A to Z Tag!!

Book Tag


I’ve been tag stealing again!!! I love that they give my readers (if there are any out there!!!) a chance to get to know me, and for me to get to know other bloggers!!

I found this tag over at Smitten for Fiction, you can read Amanda’s post HERE

I loved reading her answers!!

Creator: → http://goo.gl/x7sRWQ

Author you’ve read the most books from

According to Goodreads it is Jodi Picoult.  Looking at my bookcase I can completely agree with that.  I have a whole shelf just for her books, and I’ve read all of them.

Jodi Picoult Goodreads Page

My Sister's Keeper The Storyteller The Tenth Circle Lone Wolf

Best Sequel Ever

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

To the people who have read it, need I say more?? I wish this wasn’t the last one.

Currently Reading

Defender by G X Todd
Defender (The Voices #1)

Drink of Choice While Reading

Tea. Tea. Tea.

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E-reader or Physical Book?

Both. Please do not make me pick. E-books for convenience and physical book because nothing beats a physical book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School

This hunk of a man:

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Jamie Fraser.. Just Yummy.  Saying that though, I still would….

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

The Magician’s lie by Greer Mcallister. I wasnt sure what to expect but it ended up being  a magical masterpiece.
The Magician's Lie

Hidden Gem Book

I’m picking a series I read last year. I’ve not seen much hype about it, in fact nothing on it at all.
The Soulseer Chronicles (Marked, Cursed and Bound) by Sue Tingey
Marked (The Soulseer Chronicles, #1) Cursed (The Soulseer Chronicles, #2) Bound (The Soulseer Chronicles, #3)

Important Moment in your Reading Life

I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint a certain moment. Every moment in an incredible book is important.

Just Finished

The Freedom Broker by K.J. Howe. An intense, action packed thriller of a read.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

There isn’t much I wouldn’t read. I don’t really read Erotica, but have read some. I usually try something at least once or twice then decide from there.

Longest Book You’ve Read

According to the wonderful Goodreads it will probably be Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. At 1086, it looks like it’s the longest book on my Goodreads shelves.

Major book hangover because of

Number of Bookcases You Own

This has gone up to 7…… 2 huge ones are full, parts of it are double stacked and if I was to put all my other books on to the other cases it’ll probably fill 3 of them.  One of them is full of DVDs and games.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

Harry Potter, all of them.

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Preferred Place To Read

At home, either on the sofa or in bed. As long as it is quiet with no noisy child or man-child but either way at home.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book

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Reading Regret

Hmmm…. Probably American Gods by Neil Gaiman.  I recently got like 50% of the way through it and had to give up… I just didn’t understand it, or like it.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series)

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – I only have the last one to read.
There is probably more but that’s the only I have read the majority of them.
Oh, and the rest of the Outlander series.

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books

Christ… This is asking a lot…

  1. Harry Potter (Wouldn’t be able to pick just one of them)
  2. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

That’s just the first 3 I can see on one of my bookcases.

Unapologetic Fangirl For

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  I love this book, and the second. And the third. I love the TV show as well. Also, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others

Still Me by Jojo Moyes. I’m very excited to see where Lou’s journey takes her next. And if she ever finds someone as incredible as Will.
Still Me (Me Before You, #3)

Worst Bookish Habit

Inflicting my book addiction on others??? I don’t know… Maybe taking so long to pick my next read or having to look in a bookshop if I’m near one.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. I hope this book won’t make me cry!!

Your latest book purchase

The most recent 2 books I personally have purchased for myself:
1: On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
2: A Season of Spells by Sylvia Hunter

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

The Bed and breakfast on the Beach by Kat French
The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach

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New Year’s Book Tag

Book Tag


It’s that time of the year where we all sit down and plan our reading year. Sort of anyway. I’ve been very prepared this year and thought about this back in early December – go me! Doesn’t mean it will all go to plan though!!!

How many books are you planning to read in 2018?

So, in 2017 I beat my target of 100 books by 54 books. This year I’m sticking with 100 books, just purely because I’m not going to be reading much in April.  I’ll have posts scheduled probably but reading will probably be a minimum.

Name 5 books you didn’t get to this year (2017), but want to make a priority in 2018?

  1. City of Circles by Jess Richards  Goodreads
  2. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult Goodreads
  3. The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw Goodreads
  4. Roses of May by Dot Hutchison Goodreads
  5. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh Goodreads

What genre do you want to read more of?

Hmm.. Probably Historical Fiction. I do enjoy them but I never feel like I want to actually start it. Yet, when I do, I normally really like it.

Name 3 non-book related goals for 2018.

  1.  Finish planning my wedding – I hate last minute bits.
  2. Be there for my boy’s first day at Primary School – I can’t believe that happens this year!!!
  3. Don’t nag as much as I do to the child and man-child – the boy doesn’t know that’s what I’m doing but the man-child has had enough of it!!!

What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

Take your pick!! I’ve got enough to choose from!! If I had to pick one though… Probably

One word that you’re hoping 2018 will be:

Romantic. I get married in April so the rest of the year will probably be in a whirlwind of Newly-Married jobs for me – including the extremely long and ever-growing list of where I have to change my name. Not looking forward to that part…

I Tag:

Anyone and everyone.

End Of The Year Book Tag

Well, 2017 is closing up soon so perfect time to do this tag!!! I’m not entirely sure who, or where, it was created but I’m throwing thanks out into the blogosphere to you!! I’ve seen this on plenty of blogs recently, and again I’ve not been tagged but here it is anyway.

Book Tag




1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I’m going to say no to this.  If I don’t finish a book, which rarely happens, I do it for a reason.  Mainly that I don’t like the book, or that it’s awful.

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Not really.  I do tend to read loads of Christmas books, well I have this year anyway… I also normally re-read Harry Potter but I haven’t this year, I seem to have run out of time.

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Still Me by Jojo Moyes will probably be my first purchase of the year.  I need to know how Lou’s story finishes. There’s other books I’m planning on reading for January and February which I’m excited to get to as well.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody, Godblind by Anna Stephens, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.. Honestly though, I want to read them but I’ll likely not get to them anytime soon!!!

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I can’t answer this question.  If I hadnt’t of managed to read Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult I’d probably say that, but I finally got round to it and it was a shocking read… I can’t say if it was my favourite of the year though.

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

I have.  I have decided to be more active on my blog, with weekly meme posts, tags, and more publication day reviews alongside blog tours and the usual things I post. I’m doing another 100 book Goodreads challenge, but I’m going to try and do a reading challenge to fit in with that as well… No idea how I’m going to fit it all in, but I’m sure I’ll manage!!

The Fall Book Tag

This tag was created by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm. All graphic credits go to her as well. This has been doing the rounds I’ve noticed the last couple of week so I thought that I would jump on the wagon with everyone else. Plus, as it’s Autumn, it seems appropriate. I also loved the graphics, do you blame me?! I’m doing this with books that I’ve read this year, and this year only.


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Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I loved the take on the Queen of Hearts and how she got to how we know her in Alive in Wonderland.
Heartless

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The Missing Twin by Alex Day. I still didn’t see any of it coming when it was to do with Edie.

The Missing Twin

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This could be one of many books this year.  The most recent that I loved, and most importantly dished out on the warm and fuzzy’s would be The Christmas Holiday by Maxine Morrey.

The Christmas Holiday

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I’ve gone with yellow, and there have been quite a few of them this year.
You Had Me at Merlot: The Complete Novel  The Woolly Hat Knitting Club: A gorgeous, uplifting romantic comedy Cocktails and Dreams

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Need I say more?!?!
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

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I’ll answer this one with what I want to read by the end of the year, well maybe 3 that I want to have read by the end of the year.
The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood
City of Circles by Jess Richards
A Time To Change by Callie Langridge
A Time to Change by [Langridge, Callie] The Crow Garden by [Littlewood, Alison] City of Circles by [Richards, Jess]

 

This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

I found this tag over on Reading every night, you can read their post HERE.  I loved reading her answers and thought that I would share what my favourite genre is!!!!

This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

Rules:

  • Credit the bad bad Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag. Either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

What’s your favourite genre?

I’m going to have to pick two genres:  Romance and Fantasy.

Fantasy is a huge genre to cover.  I just love the ideas of other worlds, magic, elves, vampires.. You get the idea.

Romance as a whole.  It doesn’t have to come under just romance, it can be under different genres as well. Such as chic-lit, or paranormal, or thrillers, crime, fantasy.


Who is your favourite author from the genre?

For Fantasy it would be Leigh Bardugo.  I would do anything to be able to read The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows duology for the first time again.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha, #1)  Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

For Romance it would be Karen Swan. Her books always take place somewhere I would love to visit. Her characters always feel real, the way she portrays romance is beautiful and just warming.

The Paris Secret  The Perfect Present    The Rome Affair


What is it about the genre that keeps you pulling back?

Fantasy: The magic, the endless possibilities, the worlds that are created.
Romance: The happy endings, just the whole idea of love.


What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

Fantasy: The first fantasy books I can remember ever reading are the Harry Potter books but I wouldn’t say that it was those that got me into the genre.  If I had to pin it all on one book for the whole genre… it would probably be between The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind or the His dark Materials series by Philip Pullman.
Romance: Again, I would not be able to tell you what book it was exactly that got me into Romance.  I can remember reading a Jill Mansell book and really enjoying it.  Then there are books that don;t really come under romance as a genre but do have it within them.  I always find myself looking for a little romance in books.  Obviously it doesn’t have to be there for me to enjoy the book though.


If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading the genre, what would you choose and why?

For Fantasy I would probably recommend all the ones I have mentioned up above.  They all have something special about them for different reasons.

For Romance I would more than likely recommend them something extremely light-hearted like Carole Matthews or Jill Mansell, Milly Johnson.


Why do you read?

Because it is an escape, whatever the genre.  I love the feel of escaping to a far off country, a new world, or a city you just really want to visit. I love that people get happy endings, or have magical possibilities, or find their true calling in life. I love that there are people who make all this possible, the people who put in the tears, the anger, everything that it takes to make an amazing book.  I love being able to have an image in my mind of what I think it all looks like, then to have a conversation with someone else and they imagine it in a completely different way to myself.


My tags:

Everyone and anyone!!! Send me your link if you’ve already done this tag or plan on doing it!!!

My Life In Books Tag

This tag was originally created by One World, Too Many Pages.


A book for each initial of your name

Z – The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

O – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

E – Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge

Why do I have to have such awkward letters!!?!? I’ve read the last 2 but not the first, although I would give it a try.


Age – count along your bookshelf

Being 28, it’ll be The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) by Philip Pullman.  Or, as I’m only 4/5 weeks away from my birthday it’ll be The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3)
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)   The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)


A book that represents a destination you would love to travel to

Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley for Cuba.  I’d love to go to Cuba.  Or The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley for Marrakech.

Last Dance in Havana   The Saffron Trail


Favourite colour

My favourite colour is green or yellow.  I’ve really struggled with finding these colours on book covers!! I’ve gone for The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegrino for yellow, if you love food then this book is for you!!! It was a wonderful book. For green I’ve picked The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene.
The Food Of Love Cookery School
The Vintage Teacup Club


Fondest Memories of

I’d have to choose The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow.  This was the book that got me back to reading after having my boy.  I hadn’t read throughout my whole pregnancy, and I missed it so much.  This book got me through the dreaded night feeds and other sleepless hours.  It wasn’t the sort of book I would have picked up pre-baby, and it has introduced me to a whole new selection of books.
The Forgotten Seamstress


Most difficult to read

I’ve struggled to think of one for this… Probably The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I read this back in college on a recommendation and it didn’t sit well with me at all.


Which book in your TBR pile will you get the most satisfaction/biggest sense of accomplishment from?

I can’t pick just one.  All the ARCs, all the other review copies and everything to do with reviewing/blogging has been an huge accomplishment.  I never thought that I would have the opportunity or chance to do anything like what I am doing now.

Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag

So, I read this over on Thrice Read and thought that as we in fact 6 months, nearly 7 months, into the year that I would do just a general post with this book-tag.
Just for an update: My Goodreads Reading Challenge is set at 100 again for this year, and currently I am reading book number 69.  I seem to have been flowing through this year, without struggles or what not.

On to the Book Tag questions I go….

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

I can’t decide on just one book, so here is the top 5 so far.

The Little Café of Second Chances by J.D. Barrett    The Perfect Present by Karen Swan   Heartless by Marissa Meyer   The Rome Affair by Karen Swan   The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

I’ve picked (In no particular order):

  • The Little Cafe of Second Chances by J. D Barrett
  • The Perfect Present by Karen Swan
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Rome Affair by Karen Swan
  • The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

All of them have something special about them, all of them being exceptional books.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

 

Oh, god… I think I’ve only read 2 sequels this year.. If you can even call them sequels

Turn Towards the Sun by Emma   Davies   Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

The ones that I have read are:

  • Turn Towards the Sun by Emma Davies
  • Secrets & Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

Again, both great books, I would not be able to pick my favourite one.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To

      

They are all very, very different books.  I’m excited to read Kat French’s The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach purely because I have loved all of her others.  One Hot Summer was one of my favourite reads on 2016.  Godblind has had so much hype, I see it everywhere on social media at the moment, it isn’t something I would probably pick up straight away but I’m really excited to eventually get to this one in a couple of weeks!! Flame in The Mist’s cover looks stunning, that’s what attracted me first but it does sound like a pretty amazing story.

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year

   

These are the only 2 I have covers for, the third book would be an upcoming Lynsey James book, I believe it’s coming about October time (well, that’s when I’m booked in for a blog tour).  The above books are: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody and The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas.  Why am I excited for theses? Ok, the first book includes a circus, I love books like this.  And the second? Jo Thomas. her books always make me feel warm, loved, happy. They are pretty special books.

Biggest Disappointment

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

This is easy for me. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.  I was expecting so, so much for this book. But.. I just didn’t particularly enjoy it. I got the story, the characters, I understood everything and the world of Caraval was certainly magical but I just didn’t enjoy it all. There were parts that just didn’t really fit the book, the magical setting.

Biggest Surprise

Seven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman   Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal

Seven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman and Birthrights by J. Kyle Mcneal. Both completely different books but I was pleasantly surprised by both.

Favorite New Author

Without a doubt, Karen Swan.  I think I have read 3 of hers this year, and each book has giving me something amazing from it.   The ones I’ve read are The Rome Affair are The Perfect Present. I’ve got a couple more either on my kindle or my bookcase and I plan on reading both before the year is out.

Favorite New Crush

Hmmm…. Sam Carlton from Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks or Maverick from Lost Rider by Harper Sloan. Both very sexy, hot men.

Summer's Lease by Carrie Elks   Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

Favorite New Characters

I can’t pick, I honestly cannot pick.  There are characters that stand out at me while looking at me list of books read this year.  Like Dade from The Breaking Light by Heather Hansen, Cesca and Sam from Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks, Catherine from Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and Whym and Quint from Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal.

Summer's Lease by Carrie Elks   The Breaking Light by Heather    Hansen   Heartless by Marissa Meyer   Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal

Books That Made You Cry

I don’t think any have made me cry so far this year.  It’s been a close thing, but no definite tears which is highly unlike me.

A Book That Made You Happy

Can I just say all the ones I’ve rated 4 stars or higher? I don’t think I could even pick 5 of them to be honest.

Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought So Far This Year

The Chalk Artist   The Waking Land (The Waking Land Series)   The Night Circus   Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

I haven’t read any of these yet.  I was sent The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman and The Waking Land by Callie Bates for review, and I was lucky enough to be given Waterstones vouchers as a gift so The Night Circus was a must buy, along with Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year?

My whole Netgalley shelf? Impossible as that is though, I’ll select a few that I’m planning blog posts for in the future couple of months.

            Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)      The Waking Land (The Waking Land Series)         The Stolen Marriage   Two By Two   Keep Me Safe (Seal Island #1)

So, there’s 12.  Hopefully I’ll get round to reading them all, and hopefully I’ll get to do a blog post on each of them.  The list is:

  • Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  • The House of Secrets by Sarra Manning
  • The Inheritance by Angie Coleman
  • The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer
  • Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth
  • The Summer of Serendipity by Ali McNamara
  • The Waking Land by Callie Bates
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  • From Rome With Love by Jules Wake
  • The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

So, how has your first 6 months of reading in 2017 been? Have you got some disappointments? Or some big surprises? I’d love to hear if you have or not!!