Thursday, July 2, 2015

Twenty Bookish Questions

And now it's survey time! This questions were lifted from Trish at Love Laughter and a Touch of Insanity. If you want to see where she got them and her answers, click on over and give her a visit! 

1. Favorite childhood book:

Just one of many

2. What are you reading right now?

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

None at the moment. I usually don't have a bunch from the library.

4. Bad book habit:

Laying it down, open, pages down, without a bookmark.
Oh, possibly buying too many!

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

6. Do you have an e-reader?

Yes, yes I do. And I love it.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

At least two usually.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Um... very much yes. I used to go wander the library and pick out whatever looked good. I rarely do that now. I have too many on my shelves to read! Because somehow starting a blog meant buying more. Or something.

9. Least favorite book you read this year:

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year:

One of many, but this one is in my head at the moment

11. How often do you read outside of your comfort zone?

Not often, but now and then. I'm not usually afraid to try most anything.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

YA for sure... fantasy and contemporary both.

13. Can you read on the bus?

I don't ride the bus but if I did, probably not. I used to not be able to read in the car, but as I've gotten older I can do it as long as we are on a straight steady road.

14. Favorite place to read:

It's toss up between the bed and the couch.

15. What is your policy on book lending?

I'm a bit wary and people have to prove themselves. If they pass the test, I'm usually okay lending, though I will keep track of who has what (usually) and will bug for it back. I will not lend out signed copies if I can help it.

16. Do you dog-ear your books?


17. Do you write notes on the margins of your books?

Nope, but I think it would be cool if I could make myself do it.

18. Do you break/crack the spines?

Not really, but maybe a little accidentally.

19. What is your favorite language to read?

LOL! Um, English! But I did read a few novels in French back in college days!

20. What makes you love a book?

awesome characters, vulnerable villains, beautiful writing, romance, intense action, cool worlds, emotion emotion emotion, unique plot and story idea, learning about another place or historical person

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books So Far This Year

The year is half over already! How does this happen! Today we are making a list of our favorite books so far this year. (Not necessarily published this year of course, but just read by me this year!)

These are the books I've given five stars to so far this year (not counting North and South, a re-read.)

1. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
2. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
3. These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Megan Spooner
4. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkowski
5. Half Bad by Sally Green

And my favorite four stars:

6. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
7. Ignite by Sara B. Larson
8. The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West
9. Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan
10. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I can't wait to see what other books will join this list before the year is over!

Link up your favorite books so far this year over at The Broke and the Bookish today!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trip Books

Cool image of Europe!

Before heading out on the trip, I looked up some books that are set in some of the places we'll be travelling to. While I didn't have time to actually read these books, I added some to my hope to read someday list. I thought maybe you'd like to see the list. Some of these I have already read, and totally enjoyed.

Southern France

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Madam Will You Talk by Mary Stewart
Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Florence Italy

Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
Galileo's' Daughter by Dava Sobel
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
The Light in the Piazza by Elizabeth Spencer


I, Claudius by Robert Graves
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough


The Book Thief!! (Guys I totally forgot this until... like... later. Gasp!)
Sophie Scholl and the White Rose by Annette Dumbach
The Dawn of Midnight by Trevor Scott
A Night of Long Knives by Rebecca Cantrell


Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman


The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwa
The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, written by Maria von TrappThe Painted Kiss by Elizabeth Hickey

Whew! And that's just a tiny tiny taste! Have you read any of these books? If so, which ones and did you love them or not?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Best Top Ten Tuesday Topics Ever!

It's been five years since Top Ten Tuesday started! Happy Anniversary! I can't remember when I hopped on the wagon, but it wasn't too long after. Here are my favorite topics during that time:

My Top Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics!

1. Favorite Couples
2. Crushes
3. Favorite Authors
4. Childhood Favorites
5. Books for Non-Readers
6. Favorite Book Quotes
7. Favorite Settings
8. Favorite Character Names
9. Swoony Books
10. Books that Broke My Heart

I'm thinking I should link to my lists for these topics. Yes? Okay fine.

What are your favorites from over the years? Find the link up at The Broke and the Bookish!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Instagram You're On!

My Instagram profile pic,
which might look a little different from what you're
familiar with around here!

When this post is published I'll be experiencing the first full day of our current European adventure. Which means the blog will be taking a bit of a beak for the next few weeks. I have scheduled a few Top Ten posts and a couple of other random things, but for the most part, it'll be quiet around here. 

But, I'll be in full swing over on Instagram! So if you would find it fun to follow the adventure through pictures, do come and follow me there! I hope to have a blast this time around sharing whatever crazy things happen, the fun places we find, some famous places, some out the way spots, food adventures, practicing selfies (did I say how much I hate selfies?) and anything else that seems at all interesting. 

Click here to find my profile on the computer or search for sueysays on your Instagram app. See you in Europe!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR This Summer

.... or books on my Kindle that I plan to read while on vacation, which starts today! I'm taking my Kindle of course and I hope to read at least four or so from this list:

1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
2. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
5. Mania by J.R. Johansson
6. Miramonts Ghost by Elizabeth Hall
7. Feed by M.T. Anderson
8. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
9. Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
10. Arson by Estevan Vega

Just to name a few!!

Which ones from this list do you think I simply MUST read before this summer is over?

What books do you plan to read this summer? Link up over at The Broke and the Bookish!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Currently. . . A Day Late.

Listening: The Piano Guys  (first the Jurassic Park one.. and now it's switched to... I don't even know what, but it's dang cool.)

Watching: NOTHING! Gasp. How can this be? Wait, I did watch Jess's first episode on Gilmore Girls the other day. I wonder how many times I've see that now....

Reading: I read half of Clockwork Angel, but then got sidetracked by This Shattered World that I grabbed from the library. And now I have two half finished books.

Blogging: We've just come down from a quite and simple Bloggiesta. Thanks to all of who participated. We'll have a "normal" one in September. Stay tuned. I've scheduled a few blog posts to go up while I'm gone, but for the most part, it's going to be pretty quite around here. You can still talk to me though. I won't be completely off grid!

Writing: I managed to do first (or is it second) edits for another chapter. I was hoping to get through the whole rest of my story this week, but there wasn't enough time. Soon, very soon, I hope to have gone through it all, then go through it all again, and then see if I can get a few beta readers! SCARY!

Planning: It's been all trip stuff for weeks. And we have one more day and then OUTA HERE!  The anticipation is pretty much going to kill me. I'm not kidding.

Health Watch: I did the military diet with my sister. That was interesting. I got on the scale BEFORE the diet started and the scale finally FINALLY said that six pounds were gone! That was baffling and unexpected. I haven't got on it again but I wonder if all the anxiety of this past week has made me lose a couple more. Because anxiety, I've found, is the best way to lose weight. :)


  • Went to the city's summer parade and fireworks this past week. Tradition!
  • Hosted a dinner for the family Sunday. Goodbye to them!
  • Daughter made it home from her adventure. Yay!
  • Summer arrived! Hot!
That's about it from here. Happy new week!


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