Book Tastes Tag

Kendra over at Reads and Treats participated in this book tag. It looked interesting so I thought I’d do the same!

Hardback or paperback?

This is kind of a hard one. Hardbacks are kind of cooler to have, but I find paperbacks easier to hold, so I’m going to go with paperbacks!

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?

Harry Potter. I think they’re overrated, but they were good.

Stephen King or RL Stine?

Stephen King

Sci-fi or fantasy?

Sci-fi maybe? I’m more into sci-fi movies than books, but oh well.

Reading indoors or outdoors?

Indoors.

Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey?

Neither.

Shopping online or local?

Online due to my anxiety.

The Great Gatsby or The Catcher in the Rye?

To be honest, neither but I hated The Catcher in the Rye, so I’m going to have to say The Great Gatsby

Fiction or Non-fiction?

Fiction.

Bookmarks or dog-earing?

Bookmarks!

Dr. Seuss or Roald Dahl?

I don’t know who Roald Dahl is, so I guess Dr. Seuss. Never really cared for him though.

E-book or Audiobook?

E-books

I Tag…

EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO PARTICIPATE!

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Inside Out Book Tag!

I was checking out my reader and saw this on Kendra’s blog! I love the questions so I decided to participate! Please check out Kendra’s blog, Reads and Treats!

Inside Out Book Tag
Found on Kendra’s Blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I: Inside Flap / Back of Book Summaries. Too much info? Or not enough? Discuss!

I think the back of the book gives just enough info but I don’t usually read the inside flap in case they give away too much.

N: New Book. Be Honest: Which format do you want it in? Audio, hardcover, paperback, or ebook?

100% Paperback.

S: Scribble While You Read? Do you write in your books, or keep them clean? Tell us why.

Keep it clean! The only writing that should be in a book is the author’s!

I: In Your Best Written Voice Read Us Your Favorite First Sentence From a Book.

I have no idea what my favorite sentence is right now!

D: Does It Matter to You Whether the Author is Male or Female when Deciding to Read a Book? What if you’re unsure of author’s gender?

I’ve always been drawn more to male authors. I know this is going to sound horrible (especially since I want to be an author), but I feel like women usually write romance and young adult stuff – two things I’m really not into. However, there have been books that I really liked and then found out that a woman wrote it after all!

E: Ever Read Ahead? Or have you read the last page before you got there?

Only when it came to some books for school. I’m sorry but some of those are just boring!

O: Organized Bookshelves or Outrageous Bookshelves?

Organized. However, if things aren’t perfect, that’s okay with me too.

U: Under Oath: Have You Ever Bought a Book Based On the Cover? … The Cover Alone?

Probably when I was younger. I wouldn’t do it now.

T: Take it Outside or Stay In?

Stay in. Reading outside can be okay at times though too.

 

I Tag…EVERYONE!

 

Reader Confession Tag

Reader Confession Tag

Hey guys! I saw this tag over at Kendra’s blog, Reads and Treats! She invited everyone to participate! Thanks Kendra!

1. Have you ever damaged a book?

Sadly yes. There’s actually also a funny story behind one incident. I was in first grade and I must have book one book within another. My teacher gave us all a lecture on how wrong it was and how it messed up the spine. I remember just sitting there feeling so guilty! She never found out it was me.

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Hmmm…not sure. Does from the library count? I know that someone once damaged mine. I was so mad!

3. How long does it take you to read a book?

If I really like it, a couple of weeks. Sometimes I read books really slow though.

4. Books that you haven’t finished?

Sadly, a lot. I love to read, it’s just a bad habit. Let’s see there’s Zoo by James Patterson (a good show by the way), The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, and Missing You by Harlan Coben. These are the ones that come to mind anyway. I liked them, I just never finished. 😦

5. Hyped/Popular books that you don’t like?

Not sure. Too be honest, I don’t really read popular books. I did read Harry Potter and while I liked it and thought they were really good, I did think they were overrated!

6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Not really.

7. How many books do you own?

Hmmm….maybe twenty to thirty? I know that number must seem really low to some people!

8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

I’d say I’m in the middle. I think I was a lot faster when I was younger.

9. Do you like to buddy read?

I’m not quite sure what that means. If that means that I read some and someone else reads some, then no. If it means that I read the same thing as someone else and then we talk about it, then I guess. I hope that made sense!

10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?

In my head. I read pretty well out loud but if I get self-conscious then I start tripping over some of the words. :/

11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

Wow, that’s tough! Maybe Dead Lines by Greg Bear or a book by John Saul? What a horrible question!

I tag:

Everyone who wants to participate! Feel free to let me know if you do!

 

The Book Blogger Test!

Book Blogger Test

 

 

 

 

 

So while I wouldn’t really consider myself a “book blogger”, I do like to read and I occasionally do write book reviews on here. So, without further ado, I’m going to participate in this test. I’d like to thank Kendra from Reads and Treats for nominating all those with B, M, or S in their names!

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BOOK PET HATES?

1.) When people write in books.

2.) When you read a book from the library and some of the pages stick together or are ripped out!

3.) When at the end of the book, what happened was “all a dream”! UGH!

 

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT READING SPOT.

Lying down on the couch.

TELL US THREE BOOK CONFESSIONS.

1.) I have a horrible habit of not finishing books. This bugs me because sometimes they’re really good and I simply don’t finish.

2.) Sometimes it takes me way longer than it should to read. It’s not that I have a hard time reading, I just kind of put it off.

3.) Sometimes I can’t remember what happened in books that I loved.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED DURING A BOOK?

I don’t think I ever have honestly. Like Kendra said, I’m more likely to feel like crying during a show or movie.

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?

Just one: The Da Vinci Code

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SNACK TO EAT WHILE YOU’RE READING?

I don’t really eat while reading.

NAME THREE BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE.

Everyone? I don’t know. Some books aren’t great for kids, but for adults…

1.) Dead Lines – Greg Bear

2.) The Unwanted – John Saul

3.) Fool Me Once – Harlan Coben

SHOW US A PICTURE OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSHELF ON YOUR BOOKCASE.

I’m gonna skip this one but you can see a picture of my bookshelf on May 28th as part of the May Book Challenge!

WRITE HOW MUCH BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS.

Way to relax.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST READING SECRET?

Just that I don’t finish books a lot of times. But you already knew that, didn’t you? So none, really!

I Tag:

Bookmark Chronicles

The Bookish Underdog

Alyssa is Reading

Poppy’s Best of Books

Bookshelves and Biros

Eternal Scribbler

Anyone Who Wants To Participate!

 

*Image found on Google Images

 

 

 

Confessions of a Writer Tag!

 

Confessions of a writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

So as you guys have probably noticed, I’ve been working on a lot of things on my blog other than just writing about anxiety. I actually think this is a good thing. In addition to writing about getting through anxiety, I’m also doing challenges and writing about things that are positive and can help get my mind, and my readers’ minds, off of our fears. So, I hope you don’t mind me doing this great tag that I discovered over at Kendra’s blog, Reads and Treats!

 

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always wanted to do?

Well, I don’t know when I started putting pen (or pencil) to paper, but I do remember writing in first grade. I don’t know if I always thought of being a writer as a career choice, but I know that it didn’t take me long to realize that that’s what I wanted to do.

What genre do you write?

I like writing general fiction and some horror/ghost stories!

Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?

I’m currently working on two stories. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but one is a science fiction thriller and the other one is a mystery/ghost story.

What was the first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?

Oh gosh, I don’t know. I remember writing a really cheesy song/poem about this guy I had a crush on!

What’s the best part about writing?

I love being able to create a story and share it with others! I love getting ideas and being able to put them to paper. I’ve always loved reading, so being able to write feels amazing. Also, since I started blogging, I’ve learned that I can actually help people through my writing, which feels really good!

What is the worst part about writing?

The worst part for me is coming up with ideas and sticking with it. Sometimes I start writing and just stop knowing where to go with them. I hate that! It’s just like I how I hate when I stop reading a book.

What’s the name of your favorite character and why? (This can be from another author or your own work. Book crushes are perfectly acceptable here as well.)

Hmmm, this is hard. I just read the book If You Can See Me Now by Peter Straub and really liked the character Miles. I don’t know though, there are so many great characters!

How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

I don’t write nearly as much as I should, but maybe at least five to ten minutes a day? I don’t know. The best time for me to write is probably morning or afternoon. I’m too tired at night.

Did you go to college for writing? Or if you haven’t been to college yet, do you plan to?

Kind of. I majored in English and minored in Writing. I guess you could say that I did go to college for Writing though since that’s what I want to do and that’s what I liked studying the best. So I guess the answer is yes. I do wish I could have actually majored in Writing though instead of minoring in it.

What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors or grammar errors?

Spelling errors! Especially in a book when you wonder, “How did the editor not catch this?”

 What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

Read more and write a lot. The more you read and write, the better you get!

What advice would you give another writer?

Read and write a lot. Read good books with good writing.

What are your favorite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragements?

The blog World of Horror is pretty good!

Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?

Blogging, reading, watching TV

What is the best book you have read this year?

If You Could See Me Now by Peter Straub. You can check out my review here!

What is the best movie you have seen this year?

That’s a tough one. I love so many movies!

What is your favorite book or series of all time?

I always say Dead Lines but I haven’t read it in a while. I’m not 100% sure.

Who is your favorite author?

Harlan Coben

What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?

Keep writing my stories and blogging!

Where else can we find you online?

The Seeds 4 Life

Battle of Mind

 

I tag:

Anyone who wants to participate!

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award #2!

dragon's loyalty award

Once again I’ve been nominated for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award! This time I’ve been nominated by Kendra over at Reads and Treats. Her blog is great and she’s really nice! I definitely recommend that you guys check it out!

The Rules:

•Display the award on your blog.
•Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who nominated you.
•Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
•Link your awardees in the post.
•Write 7 interesting things about you.

My Nominees:

Matt from In Silence We Suffer

Fight or Flights (sorry if I missed your name!)

“Ocean” from The Life in an Ocean of Fear

Jodie from Poetry-Jo’s World

Rae from Bookmark Chronicles

Becky from Becky Due

For a list of the bloggers/blogs that I nominated last time for this award, click here!

Facts

1.) For the longest time I refused to get an iPhone, but now I have one and love it! 🙂

2.) While I’ve highlighted my hair in the past, I’ve never completely died it a different color

3.) I’m currently reading Hell Fire by John Saul

4.) I don’t think music today is as good as music used to be (I know that makes me sound old, but it’s true!)

5.) I used to (not anymore) eat hotdogs hamburger style!

6.) Speaking of hamburgers, I’m not a fan of them other than when you get them from fast food places. Even then, they have to be covered with toppings.

7.) My favorite flower is a rose

Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

Hey everyone! I was just checking out some blogs and stumbled across Kendra’s newest post! I really enjoy doing tags, so I’ve decided to participate in this one. Kendra tagged everyone! I’m paraphrasing the questions due to the fact that I have to retype them all. Please check out Kendra’s blog over at Reads and Treats!

The Rules

-Begin with the month in which you were tagged and go from there

-State the best gift you’ve ever given after you answer the question for your birthday month

-Tag whoever you want when finished

-Have fun!

 

December – Name on gift you would give as a present

Nathaniel by John Saul. It’s a creepy book, but it’s really good! 🙂

January – Name a resolution you made and if you kept it or not

I think my resolution was to work harder to get through my anxiety. I think I tried really hard, even if there were times when I could have tried harder. I’d have to say I kept it for the most part.

February – A month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship. It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship

Off the top of my head I’d have to say the relationship between Jane and Michael in James Patterson’s Sundays at Tiffany’s. I haven’t read the book in a while but I know I loved it and that they had a great relationship. I think I’ll read it again soon. There’s also a movie that I liked and bought and then it broke! I never re-bought the movie but I might eventually.

March – Is a month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you’d like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

I think I’d have to say Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. If I remember correctly, it’s a great story for young adults. Also, it has a beautiful cover!

April – Name a book that was so over-hyped that it could just not live up to its expectations.

I hate to say this and I’m sure TONS  of people will hate me for this, but the Harry Potter series. Yes, I read most of the books and yes, I guess I liked them and got a little excited upon getting them, but I still think that people get WAY too excited over them. In fact, I only started reading them because everyone else was including my best friend at the time. I may not be one to be suckered into peer pressure but I guess when it came to Harry Potter, I was!

May – Name a book that was a pleasant surprise for you

Hmm…this is a little tricky. I guess maybe To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m not one for the classics but when I read this one in college, I thought it was pretty good.

June – Name a book that you like to read when you just want to check out and relax

I don’t really know. Any relaxing book I guess. Probably one by Harlan Coben.

July – Name a book that made you see fireworks (please don’t light books on fire!)

I’m gonna say The Unwanted by John Saul. I hadn’t read a really good book in a while and then I read The Unwanted and really started to want to get into reading again. 🙂

August – Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing

I haven’t read any really “new” authors, but I did read “We Don’t Need Roads. The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy”. It was the first book I read by Caseen Gaines and really liked it so I guess I’ll choose him.

September – Pick a book that you read for school that you actually enjoyed

This question cracks me up because there are so many books I’ve read for school and not liked! Anyway, I already mentioned To Kill a Mockingbird, so I’ll say One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest! I LOVE the movie and the book was GREAT! I was so excited when we read I read it in college! 🙂

October – Name a character you’d love to dress up as for Halloween

Like Kendra, I don’t believe in dressing up (at my age, anyway). However, I think dressing up as Nathaniel would be cool! 😉

November – Name a book that you’re thankful for reading. Give a shout out to the person who recommended it!

I’m going to write a repeat on here and say The Unwanted by John Saul. After reading that book, I wanted to read more again and I discovered what a GREAT author John Saul is. Thank you so much dad for recommending it! You were right, his books are great! 🙂

*I know that I didn’t put what the best gift I’ve given was after I answered the question for my birthday month. As most of you know, I like to keep that sort of information private. I’m also not sure what the best gift I’ve ever given is, though I think when I suggested that we get my mom a mug with my rabbit’s picture on it, it was a great gift. She loved it and I know how happy it made her!

I tag:

The Lonely Author

World of Horror

The Quirky Book Nerd

Phoenix Crimson

Atomic Words

Cafe Book Bean

Three Different Things

So Kendra from Reads and Treats found a writing prompt. The writing prompt asks to pick three people and write something different to each of them. I’m going to try to do it! Please feel free to do the same and visit Kendra’s blog! Thanks!

Dad: Thank you so much for being here for me and for all your support. I know you may not realize this, but you’re an amazing person and an amazing father.

Mom: I know that you don’t understand what I go through and you may not always deal with it in the best way, but I know you love me and I will always love you.

Everyone on WordPress who supports me: Thank you so much. You have no idea how much your kind words mean to me!

The “I’m Glad I Learned” Challenge

So I was reading a post written by Kendra over at Reads and Treats and stumbled across this challenge. She nominated all her readers and I thought I’d participate! Feel free to do the same!

Rules

  • List 5 things you are glad you learned in life so far. These lessons must be from your own personal experiences, must be lessons that have directly enriched your life, made you a better person or helped harbor personal evolution. When looking at your short list you should feel proud, motivated, and inspired by your own growth.
  • Explain how each lesson has changed you or impacted your life. Did this lesson surprise you? How did it make you feel?
  • Tag this blog ScaleSimple in your post along with the blog of the person you found this challenge from.

5 Things I’ve learned in life so far (in no specific order)

1.) To be kind, even when it’s hardest

  • Kindness is so important. I don’t know how many times I’ve been struggling and because of someone’s kindness, I felt better. Also, being kind to others not only makes them happy, but it makes you feel good as well. Kindness causes happiness and who doesn’t want to be happy?

2.) To learn from my mistakes

  • I’ve made mistakes in my life. Everyone has. While looking back, I sometimes get upset about what I did or didn’t do. However, I’ve learned that the best thing to do is to learn from your mistakes and not let them happen again.

3.) To seek help

  • This wasn’t always easy for me. Dealing with anxiety, I’ve seen a lot of therapists over the years. I never really wanted to see one in the first place, but something had to give. Also, sometimes we have to try new things. I never wanted to go on medication (don’t take this the wrong way, I still don’t want to be on it), but I had to try it and in a way, I think it’s helped.

4.) Don’t ever give up!

  • This one is probably one of the most important. I’ve struggled with anxiety for several years but that hasn’t stopped me from working my hardest to overcome it. You know what? I’m proud that I haven’t given up because I can see what a difference working hard can make. I’m not going to allow anxiety to take over!

5.) To not change yourself for anyone else

  • I know this is cliché, but there are always going to be people out there that don’t like us. There will be people that make fun of us, judge us, and misunderstand us. However, we shouldn’t worry about that. As long as we know that we’re doing the right thing, that’s all that matters.

I’ve learned so much so far in life, but these are just five lessons. Please feel free to join this challenge!

 

For All You Book Lovers Out There

So I’m taking another break from writing about anxiety and doing a literary post. Kendra from Reads and Treats (please check out her blog!) filled out this awesome survey she found. I thought it was pretty cool and that I’d do the same. If any of you participate, please feel free to post a link so I can check your answers out! I hope you enjoy!

A-Z Bookish Survey

a-z


Author you’ve read the most books from

James Patterson or Harlan Coben. It’s probably a toss up.

Best Sequel Ever

I haven’t read a lot of sequels so I’m not sure. I guess Harry Potter books although I’m not a huge fan anymore. I don’t think I ever really was. I mean, they’re well written, but I don’t know.

Currently Reading

The Unwanted by John Saul

Drink of Choice While Reading

None really, but I guess maybe Iced Tea.

E–reader or Physical Book?

Physical book. No doubt about it!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School

Maybe Eric Cavanaugh from The Unwanted. I don’t know, that’s a tough one.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I’d watched the movie (great by the way) but never thought the book would be so good too. It was!

Hidden Gem Book

I don’t know

Important Moment in your Reading Life

I’d have to agree with Kendra. When I first learned to read.

Just Finished

We Don’t Need Roads. The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy. See review here

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

Romance novels

Longest Book You’ve Read

One of the last Harry Potter books (not sure if I read the last one or not but I know I read the one before it)

Major book hangover because of

I don’t know

Number of Bookcases You Own

One. I’m running out of room though and wish I could get another.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

I’m not actually sure honestly

Preferred Place To Read

On the couch

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

I don’t know if this counts since it’s not from a book I don’t think but,

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
–Toni Morrison

Reading Regret

Hmmm…that I don’t finish some of the books that I start

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

Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson (Kendra’s answer but it actually applies to me as well)

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books

Dead Lines by Greg Bear

Tell No One by Harlan Coben

Now You See Her by James Patterson

Unapologetic Fangirl For

We Don’t Need Roads. The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy. I love the movie and loved reading about the behind the scenes facts!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (out March 22nd)

Worst Bookish Habbit

Starting a book and not finishing. 😦 I hate that I do that!

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

Ha, too lazy!

Your latest book purchase

We Don’t Need Roads. The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy

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

Honestly, I don’t know. Maybe the one I’m reading now which is The Unwanted.