Blogger Aesthetics Award/Tag

I was tagged in the blogger aesthetic award by Sydney from Sydney’s Shelves. This is a super fun tag where you make a little graphic of images that represent you. I will warn you that I am not a super aesthetic person, preferring functionality over appearances so this will be interesting.

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Liebter Award

I was nominated for this award by Ellyn from allonsythornraxx thanks you so much. (and I’m not just saying that because I have to). I’m excited to answer your questions.

Also, sorry I have been missing for a little while guys. My exam week has been tough but I am looking forward to returning with regular posts from now on.

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Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for the blogger recognition by Ellyn from allonsythornraxx books so thanks you. I’m so proud of my blog that you consider it worthy of this award. I am currently busy with school and down with the flu so I thought what better time to write a blog post…

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I am still SUPER busy with school so writing reviews is going to have to be put off for a few days, luckily Bella from Bella Blogs Because Books tagged me in the Rapid Fire Book Tag.

 

Physical Book or Ebook

Physical book, you can’t beat the feeling of book pages beneath your hands and I like carrying books around so I can see who the bookish people are.

 

Paperback or Hardback

I have always been a paperback girl, they’re cheaper, easier to carry and take up (marginally) less room on my bookshelf. The only hardcovers I have are of one specific series, a few second hand ones I bought and the hardcover of Caraval that I bought a few weeks ago and was really excited about. Here are some pictures I took.

Isn’t it super adorable??? I kind of don’t want to read it now to keep it fresh… but I will eventually. It’s more time that’s an issue right now but we’ll talk about that more in my February wrap up.

 

Online or In Store Book Shopping

I love in store, but I am starting to love online too. I like getting the package of my book and opening it and feeling so happy about it. But the process of going and picking up a book will always be important and special.

 

Trilogies or Series

Series, I read a lot of fantasy and that’s where you get a bunch of really good super long series. I also think that trilogies are common in paranormal romances and dystopian novels which although they have their hype most of them don’t end up being super great. I’m committed to the characters and the plot long term so I want it to be as fleshed out and long as the story needs to be. Not to say I won’t read trilogies, they’re good because they’re fast compared to long series, however I do love the long series.

 

Heroes or Villains

Heroes, often because more effort is put into writing them. There are some good villains out there but there are so many amazing heroes, plus I love watching them struggle and fight back and grow on their journey and what they stand for and the friendships they make.

 

A Book You Want Everyone to Read

The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody, but if that monster of a series is too much for you which I totally understand considering it is seven books long and the last few books are a thousand pages each, I recommend The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater which is a standalone and will get you hooked on the rest of her books if you aren’t already. Phew that was a long sentence.

 

Recommend an Underrated Book

I’ve actually done a whole blog post on underrated books, but I think the one I would recommend the most is Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington, she is an Australian author and this stand alone really messed me up emotionally. It was such an interesting concept and I’ve heard that her other books are pretty good to so I plan on giving them a go soon. (haha I say soon, I mean in the next five years).

 

The Last Book You Finished

Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel, I have a review coming soon (that was the post I was going to write for today but it would have taken so much more time so it will be up sometime in the next week) but basically my thoughts are that it was good but could have been better.

 

The Last Book You Bought

I have actually been buying a lot of books recently. I want to be able to say that the last book I bought was The Hate You Give because I want it so badly, but it was either my copy of Caraval or Windwitch.

 

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark

Ummm I don’t think I can pick just one, I’ve used bracelets, my phone, clothing, my arm, my toe, scraps of paper, train tickets… pretty much anything I can get my hands on.

 

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes, I love used book shopping even thought I’ve only been a few times, I did manage to find a few good books that way so even though it takes time it’s worth it.

 

Top Three Favorite Genres

Fantasy, sci-fi and … hmmm what else do I read???? maybe post apocalyptic? does that count as a genre?? I like survival stories pretty much.

 

Borrow or Buy

I used to go through so many books it would have been uneconomical to buy them, but now I just borrow because I am used to it and I don’t have that much money. Plus borrowing gives you a deadline of sorts.

 

Characters or Plot

As much as I love a clever plot it has to be the characters that are most important to me. I need to have people I can get behind or the book isn’t worth my time.

 

Long or Short Books

Long. How long is the average book? Like three hundred pages (I think…) how long is the average book that I read? Like five hundred pages…. I think it’s because I read so many long epic fantasies.

 

Long or Short Chapters

This is a difficult one, if I am liking the book then I don’t mind if the chapters are super long but if I am not liking the book much then longer chapters are only going to annoy me more. How long are chapters on average?? because right now the ones in my english texts are thirty to fifty pages each… that’s not normal right?? or am I just noticing it more because I am hating every second of reading them?

 

Name the First Three Books You Think Of:

  1. Shift by Em Bailey – really cool but better not to know anything going in
  2. Matched by Allie Condie – dystopian… not great… check out her other books
  3. The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost – cool in the first book but gets weird after that

Ahh I hate questions like this because my mind goes a thousand miles a minute so figuring out which books I thought of first is a traumatic experience.

 

Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?

It’s really difficult for books to make me laugh and still pretty hard for books to make me cry, I like the ones that can make me laugh more but there aren’t many of those at all.

 

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I’m a fantasy reader… fictional worlds will always be more interesting to me.

 

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes. Although some are pretty bad there are some great ones out there and they are so good for multitasking.

 

Do You Ever Judge Books By Their Covers?

Yes. I always see books with old covers and think they must be boring when I’ve actually found some of my favorite books that way.

 

Book To Movie or Book To TV Adaptations

Hmm well neither if they’re going to be bad, but if they’re good then book to tv because there’s more of it. Plus I watch more TV shows. Also I think that the reason a lot of book to movie adaptations go wrong is because they want to make it more exciting and have a major fight at the end or something which is less of a problem in TV shows. They have more freedom to do what they want.

 

A Movie or TV Show You Preferred to Its Book?

I actually don’t watch a lot of book adaptations in their movie/tv form and most of the ones I have seen were pretty bad. Some that I thought were good adaptations and I liked as much as the book are the Harry Potter Movies and the Pride and Prejudice movies/mini series.

 

Series or Standalone?

Series for sure, I can’t deal with only just getting to know the world then being torn away from it. Although there are actually a lot of standalone novels I like too.

 

I Tag:

(some of my newer followers)

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was  nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award a bit over a week ago (I forgot I had this post in my drafts) (sorry I am super disorganized at the moment – technical trouble means I lost my schedule) but anyway…

Thank You To Bella (from Bella Blogs Because Books)

for nominating me, here’s how it works.

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Rip It or Ship It Book Tag

This is a tag that went around a lot a year or so ago, but Bella from Bella Blogs Because Books decided to bring it back and I love watching videos of this tag or reading people’s posts so I thought I would do it! This tag was created by Emma from emmabooks Here’s to finding some awesome new ships. Most of these are from Harry Potter, Throne of Glass, Percy Jackson, The Raven Cycle and Red Rising… so hopefully those are books you have read.

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Pokemon Book Tag

I have seen this tag going around in the blogging community and thought I would give it a go. A lot of my friends have been playing Pokemon Go recently and although I don’t play it myself I think it is a great game. The tag and accompanying graphics were created by Read at Midnight

I never actually played the origional pokemon, so these three were never my starters. I think if I had to pick now I would choose Charmander because look how cute he is. My bookish starter is going to be The Fairy’s Return and Other Princess Tales by Gail Carson Levine. These were some of my first books and I absolutely love them. They are interesting take on common fairy tales.

Ahhh Pikachu. He really is a classic, although a hard to obtain one. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.This is one of the first classics that I think I read when I was seven or eight. They have some great themes that are applicable to all age groups.

I don’t think that there are books I have lost intest in purely because it is everywhere. However a book that I have rethought my opinions on is the Hunger Games. This book was everywhere four or five years ago and although I enjoyed it, I’m not sure it was deserving of that much hype.

For me this book is the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking. I feel like this series is similar to other fairy/changling stories and I swear I have read something similar before. I did however really enjoy reading the story. All the characters felt real and I loved the world that was created.

I am going to have to pick theLord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. I haven’t read these yet because there are so many and they are so big. Everyone I know who has read them loves them and Middle Earth is one of the staple fantasy worlds so I need to do this.

I used to read at night all the time but recently I have been reading more throughout the day and in the early hours of the morning. However there was a book that made me push through my tiredness and that book was Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I loved the quaint nature of this book and how easily everything fell into place.

I must admit that I was never really one to get into bookish OTPs, I tend to just ship whoever is a canon but some that I have a lot of love for include Cate and Finn from the aformentioned Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood, Dex and Sophie from the Keeper of the Lost Cities series (my review here) and Elspeth and Rushton from the Obernewtyn Chronicles

Ahh Rapidash was one of my favourite pokemon. There are many ways to defind a fast paced read but I am going to go with Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I read this in a day or two and I could not put it down. I even tried to read it during my PE lesson at school… my team still won so I count it as a success.

I could choose nothing less than the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. This was one of the series that pushed my reading into highschool where my friends were all obsessed with the books. For as long as I can remember there have been more of Rick Riordan’s books coming out and I have a very strong emotional attatchment to the characters. I need to know more of their lives, so I will always accept new spin offs.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis fits this perfectly. I picked this up because the synopsis was interesting then didn’t read it because the cover put me off and I had other things to be reading. Roughly a year later after a recommendation from a friend I picked the book up again and loved it. I haven’t read the rest of the series since I read the first one a year and a half ago but I do want to. Despite the cover the majority of the books wasn’t romance focused which was the main thing making me not want to read it.

This one has to be the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I still haven’t read this series and there is so much hype out there about them, but I am still so ready to read them just as soon as they become avaliable at my library, or as soon as I see them in a bookstore and make a (possibly rash) purchase.

I don’t have many collector’s editions if any, but after looking through some online that needs to change. There are so many amazing ones, but I have to start with this Lord of the Rings box set that has amazingly glossy covers.

Ok well… I tend not to read book for a few years after they come out, but I am going to stay away from some debuts that have come out and I have seen a lot of hype for. One debut that I am excited to read and haven’t seen much hype for are The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Due to my low budge I don’t have ANY auto buy authors. I do however have auto add to my to-read list authors. Some of these include Sarah J Maas, Shannon Messenger and Maria V Snyder

I have been waiting what seems like forever for the release of The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. I need this book in my life NOW.

What books have you been waiting on the release of?

 

 

 

The Author Tag

I saw this on youtube and thought it was fitting considering I am doing camp nanowrimo at the moment. I first saw it on Femke Meijboom’s channel (her video here) but it was originally made by Emily Walker (her video here) and Kn Lee (her video here). So lets get on with it.

 

What’s your favorite place to write?

I can write pretty much anywhere, but I especially like places that are quiet. I usually write at my desk or at school when I get there early. I can write anywhere, it is more my mental state that matters.

 

Coffee or Tea?

I don’t drink either, but if I had to pick then tea. I just drink a lot of water, or milo.

 

Favorite book of all time

This is so hard to pick… but The Sending by Isobelle Carmody will always be very special to me as one of the first books I could not wait for the release of, from the first series I was obsessed with.

 

Camp Nanowrimo – yes or no

Yes, for sure. I don’t see why not.

 

What genre would you write if you had no restrictions

I don’t really have any restrictions… but I guess I would love to write something set in a different historical period but if I try I get to caught up on accuracy. That is why I write a lot of fantasy where I can just make it up.

 

If you had any super power what would it be?

The ability to pause time. I would be able to do so many things and get through endless episodes of TV then if it was getting late I could just pause time and write, then sleep, then unpause time and go around with my day and normal.

 

Who is your favorite author?

I am really struggling with this one… I am going to just go and say Shannon Messenger because she writes such light

 

What kind of music do you listen to while writing?

I don’t usually listen to music while I write, sometimes I will listen to sound tracks like the one from the Lord of the Rings movies or Merlin (the BBC tv show) but usually I just have my window open and listen to the cars go past and the wind because we live on a main road. Also I have been told my typing is very loud – I create my own back ground music.

 

If you could live anywhere where would you live?

I really don’t know. I like where I am living now, but maybe somewhere with bigger windows for me to look out of, and a larger desk because there is always piles of stuff on mine.

 

What do you do when you have writers block?

I will usually sit down with a notebook and figure out what is going wrong. Usually for me writer’s block just means I haven’t thought of where the story will go next.

 

I am not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do it feel free to. And happy camp nanoing.