Hello all! Yes, I know we’re quickly moving into the winter season, but fall’s not finished yet… Thank you so much to the wonderful Witty and Sarcastic Book Club for tagging me- she’s one of the friendliest book bloggers out there, always has fantastic insight and amazing recommendations- highly recommend you check her out!
In Fall, the air is crisp and clear. Name a book with a vivid setting.
The Winternight Trilogy– I just adore that Russian setting. And, as the nights get cooler, it’s perfect for this time of year!
Nature is beautiful…but also dying. Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic, like loss or grief.
The Astonishing Colour of After– it’s a bit heavy on the purple prose, but it’s powerfully vivid and covers the topic of grief in a really unique way.
Fall is Back to School Season. Name a Nonfiction Book that Taught You Something.
I don’t read a huge amount of Non-Fiction but the Gulag Archipelago taught me *a lot* about the Soviet Union.
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 love to be a part of.
Okay, I’m gonna try and not steal the Weasley family answer, buuuut it’s hard to come up with something different! So, I’m gonna stick with the Harry Potter theme and say the Marauders. *Phew* *wipes sweat off brow* just about got away with that 😉
The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground. Show us a pile of Autumn-coloured spines.
Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside. Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
The first book that came to mind was Name of the Wind– which I feel weird about picking cos I wasn’t a fan of the sequel… buuuut it’s really the perfect book for this, since the narrative structure and distinctive storytelling style makes this a stellar read! (hopefully the third and final book, whenever it comes out, will be a return to form)
The nights are getting darker. Share a dark, creepy read.
Well, if you’re looking to be properly *creeped out* then you can’t go wrong with the Woman in Black!
The days are getting colder. Name a short, heart-warming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
Anything by Eva Ibbotson- though I’d particularly recommend the Secret Countess.
Fall returns every year. Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
So many. There were a few I wanted to reread this year, but never got to. I hope to reread Sabriel (just cos it’s amazing). And I also wanted to reread His Dark Materials before the new adaptation came out (which I’m LOVING btw!!!), but that didn’t happen. I also plan to reread the first Mistborn series, so I can finally have the pleasure of bingeing the entire series. Problem is, I’m a massive mood reader, so it’s really anyone’s guess what I’ll read next 😉
Because Fall is basically over, I’m just gonna tag a few people, but feel free to do it if you want to!
Hello all! Brr it’s getting cold out- which means it’s time for me to cosy up with a tag 😉 Thank you so much to the lovely Journey into Books for tagging me to do this one!
Hot Chocolate – What is your comfort book?
Carry On– it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Pumpkin Carving – What is your favourite creative outlet?
Writing. I’ve always loved telling stories, though I don’t really do short stories or poetry anymore, so it’s novels all the way!
Falling Leaves – Changes that appear bad but you secretly love?
Gosh this is a hard question! I guess you could say I’m a walking contradiction here, because I’ve never been a fan of change, and yet I love fresh starts. While it makes me super antsy, I do like the feeling of trying something new.
Pumpkin Spiced Latte – Something you love that other people judge
This is a hard one to narrow down, cos I’m 99.9% eccentric, so there’s a lot… The one I get called on the most for is *lowers voice to a whisper* I occasionally like listening to random religious music even though I’m not religious. After the fire Notre Dame I could not stop listening to French hymns for instance… (this is my jam 😉 ) My friends (a lot of whom are religious) think I’m barmy. Moving swiftly on…
Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?
Fright Night – Favourite scary book or movie
I don’t realllly do scary. Especially not scary movies!!! So (and don’t laugh) it’s Hocus Pocus.
Halloween candy – Favourite thing to eat
Oh dear, you bring up food and I’m just gonna be like…
*I like everything*
Can’t ever go wrong with chocolate though!
Scarves – Your autumn ‘must have’ accessory
Gloves- cos I’ve got bad circulation in my hands (I know, you were expecting a rock n’ roll answer, but I think we’ve established, I’m not that cool 😉)
Fire – A book or film that burns your soul
Just one?!!?! That is the hardest question!! I’m going with Persuasion– because that romance is *emotional*- but also feel really set upon with that question!
Toffee apples – a book or film that seems to one thing but really has a different inside
I’m going to go with a more positive answer- I had the feeling that Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was going to be this romantic contemporary… but it turned out to be so much more than that!
Hi all! I’m still thinking quite a bit about writing and I saw this really fun tag over on Sara @the Bibliophagist‘s site and thought it would be fun to do (even if I wasn’t tagged- I know, what a rebel I am 😉 )
The Perfect Genre
pick a book that perfectly represents its genre
Well, obviously I’m picking fantasy, but I feel like this is such a versatile genre I could really pick anything. So, I’m just gonna pick Shadow of What was Lost, because it both epitomises the genre and doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
Still really need to read the sequel!
The Perfect Setting
pick a book that takes place in a perfect place
This was possibly the hardest, because there are so. many. remarkable settings. That’s why it might be disappointing that I’m gonna go with possibly the most cliché answer and saying Hogwarts. But c’mon, this is the perfect book- I can’t really get any better, can I?
The Perfect Main Character
pick the perfect main character
Prince Myshkin- a tragic figure with a heart of gold (it’s also been pointed out to me that Dostoevsky has a tendency to make his heroic characters basically Jesus- so make of that what you will).
The Perfect Best Friend
loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever
Okay, yes I’m cheating a little cos I don’t think you can have one without the other and I just think Crowley/Aziraphale are the best fictional friendship ever!
The Perfect Love Interest
pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner
Gotta be Baz from Carry On
The Perfect Villain
pick a character with the most sinister mind
Alright, choosing Victor Vale, even if it’s not clear whether he is a villain… which makes him the perfect villain!
The Perfect Family
pick a perfect bookish family
Oh I really, really want the Laineys from The Boy Who Steal Houses to adopt me- so them!
The Perfect Animal or Pet
pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book
Well not exactly as a pet… but I *love* dragons!
The Perfect Plot Twist
pick a book with the best plot twist
No spoilers- but it’s gotta be Poison by Chris Wooding!
The Perfect Trope
pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking
I’ve never written this, but I love enemies to lovers. Like in the Hating Game…
The Perfect Cover
pick that cover that you would easily put in your own book
Hazel Wood (also an amazing book)
The Perfect Ending
pick a book that has the perfect ending
Okay so I’ve got to admit a few very different endings just popped into my head, so I want to mention them all (just picture them all smushed together, even though they’d probably be a really weird ending). Firstly, Secret Countess is a gorgeous, fairy tale finale, and I love it. I’m also a sucker for the more tragic conclusions like in the Broken Empire trilogy. And I frickin ADORE the highly unique ending of Circe. Dunno what all of those would look like together, so make of that what you will 😉
Phew- I feel like I’ve been pretty daring this week, so I thought I’d chill out… by doing the dare you tag 😉 Seems quite appropriate now we’re in the heart of the *SCARY SEASON*. Thank you so much to the marvellous Mary Drover for tagging me to do this- she’s got such a fascinating blog, with so much on writing, books, yoga, food and so much more! You’d be mad not to check it out!
Now, you’ve done that, let’s get into the tag!
(warning, may contain controversial opinions…)
What book has been on your shelf the longest?
I have the same answer as Mary for this, cos hello, I’m a millennial:
What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
At the time of writing this post, I’m currently reading the Dispel Illusion (so far soo not been able to catch my breath!!), just read Bone Witch (eh s’alright) and up next is p-r-o-b-a-b-l-y Small Spaces… or Vanishing Stair… or maybe something else equally Halloweeny (what? You wanted an actual answer? I’m a mood reader!)
What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Okay, I’ve got a lot of these, so I’m gonna list a few like Mary did. Time to piss everyone off I guess…
The Fault in Our Stars– I’ve made no secret of the fact I didn’t like this book. For me, the narrative was a flatline of continuous despair and the pretentious prose felt absurd. Also, I will never think the callous use of Anne Frank was okay, okay?
It Ends with Us– on a completely different note, here’s one I’ve never talked about before, but… oof this one still hurts. Lots of people love this book because of the way it boldly handled the sensitive subject matter, and I can respect that, BUT I hated it for its soapy, simplified, inauthentic approach.
The Bronze Horseman– ugh to the cheating, ugh to the gross love interest and ugh to the dishcloth protagonist. Ugh ugh ugh.
I’ve actually realised I have *a lot* more of these. Maybe I’ll do a follow up post if I’m feeling brave…
What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Well, I kind of know my reading tastes by now and I figure it’s suuuuper unlikely I’ll want to attempt another steam of consciousness novel. I’ve never finished a Virginia Woolf book or ploughed through Joyce’s Ulysses– and I probably never will. That didn’t stop me from downloading all the free ebook versions though….
What book are you saving for retirement?
Gosh, I don’t know, maybe some of the above? I have a number of challenging books on my tbr as well- such as the works of Jung, Dante’s Inferno, Swann’s Way etc- but I like to think I’ll get to them before I retire 😉
Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
Wait till the end! What do you take me for?! I’m not some uncivilised, well, ape.
Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
Oh, I quite enjoy them. Maybe I’m sappy, but I find so many of them written with warmth and charm and lovely expressions of gratitude! (okay, yes, I’m very sappy)
Which book character would you switch places with?
I’m gonna go with Austen’s Emma, cos has a lovely lifestyle and also she gets Knightley- what more could a girl desire?
Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (place, time, person?)
Hmm I think many books have the power to transport you back in time and place.
Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Ahhh this is embarrassing. I once soaked my school library copy of Little Women (by accident!) so rather than giving back the damaged version, I pretended I’d lost it and paid to replace it. I think I still have the mouldy and kinda disgusting version somewhere in storage.
Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Since it’s nearly Halloween and I apparently want to scare people off, I’ll go with Woke– which I gave to my brother for his birthday and just wrote a (satirical) review for.
Which book has been with you most places?
Okay, time for a weird confession (that I’ve probably made before 😉) I sometimes like to take my copy of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience around with me like a talisman. Partly cos it’s small, partly cos it’s pretty, mostly cos even if I have my phone/kindle I need at least one physical book with me at all times.
Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
This is probably the hardest question! The only things I really remember hating from school was the contemporary poetry- most of which I still hate. I have, however, developed a deep respect for Seamus Heaney after reading his terrific translation of Beowulf recently. Sooo don’t know if that counts as an answer, but moving on…
Used or brand new?
I get most of my books used, but would probably prefer to get them new, cos if I could shower authors/publishers/booksellers with wealth, I would.
Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Unfortunately, yes. The Da Vinci Code was one of my first (non classic) adult books. Suffice to say I wasn’t impressed and it took me many, many years to go back to adult books after that.
Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
A few times. I not-so-secretly prefer the Stardust movie, for instance (though the book is still good!)
Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
Of course! I get hungry at just the mention of food- in fact this question has just made me so hungry I can’t think of an answer right now! Maybe the extremely obvious answer Harry Potter– which made me wish Hogwarts was real all the more! Rainbow Rowell is pretty good at making me hungry too. As is Jacqueline Wilson.
Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Two of my friends, who both vigorously recommended Discworld to me- obviously they earned my eternal trust with that tip 😉
Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
The first one that springs to mind is the Martian- which was a surprisingly delightful read- especially for a newbie to the sci fi genre like me!
So have I shocked any of you with my opinions?! (probably not, if you’ve stuck around this long, you’ll know I’ve said worse 😉 ) Really curious though, do you have any shocking opinions on books everyone loves, but you hate? I dare you to let me know in the comments!
Autumn is awesome! I can’t be the only one that loves autumnal activities- which is why I am so excited to do this fall bucket list book tag! Thank you so much to the terrific Tiffany for tagging me to do her fantastic new fall tag! I really enjoyed these prompts and absolutely loved the graphics as well, so am glad she says you can use them in the post 😀
Feel free to use any of my graphics in your post, or create your own!
Tag 7 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.
My Lady Jane– this funny take on Lady Jane Grey is the epitome of light-hearted! Which is surprising, considering how dark the history is… but never mind that, because even historical-accuracy-stick-in-the-muds (like me) can enjoy the heck out of this book!
Six of Crows– this book is so deserving of the hype!!! And it’s the kind of dark and atmospheric read that really suits the autumnal months!
Harry Potter– I mean, is there another answer? Whether you love the Golden Trio, the Marauders or Dumbledore’s Army, this book is packed with charming friendships.
Goose Girl– this is an older Middle Grade read, but it’s definitely the kind of book that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
To All the Boys I Loved Before- Tiffany predicted that most people are gonna pick Lara Jean… and I am indeed doing just that! But this book isn’t just about a talented chef- it’s so much more than that! The romance, the family aspect and individuality of the characters all blend perfectly to create the ultimate YA contemporary!
Northanger Abbey– ahh Austen always has the power to make me squeal with delight! And this parody of a gothic novel is just right for (us scaredy cats in) spooktober!
Sooo it’s my birthday tomorrow and as often happens now that I’m getting older (yikes!) I may or may not be having an identity crisis… which is why I thought it would be a fun time to try and figure out who I am anyway? Am I the person I always thought I was? Is the sky still blue? Who knows? Obviously the most sensible thing to do at a time like this is answer buzzfeed questions to determine what book characters I most resemble… (cos #bookwormlogic)
Thank you so much to the marvellous No Reads Too Great– an avid book blogger with fantastic taste in books- so definitely recommend checking her out!
The rules are:
Take all the quizzes down below and record your answers.
You may be underestimated and some may count you out, but you’re a serious person when you need to be, and take responsibility very seriously. You’re incredibly loyal (though it may not seem like it at times), and your friends are lucky to have you.
You may come off as stand-offish at first, but once a new friend earns your loyalty, they have it for life. Not without good reason. You’ve been through your fair share of struggles and are careful to protect yourself from more.
You’re smart, talented, and fiercely independent. You may not mean to but everyone looks up to you. Not only have you got a fiery spirit but you have a big heart — your friends and family mean the world to you. Keep on being you.
Hell yeah! (although I do think the Buzzfeed questions were totally random- book riot seemed a bit more logical)
A prince of darkness with a heart of gold, you’re the most powerful High Lord in Prythian. Despite your smoldering good looks and mind-crushing powers, you still manage to make time to appreciate art and nature a few close friendships. You’d give your life for those you love, and sell your soul to keep them safe.
I think I got this just by virtue of being a night owl?
You are very observant, and mostly keep to yourself. A little too naive and gullible of others, your willingness to trust leads to you getting hurt quite often. You are extremely kind and loyal to those you love.
Bits and bobs of this could be true- but Noah and I do have things in common.
The friend that everyone needs in their life, you must be Jessica! Sure, humans might not get to have as much fun as vampires, but you’ll show ’em how it’s done. You’re ever so curious, ever so friendly, and a little bit crazy — who wouldn’t want you as a BFF?
I mean, not the best, but there are A LOT of worse options in this series!
A Lunar shell confined to a satellite to aid Queen Levana with hacking and surveillance of Earthen countries. She is a petite girl with very long honey blonde hair, a heart-shaped face, and freckles. She has a very overactive imagination, and nervous around people due to her lack of social interaction growing up.
I am so relieved to get her cos I relate to this character so much!! Even if I’m no hacking genius, I definitely have an overactive imagination! Finally one I can rest easy on!
I don’t think this exercise has taught me much about who I am, but it was a helluva lot of fun! I tag:
I haven’t done one of these in two years- SAY WHAT?! And since I was recently nominated by a couple of people, I figured it was about time. Thanks so much to the lovely Keira @Headphones and Hyperbole– who talks a lot about music and books- what could be better? And thank you to the awesome Rachael @Dogearedpages– whose enthusiasm comes through in her wonderful book blog 😀 Definitely worth checking both of them out!
Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
Answer the questions.
Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
List the rules + display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.
1.You have been arrested. What is the crime you are most worried about being falsely accused of?
Gosh- what a question! I’d hate to be falsely accused of anything- but I figure going down for a murder I didn’t commit would be pretty awful… especially since I don’t have the brains of Andy Dufresne to get myself out of that situation.
2.What is your favourite type of chocolate? (Can you tell that it’s Easter…)
Oh man I love ALL THE CHOCOLATE- but if you really want the way to my heart, you’ll get there with a Ferrero Rocher
3.Highlighting or underlining?
Probably underlining cos I get lazy/don’t colour code things properly… but that doesn’t usually stop me trying.
4.What is your favourite fantasy creature?
5.What is your biggest pet peeve?
(Oh boy, you’re going to wish you never asked…)
Hypercorrection. Every time someone uses a reflexive pronoun incorrectly, I wince. Every time I see an Oxford comma, I die a little inside. In fact, I was reminded of this recently when #OxfordComma was trending on twitter and *a lot* of philistines *ahem* misinformed souls were using examples that weren’t just grammatically incorrect, they also created the very problems they sought to avoid. Observe this sentence without hypercorrection:
“Highlights of Peter Ustinov’s global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800 year old demigod and a dildo collector.”
And now with hypercorrection:
“Highlights of Peter Ustinov’s global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800 year old demigod, and a dildo collector.”
This actually *creates a subordinate clause*-meaning you have now unequivocally called Nelson an 800 year old demigod- meaning this has obscured rather than clarified the intended meaning (and the same is true for the much touted dedication example). Ironically, there was no confusion in the sentence before BECAUSE THE RULE OF NOT PUTTING EXTRA COMMAS IN LISTS ALREADY WORKS!! This entire rule was invented for people who don’t know how to read properly to begin with… and makes a mockery of people with basic literacy! *slow clap for stupidity ruling the day*
(see, bet you regret asking 😉 )
6.Do you prefer sparkling water or still water?
Still water- I *hate* sparkling water cos it makes me thirsty- what is the point in water that makes you thirsty?!
7.Are you the type of person to make decisions with your head or your heart?
I’m the kind of person/monkey to make decisions with my heart and then second guess them until I end up more or less making them with my head 😉
8.What do you do when you are stuck on something and need an epiphany?
I work on something else or just write in circles until I come up with something.
9.What is your happy place?
Bed, surrounded by books 😉 Then I can be *anywhere*…
10. Do you have any strange or unexplainable fears, and if so what?
*Coughs awkwardly* yup- I’m mortally afraid of doctors…
11. Where would you least like to go on holiday and why? (Real life, or fictional).
Westeros wouldn’t exactly be the best place for a holiday, would it? I mean, you’d be strolling along in King’s Landing, when HOLY SHIT WAS THAT A DRAGON WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE…
Or you’d be chilling out in Winterfell when OH MY OLD GODS AND THE NEW- IS THAT AN ICE ZOMBIE- ARYA COME SAVE ME!
Or you’d take a nice boat trip to Essos when WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THAT PERSON’S FACE? Oh, it’s called Greyscale, IT’S HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS? WHY AM I NOT COMFORTED BY THAT?
You get the idea. It would be a very stressful place to go on vacation.
What’s your favourite lesser known book or series and why?
All That Still Matters at All is by a Hungarian poet, which doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves in the English speaking world.
Describe the best food you’ve ever read about in a book.
That has to be one of those delectable scenes from Harry Potter:
“He had never seen so many things he liked to eat on one table: roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops and lamb chops, sausages, bacon and steak, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, fries, Yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, gravy, ketchup, and, for some strange reason, peppermint humbugs.”
Would you rather be a character in a whimsical magical tale or an epic space opera?
Whimsical magical tale- far less drama, a lot more peculiarities.
If you could change something about your favourite book, what would you change?
Well, nothing, or it wouldn’t be my favourite book 😉 The thing is, one of my favourites is the Idiot by Dostoevsky and is largely thought to be a bit of a flop… but I somehow ended up loving it, imperfections and all, so I wouldn’t change a thing. I might like a Smaug spinoff from the Hobbit though 😉
Why did you start blogging?
Honestly? To rant about Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. I really didn’t like that book and no one wanted to hear me vent about it (anymore) in real life 😉
What is your most controversial bookish opinion?
Well, I was just reminded recently that I really don’t like Handmaid’s Tale… That thought’s not gonna win me any friends 😉
Personal library or public library?
Tough question! I mean, there are more books in a public library, but I guess I end up more attached to the ones in my personal collection.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
Posable thumbs- useful for turning pages in books 😉 (also self-deprecating humour 😉 )
What book character would you name a pet after? (and what kind of animal is the pet?)
Ooh hard question! I don’t have a pet, so you’re going to be in for some wish fulfilment. I love literary names for cats: Lila Bard, Kaz Brekker, Raskolnikov… Today though I feel more like a dog person and think Paddington would be a fun name! Also, I can’t take credit for this one, cos was in Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, but Winnie the Poodle is the best fictional dog name ever! (let’s be real though, if I ever was lucky enough to get an actual dog, I’d call it something silly like Mr Snuggles Fluff Monster the Third… poor imaginary future pooch 😉 )
10.Where would you go if you could go anywhere within driving distance (like 5 hours max) right now?
Hmm right now I think I fancy going to Cornwall, cos I’ve not been in a while and the last series of Poldark is doing a wonderful job of selling the place (I’m really impressionable 😉 )
11.Who is your book boyfriend (or girlfriend)?
Gonna go with an oldie but a goodie (sorta): Victor Vale!
Where’s the best place you’ve ever been on holiday?
Do you have any favourite fictional (or non fictional) libraries?
What’s your guiltiest pleasure read?
What’s your most unpopular bookish opinion?
Do you have a bookish pet peeve?
What book character gets on your last nerve?
If you could wear any item of clothing from a book- what would it be? (magical or not)
Who would you rather kiss/marry/kill when the choices are Lord Voldemort, Sauron and Iago? (meanest question ever, I know 😉 )
Who’s the best bookish baddie you’ve read about lately?
Would you rather be the villain in a story or the hero? Why?