Book Review | The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Title: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia (publication order) #1) by C. S. Lewis

Pages: 206

Genres: Children’s, Fantasy, Classic

Published by: HarperCollins Publishers (Mar. 5th, 2002, originally Oct. 16th, 1950)

Summary

They open a door and enter a world

NARNIA…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever. 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

I’m pretty sure I’m one of the few homeschooled, Christians who did not read The Chronicles of Narnia growing up. Pretty much all my friends read it, but for one reason or another, I just never picked it up. Well, I finally did, and I’m so glad!

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Guess That Book: Emoji Edition!

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Hey everyone!  In honor of Wonder Week, I thought it’d be fun to play a game with you guys on my blog today.  I’m calling it Guess That Book: Emoji Edition, and the idea is pretty simple.  Each row of emojis describes a different book, and it’s up to you to make your guesses in the comments!

Alright, let’s get started!

Popular YA Novels

1. 🙎🏽☀️✈️🌧️🙎🏽❤️🧛🏼‍♂️ ⚾️ ⚡️ 🧛🏼‍♂️🧛🏼‍♀️🧛🏾‍♂️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏼✈️🧛🏼‍♂️🙎🏽🧛🏼‍♂️🏥💑💃🏽🕺🏼💑

2. 🙋🏽‍♀️ 👫👫👫👫👫👫👫👫👫👫👫👫🏟👊🏼🏹🏹🏹⚔️😵😵💀💀💀😵💀🥖😵💀😵💀😭😭😭😭🏆🙍🏽🙍🏽‍♂️

3. 🤷🏼‍♂️🔲❓🧑🏽🧑🏼🧑🏻🧑🏽🧑🏽🧑🏾👦🏼👩🏽🏃🏽‍♂️🏃🏽‍♂️🏃🏽‍♂️↙️↗️⬇️↔️❌⬇️➡️↘️❌↙️⬆️⬅️➡️🔫💀😭😭😭❓

Children’s Classics

1. 👧🏼🐷🕷🎪🎡🐖🥇🕸🕷🕸😢☺️🐷

2. 👧🏽🐶🚲🙇🏽‍♀️🐶💨🌪🏚🧙🏼‍♀️💀🧙🏼‍♀️😡👠👧🏽🤖🦁❇️🌆🧙🏼‍♀️💀🎉🎉👧🏽🐶➡️🏠

3. 👧🏼🐇🕳🚪🗝🐛🍄👧🏽⬆️👧🏽⬇️🌹❤️🃏❤️👑🏃🏼‍♀️👧🏼➡️🏠

Speed Round!

These describe just the title from classics, YA, and popular adult novels.

1. 💦💧🐘

2. 🕰🍊

3. 👴🏼🌊

4. 🌑

5. 🅰️

6. 🍇😡

7. 👋🏼🌬

8. 🛑👸🏼

9. 🍽🙏🏼❤️

10. 👸🏼📝📒


Okay everyone! Share your guesses in the comments down below!  I can’t wait to read everyone’s answers, and hopefully, you all were able to figure some of these out. This actually ended up being way harder to make than I anticipated, but I had a lot of fun with it, and I hope you will, too.

Let me know how many you got right! Also, describe your current read with just emojis!

Thanks for reading!


ANSWERS

To read the answers, select/highlight the text!

Popular YA Novels

  1. Twilight
  2. The Hunger Games
  3. The Maze Runner

Children’s Classics

  1. Charlotte’s Web
  2. The Wizard of Oz
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Speed Round

  1. Water for Elephants
  2. Clockwork Orange
  3. The Old Man and the Sea
  4. New Moon
  5. The Scarlet Letter
  6. The Grapes of Wrath
  7. Gone with the Wind
  8. Red Queen
  9. Eat Pray Love
  10. The Princess Diaries

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature started by Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases! 

This week’s book is:

Emergency Contact

Releasing March 27th, 2018!

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For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

I haven’t heard a whole lot about Emergency Contact, but I’ve been hearing more and more about it lately, and I’m intrigued!  This book sounds like it’s going to have that eccentric, quirky, indie movie-esque vibe.  Plus, the characters are in college, which I really appreciate, because there just are not enough books that feature characters in that phase of life.  I can’t wait to give this book a try!

 

 


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Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR!

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t’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Books on my Spring TBR

Oh boy! This week, it was so hard to narrow it down to just 10 books!  My TBR is so full, and I just wish I could read all the books right now!  So, here are 10 books that I really, really want to read this spring!

Illuminae

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I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Illuminae, and now that Obsidio was just released, the hype train for this series is now level 10!  I can’t wait to start this book, and hopefully fall in love with it as much as everybody else.

 

 

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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I’ve wanted to read this book for so long now!  I recently found out that Where’d You Go, Bernaadette is going to be a movie later this year, and so now seems like the perfect time to read it.

 

 

 

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The Night Circus

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The Night Circus is a book that I’ve always wanted to read, but just never got around to it.  Well, there was a copy of it at my library’s book sale last weekend for $0.75, so, of course, I bought!  I’m so excited to hopefully read it soon, and see what I think of this gorgeous book.

 

 

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One of Us is Lying

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I think One of Us is Lying sounds like such an intriguing mystery/thriller book! I’ve heard really good things about it, too.  I’m excited to start reading this book soon!

 

 

 

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The Help

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The Help is a book I keep putting on my TBR, and then never getting around to it.  I really, really want to finally get to it!  I watched the movie a few years ago, and really adored it, so I know I’ll love the book, too.  I just need to read it!!

 

 

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Heidi

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A while back, I bought the Puffin in Bloom collection of books, and Heidi was one of the books that came with it.  I’ve never read Heidi, but I’ve always wanted to.  I think it will make a really fun and quick spring read!

 

 

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The Treatment

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As many of you probably know, because I’ve talked it about quite a bit, I was really blown away by The Program.  It really took me by surprise how much I liked it, and so, of course, I had to buy its sequel, The Treatment.  Well, I still haven’t read it, but I am going to now.  Really!

 

 

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My Sister’s Keeper

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I really want to read My Sister’s Keeper.  The problem is, I know I’m going to cry my eyes out, so I keep putting this book off until I feel like having a good cry.  As weird as this sounds, I think I’m ready to have a good cry? lol So, I hope I can get to this book soon!

 

 

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Anne of Ingleside

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Anne of Ingelside is one of the Anne books that I still need to read.  I really want to finish the rest of the series this year.  So, I’m hoping to get to this one very soon!

 

 

 

 

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Wayfarer

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With Wayfarer, I’ve pretty much gotten to that point where this is going to be on every TBR list, until I actually read it.  I loved Passenger, so I’m sure I’ll love Wayfarer, too.  I just need to actually read it!!

 

 

 

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That’s my Top Ten Tuesday!  What are some books that are on your spring TBR? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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Wonder Week Readathon TBR!

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Hey everyone! The lovely Rimpy, from Rimpy Reads, is hosting another Wonder Week Readathon!  Wonder Week is a bingo style readathon, and it starts today, March 18th and goes through March 25th.  I’m so excited for this readathon, especially because I’m on spring break from university, so I’m expecting to get a lot of reading done!  Today I’m going to be sharing with you all the books I hope to complete this week!

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I’m going to attempt the bottom, horizontal line this time!  So, it’s my goal to read a book that is a re-read, the main character is a female, a classic, a book with a movie adaptation, and a contemporary.

Re-Read

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I’m hoping to get The Book Thief re-read.  I’ve been meaning to re-read it for a couple years now, and I just keep putting it off to read something new.  I really adore this book though, and I hope that I can get through it this week!

Main Character is a Female

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I’m going to be participating in a blog tour for Beneath later this month, and so I thought it would be the perfect time to read this book!

Classic

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I read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde a few years ago, and I really adored it, and have been meaning to read more of Oscar Wilde ever since.  I know The Picture of Dorian Gray is quite different than The Importance of Being Earnest, but I’m looking forward to reading it, and seeing how it is!

Book to Movie

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Specifically, I’m going to read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  This is a series that has been on my TBR for so many years now, and I’ve never read any of them.  Here’s hoping this readathon can help me change that!

Contemporary

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I got this book for Christmas, and I still haven’t read it yet…oops!  I’m really looking forward to finally reading Just One Day, and if I have enough time, I’ll read Just One Year and Just One Night during the readathon, too!


Also!  I’m going to be hosting a game on my blog, Thursday, March 22nd, for Wonder Week!  It’s called Guess That Book: Emoji Edition! 📚😄 Basically, I’ll have groups of emojis, and each group will describe a different book, and you all have to guess which books I’m describing.  I think it’ll be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to sharing the game with you all, and having you all play along!


Let me know if you’re planning on participating in Wonder Week!

Thanks for reading!


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Book Review | The Choosing

the choosing.jpgTitle: The Choosing (Seer #1) by Rachelle Dekker

Pages: 464

Genres: YA, Dystopian, Christian

Published by: Tyndale House Publishers (May 19th, 2015)

Summary

“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.

The Choosing (Seer, #1)

What I Thought

This book had been on my TBR for such a long time now!  Pretty much since it was released in 2015, I’ve been meaning to read The Choosing.  I was just drawn to the plot, the gorgeous cover, and the fact that the author is the daughter to one of Christian fiction’s biggest thriller writers, Ted Dekker!

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature started by Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases! 

This week’s pick is:

I Have Lost My Way

Releasing March 27th, 2018!

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A powerful story of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay.

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in help­ing the others out of theirs.

An emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and discovering the person you are meant to be, I Have Lost My Way is best­selling author Gayle Forman at her finest.

I love Gayle Forman’s writing!  I absolutely adored If I Stay and Where She Went, and so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one just as much.  This book looks like it’s going to be full of soul and emotion.  I cannot wait to read I Have Lost My Way!

 


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Top Ten Books That Surprised Me

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Books That Surprised Me

For this week, I’m going to feature 5 books that surprised me because I loved them, and 5 books that surprised because, well, I didn’t love them.  I’m going to start off with the ones I didn’t love, because I want to end this on a positive note, lol.

Okay, let’s get started!

Books I’m Surprised I Didn’t Love

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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I was supposed to read this book for my high school’s book club, several years ago, but I could not get into it.  Everyone else in book club loved it, but I ended up DNFing about halfway through, which really says something because I don’t do that often, especially back then!  I am tempted to try re-reading this book again now that I’m older, and my reading tastes have expanded, but we’ll see…

 

 

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The Kill Order

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I know The Maze Runner series has mixed reviews, but I was someone who really enjoyed it.  So, you’d think I’d like The Kill Order, right? Wrong!  There was so much action in this book, yet I found myself bored!  I didn’t care about the characters, and I didn’t care what happened.  I only finished this one, because I was waiting to see how it connected to the rest of the series.

 

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Unpopular Opinion Time: I read A Court of Thorns and Roses because the hype for this book is STRONG!  Everyone I know who has read this book has absolutely loved it.  It’s loosely based off Beauty and the Beast, and it sounded so intriguing.  Unfortunately, this book just wasn’t the one for me.  I liked it, but I didn’t love it, and I don’t think I liked it enough to continue the series.

 

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These Broken Stars

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This is another unpopular opinion, but I didn’t love These Broken Stars either!  I was for sure I was going to love this one, and I was so excited to read it.  Unfortunately, something in this story was missing for me.  I ended up not loving it nearly as much as I expected to, which was so disappointing!

 

 

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The Accident Season

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Okay, for this book, I did actually enjoy it.  However the premise was so intriguing, I thought I was going to love it, and I didn’t.  I was left feeling slightly confused and like something was missing, but I could never put my finger on what it was.

 

 

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Books I’m Surprised I Did Love

The You I’ve Never Known

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I’ve always been intimidated by Ellen Hopkins’ books because of how large they were and their subject matter.  However, when I accidentally read The You I’ve Never Known, without realizing the author, I really fell in love with the story and her writing style.  I did not expect to really enjoy this book, and I ended up loving it!

 

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The Coronation

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I expected to like The Coronation, but it really took me by surprise how much I enjoyed this novel!  This book is 460 pages, and I read it in less than 2 days, which is unheard of for me!  Once I started reading, I just got so invested in the story, and it truly exceeded all the expectations I had for it.

 

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Beastly

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Beastly is one of those books that I picked up expecting to like, but not really feeling anything towards, like a mediocre TV movie you enjoy but will never watch or think about again.   However, that was so not the case!  I absolutely adored this book.  It’s another retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  I actually read it not that long after A Court of Thorns and Roses, but, to my complete surprise, I ended up loving Beastly so much more.  I admit, it was a little cliche, but it was such a nice read, it was refreshing!

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

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Because of my love for all things Nancy Drew, I was really unsure of whether or not I would enjoy this edgy, noir, graphic novel.  To my delight, though, I actually really enjoyed this one.  The Big Lie is definitely different from any other Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book out there, and I was unsure at first, but it is really well done!  I hope there will be more in the series!

 

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase

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Just like with Beastly, The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a book that I expected to enjoy well enough, but not think much about.  It was Christmas themed, and so I thought it’d make a fun holiday read.  I was really surprised with how much I ended up enjoying this one.  It had so much heart and a great cast of characters!

 

 

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Those are some of the books that surprised me!  Tell me about some books (for better or worse) that surprised you!

Thanks for reading!


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Book Review | To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (#1) by Jenny Han

Pages: 355

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 15, 2014)

Summary

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

What I Thought

Going into this book, I was honestly a bit apprehensive.  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is such a well-loved, hyped up book, that I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype for me.  I think that’s why it took me so long to read in the first place, because I loved the premise of this book, and I didn’t want to be disappointed.  That being said, I’m so glad I finally read it, because it truly did live up to its hype!

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Currently Reading Book Tag!

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Hello! Today, I’m going to be doing the Currently Reading Book Tag!  It was started by Charly Reynhorse, and I know that I was tagged by someone, but unfortunately, where I write down the blog tags I’m tagged in/plan to do, I included the wrong link.  So, if you are the one who tagged me to do this, thank you so much!!

Alright, let’s get started!

1. How many books do you usually read at once?

I usually read 1-2 books, but I there are times when I’ll read up to 3-4 books.  Any more than that though, and I can’t handle it, and usually end up going into a reading slump because I have so many books I’m going back and forth between I feel like I’m not making adequate progress in any of them.

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2. If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch to reading the other book (do you read a certain amount of pages in each?)

Honestly, I just usually go with what I feel like.  A lot of times, when I read multiple books, I’m either reading on a different format (physical or ebook), or I’m reading books from very different genres (like a classic and a YA dystopian).  So, I’ll usually just read whichever one I’m feeling at the moment, and switch when I feel like.

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re part way through a book?

The only time I would do this would be if I lost my current bookmark.

4. Where do you keep the book you’re currently reading?

Either on the end of my bookcase in my room, or if it fits, I have a small space on my bed where the mattress doesn’t meet the bed frame, and it usually fits my books perfectly.

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5. What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

I get most of my reading done in the evening and at night before I go to bed.  However, I really enjoy reading first thing in the morning when I wake up, too.  But I also love my sleep, so I can only do that on days where I actually manage to wake up early.

6. How long do you typically read for in one go?

It really just depends!  Sometimes I only feel like reading for 10 minutes, and other times I’ll read for 3 hours straight.

7. Do you read hard covers with the dust jacket on or off?

Of course, I read with them off!  One, I like to take them off so they stay pretty and neat.  Two, reading with a dust jacket on is just plain difficult because it constantly tries to slip off while I’m reading with it.

8. Which position do you mainly use to read?

I’m constantly readjusting, so I wouldn’t say I have one main position.  Just, whatever’s comfortable at the time!

9. Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

Yes!  You never know when you’ll be able to squeeze in a few minutes of reading time.

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10. How often do you update your progress in the book you’re currently reading on Goodreads?

Whenever I think of it.  I always add my book to Goodreads, and mark when I’ve read it.  However, updating my progress in the middle of reading a book really just depends.  Sometimes I never do, sometimes I do a whole bunch of times!

11. Who would you like to tag?

I’ve gained quite a few lovely new followers lately, so I’m going to tag some of my most recents!

Merv Reads

Pretty Purple Polka Dots

Shuffle Bookbox

LFBooks

The Bibliophile Empress

KarisBooks

Hammock of Books

And, of course, anyone else who wants to do this, I would love to see your answers!!


Thanks for reading!


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