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Throne Of Glass Tag

This tag was created byAlexaLovesBook and Soobsessedwith and when I saw it was Throne of Glass themed I HAD to do it!

Lysandra – a book with a cover change you loved

 

 

Ironically my choice for this one is the book this tag is based off. Throne of Glass definitely has one of the best cover re-designs I’ve seen. I didn’t know there was a different cover until I saw it in one of jessethereader’svideos. I’m not a fan of books with models/real people on the cover. It just puts me off a bit. The new cover is simple, white and the drawing of Celaena is just so badass.
Abraxos – a book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside

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It’s not hard to ignore that the first edition cover of The Great Gatsby is well… not nice. I’m taking this topic in the sense of the book cover is awful, but the story inside is truly wonderful. There’s rich people, lavish parties, secrets and lies. I Love it so darn much.

Erilea – a series with great world building

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The world that immediately came to mind is that of the Darker Shade of Magic series.  In this book there are four different Londons: Grey London which lacks magic and is ruled by a mad king, Red London were magic is revered in a flourishing empire, White London ruled by whoever murders their way to power, and Black London… which no one mentions. The description of each of these realms is so rich and beautiful. I felt like I was walking through them while reading this book.

Rifthold – a book that combines genres

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is told through the medium of prose and creepy old photographs. It takes the basic things that make something horror-esque and combines it with magical fantasy elements. I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did because horror just isn’t for me. But this book is too good not to miss.

 

Damaris – a book based on/inspired by a myth or legend

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Hear me out on this one… Yes I have mentioned before on this blog that I’m not a fan of Percy Jackson, nor do I intend to finish the series BUT I have read The Lightning Thief and this was the first (and only) thing to come to mind when I looked at this question.

Kaltain Rompier – a book with an unexpected twist

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The last book I read that really made me gasp, splutter and drop it was A Grimm Warning which is the third book in The Land Of Stories series. Seriously, this ending nearly killed me. I need to get on to the fourth book pronto!
Assassin’s Keep – a book with an unreliable narrator

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I brought this up with a group of people a while ago and they disagreed with me however, I find that the protagonist – Charlie – is unreliable. The story is told through letters he writes to someone unknown (it reads like he’s writing the letters to you) talking about aspects of his life, mainly his internal struggles. Some of the things he chooses to and not to tell just makes me doubt whether I can trust him.

Asterin Blackbeak – a book that’s got squad goals

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Ultimate squad goals award goes to the shadowhunters of The Mortal Instruments universe. They just make a really cool badass team with the occasional help of warlock Magnus Bane.

 

Terrasen – a book that feels like home

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Harry Potter has been such a monumental part of my life. I grew up reading these books. I followed the characters from children to adulthood as I went through the process myself. Even though I hated school, the idea of Hogwarts (even with the workload) just fills me with warmth and happiness in a world where I can use Accio to get me things when I’m too lazy to move. Whenever I pick up any of the books and re-read them, I feel like I’m going home and returning to old, well-loved friends.

 

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius – a book with the power to destroy you

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Allegiant – the final book in the Divergent Trilogy – utterly ruined me. This was the most I’ve cried reading a book next to Harry Potter. I think this is probably my favourite in the trilogy because even though the ending is so bittersweet, it feels like the right ending for this book.

 

Manon Blackbeak – a book that intimidated you

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This is without a doubt one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. And I doubt I will find anything in my lifetime that tops it. This is the story of a German girl called Liesel who steals books… and the narrator of her adventures is death. You read that right, death. However, this book is huge. I am quite a quick reader but it took me a good month to get through this one.

 

Ronan Whitehorn – a book that makes you swoon

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I had to sit and think really hard for this one. I guess I’m just cold and heartless as I resorted to scrolling through my read list on Goodreads in the hopes of finding a suggestion. Then I came across Eleanor & Park. This book is so cute and the relationship formed between Eleanor and Park is adorable.

 

Chaol Westall – a book that challenged you to see things differently

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I bought a copy of this book along with the new, recently recovered Which Pet Should I Get? Purely because there was a line from Oh The Places You’ll Go that helped me get through high school: “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.” I knew this quote but had never actually read the book.

As a recent university graduate who is back in her hometown, living with her parents, not exactly doing or being where she wants to in life, I feel a bit stuck. Reading this book helped get things into perspective for me and made me see that sometimes being stagnant is all part of the journey and just because I’m in this position now, doesn’t mean I will be forever.

 

Fleetfoot – a book that you received as a gift

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This books was given to me as a git by my wonderful writer friend Jenny.  It’s an Alice In Wonderland spin-off kind of thing. I am still yet to read it but look how gorgeous this cover is!

 

Eye of Elena – A book you found right when you needed it

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I discovered this book at a really difficult time in my life and without it, I truly don’t know where I would have ended up. It gave me the courage and the strength to keep going on, when all I wanted to do was give up.

 

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Ultimate Book Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful Jenny over on her blog so, here we go!

Do you get sick when reading in the car?

I don’t really get sick as much as bored if it’s a long journey and I need to take a break. I tend to read a lot in the car.

Which Author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Lemony Snicket. A Series Of Unfortunate Events was the first book series I ever read and there’s just something really compelling in his writing that I am yet to find in any other book.

Harry Potter or Twilight saga? (Give three reasons why)

Who on earth would pick the latter here?!
1) It was the first book I read in which I related to one of the characters: Hermione.
2) There’s magic
3) Some of the best, closest friends I have, I made because we both love Harry Potter. Jenny is one of those!

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what’s in it? (Beside books)

Typical things like keys, ipod, phone, tissues and the “Honey Trap”  lip balm from LUSH.

Do you smell your books?

Can you really call yourself a book lover if you don’t?

Books with or without illustrations?

Apart from maps, I prefer my books not to have illustrations because it prevents the imagination from creating its own image of the characters. Kind of like when you read a book after seeing the film. You’ll only see the cast as the character, right?

What book did you love while reading but later discover wasn’t quality writing?

I’m most likely going to get attacked for saying this but Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling. Let me set the scene for you: I’m sat in my first ever Creative Writing class at University and the teacher asks how many had read Harry Potter. Naturally, we all raised out hands. Then she dropped a bombshell: “J.K.Rowling is a good storyteller but not a good writer.” BLASPHEMY we silently declared. When I re-read Half Blood Prince a few months later, I realised she was right. That doesn’t mean I love it any less.

Do You have any funny stories including books from your childhood?

In Primary School me and two of my friends used to recreate the Gryffindor vs Slytherin Quidditch match from Chamber of Secrets. One of us would be Harry, the other would be Malfoy and then the third would be the balls and would run around doing gestures to represent the bludger, snitch and the quaffle.

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

The Great Winglebury Duel by Charles Dickens.
It’s one of Penguin’s 80 classics for 80p

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

A Clash of Kings by George R.R.Martin

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as an author?

I’m a writer and I hope to get published.

When did you get into reading?

As a child, I guess. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading.

Favourite Classic?

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

If you were given a book as a present that you’d read before and hated, what would you do?

I’d keep it, but probably never read it.

In school was your best subject English?

Yes. I did both English Literature and Language in college and my degree is in English and Creative Writing.

What is a lesser known series you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.

What is a bad habit you do when reading?

I get sarcastic at characters and yell at them.

Favourite word?

Serendipity – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb?

Nerd, I guess.

Vampires or Fairies?

This is so hard! ummm Fairies!

Shapeshifter or Angels?

Neither.

Spirits or werewolves?

Werewolves.

Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires.

Love triangle or forbidden love?

Forbidden love.

Full on romance or action packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action with a few love scenes.

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Unpopular Opinion Tag

I stumbled across this tag on AddictedtoYA ‘s blog so I thought I’d do it as it seemed really interesting.
So let’s get to it!
A Popular Book Or Series That You Didn’t Like

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For this I just had to pick Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I started this series after I saw all the hype about the fact the series was going to be made into films and I enjoyed the first two books however, this one was such a let down. I just think the ending is such a cop-out and ruins the series for me. I lost all the enjoyment I had for this after the reading the pitiful ending. Also, that character death *sniff sniff* But pretty much this book just let the series down.
A Popular Book Or Series That Everyone Hates But You Love

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I’m sure that all us readers of Young Adult went through a paranormal phase at one point right? Right? Everyone I know hates Twilight and makes jokes about it and while I do too, I thoroughly enjoyed this series several years ago. I still like it now and find aspects of the writing relatable. It’s just a shame that such terrible movie adaptations exist.
A Popular Genre You Hardly Reach For

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Romance. When searching for a new book I automatically drift between the Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Young Adult sections, even though Romance tends to take up most of the fiction section. I just never get the urge to read plain old romance. However, over the past two years I’ve started reading Giovanna Fletcher and Cecelia Ahern.

A Popular Or Beloved Character That You Didn’t Like 

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I absolutely adore The Mortal Instruments series. It not only changed my reading experience but gave me a direction to take with my writing. However, despite my love for these books the one character I never really cared for: Isabelle Lightwood. I just find her to be a bland and boring character and there was never any point when I felt emotionally attached to her. Sorry Sizzy shippers!
A Popular Author That You  Can’t Seem To Get Into

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As someone who studied English Literature at University I have been subjected to Jane Austen many many times. And every single time her books have gotten more and more grating on me. I just don’t see the appeal in her work at all. Also… Mr Darcy? That slimy pompous man can stay far away from me!
A Popular Book Trope That You’re Tired Of Seeing 

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I am so sick of unnecessary relationships in YA Fantasy/Dystopian. A prime example is the Four/Tris relationship in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. The whole plot line for the series would have worked just as well if their partnership was purely platonic. It happens in so many books of these genres where pointless pairings are brought in to add another layer to the story.
A Popular Series You Have No Interest In Reading

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I hear so many book bloggers and booktubers talking about the Percy Jackson series. I read the first book shortly after the film came out but I just never had any interest in continuing with the series. Sorry Camp Half Blood people!
Show/ Movie That You Liked Better Than The Book

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I started watching The Vampire Diaries TV show and when I discovered it was based on a YA book series of the same name, I decided to give them a read. But I didn’t enjoy them anywhere near as much as the TV show.

Who I Tag
I tag my wonderful writer friend Jenny

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Disney Book Tag

The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a fish out of water

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Carson Phillips from Struck by Lightning is in his final year of high school and in the process of applying to University. To make himself stand out more on his application he tries to set up a Literary Magazine at the school. But there’s one problem – he isn’t exactly at the top of the social food chain. He uses his outsider knowledge of the populars to try and get them to write for his magazine the only way he knows how: by blackmailing them.
Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

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Pip in Great Expectations goes through one of the biggest transformations I’ve read. He starts off as a lower class orphan boy helping out in his sister’s husband in the forge. When given the opportunity to meet with the mysterious Miss Havisham things for Pip start to take a turn in a brighter direction, and soon he is heading off to London to learn how to become a Gentleman.

Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

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If you haven’t read Harry Potter then return to the rock you’ve been living under and never speak to me again! For me, it’s frankly impossible to NOT pick this book series for this one. The cast is just so eclectic from the muggles to wizards to squibs to the houses to the animagi and various species.

Sleeping Beauty – a book that puts you to sleep

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As someone with a love of literature who extended that passion on to a university degree, I’ve had to muddle my way through a lot of classics. By far the worst has been Pride and Prejudice which I’ve had to re-read a lot of times. I just find the story so boring and the characters don’t really do much to save the plot. Not to mention Mr Darcy is awful and I can’t understand why anyone could possibly want someone like him.
The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

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The Book of Lost Things follows David, a boy who loves books -especially fairy tales – and loves reading them to his ill mother. Sadly, she dies. Twelve year old David suffers badly from this loss and my heart just went out to him. I wanted to climb into the pages and give him a hug.
Beauty And The Beast – a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

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Anyone who knows me, will know that I can read a 400 page book in two days if I just sit down and read. I came across this book not long after its release and heard it was a beautiful book (just like the cover!) so I bought a copy. It’s a monster of a book and took me over a month to read because it’s rich and well written. The writing is unbelievably beautiful and I don’t think I will ever find a book as beautiful as this one.
Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse 

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One specific event in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer really sticks out at me for this one which is what I refer to as “the dog incident”. One day when Mara is coming home from school she finds a dog chained up in someone’s garden. The dog is clearly neglected and when she stands up to the owner, a not very nice man, she walks away wishing that something bad would happen to him. A few days later he is found dead in his home and the dog gets taken away to a better place.
Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they’re not

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This book follows Tris, a sixteen year old who has her choosing ceremony coming up in which she must decide whether to stay or move factions. Each faction operates under a certain personality type and to help decide where you fit best you have to take a test prior to the ceremony. Tris’ results reveal that she fits into three of the five factions which makes her “Divergent.” These types of people are dangerous to society and slowly being killed off. So Tris has to hide the fact she’s Divergent and try to fit in.
Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life 

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Peter Pan is my all-time favourite book and the reason I decided to pursue a life as a writer. If I could have any collection of characters come to life it would be the ones in this story. I can think of nothing better than flying through the sky with Peter Pan and fighting pirates with the lost boys.
Disney Descendants – your villain or morally ambiguous character

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One of my favourite “villains” is Camille Belcourt from The Mortal Instruments series. She’s just so sassy and evil and yay for vampires. She messes things up between Alec and Magnus but I love everything she does in this series.
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The Harry Potter Tag

I was tagged by JeanBookishThoughts on Twitter to do this tag. I did a video on my youtube channel but thought I’d also do it here on my blog for you lovely people.
So here goes!

Favourite Book

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Without a doubt, my favourite book is Half Blood Prince because it reveals of the secrets and gives you an idea of what the series is leading up to (the way to defeat Voldemort). Also it answers the question as to whether Draco is actually evil. You finally see that he’s actually been forced down this path to make up for the mistakes his father made. If I fancy reading any of the books, this is normally the one I pick up.

Favourite Movie

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My favourite movie is Order of the Phoenix  because, despite it being the longest book but the shortest movie, it’s just so visually beautiful and the score music is elegant and gorgeous.  It’s definitely my go-to Harry potter film.

Least Favourite Book

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My least favourite book is Chamber of Secrets because it doesn’t really get me excited in any way. The plot doesn’t really do much for me and also huge snakes and giant talking spiders? No thank you!

Part of the Book/Movies That Made You Cry

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Cedric’s death broke my heart. When him and Harry ended up in that graveyard, he had no idea why they were there or what was happening but he still jumped on the defensive and held up his want to Protect Harry. His death was a noble one.
The second death to really hit me was Fred’s. The Weasley twins were such a perfect pairing and provided the right amount of comedic value despite the looming dangers. Another part that made me cry was Harry using the Resurrection stone to see his parents and Sirius one last time before he hands himself over to Voldemort.

If You could Hook Up With Any Character, Who Would It Be?

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I wouldn’t mind a bit of book Cedric in my life! I just find his actions in the book really admirable like I’ve said about his death scene and also how he helps Harry with the tasks like telling him to put the egg underwater. I’d love to hook up with Bellatrix. Even though she’d probably destroy me.

Favourite Character

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I’m so stereotypical in my answer to this one.
My first is Lupin because he becomes a father figure to Harry and genuinely cares about him and his wellbeing. I just think he’s a truly wonderful character. My second is Luna because she is just so unapologetically herself. She wears funny glasses and talks about nargles and doesn’t let what people think affect her. My third is the Weasley twins because they are just hilarious.

If You Could Have The Resurrection Stone, The Elder Wand or the Invisibility Cloak, Which Would It Be? 

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I’d go for the cloak obviously! Why would I want to go to with the stone when it would show your dead loved ones and you can’t touch them? Why would you pick the wand when, yes it would give you power, but everyone would be tracking you down to kill you in order to get it?

What House Would You Be In?

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Hufflepuff and proud!

If You Could Meet Any of the cast, Who Would It Be?

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Daniel Radcliffe and Helena Bonham Carter.
Have You Played Any of the Video Games?

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I played a few of the games in my childhood. The most memorable is Chamber of Secrets because of the washing machine you had to defeat for jelly beans.

Also, Goblet of Fire on PS2 because it used to terrify me. One day I went to play it and my memory card was missing. It turned out my brother had stolen it, deleted my file and filled the card up with his games.

If You Were on a Quiditch team, What position would you play?


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I’d like to think I’d be a chaser but if we’re being realistic, I’d probably be on a bench with my broom waiting for someone to get hit by a bludger so I could sub. Can we talk about how the bludger’s are made of iron and no one has died yet?!

Were You Happy With The Ending?

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Yes. I don’t think the ending could have been any better. Nineteen years is a perfect amount of time for those involved in the fight to recover, move on and start a family. And the last line is so satisfying and emotional.

What Does Harry Potter mean To You?

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More than I could ever put into words.

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Bookish Questions

I found a list of book-related questions so thought I’d answer them on this blog.

Author You’ve read The Most

I first thought of J.K.Rowling but then realised it’s actually Cassandra Clare as she’s written more books. I’ve read all her shadowhunter chronicles apart from the newest e-book series following Simon.

Best Sequel Ever

Sequels are very hit and miss in my opinion and pretty much everything I’ve been reading lately is a series. The one that really comes to mind is “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth.

Currently reading

A Clash of Kings by George R.R Martin
The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

Drink of choice while reading

I don’t really drink while I read. I’m afraid of spilling them and damaging my books.But if I’m reading in a coffee shop it’s normally hot chocolate.

E-Reader or Physical Book

I own a kindle and it’s one of the handiest things I own. It makes reading on the go a lot easier as it takes up less space but I adore physical books. The books I buy on my kindle are ones I’m not sure if I’ll like, so they don’t take up space if I end up giving up on them. Or if I’m not too hyped about them. The ones I’m really excited for/ are by authors I love, I get in physical copy.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School

Jace from The Mortal Instruments series. He’s a badass. Younger me would love him. 

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth. Four is my least favourite character from the Divergent series so I was unsure as to whether I would like this, given it was a book of short stories about him. But I trusted Veronica and it was well placed. I actually really enjoyed it and liked learning the writing process behind Four and Divergent which were provided in the introduction. 

Hidden Gem Book

This Book Is Gay by James Dawson. I don’t often read non-fiction. But this Young Adult book is basically a gay to all things gender & Sexuality. It’s really informative and a book I wish had been around when I was a teenager. 

Important Moment In Your reading Life

I have two important moments.

Peter Pan: The first time I read this book I was blown away by the world that had been created and the beauty of the story. I remember thinking “wow I want to write something like that” and thus I became  writer.

City of Bones: This book helped me realise that while I was fluttering around in writing Young Adult, my writing home was Young Adult Fantasy. This book made it clear that’s the genre of writing I want to pursue. 

Just Finished

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Kind of books you won’t read

I tend to avoid non-fiction and the romance books. I’m not opposed to reading adult fiction as I love Giovanna Fletcher & Cecelia Ahern but I don’t actively go to those sections in a bookstore. 

Longest Book You’ve Read

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Major book hangover because of…

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Number of Bookcases You Own

I actually don’t own any bookshelves. I just have piles of books on my floor at the moment because I’ve run out of space. I should really invest in a bookcase.

One Book You’ve read Multiple Times

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling.
It’s my favourite in the series.

Preferred Place To Read

I like reading in bed or on a sofa. As long as I have a blanket to keep me snug. 

Quote that inspires you/ gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read

“To die will be an awfully big adventure” – J.M.Barrie. (Peter Pan)

Reading Regret

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski. My boyfriend got it me as a birthday present so I felt bad when I really didn’t like it. The only reason I finished reading it was because it counted towards the 2015 reading challenge. 

Series you started and need to finish

The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin

Three of your all-time favourite books

Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Unapologetic fangirl/fanboy for:

Harry Potter & Divergent

Very excited for this release more than all the others

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Worst bookish habit

I have a habit of talking to the characters while I’m reading like “YOU IDIOT WHY DID YOU DO THAT? WAS THAT SMART? NO!” I do this even when there are other people in the room. Sometimes it accidently slips out when I’m reading in public.

X marks the spot: Start at the top of the left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

I did this with my piles of books. The result was Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

Latest Bookish Purchase

I’ve bought a few books so far this month:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Hook’s Daughter by Heidi Schulz 

ZZZZZZZZZ-Snatcher book: last book that kept you up WAY late

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Perculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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