Tag | Bookish Naughty or Nice

Welcome one, welcome all, to another Tag Thursday! Since we are deep in the midst of Blogmas, I thought I would bring you a festive themed tag this week. This week’s tag comes courtesy of Jenn who created the tag and Jenna and Luna who were kind enough to tag me and it’s called the Bookish Naughty of Nice tag. Let’s make that list and check it twice…

Rules

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

If you’ve not been tagged, go ahead and do it anyway!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✓

An eARC, yes – I’m bad. A physical ARC, no, by virtue of the fact that the only physical ARC I’ve ever received has been a freebie in a Fairyloot box!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ✓

Yeah, uh, it me. I got really bad about this in the middle of the year and I still haven’t managed to claw my ratio back up to an acceptable number. Something to work on for 2019!

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

No? I don’t tend to pre-review books much on Goodreads, nowadays I only use it to track the date I read a book, quick status updates, and give them a star rating. I nearly always forget to put full reviews on Goodreads and then go back and do them in batches when I do remember!

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Tag | Fall Book Tag

Can you smell that? It’s the smell of encroaching crispy leaves falling off trees and Starbucks churning out PSLs. That’s right, it’s Fall – or, Autumn, as we English people say. And in celebration of this transitional season into the best of the year (Winter, obviously), I’ve found a book tag, the aptly names Fall Book Tag. No messing around with fancy names here, no sir. This tag was created by Bionic Book Worm and I saw it over on Stephanie’s blog so I couldn’t resist giving it a go.

Crisp Fall Air – A Book That Felt Fresh and New

The first thing that came to mind was Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart. I know other authors have written stories in reverse order but this used that device in a really interesting way so it started with, say, chapter 20, and worked its way back to chapter 1 so you understood the motivation behind what brought the protagonist to the situation she was in at the start of the book/end of the story. It didn’t feel gimmicky either, it completely fit the tone of the story being told, which was quite refreshing, like that sweet, sweet fall breeze.

Howling Winds – An Ending That Blew You Away

I could pick so many series enders for this. I mean, shall I be typical and mention a certain duology by Leigh Bardugo? Or perhaps a trilogy by V.E. Schwab?

But if we’re talking about real ‘makes you gasp with surprise’ ending that made me frantically turn over the pages expecting (nay, needing) more story right this second, then I guess that would be the thing that happens at the end of The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. I don’t know if I’ve ever quite recovered from it.

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Tag | 50 Questions You Have Never Been Asked

You’d think this would be Thursday because I tried to make Tag Thursday a thing but, alas, no, I’m all out of whack because on Wednesday I went to see the touring production of Wicked since they’re in town at the Liverpool Empire. Long story short it was amazing and I loved it, but I didn’t post my usual Wednesday post until yesterday and here I am now posting what would have been Tag Thursday on Friday. Are you keeping up? Basically, this is a tag post and let’s just get to it…

I saw this tag over on the hilarious Emma Oulton’s Booktube channel so definitely go watch her video first/after because she’s lovely and such fun – this is the 50 Questions You Have Never Been Asked tag! Not strictly book-related but it’s an interesting mixed bag of questions for sure.

1. What’s your favourite candle scent?

Ok so I mostly hate floral or sickly candle scents (like vanilla and stuff). I’m a big fan of smoky or autumn and Christmas scents so like cinnamon and apple. This Christmas I bought a mulled wine candle and I love it so much that I’m scared to start burning it because I don’t want to use it up.

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

Can I be a big ol’ cliche and say Emma Watson? I feel like she’d offer some great life advice. Alternatively: Hayley Atwell, for the same reasons. Or Jessica Chastain. Aaaand… ok I’m going to stop now before this just devolves into a list of females I love.

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

This is a tricky question for me because I don’t know whether to go for like a sweet younger brother I want to protect or an older brother who can be the protector of the relationship. It also can’t be someone I even vaguely find attractive because, you know, there’s that risk of hypothetical incest which I am not about really. Hmmm. You know what, I only have an answer if I have Hayley Atwell as my sister, and that’s James D’arcy purely because them two as a sibling pair would be all kinds of excellent.

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

Fuck knows. I don’t even know how to meet people so… something tells me it’ll be a while.

5. Do you know a hoarder?

Yes, my grandmother. Is this a thing with older people where they hold onto crap they definitely don’t need and clutter their house with it?

6. Can you do a split?

Hahahaha no. And I’m pretty sure if I tried, I’d break myself.

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Tag | Finally Fall Book Tag

Welcome to another Thursday and another Tag Thursday! Lately I’ve been struggling to find newer tags to do but this one in particular felt timely when it saw it in my sub box on YouTube since I spent today watching a storm outside as it whipped crunchy golden leaves from the trees – this is the Finally Fall Book Tag! I saw this on Amy aka shoutame’s channel, originally created by Alina aka Tall Tales – please do check out their videos if you have time because they’re both delightful!

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

I’m going to have to name Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – it is so atmospheric and evocative that it was as though I could feel the biting Icelandic winds roll across me as I was reading it. The setting is definitely a central character of the story in its own right and I think it will be a long time until I read something that is quite as vivid as that novel.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

I’d say All the Light We Cannot See is pretty damn heavy in its topic and beautiful in its execution.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

I don’t read much non-fiction really, and the non-fiction I do read tends to be more of the memoir sort than straight-up non-fiction. However, I suppose both My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff and In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park opened my eyes in different ways – the first to the literary agency/publishing scene in 1990s New York, a world away from my own job at a university press in England, and the second to a completely different world that is North Korea. I can’t get over some of the horrific things contained within In Order to Live and I still think about passages from it, even though I read it a good couple of years ago now.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

I have three answers for this because I just refuse to narrow it down. I’d love to be part of the Weasley family from Harry Potter, or to hang with Blue and her Raven Boys in The Raven Boys, or to be a member of Kaz’s gang of merry misfits from Six of Crows – I’m not sure if I have any sort of criminal skill to be a useful member of the Dregs though!

5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

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Tag | The Book Blogger Memory Challenge

Welcome to Tag Thursday! This isn’t your first rodeo, I’m sure, but in case it is, every Thursday (cough if I remember cough) I try to post a fun little tag I’ve found on the blogosphere or Booktube. Everyone loves a tag, right? This is more of a little test than a tag and I found over at the ever-brilliant Thrice Read, and it was originally created by Laura @ Laura’s Book Review.

The rules are pretty damn simple but here they are:

Answer these 10 questions before reading my answers. Your challenge is to answer all of them without looking at your shelves or online. After you’ve done that come back and see if you matched any of my answers!

Q1: Name a book written by an author called Michael.

Michael Bond wrote the Paddington bear books… I have no idea why this was the first book that came to mind but here we are.

Q2: Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini, a book which I pretty much hated because it just took every other fantasy book and smushed it together in an unsophisticated way. However, it does have a dragon on the cover.

Q3: Name a book about a character called George.

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – and his name is in the title, talk about efficient answering.

Q4: Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

Dodie Smith wrote a book called I Capture the Castle, I believe? I bought it long ago from the Oxfam bookshops in Lancaster whilst I was at university but I still have yet to read it, oops.

Q5: Name a book set in Australia.

I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever read a book set there, but I’ve learnt by osmosis that Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is actually set in her native Australia though they changed it to the US for the tv show.

Q6: Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

I’m really struggling with this one… there are plenty with seasons in the title but I’m really struggling for one with a month! My head is not so helpfully repeating ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ by Green Day on a loop which is all well and good but not a book! A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks – I just remembered one! Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it, so much that I never finished this, and have no intention to go back to it.

Q7: Name a book with a knife on the cover.

The Dinner by Herman Koch – it’s an actual knife as in the innocent utensil rather than a weapon because, apparently when called upon, I forget precisely every knife-wielding heroine on the cover of YA fantasy books. (There must be knives on the Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass series UK covers! Spoiler alert: I checked, there are swords… close enough?)

Q8: Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus – I keep seeing this everywhere so it’s no surprise that it’s wormed its way into my subconsciousness. Despite everyone talking about it I have no idea what it’s really about apart from The Breakfast Club vibes (which doesn’t entice me to read it, tbh), nor do I have a huge desire to actually read it. C’est la vie!

Q9: Name a book with a eponymous title.

Emma by Jane Austen – I don’t think anyone can be surprised by me automatically thinking this. There are a few of my namesake in literature and I’m not sure any of them are particularly nice… if you know a nice ‘Emma’ in a book please let me know because I need some good ones!

Q10: Name a book turned into a movie.

There are so many to choose from though! I’m going to go with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier because Hitchcock made a film out of it in 1940 and they had to change the story’s ending a little bit because of the censor’s requirements. The adaptation definitely gets across the sense of tension and suspense, as you’d expect from Hitchcock.


Well, folks, that was the The Book Blogger Memory Challenge, if you feel like testing yourself and doing this, please consider yourself tagged/nudged to do so by me. If you do this quiz, please do leave a link to your post below; I’d love to take a look!

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Tag | The Candy Book Tag

It’s Tag Thursday and, guess what? I kind of completely forgot to do this for a couple of Thursdays – oh no, the chain is broken! But it’s ok because I’m back today, on this very fine Thursday, to bring you another book tag.

I found this tag via Beth at Reading Every Night and she said we could consider ourselves tagged by her if we wanted to join in – so here I am, joining in with the Candy Book Tag.

Mmm candy, no, stop it, you said no more sweets. More books…

Apples: Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

Ok but I really like apples.

Back to the actual tag question: I’m still confused about why The End We Start From is getting so much buzz. Like… it’s just… ok? I don’t get it. I know I’m in the minority here but ah well, I’ll stay here by myself and there’s more room here for me to stretch my legs, thanks.

Also whispers Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Really don’t get the fuss. It’s fine for the sake of talking about it’s social/political commentary on women’s roles etc. etc. but, as a novel, I find its pacing kind of off. Plus I don’t like Rochester, or Rochester/Jane, at all so that tends to ruin things a bit. Sorry/not sorry.

Milk Chocolate: This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE.

Right now I’m really feeling Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo because I BLOODY LOVE this book. It’s Oceans Eleven style heist meets fantasy Amsterdam setting – what more could you want?

Aside from that, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my all-time favourite books so I always try to get more people to read that if they haven’t already. You there, if you haven’t read it, go read it!

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Tag | Days of the Week Book Tag

You lovely folks know the drill by now – it’s time for another Tag Thursday! This week’s tag is brought to you by Thrice Read (again, I know, but seriously they participate in the best tags) and it is called the Days of the Week Book Tag! I added a gif for each response too because, I mean, why not at this point? Let’s just jump right on in…

Monday: Book you’re too lazy to read

Right now that would definitely be The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles series. I know, I know, it’s REALLY good, I’ve heard that, but it’s also almost 1000 pages so… you know… what’s up with that?!?

Tuesday: A book that was hard to finish

Adam Bede by George Eliot. Forever and until the end of time my answer will mostly likely be Adam Bede. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that I had to read it for a university class, I wouldn’t have ever finished it. It was a struggle, there were almost tears, but we made it, somehow. The rest of my seminar group felt the same way – some of them didn’t even bother to read the book at all and just read a synopsis and turned up to class like that was enough and, boy, was I pissed off about that.

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Tag | Pride and Prejudice Book Tag

Welcome folks, it’s that time of week again – it’s Tag Thursday. This week I bring you a brand spanking new tag, courtesy of Emma @ A Dreamer’s Library and Laura @ The Book Corps. I was kindly tagged by Emma and I must say thank you for that because I adore Pride and Prejudice so a tag based around it is right up my street! Without any further ado, let us proceed onwards with the Pride and Prejudice Book Tag

Here’s how it works…

  • link back to Emma and Laura’s original posts so we can see all of your answers.
  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions (a no brainer really)
  • Tag a maximum of 10 people.
  • You can also use the graphics if you would like to.

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Tag | Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Welcome one, welcome all, to another round of Tag Thursday. This week’s tag was found over at Thrice Read (will I ever not start a tag post with that phrase?), and it is called the Spring Cleaning Book Tag. This tag couldn’t have come at a more apropos moment in my life because I desperately need to do some proper spring cleaning of my wardrobe and (more importantly) my books. I’ve been itching to unhaul some books that I just will not get around to reading, despite how optimistic I’ve been about them in the past. But, to procrastinate doing that terrible task of letting books go… I’ve done this tag instead – enjoy!

1. The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.

Once upon a time I would have instantly answered with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss or Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin but, alas, I have started both of these series… the drive to continue them, knowing how long the books are, however…

Likewise, I instantly make excuses for finally getting round to reading any of my longer “project books” (they’re project books for a reason, guys!), mainly Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Luminaries, War and Peace, and The Count of Monte Cristo. 

  

2. Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.

When I look at my shelves, there are books that I instantly relegate to the back stack of my double-stacked shelves – I kind of feel like, if I don’t want/need it within easy reach, then there’s probably a reason why. Books of this sort include The Lonely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. The first two I’ve read and found somewhat ‘shrug’, the second two, I’m not entirely sure why I even acquired them. I have a lot of stray books like that.

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Tag | The Ultimate Book Tag

It’s Tag Thursday time! (Just look at all that alliteration, huh?) Tag Thursday completely isn’t a thing on the Internet but I have decided to try to post any tags I want to do on Thursdays because… well because it begins with a T too. Is that sufficient explanation? I think so, let’s get down to business…

This week I bring you The Ultimate Book Tag. I saw this recently over on Thrice Read and it seems like fun so I thought I’d give it a go myself.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Absolutely, yes. Although, the only car I’ve ever tested it out in was driven by my dad and I have a sneaking suspicion my dad’s driving style just makes me feel sick since I’ve never felt generally car sick whilst riding in anyone else’s car but his. Sorry, padre. Curiously enough though, I’m fine reading on trains now, I think I just forced myself past nausea because I wanted to read.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I struggle with this question because most authors have their own distinct voice. However, I would say Neil Gaiman and/or Maggie Stiefvater. Both have very compelling and magical writing styles, completely unlike anything I’ve read before, and I would say they’re very distinct so that they just do not work for some people whilst others love them.

3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter. 3 points to defend my answer? Ok…

  1. It’s a freaking wizard school in Scotland that teaches a generation of wizards that co-exist alongside us muggles. (That completely beats sparkly vampires. Sorry Edward)
  2. Remus Lupin (HP‘s portrayal of werewolves shits all over Twilight‘s. Sorry Jacob.)
  3. Hermione Granger (I’m not even going to bother comparing her to something/someone in Twilight because I mean, come on.)

I don’t even hate Twilight, I really enjoyed the first book when I read it and I will defend anyone who wants to read it to get into reading. But also I still feel traumatised by the knowledge that Edward fucked Bella so hard she hit her head and blacked out and then she had his little half-human/half-vampire baby and he got it out of her womb by biting the amniotic sac. It’s been years since I read it and I still remember it vividly… it haunts my nightmares…

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