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Book Tag

A to Z Book Tag

I first found this book tag on the blog Between The Shelves, and decided it would be a fun way to close out the year for me!

A: Author You’ve Read the Most Books From

I have read the most John Sandford novels, that feature a Minnesota detective Lucas Davenport in books that always have the word Prey in the title. I also have read all the books for his spin-off character Virgil Flowers, so I have read 40+ books by this author and look forward to his almost yearly new books

B: Best Sequel Ever

The Locke & Key series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez- all six volumes were strong

C: Currently Reading

A Time For Mercy by John Grisham

D: Drink of Choice While Reading

White wine

E: E-Reader or Physical Book

Physical book- 100%

F: Fiction Character You Would Have Dated in High School

Park Sheridan from the YA novel Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, for he was so kind and decent

G: Glad You Gave This Book a Chance

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid- it was the first book of hers that I read that led me to Malibu Rising and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and I loved them all

H: Hidden Gem Book

The podcast LeVar Burton Reads is filled with short story gems!

I: Important Moment in Your Reading Life

My mom took me to the library regularly as a child and let me check out as many books as I wanted. I saw her prioritizing reading, so I did too

J: Just Finished

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards- a thriller that wasn’t very thrilling

K: Kind of Books You Won’t Read

I rarely read romances. While I enjoy romances in stories I read, I don’t want it to be the only focus

L: Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

I can’t remember, but Goodreads says The Toll at 625 pages by Neil Shusterman was my longest this year

M: Minor Book Hangover Because of

The Invincible series. I had read volume one back in 2016 but didn’t pick up the rest of the series until this year. Then I read volumes 2-12 over the course of this summer and fall, immersing myself in the subversive superhero world

N: Number of Bookcases You Own

One, but additional books piled everywhere!

O: One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

The Wedding by Dorothy West

P: Preferred Place to Read

In bed or in the armchair in my family room

Q: Quote that Inspires You/Gave You All the Feels

“We who live in quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts and live our own lives in a way that is not possible for those keeping up with the crowd” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

R: Reading Regret

I rarely give up on books, and end up slogging through them even when I should give up and not waste my time on them

S: Series You’ve Started and Need to Finish

Manifest Destiny, a graphic novel series by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts that reimagines the Lewis & Clark expedition, is coming to a close and I want to finish the last volume when it comes out in March

T: Three of Your All Time Favorite Books

A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House, My Old True Love by Sheila Kay Adams and A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

U: Unapologetic Fangirl For

Graphic Novels!

V: Very Excited for This Release

Volume Ten of Saga. Fans have been waiting for years for this graphic novel series to resume

W: Worst Bookish Habits

Having three to five books going at once

X: X Marks the Spot! 27th Book on Your Bookshelf

A Journey Through DeKalb County by Stephen J. Bigolin (local IL history book)

Y: Your Latest Book Purchase

I’m a teen librarian, and I just placed an order yesterday for January releases of YA books for my library!

Z: ZZZ Snatched Book: The Last Book that Kept You Up Too Late

In The Wild Light by Jeff Zentner- a great coming of age novel that felt very authentic and honored the past and their families of the two Appalachian teens who were trying to better themselves

2021 was another challenging year, but I hope you had some great reads to help get you through it. May 2022 be your best year yet!


Library Lovers Book Tag

I am a librarian- how have I not done this tag before?? I was inspired by the brilliant Rachel of Life of a Female Bibliophile, who in turn was inspired by BookStackAmber (whose site I got the header picture from).

How often do you visit your local library?

All the time! Of course, I work at a library…

Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?

I typically have several books going at once- a graphic novel, an audio book for my work commute, and a print book. As for due dates, that’s what renewing is for!

All the books!

How old were you when you got your first library card?

My mom brought me to library regularly as a child, I don’t remember not having a card, but I would assume kindergarten.

Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?

Both- I love to browse, so typically it’s some titles I had in mind but also ones that capture my interest at the moment.

Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out dvds, audiobooks etc.?

I check out everything! Books, movies, music, audiobooks, hotspots, and magazines. I like physical books the best, but I also use Hoopla for a few online books.

If only I had a magic bag to fit in all the books I check out!

From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? ( YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction.)

This blog proves I read a lot of graphic novels, but I also read a mix of YA, historical fiction, thrillers and non-fiction. I’m pretty evenly divided with my book genres ( I post all my reviews on Goodreads, but mostly graphic novels are on this blog).

What is your favorite part of using your local library?

I adore reading, but truth be told, I don’t own a great many books (but still more than the average person). I buy my children a lot of books, but I get a majority of my reads for free from the library. When I was growing up libraries didn’t have the programming they do nowadays, so I enjoy creating programs for the teens I work with, attending adult programs myself and when my children were younger taking them to story time.

I am not tagging anyone in particular, although I’d like to see how my writing partner Kathleen would respond. So, please go ahead if you are interested, and share your library love!


Truer words have never been spoken!

Finally Fall Book Tag

Fall is by far my favorite time of the year, so I was pleased to receive the Finally Fall Book Tag from one of my favorite bloggers Lashaan from Bookidote! He is part of an amazing blogging duo with Trang, so I always look forward to both of their posts, as they partner on their blog as Kathleen and I do! Please check out his original post and make sure you read more of their well-written blog.

Locke & Key is a fantastic supernatural series that creates a vivid backdrop for the Locke family. I can’t wait for the Netflix series next year!

The audio version of this amazing YA book will gut you! Check out my Goodreads review about this gritty thriller.

I am currently listening to A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson about his adventure of walking a significant part of the Appalachian Trail. My husband and I are avid hikers, yet toting a 50-pound pack vs a small backpack are two completely different things. I am enjoying finding out about the realities of the trail, and I can dare to dream that I’d be in good enough shape (and have the time) to complete this epic hike someday.

I have been reading about the ElfQuest tribe since I was in high school!


Look, its ElfQuest again! In this particular story, Tyleet is telling some other elves a story about the human child she adopted and how both tribes benefitted from it.

Snow, Glass, Apples is a delightfully dark fairytale by Neil Gaiman about Snow White told from the step-mother’s view. But it’s the art by ColleenDoran that elevates this tale.

I am a big fan of the podcast LeVar Burton Reads, for it includes dozens of short stories read by the esteemed storyteller.  Favorites include: Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience, Jackalope Wives, Different Kinds of Darkness and The Fliers of Gy.

I adore the early YA novel A Long Way From Chicago about the indomitable Grandma Dowdel.  The chapters are in essence short stories about two siblings visiting their Grandma each summer, and I can re-read it again and again.

I love to read cuddled up in a blanket on a comfortable chair in the same room as my family! ♥


Thanks again to Lashaan for this fun tag (plus the use of the graphics from his post), but as fall is truly almost over, I will not be tagging anyone, because the holidays are around the corner!


Extra fall awesomeness: The fall colors left Illinois a few weeks ago, but I was lucky enough to travel to Georgia with my college friends recently and hike through parts of the Chattahoochee National Forest, which is part of the southernmost part of the Appalachian Mountains. The colors were still vivid there, so here are a few pictures of autumn glory:


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