2016 Resolution Book Tag.

This year I do intend to do less tags on my blog; however, if I am tagged to do them, I do find them hard to resist! I have been tagged to do this one by Jordan from Words… I Need Words…, a fellow book lover you should all definitely check out.

For this tag there are not any specific questions, but there are four categories in which you can list as many resolutions as you please.

Bookish resolutions:

  1. Read 75 books.
  2. Read all of the physical books I bought in 2015 (or earlier) that are still on my bedside table.

Book blogging resolutions:

  1. Publish one book review per week.
  2. Be more active in the book blogging community.

Career/academic resolutions:

  1. Complete gel nails course.

Personal resolutions:

  1. Get back into blogilates/yoga.
  2. Move house.
  3. Explore a different country.

I know a lot of you have already made posts about your resolutions for 2016, so I won’t tag anyone. However, if you have yet to write about your goals for this year, then I tag YOU!

I have also written another post on my goals for 2016 which you can view here.

What are your resolutions?

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The Mean Girls Book Tag.

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I must admit, I am very happy to have been tagged to do this particular book tag as who doesn’t love Mean Girls? Thank you to The Daydreaming Bookworm for tagging me!

the silmarillionWhich fictional character’s name did you get completely wrong?

Just one?

To be honest, I feel like I can barely pronounce any names whether this be fictional characters, places or titles in The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien.

As a matter of fact, it’s largely the reason I gave up reading the book since it made it difficult to read. I will go back to it one day though!

The Bane ChroniclesWhich character would you like to place in a fictional world from another book or series?

I think it would be rather funny if you placed Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clare’s books into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I can imagine it being very entertaining to see Magnus’ reaction to the way wizards and witches perform magic and how he would interact with them.

Repetition. Repetition. Which book gave you deja vu of another book whilst reading it?

I may have read a great many books, but nothing is springing to mind. Erm…

of mice and menWhich book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I mean, there is one female character and she doesn’t even get a name. Girl power? There’s barely a girl.

Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading. 

Ooh! I feel like I could use a lot of people for this question. Obviously, there is Harry Potter, there’s also Celia from The Night Circus, Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson etc. How do people pick just one book for some of these questions?

How long do you typically spend at a bookshop?

At the very least an hour. My best friend always groans, but I bet she loves it really, especially when we make fun of books or read aloud ones from the humour section.

clockwork angelWhich character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

I know everyone loves Will Herondale, but personally, I do lean slightly more towards Jem. Don’t get me wrong, I love them both, but if I had to choose I reckon I’m the type of person to pick Jem.

In case you do not recognise these characters they are from Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series, the first book of which is pictured to the left.

throne of glassWhich overhyped book were you most cautious about reading?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

As a matter of fact, this question requires switching up the tenses since I haven’t yet read it; however, I am cautious about reading it since I have heard so much about how “great” it is and I’m scared that I won’t enjoy it like everyone else (especially when I’ve already bought all the books).

We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.

Paris from The Iliad (supposedly) by Homer.

Your favourite fictional parent.

Molly Weasley! How can anyone not love Molly?

the night circusWhich book or series would you love to catch on?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; this book still hasn’t left my mind since reading it back in September.

Describe your ideal character to read about.

I like funny witty, sarcastic characters as they make the book more enjoyable. I also like characters which are aware that they often ramble on too much because I enjoy that as I love soaking up as much information as I can about characters when I read a good book. Another ideal aspect of a character is positivity. No one likes hearing people constantly moaning and that goes the same for characters in books.

What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of the feels?

Depending on the situation I’ll either keep reading or have to go in search of chocolate!

vampire diariesWhich character’s one liners would you love to claim for your own?

My first thought is Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith.

However, upon further reflection, I can’t remember what his lines were like in the book because it’s been a long time since I read them, but fortunately, I can still refer to Damon from the TV adaptation, even if this is a book tag…

Name a character’s decision that has made you roll your eyes.

Every time I read a Harry Potter book, I often tend to roll my eyes at basically the same time Hermione rolls her eyes at the boys, haha.

I am going to tag:

YOU!

Yes. You reading this!

If you want to do this, consider yourself tagged and when you do it leave me a link below so that I can read your responses!

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‘Tis the Season Book Tag.

I have been tagged by The Little Book Cottage to do the ‘Tis the Season Book Tag and of course with it being Christmas Day I was happy to do it.

Do you have a favourite winter read?

Not really. Unless the book is clearly Christmassy, I will read anything at any time of the year and while I associate some of the Harry Potter books with winter and Christmas, I am also happy to read them at other parts of the year.

Christmas with Billy and MeFind a book with blue on the cover.

I made things easy and simply went with the most recent book cover in my blog gallery which was blue, which just so happens to be:

Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher.

I lovely, sweet little read which I reviewed a short while ago right here.

the night circusFind a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree.

This is easy for me because it could only really be one book.

One book which has really stayed with me this year is:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Furthermore, the cover of this book has stars on it.

Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation.

Winter, summer, I don’t care, my answer will always be Hogwarts! I’d love to see the grounds covered in snow and the beautifully decorated Great Hall, plus there are the trips to Hogsmeade!

FangirlPick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation.

Oh, tricky one. The first thought that popped into my head was Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

I reckon Cath would be content to spend her winter vacation wrapped up in a blanket in front of the fire with a good book, or her laptop and I reckon I would be content with that too as I am definitely more the indoors-y type, especially when cold.

Anna and the French KissName one book on your wishlist this year.

I’m going to go with one I have been itching to buy for a while now, though I doubt I’ll be getting a hold of it this year. This book is:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

As a matter of fact, the whole trilogy is on my wishlist.

Favourite holiday drink, treat and movie?

My favourite drink doesn’t really alter at all over the holidays so instead I’ll tell you my favourite overall drink. In terms of non-alcoholic, I am a lover of Irn Bru. Meanwhile, for alcoholic drinks I love cocktails, especially Woo Woos.

My favourite treat is most likely After Eight mint chocolates which I just so happen to be eating while I type this.

My favourite movie is probably going to shock no one by now as I have mentioned it at least twice this past month and this is The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen.

I am not going to tag anyone to do this tag, but if you do it please let me know somehow as I always love seeing other people’s opinions.

Merry Christmas!

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Book Fangirling Blog Award.

The wonderful Shivalika from Whimsy Journals kindly nominated me for the Book Fangirling Blog Award. Fellow bookworms, I do insist that you check out her lovely blog linked above, you will not regret it.


The rules:

  • book-fangirling-blog-award11.jpgCreate a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

The questions:

Pick one – Harry Potter or Percy Jackson?

I have to go with Harry Potter for this. I’m sorry, but Harry has a huge hold over my heart. I read Percy Jackson only last year so in that time it hasn’t had as big a hold over me and this is helped by the fact that I am currently rereading Harry Potter.

Who’s your favourite Lisa Kleypas and Jane Austen hero/ heroine?

Yikes, I cannot answer this. Honestly, I know I love books and I read a lot, but I haven’t read any of their work (but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to because I do).

Who’s your book soul mate?

This is a good question, but no one seems to be springing to mind. Recently, I don’t seem to have read many books with very likeable characters, so I only have characters I’m not keen on in my head right now.

Who’s your latest book crush?

As I mentioned before, I am currently rereading Harry Potter, but because I obviously already know the ending, when I read it nowadays I’m not as attached to Cedric Diggory as I once was (though I think I may always have a slight soft spot for him).

Book whose ending you disliked the most?

I’m not sure about the most, but right now Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn comes to mind as I was really put off my the ending after absolutely lovely the rest of the book.

Nominees:

Your questions:

  1. Last book you absolutely loved?
  2. A book you’d like to reread?
  3. A book you want to have read before the end of 2015?
  4. Favourite couple in a book you have read this year?
  5. Is there a particular author whose books you read when you were younger who now reminds you of your childhood, if so, who?

Once again, thank you for this nomination and I look forward to seeing every else’s responses to my questions.

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The Bookish Christmas Tag.

At the moment I am working 5-6 days a week, so this does not leave a lot of time for reading. As a result, I am really struggling lately to get books read and reviews written. Fortunately, however, I can do book tags, so at least I can provide you all with something bookish to read, including this lovely tag recently invented by Callum McLaughlin, so thank you for tagging me to do this.

twilightFather Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day.

I don’t actually own a lot of books I received as a child anymore. However, there is one from when I was eleven years old and while I am not a big fan of it anymore, I cannot deny that at the time I loved it.

Yes, this book is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer which I had received as a Christmas present from my nan.

The ghost of Christmas past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmas time?

Honestly, I usually have so many new books still to read by the end of the year that I don’t even consider rereading something. However, I do try and revisit Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling every one to three years, although I don’t plan it specifically for Christmas.

city of bonesChristmas tree: Name a series that reaches new heights with every entry.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

I haven’t mentioned these books for quite a while it seems, but I absolutely love them and feel that they keep getting better and better with more extreme villains, the invention of new runes etc.

This is a rare thing to say, but I actually think that the last book in the series was one of my favourites.

Sharp Objects GFFriends and family: Name a book with fantastic characters.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

If you have read this book, you may be confused because you will be aware that there are extremely few likeable characters within this book.

However, I have chosen this book because of the unlikeable characters, such as Amma. Despite my dislike for a lot of the characters, it is undeniable that the way Flynn has written them is fantastic.

The HobbitDecorations: Name a book with a gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves.

There are so many books I could use for this question, but The Hobbit was the lazy response as it was one of the first images I saw on my laptop when I opened the pictures folder.

I absolutely love this cover of the book and it is definitely my favourite out of all of The Hobbit covers which have been created. This book is also a hardback which only seems to make it more gorgeous.

Christmas cards: Name a book that carries a great message.

tmohtbiThe Manifesto on How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne.

The message from this book teaches us the importance of being yourself and how you shouldn’t let your fear of how everyone else may react influence how you behave if it makes you happy and as long as you’re not causing any harm.

I feel like this is a really good message for people just starting secondary school because it’s at that age where you want to make a good impression to those who you’ll be seeing almost every day for the next five years and as a result, it can make people feel pressured to act a certain way in order to be “normal” and fit in.

FrankensteinIce and snow: Name a book that you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

I tried to love it, I wanted to love it, but the sad reality is that I didn’t love it.

It was incredibly written; however, all the detail and the descriptions just ended up boring me.

Christmas lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end.

hpatgofI was considering using The Book Thief for this one, but I cannot recall actually being intimidated by this book, despite it being bigger than books I usually tend to read.

However, when I was younger I definitely remember being scared to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire because of it’s length (little did I know that the next book in the series would be even longer). As I am sure that you can all agree, those 636 pages were definitely worth reading.

Mince pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying.

the night circusThis is another one of those questions where I feel that I have a lot of books at my disposal.

The temptation to go for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is strong, but I don’t think I can get away with two Harry Potter responses in a row.

I am going to go with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is because three months later I still love this book so much and I remember being really satisfied and content with the way it ended, although I don’t feel that the words “sweet and satisfying” do the book justice.

Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read?

Harry Potter IllustratedHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay.

This book is so pretty and gorgeous and beautiful. It is truly the perfect Christmas present. Also, everyone loves Harry Potter and let’s be honest, if you don’t like Harry Potter, you’re probably not someone I should be buying a Christmas present for.

Spreading the festive cheer: Tag some friends to help spread the festive bookish love.

I am going to tag:

Once again, thank you Callum for this tag!

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Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag.

I must say, I am happy to be tagged in a Christmassy/wintry book tag! Thank you so much to The Bookie Monsters for tagging me!

Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree.

There are a lot of books I would love to see; however I am currently itching to get my hands on Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, or a boxset of Harry Potter books since my Deathly Hallows book does not actually match the covers of my other Harry Potter books.

Name a book you will be reading during the Christmas season.

I intending to read some books by Giovanna Fletcher because Giovanna has released additional parts to her books especially for Christmas since her first novel.

Name your favourite Christmas movie.

My all time favourite Christmas movie has got to be The Santa Clause.

Do you like snow?

I love the appearance of snow, but I will refuse to leave my house if it has snowed because it then turns to ice, so for the most part I really hate it.

Name a character you would like to spend your Christmas Day with.

Similar to The Bookie Monsters, I would love to spend Christmas with Molly Weasley (the whole Weasley family really). The day would be filled with fun, delicious food and magic, also, I would have my own Weasley Christmas jumper.

To give or to receive?

To give. I love that feeling when your shopping and you get that feeling when you see something that you just know your friend or family member is going to love, then the excitement of keeping it secret and them opening it and being happy. Also, I love giving little presents to myself every now and then, haha.

What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

Can a single bookworm out there not answer this question with Hogwarts from Harry Potter? Nope. I don’t think so. And if you did, you still cannot deny that Hogwarts crossed your mind.

Fondest Christmas memory?

I honestly have no idea how to answer this one. I mean, I have had lovely Christmases in the past, but none of them stick out to me, they all seem to blur together…

Can you say Christmas Tree ten times fast in a row (pronouncing it correctly)?

Yesterday I would have said yes, but today I keep failing on the ninth time! My ability at speech appears to be deteriorating as we approach the end of the year.

I am going to tag:

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Astrology Book Tag.

I have always done my Tag Tuesday posts on a weekly basis, but now I am starting to reduce them. If I am tagged to do something, there is still a high chance that I’ll do it. However, I am going to stop searching for tags to do when no one has tagged me to do them. The reason for this is because there are other kinds of posts I would like to make.

Last week I introduced Tutorial Tuesday which will basically be replacing the tag posts. I have been wanting to introduce more beauty related content since June and I am glad that I am finally doing this more as my beauty posts used to be pretty irregular. Nevertheless, just because there will be more beauty on this blog, doesn’t mean that my book reviews are going anywhere.

Now, let’s get to the fun part of this post which we’re all here for: the tag!

The HobbitAries: A book where the characters go on a grand adventure.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Everyone knows the story of The Hobbit and the adventures of Bilbo and if you don’t then I strongly suggest climbing out of your hobbit-hole and picking this amazing book up for a read.

The Hobbit is most definitely a grand adventure full of different creatures (elves, dwarves etc.), treasure and even a dragon!

the night circusTaurus: A book you thought long and hard about before buying.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Seriously, it took me a year.

I knew I wanted it, but there were always others I wanted more. Then, after a year I knew I still wanted the book, but I then worried that after wanting it for so long, I might have set my expectations too high.

Regardless of my hesitation before buying, I absolutely adore this book and definitely recommend it.

Gemini: An author who you feel is wise, someone who understands people and life, and they portray that in their books.

This one is a little tough because I feel torn between John Green, Stephen Chbosky and Ava Dellaira. Basically, the people that make me feel all the emotions.

hpatpsCancer: A book that helped you get through a hard time in your life.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

These books are basically my own patronus lighting the way and shining happiness even in the darkest of places (hehe).

I, like many people, always turn to these books when I’m feeling my worst. The first and the third one I especially enjoy.

FangirlLeo: A book that made you feel inspired or empowered.

This is another where I am torn between multiple books.

Part of me wants to go for The Night Circus again, but I also want to say Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

This is because Cath is such a relate-able character for all of us fangirls (or boys).

Virgo: A book that you think is flawless.

Am I allowed to use Harry Potter again?

DIVERGENT_B_Format_UK.inddLibra: A sci-fi, fantasy or dystopian novel with the perfect balance of romance and action.

Divergent by Veronica Roth.

One of the aspects of Divergent I really enjoyed were the action scenes. There is a lot of action within this book whether this be in simulations, the training room, other areas of the Dauntless compound, as well as outside the Dauntless compound. There is definitely no lack of action in this book which fit perfectly against the more romantic scenes.

We Were LiarsScorpio: A book that turned out to be very different from what you expected.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

Anyone who has read this book knows that there is a big plot twist at the end, so while I didn’t really know what was going on when I first got into it, I definitely did not expect it to end the way it did.

I also love how I haven’t seen a single person mention the ending of this book, just in case someone who hasn’t read it stumbles upon some writing on it. It’s just lovely how no one wants to spoil it for anyone else.

perksSagittarius: A book you are very enthusiastic about, one you recommend to everyone.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

This is definitely top of my recommendations list (though not my blog one because I haven’t had the chance to write a review on it online yet).

I was going to say The Night Circus too, but of course, I’ve already mentioned that twice now.

Gone GirlCapricorn: A book where the main character never gives up in getting what they want.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

After a lot of thought I’ve chosen Gone Girl because Amy is a very determined character to say the least.

This book is also one of my favourites, so it is nice to give it a little mention every now and then.

Aquarius: A book unlike any other, with a uniqueness that sets it apart and makes it great.

city of bonesIs there a limit to how many times you can mention the same book? Because I really want to mention either The Night Circus, The Perks of Being a Wallflower or Harry Potter again. Oops. Instead, I think I am going to go for…

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

I have not mentioned this series in a long time. Also, if you haven’t read it yet, you may want to get a move on because the TV series is due to start in January!

the hunger gamesPisces: A book with a character who goes through immense character development.

Every book I have mentioned thus far is one I have loved and this last one is no exception.

Again, after a lot of thought, I have settled on:

Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Speaking of, the final film has just been released in cinemas (no wonder this book was in my head) and I cannot wait to go and see it.

Those are all the questions and due to this being a tag I wasn’t tagged in, I will not be tagging anybody to do it. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t do it, so please feel free to. If you do this tag please leave a link below so that I can view your responses.

The last thing I would like to mention is that I have an exciting post being published at 6pm GMT, so please do check back here for that, especially if you are a book lover.

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The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag.

Everyone is different, so there will always be situations in which you’re going to hate something others love and love something others hate. Rather than be embarrassed of having a different opinion, we should embrace them because you never know who else feels similarly and what other things these opinions can lead to, such as new books.

The unpopular opinion book tag is something I have been wanting to do for a while and although I have not been tagged, I have decided to do it for today’s Tag Tuesday.

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.

beautiful creaturesBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Of course, this isn’t the most popular book, but it has got a lot of good reviews and was liked enough to be made into a movie.

Personally, I really did not enjoy this book. My review of it is linked to the book cover, but to put it simply, I found this book to be too long and dull. I think it had potential, but in the end, every time I picked it up I dreaded flicking through the pages, but I was also determined to see what the fuss was about. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

love letters to the dead2. A popular book that everyone hates, but you love.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira.

It’s not that everybody hates this book, but I think they generally agree that it is okay.

I, on the other hand, really enjoyed this book and would defnitely recommend it to people who enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I agree that it s not as good, but I still loved it very much.

3. A love triangle where your ship did not sail.

vampire diariesIn quite a lot of cases, the couple I ship do tend to be endgame. As a result, I was puzzling over this question for a long time. One triangle which came to mind is Elena, Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith. In the books, it was clearly leaning towards Elena and Damon ending up together, but then they got a ghost writer in to steer Elena back towards Stefan. However, as the series has gone on, I have been enjoying the series less and less. Because of this, I want to stay loyal to the original author’s writing, and while I totally shipped Elena and Stefan, Smith always appeared to want Elena and Damon together.

4. A popular genre that you hardly reach for.

Historical fiction; it’s not something I actively seek out.

5. A beloved character you didn’t like.

hpatdhSeverus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

In particular, I am referring to the final book, Deathly Hallows, where everything about this character is uncovered, yet still I find it difficult to feel for him.

So many people ended up loving him by the end of the series, but I still struggle to justify his actions. After over a decade, he still couldn’t let go of incidents which had happened during his school days and just because you loathed someone, doesn’t mean you can take it out on their children.

6. A popular author you can’t get into.

No one really springs to mind for this one, but I’m sure that I’ll be able to update this someday.

7. A popular book series that you have no interest in reading.

50 Shades of Grey… Does that count as popular?

dear john8. An adaptation you like better than the book.

In terms of TV shows: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shephard..

For movies: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks.

The Pretty Little Liars series goes on for way too long. I eventually started reading them only because I had read the others and not because I enjoyed them and before long I had given up on them altogether, so I haven’t read the last two books at least. Meanwhile, despite the show’s ups and downs throughout the seasons, I have always loved it.

Dear John I found incredibly hard to get into and I just did not enjoy it as much as Sparks’ other novels. The movie however, I really enjoyed. Then again, it did star Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, two actors I love, so I may be a little biased.

Since I have not been tagged for this, I am not going to tag anybody, but if you are interested in doing this tag I encourage you to do it and leave a link below so that I can see your opinions.

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The Fall Time Cosy Book Tag.

I have not been tagged to do this, but I saw it over on Callum’s blog and wanted to do it myself.

dream a little dream1.Crunching Leaves: The world is full of colour. Choose a book that has reds, oranges and yellows on the cover.

Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.

Personally, I think this cover looks more summery than it does autumnal, but it does consist of a little red, orange and yellow.

Also,this was the first book which came to mind at the mention of these colours and I don’t think I actually have another, more autumnal, book covered in red and orange and yellow.

hpatps2. Cosy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cosy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

Along with Callum, I am picking Harry Potter.

How can I not?

I especially find it heartwarming reading the first of the series because Harry has found a place he can call home, he has found friends and through him we are introduced to this fantastic world of wizardry full of delicious treats and interesting characters and locations.

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favourite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

Something like Harry Potter because it’s comforting, but also any kind of horror/thriller would be suitable for this question. However, I know that I will read what I have next planned to read rather than choose according to the weather and how I’m feeling.

the night circus4. Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Possibly Poppet from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Anyone who has read this book will know how incredible the circus within the book is, so to be able to live there would be amazing, plus you would be able to travel do different locations all over the world. Also, in real life I have a brother who is almost five years older than me and because of this we are not particularly close, so I think it would be pretty cool to have a sibling, a twin even, who I was really close to like Poppet and Widget.

the sin eater's daughter5. Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

This is tough, is The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury under hyped?

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen talk about it since I started blogging, at least.

6. 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?

I don’t have any book I’m embarrassed of, simple.

7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall time comfort food/foods?

This isn’t restricted to fall, but pizza and chocolate or wine gums. The way to my heart though, is simply through a classic cheese and tomato pizza.

I am not tagging anybody this time around, but if you do this tag please let me know so that I can check out your responses.

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The Autumn Book Tag.

As a lover of autumn I was very happy to have been tagged for this, so thank you very much for tagging me Callum McLaughlin.

1. What is your favourite thing about autumn?

There is a lot I love about autumn: the colours associated with this time of year, the trees, the weather getting cooler, but still having some warmer days. Above all, I love this time of year for reading. On those colder, rainy days I feel so content just sat surrounded by pillows and a comfy jumper and a good book. Meanwhile, on the dryer and slightly warmer days I love going out and seeing the beauty that is autumn. Furthermore, autumn means Halloween and I do quite enjoy a horror/Halloween movie or two.

of mice and men2. What book reminds you of your school days?

A few really. The first book which comes to mind is the classic Of Mice and Men which basically everybody in this country has to read for GCSE English. Unfortunately, my copy is tainted by my brother’s days of studying the book at school, so it is covered in highlighter pen. The second book I remember reading is Lord of the Flies by William Golding and I remember absolutely loathing this book. The book was so dull and boring and while the descriptions were good, they were far too long and frequent throughout the book.

me earl etc3. What book cover reminds you of autumn?

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

I chose this book mostly because of the trees and the orange tinge to the green in the middle third of the cover. Additionally, the orange and red tones in the bottom third are rather autumnal as the shades aren’t too bright.

the woman in black4. What is your favourite horror or Halloween story?

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.

Honestly, I have only read three horror stories before, so I suppose that makes this quite easy. Two books were written by Susan Hill, but I only really enjoyed one of them so The Woman in Black it is!

Also, I don’t count John Dies at the End as a horror story; it was just too weird. Either way, it wouldn’t be my favourite.

5. What is your favourite horror or Halloween film?

I enjoy a good horror movie, but I haven’t really found one that I really like. This has proved difficult because I don’t seem to scare easily. However, I love Halloween and my favourite Halloween film for sure is Hocus Pocus! I have to watch it every year, preferably on Halloween night itself.

6. What fall book release are you most looking forward to?

There are a lot of books being released this season so this is tricky. Firstly, I am excited for Harry Potter, the illustrated edition, although that has been out for a little while now and I do already own it. Similarly, I was excited for Carry On by Rainbow Rowell as Carry On is actually a book from Rowell’s book Fangirl which I greatly enjoyed. There are more I was looking forward to, such as Rick Riordan’s new book, but those two I was anticipating the most.

7. What autumn movie release are you most anticipating?

I am personally more of a TV show kind of person, so I’ve had to do a little research for this question as I struggle to stay up to date with movies. However, my research did remind me that Pan was released this month which I had been excited about for a while.

8. What are three books you plan to read this autumn?

  • The Sisters by Claire Douglas.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (reread).
  • Either Dracula or Frankenstein; we are approaching Halloween, afterall.

Those are all my responses to all the tag questions and now I am going to tag three people:

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Also, please leave a comment and let me know whether you think I should read Dracula or Frankenstein first.

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