Playlist: carry on, simon

This might sound completely insane, but…I feel like I haven’t flailed about Rainbow Rowell in a while? Anyway. I AM EXPERIENCING A RENAISSANCE. I still have all of my Carry On feels. Beneath this veneer of silence I am still actually complete trash.

Anyway. I made a dark magic/Baz/angsty wizard playlist (don’t laugh) on my Spotify an absolute age ago and I thought this might be time for all of my music feels to come to use. Because I HAVE A LOT OF FEELS WHEN IT COMES TO CARRY ON. I found it difficult to fit everyone’s stories into one playlist here — because playlist cohesion — so this is mostly a Simon and Baz one. And that is definitely not a gentle foreshadowing for more Carry On playlists… 😉

(Just to let you know, several of these songs contain swearing.)

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you have to pretend you get an endgame. you have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all. (by rainbow rowell)
listen on youtube / spotify

runaway – aurora
creep – radiohead
carry on wayward son – kansas
tectonic – brendan maclean
bloodsport – raleigh ritchie
young & beautiful – lana del rey
flaws – bastille
into my arms – nick cave & the bad seeds

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7 Things I Would Do If I Met Rainbow Rowell

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Okay, so: I LOVE RAINBOW ROWELL’S BOOKS. I have probably recommended a book of hers to you all at some point or another. I mean, objectively, they do have flaws, but I also love them with all my heart. Yeah. Rainbow is, um, probably my favourite author right now.

WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY WHY I NEED TO ATTEND ONE OF HER EVENTS. I am blisteringly aware of the ocean between me and the USA, i.e. where a lot of her tours seem to be. And because I was a complete numpty, I missed her last UK tour! *congratulates self*

Some parts of the internet insist that she has a UK event during March — and, to be fair, I haven’t actually seen any more news since November, but I live in hope. Obviously, because I am going to turn into an awkward flapping chicken during like the one time I will probably ever see her: I decided it would be prudent to make a list of all the things I need to do. LET’S GO! *throws imaginary Pokeball onto grass*

1. Listen to her playlists all the way to the venue

I do this on my train journeys anyway, because I like to be attacked by feels on public transport, but it would be like my own private joke. Ha. Also: RAINBOW HAS THE BEST MUSIC TASTE. Ahem. *coughs*

2. Wear all the merch I possibly can.

I’m assuming this whole thing is going to happen at a book event, so that I will get at least a tiny bit of prep. Of course, I need to be decked out in all my merchandise… Okay, maybe not all of it. Even though I don’t own nearly as much as I’d like. But we can either go with a) Cath’s Carry On t-shirt, b) full or selective elements of my Penny Bunce cosplay as well as c) the Tatty Devine Fangirl necklace I won at YALC (!!). I could wear a flannel shirt like Eleanor? No, okay, Eve. ONE OUTFIT HERE. Calm yourself.

3. Be this gif

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Just. I would make so many flustered hand movements to try and articulate how much I love all the books.

4. Talk to all the other Rainbow Rowell bookworms/Snowflakes

The name for the a Carry On fan is now officially a Snowflake. Hehe. (I think it comes from a mention of Cath visiting Snowflakes forums?) Anyway: flailing is WAY more fun with friends, and I’d love to meet up with fellow enthusiasts! XD

5. Ask a lot of questions about:

a) Diversity in YA What do you think is the next step for diversity in YA? As an author of both adult and YA books, do you feel representation is different in those genres?
b) The Eleanor & Park movie Eek, what’s the current situation!? ❤
c) Carry On locations CAN WE SET UP A SIMON SNOW MERCHANDISE SHOP IN WATFORD? Genuinely. I would happily work in it.

6. Bring my wheelbarrow of books up to be signed

Not my Kindle, though… I wouldn’t actually bring all of my books, because that would take forever and also I don’t think I would actually be allowed. It took me a while to stack up the 13 for the title photo. XD (HOW DID I GET 13 FROM 5 BOOKS DAMMIT.) Hopefully I can get my pretty special editions signed, though!

7. NOT ask what the three words are

I guess it would be nice to know what they meant? But I feel like I’m way less bothered than a lot of people. When I finished the book, that wasn’t the first thing on my mind — and we saw Park’s reaction, so I don’t think it’s anything awful. Plus: Rainbow would never tell us!

Hopefully I will get to actually carry on out this list someday. I am wishing really hard that this list doesn’t seem weird. (Also: I was also talking Carry On with Michelle, An Overthinking Teenager, and Evi, so BLAME THEM.) (Not really. I love you guys. :P)

Which authors would you like to meet? Have you been to any great author events? 🙂

Desert Island Books #1: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Welcome to Night Vale Desert Island Books! That is, an unofficial spin-off where instead of choosing my six discs and a book for my desert island trip, I choose the six discs I think you need to actually survive that book choice. Because books are painful. XD

Please ignore that weird fumble right at the start aah I do not have software to edit For the inaugural episode — hopefully the first of a few more? — I chose my six songs for Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. (If you don’t know what Desert Island Discs is, it’s a radio programme where celebrities choose six-now-eight songs and a book they want to take to a desert island. And then talk a lot about their life.) And I have a lot of feelings about Carry On, as, um, I’m sure plenty of you know. I hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think of this: did you enjoy it? Should I continue it? Any suggestions to make? 🙂

On Falling Out of Love With a Book

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I try not to get too hyped up about books. I feel like constant speculating can all too often ruin it — because it’s difficult for a novel to live up to twelve months of wishing and waiting. (Pfft, ‘the waiting is the hardest part’? THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS IS MY FAVOURITE TIME OF THE YEAR. *huffs*)

So, I try not to concentrate too much on living for a release date. But this autumn, I felt so much like I was living for a specific date: what was getting me through the week was fantasies about angsty mages and assassins.

But Queen of Shadows wasn’t great, for me. I’ve been going back and forth between love and hate, but it was really just so…weird to not be in love with Throne of Glass anymore. The plotting was all over the place. I didn’t enjoy the romance. My favourite parts were Manon and Lysandra, to be honest. Right now, they and Dorian are who think I’d come back to the series for.

I have to keep attacking my friends with thermos flasks for proposing preposterous ships. But I used to have such faith that the author would make everything okay and I would read everything they wrote ever, and I don’t have that anymore. I think that I often fall out of love with a series because the characters aren’t themselves. I love Celaena and Dorian and Chaol and Nehemia, and Queen of Shadows wasn’t them.

What makes me qualified to say that? When should I ever be telling someone else that their characters aren’t right? I mean, I didn’t create them, right? Somewhere along the way, I’d forgotten that they weren’t something separate to their creator. There are plenty of characters who are perceived differently to how the writer probably intended them to. Ideas and accidental hints can add up to become something completely different. (And sometimes more awesome.)

I think this is a really big part of the reason I like fanfiction. I’m not always saying ‘this is what the author intended’. Sometimes the characters have become something completely different in the eyes of the fandom.  Of course, I’m not the author — I don’t know whether I’d feel uncomfortable about people writing my characters. But I think that if you put your book out into the world, you’re already offering your characters up to be read. And there are a lot of characters who I love and who I want to read more about.. (Wherever that is, whatever they are doing.)

I do appreciate books that have great technical plotting and writing style, it’s true. But when I read Carry On, I didn’t think it was a technical masterpiece… It wasn’t perfect. I still loved it. (Those issues weren’t even Victor Hugo digressions I’m looking at you, Waterloo essay). What I enjoyed the most about Carry On was that the characters close to my heart were there, and they were themselves. It made me so ridiculously happy and now I am Never Going To Shut Up About The Mages. 😉

I don’t mind loving a book that isn’t perfect. I loved Carry On because it was Rainbow Rowell, and I was interested in the themes, and it was Simon and Baz and Penny and Agatha. I come to a series for the plot, but I stay for the characters.

7 Reasons Carry On is Going to Be Awesome

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In case you missed the numerous incidents of fangirling, I’m a really big fan of Rainbow Rowell’s meta-series Simon Snow. It was absolutely CRAZY when she announced that she was writing a real book based on Simon and Baz and all the inhabitants of Watford. Now that the cover and (slightly ominous subtitle) have been announced, I thought it was time to tell you guys all the reasons that Carry On is set up to be the awesomest thing in the universe.

1. Simon and Baz are going to be in love. Obviously, this is a pleasing thing. Who doesn’t want their ship to be canon? 😛 But I’m also really pleased that it wasn’t passed up and relegated to subtext or snippets of Cath’s fanfiction. (See, I speak the truth!) I don’t know, I just feel like some things (coughSherlockcough, however much I love the show) string shippers along a bit.

2. There’s going to be some actual content to write fanfic from. Hurrah! The amount of Simon Snow canon is frankly miserable. Many details have had to be made up by the members of the fandom. Naturally, we’re going to need some fic to sustain us beyond October, and with luck Carry On will boost that a little. (I’m also not too sure if Pegatha is going to be a thing in Carry On, so I need that too.)

3. It shows that genre-hopping is 100% okay. I really have to rack my brain to think of an author who has made such a radical jump as the one from contemporary to fantasy. Rainbow’s said that whilst she reads and watched a lot of fantasy, she’s never written it – it’s a wonderful thing that an established author has the courage to do this!

4. And also that JK Rowling has not patented the ‘magic school’ trope. It’s hard to deny that there are Simon Snow/Harry Potter parallels. They exist. Rainbow ships Drarry. But if you want to take a look at this great post, hopefully you can see that they are different. Rainbow’s said that she just considers it to be straight-up fiction.

5. Plus that authors can do whatever the cheesecake they want with their writing. Carry On is, like, a book from a book within a book. THIS GENRE-SMASHING IS EPIC, GUYS.

6. It’s still a story with it’s roots in the fandom. Whilst Rainbow has said that she’d just like it considered as straight-up fiction, it’s also true that it has some connections with fanfic. After all, that was a big part of Fangirl. Fanfic can sometimes be shunned by people (go read this for why it’s awesome!) and it’s just nice to see a mainstream novel not doing that. Rainbow is a really cool fannish author and….BLEURGH. Simon Snow is a cool fandom to be in.

7. For once, the crazy hopes of the fandom are actually coming true! There was rumour-mongering. There were small hopes. Many people thought it was a little bit doomed. But no! This time, the crazy rumours are actually coming true. Authors, take note. 😉

What, were you doubting my ability to write an entire post on a book not yet published? O YE OF LITTLE FAITH. 😛 Hopefully you are now all sufficiently persuaded to buy and read the wonderful Fangirl, if you haven’t already. And also to pre-order Carry On, because it’s never to early.

Do I spot any fellow Simon Snow fans out there? If so, do feel free to discuss/flail with me. Otherwise: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? 😉

December Favourites! Bookish Bingo!

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Yup, it’s that time again! This month I’ve got a bumper crop. My cat pillow somehow snuck in the picture there too.

1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown Post-book high? Nah, I don’t think so. Okay, maybe. But I bought this from Waterstones a few days ago (hence the half price sticker) and OH MY GOSH IT WAS AWESOME.

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It fixed almost everything wrong with The Maze Runner: bad writing style, bad romance (*cue music*), bad world-building. Darrow was kind of a Gary Stu, but I’m a sucker for the underdogs who have to keep their secret. (Think Throne of Glass, Curse Workers, Merlin.) (Gosh, I’ve used so many brackets already and we’ve only got to one out of nine.)

2. After Eights I love these things. You know, the mint thins? Yeah, those. I don’t understand people who don’t like mint chocolate.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Am I ever going to get over this book? Probably not. At least, not in the near future. But it’s CARRY ON SIMON GUYS IT’S COMING! (I discovered this in the dressing room at the Royal Albert Hall. Torture ensued.) I’m re-reading it in celebration of the news and to fuel my secret Simon Snow fanfiction

4. Totoro plushie As given to me be a friend, because they sold these at our school fair. (!!) I love my little Totoro so much ❤

5. Belphegor’s Prime If you missed my flailing over this beautiful number then I’ll tell you again: THAT IS ONE AWESOME BIT OF MATHS.

6. Whisper of the Heart I have a long-standing love affair with Studio Ghibli movies, and this one is no exception. It’s basically the story of my life – introverted reader with no fashion sense secretly writes a book – except that I’m not in love, obviously. But I like the romance, all the same. It’s not because Shizuku is pretty; she has the same conventional hairstyle and clothes as half the other girls in her class. It’s because of who she is. And it includes the Baron, inspiration for the later film The Cat Returns and all-round badass statue.

7. Winter Town by Stephen Emond This is one cute ball of fluff, I’m telling you, though it has some serious elements too. Again, I could really relate to the main character – STORY OF MY LIFE – and the comics were an awesome touch.

8. The Spirited Away soundtrack I don’t know how I managed to fall in love with a soundtrack, but I did. This is the time when I wish I’d kept at the piano, because I’m finding Chihiro’s Waltz atrociously hard to play. My favourite track of all is probably The Dragon Boy, because Haku. And brass. I just really like brass in music, okay? Says she who plays a wind instrument

9. Solitaire by Alice Oseman I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this, but I did. For some reason, I thought Michael Holden was going to be the pretentious idiot who introduced Tori to Solitaire, but he wasn’t. He was awesome. My main qualm was that it was over too quick. 😦 I think need to read more slowly. (Plus, go teen writers!)

Bookish Bingo December

I’ve also got Holiday Bookish Bingo to round up, it seems! It’s hosted by Great Imaginations, and the next round is available for sign-ups if you’re interested. (I already have.) You may notice that my green ticks are rather few and far-between this time compared to the other months, and that#’s because…well…I kind of forgot about it. Oops.

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But the books I read that managed to fit the terms this month were:

Creature on cover: Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce. The cover was beautiful, but the book was a bit eh.
Set on Halloween: Unrest by Michelle Harrison
Mystery: Cuckoo Song by Francis Hardinge. Is this mystery? I don’t know. A lot of books have mystery in them. Maybe Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant would have been a better choice, but it was a worse book so #WHATEVER I’M A REBEL

And that, my friends, concludes my little December round-up. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have The Bane Chronicles to begin reading…

Bookish Bingo and Carry On

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Let’s start with the sane part of this post, shall we?

Bookish Bingo November

I’ve been participating in the Fall/Winter edition of Bookish Bingo, hosted by Great Imaginations. You can find the books that I read in October here! The books that I ticked off this month were these:

Historical: Scarlet by AC Gaughen
Set in New Orleans: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. It was a re-read, but…does it count? *shrugs*
Horror: The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill. I read it for school, and I can now tell you all about the literary devices in the extract ‘The Chapel’. -_-
Red Cover: Walkabout by James Vance Marshall
Snow on Cover: Here’s where it gets confusing. This one is My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins. It used to be on a different square, but I replaced it with Winter Town. (I’m in it to win it, okay? :P)
Birds on cover: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Set during Christmastime: Winter Town by Stephen Emond. (This was the one that replaced My True Love Gave to Me!)
Set in space: A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix. Not my usual fare (it was both my first sci-fi and my first Garth Nis novel) but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
Witches: Burn Mark by Laura Powell

At the moment, I’m reading Black Spring by Alison Croggon (poet and author of that wonderful high fantasy series) and I’m loving it. A lot of GR reviews complain that it’s plagiarised from Wuthering Heights, which it was based on, so if Wuthering Heights is anything like this then I WANT TO READ IT. Except I’ll have to hide it from  my mum, because I have a long-standing vendetta against reading Pride and Prejudice (one of her favourites) and this would undoubtedly compromise my position.


Now, onto the rather more…let’s say, panicked part of today: RAINBOW ROWELL’S NEW BOOK IS GOING TO BE CARRY ON!  Yes, based on Simon Snow in Fangirl! I know that Simon Snow is basically just fake Harry Potter, but I can’t help myself. Plus, there’s going to be a(nother) special edition of Fangirl with an excerpt from it coming out May. It comes in three different colours and includes fan art from various tumblr artists.

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I already have three editions of Fangirl, but I’m seriously considering increasing that number. Seriously. Such is the life of a book addict.

Have you read any of the books I ticked off this month? What are your thoughts on Carry On? I’d love to know!

7 Things I Will Do When I Go to See the Eleanor & Park Movie

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If you haven’t already heard, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park is being turned into a movie! Now, I don’t know what this movie is going to be like. It might ruin the book. It might be okay, but not as good as the book. It probably won’t be as good as the book full stop. They don’t even start filming until next year.
But, because I am in love with this book, I’ve already planned my entire outfit, bag and probable actions. (Assuming I go to see it at the cinema.)

Fan art by Slu Does Stuff.
Fan art by Slu Does Stuff.

1. I will wear a checked shirt and jeans
As worn by Eleanor. (And maybe by Park at some points. I can’t really remember.) Unless I have a pair of Vans by then, which is pretty unlikely, I’ll go and buy some fake ones from H&M. I’ll only wear them once, because then they’ll sit on my bookshelf next to all my Rainbow Rowell books.

2. I will smudge vanilla essence behind my ears, but not too much
Because I don’t want to stink out the entire cinema. Or my parents/friends/whoever comes with me, if anyone comes.

3. I will bring my copies of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and The Catcher in the Rye
The first one is, obviously, so that I can cry over it as soon as the opening credits begin. The second one is because I also love Fangirl, and it is perfectly justificable to cry over that too. The third one is because that’s the book Eleanor gives to Park. (I have actually read it, although I wasn’t concentrating that much when I did so. It was from a very old and battered copy.)

4. I will mouth the words along with the actors
Um, hopefully the script will have quotes from the book, because my Rainbow Rowell quoting game is awesome.

5. I will bring everything in a backpack, and I will hold the straps with my hands
Am I the only one who hopes that whenever they wear their backpack like Park, someone will notice and an awesome conversation will occur? The same goes for the Carry On, Simon t-shirt. It hasn’t happened to me yet, but I reckon the chances are increased when it’s the actual Eleanor & Park movie.

Movie Crying6. I will actually listen to some of the songs mentioned
Not whilst in the cinema. But at some point between now and then, because I feel bad that I haven’t heard a lot of them. I don’t have great music knowledge when it comes to older things/’classic-y’ stuff I am supposed to know.

7. I will (hopefully) smile and laugh and cry a flood
As mentioned in number 3. I really hope they don’t mess this movie up.

With that, I end my list. What do you think of film adaptations of books? Have you read Eleanor & Park? Have you been like I am here with any other movies?

The Liebster Award (in two parts)

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I was recently nominated for The Liebster Award by Anna @ Cool Girls Read Too and also Laura @ No More Than Books. Thank you both! actually have been nominated for this before, but it was months and months and months ago and I still haven’t done it, so I decided that this time I would actually write the thing. It’s in two parts, starting with Anna’s questions.

Like Anna, I’m following the rules set down by 52lettersinthealphabet, but I’m changing the last one because a) I don’t know enough blogs to nominate 11 people and b) I have LOADS of other tags to be getting on with and I don’t want to overload you guys with nominations. So, if you want to nominate someone for me or just do it straight from here as a reader, please do go ahead.

1. Link to and thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you

3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

anna's questions

Why did you create your blog? Do you have any other blogs?
I initially created my blog because I suddenly became very interested in beauty, but now I blog about books, writing, and thoughts. I don’t have any other blogs at the moment, but I have started a few blogs in the past that quickly became obsolete!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Flight. To be able to fly would be awesome.
I used to have a dream in which I woke up and could fly, and it was like swimming through air…

Do your family and friends follow your blog, or do you keep it a secret?
My family know, but I haven’t given them the link, and some of my friends follow me but not all.

Are you cautious of what you write on your blog? Do you worry about offending people?
Sometimes I start to write a post and then half way through I get too embarrassed to post it. I have a lot of unfinished drafts, and a lot of terrible posts as well. It’s not really that I’m worried about offending other people – it’s that I’m afraid I’ll let myself down.

If you had to recommend one book to a friend right now, what would it be?
Well, I just got my best friend to read Legend, Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, so I’ll go for The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I’m feeling the love for it right now.

Your top 3 book crushes – don’t be shy! 😉
Every Rainbow Rowell character Every TMI/TID character THRONE OF GLASS The Grisha Legend EVERY YA BOOK I LIKE what what what

Do you read books from many different genres? What genre would you never read?
I am SO guilty of not branching out into different genres, but the genre that I don’t really read at all is mystery. I don’t have anything against it, but I just never seem to end up reading any. :-/

What book/series do you want to be turned into a TV series/movie the most?
I personally think that after you’ve read the book, the movie adaptation is simply just not that good, although sometimes the movie stands on its own apart from the book (like with Howl’s Moving Castle). But I think it would be pretty cool if a Legend movie came into existence – or, to be honest, any Studio Ghibli adaptation of a half-decent YA book. That collaboration would be mind blowing.

Who is your favourite female character and why?
Oh, gosh. How do I even begin to choose this? Naturally, I love Celaena, who is strong enough to get through anything, but I also admire Eleanor from Eleanor & Park, (I’ve made too many Rainbow Rowell references in this post), Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles, Anya from The Birthright Trilogy, Alina from The Grisha…

 How many books do you read a week?
In the holidays, I can read a book a day but during school time I usually read around three per week.

 When a book is really hyped up, does it make you want to read it more or less?
It depends on the book. When I hear about a book, I immediately go and research Goodreads and other reviews for it so that gives me a better idea. It also depends on who’s excited about it. I trust my friends and people who know my taste more.

laura's questions
Paperback or hardback? Which do you prefer, and why?
It depends on the cover and the book, but when I read I prefer paperbacks. Hardbacks are better for display purposes.

Where do you get the majority of the books you read? Do you buy them? Get them from Netgalley (or another similar source)? Do you receive them directly from the publisher?
One of my two local libraries, or my school library. When I go on holiday, I buy books for my Kindle. I don’t get any books for review purposes, since I don’t really review books!

What is your favourite item of book related merchandise? Please post a picture!
Probably my Carry On, Simon t-shirt from Fangirl. I’m wearing it right now.

Carry On, Simon t-shirt With so many libraries shutting down and more and more people using E-readers, what effect do you think this is happening on people’s reading habits?

Ebooks make it easier to self-publish, so there are more unedited and not so great books out there. (Although I know that there are many excellent self-published books out there.)
Although, myself, I like the convenience of ereaders, if I have an eBook I really like the I have to go and buy a hard copy. They’re much more lasting. I do hope that paper books don’t die out.

What was the first blog post you posted?
You can find it here. It doesn’t say much, other than a welcome.

How many books have you read so far this year?
I have no idea! Too many to count!

What is your favourite quote from a book?
Why are you doing this to me Rainbow Rowell writes very quote-worthy lines – just look up ‘Rainbow Rowell quote collage’ – but I’d have to choose “I will not be afraid,” from Throne of Glass. It doesn’t sound like much out of context, but if you’ve read the books then you’ll know how much it stands for.

What book are you currently reading now? Are you enjoying it?
I’m currently reading Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones, the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. It took a while to get into, but I’m enjoying it now!

Do you have a favourite bookstore?
I like the little independent bookshops around the corner from my house, but I also like Foyles. I don’t think I’ve ever actually bought anything from there, but they have a very different selection to other bookshops and it gives me great ideas. And, they introduced me to Ruta Sepetys and Holly Bourne. How could that be a bad thing?

What is the last book you bought?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, when it came out in early September. The aforementioned local bookshop actually got it a few days early, for some reason. I went into major fangirl mode and had to rush home from school to get some money.

Do you have a favourite bookmark?
Not really. I get paper bookmarks from the school library with quotes like ‘Lose yourself in a book,’ and ‘No brain, no gain: READ’. I lose them very quickly and find them in the bottom of my bag a year later.

my questions
Here are my questions! Just as a heads-up, I have two other awards on the go so I’ll be re-using some of these questions then.
1. Do you dog-ear the corners of pages in the books you read, or does the idea make you scream?
2. When you eat, do you save the tastiest food until last or eat it first?
3. Do you prefer fountain pens, gel pens, biros, or felt tips?
4. Do you watch any long-standing TV programmes?
5. If you were having a surprise party tomorrow, what cake or dessert would you make?
6. Do you have a lucky number? If so, what is it?
7. What’s your typing style? Can you touch type?
8. Do you like to buy aesthetically pleasing products? Do book covers affect the books you buy?
9. What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?
10. Which season do you like best, and why?
11. What would you summarise the meaning of life to be, in less than 3 sentences?

I’m nominating:
Not That Different
The Paper Ship
Infinite Reads
And YOU, my friend! 😛

September Favourites!

September Favourites

September has gone by already! Each day seems to inch by, but by the time it’s gone it feels like it was a breeze. And IT’S OFFICIALLY AUTUMN! (Or Fall, if you prefer.) September has really been key in the latest rebirth of my blog, which is a sort of book-writing-thoughts mix as far as I can see. I’ve also made some amazing new blogger buddies! ❤

1. & 2. Multiple editions of Fangirl, and Noelle Stevenson I got the collector’s edition of Fangirl for my birthday, which is the third edition I own (I also have the eBook). And seriously, guys, it’s awesome. The cover folds put to become a neat poster, there’s a metallic illustration of Simon and Baz under the dust jacket, and there’s even a special message to British readers in the back. Which brings me onto my next point: Nimona, the comic written by Noelle Stevenson of aforementioned cover-illustrating-awesomeness, came to an end on Tuesday. *cries* Oh, the feels!

3. Fandom life As represented by my Carry On, Simon t-shirt which is stunningly similar to the one worn by Cath from Fangirl. (Yes, again.) This month was the month where I linked up with other fandom people and actually discovered what it means to be in a fandom – which is, to say, scrolling through amusing gifs, quotes and fan art when I really should be doing my homework.

4. Clockwork Princess OH MY GOSH THIS WAS AWESOME EVEN THOUGH I FEEL KIND OF GUILTY LIKING IT BUT IT WAS STILL AWESOME. ‘Nuff said.

5. Heroes of Olympus I’m in the process of re-reading the series in anticipation of Blood of Olympus, which comes out on the 7th. When I read House of Hades, I had kind of forgotten the plot completely, so this time around I thought I’d be prepared.

6. A new fountain pen That’s actually just a picture of the box, since the pen was in my pencil case, but I thought I’d put it in there anyway. It may look like an oversized crayon, but it’s a lot nicer to write with than my last one. Plus, no one will mistake it for their own, since I don’t think anyone has a pen of this brand. To be honest, I’ve never seen a pen from this brand anywhere, let alone at school, which is very partial towards biros and LAMYs.

7. Strepsils Okay, okay, they’re not actually Strepsils, but who cares? It’s like hoover, or sellotape. You just call the item by the brand name. Anyway, I had a cold and cough last week so these were life-savers. They didn’t even taste that bad.

8. Heir of Fire (not pictured) I actually forgot to photograph this, but I had to come back and put it in. It’s the third book in the Throne of Glass series and it was EXPLOSIVE. Thumbs up from me.

That’s it for my September favourites! Do you think I should continue with my monthly favourites? How was your month?