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Stay at Home Blogger Tag

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Getting back in the swing of things this week and it feels great to be back! I was tagged by the lovely Dellybird to take part in the Stay at Home Blogger tag and I feel like this is the perfect tag to do post returning from hiatus seeing as the lockdown was one of the reasons I had to take a break for a bit. You can check out Delly’s post here.

1. Laying in bed — A book you read in one day

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Caraval
by Stephanie Garber

I’d been hearing a lot of excitement for this book’s release and then it happened to be in my very first (or not far off I don’t think) FairyLoot box! The cover sold me immediately but the premise intrigued me as well. I loved the setting and I found it very interesting and I just couldn’t put it down which coincided with my son having a nice long nap or two meaning I managed to sit down and devour the entire thing in one day which is not something I manage to do often.

2. Snacking – A book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read

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Twilight 
by Stephanie Meyer 

I had an absolute thing for anything Vampires when I was younger and I picked up Eclipse while browsing a book store because I thought it looked interesting, brought it, went to read it when I got home and discovered it was in-fact the third book. I ordered the first book and read the first few chapters of Midnight Sun to tide me over while I waited for it to arrive; when it finally did arrive I was absolutely hooked. I know it is full of problems and honestly the writing is certainly not the best but I love it regardless and it took me far too long to be not ashamed of that.

3. Netflix — A series that you want to start

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The Wayfarer Series by Becky Chambers

This a tough one as there are SO many. I think maybe the Wayfarer series is very very high on my list for sure. I’ve heard such great things about it and it ticks so many of my boxes but I want to make sure I have the time to read all of them one after the other when I finally get to them and as such it’s kind of been stuck waiting. I’ll get around to it this year for sure though.

 

4. Deep clean — A book that has been on your TBR for ages

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Outside in by Maria V. Snyder

I love Maria’s work, I’ve yet to read a book by her I didn’t enjoy and the first in this duology is no exception but I think it took a fair while before the second book came out and although the first one ended on such a huge cliff hanger I had kind of forgotten about by the time it released. I did get it over a year after it’s release in the end but still haven’t got around to it yet, I also think I’ll need to reread Inside out first as well.

5. Animal Crossing — A book you recently bought because of the hype

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Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
I haven’t brought a book purely because of ‘hype’ in a long while, but I hadn’t heard of this until a few of my twitter friends were sharing around excerpts and some brilliant early reviews. What started as “Finn x Poe fanfic gets made into a book” from some people turned into something even better and a book I can’t wait to read!

 

6. Productivity — A book you learned from or had an impact on you

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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This was a book I didn’t know I needed at a time I needed it. If you haven’t read it and plan to however I would warn that it can be a hard and triggering book in places. It defintley changed my outlook on my life and mental health though.

 

7. FaceTime — A book you were gifted

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Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

One of my most anticpated reads this year, I was so pleased to have been gifted this early copy of The Deck of Omens, complete with blue sprayed edges and cards from the deck of omens itself! I loved this conclusion to the story of four paths and I’m hoping to have my review up by next week if all goes well.

8. Self-care — What is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

I’ve been a little easier on myself recently. Not always for the better but I’ve kind of accepted that sometimes I had bad days and I just try and do what I can with them. Some days all I manage to really achieve is having a shower or sketching. I’m really enjoying being a little more creatitive recently. I’ve got back into drawing and painting as well as debating trying my hand at cross stitching again. Sometimes you just need to do what you can to stay sane.

BONUS — An upcoming release you are looking forward to

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Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura

A huge thank you to El for bringing this to my attention! It had completley slipped under my radar but I am so excited to have been accepted to read an early copy. I had decided not to take on any new reviews recently but I just couldn’t help it for this one. I’m a big Poe fangirl and there was no chance I would have been able to resist! Its Due out Aug 4th so keep an eye out for a review closer to the time!

And there we have it! The stay at home book blogger tag. I won’t tag anyone in particular but feel free to give it a go and let me know so I can check out your responses! Have a great Thursday and I’ll see you back here Sunday for the latest Six for Sunday post!

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TBR Book Tag

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It’s book tag time! Does anyone just look at their book tag and despair sometimes? I have SO many books to read yet I keep buying more!! I have cut down on the books I buy and am not taking on as many review requests at the moment because I just have such an enormous amount of books I own but haven’t read yet so I decided to do a TBR book tag today and it’s made me realise I probably need to have a good sort out and get my TBR into some kind of organised system to help me get through it. This tag is originally by @aperfectioncalledbooks and I found it here over at Stories and Spoons.

How do you keep track of your TBR book pile?  
I don’t currently have a way to keep track of this yet. I am debating spending my afternoon sorting through my books though and trying to sort out a spreadsheet and/or a good reads list to help me out. I also have a TBR jar that I should probably try and get around to using.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook? 
My TBR is mostly comprised of print books as I tend to only buy books on kindle if they’re on sale or I want to read them there and then other than requests I’ve been approved for on Netgalley which is a far few but nowhere near as many as I have sitting on my shelves and TBR trolley ready and waiting.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next? 
I am most definitely a mood reader, all the way. It can make it hard to try and get through my TBR and reminds me of when you decided to watch something on Netflix but you just spend an hour scrolling through everything trying to decide what to watch instead of actually watching anything.

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest? 
After taking a look at my shelves I think it’s probably Outside In by Maria V Snyder. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the first one and I did consider reading this after reading her latest sci-fi release I just honestly keep forgetting about it and it’s been so long since I read the first book (Inside Out) that I don’t know how much sense it would make to me at this point without rereading.

 A book you recently added to your TBR? 
I received my copy of Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare yesterday. I was a huge shadowhunters fan and I do still love the series but after the Dark Artifices Trilogy took me forever to read (I don’t do well with large books) I’ve found it hard to get back to the series. I still have The Red Scrolls of Magic sitting on my shelf waiting to be read and I had decided I wasn’t going to get Chain of gold because of that but when I realised there was a special first edition version I succumbed and ordered the damn thing. I now need to reorganise my bookshelves again because my shadow hunter shelf is SO full.

A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?
I don’t think I have any books like that. Often I’m drawn in because of the beautiful cover but then I look deeper before buying to make sure it’s something I’ll like. I guess the closest would be Circe as the moment I saw the cover I knew I needed it.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading? 

If I’m not planning to read it why would it be on my TBR? Looking at my shelves at the moment I think one of the books I’m least likely to read is probably Tales of the Peculiar, a companion book of short stories to the Miss Peregrine’s books, I brought it because it was pretty, on sale and I was currently reading the first book in the series. I own the second book but not sure when I’ll get around to it, let alone to this pretty hardback of stories about characters I don’t really have a connection to yet.

Scratch that, I found a copy of the Strawberry Theif by Joanne Harris, I do want to read the Chocolat books but seeing as I don’t even own the first few and haven’t read them I feel like maybe this one would be the least likely to be read. Which is a shame because I love Joannes work.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for? 
I’m really looking forward to Bookish and the Beast! I’m reading the first two books after I’ve finished my current read and then I have a beautiful arc to dive right into afterwards and I am SO excited to read it!!

(I’m also, predictably excited for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelisation too, not long to go!!)

A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you? 
SO many of those. The first one that catches my eye is Sorcery of Thorns, I kept seeing it everywhere and it sounds completely up my street, I was gifted it over Christmas from my wishlist and I desperately want to read it. But I also want to desperately read everything else too..

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you? 
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is a book anyone who knows me and has read it tends to recommend to me and I can see why because it sounds completely in my wheelhouse and like a book and series that I will love. I’m starting to freak out now over just how many awesome books I have and want to read right now. But all of them.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read? 
Honestly, most of them. I haven’t been making as much time for reading lately as I think maybe I could and I’m sad that there are so many great books for me to love just sitting on my shelves waiting for me. Now that I’ve thought about I do really want to get around to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet but I don’t think it’ll fit into my reading mood at the moment, not to mention the ever-growing pile of books from published I have to review at the moment.

How many books are on your TBR shelf? 
On my physical shelf at last count which was sometime last year, I think, it was at over one hundred…I have had a clear-out since then but I’ve also received and brought a lot go books since then too. I am going to go through them all later today with any luck and I’ll update this post when I do so. Not going to lie…I’m a little scared.

So that was the TBR Book Tag and it certainly did the job of inspiring me to go through my books that I still need to read for sure. How big is your TBR pile and do you only include books that you already own? Like I do or do you include books you’ve not yet brought or received? I’ll see you back here Sunday for this weeks Six for Sunday post, take care and watch out for falling TBR stacks.

 

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Animal Crossing Book Tag

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With just thirty days until we can finally get our hands on Animal Crossing New Horizons and the Nintendo Direct for it today the hype has never been more real, I’m so excited for its release and I knew that today’s Tag Thursday post just HAD to be Animal Crossing themed! I found this super cute tag at The Quirky Book Nerd, you should go check out her answers too!

THE RULES:
  • Please link back to the original creator of the tag, Bookish Things and Tea.
  • Answer the following Animal Crossing themed book questions.
  • Feel free to use graphics, but be sure to credit Bookish Things and Tea.
  • Tag some friends to spread the love!

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I know there are a good few Jane Austen books (Pride and Prejudice for sure) that I would probably love if I gave them a chance but I figure they’re not going anywhere and I’ll get around to them one day maybe?

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I couldn’t pick just one! I really love second books when they’re done well and these four are my favourites! I think The Wicked King and Gemina, in particular, are my favourites of their respective trilogies as well.

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Godsgrave? I’m pretty sure Godsgrave is a big city right and that book is mostly set there or at least nearby? I just really like Godsgrave okay! I can’t decide if it’s my favourite in the series (I think it is and it should probably have gone down as an answer in the second book question above too…).

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I refuse to pick just one between these two because they’ve both been absolutely fantastic! They’re obviously very different books from different genres and I love them both for very different reasons. Harley felt like a much-needed soul cleanse and The Unspoken Name was complex and epic. (The Unspoken Name is out today, by the way, make sure you check it out!).

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The Hobbit is a book I’ve read and reread a lot over the years. I love Bilbo so much and when I was much younger I always wished to have a big adventure like his and then as I got older I realised that I do very much enjoy the comforts of home. Still, the Shire and the world beyond was a welcome escape into fantasy and one I still enjoy to this day and that helped shape the person I am today and the things I enjoy.

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This has been the hardest question of them all so far but I think my choice would have to be Strange the Dreamer. It’s rich in so many ways, the characters, the story, the prose. I don’t often enjoy really long books but this entire book felt like an exquisite three-course meal.

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The Island by M.A Benett fits this description best I think. It wasn’t bad, by any means but it just made me so very mad and uncomfortable. Reading it was definitely an experience but one I absolutely do not want to ever relive.

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Anything from Phillipa Greggory? I particularly love the Constant Princess and The Other Boelyn Girl. I loved learning about The Tudors at school and as I got older I loved all of the Court politics and scandal that went along with it. Catherine of Aragon is one of my favourite historical figures, in-part because of The Constant Princess.

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Harley in the Sky, Circus Book Tag

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One of my most anticipated releases for 2020 is out in just 47 days! Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman (author of Starfish and Summer Bird Blue) is out on March 10th and let me tell you I’ve been excited for this beautiful gold book for a good while now! In-fact you might remember my cover reveal post last year when I became a part of the street team. I’ve now read an advanced reading copy of the book and let me tell you, folks, you are in for a treat so don’t forget to pre-order!

I decided to drum up some extra excitement on the run-up to release by creating a Harley in the sky/Circus themed book tag! I won’t tag anyone in particular as if you see it and like, you are more than welcome to have a go yourself (please link back to me in your posts) and you could be in with a chance of winning a set of Harley in the Sky art cards! Don’t forget to also check out all of the other lovely challenges that have been going on and are yet to come!

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RingMaster – What book introduced you to your favourite genre? 
I’m not actually sure what my favourite genre is, either fantasy or Sci-Fi I think. I know for fantasy the book that introduced me was “The Two Princesses Of Barrmere” by Gail Carson Levine. “The Other Boelyn Girl” by Phillipa Greggory introduced me to Historical Fiction and The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith introduced me to paranormal romance/YA in general but for some reason, I can’t pinpoint a book that got me interested in Sci-Fi which I think was a progression from watching a lot of it on TV and in video games instead.

Acrobatics – A fast-paced read.  
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson is the first book that comes to mind, there are some quiet moments but there are some absolutely adrenaline-filled moments whenever Spensa gets in a cockpit.

Clowns – A book that made you laugh. 
I’m someone who will often cry at a book but I very rarely laugh at them while I’m reading so this one took a fair bit of effort to look back on but in the end, I remembered this PERFECT moment in Finding Home volume two by Hari Conner that had me in absolute fits. Poor Janek.

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Knife thrower – A book that had you on the edge of your seat.  
Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I think I had my jaw gritted for most of this book, all of the books in the Illuminae trilogy have had me on edge really which I think is brilliant considering the kind of format it’s presented in. The third one though just felt like all bets were off and anything could happen which is why it was the one I picked for this answer.

Tightrope Walker – A book you just couldn’t put down. 
Sanctuary by V.V James.  This book was a fantastical wild ride that felt almost physically painful to have to stop reading for any length of time. If you haven’t read it, folks, you seriously need to get on it.

Ventriloquist – A book with a great twist. 
*Brings out a list of Lauren James books*
Seriously though, I have to pick just one?

I pick The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James, it’s just done so SO well. The particular twist I’m referring to is a fairly big revelation that I kicked myself for not seeing coming after it blew my mind at 2am, but it’s set up so well and looking back there are so many little clues sprinkled around and it just made so much sense, that’s a great, well-crafted twist to me and this one nails it.

Magician – A book with a magic system you love. 
I have a lot more to find out about it but I love the “creatures” in A Discovery of Witches with the witches, Daemons and Vampires, not just the differences between them but also how we get to see a more scientific approach (to a degree) to the point where they can tell a witches powers, which they seem to inherit genetically from analysing her blood. I’ve only read the first book but I can’t wait to get further into the series and find out more!

Static Trapeze – Best or Worst Cliffhanger. 
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I haven’t decided if it was the best or worst cliffhanger yet but it was definitely one of them. The whole third quarter of that book was insane and the end was just…

I’m so glad that I only had to wait a few weeks between Godsgrave and Darkdawn because I would have lost my mind if I’d had to have waited a full year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tag and that you’re looking forward to the release of Harley in the Sky just as much as me! You can add it on Goodreads here and you can preorder from Amazon here and Waterstones here (but don’t forget to support your local bookstore if you’re able).

 

 

 

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RIP it or Ship it Book Tag

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So I was looking around for an interesting book tag for this week. I think I’ve done plenty of New Year and reflecting on 2019 stuff now and wanted to try something different. I found the RIP It or Ship It tag and decided it was perfect. The original tag was created by Emma’s Books and you should definitely check her videos out here.

The rules of the game are simple, to put a lot of fictional characters’ names into a cup and draw them out two at a time. I’m going to change it up a little. I’ve picked twenty characters and I’m going to roll two twenty-sided dice (D20) at a time and pair them up! Once I have a pairing, I’ll tell you if I RIP it or if I ship it.

Emma Carstairs (from Shadowhunters) & Janek (from Finding Home)
I think Emma would probably be a bit too intense for Janek and I feel like Emma would probably prefer some who would be better with a sword. RIP it.

Ezra Mason (from Illuminae) & Finnian (from Aurora Rising)
SHIP IT. This would be hilarious! Finn is super cocky and full of banter and I think him and Ezra would get along really well. I’m not sure Ezra would be too interested as it’s obvious how he feels about Kady but I’d like to think maybe before they got together maybe Ez and Finn could have had a thing.

Lira (from To Kill a Kingdom) & Paige Turner (from The Bookshop Girl)
Ship it. I feel like Paige would end up being utterly smitten with Lira because, HELLOOO SIREN?! And I can imagine Lira thinking Paige is adorable and bring Lira a TON of different books to read.

Issac Sullivan (from the Devouring Gray) & Sookie Stackhouse (From the Sookie Stackhouse books/True Blood)
This feels weird because of the age difference mainly. I thought that I would be okay with Sookie ending up with anyone else in the series from the

Lyra Daniels (from Navigating the Stars) & Izzy O’Neil (from The Exact Opposite of Okay)
Ship it. This is another one I think would be really lovely. I’m not sure who would be the worst influence on who though to be honest. They would absolutely get into trouble but I have no doubt they would have each others backs and it would be hilarious.

Remy Silvers (From The Loneliest Girl in the Universe) & Spensa (from Skyward)
Oooo I feel like can’t not ship the two space girls? Although I feel like they’re very different people so I’m not sure how they would get on in a relationship. Come to think of it I feel like they would argue a lot over silly things. RIP it.

Unless.

Remy is utterly unimpressed by Spensa because she takes so many risks and doesn’t always think about the risks she’s taking but Spensa keeps doing more and more stupid things to try and impress her. I changed my mind. I ship it.

Dorian (from a Throne of Glass) & Luna Lovegood (from Harry Potter)
Nope. This one feels weird. I adore Luna and Dorian can be sweet but he has FAR too much baggage and I don’t want to imagine him hurting my sweet girl. RIP it.

Janco (from Poison Study) & Gwen (from Once and Future)
Even if I could tweak the ages for this to be less weird I don’t think it would work and I wouldn’t want to see Janco get hurt by Gwen’s aspirations. Plus I think he might drive her nuts. RIP it.

Lucien Vanserra (from A Court of Thorns and Roses) & Jude Duarte (from The Cruel Prince)
YES. I SHIP IT. I mean I hadn’t really thought about it before but this would be amazing. I feel like this would have all the spirit of the Jude/Cardan ship but with added Lucien soft boy at times Vanserra. Perfect.

Mia Corverre (from Nevernight) & Kaz Brekker (from Six of Crows)
This feels like an interesting one. I haven’t finished Six of Crows yet but this was a suggestion given when I asked for characters and I feel like they definitely have their similarities but I’m not sure if they would go together well. If you’ve read SoC and the Nevernight books let me know what you think? For now, I’m going to say RIP it.

Well, that was certainly interesting! I pretty much ship anyone and everyone most of the time but there were definitely some that fit there better than others. I think my favourite here would maybe be Lucien and Jude or Lira and Paige! See any here you love? What two fictional characters from different books would you ship?

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New Year Resolutions Book Tag

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So the New Year is now well underway, I have a new hair colour, my bookshelves are rearranged (I have space on them now!) my TBR is decided and Nate is back to school SO I think it’s probably time for a New Year Book Tag! I found this particular one on Jenn’s blog at Jenniley.com and it ties in with my latest Six for Sunday post perfectly as it’s called the New Year Resolutions Book Tag!

1. An Author You’d Like To Read That You’ve Never Read

I definitely want to get around to reading something by Samantha Shannon this year. I’ve seen her chair a good few events now and met her at YALC twice and I love how into her world-building and naming system in particular, she gets. It just feels like such attention to detail I can’t read to read one of her books, probably Priory of the Orange Tree but I do have the first Bone Season book as well so we’ll see?

2. A Book You’d Like To Read

Ahh there are loads of books I’ve like to read! I think perhaps Gilded Cage from Vic James is a book I absolutely need to read this year! I adored Sanctuary and I’ve heard amazing things about this book, plus Vic is lovely!

3. A Classic You’d Like To Read

I don’t tend to read any classic books at all really but I’ve found myself tempted by Pride and Prejudice or perhaps Jayne Eyre? What classics can you recommend?

4. A Book You’d Like To Re-Read

Honestly maybe the Illuminae Files books via audiobook. I can never get enough of that trilogy. I’m tempted to try the audiobook for Aurora Rising ready for the sequel later this year too.

5. A Book You’ve Had For Ages and Want To Read

Again, SO many books that come under this. I’m going to say Six of Crows, which you’ll know about if you read my Six for Sunday post that I started reading last year (at last) but I kept NOT finishing due to having different deadlines etc but this year it’s time to finally finish it.

6. A Big Book You’d Like To Read

I don’t really like big books as I find them so uncomfortable to read. I (as previously mentioned) do however want to read Priory of the Orange Tree this year and that is A BEAST.

7. An Author You’ve Previously Read and Would Like To Read More Of

Holly Black I think? I really enjoyed the Folk of Air trilogy and I need some more of that twisted fae fix, to be honest.

8. A Book You Got For Christmas and Would Like To Read

All of them? Haha. I think maybe Sorcery of Thorns is the one I’d like to read the most though, or maybe the Martian?

9. A Series You Want To Read From Start to Finish

I would say the Cinder books but I think there are quite a few of them so maybe the Renegades trilogy by Marissa Meyer? I’ve had the first book for a good while!

10. A Series You Want To Finish That You’ve Already Started

Most of the series that I want to finish I only haven’t finished because the next books aren’t out yet but one exception and probably my choice for this question is I can’t wait to read Lady Smoke! I really enjoyed Ash Princess and I’m interested to see where the story goes next.

11. Do You Set Reading Goals? If So, How Many Books Do You Want To Read in 2020?

I’ve been doing the Goodreads challenge since 2012 so yes. This year I decided on fifty books after only just making it to sixty this year. I figure I can always make it higher later in the year if I’m doing really well.

12. Any Other Reading Goals?

Sort of? Like unofficial ones I guess? You can check out my six bookish resolutions for the year in my latest Six for Sunday post right here.

Are there any books you MUST read this year?

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Star Wars Book Tag

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So for the past four years around this time each year I’ve been bitten by the Star Wars bug. I loved the original films since I was a child and grew up watching the prequel films and then adored the new trilogy as it’s been released and I’ve been reading the new canon books, I’m obsessed with Battlefront two and it’s single-player story campaign again at the moment too! With the new film feeling so close now and the release of Jedi: Fallen order I’m once again riding the Star Wars hype train and damn I’m excited so I decided his week for Tag Thursday I would have a look around and hunt down a Star Wars-themed book tag. Plus I’m ill so planning to crawl into my bed and watch Star Wars films while the small one is at school today.

This wonderful tag was created by Joana and Elizabeth over at booktube (you can check out their videos here and here) and was expanded by the lovely Bia and Cass at B&C Books. Check out their post here

1.R2-D2

The lovable droid filled with sass: Name a series that made you laugh.

Almost definitely the Illuminae Files books, the sass is unbelievable and there are so many great one-liners. The parachute incident in Obsidio is the absolute icing on the cake though. That KILLED me and it’s become an iconic scene in our household.

2.PADME AMIDALA

Even though she’s not a Jedi, she sure does kick some butt: Name a badass female character.

Jude from The folk of air series by Holly Black. I know she’s not loved by everyone but I love her determination, I love that she’s a strong and clever and assertive. I adore her.

3.LEIA ORGANA

This girl gets herself into a rather strange love situation: Name your favourite or least favourite love triangle.

I think my favourite is probably Will, Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices and to this day I’m still gutted that we didn’t get that perfect poly relationship.

4.LUKE SKYWALKER

The last hope to restore the Jedi Order: Name a rising author or a new to you author that you love.

Christine Lynn Herman. I read The Devouring Gray this year and loved it. I can’t wait to the sequel and probably anything Christine writes!

5.ANAKIN SKYWALKER

A character whose morals changed over time: Name a series that started out well, but ended out badly.

The Sookie Stackhouse series. The last book and the ending of the series overall absolutely ruined the whole series for me.

6.QUI-GON JINN

Losing himself to a terrible fate: Name a character who suffers a tragic death.

The Dark Artifices SPOILER. Livvy’s death in Lord of Shadows completely wrecked me and put me into an almost sixth-month reading slump. I still haven’t got over it.

7. HAN SOLO

Unsuccessfully using his wittiness to get himself out of sticky situations. Name your favourite sassy character.

I think maybe Mia from Nevernight or Rhysand from ACOTAR. Them two trying to out sass each other would be hilarious if they didn’t immediately probably want to kill each other.

8.EMPEROR PALPATINE

A well-constructed character in a vast universe: Name a series with incredible world-building.

I think this probably has to be Game of Thrones, to be honest, the world-building so rich and fleshed out with all the different areas, regions and continents, the inhabitants, their traditions and religions. I love it.

9. OBI-WAN KENOBI

Even though he is “to the book”, he is a force to be reckoned with: Name a series that exceeded your expectations.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. If you’ve read my blog at all you probably already know the story but I picked it up on a whim thinking it would be a cute kind of Fangirl story but in space and WOWZA it was so much more. Blew me away and to this day is still one of my favourite books.

10. MASTER YODA

A being containing so much wisdom: Name a series that taught you something or that made you grow.

They’re not a series but they’re both books by author Akemi Dawn Bowman, Starfish and Summer Bird Blue taught me a lot about the way I approach my own mental health and that of others. As someone who deals with what can sometimes be crippling anxiety Starfish especially helped me to look at it in a way that just made me hate myself that little bit less. What happens to me is normal to a degree and something others experience too, it taught me a lot. Summer Bird Blue also made me think about the way I see my sexuality and the way we deal with others when we’re hurting. Both beautiful, heartfelt books that I cannot recommend enough.

11. DARTH VADER

Learning about how he became this man only made us love him more: Name your favorite villain.

A lot of the books I read don’t tend to have a definitive villain so this was difficult. I think my favourite out and out villain would probably be Marcella Riggins from Vengeful by V.E Schwab, another reviewer has put this much better than I, saying, “Fear is her medium, and nightmares her art. She refuses to bow to fate and determines to embody the word that defines her: ruin.” I just love her so goddamn much. Usually, I love me a villain who is more of an anti-hero and has some good in them, a nice dose of angst and maybe some kind of redemption but Marcella is the unapologetic and I bloody love her.

12.CHEWBACCA

Loyal to his friends, he’s always got your back: Name your favourite fictional best friend.

Janek from Finding Home. I know he has a crush on Chepi and so that might affect the way he is around him but even quite early on before things got a little more heated (as much as the second volume of a slow burn romance can) the way he helps Chepi going through his panic attacks, giving him space when he needs it or offering to be there to talk if he needs it but not pushing it etc is just *chef kiss* I would die for that boy, he is so damn pure and I love him.

13.C-3PO

Despite his simple ways, he always gets himself into trouble: Name a character who always needs saving.

This is another hard one because I don’t read a lot of books where someone tends to need saving more than once. The only instance I can really think of is Sookie from the Sookie Stackhouse books (True Blood) and honestly, that’s not entirely her fault, she’s only human in a world where she’s often stuck in the middle of people who aren’t and have ‘supernatural’ extra abilities, not to mention she’s usually just trying to help them out.

14. BOBA FETT

Witnessing the death of his father must have been difficult: Name a character who went through a traumatic childhood experience.

Sebastian Morgenstern from Shadowhunters is the first character that comes to mind here, to be honest. He was raised by a cruel father who had a very warped moral compass and then was banished to Edom where he was effectively tortured for years, I can see how he turned out so starved for affection but ultimately broken and twisted.

15.REY

A scavenger who ‘just so happens’ to be Force sensitive: Name a character with a mysterious past.

(I don’t like the tone of this question with all the crap Rey gets for being a ‘Mary Sue’ character but as this is an old set of questions from after TFA so I get that it’s hinting at a reveal about Rey’s parentage that never came.)

Okay so it might be cheating to choose another Star Wars character but I feel like it’s criminal that we got an entire, very awesome book all about Captain Phasma and her past but absolutely no recognition of it in the films so far because it was a brilliant book and it feels like such a waste seeing as it was headed as one of the “Journey to the Last Jedi” books.

16.STORMTROOPER FINN

Questioning his future, he finally makes his own decision to change sides: Name a character who has questioned his/her morals.

Okay, so I actually really like that Mia from the Nevernight books is, a little by the second and definitely by the third, questioning her morals and weather her succeeding in her final goals and ‘purpose’ will make her just as ‘bad’ as the people she wants to make pay. Not to mention she often tends to shrug these thoughts off and deem it ‘worth it’ quite often. That’s my revenge hungry knife wife.

17.POE DAMERON

An amazing pilot flying through hyperspace: Name your favourite series that travels through time.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin, hands down. Loved it to pieces and recommend it every chance I get. It’s one of the best stand-alone books I’ve read and has some really interesting concepts and brilliant characters (there’s also a red panda).

18. KYLO REN

Obsessed with an idealistic view of his grandfather: Name a character who will stop at nothing to fulfil their destiny. 

Okay so I hate to name her again so soon but my answer for this is absolutely Mia Coverre from Nevernight for pretty much all the reasons I cited a few questions back.

19.MAZ KANATA

Even though she’s force sensitive, she never trained in the ways of the Jedi Order: Name a character who doesn’t rise to their full potential.

Okay, so I feel like Jacob Black from the Twilight books got wasted on continuing to pine over Bella and then imprinting on her daughter. I remember I really hoped that he would either get over his romantic feelings for Bella or understand they weren’t reciprocated and just continued to be the awesome best friend he should have been. The way he dealt with his feelings made him a dick and I’m sour about it.

20.BB-8

Following previous droids is not an easy task, but he is loved by all: Name a sequel you prefer over the first. 

I’ve already mentioned Vengeful by V.E Schwab so I’ll pick another but I just wanted to say that book is an absolute masterpiece. My next pick would be Chasing the Shadows (review here but it is NOT spoiler-free for the first book) by Maria V. Snyder. The first book was enjoyable but the second book improved on SO many things and amplified some of my favourite parts of the first so it was a win all around.

I love you all but I’m going to climb back in bed and binge-watch me some Star Wars while I wait for this cold/flu thing to leave me alone or kill me.