Thank you to Nereyda at Mostly YA Book Obsessed for tagging me!
Rules: Be as truthful as you can and tag 5 bloggers.
I’ll try my best. LOL
What are your top three book hates?
1.) (Lack of) Morning Breath kisses. I don’t get it. I don’t care how hard your brush your teeth the night before, you’re going to wake up with stale morning breath. So whenever there’s a romantic moment between characters “the morning after” and they’re playing tonsil hockey, I cringe. In my mind, I can’t stop thinking about the state of their mouths. Haha
2.) Unnecessary Angst. Look, I get that angst is a vital part of the story sometimes. HOWEVER, it drives me crazy when the I read a book where it takes 70-80% for the couple to get together, or for things to progress romantically. I usually get really frustrated while reading those kinds of books, so I try to steer clear. I just can’t deal. If it’s going to take that long to get your act together (to make things work), then it’s not worth it.
3.) Annoying Heroines. I know this is a very vague answer, so let me break it down. Naive virgins (who blush at hand holding), overemotional basket-cases, oversensitiveness, or unreasonably insecure. I get it, we all have our insecurities, our flaws, our struggles. However, I have a hard time connecting with heroines with the aforementioned traits. Primarily because if I have to keep reading about how you think you’re ugly, yet all the men in the book fawn over you, the chances are, I’ll reach through my kindle and bitch slap you. (AKA, DNF.) I’m practically dead inside, so more often then not, I steer clear from books that have the words “damaged”, “traumatic”, “emotional”, or “tortured past” in the synopsis.
Describe your perfect reading spot:
I love reading outside. Beach, pool, or deck. I love them all. Especially on a nice spring day. But, considering the last time I read outside, a hummingbird collided with my face, I’ve been mainly reading indoors as of late. (LOL) So, my fave indoor spot is in my room, in bed. :)
Tell us three book confessions:
1.) I hate reading with the lights on. I will strain my eyes and read in the dark if I could. I primarily read on my Kindle HDX as it’s more convenient, but when I read print books, I hate using lamps or lights to read. I have a lightwedge LED book light that I use when reading print books. I love it because it lays flat on the page and gives off a muted amount of light, so it’s not too much. I’d always much rather read by natural light if I can. :)
2.) As much as I hate “the feels”, I secretly enjoy books that bring them out of me. I know, I know. For those who know me, they’ll tell you that the first question I ask upon getting a book recommendation is: “Are there feels?”. I typically don’t like going for the obvious ones like The Fault in Our Stars, however, I tend to give it a try. I like knowing that even though I’m not a touchy feely person, that I still have some emotions buried deep. HAHA!
3.) I typically read 3-4 books at a time. I am very ADD when it comes to my “currently reading” shelf. I can listen to 2-3 different audiobooks at a time (in shifts), and I’ll typically have at least 1 or 2 different books that I’m reading on my Kindle, or in print. Sometimes, if you look on my Goodreads and you see that I have 2 books listed as “currently reading”, chances are there are at least 2 more that I haven’t listed, as I am “stealth-reading” them. Sometimes I stealth read so that if I DNF or don’t like the book, I don’t feel obligated to do too much explaining.
When was the last time you cried while reading?
Winger by Andrew Smith. I went from stunned to sobbing in 60 seconds flat. That book wrecked me in the best way, and I loved every minute of it. I love the books that sneak-attack your feels. Those are the best. I should also say that I don’t always cry at the sad parts. Sometimes I cry at the wrong parts. *shrugs*
How many books are on your bedside?
I’m lazy. Here’s a picture of my bedside table. It’s my informal TBR. :)
What is your favorite snack while reading?
Anything dipped in hummus (Pretzels, carrots, celery), or Honeycrisp Apples with Caramel dipping sauce. Apparently I like dipping things.
Name three books you would recommend to anyone?
I have more than 3, but I’ll try my best to narrow it down. Some of my book friends may be surprised by what they don’t see on here…
1.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– This book is nothing short of beautiful. The imagery, the story, the characters: MAGIC. Fan-effin’-tastic.
2.) On Dublin Street by Samantha Young– A lot of people will tell you that after they read Fifty Shades, they rediscovered their love for reading. If you ask me though, I’ll tell you that THIS book is the one reignited my love for Contemporary Romance. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve reread this. I am obsessed with Joss and Braden.
3.) Winger by Andrew Smith. This is a recent read, but dayum, it is so good. I don’t know what else I can say that I haven’t already said about this book, but all I can tell you is that I laughed, I cried, I even learned a thing or two. Winger is one of the best YA books I have EVER read.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is one of my all-time favorite reads. Even though I adore this, I can see how it isn’t for everyone. But I try to get this in the hands of every book lover, cause this is a book that everyone should experience.
Show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase:
Here’s my main shelf (where some shelves are stacked 3 rows deep, lol).
Since I can’t pick just one shelf, I shall display a few of the faves.
BDB, FTW! If you’re not hip to The Black Dagger Brotherhood, you better recognize!
My Karina Halle shelf! I love all these books! :)
My JLA and Victoria Scott shelf! (Fire & Flood is missing– I sent it off to my friend to have it signed!)
All so pretty, and all so signed! (Sock Monkey photobomb!) The only book missing is On Dublin Street, which will be getting signed this summer!
Write how much books mean to you in three words:
The Best Entertainment. (Well, next to baseball…)
What is your biggest reading secret?
I don’t think I really have a reading secret. But I will say that I’m obsessed to audiobooks. I can’t get enough. I own close to 400 audiobooks in my library…I have a problem. (Sorry I’m not sorry.)
Something that is a secret: I typically am paranoid when listening to audiobooks in public. I’ve had a bad experience or two where the audio starts spontaneously playing through my speaker, and it’s at an embarassingly steamy part…(which ultimately made me look like a perv.) So I usually ALWAYS have headphones plugged in at all times.
Time to Tag Blogger Buds!
Hannah at The Irish Banana Review
Kayla at My Book Muse
Jennifer at The Bawdy Book Blog
Lisa at Lost in Literature
Kelly from Belle of the Literati