folklore book tag

I’ve never really been an active fan of Taylor Swift, but I have to admit that folklore is one of my new favourite albums. It’s got such whimsical, autumnal vibe, and it talks about feminism and powerful woman, and it’s just such great listening. If you haven’t heard it yet, I highly recommend taking an hour out of your day and just listening to it.

I saw the folklore book tag hovering around the internet and decided to tackle it myself as I think it’s such a cool idea. I haven’t done a book tag in so long, and I really miss them!

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out! | 2020 Edition

I love this tag so much and I’m pretty sure I’ve done it the last few years as well! Well, it’s finally that time again, so let’s take a look back at the past 6 months… (PS, I’m prewriting this blog post so I may read my new favourite book between now and when this goes live!)

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?

I found it really hard to choose but I think I’m going to have to go with The Binding by Bridget Collins. This is a fantasy world where you can bind someone’s memories into a book. Our main character trains to become a binder, a job which is feared and hated by society. This book was fantastic.

Best sequel you’ve read so far?

I haven’t read many sequels, so I think it’ll have to be Heartstopper Vol. 2 and 3 by Alice Oseman! This graphic novel series follows Nick and Charlie and their relationship and it is adorable.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to?

I believe this originally debuted in 2019, but my edition is from 2020 so I’m counting it: The Weight of the Stars by K Ancrum (author of The Wicker King, which was one of my favourite books a couple of years ago). I think this book is about space and love and longing, so I’m excited.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I’ve just preordered Requim for a Knave by Laura Carlin, who wrote one of my favourite books The Wicked Cometh which I just read. I’ve actually got no idea what this one is about, but I’m excited nonetheless.

Biggest disappointment?

I have two: Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver and All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls. In the case of Paver, this book was super hyped up, so I felt really let down by it. And in the case of Nicholls’, I’d read Things a Bright Girl Can Do and loved it, and this one was just a bit meh.

Biggest surprise?

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon! I’d heard how good this book was but, believe me, I was not prepared.

Favourite new author?

I’ve actually only read one book by this author, but I would definitely read anything else they come out with (and I think I actually have one or two on my Kindle I need to get to!): Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the Six. Daisy Jones wasn’t perhaps my favourite book of the year, but I love the concept of it and I think it was done really well. I’d love to read more.

Newest fictional crush?

Noah from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! I’ve only read book 1 of this series but I’m planning on ordering the other 3 once it’s payday (and it’s payday soon, folks!). I won’t spoil the plot twist about him in this book, but despite what happened, I still love him.

Newest favourite character?

I am such a plot girl, so this one was really hard for me. I loved the entire cast of The Raven Boys but I think I’ll have to go with the detective from Broken Harbour by Tana French: Mick Kennedy. I really want to read more of this series!

Book that made you cry?

Y’know, I don’t think I’ve actually cried at a single book this year? I think the one that came closest is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgernstern. Apart from that… not sure.

Book that made you happy?

So many books made me happy! For this particular round, though, I’ll choose How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne, which was her adult debut and it’s fab! I still can’t really believe I’m an actual adult, but at least I find adult novels more accessible.

Most beautiful book you’ve acquired this year?

My special edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling which I managed to find for £15 from a Facebook marketplace group! I love this edition, and as this is my favourite book of the series I was really excited to see that this was the one that was free.

What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?

All of them? Seriously, though, my TBR is sort of overwhelming… too many to list here!

Favourite bookish community member?

At the moment I am loving Nayareadsandsmiles who is a booktuber; her videos make me so happy and her enthusiasm is definitely infectious! Definitely go and check her out if you’ve never seen her videos before.

I love these kind of reflective tags but it’s sort of reminded me that a lot of the books I’ve read this year have been pretty “meh”. Not bad, but not particularly good either! I hope that in the latter months of the year I find some more favourites.

What is the best book you’ve read so far this year? Recommend me in the comments below!

Holiday Drinks Book Tag | blogmas day 16

Hey folks! I wrapped up university this weekend, and I thought that, instead of writing a long discussion post having just written thousands of words for uni, I would have a bit of fun and do a book tag instead! I found this tag over at Browsing for Books, where it’s an original tag by Ariel in association with Cerys, who runs the blog. 

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The Book Addiction Book Tag!

Hello friends! Today I am bringing a book tag that I found on Thrice Reads, and I thought I would give it a go too because I’m bored and watching Doctor Who and what’s more fun doing a tag when the world’s about to be destroyed again?

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

About two days in all honest, but if I’m in a reading slump it could be a week or so.

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

At least one… but quite often two.

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

Nope, I’m happy to pass them on! If I read it and it wasn’t my favourite, I’ll quite often pass it on to someone else, or if I just don’t think I’ll read it, I won’t keep it forever. There’s no point in that!

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

At least half an hour, but me and my friend Natalie spent about 3 hours in Waterstones the other day, so it honestly depends on what I’m there for.

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

It can honestly depend. Today I spent a couple of hours, about an hour yesterday; and I’ll fairly frequently (lately, at least), pick up a book at 11, 12, 1am and read until like 3, but because that’s at a weird time in the day I hardly ever count it as proper reading!

Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

If I don’t have anything on, probably about 11am and then beyond; or sometime after dinner, if I don’t have any work.

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

A couple of…. hundred. Probably. At least. (*eek*)

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

At least once every…. ooh, ten minutes or so?

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

Game of Thrones, or Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I’m not sure which is bigger and I can’t be bothered to look it up right now, to be quite honest.

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?

I don’t think so, although I’m always looking for old editions of William Shakespeare and other books, because I find them fascinating.

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Well, I’m still ploughing my way through Autumn by Ali Smith…

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?

  1. Hit my Goodreads challenge!
  2. Finally finish my Harry Potter reread… (I’m finally on book 5!)
  3. Really cut down on my unread books that I’m actually never going to get to… I simply have too many books!


Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

Probably not, although I won’t stop trying.

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Necessities in a paper format.

Until the next time,

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The Reader Problems Tag

I absolutely was not tagged to do this, but it looked like so much fun I thought I would give it a shot! (Stolen from Aofie at Pretty Purple Polka Dots)

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

I’m a pretty big mood reader, so I just pick one that looks good and fits the mood I’m in to read. OR if I have to read one for university or a readathon, I choose that one instead!

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

I used to be someone who would force myself all the way through, but nowadays I just tend to put it down if I’m not enjoying it. Having said that, if it’s a short book, I might carry on, just to see if it gets any better. Oh, and putting it down doesn’t mean that that’s it – sometimes I’ll try a book I DNF’d again in the future.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

Yes normally I do! I mainly just pick short books, comics, that kind of thing, and just try to get them read! I love reading short books too so that’s an added bonus.

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

Eeeek, it’s so frustrating when they don’t but honestly not that big of a deal. It’s annoying when sizes don’t match as sometimes some books can only fit on certain bookshelves and when you have one hardback in a series of paperbacks… yeah, it’s frustrating!

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

My bookish bestie Natalie! Either that, or I just rant online on this here blog.

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

To be honest, I just hide my face behind a tissue and cry. I’ve been known to do that!

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Hmm, not often. Maybe. I mainly just try to find a summary, or I just jump straight in with the sequel and hope for the best!

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8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I mostly don’t have a problem with people borrowing my books, unless it’s special (eg if it’s a signed book I’ll only lend it to people I really trust, not just anyone!). But if they did ask and I wanted to keep it… to be honest, that hasn’t happened before, so I don’t really know!

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I take a break. I’ve been in quite a few slumps lately – I’ll read maybe 5 or 6 books in that many days, and then I don’t read anything for a week or so. Afterwards, I’m always raring to go!

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

Um… far more than my bank account thanks me for, I won’t lie!

11. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

It depends what book it is. Sometimes, it can take a looooooong old time, but others really not that long. Right now I have actually quite a lot sat on my shelf because I’ve been really struggling to stay focused on reading lately, so just haven’t tried to be honest. I’m hoping to get to all of them (I have about 6 or so) in the next month, though.

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So there is the Reader Problems Tag! I hope you enjoyed it. Here is a link to the original, which started as a YouTube video, although question 3 has been changed in the version I found!

Until the next time,

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The Makeup Essentials Book Tag | Original

Hello all! When sorting through my makeup the other day, I was thinking of which makeup I would keep if I only had the essentials. Admittedly a bizarre thing to think about, but I was THEN thinking about the things I think are essential to books… and this tag was born!

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If you’re tagged, I would love for you to link back to this original post even if you weren’t tagged by me! Enjoy the tag!

The Makeup Essentials Book Tag

Concealer/foundation – the basis: what’s one thing you MUST have in a book in order to enjoy it? 

I think assertive characters! I really hate characters who are so wishy-washy and can’t ever decide anything!

Powder – keeps it all intact: your favourite setting? 

My favourite settings for books have to be creepy castles! I LOVE books set in castles! There’s always so much history, a secret passage to explore, and normally a caretaker who isn’t quite what they seem…

Brows – filled in or left: hardback or paperback? 

I definitely prefer paperback, and if I have to be specific? Floppy paperback! However, having a hardback is always a special treat, and I do love them to.

Eyeliner – the flick makes it: your favourite plot arc? 

My favourite plot arc is definitely one that continuously has climaxes throughout the book. I love it when you have mini climaxes throughout and then a big one, and then sometimes at the end we leave with the high stakes! However, I do like the plot arcs that finish on a high.

Mascara – adds a little bit extra: something that’d bump a book from 4 to 5 stars? 

For me, this would have to be things getting either set up for the next book, or for things getting fully wrapped up. I don’t like to be left hanging! D:

Highlighter – some brightness to the mix: what turns a character into your favourite? 

Motive! For example, characters like Loki – he’s obviously a complete mischief maker, but he has motive! Characters NEED motive, no matter if they’re a “good guy” or a “bad guy” or something in between.

On the lips – the finishing touch: a book that left a lasting impression! 

For me, this book would have to be Malory Towers by Enid Blyton. It’s definitely the series that got me into reading, and for that, I have a lot to thank Enid Blyton for!

So there is the Makeup Essentials Book Tag! I really hope you guys enjoyed reading! And here are the people I’m tagging:

Natalie @ Bookographic

Jenn @ Jenniely

Jenn @ Bound to Writing

Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff

And YOU! I know that this is a bit of a cheat, but if you think you’d like to do this book tag, please feel free! I would love to see your answers, so feel free to link back in the comments, or Tweet me!

Oh – and here’s all of the questions in a handy dandy list for y’all!

  1. Concealer/foundation – the basis: what’s one thing you MUST have in a book in order to enjoy it? 
  2. Powder – keeps it all intact: your favourite setting? 
  3. Brows – filled in or left: hardback or paperback? 
  4. Eyeliner – the flick makes it: your favourite plot arc? 
  5. Mascara – adds a little bit extra: something that’d bump a book from 4 to 5 stars? 
  6. Highlighter – some brightness to the mix: what turns a character into your favourite? 
  7. On the lips – the finishing touch: a book that left a lasting impression! 

Thanks so much for reading! I hope y’all enjoyed it!

Until the next time,

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Bookish Naughty List Tag!

Hello, I’m bringing you all a new tag today! This tag was created by Jenn @ Jenniely, so thank you very much for tagging me Jenn!

So the point of this is for you to tick the ones you’re guilty of, and see if you’re on the naughty list!  

  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it 
    Yup, I am 100% guilty of this! Although, well, when you say ‘not reviewed’, I’m assuming that that means ‘read’… I definitely review every ARC that I read!
  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley 
    Yup… my current feedback rating is 38%. Oops.
  • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
    Nope! I review on my blog first and then on Goodreads.
  • Folded down the page of a book 
    Yes, I always used to dog-ear pages before probably I was about 14 ish, but now I don’t like to because it makes the pages fragile and I don’t really want to rip any pages.
  • Accidentially spilled on a book 
    You joking? I once dropped a book in the bath.
  • DNF a book this year 
    Yup! I’ve become far more aware about not reading things I don’t want to recently.
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
    I’m going to say no to this one, because whilst I have bought books because they were pretty, I always have the intention of reading every book I buy.
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) 
    I mean, come on. Duh.
  • Skim read a book
    Um, I’ve read quickly, which I guess is technically skimming, but only because I’ve been reading so fast!
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal
    I have no idea. I’m behind this year, I have 7 books left to read, but I’m really hoping that I will be able to read all of those by the end of 2017.
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it 
    Ahah. Whoops.
  • Broke a book buying ban 
    So bloody many times. It’s actually ridiculously annoying, so if publishers could cease releasing books for a year or two, that would be amazing, thank you.
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about 
    I once tried to review a book like two YEARS after I read it, and let’s just say… I never actually reviewed that book.
  • Wrote in a book you were reading 
    Yeah, so this year I’ve actually discovered annotating, and I actually really enjoy it. I don’t really annotate in books, but always in my Little Black Classics.
  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
    Nope! I’m pretty good at always adding stuff to my Goodreads account, even if it’s a few days later than when I actually read it.

So there is the Bookish Naughty List Tag! Safe to say, I haven’t done pretty well on this…

I tag: Natalie @ Bookographic, Jenn @ Bound to Writing, and Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff!

Once again, thank you so much to Jenn for tagging me!

Until the next time,

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The Harry Potter Tag!

Hello everybody! Today I am doing a tag I am so excited for: The Harry Potter Tag! I haven’t been tagged, but I took the questions from Jenn @ Bound to Writing. 🙂

If you didn’t know I LOVE Harry Potter with a passion; so here is me chatting about it!

What house are you in?

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For years, I assumed i was a Gryffindor. I was sorted, in multiple quizzes including the Pottermore one, into Gryffindor, but when I got into college, I started to be Sorted into Ravenclaw 24/7. So now I say Ravenclaw!

patronusWhat is your Patronus?

My Patronus is a Tonkinese Cat! So cute, but I don’t know much about them.

What is your wand?

My wand is: Spruce Wood, with a Unicorn Hair core, 14 1/2 inches, and Quite Bendy!

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What would your Boggart be?

I think my Boggart would simply be the nothingness of the world. I am terrified of nothing, of being forgotten.

What position would you play in Quidditch?

I think I would be a Chaser! I actually played Quidditch at sixth-form college, and this was the position I played.

Would you be pure-blood, half-blood, or Muggle-born?

Half-blood. “Me pa’s a Muggle, me mam’s a witch. Bit of a nasty shock for him when he found out.”

What job would you want once you left Hogwarts?

I would love to be an author of course, but maybe working in the Daily Prophet? If not, for the protection of magical creatures in the Ministry for Magic, including werewolves and vampires!

Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

I honestly don’t know! I think that I would choose the Invisibility Cloak. The Resurrection Stone never really brings back a person, and the Elder Wand… well, unless my wand was somehow broken, I wouldn’t need it. Whilst the Elder Wand is the most powerful wand, surely it would only be the most effective wielded by the most powerful wizard.

Favourite book?

Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Least favourite book?

Uh… I haven’t recently re-read books 5-7, but perhaps book 6, Half-Blood Prince.

Favourite film?

Hmm, what a surprise – Prisoner of Azkaban!

Least favourite film?

Half-Blood Prince or Chamber of Secrets. Sorry, but I really hate Snape. Well, I’m not even sorry about that.

Favourite character?

REMUS. JOHN. LUPIN. (also, Sirius Black)

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Least favourite character?

Hello, you pink ball of hatred. Also you slimy ball of hatred. The sad thing is, Potterheads understand exactly what I’ve just written.

Favourite teacher?

Professor Remus John Lupin, OR Professor McGonagall if I can’t have the same character twice

Least favourite teacher?

UMBRIDGE. Need I say more?!

Do you have an unpopular opinion about the series?

Hmm… Perhaps that Ginny shouldn’t have let Harry name their children.

Image result for harry potter gifThis isn’t the blog post to explain how much I love Harry Potter, but I think an epic blog post is brewing about it. It’s something so incredibly important to me, and means such a lot!

And if you were wondering – you can totally do the Harry Potter tag yourself!

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Boop! you tagged.

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Bookish This Or That Tag!

Hello all! Today I bring a new tag. I was tagged by the lovely Bexyish to do the bookish this or that tag (original by DayDreamersThoughts). Thank you so much for the tag!

stolen from Bexyish ❤

Audiobook or text book?

Text book! This answer is pretty easy for me. I do like audio books but I really struggle with finding the time to listen to them – I like to have something in my hands!

Paperback or hardback?

Ooh, I’m really not sure with this one. I actually love reading hardbacks, but paperbacks are a lot easier. I think if I had no choice ever again (and money was no object!) I would pick hardback – however, paperbacks are usually so much cheaper.

Fiction or non-fiction?

It’s going to have to be fiction! I love learning, but fiction takes my heart.

Bookshop or online?

Well, I do love online – it’s cheaper, usually, and you can [almost] always get the book that you want. However, nothing quite beats going into a bookshop and bringing your new book babies home with you that day!

Standalone or trilogy?

eek this one is so hard! I absolutely love The Infernal Devices, and also trilogies like the Grisha trilogy. However, I often feel like there’s usually at least one weaker book in a trilogy which can make or break the whole thing *coughthehungergamescough* so I’m going to go with standalone.

Heavy & long or short & sweet?

To be honest, this completely depends on the genre. I love an in-depth, thousand-page-long fantasy novel… but a contemporary of that length better be a bind up of three books, else I’m not reading it!

Reading somewhere cosy, or in the sun?

This would definitely be somewhere cosy. I love snuggling up under a blanket on the sofa with a book and a hot chocolate! In the sun just doesn’t really cover it – I get the glare from my glasses, I get burnt, I get sweaty, and the book gets hot! So yes. Somewhere cosy please and thank you.

Hot chocolate or coffee?

Coffee. Now, please and thank you. I do love a hot chocolate, but coffee is what I’m craving right this minute seeing as I am entirely exhausted.

Once again, thanks so much Bexy for the tag! I tag:

Natalie @ Bookographic 
Julia @ Julia’s Bookcase (I know it’s on YouTube shhh you can totally do that <3)

Thanks so much for reading my post! I hope you enjoyed it. Until the next time,

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