The 20 Questions Book Tag

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?

I believe that there needs to be at least 3 books in a book series just because it really makes a beginning middle and end of the story, and seems like the least you would need ot really call it a series.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

No thank you! I hate them and they drive me nuts!! Except in Managa… then I half halfheartedly put up with them.
3. Hardcopy or paperback?

Hardcopy. If I’m reading a physical book I like to annotate it and I honestly don’t take the best care of my books so they’re all going to get tossed around a lot.
4. Favorite book?

A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Brey. Hands down, no questions asked.
5. Least favorite book?

The Catcher and the Rye because I had to listen to it for school and it made me soooo mad for no reason
6. Love triangles, yes or no? 

It really depends. It can be a great thing or a horrible thing, it just depends on how it’s done.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Witch and Wizzard… I don’t remember the author’s name but I couldn’t finish it.
8. A book you’re currently reading?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’m listening to chapter one as I’m writing this.
9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Every Heart A Doorway. I suggested it to my friend Laura because I thought it was interesting.
10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Probably something for school. AKA no clue
11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Scythe? Maybe?
12. Favorite author?

Libba Brey
13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Buying books and borrowing audiobooks.
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

I didn’t like Cinder as much as everyone else, but I haven’t outright hated a book that everyone loved.
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks first, dog-ears if I’m really really desperate.
16. A book you can always reread?

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children.
17. Can you read while hearing music?

yeah, I just block it out.
18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

I don’t really mind one way or the other. It’s just sort of whatever is best for the story.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

A day or two… honestly I like at max a week.
20. Who do you tag? (You can invite them to the group to do the tag)

Whoever wants to do it! 🙂 Go for it!

Annotating Books

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my opinions about annotating and writing in books. Typically annotating a book causes bookworms to gasp and feel like someone had hit them or destroyed something they love. I want to talk about it a little bit, though, just to discuss my thoughts about it and what I think.

I’m going to spoil you right now, I annotate my books. I’m going to talk later about how exactly I do this, but I’m going to spoil you right now.

I see why people don’t want to, and honestly I take all of my pictures of my books before I even start reading them most of the time. I would like to change that process in the future, but for now I like the way that I take my pictures and interact with them.

Not annotating your books keeps them in perfect condition, and if the book is your absolute favorite book that’s signed by the author I totally get it and don’t suggest writing in the book. I have a few books like this and I wouldn’t take those books out of the house for anything, because let’s face it those books are my favorite things in the world.

On the other hand, when I first read a book I don’t know that it’s my favorite. Let’s take a recent read for an example. I recently read Scythe by Neal Shusterman and I absolutely loved it and can’t wait for the squeal to be released in the near future. I decided to annotate this book just because I liked the cover and I had a feeling that this book would bring up great ideas and thoughts. I didn’t know that the book would become my favorite, but now it is and I’m happy that I actually have highlighted my favorite parts and quotes. I like the fact that I can go back and see what I wrote in the margins when I was first reading it. Especially when I got to a few huge plot twists and I as able to go back to see what I was thinking before then.

I was actually reading through my notes after I finished it and it really helped me put together the story as a whole and suddenly something small made so much sense all of a sudden.

I also recently gave a book that I had annotated to a friend and they said that once they got into the book they thought it was amusing to see my thoughts and what I was thinking at any point in the book.

The main reason I choose to annotate my books is because I keep looking at one of my most loved books, A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Brey, it is my most loved book. The binding is beat up, the cover is ripped, and the pages are dog eared where I absolutely loved the page or something important happened. To me seeing this makes me happy because things aren’t always meant to stay perfect. They’re meant to be bent, used, and wear down. That’s what I love about books because the more beat up a book is the more it’s read, the more the story is heard, and the more those characters have found their way into your heart.

I feel like this post is a little messy and unorganized, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on the topic with you.

What side are you on with this discussion? Let me know in the comments below!

~Amanda Ann

Intimidating TBR Tag

I wanted to take a little break today and talk about my TBR pile, because after my Black Friday Book Haul I sort of have a TBR shelf that’s a little too big and overwhelming.

IMG_3647.JPG1. A book on your TRB that you haven’t finished?

Right now I am reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and Witches and Wizzards by James Patterson. So those would be the only two books that I’ve started and haven’t finished.

 

2. A book you haven’t had time to read

All of them

IMG_3651.JPG3. A book you haven’t read because it’s a squeal?

Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini. I bought this in my latest book outlet haul and didn’t know that it was a squeal but this is the only book in my TBR that is a squeal that I don’t have the first book for.

4. A Book you haven’t read because it’s brand new

All the books in my haul.

5. A book by an author that you’ve previously read and didn’t like

Alright so this is pushing it a little bit because I didn’t not like the previous book I just marathoned them and got tired of them. I have The Adjustment by Suzan Young and although I loved the program and the treatment I felt like The Epidemic and The Remedy just dragged it out and I didn’t really need those books in comparison to the others so I’m not looking forward to the next book or reading The Adjustment 

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Honestly Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I don’t know why i don’t want to read this book, because it sounds good, but I just don’t want to read it. I want to read every other magical book on my shelf but not this one.

7. A book on your TBR that you haven’t read because it’s enormous?

Besides the Game of Thrones books?  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I want to read this book, apparently this series is great, but I just can’t get around to it. It’s too intimidating of a series because they’re all bigger books.

8. A Book on your TBR that you bought because of the cover

All of them. Isn’t that how you buy your books?

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