I most recently saw this tag on Pages and Pugs and was inspired to do it. I don’t actually believe in guilty pleasures as far as reading. Reading is all about fun with none of the guilt, but it’s super fun to answer the questions for you all!
I tag all of you. Send me the links to your posts if you decide to do the tag!
1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been gifted?
No, not as an actual gift. But I will let people borrow/keep books I think they’ll really enjoy.
2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?
Maybe? Occasionally I’ve misremembered reading an assigned book for another similar book by the same author.
3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
No, I’m super careful about returning my books. Once I accidentally left a book in a lecture hall in college, searched everywhere for it, and then went early to the librarian to pay for the replacement.
4. Have you ever read a series out of order?
Yes, all the time. I frequently read mystery and psychological thrillers out of order. Usually those types of series can be read as stand alone too. Think Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Gardner, etc.
5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
Yes, but not in a mean way. I’m not going to spoil the big ending or something, but I will tell other aspects that some might consider spoilers. I think it helps better describe some books by giving a few spoilerish details.
6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?
Occasionally. It doesn’t really bother me. I do prefer to use post its to mark passages I want to come back to.
7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?
8. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Rarely, only if it’s boring but I want to find out what happens at the end.
9. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?
I’ve been really getting into Blog Tags lately. There’s something fun about them. Answering bookish or personal questions and getting to know fellow bloggers better. Fun! That’s why we spend hours each week blogging. Right? So let’s get into it!
Special shout out to Julia at Fable Hunter who unofficial tagged anyone who wanted to do the tag. That would be me! Thanks!
1) Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
2) Answer the questions asked on this post — don’t stress it’s quick!
3) Nominate and notify some peeps. 5 preferred.
1. What are your top 3 bookish pet peeves?
Great books with mediocre endings
Seriously annoys me that the clearly very talented author rushed through the ending. I hate being disappointed by the ending of a book I loved so much.
There’s nothing better than a gorgeous book cover. Please don’t deprive me of that!
Disliking all the main characters
For me I need to like, at least a little bit, the main characters. Or at least understand their bad behavior. Or maybe have a few redeeming qualities. Something that makes them relatable or likable.
2. Name a perfect reading spot:
Sitting outside at home on the deck. Preferably a comfy chair but I don’t own one. Anyone want to buy me one? Lol. 60 to 75 degrees F and sunny. Slightly breezy. A mug of green tea next to me and I’m enjoying all the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer. Nothing better while reading an amazing book.
3. Give 3 reading confessions:
Lately I’ve been really getting into the romance genre. Fun, light reading seems to help me destress!
Describing a wonderful book is easy in my head, doable in writing but so hard when someone asks “so what’s your book about?” I end up sounding like a rambling idiot. But I’m an intelligent reader, I promise!
Reading only 1 book at a time seems weird to me after reading 2-3 for so long
4. When was the last time you cried during a book?
??? I had to look through my last read books for this one. Rush by Lisa Patton. Can’t give away why because of spoilers but trust me, it’s good!
5. Number of books on your bedside table?
Zero. Don’t read in bed.
6. Favorite reading snack?
Green tea/peppermint tea
Don’t snack too much while I read, for the messy hands reason. But I’ve bene loving homemade kettle corn with peanuts lately. A perfect salty sweet snack that’s easy to eat with one hand and hold my Kindle with the other.
So embarrassing because it’s not organized or pretty at all!
9. How much do books mean to you in 3 words?
Life’s amazing experiences
10. Biggest reading secret?
I rarely like all the hyped up YA books. Probably because I don’t like fantasy or dystopian books, which is kind of why I started my blog. I felt I had a different perspective and things to say about books no one was talking about much.
Let’s start with the Bookish Question of the Review:
If you have a book blog, what is your dream goal for it?
The 1% Rule: How to Fall in Love with the Process and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams by Tommy Baker
Published: February 19, 2018
Publisher: Archangel Ink
Genres: business, non fiction, self help
Rating: 4 stars
Recommend to fans of: succeeding in business, motivational and practical self help books, self improvement
Read with food: healthy smoothie to help fuel your success
In a highlight reel, microwave world — we’re led to believe success is right around the corner.
It’s not working.
Not only is it not working with our ability to achieve our goals, we’ve never been more frustrated, stuck and unfulfilled.
But what if there was a way to shut out the noise, fall in love with the process and take one step forward every single day — leading to an undeniable confidence as we paint our life’s masterpiece?
Enter The 1% Rule — a daily system designed to help you close the gap without the crushing pressure that leads most people less inspired, and more stuck.
The 1% Rule was designed to answer three core questions:
Why do some people seem to achieve massive success in everything they do, while others can’t even get out of their own way?
What separates those who get excited and inspired for a season, a quarter, a month or a week — and those who are consistently on fire?
What are the core principles, mindsets, habits and rituals of those who execute ruthlessly, and those who sit on the sidelines pondering?
…through exploring these answers over the last decade the core principles, strategies and proven framework of The 1% Rule were born and are now yours today.
If you’re ready to ditch the highlight reel illusion…
If you’re tired of sitting on the sidelines waiting…
If you’re frustrated with the 24/7 noise…
You’ve come to the right place.
I won this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank to you Goodreads, Tommy Baker, and Archangel Ink for a copy of the book. As always, an honest review.
The 1% Rule is all about the process of achieving your goals, your big dreams, the wildest possibilities. First of all the author is very motivational, which you want in a business self help type book. He truly inspired me to start making more positive changes in my life. But even better, most of the book centers around practical steps to make your big dreams a possibility.
I loved that he focused on breaking everything down into small daily steps to hold yourself accountable. It will be different for each person, since each person’s goal and process is unique. The emphasis is on putting in the mundane, necessary hard work each day. Over time the results will at least add up, if not compound on each other. The process makes absolute sense yet many books don’t focus on this. I also appreciated the focus on doing what works for you and not worrying what other people think. I also loved the little trick the author uses to keep motivated. Makes complete sense and is incredibly helpful when you get in a slump.
Even with all these amazing aspects, at times it felt a bit much. It’s definitely a book for highly motivated people who will stop at nothing to make their dreams a reality. I prefer, and actually require, a bit more balance and calmness in my life.
However, I’ve already implemented changes in my daily routine based on the author’s suggestions in the book. Keeping myself accountable and putting in consistent daily work towards my book blog. And I’ve already seen small improvements. The 1% Rule is a self help book geared towards business that might actually help you get where you want to go.
Nobody officially tagged me for this, but a ton of people have said they tag everyone . . . and since I’m a part of everyone, here we go
Best book that you’ve read so far in 2018?
Oooh, this is a tough one, because it’s just way too hard to pick the best book of 2018! Narrowing it down to my top 5 or 10, sure, that I can do. Buuuut, if I have to choose, I would pick:
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Murders, deaths that may or may not be accidental, haunted boarding schools, disturbed teenage girls. What more could a reader possibly want in a creepy, can’t put down book?
2.Best sequel that you’ve read so far in 2018?
Find Her by Lisa Gardner (#8 in the Detective D.D. Warren Series)
First book that I read in 2018!
Lisa Gardner does not disappoint with her jam packed novel, filled with suspense, intensity, and the courageous Detective D.D. Warren. If I’m looking for a good solid mystery/thriller I can always count on Lisa Gardner.
3. New release that you haven’t read yet, but want to?
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
The cover is gorgeous!
I keep seeing Tell Me Lies all over the book world of social media. So many people have loved it, and I hope it’s worth all the hype!
4. Most anticipated release for the next half of 2018?
So hard to choose. I want to read all the books!
Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
I know, I know, such a nerdy choice. There’s something about a good medical book, fiction or non fiction, that I absolutely love.
5. Biggest disappointment of 2018?
The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld by T.J. English
So many people loved it. The description made the story seem epic, but I absolutely crawled through every page. Definitely not the book for me.
6. Biggest surprise of 2018?
Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
I went into the book thinking the premise sounded interesting. I was absolutely blown away by the gorgeous writing and storytelling about the spirited controversial Iranian poet. A close second to my favorite book of the 2018.
7. Favorite new (or new to you) author?
She is the romance author I’ve been looking for. I enjoy some romance novels, but am picky about the writing, plot lines, etc. Courtney Milan ended up being the perfect fit for me.
8. Newest fictional crush?
I don’t get fictional crushes on characters. Everyone talks about book boyfriends, and I’m over here by myself like “I don’t get it.”
9. Newest favorite character?
Mikki Lincoln in Crime & Punctuation
Smart, savvy, generally badass ~ and bonus points for a good representation of the 50 plus years characters
10. A book that made you cry?
The Crate: A Story of War, A Murder, and Justice by Deborah Vadas Levison
There are barely enough words to describe how impactful The Crate is on people. Definitely recommend giving it a read!
11. A book that made you happy?
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
The author’s passion for these incredible creatures makes it almost impossible to not experience joy while reading the book.
12. The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received in 2018?
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
The cover has an ethereal beauty to it, almost as if it’s painted with watercolors. Underneath the jacket cover the spine has a beautiful simplicity to it.
Bonus fact: Love and Ruin is the book I used in my profile photo.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of 2018?
So many! Too many!
Is there a thing as having too many books to read?
I actually stopped requesting books from NetGalley for a bit until I finish reading a few more books, because I was feeling way too overwhelmed.
As of now I need to read:
The Secret by K.L. Slater
A Politically Incorrect Feminist by Phyllis Chesler
When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
From Goodreads Giveaways:
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
Dead in the Water by Simon Bower
The Fifth to Die by J.D. Baker
Rush by Lisa Patton
Rust and Stardust by T. Greenwood
All the Way by Kristen Proxy
Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly
The 1% Rule: How to Fall in Love with the Process and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams by Tommy Baker
Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly
And the books I choose for the BookTube-A-Thon. (There’s some overlap from the above lists, but I can’t complete a few of the challenges with my ARC reads.)
Also a few more books to complete the 2018 BookRiot Read Harder Challenge. I’m making good progress on this so far.
Anybody else exhausted by reading the list of books I need to read?
Since I’m probably one of the last people in the book blogging community to complete this tag; I tag anyone else who wasn’t done it yet.
Genres: young adult, contemporary, mystery, thriller
Rating: 3.5 stars
Recommend to fans of: dark young adult novels
Read with food: iced frap at Starbucks ~ so many clandestine meetings happened there
There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.
First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.
That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.
There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for an ARC copy of the book. As always, an honest review.
My rating is actually 3.5 stars, but since there aren’t half stars I always round up.
The Cheerleaders is a fun, yet dark young adult novel that captivated me from beginning to end. In the span of a few weeks, 5 girls from the local high school cheerleading team were dead. Murders, accidents, suicides, but is that what really happened?
The book quickly drew me in and held my attention throughout. I absolutely flew through this quick read. Definitely something you could read and still comprehend while tired or in a noisy place. I also enjoyed that the narrator is one of the dead girls’ younger sisters. Monica and her friend Ginny were likable and smart, making the story work well. I find that if I don’t connect with the main characters or at least understand their motives, I rarely enjoy the book. Not an issue at all in The Cheerleaders.
However the plot trope of teenagers trying to solve a crime that the police can’t or got wrong has been done a lot. It’s easy to overlook in this book, but it’s worth noting. Also, every characters has a distinct role in solving the mystery. Which in theory sounds great, but left me feeling as if certain characters were just being used for what they could bring to the solving the mystery, instead of actual relationships or character development.
Overall, The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas is worth a read in my opinion. Fun, serious, with a mystery that will keep you turning the pages. Perfect for those hot summer days when you want to escape into a book for awhile.
Read with food: cheetos~ the real thing not that baked stuff
From the mundane to the insane, Adequate Yearly Progress captures the teaching experience with insight, humor, and heart.
Each year brings familiar educational challenges to Brae Hill Valley, a struggling urban high school in Texas. But the school’s teachers face plenty of challenges of their own. English teacher Lena Wright, a spoken-word poet with a deep love for her roots, can never seem to satisfy her students that she’s for real. Hernan D. Hernandez is confident in front of his biology classes, yet tongue-tied around the woman he most wants to impress: namely, Lena. Down the hall, math teacher Maybelline Galang focuses on the numbers as she blocks out problems whose solutions aren’t so clear, while Coach Ray hustles his football team toward another winning season, at least on the field. Recording it all is idealistic history teacher Kaytee Mahoney, whose blog gains new readers by the day but drifts ever further from her in-class reality. And this year, a new celebrity superintendent is determined to leave his own mark on the school—even if that means shutting the whole place down. The fallout will shake up the teachers’ lives both inside and outside the classroom.
Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a copy of the book. As always, an honest review.
Adequate Yearly Progress accurately captures what I would imagine it’s like to work in an inner city high school. The story starts out a few days before the beginning of the school year. There’s a new superintendent who is ready to make some changes. Maybe with the students’ best interests at heart, but definitely with an enormous lack of experience in the school setting. It sets up what’s bound to be an eventful school year.
The chapters are told from different teachers points of view. This choice keeps the book fresh, interesting, and moving along quickly. The reader also gets a well rounded perspective of all the happenings within the high school. We mainly follow Lena, Hernan, Maybelline and the football coach. I like that the characters are diverse regarding gender, age, race, and life experiences. The story is a discussion about life in and out of the classroom. I really appreciated when the story would show the rich complex inner lives of the teachers. A great combination of serious and funny. I also liked the inclusion of one teacher’s blog posts. I found it fun, modern, and added an additional perspective.
Most of the book was amazing; there were a few aspects that I didn’t enjoy as much. A few of the teachers bothered me, personality wise. It’s in keeping with a realistic perspective of a school, but they could still really annoy me at times. Also, the ending of the school year seemed a little rushed. However the teachers’ personal lives were well paced.
Overall I really enjoyed getting to know the teachers in Adequate Yearly Progress. A humorous, realistic perspective of teaching with all of its challenges and wonderful moments.
Definitely give this a read when it’s released!
What are you favorite books about school?
What do they get right? What could they do better?
The Beauty Suit: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist by Lauren Shields
Published by Beacon Press on May 15, 2018
Genres: non fiction, religion, feminism
Rating: 3.5 stars
Recommend to fans of: social and personal experiments, feminist reads, learning about religion with modern interpretations
Read with food: whatever you want and your body needs, because it’s important that you do what’s best for you
A young feminist finds herself questioning why “hotness” has become necessary for female empowerment–and looks for alternatives.
Looking good feels good. But in a society where looking good is posited as being strong, while negotiating for better pay is statistically proven to damage our careers, is it fair to say that wicked eyeliner, weekly blowouts, and a polished Instagram feed are the keys to our liberation? If so–if “hot” really is a good enough synonym for “empowered”–why do so many of us feel, deep in our bones, that the sexy-as-strong model is a distraction? Is “pretty” still the closest to power women can get? Why is looking fierce an acceptable substitute for living in a world where women are safe?
Inspired in seminary by American Muslimahs who wear the hijab for feminist reasons, Lauren Shields took off what she calls the Beauty Suit–the “done” hair, the tasteful and carefully applied makeup, the tight clothes and foot-binding shoes–for nine months. She’d really only wanted to do an experiment. Instead, her life–especially her views on what constitutes “liberation”–changed forever.
Rooted in feminist theory and religious history, and guided by a snappy personal narrative, The Beauty Suit unpacks modern American womanhood: a landscape where the female body is still so often the battleground for male ideals, and where we struggle with our rights as human beings to define and exercise our freedom.
I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. As always, an honest review.
Lauren Shields’ year of religious modesty, for herself, prompted her to write this book to share her thoughts about the journey. Overall the book reads as a bit disjointed, but that’s fairly in keeping with such a complex multi dimensional experiment. Throughout she’s figuring out for herself how to define her religion, other religions, modesty, feminism, the modern culture, and more. The author has a background in religious studies, so she’s very well versed in these topics. The book reads as an educational text combined with a memoir.
I enjoyed all the new information that I gained, especially the alternate interpretations of modest dress within a religious context. I also enjoyed the in depth discussions about feminism, both relating to religion and culture in general.
However, there were some topics in which I disagreed with the author including women’s empowerment versus self objectification. Also it came across to me that Lauren believes being spiritual is less than being religious. I’m not sure this was what she was trying to convey, or maybe it’s what’s true for her personally. But that aspect bothered me. Also, I wish there were more written bout the actual modesty experiment. Much of the book was a lesson about religion, modesty, feminism, and cultural norms.
In general, I enjoyed The Beauty Suit and learned more about religion, especially in a modern cultural context. I think this would be a good book for young women who are religious but struggle to connect feminism, choice and strength with some traditional religious teachings.
How many of you want to take off the “beauty suit” defined by our culture?
Recommend to fans of: dramatic intense Lifetime Movies, disturbed and smart teenage girls, supposedly perfect rich neighborhoods
Read with food: strawberry lemonade to sip by the pool
Liz McGinnis never imagined herself living in a luxurious gated community like The Palms. Ever since she and her family moved in, she’s felt like an outsider amongst the Stepford-like wives and their obnoxiously spoiled children. Still, she’s determined to make it work—if not for herself, then for her husband, Phil, who landed them this lavish home in the first place, and for her daughter, Danielle, who’s about to enter high school.
Yet underneath the glossy veneer of The Palms, life is far from idyllic. In a place where reputation is everything, Liz soon discovers that even the friendliest residents can’t be trusted—and almost everyone has secrets they’d do anything to protect. So when the gorgeous girl next door befriends Danielle, Liz can’t help but find sophisticated Kelsey’s interest in her shy and slightly nerdy daughter a bit suspicious.
But while Kelsey quickly becomes a fixture in the McGinnis home, Liz’s relationships with both Danielle and Phil grow strained. Now even her own family seems to be hiding things, and it’s not long before their dream of living the high life quickly spirals out of control…
The Drowning Girls is an addictive novel.
Creepy, suspense filled, and dramatic people make up the characters in this story. Is the book the most original in terms of plot lines? … No, but it’s so entertaining.
I couldn’t stop reading.
The Drowning Girls has the vibe of a Lifetime Movie and episode of Law and Order SVU. Kelsey, the teenager, is conniving, smart and highly disturbed. Phil, the man she is obsessed with isn’t completely innocent either. The stress from Kelsey’s obsessions reveals the true nature of all involved.
I highly recommend this addictive, page turning, drama filled book!
I want to read more books with a similar vibe. Anyone have any suggestions?