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The book interview tag

I saw this on Isabelle‘s blog and thought that this was a great idea. That was you guys can get to know me a little better as a blogger. You can read Isabelle’s answers here.

Name/blog name:

Name: Kathryn

Blog name: KathrynBooksville

Age:

At the time I’m writing this 23.

Favorite Genre:

Might have to go with contemporary and romance.

Favorite Male Author:

As of right now, might have to go with John Green. Just because the books that I’ve read I’ve enjoyed, even if they aren’t his most popular books.

Favorite Female Author:

Probably JoJo Moyes. I enjoyed her series Me Before You.

Forever Favorites:

Five Feet Apart

When We Believed In Mermaids

One Of Us Is Lying

First Book Of 2019? How did you like it?

(Will also be doing 2020)*

2019:

My first book of 2019 was PS I Still Love You, the second book in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

I enjoyed this book. I thought the ending was okay. Would have been better if Lara Jean chose John Ambrose over Peter but that’s just my opinion.

2020:

My first book of 2020 was Don’t Read The Comments. This book came out back in January and you’re more than welcome to buy it if books with video games are your thing.

I thought this book was okay. Books with video games are the main theme arent my favorite. I don’t think I will be reading another book where video games serve as the main theme.

Last book of 2019? How did you like it

The last book of 2019 was I am watching you. I enjoyed it and thought it was a good thriller/mystery. It is free on Kindle Unlimited if you want to check it out.

What do you look for in a book? / What makes it really stand out for you?

I don’t look for a lot in a book. I think the cover is just as important as the context of the book.

But how it really stands out for me is if I can connect to a character. It doesn’t have to be the main character but a secondary main character. Also, I like when books make me feel something. It doesn’t have to be sadness but if you can make me feel something it can be a wonderful thing.

Do you collect any particular sets/editions of books?

I don’t collect sets or editions of books. But I do have the first three illustrated editions of Harry Potter. But other than that, if I own a collectors edition then I own a collectors edition. It’s sometimes my only copy.

Favorite Place to Read

The couch or the space between my bed and window.

Do you keep books you didn’t like, or just get rid of them?

If it was a gift I usually keep them. Just because I have a hard time getting rid of books that were gifts. But if it’s a book that I know I bought and didn’t like it then I have no problem getting rid of them.

Which literary character best defines you/do you best relate to?

Minho from the maze runner trilogy. Cause some of his replies are sassy sarcasm and I can reply with sassy sarcasm sometimes as well.

If you want to do this then you are more than welcome to. If you don’t want to that’s completely fine as well.

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Why did I start blogging

I know that some people (not all) kinda explain why they started blogging in their abouts so you can get to know them better. But I thought why not just make a blog post about ‘Why I Started Blogging’. I know that it might not be interesting or anything but why not right?!

Because I love to write:

For me I enjoy writing because I personally find it relaxing. I may not be the best writer but at least I can share ideas and get feedback.

Books:

I mainly started this blog in order to get more experience writing book reviews. I hardly ever write them on goodreads so obviously a book blog would be more useful. Personally think it is considering how I construct my book reviews.

Being Creative:

This is a way for me to be creative. Where I can post what I want to post without hopefully being judged for what I was posting.

Connecting:

Personally think I can only do so much threw social media. I can only tweet so many times to watch a video. Or write reviews on goodreads. But connecting threw blogging that’s something else. Because think that it’s a group of people (at least the ones I’ve connected with threw Twitter as of recently) that genuinely want to see you succeed.

Something I can keep up with:

I have a generally hard time being consistent. I know that blogging isn’t going to be easy especially when first starting out. But I honestly believe that it’s something I can be consistent with. With ideas that pop into my head, for future blog posts, I can put them in my drafts for me to come back to.

Being myself:

I honestly have a hard time expressing and being myself. Threw blogging I can be like ‘this is how I feel’ and not care what others think. Even though I still care what others think about my work, I don’t care as much as when it comes to blogging. Yes, there’s things that I will probably never share on this blog and I’m honestly okay with that.

Therapy:

Everyone has their form of therapy without talking to a therapist. Mine just happen to be cooking, writing, wrestling, and reading. So why not do a somewhat public diary about something I’m passionate about. So I decided to just combine my 2 favorite things to do. Reading and writing. Just doing a blog has been so helpful. On the bad mental health days, setting aside an hour just to blog helps put me in a better place.

Here’s why I started blogging. Know we all started for different reasons. We each have different ways of how we became successful. I’m still learning how to blog. I absolutely enjoyed blogging.

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The People We Choose Blog Tour

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Style: paperback

Page count: 291

Trigger Warnings: None that I could find

At first I wonder if he’s a mirage.

The air certainly seems hot enough.

Rustling branches along the tree line, and then two legs, two arms, one head. The pieces come together to make a boy, and that boy walks across our wild grassy lawn and up to where I sit on the porch.

Book Summary:

This book follows a girl named Calliope, who is a 17-year-old girl who is currently getting raised by Mimmy and Mama. One of them carried Calliope but neither one of them told her who.

All Calliope wanted to do this summer was to hang out with her two best friends, Ginger and Noah, and just enjoy what the summer brings to the small Pennsylvania town. But when someone moves next door it threatens their friendship.

Calliope wants to know who donated their sperm so her mothers could have Calliope. She was on the fence because she didn’t know if she wanted to know. But when she finds out who it is, Calliope learns that the truth can sometimes be more shocking than she would have dreamed. Now Calliope and others will struggle to redefine their relationship and Calliope hopes that something positive can come out of it.

Calliope hopes by recognizing and accepting that family isn’t always the one we were born into- it can also be the one we CHOOSE to make.

I pause in front of Max’s porch, staring up at the house. Waiting for what, I’m not sure. Maybe for someone or something to lurch out at me from behind the hedges that clearly haven’t been trimmed in decades.

Thoughts:

This was the first book in a while that I felt excited to read. From the first to the last page I was excited to know more about Calliope and her journey to find out who her father is. When I first started reading I think I knew what I was going to rate it.

I hated how Calliope felt like she may have lost her friendship with Noah because they didn’t talk about something that should have been talked about when they were 15. It felt like their possible friendship blowup was a long time coming but at the same time, it could have been avoided if y’all just talked about it.

I wonder about Noah, what he’s doing now, if he’s okay.

And I wonder if anything will ever go back to normal.

But the story and how it was written made me feel all the feels that I love feeling. Even though Contemporary Romances can be a hit or miss, this one was a hit. Not many books make me want to recommend them almost immediately after I start reading them.

Rating:

5/5 stars

Dating in high school can seem… silly, I guess. People fall in and out of love in a week. Then they date each other’s best friends. Everyone talks about forever as if they actually believe any of the words that they are saying.

About the Author:

Katelyn Detweiler was born and raised in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania, living in a centuries-old farmhouse surrounded by fields and woods. She spent the vast majority of childhood with her
nose in a book or creating make-believe worlds with friends, daydreaming about how she could turn
those interests into an actual paying career. After graduating from Penn State University with a B.A.
in English Literature, emphasis in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies, she packed her bags and
made the move to New York City, determined to break into the world of publishing. She worked for
two years in the marketing department of Macmillan Children’s Group before moving in 2010 to the
agency side of the business at Jill Grinberg Literary, where she is currently a literary agent
representing books for all ages and across all genres.

Katelyn lives in a cozy Brooklyn apartment with her husband Danny and her son Alfie, surrounded by
stacks of books and records and diapers. When she’s not reading or writing or taking care of a tiny
human, Katelyn enjoys yoga, fancy beverages, and road trips. She frequently treks back to her
hometown in Pennsylvania, a lovely green escape from life in the city, and her favorite place to
write.

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2021 Mid Year Freakout Tag

How are we already halfway through 2021?? Sometimes it feels like it is 2020. In the first half of 2021, I ended up reading 22 books. This puts me 7 ahead of where I’m supposed to be for the halfway point of 2021. So today I am going to be doing the mid-year freak-out tag!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2021.

Starvation

This one of the first books that I read this year. It does talk about difficult topics that I think should be talked about more. Like eating disorders and suicide. Because you have one brother who had an eating disorder and another who possibly killed himself because of all the pressure that he was under.

Starvation Book Review

Best Sequel You’ve read in 2021

PS I Still Love You

I wouldn’t consider this the “Best sequel of the year so far” but it was the only sequel that I’ve read where I read the first book in the series as well. The other sequels that I read were standalone to where I didn’t NEED to read the first book in the series.

PS I Still Love You {Redone}

New Release You haven’t read but want to

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

This book has been one that I have been wanting to read for awhile but for some reason, I just haven’t gotten around to it. It does follow Charlie who is a bigger person and thinks that’s the main reason why I want to read it. But at the same time don’t know if I’m ready to read the fatphobia that is possible In this book at the same time.

Most Anticipated release for the second half of 2021

Bloody Spade and The Marionettes

I don’t have many books that I’m looking forward to in the second half of the year. But I am super excited for these two. I do have Bloody Spade and can’t wait to read that soon!

Biggest disappointment

We Were Liars

Think this is no surprise. I’ve talked about how much I’ve hated this book since I read it. I have a hard time rating books below 3 stars but this one deserved the 2 stars that I gave it. And truth be told if it wasn’t for that ending it might have been a 1 star.

We Were Liars Book Review

Biggest Surprise

The Poet X

I think this was my biggest surprise because of how Elizabeth Acevedo wrote the characters of this book. She made you have a love/hate relationship with the mom and made you feel sad for the brother. But at the same time happy that the main character had a support system that wasn’t either one of her parents.

The Poet X Book Review

Favorite New Author

Jali Henry

Even though I’ve only read Called By The Blessed it made me want to read more books by this author. She has a way of making you cry when you least expect it. I love their writing style.

Newest Fictional Crush

Ash from The Dog Sitter

I think the main reason why I love ash is how he is with dogs. And how the dog sitter gives him every reason to walk away but slowly wins her over. It’s like a romance that you wanted but not all at once.

The Dog Sitter

Newest Favorite Character

Danny Mann from Danny Mann Super Fan

I loved this book. Even though Danny was a little pushy towards his best friend it all seemed to work out in the end. I think I could see myself doing what Danny did if my favorite team won after doing X, Y, and Z beforehand.

Danny Mann Super Fan Book Tour

Book That made you cry

Books usually don’t make me cry but Called By The Blessed almost made me cry a few times. As well as You Let Me Go.

It was just everything about these books that made me not only happy but made me want to break down and cry at some moments. These are two books I wish more people would read cause they are some of my favorite reads this year.

Called By The Blessed Book Review & You Let Me Go Blog Tour

Book That made you happy

You should see me in a crown

When I think of books that made me happy in the first half of 2021 I have to give credit to this one. It follows our main character Liz who just wants to go to college and has to pretty much jump through hoops to not only get the money for college but get her happy ending for the end of high school.

You Should See Me In A Crown

Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received

Cover wise You Let Me Go. Story-wise Inspire Me

I’ve already talked about how You Let Me Go almost made me cry but the cover is amazing. It’s an amazing cover to go with an amazing story about a dark time in history.

Inspire Me was an amazing story and I felt like it was a hallmark movie just in book form. Where you have two main characters who fall in love, one gets mad at the other and they don’t talk, then they make up. Sometimes I like reading a book like this instead of watching a movie like this.

You Let Me Go Blog Tour & Inspire Me Book Review

What Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year

I have a few blog tours that I’m participating in so definitely those reads but other than that I don’t know. The books above are some of those books. Other than these I don’t know what I would like to read.

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Camp Nanowrimo week 1 update

How are we already a week into July? It seems like July just started now we are already a week in. If you have been following me for a while then you know every time camp nano (or nano) comes around I do something called updates. It is where I update you guys on my progress throughout the month. This first week I didn’t get as much done as I would like but I’m still ahead of my total word count for the end of the first week.

Word count:

At the end of the first week, I was supposed to be at 7,903 words. And I ended up at 8,371. Which puts me 468 words ahead of that goal.

I do like to get a good thousand words or so ahead of my goal within the first week so in case anything happens later in the month I don’t have to feel like I have to write and ill be okay if I miss a day.

I did miss a day. Which was the 5th. Well, let’s rephrase that. I did do some writing that day, I just didn’t get the words into the nano website before the clock struck midnight.

Time Frame:

I have been writing more at night during the first week. I was in Oklahoma during the first week so night seemed like the best time to write. I hope as the month goes on I can do more writing during the day. I have been writing the most between 10 and midnight.

Am I struggling?

With writing? No. Because I am loving the project. But I am struggling to get back into the project considering I haven’t touched it or thought about it since the end of April.

I know writing isn’t a struggle for me because I have been pumping out roughly 1,200 to 1,500 words a day. When my goal has been roughly 1,130 words. But I almost didn’t want to because I was enjoying being out of town the last few days.

I probably should have continued working on this project in May but at the same time, I needed a little break from writing. So a month turned into two. So I’m just struggling to get back into my main character’s mindset that I was in during Aprils Camp.

Week 2 Goals:

I do want to get roughly 2,000-5,000 words ahead in my project. So that way if I end up missing any days for whatever reason, I know I won’t have a big word count that I have to hit. I didn’t have a big word count when I “missed” day 5.

I am also going to try and get a lot of my writing done during the day so that way if there are any words I still need to write, I can get those done at night. I do enjoy writing at night but at the same time, I love writing during the day.

I am going to try and start reading through Love At First Bite so that way I can think of revisions that I would like to do. I would like to work on the companion novel for this series (which will follow the sister of the female main character of Love At First Bite).

There are all the updates for Week 1. It was busy but did get ahead writing-wise. I do plan on doing a reread and hopefully revising that in August. Are you participating in Camp Nano this month? If so, what are you working on?

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Butterfly Teaser

Another Butterfly post! Hope y’all loved the Cover Reveal + Synopsis that I did. And excited for this read! Today I am going to be doing a teaser for this read.

Butterfly by Nelle L’Amour is coming July 14th! It is free on Kindle Unlimited and make sure to Preorder it now!!

Teaser:

When I was asked to interview Roman Hurst, I thought I was prepared. But how could I be prepared for the gorgeous man awaiting me? Nor was I prepared when he offered me a job. To be his muse. And I wasn’t prepared to fall in love with him. A man twenty years my senior. Who is hiding a dark secret? A secret so devastating, it rips us apart. No, I wasn’t prepared for that at all.

Add to you’re goodreads shelf today!

Meet The Author:

Nelle L’Amour is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author as well as an AMAZON ALL-STAR, who writes steamy contemporary romance, romantic comedy, romantic suspense, and fantasy romance. She lives in Los Angeles with her Prince Charming-ish husband and a bevy of royal pain-in-the-butt pets. She is also the mom to twin young adult princesses, who are somehow not spoiled. A former executive in the entertainment and toy industries with a prestigious Humanities Award for fostering human dignity to her credit, she gave up playing with Barbies a long time ago but still enjoys playing with toys with her husband. While she writes in her PJs, she loves to get dressed up and pretend she’s Hollywood royalty. She writes juicy stories with characters that will make you both laugh and cry and stay in your heart forever.

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The Gilded Cage On The Bosporus Blog Tour

Page Count: 503

Style: ebook

Trigger Warning: Death Of Children

Book Summary:

This book takes place in Istanbul. The year is 1903. Brothers who are bounded by blood but are fated to be enemies. Can the empire survive or will it crumble into nothing more than a myth?

Ever since his younger brother usurped the throne, Sultan Murad the fifth has been imprisoned with his family for close to thirty years.

The new century holds immense changes. Anarchy and revolution threaten the established order.
Powerful enemies plot the fall of the once-mighty Ottoman Empire. Only death will bring freedom to
the enlightened former sultan. But the waters of the Bosphorus run deep: assassins lurk in shadows,
intrigue abounds, and scandal in the family threatens to bring the destruction of everything that he holds close.

For over six hundred years the history of the Turks and their vast and powerful Empire has been
inextricably linked to the Ottoman dynasty. Can this extraordinary family, and the Empire they built,
survive into the new century?

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Imperial Istanbul, The Gilded Cage on the Bosphorus is a
spellbinding tale of love, duty, and sacrifice.

Thoughts:

I loved this book and I found it very interesting. I love everything about this and it was an amazing story from beginning to end.

I loved how the author wrote the people in this book even if she didn’t know that much about them. The author is related to those who she wrote about which I think makes it that much better because I think no one else could have written the book better.

About the author:

Ayşe Osmanoğlu is a member of the Imperial Ottoman family, being descended from
Sultan Murad V through her grandfather and from Sultan Mehmed V (Mehmed Reşad) through her
grandmother. After reading History and Politics at the University of Exeter, she then obtained an
M.A. in Turkish Studies at SOAS, University of London, specializing in Ottoman History. She lives in
the UK with her husband and five children.

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Rating:

3.5 out of 5