The Book Lover Tag

Here’s the thing. As much as I hate to admit it, it’s half way through the year. So I’m jumping on the bandwagon and doing a tag and generally rounding up what books I’ve read so far this year- enjoy!

This tag was originally written by whimsywriter, which you can view here, and I took it from Callum’s blog, which you can view here

What book are you currently reading?

I’m just starting The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. I’ve settled into a habit of waiting for my best friend to buy the Percy Jackson books and read them, and this one is no exception. This one is the start of a new saga in the same universe, and I like the fact that it is a fresh story with new characters, yet there’s still references to the original series which made it popular in the first place.

What’s the last book you finished?

A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin. I can’t say enough about how good this series is, but IT IS SO GOOD. However I understand if it’s not to everyone’s taste, especially younger readers.

Favourite Book you read this year?

The Martian by Andy Weir. I’ve been really enjoying sci-fi since I started broadening my horizons and this is one of the best I’ve read since Ready Player One. I’ve been meaning to see the film because I’ve heard very good things about it but I never got around to it, but the book is great.

What genre have you read most this year?

Fantasy I guess? That’s all I ever read anyway to be honest. The types of fantasy and the things you can do with that genre are almost limitless as I said in my previous post, so I never get enough of it!

What genre have you read least this year?

I’ve been meaning to read more classics this year but so far I’m doing dismally. It will probably be a good summer task though because I’ll have more time and more train journeys just to read.

How many books have you read this year and what’s your goal?

I’ve read 40 books so far this year, and I plan to read 80, so so far I’m on track! You can find my goodreads on my homepage somewhere.

What’s the last book you bought?

Red Queen, which I very much enjoyed, but I have been given books since like the Game of Thrones boxset etc.

What book are you saving up to buy next?

I have books on my wish-list but there isn’t a particular book that I’m waiting to buy at the moment, as I don’t usually have priorities! I just keep a wishlist on Wordery and then when I have money I’ll pick one at random.

How many books did you check out last library visit?

I haven’t been to the library in a long time. Since moving out and just generally buying my own books so I can keep them, I have neglected my local library, which is not something I’d really encourage. Go to libraries, I mean you can get free books and as a student I thrive off freebies so you’ll know where I’m coming from. Also if you don’t enjoy the book it’s not the end of the world, either.

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

The rest of the Game of Thrones series. I’m currently king a break to read a The Trials of Apollo because that was lent to me but I will definitely get back into it as soon as possible!

What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

If you’re not squeamish, Hannibal. It’s clever, manipulative and exciting, and I loved it. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea though. Most of the series I enjoy are either young adult or really really adult books. I’m one of those people.

Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?

Rainbow Rowell or Jandy Nelson. They’re both such funny yet emotive authors, and I’ve wholeheartedly loved everything I’ve read by them.

A few books your heart adores?

Ready Player One has a very firm place in my heart, as you all know. I also really, really loved The Night Circus, which has earned a special place in my heart because I was so pleasantly surprised when I read it.

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

I’m not looking forward to the end of Game of Thrones, my obsession is increasing with each passing day, if anyone hadn’t noticed already.

What books are on your wish list?

I’ve recently added Dream House by Marzia Bisognin to my wishlist, which may make a lot of people sigh at me because of the youtube book domination, but the fact that it’s fiction and the plot intrigues me. I’m tempted to write a proper post about this, if that would interest people?

Here’s to the remaining 6 months- 40 books to go!

Hamilton Book Tag!

 

Hi! I will be talking about all the books pictured above today! I will try to be as vague as possible but if spoilers slip in I apologise. Going to take a leaf out of Tash’s book (pun not intended) and highlight the section that I probably won’t be able to help but spoil due to the nature of the question, but everywhere else should be okay!

Okay, rambling disclaimer over. Next task: Credits.

Props to Tash herself over at The Bookie Monsters for tagging me in this! Check hers out here. Secondly, you can watch the original tag video here. Now, whilst listening to the masterpiece that is the soundtrack let us crack on!

The Room Where it Happens: A book world that you would put yourself in

We all talk about how we’d love to be a wizard at Hogwarts and all that jazz, but a world I believe is truly underrated is the world of Lorien in I Am Number Four. There’s magic, peace and beauty, and it would be an amazing place to live, especially before the events in the books happen.

The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated female character 

When discussing The Help, everyone seems to talk about Missy, the loudmouth who’s misunderstood, or Skeeter who sacrifices everything to fight for what’s right, but not many people marvel Aibleen. She’s loyal, dedicated yet also incredibly sassy.

My Shot: A Character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Hannibal has been through A LOT. If you’ve read the whole series including the sort-of prequel Hannibal Rising, you’ll know that there’s a whole story behind him, which also corrupts your morals. He is determined, intelligent and cunning. Also a cannibal, but hey ho.

You’ll Be Back: Sassiest Villain

Sure, it’s debatable where Tyrion stands on the good/evil spectrum in Game of Thrones but you can’t deny that he is sassy as heck. He often relies on humour, self depreciation and knowledge to get through life (as do I. Hahaha) and this includes an unlimited level of sass. It’s hilariously wonderful, and it makes him one of my favourite characters in the series.

Non-Stop: A series you marathoned 

What made this funny, was that a girl I knew in high school was OBSESSED with The Infernal Devices, and I never got around to reading it because the fantasy world made me dubious thanks to the popularity of Twilight. Long Story Short, she bought me the first one for my birthday and I joined the obsession. Oh man, it’s such a good series.

Satisfied: Favourite book with multiple POVs – Game of Thrones

Everyone says that Game of Thrones is a series that’s so hard to read, and to an extent I agree. There’s a lot to take in at once, but if you can get a grip on it it’s incredible. I love it. I will never stop loving it. Maaaaaaaaan.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

You can’t deny how iconic the Harry Potter Series is. I mean, my local bookstore when I was a kid (Ottakars) renamed their stores to Pottakars to celebrate each new book. I miss the Rocking Horse. I also miss reading those books for the first time.

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Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive 

Theodore Finch, in All the Bright Places. Oh man, I know the desire to commit suicide doesn’t magically disappear overnight, but I was rooting for him to pull through, I really was. He was so likeable, despite the fact that he thought the world was against him. 

Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

Fang. This book killed me when I first read it. It’s the only book that’s ever reduced me to sobbing in my bed at 2am. That’s saying something considering I don’t cry over books or films. Some may say I’m heartless, but my emotions regarding Fang’s departure at the end of this book after rooting for Max and Fang for so long led to my redemption. I do have emotions! Hooray!

The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

The Fault in our Stars. Come on, I can’t have been the only one that thought Hazel was going to be the one that died, so the fact that John Green turned it around completely threw me off my guard. I still held it together though, when thousands of other teenagers did not. I still remember watching it in the cinema and going to pee afterwards to find several large groups of girls sobbing by the sinks. 

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Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

As soon as I knew Carry On was going to be written I was pulling for Simon and Baz. I was itching for any kind of interaction, and Rainbow Rowell toyed with us wholeheartedly. I bet she had a whale of a time. This book is so unique and wonderful, with such an original take on a potentially overused trope of magic.

Ten Duel Commandments: Favourite fight scene

In City of Glass, one of the most poignant moments is when Clarissa unites everyone to fight against Valentine and Sebastian especially after they have been fighting and discriminating each other throughout the series. I guess it just goes to show that anyone can fight for what is right.

Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read

Maximum Ride Forever reminds me of a fan fiction on so many levels, to the point where I was laughing almost out of exasperation. I thought that Nevermore (the previous book) closed everything off really well, but then this book came along and threw everything at us, tossed it around and added several dramatic revelations for good measure. It’s a fun and somewhat emotive read though. It’s great.

What Comes Next: A Series you wish had more books

I am desperate to know what happens to all the characters in Eleanor and Park. I remember Rowell saying at her book signing in Cardiff that she purposely ended it the way she did because she didn’t want it to be a perfect closure, because things just don’t work out that way in real life. I can’t help but wonder what happened after. Don’t we all?

Right Hand Man: Favourite BROTP

What I love about Mikey and Jared in The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the fact that hey are pals no matter what, but Jared is not afraid to tell Mikey to get a grip on life, and vice versa. They are understanding yet not afraid to get real, and their friendship is such a good representation of the consequences of mental illnesses and how it really works. There’s no real romanticism in the real world, just stigma and a gross sense of misunderstanding.

What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading

I was late to The Hobbit bandwagon, almost 80 years late to be exact, when I read it a year or two ago. It’s such a good book, much better than the films.


I’m tagging anyone interested in this, as Hamilton is great, Tags are cool and I need to get back into the blogging zone.

The Pokémon Book Tag

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This is a tag made by The Writing Hufflepuff, and I love Pokémon and books so it felt like a no brainer to do!

Your starter Pokémon
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I can’t really pinpoint the exact book I started with, but the most poignant for me were the Malory Towers series. My mother gave me these when I was a kid, and they used to be hers, so I treasure them dearly even though they’re falling apart and the language used makes me cringe a little now! I used to love them when I was younger though, and the fact that I used to read them over and over again makes them deserve a special place in my heart

Gotta catch ’em all!
Five books you really need to ‘catch’.

The Art of Being Normal, On the Other Side, Maestra, Room, and The Bloody Chamber.

A legendary Pokémon appeared!
A special edition/signed copy you own.

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I also have a signed version of Fangirl but that’s at University, and I am not at the moment. However in 2014 I got to meet Rainbow Rowell with my best friend and she signed Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl! I admire her work and her as a person so much.

Magikarp has evolved in Gyarados!
A book that started out weak but turned out to be really good.

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Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde. I don’t think it was weak story wise but it took me a while to grasp such an unusual concept, but once I did I was addicted!

Jigglypuff uses Sing!
A book that made you fall asleep.

Mrs Dalloway. I’m sorry all you hip Virginia Woolf fans, but the whole ‘stream of consciousness thing’ drove me up the wall. I never finished it, but I had to study it so I got the general idea of the whole thing. I also wrote an essay on it. What fun.

Skitty uses Attract!
A book you fell in love with.

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Ready Player One. If you’re into video-gaming, or sci-fi, or even dystopian futures, READ IT. Oh man, it’s my favourite book. I mean, I will surrender to clichés and say that I love Harry Potter A LOT. However I kind of knew I was going to, so it wasn’t so much of an ‘OH MY WORD WHY DID I NOT READ THIS SOONER’ kind of feeling? And to think if my friend had never encouraged me to read it would have taken me even longer to find this goldmine of a book. I love it.

The Elite Four
Your top four books.

Other than Ready Player One, because we’ve already established my love for that.

The Martian, by Andy Weir
I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Your Pokédex
A photo of the books you’ve ‘caught’.

The first two are my (very messy) shelves at home, and then the bottom image is my bookshelf at University! There may be some books in both pictures because I took some home over the Easter holidays, and my Mortal Instruments books look incomplete because I’m lending them to a friend. I’m rapidly running out of shelf space!

Masterball
A book you need a Masterball for to ‘catch’ it- a.k.a. a lot of money.

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My copy of The Hobbit was the most expensive book I’ve ever bought. It was worth it though, because it’s GORGEOUS. It’s also a hardback, and it has a map in it. Oh man.

 

So that’s it! If anyone wants to use it, it’s not my tag so *shrugs*. I’m not really one to use tags often but I find them really useful if you’re out of more creative ideas or you’re starting out, or even if you want to show off your pretty books! I don’t know. It’s 12am. I need to be up at 6. I’m going to bed.