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Sunday Tag: Book Blogger Test Tag

*my continuing attempts to be a more organized book blogger*

Book Blogger Test Tag

(found here)

The Rules: You must answer all of these questions truthfully and once you’ve completed this tag, tag 5 other book bloggers to answer the questions next.

What are your top three book pet hates?

  1. Somebody telling me I have too many books.
  2. Dog-earring pages… use toilet paper if you have to, people, but don’t bend my pages and call that a bookmark!
  3. Not having enough time to read all the books.

Describe your perfect reading spot.

My perfect reading spot is… everywhere? I read everywhere – in my favorite pink wingback chair, on my front steps, on the swing in the yard, in the car, in waiting rooms… I read 50 pages while someone else watched a football game in the same room, just today. My only requirement for a perfect reading spot is that I have a good book to read.

Tell us three book confessions.

  1. I (might) have too many books. Maybe.
  2. I have used a square of (fresh off the roll) toilet paper as a bookmark… many moons ago when I was young and silly.
  3. For awhile, I used dollar bills as bookmarks in the hopes that I’d re-read a book and be excited by found money… then I worried I’d forget where I hid my money and collected it all back… and probably bought another book. I was young and silly then, too.

When was the last time you cried at a book?

The last time I cried at a book was… three weeks ago? I was reading Kate Mulgrew’s memoir How to Forget and some of the things she talked about were so similar to things I was, am going through. It was such a relief that I cried.

How many books are on your bedside table?

Just one. I’m no longer young and silly enough to think it’s a good idea to have six books going at once. So I read one, then I read another.

What is your favorite snack while you’re reading.

Just one snack? Candy, I guess. Chocolate or hard candy. I’m basically a little old lady with books and candy… and sometimes tea.

Name three books you’d recommend to everyone.

  1. A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
  2. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  3. A True Novel by Minae Mizumura

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase.

Ha! Just one favorite shelf? No such thing. All shelves are precious. Also, I don’t theme my shelves… I fit as many on as possible and call it a good life.

Write how much books mean to you in 3 words.

Books are life.

What’s your biggest reading secret?

Almanzo Wilder was my first book crush. Then I realized he was a real person… who was dead. Things got a bit awkward. Then I found Gilbert Blythe, and that seemed better. I still like Almanzo, though. He was actually a pretty fascinating, if flawed person… when he was alive, and as Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote him.

I tag:

Eh, I’m so late to tags I’m sure everybody has done this but, if you haven’t… TAG! You’re it!

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An English diarist and naval administrator. I served as administrator of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament. I had no maritime experience, but I rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and my talent for administration.


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