Goodreads Book Tag

I haven’t posted on this account in ages.  But, I saw on my active blog that there is a Goodreads Book Tag.  As someone who uses Goodreads all the time, I knew I had to participate.

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

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Blue Highways:  A Journey Into America by William Least Heat-Moon

What are you currently reading?

I am reading two books at the moment.

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On my Kindle, I am reading Witness to a Trial by John Grisham.  I needed a book and its prequel for this year’s reading challenge, and I finished The Whistler earlier this year.  (It was great btw.)  And at work, I am listening to The Twelve by Justin Cronin.  It is book two of The Passage series, which is a post apocalyptic series.  The series was recommended to me by a cousin, and I really liked the first one.  I believe there are four books total.

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

I don’t mark books as TBR on Goodreads because I never really know what I’ll be reading next.  I do, however, keeps books on my wish list on the online library that I use.

What book do you plan to read next?

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do.  However, I often wonder why I rated a book the way I did.  It’s really subjective and depends on mood, how good or bad recent reads have been, etc.

Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?

I am.  This is the third year that I have participated in a reading challenge.  In fact, I created a reading challenge Facebook page with my cousin, and this is the second year of that.  Last year, I finished with one day to spare in the year!  This year is looking rather doubtful, but I’m not giving up yet.  My problem is that I read and read and read without much focus put on my challenge list.

Do you have a wishlist?

Yes.  The online library I use allows you to place books on a wish list.  This comes in handy if you already have the 10 books the site limits you to already on hold.

What book do you plan to buy next?

I almost never buy books.  I know that a lot of people probably consider that sacrilege or something, but it’s true.  Why spend money on books when I can borrow them from the library and then return them?  I very seldom re-read books.  I would, however, like to own a copy of The Fault in Our Stars.

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.


“Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible.” – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas


“A grace is a thing you get from God. You use it to make a better world or not use it. You have to choose.” “Like your art,” I said, “like your beautiful drawings.” He said, “like your pancakes.” – Dean Koontz, Brother Odd


“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy….” – Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

Who are your favorite authors?


I didn’t even know this was a feature on Goodreads!  According to the site, my most-read authors are:  Janet Evanovich (21), James Patterson (19), John Grisham (18), and Stephen King (17).  I don’t know if I would call any of these my “favorites”, though.

Have you joined any groups?



Do you use Goodreads? What are your favorite and least favorite things about it? Are there any cool bookish websites like Goodreads that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!



Makeup Book Tag

I have not yet done a book tag post, but I’m going to give it a whirl.  Today’s tag?  Makeup…..

Primer- Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.  An old friend loaned me a copy of this book many years ago, and it still pops in my mind fairly regularly.  The book depicts how our actions and our lives in general can affect other people when we are not at all aware of it.

Concealer- Pick a character you wish didn’t exist.

This is a difficult category.  All characters, no matter how unlikable, are necessary to the story line.  I guess if I have to pick, I would choose Reek (previously known as Theon Greyjoy) from The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.  He is despicable.  He is unloyal, weak, and just altogether creepy.  But, few wouldn’t be in his situation, I suppose.

Foundation- A favorite first book in a series.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.  While I loved all of the Flavia de Luce books, the first was my favorite because it was the one that introduced us to young Miss de Luce.  Who doesn’t love an 11-year-old with an affinity for poison and solving crimes while still enjoying the joys of childhood such as her bicycle, Harriet?

Powder- Pick your favorite last book in a series.

I know that the Harry Potter series has almost become cliche in these types of posts, but I have to go with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling.  Of course all of the books are brilliant, but with each one Rowling’s writing evolves and is absolutely superb by the last book in the series.  And, by that point you are beyond emotionally invested in the characters’ lives.

Eyebrows- Pick a book you think everyone should read.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.  This is the story of 9-year-old Oskar Schell, whose father died in the September 11th terrorist attacks.  Oskar suffers from insomnia, panic attacks, and depression.  He find a key in his father’s closet and goes on a quest to find the lock that it fits.  It is a beautiful insight into a boy’s mind who is struggling emotionally, is determined, is mourning, and is yet still a vulnerable child.  Beautiful.  And heart-wrenching.

Eye shadow- Pick a book with your favorite colors on the front.

I don’t really have a favorite color.  So, I’m going to pick a cover that I found intriguing.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  It is dark and simplistic but very much made me want to dive right in.

Eyeliner- Pick a dark and mysterious book.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  The characters have issues.  The plot is very mysterious and has tons of twists and turns.  Very good read.  I think it fits the category well.

Mascara- Pick a long book.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand for sure.  1168 pages.  I listened to it in audiobook format, and it took me over a month of listening almost non-stop each day at work.

Blush- Pick a book with a cringe-worthy romance.

Any of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter books by Laurell K. Hamilton are cringe-worthy if you’re listening to them on audiobook at work, though “romance” is probably not the right word exactly……

Highlighter- Pick a book that brightens your day.

If I want a nice light-hearted book to brighten my day, I will check out a Stephanie Plum book by Janet Evanovich.  They are always silly and easy reads.

Lipstick- Your favorite book kiss.

I guess I’m going to have to go with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green just because you’re rooting for these two kids to have some normalcy and experience some love.  So, go them!

That was kinda fun.  🙂

Song of the Day

Sweet and Low (acoustic version) by Augustana.  I thought something nice and sweet would be good for this post.

Recipe of the Day

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches via  Again, this post calls for something light and delicious.  Who doesn’t love a nice cucumber sammich?  Yum!

  • 4 oz whole cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 2 TB chopped fresh dill
  • Zest and Juice of half a large lemon
  • Salted butter, softened for spreading on bread slices
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 slices high quality white or whole grain bread
  • ½ large cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced, thoroughly dried with paper towels
  1. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, fresh dill, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add enough kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Butter each slice of bread (prevents sogginess.) Lay slices with butter side up on a work surface. Evenly distribute the cream cheese mixture onto each slice. Arrange towel-dried cucumber slices on top of the first 3 slices of bread. Top with remaining bread. Slice off the crusts. If not serving immediately, wrap tightly in cling wrap and chill for up to 24 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, slice into 4 triangles per sandwich.

Book of the Day

I think I listed enough books in the main post.  🙂