Bookaholics Anonymous Tag

It’s BOOK TAG DAY!!! 😀

Actually, I don’t have a day designated for book tags, but since today is Wednesday, which means it’s an easier day than Monday, I thought why not celebrate by doing a tag that I was tagged for years ago last year. My homie, da Orangutan Librarian, hooked me up.

I’d confess that I’m hooked on books, but we all know that. This is a blog about books after all, so I’ll just hop right into this tag.

What do you like about buying new books?

The rush. It’s a heady feeling. I always feel good after purchasing a new book and it’s a stronger feeling when it’s sent in the mail because it’s as if I’ve received a present, though it’s highly likely it’s not since no one in my family buys me books as presents. 😦 They only get me clothes. Ugh! As if I like those things.

— Well, I do, but only in the fall because blazers and boots! ❤

How often do you buy new books?

Well, it used to be almost every other week. That was back when I discovered booktube and couldn’t get enough of it. But I’ve slowed down a lot since then. Now I purchase a new book whenever I learn of something that really, really interests me and makes sense to buy, which doesn’t happen very often. These days I’ve gotten better at talking myself into visiting the library instead.

Bookstore or online book shopping – which do you prefer?

Bookstore.

I discover more new stuff that way. Plus, I love to browse and see what other people choose and touch the books and smell them and check out the displays and bother talk to folks about books when I can and just get lost among the shelves.

Do you have a favorite bookshop?

I did. It was a Barnes & Noble location in D.C. that has since closed. Now I prefer Kramerbooks and Afterwords in Dupont Circle because you can buy a book and get a drink afterwards because it has a bar.

Do you preorder books?

Not anymore because my reasoning is that if I preorder a book, I should receive it before everyone else. But whenever I do, my copy doesn’t arrive until a couple days after everyone can purchase it in store.

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

Yup!

Monitoring what I read and bought last year led me to make some changes, one of which is to set a $30 limit for books per month, except when I have coupons or see a really good deal. It has worked out well so far, though that could be because lately I can’t think of any book I really, really want and makes sense to buy.

Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

Well, I’ve tried it before but it doesn’t work for me. I either don’t stick to it or I go overboard once it’s over.

How big is your wishlist?

Erm, well… I don’t think it’s that big. My wishlist contains books that recently caught my interest and seem nice to buy, so it changes constantly. I also create Wishlists in several places so it’s kind of confusing to keep track of where they are and what I placed in them.

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

Let’s see, it would be these three, two of which are in my Book Depository cart, waiting for me to hit the magic button. I’m procrastinating.

We have here Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which I’m in the mood to read since the hype has died down; Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett because I was just introduced to Discworld through Equal Rites, which was fun, and I’d like to continue on the journey; and Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise by Gene Luen Yang, illus. by Gurihiru, because I’ve heard this edition, which continues the adventures after the show, is great.

Who do I tag?

Everyone 🙂

Weekend Reads #76: Tome Topple Readathon Wrap-up

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

For this weekend’s post, I’ll report on my progress for the Tome Topple Readathon, which was held August 4 – 17. The purpose of readathon is to encourage folks to read the longer books on their shelves, i.e. books over 500 pages. I decided to join the fun because this readathon is more than a week long and because I wanted to see if I could rise to the challenge.

I did. And it was a —

SUCCESS!! 😀

I am proud of myself for completing several tomes during this readathon and meeting most of the goals. (I celebrated by partying.) 😆

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Weekend Reads #75: My Poor Vocab

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to sit, think, and draft a Weekend Reads post, a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

This weekend’s topic is from one of Sara LeTourneau’s Weekly Writer Wisdom posts:

How do you encourage the expansion of your vocabulary and the maturation of your writing style? For example, do you look up definitions of words you’ve never heard of before? Or “collect” words by writing them in a journal? Do you use writing prompts or exercises as a means of stretching your “language muscles”? What other thoughts or ideas does this quote bring to mind?

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Days of the Week Book Tag

Hello everyone:

Life has been surprisingly busy lately. A whole week has passed since I last posted something or read someone’s blog post. My hope was that August would be a bit slower, allowing me to catch up on here, but that hasn’t happened. However reading-wise, all is good. I’m participating in Tome Topple, which is going on right now, and have completed 1 tome so far.

Since it’s been a while since I posted something, I’ve decided to do a book tag! My plan was to do the Days of the Week Book Tag that I found on a blog back in June, but it seems that the blog was deleted so I googled the tag and found various versions of it. So, in classic Zezee fashion, I shall do them all! 😆

Starting with this tag created by Tera at Adventures Between Pages:
Secret Book Sunday
What book or series do you secretly love that you don’t always tell people?

I don’t think I have any books for this. I talk about all the books I read on here and review everything as well. I guess the only thing that fits this is that I sometimes read funny adult-content webcomics, like Oglaf, which I never mention on here because I sometimes discuss kids books and putting those two together don’t fit.

Mash-up Monday
Which two books or series do you think would be cool if they were mashed up as one book or series?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

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Hogwarts Tag

Since yesterday’s tag eased my headache, I decided to do another Harry Potter-themed tag. I found this Hogwarts Tag over on Read All the Things. I do not know who the creator of it is.

Am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Considering how superstitious my family is and tendency to foretell events from their dreams (I’m not making this up, though I’m not sure if what my family members foretell always occur), I’d say I’m half-blood, but we’re super secretive about having magic because we mix so much with muggles.

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Harry Potter Tag | via Bookidote

I have a migraine and it seems that it’s here to stay for the week, which means I can hardly think straight so there won’t be any book reviews (as I’d planned but didn’t share on here) for some time. However, a painful head puts me in the mood for Harry Potter (not really but any excuse is welcome) so here’s a Harry Potter book tag.

The tag was created by Trang over at Bookidote and the graphics were created by her as well. The only rule for this is that we’re banned from using the Harry Potter books in the answers. Oh boy.

A book you found the theme interesting, but you’d like to rewrite it.

Gilded Cage by Vic James is a YA dystopian fantasy novel set in the present day where some people, called the Equals, have magical abilities and enslave those who lack them, the Commoners. The novel was published earlier this year and has received mixed reviews. Though I liked it as I read, the story suffered from several plot holes that made parts of it unbelievable. I don’t think I’d do a good job if I should rewrite it, but I do wish the story had a stronger foundation.

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Summer Reading Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, so since we are now boiling in the middle of summer, I thought why not do the Summer Reading Tag. The tag was created by booktuber Amy Jane Reads.

What three books do you want to read this summer?

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

The Iliad by Homer, trans. by Robert Fagles

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

I keep changing my mind about what I want to read next because I read according to my mood, but these three were on my summer TBR and I really would like to read or at least start them this summer. I would also like to sneak in one of Ann Brashares’s Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books, if I can. Those are perfect for the summer.

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