A Moderate Book Haul

Since my last haul which was in June, I believe, I’ve been pretty reasonable with my book buying. I brought in 6 books, 2 of which are audiobooks, 2 from subscription boxes and two that I bought as physical copies. And of the 6, I’ve already read 2 and am currently reading another 3. So, I haven’t massively added to my TBR these past couple of months, which I’m pleased with because I REALLY want to reduce it to a MAXIMUM of 20 books at least on my physical TBR. I’m not too fussed about my audiobook/ebook TBR, although I don’t want that to get too out of hand either. I currently have 58 books on my physical TBR, so I have some way to go. Anyway, let’s get into the haul.


Audiobooks

Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty | The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

Subscription Box

The Wicked Fox by Kat Cho | The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

Bought

The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky | Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Do I Have That Book Challenge

I saw this tag on YouTube and I thought it was fun, so I’m gonna do it. I will link to the creator’s video.

This tag has 20 questions about what books I own. I feel it works better in video format. But Whatever, I still want to do it.


1. A book with deckled edges

YES. I may have more than one, but the one that comes to mind at the moment is Jesus Freaks by DC Talk.

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Couldn’t find a picture where you can see the deckled pages, but it’s got them. I promise.

2. A book with 3 or more people on the cover

YES! A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle. Has 3 people on it.

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3. A book based on another fictional story

Do I? Do I really? How about The Wrath and the Dawn? Arabian nights retelling. Percy Jackson? Magnus Chase? ACOTAR? Cruel Beauty? Could go on, but you guys get the point. I have A LOT of retellings.

 

4. A book with a title 10 letters long

I’m gonna say it has to be 1 word, just to make it more difficult. And I’m gonna go with Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

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5. A book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Starts and ends with a T. And just because I know some people are going to be picky about me including the article, here’s another: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

6. A mass market paperback

Yes. All of my Lord of the Rings and one of my copies of The Hobbit.

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7. A book by an author using a pen name

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. His real name was Charles Dodgson.

 

8. A book with a character’s name in the title

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. The main character is named Sorrow. Weird, I know. Marissa Meyer’s books also. Could probably go on, but we’ll stoop here.

 

9. A book with two maps in it

Probably have loads of these as well, but I’m too lazy to check so we’ll go with Elantris by Brandon Sanderson because I’m currently reading it. And it has not two, but three maps in it. Wait… does that mean it doesn’t fulfill the challenge? Like does it have to be 2, no more no less? If that’s the case, I will go with A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.

10. A book that was turned into a TV show

A Game of Thrones by G. R. R. Martin.

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11. A book written by someone who was originally famous for something else?

Relativity by Albert Einstein. Cause he was famous for science. So, I’m counting it.

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12. A book with a clock on the cover

This is going to take some thinking. Just One damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. That’s kind of a clock. If you don’t like that, I got Clockwork Angel that’s got Big Ben in the background. No one can argue with Big Ben.

13. A poetry book

I have several, but I’ll go with Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur because I’ve read and loved it.

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14. A book with an award stamp on it

Ok, I’m bitter about this question because I have loads of books that have won prizes. But the stickers/stamps annoy me, so I tend to buy editions that don’t have them. I’m going to have to delve deep for this one.

I have The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. It’s not actually a sticker, nor is it a stamp. It’s just printed on the cover. But I’m going with it.

15. A book written by an author with the same initials as you?

I actually don’t. 😥 My initials are RP and I have no books written by an author with the same initials. I do have books written by a PR. But no RP. So I’m gonna give myself half a point for this, cause the right letters, just wrong order and go with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

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16. A book of short stories

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.

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17. A book between 500 and 510 pages.

Pfft, easy. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Exactly 510 pages (just got it in a subscription box yesterday and I SQUEALED!).

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18. A book that was turned into a movie

I have like 20. But I’ll go with The Lord of the Rings because that’s my favourite adaptation.

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19. A graphic novel

Indeed I do. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel. 

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20. A book written by two or more authors

This was a long tag. I do indeed have several books that are co-authored. Including Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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This was fun. I got 19.5 out of 20 points. So… not bad. Let me know what you guys got!

 

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.

The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

So, I got my hands on a little bit of free time and I went on a blogging binge and scheduled a bunch of posts (you may have noticed I’ve posted every day for the past few days!). As I was scrolling through my feed, I saw the girls @ Thrice Read do this tag and since I love Beauty and the Beast and I love tags, this seemed like a match made in heaven.

1. “TALE AS OLD AS TIME” – A POPULAR THEME, TROPE OR SETTING YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED OF READING.

Probably the whole “bad boy with a tortured past and kind of a chewy centre” trope. I know it’s everywhere and it annoys some people, but I have a soft spot for it and I’m not even sorry. Also, just high fantasy settings. I never get tired of reading about the worlds people make up.

2. BELLE – A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR IT’S BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE TOO

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Look at that gorgeous cover. I honestly knew nothing about this book. I just bought it because it was a hardcover and was really beautiful and cheap. But I ended up loving it so much.

3. BEAST – A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH FROM BUT PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOU.

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I have to go with Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid for this one. I got it as a free kindle. I really wasn’t expecting much from it, but I actually really loved it. I have a review of it by the way, if you’d like to read more about it.

4. GASTON – A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I wouldn’t say that everyone loves it, as I have seen several reviews that pretty much agreed with me. But it does seem to be generally liked and I really hated it. I also have a review of it if you’d like to know why. I have to admit thought, the cover is really gorgeous. A pile of rubbish wrapped in a pretty package. Kind of like Gaston.

5. LEFOU – A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTER PART.

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Lucien from ACOTAR (where the counterpart is Tamlin). Even before Tamlin lost his marbles, I loved Lucien more. (Image credit)

6. MRS POTTS, CHIP, LUMIER & COGSWORTH – A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE

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The Bible. That’s what I always go to when I’m going through a difficult time and I always find comforting words of wisdom in it.

7. “SOMETHING THERE” – A BOOK OR A SERIES THAT YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END.

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. When I started reading CoB for the first time, I got through a couple of chapters and then gave up. It was only years later that I picked it up again (quite by accident). I had forgotten that I’d started it before and I was confused as to why it seemed so familiar. Anyway, the second time around I finished it and then I got really into the series.

8. “BE OUR GUEST” – A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER

Can I have a really… REALLY big dinner table? Because I really want to have dinner with so many characters. I want Rhys and the Night Court and I want Will Herondale and I want Kaz Brekker and ALL of his gang. ALL OF IT *sobs uncontrollably* and I want the entire Fellowship of the Ring and Hermione and Aelin and all of her court and Manon… well I kind of want the whole cast of ToG and… well, do you know any good catering services? And a really big venue? Preferably with access to an orchard or something. I feel like some of these characters might butt heads.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Villains in Books

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Villains in Books

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top 10 villains in books.


Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

tumblr_inline_mm3lpfndj51qz4rgpOne of my favourite villains in YA literature! I just loved Sebastian, he was such a good villain. He’s actually one of my favourite characters in the series just because he was such a compelling villain. What he did, he did out of a righteous belief that what he was doing was right and ultimately, he did everything out of a twisted, mangled and broken love that he had for his family. He wasn’t able to love anymore, but he still tried and the result was monstrous.

Johan Liebert from Monster by Naoki Urasawa

johan1One of my all time favourite villains. I loved the question he brought up of whether stripping someone of their identity can change who they are. Was Johan born a monster, or was he made into one? And I think that is part of the drive behind his actions. His sense that he does not exist gives him the liberty to do anything because a man who does not exist cannot be held accountable.

King Leck from the Graceling Series by Kristin Cashore

tumblr_mvra1nsvyv1qmke06o1_500You may have noticed, I am very fascinated with really screwed up psychopaths and King Leck fist that profile to the letter. I’m a little bit annoyed that we didn’t get more information about him and how his mind worked and what sort of messed up crap he did.

President Snow from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

cjedi2rgI’ve always liked him. I though he was a very classy villain who knew exactly what he was and he totally owned it. He didn’t necessarily take pleasure in killing, rather it was a cold and calculated means to an end. He also had a way of seeing the world for what it was. When he was defeated, he just accepted it, and he was perhaps glad to go to his death because he knew that another villain would rise in his stead.

Artemis Fowl from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

738eba3305195d34397b0d4a3190780aOne of my all time favourite characters! the reason he’s so far down this list is that… well he’s not really a villain. He’s more of an antihero. I suppose you could say he’s a villain in the first book though, so I’m okay with adding him on this list because I will take any and every opportunity to talk about this series. I love it!

 

Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

ootp076Another one who is in my opinion not so much a villain as he is an antihero. But I love antiheroes. And Snape is one of my favourite HP characters and he always has been. I admired his loyalty and I loved his moral ambiguity. I think moral ambiguity makes for really interesting characters and Snape fascinated me from the first book until the last. He is still to this day one of my favourite characters.

 

Lord Sauron from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

sauron-005I had to include him because LotR is one of the stories of my childhood and I still love the epic battle of Middle Earth. I still get excited when Isildur cuts of the ring finger and when Frodo escapes the Shire and every single victory against Sauron, big or small. I will always love this story.

 

Professor Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

SherlockSherlock Holmes has been one of my heroes since I was a little girl and of course, his greatest enemy had to be on this list. And of course I used the Andrew Scott version because I love BBC’s Sherlock and this seemed like a really fitting occasion for a little not to the show. Also… I want the next season, please.

 

The villain from The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin

schwarzschild radiusI don’t know his name, I don’t think it’s even mentioned in the book. But he’s a great, messed up, terrifying villain. This book traumatised me. Honestly, I was so paranoid after reading it. Also horrified and kid of disgusted. So, as villains go, I’d say this one did his job pretty well.

 

Clancy from the Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken

51glg9yppil-_sy344_bo1204203200_I like him. I think he’s a good villain and I kind of want him to hang around for a while to make life difficult for our dear characters. He’s a devious little schemer and he just makes the story that much more interesting. Even though you want to punch him in the face from time to time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

This tag was created by Tinka @ The Crazy Reader. I thought it was really cool and I decided to do it. This tag was inspired by a traditional Chinese festival. Tinka explains it better in her post.


1. Family reunion: Name a book with family goals

250px-weasleysThe Weasleys are the first who jump to mind. Most of the books I read don’t really have families in them because that would just make for far too happy MC. But the Weasleys were a big, loud, obnoxious family who ultimately had each other’s backs and I could really feel the family spirit. So I will go with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because that’s when we first see them as a family.

2. Full moon: Name a book with a werewolf

TMIThe Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. There is more than one werewolf in it. You can take your pick. Now that I think of it, I think it’s the only series I love that has a werewolf in it.

 

3. Mooncake: Name a type of food in a book that you wish was real

harry-potter-1I hate answering with the same thing twice in the same tag, but anything in the HP series. I always get hungry reading them. I mean look at that picture! I want me some butterbeer and some candy that makes me roar like a lion and chocolate frogs, and every flavour beans and all of it. Also, a house elf to make the food for me please.

4. Rabbit: Name your favourite creature in a book

91qh6txtoal9d932ee70c2df735c120627b89c491b7Hmm, I really like the Pegasi in the Percy Jackson books. Or the great eagles from The Lord of the Rings. I like creatures that can fly and that are big enough to ride because I want to fly. Come to think of it, I also always thought the Nazgul were really cool in the LotR films.

 

5. Chang E.: A character that makes a significant change to the plot

cinnaI’m going with Cinna from The Hunger Games. He wasn’t a very prominent character. He wasn’t even in the books that much. But he basically jump-started the revolution. Without him, there would not be any girl on fire. He’s awesome and he deserves more recognition.

6. Lanterns: Name a book you like reading about

lotr deluxeI like reading about Tolkien’s work. I’ve barely read anything of his. Like, I’ve read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and about a third of The Silmarillion.  But I have spent countless hours on Wikipedia reading about him and Middle Earth and his work.

7. Autumn: Name a good autumn read

Six of CrowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I’m not sure why, but I just feel like it’s a good book to read in autumn. I mean, it’s an awesome book to read at any time of the year, but it feels sort of autumny. Also, I have a review of it, if you want to check it out!

8. Festival: Name your favourite festival in a book

acotargathering-of-shadows_ukcoverCalanmai from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Because that’s when we first meet Rhys. Although a close second is the Essen Tasch from A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. That was really cool. Look how the covers match! That is a satisfying coincidence.

 

 

I will tag 3 of my followers at random. If you decide to do this, leave a link to your post in the comments below!

M @ A Blog of One’s Own

Sam @ One Bookish Girl

Mara @ Once Upon A Bind

 

Top 10 Tuesday – Books You Would Buy if Someone Handed You a Fully Loaded Giftcard

Top 10 Tuesday – Books You Would Buy if Someone Handed You a Fully Loaded Giftcard

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books you’d buy right this second if someone handed you a fully loaded gift card. I mean, I would obviously buy all the books, but if I could only buy 10, I would robably buy a bunch of collector’s editions, because those are freaking expensive.

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling

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I don’t even think this needs an explanation. I just want it. Now. A signed copy, if possible. I am so excited to get my hands on it and read it, I can’t even tell you.

2. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien Collector’s Edition

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I’m sure there’s more than one and I’m not sure which I’d buy, but I want a special collector’s edition of this.

3. Middle Earth Puzzle Collection

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I went to the bookstore the other day and saw this and I’ve been lusting over it ever since. But it was so freaking expensive. It was so beautiful, it had one of those leather bindings and I love riddles and puzzles and it was so awesome, I want it!

4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay

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This is so pretty and I wants it!

5. Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones Collector’s Edition

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Have you seen this? It comes with maps and everything. I want it so badly!

6. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare New Cover Collection

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I feel kind of bad re-buying books just because there are new covers, so I probably wouldn’t really do it with my own money. But if someone handed me a giftcard, I’d totally go for it. Look how cool the spines are! In fact, I’d probably go ahead and buy the new covers for The Mortal Instruments as well.

7. Custom Leather Bound Harry Potter Series

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They are so gorgeous and I want them. The person who made them is so talented and deserves to make money from them! You can find the artist who makes them on Etsy.

8. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Collector’s Edition

9781435158108_p0_v1_s118x184This gorgeous edition of Sherlock Holmes. I already have the complete collection in hardback. But mine’s in 4 volumes and it’s not nearly as pretty as this!

9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S Lewis Barnes & Noble Collector’s Edition

94bd5cc2131c9327abb4fde4515225cbThis series was a huge part of my childhood and this collector’s edition is so beautiful! I still have my original box-set of it and I love it, but I would love to also have this edition.

10. Complete Jane Austen Box Set

912hcdg76olThis box set is so pretty! And I love Pride and Prejudice, so that just makes me want all of Jane Austen’s books, even though I haven’t read any of the  others.

And then, if there was still any money on the gift card (that would be one hell of a gift card!), I’d just go nuts with my Amazon Wishlist.

Top 10 Tuesday – Books That Made Me Want to Do or Learn Something

Top 10 Tuesday – Books That Made Me Want to Do or Learn Something

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books that have made you want to learn or do something.

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

lord_of_the_rings_book_cover_by_mrstingyjr-d5vwgctThis one seems to crop up in almost every list or tag I do. It’s because I grew up with it and it’s inspired a lot of my likes and passions. One of the things that it has made me want to do and that I have accomplished to some degree is to become a really good archer, like Legolas. I still have a little work to do before I reach his skill, but I’m a pretty good archer.

2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

inferanalAnother one that I use often for my replies, but it’s one of my favourite series. And it has inspired, or perhaps rekindled a passion for the classics and for learning quotes because Will Herondale. These are things I’ve always loved, but I had neglected for a long time before reading the series.

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throne_of_glass_ukThis book has inspired me to start writing. I had had a story in my mind for years and years and I never really felt like writing it until I read Throne of Glass. After dashing through the series in a few days, I had a huge book hangover and I could not find anything that would take the edge off. And then I remembered the story that had been in my brain for so long and I realized that my main character was close to Celaena’s badassness so I wrote myself 50,000 words of ToG hangover cure in a few weeks.

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

the-complete-sherlock-holmes-sherlock-holmes-booksI’ve always been a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and I was really inspired by the books and the films and also the BBC show – basically every encounter I had with the character of Sherlock Holmes has inspired me to be aware of my surroundings, to pay attention, to observe. There have been times when I would do it obsessively, but even just in general, I have always worked to be a good observer and I owe that to Sherlock Holmes.

5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

ukdsbhcThis book has made me want to visit Prague. I mean, I’ve always wanted to see as many places as I could and I’ve always thought Prague would be a great city to visit, but after reading this, I REALLY want to go.

6. The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin

22828394It’s a bit weird, because this has literally nothing to do with the book, but I just really wanted to know what the Schwarzschild radius is, so this book was the reason I spent hours reading about black holes and spheres and radii.

7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

immortalinstruments6booksThis series has made me want to brush up on my Latin. Because Jace could ‘speak’ it and I remembered that I really liked Latin in school. This series has also made me want to learn how to use throwing knives and start martial arts again. It’s pretty obvious why, I should think.

8. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

13486632I’ve had an itch for looking up things about World War II and just the general global political occurrences of the 20th century ever since I started reading this book.

9. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

13188729I’ve always loved ciphers and logic puzzles. Reading Bitterblue sort of rekindled that love and made me want to learn more about ciphers, become better at decrypting them and just generally improving my logical thinking skills.

10. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Patty Reid

17673307It’ll probably sound ridiculous, but I’ve really wanted to know what makes stain-resistant carpets stain-resistant ever since reading this book. I was a little bit upset that the question was posed, but never answered in the book, so I had to look into it myself (something known as Triexta – a corn-derived polymer – is as far as I could tell the best stain-resistant carpet fiber out there).

Pokemon GO! Book Tag

Pokemon GO! Book Tag

I was going to do a review, but then I saw Caitlyn over at ThriceRead do this and it’s such a cute tag that I just had to. The review can wait until next time.

This tag and the graphics were created by ReadAtMidnight. These graphics are everything though!

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I don’t think there is any book in particular that started my love for reading. I’ve loved books since before I could read and I’ve loved reading ever since I could read, which was at a fairly young age.

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The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Many people find the books intimidating or difficult to read or even boring. But I’ve read them 3 times and I will always love them. I grew up loving the books and the films like some people grew up loving Harry Potter and it’s always going to hold a very special place in my heart.

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Hmmm, I don’t really know. I don’t generally care whether a book is hyped or not as long as I like it and I like forming my own opinions. So I don’t think I have an answer for this.

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I mean, this happens all the time. There are a lot of things that most YA books have in common and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Off the top of my head, I’ll say The Young Elites by Marie Lu. It reminds me of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Or I suppose it’s the other way around, since I actually read The Young Elites before reading The Darkest Minds. And they remind me of one another because of the whole super-power endowing disease, because other than that, the characters and setting are really different.

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Hmm… I don’t normally have a problem with this. I don’t mind big books. There are a couple of series I’m not going to start because they’re so long, but those are series I had minimal interest in anyway. Yeah, I have no answer for this. Size just doesn’t matter to me.

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There are two ways to interpret this question. The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin kept me up at night because it just freaked me out and I was honestly afraid I would have nightmares if I slept. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas kept me up at night because I wanted to finish it.

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Feysand! I love them. I don’t think I’ve ever shipped anyone as hard as I ship them. Not even Wessa, which previous to reading ACOMAF was probably my favourite bookish couple.

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I’ll say Tangled by Emma Chase. Because this book was hot. And it was a very fast read and I was really pleasantly surprised by it and it was actually like… fire-hot.

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Shadowhunters. Probably Harry Potter. And Sarah J. Maas books. Honestly, as long as the plots keep being good and fresh and the world is interesting, I will never get tired of spin-offs. I mean, I love learning new worlds, but I also love exploring known worlds and getting to know more about them.

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My most recent read Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I’m not normally into chick-lit, but this one really surprised me. I really liked it and in fact, this post is replacing the review I intended to do of it, but stay tuned for that soon.

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All of Rick Riordan’s series. I’ve only read the first four books in the Percy Jackson series, but I’m really looking forward to read the rest of his series and I’m especially excited for Trials of Apollo. 

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I hate having the same answer twice in one tag, but this is probably the only collector’s edition I REALLY wish I had. And that is The Lord of the Rings. I have a slight obsession with buying Tolkien’s books, even though I will probably never read them. And I really want a LOTR collector’s edition.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I know it’s been out for a while now and her second book is out already. But this was her debut and I’m excited about reading it.

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Sarah J. Maas, Cassandra Clare, Tolkien and John Green.

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WINDS OF WINTER CAN I PLEASE HAVE IT BEFORE I DIE?

I tag every Pokemon loving soul out there!

 

Books With A Purpose Book Tag

I was tagged by chicnerdreads to do this, thank you very much for tagging me! I love tags. So let’s get on with it.

THE RULES:

  1. Mention the person who tagged you in your post and provide a link to their blog
  2. Fill out the 9 questions in the tag
  3. For each question, insert a gif of how you feel about the book(s) or author.
  4. Tag 5 people and/or everyone to do this tag!
  5. Before you post the tag, do a five-second party dance. Cause you dat awesome

*coughing away dust motes* I knew there was a good reason I never deleted my gif folder. I’m so excited about this, I’m doubly excited because gifs are involved!

Questions:

Best story premise? 

lord_of_the_rings_book_cover_by_mrstingyjr-d5vwgctOh my God! This is really difficult. So many amazing premises especially when it comes to epic fantasy. Hmmm… I’m going to say The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Just because the book itself is like a premise for the whole epic fantasy genre. So without it, there would probably be a whole lot fewer awesome premises in the world.

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Best world building?

booksI have to say A Song of Ice and Fire by G. R. R. Martin. I mean, have you read those things? The world-building is incredible. The amount of history and tradition and cultural elements in the series is phenomenal. The only other world this complex I’ve ever encountered before is Tolkien’s. But I don’t like having the same answer twice and anyway, ASOIAF definitely deserves this one.

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Best character?

clockwork-angelAll these questions are so difficult! Best as in “my baby”, best as in most interesting or most complex. Because those questions have different answers. This is distressing. Okay, I’ll just go with the “my baby” answer. And for that, I have Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

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Best series?

8uk-children-thomas-taylorThis just has to go to the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, because no matter how many times I read that series, it never gets old. It’s one of those series that I usually put on some level above everything else and I don’t generally use it to compare anything to it because I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to all those other amazing books out there. Just like The Lord of the Rings, it’s in a league of its own, in my opinion. 

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Best tear jerker?

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Honestly, I don’t cry very often when it comes to books. There are 3 books that have gotten tears out of me in recent history and I don’t think I could put one over the other in terms of which one is the better tear-jerker. Because they all made me cry about the same. So, I pick all three. Nowhere in the rules is it stated that you can’t do that. So here they are: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

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Best author?

sarah_j-_maas_18439I will give this one to Sarah J. Maas. She’s one of my favourite authors and both her series are among my favourites (I’ve been practically swooning over ACOMAFF for the past two months). She’s just so cool and I’m so excited to meet her this fall!

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Best writing style?

324620Laini Taylor. Hands down one of the most beautiful writing styles I’ve come across. The way she creates suspense, the little plot twists at every corner and then just the beautiful, poetic way in which she puts words together. I adore her writing. It’s magical. 

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Best cover?

51tgsgjianl-_sy344_bo1204203200_This is so difficult. So many books with gorgeous covers. To make this easier, I will limit myself to books I actually own physical copies of and that have not been featured in this post. And I’ll say Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. I love it so much, I have been known to just stare at it and run my fingers over it. 

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Best ending?

acomaf-cover-3A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. The ending just made me punch the air in triumph and happiness and I was so freaking happy. I felt empowered by it, which is an odd choice of words, I guess, but that’s how I felt. 

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I feel like that’s a good gif to end this post with. Now, for who to tag. I don’t know who’s done this and who hasn’t, so sorry if you’ve already done it, but here it goes.

The Jouska

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And I don’t know who else to tag up to 5 because I haven’t been around here for long enough to know that many people. But if this seems like something you’d like to do, then please go ahead. I tag you.