TAG: Book Bloggers, Insiders & Tests

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I’ve been nominated for three different book blogger tags, and I’ve combined them into a new fun tag because after this one, I still have 45 more tags to still complete! Many thanks to readrantrockandrollbookloverblogs, and brizzlelassbooks for the nominations. These were fun — check out their blogs…. these are three of my favorite book bloggers I interact with all the time.


1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie (1 of 3 since I combined tags… others are unknown)
3. Tag at least 6 people
4. Have fun!


Describe your perfect reading spot.

Absolute quiet. Perfect temperature. No interruptions.

Tell us three book confessions.

  1. I have to read a series in order or I get all sorts of panicky.
  2. I once wanted a library and had thousands of books. When I moved, I had to give many away. I now only keep about 100 on the shelf.
  3. I’m now at a 50/50 split between reading e-books versus physical books. It’s a good balance.

When was the last time you cried during a book?

Love, Secrets & Absolution by K.L. Loveley


How many books are on your bedside table?

1 book (Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire) and my iPad to read via Kindle, which has 15 TBR items.


What’s your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?

None. I like to keep my fingers clean while reading

Name three books you would recommend to Everyone


N.N. Light’s Daily Book of Inspiration

Ken Follett’s Night Over Water

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None

Describe how much books mean to you in just three words.

Passion. Confidence. Imagination. the-book-blogger-test

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

On the couch in my living room

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

30 minutes including formatting and posting on all sites

3. When did you start your book blog?

Fall, 2016

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

It is a lot of time to be focused on one thing

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Connections you make across the world

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

all the 365 Daily Challenge ones

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Advice on writing / blogging

8. When do you typically write?

Dining Room table which doubles as my desk

9. Do you review every book you read?

Yes. I even went on a quest to review everything I read over the last 30 years I had never reviewed. I now have 575+ on the blog and Goodreads

10. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

Within 2 days so it’s fresh in my mind

11. How often do you post?

Daily usually


Top 3 book pet hates

  1. Not tying up loose ends
  2. No evidence for why a character does something
  3. Endings that don’t match the overall theme / style of the book



About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


34 thoughts on “TAG: Book Bloggers, Insiders & Tests

    the bookworm said:
    April 1, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Fun meme, thanks for tagging me. You describe the perfect reading spot. I used to read alot of Agatha Christie and enjoyed her Hercule Poirot books. Happy weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

    hsimone said:
    April 1, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Aww…thank you for the shout-out!

    Great answers! I’ve been meaning to check out Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. I started The Secret Adversary and I like her writing style, so far. Also, I’ve been wanting to post daily, but haven’t been able to, so far. I’ll keep working on it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 1, 2018 at 9:41 AM

      You’re welcome. Sorry it took so long. :). Starting Agatha tonight!!

      Liked by 1 person

        Heidi M. Simone said:
        April 1, 2018 at 3:49 PM

        No need to apologize. That’s awesome! I read the first couple of chapters and I think I can tell why she’s a popular author!

        Liked by 1 person

    BrizzleLass said:
    April 1, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    You are on a mission with these tags and awards! Love it and I love your answers as always!

    Liked by 1 person

    5171 Miles Book Blog said:
    April 1, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Thank you so much for the nomination, Jay!

    Liked by 1 person

    Cheche Winnie said:
    April 1, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Congrats 👏 👏

    Liked by 1 person

    shalini said:
    April 1, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Hey Jay, thank you for tagging me. I will do this tag. I haven’t done your first tag/award, which was my very first tag, when I was one week old in the blog world and I was scared of tags and awards and I had no idea how to do them or what they meant. (I still don’t know what is meme though Kim did try to explain it to me.) Not that I know much now.
    Congratulations on getting tagged by fabulous people.
    I assume I need to answer the same questions when I do this tag. (yp, it’s when not if hehehe)
    Hopefully I can do this tag well… Hmmm… I don’t remember the books I read yet I remember all the books I have beta read.
    My mind is rambling on tangents now.
    Good luck to me. Hehe
    Am I drunk or extremely tired??

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 1, 2018 at 11:04 AM

      Thank you. Funny this morning! Can’t wait to see your post. Lol.


        shalini said:
        April 1, 2018 at 11:18 AM

        Hehehe me too… I wish I drank. I would be funnier, then the tag would appear easy

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    theloyalbritwit said:
    April 1, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Another great one!! I agree with a lot of your sentiments about reading! Thanks for the nomination, too! 😄🌸

    Liked by 1 person

    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    April 1, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Definitely drives me crazy when I find out I have a sequel but not the first book of the series. Greater answers, Jay! Have an awesome week-end.

    Liked by 1 person

    scr4pl80 said:
    April 1, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    I like reading all your answers to the questions. It’s a little bit like the 365 plus 5. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    The Cozy Pages said:
    April 1, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    575+ reviews. Wow. Very impressive.

    Liked by 1 person

    Colline said:
    April 1, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    I enjoyed reading this post and getting to know you a little.
    Now to visit those book blogs you have tagged.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 1, 2018 at 4:57 PM

      So many are great bloggers. Those are just 3 exceptional ones but I’m trying to tag a lot of people this week!!! Thanks for visiting.

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    April 1, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    30 minutes to write edit and post????? Wow! If writing takes about 30 minutes too editing, creating teasers etc. takes a lot of time for me! Usually it’s about 2 hours.

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    April 1, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Oh gosh yeah I’ve definitely got to read a series in order. And really agree with those pet hates!

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    April 2, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    Yes to reading a series in order! I recently tried starting book 2 of a series and couldn’t get past the first few pages because I felt like I needed the first book to explain things more to me.

    Liked by 1 person

    Like Sophie, I’m impressed with how quickly you put a post together, even with notes and a format. It typically takes me 45 minutes to an hour.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 6, 2018 at 9:51 AM

      Maybe I just ‘talk’ too much? LOL I do a lot of copy formatting or duplicate old post, then erase the content from the old one. That saves time.

      Liked by 1 person

    Book Blogger Insider Tag said:
    May 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    […] thanks to James at This is My Truth Now for the nomination and creation of this combination of tags! This is […]

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