The Queen Book Tag!

The Bookish Underdog has been kind enough to tag me for this book tag. I haven’t done one in a while and I look forward to participating! Thank you so much!

1. Bohemian Rhapsody – A work that you feel successfully tells the story from multiple points of view?

I can’t think of any at the top of my head. I will say though that when it comes to going from character to character in terms of describing what’s happening with them, Harlan Coben’s Stay Close is great!

2. We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions – A work/series/author you follow and support the way a sports fan supports their fave team?

I’m going to choose Harlan Coben. He’s a great writer!

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3. Don’t Stop Me Now – A work you can’t put down?

Cradle and All by James Patterson. An amazing book!

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4. Killer Queen – A dominant or badass female character?

Anne Fitzgerald from Cradle and All. I really liked her character. She was strong, brave, and cared deeply for the ones she was supposed to protect.

5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – A work that includes a ridiculous/forced relationship?

Miles Teagarden and the young Alison at the end of If You Can See Me Now by Peter Straub. I’m not sure if they’re together-together at the end, but if so, that’s creepy and just wrong!

6. Under Pressure – A work you were pressured to read (by a teacher/peer/Booktube)?

Oh gosh, tons! I’m going to go with Catcher in the Rye. I didn’t really understand the big deal and didn’t like it AT ALL.

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7. I Want to Break Free – A pioneering feminist work?

I don’t know if I have an answer for this one.

8. Radio Ga Ga – A dystopian work that makes you uneasy, because you feel its predictions are/will be correct?

I don’t really read a lot of dystopian books. Sorry!

9. I Want It All – An author/collection you want to own in their entirety?

Well to be honest, I don’t really want any author’s entire collection of books. However, if I had to pick one, it would without a doubt be Harlan Coben. He’s my favorite author and he’s written so many wonderful things!

10. Innuendo – The most suggestive line in literature (like an innuendo)?

Another one I’m skipping.

11. I’m Going Slightly Mad – A work you enjoy for its eccentricity?

Maybe If You Could See Me Now by Peter Straub. It’s kind of eccentric in some ways but it’s an excellent book!

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12. The Show Must Go On – A work you enjoyed that was posthumously released?

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13. Playlist – What are your favourite Queen songs?

Another One Bites the Dust, Don’t Stop Me Now, We Will Rock You

Sadly, I had to look these up to know they were by Queen. Still though, I like them!

14. Somebody to Love – Who do you tag?

Bookmark Chronicles

The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise

Writing Radiation

Mary’s Average Adventures

Daisy in the Willows

Anyone Who Wants To Participate!

 

September Character Photo Challenge – September 15th

Okay, due to thinking that today was a fictional past that I wish was real (it’s actually future today and past tomorrow!), I’m going to have to switch the days around so I have more time to think about it. However, for a fictional past that I wish was real, I’m going with the Old West from Back to the Future III. Marty and Doc may have encountered some issues with Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen, but other than that, it seemed pretty fun!

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Wanna Participate? Check out the schedule below!

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“Which Do You Prefer?” Book Tag!

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So I know that there are similar book tags out there, but I thought I’d create one myself! So without further ado, “Which do you prefer…?”

1.) Writing or reading books?

This is kind of hard. Then again, I love to do both to be honest. I think I have to say that I like to write stories more than read them, but only because I want to be a writer and because, I do enjoy it. However, reading books is much easier and I do enjoy that as well – which is why I wanted to become a writer in the first place!

2.) Reading hardbacks or paperbacks?

Paperbacks all the way! For some reason, hardcovers just look so much more daunting. I own both though and having hardcovers seems more important and substantial. Maybe that doesn’t make sense, but it’s true.

3.) Reading E-books or books you can actually hold?

Definitely tangible books. Reading on the computer or tablet frustrates the crap out of me!

4.) Reading books with the protagonist of a woman or man?

Actually I prefer reading books where the protagonist is a man. No idea why!

5.) Reading books written by men or women?

Men though I know how wrong it is to say that! Especially since I want to be a professional author one day and I’m a woman!

6.) Reading books or listening?

Reading. I’ve never listened to an audio book and have absolutely no desire to!

7.) Reading out loud or in your head?

In my head

8.) Getting books from the library/borrowing them or buying them?

I like owning books more, but it’s safer to get them from the library first and see if you like them. But I guess I like owning them more! Who doesn’t?!

9.) Reading thrillers or romance?

Thrillers all the way!

10.) Writing in books or not?

Not

11.) Reading long books or short?

I like reading books that are about 400 pages long. Not sure if that’s long, short, or in the middle!

 

I nominate everyone, but especially…

Bookmark Chronicles

The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise

Hot Shot Headlines

Life Lessons Around The Dinner Table

That Bookshelf Bitch

Writing Radiation

*Please display photo of tag on your post if you participate! Thanks!

 

 

May Photo A Day Challenge & Book Challenge – May 15th

May Photo Challenge:

I love this comic strip! While this picture was found online, I have the actual strip cut out from the newspaper and laminated as a bookmark!

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Wanna participate? See schedule below!

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May Book Challenge:

I wasn’t sure what my favorite last line in a book was so I picked up my favorite book and found the last paragraph. I’m so happy I did because it was amazing! I planned on reading Wicked again after I finished The Da Vinci Code, but now I’m gonna definitely read Dead Lines again by Greg Bear. Here’s the creepy and well written last paragraph!

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Wanna participate? See schedule below!

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May Photo A Day Challenge & Book Challenge – May 14th

May Photo Challenge:

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Wanna participate? See schedule below!

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May Book Challenge:

Favorite author? Harlan Coben!

So I actually own one other Harlan Coben book, Long Lost. I didn’t see it at first because it wasn’t with the rest of my books by him (so of course, I started re-organizing my book shelf!). Anyway, these are most of my Harlan Coben books! 🙂

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Wanna participate? See schedule below!

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Fem(+Me) Friday Book Tag!

I just got tagged by Rae over at Bookmark Chronicles for the Fem(+Me) Friday Book Tag! Thank you so much, Rae!

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The rules:

-Post this tag post on a Friday.

-Tag three to five other bloggers (female or male, doesn’t matter).

-Post the Tag image with this.

-If you’re going to start doing the meme on your blog please link back so there’s a pingback in the comments section for others (me) to check out

1. What’s the ratio of female:male authors in your shelves? You don’t have to give an exact amount, just approximately

Okay this may sound awful since I’m a female, but the female to male ratio of authors on my book shelves is 25:75. I’m honestly not a huge fan of female writers (I know – horrible, especially since I want to be a writer!). Then again, some of James Patterson books are co-written with female authors and they’re great books!

2. Do you have any preconceived notions about female authors? EG: they only write YA or chicklit?

Well I know that it’s not true, but for the most part the books I’ve read that are written by females are for young adults. However, I’ve also read a lot of books that are meant for adults that are written by women too. I guess though that for the most part, I feel like they lack something. Again, I know that sounds awful.

3.) Who’s your favorite female author?

I’m not honestly sure that I have one. Let’s say Cornelia Funke though. When I was younger, I liked The Thief Lord and Ink Heart by her.

4. Have you ever read a comic or a graphic novel written and illustrated by a woman? 

I don’t believe so. I used to read Rave Master but that was written by a male. Man, I’m not doing well here!

5. Have you read any LGBT books?

Nope

6. Have you read a book by a female author of colour?

Yes, many. I took an African American Lit. class in college. I can’t remember all of the authors’ names but I do know that I liked some of the stories. I believe I read some of Toni Morrison’s work.

7. Have you read any feminist Non fiction books? 

I don’t read nonfiction.

8. Who is your favourite female character? Someone strong and role model-ish 

Maybe Jane Margaux from Sunday’s at Tiffany’s? The book is by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. Jane has to deal with a lot of negativity from her mother, but she’s tough and successful. Also a lot of characters that I’ve read about in my African American Literature course were admirable.

9. Is there a really popular female author that you haven’t read at all?

Ha, tons! Veronica Roth and Daniel Steele are just a couple. I don’t know, I’ve always just read more books written by males.

10. Is there a popular non feminist book that you really enjoyed? 

I’m not sure how to answer this.

 

I tag:

Kendra at Reads and Treats

Lizzy at Anxious Ramblings of a Fragile Mind

The Bookish Underdog

 

 

The Coffee Book Tag!

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So Kat from Life and Other Disasters did another awesome book tag! I decided to take it upon myself to complete it as well. So, without further ado…here are the questions!

BLACK

A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

Hmmm…I’m gonna go with the Harry Potter books. I mean, they weren’t really hard to get into and I liked them at the time, but I feel they were overrated. Meanwhile, a lot of other people are in love with them!

PEPPERMINT MOCHA

I’m gonna cheat on this one…well, sort of. I don’t really read this book a lot, but I own it. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens!

HOT CHOCOLATE

A favorite children’s book.

I honestly don’t really have one. When I was younger though, I was in love with this Barney ant book!

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO

A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

I’m gonna name two here: Nathaniel and The Unwanted by John Saul! Great, suspenseful books!

               

STARBUCKS

A book you see everywhere.

Ha, this is funny because there is a Starbucks everywhere! When it comes to books though, I dunno. I hear about The Girl on the Train and stuff a lot.

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A book by an indie author (a shoutout).

I simply don’t know.

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A book you were expecting more from

I hate to say this (plus I’m not sure how fair it is to say, since I didn’t give the book much of a chance), but I couldn’t get into Harlan Coben’s Missing You. I’m not sure why, either. I just couldn’t get myself to keep reading. I will one day though!

THE PERFECT BLEND

A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

I have the perfect one for this! One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.

GREEN TEA

A book or series that is quietly beautiful.

I’m not sure what this means, but this is a nice romance book. Sunday’s at Tiffany’s by James Patterson (a good movie too, though mine broke! 😦  )

CHAI TEA

A book or series that makes you dream of far off places.

Well, maybe not of a real place, but Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is a good book abut the beautiful idea of characters coming to life.

EARL GREY

Favorite classic.

I’m not really a fan of classics, so I’m just going to say One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I don’t think it’s really considered a classic, but it’s an older book and really good (so is the movie by the way! I highly recommend it!)

I tag:

Lizzie from Anxious Ramblings of a Fragile Mind

 

Mary from Mary’s Average Adventures

 

Kendra from Reads and Treats

 

Anyone who wants to participate!

Reading/Writing Suggestions

Some of you may know that in addition to writing about anxiety, I sometimes write about reading and writing. I’ve been working on a story lately and I realized that although I’m still may not be the greatest writer in the world, I’m pretty proud of what I’ve written so far.

I think that a great way to get better at writing is to read more. Not only does reading give you an idea of what works in a story, but you can see how other authors write and get a feel for how important the author’s voice is. Once you realize what makes a good story, you can find your own voice and write your own amazing story!

I thought I would make a list of writers that I think are amazing. This way if you plan on writing a story of a certain genre, you can know whose books to read to give you an idea of what makes such a great story and what qualities make a great writer!

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-Harlan Coben: In addition to great ideas, Harlan Coben has a way of keeping you on your toes and making you feel part of the story. I get so excited when he comes out with new books! By the way, he’s coming out with a new one called Fool Me Once on March 22nd! He even has a video up about it on his website! Feel free to let me know if you check it out!

Recommended Books: Tell No One, Long Lost, etc.

-James Patterson: James Patterson is also an author that has the amazing talent of keeping you on your toes. His chapters are quick-paced and short. He makes you want to keep turning the pages for more! If you want to check out a great TV series based on one of his books, check out Zoo. It’s on Netflix!

Recommended Books: Now You See Her, Truth or Die, Zoo, Sunday’s At Tiffany’s (Romance, also a movie!), etc.

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-John Saul: Let me tell you guys something. John Saul is an amazing writer! I wish I would have read his books even earlier on. The story that I mentioned that I’m working on is a ghost story and I really feel that reading John Saul’s books has helped me. He’s a mastermind at using imagery. So many times I find it hard to feel like I’m part of the story, but with his books, it’s easy! In fact, I almost stopped reading a book by him because his imagery was so strong (I’m still not sure I like the book, it’s a bit depressing. It’s called Shadows.)

Recommended Books: The Unwanted, Nathaniel, Hell Fire

-Stephen King: I actually have only read a few short stories by Stephen King (I’ve never finished any of his longer novels), but I do LOVE his ideas and a lot of the movies and TV shows that were made from his books! He has great ideas and really is a good writer! I’m going to list some of the movies/TV shows that I love that were created from his books!

Recommended watching: The Dead Zone (TV show), Haven (TV show), The Stand (TV show/Movie), The Dead Zone (Movie), The Langoliers (Movie), Storm of the Century (TV series/Movie), Fire Starter (Movie), The Shawshank Redemption (Movie), The Shining (Movie)

 

Extra recommended watching: The 4400. I just started watching this on Netflix and really like it so far! It’s a science fiction show.

 

Other Great Books with Great Writing:

Suspect-Robert Crais: A GREAT book for both those who love suspense books and books about animals. See description here.

Dead Lines- Greg Bear: Another great ghost story. I haven’t read it in a while, but it’s always the book that I say is my favorite! Want to know more? Click here!

What books do you recommend for those who want to write/read thriller or horror stories?

The Friends Book Tag!

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Okay so Kat at Life and Other Disasters did this awesome book tag! My favorite TV show is Friends so I couldn’t pass it by. However, instead of doing all books, I might do some shows/movies as well. So without further ado, here are the questions!

 

THE ONE WHERE EDDIE WON’T GO – A CHARACTER I WISH WOULD JUST GO AWAY:

Eric Cavanaugh’s father in The Unwanted by John Saul. I can’t remember the father’s name at the moment, but I HATE him! He’s a total a** and the whole time I just wanted him to die. Of course, there are a few characters in that book like that, but Eric’s father takes the cake!

THE ONE WHERE ROSS AND RACHEL TAKE A BREAK – FAVORITE BREAK UP SCENE:

This is hard. Can I pick Friends when Ross and Rachel take a break? The part where Ross is kissing Rachel and trying to make her forgive him but she can’t makes me almost cry. I guess I would be cheating to pick that though. Ah…what the heck!? I pick that scene for now. If I come up with anything else, I’ll let you know!

THE ONE WITH ALL THE KISSING – A BOOK WITH LOTS OF KISSING:

Oh jeez, another tough one. I don’t really read a lot of books where there’s a lot of kissing honestly. Let’s just go with the beginning of Truth or Die by James Patterson. There’s not that much kissing, but it’s all I could come up with! Sorry! There’s a lot of kissing in the TV show One Tree Hill though!

THE LAST ONE – FAVORITE SERIES FINALE:

Ha, this is funny because when it comes to shows, it’s Friends for sure! However, when it comes to books, I’d have to go with The Unwanted again because the ending was so unexpected!

THE ONE WITH A BLACKOUT – A SCENE I’D LIKE TO FORGET:

Hmm…I’m gonna go with a scene from the movie Bag of Bones. It was really creepy. If you watch the movie, maybe you’ll know what I mean. I don’t want to ruin it by saying.

I’m adding a book scene to this. I just started reading Shadows by John Saul and there’s this really graphic scene that I really wish I wouldn’t have read. :/

THE ONE WHERE CHANDLER CAN’T CRY – A BOOK THAT DID NOT MAKE YOU AS EMOTIONAL AS OTHERS:

Ooh, while maybe not “emotional” as in sad, I’m going to define emotional in this case as a book I didn’t think was as good as everyone thought. Now I know this will upset a lot of fans, but the Harry Potter series! I read most of the books and while they were written pretty well, I wasn’t as in love with them as everyone else was!

THE ONE WHERE JOEY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD – A BOOK YOU WON’T EVER LEND:

Wow, this seems like such a harsh question! Maybe Deadlines by Greg Bear because when asked, I always say it’s my favorite (even though I haven’t read it in a while). Either that or Nathaniel. Also, I once lent a book to someone and that didn’t go well so I bought another copy. Chances are I wouldn’t lend out that one again either!

By the way, The One Where Joey Doesn’t Share Food is a GREAT episode! 🙂

THE ONE WITH THE THUMB – A RECENT READ THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TWO THUMBS UP TO:   

Hellfire! You can read my review here!

THE ONE WITH THE ICK FACTOR – A BOOK WITH A PET PEEVE:

Okay, I’m TOTALLY going with a movie here. The Wizard of Oz! I hate when in books, movies, or TV shows, something happens and it ends up being all a dream! UGH!

THE ONE WITH THE LESBIAN WEDDING – FAVORITE LGBTQ BOOK COUPLE:

I feel horrible, but I can’t think of one at the moment!

I tag…

Rae from Bookmark Chronicles

Abbie from Café Book Bean

Kendra from Reads and Treats

Mary from Mary’s Average Adventures

*Anyone who wants to participate! Especially Friends fans! Feel free to paste a link to your tag in the comments section!