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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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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 Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

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I came across this tag from the lovely Gaynor at Paperbacks and Pinot and I loved learning a bit more about her as a blogger and decided to give it a go myself too! You can check out her post here.

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How Long Have You Been A Blogger?

I originally started a booktube channel back in Nov 2016. I would film and edit videos when my little boy napped and went to bed etc but as time went on and he got older, he didn’t really nap much and I found I just had too much to do without sitting down to make myself look presentable, talk to a camera for half an hour or so then spend three hours editing it. I posted two reviews on my brand spanking new blog back in October two years ago before promptly giving up and going back to YouTube. Later in mid-February 2018 I came back and other than one week, I have posted at least once a week (usually more) since then. 

What is the best part?

It probably sounds cliche because I imagine a lot of people have already said it but the community is by far my favourite part. There’s always someone lovely to talk to at events and there are so many other bloggers, authors and people who enjoy books that I chat to via Instagram and/or Twitter on a regular basis and that I would consider friends and I know it wouldn’t have been possible without having stepped into blogging. I love how supportive 90% of the community is and it absolutely helps me with motivation, not just when it comes to blogging and making time for reading but also just with my life in general.

What is the worst part?

Like any community really there can really be some pettiness and arguments although thankfully I’ve managed to steer clear of most of them. I think the worst part for me is possibly feeling bad when I can’t afford to go to all of these amazing events or always having the most recent books. I’m fairly lucky and I get more books than I can review at the moment which I’m so grateful for because there are a lot of great books I would have missed out on if not for publishers sending me review copies.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

It depends really, I’m not someone who spends hours taking photos because it’s just not feasible with my four year old around. I’m also finding that you really need a dedicated props collection and amazing lighting to make the shots how you want them a lot of the time. I usually have neither of these things and often, when I can I like to take photos outside but I don’t get many opportunities nowadays so I’ve found myself reusing older pictures for blog posts or not really including any at all. My Instagram is on a bookish photo break at the moment for Inktober but I know I really need to start sorting out and stockpiling photos now so that I have some for November when I should be busy with NaNoWriMo.

Who’s your book crush?

I think Jace from City of Bones was probably my very first book crush and one that has kind of stayed with me, to be honest. I do have a thing for Lucien from ACOTAR but not sure if that’s because I want to kiss him or be him (see Lucien styled D&D character that I play every week). I defintley have a newfound crush on Mia from Nevernight too as well as being half in love with Tric as well.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I think I peaked when I got to interview Lauren James as she’s one of my absolute favourite authors and when I was offered the opportunity it was probably one of my highest blogger moments and I have never worked so hard on a set of questions in my entire life. I think the only way I could top it would be someone like Jay Kristoff or Holly Black.

What do you wear when you write your blog? 

Haha what a strange question! Honestly, it’s usually PJs as I tend to write in the morning before breakfast (which I’m doing right now) or in the evening quite often I’m wearing PJ bottoms and whatever top I’ve been wearing that day. I love me some comfy PJ bottoms!

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

It really varies, to be honest, sometimes I can get one done in an hour or so but often it can take a fair bit more depending on the kind of post, if it’s a “think piece” so to speak it’s usually quicker because I just type type type and then edit after and most of the time is taken doing research, book tags can take longer as I often spend time thinking of particular books for answers and reviews or interview posts take the longest as they involve a lot of prep work and I have to really be in the right frame of mind to concentrate properly.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

Mostly positive as I’ve covered above really. Like a lot of fandoms it has it’s problems especially because it’s so broard, even in just the YA side of things becasue that includes so many different tastes and points of view that can sometimes clash quite horribly.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

For me personally, it’s enjoyment. If you’re enjoying writing and working on you’re blog then you’re sucsessful because you’re doing something you enjoy and that’s brilliant. Don’t get me wrong it’s lovely to have a nice follower and view count (I’m still reeeling from hitting 500 followers! I love you all) but not everyone measures sucsess that way and I actually only look at views now when I’m applying for an early review copy or similar whereas I used to look at my stats multiple times a day and I really do feel better for not obsessing about it.
Thank you for much for checking out my go at this tag, I hope you enjoyed it! I won’t tag any one else specifically but if you want to have a go consider yourself tagged right now!
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3 Quotes, 3 Days – Part Three

Our third and final day has arrived and honestly, I’m thinking of turning this into a weekly thing I’ve had so much fun with it! I was tagged for the 3 Quotes, 3 Days post by Sarah from The Book Hooked Nook (Thank you, Sarah).

The Rules

• Thank the person who nominated you

• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)

• Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

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You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.” Jay Kristoff – Nevernight

I tag:

Charlotte (Charlotte Reads Things)

Delly (Dellybird)

Moon (Moon Dreams)

I’m not even sorry that 2 out of the 3 quotes for this have been Jay Kristoff ones.

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3 Quotes, 3 Days – Part Two

Welcome back to Part Two of the 2 Quotes, 3 Days tag! I was tagged for the 3 Quotes, 3 Days post by Sarah from The Book Hooked Nook (Thank you, Sarah).

The Rules

• Thank the person who nominated you

• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)

• Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

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“Every story needs its hero. And its villain. And its monster.”  Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff – Obsidio

I tag:

Gaynor (Paperbacks and Pinot)

Layla (Readable Life)

Surbhi (Books Untold)

Don’t miss the last quote tomorrow!

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3 Quotes, 3 Days – Part One

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So this weeks Tag Thursday post is a little different and as a result will actually stretch out over three days because I was tagged for the 3 Quotes, 3 Days post by Sarah from The Book Hooked Nook (Thank you Sarah) and I’m actually SO excited to be doing it as I love so many book quotes, it’s going to be hard choosing just three though!

The Rules

• Thank the person who nominated you

• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)

• Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

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“I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.”  Issac Marion – Warm Bodies

I tag:

Cora (Tea Party Princess)

Jackie (Bookish Coffee Blog)

Susan (Novel Lives)

See you back here for another quote tomorrow!