The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Emily from A Literary Life for tagging me to do this all the way back in November! It’s taken a while for me to get around to it, but I’m excited about taking part again. Thank you Emily!

I’ve actually taken part in this award twice before, back in 2016 (that post is a little embarrassing…), and last year.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Select 7 blogs/bloggers that you’ve discovered recently or regularly follow.
  4. Nominate those 7 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I’m a photography student currently in my first year of a BA Degree.
  2. I properly joined the world (seemingly from under a rock) last year, and watched Game of Thrones, Friends, and read and watched Harry Potter!
  3. I’m currently packing to go to Greece next week. I’ve never been before so I’m really excited!
  4. My boyfriend and I just moved from our little flat into a house, and I now have a new bookshelf setup you can see here.
  5. I love baking and Stardew Valley, to name a few things I do when I’m not reading!
  6. I have 58 unread books, which is probably the lowest it’s been in a long time.
  7. My favourite genre at the moment is YA fantasy, but for a long, long time contemporary and romances were my favourite!

Nominations

Brianna the Bookworm
A Book a Thought
Aqua Pages
Artemisia Books
My Bookish Dream
Kiera’s Bookish Thoughts
Blogging for Dopamine

Of course anyone else who wants to take part is welcome to consider themselves tagged!

-Beth

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

First of all, a big thank you to Emily for nominating me! I’ve done this tag a few times over my time as a blogger, but I enjoy doing this one as the questions change every time. So let’s get on with it!

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Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog?

11 Questions from Emily

1.Which fictional character do you think best represents you?

I’m probably a cross between Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood (and also Tessa from The Infernal Devices). I think Hermione reflects most bookworms out there, but I’m definitely a little more eccentric than her!

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2. Which fictional character do you love, but think would be horrible in real life?

AIDAN from The Illuminae Files is definitely one of my favourite villains, and he has a heart in there somewhere! But I’d be way too scared to meet him in real life (or, like, be in the ship he controls).

3. What’s one of your favourite blog posts that you would like to receive a little more love? (Because I want to give it more love!).

The thing I’m most proud of is definitely my bookmark Etsy shop, but seconding that is the masterlist of every book I own! I also still reflect back on my review for A Very Large Expanse of Sea.

4. Do you tend to read only one book at a time, or multiple?

I’m definitely a one-book-at-a-time reader, however I will pick up a non-fiction/uni related book while reading a fiction.

5. Do you ever listen to audiobooks? If so, what do you like about them? If not, why not?

I’ve actually never listened to an audiobook in my life. I don’t know, I just don’t see it being for me. I love physical books so much. However I do see why other people love them so much and I should definitely give them a go sometime!

6. What are you reading at the moment? Are you enjoying it?

Interestingly, I’ve picked up East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I told my lovely boyfriend Josh that he could pick a book for me to read after I finished all my Cassandra Clare books. He recommended me this, and even though I don’t really read classics I’m actually enjoying it!

7. Do you have a favourite genre? If so, what is it?

At the moment it’s definitely YA/NA fantasy. I used to be a contemporary/romance girl, but I love fantasy at the moment!

8. Who gave you your love of reading?

It’s just something I’ve done as long as I remember – my mum read to me and my brother when we were children, starting with simple Mr Men books and then Enid Blyton. I’ve read since I could read, and I used to love Roald Dahl! However, my grandad also loves reading and reads about as much as me (if not more).

9. What’s your favourite way to relax?

If it’s not picking up a book, I love playing a game. At the moment, Stardew Valley is still my go-to game, especially to relax. If I’m stressed out or upset however, I turn to the kitchen and bake!

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10. Are there any characters in one of your favourite books that you really don’t like?

It took me a long time to like Jessamine from The Infernal Devices – but I think that’s intentional on Cassie’s part.

11. Do you read nonfiction? If so, what do you like reading the best?

Yes I guess so! I devour everything Harry Potter, including behind the scenes and making of the movies. I also have a specific love for travel books, and I read about photography as it’s the subject I’m currently studying at university.

My nominations

  1. Lori’s Bookshelf Reads
  2. Rustic Pages
  3. Kristin Kraves Books
  4. Aqua Pages
  5. A Book a Thought
  6. Kerri the Book Belle
  7. Books and Bubble Tea
  8. Whimsy Pages
  9. Brianna the Bookworm
  10. A Court of Coffee and Books
  11. Geronimo Reads

My questions

  1. When do you read more, day or night?
  2. How many unread books do you own?
  3. Which 2019 release are you super excited for?
  4. Which authors are on your auto-buy list?
  5. Which book do you hate/dislike and everyone loves?
  6. Name a book or series you’d love to see as a movie or TV show.
  7. How many books are too many in a series?
  8. Name your favourite bookish group of friends. (by this I mean a group of friends in a book, such as the gang from Six of Crows or the boys from The Raven Cycle!)
  9. Which book(s) do you have fond memories of?
  10. What’s your favourite bookish map?
  11. Other than reading, what do you love to do?

Thank you for reading and I hope you decide to join me in this tag!

-Beth

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Nope Book Tag

Nope Book Tag

Yay I love tags! And being tagged for things always makes me smile. Thank you Lori from Lori’s Bookshelf Reads for tagging me for the Nope Book Tag. I’m so excited for this (complaining about books I didn’t like is always fun) so let’s get started!

Nope Ending:
A book that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was terrible.

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I mean honestly, what did I expect. But still, Adam Silvera, you break my heart. As much as I love this book, it still has to fit into this topic!

Nope Protagonist:
A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

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I do not think I have ever disliked a main character with such an intensity as this one.

Nope Popular Pairing:
A “ship” you don’t support.

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Juliette and Warner. I will never support these two.

Nope Protagonist action/decision:
A character decision that made you shake your head.

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I do want to give this series another go, but I don’t agree with who she ends up with so I’m so torn!

Nope Genre:
A genre you will never read.

I have to agree with Lori and say books written in stanzas or poetry format!

Nope Book Format:
A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

Unfortunately, ebooks. I don’t hate them or have anything against people who read them, but I don’t have an ereader, so reading ebooks on my phone/PC gives me headaches.

Nope Trope:
A trope that makes you go nope.

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I’m only using this as an example because you guys should know how much I adore the Shadowhunter books, but brother/sister romances.

Nope Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

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I keep seeing this book everywhere but it just doesn’t interest me!

Nope Cliché/pet peeve:
A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Characters being excused for their actions because they’re ‘special’ in some way.

Nope Love Interest:
The love interest that’s not worthy of being one/a character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

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Either of these. Another popular book I really didn’t enjoy!

Nope Book:
A book that shouldn’t have existed.

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This book and the last one should never have been written.

Nope Villain
A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

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Sebastian all the way.

Nope Death
A character death that still haunts you.

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Nope Author
An author you have had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.

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I don’t exactly hide how much I hate this book (hence my review, 13 Reasons Why I Hated It), and there is no way in hell I will pick up another of his books.

I tag: Hannah | Sophie | Eline |Britt | Brianna

Tagged some awesome women! Thank you for interacting with my blog/me recently or for just being a great friend 🙂

-Beth

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Harry Potter Book Tag

Harry Potter Book Tag

I found this tag on Luna’s Little Library ages ago and I’ve been wanting to take part ever since! As no one has actually tagged me, I’m just going to go ahead and take part.

Before I start, check out Luna’s Little Library and I’d love to credit the original post maker but I’m not quite sure who the genius was!

Which house are you in?

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I’m a proud Hufflepuff and I love my house! I think it suits me perfectly 🙂

What is your patronus?

A beautiful white stallion.

What is your wand?

It’s apparently a Rowan wood with unicorn hair core 13 3/4″ and quite bendy flexibility! Thanks Pottermore.

What would your boggart be?

Probably spiders.

Which position would you play in Quidditch?

I can actually see myself as a seeker!

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Would you be a pure blood, half blood or muggle born?

I think muggle born.

What job would you want after graduating Hogwarts?

Running a bookshop or cafe in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley!

Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

That’s such a hard question! I think the invisibility cloak.

Favourite book/movie? Least favourite book/movie?

Goblet of Fire is my favourite! As for least..I don’t know. Maybe Half-Blood Prince or Order of the Phoenix?

Favourite character?

This is hard! I relate most to Hermione.

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Least favourite character?

Umbridge.

Favourite teacher?

Professor Sprout! Or Mcgonagall.

Least favourite teacher?

It’d have to be Umrbidge again.

Unpopular opinion about the series?

This might be a strange answer, but as I wrote a whole report about this a while ago, I’m going to go with it. I don’t think the series was under representative. In fact, it accurately represented Britain at the time of the first book being published. (If anyone wants proof, I will happily give you my 10-page, referenced, sourced report).

Anywayyy, I won’t be tagging anyone as I wasn’t tagged! So go ahead and join me if you thought this looked as fun as I did 🙂

-Beth

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2018 Reading Survey

2018 Reading Survey

Hi all! I’ve been wanting to do this survey for a few weeks so I thought I’d give it a go before we get too far into the New Year! I found this survey on Life of a Literary Nerd (go check her awesome blog out!) and it was created by Perpetual Page Turner.

There are quite a lot of questions in this survey so I’m just going to answer the ones that mean the most to me!

2018 Reading Stats

Number of books: 67
Number of re-reads: 1
Genre you read the most from: YA Fantasy

Questions

1.Best book you read in 2018?

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This was such a hard question, but after a lot of deliberation I had to choose my favourite Harry Potter book.

2. Most surprising book you read (in a good or bad way)?

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I say this because I found More Happy Than Not so underwhelming so I was surprised when I picked up Silvera’s other books and adored them so much!

3. Best series you started in 2018?

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Other than Harry Potter which naturally takes the top spot – it has to be The Infernal Devices.

4. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

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I honestly discovered some brilliant authors, but this book bagged Tahereh Mafi the top spot.

5. Favourite cover of 2018?

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This was a hard one, but how could I not say this beauty?

6. Book you can’t believe took you so long to finally pick up?

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What else?

7. Which book made you cry in 2018?

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I’m an emotional reader – and a lot of books bought me close to tears. But this one had me sobbing at 1am, tears streaming down my cheeks!

Did I skip over a question you want to know the answer to? Drop me a comment below and I’ll answer!

-Beth

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Book Tag: 20 Questions Pt. 2

Book Tag: 20 Questions Pt. 2

Welcome back to part 2 of this post! This tag is covering 20 Bookish Questions You Never Asked, which I am going to be answering for you anyway. Before we start, here is the first part of this tag, and let’s just give another shoutout to the wonderful Emma because I love her blog and found the tag over there.

11. Newest book you’ve read?

I’m going to hazard a guess and say Save the Date by Morgan Matson is probably the newest book I’ve read? (Review here.) I’m trying very hard to control my book-buying, which is why most of the books I read have been purchased last year or before!

12. Favourite author?

What an impossible question! Lauren James, Morgan Matson, Jennifer Niven, Jandy Nelson, Charlotte Bronte. To name a few off the top of my head anyway!

13. Buying books or borrowing?

I think the fact I own around 250 books proves how I feel about this. Buying, because then you can keep it and hold it and smell it and take photos of it forever?

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Definitely Thirteen Reasons Why. I would say The Fault in Our Stars, but I don’t really dislike it as such, I just have differing opinions.

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

What kind of devil dog ears a book?

16. A book you can always reread?

I’m going to say Jane Eyre, because I’ve read that book 3 times throughout my short life and it has really grown with me!

17. Can you read with background noise?

I can, but I tend to read in silence, before bed or when I wake up.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

Generally one, but it depends whether it’s done well or not. Some of my absolute favourites are POV, but mainly I love one POV.

19. Do you read books in one sitting or over a number of days?

cannot read books in one sitting, if that means without doing something else in between. I pretty much always read over a course of days, rarely reading a book within a day.

20. Who do you tag?

Right now, I stayed up until 3am last night, it’s currently 11pm and I want sleep, to be frank. So whoever wants to do this, I tag you!

-Beth

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Book Tag: 20 Questions Pt. 1

Hey, yet another book tag I wasn’t tagged for! But it looked so intriguing I couldn’t help but take it for myself. I found this on Emma’s blog, which is one of my favourite blogs in the world and go check it out! Anyway, one of the things I love to do is share more about the person behind this blog – me. So today I’m going to be writing about 20 Bookish Questions You Never Asked. We have a lot to cover so I’m going to do this in two parts, and let’s start part one now!

1. How many books are too many in a series?

I honestly think this depends on the series, but as an all-rounder I’m going to say 4? And I only say that because four books feels so much more daunting that three!

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I guess they’re good as long as they’re in a series and as long as I have the next book to read immediately.

3. Hardback or paperback?

Wow this one is always so hard and I could be indecisive about this for so long! I’d say hardbacks because they’re harder to damage and prettier (with under-dust-jacket details too!), but I do have a kind of thing against dust-jackets and sometimes prefer paperbacks.

So it depends on the design, but overall paperback for the cost/storage/ease of travel!

4. Favourite book?

Oh my, I find this question so hard because I swear my favourite book changes all the time but looking at my shelf right now I’m thinking I’ll Give You the Sun stands out the most?

5. Least favourite book?

Okay this one is so much easier. Thirteen Reasons Why. Click here for exactly thirteen reasons why I hate it and it MAKES ME WANT TO SHOUT AND RANT EW.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

It depends on whether they’re done well, but I guess I’m not against them?

7. The most recent book you DNF’d?

I usually DNF books thinking I’ll pick them up later. The most recent book was The Hate U Give, but only because I bought a load of books while I was one chapter in and wanted to swap really badly.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently reading Save the Date by Morgan Matson! I’m really enjoying it even through the cliche feel.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

I recommended Leah on the Offbeat to my lovely friend Courtney the other day after I finished it! You can see why in my review, which will be up on Tuesday.

10. Oldest book you’ve read?

I think, as far as I can remember, that it’s Jane Eyre, which also happens to be one of my absolute favourite books!

I’m really excited to carry on with this post! Check out my blog next Friday to find out the answers to the final 10 questions.

-Beth

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