The Spring Book Tag

Hello!

It is ThursTAG again. Phew. How is everyone keeping on? What have you been up to this week? Staying safe I hope! Today I am here to bring you the Spring Book Tag since it is technically now Spring! (And don’t I know it? My hayfever is KICKING MY ASS!)

Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!

1. What’s on your Spring TBR list?

I mean, what isn’t on my TBR? Literally everything haha! My “school closure but not really closure” TBR is up to my hip. Whether I’ll get through them all, or whether I’ll be distracted by other things will be interesting haha. Saying that, some recent additions to my TBR are:

2. If someone asked you for a spring release recommendation, what would it be?

Last Lesson by James Goodhand is INCREDIBLE. It’s the story of a young boy who plans to bomb his school on the last day of Year 11. I read it in the space of a few hours and I just adored it. It’s tough and gritty, but man, it’s so good. (It’s out at the beginning of April I believe!)

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3. Which two books coming out before summer are you eagerly awaiting?

I have already read both Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard and Jungledrop by Abi Elphinstone, but I can’t wait for other people to read them and be so happy and love them as much as I did! Seriously, when they come out, you need to get your hands on them!

4. Which character would make a great Easter bunny?

Hahaha, what a random question! Erm… someone who’s giving and happy about it? Maybe like Miss Honey? She’s really generous. Or Coach from the Run series by Jason Reynolds. He’d make you work for your egg, but then you know you’d deserve it! Ha!

5. What book makes you think of spring?

Literally anything with flowers on the cover. I know I’ve already mentioned her, but Sara Barnard books make me think of spring. They’re so pretty and shiny.

6. Name a cover with flowers on it.

(Haha, my answer to that previous question was NOT planned at all!)

A book with flowers on the cover? EASY:

7. Which two characters would you go on an Easter egg hunt with?

OOOOH. I do not know! Someone to keep me entertained on the hunt and then someone who was good at finding things? 

8. What is your favorite spring bookish activity?

Now I love a good wander along the seaside and then sitting reading on the beach, but as that won’t be happening for some time, I’m going to say, just sitting with a cup of tea, on the back doorstep and reading. I love a good sit outdoor.

9. Which book did you enjoy that has a spring-like cover?

A book I’ve enjoyed this year that has quite a spring-y cover… oooh a good question! I love the Hotel Flamingo books and this one screams spring to me: bright, colourful and sparking joy!

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10. Who is your favorite contemporary author?

Oh friends. Why do you do this to me? SO SO MANY. I love me some Juno Dawson (for bloody brilliant storytelling), Sara Barnard (for incredible characters and they will always make you cry!), Non Pratt (for sheer brilliance), Simon James Green (for funnies) and so many more. That’s just impolite to ask me to be honest.

My Nominees for the Spring Book Tag

Literally anyone who wants to take part… I am guessing my friend Charlotte will engage in this tag. I would be offended if she didn’t let’s be fair.

And that’s it! The spring book tag has sprung! If you fancy giving this a go, please do!

S x

ThursTAG: Amazon’s 100 Books To Read In a Lifetime

Hello friends!!!

I came across the Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag a while ago and stored it in my tag vault… now I figured was as good a time as any to get it out of storage and share with you what I’ve read!

“recommend reads” lists always fascinate me. I don’t think I’m necessarily the target audience for them… but I figured I’d see how many I had read… and you can all shout at me for ones I’ve not read haha!

Rules:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Tag 5 new people!

All right, now let’s take a look;

100 Books To Read In a Lifetime List

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell  Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl  Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney  Yes
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Yes
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling  Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder Yes
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak  Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
The Fault in Our Stars John Green  Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald  Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Yes
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

Hahahaha… this list was NOT designed for me… my total comes to

17 books

I don’t think the ones I’ve chosen will surprise many people… but I think some people will be shocked by some of the ones I’ve not read. (What can I say? I’m not a big classics fan!) I’ve just spotted that there’s a list of children’s books on there too… so I may total them up next week – I bet that number is higher! 

I’d like to add that I recently bought To Kill A Mockingbird and Catch 22… so maybe I can tick them off by the end of the year!

Are you shocked by my total?
Can you recommend me any from that list?
Would you like to have a go at this tag?

I’m not going to tag anyone because if you wanna have a go, just do it!

S x

 

ThursTAG: Do I Have That?

Hello!

It is I again, your ThursTAG friend and I am here with a new tag.

I love finding new tags to take part in, so if you have one that you’d like me to do, tag me in it or send me the questions because I am ALWAYS up for a tag! 

Today, I’m taking on the ‘Do I Have That?’ tag. I think this originated on booktube, but I’m not sure who or where from. If it’s you or you know who, please holler so I can give them credit! I’m excited for this one as it’s one that I’ve never come across before but I had just saved all of the questions in a draft!

Let’s go!

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Do You Have a Book With Deckled Edges?

That’s the funny edges that are all different length isn’t it? Because no. I’m not a fan of those!

Do You Have a Book With 3 or More People on the Cover?

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Erm… I’m not a big fan of books with people on the cover! However, Guardians of Magic by Chris Riddell has 3 people on the cover!

Do You Have a Book Based on Another Fictional Story?

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Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin is based on Macbeth and my god guys. You need to read this book. It is just amazing!

Do You Have a Book With a Title 10 Letters Long?

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Exactly 10 letters? Oooooh. Sofa Surfer by Malcolm Duffy is exactly 10 letters!

Do You Have a Book With a Title That Starts and Ends With the Same Letter?

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Again, another brilliant question! Explorers of Black Ice Bridge by Alex Bell!

Do You Have a Mass Market Paperback Book?

What does this mean EXACTLY? Because probably!

Do You Have a Book Written by an Author Using a Pen Name?

I don’t know to be honest? Probably.

Do You Have a Book With a Character’s Name in the Title?

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The Truth Pixie books by Matt Haig. She’s called the Truth Pixie and she’s lovely. I really think these books are great and I hope there is going to be more!

Do You Have a Book With Two Maps in it?

Ooooooh. I would imagine I do. I am a big fan of a map! I can’t think of a book which has 2 maps in the front right now though…

Do You Have a Book That Was Turned into a TV Show?

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. It’s currently being made into a TV show by Netflix (I believe!). I’ve not read this trilogy yet, but I have read (and devoured) Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom!

Do You Have a Book Written by Someone Who is Originally Famous for Something Else (celebrity/athlete/TV personality)?

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Many, many books. I have loads of autobiographies. The most recent one I’ve read that’s by someone who is known for something other than author-ing though is Over The Top by Jonathan van Ness (of Queer Eye fame!)

Do You Have a Book With a Clock on the Cover?

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Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things by Matilda Woods came to the rescue here! I didn’t think I did, but this has a lovely golden clock on!

Do You Have a Poetry Book?

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My initial reaction to this question was NOPE, but after having a little peruse of my shelves, I actually own a few more than I thought I did! The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris is one of my more beautiful ones though!

Do You Have a Book With an Award Stamp on it?

Again, more than likely! I can’t think of one off the top of my head…

Do You Have a Book Written by an Author With the Same Initials as You?

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Ooooh. I don’t think so! The closest I can think of is Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart (my initials, but the other way around!)

Do You Have a Book of Short Stories?

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I do! I have a few anthologies. My most recent acquisition is 19 Love Songs by David Levithan (who I adore a lot). This book is lush. It’s full of short stories all about the different kinds of love in the world!

Do You Have a Book That is Between 500-510 Pages Long?

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I have not read it yet, but according to the internet King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo satisfies this, so I shall believe it!

Do You Have a Book That Was Turned into a Movie?

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This is another one that I thought I didn’t own any, but it turns out I own 2 or 3! The first one that springs to mind is Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve read the book and I really enjoyed it!

Do You Have a Graphic Novel?

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I DO. I had originally typed I don’t but then I remembered Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. I love these books so much.

Do You Have a Book Written by Two or More Authors?

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I’ve got a book written by 7! Seven of the best in UKYA. Floored by SOME OF MY FAVES is brilliant and if you’ve not read it yet, why are you not reading it right now? I would recommend it whole heartedly!

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And there we go!

That was a whole load of fun. Some questions I REALLY had to think about and some which even made me go have a look through my bookshelves because I wasn’t sure!

Happy tagging!

S x

ThursTAG: Epic Reads Book Tag

Good morning fans of ThursTAG!

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you my answers to the Epic Reads Book Tag! I don’t watch a look of booktube (except I am a massive George Lester fan and I need you all to go over and subscribe to him because he’s amazing AND his book is coming out this year) so when I came across this randomly, I was DELIGHTED. I found it on the Epic Reads YouTube Channel and was intrigued by the questions!! It’s from 2015, so I’m sure everyone else in the world has done this! 

Margot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdes8O-bHI0
Aubry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSuF8Xouzoc

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1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who you invite and what you would you serve them?

HAHA. I don’t wanna be predictable but my GOD. It would be Melinda Salisbury and Twylla (The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy). I have such a wonderful love for Twylla and we ALL know I love Mel.

Other pairs I’d love to have tea with:

  • Laura Steven and Caro (Love Hypothesis)
  • Sara Barnard and Steffi (A Quiet Kind of Thunder)
  • Maz Evans and Elliot (Who Let The Gods Out series)
  • Matt Haig and Tom (How To Stop Time)
  • David Levithan and X (Another Day/One Day)
  • Bridgid Kemmerer and Grey (A Heart So Fierce and Broken series)
  • Charlie N Holmberg and Emery (The Paper Magician series)

Man, I literally could keep going!

2. What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?

There’s LOADS of books I’d love more from, but mostly its because I want more from the authors ha:

  • I want more Luvian Fen (State of Sorrow duology by Queen Mel)
  • I want Scythe Faraday‘s story (Scythe series by Neal Schusterman)
  • I need to know more about Rodolfo (The Mask of Aribella by Anna Hoghton)
  • I’d love to know more about Coach‘s life story (Run series by Jason Reynolds)
  • I wanna know about Jonathon‘s family and growing up (The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D.Lapinski)

3. Name two characters (NOT from the same book) you think would make a good couple. 

Omg. This has totally just come to my mind… Emily from No Big Deal and Caro from The Love Hypothesis. I would SHIP THAT. I think it would be a wonderful and interesting partnership!

(I find questions like this HARD because one a pair is shipped in my head, that’s it. That’s the person they’re with! If you haven’t read these books yet, please get on with it… although Love Hypothesis isn’t out yet!)

4. If you ran into your favourite author on the subway and could say only one sentence to them who is it and what would it be?

LOL. God, here we go again BEING PREDICTABLE. Lets go a YA author and an MG author! Maybe not all time favourites, but in my top 5 faves!

YA: Melinda Salisbury (don’t pretend you’re shocked). I’d probably say OH MY GOD HI MEL. (cause I am so cool)

MG: Abi Elphinstone. I’d probably say OH MY GOD HI ABI. (cause I am so cool)

5. What book made you a reader and why?

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I have an awful lot of things to thank this book for. I have such an emotional attachment to this book. It made me a reader. It made me a teacher. It taught me that books are important. It taught me that there’s power inside all of us. It taught me about kindness. It showed me that people can do anything they put their mind to. (I could keep going, but I won’t).

6.  Incendio! Your bookshelf just caught on fire. What one you book would you save?

NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT. MY GOD. I CAN’T DO THAT. *weeps*

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This! My proof of Sin Eater’s Daughter. 

7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?

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I’d love to live in the S.M.Wilson world of The Extinction Trials. Not because I would survive, but because I definitely would love to meet a dinosaur. I would survive in NONE of the dystopian worlds to be honest… what can I say? I am not the one you want to have to go to fight for you ha!

8. What is your most epic read of all time?

THIS IS SUCH A FAKE NEWS QUESTION. I refuse to choose just one.

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And there you go! My answers to the Epic Reads book tag. I totally didn’t bend ANY of the rules. NOT ME. NO SIREE.

S x

 

ThursTAG: The Book Snob tag

Hello ThursTAG friends! How are you all doing?

The most remarkable thing has happened… I found a tag on my friend Charlotte’s blog that she didn’t steal from me… therefore it’s a tag I haven’t done! *SHOCKED FACE*. So today I am taking on:

The Book Snob tag!

(Check out Charlotte’s post here, or don’t yknow. Don’t tell her I sent you!)

Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

Not always! I saw Love Simon before I read SImon vs the Homosapiens Agenda. However that doesn’t speak of much for me because I’m not a MASSIVE movie goer. I will go if invited, but I will rarely go on my own!

Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

Physical books all day every day. I don’t mind ebooks and audiobooks, but I much prefer the physical having and holding of a book (yes, I’m married to books, deal with it!)

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I mean sure… but I have conflicting emotions about it! I think I’d prefer to date a reader because I do so much reading, but I wouldn’t rule it out. I wouldn’t date someone who was anti-reading though because that would not be fun for either of us. Everyone is a reader: they’ve just not found the right book yet!

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

WHAT?! Can I ditch a genre I hate? Or is that cheating? I guess if I play by the rules, I have to ditch something I love… so of the kids books and YA books I read, the most common genres I love are: fantasy, autobiographies, contemporary, crime, adventure and mystery. I’d probably ditch crime from that list.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Fantasy. There is no question. Absolutely none whatsoever. I couldn’t not read magic ever again. (It would mean that some of my faves would need to start writing fantasy books though).

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Anything YA. I know it’s technically not a “genre”, but YA gets missed out of a lot and it really shouldn’t.

Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

Hmmm… I dunno? I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by people who love reading. I get a lot of “Why’s she reading on the bus/train?” but in general, people don’t bat an eyelid at me reading!

Well that was fun! I dunno how much of a snob I’ve come across… *shrug* (I don’t think I’m snobbish at all, but who knows!)

Did you learn anything about me?
Have you got any snobbish opinions?
Which genre would you choose for the rest of your life?

Talk to me in the comments!

S x

ThursTAG: The Valentine’s tag

Hello again! It’s ThursTAG again. This week I am doing the Valentine’s Tag because I love books and screw you calendar. I know it was Valentines Day last week… I was just NOT ORGANISED ENOUGH OK? Please forgive me!

Stand alone book you love

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I can’t not say Hold Back The Tide. I just finished it recently and I ADORED IT OK?

Dystopian book you love

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Oh man. I used to love a good bit of dystopian. I’ve not read a dystopian for a while I don’t think. However, I need to mention The Extinction Trials series by S.M.Wilson because they’re BLOODY BRILLIANT. They’re Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park, and if that doesn’t convince you, get out.

A book that you love but no one else talks about

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I WILL NEVER NOT SAY THIS TRILOGY BECAUSE NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IT AND IT’S SO SO GOOD OK?

Favorite book couple

SO SO MANY. I AM SUCH A SHIPPER. But it has to be Sorrow and Luvian because I love Luvian with all of my heart and soul.

Book that other people love but you haven’t read yet

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LOL. Is there any other option? I will get round to reading this, but just not yet.

A book with red on the cover

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This book is PROPERLY GREAT. Please go buy it!

A book with pink on the cover

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This is the pinkest book on my shelf so naturally it came to mind first. If you’ve not read A Quiet Kind of Thunder, then please can you get on it?! I love Sara Barnard books with all of my heart. Plus, she’s an absolute darling.

You were given a box of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/girlfriend. Who would have given them to you?

HAHA. I have any number of candidates I would LIKE to give me chocolates, but my man Luvian probably wins. Then Grey (of Brigid Kemmerer fame) because I love him so much.

You are single on Valentines Day. What book would you read?

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Thanks for reminding me I am infinitely single.

The book I was ACTUALLY reading on Valentines Day was this one! Jungledrop is the newest Abi Elphinstone book and It WAS MAGNIFICENT. My review is to come next week!

You are in the bookstore. All of a sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What new release will you love?

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH. I do not know! I’ve read 2 of my most anticipated releases recently.

And there you go! I did it!

Have you read any of these?
Which books do you love?
What releases are you most excited for?

Talk to me in the comments!

S x

ThursTAG: I dare you tag… (3 years later)

I was sitting trying to think of something that I could do for this week’s tag post, and I thought I know, I should look at the FIRST tag I did and compare my answers to now! So here we go.

The first tag I ever did was I dare you tag – you can see my original post by clicking here!

Here we go! 2017 me vs 2020 me!

Which book has been on your shelf longest?

2017: Cell 7 (I’ve read it since!)

2020: The Hate U Give. (I’ll read it eventually)

What is your current read, last read and the book you’ll read next?

2017:
Currently reading – Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Next read – The Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge – it’s the last of my April TBR books and I am determined to get it read! (I never did get round to reading this!)

2020:
Currently reading – Troofriend by Kirsty Applebaum
Next read – who knows!
Last read – Amelia Fang and the Naughty Caticorns

What book(s) did everyone like but you hated?

2017: Caraval (I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t enjoy it)

2020: I still agree with Caraval!

Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

2017: Oh god, any classic.

2020: The Hate U Give (lol)

Which book are you saving ‘for retirement’?

2017: Pass! That’s like 50 years in the future… I barely know what I’m reading tomorrow never mind 50 years time!

2020: Probably all of the classics. I’m not a big classics girl, but I’ll have loads of time when I retire!

Last page: read it first or wait until the end?

2017: Ooooh! I generally peek once I’m half way through but I generally only read the last sentence!

2020: I’ll still peek, but only if I’m concerned about the wellbeing of one of my favourite characters haha

Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

2017: Bloody love acknowledgements! They generally make me cry.

2020: Still a massive fan of an acknowledgement. I think they’re just a lovely way to learn about who was important to the book!

Which book character would you change places with?

2017: Ooooh, interesting question. Twylla from The Sin Eater’s Daughter because she’s badass. Or Wing Jones because I would love to be able to run. (Aw, I miss these girls!)

2020: Sorrow, so I could date Luvian Fen. And be brilliant, but maybe mostly Luvian Fen.

Do you have a book which reminds you of something specific in your life?

2017: Charlotte’s Web will forever remind me of my friends growing up.

2020: Matilda. Always Matilda. If you don’t know why Matilda is important to me, let me know and I’ll fill you in!

Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.

2017: I have a copy of Melinda Salisbury’s ‘King of Rats’ that she sent to a local bookshop for me, because I couldn’t get to the event. (Aw! What a happy memory! LOVE YOU MEL)

2020: I mean being told I’m on an author’s list of people they want to get a copy of their book is WILD.

Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?

2017: Most of the books I buy for people are because I think “this would be perfect for you” or “you need to read this”. Books are an incredible book to buy.

2020: ALL THE TIME.

Which book has been with you to the most places?

2017: Probably Matilda. I still have the copy that I had a child.

2020: Let’s be real, it’s still Matilda.

Any ‘required reading’ you hated in school, which wasn’t so bad two years later?

2017: I really enjoyed the books we read in school, but I reread 1984 a few years after finishing school and I really enjoyed it!

2020: I don’t remember my thoughts on Macbeth at the time, but now I teach Macbeth with gusto and love. It’s one of my favourite things I get to teach!

What is the strangest item you have found in a book?

2017: I once found a note from the previous owner which said “This book will change your life”. (I genuienly do not remember this, what a cool memory to come across!)

2020: Not strange per se, but a lovely little postcard from the author written to me!

Used or brand new?

2017: Generally new, but I love a good charity shop find!

2020: Yep, I’m still a new book girl!

Have you ever read a Dan Brown?

2017: Yes, don’t be a literary snob. I enjoyed them when I read them a few years ago.

2020: I’ve probably not read a Dan Brown book for a good 5/6 years, but I’m not gonna turn my nose up at them if I know they’re good!

Have you ever seen a film you liked better than a book?

2017: Oh my. Now you’re asking something controversial. I don’t think so?

2020: I think I prefered Love Simon more than Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda!

A book that NEVER should have been published?

2017: I think every book is published for a reason.

2020: I don’t know really? I think freedom of expression and speech is important, but there’s probably people whose stories don’t need to be printed. (I don’t have a specific story in mind by the way!)

Have you ever read a book that has made you hungry, cookbooks being the exception?

2017: I don’t think so? Possibly!

2020: LOADS. I can’t think of one right now like!

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

2017: Can I say people? Cause if so my gorgeous friends Kelly, Aoife, Cora and Rachel. Because they are wonderful and have excellent taste in books. And tea. (All of these people are still wonderful people)

2020: Charlotte and Kelly. My two truest book loves.

That was a very cool thing to do! 2017 me and 2020 me are quite similar in many ways… it’s cool to look back and remind myself of things, or look back and see what the books were that were important to me then! 

S x

 

ThursTAG: My blog name in books!

Hello!

Tis that day of the week again. It’s Thursday. It’s Tag day! 

Today I’m taking on the “My blog name in books” tag. I took on something like this with my name, but I figured I’d take on this one! 

Rules:

  • Spell out your blog’s name.
  • Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter.

First off… people ask me “where did you get the name from?” so I thought I’d share the origins with you all! 

I’m a massive massive Matilda fan, so when I went to see the musical I was blown away. We had been learning the words at school in readiness for visiting (although as my class told me I wasn’t allowed to sing along…). In the musical there’s a song called Naughty. It’s such a fun song and the lyrics are brilliant (if you’ve never listened to this soundtrack, I suggest you do!). It’s all about being brave and standing up for yourself even if you are little:

Even if you’re little, you can do a lot, you
Mustn’t let a little thing like, ‘little’ stop you
If you sit around and let them get on top,
You might as well be saying
You think that it’s okay
And that’s not right!
And if not that’s not right
You have to put it right

And it just struck a chord with me. Plus… I’m quite short! 

So that’s where A Little But A Lot came from. 

Here goes… (I’m including books I’m excited for AND books I have on my physical TBR for this)

A – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

L – Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven

I – Isadora Moon Goes on Holiday by Harriet Muncaster

T – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

T – The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell

L – Lu by Jason Reynolds 

E – Educated by Tara Westover

B – Boy Queen by George Lester

U – The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke

T – The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton

A – Amelia Fang and the Naughty Caticorns by Laura Ellen Anderson

L – Loveless by Alice Oseman

O – Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

T – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

That was MUCH harder than I thought it would be!! Especially the vowels! Took me longer than I thought it would, but it was a lot of fun! There’s a whole host of incredible books I’m excited for in the coming months. 

If you fancy giving this a go, go for it!

S x 

ThursTag: My A-Z of books

Hello!

This is another of those tags which I had stashed in my MASSIVE TAG DOCUMENT. I figured I would give it its time to shine! So here we go with this week’s tag:

ThursTag A-Z

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Probably Matt Haig! He’s written a fair few kids books and adult books.

Best sequel ever:

WOAH. NO. Although, I’ll probably hand it to Song of Sorrow. I know: you’re all shocked!

Currently reading:

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As I type this (on Sunday), I’m reading Otto and the Tattercoats by Matilda Woods! 

Drink of choice while reading:

Depends where I am as to if I’m even drinking anything at all. However if I have to say ONE thing, it’s probably tea! Breakfast tea preferably!

E-reader or physical book:

I mean, I’m team BOOKS, but if I have to, it’s PHYSICAL books all the way!

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:

Would have? None of them would have dated me haha!
Would have wanted to? Probably Emily from No Big Deal. She’s amazing.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

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The Smoke Thieves. I almost gave up on it part way through because it just wasn’t doing much for me, but I enjoyed it by the end!

Hidden gem book:

My go to answer for this probably isn’t much of a hidden gem around these parts anymore, but I’ll go for Viper by Bex Hogan because I never see many people talking about it and I want more people to read it!

Important moment in your reading life:

Is it cliche to say the moment I wrote my first review on my blog? Or the first time I went to a blogger event? As an adult, they’ve been really important to me. As a child, I’d say it was finding Miss Honey in Matilda. She showed me the person I wanted to be as an adult.

Just finished:

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Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann. It was bloody brilliant. It’s out later this year from Penguin and I think people are going to ADORE it.

Kind of books you won’t read:

There’s nothing that’s every completely off my list, but I’m not likely to read anything political, erotic or historical (unless it’s children’s or YA ha!)

Longest book you’ve ever read:

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Longest book in recent times? The Toll by Neal Shusterman. I need all of you to read the Scythe series because it is REMARKABLE.

Major book hangover:

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven. I finished that and was like ‘How do you top that? How do you get more than that?’ I loved that book with all that I could possibly be.

Number of bookcases you own:

In my house? 1. But that doesn’t account for all of the boxes I store books in haha

One book you’ve read multiple times:

I only really have one answer for this because I’m not a rereader: Matilda. Although I do end up rereading books when I read them with my kids, so I guess that’s not entirely true!

Preferred place to read: 

On a bus/train, or sat in a comfy corner of a cafe with a cuppa. Either by myself or on a reading date.

Quote that inspired you/ Gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

Oh lord, I’m so bad with this kind of thing. I don’t know. Emily’s speech at the end of No Big Deal though.

Reading regret:

Hmmm. I don’t know? I don’t think I have one… that I can think of!

Series you started and need to finish:

I’m really good at finishing series that I’ve started (WHEN the books are out anyway). I can’t think of one off the top of my head that I’ve started and not finished and all of the books are out.

Three of your all time favourite books:

You guys know me by now. I refuse to answer these questions.

Unapologetic fangirl for:

Melinda Salisbury. Absolutely no shame.

Very excited for this release more than all others: 

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OH LORD. ONLY ONE? I can’t NOT say Hold Back The Tide.

Worst bookish habit:

Owning all the books and not reading them.

X marks the spot- start on the top left of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book:

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber. A book I would wholeheartedly recommend to all of you. I love that book (and Katie) so much!

Your latest purchase:

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Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Zombies by Katie and Kevin Tsang. Such a fun series! If you’ve got kids, it’s a brilliant series!

Zzzzz Snatcher book (the book that kept you up way too late):

So so so so many books. I remember having an absolute marathon of reading the Harry Potter books for the first time a few years back. That was many late nights!

And there you go! The A-Z tag: done and dusted. If you fancy doin g this tag, go for it!

See you soon for more bookish fun!

S x

 

ThursTag: The TBR tag

Hello friends!

It’s Thursday, so that can only mean one thing: TAG DAY.

Today I’m taking on the TBR tag. Another one from my back log of tags, so if this is yours let me know and I’ll credit you! I’m not really a TBR creator… I’m more of a book collector and then read them when I fancy them kind of gal!

Saying that, let’s go!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I have boxes of unread books at the foot of my bed and when I finish a book, I go to the boxes and choose the next book to read! I don’t have a list or anything: it’s just in my head/in those boxes!

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Mostly physical copies of books. My kindle is dead unfortunately (RIP KINDLE).

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest

I don’t know actually! There’s definitely some books a few years old on that list!

A book you recently added to your TBR

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If we’re talking a book I bought/acquired recently to add to my TBR, I’d have to say The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell. The brilliant humans of Usborne sent me a copy and I’m so excited to read it!

A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover

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I’m gonna be honest here and say that I am a COVER MAGPIE. I love a sparkly cover or a beautiful cover. I know you shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but if it’s got a pretty cover I am SO MUCH MORE LIKELY to pick it up. A book that’s clearly only there for its cover is The Surface Breaks (I’m not a Little Mermaid fan particularly).

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading

I mean I PLAN on reading all of the books on my TBR if we’re being honest… but some I’m going to get around to reading/am much more excited about reading than others.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for

Here’s just a few of them… (this was the first 6 that popped into my head!)

A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you

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There is only one answer for this… THUG.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you

Lol, see the answer above!

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read

I have none of these books in my physical possession yet, but as soon as I do, you KNOW I’ll be reading them. *prays the postman brings me Hold Back The Tide soon*

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

93 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf, but I don’t really use my ‘Want to Read’ shelf very well. I might actually go through and sort it out now!

And there we go! That was my TBR tag. As we have seen, I don’t have a physical TBR, but there are MANY books I want to read. I mostly haven’t read them yet because I don’t own them/don’t have time (god damn you work)

If you wanna have a go at this, feel free!

S x