The Chocolate Book Tag

I was tagged by Bernadette @ The Bumbling Bookworm for the Chocolate Book Tag. Yummmm.

Dark Chocolate: A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, loneliness, bullying, death, etc)

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book is about a girl who commits suicide and then writes thirteen letters to thirteen different people about how they contributed to her making the decision to do that. Pretty dang dark.

White Chocolate: Your favorite light-hearted/humorous read

The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

This book is SO CUTE. It is super creative, funny, and really, really enjoyable.

Milk Chocolate: A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

CAN’T WAIT UNTIL SATURDAY! Annette @ Booknerderie and I are going to buy it together to read at the same time. I’m excited!

Chocolate with a caramel center: Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Do I even need to explain this pick? If I do, here’s my review.

Wafer-free Kit-Kat: Name a book that surprised you lately

Fortunately, the Milk written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young

I mean, I knew I was going to like it, but oh my goodness, I loved this one.

Snickers: A book that you are going nuts about

Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples

I’M OBSESSED with Saga. Obsessed. I love it. So much.

Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows: What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is my go-to read when I’m really happy, sad, confused, or anything else.

Box of chocolates: What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone?

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

No explanation needed, right?

I’m tagging anyone who wants to do the tag!

The 7 Deadly Sins Tag!

I was tagged by Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek for the 7 Deadly Sins Tag. It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag so I figured why not? Let’s have a bit of fun!

1. Greed – What is your most inexpensive book?
I picked up Life of Pi for like £1 at one of the Oxfams (used-bookstore) in Glasgow. That’s probably the least expensive book I’ve bought that I ended up really loving.

2. Wrath – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
I honestly can’t think of anything here. Suggestions?

3. Gluttony – What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?
All of the Harry Potter books and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I’ve read the latter more times than I can count.

4. Sloth – What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
I haven’t read any of the Game of Thrones books because I think they are way too long and a big commitment. Does that count?

5. Pride – What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
I don’t really do this, I don’t think. I haven’t read that many “high-brow” books. I mean, I love talking about the books that I’ve read and loved, but I don’t talk about any in particular to sound intellectual or well-read or whatever. I just talk about books.

6. Lust – What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?
I love really witty, sarcastic characters. I like smart and funny characters. I like characters who are really complex and maybe even flawed. I don’t know why I find this attractive, but if a character has lots of layers and a really interesting background, I like that. I like screwed up characters who end up using that to make them the awesome character they are now.

7. Envy – What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
I’d love anything by Ian Rankin, even if I already have it (which I do because I have every book he’s published). I love having different editions of books. Also, I would really love if a friend gave me a copy of their favorite book, especially if I haven’t read it. That would be really meaningful to me.

Blogs I’m tagging:
Annette @ Booknerderie
Jo @ Drifting Pages
Ana @ Ana Loves…
Andrew @ Endlessly Reading
Dana @ Dana Squared

Bout of Books update post!

So it’s Bout of Books week! Yay!

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Just in case you missed it, here are my goals for the week:

  • Read 5 books; the picture below is my tentative TBR for the week, but I have a feeling I might change this a little depending on my mood, as everything I’ve chosen is sci-fi/dystopian/fantasy. I might need a little YA/contemporary in there, especially since I just found out Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is available at my local library!
  • Review all 5 books & post these reviews on my blog, on Goodreads, on Amazon
  • Track my progress each day on a single post on this blog & track my progress on Twitter; I will create a progress post on my blog on Monday and will update it throughout the week
  • Comment on at least two other Bout of Books participants’ blogs per day
  • Participate in at least one Twitter chat with other BoB-ers

I will be updating this post every day with my progress. Bout of Books gives a general outline for your progress post, but I’ve added in a little and will probably modify it each day.

Monday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1

Total number of books I’ve read: 1

Books: Gone by Michael Grant

Pages read today: 558

Total number of pages: 558

Notes about today: So I read 558 pages, applied for two jobs, went for a run, and swam for a couple of hours. Suffice it to say, I’m pretty tired. But I seriously enjoyed Gone. Review will be up in the morning. I didn’t participate in the BoB challenge today, mostly because it was “If you enjoyed X, try Y” and I just did that for Top Ten Tuesday a couple of weeks ago. I plan on participating tomorrow though! Also, I’m really looking forward to starting Since You’ve Been Gone tomorrow. 🙂 How are your goals coming along?

Tuesday

Number of books I’ve read today:Started one

Total number of books I’ve read: 1 plus some of another

Books: Reading Since You’ve Been Gone

Pages read today:92

Pages read total:650

Reviews: Gone by Michael Grant

Challenges completed: 1 (Books I’m Looking Forward to)

Notes about today: I babysat 4 year old twins and their 5 year old sister today, so I didn’t have much time to read. Also, I’ve had a sinus headache all day, which means it’s pretty hard to read. I read 92 pages of Since You’ve Been Gone though. Not too bad. My head feels like it’s going to explode if I read any more, so I think I’m done for the day. What about you? How much did you read today?

Wednesday
Number of books I’ve read today: Finished Since You’ve Been Gone

Total number of books I’ve read: 2

Books: Gone and Since You’ve Been Gone (review up tomorrow!)

Pages read today: 357

Pages read total: 1,007

Notes about today: I had a pounding, sinus-y headache all day long, and I babysat for 5 hours again today, but I managed to finish Since You’ve Been Gone, which means I am doing pretty well with my goals, I’d say. I think it also says something pretty important about that book if I was able to read it when I felt so crappy. I’ll post a review in the morning! Hope all of your goals are going well. 🙂

Thursday
Number of books I’ve read today: Some of The Eye of Minds

Total number of books I’ve read: 2.4

Books: GoneSince You’ve Been GoneThe Eye of Minds

Pages read today: 104

Pages read total: 1,111

Reviews today: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Challenges today: Spell it Out challenge hosted by ! You can find my entry HERE; I spelled out TARDIS and tweeted a pic of the books I used. Yes, I know I’m a nerd.

Notes about today: So, I’m sick. I feel horrible. Usually when I’m sick, I can curl up with a book and be fine for the whole day, but it’s one of those sinus-y/chest congestion cold things, and my head hurts a lot. It’s hard to read when you’re head hurts, which is why I only read 104 pages. I know for some people that’s a lot, but I planned on reading all of The Eye of Minds today. Oh, well. I got to take a nap, which never happens for me, so that was good. I hope you guys aren’t sick like me and are making good progress on your goals. 🙂

Friday
Number of books I’ve read today: Some of two books: finished The Eye of Minds and started If I Stay

Total number of books I’ve read: 3

Books: GoneSince You’ve Been GoneThe Eye of Minds [these are all linked to my reviews]

Pages read today: 378 (204 of The Eye of Minds, 174 of If I Stay)

Pages read total: 1,489

Challenges today: Rainbow of Books challenge hosted by Katherine at Neon Yeti Reads. You can find my rainbow HERE on Twitter. It was so fun digging through my shelves to find all the colors!

Reviews today: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Notes about today: Finished The Eye of Minds today. As you can see in my review, I was kind of disappointed, so that sucks. I’m also still sick, which sucks even more. I was actually able to sleep in a bit (usually wake up at 6:30-7, slept until 8:50) because of some cold meds, which is something. But I read 378 pages today, wrote a review, did this week’s Life of a Blogger theme (101 things I love), did a Bout of Books challenge, and am going to bed at a good time to try to sleep of the rest of my sickness. Not a bad day.

Saturday
Number of books I’ve read today: Part of two: finished If I Stay; started The Raven Boys

Total number of books I’ve read: 4

Books: GoneSince You’ve Been GoneThe Eye of Minds [these are all linked to my reviews’] and If I Stay

Pages read today: 160 (60 pages of If I Stay; 100 pages of The Raven Boys)

Pages read total:1,649

Notes about today: So I finished If I Stay on Saturday morning. I am still unsure how I felt about it, so I’m holding off on the review until I figure it out. I babysat today from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., so I didn’t really have a lot of time to read, hence the short page count. BUT, I participated in the Bout of Books twitter chat in the morning, and that was A LOT of fun. Followed some new people, gained some followers. It was cool.

Sunday
Number of books I’ve read today: Some of The Raven Boys

Total number of books I’ve read: 4.5

Books:GoneSince You’ve Been GoneThe Eye of MindsIf I Stay [these are all linked to my reviews] and The Raven Boys

Pages read today: 112

Pages read total: 1,761

Reviews: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Notes about today: So I’m sick. Like, I think I need to go to the doctor sick. Unfortunately, that means I haven’t finished my final book because I don’t feel well. I posted my fourth review (for If I Stay), and read more than a hundred pages of The Raven Boys, so it’s like I didn’t do anything. I just couldn’t finish because my head is killing me. I plan on finishing it in the morning and posting my review then. I read A LOT this week, so I’m definitely not disappointed by my progress. 1,769 pages in a week isn’t too shabby. 🙂

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Link me up to your update post so I can see your progress, too!

The Liebster Blog Award!

So the lovely LilaJune over at lilajune’s book saloon nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you very much, LilaJune! This award is typically given to blogs that have less than 300 followers as an opportunity for people to learn a little bit more about them.

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Here are the rules:

  • List 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by whoever nominated you.
  • Ask 11 new questions to 9 bloggers with less than 300 followers. You cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you.
  • Go to their blog and tell them that they have been nominated!

11 facts about me:

1. I spent a year in Scotland from 2012-2013. Edinburgh, Scotland is another home for me. I am in love with the city, the country, the culture. My ultimate goal is to one day move back.

2. I have a master’s degree in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland.

3. I go to concerts because it is one of the few places that I honestly don’t care what anyone else thinks. I go to have a connection with the band on stage, and this is a very one-on-one thing for me, even if there are hundreds of other people there.

4. I have alopecia – I don’t have any hair. Basically, something inside me thinks my hair is a disease and makes it fall out.

5. I used to cover it up by wearing hats, bandanas, etc. I stopped wearing hats almost three years ago. My hair started growing back sporadically in February 2013 (after more than 7 years). I started shaving it soon after. This is a decision that might not make sense to most people, but having no hair is who I am, and, honestly, I love it and don’t want my hair to grow back.

6. If you couldn’t tell, I devour books. I eat the words and swallow them whole. I have been this way since I was a child.

7. I am a HUGE coffee addict. I drink at least two cups in the morning and usually several more throughout the day. I love it for its warmth, its taste, and the happiness it brings me.

8. I am currently looking for a job in publishing. I would love to work in publicity for a trade fiction publisher – I really enjoy the atmosphere of small to medium sized publishers, but I love all publishers, small, big, enormous. I just want to be able to promote the books I read and love, plan events for authors, make a living working with books.

9. I am a NERD, and I have NO shame about it. I love Doctor Who, books, Sherlock, books, the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, books (wait, did I already say that?). I am a part of a lot of fandoms. As Simon Pegg said (his quote is about geeks. Pretty much the same thing), “Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection.” I’m not afraid.

10. I am obsessed with music. Music, just like books, is always there to put me in a better mood, or to celebrate a happy moment, or to help me rage when I am angry. I love finding new bands or spreading the love of a favorite bands/musician with friends. My addiction to music is pretty similar to my addiction to books.

11. I have four bookish tattoos – a Peter Pan one, an Alice in Wonderland one, a Harry Potter one, and a Hunger Games one. I have plans for several more.

Questions from LilaJune over at lilajune’s book saloon:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I have always been one to share the books I’ve read and love with my friends. I started my blog so I could share them with everyone. I read and loved The Maze Runner so much that it finally gave me that push I needed to actually start it.

2. If you were going to recommend one book to everyone what would it be?

This is a super tough question. Like really tough. But I’d have to go with The Perks of Being a Wallflower; it’s my absolute favorite book, and I think that everyone can relate to it in one way or another, no matter how old they are.

3. Do you have a soundtrack for the books you read?

As much as I love music, I don’t usually listen to anything when I’m reading. I like it to be silent when I’m reading so that I can delve as deeply as possible into the book.

4. What are your guilty pleasure reads?

You know, I don’t really have any shame for the things that I read. No matter what it is. If I had to say something, I would probably just say Sarah Dessen’s books; she isn’t really a guilty pleasure though. She’s just pretty different from what I usually read.

5. Did you grow up in a reading family or discover a love of reading on your own?

I grew up with a father who is as voracious a reader as I am now. He was always giving me new books to try. My mom really likes to read, too, just not as often as my dad and me.

6. What books have most influenced your life?

Peter Pan, The Great Gatsby, all of the Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Falls by Ian Rankin, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Humans by Matt Haig, and too many more to list.

7. What are your top 3 favorite books right now?

Right now? Hmmm. I’ll go with two of my most recently read favorites – Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira and The Kill Order by James Dashner – and a beautiful book that makes you appreciate being alive – The Humans by Matt Haig.

8. Do you have a story to tell? Have you already started writing it?

I think everyone has a story to tell; I haven’t started writing mine, but I hope to one day. I have alopecia (no hair; don’t care!), and I think that a lot of people could relate to what I went through growing up. Imagine growing up with no hair in a world that is way too obsessed with how you look. Hair is one of the most ‘important’ things in a woman’s life; growing up as a girl with no hair was really tough at times, but I’d say that I totally own it. I think my struggle with confidence and self-worth is something a lot of young people could relate to.

9. What is your favorite classic?

I’m going to go with The Great Gatsby. It is a testament to Fitzgerald’s writing that his book can still be applied to the modern age. It’s considered one of the greatest American novels for a reason. The author’s ability to set a scene is practically unparalleled in any other author. Wonderful.

10. Are you a bit of a book geek or fangirl (boy)?? Do you have a deep dark geek secret/story to share?

I am a TOTAL book geek and fangirl. I’ll tell you about my favorite author – Ian Rankin. It’s not really a super secret story; I think most people who know me know how much I love Rankin. I wrote my honors thesis on him and his books (This is when I met him for the first time! I interviewed him for the paper). Since then I’ve met him countless times. He knows my name now! I’m sure you can understand how I feel – my favorite author knows my name! I fangirl inside every time I see him or he tweets me back, but I’m pretty good at keeping a cool composure when I meet people I deeply admire. J

11. It’s the Zombie apocolypse!!! AHHHHHHH!!!  What’s your survival plan?

I live on ten acres of land in the middle of nowhere, Mississippi. While everyone out in the real world was fighting off zombies, I’d be building a fortress in my backyard. By the time the zombies got out here, I’d be set. You could all come join me, and we’d have a really great library fortress.

And now the awesome blogs that I nominate:

Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Girl in the Pages

Geeky Musings from a Nerdy Girl

Little Onion Writes

Drifting Pages

Mhairi Reads

My Life in Books

Book. Blog. Bake.

Any Excuse to Read

Here are my questions for you:

  1. Why did you start blogging? Did you read a book that pushed you into it like I did?
  2. What’s your least favorite book-to-movie adaptation? Most favorite?
  3. If you could live inside any book, what would it be?
  4. What’s your go-to book to reread?
  5. What’s your most recently read favorite book?
  6. If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be?
  7. Who is your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?
  8. Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a book nook/reading chair? Do you read in bed?
  9. Have you ever bought a book based on just its cover? Were you disappointed?
  10. Do you have one book that you attribute for creating your love of reading?
  11. Because I’m a wanderer at heart: if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I can’t wait to see your answers!