Monday, February 20, 2012

Just Saying: Book Tagged by FABR Steph


I was lucky enough to be tagged by a couple of my fellow book bloggers this week. The first tag was from my buddy Steph (cool name, right?) from the ultra-fabulous Five Alarm Book Reviews. (If you aren't checking out her Shelf Candy Saturday every week, you're just crazy.)

The scoop is: you answer ten questions created by the person who tagged you. Then, you create ten questions and tag ten more book bloggers. What a great way to get to know each other better and (for me) to ask the questions I have always been curious about.

So, here we go... FABR Steph's questions:

1.  What made you want to start blogging?

I'm notoriously opinionated :) Steph's Stacks isn't my first foray into blogging, but it is by far my favorite! I have written articles for Yahoo and AOL in the past, but it became more like a job than anything (I already have one of those, so...). I stumbled across some great book blogs last year that inspired me. I've always been an avid reader and decided to fuse my passion for reading with my love for writing and here we are today.

2.  How long have you been blogging?

I started Steph's Stacks August of last year and I am loving it!!

3.  Who are some of your favorite book bloggers?  Why?

Well, Five Alarm Book Reviews (natch!), The Story Siren, Book Stacks on Deck, Sarah Says Read, Once Upon a Prologue and Mrs. Q: Book Addict are a few of my favorites from the beginning. I have found many more in the past few months, but these are the ones I have been following for the longest and am addicted to. I think our tastes are very similar and most of these ladies have been doing this for far longer than I have. I definitely look to them for guidance and and love their professionalism.

4.  What series have you not even started that you would still like to dive into?

 I've been wanting to dive into Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. I had a copy from the library, but had zero time to get into it. So, it's still on my TBR list.

I've heard great things about James Patterson's Maximum Ride series. I just got the first book in the series, The Angel Experiment, from the library and I hope to start it this week.

5.  What are your other passions besides books?

I love to be entertained!! I have a slew of TV shows that I've been DVR'ing (Yay! The Walking Dead's back! Just added The Voice to my lost of new addictions, like I needed another one...)

I love movies (hence Movie Monday every week.)

I love to travel (I travel for a living and you have to love it to do it all year long.) I go to New York City at least three times a year and try to catch a show every time I go (one day, Book of Mormon tickets, you will be mine!)

6.  How many books on average do you read a year?  Do you review them all?  Is it hard to keep up?

I gave myself the goal on Goodreads to read 150 this year and so far, I'm ahead of the game. So, maybe 200 is more like it. I've always read every night before I go to sleep and now with my TBR pile piling up, I've started getting up earlier to read before work as well. I've noticed that I'm not watching as much TV as I used to.

I have an Excel file to keep me organized about my reading and reviews. I always review the ARC's I'm lucky enough to receive. The books I purchase or borrow from the library are the ones that keep getting pushed down the review list.

It was hard for me at first to not ask for every book that looks great on Netgalley. If you've read my IMM's, you know that I have been known to overdo it sometimes at the library or Half Price Books. Anytime I get anxious or fell pressured to just plow through them, I have to remind myself that blogging and (more importantly) reading is supposed to be fun! I never want to put myself in a position where it feels like drudgery.

7.  What are you reading right now?  What do you think of it so far?

I am in the middle of Hush, Hush right now. I'm listening to it while I drive (from Audible) so it's taking a while to finish (should finish this week.)

So, I may be alone with this opinion, but so far, I'm not really loving it. I think Patch is an abusive jerk and Nora is a bad friend and a hot mess so far. I'm hoping that the second half will change my mind about this book, but I'm not counting on it.

8.  What is your favorite series?  Why?

Wow. This is a hard one, because naturally I have a soft spot for the popular series like Harry Potter and Hunger Games (I could and have re-read either of these series at any time.) Some of my other favorite series are Outlander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sookie Stackhouse and the Parasol Protectorate.

I have high hopes for a few series that aren't finished yet. Such as: Glow, Cinder, Wither and the Unearthly series. My favorite book of last year was The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. If Laini Taylor keeps being so awesome (and I'm sure she will) this might turn out to be my favorite series of all time.

9.  What one book are you always eager to talk about?

With The Hunger Games movie coming out, I have found myself discussing this series quite a bit lately. I also have been trying to get everyone who will listen to me to read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone because it's flippin' amazing!

10.  Where is your favorite reading spot?

Since I am always on the road, my favorite reading spot has become whatever bed I'm sleeping in :)

My Questions:

1. What was the last book you've read that you couldn't put down?

2. How do you find time to post, network and keep up with your reading?

3. What memes do you participate in?

4. Do you have any favorite book blogging networks you use to meet other bloggers or stay up to date on the latest trends?

5. What book (being released this year) are you anticipating the most?

6. What is your favorite book to movie adaptation? Least fave?

7. How did you come up with your blog's design? Any websites, designers or tips for newbies?

8. Speaking of newbies...what is the one tip you would give to a new book blogger?

9. What social networking site do you find is bringing you the most interaction with your readership?

10. How prepared do you think you are for the Zombie Apocalypse? (Or the apocalypse of your choice :) )

Tag Your It:

Book Stacks On Deck
Sarah Says Read
Mrs. Q: Book Addict
Once Upon a Prologue
Book & Movie Dimension
JJ Reads
A Book From Snowy River
Annie in Wonderland
Steph's Book Corner
The Norwegian Book Girl

How it Works

1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create ten new questions to ask the people who you have tagged.
3. Tag ten people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!


  1. Aww you tagged me :D Im honoured.
    Great to see you are reading (well listening) to hush hush. Whats strange about the book is I hated Patch too... and Nora and Vee, in a way they all annoy me... but the thing about the book is they grow on u... Im not saying you will love them all one day, but theres something about the book that made me want to read on... if u figure it out, please tell me,because I can spend a week trying to explain, but it will never make sense.hehe

    A book from Snowy River

  2. I'm going to finish it if only to see if these guys will redeem themselves :) I'm so glad you're back I missed you! Can't wait to read your answers for the Book Tag!

  3. Oh I know, audio books take so long compared to written ones! I am super excited for the Hunger Games movie too. Thanks for the tag, here are my answers!

    1. I finally finished it today. I'm still on the fence... Thanks for playing Book Tag with me. I just read your posts and loved your answers. Time Turner indeed...sign me up for one!

  4. Yeeeaa BBB4L! ...BookBloggieBuddies4Life! I'm totally going to post these this week! :D

    1. Whenever you get time BBB4L! This post took me awhile (relatively) to do properly. So, take your time.

  5. I love your answers. I still have to read the Soul Screamers books too. Yay, I love The Walking Dead. I didn't realize the you are on the road so much. Work related or pleasure?
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

  6. I travel for work all week long and am home every weekend. The frequent flyer miles add up, so I get to travel for pleasure quite a bit too (although it could always be more:) )

  7. Aww thank you for the shout out, Steph! I love that you mentioned me, it makes me all warm and fuzzy. :D I have yet to start the Soul Screamers series, either, even though I have the first book! And I also have a spreadsheet to keep up with what TBR books I want to read this year and when my review books need to be read by. Oy. It's nice to be organized but it's also a bit overwhelming to NEED to spreadsheet! :)

    Love ya!



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