A-Z Book Tag – Blogtober

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I love doing a tag and I haven’t done one in a good while. I saw Lois from LoisReadsBooks post this one a few months ago and have been meaning to do it ever since. It’s a bit of a longer one but it was a lot of fun (especially since I love making lists and that’s what this felt like!). If you fancy doing this book tag yourself, go for it!

Author you’ve Read the Most Books From
It’s probably Sophie Kinsella! Years ago now, I became obsessed with the Shopaholic series and though I haven’t read them for a while, I’d definitely pick them up again. They bring me joy and are such easy, happy, funny reads. I’ve read a couple of her other books too and I remember loving I’ve Got Your Number.

Best Sequel Ever
Genuinely still adore Catching Fire in The Hunger Games trilogy. It’s a wonderful sequel and I preferred it to the first in the series. I loved all these books but Catching Fire is truly brilliant.

Currently Reading
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Drink of Choice Whilst Reading
If I’m at home and settling in to a solid reading session I like to make myself some loose leaf tea. I bought a filter teapot a while ago and I LOVE loose leaf tea. It makes me feel all happy and cosy to have this whilst reading. If not, then a water is always great.

E-Reader or Physical Book
I prefer reading a physical book however I also love e-readers. Now, I’ve barely used my Kindle over the past year or two but that’s mainly because I have so many books in my room I want to get read! I love with e-readers that you can change the page and word colours so they don’t hurt your eyes at night and are easier to read from. I will hear no hate for e-readers – even if you yourself aren’t a fan, they are brilliant resources for so many people!

Fictional Character You Probably would have Actually Dated in High School
I don’t know with this one. I want to say someone like Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe but also I definitely wouldn’t have dated him! I wan’t really someone who dated anyone at secondary school so probably (very boring answer) no one.

Glad You Gave this Book a Chance
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan! We read this for our Book Club and I wasn’t quite sure going into it. It didn’t sound like it would be my type of thing. However, I loved it! I can’t wait for the sequel. I highly recommend it, even if you’re not a huge fantasy reader!

Hidden Gem Book
For this, I’m going to say the Stripes anthology, A Change is Gonna Come. I’m only putting this as a hidden gem because I don’t know many people who’ve read it and it has some brilliant stories and poems in it! It also has known authors and debut authors who were showcased with this and some of which now have their own novels out, such a Yasmin Rahman and Aisha Bushby, both of who are wonderful people!

Important Moment in your Reading Life
I have two things I remember from being a kid. One is my mum and dad reading these two bedtime story books with me before bed. One of them had a Christmas themed one and they used to read it to us on Christmas Eve night each year. I always loved my mum and dad reading with us. The other is taking books from my school library home with me and often rereading the same ones. These seem like small things but I always remember them.

Just Finished
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. It was a great little read and really showed her personality through the writing!

Kind of Books you Won’t Read
I try not to turn my nose up at anything specific but I don’t really delve into much that’s set 1800s or before!

Longest Book you’ve Read
According to Goodreads, it’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! I’ve been halfway through Anna Karenina for about 5 years now…

Major Book Hangover because of
With the Harry Potter series, I always struggle to pick up a different book after finishing because I’m so into the world and the characters. However, on a completely different note, after finishing We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a good few weeks! I had the same reaction with the film too.

Number of Bookcases you Own
I have one kind of book case which has four shelves but the bottom one is bigger and has my record player on it. I now have six shelves for books in my room and this is a good amount right now! When I have my own house, I really want a full length book case in my living room or office room (maybe both…).

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times
I’ve read the Harry Potter series about 7/8 times but since this is one book I will say The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky which I’ve read a good few times and dip into often.

Preferred Place to Read
I love curling up on the sofa in my house. We have a really comfy new chair now in the conservatory and I think this is my new favourite spot.

Quote that Inspires You
“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multiple of drops?” – Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

I love this quote so much and this whole book to be honest. It’s definitely one of my favourites and after reading it I genuinely thought differently about the world and the way humans act.

Reading Regret
I don’t think I have one for this? Maybe just not always reading what I wanted to read because I felt pressured by others.

Series You Started but Need to Finish
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan! I’ve still only read the first one and have been meaning to continue for ages but just never get round to it.

Three of Your All-Time Favourite Books

  1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  3. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Unapologetic Fangirl for
Angie Thomas, Alice Oseman, Akemi Dawn Bowman, Nina LaCour… I love their work! I’m sure there are many others I have missed.

Very Excited for this Release More than Others
Possibly Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan! I can’t wait to start this!

Worst Habit
I do like reading more than one book at once however I do have a bad habit of starting a few then getting into a rut where I don’t finish any of them! So I have to pick carefully which books I read at the same time.

X Marks the Spot – the 27th Book on Your Shelf
Go Set a Watchmen by Harper Lee which (surprisingly) I haven’t yet read.

Your Latest Book Purchase
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – I found a hardback for £1.50 in a charity shop!

Zzzz Snatcher
I remember reading We Were Liars by E. L. Lockhart and being so into it that I had to read it to find out what really happened! The mystery of it was brilliant and it definitely kept me up all night.

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