Book Tag | How I Read Tag + the TBR Book Tag

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Hey everyone! I’m here again with yet another tag (actually, two tags). I was tagged for this by Jenna @ Reading with Jenna, and I knew I had to do it. This is actually a mash-up of two tags into one, and I thought Jenna’s idea of combining the two tags together was wonderful, so I did just that!

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  HOW DO YOU FIND OUT ABOUT NEW BOOKS TO READ?

I find out about books in a few different ways, but the main way is definitely BookTube. I really enjoy reading posts about new books, but I often have to sit down and give these posts my full attention; whereas, with BookTube, I can play videos while working out, or while I’m doing some light math homework. Also, there’s just something about seeing the physical book in someone’s hands that really appeals to me. Other than that, I find out about new reads from my favorite blogs, Tumblr photos and Goodreads.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO READING?

I’ve been a reader ever since I can remember. But I think I first started seriously reading in third grade when I moved to England and discovered my cousin’s bookshelves. The first book I decided to pick up was the first Harry Potter book, and I flew through the rest of the books in the series (the sixth one hadn’t yet been released.) My teachers in elementary school held a reading session every day where she would read a book out loud, and I discovered more books and more worlds through that too, including A Series of Unfortunate Events. The rest is, as they say, history.

HOW HAS YOUR TASTE IN BOOKS CHANGED AS YOU GOT OLDER?

Hmm, I haven’t really thought about this much, but I think I used to read tons and tons of paranormal when I was younger. I’m not huge on paranormal anymore- I’m more into high fantasy than anything. I usually can’t stand paranormals anymore, but I used to be crazy about them during my middle-school days.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY BOOKS?

I think it depends, to be honest. If I’m reading a lot, running through my bookshelves like crazy, I find myself buying a lot of books too. But if I’m in a reading slump, my book buying decreases a lot. I think another factor is location. Last academic year, I lived right across the street from the famous the Strand Bookstore and I used to buy 15-20 books a month. Now, my residence hall is much further away and there aren’t many bookstores around, so my buying has significantly decreased. On an average though, I would say I buy at least two books in a week.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO BOOK REVIEWING?

I started reviewing books when I first started working at Barnes & Noble. Even though I was an avid reader back then too (this was 2013), I didn’t read nearly as much as I read now. Working at B&N opened my eyes to how many different worlds there were to be discovered, and I started flying through books. Until I realized that I had way too many thoughts, and not enough people to share them with. I started reviewing books early in January 2014 on Goodreads; later that year, I made a book blog on Tumblr, and in January 2015, I decided I wanted a closer community, and this blog arose.

HOW DO YOU REACT WHEN YOU DON’T LIKE THE END OF A BOOK?

I scream into my pillow and go rant to my mom while she looks at me like I’m crazy. 😀

HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT THE ENDING TO SEE IF THERE IS A HAPPY ENDING?

Never. If there’s one thing I won’t do, it’s spoil myself for books.


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HOW DO YOU KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TBR PILE?

My TBR pile’s a mess. I have so many books on my Goodreads’ TBR-shelf. So many that I have to go on Goodreads every few months and remove stuff I’m no longer interested in. So, I guess the answer here is that I DON’T keep track of my TBR pile?

IS YOUR TBR MOSTLY PRINT OR EBOOK?

It’s a little bit of both. New releases that are super expensive usually end up as eBooks on my iPad. I have approximately 40 or 50 unread eBooks in my iBooks library at the present moment, while I also have around 50 unread print books on my bookshelf. So…

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHICH BOOK FROM YOUR TBR TO READ NEXT?

Sometimes, I just feel the urge to pick up something and I know from the moment I finish my current read what I’m going to pick up next. But at times, I’m totally stumped, I usually ask people on Tumblr. Or I grab two or three books I can’t decide between and make my parents blindly pick. xD

A BOOK THAT HAS BEEN ON YOUR TBR THE LONGEST

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This has been on my TBR ever since it came out in 2012! I really want to read it, but I’m so scared because I’ve heard some really horrible things. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to it soon because I’m really excited about the TV miniseries, and I want to read the book before I watch the show.

A BOOK THAT YOU RECENTLY ADDED TO YOUR TBR

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I didn’t LOVE the first book, but I enjoyed it enough to want to give the second book another try- not to mention that the cover is absolutely stunning. This title hasn’t been released yet, and it comes out in early November, I believe.

A BOOK THAT’S ON YOUR TBR STRICTLY BECAUSE OF THE COVER

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I know nothing about this, except that it has one beautiful damned cover.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU NEVER PLAN ON READING

I think… the Interestings by Meg Wolitzer?

AN UNPUBLISHED BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU ARE EXCITED FOR

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A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT EVERYONE HAS READ BUT YOU

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A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT EVERYONE RECOMMENDS TO YOU

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A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU ARE DYING TO READ

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Hasn’t been released yet, but dear God am I excited!

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR GOODREADS TBR?

146.


Guys, I’ve never done this before, but I’m super exhausted and don’t have any more energy to stay awake! So, I’m not going to be tagging anyone- or rather, I’m going to be tagging EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU. If you want to do either or both of these tags, please feel free to do so. Feel free to mention me in your posts as your tagger, because right now- you’ve all been tagged, officially, by me. <3

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  1. I do the same thing when I don’t like the ending of a book. Or if I like it, for that matter! My mum is a reader and still thinks I am absolutely crazy. I started reading the Night Circus a couple of years ago and couldn’t really get into it. Maybe I was a bit young, but the premise doesn’t really appeal to me, I guess. For some reason, my Kindle no longer shows me my estimated time. I actually liked having that because it made it easier to plan out when I was going to read. Nice post!
    -Rogan x
    P.S. I am considering myself tagged 😉

  2. I haven’t read The Casual Vacancy yet either for the same reason as you, even though I bought it on its release date. And that cover for The Walls Around Us is beautiful, that makes me want to read it too.

    • I think for the Casual Vacancy, we need to go in with a blank mind. Read it like it’s not written by the person who wrote Harry Potter. That’s what I did while reading the Cuckoo’s Calling and I ended up really, really enjoying that! 🙂 x

  3. I actually really liked The Casual Vacancy! I think a lot of people were very disappointed because they went in expecting something even a little similar to Harry Potter, which The Casual Vacancy isn’t at all. It’s a long book and there are a lot of characters, but I think it’s totally worth your time!

    • That sounds great! I’m not expecting it to be anything like Harry Potter tbh. I’ve read twenty or so pages and it couldn’t be more different. Maybe I’ll like it then. :3

  4. My Goodreads shelf was becoming a mess as well, lol. I ended up making a new shelf on there for books that I know for sure I want to read and then have my regular “to-read” shelf for the books that sound good, but I may or may not read. I’ve also been super picky with adding books to my TBR shelves, because I don’t want it to become too messy again lol!

    I haven’t read the Darkest Minds either. I need to ASAP! Everyone is loving it and I want to love it too! lol. I also haven’t read the Night Circus and same as above. So many people loved it and I feel like everyone has read it except for me. I love the book cover for The Walls Around Us. I have a copy as well and need to read it!

    Great answers on both of these tags! 🙂

    • Ugh, I think I’ll do that too. I just went through my Goodreads to-read shelf right after I posted this, and I found so many books that I don’t care about anymore. xD
      *virtual high five* I feel like everybody’s read those books, so I get really excited when someone hasn’t… to share in my sheer oblivion. xD I do own the Darkest Minds though, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon!
      Thanks so much for stopping by, Ashley! x

      • I’ve had the Darkest Minds since January and still haven’t read it, lol! Hopefully we both get around to reading it soon. I’ve heard it’s amazing.

  5. Yay, I’m so happy that you did this as a mash-up as well. And I totally get what you mean about buying less books when you’re in a slump. I thought I was the opposite – that I bought more books when I was in a slump in order to get myself excited again – but I recently went to the bookstore, fully intending to buy lots of books, and I just wasn’t excited about anything I saw.

    I’m really excited about The Winner’s Kiss as well… even though I haven’t started the trilogy yet. I’ve heard so many amazing things about the other books though, that I just want this third book to be out so that I can marathon the whole thing!

    • As a passionate supporter of the Winner’s trilogy, I approve of your decision to wait. xD That series has way too many feels- I read the second book back in March, and I’m currently dying because I don’t know what’s going to happen next! It’s a great trilogy to marathon! I really hope you enjoy it as much as I, as well as many others, did. <3

  6. Love the edits you did in this post, I especially adore the arrow motif.

    I’ve made a move to print books these days because I find myself racing against the Kindle ebook’s estimated time and it’s disruptive to my reading haha! I hope you’ll enjoy your reads, especially The Walls Around Us! That book looks so intriguing!

    • Ah, thank you! I didn’t do much- just tweaked the colors to match the main graphic, but up until a week ago, I couldn’t even do that. xD
      I fly through ebooks too! I usually read on my iBooks app, and it doesn’t give me an estimated time, so it’s a lot less distracting. But you’re right- whenever I read on the Kindle app, I always try to reduce the estimated time and find myself skimming most of the book. Haha!

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