Chatterbox: Book Blogger Test & The Chocolate Book Tag

May 16, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Chatterbox, Features, Reflections


It’s not often that I do tags but both Gina at Behind the Pages and Jules of Jules Bookshelf have tagged me in the book blogger test. So without further ado, here’s a bit about me and my reading!

What are your top three book pet hates?

  • Soppy, lame insta-love stories disguised as dystopian, paranormal or fantasy books
  • Abusive, bad boy love interests (eg. Hush, Hush and Poison Princess)
  • Poor world building in dystopian or paranormal novels

Describe your perfect reading spot.

  • Out in the park with the sun shining down on you and it’s peaceful.

Tell us three book confessions.

  • I have a big problem with hoarding, and that includes books.
  • I can’t actually read in bed, because I’ll get comfortable, prop up my book and then promptly fall asleep and wake up to my kindle hitting my face, or with a book in my bed LOL.
  • I usually neglect my Kindle in favour of paperbacks.

When was the last time you cried during a book?

  • I teared up reading The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith, but I was on the bus so I promptly put it away. The last time I really bawled at a book though must have been at the end of Allegiant, but that’s for all the wrong reasons. (NOOO FOUR WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU)

How many books are on your bedside table?

  • Usually the one I’m reading at the moment. It joins my 3DS and my Nexus 7 tablet on my bedside table too (I’m a bit of a technophile too!).

What is your favourite snack whilst your reading?

  • I don’t usually snack while I read but I do enjoy a lovely cup of tea while reading. When I do snack, it has to be something like grapes.

Name three books you would recommend to everyone.

Only three? This would make it super hard! Here’s something for everyone:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase.

Here are some of the shelves on my big bookshelf in our living room, it has 6 rows and is double stacked. I’ve really packed it in! I barely have any room left on this bookshelf but I display it proudly to everyone.

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Write how much books mean to you in just three words.

  • Transporting through words

What is your biggest reading secret?

  • I haven’t read half the books on my bookshelf…because I keep on looking for more!

TAG – You’re it!

The following are tagged to do the book blogger test next!

The Chocolate Book Tag

Thanks to my girl Dre @ Sporadic reads for tagging me in this recommendation based tag! It looks like a lot of fun and I mean CHOCOLATE. I can’t guarantee you won’t get hungry while reading this! (I know I did…)

Dark Chocolate – A book that covers a dark topic. (abuse, domestic violence, rape, loneliness, bullying, death etc)



Hopeless by Colleen Hoover is one that totally ripped my heart to shreds and then somehow put it back together again.


White Chocolate – Your favourite light-hearted/humorous read.



What Kills Me by Wynne Channing is a great one, spunky, wise-cracking asian vampire gets turned and she is hilarious all the way through, and goes through some serious character development as well.


Milk Chocolate – A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read.



The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, I can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet. Truth be told I have a hardback on my shelf but it’s one of those with the uneven pages and I don’t want that to put me off the book itself.


Chocolate with a Caramel Center – Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it.



I’ve got to agree with Dre and say Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. That book just made me feel so many different emotions, elation, excitement, concern, nervous, upset, you name it.


Wafer Free Kit Kat – Name a book that surprised you lately.


Written in Red by Anne Bishop, I knew it was going to be good but I didn’t realise just HOW GOOD! The detailed, intricate world building of paranormals who own the Earth and actually treat humans like a food source, along with the interesting character of Meg and how she tempts werewolves with dog cookies was an interesting dynamic.


Snickers – A book that you are going nuts about.



Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, I just love the twisted horror aspects of the classic Oz tale! Massive fan.


Hot Chocolate with Cream and Marshmallows –What book would you turn to for a comfort read?



Firstly, hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows? DROOL. For a comfort read, I would probably go with a light fluffy contemporary that isn’t too serious, like The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. Or for something tried and true, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.


Box of Chocolates – What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone?



Definitely the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan! I think children, teenagers and adults would enjoy this series and the Greek God inspired plot was just a lot of fun.


TAG – You’re it!

You guys are all welcome to do the Chocolate Book Test or even the Book Blogger Book Test if you haven’t already, I would love to read your book recommendation and what your dessert inspired reads are! Link your post below if you are doing either of these tags and I’ll check them out!

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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50 responses to “Chatterbox: Book Blogger Test & The Chocolate Book Tag


    Yeah, I love my Kindle + Kobo, but I always find myself reading paperbacks instead, haha XD Nothing can beat paper between my fingers, and that lovely book smell.

    I love reading in bed! The only time when it becomes a problem is when I start to get tired or it starts to get late, and then my eyes are trying to close and I have no willpower against them. D:

    I don't eat or drink when I read – I just cannot do it. CANNOT DO IT.

    And yesss to your three books that everyone should read. They all are fantastic novels.

    I spy Maria V Snyder on your overflowing favourites shelf! HURRAH. She is so amazing.

    I haven't read any of the books in your chocolate tag except for Attachments which I wholeheartedly agree with you on. I love that book to bits and pieces. *flails madly*
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    • I wish I could read outside but at the park it is always noisy 😛 I just want it somewhere kind of nice and peaceful hehe. I love physical books as well, I always prefer them more. I usually read on my couch cos I am terrible at reading on my bed! I haven't read Maria V Snyder books yet XD

  2. I love your answers! Glad to see Attachments there 😀 I think I may continue reading The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith – because now I am on Chapter 2. I am having a hard time with science fiction books right now. LOVE your books *grabby hands* (I hope there's no cactus by the window, yet…) 😀 Peace!
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  3. Instalove and poor world-building absolutely annoy the heck out of me as well. 🙁 Gah…just get rid of it already – haha!

    The Book Thief, Cinder and The Hunger Games are some of my all-time favorite books as well. They all have something so unique to add to their genre, and they're simply captivating.

    And yes! Jeann, you absolutely have to read The Winner's Curse. It's pheonominal! And I agree – Dorothy Must Die is DEFINITELY worthy of the Snickers award. 😉

    Thanks for sharing Jeann! <3
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    • I know right, I wish it would go away. Glad to hear you love those 3 books as well I think they are just amazing and anyone could enjoy them. YES I will read The Winner's Curse, I think I will love it! Glad to hear you loved dorothy too hehe.

    • Hehehe I know what you mean, I used to hoard eBooks as well but I was worse with reading them because I prefer physical copies (and you can't see them falling on top of you if you get too many).

  4. That shelf looks like it's on the verge of exploding. You might come home one day with pages everywhere. It looks so homely though, like I could crawl into your bushes and sit and read. Wait, what?

    I'm doing the Chocolate test at the moment, and completely stuck on the final three. I'm really doubting the validity of these tests, I mean, who is conducting such tests and why do they want to know what book I feel is the most like a Snickers? Certainly not the CSIRO. Or are they? *narrows eyes*
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    • Oh yes, it's something like that Kelly, I'm glad you understand. Although, now that you've planted the seed you're not meant to reveal your master plan as well Kelly! I am looking forward to reading your chocolate test results. It's fairly creative I must say, especially that hot chocolate with whipped cream and other delicious things *drools*

  5. Yahoo! Finally someone who mentions sappy, lame, half-assed stories disguised as Dystopian/Fantasy/Paranormal in the hopes it would get interest 😛 come on guys, that's a lame tactic, and it would make us stay away from your future books, too(Case in point: RELIC. God, that was a hideous book). Also, I love, love, LOVE your bookshelf. It is utterly beautiful – all those books. Can't you send some to me? 😉 Haha! Just kidding!! 😀
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    • I know, they are sooo annoying lol. Definitely does turn us off future books, especially those in the same genre even. Thank you Faye! I love looking at my shelf too hehe. LOL Maybe one day 😉

  6. Ooh I got tagged! I will have to do this when I get back from holiday! So I totally agree with all your pet peeves! Boo to insta-love and abusive bad boys! Also, I haven't read like half my book shelf too haha. Great recs! I've read about 3 of those and I think most of the rest are on my TBR list, haha.
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  7. Haha aren't we all book hoarders? XD I also hate abusive bad boy, I'm usually on good guy side lol. I LOVE THG and Cinder, but haven't read The Book Thief, I'll keep my eyes on that one!

    Thank you for tagging me, it's really a fun tag, I will make my own soon! 😀 Anyway I just bought Attachment *happydance*

    • I totally agree Ikao, we just can't keep on getting more books and being surrounded hehe. I love the good guys too! No problems, I'm so excited that you got Attachments, I loved it so much. Can't wait to read your tag!

  8. I hate insta-love, too. I'm actually finding that i read more Kindle books than print books. It weird when I read an e-book I get through it faster than I would with the print version. I can't read outside, it's too distracting for me, haha. x) Ahh, TBF and Cinder are two of my faves!
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    • I know, it makes me roll my eyes and get put off from the novel lol. I've heard some people read faster on the Kindle but I'm the opposite, because you can't see how many pages you've got left in the book (even though you've got the percentage thing)

  9. YES! When I'm promised an awesome dystopian, I want an awesome dystopian. Not some crappy romance that lacks chemistry. (*cough* Defiance *cough*) Hahaha! My mom falls asleep playing Candy Crush, so I'm sure she can relate. 🙂 I mostly manage to put my book on my nightstand before falling asleep. WHOOP. Loved The Hunger Games and Cinder!… still have not yet read The Book Thief. 🙁 I suck, I know. I SEE SOME AWESOME TITLES ON YOUR SHELVES. <3 Ha. I think I've read at least 2/3 of my selves. 😛 … for now.

    YES GO READ THE WINNER'S CURSE OK? OK. Dorothy Must Die looks sooooooo awesome. I wants. I'm crying tears of joy that you picked the PJO series–so much love. <3 <3
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    • Absolutely, and it seems to be a recent trend that has totally put me off dystopians lately, so I haven't picked one up in ages. Haha it's so hilarious when I wake up in the middle of the night cuddling a book lol! YOU MUST WATCH THE BOOK THIEF! That's a pretty great achievement of reading that many books on your shelf Aimee. OK. I SHALL. I just love the Percy Jackson series so much!

  10. I cried over Allegiant too! Oh my oh my, and add to that I was on my way to the mall when I finished that. Talk about odd stares from people lol You've got some interesting books on your list there, definitely adding them on my tbr list!
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  11. I HAVE FOUND A FELLOW GRAPE LOVER. Seriously, not enough people know about the glorious creation that is grapes. I could eat them all day. Literally. My mother buys them for me when she needs to bribe me for something. 😉 *ahem* Love BOTH of these sets of answers and am still drooling over the gloriousness that is your bookshelf. Happiness in a shelf. Oh gosh.
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    • Aren't they awesome? I alternate between those red seedless ones, the green seedless ones and the big purple globe grapes. They are addictive and pretty great. The perfect reading snack. You should see the full bookshelf, there are 6 rolls on it, double stacked XD

      • It is, though I find I often end up with a sore neck. Me too, I fall asleep with a book because I can't put it down and I think I'm stubborn enough to fight sleep! You'd think by now I'd have learned that I was going to lose!

        It is a brilliant series – I cried so much at the end, but it was brilliant!

        Oh, by the way, I also don't like snacking while reading, but a cup of tea while reading is the best!

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