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Liebster Award

Thank you to Emily at her wonderful blog Reaching While Rooted for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Check out Emily’s blog, read her insightful reviews and fun tags and all that jazz. Follow her if you do not do so already!

(Apologies, Emily, that it has taken me an age to get round to answering your questions!)

Rules for Accepting the Award:

  1. Write about it on your blog and thank the person who nominated you. Write a bit about their blog.
  2. Display the ward on your blog
  3. Nominate 5 or 10 blogs which you feel deserve it
  4. Let the nominees know you nominated them.

Don’t forget to to create 10 new questions for the nominees to answer. Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they will know what to do. Once you are done, come back here and post the link so I can check your answers!

Emily’s questions and my answers:

1. What inspired you to create a blog.

A friend asked me whether I had read a certain book (I can’t remember which one) to which I replied, “Yes.” Friend: “When?” Me: “Ummmm.” Friend: “What did you think of it?” Me: “I can’t quite remember…”

Basically to avoid the above, I thought it would be fun to document the books I read and what I thought of them.

2. If you could quit your day job, what would you do instead?

Well, I quite my day job four years ago (has it really been four years???!!!! Maybe three and a half…) when I decided I simply wanted to enjoy being a mum to my (now) five-year-old daughter for a while. After childcare costs I really was not earning enough to make it worth it. We are about to open a holiday cottage though, which I will be taking care of. I thought I would spend lots of time reading and I do spend some time doing just that, but my time tends to fill up anyway with all sorts of nonsense. I kind of like it that way. 🙂

3. A portal opens up to another land or time in your room. Where does it go?

Oh dead, I don’t know. Maybe Australia. I spent ten months there about fifteen years ago and fell in love with the country. There are areas I would love to explore a bit more.

4. What is your least favourite genre?

Horror. I get nightmares easily and don’t really like gore.

5. What is your favourite animal?

Horse – no contest!

6. What’s your favourite hobby when you are not reading?

I love writing, even if I am not that great at it. I love horse riding, but have not done it much in recent years. I do love watching a bit of telly of an evening too. Well, that’s about the gist of my terribly exciting life.

7. It’s time for a vacation. Who is your travel partner?

My husband and my daughter of course!

8. Do you have a life philosophy? If so, what is it?

Be yourself and and do listen to others, but don’t let them live your life for you. Be strong and don’t be afraid to say no!

9. You find a time machine and travel ten years back in time. What advice or life affirmation would you give yourself?

See question 8. It took me long enough.

10. What is one thing you love about yourself?

Oh, yeah, sure, go in with the hard question last! I love that I have learned to simply love myself. That single thing has changed so much. When you love yourself and allow yourself to make mistakes, you can be a far better support to others. No, I am not perfect, but neither as anyone else and actually, I am pretty all right 🙂 Deep, right!

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The blogs I want to nominate are:

Marta at The Cursed Books
Kat at Crazy Life with Doc and Bam
Megan at The Cozied Reader
Regina at Bookish In Bed
Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl

And these are your questions:

1. What is your one favourite book (no whole series, a single book!)?
2. What is the first book you remember loving as a child?
3. Do you have any pets? If so, do share!
4. Pink, purple or blue?
5. Favourite ever book cover?
6. Is there a popular book you did not like?
7. What is it you like most about blogging?
8. Do you use Goodreads, and if so, how many books are on your Goodreads TBR?
9. Fairies or unicorns?
10. Lord of the Rings or Jane Austen?

I know these questions are quite random, but I would love to see your answers, so let me know when you have gotten round to doing this one!

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Tag Time: Anything But Books Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl. Do check out her lovely blog if you haven’t already!

Name a cartoon that you love.

Octonauts – my 5yo daughter can now name the most obscure sea creatues because of that cartoon and I love it too!

What is your favourite song right now?

Favourite songs change almost daily, but I have been on a ‘euphoria’ song kick recently. I seem to love listening to songs that make me feel energised and happy at the moment. The ones I have been playing on repeat are ‘Ready To Start’ by Arcade Fire and ‘Burn’ by Ellie Goulding. I am not really one for dance music, but for some reason I love Ellie’s music.

What could you do for hours that is not reading?

Browsing the Internet/watching Youtube videos. I try and restrict myself, as it’s way too addicting. Same reason I don’t play video games anymore. I think I have an obsessive streak in my nature. Otherwise, horse riding. I have not it much in recent years and I miss it so much! Also, daydreaming/thinking – I could waste hours just staring into space.

What is something that you do that your followers would be surprised by?

I play an online horseracing game called Equination. In it you can breed and race your own horses. I have been playing it for nine years!

What is your favourite, unnecessary thing to learn about?

Anything related to nature and history. Useful yes, necessary? No.

What is something unusual you know how to do?

Thanks to the trees that got blown over recently I am a deft hand at splitting wood now!

Name something you have made in the last year.

Too many Hama bead artworks with my daughter 🙂 Oh, and I have handsewn a patchwork cushion cover from fabric sample squares. It’s in the background of this picture!

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What is your most recent personal project?

Getting our holiday cottage on the market soon. I am writing (and thinking about) the sales text for it. And a name for it – so hard!

Tell us something you think of often.

I often wonder why I worry so much. I am a rational person and I know worrying does not change an outcome of an event, so there is no point worrying, right? And yet, I do, constantly. It drives me nuts!

Tell us something that is your favourite, but make it oddly specific.

No biscuit is better with milk than the humble plain chocolate digestive.

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I would like to tag the following lovely bloggers:

Clarissa @ Quirky Lady Bookworm

Rose @ Stuckinfiction

Megan @ The Cozied Reader

And of course if I haven’t tagged you and you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

 

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End of the Year Book Tag

I have seen this one on a number of blogs and Booktube Channels and figured it was about time I did it!

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Only the books I am currently reading, which are Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and Where The Stars Rise, which is a collection of Asian scifi and fantasy stories.

Maas, Sarah J - Throne of Glass  Law, Lucas K (editor) - Where The Stars Rise

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Jane Eyre was supposed to do this for me, but coincided with my (much-mentioned) reading slump. I feel Throne of Glass is doing a better job at the moment.

3. Is there a new release you are still waiting for?

No, I don’t think so.

4. What are three books you want to read by the end of the year?

At the rate I am going, three books is a hard push! Ha! But, three books I would like to get through are A Winter Flame (Milly Johnson), Flame in the Mist (Renee Ahdieh) and Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie).

5. Is there a book you think can still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I doubt it very much, but I guess you never know!

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

I know I have a few ARCs to read over January and February, but apart from that I plan to keep it casual for a while. I am not committing! 😉

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Please consider yourself tagged if you fancy doing this tag! 🙂

 

 

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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!

Bambi