The Folklore Book Tag!

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As I mentioned in my monthly wrap up, Taylor Swift’s surprise album drop basically made my month, so when I saw this tag that gives combines the songs with books, I just had to do it! If this isn’t your thing, that’s fine, there’s no bad blood, just maybe skip this because (in case you can’t tell) I’m gonna go FULL FANGIRL! But if you are a Swiftie, enchanted to meet you, welcome to Wonderland! We’re gonna be FEARLESS today!

I wasn’t tagged, but thank you to the amazing Ruby Rae Reads for bringing this to my attention and the incredible creator Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink for making such a wonderful tag! (look at what you made me do 😉) Seriously though, check both of those out if you loved this album as much as I did! I know most of you need no invitation, but I used this as an excuse to relisten to the music as I answered the questions 😉 Also, I spent *way too much* time on this post, picking out books for Swifties that match the mood of the songs, so hope you like it 😊 Okay, without further ado, it’s time to freak out about Folkore and the fact that there’s nothing stranger than fiction… are you ready for it? 😉

THE RULES

  • Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
  • Tag at least 3 people.
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
  • Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post

the one

What a catchy one to kick off the album! This tune feels like old school Taylor and I’m digging it!

We Were Liars

we were liars

I picked this cos it has that retro, buzzy feel to it- even if at the same time it’s technically a bit downbeat.

cardigan

The second I put this on for the first time, I knew this album would be a favourite! I just wanted to get wrapped up in it. It feels fresh and nostalgic at the same time; it parallels her older music and yet is so much more mature. Listening to it again now, I’m transported to another world and love how Swift once again makes Wonderland references (see what I mean about her links to her older stuff! Ah!!)

Peter Pan

peter pan

Partly cos of the Peter Pan references, but mostly cos I’m lowkey obsessed with it.

last great american dynasty

This wasn’t my favourite, but it also gives me vibes from early Swift and is still a strong song. Plus, I love how she’s now telling other people’s stories and tying them into her own life.

Daisy Jones and the Six

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I’m stealing Ruby’s answer because it was perfect! I can’t help it! Not only does this book have unconventional characters to match the song, the rock n’ roll vibes also make this feel ALL AMERICAN to me. Plus, if you’re in the mood for some smooth listening, I really recommend this one on audiobook as well!

exile

This is where the album took me off into another plane. Alas, this asks for a book I don’t like, so gonna oblige (with something other people might actually enjoy)

Normal People

normal people

Recently, I wish I’d not bothered reading Normal People, because ***there were so many signs*** I wouldn’t like it- after all I didn’t like Conversations with Friends. And while it was an improvement on her previous book, her writing still isn’t for me.

my tears ricochet

Ahh this song!!! An instant new favourite!! It feels really specific… and yet so personal to me? I’ve no idea how Swift manages to pull that off. I’m haunted by this song and when I’m not listening to it, I still miss it in my bones (damn those are some exquisite lyrics)

Sadie

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I’m pairing this with one of my favourites from last year. I’d never really listened to many audiobooks before this one, but Sadie was in a league of its own and made me sob. It also goes with this song *perfectly* imo.

mirrorball

Such a pretty song, it makes me want to spin around the room, and if you don’t like it then hush… 😉

Big Magic

big magic

The amazing thing is it’s one of those books that makes so many people it was made just for them.

seven

Oh my god this song  takes my breath away. It feels like a folksong, yet has something very modern about it.

Heidi

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It’s been years since I read this, yet I’ve still got love for it!

august

Absolute perfect summer song for this august! I want to cancel plans and just listen to it again and again 😉 Plus I like how reminiscent it is- I get lost in memories when I put it on. What’s great is that the tune feels ostensibly happy, yet wistful, blending in the longing lyrics. I’ve no idea how Swift manages to give her songs multiple meanings, but somehow Taylor gets me feeling all different emotions simultaneously.

I Capture the Castle

i capture the castle

Not only does this have that very memorable Midsummer scene, it also has a bittersweet vibe going for it that makes me think of this song.

this is me trying

When I hear the first few notes of this song I’m just YES! All in! Again, it feels like she’s taken her old style and elevated- she’s not just trying, she’s succeeding (and smashing it)

Secret Garden

secret garden

Yes, it deals with loneliness and sadness, yet it’s ultimately uplifting!

illicit affairs

Not gonna be so popular with my opinions on this one, but I have some mixed feelings about this one, cos I love the storytelling, though not the story as much. That said, I’m sold on the bridge… a million little times!

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

tess

I’ve not had one of those in a while, so I’ll just go with Tess, because I vividly remember every book hangover Hardy gave me!

invisible string

Another new favourite! Upbeat and beautiful, it’s just so pretty to think there’s a golden string tying me to this song 😉 The lyricism is luscious and the story gorgeous. I felt fated to fall in love with it.

Memoirs of a Geisha

memoirs of a geisha

I feel like that about so many books- but I’m going with this one because, not only did it heal a broken heart once, it also goes well with the music.

mad woman

The piano in this is crazy good and I’m loving the mad woman in the attic vibes.

Vasilisa from Bear and the Nightingale

girl in the tower

When you think about the story, especially from Girl in the Tower, this feels fitting for the song as well!

epiphany

This gives me chills. It steals my words.

Rebecca

rebecca

Much like the song, my love for this atmospheric read often takes my breath away.

betty

I really do like how she embodied different characters for this album- it adds to the genius of her storytelling

Achilles and Patrocles from Song of Achilles

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This is another book that will leave you a puddle on the floor…

peace

Really calming and definitely brings me peace (even if it says “never bring me peace”)

Lazlo from Strange the Dreamer

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Not much of a peaceful character, but I’d die for him just the same!

hoax

The melody for this is just exquisite. Personally, I get to this song and feel like it’s carried me back to the feelings I had at the start… so I have to go back to the beginning and listen again (it’s cyclical, so it’s really not my fault!)

Lonely Hearts Hotel

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This comes down to miss-marketing, cos it couldn’t live up to the promise of “being like the Night Circus”, because, well, it’s nothing like that. Instead of being fantastical and whimsical, it’s gritty realism (with a hint of lyricism)- which wasn’t for me. It’s a shame, because the author is so talented, I still wish I liked it.

Tagging…

Okay, well I’m not sure who is a Swiftie, so I’m just tagging Meggy and Kat directly (cos I think they are!) And of course any other Swiftie that wants to do it!

And for a ***bonus track*** before I go, I’m gonna …

RANKING THE SONGS!! 

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Obviously, this is not going to be an objective list (and probably not even my final opinion), it’s just gonna come down to my personal taste at the moment. On the plus side, there’s not a single song on this album I dislike… On the downside, that made ranking these nigh on impossible! After choosing the ones I listen to on repeat, I had to play songs off against each other to figure out which ones I liked more (which wasn’t exactly a chore 😉). Anyhoo, here’s my ranking:

Invisible String- because this song makes me happy

My Tears Ricochet- because this song makes me sad (and I don’t even care if these are not technically the “best” on the album, they’re the ones that move me the most, ya know?)

Epiphany- this song is just magic to me.

Exile

Cardigan

Hoax- I really struggled with where to put this, cos I wanted it to be higher but couldn’t put it above the others!

Seven- this song is too pretty! Like a lot of the songs, the bridge steals the show.

Mad Woman- I love this more and more with every listen.

Illicit Affairs- this was so hard to place, because I think I prefer the One overall, but this bridge is *insane*!!!

The One- though this would never take the number one spot, on any other album this would be so much higher

August- erm I have no justifications at this point, cos I love this song and I (almost) wish I didn’t prefer the others so it could be higher!

Peace- I’ve no idea how this is so low down the list- it’s just that I love the others so much? Same goes for the next two.

Mirror Ball

This is Me Trying

Betty

Last Great American Dynasty

I just know this is going to change haha! But that’s what I’ve got for now! Are you a Swiftie too? What are your favourite songs on the album? Let me know in the comments!

Never Have I Ever Writing Tag!

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Hello all! Would you believe we’re in another Camp Nano? I’m not really participating (too much work) but I did find this brilliant writing tag! And you know what they say? “If you can’t write, do a tag!” (yes, that is a thing people definitely say 😉 ) Really grateful to the marvellous Mary Drover for tagging me! I love when she talks about writing and thoroughly enjoyed her writing for this.

This (very cool idea) was created by the Long Voyage- so definitely check out the original here!

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. . . started a novel that I did not finish.

I’m not sure I count the ghost story I started when I was seven? It seems a bit harsh to include that! 😂 I feel like, generally speaking, if I get serious about a story, I’m going to finish it.

. . . written a story completely by hand.

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Yes- and I still (sort of) do? I wrote my first three books completely by hand. Then, when I started working on the trilogy, I realised I wanted to type up every few chapters, so that I could have a clearly overall vision (which led to me developing some edit-as-you-go techniques).

. . . changed tenses midway through a story.

Maybe? I presume I did this when I was starting out, but I’ve not noticed anything like this in a while (actually, now I think about it, I’m so scared I’m going to find an error like this in my writing now or WORSE miss it entirely!!)

. . . not researched anything before starting a story.

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Hehehehe oh so very, very guilty! I could use the excuse that I’m a fantasy writer- but most people know that’s not gonna wash. I don’t know why either, cos I love to plan, yet I like to dive straight into the story than get bogged down with details. I do tend to fall down (very specific) researching rabbitholes while I’m writing though. My biggest problem is that- while I like to base a lot of my character’s interests on things I’m genuinely interested in- there are some occasions when I have to include something outside my interests. Let’s just say I can be less-than-enthusiastic about research in those cases… which CAN HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCES! Moral of the story: don’t be like me 😂

. . . changed my protagonist’s name halfway through a draft.

Does it count if they change their name in the context of the story? Either way, I’ve considered changing a character’s name, and have definitely done it to minor characters, but never a main one (as of yet). Once I fall in love with their character name, I’m keeping it, no matter how stupid it may sound (actually, fun fact, I often give characters deliberately awkward names, cos I feel like I was saddled with one IRL and I shouldn’t have to be the only person on the planet to suffer with a name I don’t like!)

. . . written a story in a month or less.

I WISH!

. . . fallen asleep while writing.

you fell asleep

How would this even happen…? Writing is like a total workout, combined with operating heavy machinery, combined with flying… all of which demand your utmost attention! I don’t know how you could fall asleep at the wheel like that?

. . . corrected someone’s grammar irl / online.

guilt

Oh god yes, guilty (like, super, super guilty- I feel so bad about being such a grammar Nazi these days- I try to stick to ranting on my blog and to friends now)

. . . yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of a novel.

NOPE! (that’s just something I do on the blog 😉)

. . . used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

Haha no! Even if I am, in fact, actually writing, I’m scared to tell people! It just puts pressure on me- I’d sooner tell someone I was clipping my toenails than tell them I was in fact up to my elbows in a fantasy world, delivering an 80,000 word baby 😉 (and that’s a gross image you’ll never be able to unsee 😉)

. . . killed a character who was based on someone I know in real life.

Haha oh yes. I don’t know if this is going to make it better, but I based the character on a stereotypical mean girl I knew, then got bored of having them in my book and killed them off…

. . . used pop culture references in a story.

Hmm I think so- I just don’t often keep them in the edits. Sometimes they just feel like a private joke between me and me (I mean, I once referenced a political slogan I wanted to make fun of and it gave me a good chuckle… but no one that read the book noticed!)

. . . written between the hours of 1am and 6am.

Of course! Though (at the moment) I’m surprised to say my hours are more sociable than they used to be!

. . . drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

mad hatters tea party

I don’t drink coffee, so it’s tea all the way! (and yeah, I can drink an entire pot of tea while writing- who wouldn’t?)

. . . written down dreams to use in potential novels.

it was all a dream

Yup! And I’ve done it as well. Sometimes they literally end up as dream-sequence type scenes, where a character dips their toes in another surreal world for a moment or two, and (hopefully) returns changed. Very useful! Thanks subconscious!

. . . published an unedited story on the internet / Wattpad / blog.

Oh yeah- way back when I was on Figment I put out a novella I was working on (it was pretty useful to get feedback as I worked to be honest)

. . . procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.

Absolutely! I procrastinated classwork with writing, so why wouldn’t I do the same for homework? 😉

. . . typed so long that my wrists hurt.

Yup! Easy thing to do!

. . . spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.

fear

No- and I hope it never happens- the horror, the horror!

. . . forgotten to save my work / draft.

Ahhh no!!! I hope this never happens to me either! (I feel like we’re going through all my worst nightmares now!)

. . . finished a novel.

Yes- it’s a bit complicated to count them (since I’ve rewritten a few), so let’s go with 6 (original works).

. . . laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

evil laughter

MWHAHAHAHA! (absolutely)

. . . cried while writing a scene.

I feel so heartless for saying this, but no. Not even when I kill my most precious darlings. I have horrified myself to sleeplessness though.

. . . created maps of my fictional worlds.

Nothing so cool as in Mary Drover’s tag- but I do always like to have some idea where my characters are- so whether it’s a poorly sketched out high fantasy world or a regular map from this world with a few new place names marked on it, I always have something like this. (weirdly though I often make this somewhere in the editing phase, so I can correct my mistakes!)

. . . researched something shady for a novel.

Oh absolutely- I think “world’s deadliest poisons” would give most people cause for concern if they didn’t know I wrote 😉

That was so fun, I’m tagging:

Kat, Marie, Sophie’s Corner, Out of Babel and anyone else that wants to do it! 

And for now, I want to know, what guilty writing secrets do you have? Fess up! 😉

Mid Year Freak Out Tag 2020

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Hi all! And it’s already June… LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT! Somehow 😉 It’s a bit of an annual tradition for me to do this tag, so I don’t need an invitation (aka I wasn’t tagged) I’m just gonna go for it!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2020

ten thousand doors of january

There are quite a few contenders, but I have to go for the simply *exquisite* Ten Thousand Doors of January

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

supernova

Supernova was such a satisfying conclusion! My review’s coming soon 😊

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

aurora burning

I’m going with Aurora Burning because I loved the first ones and I *need* the next instalment!

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

invisible life of addie larue

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue just sounds so incredible! (and let’s be real, I’m a fan of Schwab’s writing, so it’s a must-read for me)

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

queen of ruin

Queen of Ruin– I just wanted to like this so much more than I did. And it’s the kind of book that I like even less when I think about it :/

BIGGEST SURPRISE

diviners

For pure enjoyment, I have to go with the Diviners series.

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

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Patricia McKillip!

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

enchantment of ravens

Honestly don’t have one, so I’m just gonna plug a (sort of romantic) book I really enjoyed: Enchantment of Ravens

 NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

with the fire on high

Emony from With the Fire on High– she just felt so realistic and likeable to me.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

wild swans

I don’t think any book has made me cry (which is a bit of a change) but Wild Swans seriously moved me.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

bookish and the beast

Bookish and the Beast just MADE ME SO HAPPY!!!

FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

ps I still love you

Hmm I think the only one I’ve watched is PS I Still Love You and it was cute (plus I preferred it to the book tbh).

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

Buying books? That’s a thing you can do?! LOL! Seriously though, I’ve not bought any books since lockdown and the ones I have got aren’t exactly beautiful- so I’m just gonna go with another anticipated release:

once and future witches

(that also happens to look so pretty!!!)

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

I’m being really chill about what I read right now, cos I just think mood reading is the way to go in this (crazy) year. But it’d be nice if I finally read:

Since this is an old one, I’m not tagging anyone specific- just feel free to do it if you like! What I wanna know is what’s your favourite book so far this year? And what are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!

The Book Predictions Tag

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Hi all! This week is gonna be pretty busy for me, so I fancied taking my mind off things by looking forward to some of the books I have on my endless TBR and making some predictions… which is gonna be interesting since I’m such a mood reader! Thank you so much to the fantastic No Reads Too Great for tagging me to do this one!

Now let’s see if I have any divination skills…

THE RULES:

  1. Pingback to the creator of the tag, @bookprincessreviews 
  2. Tag the person who tagged you
  3. Find an answer to match each prompt
  4. Have fun!

All of these prompts are your predictions for your…

Next Read

Gosh starting with the hardest question for a mood reader!! I just bought All the Pretty Things the other day and would quite like to pick it up (cos I’m definitely feeling the slow burn thriller). But then, I also got Wakenhyrst from my library overdrive and that’s got temptingly gothic vibes. Plus, I also got approved for Ruth Ware’s One by One on Netgalley, which I couldn’t be more excited for… DO YOU SEE MY PROBLEM?!?!

Next 5 Star Read

Ooh so many!! I have a few lined up in my Overdrive holds that I’m hella psyched for:

I just want to read them all asap (but also hoping that they all don’t come at once lol!)

Next 1 Star Read

Okay I have no idea why I would pick up a book that I’d predict will be 1 star?! I’m not exactly shy about saying NAH to a popular book that doesn’t sound like it’s for me. Also, I’m really happy to say, I haven’t rated a single book 1 star this year. And it’s not cos I’m shy about sharing my feelings (you guys will know that’s not the case by now!) but because I’m getting so much better at DNFing. I’m much happier just putting the book down than letting any ambivalence curdle into hate. Also, since I’m so absorbed in other things, it’d take a lot right now for me to finish a book I was hating! I think it’d take a special kind of loathing for me to power through… so, touch wood this doesn’t happen!

Next Love Interest (or Character that Seems Really Cool to You)

gideon the ninth

Well I bought Gideon the Ninth the other week and I’ve heard amazing things about that… but I have no idea when I’m going to read it! (hehe oh dear, this tag really wasn’t designed for mood readers- was it? 😉)

Next Book You’ll Be Buying

sorcery of thorns

This is also hard to predict! Yeesh! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a complicated book buying procedure (yes, I really do mean procedure). I prioritise books by how much I want them, then organise by price and then see how much budget is for the month. I very nearly bought Sorcery of Thorns the other day, especially after reading Enchantment of Ravens, but decided to push it off in the end (it’ll happen though! That book is going to be a beauty!)

Tagging: Journey into Books, Beware of the Reader, Hammock of Books, Meeghan Reads, Corner of Laura and anyone who’s not a mood reader LOL! Unless of course you want to struggle through this like me 😉

And that’s all for now! Do you struggle to pick your next read as much as me? What are your thoughts on reading a book you predict will be one star? Let me know in the comments!

What My Favourite Characters Would be Doing in Quarantine Book Tag!

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I saw this original tag over on the brilliant Kal @ Reader Voracious and I just had to do it!

Rules

  • Take 5 or more of your favorite book characters and imagine what they would be doing if they were quarantined with us in the real world.
  • You can have them be in their own squad if you want, or working on their own.
  • Tag 5 friends.
  • Link back to this post and credit Reader Voracious.

Characters in Quarantine

six of crows

Kaz Brekker– plotting ways to break out and steal make money!

sirius black

Sirius Black– probably climbing the walls (I also think he’d be sneaking out in the guise of a dog)

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Peter Pan– flying off to Neverland! Seriously, all my faves would be so restless right now!

luna lovegood

Luna Lovegood– finally one that would be able to sit still! Granted she’d be doing something so unspeakably odd that I wouldn’t be able to describe it and considering all the conspiracy theories she believes, I don’t know how long for…

Unseen academials

The Librarian– eating bananas and reading, same as always.

illuminae

AIDAN– well, we all know he’d start killing people off… (serves me right for putting a friendly villain on the list 😉)

daisy jones and the six

Daisy Jones– just jamming I imagine- and then she too would get fed up!

That was fun- I tag: Ola & Piotrek @Re-enchantment of the World, Sofii @A Book a Thought, Sophie’s Corner, Corner of Laura, Meeghan Reads and anyone else that wants to do it!

 So, do you agree with my answers? What would some of your favourite characters be doing in isolation? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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?

woke

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!

whole wheat waffles

little women

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

eggo waffles

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!

chocolate waffles

cress

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

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words in deep blue

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!

waffle cone

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!

maple syrup

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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last kingdom (2)

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!

christmas tag

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?

wideacre

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?

winds of winter

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?

the-black-magician-trilogy

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?

to all the boys

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!

autumn monkey 2

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.

winternight bear

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.

astonishing colour of after

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.

my harry potters

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. 

autumn spines

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

name of the wind

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. 

the woman in black

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. 

secret countess

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!