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!


Top 5 Books For Slytherin Souls

The Good: Clever. Ambitious. Resourceful. Loyal. Cunning.

The Bad: Possessing a bad reputation based on a few choice members never knowing the potential to do good. Read this myth-breaking article (Slytherins Aren’t So Bad!). We’re good. Honest!

If you follow Harry Potter’s world, Slytherin happens to be one of four houses. Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw exists as the other three. But, enough of them.

I’m a Slytherin without shame. There’s something awesome about seeing other people shiver (literally, lol) when you tell them what house Pottermore and other quizzes – many, many, many quizzes – place you. I’m proud of my house and I wear my badge with honor. Without those good qualities, I would not have attained my two degrees (Ravenclaws would snicker), my loving husband and children (Hush, Hufflepuffs!), and many of the courageous moves in my life (Don’t start, Gryffindors!).

I’m a good Slytherin. But, I do have my moments. When my family’s threatened or when my book order’s late, don’t test me. Enough said.

To keep like-minded Slytherins on the straight and narrow, I’ve composed a list of five books I’ve read that speaks to our hearts and souls. Fierce reads, indeed.

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Top 5 Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday! What are your plans today? Are you in the middle of a slump? I hope not. For some, summer poses a problem. We have more distractions with the sunny days, road trips, camp, and nights out wandering. We find reading difficult.

However, I vow to complete five bookish activities this summer to keep my reading mojo revved and to enjoy the warm sun.

  • Every Tuesday I participate in a meme called “Top Ten Tuesday” with The Broke and Bookish. But, since that site’s on vacation until mid-August, I will do a quick Top 5 on Tuesdays about literary topics. With the summer, sometimes you need a quick list to get through the day.

  • Wearing Bookish Items. Sue me. I disliked the concept of bookish shirts. Why spend $25 for a t-shirt about books instead of using that money for actual books? Ugh. #trialsofabookdragon I admit some t-shirts catch my eye, though. Okay. Okay. Snap me. I’ll rock a shirt or two this summer. Why not share your literary love on your body and not just your hands alone?

  • Visit either a new or favorite bookstore weekly. L.A. doesn’t suffer from a bookstore lack (Okay, maybe in the deserts). With the Metrolink and a lot of gas in a car, I have two transportation options to hightail my butt to a bookstore and explore. Will I buy? Maybe not. I have three book pre-orders coming through this summer. Budget’s tight. Maybe I’ll snatch a bookmark or two. Gotta support the stores, you know?

  • Listen to an audiobook. I’m a hybrid reader. Though I prefer printed books, I can’t lie. I use e-books every now and then (ARCs for the win!). Yet, I found myself sticking my nose at audiobooks. To me, listening did not equate to reading. I know. I know. Smugness never looks good, especially when my earliest memories of reading included someone else reading to me. I adored story time in school. What’s the difference now? Absolutely nothing. I’m a fool, and with Youtube providing some audiobooks (Does it still count?), I have no excuses.

  • Explore a former genre you liked. For me, I like what I like. Psychological thrillers. Some, not all young adult fiction. Contemporary reads.  I miss reading children’s books. Not quite a new genre, since I teach, but because I teach teens (My early teaching years found myself in kindergarten and first grade. I survived). Since my children are growing (One in college and one hitting the fifth grade), I don’t get to read them anymore. The summer’s a fine time to reconnect.

So, if you find yourself in a reading slump, or you wish to merge your reading love with creative activities to keep you busy, there’s plenty to do.

Don’t know how to start? Here are some sites to kickstart ideas.

Why are you still here? Get moving.

I’m Free, Ya’ll!

Broke my book buying ban.

A lasted less than a month. I’m weak. #firstworldproblems #booknerdproblems

I bought the following: Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself. – Goodreads

I’ve heard nothing but good from this book. I cannot wait.


Also, I’ve pre-ordered the following: Bad Romance

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director―anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness―and emerging into the light again. – Amazon

No shame.

I have a kid going to college.

I can do whatever the hell I want.

Have a Great Sunday!


Got a Ticket to Read?

I read for fun. I read for acquire knowledge and information. My husband calls me a walking Jeopardy game. Like every fangirl or fanboy, there are places and events I have to attend across the U.S. and beyond. Places, like The Strand NYCThe Charles Dickens Museum (London), Zora Neale Hurston’s grave (Florida), and Shakespeare and Company (Paris), inspiring me to move forward in my writing and reading quests, while pushing me to never settle in my love of words.

But, there are some literary fests and forums, book lovers and writers can attend, if their wallets and schedules permit. I always attend the Los Angeles Festival of Books, where I share a commune with other book nerds each April. Imagine a vast playground with author forums, book sales, artist booths, food, and music appealing to all of your senses within two days. You long for April to arrive each year.

Read on and see where you’ll travel next (NYC’s next on my reading itinerary).

Got a Ticket to Read?

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Ten Book Turn-offs

Every Tuesday I participate in a Top Ten Tuesday meme, selecting ten examples of whatever bookish (or non-bookish) topic out there.
For this week’s Top Ten, inspired by Broke and Bookish,  Top Ten Reasons to Not Buy a Book.
1. Insta-love. Meet Sue. Meet Bob. Strangers in the first chapter, they find they cannot live without each other by second chapter. Does anyone know people like them in real life? No. I thought so. However, authors and publishers believe these cliche needs to continue, especially in young adult fiction. Give the trope a rest. Trust me.
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2. Books over 400 pages. Time’s precious. Between raising two boys, sharing moments with my husband, working, and breathing, I prefer to use my time wisely. When I read, I don’t want to feel as if I’m trogging along. I want a good plot, great characters, and special dialogue within 400 pages. No more, but maybe less.

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