A-Z Book Tag

I saw this on Maddie & Bee’s fab You Tube channel Heart Full of Books

Its a bit of long one but bear with me, some of my answers may surprise you.

A – Author you’ve read the most books by

J.K. Rowling because I read my way through all the Harry Potter book series which is something i’ve never done before or since

B – Best sequel

As stated above I dont read book series, preferring stand alones so it has to be The Half Blood Prince, my fav of the HP books. How J.K Rowling made us do a complete U-turn on Snape was masterly.

C – Current read

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

D – drink of choice for reading

I dont especially sit down with a drink to read, I tend to snatch moments when I can

E – e-Reader or physical copy

Woah! Physical copy anyday! a massive no brainer for me. That damn piece of plastic called an ereader is just soulless and never feels like i own the book. Unless i can turn a real page i’m lost.

F – Fictional character you would have been friends with at school

Charlie Bloom from Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell sounds very cool and geeky at the same time and bonding over our love of photography would have made us good friends i reckon.

G – Glad you gave this book a chance

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt was a real delight to me even though i never read Middle Grade books normally I had heard so much hype that i had to get a copy and i’m so glad i did.

H – Hidden Gem

The arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley is a book that should be much more well known. Its a really unusual, magical realism, quirky novel and i just loved it.

I – Important moment in your reading life

This has probably got to be when I discovered YA books about 4 years ago. It has opened up a whole word of reading pleasure for me.

J – Just finished

Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister, a crime thriller with an unusual angle, which i liked but it disappointed me in the end.

K – Kind of books you won’t read

Horror, violent crime, anything with gore in it, misery memoirs and most biographies

L – Longest book you’ve read

I hate long books but the longest i’ve managed has been the Goblet of Fire. Somehow Harry Potter books just never seemed too long when you were reading them.

M – Major book hangover because of…

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. I read this last Christmas but it has stayed with me all over 2017 so far. I fervently hope for another book in this series.

N – Number of bookcases you own

Sadly not as many as i’d like. I have 2 which does not even begin to hold all my books so a lot are stored in cupboards! Oh the cruelty to books!

O – One book you’ve read multiple times

I am not a re-reader of books. There are far too many wonderful titles out there to waste time re-reading ones you’ve already enjoyed. However, an exception to this is Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which i’ve read about 8 times now over many years. I adore Christmas so reading it was just a part of the tradition of the holiday for me.

P – Preferred place to read

Always a comfy chair in the living room. I cant read in bed, i just nod off and hate reading outside in the summer its too distracting, so indoors is the place for me.

Q – Quote that inspires you

I dont really remember quotes, sorry.

R – Reading regret

I do regret not sticking with some books and reading to the end. I tend to give up reading them after just a few chapters if they arent interesting me. Then much later if I fancy reading it again I have to re-read the chapters I already read once before which is such a bore.

S – Series you’ve started and need to finish

Like I said, i dont read book series but I was recently sent Ringer by lauren Oliver and as I’ve read Replica, which is the first book I guess I need to read Ringer to finish this story.

T – Three of your all time favourite books

A Christmas Carol,  Planetfall by Emma Newman and Dash & Lily’s Book of dares

U – Unapologetic fangirl for…

Anything to do with The Brontes. Mainly their lives rather than their writing apart from Emily Bronte’s poetry which is just amazing.

V – Very excited for this release

I’m going to be greedy here and choose more than one book.  The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (its out i hardback but i have to have the paperback version) and Circe by Madeline Miller.

W – Worst bookish habit

(See R for regret) giving up books too soon without giving them a proper go and also becoming a page corner folder overer when i can’t lay my hands on a bookmark in time.

X – Top left of shelf and count to the 27th book

The Gilded Cage by Vic James. I havent read this yet but also have its sequel Tarnished City right next to it.

Y – Your latest book purchase

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell which literally has just turned up whilst im typing this. It has the most gorgeous scarlet sprayed edges!

Z – ZZZ snatcher, a book that kept you up way too long

I don’t stay up late regardless of what i’m reading really, i’d just be too tired.

Well thats my A-Z, I tag anyone who reads this. Feel free to leave me a link in the comments and i’ll come read your choices



End of the year Book Tag

The last 3rd of 2017 has begun so lets answer these questions

Q1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

A. Oh baby what a question! Yes there certainly are:

Enjoying all of these books a lot! but things just keep getting in the way (damn you real life) and I keep putting them down again.

Q2. Do you have an Autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

A. (See answer above)  Autumn by Ali Smith is the most autumnal sounding book i’ve ever owned but isn’t so much about the season itself. Other than that, NO.

Q3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

A. Oh yes indeedy! This baby

Its set before previous ‘His Dark Materials’ books and i’ve read a sneak preview and love it already.

Q4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

A. So many books, far more than three but i choose these and all of them make my mouth water with excitement!

Look at the gorgeousness before you and bow!

Q5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your book of the year?

A. I have a hunch it could be this beauty

There is just something about the cover, the story premise and combined with all ive heard about it i reckon it could sneak up on me.

Q6. Have you already begun making plans for 2018?

A. Absolutely I have! I’ve kindly been sent a few books which arent due out until 2018 and i have a few on my spreadsheet that I want to buy too.

Its gonna be a costly year! But then when isnt it?

Well thems my answers and I tag whoever reads this to take part.

What books are you excited for in the last few months of 2017?

The rapid fire book tag

Another great book tag to try so lets begin…

ebook or physical?

physical all the time! even though i finally caved and bought a Kindle i dont enjoy using it. It just doesnt give me the whole book experience of feeling the solid weight of paper in my hands. Plus, you dont get to enjoy the gorgeous cover!

hardback or paperback?

paperback anytime! hardbacks make my hand ache and the dust jackets drive me nuts but i cant remove them as most books are soooooo boring beneath and that would ruin the reading fun for me. I especially love those floppy paperbacks, you know the ones that open so easy and you can use like a fan. They make my heart happy.

online or physical bookstore for buying books?

online i’m afraid. I’d love to be able to browse in a bookshop now and then but all i have near me is a WHSmith who charge the earth for their books. I have no Waterstones anymore or Foyles etc and certainly no indy ones. Damn, i live in a crap area bookwise dont i?  So i buy 99% of my books from Amazon who such good value and just fantastic.

heroes or villains?

Hmmm, lets see, heroes all the way!  I am not a fan of bad boys or girls. I want the hero to win every time and lets face it they usually do so why be on the wrong side?

used or new books?

new, new, new, new! it has to be new books. I have a phobia about used books which is why i cant use the library anymore. I am so squeamish about any marks on books or yellow edges (yeuk, shudders) I miss loads of bootfair bargains because of this but it cant be helped, i just adore a fresh, new book thats all mine and no one else’s.

character or plot?

plot i think, without a decent plot it doesnt matter how good the characters are, they will look stupid standing around without much to do.  I’m not a fan of the character driven novel which just tells you about whats going on but never gets anywhere im afraid.

long or short books?

short every time!  mainly because i lack patience or time these days to read longer books but also its incredible how much an author can pack in to say, 150-200 pages. They can be very succinct and make use of every word.

long or short chapters?

short punchy chapters are what makes me fly through a book. Just enough info to keep the plot going and tease us. Like a load of mini cliffhangers. Ive read some books who think chapters have to be 40 pages long. They are not for me!

Wooh! that was fast thinking and i really enjoyed it.

I tag anyone who reads this, leave me a link in the comments below if you did it and i’ll come take a look.

Ruler of Books Tag

I saw this the other day on Charlotte’s lovely blog Bookmarks and Blogging but she got it from the wonderful Ariel Bissetts channel on You Tube.

It basically says if you ruled your own world what would it look like bookwise.

Let’s get to it!

If you were the ruler of books…

Question 1. What book would you make everyone read?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens of course. My favourite book of all time! But I suspect that seeing as it was published over 170 years ago most people, may have read it anyway. The book shows that its never too late to change, the power of redemption, the mistakes we make in life and that we can all be redeemed if we want to.

Question 2. What would you abolish in book construction?

Oh this is so easy, I would get rid of any paperback book that wasnt floppy! By floppy I mean that it opens easily and stays open, is easy to hold and read and all soft etc.  Not like some paperbacks whose spine is so hard and fiercely glued together that its like breaking toffee just opening the damn book! These make my hands ache and i usually end up DNF’ ing them.

Question 3. What author would you commission to write you any book?

I’d love a novel specially written for me by David Levithan. I just love his writing, he is one of my all time favourite authors and i especially adore his character called Dash, so a book about Dash and set in New York would be adorable!

Question 4. What book would you demote to the library basement to make way for new books?

Can I have two for this? and sorry Ariel if you ever read this but one of them is Animal Farm and the other Lord of the Flies!  They both freak me out so much! I just hate the cruelty in Animal Farm, i cant read any book that has a humanised, talking animal in. I am way too soft and wimpy! And LOTF is another cruel book but to children which as a mother appalls me.

Question 5. What cover artist would you commission to make a mural?

It would have to be Isabel Greenberg, author of The Encyclopedia of Early Earth who illustrates her own books and their covers. Her artistry is stunning in its simplicity and blown up would look fantastic on a large wall.

Question 6. What characters face would you put on a coin?

I’d love a Dumbledore coin! His face would make me feel safe and happy at the same time and would be a very grand look for my Kingdoms coinage.

Question 7. What book would you award the Ruler of Books 2017 prize to?

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. Its been the best book i’ve read this year so far, thrilling, funny, scary and her prose is just sublime.

What would your choices be if you were Ruler of Books?

By The Book Tag

It’s been ages since i did a book tag and this one I found by Georgia over at The Bibliomaniac sounds top notch fun dont ya know! She tagged anyone who wants to do it, thanks Georgia. So lets get on with it shall we?

What book is on your nightstand now?

Well technically I dont have one right now as i’m waiting on my next read to arrive any minute (crosses fingers) but i’ve not long finished The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange, totally a classic in the making.

What was the last truly great book that you read?

Hmm… what a question! but despite all the wonderful books i’m lucky enough to be sent for review, my last truly great read was one i bought a good few years back now and that was this…


Oh, just thinking about the story makes me want to laugh and cry all at once. It is the most beautifully written book with the most moving of stories. I was reduced to a blubbering mess by the end but in a good way. Fab, fab, fab!

If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Crumbs! another toughy! but I reckon it would have to be Virginia Woolf.


That would have been such a thrill. I would ask her why she wrote her books in that very confusing stream of consciousness way she had, why she became depressed and id probably want to send her for therapy so that she didnt end up taking her own life. That whole Bloomsbury, bohemian lifestyle fascinates me and is so far from my comfort zone that it would be one huge adventure.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

I dont know that any of my books would surprise anyone but i do have a 5 book set of Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five which i still think stand the test of time and i love books on things like Numerology, Astrology and Feng Shui. I’m not a huge non fiction reader but something I can learn from is always fun.

How do you organize your personal library?

Well I dont have much space for books so my current reads and TBR pile is in a lovely bookcase right next to where i’m typing. It cost us absolutely nothing from Freecycle website, which is a fab place to give away and get free items.

I have organised them by colour, by genre and by to read tbr before now but I really just like them as they come and where they fit. I especially love my top shelf reads right now which is 97% YA books which i adore.


What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?

Ooh now its confession time eh? Well i bought all of Rainbow Rowell’s books ages back but have never read any apart from Attachments which i loved so much.  I’ve tried Fangirl so many times but not finished and same with Landline and Carry On and Eleanor & Park not at all really. So that pretty much covers both questions really. *hangs head in shame* I dont think Rainbow will ever read this though so i should be okay. Phew!

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

Ah, will the confessions never stop!

Where should i begin, there have been loads of books which i’ve heard people rave over that have left me cold. I loathe Thomas Hardy’s books, they are just so weird and dry for me. Illuminae and Gemina both failed to light my fire. I found them confusing and incredibly hard work to read. Books should be fun not an assault course for the brain.

As for not finishing books, I do this all the time! There i’ve said it! now i’m shamed for evermore.

I’m a mood reader and depending on my mood will depend on what book i read, how much of it i manage to get through before my mood changes and how gripping it is and therefore keeps me reading despite my mood change.

I really am attrocious!

What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

As i mentioned above I have a passion for YA but not all types of it. I like a quirky YA, little bit diffeent and stand out from the rest. Sometime contemporary but I do get fed up with everything being set in high school with friends, bullying, first kiss, blah! blah! blah! Those authors that write fab books which transcend all that nonsense are my heroes. Ones like David Levithan, John Green and Sonya Sones.

I avoid fantasy, Sci Fi and horror whenever possible. (with the exception of Harry Potter of course! I mean who doesnt or hasnt read those wonderful books?)

I just find it such a struggle to learn about a whole new world before i can really get into the story and dont talk to me about Romance and chick lit or i’ll have a tantrum. I mean, how many ways can two characters meet, dislike each other, overcome some form of jeopardy, fall in love and live happily ever after blah! blah! yucky blah!

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I guess this Tag was started by someone in USA and im not a political person so i’ll sit this one out, sorry. But I will post this here instead


You can never have too many pics of a unicorn – Yay!

What do you plan to read next?

Funny you should ask that as I’m currently waiting for postie to bring me a copy of Fantastical beasts and where to find them by the always amazing Queen of fantasy, JK Rowling herself. When it arrives i shall be diving headfirst into it. Also I have a couple of spankingly good Christmas books i want to read in the next few weeks.

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Ah, i just love these and feel all Christmassy just thinking about them.

Hey, know what? I really enjoyed that tag so if you want to have a go I tag you all to do it.