A to Z Book Tag

I saw this on Annemieke‘s (A Dance with Books) blog and rubbed my hands together to see what I could add to this interesting tag. Feel free to join!

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From

Toni Morrison. Courtney Summers. Jacqueline Woodson. Stephen King. Nella Larson. Danzy Senna. Nicola Yoon. V.C. Andrews (though technically a ghostwriter after awhile). Carolyn Keene (Some ghostwritten). Dorothy Parker. Kate Chopin. Shirley Jackson. (So many to list!)

Best Sequel

I don’t read enough series to give this one a fair assessment. I prefer standalones.

Current Read 

The Address              When We Were Worthy

Drink of Choice While Reading

Earl Grey…hot…or a cup of English Breakfast tea

E-reader or Physical Book 

While I’m partial to physical books, I tend to read arcs on my e-reader.

Fictional Character You Would Have Dated in High School 

Sherlock Holmes. I tended to date arrogant dudes then. #selfesteemforthewindecadeslater

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) Fantasy’s not my gig, but magical realism intrigues me. Go figure.

Important Moment in Reading Life

At ten, due to my constant trips to my neighborhood library (3x a week Pre-Internet/1980s), I earned my right to sign for an adult library card. My mother knew the library, so she gave her permission to issue me one. Having an adult card meant the library no longer confined my lending to the kids section and I could get up to twelve books (I carried grocery bags back home!), instead of six. While I had to be mindful of certain material (Erotica? Nope. YA? Sure, though it wasn’t called so then).

I felt older, smarter, and special than those with regular kids’ cards.

Just Finished

What We Lose

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

Most fantasy books, unless there’s magical realism involved. Not big on Science Fiction (except in movies) and romance either.

Longest Book You’ve Read

Websters’ Dictionary. Yes. One summer I read the entire dictionary. Remember, I grew up  during pre-Internet and pre-cable t.v. life.

Major Book Hangover Because Of

Death of a characters. Yet, I tend to not get book hangovers.

Number of Bookcases You Own

3 and piles upon piles upon piles of neatly stacked books in need of bookshelf lovin’.

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

Forever I discovered this book during the late 80s and haven’t stopped re-reading it since.

Preferred Place to Read

My bed! Comfy. Molded to my body. A nightstand with more books and the perfect spot for a tea mug. Lovely!

Quote that Gives You Life

“Maybe all women were shapeshifters, changing instantly depending on who was around.”
― Brit BennettThe Mothers

Reading Regret

Forty years on Earth and not keeping book records. So, when I come across a book I read, I do my best to remember how it made me feel and rate it.

Series You Have Started But Need to Finish

You’d think I would’ve finished The Hunger Games trilogy by now. I read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but not Mockingjay. Does watching the movie count?

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books

Forever     Bulletproof Diva  Their Eyes Were Watching God

Unapologetic Fangirl For

Jacqueline Woodson. Benedict Cumberbatch. His version of Sherlock (BBC). Zora Neale Hurston. Michael Jackson.

Very Excited For This Release


New People and Little & Lion

Worst Reading Habit

I don’t lend books to anyone, and I mean, anyone. Family and friends included.

X Marks the Spot–Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Dud Avocado

Your Latest Book Purchase

The Summer We Got Free

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

As a working mother and teacher, I require my sleep. I’m out at a reasonable hour.

Happy Tagging!



Goodreads Reading Challenge Progress Report



Okay, I’m late with this one. But, better late than never.

Each year, I participate in Goodreads annual reading challenge. I like to keep track of the various stories I read, pushing myself further into bookdom without care.

As of July 13th, I’ve read:

  • 97 out of 85 books (I give myself a small goal in case life happens). I’m at 114% over my goal.
  • 21,022 pages read
  • 4 audiobooks
  • 3.58 average rating
  • I’m a definite fiction reader. I should read a nonfictional book before the year’s finish.

…and maybe others to help your health…never mind

Do you participate? If so, what’s your goal? How are you doing? Finished?

Keep reading and stay strong during your challenge!



April Reading Wrap-Up 2017

Busy, busy, busy. My eyes work their damnedest each month. But, I’m better for doing so. For the month of April, I read 7 1/4 books, including one e-book, 7 printed books, and a DNF (Did Not Finish).

As I prefer printed books (hardcovers for the aesthetic and paperbacks for my budget), I sneak two e-books a month (normally). E-books do a number on my eyes. Rebel rose that I am, I fight through the pain because I cannot resist the good titles.

However, I only got one in this month (Bummer!): Behind Closed Doors (Hue’s Reviews: Behind Closed Doors). Rating 4.5 out of 5

As for my printed book selection, I managed 6 books (Yay!).

Wondering about the 1/4 book? Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon. Yeah, consider I banished the book from my list. I may return this summer because I want to believe the book shows promise. 

April’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

May, let’s get ready to rumble!

Happy Reading!