March 22, 2022
Meet the Blogger Book Tag
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Between the dire and heartbreaking news from Ukraine and concerns about my 6 week old granddaughter who is in the hospital with RSV (she’s doing better today!), my reading/reviewing/posting mojo has suffered. So, I think a change-of-pace book tag might be needed!
A huge thank you to Esther @ Cozy With Books for tagging me in this!
Shoutout to Bibliomavens as the creator behind the Meet The Blogger Book Tag!
If you enjoy this tag, feel free to join in and definitely check out Esther’s blog too
- Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.
- Use the same questions from the tag.
- Tag the original creator (Bibliomavens) and the blogger who tagged you (Thanks, Esther!)
Who is your all-time favorite book character?
The first book characters I remember loving include Jo from Little Women, Scarlett from Gone With the Wind, and Nancy from Nancy Drew.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books do not count)
In addition to the Bible, I would take a book on my lifetime favs list that I might I enjoy rereading or perhaps a classic that I’ve never read. How could you choose just one? Hopefully, I’d be able to take a solar powered kindle so that I’d have all my favorite books with me! I realize this is a non answer but it’s a difficult question for a lover of books who has soooo many favorites!
What’s your most unpopular book opinion?
I have a few, but probably the most unpopular is that I will DNF a book that has excessive profanity. I think it’s lazy writing. A writer wouldn’t overuse another word like he/she would overuse profanity. As a Christian, religious profanity is especially offensive. When I’ve noted excessive profanity in my reviews, I often have readers comment that they never noticed the profanity. I guess if this is a part of your every day vocabulary, you wouldn’t find it offensive or even notice. Check out Ten Bookish Pet Peeves for more book opinions.
What’s your weirdest bookish habit?
I don’t think it’s too weird, but I am a die hard read-a-series-in-order reader. The summer that Louise Penny first appeared on my radar, I binge read nine books in the series to be ready for the new fall installment.
What character would you bring to a family event as your fake partner?
I wouldn’t mind being accompanied by Chief Inspector Armand Gamache from the Three Pines series by Louise Penny. Gamache is well read, charming, wise, kind, and intelligent.
What made you decide to start a book blog?
I started my book blog the afternoon I arrived home from retiring from my teaching profession. I’ve always loved to read and creating life-long readers was a special joy in my teaching career. I knew I would need something in my life as consuming and as meaningful as teaching….especially during my transition to retirement. I remember driving home from school that day in tears and creating a WordPress account within minutes of walking in the door.
What about reading and books do you love the most?
So much to love! I love the world of literature and connecting with characters and themes, being transported to different locations and cultures, gaining understanding and compassion through reading about people different from me, and experiencing life from a different perspective. I love reading about real life people living their unique lives and rising above challenges and obstacles. As a life-long learner, I love learning something new.
What is your field of study/desired profession/current profession?
I’m currently retired from the teaching profession. I taught for seventeen years. Before that I worked as a graphic designer. I have degrees in graphic design and education along with my multiple-subject teaching credential. When I was young, I dreamed of owning a bookstore (obviously!) Currently, I read like it’s my job!
What are some book recommendations that became your favorite/obsessions?
I have so many favorites that have been recommended by friends and fellow readers and bloggers. I wouldn’t know where to start! I’m obsessed with book after book after book! Watch for my “best of” posts including these recent ones: Most Memorable Reads of 2021, Best of the Best 2015-2021, Ten Favorite Historical Fiction Reads of the Decade.
What is the book you shove down everyone’s throat?
I’m always trying to shove a book down a throat! I can turn any conversation into one about books and reading! To answer the question though, so much depends on the person. I love to give individual recomendations that would match her/his reading taste. Three books I’m known for urging people to read include The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. One audio book I’ve been pushing this year is Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.
I’m tagging any of my followers that would like to participate!
Happy Reading Book Buddies!
“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes
“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text
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Carol, all of your reviews sound like they could have come from my brain, from your pet peeve to dinner with Inspector Gamache. I wish we lived close enough to one another to have a cup of coffee together; I think we could be good friends. Meantime, I’ll be praying for your precious grandgirl.
Carol, all of your responses sound like they could have come from my brain, from pet peeve to dinner with Inspector Gamache. I wish we lived close enough to one another to have a cup of coffee; I think we could be good friends. I’ll be praying for your precious grandgirl.
I love all your responses, Carol. Sending prayers for that precious baby girl!!
Thanks Gina! Our Precious girl is improving every day! So thankful!
If you get an acceptance from Armand Gamache can I come to your dinner party please? I’d love to meet him, as you say I think he’d be fascinating as well as charming.
Sorry to hear about your granddaughter, it must be such a stressful time for you and your family. I note from your response to another comment that she is improving which is excellent. I hope that continues
Thanks Karen. Our precious one is improving but she’s still really sick. She came home from the hospital but they will need to monitor her closely at home for the next month. So hard when the littles are sick!
Indeed, they can’t always explain what is wrong
I Love Gone With the Wind until I actually learned about the Civil War😂
As a high school reader I was enthralled with the characters and ignored the history aspect! 😂
I love this! I hope to do a post similarly soon (I always say when life calms down I will but does it ever calm down??)
Thanks! I needed a break from my usual routine this week!
I hope you ha e a better week. Read on.
Great answers here Carol! I love finding out more about b loggers from these type of posts. I too have to read a series in order and as close together as I can manage.
I do hope your granddaughter is OK I feel for you as it’s such a worry! When my granddaughter (in UK) turned 2 she was in hospital with RSV, back on oxygen and not at all well – as she was born at 25 weeks gestation she had to be monitored due to her lungs. I felt helpless from so far away but she was up and about within a few days/weeks. Take care x
Our newborn girl is home from the hospital but will be closely monitored for the next month. It’s wonderful and encouraging to see some improvement though! We’re thankful!
I’m so pleased to hear that Carol. Take care x
I’m glad you had fun and I love your answers!
I too am a die-hard read in order kind of person (with a few slip ups),
I recently binged about 3 or 4 books because I couldn’t let myself sit to read the latest release without catching up first!
Thanks Esther! I love that we’re kindred “in order” readers! 🙌
Fantastic post Carol, I really loved reading your answers. I also really loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, it was so good!
Thanks Ellie! I’m happy to hear we share the love for Guernsey! 🙌💖
Hahah yes I’m glad too as I haven’t met that many people who’ve read it, so it’s always lovely to have this read in common!
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It’s great to “meet” you!
I’m glad we’ve connected in the big virtual world!
I really enjoyed your responses Carol. I especially loved the one about why you started your blog. I am sorry that your granddaughter was ill and in hospital. I pray she is recovered by now. 🙏🙏
Yep! She is recovered but the hospital stay was scary! My son in law caught RSV from the baby and was very ill with it.
Wow, so many things are so contagious. Glad everyone is recovering.