The Netgalley Book Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful Nicki @ Secret Library Book Blog to join the Netgalley Book Tag and I thought why not? You all know how addicted I am to NG ARCs in the first place. 😉

Rules

    • Link back to the tag’s creatorKourtni @ Kourtni Reads
    • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you: Nicki @ Secret Library Book Blog Thanks again for the tag! ❤
    • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
    • Tag a few people to do this too!

 

AUTO-APPROVED: WHO’S ONE AUTHOR WHOSE BOOKS YOU AUTOMATICALLY WANT TO READ, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY ARE ABOUT?

This is such a difficult question! I have quite a few favorite mystery/thriller/crime authors I could name on here… And quite a lot from other genres as well. Do I really have to pick just one?

Yes, I’m totally aware I have not answered the question yet. You can’t make me without bribing me with at least a batch of brownies. 😉

REQUEST: WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO REQUEST A BOOK ON NETGALLEY?

I’m a huge sucker for pretty covers, but I always read the blurb as well… I have a few favorite publishers I browse, but I like trying new authors as well. The ‘Recently Added‘ tab is my worst enemy! I never can seem to resist at least browsing every couple of days.

FEEDBACK RATIO: DO YOU REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ? IF NOT, HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT BOOKS TO REVIEW?

I always write at least a short review, even if I DNF it… I feel like I owe it to the publishers for making a title available to at least explain why I liked o disliked a title.

BADGES: IF YOU COULD CREATE ONE BADGE TO DISPLAY ON YOUR BLOG, WHAT WOULD IT BE FOR?

Maybe an eclectic reader badge? I’m proud of the fact I try to read books belonging to a wide variety of genres, although I guess it does show which genre is my favorite in the end. 😉

WISH FOR IT: WHAT’S ONE BOOK THAT YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY DYING TO READ?

I’m dying to finally pick up The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton! Although I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it that I’m a bit afraid to pick it up only to find out I’m the only person on this planet not to enjoy it. Unpopular opinion curse and all. 😉

The last book I reviewed was Broken Dolls by Sarah Flint, which is scheduled to be published tomorrow afternoon… It’s actually the fourth book of a detective series, and while the story can be read as a stand-alone quite easily, I did struggle with certain other aspects of the story.


That’s it for this tag! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to join the fun. 🙂


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The Netgalley Book Tag

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I was tagged by Emily at A Keyboard And An Open Mind the other day, and I thought it was appropriate to follow up since I have been reading so many Netgalley titles lately in the first place. Thanks again for the tag!

Rules:

  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!

# Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

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Hmm tough question. Right now that would probably be between Barry Lyga (Jasper Dent!!!), V.E. Schwab (Shades Of Magic) and Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha/Six Of Crows). Although there are many many authors I love…

# Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

Call me superficial, but the cover is normally the first thing that attracts my attention. That and the description and known publishers… Bookouture is one of my favorite Netgalley publishers so far with all those awesome mystery/thriller ARCs.

# Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

Yes, I always review the books I read. Especially if they are ARCs, because somehow it feels wrong and disrespectful to ignore the fact that the publishers/authors were kind enough to send a free copy in the first place. I do admit I’m a bit behind right now with my pending reviews haha.

# Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

I don’t know?! I liked Emily’s idea of favorite genres; it does help publishers understand what sort of books you would probably enjoy reading.

# Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

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Most definitely Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I have a copy waiting for me on my kindle, but I want to reread Six Of Crows and I’m kind of drowning in a pool of ARCs right now. I’m determined to make time before the end of the month though!

# 2016 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

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The last ARC review I finished is The Honor Was Mine by Elizabeth Heaney, which will be posted tomorrow. It’s a brilliant memoir where the author tells us about her experience counseling soldiers and their family members as well as personal experiences of the soldiers themselves. Highly recommended!


That’s it for this tag! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to join the fun. Have a great week everyone!

Rainbow Book Tag

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I saw this tag over at Mystery Date With A Book back in July and decided to join the fun since I love colors and pretty covers in the first place. 😀 (The original tag is by Le Book Chronicles.)

Here are the rules:

  1. Choose book covers from each colour of the rainbow. Books that are your favourite from that colour! If you can’t find a book of a certain colour then choose a cover that has that colour on it somewhere.
  2. The choices have to be books you own and/or has to be the exact edition you read.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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I was tagged for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag earlier this month by Ajoobacats Blog and I thought it was a great way to review the books I’ve read so far this year! Here we go…


1. Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016.

I seriously can’t narrow it down to just one… So I’m going to cheat and pick a favorite for various genres.

  • Fantasy

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A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab

  • Historical Fiction

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All The Light We Cannot See by Antony Doerr

  • Contemporary / Romance

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

  • Mystery /Thriller

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All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

YA (Ok, I cheated a little with this category, but I couldn’t NOT mention this book)

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The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016.

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That would be between A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab and Map Of Fates by Maggie Hall. Both sequels weren’t as strong as the first book, but still great reads!

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To.

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There are SO many new releases I want to read! But this month I’m definitely going to try The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne.

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year.

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Without doubt Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

5. Biggest Disappointment.

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That would be between All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders and Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor.

6. Biggest Surprise.

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All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

7. Favorite New Author.

I’ve discovered many great new authors this year, but my favorites would be both Maggie Hall and V.E. Schwab.

8. Newest Fictional Crush.

Ehm, I don’t know? I have to confess I never actually have a crush on characters… Call me cheesy, but I’m already too in love with my hubby. 😉

9. Newest Favorite Character.

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I love the Shades Of Magic characters!

10. Book That Made You Cry.

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Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

11. Book That Made You Happy.

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

12. Favorite Book to Film Adaptation.

I’m not sure I have seen any of this year’s book to film adaptations yet… Shocking, I know.

13. Favorite Post You Have Done This Year.

Call me a nerd, but I love numbers and graphics. 25 TBR Jar Picks: The Numbers was a fun post to write! As was January-April 2016: The Numbers

14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year.

I think it’s impossible to pick just one or even a few favorite covers. There are so many gorgeous ones out there!

15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year.

What about all the books on my TBR pile? Something impossible, I know I know. But these below are a few that are on my priority list:

  • A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Broken Hearts, Fences And Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn
  • Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • Talon by Julie Kagawa
  • The Bird And The Sword by Amy Harmon
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Museum Of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to join as well. Have a great week everyone! ❤

This Or That Book Tag

ThisThatAppleAndroidI saw this tag over at Marvel At Words back in April, but I only recently found the time to actually sit down and answer these questions. Oops! Let’s do this shall we?


Reading on the couch or on the bed?
Most definitely my bed, especially now it’s freezing outside! And preferably with a hot beverage close and my cat Jasmin keeping me company.

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Male main character or female main character?
I don’t really care if the main character is male or female, but I do tend to read more books with female main characters and also books written by female authors.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
I normally don’t really eat while I’m reading, but I normally prefer eating salty snacks. Unless it’s brownie. Brownie ALWAYS wins. 😀

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Trilogies or quartets?
I don’t really care if it’s a trilogy or quartet, as long as the story doesn’t feel like it’s dragging in order to squeeze the extra book out. Also, I have been trying to read a lot of stand-alones this year, because I almost never seem to read the whole series together anyway.

First person point of view or third person point of view?
It really depends on the genre and the kind of story, but if I really have to pick one, I think I like third person POV stories better in general.

Reading at night or in the morning?
I’m not really a morning person… So definitely reading at night.

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Libraries or bookstore?
I love both, although the library where I live doesn’t really have anything to offer when it comes to English books.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
Definitely laugh; I don’t mind a sad book or two, but I prefer action and humor over drama.

Black book covers or white book covers?
Ehm, blue? Seriously, I have been browsing my favorite covers and a lot of them are blue… As for black or white; most covers either have both or look equally gorgeous. I mean, how can I choose between covers like the ones below?

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Character-driven or plot-driven stories?
Definitely plot. I like it when the character development is really well done, but I prefer a book having a well written plot. I can get over a character being flat or unlikeable, but when the plot is bad, in general I’m having a really hard time to keep on reading.

 

That’s it for this tag! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to answer a few random bookish questions. Have a great week everyone!

Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

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I was tagged by Poppy over at Poppy’s Best Of Books last month (thanks again! <3) and since I don’t have a lot of pending reviews due to lack of reading time, I decided to finally give this tag a go. I love scavenger hunts in general, so this was a really fun one! I decided to pick two titles for each prompt to show off more pretty covers. 😉

Here we go!

FIND A BOOK WITH THE LETTER ‘Z’ IN IT’S TITLE OR AUTHOR’S NAME:

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I found one of both. The first is The Improbable Theory Of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher, which a Z in the title. The other title is The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza (Z in the author’s name). Both books were great reads as well by the way!

FIND ME A CLASSIC BOOK:

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There are a lot of classics that I could mention here, but I’ll go with two of my favorites: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

FIND THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES:

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I’m not sure what exactly the oldest books on my shelves are, but these are two of the oldest reviews of my blog: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

FIND A BOOK WITH A KEY ON IT’S COVER:

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I cheated a little with this one since I don’t have any already read titles with a key on them… But technically Melophobia by James Morris has a musical key on the cover, right? And I will read The Ex by Alafair Burke some time this month, so that one ‘almost’ counts as finished as well. 😉

FIND SOMETHING ON YOUR SHELVES THAT ISN’T A BOOK:

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One of the things that’s on my shelves is this old milk container I decorated where I store my cat food. I keep my kindle on my shelves as well; does that count?

FIND A BOOK WITH AN ANIMAL ON IT’S COVER:

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These were two reads I really enjoyed earlier this year: Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Both are recommended for different reasons!

FIND A BOOK WITH A GIRL ON IT’S COVER:

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This one was easy since there must be millions of book covers with girls out there. Again these are two books I really enjoyed: See How They Run by Ally Carter and The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall. Especially the second one is brilliant.

FIND A NON-YA BOOK:

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Two easy choices and really good reads as well: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and The Reader On The 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent.

FIND A BOOK WITH STARS ON IT’S COVER:

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This time two titles I wasn’t fully convinced with, but I do love the covers. Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira and All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.

THAT’S IT FOR THIS TAG! AND I’M TAGGING:

Anyone who wants to go on a book scavenger hunt as well. Feel free to consider yourself tagged! 😀

Book Sacrifice Tag

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I saw this tag about book sacrifice in extreme situations over at The Belgium Reviewer and I thought it would be an interesting one to think about (recent) disappointing reads. Make sure to check out her answers as well!

Here we go…

 1. AN OVER-HYPED BOOK

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked would you start chucking at the zombies?

the5thwaveUnfortunately, I have so many titles to choose from! The Girl On The Train, Gone Girl, We Were Liars, A Thousand Pieces Of You, The Maze Runner… But since it’s all about chucking overhyped books at zombies, I’ll go with the thickest book of all since it will probably hurt them most. Which one? The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. (Or the sequel for that matter; I didn’t like either of them.) Here’s a part of my review that will explain the main reason why I didn’t like this one:

Don’t get me wrong, the first part of The 5th Wave was pretty awesome and definitely lived up to expectations. But then Cassie had to meet Evan. Le sigh. Why o why does a book like this need cheesy romance scenes?! I was completely convinced I was going to love this book, but the scenes between Evan and Cassie made me want to bang my head against the wall. Cassie is supposed to be a survivor and not trust anyone; then she meets Evan, trusts him almost immediately and even falls in love with him? Yeah right.

2. A SEQUEL SITUATION

Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

That would be either of these two recent disappointments: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard or Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch. Why?

glassswordFirst of all Glass Sword. I have to admit I didn’t like Red Queen as much either the second time I read it, but I still managed to enjoy it despite the fact Mare was quite annoying. As for the sequel… this bit of review will explain exactly why I would use it as an umbrella:

Not only becomes Mare more whiny and self-centered than ever, she also doesn’t stop craving for the guy that betrayed her in the first place. (Is that a spoiler? I promise I won’t be giving names…) On top of this, the pace of the second book is a lot slower than the first and the plot is really repetitive. The sequel is basically a repeat sequence of the following: Mare blindly trusts someone –> person betrays Mare –> Mare is in deep trouble –> somehow she manages to not get killed. Sure, the new special powers spice things up a bit, but that doesn’t take away that Glass Sword is basically one big disappointment.

icelikefireAs for Ice Like Fire... I actually really enjoyed Snow Like Ashes despite the love triangle and LOVED the worldbuilding, but I kind of wish the book would have been a stand-alone. Why is Ice Like Fire the perfect umbrella material? On to part of the review…

It has a slow pace, a love triangle and main character (Meira) that are both terribly annoying and I don’t really like the new plot either… It all feels a bit chaotic, unnatural and not really believable. While I liked Meira in the first book, in Ice Like Fire she seems to have lost her charm and she really started to bother me. I don’t particularly like her new ‘mission’ either and the many plot twists didn’t make a lot of sense other than being able to confuse you even further.

3. A CLASSIC

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

treasureislandI’m keeping this to classics I’ve actually read since it doesn’t seem fair to judge those I haven’t even tried to read yet… And the first that comes to mind is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would… Here’s why:

I was unable to warm up to the main characters and there is a significant lack of action during the whole novel. I mean, the story is supposed to be about a treasure hunt, but they all seem to talk more than they actually ‘hunt’. To be honest, I cannot see why Treasure Island would actually be considered children literature… I felt bored during most of the story (not counting the final chapters), so I wonder how children will be able to pay attention for so long.

4. A LEAST FAVORITE BOOK

Situation: Apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

DNFtheliarschairI will go for my very first DNF read ever: The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney. I NEVER DNF a book and in a way I still feel a bit guilty, but I really couldn’t bring myself to actually finish this story. Why?

Unfortunately, as soon as I began reading the unnatural and forced prose started to irritate me. I don’t mind an unreliable or unlikeable character if it’s done well, but Rachel Teller crossed the border to I-simply-cannot-stand-you land. Both her voice and her actions really annoyed me and I truly struggled to keep reading this story. The plot itself is unbelievable and both the characters and their development don’t feel natural.


Feel free to consider yourself tagged… Have a great week everyone!