Tag | The Book Blogger Memory Challenge

Welcome to Tag Thursday! This isn’t your first rodeo, I’m sure, but in case it is, every Thursday (cough if I remember cough) I try to post a fun little tag I’ve found on the blogosphere or Booktube. Everyone loves a tag, right? This is more of a little test than a tag and I found over at the ever-brilliant Thrice Read, and it was originally created by Laura @ Laura’s Book Review.

The rules are pretty damn simple but here they are:

Answer these 10 questions before reading my answers. Your challenge is to answer all of them without looking at your shelves or online. After you’ve done that come back and see if you matched any of my answers!

Q1: Name a book written by an author called Michael.

Michael Bond wrote the Paddington bear books… I have no idea why this was the first book that came to mind but here we are.

Q2: Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini, a book which I pretty much hated because it just took every other fantasy book and smushed it together in an unsophisticated way. However, it does have a dragon on the cover.

Q3: Name a book about a character called George.

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – and his name is in the title, talk about efficient answering.

Q4: Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

Dodie Smith wrote a book called I Capture the Castle, I believe? I bought it long ago from the Oxfam bookshops in Lancaster whilst I was at university but I still have yet to read it, oops.

Q5: Name a book set in Australia.

I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever read a book set there, but I’ve learnt by osmosis that Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is actually set in her native Australia though they changed it to the US for the tv show.

Q6: Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

I’m really struggling with this one… there are plenty with seasons in the title but I’m really struggling for one with a month! My head is not so helpfully repeating ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ by Green Day on a loop which is all well and good but not a book! A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks – I just remembered one! Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it, so much that I never finished this, and have no intention to go back to it.

Q7: Name a book with a knife on the cover.

The Dinner by Herman Koch – it’s an actual knife as in the innocent utensil rather than a weapon because, apparently when called upon, I forget precisely every knife-wielding heroine on the cover of YA fantasy books. (There must be knives on the Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass series UK covers! Spoiler alert: I checked, there are swords… close enough?)

Q8: Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus – I keep seeing this everywhere so it’s no surprise that it’s wormed its way into my subconsciousness. Despite everyone talking about it I have no idea what it’s really about apart from The Breakfast Club vibes (which doesn’t entice me to read it, tbh), nor do I have a huge desire to actually read it. C’est la vie!

Q9: Name a book with a eponymous title.

Emma by Jane Austen – I don’t think anyone can be surprised by me automatically thinking this. There are a few of my namesake in literature and I’m not sure any of them are particularly nice… if you know a nice ‘Emma’ in a book please let me know because I need some good ones!

Q10: Name a book turned into a movie.

There are so many to choose from though! I’m going to go with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier because Hitchcock made a film out of it in 1940 and they had to change the story’s ending a little bit because of the censor’s requirements. The adaptation definitely gets across the sense of tension and suspense, as you’d expect from Hitchcock.


Well, folks, that was the The Book Blogger Memory Challenge, if you feel like testing yourself and doing this, please consider yourself tagged/nudged to do so by me. If you do this quiz, please do leave a link to your post below; I’d love to take a look!

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Tag | The “Friends” Book Tag

It’s Thursday, folks, and you know what that means? It’s time for another Tag Thursday!

*cue reasonable amount of applause and cheering*

And this week’s tag is the “Friends” Book Tag. As Liz and I are finally coming to the end of our Friends rewatch, this seemed an all too timely tag and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join in when I saw it over on Thrice Read last week. This tag was created by Haley of Fangirl Fury so head on over to her blog to show her some love!

Friends is intrinsically part of my personality – there is never a situation in which I will not be reminded of a Friends quote or joke and I learnt a surprising amount of life lessons from this TV show… the main one being that Ross is kind of a dick? And you don’t really realise that until you get older and rewatch the show and suddenly it dawns on you how entitled his relationship with Rachel is. Anyhow, my point is, Chandler is life, Joey is an adorable teddy bear, Monica has the focus and drive I wish I had, Rachel is someone I sorely misjudged when I used to watch this show as a teen so I’m sorry for all the mean thoughts I had about you Rachel you’re wonderful, and Phoebe has a confidence in who she is that I aspire to on a deep level. In the meantime though, let’s just have a look at this tag, shall we?

Rachel: A character whose wardrobe you want to steal

This will surprise precisely no one given my well publicised penchant for coats but… I want (nay, need) Kell’s coat from V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy. I NEED it, guys, the thirst is real.

(Disclaimer: this is not Kell’s coat but Nick’s joy at this coat would be my joy of Kell’s coat.
Although it must
 have a light, beige trench in it somewhere, surely, along with a heavier, wool version a la Sherlock. Duh.)

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Tag | How I Choose My Books

It’s Tag Thursday guys, and look, I remembered! This week’s tag is (you must know this one by now, say it with me?) brought to you via the lovely girls over at Thrice Read and it’s called the How I Choose My Books Tag. Booktube and the book blogging world has had such a lasting impact upon my general reading habits, how I buy books, and how I read books, so I’m sure this tag will prove that without a shadow of a doubt. Let’s jump right on in…

Find a book on your shelves with a blue cover. What made you pick up that book in the first place?

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – I saw someone (can’t remember who) reviewing it on BookTube and they said how wonderful and touching this memoir is – they weren’t wrong, it was a truly heartbreaking and weirdly uplifting book too. I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

I mean as a rule, I don’t generally read books I don’t think I’m going to enjoy – and if I do read them, I’m rarely proved wrong (cough A Court of Thorns and Roses cough), so this question is difficult. I suppose The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare counts? I still don’t really think Clare’s writing or plotting or characterisation is as great as the hype suggests, but I enjoyed Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess in large part because they moved the Shadowhunters focus back into Victorian England and I liked that slightly steampunk vibe a hell of a lot more than the time I attempted to read City of Bones.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven – I discovered this due to the very positive recommendations of it via the lovely Jen Campbell. She described it as a post-apocalyptic fiction where swine flu has wiped out most of the population and a travelling theatre troupe travels across the United States, performing Shakespeare plays in exchange for food. She had me at ‘Shakespeare plays’ to be honest. Guess what though? I still haven’t actually read this. Much like M.L. Rio’s If We Were Villains, I’m pretty sure I’m going to like this book because it purports to be everything I love, but I’m SO scared that it’s going to be a disappointment that I keep putting it off. That’s silly, isn’t it? Does anyone else do this?!?

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Tag | The Candy Book Tag

It’s Tag Thursday and, guess what? I kind of completely forgot to do this for a couple of Thursdays – oh no, the chain is broken! But it’s ok because I’m back today, on this very fine Thursday, to bring you another book tag.

I found this tag via Beth at Reading Every Night and she said we could consider ourselves tagged by her if we wanted to join in – so here I am, joining in with the Candy Book Tag.

Mmm candy, no, stop it, you said no more sweets. More books…

Apples: Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

Ok but I really like apples.

Back to the actual tag question: I’m still confused about why The End We Start From is getting so much buzz. Like… it’s just… ok? I don’t get it. I know I’m in the minority here but ah well, I’ll stay here by myself and there’s more room here for me to stretch my legs, thanks.

Also whispers Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Really don’t get the fuss. It’s fine for the sake of talking about it’s social/political commentary on women’s roles etc. etc. but, as a novel, I find its pacing kind of off. Plus I don’t like Rochester, or Rochester/Jane, at all so that tends to ruin things a bit. Sorry/not sorry.

Milk Chocolate: This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE.

Right now I’m really feeling Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo because I BLOODY LOVE this book. It’s Oceans Eleven style heist meets fantasy Amsterdam setting – what more could you want?

Aside from that, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my all-time favourite books so I always try to get more people to read that if they haven’t already. You there, if you haven’t read it, go read it!

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Tag | Summer Reader Book Tag

Guys, it’s Thursday, you know the drill by now – it’s time for Tag Thursday. I saw this tag (obviously) over on Thrice Read because I just rob all of their tag posts nowadays. This tag was created by Dri at islandOFdri on Youtube so head on over to her channel to check out the original video, if you like. It’s summer (allegedly) and the weather here has been GLORIOUS and then GLORIOUSLY TERRIBLE so that’s a sure sign of the unreliable British summertime once again – this week’s tag is summer themed, in honour of that.

Lemonade: pick a book that started off bitter but got better.

It wasn’t necessarily bitter but just… meh… that’s Howards End by E.M. Forster. But, make no mistake, once I got settled into the story line and the characters I ended up really enjoying it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (until the end of the time) – Forster does plot twists so subtly and smoothly that I had to double-take on multiple occasions and say “did he just-?!”

Golden Sun: pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.

Ok, I have a recent one for this – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. It was so adorable and squishy and I just wanted to wrap the characters up in a big warm blanket and not let them out of my sight. I had a huge idiot grin on my face on public transport whilst I was reading this. Because Rishi is just a big ol’ squish I want to squish.

Tropical Flowers: pick a book set in a foreign country.

Because I’m me and I like to amuse myself, I’m going to pick a book set in a foreign country that is as far away from “summery” as I can. Because I don’t like summer and I’m bitter about it but here we are… Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. It tells the tale of the final days of an accused murderess, based on the true story of the last woman to be sentenced to death in Iceland. It’s set against the stark landscape of Iceland and it’s so atmospheric and gritty that I felt like I was there.

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Tag | Days of the Week Book Tag

You lovely folks know the drill by now – it’s time for another Tag Thursday! This week’s tag is brought to you by Thrice Read (again, I know, but seriously they participate in the best tags) and it is called the Days of the Week Book Tag! I added a gif for each response too because, I mean, why not at this point? Let’s just jump right on in…

Monday: Book you’re too lazy to read

Right now that would definitely be The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles series. I know, I know, it’s REALLY good, I’ve heard that, but it’s also almost 1000 pages so… you know… what’s up with that?!?

Tuesday: A book that was hard to finish

Adam Bede by George Eliot. Forever and until the end of time my answer will mostly likely be Adam Bede. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that I had to read it for a university class, I wouldn’t have ever finished it. It was a struggle, there were almost tears, but we made it, somehow. The rest of my seminar group felt the same way – some of them didn’t even bother to read the book at all and just read a synopsis and turned up to class like that was enough and, boy, was I pissed off about that.

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Tag | War and Peace Newbies Tag

Folks, I’m doing something foolish – that’s right, I’m going to try to read War & Peace again. I tried back at the start of the year and failed after 220 pages… basically, I hit the war bit and had no idea what the eff was going on or who any of these people were and, well, that tends to put a girl off reading.

Now, as you may or may not know there’s a War & Peace summer readalong happening in the next few months and I’ve decided it’s the final push to get me to try again. I was enjoying myself when I was reading it bizarrely, but I just lost momentum and got stuck. I’m really hoping that the added moral support of a readalong will help me to push through the confusion and make it to the end this time (or at least to make it to further than I got before).

What has this got to do with Tag Thursday, I hear you ask. That is a very good question. In short: Laura from Reading In Bed has planned War & Peace readalong of her own especially for newbies to the Tolstoy tome – like me! It will be starting in the first week of July running through to mid-September (perfect timing for me) and she’s also created the War and Peace Newbies Tag so all participants can get to know one another. All in all, I think it’s a great idea so I’ll be doing the tag today whilst I’m her pledging my allegiance to the flag readalong itself. So, without any further ado, let’s get on with the tag…

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Tag | Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

Folks, it’s Thursday again, and we all know the drill by now, right? It’s time for another Tag Thursday! I saw this tag over on (can you guess?) the lovely Thrice Read and, as the middle of the year is quickly creeping up on me, I thought it was high time to do this tag and reflect on how my reading has gone in this first half of the year. All in all, I think this year’s reading has been good so far but let us ponder some more searching questions and see, shall we?

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

Based purely on star-ratings (and discounting re-reads) it would be the following: Wishing for Birds by Elisabeth Hewer, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, How To Stop Time by Matt Haig, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill. All brilliant for their own reasons and come highly recommended from me. (And no I couldn’t pick just one because that would be like making a parent choose which child was their favourite!)

Question 2 – Your favourite sequel of the year

Definitely A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. As the final book in a trilogy, it made me feel ALL THE THINGS and it was as equally hilarious and heartbreaking as I have come to expect from Schwab’s writing. It all turned out alright though in the end, didn’t it? I’m still not over it but it’s ok, we’ll get through it together.

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

It depends entirely on what constitutes as a “new release” I think so I will chose two answers: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor which actually was released back in April (I bought it then, I just haven’t got to it yet) and the recently released The Gender Games by Juno Dawson (which I have heard so many wonderful things about but haven’t bought yet).

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

Definitely the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s my favourite of the Harry Potter films and quite possibly of the books (I used to say my favourite was OotP but, on re-read, I think POA has the edge) and I’m really excited to see how it is depicted visually.

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Tag | Summertime Madness Book Tag

Welcome one, welcome all, to another Tag Thursday!

*a moderate round of applause*

This week, I was all excited to bring you a summery tag since Britain was enjoying a spate of bizarrely nice and rather apt weather… the emphasis here is on the word was because, true to form, it has now turned rainy and windy and not at all summery. (Seriously, today, I experienced 3 weather conditions at the same time – blinding sunshine, wind, and storming rain – PICK ONE!) Still, let us all have our delusions as I bring you the Summertime Madness Book Tag. Quelle surprise – I found this tag via the lovely ladies over at Thrice Read so be sure to check out their blog too. Let’s dive into the tag…

1. Show a book with a Summery cover! i.e Sun, Beach etc.

I don’t have very many summery books, since I tend to read fantasy, but I think these contemporaries below do fit the bill for sun-drenched, summery looking covers:

  

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by e. lockhart – so summery that it hurts that it’s actually raining outside now and I want to dive into all of these books instead.

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Tag | Pride and Prejudice Book Tag

Welcome folks, it’s that time of week again – it’s Tag Thursday. This week I bring you a brand spanking new tag, courtesy of Emma @ A Dreamer’s Library and Laura @ The Book Corps. I was kindly tagged by Emma and I must say thank you for that because I adore Pride and Prejudice so a tag based around it is right up my street! Without any further ado, let us proceed onwards with the Pride and Prejudice Book Tag

Here’s how it works…

  • link back to Emma and Laura’s original posts so we can see all of your answers.
  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions (a no brainer really)
  • Tag a maximum of 10 people.
  • You can also use the graphics if you would like to.

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