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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Top Ten Thursday – AuidoBook Edtion

This week I have been a member of Audible.co.uk for five years, I’ve listened to over two weeks worth of audiobooks over the years (384 hours and 57 minutes to be exact) so to commemorate I thought I would share with you my top ten favourite audiobooks from over the years.

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, narrated by Steve West
I’ve loved a lot of audiobooks but I think this may be one of my absolute favourites, Steve West is an amazing narrator and his voice work is just fantastic. I completely fell head over heels in love with his take on Lazlo Strange. When I’m asked to recommend an audiobook I almost always pick this one.

Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff, narrated by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Jonathan McClain
This is an audiobook I quite often put on when I need a go-to book, one of my all-time favourite books and although in reading the physical book you get the extra illustrations and other levels of narration via the unique format but as an audiobook it’s practically a full audio drama with a number of different narrators. It’s an absolute feast for the ears I cannot recommend this enough and I love listening to it while doing housework.

Gemina by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff, narrated by Carla Corvo, Steve West, P. J. Ochlan and a full cast
Basically the same as above but it needed to be mentioned again because of the different cast which also includes Steve West (see Strange the Dreamer) so I, of course, lost my mind when I listened to this one.

Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris, also narrated by Joanne Harris
I’ve always felt there is something special hearing an author read their book aloud and a Pocketful of Crows is no exception, Harris does a brilliant job telling her tale in a way that I found akin to poetry. A great relaxing listen.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccareli, narrated by Pearl Mackie
Mackie has a brilliant, unique voice that felt perfectly matched with main character Asha. I had seen her act in Doctor Who which I enjoyed and she absolutely brought that same level of skill over to her reading of The Last Namsara, this is another one of my favourite books and I think the audiobook version has definitely played a part in that.

The Warriors books by Erin Hunter, narrated by MacLeod Andrews
I hadn’t been sure on this narrator at first but once you meet other characters in the story you really here him begin to shine, each one has a different voice and characteristic brought to life by this one guy and I genuinely think I would have trouble reading physical copies of these books because I’m so used to knowing the characters by their voices. Andrews had completely brought these books to life.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy  by Laini Taylor, narrated by Kristin Hvam
I had originally only chosen the audiobooks versions of these books as I was working a lot and unable to get much reading done but I could work with my headphones in so decided to listen while I worked and it was such a great choice. Hvam is another brilliant narrator and she is pretty much Zuzana in my head, I refuse to read the novella “A night of cake and puppets” until I get the audiobook version in fact.

Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson, narrated by January LaVoy
LaVoy’s talent mixed with some brilliant music and sound effects from the Star Wars films themselves make this a fantastic audiobook to listen to and one I’ve listened to on more than one occasion. Even with just one narrator, it feels like an entire production, my favourite of the Star Wars audiobooks.

Mass Effect Andromeda: Nexus Uprising by K.C Alexander and Jason M Hough, narrated by Fryda Wolff
I instantly brought this once I realised the narrator was the voice actor who plays Sara Ryder herself in the Mass Effect Andromeda game, even discarding the fact that this is the brilliant voice I’ve listened to for almost eighty hours in game Wolff has a fantastic range and I particularly loved her take on Sloane with her distinct accent. Another book totally brought to life by a great narrator.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch
This is kind of cheating as this is technically classed as an audio drama rather than an audiobook but I couldn’t not mention it because it is absolutely brilliant. It’s done with a full cast, with sound effects and the occasional piece of music and I would happily listen to any book that way I think but Neverwhere is such a fun strange story that this audio version really helped to immerse you in. I first listened to this when I worked a cleaning job and must have listened to it four or five times at least.