The Currently Reading Book Tag

December 23, 2020

The Currently Reading Book Tag

an open journal and pen next to a hardback book and a candle (also, plaid ribbon and red ornament decorations on a silver tray)

***This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

I’m continuing to have FUN during these days before Christmas by catching up on some tags. I appreciate each tag, but I’m not the best at responding! Yesterday, I completed Davida’s Sunshine Blogger’s Award tag.

Thanks Emily @ Frappes and Fiction for tagging me!

The Questions:

How many books do you usually read at once?

I can do a deep dive into one OR I can read three at a time. When I read multiple books, I almost always read different genres. I think it works well to read a fiction and a nonfiction at the same time. I find that most nonfiction can easily be read in chunks allowing space for reading another book. Some readers who read multiple books at a time use time blocking. For example, you might read nonfiction during your morning reading time, a fiction for some afternoon reading time, and poetry or something inspirational before bed. Another strategy for reading multiple books is to choose a fiction/nonfiction book pairing (some examples of pairings in this post). Sometimes I enjoy reading an ebook and an audio book concurrently (ebook for my at-home reading spot and audio for driving, walking, or doing chores). Probably the most I read at one time is three….but I could do more! How about you? How many books do you read at once? Do you have a certain strategy for reading more than one book at a time?

How do you decide to switch between multiple reads?

I’m a huge mood reader so if I’m reading something dense or heavy, I’ll choose a lighter read to balance it out. A good example of this is when I read The Only Plane in the was so emotional and heavy that I must have read four books during the time I read Last Plane because I could only read a few pages at a time.  Another example is Gentleman in Moscow. Although it was beautifully written and I was committed to finishing it, I found that I needed to take breaks from it and read something else. This strategy kept me from DNFing it and helped me hang in there until I reached the faster-paced ending. Another reason I might switch is if I have an ARC deadline pending or a library due date looming. If you read multiple books at a time, how do you decide when to switch?

Do you ever switch bookmarks partway through a book?

I don’t usually read physical books so I don’t use bookmarks. When I do use a bookmark, I love my little magnetic butterfly and I don’t switch. I like the magnetic bookmark because it doesn’t fall out like other bookmarks! Do you have a favorite bookmark?

What time of day do you read most?

Because I’m recently retired, I read at all times of the day and night. However, you can ALWAYS find me reading late at night after the house is quiet. I like to spend my morning hours checking in with social media and blog hopping. If I’m captivated by a book, I will read ALL day like it’s my job!

How long do you typically read in one session?

Like I mentioned above, I can read ALL day (joys of retirement and the empty nest!)! How much I read in one session really depends on the book and what else is going on in my life. I can typically read a 300-350 page book in one day, so that means I can read a very long time in one session!

Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket off?

Nope. I usually leave it on. If I took it off, I would probably misplace it or it would get smashed somewhere. Safer to leave it on in my opinion. Plus the flap makes a handy bookmark! Do you leave yours on?

What position do you mainly use to read?

I like to switch up positions frequently (because I read so long in one session!), but I think my favorite position in on my back with my head propped…either on the couch, a recliner, or in bed. The only danger in this position is that if I fall asleep, my kindle drops in my face! What is your most comfortable position for reading?

Do you take your current read with you everywhere you go?

Absolutely! Because I read on kindle, I have the kindle app on my phone which is with me at all times (the kindle app syncs to my current read) . I look forward to waiting rooms and long lines (pre-pandemic) where I will always seize the opportunity to read! My favorite place to read is in a local bagel shop! Do you read on the go?

How often do you upgrade your Goodreads reading progress?

I update Goodreads when I begin a book and when I finish. I don’t always update my progress unless it’s a book that I’ll be reading over a long period or if I need to return it to the library before I’m finished. I do check my Goodreads news feed every day though. I also use it to check reviews and to track the number of books I read in a year. Are we friends on Goodreads?

***I TAG anyone who wants to participate!

Thanks again Emily for the tag! I hope you enjoyed my answers!

Related: Check out my recent post: What Is Your Reading Style?

a large bear raeding a red book beside an old fashioned lamp on a snowy day

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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Sunshine Blogger Award #TakeTwo

December 22, 2020

Sunshine Blogger Award #TakeTwo

Sunshine Blogger Award (text on a field of and bottom yellow and blue star border)

I’m honored to be the recipient of awards and tags…..unfortunately, I have difficulty with follow-through! My apologies to anyone I haven’t responded to who has tagged me!

I’m taking a blogging break of sorts this week (Christmas Week) to have some FUN! I thought today might be a perfect time to acknowledge this thoughtful award from Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog.

Here are the rules for today’s tag:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page (THANKS Davida!)
  • List the rules
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 new questions

My Answer to Davida’s Questions:

First of all, if you had to pick one author as your #1 favorite, who would it be; and what book of theirs would you recommend others read first?

No surprise here, folks! Fredrick Backman is currently my favorite author. I wrote an entire post about it here. He’s a skilled wordsmith, creative, risk-taking, thoughtful, and heavily character-driven I’m a completist and have read all his work. These are my favs in order:

What genre do you refuse to read, and why?

If you’ve followed me for long, you will notice that my reviews heavily involve certain genres/subgenres (histfic, complicated family dramas, literary fiction, women’s fiction, memoirs, biographies, and new releases). Conspicuously absent are reviews of thrillers, paranormal, erotica, horror, crime fiction, true crime, child abduction, and anything extremely graphic, violent, or disturbing. I’m an HSP (highly sensitive person) in my reading life and I think real life is scary enough. To give you an idea, American Dirt and The Huntress are about as harrowing as I can handle without triggering nightmares! Interestingly, I can read about concentration camps in my WW11 histfic selections without ill effects.

Do You Think You Spend Too Much Time Blogging or Not Enough Time Blogging?

For me, I have found a good balance and I think I spend just about the right amount of time. I’m recently retired, so reading/blogging fills those hours…and it’s certainly been nice to have something to take my mind off the pandemic! I love my blogging life and treasure my blogging friendships!

When you’re reading a book and you suddenly realize you don’t like it, what makes you decide you can’t read further, if at all?

I’m NOT afraid to DNF for several reasons: triggering content, excessive profanity (especially combined with other factors), boredom (nothing happening…feelings of dread and not of joy when I pick up the book, mindless scrolling social media instead of reading), not my preferred genre, disturbing content, and an overly done author agenda. I wrote a post about my love/hate relationship with DNF here.

Is there a nickname, persona or “handle” that you use online, and if so, what’s the story behind it?

I use some version of reading ladies across all platforms (if you have a bookish account, let’s connect):

Twitter (ReadingLadiesBC)
Instagram (readingladies_book_club)
Goodreads Carol (Reading Ladies)
Pinterest (ReadingLadies)

Here’s the story behind the handle: I was reading the recent installment of No 1 Ladies Detective Agency at the time and I thought I could do a take-off on that like No 1 Ladies Reading Club … or some variation. The tech person helping me set up my blog gave me the side-eye when I explained how to spell “No” and gently explained that I needed something people didn’t have to wonder how to spell…so I said “fine….reading ladies book club @ Honestly, I didn’t think much about it. I just wanted my blog to be up and running. If I could change it at this point, I might change it to “Sunflowers and Stories” or something (cuter) like that. Another reason behind the (plural) name is that I would eventually like this to be a team effort. I’d love to bring a new blogger on board who would like to learn the ropes of blogging without going solo….like an intern. It’s always tricky to find someone with similar interests and style. I know there’s a person out there, I just need to connect! So a long-range goal is to make Reading Ladies a team!

What is one food you could eat every single day and never tire of eating it?


If you could build your dream home in your dream type of location, where would it be?

My dream home would definitely be in a tropical location overlooking the ocean!

What makes you angrier than anything else, and what do you do to express or repress your anger?

Hummmm….it makes me angry when adults mistreat, ignore, or damage children. I think people throughout history that have rescued children (like Tante Truus in The Last Train to London) are the best people! I just finished reading The Leavers and the way the adults treated Daniel caused me such grief that it greatly affected my reading experience. I felt the same way when I read Before We Were Yours or Orphan Train. These are the most difficult reads for me. In my teaching career, I tried to get my students any help they needed from the counselor. I took all their concerns seriously and did my best to help or listen or care….that’s all I could do. I was always the teacher knocking at the psychologist’s door insisting on services for a child!

When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I’m not sure I was 10, but I remember when I was young wanting to be an author. When I was a little older, I dreamed of owning a book store. Neither of these dreams came true….but in my teaching career my passion was to create lifelong readers and to cultivate the joy of reading, and hopefully, my blog supports the reading world! In a way, my life has always been literary and has revolved around books and reading.

If you could choose any destination to visit anywhere in the world when this virus ends, where would you decide to go, and why?

  1. South Dakota for my family reunion that was canceled during the pandemic
  2. Hawaii (to read on the beach)

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you like answering these types of questions?

I guess an 8! Did you enjoy my answers?

My Nominees:

I follow hundreds of blogs, so I hesitate to single out bloggers. To follow the rules, though, I need to mention a few. Give them a follow! These nominees represent lovely and supportive blogging friends whom I interact with on a regular basis.

Feel free to participate…or not!

Nicki @ The Secret Library Book Review Blog

Lynne @ Fictionophile

Carla @ Carla Loves To Read

Tina @ Reading Between the Pages

Jaymi @ The OC Book Girl

Hopewell’s Public Library of Life

Karen @ Booker Talk

Sandy @ Sandy’s Book a Day Blog

Julie @ A Little Book Problem

Debbie @ Deb’s World

Jonetta @ Blue Mood Cafe

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite genre to review?
  2. Where is your favorite place to read?
  3. Do you remember your first book hangover?
  4. What is your favorite snack and/or beverage while reading?
  5. What was your favorite children’s book?
  6. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never ever read __________.
  7. Three people I’d invite to a literary dinner party are __________, __________, and __________.
  8. The blogger/bookstagramer that has most inspired me is _________ and why.
  9. If I dressed up as a literary character for Halloween, I would choose to be __________.
  10. If I could introduce one literary character to another literary character, I would introduce __________ to __________ because __________.
  11. Are you a DNFer or a FINISHer?

THANKS for the tag Davida! I hope you enjoyed my answers!

If you celebrate, are you ready for Christmas in a few days?