Thursday, 23 November 2017

Book Tag: A-Z

Hi everyone!

I'm back with a very belated post for the month, and if I'm being perfectly honest - November was a total disaster. It was basically the pinnacle of all my uni work (a little dramatic, but true) and I did not cope well. I've had a terrible semester all around really, with a few bad grades that have really brought my confidence down. But then right at the end of semester my Mum got sick and was in hospital for a couple of nights, and then just as she was getting better my Dad got sick. And then my sister. Then, once they were all fine again, we came home one night to my dog being terribly terribly ill and we had to rush him to the emergency vet and it was absolutely horrendous. He's okay now though, here's a picture of him looking very cute last week.

So the Monday following all that I had an exam and two big essays due. Had I started? Of course not. Everyone being sick + my normal procrastination + lack of motivation for the semester = one massive disaster. I studied for the exam and I think I went decently, but the essays were late and I hate it all. I've already got one grade back though and I got 72% so I'm stoked with that effort. But never again! Next year, this procrastination and motivation thing needs to be sorted out.

But I am on holidays now so it's not all terrible and I have until the middle of February! I started my manager training at work today so that is all very exciting and so far I've read a total of four books which is even more exciting (look forward to that wrap-up at the end of this month!) Today I'm here with the usual monthly book tag, this time the A-Z Book Tag! I found it over at the lovely blog of beautyfromkatie, so definitely go check out her answers.

A: author you've read the most from?
Excluding the obvious childhood authors where I read a ton of from son, I think it's a toss up between Cassandra Clare and Richelle Mead.

B: best sequel ever?
There can be no other answer to this question but A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. The first book, to me, was a five star read but then this one came along and blew everything out of the water and I looooved it.

C: currently reading?
Well this ties in nicely, because I'm actually reading the sequel (very belatedly) to the one above, and that is A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I'm around 150 pages in and really enjoying it so far.

D: drink of choice when reading?
I don't drink tea or coffee so I'm never left with many options for these questions! I'm just going to go with nothing for this one, because I'm a terrible klutz and drinking and reading would mean nothing but trouble.

E: e-reader or physical book?
Obviously the physical book. Nothing beats the feel of a book in your hands or physically turning the pages as you read and I love to look at them all lined up on my bookshelf. Plus, how could you smell an e-book?

F: favourite book series of all time?
This is a stupidly hard question. I love Harry Potter, and I love Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, and I love Game of Thrones. I really have no idea!

G: glad you gave a book a chance?
Definitely We Were Liars by E Lockhart. For some reason I had it in my head that I wouldn't like the book but I ended up loving it.

H: hidden gem?
Sooooo many. This time I'm going to go with The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long, as it is currently sitting out waiting to be re-read.

I: important moment in your reading life?
I don't actually know if I'm being honest - I've been a reader my whole life so it's not like there was ever a moment when I "got into reading." I can vividly remember my first Enid Blyton book, or the first book I borrowed out from the young adult section at the library. But I don't know if they're necessarily important moments in my reading life, or even what makes it an important moment.

J: just finished?
I've just finished reading The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson which I really really enjoyed. Definitely keep your eye out for that reading wrap-up at the end of this month, because I will for sure be raving about it then.

K: kind of books you won't read?
I don't think there's a kind of book I necessarily would all just not look at altogether, but I do seem to steer clear from a lot of non-fiction and also pure romance. Horror too, but I don't like horror movies so no surprise there!

L: longest book you've ever read?
Well I read Les Miserables once and that's an absolute whopper of a book. I've just checked and it is 1200 pages - so definitely the longest one!

M: major book hangover?
The last one I can remember getting where I had a proper slump after it was Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. That was an absolutely incredible book with an extremely poignant story which just left me unable to read anything else. I think I ended up reading Twilight to get me out of it, but anyway.

N: number of book cases you own?
I have two! One is very little, but very necessary or I would not be able to fit everything. Basically, the little one has all my childhood books and classics (every shelf is doubled, which you probably can't tell in the picture). Then my big one has all my uni work at the bottom and all my books on the rest of the shelves, plus all my perfumes. It's an absolute tip right now because we are repainting the house and all of the books from the lounge room have been shoved onto my bookshelves! So most of what you can see at the front belongs to my Mum and Dad (I swear it's not normally this messy or crowded!)

O: one book you've read multiple times?
I reread a lot of books, so this is kind of hard to choose. Avoiding the temptation to mention Harry Potter, I'm going to go with The Hobbit by J R R Tolkein.

P: preferred place to read?
My bed!

Q: quote that inspires you?
I'm really bad at remembering quotes or even remembering to write them down somewhere in the first place. I think I might just go with my year 12 yearbook quote: "those who don't believe in magic will never find it" (Roald Dahl).

R: reading regret?
I don't have any I'm pretty sure. I would never regret reading a book no matter how much I detested it. And I don't think I regret anything about reading in my childhood, because I have always read loads and I've always loved what I read.

S: series you started and need to finish?
I'm so embarrassed, but it's Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. This series is one of my favourites of all time and I still have not read the very last book I think I'm a little scared it's not going to end in a satisfactory way and I'm still not ready for it to end at at all. I've just finished rereading Vampire Academy though so by the end of next year I should be done with them all.

T: three favourite books of all time?
This is quite honestly one of the worst questions of all time. So I'm just going to pick the first three off the top of my head and just know there are many many more!
- The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
- All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin 
(Okay, sorry, those are all World War II books)

U: unapologetic fan girl for?
Everything - I won't apologise for enjoying a book, even when everyone else says it's trash (I have so many of these, I might do a separate post).

V: very excited for this release?
I'm not anticipating too many things at the moment actually, but the one I really want to read is the last Red Queen book by Victoria Aveyard, and that's War Storm.

W: worst bookish habit?
Ummmmm... I don't have any? I always use a bookmark, I don't bend the pages, etc etc. Maybe it's just that sometimes I get so lost in my book I forget the real world stuff I'm supposed to be doing?

X: x marks the spot; pick out the 27th book on your bookshelf
Literally cannot even see the books on my shelf, so this could be a challenge. It is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! I've recently just bought this and I think the cover is gorgeous - the spine looks amazing too.

Y: your latest purchase?
There was a few if I'm being honest, but the last one to arrive was Invictus by Ryan Graudin.

Z: zzz snatcher book (the last one that kept you awake)
Probably the last book I read, which I mentioned earlier, The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson.

And there we have it! I hope you don't mind the long and rambly book tag today - I had quite  a bit of fun writing it.

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