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Book Tag Tuesday – Inside Out Tag


This tag is short and sweet! Everyone should do it! 🙂

The original tag is from Kristina Horner’s YouTube channel, but I found it on Sarah’s @ BookHookedNook Check them out!

Joy: Which book brings you the most joy?

I hugged this book before I set it down every time I finished reading for the day. It was such a beautiful story and it doesn’t hurt that this was a gift from my husband. ♥

Disgust: Which book grossed you out the most?

Need I say more…

Fear: The book that scared you more than anything?

I’m not easily scared by book anymore, but when I read this when I was about 12 years old and babysat a lot… It was scary as hell xD

Sadness: Which book made you cry the hardest?


I won’t say why, because spoilers… But my heart broke so hard!

Anger: Which book pissed you off? 

This book… I hated this book so much by the time I finished it. Everything about Celeana pissed me off. And there were just so many things that happened that felt cheap or like a deus ex machina or done just to keep things interesting. Having said this, I’ve read a lot more of SJM’s books and love them. Especially, her ACOTAR series. IDK. Maybe I should give this another chance. LOL

I tag

Krystin @ Here’s the Fucking Twist

Vanessa @ Through Prose Tinted Pages

Amanda @ Peaks and Pages

And anyone else reading this post!

Take care!

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Book Tag Tuesday – The Book Feels Tag


So, this is a thing I’m going to try to do regularly. We’ll see lol

Taylor from Tay’s Infinite Thoughts is the creator of this tag. The only rule is to link to the person who tagged you and to the creator. I wasn’t tagged, that I know of. I saw this tag on Michelle‘s (FirstBookLove) blog and thought I’d give it a go! Make sure to click the links!

A Book/series that made you smile or laughSwolyBible.jpg

I laughed out loud several times while reading this. The really funny thing is, there’s a lot of good information in here too. It’s tongue in cheek telling you to get your life together. I loved it.

A Book/series that made you sad or want to cryCrookedKingdom.jpg

I can’t say much more, because spoilers. Oh man did I cry.

A Book/series that you lovetiramisu

I will never stop loving this series. It’s such a beautiful story with an unexpected, but completely perfect ending.

A Book/series that you didn’t particularly likeThroneofglass.jpg

I read this series until about the middle of Queen of Shadows, then couldn’t go on. The thing is, though I hated the first book, I loved book 2 and 3. I just got bored with Queen of Shadows. I really wish I liked it more.

A book/series that was made into a movie that you likedHungerGames.jpg

Ok, so, I haven’t actually read the third book yet, but so far, I think the films are a great adaptation of the books.

A book/series that was made into a movie that you didn’t likeDarkly_Dreaming_Dexter.jpg

Cheating a little here, too. For one, it’s not a movie, but I couldn’t think of a movie that fit the bill. Two, I haven’t read the books, but I have read the synopsis for all of them. Yes… Spoilers and all. xD And while I love the first 4 or 5 seasons of Dexter, I hated the last couple so much it ruined the show for me. Then, after reading what the books were about, I can tell you, they went REALLY off script, so to speak, with the show. lol

A book/series you have mixed feelings about51kirZzj7BL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_

Gosh, I want to love this book so much more, but the ending left me feeling a bit off. It wasn’t bad, but IDK, it felt rushed.

A book/series you haven’t read but are totally excited aboutDanceofThieves.jpg

I’m going to the Fierce Reads book tour signing in St. Paul on May 8th for the upcoming release! Mary will be talking and signing and I can’t wait. OMG!!!

A book/series that made you angryGraceling.jpg

The end of this made me so mad. Sure, Twilight is probably not the best example of how to be in a relationship, but IMO, this one’s worse. Also, how the baddie was defeated… Really? That? So disappointing. And it sucks I can only explain any of this with massive spoilers.

A book/series you feel like you can relate toDreamerspool.jpg

I’m only about 70% of the way though this book, but it is amazing. I find every character in this book relatable. I feel often like Blackthorn, wanting to get away from responsibility to do what I want to do. Grim being misjudged for how he looks. Oran unsure of his place in the world and worried he might be wasting his life living in a dream.

Have you read any of these books? How did they make you feel?

Also, I tag everyone who reads this! Please be sure to post a link to your answers in the comments 🙂

Take care!

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2018 Book Challenge UPDATE

I’ve not made a lot of progress, but I can fill in a spot or two 🙂


I’ve only read 7 books so far. I’m a slow reader and put family, work, and writing above reading. So it’s slow going 😛 The one’s in bold are the updates.

  1. A book published this year
  2. A book picked for you by someone else
  3. A book you can finish in a day
  4. A book you’ve already read – I was in a bit of a slump the last couple months. I like to comfort read when that happens.
    1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
    2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  5. A book borrowed from your local library – I thought I could finish this in a day. Didn’t work out. lol
    1. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
  6. A book that is a friend’s favorite
  7. A book published before you were born
  8. A book you own but have never read All three took care of this one 😛
    1. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
    2. The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
    3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  9. A book that is non fiction
  10. A book from your childhood
  11. A book from a bestseller list – Does this have to be THIS years bestseller list? If not…
    1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
    2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
    3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  12. A book written in the decade you were born


2018 Book Challenge Ann Marie Swaim

How are your reading goals this year? 🙂

Book tags · Reading

Reading Habits Book Tag

I found this tag on Reading with Jessica’s blog. Make sure to head over and check out Jessica’s answers!


1) Bookmarks or random piece of paper?

I have 4 of these bookmarks. I flipping love them.


2) Stop reading randomly or after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

I think my bookmark answered this for me… lol I don’t have a goal in mind when I start reading. I just read as much as I can, when I can. Though I’d love to always be able to finish the chapter, it’s not always possible.

3) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Usually in bed. Sometimes in the living room with my feet up.

4) Do you eat or drink while reading?

I always have water with me, no matter what I’m doing. But I don’t need anything while I read.

5) Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I don’t prefer it, but I can read with these things going on in the background. My husband is usually watching something while I read next to him 🙂

6) One book at a time or several?

I should be a one at a time reader, but I’ve started a lot of books lately without finishing any first. Not sure what’s going on there.

7) Reading at home or everywhere?

I read when and where I can, but most of my reading is done at home.

8) Reading out loud or silently?

Silently. But my husband and I have wanted to read a book together, reading it out loud. Just haven’t gotten around to it.


9) Do you read ahead or even skip pages?QOS

I’ve done this once. With Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. It was really dragging for me and I scanned ahead to try to find a place where I could get back into it, but it didn’t happened. Ended up DNFing. Sad 😦




10) Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I try my best to keep my books looking new, but I don’t freak out if the binding breaks.

11) Do you write in your books?

Not fiction, but I write in text books and technical books all the time.

12) Who do you tag?

If I tag you and you’ve done this tag before, please put a link to your post in the comments for everyone to follow!

Rachel @ Island Girl Reads

Phannie @ Phannie the ginger bookworm

Danielle @ The Introverted Booknerd

And anyone reading this post! Please feel free to post a link to your tag in the comments when you’ve finished!


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The Cake Book Tag

Not directly tagged, but Reading with Jessica (Check out her blog!) tagged everyone who read her Cake Book Tag post, and since I did, I will!

The images are not mine. Credit goes to NATALKA_DMITROVA@FREEPIK


Let’s get started!



Since I haven’t read a lot of dark books, my choices were limited. I’m OK with that though because this might have been my choice anyway. Those poor children.



Last year, I was in a reading slump and this book got me out of it. I don’t get to read too often, but I finished this book in two or three sittings and had a lot of fun with it. Can’t wait for my next slump 😛




The first sentence of my Goodreads review was this: “I’m not really sure what to say.” LOL It doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it though. It just left me a little off balance.




Brandon Sanderson. Nuff said. But seriously, this whole series is extremely accessible. No matter who you are, or where you’re from, you’d have fun with this one.




Might need to make this post double as an unpopular opinions book tag. LOL Three times. That’s how many times I tried to read this book and just couldn’t. People rave about her writing style, and it’s just not for me.




This book ripped my heart out. I had no idea what it was going into it and I’m glad I didn’t, because I probably wouldn’t have read it if I did. It’s heavy, but it keeps you wanting more as each word, sentence, paragraph, page leads you to the next.




What can I say? I still want more! Can’t wait for Dance of Thieves! Mary could write in this world for the rest of her life and I would and will auto-buy every one.


Lindsay @

Monica @ Torn Pages and Roses

Ashley Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile

Those I’ve tagged, I searched your blogs the best I could and didn’t find that you guys had done this before. If I missed it though, please post a link to your Cake Book Tag below. In fact, if anyone reading this has done or will do this tag, go ahead and post a link to it below! Consider yourself tagged!

Quick and dirty copy/paste in the comments 🙂
Chocolate Cake: A dark book you absolutely love –
Vanilla Cake: A light read –
Red Velvet Cake: A book that gave you mixed emotions –
Cheesecake: A book you would recommend to anyone –
Coffee Cake: A book you started but never finished –
Carrot Cake: A book with great writing –
Tiramisu: A book that left you wanting more –

Have fun with it! I know I did 🙂