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!!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Book Review

I wanted to try something a little different to make my blog more interesting! I’m not sure on which day but I will now be posting weekly book reviews, yaaaay! I used to have a whole blog dedicated to this but now I want to share them with you! For my first review, an incredible novel, The Book Thief.

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Liesel Memminger is only a child when she first meets death, but it will not be the last time 

The Book Thief contains a few things you need to know about. A young girl, an old couple, a Jewish fist fighter, Hitler and Death. Sounds simple, right? After finding herself in a new town with new parents, a doting foster father and a sharp tongued foster mother. But Liesel Memminger is haunted,  haunted by the ghost of her younger brother whom she watched die. Another thing you should know she is a thief, but the novel is about more than that.

The novel is a about a young girl that we get to watch grow and about a country that will never be the same after war. As Liesel, and her new parents Hanns and Rosa hide a young Jewish man they know they are risking their lives, but what comes out of it is so much more. The problem with novels as good as this is that you don’t want to ruin any part of it because you love it so much. I will say though, the novel is a long one but in a nice way. It’s the kind of book that you can take a break from but as soon as you turn another page you fall straight back into the story.

Another character I have to mention, because I know you will fall in love with him, is Lisle’s neighbour Rudy. A sweet boy who idolises black athlete Jesse Owens in the middle of Nazi Germany. As you can assume, this does not work in his favour. The relationship between him and Liesel is one of my favourite parts of the novel though, without him I doubt the Book Thief would have become who she was.

Although it’s a questionable concept, Death makes an incredible narrator and he was one of the best characters. Who would have thought death could be so kind, caring and thoughtful. Oh and lets not forget funny, there is great humour in the book even if it seems sad. I laughed more than I ever wanted to cry and it wasn’t just little laughs that would escape me, I shook at some points because I was laughing so hard.

At times the book made my heart hurt. I could see the scenes playing out in my head, I wanted to look away but I couldn’t. I wanted to reach out, but I wasn’t really there. What Zusak has done with his magical description should not be taken lightly. I have not read novel like this, that is so vivid you feel like you can reach out to it, in a very long time. I wanted to laugh, I wanted to cry and I wanted to make sure nothing like this could ever happen again. It’s incredible that even though this is fiction, it feels as if it could be real and that is the magic of a good story teller, they made you believe the story is as real as any history book.The novel made me cry, and I’m grateful. It is a stunning piece of literature that I want to read again and again.

I can’t give this book anything less than five stars *****, something I don’t give lightly. I remember not reading this book years ago when I had the chance and I wish someone had shaken me! Zusak is an incredible writer, so much so that if he never wrote again this book would be enough. If you haven’t read it, you should need to, it is beautiful.

Review by Chloe Metzger