Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Another BESpring 19 prompt! This one is from Amanda @ Between the Shelves and it’s a book tag, and, well, who doesn’t love a fun tag?!

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

Tag rules:

  • Link back to the original post
  • Tag as many friends as you want
  • Have fun!

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

1. Getting started: A book series you’ve been wanting to read

Well, I really want to read The Three Musketeers but it’s also part of a series if you didn’t know, The d’Artagnan Romances and we own three of them so far, so, I hope to at least get to one of them this year!

2. Cleaning/organizing the closet: The best way to organize books

I do a bit of genre and then author. Most authors I read and own don’t tend to jump genre, but I do put all YA on their own shelf and organize them by genre/series. We also have a shelf just for nonfiction and some historical fiction [mostly because the historical fiction doesn’t fit anywhere else if we’re being honest here].

3. Getting rid of unnecessary things: Book/series you no longer need

Hmm…this is a difficult one for me! There are probably a bunch of ARCs that I don’t need anymore, but I can’t think of them at the moment. I’ll have to collect them soon to get rid of them.

4. Get some air: Your favorite light-hearted read

I don’t know if I could name a favorite but I read a really nice novella this week, The Ballet Lover by Barbara L. Baer, just a woman ballet journalist/critic witnessing events, and not necessarily light-hearted as it wasn’t weighed down by complex plot lines, it’s a one sitting kind of read.

5. Clean out the kitchen cupboards: Favorite food-themed read

Uh, I don’t really have any food-themed reads, but in Hallowe’en Party the victim bobs for apples?? Does this count?

6. Dust the shelves: What’s the fifth book on your bookshelf?

Hmm, our bookshelves are double/triple stacked, but I guess In Chancery by John Galsworthy is our fifth book? It’s the second book in the Forsyte Saga (Forsyte Chronicles #2).

7. Wishing for the end: A 2019 release you’re really excited about

Real Talk? The Secret CommonwealthThe Book of Dust #2 by Philip Pullman, it comes out in my birthday month as well so just a double bonus that it and like two others are coming out in October.

8. Long but satisfying: The longest book series you’ve read

Oh uh, page lengthwise the longest series I read was Game of Thrones but I think we all know that’s not a satisfying read. -Refuses to say anything negative about the fact that we’re still waiting for this book.- But the longest book series, that could be tricky, I like longer series, except Wheel of Time, I read and enjoyed the first three books of that but all I kept thinking was ‘he’ll never finish this.’ And well I guess I was half true.

Tagging:

Michelle

Isabelle

Sam

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!

 

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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!

Books that Remind me of Spring

BESpring19 Post

Theresa is still today’s host and her prompt today is spring shelf decor. As I don’t actually decorate my shelves, like, at all, unless you count dust, I am passing on today.

But. I’m doing yesterday’s prompt late because I had a cool cover reveal to do, and it’s prompt from Theresa was books that remind us of Spring! [Click on her name to go see her fabulous post yesterday]

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

So, here we go, books that remind me of spring and the nicer parts, not the allergies

The Forsyte Saga

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I couldn’t just not add this one. This classic is so near and dear to me. Spring reminds me of birth and renewal and second chances, and this book as a lot of renewal and second chances.

Anne of Green Gables Collection

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Never has a character reminded me so much of spring than Anne of Green Gables ❤

The Secret Garden

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I feel like The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables are probably just on everyone’s spring list that’s read them, Idk, but they’re staying on my list. In fact, my daughter and I just finished watching the WB version of this movie, my favorite version of it no less.

Bloom

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After reading this a couple of months ago, not only does the book have a little echo of spring in it, this cover is just so spring-y to me! A sweet fun read and a love story which let’s face it, love is in the air in spring, or so they say.

 

Me Before You

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The ending of this reminds me of spring more than the rest of the heartache this book induces. Something about how and where our dear protagonist ends up reminds me of spring. I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it.

That’s it! My spring reminding reads.

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.