Thanks to Stephanie at Steph’s Novel Fiction for tagging me in The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag! You really need to go check out her site if you haven’t.  Stephanie and I are great internet buddies, we’ve had some awesome chats. She is such a wonderfully warm and sweet person plus knows how to do a great book review.


BookstagFind a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book? 

I picked up The Lady of Avalon because it was by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  I LOVED her book The Mists of Avalon, and read it several times.  That is the book that made me fall hopelessly in love with the King Arthur legend.  This particular book is a prequel to the original Mists of Avalon.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place? 

A family friend recommended this book to me.  He gave me a copy because he  had several, he loved it that much.  I really didn’t care for the setting, WWII Germany, especially since it was from the perspective of a child.  I thought it would be too disturbing, but it was an AMAZING read!

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book? 

Relative Happiness is by one of our amazingly talented local authors, Lesley Crewe.  It’s her debut novel about life in a small town and was actually made into a movie!  This is a good one worth picking up.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

I was wandering around the library one day, looking for a good murder mystery.  My friend and neighbour, a librarian herself, suggested Henning Mankell’s series.  He has a unique style of writing with very ‘normal’ protagonist.  I love that.  Characters who aren’t afraid to be imperfect and make mistakes.

Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / book blogs. Did it live up to the hype? 

When I saw Jay’s review at This is My Truth Now, I knew I had to read this one and I was not disappointed!  I’m looking forward to reading the sequel now.


Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

I was on a kick reading Harlan Coben’s books and this was one of them.  I like Coben’s easy style and plot twisters.


What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

A coworker recommended I watch Game of Thrones when I was raving about the Mists of Avalon one day.  It had a medievalish setting, fantasy, magic, so why not?  I loved the show and began reading the books.  Now just waiting for the newest release….

Think of your all-time favourite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

These are the books that got me into reading, I mean really into reading.  And writing!  They sparked something in me that made me want to tell  my own story!

Harry Potter
The Mists of Avalon
The Outlander Series

I’m Tagging the Following:

Raising My Book

The Book Mermaid

Tea and Tales


Please don’t feel pressured to do this tag, but if you do, please let me know so I can read your answers!



  1. Jay and I were just talking about the book You. I’m cracking up that you used the pic of the red and white cover because we had a big conversation of that (there are two covers out there of the same book). Did you enjoy it? I have it somewhere but can’t find it. That was part of the conversation. I’m trying to decide if I should keep looking or (if it’s an amazing book) just buy the darn thing again.


  2. When I was in 9th grade I watched The Book Thief in History class and I loved it, so I kept promising myself I’d read the book. Only happened two years later, but I still did it. I loved it even more! And I like Game of Thrones as well, but I’m not sure if I’d read the books – they’re really big, and I’ve heard some people say it gets kinda boring in some parts ???
    Anyway, thanks for tagging me 🙂


    1. Yeah, the books go on a bit in parts and they are a bit of a time commitment. But they change up characters a fair bit, so you’re left wondering what happens next and they’re well written.


  3. Good grief, lol!! I just realized you did this tag!! Thank you for doing it And the sweet intro! I’m going to have to do something about the blogs I follow not showing up in my Reader, but anyway!! I really need to read You!! And so glad you have Marion Zimmer Bradley on here ❤


      1. Oh too funny! Maybe because you showed up in it either yesterday or Sat night and I was so confused, lol. I think you show up hit or miss just like Nel. I have the same problem with her showing up in the Reader…


      2. Yeah, I’m pretty sure she’s self hosted too! I get all my posts by email, I don’t use the Reader at all. It doesn’t show up on my dashboard. If I went on a wordpress site, I can get to the reader, though.

        The emails are a bit overwhelming…I may have to make the switch!


      3. That’s why I try to use Reader since I follow so many blogs. It’s just easier to scroll through than 100 plus emails a day. But it’s so funny how sometimes you are on Reader and not lol


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