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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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My bad habits as a blogger

As a blogger think it’s safe to say that we all have some pretty bad habits. Today I’m going to be talking about some of my bad habits that I’ve noticed over the course of my blogging journey. These are mine and they could be very different from yours. Which is fine because we’re all different.

Waiting to the day of to write the blog post.

I think most bloggers are like this. But that is because they know what they are going to post for that day. So therefore they can work on it and polish it off that day. But for me it’s like nope going to write the whole thing then post it.

Not knowing what to write.

For someone who has like 30 draft posts that still need to be written dating back to May… I still don’t know what to write sometimes. I look at them and like “yea no”. I think I have become a mood writer because it seems like i dont know what to write.

Constantly Checking Stats

Okay. Ive been better at this since i went to 3X a week. But it still doesnt help that im still constantly checking stats on the days that i do posts. I like to see what does work and what doesnt work. Because when i do things like “Gift ideas for Teachers” i would like to see if that works. Thats what i tell myself anyways. But sometimes its honestly checking when i dont need to that is a problem.

Creating Short Posts

I dont know if you count this as a bad blogging Habit but i do want to try to create longer posts. Right now i think that they are too short. It works for some cases (like TBRS) but not every single blog post should be under 500 words. I am trying to work on this. I am trying to get better at creating longer blog posts. I want to make sure i get my point across without word vomitting which i think is the reason why alot of my blog posts are on the shorter side.

Forgetting to eat

Sometimes i get so in the zone and feel so accomplished that it starts out as soon as i finish this paragraph to let me finish this post to let me write 5 more posts and schedule them. I will admit that i have a hard time stepping away when i feel like im in the zone. I always have something to drink when im working on a blog. But its the forgetting to eat that can get me into trouble because when im in the zone i tend to shrug it off. This isnt the best thing if youre someone who tends to have a love hate relationship with food. Sometimes i have to force myself to stop because ive been staring at a screen to long or I need a snack or something. Yes, i do still eat but sometimes i do forget to eat when I feel like i can eat later.

So there are some of my bad habits as a blogger. What are some of your bad blogging habits. I would love to know. I will probably be doing a part 2 when I think of more bad blogging habits that I notice I do.

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Miss Meteor Blog Tour

Title: Miss Meteor

Author(s): Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore

Publishing Company: HarperTeen

Page count: 320

Publishing Date: September 22nd 2020

Genre: YA, Magical Realism, LGBTQIA+, contempary, Romance, Fantasy

Blurb:

There hasnt been a Miss Meteor Beauty Pageant winner who looks like Lita Perez or Chicky Quintanilla in the history of the Miss Meteor Pageant. But its not the only reason why Lita wants to win or why her former best friend Chicky wants to help her win. The road to becoming Miss Meteor isnt about perfection; its about sharing who you are with the world along with the parts that noone else seems to understand. So to pull off the most unlikely underdog story in the pageants history, Lita and Chicky have to put the past behind them and imagine a future where girls like them are more than enough. They are everything!

About The Author:

Tehlor Kay Mejia is a YA Author and poet from home in the the wild woods and alpine meadows of Southern Oregon. When she isnt writing, you can find her playing guitar, trying to make a vegan tamale, and sometimes trying to pick rosemary sprigs from overgrown gardens. She is very active in the Latinx lit community, and passionate about making sure that marginalized teens are represented. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @TehlorKay.

You can find two of her short fiction in the All Out and the Toil & Trouble anthologies. Her debut YA Fantasy, We Set The Dark On Fire, came out Febuary 26th 2019 with a sequel to follow. Her debut middle grade Paola Santiago and the Drowned Palace, is set to release in 2020 with a sequel to follow in 2021.

https://www.instagram.com/TehlorKay

Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and was taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds.

They are the author of The Weight Of Feathers, which was a finalist in the 2016 William C. Morris Debut Award; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book When The Moon Was Ours, which was a longlist for the National Book Award in Young People Lit. Wild Beauty,  a Kirkus Best Book of 2017. Blanca & Roja which is a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Deepest And Darkest Red is a reimagining of The Red Shoes, which is based on true medieval events, which came out in January 2020.

You can find her on Twitter: @LaAnnaMarie

Giveaway:

Do you want to enter a giveaway for Miss Meteor! If so, follow the link that i provided!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/24842cbd18/

Hope yall enjoy this read! If you have already read Miss Meteor then I would love to Know what you think. If you havent, Are you planning to read Miss Meteor?

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ShrekAThon TBR

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be doing my ShrekAThon TBR! I do have a ShrekAThon Round 2 Announcement up if you want to go check it out! It has all the information you’ll need if you want to do this readathon! If you don’t want to jump in this round that’s perfectly okay. You can join in during round 3. (I’ll do the round 3 announcement when I know what dates those will be.

Shrek & Donkey: Read A Book With Friendship

Turtles All The Way Down

I haven’t heard too much about this book or maybe I just missed the hype around when this book was released. Because I really don’t know what this book is about. I know that it is about this girl named Aza who is struggling throughout the whole book (possibly) with her own thoughts. She never intended to deep dive into a billionaires disappearance. But her best friend, Daisy, wants too. Aza is trying to be the good daughter, friend, student, and detective all while living with the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. Q

Shrek & Fiona: Read A Romance

Red, White & Royal Blue

This book’s description reminds me of how Shrek & Fiona where in the first movie. Of an “I want nothing to do with you but I’m in love with you by the end” kind of thing. This book follows an American and a brit. The son of the president and the prince. They start to have a fake friendship that grows deeper. Soon they find themselves in a secret romance.

Fairy Godmother & Prince Charming: Read A Book With A Family Relationship

Incomparable

This book follows our authors Nikki and Brie Bella from the time they were young all the way up to having the longest Divas championship reign, to being on 2 hit reality television shows (total divas and total Bellas), to even starting 3 companies (birdiebee, Brizee Beauty, and Bonita Bonita Wine.) Even with dealing with things like loss and plenty of other rough times, the Bella twins showed that they can be the heroes of their own story and taking responsibility for their own lives. Eventually, showing people everywhere that they can do anything.

Three Little Pigs: Read A Retelling

A Curse So Dark And Lonely

This is a beauty and the beast retelling. It follows Harper, who has Cerebral Palsy, who is teleported to an unknown world in order to fall in love with the Prince and break the curse that has fallen over the kingdom of Emberfall. This is a reread for me and hopefully, I fall in love with it just like I did the first time.

Read The Group Book

The Diviners (The Diviners #1)

Evie has been banished from her hometown of New York City. Its 1926 and Evie has a secret. She is forced to live with her uncle who has an unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie is worried that her uncle will find out her secret. But when the body of a girl is found, Evie thinks that her power can help figure out who in fact killed this poor girl. With Evie jumping into the murder, it becomes unannounced to everyone in the city that never sleeps that something dark has awoken.

*Thank you to Ash Strachey over on twitter for recommending this book to be the group book for ShrekAThon! You can follow her on Twitter over at @AshStrachey*

There is my TBR for ShrekAThon! Have you read any of these books? If so did you enjoy them? If not, are there any books that you want to read? Would love to know!

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Fall book recommendations

Autumn is here and that means its time for the spooky season. Pulling out those fuzzy pants and heating blankets and just listen to autumn ASMR on Youtube. Today I’m going to recommend books that I think are perfect for the autumn season. *Note, I will not be mentioning Harry Potter By JK Rowling for this post because we should know by now how problematic she is. If you don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to JK Rowling you’re more than welcome to read my post about My Thoughts On JK Rowling. It will kind of give you an insight into what went down and my thoughts on it. If you want to read Harry Potter and do content about Harry Potter this autumn season, please make sure to direct people in the direction of buying Harry Potter stuff second hand so that way you can still support Harry Potter without supporting the author.*

The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient follows our main character Alicia Berenson whose life seems perfect. She is a famous painter who is married to an in-demand fashion photographer. One evening her husband returns late from a fashion shoot and then it goes downhill. After the events that happened on this night, Alicia stops talking. She becomes a silent patient. She refuses to talk or give any sort of explanation which turns a domestic tragedy into something far greater than it needs to be.

*From what it sounds like, if you aren’t in the right mental space to handle a book like this, please don’t read it. I don’t want anyone thinking they have to read books that I recommend. So if any of the books seem like they can be triggering to you please do not read them.*

I Am Watching You

This was the last book that I read for 2019 and the 2010 decade. I can honestly say I enjoyed this book. This was also my first review of the new decade. So think it’s safe to say, I started 2020 off on a weird note is accurate. This follows Sarah, who is the best friend of the girl whos missing, and Ella, the woman who overhears what happened on the train before the girl disappears. I think you also get other people’s perspectives along with the girl who went missing and the guy she was with. Ella gets letters that state that she’s being watched. And Sarah hasn’t been telling the whole truth.

This is definitely a must-read for the autumn season. If you have Kindle Unlimited then check this book out. It does have an audiobook which I listened too when I read this book and loved it. If wanting to get into audiobooks is something you want to do I definitely would check out the kindle unlimited with audio section because it helped me get into audiobooks.

I am watching you book review

If you tell

If You Tell, is another book that I read at the beginning of the year. Maybe I should have read what this book was about before I decided I wanted to read it. That was my biggest regret about this book. I did enjoy it, yes and if you are looking for a book that is a true-crime then you’re more than welcome to check this book out. I do want those who read this book to be in a mentally good place. This book does get extremely descriptive about what happened to the three girls, their cousin, and the 2 guests that come to stay with the family. Please note, that this book might put you in a mentally bad place. If you don’t want that then please don’t read this book. I am putting this book on the list for those who know that they can handle what goes on in this book. I do want to read another Gregg Olsen book because I think he did a wonderful job at bringing this book to life and that abuse does in fact happen. But I know after reading/listening to this book that I have to read what the book is about before deciding if I want to try and read that book.

If You Tell Book Review

The Blue Cloak

What hooked me on this book was that it revolved heavily around the first known serial killers in America. This takes place in the 1790s so there could very easily be the offensive language if you know your American History and what was going on in the 1790s. Yes, this is a historical fiction novel and I did enjoy what the author did. She did do her research and did write her story based on what she thinks happens during the chase to capturing the first known serial killers in American History. Also, this is dubbed as a Christian Fiction (as well as Historial Fiction and True Crime) so if Christian Fiction isn’t necessarily you’re thing (because of your own religion or you tried Christian fiction and it wasn’t for you) then I understand if you don’t want to read this book.

The Blue Cloak EArc Book Review

There are some of my recommendations for the Autumn season. I might be doing a part 2. I am thinking of books I might want to recommend that are perfect autumn reads. So if you have read any of the books on this list did you enjoy them?

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Recently Read #5

So it has been a while since I’ve done a recently read post. 2020 has been the year where I’m still reading but not reading as fast or as much as I want too. We can blame that on all the things that 2020 has thrown our way. To be honest, it might get worse before it gets better. But let’s not think about that. I’m here to talk about the last 5 books that I read. You are more than welcome to give my July Wrap Up and my August Wrap Up if you want too.

The Shack

This follows our main character Mack who is a family man who is distraught after losing his youngest daughter on a family camping trip. He struggles to be there for his wife and his remaining children after this loss. One day he gets a note from Papa asking him to return to the scene of where his world came crumbling down. He does and there is where he learns to believe in God and Jesus and The Holy Spirit. How they work in perfect harmony.

The Shack Book Review

The Perfect Gift

This an office romance where our main characters fall in love. Charley and Ezra both have a crush on the other but they dont want to admit it. They start spending time outside of work and Ezra wants to find Charley the perfect gift by Christmas day.

The perfect gift by Esta Holland book review

The Gentlemans Guide To Vice And Virtue

This follows our main characters of Monty. Percy and Felicity. Monty is a stuck up who just happens to be in love with his best friend Percy. Percy is having seizures that are why he’s going to Holland and Felicity just wants to go to school to better herself. These three go on a tour around Europe where Monty learns to think about others for the first time in his life. There is an adventure throughout the book.

Note, I did not know that Mackenzi Lee was a problematic author. I never followed her on social media so I didn’t know that there was anything problematic against her TILL after I read the book. That’s when I found out that she was signing books that she didn’t write (among other things). I don’t think that I will read the other 2 books that follow the gentleman’s guide because I don’t want to give a problematic author like Mackenzi Lee a platform on my blog. (Or on any social media platforms). So this will be the last time I talk about Mackenzi Lee (till the end of the year when I do my best and worst books of the year).

The Gentlemans Guide To Vice And Virtue Book Review

Skyward

Skyward follows our main character Spin who wants to become a pilot just like her father. Her father was labeled a coward after what happened in a battle at the beginning of a novel. Spin gets into flight school and the further that she gets into her training the more that she learns about her father. She learns that her father wasn’t a coward after defending him as not one for YEARS! Her father is worse. Throughout the novel, Spin cant is with the other students because of what her father did. So she can’t make the connections with the other students that the other students can make. During flight school, she loses friends (either by death or by them dropping out) but she is determined to prove everyone wrong.

Skyward Book Review

Gone Girl

Gone Girl follows Amy and Nick. On their 5 year anniversary, Amy goes missing and leaves clues that make it seem like Nick did it. Nick is claiming his innocence over the fact that he never did anything to physically hurt his wife. Nick did cheat on Amy but other than that Nick doesn’t have a reason to want to hurt Amy. Not intentionally anyway. When Amy returns, Nick wants a divorce but Amy doesn’t want one. Amy did kill someone in order to get back to Nick. Nick and Amy both write their sides of what happened but because Amy comes back actually pregnant Nick decides to get rid of his story. Nick promises to be the best father to his child that he can be. Better than what his father was to him and Go.

As I stated in my review, as much as I enjoyed this story I don’t want people to read it when they aren’t mentally healthy. I don’t want people to get ideas of they to have to try and be like Amy in this story. I don’t want people to go missing and never returning on their own accord. If you are going to read Gone Girl, please be mentally healthy.

Gone Girl Book Review

There are my last five books that I’ve read! Hope yall get the chance to read these books if you haven’t already! *Except Gentlemans Guide. If you want to know why and you have twitter look up the author. I don’t know if Google will tell you where twitter will tell you.”