2019 Smashing & Dashing Character Awards!

Last year, I posted my choices for the smashing and dashing character awards (created by Cait @ Paper Fury) so I couldn’t let 2019 end without doing it again with this year’s books!

(Images in this post link to my reviews if I wrote one!)


Most Relatable Character

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Ariel, my poor soft bean. I related so much to this anxious boy pushing himself to his limit that I shed actual tears for us both. I found this book very triggering but it made me feel so seen and I’ll be forever grateful to Laura Silverman for that. Self-care is important, friends!


Most Pure Animal Companion

Solovey, Vasya’s faithful steed. I’ve never been much of a horse person but I love Solovey; he is just so pure. Every hero needs a companion like him ❤


Fiercest Fighter

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It has to be Mia Corvere from The Nevernight Chronicle. I finally binged this trilogy this year and fell headfirst into the Jay Kristoff fandom. This is one of the best revenge stories I’ve ever read.


Am Surprised That I Loved You??

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The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers. I took a chance on this book in a genre that is way out of my comfort zone and ended up rating it extremely highly and recommending it to numerous people! Youers is definitely an author I’ll be watching out for.


Best Sass-Master

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Definitely Rhiannon from In Bloom. This was a brilliant sequel to Sweet Pea and Rhiannon’s cutting sarcasm on every page gave me LIFE.


Best Antihero

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Literally any character from Stephanie Garber’s series could be considered an antihero! Even though I was slightly disappointed by this series conclusion, I still appreciate the abundance of Slytherin characters and their questionable moral choices throughout the trilogy.


The Best Friends Of All

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I loved the themes of friendship and sisterhood in The Deepest Roots and really appreciated its story of female empowerment and magic. Rome, Lux and Mercy were such a close-knit trio.


Best Villain To HATE

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This year, I re-read One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest for the first time in many years and no villain can beat Nurse Ratched. She is vile.


Award For Best vs Worst YA Parents

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Frances’ mum in Radio Silence is an absolute gem. I love her. As for the worst parent, this is the only time I’ll repeat an answer in this post and it’s We Are Lost And Found. Michael’s father had the most disgusting attitude towards his children and it was painful to read.


Ship Of All Ships In 2019

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I adore the romance in this book and I will not hear a bad word said against it.


Most Precious Must Be Protected

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Literally everybody in We Are Lost And Found but especially Michael, my soft cinnamon roll. This story is so full of heart and I defy anyone to read it and not be moved.


Honestly Surprised You’re Still Alive

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This book was so stressful! I mean, I enjoyed it for how gripping it was but jeez, these characters and their choices gave me anxiety. I never want to find myself in this kind of post-apocalyptic situation!


Award For Making The Worst Decisions

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Aside from the aforementioned characters in Dry, I feel like Martha made some rather questionable decisions in The Twisted Tree.


Most In Need Of A Nap

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I read about a lot of anxious characters this year. Ellis was another one I related to strongly. My heart ached for her and I definitely think she deserves a nap after everything she went through in this book!


Want To Read More About You

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Dead Voices was a fantastic follow-up to last year’s Small Spaces. I can’t wait to read more of Ollie, Coco and Brian’s escapades in the next instalment and I’m looking forward to seeing what Katherine Arden does with the Spring setting!


Well, those are my picks for the 2019 character awards! Do you agree with any of my choices? Who were you shipping in 2019? Which characters did you relate to the most? Let me know in the comments! x

My Life in Books [2019]

I’ve seen this tag on a few blogs recently, though it was Callum who first alerted me to it. I thought it would be a fun way to look back on my year’s reading!

The rules are simple: Using only books you have read this year, answer the questions. Try not to repeat a book title.


In high school I was On The Come Up (Angie Thomas)

People might be surprised by The Secrets We Kept (Lara Prescott)

I will never be Perfect (Cecilia Ahern)

My fantasy job is The Story Keeper (Anna Mazzola)

At the end of a long day I need The Den (Abi Maxwell)

I hate Radio Silence (Alice Oseman)

I Wish I had Somebody To Love (Matt Richards & Mark Langthorne) – Get the violins out lol

My family reunions are The Devouring Gray (Christine Lynn Herman)

At a party you’d find me with The Girl in Red (Christina Henry)/ Pumpkinheads (Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks) – I couldn’t choose between these two!

I’ve never been to The Museum of Extraordinary Things (Alice Hoffman)

A happy day includes Bloodlust and Bonnets (Emily McGovern)

Motto I live by: Tell the Wolves I’m Home (Carol Rifka Brunt)

On my bucket list is The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater)

In my next life, I want to have The Quiet at the End of the World (Lauren James)


This was fun! There were a few answers I could have given for some of the prompts so I hope you like the ones I picked 😀

Let me know if you’ve done this tag, if I haven’t already checked it out!

Mid-Year Book Freakout! 2019

Hey lovely readers! This is my third year in a row doing the mid-year book freakout tag and it is so cool to be able to look back at my answers from the past. Doing a mid-year check-in is honestly one of my favourite parts of the bookish year 😀

Let’s not waste any time waffling and just get straight into it!

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Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

Honestly? I don’t know. Last year and the year before, I had a few answers I could have given but nothing is really standing out to me so far this year as being absolutely outstanding enough to earn the top spot. This makes me very sad. Hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll be able to come up with an answer!

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

These two sequels both lived up to the standard of their predecessors.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

I recently acquired an ARC of Miracle Creek by Angie Kim, so I’m eager to read that soon. I also need to get to various sequels/series conclusions that have been released this year and a few of the titles from the Women’s Prize longlist.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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The Night Circus is one of my all-time favourite books and I’ve been dying for Erin Morgenstern to write more. As soon as this one was announced, it jumped straight to the top of my most anticipated list for 2019.

Biggest disappointment of the year so far

Spellbook of the Lost and Found was definitely not what I was expecting. Sad face.

Biggest surprise of the year so far

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers was a big step out of my comfort zone into the horror genre but I found it completely thrilling!

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

I have read both of Meagan Spooner’s books this year and really enjoyed both of them. I’ll definitely be looking out for more from her.

Newest fictional crush

Nope, no-one springs to mind.

Newest favourite character

The protagonist from Christina Henry’s latest book, The Girl in Red, is up there as a new favourite.

Book that made you cry

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Tell the Wolves I’m Home was such a quiet, gentle and truly beautiful book.

Book that made you happy

My first reread of the Harry Potter series in ten years made me extremely happy.

Favourite book-to-film adaptation

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The Amazon Prime adaptation of Good Omens was brilliantly done. I will be writing a post with my full thoughts on the series soon!

Favourite post you’ve done this year

I’ve added a few new regular features to my blog this year (some not as regular as I’d like but I’m working on it haha) and I have a lot more planned for the second half of the year! But I guess I’d pick my series of posts reacting to my Harry Potter reread; it was really fun to document my thoughts and these posts generated some good conversations with you guys 🙂

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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I started collecting Folio Society books this year and their edition of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury is a stunner.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

At the start of the year, I made a list of 12 books that have been on my TBR for far too long and that I really want to get to in 2019 – so I need to read the rest of them before the year ends!

Favourite book community member

This is such an unfair question so I’m going to chicken out and just say that I love each and every one of you. I wouldn’t put the time and energy into blogging if it wasn’t for the interaction with all of you lovely souls!


Well, that’s it for another year! If you’re interested in reading my answers from the previous two years, here are the links 🙂

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2018

Mid-year Book Freakout Tag 2017

Happy reading everyone! x

The ‘Pancake’ Book Tag!

Hey everyone! The lovely Marie tagged me recently for the ‘pancake’ book tag, which is super fun! Who doesn’t love pancakes? 😉

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Here are the rules as originally posted:-

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my pancake graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

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Beautiful prose is my jam. These three books are some of my absolute favourites.


pancake-book-tag-2I live for the sass. Both Lira and Rhiannon serve it in spades.


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Not sure why this kind of story is comforting to me?! But I love them both. Apparently WWII fiction with a focus on children and stories is my MOOD.


pancake-book-tag-4These books, oh my gosh. I couldn’t stop thinking about them for days afterwards, and they still haunt me to this day.


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These three books all took me on an emotional rollercoaster and I loved it.


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Selina Kyle really surprised me; I loved this interpretation of her character and her motivations. Kate ‘Puck’ Connolly is another character that I’d say presents a feisty front but is really a complete cinnamon roll deep down and fiercely loyal to her family.


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A thriller and a dystopian that both kept me on the edge of my seat with their twisty plots!


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I wasn’t wholly convinced by either Cath/Levi or Daenerys/Drogo at first but now I totally ship them! I think both pairings bring out the best in each other.


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Since I’ve just finished my reread of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it seems appropriate to mention the absolute grotbag that is Dolores Umbridge. I stand by the opinion that she is worse than Voldemort. I also despise the mayor in the Chaos Walking trilogy. Though I do not despise peanut butter. Yum.


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Most recently, I loved the diverse cast of characters in Laura Silverman’s You Asked For Perfect. But another book that comes to mind is Scott Reintgen’s Nyxia; I remember being so impressed by the diversity levels when I read this one!


Well, those are my answers for the Pancake’ book tag! I recommend every single book that I’ve mentioned in this post.

I’m going to tag the following people but no pressure if you’ve already done the tag or just don’t fancy it!

Callum // Kelly // Rita // Jenna // Ayunda

And if you haven’t been tagged but want to do it, go for it! x

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

I was recently tagged by Rita for the Sunshine Blogger Award – thank you so much! These tags might not hold the same significance for everyone but to me, they are a huge validation. Knowing that people think enough of me to acknowledge me for a moment makes me so happy!

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Here are the rules:-

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/blog

Rita’s Questions!

Have you ever read a book set in the place where you live?

I currently live in Northern Ireland. As far as I can recall, I haven’t read any books explicitly set here? But I’ve got a pretty famous one on my TBR – Milkman by Anna Burns, which won the Man Booker prize last year!

 

Do you often read translated books (that is, a book not originally written in English and/or your mother tongue)?

I definitely don’t read as much translated fiction as I would like to, or as I should. I occasionally try to make more of a conscious effort to pick up a translated book. Leave me your recommendations below please?!

 

What is your favourite book trope?

I’m going to be really boring here and say friends-to-lovers. Or enemies-to-lovers. I’m not fussy really, I just want a great ship to sail.

 

What genre will you *never* read?

Honestly, none of them! I’m willing to give almost anything a go. I’m not likely to ever pick up anything published by Mills and Boon but that doesn’t mean I’ve written off the romance genre as a whole. And I’m more than happy to push myself out of my comfort zone with sci-fi and other genres!

 

Where do you get your books from?

I used to shop mostly online but after all the bad things I’ve heard, I’m making more effort to support bookstores. Sometimes I still have to shop online out of necessity but a book shopping trip in Belfast is now something I make a point of!

 

Have you ever lent a book to a friend and then not gotten it back?

I mean, I recently let a work colleague some books and haven’t gotten them back yet… but it hasn’t been long enough for me to get worried yet! I have faith I will see them again!

 

What stories/books did you grow up reading?

Some of my very first books were by Enid Blyton and Dick King Smith. I loved Milly Molly Mandy. Then of course came Harry Potter, which was a total gamechanger. In my teenage years, I also loved The Princess Diaries and the Angels Unlimited series!

 

Be candid: what’s your most controversial book opinion?

I try really hard not to be controversial! Haha. I’m too much of a people-pleaser. Maybe one of the opinions I voiced in this recent post? 😉

 

Do you tend to read more female or male writers?

Definitely female! It’s not something I make an effort to do, it just tends to happen that way!

 

What is a fictional world you NEVER want to visit?

Panem! The dystopian world of The Hunger Games would terrify me.

 

Choose a character to switch places with for a week!

*Must not pick Hogwarts, must not pick Hogwarts*

Nope, I’m stumped. There are very few characters I’d want to swap places with – most of the books I read have some unpleasant kind of drama going on that I want no part of hehe. I’d want to swap with some minor character in the Harry Potter series so I could experience the magic of Hogwarts for a week! Wouldn’t we all?


Here are my questions!

  1. Which author, living or dead, would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
  2. What is the most popular book or series that you have no intention of reading?
  3. Have you ever caused irreparable damage to a book?
  4. How do you organise your bookshelves?
  5. How many unread books do you own?
  6. What is your most anticipated release of 2019?
  7. What is one backlist book you *must* read this year?
  8. What was your favourite childhood book?
  9. How do you get yourself out of a reading slump?
  10. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of?
  11. What is your favourite book cover?

 

And I’m going to nominate:-

Marie // Jenna // Kristin // Jaime // Sara // Jules // Nicole // Jenna // Melanie // Kelly

If you’ve already done the tag or you don’t want to answer my questions, that’s totally fine! But if you do fancy it, I’d love to read your answers! ❤

The ‘Spring Cleaning’ Book Tag! [With some possible unpopular opinions!]

Ok, confession time. I was tagged for the ‘Spring cleaning’ book tag by Steph – LAST YEAR. I have shame. Honestly, I had started to draft up this post and then time got away from me and it was no longer Spring and therefore no longer seasonally appropriate. So I’m finally doing it now that it’s Spring once again! Thank you Steph for the tag ❤

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The Struggle of Getting Started: A Book or Series You Struggle to Begin Because of its Size

It used to be A Song of Ice and Fire but I successfully ticked that off my list. Now it’s probably Outlander. Or the Cassandra Clare books. There are so many books in the Shadowhunter world, I’m probably never going to bother with them, let’s be real.

 

Cleaning Out the Closet: A Book or Series You Want to Unhaul

Following on from my previous answer, I’ve had the Mortal Instruments boxset sitting on my shelf for a few years now and I’ve never once felt inclined to crack it open. I think the time has probably passed for me to get interested and I honestly can’t be bothered to try and catch up now. So as Marie Kondo would say, thank you but you do not bring me joy. Please don’t hate me, Cassie Clare fans!

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Opening Windows and Letting in Fresh Air: A Book That Was Refreshing

Honestly, I can’t think of an answer for this one? I don’t know that I’ve ever finished a book and thought “oh, that was refreshing”. What does this even mean?!

 

Washing Out the Sheets: A Book with a Scene You Wish You Could Rewrite

I don’t know that I’ve ever wished I could rewrite a scene. They all contribute something to the story, even if they don’t take things in the direction I was hoping for. I guess I’d stop certain characters from being killed? Particularly a certain somebody in the Harry Potter series!

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Throwing Out Unnecessary Knick-Knacks: A Book in a Series You Didn’t Think Was Necessary

Definitely The Empress by S. J. Kincaid. The Diabolic worked perfectly well as a standalone; the sequel changed all of the characters into people I didn’t like and whose motivations I couldn’t understand. There has been no information about the third book so I don’t know if it’s even still happening, but I’m probably not going to read it.

 

Polishing Doorknobs: A Book That Had a Clean Finish

I really loved the way Muse of Nightmares ended. It tied everything up nicely and answered my questions but also left me with the hope of potential future books set in the extended universe!

 

Reaching to Dust the Fan: A Book That Tried Too Hard to Relay a Certain Message

The Surface Breaks tried so hard to tick all the feminist, #metoo, body positive boxes (and more besides) that it just ended up not tackling any of the topics with the sensitivity required. I’m still upset about this book.

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The Tiring Yet Satisfying Finish of Spring Cleaning: A Book Series That was Tiring but Satisfying to Get Through

I guess I’ll go full circle and refer back to my first answer in this post. For so long, I was intimidated by the A Song of Ice and Fire series but I took the plunge and loved it! It took me months to get through the books but I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them.


What did you make of my answers? Have I mortally offended anyone by saying I’m not interested in Cassandra Clare’s books?! Leave me a comment below! x

 

2018 Smashing & Dashing Character Awards!

I recently saw Cait posting this and just knew I had to do my own version! I promise I’ll try my best not to use Strange the Dreamer/Muse of Nightmares for every answer 😉


Most Relatable Character

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Ollie. Arden’s portrayal of a girl grieving the loss of her mother is one of the most relatable things I’ve ever read.


Most Pure Animal Companion

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Pax. Even though I only rated this book 3 stars overall, Pax himself was precious.


Fiercest Fighter

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Even though I was disappointed by this sequel, I still hold that Nemesis is a badass.


Am Surprised That I Loved You??

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Ban. Just ask Melanie. What a treat.


Best Sass-Master

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Lira and Elian bring all the sass.


Best Antihero

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Selina Kyle. Genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed her origins story.


The Best Friends Of All

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I loved this coming-of-age story about a group of boys experiencing Halloween.


Best Villain To HATE

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Scythe Goddard. ‘Nuff said.


Award For Best vs Worst YA Parents

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Both examples in the one book. Tanner’s parents are amazing, Sebastian’s… not so much.


Ship Of All Ships In 2018

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I had to feature them somewhere. Lazlo and Sarai, my babies.


Most Precious Must Be Protected

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Beck, sweet cinnamon roll that he is.


Honestly Surprised You’re Still Alive

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Magda. My heart was in my mouth for most of this book.


Award For Making The Worst Decisions

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Mari. I really enjoyed this book but boy, did she make some terrible (and extremely unbelievable) choices.


Most In Need Of A Nap

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Minya! She’s just really tired, ok?


Want To Read More About You

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Rhiannon was hilarious and I can’t wait to read more about her escapades in 2019.


Well, those are my picks for the 2018 character awards! Do you agree with any of my choices? And is anyone else frantically trying to cram all of their last posts before the end of the year?! x

‘Naughty or Nice’ Book Tag!

Hello everyone! I figured I’d better do a festive tag before Christmas comes and goes! This one was created by Jenn and I’ve been seeing it everywhere recently, so I thought I’d join in the fun 🙂


Received an ARC and not reviewed it?

We’re off to a good start! I’m pleased to say that I always review my ARCs (not necessarily by the release date but I try my best!) I would just feel so guilty if a publisher or author sent me a book to review and I didn’t do it! Especially when so many international bloggers are not as fortunate in being able to get ARCs. I can’t take that for granted.

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Have less than 60% feedback on Netgalley?

I don’t use Netgalley so nope, this isn’t an issue I have!

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Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come (but it never did)?

Nope! Whenever I’ve been unable to post my review and had to say ‘RTC’, it then gnaws away at the back of my mind until I get it done. I pride myself on the fact that I review every book I read on Goodreads, even if it’s just a few sentences.

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Folded down the page of a book?

I used to do this when I was a lot younger but now I always have a bookmark to hand.

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Accidentally spilled on a book?

Oh man, yes, and it was traumatic. When I was studying for my final exams at university, I accidentally knocked over a cup of tea and it spilled ALL OVER the book about autism that I was reading. I tried my best to dry the book and left it on the radiator for like 24 hours but it was wrinkly and ruined 😦

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DNF’d a book this year?

Not this year! I don’t like to give up on a book because I feel like my negative opinion of it isn’t wholly valid unless I’ve read the entire thing. I know it’s silly to waste time on a book I’m truly not enjoying but the perfectionist in me can’t get over it!

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Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it?

I may actually be a little guilty of this. I went through a phase where the bookstagram hype completely got to me and I was buying all the pretty editions I could get my hands on. I keep telling myself I intend to read them but honestly, it could take me years to get to some of them. I have managed to curb the habit though and now I’m only buying books I definitely want to read – sometimes I’ll spend a little more money on a particular edition though! 😉

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Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)?

Hasn’t everyone? I’d always rather be reading.

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Skim read a book?

Very very rarely. I don’t see the point of skimming because then I’m not really taking in the story. The only time I ever do it is when I’m hating a book so much that I want to DNF(but can’t because of aforementioned perfectionism). So I’m calling this one a no!

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Completely missed your Goodreads goal?

I joined Goodreads right at the end of 2015 and have managed to hit/exceed my goal every year since then! With each year that has passed, I’ve managed to read more and more books and I’m so thankful for all the wonderful stories I’ve been able to discover.

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Borrowed a book and never returned it?

I once forgot to return a library book when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old? I subsequently felt so guilty that I never went back to that library. It makes me sad to remember this because, looking back, I’m sure the librarian would have understood that a library book was not at the top of a grieving child’s list of priorities.

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Broke a book-buying ban?

Yeah… which is why I no longer bother with them! I tried to prevent myself from buying books at times in the past and ended up binge-buying. There’s just no point; by forbidding myself, I only want them more 😉

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Started a review, left it for ages, then forgot what the book was about?

I’m pretty good at writing my reviews in a timely manner – namely because I don’t like to mark another book as ‘currently reading’ on Goodreads until I’ve checked off the previous one. And as I said above, I review every book I read. So there’s your answer!

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Wrote in a book you were reading?

I had to annotate my books in English literature classes at school but that’s the only time I’ve ever done it. I’m not totally outraged by the idea of annotating (I know some people think it’s the worst thing ever) but it’s not something I personally feel the need to do.
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Finished a book and not added it to Goodreads?

No?! What’s the point in setting a goal if I’m not going to log the books towards it?!

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Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend?

Not for want of trying! I currently have a book in my possession that I borrowed from a friend back in August. I read the book within a week or two and have been trying to return it ever since but my friend is notorious for forgetting to reply to messages and we both work shifts, so trying to arrange a time to give it back to her is a nightmare! Otherwise though, I always return books so I’d count this as a point for the ‘nice’ side!

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Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book?

Yeah, I hold my hands up to this one. I’ve had too many experiences in the past of lending out books and having them returned in terrible condition or not returned at all. So now, I dodge dodge dodge! I’d honestly rather buy someone their own copy of a book than let them borrow mine and potentially destroy it haha.

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Broke the spine of someone else’s book?

Based on my previous answer, do you really think I would do this? I don’t even break the spines of my own books so there’s no way I’d do it to someone else’s. Sometimes, when I donate books to the charity shop, they are so pristine that they look unread; books should always be returned to their owners in the condition you received them!

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Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged?

Not that I can remember? I usually leave the dust jacket on the book’s shelf and don’t touch it again until I’m finished the book so there’s no way for it to get damaged.

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Sat on a book accidentally?

Yeah… I’m pretty clumsy.

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Final score: 7 Naughty, 13 Nice!

Wow, I did a lot better than I thought! If you’ve done this tag, what did you score? x

‘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 😉


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? 😉

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!

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? 😉

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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 was 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 😉 I don’t know who’s done this tag and who hasn’t so if you’re interested, consider yourself tagged! X