Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone is having a FANTASTIC day! Today, for you other history nerds out there, is the Ides of March. So, um, if your name is Julius Caesar… watch your back! FUN FACT. One of the reasons the Ides of March was important to the Romans, because it was a day they used to settle debts. Now, I think most Romans probably settled financial debts… but Brutus and Cassius took it to the next level.
This morning, I’m bringing you the Goodreads Book Tag! I’m going to preface it by apologizing for any out-of-date answers… this is definitely being written on February 8th, and hopefully in the last month I’ve read some more books and stuff… but here we are. I always feel kinda weird about prompts that ask “what’s your most recent….” when I write ahead, because by the time the post drops, it’s different! It was like this with a Top Ten Tuesday in January, too… OH WELL.
I tried wicked hard to find the source of this Book Tag, but as I trailed back, I kept running into broken links… even the person I originally stole this from doesn’t have it on their site anymore, so I had to find another source for the prompts! This list comes from Sunshine Reader… and if this is your original tag PLEASE let me know, because I’d love to tag you!
I’m not going to tag anyone in this one, by the way, but it’s fun and can be done multiple times, so feel free to snag it!
What was the last book you marked as read?
I just finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It’s a reread for me, and one of those books I always enjoy reading. I love re-reads, especially good ones!
What are you currently reading?
I’ve got three books running at the moment:
- My husband and I have about five hours left listening to The Last Guardian, which will finish out the Artemis Fowl series. I’ve loved the series since I was in middle school, but it has been awesome listening to my husband get into it, too!
- I’m about halfway through The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. It’s a little overly long, but it’s highly entertaining. I find myself chuckling from time to time, but I can only do about an hour of listening at a time before my mind starts to wander.
- I haven’t started it just yet, but I’m about to start Glass Town by Steven Savile. This was my first book from the PageHabit box in 2017, and I’m a bit uncertain about it. I’ve picked up four books from that box so far and I DNF’d two, loved one, and thought the other was just okay. We’ll see!
What was the last book you marked as TBR?
My most recent TBR add is Calling Major Tom by David M. Barnett. I don’t know if I’ll love it, but it comes highly recommended by Evelina, and I respect her opinion, so I’m going to give it a go!
What book do you plan to read next?
Hopefully by the time you read this, I’ve already finished it… but the last book on my February TBR is The Selection by Kiera Cass! I’ve actually read this one twice before, but it popped out of my TBR jar, so I’m due for a re-read!
Do you use the star rating system?
Absolutely! I do wish Goodreads had a 10 star system, or a half star option, though. But I know that the community is a bit of a broken record about this, so I’ll just leave it at that!
Are you doing a 2019 reading challenge?
Absolutely – I’ve done one every year since 2013! 🙂 This year, I gave myself a little less of a comfort zone and challenged myself to 75 books (usually I do 52 – one a week). I’ve already got 23 under my belt, though, so I’m hoping to breeze past that goal and beyond!
Do you have a Wishlist?
Yes, yes, yes. I add books to my “To Buy” shelf on Goodreads and every month or so, I add them in bulk to my Amazon wishlist where it’s easier to track prices. I’m not saying anyone should buy me these books to read, but if they magically appear at my doorstep, I won’t complain.
What book do you plan to buy next?
So I’m at a complicated point now where I have a bunch of releases I want to pre-order, but they’re coming out around or after the time we’re planning to move, so I’m unsure what address to send them to (and updating the shipping information after is annoying). As soon as I know where to send them, I’m going to preorder The Devouring Gray, Romanov, and Spin the Dawn.
I viciously collect book quotes. In fact, I try to remember to grab a couple for my list every time I finish a book. You can find them all here, or they rotate on my sidebar on the right as well. I also used to participate in the Thursday Quotables meme, where I featured The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Anne of Green Gables, and So Silver Bright.
Oh gosh. Well, I have a few insta-buy authors. I really like Tamora Pierce and I think I’d pick up anything by J. K. Rowling or Eoin Colfer (which has burned me before). I’m a sucker for those old childhood favorites. I try just about anything that Stephen King writes, and as a human I love Mackenzie Lee… even though I haven’t read any of her stuff yet, ack! I also love Kiersten White as a human. Erin Morgenstern and Elizabeth Lim are both on my Insta-Buy list based on their debuts alone. I can’t resist anything by A.R. Capetta or Rachel Hartman. Honestly? Just… so, so many talented people.
Have you joined any groups?
Yes! But I’m a perpetual lurker, and really only pay attention to the read of the month. I used to be better about reading in time for discussions (which I never participated in), but lately they just end up on my TBR. I’m part of:
- Addicted to YA
- Our Shared Shelf
- Book Travelling Thursdays – this group is dead, btw. Sadness.
- Friends of the Apparating Library
Do you have a Goodreads account? How do you keep track of your reading? Tell me your favorite method in the comments!