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Tag Time – Book Blog Newbie Tag!

My blog has only been around a couple of months, so I felt this strange attraction to this tag when I saw it on The Book Hooked Nook (great name for a blog by the way!)… So here we go 🙂

1. Why did you start this blog?

Mainly for myself. I am a scatterbrain and I do not know from one month to the next what I read, let alone what books or characters I especially loved. My brain is simply not wired up that way! So, if I was going to write a list and little reviews to remind myself of the books I read, I may as well make a blog of it. I am loving it, though I do still feel like a complete newbie!

2.  What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

Pfff, no idea! I thought it would be photography, but I have not been taking that many book-related photos. Maybe my honesty and my chaotic, sometimes sarcastic nature? I ramble a lot….

3. What are you most excited about with your new blog?

Interaction with other bloggers… Seeing next year what I actually read this year! 😉

4. Why do you love reading?

Why not! It takes you to another world, lets you be someone else, makes you fall in love with worlds, people and things. It relaxes me… It soothes me…. It settles my overactive brain…

Farley, Walter - The Black Stallion5. What book or series got you into reading?

The Black Stallion series by Water Farley. My, I used to love that horse and I think I had a book crush on Alec when I was young. I always wanted a horse of my own just like The Black. Those books still hold a very special place in my heart.

6. What questions would you ask you favourite authors?

Simply: How?

7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be hardest to overcome?

Completely irrational fear of failure, feeling like an imposter playing at book blogging?

8. When did you start reading?

Probably properly around nine or ten, when I discovered awesome books, like The Black Stallion series and I think I reasonably quickly moved to adult books. I am not that old, honestly, but I swear YA was nowhere near as much of a thing i my day as it is now.

9. Where do you read?

Usually at home, on the sofa or in bed, but I will always have an e-book going on my phone as well that I can read when I am out and about.

10. What kind of books do you like to read?

I love reading both fiction and non-fiction. In non-fiction I love biographies, history and things about the natural world. In fiction I will read most things, but am especially fond of fantasy, contemporary and historical fiction. I do read thrillers and fluffy romances every now and then as well, depending on my mood. Plus I do looooove a good classic every now and then. I love Jane Austen for example.

Consider yourself tagged if you fancy doing this tag as well! 🙂



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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you, Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd, for nominating me to do the Sunshine Blogger Award (ages ago)! Go check out her awesome blog!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

The Questions!

1. What is the last book you added to your TBR?

The Architect of Song by A G Howard. It sounded interesting!

2. If you could get an ARC of any book that comes out later this year what would it be?

Shamefully I cannot think of anything!

3. What is your favorite place to read?

In bed.

4. What author do you want to read more of?

Agatha Christie – I read a couple of her books and really enjoyed them. Would love to read some more.

5. What author can you not get into?

Thomas Hardy – I tried a few times, but no, not for me.

6. What book do you think everyone needs to read?

Bambi, by Felix Salten. People often don’t seem to know that it was a book rather in the Watership Down vein before it ever was a Disney movie. The book is heart wrenching, and so much more real and dark than the movie. It’s utterly amazing.

7. If you could turn any book into a movie/tv show what would it be?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I would love to see that! Someone must have bought the rights to that one already, right?

8. What is your book dream vacation spot?

As in a place in a book I’d like to visit? Hobbiton maybe?

9. What is your favorite genre to read?

Probably fantasy, though animal perspective is also a big favourite.

10. What is the last song you listened to? (Bonus if you can relate it to a book)

Not My Baby, by Alvvays. Not at all book related, but been listening to their album Antisocialites almost non-stop for the last month!

11. Who are your top 5 characters (books, TV, movies, anything)?

Talk about hard questions!

In no particular order:

Vasya (The Bear and the Nightingale – book)

Jesse and Celine (Before Sunrise – movie)

Professor McGonagall (Harry Potter- books/movies)

Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice – book)

My nominations and questions:

(apologies if you have already did this on your blog!)

Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl

Nova @ Confessions of a Literary Addict

Claire @ bookscoffeeandrepeat

Kris @ Boston Book Reader

Kathy @ Books & Munches

Taylor @ Taylor Reads Books

Regina @ Bookish In Bed

Ash @ For The Love of Books

Savannah @ The Book Prophet

Lindsey @ Paradis Books

Alex @ coffeeloving bookoholic

Your questions are:

  1. What is the first book you remember loving as a child?
  2. What is the last book you fell in love with?
  3. Which book have you re-read the most times?
  4. Which book do you love, but will you never re-read?
  5. Which two authors do you wish would co-write a novel?
  6. What book title best describes you (the title, not the contents)?
  7. What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
  8. What is the worst book to movie adaptation?
  9. What genre do you read only rarely?
  10. What genre do you wish to read more of?
  11. Which book makes you smile?




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Tag Time – The Fall/Autumn Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

Perfect time of year for this book tag! Original tag on Youtube by Sam’s Nonsense

Kelly, Maeve - Orange Horses


Crunching Leaves: the world is full of color choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows on the cover

I will go for a book that is on TBR for this autumn. Orange Horses by Maeve Kelly. It’s a collection of short stories that has been on my TBR shelf for way too long. I chose it for autumn because of the cover colours.


Brooks, Terry - Shannara 1 The Sword of Shannara

Cozy Sweater: it’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing, what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

The original Shannara series by Terry Brooks always makes me feel like that young teenager discovering fantasy for the first time. It may not be the best series out there, but it takes me back twenty years in the best possible way.

Fall Storm: the wind is howling and the rain is pounding, choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day

I hate storms, so I would need a book that could transport me to another place. Maybe the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or something like Jane Eyre, grand and gothic…

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

Maybe Vasya of The Bear and the Nightingale. She is such a strong-willed girl. I love her spirit.

Kilworth, Garry - House of TribesHot Apple Cider: what under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

I have absolutely no idea – I don’t know much about hype. Having said that, House of Tribes by Garry Kilworth is one of my absolute favourite books and no one’s heard about it. It’s a bit like Watership Down with mice… and it’s awesome! There’s a cannibal mouse in it… And no, it’s not a kids’ book…

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 hidden in public?

No, no embarrassing book covers here…. yet.

Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comforts food/foods?

Love me some cider  or red wine when autumn arrives. Foodwise I seem to suddenly like hearty stuff like stews and pies and curries.

Warm, Cozy Bonfire: spread the cozy warmth, who do you tag?

Kathy at Books & Munches

Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl

Beth at The Books Are Everywhere

And you, if you feel like doing this tag… 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

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Tag Time – The Classics Book Tag

1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like.

The Return of the Native


Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy. Not sure whether it’s overhyped, but I tried several times to read it, but I gave up after a few chapters. I read somewhere recently that it picks up after 50 pages or so, so maybe I should wrestle through some time.


2. Your favourite time period to read about.

The Georgian to Victorian era I would say.

3. Your favourite fairy tale.

Rumpelstiltskin – It’s one of the ones I liked growing up. I never was one for any of the ones that have been turned into Disney movies.

4. Five classics you want to get to soon.

Wuthering Heights Jane Eyre The Three Musketeers Anna Karenina Candide

  • Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)
  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
  • The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
  • Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
  • Candide (Voltaire)

5. Your favourite modern book/series based on a classic.

I enjoyed reading Bridget Jones’ Diary all these years ago I guess. Does that count?

6. Your favourite movie/TV show based on a classic.

Hands down, BBC’s Pride and Prejudice mini series. The one with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Nothing can beat that!

7. Worst classic adaptation.

I refuse to watch Dorian Gray, as I have heard it is bad, and I don’t want to tarnish my love for the book! Again, does that count?

8. Favourite editions of classic you would want to collect. 

I love the Penguin clothbound books. Apart from that, I like the Everyman’s Library books.

9. An underhyped book you would recommend.

Bambi, A Life In The Woods by Felix Salten. If you like Watership Down, you will love this. And I promise, it is nothing like the Disney movie!



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Tag Time – The Sick Book Tag

I saw this one and it looked like fun!

1. Diabetes – a book that really was too sweet.

I don’t tend to read very sweet books, so I am not sure. I read Twilight and the romance between Edward and Bella makes me cringe quite a bit. Does that count?

2. Chicken Pox – a book you have read once and will never read again. 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Meh…

3. Influenza – a contagious book that spreads like a virus. 

The Harry Potter series certainly felt like it ripped through readers everywhere! I am yet to read the last book. Oooops!

4. The cycle – a book you re-read regularly. 

The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell – pure nostalgia!

5. Insomnia – a book that kept you up all night. 

Books used to do this a lot when I was in my teens. Now not so much –  I need my sleep! The last book I read compulsively was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

6. Amnesia – a book that is forgotten and failed to leave a powerful impression in your memory. 

Controversial, I know, but The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss just did not stick.

7. Asthma – a book that took your breath away.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. That book did something magical to me. I am planning to re-read soon, but that makes me nervous as well. After all, what if I don’t feel the same?

8. Malnutrition – a book that lacked food for thought. 

New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan. Just like most chick lit, there was no real substance there.

9. Travel sickness – a book that took you on a journey. 

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan – mainly mentally – it’s 14 books, it’s exhausting! It certainly felt like a journey!

I tag everyone who feels like doing this fun tag!

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Tag Time – The TBR Tag

I saw this tag on and wanted to do it, so I am! 🙂

This is the TBR (To Be Read) Tag and is all about the books that are on my to-read pile! I will stick to the books I actually already own rather than the mythical Goodreads to-read list.

If you fancy doing this tag as well, please do and link your list!

Let’s get started!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I don’t. Well, I do, kind of, in my head. I know which books on my shelves I have read and which I haven’t, but I don’t really have an actual way of keeping track. I keep considering using an actual shelf for books I have not read yet, but I never do!

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Pretty much all of it print, though I have a couple of audio books I want to listen to. I am considering getting an e-reader though. Maybe for Christmas?

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

I pick whatever I feel like, though at the moment I am trying to get through the TBR books that have been sitting on my shelves the longest. If I don’t feel like any of those, I will pick another.

A book that has been on your TBR shelf the longest.

Both books that I am reading at the moment had been sitting on my shelves for almost twenty (!!!) years. They are Talking To The Dead by Helen Dunmore and Waterloo Story by Peter Prince.

Waterloo Story     Talking to the Dead: A Novel

A book that you have recently added to your TBR.

The last books I added were the last ones I bought, which were Chocolat by Joanne Harris, Around The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne and Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. All three bought in the same Oxfam charity shop.

Rivers of London   Chocolat (Chocolat #1)   Around the World in 80 Days

A book that is on your TBR strictly because it has a beautiful cover.The Nest


Well, I picked up The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney at the airport a couple of months ago simply because the cover caught my eye. Hopefully I will read it some time this year.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.

What? No! I will read all the books… eventually. No point having books you’re not planning on reading!

An unpublished book on you TBR that you are excited for.

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)Well, since I have limited my TBR for this exercise to the book I already own… But a book that’s on my to-read list on Goodreads that is not out yet is Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lara Popovic. I love the premise and the cover is just gorgeous!

It’s out next week!


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

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)






A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

My husband is forever saying Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is really good and he is not much of a reader, so it must be! A few female friends have recommended Sophie Kinsella books. It is not really my thing, but I actually picked up Can You Keep A Secret? from a charity shop recently, which I am planning to read this month, preferably outside lounging in the sun!

Brave New World    Can You Keep a Secret?

A book on you TBR that you are dying to read.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)


This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab. I have heard so many good things about Schwab’s books that I am looking forward to reading this one.



The number of books on your Goodreads TBR.

Including all the books I don’t own (!!!), there are 231 at this moment, but the number is ever increasing! I try not to go too crazy though…


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Tag Time – Book Blogger Memory Tag

I thought I would do another tag today. This one I saw on Life of a Female Bibliophile and I really liked the look of it, so here goes!

1. Name a book by an author called Michael.

War Horse by Michael Mopurgo. Never read the book, but I saw the theatre show, which was amazing!

2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover. 

Pretty boring, but the first one I thought of was A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

3. Name a book about a character called George.

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. Love that book!

4. Name a book written by an author with the surname of Smith.

The first author that sprang to mind was Wilbur Smith, so I will go with his book River God. I have read some of his stuff, but I can’t remember which ones. I quite like ancient Egypt, so maybe I should read some of his stuff!

5. Name a book set in Australia. 

We of the Never-Never by Jeannie Gunn, a book I adore! I read it years and years ago while I was travelling through the area it is set, which was pretty magical!

6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

All I could think of was The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy and I have never even read that one!

7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.

It took me ages to think of one, but The Return of Merlin by Deepak Chopra has a knife on the cover.

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

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

9. Name a book with an eponymous title. 

The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde ( one of my favourite books ever!)

10. Name a book turned into a movie.

Watership Down by Richard Adams


I quite enjoyed racking my brain or some of these answers. I only cheated once looking up a Wilbur Smith book!

Consider yourself tagged and drop the link to your answers in the comments if you like!