7 Days of Tags + Tagging Etiquette Discussion

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!

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:

  1. I will eventually run out of Blogs to tag
  2. What if someone wants to be tagged?
  3. If its been a year since I tagged them can I tag them again?
  4. Do they want to be tagged again?
  5. Do they feel left out if they notice I haven’t tagged them in forever?
  6. Do people even keep track of that?
  7. 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!!!

THE ENTERTAINER BLOGGER AWARD

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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!

The Rules:

  • 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.

My Questions:

  1. What was the last book you read that made it into your “all time favorites” list?
  2. What book in your personal collection means the most to you?
  3. Are you a cat or dog person?
  4. What book do you feel like you should read but haven’t gotten around to it?
  5. What was the last book someone recommended to you and are you going to read it (or have you read it already)?
  6. What was the last book you bought? (or acquired if it was free)

My Nominations:

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!

One Lovely Blog Award

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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!!

Rules:

  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  2. Answer the 11 questions they ask
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family
  4. Ask them 11 questions that you are dying for the answer to!

Nicole’s Questions:

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?

Cat!

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Source: Pinterest

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?

Sports!

Whelp this post makes me look like a crazy cat lady!! But these were awesome questions! Very Unique!

My Questions:

  1. What is something that everyone looks stupid doing?
  2. What would be the absolute worst name you could give your child?
  3. If you had to name your child after a character from your favorite book, what would their name be?
  4. What was the strangest gift you’ve ever received?
  5. Would you rather be able to control fire or water?
  6. What was the last gift you gave someone?
  7. What’s the last thing you watched on TV?
  8. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday?
  9. Describe the color yellow to somebody who is blind.
  10. Are you superstitious?
  11. Who is your favorite cartoon character?

I Nominate:

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!

 

The Unique Blogger Award

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Thanks to J.W. Martin @ Storeys of Stories for nominating me! I really appreciate it!! If you haven’t seen his blog you should go check it out! J.W. Martin is the creator of “First Impressions Friday” (a super awesome meme that I would love to participate in more often, but I always seem to start my books on the weekends and finish them way before Friday!)

J.W. Martin’s questions:

1) You’re being blackmailed by an evil overlord to pull off the heist of the century. You need to assemble a crew who can pull off the heist and thwart the overlord at the same time. Who do you choose? (curveball: can only pick ONE character from each book world)

  • Mastermind: Ender (from Ender’s Game)
  • Wizard: Holgren (from The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids)
  • Brains: Hermione (from Harry Potter)
  • Thief: Aaron (from The Fire’s Stone)
  • Muscle: Thor (from Marvel)
  • Assassin: Mia (from Nevernight)
  • Scoundrel: Han Solo (from Star Wars)

This would probably be a disaster of a team.  There are too many strong personalities that probably wouldn’t work well together.  But if they could get along it would be one hell of a heist!

2) A book mashup you’d love to see. (example: Harry Potter meets The Illuminae Files)

Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter (I just read Heartstone which was Pride and Prejudice with Dragons and it was freaking amazing! Now I want more P&P fantasy stories!!)

3) If you could only read books from five authors for the rest of your life. Who do you choose?

  1. J.K. Rowling
  2. Jane Austen

I don’t know any others! I am so bad with Author names! (actually I am awful with names in general) I would probably pick authors who have written a lot of stuff? That way I can read lots of different books and not just the same ones over and over again?

  1. Terry Goodkind
  2. Charlaine Harris
  3. Janet Evanovich

My Questions:

I am going to cheat again and steal J.W. Martin’s first two questions because they are awesome! (I don’t like the third one 😉 )

  1. You’re being blackmailed by an evil overlord to pull off the heist of the century. You need to assemble a crew who can pull off the heist and thwart the overlord at the same time. Who do you choose? (curveball: can only pick ONE character from each book world)
  2. A book mashup you’d love to see. (example: Harry Potter meets The Illuminae Files)
  3. Name 1-3 magical (or not) items from a book, which you’d love to own in real life.

I Tag:

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!

Mystery Blogger Award #3 and #4

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I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by both Steff @ Reader Fox and a Box of Books and Leslie @ Books are the New Black!  These are two absolutely amazing bloggers! Go check them out!! Thank you for nominating me!!

For those of you who don’t know, the Mystery Blogger Award was started by Okoto Enigma as a way to discover new blogs!

Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Myself

  • My favorite animal at the zoo is the Red Panda

  • I don’t like talking about myself and it is really really hard for me to think of things to say about myself that aren’t the standard “I am super blonde” and “I love Softball and Reading”
  • I am more likely to get car sick looking out the window than by reading in the car.  I get carsick when I try to focus too much on things that are going by the window too quick.

Steff’s Questions:

  • You have to live the life of your favorite book character. How do you feel?
    • That would be Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice! I would feel loved by Darcy and perfectly happy, if a little repressed.

  • Would you rather only read your favorite book over again and again or never reread anything at all?
    • I would rather not re-read anything at all!  There are so many new books to discover!  I don’t re-read a lot anyway.
  • Which was the book that made you fall in love with reading?
    • I’ve always loved reading, but the first book I remember falling in love with was Harry Potter in 3rd grade.
  • The ideal life for you includes what three things?
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Pets
  • Do you like riddles?  A merchant has a fox, a rabbit, and a head of lettuce and sits on the edge of a river. He has a small raft capable of carrying only himself and one item at a time, but without his supervision, the fox will eat the rabbit, and the rabbit will eat the lettuce. How can he successfully transport all goods from one side of the river to the next without losing the lettuce or rabbit? The dilemma, of course, is true regardless of which side of the river they are on and there is no other way across.
    • Yes!! Finally an easy question 😉 Starting on the left bank :
      1. Take the Rabbit across (leaving the lettuce and the fox on the left bank)
      2. Go Back with nothing (leaving the Rabbit on the right)
      3. Take the fox across (leaving just the lettuce on the left)
      4. Leave the fox on the right but take the rabbit back with you
      5. Leave the rabbit on the left and take the lettuce to the right
      6. Go back with nothing (leaving the lettuce and the fox on the right)
      7. Take the rabbit across (now all three are across!)

Leslie’s Questions:

  • Besides blogging/reading what are your other hobbies?
    • Playing sports! (Mostly softball and volleyball)
  • What is your favorite movie or tv show?
    • Princess Bride!

  • What is your motivation for blogging?
    • I don’t know if I really have a motivation?  I just enjoy it and I love reading and like sharing my thoughts.
  • If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    • I feel like my answer changes every time I answer this haha, but right now I would love to control things with my mind!

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  • Toilet paper roll under or over?
    • Under! Anyone who says differently is a barbarian 😉

My Questions:

  • What are three things you always carry with yourself?
  • Where would you travel to if money was not an issue?
  • Name 1-3 magical (or not) items from a book, which you’d love to own in real life.
  • What’s you’re most anticipated book(s) coming out within the next year?
  • What pictures do you have as the lock screen and background screen on your phone? (or computer if you don’t have one on your phone)

Just to be fair, here are my pics (David stole my phone and changed the background pic and I never changed it back)

Best Post:

The post I am most proud of is Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag because it is the only time I have created a tag and it did really well!!!  At lest 55 people have done it, and it is still making its rounds, even though it has slowed down considerably.

I Nominate:

The goal of this award is to discover new blogs.  Whether it means “new to you”, or “new to blogging” is unspecified.  Recently Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books created a post spotlighting new bloggers! I thought, what could be a better way to learn about her newbies than to nominate them! (and Evelina too because she is awesome and took the time to find them!)

The 2nd Annual Book Blogger Awards

The 2nd Annual Book Blogger Awards are exactly what they sound like! Hosted by Write Through The Night, the awards are specifically for Book Blogs.  Going on now till the 30th is the nomination phase.  The top four bloggers nominated for each category will move on to the voting phase starting May 13th and ending May 20th! If you want to nominate anyone or just see all the cool blogs nominated, go check out the Rules and Categories!

Now for my nominations!!!

THE BLOGGER

  • Best Pre-Teen/Teen Book Blogger (13-19)
  • Best Adult Book Blogger (20+)
  • Best Book Blogger from an Underrepresented/Minority Group

BEST GENRE BLOGS

THE BEST OF BOOK BLOGGING

THE OTHER STUFF

MOST IMPORTANTLY

This was harder than I expected! Pretty much I went through my most visited blogs and tried to find a category for them! I am awful at making decisions tho so I can’t pick a best overall book blogger!  If I missed anyone I am super sorry!

P.S. If you are participating and are having trouble finding a new blogger I found over 20 that I follow and I can send you the list!

Liebster Award #2, and Sunshine Blogger Awards #3 & #4

Guys! I have been nominated for soooooo many awards recently!!! Its a bit overwhelming and I can’t keep up! Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the nominations!!! Its a huge honor and I feel so loved ❤ !!! I am just going to cheat a bit and condense the last three into one post!


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I was nominated for the Liebster Award by James @ This is My Truth Now!  James is the author of Watching Glass Shatter!!  He has a great blog with lots of cool stuff! Go check him out!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Indicate 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions the person asked you
  • Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
  • Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions.

11 Facts About Me:

  1. I am a cat person but I love all kinds of animals (including dogs!)
  2. I have only ever had 1 job and I have worked here for 7 years
  3. I wear tennis shoes almost every day
  4. I play a lot of softball and volleyball
  5. I can type an average of 70 wpm
  6. I majored in applied mathematics in College, but I am awful with simple math
  7. I am really bad at thinking up facts about my self (in case you couldn’t tell)
  8. I am allergic to Tequila and always have been (i.e. I never had a bad experience that made not able to drink Tequila, I have never been able to drink Tequila even in mixed drinks)
  9. My jersey number in softball is 48 because my mom was #44 and my dad was #88
  10. My favorite books to read are YA Fantasy and Science Fiction
  11. My favorite flavor of Red Bull is Grapefruit but I can’t find it anymore 😦

Questions from James (and my answers):

  1. Which body part would you exchange if you could?
    • My Shoulder because it has tendinitis and it makes throwing painful.
  2. What do you like least about blogging?
    • Proofreading! I am the world’s worst speller!
  3. If you could inhabit someone else’s body for a day, who would it be?
    • This makes me think of Men in Black and eww no thanks.
  4. If you could have someone else’s personality and intelligence, who would it be?
    • I like my personality! But I wouldn’t mind some more intelligence! Maybe Steven Hawking’s intelligence?
  5. Where are you taking me to dinner tomorrow night? Or if that’s not gonna work for you, what gift are you sending in lieu of canceling last minute on me? Seems appropriate.
    • Taco Bell!
  6. Have you ever tried to count the licks to get to the center of the Tootsie Roll Pop?
    • Hasn’t everyone?
  7. Did I share too much above? If yes, which item. If not, you’re my new best friend.
    • Well seeing as the “above” here is my post not yours, no you haven’t shared anything! But no haha I don’t think you did on yours either
  8. If you could hide in someone’s pocket for a day just to see what they really do when you’re not around, who would it be?
    • My Fiancé’s! I am not a particularly suspicious person buuuuttt …..
  9. If you have an entire cake to yourself, and you know for certain that no one else will eat it nor see you eat it, would you still cut it up and serve it on a plate? Or would you dig in with a shovel? (Assume nothing bad happens to your body as a result of consuming said healthy cake)
    • Forget the shovel I would use my hands!
  10. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “bite me” ? Good or bad, let it rip.
    • You sound like a spiteful rebellious goth teenage girl.
  11. Have you met Liebster? If Yes, please describe. If No, please contribute $25 to the charity of your choice in order to successfully have completed this easy and fun quiz. Failure to do so results in an automatic replication of 10 more quizzes a day from me to you as a loving gesture of support.
    • Yes, he is 10 feet tall and weighs 300 lbs.  He is Purple and has horns sprouting from his head.

 

I was nominated by Loretta @ Laughing Listener and Malanie @ Malanie Loves Fiction.  Both these ladies are awesome!! Go check out their blogs! I promise it will be worth your time!

The Rules:

  • Acknowledge, link back and thank the blog that nominated you
  • Display the award + rules in your blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs

Questions from Loretta (and my answers):

  1. What kind of paranormal creature would you be if you could choose one? Witch, warlock, shifter, werewolf, vampire, fairy, ghost, etc. Sky’s the limit!
    • I would be an elf!!
  2. What’s a fun/weird/hilarious/interesting memory you have associated with books?
    • I remember reading Anne of Green Gables with my family on a road trip to Oregon.  Its not particularly fun/weird/hilarious/interesting, but it is a special memory. (And I can’t think of anything fun/weird/hilarious/interesting)
  3. What book trope really gets on your nerves?
    • Love Triangles
  4. What book trope do you have a weakness for?
    • Bad Ass Girls in male dominated niches (Most recently Daughter of the Pirate King and Nevernight!)
  5. If you could meet any celebrity who would it be?
    • Hugh Jackman
  6. What’s the last song you heard on the radio? If it make you feel better, mine was “I want it that way” by the Backstreet Boys.
    •  Somethin’ Bad by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood (I cheated haha I am listening to the radio right now so I waited for a good song to come on!)
  7. If you won the lottery, what’s the FIRST thing you would buy?
    • Skittles! Then maybe a car haha
  8. Who’s your favorite fictional character? List a few if you need to!
    • Elizabeth Bennett!!
  9. What TV show or movie are you obsessed with these days?
    • Supernatural 😀
  10. What’s you’re most anticipated book(s) coming out within the next year?
    • Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn
    • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
  11. How do you stay motivated blogging and why do you keep doing it?
    • Right now I just do it because I enjoy it (hopefully that never changes!) so I don’t really have to stay motivated.

Questions from Malanie (and my answers):

  1. Name a fictional food/drink you’d love to try.
    • Butterbeer! I have tried some homemade versions, and they were gross, but I think the real thing would still be good!
  2. Do you like animated movies? Which ones are your favorite?
    • Yes! All the Disney!
  3. Who is your favorite villain and why? (book/movie/TV/etc.)
    • I don’t have one and for the life of me I can’t think of one.
  4. Do you like to read one specific genre, or do you mix it up?
    • I mostly read YA Fantasy and Sci Fi but I mix it up every once in a while
  5. Name 1-3 magical (or not) items from a book, which you’d love to own in real life.
    • Can I own Mr. Kindly from Nevernight?!?!
    • And Saphira from Eragon?!
    • A Wizard’s wand from Harry Potter!
  6. What is your favorite fantasy movie? You can list several, I’m not a monster!
    • Princess Bride!
  7. What is the most annoying habit you have?
    • I chew on ice a lot, and the crunching sometimes can annoy other people (tho I don’t even notice I’m doing it
  8. Name one country, one city and one historical site you’d love to visit before you die.
    • Scotland
    • New York City
    • Stonehenge
  9. What is your favorite fictional animal? (from a book/movie/mythology/etc.)
    • Saphira from Eragon
  10. Which do you prefer: seaside, mountains, countryside or forests?
    • Mountains
  11. Tell us….your most embarrassing moment.
    • One time in Middle school we were playing a game where you had to run to the board and write the answer first and I tripped and fell and the teacher thought the kid I was racing against tripped me but in reality I just tripped on nothing. (I know thats not super embarrassing but its always the first memory that comes to mind when people ask me my most embarrassing moment)

Bonus trick question (optional): Gandalf vs Dumbledore. Who wins?

Dumbledore!


My Questions:

I got lucky. Both the Liebster and Sunshine Blogger awards require me to ask 11 questions, and I have been nominated for awards 11 different times!  I decided to pick one question from each award I was nominated for! Work Smarter Not Harder!

  1. What’s you’re most anticipated book(s) coming out within the next year?
  2. Name 1-3 magical (or not) items from a book, which you’d love to own in real life.
  3. Which body part would you exchange if you could?
  4. Where would you travel to if money was not an issue? Why?
  5. How did you come up with your Blog Name?
  6. What are three things you always carry with yourself?
  7. Who do you plan on dressing up as on Halloween?
  8. What is your favorite time of day?
  9. What’s your favorite reading genre?
  10. If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?
  11. What piece of advise would you give to new bloggers?

My Nominations:

Both awards say to nominate 11 people, but there is no way I am nominating 33 people, that would be ridiculous!  I am going to nominate 11 total blogs and you can pick which award you want! (The award rules are almost the same for both:  You have to answer and ask 11 questions, but in the Liebster award you also have to list 11 facts about yourself)

  1. Book Beach Bunny
  2. Sophril Reads
  3. Thrifty Bibliophile
  4. The Printed Girl
  5. Birdie Bookworm
  6. Books and Ravens
  7. Books, Bones, and Buffy
  8. Book Wraiths
  9. Hot Shot Headlines
  10. Weird Zeal
  11. Everyday Should be Tuesday

As always, if I tagged you, please don’t feel obligated to participate, but if you do, please send me a link so I can check it out!

Thanks again James, Loretta, and Malanie for nominating me!