Historical Romance Reader Tag

Hi everyone! Today, I have a very exciting post. I started reading historical romance a year ago in april 2020 and since then I have read 18 books in this subgenre, while that’s not a lot of time or a lot of books, I have fallen in love with historical romance and I can’t wait to explore it more. That’s why I decided to do the historical romance reader tag created by Jess @ PeaceLoveBooks.

1. What was the first historical romance you ever read?

The first historical romance I read was The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare and I think it was an amazing book to get into the genre because Tessa Dare’s writing is .very accesible and her books work well for modern reader’s sensibilities.

2. What was the last historical romance you read?

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore, which was just ok, I didn’t enjoy as much as the first book in the series (Bringing Down the Duke) becuase the main characters were very unlikable at times and their chemistry wasn’t really there at the beginning, even if this does get better in the second half of the book. The part I enjoyed about this book was the feminst themes and the inclusion of the suffragette movement, which is the focus of the series and the reason I will keep reading it.

3. Who is an underrated historical romance author you wish more people read?

Lydia San Andres is a Caribbean author, who writes historical romance set in the Caribbean and full on Latinx characters, so I definitely wish that more people read their book. I read and really enjoyed The Infamous Miss Rodriguez and I would completely recommend it.

4. Who is a historical romance author you haven’t read yet but need to?

I think probably Courtney Milan, because of her role in the movement for diversiry in romance, and also Jennifer Ashley because everyone seems to love her book, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

5. What historical romance would you recommend to people who are new to the genre?

I would recomend the Bareknuckle Bastards series by Sarah MacLean, the first book is Wicked and the Wallflower, or the Girls Meet Duke series by Tessa Dare, the first book is The Duchess Deal.

6. What is your favorite historical romance of all time?

My favorite historical romance is Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean. I really loved both of the main characters, but especially Hattie. I enjoyed reading her fight to be in control of her own life. She was witty, she was charming, she was smart. I LOVED Hattie. And her bantering and flirting with Whit was fantastic. I loved Whit too and the two of them together were perfection. Also, this book was really steamy!

7. Do you prefer new or old school historical romance?

Since I’m new to the genre, I have only read new school historical romance, because I’m a bit scared of the older tittles and the problematic elements that they may include.

8. What are your favorite historical romance tropes?

Some of my favorites are Marriage of convenience, Spinsters and the rake & the wallflower.

9. What are your favorite historical romance settings?

I like books set in England during the Regency era or the Victorian era

10. What is the oldest historical romance you own?

It’s Indigo by Beverly Jenkins, which was released in 1996. As I mentioned before, I’m a bit scared of reading old school historical romance, but the one exception is Beverly Jenkins. I have heard so many great things about her book and I can’t wait to read one. I want to read Indigo because it revolves around the Underground railroad and because it has the heroine taking care of the injured hero trope.

12. What historical romance releases that you are excited for?

To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters because I really loved book one in the series (To Have and to Hoax) and The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare even if the relase date for this one is up in the air right now.

11. What is you favorite stepback you own?

I dont own physical copies of historical romances because you don’t find them in bookstores in Colombia and usually shipping is really expensive, so I don’t really have an answer to this.

13. What creators do you follow for historical romance recommendations?

I need recommendations for bloggers that talk about historical romance, I have seen a couple of the people I follow read the Bridgerton books because of the tv show but I don’t think I follow anyone that talks a lot about historical romances.

I do follow a lot of booktubers that talk about historical romance, some of them are: Jess, Crystal and Jenn.

I’m not tagging anyone, because as I mentioned I don’t follow that many bloggers who read historical romance, but if you like historical romance feel free to do this tag and if you want to tag me on the post because I would love to read it!

Do you read historical romance? what’s your favorite historical romance book, series or author?
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The Anti-TBR Tag: books I’m not interested in reading

Hi everyone! Today, I’m excited to share my first tag of 2020. I’m usually not the biggest fan of tags hence this being the first one I do this year and we are already in November, but when I saw this tag I thought it would be cool to talk about books that I’m NOT going to read for a change.

This tag was originally created by NICOLE (@nicoleandherbooks), go check out their video!

Without further ado, here are the books I’m not interested in reading:

a popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading?

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This book ahs been popular for a long time now and I have never thought about reading it. So many of my friends on Goodreads gave this book 4 or 5 stars and not even that has made me consider reading this. It just doesn’t sound interesting to me at all.

a classic book/author you don’t have an interest in reading?

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I have a few answers for this question, but Moby Dick is the book that I feel most certain that I will never read. The tale of a white man and a whale is not something that I’m interested in.

an author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Stephenie Meyer

I read the Twilight series back in high school, about 10 years ago, and I thought it was ok, I even read The Host and enjoyed it. But I have no inclination to pick up any of her newer books, especially since she doesn’t seem to have any original or new ideas for books and it’s just releasing different versions of Twilight and hurting indigenous communities in the process.

a problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Scott Lynch

I have a few, but the first one that comes to mind is Scott Lynch. I dnfed The Lies of Locke Lamora about 6 years ago while I was halfway through it because I was bored, but a couple years ago I started to hear everyone talk about how amazing the series was again and I was tempted to pick it up and give it another chance. But then this year, it came out that he manipulated and mistreated female authors and I inmidiately took his books out of my tbr.

an author you have read a couple books from and decided their books are not for you?

Cassandra Clare

It’s not so much that I decided that her books are not for me (because I have really enjoyed a lot of her books), but I decided this year that I’m done with Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters world. I read The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices Trilogy, The Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy, and 2 books in The Dark Artifices trilogy. I may read Queen of Air and Darkness to finish that trilogy, but after that I’m done with that world, I’m not interested anymore so I won’t pick up any of the newer books.

a genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into?

Dark Romance

I’m honestly open to try any genre, but Dark Romance is a subgenre that I don’t enjoy and I’m not interested in reading. I find some of the taboo topics that are addressed in this subgenre to be a bit disturbing and they make me uncomfortable.

a book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread?

Tres Tristes Tigres by Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I could choose a few different books for this answer because there was a time when I felt bad for reading so many books by english-language authors and I felt pressuared to read more well-known authors from Latin American countries, so during that time I got a bunch of books that I don’t think I’ll ever read. I think the book I’m less likely to read from that group is Tres Tristes Tigres by Guillermo Cabrera Infante.

a series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started but have dnf’d?

The Reign of the Fallen duology by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I had the first book, Reign of the Fallen, on my tbr for years and, at the beginning of 2020 I finally read it and I was extremely disappointed. The sapphic romance, which was one of the things that I was looking forward to, was the biggest problem of the book. I hated that relatinship and you can learn why by reading my review. I definitely won’t read book 2.

a new release you have no interest in reading? 

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

A 2020 release that I have no interest in reading is The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Usually prequels are not my thing, so I wasn’t interested to begin with, but when it was announced that the main character was Snow, I lost any curiosity that I may have had about it. Also, the terrible reviews didn’t help.

What are some books or authors that you are not interested in reading?
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2020 Book Blogger Awards Nominations

Hi everyone! Today, I’m happy to share my nominations for the Fourth Annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards which is hosted by May from Forever and Everly and Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

I’ll be mentioning so many amazing blogs and I really hope you check them out and follow them!

Best Pre-Teen/Teen Book Blogger (13-19)

Carol @ Santana Reads Carol is one of the coolest people I have ever met. They create the most hilarious, unique, and thoughtful content, and they have such a funny, strong voice that comes through in all their post. I love their reviews and discussions because they are written in a conversational tone that will make you feel like a friend is talking to you about books or about a specific topic, which is so cool.

Best Adult Book Blogger (20+)

howling libraries

Destiny @Howling Libraries I have been following Destiny’s blog for years and I have always admired her for her dedication, her consistency, and her amazing content. I always leave her blog wanting to read the books she talks about even if they are books from genres I don’t usually read, which I think it’s a testament to how much of her passion and her voice comes through in her posts.

Best Book Reviews

Natalie @ The Fine Art of Reading I love Natalie’s review because of the way she discusses the themes explored in the books she reads. I find her reviews so smart and profound. Her voice comes through very clearly in her review and she always makes me want to read the books she talks about.

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense Alicia always manages to make me want to read the books she reviews and I’m happy to say that so far I have enjoyed every book I have read because I saw her review of it. Her reviews are always so thoughtful, articulate, and smart, and I love her focus on reviewing diverse books and especially books by Latinx authors.

Best Book Recommendations

A Book. A Thought.

Sofii @ A Book A Thought Sofii is not only the nicest blogger ever she also writes the best recommendations lists. I love how she chooses overly specific topics to give recommendations and most of the time I don’t know I want recs on that topic until I see her list and then I end up with a bunch of new books on my tbr.

Best Discussion Posts

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books I have been following Marie’s blog for years and she has always been a huge inspiration to me. Her discussions are articulate and thought-provoking and she always chooses topics that are so relevant and important for the community. I particularly love all her discussions about being a book blogger.

Best Blog Aesthetic

Small Stained Pages

Riv is a lovely human, who is so supportive and her content is amazing. Riv’s blog is so pretty, the combination of soft pink and white is very feminine and calming and I love it. Also, the cohesiveness in the look of her blog is so pleasant to me. But my favorite thing about her blog’s aesthetic is that it’s a perfect reflection of who Riv is and I think anyone how knows Riv can see that, which is cool.

clairefy

Claire @ Clairefy Claire is such a nice and thoughtful person, her reflections about diversity in books are amazing and her blog is so pretty! I like blog aesthetics that reflect who the person behind the blog is and the way Claire’s blog looks is so Claire. The look of her blog is delicate and soft but really cool at the same time.

Best Blogging/Writing Voice

Cande @ Latinx Magic Cande is one of the sweetest humans ever. I love the fact that their passion comes thorugh in all their reviews and posts. Their voice is thoughtful, funny and a bit sassy. Usually I only read reviews of books I’m interested in, but Cande’s voice is so engaging that I have found myself reading her reviews of books that I have cero interest in reading. That’s the power of their blogging voice!

Young Adult

BOOKATHON

Krisha @ Bookathon Krisha’s reviews of YA titles are amazing and her project Woven in Books where she highlights diverse books, authors and creators is so valuable. She is always reviewing diverse YA books and the format she uses to review books is so thorough and useful.

Romance

Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

Beatrice @Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic I love Beatrice’s recommendations when it comes to romance, her lists of recs have saved me when choosing the tbr for more than one readathon. Her reviews are always great at helping me decide if I want to read a book or not.

Science Fiction/ Fantasy

Acqua @Acquadimore Books: Acqua reads a lot of SFF and their discussions about these genres, whether is the importance of queer worlds or about rules and magic systems, are always thought-provoking and interesting. Their reviews are amazing and I trust their opinion when it comes to SFF books so much.

Most Supportive

A Book. A Thought.

Sofii @ A Book A Thought Sofii is a lovely human, she is nice and warm. Often when I visit blogs I find her comments in other people’s posts, she is always taking the time to engage with the content of other bloggers and she highlights that content in her own posts. I have found a lot of amazing bloggers and lots of blogs to follow thanks to her. She is a treasure of the blogging community.

Friendliest Member of the Community

Tessi @ Cosmic Book Love Tessi is funny, kind, honest, and open. Thanks to her I found a group of amazing people that are now some of my closest friends in the community. She has done such a great job in the Soshelf Distancing Book Club of creating a safe and welcoming environment for so many book bloggers and bookstagrammers and I’m so grateful for everything she does.

Dani @ Metamorphoreader Dani is sweet and kind, she is always ready to listen if you need her or to answer questions. Dani is one of the persons in this community that I feel I can always go to and I see her interactions with other bloggers and bookish content creators on Twitter and she’s always ready to help and to support others.

Best at Promoting Diverse Books

Fadwa @ Word Wonders Fadwa’s commitment to promoting and supporting diverse books and marginalized authors is outstanding, she always serves as a voice to uplift them.  The “Color the Shelves” feature on her blog is fantastic and it takes so much work and dedication and it deserves all the recognition in the world.

Adriana @Boricua Reads Adriana is such a huge champion for diverse books in all their platforms and I think no one does more to promote Latinx authors and books than they do. Their #ReadLatinx lists for each season, where they talks about almost every single release by a Latinx Author in every genre and age group, are impressive and such a labor of love. They deserves so much more recognition.

Best Overall Book Blogger

A Book. A Thought.

Sofii @ A Book A Thought if you were paying attention, you may have noticed that Sofii is the only blogger that I mentioned more than once in this post. For me, she has the two most important things to be the best book blogger: she gives the best book recommendation and she supports other bloggers all the time. She is so welcoming and warm and because of that, she makes this community better.

Who are your favorite book bloggers? Have you posted your nominations for the awards?
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Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshine

I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Laura @Green Tea & Paperbacks. I already did this – actually, it was the first award I was ever nominated for- but it was a long time ago and the questions were diferent, so I decided it would be fun to do it again and answer Laura’s questions.

the rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

questions and answers

1. If you had to make a playlist for the book you’re currently reading, what 3 songs would be on there?

I’m not currently reading anything, so I’m gonna go with the last book I finished, which is Coffee Boy by Austin Chant. The 3 song that would be in a playlist for this book are:

Move Your Body – Sia: I chose this one because there’s a scene where they dance in a nightclub and I think this song is perfect for that scene.

Lights Down Low – MAX and Gnash: This song makes me think about on of the last scenes in the book, which is a bit intimate.

All This Wadering Around – Ivan & Alyosha: This song reminds me of the main character, I’m not sure why.

2.What is one blog post you’re incredibly proud of?

I have two recent posts I’m really proud of: How to Get Out of a Blogging Slump and 9 Books with Bisexual Female Characters.

3. What book has been on your TBR the longest?

According to Goodreads, the book I have had on my tbr for the longest time is A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, which I added December 29th 2012.

4. What, besides reading, is your favorite thing to do?

If I’m not reading and I’m looking for entertainment, then I will watch a movie or tv show. Those have been my prefered forms of entertaining since before I discover reading.

5.What is one book that you wanted to love, but ended up hating?

I will go with two books that I expected to love and ended up DNFing. Those are: The Wrath and the Dawn by Rene Adhieh and The Archived by Victoria Schwab.

6. What is your favourite reading snack?

I don’t really have one.

7. What made you start blogging?

I love talking about books and I’m better at talking and interacting with people online than I am in real life.

8. Do you think you’ll still be blogging a year from now?

I hope so! Also, I think I will. I have been enjoying it a lot lately since I moved to WordPress, it was definitely a great choice.

9. If you had to pick 3 non-Harry Potter characters to share a room with at Hogwarts, who would you choose?

Willow Hale from the Addicted to You/ Calloway Sisters series. We would talk about fandoms all the time, but also we could be happily quiet together and do our own thing.

Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments, because she reminds me of one of my best friends.

Martha Aguas from If the Dess Fits, I just think living with her would be fun.

10.What is your favorite first sentence of a book?

I’m gonna go with a classic, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.

11. Do you read poetry? If so, who is your favorite poet?

I don’t read that much poetry, but so far my favorite poet is Maya Angelou. I read her a collection of her poetry called Poems and there’s so many poems in there that I enjoyed.

my questions

1.What are your favorite types of blog posts to read?

2.Who is your favorite female character?

3.What is your favorite fictional sport? e.g. Quidditch, Exy

4.What is your favorite standalone book?

5.What is the last word of the last book you finished?

6.Do you like to reread books?

7.What character everyone seems to hate, but you love?

8.Who is your dreamcast/fancast for the main character of your favorite book?

9.Which was the last book that made you cry?

10.What book do you want to read but you haven’t read it because you are intimidated by it?

11.What is one of your unpopular opinions?

nominations

Here are some people that I would love to see answering my questions!

Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd

Sinead @ Huntress of Diverse Books

Martha @The Book Mermaid

Megan @bookslayerreads

Haven Faye @Musings and Books

Bex @My Shelf & Myself 

Jess @beaucoupbooks

Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

Maya @Maya Hearts Books

Nadia @Wordsbeneaththewings

Kourtni @Kourtni Reads

That’s it! I can’t wait to read your answers to my question. Thanks for nominating me, Laura!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

 

This is my first award since I started blogging a month ago, and I’m really excited! The person that nominated me was Jesalin  @Jbelkbooks, a big thank you to her! 
“The whole idea of the Sunshine Award is that you nominate  bloggers who put a little sunshine in your day, who are positive, creative, and inspiring.”
Rules:
– Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
– Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.
 
Jesalin’s questions: 
 
What is your favorite genre of books?
I love fantasy, especially, YA fantasy. I love reading about other worlds full of magic and wonder.
What have you always wanted? Did you get it?
 
This is such a hard questions. I think what I always wanted was to figure out what I wanted, and I still haven’t.
What is your greatest strength or weakness?
 
I think my greatest weakness is my laziness, if I could do nothing all day I would.
If you could wake up tomorrow in someone else’s body, who would you pick and what would you do?
 
I think my honest answer to this is Taylor Swift.  I would love to performe at one of her concerts.
What are you craving right now?
 
Chocolate ice cream
Marvel or DC? If neither, tell why.
 
That’s so hard! I would say Marvel, if I had to choose, but honestly, both.
What is your favorite snack while reading?
 
Chocokrispis… I know it’s weird because is a cereal, but it’s chocolate-flavored. I just love it!
 
Mountains or beaches?
 
I love the sea, but I hate the sand. So I would say, mountains.
What are you currently reading? Do you enjoy it so far?
 
I’m reading Bestiary by Julio Cortazar, because my boyfriend gave it to me as a present. I don’t know how I feel about it yet.  
What do you do in your free time?
 
I watch tv shows, go to the cinema, read books, and hang out with my boyfriends and my  friends.
Do you believe in ghosts?
Maybe? I’m not sure. I think so. 

The blogs I nominate: 
Carrie @Thebookgoddess
Ardis @ Ponderingtheprose 
Sarah @Thereadingpetal

The questions: 

Do you read graphic novels? Do you have recommendations for someone who wants to start reading them?

Do you have a genre that you really don’t like? One you never read?
 
What is your favorite quote?
 
Do you read fantasy? What’s your favorite fantasy book?
 
What’s your favorite tv show?
 
Who is your favorite author?
 
Do you dislike a ship that everyone else likes?
 
What book to movie adaptation is your favorite?
 
Do you listen to music while you are reading?
 
What’s your opinion about classics?
 
Who is the author you have read the most books from? 
 
If you decided to answer the questions, let me the link, I would love to see your answers!