Tag | Pastry Book Tag

Today I ignore the post that I really ought to be writing to instead bring you a tag. I’ve decided (if only in my own head until now) that Thursdays will be the day when I post tags – and I’ll keep that up (hopefully) as long as the tags hold up.

Stephanie over at Adventures of a Bibliophile did the Pastry Book Tag aaages ago and it looked like a lot of fun so I considered myself tagged and have only just gotten around to posting this (story of my life).

I love pastries – I scoffed one for breakfast this morning (a pain au chocolat to be precise) and its twin is sat some three feet away from me saying ‘eat me, you know you want to’. I must resist – and continue writing this tag instead! Let’s go…

Croissant: Name a popular book or book series that everyone (including you) loves.
I feel like everyone ever on earth likes the Harry Potter series. And if they don’t, they just haven’t read it yet. And if they still don’t, well then they’re wrong.

Macaroon: Name book that was difficult to get through but worth it on the end.
I feel like Les Misérables is an extremely daunting book to get through. Before you’ve even picked it up, you have to decide which translation to read (if you can read it in French, I’m so jealous, except I’m also not because that thing is huge). Then which edition. Then you open the book and realise just how many parts and chapters there are actually are. Then you get stuck into it, you think you know what’s going on and the plot and then Hugo meanders into a 30-page description of the Parisian sewer system or whatever. It’s fascinating but it also meanders a lot. So, it’s difficult, but I’d say it’s worth it – I mean, hey, I wrote a dissertation on it so I must think it’s at least vaguely okay!

Vol-Au-Vent: Name a book that you thought was going to be amazing but fell flat.
I really don’t get the fuss with Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides. People told me it was amazing and I understand some people like its strangely ethereal and dreamy tone but I hate it. I really hated the writing style – I laughed out loud at some parts I definitely wasn’t meant to laugh out loud at because they were meant to be “profound” but I just found them, well, “pretentious”, if I’m being honest. Sorry.

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#readasoiaf | Stating My Intentions

Yep, you guessed it, it’s time for ‘Emma signs up for another read-a-long despite the fact she has no sense of sticking power firm enough to last out the duration’. Otherwise known as: I need to re-read the first couple of A Song of Ice and Fire books before trying to get through the third again (I DNFed A Storm of Swords because *yawn* but deeply regret my prior laziness) so, since a readalong is happening, I might as well join in.

Because, if no one knows you failed to finish a book, you’re only disappointing yourself, but if someone else knows you’re committing to something then it makes it nigh on impossible to disappoint them. Or so I’ve heard. And that’s enough reasoning to make me think I should give the #readasoiaf readalong a go – well that and Kayla, one of the readalong hosts, made a pdf with circles for each chapter which you can colour in as you complete each. You know, to track your progress visually? It’s an excuse for colouring so that’s more than reason enough for me to jump aboard that bandwagon.

For those who are interested, there is a Goodreads group, the progress circle checklist I mentioned, and Lizlovesliterature’s announcement video which is where I first stumbled across the readalong.

File_000Basically, grab your copies of A Song of Ice and Fire and read one book per month starting next month and running until the end of October, like so:

June – A Game of Thrones
July – A Clash of Kings
August – A Storm of Swords
September – A Feast For Crows
October – A Dance With Dragons

The beauty is in it simplicity… I say ‘simplicity’, the books are anything but simple but hey, I like a readalong that’s low-key in its challenges, if not in its expectations of how many pages I’ll end up reading if I finish it.

We’ll see how long I stick with this one for.


Please do comment below if you’re planning on participating with the readalong or might be interested in dipping in and out here and there, maybe to read your favourite book of the series? Or, if you’ve read the series, let me know how you find the reading experience. (Back when I read the first two books last year I found myself pleasantly surprised by how quickly I could get through them, once I got into the storylines. I’m curious to know if this continues throughout the series!) Any more thoughts/comments/queries? Leave ’em below!


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Tag | 3 Days 3 Quotes: Day Three

As you may have seen in yesterday’s or Wednesday’s post, I was tagged by Stephanie from Adventures of a Bibliophile to do the 3 Days 3 Quotes tag/challenge/meme/thing! The idea of this challenge is to post a book or reading related quote every day for three days, tagging three people at the end of each day’s post.

Of course because this is me, I’m going to unpack the quote a little bit each day, explaining why I chose it, and also perhaps musing a little on the concept of reading that it addresses. But, without further ado, today’s quote is:

‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,’ said Jojen, ‘The man who never reads lives only one.’

– George R.R. Martin

It’s no secret that I consider my own life (both professional and personal) to be extremely and incredibly dull. I am not someone who would be the protagonist of even my own story. Because of this, I live vicariously through others, and, largely, through the act of reading their stories in books.

That feeling of being able to live another life is something I think everyone can understand. As people we aspire to different ideals and daydream or fantasise of this ‘happy ending’. Or, alternatively, we witness trials and tribulations of someone living a much more exciting and dangerous life than ourselves. There’s something quite thrilling in being able to do that.

And, of course, it lets a person do something which is actually impossible otherwise – when we read we get to live as someone else, to see things through their eyes, to know what they’re thinking. We get to be someone other than ourself and, in doing so, perhaps our own life is enriched from the experience, even though we may not realise it.

I Tag:
I’m terrible with tagging people so I apologise if I pick you and you have already done it or don’t want to do it, but for the sake of sticking to the rules like a good little girl, I hereby tag:

YOU

YOU

YOU

Yes, that’s right, I’m wimping out of making any kind of decision by leaving it down to you – if you have not done this tag, or hell if you’ve done it previously but fancy it again now, then consider yourself heartily and duly tagged!


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