Book Blogger Insider Tag

Happy Thursday bookworms! I was tagged by the lovely Jessica at Reading With Jessica to do the Book Blogger Insider Tag!  Make sure you check out her answers and her blog too! ❤

1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun!

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

On my lap top, usually either in bed or in my living room.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review? 

Probably between 30-60 minutes depending on the book.  Some books are easy to gush/complain about.  It’s the middle grounders that take a little more thought.

3. When did you start your book blog? 

April 2017- I was feeling in a bit of a rut during audition season in NYC, and I needed a creative outlet other than theatre to put some positive energy and thought into.

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion? 

Feeling pressured to read certain books that have a lot of hype, even though they don’t appeal to me at all.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion? 

The book blogging community is incredible.  I love seeing what every one says and thinks, and I have discovered so many books that I never would have known about without blogging.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far? 

My 2017 Bookish Overview.  2017 was my first year of blogging, and I had so much fun looking over the whole year and everything I accomplished.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write? 

I love doing my monthly Broadway Book Chat.  It’s always fun to see what my friends are reading and get some insight into their show shenanigans.  I also really do enjoy writing book reviews.

8. When do you typically write? 

I’m all over the place.  Lately since I’m doing a show, I write at night in bed, but usually it’s just whenever I can find some time to sit down and focus.

9. Do you review every book you read? 

No.  I got to a point where I just wanted to be able to enjoy reading for the sake of reading, so I only review books where I feel like I actually have something to say.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby? 

I almost always have coffee or tea (usually coffee) with me while I write, and when I’m home in NYC, I usually have my roommate next to me to bounce ideas off of and to tell me when I sound stupid.  Thanks Joey ❤

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book? 

It depends.  I usually let my thoughts marinate a bit before writing a review.  There have been a few times where I hastily review something and then after thinking about it change my mind.  I try to keep a good log of notes while reading so that I have things to look back on when I decide to write the reviews.

12. How often do you post? 

Since this past December, I post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  I found it was a lot harder to stick to my schedule when I started working on another show, but I was able to do it with the exception of one missed Saturday (that I still feel guilty about).


Audio Killed the Bookmark

The Blue Green Reader

The Green Eyed Reader

Loose Leaf Book Reviews

Hawthorn Book Reviews


Currently Reading Tag

I saw The Currently Reading Tag on Boston Book Reader’s blog, and it looked like fun.  I love seeing other people’s reading habits!

How many books do you usually read at once?

I’ve been trying to stick to one at a time, but I’m usually always reading Harry Potter in addition to my current read…

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I’m such a mood reader, so whatever I feel like reading at a certain time.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Only if I lose my current one.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Either in my backpack/purse or next to my bed.

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

During my commute on the subway.  I’m on the train for AT LEAST 2 hours every day, if not more.  Otherwise I read at night in the bath tub.

How long do you typically read in one sitting?

It changes.  I would say typically about an hour.

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Mostly off, especially since I read in the bath tub a lot.

What position do you mainly use to read?

I am constantly moving to get comfortable.

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

Yes.  I never leave home without a book.

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

Pretty much after every reading session.  I’m kind of hooked on it.

I tag anyone who hasn’t already done this tag 🙂


Superlatives Book Tag

I have always loved Superlatives.  My senior year in high school, I was so excited to for vote for them for the year book.  I even won Most Likely to be Famous, which was really exciting 🙂 When I saw this Tag on Passionately Perusing, I knew I wanted to do it, and when I saw that she had tagged me, I was pumped! She has some really great answers too, so make sure you check out her blog!

Most likely to be in the movies: The book that would make the best movie:


This book is already so cinematic, and I would LOVE to see it on screen.  I feel like it’s only a matter of time…

Biggest Drama King/Queen: The most overly dramatic book or character:


Scarlett O’Hara.  I live for her.

Best Dressed: Book with the best cover:


I just love how simply beautiful and effective this cover is.  It also does a really good job of representing the story.

Most Creative: The book with the most unique plot, characters, and structure:


This book is just insanely brilliant.  I have never read anything like it.

Most Popular: The book with the most ratings on my Goodreads:


This actually surprised me.  I expected a classic, or Harry Potter.

Most likely to Succeed: The book that is going to be appreciated for many years to come:


It’s just the best.

Class Clown: The book that made you laugh out loud:


The language in this book is just hilarious.  I loved the characters and the plot so much.

Most Improved: The book that started off slow, but really picked up:


This book is one of my faves, but if my mom hadn’t told me to push through the first 100 pages, I probably would have given up… that beginning is SLOW.

The Cutest Couple: The cutest couple in a book:


Franny and Haylin from Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman are my favorite couple at the moment.

Biggest Heart Breaker: The book that broke your heart:


Sobbing, disgusting mess.

I tag anyone who loves Superlatives like me 🙂


The #NotAll Book Tag



The fabulous Orangutan Librarian tagged me in the #NotAll Book Tag that she created, celebrating the exceptions to the rule, and I had SO much fun doing it. ❤

#NotAll Cover Changes– a cover change you actually liked

I honestly would not have picked up the first book cover off the shelf.  I think it played a major factor in why it has taken me so long to read it.

#NotAll Adaptations– an adaptation you love more than the book


I was OBSESSED with this tv show.  I read the first book, liked it, but never continued on reading the rest, but I was hooked from day one with the show.  I still can’t believe it was cancelled and left us with such a big cliff hanger! BRING IT BACK!

#NotAllTropes– a trope you’ll never tire of seeing

I love me a good love triangle.  I don’t care what anyone says.  Even the bad ones.

#NotAllInstalove– you instaloved this couple


Lina and Ren from Love & Gelato.  This relationship was just so cute, and even though they technically only knew each other for a couple days, their relationship still had a nice arc and felt believable.

#NotAllLoveTriangles– an example of a love triangle done well


I adored this book.  It was a different perspective than we’re used to seeing in a love triangle and gave it a good twist.  I also sympathized with every member of this triangle.

#NotAllParents–bookish parents that, you know, PARENT!


#NotAllVillains– a villain you love

Lucius Malfoy. I love him. Also Gaston. I have a type.

#NotAllChosenOnes– a chosen one you can get behind

Harry Potter. My one and only.

#NotAllHypedBooks– a book that lived up to the acclaim


I’m obsessed. I literally cannot stop reading.  My book is open next to me as we speak.

#NotAll*Insert Favorite Genre Here*– a book you’re not keen on from your favorite genre


This book had all the ingredients to be great, and unfortunately just fell short.

#NotAll*Insert Least Favorite Genre Here*– a book you liked from a genre you don’t often read


This was so different from anything I normally read, and it is to this day one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.


I tag Brilliant Book Review, Bionic Book Worm,  That Book Gal 🙂


Cake Book Tag

Happy Thursday my fellow bookworms! I was tagged in this Cake Book Tag by the lovely Elise @Roaming Reader, and after binge watching The Great British Baking Show, I was definitely in the mood for some cake!

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I don’t really read a lot of dark books, so I’m gonna say Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.  The concept captivated me completely, and I loved the characters.

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I feel like I have been using this one a lot lately, but I still am surprised by how much I liked it, and how warm and fuzzy it made me.

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I still don’t know how I feel about this.  On the one hand, I love it because it’s more Harry Potter and I actually liked the plot.  On the other hand, I didn’t love the dialogue, and I thought the plot was a little too ambitious for the medium.  I’ve heard it is AMAZING on stage, and I still cannot wait to see it, but I definitely have both strong positive and negative thoughts about this one.

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This is always the first book I tell anyone who asks me for a recommendation to read.  It has yet to be beaten among my favorite books.

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I got about half way through this beast, and just couldn’t get back into it.  There were some really beautiful passages in it, but overall it was a bit too slow to hold my attention.

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I just finished this one, and I still can’t get over it.  If you haven’t read it yet, you gotta get on it fast.

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I tag anyone who loves The Great British Baking Show as much as I do!



This is My Truth Now Tag

Thanks to Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl I was tagged to answer these crazy fun questions in the ThisIsMyTruthNow tag created by Jay!  In addition to all the bookish things, Abbey has a section of recipes that all sound amazing!  Check them both out and give them some love! ❤


  • Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words (without quotes) “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  • Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.
  • Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include their responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  • Include a link to my(Jay’s) original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. Link to cut/paste is: ThisIsMyTruthNow
  • Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  • Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something. OR Complete the Dare at the end.
  • Be sure to copy/paste the “Truth or Dare” section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge — so you better carefully read it!
  • If you’ve haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.


This is My Truth Now

1. You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author, but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why:

I would definitely take the chance to spend time with my favorite author.  My friends know me, and would understand how important that would be to me.  Sounds like the best birthday present ever to me!

2. You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

Jamie Fraser from Outlander, and absolutely.

3. If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

Kvothe from Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  I just think it would be really cool and bad-ass for that character to be a woman, and I would like to see how it would influence the circumstances of the series.

4. What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

The Orangutan Librarian. This monkey has posts that are very insightful, but also hilarious.  I always look forward to reading their stuff.  There is always a comment back and I admire the involvement in the bookish community.

5. If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?

Harry going after Sirius in Order of the Phoenix.  I get it, but I really don’t think he had to die, and if Harry had just listened for once it probably could have been avoided.

6. If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

Buffy Summers and Eric Northman (Book Eric, not TV Eric).  I feel like Eric is a perfect mix of Angel and Spike, and he would be perfect for Buffy.

7. It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.

I would go into the Harry Potter universe and let Ms. Rowling do with me as she pleases.

8. If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it? If so, explain the who and why.

I don’t really feel that strong of a connection with literary pets, and I know my friends would be ugly crying without their pets, so I wouldn’t do it.

9. If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why? 

I am fortunate enough to have so many amazing people in my life, and I really value all of my relationships, so I wouldn’t replace anyone.

10. Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

11. Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

Harry Potter is hunting horcruxes and needs a safe house. I got you.

12. What is one superpower/magic skill that a favorite character of your has that you wish you had as well? What character, what power/skill and why?(you can change this question when added to your blog, but please let me know your answer to this question in the comments below)

Besides just wanting to be a Wizard, I think having Nanny from Glass Sword’s power to change her physical form would be so cool and useful.


If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses.

You must finish a series you are in the middle of before you can start anything else.  If you’re not currently in a series, you must start and finish a trilogy before reading anything else.

I tag:

Amanda @Peaks and Pages

Nina @NinasBookTalk

The Nerd @Nerd Narration

Amberry Books

Amanda @The Lexington Bookie

and anyone else who wants to play! Consider yourselves tagged! 🙂

Alright people! Let’s see your truths!



Harry Potter Spells Tag

I am always excited for anything Harry Potter related, so when Danielle at The Introverted Book Nerd tagged me in the Harry Potter Spells Book Tag, I geeked out.  This tag and the graphics were created by Kimberlyfaye Reads, and I must say that these questions are fun.  I am going to do my best to not answer every one with Harry Potter, but I make no promises.


An upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now!


I love everything Kristin Hannah writes, and I am excited for this next release on sale Feb. 6th!


Favorite series starter.


I already failed in not answering Harry Potter, but come on.  There’s nothing better.


Cheering Charm

A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies.


I loved this book so much more than I expected to.  It just made my heart happy.


A book that made you ugly cry.


Like uncontrollable sobs.

Expecto Patronum

Bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life.

Kvothe from Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself.


I really wanted to hold out until I read the book until I saw the movie….. But my friend’s wanted to watch it, so I gave in to peer pressure.


A book you wish you could make everyone read because you loved it so much.




A book or series you wish never ended.

Harry Potter…. Although we’re still getting some new things which is exciting.  And the Sookie Stackhouse books.

Wingardium Leviosa

A book with an uplifting ending or message.


This book is beautiful and all about the message.


A book you wish you could forget you ever read.



This book was miserable.  I’ve been told the TV show is better, but I don’t even care to watch it.


An author whose books always get you out of a slump.

Harry Potter for life slumps.  Anything Meg Cabot for reading slumps.

Jelly-Legs Jinx

A swoon-worthy hero or heroine.


Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Aresto Momentum

A book that caused you to stop doing all other things until you finished it.

10507293I was shamelessly addicted to this series.

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A book that was painful to read (for whatever reason) or broke you.


Kristin Hannah once again.  WW2 books are always hard for me to read.


A book that had you laughing out loud.


I just love her.


A book that made you want to send it (or your e-reader) flying.


I am still pissed about this ending.  I think I actually did throw my book.


Bookish world you wish you could visit.



A book with a shocking twist or ending.


I knew someone would die, but I was shocked.  Jaw on the floor.


A character death that destroyed you.

Fred Weasley.

Finite Incantatem

Best series conclusion.


I had a hard time picking a “BEST,” so here is one that I loved.  I remember being so mad when I started this, but it ended up being really touching and amazing.  It was a great way to end the series.

I tag Lena @The Printed Girl, Steph @ Lost: Purple Quill, Amberry Books, and anyone else who loves Harry Potter!


Fall For Books Tag

As my favorite season comes to an end, I figured it was the perfect time to do the Fall For Books Tag.  I was tagged by the lovely Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl!  I loved these questions and had so much fun answering them! Here we go!

One of the first books you fell in love with:


A book you knew you were going to love from the first page:


A book you didn’t think you’d love as much as you do:


The character who will always have a place in your heart:

Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Character you love on the page, but would never want to meet in real life:

Bellatrix Lestrange and Cersei Lannister

Literary couple you will ship until the day you die:

Ron and Hermione.  Sookie and Eric.

An author whose writing style you fell in love with:

Kate Morton, Kristin Hannah, Meg Cabot, Ken Follett

A book recommended to you by a friend/family member that you quickly fell for too:


Thanks Dad.

Piece of book-related merchandise that you had to own:

I have too much Harry Potter stuff.  Mugs, sweatshirts, jewelry, decorations… the list goes on.

I Tag:

Darque Dreamer Reads, 24hryabookblog, and Step Into A Book World


Halloween Book Tag


With Halloween celebrations in full swing, what better time to do the Halloween Book Tag! Thanks to my friend The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me to do this! 🙂  Here we go!

1. Carving pumpkins- What book would you want to carve up and light on fire?


This might possibly be the worst book I have ever read.

2. Trick or Treat- What character is a trick, what character is a treat?

I am currently obsessed with the Sookie Stackhouse books (and have been binge watching TrueBlood on HBO), so I have to say Bill Compton is the trick, and Eric Northman is the treat! #teameric


3. Candy Corn- What book is always sweet?


I gotta say Harry Potter.  It always makes my heart happy and my soul feel good.  It never gets old.  That’s as sweet as it gets.

4. Ghosts- What character would you love to visit you as a ghost?


Albus Dumbledore.  I feel like he’d have something very insightful to say for whatever situation is going on.

5. Dressing up in costume- What character would you want to be for a day?


Hmmmm… this is a tough one.  There are so many.  Right now, I’m gonna say Avery Fuller from The Thousandth Floor.  I would love to experience life on the top floor of The Tower.

6. Wizards and Witches- What is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

How am I supposed to pick just one!? Ahhhh. I also have different favorites from the books and the movies… OK.  One of my favorite book moments is “Not my daughter, you BITCH!” and one my favorite movie moments is “obviously…”

7. Blood and Gore- What book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for a while?


I don’t really read a lot of dark books, so my options for this question are limited. This one was a little too messed up for me.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

I tag BlondeVsBooks, The Revenant Reader, Dressed to Read, and anyone who wants some Halloween Fun 🙂


The Emperor’s New Clothes Tag


The fabulous Organgutan Librarian tagged me in her new Emperor’s New Clothes Tag, and I am excited to share my answers!  Here we go!

“Your majesty, this is a magic suit!”– An over-hyped book that promised to be *something more*:


I was so excited about this book, and I was very underwhelmed.  I still plan on continuing the series, but it keeps getting pushed farther down the TBR list. You can see my full review here.

“Somebody send for the queen!”– A love interest that wasn’t called for:


Quinn from The Sookie Stackhouse novels was pretty insignificant.  I liked him, but meh.  He was cut out of the Trueblood TV show for a reason.

“The doublet is a lovely shade of green”– A book that seduced you with its cover (that you ended up disliking):


Witches in France?! Count me in! Unfortunately, the story inside this beautiful cover did not live up to expectations

“Summon the court to convene”– A book where you were swayed by public opinion:


I read this book because everyone was talking and raving about it.  I thought it was pretty good, didn’t die for it, but I jumped on the band wagon anyway.  The second book though, made me obsessed.

“Look at the king! Look at the king, the king, the king!”– A stark raving mad book that just boggles the mind:


This book was crazy.  There was hardly any forward moving plot that made sense.  So boring.

“It’s altogether the very least the king has ever worn”– A tropey get-up you’ve seen before that probably needs redressing (AKA a trope you’re bored with seeing):


Enough said.

“Summon the court physician! Call an intermission!”– A book that needs medical attention (AKA a rewrite):


I LOVED the first two books in this trilogy, and I loved this one until the end.  WHO ENDS A TRILOGY LIKE THIS!? WHY!?

“It’s altogether the very least the king has ever worn”– There’s no hiding this one: A book that is just nakedly bad:


So bad.  How I got through this book I will never know.


I tag Three Cats and a Girl, Darque Dreamer, and coffeelovingbookoholic!