Thursday, February 23, 2012

I've Been Tagged Times Four

Howdy all!!! I've been blessed to have made so many super blogging friends...many of whom have tagged me in the last couple of weeks. I HEART you all. And...since so many wonderful people have been kind enough to show me some love...I'm returning the favor to each and every one of you!

I am breaking the rules here...I answered all the questions, but because it seems that I run in the same circle of bloggers as everyone else...I'm not going to pick any other bloggers. You've all posted answers to questions and I don't want anybody to feel pressured to do another post! But...if you would like to comment and answer are the 11 things I want to know about you.

1. Do you blog? If so...what's your blog address?
2. What genre of books is your favorite?
3. What is your favorite quote?
4. If you could spend 24 hours as any one character, who would it be?
5. Do you read classics? If so, what's your favorite?
6. What makes you feel like you've read a truly amazing book - yep, I stole this one, just wanna know.
7. Do you read self-published authors? If so, name one or two of your favorites.
8. How long, on average, does it take you to read a 300 page book?
9. Where's the one place you've always wanted to go but never have been?
10. What's your favorite movie or television show?
11. Best book you've read in the last 6 months?

First to my great friend and Starbooks buddy...Lis at the Reader Lines...who tagged me first, here are your answers...LOL.

1. Do you read for fun or to learn... Well, I have this quote that I love... "You should never read just for 'enjoyment.' Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends' insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick 'hard books.' Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god's sake, don't let me ever hear you say, 'I can't read fiction. I only have time for the truth.' Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of 'literature'? That means fiction, too, stupid." ~ John Waters in Role Models

Anywhoo...the reason I love this quote is because it is so true. I honestly read to escape, but I think reading is one of the most important things anyone can do. I know with every book I read...I learn something I didn't know. Sometimes it's about myself, sometimes it's about someone else. So...the answer to the question is...I read for fun, but if you read, you learn.

2. Who's your favorite author? Oh gosh...this changes from day-to-day. Of course there's Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices), Karen Marie Moning (Fever Series - Adult Urban Fantasy), and Jennifer L. Armentrout (The Lux, The Covenant Series, and more to come.)

3. Which is my most hated book? I don't hate any book...ever. Authors put months and sometimes years worth of blood, sweat, and tears into their work. I have the utmost respect for all authors. Now...that said, there are definitely books I don't enjoy or think the writing could have been better...but all writing is artwork and all people have different likes and dislikes.

4. Which book do I love the most? This depends on the day. Overall...I have to say that my favorite series is probably The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. My favorite book that I have read recently is Divergent by Veronica Roth. LOVED IT! Oh, and I must chose an adult type book also...The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning.

5. Have I cried over a book lately? Gosh...I don't think I have cried over a book in the last month or two, which is very unusual. I'm sure I'll find something to cry over soon. I did watch Charlie St. Cloud and The Vow recently. Cried at both of those movies...maybe that's why I haven't cried over any books...Hmmm?

Wait...I lied. The Statistical Probability of Love at Sight. Yeah...I cried.

6. What book would you like to be a part of? Oh, I want to be part of Divergent. I know...scary, right? But I love politics and I love the premise of this story. Peace by separating people by'll never work, but the thought is intriguing. Yes...definitely Divergent.

7. If fictional boys were real, who would I like to meet? Not fair...there are entirely too many. I would start with Jace from The Mortal Instruments (Come on...who wouldn't), then probably Four from Divergent, and definitely Daemon from Obsidan. Oh crap...then there's Aiden and Shay from The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. And well...I'd really like to meet Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments...pure curiosity there. LOL.

8. Reality books or fantasy? Fantasy all the way.

9. Do you judge a book by it's cover? Hmmm...well, yes, sometimes I do. I just can't help it. Show me a pretty cover and I'm getting me a book. I've been both disappointed by pretty covers and surprised with pleasure by not so beautiful covers.

10. What book would you like to see become a movie? I don't know. I mean, there are a lot of books that have had movie rights purchased but I never read a book and think, wow, I'd love to see this book made into a movie. Although, I am looking forward to The Hunger Games..

11. Have you been disappointed by some book? Yes, I have. Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer was a huge let down for me...but hey, life is full of disappointments, right?

Next, I was tagged by author, blogger, and friend Aine P. Massie.

1. First book I reviewed? Demon Kissed by HM Ward. Loved that book and still attempting to finish the series. Looking review skills have definitely improved...thank goodness.

2. Best book I've ever read? I'll refer you to question 4 above.

3. Favorite genre? Definitely YA Paranormal Romance or YA Urban Fantasy. No question about it.

4. Paperback, Hardback, Ebook, or Audiobook? In this order...Hardback, Paperback, Ebook, then Audiobook.

5. Favorite place to read? Winter - Curled up under the covers with some good music and hot chocolate. Summer - nothing better than a little poolside reading or, when I get a chance, the beach.

6. What drew me to blogging? Too much time on my hands. Yeah...really. I became a stay at home mom and needed something to do...already read...why not blog?

7. How much time do you spend working on your blog? Too much. LOL. The month of February has been a light month as far as blogging goes. I've been beta-reading and working on my own WIP. Maybe someday, I'll tell ya about it. LOL.

8. Books that I am most excited to see released? Well, there are just so many. The City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare tops my list. Then well, there's Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (which won't release until 2013...but I'm looking forward to it.) Until I Die by Amy Plum. Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent. Insurgent by Veronica Roth...Okay...well, you get the point. Too many to count.

9. If I could meet any book character, who would it be? I'll refer you to question 7 above.

10. Team Dimitri or Team Adrian? Adrian, of course. of the best friends a girl can have, April from Books 4 Juliet and Starbooks.

The rules to this one are simple enough...10 things about myself.

1. I said I would never have kids...I lied. I have two beautiful girls who are my world and lost a son who is now my guardian angel.
2. I am one of the clumsiest people I know...I think that's the reason I can connect with Bella.
3. I'm actually a bit agoraphobic. (I get anxious when I'm forced to mix with people I don't know.)
4. I'm highly scared of spiders...ask anyone. Nothing with eight legs should be able to's just wrong.
5. I was a nurse in another life...okay, in this's just been a while.
6. I hate, hate, hate the cold weather. I don't like snow...I don't think it's pretty. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's just plain evil.
7. I love Edgar Allen Poe.
8. My favorite color is purple...
9. I have 2 tattoos and I want more...I also have my tongue pierced and want my nose pierced.
10. My life revolves around this simple rule "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." That's all anyone really needs. Keep it simple.

Shanan from The Book Addict was kind enough to bestow me with the One Lovely Blog Award and I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH! You rock Shanan!

And last, but not least...Niina from For the Love of Reading.

1. What makes you feel like you’re reading or have read a truly amazing book? When I get pulled so deep into a book that I have no idea what time it is or what's happening around me...I know I've found an amazing book. When I finish reading and fall asleep thinking about the book...amazing. When I dream about the book... phenomenal. When I'm still thinking about a book two weeks after I've read it...sensational.

2. If you could only read 3 books of your favorite genre for the rest of your life what would they be, and why? Oh my...only 3 books ever? Well...The City of Lost Souls, of course. Insurgent by Veronica Roth...and then see, we're stuck. Because both of those books are the next to last book in their respective I would have to read the next books. Only 3 books...nope, can't do it.

3. What makes a hero sexy? So many things make a hero sexy. I like my heroes broken...the more pieces, the better. Confidence combined with a touch of arrogance gets me hot. Snarky and charming. Tall, dark, and sublimely gorgeous doesn't hurt. But most of all...they care about their heroine above all else.

4.What’s the biggest turn on in a guy, fictional or real life? This is going to make me seem weak, like all those heroines we get so annoyed with...but I want someone whose whole life will revolve around mine. I want someone to take care of me and complete me. So, yeah...we're talking fictional. LOL.

5. What’s the best compliment you’ve received on your writing? And who complimented you? Jamie Magee, author of the Insight Series, once said..."I wish I had another book published for you to read - you make me smile." And another author once said... "Your review made me want to read my own book." I looked for which book that was...but I can't find it and don't remember. Anyway...these things made me happy...but...I'll hold that thought because I'm working on my own book and I don't want to jinx anything.

6. Would you rather meet real vampires or werewolves? Oh, come on...a vampire of course.

7. Who is your current book boyfriend? Today...well, it's Daemon from Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout. I read Shadows last night and it forced me to reread Obsidian. I held a gun to my head. LOL?

8. Do you like your men Alpha-male or submissive? Alpha-male baby!!!

9. What is your favorite guilty treat? Tiramisu and a Grande Vanilla Latte with Whipped Cream and extra vanilla.

10. M&Ms best With or Without Peanuts? With Peanuts...definitely!

11. Which one would you choose Bad boys or Good guys? I do love me some bad boys. A little risk for a lot of fun!


  1. I love reading these tag posts! They're so much fun and i get to learn about the people behind the blog! And I totally agree with your biggest turn on in a guy! It's just plain attractive when a guy cares so much!

  2. Shae...I had a lot of fun answering these questions and popping around the blogosphere and seeing what others had to say. It is interesting to get to know the people behind the blogs.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Great answers! :D I like a touch of arrongance in aguy as well. ;)

  4. Great answers, Kristin! I loved getting to know more about you.

    Special cheering on your WIP! My baby is about to undergo the last (second to last?) edit and I'm getting icy cold feet, so I know how you feel about jinxing the project :) I'm sure it'll be great!

    Ron @ Stories of my life



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