A Truth and a Dare for the Truth or Dare Blog Tour

Greetings, dear readers!

I am one of the July 23 stop for the Truth or Dare Blog Tour that Paper Lantern Lit has put together to celebrate Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green.

As part of the blog tour all of the participating bloggers have to complete one truth and one dare. (I have heard rumors of one blogger needing to write a love letter so I think I came off pretty easy!) We even have a creepy conscientious anonymous twitter account to make sure we stay on track (and give other–more annoying challenging dares on Twitter).

My DARE is to: rename Truth or Dare as if it were a Pretty Little Liars book.*

But I am tricky! So I am renaming it as if it were the first book which means I can use more than one word.

Obviously the original title is best but I’d re-title this book as . . .


. . . Dirty Little Secrets

You’ll have to take my word for it if you haven’t read the book yet, but trust me, there are a lot of dirty secrets and ugly reveals in this book!

My TRUTH is: What is your biggest book sin dirty little book secret?

Here it is: Sometimes I read books backwards.

In some cases that means I skim to the end and read the last page or so. I can’t tell you how many times I have done that only to completely ruin a book for myself. It’s an illness, to be sure. Generally when I jump to the last page it’s because I’m so invested in a book that I MUST know what happens right away.

In other cases, when I am not enjoying a book, I will jump ahead to the last chapter and read that. If the chapter makes sense, I’m done. Onto the next book. If it doesn’t I’ll read the penultimate chapter and so on until everything does make sense and I have a clear picture of the plot and of how things wrap up in the story.

Here is the tour schedule so now that you’re done here be sure to check out the other stops!

July 18th: Fiction Freak
July 19th: The Reading Lark
July 20th: Queen Ella Bee Reads
July 21st: —
July 22nd: The Starry-Eyed Revue
July 23rd: The Compulsive Reader + Miss Print
July 24th: Chick Loves Lit + Tiger Lily Rachel
July 25th: Boekie’s Book Reviews + Read My Breath Away
July 26th: Anna Reads

You can also head over to Paper Lantern Lit’s blog to enter to win a signed copy of Truth or Dare if you’re into that sort of thing.

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

*This is funny because I keep typing Pretty Little Liars when I want to type Paper Lantern Lit!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book

Top Ten Tuesdays img by Miss Print

  1. Amputations/deformities: Some personal reasons, some practical reasons, and I’m squeamish. Also, any limitations like,say, having one hand will always put me on high alert for blocking and how a character does things. And I will notice when a character is doing something that should be physically possible. Also, having an amputation and not mentioned phantom pain is just sloppy. I won’t get into specific titles but this is always a hard one for me despite The Queen of Attolia being one of my most favorite books.
  2. Unequal power dynamics: If a book has a romance predicated on one character being a jerk/exploitative/abusive there is a problem. And I won’t read it. It’s one of the reasons I gave up even trying to read contemporary romances because things like that come up a lot.
  3. Course language: Everything has a place and, if done well, cursing is the same. If a book just has it for the sake of being edgy, I will be skipping it.
  4. Anything too steamy: It’s just embarrassing. I don’t like overly-long love scenes in movies and they’re even worse in books. Just pass.
  5. Weird names: If you are naming your characters things like Tenley and Guinness I am going to have a problem taking them seriously.
  6. Weird nicknames: If you are going to have characters with nicknames like Angel, Dice or Sin I am going to have a problem taking them seriously.
  7. Books written in the vernacular: I don’t care if it’s a classic or a modern masterpiece. I don’t want to read books where everything is spelled wrong so that it “sounds” right.
  8. Books with poor little rich kids: I used to be more tolerant of this but I get really tired of books with privileged kids who are completely miserable . . . because they are privileged.
  9. Books without strong female characters: This will occasionally get a pass but if a book has female characters who are only there as window dressing or otherwise underutilized it’s unlikely I’ll continue reading that series/author.
  10. Insta-love: I don’t care how beautiful his amber eyes are or how good she smells. This premise will never make sense. At least one character needs to have some kind of evolution in their feelings for a romantic plot line to work.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

(Image made by me.)