Tagged: The Book Blogger Test!

Tagged: The Book Blogger Test!

Thanks for Christina @Christina’s Book Reviews for tagging me! This is actually the first time I’ve been tagged and this sounded like fun.
Rules: Be as truthful as you can and tag 5 bloggers.
Now, onto the questions!

What are your top three book hates?
Oh boy. I’m pretty sure most of you already know my biggest pet peeves but here we go.
1. Babies/pregnancy. I can’t stand when babies or pregnancies are in books. I swear, I’m not a baby hater! I have kids and I even like them most of the time (JK :) ) but something about kids in books annoys the crackers out of me. I especially don’t like when there are kids involved from previous relationships. Pregnancies are my least favorite. Especially when they are ‘oops’ pregnancies. While some books with babies/kids/pregnancies have worked for me (very few), I usually DNF a book that has one of these…
2. The naive virgin. This is a recent pet peeve of mine that has developed over the last year. I have no problem with virgins. I don’t. Especially in YA books. But I have read soooooo many NA books with the same storyline. Innocent and naive virgin good girl falls for the man-whore bad guy. Barf! I’m so sick of this. I’ve also DNF books because of this. Some of these girls don’t even know the basics of sex! I read this book where the girl asked the guy if it was going to hurt when she came. She was in college. Uhhhhhhhh what???? It drives me even crazier when the girl goes from virgin to cat in heat after the first time they have sex. I don’t want to hear how horny or wet you are!
3. Unrealistic/cheesy sex scenes. I’m all for a good sex scene. Give me something hot and sexy and written well and I’ll love it. So many sex scenes lately are so over the top, cheesy and unrealistic. I really don’t think a guy can have sex 8 times in a row without the aid of hardcore drugs or something, and if he can? Ouch! That just sounds painful for the girl! Of course, the guy’s dick is always huge and the girl ‘doesn’t think it can fit.’ I always pay attention to positions and I hate when they don’t make sense. How can your hand be doing that when you’re holding up the girl upside down against the wall??? It seems like a guys dick can’t be mentioned without the words ‘rock hard’ before it. But my biggest pet peeve about sex scenes are the cringe-worthy words used during. I’ve been scarred for life by the words: moist, folds *cringe*, tunnels, rosebud, etc. These should never be used anywhere near a sex scene!

Describe your perfect reading spot:
Anywhere but my bed. There’s something about laying down in my comfortable bed with my warm blanket…and I end up passing out pretty soon. Other than that, I can pretty much read anywhere. The place where I do the most reading is in my desk. Reclined in my comfortable chair with my feet up is my favorite.

Tell us three book confessions:
1. I don’t like reading print books. I love print books because I love adding books to my shelves. Plus, petting my kindle isn’t the same as petting a beautiful book. But reading books on my kindle is just so convenient for me. I don’t have a lot of time to read so I love carrying my kindle around everywhere and reading every chance I get. When I read a print book, I leave it at home because I don’t want the book to get dirty or messed up.
2. I don’t like letting people borrow my books. I of course want people to read books but there’s something scary about letting someone else take your book (especially if it’s a favorite) and not knowing when you’ll get it back. I let someone borrow like 7 of my favorite books over 6 months ago and I still haven’t gotten them back. She’s family so I know she has them safe, but still. I want them back. My niece just started getting into YA books and I’d rather buy her her own books instead of letting her borrow mine.
3. I hate mass paperback books. (Those smaller sized books, usually they are romance books) There are just too many pages crammed into such a small book and it’s hard to get the book to lay flat without messing up the spine. I prefer trade paperback sized books.

When was the last time you cried while reading?
I rarely cry with books. Even if I want to I can usually always hold off the tears. Sure, my eyes may get watery and my vision may blur, but full on crying is rare. When I do cry, it’s usually over something that hits close to home for me rather than something that is super sad or emotional. Books that did make me teary eyed? The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, Charade by Nyrae Dawn and Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen. OMG and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.

How many books are on your bedside?
None. I mostly read my books on my kindle. When I do read print books, it’s a pain in the ass to read them in bed. Dealing with a book light, changing pages….I’m so lazy…. When I do happen to read print books, I always put them back on my shelves or my desk.

What is your favorite snack while reading?
Ice cream. Preferably when it’s cold and raining but I can eat ice cream every day of the year. Chocolate is always a good choice too. Or chips.

Name three books you would recommend to anyone?
Wow, this one is hard because I have books that are my favorites but I don’t think everyone would like them. Here are some of my favorites I think most people would like:
truly madly yours the sea of tranquility black wanderlove
Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson – one of my favorite books ever!
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay – such a beautiful book.
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase:
I have 4 bookcases and over 500 physical books, also my cousin currently has some of my favorite books so some of my favorites are missing. But these two shelves are some of my favorites:

Oh, and there’s also the shelf with some of my favorite romance books by Rachel Gibson and Jennifer Crusie:

Write how much books mean to you in three words:
The Best Escape!

What is your biggest reading secret?
Ummm, except for my boyfriend and sister and parents, hardly anybody knows that I blog about books. They all know I looooooove books and reading because they’ve seen my book room, but I feel silly talking about my blogging.

Now I’m tagging:
-Steph at NoBS Book Reviews
-Lisa and Becca at Lost In Literature
-Sharon at Obsession with Books
-Nick at Nick’s Book Blog
-Amanda at Book Badger


  1. I loved reading about your reading habits! Thanks for the great book tips too, I can always use more!
    There’s nothing worse than a bad sex scene, I totally agree. I read about everything, but the writing should be good, otherwise it spoils everything. And those innocent virgins, ugh. Girls aren’t like that these days, I can’t imagine. Still a few years ago when I was still studying a girl who claimed to be exactly that managed to get a professor fired. So who knows, they might be some rare cases out there?
    I usually give away the books I’m not going to read again or books that don’t have a special meaning, but letting someone borrow the books I’ve bought… no way!
    I love your shelves, great books!
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  2. OMG I seriously hate pregnancies in books too — especially OOPs. Definitely a DNF most of the time for me — it’s so predictable and dumb!!

    I also can’t stand reading print books anymore — I read everything on my kindle! It’s so weird because about 4 years ago I swore I would never get a kindle but then I did before a trip to Europe and now I am obsessed!!!
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  3. OH SNAP! I’ve got some work to do! <3 Thanks for tagging me! I think that the most amusing thing about your book hates is the fact that you hate the babies in books, but can tolerate real ones. HAHA. Love that.
    Stephanie @ No BS Book Reviews recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday: 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew SmithMy Profile

  4. This was fantastic to read Nereyda! I feel the same about the sex scenes lately, they either have to be good or get out, and I’m the complete opposite, I love reading in bed! Thank you for tagging me, I’m in the middle of putting it together now, so it should be up next week! :)
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  5. This post was so much fun! BTW, I cry all the time when reading boks :(
    Liza @ Reading with ABC recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasMy Profile

  6. That was a great post. I don’t like unrealistic/ cheesy sex scenes…But I love babies in books, they just make me happy :).
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  7. Oh my, I’ve been tagged!!! Looks like I better get started on this post!! :D Thanks for tagging me. This looks fun!

    I’m a kindle fan too, though every once in a while I just want to feel a real book in my hands. <3

    Great post, Nereyda! I'll get working on mine too. :)
    Lisa (Lost in Literature) recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire & Five Ways to Fall by K.A. TuckerMy Profile

  8. Hahaha, you’re pet peeves hilariously ring true to every problem I have about books, except maybe that but about babies and pregnancies :P

    Your book shelves look pretty and while I do prefer reading print books and lounging around the house with them, I must admit a kindle is kind of more convenient.

    Great post :)
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  9. Ooh, so cool! Thx for the tag Nereyda ☺you’ve given me a reason to prepare a post – I’ve been lazy..

    I share your pet peeves, I actually try to avoid books with those subject matters, its just not for me.

    You know when hubby gave me my kindle I almost returned it because I thought it would be a waste of a gift, I only read print books but boy has that changed! I actually find it difficult now to not read an eBook – its odd.

    Your book shelves are so neat! I’m going to have to try Wanderlove & Truly Madly Yours, I loved The Sea of Tranquility soooo much.

    A fabulous post!
    Sharon – Obsession with Books recently posted…ARC Review: Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie JordanMy Profile

    • It was nice to blog about something fun, looking forward to your answers.

      When my boyfriend bought me my kindle I was like ‘I don’t even like ebooks.’ Now I don’t leave home without my kindle.

      Wanderlove is such a good YA story, I love it.

  10. Okay. Try number 2 to comment on your blog with my co-blog link in the website thing and I think this is gonna work.

    Unlike you, I cry a lot when I read. In all the good bits and all the sad bits. I just cry a lot of in general, lol. I have heard Wanderlove is really good so I’ll put that on my TBR.

    Great post! <33
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    • Sorry for the comment problems but thank you so much for trying!

      I feel like such a wimp when I cry so I avoid it at all costs. Even if it means I have to take reading breaks, Wanderlove is awesome! Such a shame that a lot of people haven’t even heard of it.

  11. Your post didn’t appear in my Bloglovin feed for some reason! >.<
    Anyways, when I read that question about the pet peeves, I knew you were going to mention those things! :D Ha! I'm beginning to know you well. (I know that sounds creepy).
    That's so funny how you don't like reading on your bed. That's the only place I enjoy reading to be honest. I get distracted by other things when I'm at my desk.
    Also, I'm with you. I don't like reading paperbacks anymore. I prefer my e-reader as well. I feel like I can read so much faster too. LOL. And yeah, I'm lazy too! :P
    Thanks for tagging me! I might do it next week. :D
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    • I figured anyone who has followed me for a while would no exactly what my 3 pet peeves would be :)
      Bed equals sleep for me. Even when I try to read in bed during the day on weekends I end up taking a nap instead. My kindle has made me such a lazy reader!

  12. HAHAHAHAHA, the naive virgin and cheesy sex scenes! I totally agree on those two aspects. And the babies/pregnancy one too. Yes, I agree with you on those three. Those bookshelves are lovely! :D

    Great post, Nereyda!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
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