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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!

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Tag Time – Fifty Bookish Questions

I saw this tag on mylittlebookblog and quite liked it, though I feel some of the questions are a bit overkill.

I was not tagged in this, but I fancied doing it and since I don’t much care for convention, here we go!

1. What was the last book you read?

Last book I completed was New York Actually by Sarah Morgan.

2. Was it  good one?

It was ok. It was not a chore to read, but fluffy romance novels are not really my thing and I would not read again. This one was given to me and it will go into the guest library to take or read at their leisure.

3. What made it good?

This is assuming it was good, but nevermind. I will just think of something good about this novel. There were dogs in it…. Does that count?

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

Only if they were really into romance. It’s proper chick lit.

5. How often do you read?

Every day at bedtime, but when I am in the mood I read any given moment in a day that I have a chance to.

6. Do you like to read?


7. What was the last bad book you read?

A truly bad book? Not sure. I was really disappointed with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Does that count?

8. What made you dislike it?

I loved the premise, but the story itself just did not end up grabbing me the way I had expected. I found it quite a dull read.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Sure, that would be nice. I have started a few novels, but I doubt I will ever complete them! I enjoy the act of writing a lot though. It’s like therapy!

10. Has any book influenced you greatly?

I could not pinpoint one book, but the Silver Brumby  and Black Stallion series from my youth definitely helped my love for reading and writing. Terry Brooks’ original Shannara series, which I read in my teens, fuelled my love for Fantasy.

11. Do you read fan fiction?


12. Do you write fan fiction?


13. What’s your favourite book?

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, which completely blew me away when I first read it about five years ago.

14. What’s your least favourite book?

I have tried reading The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy several times and never got any further than about three chapters in. I still have it though in the hope it may one day be different!

15. Do you prefer reading physical books or reading on a device like a Kindle?

Definitely physical books. The act of curling up with a good book and turning the pages is something special.

16. When did you learn to read?

In primary school I imagine.

17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I did not like it at the time, but I sure do love it now. Definitely in my top 5 of favourite books.

18. What is your favourite book series?

This is hard. From my youth, The original Silver Brumby series. And from adulthood The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. To read 14 books in one series was quite an emotional investment!

19. Who is your favourite author?

Not sure. Maybe William Horwood.

20. What is your favourite genre?

Fantasy I think, or historical fiction. Or what do you call books where the world is seen from an animal perspective, like Watership Down?

21. Who is your favourite character in a book series?

I am very fond of Perrin Aybara from the Wheel of Time series. Or Baringa from the Silver Brumby series – can a horse be a favourite character?

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

A good book should always do that. It’s the sole purpose of fiction.

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

I wish Jane Austen had written a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Other people have, but that does not count! It would have been nice to get a glimpse of Mr and Mrs Darcy’s married life!

24. Which book do you wish did NOT have a sequel?

I wish Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel was a stand alone novel. The sequels do not even come close to measuring up!

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

This greatly depends on the book and my mood! I generally read a normal sized novel in a few days to a few weeks depending on how much I feel like reading and how much it is grabbing me.

26. Do you like it when books become movies?

Sometimes. It depends how good the adaptation is. Sometimes I only discover the book because a movie has been made, like The Hunger Games.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

God, can I just mention the Shannara adaptation MTV did recently? Such drivel! So badly done! I did not watch past the first couple of episodes for fear that it would ruin the books I loved from my teens!

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)!

29. Do you read newspapers?


30. Do you read magazines?

In waiting rooms 🙂

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Much of a muchness to me.

32. Do you read while in bed?

Big fat yes!

33. Do you read while on the toilet?


34. Do you read while in the car?

No, I would get car sick.

35. Do you read while in the bath?

No. I don’t really take baths anyway. I’m a shower kind of girl and you can’t take books in showers!

36. Are you a fast reader?

Just above average.

37. Are you a slow reader?

See question 36.

38. Where is your favourite place to read?

In bed.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

I have a child. I have learned to not let much bother me while I’m reading. There’s usually music on, or television. I don’t mind.

40. Do you need a room to be silent to read?

No, see question 39.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

Myself! And Mr Walter Farley, the writer of the Black Stallion series, the first books I really loved.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

Orange Horses by Maeve Kelly probably. It’s quite a thin book and has been on my shelf for ages! I think it’s a collection of short stories.

43. When did you start reading chapter books?

No idea!

44. Who is your favourite children’s book author?

For very young children Julia Donaldson, for 8+ Walter Farley and Elyne Mitchell.

45. Which author would you most like to interview?

I would have loved to interview Elyne Mitchell, but she died some time ago. Maybe John Francome, an ex-jockey, who now writes Dick Francis style horse racing crime fiction.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

David Baddiel

47. What book have you re-read the most?

The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell – pure magic!

48. Which books do you consider classics?

Any book that pretty much everybody who reads knows for its literary merit, even if they have not read it.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Any classics that a child that age could relate to that have wider themes that are relevant to the world we live in. I love Jane Austen, but I don’t necessarily believe it is very interesting for middle school or high school children. I certainly did not appreciate her until much later.

50. Which books do you think should be banned from all schools?

None spring to mind. Many books are controversial, but controversy can be a great topic for discussion.

I will tag anyone who loves books!