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 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 | 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 | 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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Tag | Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Welcome one, welcome all, to another round of Tag Thursday. This week’s tag was found over at Thrice Read (will I ever not start a tag post with that phrase?), and it is called the Spring Cleaning Book Tag. This tag couldn’t have come at a more apropos moment in my life because I desperately need to do some proper spring cleaning of my wardrobe and (more importantly) my books. I’ve been itching to unhaul some books that I just will not get around to reading, despite how optimistic I’ve been about them in the past. But, to procrastinate doing that terrible task of letting books go… I’ve done this tag instead – enjoy!

1. The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.

Once upon a time I would have instantly answered with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss or Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin but, alas, I have started both of these series… the drive to continue them, knowing how long the books are, however…

Likewise, I instantly make excuses for finally getting round to reading any of my longer “project books” (they’re project books for a reason, guys!), mainly Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Luminaries, War and Peace, and The Count of Monte Cristo. 

  

2. Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.

When I look at my shelves, there are books that I instantly relegate to the back stack of my double-stacked shelves – I kind of feel like, if I don’t want/need it within easy reach, then there’s probably a reason why. Books of this sort include The Lonely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. The first two I’ve read and found somewhat ‘shrug’, the second two, I’m not entirely sure why I even acquired them. I have a lot of stray books like that.

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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 | Films, Films, Films Tag

Welcome one, welcome all, today on Tag Thursday I bring you a film-related tag for once. I saw it recently on Liz’s blog and have been meaning to do it ever since so here goes nothing…

What is your all-time favourite film?

I have too many – Thor, The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Shaun of the Dead, The Proposal, Legally Blonde, Leap Year, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride and Prejudice (2005), Life of Brian, Four Lions, Stardust… there are many.

What is your favourite scene from that film?

From all of the above? Haha, only kidding, I wouldn’t put anyone through reading that much. For the sake of not being too repetitive in this post, I’ll pick Avengers for the purposes of this question and say I love the scene in Stuttgart where Loki terrorises some innocent party goers, Captain America tries to step in, and then Iron Man appears to the tune of ‘Shoot to Kill’ and calls him “reindeer games”. One of the best entrances ever.

Who is your favourite actor and actress?

Favourite actor is (this is no surprise to anyone) Tom Hiddleston. I also seem to enjoy films with Colin Firth or James McAvoy. As for favourite actress, I have a few I enjoy watching, including Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, Keira Knightley. I think that’s enough for now, I won’t dig out the full list.

What was the first film you saw in the cinema?

I have vivid memories of going to see the first couple of Harry Potter films on a primary school trip, so it would be Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Favourite director?

I watch films but I am by no means a film connoisseur so I find this question trickier than it should be. My favourite director from the various who have taken on the Harry Potter films has been Alfonso Cuáron. I quite enjoy Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Favourite guilty pleasure film?

Leap Year, definitely Leap Year. It is so gloriously predictable and shit but I adore it, it never fails to make me smile.

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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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Tag | Music Tag

This week’s tag post for Tag Thursdays (yes I’m trying to coin a phrase) features music. I don’t really talk much about music on here, mostly because although I listen to music I’m not at all “into” it – I’m not an expert and never will be and, to be honest, I’m fine with that. However this tag seemed fairly low-key so I gave it a go. Disclaimer alert: I know I have mostly a questionable taste in music but I don’t care. Onto the tag…

1. Name your top 3 favourite artists/ bands:

It changes a lot but right now? Honestly? Don’t judge: Taylor Swift, Hozier, Queen (sorry/not sorry for my questionable taste)

2. What is the last song you listened to?

‘The Schuyler Sisters’ from the Hamilton soundtrack

3. What was the first concert you went to?

My Chemical Romance – a friend wanted to go, her parents didn’t trust her on her own or with her first-choice friend, so I volunteered. It was pretty fun.

4. If you could spend a day with your favourite singer who would it be?

Probably Adele, she seems a right laugh.

5. Are there any songs that you can’t stand hearing?

Most songs by Drake to be honest, ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ is the one exception. I just can’t stand his vocal tone, not sorry.

6. If you could have a soundtrack to your life what would it be?

I’d like it to be a musical one. Hopefully not Les Misérables because I’d really rather like to live to the end.

7. Can you sing?

Hahahahahaha… no. I still do, though.

8. Your favourite cheesy song?

Right now it’s Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake but I love all manner of shitty, questionable 90s/early 00s pop, I even have a playlist called Unashamed Pop that features the likes of S Club 7 and B*witched.

9. What songs do you listen to when you are feeling down?

Probably a lot of shitty eighties/nineties/early noughties pop – nothing like a cheesy tune to lip sync along to in order to cheer yourself up.

10. First L.P/C.D/Mp3 you bought?

think it was probably a Steps greatest hits compilation, or else Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway/Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten – I think they were released at similar times.

11. Do you like musicals if so which is your favourite?

Yes. I adore Les Misérables, but I’m also partial to Cinderella (Laura Osnes IS an actual Disney princess), Hamilton (who isn’t?), Wicked (again, who isn’t?)Once, and can I just say that Catch Me If You Can was amazing and should not have had such a limited run.

12. Favourite musical instrument?

I love the sound of the piano and the violin. I cannot play anything to save my life though – one of my greatest regrets in life.

13. If you could see anyone in concert who would it be?

Adele. Maybe Taylor Swift – what? I think she seems to put on a good show!

14. If you wrote a song what would it be called?

I’m a terrible writer in general so I won’t be turning my hand to song writing. One thing is for sure – the title of it would probably be unnecessarily long winded and digression from the actual point of the song itself, since that’s how I speak anyway so it would be fitting!

Quick Fire:

Rock or Pop: Mostly rock, but there’s nothing wrong with a good bit of pop.

Sing in the shower or on Stage: In shower, I wouldn’t dare sing on stage. Mostly because I’m a terrible singer and can’t hold a tune.

Musical or Concert: Musical

Guitar or Drums: Guitar

Ear phones or speaker: Speaker

Music while you work or quiet: Only music without vocals or droney or ethereal-y vocals (i.e. Bon Iver, Daughter)

1 Direction or Justin Bieber: One Direction, that’s not even a difficult choice.

Sing or Dance: Dance – I can’t do either but I’d rather be able to dance traditional ballroom, specifically a Viennese waltz.

Instrumental or lyrics: Lyrics

Prince or Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson, no contest.


Ok so that was the aptly named “Music Tag”! If you feel like doing the tag yourself, consider yourself tagged by me – post your answers/blog post in a comment below as I’d love to read them!


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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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