Tag | Burn, Rewrite, Reread #2

Guys, guys, another week has passed, including another Thursday so welcome to this week’s Tag Thursday. This week is a little different because I’m going to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread tag. This is just like the Kiss/Marry/Cliff game (cough Shag/Marry/Kill for the older among us), but book-related! I did this tag a while ago but I was reminded of how much fun it is to do when I saw Kelly’s Rambles do this tag recently. So I’m doing it again and I’m calling it Burn, Rewrite, Reread #2.

Rules

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

Round One

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Tag | Time Bubble Book Tag

Welcome one, welcome all – we all know the drill here, it’s Thursday which means it’s time for Tag Thursday. This week’s tag was found, as always, at Thrice Read but it was originally created by The Book Loving Pharmacist – check out both of their wonderful blogs! And now, let’s jump right on it with the tag which is called the Time Bubble Book Tag.

Picture this, you’ve encountered a bubble or portal which, if you step through, can manipulate the time inside. With this, you can read all the books you want and when you step out of the bubble, no time has passed in the real world. You can finally make time for all those books you’ve been ignoring. So, now that you’ve stepped through the time bubble, answer the following questions:

WHAT BOOK (OR AUDIOBOOK) HAVE YOU BEEN MEANING TO READ FOR A LONG TIME BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN AROUND TO READING:

Book – Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. I will apparently really enjoy it, but I’m scared if I don’t and it turns out to be a disappointment. But I’ll never know if I never try so it’s silly of me to keep putting it off! Also The Raven King, the fourth/last book in the Raven Cycle series, by Maggie Stiefvater. I don’t want to read it because I don’t want it to be over but I had it on pre-order as soon as I could and got it on release day.
Audiobook – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, as read by Simon Prebble. I love audiobooks read by Prebble and he has a great voice for this kind of historical period. However the book (and therefore the audiobook) is very long so it’s somewhat daunting.

A BOOK YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TO REREAD BUT HAVEN’T:

I seem to be forever re-reading so many books could fit this bill but I’m going to go with Persuasion by Jane Austen which I ADORED the first time I read it but I’m anxious to read it again in case I don’t like it quite as much.

A BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T NORMALLY READ BUT HAVE BEEN MEANING TO TRY AND GIVE IT A CHANCE:

My genre of choice as of late is confined to fantasy, or at least a story with fantastical elements. Aside from that, I read classics occasionally, sometimes historical fiction, and sometimes contemporaries if I want something easier/more fun, but that’s it really. So I’d perhaps say something like Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi is probably as far away from my usual metier as possible – it’s a murder mystery so would be a rare dip of my toes into the waters of the crime/thriller genre.

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Tag | 20 Questions Book Tag

Hola everyone, welcome to another Thursday and another Tag Thursday. This week’s tag was nabbed from Thrice Read but you can find the original post here. Let’s waste no time, let’s get right on with the 20 questions which make up the aptly named 20 Questions Book Tag.

1.How many books is too many books in a book series?

I have to say, I’m becoming a fan of duologies because most trilogies feel like they’ve been stretched out for the sake of more sales. Mostly I hate unnecessary series of books, like where the story probably could have been told in a book or two but instead NEVER SEEMS TO STOP. (Yes, I’m looking at you SJM.)

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I like my unambiguous closure but, if a book is part of a series of some sort, chances are it will have at least a vague semblance of a cliff-hanger, to pique your interest for the subsequent book. I’ve made my peace with it now; providing the next book’s publication date isn’t 10 years in the future then I’m fine.

3. Hardcopy or paperback?

I’ll take either – both have their merits. For portability and ease of reading, however, the mighty paperback wins. For pretty, shiny deluxe editions, hello hardbacks.

4. Favourite book?

That’s like asking me to pick my favourite food… ok, I have a list, are you ready? Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice & Persuasion by Jane Austen.

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Tag | Look What You Made Me Do Book Tag

As you may or may not know, I’m a not-so-ashamed Taylor Swift fan. There, I said it. Frankly, I’m getting sick of the arguments on either side of who’s the snake or whatever – I know some questionable things have been said by all but it’s all oh so dramatic and I don’t have time for that.

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All I know is that, instinctively, I quite like her and her attitude towards policing her public image. And I quite like her music too, so that helps a lot. Let’s not dwell on that though, let’s just focus on this brilliant book tag, inspired by Look What You Made Me Do, that has been created by Caitlynn at Thrice Read – you can find her original post here. I love the originality of this tag, so I had to do it.

“I don’t like your little games” | Favourite villain

You knew this was coming because I can’t not mention this trilogy in any given tag but I adore the Dane twins, Astrid and Athos, in V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic – they’re so twisted, especially Astrid, but I kind of love that about them.

“I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red underlined” | A character with a glorious hit list

Given all the shit that her family has gone through, I’d say Arya Stark from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has a few bones to pick with various people. She even handily recites their names to herself, no need to write them down!

“Ooh, look what you made me do” | Best revenge plot

I’m going to be purposely vague with this one lest I spoil the entire duology but let’s just say Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom has a pretty damn satisfying dose of revenge.

“All I think about is karma … maybe I got mine but you’ll all get yours” | A character who got what was coming to ’em

Ding, ding! Here comes the predictable Harry Potter answer – it wouldn’t be a tag without it. I’d say Bellatrix Lestrange pretty much got what was coming to her, and I’m SO glad that it was at Molly Weasley’s hand whilst yelling “not my daughter, you bitch!”

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Tag | Guilty Reader Book Tag

Welcome one, welcome all, to yet another Tag Thursday! Every Thursday (disclaimer: when I remember), I like to post a fun little tag post to mix things up a bit. This week’s tag is courtesy (once again) of the lovely ladies at Thrice Read and it’s called the Guilty Reader Book Tag. (I’m not sure of the originator of the tag but if you know please do let me know because I’d like to credit them!) Let’s not waste any more time since life if short (and I have a tonne of posts to try to write and schedule before I leave for the US this weekend), let’s dive right on into the tag.

The Questions

 

1. Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

Nope! Probably because very few people gift me books in the first place – they tend to give me Waterstones vouchers or money to spend on Amazon – so I have very little occasions to then regift to someone else.

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

I may have not entirely read a book I did my undergraduate dissertation on but, in my defence, it was Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and it is bloody long so I read the sections I needed to use for my argument and then skipped over the rest. One day, I will read it cover-to-cover though, I’m determined, and after I’ve finally finished War and Peace no book will ever seem quite as daunting – one day, I will!

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Accidentally, yes. I borrowed a copy of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis from a friend at school who now doesn’t live in the area we grew up in, and neither do I for that matter. Next time I see her I will try to give it back but I’m very unlikely to remember it – yikes, I’m a bad book borrower!

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Tag | The Coffee Book Tag

I missed posting yesterday because I’m an idiot who frequently forgets what day it is, so here have Tag Thursday… on Friday. The fact it’s a Bank Holiday over here next Monday is throwing me all out of whack, please don’t question it and just go along with it. Ok? Ok! So today I bring you The Coffee Book Tag. I saw this this morning over on Kelly’s Rambles blog and though I’m not tagged I still wanted to join in because as I type I’m sipping on a freshly made cappuccino and I can’t get enough of it. (It helps that my workplace has a fancy af coffee machine that’s A+ 10/10 would recommend!)

1. Black Americano: A book that’s hard to get into but has hardcore fans.

I think it’s widely accepted that a lot of fantasy is hard to get into but, once you’re in, you’re in – I’m looking at you Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R.R. Martin. However, I’d say, for me, what epitomises “hard to get into” and “hardcore fans” is probably Sarah J. Maas’ books. The ‘Throne of Glass’ series now has so many books that the fact I’ve only made it through the first two means I’ve fell behind, and, at the rate at which she churns them out, I’m unlikely to catch up. Do I want to anymore? I’m not sure- I’ve DNFed Heir of Fire on two separate occasions so, yes, maybe they’re a little hard for me to get into and stay into?

2. Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular around Winter.

Without a doubt Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It’s a classic so you can feel accomplished for reading a classic but it’s also quite short so is less commitment than trying to read another Dickens like, I don’t know, Bleak House or The Pickwick Papers. Plus it’s seasonal so a lot of people host readalongs of it, or do buddy reads, during the holiday season. I wouldn’t say it’s the cheeriest of reads over Christmas but it sure is timely.

 

 

3. Hot Chocolate: Your favourite children’s book.

When I was a child my favourite books were The Worst Witch, Matilda, and a picture book called Lucy’s Quarrel. (I did a whole post about the childhood books that made me the reader I am today – it’s here, if you’re interested!) To list them all here would be redundant, I think, because I loved A LOT of books.

 

 

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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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