The Netflix Book Tag

Hi everyone! Happy Friday. I haven’t done a book tag in a while, and found this one on YouTube. I love Netflix and books, so I thought this would be a good one to do. Enjoy 😊

1. Recently Watched
The last book you finished reading

I am in such a reading slump, but I finally finished Gemina. I owe you guys a lot of reviews.

2. Top Picks
A book/books that have been recommended to you based on books you have previously read

Most of the books on my shelf were bought because of booktube recommendations, but I think Sarah J Maas’ books are the more recent recommendations I’ve listened to.

3. Recently Added
The last book you bought
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
4. Popular on Netflix
Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you have no interest in reading)
Two I’ve read: The Hunger Games and Harry Potter

Two I have no interest in: 50 Shades of Grey and the Game of Thrones series.

5. Comedies
A funny book

I’m not really into funny books, so I can’t think of one at the moment, haha.

6. Dramas
A character who is a drama queen/king
Bella Swan in Twilight. She is among the many reason I passionately hate these books.
7. Animated
A book with cartoons on the cover

I used to have a 30 Days of Night comic – does that count?

8. Watch It Again
A book/book series that you want to re-read
I really want to re-read The Hunger Games series.
9. Documentaries
A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone
I don’t read a ton of non-fiction, so I will go with My Story by Elizabeth Smart. While it isn’t the best written story, it is pretty gut wrenching.
10. Action and Adventure
An action packed book

Eve: The Awkajening by Jenna Moreci

11. New Releases
A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

April is soon…right? I am so ready to read The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci. It releases on 4/24!

As always, if you’d like to do the tag, go for it! Just let me know so I can read your answers.

What are your plans this weekend? I’m seeing comedian Paul Rodriguez, on Saturday with my parents.


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The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

Hi everyone!

Happy Sunday. I hope your weekend is going well. I found this tag here. Once again, I apologize that the picture quality isn’t the best.

Enjoy. 🙂

• Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it


• Find a classic

I sadly don’t have any classics on my shelf. 😦

• Find a book with a key on it

I also failed to find a book with a key on it. 😦

• Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book


These were on my cake for my wedding shower. 🙂

• Find the oldest book on your shelf


• Find a book with a girl on the cover


• Find a book that has an animal in it


• Find a book with a male protagonist


• Find a book with only words on it


• Find a book with illustrations in it


It has maps in it…it’s as close as I could get.

• Find a book with gold lettering


My camera sucks, but this is definitely gold.

• Find a diary (true or fictional)


Not really a diary, but it’s her story.

• Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith)


• Find a book that has a closeup of something on it


• Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period


I mean, it’s about time travel, so, it kind of works.

• Find a hardcover book without a jacket


Find a teal/turquoise colored book


• Find a book with stars on it


Okay, I cheated a little.

• Find a non-YA book


That’s all I have for you today. If you participate in the tag, be sure to let me know. I’d love to see your answers.


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The Blogger Tag

Hi everyone!

Happy Friday!

I found this tag here. Please note, a couple questions felt like they were for vlogging, so I took them out and added one new question.

As always, if you’d like to participate, I tag you! 😊

1. Where do you blog?

Sometimes, I blog from my “office,” (A desk in the living room) and sometimes I blog from bed (using my phone).

2. Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?

I kind of just wing it here. Sometimes I watch or read something I want to review or I find a tag that seems fun. Sometimes, I am going through something in life that seems worth talking about. My blog topics come from all sorts of places.

3. How long does it take you to write a blog post?

Somewhere between 15 minutes to an hour. Depends on what I am doing. A tag will take less time and planning than a review or advice piece. Also, most of my poetry was written way back, so I just copy and paste for that.

4. Do you plan blog posts?

Sometimes. If I’m having a good week, I will have each post wribloggingtten and scheduled for a specific day. Other weeks, I’m scrambling to get one written a couple hours before posting. I’m a mess.

5. Do you use a notebook to track your ideas?

Not really for the blog. I use a notebook to record dreams I think would make interesting stories or add to the story I’m currently writing.

6. What is your favorite type of post to write?

I really enjoy any time I get to speak about y work in progress, Alter Reach.

7. Who knows about your blog?

Family and friends. I make it pretty public.

8. Are you an organized or messy blogger?

Mostly messy.

9. Biggest blogging pet peeve?

Random comments that are clearly spam.

10. Favorite part of blogging?

Meeting other awesome bloggers and sharing stories and opinions with them.

I hope you have a great Friday! It’s snowy and cold (-25 with the wind chill) here, so I will just be trying to keep warm.


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The Very Merry Christmas Tag

Hi everyone! Merry Christmas Eve! I found this tag here. As usual, let me know if you do the tag, so I can read your answers! 😊

1. What are your feelings on Black Friday shopping?

It shouldn’t start on Thanksgiving day. I think that is such a cruel thing department stores do to their employees (And I can complain, I worked black Friday quite a few times). It’s sad that people can’t wait until Friday to get that “big deal.” So, I never shop on Thanksgiving Day. On Friday, we might go out in the afternoon, but I’m an online shopper. So, I find the online deals and then shop online, Cyber Monday too.

2. Favorite gift you’ve ever given?

That’s a tough question, because I genuinely enjoy giving gifts. So, I’m going to cheat and say, every gift I’ve given, that someone actually enjoyed, was a favorite.

3. Christmas cards, yay or nay? If you send them out, what style do you go with?

I try to send Christmas cards, but it doesn’t happen every year (it did this year though!). I generally try to find a traditional set to send. I’m also a card giver, so anyone who gets a present from me, gets a card.

4. If you were a Christmas elf, what would your specialty be? Reindeer wrangler, chief decorator, toy-maker, gift wrapper, baker or management?

Probably reindeer wrangler or baker. Definitely NOT gift wrapper. Everyone knows when I wrap gifts (And not because they are nicely wrapped!).

5. Egg nog…do you pour it in a tall glass or throw it in the trash?

I hate egg nog, but I can’t throw it out because hubby loves it.

6. What is your decorating style? Classic red and green, shabby chic, country/farmhouse, etc? Does your style change from year to year?

Mine is definitely classic. But we live in an apartment, so I can only do so much. It’ll be interesting to see how my style changes with a house.

7. Favorite childhood Christmas memory?

Waking my parents up at some unreasonable hour to unwrap gifts, haha.

8. If you could borrow Santa’s sleigh, where in the world, would you go?

Hm. I really want to see Ireland. So, that’s probably where I would head to!

9. Favorite ornament? Shown it, if possible.

Sorry for the crap quality picture. This is my favorite ornament because it’s very similar to my tattoo and it means a lot to me. My mom passed away when I was 18. She loved frogs, so my tattoo and this ornamen are commemorations to her. A frog angel flying to heaven, saying peace. The peace sign is a representation of my favorite picture of mom and me. I’ll show you my tattoo and the picture I’m talking about:

That’s all I have for you today. The next couple days will be super busy, but I’ll be sure to do a post all about it on Tuesday. Be safe, have fun, and enjoy your day tomorrow. MERRY CHRISTMAS! ♡


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Thanksgiving Day & My Pet Tag!

Hey everyone!

I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it). Unfortunately, I’m still not feeling the best so it was a rough day…but I pushed through it and still had fun.

No crazy stories for you other than I had two turkey dinners. My husband and I are blessed to get along with both of our families. I have a huge family and he has a very small family, but we always see both sides on Thanksgiving and Christmas. So we started out at my parents from 12-4, and then we headed to Paul’s parents and stayed the rest of the night (where Paul’s cousin and I dominated at Euchre 4-0 😂).

It was a good day. I love our families. How was your day?

For the second half of this post, I wanted to do this really cute tag I found here! We can’t have my dog in our appartment because of breed restrictions and the fact that she LOVES to run, so she lives with my parents. That doesn’t stop us from sneaking her over to stay on weekends sometimes, so of course, she’s here now. 😊

My Pet Tag

1. What is your pets name?


2. What kind of pet is it and what breed?

Cheyenne is a lab/pitbull mix. Partly why she can’t live in our apartment, which is so unfortunate because the worst she would do is lick you to death.

3. How long have you had your pet friend?

Cheyenne came into our lives in September, 2009 ♡

4. How did you get your pet?

I had been searching for a dog for a while. I worked at a doggy daycare that, at the time, was fostering two great dogs. One of them was a beautiful white husky, named Luke. I was ready to put the application in when my aunt called my dad asking if we were still looking for a dog.

She was driving along when the car in front of her threw something out of the window. My aunt was pretty sure it was a puppy, so she pulled over and that’s how I got my baby. Fate. ♡

5. How old is your pet?

She’s 8.

6. What are some quirky things about your pets personality?

You’d have to meet her, she has the best personality. Remember when I mentioned she would lick you to death? I wasn’t kidding. This dog loves to lick. If you’re not into being licked, don’t go bare foot around her.

She also loves her beauty rest. At 9PM, she will go lay in bed. And then huff and whine until you come in.

Food is her best friend. If you even think the words “treat,” “cookie,” or “food,” she will be at your feet. She knows the people who will sneak her food and won’t, and she stays by those people that will for the most part (I’m a mean mom, according to Chey).

7. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?

Cheyenne is my best friend. She came into my life when I needed her. We saved each other.

8. What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?

There are so many. When I worked at that doggy daycare, I could bring her for free when I worked, which was the best. She got to play and socialize, and I wasn’t worried about her being home alone.

9. What are nicknames that you call your pet?

Chey. Kid. Little girl. Bum (Paul and his family call her that for the most part).

That’s all I have for you today. Let me know about your Thanksgiving day and if you do the pet tag.


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Giving Thanks – Book Tag

Hi everyone! I wanted to do this tag now because I won’t be posting tomorrow or Thursday.

I’m still feeling completely awful, so I’m still home. Today and tomorrow, I am going to write all day.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be winning NaNoWriMo this year, but I’m immensely impressed with what I was able to accomplish while feeling so terrible.

Thanksgiving Day is always crazy and I will be sure to do a blog post on that, Friday.

Today, I wanted to do a Thanksgiving themed tag, which I found here. As always, I tag you if you d like to play along.

Giving Thanks Book Tag

Name a book that made you thankful you live in your world and not the book’s world.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Definitely not a world I would want to live in. The districts, poor and unhealthy…the Capital, naive and obnoxious…and, I would be the first to die in the Games.

Give thanks to a book that changed your perspective.

My Story by Elizabeth Smart. I very rarely pick up biographies and this one had reviews ranging from 1 star to 5. I went to a Woman’s conference with a group from work, and Elizabeth Smart was the speaker. After hearing her describe some of what happened to her, I immediately bought the book. While the writing isn’t the best, the story is heart-wrenching and inspiring all at once.

What character would you be thankful for if they were your significant other?

I’m cheating. Damon from The Vampire Diaries TV show. I haven’t read the books, but he’s always my answer. I know, he’s a pretty messed up character but the change he goes through during the entire story is so significant that I can’t help but love him.

What character would you say, “thanks but not thanks” to?

Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I’m just…meh…about him. It isn’t that he’s a bad character or boring, he is just not my favorite.

Name a book that made you laugh out loud?

I don’t read a ton of comedic novels, however some of the banter in Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci is hysterical. Specifically, Madison, Hayden and Heather with their “Mean Girls” attitudes.

Name a book that made you incredibly angry.

I’ve mentioned this before. I try very hard not to get angry with books (unless the reason it sucks is the atrocious writing). However, in school, we were forced to read The Butterfly Revolution by William Buttler… I threw the book across the room. The kids made decisions that just made me want to jump into the book and strangle them. 😲

Name one thing you are thankful for in the wordpress community.

Meeting people who are like minded. I love getting to know people who love to read and write as much as I do. It’s so fun to share our opinions, even when they differ. 😊

That’s all I have for you today. If you do the tag, let me know, so I can read your answers.

From my family to yours, have a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving!! 🦃


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How I Read – Tag

Hi Everyone! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far. I’m still not feeling great, but working on Alter Reach, regardless. Slow progress is better than no progress.

I’m doing the How I Read Tag, which I found here.  As always, I tag anyone who would like to participate. Just make sure you let me know so I can read your answers. 🙂

1. How do you find out about new books to read?

Booktube, WordPress reviews, and GoodReads.

2. How did you get into reading?

I missed the Harry Potter train when I was younger (I read them later in life). I wasn’t much of a reader as a kid, though I did always want to write. I didn’t really start reading as much as I do now, until Twilight came around. Then when Hunger Games was released, I really started filling my bookshelf.

3. How has your taste in books changed as you’ve gotten older?

I think my love of reading has increased rather than my taste in books. I’ve always loved Fantasy and Sci-fi, and that hasn’t changed. I will branch out a bit more now that I’m older and read some Contemporary and other genres.

4. How often do you buy books?

I try not to go crazy, but when a book is released or I hear about a book I’m interested in, I tend to buy it.

5. How did you get into Book blogging?

I started this blog to promote myself as an author and create a platform, so when Alter Reach is published, I’ll have some place to start. I enjoy reviewing books, and various other topics, so a blog made sense. I’ve been thinking about a YouTube channel, but that isn’t a solid plan yet.

6. How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?

Eh. It happens. If it’s a poorly written end, then I tend to avoid that author. If it’s just not how I wanted it to end, then I move on with my life.

7. How often have you taken a sneaky look at the back page of a book to see if it’s a happy ending?

I’ve honestly never done this. I like the suprise of an ending and would be less likely to actually read the book if I knew the ending. (Unless I’m re-reading.)

That’s all I have for you today, back to writing for me. What’s on the agenda for you this weekend? Let me know in the comments.

Just a little house keeping note – I changed my Twitter and Instagram handles to @jessica_rachow. Facebook stayed the same because @jessica_rachow wasn’t available. I did this because I am trying to make my online presence more consistant. When I first started writing Alter Reach, I wasn’t even sure I’d get to the editing stage, let alone consider publishing options. @jessicainspired was just a name that came to me because I was inspired to follow my dreams. Now that I am actually doing that, and I’m thinking about my brand, this change made sense to me. 🙂


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Halloween Book Tag


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I love this time of year. I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this, but I couldn’t, so in honor of Halloween, I wanted to do a fun tag. I found this one here.

Stay tuned to the end of this post for a photo of my Halloween costume (I didn’t get the best photos from the Halloween party I went to the other night, but you’ll get the idea.)

Favorite Horror Book? 

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. I’ve loved every Stephen King book I’ve read, but something about Salem’s Lot stuck with me. 

Scariest moment in a book you’ve read?

I don’t really want to spoil, and I can’t say this is the absolute scariest moment, but there was a scene in The Call by Peadar O’Guilin that made me turn the light on.

Have you dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

No. I tried to be Lara Croft from Tomb Raider once and ended up looking like a mix of Katniss from the Hunger Games and an unknown character from the Walking Dead. Last year, I dressed up as a book nerd though. That was cool.

What do you think your favorite fictional character would dress up as for Halloween?

Good question. Damon from the Vampire Diaries would probably go out as himself, and no one would question it.

What is your favorite type of horror (gore, psychological, etc.)?

I want a good story, and I want to be scared. I’m not a huge gore fan – I find movies like Saw to be unbearable, so you won’t find me watching the new Jigsaw movie. But, as long as there isn’t ridiculous amounts of gore, I’m in.

Recommend some Halloween Reads!

Anything Stephen King. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin is pretty fun so far.

Per usual, I tag anyone who wants to do the tag. Just let me know you did it, so I can read your responses!

Here’s my costume (I might wear this to work tomorrow!):

I love orange, and if I didn’t have a day job, I might just actually do this to my hair. Haha! The rest of the costume wasn’t pictured very well, so I won’t share the photos… but it was a black shirt, orange tutu, black and orange stockings and orange shoes. 😁

Are you dressing up? What will your costume be?

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Writing Rituals Tag

Happy Friday! 😎

Quick, fun writing tag because I haven’t done one in a while. As always, I tag anyone who wants to participate. Just let me know in the comments so I can ready your response.

Writing Rituals Tag

When do you write? (Time of day, day of week)

Mostly in the afternoon, after work. I try to write something every day, except on Sunday.

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

It’s difficult in an apartment, but I have my own corner in the living room with a desk. I just have to force myself to stay off Twitter.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I have a bad habit of editing as I go, so I’m constantly reading what I wrote and changing things. It’s why my process is slower than I’d like.

What song is your go to when you’re feeling uninspired?

I listen to a lot of instrumental music when writing. Songs with lyrics distract me. I don’t have a particular song that gets me out of a writing slump though.

What do you do when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

I step away and read a book or watch a tv show/movie.

What tools do you use when writing?

I have a couple go-to books that help when I’m struggling to find words. I have the emotions thesaurus and a book with writing prompts.

What is one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?


How do you fuel yourself when writing?

Chocolate. 😎

How do you know when you’re done writing?

I don’t really have an answer for this question. I’m finished writing when I’m finished. It’s not the same every night.

That’s all I have for you today. What are your weekend plans?


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Finally Fall Book Tag!

Hi there!

Happy Wednesday. I wanted to do this tag because I love fall. I found it here.

Quick announcement: I’m almost to 100 followers! That is my first goal of many for this blog, and as soon as I hit 100, I plan to do a giveaway. Stay tuned for that! 😊

Finally Fall Book Tag

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

I’m going to go with Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. The world building in this one is fantastic, and the setting is super vivid!

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

I’m picking My Story by Elizabeth Smart. Very heavy, written by a very strong woman.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

How to Make a Living as a Writing – James Scott Bell

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

Harry, Ron & Hermione will be a popular answer for this, but I’m going with it because it’s true.

5. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin. Review coming soon, but it’s a creepy one!

6. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

I’m lame. I don’t really have a suggestion for this. Most short stories I’ve read have been creepy, haha.

7. Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.

I’ve been wanting to re-read The Hunger Games series.

8. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!

Blanket and warm pumpkin spice chai latte. 🙂

As usual, I tag anyone who wants to participate, just let me know so I can read your answers.


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