The Productivity Tag [BESpring19]

This is my final BE Spring post! And I’m happy to say it’s another prompt by Sam @ Fictionally Sam!

What’s today’s prompt? Another original tag! Woo!!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

RULES:

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

 

Planning: A book that is completely thought out

The Thornbirds I love family sagas, I really do, and this one is so well thought out and well, of course, heartbreaking because apparently, I’m almost completely incapable of reading cheerful books.

Focus: A book that kept your undivided attention

Crown of Feathers, honestly how could I put that book down when there are phoenixes involved?! HMM?!!! Preto knows her audience lol. Not to mention after you get to the ‘final countdown’ part of the book it’s just “OMG” the whole way till the end. AND THAT ENDING.

Delegating: A book that should have been a series

*Stares at Descendant of the Crane* We all saw that ending if you’ve read it. We need more. Honestly, how am I supposed to be okay with only one book?! I HAVE A NEED.

Small goals: Name a book below 150 pages that you loved

Thirteen Months of Sunrise, I love flowery short stories and I wanted this one to go for another hundred pages at least but I adored what we were given.

Peak Hours: A series you could only read at a certain time

Most of the time I can only focus on my reading at night so most series fall into that category, but, Game of Thrones I can only read during summer months, Idk why but if I didn’t finish it before it was due back at the library I literally just waited a year and then dove back in, I also took my time with it because why should I hurry if he isn’t in a hurry to finish it?? I know. I’m salty.

Lists: A book that you finally crossed off your TBR 

Book of Dust, I took forever to read that, mostly because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but I didn’t have to worry about that in the end! Seriously, I had that book for like a year.

Proactive: A book that is/was ahead of its time

The Forsyte Saga, so hear me out, you don’t have to read or even like classics, I don’t care that’s all personal preference. I’m more specifically talking about the first three books that make up the one called the saga, this was published in 1921. John Galsworthy addresses the importance of arts and the problems of the middle class and their politics but even more importantly, Galsworthy tackles marital rape. This is a time where well, let’s be honest, we didn’t even have the vote let alone had the notion of rape associated with our spouses when we were still property to most. Galsworthy addresses that too, women viewed as property and the character who does this all is vilified so you won’t see him get off scot-free.

Declutter: A series you wish you could unread

The Divergent trilogy. If I could also get my money back, that would be fantastic. I actually enjoyed the ending it was the only part I really enjoyed, the rest was interesting enough but I couldn’t really get into it, I’d rather reread Twilight than to ever pick up that series again (at least Twilight had interesting characters, even if they weren’t the MC or love interest).

Multi-tasking: books that you read at the same time

Anytime I read nonfiction, I’ll read a fiction book to balance it out, I read about the Russian Revolution and Metro 2033 at the same time and that actually was super helpful in understanding the different political situations in that book.

Tagging:

I literally just got done tagging people. Ugh. Okay let’s see who today’s victims are!

Isabelle

Susan

Charvi

Lending Books Versus Book Swaps

It’s my last day as host and I hope that if you find any of my prompts interesting that you’ll go ahead and give them a go, but, if not, on the plus side you get a reprieve from me after this! The next host up is Amanda @ Between the Shelves.

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

So! Yesterday we talked about bookish resources we could access and what’s possible or not possible for us depending on where we are, but one way that seems international is having friends you can book lend with or book swap (the closer they are to you the better, because, shipping is not about that life when it’s international lol).

I’m looking forward to seeing which one you prefer and why or if you like or dislike both equally, lol whatever floats your boat guys! So I’ll do the pros and cons for both sets!

Book Lending:

Pros:
– Lending books to friends means -theortically- you get them back!
– If you don’t like the book it’s no money lost, you just return it to your friend
– It lets you see what your friends like to read, and could lead you to read a book you wouldn’t normally and really enjoying it!
– This point above goes both ways! You can lend books to your friends that you love and share that love!
– If you don’t like the book, you just return it to your friend, no muss or fuss.
– Again, money saving!

Cons:
-Sometimes lending a book means that this book is out of your hands for as long as your friend has it, and sometimes, it happens, you trust the wrong person and there that book goes forever.
– If your friend lends you a book that they love and you hate, there may be a small awkward moment there!
– Sometimes your friends may have the opposite reading tastes and that means there may not be as much to exchange.
– Your friends could accidentally mess up your book, I mean, accidents do happen! [Though unless it’s special edition or just special personally it should be easily replaceable, still a bit of a hassle though.]

Book Swapping:

Pros:
– You may have some unwanted books in your collection and your friends may want them and to get rid of their books they don’t want, with luck their books will be ones that interest you and you get some great adds to your shelf!
– You don’t have to feel guilty if you accidentally mess up the book you received in the swap, it’s yours, you don’t have to replace it right away unless you want to and you don’t have to worry about ruining a friend’s book
-If you love the book, that’s it! You get to keep it! So you don’t have to reluctantly return it at the end of the day.
– Did I mention this one is also a great way to save money?
– This is perfect to get rid of books that you no longer want but that your friend may like to have so in a way it can make it easier to part with a book knowing that it’ll have a great home with your friend and that you’ll get a book you want in exchange

Cons:
– The book looks great, you’re excited to add it to your shelf, you read it. Crap. You hated it, and now you’re stuck with it.
– Doesn’t really save money if you don’t enjoy the books you get in swaps and end up having to go buy books you actually want.
– You may regret swapping a certain book, you could realize how badly you actually wanted to keep it later.
– This only works if your friend has books you want and vice versa!

Final Verdict:

Due to my clumsiness which we’ve discussed and my unease of having someone else’s property under my dome of responsibility, I have to say I’m in favor of book swapping! Also, I’ve had two people fob off with my books before, I trust very few now lol.

What about you all, if you had to pick, book lending or book swapping?

Have you had a bad experience with either? Or a great one?

 

5 benefits of buying physical books

Today, our host torch is passed over to Michelle! And I’m super excited for her prompts!!!

You can find her post by clicking on the link above ^

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

So what is the prompt? Well I hope the title gave you a hint, I’m going to list out 5 reasons why I might buy physical books, and why!

1. I’m accident-prone. REALLY accident-prone

I have had the unfortunate skill set of being super clumsy since birth I would say. This means that sometimes my books really take a beating. I LOVE checking out library books but the amount of stress I feel to keep those nuggets of literature safe from myself knows no bounds. Owning the book means I just throw a hissy fit and eventually rebuy my book if something happens to it.

2. It’s easier to keep track of my TBR.

When I have a billion Kindle books (which I think do at this point) it’s easy to just keep adding more. I mean those lovely little devices hold so many books which is a huge plus, but, things can get lost in the chaos. Now I’m not saying I see everything on my overflowing bookshelves, but, there’s a better chance of me being able to see what I’m going to read or not going to read in some cases and organize them accordingly!

3. They won’t ruin my eyes…as quickly

I am guilty of staying up super late with the Kindle, it’s so easy to do, so easy. And while I definitely will stay up late with a good book no matter the format, I can rest at ease knowing that when I do that with a physical book I know I’m not just tossing my eyesight directly out the window, not to say I haven’t ever read in a dimly lit room squinting. Let’s face it I’m probably already going blind, but at least this way it’ll be a little slower lol.

4. Mostly my germs and my germs alone.

One thing when I check out a book from the library, I sometimes have to resist the urge to just wipe it down to the point of no return. This stems from knowing that when we have library books we get cozy with them, I know I do, many a time have I flung a book away from me just to avoid accidentally sneezing on it. Some people are not so thoughtful. Think about that. So with my own physical copies, I don’t have to worry about where it’s been. [Though to argue, ebooks eliminate the germ worry from the library, but, this is about physical books today, damn it.]

5. They’re just aesthetically pleasing to look at

I love just sitting in the study and looking at my bookshelf. I know it probably sounds a little weird but there is something comforting to look at my books, to touch them, hold them and feel the weight in my hands and flick through the pages. Especially with the older books that I get, the ones that have a billion stories to tell with whose hands they’ve passed through let alone the one held between their covers.

There we have it, 5 reasons to throw at you for why I buy physical books!

I know my last two posts were just gif filled, but I needed something fun with not a lot of thinking, my brain is mush, I’m reading my 12th book for the month currently, and I just feel like NetGalley senses me being overwhelmed and publishers are approving my requests and cackling as they do it like a few days before the publication date as I like to try and read and review before that.

Toodles!

Easter Time Book Tag!

Thanks Theresa @ The Calico Books for this awesome Easter tag for Bookending Spring! All graphics used for this post aside from the featured image, and answer images, were nabbed from her tag post!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

Gonna take it to the bridge now…which means…Rules.

RULES

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Theresa @ The Calico Books)
  • Have fun!

 

1

 

Hmmm I would have to say that I’m going to surprise myself here and whip out Dead Man’s Blues. It’s rare we get an author who fixes all the little problems from the first book in the second but Celestin does it, and I’m so glad he does.Untitled design (7).png

 

2

 

That would have to be this guy right here. The Crying Machine by Greg Chivers, it hit me so much harder than I thought I would, I’m like in puppy love with it. I mean there’s a lot of others too but not getting as much notice so we’ll give TCM the love this time.Untitled design (6).png

 

3

I want to say Descendant of the Crane (like Michelle who tagged me!) because I mean who wants that book to end? But to give us some diversity in answers, I’m going with, Crown of Feathers because OMG that book!!!!Untitled design (8).png

 

4

 

Oh man, so many, here’s one of my charity shop favorite hauls!Untitled design (9).png

 

5

 

I’ve been reading some dark books lately haha, I mean, like, I could use a nice fluffy break, but, I would say this was my sweetest read as of late! Untitled design (10).png

 

6

 

Oooh okay there’s a lot but I’m gonna post my usual obvious go to answer in my case.Untitled design (11).png

 

7

Uhhh….hmmm…I think I’ll have to have a repeat answer on this! If you’ve read this book then you KNOW, but if not, go read and find out if you like!Untitled design (12).png

Who am I tagging?

At this point I don’t know who hasn’t been tag, so please, take this tag as a gift and hoard it and use it, or if you need an easy fun tag to do before Monday and the holiday’s over, have at it, my friends!

Toodles, dears!

Read for the very first time

Thanks, Clo for another fun prompt to do! Check hers out here!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

What books would I want to read again for the very first time?


[Get it? Madonna’s Like a Virgin?? Bahaha ok I’m done]

For series, There’s one, once more very obvious answer from me

I can’t help it, I would love to reread the magic of Harry getting all those letters, to have Hagrid come out to get Harry, after having dropped him off 11 years prior and Harry’s first foray into Diagon Alley. That’s what I would choose.

Chronicles of Narnia would have been on this list if it hadn’t been for the fact I’m not finished reading it. So it gets the honorable mention for now.

What about other books? Because quite frankly I could probably fill this with just series and that’s not what I want, I want to explore a bit more.

So what Sci-fi Novel would I want to read again for the first time?
Probably


Ender’s Game


or Dune

And the Agatha Christie read I wish I could read for the very first time?


[By the way, this is my fave screen adaptation of it, and I’ve seen most of them]

I think I would also have loved the chance to read The Forsyte Saga for the first time.


[Another great screen adaptation but despite this face, we do not like this character, remember that! It’s just the only gif for this and I wanted to stick with the theme lol]

I always envy people reading or watching something I love for the first time, cause they’re getting that moment of amaze and joy that you only get once. But! The great thing about a reread is you etch it into your heart a little more each time, so there’s solace in that.

So there we have it, some of the books I would love to read for the first time over again.


[Sorry, couldn’t help myself, this song was in my head the whole time writing]

Toodles!

 

 

A Blog’s Life

Another BESpring19 post, today’s prompt is brought to us by the AMAZING Clo.

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

This is a fun one today!

 

Where did you start with your Blogging journey, where are you now and where do you want to see it in a year or two?

Great things to think about!

I’m gonna lay this track down for ya’ll in chronological order!

In The Beginning…

I started with just trying to post a review, and then a lament of sorts on my lack of white shelves and Funko pops. [No judgement on that, I just have some cluttered ugly ass shelves and I’m jaded because of it] I didn’t really know if I would like it, I wasn’t sure anyone would read it and so it actually sat there with just one, maybe two posts from October to January.

It clicked then that I wanted to do this, I realized, if there’s anything I’ve ever enjoyed outside of music it was this and now that I had my musical things on track, why not do something outside of music that still was, well, me.

So, Right Now…

I’ve grown SO MUCH. And it’s so much due to having joined such a generally supportive and positive online community. Bookish people are indeed my peeps, ya’ll are my Ride or Die guys.

I’ve gone from talking into a void and almost not doing it at all to now being active every day, I post every day, I think there have been 2 days at most I haven’t posted. I’ve grown in my capabilities as a blogger, continually learning the finer points of writing a good review, and following and meeting so many awesome people. I’ve got 276 followers, which ain’t too shabby for an old lady, and I’m shocked I even have over 500 followers on Twitter let alone edging closer to 800.

Keep Moving Forward…

Right now, I’m at a good pace, my goal is to not lose it. Now. I know there’ll be slumps, but I mean I just, in general, want to keep up with my growth rate if not in numbers than in personal growth lol. I do see myself switching to maybe 3x a week posts for the holiday season, that’s October through December for me. Especially this year as I’m in a musical and have a lot of travelling coming up. BUT looking further ahead than that, I want to give more insightful posts, I want to always keep up a steady flow of Indie book reading and reviewing as well as Netgalley eARCs and I’m sorry if this sounds materialistic but my goal for next January would be to get an ARC from somewhere like Tor/Orbit. This means having to get more followers as well, but, I hope I’m able to do that through just pure determination and interacting with others in the community. [This means I need at least 1K followers on Twitter and I would like to eventually get that amount on Bookstagram, but, I’m looking at getting followers that I can interact with so I’m not in a rush]

I love following bookish people on social media and I think that’s a great way to expand my ‘circle.’ I’d also love to look into doing collab posts this year, and have a regular sort of segment to do. Whether it’s my top 5s that I do, or something a bit more unique. We’ll just have to wait and see.

What about you all? What are your blogging goals? Have you come far from your humble beginnings?

Leave a comment and let me know!

Toodles!

Spring Reading List

Hey guys, another BESpring19 post!

AJ had a neat concept for what our Spring lists were like, so here’s today’s prompt done spectacularly by Sam

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

If you’ve perused my site you’ll notice a ‘To-Read’ Page. You’ll also have noticed I haven’t read anything on that page because I got over eager with NetGalley and Review Pit and I am now trying to push through those before returning to those books. Whoops. So, instead of just copying and pasting that list I’m going to just show you my April and May eARCs list that I have written up in my journal!

*RP=Review Pit, A=From Author (or Publisher), BT=Blog Tour, This=Read

April eARC Order
1. The Crying Machine
2. KAEROU Time to go Home (A)
3. Forever People (BT)
4. The Negatives (BT)
5. Crown of Feathers
6. Tangle’s Game
7. Dark Shores
8. Heavenward (BT)
9. Hallow (BT)
10. Becoming Mrs. Lewis
11. The Ice House
12. Hearthfire (A)
13. One? (A)
14. Magic or Die (RP)
15. Under Ordshaw (A)
16. The Path Keeper

April Regular Books
1. Red Sister
2. Grey Sister
3. Holy Sister [Digitally Gifted to me from the publishers via NetGalley!]

May eARC Order (thus far)
1. The Nightingale’s Sonata
2. The Red Labyrinth
3. In the Shadow of the Wolves
4. Tea House Detective
5. Kingdom of Exiles
6. Akela
7. The Last Tsar’s Dragons
8. Dragon’s Trail (Outworlders #1) (RP)
9. New Magic (Outworlders #2) (RP)
10. The Spec Set (A)
11. Imminent Dawn (RP)
12. The White Raven (RP)
13. Marjorie Diaz’s Unfortunate Introduction to Magical High Society (Marjorie Diaz #1) (RP)
14. Bone Diggers (RP)
15. Tear You Apart (RP)
16. The Ballet Lover 
17. The Swan Keeper

That Brings us to a total of….36.

…Yea, we’ll see how that goes!

Have you read any of these? Are any on your list, and if not, what’s on your Spring reading list?

I’m off to go laugh-cry as I look at the list again.