The Tom Hanks Book Tag

I found this tag over at Book Tag Index, and they have credited Emily Jean with creating it. I love Tom Hanks, I love his films so I thought this was an excellent tab for me!!!!!


What to do: Answer the prompts, each one correlating to a Tom Hanks film.


Questions:

Big: A book you read when you were young that was intended for a more mature audience.

There’s probably a lot I can put under this but I can’t think of any. I read a lot of James Herbert when I was younger so probably those.

Forrest Gump: Books are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. What book did you pick up not knowing anything about?

Happy as a Partridge by Kate Boyle. This has been awarded my Hidden Gem OF The Year So Far.

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Sleepless in Seattle: Last book to keep you up late (sleeeeeepless) reading.

Perfect Silence by Helen Fields. Intense, gruesome. I loved it!! Oh, and One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom.

Toy Story: A timeless book you plan to share with any offspring you create.

Harry Potter. He’s seen part of the first film, and I’ve got the illustrated versions just for this reason.

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You’ve got Mail: A book you heard about on the internet and where you heard about it from.

I hear about a lot of my books in the internet through other blogs, Netgalley, social media and Instagram. My most recent one? Probably Sweetpea and In Bloom by C.J. Skuse.

Castaway: If you could only bring one book to a deserted island, what would it be?

I can easily answer this one. The second time he will be mentioned. Harry Potter. I couldn’t pick which one so I’d just do a lucky dip!!

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Cloud Atlas: What book did you have high expectations for that didn’t quite meet them?

Take your pick for me recently… To Kill a Kingdom, The Cruel Prince, Flame In The Mist…



 

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I Spy Book Tag V. 2.0

So, I’ve already done this tag before but as I was recently tagged by Yesha over at Books Teacup and Reviews, I thought I might as well do Version 2.0. It’s not very often I’m tagged to do these so this was a nice surprise, and you should definitely go check Yesha’s answers on the link above. In fact, just check her whole blog out!!! I just want to add that all the books on here are books that I have on my shelves.


The challenge this time is: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!!


Food

The Cake Shop In The Garden by Carole Matthews

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Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.


Transportation

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara

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Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there’s magic in the air…

When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.

But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it’s a sign: she’ll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.


Weapon

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

23174274 If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


Animal

Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult

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is a matter of listening to the heart….
Jodi Picoult’s powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment….For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey charted by letters from her brother Joley, guiding them to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent — and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes.


Number

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

23437156 Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first


Something You Read

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommended by Katarina Bivald

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Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory.
All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.


Body of Water

The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley

33654072.jpg Faye has just completed her degree in interior design when she finds herself jobless and boyfriend-less. While debating what to do next she receives a surprise phone call from her old college friend Charlotte who now lives in Sardinia and is married to Italian hotelier, Fabio.

When Charlotte suggests that Faye relocate for a month to house-sit, Faye wonders if a summer break in sunny Sardinia might be the perfect way to recharge her batteries and think about her future. But then Charlotte tells Faye that there’s something more behind the sudden invitation: her friends Marisa and Alessandro are looking for a designer to renovate a crumbling old theatre they own in the scenic village of Deriu. The idea certainly sounds appealing to Faye, but little does she know what she’s letting herself in for if she accepts this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity . . .


Product of Fire

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

37766209 Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here

Royalty

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

12891111.jpg Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother’s tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that’s true enough, but there’s something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.

From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father’s castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.


Clothing Item

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

12262741.jpg At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


Family Member

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

35925736.jpg Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth–but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a childhood accident still mark his face, something terrible has scarred Matthew’s soul.
There is a new darkness in the town, too–frightened whispers are stirring in the streets, and Alice’s blood runs cold with dread when she discovers that Matthew is a ruthless hunter of suspected witches. Torn between devotion to her brother and horror at what he’s become, Alice is desperate to intervene–and deathly afraid of the consequences. But as Matthew’s reign of terror spreads, Alice must choose between her safety and her soul.
Alone and surrounded by suspicious eyes, Alice seeks out the fuel firing her brother’s brutal mission–and is drawn into the Hopkins family’s past. There she finds secrets nested within secrets: and at their heart, the poisonous truth. Only by putting her own life and liberty in peril can she defeat this darkest of evils–before more innocent women are forced to the gallows.


Time of Day

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

9361589 The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.


Music

Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

cover120891-medium.png Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.
Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it’s people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps. Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation. The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.


Paranormal Being

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

10459837 Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

 


Occupation

The Maid’s Room by Fiona Mitchell

35527110.jpg Set in the blistering heat of Singapore, The Maid’s Room follows the lives of two Filipina maids – sisters Dolly and Tala who are working hard to send money back home, and British ex-pat Jules who has left her job as a midwife to move to Singapore with husband David.

Told with humour, heart-breaking detail about daily life as a maid, and with an exhilarating spirit that is ultimately uplifting, this book will resonate with anyone who has struggled to have their voice heard.


Season

Summer at Hope Meadows by Lucy Daniels

34350340.jpg Newly-qualified vet Mandy Hope is leaving Leeds – and her fiancé Simon – to return to the Yorkshire village she grew up in. There, she will help out in her parents’ surgery whilst they’re short-staffed. Mandy’s life has always revolved around her work with rescued animals, and Welford offers an opportunity to work with creatures of all sizes, from hedgehogs and puppies to farm stock and even wild deer.

But rural Yorkshire is very different to the hustle and bustle of a big city. Mandy must work hard to be accepted by the close-knit village community, and convince them of her abilities as a vet – especially Jimmy Marsh, the gruff owner of the local Outward Bound business, with whom she just can’t seem to get along.
When some long-neglected animals are discovered in a critical state on a nearby farm, Mandy is determined to prove herself as a confident and fearless vet. When it comes to protecting animals in need, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes…


Colour

The Wisom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

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Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago.
Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town’s lido, where she seeks refuge underwater – safe from the noise and the pain.
But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician’s wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.
Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back…


Celestial Body

Midnight Sun by Trish Cook

36044933.jpg Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn’t until after nightfall that Katie’s world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going.

Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life – and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance.

As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them – and everyone around them – forever.


Something That Grows

Sweetpea by C J Skuse

35720349.jpg Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…


I Nominate:

Everyone!!! This as fun. I probably found the books within the five minutes. It more than likely took me longer to sort the post out if anything. Have Fun!!

Have you read any of these? What books would you have chosen??

Summer Book Tag

With this beautiful weather in the UK at the moment, it definitely feels like summer!!! A better summer than normal anyway. So, in honour of that here’s this Summer Book Tag!!


LEMONADE: PICK A BOOK THAT STARTED OFF BITTER BUT THEN GOT BETTER

Kirsty Greenwood’s The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance. I didn’t like Jessica in the book to begin with, but by the end I did. The story was a bit sketchy to begin with as well but it improved along with the characters.

GOLDEN SUN: PICK A BOOK THAT MADE YOU SMILE BEYOND COMPARE

The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley. Amazing Book. Or The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans

TROPICAL FLOWERS: PICK A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY

Strange The Dreamer by Laina Taylor. I will not forget Weep in a hurry.

TREE SHADE: PICK A BOOK WHERE A MYSTERIOUS OR SHADY CHARACTER IS INTRODUCED

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart. I won’t say anything else as it’s being published soon!!

BEACH SAND: PICK A BOOK THAT WAS GRAINY AND THE PLOT BARELY DEVELOPED

Ugh, I’m not even going to answer this one for the pure fact that the only book I’ve read like this recently has been banned from memory. It was awful.

GREEN GRASS: PICK A CHARACTER(S) THAT WAS FULL OF LIFE, MAKING YOU SMILE

I want to say Death from An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson. He was a funny character even if he was only there for a few moments at a time.

WATERMELON: PICK A BOOK THAT HAD SOME JUICY SECRETS

Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Both Nova and Adrian have big fat juicy secrets in this book.

SUN HAT: PICK A BOOK WITH A VAST, BIG UNIVERSE/SETTING

Am I going to pick anything different than the Grishaverse books? I mean, come on…

BBQ: PICK A BOOK IN WHICH A CHARACTER WAS PORTRAYED AS A HUNK

Let me go with a recent read for this one. Anders Ostergaard from Bahama Mama.


What are some of your favourite summer reads?

The Book Addiction Book Tag

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I found this tag over at Thrice Read, you can read their post HERE.


What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

Depending on if I’m stuck in a slump or not, it’s normally about a day.

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

Just the one… Although I have been known to have a nearly finished book on me and my kindle..

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

90% of the time I’m keeping them. If I know that my mum or my sister would really like them, then they get passed on to them.

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

Too long… When I went to get some books with vouchers after Christmas I think I was in there for over an hour.

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

This all depends on work, child, man-child, if I have things to be doing etc. But, saying that I normally get at least an hour in before bed.

Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

First thing in the morning, with my first cup of tea of the day.

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

No Comment… If I have in writing how many I have and the man-child sees it I may have, no I WILL HAVE, a mini war on my hands. I always downplay it…

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Pretty much at least once or twice a day.

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

Erm, probably Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon.

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?

Nothing I can think of really… Although there are probably books that I really want to read but haven’t gone all out for them.

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

The only one I can think of is The Rosie Project. This is the book that taught me life is too short. I hated it.

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?

  1. Decrease the TBR a few less than it was… (This will not succeed)
  2. Read some new authors and genres
  3. Review 90% of what I read. So far this is going really well!

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

Not that I actually know of.

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Escape, relief, love, home, comfort.

The ABC Book Challenge: ‘A’

B R I N G I N G M U S I CT O Y O U R E A R S

I’ve seen this on a few blogs recently. It’s definitely a long term challenge so I’m going to go for either one or two posts a week starting with A all the way through to Z.


Memorable titles that start with the letter “A”

  • Absent in the Spring by Carrie Elks
  • Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • {The} Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

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Books Starting with “A” on my TBR

  • Ash Princess by Laura Seba stian
  • A Year of Finding Happiness by Lisa Hobman
  • Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul
  • Among The Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks

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The Gilmore Girls Tag

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I found this over at The Terror of Knowing. I’ve recently been binge watching The Gilmore Girls and knew straight away I had to do this. I love the series, and I’m desperate to get to the most recent episodes!!!


Do you own the collection?

Nope, I’ve been watching it all on Netflix.

What was your first introduction to Gilmore Girls?

Erm, I wouldn’t be able to say. I can remember watching a few episodes when it was originally on but other than that, no idea.

Dave or Zack?

Probably Dave. I find Zack annoying.

Who is your favourite character and why?

Sookie. I think she’s hilarious and some of the stuff she does makes me think if myself and that I would probably be just as crazy as she was.

Lorelai or Rory?

I can’t pick. Ask me again once I’ve finished the whole lot, including the newest episodes.

Team Dean, Jess or Logan? Why?

Jess or Logan. Jess because he’s got the bad boy image, Logan because he seeems to be more caring and willing to change.

I never really liked Dean (probably because I can’t see him as anyone else other than Sam Winchester).

How many books have you read from Rory’s Reading List?

According to the link it’s a tiny 15 of them. Doesn’t surprise me though.

Would you rather only be allowed to drink coffee or never eat pop tarts again?

I’m happy to go without both forever. I don’t like either of them.

Who is your least favourite character?

Probably Dean if anything. I just didn’t like the way he turned out to be with Rory or the way he acted full stop.

Are you Team Christopher or Team Luke?

On one hand Christopher, the chemistry between Lorelai and him is fun, it works but then on the other side of it… Luke’s Luke. He’s been a constant throughout the whole show and him and Lorelai just work.

 

Who would win in a fight between Mrs Kim and Taylor?

Mrs Kim. I reckon she would fight dirty.

Who would spread the fastest rumour, Miss Patty or Babette?

Miss Patty definitely.

If you could have dinner with any cast member who would it be?

Probably Sookie. She’s one of my favourite characters in the whole show.

I Spy Book Challenge

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I’ve seen this floating around for a while on many different blogs and I thought it looked like fun. So, here’s my post!! All the books are either on my shelves, my kindle or I have read in the past. I will also add, that I definitely did not do this in the 5 minutes it says!!!

There only seems to be one rule:

Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!!


1. Food

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The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell. This whole book was a joy to read, and what made it even better was it was all about pies. Who doesn’t love a pie?!

2. Transportation

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Den of Shadows by Christopher Byford. I thought this book was full of potential but didn’t quite reach it.

3. Weapon

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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. I love this trilogy, it’s incredible.

4. Animal

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I’ve no read this trilogy, but I have all 3 books. Maybe I’ll get to them soon.

5. Number

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Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson. I really liked this book. I love books with a happy ending.

6. Something you read

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I loved this book, it’s been a long while since I read it though. It’s got a sort of picture of a book so I’m claiming it as a win.

7. Body of water

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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. I’ve not read this but it does sound pretty good!!

8. Product of fire

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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter. Again, I haven’t read it but do want to. It’s been on my Kindle a little while now.

9. Royalty

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I really liked this book when I read it a while back.

10. Architecture

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The Eternal City by Domenica de Rosa. I’ve not read this either, but again, it’s been on my Kindle for a while. But, any book featuring Rome, or just Italy in general, gets put straight on to the list.

11. Clothing

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No Way Back by Kelly Florentia. I’ve not read this, but I love the cover, every girl needs a pair of fab heels don’t they!!

12. Family member

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Dear Dad by Giselle Green. I love Giselle Green’s books, there always so thoughtful and touching.

13. Time of day

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A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir.I enjoyed this, the second book to the series. I did not enjoy some of Laia’s decisions or actions in it though.

14. Music

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Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab. This is on my TBR for the next few weeks, I really liked the first book.

15. Paranormal being

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The Golem and the Djinni by Helena Wecker. Ok, this one probably doesn’t count but I’m having it. I’ve not read it but I plan on it in the next few weeks.

16. Occupation

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Bodyguard by CD Reiss, I’ve got a mini review coming soon for this.

17. Season

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A Winter’s Tale by Carrie Elks. Definitely a book I highly recommend, I love Carrie Elks’ writing.

18. Colour

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The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse by Cressida McLaughin. I loved this light-hearted read.

19. Celestial body

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Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan. Another unread book sat on the shelf…

20. Something that grows

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The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. Another non-read book but I have it on my shelf and I must admit, it’s a very beautiful cover.

I’m tagging…

You, you and you!!

Wonder Woman Book Tag

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I don’t know where this tag comes from, or who created it. I’ve had it on my draft page for a very long time now. Thanks to whoever the creator is. So, who doesn’t love a superhero?? I’m definitely more of a DC fan than Marvel, and Wonder Woman is definitely up there!! Who’s your favourite? Are you a DC fan or a Marvel fan?


Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character…

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Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to…

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Hogwarts. I really want to go to Hogwarts. Please can I go??

London: A hyped book that let you down…

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The Rosie project by Graeme Simson, and The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins.

Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. good personality)…

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All of the covers for Strange The Dreamer are beautiful, and the story inside is just as beautiful.

Lasso of Truth: A book you hated…

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Not so much hate but just disliked. 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You. had an amazing amount of potential, if you’ve read my review on this recently you’ll know my feelings.

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad that you need a shield…

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I don’t need to think about this one.

Ares: a villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate them…

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The Darkling from the Grisha Trilogy. I just can’t hate him.

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation…

I can’t really answer this question. It doesn’t changed my opinion on any books, or makes me want to pick a book up or put it down. There are obviously books out there that people think could improve with the representation but I wouldn’t know which ones.

Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag…

Everyone!!!!

50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Before Tag

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I found this tag over on The Terror of Knowing, I loved reading her post so go check it out. This is a mixed range of questions and I’ve enjoyed answering them!!


1. What’s your favourite candle scent?

I’m more of a wax melt person, and my favourite scent would be Scentsy Marshmallow Mint.

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

Erm, I’d say someone who would be a lot of fun… I can’t think of “fun” people so I’ll just go with some one like Reese Witherspoon.

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

I dunno, some one like Chris Evans? I can imagine him to be a good big brother

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

I will be 29. I get married in 4 weeks!!

5. Do you know a hoarder?

Not really, although the future mother-in-law could probably count as one.

6. Can you do a split?

Most definitely not.

7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?

The only thing I can remember about learning how to ride a bike is that it was when we were camping with my grandparents and it was my Grandad who taught me. I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint an age.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

1, I think.

9. How many countries have you been to?

Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy.

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?

Nope, not that I know of anyway.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?

I love old-fashioned names like Felicity or something like that. I’m not one for all this Summer/Autumn or other modernised name.

12. What would you name your son if you had one?

Considering I have a son, his name is Caleb. If I was to have another though? Probably something that my Mum calls a ‘Proper Name’.

13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?

GCSE Maths, I believe it was an E. I can’t actually remember, it was 14 years ago that I left secondary school.

14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

As a kid? I can’t really remember. I can recall watching things like Rosie and Jim, Tots TV and The Clangers.

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

Probably nothing to be honest, we were never allowed to go trick or treating.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

Harry Potter and Twilight. Hunger Games has always been difficult to get into for some reason.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?

British. I would sound weird with anything other than my tame Essex accent.

18. Did your mother go to college?

No, I think she may have plans to but didn’t go.

19. Are your grandparents still married?

They would have been if my Grandad didn’t pass a couple of years ago. They would have been married 62 (?) years this year maybe?? My other grandparents would probably still be married as well but not sure how long that would have been.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

No. I’m very anti-sport. I’m allergic to any sport really.

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

If you don’t, where have you been hiding for the last so many decades??

22. What’s the first amusement park you’ve been to?

Probably Thorpe Park or Chessington. Unless Southend’s Adventure Island counts?

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

Something really random like Norwegian. Or Mandarin. But I would love to be able to speak French or Italian.

24. Do you spell the colour as grey or gray?

Grey.

25. Is your father bald?

Nope, he has a full head of thick brown hair. With a dashing of grey.

26. Do you know triplets?

Nope, I don’t think I even know any Twins.

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

The Notebook, for many reasons.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

Yes I have. I seem to have developed a little liking for it recently.

29. What’s the name of your favourite restaurant?

I don’t have one really, as long as it gives me decent tasty food then I’ll like it.

30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden?

No. Can’t even say I know what it is??

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)?

Nope.

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

I haven’t got a clue and I don’t think I want to now!!

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

Not any more, unless you can say Mummy is a nickname? I was called Mongoose for the last couple of years in secondary school

34. Who’s your favourite person in the world?

I’m supposed to say the future husband and my child aren’t I? But I’m not going to. I’m going to refuse to answer this.

35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the city?

A mixture?

36. Can you whistle?

Yes but not very well, it took me until my teens to learn.

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

No, it has to be dark.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

I’d say 5 out of 7 days a week,

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

No.

40. What medical conditions do you have?

Not anymore. I suffered severely as a child with Eczema which cleared up whilst pregnant.

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?

For myself? Twice, once when they thought I had pre-eclampsia and the second when I gave birth.

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

If you haven’t, why not?

43. Where do you buy your jeans?

Erm, wherever I find a pair I like in my size?

44. What’s the last compliment you got?

Erm, probably that I was the politest person where I work?

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

The majority of the time yes. I have really vivid dreams, and it’s awful when I have nightmares.

46. What flavour tea do you enjoy?

English Breakfast all the way, and maybe Assam.

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

No comment.

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

None. Neither me nor man-child are religious. If Caleb finds religion on his own and believes then that is entirely his choice.

49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?

Santa isn’t real?!?!?!?!?!

50. Why do you have a blog?

To make my own little space for my own opinions on books. To get my opinion and thoughts into words, and if it helps someone make a decision on a book? Then great!!


Consider yourself tagged!! I’d love to know your answers so comment the link to your post below!

Nope Book Tag

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I found this tag over on Lost In Pages. I loved reading their post and made me want to do my own!!! I like to think I’ve read my fair share of books that have made me, and many others, just go “Nope, Nope and Nope”. Why don’t you give this tag a go??


1. NOPE Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

Not quite the ending but close enough, but Defender by G X Todd. I will never forget the heartbreak, the rage that is inflicted on us in that ending… Every time I think of it I’m definitely shaking my head with a big Nope.

2. NOPE Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Clary in Mortal Instruments…  She was quite annoying and just a little… pathetic??

3. NOPE Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. After book 3, I’ve not really been feeling it… Even getting to book 3 was a push. Are they? Aren’t they? They Aren’t? They Are? Jeez… Turns out I need to read the last one to go on to Lady Midnight… Looks like I’ve got a book purely for decoration there!!

4. NOPE Popular pairing: A ship you don’t support.

Can I use a TV Show? I can’t think of any in a book but there is a recent one in a show I watch and I even shouted at the TV that it should not be happening…… It’s wrong, he should be with someone else!! Argh.

5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

The only one I can think of, not including Defender – go back to Q1 for that, will be Strange The Dreamer. I sort of saw it coming, but not that actual ending!!!!

6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.

Laia in A Torch Against the Night and… I can’t even think of his name.. Not Elias, the other one. Why did she do that?? Did she think he was really that trustworthy??

7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

There isn’t anything I don’t read but I’ll pick erotica for this. I don’t purposely pick a book up knowing that is the main genre.

8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

I don’t have an answer for this. As long there are words, and I can hold it, then I shall read it.

9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

Probably the lone girl/boy having to save the whole world. Yes, I shall read them but that doesn’t mean I’m not fed up with it. OR, girl meets boy, girl hates boy, girl suddenly falls madly and deeply in love with said boy without any hint of chemistry between them.

10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

Probably 50 Shades. I’m not interested in it, I really don’t want to watch it (purely because I know they’re taken Jamie Dornan’s lovely Irish accent away).

11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Repetitiveness… The same words being used, the same actions being used, hell the same scenes being used!! Urgh.

12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

Simon from Mortal Instruments. I just didn’t get what was seen in him… I know he’s wildly popular but nope, not for me. Wow, I really have it against this series of books!! Yet I enjoyed the first 3 while reading them and the shows a little cheesy yeah, but I like it.

13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simson. When I read this book, it was all over the place. The reviews were great, they said it was funny, they said it was spectacular. For me, it fell straight down on to it’s very unfunny, flat face in a pile of… rubbish. I forced myself to finish it so I could get a complete opinion… Waste of 2 days there.

14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

Dolores Umbridge. Any day. That annoying little giggle from the film? Christ, if I heard that enough I’d end up with nightmares.

15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

Dobby. There are one or two more but without giving away spoilers I shall not say them…

16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.

I can’t really think of any. I try to give them a try at least 2 or 3 times and then decide. There isn’t any that I do purposely avoid though, I’ll always look at a book and then decide.. Oh, one I will not pick up again is Graeme Simson. The Rosie Project put me of his writing style.

Over to you, what makes you say Nope??