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!!

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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??

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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.)

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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!

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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