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The Rapid Fire Book Tag

Lately I’ve been browsing Pinterest and found this little book tag. It sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

(On a side note, how often do you use Pinterest? I can forget about it for months then get in daily finding good stuff.)

1. Ebook or physical book?

Physical. I can concentrate better than on my phone or iPad. I’d like to get a simple ereader one day, you know like a paperwhite or a simple touch that looks like a page instead of a computer screen. That’d be awesome.

2. Paperback or hardback?

Both. Paperback for reading/carrying around. Hardback for collection (preferably.)

3. Online or in-store shopping?

In-store, because I like to browse. Online you kinda have to know what you’re shopping for.

4. Trilogies or series?

Trilogy, because they’re shorter and I don’t have the patience for long series anymore.

5. Heroes or villains?

Heroes.

6. A book you want everyone to read?

Never Let Me Go, because I still think about it sometimes.

7. Recommend an underrated book.

The Serafina series. It gets a high rating on Goodreads but it seems few people know absolutely it. Go read them, awesome new-ish children’s series.

8. The last baby you finished?

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn.

9. The last baby you bought?

Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day

10. Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

Piece of paper…usually have a bookmark around.

11. Used books: yes or no?

Yes as long as they’re gently used.

12. Top 3 favorite genres?

Realistic, historical, fantasy. Young adult isn’t a genre people, it’s a target audience (annoys me when they say YA is a genre), but I do read some books intended for young adults.

13. Borrow or buy?

Both.

14. Characters or plot?

Both depends on what I can focus on. Preferably both in one book.

15. Long or short books?

Short-ish.

16. Long or short chapters?

Short usually

17. Name the first 3 books you can think of.

Harry Potter, American Dirt, My Dark Vanessa

18. Books that make you laugh or cry?

Don’t do either much but Beyond the Point made me want to cry so much. A remarkable book.

19. Our world or fictional world?

Ours.

20. Audiobooks: yes or no?

I want to say yes but I never finished one all the way through.

21. Ever judge a book by its cover?

Well yeah, it happens even though you’re not supposed to.

22. Book to movie or book to tv adaptations?

Tv has been popular but it depends on how long the book is.

23. Movie or tv show you preferred to the book?

Jurassic Park and The Book Thief.

24. Stand alone or series?

Stand alone these days.

New Books.

One thing that I’ve always found interesting about book blogs and BookTube and even bookstagram is the people always seem to know what books are getting published in the next year. In the very least, they know what books are coming out in the next month.

I don’t have that kind of mentality.

Sometimes, if I’m interested in a series or author, I’ll look up when the next book will come out. Other than that, I don’t have a clue what is coming out until I see a bunch of people talk about it or it’s in the news. It’s just weird to me that people know what’s being published in the upcoming year.

Sure, I can probably google it or get on Goodreads and look up newly published books in the Lists section but I don’t. I must sound like a terrible reader for admitting that but there it is. If I was a serious book blogger, I’d probably have to force myself to actually do some research to find the latest books, purchase the books at full price, read them, and THEN review them. But I don’t do that.

Because I can’t afford to purchase brand new books all the time. Plus there’s a trillion other books that I need to catch up on, which probably doesn’t bode well for me as a potential book reviewer, but at least I’m enjoying myself for what it is.

I should also mention that I like to browse the new/bestselling books at stores to get a feel for what’s popular. It’s not as easy to do these days for obvious (and not so obvious) reasons. It was already hard to keep up with books and now it’s even harder.

I feel like I’m complaining now, but it’s been on my mind and I wanted to make a post of it.

What’s new in your world?

Work at home.

Yesterday was a lazy day for me. I was able to get some house chores done including getting the kitchen straightened out. It looks so open and nice now that we don’t have a countertop microwave anymore and I can move some bulky items into the corner where it used to be. I even swept the floors and washed a couple blankets that somehow got covered in dog hair. Dog hair seems to permeate every corner of my house no matter how hard I try. I love my dog with the depths of my soul but I’m just not used to a dog who sheds constantly. It’s worth it in the end as he’s so loving and protective. I can’t be upset with him for long.

I got some downtime in the afternoon so I got onto Hulu and watched The Fellowship of the Ring from start to finish. It’s been years since I watched it and I love it just as much as the first time and all the times before. It’s just so masterfully done, a perfect adaptation from book to screen. In interviews, actors and production crew all talk about the amazing experience they had, how close they became with each other, and wishing it would go on forever; you can tell in the movies as there’s just a close bond there. It makes me wish for such an experience myself. It’s a rare, once in a lifetime experience.

Christmas is in just a few days as of this writing. I’m excited for it, as it’s our first Christmas together as a married couple. I want it to be special, you know? I think it will be. I feel like we’ve always been together and that’s a good thing. It means we’re perfect together.

Some people are happy for the year to be over. I had a good year in spite of everything. Experience is relative and mine has been a good one. Of course the outside influences hindered some of our plans but it couldn’t change everything.

Halloween Shenanigans

How was everyone’s Halloween?

Mine was decent, we finally carved a couple of pumpkins that we grew ourselves. We then got some lights to put in it. Then we put some spooky music on and watched The Village, which isn’t all that scary but had some interesting concepts to think about. My love didn’t think it was scary, considering he gets scared easily. I guess I do too, but I seem to willingly put myself there in those situations for some reason. We didn’t get trick or treaters but that was okay, I liked cuddling on the couch with my little family.

Anyway. It’s NanoWriMo starting today. I’m not a fan of the concept so I always agonize over whether to participate or not. I tried blogging every day one year but that got tiring after a while. We’ll see how it goes this year.

What have you been up to?

Halloween Shenanigans

How was everyone’s Halloween?

Mine was decent, we finally carved a couple of pumpkins that we grew ourselves. We then got some lights to put in it. Then we put some spooky music on and watched The Village, which isn’t all that scary but had some interesting concepts to think about. My love didn’t think it was scary, considering he gets scared easily. I guess I do too, but I seem to willingly put myself there in those situations for some reason. We didn’t get trick or treaters but that was okay, I liked cuddling on the couch with my little family.

Anyway. It’s NanoWriMo starting today. I’m not a fan of the concept so I always agonize over whether to participate or not. I tried blogging every day one year but that got tiring after a while. We’ll see how it goes this year.

What have you been up to?

Bridges

Photo by Ashley French.

This pedestrian bridge was something my husband helped plan out before they built it. In our original wedding plans, we were going to have some reception/more wedding photos taken here, then eat at the restaurant across the street overlooking the bridge.

Unfortunately, the virus changed our plans so we never got to have pictures here or eat at the restaurant. I’m glad our wedding worked out the way it did, but sometimes you wonder about what might have been.

What’s in a Name?

So the last couple months I’ve been working on changing my name. A lot of people have told me “Good luck” when they found out I got married and was planning to change my name. It made me a little nervous because I thought the whole process would be difficult.

Surprisingly, that wasn’t the case.

I was able to get things changed fairly easily. Just had to bring my marriage certificate and it was done within 15-20 minutes.

Now the question is this:

Do I continue to blog under my maiden name or do I make the switch over to my married name?

I suppose in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t actually matter. A lot of women write or sing or act under their maiden names. Heck, even big A List actors have stage names (mainly because their union doesn’t allow two actors with the same name, but that’s beside the point.) Not to mention I don’t like to make big changes, especially when it comes to my blog. I’m finally gaining a following here and it’d be hard to change it up.

But I don’t like to have one thing be different while everything else is the same. Not to mention it’d be nice to have a new start.

We’ll see, I suppose. I’ll probably just keep writing under my maiden name. It couldn’t hurt…

When you meet a stranger…

When you meet a stranger,
they sometimes feel aloof-
How do you crack a shell
of something that doesn’t
want to break?

When you meet a stranger,
they sometimes open a smile
so big you are swallowed in their warmth.
They let you in like
a family member long lost,
now found.

When you meet a stranger,
you don’t know who they are,
a stranger who is of many things
still unknown.

Is it a wonder then
we often feel alone,
disconnected from the world
we want,
when outside is full of strangers
who are willing to be of help?