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Confessions of a Book Blogger

Hey, y’all! I got into the mood to hunt down a variety of fun tags to complete, so, naturally, I did a Google search and found many! This tag allows the writer to be completely honest regarding his/her blogging and reading preferences and habits.

The only requirement is for one to be TOTALLY HONEST when answering the questions. Of course, it’s recommended that participants tag other bloggers to take part, but I’m not big on tagging people – it makes me feel like I’m bombarding them with posts and I don’t want anyone to feel like they MUST do the tag!

With that being said, if this tag appeals to you, definitely feel free to JUST DO IT! LOL!

Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

I am so very disappointed to report that I absolutely detested and totally DNFd The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Me, being goofy and refusing to read synopses prior to the reading of books, assumed the book would be about libraries in general due to its title.

However, it’s about the burning of the Los Angeles Public Library in the ’80s, including the endless investigation into the fire’s cause. I was, in all honesty, pissed when I figured out the book was not all about books and multiple libraries and DNFd before making it even 50% through the book.

I later read in the synopsis that Orlean does touch on her own love of books and the role in which libraries play in our lives. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it that far in my reading. I just can’t imagine how Orlean stretched the LAPL saga into over 300 pages…

Seriously, I think the title of this book should’ve been reserved for a much better book, one that’s actually about libraries, not just one. The title is just misleading; had I read the synopsis first, I would have passed on this one totally.

Which book is your guilty pleasure?

I don’t feel guilty about it [LOL], but I LOVE re-reading books I consumed during my childhood and teen years. As of now, I read Nancy Drew mysteries and The Baby-sitters Club books, especially since the Graphix editions have been published, quite frequently.

I’m also loving the Dork Diaries series and have my eye on a few more MG series and standalones. I’d like to read the old school American Girl books again – Felicity is my favorite character! A Series of Unfortunate Events is also a favorite of mine.

Which book do you love to hate?

Sorry, people, but Caraval by Stephanie Garber is BY FAR the WORST book I’ve ever ATTEMPTED to read! All I could deduce from the sure-to-be convoluted plot was that two sisters jumped off a boat or something to get to the stupid circus, or what the hell ever Caraval is supposed to be.

First, I DNFd the audio edition of the book – I couldn’t follow the plot if my life had depended on it. Then, because I really did want to give it a chance, I bought a hard copy of Caraval thinking maybe it would make sense if I devoured every single word. Well, I still found the book to be ridiculous and donated it to the local thrift shop. Talk about a waste of money and HYPE.

Which book would you throw into the sea?

This is actually an easy as pie question for me – I would happily chuck My Antonia by Willa Cather into any body of water. I was forced to read the classic tale in senior AP English in high school. I despised every minute of that book and once again, could not follow its plot.

I remember scraping my way through quizzes on the required reading and pretty much guessing details and plot lines when writing essays concerning the book. There is a TINY chance that I may attempt to read it again, just to see if my perspective on the work will have changed since 2001…I’m not too sure on that though!

Which book have you read the most?

Well, I’m not much of a re-reader, except for reading beloved books from my younger days. So, I really can’t answer this question as it’s posed. The one book I’d love to read over and over again is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

The Russian romantic tragedy is a beautiful book and I’ve gotten to where I collect various editions. Despite its length, the version I’ve read is made up of nearly 900 pages, it seemed like I blew through the story, eating up every word. Anna Karenina is one of the very few books that have really touched me. I recall being virtually devastated upon my completion of the novel!

Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

This one is pretty tough to answer – it’s rare that I’d say ‘no thanks’ to a bookish gift. I suppose I’d die of disappointment if I received The Hunger Games series. I hated the first book and DNFd it quickly – sorry, not sorry.

Which book could you not live without?

Anna Karenina, being my most favorite book ever, is the obvious answer to this question!

Isn’t this edition, the one I’ve read, an absolute beauty?

Which book made you the angriest?

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, most definitely pissed me off so bad – I could’ve chosen it to be tossed into the ocean! The book starts out intriguingly and gets stupid FAST. I was so excited to read it and then SO VERY DISAPPOINTED in the quality of the storytelling and especially by the author apparently taking the easy way out just to finish the book.

Which book made you cry the most?

I really can’t think of a book that was a real tearjerker for me. Maybe I’m cold and heartless, but more than likely my brain is scrambled.

Which book cover do you hate the most?

Sadly, there are too many book covers that are so incredibly unappealing to create a complete list. So, I’ll simply go with romance book covers! LOL! I don’t read romances, but their cheesy covers are just WAY TOO MUCH cheese for me!

It’s true, Maggie


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