Tag | Book Buying Habits Tag

I saw this tag post over on Emma’s blog, A Dreamer’s Library, and I thought I would give it a little go on this fine Thursday afternoon since it is Tag Thursday after all (yes I’m still trying to make it a thing, shush).

Perhaps doing this tag will also make me re-evaluate some of book buying habits in the process because, let’s face it, I buy too many books considering the rate I consume them at – but I like having my own little library, so sue me. And whilst you’re preparing to sue me… let’s see about this tag shall we?

1. Where do you buy your books from?

Honestly? Amazon. I’ve completely been swayed by the lure of Amazon Prime delivery (the TV is a nice added bonus) and it’s just so quick and convenient. I feel slightly bad when I do order from Amazon but I’m just not financially in a position where I can buy hardback new releases at full price from an independent bookshop, and I won’t feel bad for choosing an alternative for now. I tend to order used books a lot from Amazon too, or else buy them from Oxfam bookshops which is slightly better on the moral front in my eyes.

Although I occasionally allow myself to splurge and buy books from Waterstone’s now that I have a big and very lovely branch easily accessible to me in Liverpool One.

2. Do you ever pre-order books and if so do you do this in store or online?

I don’t think I’ve ever pre-ordered a book in-store but I do know my grandma used to pre-order the Harry Potter books for me from book 5 onwards, to make sure I always had a copy waiting for me on release day. How sweet is that? But if I am in charge of the pre-ordering I tend to do it via Amazon… more accurately, I usually end up pre-ordering then the day before release day my book still hasn’t dispatched so I end up cancelling the pre-order and re-ordering it so it will be delivered the next day. No I don’t know why Amazon is so slow with pre-orders sometimes but I don’t really trust it anymore to actually get a book to me on release day. The only things I’ve really pre-ordered have been my auto-buy authors’ next books, i.e. Samantha Shannon and V.E. Schwab.

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Tag | Reader Confession Tag

Another week, another Thursday dawns, which means it’s time for another tag! I saw this tag over on Thrice Read (don’t I seem to start all my tag posts saying that?) and I couldn’t resist doing it myself, so let’s just get started on the Reader Confession Tag.

Have you ever damaged a book?

Not intentionally. I may have slightly ripped a page corner or creased a spine or two in my time as a reader. I also dog-ear pages to my heart’s content now so I mean… I guess some people consider that ruining a book?? I’m kind of not sorry about it any more though – they’re my books, I’ll do what I want with them. And I’d much rather be able to enjoy a book fully and annotate or dog-ear to my heart’s content – if I want a pristine copy I’ll buy it new and in a fancy edition but if it’s just for reading’s sake then yeah I “damage books”.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

I don’t think so. The only books I ever really “borrow” are from the library and handily they put those protective plastics covers on them so it’s nigh-on impossible to really damage them. I haven’t yet borrowed a book from my friend Liz but I’ll be sure to be considerate when I do.

How long does it take you to read a book?

Depends entirely on the book. If I’m really invested in it and it’s about 300-350 pages then maybe 3 or 4 days, if it’s a long fantasy book or a classic I need to take my time on then it could take me closer to 10 days. That being said, it definitely just depends on the book and not necessarily the genre because I’m pretty sure I finished a re-read of A Gathering of Shadows in like 2 days and it’s easily a 500-page book.

Books that you haven’t finished?

I’ve definitely DNFed books, more than my DNF shelf on Goodreads would suggest. Some just fall of my radar and then I come across them months later at the back of my bookshelves and remember I was reading them at some point because there’s a bookmark left in there. My most personally shameful DNF is probably Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene or John Milton’s Paradise Lost, both of which I enjoyed but never actually read to the end. (My MA was in early modern literature, just so you have some context as to why it’s remotely embarrassing to have not completed these books!)

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Tag | The Ultimate Book Tag

It’s Tag Thursday time! (Just look at all that alliteration, huh?) Tag Thursday completely isn’t a thing on the Internet but I have decided to try to post any tags I want to do on Thursdays because… well because it begins with a T too. Is that sufficient explanation? I think so, let’s get down to business…

This week I bring you The Ultimate Book Tag. I saw this recently over on Thrice Read and it seems like fun so I thought I’d give it a go myself.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Absolutely, yes. Although, the only car I’ve ever tested it out in was driven by my dad and I have a sneaking suspicion my dad’s driving style just makes me feel sick since I’ve never felt generally car sick whilst riding in anyone else’s car but his. Sorry, padre. Curiously enough though, I’m fine reading on trains now, I think I just forced myself past nausea because I wanted to read.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I struggle with this question because most authors have their own distinct voice. However, I would say Neil Gaiman and/or Maggie Stiefvater. Both have very compelling and magical writing styles, completely unlike anything I’ve read before, and I would say they’re very distinct so that they just do not work for some people whilst others love them.

3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter. 3 points to defend my answer? Ok…

  1. It’s a freaking wizard school in Scotland that teaches a generation of wizards that co-exist alongside us muggles. (That completely beats sparkly vampires. Sorry Edward)
  2. Remus Lupin (HP‘s portrayal of werewolves shits all over Twilight‘s. Sorry Jacob.)
  3. Hermione Granger (I’m not even going to bother comparing her to something/someone in Twilight because I mean, come on.)

I don’t even hate Twilight, I really enjoyed the first book when I read it and I will defend anyone who wants to read it to get into reading. But also I still feel traumatised by the knowledge that Edward fucked Bella so hard she hit her head and blacked out and then she had his little half-human/half-vampire baby and he got it out of her womb by biting the amniotic sac. It’s been years since I read it and I still remember it vividly… it haunts my nightmares…

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Tag | TBR Tag

Today I bring you a tag! Originally created by JessicaMarie493 I believe (Who created this, was it you? Let me know!), I spotted this tag over at Thrice Read and thought I’d give it a go myself. I have a shameful amount of books on my TBR considering that I don’t read nearly enough in a week/month/year to keep up with it. To say that it’s ‘optimistic’ is a diplomatic way of putting it – ‘unrealistic’ would be a better word. So, hey, why not do a tag that makes me come to terms with this ridiculousness and do something about it. Enough with the reasoning, let’s get onto the TBR Tag!

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Short answer: I don’t.
Long answer: My Goodreads TBR shelf is getting faintly ridiculous because I use it to track any fleeting interest I might have in a book that I see on blogs or BookTube. So the word ‘track’ is probably quite generous.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Mostly print, in fact I tend to forget that my e-book collection exists until I remember to charge my Kindle or have a look at the app on my phone. I really need to work on getting my physical TBR read before I can even think about my e-books.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Mood, mostly, or I’ll be on a roll with a series or with a particular genre. Right now, that’s fantasy. I’ve also recently created a TBR Jar which should help me with forcing me persuading me to pick up some books on my TBR that I might not have got to otherwise. Although my TBR jar just made me me start reading Smoke by Dan Vyleta which was not the point because I definitely don’t need help in picking up fantasy novels to read.

4. Book that has been on your TBR the longest?

According to Goodreads, it’s The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien. I probably went through a phase of adding all my books to Goodreads and my Tolkien cubby hole was the first I added probably. No, I still haven’t even made an attempt to read it.

6. A book you recently added to your TBR?

In terms of my Goodreads to-read shelf I recently added Jen Campbell’s upcoming release The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, a story collection which promises a modern take on fairytales featuring magic and mermaids and spirits and I mean why wouldn’t you want to read that?

7. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill seems like a pretty apt one that I also recently added to my TBR. It has been longlisted for the Baileys Prize though so I suppose it’s not a solely shallow reasoning but, I mean, I know very little about the premise of this novel and yet it’s still on my TBR. Mentions were made of The Night Circus, the twenties, circus acts, and a hotel and I went ‘yeah, that’ll do’.

8. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

If I never planned on reading it, it probably wouldn’t be on my TBR – no, that’s a lie, I’d like to think it’s not still on my TBR but the truth of the matter is that it’s been a long while since I actually did a cull of my Goodreads to-read shelf. (Actually doing this tag has made me think I should probably do that cull, so thanks for that, tag!) In terms of a physical TBR, I’m pretty sure I’ll never actually get around to Villette by Charlotte Bronte. My friend and housemate Liz tried to read it a few months ago and said it was slow going. After reading Jane Eyre, I don’t really rate Charlotte Bronte enough as an author (controversial opinion??) to struggle through reading her novel for the sake of reading all her books so I’ll probably never pick it up. C’est la vie.

9. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

Can I say the next book in The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon even though I don’t know when it’s going to be released? I just finished the third book, The Song Risingyesterday and oh my god I need the next books, stat!

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte is definitely a book I’ve been recommended multiple times, directly and indirectly. I’m sure one of these days I’ll get around to it, especially since I now own a lovely Penguin English Library edition, but today is sadly not quite that day.

11. A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

Hmm maybe George Orwell’s 1984? I’m pretty sure I got quite a way through this book and enjoyed it but I don’t think I properly finished it and I marked it as ‘did not finish’ on Goodreads – the fact there’s some sliver of doubt there makes me think I probably skim read the end because I needed to know what happened but didn’t actually read it all due to time constraints or some other equally pathetic excuse.

12. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

All of them? No, as far as physical books go I am still dying to read Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King, the fourth and final book in The Raven Boys series. However, I am forever conflicted – I want to read this book so badly and I also never want to read it because the reading of it would mean that I run out of Raven Boys books to read anew. It’s a tricky dilemma that I’m sure many a bookworm will empathise with.

13. How many books are in your Goodreads TBR shelf?

Ouch. Right, let me preface this by again mentioning that I really need to do a long overdue cull of my shelves on there… 1022 books. I know, I know, it’s terrible and unrealistic, shhh, don’t look at me!


Well there we have it folks that was the TBR Tag, what fun! For once I will officially tag a few people because I need to get better at doing that:

Stephanie from Adventures of a Bibliophile
Michelle from Book Adventures
Sarah from Reviews and Readathons
Kelly from Kelly’s Rambles
Laura from Reading Sanctuary
Cátia from The Girl Who Read Too Much

If any of the above ladies would like to complete the tag, please do! And if you’re also reading this and you want to do the tag but I didn’t tag you, psh, consider yourself tagged! Basically all of you should do this quick little tag so maybe I won’t feel quite as ashamed about how many books are on my TBR… 


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Tag | Fall Book Tag

Well, today is Thursday which means it’s time for another tag! This week’s tag will be vaguely seasonal because the leaves on the trees are definitely a lovely golden palette nowadays which means Autumn is well and truly here. What a coincidence, then, that I recently happened across the Fall Book Tag over on Thrice Read’s blog. Let’s not waste any time, let’s get started on the tag…

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of colour – Choose a book that has red/orange/yellow on the cover

The cover of Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling is full of fire colours, thanks to the phoenix connection.

Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing – What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

I probably shouldn’t answer Harry Potter again should I? There’s something tied to childhood nostalgia about it that makes any re-read warm and fuzzy, despite the shit that’s kicking off in the story itself.

I wish this weren’t the case but I’m a huge sucker for “chick lit”, I adore rom coms for all their predictability, you know what you’re getting when you start watching or reading something from that general genre. So, even though I’m aware it’s questionable, I really enjoy reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding – Choose your favourite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day

I think storms were made for two things – scary stories (the Gothic genre is more my bag than straight up horror) or fantasy. Hunkering down with a long fantasy book really is the perfect way to spend the Autumn and Winter seasons in my opinion.

Cool Crisp Air – What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Maybe it’s because I’m on a Six of Crows kick right now (I’ve just finished the sequel and my friend Liz is currently reading the first book), but Kaz is pretty damn cool and savvy and I’d love to trade places with him. I say I’d love to, I could do without the trauma or general sense of peril but, yeah, he’s so opposite to me in every way that I think maybe a little bit of peril would be good for me.

Hot Apple Cider – What under-hyped book do you want to see become the next big and hottest thing?

I sense I am going to deeply struggle with this question for one very important reason – I’m so plugged into the online book community that very few newly released books manage to make it under the radar these days. From the last few months though, I’ve noticed off-line not that many people talk about The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, unless I’ve missed something (it’s quite possible I have). Likewise I adore The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater and I know it’s so incredibly hyped on Booktube, book blogs, even in bookshops, but I will say I don’t think enough general readers know about the series. That happens with a lot of YA, I find, it doesn’t necessarily register on the radar of the wider “real world”. Unless I’m missing something here and I’m the unknowing one?

Coat, scarves and mittens: the weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep covered up in public?

Anna and the French Kiss is fairly cringe-worthy, firstly because of the bright pink, then because of the title. In the same vein My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – again because of the cover (a couple kissing) and then (a little bit) the title. I didn’t really read either of them in public, I only read them at home!

Pumpkin spice – What’s your favourite fall time comfort foods/drinks?

Any hot drinks are great in the colder months. I’m basic so I’ll admit it: I enjoy a Pumpkin Spiced Latte every now and then. Likewise hot chocolate makes more of an appearance in my cupboard from “Fall” onwards. In terms of comfort foods I just eat a lot of soup, to be honest, I’m a fairly simple person like that. When I’m reading it’s not so easy to eat said comfort food so I tend to go to biscuits instead, and I adore shortbread the most. Also I very, very specifically love Milk Chocolate Hobnobs and Borders’ Yoghurt, Cranberry & Pumpkin Seeds biscuits. Damn, now I’m hungry.

As you can see, I’m obsessed with comforting foods and drinks since this was the longest answer of all. Whoops, I swear I read books too!


That was the Fall Time Cosy Time book tag. If you haven’t done this tag yet, please consider yourself tagged by me! If you do end up completing the tag yourself, please do link me below because I’d love to read your responses.

Tag | The ‘I Messed Up’ Book Tag

Today I bring you a book tag, the fantastic ‘I Messed Up’ Book Tag which I saw recently over at Thrice Reads. And without any more of my usual preamble, let’s get started on the tag…

A Character Appearance You Misread or Imagined Differently?

Probably most of the Lord of the Rings characters – although, hey, I much prefer the films’ interpretations, particularly Aragorn. Yes please.

A Character Name That You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong?

I read a lot of fantasy so I probably pronounce most fantasy characters’ names incorrectly, to be honest. Case in point: Chaol from Throne of Glass, no matter how much I know it’s pronounced like gaol (jail), my internal voice still goes ‘kay-oh-el’ which isn’t even phonetically accurate. No, I don’t know why my internal voice insists on this, but I always correct her, to no avail!

An Overused Trope That Is Your Guilty Pleasure?

The ‘first they hate each other then they grow to love each other’ trope… I’m such a sucker for them – this is why I enjoy Pride and Prejudice so much, as well as more questionable iterations of it in films such as Chasing Liberty, Leap Year, and The Proposal.

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