The Guilty Reader Book Tag

I found this book tag over on Misty’s Book Space, but it originated with Chami at Read Like Wildfire on YouTube. So on with the questions.

Question 1: Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been given?

I actually don’t tend to get books as gifts, I usually get gift cards to Barnes & Noble or Amazon instead, so no, I haven’t.

Question 2: Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

Yes and no. I’ve said I’ve read a book all the way through when I haven’t, but I haven’t said I’ve read a book that I’ve never even started.

Question 3: Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Yes, but not intentionally. The first time, the book fell out of my bag at school and it was never found. The second time, I was getting ready to move and the people helping me pack weren’t paying attention and packed the books. The final time, I actually had returned the books and was even able to find them on the shelf, but the library still didn’t believe that I had returned them. That one ticked me off because the library only owned one copy of each of the books I was accused of never returning and it was clear that the copies I’d found on the shelves were way too old to have been the replacements.

Question 4: Have you ever read a series out of order?

Not on purpose. I have when I haven’t known it was a series that had a specific order, but I’ve never purposely read them out of order. In fact, I often wait until I know that the series is done to start reading them.

Question 5: Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

I have on accident because I was reading along with someone and they’d been less than honest with me about where they were in the book. We were discussing the book and she finally admitted she hadn’t read as far into the book as I had. She wasn’t mad though, she was curious to see exactly how everything went down. We also spoiled the book at my book clubs because people will literally show up not having read the book yet.

Question 6: Have you ever dogeared a book?

Yes. I do it quite often with paperbacks. I’m talking those little mass market ones that fit in your purse. Half the time I don’t have a bookmark with me when I read one of those, so I tend to dogear those pages. I don’t dogear my hardcovers or my “full size” paperbacks though.

Question 7: Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

On accident, yes. I’ve had books that I’ve forgotten about and I’ve also had part of a series and forgotten which books I own and which ones I don’t. I’ve told someone I don’t own book one in a series when I don’t own book two. Things like that.

Question 8: Have you ever skipped a chapter or section of a book?

I often skip the acknowledgements and notes from the authors. I don’t really care about them, even though they’re in every book. I just don’t care who helped the author write or edit the book. But if the chapter or section is part of the story, no, I don’t skip those.

Question 9: Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

No. If I’m bad mouthing a book, it’s because I didn’t like it. I might tell things I didn’t like about a book I loved, but I’m not going to bad mouth the book. There is literally no point in bad mouthing a book that I enjoyed. And contrary to popular belief, you can find something in a book problematic but yet still like the book.

I Tag:

Anyone who wants to do it. I’m lazy. I don’t feel like going through my favorite book bloggers at the moment, so I’m going to just let everyone do it if they haven’t and they want to.

Down the TBR #2

I picked this up from Dana at Devour Books with Dana, but it was started by Lost in a Story. I’m going to work on my “Want to Read” which serves as my TBR on Goodreads, to see if I can whittle it down some.

The Rules

  • Go to your Goodreads shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopsis of the books.
  • Decide: Keep it or should it go?

The Books:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Kingdoms will collide.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Another Throne of Glass novel, so it’s gotta go.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

A glorious empire . . .
A desperate quest . . .

Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.

In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all . . .

*sigh* Another Throne of Glass on the TBR that just needs to go.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

The final battle is here.

Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an explosive conclusion as Aelin fights to save herself―and the promise of a better world.

Fortunately, with the way you set the TBR list, this is the last one of the Throne of Glass series for a while. Bye-bye.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Not interested. I tried once and just, no. I don’t even know why they’re still on my TBR.

The Prince by Kiera Cass

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection…

Before Aspen broke America’s heart…

There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life…

Don’t miss this thrilling 64-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

Nope… just nope. Again, I tried the series – in fact this was the first one I tried. But it just wasn’t for me. Bye-bye.

As I’ve said before, just because I remove it from the TBR doesn’t mean it won’t make an appearance on the TBR later on. Although some books may never return.

What do you need to get rid of?

WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Taking on a World of Words. It works like this : Each Wednesday you post the answers to three questions starting with W:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…

What are you currently reading?

The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden

I’m kind of stalled on this one. I need to get it read, because I owe both Edelweiss and NetGalley reviews for it, but I keep getting stuck on it.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

I’m listening to the audiobook of this one and I like it a lot so far. Now, if only Libby hadn’t put me back to the very beginning instead of leaving me 2.5 hours in like I was in the first place.

Donn’s Shadow (The Soul Searchers Mysteries #2) by Caryn Larrinaga

This is the sequel to Donn’s Hill, and I really want to get it read, but I got distracted. I do that a lot. LOL But I owe NetGalley a review for it, so I need to get it read pretty soon here.

People of the Lake by Nick Scorza

Another Edelweiss review that I need to get going on. I think the problem is the book hasn’t been the most exciting so far. I think I need to just open it up and push through it.

Dollhouse (Dark Carousel #1) by Anya Allyn

I picked this one up for free on my Nook app. It sounded like a perfect, creepy read for this time of year. I just got distracted as usual.

Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake

Another book I got distracted from. It’s the third installment in the Three Dark Crowns series and I really want to get this one read because I love, love, love this series and I can’t wait to see what happens!

Year One (The Chronicles of the One #1) by Nora Roberts

I haven’t read a Nora Roberts novel in years, but I always loved her writing. This one reminds me a bit of The Stand by Stephen King but with a twist. I can’t wait to get further into it. I’m 32% of the way done and I really need to hurry and finish it because I borrowed it from the library. LOL

What did you recently finish reading?

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I loved this book. It wasn’t particularly creepy or scary to me, but… the twist near the end gave me the chills. Trust me, if you haven’t, you really, really need to read this one!!

Donn’s Hill (The Soul Searchers Mysteries #1) by Caryn Larrinaga

This one was a great read and pretty quick too, if you don’t get distracted by something else. I really liked it and honestly, if you want a full understanding of Donn’s Shadow, you should probably read this first, although I don’t think it is entirely necessary.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Love, love, love this book. I hope Stephanie Perkins writes more of these horror/mystery/thriller books because this was just plain awesome.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I need to get this read because I bought it to read for the Barnes & Noble Book Club for November. But it’s been on my “I can’t wait for this book” list since I found out it was coming out. So yeah. Time to read this one.

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

This one is the Barnes & Noble YA Book Club book for November, so I need to get started on this one as well. I’m not quite as excited about this one as I am Ninth House, but I’m trying to get better about actually reading the book club books and attending the book club.

So there you have it, my first WWW Wednesday. Let’s see if I can keep this up! LOL

Down the TBR Part 1

I picked this up from Dana at Devour Books with Dana, but it was started by Lost in a Story. I’m going to work on my “Want to Read” which serves as my TBR on Goodreads, to see if I can whittle it down some.

The Rules

  • Go to your Goodreads shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopsis of the books.
  • Decide: Keep it or should it go?

The Books

The 150,000-copy national bestselling autobiography of Marilyn Manson, America’s most controversial celebrity icon, is offered with a bonus chapter not included in the hardcover. “By turns moving, funny, appalling, disturbing. . . . There has never been anything like it”.–“Rolling Stone”. 80 b&w photos. 16-page color insert.


In his twenty-nine years, rock idol Manson has experienced more than most people have (or would want to) in a lifetime. Now, in his shocking and candid memoir, he takes readers from backstage to gaol cells, from recording studios to emergency rooms, from the pit of despair to the top of the charts, and recounts his metamorphosis from a frightened Christian schoolboy into the most feared and revered music superstar in the country.

As much as I’ve wanted to read this book, I don’t really read to many biographies or autobiographies, so this one is going to be removed.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Yes, I am *still* trying to get around to reading the Throne of Glass series. And honestly, while I’ve tried a few times, it just never happens. So this one will have to go.

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Again – Throne of Glass – gotta go.

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

*sigh* Yet again – Throne of Glass – gotta go.

The Queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Yep…. it’s going.

I’m only doing five because my TBR/Want to Read shelf only had 150 books on it to begin with. I have a habit of forgetting to put things on it. Just because I’m removing them from the TBR doesn’t mean I won’t eventually read them, but I’m not going to do it right now.

What books on your TBR are you thinking need to be removed?

Disney Channel Halloween Movie Book Tag

So I was tagged by Emily at Emily the Book Nerd (thanks Emily!) to do the Disney Channel Halloween Movie Book Tag. The tag was created by Book Princess Reviews.

I love Halloween and I love creepy/scary movies. I also like some of the cute movies that the Disney Channel puts out, although honestly, I haven’t watched very many of them. This is probably because I’m a bit older than is generally considered Disney Channel age. LOL But… here we go!

RULES

  1. Tag the creator (bookprincessreviews) of the DHM tag.
  2. Thank the person who tagged you.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Tag five more people.

HalloweenTown: Where is your favorite place to go for Halloween or a place you want to go?

This one is kind of difficult. I don’t really have a favorite place I like to go for Halloween or a place I really want to go. I’d honestly rather just decorate my house/porch and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters!

Under Wraps: What’s something that used to be scary to you and then you realized it wasn’t just the mummy in this movie?

Well, I’ve never seen this movie, so anything that might have been scary to me before definitely wouldn’t have just been the mummy in Under Wraps. But… I used to be terrified of thunderstorms. I’d lived in an area in California where we didn’t get them, then I moved to Iowa and they happened all summer long there. Now that I’m older, I love the storms though. I can’t wait for a good storm to read a creepy book!

Tower of Terror: What’s the scariest place you’ve ever been to?

Probably the group home I worked for. It was a group home for the mentally challenged, and honestly, that place was super haunted. We’d routinely find faucets running, laundry barrels rolling down halls by themselves, chairs two feet in the air rocking back and forth. We’d occasionally see a couple of ghosts as well. It was an interesting place and very scary when the residents of the home didn’t notice anything while the staff was all freaked out!

Twitches: If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be?

Probably a witch. Most of the other creatures either eat animals or people in some form and honestly, I just can’t. My vegetarian self just can’t. LOL

Don’t Look Under the Bed: Were you scared of monsters when you were a kid? When did it stop?

Interestingly enough, I’ve never been scared of fictional things. I’ve only ever been scared of real things, so no, I wasn’t scared of monsters when I was a kid.

Phantom of the Megaplex: Do you watch scary movies? If so, what is your favorite or the one you got most afraid of?

I LOVE scary movies. They don’t really scare me, but I love watching them. My favorite is the original Halloween series, plot holes and all. I also really like the SAW series and The Conjuring movies. The Annabelle movies are awesome too.

The Scream Team: Who would be on your dream team if you went on a ghost/supernatural creature hunt?

Probably the Warrens, although that’s definitely a dream as Ed and Lorraine Warren have both passed away now. But if they were still alive, I would most definitely want them on my team.

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire: Have you ever witnessed something/someone that could only be explained by the paranormal? If yes, what/who?

A duplex I lived in when I lived in Texas had a “residual” haunting going on. Every night, you’d heard a wooden chair scrape across a wood floor. Then you’d hear the sounds of dishes being done. This was coming from my bedroom closet. The kitchen was on the other side of the closet wall, but the kitchen had tile. The duplex had no wooden floors at all. Not to mention, there were only three people in that half of the duplex and there wouldn’t be anyone in the kitchen at the time. We finally found out a house had burned down on the property. We thought maybe there was more to that fire than met the eye.

TAGS

So there you have it! Have fun and if I didn’t tag you but you want to do it, be my guest!