The Reader Problems: Book Tag

Blogging is something I’ve not done a lot of recently and I want to ease myself back into it. Normally my way of doing this is via a tag and I came across this one on @DuskAngelReads. I wasn’t tagged or anything, but I’ve seen it around and it is one I haven’t done before so I thought it would give me the push I need to get back into the habit of blogging. Also reading, but that’s a point for another day.

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The Bookshelf Tag

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I forgot to write and schedule a post for today so I’m going to do a tag in the hope it fills the gap! I found the Bookshelf Tag on Kristina’s blog Books and Dachshunds and it looked like fun. Besides it has been a while since I showed off my bookshelves and I’ve accumulated a few more books so things have moved around a little.

Anyway, I don’t want to ramble so let’s just get into the tag!


HOW MANY BOOKSHELVES DO YOU HAVE?

I have three bookcases, and two other shelves on the side of my wardrobe that I use for books. I’ve also taken up one or two shelves on the family bookcase.

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR BOOKSHELVES? OR HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?

I have no idea. Probably between 200-300.

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKS?

Genre then alphabetisation. However my History Non-Fiction shelf is organised chronologically by time period.

WHAT IS THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

So I can interpret this in two ways – oldest as in publication date, or the first book I received/bought.

In terms of publication date, I think that would be Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. First book received/bought is The Chronicles of Narnia. I got the full box set as a child, and I’m pretty certain a few years before receiving Harry Potter!

WHAT IS THE NEWEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

Again, a question that could be interpreted two ways.

Newest in terms of publication date is Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft.
Newest in terms of the book buying/receiving is Mythos by Stephen Fry, and Part of Your World: Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell which I bought earlier this afternoon!

WHAT IS THE LONGEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

Surprisingly enough it is not a SJM book! The winner of the longest book award goes to The Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory, but then it is a bind up of three books in a series.

WHAT IS THE SHORTEST BOOK YOU OWN?

I don’t really know if it counts as a book or not but I have this book/booklet thing called Home Guard Humour by Campbell McCutcheon. I discovered it on the hunt for a piece of history coursework at university and it contains a lot of cartoons and information about the Home Guard, which for those of you who don’t know, was the largest civilian army in England during the Second World War. The cartoons are very reminiscent of Dad’s Army, but it gives you an interesting insight into the Home Guard and how it was important to British morale and general protection of the Home Front at the time.

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WHAT IS THE PREDOMINANT GENRE ON YOUR SHELF?

I have a mixture of genres but I’d be lying if the predominant genre wasn’t YA Fantasy.

HAVE YOU DONE A BOOKSHELF TOUR?

Yes. It was earlier this year and I’ll leave a link to that here.

GO ON A RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR AND TALK ABOUT THE BOOK THAT CORRESPONDS WITH THAT NUMBER

The number generator gave me #4 and the fourth book on the shelf I can see directly in front of me is Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. I’ve only read this once, around the age of 12 (I think). I hadn’t heard of it at the time but it was on a Summer reading list I’d been given by my English/Form teacher and I remember my mother buying quite a few of the books for me, including this one which I obviously read and I really liked it. I liked it that much I wrote a summary/review, made it artsy and gave it to my Yr 8 English teacher, who then included it in one of the classroom displays. I feel bad that I cannot remember exactly what happens though – just that a group of kids paddle on a boat to a remote island somewhere in the Lake District and have fun adventures. It is currently sat somewhere on the to re-read list and I have no idea when I’ll get around to it.

DO YOU HAVE FAN MERCHANDISE OR ANY OTHER DECORATIONS ON YOUR BOOKSHELF?

I have a few knick knacks scattered across my shelves, some of them Disney-related but most of them are on their own particular shelves.

SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF!

Left to right – the Fairytale Retelling/Disney and miscellaneous shelves, YA, General Adult Fiction/reference/French

Apologies for the poor quality in photos. I wasn’t having much luck in battery power and angles were awkward!

I TAG (aka show me your shelves!)

No idea, so I’m going to leave this open for you all!


Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!
xx

The Unique Blogger Award

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It is time for the second tag of the month and this time, I was nominated by the lovely Michaela at Journey into Books for the Unique Blogger Award. I know I’ll say this for nearly every award, but I’m always pleasantly surprised whenever I get a nomination and it is nice to see so much positivity and support for everyone in the blogging community.

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3 Days 3 Quotes

Hello.

Welcome back to the third and final day of the 3 Day 3 Quotes tag.

You can click on the links if you want quotes 1 and 2.


Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thanks again Zoë).
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

I’m writing this up on the day we found out about the death of Stephen Hawking and when the news broke, this quote of his really spoke to me.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. However difficult life may seem there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

I tag:

Pages and Tea
Nikki at Books and Lemon Squash
Mandy at Book Princess Reviews


And that is that for the tag.
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!
xx

3 Days 3 Quotes

Hello!

Today is Day 2 of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag. Here’s the link to Day 1 if you want another glimpse at yesterday’s quote.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thanks again Zoë).
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

The question now is what could be the perfect quote to mark this day and also my 26th birthday?

Hmm…

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

I tag:

Lia at Lost in a Story
Karis at Karis Books
Amanda at Peaks and Pages


Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!
xx

Soul Ripping Romance Tag

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How is everyone today?

I don’t know what I’ll be like when this post actually goes live, but as of right now, it is 4am and I can’t sleep. Quite a few things are driving me crazy but my general lack of sleep is right at the top of the list! I don’t know how that is affecting the quality of my blog posts but I’ll admit I tend to get more done at this stupid time of the morning.

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Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

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I’ve been rather unsuccessful recently in knowing what to post and talk about but this morning when I was flicking through WordPress, I noticed that one of my new followers, Fire to the Poppies, posted this very Beauty and the Beast Book Tag, based on Disney’s live action adaptation that is being released March 2017. Now if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might know that I adore Disney and that my favourite film of all time happens to be Beauty and the Beast. Belle is also the character I have related to the most since I was little, and not just in terms of loving books. Therefore, I could not pass up the opportunity to do this tag. It was originally created by Kirsty and the Cat Read and I cannot wait to get into it so let’s get started.

Tale as old as time – a popular theme, trope, or setting you will never get bored of reading.

A main female protagonist who happens to be the lost/supposedly dead princess of their world. I’m not mentioning names of two series I know with this trope but regardless of how many times I predict this happening, I’ll still read and enjoy them.

Belle – a book you bought for its cover that’s just as beautiful inside too:

There are quite a few but one that sticks out to me is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In fact every edition of this book has the most stunning covers I’ve seen. Inside the prose is beautifully written, the detail is amazing, and you certainly feel the magic of this mysterious circus.

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Beast – a book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild. I was expecting the romance to take centre stage but I really liked that it was downplayed and used as a secondary arc instead. I also didn’t expect some of the plot twists so that was a nice surprise.

Gaston – a book everyone loves but you don’t.

Any book written by Rainbow Rowell, especially Fangirl and Carry On. I really didn’t like either of these books for multiple reasons and was happy to remove them from my shelves.

LeFou – a loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.

I’m going to choose two from the same series and they are Simon and Magnus in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I love these two so so much for their sarcasm, wittiness and all-round brilliance.

Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumière and Cogsworth – a book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable. 

I always love re-reading Pride and Prejudice or the Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet when things get a little crazy because no matter the adaptation, the main story always provides the hope that one can escape the madness with a little patience and resilience.

Something There – a book or series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.

For me that was Harry Potter. I liked the first few books, and whilst the Prisoner of Azkban is my favourite, I got more into the series (the books and films) with the last few books, due to the maturity and darker content.

Be our Guest – a fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner. 

Oh, definitely left the hardest one until last. I think I would have to go for Jo from Little Women.

And that’s that. Now I feel the real need to watch Beauty and the Beast again, or listen to its soundtrack.

Thanks for reading!

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