The Grinch Book Tag

This tag was created by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and I think it’s great because it gives me the opportunity to rant about stuff, so I’m down.


1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill

 

For this I’m gonna go with  Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard. I was okay with the first book. I enjoyed it. But then Glass Sword happened. And we all know how that went (if you don’t, then you can check out my rant about it).

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hate it. I hate it so much (I have a rant about that as well) and so many people love it. I know there are people who hate it too, but it was even nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards… what? What? I just can’t. I’m sorry, but how even? That book is a waste of paper. Trees were killed for nothing printing that.

3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)

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The guy from The Wrath and the Dawn. What’s his name? I can’t remember. The childhood friend. He was just in the way. He didn’t really do much in the book and when he did, he messed things up. Just stop it guy. Tariq? I think that was his name.

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for

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Hmm… I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve really been spoiled for any books. At least not in any major way. Maybe Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince cause I knew about Dumbledore. But I can’t really think of anything else. I’ve been pretty good at avoiding spoilers.

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with

Any of the characters in the Inheritance series. I just could not get them at all. Also the girls from The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I enjoyed the story. And I even liked the characters, I just didn’t feel very connected to them. Same goes for the eponymous Sabriel by Garth Nix. I enjoyed the book and the characters were good, but they just didn’t click with me.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand

Scarlett and… whatever his name from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hated everything about that book, not least of all the romance.

All the relationships in Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Another waste of paper and one of the worst cases of insta-love and love polygons in the history of YA.

Chaol and Celaena from Throne of Glass. I just do not like that couple. I just don’t.

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of

Oooh boy. I have so many. But I’m a book hoarder. To be fair, a lot of these I didn’t buy and they aren’t strictly speaking mine, so probably once I settle down somewhere for more than one year at a time and decide to move all my books from my parent’s house, I’ll leave some of those behind. But anyway, here are some books that I own and just don’t have any interest in reading (and I will focus on books that I own personally, whether I bought them for myself or received them, but I won’t mention the books that are technically my family’s books, but because I’m the only person in my family who consistently reads, they’re mine).

Inheritance by Christpher Paolini. I’m actually considering donating this, because it’s just taking up space and I’m never going to read it. Ever.

Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Curie. Again, 0 interest in this book. I won it in a giveaway that I don’t even know why I entered. Probably will end up giving that one away as well.

The Odyssey by Homer. I’ve had this for a couple of years and I just never feel like picking it up. I do want to read it eventually, so I’m going to keep it. But I just have no motivation to read it at the moment.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri. I’ve read about half of Inferno and I just… can’t. It’s in verse and I can’t focus on it. I want to read them though. Just not now.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett. I’ve read about maybe a third of this book and it was just not what I was expecting it to be so I stopped. I want to read it eventually, cause it was good, but I really don’t feel motivated to at the moment.

I’m going to stop at 5, but there are plenty more.

8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)

***SPOILERS FOR MISTBORN, SIX OF CROWS, HARRY POTTER, HUNGER GAMES, LORD OF SHADOWS***

I’m mad about a lot of deaths, okay? I’ll put headers for each book/series, so if you haven’t read it and don’t want spoilers, you can skip that paragraph.

MISTBORN

Kelsier. Why? Just why? I’m not over it, I get why he needed to die. But no. I’m so mad.

SIX OF CROWS

Matthias. That was so unnecessary and I am mad. I’m so mad. I can’t cope with it, I yelled at the book and i cried and I just don’t understand why.

HARRY POTTER

Hedwig and Dobby. It’s just not okay. Neither of them deserved to die and just why? A lot of people died in HP and most of them are tragic and heartbreaking but I can’t get over those two. They didn’t need to die.

HUNGER GAMES

My baby Finnick I am so mad. I can’t articulate how mad I am about that. I refuse. In my mind, he’s alive and happy with Annie they have tiny little children and a little fishing cabin.

Cinna. The best side character in YA literature. I can’t handle it. I am wounded.

LORD OF SHADOWS

I’m still mad about Livvy. I could not believe what I was reading. What is Ty going to do without her, I can’t even. My brain reuses to accept it. I feel like the next book will begin with Julian waking up from a nightmare and none of it is true.

Also, I can’t remember what book this was in, but I recently read it and it was this random rider on a horse and the rider did something stupid and the horse was like torn in half and it was so graphic. I suffered. I can’t for the life of me remember what book it was. But I know the MC was watching this scene unravel and I was so mad. Maybe it was Uprooted by Naomi Novik? I don’t know.

9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long

Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. That series just goes on and on. I don’t even know how many books there are to date, but way too many. At least 15 and with no intention of stopping anytime soon. That series is not that good. It doesn’t need that many books.

Also, I’m sorry but I’m starting to think Throne of Glass should come to an end. I feel like one more book and then that’s it. I kind of think that Tower of Dawn was a bit unnecessary. I mean, I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t say for sure. But I think I would have been happier to just get a conclusion instead of that one. Because Empire of Storms declined in quality compared to the others and I want it to end while it’s still good.

10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villians again!)

Mare Barrow from Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I hate her so much, I want her to die and rid the world of her insufferable self-righteousness and self-importance.

Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. She’s stupid and hypocritical and I’m just so done with her.

Snow from Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Ugh, another stupid, whiny and self-righteous one. I hate her.

These are the ones I really hate. I actually don’t often hate characters. Like, they may annoy me, but then I usually don’t care enough to really hate them. I’m just annoyed, but to mention a few: Lissa and Rose from Vampire Academy, Chaol from ToG, the girl (forgot her name) from The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

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Books I’m Probably Never Going to Read Tag

For once, I didn’t steal a tag from Thrice Read. I saw this one on Ariel Bisset’s YouTube channel, although the original creator is littlespider9.


1. A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

Most popular contemps, tbh. It’s just not a genre that I reach out for very often, so I’m realistically only going to get to a few of them. So a contemp really has to have a strong premise to grab my attention. One good example would be any Adam Silvera novel. I know he’s very beloved, but I get the impression that people love his books as much as they do because of the LGBT representation, so I don’t really have much interest in reading any of them, because that’s just not enough for me. The one book of his that I might try is They Both Die At the End, because that does have a pretty interesting premise.

2. A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

I have a whole series of posts on book series I won’t be finishing, so I’ll go with a book series that I don’t intend to start. For that, I’ll go with Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It’s a fairly popular series, albeit old… but I just don’t really have any interest in it.

3. A classic that you’re just not interested in?

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I just don’t want to. There are probably a few others that I just have no interest in reading (Mark Twain for example. I read Tom Sawyer and was bored out of my mind), but I think this is at the top of the list.

4. Any genres you never read?

I wouldn’t say I never read them, but I tend not to and that is contemporary fiction and also horror. It’s not that I never read them or that I never enjoy them when I do, but I don’t often find myself wanting to read something in these genre.

5. A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

I’m sure I have more than one, but the first that comes to mind is Clancy of the Undertow by Cristopher Curie. It’s a contemp about unrequited love, if memory serves and the only thing that (as far as I could tell) made it in any way remarkable is that it’s LGBT. And I just don’t care about that story and there are so many books I’m excited to read, that I just don’t see why I would read this. I won it in a giveaway, I didn’t buy it, if you were wondering.

The Christmas Song Book Tag

I stole this tag from Thrice Read (as always). Check out Eden’s post.


1. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love

I love me a good villain, so I have quite a few. However, I just finished reading Vicious by V.E. Schwab and Victor is my child ❤ Other notable mentions are Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare,  Holland from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, Severus Snape from Harry Potter, Mia Corvere from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I could go on, honestly.

 2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

I haven’t got anything in particular.

3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Hmm… I don’t know. Maybe Vin from The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson.

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list? b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

a) I honestly read about so many horrible characters. I’m going to go with that guy from The Schwarzschild Radius because I’m still traumatised by that book.

b) Probably Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. He seems to be pretty perfect. It’s almost annoying.

5. “Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart.

Oddly enough, Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It made me cry.

6. “Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Pretty much every single book I read. So um… The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, since I’ve been listening to those on audio recently.

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

For me, nothing says Christmas as much as Harry Potter.

8. “Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

Lila from the Shades of Magic series. We could run away and have an adventure together.

9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. And if it was really cold, I’d also throw in Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Even though it’s a really beautiful looking book on the outside.

10. “Do you hear what I hear”: Which book do you think everyone should read?

The Bible.

The Bookshelf Book Tag

I saw this over at Thrice Read and decided to steal it.

Now, I have several bookshelves, but only one is accessible to me at this moment so I’ll just do that tag about that one.


1. DESCRIBE YOUR BOOKSHELF AND WHERE YOU GOT IT FROM.

It’s white and narrow. It came with the flat I’m currently renting, but I’m pretty sure it’s from Ikea.

2. DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL OR DIFFERENT WAY OF ORGANIZING YOUR BOOKS?

Nah, not really. I rearrange them quite often because it relaxes me and also I buy new books all the time. I generally just arrange them in whatever way I find most satisfying or aesthetically pleasing, but I do always try to keep series together and if possible, authors together as well.

3. IS THERE A BOOK YOU RECEIVED AS A GIFT?

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I just got it for my birthday the other week.

4. IS THERE A BOOK FROM A FRIEND ON YOUR SHELF?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A friend just lent it to me. I should probably read it.

5. WHAT’S THE THICKEST (MOST AMOUNT OF PAGES) BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

If I include my textbooks, then those. If not, then The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.

6. WHAT’S THE THINNEST (LEAST AMOUNT OF PAGES) BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

Hmm… I reckon it’s my Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic.

7. WHAT’S THE SMALLEST (HEIGHT AND WIDTH WISE) BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

Probably this little pocket edition of The New Testament + Psalms that I got for free somewhere.

8. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST (HEIGHT AND WIDTH WISE) BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

Again, if I include my textbooks, then those. If not, then I think it’s my adult colouring book.

9. THE LAST BOOK YOU READ ON YOUR SHELF?

Miracles by C. S. Lewis

10. OF ALL THE BOOKS ON YOUR SHELF, WHICH WAS THE FIRST YOU READ?

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien most likely.

11. MOST EXPENSIVE BOOK?

Once again, it depends whether or not I include my textbooks. If not, then I’m pretty sure I paid the same amount for my hardback editions of Nevernight, Godsgrave and Turtles All the Way Down.

12. DO YOU HAVE THE COMPLETE SERIES OF ANY BOOK SERIES?

On this shelf, I have the complete LotR series, the ACOTAR series, all the Kingkiller Chronicle books published to date (don’t know if that counts as a complete series?) and also all the Nevernight books published to date.

On my shelves back home, I have many other complete series.

13. WHAT’S THE NEWEST ADDITION TO YOUR SHELF?

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Or Turtles All the Way Down by John Green if you go by purchase date. I bought Uprooted online and it only arrived yesterday.

14. WHAT BOOK HAS BEEN ON YOUR SHELF FOREVER?

On this particular shelf, most of them were placed on it at the same time (when I moved). But in terms of which one I’ve owned for the longest, that’s definitely the LotR series by J.R.R. Tolkien.

15. WHAT’S THE MOST RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

16. THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF (AS IN, THE ACTUAL COPY IS OLD)?

I think my copy of The Hobbit. I think this edition was published in the 90s. Maybe even earlier. I’m not sure. But it’s pretty old.

17. A BOOK YOU WON?

None of the ones that are currently on this shelf. But on my shelves back home, I have a few.

18. A BOOK YOU’D HATE TO LET OUT OF YOUR SIGHT (AKA A BOOK YOU NEVER LET SOMEONE BORROW)?

All of them? There are very few people I would lend any of my books to.

19. MOST BEAT UP BOOK?

Either The Hobbit of The Fellowship of the Ring. I can’t decide which one of them is more beat up.

20. MOST PRISTINE BOOK?

Well, I have several that haven’t even been opened yet. I recently bought a box set of C.S. Lewis books and most of those I’ve yet to open.

21. A BOOK FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD?

LotR.

22. A BOOK THAT’S NOT ACTUALLY YOUR BOOK?

Once again, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

23. A BOOK WITH A SPECIAL/DIFFERENT COVER (E.G. LEATHER BOUND, SOFT FUZZY COVER ETC.)?

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. My copy has a canvass cover. I mean, the cover is covered in canvass. It’s a hardback.

24. A BOOK THAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

For this one, have to say Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor because LOOK AT IT!

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25. BOOK THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR SHELF THE LONGEST THAT YOU STILL HAVEN’T READ?

Probably The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve had it for years and I read the first half of it like 3 times, but I never managed to read the whole thing.

26. DO YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE COPY OF A BOOK?

Not on this shelf. I do back home.

27. ANY SIGNED BOOKS?

On the shelf here, I’ve only got ACOMAF and Godsgrave. But I have several more back home.

 

The Book Mashup Tag

This is a really cool tag that I saw on The Book Prophet’s Blog. It was originally created by Lia@ Lost in a Story

Rules

Pick 10 (I picked 8) books and divide them into two groups.

Then randomly select a book from each group and mash the two books together. The world’s your oyster here really.

Write a synopsis paragraph of your mashup book.


Round 1: Throne of Glass and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Celaena is Adarlan’s most infamous assassin, she has seen and done them all. But when the Crown Prince hands her a strangely glowing hair brush, she finds herself thrust into a strange world where children face unspeakable horrors armed with nothing but small sticks and strange words, all to win a mysterious cup. 

Will she learn to navigate this strange world in time to win the competition and her freedom?

Round 2: The Oathbreaker’s Shadow and Artemis Fowl

Raim is fifteen. He lives in a world where each promise is sealed with a knot and breaking a promise means a life cast out in the desert.

Artemis Fowl is twelve. He’s a genius, a millionaire, and most importantly, a criminal mastermind.

 Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed. But when one of Artemis’ plots goes a little bit wrong, the two boys meet in the heart of the desert and realise that perhaps they could help each other. 

Round 3: City of Bones and The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

(This one should be interesting)

It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway.

And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving a bunch of angsty warrior children (too angsty, truth told, for a man of Allan’s age), a stolen cup (Allan can’t really understand what the fuss is, the cup doesn’t even contain vodka), some demons (when you’ve lived as long as Allan, nothing is surprising, really) and the strained relationship between a father and his children (Allan never liked his own father much either, so he has the deepest sympathy for the youngings).

Round 4: Nevernight and The Book Thief

(Oh boy. How do I even. This is going to be so dark.)

So, my idea for a mashup for this was to have Liesel read Mia’s story and then decided she wants revenge for all the crap in her life and follows Mia’s example. But I just can’t bring myself to spoil the beautiful story that The Book Thief is, with something like that. It’s just… wrong. Or the alternative would be to have Mia somehow end up in Nazi Germany, meet Liesel and decide that the Nazis need some killing.

But I can’t think of any way to bring Mia into Liesel’s world without a massacre ensuing and stay true to their characters and I can’t bring myself to ruin The Book Thief any more than I have just by thinking what I just thought. So I’m not going to write a synopsis for this.

C’s Book Blogger Test

I found this book tag over at Thrice Read (where I find most of my book tags). Check out their post here. Seriously, their blog is great.


TOP THREE BOOKISH PET PEEVES

You know what, I can give you three entire posts with just my bookish pet peeves. In fact, I can give you four entire posts. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

THREE BOOK CONFESSIONS

  • I often start reading multiple books at once (I’m reading 3 at the moment, I think. Possibly 4)
  • I eat while reading
  • Dust jackets really annoy me and I always take them off while reading a hardback.

LAST TIME YOU CRIED READING A BOOK

Hmm… I’m not sure. It may have been while I was reading Lord of Shadows. But not for the reasons you might think.

NUMBER OF BOOKS ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE

Three at the moment. And one on the floor next to my bed. Don’t ask why, I’m not entirely sure why it’s there.

FAVORITE READING SNACK

I don’t have any particular reading snack. Just whatever I feel like eating.

THREE BOOKS YOU’D RECOMMEND TO ANYONE

The Bible

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

A PICTURE OF YOUR BOOKSHELF

Um… I don’t think I  have one. Especially that I have several bookshelves and they’re not all in the same place.

HOW MUCH DO BOOKS MEAN TO YOU?

Books are some of my favourite things. They make me happy even at the worst of times. Just seeing them and knowing that I can slip away into a world of magic at any time makes me happy.

BIGGEST READING SECRET

I haven’t got any reading secrets. :/

How I choose Book Tag

I should really, really be catching up on my reviews. But I’m really, really not in the mood to write a review right now, so here I am with another book tag. I stole this (as I often do) from Thrice Read. If you don’t follow their blog, you really should, because it’s great! Anyway, let’s get to it.


Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Rebel of the SandsRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I’m not sure why i bought it. I think it had something to do with it being set in a desert setting and being western-y and also very pretty. I did end up really enjoying this book though, so I have no regrets.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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This is the answer I usually give to this question, but Tangled by Emma Chase. I honestly have no idea why I read it at all. Because it’s not a genre that I generally enjoy and it didn’t even have a pretty cover. I remember finding it on Goodreads and I think I read a review that was really positive and I was really bored, so I was like… “Eh, might as well.” And I ended up really enjoying it.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

This is pretty hard to do, since a) I have 2 bookshelves in 2 different places; b) I have way too many books for just the two bookshelves and therefore, they’re double stacked like nothing else and c) I know where all my books are on the shelves. So instead, to make it more random, I’m gonna go to my Goodreads owned books shelf, set it on random and get the first book on there.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I won this book in a giveaway and I discovered it when entering that giveaway.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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The Bat by Jo Nesbo. A friend of mine recommended it to me and I bought it, but I haven’t read it yet.

Pick a book up that you discovered through booktube/bookstagram/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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Oh man, there are so many for this one! Um… Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff and absolutely fucking YES! You can read my review of it, if you are interested.

Find a book on your shelves with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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Temeraire by Naomi Novik. This is another one that i heard of through booktube. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s about dragons in Napoleon’s time so… as far as I’m concerned, that’s all you need to know really.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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The Hunger Games, believe it or not. I wasn’t much into YA at the time, so I only found out about it when the first film came out. I watched the film and I thought it was meh, but decided to read the books. It’s interesting, because I liked the first film a lot more after reading the books than before, which is unusual.

Think of your all-time favorite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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This one’s hard. There are so many! Well, The Lord of the Rings definitely has to be on this list. I’ve read them 3 times, the first time I was maybe 12? I’m not sure. I picked them up because I loved the films.

The ACTOAR series by Sarah J. Mass should probably also be on here. I picked it up when the first book came out (well, a bit later that year) because I’d read ToG and I loved it and I wanted to see what else Sarah had in store. Also, Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite stories, so when I heard it was a retelling… I just had to.

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A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis. Someone had lent it to my mum a few years back and of course I wanted to read it because it was a book and it was C.S. Lewis. And I read it twice in two days.

I could continue this list, really but I’ll stop here for the sake of brevity.