The Mid Year Freak Out – Book Tag!

Question 1 – The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

It will be hard for any book I read this year to knock Battle Royale off the top spot. I ADORED this book. It is probably one of my new all time favourite novels. Gory, gritty and an emotional rollercoaster. If you haven’t read it you really need to…as long as you have a high tolerance for violence that is. You can read my full review of it here.

Question 2 – Your favorite sequel of the year

I havent read many sequels this year, but I will always buy the new Rick Riordan books when they come out and they will always be labelled my favourite sequels because his books are always gold.

Question 3 – A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

This is a non-fiction book that came out at the start of this year. Sadly due to being in the process of house buying I wasn’t able to buy it earlier in the year and I haven’t seen it for sale anywhere since. Typical.

Victorian’s Undone is a non-fiction book containing various odd facts about different famous Victorian bodies. I have a passion for anatomy, medical history and all things Victorian so this book sounds right up my street. I need it!

Question 4 – Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

This was one of my Waiting for Wednesday choices a few weeks ago and I am still infatuated with the idea of it. Meddling Kids is out in July and I plan to snatch it up the moment it hits the shelves.

You can read more about Meddling Kids here.

Question 5 – Your biggest disappointment

I had a few choices for this question but in the end I went for Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I have read worse books than this one this year but this book was so hyped up by other bloggers that it made the disappointment of reading it even greater. I had been looking forward to reading this book for over a year and when I finally did it was just boring and not scary at all. It had a few creative gory scenes but that is it. Nothing was explained, the characters were a bit flat and nothing was really solved in the end. An open ending works for some books but it didn’t work in this case.

Question 6 – Biggest surprise of the year

To be honest I only read this book on a whim. I needed something short to read and I found The Birds in the library, so I gave it a chance. Long story short I was blown away. I had seen the film previously and wasn’t the biggest fan so I was a bit surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. It reminded me of War of the Worlds as the characters were all normal and doomed. War of the Worlds is one of my favourite novels so if a book has a similar tone I will enjoy it if it is done well.

Question 7 – Favourite new to you or debut author

Jack Ketchum! I have read two books by him this year: The Girl Next Door and Red. I have added most of his bibliography to my to-read list on GoodReads and I plan on working my way through them this year. I love his style of realistic human based horror. His books are a bit upsetting but that just means they are written well enough to hurt you, A Lot.

You can read my review of Red here and my review of The Girl Next Door here.

Question 8 – Your new fictional crush

I don’t have one. I don’t get crushes on real life people let alone fictional ones. I am strange.

Question 9 – New favourite character

Apollo from the Trials of Apollo series. I know this series is on its second book and Apollo was also in the first one but I enjoyed him more this year with the second book. I think he got a lot more development in the second novel. Also to add to it, my boyfriend said Apollo reminds him of me personality wise and I am a bit of an egotist so….NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER FOR ME because of course any character that reminds other people of me must be cool.

Question 10 – A book that made you cry

I dont cry over books or films. I am made of stone. But if you want the most upsetting book I have read this year The Girl Next Door takes that award. I have read a lot of books about people being tortured but this is probably the worst one so far.

Question 11 – A comic book that made you happy

This question is tricky because I read so many comics. I think my favourite series right now would be the current run of Spiderman and Deadpool. It is coming to an end for now and I will miss it because it has brought me so much joy. It is just fun and even though it is a silly series when it hits you with emotional moments it really hits you. I have also been reading this series with my boyfriend because I am a hardcore follower of the Spiderman comics and he is a hardcore follower of Deadpool comics, so this team up was the perfect series to read together. We enjoyed it so much that we are cosplaying the characters at a convention next week.

Question 12 – Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

This is a tv show but it still counts. I have been loving the television adaption of the American Gods novel. I am HUGE Gaiman fan and have read almost all of his books. I remember reading American Gods and thinking that it would make a great film but it was too long, it would be impossible to make a film adaption and keep everything in, so they would have to make a tv show. And then they did! I am also the only person I know in real life who has read the book so I have been enjoying watching my friends reactions to things and hearing their theories on what is going on.

Question 13 – Favourite book post you’ve done this year

For this one I pick So, I bought a library I mentioned it previously but my biggest achievement this year is that I bought my own house. Not only am I now a home owner now but it is a very large house with gardens and A LIBRARY. The post I made earlier in the year celebrating that fact should be in my top spot.

Question 14 – The most beautiful book you have bought/received this year

I received this book as a Christmas present but it still counts as a book I received this year because it was delayed in the post so my mother couldn’t give it to me until January. It is a beautiful leather bound copy of Oscar Wilde’s works. I have mentioned it many times on this blog but Wilde is one of my favourite writers. I already own several collections of his works but my mother likes to buy be pretty copies of classics I love even if I already own 5 copies of the book already.

Question 15 – What are some books you need to read by the end of the year

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The Ultimate Book Tag

I saw this tag floating around the book blogging world and decided that it looked like fun. I won’t be tagging anyone specific in it so feel free to do it yourself if you fancy it.

1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?
No! I read daily on public transport and it has never bothered me. I normally don’t read in regular cars because I am busy pointing out random dogs in passing to my partner. I might be a bit of an annoying passenger.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
I am going to pick my favourite author of all time for this one: Neil Gaiman. His writing style is so fun. It is clever, witty and doesn’t take itself too seriously while also being dark at times.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter. I dont think I could limit my reasons for hating Twilight to 3 points. It is a waste of paper, always has been and always will be.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?
Always. I usually carry a book on me at all times, especially for work on weekdays. I also carry: My makeup bag, phone, a note book, my keys, iPod, fountain pens (because I refuse to write with any other type of pen), and wipes and tissues for emergencies.

5. Do you smell your books?
Openly and often. I even wear perfume that smells like an old book.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
Both. I love proper novels but I am also a HUGE graphic novel fan. Bring on the comics!

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Anything by Cassandra Clare. Some people will hate me for this but I dont care. She stole all of the ideas for her work and now keeps writing the same thing over and over, probably because she hasn’t found another writer to steal from.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Tons of them because I am a bit of an idiot.

When I was in primary school I carried around a very heavy hardback classics collection, Sherlock Holmes and a ghost stories collection at the same time in my bag. I tripped and the weight of my bag made me topple over so I landed face down on the street. …Long story short, one of my front teeth is fake because I carried around too many heavy books.

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?
Green Eggs and Ham.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
I have no idea. Probably a non fiction book because I have a lot of encyclopedias.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I am a published short story writer and journalist. So maybe some day. I think I just need a big enough idea to make a full novel of rather than a short story.

12. When did you get into reading?
I started learning to read when I was 3 years old, and I haven’t stopped since.

13. What is your favourite classic book?
The entire Sherlock Holmes series.

14. In school what was your best subject?
Biology. I liked taking things apart. Also history and English literature.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
I would put it on “The Borrow Shelf”. It is a shelf in my library where I keep copies of books that I have doubles of or dont care much about. I loan those to people rather than risking lending my pretty copies to people.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
No idea. This is a dumb question.

17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?
Lowkey blogging at work on my breaks, or getting distracted.

18. What is your favorite word?
Hodgepodge. It means a messy mixture of things. It is fun to say.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Nerd. I read comics, cosplay, work in technology and love science fiction. So I am definitely a nerd.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
FAIRIES! I am Irish! Never mess with Fairies.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters. Angles are a bit boring.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Spirits. I love ghost stories. I haven’t read a werewolf story that wasnt some sort of romantic Twi-shite inspired nonsense.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Vampires. Zombies dont have personalities, but I suppose that is their point.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
None of the above.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Action! I hate romance novels. They are usually unhealthy, boring and very unrealistic. I would rather have explosions.

The Christmas Cracker Book Tag

I have been feeling festive lately so I thought that I would have a go at The Christmas Cracker Book Tag that has been created by Lucy at The Bumbling Bibliophile and Queen of Contemporary.  I will link any of the books mentioned to their GoodReads pages if you want to check them out.

Pick a book with a wintry cover
shiverThe book I was going to pick for this question is my answer to another question later so I went for the second most wintery looking book on my shelf and that is Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. This book is about werewolves and it is set during the winter. Personally I enjoyed this book enough to finish it but not enough to finish the series, even though I have a copy of the second book, Linger.

 

 

 

Pick a book you’re likely buy as a present
9781408859643I have bought so many books this year as presents. I bought the Hunger Games trilogy for a friend who wanted to read it, but the prettiest literary present I have bought this year is The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman. It is a gorgeous fairy tale with badass ladies, dwarves and beautiful artwork all the way through. I have also bought Who the Feck is Who in Irish History and the Lunar Chronicles as gifts.

(Read my review of Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles here)

 

Pick a festive themed book

18I am going to be rather old fashioned with this one and pick a classic. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is probably my favourite festive book. I have read it a few times and it never fails to make me feel Christmassy, also watching the Muppet version afterward is a bonus.

 

 

 

 

Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace

adventures_sherlock_holmes1I have a long standing tradition of curling up over Christmas and rereading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, especially The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, which is set during Christmas. There is just something about Victorian literature that just feels so festive to me.

 

 

 

 

 

Pick a book you want to read over the festive period

Night-Circus-UK-coverThis year I am rereading the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is another book with a festive cover. This is another novel set in the Victorian era. It isn’t about anything particularly festive but it is still a beautiful book to read during winter so I would highly recommend it.

 

 

 

 

 

Pick a book that’s so good it gives you chills

tbcIt is hard to just pick one book for this but if I had to pick one right now it would be The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare and various other authors because I have just finished it and it was brilliant. It is a collection of short stories about the life of Magnus Bane, a character who appears in both The Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments series’. Even though I have just finished it I will definitely be rereading some of the stories over Christmas. If you are a fan of the Shadowhunter Chronicles I would definitely give this a go.

I will have a review for it on here some time soon.

 

Pick a book going on your Christmas wishlist

Most of the books I want for Christmas this year are graphic novels, but the one novel that I really want is a hardback copy of Cress by Marissa Meyer, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I received copies of Cinder and Scarlet for my birthday earlier in the year so I would love a copy of the third book to go with them. They look so lonely on my shelf without Cress.

Liebester Award Nomination

I have never been tagged or nominated for anything on this blog before, so when I got word that I was nominated to do the Liebester Award by Zoe at So Many Words I thought it was spam or some sort of virus link thing. I googled it before I clicked the link and found out that it was real. So thank you Zoe!

The Liebester Award is an award tag for blogs with less than 200 followers and I’m more than happy to give the tag a go.

The Rules are:

Link and thank the blogger who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions the nominator gives you

Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 followers or less

Ask the 11 nominated bloggers 11 questions and tell them you’ve nominated them.

Zoe’s Questions:

1. What is your favorite genre of book?

I read pretty much every genre of book but I would say that my favourite genres would be fantasy, dystopian and horror. It is hard to pick just one between those three. My least favourite genre would be romance, I find it boring.

2. What do you do to get out of a reading slump?

My reading slumps are usually caused by reading a bad book so they can take a lot of work to get out of. I find that rereading a book that I love can help rekindle my passion for books. Watching videos from Booktubers on youtube and browsing through Goodreads can also help.

3. When did you really start reading? What book made you want to read?

I have been reading since I was 3 years old and I have always loved books. The area I grew up in was very poor and torn apart by political violence so my parents couldn’t let me go outside to play and they didn’t want me wasting away in front of the television. My mother started teaching me to read as toddler to give her something to do and eventually she started taking me to the library once a week where I would check out piles of books. The first “series” I read were the works of Doctor Seuss, which I finished by the time I was 4. Books have been my life for as long as I can remember.

4. Do you have any book pet peeves? Are they about the physical book or the plot and what are they?

I have lots of pet peeves. I will answer this one in a list:

  • When the final physical book of a series doesn’t match the rest of the books. Cassandra Clare is the worst for this. Why did Clockwork Princess and City of Heavenly Fire have to be so much taller than the other books? They dont even fit on the shelf with the other books!
  • Pointless chapters. This is one of the reasons why I am not a fan of a lot of Stephen King’s books and prefer to watch film adaptations of them. The last book of his that I read was Doctor Sleep. The main character was an alcoholic and the book contained dozens of chapters of his AA meetings. They added nothing to the story or the character. It also meant that the scary parts were few and very far between. I’m pretty sure I have read other books by King that have chapters of a character just sitting drinking coffee and nothing else.
  • Forced romantic subplots.
  • Flat characters who have no development or personality.
  • Characters who start off brilliantly but they plateau development wise so eventually you end up getting bored of them.

I will probably think of a lot more pet peeves later but I think I will leave it for now.

5. Do you agree with having sex or drugs in young adult books?

Yes I do. I think literature can been a good teaching tool for young people and having sex or drugs in a story-line could teach them about those issues.

6. What are some books do you think everyone should read, classic or not?

  • The Lunar Chronicles.
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
  • Watership Down.
  • The Book of Lost Things (It needs more love)
  • The Harry Potter Series
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes + The House of Silk

7. What is one book you DON’T want to turn into a movie and why?

It has already been made and it is the second part of Mockingjay. I love the Hunger Games series and they did a pretty good job at adapting the first two books into film, I just don’t think Mockingjay needs to be in two parts. The book of Mockingjay isn’t longer than the first two and I don’t think it should be cut in half. To me it just screams of the film makers trying to make more money out of the series. It could be done in one film in my opinion.

8. If you could change one thing about the way literature is taught in schools, what would it be?

I was rather lucky when it came to literature being taught in school. The school I went to had 3 large libraries, we had library classes, we had designated reading time, there were book sales, reading challenges and lots of other things to encourage us to read. In fact you were seen as a bit of an idiot by the students in my school if you didn’t enjoy reading at least one book. I know that isn’t the case for every school, especially ones in America. I think schools should be a little more like the one I went to so more young people are encouraged to read and find books they enjoy. Also schools should ban less books. I’ve never heard of it happening here but I have heard of it happening in American schools.

9. What was your favorite childhood book?

My favourite childhood book was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which I read when I was 9. The Goosebumps series was also one of my favourites that I couldn’t get enough of.

10. Do you ever donate your books or do you keep all of them?

I try my best to keep all of my books but once in a blue moon I will donate books that I don’t particularly like  or want to keep in order to make space for more books that I do like.

11. Do you write in your books or do anything that would harm them? Why or why not?

NEVER. The only writing I have in some of my books are signatures from the authors. I don’t like writing in my books simply because I think it ruins them.

I am going to break the rules when it comes to tagging because every blog that I follow either has over 200 followers or has already done this tag. I am only going to tag one blog and that is  Otakutwins Reviews .

 My Questions

  1. What made you start book blogging?
  2. Have you ever been to a book related location? (E.g film sets, countries)
  3. Who is your favourite author? And why?
  4. Do you write? And if so what sort of things do you write?
  5. What is your favourite thing about book blogging?
  6. Where do you buy your books? Do you get them secondhand, new from the book shop or online?
  7. Do you have an ereader?
  8. Have you ever bought a book simply for the cover? And if so, what book?
  9. Are there any books that you own multiple copies of?
  10. Where is your favourite place to read? And why?
  11. Who encouraged you to read and love of reading?