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Monthly Wrap-up: August 2019

Welcome, one and all, to my August wrap-up!

I have read a lot this month which is great- and probably linked to the Retelling-A-Thon. I haven’t blogged as much as I wanted to though which isn’t as great but it’s not that bad (and I was on holiday so it’s a miracle I got any blogging done). It’s been a very exciting month so without further ado, let’s dive in!

What I am reading:

Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

What I plan to read next:

Wonderland edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane

Books I’ve Read:

(1) The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan:

  • 1 star
  • It was an absolute waste of time and trees.

(2) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller:

  • 3.5 Stars
  • An interesting and moving retelling of The Iliad but it wasn’t as good as Circe.

(3) The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker:

  • 4 stars
  • Another moving and powerful retelling of The Iliad.

(4) The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco:

  • 4 stars
  • It was an imaginative read based on the theme of climate change but framed in a fantasy setting.

(5) Song of Sorrow by Amanda Allen:

  • 3 Stars
  • An alright prequel to Rapunzel which I overall enjoyed.

(6) Shadow Frost by Coco Ma:

  • 4 stars
  • This was a fun, fantasy book- perfect for fans of Throne of Glass.

(7) Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce:

  • 3.5 Stars
  • This was a very different Little Red Riding Hood retelling with a satisfying ending.

(8) Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik:

  • 5 STARS!
  • I adored this book. It was perfect in every way!

(9) The Demon World by Sally Green:

  • 4 Stars
  • The gripping sequel to The Smoke Thieves that ended on the most cruel cliffhanger.

ARCs I’ve received:

ARCs (Advanced Readers’ Copies), proof copies or review copies are books freely given to people like book bloggers by publishers or authors before the release of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Digital ARCs:

  • The Monster by Seth Dickinson
  • Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

Physical ARCs:

I’ve been emailing various publishers for months requesting physical ARCs to no avail. However, when I came back from holiday during August to not one but six physical ARCs and an awesome snake pin waiting for me! It was a dream come true! Here they are:

  • The Demon World by Sally Green
  • The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
  • Wonderland edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane
  • The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  • Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (I got the limited edition snake cover proof)
  • Exclusive Kingdom of Souls snake pin
  • Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn

Books I’ve Reviewed:

Discussion Posts:

Characters vs Plot… DISCUSS!

“What’s more important in a book: character development or a gripping plot?
The answer seems obvious: both are equally important. However, I’ve noticed that some books tend to lean towards either characters or plot to drive the story forward.

Antiheroes… DISCUSS!

“Well, remember when you were younger and in every story you thought there was a ‘goodie’ and a ‘baddie’? An antihero is both of those things and neither of them at the same time.”

My favourite post of the month:

This month I did my 100th post and it was all about my reading journey. It was a very emotional and special post to me.

Read the post here!


That’s all the reading and blogging of August wrapped up! What was your bookish month like? Let me know in the comments!

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Monthly Wrap-up: July 2019

Hi, hello and welcome to my monthly wrap-up for July!

I have read and blogged much, much less than I wanted to this month, mainly because for some reason it took me ages to read Darkdawn and I have been quite busy. However, I feel like my reading is picking up again and I hope to read loads this August- especially because I am co-hosting the RetellingAThon.

What I am reading:

The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan

What I plan to read next:

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Books I’ve Read:

(1) The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair:

  • 3.5 stars
  • It was an alright book that was basically about cage-fighting X-men. I liked learning about the different powers and unraveling the mysteries.

(2) Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff:

  • 4.5 Stars
  • It was the conclusion to one of my favourite series and while I loved it, I was slightly dissapointed with the ending.

(3) The Resurrecionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga

  • I have no idea what to rate this one!
  • A very weird book about murder, magic and medieval medecine. I still need time to mull over it!

Books I’ve Reviewed:

My favourite post of the month:

My post with all of the details about the RetellingAThon because I am really excited to co-host it this August!

Read the post here!



That’s all the reading and blogging of July wrapped up! What was your bookish month like? Let me know in the comments!

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Monthly Wrap-up: June 2019

Hello! This is my monthly wrap up for June.

Generally, it has been a really good month although I feel like I have recently hit a reading slump.

What I am reading:

The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair

What I plan to read next:

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Books I’ve Read:

(1) The Beholder by Anna Bright:

  • 3 stars
  • It was a fun read with many references to fairy tales and mythology but the characters were a bit unrealistic and the romance contrived.

(2) Below by Alexandria Warwick:

  • 5 Stars
  • One of the most original books I’ve ever read and it certainly made for a magical ride.

(3) Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson:

  • 5 Stars
  • I adored everything about this book! The characters, the plot- it was all perfect!

(4) Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart:

  • 3 stars
  • I enjoyed it more than the first book but it was still far, far too slow paced for my liking.

(5) The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen:

  • 4 stars
  • It was an intriguing, imaginative read- I especially liked the magic system!

Books I’ve Reviewed:

My favourite post of the month:

I’ve two favourite posts!

My first is my post detailing the winners of the exciting event I recently held on my blog- The Book Character Awards. Read it here: The Book Character Awards | Winners!!!

The second is my post about my favourite names of characters and locations in fantasy books. Read it here: The Best of Bookish Names!



That’s my reading and blogging in June all wrapped up! What was your month like? Let me know in the comments!

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The Best of Bookish Names!

Names are important. They help us understand the world and form a key part of our identities. Without them, everything would be frightfully confusing. In books, the names of characters and places are an integral part of the world building and help us to imagine the text-world more vividly.

This post is dedicated to the best of bookish names. Character names, location names and everything in-between. They’re mainly going to be fantasy names because they’re the most interesting (and I mostly read fantasy).

Character Names:

Here are some character names that stand out to me and why:

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius (Throne of Glass): Her name sounds very long , regal and flamboyant and I think it matches her character. Also, I heard that aag means ‘fire’ in Hindi and her initials spell out A.A.G which is clever because she has fire magic.

[Spoiler ahead] Also, I do know that it is technically Aelin Ashryver Whitethorn Galathynius (which I love even more) but I wanted to avoid spoilers! [End of spoiler]

Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows): I like the alliteration of the hard, sharp ‘k’ sound because it definitely mirrors his flinty personality.

Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass): I know this post is dedicated to the best of bookish names but I’ll make an exception for a name that I don’t like. Chaol is such a ridiculous name that I didn’t even know how to pronounce properly until I read the pronunciation guide! It’s supposed to be ‘kay-oll’ but it could easily be ‘chay-ol‘ or ‘chaa-oll’ for all I know. I actually have a friend who is adamant in calling him ‘chole’. Furthermore, ‘kay-oll’ just sounds like a vegetable.

Bleak (Heart of Mist): It’s a rather miserable name and that’s why I’ve included it.

Delilah Bard – nicknamed ‘Lila’ (A Darker Shade of Magic): I like the way ‘Delilah Bard’ nicely rolls off of the tongue. Delilah also seems like a deceptively innocent name for someone as intrepid as she is.

Kell (A Darker Shade of Magic): I like the story behind his name. According to the book, he was found as a young child with a dagger inscribed with the initials ‘K.L.’. No one knew what these letters stood for so they just merged them together and named him ‘Kell’.

Esha (The Tiger at Midnight): It’s a very beautiful name!

Lazlo Strange (Strange the Dreamer): Lazlo Strange is so quirky and different that I had to mention it!

Sarai (Strange the Dreamer): It’s a rather lyrical name and it suits her whimsical and gentle character.

Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thráin, son of Thrór (The Hobbit): It sounds very fancy and regal and I like the way his full name tells a story of his past experiences and his ancestors.

Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit): Bilbo Baggins is a very quaint name, reminiscent of the rolling hills of the Shire. I love it!

Meadow Sircha (A Shifting of Stars): Meadow is also a lovely, cosy name.

Hesina (Descendent of the Crane): I find this name very pretty.

Zafira (We Hunt the Flame): It sounds very pretty and apparently means ‘victor’ or ‘triumphant’.

Avalkyra Ashfire (Crown of Feathers): It’s a super cool, fierce warrior name!

Greening Grandemalion – nicknamed ‘Po’ (Graceling): This is the funniest, most random name I have ever seen. It’s even more hilarious that ‘Greening Grandemalion’ inexplicably shortens to ‘Po’.

Lemon Fresh (LIFEL1K3): It’s a very unusual name but it chimes with her fabulosity!

Kvothe (The Kingkiller Chronicle): It’s such an awesome and mysterious name!

Location names:

These are some of my favourite location names with one adjective that I would associate with it!

  • Velaris (A Court of Thorns and Roses): glamorous
  • Terrasen (Throne of Glass): verdant
  • Lothlórien (The Lord of the Rings): majestic
  • Mordor (The Lord of the Rings): intimidating
  • Arawiya (We Hunt the Flame): illustrious
  • Weep (Strange the Dreamer): despondent
  • Zosma (Strange the Dreamer): resplendent
  • Elfhame (The Cruel Prince): whimsical

So these are my favourite bookish names! What are yours? Let me know in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer TBR (which I will TRY to stick to!!!)

Happy summer book dragons!!!

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 I’ll by making my summer tbr list (to be read list)!

This shouldn’t really be called my summer tbr- it’s more of a list of books that I should read and hopefully will. The problem is that I can’t stick rigidly to any form of tbr because I’m a 100%, signed and certified, mood reader and if I don’t feel like reading a book, I won’t.  I think the only thing that would make me follow my tbr is one of those unbreakable vows from Harry Potter but, sadly, they don’t actually exist (or do they?).

I’m one of those people who randomly sees a book in a bookshop, library or online and says, “Oooooh that looks interesting, I’m going to read that!” and conveniently forgets about all of the other books they were planning on reading.

A while ago I did a Top Five Wednesday post about books I wanted to read in spring and I read precisely two of those five books during spring.

However I do have a few arcs I need to read before they are released in autumn and I have books I want to read for the Popsugar reading challenge so I will try my best to stick to this!

Anyway, here are my books:

(1) Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (arc)

(2) The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair (arc)

(3) The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

(4) The Orphanage of the Gods by Helena Coggan

(5) Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

(6) Tiger Queen by Anne Sullivan (arc)

(7) The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco (arc)

(8) The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young (arc)

(9) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

(10) Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

What’s on your summer tbr? Let me know on the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Anticipated Reads!

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 I’ll be writing about the books I’m bubbling over with excitement for that are being released in the second half of 2019!

Honestly, it’s a bookworm’s curse. Just as we think we’re conquering our sky high tbr piles (to be read piles), more extremely exciting books are released and the pile increases until it touches the edges of the universe.

So here are the amazing books that will soon feed my all-devouring tbr pile (in order of release date):

(1) Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (9 July):

Spin the Dawn is based on Chinese culture and inspired by various fairy tales and it’s about a girl who has to sew three dresses: one from the sun, one from the moon and one from the stars. The premise seems so whimsically magical and it sounds exactly like the sort of story I enjoy.

(2) Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (3 September):

I LOVE The Nevernight Chronicle and I can’t wait to read the conclusion. Actually, I was lucky enough to receive an arc but I still haven’t gotten round to reading it yet. I think it’s partly because I’m terrified that once I read it, it’s going to be over forever and that’s really upsetting.

(3) The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (24 September):

It’s about struggle of slavery, it’s a story about a boy born into bondage with mysterious powers. Slavery was and is a massive problem and it’s one of the biggest crimes rife in our world today. Any book that speaks out about the suffering slavery already has and still does cause has a place on my tbr.

(4) Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (1 October):

Leigh Bardugo is an amazing writer. I would read anything that she writes. She could publish her grocery list and I’d still read it.

(5) DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff (3 October UK):

I really enjoyed LIFEL1K3 and my favourite character was definitely the fabulous Lemon Fresh so I can’t wait to read more about her!

(6) Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo (8 October):

I loved Christo’s first book, To Kill a Kingdom, and the premise of this book sounds intriguing too. When I read the blurb I got lots of Six of Crows and A Darker Shade of Magic vibes which is always a good sign!

(7) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (5 November):

I completely and utterly fell in love with The Night Circus. I was bewitched by the loveable characters, the enchanting writing style and all of the magical brilliance of the circus. When I heard that she was writing a second book I knew I had to read it. When I read the blurb I knew that it was the type of book I’d been waiting for my entire life. Also, Waterstones are making a beautiful exclusive cover of this too and I really want to get it!

(8) The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (5 November):

Here are three fundamental truths: it’s a retelling of the Arthurian legend about Guinevere. It’s by Kiersten White. I need it in my life.

(9) The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (19 November):

After the heart-rending ending of The Wicked King I don’t know what to do with myself! I’m so, so glad that this is being released in 2019 instead of 2020- it’s the best piece of news I’ve received this year so far!

(10) Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (3 December):

I enjoyed Children of Blood and Bone so much and I am very interested to know what will happen next to all of my favourite characters!

Which books are you most looking forward to in the remainder of this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

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The Book Character Awards | Winners!!!

Hello!

Today, I am very excited to announce the winners of The Book Character Awards! You, the book community, have nominated and voted for your favourite characters in each category and I can now reveal the victors!

Note:

I’d like to reiterate that I didn’t choose these characters- they were all nominated and voted for by other bookworms. I’m sorry if your favourite bookish characters aren’t here and I know that there isn’t much variety but it’s completely out of my control. Also, although all of the winners are brilliant characters in their own rights, how well known they are- and the popularity of the books they appear in-may have contributed to their success as well.

Without further ado, let’s move on to the winners


Winners!

Best Dramatic Performance:

Winner: Gilderoy Lockhart     (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: Nikolai Lantsov     (The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo)

Best Supporting Character:

Winner: Ron Weasley     (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: Nina Zenik     (The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo)

Best Bookish Ship:

Winner: Inej and Kaz     (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
Runner Up: Alec and Magnus     (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)

Worst Bookish Ship:

Winner: Tamlin and Feyre     (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas)
Runner Up: Katniss and Gale     (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Best Friendship:

Winner: Harry, Ron and Hermione     (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: Jem and Will     (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)

Kindest Character:

Winner: Luna Lovegood     (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: Jem Carstairs     (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)

Funniest Character:

Winner: Fred and George Weasley     (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: Magnus Bane     (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)

Best Villain:

Winner: Voldemort     (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: The Darkling     (The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo)

Most Annoying Character:

Winner: Dolores Umbridge     (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: Tamlin     (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas)

Most Fashionable Character:

Winner: Magnus Bane     (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)
Runner Up: Effie Trinket     (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Weirdest Character:

Winner: Moaning Myrtle      (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: Willy Wonka     (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl)

Best Character Arc:

Winner: Kaz Brekker     (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
Runner Up: Severus Snape      (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Best Leading Lady:

Winner: Daenerys Targaryen     (A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin)

There was a tie for the runners up so there are two!

Runners Up: Aelin Galathynius (Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas) & Inej Ghafa (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

Fiercest, Most Fearless Character:

Winner: Daenerys Targaryen     (A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin)
Runner Up: Inej Ghafa     (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

Best Love Interest:

Winner: Rhysand     (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas)
Runner Up: Kaz Brekker     (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

Worst Love Interest:

Winner: Jacob     (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)
Runner Up: Tamlin     (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas)

Best Bookworm:

Winner: Hermione Granger      (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: Will Herondale     (The Infernal Devices)

Best Female Morally Grey Character:

Winner: Jude Duarte     (The Cruel Prince by Holly Black)
Runner Up: Arya Stark     (A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin)

Best Male Morally Grey Character:

Winner: Kaz Brekker     (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
Runner Up: Severus Snape      (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Best Fantasy Badass Female:

Winner: Inej Ghafa     (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
Runner Up: Aelin Galathynius     (Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas)

Most Charming Character:

Winner: Nikolai Lantsov     (The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo)
Runner Up: Carswell Thorne     (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)

Most Brutal Backstory:

Winner: Kaz Brekker     (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
Runner Up: Neville Longbottom      (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Worst Love Triangle:

Winner: Edward, Bella and Jacob     (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)
Runner Up: Peeta, Katniss and Gale     (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Best Love Triangle:

Winner: Jem, Tessa and Will     (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)
Runner Up: Peeta, Katniss and Gale     (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Best Parental Figure:

Winner: Molly Weasley      (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: Sirius Black      (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Overall Best Character:

Winner: Hermione Granger      (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Runner Up: Kaz Brekker     (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

Observations I’ve made from these results:

  • Characters from the Harry Potter books, the Grishaverse books and the Shadowhunters books are very popular.
  • In particular, Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa seem to be very popular.
  • People seem to be divided as to whether Katniss, Peeta and Gale is one of the worst or best love triangles.
  • Hermione Granger is by far the best, sassiest and most awesome character in existence.

So there you have it, the best and the worst book characters as voted for by the book community. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

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Friday Reads | The Night Circus

Hello bookdragons!

It’s been a while but I’m finally back from my hiatus with another ‘Friday Reads’! I’m so excited to resume blogging again and I’ve got a lot to catch up on.

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).

This Friday, we’ll be looking at The Night Circus by the amazing Erin Morgenstern.

Bookish Beginnings:

The first few lines of The Night Circus:

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

I think this perfectly captures the essence of the excitement and enchantment that The Night Circus is able to conjure. I love the mystery that surrounds Le Cirque des Rêves and how phantasmagorical it is made to seem. If Le Cirque des Rêves were real, I’d definitely be one of the fans who track its progress and try to guess where it will go next.

The Friday 56:

A snippet from 56% of The Night Circus:

“She [Celia] examines the carvings on the stone and the vines twining around them, but her gaze keeps returning to Marco. Any attempt at subtlety is ruined when he repeatedly catches her eyes with his own.”

Celia and Marco are extremely cute together. It’s adorable watching them fall in love and pretend not to have feelings for each other until they can’t any longer. They make the story seem even more magical.


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

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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!