All these amazing bloggers have tagged me in the last week:
Patrick of TheBookshelves
Jess of Jessy's Bookends
Eileen from Singing and Reading in the Rain
April from Books4Juliet
Thanks so much. I'm truly honored that you chose me. As you all know, blogging is hard work, and it's always nice to hear that others appreciate what you do. You're the best!
Since I'm truly not THAT fascinating, I'm going to answer a selection of questions. And since this is my second tag post, instead of tagging other bloggers to answer questions, I'm going to follow in the footsteps of my blogger friend Shanan and tag some other bloggers just to say thanks.
I love all spicy food. Put some hot peppers in something and I'm there! Favorite flower: peonies. Color: I like most colors. I used to have an aversion to orange, but I think I'm changing my mind on that.
Do you eat while you read? (Patrick)
I used to drink tea, but then there was a tragic accident involving The Name of the Star. So I'm rethinking the food and drink policy.
What characteristics should a book have to be on your TBR? (Jess)
I have been thinking about this as I try to find books to feature on my blog. For me to love a book, it needs at least three out of five of the following characteristics:
- compelling characters
- strong writing
- an original concept, or an unique twist on a familiar concept
- vivid setting
I love TV and am not embarrassed to admit it. I watch reality shows like Top Chef and Project Runway. I tend to get bored with shows after a while so I'm always switching it up. Right now I'm loving The Lying Game on ABC Family. (I've been obsessed with twin movies and shows since the Parent Trap.) I'm a huge fan of Broadway, so I'm watching Smash. Hope it doesn't get cancelled! And of course I can't wait for the Hunger Games movie. Shanan and I are planning a big giveaway in celebration.
Have you ever read a book that made you hate the day Gutenberg created the press? (Jess)
I couldn't really hate a book. Authors put so much work and hope and heart into their work. But ... if I'm reading a book and I'm not loving it after fifty pages or so, I quit reading. There are so many books I want to read that I can't really spend hours on a book that's not for me.
What ways can you recommend for people to have access to great new books?
If you're a blogger, NetGalley. I asked for the $79 Kindle for Christmas and I've been getting amazing stuff on NetGalley. Plus, the NetGalley staff are the nicest people on the planet. If you have a e-reader, check out the website of your local library. You'd be amazed at the great e-books you can borrow for free!
What's the worst way to be interrupted so you have to stop reading your book? (Eileen)
Ugh -- I am constantly interrupted. Text alert. Phone call. Then the dog needs to go out. Or it's time to make dinner. It's awful when you're at a super-exciting part of your book.
Come on, fess up. Do you judge a book by its cover? (Eileen)
All the time, and I feel guilty about it. The pretty cover gets me to pick the book up. After that, of course I judge the book by its personality.
Paranormal or fantasy? (Eileen)
Definitely paranormal. High fantasy really isn't for me, though I do read some books with fantasy elements.
What do you do when you aren't reading or blogging? (Juliet)
Hmm. I wish the truth were more exciting. I need to take up trapeze or skydiving. I walk the dog and go to the post office to mail my giveaway prizes (see below). I manage my demanding yet adorable children, do yoga (badly and reluctantly), and try to tell myself that I'm getting better at tennis. I take an art class. I love to write, which is one of the reasons I blog :)
How many books can you read in a week? (Juliet)
I'm a pretty fast reader. I have one book going on my Kindle, so when I'm in line at the post office I can read instead of giving strangers the evil eye. Then I have one paper book going that I can curl up on the couch with. All in all, I'd say I manage to read three books a week.
Now here are the bloggers I want to tag just to say thanks. You don't have to answer any questions. I just want to tell you that I think you're great!
Princess of Storyland
I think Cristina was my very first follower. I have no idea how she found me, but she made me feel less lonely and I'll always love her for that. Her blog is as beautiful as she is!
Arianne of ArianneCruz07
Arianne always makes me laugh. Plus, she's the luckiest person I ever met. She and I need to buy a lottery ticket together.
Amy of Book Loving Mom
Amy and I are obviously on the same Whatever-Doesn't-Kill-You-Makes-You-Stronger Mom Schedule, because when I get up, she's always there to hang out with. Which is great, because she's such a cool chick.
Shanan and I bonded over a book we were reading at the same time. We were messaging each other: "Seriously?" "I know! Seriously??" I can ask her the stupidest question on the planet and she will never make fun of me.
Jen of LiterallyJen
Jen is my only online book friend I've actually met in real life. And yes, she's just as nice in person!
Jen M of Some Like it Paranormal
Jen was another of my early supporters. She's so funny and her blog is taking off like wildfire. If you love all things paranormal, go check it out.
Heather of Flyleaf Review
Heather's blog is beautifully designed and her reviews are thoughtful and heartfelt. I look forward to finding out what she'll read next!
Also a quick shout-out to all my wonderful readers who stop by to comment on a regular basis:
Anaavu, Amanda, Amber, Andrea, Caitlin, Christina M, Emily, Hayley, Jen R, Jess, Kelly, Marybelle, Randi, Rivkabelle, Sam, Sophia, Tressa.
If your name isn't on this list, post a comment! I read and treasure every single one. I'll be drawing for the comments contest next week and I have a HUGE stack of books and ARCs to give away.
Okay, enough about me. For real. I'm officially tagged out! No tag-backs, no returns!
Edited: forgot to say that if you're a blogger who wants to be tagged, here are my questions!
That was so sweet of you to do this post. I know that you're as busy as me (well, most of the readers and bloggers and writers are) but I'm glad that you made your post today :) I loved your answers to all the questions above. And I'm impressed with your busy routine. I want tO do yoga and skydiving and even walking with the dogs out in the park or at the beach... I always wanted to but I don't have the chance. You should be proud of yourself. You're awesome!ReplyDelete
You're welcome! It was fun. I love your blog and your TBR intervention meme. I'm going to need that again soon!Delete
And ... you'll have to go skydiving without me. But we can talk books anytime :)
Love this post chick!! I am glad that you enjoy chatting it up with me! I love chatting with you too, and unless the kiddo isn't cooperating, your blog is one of the first I stalk in the morning. And then continue to stalk until a new post goes up lol!! I love spicy food too, and I totally want to go skydiving or something equally cool! I'm also not great at yoga, I'm kind of a wuss. I am flexible, but holding those poses kills me haha! Anyways, I'm writing a book here, so I will stop now. Love ya hon!! You are one of the coolest chicks I know!ReplyDelete
These are awesome answers! I wish my answers were as good. Thank you for answering my questions! I know how busy so many people are, and the only reason I haven't been busy this whole week is I'm stuck at home hacking up my lungs instead of at school. But I'm busying myself by reading my books and posting reviews and tweeting and commenting left and right. :) Ugh, I don't even want to think about the homework load I'm going to have. :( But on the bright side, I finished my pile of five books! :DReplyDelete
I am never too busy to answer questions, but I'd rather talk about books than myself!Delete
Hope you feel better!!
awww...you are so awesome Jen Ryland:) I love reading your blog and hearing your thoughts and when you do thoughtful things like create this post (and mention little ole me in it) it just makes me smile! It's people like you that make me really happy that I decided to try out this whole blogging thing, so thank you;)ReplyDelete
Well, I am happy you tried it out too. Your blog is great!Delete
haha I had a Tragic Accident with some fruit punch and How Starbucks Saved My Life. My mom still read it after me even though the last few chapters were red LOL I sometimes try to eat while reading but I hate getting anything on my preciouses! But I do love spicy food too! The more hot sauce and jalapenos the better. awwwww your so sweet! THANKS! I'm tagged out too! I've done 6 already! LOL It's tagapalooza!ReplyDelete
You should drink a frapuccino while reading a book about Starbucks!Delete
-those peonies are gorgeous :D I think I like peonies only because of Blair from Gossip Girl lolReplyDelete
-You are so nice to authors :D
-hehe I love your answer about judging a book :D
-so uh, what's trapeze? haha
Finally, YOU ARE SO SWEET! hahahaha! I guess I am pretty lucky when it comes to winning books. There must be some outside forces that is deliberately helping me build my library in the future :)
I'll do the tag now and schedule it to be posted tomorrow so come by to see my answers :)
i just thought of this question:Delete
DON'T YOU JUST LOVE LOOOONG COMMENTS? ;)
I do not mind long comments at all!Delete
Nice of you to respond the Tag! You gave great answers.ReplyDelete
Jess@ Jessy's Bookends
You gave me great questions ;)Delete
I love your answers. I'm a big TV watcher too. I think I might have to check out The Lying Game - I LOVE twin stuff! The books I wrote as a child were all about twins... I'm adding the book to my TBR list, too.ReplyDelete
And I'm not sure if I'm the Andrea that you thanked for commenting regularly, but if so, thanks for thanking me! I really enjoy your blog and I try to leave thoughtful comments as often as I can!
It's good!!!! I'm hooked. I love the actress who plays Sutton and Emma --she's fantastic!Delete
Yes, you are that Andrea! Love your comments!
Oh, it's just one actress playing both? I'm definitely going to have to check it out - that takes some talent!Delete
Yeah, just like the Parent Trap. But it's more good twin/evil twin.Delete
I was glad to find a kindred spirit who really found a love triangle involving two brothers a little--ick (for lack of a better word!). :)ReplyDelete
That kind of situation would definitely make for awkward family gatherings.Delete
I don't even know exactly what tagging is!!ReplyDelete
Sorry, Marybelle. I didn't post the rules (because I was breaking them). It's sort of a chain letter-slash-blogger recognition thing. You answer the questions of the person who tagged you and then are supposed to tag 11 people and ask them questions.Delete
It's fun, but spreading exponentially so that people are getting tagged multiple times.
I love reading your blog posts! :)ReplyDelete
You are so sweet. I hate talking about myself because I figure no one signed on for that :)Delete
aww! You are too sweet! I love these Q&A posts. I think I need to start doing a few. hehe And I have nooo idea how I found you either but I am so glad that I did! :)ReplyDelete
I love peonies as well! They are gorgeous! But I also have a secret orchid obsession! lol It's BAD! haha Almost as bad as books. hehe I used to drink while reading too. My drink of choice are Strawberry Vanilla Limeades from Sonic. They make my day brighter! haha There was an unfortunate incident in the car with a stack of arcs. Let me tell you, red don't come out! haha Now I seperate my limeades from my precious books. hehe
I am a Top Chef and Project Runway fanatic! Especially Project Runway! *sighs* I could talk about that show for hrs! If you like twin movies/shows watch ABC fam's Switched at Birth. I am HOOED! And I am loving Smash as well! :)
I read your Q and A on my phone -- too hard to comment there so I am going back to comment now!Delete