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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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Blogmas Ideas

Blogmas is just around the corner. How is almost December and I am planning to do Blogmas. So if you’re planning on doing Blogmas and have no idea what to post maybe this post will help.

What is Blogmas?

Blogmas is where some people blog every day leading up to December 25th. Which is Christmas. If your religion (or household) doesn’t celebrate Christmas you’re more than welcome to alter it to where you blog every day to the start of whatever it is you celebrate (IE: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.). Please note that I am mostly a book blogger so if I suggest something for another style of blog it’s because that’s what I’ve constantly seen when trying to come up with my Blogmas content.

Book:

  • Your Winter TBR
  • 2020 Releases you haven’t read but want to
  • Most anticipated 2021 releases
  • Best Books of the year
  • Worst books of the year
  • The gift guide to get your book-loving friend

Food:

  • Your favorite holiday food
  • Comfort food that you enjoy making
  • Recipes that involve peppermint
  • A hot chocolate recipe
  • Your holiday desserts

Lifestyle:

  • How to decorate on a budget.
  • Holiday Gift Guide
  • DIY crafts (ie mason jars)
  • Your must-haves clothing items for winter
  • How to decorate for the holidays
  • How to do Holiday shopping on a budget

Other:

  • Your favorite holiday films
  • Holiday films for children
  • Your winter playlist
  • Board Games to play for the holidays
  • Gift guide for pets
  • Holiday scents
  • Holiday traditions

Here are some ideas for Blogmas. Also if you are a book blogger I will suggest checking out the Bookend announcement over on Cuppaclos blog. Are you planning on doing Blogmas? Would love to know!

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Nanowrimo Week 3 Update

Week 3 is gone. Like how is it that we are already going into the last week of the month and the last week of Nano. So here is an update for you.

Word Count:

At the end of week 3, I was supposed to be at 35,000 words. If you have read my updates then you would know that I am ahead in my word count. I ended up hitting the 35,000-word count on Wednesday the 18. So by the end of the week, I ended up with 41,188 words. So I’m keeping to my goal of writing a chapter a day but I am killing it word-wise.

Outline:

I think that it’s safe to say that I am not sticking to this for the most part. Because some of the stuff I wrote this week wasn’t even on my outline. I just wrote it down and ran with it. I wish I stuck to my outline more. So I’m probably going to go back and edit my outline more to fit my story or just throw it out altogether.

Story:

I am thinking about going back and adding some things in the first half of the book that doesn’t make what is going on in the second half like it’s completely coming out of the left field. I am enjoying what I am writing in the second half of the book I just think that it should be more spread out. But think it will be an editor me problem. I usually don’t edit what I writing but I am thinking that it might be helpful to add some things later.

Do you think youll hit the 50K?

I am very confident now than I was at the beginning of the month that I will hit 50,000 words. It seems weird typing it and realizing it because hitting the 50K word count seemed overwhelming and there was no way that I was going to hit 50,000 words. But writing a chapter a day that’s anywhere between 1,690 words and 2,500 words have helped. I do think I can hit 50,000 words and might even end the month about 10,000 words or so ahead considering I’m hitting 5,000 words every 2 to 3 days.

There is my week three update! I don’t know what I’m going to do after next week and knowing that the project is pretty much drafted. I am thinking of drafting the sequel sometime next year after I edit the 2 original stories that I wrote this year. If I do draft the sequel I can’t wait to dive back into the world I created for these characters. I have enjoyed getting to know these characters and hopefully, I can continue to write more in the lives of the characters I created.

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The Road To Cromer Pier Blog Tour

Author: Martin Gore

Genre: Family Saga, Contemporary

Page Count: 322

Style: Audiobook

Trigger Warnings: mentions of miscarriage, cheating, alcohol abuse, hitting

Release Date: June 9th 2019

Book Summary:

This story follows our main characters Janet and Paul who were childhood lovers. They had met every summer. They were always close when they met and even did it.

30 plus years later, Janet is the owner Cromer Pier and Paul was a coach for a coach. Paul was married to a woman named Carol who had a miscarriage. Janet and her daughter are facing an uncertain future. Paul finds out that he had a daughter from a previous relationship and he does get to know his daughter.

Carol did cheat on Paul with one of the players. Carol kept trying to get in touch with Paul but Paul kept ignoring her. Eventually they do get to talking and decided to rebuild their relationship.

Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book. I found myself flying threw this audio. Once I got into it I just wanted to know what as going to happen to Paul and Janet. Even what was going to happen to Paul and Karen once they both found out about each other. I think the biggest thing I loved that this revolved not only a theater but love and family.

I wasn’t planning on enjoying this book as much as I did. I fell in love with the characters and I definitely see myself rereading (well listening) to this book. This definitely seems like a book I would recommend to people. So if you get a chance I would definitely check it out.

About The Author:

He is a 63 year old Accountant who is semi-retired to explore his love of creative writing. In his
career he held Board level jobs for over twenty five years, in private, public and third sector
organisations. He was born in Coventry, a city then dominated by the car industry and high
volume manufacturing.

When he was nine year’s old he told my long suffering mother that as he liked English composition and drama he was going to be a Playwright. She told me that he should work hard at school and get a proper job. She was right of course.
His first career ended in 2015, when he
semi retired as Director of Corporate services at Humberside Probation. His second career,
as a Non Executive Director, is great as it has allowed him free time to travel and indulge his
passion for writing, both in novels and for theatre.

The opportunity to rekindle his interest in writing came in 2009, when he wrote my first
pantomime, Cinderella, for his home group, the Walkington Pantomime Players. He have now
written eight. He loves theatre, particularly musical theatre, and completed the Hull Truck
Theatre Playwrite course in 2010. His first play, a comedy called He’s Behind You, is now
available.

He is an old fashioned writer. He wants you to laugh and to cry. He want you to believe in
His characters, and feel that his stories have a beginning, a middle, and a satisfactory
ending.’

Rating:

4.5 ⭐️

Links:

Goodreads; Amazon; Audible

Please feel free to check out the other amazing bloggers who also took part in this blog tour.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to ItsKoo over at KoosReviews. If you want to read their answers you can here.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person(s) who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

My Answers To Koos Questions

What are you currently reading?

The Road To Cromer Pier. This is for a blog tour coming this weekend so I don’t want to give too much away. But I’m enjoying it right now.

What is a food/drink you want to try after reading about it in a book?

I typically don’t want to try anything. But there was some food from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before that I want to try. There are recipes in the back of the book and I don’t know why I haven’t tried any of them before.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Book Review {ReDone}

What are you looking forward to as the year comes to a close?

Baking. I typically bake a lot this time of year. I am looking forward to it. Considering how 2020 has been it has been relaxing. Also, do want some cooking which has been my favorite thing in the last few months.

If you could be the villain for one day, who would it be and why?

Probably the grinch. I do find myself starting to become a grinch like in October when people are like “Let’s set out Christmas decorations and play Christmas music”. I think it would be nice to be covered in green fur lol.

What is the theme song for your favorite character?

Just The Way You Are By Bruno Mars. Think that this would be a great theme for some of my favorite characters.

What book(s) deserve a live-action series/movie adaptation?

The Last Magician. I don’t think that this has a movie adaptation and I think I would like a movie adaptation of The Last Magician.

The Last Magician Book Review

What is your least favorite trope?

I don’t think I have a “least favorite trope” but I would like to stop seeing toxic relationships that can cause other tropes that people don’t like. I do tend to stay away from these kinds of books and I seem to only read books where a trope is done well.

What is one of your favorite books that deserves more love from the bookish community?

I always say Crazy Is My Superpower by AJ Mendez-Brooks. Because I think that it can be relatable. And it always seems like I’m the only one within the bookish community that has read it. But there are trigger warnings within this book. Like Bipolar Disorder, the death of a pet, Slut-Shaming (which in the field that AJ was in she was seen more as eye candy more than anything), and more.

Crazy Is My Superpower Book Review

What movie/show contends with being as good as the book it is based on?

I have to go with The Hunger Games Trilogy. Even though I don’t think I ever watched Mockingjay part 2 I still think that these movies are just as good as the book series.

What is one resolution you have for 2021?

Possibly read newer releases. I tend to not as read enough new releases and the Goodreads awards that go on like every November make sure I know that. Even though there are some 2020 releases I haven’t read it still would be nice to read newer releases.

If your life were a book, what would be the title?

An awkward person do not befriend. I don’t know. I think that would be the title of my life if it was a book.

Who I Nominate:

  • Kate @CoverToCoverLit
  • Tessa @TessaTalksBooks
  • Ashlee @BooksAre42
  • RhiRhiReader @RhiRhiReader
  • Karen @Twistedinpages
  • Zoe @Nuggetstumpblog

My Questions:

  1. If you could live in any book which book would it be?
  2. What book hero would you want to switch lives with? Why?
  3. If you could choose one movie adaptation which one would you chose to remake?
  4. Which book do you think deserves more hype than it gets?
  5. Do you have any goals set for yourself for 2021? If so what’s one goal you want to accomplish.
  6. What’s one book you want to read before the end of 2020?
  7. Do you have things you want to accomplish by the end of the year? If so, what are they?
  8. What’s a book to movie adaptation do you wish was out?
  9. What are you looking forward to in 2021?
  10. What are some things that you wish were real from your favorite books?
  11. What are you looking forward to as 2020 comes to a close?
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Reindeer ReadAThon Announcement!

I was not asked to do this! But I want to bring your attention to a ReadAThon that is happening soon! As you can see from the title I will be doing an announcement post for the Reindeer ReadAThon. I participated last year and I absolutely loved it. So very excited that it’s coming back for another year.

What Is The Reindeer ReadAThon?

The reindeer ReadAThon is a competitive ReadAThon that takes place the entire month of December. You are split up into 5 teams.

Teams:
  • Mistletoe
  • Snowflake (this is the team I’m on this round)
  • Nutcracker
  • Stocking
  • Candy cane

There are challenges. And with the challenges you can only use ONE book for ONE prompt. Meaning if you chose Mockingjay for the Dasher prompt you can’t use Mockingjay for another prompt.

Challenges:

Dasher (10 points)

A book with a one word title

Dancer (10 points)

A companion novel or sequel

Prancer (15 points)

A book with a map in it

Vixen (25 points or 20 points)
  • A book with the fox on the cover (25 points)
  • A strong female lead (20 points)
Comet (30 points)

A book you find intimating

Cupid (10 points)

A genre you love

Donner (15 points)

A book with something hidden (ie under the dust jacket, chapter heads, art, etc)

Blitzen (20 points)

A book with a struggle (ie internal struggle, war, battle, etc)

Rodolph (20 points)

A book where the Main Character doesn’t fit in (ie outsider, misfit)

Hosts:

Erik:

Youtube

Hilary

Youtube

Donna

Youtube

Savy

Youtube

Amanda

Youtube

Additional information:

There is a group read and it’s The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue. So if you can get a copy of it you’re more than welcome to join!

Sign up form

Summit Points Form

Twitter

If you follow this link you can get your bookmark for the reindeer ReadAThon!