TAG: Summer Book Tag

I was tagged this week by sister book blogger Alex@coffeelovingbookoholic for the Summer Book Tag. I’d like to thank her for nominating me! As I’ve said before, please check out her blog as she has tons of content including awards, challenges, book reviews and more! I’ve never done this tag and it looks like fun so let’s get started!

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What book cover makes you think of summer?

It Starts With L by Cassandra Fear

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Much of the plot was in summer and just look at the cover!


What book has brightened your day?

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

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Jim Gaffigan makes me laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. I love his books and stand up shows. Much of what he talks about resonates with me.


Find a book cover with yellow on it.

Barkley Five Oh

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This is a short story by Logan Keys about a robot’s journey. You just have to read it…


What is your favorite summer beach read?

The Wing Man by Natasha Anders

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Yup. A fairly steamy romance that I enjoyed.


What action book had you running for the ice cream man?

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

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Another favorite by Jodi Picoult. This one I devoured and couldn’t put down…


(Sunburn) What book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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I loved this book, but painful end. Period.


(Sunset) what book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended? 

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

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I enjoyed the ending with this one. I loved reading about May’s journey throughout the book and I was elated with the ending…


What book cover reminds you of a sunset?

Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult

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This book is so twisty and even hard to read at times. It’s one of my cherished books by Jodi Picoult despite the content. She’s definitely a favorite author.


What is one book or series you hope to read this summer?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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We read the children’s book this summer and I just purchased this a few weeks ago. I’m hoping to buddy read it with my oldest daughter…

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Tag: What Makes You Happy Tag

I was recently tagged by two very awesome blogging friends Noriko@bookfiendsite and Claire@brizzleassbooks for the What Makes You Happy Tag. I’d like to thank both of these beautiful ladies for tagging me. They both have wonderful blogs so please check them out if you haven’t already. I feel lucky to know them both.

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I was super excited to get tagged for this because I’ve been seeing it around and it looks really fun.

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Let’s get started!


List 5 Things That Make You Happy:

  1. Family: My kids are like sunshine to me and brighten my days like nothing else. They consistently make me laugh, surprise me with new and amazing things, and make my life complete. My husband and my mom are my best friends and I’m lucky to have them as well.
  2. Music: I think many people relate to music in some way, but for me, music is a lifeline. Is it crazy to say that I wouldn’t exist without music? Music has made me who I am. It’s a part of me that cannot be taken away and integral to my existence. It’s motivating, mood-lifting, healing and nostalgic at times. I simply can’t say enough about it…
  3. Reading: I haven’t always loved learning, but I always loved to read and appreciate learning all that I can now. Reading soothes me, relaxes my body, stimulates my mind, and takes me places. Traveling through time, imaging life in someone else’s shoes, learning, escaping and enhancing my mood are all some of the reasons why I love reading.
  4. Having my health: I’ve said before how important it is to have your health, because if you don’t, you can’t live a very happy life. This is true for me and I appreciate the fact that I’m in control of my health. When I’m healthy, I’m happy and I can live my life fully.
  5. Freedom: I feel really lucky to have my freedom. I appreciate that I have the freedom to do what I want to do and it makes me very happy to have a choice to read what I want, eat what I want, sleep when I want, and pretty much be myself. I think these are things that we easily take for granted.
  6. Bonus! My Pups! 

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List 5 Songs That Make You Happy

Like Claire mentioned, this is a hard one. A lot of my music is also depressing, but surprisingly makes me happy. It’s way too hard to pick just 5, so I decided to pick songs that REALLY lift my mood and make me want to dance around the place…

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INXS – Need You Tonight

It’s sad that Michael Hutchence took his own life because his music was some of the best. He was an amazing person and I wish he could’ve received the help he needed.  I loved nearly every song they came out with and never get tired of listening to this song.

Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance

This one reminds me of when I was just a wee little one sitting in front of MTV. I loved this video so much and can remember skipping around to it. It’s songs like this that influenced my love for music in the first place…

Far East Movement – Like A G6

I don’t know what to say about this song, but it really gets me moving. It reminds me of New Year’s Eve…

Lorde – Tennis Court

Love the beat and lyrics…

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know – Radio Mix

I love this song, but the radio edit was probably the best version for me. I love the rhythm of it…

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TAG: The How I Choose My Books Tag

I found this tag over at coffeelovingbookoholic.com and thought I’d give it a try! If you haven’t checked out this blog yet, please do. There’s a lot to read including book reviews, awards, tags, top books, wrap-ups and more!

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This tag was originally created by the bookish underdog. Please also check out this blog if you haven’t already…


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1. Find a book on your shelves with a blue cover. What made you pick up the book in the first place?

Wintersong

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I really loved this book and the cover has to be one of my favorites. The cover baited me from the moment I saw it, but the fact that it was a Labyrinth retelling is what sold me.


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

Our Guys

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I had to read this for a college sociology class and given the content, I didn’t think I would like it. It was actually really good and I couldn’t wait to get to the end to discover what was going to happen. It’s hard to believe, but it’s a true story.


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

Half Broke Horses

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I picked this up from a book sale for .50 cents along with The Glass Castle. It sounded interesting and I plan to read it this year. I still have to read The Glass Castle too which is now a movie!


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

A Monster Calls

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Wow, when I first read this, I was so emotional. It wasn’t what I expected, but I still rated it 4 stars because it was good. I went back and read it all over again a few months later and ended up giving it a higher rating because I felt that the book deserved 5 stars. I personally just had a hard time with some of the events in the book.

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TAG: The TBR Tag

I’ve been seeing this tag a lot lately, but recently read about it at Nel’s wonderful blog@ ReactionaryTales.com. Please visit Nel’s blog if you haven’t already. She’s a great friend to have with a blog full of interesting content!

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Questions:

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I don’t. I consistently add to my TBR and don’t worry about it.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

It’s mixed, but mostly print. I don’t really pay attention to editions and formats. If I see a book I want to read, I just click it.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I don’t. I have so many books lined up that I rarely visit my TBR. I just read what I know is next in line with some occasional change ups.

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A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.

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I believe it’s Jamie McGuire’s Red Hill #1. I joined GR in 2008, but didn’t add books to my TBR until roughly 2013.


A book that you recently added to your TBR.

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The Collector by John Fowles. It sounds pretty dark and it’s been awhile since I’ve read something like this.


A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

The entire Splintered Series by A.G. Howard.

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I do plan to read them. 🙂


A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading.

Brand VS Wild by Johnathan Lewis

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I’m not a business woman or involved in business in general. I’m not sure why I added this one, but it’s not one that I would rush to read and probably won’t read at all. No offense to the author! I’m sure it’s a great book.


An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer

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I just found this at Donna’s blog @ Bookdragongirl.com! Excited. 🙂


A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you.

The Hobbit, but I’m reading it with my 9-year-old right now. Does that count? 😉

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TAG: Get To Know Me

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I’m going crazy with tags here lately. I mean, there are so many awesome tags! I found this one at this-is-my-truth-now. I love this blog. James has everything you could want in a blog and it’s organized and easy to navigate. From book reviews to a thought-provoking 365 day challenge. Be sure to check it out. New content daily!

VITAL STATS:

Name: Mischenko

Nicknames: A nickname from school was Jade because I had this jade stone necklace that I used to wear all the time.

Birthday: September! My FAVORITE time of year due to fall.

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Star Sign: Libra

Occupation: Self-employed.

 

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TAG: Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

I would like to thank James@this-is-my-truth-now and Nel@reactionarytales for nominating me for an awesome tag! If you haven’t checked out these blogs yet, be sure to stop by. There’s new content daily and I enjoy communicating with both of them.

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The Rules:

  • Link back to BookBum’s original post, so she can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, she won’t get a notification if not!)
  • Thank the person who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!

 

The Premise:

You are cast away onto a remote desert island:

  • You can bring 5 albums – what are they?
  • You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/ other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?

 

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TAG: Who I Am

I’m not sure who created this tag, but I found this over at Icebreaker694’s blog and instantly fell in love with it. If you haven’t been to this blog yet, check it out. There are YA book reviews, comics, anime posts, manga reviews and more! Don’t miss it. 🙂

This tag requires doing some fun online quizzes which will help yourself and others learn some of your traits. I learned a lot about myself answering some of these questions. I didn’t know most of these quizzes existed!


What Is the Meaning of My Name?

So, on WordPress and Goodreads I use the name Mischenko because it’s my family’s last name. I’m Russian from my grandmother’s side and the name is special to me. It doesn’t really have a meaning, but to me, the name = family. 🙂

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What is my Myer-Briggs personality type? (Link)

 

LOGICIAN PERSONALITY (INTP, -A/-T)

I did a post on this a while ago with my results after I learned about it from a friend on Goodreads. Have you guys done this yet? It’s so fun. Here’s my original post.

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The Logician personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”.
Role =ANALYST
Strategy = CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT
Individual Traits:

-INTROVERTED – 83%

-INTUITIVE – 71%

-THINKING – 60%

-PROSPECTING – 66%

-TURBULENT – 97%

 

Other Logicians include: Bill Gates, Kristin Stewart, Albert Einstein, and Issac Newton.

This personality test is very accurate for me. How about you?

 

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Book Tag: The Ultimate Book Tag

I found this awesome tag over at bookswithbite.net and couldn’t resist. I wasn’t tagged for this, but it looked so fun! This book tag is called The Ultimate Book Tag and it was created by the ladies at Chapter Chicks. Please check them out!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yes! I get so sick in the car whether I’m reading or not. It’s horrible, so most times I just listen to an audiobook or music.

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2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

J.R.R. Tolkien. The prose is elegant and I love that his books can appeal to children and adults. I’m reading The Hobbit right now with my 9 year old son and we are both captivated. I love that even after seeing the movies, my son is totally enthralled by the book. We’re singing the songs right along with the dwarves. It’s the best experience I’ve had in a while.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Twilight Saga for sure.

  • Family Bonds
  • Vampires
  • The beautiful setting in Northwestern America.

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4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

Sometimes I do. When I do it holds everything else I need, including my cell phone and wallet, etc.

5. Do you smell your books?

Sometimes. I buy a lot of vintage books and there are times when they smell so strong you can’t help but smell them.

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6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I love illustrations and tend to appreciate aesthetics, so I’ll say illustrations are always welcome. I’m a visual learner as well. Illustrations can be so important too! When reading Renee Paule’s book Just Around the Bend, the illustrations were so powerful and said a lot by themselves.

 

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Rapid Fire Book Tag!

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I wasn’t tagged for this, but found this one at https://fandomlybookish.wordpress.com/ and had to do it! I’d like to thank her for bringing this one to my attention. Please check out her blog for book reviews, blog tours & more if you haven’t yet. Here’s her TAG.

This one is the Rapid Fire Book Tag and I guess it was originally made by GirlReading over Youtube, so be sure to stop by and check her out HERE.

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TAG: The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I was tagged yesterday by James from this-is-my-truth-now to do the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag. I’d like to say thanks to James for tagging me! Also, please check out his blog if you haven’t already. James puts a lot of work into his blog, so plan to get stuck there for some time because he has loads of content! Lots of fun. 😉

James was originally tagged by meltingpotsandothercalamities. Please check out this blog too. You can view the original TAG here as well.

This is my first tag and I’m going to give it my best shot!


TAG:

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE:

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I sort of consider myself a ‘high’ rater, so this one is a little difficult. In a way I feel like it takes a lot for me to dislike a book. I’ll cheat a little bit and chose a book by Allen Eskins titled The Heavens May Fall. I rated this one a generous 3 stars, but I really didn’t like it that much. It was written well, but I went in with high expectations and they weren’t met. The story had some twists, but just didn’t captivate me. I had just finished The Life We Bury and loved it-maybe this is why. Most of my friends rated The Heavens May Fall 4 and 5 stars…


A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE:

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I’m going with the Twilight Saga! I absolutely loved this series and I have friends who rated it 1 and 2 stars. My family actually calls it cheesearific because they think the story and the acting is totally cheesy. I have the “Twilight Forever” DVD set and watch it often. One of my friends actually labeled the books ‘trash.’ Huh?

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AN OTP (One True Pairing) THAT YOU DON’T LIKE:

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I may be cheating here, but I have to go with Kellen and Wavy from All The Ugly and Wonderful Things. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this book, but this relationship was so difficult for me because of the age difference. 26 to 13… Even though Wavy wasn’t your typical 13 year old, it made it difficult at times because the relationship started before that…


A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR:

Sci-Fi!

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I have to admit that I’ve hardly read any books in this genre, but I’m reading Cyborg  this year if it’s the last thing I do!

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A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE:

-Gaston from Beauty and the Beast-

Well, Gaston may not be beloved, but Beauty and the Beast is a popular tale that later includes Gaston’s vain and arrogant character. Gaston wasn’t in the very first Beauty and the Beast book, but arrives in subsequent versions. Here’s one I read recently that includes Gaston.

He’s extremely annoying because he thinks he’s the most wonderful person on the planet. Not only that, he doesn’t think reading is important. Forget that!

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A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO:

-James Patterson-

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Let’s talk about this author for a minute. He’s written over 100 books, right? I can’t even count on one hand how many books he’s written that have been made into movies or TV specials. I will say that I read one of them, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas. It had me in tears for days. I haven’t forgotten that book, but I can’t seem to get into any of his others.

I haven’t given up on him and plan to read some of his books in the future…


A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING:

-Love cures all-

I can’t stand it anymore. It’s so unrealistic when it comes to people who have serious mental disorders. They meet someone new and fall in love, and then they are miraculously cured! Seriously?

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