Category: Book Tag

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

Posted January 18, 2017 by Ashley in Book Tag / 0 Comments

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I found this fun book tag from Lizzy over at My Little Book Blog and I just couldn’t resist! If you have a moment check out Lizzy’s blog it’s pretty great!

How long have you been a blogger?

I started my first blog about 8 years ago, pretty crazy right? My first blog was an assignment for an English class, I kept up with it just for the semester. A few years after that I started lvsbks and have been posting ever since.

At what point will you stop blogging?

I might never stop! I enjoy writing and look forward to coming up with new ideas. I don’t like to think about the fun ending either! I tend to use my blog for “me” time.

What is the best thing about blogging?

I really love seeing my ideas and drafts coming together. When I start writing a draft sometimes I have no idea what I want to do, but once it’s posted I’m SO PROUD!

What is the worst part? What do you do to make it okay?

Sometimes I really get frustrated when I can’t get something to look the way I want it to. I’ve learned to walk away and come back later. I’m usually much happier with the outcome when I’ve let my work sit before it’s posted.

How long does it take you to make/find pictures?

If I’m making the pictures it takes about an hour before I’m happy with it but when finding pictures I usually can’t decide which one to use!

Who is your blog crush?

Oh, this one is hard! There are so many blogs to name, some are so beautiful I just want to stare at them all day long! Then there are blogs that have SO many good posts I could literally read for hours. Too many to name, final answer.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Um, just one? Tess Gerritsen is the first name that comes to mind. I’ve read every book she’s written and I almost passed out when I met her at BEA. Chris Colfer…my daughter and I love his Land of Stories series and we’ve definitely had long conversations about the characters and fairytale world he’s built.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Since I usually post when I can, I’m usually in some cozy “weekend” clothes or pajamas.

How long does it take you to prepare?

For the most part getting a post ready takes hours ha! Putting together posts and managing a blog is NO JOKE!

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

I don’t know that many bloggers but those I do know are ah-MAZING! Everyone is super supportive and helpful.

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

Blogging should be fun and it should be for YOU! You really have to put in the time in order to have a successful blog. For real though, blogging can be stressful and sometimes very overwhelming but connecting with people who love the books you love is so great. Post as often as YOU can, don’t compare yourself or your blog to everyone else, it’s just too exhausting and not worth it.

 

 

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Disney Princess Book Tag

Posted July 8, 2016 by Ashley in Book Tag / 0 Comments

Princess Tag

I was tagged for the Disney Princess Book Tag by Lindsey at Bring My Books, she found it on Ageless Pages Reviews,  Dani from Ageless Pages Reviews made the graphics so thank you!

And huge thanks to Soudha @ Of Stacks and Cups for creating this book tag!

My 3 random Disney facts :

My favorite Disney princess is Belle. When I was a kid my mom bought me the illustrated version of The Beauty and the Beast. I still own that book and it is same book I used to read Beauty and the Beast to my daughter for the first time. It’s spine is heavily damaged it is well worn but I’m hoping it will make it another generation.

I was 23 when I went to Disney for the first time, my daughter was 3. I had a really hard time keeping myself together when we met the princesses. In most pictures from that trip, I am smiling bigger than my daughter!

When I was 4 my mom had to cut a fork out of my hair…I was also obsessed with the Little Mermaid.

Snow White

Anna Karenina

I’m going to have to go with Anna Karenina on this one. I remember reading this book while waiting for a doctor’s appointment and the doctors utter surprise when I informed him it was not for a class but rather just because I liked it. He kept saying “for fun? You’re reading that for fun?”

Cindrella

Sleepy Kitten

This one is hard for me. There are so many books that have kept me up WAY past my bedtime. But most recently it’s been Winter by Marissa Meyer. Not only is it over 800 pages but it is the ending of an amazing series. I had to find out how everything wrapped up and loss of sleep was the last thing I was worried about!

Aurora

Classic Romance

Since I don’t read a lot of classics, I decided to go with Anna and Vronsky again from Anna Karenina. The passionate (and tragic) affair between Anna and Vronsky is the opposite of Kitty and Levin whose love is sweet and gentle.

Ariel

Sacrifice

This may sound weird but I chose The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. The main character Shazi gives up everything she has and volunteers to become the next bride to Khalid even though she knows all his other brides have died. Not only do I love this book but Shazi is a bad ass!

Belle

Smart

Lisbeth Salander from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. For me, Lisbeth is one of those characters I loved from the beginning. She is who she is and she couldn’t care less what anyone thinks. By the looks of her you’d never know, but Lisbeth is damn smart and she will always be two steps ahead of you and the police.

Jasmine

Dumplin

The very first book that came to mind for this one is Dumplin by Julie Murphy. Willowdean is not a small girl but she’s okay with that. I love her philosophy of a bikini body…get a bikini and put it on your body…it shouldn’t be more complicated than that. When Willowdean decides to compete in the towns famed beauty pageant everyone (including her mother) tries to talk her out of it but does Willowdean back down? No, she get’s more unlikely candidates to join her!

Pocahontas

Roller Coaster

I’m going to have to go with Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas on this one. This was one of those situations where I was talking to the book as I was reading, “no, oh no…please tell me that didn’t happen” and “oh, shit!” etc. My final Goodreads update was: “Holy. F’ing Shit! Thank the Gods I don’t have to wait a year for the next book.”Mulan

Badass MC

Um, do I really have to just pick one? I can’t. I just can’t. There are far too many. Let’s see, Yael from Wolf by Wolf, Alina Starkov from Shadow and Bone, Eleanor Fitt from Something Strange and Deadly, Sophia Bellamy from Rook. I really could keep going but those are just a few that popped into my head first.

Tiana

strong women

I’m not entirely sure why this one was so hard for me, surely I’ve read a ton of books with characters that fits into this category. I ended up choosing Sophia Bellamy from Rook by Sharon Cameron. Though she came from a wealthy family, almost everything she had is gone. I love how Sophia puts everyone else above herself and she ends up saving herself, her family and countless others.

Rapunzal

I'll Give you the Sun

I chose I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Jude and Noah are twins. Jude is the crazy outgoing one, she wears bright red lipstick and cliff dives. Noah is the quite artist. I’m telling you, THIS BOOK! I laughed when I saw my Goodreads updates because I was so surprised by this book.

Merida

Mother Daughter

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. This book is a true testament to what a mother would do for her daughter and vise versa. I wasn’t expecting much out of this book but I loved it so much I sent it to my mom and made her read it. She loved it just as much as I did and we often make references to it.

Anna and Elsa

brother and sisters

The Land of Stories series is one of my all time favorite series. The two main characters are Alex and Connor, twins. They are the single most important things in each others lives and I am completely envious of their relationship and their adventures.

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Inside & Out Book Tag

Posted June 30, 2016 by Ashley in Book Tag / 0 Comments

 

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I was tagged in this week’s book tag by Lindsey at Bring My Books. Lindsey found the tag on Books Biscuits and Me and she credits  I Have To Read That, and the original creator is MathomBooks on YouTube. I’m excited to share this one because everyone is so different when it comes to choosing their next book and I find it interesting to see everyone else’s responses. Here are mine…

 

I-2Inside flap / Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (Discuss).

I think the back cover or the flap are the only real ways an author is going to pull me in. I really dislike it when there isn’t a description anywhere on the book, I tend to not buy if I can’t read the description.

 

 

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

Okay, truth time. I don’t always have time to sit down and read a new book. When this happens I buy the audio book and if I love it, then I typically purchase in paperback, unless it’s not out in paperback. I do have a rule with series though, all the                                          books in the series have to be in the same format.

 

I-9Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)

Nope. Absolutely not. Somewhere along the line someone told me writing in a book, folding pages and breaking the spine are all very disrespectful to books and it’s always stuck with me. If I feel like I need to take notes I have a book journal I use.

 

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

“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

 

 

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

I’m not sure why this would matter to anyone. It certainly doesn’t matter to me in the slightest. I do like to know who I’m reading just so I can discuss and recommend. I always feel like an ass when I mispronounce or can’t remember the author!

 

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

Guilty. I don’t do it often but when I get to a really good part and I’m chewing on my nails, I will occasionally peek on the next page to see if I can spot key words to clue me in on what’s happening.

 

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Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

Oh, outrageous without a doubt! To be fair though, I only have one bookshelf that is way overloaded so there isn’t much I can do to keep them organized. But I do have hopes of getting another bookshelf soon!

 

 

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

I have always been a book cover judger! I can not help it. The cover is usually the first thing to draw me to a book, then I read the back cover or the flap and I make my decision accordingly. I have a hard time believing people do not do this.

 

TTake it outside to read, or stay in?

Ugh. I tend to stay indoors because I hate bugs. If I read in my backyard the mosquitos will carry me away. I have a nice space in my back yard with a patio, Adirondack chairs and a huge umbrella but by the time I light all the citronella candles, spray myself down with bug spray and crank the umbrella out I’m over it and the bug bites! I don’t dislike reading outdoors, maybe I haven’t found the right place to really enjoy it.

If you’re reading this please feel free to play along, and let me know if you post your own Inside Out Book Tag!

Ashley

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