Thanks everyone who entered!!!
I drew 3 winners from all the entries across all three entry types and randomly got one winner from each! That was completely coincidental! You can see me draw the names on twitter
Congratulations to the Winner of the Full ARC:
- Sophrilreads (Instagram)
Congratulations to the two Winners of the excepts:
- Irma (Blog Comment)
- A Book Revelry (Twitter)
I will be contacting everyone individually and you will have 48 hours to respond and claim your prize!
Thanks again for entering!!
Welcome to Harry Potter Week!!!!
June 26th marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter being released in the US!!!!! (its the 21st anniversary in the UK) To celebrate, Weird Zeal created a week long Harry Potter event! Each day there will be a different post to participate in! Check out Weird Zeal’s list of all the posts! I will probably not be participating in all of them, but I am looking forward to participating in some!
I have actually already done this tag. You can see my answers here!
Since I am not going to re-do it (my answers probably haven’t changed) I am going to link back to some of my peeps’ Hogwarts Tags and then add some HP gifs!
- Weird Zeal (Thanks for creating the event and tagging me!)
- Modern Witch’s Bookshelf (Thanks for linking back to me for tagging you 😉 )
- Whit Reads Lit (Thanks for tagging me too!)
You may or may not have noticed that I did a ridiculous amount of tag / award posts last week. Seven of them, to be exact. One every day of the week. I know there are other blogs that do a ton of tags, but it is a bit out of the norm for me.
I noticed lately that I was falling behind on my tags. I was getting tagged faster then I was posting tags! It was stressing me out being behind, so I decided to do a big push and get them all done!
- Monday – Inside My Head Tag
- Tuesday – Sunshine Blogger Award #5
- Wednesday – The Unique Blogger Award
- Thursday – I MESSED UP … BOOK TAG
- Friday – One Lovely Blog Award
- Saturday – THE ENTERTAINER BLOGGER AWARD
- Sunday – The Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag
Doing all of these tags got me thinking about tagging etiquette.
I have a huge fear of accidentally doing something wrong. Of accidentally stepping over some invisible line I didn’t know about. When I first started blogging I stayed away from tags because I didn’t know where the lines were. It took me a while to figure out how they worked.
Luckily, the book blogging community is amazing and I was able to figure it out pretty quickly. Plus there aren’t a lot of strict rules about tagging. Its meant to be fun and everyone is super relaxed about them.
Here are some of the questions that ran through my head at one point:
Do you have to do a tag if someone tagged you?
No! I always mention that whoever I tag shouldn’t feel obligated to participate. Its meant to be fun and if they don’t want to do it, I don’t want them to feel pressured!!
But on the flip side I try to do every single tag I have been tagged in! I *think* I have done them all, but I am not very organized and its possible I missed some!
Do you have to tag the “required” number of bloggers?
A lot of tags have “rules” outlining what is required to participate. One of these rules is usually how many people you have to tag. I am not particularly fond of this rule because a lot of them want you to tag 10 or more people! That is a lot of blogs! I get why the creator added that rule, but I don’t want to bug people by tagging them all the time.
My rule of thumb is that if I was tagged then I should tag someone. If I was just doing the tag randomly without being tagged then I don’t tag anyone. I also usually tag 3 people even if the rule says to tag more. Three seems to be a good number.
Does it annoy people to be tagged?
I can’t answer this one.
Personally I love being tagged, it makes me feel special. (but I have a feeling my opinion will change if I keep getting tagged a ton) But I know not everyone will feel that way. And I don’t want to tag the same people over and over again. Where is the line of being fun and being annoying? (Help me!)
In order to keep from bugging people I decided I wouldn’t tag anyone more than once. I have a list I use to keep track of who I have tagged and I have tagged 107 different blogs to date.
But this isn’t going to work forever, and there are so many issues with my solution:
- I will eventually run out of Blogs to tag
- What if someone wants to be tagged?
- If its been a year since I tagged them can I tag them again?
- Do they want to be tagged again?
- Do they feel left out if they notice I haven’t tagged them in forever?
- Do people even keep track of that?
- But will they get annoyed if I tag them again?
I have a problem with over thinking things.
Anyway, I still don’t know the best way to go about this. I think I am going to re-start my list soon, but we will see.
Should I ping-back to the person that tagged me?
Yes! I love seeing when people participate after I tagged them. If the person tagging you doesn’t want you to link to them then they shouldn’t have tagged you!
Should I ping-back to the creator?
Yes, I would think they want to see the fruits of their labor!
What is a ping-back?
Most of you probably already know this, but it took me a long time to figure it out so I wanted to include it in case someone didn’t know.
When someone includes a link to one of your posts it pings-back and lets you know. That way you can go see their post that links to you.
But they only work if you ping-back to a specific post. For example if you just link to “perfectlytolerable.com” I won’t get a notification but if you link to ” ” I will!
Do I have to comment on someone’s blog to let them know I tagged them?
You probably should but I don’t. I feel weird saying “oh by the way I tagged you”
Instead, I use ping-backs and just hope they accept it. (Don’t forget to ping-back to an actual post!)
When I use ping-backs I make sure to pick an appropriate post to link too. A book review, meme or another tag works well. Someone once tagged me via ping-back to the post about my Grandpa passing away. I thought that was incredibly rude and thoughtless! Don’t be that person!
What are your thoughts?
Particularly I am interested in knowing how you choose who to tag and if you get annoyed by people tagging you! But let me know any thoughts you have about tagging!!!
Spinning Silver Giveaway!!!
- 1st Prize = Full ARC
- 2nd + 3rd Prizes = Excerpts
To enter: Follow my blog and comment below telling me your favorite fantasy book!!
Giveaway across Instagram, Twitter, and my blog! Enter in all 3 for max entries!
Winners drawn Wednesday 6/20 @ 7pm MST
Can you believe we are almost half way through 2018?!?! I saw this tag at Paper Fury, Books and Co, and Aurora Librialis. I wasn’t actually specifically tagged by any of them, but it looked like fun so I am going to do it!! On a completely random note, its kind of interesting, all three posts answered slightly different questions, and they all did the tag because they did it last year!
The best book you’ve read so far in 2018
Oooh This is a tough one! Its between Heartstone and The Fire’s Stone
The best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018
I have 4 options:
- The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger
- Daughter of the Siren Queen
- The Thief Who Spat In Luck’s Good Eye
I would have to say the best one is Godsgrave.
A new release you haven’t read yet but really want to
Spinning Silver!!! (Yes I know it isn’t technically released yet but I just got the ARC and am going to start it tonight!!!!)
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Your biggest disappointment
The Viking’s Chosen. I wanted to love this book because Vikings are awesome! It had sooo much potential but it just has too many issues
Your biggest surprise
I got The Fire’s Stone for free on Amazon Kindle and was bored and didn’t have a book with me so I just randomly picked one from the backlog of books on my Kindle. I didn’t think I would like it all that much but it ended up being one of my favorite books of all time!
Favorite new to you author
Jay Kristoff and Tricia Levenseller!
New fictional crush
Umm pretty much every main guy!
- Riden (Daughter of the Pirate King)
- Holgren (The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids)
- Alastair (Heartstone)
- Fiske (Sky in the Deep)
New favorite character
Again, pretty much every single one. I am not even going to try and list them all.
Book that made you cry
Sky in the Deep
A book that made you happy
Favorite book to movie adaption that you’ve seen this year
My only two options are Ready Player One and Love, Simon. Both were good, but Love, Simon followed the book better.
Favorite post you’ve written this year
I created a tag and it did really well! Lots of people participated and I am really proud of it!
The most beautiful book you’ve
bought read this year
This is super hard because I have bought a ridiculous amount of books this year and I don’t have a good resource to look at all the covers. So I am going to change this and answer “The most beautiful book I’ve read this year” instead.
P.S. This picture doesn’t do it justice, but this is also my favorite Instagram pic so far this year so I wanted to use it still. Here is the cover:
What books do you need to read by the end of the year
I need to read A Pirate at Pembroke by the end of this month. Its the only book I “need” to read, but there are TONS of books I “want” to read!!
So far its been a good year!!! I have read a few picture books and that is why I am mostly on track for my reading goals, but that is ok with me! How is your year going? Are you freaking out? I can’t believe we are almost halfway through the year already!!
Note: All the book pictures that are more than just the cover are pictures I took! I am still working on my bookstagram skills (my pic for The Fire’s stone isn’t great haha) but I am loving it and am really proud of some of my pics!
I am not going to tag anyone because I wasn’t tagged myself, but if you want to do this tag then please do! And then let me know so I can check out your answers!
I was nominated by Kay @ Hammock of Books! Thank you so much for the Nomination ❤ Kay is a lovely person and her blog is amazing! I love the colors on her blog! Its cheerful without being overwhelming! Go check it out!
- Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
- Add the rules so others can follow.
- Answer the questions that have been asked.
- Nominate a handful of entertaining bloggers.
Kay’s (but really Kelly’s) Questions
What genre did you read the most before starting your blog?
Fantasy!! (Still the genre I read the most)
What genre did fellow bloggers influence your opinion on?
Non-Fantasy Young Adult
Favorite book format?
Paperback, but I am not picky
Plants without flowers or plants with flowers?
How bout no plants at all? I can’t keep a plant alive to save my life! But outside when I don’t have to do anything to it, I like flowers!
Some tropes you love seeing in books?
When characters aren’t really dead. You are made to believe they died but then they come back just in time to save the day!
A book character you relate to a lot?
I don’t really relate to a lot of characters “a lot” I have a lot of characters that I love and would love to be like, but I feel I am too timid and wouldn’t rise to the occasion like they do. Plus there really isn’t a lot of strife in my life and conflict is what makes characters interesting.
- What was the last book you read that made it into your “all time favorites” list?
- What book in your personal collection means the most to you?
- Are you a cat or dog person?
- What book do you feel like you should read but haven’t gotten around to it?
- What was the last book someone recommended to you and are you going to read it (or have you read it already)?
- What was the last book you bought? (or acquired if it was free)
As always, don’t feel obligated to participate! But if you do, send me your link in the comments so I can check it out!
Thank you so much to Nicole @ The BoookWorm Drinketh for nominating me! I really appreciate it!! If you haven’t already, go check out Nicole’s Blog! She pairs alcohol with books and its brilliant!!
- Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
- Answer the 11 questions they ask
- Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family
- Ask them 11 questions that you are dying for the answer to!
If you were to name one piece of clothing that describes you, what would you say?
Hoodie because its comforting, secure, and warm
If you had your human body, but the head of an animal, what animal would you pick?
What would be your dream job?
I don’t really have a dream job but I would love to just have all the money I need and not have to do anything!
If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? (Example: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, we may die.)
Is this a Slogan that describes my life or a slogan that I should try to live by? If its the first, its “Stress over everything, work hard, don’t be ambitious, get lucky, have fun” what it probably should be is “Don’t stress, work hard, play hard”
What part of your daily routine do you enjoy most?
In the morning while waiting for the shower to heat up I lay on the bathroom floor and curl up in all the clothes and just read or play on my phone. I know it sounds weird but I love the sound of the shower running and it gets all warm and cozy!
If you could Choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
25 because your old enough to rent a car but still young enough to have fun!
Choose an imaginary friend, who would you choose and why?
Definitely a cat that I can talk too. Think Mr. Kindly from Nevernight!
If you could Read one person’s mind, whose would it be?
I feel like I should pick my Fiance but honestly I would probably choose my cat.
Would you rather See the future or change the past?
See the future! Changing the past is too dangerous!
What do you do to have fun?
Whelp this post makes me look like a crazy cat lady!! But these were awesome questions! Very Unique!
- What is something that everyone looks stupid doing?
- What would be the absolute worst name you could give your child?
- If you had to name your child after a character from your favorite book, what would their name be?
- What was the strangest gift you’ve ever received?
- Would you rather be able to control fire or water?
- What was the last gift you gave someone?
- What’s the last thing you watched on TV?
- Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday?
- Describe the color yellow to somebody who is blind.
- Are you superstitious?
- Who is your favorite cartoon character?
As always, don’t feel obligated to participate! But if you do, send me your link in the comments so I can check it out!