Twenty Questions Book Tag

Hey everyone! I’m here today with another tag post :) This tag was so much fun to do, so I hope you guys like it!

Also, quick update- there will be a break in my book club for May because I have a lot of books I need to read (due to release dates and loan dates) so I will not be able to fit another one in to my schedule. The club will pick back up in June, so make sure you check back later in May!

How many books is too many books in a book series?

Honestly, anything more than 4 books is too much for me. I just did a post talking about series vs standalones, and I explained how I can’t keep up with a series too well.

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

They are the absolute worst but I (lowkey) like them because it means I felt something from the book.

Hardcopy or paperback?

Definitely paperback! I just did a post all about this, too!

Favorite book?

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I always answer with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee because it’s been a favorite of mine for the longest time!

Least favorite book?

I don’t rate a lot of books 1-2 stars because I am a pretty good judge of what books I will enjoy or not. I would have to go with either Passenger by Alexandra Bracken or Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard just because I found both of them very slow/boring.

Love triangles, yes or no?

I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles, I prefer the MC having one love interest but I won’t stop reading a book just because of a love triangle.

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

I just recently DNF’d an ARC I got called The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky because it was really boring. Nothing was happening, so I just couldn’t get myself to continue.

A book you’re currently reading?

I am finishing up The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson right now because it was part of my April Book Club!

Last book you recommended to someone?

Probably Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett! That book just came out and it is amazing.

Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

I am not sure if I am being honest, but probably Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (first published in 1813).

Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic. I received an e-ARC so I read it right before it came out.

Favorite author?

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Jenn Bennett is a current favorite of mine, but some old favorites are Jenny Han, John Green, and Nina LaCour.

Buying books or borrowing books?

I always prefer to buy books because I like to write/tab my books.

A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. I really wasn’t of fan of this book at all.

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Both. I typically use those cool magnetic bookmarks because I don’t like regular bookmarks. But sometimes I just dog-ear a page if I can’t find a bookmark.

A book you can always reread?

I honestly very rarely re-read books. The only book I’ve re-read 3 times is To Kill A Mockingbird, so that is what I’m going to go with!

Can you read while hearing music?

I can but it’s definitely not ideal. When I’m in public and there’s music playing it’s fine, but when I am at home I can’t play music.

One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

I like both, and I really don’t have a preference for either of the two.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Almost always over multiple days but I have been able to finish a book in just a day in the past!

Who do you tag?

Everyone who wants to do this! It was a really fun tag, and I want everyone to have the chance to answer these questions :)

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What did you think of this tag? Please leave the link down below if you decided to do it!

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Reader Problems Tag

This is a bit of an older tag, but I have seen it many times both on Booktube and on WordPress, so I really wanted to add to it! This is a bit of a longer tag, so let’s just get straight into it!

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I am a huge mood reader, so I would first look at the books I own and pick one based off of its genre, the cover, or just how much I want to read it! It honestly really just depends on what I’m feeling haha

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I used to be completely committed and I would finish a book no matter what. Now, if I am not enjoying a book, I quit. I don’t usually get 1/2 through it though, I stop much earlier.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I definitely try to catch up. If I am behind, the entire month of December I am basically spending all of my time reading. Like, actually. It’s all I do.

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This actually does not bother me that much. First off, I do not read/own a lot of series because I prefer standalones or duologies/trilogies. Second, I think it’s kind of interesting to have mismatching covers, even though I know almost everyone else in the book community would hate this!

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I typically turn to Goodreads and try to find other reviewers with similar opinions to mine! I try to comment on their reviews so that we can talk about it together! Otherwise, I sometimes come across booktubers with similar taste to mine and if they talk about the book I hated, I comment on their videos!

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

This has actually happened to me at school when I was in 8th grade reading TFIOS. Yes, that book made me cry. I was in class with some friends though so they just let me pour my emotions out with no judgement. If I happened to be alone, I would hold in the tears until I got home.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

I never really re-read the first book, I usually just read a synopsis and hope that is enough information to start the second book. Usually, I begin to regain some memory of the previous book as I read the next.

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You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

People don’t typically ask to borrow my books because I don’t talk about them that often. I only lend out books to people I trust, though. If someone I didn’t trust were to ask me, I would probably just say I don’t own it, or that they should just get it from the library because it’s an important book to me. (Lying is bad, I know. But when it comes to my books I gotta do it)

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I don’t try to force myself to read if I am really not in the mood. I just slowly get back into reading usually by picking up a fluffy contemporary, or something super light/short! The only type of slump I force myself to get over is a writing slump, because that is something I lack motivation for quite frequently because I get stuck or frustrated. However, a reading slump is nothing I need to focus on immediately, and I just go with the flow.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Currently, I am on a book buying ban because I don’t have a job and I am starting college in the fall, so a girls gotta save money. BUT, when I do have some cash, I usually buy 2-3 books (at the very most 4) in one Barnes and Noble run.

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Right now, they are probably sitting on my shelves for at least a month before I get to them. Usually so much longer. I have 3 shelves in my room dedicated to books I haven’t read yet, so that gives you a bit of a picture. It’s a really big struggle.

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That’s it for the tag! I tag all of you to do it (if you want!) because it was super fun. Let me know if you agree with any of my answers down in the comments below :)

Xo, Jess

April Book Club

If you saw my announcement post a little while ago, you would know that I am going to be hosting a monthly book club!

You guys voted, and the book we are reading this month is…

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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I am super excited to read this book, because it has been on my TBR for a while now!

Here is the schedule:

  • April 1st-7th: Chapters 1-5 (roughly 130 pages)
  • April 8th-14th: Chapters 6-10 (roughly 170 pages)
  • April 15th-21st: Chapters 11-15 (roughly 100 pages)
  • April 22nd-28th: Chapter 16-20 (roughly 120 pages)

On the 30th, I will post my review of the book.

There is also going to be a Twitter groupchat to discuss the book. If you would like to participate, leave your Twitter username down below :)

Let me know if you are going to join the book club this month!

Xo, Jess

Announcement- New Monthly Book Club!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to announce that I will now be hosting a monthly book club here on Kisses From Jess!

The book club will begin on April 1st, and there will be a new book every month. I will give a breakdown of what page/chapter everyone should get to every week, and I will create a Twitter groupchat with everyone who wants to participate in order to discuss it! I made a twitter specifically for this blog, so be sure to follow me on there so I can add you!

I will also write a post at the end of the month to discuss my thoughts of the book we just read, and I will announce the next month’s book.

But for now, I created a poll for everyone to vote on so that I can see what genre and book you guys would like to read! You can click here to take the poll. 

More info will come when I announce April’s book.

I hope you guys are just as excited for this as I am! Leave me a comment below to let me know if you will participate :)

Xo, Jess

Wonder Week Read-a-thon TBR!

I love read-a-thons! They are a great way to get yourself to read more books, and it can be so fun to interact with others who are participating! Today I am going to show you my TBR for wonder week read-a-thon hosted by Rimpys Reads! Go check out her post if you want to participate :)

The read-a-thon takes place from March 18th-25th, and the goal is to read 5 books. There is a bingo card included that lists all of the challenges, so the goal is to complete a line of challenges in any direction (like bingo).

Here are the challenges I am doing:

Fantasy- The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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I own the audiobook of this novel and I have been dying to read it since I saw Hailey (from Haileyinbookland) talk about it in a youtube video! I think including an audiobook in a read-a-thon is a really good idea because I can get through it quickly.

Mystery- The House by Christina Lauren

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I have been loving mystery/thriller books recently, so I knew I wanted to include this challenge in my TBR. I have heard some good things about this book, so I want to read it ASAP. It is definitely more of a horror book, but it could be classified as mystery so I will include it anyways (shh).

Pick Your Own- The Universe of Us by Lang Leav

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I haven’t read a lot of poetry recently, and since this is the only un-read poetry collection I own, I decided I wanted to pick it up! Plus, poetry is quick to read.

500 Pages- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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I don’t know if I will be able to finish this book during the one week this takes place (along with 4 other books), but I am going to try my best. Everyone in the book community raves about Morgan Matson, so I know I definitely need to pick up at least one of her books! I really hope I enjoy it.

Re-read- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I have been planning on re-reading this book for months. I wanted to annotate it now that I own a copy, so hopefully I finally get to it!

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That is it for this TBR! Let me know if you are going to participate in this read-a-thon, and let me know what books you are going to read!

Xo, Jess

Goodreads Book Tag!

Hello everyone! It’s finally March. That is insane! February went by so fast and so much had happened during that month. But it was time for a fresh start.

Today, I have a book tag to start the month off with. I saw this tag on Abigail’s Books, and I really liked the idea!

What was the last book you marked as read?

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It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han! I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to finish the last book in the trilogy!

What are you currently reading?

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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson and Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. Both books are ones that have been hyped for a long time in this community so I am finally getting around to them!

What book(s) do you plant to read next?

The House by Christina Lauren and We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. Like I mentioned before, I really want to finish this Jenny Han trilogy, so I will definitely be picking up that book soon. As for The House, I have recently discovered a love for thrillers/mystery novels, so I want to read this soon!

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I do. I think it is a great way to keep track of books, and especially as a book reviewer, it really comes in handy to summarize your thoughts. I do wish you could give 1/2 stars though!

Are you doing a 2018 reading challenge?

Sort of. I have my goal set to 1 because I don’t want to focus on the quantity of books I read this year. Reading became a competition for me, so this year I am just focusing on quality.

Do you have a wishlist?

Yes! I am always hoping to get my hands on books so when I am at a bookstore, this helps me decide what to buy next. Otherwise I would get distracted by so many other books!

What book do you plan to buy next?

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I really want to buy Gemina soon because I read Illuminae so long ago and I loved it. Plus, with Obsidio coming out this month, I would love to be able to read that soon as well.

Do you have any favorite quotes?

I have a few favorite quotes from so many books! The recent one that comes to mind is from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr,” she says. “It means you go on even though you’re scared. And you’re doing that.”

Have you joined any groups?

I have joined a few, but I don’t really contribute anything to them. I would love to get more involved once I find a group I really like!

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Leave me a link to your post if you’ve done this tag before! I would love to check it out :)

Also!!

I am looking for someone to host either a read-a-thon with me, or a monthly book club! If you are interested, please leave a comment down below, or DM me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Xo, Jessica

Booktuber Interview- Julia Sapphire

Hey everyone! As promised, I am here with another interview :) This time with Julia Sapphire, who has an amazing Booktube channel. I highly recommend checking her channel out! 

Let’s get into the questions!

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First, can you introduce yourself and what you do on the internet?

Hello, my name is Julia Sapphire! I make bookish videos on YouTube and am apart of the BookTube community. I upload videos such as, reading wrap ups, hauls, tbr’s (to be read), Stephen King videos, book recommendations videos, etc. I have been making videos for over three years now and started at the age of thirteen, so you definitely see me grow up online a little bit haha.

Obviously, anyone who has checked out your channel knows you love Stephen King. Which book would you recommend for someone who has never read any of his works?

Haha, yes! This is a question I get asked quite a bit and always have trouble answering. I would say that Carrie is a great start for some, it is where I started myself! It is his debut novel and one of his shorter novels for sure. You can totally see him progress as a writer and a person as you continue reading his books. I also suggest Mr. Mercedes, more for people who don’t want to jump into straight-up horror. It is more of a mystery-suspense book and follows a detective! It is blunt and intense but its not considered “horror” so take that as you will :)

Have you been to any bookish events in the past and do you plan on going to any this year?

I have been to book signings, four in the past! I have been to one with Kendare Blake and Lauren Oliver, another with Angie Thomas, Julie Murphy and Becky Albertilli, as well as a Sarah J. Maas signing! Not long ago I also attended the book signing for Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. I do plan on attending Bookcon this June and am super excited but kind of nervous haha.

What are your plans and goals for your channel for 2018?

Ouu I love planning so I did make some channel goals for 2018. *whispers* I kinda sorta have a video on it if you’re interested… ;) My main goals though are to reach 10k subscribers (which I have surpassed!) and really take my viewers feedback and requests to improve my channel more in 2018!

What are your top 3 favorite King books?

Oh gosh!! I get asked this probably daily and typically refuse to answer lol. I will say some of my favourites but I cannot choose an order!! The Shining, Mr Mercedes, Misery, IT and Rose Madder are all great reads! Salems’ Lot is excellent as well!

If you could live in any book world, which would you pick and why?

I am going to go with a classic YA series and say the Shadowhunter world from Cassandra Clare’s books! It is more urban fantasy so it is set in our world but I would love to be apart of the life Jace and everyone is from. It would be super cool to be a Shadowhunter or a vampire or even a warlock! It is probably a typically answer but those books have made quite the impact on my reading and my life in general!

How did you get into reading?

I got into reading when I read Carrie actually! I was researching popular horror films when I was around ten years old and saw Carrie, so I decided to check out the book! I read it in like a day which at the time has never happened! See I did not grow up with Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, I read Goosebumps, the Spiderwick Chronicles and Judy Blum when I was younger. Carrie did really spark my love for his books and for books in general! What got me into YA fiction was the Visions trilogy by  Lisa Mcmann. It was one of the first book series that I adored, I could relate to the main character and loved the boy in the book haha.

I know you live in Canada, so have you ever been to the US and if so, where?

Yes, I am from Canada! I have not been to the US much at all… I have been to Buffalo which is right outside the Niagara Falls border in Canada just to shop for a day, that’s about it though!

What do you see yourself pursuing as a future career? Do you think it would be related to books?

I see myself doing psychology or criminology in the future. I have wanted to pursue this as a career for many years now and books have helped give me new perspectives and increased my interest in these areas. I have thought about working in publishing, it would obviously be something I am passionate about. As for writing, people think that because I read my goal is to become a writer which has not really been the case… mind you I am sixteen so this could change haha! I could see myself writing poetry though.

Finally, what advice would you give someone who wants to start a booktube channel?

I love this question! I think you just have to do it, put your fit in the door kind of thing. It can be scary putting yourself online but it is so much fun and you can really learn things about yourself and grow as a person. Try not to think about subscribers or making money right off the bat. Its just not how it works and people can tell if you are not genuine. I would say have fun, interact in the community and to always share your honest thoughts on a book during a review!!
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Thank you so much to Julia for doing this interview! It was a lot of fun :) Once again, make sure to go check out her channel! If you would like me to do more interviews like this one, please leave a comment down below.
Xo, Jessica

on book buying bans // discussion

As of right now, I own exactly 60 physical books, e-books, and audiobooks that I HAVE NOT yet read. That is insane.

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In the past, I have tried to go on book buying bans because I just can’t keep up with my TBR. Plus, I spend way too much money every month on books, and I have no room for them anymore. I have three shelves for my TBR, and more than 1/2 of the kindle books I own are unread. I am usually very unsuccessful with my bans though, and I barely make it past three weeks.

I think the reason they never work for me is 1. because I have no self control and 2. there are constantly new books being released and I need them all. Plus, after my “ban,” I just end up buying books in bulk. I guess this is the same as dieting. When you go on a diet, you deprive yourself of certain foods and once you get off the diet, you binge those snacks you avoided.

I just can’t help myself. I am a book collector, and buying books is my therapy. It makes me happy to add books to my shelves, even if many of them end up unread for long periods of time.

BUT, I have finally decided to go on a real ban. I won’t buy anymore books until I read at least 25 of the books on my owned TBR. I also won’t be requesting any Netgalley books until I finish reviewing all of the books I currently have.

I don’t know how well this will work, but I am giving it a try. This is going to be extremely hard. I am going into this with high hopes though.

If I am successful, then this ban should last a few months because I am a slow reader and it will take at least 3-4 months to read 25 books for me.

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Have you been on a book buying ban before? How did you do?

Wish me luck with this ban!

Xo, Jess

Contemporary-A-Thon TBR

I recently came across a video announcing the contemporary-a-thon and I immediately knew I wanted to participate. I am a huge contemporary fan, and this is a great way to get some more reading in. I will probably only get through 2, maybe 3 books but I want to try anyways.

The Hosts:
Pages and Pens
My Reading is Odd
Chelsea Dolling Reads

The challenges:

1. Read the most recent contemporary that you purchased/acquired

2. Read a contemporary book with pink on the cover

3. Read a hyped contemporary book

4. Read a diverse contemporary book

5. Read a dark/taboo contemporary

6. Read a contemporary(ish) graphic novel

7. Read a contemporary book that has been recommended to you

My TBR:

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True Believer- Nicholas Sparks (1&2)

I just purchased this about a week or two ago when I went to Barnes and Noble with my friend. We both picked up Nicholas Sparks books because neither of us have read any before. The cover of this one is more of a purple-ish color, but it is the closest to pink I have so I am counting it!

This Adventure Ends- Henry Holt (3)

I have heard nothing but great things about this book, so I am excited to finally get around to reading it. It was pretty hyped on Goodreads and Twitter, so I have high expectations going into it.

Also can we talk about the beautiful cover

My Heart and other Black Holes (4)

I believe this book deals with depression and anxiety, making it a diverse read. I am prepared for heartache because this does deal with some heavy topics. I accidentally read a spoiler for this book, so I know it will make me cry.

Trigger Warning: Suicide

The Summer I turned Pretty- Jenny Han (7)

This book was recommended to me such a long time ago but I only recently acquired it. I am so excited to read it because I love Jenny Han’s writing. I really hope I love it as much as I loved the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy.


 

I know my TBR is pretty short, but with school everyday, I don’t have as much time to read as I would like. These books satisfy 5/7 of the challenges, so to me, that would be a success.

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Let me know if you are participating down in the comments below! I would love to hear what books you have on your TBR for this read-a-thon.

xo, jessica

10 bookish facts about me

Today’s post is one that I have been meaning to write for a very long time. I love reading posts like this because you learn a lot about the person who wrote it. I hope some of you can relate to these facts, and I’m not alone in them.

I write in my books

I love to annotate and make little comments in my books. It makes them more unique in my opinion, and it helps me remember the book better. Let me know if you want a post about how I annotate!

I have close to 50 books on my owned TBR pile

I clearly have a problem. I need to stop buying books because I own way too many that I haven’t read yet. I tried going on a ban but it just never works for me.

I love audiobooks a lot

I never used to listen to audiobooks until the summertime, and now I am obsessed. I’ve listened to about 10 so far, and I just discovered overdrive so I know I will be listening to more soon.

I am awful at sticking to monthly TBRs because I am a mood reader

I used to force myself to read the books I put on my monthly TBRs, but now I don’t even make lists anymore. I just pick up whatever book I am in the mood for next.

My favorite genres are mysteries/thrillers and contemporary YA

I have always loved crime movies and tv-shows, so naturally that carried over to my reading. I don’t read a lot of mysteries or thrillers, but I am slowly beginning to. Contemporaries have always been at the top of my list, just because I love relating to the characters.

I can’t eat while reading but I love to have tea or hot cocoa

If i eat while reading, it just becomes a mess. I can’t do both at the same time, and it messes up my flow. I prefer just having some tea with me.

I am not really a fan of fantasy

Please don’t hate me for this one. I know fantasy is huge in the book community, but I am just not that big on it. I read fantasy occasionally and I usually end up loving the book, but I don’t pick it up often.

I need to read to the end of the chapter, I can’t stop in the middle

I know I am not alone on this one. I really hate stopping a book in the middle of a chapter. I only do it if I really have to. I almost always read to the end of the chapter.

I’ve only been to two book signings

They were both so amazing. One was for Connor Franta’s first book- A Work in Progress. The second one was for Amanda Lovelace’s poetry collection, The Princess Saves Herself in This One. The experiences are unforgettable, and hopefully I will be able to attend more in the future.

I have read 5 books in 2018 so far

I am off to an okay start. I was hoping to to read 6-8 books, but I am still happy with the number. My reading goal for this year was set to 1 book, mostly because I want to focus on reading quality books, rather than looking at the quantity of books. So I have reached my goal already.

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What are some bookish facts about you? Let me know in the comments! If you’ve done a post like this before, link it below as well.

xo, Jessica