Day: June 20, 2017

TAG: Rapid Fire Books

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Many thanks to ReadRantRock&Roll for posting this tag and encouraging me to give it a chance. You must check out Jenn’s site, as she has amazing content and is such a sweet person. Her blog has everything you need and want to know about life, food, health, books and fun. This one is the Rapid Fire Book Tag and it appears to have been originally made by GirlReading over Youtube, so be sure to stop by and check her out HERE.



Question 1: E-Book or Physical Book?

I was always a physical book reader, but I’m learning to like e-readers. I download through Kindle Reader on my iPad and read in bed when my other half is sleeping. Less light than a book light, and I can easily switch back and forth to check Goodreads!

Question 2 : Paperback or Hardback?

No preference. I rarely get hardback books anymore, as I read new ones when they first come out by getting them through NetGalley or other ARCs; they’re e-reads most of the time. And when I buy older books, I go for the paperback because they are cheaper and I don’t really keep books anymore — unless it’s a high 4 or 5 rating. Can’t find a space for everything unfortunately. But I love seeing all the books! 

Question 3 : Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Both. I was always an in-store book shopper, devastated when they started closing up. I had a Barnes and Noble two blocks away, and we’d go every other weekend to peruse the shelves and buy a few books. It closed for a year’s worth of supposed renovations, and the nearest one is 20 blocks away. I love book stores, but that’s 30 minutes each way, which is a lot of time to lose. I started buying more online or getting books thru ARCs at that point. But if the brick and mortar tore opens up again, I’ll be back.

Question 4 : Trilogies or Series?

It doesn’t matter… I love serial fiction. Something about staying with the same characters and setting is fundamentally natural to me.

Question 5 : Heroes or Villains?

Villains all the way. I want the good guy or girl to win out, but ultimately, I love it when the villain wreaks havoc across the entire cast!

Question 6 : A book you want everyone to read?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s about a book, so readers must love books if they are reading, right? The Holocaust is a tough subject, but this book has a fantastic balance with an ethereal quality to Liesl as she struggles to survive.

Question 7 : Recommend an underrated book?

I don’t know! I would have to comb through my Goodreads list of read books, but off the top of my head, I think more people need to read Kate Morton’s historical fiction and mystery books. It has everything from characters to plot to suspense to beautiful lyrics without getting too far off the deep end or caught up in scenery description.

Question 8 : The last book you finished?

No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan. A mystery and suspense thriller about a woman who kills a teenager to protect her young infant. But how is it connected to The Ophelia Killer from twenty years ago? Come on, you know you wanna find out! 

Question 9 :The Last Book(s) You Bought?

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. It’s the follow-up to the first in the series, You, where a psycho stalks someone and then finds himself with an even bigger issue.

Question 10 : Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

A plastic bag. I was on a train and that’s all I had left from the Starbucks scone I purchased as a snack before heading out to Long Island to visit my parents.

Question 11 : Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes, I’m OK with used books. I often borrow from the library in my co-op building. We have about 30 shelves of nearly 1200 books… I’m always finding something to read when in between ARCs (which never happens anymore) or purchases. 

Question 12 : Top Three Favorite Genres?

Mystery. Thriller & Suspense. Historical Fiction.

Question 13 : Borrow or Buy?

Buy. I tend to look for new books 90% of the time and then pick-up ones from other people or libraries about 10% of the time. It’s just a matter of time and what I want to read. ARCs come first. Then series I enjoy reading (so I have to buy the new book). And last, I search for new things or books on my TBR. 

Question 14 : Characters or Plot?

Both, but plot edges out slightly. I can connect to a book with a great plot but bad characters; however, if the plot is boring, I won’t be happy. 

Question 15 : Long or Short Books?

I think I prefer middle, can I say that? I like to read a lot, so shorter makes more sense. But I need depth in a story, so they tend to be longer. Oh… it hurts… Longer. Longer books if I had to choose. Please stop harassing me with these choices!

Question 16 : Long or Short Chapters?

Short chapters all the way. Helps keep focus and find break points for food, sleep and errands.

Question 17 : Name The First Three Books You Think Of…


You by Caroline Kepnes. Just bought the follow-up book.

The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth. Sticks in my head.

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. Just read it last week.

Question 18 : Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Cry. I like to laugh, but in a book, I want emotion.

Question 19 : Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I like both, but I enjoy reading historical fiction more than fantasy.

Question 20 : Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I have never tried one, but I want to… need to find a new book to try. Any recommendations based on what I like reading?

Question 21 : Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes. If I don’t know the title, author or the cover doesn’t look good, I won’t usually read it without a strong recommendation.

Question 22 : Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Since I like serial fiction, probably TV series adaption. It lasts longer.

Question 23 : A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

I’m not sure I preferred the movie adaption, but I thought Lord of the Rings was just as good in both formats.

Question 24 : Series or Standalone?

Series all the way! Couldn’t you tell from the previous answers?!?!   😛


I am not tagging anyone specifically as this is the kind of tag everyone should do. So please jump on this little bandwagon! I expect at least 5 people to go for it! 🙂


About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare!



365 Challenge: Day 100 – Morbid

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Morbid: characterized by or appealing to an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease.


Today, we are celebrating life and death on ThisIsMyTruthNow’s 365 Daily Challenge. And before you go any further, I mean no offense nor to cause any trouble with this post, as it’s intended with humor and jest; however, I acknowledge it also reveals a little bit about my sense of humor. This is going to be an interesting one, but I promise no GIFs with gore, although I do love them.

This is my 100th post in the 365 Daily Challenge. I thought about the number 100 for a few minutes, discovering what it really means to me:

  1. The perfectionist in me always strives to get a score of 100 on any tests or exams (assuming that’s the highest mark). What a nerd!
  2. I’m very in tune with history, time and genealogy, which makes the concept of 100 years, or a century, very important to my research and interests.
  3. I’d like to live until I’m at least 100 years old. I plan to be healthy, active, youthful and still have all my wits about me. The way I look at it… as a kid, I always acted at least 5 to 10 years older than I was, and that continued up until I was around 30 when acting like I was near retirement… I finally gave up and said… act your age. So now… as I start growing older, it’s time to regress a little. By that logic, when I’m 100, maybe it’ll be like I’m really 50. So this is all gonna work out quite well for me. Hope to see you all then, too!

To put a few points around these rambles… hitting the milestone 100 posts in the 365 Daily Challenge today made me feel kinda good. I will also have completed 500 book reviews by next week, which has been a lot of work. And I just made 600 followers on WordPress. A nice little celebration this week… Life on WordPress has been great!

So now you’re asking why is the title of this post “morbid?” Well… I have a slight fascination with death and horror. And life and death balance each other out… so I thought I’d combine the two into this 100th post. A bit morbid, right? Ever since I was a young kid, I’ve always wondered about death — in a very healthy way. Big curiosity over what happens when someone dies, where they really go, do you get a second chance, are there really past lives, can you haunt someone? That kinda stuff. And whenever there’s a book, film or TV show that covers these topics, I love it!

My favorite place to go by myself is a cemetery or a graveyard. I find them relaxing. I feel connected with things. To see all the history. The memories. The missing pieces. The lost. The pain. The hope. Sometimes a little scare or fear at night. It’s a place that feels real to me, which is quite odd, given that it’s the place things that are no longer “real” go after life. I’m odd. I know it. I accept it. But it’s the truth. And that’s what I say on this site.

I also love gore. When movies or films get right in there and show all the horrible, nasty and disgusting things happening to bodies or people who’ve been murdered, it keeps my attention. For almost everyone I know, they close their eyes or leave the room; some even get sick. Not me. I’m good with seeing it all. I have some strange ability to turn off the “scary & squeamish” part and look at it more subjectively. That said… I’ve never been injured myself, so I have no idea what might happen if it were my own body with the issues. I know I get this from my dad, as he’s the same way. Blood, gore, surgery… none of it bothers him. Apparently, we’ve got strong stomachs for that kinda stuff. The only way to describe it is “morbid.”

When I read books like Paradise Lost or Inferno (Dante), I wish I could be part of that exploration. It’s not that I want to see the pain in or on other people, but it’s to gain knowledge about the broad concepts of life and death. It’s more intellectual for me… not like I want to sit around and watch people be dismembered just for fun. OK, well that’s not true… I do love serial killer books and movies, especially when they come from nowhere and make me jump just a little. I root for the serial killer. In theory. Not in real life, of course. That would be wrong. I know that much. 😛

By now, you probably agree… I’m morbid. You may even think I’m quite peculiar and extraordinarily scary. But… as you know… I don’t hold back in these 365 daily posts. So no need to worry whether I’m a secret psycho. A psycho wouldn’t put all this out for the public to read. And it’s a good thing this stuff all makes me laugh and have fun. I could be morose about it; and most people think of morbid and morose together. I’m the opposite. I see morbid as a fascination and morose as doom-n-gloom. Aren’t you glad you read today’s post?

Who would have thought combining the 100th “365 Daily Challenge” post would lead to me talking about serial killers, whacking people’s heads off and wondering when I might die!?!?!! Anyone else out there like me? Or do you run for the hills when it comes to this kinda stuff?

To Be or Not To Be: That Is The Question

(morbid, that is… to be or not to be morbid?)


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.