Inside and Out Book Tag

First seen on The Tattooed Book Geek and minutes later again over at Book Reviews / Jack´s Bedtime Reading. Both haven´t tagged anyone specifically but have instead invited anyone who would like to join in on the tag-fun.

Here we are. I decided to add my two cents into the tag-mix.


 

1. Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

Inside flap? The books I buy never have them. It´s book summaries on the back for me. Some have info overload and some lack info.

 

 

2. New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?

Preferably paperback. Hardcover for my bookshelves because they look neat and clean and pretty. I´m generally against E-books and Audiobooks… I tried listening to an Audiobook while driving… and while ironing clothes. I almost drove over a red light and I burnt a hole in my jeans. Audiobooks are a no for me.

 

 

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

I´m a little anal when it comes to my books. They need to be in pristine condition at all times. Me writing in them would give me chest pain. So, I´m going for keeping things squeaky clean.

 

 

4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

 

First reaction after reading the questions.

 

Second reaction.

 

Third reaction

 

 

5. Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

I´m so guilty of doing this. Yes, I read ahead, but only if I can´t handle the suspense. I´m that unholy person who sometimes reads the last chapter first. I love spoilers so doing this doesn´t bother me in the slightest.

 

 

6. Organized bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves?

Define the word `organized`. If you mean keeping my books on my bookshelves then- No.

 

 

7. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Yes.

 

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?

Right at this moment, I´m having a head visual of a football team chanting “Take it out! Take it out!”. * sigh * I prefer to stay in and read. Although, I wouldn´t mind reading outside if it weren´t for my self inviting and Queen of asking 1000 Q´s mother-in-law.

 


 

That´s about it, dear bookish Padawans. I hope you enjoyed. I´m going to join Drew and Jake with their non-tagging philosophy and will not tag anyone in particular. Should you feel inspired to “tag” along then feel free to join in on the fun. Make sure to tag me so I can see what you have in store.

 

Sending out lots of love,

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Woop Woop!

Hugs and virtual chocolates go out to Norrie @ Reading Under The Blankie for nominating me to participate in the Sunshine Blogger tag. I shall do my bestest of bestest to answer all questions provided by Her Blankie Majesty….

 

Here we go…..

 

#1    Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes and no. Let´s just say I get spooked easily and I also have a wild imagination. I´m also a chicken shit when I´m alone at night. I once nearly attacked my own reflection with a baseball bat. ( The Tv was off, the lights were dimmed, I was reading while husbutt was out. I had my trusty baseball bat at my side. I turned a page from my book, saw from the corner of my eye my own reflection in the Tv and got armed.) IF I´d believe in ghosts I´d seriously be fucked with a baseball bat. I don´t believe though, so…

 

 

#2    Have you ever sneaked out of the house to go to a party in your wild teen years?

Guilty on multiple accounts. I was successful for most of the time, too. It all slowed down when I once tried climbing out of my window ( at age 16 ) and spotted my mom standing under my window with her arms crossed, just waiting for me. You can´t imagine how fast I fell back into my room. Then my sneaking out of the house days stopped when ( at age 18 ) when I had one admirer in the livingroom and one at the front door. My only option was to escape through my bedroom window again. Fuckers both caught me. I gave up afterwards.

 

#3    What´s your take on flowery food? (Lavender biscuits, wild flowers in salads, and so on). Yey or nay?

Sure, why not? Flowery foods wouldn´t be my first pick off the menu but I´d never say no if I were invited to a flowery food dinner party.

 

 

#4    What’s a book that you thought was kind of trashy but you still enjoyed?

That would be Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. Omg, that book was just so trashy in a college trashy over exaggerated way but I still enjoyed it. Even grab it for occasional reread sessions.

 

 

#5     Imagine it’s time for a cookie. Do you dip it in milk, sip coffee with it, or munch on it in its dry glory?

I like my cookies sand – paper – dry.

 

 

#6     Would you say you are a morning person?

I´m happy I don´t kill myself in the morning by accident. That´s the only thing I´m happy about and it´s the only happy thought I harbor until lunch.

 

 

#7     Winter sports. Yey or nay?

I hate to say nay because winter sports are kind of cool in their own right… So, I´ll say this: Sports indoors, during the winter are awesome.

 

 

#8     Has it ever happened that you liked a film or series adaptation of a book? If so, which book was it?

I can´t think of one. There probably is…

 

 

#9     Do you find house chores (cleaning, dish-washing, etc.) relaxing, or necessary evil?

Depends on the room. The kitchen is an evil place so naturally, everything happening there is always evil and designed to make my life a living hell. I do find mopping floors relaxing and oh so satisfying.

 

 

#10     Do you chill in your pjs all day when you don’t need to leave the house?

 

 

#11     What was the last book that knocked your socks off?

That would be The Book Of Love, by Fionnuala Kearney. Still can´t get over it.

 

That´s it, dear bookish Chicititas. I hope you enjoyed. ❤

Now let´s see what Aurora LibrialisSuzieyBrina, and Nina have to say about these wonderful Q´s. No pressure, loves….. ❤ Get ready for Life´s Favorites…

#1 What´s your favorite era / decade? Why?

#2 What´s your least favorite genre to read? Why?

#3 What´s your favorite day of the week?

#4 What´s your favorite movie / Show? Why?

#5 What´s your favorite song?

#6 Who´s your favorite literary villain?

#7 Do you sing along with your favorite song when you hear it?

#8 Your favorite author has retired. What would you do to get him/ her to write a book just for you?

#9 Who´s your favorite person?

#10 Would you rather ride your favorite bike or drive your favorite car?

 

Out Of My Comfort Zone Tag

I´m so not sure if this is something that´ll give me a good night´s rest or if it will haunt me because I found the energy to reveal my `fears`.

I can´t even say I´m squirmish or am even pulled out of my comfort zone in general. Most of the time I face challenges with excitement. But when it comes to books I´m uber careful NOT to step too close to the border of my comfort zone. Because books have a weird effect on me sometimes and that leaves me avoiding certain books / genres like the pest.

A huge thank you goes out to Norrie@ Reading Under The Blankie for tagging me to do the Out Of My Comfort Zone tag. Thanks, girl. I shall do my best to feel uncomfortable in this one. ❤

So, how does this work?
You have to pick one genre that you frequently read … and then, you can’t use any books from that genre while answering the questions


#1 A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements you don’t typically like

I´m not a fan of Dystopian books. I´ve read my fair share but can´t seem to warm up to the genre unless it has elements I´m drawn to. `Thicker Than Blood`by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley is an exception, though. Thicker Than Blood is for me more of a survival read than an actual dystopian. And since I´m a huge fan of anything that involves survival ( Zombie apocalypse, out in the wild, etc ) I forgave the fact that Thicker Than Blood is a dystopian. Review here.

Thicker than blood

#2 A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma against

Medical or health books are an absolute no – go for me. I lean towards being a hypochondriac. Health / medical books are ( next to Google ) my #1 enemy when I have something as simple as a cut that magically appeared on my toe. I´m regularly teased on WhatsApp with gifs and videos for being a hypochondriac. Which is fine. It´s hilarious. But then I caught the husbutt reading `Gut: The Inside Story Of Our Body´s Most Underrated Organ ` by Giulia Enders.

gut

Here´s the thing: Husbutt never reads. He started his current read 4 years ago and is now on page 44 ( I still have hope ). But he flew through `Gut`within no time and loved it. Said it was totally cool, highly informative and just… interesting. I gave it a go with a I´ll – Hate – This – One attitude and ended up sharing the husbutt´s opinion. `Gut`is hypochondriac approved!

#3 A book you didn’t know was out of your comfort zone until you started reading it

Hands down- `The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty` by Anne Rice is one of those uncomfortable surprise reads. This piece of work was recommended to me by a friend of a friend who I met at a party who also happened to be a fan of controversial books. He said it was controversial and I, as gullible as I sometimes am, thought I was getting a sweet retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Fuck the sweet retelling. I got a full blown pornographic novel of porn. * falls off sofa from laughter *

the claiming of sleeping beauty

This happened quite a few years before the 50 Shades hype existed. Thanks to The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty I was properly prepared for the BDSM onslaught we have now in erotica novels.

#4 Pick a friend who motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in—is there a book they convinced you to give a try?

My friends don´t like recommending books to me because they fear I´ll get technical and analyze their recommended books. I´m the person who does the “Everything Wrong With….” when it comes to recommended books. I know. I´m evil. But hey…. It´s a passion. Feed the hungry artist´s mind!

#5 A book that is out of your comfort zone, but you would like to read

`Lolita`by Vladimir Nabokov. I know what the story´s about. I´ve watched the movies  ( and even enjoyed them ) but I´ve never read the book. I admit, it´s a little out of my comfort zone because I NOW have a problem separating reality from fiction. The fact that I have an 11 year old at home is giving me a mind fuck. I´ll have to wait until my daughter is in her 20´s to be ready to read this one.

lolita

#6 A book or genre so outside of your comfort zone that you’ll probably never give a chance

The Holy Bible. I just can´t cope with a book that´s been used, abused and misinterpreted so severely that it´s not even funny anymore. I refuse to read a book that has hardly brought any good for as long as it´s been around. I´m sure it´s a lovely read but since many take everything in this book seriously and often act out these beliefs in a harmful – towards – humanity way I will kindly decline.

holy bible

Let´s see what these ladies have to say:

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Thank you for reading. I hope you have an awesome bookish day!

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge, Day 3

Alas, Day 3 of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge has arrived. I´m just going to go ahead and thank TheWebWeavers again ( because I´m not sure if once was enough or if I should be doing this for three days in a row….).

I think I´m going to leave this challenge with a bomb of a quote because every exit needs to be a flashy one, right?

But before we end this challenging challenge I´m gonna leave you with a useless fun fact: I was never the type of girl/woman who wrote down quotes or made sticky notes of brilliant words / phrases / quotes because I was never impressed or emotionally touched so deeply that I felt the need to do so. I´m still not that type of person. BUT…. on the flip side…. when I see a quote that does touch me in some way I´ll remember it. I only have a hand full of quotes that inspire me, push me forward, or quotes that are so darn meaningful that they simply cannot be ignored.

Fun fact over.



RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day

 

“Nowadays, people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

_ Oscar Wilde

 

Taken from one of my favorite classic reads, `The Picture Of Dorian Gray`. This book might be the only classic I love, as it´s powerful and deep. And the quote… well, I use it at family parties. A nice way to clear the way that leads to the kitchen. 🙂

 

Tagging:

I tag no one in particular. If you see this and would like to be apart of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge then feel free to join in on the fun. Make sure to tag me so I can see all your lovely quotes!


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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge Day 1

Many many moons ago I was tagged by the lovely The WebWeavers to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.

This isn´t anything I´m particularly good at but I´ll still give it a go and see where this takes me ( either to Quote Heaven or jail…. Who knows )


 

RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day

Ready? I´m not. * takes a large sip of coke *

 

“It is I who mediates the elements, bringing each into agreement…I make what is moist dry again, and what is dry I make moist. I make what is hard soft again, and harden that which is soft. As I am the end, so my lover is the beginning. I encompass the whole work of creation, and all knowledge is hidden in me…Who will dare to separate me from my love? No one, for our love is as strong as death.”

― Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches

 

Powerful. Meaningful. And taken from my favorite book / series. God, I love this story.


 

I nominate….

 

Have fun, ladies!

Get ready for Day 2 tomorrow. ❤