YA Books In A Sentence – Part 1

Harry Potter – Orphan has magic powers and an inability to go to adults with his problems.

Divergent – You can have more than one personality trait!

Gallagher Girls – Girl spies have boy problems, and also someone may be trying to kill everyone.

The Raven Cycle – He’s going to die. No really, he is.

Shadowhunter Chronicles – Literally no one will ever get their lives together, so they’ll stab demons instead.

Illuminae – You love the evil AI, own it.

Because You’ll Never Met Me – Like the X-men but sadder told in letters.

The Selection – Like The Bachelor: Royal Edition except you’ll want everyone to die in a fire.

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Sunshine Blogger Award #4

Thanks so much to Katie @ Never Not Reading Blog who tagged me – she’s super sweet and I love her blog so go check it out!


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Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. (Let’s be realistic, I’m probably nominating 3 or 4)
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Previous Editions of this Award:

The SunShine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award#2

Sunshine Blogger Award #3


Answers

If you had to pick one favorite book, which would you choose?

Harry Potter. My favorite fluctuates between Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire.

Coffee or tea?

Both! I drink coffee every morning and iced tea nearly every night.

Other than reading, what is something you enjoy spending a lot of time doing?

Watching Tv. Blogging. Currently doing nothing but filling out applications for college and scholarships…

What holiday do you enjoy the most?

Christmas! Two weeks off plus family time!

If you were royalty, which super hero would you want as your personal body guard?

Captain America.

Favorite candy/sweet?

I like Reese’s and Twix. And sour candy/crystallized sugar fruit wedges.

What animal should I google pictures of to get the most squeals?

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Which subject did you enjoy the most in school?

English! I’ve had great teachers, and I really enjoy reading! I also like AP bio. and AP Psych.

If you could take any vacation, where would you go?

London! I’ve never been to Europe and I’m dying to!

What kind of vehicle do you drive/ride?

I don’t drive yet. But my mom and dad both have Honda’s.

Who in your life makes you laugh the most?

Probably my sister. That’s why she’s my senior yearbook quote – “You go to college, I’m only child now” – Alexa B.


Nominees:

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

B @ Icebreaker694

Cait @ Paperfury

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm


My Questions:

  1. What are your five favorite books from childhood?
  2. What required reading books did you hate/love?
  3. What is one book you recommend everyone read?
  4. Tea or coffee? What kind (think Starbucks order etc.)?
  5. Give us a bookish confession.
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. Current top five favorite TV shows?
  8. Favorite board game?
  9. Do you collect anything? What do you collect?
  10. Show off your three favorite bookmarks!
  11. Most anticipated upcoming book release?

The Cinderella Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw it over at Snuggly Oranges and after reading Geekerella, I’m in a Cinderella mood – so I’m doing it!


Evil Stepsisters

A Book with Characters You Hate:

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All these characters need a swift punch to the face.


Prince Charming

A Book with a Gentleman:

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Gansey was raised RIGHT.


Cinderella

A Character That is Graceful, Kind and Defiant:

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Tessa is the very definition.


Fairy Godmother

A Character That Always Has Someone Looking Out for Them:

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I love Brownyn and Addy’s families in this book, especially their sisters!


Helpful Creatures

Something That Makes You Happy When You’re Sad:

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Enough said.


Ashes

A Book You Didn’t Care For:

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My detest of this book is not unknown.


Pumpkin

A Character with a Transformation:

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Not a physical transformation, but she goes from spy to superhero so…


Impossible

A Book with an Ending You Didn’t See Coming:

 

I’m not going to say anything else on these.


Just Breathe

Something That Inspires You to be Courageous:

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The entire book is about learning to be brave (and then other adjectives).


Happily Ever After

A Book With a Perfect Ending:

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Its rare that everything gets wrapped up so nicely, but this book does it!


I Tag…

Roses Book Nook

Whoever wants to I guess. Everyone who reads this! Take your pick.

Discussion: On Un-Hauling Books & How

Books –

Every book blogger faces the problem, one day or another, of having too many.

For example, my room is basically:

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Which is:

  1. Honestly probably some sort of health hazard (my shelf did once collapse and almost kill me once)
  2. Not so easy to deal with when I go to college next Fall.

My solution?

Unhaul some books.

Which is a little bit like pulling teeth, or sacrificing children. I’m sure all other bookworms can relate.


What Is An Un-Haul?

An unhaul is exactly what it sounds like. The reverse of a book haul. Getting rid of books.


What Do You Mean, Getting Rid of Books?

I know. Its sounds basically sacrilegious. But it means getting books out of your shelves/floor/closet/room/house and into someone else hands.

It can be selling to a used bookstore, donating to a library or school, selling them online, giving them away via blog, dropping them off at Goodwill…

Doesn’t matter where they go, as long as its away.

And at the end, you’ll go from a cluttered mess to:

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Book heaven. Nice, neat, shelves. Beautiful.


But How Do I Un-Haul? Its hard!

Get ready because I’m going to lay some wisdom on you.

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Step 1 )

Take a good hard look at your books.

Decide on a goal.
Clean ups a little? Light-housing keeping or deep cleaning? Complete overhaul and decimation or just clearing some of the worst of the clutter?

You need a goal, or the books might drown you.


Step 2 )

Good job!

You now have a goal. Write it down. STICK TO IT!

Figure out what you’ll do with un-hauled books. Sell or donate? Where? Make this part of your plan.

Gather boxes.

I’m trying to sell my books as you can see here: Books for Sale/Trade


Step 3 )

Take out all the book you HAVE to keep. Your favorites. The ones you have an emotional attachment too. The signed ones. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Put them in a box, get them out of the room. They are safe. But it’ll be easy to tackle the rest without worrying about your precious darlings getting caught in the cross fire.


Step 4 )

Now we get to the hard part.

The un-hauling.

Get all the books off the shelves.

They don’t go back until there are safe. This is defend your life, an annihilation round. No one left here is safe.


Step 5 )

If there are any books you’ve outgrown, consider giving them to family members. Younger siblings or cousins or nieces or nephews.

If you’re saving books for kids, either too young to read or none existent, box them up and put them in storage, a closet or garage will do.

The point is to cut down some clutter and free up shelf space.


Step 6 )

Sort. Then sort some more.

Lets go with un-read books first. Has it been on your TBR for over two years? If yes, then are you ever going to read it? If no, let it go. In a donation/sell box it goes.

Look at the other unread books. Are you going to read it in the next two years? Realistically? If not, consider letting it go. Be honest with your self.


Step 7 )

Now, the read books. If you rated it less than 3 stars, you should probably let it go. A pretty cover isn’t good enough here. If you can’t remember reading it, probably not worth keeping. If you didn’t love it, and/or aren’t going to re-read it, consider passing it on to someone who will read it. Let go.

You don’t have to follow these to the letter, its just a suggestion. Use your best judgement, and be honest with yourself. Is this worth keeping?


Step 8 )

All the books you decided to keep should now go back on the shelves. All the books you’ve gotten rid of, should be packed in boxes to do with as you’ve decided. Get them there as soon as possible so you can’t change your mind.

If you get rid of 1 book or 50 books I’m proud of you.


Step 9 )

Organize the bookshelf in a pleasing way. I have a whole discussion about it here:

Discussion: Ways To Organize A Bookshelf


Step 10 )

Plan for the future.

Where will new books go?

Book buying ban? Only buy books when you finish one? Only buy books with gift cards?

The unhaul is not an excuse to go crazy buying books.


And you’re done! 

You did it!

You survived the unhaul!

Reward yourself!

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The ACB Tag

I was tagged by the ever lovely Icebreaker694 – go check out her wonderful blog. She’s a saint for putting up with my perpetually late tags…


The Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you

  2. Use the tags pic (should be at the top of this post)

  3. Mention the creator (Alex @ LordoftheTrekkies) – Who is a lovely blogger in her own right!

  4. Answer the questions below

  5. List three of your favorite blogs

  6. Tag at least two others to try this tag


The “Questions”

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A-Annoying Name a character that got on your nerves.

There are too many for me to figure one out right now…..


L-Labyrinth A plot thats hard to understand.

I can’t think of anything…………


E-Excellent What book, in your opinion, has the best writing?

 


X-Xenograft A plot/situation/character-type that’s been way over used.

I LIKE most tropes. But I can do away with the “YA parents can only be terrible or absent there is no other way of life” thing that happens.


C-Careless A book that is filled with plot holes and inconsistency.

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Its not a bad book, but raised a lot of questions that were never really answered.


H-Helpful A book that’s always been there for you.

 


A-Anticipation A book that you’ve wanted to read for a while.

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R-Ravaged A book to movie adaptation that really stunk.

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Great books, terrible movies…..


M-Metamorphic A character that changed a lot.

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Percy grows a lot throughout the series.


I-Ingenious A one of a kind story/character.

Illuminae – I’ve never seen another book like that one.

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N-Narrative A retelling of a story that you like better then the original.

Not a book but, Easy A – Much more entertaining than The Scarlet Letter.


G-Guru Your go to author.

JK Rowling / Rick Riordan / Cassie Clare

I could be happy reading only their books for all of time.


Blogs

I can’t answer these kinds of questions okay? Everyone’s blog is wonderful in its own way and will be enjoyed by people of these preferences.


I Tag

Roses Book Nook

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

 

 

Book Review: 10 Things I Can See From Here

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Official Summary:

Think positive. Don’t worry; be happy. Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review!


3.5 stars

I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t my favorite. I haven’t read many books with a lesbian MC, so that was interesting. And I thought Maeve’s anxiety was accurately portrayed to the best of my knowledge, but it did ratchet up my own. The entire premise is a little over dramatic for my taste, and while the plot was slow at times, I thought it was pretty well done. Overall, I liked it.

Book Review: In Real Life

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I received an ebook of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Original Release Date:

Published October 14th 2014 by First Second (first published 2014)

Date I Read The Book:

September 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

Graphic Novel / Standalone

Official Summary:

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author (Little BrotherFor the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

In Real Life is a graphic novel – and I beautifully illustrated one at that. The art even varies slightly between the real world and the game world to help you visualize, the colors are really nice, and the panels are played out in a way that makes the story really easy to read, even if your not big on graphic novels. Its a good one to start with if you want to get into them.

I liked the characters – they all seemed very real, fallible and honest. Anda was super relatable. I liked the story – it had a nice message about empathy and how you can never fully understand someone else’s struggles, but it doesn’t shove it down your throat. I will say that if you don’t know at least the basics of MMORPGs, you might not fully get some of the dialogue as its a big part of the story, but you don’t need to be a professional player of league of legends or anything to get it (I dislike MMORPGs even though I love video games and normal RPGs).

The ending felt a little abrupt – and you have to suspend your disbelief a little, as things are resolved a little too easily. But its a cute story overall.

I really enjoyed this!

 

 

 

The Entertainer Blogger Award: Re-Vamped

I wasn’t technically nominated for this, but AMLNVN tagged me in their post – and I thought the revamp was cool. So, I’m doing it.

They changed up the rules and questions a bit, and I’ll be using those, I pasted the originals at the bottom of this post for reference.


My previous versions of this award:

Entertainer Blogger Award!

The Entertainer Blogger Award (Again)


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The new rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog post in which they cursed you;more details later, but linking to the previous awards is better I think, you can always add their blogsite too anyways
  2. Add these rules to your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below (broken even these questions) and add one if you want to make your victims suffer more wish;thanks to the one who nominated me’s idea
  4. Display the award picture in your post (optional)changed for no reason
  5. Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all entertaining!

The new questions:

  1. Why did you blog in the first place?
  2. What is your favorite Novel, Manga or Anime?Books only is too limiting in my opinion, so if you don’t have a novel, go with manga, if you don’t have any try with anime or another form of entertainment;
  3. What do you dislike the most?
  4. What is your favorite food at the mallI don’t eat at the mall?
  5. What is your favorite way to pass past time?I think this was the meaning

My Answers:

Why did you blog in the first place?

Literally, my cousin started a blog and I wanted to prove I could do it better than she could. We’re like sisters, and with that, comes sibling-like rivalry. She stopped. I didn’t because I decided I liked it.

What is your favorite Novel, Manga or Anime?

Novel – I can’t pick favorites here, there are too many…

Anime – Not all encompassing, but some favorites of mine are: Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran High School Host Club, Death Note, Orange, Free!, and You’re Lie in April.

Manga – I’ve only read a couple. But “Forget About Love” and “Death Note” are both good!

What do you dislike the most?

Like, in life?

Annoying, stupid people.

What is your favorite food?

I like white sauce pasta and have a massive sweet tooth. I am also a chicken person, not a steak person, but I don’t have an ALL TIME FAVORITE food.

What is your favorite way to pass time?

Reading, TV, Blogging…I’m pretty basic.


I Nominate:

Louise @ Genie Reads

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm


The Original Rules and Questions – for those who’d prefer it to the Re:Vamp

The rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Add these rules to your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below.
  4. Display the award picture in your post.
  5. Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all entertaining!

The questions:

  1. Why did you blog in the first place?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. What do you dislike the most?
  4. What is your favorite food at the mall?
  5. What is your favorite past time?

Sunshine Blogger Award #3

I’ve done this award twice already (The SunShine Blogger Award and Sunshine Blogger Award#2) but it changes each time due to its nature, so here it is again.

Sorry this took me so long to get to…

I was nominated by two lovely humans this time Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies and Raquel @ Rakiodd Books. Go check out their blogs! And thank you both so much!


The Rules

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.

  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award

Questions From
Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

What is your favorite part of blogging?

I’m not sure. I like connecting with people. I like talking about books. I like having a hobby. I’m not sure I have a favorite part.

Do you like to read? Why?

Yes I like to read.

I have a book blog…It’d be weird if I didn’t.

And I just do.

What is your favorite song?

I can’t pick favorites of ANYTHING. I have lists of favorites – not all times.

I’m currently listening to:

What is your OTP?

Again – I CAN”T pick favorites.

I have an OTP per book/fandom, not in general.

What is your NOTP?

Ditto above.

Though the Harry/Hermoine pairing particularly annoys me.

What/Who is your spirit animal?

Well, my patronus is a dolphin.

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And I’m a Moose.

Take that as you will.

If you could have one famous author (living or other-wise) to write your biography, who would you choose and why?

*Paniked screaming because I can’t make decisions*

JK Rowling – just so my name would always be used in conjunction with Harry Potter.

Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune?

Jeopardy! I love that show!

And I’ve never seen Wheel of Fortune…

Who is your favorite villain of all time?

Again. Not great with favorites. You need to give me a context. In superhero films? In books? What?

BBC Moriarty is great though.

And Crowley.

 

 

 

Do you like Disney?

Who doesn’t?

What is your opinion on Loki? (From The Avengers, Thor, etc.)

MY PRECIOUS CHILD!

Seriously though, his comic redemption arc in Young Avengers/Agent of Asgard is one of my favorites!

 


Questions From
Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Which do you spend more time watching, TV or YouTube videos?

TV probably. But I do watch a lot of Youtube…

What’s something your parents lied to you about when you were a child?

SO MANY THINGS.

Though the best all came from my dad. He told me things like “You’re mother is your stepmother” – I think because Cinderella made me cry. He also told me I was adopted from an alien family (and that I was found in a trash can).

If you could be in any band, what band would it be and what  instrument would you play?

Listen. I have absolutely no sense of rhythm/music. And lack the ability to read sheet music on a fundamental level.

I took Guitar as my elective in Sixth grade and it was the worst thing ever. Mind you, being left handed and forced to learn right handed as the school had no left handed guitars probably contributed to that, but still.

I have always wanted to learn the drums though. Though I wouldn’t want to join any of my favorite bands because I’d just mess them up (but can I still meet Brenden Urie?).

What mythical creature would you want as a pet?

A hippogriff. Or alicorn because my sister and little cousin would die.

I’d say a dragon – but it’d probably eat me…

Do you have any weird body skills, what are they?

Okay, get ready.

*Stretches and cracks knuckles*

I am double-jointed, which means I’m the Queen of weird body skills.

Notably:

I can shift my knee-cap out of place, and bow my leg in the opposite direction than its meant to go, and manually move my kneecap. More so in my left leg, since thats the knee I sprained, popped out of place, popped back in myself, and walked on for a week before going to the doctor about two years ago. If freaks people out.

My shoulder is also weird. I can twist my arm so my elbow is in the front – my dad says it makes my arm look like a chicken wing, and my shoulder is visibly out of the socket (at least partially). I once fell off a stool in class, and my (Biomedical/Anatomy) teacher thought I broke my arm because it was twisted all the way around from how I fell. I stood up, twisted my arm back, and kept doing my work and I think I scared her.

What’s your favorite 90s song? Or early 2000s if you’re too young.

I’m probably technically too young – I was born late 1999, and have a soft spot for more early 2000’s than 90’s music.

But reading this question, a song popped into my head. Not my favorite if I think bout it, but the one that popped into my head:

What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?

I can’t think of one of the top of my head. Though, I find really terrible movies hilarious.

I will say I hated Plague Town – one of the few movies to ever give me nightmares, and it was terrible. Every character was stupid beyond even horror movie standards and it wasn’t even a good horror movie. Not sure why it freaked me out so much.

Do you have a giggle trigger? Something that always makes you giggle or laugh, a certain word, joke, funny face, etc.

I mean, a lot of things make me laugh. But I’m not aware of a specific “giggle trigger”.

If you ruled a country, what would your country be known for?

100% literacy, great Special Eduction programs, and a functional Healthcare system.

I can dream right?

If you had a time machine, but it could only go from the past and back OR to the future and back to the present, which would you prefer?

Future – it would be cool to see things! But like, REALLY FAR into the future.

Which are you less likely to “survive”, no coffee or no internet?

I have to say no internet, because my GPA would no survive sans google.

Though seriously, I’m non-functional if you try and talk to me without caffeine.

 


Questions For My Nominees:

  1. What’s a series with a cover change you love? A series with a cover change you despise?
  2. Most currently anticipated book?
  3. What book on your physical TBR causes you the most shame?
  4. Give TV recommendations based on 5 of your favorite books!
  5. How do you take your coffee/tea?
  6. What were your favorite books and TV shows as a child?
  7. Show us a picture of your bookshelf!
  8. Favorite video game/visual novel?
  9. What have you learned from book blogging? What advice would you give new book bloggers?
  10. Favorite and most hated YA book tropes?
  11. What do you think are your best blog posts? Link so we can check them out!

I Nominate:

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

The Orangutan Librarian

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

 

E-Reader Book Tag

I saw this tag on Allison Theresa  and thought it looked like a short, fun tag! So why not?!


What support do you use to read your e-books? An e-reader, a tablet, or the PC? 

Mostly I use my Kindle Fire (its technically a tablet, but its from a line of e-readers…so its both). I also use Adobe Digital Editions on my Mac for Netgalley arcs.

How many e-books have you read since you started the new “digital fashion”? 

I’ve been reading e-books since about the fifth grade, so I have literally no idea. Not even an approximation.

What is the language of your ebooks? 

English…

And I own Harry Potter e-books in Spanish for practicing reading in Spanish.

Buy them or take advantage of free promotions and books? 

Mostly take advantage…

Do you enjoy reading classics or new authors? 

Depends on the book. I don’t enjoy them all, but I’m willing to when it sounds interesting.

How many e-books do you have? 

SO MANY!

What is your biggest supplier of ebooks? 

Amazon. I literally own a kindle remember?

Did you completely adhere to the Digital Reading or do you still live in the Age of the Physical Book? 

I use both. I prefer owning physical books, but e-books are better for traveling and school.


I Tag:

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm