The School Subjects Book Tag

The school subjects tag was created by Not So Modern Girl 

I spotted this one during a visit to Lynn’s Book Blog and thought it looked like fun. So, here goes…

1. Maths – What’s a book that left your head spinning in circles?

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan, in the best possible way. I’ve just finished reading this and I didn’t want it to end. It’s the final book in a trilogy and a really great conclusion. Definitely a series worth reading.

2. English – Which book do you think has beautiful written expression?

So mainly books have beautiful writing, so i’ll choose a few fairly recent reads…

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford.

3. Physics – Who is your favourite scientifically minded character from a book/film?

Carys from Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan is probably the most scientifically minded character I’ve read about recently as she tried to figure out ways to save herself and Max as they were adrift in space and running out of air.

4. Biology – Who is your favourite book/film/series character?

We could be here a while on this one. Okay, I’ll do my best to keep it short…

Book

Evie O’Neill from The Diviners by Libba Bray.

Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series.

The Stark girls from A Song of Ice and Fire – I love Arya’s bravery and strength, and Sansa’s whole progression from innocent little girl who believes in songs and stories into a strong-minded young woman is great.

Claire from Outlander – I’ve only read the first book so far but I love her strength and the way she deals with the situation she ends up in.

Film

Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I watched this for the first time recently and Newt instantly became a new favourite. What’s not to like about him and his case of fantastic creatures?

Series

Daryl and Carol from The Walking Dead.

James Delaney from Taboo. I finished watching this recently. Delaney is terrifying at times, and pretty dark, but so so watchable.

5. Chemistry – Who is your favourite literary couple?

Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester. I love their story so much.

I also really like Margaret Hale and John Thornton from North and South. I love the way they clash so often and have so many misunderstandings before they finally get together.

And for something a little more recent I like Claire and Jamie from Outlander. They’re a great team and I’m looking forward to reading more of their adventures.

6. French – What is your favourite foreign book/film/programme?

Book – The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Film – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Programme – The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge are all pretty good.

7. Art – Have you ever judged a book by its cover, even if you weren’t meant to?!

So many times I’ve gone into the bookstore and wonderfully eye-catching covers, or the sight of a particular author’s name has drawn me over to a certain book, eager to read the blurb and find out more, so I’d say covers definitely influence my choices when I’m out and about and generally looking around at books, but judging the book by the cover, probably not altogether, unless it’s one of those books with a really vague synopsis, then you don’t have much else to go on, and the cover can go some way to either hooking your interest or not.

Some of the recent book covers that caught my attention and also featured a great story…

8. History – What was the last historical book you read?

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford features 18th century New York.

9. Drama – What’s a book that you think has a lot of over-dramatic hype?

Having seen all the publicity for Caraval for what seemed like AGES before the book came out I was SUPER hyped to get my hands on it. I literally couldn’t wait for the day. Inevitably I ended up a little bit too hyped. I enjoyed the book, but not as much as I was expecting to.

10. Geography – Which literary destination would you really like to visit? (They can be real or fictional!)

Oh dear, what a question! None of the places I’ve read about recently are places I’d be likely to survive for very long for various reasons – cell phone zombies, a mass forest taking over the world overnight, you know, the usual…

I can’t help but choose Westeros, especially Winterfell. Dorne sounds amazing but would probably be too hot, so it’s North for me.
I’d also like to go to the Scottish Highlands of Outlander.


So there’s my School Subjects Tag.
Not done this one and fancy trying it? Consider yourself tagged! Let me know how you get on…

The Spring Has Sprung (2) Book Tag

It’s Book Tag time!
I haven’t done a tag for a while, even though I have SO MANY to catch up on. I first completed the Spring Has Sprung tag last year (you can see those answers here) after being tagged by Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions, and I thought I’d revisit the tag as Spring is now underway again…

1. FLOWERS: LOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELVES. WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK BOTH INSIDE AND OUT?


The Essex Serpent
by Sarah Perry. The cover is beautiful, and I’ve recently seen a different edition with shades of blue on the cover which looks lovely too.
The story is very character driven and I really liked the writing as well.

2. GRASS: WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU FIND THAT OTHERS LIKE WAY MORE THAN YOU DO?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – I imagine this is an amazing spectacle seen live on stage but somehow I just couldn’t seem to get into it in script form.

3. RAIN: WHAT’S A GREAT BOOK THAT LIFTS YOUR SPIRITS WHEN YOU’RE DOWN?

I’m certain I mentioned the Jeeves books by P. G. Wodehouse last time I completed this tag but they really do have some great humour, so they’re making a reappearance this time too.

4. DEW: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FEEL ALIVE?


To the Bright Edge of the World
by Eowyn Ivey. It follows a journey upriver into the wilds of Alaska and is told in a really vivid way. The landscape sounds wild and beautiful, and the sense of adventure made this a great read.

5. STORMS: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU FOUND UNPREDICTABLE?


Hold Back the Stars
by Katie Khan. Carys and Max are in a really desperate situation, stranded in space with 90 minutes until their air supply runs out and I just had to keep reading to find out whether they would both survive and how they would be saved. I had no idea how it was all going to play out.

6. RAINBOW: WHAT WAS A BOOK THAT YOU STRUGGLED WITH, ONLY TO BE HAPPY THAT YOU READ IT IN THE END?

Hm, I can’t think of anything, mainly because these days I’m getting better at putting books down if I’m not enjoying them, but also I‘ve had a really good reading run of late. For some reason I used to plough on with books even when I wasn’t enjoying them, with the idea that I’d started it so I might as well finish it. With such a massive TBR pile I don’t do that so much any more.

7. CHILLY WEATHER: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU COULDN’T FINISH OR DIDN’T ENJOY?

So far this year I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve picked up. In general I don’t seem to go for many crime novels. I don’t mind watching a crime series on tv but I never seem to like the books as much.

8. WARM WEATHER: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED AND WANTED MORE OF?

Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan was just a lovely story.

9. GREEN: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT REALLY WANT TO?

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan. I’m reading the final Powder Mage book at the moment and cannot wait to start the latest offering from this author.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence also sounds really good, so I’m hoping to pick that up some time as well.

I could add an endless amount of books here but will leave it at those two for now.

10. PINK: WHAT’S A BOOK IN WHICH YOU FELT A STRONG CONNECTION TO THE CHARACTERS?

I ended up really liking both Jamie and Claire from Outlander. And I have a whole series of huge books in which to follow their further adventures. Can’t wait!

11. PURPLE: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT WHEN YOU READ IT, YOU FEEL SAFE?

I guess anything I would choose to re-read. There’s something comforting in revisiting familiar characters and stories, and even though you mostly know what’s going to happen there’s always something new to find.

12. ORANGE: WHAT BOOK DO YOU FEEL IS INTELLIGENTLY WRITTEN?


Golden Hill
by Francis Spufford. The writing is great and brings the world of New York in it’s infancy to life really well. There are some intriguing characters and a great mystery at the heart of the story.

13. YELLOW: WHAT BOOK PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

There were a few moments in Golden Hill by Francis Spufford when I found myself smiling.


So, there’s my latest edition of Spring Has Sprung.
As always, if you want to have a go at the tag then consider yourself tagged. Enjoy!

The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

I think it’s about time for another book tag!
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions tagged me for The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag, thank you!
Let’s get started…

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BUYING NEW BOOKS?

Everything! I love walking into the bookstore and having so many new books tempting me, and looking for the most striking covers, reading blurbs on the back of books, ending up wanting about 5 new books and having to decide which one I’ll choose on that particular day and which will go onto my wish list. Everything about book shopping is fantastic. Apart from wondering where on earth I’m going to find space to store the new books I’ve bought.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY NEW BOOKS?

Due to space issues I don’t tend to buy that many physical books these days, even though I do love a good wander around a bookstore. I do buy quite a few ebooks.

BOOKSTORE OR ONLINE BOOK SHOPPING – WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

Because of all the things I listed in my first answer I have to say bookstore browsing wins it for me. I usually leave the bookstore with many ideas for books I want to read because they have such wonderful displays and I find things I might otherwise have missed.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE BOOKSHOP?

Not really. The local bookshop I used to enjoy visiting closed down last year which was a great shame as it was a really nice place.

DO YOU PRE-ORDER BOOKS?

Not usually, but I do buy them as soon as they come out.

DO YOU HAVE A MONTHLY BOOK BUYING LIMIT?

Not at the moment because I use the library A LOT.
There are only so many shelves and bookcases you can find room for before you know you’ve reached your limit, and I think I reached mine a LONG time ago, so the library is absolutely brilliant for me.

BOOK BUYING BANS – ARE THEY SOMETHING FOR YOU?

No. I am hopeless at that sort of thing. I decided I wanted to read my own books and work through my TBR list/pile this year. I’ve even signed up for Beat the Backlist to help make this happen, and I’m doing quite well. But…
That hasn’t managed to stop me from requesting a decent number of brand new books from the library, so I imagine I would fail at a buying ban in the same way I’m failing at a (sort of) book requesting ban.

HOW BIG IS YOUR WISHLIST?

I think I lost control of that a long time ago.

WHICH THREE BOOKS FROM YOUR WISHLIST DO YOU WISH TO OWN NOW?

I would love a boxset of The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I have all the books on my e-reader and would love a complete matching set. I have NO idea where I would keep this set, but for this series that wouldn’t matter.

I saw a beautiful new hardback edition of Jane Eyre which I would love to own.

I’d also like a matching set of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.


So, what about you? Are you a bookaholic?
Feel free to consider yourself tagged and have fun answering the questions.
See you next time for another book tag!

The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

Thank you to Cristina of My Tiny Obsessions for tagging me for the Seasons of Book Blogging Tag. Let’s get started…

The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag was created by J @J. BOOKISH

HOW IT WORKS:

Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you.
Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
Have fun, of course!

January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I would like to read 20 books for my Goodreads challenge this year and I really want to give some attention to my TBR list/pile/mountain, so I signed up for Beat the Backlist to give me some motivation. Let’s see how I get on when all those wonderful brand new books start tempting me.

February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

For friendship I love Harry, Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series.
Oh, and the Losers’ Club from Stephen King’s IT.
Romantic? I’m going for Claire and Jamie from Outlander.

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

Harry Potter. I loved the experience of my first read of those books. I would go to the midnight book release then spend the next few days lost to the real world as I returned to Hogwarts for each new instalment.

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

I can’t think of anything that’s been over-hyped, but the one I’m feeling pretty hyped for myself is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I can’t wait to get my hands on that book, and have read so many good reviews that I’ll be starting it as soon as possible. Will it live up to my expectations? I think so, and I hope so, because it sounds great.

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you

Am going to choose some recent reads for this one I think. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey and Golden Hill by Francis Spufford.

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

I love Karen Swan’s books because they’re such a change from the genres I would usually read. I finished Christmas Under the Stars at the end of last year and I thought it was a marvellous read.

July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)

Okay, for literal fireworks this one goes to The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King for that wonderful short story about the competitive firework competition which goes totally over the top and gets out of hand in a major way. The title of the story was Drunken Fireworks so you can imagine some of what lies in store in that tale.

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

Feel free to help me out here, because I have no idea at all.

September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

I read Jane Eyre for the first time at school, and have revisited the book a couple of time since then. In fact, I think it might be time for a re-read.

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.

Maybe Elphaba from Wicked by Gregory Maguire.

November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

I can’t remember the last time someone recommended a book to me, which I guess is a little strange, but for this one I’m going to say the Jeeves books by P. G. Wodehouse. I love the humour and comedy. They’re great for escapism.

December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

Just one? That’s so tough. I recently finished Golden Hill by Francis Spufford and really enjoyed it so I’ll go for that.


If you’ve made it to the end of my post and feel like answering these questions yourself then you’re tagged.  Let me know how you get on!

The Greek Mythology Book Tag

Thank you to Cristina of My Tiny Obsessions for tagging me for the Greek Mythology Book Tag. Let’s get started…

ZEUS (JUPITER): GOD OF THE SKY AND THUNDER / KING OF THE GODS

Favorite book (choose your own category!)

Always a hard category, there are SO many books to choose from, so I’m going to limit myself to books that I’ve read this year. Even doing that there’s no way I can settle for just one so I’ll go for The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Uprooted by Naomi Novik and Fellside by M. R. Carey.

POSEIDON (NEPTUNE): GOD OF THE SEAS AND EARTHQUAKES

Book that drowned you in feels

The latter books of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. When the lead characters met their various fates I was a mess. I had no idea whether that really was the end, and saying goodbye to them after a whole series read virtually back to back was NOT GOOD, but in the best possible way.

HADES (PLUTO): GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD

Favorite book with a dark / ominous plot

Fellside by M. R. Carey was pretty dark, and a really good read.

HERA (JUNO): GODDESS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

Cutest fictional couple

Claire and Jamie Fraser from the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. Thrown together by circumstance and necessity their relationship becomes genuine. They’re both such strong characters and would go to great lengths to protect each other.

ATHENA (MINERVA): GODDESS OF WISDOM, HANDICRAFT AND STRATEGIC WARFARE

Series with the best world-building

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I LOVE Westeros and the descriptions of all the different regions. I’m not a fan of hot weather, but Dorne sounds absolutely amazing in those books. I think my favourite location would be Winterfell where it’s colder. Winter is coming, after all!

APHRODITE (VENUS): GODDESS OF LOVE AND BEAUTY

Most beautiful cover on a 2016 release

EssexSerpent
The Essex Serpent
by Sarah Perry. I love the patterns and colours.
Uprooted
I also really like the cover on the paperback version of Uprooted by Naomi Novik too.

ARES (MARS): GOD OF WAR AND BLOODSHED

Most violent book you’ve ever read

I may need a little help here in picking out which book this happened in, but the battle scene and the death of the Red Viper in A Song of Ice and Fire was quite violent, made worse by the fact that I really liked the character and wanted to read more about him.

HEPHAESTUS (VULCAN): GOD OF BLACKSMITHS AND FIRE

Scorching hot swoon worthy character

Just one? Don’t limit me to just one.
The Dragon from Uprooted (I hoped him and Agnieszka would get together from the moment early on they collided on the stairway).

And Jamie Fraser from Outlander.

I also liked John Rookwood AKA The Fireman from Joe Hill’s book. (And it just occurred to me that this one actually is scorching hot; he can control the fire that should in theory burn him alive, and creates all manner of trickery from the flames).

ARTEMIS (DIANA): GODDESS OF THE HUNT AND VIRGINITY

Favorite Kick-Ass Heroine

Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson.

PHOEBUS APOLLO (APOLLO): GOD OF LIGHT AND HEALING

Sequel book that redeemed its series

Redeemed its series is taking it a bit far, because the whole Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King was really good, but I think I ended up with a greater appreciation of the characters and the team once I’d reached the end of End of Watch, which was so good it made me want to go right back to the beginning of Mr. Mercedes and start the trilogy all over again.

HERMES (MERCURY): MESSENGER GOD OF THIEVES AND COMMERCE

Book with the best message

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith usually delivers some wisdom in a very readable way. I really must start reading Precious and Grace soon.

HESTIA (VESTA): GODDESS OF THE HEARTH AND HOME

Book with the most relatable story

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The characters in that story seemed so real, especially Cath.

DEMETER (CERES): GODDESS OF FERTILITY AND AGRICULTURE

Favorite bookish setting

Le Cirque des Rêves from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it were a real place?

DIONYSUS (BACCHUS): GOD OF WINE AND CELEBRATION

2016 release you are most anticipating

As the year is almost over I’m going to do this looking back on the books I was eagerly awaiting…

Fellside by M. R. Carey. I loved The Girl with all the Gifts and wanted to see what the author wrote next.
The other two books I must mention are The Fireman by Joe Hill and End of Watch by Stephen King. I added both of those to my TBR list months before they were published.


I enjoyed writing that tag.  As always, if you’ve made it to the end of this post and haven’t already done this tag, feel free to join in.

The Fall Activities Book Tag

I was tagged by Kat of Life and Other Disasters to do the Fall Activites Book Tag (originally created by Dreaming Through Literature).  Thanks for tagging me.  I love Fall, so I’m putting this tag to the top of my list so I can get it finished during my favourite season while it’s kinda on-topic.

APPLE PICKING

A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking – This is a lovely looking book, and very different from the kind of thing I would usually pick up to read. Definitely one I want to pick up now the Autumn nights are drawing in.

CORN MAZE

A book that’s so much fun to get lost in

Mount! By Jilly Cooper is my latest read and is proving to be a lovely distraction. The animals are just as great characters as the humans, and the lifestyle of Rupert Campbell-Black and co is just really great escapism.

HAUNTED HOUSES

A book that scared you silly

The Shining by Stephen King. I thought I was doing so well with this one, thinking ‘it’s not actually that scary’, then Danny went into room 217, and the least said about that the better.

PUMPKIN PATCH

The latest book you picked up (purchased)

It’s been so long that I can’t remember! I have a TBR pile of around 20 or so library books sitting waiting for me, so I daren’t buy anything new. I guess my last book purchase may have been the final Dark Tower book by Stephen King.

SCENIC DRIVES

A book that is lyrically beautiful

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. I love her writing style, it’s totally engrossing.

PUMPKIN CARVING

A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up

I’ve been sitting here for a while now trying to think of a book for this category, but nothing’s coming to mind. I can’t even recall the last book I just gave up on because I wasn’t enjoying it. Hhmm…..

DRINKING APPLE CIDER

A sweet book to curl up under the covers with

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. I only realised recently I’ve never actually read these books, so decided I’d give the first one a try, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a really nice read.

JUMPING IN A LEAF PILE

A book that reminds you of your childhood

I used to be a big fan of Enid Blyton, so any of her Famous Five or Secret Seven books.

SCARY MOVIE NIGHT

Your favorite spooky read

IT by Stephen King. There are so many memorable scary moments in that book. I really want to read it again sometime, but it’s such a long book and my TBR pile is so huge at the moment.

BONUS! COSTUME PARTY

A book with an eclectic cast of characters

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. It’s such a vast series and there are so many brilliantly written characters, form the heroes to the villains and all those who lie somewhere between the two.


I really enjoyed writing this tag.
As always, if you’ve seen this post and you haven’t already had a go at the tag, feel free to consider yourself tagged.
Until next time…

The Sailor Moon Book Tag

It’s been a while since I posted a Tag, so today I’m doing the Sailor Moon Book Tag. Thanks to Cristina of My Tiny Obsessions for tagging me for this one.

MOON: A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU HUNGRY

The Song of Ice and Fire series has so many lavish feasts with seemingly endless courses on offer, although given the manner in which several feasts reach some grim conclusion I think you may have a little more than food on your mind when dining in Westeros!

MERCURY: A BOOK THAT FEATURES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

I’m choosing a book for this category that I have to confess is TBR rather than already read… The Martian by Andy Weir (I’ve seen the movie though).

VENUS: A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES

Now I’m really stuck. I have no idea. If anyone can recommend anything good I’m open to suggestions?

MARS: A BOOK INSPIRED BY MYTHOLOGY OR FOLKLORE

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. The setting, the characters, the magic, it’s all greatly realised and I would recommend this book if you haven’t already read it. I’m also going to seek out more books by this author in the future.

JUPITER: A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU STRONG FEELINGS

The Fireman by Joe Hill. There was one character in that book I disliked almost as soon as he appeared, and that doesn’t happen often. It was such a long book I was also pretty sad to reach the end and leave the characters behind.

SATURN: A POST APOCALYPTIC BOOK YOU LOVE

I can’t just pick one for this category because there are SO many options. So, let’s start with The Stand by Stephen King. Then there’s The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey. And for something with a slightly different tone, how about Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. And a more recent read, The Fireman by Joe Hill.

PLUTO: A TIME TRAVEL BOOK

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I started reading this after I watched the first season of the tv series, and I’ve read online that in future books the Frasers end up in America during the revolution, so I’ll probably be sticking with this series.

URANUS: A BOOK FEATURING ELEMENTAL MAGIC

The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo? Not sure I’m on the right lines here but it’s the only series I’ve read recently that comes to mind.

NEPTUNE: A BOOK FEATURING MUSIC

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.

TUXEDO MASK: A BOOK WITH MASQUERADES OR HIDDEN IDENTITIES

Going for a classic here – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I’ve not actually read it yet but it’s been on my TBR for a while now. I really must get around to it soon.

RINI/CHIBI MOON: A FAVORITE MIDDLE GRADE BOOK

I don’t tend to read that much middle grade, but I do love all the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling.

LUNA, ARTEMIS & DIANA: A BOOK FOR ANIMAL LOVERS

Mount! By Jilly Cooper has some great animal characters, from race horses to goats, cats and dogs. They’re almost as entertaining as the human characters, which makes for enjoyable reading.


If you’ve made it to the end of the Tag and haven’t already had a go at it yourself then feel free to consider yourself tagged! Have fun, and I’ll be back soon with another Book Tag.