The Wanderlust Book Tag!

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Ah it’s that time of year, when my eyes start to drift towards the horizon, and I can’t help but think of all the exotic places I’d rather be… or maybe that’s just me? 😉 Anyway, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to go adventuring in books. Thank you so much to the lovely Hammock of Books, for giving me the chance to live vicariously through reading 😉

Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends

The Questions

  1. Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town

To Kill a Mockingbird- basically the ultimate book set in a small town- and a book with a big impact.

  1. Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community

Big Little Lies- an intense murder mystery, the beach town felt like a constant spectre in the background.

  1. Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas

Life of Pi- a really vivid read, the setting is often powerfully done, even if things are not always as they seem…

  1. Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle

Journey to the River Sea- this is basically the perfect book for this this question. No contest. And if you haven’t read Eva Ibbotson/already love her books like me, then definitely consider this exquisitely written, fairy-tale-esque middle grade!

  1. Frozen wastes: a book with a frost bitten atmosphere

The Northern Lights- and having just watched the recent adaptation (which brought some of the plot points into sharp relief) I can safely say, it isn’t just the setting that’s chilling.

  1. The boonies: a book with ruff or isolated terrain 

Heidi- a beautiful book with a beauitiful setting.

  1. Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting

Saga Volume 8- okay, I did pick this largely cos I don’t really read books with this setting- BUT this is an excellent (adult) graphic novel- so if you like the look of it you should definitely check it out!

  1. Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands

Holes- I am so glad I was reminded of this book by doing this tag, because it’s brilliant! A gripping story, with wonderful characters, about changing your fate.

  1. Wild and untamed: a book set the heart of the woods

The Hobbit- okay, not all of this is set in woods, but for me Mirkwood is the most memorable fictional forest.

  1. Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic

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Charmed Life- yes, yes I could’ve gone with Harry Potter- but you guys know it already. If you’re looking for something else that’s whimsical, you can’t go wrong with Diana Wynne Jones- I especially love the Crestomanci series!

That was a lot of fun! I tag: Miri @the Book Dragoness, Zezee with Books, Embuhleeliest, Read by Tiffany, Meeghan, Ola and Piotrek @Re-Enchantment of the World Blog, the Corner of Laura and anyone else who wants to do it!

What did you think of my answers? And what are some of your favourite books for these settings? Let me know in the comments!

 

My Favourite 2019 Blogging Moments Tag!

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I can’t believe we’re coming to the end of 2019! Which means it’s about time we start wrapping up the year… I saw over on Bookcorps (the original creator of the tag) and thought it might be a fun roundup, especially since I don’t do wrap ups. 

What’s your favourite book review?

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Not gonna lie, I had a lot of fun writing my review for Woke 😉

What’s your favourite discussion post?

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I really liked doing a couple of posts on free speech this year- especially Calling Out Call Out Culture and *All the Warnings*. Both of them were really overdue, particularly cos I’d spent so long doing research on the latter.

What’s your favourite fun post?

(By “fun post” I mean a post that doesn’t fall under a particular category like reviews, discussions or tags do.)

I’ve written a few, but I had the most fun doing the Most Pretentious Post You Will Ever Read

What’s your favourite book recommendation post?

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I loved doing recs based on Hogwarts Houses. I even roped my sister, the Monkey Baby, into helping me out with her Hufflepuff perspective for part 2!

What’s your favourite book/bookish photo?

I really don’t have one! I’m not much good at bookish photos! So, here’s a random selection of book porn…

All of these are well worth reading by the way!

What’s your favourite original idea/blog post?

Let’s be real, I liked taking the piss out of how some people read reviews, aka my post how not to read reviews aka poking some trolls under the bridge 😉

What’s your absolute favourite blog post you wrote this year?

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I’m really glad I took the plunge on a few posts this year, but I really enjoyed doing my defence of fairy tales and classics, cos sometimes our most beloved stories need defending from Nincompoops!

Have you reached any blogging achievements this year?

I don’t think I hit any WordPressy official targets, but I did hit 5500 followers this year 😊 Which I’m immensely grateful for! So thank you to everyone who’s been following along this year!

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I’m not tagging anyone, since I wasn’t tagged (also I’m being lazy 😉 ), but please feel free to do it if you like!

 

Waffle Book Tag

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Since this is the perfect time of year to get cosy and, well, eat a lot, I thought it’d be fun to finally do this tag. Thank you so much to the fantastic Kelly @Another Book in the Wall for tagging me to do this- really recommend checking her out, especially because she writes and hosts amazing discussions on YA!

The Rules

➽ Link back to the original creator, Kat @ Novels & Waffles (check her out too, she’s so sweet!)

➽ Feel free to use any of the waffle graphics in this post, just make sure to credit Kat! (as you can see, I used them cos they’re amazing!)

➽ Tag as many people as you want (or don’t want) to. No pressure here, folks! ♡

belgian waffles classic

christmas carol

For this time of year, let’s go with Christmas Carol!

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little women

Trying to keep to the Christmassy theme, I’m gonna go with Little Women.

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peter rabbit

I had to look up what Eggo is (turns out it’s an American thing)… which is why I thought it might be fun to flip that on its head and choose a quintessentially British book that (some) Americans may not be familiar with: The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I can’t tell you how warm and fuzzy I get whenever I think about Beatrix Potter- her books made my childhood and ultimately is why I’m in love with the Lake District. So yeah, this is a real nostalgia-fest for me!

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Cress! She’s super sweet and my favourite character in the Lunar Chronicles.

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Words in Deep Blue… see what I did there 😉 Okay, but in all seriousness, this is a book about grief that made me cry *the whole way through*. But it’s so beautiful and uplifting and gorgeously written that I can’t recommend it enough!

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evelyn hardcastle

I’m going with the Seven and a Half Deaths Evelyn Hardcastle– cos it was by far the most unique thing I’ve read this year! Even that title stands out from the crowd!

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wizard heir

I’ve binged a lot of brilliant series and powered through some pathetic bilge… but one that I’m glad I finished was the Heir series by Cinda Chima Williams. Warrior Heir wasn’t my favourite book, but I’m glad I read it, because that series ended up being delectable!! I especially loved Wizard Heir!

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I’m gonna have to steal Kelly’s answer and say my Kindle. I never thought I’d want an ereader, until someone on my degree course pointed out it’s really useful for books that are no longer in copyright. Of course, once I got it, I ended up hooked on all the other wonderful ebooks that are so easy to get and stock up on. And while I still love physical books, it’s safe to say I’m a Kindle convert!

That was fun! Tagging: Witty and Sarcastic Book Club, the Paperback Piano, CJR the Brit, Misty, Green Tea Librarian and anyone else that is craving waffles wants to do this!

And that’s all for now! What’s your favourite delectable series? Let me know in the comments!

Bookish Heavenly Virtues Tag!

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Eons ago, I confessed my Deadly Bookish Sins to the world, so I think it’s only fair in this season of giving to balance it out with some virtues 😉 Thanks so much to the brilliant Ola @ Re-Enchantment of the World for tagging me to do this one!

CHASTITY: Which author/book/series you wish you had never read?

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Oof I can think of a few. I wish I could unread everything I’ve ever read by Philippa Gregory, but mostly Wildacre- cos why?!?!?! That book was all manner of weird and icky and I wish I could just erase it from my mind!

TEMPERANCE: Which book/series did you find so good, that you didn’t want to read it all at once, and you read it in doses just to make the pleasure last longer?

The problem with great books is once you start reading, you realise it’s delectable and no matter how much you try to abstain- you just want to gobble them up all at once! For me, there are two authors who always make me feel this way: Laini Taylor and Katherine Arden

CHARITY: Which book/series/author do you tirelessly push to others, telling them about it or even giving away spare copies bought for that reason?

I personally try to fit books to people- like, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, I’ll push Carry On at you until you *read it*! If someone ever asks for a Non Fic rec or wants something more meaningful, my book of choice will always be Man’s Search for Meaning. Then there are just perennial favourites like Dorian Gray… You get the idea, I’m a book pusher and I have a problem 😉

DILIGENCE: Which series/author you follow no matter what happens and how long you have to wait?

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Let’s be real, when (if) Winds of Winter and Dream of Spring finally come out then I’m gonna read it!!! I don’t even care it’s good anymore/better than the show/a rambling shambles- I just WANNA SEE HOW IT ALL ENDS AND GET ON WITH MY LIFE! (yeahhh I think like a lot of GOT fans, I have an unhealthy relationship with this series…) (also, fun fact, GRRM also appeared in my Deadly Sins Tag as an author I have a love-hate relationship with… which I didn’t realise until I’d already written this)

PATIENCE: Is there an author/book/series you’ve read that improved with time the most, starting out unpromising, but ultimately proving rewarding?

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Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician Trilogy- no contest! Seriously, I nearly DNF’d the first one and thought only the last hundred pages or so were worth reading. HOWEVER, the rest of the series was *brilliant*! It actually ended up being one of my favourite fantasy series of all time. So, if you do pick it up and find the first one painful to get through, I highly recommend you power through! It gets so much better!

KINDNESS: Which fictitious character would you consider your role-model in the hassle of everyday life?

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Thinking of quiet heroes is a real challenge! I think there are a few contemporary heroines who make me feel like this- most notably it’s gotta be Lara Jean- who manages to be a great sister and is someone who I’d want as a real life friend!

HUMILITY: Which book/series/author do you find most under-rated?

Again, there are a few. I have to say Isaac Bashevis Singer is really underrated with modern audiences. And though I’m assured Radnoti has an audience in his native Hungary, I think his poetry should be read more widely, because it is so exceptionally beautiful. Lastly, I absolutely loved Wolf in the Whale, which came out this year- while dark in some areas, it’s also one of the most unique fantasies I’ve read in a while!

That was fun! Tagging: Lila @Hardcover Haven, the Book Prescription, Sofii @A Book A Thought, Jennifer @Out of Babel, Xandra @Starry Star Books, Weird Zeal and anyone else who fancies doing it!

Alright then- that’s all for now! I wanna know what’s your most heavenly bookish virtues? Let me know in the comments! 

 

Finally Fall Tag!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Gulag Archipelago, 3 volumes

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.

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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. 

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Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside. Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.  

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

Tagging: Jennifer @Bookmark Your Thoughts, CJR the Brit, the Green Tea Librarian, Sam @Rivermoose Reads, Journey into Books and Keira @Headphones and Hyperbole

And that’s all for now? What book gives you autumnal vibes? Let me know in the comments!

Are you ready for sweater weather? Tag!

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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?

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Carry On– it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Pumpkin Carving – What is your favourite creative outlet?

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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?

*BOOKS*

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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

And that’s all for now- I tag: Witty and Sarcastic, Zezee with Books, Mim Inkling, the Captain’s Quarters, the Book Prescription, Kiwi Katastrophes, Embuhlee Liest and Sara @the Bibliophagist

Really wanna know what books make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? And what’s your oddest quirk? Let me know in the comments! (and we can feel like oddbods together 😉 )

The Perfect Book Tag

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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.

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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?

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The Perfect Main Character

pick the perfect main character

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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

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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

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Gotta be Baz from Carry On

The Perfect Villain

pick a character with the most sinister mind

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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

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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!

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The Perfect Plot Twist

pick a book with the best plot twist

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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…

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The Perfect Cover

pick that cover that you would easily put in your own book

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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 😉

Only going to tag a few people for this: Sophie, Kat, Katie, Tiffany, Marie, Jennifer, Witty and Sarcastic Book Club and anyone else that wants to do it!

So, what do you think of my answers? And I’m really curious about what trope you would most like to write? Let me know in the comments!