The Finally Fall Book Tag

I’ts Book Tag time again, and what better way to enjoy my favourite season than with an autumn themed tag?

This tag was created by Alina on her booktube channel Tall Tales, and you can watch her video here.  I was tagged by Kelsey (thank you!) and you can check out her answers here.
Let’s begin…

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I really want to re-read this. I remember the black and white tents of the circus, the fact that it appears without warning, and the magic contained within the story as being very striking. It could make a really good movie or tv series.

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

Christmas under the Stars by Karen Swan deals with loss and the aftermath. I thought this story was based on a great original idea and I enjoyed it a lot.

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

I still haven’t managed to read enough non-fiction to be able to answer this question. I keep saying I’m going to try and give it a go, but then all these beautiful looking/sounding works of fiction keep dragging my attention away.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

I would love to be part of Roland Deschain’s ka-tet in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Not quite sure how that would work out when faced with all manner of monsters/demons/strangeness, but I’d have the group to help out, wouldn’t I?

Also, I’d like to join the Weasley family from the Harry Potter series. Or possibly become a member of the Order of the Phoenix. Something in the wizarding world anyway.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that I wouldn’t mind being Hercule Poirot’s sidekick, although of course I’d leave the crime solving to him while I documented the adventures.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

This is the drawback to being an avid library user – I DON’T HAVE A PILE OF PRETTY BOOKS for this prompt.

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It’s years since I read this for the first time, but I remember it being enjoyable and I’m very much looking forward to Diane Setterfield’s next book.

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

One I’ve read – The Shining by Stephen King. There were a couple of really creepy scenes in this book. Room 217 anyone?

One I want to read and have been informed it’s creepy – NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. This is one I’ve meant to read for a while now, so hopefully this will be the season I finally pick it up.

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. It’s a short read, and there’s something magical about that first realisation that Harry is actually a wizard and a wonderful home and family awaits him at Hogwarts. Yes, things may take a darker turn as the series goes on, but I love the innocence and discovery in the first novel.

Fall returns every year: Name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.

It’s not an old favourite but new one – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. The paperback version has recently been published which is the perfect excuse for a re-read.

I also think I’ll end up re-reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, because I really enjoyed that. I might even try the audio version for a change.

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!

First and most important – the biggest mug of tea that I can possibly hold in one hand whilst holding my book in the other! And maybe some biscuits or something sweet to savour while I’m reading.
Thick fluffy socks.
Cozy clothing.

Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

As always, if you’ve not had chance to do this tag yet, or are now seeing it for the first time and fancying giving it a go please consider yourself tagged.

The Life’s A Beach Book Tag

It’s Book Tag time again!
There’s still enough of summer left for a summer-themed tag I think, even though I’m just about at the point now where I’m very much looking forward to the cooler weather of autumn. This tag was created by The Left Handed Book Lover and I’ve seen it around on a few blogs recently so thought, why not?
On to the books…



Can I choose two? If I don’t I’m going to be stuck here deliberating between them forever and then we’ll never finish the Tag. So, I’m going for A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.
The former has some wonderful characters who you can’t help but think about once the novel is done. The latter is just so well plotted, and really delivers on the murder mystery with a twist. I want to read them both again sometime.


Burned may be the wrong word for my thoughts on this, but I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline after seeing the movie trailer and knowing it was something I wanted to see. I thought I’d read the book first for a change and while I did enjoy it, a lot of the references were lost on me, which took away some of the enjoyment.
And I never did get around to seeing the movie, but I definitely will…



Strange that murder mysteries can be calming but Agatha Christie’s books have a very readable quality about them that I find quite calming.  There’s often humour involved, especially if Hastings is around, and there’s a certain sense that no matter how bad or unintelligible things seem, you know that in the end Poirot will sort everything out and order will be restored.


Circe by Madeline Miller. The pic doesn’t really capture the lustre of this cover. It’s so intricate and very pretty. I can’t wait to read the story.


The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse. I’m going by my local library request list for this one. Usually I take out books and there is no one else waiting for them at all but this one, well, it seems that everyone wants to get their hands on it. I was told there were at least 30 other people in the queue for the book, so it was definitely one of the more popular books I’ve requested recently.


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. The three main ladies in this story are all striving in a difficult world and reading of their adventures with fire demons and ice kings is proving to be a great experience so far.


Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan. It was a very long book but I read it in less than a week. I just couldn’t put it down, and kept finding extra reading time in my day just because I wanted to finish one more chapter.


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. It’s the one book I already know I’m going to have to own a paperback of (and from what I’ve seen it’s a very pretty paperback too!).

And so concludes the Life’s A Beach Book Tag.

As always, if you’ve not already done this and you fancy reminiscing over all the amazing books you’ve read recently, feel free to consider yourself tagged.
If you’ve already done it, leave me a link to your post so I can check it out.
See you next time for another Book Tag!


The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2018 Edition

It’s Book Tag time.

I can’t believe it’s that time of year already, but I’ve seen this tag appearing quite a lot over the last few days and it made me realise that yes, we actually are now in that Mid-Year period once again. I’ve been enjoying most of my recent reads, so here’s to remembering a few of them in a tag, the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018:

I can’t choose just one, but I’m going to try really hard to limit myself.  Both of these were 5 star reads for me, so I’m going for…


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

  2. Best sequel of 2018 so far:

The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams.
I love Tor, Vintage and Noon and their adventures are getting more and more dangerous and exciting as the books go on. Whatever’s going to happen next?!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:

The Outsider by Stephen King. I cannot wait to start reading this, it’s definitely high up on my TBR pile.

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2018:

The Corset by Laura Purcell.
Melmoth by Sarah Perry.

I’ve really enjoyed previous books by both of these authors, so I’ll be looking out for their new releases.

5. Biggest disappointment of 2018:

I hate this category title, it sounds really harsh, so I’d rather call it books that in the end just weren’t for me and I’d go for The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton.

6. Biggest surprise:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.  I enjoyed everything about this book from the setting and the characters to the mystery and the twists.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you):








Agatha Christie. I cannot believe that it’s taken me all this time to discover someone so well-known. I was really missing out there, wasn’t I? Still, I have a massive catalogue of books to go at now, and am going to enjoy each one.

8. Newest fictional crush:

I’m obviously missing out on something here because sit and think as I might I’m drawing a blank on this answer. Help!

9. Newest favourite character:


Poirot! How could he not get a mention during this tag. I like Hastings as well.

10. Book that made you cry:

It hasn’t happened yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. If any of my favourites don’t make it to the end of Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan, which I’m reading at the moment, I don’t think I’ll be very happy.

11. Book that made you happy:

There were a couple of little scenes towards the end of Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie that had me smiling.

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2018 you’ve seen:

I’m going to have to say Murder on the Orient Express for this, even though I’ve already mentioned that book. I know that movie came out last year but it was only a couple of months ago that I finally saw it and I don’t think I’ve read anything else that’s been made into a movie. Well, I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline but I haven’t seen the movie version yet so I can’t really use that one.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year:

Here I go again, dropping the names of books I’ve already used:


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Murder on the Orient Express, both by Agatha Christie.

14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year:

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin has a beautiful cover, and the story was very good.

15. Books you need to read by the end of this year:

There are countless books I could mention here, but I’ll limit myself to these….

More Agatha Christie
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower
Circe by Madeline Miller

And so concludes my 2018 edition of The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.

As always, if you’ve not already done this and you fancy reminiscing over all the amazing books you’ve read so far this year, feel free to consider yourself tagged.
If you’ve already done it, leave me a link to your post so I can check it out.
See you next time for another Book Tag!


The Book Courtship Tag

It’s time for another Book Tag. I’ve seen this one around on various blogs recently and thought it looked fun, so here goes…

Phase 1: Initial Attraction (A book you bought because of the cover)

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower is a lovely looking book, and based on the summary it’s one I would have picked up regardless of the cover design, so being so pretty is an added bonus.

Phase 2: First Impressions (A book you got because of the summary)

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin. I found out about this book online a while before it was published and I knew it would be one I’d have to check out:

The year is 1831

Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and no one is willing to speak out on behalf of the city’s vulnerable poor as they disappear from the streets.

Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible.

When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent and mysterious Rebekah Brock. But whispers from her past slowly begin to poison her new life and both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations.

Hester and Rebekah find themselves crossing every boundary they’ve ever known in pursuit of truth, redemption and passion. But their trust in each other will be tested as a web of deceit begins to unspool, dragging them into the blackest heart of a city where something more depraved than either of them could ever imagine is lurking . . .

Phase 3: Sweet Talk (A book with great writing)

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. I really enjoyed the descriptive writing in this book, the locations, the seasons changing, the mysterious air surrounding the serpent.
I also really liked Cora and Will, and the way their friendship developed throughout the novel.

Phase 4: First Date (A first book of a series which made you want to pursue the rest of the series)

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire. They’re such massive books but once I’d started I was hooked.

Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls (A book that kept you up all night long)

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. All at sea with killer mermaids on the loose, I couldn’t put this one down because I needed to know whether the crew would escape and who would survive.

Phase 6: Always On My Mind (A book you couldn’t stop thinking about)

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. So spooky, so atmospheric, and I’m still thinking about the ending…

Phase 7: Getting Physical (A book you love the feel of)

I love any paperback book. Just the perfect size to be comfortable and portable for on-the-go reading. Give me a paperback and I’m a happy reader.

Phase 8: Meeting the Parents (A book you would recommend to your friends and family)

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I read this recently because I’d watched and enjoyed the new movie. I had a great time reading it, even knowing the outcome, and I’m now going to read more Poirot books. I had no idea I’d been missing out, somehow Christie had always passed me by, so I’d recommend this hoping someone else may get as much out of reading it as I did.

Phase 9: Thinking About the Future (A book or series that you know you’ll re-read many times in the future)

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m currently enjoying my first ever series re-read. I don’t often re-read books as I have so many new books to try and fit in, but there’s definitely something comforting about revisiting a favourite series.

Phase 10: Share the Love (Here’s who I’m tagging)

Anyone who’s seen this and fancies a go at the tag themselves. Enjoy!

The Spring Has Sprung Book Tag – 2018 Edition

It’s Book Tag time!
It seems to have become something of a little tradition here on the blog that I fill in this particular tag around this time of year. I think this is my third attempt, so, here are my 2018 Spring Has Sprung tag choices…


Glancing at my massive TBR pile right now it’s a tie between The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower. I’m only picking based on the outside of these books as I’ve only read one of them so far, but they’re both so pretty that I couldn’t miss out on mentioning them here.


The Black Magician books by Trudi Canavan were recommended to me with such total love and admiration that it ended up being a LOT to live up to. I enjoyed what I’ve read so far, but I still have the final book on my TBR pile and so far it hasn’t found it’s way to the top.


I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling last year as I started my first series re-read and I enjoyed every moment of rediscovering the magic of Hogwarts for the first time.


Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant.
Killer mermaids, danger, peril, being lost at sea without any real hope of rescue, horror, romance, this book had the lot.


The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. There was so much going on, and so many questions regarding the history of the big house and what had happened there, and the wooden companions themselves, that I was fascinated.
There was an ending I never saw coming which left me wishing I could talk about it with someone who’d read the book at the same time as me.


I think my answer to this is going to have to be similar to last year because I have such a massive TBR pile, and it’s getting bigger all the time, that I don’t tend to sit and struggle with a book. I’ll move onto the next one and hopefully find something to enjoy more instead.


Origin by Dan Brown.


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. It was SO good, and I could definitely have read more, which leads nicely onto the next question…


The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden is the sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale, which I really enjoyed, so I can’t wait to get back to Vasya and her adventures.


The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams had some great main characters. Vintage, Tor and Noon were all great to read, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of The Bitter Twins to go on further adventures with them.


I started my Harry Potter series re-read and I’m really enjoying it. There’s something really comforting reading a well-loved and well-known series for the second time, and I look forward to picking up The Goblet of Fire sometime soon. I can’t believe that until now I’ve only read these books once.


I’ve sat thinking about this one for a while and I guess all books are intelligently written, aren’t they? So, I’m going to take this opportunity to mention a few other reads I’ve enjoyed recently that haven’t made it into this tag in any other category so far.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
Strange Weather by Joe Hill
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab


The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley. I loved the magic, other-worldly air to the whole story, the imagery of the golden pollen trails, and the stone figures that may be more than they first appear.

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 How I Choose My Books Tag

I think it’s time for another Book Tag. I haven’t done one for a while, so I’m looking forward to this. I haven’t been tagged, but spotted this over at not-so-modern girl and thought I’d give it a try. So, let’s get started….

1. Find a book on your shelves with a blue cover. What made you pick up the book in the first place?

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King.
This was always one I was going to want to read. I usually enjoy a Stephen King novel so always look out for his latest offerings. I had this on my wish list way before the cover reveal, but such a gorgeous cover is definitely a bonus!

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

The Inn Boonsboro series by Nora Roberts. I doubt I would ever have picked up this series, but someone who’d just finished the first book (The Next Always) told me how much she had enjoyed it. She really sold it to me so I decided to give it a try. I ended up reading all three almost back to back. It was just something very different from my usual reading tastes and I think that was probably why I enjoyed it so much.

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I bought this based on already having read the rest of the series.
I discovered the series in the first place via the first movie. I remember going to see it at the cinema and really wanting to read the book as well. The rest is history.

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

Someone recommended the Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan. I thought the first book, The Magicians’ Guild, took a while to get going, but once it did I really enjoyed it and am reading the final book of the trilogy at the moment.

5. Pick a book you discovered through book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

I saw Caraval by Stephanie Garber literally everywhere and it sounded so intriguing. I think I may have become a little over-hyped though and didn’t end up enjoying the novel quite as much as I thought I would.

6. Find a book on your shelves with a one word title. What drew you to this book?

Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan. Okay, I admit, initially it was the cover that drew me to this book, all blue and gold with stars, it just drew my eye.
But the story, of a young boy who goes to a carnival and ends up trapped inside a mirror sounds like it might be good.

7. What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

Cell by Stephen King. I’m trying to read as many Stephen King books as I can anyway, but this particular title came to my attention after I watched the recent movie version. I enjoyed the movie but I didn’t like the ending and wanted to see whether the book came to a less grim conclusion. I won’t spoil anything here, I’ll just say that I definitely preferred the ending of the book.

8. Think of your all-time favourite books. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin – I gave Game of Thrones a try previously, but didn’t think it was something I would get into, all those strange character and place names, and I hadn’t read much in the way of fantasy at that point, so I put it aside.
Then I saw that it was going to become a tv series and something about it caught my imagination again, so I had another attempt to read the first book. I have no idea why it seemed so different second time around but I became totally hooked.

If you feel like having a go at this then you’re tagged.
Have you read any of the books I chose this time? If so, what did you think?
Until the next time…


The Bookish Book Lover Tag

Book Tag time! I do like a good book tag. I wasn’t actually tagged for this one but I spotted it over at Cristina’s blog, My Tiny Obsessions, and thought I’d give it a try.
Here goes with… The Bookish Book Lover Tag.

What book are you currently reading?

Love this question because somehow I’ve ended up with more than one current read and I’m enjoying them all. So, there’s…

Feed by Mira Grant
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (LOVE THIS!)
I’ve also just started Fever by Deon Meyer. This last is a new-to-me author and so far it’s great.

What’s the last book you finished?

The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan.

Favourite book you read this year?

I’ve had quite a good reading year so far so it’s impossible to just choose one book…

Cell by Stephen King

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

The Trees by Ali Shaw

The Muse by Jessie Burton

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan

All these deserve a mention.

What genre have you read most this year?

I’ve read quite a few Fantasy and Post-Apocalyptic themed books so far this year. I do like a bit of variety in my reading.

What genre have you read least this year?

Non-fiction, as in, I’ve read NO non-fiction at all. So far…

What genre do you want to read more of?

Maybe a little more Historical, and possibly some Non-fiction.

How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

I set myself a really low Goodreads target this year, only 20 books. I can’t stop picking up absolutely MASSIVE books, so having a higher target just seems a bit impossible. I think I’ve read 17 books so far, so hopefully I’ll meet my very small target and even manage to read a few more books too.

What’s the last book you bought?

I think I bought Feed by Mira Grant and two of the Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson at the same time.

What book are you saving up to buy next?

I may buy a new copy of IT by Stephen King when they re-release it with the movie tie-in cover. Maybe. I do already have it on my e-reader and it’s such a massive book that the convenience of the e-reader is a great bonus, but sometimes you just have to have that book, don’t you?

How many books did you check out last library visit?

Ooo, don’t make me answer this one.
I’m a MASSIVE fan of the library – all those brilliant brand new books and because they have to be returned storage space isn’t a issue. Libraries are wonderful.
Being such a fan I’ll confess that right now I have well over 20 books checked out. It’s amazing that I manage to keep track of them all. I have no idea when I think I’m going to find time to read all these books and some of them will probably have to go back when other people request them, but I just can’t resist FREE BOOKS!

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. I saw the cover reveal for this not long ago and it’s such a gorgeous cover. Not that I’m judging the book by it’s cover; I’d already decided I would definitely be reading it well before I saw the cover.

What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, and of course Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, but I guess most people have already read that one.

Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?

Sarah Perry, Sarah Waters and Sarah Schmidt, and I promise it’s a total coincidence that this answer only contains authors called Sarah.

A few books your heart adores?

From my 2017 reads to date I’ve really enjoyed:

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
North and South by John Jakes
Harry Potter books 1 – 3

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

I don’t know of anything coming up but certain events in The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan made me a little sad. It was a great series though.

What books are on your wish-list?

So many that I started a new Goodreads shelf dedicated to books being released in the near future so that I don’t forget any of them.

Did you enjoy the Bookish Book Lover Tag? 
Have you read any of the books I chose this time?
As always, if you’ve not done the tag and feel like trying it, then consider yourself tagged.
See you next time for another Book Tag!I 


The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

It’s that time again. Yes, here’s my latest Book Tag. Just entering July it seems a fitting time to have a go at a tag I’ve seen around a lot lately, so here’s The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!

I’ve read so many good books this year that it’s good to have a chance to look back and remember everything I’ve enjoyed so far…

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017:

This is going to be TOUGH. How can I choose just one? I’m so torn between at least three different books. No, I can’t do it, so fave reads so far include…

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan

2. Best sequel of 2017 so far:

I’ve only read one sequel, and I’ve already used The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan as at least one of my answers (it may appear even more), so am going to go with prequel instead and mention The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey. It’s one of my favourite recent reads, and revisits a world I loved first time around in The Girl with all the Gifts, so of course it had to make an appearance somewhere within this post.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. I’ve seen so many great reviews for this book that I really must get on and read it soon.

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017:

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. This is mostly based on the author, I have to admit. I’ll always want to read the latest offering from Stephen King.

5. Biggest disappointment of 2017:

None of the books I’ve read have been a real disappointment so far this year – I’ve been lucky with my reading choices.  I haven’t even had anything I’ve been slightly tempted to DNF.

6. Biggest surprise:

The Muse
by Jessie Burton. I was really engrossed in the lives of those characters and finding out if and how the two timelines would come together in the end.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you):

Sarah Schmidt. See What I Have Done was such an atmospheric read, the writing was great.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass
was my first Jim Butcher novel and I enjoyed that as well (may have had something to do with the talking cats!).

8. Newest fictional crush:

Some of the guys from North and South by John Jakes are pretty crush-worthy.

9. Newest favourite character:

Ben Styke from Sins of Empire is a great character. He reminds me a little of Jean Valjean from Les Miserables. I also liked Vlora from the same book. It was nice to have her as a main viewpoint after her appearance as a secondary character in the Powder Mage trilogy.

10. Book that made you cry:

The Autumn Republic
by Brian McClellan. It was the final book in the Powder Mage trilogy and I was sad to reach the end of the story for certain characters, having spent so long with them throughout previous books.

11. Book that made you happy:

I’ve just started my Harry Potter re-read and revisiting that series is going to make me pretty happy I would imagine, although I guess that can’t be said for later books. There’s just something comforting about going back to a series that you’ve read before though, and I’m only just realising that as I don’t re-read very often.

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2017 you’ve seen:

I can’t think of anything that was released in 2017 but I did enjoy the movie version of The Girl with all the Gifts. I thought they did a good job in bringing a great story to life on the screen.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year:

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan (I told you this book might appear again during this tag!)

Cell by Stephen King

14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year:

The cover of The Trees by Ali Smith is one of the most striking I’ve seen so far this year.

15. Books you need to read by the end of this year:

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams. I’m still waiting for the library to get this in stock.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

There are so many other books I could mention here, including the rest of the Harry Potter series, but I’ll leave it at just the two or we’ll be here all day!

And that’s the end of The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.

As always, if you’ve not already done this and you fancy reminiscing over all the amazing books you’ve read so far this year, feel free to consider yourself tagged.
If you’ve already done it, leave me a link to your post so I can check it out.
See you next time for another Book Tag!


The Goodreads Book Tag

It feels like a long time since I last did a Book Tag, so here is one I spotted over at Becky’s Blogs of a Bookaholic. It’s the Goodreads Tag. Hope you enjoy…

What was the last book you marked as read?

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt. It’s based on the real life case of a double murder. Lizzie Borden was accused and put on trial for the murders of her father and stepmother. I’d not actually heard about the case, but looked up some info once I started reading the book.
The way the author weaves fact and her own imagined elements into this makes it an intriguing tale.
It’s also fascinating in that it’s still an unsolved crime as Lizzie Borden was acquitted so the story offered up here is pretty plausible. The writing was great too.

What are you currently reading?

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey.
Did you get around to reading The Girl With All The Gifts? Well, this book is set in the same bleak world.
I loved that book, and have been looking forward to returning to Carey’s country decimated by a fungal pathogen.
I can tell it’s going to be a good story, and I can’t wait to see what befalls the 12 soldiers and scientists travelling aboard the Rosalind Franklin as they search for a way to stop the plague.

What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

There are a few books I’ve been looking at recently.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Feed by Mira Grant
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday also covers a few more of the books I hope to read very soon.

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do. I always find that when I start looking at a review I scan through to find the star rating, just to see what the reviewer’s overall opinion was before I start reading the review. I’ll still read the review as well, but it’s a good at-a-glance indicator so because I look for it in other reviews I do use it myself.

Are you doing the 2017 reading challenge?

Yes. I’ve set myself a low target this year, 20 books.
I keep picking up all these really long books, which I love, so there didn’t seem much point in setting a high target because I find I’m conscious of the number and the fact that I’m no where near reaching it, which can take away from the enjoyment of reading. I don’t want to feel like I need to race through a book just because I’ve set myself a reading goal.
I’m not the fastest reader in the world, and sometimes I get so drawn in to a tale that I don’t even want to reach the end.

Do you have a wishlist?

Of course! It’s endless. And it keeps changing, but two things I would definitely like are a complete boxset of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King and a matching Song of Ice and Fire set by George R. R. Martin once the series is complete.

Who are your favorite authors?

Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, Sarah Waters. Recently I’ve also really enjoyed books by Sarah Perry and M. R. Carey, so I would look out for new books by them too.

Have you joined any groups?

Not that I’ve been especially active in unfortunately.
In theory I’d quite like to be in a group, but my reading tastes vary quite a lot, and I’m terrible for getting distracted by brand new books. If these come from the library they usually have to go right to the top of by TBR as they have to go back, so I don’t think trying to read certain books at certain times would suit me at the moment.
I always regret this though when I’ve read something awesome and really wish that someone else had been reading it at the same time, to relive those OMG moments.

How many Goodreads shelves do you have?

I have the usual, then I have one for each year’s reading progress. I have a couple of TBR lists but I don’t really keep them updated or use them properly. I really should go through and delete a few things and try and get a little more organised but doing that would mean less time for reading, and the book will always win when time is short.

I Tag…

As usual, anyone who wants to do this!


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…


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.


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?


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…