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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Folklore Book Tag!

Disclaimer: All images used in this post are not my own and were created by Tiffany.

I was tagged to do this book tag recently by the lovely Tiffany and have been so excited to type up this post! My favorite Taylor Swift album of all time is hands-down Reputation! However, Folklore is a close second. What is your favorite song off the new album? My top three in order are: The 1, Invisible String, and Exile

♡ Link to the original creator.
♡ Tag at least 3 people.
♡ Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
♡ Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post.

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

The Things We Do For Love by Kristin Hannah

Horns by Joe Hill

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Is it bad that I've never had a book give me this feeling?!

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Bony Legs by Joanna Cole

Girls of July by Alex Flinn

Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin 

I'm honestly not sure. 😐

Meredith (Tangled in Ivy by Ashley Farley)

Graham & Quinn (All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover)

I don't think I could choose just one!

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

I'm tagging anyone who views this post and wants to join in on the fun!!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

July 2020 Wrap-Up

Monthly Statistics:

  • 🎧 Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West
  • 🎧 My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • 📱 The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell
  • 🎧 All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
  • 🎧 The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
  • 🎧 Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • 🎧 The Elite by Kiera Cass

  • 📱Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
  • 📱After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
  • 🕮 Naturally Tan by Tan France (3.5)
  • 📱Full Throttle by Joe Hill
  • 📱Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber
  • 📱The Exit Strategy by Lainey Cameron
  • 🎧 Coral by Sara Ella
  • 🎧 The Finders by Jeffrey Burton
  • 🎧 Sadie by Courtney Summers (3.5)
  • 📱Roses of May by Dot Hutchison
  • 📱The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • 🎧 Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (3.5)
  • 🎧 Tweak by Nic Sneff
  • 📱 Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • 📱The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
  • 🎧 Me by Elton John
  • 📱House of Night: Legacy by PC & Kristin Cast
  • 🎧 Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
  • 🎧 The Better Sister by Alafair Burke
  • 📱The Shrike & the Shadows by Chantal Gadoury
  • 📱I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp
  • 🎧 The Night Before by Wendy Walker
  • 🎧 Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (3.5)
  • 📱If I Were You by Lynn Austin
  • 📱All That Is Bitter and Sweet by Ashley Judd
  • 🕮 Dignity & Grace by Alison Ragsdale (3.5)
  • 📱Off the Grid by John Hunt (3.5)
  • 🎧 Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  • 🎧 Girls of July by Alex Flinn (3.5)
  • 🎧 Wildland by Rebecca Hodge
  • 🎧 The Family Next Door by John Glatt
  • 📱 The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

  • 📱Killer's Bible by Calvin Loch
  • 🎧 Forgotten by PC & Kristin Cast
  • 📱Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Special Guest Saturday: Meet Sam!

hi! I’m Sam at @staxsonstaxs! I am a 7th grade ELA teacher, have two annoyingly wonderful labs,  and I live in a treehouse on the river. I’m an enneagram 7 and cannot survive without good coffee. You can also find me on “The Bookstagays” podcast that I cohost with Alex over @thebookadvocate. 

Q: How did you come up with your IG handle?

A: Bahahaha I wish I remembered! I think I was just like, ya know what, I like stacksonstacks but it was already taken! I do remember wanting to have some “cool” name. 

Q: How long have you had your account?

A: A year and a half! It’s insane how time flies! 

Q: I followed your June hashtag, #gettinglitwithpride. Were you surprised by the response it received?

A: Omg, yes! I definitely did not expect the outcome! I am still In awe. I am so so grateful to all who joined in! It was such a beautiful experience to be able to see what “Pride” meant to different people. 

Q: What's some advice you could give to some viewers who are struggling to "come out" to their loved ones?

A: Take deep breaths. There is no set time to “come out” so do not feel like you’re doing it wrong. There is no right way. You are wonderful and your story is completely yours, my friend. 

Q: What has been the most exciting book mail you've received since joining bookstagram?

A: Omg! Let me tell ya! Ole Sassidy @ladies.getting.lit sent me a signed copy of City of Girls and truly it is my greatest treasure. 

Q: Do you have a Goodreads account? If so, what's your reading challenge goal for this year?

A: I don’t! I am pitiful! I like to believe that my insta is my goodreads, honestly. 😂😂😂 I wish I were more dedicated. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Cake Flavored Book Tag!

I recently stumbled upon this fun little book tag on a fellow blogger's website and thought I'd participate in it myself. If you see this and would like to join in on the fun, consider yourself tagged! 😊

Chocolate: A dark read you love!

I read this book last year; it was my first book by Flynn and it did not disappoint! 

Vanilla: Favorite light read!

I'm not particularly fond of rom-com's but this is one that I'm glad I gave a chance! If you are looking for a romantic comedy that isn't filled with the typical cliches, I'd suggest this one!

Red Velvet: A book that gave you mixed emotions!

I discovered Colleen Hoover thanks to bookstagram; since picking up my first book by her, Verity, I've been trying to finish more of her published works. Out of all the books I've read by her thrust far, this has been my lowest-rated one at 3.5 stars.

I mean I enjoyed the storyline and the characters of Miles and Tate, but felt like the background of Miles's past and previous relationship portions were a bit too convenient and rushed. Overall, I'd still encourage others to give it a read!

Cheesecake: A book you'd recommend to everyone!

Let's be honest, is it really a surprise to see this one chosen for this particular tag? 😂 I've been singing this book's praises since I read it back in April; it's currently my favorite read of 2020 and I've been telling everyone to add this one to their shelves! I recently did a Q&A with the author about this upcoming thriller, if you'd like to check it out click here.

Coffee: A book you started but didn't finish!

First off, I would like to state that I do plan on finishing this title. Honestly, I'm just not big on slow-burning thrillers and this title falls into that category. I've heard good things about this book and the author, so I hope to pick it back up soon and finally see what I think!

Carrot: A book with great writing!

I finished the audiobook of this title last night and WOW. The author definitely nails it with the perpetrator's manipulation skills and portraying the victim's devotion to a man who stole her innocence despite the evidence suggesting the opposite of how she perceives the experience. I highly recommend others to give this one a read!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Special Guest Saturday: Meet Ashley!

Befriend her on Bookstagram!

Hello, friends!  My name is Ashley.  I am a wife, momma, dentist, coffee addict and lover of all things bookish.  I currently live in Winchester, Kentucky aka the bluegrass state, hence the name @bluegrassbookshelf. 

Q: Why did you decide to create a bookstagram?

A: I created a bookstagram almost a year ago to share my love of reading with others and to connect with other bookworms, and it has been so much more than I expected.  I have loved connecting with the awesome community (bookworms are amazing!) and find the creative aspect of creating pictures and posts to be so fun. 

Q: What is a genre that you'd love to read more of?

A: Fantasy is new to me and a genre that I hope to continue reading more of in the future.

Q: What's a book you've read recently that impacted you in a positive way?

A: I recently read The Hate U Give and found it such an important and powerful read.  My all-time favorite book is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Q: Do you have any auto-buy authors?

A: Some of my auto-buy authors are Colleen Hoover, Christina Lauren, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Elin Hilderbrand, and Kristin Hannah.

Q: Which book format do you prefer: digital or physical?

A: I don't have a preference between digital or physical book…. I read it all and now also love listening to audiobooks.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Special Guest Saturday: Meet Jess!

View her Bookstagram!

Hey everyone! My name is Jess and I'm @jessreadit on IG and Twitter. I'm a marketing student at the University of Central Florida and I currently live in Orlando, FL. I work for my local library system and I love being around books and helping our kids choose the right book to go home with.

Q: Why did you decide to create a bookstagram?

A: I decided to create Instagram because I wanted to find a community where I could express my thoughts on books I've read and to receive recommendations. It's been almost a year and it has been the best decision I've made. I've met so many friends and had many laughs with my community.

Q: Followers will know that you enjoy your fair share of YA novels, what's a book in this genre that you've most recently enjoyed?

A: I recently enjoyed The Black Flamingo and it has been my favorite 2020 release thus far. I recommend this to all of my followers. Dean Atta is a powerful writer and his book has moved me. It's a story I will never forget.

Q: What criteria must be met to rate a book five stars?

A: I'm not too critical with my star ratings but if I cannot put a book down and all I want to do is rave about it with everyone and anyone, it definitely deserves a 5 star rating from me. I'm not an emotional reader but if a book makes me tear up, I will also give it a high rating as well.

Q: Who is one author you'd love to meet one day?

A: I would love to meet Tiffany Jackson! She's one of my favorite authors and I would love to pick her mind because her books are phenomenal. 

Q: What's a book that you're anticipating this year?

A: Continuing on the topic of Tiffany Jackson, her next release is my most anticipated read of the year. Grown releases in September and I am super excited for the release! It would finish my collection of all the books I have from her.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Author Q&A: Megan Goldin on The Night Swim

Q: How did you end up choosing The Night Swim as the title of this book?

A: Usually I have a pretty good idea of my book titles, but with this one I had writer's block. I could not for the life of me think of a title that worked for me. Maybe I was too close to the story as it was in many ways a labor of love. Fortunately, I have a brilliant team of publishers at St. Martins and they came up with the title and the stunning cover.
Q: The cover is colorful, but bold, especially after one has read the book. What was your process in creating this cover? 

A: Generally the publisher comes up with the cover and the author approves it. I knew the cover would be something special but I was blown away by what their talented design team came up with.

Q: I’ve not read many thrillers that involve a podcasting element as part of the plot. Were you worried that this inclusion would effect the book’s ratings? 

A: I tend to think about the best way of telling the story and for me, for this book, it made perfect sense to write part of the novel as a podcast. This is especially the case because the main character is a podcaster. I'm a huge podcast fan and I used to work as a radio reporter so I had great fun writing these chapters.

Q: The Night Swim covers some tough topics, but most importantly that of violent sexual assault. Why did you feel it was important to not shy away from this issue when so many other authors would?

A: It's a really serious issue and I felt that it needed to be treated with the seriousness that it deserved both in how I wrote those actual scenes and how I covered sexual assault in the novel. This was very important to me and I spent considerable time writing and editing these sections. They were harrowing to write and then review in the editing process but I felt obliged to get it right.

Q: Was there any research involved when writing the parts involving the assault to ensure that the character’s emotions were true to victims of these situations?

A: Yes, I researched the issue extensively and I did my best to do an accurate rendering of all aspects of the subject.

Q: There’s no doubt that Jenny is my favorite character in this novel; she’s admirable, brave, self-sacrificing, among other qualities. Did you ever have any alternate fates for her story? 

A: Jenny is one of my favorite characters too! When I write, I tend to let the characters lead me through the story rather than allow myself to think too much about what direction I would like to take and so in many ways the story wrote itself and I was powerless to change it! 

Q: I was shocked by who the culprit ended up being. Did you ever have another character in mind as the villain? 

A: see above.

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