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The Liebster Award!!!

Hello bookdragons!

Thank you so, so much to Alex @ Whimsy Pages for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Go check her blog out! It’s great!

I’ve never done this award before and I’m super excited to answer the questions as I love doing these types of tags.

The Rules:

(1) Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

(2) Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

(3) Nominate 11 blogs.

(4) Notify those blogs of the nomination.

(5) Give them 11 questions to answer.

P.S. I am reducing the number of nominees / questions to 5.

My Answers:

(1) How many books do you own and how do you organise them?

Okay, so I actually counted and I found that I own 187 books! (106 if you exclude e-books). I thought that I had way less than that because I clear out books that I’ve read and don’t want anymore regularly.

On the level of my bookshelf that’s most visible I put all of my favourite books so I can see them whenever I walk past. I tried to organise it in a gradient from bluey purple colours to orangey red colours. It’s not perfect but I like it. Also paperback books have to be separate from hardcovers.

(2) Do you have a blogging schedule?

Yes, I do. I try to plan out everything that I want to post in advance. However, it’s a very flexible schedule and lately I’ve been really busy and I haven’t been able to stick to it as much I’d like to.

(3) Share the favourite post written by you!

My favourite post was the one that I wrote on Valentine’s day about roses and slavery. I think it’s important that more people are aware of the extent of modern slavery in our world today as it’s a very serious issue. How many broken hearts were behind last Valentine’s day?

Click here to read the post called ‘Roses: Symbols of Romance or of Suffering?

(4) If you had to choose only one book format (physical, e-book, audiobook) to read for the rest of your life, which one would you choose? Why?

I’d choose e-books because as much as I adore physical books, e-books are more practical and portable- they’re also cheaper.

(5) Did your book tastes change? Tell us about your reading journey!

I’ve always adored fantasy since a young age. Anything magical has always fascinated me. I think the only thing that has changed is that my reading tastes have matured.

My Questions:

(1) How do you choose which books to read?

(2) Which three book characters do you wish were real? Why?

(3) Which themes or tropes do you dislike in a book? Why?

(4) Who are your top three favourite authors? Why?

(5) What do you think is more important in a book, well-developed characters or a gripping plot?

I nomimate:

If I haven’t nominated you but you still want to answer the questions then feel free!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Hey bookdragons!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is, ‘rainy day reads’. For me, a ‘rainy day read’ is when it’s wet and miserable outside (as is often the case in the UK) or your day is just generally going bad and then you snuggle up and read a book so good you can’t put it down for even a second and life becomes good again.

So, here are the books I recommend for those dreary, rainy days:

☆ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is odd because I actually don’t like this book, however, I read it while I was feeling ill and wrapped up in loads of blankets so this was one of the first books I thought of for this theme. Although I didn’t enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses that much, it definitely made me feel better!

☆ Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi is a slow read that gradually reels you in and is perfect for a gloomy day. Just think about it, no matter how bad you day is going it can’t be worse than being stranded in a life boat, in the middle of the ocean with a tiger, right?

☆ The Martian by Andy Weir

If your day has been worse than being stranded in a life boat with a tiger then it couldn’t possibly be worse than being stranded on Mars all by yourself!

☆ A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic has all the ingredients of the ultimate rainy day read: loveable characters, awesome world building, a gripping plot and most importantly loads of magic!

☆ The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

The Diabolic is fascinating with its complex characters and I love how it’s set in space. It’s great if you feel like reading something out of this world (forgive the pun).

☆ Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is an excellent read, especially because it’s extremely action packed and relatively quick to read.

What are your rainy day reads? Let me know in the comments!

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#SixforSunday – Books from my Childhood

#SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot. This week’s theme is, ‘books from my childhood’. I have so many happy memories related to books in my childhood and it was a pleasure taking a stroll down memory lane to write this post.

(1) The Mr Men books by Roger Hargreaves

These books were my childhood and I loved them so much. My favourite was always Mr Clever and how he wasn’t actually as clever as he thought. I also liked Mr Strong who ate loads of eggs every day, Mr Cheerful who only had three hairs on his head and Little Miss Sunshine who turned Miseryland into Laughterland.

(2) Blue Moon Mountain by Geraldine McCaughrean

This book was probably what started my love of mythological creatures. It was about a girl called Joy who, on a blue moon, goes searching for a unicorn and meets lots of fantastical creatures along the way. My favourite part was the glossary at the back with the pictures, names and stories of loads of different creatures from myth and legend. Also, the illustrations were gorgeous!

(3) The Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows

I was obsessed with these books at one point and I wanted to collect all of the different books about all of the different fairies. I loved all the imaginative stories and I always hated that pesky Jack Frost!

(4) The Animal Ark series by Lucy Daniels

These books were about a girl whose parents were vets and who was always finding and looking after different animals. They were so cute and I really enjoyed reading about each animal’s story.

(5) The Magic Key series by Roderick Hunt

These books were so cool! They were about a group of kids who time travelled with a magic key and I was also completely obsessed at one point.

(6) The Molly Moon series by Georgia Byng

Molly Moon was an orphan who learnt how to hypnotise people from a book and went on all sorts of amazing adventures. These books were so fun to read!

Bonus: Anything by Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton was my favourite author as a child and I read so many of her books: The Famous Five, The Faraway Tree, The Naughtiest Girl, The Secret Seven and The Wishing Chair. I loved her characters and the adventures they went on.

What are your childhood favourites? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Reads | The Hobbit

Friday Reads was invented by The Candid Cover and is a merge of:

  • Book Beginnings which is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where we share the first sentence(s) of a book.
  • The Friday 56 which is hosted by Freda’s Voice where we share a snippet from page 56 of a book (or 56% on an e-reader).

Book Beginnings:

The first lines of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein:

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort”

I love these opening lines, in fact, they’re some of my favourite of all time. Whenever I read them I feel warm and fuzzy inside along with an intense surge of nostalgia.

Tolkein is such a legend.

The Friday 56:

A snippet of page 56 of The Hobbit:

“Out jumped the goblins, big goblins, great ugly-looking goblins, lots of goblins, before you could say rocks and blocks. There were six to each dwarf, at least, and two even for Bilbo; and they were all grabbed and carried through the crack before you could say tinder and flint

Tolkein’s writing style is brilliant. I especially like the way he uses repetition and listing for effect. The Hobbit is a book very close to my heart as it is bursting with whimsy and it has such a fantastical mood to it throughout.

What are you reading this Friday? Let me know in the comments!

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Top Five Wednesday: Favourite Jokesters

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can find out more at Godreads group.

This week’s theme is ‘favourite jokesters’ so I’ll be talking about my favourite funny characters!

(1) Fred and George Weasley (The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling)

These two were definitely the masters of jokery and always the ones to make light of every situation. They even opened a joke shop called ‘Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes’. Not putting them at the top of this list would be a crime!

(2) Peeves the Poltergeist (The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling)

I feel like many people forget about Peeves because he wasn’t in any of the Harry Potter movies and he isn’t talked about that much. His forte was causing havoc and devising hilarious pranks to get on everyone’s nerves.

(3) Mark Watney (The Martian by Andy Weir)

For a person who got stuck on Mars where it must have been extremely bleak and desolate, Mark was so, so funny! He was constantly making jokes in the book (and making me laugh out loud).

(4) Mia Corvere (Nevernight by Jay Kristoff)

I wouldn’t necessarily call Mia a ‘jokester’ but she is hilarious. Honestly, some of the things she says and does makes me laugh so much.

Who are your favourite jokesters? Let me know in the comments!

“Mischief managed.”
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Top Ten Tuesday- For the Love of Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is, ‘outrageous things I’ve done for the love of books’. I don’t feel like I do anything particularly outrageous but I guess people who don’t like reading books that much would find some of the things I do for the love of books pretty weird.

(1) Lose Sleep

I’ve lost a lot of sleep over books. Sometimes they’re just so good that I can’t stop reading until late into the night.

In the run up to the release of Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas, I preordered it on my kindle. On the day of the release I randomly woke up at three o’clock in the morning and the first thing I thought about was checking my kindle to see if it had been delivered yet. And that’s how I ended up starting a 900 page book at three in the morning, losing my precious hours of sleep and not regretting it in the slightest!

(2) Read spoilers before a much anticipated book is released

I know, I know. Many other bookworms will most certainly find the fact that I would willingly read spoilers outrageous but sometimes I just can’t wait and if other people have gotten the book before me and want to share spoilers I can’t help but read them!

(3) Do anything for book vouchers

I’ve entered competitions before (and won) solely because the prize was book vouchers. Once I won around £100 in book vouchers- when I want something book related the determination is so great that nothing can stop me!

(4) Use anything and everything as a bookmark so I don’t crease the book pages

I used to be that kind of person who had no qualms about dog-earing books (I know it’s shocking) but now I’m that kind of person who is so worried about creasing the pages I would use anything as a bookmark if I don’t have one nearby.

Examples of things I’ve used as bookmarks: feathers, random bits of paper, ribbon, hair bobbles, pencils, another book and tissues.

(5) Treat books like if they were people

I like taking care of my books and making sure there are no creased pages or cracked spines. The way I see it is that if someone came and cracked my spine it would really, really hurt and would probably paralyse me or something so why on earth would I subject a book to that kind of agony?

I know that probably sounds really weird but that’s how I think about it!

(6) Incessantly talk about books so much it annoys people

I talk about books all of the time. My family and friends have probably had enough of it but they’re too polite to say anything to my face. Also, I don’t just talk, I end up ranting quite often about book ships that shouldn’t exist, books I want to read that haven’t come out, etc.

(7) Take my kindle everywhere

I take my kindle everywhere. I guess that’s not particularly outrageous but what happens quite often is that I’m sitting with a group of friends but completely oblivious to the conversation because I’m too busy reading.

(8) Want to buy books everywhere I go

Everywhere I go I have the urge to buy books. If I’m visiting a new place and it has a book shop I have to go into it and check out the books there.

(9) Buy too many books

I buy more books than I could possibly read. I’ve got so many physical and digital books that I still haven’t read and instead of reading them, I buy more! Also I have multiple editions of books. I have two copies of all of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books and I have two copies of Kingdom of Ash.

(10) Wanting my precious books to become family heirlooms

I’m not even kidding. I will probably pass on my books to my children and get them to pass them on to their own children. Many years down the line when physical books have been replaced by digital books and nobody knows what paper is, my books will become even more precious than they already are!

What outrageous things do you do for the love of books? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: The Tiger at Midnight

Book: The Tiger at Midnight

Author: Swati Teerdhala

Year published: 2019

  • Plot: 3/5
  • Characters: 3/5
  • Writing: 4/5
  • Overall: 3/5

The Tiger at Midnight was one of my most anticipated debuts of 2019, however, it sadly fell a bit flat for me. It was just so… average. I felt like I had read it all before.

Let’s start with the positives. The world building was excellently done and I loved finding out more about the different places. The imagery of sprawling rainforests contrasted with bustling cities was a delight to the senses.

The book was about two warring countries called Jansa and Dharka. Esha was an infamous Dharkan rebel assassin who went by the name, ‘The Viper,’ and was tasked with killing a Jansan army commander. Kunal was a Jansan soldier tasked with capturing The Viper.

I felt like I was trapped in a time loop for most of the book because it was so repetitive and consisted of the same events happening again and again with slight variations. There were three stages.

(1) Kunal finds Esha who he knew was The Viper and was supposed to capture.

(2) Instead of capturing her, he has a nice little chat with her while he admires her gorgeous hair and chestnut eyes and she marvels at his beautiful eyes and his extraordinary kindness.

(3) Esha escapes and Kunal lets her have a head start before resuming his pursuit of her once again.

It was very frustrating because they both had responsibilities and tasks they had to accomplish but instead they were running around in circles all over Jansa whilst making heart eyes at each other. Don’t get me wrong, they made a very adorable pair but I just wished there was more variety in their story.

Also, Esha was supposedly a ruthless assassin but she doesn’t really kill anyone or do anything particularly ruthless that would have earned her the level of notoriety she supposedly had. Her character wasn’t very believable.

The plot did become a bit more interesting near the end but the problem was, I found all of the plot twists so underwhelming that the effect was lost on me.

Nevertheless, I feel like the way this book ended means that the next book has the potential to be really good. I want to read the next book in the series and, hopefully, I will enjoy it more!

Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books and Swati Teerdhala for providing me with a digital arc of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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The Book Character Awards | Voting Round 1

Hey bookdragons!

The first voting round of The Book Character Awards are now open! Click on the link below to vote for your favourite bookish characters and take part in this exciting event. Thank you again to all the amazing people who nominated characters.

For those of you who don’t know, The Book Character Awards is an event hosted by me where bookworms get to nominate and vote for characters in various categories. The nominations round has already happened. There will be two voting rounds then the winners will be announced!

The first round of voting closes on 14th April 2019.

>>> Click here to vote <<<

The Categories:

  1. Best Dramatic Performance (a character that’s a drama queen/king)
  2. Best Supporting Character
  3. Best Bookish Ship
  4. Worst Bookish Ship
  5. Best Friendship
  6. Kindest Character
  7. Best Villain
  8. Funniest Character
  9. Most Annoying Character
  10. Most Fashionable Character
  11. Weirdest Character
  12. Best Character Arc (someone that has undergone the best character development)
  13. Best Leading Lady
  14. Fiercest, Most Fearless Character
  15. Best Love Interest
  16. Worst Love Interest
  17. Best Bookworm Character
  18. Best Female Morally Grey Character
  19. Best Male Morally Grey Character
  20. Most Charming Character
  21. Most Brutal Backstory
  22. Best Fantasy Badass Female
  23. Worst Love Triangle
  24. Best Love Triangle
  25. Best Parental Figure
  26. Overall Best Book Character

>>> Click here to vote! <<<

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Review: Smoke and Key | Blog Tour

Hello bookdragons! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.

  • Book: Smoke and Key
  • Author: Kelsey Sutton
  • Release Date: April 2nd 2019
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen

A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around. And then she’s falling…
She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

  • Plot: 4/5
  • Characters: 4/5
  • Writing: 4/5
  • Overall: 4/5

Smoke and Key was a creepy yet intriguing novel that captivated me from the very first sentence.

The book was about a girl who was dead but fell down from her grave into a mysterious world called ‘Under’. She didn’t know why she was there, she didn’t have any memories of her life before Under and she couldn’t even remember her own name. The only possession she had on her was a key, so she called herself Key. All the other residents of Under were named after the possessions they had when they fell such as Journal, Smoke, Doll, Ribbon and Tintype. All the people were in semi-decomposed states and their skin had a greyish tint as if they had already started to rot before they fell, however, Key was oddly preserved. No one could remember anything, just like Key but then a series of brutal murders started and Key’s memories started to return.

Key was a pretty good character and it’s interesting how she reacted to the memories that she remembered and the shame she felt even though she was technically the same person she had been before. Her relationship with Smoke was intriguing as we got to see it unravel in the past and in the present even though the romance was probably a bit too forced. I liked how her friendship with Journal developed as well.

The thing I loved the most was how the tension and the sense of mystery were built up throughout the novel as we learnt more about the eerie world of Under and those who lived there. For some reason, I kept imagining all of the characters like ones from a Tim Burton movie! However, even though the tension was gradually rising it still felt like not that much really happened in the book overall and there was probably a bit of filler that could have been taken out

The book was mainly about the extent of the damage that hate and jealousy can cause and how it can easily get out of control. The plot might sound a bit odd but the ideas were very original in the best possible way. There is definitely buckets of imagination behind it. I thought it was a really fun yet macabre read and I think more people should give it a go!

Thank you to Entangled Teen and Kelsey Sutton for providing me with a digital arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author:

Kelsey Sutton is a young adult and middle grade author. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She will soon have a master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore. You can visit her online at her website, like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

Author Links:

Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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Top Ten Tuesday- Things that make me pick up a book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Hello everyone! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is, ‘things that make me pick up a book,’ so I’ll be listing all of the things that get me interested in a book or make me want to learn more about it.

(1) A pretty cover

You know how they say don’t judge a book by its cover?

Well, I do. Sorry (not sorry).

I would never read a book solely because I like the cover but whenever I’m in a book store and I see a pretty cover I just have to pick it up and find out what the book is about. If a book that I think I would enjoy reading has a gorgeous cover then it’s a nice bonus!

(2) Dragons

I’m obsessed about dragons so when I see the word, ‘dragon,’ in any book title or a picture of a dragon on a book cover I just have to find out more about it.

That’s just how I am.

(3) Sprayed edges

I am also obsessed about sprayed edges. I just think they’re so beautiful and I’m always looking for an excuse to add another sprayed-edged book to my collection.

(4) The author

There are some authors like Sarah J Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Jay Kristoff, Kiersten White or Laini Taylor that I would literally read anything they write. If they published a shopping list I’d read it. Seeing a book by an author I really like definitely makes me pick it up!

(5) The price

I love a good book bargain. If I see a book that I think I’ll enjoy reading for a good price, I snap it up immediately!

(6) An unusual title

Some titles are so unusual they just make you pause and marvel about their oddness. And then they make you want to find out more about the book. Here are a couple of examples of weird book titles I’ve heard recently:

☆ Hope, Tears, Steam, Gears (by Gregory L. Norris)

☆ The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (by Stuart Turton)

☆ The Girl Who Drank the Moon (by Kelly Barnhill)

☆ I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain (by Will Walton)

(7) A recommendation

If I see a book that has been recommended to me by a friend or another reviewer/ blogger/ author I’m sure to pick it up and check it out.

(8) Hype

I, too, fall victim to the lure of hype. Honestly, hype can sometimes be worse than the Pied Piper. I’ve read many books because of the hype. Sometimes they’ve lived up to it…. other times not so much.

(9) The blurb

Reading the blurb or summary of a book incites my interest. I tend to like things fantasy related: dragons (obviously), magic, warring kingdoms, lost princesses. Those kinds of things grab my attention immediately.

(10) The spine

Some books have such striking spines that stand out in a whole book shelf of vibrant, colourful book spines and you can’t help but pick them up.

What makes you pick up a book? Let me know in the comments!