20 Questions About Books!

Hey fellow readers! I thought it would be fun to come with some random questions about Books and see what my answers are. Feel free to play along, just tell me your answers are!

Name a book you were supposed to read for school but didn’t.

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad  Just ran out of time and bluffed my way through.

Name a book that made you cry.


Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb Although, TBH, I probably cried through the whole series. The last one was the worst though. Full on sobs.

Name a book that surprised you.

Surprised in a good way, Between Jobs by W R Gingell.

Name a book that made you laugh out loud.

Probably something by P G Wodehouse. I find his books hilarious.

Name a book that made you furious.

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee has a long section on eugenics. So upsetting.

Name a book that left you wanting more.


Spirit’s End by Rachel Aaron was the last in the Eli Monpress series, but I really hated to say goodbye to those characters.

Name a book that fundamentally changed you.

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.

Name a book that was good for killing time.

Schott’s Original Miscellany by Ben Schott. Full of trivia and interesting lists .

Name the last book you paid full price for.

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller. Got it signed too.

Name the last book you got as a gift.

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans at a book exchange. I never get books as presents anymore!

Name a movie that was better than the book.


Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown

Name a book that would make a great movie.

Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede. Western fantasy steampunk!

What’s the oldest book you own?

My grandma’s copy of William Shakespeare. She used it when she taught school.

What book has been on your TBR the longest?

Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott/Agatha Christie

What’s the next book on your TBR?


Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh for the Asian readathon this month

What’s the most popular book you own?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J K Rowling

Which format of books do you prefer?

Honestly, I like ebooks more, but I also love audiobooks. And print books are good too, but not my favorite anymore.

Where do you get your books?

Library sometimes, Overdrive, Kindle Unlimited, and my favorite used bookstore, Pioneer Books in Provo.

Do you reread books? Yes, but not as often as I would like! There are so many new ones and it’s so easy to download a new book.

What do you do with old books? Mostly I trade them in at Pioneer Books, but I also donate them to the thrift store sometimes. I only keep book I’m sure I will want to reread.

I hope this was fun to read! I’d love to see your answers. I know mine are heavily weighted to fantasy, but that is what I read most of. Take care and happy reading!


Currently reading, April 4

I’m a little late with today’s post, but still here! I’m currently reading Fire Watch by Connie Wills. I love Connie Willis. She is a science fiction writer whose books focus more on relationships and how they are impacted by technology than laser blasts and weirdo aliens. This book is a collection of short stories and I’m really enjoying it so far.

I’m also struggling through Jodi Lynn Nye’s book The Unexpected Apprentice. This one was published in 2007, but I feel like it’s kind of showing its age. That’s not really that long ago, but IDK, it just feels a little dated. She’s an author who started around the same time as Willis did, maybe a little earlier, but I always saw her work in anthologies and as a co-writer. This is the first one of her solo books I’ve read, and it’s not bad, it’s just not really good either.

I’m currently listening to H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. This was recommended to me by someone on Library Thing and it’s not what I expected. It’s memoir about the author dealing with the loss of her father by adopting and training a hawk for hunting. It’s kind of a random subject, but it’s been a surprisingly emotional read for me. This week marks 7 years since my dad’s death, so the timing is really perfect.

What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments.

6 Characters that Made Me Cry

Some characters you love, some you hate, some you love to hate, but then there’s characters that just made you cry. Here’s my picks. (Might be some spoilers!)

  1. Auri – Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. Ari is sweet, vulnerable, and elusive. Her story, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, was simply magical and yet completely heartbreaking.
  2. Rosemunde – Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. No spoilers here, but Rosemunde is a little girl in the 14th century. Trust me, it’s a tearjerker.
  3. Sabriel – trilogy by the same name by Garth Nix. This was a great series, but it pushed the emotional buttons.
  4. Cedric Diggory – HP4 by J K Rowling. Sure, there were other deaths that were worse, but this was the first.
  5. James Herriot – All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. This one was not so much this character as all the situations and clients he meets. If you haven’t read this series, you really need to.
  6. Nobody Owens – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I loved this one. I don’t remember if I actually teared up, but I did get emotional.

What was on your list? Which characters made you cry?

Stand Alone Sunday #2 – Passage

Title: Passage

Author: Connie Willis

Genre: Science fiction/speculative fiction

This one is on my TBR list for this year, in a stack of books in my bedroom. Here’s what it says about it on Amazon:

“One of those rare, unforgettable novels that are as chilling as they are insightful, as thought-provoking as they are terrifying, award-winning author Connie Willis’s Passage is an astonishing blend of relentless suspense and cutting-edge science unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

It is the electrifying story of a psychologist who has devoted her life to tracking death. But when she volunteers for a research project that simulates the near-death experience, she will either solve life’s greatest mystery — or fall victim to its greatest terror.

At Mercy General Hospital, Dr. Joanna Lander will soon be paged — not to save a life, but to interview a patient just back from the dead. A psychologist specializing in near-death experiences, Joanna has spent two years recording the experiences of those who have been declared clinically dead and lived to tell about it.

It’s research on the fringes of ordinary science, but Joanna is about to get a boost from an unexpected quarter. A new doctor has arrived at Mercy General, one with the power to give Joanna the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

A brilliant young neurologist, Dr. Richard Wright has come up with a way to manufacture the near-death experience using a psychoactive drug. Dr. Wright is convinced that the NDE is a survival mechanism and that if only doctors understood how it worked, they could someday delay the dying process, or maybe even reverse it. He can use the expertise of a psychologist of Joanna Lander’s standing to lend credibility to his study.

But he soon needs Joanna for more than just her reputation. When his key volunteer suddenly drops out of the study, Joanna finds herself offering to become Richard’s next subject. After all, who better than she, a trained psychologist, to document the experience?

Her first NDE is as fascinating as she imagined it would be — so astounding that she knows she must go back, if only to find out why this place is so hauntingly familiar. But each time Joanna goes under, her sense of dread begins to grow, because part of her already knows why the experience is so familiar, and why she has every reason to be afraid….

And just when you think you know where she is going, Willis throws in the biggest surprise of all — a shattering scenario that will keep you feverishly reading until the final climactic page is turned.”

Sorry, that was kind of long, but doesn’t it sound good? I love Connie Willis’s books. This one is not rated as high as some of her other books, but I’m excited to read it anyway. Even when I don’t LOVE her books, I find them interesting reads. She has such a unique way of looking at the world, and every books is different from each other. So I really don’t know what to expect from this one, but it should be fun!

Book Review: Crosstalk by Connie Willis

Title: Crosstalk

Author Connie Willis

Genre: Science Fiction with some romance

How I heard about this book: Fan of the author


I love Connie Willis – she is one of my favorite authors. So I was super excited when I heard she had a new book out.

And it was good. Wildly inventive, totally different from her previous books, relevant, and with characters I cared about. But can I admit that I was a tiny bit disappointed? From anyone else, I might have given this 5 stars.

But this is by the author of The Doomsday Book and the Blackout duology. I wanted something – earthshattering. What I got was very good. Still, hard to complain too much. I guess I’m just spoiled. I definitely have to mention how much I love that she is still pushing the boundaries.