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How I Choose My Books Tag

Sometime last week I think, the wonderful Noriko at Diary of a Bookfiend nominated me for this tag. If you haven’t met her yet you need to! She’s so sweet, write fantastic book reviews and has recently been introducing us to different aspects of Japanese culture. Go over there and click the follow button right away!

I decided to be different and instead of pulling pictures from the web, I took pictures of my literal books off my shelf. Hope you enjoy!

Questions:

1. Find a Book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

I couldn’t just pick one. I have a lot more blue books than I thought! Top left, you all already know! This was required reading back in high school and is the same book from high school which is why it looks so beat up. I adore The Three Musketeers. Then of course you have Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I got the first 4 books as a gift when I turned 12 and the rest is history. Eighth Grave After Dark is one of 11, soon to be 12, books in the Charley Davidson series. Lastly, Forged in Blood I is the sixth book in The Emperor’s Edge series. Lindsay Buroker was my introduction into the world of indie authors and I adore everything she writes!

 

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

Switched is basically a different take on the average switched at birth story. The idea of a girl who’s parents think she’s a monster only to find out she’s actually a troll was quite an intriguing idea. I ended up unexpectedly, enjoying this trilogy a lot more than I thought I would!

 

 

 

 

 

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

I discovered this book at a library sale for 50 cents. I found books 1 and 3 and then ended up finding book 2 at Half Price Books. I haven’t read them yet but they look like a fun, high fantasy adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

An ex friend let me borrow these books to read and at first I wasn’t a fan because the book covers look so silly and the description furthers that. You have plain Jane True in Rockabill, Maine who is a selkie shifter and doesn’t really fit in with “normal” human society; not that it bothers her much. There are adventures and a love triangle (that I actually like!). It was an overall great 6 book series even though it doesn’t have stellar Goodrreads reviews.

 

 

 

5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / Book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

I’ve only just discovered that booktubing is a thing so I don’t have an answer to this question at this time.

6. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

When I saw the look of this book, I was instantly intrigued. The description hooked me right away and it did not disappoint and also fueled my love for all things Sandra Brown. In the story, you have a successful ghost writer who is writing the ultimate thriller novel. It turns out that there are some grains of truth in the story and his manuscript editor is unexpectedly in the middle of it all. It’s SUCH an amazing piece of writing. I wasn’t able to put it down once I started.

 

 

 

7. What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

I discovered the Canadian produced television show first. It stars Christina Cox and Kyle Schbmid and I believe it only had 2 seasons. Funny thing is I started reading this 4 book series thinking it was the book version of the show but turns out they only share the same title. I enjoyed it nonetheless considering this author doesn’t write very much anymore I don’t think. Note: This is Jennifer Armintrout not to be confused with Jennifer Armentrout. (Two different people. I checked.)

 

 

 

8. Think of your all-time favorite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught is my all time favorite historical romance. I picked this book up at a library sale back in college for 25 cents. I had never read romance before and she did not disappoint. Her writing style is brilliant. Because of this book alone I developed an obsession with McNaught and now own and have read every book she’s ever written. I had two of my best friends read some of her books expecting them to not like them and they are now collecting their own copies.

 

 

Since this is a pretty long post, I’m going to opt to tag everyone to do this post. I know of lot of you read on a semi regular basis and I can’t just choose certain people because I’m selfish and want to know everyone’s views and book choices. Please link me to your post if you decide to do this! I really want to read them!

What do you think of my choices and reasonings? Have you read any of these books? Do you need a bigger bookshelf like I do? Let me know in the comments below!

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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21 thoughts on “How I Choose My Books Tag

  1. Noriko

    Thank you, Nel for such sweet words! I have never read any of those, but Judi McNaught kind of intrigues me!

    1. Nel Post author

      I love her! she’s 90 years old now or something like that but her historical and contemporary romances are the best! Glad I could introduce you to some new books/authors 🙂

    1. Nel Post author

      Oh wow! Thanks Cherylene! Glad you enjoyed the post and I will check your post out 🙂

    1. Nel Post author

      Thanks! I had to narrow it down to 4 because going through my shelf, I realized I have a TON of blue books haha

  2. Stephanie

    I love Sandra Brown! I have several books on my kindle I need to catch up with but she is so good. I love how you took actual pictures 😊 I wouldn’t have ever thought of that! This was a fun tag; I’m glad you got to do it too!

    1. Nel Post author

      Yes!! Another Sandra lover! She can really write those thrillers man! I have an excel sheet with all the books of hers I have and which ones I still need. I want to own them all, haha. She’s still writing too I think!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the books 🙂 It seems like that was a pretty good hit so next book tag I get, I might do it again.

      1. Stephanie

        She really does! I’m bad and forget I like her, lol! She is still writing! She has a new one coming out in August called Seeing Red! I used to keep a notebook of all the books I had and needed but it’s God knows where. I should do an excel sheet. People loved that tag! I did it over a week ago and am still getting likes on it. I don’t think I have any more book tags, wait 1 more. But I have 3 Liebster Awards, 2 Sunshine Awards, 1 Awesome Blogger Award, 1 Mystery Blogger Award, and 2 Unique Blogger Awards….I’m completely flattered by they awards I received but feel like people are going to be swamped by my award posts 😐 If I have more than 1 of the same award, I’m doing it in 1 post. I don’t feel comfortable posting it over and over…there’s only so much about me people want to know, lol.

        1. Nel Post author

          I hear that. I was just nominated for another Lovely Blogger Award, Mystery Blogger Award and I got Blogger Recognition Award which is a new one. This whole week has been nothing but tags an awards but hey, sometimes you just have one of those weeks! I’ll have to check out Seeing Red. I’ve only read Seeing Red by Jill Shalvis so I wonder if it’ll have the same theme of firefighters or fires in some sense.

          1. Stephanie

            Yeah I got all of those except 3 last week! I guess maybe because I’d been on hiatus. And since I’m only posting 3 or 4 x a week it’s going to take awhile to get all of them done. One reason why I’m going to combine the multiple awards!! And for time reasons. I finally got the Black Cat award posted today, lol. I’m trying to do awards or tags on Tues and Thurs with the memes I do just to throw something else in there. That’s still almost too much posting. I’m exhausted, lol. And was on the pc most of yesterday and the day before just trying to catch up. Ugh. Definitely not family time then. And school starts in 4 wks…summer needs to slow down!

            It’s about a journalist and an ATF agent and a bombing from what I saw on the blurb 😊

          2. Nel Post author

            Going to check out your Black Cat award now 🙂 Four weeks away?? Geez the year is going by too fast!

    1. Nel Post author

      You should check it out one day! You might like it 🙂 It’s the Trylle trilogy and the order goes Switched, Torn, Ascend. I should have added Torn in the blue books picture cause it’s also blue, hahaha

  3. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    What a cool tag! I love your photos! … I couldn’t figure out how I missed these last few posts and I’d unfollowed somehow! I tell you WordPress is so messed up sometimes… I’m getting emails when I know I turned that off, people’s comments are in spam and now this! (TBH I must have done it on that last post I read… sometimes I read in the reader which I don’t like to do for just this reason!) ♥️ great answers! I agree I love reading everyone’s responses even if they aren’t books I would read, it’s fun to see!

    1. Nel Post author

      I hear you. WordPress is so fickle and that is odd cause I know you followed me before. Welcome back again! Let’s hope it stops that nonsense. I live seeing people’s answers as well. I have two more bookish tags lined up for over the weekend so you’ll be seeing some more book covers! 😁

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