The Folklore Book Tag

The Folklore Book Tag

I decided that as I’m getting back into regular blogging and posting I’d ease myself in with a fun tag. Like a lot of other people in the bookish community I lost it when I found out that Taylor Swift was dropping a new album.

Now, I’m not going to lie there are definitely more Autumn vibes for me from the album (or maybe that’s just wishful thinking) but nevertheless I saw this tag an knew I had to do it. So let’s get on with it.

The Rules:

  • Link to the original creator: Ilsa A Whisper Of Ink
  • Tag at least 3 people. 
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post.

The Questions:

The 1 – a book with an ending that left you speechless

If you’ve read A Court of Mist and Fury you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s my favourite in the ACOTAR series and seeing as it’s the second book I can’t say too much. I will say I was VERY pleased that the first 3 books were out when I read them because waiting after that ending would have killed me.

Cardigan – a book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once

The Last Great American Dynasty – a book with a fascinating and well-told story

It’s no secret on this blog that I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I was completely and utterly absorbed by this story and the audiobook, I was listening to it constantly.

It’s just an amazingly well written story and I was surprised by the ending which doesn’t happen often!

Exile – a book you wish you hadn’t read

A controversial opinion but Clean by Juno Dawson irritated me. I generally struggle reading about people who are rich and spoilt who can just go to rehab. I didn’t enjoy it and I found the main character annoying.

My Tears Ricochet – a book that made you cry uncontrollably 
Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt

I wouldn’t say cried uncontrollably but I definitely cried while reading Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt. I picked it up at YALC a while ago not knowing much about it and it was an emotional read guys. I expected it to be a challenge but I cried.

Mirrorball – a book that feels like it was written just for you

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath spoke to my soul while I was at university. A young woman full of potential who doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life but doesn’t want to lose her potential. Throw in a mental illness and a desire to be a writer and hello there.

It’s one of my favourite books of all time – it can be a pretty tough read but even now at nearly 26 I still feel like that book is mine in my heart. I also adore Plath’s poetry. She feels so hard through her art and I get it.

Seven – a childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic

Anything by Jacqueline Wilson, in the late 90s and early 2000s she was a Queen in children’s literature (I’ve heard she still is but I haven’t read one in years). I had to read every one of her latest releases as it came out.

August – a book that reminds you of summer

It might be a strange one but the Harry Potter series. I used to reread them during the summer during my holidays while I was growing up.

This Is Me Trying – a book that deals with loneliness & sadness 

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour deals with grief as a particular kind of sadness. There isn’t a huge amount of action in the novel but it stirs up feelings and you can understands the sadness and loneliness. I think Nina LaCour is able to write difficult emotions quite well and I love her work.

Illicit Affairs – a book that gave you a book hangover

At the time of writing I read The Meaning of Birds by Jay Robin Brown a few weeks ago and I just can’t get it out of my head. I can’t stop wondering about the main character, what she gets up to after the end of the book. Is she ok? Does do what she wants to do?

Invisible String – a book that came into your life at the exact right time

A new released but The Midnight Library by Matt Haig came to me when I was struggling with my own mental health and struggling to have hope for the future. Even though it can be a sad and difficult read (TW for suicide and death) but it’s one of my favourite books of the year hands down.

Mad Woman – a book with a female character you adore

I’m yet to find someone who hasn’t fallen in love with Nimona. She’s funny, she’s smart and she can basically be whoever she wants to be. I love her.

Epiphany – a book that was haunting

The first book that comes to mind is Rebecca by Daphne Du Marier. I haven’t read it since I was at university but I know there’s a new adaptation coming out which will be interesting. But yeah, literally haunting!

Betty – a book couple that fills you with yearning
Letters on Motherhood

While the thought of being a mother does scare me a little bit reading this book made me strangely calm about it. It made me think ahead to my future, which I hope involves my own kids and hope with all my heart for little people. They don’t exist yet but I already love them.

Peace – a book character you’d die for because you love them so much

This is one that I’ve really struggled to come up with someone for. I think, currently, I can’t say much more than Addie LaRue.

Hoax – a book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t

Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda was such a let down for me. I heard so many good things about it but it just fell flat for me. It wasn’t anything new or different. I know I’m in the minority for this.

I tag anyone who loves Folklore and wants to do this tag! It was such a fun one 

Blogmas 2019 Bookish Naughty List Tag

Blogmas 2019: Bookish Naughty List Tag

I found this over on Jenniely’s blog (post here) I’m counting this list for this year only not as a lifelong reader. It’s time for the Bookish Naughty List Tag!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it  

I’m yet to find a book blogger/vlogger who isn’t guilty of this – I need to be much more selective in the new year.

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

Guilty as charged.

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

Haha, yes of course.

Folded down the page of a book

Probably at some point this year on an old book.

Accidentally spilled on a book

No! I’d be so mad at myself.

DNF a book this year

Yes and I’m so glad I did! I’m totally on board with DNFing books.

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

No! I always intend to read them.

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

Oh totally! Physical books all the time and also audiobooks are a great way to do this because people think you’re just listening to music.

Skim read a book

Yep, although normally it’s either for book club or I end up not finishing a book I have to skim.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Smashed it.

Borrowed a book and not returned it

Not this year! But I have in the past and I still feel guilty about it.

Broke a book buying ban

Pfft is this even a question? Of course I have! October was my most recent one, oops.

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

Yep, there’s definitely drafts in this blog that I would have to go back and look up the plot again or have a skim read of the finer points.

Wrote in a book you were reading

Nope, the only time I’ve done this is back when I was annotating while studying. I don’t like writing in books, I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Nope! Not guilty I always add what I’ve read to Goodreads – I want to see that challenge completed!

I tag anyone who’s needing a bit of blogmas inspiration!

Blogmas 2019: Bookish Christmas Stocking Tag

Blogmas 2019: A Bookish Christmas Stocking Tag

It’s time for a book taaaaaaaag! I found this over on HollieBlog, make sure you check out her blog.

You get up on Christmas morning and your stocking is full! You take it down and start to unwrap the treats inside. The first thing you see is…

An orange! Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett was really refreshing read. I’m going to be mentioning it a lot in the coming months because I’ve never read anything like it before. The novel tackles being HIV positive, teenage sex, friendships and more without being a depressing book. More like this please!

The next thing you see is a bag of chocolate coins. Which book have you recently bought that was expensive, but totally worth the high price?

Hmmm this is a tough one because I’m not sure I have bought an expensive book in a while. Everything has been pretty standard but I have asked for the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for Christmas!

You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.

I don’t actually read many books that have action scenes in them…the first one that comes to mind is A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas and I can’t even talk too much about it because it’s the 3rd in a series and gaaaah.

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?

This is a tough one because I don’t read that many books that are part of a huge series and if I don’t like the first then I probably won’t carry on.

You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?

Hazel from the Saga series, we see the story unfold through her eyes and she really is the light within a backdrop of war. I can’t wait for it to come back because the ending to number 9 absolutely killed me.

There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?

Red, White and Royal Blue is the PERFECT, new adult romcom, it’s adorable, it gets a bit steamy and it’s also believable. I loved it, I’m just going to keep recommending it to everyone. So, so cute.

There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?

From a world building aspect it’s J.K Rowling – say what you want about more recent times but the Potter universe is magical and wonderful and she has a true talent for creating worlds we can imagine.

To go with the notebook, there’s a fancy pen. Is there a book or a series that you’d change if you’d written it yourself?

Tough question because I don’t know if I would do that even if I could. Oh, maybe I would just rewrite The Cursed Child because everything was wrong and weird. Yes I go on about it, no I’m not going to stop.

There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid for SURE. It turned out to be one of my favourite books and it was so well written – also I’d highly recommend the audio book. I still need to get through more of TJR’s books – maybe that will be a 2020 goal.

Your pile is getting really big. You reach in to pull out the last gift and it’s… a lump of coal? You’re a little disappointed. But you look closer and realise there’s a seam running through the coal. You crack it open and sitting inside is a tiny golden snitch. Tell us about a book that surprised you in some way.

I absolutely adored Over The Top by Jonathan Van Ness – I haven’t watched a tonne of Queer Eye but when I saw Jonathan giving interviews about his book I knew I needed to read it. I was impressed and surprised at his level of honesty in this book and would definitely recommend the audiobook because, honey, it’s Jonathan Van Ness – he was born to entertain.

I’m tagging anyone else taking on Blogmas who needs a little bit of inspo!

The Boujee Book Tag

Blogmas 2019 – The Boujee Book Tag

‘Tis the season for more book tags tra la la la la la la la laaaaaaaa. I know I’ve done a lot of Christmassy Book Tags over Blogmas but I’ve seen so many good ones, so why not?

This tag was created by abookolive. Go and give her some love!

1. What is your average monthly budget for books?

Hahahahahaha. Oh, you’re serious? I don’t set myself a budget some times I’ll buy 1, sometimes 3 or if I got to a bookish event like YALC I might get 20 or so…

2. What’s the most you’ve ever spent in a bookstore?

Probably £50 or so? BUT I do get discount in a book shop this Christmas…so we’ll see. At YALC though which isn’t technically a book shop but a lot of stalls I saved and then spent about £150. Eeek!

3. Are you willing to pay full price for a brand new release, or will you wait until you have a coupon or there’s a sale?

I will completely pay full price for a new release! Although I am guilty of a buy one get one free…

4. Would you rather buy one new book or several less expensive used copies?

It depends on the condition of the books to be honest. If they’re in good condition yes but if they’re stained and battered probably not…

5. What do you think is a reasonable price for a new hardback book? A paperback? An eBook?

Hmmm it depends on the book really. I think £15 for a hardback is reasonable, £7.99 for a paperback and about £3 for an ebook.

6. Is a signed book worth more to you? How about a first edition?

Yes, 100%. I love having signed books that the author has touched themselves. And I absolutely LOVE going to signings!

7. What is your most valuable book (sentimental or actual value)?

Hmmm, probably my first edition delux of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Fun fact, we found it at a car boot sale for 50p because people didn’t know what they were selling…

8. Will you pay more for a cover or edition you like better?

Yep.

9. What physical characteristics does a good quality book have?

Nice cover, good quality pages, not mass market or a film poster cover *shudder*.

10. If you won the lottery, what bookish things would you do with the money?

Ok so I have this dream of renting a huge car or even a limo and taking it up to Waterstones Piccadilly and Foyles in Tottenham Court Road after hours to shop to my hearts content. Then have my own library in a new house. Also track down a first edition copy of The Bell Jar.

BONUS: Give us an image (actual or mental) of your dream home library!

Ok so first of all huge, thick carpets and electric heating (open fires are great but fire near books?!) wall to wall shelves, comfy sofas and a small tea tray stacked with snacks and tea at all time.

Want to have a go? Then I tag you – make sure you post your link below!

The End Of The Year Book Tag

Blogmas 2019: The End Of The Year Book Tag

I was inspired by Hailey in Bookland’s video to have a bit of fun with this tag so, let’s do it!

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Honestly, I haven’t DNF’ed any books this year, and the only ones that I’ve started but haven’t finished are the ones that I am currently reading…. soooooo…. I guess not!

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Normally it would be Harry Potter because well, I love it but I’m not sure this year. 🤔

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

No! Thankfully all of the books I’ve been waiting for are here for me to enjoy!

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

I already have so many great books fighting for the top spot so I’m sceptical that anything can knock them off of the top spot but I am working in a book shop so who knows?

6.Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Firstly, the fact that it’s going to be TWO THOUSAND AND TWENTY in a few weeks is a little disturbing. But yes I do, I’m going to be doing another 100 books a year challenge and I want to make sure that I get through my YALC haul reads in the first half of the year before I go again in the summer!

What are your reading plans for 2020? Let me know below! 👇

The Marvel Avengers Book Tag

Seeing as the glory that Endgame has been released, I thought why not have a go at the Marvel Book Tag? I found this over on RiverMoose-Reads and, well, it seemed fitting. FYI I loved Endgame, it’s currently my favourite film of the year and it deserves ALL of the awards.

So, let’s go.

Iron Man – a book that made you laugh out loud:

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A Girl Called Shameless

I laughed so much and so hard at this book. Izzy O’neil is an amazing protagonist and Steven’s comedy writing is absolutely fantastic. The first book was also hilarious, you can find my review of it here.

Captain America – a book that sends a positive message:

Heartstopper

Be still my beating heart for Heartstopper. This was a graphic novel all about friendship, kindness and a blossoming relationship. It’s my go to for a feel-good read. I have a review all about it here.

Thor – a book with a characters strength you admire: 

Daisy Jones & The Six

Camila has my whole heart. She is a mother and a wife, sure, but she’s an incredibly intelligent and strong women. In all the madness of Daisy Jones & The Six, she is the calm that is needed as well as being SO kick ass.

Black Widow – a book with a kick-ass female protagonist: 

Book Review: Moxie - Jennifer Mathieu
Moxie

Moxie girls fight back. Feminism and fighting back at the patriarchy, Vivian is absolutely incredible. She had the right balance of passion and still being a teenager. Definitely one to pick up if you haven’t already.

Hulk-  a book that made you incredibly angry:

The Cursed Child

Do I even have to explain this one? Closest I’ve ever come to launching a book across a room. In my opinion it was bad fan fiction that completely trashed the books we come to know and love.

Hawkeye – an underrated book you think more people should pay attention to

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt
Orbiting Jupiter

Before I picked this up at YALC last year, I had heard nothing about it and after reading I think everyone should have picked it up. There is so much packed into such a small book. I absolutely fell in love with it.

{BONUS} Loki – a book with a twist or surprise that tricked you: 

My Sister’s Keeper

I read this when I was around 15 and the end completely threw me off, I did not see it coming. Luckily I also hadn’t seen the film (the film and the book have completely different endings). But, without spoilers it’s hard to explain why I was so shocked and so emotional. Picoult knows about to pack a punch in a twist.

What would you choose for these? I’d love to know in the comments or even in a tag post!

The Honeydukes Book Tag!

I love a good book tag, I love Harry Potter so why not combine the two? Now, this is the first tag I’ve ever written so I’m really hoping that you guys enjoy this one! So, what’s it about? We’re combining the sweetest part of the Wizarding World with books, what could be better? Let’s get started and make sure you share your responses with me!

Chocolate Frog

A book that you have multiple copies of because you have no chill

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Chocolate Frogs are a classic in the Potterverse. You’ll end up with a lot of doubles so for this question I’m looking at a book I have multiple copies of. I could have used Potter but for this, I’ve used one of my faves, The Fault in Our Stars because you need to have a signed and non-signed edition, right?

Sugar Quill

A super sweet read

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Wonder was just a book that made my heart feel so much. If you know anything about the novel you know it will probably make you cry too. Overall though, it gave me the feels and was just so, so sweet.

Exploding Bonbons

A book you love that exploded onto the scene!

The Exact Opposite of Okay - Laura Steven

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book and I LOVED it. Then it got released and loads of other people also loved it. I’d highly recommend getting on this novel before the second comes out. My review is here.

Honeydukes Chocolate

A book that can fight off Dementors

Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig

This is the ultimate Dementor fighter, alongside Haig’s newest book Notes On A Anxious Planet. If you’re having a rough time this is the book to pick up. It’s not in your face but is a gentle way to find your way out of a dark time.

Pepper Imps

A book that blew your mind!

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If you like weird, you’ll like Nutshell. This is told from the perspective of an unborn foetus who is incredibly intelligent. It’s so well done though? Absolutely blew my mind. Review here.

Pumpkin Pasties

A book that gets you ready for Autumn

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You didn’t think I’d forget the series that inspired this tag? While all of the Potter books start in the summer, there’s going back to school, Halloween etc. I might even start a reread on September 1st…

Cockroach Clusters

A book you wish you’d never read

Clean Juno Dawson

I know, I know this is really controversial. The book just made me so, so mad. To me, it just gave a message of forgetting about the average person with a mental illness and focusing on the uber rich. Not my kinda novel.

Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans

A book you make everyone try (even if it might not be their taste)

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

I’ve spoken many times about how Slyvia Plath meant a lot to me, so much so I wrote my dissertation on her works. So I always recommend this to everyone, even if I don’t know if they’ll like it because I think it’s a really close depiction of the depths of mental illness.

Blood Flavoured Lollipops 

 A book that you love, but others aren’t so sure on

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Now, if you give me a choice between a new release and a classic I’ll pick a new release BUT when I got to uni I had to read some and then I found Jane Eyre. I’ve encountered people who think it’s quite long and a bore but I adore Jane and everything she achieves.

Cauldron Cakes

A book you shared with all of your friends

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I made 3 of my closest friends read this, and almost all of them have now finished the series. We’re all more than a little bit obsessed!

 

So, that is my first tag! I hope you enjoyed it and please make sure to link or tweet me with yours! I can’t wait to see them

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

Well, I wouldn’t be a good book blogger if I didn’t talk about the good and the bad! I loved watching this when Cece over at Problems of a Book Nerd did this tag! Keep in mind these are my opinions but I’d love to know yours at the end of this post!

What is a popular book or series that you didn’t like?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I really hated the twist to me it just seemed kind of boring? I’ve met very few people who agree with me!

What is a popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love?

So, I took a look at this list to see what people had claimed to hate. I couldn’t believe Jane Eyre was on there, I absolutely adored it! It was incredible and a wonderful novel.

What is a love triangle in a book or series where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with?

This is a difficult one, most of the time I agree with what the author says BUT I didn’t like what happened in The Hunger Games. It didn’t feel like Katniss got the ending she deserved, not did Gale, nor did Peeta.

What is a popular book genre that you hardly reach for?

Romance, it’s not something that I’m interested in and I find them too samey.

What is a popular or beloved character that you do not like?

Snape. I don’t care what he did towards the end he was a bully and a coward. Sorry, not sorry.

Who is a popular author that you can’t seem to get into?

E.L. James, I don’t get the 50 Shades thing, I had to read some for uni and before that, I wanted to know what the fuss was about. The writing was awful, truly, truly awful.

What is a popular book trope that you are tired of seeing?

People being arseholes/ terrible people and the only reason given is that they have a mental illness. Over it, add some depth.

What is a popular book or series that you have no interest in reading?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I read Meyer’s Heartless a while ago and it just wasn’t the kind of book I thought it would be and I was disappointed with the plot. It’s because of that I won’t be picking up the Lunar Chronicles.

What is a movie or TV show adaption of a book or series that you like more than the book/s?

Bridget Jones! I couldn’t stand the books when I read them, I couldn’t get on with the writing style at all but I absolutely love the films.

 

What unpopular opinions do you have? Are you going to do the tag? Let me know in the comments below!

The 50 Bookish Questions Tag!

50 Bookish Questions Tag

Hello, hello, hello! I absolutely love tags and want to expand the bookishness of this site, so what better than a bookish tag! I found this over on My Little Book Blog so definitely go and check her out! Now, on with the questions.

1. What was the last book you read?

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

2. Was it a good one?

So good, incredible for a debut novel.

3. What made it good?

It went deeper than most and made the characters real. It was also interesting to see the captors perspective after their victim escaped.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes! I text my friend almost immediately after finishing saying she needed to read it.

5. How often do you read?

Every day if I can.

6. Do you like to read?

Nothing better than a good book.

7.What was the last bad book you read?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – a play in book form.

8. What made you dislike it?

The plot was ridiculous and took away so much from the original series.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes I’d absolutely love to, working on it!

10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

There are so many and each for a different stage of my life.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

I’ve read a few Harry Potter ones but I’ve never really been into it.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

No, personally I don’t see the point, why not create something original.

13. What’s your favorite book?

How do I choose? Probably 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult I could read that over and over.

14. What’s your least favorite book?

I’m really not sure. Wasn’t a fan of Gone Girl, the twist just pissed me off.

15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?

Kindle’s are great to travel and get discounted reads but there’s nothing like a good book.

16. When did you learn to read?

When I was really small, I think I could read by the time I was 5.

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

To Kill a Mockingbird, still my favourite classic.

18. What is your favorite book series?

Harry Potter OR The Normal trilogy by Holly Bourne

19. Who is your favorite author?

I don’t have a favourite! I have favourites like J.K Rowling, Jodi Picoult, John Green, Caitlin Moran.

20. What is your favorite genre?

Probably YA, followed by autobiography/biography.

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

Hermione Granger.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Often, Game of Thrones is doing that right now.

23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

24. Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?

The Hunger Games – could have been done in one long book and not had THAT ending.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

Really depends how busy I am and how much I’m enjoying the book. If I’m left alone I can easily do a book a day unless it’s something like GoT, then not so much.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

Definitely depends on how it’s handled, I always get a little nervous though.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

Twilight.

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

The Colour Purple, that was a brilliant movie to match a brilliant book.

29. Do you read newspapers?

If there’s one laying around but normally I read the BBC and the Guardian on my phone

30: Do you read magazines?

Not really, I read The Vagenda and it completely made me rethink what I consumed.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Newspapers but ones that have opinion pieces too, like The Guardian

32. Do you read while in bed?

Of course, who doesn’t?

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

Yes, it used to drive my parents mad :’)

34. Do you read while in the car?

Yep, have done since I was a kid.

35. Do you read while in the bath?

No. I’m not keen on having baths often and even then I’m too worried I’ll drop it in the bath…I’m super clumsy.

36. Are you a fast reader?

Yes.

37. Are you a slow reader?

Nope.

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

Curled up with lots of cushions and a fluffy blanket.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

If I’m into the book and not in a slump I will fall into a book and not resurface for hours.

40.Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

It helps but I don’t need it to be.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

No one, I just kind of started and didn’t stop.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

Haven’t set a final choice yet, I’ll see how I feel once I’ve finished this one

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

Pretty young with as many Jaqueline Wilson books as I could get my hands on.

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

Jacqueline Wilson.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Jodi Picoult.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

Holly Bourne

47.What book have you reread the most?

Probably the Harry Potter series. When I was younger I read it every summer.

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

The Colour Purple, To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m not keen on a lot of canon stuff.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

A big mixture! I think that there should be books on wider issues and not just ‘classics’. There are some great novels on mental health for example that young people could relate to instead of being forced to read Dickens or Austen again and again.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I don’t think any book should be banned, they should just be age appropriate.

If any of you guys would like to do this take don’t forget to let me know!

The ULTIMATE book Tag!


I saw this on Susanne’s blog and felt like this was a tag I HAD to do! A book tag and the ultimate book tag at that? Sign me up! So, let’s get this started.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Most of the time I don’t and it’s great! Although I don’t think I could do it non stop for hours, that’s when I feel a little green, I have to have a glance out of the window every now and again. I’ve never actually been sick, I’ve just felt a little off.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you?

Markus Zusak wrote The Book Thief beautifully. The way he created a novel with death as one of its main characters and was able to make me laugh, smile and cry is nothing short of magical. His style is truly magnificent.

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3. Harry Potter series or Twilight saga? Give 3 points to explain your answer

Harry Potter.

  1. Hermione and Ginny are bad ass girls in the books, in comparison Bella’s really not that smart.
  2. I fell in love with Harry Potter as a child and I’m still obsessed with it. I think I always will be.
  3. Because you can just fall into the world and after 7 books you can just sit and read it again.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so what’s in it (besides books)?

Nope, just a rucksack for me but there is almost always a book in there. Who am I kidding there’s always a book in there.
5. Do you smell your books?

Yes.

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6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I can read either but I think it’s cool when there’s a little illustration, it doesn’t even have to be of the characters just an object or something to make it more real.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later is wasn’t quality writing?

I really liked Twilight when I was younger but now I look at it and think oh no, how did this get published?

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

My parents didn’t believe I could read books as quickly as I did so they used to try and test me…I always got it right. I was obsessive over any new Jaqueline Wilson books that came out.

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9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?

I have a few of the Penguin books that were 80p, they’re all cute and old.
10. What’s the thickest book on your shelf?

Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.  No word of a lie you could kill someone with that thing.
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as an author?

Yes and yes. I’d love to have a book out in the not too distant future.

12. When did you get into reading?

As soon as I could I did. Not to me though, I always hated being read to.

13. What is your favourite classic book?

Jane Eyre, one of the only classics I’ve wanted to read more than once and loved.

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14. In school, what was your best subject?

English, Music and Drama. My family was gutted when I didn’t do Performing Arts at college and when I didn’t do Music at uni…I stuck with English though!

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

Most people who know me are well aware that I binge read and would probably half expect me to have to return it so it would be no problem.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I honestly don’t know any…sorry!
17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

Not keeping up with my scheduling when I know I’m not going to have a change to blog that day, bad Chloe!

18. What is your favourite word?

Fuck…I use it far too much. I just find it funny how such a small word can offend people and have lots of different ways of expressing yourself.

19. Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Nerd. Forever a nerd.

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20. Vampires of Fairies? Why?

Fairies, the Vampire in Scooby Doo made me have a lot of nightmares. Stupid Vampire wasn’t even real. Hmpf.
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels because I’m a wuss.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Two words. Remus. Lupin.

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23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Vampires, Zombies scare me shitless.
24. Love triangle or forbidden love?

Forbidden love. So done with over dramatised love triangles.

25. And finally: Full on romance or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Hmmm, if I had to pick I’d say the latter but I’m not against a romance if they’re few and far between.

Let me know what your answers are and I tag anyone who wants to do this tag!!