Get To Know the Romance Reader {original Tag}

I wanted to create a tag for romance readers. I have been seeing quite the surge of romance content creators across all platforms and it makes me so happy. Here are the questions I came up with for us as romance readers to share bits of our journey reading the romance genre.

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  1. What is your romance origin story? (How you came to read your first romance novel):  I was late to the game. I didn’t have the cool experience of having an aunt or someone close to me sneaking me romance novels to read. I picked my first romance up a few days before my 30th birthday while watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. It was Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber and I haven’t looked back since.Dashing Through the snow
  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?: This may come as a little shocking, but please put me as the heroine in something dark, sexy and forbidden by Sierra Simone. I don’t know how she does what she does, how she gets her mind to drift to the places she creates but I want to be part of it. The trope would HAVE to be Forbidden. She writes forbidden romances so well.
  3. What is a romance you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?:  Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole which is a novella in her Reluctant Royals series. Honestly, read the entire series if you haven’t, but especially this novella as well as Once Ghosted, Twice Shy. Both novellas were my favorites. alyssa cole
  4. What is your favorite romance subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?: I love contemporary romances. I would love to read more paranormal romances.
  5. Who is one of your auto-buy romance authors?: I love Raeanne Thayne. I’m working on hauling her backlist and will buy anything she puts out now. The first series I read by her was her Haven Point series and I loved basically every book in it.
  6. How do you typically find romance recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..): Lately the book I’ve been hauling have been older romances that I want to track down before they become impossible to find and surprisingly, I am ‘recommended’ most of those over on Pinterest.
  7. What is an upcoming romance release you’re excited for?: I have two. Feast of Sparks by Sierra Simone and The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai. Both release in August 2019.
  8. What is one misconception about romance you would like to lay to rest?: I remember one reason I hesitated to read romance for the longest was I assumed the storylines would only center around the romance and I couldn’t imagine dedicating all this time to just that. Trust me, there is so much more. Go read a Kennedy Ryan book or anything by Beverly Jenkins and you’ll see how romance authors incorporate so much more into the stories and how the happily ever after is just the icing on the cake.
  9. Who is the most recent romance reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?: I love seeing Lisa from remarkablylisa and Lacey from laceybooklovers on Youtube now! I have followed them both on Instagram since I created my account and they bring this freshness and new perspective to the book tube community that I love to see. Lacey is a paranormal romance reading Queen and I can definitely see her swaying some people to give it a try *including me*. Lisa will just go on these random reading binges where she’ll read like 5 historical romances on a Saturday just because or listen to 27 audiobook in the span of 3 days. Her and I chat all the time and I highly respect her opinion so I’m super excited for more people to fall in love with her!

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?: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan, 30 Day Boyfriend by Whitney G and A Lesson In Thorns by Sierra Simone. 5th avenue30 day boyfriendthorns

 

If you are a romance reader, I would love to know your answers to these questions. Please tag me so I don’t miss your responses or chat with me in the comments. Until next time, take care of yourselves.

xo.

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Dilemmas of a Book Nerd Tag

Hello friends! I am here with another tag. I was so excited when I saw that not only did my friend Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Books Talk on Youtube posted this video but that she also tagged me to do it. I really love tags that delve into the lives of us as readers,  and as nervous as I am that you all will get insight into just how crazy my way of doing things can be, I’m excited to answer these questions..so let’s do it.

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  • Dilemma #1: Book Storage – How do you store and organize your books?: My home library is growing so fast that honestly, there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to how my books are organized. Now there are certain shelves that are organized to an extent (hardbacks with hardbacks, Ya with Ya, vintage with vintage) but that is it. I have shelves with books on top of them. My bedroom dresser has been overtaken by book mail that I just really have no idea where to put.
  •  Dilemma #2: Tracking – How do you keep track of what you have read and what books you own?: My main tracking system for read books is Goodreads. I do have a Moleskin notebook that I tote around as my reading journal. I have been doing pretty badly though with updating it, but every couple of weeks I’ll pull up Goodreads to jot down the titles I’ve read so I have them physically written down. As far as keeping track of books I own..I don’t keep track of that. Weirdly enough, I know what books I own.
  • Dilemma #3: Borrow – Do you lend your books out?: Hardly ever. Not because I don’t want to, but because I can count on one hand how many people in my real life are readers and share the same tastes as me.
  • Dilemma #4: Buying – How do you buy or acquire your books?: For this one, it really depends. I order quite a bit from Amazon and also subscribe to their Kindle Unlimited and Audible Romance package. Occasionally I’ll order through Book Depository because let’s face it..the UK covers tend to be lightyears prettier than our U.S. editions. The Library! I am an avid Overdrive user.
  • Dilemma #5: Comments – How do you respond to the “How do you read so much” comment or similar comments?: My biggest piece of advice when it comes to this question is simply this–If reading brings you joy, make time for it. Squeeze it into the in between moments. Always have a book on you. This can be on your phone, tucked into your work bag, an audiobook..whatever/however. I can’t bring a physical book with me to work but I always have an audiobook to listen to through my headphones and an ebook for when I’m sitting waiting for an appointment or in the line to grab food. We are all so busy these days, but if you make reading a priority you will find ways to sneak it into your routine.
  • Dilemma #6: Next Book – How do you pick your next read?: I am a total mood reader. Once upon a time I attempted to be a tbr kind of gal, but it overwhelmed me! I would set books aside trying to convince myself, “this is what I’m reading this month,” and literally moments after would have zero interest in those books. It is kind of difficult to explain the answer to this question, being a mood reader, but basically I’ve allowed myself to be totally okay with picking up what I feel like reading, when I feel like reading it. I am also a bit of a seasonal reader. I prefer my darker stories in the fall and am loving all the chicklit and spring vibe-small town romances I’m reading this spring.
  • Dilemma #7: Travel – How do you pick what book(s) you bring on vacation with you?: I don’t go on “vacation,” like ever! I will make the 12 hour road trip to go see family but usually when going home I bring very few books because I know I’ll be catching up with loved ones. I will bring my Kindle though to catch up on ebooks I’ve procrastinated on and usually something nonfiction (a memoir) and a romance I’m in the mood for. When traveling I want my reading to be fun because that means I’m off work and wan to enjoy myself. So I try to live it up and enjoy each moment I have away.
  • Dilemma #8: Annotate – Do you write or highlight or mark up your books in any way?: AbsoFreakingLutely! I am a big highlighter, underliner, tab user. The book is mine to do with as I please. I love a good quote that puts me in the feels, so highlighting helps direct me right back to it when I want to revisit that specific passage. Thinking long term, who knows whose hands the book will one day end up in. I love buying used books and seeing the parts of the book that meant enough to someone else that they underlined or highlighted in it.
  • Dilemma #9: New or Backlist – Which do you prefer, new releases or backlist books?: I used to be the person who would wait for the hype to die down on a new release before reading it but that has changed over time. The amount of new releases that I’ve been super excited for lately has been crazy. There’s no way I can wait for the hype to fade away. But I also love discovering a new to me author through their new release and going back to enjoy their backlist. So I guess a bit of both for this answer.
  • Dilemma #10: Sequels – Do you read books as they are released or wait for an entire series to be published before reading 1 book?: I am very very new to the world of series. I didn’t start reading more than just standalones until I began reading romance. So far, the series I have read are already complete. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have to wait for the next book to come out but I kind of want that experience, so we’ll see what happens.

 

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Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

This tag is a favorite of mine. A must do every year.

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  • Best Book you’ve read so far in 2018: Priest by Sierra Simone
  • Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018: Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins
  • New release you haven’t read yet, but want to: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Most anticipated release for the second half of the year: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
  • Biggest Disappointment: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
  • Biggest Surprise: Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G
  • Favorite New Author (Debut/New to you): Melanie Harlow
  • Newest Fictional Crush: Grip from Kennedy Ryan’s Grip series
  • Newest Favorite Character: Likotsi from Once Ghosted, Twice Shy
  • Book that made You cry: Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins
  • Book that made You Happy: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
  • Most beautiful Book you bought so far this year (or received):  I love the cover to The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • What books do you need to read by the end of the year?:  The ridiculous stack sitting on my dresser right now. I really want to binge Raeanne Thayne’s Hope Crossing series. I have an Anais Nin book I hauled and want to read. Really want to read Debbie Macomber’s new release!

 

Would love to see more answers to these questions. If you decide to do it, please let me know so I can see your responses. Until next time, take care of yourself. xo.

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19 questions.

 

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How many books are too many in a series?

Depends on how much I’m loving the series. I am new to the world of series reading and the most I’ve had to read was 7ish books, but could’ve definitely read more.

 How do you feel about cliff-hangers? 

I understand their purpose..they definitely put me on the edge of my seat and have me super anxious to find out what’s coming next but if being honest, I’d rather a book wrap all it’s loose ends with one book.

Hardback or paperback?

Paperbacks but the struggle to wait for their release is too real sometimes.

Favorite book?

There’s no way I can narrow it down to one..Winter Sea by Susann Kearsley, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier, Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins..Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Just to name a few.

Least favorite book?

Girl, Wash Your Face was absolute trash.

Love Triangle… Yes or No?

This is one plot device I don’t mind at all.

The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

I downloaded a Mariah Stewart romance and knew instantly I wasn’t in the mood for it. Maybe another time.

A book you’re currently reading?

I just started The Affiliate by K.A. Linde thanks to the Audible Romance package.

The last book you recommended to someone? 

I recommended Next Year in Havana to someone wanting to read When We Left Cuba who hadn’t read the first book yet.

Oldest book you’ve read (based on publication date)? 

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Newest book you’ve read (based on publication date)? 

California Girls by Susan Mallery

Favorite author?

Susanna Kearsley

Buying books or borrowing them?

Both. Although my hauling has slowed down a bit, I love the excitement of ordering a book and getting home from work to open the package. I love perusing the bookshelves at my local used book store or B&N but I am a huge library user. I always have an audiobook downloaded through Overdrive!

A book you dislike that everyone else loves? 

Girl, Wash Your Face. 

Bookmarks or dog-ears? 

Both.

A book you can reread over and over?

Lullabies by Lang Leav

Can you read while listening to music? 

I’ve tried it once. It was instrumentals, Chillhop on Youtube and it wasn’t as difficult to concentrate as I expected, but I’d prefer silence.

Multiple POVs or one POV? 

Both are fine as long as the story is easy to follow.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days on average? 

I hardly ever read a book in one sitting unless it’s a poetry collection or a short audiobook. 

 

Those are my answers, please feel free to chat with me about any you’re the same on or different. I’d love to know.. and if you’re up for it, do the tag and let me know! Until next time, take care of yourselves. xo.

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The Breakfast Club Book Tag

Hello friends! It is tag time. Sara @ The Bibliophagist is who I saw do this one in particular, and being a total Breakfast Club Stan, I had to do it.

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Princess

A book that is very popular and pretty on the outside, but you thought was uninteresting on the inside

99PercentMine

 

Sorry, not sorry. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne didn’t do it for me. I wasn’t feeling Darcey whatsoever. My fingers were crossed that good ol’ Tom would redeem the story for me, and was greatly disappointed..and her brother?! *insert eye roll emoji..please* Darcy’s brother was so immature. Before you ask..No, I haven’t read The Hating Game. One day, I do plan to give it a try but with how disappointing this one was, I’m in no particular rush.

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Criminal

A book that looks/sounds rough and bad, but ended up completely stealing your heart

PRIEST

One word honey, PRIEST.  It’s so damn wrong but is so damn perfect all the while. Sierra Simone crafted this very atmospheric, totally forbidden, so sexy, romance. I was hooked from beginning to end.

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Brain

A book that made you think

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When We Left Cuba really made me think.  My mind was all over the place while reading this book, thinking of Beatriz, and her role as a woman during the time period the book is set. It was one of those reading experiences that really had me questioning “what would I do?” I liked how Chanel Cleeton bought to light that not all women just sat by as things were happening. So many actually took action and did their part.

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Basket Case

A book that people would call you crazy for reading

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The reason I chose Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard for this one is because, readers I’m close to are big on, “Don’t read it, if you’re not feeling it.” I completely roll with this, if I’m hating the book. I didn’t hate this book, but it sure as heck lost my interest to the point, for a while I was reading yet had absolutely no idea what was going on.

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Athlete

A book that made you struggle/work to finish

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I had to go with Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine for this one. Was it entirely the books fault..? Not necessarily, however it did play some part in it. Once upon a time, about 3 years ago, historical fiction was my jam! Honestly, it feels like I woke up one day and no longer had any interest in reading it. So, I was a little nervous in picking this book up and once I began reading it, it wasn’t doing it’s best to rekindle my historical fiction flame. I do however think if you are a historical fiction fan, and are especially fond of Scottish history, you’ll love this.

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Feel free to answer these questions if you’re up for it. I’d love to see your responses. If you decide to do it, let me know so I can see your answers. xo.

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The Book Addiction Book Tag

I’m not sure who created this tag, but I love the questions. Let’s do this.

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

Not very long. I think my mind has gotten used to reading something. If I am at work, I have headphones stashed that I can pull out and listen to one of my current audiobooks. I have a Kindle and the Kindle app on my phone for when I wake up in the middle of the night. I don’t make it very long and there’s always a book nearby!

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

I have the Kindle App on my iPhone, so however many books I have on Kindle, are always with me. This also goes for whatever audiobooks I have checked out through the library, downloaded on Scribd or on Audible.

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

I have no issues with cutting ties with a book. I don’t unhaul frequently, but usually in the summer I’ll purge those I don’t want anymore.

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

If it is a solo trip and I’m just browsing..I can spend an hour or two. I spend some time browsing the romances first, followed by the cozy mysteries..then poetry and before I leave, I check for any new memoirs. If I go in already knowing what I want, and know the bookstore has it, then I am in and out.

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

Honestly, throughout the week it feels like I hardly get any reading done unless I am able to listen a bit while working. My day starts so early and when I get home from work my husband is at school so it’s just my kiddos and I. I usually am laying down around 8 and will attempt to read something, but I also want to watch a little television. The weekends are really when I get to play catch up.

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

Obviously life stuff are my priorities but for my mental health I make sure I make time for reading. Reading is one of the handful of things that bring me back down, back to reality, out of dark spaces..so I make sure that I make time. It may be 3 minutes, it may be one page..but I make sure I read when I feel the urge or when I just need to take my mind elsewhere.

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

If I had to estimate, I’d say if not 500, then close to it. Last time I counted (well, my husband counted) I had almost 400 books. This actually took place prior to me unhauling 3 boxes of books. It felt great!  Since then though, I fell more and more in love with romance, discovered a used book store I love and began receiving books periodically from publishers..

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Really not often at all. I am a Military Police Officer..not saying that no one around me reads, but I don’t think on a daily I’m surrounded by avid readers. My reading life feels strangely like a secret I’m keeping from people which isn’t the case in actuality, but it’s just nothing something I speak about, because there isn’t anyone to converse with about it.

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

Going on a whim here and assuming the biggest book I’ve read is Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. That book was huge. I read it with friends though so it looked more like a chunker than what it felt.

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

I come across old gothic romances on Pinterest quite often. Not with much intention of reading them, but I’m obsessed with the covers. I have seen some that I still can’t track down but for the most part, if I have seen one I want, I have been able to track it down on eBay.

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.

I struggled with finishing this book because I couldn’t stand it. Couldn’t freaking stand it.

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?

  • Read 75 books
  • Read more romances by women of color
  • Make time for memoirs and poetry

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

Yes. Two of my younger brothers who weren’t too fond of reading as kids, are now huge readers. I love it. Both of them have confessed that seeing me read so much played a huge part in them becoming readers. I love them and am so proud.

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

My favorite escape from everything.

 

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The Entertainer Book Tag

The Entertainer

 

Hello Friends and Happy Friday!! I was tagged by the beautiful fictionallysam to do the Entertainer Book Tag.

How this tag works, is I answer the questions left for me by Sam, then I will post questions of my own for those I tag. I love asking and answering questions, so let’s do this!

  1. Your favorite form of reading (ebook, audiobook, etc.) –Answer: This is tough. I love them all. I love the feel of a physical book in my hands, but for convenience with coming and going so much, ebooks and audiobooks are amazing!
  2. If you could trade places with any other MC in their fictional world facing the same problems as them, who would you trade places with?–Answer: I am going with a book that has been on my mind heavy lately, and that is The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley. I would trade places with Eva, the main character. Yes, I would have to time travel back 300 years to be with the man I love, but Daniel Butler was so worth it.
  3. Favorite movie?– Answer: Sleepless in Seattle
  4. What do you wish you could see more of in books?– Answer: I’d definitely like more romances with people of color and more military romances where the woman is the one who serves. In so many, it is always the guy, which is fine, but women serve too!
  5. Favorite first line from a book— Answer: ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.’
  6. A book that isn’t your favorite all time read, but one that you could read over and over again.– Answer: The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

 

My Questions:

  1. Do you DNF books, and if so, how long do you give a book before putting it down?
  2. What are your top bookish buzz words?
  3. If you were given a gift card right now, to haul three books in the next 30 minutes, what 3 books would you haul?
  4. What is something you’re proud of?
  5. Are you plot driven or character driven?
  6. Who is an author you wish more people would read?

 

Tagging:

Lilly @ www.lairofbooksblog.wordpress.com

BiblioNyan @ www.biblionyan.com

Britt @ www.blissfully-read.blogspot.com