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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.

 

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Days of the week Book tag – November

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While blog hopping recently I came across a set of book tags by Adventures Between Pages where each month she creates a book tag based on the days of the week and I love this idea so much! After doing the Autumn book tag last month I wanted to do another monthly themed one and so I thought I would give this a try, you can find her original November post here and although it doesn’t seem there is currently a December one I might give it a try myself next month and see if its something I can carry on with! But for now, let’s get started!

Make-out Monday: Fictional Character you would love to make-out with: See now this is kind of already a tough one because I’m a ‘shipper’ so the appeal of a lot of characters I find attractive is because of how they feel about their partners like Rhysand from ACOTAR for example. If I had to pick one though I’d probably say Damon from The Vampire Diaries or Jace from the Shadowhunters books to be fair.

Turkey Tuesday: Favorite seasonal read during the fall/winter seasons: I used to reread quite a bit, I would read The Hobbit in the Spring and the first Harry Potter book in the Autumn/Winter but I don’t do many rereadings lately other than sometimes if I can’t sleep I listen to Eddie Redmayne read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,

Wacky Family Wednesday: A book/series that has a wacky (dysfunctional) family: This seems to be a theme in a fair few of the books I read which I’ve never noticed before! Because I’m reading it at the moment though (and almost finished) I’m going to say the Greenbriars from The Folk of the Air, dysfunctional is another way to say “always trying to murder each other” right?

Thankful Thursday: An Author you are thankful for: Another tough one! I think maybe I am the most thankful for Christie Golden. I adore so many of her books and am yet to read one I dislike even slightly but more than that she has this wonderful habit of making me fall further in love with some of my favourite games. Her World of Warcraft books especially have really helped me feel involved in the goings-on in Azeroth (and beyond), I love all the little details, the way she really gets these characters, even if she didn’t originally create them and she makes you feel for them, all of them. I’m so SO pleased she’s now a part of the story team for the game itself now.

Fun Fact Friday: Your favourite book plus a fun fact about you: Now, my favourite book changes quite often so going forward I think I’ll keep this question the same each month. I think currently The Wicked King by Holly Black might be my favourite (or at least sharing the top spot with The loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James). It has such a great mix of so many things I love, Fae, court intrigue, trickery, plot twists, love/hate and I adore the characters of both Jude and Cardan.
Fun Fact about me: I really like swimming and I miss it a lot because I’ve not been able to go recently.

Shut the Front Door Saturday: A book that made your jaw hit the floor. You didn’t see that plot/twist coming: Basically any book by Lauren James? I would probably say the twist in The Quiet at the End of the World as I literally yelled in surprise and scared the crap out of my husband at two in the morning.

Sci-Fi Sunday: Favorite sci-fi book/series: Okay so definitely the Illuminae Series by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman obviously, I adore them so much and they’re one of the few series I can talk to Chris about as he has read and loves them too.

Ahh that was so much fun! Keep an eye out for ALL of the seasonal-themed book tags next month because Christmas is my thing, TIS THE SEASON. Well almost…I mean I’ve got all my Christmas shopping done pretty much so it’s technically the season?

 

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Dungeons and Dragons Book Tag – Class Edition

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So as I’m sure many of you who have read my blog before will probably know, I really like Dungeons and Dragons. Like. REALLY like dungeons and dragons. My mum used to play when I was little and I’ve roped her into playing 5e with me and my friends this year too which has been a lot of fun. I’ve been playing for about three years now I think and it has had an enormous impact on my life as it really helps to foster my creativity, it’s a fantastic escape for when I’m feeling crappy and I love having things to be genuinely invested in and excited for. Now, I know I’m primarily a book blog but I do have some Dungeons and Dragons themed posts lined up so I thought this would be a good opportunity to make a little themed book tag to cross over two of my great loves. So I present to you, The Dungeons and Dragons Book Tag: Class Edition.

Barbarian – “A fierce warrior or primitive background who can enter a battle rage.”
A book that made you mad.
The Island by M.A Benett made me see red. The main character was absolutely and completely horrid, the things he did and thought were often disgusting and I think it was the first time I’d ever felt such rage for a character. I’m fairly certain the point of the book was to dislike this character, it does a brilliant job and will honestly be a book that will always stick in my mind. Kind of an I hate the character but not sure I hate the book kind of thing.

Bard – “An inspiring magician whose power echoes the music of creation.”
Your favourite book that features music in some way.
Finding Home by Hari Conner (spoiler-free review for volume two here) had some beautiful scenes with Janek playing and singing that I absolutely adore.

Cleric – “A priestly champion who wields divine magic in service of a higher power.” 
A book with a message to it that you found particularly important. 
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I feel like this book says grief is okay, grief is important and necessary and everyone deals with theirs in their own ways and that it is okay to feel better but to also carry that grief with you even still.

Druid – “A priest of the old faith, wielding the powers of nature and adopting animal forms.”  
A classic book you’ve enjoyed. 
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. I don’t usually read a lot of books that are considered “classics” but I think this one would qualify. I read it tons when I was younger and it defintley helped me to fall in love with fantasy in a hard way.

Fighter – “A master of martial combat, skilled with a variety of weapons and armour.”
In a trial by combat which bookish character would you choose to fight for you?
No question, I would choose Mia from the Nevernight trilogy.

Monk – “A master of martial arts, harnessing the power of the body in pursuit of physical and spiritual perfection.”
A book that has everything.  

Once and Future by Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy for sure. To quote my own review in-fact, “SWORDS, JOUSTING, SPACESHIPS, STRONG QUEER WOMEN, TEENAGE MERLIN, GORGEOUS FLUIDS AND NON BINARIES, MAGIC, ANGST, SEXUAL TENSION AND DID I MENTION THIS IS MOSTLY SET IN SPACE BECAUSE YES.”

Paladin – “A holy warrior bound to a sacred oath”
A book you will recommend or defend until the end of time. 

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman because it is beautiful and wholesome and I love those boys so much (and Nelly).

Ranger – “A warrior who combats threats on the edge of civilization”
Favourite bookish animal companion.
Nelly from Heartstopper obviously.

Rouge – “A scoundrel who uses stealth and trickery to overcome obstacles and enemies.”
A plot twist that snuck up on you! 

I feel like I just need to say Lauren James instead of just naming a book because her books, especially The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World featured some twists that felt like they literally smacked me in the face which I adore.

Sorcerer – “A spellcaster who draws on inherent magic from a gift or bloodline.”
Favourite bookish family.
Sorry but I’ve got to say the Herondales from the Shadow Hunter books. Will, Jace, James, Lucie? Herondales are awesome.

Warlock – “A wielder of magic that is derived from a bargain with an extraplanar entity.”
A bookish anti-hero.  

I know a lot of people hate her but I adore Jude Duarte from the Cruel Prince. I love that she’s unapologetic, she takes a hit and gets back up and she does what she needs to get what she wants.

Wizard – “A scholarly magic-user capable of manipulating the structures of reality.”
Favourite fictional world.
This is kind of a cheaty answer because it’s not wholly bookish but Azeroth and it’s other surrounding continents from World of Warcraft. I don’t play as much as I would like anymore and there haven’t been many new tie-in books recently but I will never forget Azeroth, Northrend, Pandaria and all the others and probably the others to come. The world just has such amazingly rich lore and it’s only secrets as well as looking beautiful.

I won’t tag anyone in particular but if you liked this tag and want to take part, whether you’ve played or are a Dungeons and Dragons fan or not, consider yourself tagged and let me know if you do it so I can check out your answers! Have a great rest of the week/end and I’ll see you back here Sunday with some witchy books!

 

 

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The Autumn Tag 2019

AUTUMN IS HERE. Autumn is my favourite season and I’m so happy!! It’s a little early in the morning as I type this and it’s still mostly dark outside and I love it. I know when I go to do the school run later I’m going to wear my long grey cardigan and my shadowhunter rune scarf and I’m so glad it’s cold enough to do so. LOVE IT. So as the joy of Autumn feeds my soul I thought it would be a good time to try my hand at The Autumn Tag! I was tagged by the lovely Jenn from Jenniely and will try to remember to tag some more people below!

1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I love rereading Heartstopper to give me a case of the warm and fuzzies. If I want to escape for a while and get a nostalgia hit I’ll reach for The Hobbit and if I’m feeling some good ole cheesy, YA angst I’ll go for one of the Twilight books for City of Bones.

2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?

I’m not really good at anything creative. I loved to write, fiction, a little poetry and D&D stories etc are my favourites. I’d love to learn to knit or crochet though.

3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I don’t really deal well with any kind of change, to be honest.

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

I think a lot of adults who aren’t in my circle of friends, e.g the people I used to work with used to think it weird that I still played video games in my late 20’s and that I read a lot of fantasy and Sci-fi, especially YA.

Also, I loved The Cursed Child and I’m a Reylo (I ship Kylo Ren/Ben Solo and Rey in Star Wars) which really infuriates a lot of people.

5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

So this might sound like a weird one but when I go to a concert and the band plays my favourite song or a song that means a lot to me. I have literally wept with joy at concerts and although I don’t go to them hugely often anymore I always remember that feeling.

6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is amazing and it gave me actual nightmares.

7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat

I really need to cut down on snacking in the evening because at the moment I really love these cheap knock off peanut M&M’s and they’re super addictive. I think my absolute favourite thing to eat would probably be my dad’s curry though.

8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must-have’ accessory

SCARVES AND CARDIGANS. I have an extensive scarf collection and I’m so happy that it’s finally getting cold enough to wear them and I plan to replenish my cardigan draw this year as I’m down to just a couple after wearing most of my favourite ones to death.

9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

Probably another unpopular opinion but The Last Jedi. I loved The Force Awakens, I love Rey and I hated Kylo Ren but the damn emotions I went through during TLJ were crazy and when THAT fight scene happens (in the throne room) I practically vibrated with joy and I loved it so much I cried. But then as my husband can attest to, I genuinely wailed out loud in the cinema when Ben asks Rey…well I don’t want to spoil it. I rewatch this film a lot just for the chemistry between those two, to be honest. And that fight scene.

10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside.

I know I’ve already mentioned it but The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James absolutely hit me with a curve-ball. I went in thinking it a fluffy contemporary-like novel set in space. HAH. Damn was I wrong.

I tag Gaynor at Koop PaperbacksandPinot
Susan at NovelLives
Cora at TeaPartyPrincess 
Lois at Loisreadsbooks

If you haven’t been tagged and would like to do the tag anyway then go for it, consider yourself tagged!

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Brooklyn 99 Book Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Layla from Readable Life to do the Brooklyn Nine Nine tag! I’ve actually been watching a few episodes in the evening while I’ve been unwell so I figured this would be perfect to do this week!

JAKE PERALTA;
A PROTAGONIST THAT YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE

Mia Corverre from the Nevernight Chronicles. I feel that Mia does all of these questionable and morally grey, if not utterly black things. She’s abrasive, she has a crappy temper and quite enjoys (most of the time) murdering people but (and I know I’m not the only one) I cannot help but absolutely adore her.

AMY SANTIAGO;
STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

This is a tough one! Almost all of the books I read have strong female characters in. The first one that comes to mind, however, is Emma Carstairs from the Shadowhunter Chronicles. I love that Emma is not only physically strong and totally badass but that despite all the horrible things that have happened to her she does her best to stay mentally strong for those around her but she can also admit when she finds things difficult (eventually). She’s such a presence and I like that she’s able to be soft and gentle as well as hardened and tough without either side compromising the other.

GINA LINETTI;
FAVOURITE BOOK INCLUDING ROYALTY

Absolutely agreeing with Layla here and saying The Wicked King. I ADORE political intrigue, especially when it’s all dark and underhanded but even better than that is a love/hate almost relationship where the two of them can’t decide if they want to kiss each or stab each other (not healthy or a real idea for actual relationships I am aware disclaimer as always). I am desperate for Queen of Nothing!

TERRY JEFFORDS;
BOOK THAT HAS THE BEST CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

I adored Remy from Summer Bird Blue and the way her character developed over the course of the book. You could really feel her struggle and her seemingly ever-present grief trying to eat away at her and the book can be a little heavy with it at times but as Remy’s character develops over time the whole story begins to feel lighter too and it was fantastic to see her begin to heal and face her life as her own.

RAYMOND HOLT;
BOOK THAT WAS BORING AT FIRST IMPRESSION, BUT TURNED OUT TO BE AMAZING

I actually want to answer with a trilogy instead of a single book for this one. I read Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton just before going to an event for the launch of Traitor to the Throne and what I’d read to begin with was okaaaay. It didn’t blow me away but it wasn’t inherently bad, it was just a little boring but towards the end it really started picking up and I was interested enough to pick up the sequel at the launch and that sat on my shelf for almost a year but as the release of the third and final book, Hero at the Fall loomed I decided to finally read the second and it blew me away, I adored it and I devoured the third book a month later and to this date it has been my favourite ending to a series. I loved it and it felt crazy to remember a time when I found the first book boring.

CHARLES BOYLE;
CHARACTER WHO PROVIDES THE BEST COMEDY RELIEF IN TENSE MOMENTS

Another one I have to agree with Layla for! Finnian from Aurora Rising is absolute gold. He’s sassy, sarcastic and flirty at pretty much all times including when in mortal peril.

ROSA DIAZ;
A CHARACTER YOU LOVE, BUT WHO COULD KILL YOU IN A SECOND

Okay so I’m not sure I’ve really mentioned it on social media but most of my friends will tell you that the ones that could kill me in a second are usually my favourites. It seems I have a thirst for hot fictional murder-ery villains. I feel like me top three four would probably be Mia Corverre (duh), Damon Salvatore, Jasper Hale and Mattew Clairmont.
I might have a vampire problem okay?!

HITCHCOCK & SCULLY;
FAVOURITE DUOLOGY

I’ve actually read very few duologies but I think my favourite I’ve read so far would probably be Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares. These were the first books I’d read by Laini Taylor and I immediately fell in love with her poetic prose and her these books that read like fairytales. I loved them in audiobook form especially, Steve West is a brilliant narrator.

CHEDDAR;
FAVOURITE FURRY COMPANION

Nelly from Heartstopper. She’s a gorgeous, bouncy border Collie and I always end up with a stupid, huge grin on my face whenever she’s on the page. She is life and honestly, I think she needs her own fan club because she’s amazing.

Thank you Layla for tagging me, NINE NINE! If you think you’d like to give this a go consider yourself tagged and let me know so I can check out your answers!