Reader Problems Book Tag

Hello everyone! Two blog posts in one day – unheard of! I’m really trying to get back on my game of writing consistently, so here I am. 😛

This is a tag I found on Katytastic’s YouTube channel – check it out. If you want to answer the questions, I tag you. Let me know you did it so I can read your answers! 🙂

 

QUESTIONS

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

I don’t really have a strategy for this. I normally just look at my shelf and grab a book that sticks out to me. The only time I pick a specific book is if I am reading through a series. For example, the Hunger Games – I read the books, one after another.


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

Sometimes I quit, sometimes I commit to the end. If I am reaching the “exciting” portion of the book and still not loving it, I put it down. There have been times when I was reading a book and thinking about putting it down, but I powered through and ended up loving the book. This is rare though.
3. 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 set unrealistic GoodReads reading challenges for myself, but I try to catch up by reading as much as possible whenever I have a chance. 



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

This bothers me so much…but I still buy the un-matching book because I am not satisfied until I have the entire series on my shelf. 



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

I don’t really have anyone to bond over my shared hatred of certain books…except maybe my husband, but he isn’t really into the books I’m into so that doesn’t always work. I just look up YouTube reviews and try to find people who have similar opinions. 



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

I leave said public setting and finish reading the tear-worthy section. If I’m in a situation that I can’t leave, I’m normally not reading.


7. 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?!?!?!?

Sometimes I re-read the book, sometimes I find a synopsis. It depends on how long it’s been since I read the prior book. Normally, I start reading a series after all the books have come out anyway, so I’m not in this situation often. 



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

I let people borrow books once and a while, but it has to be someone I trust. I love my books, don’t get me wrong, but if it’s a story I think people should read, I am happy to let them read it. 



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

This is me, right now. I try to power through it by picking a book that I have been excited to read. This normally helps me to get back into it.



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

I only spend money when I know I can..so I suffer through wanting all the books until I can either afford them or ask for them for Christmas 🙂 



11. 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?

It depends on where I am on my TBR list. Sometimes the new book is at the top, and sometimes it’s a little farther down. I only buy a book if it’s in the top 5 of my reading TBR unless I’m buying from a used book store and find something that just interests me.

 

Well, there it is. Last post for today, but I’m hoping I will be better about posting now. Thanks for sticking with me! 🙂

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

My Life In Books Tag

Hey there everyone! Ugh, it’s only Tuesday 😴… I hope you made it through your day okay!

Today, I thought I would do another tag, because these are always fun to do. This is the “My Life in Books” tag. I tag anyone who would like to participate! 
1. Find a book for each of your initials.

J – Jurassic Park

E – Eve: The Awakening 

S – Six of Crows 

S – Salem’s Lot

I – Illuminae 

C – Cinder 

A – Allegiant 

2. Count your age along your bookshelf, which book is it? 

The 5th Wave 

3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.

Is it cheating if I pick my own book, Alter Reach? Oh well if it is. It’s set in NY, part of the time. 😊

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would like to travel to.

The Harry Potter universe would be pretty sweet to travel to!

5. Pick a book (cover) that is your favorite color. 

Illuminae…the cover is mostly orange and that’s my favorite color!

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Hmm. Probably Twilight. I know, I know…they aren’t good books, but it was the series that got me into reading as much as I do now. Twilight was the first book I ever marathoned in one day. I owe it a little credit for getting me into better books later down the road. 

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Probably Lord of the Rings. I read the entire series but it was a struggle. They aren’t bad books, just lengthy and descriptive. 

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it? 

Gemina…it’s the second book in the Illuminae series and it was on the top of my to buy list. I own it now and have been struggling to find the time to finish it. 😭

That is all I have for you today. 

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube! 

I hope you have a great week! 

Until next time –
Jessica

Would You Rather Author Tag

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great week. I know I’m looking forward to the weekend, as always. Here’s another Tag for you to enjoy.

Have a Male main character or a Female main character?
Tough call. Alter Reach has a female lead, but I think I’d like to write a book with a male lead too.

Wake up before dawn every day write or stay up into the early morning hours to write?
I’m a weirdo, and I don’t know how to sleep in, and I can barely stay awake past 9…so I’m going with morning writing hours.

Write a book that is torturous to write but which is very popular or write a book that is fun to write but which is only known by a small audience?
Write a book that’s fun to write. I don’t write to be popular, I write because it’s something I love to do. I wouldn’t write if it was torturous.

Write a SciFi story or a Fantasy story?
I’m writing a Fantasy now…want to write a SciFi next. So, I’m saying both!

Use first person or third person?
I think I like to write in third person for the most part. Every time I’ve attempted first, I haven’t gotten very far in the story.

Meet any character of any book/short-story in real life for one day or personally know any author you wish?
Personally know any author. That would be pretty sweet.

Only be able to write dialog if you act out the voices out loud or only be able to write action if you act it out in real life?
Dialog. Can you imagine having to act out action scenes?

Publish with the most successful publishing house in your genre but have to wait 2 years to see your book in print or self publish with no expense or marketing assistance but see your book in print within 3 months?
Self publish. That’s the avenue I’m going with. There are benefits to both, but I’ve decided self publishing is what is best for my story.

Write a goofy story or write a serious story?
I guess serious. I’m not very funny.

Write a story knowing that you will have to kill off the main character eventually or write a story knowing that everyone the main character is close to you will eventually have to kill off?
Kill the main character. It’s less expected.

Leave your ending somewhat open and bittersweet or leave your ending on a cliffhanger?
Somewhat open and bittersweet. Cliffhangers make me want to throw books at walls, and I don’t want that to happen to a copy of Alter Reach 😛

Write in many different genres or write only in one genre?
Different genres. It’s my plan…I think it will help me to branch out and challenge my creativity.

Have all of your characters have some physical deformity or have all of your characters have some internal twisted nature?
Internal twisted nature.

Have an orphaned main character with good friends or a main character with a good-sized family and family problems?
Orphaned main character.

Write the sex scene or not write the sex scene?
Not write the sex scene.

Write about uncertain dangers and intrigue or write about direct confrontation and violence?
Uncertain dangers and intrigue. I like to read books like this, so it only makes sense that I would like to write like this.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

I tag anyone who wants to participate. Make sure you let me know if you do! 🙂

Until next time –
Jessica

Alter Reach Writing Tag!

Hello! Today’s blog post is another tag. This time, I’m answering the questions with characters from my WIP, Alter Reach. If you’re new here, I’ll give you a little background info on Alter Reach.

Three years ago, twins, Marci and Olivia Edelman, woke to find their parents had vanished. After touching a strange stone, the twins’ memories are suddenly wiped and all they remember is each other. A full FBI investigation turns up no leads on the disappearance and a full psych evaluation turns up no leads on their strange case of amnesia. The sisters are left to face a town full of rumors and accusations. Right after graduation, Marci moves to New York City to escape while Olivia vows to figure out what happened that night. On the third anniversary, Olivia shows up on Marci’s doorstep with a lead, a strange man named Zeke, who claims he knows where their parents are.

1. A crazy hacker’s gone into your computer, and has deleted all of your music, except for one song off of your writing playlist. Which song is it?

What a horrible thing to do to someone.
Anyway, if I had to pick one song off my Alter Reach playlist, I guess I’d go with Lindsey Stirling’s Lost Girls. This song just really brings me to a lot of places when I’m writing Alter Reach, so I wouldn’t want to lose all that inspiration.

2. Your protagonist and antagonist have been paired up by friends to go out to lunch together. Where do they go?

I don’t really want to go with the obvious antagonist here because I think this answer would be a little more interesting. Watching Marci and Jade trying to choke down a lunch without murdering each other would be so fantastically awkward to witness. I feel like Jade wouldn’t even consider this proposition unless they were going somewhere fancy and high class. They would probably settle on Olive Garden after Marci convinced Jade she could still wear her cocktail dress there.

3. You’re crossing a bridge when the troll living under it stops you. He demands to read a chapter from your novel, and won’t let you cross otherwise. Which chapter do you give him?

I guess I would give him Chapter 7 because that is where you start putting the pieces together of the mystery. I feel like the troll would be satisfied understanding why Marci and Olivia lost their memories.

4. Your friends have invited you out to a party. Surprise! All of your characters are there. Who do you choose to hang out with?

I wouldn’t hang out with Cybil because she is effing crazy. She would not be fun and I think she’d be the hardest to control. All Cybil wants to do is murder people. That doesn’t sound like a party to me.

Faelyn is bad ass. She is the kind of friend you want with you during any crisis and any party. She’s going to keep you level headed with her smarts and grounded with her sarcasm. Faelyn likes her vodka and would be a good wing woman to help you get the attention of the hot guy or keep the creep away from you.

5. Crap. You left your car keys in your house, and you’ve (somehow) locked yourself out. Which of your characters picks the lock for you?

Wren. Or Faelyn, but I’m trying to use different characters for each question. Wren could pick a lock…or break the door down pretty easily. Either way works for me.

6. The zombie apocalypse is happening right now. (It sucks.) Everyone is fleeing the planet, and moving to Mars. ONE of your characters can go with you. Who do you choose?

Braston. I know I’m not supposed to have favorites, since all of these characters came from my head…but Braston is ❤

7. You’ve been given the opportunity to travel to one place (town, building, landmark, country) in your book. Where do you go?

Alter Reach Inn.

8. Crazy acid rain is falling from the sky. Which of your characters would you use as an umbrella?

Triston. Easy. I can’t really tell you all that much about him without spoiling, but I think you will agree.

9. You’re out at a restaurant with your main character, and the time has come to order dessert. What do you order for them?

Cheesecake.

That is the end of the questions! I hope you enjoyed this. A little bit of insight on some of the characters I’ve spent over a year with. If anyone does this tag, please let me know! I’d love to read/watch your responses. I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Until next time –

Jessica

All I Want For Christmas Tag

Hello everyone!

THREE DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS! I thought it would be fun to do another tag. I will be using movie, TV, and books to answer these questions.

I tag anyone who wants to participate!

All I Want For Christmas

QUESTIONS:

1) What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?
I’m going to go with a TV character for this one because I haven’t actually read the books…Damon Salvatore.
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I don’t think I need much more of an explanation.

2) What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?
I feel like it would be cheating to answer Damon Salvatore for this question again, even if it’s the most accurate answer I could give. I guess for this question, I’ll go with Peta!
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Team Peta forever ❤

3) You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?

4) It’s secret Santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?
I want the invisibility cloak so I can sneak around Hogwarts.

5) You get to the spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?
It’s probably cheating if I pick the Vampire Diaries cast because I already answered the first question with Damon Salvatore…but I’m going to cheat. It would be so cool to hang out with that cast. (The cast would have to include Nina Dobrev and Joseph Morgan because it wouldn’t be a Vampire Diaries hang out without Elena and Klaus.)

6) What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?
I really can’t think of an answer for this…
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7) You invite 10 fictional characters to your new years eve party, who do you pick?
Damon Salvatore (For when the clock strikes midnight) (Yes, I know I used him 3 times in this tag.)
Evelyn Kingston (If you haven’t read Eve: The Awakening yet, you need to. I just think she needs a party after what she went through haha.)
Effie Trinket (Hunger Games…Best dressed!)
Dean Winchester (He would be a blast…and he’d keep the ghosts away!)
Thor (Because, why not?)
Fred & George Weasley (To keep the party interesting)
Alice & Jasper Cullen (If you’re going to invite Twilight characters, might as well invite the interesting ones!)
Garcia (Criminal Minds…I feel like she would be best friends with Effie)

8) What character would make a good Santa?
Dobbey! ….I know he doesn’t look like Santa, but his personality totally fits.
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Well, I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed answering it. Please let me know if you do the tag – I’d love to read/watch your answers.

Not sure I will have time to post again until next week so, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope you all have a fun and safe weekend with your families. ❤

Until next time!

Jessica