• Tabitha Tomala

Meet the Blogger Book Tag | Book Talk

Here's a shout out to Bibliomavens as the original creator of the tag. I saw this pop up on John's Blog Tales From Absurdia and thought it would be a fun way to jump back into tag posts!

 

Rules

  • Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.

  • Use the same questions from the tag.

  • Tag the original creator (Bibliomavens) and the blogger who tagged you

 
Meet The Blogger Book Tag | Behind the Pages
Meet The Blogger Book Tag

Questions


1. Who is your all-time favourite book character?


Without a doubt, it is Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison's The Hollows series. (Sorry Raistlin, still love you though) When you first meet Rachel she's on the ditzy side and jumps into trouble without a plan. She makes choices without thinking of the consequences and ends up in tights situations. But as the series progresses, the amount of character development she goes through is astonishing. She learns from her experiences, good or bad, and fights to become a better person. While Rachel may be forced to do bad things, she refuses to compromise her morals. She is the epitome of a strong woman and a great character.

2. If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books do not count)

An Altar on the Village Green by Nathan Hall. There are so many layers to this book. I feel like each time I would reread it, I would discover something new about the characters.


3. What’s your most unpopular book opinion?

I hate sex in books. There I said it. I can't read steamy books and I barely tolerate romance. If the story is good enough and the characters have won me over, I skip over the physical scenes and keep reading. But if you dive into the physical side without bothering to invest time in the actual plot, DNF.

4. What’s your weirdest bookish habit?


I'm a multitasker, so unless I have to use my brainpower to articulate sentences I'm listening to an audiobook while doing something. Driving, playing video games (as long as they are not story-based. Gotta read for those), cooking, walking, etc. involves me plugging in the headphones and listening to a book.


5. What character would you bring to a family event as your fake partner?


I'd love to say Murderbot just to make the event hilarious, but I wouldn't want to make them suffer through all that social interaction. So instead I will go with Austin from K. F. Breene's Leveling Up series. He knows how to charm someone, but also put them in their place. I feel like he would be a good person to have on my side when the relatives I don't enjoy come around.


6. What made you decide to start a book blog?


I love writing but was struggling to stay consistent with it. I have a few novels in progress, but my life has grown so busy that I've been forced to put them aside for now. But I didn't want my writing to fall to the wayside. I've taken writing breaks before and each time I start again it is insanely hard to wake my brain up and form the habit once more. Reading has always been a pastime, and I dabbled in writing reviews over on Goodreads for years. I decided to make it more formal and created Behind the Pages. I love connecting with people in the book community and helping both authors and readers by writing honest reviews.


7. What about reading and books do you love the most?


My mind is overactive and constantly running in a million directions. Generally, unless I am multitasking, my brain goes into overload and my anxiety kicks up. Thankfully, reading allows me to relax and focus on one thing as my brain puts the pieces of a story together. I especially enjoy fantasy worlds because I love picturing the fantastical ways cultures work and their uses for magic.


8. What is your field of study/desired profession/current profession?


I have a Bachelor's in English and Creative Writing. I always wanted to be an editor, but my grammatical sense doesn't work. I took a college course to try and hammer it into my brain and I barely passed. Frustrated, I figured editing was out for me. Then I discovered that there is a particular field in the medical device industry that deals with documentation and editing. I'm now a Quality Management System Specialist and love my job. I work with formatting word documents and ensuring our instructions and procedures are up to par with regulatory requirements. There's a lot more to it, but writing wise I create training documents and help others with their writing. And I love the way my job challenges me to think critically and use the high attention to detail I've gained through my experience with writing and critiquing.


9. What are some book recommendations that became your favourites/obsessions?


The book community on Twitter has granted me new favorites over the past year. Sarah Chorn's Of Honey and Wildfires was a pick from fellow reviewers and I fell for her lyrical writing style. I couldn't read her books fast enough and I preorder every single one I see on the new release alerts.

Truth and Other Lies is another fantastic read that I found through the Twitter community. Lyra Wolf's portrayal of Loki was amazing and I immediately fell for his morally grey character.


And then you have the Murderbot series. I listened to Friends Talking Fantasy and Fiction Fans talk about All Systems Red and I decided to give it a try. I'm not a huge sci-fi fan but it was a novella and the way they portrayed it on the podcast made me think I could tolerate it. Not only did I tolerate it, but I also became a full on fan of Murderbot and read every single book!


10. What is the book you shove down everyone’s throat?


Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. I convinced my book club to read it and one of the woman in the club loves the series just as much as I do now. But don't worry, I don't' limit myself. If I fall in love with a book I try to make everyone read it.

 

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