‘Fall Time, Cosy Time’ book tag!

Hey everyone! I was recently tagged by the lovely Rita for the ‘fall time, cosy time’ tag. Hopefully, I’m not too late in squeezing this one in (in my mind, it’s not Winter until December 1st so I’m still ok hehe). As usual, I’m going to be a little rebel and provide more than book in answer to each question πŸ˜‰


1. Crunching Leaves: Pick a book that has reds, yellows, and oranges on the cover.

 

2. Cosy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm, cosy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzy feelings?

 

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pouring. Pick your favourite book or genre to read on a stormy day.

Gothic classics every time!

 

4. Cool, Crisp Air: What cool character would you like to trade places with?

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I don’t know about trading places but I’d like to be friends with someone awesome like Luna! She might not be ‘cool’ by traditional standards – but what is normal anyway? πŸ˜‰

I found this gorgeous fanart online but I don’t know who made it so if you do, please let me know so I can credit them!

 

5. Hot Apple Cider: What is an under-hyped book that you want to see being the next big thing?

 

6. Coats, Scarves, and Mittens: The weather is turning cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most amazing book cover you have seen this year?

 

7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall-time snack to eat while reading?

I love anything salted caramel in the autumn but definitely not while reading! Too messy!

 

8. Warm, Cosy Bonfire: Spread the warmth! Who are you going to tag?

I’m not going to tag anyone since I cut it close doing this tag myself and don’t want anyone to feel pressured to fit it in! But if you think you’ve still got time, go for it!

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The ‘Greek Gods’ Book Tag!

Hi everyone! I’ve been seeing the Greek Gods book tag floating around, which was created by the awesome Zuky. I love the prompts in this one so I decided to give it a try!

Also, I’ve noticed that whenever I do book tags, I’m rarely able to stick to just one recommendation per prompt – is that against the rules?! Oh well, the more I add to your TBR the better, right? πŸ˜‰

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Rules:

  • Pingback to Zuky so she can see your posts
  • Use Zuky’s graphics if you want to – but equally, you don’t have to use them
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please, share the love

Zeus: King of the Gods – Your favourite book

My standard answer when I get asked this question tends to be Wuthering Heights/The Book Thief. I can’t choose between the two because they’re both so different.

 

Hera: Queen of the Gods – A badass female character

The Unnamed Midwife, Kate ‘Puck’ Connolly, and Daenerys Targaryen are the ones that instantly spring to mind.

 

Janus: God of Beginnings – Your favourite debut

It’s impossible to pick just one. These are a few 2018 debuts I’ve loved!

 

Athena: Goddess of Wisdom – Your favourite non-fiction book

I don’t tend to read a lot of non-fiction because it feels too much like studying – and I’m already doing enough of that for my diploma! But Matt Haig’s take on mental health is always amazingly relatable and I think these books should be required reading for everyone.

 

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love – A book you adore and recommend everyone read

I don’t really have books that I will blanket recommend to everyone because we all have different tastes. But these three are books that I consistently name when people ask me for a dystopian, fantasy or historical fiction recommendation!

 

Hades: God of the Underworld – An evil book you wish didn’t exist

I recently read Damsel and wish I could erase some of the disgusting imagery from my mind! A similarly hurtful ‘feminist’ story wasΒ The Surface Breaks. I just can’t get behind books like this.

 

Poseidon: God of the Sea and Earthquakes – A beautiful and ground-breaking book

More Than This is such a brilliantly unique book that really moved me. In fact, everything I’ve read by Patrick Ness has been pretty ground-breaking and beautiful.

 

Apollo – God of the Arts – A beautiful book cover

I feel like I always pick the same books for the beautiful cover prompts so here are some I haven’t featured as often!

 

Hypnos: God of Sleep – A book so boring you almost fell asleep

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This one has not aged well at ALL.

 

Hermes: Messenger of the Gods – A book you sped through

I flew through all three of these and definitely recommend them!

 

Well, there you have it! I hope you’ve found some new books to add to your TBRs πŸ˜‰ I don’t know who’s done this tag and who hasn’t so if you’re interested, consider yourself tagged! X

 

The ‘Halloween Creatures’ Tag!

Hey everyone! Well, I genuinely can’t believe that October is nearly over. This has been such a crazy busy month and I feel like that’s hindered my Halloween spirit somewhat. But I decided to make the effort to get this post up before the month was over – I couldn’t let October pass without doing at least one themed tag! πŸ˜‰

This tag was created byΒ Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward!


Witch: A Magical Character/Book

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This fairytale collection was EVERYTHING ❀

 

Werewolf: The Perfect Book to Read at Night

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Since all the magic of this book happens at nighttime, there’s no better time to read it! I actually stayed up most of the night to finish this one and I’m sorely in need of a reread.

 

Frankenstein: A Book That Truly Shocked You

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It takes a lot for a book to shock me but the ending of this one was brutal! Also, I feel like this prompt should say ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ rather than just ‘Frankenstein’ but I’m not getting into that whole debate right now πŸ˜‰

 

The Devil: A Dark, Evil Character

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You can’t get much worse than Hitler!

 

Grim Reaper: A Character That Should Never Have Died

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There were so many innocent lives lost in this book. Still not over it.

 

Zombie: A Book That Made You ‘Hungry’ For More

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Will we ever see The Winds of Winter?!

 

Gargoyle: A Character You Would Protect At All Costs

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Finn, my precious boy.

 

Vampire: A Book That Sucked the Life Out of You

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It took me over a week to read this book that was just over 100 pages! Soul-destroying.

 

Ghost: A Book That Still Haunts You

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Another book that I need to reread soon. It was beautiful and has never left me.

 

Demon: A Book That Really Scared You

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I hope we never encounter a future like the one portrayed in this book.

 

Skeleton: A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With

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Lana, girl. What were you thinking?!

 

Mummy: A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time

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Just like Liesel herself, I’d have to save this book from destruction. It’s a classic in the making.

 

Creepy Doll: A Cover Too Scary to Look At

I will draw your attention toΒ Melanie’s post because she picked the best answer for this question! I have an eye phobia so I had to totally skim past her choice and I can’t even include it in my post! *shudders*

 

The Monster Mash: It’s fun to be with friends on Halloween! Tag your friends!

I’m not going to tag anyone individually because I love you all and consider everyone in this community a friend! But feel free to play along with this one, or link me up to your posts if you’ve already done this tag!

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What do you all think of my answers? Which books have shocked you? Which ones would you preserve throughout time? x

The ‘High School Stereotypes’ Book Tag!

Hello lovely people πŸ™‚ This felt like an appropriate tag for today because I’m going back to school! Well university hehe. Tomorrow, I will be starting my diploma and embarking on the final step of my journey to becoming a certified counsellor! I’m excited πŸ˜€

This tag was created by the lovely Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall. I’m sure you’re all following her already but if not, go check out her gorgeous blog!


The Mean Girl – A book you can’t help but rant about

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The Surface Breaks. This book frustrated me from beginning to end.

 

The Bro – your favourite sidekick

Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Vira from Summer of Salt. Both fabulous ladies.

 

The Dumb Jock – A book whose cover is better than its story

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Sadly, I didn’t love A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars as much as I wanted to.

 

The Loner – A standalone you love

 

There are so many more I could have picked. I love a standalone!

 

The Overachiever – A series that should have ended after book one

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Sorry, Twilight fans. The first book was bad enough but then it just got more angsty and weird with each new instalment!

 

The Class Clown – A book that makes you laugh

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Sweet Pea was hilarious!

 

The Outcast – A unique fictional world you’d want to visit

Do answers other than Hogwarts and Middle Earth even count?!

 

The Nerd – An author with the best writing

Laini, my queen.

 

The Prom Queen – An over-hyped book

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I just don’t understand the love for it?

 

The Drama Kids – A protagonist who is melodramatic

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You can’t get more melodramatic than Cathy!

 

The Teacher’s Pet – Favourite animal sidekick

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MANCHEE.

 

The Hipsters – A book you love that isn’t in your comfort zone

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You can’t get much further out of the comfort zone than epic poetry but there’s just something about Paradise Lost that I love. Dore’s stunning illustrations also help.

 

And there you have it! Do we have any favourites in common? I’d love to discuss these books with you! Leave me a comment below πŸ™‚ x

A-Z bookish survey!

Hello dears! I recently saw the lovely Melanie doing this tag and thought it looked like a fun way to share some bookish facts with you all! πŸ™‚

 

Author you’ve read the most books from

Terry Pratchett (no surprise given how many books are in the Discworld series!)

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Best sequel ever

I struggled to answer this one as I tend to prefer first books! But I recently read Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, and holy heck, that was some follow-up!

 

Currently reading

I’m currently reading The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron with my bookclub.

 

Drink of choice while reading

Tea! Always tea.

 

E-reader or physical book

Physical. E-readers give me headaches.

 

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school

I was a massive wallflower in school so probably no-one haha. But if I’d not been so shy, I’d have gone for someone like Lazlo or Levi ❀

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Glad you gave this book a chance

The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech. A recent find – and a beautiful read.

 

Hidden gem book

The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. I never see anyone talk about this book but I love it so much.

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Important moment in your reading life

I was always a reader but when I went to university, my reading habit got pushed way down and I would hardly ever pick up a book. University ended up being a horrible experience for me and thank goodness I rekindled my passion for reading in my final year or I might never have got through it. From there, I discovered bookstagram – and the rest is history!

 

Just finished

A reread of The Color Purple.

 

Kind of books you won’t read

Mills and Boon! I’m sorry, I just need more than that from my books.

 

Longest book you’ve read

According to Goodreads, it’s A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin at 911 pages!

 

Major book hangover because of…

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. I could not get that book out of my head!

 

Number of bookcases you own

4 – one for classics/fancy editions and three for everything else! (And yes, I use any excuse to show off my shelves…)

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One book you’ve read multiple times

I’ve read Wuthering Heights more times than I can count.

 

Preferred place to read

In bed or in my comfiest chair in the living room.

 

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels

I can’t pick just one but More Than This by Patrick Ness is full of stunning quotes.

 

Reading regret

I’m not sure what this is actually asking but I don’t regret reading anything. Even if I don’t like a book, it gives me things to think about.

 

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out)

I’m not sure. I suppose I’d say the Three Dark Crowns series… but I’m not in any great hurry!
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Three of your all-time favourite books

The Book Thief

The Secret Life of Bees

Station Eleven

 

Unapologetic fangirl for…

Laini Taylor. She is my queen.

 

Very excited for this release more than all the others

After the last question? Of course it’s Muse of Nightmares!

 

Worst bookish habit

I wrote aΒ post about this πŸ˜‰

 

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book!

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

 

Your latest book purchase

I bought a short story collection by an indie author; I’ll be reading and reviewing it this month!

 

Zzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY too late)

Perfect Prey by Helen Fields. Such a gripping thriller!

 

There you go guys! Hope you enjoyed those 26 facts πŸ˜€ and please, anyone who hasn’t done this tag, give it a go!

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt!

Hi lovelies! I’m not feeling my best today so I needed a fun and non-taxing tag to do πŸ˜‰ I saw this one over onΒ Kelly’s blog and thought I’d give it a try.


Find an author name or title with a ‘Z’ in it

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I adore this book and defy any lover of words to not join me in my fangirling after reading it.

 

Find a classic

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So many I could have picked! But I love this Word Cloud Classic edition of Little Women, which was the first book I read with my book club!

 

Find a book with a key on it

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I haven’t read this one yet, oops.

 

Find something on your shelf that isn’t a book

I try not to have too much clutter on my shelves but I do like to accessorise with candles and mugs!

 

Find the oldest book on your shelf

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It’s probably my Penguin Shakespeare boxset. Both in terms of the earliest published and my longest owned books. (My grandmother introduced me to Shakespeare young!)

 

Find a book with a girl on it

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This one sounds really sweet and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet! (Who am I kidding, I can totally believe it.)

 

Find a book with an animal on it

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Nope, haven’t read this series yet either. I’m rubbish.

 

Find a book with a male protagonist

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This was one of my favourites last year. I love Matt Haig’s books.

 

Find a book with only words on the cover

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I don’t know how well you can see it but I promise there are words in the background of this cover! Maybe if you tilt your screens, you’ll see them better πŸ˜‰ I love this series and would consider Patrick Ness a favourite author.

 

Find a book with illustrations on it

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Chris Riddell is my favourite illustrator and has illustrated some of my very favourite books.

 

Find a book with gold lettering

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I think we can all agree this one is gorgeous.

 

Find a diary – true or fictional

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I do, of course, have Anne Frank on my shelf but I wanted to give a different answer for this one.

 

Find a book written by an author with a common name

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I know so many people with the surname Walker!

 

Find a book with a close-up of something on it

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That’s pretty close up, right?

 

Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period

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I don’t think I have anything set earlier than the Trojan War?!

 

Find a hardcover without a jacket

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Love this little novella and Jim Di Bartolo’s illustrations are stunning.

 

Find a teal/turquoise book

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I had a whole shelf to pick from but I thought I’d go with one I’ve actually read! Yay me πŸ˜€

 

Find a book that has stars on the cover

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So magical.

 

Find a non-YA book

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Contrary to what this blog might suggest, I do actually read a lot of non-YA books!

 

Well that was a fun look through my shelves! If you haven’t done this one yet, consider yourself tagged πŸ™‚

The Mystery Blogger Award!

Hi everyone! I was tagged byΒ Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts for the mystery blogger award (thank you!) Jenna is really lovely and her blog is GOALS so if you’re not already following her, get on that!

This tag was created byΒ Okoto Enigma!

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THE RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  4. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  5. Nominate 10 to 20 people.
  6. Notify your nominees (ping-back system peeps).
  7. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, specifically with one weird or funny question.

 

The Facts…

I can never remember what I’ve already told you and what I haven’t! So apologies if you’ve heard these before haha.

  1. I am a support worker for children and young adults with severe learning difficulties and mental health issues, and I am working towards becoming a fully fledged child counsellor.
  2. I recently became a bit of a gym addict! I joined the gym when my mental health hit a real low and I knew I needed to do something to get myself out of the rut. The effects of exercise on my mood are unbelievable and I can’t get enough! Losing weight and getting toned up are definite bonuses too.
  3. I am in the process of growing out my hair from a pixie cut. I get bored often and will grow my hair really long, dye it all kinds of colours and then cut it all off and start again! At the moment, I’ve managed to grow it to shoulder-length and I’ve noticed it’s starting to curl on its own which I am LOVING. I’m also currently sticking with my natural colour, though it’s been bleached a lot lighter by the recent sunshine.

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The Questions…

What is the saddest book you’ve ever read?

I tend to be pretty good at avoiding books that I think will upset me so it was actually hard to come up with an answer to this one. I’d probably have to choose a modern classic like Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men or Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Both of those were heartbreaking.

 

If you could replace one character in any book with yourself, who would it be and why?

I’d want to be someone like Carrie in The Winter Sea, holed up in a cosy cottage in Scotland writing a novel based on memories of my ancestors while experiencing a blossoming new romance! I don’t ask for much haha.

 

What is your favourite book-to-movie adaptation?

The one that immediately comes to mind is The Secret Life of Bees since I recently wrote aΒ post about it! It’s one of the most faithful adaptations I’ve seen. I love the movie adaptations of the Harry Potter books and Lord of the Rings but they don’t stick as closely to the story and cut out a lot of detail. Otherwise, I don’t tend to watch many adaptations.

 

How photogenic is your pet (if you have one)? If you don’t, how colourful is your bookshelf?

I don’t have any pets! But my bookshelf is very colourful πŸ˜‰

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Sci-fi or fantasy?

I used to say fantasy all the way, but I’ve recently been reading more sci-fi and enjoying it! I think I’d still pick fantasy for the magic and the incredible world-building but I’m definitely coming to appreciate a good science fiction.

 

You’ve all probably done this tag before so feel free to ignore it if you have or if you just don’t fancy it!

Melanie //Β Kelly //Β Joanna //Β Callum //Β Steph //Β KristinΒ //Β AngelicaΒ //Β Swetlana

If you decide to do this one, here are your questions…

  1. What is the first book you remember reading?
  2. What genre do you read most?
  3. Which country is currently top of your travel bucket list?
  4. Do you play any musical instruments?
  5. What is your Hogwarts house?

 

Thanks for reading, lovelies! X

 

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag! 2018

I’ve seen people doing this one recently and I remembered being a bit late with it in 2017, so I’m making a point of doing it on time this year!! I always love analysing what I’ve been reading, choosing favourites and seeing other readers doing the same so make sure you leave me a comment with a link to your post if I’ve missed it!

 

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2018

For how it’s stayed with me, I’d probably choose Strange the Dreamer (I know it came out last year but I was late to the party!) You can find out why I’ve picked this one by reading my gushing review. However, I’m reluctant to hand out this award because I’ve read some really gorgeous books and I’m hoping for many more before the year is finished. I want it to be excrutiatingly difficult to compile my top ten this year!!

 

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

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This is the year that I have discovered The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley so I’m choosing The Storm Sister for this one because it was every bit as fantastic as the first book in the series. Usually, I adore first books and then find things tend to slide a little; however, Riley kept me just as rapt with her second book, making me laugh, cry and flail like a madwoman. If you hadn’t already guessed, I adore this series.

 

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

…I could go on.

 

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Nearly every one of these posts I’ve seen has picked Muse of Nightmares for this category – and with good reason! I’m dying to see how Laini Taylor will finish off this duology. I also want to give an honorary mention to another duology which will be completing in October this year but that I don’t see people talk about very often. Wicked like a Wildfire was one of my favourite books of last year and I’m hoping the sequel will be just as stunning!

 

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

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In case you missed my review of this extremely problematic book, you can find itΒ here.

 

BIGGEST SURPRISE

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I recently read If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino and I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did! It was so fun.

 

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

I’d probably choose either Lucinda Riley or Susanna Kearsley for this one. Both are authors I’ve read for the first time this year (though Kearsley was on my radar for a while before that). Clearly, I’ve been in the mood for historical fiction with a bit of romance!

 

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

I don’t really get crushes on book characters but, if I had to pick, I’d echo what many people have said and go with Lazlo Strange. He’s the perfect book boyfriend.

 

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Any one of the characters from Bone Gap. This novel was a recent read and it has one of the most well-developed casts of characters I’ve come across in literature.

 

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

These are the four books that have made me shed tears in 2018 so far.

 

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

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This novella set in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone world details the first date of one of my favourite ever female characters, Zuzanna. It was such a freaking cute read with great illustrations!

 

FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

I haven’t watched any new adaptations this year!

 

FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

I really liked my discussion post about the benefits of reading for our mental health.

 

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

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A double award for Bone Gap! Not only does this book have a stunning cover, it is a truly beautiful story as well.

 

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

ALL OF THEM! In all honesty though, I would like to finish some series that I’ve had on the go for a while. I’ve also been keeping some books for Halloween/Christmas-time because I love a good seasonal read, so I’m looking forward to reading those!

 

Have you done the ‘mid-year freakout’ tag yet? If not, I tag you! πŸ™‚

‘My Bad Reading Habits’ tag!

Hi everyone! I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian (who you should definitely be following!) for the ‘Bad Reading Habits’ tag – no judgement here please!

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Bad Habit #1: Judging Books By Their Covers

I’m very guilty of this one! I can’t help it; publishers seem to have realised recently that pretty covers SELL and they have been absolutely blessing our eyeballs. I do try to only pick up ones that have an interesting synopsis as well or that I would be interested in reading regardless of what they looked like, but I’m definitely less selective these days and more likely to impulse-buy a book if it has a nice cover!

Pretty covers with just as gorgeous stories…

(There were so many I could have chosen but I decided to pick some that I haven’t featured very often!)

Books that didn’t live up to their pretty covers…

 

Books I really hope will live up to their gorgeous covers…

 

Bad Habit #2: Avoiding Longer Books

I can’t help it; I have commitment issues. If a book is longer than 400 pages, I am a lot less likely to pick it up. It’s a shame, really, because I know there are some fantastic longer books out there – and don’t get me wrong, I do read them! But if I’m undecided about what to read next, I’m definitely more likely to pick a shorter book. I think I like the sense of achievement it gives me because reading shorter books means I can get through more in a month, whereas it can take me a week to read a 600-page book and then I feel like I’m falling behind. I’m fully aware of how ridiculous this is so I do try to make a point of picking up longer books when I feel I can.

 

Bad Habit #3: Ignoring My Backlist

I’m trying so hard to stop doing this but it’s really difficult; I need all the shiny new books!! I’m so bad at buying books and then leaving them sitting on my shelf because something else comes out and I get too excited about it. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this but I’m making a conscious effort this year to try and read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for a while. I’m not actively depriving myself of new releases if I truly can’t wait to read them but I’m definitely not buying as many; they’ll still be there waiting for me when I eventually have the time for them!

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That’s all I can think of for now! (And they’re bad enough so I don’t really need any more haha). I can always make a second post if I come up with more bookish sins I’m guilty of committing πŸ˜‰

What are your bookish bad habits?! If you want, make a post of your own and then let me know so I can read it; otherwise, leave me a comment below! x

 

The ‘One Lovely Blog’ tag! (Or random facts you never knew you wanted to know about me)

Hey everyone! I was recently tagged by Callum for the ‘One Lovely Blog’ tag, who has a fantastic blog full of great book recommendations and reviews of books and theatre productions! Definitely check him out. I thought it was really kind of Callum to nominate me – I still feel like I’m relatively new to the blogging world even though I’m coming up on a year of blogging (omg!), so it’s really nice to feel like I’m starting to gain some recognition πŸ™‚

 

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The rules:-

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog.
  • Share 7 facts or things about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers that you admire and inform the nominees.

 

I have been playing the piano since I was six years old.

Well technically, I had a toy keyboard with like ONE OCTAVE and I used to sit and play songs on that by ear from the age of 4ish. I remember learning Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the song from Titanic (of course). But I started having proper lessons when I was 6 and those continued until I went to uni at the age of 18. I would say that nowadays I probably don’t practise as much as I should but I still play regularly and still feel passionate about it. And that’s why I included it in my blog name/Instagram handle!

 

I am intolerant to gluten.

I don’t have coeliac disease but I’m pretty darn close to it. Whilst I was at university, I developed a severe intolerance to wheat and barley and had to completely eliminate these things from my diet. I genuinely went through a grieving process for all the foods I could no longer eat.

I have now been totally gluten-free for 2 and a half years. I hate being that awkward person at dinner parties but thankfully a lot more restaurants are now catering for this kind of intolerance. If anyone else is gluten-free (by necessity, not just as a fad diet) I’d love to hear how you cope with it!

 

I could eat cereal for every meal.

Following on from my previous point, thank GOD for gluten-free cereal. I couldn’t live without it. You know that cereal advert with the guy who says “you can eat cornflakes at any time”? THAT ME. (This post is not sponsored by Kellogg, lol).

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I am a recovering agoraphobe.

I don’t want to make the tone of this blog post really depressing but I do feel like, after almost a year of blogging, it would be nice to share something personal with you guys. So yes. There was a time when I struggled with agoraphobia and couldn’t leave the house. At one point, even my bedroom became the limit of what I could cope with. Thankfully, I am much better now and can hold down a full-time job (and not an easy one at that) and I can meet friends for lunch or an evening out without too much trouble. I still have anxiety and I battle this on a daily basis, and the agoraphobic thing is always a lingering worry at the back of my mind. But fingers crossed, I’ve now got it under control.

 

I have a crush on Captain Hook.

Ok, so after my confession, I wanted to lighten the mood a bit. My biggest fictional crush is Hook. Can’t imagine why…

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Ok, just one more, I promise.

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I have a degree in psychology.

As I previously hinted, university was a difficult time for me having developed agoraphobia halfway through my degree. That’s why I’m even more proud that I managed to achieve what I did. It was a huge struggle but I got there in the end and doors are now open to me that weren’t before.

 

I’m buying my first house!

I just announced this on Instagram so it seemed timely to say it here too: I have just purchased my first house! I’m so excited to finally get that home library of my dreams.

 

So this post ended up being quite cathartic for me to write – lots of big confessions and things I haven’t told the blogging community yet. Please do comment on anything at all – particularly the agoraphobic thing, I’m open to any questions you guys might have πŸ™‚

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My nominations:-

Melanie @ MeltotheAny

Rita @ Bookish Rita

Zuky @ Book Bum

The Orangutan Librarian

Joanna @ BookNeeders

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall

Steph @ Lost Purple Quill

Rachel @ What Rachel Did

 

Apologies if you’ve been tagged before – and if you haven’t been tagged, do it anyway!

 

Does anyone else play a musical instrument? Are you addicted to breakfast cereal? Who are your fictional crushes?!