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The Dilemmas of a Book Nerd Tag

Posted October 17, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 6 Comments

I saw this tag over at Happily Ever After Book Nerd and thought it would be a fun thing to bring to my own blog since I’m a nerd too and I like reading about these kinds of things. So here are my answers.

Dilemma #1 – Book Storage

How do you store and organize your books? Hmm. Well, I don’t have a print collection anymore since I’ve gone strictly digital a few years ago so I store all of my books on my Kindle, the Kindle App on my iPad/iPhone but I also store all of my books in Calibre. I organize them by collection on my kindle and by author last name on Calibre

Dilemma #2 – Tracking

How do you keep track of what you have read and what books you own? Spreadsheets, spreadsheets, spreadsheets. I use spreadsheets for everything and years ago, I started a collections spreadsheet that tracks all of the books that I own. I still need to update it but I started it and it’s really a thing of beauty. I also keep track of books I own on Goodreads too.

Dilemma #3 – Borrow

Do you lend your books out? Since my entire personal library is digital, no but back when I had a physical print personal library? You betcha. I was always lending my books out because that was the only way that I’d get my sisters and my friends to read the books that I love.

Dilemma #4 – Buying

How do you buy or acquire your books? I get my books from either publishers and authors directly, I request books that I’m interested in for review on Netgalley and Edelweiss. I also have a Kindle Unlimited subscription so I check books out from there and I also have a monthly Audible Escape subscription that I pick and choose audiobooks from to listen to at work.

Dilemma #5 – Comments

How do you respond to the, “How do you read so much” comment or similar comments? The same way, every single time. I respond to that question with, “I make time to read. I read every chance that I can but I make the time for the things that I enjoy and reading is one of those things.”

Dilemma #6 – Next Book

How do you pick your next read? I normally pick my next read by what is coming out the soonest on my review pile. If I’m all caught up on my review pile then I choose the books that I’m doing buddy reads to read and when I’m all done with that, I’ll choose books off my TBR pile. I have lists for my lists and I’m always picking books off one of those lists to read. I’m always adding books to my wishlist, to my TBR list so there’s always a book to choose to read next.

Dilemma #7 – Travel

How do you pick what book(s) you bring on vacation with you? I’m a digital reader. I don’t have to choose which books to bring with me. I can bring ALL of my books with me wherever I go and I freaking love it.

Dilemma #8 – Annotate

Do you write or highlight or mark up your books? When I had physical books, I did not mark them up. I didn’t highlight or write in them BUT I did dog-ear them. I did crack their spines. So I’m not perfect but I never marked them up the way that I mark up my kindle books. I highlight, bookmark, I do it all to those kindle books but it’s all good. They’re still holding up.

Dilemma #9 – New or Backlist

Which do you prefer, new releases or backlist books? I’m normally reading new releases. I hardly ever have time or hell, take the time to read backlist books but it’s one of my ongoing goals. To read more from my TBR pile which is full of backlisted books. One of these days, I’ll make a real go at those backlist titles. For realsies.

Dilemma #10 – Sequels

Do you read books are they are released or wait for an entire series to be published before reading a book? For my auto-buy and favorite authors, I absolutely read their books as soon as I get them. There have only been a few instances where I waited for an entire series to be completed before I started them.


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Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag

Posted October 15, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 8 Comments

I saw this book tag on a couple of different blogs and even though nobody tagged me to do it, I’m doing it anyway. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything personal on here so this was the perfect post to throw up today. Sorry, I don’t know where this book tag started and I really don’t even know which blogs I saw it on (it’s been ages) so whoever started it, thank you! Here are my answers…

1. What is your romance origin story? I didn’t start reading romance novels until I was out of high school. The summer after high school, I didn’t have a job so I babysat for my sisters. I used to watch everyone’s kids at my sister Blanche’s house and when she moved into a new house, we went a couple of weeks without cable so I became super bored. I came across a box of books and Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught was at the top of the stack so I picked it up and started reading it. I read that book in an entire day and I read the rest of the books in that box in like a month. And then when I would get paid, I would buy more books. I never turned back.

2. If you could be the heroine in a romance novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story? What a great question. 5 years ago, my answer would have been different but right this minute? I’d want Lauren Layne to write the book I’m in and I’d want a Single Dad trope. I’m trash for Single Dads. Seriously.

3. What is a romance you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read? Hmm, probably Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan. That was such a well written book with characters that just lit up the pages and a romance so steamy, I fanned myself multiple times. This book had everything and not too many people that I know have read it. I love Keenan and Lotus’ story so much and I know that everyone else would if they gave it a shot. At least I hope they would.

4. What is your favorite romance subgenre? Easy. Contemporary romance. I adore modern romances because it’s easy for me to connect with what these characters are going through and they’re really easy to read. Most of the time, I’m eager for stories that are easy to follow along with and not super angsty or heavy on the plot. Contemporary romance is perfect for that, and in turn, perfect for me. What subgenre have you not read much from? I don’t read a lot of urban fantasy or paranormal though I hope to change that this month since it’s the month for scary things.

5. Who is one of your auto-buy romance authors? Lauren Layne. I would read her grocery lists if she let me. She writes my kind of romances. Romances that are character-driven and full of heart. I love her stuff. Even when I get her books for review, I still buy every single book. I can’t help myself. Other authors on my auto-buy lists? Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy, and Kennedy Ryan.

6. How do you typically find romance recommendations? Typically, I scour the Goodreads New Releases page every month, I read a lot of book blogs and my book friends. I’m one of those people that can be easily persuaded to try a book out. I’ve bought plenty of books that I would have never chosen to read for myself just because one of my book blogging friends read and wrote a fantastic review of it. My biggest book influencers are my friends though. Mostly Holly and Ames. They’re my people. They know what I like, what I don’t like and they’ve never steered me wrong.

7. What is an upcoming romance release you’re excited for? I can’t just pick one! That’s madness. There are quite a few romances that I’m looking forward to releasing in the coming months. The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang, Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas, Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne, the next Hidden Legacy book by Ilona Andrews, The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare, Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean, and a bunch of other books that I can’t think of right now.

8. What is one misconception about romance you would like to lay to rest? That romance novels are mommy porn. There is much more to romance novels than the sex scenes. Sure, there are sex scenes in most romance novels but the stories are about finding your person. Porn is about sex. Romance novels are about love. There’s a big difference.

9. Who is the most recent romance reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout? I can’t remember the latest content creator but one of my favorite Instagrammers is @utcbookblog. Their Instagram feed is the bomb. Full of colors, books out in the world (this is my favorite), pretty books everywhere. They’re like Bookstagram goals and I love their stuff.

10. If someone had never read a romance before and asked you to recommend the first 3 romances that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be? Another easy question for me. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood for historicals, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie for contemporaries, and Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh for paranormals.


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Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Posted December 20, 2018 by Rowena in Books | 2 Comments

I saw this over at Cornerfolds and wanted to participate in it myself but the tag itself was created by Jenniely and it looks like a lot of fun. The rules are easy! Just check off what you’re guilty of this year, link to this post and the original tag, and tag whoever you want.

As far as who I’m tagging? I’m tagging you. If you’re reading this post then I’m tagging you but only if you want to be tagged. 🙂

Here are my answers!

RECEIVED AN ARC AND NOT REVIEWED IT

I did receive a couple of ARCs this year that I did not review. I know, for shame but in my defense, I didn’t do a complete review for these ARCs because I DNF’d them. For all of the books that I did read, I reviewed them. Yay me.

HAVE LESS THAN 60% FEEDBACK RATING ON NETGALLEY

Nope, not this year. I can’t think if I’ve ever had anything under 100% on NetGalley. I don’t think so. I try to stay on top of my review pile every year and I did great this year.

RATED A BOOK ON GOODREADS AND PROMISED A FULL REVIEW TO COME ON YOUR BLOG (AND NEVER DID)

Hahaha, yes. I’m guilty of this. I did do a short, gather my thoughts for my full review kind of review on Goodreads while promising to come back and post my full review earlier in the year before I changed my mind and am just posting my quick thoughts on GR. If you want to read my full reviews, you gotta check out my book blog. Sorry!

FOLDED DOWN THE PAGE OF A BOOK

Nope. Can you believe that I haven’t read a print book all year so I don’t need to fold down anything. I just exit my kindle app.

ACCIDENTALLY SPILLED ON A BOOK

Yes, I spilled on one of the ARCs that was sent to me from Avon. I felt super bad too, so much for my dreams of spill free bookstagram pics.

DNF A BOOK THIS YEAR

Yes. I DNF’d more than one book this year and one of them made me sad because I was really looking forward to it. Just didn’t work for me.

BOUGHT A BOOK PURELY BECAUSE IT WAS PRETTY WITH NO INTENTION OF READING IT

No. I’m too cheap to be buying books I have no intention of reading. Who does that?

READ WHILST YOU WERE MEANT TO BE DOING SOMETHING ELSE

Yes. I’m guilty of this a lot because I sneak read at work. LOL. Whoops. I hope my boss doesn’t read my blog.

SKIM READ A BOOK

Yes. I did this a couple of times this year. Some books were just too wordy and I didn’t have a lot of patience for that this year.

COMPLETELY MISSED YOUR GOODREADS GOAL

Nope. I never fell behind in my Goodreads goal this year. Not even once and that’s surprising because in the last month or so, I’ve been in a serious reading slump but that didn’t stop me from finishing my goal.

BORROWED A BOOK AND NOT RETURNED IT TO THE LIBRARY

Not this year but that’s mostly because I don’t use the library. If I did, I probably wouldn’t return any of the books I check out. *shrugs* It’s better for the library if I don’t borrow from them.

BROKE A BOOK BUYING BAN

No. I don’t do book buying bans. I know better than to do that to myself. I tried it once and…nope. Never again.

STARTED A REVIEW, LEFT IT FOR AGES, THEN FORGOT WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT

Yeah, this has happened to me this year. A couple of times, actually. I had to go back and re-read the book to figure out my thoughts again.

WROTE IN A BOOK YOU WERE READING

Nope. I don’t read print books, remember? I’m a complete digital girl these days.

FINISHED A BOOK AND NOT ADDED IT TO YOUR GOODREADS

Yes. I did this on accident a few times this year but I went back and fixed that. I take my book tracking each year seriously.

BORROWED A BOOK AND NOT RETURNED IT TO A FRIEND

No, not this year. I read a lot of my own books this year. Way more than I have in years and years.

DODGED SOMEONE ASKING IF THEY CAN BORROW A BOOK

Haha, yes. I’m not going to say any more than that.

BROKE THE SPINE OF SOMEONE ELSE’S BOOK

*gasp* Most of my friends are all digital girls like me so no. I haven’t done this to any of my friends but I would be horrified if I did. That’s….oh gosh.

TOOK THE JACKET OFF A BOOK TO PROTECT IT AND ENDED UP MAKING IT MORE DAMAGED

No. Not this year anyway. Being a digital girl helps to protect print books from my damage. I’ve taken the jacket off of books and then lost the jacket before but not this year!

SAT ON A BOOK ACCIDENTALLY

No. I haven’t even accidentally sat on my kindle. Or my iPad. Or my iPhone. Or any of the print ARCs that are sent my way. I normally look before I sit and remove anything on the chair before sitting.

Final Score

My final score is…

9 out of 20

I think I’m still nice. I think anything 10 and over puts you on the naughty list so I need to get my act together for next year. I’m too close to naughty.

Did you guys do this book tag on your blogs? Share your links in the comments, I’d love to check out your posts. How did you guys do?


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