The Epic Reads Tag

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Okay, so, I was tagged for this by Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff in, um, February. Oops, sorry! Ah, well, thank you very much for tagging me all that time ago. 🙂

If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who would you invite and what would you serve them?

I think I’d go with Sarah J Maas and Celaena Sardothien, because Sarah was ridiculously funny and cute at her signing and Celaena…well, Celaena is Celaena. She’s just awesome.

What book do you wish the author would write the prequel for?

I know this is a pretty popular choice, but I NEED MARAUDERS ERA HOGWARTS SO DAMN MUCH. Seriously. Also, this is slightly cheating but I would like all the Simon Snow novels to be written. (I’m sorry. I sound like a stuck record.)

Which two characters (NOT from the same book) do you think would make a good couple?

…Not from the same book? *scratches head* Okay, I don’t want to break up any ships, but I want a meeting of Lila Zacharov and Celaena Sardothien so that they can be spoiled ruthlessly beautiful girls together. ❤

If you ran into your favourite author on the subway and only could say one sentence to them who is it and what would it be?

This is a really hard decision for me, but it’d probably be Rainbow Rowell and…incoherent screaming? That’s the most accurate way to describe my feelings, seriously. Though I’d like to tell her ‘You’re amazing, please tell me your secrets please and thank you’. That’s slightly better, right? 😉

What book made you a reader and why?

This sounds awful, but I truly don’t really have one. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t loved books. I was in love with them even before Harry Potter, really… Throne of Glass was the one that introduced me to fandom things, though. It was my first bookish soulmate. ❤

Your bookshelf just caught fire! What is the one book you would save?

NO NO NO MY BOOKS WHO ARE YOU

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First of all, you should probably know that I am very protective of my books. This is due to both HELLO BOOKS, and also a slight materialistic streak in me that cannot deal with the loss of pretty or things.Therefore: hardback, preferably, or my Kindle if we’re going on entertainment value. If that isn’t an available option, I’ll go with…oh man, this so predictable, but probably my collector’s edition of Fangirl.

Which dystopian world would you want to live in and why?

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The word dystopia literally means a place where everything is unpleasant. WHY WOULD I WANT TO LIVE THERE??
Otherwise…I dunno, maybe Red Rising. They have kick-ass machines and have I mentioned they live on Mars?

What is your most Epic Read of all time?
I am Not Sure why that is Capitalised. *looks around helplessly* But it sure is a sneaky way of asking me my favourite book.

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That’s like asking me to choose my favourite…cat? I don’t know. I’m not sure ‘child’ is applicable here. But I’m sure you know by now that any book by Rainbow Rowell is dear to my heart, as is the ridiculously amazing A Darker Shade of Magic. (Assuming this questions refers to Random Capitalised Standalones, not Random Capitalised Series.)

I’m going to go ahead and tag:
Hufflepuff Thoughts
The Enchanted Book

And anyone else who wants to take part! (I’m not just saying that. I swear.)

The Book Lover’s Questionnaire Tag

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I was tagged for this a positive age ago – I’m sure we all know how great I am at keeping up with tags! 😉 – by the lovely Galloping Free. Revision is still being pesky, as ever, so I thought I’d have some fun doing a type of post I haven’t done in a while. 🙂

Do you have a specific place for reading?
Eh, not really. Everywhere is my specific reading place!

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
(I’m not seeing the option for dog-earing. What?!) I go through phases, to be honest. For a while I was very diligent with my bookmarks but at the moment it’s slipped back into dog-earing/a scrap of whatever homework is lucky enough to be nearby at the time of reading.

Can you stop anywhere in a book or do you have to finish the chapter?
If I’m enjoying the book a lot, or if it’s reaching a climax, I’ll read to the end of the chapter. (Or more. I’m hopeless.) If it’s not so riveting then I’ll just stop at the end of my page.

Music or TV while reading?
I don’t know if you’re asking me which one, or whether I mind either. Ah well. I don’t like to read and watch TV simultaneously – I just can’t concentrate on either – but I don’t mind music. I used to be very picky about music but nowadays I like it!

Do you eat or drink while reading?
Um, it depends? Reading isn’t like a sacred and allotted activity for me. It’s just something that I do, constantly. I read whilst walking and brushing my teeth and when I wake up and in between lessons and before I got to bed. I’ll probably have a glass of water nearby, though. The food is possible, but from some of my unfortunate experiences, I’ve learnt that crumbs and books don’t mix very well.!

One book at a time or several?
Several, several, always. If I’m in a bit of a reading slump it can go up to 6 or 7, but usually it’s around 3. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the books; it’s just always been that way! I also have some books that stretch out over ridiculous periods of time. (Case in point: Game of Thrones.) At the moment I think I’m reading 4? I know it sounds like a lot but it doesn’t feel like it. It just depends on my mood!]

Reading at home or elsewhere?
Again: reading for me happens everywhere! I’ll usually only read my book at home or school because, you know, books are kind of bulky to lug around, but I tend to keep a tab open of fic/poetry/online fiction on my phone.

Read out loud or silently?
Silently. It would probably do me good to read aloud, since I’m an awful skim-reader, though.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I used to skip ahead a lot. I’ve fallen out of that recently, but what I will do is once I’ve finished the book go back to reread all the favourite scenes. If the book’s atrociously boring I’ll skip ahead, but I do try not to.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I’m not purposefully brash in the way I handle books. I try to keep them nice and looking fairly new. (If I’ve bought them, it usually means that it’s a book I’ve previously borrowed from the library and wanted for myself, or one that I was really desperate for. So. I have good reason!)

Do you write in your books?
One of my friends has a long standing joke about how I always write my name in the front of my books when I lend them to other people. (Hush. I know you’re not going to steal it. It’s just…habit, I guess?) With the exception of Throne of Glass, I don’t write besides that.

That’s it! I don’t think I’ll tag anyone this time, but if you’re reading this you’re completely welcome to tag yourself. With any luck, posting will be vauguely back to normal next month. 🙂 I have some awesome event news to share with you guys!

The Book to Movie Wishlist Tag

A horrifyingly long time ago (I AM SORRY), Evi @ Where Books Never End tagged me for the Book to Movie Wishlist tag. Now, you’ve got to understand that I’m quite picky about movie adaptation. I don’t usually think they’re as good as the book. So, I don’t just, like, want my favourite books to be made into movies. They have to have specific criteria.

Coincidentally, I just watched Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which is based on the book by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. I feel bad for not reading the book, but it was actually pretty good from my non-reader point of view. Although, like, how is Norah not pretty? DO YOU EVEN HAVE EYES?? (Plus, she was just sassy and grumpy and FREAKING AWESOME. Norah and Caroline pretty much made that movie, okay?)

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I’m using this insult from now on. Anyway, the rules for this are pretty simple: choose 5 books you would like to be turned into movies, and then tag 5 others to join in the fun. Without (much) further flailing about movies, let’s proceed.

the selectionThe Selection by Kiera Cass This series is literally based off reality TV shows, so I think it would make an awesome movie. I mean, imagine the sets! Pretty dresses! Frills! All the drama! It would probably also be quite trashy, but I’m equally watchable, I’m sure.
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Popular by Maya Van Wagenen I have a couple of issues with this book, but seriously. This girl has literally lived out a high school movie. If it isn’t made into an actual one quick, then I don’t know what the world has come to. (Side note: in fact, she does have a movie deal. I got there first, just sayin’. 😉 )
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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell CAN I HAVE THIS AS A STUDIO GHIBLI ADAPTATION PLEASE. See, I almost suggested Eleanor & Park, but a) I don’t want to jinx the actual E&P film and b) I’ve realised that Fangirl is basically basically Whisper of the Heart for the modern age. I mean, Cath is obviously a modern Shizuku. Shizuku already writes fanfiction about the Baron, right? Reagan is sassy older sister. Levi is a blonde, more tanned Seiji who works at Starbucks. It’s all there!
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The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare I don’t know if it’s just me, but I actually preferred TID to TMI. The steampunk-y setting would be awesome. Plus, it kind of has that…cinematic quality? With all the character dynamics and slightly-trashy-but-oh-so-compelling romance. I just think it would be fun.
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Gone by Michael Grant Whilst I was reading this, I kind of forgot who everyone was. So, whilst this is technically a movie wishlist, I think that it would make a great TV programme. I mean, it’s kind of like a way darker version of that CBBC show The Sparticle Mystery. (Which I totally watched whilst it was on, by way. Seriously considering checking out the third series which is showing at the moment.)

I’m tagging Lola, Lana and Lily Blogs, Dreamland Book Blog and Starry Stories, as well as anyone else who’d like to participate. 🙂

Do you agree with my choices? Are there any books that you’d like to see turned into movies?

NB guys, Short Story Long also wrote a post today about book-to-movie adaptations! Go read it!

The TBR Tag

The TBR tag

I was tagged for the To-Be-Read tag by Sabrina @ Books and Bark, and now I’ve finally got round to it. (Only 2 months late…)
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Anyways. Ignoring that, let us proceed with this documentation of my (frankly scary) TBR pile.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I only just got GoodReads, so now I’m trying to use that, but I just made a mental note and/or took a photo with my phone and hoped I remembered.

Is your TBR mostly print books or e-books?
I don’t differentiate between print or eBooks, unless I’m after a specific cover or edition. I usually only buy eBooks for holidays or on-the-day release. My primary source of books is the library so I don’t get to keep all the books I read anyway! I do have a stack of library books that I like to get through every month, though. Oh, and I just got a whole lot of Ursula Le Guin books free from the library because they were replacing them with new editions, so I guess that adds some more print books to the pile.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
If I’m scouting for holiday books or in a bookshop, I just look at the blurb/first few and decide from that, but mostly it’s based over what’s available in the library. I am also not averse to a pretty cover.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?
Um…The Fellowship of the Ring? Every book in the Throne of Glass series? (Also, though I hate to admit it: I’m kind of interested to see what Twilight is like.)

A book you recently added to your TBR?
Broken Skies by Theresa Kay. All set on my Kindle and ready to go.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. Awesome title, awesome cover (especially in hardback *swoons*). I mean, look at it!

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A book on your TBR you never plan on reading?

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente. I love the titles and covers of this series, and two of my friends adored it, but I had to DNF the first one. I didn’t dislike it, but I wasn’t really invested in the story and didn’t see the point in continuing.

An unpublished book in your TBR that you’re excited to read?

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I swear, this is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I AM CRAZY EXCITED OKAY I JUST CAN’T EVEN see I am reverted to Fangirl mode ha look at that sneaky reference
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No, but seriously. My feelings are too much for words. But other books I’m looking forward to are: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas (I didn’t forget you, Celaena), Morning Star by Pierce Brown, Trial of Tears by Josephine Angelini, Winter by Marissa Meyer, the print edition of Nimona by Noelle Stevenson because hey IT IS NOT OKAY TO END LIKE THAT AND TELL US THERE WILL ONLY BE AN EPILOGUE IN THE BOOK… Really, the list could go on.

A book in your TBR that everybody recommends to you?
I actually, um…can’t think of any? I do have one friend that is absolutely insistent I read The Kane Chronicles, though. Someday, someday.

Number of books in your TBR?
My Goodreads only tells me 75, but since I started using that a month ago I’m going to go with 125. It never hurt to be generous, right?

*shivers* I’m scared already. I’m tagging:
Small Town Bookworm
A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts
And anyone else that feels like having a go! Now I’m off to try and become Ronan Lynch whilst doing Latin homework. (Ha. If only. Fluency in said language would be a massive bonus.) Just a heads up: I’m away for the half term holiday, so though there’ll probably still be a post I might not be replying to comments. I’m trying to take a break from the internet, scary as that sounds.

The Christmas Tag (Finally)

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I’ve let my mountains of tags pile up in the last few months (yes, months), and for that I sincerely apologise. It’s not much, but may I offer you a sorry salad? I’ll try my best to get them done and dusted now that the holidays have begun!

I was tagged for The Christmas Tag by two people: Anna @ Just a Thought and Elly @ A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts. (A lot of thoughts happening there.) I thought that I’d better do it before Christmas came around,  so on we proceed with the festive spirit!

Anna’s Questions

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
I know it’s kind of bad, but I’ve always liked Nativity. If we’re thinking of something a little more traditional, then my family always has The Sound of Music rolling as everyone comes and goes on Christmas day.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning!

3. Do you have a favorite (favourite) Christmas memory?
When I was about five, I spent Christmas with my Australian relations. I remember getting a bottle of Coca-Cola in my stocking and turning up my nose at it: “But Mummy, I don’t like Coke! Why would Santa bring me this?”

4. Favorite festive food?
I ADORE Christmas pudding – you know, the one you set on fire and eat with brandy butter. I wish I could eat it all year round. I’m also prone to a nice bit of stuffing.

5. Favorite Christmas gift ?

I know this is kind of shallow, but probably that Pokémon Black DS game I got one year. I lay in my bed Christmas Eve planning out my whole journey and stuff; I was SO excited. I still haven’t finished the game, but I’m (in theory) just about to beat the Elite Four for the last time.

6. Favorite Christmas scent?

I’m not sure. The smell of cooking Christmas lunch? We have an ancient fake Christmas tree, so I’ve never really associated the smell of pine with Christmas.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

We put milk, a mince pie and carrots in front of the fireplace. I’m responsible for the glitter on the windowsills.

8. What tops your tree?

A star that isn’t meant to go on Christmas trees; it’s rather hard to keep it from falling off.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I didn’t make a massive fuss of it, but I did have some extravagant presents on my list. Sometimes, it was another cat, and others it was magical powers from the fairies. (I want to be able to fly so bad.)

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

Like Anna, I love being able to see my family. My mum’s one of seven, so it’s not often that the majority of my relatives are together. But I also love the feeling of being absolutely full in the evening, and I’m not oblivious to the Boxing Day sales, either.

Elly’s Questions

1. What do you want for Christmas?
Books, of course, and some earrings from this cute shop called Cakes With Faces. (Their designs are simply adorabubble.)

2. Do you look out the window on Christmas Eve and wonder if you can see Santa’s sleigh or a shooting star?
The sky is quite hard to see from my house, so no. I’ve always been the kind of person who needs their *coughs* beauty sleep!

3. What shape of chocolate did you get in your advent calendar today?
I have a Fairtrade Divine one, and all the shapes are hearts.

4. What did you put on your tree?

We’ve been known to put up Winnie the Pooh baubles, but this year we have an (in my opinion) rather tasteful and restrained silver and red colour scheme. (A colour scheme! *gasps*)

5. What is your favourite Christmas song?
We have a Pink Martini Christmas CD that gets played every year, and I do love Carol of the Bells/Schedryck, Schedryck on that. (I’ve had a full rendition of it in the original language by my Ukrainian friend.) . If we’re just talking about non-carol songs, though, then I’ll admit that I have a thing for All I Want For Christmas is You. It works excellently with All I Want For Christmas is…[insert unpublished book here] too.

I’m tagging The Writing Hufflepuff and YA Inspires. (You can just choose one set of questions, if you like.) Anyone reading this is also welcome to participate!

Merry Christmas!

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! 😛