To balance out any illusions of productivity that my previous post may have created, here’s an old book tag by Kate @ Cover to Cover Book Blog from Bookending Spring 2020 — ironically, this has been sitting in my drafts for almost a year while I procrastinated finishing it.
(If I was tagged by anyone, I’ve since lost that information and I apologize.)
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Give credit to the original creator of the tag (Kate @ Cover to Cover Book Blog)
- Link back to the original post (this one!)
- Nominate other bloggers whose procrastination preferences you’d like to know!
- You DO NOT have to wait for a nomination to do this tag! Nominations are optional
- Link your post in the Master Linkey so other BookEnders can see it!
- Finally … link your posts in [Kate’s] comments! It’s not a rule, but I want to see them 😊
Checking Emails: What are some of your favorite epistolary romances?
Hmmm. I don’t really read romance
apart from the fact that the vast majority of books in any genre contain an element of romance so literally the only two that come to mind are The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot (not a favorite per se, but I vaguely remember enjoying it?) and Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern (love the book. Also love the movie).
Watching Netflix: What are some of your favorite reads featuring a celebrity / royalty / someone famous?
As you may know, I absolutely adore Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston — so much that I had to reread it immediately after finishing it the first time (which I never do), then again that same year (which I never do), then again the following year which was this year (which I never do). Not that it’s perfect
since nothing in this world is, but it’s just so fluffy and hopeful and feel-good.
But other than that, I don’t really read about public figures. Except for memoirs such as
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Know My Name by Chanel Miller
- Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
- So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister by Anna Akana
- Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Losing Time on Twitter: Link yourself and share your favorite Twitter accounts that keep you entertained.
I’m still on Twitter hiatus despite returning to blogging, but you can find me @ninetalevixen if you’re so inclined. Mostly I follow other bookish people (bloggers, BookTubers, authors, publishers) — but I haven’t checked Twitter in a long time so @hankgreen is the only tweeter that I can think of right now.
On Snapchat / Taking Bookish Photos: Share some of your favorite bookish photos, and be sure to tag your accounts!
I’m not on Snapchat, but I (very) occasionally post bookish photos on Insta @ninetalevixen. Really not great at it, still figuring out my style, but here’s my most recent post:
Baking Cookies: Uh, yum! What books have you read recently that surprised you (in a good way)?
- Since I went in with no expectations, it was great to find myself wholly immersed in How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez: fantastic storytelling, fantastic characters, fantastic setting.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot actually lived up to the hype — it was sensitively framed and quite thoroughly researched, without being dry or preachy.
- I read When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert in about two sittings, even though I kept reminding myself that I had actual work to do; it has pretty much everything I love about Quiet YA. And it came very very close to making me cry.
Reading Books: What are some reads that sucked you in so much you had to keep reading?
- The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy (or, well, the first two books) by Patrick Rothfuss is seriously as good as everyone says it is. Yes, I have joined the suffering fanbase awaiting the final installment.
- On the flip side, the Celestial Trilogy by Sangu Mandanna is criminally underrated. Go read it.
- The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee is one of those rare sequels that’s even better than the first book, with complex characters and lots of action/intrigue and ughhhh it’s just so good.
Bullet Journaling: Feel free to share some of your favorite spreads! What are some of your favorite listed blog posts that you recommend we check out?
My spreads have been pretty simple these past few years, as I try to focus my time and energy on the tasks and events that I use my BuJo to track. So I also don’t tend to spend much time taking photos, though there’s probably some in my Bullet Journal tag. (This is not meant to disparage anyone who likes taking their time to make detailed spreads and/or nice photos, though — you do you! It’s just not my chosen creative outlet.)
As for related blog posts:
- Cuppa Clo – Bullet Journal 101: Is A BuJo Right For You?
- Northern Plunder – Spring Into Action | How to Set Up a Bullet Journal
- Blossoms & Bullet Journals – 10 Bullet Journal Spreads to Help You Be a More Organized Blogger
Jumping From Task to Task: What are some books featuring multiple POVs that you recommend?
Multiple-POV is one of those things I’m pretty picky about, since it’s unfortunately easy to have the characters all start to sound the same. But a few that I like(d) are The Mother-Daughter Book Club (series) by Heather Vogel Frederick, The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton, and Anxious People by Fredrik Backman.
Scrolling Through Bookstagram: What are some accounts that have the prettiest feeds? What are some accounts that always have great recommendations?
Again, I’m not super active on bookish social media. But a lot of the accounts that I follow have both pretty (and/or fun) feeds as well as great recs, so here’s a jumbled list in no particular order:
Love/Hate Relationship with Phone: Books featuring your favorite enemies-to-lovers romance!
Again, I’m not super into romance. But if we’re just looking at romantic subplots within a non-romance book/series, I’ll recommend Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (kind of? If you know you know), Sherwood by Meagan Spooner, Last Game (manga) by Shinobu Amano.
Singing Along to Music: Do you have any recommendations for musical books / rockstar romances?
This is another subgenre I don’t really read. So not a rockstar but boyband romance: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak was pretty cute. For a nonfiction book about music, I really enjoyed The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart.
Playing Video Games: Shoutout some of your favorite books that take place in an alternate world!
I mostly read SFF so there are a lot to choose from, so I’ll go with some all-time favorites:
- In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
- Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
- Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke
- Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire
and some relatively recent good-reads:
- This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
- The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
- Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
- Kingdom of Souls series by Rena Barron
- The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
Blogging / BookTube-ing: What are some of your favorite blogs (or BookTube channels) that you follow?
This is always such a hard one because I follow so many amazing blogs, and I can never fit everyone into one answer! Usually I try to list different people/blogs every time, but since it’s been a while (and therefore I have no idea who I most recently spotlighted) I’m going to default to some of those I’ve interacted with most:
- Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts
- Clo @ Cuppa Clo
- Haley @ The Caffeinated Reader
- Ruby @ Bookishly Ruby
- Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads
- Kal @ Reader Voracious
- Kristina @ Books and Dachshunds
Senseless Cleaning / Organization: It takes skill to keep a series well organized — what series do you recommend that gets better and better with each book?
To be a bit pedantic, I don’t know that I’d necessarily say any of these series get better and better with each book as much as they are comprised of books which each have unique and strong selling points? Especially since many of them have standalone installments.
Anyway, I have a Series Spotlight post up, and I stand by those recs; the only one I’d add, which I got into last year, is Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series — I’m working my way through by character/theme, finishing up the Rincewind books and planning to read Tiffany Aching next.
no one in particular, because I’m not sure who’s currently active and who’s on hiatus 😅
But as always, if you’d like to participate feel free to say I tagged you!