20 Questions Book Tag

Hi everyone!

A bit of an update on my pain situation. The pain management and physical therapy doctors have been the best and most understanding through this entire ordeal. They are the only ones who have said they would be able to help. It’s not the other specialists fault, because it wasn’t their area, but it’s so hard to keep hearing, “there’s nothing we can do for you.”

Anyway, I had my MRI the other day, which I was super nervous about (I can be claustrophobic), but it ended up being a piece of cake (I went in feet first, so my head wasn’t all the way in). It takes 3-5 days for those results, so that stinks, but we will see. I’m also scheduled for cortisone shots next week – hoping for some relief. I also have referrals out to three different rheumatologists, because I would like to be checked over for Fibromyalgia. It’s starting to feel like a real possibility.

Alright, that’s my long-winded update for you. On to today’s topic. 😊


1. How many books is too many in a series?

I don’t mind a long series, as long as there is a reason for each book. When it starts to feel like the plot is lacking, it’s time to end the series.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I don’t mind them, as long as the next book is definitely coming out. I HATE when stories go unfinished. This happens to me more often with TV shows, but it annoys me.

3. Hardback or Paperback?

Hardback to look at, paperback to read.

4. Favorite book?

Ugh. This question is too hard. I don’t really have an all time favorite, because, when I read something better than a book I loved before, it becomes my new favorite. My current favorite is The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci.

5. Least Favorite book?

I have a dozen of these too, but one that comes to mind is, Evermore by Alyson Noel. It’s been a long time since I read this one, but I remember fricken hating it.

6. Love Triangles, yes or no?

They don’t rile me up as much as some people, but I don’t enjoy them. I think they are indicative of an unhealthy relationship, but there are much worse examples of unhealthy out there. This is not the one that concerns me most.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

I try really hard not to do this, because I don’t feel like I can review a book if I haven’t finished it. I’m honestly not sure what the last one was.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently reading Heir of Ashes by Jina Bazzar, and a couple others for different blog tours. 😊

9. The last book you recommended to someone?

I always recommend Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Aime Kaufman.

10. The oldest book you’ve read?

I’m going with the Bible for this question. 😊

11. Newest book you’ve read?

Father Figure by James J Cudney (which I will be reviewing soon on the tour!)

12. Favorite Author?

Like favorite books, I don’t really have a favorite author. There are quite a few that I would buy books from every time. Laini Talyor, Jenna Moreci, Jay Kristoff, Aime Kaufman, etc.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Buying. I want them on my shelf because I’m a book hoarder.

14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?

I’m not a fan of the Game of Thrones books or TV show. 🤤 I know, it’s weird coming from a fantasy lover but, the gore, incestuous relationships…I could go on, but I won’t for fear of offending. If it’s your cup of tea, great. 😊

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

Bookmarks.

16. A book you can always re-read?

I’m not generally a re-reader to be honest, so I’m going with the Bible again.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Much like when I’m writing, the music needs to just be instrumental.

18. One POV or multiple POVs? (POV = point of view)

No preference, as long as it is done well.

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

Lately I’ve been reading in one sitting, but that’s easier to do when you’re not at work. Generally, it takes me a couple of days.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

I picked up Illuminae because of the cover (my favorite color is orange, haha.)


I tag anyone who wants to answer the questions. Just let me know if you do, because I’d love to read your answers.

Have a great day!

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This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday. This weekend is always rough for me because, as some of you know, I lost my mom in 2008. However, I have the best step-mother anyone could ask for, and I also love my mother-in-law, so I count myself as blessed.

An update on my pain situation: The Neurologist turned out to be the wrong doctor to see, because he couldn’t help me (on the plus side, it’s something else that has been ruled out). It’s unfortunate because I waited two months to see him.

I’ve had two physical therapy sessions which are going well. It doesn’t really help the pain because it hurts to move, but I can’t imagine sitting around all day is good for me, so I’m choosing to believe it’s helping. I see pain management again on Monday, and I have an MRI (ugh) on Tuesday…so we will see.

Alright, enough about that. I’m doing a tag today. It was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek!


1. What is your favorite genre?

Tough question, but I think I’m going to go with Fantasy.

2. Who is your favorite author from that genre?

I have a really hard time picking favorite authors, because every time I read a new book that I love, that author becomes the new favorite. So, I’m going to say that my latest favorite fantasy book is The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci.

3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

Fantasy is so vast. Each story is so unique because there is so much material to work with. I think I love to get lost in the world that has been created. I love that even though the worlds and characters are so magical, fantasy novels somehow manage to make you feel like it’s all possible.

4. What is the book that started your love for that genre?

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

I recently really enjoyed the Daughter of Smoke & Bones series by Laini Taylor. The writing is beautiful and the world is so amazing, so I would recommend that to someone looking for a fantasy to read.

6. Why do you read?

I read because I love to be whisked away to new worlds, and I love to read about well developed character’s journies. I’m also slightly addicted to stockpiling books, so there’s that too.


I tag anyone who would like to answer the questions! Wish me luck with these appointments this week. I’m really hoping to find relief soon.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Moms out there. ♡

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The Superlatives Book Tag

Hi everyone!

Happy Thursday. Today is my Friday because hubby and I took the day off tomorrow. We are going to see Chris Tomlin (Christian singer for those of you who aren’t familiar with him, he is fantastic). I’m super excited, and will probably have pictures to share tomorrow.

Today, I’m doing another book tag because I feel like it. Enjoy 🙂


Most Likely To Be In The Movies: The book that would make the best movie.

I think Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Lani Taylor would be a really cool movie (if done right, of course.)

Biggest drama Queen/King: The most (overly) dramatic book or character.

I’m really trying to be original here, but I’m just going to go with Bella from Twilight to continue to prove my distaste for the book.

Best Dressed: The book with the best cover.

I’m just going to gush over The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci some more. It’s beautiful, and works SO well with the story.

Most Creative: The book with the most unique plot, characters & structure.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The structure of the book alone makes it super unique, and then the story and characters are like icing on the cake.

Most Popular: The book with the most ratings on GoodReads

I’m going to go ahead and guess that Harry Potter is probably high on the list, if not the highest.

Most Improved: The book that started off slow, but really picked up.

The 5th Wave. I know this book isn’t for everyone, but I really liked it. The reason I picked it as a book that starts off slow is because it starts off kind of difficult to understand with the multiple points of view.

Cutest Couple: Cutest couple in a book.

Avah & Jasik from the Blood War trilogy by Danielle Rose. They are swoon worthy.

Biggest Heartbreaker: The book that broke your heart.

Back in high school, I read this book called The Butterfly Revolution. It had me so upset and infuriated that I remember throwing the book across the room, haha. It is a really great book, but it was upsetting for me then. I’d like to re-read it now and see if it bothers me as much.


I tag you if you want to participate, just let me know if you do. Enjoy your day! 🙂

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Days of the Week Book Tag

Hi everyone!

Ugh. It’s Monday, but we can only hope the week will fly by.

I found this tag at Sam’s Little Corner and thought it would be a fun way to kick off the week.


Monday: Book you’re too lazy to read.

The Game of Thrones books. I might ruffle some feathers here but I’m not a fan of the show (😮) and because of that, I’m not really intetested in reading the books. But, they are also really long, and I’m too lazy to try to see if I’ll enjoy them.

Tuesday: A book that was hard to finish.

I’m not sure why, but I struggled to finish The Call by Peadar O’Guilin. It’s not a bad book, nor is it boring…I just kept putting it down. I’ll have to work out my issues with it in a review.

Wednesday: Book you haven’t finished.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Not because I don’t like it, but because Obsidio by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was released. Haha.

Thursday: Book you don’t recommend.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I liked it when I read it, but now I’m not that into it and have no interest in finishing the rest of the books.

Friday: A book you can’t wait to be released.

It’s cheating to say Obsidio by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, but I’m going to anyway. I’m not normally one to keep up on release dates, except in this case.

Saturday: A book you wanted to re-read right away.

The Savior’sChampion by Jenna Moreci. I almost started reading it again, right away, but I had to contain myself.

Sunday: A book you didn’t want to end.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Thank goodness there were two more books!


What are you currently reading?

If you do the tag, let me know so I can read your answers!

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The Intimidating TBR Tag

Hi everyone!

Happy weekend. It’s been a crazy week, but hubby and I took Monday off, so I’m excited to have a three day weekend.

I haven’t done a tag in a while, and thought this would be fun. I found this one here. As usual, if you’d like to do the tag, go for it! Let me know so I can read your answers. 😊


1. A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t finished.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. I’m about half way through, but I recently agreed to read and review a couple of books, so I put this one on the back burner so I could focus. I have one more to read and review, and then I’ll be back to this one.

2. A book you just haven’t had the time to read for.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I’m so mad I haven’t finished this one. I loved the first two, and I can’t wait to find out the end, but I just haven’t had time.

3. A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel.

I will choose Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo for this one. I’m definitely getting there. I need to write my Six of Crows review.

4. A book you haven’t read because it’s brand new.

I’m going to say Origin by Dan Brown. It’s the newest book on my shelf, so I’m going with it.

5. A book by and author you read previously but didn’t really like.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I’m not really a fan of Divergent, so I’m not sure how much time I really want to dedicate to the other books.

6. A book on your TBR pile that you’re just not in the mood to read.

I guess for this I will go with Gone by Michael Grant. I bought it at a used bookstore, and now I’m just not that excited to read it. I’ll probably read it someday.

7. A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t read because it’s enormous.

I’m really disappointed to say Gemina by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. However, I’ve been listening to the audio book to and from work, and on lunch break, so I’m making time. It’s so good, but it’s also big. Haha.

8. A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I really didn’t need to read the blurb, I just wanted the pretty cover. Haha.

9. The book on your TBR you find the most intimidating.

Creation Basics & Beyond by Various authors at ICR. This one is a science book, and while I’m not really great at science, I really want to dig into it. It’s just intimidating. I’ve read a bit of it, but it takes time for my brain to process in the info.


That’s all I have for you today. What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

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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

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• 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

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These were on my cake for my wedding shower. 🙂

• Find the oldest book on your shelf

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• Find a book with a girl on the cover

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• Find a book that has an animal in it

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• Find a book with a male protagonist

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• Find a book with only words on it

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• Find a book with illustrations in it

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

• Find a book with gold lettering

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My camera sucks, but this is definitely gold.

• Find a diary (true or fictional)

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

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

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

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

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

• Find a hardcover book without a jacket

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Find a teal/turquoise colored book

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• Find a book with stars on it

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Okay, I cheated a little.

• Find a non-YA book

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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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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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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. 🙂


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