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 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.