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The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

secret life of a book blogger

I was tagged by Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do this tag! Thanks!

This tag seems to be a small peek behind-the-scenes of me writing and managing this blog. I guess could reveal some of my secrets to you and I can only hope that they don’t make me look too bad XD

I actually think is one of my favorite tags. It’s slightly different and it’s more personal than a lot of the other ones I’ve done. So read on! (more…)

The Summertime Madness Book Tag

Summertime Madness Book Tag

Woooo! Summer is ending and school has already started.

Cue ugly sobbing.

Kim Soohyun CryingSo I figured I should probably get this Summertime Madness Tag out of the way because I don’t really wanna post it in the dead of winter three months from now. That would just depress me because it’d be cold outside. Actually I prefer the cold to the hot so maybe it wouldn’t? I’m starting to get off track don’t mind me XD

I was tagged by Analee at Book Snacks to do this tag! Thanks, girl~

Edit: I was also tagged a few days ago by Summer at Xingsings!

Both of these bloggers have great blogs, so be sure to check them out! (more…)

The Ultimate Book Tag

Tag posts are always super fun to do and this one seems to be a really big one. I was tagged to do the Ultimate Book Tag by Summer at xingsings over three months a month ago. Nevertheless, now that school’s ended and I have more time, I’m able to do this tag. Check her blog out!

I was actually really scared to put this post up. Call me irrational but I just feel like this post wasn’t very good (and it’s probably the reason that I didn’t actually put it up although I finished it like two months ago). Well it has to go up sometimes and I’m definitely not changing it anytime soon so there’s no point in waiting. So without further ado (cliche alert!) The Ultimate Book Tag!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Depends on the book format. I literally can’t read print novels for long periods of time. I like to think that I can. Sometimes, I’ll start to read a book on a long car trip thinking that this time, I’ll be able to. Then I get carsick and have to sleep instead. On the other hand, ebooks, graphic novels/manga, and articles on my phone don’t usually give me any problems.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Errrr…… Andrew Smith. His writing is all kind of lyrical and distinct. Sort of. John Green. Because pretentious and I don’t really like it. Shakespeare. Because Shakespeare. Uh…. I don’t really have a good answer for this oops.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter, obviously. Even though I did have a TwiHeart stage and not a Potterhead stage, I still think that the Harry Potter series is way way better than the Twilight Saga.

  1. I have a lot of respect for J.K. Rowling and how she planned the entire series before actually writing it. Like really. I can’t ever stick to a single plotline when I write.
  2. Her characters are so much more deep and relatable than the Twilight characters. They grow up through the books and become loved characters of every reader.
  3. The worldbuilding is more complex and interesting. Hogwarts > Forks

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

I’m a highschooler so I carry around a backpack. At any point, I will always have at least one book in it. Usually the book is from the school library because otherwise, I’ll accidentally return a book to the wrong library (school library to public or vice versa). Sometimes I’ll have a more books in there; it depends on if I’m reading a book for English or I’m almost done with a book. Otherwise, I have boring school stuff, wallet, pencil pouch, my phone and ipod, and headphones. I have this habit where I’ll keep a bunch of bookmarks in a notebook because I always pick up new, free bookmarks from the library. I like free stuff. I also always have way too many lip products in the bag. Like two lip balms, a lipstick, and a lip gloss. Organization does not exist in my universe. I also have a bajillion different keychains and crap hanging off of it.

Outside of school… pockets work fine.

5. Do you smell your books?

Yes. I always end up smelling my books at some point. Usually it has that nice musty paper-smell but I’ve had books that have smelled really weird. I think the last user of my AP Human Geography textbook wore a ridiculous amount of cologne because the pages reeked of it.

6. Books with or without little illustrations.

Yes to manga and graphic novels and yes to books that have little doodles and illustrations. I also like the maps and special edition books that have the glossy, colored illustrations.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Well, Twilight would be the obvious answer to this. And Halo. I actually really liked Halo until I realized that it wasn’t good when I tried to read the sequel like two years later. Also The Hunger Games and Divergent. For those two books it wasn’t like they were awful. It was more like I read better books and realized that mainstream novels weren’t as good.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Uh….. I have stories but they aren’t really funny.

I was always the kid that checked out 10+ books from the library and was gawked at when I stuffed them all in my backpack. There was this one time when I wanted to borrow someone’s book to read but the girl wouldn’t let me touch it. She was terrified that I’d wrinkle a page or something. So she sat me down and tried to dramatically read me the book. Let me tell you that I had no patience to listen to her read and left asap.

I also use to write all of my personal information on the inside flap of every single book I owned. I was terrified that I’d lose it and I’d never get the book back. In retrospect, I spelled my street address wrong and left out a letter in the state. I applaud the spelling ability of my younger self.

9. What is the tinniest book on your shelf?

I have no clue. If we’re counting kiddy books it’d probably be a copy of a Magic Tree House book or a Junie B. Jones book that clocks in at about 75-100 pages apiece. Or some miscellaneous picture book that is 20ish pages long.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Probably Atlas Shrugged or something like that.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I’ve dabbled around in fanfiction, none of which has been published and is some of the worst writing I’ve ever done. I’ve come up with book ideas. I’d like to be an author and publish books but I don’t think I’d actually get there. There’s a lot of commitment and I don’t really have that discipline. There’s also the fact that I think I’m a little too critical and that everything I write ends up looking horrifying to myself the next day. And I’m forgetful and would probably have a lot of continuity errors. Maybe I could one day if I practiced and did a lot of note-taking, but as of now, I can’t see myself being published.

12. When did you get into reading?

I’ve fallen in and out of reading the past few years. I was a big reader in elementary school and it spiked in sixth grade. I read almost nothing in 7th grade and tried to get back into reading late 8th grade. Now I’m trying to squeeze in books into daily life because I discovered online book blogs.

13. What is your favourite classic book? What are some classics you’ve read?

(I changed the question for myself because otherwise it’d make for a pitiful answer.)

I’ve read very few classics but I’m hoping to change that. I can probably name all of the classics I’ve read on one hand. Erm… that’d be Atlas Shrugged, Pride and Prejudice, Tom Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird and some Poe. I’m going to be reading Beloved sometime soon and I read Romeo and Juliet in class. I don’t want to label any of them as my favorites though because I definitely need to reread some of them to be sure.

14. In school what was your best subject Language Arts/English?

I don’t understand this question at all. But I’ll answer both possible interpretations. English has never been super hard for me. It’s pretty flexible and my freshman English class was cake. Everything was so easy. I have a classmate that would do her English homework during her other classes because it’d been labelled as “not important”.

But is it my best subject? I have no clue. I seem to do decent in most classes but I haven’t really experienced a class where it’s like I have an extra affinity for it.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

Depends on who was gifting me. If it’s a friend that knows I hated it and gave it to me as a gag joke or something, I’d probably just give them a look like this.


If I don’t know them that well, I’d probably end up accepting it with a really tight smile on my face and say some completely bs comment like, “Oh I’ve read this one! I thought that the (insert something) was really good!” Or I’d just thank them and say that it was cool. Then it’d go on the shelf where I’d never ever touch it and eventually be shipped off to Goodwill or Half-Price Books. Or I’d re-gift it.

16. (No clue what happened to this question but apparently it disappeared)

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

Having a few really active weeks where I’m on top of my game and then disappearing for weeks at a time. I try to plan ahead but it just doesn’t work. Writing out long posts about life and then deleting it when I realize that it’s probably tmi. Uh…. skipping weeks of Top Ten Tuesdays or Stacking the Shelves because lack of time. Not commenting on other blogs. Not linking stuff in posts. I have a lot of bad habits…….

18. What is your favorite word?

I like delitescent a lot. And scintillating.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Dork. Definitely. Maybe nerd but I think more of a dork. I’m not sure what the differences are (because’s definitions are practically the same) but if we’re going off of what I tend to call myself and others… yeah, dork. Though I wouldn’t say that I’m outright lame. Because I’m not.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires have been so overdone but when they’re done right, I really like it. I haven’t had much experience with fairies, but I’d be interested in reading books with them. Recommendations, anybody?

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels. I don’t really care for animals and shapeshifters probably shift to animals a lot. I don’t really think I’d like the imagery of an animal representing some person using his/her paw to swat at something in the air. Plus I recently read the Angelfall series and loved it.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits. Ghost books are cool.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Vampires. I never really got into the post-apocalyptic genre and I couldn’t even finish World War Z.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Love triangle. I know a lot of people seem to hate them but when they’re done right, they can be good (although it’s like… rarely done right). From what I’ve read, forbidden love makes me uncomfortable 99% of the time.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Both! When I’m reading action-packed books with a few love scenes mixed in, it has to make sense. If they’re running away from someone evil, it is not the time to make out. If they are going to both fight to make it back home to be together, one of them does not suddenly stupidly sacrifice him or herself to the demons to save the other if they’ve already made an agreement.

With full on romance, well I like fluffy, cute romances so sue me for liking them.

Yeah this was… really late but it’s here now!

I tag…. actually I have no clue who has or hasn’t done this tag but if you have done it, feel free to ignore this.

‘Bout This Blogger Tag!

I’m really really behind on this but better now than never right? This was actually on my list of posts but it kind of slipped my mind so here I am a good three weeksish (or more) after the I initially found out about this post.

Anyways, the ‘Bout This Blogger Tag was made by Cait over at Paper Fury (originally Notebook Sisters) to celebrate her new blog name, design, and her move to WordPress! Congrats Cait! *blows confetti into the air*

Kris partying

I absolutely love her blog and her new design is fabulous! I think it really matches her voice (er well her blogging one) and the way she runs everything.

So to further celebrate, onto the tag!

This tag is more of a look at the blogger because every person has a story. And what better way to celebrate a change than to look back on all of them?

1. Why did you start blogging?

I loved reading but as life got busier, I started to read less. But earlier this year, I made it a goal to read more and this time, I began to follow some book blogs. I liked writing reviews and the idea that I could talk about books but I didn’t really make the plunge until August. I was on the fence about it for a few months but I finally made one and I’m really glad I did.

2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

Well I think it’s pretty self-explanatory but I guess I can elaborate even more.

The truth is, I didn’t realize how much I loved to dance until around two or three years ago. I mean, I had always done ballet but it never really hit me how much I loved dance in general. I went to my first legitimate dance about three summers ago (because awkward ones where people stand around don’t count) and I just danced my heart out. I realized I loved dance and that’s that.

The other part of the name is because I like reading. A lot. And sometimes when you read, it’s kind of like you’re so engrossed in the pages that you just dance through them. It’s really cheesy but it’s entirely true.

3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand pictures!)

Well, seeing as I’ve just started blogging in August, just one. I really want to have a more unique blog format than just a template because when I was making it, none of them really stood out to me. But at the moment, I’m pretty satisfied with what I have.

4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?

Nope. I started on WordPress and I’m still here. But when I first began blogging, I was super paranoid that I’d made the wrong choice because on Blogger you can do HTML (I think) but it’s too late to change now because I don’t have the money to do so.

5. How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?

Now all the bad habits shall be revealed.

For reviews, I generally like to write them ASAP but a lot of the time, life gets in the way and it doesn’t get written until days later. I read faster than I write reviews (which is a problem because then there is a large stack of books I need to review).

I will say that weekly posts like Top Ten Tuesdays or Life of a Blogger usually get written on Sundays and finished the day before. Those are almost always on time.

6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why? What was it?

I don’t have any qualms about releasing a post with controversial opinions towards a book. My opinion is my opinion and I stand by it. It’s more of the posts that cover touchy material. I’m always nervous that my review might seem too insensitive towards an issue or that my opinions sound fake. One that I remember very clearly being worried about was my Wintergirls review. I was so worried that I sounded too unforgiving and like I was targeting anorexic people.

Sometimes I’m worried that my review was terribly written.

Other times, I worry that my post didn’t sound like me or that it’s too short. It’s probably not worth worrying about but I do it anyways.

7. Do you have a blogging schedule?

Sort of? I post Top Ten Tuesdays and Life of a Blogger posts on the right days but everything else is kind of fair game. Reviews go up when I finish a book and if I encounter a novel that I want to use for a feature I use it. Sometimes if I feel like talking about life, I’ll post a life post. I’d like to establish a schedule but I know that at this point, I’d be unable to stick to it.

8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?

I tell selective people about my blog. My close friends all know about it and a few not-so-close-friends know I have one. Usually the people that end up knowing are told by my friends XD

Everybody in my school book club knows about my blog although I know they probably don’t follow it. The school librarian and my English teacher knows about it.

At this point in time, I’m not too comfortable with telling too many people about it. It feels like I’m gloating about it and I don’t want most of my followers to be following me just because they know me. Most of the people I’m friends with aren’t nearly as critical as I am when it comes to books.

If I mention it, people will either say, “Wow that’s really cool,” just out of courtesy or they’ll nod. Rarely do they ever ask me if they can see it. At this point, I’m okay with it though.

I do have my blog url on my social media though. I don’t really like writing “About Me” pages on social media so it just becomes my profile summary.

9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!

Another bad habit m(_ _)m

I’m really bad with checking on blogs. I’ll go on every two to three weeks and just have one night be blog check night. I also suck at remembering to comment and finding new blogs to follow.

Some suggestions would be great if any of you have any.

But some of my favorite blogs to read (and try to comment on) are the following….

1. Paper Fury

2. Xpresso Reads

3. Effortlessly Reading

4. Cuddlebuggery Book Blog

5. I Heart YA Fiction

6. The Loony Teen Writer

These next four are fashion/lifestyle blogs.

7. The Sartorialist

8. HonestlyWTF

9. Cupcakes and Cashmere

10. Wonder Forest

10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?

Well firstly, I’d have my own domain and website design. No more templates. I’d learn HTML and design my own.

I also want to make a posting schedule and try to have more variety on my blog than just my standard TTT, Life of a Blogger, and more reviews. I feel like at the moment, what I post is kind of a rehash of the same things over and over again and it’s something I need to improve on.

Also more pictures. I could honestly improve on all of these things if I worked a little more on my blog but life gets in the way everywhere and I just don’t have the time to edit pictures.