Bookish Book Lover Tag.

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I have been tagged to do yet another book tag – oh how I love book tags! – by Shannon. Thank you for tagging me and let’s get started!

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The Harry Potter Book Tag.

When I was first tagged to do this I mistakenly thought that I had already done this. It appears that I was wrong because I have previously done The Harry Potter Tag which is very different.

I was tagged to do this by two people: Not Capulet and Captivated By Fantasy. Thank you to the both of you for tagging me!

NirvanaFlagrate: A book that you found interesting that you would like to rewrite.

Not off to the best start, are we? This is a tricky one.

Nirvana by J. R. Stewart.

I’ve decided to go for this one because I remember reading and reviewing this book last year and I wasn’t really keen on the direction the story took. For that reason I think it is something I would want to rewrite as I did like the concept of the book.

You can read my review on this book here.

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar ChildrenAlohomora: The first book in a series which got you hooked.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

I have gone for a recent read for this question as I only just finished this book series yesterday, so it’s still very much in my head.

I absolutely love this book, the whole series even and each time I finished a book I was left itching for more and made immediate plans to get my hands on the next in the series.

Since this is quite a recent read I do have a review up for this book and you can find that here.

Accio: A book you wish you could have right now.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition by J. K Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay.

When the first illustrated book came out last year I instantly had to buy it and I fell in love with it, so it’s no wonder that I am really eager to see the next one. Besides, it feels appropriate to use this book for the tag and it’s always extremely difficult for me to do any kind of book tag and not include Harry Potter.

dark placesAvada Kedavra: A killer book.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

I find it funny that both of the people who tagged me to do this chose a book by Gillian Flynn.

What’s even funnier is that Gillian Flynn sprung to my mind too and Dark Places is my choice, which again is funny because each of the people who tagged me chose different books. In fairness though, any book by Flynn would be a good response.

I am actually a big fan of Flynn’s work and I have reviews of almost all of her novels and her novella here, including Dark Places.

john dies at the endConfundo: A book you find confusing.

John Dies at the End by David Wong.

I just don’t get it.

I still don’t get it.

I really cannot bring myself to think of this book any more, it was the weirdest and most random book I ever read, but if you are interested I will link my review.

Review here.

perksExpecto Patronum: Your spirit animal book.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

You’ve all seen me write about this book so many times that it probably isn’t shocking and an explanation is not really needed.

I want to write a proper review of this book as some point, just so I have one, but at the same time it feels unnecessary considering the countless tags this book has been mentioned in.

Gone GirlSectumsempra: A dark, twisted book.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Both the people who tagged me mentioned the same book, so I feel a bit out of the loop having not yet read it (seriously, I will read it, it’s currently on my bedside table just waiting for me to get around to it).

So, can I use Gillian Flynn again? I’m going to use Gillian Flynn again.

Dark? Twisted? Well, have you met Amazing Amy?!


the sistersApparecium: A book that surprised you in a great way.

The Sisters by Claire Douglas.

Nothing can surprise quite like a thriller!

This book didn’t surprise me because I enjoyed it, but because of the twists and turns along the way which despite being dark (also making this book appropriate for the previous question) was thoroughly enjoyable.

I do have a review up on this book which you can read here.

Thank you again Juliet and Shannon for tagging me!

I am going to tag:

If you do this tag let me know, I’d love to see your answers!

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Five Books You Must Read | Collab.

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“It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.” – Vincent van Gogh.

I know normal protocol for a Monday is a book review, but we’re switching things up a little this week. Here on driftinglexi it is Collab Week which means that each week day there will be a new post in which I will have worked with a different blogger. This means that this week I will be introducing you to five amazing bloggers to discuss some of my favourite topics: books, beauty and nails.

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The BFF Book Tag.

I have been tagged to do the BFF Book Tag by Booksandbakes1 and you should all definitely go and check out Charley’s blog. Also, this tag was created by CK’s Reading Corner.

dream a little dreamSetting the Example – a pair/group of book bff’s that you love:

Sarah and Carly from Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.

I loved this book and actually wrote a review on it here.

I also really enjoyed how, since the book focused on Sarah’s life, at the end there was short story centred more on Carly, although we did see a lot of Carly throughout the book too since she is one of Sarah’s best friends.

hpatpsChildhood Bestie – which book character would you like to have grown up with?

Hermione Granger from  Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

Hermione just seems like someone I would get along with really well. As much as I love Ginny and Luna from the series, I don’t think I’d have as much to talk to them about and while I also love Fred and George, I reckon I would quickly tire of their pranks since I am quite a serious person myself. Meanwhile, Hermione and I already have at least one thing in common: a love of books and reading.

I do have reviews of all the Harry Potter books which you can read here if you’re interested.

DIVERGENT_B_Format_UK.inddFrenemy – which book character would bring out your competitive side?

Peter from Divergent by Veronica Roth.

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a competitive person, but I suppose if I was thrown into the Dauntless faction I would quickly learn to be. As a result, Peter would bring out my competitive side for sure in this situation.

While I do not have a book review on Divergent to share, I do have some Divergent inspired nails for fellow fans to enjoy.

twilightFashion Guru – who would be the bestie whose closet you’d want to raid, or would want to go shopping with?

Alice Cullen from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

Although, I would probably regret it, haha.

However, I reckon you’d be guaranteed to walk away with bags and bags full of pretty clothes, even if the process of getting them feels long and tiring which makes Alice a good person to shop with. Plus, I bet her wardrobe is incredible too and probably enormous (I mean, it would have to be judging from the amount she appears to like to shop).

Vampire AcademyThe Bad Influence – which character would you want to commit a small act of rebellion with? (Go skinny dipping, sneak into a movie, have a drag race with etc.)

Adrian Ivashkov from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Honestly, I cannot even remember if he appears in the first book, haha, it has been a while since I read it!

I was kind of torn between a couple of male characters from this series, actually; however, I went with Adrian because he was always my favourite.

city of bonesBlood Brothers- which character would you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister? (You can do both if you want.)

I’m going to go with a big brother and sister here as they kind of go hand in hand anyway.

Alec and Izzy from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

They’re two of my favourite characters and seeing their interactions with Max earlier in the series demonstrates how they are as older siblings. Furthermore, they’re one of the few sibling relationships I’ve read about recently that doesn’t involve one of them mentally or physically (or both) harming the other for which I am grateful for as I love them both.

hpathbpMother Hen – which character would you want to be by your side when you’re having a bad day to cheer you up?

Molly Weasley from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

When her children are upset or feeling down I bet she is such a comforting person to have around and she always seems to know what’s going on (to an extent anyway, I bet Fred and George always kept her on her toes!).

The Counsellor – which character would you go to for relationship advice (or) confide a secret to?

Can I say Molly again?

I mean, in Half-Blood Prince Tonks seems to go to Molly when she needs advice regarding Remus…

clockwork angelMore Than Friends – who would be your book bf/gf? (If you like both genders you can chose one of each, but only one choice per gender.) 

Jem or Will?

Will or Jem?

I always struggled to pick over the two of them and the fact that everyone else seems to love Will more actually pushes me further towards Jem.

Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare it is.

That is it for the questions and my, some of those were incredibly hard! Next hard decision is picking a few bloggers to tag:

Thank you again Charley for tagging me and I look forward to seeing everyone else’s responses.

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Disney Book Tag.

I’m not going to lie, I was extremely excited to have been tagged to do this, I mean Disney? Books? Count me in! Thank you so much to Whimsy Journals for tagging me.

city of bonesThe Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a fish out of water:

Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

I feel like The Mortal Instruments is a series I can refer to a lot throughout this tag, but I’m going to use now as it was the first thing that jumped into my head.

In the first book, City of Bones, Clary is suddenly thrust into a world of Shadowhunters and demons and the like, so she is most definitely out of her element here.

changers drewCinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation:

Ethan/Drew from Drew (Changers #1) by T. Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper.

Ethan goes through a transformation both physically and mentally. I mean, he turns until a girl overnight, is that not enough? He/she then finds out that she’s a Changer who transform into different people and this is used as a way to help them understand people as well as discover who they are. Ultimately, being able to change their identity and understand people is supposed to be beneficial for the world, exactly how though we have yet to discover…

I have written a review of this book here though in case you are intrigued and fancy reading more about it.

Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters:

Basically any book by Rick Riordan.

I mean his books each have countless characters. There’s always at least three main characters, each of whose perspective we get to read from, plus we have all of the wonderful Gods and the interesting monsters and the other demi-gods… That’s definitely a great and diverse range of characters right there.

FrankensteinSleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

I really expected and hoped that I would like this book. My best friend and I even had an inside joke related to Frankenstein, so I really wanted to be able to love this book, but I didn’t.

The writing in this book just bored me so much,it’s highly likely that I did actually fall asleep reading it; however, if you would like to read my review on it, I have it here.

perksThe Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

I end up mentioning this book a lot in book tags because I love it so much that if it applies to a category, I am definitely gong to use it and I’ve mentioned it so much now that it’s just making me want to read it again.

I’m not going to outline what happened to our main character, Charlie, in this book because it is something which is uncovered at the end of it and I therefore do not want to spoil it, but if you’ve read it, you know.

hpatgofBeauty and the Beast – a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by but found the story to be beautiful:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling.

Now I know that Order of the Phoenix was bigger, but Goblet of Fire was a massive jump in length after Prisoner of Azkaban and its enormity in my small hands scared me.

In fact, it wasn’t until a few years later that I actually read the book and ever since it has been one of my favourite Harry Potter books (though I probably say that about all of them, haha). Recently, I have also written a review on this book here.

Aladdin – a character that gets their wish granted, for better or worse:

I really cannot think of a single character in a book who has their wish granted… If you can think of anyone let me know in the comments below, haha!

tmohtbiMulan – a character who pretends to be something or someone they’re not:

Bree from The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne.

Bree decides that she wants to be, well, more interesting  in order to help aid her writing and the way she tries to do this is by doing what everybody else is doing and being “popular” at school. Needless to say, it doesn’t work out as Bree planned…

This is another book I have written a review for, in fact, this must have been one of my first few reviews which you can read right here.

city of heavenly fireToy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life:

I’m going to go back to The Mortal Instruments for this one and also combine it with The Infernal Devices, both by Cassandra Clare.

This is because I love all of the characters so much, they are all wonderfully written with unique personalities and we even have more characters to come as this year Clare’s next series featuring the shadowhunter world comes out.

Another reason I chose these books is because the alternative would have to be Harry Potter, which I happen to be saving for the next category.

hpatoofpDisney descendants – your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character:

One of my favourite villains is likely to be Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

I don’t know why, but I just love Bellatrix.

It’s also strange because I was devastated when Sirius died and was sad when I found out what had happened to Neville’s parents. I suppose her… insanity, I suppose, just makes her a wonderful villain in the series (aside from the obvious, main villain).

Also, similar to Goblet of Fire, I have a review for all of the Harry Potter books, including Order of the Phoenix, pictured above.

Those are all of the categories and now it is my turn to tag some lovely people. I tag:

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Celebrity Book Tag.

I haven’t done a tag for quite a while so when the lovely Pajamareader tagged me to do this book tag, I couldn’t say no; I love book tags! So, let’s get straight into it!

city of bonesEmma Watson – a book with a hot, kick-butt female character:

Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

Hopefully, all of you are aware of this series by now, so it’s not shocking I’ve chosen Izzy.

Have any of you been watching the Shadowhunters series? It may not be the best at the moment, but I am desperately hoping that it will be getting better!

fourRyan Gosling – a book with the hottest male character:

Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Hot male characters are not difficult to find in the world of books, but I’ve chosen to go for Four.

I don’t feel like I speak a lot about Divergent, and this probably isn’t helped by the fact that I never wrote a review about them since I read them long before starting this blog. However, you may recall from a recent post of mine that I want to reread the whole series.

clockwork angelAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – a book with your favourite fictional book couple:

Oh, my favourite, that certainly makes things tough. I’m thinking Tessa and Will from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

At least this way I technically am not repeating series as my alternate answer would have been Alec and Magnus from The Mortal Instruments by the same author.

illuminaeShailene Woodley – author you’ve recently discovered and loved:

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff wrote Illuminae, already one of my favourite books for this year.

Prior to reading this book I had never read anything by either of them and now I definitely want to!

Fortunately, these two authors are also working on more books together because Illuminae is a part of a series and book two is due to be released later this year.

the grownupJosh Hutcherson – favourite short story or novella:

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.

I love Flynn and everything she has written so this is hardly a shock, plus I haven’t read very many short stories or novellas. This means that I don’t actually have a lot to really compare it too.

I do have a review for The Grownup which you can read here.

hpatgofDwayne Johnson AKA The Rock – favourite Big Book (over 500 pages):

My first thought is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling with 636 pages.

After getting through this book in only four days, when Order of the Phoenix came out it didn’t look so big and scary.

I also have a review for this book (and all the Harry Potter bookshere.

Leonardio DiCaprio – a series with the most upsetting death (NO SPOILERS):

Harry Potter was very upsetting with several character deaths…

FrankensteinKristen Stewart – a book you found boring:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Yawn.

I’m sorry.

Maybe.

eleanor and parkIan Somerhalder and his cat – cutest book on your shelf:

In terms of the story or the front cover? I suppose in many circumstances a cute book will have a cute cover, so I suppose that helps.

I am going to go with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Who doesn’t love this book, or even this couple?!

Jennifer Lawrence – perfect book or series:

And here is the perfect time to refer you to my Recommendations page because basically everything on there, in my opinion, is perfect.

I am going to tag:

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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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