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?

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