The Rapid Fire Book Tag

Wow, it’s been a loooooong time since I did a book tag! Or any other kind of post on my blog actually, but shhh.

Thanks so much to Eva at Brilliantly Bookish for tagging me absolute light years ago! Go and find her here.


Ebooks or physical books?

Oh, absolutely physical books. There’s nothing quite as comforting as being able to hold and turn the pages of a real, physical book. Saying that, I love my Kindle and I think if e-readers and tablets get people into books, then that’s all that matters.

Books are no more threatened by a Kindle than stairs by elevators.

Stephen Fry

Paperback or hardback?

Paperbacks! This is a HEINOUS crime to admit to, but I have been known to bend covers back and break spines…

Hardback books are special, but in a decorative or collectible way for me. There’s something super comforting and familiar about paperback books and the way that you can slip them into any bag and thumb through them at any time. Curled up on the sofa, in the bath, on the train or a plane or a boat, in the park or on the beach or by a pool…I’d never intentionally damage a book, but lots of my paperbacks have been well-loved and they look that way, too!

Online or in-store book shopping?

In store, always! I only ever buy books online if I know exactly what I’m looking for. Book shops are all about the browse, the hush, the hunt, the discovery of something new or the reappearance of something familiar, but in a beautiful new guise. I’ve never been overly keen on shopping, but I could easily while away a few hours in my local Waterstones.

Trilogies or series?

I think it ultimately depends on the story. The Hunger Games, for example, is a perfect trilogy – there was nothing else to add to that story and nowhere else to take the characters that wouldn’t have insulted them. Saying that, I think The Mortal Instruments franchise could have ended ages ago but I’m still devouring everything Cassie Clare churns out! So…both?!

Heroes or villains?

Tough! I’ll always side with the hero because I’m a sucker for a happy ending and a neat resolution, but you can’t have a hero without a villain! After all, where would Harry have been without Lord Voldemort? I do have a soft spot for a villain (*cough* Darkling *cough*) though, especially if they have an intriguing back story.

A book you want everyone to read?

At the moment, I want everyone to read the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo! They completely took over my life when I was on holiday. They’re a totally different breed of fantasy and so different to the Grisha series. A great pick if you’re getting fed up with high fantasy and looking for something a bit left-field.

Recommend an underrated book

The Deviants by C.J. Skuse. The best YA thriller I’ve ever read, hands down.

What was the last book you finished?

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I finished Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas this morning. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, having not been a big fan of Chaol, but I bow down to SJM – her storytelling skills really are insane. There’s also much better rep in ToD, which is awesome.

Weirdest thing used as a bookmark?

I quite often find myself using the coasters in my living room as temporary bookmarks, which is stupid because I have a house full of amazing, actual bookmarks! Totally exposes how lazy I really am. *shrug*

Used books: yes or no?

Uh cheap or free books, yes! Charity shops and libraries are two of my very best friends.

Top three genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Dystopia/Sci-Fi
  • Crime/thriller

Borrow or buy?

Both! Switching books with friends or borrowing from a library is awesome, but sometimes there are some books that you just need in your own collection. Feel me?

Characters or plot?

Well you can’t have one without the other…

Long or short books?

Depends on my mood and the type of book. The last thing I want is a 200 page epic fantasy book, and I would probably get equally frustrated with a super long, 700 page contemporary YA romance.

Long or short chapters?

Either – depends on the type of book again, especially if the book is written with a dual perspective.

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

I’d ideally like them all to do both!

Our world or fictional world?

Fictional. Hogwarts, Neverland, Velaris, The Hundred Acre Wood, Narnia…who would want to live here?

Audiobooks: yes or no?

For Harry Potter, yes. I haven’t yet found another audio book where the narrator hasn’t either annoyed or cringed the hell out of me.

Ever judge a book by its cover?

Guilty as charged! I’m a sucker for good cover and I’m sure I’ve passed over lots of great books because their covers are a bit rubbish. Any recommendations, chaps?

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation? 

Book to movie. I can’t wait to see what they do with the book to TV adaptation of Throne of Glass, though, and Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale was suitably epic.

Series or standalone?

Series. I am trash for fandoms.

I tag:

Anyone and everyone who fancies a Sunday book tag session!

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The Blogger Aesthetic Award

Thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for tagging me to take part in the Blogger Aesthetic Award! She recently hit 1,000 followers on her blog and I must say it’s very well deserved. You should definitely head over and check out her aesthetic and the rest of her brilliant posts. I’ve had a pretty sweet little hour (or two…perhaps even 3) scrolling through Tumblr and Unplash and swooning over the prettiest of book aesthetics.

This award was created by the wonderfully snarky and very talented Liam at Hey Ashers. You can check out his blog and his aesthetic by clicking here.

Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favourite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips:

My Aesthetic:

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I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty pleased with that. Especially the puppy because PUPPIES. ❤

Unfortunately I have no idea who created these beautiful images, but I take no credit for any of them. Check out Unplash and Tumblr for more loveliness.

I nominate the lovely:

Lauren at Wonderless Reviews, Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books, Fadwa at Word Wonders, Amanda at Cover2Cover Mom, Emma at the Bookish UnderdogKai at Black Cat Kai, Stephanie at TeacherofYA and Izzi at The Ravenclaw Book Club.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Saturday, whatever you’re doing!

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The Narnia Book Tag

Thanks to my book-twin Jess of the Mud and Stars Book Blog for nominating me to take part in this tag! Make sure you head over and check her answers out, she’s a bloody wonderful human and a very talented blogger to boot.

The Chronicles of Narnia is one of my all-time favourite children’s book series (or book series of any kind, for that matter) and I’ve been so busy with work and life and responsibility recently that I’d love nothing more than disappear into a wardrobe, emerge in Narnia covered in snow and share a cup of tea with Mr Tumnus.

Turkish Delight, anyone?


NARNIA – A magical world you would like to visit

The Night Court/Velaris from A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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Can we all just take a sec to bow to the world building of SJM? Other than Hogwarts, I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather spend a weekend than Rhys’ glittering, sky-high castle in the wind. Obviously Rhys’ presence would improve the experience ten fold, but that is a conversation for another day…


THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – A book you think is underrated

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

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This quirky little gem hit me right in the feels. It’s a really intriguing blend of sci-fi, magical realism and contemporary and the way the friendship between the two protagonists, Ollie and Moritz, is written is just beautiful. If you’re looking for something a little bit different to the norm, check out Because You’ll Never Meet Me.


THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – A classic that you love

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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You just can’t beat The Secret Garden. It’s such an evocative read for me, taking me straight back to being a kid and the infinite wonder, frustration and discovery of childhood.


THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

The Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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I had absolutely no idea what The Bone Gap  was about prior to reading it and to be honest, post-read, I’m still not sure exactly what happened. If magical realism is your thang, then The Bone Gap, with its topsy-turvy small town, beautiful writing, well-drawn characters and you will be a match made in bookish heaven.

You can check out my review, y’know, if you want to, here.


PRINCE CASPIAN – A sequel that you loved

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

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I feel like I don’t talk about The Hunger Games series enough anymore, y’know? Can we all just take a minute to re-appreciate what a great trilogy this was? I love Katniss, I love Peeta, I love the development of the world in this sequel and most importantly, I LOVE FINNICK. Oh, Finnick. On the other hand, I hate Gale, but who really cares about him anyway?


THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – A quest you’d like to be a part of

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

I mean who wouldn’t right? FOR NARNIA, AND FOR ASLAN!


THE SILVER CHAIR – A book you didn’t expect to love

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

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I’m still tentatively feeling my way around the magical realism genre, so I wasn’t sure whether I’d like The Accident Season when I borrowed it on a whim from my local library. Turns out, I loved it, devouring it whole in one delicious, mind-bending sitting. It’s a bit heavy on the metaphor, but it is beautifully creepy and wonderfully atmospheric. Check out my review here.


THE LAST BATTLE – A perfect ending to a series you love

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling

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Was I ever going to pick anything else, I ask you?


THE PEVENSIES – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of

The Blackthorn siblings – Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

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Okay so the relationship between the Blackthorn siblings is a little bit hard to keep track of sometimes purely because THERE ARE JUST SO MANY OF THEM, but I adore the way that Clare wrote them in Lady Midnight – big, complex, messy, quirky and bursting at the seams with affection, rivalry and love.

(Also I didn’t want to be cliche and copy Jess AGAIN by picking the Weasley siblings, who would obviously always be my first choice. Apart from you Percy, you’re an idiot.)


EUSTACE SCRUBB – A character who grew on you

Todd from The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

I had a bit of a hard time getting into The Knife of Never Letting Go when I first picked it up, and a lot of that was due to being stuck inside the head of Ness’ protagonist, Todd. I’m glad I perservered though, because this series has become one of my all time favourites, and it’s largely because of Todd’s development. He’s such a complex, intelligent, brave and vulnerable creation and I just love him. Sob.

Reviews 1, 2 and 3.


MR. TUMNUS – Your favourite mystical creature

Buckbeak – the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Who doesn’t love Beaky? Any friend of Hagrid’s is a friend of mine. Also, any enemy of Malfoy’s is a friend of mine. Win, win.


CASPIAN – A character with regal qualities

Rhysand – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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I love Rhys as a leader. As you come to understand what makes him tick and the lengths that he’s gone to over the centuries to protect his friends, his country and his people its impossible not admire his sacrifice. Rhys is basically the monarch Westeros needs. He’s too honourable though, so he’d probably have turned up dead about 4 pages into  A Game of Thrones.

Review here. You know the drill.


THE WARDROBE – Your favourite hideout/place to read

I can and will read anywhere and everywhere, including the car, my bed, the sofa, the bath (although I do get slight Kindle-drowning fear with that one) and most recently, my local nail salon. My favourite place to read though is on holiday – iced coffees on tap, beautiful sunshine and best of all, no work or washing up to worry about. Dreamy.


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Enjoy, loves!

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