The Ultimate Book Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag and there’s no time like the present! I wasn’t tagged to do this but the questions were fun so I decided to do it. I found this tag on The Bibliophile Girl’s blog, you can check it out here!

Do You Get Sick While Reading In The Car?

I have never read in the car so I don’t know… A magazine or something I can cope with but I think a novel would be too hard to endure.

Which Author’s Writing Style Is Completely Unique To You And Why?

Jaqueline Wilson, the British children’s author, really stands out to me. Her writing combines description and plot so well that I never notice it! I’ve not read one of her books, fully, for years. Yet now I look back I can see why I enjoyed her.

Harry Potter or Twilight? Give 3 Reasons Why.

Harry Potter has better writing, no love triangles (for the most part) and cute animals. I have problems with both series but I think Twilight is awful compared to Harry Potter. But somehow the cheesy, trashy romance is a fun book to reread?

Do You Carry A Book Bag? If So, What’s In It (Besides Books)?

No, but if I have a bag with me it will have a book in it.

Do You Smell Your Books?

Of course! The second-hand books are always best.

Books With or Without Illustrations?

Without please – I don’t like my imagination being restricted!

What Book Did You Love While Reading, But Discovered Later It Wasn’t Quality Writing?

Twilight and Shatter Me…

Do You Have Any Funny Stories Involving Books From Your Childhood?

I wrote fan-fiction for Hetty Feather all the damn time but made myself a character in the plot… When the author continued the series I was disappointed to not be the protagonist 😂

What Is The Thinnest Book On Your Shelf?

iCount – Your Step By Step Guide To Climate Bliss (only 80 pages!)

What Is the Thickest Book On Your Shelf?

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt (863 pages!)

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Do You Write As Well As Read? Do You See Yourself Being An Author In the Future?

My friend and I are working on a children’s book at the moment! I’m doing most of it, but having someone to contribute ideas is always helpful.

What Is Your Favourite Classic Book?

Wuthering Heights or Great Expectations! I can’t get into classic novels, but these two were really enjoyable.

When Did You Get Into Reading?

I’ve always loved it, but I became labelled a bookworm about two years ago! Before then I was only reading 30-50 books a year.

What Was Your Best Subject In School?

I’m at an even level in every subject really, but English is the most intriguing and French is by far the easiest!

If You Were Given A Book As A Present That You Read Before And Hated, What Would You Do?

Accept it, then donate it to charity shop. If they cared enough to ask me my thoughts on it then of course I would be honest!

What Is A Lesser Known Series That You Know Of That Is Similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver is very similar to The Hunger Games, except there aren’t any Hunger Games!

Is Harry Potter comparable to anything? I don’t think I know of a series similar to it, but there are definitely stand-alones.

What Is A Bad Habit You Always Do (Besides Rambling) While Filming?

As many times as I have attempted YouTube, sadly I haven’t pulled through.

What Is Your Favorite Word?

Give me a word and it will become my favourite!

Are You A Nerd, Dork, or Dweeb?

I did have to search these terms up, so perhaps I’m a dummy 😆 I don’t think I am any of them, but dork fits me from the definition!

Vampires of Fairies? Why?

Vampires all the way! I have never enjoyed fantasy so my understanding of fairies isn’t great, that’s why I prefer vampires. And I don’t mean soft, Twilight vampires – more like brutal Dracula vampires!

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Probably shape-shifters, but I’ve not read many books on them.

Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits can take all sorts of forms in a novel, and as the category is broader I much prefer them to werewolves!

Zombies or Vampires? Why?

I think vampires win on this one, purely because I have not read a single book about zombies!

Love Triangles or Forbidden Love?

Love triangles can be fun if they are written well (but in most cases they aren’t) and forbidden love can also be interesting. These two themes work especially well in dystopian fiction!

Full on Romance Books Or Action-Packed With A Few Love Scenes?

A good mix is healthy. Too much romance and your heart goes mushy, too much action and daily life becomes boring!

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First Line Friday

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

Rules (just in case you want to try this out for yourself)

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
  • Finally… reveal the book!

While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years. I’d been shut up in my hotel for more than a week, afraid to telephone anybody or go out; and my heart scrambled and floundered at even the most innocent noises: elevator bell, rattle of the minibar cart, even church clocks tolling the hour, de Westertoren, Krijtberg, a dark edge to the clanger, and wrought fairy-tale sense of doom.

And the book is…

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt!

Synopsis

“It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

“As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.”

This book has been on my TBR ever since one of my friends was reading it. As you can see from the first lines, it really does ramble on. All the same I would love to read this book at some point! Fortunately there is a film and I may do the devil’s act of watching the film before reading the book, just so I can get a good idea of the storyline. I found my copy in a charity shop when I went out the other day! So far this year I haven’t bought any new books… I’m kind of proud.

Have you ever read The Goldfinch? Has it been on your TBR for a long time?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award | Books, Writing & All That Good Stuff

The Sunshine Blogger Award makes another appearance! Thank you so much Saudade for nominating me to do this award/tag. I really enjoy taking part and getting a chance to answer some interesting questions! Saudade’s blog is full of the most heart-breaking and thought-provoking poetry. You really don’t know what you’re missing! The link to the blog is here.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

This is an award honouring bloggers who inspire creativity, positivity by bringing sunshine in the blogging community. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee and should be extended and awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it.

Rules:

1.Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.

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 logo in your post.

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1. What is your favourite thing about being a blogger?

I really enjoy having a hobby that feels a lot like a ‘job’. Every time I write a post I feel just as productive as when I finish a piece of homework (though of course blogging is more enjoyable)

2. Why did you join WordPress?

I set up my blog through WordPress so I’ve been here as long as my blog has. I didn’t really consider any other options – I just wanted to get started!

3. How do you deal with writer’s block?

Forcing yourself to write may be a working method for some people, but for me it just doesn’t. If I don’t feel like writing then I won’t! If you really have a passion for something then motivation will spark again sometime.

4. Name the book(s) that changed or shaped your way of thinking monumently?

There are so many books that have changed me! However ‘Sophie’s World’ has got to be on the top of this list. It developed my love for philosophy and encouraged me to read a lot more. 

 

5. When writing, do you generally start with an outline of the story or simply begin writing?

Novel-writing is something I used to be really passionate about but now I’ve fell out of love with it. I mostly write poems and I never intend for them to tell a story but to express my feelings. However, if I was to write a short story then I would outline it to begin with. Authors say that a good technique is to start with the ending and work backwards. 

6. Three things you wish to have right now?

I would like to have some rest but, at the same time, I need to get some blogging and school preparation done! Some food would be nice so I’ll have lunch in a few minutes. My last wish would be for an extra day in the week so I could have an extended weekend 😂 I don’t really like wishing because I already have what I need. 

7. What is one genre that you really want to read more of this year and why?

Historical fiction is a genre I have got into this year but not read much of. I plan to read The Tattooist of Auchwitz before the year is through! Have you read it? What did you think?

8. How do you deal with anxiety, if you have any?

I’m not diagnosed with anxiety (as in the mental health problem) though when I do get stressed and overwhelmed I like to drink water. I sip on a glass for a minute or two and try to level out my thoughts. If I am at home, however, I will usually sit down with my journal and reflect on the day. Writing out to-do lists is also theraputic. If you have a lot to do then it’s a good idea to write it all down!

9. What are your three all time favourite quotes?

“If you want to live in a world where people are not afraid of mice, then you must give up living in palaces” – E.Lockhart, We Were Liars

This is the first one that comes to mind – I’m not really sure what my other favourites are!

10. What are the two songs on your playlist, right now?

Lights Up – Harry Styles

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People

11. If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?

I would love to be a Britain’s Got Talent judge and watch all of the auditions! I think that it would be amazing. 


My Questions

I would love to hear your answers to these questions:

  1. Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?
  2. If you could change your name, what would your new name be and why would you change it?
  3. Name a body part you wouldn’t mind losing.
  4. What is something you’ve always wanted to do but are too scared to?
  5. If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would it be?
  6. Who was your role model as a child?
  7. What is the longest word you know? (that isn’t supercalifragilisticexpialadocious)
  8. Would you prefer one wish right now or three wishes over the course of five years?
  9. If money wasn’t a concern what would you really like to buy/where would you like to go to?
  10. Which famous person would you never like to meet (that isn’t a politician)
  11. Do you prefer hot or cold drinks? 

Thank you for reading my Sunshine Blogger Award! If you would like to answer my random questions then feel free to, and tag me in the post. It’ll be really interesting to know what celebrity you would never like to meet!

I hope that you have a really positive week (whether the sun is shining or not)!

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The Fall Bucket List Book Tag

Today’s post is going to be a very light-hearted tag because it’s Monday and I doubt either you or me wishes to read something heavier. I’ve seen this tag circulating the book blogging community over recent days and thank you so much Marta for nominating me! Please go and check out her Fall Bucket List Book Tag after this one 🙂 I’m only going to use books that I have read for these prompts so I’m sorry if the genres aren’t too broad!

The Rules

  1. Link back to the original creator in your post.
  2. Feel free to use any of my graphics in your post, or create your own!
  3. Tag 7 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them (I’m really bad at letting people know so please excuse me if I have nominated you later in the post but forgot to let you know…)

 

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Lara Jean

Who else would it be? Lara Jean is an amazing chef and every part of the book where it described food my mouth was almost watering. It sounded that good. I don’t have Netflix therefore I haven’t watched the film but I’m sure it looks as good as it sounds!

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Wonder

A book has never made me physically ‘jump for joy’ though Wonder did leave me in happy tears. For some reason I find Middle Grade books really cute! SPOILER ALERT: there was nothing sad about this book which is what I really enjoyed. After reading some really dark and depressing stories, this really was the light at the end of the tunnel. I immensely enjoyed it.

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Undercover Princess

There are so many books I could choose for this one but for me Undercover Princess particularly stands out. This book was full of some really cute romances but also had a bit of a dark side too. The main protagonist throughout the book was a princess-obsessed teenager with blonde curly hair, a bubbly personality and she kept her favourite teddy with her! If you don’t think that’s cute, then I don’t know what is. It warms my heart in a retrospective sort of way because I was princess obsessed when I was little. Sadly I’ve grown of that phase but I’m still excited for Frozen II in December 🙃

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The Book Thief

Liesel and Rudy are the best friendship I’ve read all year (apart for maybe Six Of Crows – but the banter made it less sweet). Though SPOILER ALERT there was a tiny bit of childish romance throughout the book it was mainly a friendship and that’s what I love. When best friends develop feelings for each other it usually all goes horribly wrong (Jacob & Bella for example).

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

This book is definitely worth the hype, don’t get me wrong, though some parts of it didn’t seem very realistic to me. I know that it was set in America so maybe that’s part of the reason. Most of the books I read are only hyped up though bookstagram so for this prompt I tried to use a quite well-known title. Have you read this book? Do you also think circumstances change between different countries for teenagers?

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928 Miles From Home

I read this book in a day for that single reason. It was really light-hearted and though the protagonist’s pasts weren’t all happy the storyline didn’t have any dark themes. I found it in the Older Teen section of the library though I’m not sure why because to me it felt a lot like a children’s book! If you want a book to pick you out of a reading slump then this is definitely one to choose.

I Nominate:

Have you read any of these titles? What did you think of them?

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Good Reading Habits Tag | Mood Reading, Small TBR & Unnecessary Bookish Items

Upon discovering a few new blogs, I also discovered this tag on Book Princess Reviews. Though I wasn’t nominated, I felt a bit cheeky and decided to do it anyways. The month is a bit of inbetween season so I’m sorry for the lack of interesting posts. It’s too early to get excited for Christmas but I am thinking up some creative ideas for that season anyways… oops. The Good Reading Habits Tag was created to bring recognition to your good reading habits – instead of what you want to improve. It’s a very positive ideas and just what I need at the moment!

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Keeping A Small TBR

I’m very good at keeping my TBR small. At the moment it stands at only 22 books and most of them I will be seeking out at the library instead of buying. Having a small TBR means that I can go to library and pick up the books I want with freedom – instead of sticking to a TBR. This method works best for me because I’m a mood reader.

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