Blogger Stats Book Tag!

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Hello, everybody! This is another Book Tag time and we’ll be doing Blogger Stats Book Tag!
This tag was created by AlwaysTrustinBooks and you can read the original post – here.
To my great surprise, I was tagged by jessiccamarrie493, you should definitely check her answers here!

All right, then, let’s get started 🙂

Questions:

The last three books you read?

Nighteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The Quaker Cafe by Brenda Bevan Remmes 
and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I was not all satisfied with how The Quaker Cafe ends,  but I enjoyed the reading experience.

Spoilers or spoiler free?
Definitely spoiler free. I like diving into a story pretty blindly, so I basically don’t want to know much about its synopsis. I try not to include spoilers in my posts the best I can, too.

How long have you been book blogging?
I started this book blog on August 25th, 2016. I’ve been blogging almost 9 months now.
That said, there are still so many about book blogging that I don’t even know, so reading other book bloggers’ posts are really inspiring.

A book you read in one sitting?
Being a slow reader, it’s quite a rarity for me to finish a book in one sitting, but I would say This is Where it Ends by Marieke Mijkamp. I took this book with me to the beauty salon and reached pretty close to the end.


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Your favorite genre?
It depends on my mood, but Dystopian, Contemporary Fiction, sometimes YA.

Preferred book size? (novella, tome…etc.)
I am not so particular about page count, but I must say tomes feels a bit intimidating to tackle. I like books around 300 pages.

Amount of books on your TBR?
Geez, I actually lost count of how many unread books that I have, but I would say at least 100 Kindle books plus 89 physical books 😦

A book you have DNF’d?
There are actually more than one. I wrote a post on that theme here.

Recent awards or milestones?
I’ve recently hit 30 subscribers and even more surprisingly, the number of followers has been increasing. I just can’t believe this is happening. I want to thank everyone for their support!

Best interaction with an author you enjoy?
Living in the middle of nowhere in Japan, I hardly have any opportunity to actually meet/interact with authors… 😦
But that reminds me of not necessarily an actual interaction but an indirect interaction with Jeffery Archer two months ago. I’ll definitely write a post on that experience soon!

Average number of books you read per month?
I think the average hovers around 6 to 7 books.

Top three publishers?
I don’t usually pay close attention to such things. All I care is its cover and the binding lol

Social media sites your blog uses?
Twitter and Instagram. If Goodreads does count, I update my status most diligently on Goodreads with Twitter a close second.

Average amount of time you spend networking?
Being an international book blogger, I need to put a lot of time and effort into writing posts/stating my opinions in English. So I don’t get to spend as much time on interacting with other bloggers as I would like. That said, I do try to set aside at least 30 minutes to an hour for networking every single day.

Most comfortable blogging position?
I blog only on my PC. So at my desk sitting on a couch.

Music or quiet when writing reviews?
Definitely quiet. Otherwise, I would get distracted and my posts would end up really disorienting and messy lol

Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?
Tough question! Geez… I would say…

Be consistent. Do the thing.

I can be quite the procrastinator when it comes to posting reviews, so I think I’ll need to keep telling myself to be consistent. That says it all lol

A blog you looked up to starting out?
Actually, none. I launched this book blog on a complete whim without knowing/having read any book blogs. But I’ve been following a lot of book blogs now. I’m learning! 🙂

Best piece of blogging advice?
Like I mentioned earlier, I still know nothing about book blogging, but from what little experience that I’ve had, I can say the book community is REALLY WELCOMING! They are so nice and encouraging. I am so glad that I started this blog.
Even if you feel like nobody’s reading your posts, they are. Just stay the way you are and keep going.


That’s it! It’s been kind of humbling to answer some of the questions, but it’s been so much fun!

Although I’m still a newbie in this book blog community and don’t know many bloggers, let me tag these people:

Before I go, my sincere thanks goes to jessiccamarrie493 once again for tagging me.
If any of you haven’t done this tag, definitely give it a try and put the link in the comment section! I am super excited to read your answers and tips on blogging!

Hope you all enjoyed the tag and I’ll talk to you guys again, soon! 😀

Rapid Fire Book Tag!

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Hello, everybody! It’s time for another tag.

Although I wasn’t tagged by anybody (quite natural), I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to do this quick and easy tag!
This post is inspired by Jessica Marie 493’s post, so if you haven’t already, please go check that out 🙂

All right then, let’s jump right in!

 

E-books or Physical Books?
Physical books hands down. I used to read mainly on my kindle, but I’ve come to develop a distaste for the blandness which e-books (in my case, Kindle books) exude. The spacing between words seems unnatural and weird at times, and it feels like punctuating the sentence at the wrong place and disturbs my rhythm. And I HATE that.

Paperback or Hardback?
Paperbacks. unless I absolutely HATE the cover, I would pick paperback editions. It’s space-friendly, too 🙂

Online or In-store book shopping?
I do close to 99.99% of book shopping online; being in the middle of nowhere, there’s not a single bookstore that handle foreign books around here. I have no choice.
Plus, I can get the edition I really want online.

Trilogies or series?
Trilogies. Long series seems kind of intimidating…

Heroes or Villains?
Good villains any day. I’m not a picture-perfect-masculine-drop-dead-gorgeous-heroes type of reader. Plus, good villains are what makes stories more engaging and fun to read!

A book you want everyone to read?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.  It’s dark, heavy, haunting but hysterically funny for some reason. Incredibly gripping and I absolutely LOVE it!

Recommend an underrated book.
I’ll skip this question because I have no idea what book is actually underrated…

The Last book you finished?
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I finished reading it the night before yesterday! It was so, so goood!

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?
A post-it note. I rarely forget to carry around a bookmark with me wherever I go, but I totally forgot to bring one yesterday 😦

Used book, yes or no?
As long as the condition is pretty good, I don’t mind. So the answer will be YES.

Top three favorite genres?
Crime (Psychological) thrillers, YA or adult fantasy (maybe) and Classics!

Borrow or buy?
Buy. Once I find a book interesting, I’ll get hit by a strong urge to OWN it.

Characters or plot?
Maybe plot. As long as the story was well-written and intriguing, I wouldn’t mind the character being unrelatable or weakly drawn.

Long or short book?
Actually both. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but as long as the story is gripping, the length doesn’t matter to me.

Long or short chapters?
Short chapters! It makes it easy to pick up and put down. 

Name the first three books you think of.
Six of Crows, Middlemarch, Kane and Able.

Books that make you laugh or cry?
I adore books that make me laugh and feel happy. But I’m not so into books all about cloying romance and love-triangles.

Our world or fictional worlds?
Fictional worlds Any day. I think it’s so intriguing to see what the life in the 19th Century was like!

Audiobooks: yes or no?
Audiobooks are not for me; I once tried, but once I find the narration annoying, it completely messes up my reading pace and experience. So the answer is no with a capital N.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Always. Even if I found a book interesting and want to read, I wouldn’t pick it up if the cover was ugly or not for my liking.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?
Providing that the producers or the script writers don’t mess up the original story and add unnecessary scenes, both will be fine.

Series or standalone?
Preferably standalones. That said, I also love cliff-hangers.

 

Whew! What a blast answering those questions! It’s been so much fun 🙂
If any of you haven’t done this tag already, please give this a try: I will tag anyone who’s willing to try.  If I can do this, so can YOU.

Thanks so much for reading!

The Reading Habits Tag

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Although I have never done a tag nor have I never been tagged before, I thought it would be a lot of fun to do this tag so I decided to give it a go.
Without further ado, here we go 🙂

Questions:

1.  Do you have a certain place at home for reading? 
Yes, I do. I predominantly read on my couch and that’s actually the only place that I have for reading. I sometimes read in bed using Kindle, but reading in bed always, without fail, results in me drifting off to sleep without making much progress.

2.  Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmarks any day. I always make sure that I have a bookmark whenever I carry my book around with me.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
Preferably after a chapter or a paragraph, but basically I can stop reading wherever because life tends to get in the way.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
At night on weekdays, I drink coffee or cocoa to keep me awake. And I often have snacks like finger foods while reading at weekends (especially in the afternoon).

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
At home, never. Even instrumental music can be quite a distraction for me. At cafes or restaurants, it is fine unless I have someone around who keeps talking to me or talking loudly. (Basically, I’m a don’t-mess-with-me-while-reading kind of person.)

6. One book at a time or several at once?
I used to be a one-book-at-a-time kind of reader, but ever since I started buddyreading with my Twitter friend, I’ve learned to have multiple books going at once. But I would say I can only handle two books at the most.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Basically, everywhere. I always carry my book around and try to squeeze as much reading as I can into my spare time. So I read in hospital waiting rooms, at work, at beauty salons, literally everywhere.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head. But I do read out loud when I feel a bit drowsy because keeping my mouth moving somehow helps to stay awake.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Generally speaking, NO. I want the suspense of not knowing anything about the plot, so I don’t read ahead let alone skip pages.
The only exception to this is when I was reading Cress by Marissa Meyer; I was so invested in Thorne’s character thus I just couldn’t resist reading ahead to make sure if he would be OK.
Oh, and I did the same when I was reading ‘Winter’ to make sure Emperor Kai would be safe and sound.
But basically, no. I wouldn’t read ahead.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
What really irks me is the broken spine; I JUST CAN’T STAND HAVING A STRAIGHT LINE RUNNING IN THE SPINE. Absolutely not. I want my books to be in pristine condition. My default posture when reading is holding the spine firmly with my right hand and (gently) placing my left hand to spread it open so as not to break the spine. Some may say I’m almost paranoid, but I just can’t help it.

11. Do you write in your books?
Again, ABSOLUTELY NOT. I want my books to be as beautiful as new and want them to last.
So, I would definitely avoid anything that could damage my books. If I need to, I would write on post-it notes instead.

 

There you have it – it’s been so much fun answering those questions!
I hope now you got to know me a little bit better as a reader, please let me know if you do this tag so that I can read your answers!

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you again soon! 😀