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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.

Where do I get my books from?

We are still living in the age of COVID19. So going to bookstores is something we might not want to do. I know its something i don’t want to do right now anyways because you never know who has it. Plus, like 10% of people actually want to wear a mask in public. Since most readers have a kindle then think think looking at kindle books might be a good idea.

Buying Ebooks

Like I said buying ebooks might be the best idea knowing that we are still living in the age of COVID. Plus they are more than likely cheaper than the physical copies are books. I know this isn’t always the case but for me personally the ebook is mostly always cheaper. Plus you can get ebooks for under $5 which I totally take avantage on because some of the books that i want to read are here. They may not be under $5 now but they were when I bought them.

Signing up for sites that offer free ebooks

The site I use for free ebooks is completely free. I use Freebooksy.com for my free books. It gives you recommendations and they are all free. So if you want new books without feeling the guilt I would recommend checking this site out. Some of my favorite books have come from this site.

Ranking Light From Ashes book review

ARC websites

We all know what netgalley is. Think a good chunk of readers (myself included) actually use netgalley. I think that this a great way to achieve books before they come out. I have been falling behind on my arcs from netgalley so I think thats what im going to try and focus on the second half of the year so I can start requesting more books. I also signed up for Hidden Gem Books which are arcs that they give you. They do have a deadline (of when they would like you to read the book by) and tell you how many readers they need for that book. I haven’t really requested a whole lot of books from here so I really cant tell you what to expect.

So this is where I get my books from. If you’ve followed me for a while then you know that I will do a part 2 if I find new ways that I obtain books. How do you obtain your books? I would love to know!

Camp NaNoWriMo Goals


July is Camp Nanowrimo month. I have decided to try and do Camp Nanowrimo. I have decided to write a book. Its still in the works and I don’t plan on hitting the 50,000 word goal by the end of July.

What Is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It basically means that you have to hit the goal of 50,000 by November 31st. This NaNoWriMo takes place all of November. But since it is July they are doing Camp NaNoWrimo. Its similar to NaNoWriMo but you don’t have to write the 50,000 words if you don’t want too.

Whats Your Project That You Are Working On?

Im working on a fiction romance called Just The Way You Are. Its about these childhood friends reconnecting and eventually falling in love. I know some people don’t like childhood friends to lovers but on short notice it was honestly the first thing that came into my mind.

If you aren’t doing the 50,000 word goal then what is your goal?

My writing goal is 5,000. I wanted to do something small that I felt was obtainable and if I went over I would feel more accomplished. Since this is my first time doing NaNoWriMo I wanted to do something that I felt wasn’t a chore. Because I think writing 1,661 words a day on top of writing a blog might be alittle hard and will probably get burned out really easily.

What will you do if you reach your 5,000 word goal?

According to the NaNoWriMo website as of right now ill reach my goal of 5,000 words on the 8th. I might end up writing more on Just The Way You Are. I don’t want to set a goal of 10,000 words and then not reach it. I might set new goals of 1,000 words so that way they are attainable. I don’t know how much the word count will be at the end of the month but I know I want to write this story this month.

Will You be participating in November nanowrimo?

I don’t know right now. I want to see if I enjoy doing the Camp NaNoWriMo before focusing all of November on that 50,000 word count. I have been enjoying Camp NaNoWriMo right now but I still don’t know if I want to do the November version yet. If I do I will do my NaNoWriMo Goal post where I talk about my goals for that nanowrimo.

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month? If so you can add me on the NaNoWriMo website (Kathryn0422). If Not, that’s perfectly okay.

Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Welcome to the mid year Freakout tag! At the time of writing this I have read 18 books. I am currently on book 19 at the time of writing this. I want to try and pick different books for the questions but no promises that there won’t be any overlaps.

Best Book Youve read so far in 2020?

When We Believed In Mermaids

I read this back in February and I pretty much haven’t shut up about it on my blog. I have enjoyed this. And I can’t wait to reread it.
When We Believed In Mermaids Book Review

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020?

I haven’t read any sequels so far in 2020. I do want to read 3 sequels and they will be in the last question. When I show the books I still need to read in 2020.

New Release you haven’t read yet

Ballard Of Songbirds And Snakes

I haven’t read this book but I want too. I’ve been waiting for the hype to die down before picking it up. Plus I also want to reread The Hunger Games before picking up the prequel.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

The Serpents Curse

This is the third (and possibly final book) in The Last Magician trilogy. Im going to try to read books 1 and 2 before the release in December so that way everything is fresh in my mind before reading the last book.

Biggest Disappointment?

Red Snow

I picked up this book because it was under 100 pages. Also, it looked like it would be a fun book. But instead you got the summary on Amazon and it was just an expanded Summary in my opinion. And this was the last book i read before my 2 week reading slump. So if that doesn’t ay biggest disappointment dont know what does.

Red Snow book review

Biggest Surprise?

Where The Forest Meets The Stars

Im putting this here because I got threw it in 2 days. This book was amazing and ive been talking about it almost as much as ive been talking about When We Believed in Mermaids. Think i surprised myself with how much i liked this book.

When The Forest Meets The Stars Book Review

Favorite New Author? (debut or a new to you author)

TJ Klune. Im putting his 2020 release in here because that was the first book by him that i read. I was approved with an arc of this book and im so glad that i was because i fell in love with his book that now i want to read his other work. *This is my book clubs pick for July. I cant wait to revisit this book. Also, if your in my book club reading this then youre in for a real treat!*

The house in the Cerulean Sea EArc Review

Newest fictional crush?

The Sun Is Also A Star

I fell in love with Daniel from this book. Daniel is one of the main characters in this book. And reading about Daniel just made me fall in love with him even more.

The Sun Is Also A Star Book Review

Newest favorite character?

In A Dark Dark Wood

Nora has to be one of my favorite main characters. But if we are talking favorite characters the we need to talk about Claire. This was written perfectly that you didn’t even expect Clair to have a bad bone in her body. I think thats why Clair has to be my new favhy Claire is one one of new favorite characters.

In A Dark Dark Wood Book Review

Book that made you cry?

The Blue Cloak

Books usually dont make me cry. But this one almost made me cry. This is kinda told by two diffrent perspectives. One was ‘What is it like to be close to the serial killers’ and the other was ‘the outside looking in and trying to catch the serial killers’. This is a historical fiction book. I really enjoyed this and reading about the first known serical killers known in american history.

The Blue Cloak EArc Book Review

Book That made you happy?

Everything Everything

I dont know why but evey time i read this book i get this happy feeling. I think it might be the characters or how quick it reads. It just makes me happy.

Everything Everything Book review

Most beautiful book that you bought this year (or received)?

The Last Magician

I got the physical copy of The Last magician for my birthday back in April. I am in lovw with the cover as well as the contex of the story. I cant wait to reread ths so i can annotae the physical copy.

The Last Magician Book Review

What Books do you need to read by the end of the year?

There is my mid year Freakout tag! If you are seeing this and you haven’t done this yet you’re more than welcome to do it.

July TBR

Welcome to my July TBR. This might be a bit ambitious. I don’t know if I’m going to get threw all these books but I’m definitely going to try. I’m going to participating in a few ReadAThons. I think for the PopCulture ReadAThon I’m going to wing it. The challenges for GrinchAThon aren’t out yet at the time of writing this so I might use the books I haven’t read yet to help fulfill the challenges there. Some of the challenges (ie read a book outside and read a book completely outside your house) I will not be picking a specific book because I will be doubling up.

ThankfulAThon TBR

A book by A POC author

The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas

Book To Movie Adaptation

Me before you by JoJo Moyer

An Audiobook

The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas

Summer color on the cover

Out Now: Queer We Go Again by multiple authors

A thriller/mystery

The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

A book with red, white or blue on the cover (or in the title)

Twilight By Stephanie Meyer

Reading Rush TBR

A book with a cover that matches your birthstone

Cappuccino, Cupcake, and a corpse by Harper Lin

A book that starts with The

The Snow Child By Eowyn Ivey

A book that is inspired by a movie you’ve already seen

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

A book in a genre you’ve always wanted to read more of

The Brideship Wife by Leslie Howard

A book that takes place in a different country

Night by Elie Wiesel

*I did not do the first book you touch as part of my TBR because I want to do that towards the start of a reading rush*

Group books

Such A Fun Age By Kiley Reid

The House In The Cerulean Sea By TJ

There is my July TBR. I will be doing another TBR but for GrinchAThon. So you might see some of these books over there as well. What are you planning to read in July?

June Wrap Up

I only ended up reading 2 books in June. And think that’s been the theme. Me reading 2 books a month. So here are the 2 books I read in June!

The Sun Is Also A Star

I enjoyed this book and honestly think without the audio I might have DNFed it. This follows Daniel and Natasha on Natasha’s last day in the states before going back to Jamaica. The majority of the book revolves around them trying to fall in love with each other.

The Sun Is Also A Star Book Review

Shatter Me

This is the last book I read in June. I honestly wish I was yelled at to read it because I really did enjoy it. This follows Adams and Juliette’s adventures in this first book. You realize when Juliette realizes that she knows Adam. The world is practically destroyed and Juliette thinks that she is a monster even though that’s not what she wants to believe. At the end of the book, Juliette and Adam are at a safe haven of sorts. They are surrounded by other people who have powers like Juliette.
Shatter Me Book Review

I am hoping that July is a better reading month. I am participating in a few readathons ThankfulAThon Round 3 Announcement, reading rush, and GrinchAThon. I’ll probably make 2 to 3 different TBR posts because the challenges for thankfulathon and reading rush have been announced while the grinchathon dates have just been released. So here’s hoping that July is a good reading month.

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