Reader Confession Tag

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I discovered this book tag through the blog Rums the Reader and thought it looked like a lot of fun. I’m not sure who the creator of it is, so if you do, let me know in the comments!

Let’s get right into it!

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Have you ever damaged a book?

I’m sure I have, although it’s never been intentional. Even when I was a kid I refused to write in or dog-ear my books. I’ve always considered books to be precious.


Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

No, at least not that I can think of. When I borrow something from someone I’m going to try my best to take care of it, especially if it’s a book!


How long does it take you to read a book?

Not too long. I’m a pretty fast reader, so as long as I have time to read I can usually finish a 500-page book in a day or two.


Book that you haven’t finished?

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There’s not a single book that I haven’t finished, but there is a series. I read the first of three volumes of Outlaws of the Marsh, and I fully intend to read the next two. I just don’t know when I’ll get around to it.


Hyped or popular books that you didn’t like?

These are all books that were super hyped up, that I really did not like. Click the links to read my reviews:


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

I’m not sure. Maybe some smutty romance? I tend to be really open with what I’m reading though.


How many books do you own?

Oh my gosh, I have absolutely no idea. If I had to make an estimate I’d put it at somewhere between 400 and 600.


Are you a fast or slow reader?

Fast. Not as fast as my mother was, which was mind-boggling (she could read three or four books in a single day and retain everything), but I can finish a medium-length book in a day or two.


Do you like to buddy read?

Yes, yes, yes! It’s not something that I get to do very often, but when I have buddy read books in the past I’ve loved it. It always makes reading a more intimate and special experience.


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

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The Lord of the Rings. It’s a long, epic fantasy series, and I’ve already read it multiple times and have always loved it more and more each time.




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End of the Year Book Tag

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I saw this book tag over at Reading Under the Blankie. I’m not sure who created this tag, so if you know please leave that information in the comments below!


Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

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I’m still only on volume one of Outlaws of the Marsh. I had started it for the #readtheworldchina challenge, but it’s absolutely massive. I’m determined to finish it by the end of the year.

Though very dense, it’s actually turning out to be an enjoyable book. I was hesitant when my boyfriend, who read it in college and loved it, recommended it to me because it was written in the early 1300s and is over 1600 pages. I can’t wait to review this book, which will definitely happen before the end of the year.


Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I actually don’t. There are definitely some books I want to read this month, and I plan on finishing everything I’m reading by New Year’s Eve so I can start fresh on January 1st, but I don’t have a transitional book in mind.


Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

 

There are a couple. I’ve been hearing good things about The Disasters by M. K. England. It’s an LGBTQ-friendly young adult sci-fi novel about space terrorism. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Diane Setterfield’s Once Upon a River sounds really interesting as well. On Goodreads, it’s described as historical fiction with magical and fantastical elements, which is right up my alley.


What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

 

I’ve never read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and I would love to read it during the holidays this year. I love other books I’ve read by Dickens, such as Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities

I also want to finish Erin Morgenstern’s The Night CircusLast month I had gotten a copy from my local library but had to return it when I was only sixty pages in because it wasn’t eligible for renewal. I ended up buying a copy because I’d loved what I’d read so far.

Finally, I received an ARC of Brian Hart’s Trouble No Man, and I’m going to be reading it as soon as I finish rereading Cormac McCarthy’s The RoadI had requested the ARC from Harper Perennial because the author was being compared to McCarthy, and the post-apocalyptic setting attracted me. It’s my most anticipated book of January 2019.


Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

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Although it definitely won’t be a shock, I’m going to read Eric Idle’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography sometime in the next couple of weeks. I’ve already listened to most of the audiobook through Scribd and it’s hilarious. I basically grew up watching Monty Python and I can’t wait to read this entire book.

Side note: I bought a signed edition from Barnes & Noble right after black Friday and I’m super-duper stoked to have it!


Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

I have! I don’t want to give too much away yet, but 2019 will include a lot of reading challenges and books that have been on my Book Bucket List.


What are your reading plans for the rest of the year?

The Five Ws Book Tag

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, and this one looked like fun!

This tag was created by Shyla at Words & Stitches, and I found it via The Bibliophagist.


WHO | WHO IS AN AUTHOR YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE WITH?

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This one is easy: Neil Gaiman. He’s been one of my favorite writers for years, and I would love the opportunity to geek out over all of his books with him and to know where he gets his inspiration from.

WHAT | WHAT GENRE/STYLE DO YOU MOST OFTEN GRAVITATE TO?

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Science-fiction and fantasy. I’m obsessed with discovering new worlds and new civilizations (can you tell I’m a Trekkie?!). I also love complex magic systems in fantasy settings. I grew up reading The Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia, so it’s no wonder that it’s still my favorite genre years later.

WHERE | WHERE DO YOU PREFER TO READ?

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Curled up in either my bed or in a big, cozy chair with my cat sitting in my lap and a hot cup of coffee or tea next to me.

WHEN | WHAT TIME OF DAY DO YOU PREFER TO READ?

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Late afternoon to early evening. I usually spend the mornings on my day off working on the blog, and I get tired easily if I read late at night, so 3-9PM is my preferred time.

WHY | WHY IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

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My favorite book is Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I’ll admit that it’s sort of an unusual favorite since it’s terrifying and brutal, but that’s actually one of the reasons I’m so drawn to it. It’s very rare that I read a book that genuinely unsettles me, but this post-apocalyptic novel does so every time I reread it, which is once a year.

I love McCarthy’s writing style. We never learn what caused the destruction the world is experiencing, and we never learn the characters’ names. It’s vague but leaves the readers feeling that this could happen to them. It pulls you into the story in a way that no other book I’ve read ever has.

BONUS: HOW | HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT SELECTING WHAT BOOK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

A combination of randomly selecting a book off of my Goodreads TBR shelf and trying to get through the massive pile of physical books that I’ve bought. When I truly cannot decide I have my boyfriend pick out my next book for me, which has led to some interesting choices in the past.


There ya go. Let me know what you think in the comments down below.