Tag | Reading Habits Book Tag

Evening all! I bring something slightly out of the ordinary today – I bring you a tag. But, Emma, I hear you say, this isn’t Thursday so surely this isn’t a Tag Thursday?!? No, you’re right, it’s not, but my tentative posting schedule no longer sees me post on Thursday so we’ll have to make do with today. A nice easy tag to start off the week. Everybody on-board? Good, let’s begin. This is the Reading Habits Book Tag! I stumbled across this tag on the ever-reliable Thrice Read, so be sure to check out Jenn’s answers if you’re curious. For now, onward to the tag…

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Yes, my armchair. I can read elsewhere, but this is my chosen spot. I’ve wanted an armchair like that for years and after living with Liz in Liverpool for over a year I went back to IKEA to finally claim the chair (and footstool) of my dreams, in a rather fetching dark grey colour. It’s probably too big for the living room really but it’s super comfy and I can sprawl in it or I can sit cross-legged in it whilst I read so it’s pretty much #readingchairgoals. Yes I am very definitely in love with this chair, what can I say? I take my reading spots very seriously.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I have tonnes of bookmarks so I will always say bookmark. However, if I’ve not had the foresight to bring a bookmark with me and I start a new book when I’m out and about then I’ll most likely use a receipt or train ticket to mark by place until I get home when I will replace the temporary excuse for a bookmark with a nice shiny proper one.

Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop reading at a certain page, chapter, part etc.?

like to stop reading only at a page break or a chapter break but I’ve had to develop less of an animosity towards the alternative due to reading on my train journeys to and from work when the train very rudely often pulls into the station when I’m smack-bang in the middle of a page. To be perfectly honest, I think it’s just rude and inconsiderate of the train to interrupt my reading like that!

Do you eat or drink while you read?

Ideally, yes. I like to have a cup of coffee or tea by my side when I’m sitting down to read. However, as previously mentioned, most of my day-to-day reading throughout the week is done on my train journey to/from work so sometimes a cuppa is out of the question. I like to snack on things if I’ve purposely sat down to read too, mostly biscuits if I’m being totally honest!

Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

can but I have to be in the right mood to do it. If my concentration isn’t quite there then I don’t even try to do both. I’d probably listen to music I’m very familiar with, or that is instrumental/droning vocals (i.e. Daughter, Bon Iver). I struggle more with reading whilst watching TV, and can only really do it if I’m not actually watching the TV show but I just happen to be in the same room as someone who is watching TV so it’s basically just background noise to me – the classic example is when the football is on since I don’t give a flying fuck about football and I will happily let it become just background noise to me whilst I read something.

One book at a time or several at once?

I couldn’t tell you the last time I was “reading monogamously”, as I like to call it. I’m a polygamous reader through and through, mainly because I like to have an option in each format on the go at any given time – so I’ll listen to an audiobook and have a hardback/paperback novel on the go as well as an ebook on my phone in case I get stuck waiting somewhere. It just maximises my reading time and makes sure I don’t waste any “dead” moments in my day.

Reading at home or everywhere?

I think I’ve preempted this question in my responses above but basically I will try to read anywhere. The one kind of place I struggle to read though is in a crowded coffee shop; as much as I would like to be that kind of reader, I just find it hard to concentrate when conversations are going on around me.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

I generally read silently in my head, and I haven’t read out loud for years at this point. I have nothing against it though; in fact, I guess audiobooks are a bit like reading out loud!

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I have never intentionally read ahead. I have completely accidentally read ahead in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when the book fell open on the page with that death, no lies, and I then was devastated and had to read a bit of the preceding and following chapters so I could understand the context because it would have killed me otherwise. However, I never skip full pages…but I wouldn’t say I’ve never skim-read some of the more boring of my required reading. Sorry/not sorry.

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

I like books to look like they’ve actually been touched, you know? So I really don’t mind about breaking the spine. In fact, it’s kind of a necessity if you don’t want to have to read a paperback very carefully.

Do you write in books?

I certainly used to happily scribble notes in the margins in pencil when I was studying texts at university, and I do love a good bit of marginalia so you can see what the reader was thinking when they were reading it, but I don’t really do it anymore as I read. Nowadays I tend to takes notes or just take a photo of the page I like using the Notes app on my phone, mainly because I like to have the option tor review the things I’ve read on this blog, but I don’t feel the need to scribble a lot of notes in the book itself anymore because I won’t have to sit an exam on it at some point in the future like I used to.

That’s all, folks, that was the Reading Habits Book Tag! If you haven’t yet done this tag I hereby tag you (yes, you) to do the tag yourself and please do link me to it below because I’d love to see your responses to the tag questions!

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Tag | The Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Welcome to another Thursday and another Tag Thursday! As we’re in the middle of Blogmas I thought I’d bring you another festive-themed book tag to stay in the Christmassy mood. I can’t believe we’re a mere four sleeps away from Christmas Day, that seems so crazy to me since I feel like December only just stared but, alas, here we are. Before I need to go away and have a semi-panic about the presents I still need to get, let’s get to the business of the day, the tag.

I found this via (and considered myself tagged by) the girls over at Thrice Read so let’s just dive on into the tag which is called The Joy of Christmas Book Tag!

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

I really should look at new book releases because I honestly have no idea what’s coming out soon, I’m so out of the loop. But how far in the future are we talking? Because I am highly anticipating Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars though I’m not sure when it’s released. Likewise anything and everything V.E. Schwab and Samantha Shannon are scheduled to release, as per usual.

2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

Well I think if you look at the answer above you will see some authors whose praises I cannot sing enough, in fact I’m rarely able to get through a book tag without alluding to a book written by one of them! Also this year I’ve been singing the praises of more non-fiction than I expected, specifically Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking and Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt.

3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

I’m always spoilt for choice with these kinds of questions because so much of what I read is fantasy-based but I’m going to have to say George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. He does an amazing job of juggling so many characters and settings and every single one is unique and distinct so you can immediately picture what the landscape is like of, say, Winterfell or Highgarden.

But you know who builds a great setting not necessarily in terms of physical place but in terms of tone? Maggie Stiefvater in her The Raven Boy’s quartet. I can vividly “feel” her books which is quite unlike anything else I’ve ever read.

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Tag | Christmas Cracker Book Tag

Welcome one, welcome all, to a festive edition of Tag Thursday! This week’s tag is the aptly named Christmas Cracker Book Tag and it was apparently originally created by Lucy from Queen of Contemporary but I think her original video has unfortunately been taken down now?? (If I can find the original video later, I’ll be sure to link it here!) I found this through my good friend Liz over at Travel In Retrospect so be sure to have a peek at her blog if you want to see her answers. Now, without further ado, let’s get right into the tag…

dancewithdragons2Pick a book with a wintry cover

Pick a book you’re likely buy as a present


If I were buying a book as a present I’d be likely to check a person’s wishlist out or their bookshelves to see what kind of novels they read. However, if I couldn’t do this and I was judging it blind then I’d probably buy them a nice edition of a classic – the Penguin Clothbounds, the Penguin Classic Deluxe Editions, and Penguin English Library paperbacks are beautiful books to gift, as are the Vintage Russians and Brontes series. Basically, there are some beautiful editions of classics out there specially designed for gifting to a book lover and I fall for them (hook, line, and sinker) every single time.


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Tag | The Christmas Song Book Tag

Welcome one, welcome all, to another Tag Thursday. This Tag Thursday is somewhat special as it’s the first Tag Thursday taking place during Blogmas, which means I made sure to pick a Christmassy book tag for today. It is fortuitous that I didn’t have to look very far to find something fitting the bill! And, yes, I am a broken record by now but I found this tag over at Thrice Read so be sure to head over there to check out Eden’s answers too! Let’s not waste any more time – let’s just get straight to it!

1. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

I wonder how many Leigh Bardugo and V.E. Schwab books I can mention in the course of this tag…

… let’s start, shall we? He wouldn’t think he’s a villain by any means (and the best villains never do) but the Darkling from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy fits the bill nicely, I feel. Also the Dane twins from V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic because they’re just horrifying but they have SO much twisted fun with it (“hello, flower boy”).

2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

I purposely didn’t buy this as soon as it was released just so that I could be gifted it at Christmas – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition. How can I be so sure I will see it under the Christmas tree? Well, I bought it on my parents’ behalf for them to gift it to me – it’s fine, they came up with this arrangement with me a couple of Christmases ago and it seems to be working out quite well for us all! If I don’t see this under the tree this year then something has gone spectacularly wrong.

3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Can we talk about the character development and growth of Paige Mahoney in Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season series? It’s going to be a seven-book series but the growth of her character from book 1 to book 3 is already astounding. I’ve loved Paige from the start but I can’t help but love how strong she has become over the course of The Bone Season, The Mime Order, and The Song Rising – the latter in particular made her grow up and fill some boots very quickly and under pressure and she did it in very trying circumstances and I can’t wait to see where she ends up by book 7 of this series.

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Tag | The End of the Year Book Tag

Welcome everyone to another Thursday and (that’s right) another Tag Thursdsay! This week’s featured tag is The End of the Year Book Tag. As November quickly slips away from us and December looms, the end of 2017 is coming ever closer – where has this year gone ? Seriously though. Now seems like a good time to have a little freak out and then take stock of the time I have left in the year and what I can realistically read in what remains of 2017 so this tag comes at the perfect time. This tag was originally created by the ever-wonderful Ariel Bissett, but I actually spotted this over at The Pewter Wolf so be sure to go check out his blog and his responses as well as Ariel’s!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

*glances wearily at War and Peace*
Yep, that’s a pretty significant one.

Likewise, I’d like to have finished the A Song of Ice and Fire series by the end of the year so I’m all caught up with that – I just have A Dance with Dragons: Volume 2 to get through, I say “just” but it’s a hefty book in its own right.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

ravenboysaudiobookNot particularly, since I don’t tend to “read with the seasons” (I even did a blog post about that!) but I definitely find myself reading more atmospheric/evocative things in the autumn. For some reason I think The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater makes for a great read in sort of September/October because it’s slightly hazy and spooky, especially if you listen to the audiobook as read by Will Patton.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

poaillustratedI’m still waiting to buy the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which was released a little while ago now but it’s the sort of book people like to gift at Christmas so I’ve held out until now for it. I’m pretty sure my parents are going to gift me it for Christmas and when I say pretty sure I’m 100% sure because I buy books on their behalf and they wrap them up and I try to act surprised on Christmas morning… it’s just how we do things.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Apart from the ones I mentioned in answer to the ‘books I’ve started’ question, there are quite a few others I’d like to get to. Off the top of my head, though, I’d like to read The Good Immigrant, an Austen re-read (maybe Persuasion?), and Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster. I’m sure once I move on from this question several more pressing titles will pop into my head but, for now, those are the ones I can think of.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

At this point in the year, it’s highly unlikely, to be honest, since most releases that I was excited about have already been and gone, and I’ve have a pretty stellar reading year already… but I’m happy to be proved wrong!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Assuming I do actually finish Tolstoy’s War and Peace then I’d like to make a point of picking one classic “big book” a year (at least) and making a little reading project out of it. I’ve started to think about what my next one will be – I’m thinking either Anna Karenina or Doctor Zhivago (if I haven’t tired of Russians) or maybe Les Miserables. Does anyone have any particular opinions about any of these? I’m leaning towards Les Mis because I did my undergraduate dissertation on it but never actually read it cover-to-cover, so I’d like to correct that!

That’s all, folks! If you haven’t done this tag and would like to, please feel free to consider yourself tagged by me – and be sure to leave your blog post in a comment below if you do the tag because I’d love to see your responses!

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Tag | Get To Know Me Better Tag

Welcome to another Thursday and another Tag Thursday! This one is less about books and more about (book) blogging itself, so I thought it would be a nice change of pace for today. I saw this tag on Thrice Read (when don’t I find tags via Thrice Read these days?) and let’s not waste any more time and jump straight into the tag itself instead…


Technically this blog is a good 6 years old, I made it when I was in my very first semester at university and experiencing a not-so-small amount of self-doubt. But I didn’t exactly post with any sense of regularity then and I only started posting as a book blog from 2014 after a 2-year hiatus with this post – not exactly book blogging at that point but much closer to the mark. I think it’s safe to say that it ebbs and flows.


I think this very post is evidence that I do indeed enjoy doing tags – I’ve made it something of a weekly feature too, and try to post a fun tag every Thursday. Because who doesn’t love to hear me mention A Darker Shade of Magic and/or Six of Crows and/or Harry Potter as an answer for every damn tag?


I follow a lot of blogs, too many almost, so nowadays I try to follow just the blogs that I’m interested in reading regularly. Usually, I follow back any blogs who engage with me in some way – either by commenting here or popping up on Twitter – but I’m always on the lookout for more so do say hi if you think I’d like your blog!

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Tag | The Harry Potter Tag

Guys, it’s Thursday again so you know the drill – it’s time for Tag Thursday. *cue moderate applause*

This week I bring you the excitingly named Harry Potter Tag and yep it does what it says on the tin – this tag is about all things Potter! I was tagged by my good friend Liz from Travel in Retrospect (check out her post here) and I’m not sure who created this originally but, if you know, please do let me know so I can credit them properly!

What house are you in?

I’m definitely a proud Ravenclaw through and through, guys. Although I nearly had an existential crisis when I signed up for Pottermore because it declared me a Gryffindor. I have since decided to reject its reality and substitute my own. Apparently I would be in Thunderbird at Ilvermorny, whatever that means.

What is your Patronus?

A husky – how cute!

What is your wand?

Elder wood with a unicorn hair core, 14 1/2 inches, and unyielding flexibility. Good??

What would your boggart be?

I hate slugs, so potentially a slug. Just one huge gross slug. I don’t even like having to walk around them on paths, it makes my skin crawl. By contrast, snails, fine – no, it doesn’t make sense.

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Tag | Burn, Rewrite, Reread #2

Guys, guys, another week has passed, including another Thursday so welcome to this week’s Tag Thursday. This week is a little different because I’m going to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread tag. This is just like the Kiss/Marry/Cliff game (cough Shag/Marry/Kill for the older among us), but book-related! I did this tag a while ago but I was reminded of how much fun it is to do when I saw Kelly’s Rambles do this tag recently. So I’m doing it again and I’m calling it Burn, Rewrite, Reread #2.


  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

Round One

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Tag | Time Bubble Book Tag

Welcome one, welcome all – we all know the drill here, it’s Thursday which means it’s time for Tag Thursday. This week’s tag was found, as always, at Thrice Read but it was originally created by The Book Loving Pharmacist – check out both of their wonderful blogs! And now, let’s jump right on it with the tag which is called the Time Bubble Book Tag.

Picture this, you’ve encountered a bubble or portal which, if you step through, can manipulate the time inside. With this, you can read all the books you want and when you step out of the bubble, no time has passed in the real world. You can finally make time for all those books you’ve been ignoring. So, now that you’ve stepped through the time bubble, answer the following questions:


Book – Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. I will apparently really enjoy it, but I’m scared if I don’t and it turns out to be a disappointment. But I’ll never know if I never try so it’s silly of me to keep putting it off! Also The Raven King, the fourth/last book in the Raven Cycle series, by Maggie Stiefvater. I don’t want to read it because I don’t want it to be over but I had it on pre-order as soon as I could and got it on release day.
Audiobook – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, as read by Simon Prebble. I love audiobooks read by Prebble and he has a great voice for this kind of historical period. However the book (and therefore the audiobook) is very long so it’s somewhat daunting.


I seem to be forever re-reading so many books could fit this bill but I’m going to go with Persuasion by Jane Austen which I ADORED the first time I read it but I’m anxious to read it again in case I don’t like it quite as much.


My genre of choice as of late is confined to fantasy, or at least a story with fantastical elements. Aside from that, I read classics occasionally, sometimes historical fiction, and sometimes contemporaries if I want something easier/more fun, but that’s it really. So I’d perhaps say something like Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi is probably as far away from my usual metier as possible – it’s a murder mystery so would be a rare dip of my toes into the waters of the crime/thriller genre.

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Tag | 20 Questions Book Tag

Hola everyone, welcome to another Thursday and another Tag Thursday. This week’s tag was nabbed from Thrice Read but you can find the original post here. Let’s waste no time, let’s get right on with the 20 questions which make up the aptly named 20 Questions Book Tag.

1.How many books is too many books in a book series?

I have to say, I’m becoming a fan of duologies because most trilogies feel like they’ve been stretched out for the sake of more sales. Mostly I hate unnecessary series of books, like where the story probably could have been told in a book or two but instead NEVER SEEMS TO STOP. (Yes, I’m looking at you SJM.)

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I like my unambiguous closure but, if a book is part of a series of some sort, chances are it will have at least a vague semblance of a cliff-hanger, to pique your interest for the subsequent book. I’ve made my peace with it now; providing the next book’s publication date isn’t 10 years in the future then I’m fine.

3. Hardcopy or paperback?

I’ll take either – both have their merits. For portability and ease of reading, however, the mighty paperback wins. For pretty, shiny deluxe editions, hello hardbacks.

4. Favourite book?

That’s like asking me to pick my favourite food… ok, I have a list, are you ready? Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice & Persuasion by Jane Austen.

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