S4S – TBR FOREVER

Good morning!

It is our first #SixforSunday of April. How mad! I hope everyone is staying safe!

Now that we are in April, we are taking on our TBR and looking closely at it! The prompts for April are:

April: Taking on the TBR pile

5th: Book that have been on your TBR forever
12th: Recent additions to your TBR
19th: Books from your TBR that you predict will be 5*
26th: Books on your TBR because of someone else’s recommendation

Today’s prompt, as you can see above is,

Books that have been on your TBR forever

I’m not gonna lie, there are some books which have been on my TBR forever and might stay there forever. I’m very much a mood reader, so unless I’m in the mood to read a book, it’s not going anywhere! So which books have been on my TBR forever?

  1. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
    I know. I know. You knew this was coming. At least pretend to be shocked, will you?
  2. On The Come Up – Angie Thomas
    Again. You knew this was coming. Don’t judge me.
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic series – V.E.Schwab
    I own these books. I’ve been saying they’re on my TBR for a year now I reckon. I’ll get to them eventually.
  4. The Grisha trilogy – Leigh Bardugo
    I was super late to the Six of Crows party, but when I bought these I was all for reading them… and then I just never did. I will eventually.
  5. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
    I added this to my Goodreads TBR almost 5 years ago now. I own it. I’ll get round to reading it eventually, I’m sure.
  6. The Dark Wild – Piers Torday
    I read the first book in this series on the train home from YALC 3 years ago (I think) and it broke me. I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for more haha!

And that’s it… I do of course have loads of other books on my TBR, but these are the first 6 which came to my mind!

Remember to share your #SixforSunday posts with me! I love reading your posts! I can’t wait to shout at you all for not reading books I loved (ha!)

See you next week!

S x

 

 

#SixforSunday April banners

Hi friends!

I know it’s Tuesday and I’m posting a #SixforSunday post, BUT it’s me providing the banners for anyone who wants to use the same ones as me since a whole new month of prompts starts on Sunday! You don’t have to if you’re more creative than me, but you are more than welcome to!

Don’t forget April’s prompts are:

April: Taking on the TBR pile

5th: Book that have been on your TBR forever
12th: Recent additions to your TBR
19th: Books from your TBR that you predict will be 5*
26th: Books on your TBR because of someone else’s recommendation

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See you all on Sunday!

S x

S4S – Characteristics I’d love…

Hello #SixforSunday friends!

How are you all doing? How is social distancing/quarantine treating you? I hope you are all staying safe and apart from people where possible. I’m not going to lie, this week has been a tough one… but I hope that today’s post can bring you a smile!

Today’s prompt is quite an interesting one… I loved thinking about this! Today we are talking

Characteristics of characters we’d love

I think this is a brilliant little one to think about for someone like me cause I bloody LOVE a character. I am very character driven. So here we go with 6 characteristics of characters I’d love:

  1. Bravery: Peyton from Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard
    This book isn’t out yet but it is BLOODY brilliant. Peyton shows some wonderful bravery in this book and I don’t consider myself very brave haha!
  2. Self-assurance: Emily from No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter
    You all know I have a massive amount of love for this book and this character. ENd of the story Emily is my inspiration. She’s brilliant and she’s wonderful.
  3. Tenacity: Utterly Thankless from Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone
    We could all do with a bit more tenacity – I can be a bit meek sometimes, so to be a bit more like Utterly, that would be great.
  4. Playfulness: Bad Nana by Sophy Henn
    I can be quite a SERIOUS BUSINESS kind of person at times, but if I could be a bit more playful like Bad Nana, that would be great!
  5. Compassionate: Coach from Run Series by Jason Reynolds
    Now, I don’t think I’m NOT compassionate, but Coach is just FOREVER compassionate and I think I could be a bit more. We all could be a bit more Coach to be honest. I just think he’s amazing.
  6. Magic: any of the magic people
    I WANNA BE MAGIC SO BAD.

Is number 6 a cheat? Who knows! I JUST WANNA BE MAGICAL.

Hurrah for today’s prompt! I thought it was a whole load of fun! Let me know what characteristics you’d steal from your favourite characters. There’s loads more I could have (wit from Luvian Fen or Izzy O’Neill; charm from Jin; bouncebackability from Suzanne; kindness from Elliot) but I managed to keep it to six!

Don’t forget to share your post using the hashtag #SixforSunday. I can’t wait to see what you all want to steal!

See you next week for a new month of prompts!

S x

S4S – The perfect date…

Hello pals!

It’s #SixforSunday time! You know what that means… it’s also time for “prompts Steph set herself that she had TOO MANY answers for so spent too long whittling down her responses to 6 and then regretted it and changed her mind multiple times”. Yep. That’s what we’ve got this week. This week I had quite a few responses… and let’s be honest, they’re all hella predictable!

This week’s prompt saw me mulling over

Six character I’d love to date

LOL. Yep. No shame here. I know who I’ve gone with and you ALL know the reasons why…

  1. Luvian Fen (Sorrow duology by Melinda Salisbury)
    Luvian bloody Fen. That man. He’s witty, charming and a total twat. But I love him. So so much.
  2. Murren Ross (Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury)
    Ren is the kindest, sweetest and most loyal thing ever. I loved that when I saw Mel talk on Saturday that she was talking about the importance of portraying positive male figures for teens to read. He’s such a babe. I love him
  3. Jin (Rebel of the Sands series by Alwyn Hamilton)
    OH JIN. A bit like Luvian… he’s sarcastic, witty, charming… and I’d LOVE to date him.
  4. Grey (Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer)
    OH GREY. I love him so much. He is noble and wise.
  5. Emoni (With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo)
    Going by the front cover of this book, I think she is ATTRACTIVE. And you know what? I’m allowed to be a little bit shallow!
  6. Izzy O’Neill (The Exact Opposite of Okay/A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven)
    I wish I was cool enough to date someone like Izzy, but this is my fictitious game and I can date whoever I like… so Izzy it is.

As I say, there’s LOADS of people who made it onto my list, and I can tell you that as I sit and reread this I’m thinking ‘oh my god should I change this person for this person?’. What can I say? I’m indecisive!

Remember to share your posts using #SixforSunday. I love seeing all of your posts on a Sunday: they fill my heart with SUCH JOY.

S x

 

S4S – Family fortunes?

Morning #SixforSunday-ers!

How are you this fair Sunday? As I type this, I am sitting at home, but as this is posting I will be in London having a wonderful time.

This week’s prompt sees us thinking

Six characters we’d like to have in our families

This is one of those prompts that once I started there were LOADS of names… but it took me a while to get started! (Yes, I know, I come up with these prompts… that doesn’t make it any easier for me ha!)

  1. Bad Nana – Bad Nana series by Sophy Henn
    Bad Nana is bloody loads of fun. She would be a brilliant nana to have around. Causing mischief, having fun and generally just being a bit mad everywhere she goes.
  2. Coach – Run series by Jason Reynolds
    He would be a brilliant dad/uncle to have around. He always is full of brilliant advice and inspiring those kids to do their best. I’m a big fan of Coach, so I reckon he’d be great to have in my family!
  3. Matilda Pages – Pages and Co by Anna James
    If she was in my family, that would mean I could visit her grandparents incredible library and maybe go bookwandering with her (let’s be honest, we’d ALL love that!!)
  4. Caro Kerber-Murphy – The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven
    HER DADS. If she were in my family, that would mean her dads were. They’re hilarious and everything I need in uncles, so THEM.
  5. Emily – No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter
    I don’t have a big sister, but I think Emily would make a brilliant big sister or cousin for me. Or even younger. I just would love to spend time with her. I think she’s bloody brilliant (along those same lines, I’d love to have Jemima Small in my family so I could hug her and tell her she’s bloody brilliant)
  6. Izzy O’Neill – The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
    Izzy seems to get a place in most of my #SixforSunday prompts, but I think that’s testament to how much I love her. She’s a BLOODY hilarious character and she’d be a great cousin/sister. I bet she’d let you borrow her ID and everything. She’d definitely have plenty tales to tell! (Plus, it would mean Betty and Carson would be in my life too!)

So there you go… characters and their related families (not cheating at all) that I would LOVE to have in my family!

Who have you chosen to put in your family? I’m proper curious to see what everyone chose for this week! I wonder if you all found it hard like me… or if it was easy!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SixforSunday for me to share on twitter! I love you all!

S x

 

S4S – Stranded on a desert island

Hello there #SixforSunday fans!

How are we all this fine March Sunday? Are you ready for another post in this new month full of #SixforSunday love? This month we are celebrating all of our favourite characters and I’m not going to lie, this is one of my favourites! I am a very character driven person, so choosing for these prompts has been both easy and hard – easy to think of lots of names; hard to whittle it down to only 6!

This week we’re sharing:

Six characters we’d like to be stranded on a desert island with

I’ve gone for a wide range of characters here… and their explanations as to why!

  1. Scythe FaradayScythe series by Neal Schusterman
    I think he would have some FASCINATING stories to tell. I’d love to listen to him just talk. He would probably be quiet handy in an emergency too I reckon.
  2. Luvian FenState of Sorrow duology by Melinda Salisbury
    I think you and I both know why I want to be stranded with Luvian. That AND he’d keep me well entertained I reckon!
  3. Grey – Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer
    Lol. Much like Luvian. No further comment needed.
  4. Rodolfo The Mask of Aribella by Anna Hoghton
    A bit like Scythe Faraday, I think he’d have a whole load of tales to tell of magic and secrets. PLUS he’s got a magical gondola… so we’d be able to escape.
  5. CosmoI, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak
    I’m stuck ona  desert island; I need entertainment. Look no further than gorgeous Cosmo. I’d be well entertained and I would have an excuse to keep getting up if I had a dog to look after (cause let’s be honest, if it were just me on this island, I’d probably just accept my fate ha!)
  6. The ExplorerThe Explorer by Katherine Rundell
    Dude lived in the rainforest for years, surely he’d know how to survive on an island.

And there’s my 6… I had WAY MORE people. However the common reasons for choosing characters included for the stories they could tell, for their usefulness and for shallower reasons haha!

Who would you choose to be stranded with?
Who do you think you’d HATE being stranded with?
Do you think you’d cope on a desert island?

Don’t forget to share your post using the hashtag #SixforSunday! I can’t wait to see who you all chose and why you chose them!

S x

#SixforSunday does April, May, June 2020

Hello fellow #SixforSunday joiners!

How are you all? I hope you had the best time doing January, February and March’s prompts. Did you have a favourite prompt? Was there a prompt you didn’t like as much? I’d love your feedback on #SixforSunday! Let me know what you think or if you have any ideas for prompts. I’d love your help!

You’ve come along today to see the prompts for April, May and June!
April is taking on your TBR because let’s be honest, we all have MASSIVE TBR piles.
In May, we’re celebrating all things series (if you’d rather talk about TV series in May, that’s cool!).
I always have June as an LGBT celebration month as it is Pride Month and it’s something that is really important to me that we take time to celebrate!

S4S Apr June

April: Taking on the TBR pile

5th: Book that have been on your TBR forever
12th: Recent additions to your TBR
19th: Books from your TBR that you predict will be 5*
26th: Books on your TBR because of someone else’s recommendation

May: Showing some series love!

3rd: Favourite book 1 in series
10th: Heartwrenching endings to series
17th: Series you can’t wait to get into/Series you’re dying to read
24th: Favourite characters from series
31st: Favourite series

June: Celebrating all the pride!

7th: Recommend some LGBT books
14th: Favourite LGBT characters
21st: Favourite LGBT romances
28th: Your dream LGBT ships

As ever, if there’s a prompt you don’t like, do your own thing or check out the #SixforSunday tab to see the prompts from previous years and do one of those! I can’t wait to see how many of you get involved in all of these prompts. I’m a MASSIVE lover of a series, so May is going to be a TOUGH month for me!

Thank you for taking part in my silly little blog tag prompt thing. You’re all my favourites.

S x

 

 

S4S – Character names I’d steal for my kids…

HOLA.

It is I, your #SixforSunday monster. How are you all on this [insert weather here] Sunday? What is the weather doing in your world? Whichever world it is you live on!

You are here for another installment of #SixforSunday I hope! Today is a new month, so a whole new list of prompts. I am a little bit loving March’s prompts… however they are a bit tricky! This week we are talking:

Characters whose names I’d like to steal for my kids

I loved thinking about this, but I found it hard at times to separate the name from the character ha! But here we have 6 names I’d like to steal to possibly name my children (if I ever have children!)

  1. Alva – Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury
  2. Otto – Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things by Matilda Woods
  3. Amelia – Amelia Fang series by Laura Ellen Anderson
  4. Tilly – Pages and Co series by Anna James
  5. Grey – Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer
  6. Emery – The Paper Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg

And there you have it! Six names I’d like to steal to name my future kids after… who knows if I’ll ever get to use any of these names, or if they’d win, but they’re definitely 6 names I love!

I can’t wait to see all your posts for #SixforSunday this week! Thanks for stopping by! See you next week for more #SixforSunday fun!

S x

 

#SixforSunday March banners

Hi friends!

I know it’s Friday and I’m posting a #SixforSunday post, BUT it’s me providing the banners for anyone who wants to use the same ones as me! You don’t have to if you’re more creative than me, but you are more than welcome to!

Don’t forget March’s prompts are:

March – Characters ahoy!

1st – Six characters I’d name my kids after
8th – Six characters I’d like to be stranded with
15th – Six characters who would fit right in my family
22nd – Six characters I’d love to go on a date with
29th – Six characters who I’d like to be like

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See you all on Sunday!

S x

S4S – Favourite covers

Good morning! It’s #SixforSunday time again!

How are we all this fine Sunday morning? What are we all up to? Hopefully, you’re here to check out my #SixforSunday post or have just stumbled upon me from someone else’s blog! Regardless, you’re here so hello!

Today, we are talking:

Six favourite covers

I’m going to go with my 6 favourite covers of books I’ve read so far this year, otherwise I could be deliberating over this for months to come!

I’m not sure what this variety of books says about me because they are all so different and I love them all for different reasons. They’re bright, shiny, intricate, minimalist, scary. It does seem that blue and green are my cover colours of choice. I am a MASSIVE fan of a good cover. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but I am SO GUILTY OF THIS. What can I say? I like it when covers have shelf appeal!

What are your favourite covers?
Do you have a favourite cover style?
DO YOU ALSO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER? (Don’t lie!)

See you next week for more #SixforSunday fun! Don’t forget to tag me in your posts. I’d love to see what covers you all love!

S x