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Goodreads Book Tag

Time for the Goodreads Book Tag!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag. I have been churning out some book reviews and book lists lately, and tags are one of the best posts to wind out, without having to plan out the structure and the design.

So here’s my take on the Goodreads Book Tag Challenge:

What was the last book you marked as read?

My 2024 started off with binge-reading books across different tropes, and now I’m in a book slump. The last book I marked as read (As of 24th January 2023) is The Nightmare in Him by Suzanne Wright. It’s a Paranormal Romance and second in the Devil’s Cradle series. Although Suzanne is one of my favorite authors in this genre, the book fell short of my expectations. I would still recommend it, but yeah, you might find it a little repetitive.

What are you currently reading?

Well, I am not reading anything new (which I usually count as ‘Read’ for the year) but I am re-reading the Hidden Legacy Nevada Baylor’s Trilogy.

The last book I read left me in a slump. I love protective, possessive alpha heroes in Paranormal romances, and the main hero in my last read was one – who reminded me of my other favorite heroes.

So, I’m re-reading Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews.

What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

I have kind of stopped adding books to my ‘To read’ list on Goodreads. These days, I save book review posts or reels on Instagram/Facebook and download books if they are on Kindle Unlimited.

However, on my Goodreads, the last book I marked as ‘to read’ is Unhinged (Necessary Evils, #1) by Onley James.

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I do. We do feel something while reading or after finishing a book. The star rating system helps me organize books or remember how I felt about them at that particular moment. It’s my own internal system, kind of imperfect, because the stars – although quantifiable, don’t really explain the complexity of the feelings. Here’s how my rating works in a simple format:

5 stars: I completely loved this book. I loved the characters, the story, the plot, the writing style. I will definitely re-read it and recommend it to people.

On a side note, there have been times when I have rated a book 5 stars solely because it’s my favorite author or a favorite trope (done really well), but I would definitely rate it low if it was bad or if I found it lacking.

4 stars: This book hooked me in. I am sure I loved the foundation of the books, BUT, there might have been a case wherein I either didn’t like one of the characters, or the plot due to some holes in it, or it just didn’t meet the high expectations that were set.

3 stars: The story is okay. Nothing that caught my especially. Good for a filler read.

2 stars: The book did not meet any of my expectations. I read the entire thing but it either has a lot of plot holes, the characters are not likable or the writing style is not good.

1 star: I most likely DNFed the book, or the characters and the plot were so illogical that I did not like it. The ending might have not made sense either.

Are you doing the 2024 reading challenge?

YES! I always set my reading goal to 80 per year. For the past two years, I have been exceeding my first set goal, and then I extend it and finish it.

Do you have a wishlist?

Yes, I have an Amazon Wishlist. As I am based in India, getting paperbacks at affordable rates is difficult. So, if the book is on KU, I will read it immediately. Otherwise, if it’s available to ship here, I add it to my wishlist and wait for the price to go down.

Who are your favorite authors?

Okay, my next question would be: what’s the genre? Do you mean top 5 or 10? Because I CANNOT choose!

But here are some I can think of right this second:

Nalini Singh – Paranormal Romance [Check my review for her Contemporary Romance: Kiss Hard Nalini Singh]

Anna Zaires – Dark Romance [Here’s my review of Tormentor Mine]

Mariana Zapata – Slow Burn Romance [I recommend From Lukov with Love if you’re looking for your next read!]

What book do you plan to buy next?

I recently got Christina Lauren’s The Soulmate Equation which is a 4.5 read. It’s a single mom romance if you’re interested in that trope!

Do you have any favorite quotes?

I do not update Quotes on Goodreads, it’s all about keeping my read list updated and adding reviews for my reads and ARCs.

Here are some quotes I have liked on Goodreads:

“You’re an absolutely stunning, murderous little creature.” – Hawke (From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

“I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.” – Travis Maddox (Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire)

“‘They say penguins mate for life.’ He reached up again and jerked hard at his tie. ‘And I want to be your penguin.'” – Lev (Lev by Belle Aurora)

Have you joined any groups?

I did. However, I am not really active on any of them.

How many Goodreads shelves do you have?

My Goodreads shelves are not organized, at all. It’s a mess. I maintain only four shelves right now: Read, Currently Reading, Want to read, DNF, and Currently Reading.

Thanks for reading my version of Goodreads Book Tag!

Have you done this book tag? If not, you’re now tagged to do this!

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20th January 2024