Disney Parks Book Tag

I was tagged in this super cute tag last week by the wonderfully kind Brittany over at the Perfectly Tolerable blog. She claims to be only ‘perfectly tolerable’ and ‘average-ish’ but in reality she’s such a kind, supportive blogging friend that writes some amazing reviews. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet…. what are you waiting for?!

The Rules:

☆ Mention the creator and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
☆ Thank the blogger who tagged you
☆ Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
☆ Tag 5+ friends
☆ Feel free to copy the heading graphics

The Questions:

I had a hard time coming up with a book for this one! All I could think of was the second instalment in the Dark Hunter series that follows Talon, the intelligent Dark Hunter that prefers to be elusive and lives near a swamp (they count as rivers right?). He even has a pet alligator!

I ADORED this sea-adventure. Poppy’s endless spirit and ability to cause mayhem was not only hilarious but endearing. Poor Captain Andrew had a lot to deal with when Poppy became a stow-away aboard his ship!

Told in verse, The Art of Taxidermy deals with some pretty gruesome (at least for me) themes of a child’s passion concerning the art of taxidermy. I mean… it’s great to have a passion but if my kid started bringing dead squirrels home to stuff them I’d be a little unnerved!

As one of my first space-set adventures, Illuminae had me completely hooked from the very first page to the last! It’s a shame the rest of the books in the series seemed quite repetitive but alas there’s nothing to do about that. At least the first book was brilliantly good!

I’m currently reading this book for next month’s book club and it’s set along the North Carolina coast. The book’s description of the natural environment so far has been nothing less than spell-binding.

While I didn’t enjoy this book very much, the castle of Emberfall played a prominent role in this book and it was the first one I could think of for this theme.

What more whimsy do you need than falling down the rabbit hole and embarking on a full-fledged adventure? My favourite was always the Cheshire Cat!

If anything, almost this entire story was about trekking through wilderness, plains, forests and mountains in search of help after having crash landed on a planet. While it’s not my favourite book from both of these authors it was still an enjoyable read.

While this story was a DNF for me, the strong latin culture and themes set within it make it suitable for this category. This is one of those books that I had such high hopes for. Unfortunately, the story never seemed to click for me.

Aurora Rising was a book I had to read as I’d fallen in love with the duo of Kaufman and Kristoff’s writing after having read Illuminae. This was a fast-paced adventurous story featuring kick-ass characters and a squad I’d love to join. Fin will always have my heart! I’m counting down the days until Aurora Burning (THREE) !!

I Tag:

As always don’t feel obligated to participate, but if you do then please tag me so I can see your answers!

The Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

It’s been a LONG while since I’ve done a tag but I couldn’t resist doing this one first (despite the long list of ones I haven’t gotten to yet) as fantasy is a genre that’s close to my heart. YA fantasy (City of Bones to be specific) was the reason I became so interested in reading when I was younger and it’s been non-stop ever since!

I was tagged by the wonderfully kind Siren over at Sweaters and Raindrops. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet… what are you waiting for???

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer) in your post
  • Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
  • Tag 5 others to take part
  • Enjoy!

FIVE STAR BOOK

Scythe, well the whole Arc of a Scythe series really, is one of those books thats just so damn good. I couldn’t put it down and there’s no doubt in my mind that it was a 5-Star read. If you’re interested in something intense and unique then this is the book for you. My full review can be found here.

ALWAYS GOING TO RECOMMEND

This book… this book. It’s one of those that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. It’s not buried deep in my memory amidst the hundreds of other fantasy/ sci-fi stories I’ve read. Nope. This sits near the top of the vault. It’s such an emotional journey that I couldn’t forget this even if I tried. I haven’t read any other books by Becky Chambers yet but it’s something I should fix ASAP!

OWN IT BUT HAVEN’T READ IT YET

I’ve read so, so many positive reviews about this book (as well as Laini Taylor’s writing) but unfortunately this one just didn’t work out well for me the first time around. The writing was deeply rich and too much for my mood at the time. I’m hoping to finish this someday soon as the hype didn’t lie about the writing style. It’s enthralling and beautiful. Fingers crossed for take two!

WOULD READ AGAIN

As I mentioned above, City of Bones was the start of ALL THIS. Of reading. Of my utter love and adoration for books, words and authors. It was my first foray in to the mystical and wonderful world of YA fantasy and for that reason is one that will always be on my reread list. It’s sentimental and so dear to my heart.

IN ANOTHER WORLD

The marvellous world of Tortall was entrancing when I was younger. I’d started off with Urban Fantasy but Tamora Pierce’s world was my first experience of being utterly immersed in a new world. It’s one that I cherish and come back to every few years. Plus, the strong kick-ass female characters in her quartets make these books ones that I’ll always recommend.

BACK ON EARTH

The Mercy Thompson series was such a high point for me last year. I had been putting off reading this series for years (I know… sometimes I really disappoint myself too) and I’m so glad I finally decided to give it a try. Not only is she strong, independent and fun this book showed me that I enjoy fantasy aimed at adults as opposed to just YA.

I tag (there’s no obligation to do this):

New Years Eve Book Tag

We were tagged in a sorta belated tag (read: VERY belated tag) by one of our favourite bloggers, Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts, originally created by  Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads. While I contemplated leaving this post unit the END of this year it just seemed SO FAR away. In light of that, I’ve decided to celebrate the START of this year by answering questions from my reading in January 2020. Who doesn’t love a great reading month to start the decade off with??

The Rules

↠ Link back to the tag’s creator.
↠ Thank and link back to the person that tagged you.
↠ Feel free to use the pre-made graphics or create your own. Credit is appreciated if you do.
↠ Answer the questions as best as you can. No answer is incorrect!
↠ Tag some people to do this tag. No minimum or limit. Spread the love and have a happy 2020!

Good As Hell || Favourite Book

Wow, this book you guys! It’s an indie author but this book is gearing up to be the best of 2020 yet. Yes, I’m only half way through and already I’m calling it. Full of action, merfolk lore and a kick-ass heroine this is the book to beat this year. If you haven’t added this to your TBR yet… what are you waiting for? RTC this week!

Green Light Go || Green Cover

I’m gonna take some visual licence here and say this is green. I’m not a colour expert but this to me seems like a combo of green and blue – so in my eyes it counts! Being apart of the Misadventures in the Cage blog tour, this book was a recent read and one that I was quite surprised by. The writing was good and while there were a few extra things I was hoping for with this one, it’s definitely worth a try if you’re a sports and alpha-male fan!

LBD || Sexiest Character

Dally || Best Moment of 2019

Whew! Tessa Bailey has done it again. The sexy, brooding male MC that is Dominic Vega makes this book stand out from the crowd. He’s unassuming, deeply loyal and oh, so tantalisingly sexy. If you haven’t tried the Hot and Hammered series by Tessa Bailey yet you should. Seriously, the series name says it all!

Sin Querer Queriendo || Silly MC (or Side Character)

This is one of the funniest and quirkiest rom-coms I’ve read in a REALLY long time. The side character, Beth is the MC, Remington’s, best friend turned memory-challenged ghost. Yes, you read that right – when Beth dies and leaves Remington her rumoured-to-be haunted house and witchy powers, Remington is thrust in to a world she hadn’t expected. Beth’s whimsical natural, full-on charm and memory-challenged ghost status make for one heck of a dramatic and funny ride in this story. You have to read it to truly appreciate it! RTC this week!

7 Rings || New Books Friends

Nen and I have made so many bookish blogger friends over the past few months of blogging and would love to tag ALL of them here but since we’re focusing on the START of the new decade, we’re going to share a few of the bloggers that we’ve become friends with in the past month. It’s so great to be apart of such a supportive and friendly community! If you haven’t already, check out these blogs! They’re full of interesting posts and great book reviews 🙂

Kill This Love || First Book in 2020

This was not only my first book of the year but also my first time reading anything by Jill Mansell. I absolutely adored it and immediately went and found her back reads to explore more of her writing. Featuring love, drama and friendships this book is perfect for that summer day beach read!

Tag! You’re it!

If you’d like to do this post, feel free! Due to its late nature I’m not going to tag anyone but feel free to bend the (time) rules a little bit and give it a try!

Jen

Bookish and Comic Fandoms: Where We Belong Tag

Hey all!

We’re here today with a seriously fun tag about Bookish Fandoms, Houses and all of the things that make Nen and I hyped with excitement! This tag was created by the absolutely lovely KB from KB Book Reviews. She’s been so kind to us on our blogging journey and we love reading her posts. They’re always fun, so timely and her blog just has a great aesthetic. I know we’re all about WordPress Reader but it’s worth a look!

Rules:

  • Tag the creator + who tagged you.
  • List your fandoms and where you belong.
  • Tag 4 (or more) people to keep it going!
  • Have fun!

We’re definitely not the same house for HP, although we’re both fans (Nen is on a whole other level) of the books and films. Jen is Ravenclaw while Nen is Slytherin but we’re still friends despite this!

Jen: TEAM EVANS (*ahem* I mean Cap *ahem*) all the way!

Nen: Ugh, Captain America.Yawn. KIDDING! We wouldn’t be best friends if I didn’t make Jen as mad as possible by insulting the love of her life. Tony Stark will forever be my favourite superhero though.

Nen – I HATE Twilight but Jen forced me to watch all five films consecutively (her form of cruel and unusual punishment), and no, I will never stop complaining about that. It’s safe to say that I’ll never like the Sparkly Vamps (even though I’d love to be a normal vamp!) so I had to support Team Jacob and the wolves.

Jen – Sure, that’s the onlyyyy reason why you chose Jacob, Nen. I mean it had nothing to do with the frequent shirtless scenes and glossy, rippling abs on display??? I’m Team Edward all the way. Who the hell wouldn’t want to be a Cullen?!

Jen – Despite the coolness of Dauntless, I’m such a wimp and separating me from books is not a pretty sight! I’d like to think that as an Erudite my passion for knowledge and information wouldn’t lead me astray down nefarious paths.

Nen – We finally have something in common! I’m scared of my own shadow so Dauntless was never going to be an option. I wouldn’t put it past me to become factionless (sometimes I’m just too darn stubborn for my own good, ask Jen), but Erudite is probably where I’d fit in most – nefarious paths and all!

Jen – I knew going in to this that I’d be a Hobbit. Hands down. I mean… books, lots of food, my own little chill nook with cute architecture? I’m quite content with that!

Nen – Oh boy, I could go on about Middle-Earth for days (weeks!). If I could be anything, it would be an elleth (preferably of Imladris) – that’s the goal. Realistically? Probably an unnaturally tall dwarf haha! But a girl can dream!

Jen – I’m really, really not a fan of The Hunger Games but Nen loves it! For this reason, I decided to do a Buzzfeed quiz on a whim. Turns out I’m District 12? Huh. I’m not entirely sure what that means?

Nen – It means you’re the Mockingjay, Jen! I wasn’t kidding earlier, I’m terrified of everything – especially life-threatening situations! I did a quiz years ago and I honestly wasn’t even surprised that I got The Capitol. I’m such a city-slicker that I’d die as soon as I stepped foot in the districts!

Jen – As in the last category, I’m not much of a fan of GoT but I really enjoy doing quizzes haha. Nen’s read all of the books though so she’s legit. Turns out I’m house Tyrell? It says that their motto is ‘Growing Strong’ which I presume means waiting for strength and having the ambition to play a long game? I have no bloody idea.

Nen – Okay, confession time. I did read the books…and I didn’t like them. Sorry, guys. If I had to pick the house I like most it would either be Stark or Targaryen (duh!), but I did do a quiz one time and got House Lannister…yikes!

As always, if you’re tagged there’s no obligation to do this unless you feel like it. Similarly, if you weren’t tagged but really want to give this a try, feel free! We’d love for you to tag to this post so we can see all of your responses.

Nen & Jen

Would You Rather Book Tag

I know this is a tag but can I just start by saying… THANK EVERYTHING that is good and holy that it is Friday? I seriously thought that this week wasn’t going to end! To make the start of the weekend even better, I was tagged by the lovely Elysa in this tag. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you definitely should! She has amazing content and her recent review on The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones was great!

Read Only Trilogies or Standalones?

I love trilogies! To be honest, the more books in a series the better (provided they’re well written and still interesting). I remember being obsessed with Quartets when I was younger, particularly Tamora Pierce’s novels. I love authors that write 10+ books in a series, such as J.R Ward, Nalini Singh and Kresley Cole.

Read Only Female or Male Authors?

Ooh, this is a hard one! I generally don’t mind at all but if I’m forced to choose I would have to say female. Namely because most of my auto-buy authors are female such as Mariana Zapata, K.A. Tucker, Lucy Score, J.R Ward and Madeline Ash.

Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

Amazon every time. I love reading on my Kindle app. It’s so handy to be able to take it anywhere and one click read!

All Books Becomes Movies or TV Shows?

Is this even worth asking? While I love movies I will hands down watch a TV show over them, any day. There’s just so much more you can do with TV shows, especially since they can go on for YEARS. What’s 120 minutes compared to that??

Read Five Pages Per Day or Five Books Per Week?

Five books per week. Actually, more like 7 but I love reading and honestly would be so lost with only 5 pages a day. Not everybody likes to read fast but I find that I can’t put a book down when it starts getting good!!

Be a Professional Reviewer or Author?

While I love writing the occasional short story my favourite part of being around books is reading and (as of recently) reviewing them! There’s just something so appealing about sharing your thoughts with others.

Only Read Your Top Twenty Favourite Books Over and Over or Always Read New Ones That You Haven’t Read Before?

Oh this is a hard one! I’d have to say read my top 20 favourites. I love the characters so much and see them as life-long friends. Plus, at least half the books I read are re-reads so this fits in perfectly.

Be a Librarian or Bookseller?

I would LOVE to be a librarian!! It sounds like such a great job. I mean… you’d literally be surrounded by books all day! To be more specific I think I’d enjoy being a school librarian.

Only Read Your Favourite Genre or Every Genre except Your Favourite?

Hands down only my favourite. Who can go wrong with paranormal romance for life??

Only Read Physical Books or E-Books?

E-books. I can take as many as I want with me wherever I go. It doesn’t get better than that! I generally read e-books the most but have been getting in to physical books lately as well.

As always, if you’re tagged there’s no obligation to do this but if you do please link to this post. I’d love to see what your responses are! Also, if you aren’t tagged feel free to give this a try if you’re interested!

Jen

Are You Ready For Sweater Weather? The Autumn Tag

We’re currently in Spring Down Under but we couldn’t resist being excited when we were tagged by the lovely Brittany over at Perfectly Tolerable. Autumn is Jen’s favourite season (Nen’s more of a winter gal) so most of these questions were a fun reminiscence on all of the joys the season has to offer!

Let’s also just take a moment to appreciate the absolutely stunning graphics created by Jenn @ Jenniely. They make us wish for perfectly warm days, hot choc and scarves galore (another of Jen’s favourite things haha).

Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

Jen – Ooh this is hard! Usually comfort for me is romance and depending on whether I feel in a contemporary or paranormal mood it’ll either be a book by Mariana Zapata or Kresley Cole. They’re my happy place! Right alongside my wee obsession with white hot choc.

Nen – My comfort books are usually ones I read as a child and can recite in my sleep. Harry Potter or The Silmarillion are my go-to books – no matter how many times I read them, they’ll never get old for me!

Pumpkin Carving – what is your favorite creative outlet?

Jen – The blog would have to be one of my favs! Canva and I have become best friends recently. Other than that though, I’d have to say crochet. Nen always mocks me for being a little old lady crocheting while we binge-watch the latest tv show we’re obsessed with.

Nen – I used to draw a lot in my younger days, but now I’m more interested in writing than anything else. A cup of tea, a dozen or so pens, and my favourite notebook are pretty much all I need to keep me happy!

Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

Jenn @ Jenniely says: This one is a bit ambiguous, it can refer to your life or fictional changes in books & movies!

Jen – WRINKLES. Well, not quite haha. What I mean is getting older. Maybe I’m at the young, newborn stage of feeling ‘older’ (I’m not old…yet) but I like that things are getting harder in life. Change is happening faster than I am accustomed to and I’m becoming more confident in my independence as I learn to adjust.

Nen – Oh man, Jen’s got this question sorted! I’m going to be way less mature about it and say sports transfers haha! Hey, losing your favourite players is ROUGH, but sometimes it’s for the better.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

Jen – Did I already mention the crochet? Someone *cough* Nen *cough* always makes a judgey little comment haha. Other than that though… I have a secret obsession with watching antiques shows. I know, I was practically born a little old lady and will (maybe, hopefully) become more youthful as I age!

Nen – Listen, Jen…it’s a well-known fact that you’re mentally 80, I’m just pointing it out! This is probably a long list. I know Jen has already accepted that I (supposedly) like cheese WAY too much. And I do like Vegemite. I know, gross! The secret is to not eat it out of the jar (looking at you, America!).

Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

Jen – Omg, I can only choose one thing? When I experience joy I’m usually crying (yes, I’m a happy crier). Things that have been known to make me cry: sappy romances, ice-hockey, American muscle cars (I will legit cry if I see a 1963 Stingray Corvette in classic baby blue – Just ask Nen. She was there!) and movies with Chris Evans. If he dies anytime before me… buy stocks in Kleenex.

Nen – It’s true, she’ll cry at the drop of a hat – I’m usually the Kleenex carrier. Sports is a big one for me. An Arsenal win will put me in a good mood for days. People (Jen) usually take advantage of that to get me to do things (watch Twilight…ugh). Also, good grades. What can I say? I’m a nerd at heart haha!

Fright Night – favorite scary book or film

Jen – Does Supernatural count? That episode with the kid in the water? Nope. Just nope.

Nen – Oh man, I’m a wimp. I don’t have a favourite because they all freak me out. But I do tend to like anything Halloween themed on Disney channel 😀

Halloween candy – favorite thing to eat

Jen – Hands down chicken pad thai. Forever and ever and ever.

Nen – I could fill a whole novel with my favourite foods. I love stir-fry, and Italian, and nachos, and…this was a bad idea.

Scarves – your autumn ‘must have’ accessory

Jen – Um yeah, scarves haha. I literally have around thirty I think? They’re so pretty, snuggly and soft. It’s like someone giving you a constant hug. Who wouldn’t want that??

Nen – I buy scarves for Jen, does that count? Haha, I don’t really wear accessories – autumn here just isn’t that cold for me. But I do wear my rings and sunglasses all year ’round!

Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

Jen- I’m assuming they mean this to be a good thing, yeah? Because in general… burning books is a huge no-no for me! I’d have to say anything with enemies to lovers. The grumpier the better! I’m such a fan of that trope. I’d say it’s my favourite but then the rest might get jealous!

Nen – Oh, this is tough. There are so many…I love books that include a really well thought-out world. Some epic fantasy you can really throw yourself into. I’m also a huge movie geek so I will rave about well-made movies all day long if you let me!

Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

Jen – This is a hard one! I’m going to have to say Madeline Ash’s books. I mean this with all respect but sometimes traditional publishers put covers on books that lob them in a certain category and it’s wrong. Her books could be taken as fluff romance pieces that don’t stray from the usual cliches but they’re definitely not. They’re unique, authentic and oh-so emotional. I love how she’s unafraid to bend the rules on tropes and write stories we haven’t read before.

Nen – I agree with Jen on this one. I think there are a lot of books and movies out there that have surprised me by stepping out of that comfort zone and trying something new. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s nice to see something new anyway!

As always, we love tagging people but don’t feel obliged to do this if you’re not keen.

As ever, if you haven’t been tagged and want to give this a try, please do! Share your post in the comments if you’ve also done this. We love reading others’ responses!

Nen & Jen

The Netgalley Book Tag – All about ARCs

I was tagged by the lovely Kitty Marie over at Kitty Marie Book Reviews as well as by Elysa over at Elysa Reads it All. They have both been so supportive of our blog so far and I’m so grateful to them! Please also check out:

  • Kitty Marie’s recent post on BookBlogger Bookmarks as she so kindly shares some awesome posts from other bloggers. She’s such a gem!
  • Elysa’s review of The House of Salt and Sorrows. Her reviews always have the perfect balance of honesty and humour. They always manage to make me laugh at least once!

The rules:

  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too

Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

This was an easy question to answer. Madeline Ash’s books hands down. They’re always so good, regardless of their tropes or book length. She always manages to write flawed and compassionate characters that capture my attention as well as my heart. They’re perfect to read when you’re feeling down and want a feel-good romance pick-me-up!

Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?
These books are sitting in my shelf right now and were requested purely for their covers. I had no idea what they were about!

This is going to sound so shallow of me… but it’s the cover. I’m such a cover judge and if something really captures my attention I’m most likely going to request it. Especially if the cover is a colour I’m currently obsessed with. I generally make sure to stick within my fav genres but other than that, I quite enjoy requesting books without reading too much of the blurb or reviews. I like to be surprised!

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I’m always so grateful that someone thought that our little blog was worth receiving an ARC so I always review books that I receive. Even if I severely disliked it. I’m also a stickler for the rules… so there’s that too haha.

Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

I really loved Kitty Marie’s idea to create badges for genre. I think they would be so much fun to collect! Otherwise, I’d like to see badges for challenges or read-a-thons. They require a lot of effort so it would be nice to have a momento from them!

Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

There are so many! Since my TBR is a bottomless pit and I’m a reckless review requester (I always tend to request SO MANY more than I should haha) I’m going to show the book’s I’m the most excited to read in my top 3 genres: romance, fantasy and YA.

Helen Hoang is an auto-buy author for me and I’m so so excited for Quan’s story! I loved him in The Bride Test and can’t wait to see where his story leads.

I’ve been a fan of Sarah J. Maas’ work for a while and I always fall head-over-heels in love with her characters (or at least most of them). Her books wrap me up in their adventure and intrigue and I just know that when I get my hands on Crescent City I’ll be binge reading it all in one day.

I’ve read so many positive reviews on The Gravity of Us and it seems like such a heart-felt and relatable story. I’m eager to give this a try!

2016 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

Realm of Knights was the last ARC that I reviewed on Netgalley and it was a surprisingly good story! Here’s a link to my review. I’d recommend this book for people who enjoy fantasy stories with a: medieval setting, journey, strong heroine and likeable side characters.

The bloggers I’m tagging, as well as their recent posts (so please check them out), are:

Jen

Reader’s Problem Book Tag

So I saw this tag over at the The Irrelevant Bookworm and loved Rosaline’s responses. It made me excited to give this a try! I love reading about other people’s book habits and thought it might be fun to share my own. Without further ado…

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

This is something I’ve considering writing a discussion post about but since I’ve never written a discussion post before (and am quite nervous about writing them) I’ve been avoiding it. I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember (literally) and I had never noticed that I read in terms of cover colour. It’s only since I’ve been blogging and collaging images of my current reads that I realised they ALL MATCH IN COLOUR for certain periods of time.

I thought maybe I was just un-intentionally picking books like this until I went back on to my Goodreads Reading Challenge and realised I’ve been doing this THE WHOLE YEAR without noticing it. I could have been doing this my WHOLE LIFE and NOT HAVE REALISED IT. The only exception I’ve been able to find in this is if I’m reading a series back-to-back. Does anyone else do this too?

Exhibit A: Third week of August Reads

Exhibit B: My Current Reads

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I’ll quit. Life is WAY too short to read something you’re not in to. Plus, it may not be a forever type of quit. I might just not be in to it with my current mood and will probably come back to it later when I’m feeling more inclined. Reading is meant to be FUN and it’s my escape time from everything else in the world. I enjoy just relaxing and reading something I’m interested in.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Honestly, this is my first year of doing a Goodreads Challenge but I’ve never really had a problem not reading enough. I get through about a book a day generally. If anything, I think I read TOO MUCH and it takes away some of the balance from my life… like socialising with REAL PEOPLE instead of characters. They’re my friends though!

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I don’t cope. I can read them if they’re in ebook format since it’s less obvious but if they’re in paperback and hardcover sitting on my shelf… I’ll probably give away/sell the different ones and buy a complete matching set.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Ooh this one is easy! Nen haha. She loves a good book rant even more than me! We often have very similar thoughts on issues after reading hyped up books (we have the same pet peeves…) so it’s nice to have someone else who will generally agree with my complaints on a book.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I stop. It’s not that I don’t think people should cry in public… it’s just that I’m a terribly ugly crier. My face goes tomato red and splotchy. And then I try to hold my crying in (if that’s even possible) and my face contorts. It’s not a welcome sight!

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

Oh man, this has happened to me so many times. I generally ADORE re-reads… I think they make up around half of the books I read in a year but for some ODD REASON I don’t enjoy re-reading books before a sequel.

Even if I’ve forgotten the plot I’ll just barge straight on. I’m likely to remember it as I go along and if not… at least I can have an objective view on the characters without too many lingering feelings for them. It’s like experiencing the series for the first time again and I generally enjoy it. Plus, if it’s a good series I’m bound to read them all in sequence again anyway.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I actually love sharing my books! I don’t think I’d be able to say no to someone else who wanted to experience it! I mean… death to them if they ruin the book… but they’re always welcome to borrow one (at least once haha).

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I generally will re-read my favourite series to get out of the slump. These usually are the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Immortals After Dark and Psy-Changeling. They always work like a charm to bring back my reading mojo!

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I’m a frugal gal at heart so majority of the books I read come from the library or secondhand stores. I do tend to still buy quite a few books but a brand new book doesn’t appeal to me in the same way an older one does (even if they end up costing the same). They lack the used texture and slightly frayed edges. I’m not in to pristine books. They should be well- used and loved.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Ooh I’m so so guilty of leaving books for months, if not years, on my shelf unread. I tend to not prioritise them over library books (which have a deadline!) as I think they’ll always be there and I can get to them later. This ends up turning in to a REALLY LONG TIME for majority of the books on there!

// do you have any of the same reader habits as me? how do our habits differ? //

Jen

Summer Bucket List Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Brittany over at Perfectly Tolerable and loved the books she chose for each category, so be sure to check hers out.

This tag makes me long for hot summery days where I can spend my time relaxing on the beach with a good book. As a Perth, Australia, gal it’s currently the middle of winter and the sunny days couldn’t seem further away. This book tag is a nice respite from the drudge of endlessly rainy days…

The Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of Tiffany’s gorgeous graphics in your post, or create your own.
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post and let them know you’ve tagged them.
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This has to be my most anticipated read for September. I’ve been eagerly counting down the days until its release on September 3rd. I hope it will meet all of my hyped up expectations!

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This book took me completely by surprise when I read it for the first time. The sparks and chemistry flying in between Feyre and Rhysand were off-the-charts and even though I’ve read many romances that are arguably more firey, i.e. explicit in nature, this one was the first that came to mind.

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There’s no greater journey, in my opinion, than the one taken in The Hobbit. This was my first Tolkien read and is still one that I adore and will re-read over and over and over again. Fili and Kili will always have a piece of my heart!

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If you don’t know already, I’m a MASSIVE sports fan. It was pretty inevitable then that I would have a major crush on Aiden Graves. This book is a sum up of my ultimate weakness: sports romance with a slow-burn and moody male character. It’s quite literally all of my favourite tropes in one glorious book.

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There are really so, so, so many books I could put forward for this category. The most recent one that really captured all of my time and attention was Lady Midnight. I read it all in one sitting and was left feeling bereft. Note to future self: only start great books when you’ve got the sequel right next to you!

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I adored Marriage for One. As the perfect slow-burn, this book captured my attention and was impossible for me to put down. It would have fit perfectly into the previous category but the sweetness of some of the tender, quirky moments between Jack and Rose made it an obvious choice for this one. It completely stole my heart and is an all-time-fav.

Read my review for it here.

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The ending of this book (no spoilers) made this an utter breath of fresh air. This book kind of broke me with its sweetness, sadness and the unexpected turns it kept taking. It was like a mini emotional rollercoaster for my sappy heart and I was equally frustrated and in adoration with it. This was a true breath of fresh air from what I usually love in books.

Read my review for it here.

There are so many obstacles in Heir of Fire that it seemed an obvious choice. Following Celeana’s journey and growth in this book made it my favourite in the Throne of Glass series. Plus, the last 10% of the book completely took me by surprise.

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Nuts was such a sweet and spicy romance. I couldn’t put it down! Alice Clayton has mastered the art of putting a romantic comedy into a book.

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This was my first Stephen King novel, even though it’s a memoir and not one of the works he’s usually famed for. I learnt so much from this book. He simply, yet profoundly, addresses key issues and aspects of writing in a book that is now my version of a Holy Grail. This book inspired me the first time I read it and keeps inspiring me every time I re-read. I adore this!

There you go! I now tag:

// have you read any of the books on this tag? what would you have chosen for the categories? //

Jen

20 Questions Book Tag!

Doing this tag was so much fun! Since I’m relatively new to the blogosphere I haven’t been tagged to do this but I saw it on the lovely Kaya’s page over at A Fictional Bookworm and had to give it a try. I can’t find the original creator of the tag (so if you know, please let me know down below and they can be recognised properly!)

Here we go!

How many books are too many in a series?

There are never too many in my eyes! I ADORE paranormal romance and some of my favourite series (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Immortals After Dark and Psy-Changeling) hit 15+ books. It’s like they know I love them and never want me to have to suffer withdrawals!

You can buy BDB books here, IAD books here and Psy-Changeling books here.

How do you feel about cliff hangers?

I severely dislike them. I know they’re meant to keep you on the edge of your seat and anticipating the next read but…I just can’t. I’m a HEA gal and that’ll never change!

Hardback or paperback?

Always, always hardback. They’re hard wearing, look absolutely glorious and make life easier to read. It’s a no brainer in my eyes!

Favourite book?

Damn. There’s no way I can pick just one! Have a look at my Goodreads Favourite Shelf … to see all 78 of them haha… but if I had to choose my favourite book of this year? Hands down it would be His Billionaire Bride by Madeline Ash (see my review here). It’s just so…sweet! How could you ever resist the lure of Edwin Prince?!

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Least favourite book?

Tess of the D’Urburvilles. I had to read this in school and it was brutally descriptive, complicated and slow. I DNF at around 30% and haven’t ever looked back!

Love triangle…yes or no?

That would be a nope. I’m not a fan of these (with the exception of Twilight). I’m such a sap when I read and I can’t stand someone getting hurt or rejected just because there happens to be a hotter, smarter, funnier etc character. The HEA endings in these never feel quite so happy.

The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

That would be another ‘great classic’ that everyone else seems to love… or at least find meaning in that makes it worth reading. It was A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I mean the book won a freaking Nobel Prize and the newest cover edition is gorgeous. I tried, I really tried. But I DNF at around 20% when this came up last week for my book club read and the story just kept dragging on.

A book you’re currently reading?

I’ve been reading three recently – one for fun and two for ARC August (created by Octavia and Shelly over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. ). The Art of Taxidermy was one I picked up in the library the other day because I’m a sucker for a pretty cover and this one doesn’t disappoint! The other two are Our Stop and The Love Solution which I really need to finish but seem to be dragging on slowly. RTC for these, which should be sometime next week.

The Art of Taxidermy can be bought here. The Love solution here and Our Stop here.

The last book you recommended to someone?

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu. As Read Now on Netgalley, I couldn’t resist giving this graphic novel a try. It was so worth it! The art is absolutely gorgeous and the characters are super sweet. I also enjoyed the fact that there was such diverse representation in this book. Love is for everyone, in all shapes and forms.

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Oldest book you’ve read (based on publication date)?

I don’t tend to read many older books (partly because I’m still in a mild hate-relationship with classics) so the oldest book I’ve read would have to be Pride and Prejudice, published in 1813, which I absolutely LOVE. Mr. Darcy is where it’s at, in my sappy opinion.

Check out the Puffins Classics re-issue in this stunning cover here.

Newest book you’ve read (based on publication date)?

This would have to be Mooncakes, again. It’s the latest release in my ARC shelf and comes out on October 15, 2019. Pre-order it on amazon if you’d like to try it when its released.

Favourite author?

This one is so hard to answer because I could name so many. My hands-down auto-buy authors (even when I’m broke!) would have to be Mariana Zapata, K. A. Tucker, Madeline Ash and J. R. Ward. These four ladies are practically made of gold in my eyes. They could do no wrong!

Buying books or borrowing them?

I definitely prefer to borrow books. I hardly read them twice, except for my favourites. So I’ll usually try a book first through an ARC or the library and then I’ll go and buy the ones that I adored and have to read again and again.

A book you dislike that everyone else loves?

There are so many! The one that I received the most flack for was The Hunger Games trilogy. When the movies were released my bookish friends were all going insane about it. I tried them, I really did. They’re just not for me though – especially with their love triangle.

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Dog-ears are the equivalent of writing and highlighting books in my eyes – i.e a big NO NO. I just can’t. The pages are so perfect on their own! I love to find cute and quirky bookmarks though. Especially from BookBookOwl’s Bookish Designs – have a look at her bookmarks. They’re insanely good and super cute!

A book you can re-read over and over?

Pretty much anything by Mariana Zapata, J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh, Madeline Ash, K. A. Tucker and Kresley Cole. I think the one that I’ve re-read the most (according to Goodreads) is Lothaire. Bless his crazy vampire soul.

You can (and SHOULD) buy it: on AMAZON (or anywhere else you can get your hands on it!)

Can you read while listening to music?

If the music is mellow and at a low volume, then yes. Otherwise I just get distracted and find myself singing along… haha. It’s particularly weird if the mood of the music doesn’t quite match the vibe of the book. They’ve gotta gel otherwise I’ll be fighting laughter and tears at the same time.

Multiple POV or one POV?

I’m a big fan of multiple POV. Unpopular opinion here: but I love it when the author just randomly changes the POV without a chapter heading or any warning. It keeps me on my toes! I enjoy trying to keep up with multiple events as well as perspectives. You can gain a lot more information this way and it can make trying to predict the ending of the book a lot more enjoyable, in my opinion.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days on average?

I love to just binge read a good book. Most of the time I’ll read the book in one sitting, or at the very least in one day. My Goodreads Challenge Goal is to finish a book a day (approx. – I’ve given myself some leeway on this since I also have to try and study sometime as well… unfortunately).

Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to try this!

// do you have any of the same answers as me? what book do you dislike that everyone else loves? //

Jen