Never Have I Ever Book Tag

Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy tagged me for this. Thank you very much! Do check out her blog, she features amazing quotes and her other bookish posts are fantastic.

A big thanks to Madam Writer too for creating this wonderful tag.

The Rules:

  1. Link back to the original creator
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you or the blog you first saw this tag
  3. Answer all the prompts
  4. Add one more prompt of your own
  5. Tag at least 5 people
  6. Don’t lie and have fun

Never Have I Ever…read a later book in a series before reading the first book

Yes, I have but this happens rarely. If I didn’t know the book was in a series or I can’t obtain the first book first then there’s a possibility of me reading a later book. An example of a series I’ve read that I didn’t start with reading the first book is the Moses Series. (I STILL haven’t read the first book)

Never Have I Ever…burned a book

I have never….and I’m never planning to.

Never Have I Ever…read a book I knew I would hate

I don’t think I’ve done this before. If I knew, with my gut and brain, that I was going to hate a book before even reading it then I don’t think I would read it.

Never Have I Ever…wrote a fanfiction about my favorite books

I haven’t done this one either. Writing fanfiction requires lots of time, imagination and you’ll really need to like a book to write fiction about it. I don’t think that’s for me.

Never Have I Ever…loved a book when I was young, yet hated it when I got older

No, I’ve never loved a book before then hated it. Even though my book preferences have changed, I still enjoy the books I read as child.

Never Have I Ever…dressed up as one of my favorite literary characters

I haven’t.

Never Have I Ever…hated a book by an author I love

I’m really not sure, but I don’t think so.

Never Have I Ever…gone into a bookstore to buy one book and came out with many more

Well, isn’t the main intention of going to a bookstore to buy too many books? 🙂

Never Have I Ever…read the ending of a book before reading the beginning

I do this sometimes, but not with the intention to find out the ending. I usually read the ending of a book when a book is boring just to see if the ending is good and if the book is worth continuation.

Never Have I Ever…read a book without the dust cover

I have since I’m usually afraid of spoiling it when I’m reading.

Never Have I Ever…skim read nearly half a book

No I haven’t.

Never Have I Ever….pretended to have read a book that I haven’t

I can’t risk pretending since I might get asked a question based on the story or tell someone what the book is about, so it’s better just to read the book

Never Have I Ever….saw the movie before the book

I’ve already watched The Lord of the Rings movie and I’m planning to read the books very soon so yes, I have.

Never Have I Ever….read a book someone else is reading by peeking in their copy

I think I have. If someone is next to me and they’re reading and I have nothing to do then, to me, there’s no other thing to do than peek and read what they’re reading.

My Added Prompt: Never Have I Ever…behaved liked a character from a book I read

Yes I have, and quite a number of times. I like pretending I’m them and try to have the same lifestyle they have.

People I Tag:

Shruti @ This is Lit

Yvonne @ It’s All About Books

Noelle @ Wordgazing and Magic

Stephen @ Stephen Writes

Nikki @ The Secret Library

Do check out these blogs, they’re truly outstanding.

If you wouldn’t like to participate in this tag, it’s okay, I don’t mind, but it would be really exciting to read your answers.

It was very fun participating in this tag and I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! Thanks again Tiction for tagging me and Madam Writer for creating this tag.

The Bookish Snob Tag

Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds tagged me for this. Thank you so much Ahaana! Do check out her blog, she has such amazing book reviews and I absolutely love her posts.

Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before watching its film?

Well, this depends. If I already obtain the book and I’m unable to watch the film, then I’ll read the book first. But if I can watch the movie and don’t acquire the book then I’ll watch the movie first. If I had both, I think I would go for the movie because 1) I can finish the movie in one go 2) When I’ll read the book after watching the movie I’ll be able to picture the characters and scenes how the author wanted me to

Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: Physical books, E-books, or Audiobooks?

Physical books for sure. I do sometimes read e-books but I enjoy physically touching books more. I’m not a fan of audiobooks

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

As long as the person doesn’t mind my reading addiction then that’s okay.

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Non-fiction. It’s the genre I read very scarcely so I wouldn’t mine ditching it.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

I think I would choose fantasy because when reading it I usually fell like I’m transported to another world and I like that feeling. 🙂

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Maybe fiction. I think lots of people judge fiction since sometimes it’s not as adventurous as fantasy.

I tag:

Erin @ Reading On a Star

Eustacia @ Eustacia Reads

Jaye @ The Book Berrie

Ava @ Bookishness and Tea

Cherelle @ Cherelle the Bibliophile

Silje @ Inked by Books

Nehal @ Books and Words

Eryn @ Love Your Shelfs

And lastly..

You! Feel free to participate in this meme. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments so I can check it out.

I loved participating in this tag and it was super fun answering the questions. Hope you enjoyed reading my answers. If I tagged you and you don’t want to participate in this tag it’s okay. I don’t mind. But it would be really fun reading your answers. Also do check out the blogs I have mentioned above, they’re really awesome.

(If you do this tag, please link back to this post so I can be able to check it out!)

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I just got nominated for my first blogger award by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. Thank you so much! Please check out Riddhi’s blog she has such amazing posts and I just love her blog.

About The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules:

  • Give thanks to the person who nominated you and link the post back to them
  • Display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominator gave you
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award
  • Write 11 questions to your nominees
  • List the rules about the Sunshine Blogger Award

Riddhi’s Questions:

  • When and why did you start blogging?

I created my blog on 16th September 2020. On Friday was my one-month blogoversary. I started blogging because I largely enjoy reading books and sharing my opinions on them so I thought starting a blog would let me connect with fellow book lovers.

  • What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I love blogging because it helps me connect with other readers online.

  • What is your least favorite thing about blogging?

Well, I love blogging and everything about it but I can say the most discouraging thing is when you work hard on publishing good content yet no one reads it.

  • What are your hobbies besides blogging?

Reading, of course. I also like biking, baking and spending time with friends.

  • What would the title of your biography/biopic be?

Before I answer this I want to mention that Kate is not my real name, it’s my pen name. The title of my biography would be The Life of [my real name] eg. The Life of Kate

  • Some advice for people who have just started blogging?

What I would advice you is to keep blogging if you love it, publish some good quality content, participate in the community, be patient since getting a good following and getting traffic takes time, know your not alone since there are thousands of other readers and bloggers around the world, and lastly never give up.

  • Describe yourself in seven words?

I’m energetic, courteous, curious, creative, imaginative, exploring and a reading-geek.

  • Dogs or Cats?

Both!

  • A TV show you could binge watch forever?

Don’t know about this one cause I would rather be reading than watching TV. But I can say my favorite TV show currently is Henry Danger.

  • A song you relate to? / A song you will never get tired of listening?

Girls like you by Maroon 5

  • Who is your favorite author?

I don’t really think I have a favorite author since I read books considering the author the least, but the author who I’ve read most of their books would be Barbara Kimenye’s Moses Series.

I nominate:

  1. Jen @ Pop! Goes the Reader
  2. Krysta & Brianna @ Pages Unbound
  3. Becca @ Toastie Books
  4. Erin @ Reading On A Star
  5. Eustacia @ Eustacia Reads
  6. Jaye @ The Book Berrie
  7. Ava @ Bookishness and Tea
  8. Rukky @ Eternity Books
  9. Aina @ In A Bookishverse
  10. Helen @ Helen’s Bookshelf
  11. Silje @ Inked by Books

My Questions:

  1. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  2. How long have you been blogging?
  3. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced as a blogger?
  4. What’s your favorite book?
  5. Why did you decide to become a blogger?
  6. Share a picture of your top 10 favorite books in a pile being, top book the best book you’ve ever read and bottom book a book you still enjoy. You could also write them in list form (Don’t know why I was so specific on this question)
  7. If you were to write a book what would it be about and what would you title it?
  8. Longest book you’ve ever read
  9. Describe an imaginary character you’ve made up
  10. Your Hogwarts house?
  11. Advice to other bloggers or anything else you’d like to say to the reader.

This was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! Thanks again Riddhi for nominating me and thank you for reading!

Book Series I Want to Read in 2020

Hello friends and welcome to another post. So for today’s post I decided to share book series I would like to read (and probably finish by this year).

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

I had watched the movies maybe a few months ago and I can say I really enjoyed them. When my friend introduced me to the books, I was ecstatic since I had seen so many reviews on this trilogy saying the books are amazing and everyone should read them. This made me wanted to read them so bad. The books are pretty long and I think it would be a good challenge trying to tackle them. I also want to read this series because it would be my first time reading any of Tolkien’s work.

The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer

This amazing adventure and fantasy series including twins, magic, fairytales, princesses, evil witches and more is a definite must-read for me. I loved the first book and I really can’t wait to read the rest of the books.

Moses Series by Barbara Kimenye

This mischievous Ugandan school boys make me laugh all the time. I’ve read quite a number of books in this series but I really want to read all of them.

Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

I’m currently reading the first book and I must say, it’s really intriguing. The book is really fast paced and even though it’s about 300 pages, I think I can finish it by next week. I eagerly wait to finish the series (and take a test to find out my Hogwarts house)

The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

After reading my Land of Stories Kindle, this book was recommended to me by the app since I liked Land of Stories. After being mesmerized by the cover and reading the sample I think this could be a very good book. Hopefully I like it.

What do you think of this choices? Which book series is on your TBR? Have you read any of these books? If you have, what are your thoughts on them? I’d love to read all you responses.

Thanks for reading!

WWW Wednesday (14th October 2020)

WWW Wednesday is a meme formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived at Taking on a World of Words. The three Ws stand for three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers:

What are you currently reading?

1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

2) Musa Mashakani na Barbara Kimenye

What did you recently finish?

I recently finished Gifted Hands by Ben Carson which was his autobiography and I think it was an amazing book. Read my review.

What do you think you’ll read next?

1) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling

2) Musa na Mildred by Barbara Kimenye: I have already read this book in its English version so reading it in its Kiswahili form is just like having a re-read except it will improve my Kiswahili vocabulary.

What do you think of my choices? Let me know in the comments what you’re currently reading, what you recently finished reading and what you plan to read next. Feel free to share the link to you WWW Wednesday post in the comments too. Don’t forget to check out MizB at A Daily Rhythm and Taking on a World of Words.

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson

Information

Published: 1990
Pages: 224

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Official Summary

Dr. Ben Carson is known all around the world for breakthroughs in neurosurgery that have brought hope where no hope existed. In Gifted Hands, he tells of his inspiring odyssey from his childhood in inner-city Detroit to his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions at age thirty three. Taking you into the operating room where he has saved countless lives, Ben Carson is a role model for anyone who attempts the seemingly impossible.

Filled with fascinating case histories, this bestselling book tells the dramatic and intimate story of Ben Carson’s struggle to beat the odds-and of the faith and genius that make him one of today’s greatest life savers.

Review

As a Ben Carson fan and after reading Think Big, which is also another book written by Dr. Carson, I had no doubts that this book would be appealing to me. This book was most enjoyable to me and most of all inspiring.

Gifted Hands is Ben Carson’s story/autobiography. Now, a director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Benjamin Carson shares his life with us. His story begins with his mother, Sonya Carson and he claims he can’t begin his story without sharing hers. Ben grew up without a father in the inner-city Detroit. They were struggling financially.

Despite all this Ben emphasizes how his mother never gave up on them. Her encouraging words and how she pushed Ben and his brother, Curtis, motivated him to be the best he can be.

During his time in the University of Michigan he met Candy who currently is his wife. Ben then goes to Johns Hopkins and starts his residency. With a good mindset and hard work he soon becomes the director of pediatric neurosurgery at age thirty three. He clearly emphasizes that he didn’t reach where he is alone and largely thanks all his supporters including his mother, his challengers, his helpers and fellows at Hopkins.

Dr. Carson is known all over the world for the separation of the Binder Siamese twins and of course he couldn’t miss mentioning this in his autobiography. It was remarkable to read how this man performed the seemingly impossible, brought hope where there wasn’t and gave children a second chance at life.

Gifted Hands was a really good book and I await to read another book by Ben Carson called The Big Picture. Overall, the book was amazing and I will surely recommend it to you.

How Many Books Should You Read at Once?

As a reader I usually wonder how many books the average human reads at once or at a time. This question has kept me scratching my head and I have researched it a lot desiring to know the answer. Could I have been reading wrongly this whole time? Is a question that I would ask myself from time to time which led to reading lots of websites trying to figure out how many books a good reader reads at a time.

My Experience Reading Several Books at Once

Before this question popped in my head, I had the habit of reading multiple books at a time. Anytime I would come across a book I thought I would enjoy I would start it immediately having about 4-5 books that I was currently reading. This strategy worked but there were some cons. First, I admit, sometimes if I was reading a good book that kept me so engrossed I would forget about the other books I was reading. This meant I had to restart these books and this was a task I didn’t like but it didn’t happen often maybe once or twice. (Note: This doesn’t mean I don’t like rereading books I just didn’t like restarting them when I was halfway)

Another thing I didn’t like about reading lots of books at once was having to decide which ones to read. There were some books that I eagerly wanted to finish, some I was curious about and others that I had just started and wanted to see what the story was like. So it was a tedious job to decide which book to read.

Although I know a lot of people have this challenge but while I was reading multiple books I never confused any stories if I didn’t forget them. If I came back to a book that I was enjoying I would immediately remember the plot, setting and characters. This meant I could just start from where I left off and continue it and this process made me finish books faster which is one of the pros of reading multiple books at once.

Then I Switched to Reading One Book at a Time

This method of reading was recommended to by a friend. I started reading one book at a time and it felt no difference in reading multiple books at a time except that I took more time to finish books.

Although it made me get though my TBR a bit slower, reading one book at a time helped me control my patience and curiosity. This is because I had to finish the current book I was reading until reading the next. I think this would help in maybe waiting for a certain book maybe in a series you enjoy to get published or bought.

But I didn’t like using this method of reading if I was curious about a book I already owned because I would rush to finish the book I’m currently reading just to finish it and read the one I was anticipating to read and maybe finding out that that the story I was curious about wasn’t appealing to me. So then I’d have to come back to the one I finished quickly and repeat reading it again which I’ve mentioned is a task that I didn’t enjoy.

How Many Books I Actually Read at Once

I have come up with my own method of reading which I think has worked for me. I’ll have one fantasy or fiction book in English because I adore fantasy and fiction and one fiction book in Kiswahili. Kiswahili, if you didn’t know, is one of the main languages learnt in my country so I like reading Kiswahili books to broaden and sharpen my Kiswahili vocabulary. Then I’ll have one non-fiction book maybe a biography.

Conclusion

After doing my research I have come to the conclusion that there is no right way to read just as there is no right kind of book nor reader. What I recommend is trying out different reading methods or making your own and finding one that works for you.

How many books do you read at once, why?

A Contemporary Book That I Think Should Become a Classic

Classic Remarks is a meme hosted at Pages Unbound that poses questions about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation.

Today is my first time participating and I decided to answer a past prompt which was:

What is a contemporary book you think might become a classic?  Or should become a classic?

The River and The Source is a wonderfully written novel by Margaret Ogola that I knew I would love from the start. It won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature in 1995 and the 1995 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in Africa. It has been translated into Italian, Lithuanian and Spanish and has been a literature set book for the Kenya secondary schools. The book has been studied in many universities in Africa and beyond.

This captivating and gripping tale took me right in from the first page where Akoko is born, a woman like no other. The book takes you into a world filled with deep and rich characters and environments.

Of course, there are a lot of contemporary, probably “better” books than this one that I might enjoy and decide that they should also become classics. But I think this book really touched me. I loved the plot, setting, theme and characterization. Hopefully it will become a classic piece one day.

What contemporary book do you think should become a classic?

WWW Wednesday (7th October 2020)

WWW Wednesday is a meme formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived at Taking on a World of Words. The three Ws stand for three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers:

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading a non-fiction book which is Ben Carson’s autobiography called Gifted Hands.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished a Kiswahili book called Ni Rangi Tu by Ally Mtenzi which was very touching and moving. The book is about a boy who had albinism and people teased him because of his color and because he was different. He just comes to show them that he’s just like them and the difference between him and them is just his color. Now his the chief physician to treat people with skin problems. Read the book’s review.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning to read a Kiswahili book called Musa Mashakani by Barbara Kimenye. If you’re a reader of this blog you might know that I really like the Moses Series. So, there’s no reason not to read this book.

I also want to start Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling. The Harry Potter Series is very popular series and I really can’t wait to start this book.

What do you think of my choices? Let me know in the comments what you’re currently reading, what you recently finished reading and what you plan to read next. Feel free to share the link to you WWW Wednesday post in the comments too.

The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

Published: 2017
Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12
Illustrated by: Jeff Kinney

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Summary:
Greg only wanted a normal Christmas at home; drinking hot chocolate and opening presents. But normality is hardly in Greg’s family. Things take an unexpected after his parents see an ad on TV about a so called paradise called Isla de Corales and they decide to go there for the winter and skip Christmas. The Greg family soon discovers that Isla de Corales is actually the opposite of a paradise.

Review:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a book series written in diary format a bit similar to the Dork Diaries Series. Both books are humorous and both explain the misadventures of the diary owners’ daily lives in a funny manner.

I haven’t read any other book in the series and it is true to say that currently, The Getaway is the first book I have read in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series and it sure caught my attention. The author knew how to keep the reader page-turning and engaged. He organized the different scenes in a suitable manner.

The book is best for young readers but can also be read by people of all ages. It has very simple language that is easy-to-understand.

In this book, Greg Heffley’s frazzled family go for a trip to this so called paradise called Isla de Corales where his parents had their honeymoon. As a reader continues reading the book, they could think that the family’s vacation couldn’t get anymore worse but then it got even more worse. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family’s holiday. Can their trip be saved or will it end in total disaster?

I’ll surely recommend this book to you if you’re looking for something to get a laugh out of. The book was very entertaining and funny and will continuously keep you smiling.