Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Habits

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday! Today is all about bookish habits, and I believe any and all readers have them. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

5. I smell my books.

I’m pretty sure everyone does this. (No? Am I weird?) There’s just something about physical books and smell, man. They smell like nostalgia and they just smell… nice. xD I don’t know how else I can really explain this one, but yes, I sniff my books.

4. I don’t let people borrow my books.

This isn’t really a habit, but I just hate letting other people take hold of my possessions. It’s a thing I’ve had for a long time ever since I let someone borrow a book and it came back to me with the cover completely ruined (and she tried to say I gave it to her like that when I KNOW it was in pristine condition). Ever since I don’t let people borrow my things unless I have 100% trust in them that they won’t somehow wreck them.

3. I start multiple books at a time.

I start reading multiple books at the same time sometimes. Even though I do this I can still separate the worlds from one another and enjoy each story individually rather than getting them confused.

2. I flip to the back and read the last paragraph or two of the book.

I do this before starting a book. I’ve been better lately and haven’t done it in a while, but I still just want to know the end so I’m not surprised. Is that bad?

1. I have to finish a chapter before I put the book down for the night.

When I’m reading a book it’s really hard for me to just put it down and pick it up later if I stop at a random place. I need to finish the chapter or a section before putting it down. It feels more completed that way and it’s easier for me to remember what I read last.

What are your top five bookish habits? Let me know!

Bookish Resolutions for 2015

Well, it’s that time of year again (or close enough to the time) when we make empty promises to make our lives better and do one amazing, incredible thing for the year to come. As much as I don’t like making resolutions, I figured I’d do some book related ones to not only share with you all, but to challenge myself to accomplish in the year to come.

I’m going to split this into two parts: one for general reading and one for my blog/vlog channel.

General Bookish Resolutions

  • I want to read at least three classics books in the upcoming year, if not more.
  • I want to read at least three to five books per month, if not more.
  • I want to accomplish my reading goal set on Goodreads for the year by the end of the year. Goal will be set to 30 books.
  • I want to attempt to get as many books off of my TBR as possible, therefore participating in the Project Five Books and the 0 by 16 challenge.
  • This is sort of bookish, but I want to revise my NaNoWriMo novel over the next several months and see about the possibility of getting it out there to the public.
    • This is related: participate in NaNoWriMo 2015.
    • This is also related: write/work on another story throughout the year.

Blog/Vlog Channel Resolutions

  • Do corresponding videos to blog topics, i.e. reviews, hauls, etc.
  • Participate in more discussions and create more discussion topics.
  • Tags are fun and should be shared, therefore… more tags!
  • Wrap-ups and TBRs will be shared as the months go by, so those are a given.
  • Hauls, of course. But only when I can afford it and when I’ve achieve the read 5, buy 1, OR if I have gift cards (from birthday or otherwise).
  • Maybe spiffy it up more and buy a domain? That’d be cool.
  • Start seeking ARCs (advanced reader copies) possibly? We’ll see how that goes.

Yup, so those are just some of the bookish related resolutions I have planned for the next year. Very broad and general, but I think that there’s still something to reach and achieve within them. I want to be faithful and stick to this and not give up on it like I thought I’d do, so yeah!

What are some of your bookish resolutions for 2015? Let me know in the comments!

All the Tags!

Because I failed to put these in my posts for my wrap-ups, here’s a collective tag post for the tags I did! These include tags from August to now, but won’t be including a few to come later in the month.

Would You Rather? BookTube Edition

Would you rather…

1. Read only trilogies or stand alones? Stand alones because then I’d be able to read more books and not have to wait for the next book to come out in a trilogy.
2. Read only female or male authors? I seem to lead toward a lot of female authors – not purposefully, but that just seems to be the majority of the books I own.
3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon? B&N because I enjoy walking in bookstores and looking around and taking my time. Picking up physical books and getting to really look at them is something you can’t get on Amazon.
4. All books become movies or t.v. shows? TV shows. Movies are too short and can’t get the full grasp and detail like a TV show can.
5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week? 5 books per week, duh.
6. Be a professional reviewer or author? Author. It’s something I’m working on now.
7. Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before? Read new ones I haven’t before. The old ones would get boring after time, even if they are my favorites.
8. Be a librarian or book seller? Librarian. It sounds a lot more interesting and a lot less stressful than being a bookseller.
9. Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite? Every genre except my favorite because I’ll be able to find romance anywhere!
10. Only read physical books or eBooks? Physical books because they’re better. Not that I don’t like e-books, I just like to hold books instead of a device.

Ice Cream Book Tag

1- Peanut Butter: a very long book series that you really want to read, but probably won’t and why; Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. I’ve outgrown vampires and all that, so I don’t know that I’d want to read them, but I might give them a chance… I don’t know.
2- Chocolate: a book you would read over and over and over and over again; Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. It gets better and better with each book.
3- Pistachio: a book with a green cover; A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
4- Strawberry: a book with the cutest romance; Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. The dynamic between the two grows over time and it’s a great romance because of it.
5- Lemon: a book with a sour ending; Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Need I say more?
6- Mint: a children’s book that you like; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
7- Vanilla: your favorite classic; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. It’s the only classic I’ve read that I’ve enjoyed thus far, so..yeah.
8- Whipped Cream: a very long book that you read really really fast. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith. I read all four of the books before doing a project, so.. yup.

Bookish Scenarios Book Tag

1. You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres – contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep? Contemporary: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; Fantasy: Sabriel by Garth Nix; Non-fiction: The Bible; genre of my choosing: Classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2. You’re at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don’t like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it? I’d have to learn what kinds of interest the kid has before recommending something, and then go from there.

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a great mood? Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas made me pretty happy. I vote that.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading? Lots and lots of manga.

5. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a long book and it sounds fantastic, so it would definitely keep me preoccupied.

6. Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe? All of them. My books are precious to me, so… all of them.

7. Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs? Pretend I haven’t noticed would be my choice out of these options, but in reality I’d be yelling at them and be very angry.

Reader Problems Tag

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?  I pick them up and put them down? I just choose which book I’m in the mood for and go with that.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed? I’m usually committed, but I can put a book down if it’s boring me to death.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how? Currently I am at 14/20 books read for my challenge, and even though I know I won’t be able to catch up, I’m still proud of what I got. So no, I’m not going to catch up. I’m just going to enjoy reading for the sake of reading.
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope? It doesn’t really matter unless the new designs are hella-ugly.
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? Find someone who shares the mutual feelings? Or go search the internet for like minded individuals and ask to spew my thoughts onto them and theirs onto me.
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal? Just go with it. If a book moves me that much, I’m not going to stop myself.
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!? Probably just start reading the sequel and hope my memory remembers some things, otherwise I’ll reread.
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask? Come up with any excuse or berate them with questions on how well they’ll keep my books since I’ve had books returned to me in the past in less than nice conditions.
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump? I either write or draw because usually it’s a sign that my creative juices aren’t pumping the way they’re supposed to.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy? Depends on if it’s a series or not and if I know I’ll actually be reading it next.
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them? A while… I have a lot to read on my shelf now thanks to BookTube.

So those are the tags I’ve done over the past several months. If you have a BookTube channel, feel free to do these tags, but if not, let me know some of your answers in the comments below. I’d love to hear them!

Accompanying videos: Would You Rather BookTube Edition // Ice Cream Book Tag // Bookish Scenarios Tag // Reader Problems Tag

A to Z Bookish Survey

This is a popular survey/tag going around the BookTube and book blog community, so I finally made my own! It was originally created by Perpetual Page Turner on her blog post here.

Pretty much this a survey with questions/statements beginning with the letter in which it corresponds, pretty straight forward.

A – Author you’ve read the most books from. As it stands right now: Stephenie Meyer and Veronica Roth. I’ve read four books from each of these authors.

BBest Sequel Ever I choose “Crown of Midnight” and “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas, each of which is a sequel to itself, respectively. The series just continues to get better and I definitely love both.

CCurrently Reading City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare. It’s a reread, but I’m marathoning the series, so… yeah.

DDrink of choice while reading Depends on my mood. It can be either milk, juice, water, tea… whatever I’m in the mood for.

EE-Reader or physical book? Physical books, for sure. I love the smell, the turn of the pages, the physical weight. It’s wonderful.

FFictional character most likely to have dated in high school I chose Simon from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He’s nerdy and funny and he just seems like someone I would have dated.

G Glad you gave this book a chance The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer. It’s a fantastic book that I picked up randomly when I was in middle school/early high school and I loved it. Highly recommend it.

HHidden gem book A Certain Slant of Light” by Laura Whitcomb. It’s a book I read for summer reading in high school, and usually those books are way boring, but this one was fun and exciting. Again, highly recommend it.

I Important moment in reading life I don’t really think I have an important moment as I’ve always loved reading. I’m really not sure what to say about this one, haha!

JJust finished City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare. It took me almost the full month to read this book, and I don’t know why. It really wasn’t even that bad.

KKind of books you don’t read Mystery, most non-fiction, horror…

LLongest book you’ve readBreaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer. It’s about 750+ pages, and it’s my longest read book to date.

MMajor book hangover because of… Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. ‘Nuff said.

NNumber of bookcases you own Three total in the apartment, but the largest is my personal one.

OOne book you’ve read multiple times Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read it four times, and I was working on a fifth when I stopped.

PPreferred place to read The couch is a nice place, or my desk.

QQuote that inspires/gives you the feels from a book It’s a quote from “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I’ll link it here.

RReading regret April Morning” by Howard Fast. Boring. So boring.

SSeries you started and need to finish (all the books are out) …Where do I even begin?

TThree of all time favorite books “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer, “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J Maas, and “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. Each are series/trilogies/sagas, so I loved all of the books in each.

UUnapologetic fangirl for “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J Maas. I love each book, and they just keep getting better and better.

VVery excited for this release more so than others The next book in the “Throne of Glass” series, which will be released next year around late August/early September.

W Worst bookish habit I like sticking books in my purse. They often fold as a result.

XX marks the spot: start at the top left and pick the 27th book on your shelf Crewel” by Gennifer Albin. Haven’t read this yet, but I will eventually.

YYour latest book purchase Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes, “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios, and “Snow Like Ashes” by Sarah Raasch.

ZZzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late) I’m really not sure about this because I try to go to bed at reasonable hours…

Accompanying video: A to Z Bookish Survey

So what about you? How would you answer these survey questions? Let me know in the comments below or link your own blog post in the comments with this survey!