Monday, December 23, 2013

Reading INSANITY Tag

Cait and Mime of The Notebook Sisters are hosting a delightful writing and reading linkup and giveaway at their blog The Notebook Sisters.  Go check it out!!!  The linkup is open all month, but I think the giveaway ends in four days.

1. Grab the Book and Writing Insanity button above! (Or link to our blog,, somewhere in your post.)
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3. Copy the 20 questions below. You can use all of them or just pick out a few!
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5. Visit AT LEAST the blog linked up in front of you. (The point of linkups is to meet new bloggy friends and squeak over books/writing together. Plus who doesn't like comments? Share the love!)
6. WE LOVE BOOKS!!! (Okay, that isn't really helpful, but who cares?)

I'm going to do both tags, because I like reading and writing evenly, but this post will be just the readers tag, and I'll post the writers tag soon.

For Bookworms – answer these questions out of the books you’ve read this year:
1. What was your overall favourite book this year? (Yes. Pick one.)
WHAT?????!!!!!!!  I don't pick just one favorite ever.  Well, hardly ever. I'm incapable of it.  But, I will list just one from my list of favorite books read this year.  The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer.

2. Favourite debut(s)? (Author must have been first published in 2013.)
I think the only debut I read was Anneliese Blakeney's The Princess and the Sage.  It is side-splittingly funny!!

3. Which books did you reread this year?
Rose in Bloom – Louisa May Alcott
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
(I know I re-read others, but I don't remember what they were.)

4. Favourite cover(s) this year!
Captive of Raven Castle

5. Worst cover(s)?
I can't think of one off the top of my head.  Most of what I read this year were ebooks, and I don't really pay attention to ebook covers.  :D

6. What self-published books did you read this year?
Do You Take This Quest – Kendra Ardnek
Captive of Raven Castle – Jessica Greyson
The Ankulen – Kendra Ardnek
The Princess and the Sage – Anneliese Blakeney

7. Which book(s) gave you a massive hangover?
Conqueror: A Novel of William the Conqueror – Georgette Heyer.  The friendship in this book was MAGNIFICENT and I went around for a few days in a fog because of the end of the book.  It was heartbreakingly beautiful.

8. Best standalone you read?
There were a few, but I think I'll pick The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas.  Talk about superb!!!!

9. Biggest book(s) you've read this year?
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens.  It was long, but worth it.

10. Book(s) you followed the hype for and then loved!
None this year, unless Mirriam Neal's Monster counts, but I beta read that last year before it was published, so I knew there was a blazing good reason for the hype.  (It is an AMAZING book.)

11. Most disappointing book(s) you read this year?
His Holiday Heart – Jillian Hart – a Love Inspired McKaslin Clan book.

12. Favourite leading-female character?
Aaaaaahhhh!!!  I'm awful at picking favorites!!!!!  I had lots of favorite leading ladies... I'll pick one at random....
Echo Sackett from Ride the River by Louis L'Amour.  She was spunky, smart and FUN.

13. Favourite leading-male character?
Again, I'm going to randomly pick from my list of favorites....
Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities.  His glorious act of self sacrifice was WONDERFUL.

14. Best romance(s)?
I don't normally read too much romance, preferring adventure, but I loved the back and forth arguing romance of Simon the Coldheart by Georgette Heyer.  (Not to mention Margaret is fantastic.)  I also enjoyed the romance in Before the Dawn by Joseph Altsheler.  It was very well written.

15. What book(s) hit the DNF list? (Did not finish.)
None.  I have a habit of reading to the end, even if I dislike a book, unless I find strong moral objections such as profanity or anything else inappropriate.

16. What book(s) did you read out of your comfort-zone?
The Love Inspired McKaslin Clan series.  I had read one of the books in the series and didn't mind it too much, though as a rule I don't care for that sort of chick lit.  So, I went ahead and was reading more in the series.  With each one I read I grew more and more annoyed and His Holiday Heart was the final straw.  I swore off such 'Sugar Frosting Books' (as they are known around our house) for good.

17. Which author did you read the most from?
Georgette Heyer.  I read nine of hers, and enjoyed each and every one.  Hers are romance novels I actually like - a lot.

18. Top 5 books you'd recommend from all the books you've read this year?
Only 5??????  I can recommend at least 2 dozen, but I will choose five that aren't very well known, or are new on the scene:
Rupert of Hentzau – Anthony Hope
Captive of Raven Castle – Jessica Greyson
Urchin of the Riding Stars – M. I. McAllister
The Ankulen – Kendra Ardnek
Quentin Durward – Sir Walter Scott

19. How many books did you read this year all up?
70 so far, plus 19 shorter juvenile novels that I was proofreading to make sure they were ok for younger siblings to read.  Not quite as many books as I had hoped to read at the beginning of the year, but still not too bad.

20. What's a book you're hugely excited for coming out in 2014?!
I'm not sure.  I don't really know of any coming out that I'm particularly interested in.  Paper Crowns – if Mirriam Neal publishes it next year.  And My Kingdom for a Quest, if Kendra is planning to publish it next year.

I shall have to do another post detailing more about my favorite books from this year.  :)

Miss Melody Muffin


  1. Congrats on reading 70 books! That's so amazing! I have a hard time not finishing books too. I need to finish them! (My OCD side coming out?! Haha.) Picking ONE favourite is just mean, eh?! Gosh, who invented these questions... XD (I totally couldn't do it either!!)
    Thanks for linking up with us!

  2. It sounds like you're really into the classics. I admire anyone who can get through them, especially Dicken's stuff!

    I also applaud your 70 books!

  3. HAHAHAHA!!!!! Oh Sister!!!!


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