Sisterhood of the World Blog Tag

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I was tagged by Ri from Hiver et Café awhile ago to take part in this fun little questionnaire type post chain. I never get tagged to do things like like this so thanks, Ri! (sorry if its too late)

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their website.
2. Post the award’s logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions you have been asked.
4. Nominate ten other bloggers and ask them ten other questions.

Ri’s Questions For Me:
1. Who is your favourite book boyfriend?
I don’t really have one as all the male characters in books I like, I like them within a couple more than single. Haha

2. What is a book that you absolutely NEED right now?
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan and Winter by Marissa Meyer

3. What’s a book that you’ve been recommending?
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan or the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.

4. Which Hogwarts house are you?
Ravenclaw!

5. How did you get into book blogging?
Through my bookish friends who are all mostly bloggers!

6. What is the first book you ever got signed? (Or have you not? That’s okay too!)
I think it was Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman?

7. How do you balance book blogging in your daily life?
I always have my email and twitter on, and I schedule all my posts ahead of time. I also use hoot suite for social media stuff. Basically LOTS of very advance planning and scheduling.

8. What are you currently reading?
I’ve had a few books on the go and keep switching but currently am reading Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber and most likely with stick with it as I like it a lot so far.

9. Which OTP sails your ship? (AKA. What’s your favourite bookish couple?)
Cinder and Kai from the Lunar Chronicles!!

10. Where do you like to read?
I love reading on trains during my commute, also buses too!

And here are my nominees for this award, I know I’m supposed to pick ten but I wasn’t sure of who else to tag. So if anyone who’s reading this wants to do this tag, then go ahead. Anyways here are the two bloggers that I nominate:

Shipa @ Sukasa Reads
Grace @ Texan in Tokyo

Here are my ten questions:

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What is one book that you didn’t get to this year but will definitely get to in 2015?
3. What’s your favourite thing about being a blogger?
4. What’s one thing that other bloggers may not know about you?
5. What country would you most like to visit and why?
6. What is one book that you think everyone should read? Besides your own.
7. Besides blogging what else do you like to do?
8. What TV shows are you addicted to right now?
9. What’s your dream job?
10. Do you have any daily rituals you do everyday to start off the day? If so what are they?

5th Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2014 Edition

We’re super excited this year to be part of this survey by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner. So check out our answers and feel free to leave a comment and share your links to your survey answers below.

Number Of Books You Read: Aiming for 100 (and almost there)
Number of Re-Reads: 6…I think?
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary (both adult and YA)

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
General Fiction: Either Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami or The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
Mystery/Thriller: Faceoff edited by David Baldacci
Historical Fiction: Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson
YA: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
Non-Fiction: Listen to the Squawking Chicken: A Daughter’s Blueprint for Life from the Mother Who Thinks She Knows Best by Elaine Lui

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Then and Always by Dani Atkins

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, Haze by Paula Weston, and I haven’t read any series enders this year

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Emery Lord

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Haze by Paula Weston, not a fan of paranormal but loving this series so far!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Faceoff edited by David Baldacci

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Haze by Paula Weston

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Nombeko Mayeki from The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
10:04 by Ben Lerner

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
“A story is like a moving train; no matter where you hope on board, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.” – Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
Shortest: No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige and Longest: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Blood Always Tells by Hilary Davidson, so many good twists and turns.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Rafa and Gabe from Haze by Paula Weston

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The friendship between Reagan O’Neill and Lilah Montgomery in Open Road Summer

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Mãn by Kim Thùy

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
….none? Haha, so if anyone wants to chime in on the comments below, feel free to leave me some recommendations.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
I don’t really have one…unfortunately? Haha

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Lots! The most memorable one being Calling Me Home by Julie Kiebler

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences by Robin Esrock

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
World of Trouble by Ben Winters

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
As I hate love triangles, I really loved the book blog: http://www.loveisnotatriangle.com/

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
My review of The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Top Ten Tuesdays…Top Books I’ve Read This Year (so far)

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
IFOA, I got to meet Kim Thùy who’s one of my all-time favourite authours.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
I have a few, getting to meet other book bloggers at the Frenzy Presents event, and meeting my favourite mystery authour this year, Louise Penny (who was extremely friendly and approachable)

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My book review of No Relation by Terry Fallis

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Pretty much any of my reviews.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The Recaptains site!!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I finished the Savvy Reader’s 50 Book Pledge

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Winter by Marissa Meyer

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Read more of the non-review books that have been accumulating on my shelf for awhile now.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

4th Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2013 Edition

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We’re super excited this year to be part of this survey by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner. So check out our answers and feel free to leave a comment and share your links to your survey answers below.

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1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Contemporary Adult – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Historical – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Memoir/Non-Fiction – This Is The Story of A Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Mystery – How The Light Gets in by Louise Penny

YA – Cress by Marissa Meyer

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
When She Was Here by Daisy Whitney also just one year by Gayle Forman

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
We Are Water by Wally Lamb, despite being really long it didn’t feel like it.

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Selection series by Kiera Cass

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Kevin Kwan

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Control by Lydia Kang, not the biggest science fiction reader but loved this book.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Cress by Marissa Meyer

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Cress by Marissa Meyer, as it comes out in 2014 and I plan on buying a copy.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny
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11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Jiko in A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Ru by Kim Thuy

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti, I got a different side to the story about the conflict in the Middle East which I appreciated.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
The scene with Jiko and the yanki girls in A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Whirl Away Stories by Russell Wangersky (shortest) and Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon (longest)

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
The reveal of who was behind the killings, accidents and back mailing of the villagers and friends of Agatha in Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton and how they pulled it off as well as what we learn about that person’s background was a big WTF moment for me.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Oh so many to choose from but after reading Cress I’d have to say, Prince Kai and Cinder.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Cress by Marissa Meyer

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Hmm…haven’t read anything solely based on someone’s recommendation. Let’s change that shall we? Comment below with some recommendations of books you think I would love.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Mystery and/or young adult fiction

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
I don’t really have crushes on fictional characters but if I had to pick then maybe Nicholas Young from Crazy Rich Asians.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
The world of the Lunar Chronicles in Cinder, Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer.

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala, A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki…..etc. (as someone who cries easily this list could probably go on forever)

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Bombay Wali and other Stories by Veena Gokhale

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

No Relation by Terry Fallis

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What’s a Daughter to Do? A Memoir (Sort Of) by Elaine Lui

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Okay this is a bit of a cheat but am super excited for the endings to both The Selection series by Kiera Cass and The Syrena Trilogy by Anna Banks.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

Again its two things but, connect with other publishers that I haven’t had the chance to work with and interact more with other book bloggers.