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! 🙂

 

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 a post about this 😉

 

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 😀 and please, anyone who hasn’t done this tag, give it a go!

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Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt!

Hi lovelies! I’m not feeling my best today so I needed a fun and non-taxing tag to do 😉 I saw this one over on 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 😉 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 😀

 

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 🙂

The Mystery Blogger Award!

Hi everyone! I was tagged by 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 by 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 a 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 😉

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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 // Kelly // Joanna // Callum // Steph // Kristin // Angelica // 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 it 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! 🙂

‘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 😉

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 🙂

 

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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 🙂

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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?!

The ‘Rainbow’ Book Tag!

I was tagged by LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks for the Rainbow book tag! I’m not entirely sure what the idea is, whether it’s meant to be your favourite books that are a certain colour or what – but I decided to showcase some books that I would recommend but don’t necessarily get to talk about very often! All of the books in this post are ones that I really enjoyed and definitely think you should read – and if you already have, let me know if we share any favourites!

 

The Rules:

  • Thank the lovely person that tagged you!
  • It must be the dominant colour of the cover, not the spine!
  • It has to be a book you own or the exact copy that you read. (Eg: There are two copies of The Hate U Give, choose the cover of the copy you read)
  • If you do not own a book of the certain colour, choose one that has the colour somewhere on it.
  • Tag some people do it! Whether they are bloggers, bookstagrammers, or booktubers. Spread the love!
  • Make it a game or do the tag as originally intended.

 

Red

 

Orange

 

Yellow

 

Green

 

Blue

 

Turquoise

 

Purple

 

Pink

 

Brown

 

White

 

Black

 

I’ve rated all of these books either 4 or 5 stars! Have you read any of them?

I don’t know who has and hasn’t done this tag so if you’re reading this and you haven’t done it, consider yourself tagged! 

 

The ‘Listicle’ Tag! Five female authors I can’t wait to try

Hey guys! It’s shocking how long ago I was tagged for this but better late than never, right?! I was tagged by Callum who wanted to know 5 authors I haven’t read yet but think I’m going to love. The tag was originally created by Not So Modern Girl.

Since I’m still doing #readforwomen (reading only female authors for the months of February and March), I thought I’d pick five female authors this time round. Then I can do a male version at a later date!

Read on to find out five female authors I haven’t read yet but think I’m going to love…

 

Margaret Atwood

I’m hoping to knock Atwood off this list reasonably soon as I’m planning to read The Handmaid’s Tale this month! I’ve had Atwood recommended to me by so many people and her most famous work seems like the perfect place to start. I’ve been meaning to read it for years and I’m going to finally make a point of getting round to it!

 

Daphne du Maurier

I’m also hoping this will be the year I read my first du Maurier. I own a couple of her books but will probably save them for nearer the end of the year when the weather gets a bit gloomier again – they seem like the perfect reads for dark, rainy nights!

 

Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen has been on my radar for a few years now but her books always seem to be really expensive?! I do own one though and I’m thinking of reading it in the summer. Allen’s books all sound completely magical and I can’t wait to try one of them!

 

Catherynne M. Valente

From what I can tell, Catherynne M. Valente writes slightly twisted fairytale stories. I really like the sound of Deathless, which is about a mythological Russian character similar to the devil.

 

Karen Maitland

Karen Maitland writes historical fantasy and her books sound awesome! I own The Raven’s Head and The Plague Charmer, and I really must make a point of reading them soon. Hopefully, tackling my TBR this year will mean I get to at least one of these!

 

(All book covers taken from Goodreads)

 

Have you read any of these authors? Am I right to think I will love them? Which of their books do you recommend I start with?

‘My Birthday’ tag!

Hi everyone! It’s a rather special day today… it’s my birthday! I’m turning 25 (a quarter of a century, oh my word). I’ve had this tag saved for months since I saw it on Zuky’s blog and I knew I would want to do my own version when the time came. So without further ado, here are some fun bits of trivia about my birthday!

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*My kind of birthday cake*

 

Can you name celebrities who celebrate their birthday on the same day?

Dakota Fanning, Emily Blunt and Josh Gad (yaasss Olaf) were all born on the same day as me. A popular day for actors, it seems.

 

Is your birthday a (national) holiday?

Not a national holiday but still a pretty cool day. It’s the start of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and – wait for it – International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. Ahahaha.

 

Somewhat less fun, who died on your birthday?

John Quincy Adams, 6th president of the United States of America, died of a stroke.

John Keats, poet, died of tuberculosis.

Stan Laurel, British comedian, died of a heart attack.

 

What’s your star sign?

My birthday falls at the beginning of the Pisces sign (February 20th-March 20th).

According to Google, a Pisces will go out of their way to help a friend. They are extremely sensitive and loyal. They will take a friend’s problem and make it their own and suffer with them. That all sounds accurate for me. However, apparently, Pisces also like adventure, new situations and social events, which could not be further from the truth for me!

The internet also says that Pisces have an intuitive and psychic ability more than any other zodiac signs. They trust their gut feelings and their hunches are usually correct. Again, I would say this is true about me. I’m always joking about my ‘sixth sense’.

Pisces do not like rejection and they try to treat others the way they want to be treated so they will rarely say no to a person for fear of hurting their feelings. Again, yes. I hate rejection! However, Pisces are not the pushovers that they may seem, in fact they have strength of character and will stand up for what they believe in. I pride myself on my strong morals and opinions (though I don’t push them on people because of aforementioned fear of rejection!)

Pisces strengths: Compassionate, adaptable, accepting, devoted, imaginative

Pisces weaknesses: Oversensitive, indecisive, self-pitying, lazy

Pisces likes: creativity and artistry, daydreaming, variety, helping others, being spontaneous (erm no? I’m a planner all the way!)

Pisces dislikes: rules and restrictions, being under pressure, hard work, criticism, being forced to face reality

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What’s your Chinese sign?

I’m a rooster! Also, there are apparently different versions of each Chinese sign based on the natural elements and I am a water rooster. This means I am smart, sensitive and keen on art. My lucky numbers are 5 and 7 (though I can’t say they’ve ever brought me much luck? I’m more keen on even numbers!) My lucky colours are gold, brown and yellow (my bedroom is yellow so I guess that’s a bit more accurate).

People born in the Year of Rooster according to Chinese zodiac have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. Most of them are born pretty or handsome (why thank you) and prefer to dress up. In daily life, they seldom rely on others. I’d say this is all quite accurate (apart from the pretty bit, I’m not that vain!), as I am very self-reliant and I do love dressing up.

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Rooster strengths: Independent, capable, warm-hearted

Rooster weaknesses: Impatient, critical, eccentric, selfish

 

On which weekday were you born?

I was born on a Tuesday. And ‘Tuesday’s child is full of grace’.

 

Which song was at number 1 in the charts when you were born?

‘I will always love you’ by Whitney Houston, which was at number one for nine weeks.

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Also on this day in 2003, Norah Jones won five Grammies including song of the year for ‘Don’t Know Why’ and Simon and Garfunkel won a lifetime achievement Grammy, singing together for the first time in ten years.

 

How was the weather when you were born?

According to the weather forecast archives, it was quite grey and cloudy but temperatures were actually decent. Not freezing like it is today then. Brrrr.

 

Anything important ever happen on your birthday?

1836 – the battle of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas

1896 – the Tootsie Roll was invented

1940 – Disney’s Pinocchio released

1997 – scientists in Scotland announce that they have successfully cloned an adult sheep named Dolly

 

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Well, that was actually really fun! I always find it interesting looking back through history to see what happened on certain days and the fact that it’s my birthday just makes it even more fascinating. I hope you all enjoyed this post and feel free to save the tag for when your own birthdays come round!

(All pictures in this post are my own, except those of celebrities which came from a standard Internet search.)  Thanks for reading!

The Candy Book Tag!

I was recently tagged by Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts for the candy book tag! I think this one was actually a Halloween tag but I have zero cares about that and I’m doing it anyway. Thanks Jenna, this one was fun!

APPLES

Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

Sadly, I’ve had a bit of a run of these recently. I’m doing the Around the World in 80 Books challenge, which (you guessed it) involves reading a book representing the 80 most populated countries in the world. Unfortunately, a few of my most recent picks have been a little bit heavy and too difficult for me! Many have great concepts but disappoint me in the execution. Namely: The Dinner by Herman Koch and My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. I can definitely see the merit in both books but they just weren’t for me!

MILK CHOCOLATE

This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE.

I have a few of these. It really depends on what genre of recommendation you’re looking for. If you like dystopian, it’s Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. For historical fiction with an original twist, it’s The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. And for something more contemporary with an endearing narrator, I recommend The Universe vs Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. But honestly, please just read them all.

BLACK JELLYBEANS

Why do these exist??

I’m all for lyrical prose and weird imagery but I need a little plot to balance it out. Books where NOTHING happens? Please don’t waste my time. One such book was Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I kept waiting for the magical moment where it would all make sense but it never came. Oh well. At least the cover is pretty.

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CHOCOLATE KISSES

Awww This Novel had the Best Romance.

I’m not one for soppy romance but Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson were both super cute and not too in-your-face with it. Both books involved travel which maybe had something to do with my enjoyment of them; Amy and Roger take a roadtrip across America while Love and Gelato is set in Italy. I’m really looking forward to the next offering from Welch which is called Love and Luck; it’s set in Ireland!

GUMMY SPIDERS

Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

I discovered some great spooky reads during October this year and last year. Last year, my favourite was The Haunting of Hill House which cemented Shirley Jackson as the queen of horror in my eyes (yes, it only took one book). The creeping tension was phenomenal. This year, I particularly enjoyed The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and YA offering Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell. You can read more about my spooky October reads here.

JUMBO LOLLIPOP

This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

I’m cheating a little with this prompt because… I’m currently reading Anna Karenina! I’ve finally taken the plunge. I’m not feeling too overwhelmed at the moment because I’m listening to the audiobook on my daily commutes, so I’m not actually holding the brick of a book in my hands. But I know that it’s still going to feel like a huge achievement when I finish it.

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COTTON CANDY

Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think children’s or MG fiction.

All Roald Dahl. Milly Molly Mandy. A Series of Unfortunate Events. All of these were pivotal pieces of literature in my youth. And of course the Harry Potter series. My love for HP will never die so that always gets a mention. And as C. S. Lewis says, “a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest”. Totally agree, Clive.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! Feel free to grab the tag and come back here to link me up to your posts so I can read them!