The TBR Tag

Since my reading life consists mostly of (physical and virtual) piles of books I haven’t read yet, here’s a tag that deals with just that!

(BTW this fun tag was created a while ago by Rachel from A Perfection Called Books and Dana from Dana Square)

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I mostly keep track on Goodreads, since it helps me stay pretty organized. And I’m all about virtual organization, even when my real-life organization leaves a lot to be desired.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

My TBR is mostly print, but I do have a couple dozen e-books sitting on my kindle. During my phases of using the libary a lot, I usually check out only e-books, since my alternative is having a stack of physical books racking up late fees once I’ve forgotten that they exist. But, in terms of books I personally own, the majority of them are physical books.

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?

imgresWell, apparently the first book I added to my Goodreads TBR list was The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, a classic that I think I would fall in love with based on all the quotes I’ve read by Plath. But I do have other books that have been sitting on my actual shelves for much longer.imgres-1

For instance, Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer has been sitting unread on my shelf since high school. As I’ve said in previous posts, I have a weird problem finishing series (or things in general) so this is another sequel that I’ve never read. (I actually never read the last couple chapters of Eclipse either but shhhhh.)

A book you recently added to your TBRimgres-2

One of the most recent books I’ve added on Goodreads was Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick because she is a delightful human and I need to read more non-fiction, and also memoirs/autobiographies, so this is perfect.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover

imgres-3So, beautiful/interesting covers definitely catch my eye and make me more likely to look into their summaries. For instance, I recently read Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt primarily due to its beautiful cover. Look at it. I mean, come on. (And the story was just as beautiful as its cover. Maybe I’ll write a review at some point.)

imgres-4But as for a book I still haven’t read… Let’s see, I’ll go with The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I know very little about this book, but I find the cover very intriguing. I’d say I typically judge more adult novels by their covers, since I don’t hear nearly as much about them compared to young adult books.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading

Harry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-Child-poster.jpgOK, gah, well, I might have to say Harry Potter and the Cursed Child… I’m not completely ruling out reading it, but right now I honestly have no desire to. As a huge HP fan, I’m worried by the things I’ve heard from people who have read it. I don’t want the story, which is not even written by JK Rowling, to change the way I feel about the characters I grew up with. Idk. If anyone has any strong feelings about it either way, I’d love to hear them!

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab AKA the sequel to Vicious!! As far as I can tell, this has zero info as to the plot or release date, but I’m very pumped for it! Vicious held the #2 spot on my 2015 favorite books! I’m not usually one of those people to read new books right when they’re released, but I predict that this will be an exception. ALSO, whenever John Green publishes another book, which will hopefully happen eventually, I will be all over that.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you

I’m gonna have to go with all the books from The Mortal Instruments series or The Infernal Devices series, both by Cassandra Clare.

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infernal-devices-covers1.pngPretty much everyone I know has read one or more books from these series, and then here I am having read zero. I’m not really itching to start (even though I watch and enjoy the Shadowhunters TV series), but The Infernal Devices sound more interesting to me. I don’t know. I’d appreciate any thoughts about these series in particular and on whether they’re worth reading.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you

mistborn-cover.jpgSo, I don’t have a book that I’m recommended all the time, but I definitely have had several people encourage me to read The Mistborn Trilogy, a high fantasy series by Brandon Sanderson. And I own them in e-book and physical copies. So I don’t know what’s stopping me…517mlmz7z2l-_sx323_bo1204203200_

I’ve also been told to read the Sandman graphic novel series by Neil Gaiman a handful of times when I tell people I’m into graphic novels, so this really needs to happen. Especially since I own the first one. So yeah, I’ll start it eventually…

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read

urlI don’t know that I’m “dying to read” this, but I know I really need to read Getting There: A Book of Memoirs by Gillian Zoe Segal. It’s a collection of memoirs by semi-famous, successful people about how they got to where they are now. My counselor recommended it to me, so I’m planning to start reading it very soon.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

There are 625 books on my TBR shelf. I consistently add and periodically remove books, so this is pretty much ever-changing. But, yeah, a lot of books sound interesting to me. We’ll see how many I get to!


I know this tag has been going around for a long time, but feel free to do it if you haven’t already! I had a lot of fun with it. 🙂 Let me know if you have any thoughts on the books I mentioned or some books on your TBR that you’ve been putting off!

Thanks for reading!

xx bits of prose and whimsy

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Halloween Book Tag

I love this time of year, so I’m doing this Halloween-themed book tag that I’ve seen all over the place! Once again, I don’t actually follow the rules of tagging or being tagged, but consider yourself tagged if you’re reading this!

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CARVING PUMPKINS: What book would you carve up and light on fire?

It’s not likely that I would actually destroy a book, but I’ll choose one I really didn’t like: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. This is the first Sarah Dessen book I’ve read and probably my last. I found literally nothing remarkable about this contemporary story. Kind of pointless.

TRICK OR TREAT: What character is a trick? What character is a treat?

Trick: Amy Dunne from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. She’s the definition of tricky.

Treat: Alexia Tarabotti from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. She’s always a delight to read about. Spunky, smart, and confident.

CANDY CORN: What’s a book that’s always sweet?

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. This ’90s rom-com style novel is the definition of sweet and a great pick-me-up. A cute love story with endearing characters.

GHOST: What character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

Albus Dumbledore! I’d love for him to visit and give me some words of wisdom. And, let’s be honest, he’s just dang cool.

DRESSING UP IN COSTUME: What character would you want to be for a day?

I’ll go with Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. I would have magical abilities, attend Hogwarts, be friends with the Golden Trio plus Ginny, and could act as weird as I wanted without raising any eyebrows. Sounds like a fun day to me!

WIZARDS AND WITCHES: What is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

It’s impossible for me to choose a favorite… I’ve always loved the beginning of Order of the Phoenix when Harry meets members of the Order and is whisked away to 12 Grimmauld Place. So I’ll just go with that.

BLOOD AND GORE: What book was so creepy you had to take a break from it?

One of the creepiest/most disturbing things I’ve read is the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill. It’s a fantastic series of graphic novels about an old mansion with a set of mysterious keys. I never had to take a break from it, but there were plenty of creepy moments.


Thanks for reading & Happy Halloween!

xx bits of prose and whimsy

The Coffee Book Tag

Tags are fun and I haven’t done one in what seems like forever. I wasn’t tagged but that isn’t gonna stop me. So here’s a tag that combines two things I can’t live without: COFFEE and BOOKS. Da best combo. (I saw this tag on what’s she reading?‘s blog, which is awesome.) Heeeere we go!

BLACK: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

Firstly, I’m gonna say the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I definitely plan to read the books at some point, as I own them in both physical and e-book form, but for some reason the whole high fantasy genre intimidates me. Speaking of high fantasy, the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, the first of which is A Game of Thrones, is so intimidating that I’m not sure I’ll ever read it. I honestly don’t know if I can get into something that has that many pages and that many characters. I’d need someone to provide a really persuasive argument for me to start it!

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

So this isn’t a particular book, but anything in the horror genre, or any kind of monster books, are way more popular right around Halloween. I’m much more tempted to pick up something scary or spooky in October than any other time of year. I also associate mysteries with colder weather, but maybe that’s just me.

HOT CHOCOLATE: Favorite children’s book.

The obvious answer is Harry Potterbut to be a bit more creative… I’d say Black and Blue Magic by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. I have fond memories of my mom reading this book aloud to me when I was very young. I think about it from time to time, and I’d really like to pick it up again for a reread.

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

The first that comes to mind is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, which I read just last month. I loved the heck out of this book, which is impressive because science fiction isn’t a genre I’m typically drawn to, especially books set entirely in space. I simply couldn’t put it down because I just had to know how things wrapped up, and the book’s unique format allowed me to fly right through it!

STARBUCKS: A book you see everywhere.

I’m gonna go with The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, which includes Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and a couple of novella collections. It seems like everyone is getting into this series, which I totally don’t mind since I’ve read the first two and enjoyed them a lot. I even got my sister into them and she’s now ahead of me! Typical.

THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: A book by an indie author (a shoutout).

I honestly haven’t read that many books by indie authors, which is a shame. One that comes to mind, though, is the Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee. I’ve read the first book Angelfall, and it was on my favorites list for 2014! I highly recommend starting it, and I’ve heard the other two are great as well.

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF: A book you were expecting more from.

Children’s classics like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll have let me down quite a bit. I was expecting to enjoy them about as much as their film adaptations, but they just weren’t very enjoyable. I might give Alice another try at some point, though. Maybe.

THE PERFECT BLEND: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky has a perfect balance of bitter and sweet, with plenty of sad and happy moments to bring you right back to your high school days. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell also strikes a perfect balance. It’s touching and heartbreaking and sweet all at once.

GREEN TEA: A book or series that is quietly beautiful.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman certainly comes to mind. It has an ethereal, dream-like quality to it. Nothing overly dramatic or suspenseful, but still compelling and beautiful. Oh, Gaiman, you are fantastic.

CHAI TEA: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places.

I found it a bit difficult to think of an answer for this one, since so many of the books I read are set in the US… but I’d say The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke fits the bill. The story is set in Venice and really captures the unique qualities of the ancient city. It’s basically impossible not to picture yourself roaming the streets of Venice right alongside the characters.

EARL GREY: A favorite classic.

I love everything by Jane Austen. After taking an Austen literature/film class in college, I gained an intense appreciation for her work because of my professor’s love for all things Austen. I also remember really enjoying The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton back in high school.

Thanks for reading! If you love coffee and books, you should totally do this tag–it’s fun!

The Ultimate Book Tag

I found this tag through booksoverpeople and it looked like a lot of fun! I’ve watched a ton of booktubers do tags like this, but I’ve never done one myself. So, here’s my first book tag!


1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Usually, yes. Especially in the passenger seat. I can read for a bit but have to stop pretty quickly. It’s kind of a bummer during long road trips when I have time to get some reading done.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Neil Gaiman. Hands down. I don’t even understand how he writes the way he does. There’s so much mystery and magic in his words. Please go read some Gaiman if you haven’t. Neverwhere was my first of his and I highly recommend it.

3. Harry Potter series or Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I’ve never understood why this comparison became a thing. I guess it’s because of the movie franchises? Obviously Harry Potter. Come on.

1. The world-building. The fantastically rich world that J.K. Rowling came up with? Spectacular. The world-building in Twilight is noticeably superficial.

2. The characters. Essentially all of Rowling’s characters are memorable. I would pretty much read anything she could ever write about any of her side characters. I can’t even pick my favorites. (Well, Lupin is definitely up there.) Twilight, on the other hand, has very one-dimensional characters with little personality. Besides Bella’s dad, most of them are pretty boring.

3. My childhood. Like so many others, I literally grew up reading Harry Potter. I can’t imagine another series ever replacing it as my favorite.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

Well, now that I’m not in school anymore, I don’t carry a book bag. But, when I did, I would often have my laptop, notebooks, pens, kindle…Pretty standard.

5. Do you smell your books?

Not usually, but I do love the smell of old books.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I’m fond of both, but some stories lend themselves well to illustrations. They can add something special if done well.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Twilight. In either 8th grade or my freshman year of high school, I started reading the Twilight series and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books. I enjoyed them for what they were, but I would definitely feel differently about them if I reread them in my 20s.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Hmm not really…But I was really obsessed with keeping my books nice, so any scratches or bent pages would really stress me out. I still like to keep my books looking good, but I don’t drive myself crazy over it.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

I don’t know for sure, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower is definitely one of the thinnest.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

One of the Harry Potter books, most likely. Maybe Order of the Phoenix?

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future being an author?

I do write! I took a creative writing class my last semester of college, and it definitely helped me with consistently writing and gaining confidence in my work. I would absolutely love to be a published YA author. It’s one of those far-fetched dreams that I hope I can one day achieve.

12. When did you get into reading?

I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. During my teen years, however, I didn’t read much for pleasure, as I was overwhelmed with all the required reading for school. I’m so happy that I’ve made reading a priority during the last few years.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

The Great Gatsby or any of Jane Austen’s novels. I’m also fond of Great Expectations and To Kill a Mockingbird. I plan to read more classics this year!

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Yes, it was through most of school. Ironically, I didn’t take many English classes in college.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I would act like I was excited and hadn’t read it before so the person who gave it to me wouldn’t feel bad. I’d eventually donate it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I honestly can’t think of one…

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I don’t think I’ve been at this long enough to have already acquired a bad habit. 😛

18. What is your favorite word?

I have many words I love, such as silhouette and conundrum.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Mostly a nerd, and perhaps a dork as well. 🙂

20. Vampires or fairies? Why?

I’m not sure, since I haven’t actually read any books about fairies. Vampire books can be really terrible, but some are enjoyable.

21. Shapeshifters or angels? Why?

Probably shapeshifters. The idea of shapeshifting is so cool to me. Maybe due to my fascination with animagi?

22. Spirits or werewolves? Why?

I’m not sure whether I simply don’t like books involving spirits. At the very least, I’ve had terrible luck with them. Werewolves can be awesome. Remus Lupin, anyone?

22. Zombies or vampires? Why?

I haven’t read any books about zombies. These questions have shown me that I definitely need to expand my horizons in the fantasy/paranormal genre!

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Probably love triangle. Maybe. Right? If they’re done well. For example, the love triangle in the Throne of Glass series is great. ( But I’ve only read the first two books.) They can also be super obnoxious.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in? 

I’m typically not a fan of full on romance books. They can be a bit nauseating. So I’m gonna go with the latter.


Why is it so fun to answer random book-themed questions? Beats me.

Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my preferences or have any suggestions for fantasy/paranormal books to read! That would be rad.