Bookshelf Tag

Are we tired of all the blog tags yet?  Yes? No? Maybe? … well sorry here’s one more for you.  I saved this one for last because it took a little more thought and since most of my followers are fellow authors and readers, this one should interest you.

I was nominated by the very genuine E.L. Wicker, who I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know over the last few months. She writes about some interesting things and her blog is always a joy to read.

THE RULES For ‘The Bookshelf Tag’:
Answer the following questions about books, and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.

1) Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?

killing jarI’m apprehensive about reading this book for several reasons.  It’s based on a true story of a murder that happened in the town I live in.  The murder took place many years before I moved here, so I personally don’t know any details other than what I’ve been told.  And although names and places have been changed to protect individuals, I’ve heard from those that have read it, that it’s easy to for us that are familiar with the story to put it all together.  This is supposedly based on the accounts of psychiatrist who testified on the defendants behalf.  I’d like to add that the defendant was a 15 year old boy who apparently lived in less than favorable conditions, which the author implies led to a psychotic break. I can’t vouch for any of these things, nor do I personally know the victims.  I did however, have the pleasure of working for the man who was the assistant prosecuting attorney on the case (during a retrial), and he states that the book has some fabrications to it.  He  is a man that I greatly respect and admire, so I’m not sure that I’ll enjoy reading something that’s written as true, yet fictionalized, especially when it literally hits home.  Either way, I know it will be an emotional read.  Two lives were essentially lost.  The boy who was imprisoned for such a devious act and a little girl whose family never got to see her grow up.

2) Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre

cowboyI can’t say that this book helped introduce me to a new genre, but it did introduce me to a new imprint or line of romance books that I had never really considered reading.  I often find books with “Billionaire’s, Cowboys, Dukes, etc” in their titles, off putting.  I’m a cover, title, blurb girl.  If the cover and title are cheesy, I usually won’t turn it over to read the blurb. Never judge a book by it’s cover, I know- but I do.  It’s sad and so unfair and I truly try to be better about  it, but I can’t get past those titles sometimes!  For anyone that knows me, I love music, but I’m partial to my country roots, so when I saw the hero in this book was named Johnny Cash and that the series continued with his brothers; Porter Wagoner Cash, Merle Haggard Cash, Buck Owens Cash, Conway Twitty Cash, and Willie Nelson Cash, I couldn’t resist.  I mean, a series quirky enough to use all those old time country music artist names, who wouldn’t want to read it? They are clean, easy reads, but I do enjoy them.  And yes, I’ve bought all the books that have so far been released.  I’ve also started reading some other western or cowboy themed storylines and I find that I like them.

3) Find a book you want to reread.

whiskeyI love Brenda Novak’s Whiskey Creek series.  I mean, I love it.  This series is one of those that I preorder the books just as soon as they are up.  My obsession started with When We Touch.  It was a free download on my Kindle in which I quickly became enthralled.  For authors who think giving books away doesn’t help your sales,  I can guarantee differently, because as I said, not only do I preorder them, I order the print copies.  I can’t say that there is anything over the top or standoutish with this series other than being superbly written and easy to digest, giving you just a zap of emotion that makes you think about them for a few days afterwards.  I could reread the whole series.

4) Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn’t?

sylvia dayI wish I had not read the first three books of the Crossfire series, because I had no idea that it wasn’t a completed series and now I’m left waiting for the other two books to come out and that just really sucks!  Other than that, no 🙂  I can’t say there’s anything I wish I hadn’t read.  If I don’t like the first book, I usually won’t continue on with the series, and yes there have been a couple of those.




5) If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?

covetFirst of all, I wouldn’t run back into a burning house to save a book.  At all! But if we are just playing around and I had to answer this question, I’d probably say Covet, by Tracey Garvis Graves and not because it holds some magical meaning to me or I think it’s just an awesome book.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s great and I liked it very much.  Why it then?  Because I dropped $20.00 and preordered the hard copy even though I’d never heard of the author before.  Yes, the blurb excited me that much and, it is a very good book.


6) Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?

stinky faceI bought this book for my oldest son when he was around two and we used to read it practically every night.  It made it’s way to my youngest son and has always been one of my favorite children’s books.  It reminds me so much of my boys and how inquisitive they are.  Although I haven’t read it in years, I can still recite the biggest portion of the book.  It’s one of those that I’ll never get rid of.


7) Find a book that has inspired you the most.

glassI was loaned this book by a co-worker of my husbands who raved about it.  We don’t always share the same taste in reading, so I didn’t go into it with high expectations, however I loved it.  It’s one of those books that are so well written and inspiring, that you want to look at the world and say, no one has an excuse for not overcoming past hardships.



8) Do you have any autographed books?

targetSeven Day Target by Natalie Charles. I won it from a Goodreads giveaway and she was kind enough to sign it for me before she sent it.  If you like romantic suspense, I definitely recommend it.  I have since bought her second book and she just released a third.



9) Find the book that you have owned the longest.

Dr.SuessI received this as a graduated gift from an uncle.  It came with a nice check too 🙂




10) Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?

twilightI was so late on the Twilight fan fair.  Everyone I knew was reading it and I was like, eh…no.  A friend at the time raved crazily, almost to the point of aggravation about it.  Finally I relented with the movie and was still not sold on it afterwards.  Don’t get me wrong, the movie was okay, but it wasn’t something that made me think I’ve got to go read these books now.  Then, while waiting for my plane on a business trip, I came across the book at the bookstore and decided to give it a try.  I had the first book devoured within a day and a half and was on the phone calling every bookstore within walking distance of my hotel trying to locate book two and ended up getting a ride to Wal-Mart from someone I knew who had driven to the event.  Needless to say, within a week I had three books read and picked up book four in the airport on my way home.  I can’t say that I loved each one of the books. I have my favorites, but the story was definitely interesting and unique.

Nominees – In previous post, I’ve talked several times over about my lack of nominations for these things.  If I’ve listed your name, please don’t feel pressured to participate, and if I didn’t list you and you’d like to tag along, please let me know and I’ll gladly add your link.

E.L. Wicker, A Writers Journey – If you didn’t click on her name at the top of this post, here it is again.  It’s amazing the different books we all come up with.

W.C. Cunningham, Writer

Aether House, Writing and Life By Michelle Iannantuono



3 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tag

  1. Great post Dena and thank you for your kind words. I’m about to go on to amazon to hunt down the Whiskey Creek series. I also read Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, the next installment ‘Captivated By You’ is due out on the 18th of November and I will be pre-ordering it sometime in the coming week. A bunch of really great looking books and once again, a thoroughly honest post and a joy to read 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know a little about you. I hope you enjoy the Whiskey Creek series as much as I do. Brenda Novak just posted that the first two books were on sale for $1.99, so now would be the time to shop. Oh… I’ll definitely be pre-ordering Captivated By You. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

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