The Book Blogger Insider Tag

My first book related tag for 2019, y´all! And what better way than to start by giving some book blogger insider insight.

A huge THANK YOU to Norrie @Reading Under The Blankie. I shall give my best and find answers for these Q´s.

Are we ready?  * waiting for the collective war cry reply * I guess we are. * cracking knuckles*


Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Uuhm, at home. At the diningroom table. Because the table is angled in the right position so I can still watch TV. There was a time I tried typing blog posts while sitting on the sofa but…. I always fell asleep. So, the diningroom table it is.

 

How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

I´m going to have to go with Norrie´s answer. Anywhere between half an hour to five months or possibly never.

 

When did you start your book blog?

I started this blog in 2016 but have been blogging for longer than I like to admit.

 

What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

If there was a negative side to having a book blog I don´t think I´d have one. Unless I´d be sharing a book blog with an asshole. Then the worst thing would be that asshole.

 

What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Definitely the community.

 

What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Hands down- My favorite blog post would be the Spam Box Treasure. I find immense joy in receiving and sharing spam comments.

 

What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

Probably the one´s I haven´t uploaded yet. * insert snort and laugh * I´m very snarky and have no filter so most of my blog posts end up evil and left as drafts. * hiding face * But my fav types of blog posts are the ones where I analyse book titles or cover images.

 

When do you typically write?

At 8 p.m. Right after the girls go to bed. It´s the only time when I have absolute peace and quiet.

 

Do you review every book you read?

Almost. Very few I refuse to review because they´re either too good and whatever I´d say would never do its justice or the book was so horrible I can´t seem to find it in me to waste time typing anything useful.

 

How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I don´t have any fur babies 😦 But I do drink 1 cup of hot chocolate and way too much coke every night and eat a bowl of cornflakes around midnight all while listening to music and keeping one eye on the TV. But listening to music and eating is a must for me while writing reviews.

 

When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the books? Two weeks after finishing the book?

Again- Within a few hours up to 5 months or even a year later. It all depends on my mood and what´s on TV or if husbutt has some earthbreaking news to share. Right now I´m on day 3 for 1 review.

 

How often do you post?

In general? Or just reviews? I try to do a minimum of 3 posts a week with 1 being a review post. Everything else is a bonus.

 

Puuh. That was tough. Thanks again, Norrie for nominating me.

I tag EVERYONE to participate in the fun!

Much love,

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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Let´s see what these ladies have to say:

Shalini´s Books & Reviews    ♦    Of All The Books In All The Libraries    ♦    The Cozy Pages

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

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What´s On My Bookshelf Tag

Hola * waves enthusiastically * Welcome to the What´s On My Bookshelf tag!!

A huge shout-out goes to the lovely ladies over at Fiction No Chaser for tagging me. If you guys haven´t already, go and shower those chicas with some love and virtual chocolate.

So, I guess I should start this baby, huh? * cracking knuckles * * pushing glasses up nose *


 

RULES:

  • Link back to me so I can see everyone’s answers! (Naty’s Bookshelf)
  • Also link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Name one book for each category; try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
  • Tag at least 5 people

 

Okay… Let´s do this. Ready?

 

A LIBRARY BOOK

Brace yourselves because this is going to be a worthy rant that´ll end with me blaming the husbutt. I haven´t been to a library since I finished university. WHY? BECAUSE THERE ISN`T A LIBRARY NEAR ME OR ONE WITHIN AN HOUR DRIVE HERE! I live smack in the middle of the flipping boondocks, where Oscar the milk cow winks his good mornings at me and the hell cat ( only God knows who hell cat belongs to ) gives me a heart attack at night with his complainings outside my kitchen window. The closest thing to a library would be my best friend´s private library but she only reads sci-fi… and I don´t. Who´s to blame? Husbutt. He said we´d love it here. He even made me do the whole cheasy “close your eyes and imagine…” thing and guess what? I´m now a happy villager without library access.

 

A BOOK I GOT AS A GIFT

Once upon a time… on a snowy Christmas morning, Husbutt´s cousin dashed by and brought us gifts. Mine was a book. A tricky thing to gift someone. * waves off * ANYWAY- The book was `Gone Girl` by Gillian Flynn. There never was a book that infuriated me more. But I didn´t have the heart to tell him I didn´t like it. So, ever since… I´ve been gifted books on Christmas by husbutt´s cousin.  * sigh *

 

A CHILDHOOD BOOK

Ooooh. I remember loving The Hobbit. My dad used to read it to me until I was able to read it myself. Then he showed me the cartoon movie ( the 70´s version ). My world was shattered after that. I lost all hope after they made a trilogy out of the book. * sigh * OUT OF ONE BOOK.

 

A MAGICAL BOOK

Hmm, I don´t read many magical books but the last one I read that had magic in it was from Alys Arden- The Casquette Girls. So kick ass awesome ❤

 

A ROMANTIC BOOK

THIS (!!!) I´m definitely going with Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens. That´s my all time favorite romance because it´s so freaking romantic ( and frustrating. But still romantic ) The tension! The feels! Be still my chaotic emotional household!

 

A STEAMY BOOK

I´m definitely going to agree with Teagan on the A Court Of Mist And Fury but will not pick the cabin scene ( although, that´s a good one! * wink * ) Instead I´ll take the Court Of Nightmares scene. * fans face *

 

AN OLD BOOK

Old? Where to start… The only old book I bought myself was The Picture of Dorian Gray. My mom once gave me my Grandma´s Gone With The Wind copy, along with a tacky Clarke Gable and Vivien Leigh plate to place over my TV. * sigh * So, that counts as old, right?

 

A BOOK THAT MAKES ME HAPPY/LAUGH

`The Internet Is A Playground` by David Thorne. I swear on all that´s pink and fluffy… That guy is a dick but the things he does…genius! Love Justin´s Floodlight ( If you haven´t already, go and read it. I couldn´t breathe from laughing so hard. It´s short and so funny )

 

A BOOK THAT MADE ME EMOTIONAL

`The Birthday List` by Devney Perry. All that pain the Heroine endured….

 

 

A BOOK WITH AN ENDING I DISLIKE

Hold my coke while I go and dig up the many scrolls.

 

A BOOK I WISH HAD ILLUSTRATIONS

Call me odd but.. I´d rather keep my books without illustrations. Leaves more to the imagination.

 

A BOOK OR GENRE I LOVE TO READ WHEN IT’S RAINING

Romance, baby!

 

So, that was it. I apologize for the rant above. Besides that- I hope you enjoyed! ❤


NOMINATIONS

Of All The Books In All The Libraries

Reading Under The Blankie

Flowers In The Brain

Purple Manatees

Early Bookish Birds

As always.. do not feel pressured into doing this tag. You will still be loved if you don´t. ❤

 

 

 

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 2

Huhuu! It´s me again. Welcome to the second day of my 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.

And as yesterday, I´d like to give my hugging thanks to The Web Weavers for tagging me to take part in this little bundle of fun.


 

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

 

Nothing´s changed. I still feel awkward doing this but here I am…. willing to give it my best shot. Let´s do this  * cracking knuckles *


 

`Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.` 

_ Friedrich Nietzsche

The reason I picked this quote is because it suits me. Plus, I have it tattooed below my shoulder-blade. It´s meaningful for me.

Figuratively it means that people don´t understand a person´s motivations, their actions or their choices. They judge a person for their behavior and think of them to be irrational ( among many other things ). And what happens when people don´t understand? They often reject the things they can´t comprehend.

Not that I´ve been rejected. But I have been told that my behavior is abrasive, that I can´t see beyond my own point of view. I´ve been called arrogant and many other questionable things online and offline by people who refused to have a listen to the music I danced to. But that´s fine. I don´t expect understanding. My confidence is mistaken for arrogance. My abrasive side is just me being straight forward. Take it or leave it, you know? I´m misunderstood on a daily basis but that´s fine. I´m alive. I´ll continue to live. Just as all the people will survive even  though they can´t hear the awesome stuff I´m listening to.


I´m tagging….

 

Until tomorrow, my dear bookish Padawans ❤ Mucho love.


 

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