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Book Tag

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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