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

April Reflections

Hey guys! I’ll go over what I read in terms of books and some of my favorite posts for the month!

This time I’ll start with some of my favorite posts, some were BESpring Prompts, some were from the BE Spring Hosts themselves, either way, I tried to do more than just share BookEnding Spring posts though it was really tempting.

 

Favorite Posts

Fictionally Sam A Blog’s Life [BESpring]

Kal @ Reader Voracious Reading Around the Glob South Africa

Ruby @ Ruby’s Books How to Quickly & Easily Make Graphics for Blog and Social Media [BESpring]

Isabelle @ Bookwyrm Bites (Bloggers in the Attic) Teatime: Book Rating Systems

Clo @ Book Dragons Talking Art, Movies, Food & More (Novel Newcomers: Charvi @ Not Just Fiction)

Michelle @ Michelle Likes Things The Ultimate Choice, Save 5 Books [BESpring]

What did I read?

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The total comes to 15, and I am still reading a couple of more but I don’t know that I’ll finish them before Wednesday! Time for me to slow it down before I burn out on eARCs lol.

My Book haul was outrageous and ridiculous so I’m not going to share it, it’s that bad, hubs and I have a serious book buying problem with charity shops.

I enjoyed my run as a BESpring Host, though it looks like I should have done better with my prompts, oh well, you live and you learn!

Now for me to go relax because I am beat lol.

Toodles!

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

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!

Behind the Blogger Tag

I was really pleased to be nominated to do this tag, thank you, Susan! [Click on the link to see her answers!]

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

 

1. Why did you start blogging & why have you kept blogging?

I started because I realized I was reading a lot more than I had been recently and thought it would be fun, not to mention maybe give me something a little more to do than music and chores during the school/work day. It’s only been four months, so I’ve kept doing it because I’m still enjoying it, I imagine if I stop enjoying it, well, that will be the time to hang up my hat. [And I’m sure I’ll be hitting a slump or two as I go, it’s only natural!]

 

2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

As much as it’s fun to write reviews, and tags and memes are fun too, I think I really enjoy my posts where I get personal. Talking about reading and my marriage, or how I came to love reading, and I really really enjoyed doing the World Book Day post, talking about the charities, and I hope to do more of that as I go along.

 

3. What are your top 3 favorite blog posts?

Well this one is easy since I literally just answered this prematurely.

  1. World Book Day 2019
  2. Finding love for Reading
  3. Love and Reading

 

4. What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Read, write fanfics, music. Mostly music! I find it relaxing to work on cover songs or practice orchestra and the musical (this also keeps me from getting stressed when I get to rehearsal since I know what I’m doing bahaha).

5. What are 3 of your favorite things?

My Family
Music
Books

 

6. What are your proudest blogging moments?

Just starting out, getting started should be recognized for so much more than it is. It takes a lot to put yourself out there! Also, sorta proud that I’ve learned to mix up my posts some and that I’m really just taking pride in what I do, daily.

 

7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

Music. I’ve said before I play a variety of instruments and I’m in the local Orchestra Society, the Amateur Operatic Society, I sometimes do a very awesome choir in Edinburgh, and I’ve recently helped out the local Fiddle Reel Society!

 

8. Describe your personality in 3 words:

Slytherin. Sarcasm. Snark.

9. What are your top 3 pet peeves?

Just three, huh? Okay. Hmm. Wait, I got it.

People who walk too slow because they’re not paying attention. It’s crowded, I want to get to my destination, people.

Having to deal with people who have no connection to you personally just because they’re technically family.

Those who just can’t let others enjoy things. Unless it’s harmful or wrong in any way, just, just let them read and watch what they like!

10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

I’m Batman.

Who do I tag?

Isabelle
Ruby
Sophia
Jayati
Sam
And anyone else that wants to do this!
If you don’t just ignore it lol