Jessica

Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills

Ashley at What’s She Reading?

Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts


Bookstore Scavenger Hunt

Okay… this is a challenge I saw Rebecca at Bookishly Rebecca complete on her blog (see the post here), and after reading through it I KNEW I had to try! Rebecca did this scavenger hunt on her own bookshelves, but as a newer book blogger still building up my collection, I decided to go for it in a bookstore where it would (hopefully) be easier for me to find a book that meets each step’s requirements!

I think I’m supposed to tag others do to this, but I’ll just extend it to everyone – if you think you’re up to the challenge, I’d love to see you attempt the Bookstore Scavenger Hunt! (Be warned, it’s harder than it looks).

Step One: Find your favorite book.

At the time of doing this challenge, I had not yet found my favorite book as an adult. (I might have found it in March, though – see my Buzzwordathon Wrap Up to find out which book that is!) So I went ahead with my favorite book from middle school, Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes.

Step Two: Find a book with an author who has the same first or last name as author #1.

Easy, right? Well, let me tell you – it took me a LONG TIME to find another Kevin on the bookshelves! But eventually, I did.

Do You Realize? by Kevin A. Kuhn, a science fiction novel about a middle-aged man stuck in a rut who finds himself presented with the opportunity to beta-test an app that allows him to journey through alternate versions of his past.

This was a SUPER exciting find – this book gives me major Dark Matter vibes (a book by Blake Crouch which I LOVE), so I was already pretty stoked at this challenge finding me a book I’d never heard of but am excited to read!

Step Three: Open the book to page 74, line 3. Pick two words from that line and find another book with those two words in the title.

Also easy, right? I opened up my intriguing new book to find page 74 and…

line #3 reads “and so few connections…” which left me pretty stuck. I tried all combinations: and-so, and-few, and-connections, so-connections, and few-connections. Even with the help of Goodreads, I couldn’t find any books with those words in the title, let alone any that my local Half Price Books had in stock. So, I went with Plan B: starting over.

My other favorite childhood books were the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park. With this new author’s name, I soon found another Barbara on the bookshelves: Barbara Kingsolver. I opened up one of her books to page 74, line 3 and found:

“could swear it was the quiet that woke her, the fact that their talk of” which gave me SO many more options for book titles! I ventured into the mystery/thriller aisle and eventually found The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb.

And even though the word in the sentence was “quiet” and not “unquiet,” I still counted it!

The Unquiet Grave is set in nineteenth century West Virginia and is based on the true story of the Greenbrier Ghost murder trial. Although it doesn’t sound like a book I would choose for myself, it gave me all I needed to know to move onto the next step!

Step Four: Find a book with similar context.

I pretty much only had to turn around in the aisle to find the perfect book to fit this prompt, An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd.

Clearly the titles are similar, but beyond that this book is also an American historical fiction novel centered around a murder mystery.

Step Five: Upon finding that book, find a diverse book with a similar title.

For this one, I didn’t necessarily want to find a third book with “grave” in the title, so I went another route – an unmarked grave would not have a name on it, right?

Didn’t take me long at all to find The Girl Without a Name by Sandra Block. This book is about an unnamed African-American girl wandering the streets of Buffalo who is found and brought in to a psych ward for studying. I know that having an African-American main character does not automatically make a book diverse, especially in a book set in the US, but I think this might be as good of a match as I was going to find.

Step Six: Pick a main character’s name from that book and find another book that has that name in the title.

Well, the main character of my book is unnamed, which makes this challenge tough. The doctor is named on the back of the book, Dr. Zoe Goldman, but no books were coming to mind with Zoe in the title. I did also notice that the unnamed main character is called Jane Doe, so I ran with that – I know of a book with Jane in the title!

Hello, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I was extra excited about this one because I don’t own the book and I’ve been interested in picking it up – so this gives me the perfect excuse! (Also, how adorable is this Charlotte Bronte collection? It’s not the one I bought, but it is cute to look at.)

Step Seven: Open that book to a random page and pick a word without looking. Find a book with that word in the title.

I went ahead and opened Jane Eyre randomly to page to 322, laid my finger near the top of the page, and found myself on the word “stranger.” Back to the thriller section I went to find The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda.

Step Eight: Buy or check out your books!!

This was an awesome challenge! Although I had heard of some of these books before, I definitely hadn’t heard of all of them, and wasn’t planning on picking them up on my own accord anytime soon. This gave me a nice push.

The three I decided to actually purchase were Do You Realize? (a sci-fi that I had never heard of but looks up my alley), Jane Eyre (a classic I’ve been meaning to pick up), and The Perfect Stranger (a thriller I have heard of but hadn’t made my decision on whether to pick it up or not). A great variety I would say, and the perfect excuse for new books!

I would love to do this again sometime, in a new bookstore and with a new starting point. I love how limitless the options are and how easy it is to find books you hadn’t heard of before or weren’t planning on reading. I highly encourage this challenge to anyone looking to find some new, underhyped books!

Thanks again to Bookishly Rebecca for introducing me to this challenge! 🙂


Book Tag: Two Truths and a Lie

Image by Reader Voracious – feel free to use in your post!

I was tagged to do this by What’s She Reading? – thanks, girl!

How to participate:

  • Create a post with your two bookish truths and one bookish lie – but be sure to keep it a secret so your readers can guess!
  • Reveal the lie in a spoiler at the bottom of your post – you can use this HTML code:

(unfortunately this code isn’t working for me… so I improvised!)

That’s it! Here are my statements:

  1. I have recorded several introductory Booktube videos but have been too afraid to post any of them.
  2. There’s something inside of me that does not let myself DNF books, even if I’m not enjoying them.
  3. I prefer buying books used rather than brand-new, even though I know that it provides less support to the authors.

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This is time for you to think about your guess…

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Which one’s the lie?

Number one! I LOVE watching Booktube and I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a channel, but I haven’t gone so far as to actually film anything – yet!

Did ya get it right? 🙂

I tag the bloggers below – apologies if any of you have already been tagged or have even already done it! Happy Friday!!


WWW Wednesday – March 2019

Welcome to my first WWW Wednesday! This meme/tag (not sure exactly what the difference is) is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To participate, you just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments of other people’s for them to look at. If you don’t have a blog, you can just leave a comment with your responses. Onto the questions!

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve recently discovered the wonderful world of NetGalley and reading eARCs on my iPad. Because of this, and because I’m saving most of my monthly TBR books for next week’s Buzzwordathon, all of my current reads are actually eARCs.

I am currently reading a delightful little book called Things My Son Needs to Know about the World by Fredrik Backman. This book is a collection of short essays written by Backman intended for his infant son to read in the future. I have already read A Man Called Ove by Backman, and this is a really great way to get to know him better as a person and a father. The essays I’ve read so far are very sweet and actually pretty funny.

On Sunday I finished a book called Not All Migrate by Krystyna Byers. I wish I had good things to say about this book.. but it was just NOT for me. It’s a story about a man who recently lost his wife and two daughters in a car accident caused by his wife. The autopsy report comes back saying that his wife was on some unknown drug, so the man decides to go hunting for the drug itself and the person who sold/gave it to his wife. This sounded like an interesting premise to me, but in reality the book was confusing, graphic, and all-around strange. I could go on about the things I didn’t like about it, but I think that’s unnecessary – I’ll be posting a more in-depth wrap up at the end of the month with all of my thoughts. I’m sure there are readers out there who would actually enjoy this book, but it left me feeling extremely confused and uncomfortable.

The next book I’ll be picking up is a thriller called He Will Kill You by Charlie Gallagher. I don’t know much about the plot, as I like to go into my thrillers blind, but I’m hoping it’s more straightforward than my last read and that I really enjoy it! I plan to post a full review of it on Friday, as March 15th is the book’s publishing date.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers of these books for providing me with the electronic Advanced Reader’s Copies in exchange for honest reviews!

Let me know if you think any of these books look interesting to you, or if you participated in this meme and have a link to share!


Int’l Women’s Day: Disney Princess Edition

Happy International Women’s Day! I am SO EXCITED to write this post because it is about to include all of my absolute most favorite things: Disney princesses depicted as the badass bitches they are, female engineers, and books.

I wanted to combine one of my favorite online posts of all time, If Disney Princesses Were Engineers, created by A Hedy Journey (which you should absolutely go see in its entirety HERE), and a super fun book tag I’ve seen floating around called the New Disney Princess Book Tag, created by Mandy from Book Princess Reviews and Zuky from Book Bum.

In order to keep this post to a reasonable length and also to avoid completely plagiarizing the If Disney Pricesses Were Engineers post (seriously, click on the link and go see the whole thing), I am choosing to highlight my SIX favorite Disney princess, show which type of engineering they best embody, and share the book I feel best fits the book tag prompt assigned to them. Here we go!

All princess images and captions were taken from A Hedy Journey’s post, I am not taking credit for any of them, just want to share the brilliance!

Ariel

Ariel (from The Little Mermaid) the Biomedical Engineer – after her experiences losing her tail and gaining painful new legs, Ariel developed a sympathy for prosthetics users and went on to be a Biomedical Engineer, working with robotics for amputees.

Ariel, of course, lives under the sea. Her associated book prompt is a book that has a water/ocean setting:

This is really stretching my memory here, but Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes was one of my favorite childhood books about a girl who spends the summer at her grandmother’s house near the ocean and is dealing with grief of a lost classmate. I LOVED this book, and this is reminding me to pick it up again and reread it.

Belle

Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) the Computer Systems Engineer – Belle became curious about wireless communications technologies after trying to understand how the Beast’s magic mirror worked.  With Computer Systems Engineering, she discovered that there was something more than that provincial life and something even more interesting to her than reading books: coding!

Belle is the beauty with the books, prompting for a book with the best bookworm or book lover:

Annika from Tracey Garvis Graves’ The Girl He Used to Know is an extremely introverted woman whose love for books is frequently mentioned throughout this novel. Annika suffers from an autism-spectrum disorder that makes most social situations too much for her to handle, so books are her haven. I love this character and this book!

Jasmine

Jasmine (from Aladdin) the Aerospace Engineer – after getting a taste for experiencing A Whole New World on the magic carpet, Jasmine became determined to travel to space, studying Aerospace Engineering in preparation for becoming Agrabah’s first astronaut.

Jasmine’s promt is a book with an unlikely love story, in terms of romance OR a book you didn’t expect to love so much:

Brace yourself for this one… Flowers in the Attic is V.C. Andrews’ novel about four children who are forced to live in the attic of their grandparents’ house after their father suddenly dies and their mother is no longer financially able to support their previous living arrangements. Potential spoiler here if you are ever interested in reading this 1979 novel: the oldest brother and sister fall for each other because there is no one else to fall for as they grow up in isolation. Highly controversial, but about as unlikely as it gets!

Elsa

Elsa (from Frozen) the Civil Engineer – in order to ensure that her ice sculptures, bridges and buildings were structurally sound, and that upon thawing, that they didn’t flood Arendelle, Elsa undertook studies in statics and hydrology, becoming a Civil Engineer.

Elsa’s newfound love for colder climates prompts a book in a winter/cold setting:

Dark Matter is a brain-bending science fiction novel with a pivotal scene happening in the middle of a blizzard. Sorry, that’s the closest I’ve got for this one, I admit it’s a bit of a stretch 😊

Merida

Merida (from Brave) the Electrical Engineer – whilst trying to determine exactly what wisps are made from, Merida stumbled upon Electrical Engineering and is currently doing a PhD on electronic weapons calibration.  However, she actually spends most of her time mucking around with the Van de Graff machine in her lab.

Merida determines her OWN fate, prompting for a book where there is no love story or love interest:

The Roar is a middle-grade dystopian novel about a set of twins who are separated by the government and try to fight their way back to each other in order to overthrow the forces that did this to them. No love story necessary here, just two independent siblings fighting for their family.

Mulan

Mulan the Materials Engineer – Mulan’s interest in swords developed beyond swordswomanship and into steel production, leading her to study Materials Engineering in order to seek work in a foundry.  Luckily, all those years spent with Mushu the dragon meant that Mulan had developed a tolerance of being around high temperatures so she loved her new work environment.

Mulan is the princess who saved her country. Her book prompt is for the fiercest heroine:

I don’t read much fantasy (at all, really) so I don’t have any fierce, battling heroines that come to mind. But Grace from Behind Closed Doors does, as she’s fighting a different kind of battle: an oppressive husband. I don’t want to give much else away about the storyline, but I believe that this woman needed a special kind of strength just to attempt to fight her way free from this villain.

What do you think about this post? I’m not sure what exactly my goal was for putting this all together, but I hope these princesses, these engineering careers, or these books inspire you in some way or another on this International Women’s Day!

If I missed your favorite princess, please, again, take a look at the If Disney Princesses Were Engineers blog post (I linked it 3 times for ya!), and if you are interested in participating in the New Disney Princess Book Tag, I tag you to answer all 13 of the prompts on the original tag! Thanks for reading!