Posted in Book Tags, Reading List

Happy Bookish New Year Tag!

Here we are, down to the final bit of 2018, and what a year it’s been!  Starting this blog and joining a whole new community as The Biblio Blonde has easily been my biggest accomplishment of the year… and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!  So, let’s do a fun post to celebrate this fantastic year of books and look forward to the next one!


Happy Bookish New Year Tag 2019 The Biblio Blonde



I’ve created this Happy Bookish New Year Tag for us to look ahead to 2019, and kick off our year of reading the right way!  Come play along!  Here are the rules for this tag:

  • Introduce the tag, and use the square picture above somewhere in your post.
  • Using the questions, tell us all about the reading you have planned for 2019.
  • Link your post back to this post, and comment on my post below with your link.
  • Share your post and tag additional friends!



Ready to check out my year of reading?  Let’s get this party started!!





The last book you’re finishing in 2018?

I’m finishing up with One Day in December by Josie Silver.  Yes, I know, everyone else read this book much earlier in the year.  It kept getting pushed back on my list for some reason, but really, what better time to read this delightful story than… December??





Title you’re planning to read first in 2019?

I’m planning to kick off 2019 with Anne Bogel’s I’d Rather Be Reading.  This slim volume is another book I’ve had on my list for a while.  It seems like it would be a perfect option to begin a delightful and wonderous year of a life spent reading!



Books from your 2018 TBR list that you’re pushing to your 2019 list?

Oh, I’ve got a few of these.  Apparently I got sidetracked a lot this year.  (I am, after all, easily distracted by shiny… hey, what’s that?  Ha.)  A couple at the top of this category include Orwell’s Animal Farm and Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness.  (For the latter, I might want to first re-read the entire original All Souls Trilogy.  Talk about getting sidetracked.  Oh well.)






Genre you plan to read more of this year, or try for the first time?

I’d really like to read more classics in 2019.  Not a steady diet, as I feel like these need to be contemplated and savored.  But more.  One on my list is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I started it years ago and set it aside for some reason, so I’m trying again.

Also in the plan is to collect more beautiful classic literature editions.  I have quite of few of the Collectible Classic titles from Barnes & Noble so I’ll probably start there.  I’ve also been eyeing these rather pricey but beautiful Puffin Clothbound Classics, like this set by the Bronte sisters.  (And don’t forget the lovely Puffin Book to Table Classics I described in this post.)



Reading challenges you’re planning to complete?

I’m still mulling this one over a bit.  One that I’m definitely planning is the 2019 Challenge from Modern Mrs. Darcy, which is Anne Bogel’s blog and website.  I’ve already signed up for this challenge, which will send you information right now and occasionally throughout the year.

Also, I’m planning to join the Pingel Sisters as they kick off their new book club!  Not a reading challenge, exactly, but it’s nice to have a community of others to discuss the titles you’re reading.  They’re starting with The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, one that’s been on my TBR list for a while!





An author you’re looking forward to reading for the first time?

A few months ago, I purchased The Lying Game by Ruth Ware… and I still haven’t gotten to it.  (See: distraction, shiny objects.)  But I’ve heard so many good things about her books, and I’m determined to read at least the one sitting on my shelf!  Then I’m sure I’ll be ready for another trip to the bookstore.





If you could only read one book in the coming year, it would be…?

I’m going to go with… a book by the one and only Agatha Christie.  Mysteries are my thing, but somehow, I’ve never read anything by this legendary author, and it’s high time I experience it.  Thinking I’ll probably start with either And Then There Were None, or the beginning of the classic Miss Marple series, The Murder at the Vicarage.


Wow… I think I have a big year of reading ahead!  Which, really, is just fine by me.  I’m looking forward to immersing myself in these wonderful stories and lots of other great titles.

What about you?  I’d love to see the feast of books on your table for 2019!  Join me and post this tag for yourself… the rules and picture are back up at the top, and here’s a list of the questions to copy!  (I’ll tag some of you on Twitter!)

  • The last book you’re finishing in 2018?
  • Title you’re planning to read first in 2019?
  • Books from your 2018 TBR list that you’re pushing to your 2019 list?
  • Genre you plan to read more of this year, or try for the first time?
  • Reading challenges you’re planning to complete?
  • An author you’re looking forward to reading for the first time?
  • If you could only read one book in the coming year, it would be…?


Thanks again for a wonderful 2018… I’m so grateful for a solid start to my blog and for the new friends I’ve made along the way.  Happy reading, friends… and happy 2019!!


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Posted in Book Tags

Bookish Naughty-or-Nice Tag

Ho, ho, ho, bookish friends!  In addition to Santa’s list, did you know there’s a naughty or nice list just for book lovers?

Okay, not really.  But let’s pretend there is while I do this fun book tag created by book blogger Jenniely!

Here are the rules for this tag:

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Mark off the ones on this list you’ve done.
  • Tag more people!

If you’ve not been tagged, go ahead and do it anyway!  (I actually wasn’t tagged, but thought this looked like too much fun to pass up!!

So… have I been bookishly naughty or nice this year?  Let’s find out!


man in santa claus costume
Don’t give me that look, Santa.  It won’t be that bad!


Received an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) and not reviewed it  

Um, guilty.  Not very often… I think only a couple.  I really try to review all that I get to.  I am guilty of taking a lot longer than I anticipated in some cases.


Have less than 60% rating on NetGalley  

For those of you who aren’t book bloggers or haven’t discovered it, Net Galley is a website where you can request ARC’s in e-book form, from a variety of publishers.  The recommended ratio on this site of books reviewed to books requested is 80%.

When you’re first starting, it’s hard to get that ratio up!  So sure, when I started it was pretty low.  But even with several outstanding books to review, I’m at about 75% right now.  I’ll mark this one off anyway.


Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (but never did one)

Well, I don’t think I’ve done this one yet.  But it’s my first year blogging… give it time!


Folded down the page of a book   

Oh yeah.  I’m the monster that does this.  Not with every book… but in general, while I take good care of my books, they’re meant to be savored and devoured.


Maybe just a little…


Accidentally spilled on a book

Not to my recollection.  But my dog did chew up my Kindle once.  (True story.)


DNF (Did Not Finish) a book this year  

Yep.  And to be fair, I’ve probably done that many years.  I will press on with a book even if it’s not my perfect cup of tea, but life is too short to pour time into one that you’re just not enjoying even a little.


Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it   ✔

Sometimes, you just can’t resist a pretty face.  Or cover.


Read while you’re supposed to be doing something else  

Well… yeah.  Welcome to the life of a reader.  I mean if the choice is between reading and nearly anything else, that’s a no-brainer.




Skim read a book  

A couple of them.  Sometimes you’re pressed for time, sometimes the descriptions get a little long.  Usually it’s skimming a section instead of the whole book.


Completely missed your Goodreads goal

I haven’t actually done this one (though there may have been a year or two I adjusted my goal toward the end).  This year I’m on track but I need to stay strong through December.


Borrowed a book and not returned it

Nope.  I don’t tend to borrow or lend my books, so that keeps it easy.


Broke a book buying ban

Oh, gosh.  I haven’t bothered to implement book buying bans in a long time.  Talk about setting myself up for failure…. but wait, that means I’m not guilty of this one!


Started a review, left it for ages, then forgot what the book was about

I don’t think I’ve done this.  Again, new blogger here, so… check back next year!


Wrote in a book you were reading   ✔

I do this very occasionally.  Usually it’s a study or non-fiction book though, and it may include underlining passages.


Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Not in recent years.  Since I’ve been using Goodreads regularly, I’ve been pretty meticulous about including everything on the list.


Final Score:  Guilty of 8/15 items

Well… about half and half.  I guess it could be worse?

I’ll tag a few people on Twitter to do this tag… but even if I don’t tag you, please go ahead and do this, and link back so I can see your answers!  Thanks again to Jenniely for creating this fun end-of-year tag!

So, who’s on the naughty list this year? Well, the good news is… you’re not alone! Shall we try and do better next year?  In the meantime… happy reading!!


Here’s the list for you to copy and do yourself!

  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it  
  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley
  • Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
  • Folded down the page of a book
  • Accidentally spilled on a book
  • DNF a book this year
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)
  • Skim read a book
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it
  • Broke a book buying ban
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about
  • Wrote in a book you were reading
  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads



December on my blog will bring lots of fun content… I’m participating in #Blogmas which is a big deal in the blogging world, as well as Bookending Winter through Bookend Events.  Look for gift guides, Christmas book recommendations, holiday favorites, and more!


Posted in Book Tags, Reading List, WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday (10/24/18)

Hello, bookish friends!!  I’m trying something new today… I have been seeing this on several blogs I follow, so I wanted to throw my hat (er, books) into the ring!




This is called WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!

It’s a fun way to keep up with what everyone is reading.  To join me, read my answers, then answer the same questions about your reading in the comments below, as well as in the comments on Sam’s WWW Wednesday post!  Simply use these three questions:

  1.  What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you plan to read next?

Ready? Welcome to WWW Wednesday, The Biblio Blonde edition!

Well, it turns out I’m in cozy mystery mode this time of year, because all three of my books fit that category!


What are you currently reading?


I’m reading Ice Cream and Incidents, which is the latest installment of the Peridale Cafe Mysteries by Agatha Frost.  This is a fun series set in a little English village.  Our main character, baker extraordinaire and amateur sleuth Julia, leads a fun cast of characters on quite the series of adventures.  In this one, a sudden mystery vacation won at a raffle sounds like a great way for a relaxing time away from Peridale, but as soon as she arrives with her family, Julia finds herself caught up in yet another puzzling mystery, this time when a lighting rig falls on a star performer in a drag queen show.  Was it an accident?  Or will the secrets and motives among the group lead Julia to a more sinister answer?

If you want to try this series from the beginning, there is a *fantastic* deal right now on the set of the first 10 Peridale mysteries on Kindle… all ten for just 99 cents!!  (Or read it for free if you are a Kindle Unlimited member.)  If you’re a cozy mystery fan, how can you pass that up?!?


What did you recently finish reading?



I recently finished Premeditated Peppermint, which is the third book in Amanda Flower’s Amish Candy Shop mystery series.  I just did a full review of this great title, so if you want to know more about it, take a peek here:

Book Notes: “Premeditated Peppermint” by Amanda Flower


What do you plan to read next?



I have a book waiting on my Net Galley shelf by a new-to-me author!  Murder at Harbor Village is the first in a new series by G.P. Gardner.  Here’s the description:

Young retiree Cleo Mack is trading in academia for a second act in Harbor Village, a community for active seniors in coastal Alabama. But someone in this picture-perfect coastal town is burning the candle at both ends . . .  
It’s love at first sight when Cleo arrives in Fairhope, Alabama, after taking early retirement from her longtime position as professor of social work. Touted as “the nicest town in the world,” Fairhope is home to an eclectic community of retirees. Harbor Village boasts classes in painting, pottery, and photography, not to mention being a buyer’s market for husbands. It seems an ideal place to make new friends and rediscover life. Until a dead body is found in the pool.
When the victim turns out to be the unpopular director of senior living, Cleo is named acting director. Now she must rely on her well-honed people skills to uncover a killer in a place where short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, and age is just a number. And if Cleo keeps snooping around, her number may soon be up . . .


So there you have it… my WWW Wednesday list!  What have you been reading?  Be sure to leave me your list, or a link to your own WWW Wednesday post, in the comments below.  Happy reading!


(This post contains affiliate links, which allow me the opportunity to earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you.  Please see my policies for further information.)

And, thanks to Net Galley and the publishers for providing complimentary review copies of Premeditated Peppermint and Murder at Harbor Village.







Posted in Book Tags

The Versatile Blogger Award!

I’ve mentioned before how great the blogging and writing community is on Twitter.  It’s so supportive and people love to lift one another up and give shoutouts to others!

Well, this week, I received a great shoutout!  Joy over at The Joyous Living nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award! I love book tags like these… it’s so fun to find out more about each other!

versatile blogger award


Here are the rules for this award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and include a link to their blog.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate more bloggers that you follow for this award! (The original rules say 15 but I’ll do a shorter list!)


Thanks to Joy for the nomination… here’s a link to her Versatile Blogger post:


So… here are some fun facts about me:


~   I am *totally* a dog person.  I’ve always lived with a dog, and our current pup is a standard poodle.  I actually call him the not-so-standard poodle, because the boy is quirky!  He’s also pretty sure he’s second in command after dad, but he loves his mama a lot so that makes up for the 89% of the time he doesn’t really listen to me.


The sweet baby who currently runs our household!


~   Becoming a book blogger seemed like a really natural choice when I wanted to start a website, because I’ve *always* been a reader!  Does everyone remember living for the Scholastic Book fairs during elementary school?!? They still do them, if you’re out of the loop and wondering! (International friends, maybe that’s just a US thing?)

~   I never leave home without lip gloss, and whenever possible, I prefer it sparkly!!

~   Pizza is my favorite food.  Like, I’m not sure I’ve ever turned down pizza in my life, and I don’t foresee a time when that will happen.

~   Gilmore Girls is everything, and Lorelai is my spirit animal.  I didn’t watch the show while it was actually airing, but discovered it later on Netflix.  Now I’ve watched the entire series three times and counting!


Gilmore Girls Dramatic Lorelai
Since you asked, yes, I am Lorelai.


~   Word games and trivia games are my thing.  I love Words with Friends, Scrabble, Boggle, etc.  And no one in my house will play Trivial Pursuit with me anymore.  Apparently I “always win” and I’m “super competitive.”  Or something.

~   My favorite role in life, hands down, is being a mom.  I have a teenager now and he’s amazing.  But I do want to freeze time, because I’m told that eventually he’ll finish growing up and want to… LEAVE ME.  Sigh.  It’s fine.  I guess I’ll just get more dogs or something.  And maybe move in across the street from my kid and his family.  I mean, it worked on that TV show, right??  (I’m kidding, of course… probably…)


And finally… here are a few more bloggers I’d like to nominate to be next for the Versatile Blogger Award:


Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile

Cat @ The Bibliovert

Jessie @ One Lost Coin

Christine @ The Uncorked Librarian

Kristen @ Books.Faith.Love


Thanks to everyone for joining in… hope you enjoyed!  Don’t forget to take a peek at Joy’s blog and the blogs I nominated above.  Hope your weekend has been fabulous… happy reading, friends!