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Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag!

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I am loving reading everyone’s Blogmas posts at the moment! I always think of taking part every year but end up having no time after the chaos of NaNoWriMo so I’ve been living vicariously through others and their brilliant Blogmas posts. Some of my favourite posts have been from Jenn at Jenniely.com. Her Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag particularly caught my eye! For this tag tick which ones apply to you and total them up at the end to see just how “naughty” you’ve been this year.

You can check out this particular tag right here. I won’t tag anyone in particular but if you like the look of this and want to do the tag then go for it, don’t forget to tag me AND Jen, we love reading your answers! Please remember this is just a bit of fun and you’re not the most heinous person in the world for dog-earring your book pages.

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it  

This is going to always be my downfall… I just can’t read that many books *dies of shame*

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

Damn. I’m so close at 57% I was doing so well and then I got approved for so many good books damnit. Planning to try and hit my 80% in January but we’ll see to be honest. I am a terrible person.

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

Story of my Goodreads life. Thankfully when I submit my review to NetGalley it automatically posts it to Goodreads too. That’s probably the only way any of my reviews have made to my Goodreads in the past six months.

4. Folded down the page of a book

Yes! I don’t do it often but I tend to pick one quote when I read a book that I particularly love which features at the beginning for the review of that book and although I own book tabs and should really just use those I don’t usually have them to hand so I just fold the page down. I used to be really funny about this but I’m a lot more chill now and it’s nice to pick up a book that I’ve read and automatically find that quote that I love.

5. Accidentally spilt on a book 

I’m probably going to regret saying this when I immediately spill something on my book in the next week now but so far this year, shockingly I haven’t which I think is pretty impressive as quite often I eat my lunch while reading…

6. DNF a book this year 

Not technically, there have been books that I have started reading but not finished but I have intentions of finishing them, sometimes it’s just not the right time to read them or on occasion an important book or one I need to read for a blog tour etc takes precedence, so I class these as being on hold, not as DNF’s. My last DNF was last year.

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

I never buy a book that I have no intention of reading., even if it’s pretty although I have been tempted.

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

I don’t do this that often anymore really as I don’t tend to get the chance but I do have a bad habit of reading during mealtimes which I know is super rude.

9. Skim read a book 

Nope, can’t do it. I hate missing things! The only time I even come close is if I’ve already read it and am skim reading to my favourite bits.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal 

Not yet! I’m behind by one book still and I have five books left to read before the end of the year to reach my goal. I might just do it, I do have some graphic novels I want to get through which might help!

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library 

I still owe the library for a book I returned late last year I think! I need to check and get it paid off next payday thinking about it! SO technically I haven’t this year unless you count on my son’s behalf. It’s a good 35/45 min walk or more to our library and it can be a nightmare with a usually tired four-year-old so we don’t go as often as I would like and sometimes we miss the deadline and I forget to renew it online because I’m an idiot. I mean all of the books have gone back eventually and I’ve just reread the question and realised it means not returning them in general and no I’ve definitely not done that.

12. Broke a book buying ban

Frequently. I have done a lot better with buying fewer books this year because I’m coming to terms with the fact that I just don’t have space so I’m trying to focus on reading the books that I already have.

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

Not this year! It’s something I’ve done in the past but I try to get reviews written asap after that incident and I almost always take notes which helps.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading

I haven’t done this as quite often recently I’ve started passing on books but I do often use coloured tabs, some of which I write on instead.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Nope, I’m pretty up to date with my Goodreads, I’m a little addicted to it and I love watching my percentage and challenge goal go up.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

I realised while going through my shelves the other day that I do actually have a book borrowed from a friend that I’ve had for at least a year now, maybe more and I’m a little scared to give it back in case they’re mad at me for forgetting about it.

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book 

Yes and it actually caused a big argument but it was something I was getting signed and was pretty much irreplaceable so I stood by my decision but I still feel crap about it.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book

Never. I barely break my own.

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged 

Not technically. Sometimes the covers get a little dirty but not really damaged.

20. Sat on a book accidentally 

Not this year!

Final Score: 7/20

Ooo, looks like I was fairly good this year! How did you do? Do you have any other bookish habits that others might consider “naughty?” I tend to leave creases on my paperback spines because I tend to read one-handed (usually eating or making dinner at the same time) but honestly that’s how you know if I really loved it!

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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!

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A-Z Tag

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I’ve seen this book tag floating around for such a long time now but have never had the chance to do it myself! I found it while checking out Lois’s blog, Lois Reads here. I love a good book tag and this has been one of my favourites so far! I hope you enjoy the A-Z book tag!

An author you’ve Read the Most Books From

Probably Cassandra Clare because of the sheer amount of Shadowhunters books and I still haven’t gotten around to the Red Scrolls of Magic yet! A close second would probably be Maria V. Snyder.


Best Sequel Ever

I sound like a broken record but Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, I didn’t think anything would be able to live up to Illumiane but Gemina did a damned good job. I also want to give an honourable mention to Vengeful by V. Schwab because it was absolutely perfect. Vengeful is probably the best sequel but Gemina is my favourite.

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Currently Reading

I had planned to read something different but this morning I decided to read The Girl the Water Gave Back by Adrienne Young.


Drink of Choice Whilst Reading

I tend not to drink too much while I’m reading as I tend to do little and often usually but if I’m settling in for a long read I usually have a cold glass of squash but as it gets colder I’ll be breaking out the hot chocolate for sure.


E-Reader or Physical Book

I jump between both but tend to lean towards physical books, mainly because there’s just something about looking up at my bookshelves full of all my favourite books and the memories they hold. I do like that that if I finish a book at 3am I can just download it’s sequel on my kindle – I do not recommend this if you plan to sleep ever.


Fictional Character You Probably would have Actually Dated in High School

I feel like there would be many unrequited crushes on my part, Ari from Once and Future, Mia from Nevernight, Finn from Aurora Rising, Jace from City of Bones, Stormer from Jem and the Holograms and Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. I feel like Simon Lewis from the Shadowhunter Chronicles would probably be the only one I might have actually dated with our similar nerdy interests.


Glad You Gave this Book a Chance

Gah! There have been SO many books I’ve read on a whim and absolutely loved so I refuse to pick one, The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman, Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, Adrift by Rob Boffard and Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy.


Hidden Gem Book

Sanctuary by V.V James, it’s not really that hidden anymore, especially after it was the book in the Illumicrate box last month but when I read it months ago I was so happy to have found it when I wasn’t looking for it.

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Important Moment in your Reading Life

When I read The Two Princesses of Barremare when I was (a lot) younger, for the first time and I fell head over heels in love with the characters, I felt so immersed in their world and they felt like real people to me when I was younger and I really think that Addie facing her fears helped me in some ways to become who I am today.


Just Finished

I finished Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff last night and I am…wrecked.


Kind of Books you Won’t Read

I don’t like super heavy adult books and I’m not comfortable reading anything that features miscarriage.


Longest Book you’ve Read

I’m fairly certain this is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at 734 pages but with A Discovery of Witches coming a close second at 688 pages. I don’t really read a lot of long books.

Scrap this, I just double-checked and actually, Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassie Clare was the longest book I’ve read at 912 pages. Ouch.

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Major Book Hangover because of

The only one I can really think of was after I read Lord of Shadows by Cassie Clare. The ending wrecked me and I think I was just a little burnt out after reading a couple of huge books in a row, I didn’t read for almost three months.


Number of Bookcases you Own

There are two small bookcases in our hallway filled mostly with Manga and I have another four in our bedroom, one of which is only half-sized and mostly contains video games.

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One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

I haven’t reread a lot of books lately, I used to reread The Hobbit every year but it’s been a little while now and I just haven’t found the time to get back to it, that and I have so many great new books to read that I don’t feel like I could justify it. I do however listen to audiobooks before bed quite often and I always pick ones I’ve read/heard before so that I can actually get to sleep. The most popular is either Illuminae, Gemina or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them because I adore Eddie Redmayne reading it.


Preferred Place to Read

I love to read on my comfy sofa in our bedroom! I’ve made my own little reading nook which is also where I film my YouTube videos on our old sofa that we were going to get rid of because it had a rip in it but it was too comfy and I couldn’t part with it so I just have a blanket covering it and it’s all good! I do also tend to read in/on my bed quite a lot too.


Quote that Inspires You

It’s probably a strange one and there are a lot of great quotes out there that I also love but this one has always stuck with me from Warm Bodies by Issac Marrion. It reminds me to speak up, whether for others or myself I don’t want to be silent either in my words or my actions and I will keep on going.

“I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.”


Reading Regret

I wish I hadn’t stopped reading. It was really only a few years but I can’t help at despair at all the books I could have read in that time and all the great books I missed. Still, I came back and that’s what matters.


Series You Started but Need to Finish

Six of Crows I guess? I got about halfway through the first book and had to get another book read for a blog tour but haven’t got back to it yet.


Three of Your All-Time Favourite Books

  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
  • Illuminae by Jay Kristoff
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Unapologetic Fangirl for

Lauren James, she’s an absolute instabuy author for me and I have yet to read one of her books that I haven’t adored.

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Very Excited for this Release More than Others

Darkdawn. I am both excited and terrified to be honest. I NEED ANSWERS.

Also Queen of Nothing. I hate to be so predictable but eh.


Worst Habit

Requesting or accepting books to review when I already have a ton to read. I’ll go to check a release date or something on Netgalley and end up requesting books because I’m a narcissistic idiot. It’s the same when I receive emails from publishers, I see a book I just KNOW I would love and would kick myself for not requesting and then it sits on my shelves forever. I’m trying to get through my backlog now.


X Marks the Spot – the 27th Book on Your Shelf

This is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I loved this book so much, it was the first Laini Taylor book I’d ever read and her prose is absolutely poetic. This was my second book from Fairy Loot too so it has the blue-stained edges and is signed and personalised to me after I met Laini a couple of years back at YALC.

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Your Latest Book Purchase

Technically it was the Goldsborough edition of Darkdawn I guess? It won’t arrive until mid-September but I ordered it yesterday when a few extras went up for sale. Before that, I brought books at YALC and can’t remember which one I brought last.


Zzzz Snatcher

I stayed up until 4am reading The Quiet at The End of The World after hitting a plot twist at around 2:30am. It was worth it but I do not recommend it if you have a dependent child waking you up at 6am.

I hope you enjoyed the A-Z book tag! This has given me an idea for a simialr book tag myself but with a twist so keep your eyes peeled for that coming soon! I won’t tag anyone in particualr but you’d like to take part feel free and make sure to let me know so I can check out your answers!

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The Nice and Accurate Good Omens Book tag

After watching the whole of Good Omens for the third time and then falling into a hole of video edits on youtube while looking up where to buy the script book, I thought to myself “…I really should be blogging.” Instead, I pressed play on episode three (my favourite for that 6000 years of slow-burn pre-intro alone). It was then I instead thought to myself, perhaps I can do both? I’m due a book tag post this week so what if? No. Surely it seems too easy of a solution. Or is it? I could make a Good Omens book tag I figured before obsessing over it for over a week before actually writing the damned thing. So now here we are, I hope you enjoy it and that it “feels love” to you.

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“Would be funny if we both got it wrong, eh? If I did the good thing and you did the bad one?” – A book you expected to like but didn’t and/or a book you didn’t expect to like but did or more than you had thought you would.

I don’t usually actively decide to read books I don’t think I’ll like but I gave Nexus the benefit of the doubt after not being keen on Zenith and I’m so glad I did because I loved it!

“Get behind thee, foul fiend…After you.” – Favourite flirty line

An oldie but a goldie one of my first and favourites is cocky Jace from City of Bones, he was my first bookish crush and this line killed me every time.

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

“Somebody killed my best friend” – Bookish death that affected you the most

So I had to really think about this and honestly, I think it was probably (WARRIOR CATS SPOILER INCOMING) – Spotted Leaf from the Warrior Cats series, I’ve only read a few of the books so far but I get so attached to all the characters and Spotted leaf was a firm favourite. I was utterly devastated when we lost her.

I also want to give an honourable mention to Ned Stark in Game of Thrones, I’d read the first couple of books before the show and so when Ned died at the end of the first book I spent so long convincing myself that it didn’t happen that throughout most of the second book (I wanna say Storm of Swords?) I was waiting for him to show back up. When he didn’t I realised there were no rules about what characters would be killed off and how no one was safe etc and that was the first time I’d experienced that.

“You go too fast for me Crowley” – Favourite slow burn

This depends on your definition of slow burn I guess but I’m picking Nick and Charlie’s relationship in Heartstopper. Watching them two crushing on each other for most of volume one was honestly the best thing and watching them cautiously take their relationship slowly and carefully is just *chef kiss* (Happy Publication day to Vol 2 today btw!)

“Thank you for my pornography” – A romance scene you loved or that made you cringe (stating which is optional if you’d like to keep people guessing)

I’ve taken to skipping over most of the full-on sex scenes from any of the Throne of Glass or ACOTAR books, especially towards the end of both series as they literally cause firestorms, tsunamis and avalanches. I’m good thanks!

“There never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it” – Have you ever been caught reading a book when you shouldn’t have been? Either for content or the situation. 

Often. I’ve never been censored for the content that I’ve read but I have a habit of reading pretty much everywhere. One of the most memorable moments for me was the day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, both me and the other person I worked with at the small independent pet store I worked in were late to work because we had been picking up our copies of the book and spent the day alternating between  sitting at the till having a sneaky read or hiding in the backroom doing the same thing which was fine until our boss came in and caught us. That was the day that the “no non-work-related books allowed on the shop floor” rule was officially added.

“Well, obviously. You’re a demon. That’s what you do.” – Favourite unapologetic villain. 

Former mob wife turned vengeful (see what I did there) woman who can destroy and erode anything she touches, Marcella from Vengeful by V.E Schwab. I loved her SO much. She did what she wanted and took pleasure in it while also being complex.

“He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, ie., everybody, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.” – Favourite Twisty book

A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson hands down. I ADORED this book because I had no idea what was coming at me until it had smacked me in the face. This book was so full of twists to the very end, Holly is an evil (murder) genius.

“Most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally evil, but by people being fundamentally people.” – Favourite complex or morally grey character 

Jude Duarte from the Cruel prince etc. I know Jude and the books as a whole are very marmite, in that some people love them and some people hate them which is totally fair. Personally, I love both The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King and Jude is one of my favourite characters because she’s not a stereotypical YA heroine, she makes bad choices, she’s selfish, she looks out for herself, she isn’t inherently likeable or out to make every one like her etc and she’s certainly not a popular character but I love her.

I tag:

Lucy from A Novel Purpose
Han, Solo from Queens of Geekdom
Layla from Readable Life
Gaynor from Paperbacks and Pinot
Liam from Book Worm Hole
Ash from For the Love of Books

If you enjoyed this tag and want to do it, consider yourself tagged as usual and don’t forget to link back to this post so I can check out your post and share it.

 

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I loved reading Sarah’s unpopular opinions book tag last week and decided I would try it out myself, you can check hers out here.

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like?

The Witchlands series. I tried both Truthwitch and Windwitch but I just really couldn’t get on with them. I even tried Sightwitch and an excerpt of Bloodwitch but just had to conclude they’re just not for me.

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love?

This question seems to be a bit contradictory, if everyone seems to hate it why is it popular? The closest book I coud think of was Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. A lot of people (understandably) complain that it’s too samey, the story as all been done before etc but then eat up more of the same. For me, yes this story was a familar one but I personally really enjoyed the way Laura writes as well as main character, Theo who really made this book different for me, I loved her attitude, her resolve and her resilience, she really made this book for me and I can’t wait for the UK release of Lady Smoke!

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR a OTP that you don’t like?

I really am not a fan of a lot of the pairings in throne of glass. Aelin and Rowan being the big one for me. Honestly I would have preferred Aelin and Manon, or maybe Aelin, Manon AND Dorian. Maybe just no one? I get that people like this “epic romance” but all I can think of was the time he hurt and scared her so much she wet herself or when he bit her into submission when she was very VERY much not up for it. Just ew.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for?

Contemporary. I know I sound like a broken record whenever I say this and I do love some contemporary books but I’m very VERY picky when choosing them and it’s very rarely that I do so.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like?

Chaol Westfall. I feel like Chaol may be the marmite of the fantasy world, a lot of people, like myself liked him to begin with but then severely disliked him after the way he treats Aelin when he discovers her identity (understandably). A lot of readers seemed to like him again after Tower of Dawn but it didn’t really do much for me apart from make me like him less to the point where I really could not care less for his character right now (I do still need to read Kingdom of Ash though!)

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into?

Laura Dockrill. I’ve tried a few different books of hers such as Loreali and Big Bones but I just couldn’t get on with them and DNF’ed both.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing?

Kick-ass girl/woman who is suddenly helpless for almost no reason or who’s personality totally changes because of a love interest.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading?

The outlander books. They seemed to have had a revival in popularity with the show coming out and I understand that people enjoy them but they’ve never really held any interest for me.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book? 

Stardust!! The book is good don’t get me wrong but the film is absoluteley brillant and one of my favourites.

Thank you so much for checking out this tag! It’s made me really think about some the books I read and why I’ms still so determined to actually read Kingdom of Ash at some point when I dislike so many of the characters in it (I’m pretty much just in this for Dorian and Manon at this point). I won’t tag anyone in particular for this but if it seems something you would enjoy by all means go for it and let me know so I can check out your post.

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The Netflix Book Tag

Happy Thursday! My reading has been a bit lacking the past month due to being super busy with lots of D&D but also spending a lot of my free times in the evening watching Killjoys. I started watching it on Netflix so I figured the Netflix book tag today would be appropriate after I saw it on Jackie’s blog, the Bookish Coffee Blog I knew it was the one for me.

Recently watched: The Last Book you finished reading.

I just finished The Quiet at the End of the World and honestly, I’m trying to restrain myself and not read it again immediately because WOW. (Review coming next week!)

Top Picks: Book/Books that have been recommended to you based on what you’ve previously read.

I don’t really tend to pay attention to books I get recommended by websites very often because often I already know about them but I do remember being recommended Illuminae by everyone and everything before I finally picked it up. I’m not proud of it and I wish I had listened earlier.

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Recently Added: The Last book that you brought.

With work being a little sparse on the ground at the moment I’ve been buying a lot fewer books but there are some that I had already preordered or that I considered must-buys, one such book was The Wicked King by Holly Black and it was totally and utterly worth it. Also while writing this my husband has just informed he has brought Slayer for us both to read ❤

Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you have no interest in reading).

For the first popular book I’ve read I’ve chosen A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness as now the TV show has aired a lot more people know about it. I’ve only read the first book and I do plan to get around to the second when my schedule isn’t quite so busy!

Secondly, I’ve chosen A Court of Thorns and Roses as this book reignited my journey back into reading YA and I’m not sure I would be writing this blog right now if I hadn’t read it. It’s not my favourite book or series by far but it feels especially pivotal to me for many reasons.

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As for the books I have no interest in reading I often don’t remember the names because I have no interest in them, to be honest so I found this one difficult but picked 13 reasons why (thank you to Jackie for inspiring me here), I don’t think it’s my kind of book at all and Bloodwitch because despite how much I wanted to like Truthwitch and Windwitch I just couldn’t get on with them.

As for a second book I decided to check out “what’s popular on Goodreads” to see what is supposedly popular as I just go off my twitter feed otherwise and they are total book buying enablers >.< The first one I saw that I have no interest in reading was Children of Blood and Bone. I had a passing interest in it when I first heard about it and now it’s been so long that I’m not especially bothered about reading it now when I have so much else I need to read.

Comedies: A funny book

I don’t really read many books that would be considered especially funny but Nimona did make me laugh out loud a lot so that one takes the win for me.

Dramas: A character that is a drama Queen/King

Mal. Mal from the Grisha trilogy, he did my head in and I couldn’t stand his whining and pinning.

Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

I thought I would pick a non-comic one for this as that would be too easy and this is technically a novel and not a comic…it’s just based around a comic book character…kind of so that doesn’t entirely count right? I adored the artwork for the cover of Captain Marvel: Liberation Run and this was the one that immediately sprung to mind, the back cover especially I really liked.

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Watch it again:
A book/book series you want to reread

I know I’ve already mentioned it and it gets mentioned in almost every single book tag that I do but I’m desperate to reread the Illuminae Files series again, I’ve been occasionally listening to the Audio Books when I’m avoiding finishing Queen of Air and Darkness at the moment.

Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d reccomend to everyone

Do art books count? Because I love art books, especially about my favourite video games. I don’t really read many other non-fiction books. Maybe the Princess Diaries by Carrie Fisher? I really loved that.

Action and Adventure: An action packed book

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, I don’t always follow action especially well in books, especially when it’s fast-paced but the aerial fight scenes in Skyward really stood out to me, they made sense and were described in a way that it was nice and easy to imagine it in the minds eye while reading, I found the language varied well and didn’t repeat too much either which can happen sometimes I feel, when the same activity is repeated more than a couple of times in books (see The Belles – if I ever hear about bei power again I swear…). Anyway although it’s not all action, all the time I did feel there was a healthy amount of it and certainly enough for me to class it as being action packed while still maintaining a good story.

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New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

Aurora Rising…becasue obviously. Like this one needs explaining?

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To All The Books I’ve Loved Before – Book Tag

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So like most of YA Twitter it seems I fallen head over heels in love with Peter Kavinsky/Lara Jean To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I don’t read loads of romantic or fluffy books but I do love the odd film like that (I’ve just watched Set It Up recently and LOVED it) and my husband loves them so it’s nice to watch a film together. As soon as I saw the trailer I knew we’d both love it and I love to be proven right. More on the film later though, today I want to do the To All The Books I’ve Loved Before book tag, created by Frankinesce (you can check out her video here) and inspired by the film.

I’m going to do a slightly different take on the original tag however and I’m going to write each of these five books a letter.

1. Kenny from Camp AKA your first book love
Dear Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith,
I first saw you in the paranormal romance section of my local library. I’d spent an entire year reading colourful Jacqueline Wilson books but something about your dark cover and lured me in. I was curious about vampires from seeing some films way too young and I found them a little fascinating so I decided to try you out. I fell hard and fast, I read the first book in under 24 hours and went back the next day for the second book, the library was closed the third day when I went back for the third book and it felt like forever before I finally got a hold of the third book which was my favourite so it was worth it. You were full of passion and forbidden love and a girl in love with two vampire brothers and although I guess Damon was my first real “Book Boyfriend” I was just as enamoured with the journey Elena went on, how it changed her and the power she could wield on her own as well as her strong connection with her friends. I can’t imagine ever not loving these books and they would continue to shape my reading tastes for years and years to come.

2. John Ambrose McClaren AKA the book that got away (a book that may not be your all time favorite now, but you’ll always love it)
Dear Twilight by Stephanie Meyer,
I remember night upon night refusing to sleep until I’d finished just one more chapter and waiting anxiously for the bookstore to open so I could get my hands on a copy of New Moon. It’s very hard to love a book when so many people insist on pointing out every single fault in it if you even whisper its name but we had some good times and I acknowledge your faults but will always love you anyway, sparkly vampires and all. I love the different characters and I loved that Bella was clumsy and awkward but could hold her own when the things she loved were threatened but that she wasn’t perfect and sometimes when people leave you it does feel like the end of the world for a while. I know we’re not as close as we were and probably won’t be again but I think of you often and I smile when I remember the times we had.

3. Lucas from Homecoming AKA your GBF (your favorite LGBTQ+ character or book)
Dear Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunters Books,
I know you and Alec are pretty well-known now, you’re even getting your own book series soon which is exciting but I can remember a time when it was still hard to find anyone in the books I read that loved and felt attraction regardless of gender like I did and I was pretty pleased that you fell in love with Alec but even more so when I realised you had loved Camille and others as well because it turned out that made us bisexual (or pan as I found out later) and it felt much better than trying to explain that I liked lots of different genders. Not just that but you were sassy and sarcastic and you were an actual character and not just a stereotype and I will always love and remember you.

 

4. Josh Sanderson AKA the book next door (a book that you’ll love no matter how many times you read it)
Dear Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff,
It took me far too long to finally get around to reading you and I regret that I waited so long because I know I would have read you even more by now. There is just something about you and your characters I never get tired of. I love flipping open your pages sometimes and just reading for a bit or if I can’t sleep I’ll often just put your audio book version on. You’re my go to when I have a book hangover or just when I miss Kady, Ezra and even AIDAN. I can’t imagine ever getting bored with you because it feels like there’s always more to explore and AIDANS words feel like poetry to me.

5. Peter Kavinsky AKA your one true book love
Dear Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder,
I really should buy a new copy of you, I’ve read you so many times that you’re literally falling apart. I remember clutching your battered pages two weeks after I’d had a really rough time giving birth to my son as I made my way to London to meet your author and get you signed because you and the other books in the series meant so much to me. I found you completely randomly out of the blue and took a chance and I’m so glad that I did because it opened up and rekindled my love of fantasy and my fascination with magic. Your characters all have special places in my heart, Ari and Janco fell like my best friends and Yelena was such an amazing role model in a time when I really needed one. Thank you so much for always sticking by me, even when it’s been a while.

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I hope you enjoyed this tag and my slightly different take on it, I will tag Charlotte from Charlotte reads things, and Cora at Tea Party Princess but anyone is free to do this! Let me know if you do so I can check out your choices!