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The Pancake Book Tag!

I haven’t done a book tag in SO LONG, even though I’ve been tagged in a bunch, and I really have no excuse; I’ve just been super lazy lately. I’ve seen this tag floating around in various places, but most recently on acquadimore’s blog (whose answers are seriously FAB and her blog is excellent overall; y’all should totally go follow her) and I’m just bored enough to do it. Also, I LOVE pancakes and I crave them all the time, so here we are.

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The Rules

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my pancake graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

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The Naughty or Nice Tag

I saw this tag on Swetlana’s blog, though I think it was originally created by Jenniely!divider

Received an ARC and not reviewed it

Ohhhhh yes. Here’s the thing: I’m really picky about ARC format. If the e-ARC is at all messy or weirdly formatted, I’m just not gonna read it. Even if it’s just a matter of something like missing paragraph spaces. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

My Netgalley feedback rating is 28% lmaoooo. But I’m a librarian member because I’m in ALA, so I pretty much get approvals for like 98% of the books I request, and I’m auto-approved for a bunch of publishers, which is awesome because it takes me a really, really long time to read certain ARCs. Sometimes I read them way after the book is published, which I guess defeats the purpose, but oh well.

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

Ever since I committed to writing full reviews, I’ve been pretty good about it! I don’t think I’ve ever missed a review since I made the decision to write full, thought-out reviews. I think it’s been a year and a half now?

Folded down the page of a book

I haven’t done this since I was in junior high! I literally have at least thirty bookmarks at home, so it seems ridiculous to fold down the page.

Accidentally spilled on a book

Hmm, maybe a drop of tea or water? I don’t generally eat or drink when reading, though.

DNF a book this year

I have DNFed a couple of books, though I don’t consider that naughty!

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

LMAOOOOOO I am being called out here…but to be clear I always have the intention of reading any book I buy. It might just take…some years, that’s all.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

Of course.

Skim read a book

Nah. I’m a little obsessive about things like this; it’s either I read it or I don’t. If I skim it then I don’t know whether or not to mark it as read and that upsets my Goodreads count and that literally makes me want to break out in hives. I even get prickly when I have to consider whether or not to add plays or really short books to my Goodreads count! Nah. It’s either I read it properly or I DNF.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Not since I started doing them, I think!

Borrowed a book and not returned it

WELL I do work in a library, so I definitely have a tendency to hoard books. It’s not like I won’t ever give them back, but I have definitely had some books on my shelf for literal years.

Broke a book buying ban

Ha! I’ve never had a book buying ban in the first place. I’d never be able to maintain it, so it would be pointless.

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

Nope! I mean, I forget what books are about all the damn time, but never before I write a review.

Wrote in a book you were reading

I mark up some non-fiction books I read, yeah. I also don’t consider this naughty!

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Are you kidding? I live for the moment when I get to click “I’m finished!” on Goodreads. I update my Goodreads obsessively.

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The Book Addiction Tag

It’s nearing the end of the semester and I really should be getting to the piles of work I have, but I found this tag over at Me and My Mundane Life and it seemed like fun, so here I am!divider

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

A week, maybe? It’s hard for me to think about. I mostly read when I’m commuting, and living in New York City, I commute nearly every day. It’s kind of scary to wonder how often and how much I’ll read when I don’t have such a lengthy commute anymore! I don’t really read at home as often as I’d like; when I’m home, more often than not, I’ll resort to watching YouTube or TV shows.


How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

I carry my Kindle almost everywhere and it has 200+ unread titles on it. I try not to carry physical books if I can help it, or unless the book is light.


Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I would say I keep 98% of the books I buy and receive! A few years ago I had to do an unhaul mostly because I was running out of space in our tiny apartment! But in the future, when I have more space for bookshelves, I intend to never get rid of any books, ever. I want to build my own library.


How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

Oh boy. It really depends on the bookshop and my goals! I would say my average is about a half hour, but I can get lost in a bookshop for hours sometimes.


How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

So, again, because I have a 3-hr daily commute, I spend 3hrs per weekday reading, at least. If a book is particularly engaging sometimes I’ll read for another hour or two as well. On weekends I generally don’t read at all.


Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

I’m not sure what this means? I don’t have a daily to-do list, and picking up a book wouldn’t really be on it anyway, because I don’t think of it as a “to-do” task.


How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

I have no idea, and it’s even harder to estimate now because my shelves are double stacked, so I can’t see most of the stuff I own! Maybe somewhere around 200? I don’t know. I’m really bad at this type of numerical estimation. My Kindle also has around 200 books.


Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Depends on who I’m speaking with! A lot of the people I speak to on a daily basis don’t read very often, or aren’t keen on reading in general, so I know it’s futile to talk about reading. But if I’m talking with fellow readers than I bring up books all the time!


What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

I think it’s still Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace!


Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e. searching bookshops, online digging, etc)?

I have two answers for this!

First is Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nichols, which is a title not published in the US, so I couldn’t find it in any libraries here. I didn’t know Book Depository existed back then, so I ended up digging  through Amazon sellers until I found an affordable copy. It was a three-star book in the end, alas.

Second is the Worth Press edition of Pride & Prejudice. It was on Book Depository and then went out of stock, so I hunted it down everywhere, including Abe Books. Then a copy popped up on Amazon for $24, which is way more than I would usually spend on any book, but it was a limited edition so I bought it. About two weeks later the book popped up on Book Depository again for $13. Alas. Such is life.


A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

I also have two answers for this!

First is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which took me about six months to read. I refused to DNF it because I was determined to read this beloved classic and see what all the fuss was about. I was not a fan. I was so, so bored but I made my way through.

Second is The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan, which is the worst fantasy novel I’ve ever read. I found it boring, soulless, and badly written. This is one of the few books I’ve one-starred.


What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?

  1. Get used to reading more at home!
  2. Read more stuff by Arab women, including non-fiction.
  3. Read everything by Sarah Waters.

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

I did convince my best friend to buy a Kindle, but she’s yet to actually finish a book on it. I don’t think I can count that as a success.


Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Adventure, Wonder, Escapism, Awe, Joy

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Read Before 2019

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Top Five Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is currently hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Check out the goodreads group to learn more.

November 14th: Books to Read Before 2019
Our Goodreads goals are quickly closing in. What are you prioritizing for the end of the year?

I recently went on a mini-spree at my library and requested a whole bunch of books, so, by necessity, I will need to read those by the end of the year, but they also happen to be books that I really want to read! Also, I happened to request six books, so you get a bonus book here.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor — I just finished reading the first book in this series and would like to get the sequel before the end of the year for two reasons. First, I really liked the book and am eager to see what happens next. Second, my memory is awful and I will forget everything if I wait any longer.

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold — I have heard so many conflicting things about this book, but the general consensus seems to be that it is surprisingly dark and adult for a YA book. Because I am morbid and macabre, I will always be drawn to books with dark central themes. I really want to know what everyone is talking about!

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab — So, again, I just read the first book and I will forget if I don’t get to this right away! Plus this is one of those books where it’s just everywhere and it’s difficult to avoid spoilers and I want to be in on what everyone is talking about.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory — So, the other night I had a weird dream-revelation where I got this idea for a contemporary romance novel. When I woke up that following morning, I had a really intense desire to read some romance to get a sense of how those types of novels are structured. I have heard excellent things about this one, and it perfectly suits my needs, plot-wise.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand — I really want to read something by this author and this seems like it’ll be right up my alley. I’ve heard reviews that say it’s dark and intense and feminist, which sounds great.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker — This surprisingly short novel has been on my TBR for a long time now, and so many friends and reviewers have read it and loved it that I really want to get to it before the end of the year. I’m not sure if I will, since the library queue is rather long for this book, but here’s hoping.