Random Friday: Book Buy Habits Tag

*Book Buy Habits Tag

It’s Random Friday and today is the Book Buying Habits Tag! I found this at Life of a Female Bibliophile

Where do you buy your books from?

I get most of my books from Amazon because I have prime and get ebooks most of the time.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?

I just recently started pre-ordering some books. When I do it is online.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

Hmmmm. Depends on my budget, but usually 2-5. I only use gift cards so that I don’t go wild.

Do you use your local library?

I haven’t been to the library since in years. Last time I went I was at that odd stage of too old for the kids books, but too young to go upstairs to the other books.

If so, how many do you borrow at a time?

I did find my card recently and hooked it up to the OverDrive app, but haven’t borrowed any yet.

 

What’s your opinion on library books?

They are great money savers and perfect if you aren’t one that wants to hold onto books.

How do you feel about charity shop/second-hand books?

I wish we had one in my town! I would love to get books from them.

Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same bookshelf or not?

Yes. I don’t have many TBR books so I can keep it straight what it is what.

Do you plan to read all the books you own?

Yes. It may take forever because I keep getting more.

What do you do with books that you own and that you’ll feel you’ll never read/enjoy?

I don’t have any like that. I’m very careful about getting books that I will read.

Have you ever donated books?

Most of my books that aren’t ebooks are signed copies so I haven’t donated any yet.

Do you feel like you buy too many books?

Never!

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The Bookshelf Tag

The Bookshelf Tag

It’s Random Friday and time for another tag! I found this tag on Dreamland Book Blog. I thought this one looked like a lot of fun to do.

On to the questions!

Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from

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This is my only bookshelf and it doesn’t hold all my books. I’ve had this since I was little so I have no clue where it came from. I have books on my desk by my bed and then books in a chest.

How do you organize your books?

As you can tell in the above picture my books are just stacked with series together. They have to be in order.

What’s the longest book on your shelf?

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What’s the shortest book on your shelf?

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My shortest book is The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna with 177 pages.

 Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

Surprisingly there isn’t one. I have many from Christmas and contests, but not birthdays.

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Two actually. I’ve read The American Heiress already, but have been too busy to read The Fortune Hunter. A friend read them and thought I would love them and sent them home with me.

The most expensive book on your shelf?

Has to be the Outlander books, but I don’t know which one is the most expensive.

The last book you read on your shelf?

 

Do you have a complete series?

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What’s the newest addition to your shelf?

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No Earls Allowed which is even published yet.

The oldest book on your shelf?

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The Lawman is how I found romances books. I had the ebook version first.

What’s a book you’d hate to let out of your sight? (A.K.A. No one is touching it. Ever.)

All of my signed books.

Most beat up book?

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My Outlander books are pretty beat up

Most pristine book?

No Earls Allowed because I haven’t read it yet.

A book that doesn’t belong to you?

None.

A book that is your favorite color?

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I have many in my favorite color, but this is my favorite cover in that color.

A book that’s been on your shelf the longest and you still haven’t read it?

Part of the Outlander series

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

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Never Surrender to a Scoundrel. This was my first giveaway win too!

Any signed books?

 

 

The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag

The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag

I found this tag on Between My Lines and it sounded like a lot of fun! It will also get us even more into the Christmas spirit. I have changed the wording around a bit to fit me.

What is your favorite Christmas scene in a book?

Tough one because I have read a lot of Christmas stories lately. I will say in A Scottish Lord for Christmas when Quinn’s gives Rowenna her gift is my favorite.

Do you have any Christmas book traditions?

I read as many Christmas themed Historical Romances as I can get my hands on leading up to Christmas.

Do you prefer to get presents of bookstore gift cards or books?

Gift cards! You may know who my favorite authors are, but not know what I already have by them. Even going on my TBR list on Goodreads to pick isn’t the best idea because there are so many and some are a higher priority than others to me.

Do you give books as presents?

Only if the person gives me a list of books they want or have been talking about certain ones a lot. It’s too risky to get the wrong book or something they have no interested in.

What bookish item is on your Christmas wishlist?

A new Kindle case! I got my Kindle earlier this year and still don’t have a proper case. I also have many bookish themed shirts on my list.

What 3 books would you love Santa to have in his sack for you? 

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Fake Christmas tree or real Christmas tree?

We’ve always had a fake tree. Allergies, mess, and pets keep us fro ma real one. Plus the lights are already on it and we can set it up as early as we want.

What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?

The wrapping and food! I love to wrap gifts and anything I can get my hands on. but I also love the food.

What Christmas book would you recommend?

All the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor books. They are amazing stories.

What dish on your Christmas menu are you most looking forward to? 

The sauce! We are doing spaghetti and meatballs this year and I love my mom’s sauce with fried pepperoni in it.

When do you open your Christmas presents? 

On Christmas Eve. We use to get up and do it on Christmas morning. Then we started opening one on Christmas Eve. Then we just decided to open them all on Christmas Eve since we didn’t have as many gifts as we got older.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow by Randy Travis.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? 

I always do, but it rarely happens.

The Book Blogger Test

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I’ve not had time to read the last two days so it’s another book tag. This time it’s The Book Blogger Test that I found on My Little Book Blog.

what are your top three book pet hates?

1. When a romance book has a risque cover and then you read it only to realize it is a 1 or 2 out of 5 on the heat level. It alienates readers from both sides because sweet readers won’t know it’s sweet so they don’t buy it and spicy readers who buy it will think it’s spicy.

2. Characters that hate each other one second then they are madly in love the next after something small happens. Yes, that something small can make a change in feelings, but you still need to build it up over time even if it’s a short amount of time, but not instantly.

3. Novella’s that don’t tie up loose ends or explain things fully. When there is something in a character’s backstory that is never fully explained or something happens and then forgotten about then it’s like a cliffhanger. If it will be explained in another book please let us know.

describe your perfect reading spot

I’m an in bed reader or an out in nature reader. So either a cozy bed, nice pjs, my fur babies, my tv in the background, and no loud noises. Or a nice comfy shady spot surrounded nature with no city noise.

tell us three book confessions

1. I still haven’t read Pride and Prejudices even though I have it as an ebook and have watched two film adaptions.

2. I have a massive TBR list of over 800 on Goodreads and don’t even own like 95% of them. I will read a book by a new to me author and then add all of their books to my TBR list, but rarely get around to buy them or forget I added them.

3.  I have been stuck read book 5 of the Outlander series for over a year. I took a break from it due to review requests at the time and haven’t picked it up since even when I have free time.

when was the last time you cried during a book?

A Scarlet Woman by Lorna Peel. There were many things in it that made me cry for different reasons and I loved it.

how many books are on your bedside table?

One and it’s The Fiery Cross book 5 of the Outlander series. It’s sitting there to remind me I haven’t finished it.

what is your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?

I don’t eat while 99% of the time, but if I do eat then it’s usually some kind of chips.

name three books you would recommend to everyone

This is soooooo hard and I’m going to list series:

The Willow Creek series by Lily Graison

The Secrets and Scandal series by Darcy Burke

The Rookery Rogues series by Erica Monroe

show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase

No shelves! Just a stack of books on a cubbie.

write how much books mean to you in just three words

Hard one!!!

Escape for everything!

what is your biggest reading secret?

I love many types of heroes in romances, but unlike many, I don’t like the very alpha male type. The ones that like to be in charge at all times and don’t let up ever are a huge turn off for me.

That is the end of the tag! I’m not tagging anyone, but if you decided to do it let me know!

My Life in Books Tag

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I’m busy reading the Hot Winter Nights box set so it’s another book tag for this Random Friday. This one is the My Life in Books tag that I found on Dream Land Book Blog.

1. Find a book for each of your initials

K – Knight’s Prize by Glynnis Campbell

M – My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly

S – Seduced By a Lady’s Heart by Christi Caldwell

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

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The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna by Christina McKnight

3. Pick a book set in your city/country

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Don’t know of one set in my town, but Lucie: Bride of Tennessee by Vanlandingham is set in my state.

 

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

 

 

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I would love to go to Scottland and see everything.

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color

 

 

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The Duke of Danger by Darcy Burke. It’s gorgeous.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

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I have great memories from most of the books I have read, but Beauty and the Rake by Erica Monroe is the first that comes to mind. It gives me Beauty and the Beast vibes which is my favorite movie.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. I have been reading it for over a year. It’s is just slow moving for me.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

 

All of the Outlander books! They are huge.

 

That was so much fun!

A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

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It’s Random Friday and since I’m in the middle of reading Kissed at Christmas I decided to do another book tag. This time it is the A to Z Bookish Survey Tag. I discovered this tag on Brin’s Book Blog.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Darcy Burke. I had to check Goodreads to be sure and it was a close call between her and two other authors.

Best Sequel Ever:

This is a hard one. Let’s go with The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna (The Undaunted Debutantes, #2) by Christina McKnight

Currently Reading:

Kissed at Christmas by Christina McKnight, Ava Stone, and Michelle Willingham

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Either 7UP or Mixed Berry Water. Depends on the time of day.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical books! Due to space and price, I have more ebooks and I do love my Kindle.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Bran from The Untouchables series by Darcy Burke (I loved his quirks, his rule-breaking and how dedicated he was). He pulled me away from the charming bad boy Ethan in the Sins and Scandals series by Darcy Burke.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Forever Rose by Carmen Monica Oprea. It was not my typical read because it is a time travel book, but I loved it!!!!

Hidden Gem Book:

Gray Places by Julia Byrd It gave me chills and I loved it even with the romance not being front and center.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Discovering the many book groups on Facebook and starting my own blog. There are people like me and we totally understand each other. I was first encouraged to start my blog by readers and authors I know then to start writing my own book by them too.

Just Finished:

I just finished an ARC of A Talent for Temptation by Sabrina Jeffries. A quick amazing read.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m not a fan of erotica or time travel. I will read the odd one here or there, but I don’t like to books that the story almost never leaves the bedroom or books that spend a lot of time in the present day.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

So far

Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon it is 880 pages according to Goodreads.

Major book hangover because of:

There are a few of them that have left me needing a break from them. Pretty much any of Darcy Burke’s books, Ava Stone’s books, Christina McKnight’s and Erica Monroe’s books. I can’t put them down until they are finished and they usually leave me needing to process something.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Actual bookcases are zero. I have a set cubbies that are full of books and have books piled on top of them.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

A Dangerous Invitation (The Rookery Rogues #1) by Erica Monroe. It’s a favorite.

Preferred Place To Read:

In my bed or outside in the fall weather.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“I fell in love with her by word alone. It wouldn’t matter if she were blind, deaf, bald, or broken, I would love her with all that I am.”

Lynn Winchester – The Gentleman’s Heart

Reading Regret:

Not reading the Outlander series earlier. I had stayed away from it because of the size, that it’s time travel, and not really a romance. I didn’t start reading them until after the show aired and I realized they were different from what I thought.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

There are a few, but my top one is The Grooms series by Rose Gordon. I have only Her Sudden Groom and loved Alex like crazy.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  1. Scoundrel Ever After (Secrets & Scandals #6) by Darcy Burke

2. The Outlaw (Willow Creek #2) by Lily Graison

3.West of Forgotten by Lynda J. Cox 

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Ava Stone she writes most of the books that give me chills and spook me.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

The next book in Darcy Burke’s League of Rogues series! I have been waiting for it like crazy.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Ruining the spines of my print books. I try so hard not to bend them back, but when you have small hands it happens. It shows my books are loved though.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Never Surrender to a Scoundrel by Lily Dalton

Your latest book purchase:

The Major’s Faux Fiancée (The Dukes of War #4) by Erica Ridley

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

West of Forgotten by Lynda J. Cox

That was so much fun! Let me know your thoughts below.

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

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It’s Random Friday and it’s time for another tag! And since it’s my birthday I thought this tag sounded like a lot of fun. I found the tag on Spines & Covers. I wasn’t tagged and won’t tag anyone so if you like this tag consider yourself tagged.

How long have you been a blogger?

Almost two years. I started in December 2015 and originally it was going to be a personal blog, but it quickly turned into a book blog after a few posts. Time really flies when you are doing something you love. My blog has grown and changed in that short time too.

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

I don’t think I ever will. I will probably take breaks, but never fully stop. This blog has opened so many doors for me and I’ve met some great people through blogging. It will always be my baby (my others are too) since it is the first blog that I really put the time into it.

What is the best thing about blogging?

In two word THE PEOPLE! I have met so many people and gotten to know them through this blog. We talk, help each other, and love seeing each other’s opinions on all things books and book related. Even if we don’t always agree we still have fun.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it ok?

The drama that comes from one bad apple in the bunch. All it takes is one book blogger to do something to upset someone and it can set off a domino effect for the rest of us. I usually stay away from it, but there are times that I need to defend us bloggers.

How long does it take to make/find pictures to use?

Depending on the post it doesn’t usually take long. If it’s something I have on hand I ask my brother (the photographer) to take pictures for me and then just do quick edits ( sometimes me and sometimes him). When it comes to my graphics it can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour depending on the look I’m going for.

What do you wear when you write blog posts?

95% of the time it’s my PJs. I like comfy clothes when typing, but sometimes I have other things to do so I put on normal clothes.

How long does it take to prepare?

I have a schedule for this blog that I don’t always stick to. Mondays are either writing updates or what I’m reading that week, Wednesdays are always book reviews, and Fridays are random days. I sometimes plan out Friday posts if I don’t have another book review for that day or there is something on my mind I want to share. Other times I find random tags that catch my attention like today. Sometimes I have reviews on all three days or reviews on other days of the week due to tours.

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

Every book blogger I have met is amazing! We can refer people to each other and we all understand each other and the book blogger life. There can be a bit of drama and some cliches, but usually, we all get along great.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Don’t let it become a chore. If you find yourself dreading the work change it up and keep it fun. If you are in a reading slump take a break from accepting requests and read what you want out of your personal collection and slow down.

Reading Habits and Readabits Tag!

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This week for Random Friday I have two book tags thanks to a post from Jessie at Nerdy Book Life! You can read her answers by clicking the link.

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Reading Habits Tag!

#1 Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I read in my in bed. I turn on the tv for background noise and snuggle in with Abigail who gets belly rubs and paw rubs the whole time.

#2 Bookmark or a random piece of paper? 

Bookmark! I have tons of them all over the house from swag packs and one nice fabric one that I love to use. I’ve never used random bits of paper because they slide out and get lost.

#3 Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc.? 

If I have to stop and can’t finish in one sitting I try to stop half way through the book. I can’t stop during exciting parts and will keep reading until I’m past the parts that I can’t wait to finish.

#4 Do you eat or drink while reading? 

I never eat while reading. I will sometimes drink while reading, but I put my book aside to be safe. I don’t want anything on my books or phone if I’m reading on my phone.

#5 Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

Yes! I can’t have silence when reading because every little noise catches my attention then. Can’t have people in the room though.

#6 One book at a time, or several at once?

One at a time. They would get mixed up in my head when writing reviews. I may start one and take a break from it to read another like I did with book five of the Outlander series (haven’t finished yet), but can’t go back and forth.

#7 Reading at home or everywhere? 

I can read everywhere if there are no distractions. My reading apps are on my phone and with me everywhere.

#8 Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head. I just react out loud to what I read at times.

#9 Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Never! I don’t want to miss anything.

#10  Breaking the spine or keeping it new? 

I try to keep it pretty, but the spine always gets broken. I have small hands and hold the book can be hard at times.

#11 Do you write in books? 

Never! I’m pretty good at remembering stuff. If it’s an ebook I just highlight it.

Readabits Tag!

#1 When do you find yourself reading? Morning, Afternoon, Evening, whenever you can, or all the time. 

Evening! 99% of the time I read at night. I rarely read during the day because I have stuff to do.

#2 What is your best setting to read in?

In a nice cool bed with a snoring dog by me.

#3 What do you do first watch or read? 

So far I’ve watched first because I didn’t know about the book until after seeing the movie or show.

#4 What form do you prefer? Audiobook, e-book, or physical book.

It’s a toss up between ebooks and physical books. I love the smell and feel of physical books, but ebooks take up less space. I never have time for audiobooks because family is usually around and I don’t want to put headphones on.

#5 Do you have a unique reading habit? 

I don’t think so. Maybe that I can read with the mindset of the time period the book is set sometimes to understand things.

#6 Do book series have to match? 

Nope. It doesn’t really matter to me.

Are you my habit twin or do you have interesting ones? Comment below.

 

The Book Tag/I Dare You

 

Book TagI Dare YouThanks to Christy Carlyle and Collette Cameron for the idea to do this!

I’m going to break the rules and not tag anyone because I think it’s more fun to see who does it without being tagged. So please feel free to play along! It’s fun to see people’s answers.

RULES:
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.
Here I go!

1.What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Captian’s Blood by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. I’ve had it since around 2005 when I was around 13 years old.

2.What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current read is The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex, My last read was Encounter with a Rogue by Deb Marlowe, My next read will be The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (a new to me author thanks to a friend)

3.What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Hmm, I don’t think I have read a book that everyone loved and I hated. Usually, I like something about every book. The only ones that I have not liked I did not finish.

4.What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Pride and Prejudice. I have it but have never gotten around to reading it.

5.What book are you saving for retirement?

I haven’t planned that far in advance.

6.Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I have to wait until the end! I could never ruin the ending for myself by looking.

7.Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I like them as long as they don’t drag on for pages. I know the excitement of having your name mentioned in a book!

8.Which book character would you switch places with?

I can’t pick just one! There are many in the historicals that I read that love and think it would be fun for awhile to be them.

9.Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

A lot of the westerns I have read remind me of being a little girl wondering in the fields among the cows and animals.

10.Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I won an audio book copy of Her Imperfect Groom by Rose Gordon by posting a picture of my fur babies. It was a surprise giveaway.

11.Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Yes. I love to give books as gifts to other book lovers. I want to share the joy that books can bring.

12.Which book has been with you most places?

All of them. I have the Kindle app on my phone so pretty much all of my books are with me everywhere.

13.Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I was homeschooled so I had a bit more choice with what I had to read. Anything I read I loved.

14.Used or brand new?

Both. I rarely actually have print books but I will take them either way.

15.Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope.

16.Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Broken Trail. I loved the movie more than the book. The book was still good.

17.Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Yes! I’ve read a few historical romances that have mentioned food that sounds yummy. One even had recipes at the end.

18.Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I can’t pick just one. All the authors I follow on Facebook are amazing.

19.Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Yes. Stolen by my Knave by Dawn Brower is slightly outside my usual genre because of time travel and I loved it. I usually don’t like any with time travel except for Outlander.