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Nope Trope Book Tag!

Hello guys!
It has been a while since I did a tag, so when I saw Emily from BooksWithEmilyFox do this on her booktube channel, I just had to do it too! It was originally created by Zoe’s All Booked.

1. Eavesdropping w/ miscommunication – Name a book you heard great things about and expected to love but ended up hating.

I can name so many for this question but I’ll go with House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas. I am a huge SJM fan (or was). I’ve liked both her previously series, so I fully expected to adore this one like everyone else. I have a ranty review explaining why I hated this.

TL:DR: It’s just a mash up of ToG + ACOTAR. It feels very YA despite being marketed as adult.

2. Love Triangles – Name a series where you can’t pick your favourite book.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
THE cutest graphic novel romance series. I love all of the book so far, I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite!

3. Not Like Other Girls/Didn’t Know I’m Beautiful – Name a book that has a pretty cover but was boring as all hell.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Ugh, it pains me to say this… This book was just such a drag!! More in my review.

4. All-Consuming Love – Name a book that gave you a book hangover

So many!!
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert was the last one I can remember. I didn’t pick anything up for a while after that. It was just so sweet!

5. Douchebag Boyfriend – Name a book that took you a while to get into, but you ended up loving.

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

6. Tell us your favourite or least favourite trope!

I love the chosen one trope. I know it’s cliché and quite overdone, but if it’s well done, I will love it.

Least favourite/will never read is those incest-y one *shudders*

I tag:
Morgane – Book Me Some Time

Dhwani – The Written Journey

Allie – The Wandering Nerdette

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Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

Hello everyone!

Bree Hill originally created this tag as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers. 

What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy novel you read)

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass in the US)
Most people grew up with HP – I didn’t never read nor watched it, never will.
I was a late bloomer when it comes to reading but I made my mum buy me the His Dark Materials box set when we were in The Works when I was a young teen and it made me fall in love with reading and SFF.

 If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

Ooo. Author is an easy one for me: Brandon Sanderson!
I’d want to be a chosen one, so that trope. (also need cool magical powers.)

What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?

I haven’t read a *ton* of fantasy this year. But I did reread The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson. I think this series is so underhyped. It’s seriously one of the best YA Fantasy series.

What is your favourite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?

My favourite is High Fantasy, of course! I absolutely love being transported to new worlds. I haven’t really read much paranormal stuff… if that counts as a fantasy subgenre?

Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

So that I don’t answer Brandon Sanderson for everything… I’ll go with Sarah J Maas.

How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)

Booktube, Bookstagram, Goodreads & of course, book blogs!

What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore!
I’ve been dying for more Graceling books and my wish has been granted. I’m so glad the author decided to return to this world.

What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

Women who write fantasy write for the YA or kid audiences…. WHY do people think women can’t write adult fiction?!

If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
I haven’t actually come across any new ones lately…
If anyone has any recs please let me know!


Tagging:
Kirsty @ Kirsty Reads Blog
Rachel @A Cascade of Books
Amy @ Amy Jane Alice
Allie @ WanderingNerdette

+ anyone else who wants to do this tag!

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Christmas Song Book Tag! | Blogmas Day 9

Hey guys!
Today for blogmas day 9 I’m doing another tag!
For blogmas day 4 I did the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

This tag was originally created by TheArtsyReaderGirl

1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You”: Favourite bookish couple.
I have so many!
A recent one is Luella and Eldas from A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.).
The Switch by Beth O’Leary

3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.).
I read Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman this year, it’s a very short but lovely read!

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“: What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?
I don’t *think* I’m getting any books for Christmas. *SHOCK HORROR*
I didn’t ask for any as I already have too many unread books. Sigh.

5. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?
I don’t cry very often at books, the ending of The Switch did have be a lil emosh.

6. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Your favourite book/kind of book to read during the holidays.
I don’t really read seasonal books or anything. I tend to read more fantasy during the winter in general.

7. “We Three Kings”: Your favourite trilogy.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson & The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson

8. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”: A character you would love to be snowed in with.
Cassian from ACOTAR

9. “Last Christmas”: A book that seriously let you down.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

10. “White Christmas”: An upcoming release you’re dreaming about

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore
I am SO exciting to get back into this world!


I tag anyone who wants to do this!

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12 Days of Christmas Book Tag | Blogmas Day 4

This tag was originally created by LizzieLovesBooks on Booktube but the questions have changed a little. I’ve seen a few different versions on various blogs, I’m not sure who change what or when haha.

1. A Partridge in a pear tree: Favorite Stand-Alone Book?

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

2. Two Turtle Doves: Fictional OTP/Favorite Ship?

I have SO MANY OMG!
Here’s a few:
Elide and Lorcan from TOG
Lia and who she ends up with from The Remnant Chronicles (it’d be a spoiler to tell!)
Jude and Cardan from Folk of the Air

3.Three French Hens: Favorite Trilogy?

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

4. Four Calling Birds: Favorite Fictional Beast/Creature?

Dragons!
Is there any other answer here?! Dragons are the best.

5. Five Golden Rings: One Ring to Rule Them All: Who’s your favourite villain?

Does Victor Vale count? He’s kind of an antihero
I also love Cersei Lannister

6. Six Geese a Laying: Rotten egg- What’s your least favorite book?

1984 by George Orwell
I really, really don’t under how anyone enjoyed reading this book. It has cool ideas and concepts but GOD. The writing is awful. The book is less than 300 pages and it felt like I was reading a 2000 page book. It was endless.

7. Seven Swans a Swimming: Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

Reichis from Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell
I LOVE animal sidekicks. Reichis takes it to the next level. He is freaking hilarious and seriously the best. I love that murderous lil squirrelcat. Yes, squirrelcat. Go read Spellslinger, it’s amazing.


8. Eight Maids a Milking: What fictional food do you wish you could taste?

I have no idea. I must really not pay attention to food in books because I can’t think of any.

9. Nine Ladies Dancing: Favourite dance between two characters?

Is there any other answer but Elizabeth and Mr Darcy.

10. Ten Lords a Leaping: Favourite Book-To-Movie-Adaptation?

Stardust (2007)
I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million more times, this is the best book adaptation ever. It’s better than the books. Yes, I said that. I’m sorry Neil Gaiman but the film took the story to a whole other level!

11. Eleven Pipers Piping: Favourite Book-To-Movie-Adaptation Soundtrack?

Does the Wonder Woman soundtrack count? It’s a comic book adaptation so I’m going to count it. I feel like that soundtrack is highly underrated. I really enjoy writing to it!

12. Twelve Drummers Drumming: It’s the end of the song; What’s your favourite book ending?

Ooh that’s an interesting question. I could write a whole essay on book endings.
I think I’ll go with The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. I don’t think an ending has ever surprised or messed me up more than that. I felt my soul leave my body and I honestly couldn’t move for like an hour. Mind blowing.

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag!

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The End of the Year Book Tag 2020

Hey guys!
Hope you’re all doing well!
Today I’m doing The End of the Year Book Tag, I’ve seen this flying about and thought I’d do it too.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I always finish books I start within a month, so I don’t really have any.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I feel like The Invisible Life of Addie Larue would be a great transition book!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: Amazon.co.uk: V.E. Schwab:  9781785652509: Books

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I don’t think so… I haven’t been keeping up with new releases.
Let me know if there are any December releases I should look out for!

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The Burning White by Brent Weeks
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

Possibly Addie Larue?
I’ve heard some mixed things about it. People either seem to really love it or really hate it. I like everything I’ve read by Schwab so far, so I’m hopeful!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?
Kind of. But not really for the first half of 2021.
I’m in my final year of university and so I’ll be crazy busy until I finish in May/June. I cannot wait to be done and completely free to read whatever I want!!


What book do you want to read before the year ends?

Leave a link if you’ve done this tag too!
Also let me know your thoughts on any of the books I’ve mentioned.

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The Classics Book Tag!

Hey guys!
I haven’t been posting as much since I’m pretty busy with uni work at the moment.
Here’s a quick tag post!

This tag was created by It’s a Book World. I saw it over on Louise (@ FoxesFairytale)’s blog and knew I had to do it!
Make sure to check out her post and the creators too!

1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Words cannot express my hatred of this book. After reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, I was super excited to read more from the Brontes. BOY. I had the worst time reading Wuthering Heights. It’s so boring. I’ll stick with Charlotte Bronte.


2. Favorite time period to read about
Either Regency or Victorian.
I love anything Austen, I love that setting. I do also love the Victorian era. I can’t pick one!


3. Favorite fairy-tale
Rapunzel!! (I need to read the original fairytale, so I’m not sure it counts? haha)

4. What is the most embarrassed classic you haven’t read yet
Ohh, good question. I have read a few of the ‘big’ ones… Maybe Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I love sci-fi yet I have never picked this book up.

5. Top 5 classics you would like to read (soon)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wild
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

6. Favorite modern book/series based on a classic
I’m not sure I have one.

7. Favorite movie version/tv-series based on a classic

Pride and Prejudice (1995) aka Colin Firth as Mr Darcy version. The superior P&P adaptation!

Also really love the Bridget Jones’s Diary film, which is a modern take on P&P. Can you tell I love P&P?!

8. Worst classic to movie adaptation
I haven’t seen many bad ones.
One that comes to mind is Macbeth (2015). I couldn’t even finish it, I’m not a Shakespeare fan in general but some of the adaptations are okay. Not even Michael Fassbender could save this one!

9. Favorite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from
Penguin Vintage Classics! I have the Brontes in these and Pride and Prejudice, I need them all!
Also, Barnes and Noble clothbound… I don’t own any, yet. They’re stunning and I need all my faves in this edition!

10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
I had to read this for uni, it was actually so much more enjoyable than I thought. It’s definitely something I would reread in the future.

I tag anyone who wants to do this!

What’s your favourite classic?

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The Cake Flavoured Book Tag!

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Hello bookish friends!

I took an impromptu break, I just didn’t have any inspiration for posts, so took a week or so off!  So today I’m doing a tag to ease back into things! This tag combines two of my favourite things in the world; cake and books! I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I saw this over on White Rose Stories

*Warning this post contains pictures/gifs of delicious looking cakes. You may experience hunger.

CHOCOLATE — a dark book that you loved.
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I don’t read tons of ‘dark’ books…
So I’m going to cheat and say a series: A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. They’re pretty dark in tone; definitely not a cheery series.


VANILLA —  favourite light read.

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I have so many!!
I go with a recent one,
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
CUTEST romance novel ever. All the feels! So light and fluffy.

 


RED VELVET — a book that gave you mixed emotions.

Red Velvet Cake GIFs | Tenor

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
*GASP*
Everyone loves this book, so this is a bit of an unpopular opinion. I had extremely high expectations going in and this completely flopped. I liked the last 200ish pages maybe, I did enjoy the world and characters. But overall it was so mediocre, it’s just a mix of SJM’s previous series. I do want to continue the series, I hope book two does an ACOMAF and blows me away!


CHEESECAKE — a book that you’d recommend to everyone.

Cheesecake GIFs | Tenor

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Very relevant to what’s going on in the world right now, I think everyone could benefit from reading this book. We all need to educate ourselves on the topic of racism and inequality.


COFFEE — a book that you started but never finished.

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I haven’t DNF’d in a while…
But I did DNF My True Love Gave to Me ed. by Stephanie Perkins back in December…
It was a snoozefest, wasn’t my thing at all.


CARROT — a book with great writing.

Carrot Cake GIFs | Tenor

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Of course, I couldn’t do a tag without mentioning a Sanderson novel!
Warbreaker is such a great (and underrated) book! If you’re looking to get into adult fantasy and don’t want to commit to a series, this would be a great start!


I tag whoever wants to do this tag!

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2020

Hey Bookworms!

Can you believe half the year is gone?! Crazy.
This year has been an odd one for sure, it hasn’t been my best year of reading, quantity-wise but I’ve read some great books!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Oh my god, this book!! It was SO good. I loved every moment of this book.
I honestly couldn’t fault it.
My review is here.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

I loved this book!! I literally want the whole series right now. I am SO SAD I have to wait years for the next one. It left off on a killer cliffhanger. It was INSANE!

My review is here.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams
& The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

I actually don’t have one. I’m trying not to keep up with new releases too much as I need to get my tbr down! It’s getting out of hand and I need to stop adding to it (lol).

5. Biggest disappointment.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

I am seriously sad to put this book here. I fully expected it to be my favourite book of 2020 but BOY was I wrong. I haven’t been this disappointed in a while.

Review / Rant here.

6. Biggest surprise.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The Handmaid’s Tale was such a great book and even though I did want more I didn’t think anything could compare. It didn’t have as much impact on me as the first book but this one was more enjoyable! I saw so many negative reviews for this, I was worried going in but it is definitely worth picking up in my opinion!

Review here.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

New to me – Alice Oseman
I read the graphic novels Heartstopper for the first time this year and OH MY GOD! WHY didn’t I read sooner?! It’s the most adorable series ever.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Zaf from Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

9. Newest favourite character.

Dani Brown!

10. Book that made you cry.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

Considering it was my biggest disappointment, this might be a surprise that it also made me tear up a bit. One thing that was done right in this novel was the emotional impact, it had all the feels!

11. Book that made you happy.

I’ve read so many happy books this year!!
So I don’t keep using the same books I’ll go with Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.

Review here!

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Already mentioned these two but oh well:
House of Earth and Blood & Starsight
They’re GORGEOUS!

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

SO MANY!

Here are a few that are high priority:

The Burning White by Brent Weeks
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year? What are you looking forward to reading next?

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The Book Snob Book Tag

 

Hey guys!

I’m not sure who made this tag or whose blog I saw it on.
The questions have been in my drafts forever! Oopsy.

 


Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

Not always, some genres I prefer as movies so I’ll watch the movie rather than the book. Sometimes I watch book adaptations without knowing they were a book first and then I read the book after I find out. Doesn’t bother me much!

Format Snob: You can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which do you choose: physical, ebooks, or audiobooks? 

I READ IN EVERY FORMAT. *Cries*
I’d probably go with physical… I would seriously miss audiobooks though.

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a nonreader? 

Yes, of course??? My partner doesn’t have to have the exact hobbies and interests I do. I’ve only dated one reader in the past… It doesn’t really bother me but I will try to get them to read books I like lol. I can’t imagine being shallow enough to not date non-readers.

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Historical Fiction.
Snoozefest.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Fantasy!
It is limitless, I never get sick of it.

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Hmm… Classics maybe?
I know a lot of people look down on readers who don’t read classics. Which is dumb, just because you don’t read classic doesn’t mean you’re ‘unculture’ or ‘poorly’ read. Read what you enjoy!

Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

I’ve had men assume I don’t read ‘proper’ books aka I only read romance or chick-lit. Which really annoying me because a) romance & chick-lit are valid genres and are proper books?? and b) why just because I’m a women does that mean that’s all I read. Men. *sigh*


Feel free to say I tagged you if you want to do this tag!

Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

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The Diverse Book Tag

Hello everyone!
I’ve been meaning to do this tag for a few weeks and now couldn’t be a more perfect time!

This tag was created by MissMaddyChats & she tagged me to do it. Make sure you check out her post too!
I’m assuming diversity means all kinds of diversity so I’ll include different races/genders/sexualities etc.

Maia Tamarin- A book with a strong heroine (who’s diverse)!

Chloe from Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Chloe’s black and chronically ill but such a great character! I absolutely adore her!

Also, Echo from Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown – She has been through so much and yet keeps going. I admire her so much, such an amazing, strong woman!

Kiko Himura- A book with a biracial character

I haven’t read many books with a biracial/mixed-race(despite being mixed-race myself.) character, unfortunately.  There seems a lack of biracial/mixed-race characters in books, in my opinion.  I think Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is supposed to biracial(?) – but that’s not own voices.  I believe Jesper from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is biracial if I remember correctly…

Ones on my TBR:
Starfish & Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Zayneb- A book written by a Muslim author

Recently, I read Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik – It’s a Muslim romance, which I had never read before and knew absolutely nothing about.
My review is here.

Séverin- A book with a morally grey character (who’s diverse)!

Victor Vale from Vicious by V.E. Schwab – He’s ace

Mia Covere from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff –  She’s bisexual

Starr Carter- A book that educates about the struggles a poc can go through

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.
This is actually a play I read in uni, but it really showcases the racism against black people in the 1950s USA. It’s a great play, if you don’t mind reading plays or if you ever get a chance to see it on stage, definitely do!

I need to read way more about this topic, I seriouly need to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas & others like it.

Anna K- A book that breaks stereotypes (which is diverse)!

But I’m going to use Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik again.
I’m not Muslim, so I’m not going to be able to give an own-voiced opinion, nor is it my decision to make but this book broke the stereotypes I was used to hearing about Muslims, particularly dating/marriage wise.


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