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TAG: This or That Book

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I found this book tag on a friend’s page. You should check her site out as she has great book conversations, tags and fun. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate  But the creator was Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks and so you must check out this site, too.


Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do that if you want to.
  • Tag other people to do this tag to spread the love!

 

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Tough one… I read in bed before I go to sleep, but I also like sitting on the couch or the chair in the living room. If I had to choose… reading in bed. It’s a bit more comfy.

Male main character or female main character?

I usually prefer female main characters. I tend to learn more and understand it more easily.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks?

Definitely sweet. It’s hard to say no to them.

Trilogies or quartets?

I’ve read a ton more trilogies… can’t even think of a quartet off the top of my head.

First person POV or third POV?

I usually read third-person, so I tend to prefer it. But a really strong first-person narration can be even more chilling.

Reading at night or in the morning?

Definitely at night. Mornings are for blogging, social media and email.

Libraries or bookstores?

Not fair… too tough of a choice. Libraries for their beauty. Bookstores for the opportunity to keep it all for myself. If I had to choose… libraries. They have so much charm.

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

Books that make me cry. I enjoy laughing, but that’s a “point-in-time” reaction. If you make me cry (or feel emotion, since I really don’t cry), I’ll retain it forever.

Black book covers or white covers?

I think a black book cover stands out more and captures my attention. White makes me think it’s boring even though that’s not a true statement.

Character driven or plot driven?

I definitely like both, but preference is plot. I can forgive a bad character. I can’t accept a bad plot.

Tag?

I’m not tagging anyone specific, but it’s easy and fun, so everyone should!

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Each week, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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!

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All 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.

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TAG: Get to Know me

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I found this tag at Bionic Book Worm who found it at Too Much of a Book Nerd. I thought it was a great way to drop some interesting facts about us bloggers and let others stumble upon them when checking out our blog and profile. So here goes…

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VITAL STATS

NAME: James

NICKNAMES: Jay, JC, J (but never Jim or Jimmy)

BIRTHDAY: March 18th

STAR SIGN: Pisces

OCCUPATION: Technology & Business Ops for ~20 years. Now split with writing.

LIVING IN: New York City (NYC)

 

APPEARANCE

HAIR COLOR: Brown

HAIR LENGTH: Short, but for a guy, probably considered long…

EYE COLOR: Hazel

BEST FEATURE:  I think it’s my shoulders/chest. Friends always say my hair these days.

BRACES: No, but I should have had them. My teeth aren’t perfectly straight. A few are slightly slanted. But I’m not going thru that ordeal now!

PIERCINGS: None now. But in the past, I had two piercings in my left ear and both nipples for a few years. I’m sorry to anyone reading this who finds it surprising or shocking. But in reality, if you saw me at the beach or the pool a few years ago, you would have seen them in person.

TATTOOS: None but I love them. Some day…

RIGHT OR LEFT: Right

PICTURE: Most recent one

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FIRSTS

REAL HOLIDAY: On my own? I don’t know that I remember… moved into my own apartment at 22, so perhaps that Thanksgiving or Christmas?

BEST FRIEND: Lynde while growing up. We lived next door to one another and spent all our time together for 15+ years. We still chat from time to time but live in different places. Now it’s probably Winston for the last 5 years.

AWARD: A bunch in grammar, middle and high school. Best creative short story in college. Versatile Blogger this week for my site. Nothing else I know of!

SPORT: Played soccer and baseball through middle school, then I was a bowler. Even worked there and taught kids how to bowl. Now just the gym.

CONCERT: I am not a concert guy, too many people. My parents too me to a few outdoor ones as a child. The first I actually remember going to… I think it was Madonna in my 20s.

 

FAVORITES

TV SHOWS: I’m only listing the ones currently on air that I watch: Modern Family, Mom, How to Get Away With Murder, The Real O’Neals, Great British Baking Show, Younger, The Crown, Grace and Frankie

COLOR: Black

SONGS: I’m usually good with turning on the radio and listening to anything rock or pop

RESTAURANT: Easier to choose cuisines… Mexican

SHOPS: I’m not a shopper but when I do… Kenneth Cole or Banana Republic

BOOKS: Too many to list… right now, anything by Kate Morton

SHOES: I hate shoes. I prefer not to wear anything, no socks or shoes. If I have to… sandals

BOOK GENRES: Mystery

 

CURRENTLY

FEELING: Old… some of these questions are hard or don’t work for me. Ornery. 😛

SINGLE OR TAKEN: Taken for about 5 1/2 years. We live together.

EATING: Had a half a turkey sandwich about 30 minutes ago for lunch.

THINKING ABOUT: Edits to my book. Waiting on feedback from an agent. Scary.

WATCHING: Last night, the latest episode of “Mom.”

WEARING: comfy cotton shorts, t-shirt and a pair of boxer-briefs

 

HAVE KIDS: Nope, not unless you count Ryder. Perhaps one day…

WANT TO TRAVEL: Yes, but I have a bit already.  Been to: China, Singapore Thailand, Cambodia, Argentina, Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, UK and France. Plus most of the USA… 35 out of 50 states so far.

DO YOU BELIEVE…

 

In Yourself: Yes, most days. 

God: I was raised Catholic.

Miracles: Eh… I believe random things can happen. I’m not sure I’m clear on what we’d call the true definition of a miracle.

Love at first sight: No, because love means so many different things. You can know you will be with someone for a long time. You can be sure you will fall in love with something about them. But I don’t think you can immediately fall in love.

Ghosts: Yes. Spirits. I think you can sense things are around you.

Aliens: There is more than Earth out there.

Soul Mates: Probably not, though I don’t mean it in a bad way. I just mean you can fall in love, and you can be meant to stay together… but we have one soul and not everyone falls in love just once.

Heaven: Yes, there is something positive beyond life.

Hell: Tough one. I believe in forgiveness, so who or what would go there after life? I was taught to believe in it because I am Catholic, but I’m unclear on its real definition.

TAG TIME

And now it’s your turn… I’m not tagging anyone specific, but I’d love to see at least 5 of my online friends post reply with their answers and post it on their site, tagging me and letting me know so I can check it out!

TAG: Blogger Stats Book

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Last Three Books You Read?

Spoilers or Spoiler Free?

I love spoilers for anything on TV… I will always look them up in advance of the episode or movie. But in books, I hate them. I want to read for myself; however, I will sometimes peruse the last few pages of a book before starting it.

In my book reviews, I don’t include spoilers as a general guideline; however, if something borders on a spoiler, I will include an alert before someone sees the info.

How Long Have You Been Book Blogging?

I began using Goodreads in 2011/12, but didn’t include reviews until 2015. I created this website in October 2016, so about 8 months now. It started out as just book reviews, but it’s expanded to:

  • Book Reviews with genre, author and book series information
  • Film / TV Show / Movie Reviews
  • Vacation and Trip Reviews
  • 365 Daily Challenge — check it out, you know you want to!
  • Personal Blog

Last Book You Read In One Sitting?

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Your Favorite Genre

Mystery

Preferred book size? (novella, tome, etc)

I tend to love reading a book series, so the longer the better. But since I’m trying to read more books and varied genres, I am usually comfortable between 300 and 400 pages.

Amount of books on your TBR?

Goodreads tells me I have 1,113 books on my “to read” list, but I have 21 sitting on my physical bookshelf or downloaded into my Kindle eReader.

A book you have DNF’d?

I couldn’t completely finish it… read my review to see why!

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Recent awards or milestones?

I hadn’t even realized there were blogger awards until last week, so I’ve got none!

I just had my best day since the site was created. I had 109 likes and 213 views in a single day. While that’s fairly small compared to everyone else, I only have ~200 followers at this point, so it’s steadily improving.

Best interaction with an author you enjoy?

Although I am a writer, I haven’t spent much time with other authors. But I tend to like when I connect with them on Facebook and get a few likes or messages from them directly.

Average number of books you read per month?

I average about 2 to 3 books per week, so around 10 per month.

Top three publishers?

I haven’t been paying attention to the specific publisher as much as I should. I have been focusing more on genre and author. But you’ve just given me a great idea. Thanks!

Social media sites your blog uses?

For book reviews, I first publish on Goodreads, then send it to this blog. From there, I share it on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest.

For general blogging items, same as above but start with the post here on WordPress (WP).

Average amount of time you spend on networking?

It ranges pretty wide. Right now, for a variety of reasons, I probably spend 2 to 3 hours per day blogging and networking.

Most comfortable blogging position?

Sitting on the couch with my legs crossed or stretched out on an ottoman. Laptop on a pillow on my lap. Water or coffee on the table next to me. And Ryder (dog) cuddled up by my side.

Music or quiet when writing reviews?

Generally quiet. Sometimes I’ll put on a radio station for light background music.

Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?

Witty. Funny. Diverse. Organized. Introspective.

A blog you looked up to starting out?

To be honest, I didn’t look at other people’s blogs. I just started designing to learn how to use the WordPress tool. And as I began seeing content on other people’s sites, I added more to mine. I have a lot of online friends with cool blogs, but I try to be creative and not compare to others too much. I’d never get anything done if I tried to live up to some of the folks I follow. They’re too good!

The best book you have reviewed so far?

Hmmm…  there are too many. But my favorite book right now is below and the review is here:

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Best piece of blogging advice?

Have an outline. Winging it is good once you have a base established. Decide what layout and format works best for you. Organize your content. Determine your comfort level on how often you blog and network. Essentially… be somewhat consistent and reliable so people want to keep checking it out.

It’s time for tagging….

Open to everyone… let’s have some fun.

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Each week, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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!

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All 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.

TAG: My Life in Books

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Welcome to the My Life in Books Tag

I was not tagged by anyone but I found this tag on someone’s site and thought it was cool. I started tracing it back to the original creator, but after about 10 degrees of separation, I felt like Alice in Wonderland… so I stopped. I give full credit to the original creator, whoever you are, plus the great blogs I stumbled across: Blame ChocolateBooks In Her EyesMELTINGPOTSANDOTHERCALAMITIESicebreaker694jessicamarie493THRICE READ.

As for the rules, I’m a bit fuzzy. I assume you pick books for the letters of your name that have some significance to them. What I’m not sure about is… should I explain why it was chosen? Otherwise, some readers may think I’ve got a crazy life!

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1. Find a book for each of your initials!

  • J – J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton
  • A – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • M – Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  • E – The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • S – The Secret History by Donna Tartt

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

  • The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien

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

  • NYC – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to!

  • Scotland – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color!

  • Black – Bodas de Sangre by Federico Garcia Lorca

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

  • The Philosopher’s Apprentice by James Morrow

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

  • The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy

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

  • Fall of Giants (Century Trilogy #1) by Ken Follett

That’s it. Hope you enjoyed! Be sure to try out this tag for yourself. It was really fun and easy!

Who do I tag?

Everyone who is following me, of course! 😛

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Each week, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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!

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All 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.

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