The Mystery Blogger Award

I haven’t done a book tag in ages, they’re so much fun do, so I thought now would be a perfect time! I want to say a huge thank you to the lovely Georgia @Lost in Neverland for tagging me and if you don’t already follow her then please do, she’s so lovely is always posting fabulous content that I know you will all enjoy! Book tags are the perfect way to get to know everyone better, so I hope you enjoy reading my answers and learning a little more about me! 

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate some other bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me:

1. I’m a dreamer, and one of my lifelong aspirations is to one day own a little independent bookshop somewhere. It would be filled with endless shelves, cosy reading spots, and a quiet little cafe. It would be the perfect bookstagram location and a wonderful escape for readers and writers alike. But right now, the dream is to work in publishing and to share incredible stories with the world.

2. One of my favourite places in the world is the self-proclaimed book-town of Hay-On-Wye. Not only is it a celebrated book town that hosts a fabulous literary festival each year, but it’s also a place that encapsulates the warmth and serenity of any typical Welsh town. To me, it’s like a second home and will forever provide me with that little bit of joy. Even thinking about it and all of its bookshops is making me feel all warm and cosy inside. It was also at the Hay Literary Festival where I met one of my all-time favourite authors Sarah J Maas, her work has had a huge impact on my life, and I look forward to returning to the festival next year.

3. And finally, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I make the BEST lasagne! I used to cook for all of my friends at University, and it was one of my go-to crowd pleaser dishes!

Georgia’s Questions:
Do you have a TBR for March?

Yes! It’s not as big as my usual TBR, but my aim next month is to clear my bookshelf and finally read some of the forgotten books on my shelf! The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern is at the top of my list at the moment and I can’t wait to experience more of her magic.

Do you prefer to read inside or outside?

What I’d give to be on a sun-bed in Greece with a pile of books and not a worry in the world! I love reading outside in summer when it’s lovely and warm but I also love my book nook! It’s the perfect cosy space for those winter evenings or when its dark and stormy outside.

If you could meet a book heroine or hero, who would it be?

I’d give anything to meet any one of Sarah J Maas’s characters, especially Nesta or Azriel! I’d like to think that Azriel would whisk me away somewhere and I’d love to have a girly sleepover with Nesta, Gwyn and Emerie at the House of Wind! I’ve got lots of romance recommendations that I think they’d love!

If you had to burn a book, which would it be?

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. I really enjoyed the first book in the series but everything went downhill after that and it got way too confusing!

Do any bloggers inspire you, if so, who?

SO MANY! The book blogging community is one that is always so supportive and loving and I want to say a HUGE thank you to every single one of you! But I want to highlight a few favourites, and if you’re still not following them then please go and do so!

I might be biased because Georgia tagged me in this post, but she’s so supportive and lovely! Not only does she has great taste in books but she’s constantly posting fun and creative posts that I love to read. Other bloggers I love include Sofii @A Book. A Thought, Becky @Becky’s Book Blog and Ahaana Windows to Worlds! They all radiate positivity and joy, and continue to inspire me to create fun and unique content! They all succeed in making the blogging community such a wonderful and welcoming place and their comments never fail to make me smile!

My Questions
  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What’s your go-to karaoke song?
  3. What book character would you like to hang out with if you were having a bad day?
  4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
  5. Favourite quote?

And finally, I want to nominate some new blogs I’ve discovered recently:

Lea @Lea’s Literary Life

Shannen @Rekindled Bibliophile

Em @Em And Her Books

Aarushi @Aarushi Reads

Louise @Lou’s Book Stuff

And anyone else who wants to give this tag a go!

Classic Fairytales That Need More YA Retellings

I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for a good-old fairytale retelling! And what I love even more is watching an author subvert and adapt these classic adventures to create new and exciting storylines that we can’t help but love. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas and Heartless and The Luna Chronicles by Marissa Myers are a perfect examples of this, not only are they both wonderful retellings that only use the basic framework of the original story but they use their characters to create something entirely different and unique.

Growing up Beauty and the Beast was always one of my favourite Disney classics, but after reading so many different retellings I’m getting a little bored of the same old storyline, which breaks my heart because it’s such a beautiful tale! This then got me thinking about all the other incredible and magical stories that have yet to be retold and adapted, so I wanted to share a few of my favourites that I believe need more attention!

This has been one of my favourite posts to write this year, and has even inspired me to start writing some modern day fairytale inspired flash-fiction that I hope to share in the future! So if you’re up for the challenge or are looking for a new writing prompt then I challenge you to adapt one of your favourite fairytales!

I loved re-searching all the different fairytales from around the world, so much so that I’ve had to write an entirely different post about some of my new favourites that I found as well as the Myths that I think need retellings, so keep an eye out for them soon!

And finally, shout out to the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson for creating some wonderfully dark fantasy fables!

Peter Pan – This whole idea about not growing up sounds pretty good to me, being an adult is WAY too stressful! This beloved children’s classic has so much potential and I can see it being adapted as both a fantasy but also a contemporary novel. I can also see it as a sci-fi inspired adventure, with Neverland being some distant planet with a secret.

Jack and the Beanstalk – What if Jack found something else at the top of the beanstalk? What if instead of a beanstalk, Jack climbed out of a broken elevator only to find a portal leading to a hidden world?

Rapunzel – Tangled is hands down my favourite Disney film EVER, so it’s only right that I request more Rapunzel inspired reading. I loved Cress by Marissa Myers but I need more, so any recommendations would be great!

Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet tells the story of the doomed love of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette. Prince Siegfried goes out hunting one night and chases a group of swans – one of which transforms into a young woman, Odette, who explains that she and her companions were turned into swans by the evil Baron Von Rothbart. The spell can only be broken if someone who has never loved before swears an oath of undying love and promises to marry her. This tale of broken hearts and deception is one that is packed full of drama and one which I could see featuring an enemies-to-lovers-to-enemies dynamic?

The Frog Prince – Another Disney favourite that I’d love to see! If we break it down, the story ultimately revolves around a fatal kiss and from that there is endless opportunity!

The Little Match Girl – This is such a underrated and beautifully heartbreaking story and focuses on a dying child’s dreams and hope. I’d love to see this powerful story used as a narrative to raise attention for youth homelessness.

The Twelve Brothers – One of the lesser known tales by The Brothers Grimm but ultimately is a tale about who should inherit a mighty kingdom. A king wants to kill his twelve sons, but only if his thirteenth child would be a girl. This way, she alone can inherit his kingdom. The Queen warns her son and urges them to escape into the forest where they are forced to live, until they are discovered by their sister years later. I’m a sucker for a fantasy that focuses on a fight for the throne and is another classic fairytale with lots of potential.

A Christmas Nutcracker – A Christmas classic that I’d love to see adapted into a romanic and lighthearted festive contemporary!

The Twelve Dancing Princesses – Aside from the cinematic masterpiece that is Barbie and the Twelve Dancing Princesses, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this story adapted. In short the story follows 12 princesses who are locked away securely every night by the king, but in the morning their dancing shoes are found to be worn through as if they had been dancing all night. Determined to uncover their secret the King offers a reward to anyone who can uncover their whereabouts every night, and is revealed by a solider that every night they escape through a trap door to meet 12 waiting princes and embark on a night of fun and dancing.

The Liebster Award #5 & #6

This is one of my favourite tags as the questions are always different (you’ll never get the same question twice), and its the perfect opportunity to get to know other bloggers better! I’ve been fortunate enough to nominated twice for this tag so I want to say a HUGE thank you to both Pilar @The Bookworm Shelf and Lily @Lilly’s Little Library for nominating me and for sending some great questions to answer! I had so much fun answering them so make sure you check out their blogs, as they are both so lovey and are always posting fabulous content that I know you will all enjoy! 

The rules are simple, answer all the questions created by the person who nominated you and then its your turn to nominate other bloggers to answer your own questions!

Pilar’s questions!

Favourite Ship?

My mind went straight to Feyre and Rhys from ACOMAF, and even though they are one of my ultimate fictional couples, I wanted to choose someone different. Other couples I love include Kaz and Inejz from Six of Crows, Elend and Vin from Mistborn and of course Bryce and Hunt from Crescent City. Can you see I have a type? Anyone tall, dark and handsome, so if the universe would like to send me ANY fictional crush then that would be greatly appreciated!

Favourite blog post you have ever written?

I never thought of having a favourite blog post, but I really enjoyed writing my review of Out of Love by Hazel Hayes, as well as my read-a-thon where I Read Like Rory Gilmore for a Week. I also love my new feature Blog Posts I Loved This Month as I always think its good to celebrate and highlight some of the amazing posts people publish!

Most disappointing book you’ve read this year?

The Cup and The Prince by Day Leitao. This is probably one of my biggest disappointments of 2020 and it breaks my heart to admit that because I hate writing bad reviews. As many of you know I was hooked by this book’s synopsis but sadly this is one of those rare cases of a great premise but not so great execution.

The longest book you have ever read?

Both Game of Thrones and Little Women are chunky reads, but I read them on ebook so that I wasn’t intimidated by their size!

Any series that you’re currently watching or movies that you saw recently?

I’ve fallen back into the Vampire Diaries trap, but since Netflix rudely removed the show earlier this month, I’ve had to settle with The Originals; I need my fix of gorgeous and mysterious vampires!

I also binge-watched Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and it was adorable, the perfect show to watch in the lead up to Christmas. I remember reading the book years ago and falling in love with the storyline, and although I can’t remember everything that happens in the book, it felt like the show was a pretty honest and accurate adaption!

Do you ever get film cravings, or is it just me? The other day I had a real need to re-watch Catching Fire, because that film is PERFECT and one of my all time favourites. I could honestly watch that film every day for the rest of my life and would still love it!

The holiday season is here! What is your favorite holiday and why?

Christmas! Everything is so magical and its the perfect time to spend with your family! Plus I love giving gifts and particularly enjoy a good Christmas dinner!

What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

I’ve had to restrain myself and only pick a couple! Firstly, slow walkers. I understand that its nice to amble along from time to time but I’ve got places to be! Also when you can hear other peoples music through their headphones especially when I’m on the train. Nobody needs to her your heavy metal EDM music, pal, so please keep it to yourself! And lastly people with an inflated sense of their own importance. Just no.

Name three things that you love doing (besides reading and writing). Why do you love them?

I’m really into running and walking at the moment especially with the UK being back in lockdown! Its the perfect way to clear my mind and enjoy the beautiful countryside that’s right on my doorstep. I’m also big into rugby (watching not playing) so at the weekends its very likely that you’ll find me shouting at the television. Finally, I love to travel and did have some amazing travel plans this year that were sadly cancelled, hopefully next year it will be safe to travel and I experience more of the world!

If you don’t mind, what is one of the most embarrassing moments you have had?

Where to start? It’s probably when I was ‘accidentally’ pushed down the stairs of a nightclub and I went FLYING and even managed to take out a few people on the way down! I was completely sober and a friend behind me stumbled and the rest is history! It’s been three years and it’s still something we all laugh about, I’m just glad that no one managed to get the CCTV footage!

If you could have anything right now, what would you ask for?

A job. LOL. No but seriously if anyone wants to hire me then I’m here! Although I love my current job, I’m desperately searching for something with more career progression and that relates to my degree. The dream however would be to have my own little bookshop and cafe! I’d also really love a cure for this virus!

Tell me a weird/ fun fact about you.

I can touch my tongue to my nose! And I have a level one certificate in sign language!

Lilly’s Questions

If you could live anywhere in OUR world, where would you live?

EDINBURGH! I’d honestly give my left arm to finally move out and have a little flat in Edinburgh. The city has this wonderfully magical element to it, so whatever the weather the city still looks beautiful. Plus there are so many hidden gems and historical aspects just waiting to be explored.

What’s your favorite food?

I’m a proper foodie so I’ll pretty much devour anything! But I do love a good old bowl of pasta or a chunky burger, the bigger the better! Last year I went to Rome and the food there was INCREDIBLE, I’d 100% just go back for the food!

If you could choose to be any magical creature for the rest of your life, what would you be?

A dragon, duh! How cool would that be! Or a mermaid, that would be pretty fun! OR I could live out my Vampire Diaries fantasies and book a one way ticket to Mystic Falls as a vampire! I can’t choose!

Would you rather live 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future?

100% in the past!

What character’s life would you most like to live?

I love this question! I’m currently reading the Caraval series so I think I’d like to be Scarlet so I could experience the wonder of Caraval, plus I’d get to spend some quality time with Julian!

What battery percentage is your device on right now?

28%, I like to live on the edge, and I don’t think its ever 100%! I’m constantly using it wether its for work, reading, blogging or check my socials, I’m embarrassed to share my screen time!

If you could only have one hobby from here on out (besides reading of course, how could anyone live without reading?) what would it be?

I think I’d choose writing. I did attempt NaNoWriMo this year (but more on that in my next blog post), and I have such an active imagination that I need an output to channel all my thoughts and ideas!

What is your current favourite song?

I have an Emergency Taylor Swift playlist on my Spotify account for when I’m having a bad day and that’s been getting a lot of attention recently! I’m also loving a bit of Léon, her album Apart has been on repeat all week!

If you could change your first name right now, what would you choose?

I’ve always liked the name Emma, I don’t know why? I’m pretty happy with Amy though, so if given the choice I think I’d stick with my original name!

What book got you into reading?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling! I remember being really determined to finish this book and prove to everyone that I could easily read 600+ pages! Future Amy is still very impressed and thankful for past Amy’s determination.

What’s your favorite book?

I can’t pick just one but my top three are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Finale Empire by Brandon Sanderson and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas!

My Questions

  1. In a movie of your life, who would play you?
  2. Whose blog should I follow?
  3. Why did you start blogging?
  4. What’s your karaoke song?
  5. What book character would you like to hang out with if you were having a bad day?
  6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
  7. What’s your Hogwarts house?
  8. Favourite quote?
  9. What is your top tip to beat a reading slump?
  10. Best book you’ve read, so far, this year?
  11. What book would you like to see under your Christmas tree this year?

I Tag

Anyone who’s new here (or who just likes my questions!) as I want to get to know everyone better! Plus I’ve recently hit 600 followers which is mad, so THANK YOU!

The Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Happy Halloween! I’m a bit too old now to be going trick-or-treating but that doesn’t stop me from ‘celebrating’ Halloween, and by celebrating I mean sitting on the sofa eating lots of chocolate whilst watching something spooky! Anyway, I saw book tag this floating around the blogging community and thought it would be perfect for today!

Also, I’m SIX away from hitting 600 followers, so if you like what you see then please give me a follow! Anyway, I hope you enjoy and as always if you’ve done this tag then please leave a link in the comments as I love reading other peoples answers!

Witch: A magical character or book

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This is a wonderfully captivating read that takes place in a unique and complex world crafted with the upmost perfection and thought. There is no limits or bounds to Schwabs imagination, she has the ability to successfully transports readers to a world of chaos and magic. If you’re looking for a unique and fast paced fantasy adventure then this is the series for you!

Werewolf: The perfect book to read at night

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is the perfect book for that cosy winter evening, as you curl up on the sofa under your blanket with your cup of tea! Morgenstern includes every element you’d want in a book, a whirlwind romance, a beguiling mystery and peculiar characters that drive the story. This truly captivating adventure is proof that magic does exists. I know I always go on about this book but it truly is a masterpiece.

Frankenstein: A book that truly shocked you

Mistborn: The Final Empire. I don’t think its possible to do a book tag without mentioning the Mistborn series! Everything that happens in this series is unexpected, there were so many moments that left me speechless!

The Devil: A dark or evil character

The Darkling! He’s one of my favourite villains and words can’t describe how excited I am to see him in the new TV adaptation!

Grim Reaper: A character that never should have died

Where do I start? I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll stick with the obvious which is Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Fred Weasley from Harry Potter. All of their deaths broke my heart, they all deserved their own happy ending!

Zombie: A book that made you hungry for more

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas. I’m beyond excited for A Court of Silver Flames and this book left us with so many unanswered questions that I need answering ASAP! I’m so excited to see more of Nesta and Cassian’s blossoming relationship and to see what Sarah has in store next for my favourite characters.

Gargoyle: A character that you would protect at all cost

Azriel from ACOMAF or Ronan from The Raven Boys. My mysterious and soft hearted boys who I love unconditionally! Sarah please be kind to Azriel in the next book, he deserves a happy ending.

Vampire: A book that sucked the life out of you

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab. This book ruined me and broke my heart in to millions of little pieces. Everything about it was beautiful, a true masterpiece! I’m still trying to find the words to express my love for this book but do keep your eyes peeled for a glistening review soon!

Ghost: A book that still haunts you

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde or Out of Love by Hazel Hayes. Both these books have stayed with me long after reading them, they are both beautifully written and intricately personal. Their words have the unique ability to come to life with their deep and thought provoking meaning that leaves you in awe.

Demon: A book that really scared you

The Shinning by Stephen King. I read this book whilst I was studying at university and loved it. In this case the book is better than the film and scared the living daylights out of me. I 100% agree with Joey, this book is scary enough to keep in the freezer!

Skeleton: A character you have a bone to pick with

Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments. Earlier this year I re-read the first book in the series and realised just how annoying and selfish she really is, she needs a good shake and attitude adjustment! Admittedly she does get a little more bearable and mature as the series continues and goes through some good character development.

Mummy: A book you would preserve throughout time

Both Circe and Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller! I’ve fallen utterly in love with these books and her writing, so if you’ve yet to dive into her wonderful world of Greek Mythology then you’re seriously missing out. There’s just something poetic and real about her writing that brings these stories to life and I just can’t get enough.

Creepy Doll: A cover too scary to look at

The new ACOTAR covers…

The Pumpkin Spice Latte Book Tag

It’s official I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte last week so when I saw that there was an inspired book tag, I couldn’t resist! Plus I’ve yet to do an Autumn inspired book tag, so enjoy! If you’ve done this tag, then please leave a link to your post in the comments as I always love reading other peoples answers.

Pumpkin Spice Latte – A Book Everyone Likes to Hate on But is Delicious

This one is for all of my OG YA books that we all loved once (and still love secretly), I’m talking about Divergent, City of Bones, Red Queen, The Selection ect! Having re-read some of these recently, they’re not as good as I remembered them to be but they still hold that special ‘first love’ spot in my heart with their cliche packed adventures and characters that just love to hate! They were the books that paved the way for the new stories we love today.

‘Fall is my favourite season’ – A Cliche you Can’t Get Enough of

Autumn has always been my favourite season, and I don’t care if that’s a cliche, I love all the big jumpers, changing leaves and those cosy evenings by the fire. Anyway, I’m a sucker for an enemies to lovers trope or any type of competition cliche, so if you’ve got any good recommendations then I’d love to know!

Sweater Weather to T-Shirt Weather – A Book You Thought was One Thing but was Completely Different by The End

I recently finished The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, and I knew it was going to be a spooky read but I wasn’t expecting it to be so insightful and thought-provoking. Dorian is such a wonderfully complex and beautifully broken character who endures a personal journey of introspection, corruption and a is character who in turn forces the reader to contemplate their own morality and the depths of the human soul. The Picture of Dorian Grey is a quotable masterpiece and I can’t recommend it enough.

‘Spoops’ – Do You Have a Spooky Book on Your TBR?

Yes, The Chalkman by C.J. Tudor! I picked up a signed ARC of this book when I was doing my work experience at Penguin Publishing and it has been sitting all forgotten on my shelf ever since. This year I wanted to make a conscious effort to read more spooky reads in the lead up to Halloween so I’ll definitely be reading this one soon.

Tarot Reading – A Five Star Prediction

I’m sorry if I keep going on about this book it’s just that I’m so excited that I managed to get my hands on it from NetGalley! I can say with 100% certainty that The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab will be a 5-star read and I might even be bold in saying that it will be featured on my yearly favourites post! I’m only 50 pages in and I’m already in love, the characters, the writing style, the storyline, its all perfect!

Sephora Sage + Crystal Set – A Book that Missed the Mark by a Landslide

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green. It might just be an age thing but this book seriously missed the mark for me. It was marketed as a ‘Six of Crows’ meets ‘Game of Thrones’ and that couldn’t be more misleading! I found the characters bland and boring and the storyline unexciting and disappointing. It sounds harsh, but I went into this book with great expectations and finished it very much underwhelmed.

The Liebster Award #4

I haven’t done the Liebster Award in years! I still get so excited when I’m tagged! I want to say a HUGE thank you to Lisa Books, Gems and Tarot for nominating me and for sending some great questions to answer! Make sure you check out Lisa’s blog, she’s so lovey and is always posting fabulous content!

The rules are simple, answer all the questions created by the person who nominated you and then its your turn to nominate other bloggers to answer your own questions!

Favourite fictional couple?

My mind went straight to Feyre and Rhys from ACOMAF, and even though they are one of my ultimate fictional couples, I wanted to choose someone different. Other couples I love are Jude and Cardan from The Cruel Prince, Rhy and Alucard from a Gathering of Shadows and finally Vin and Elend from Mistborn. I’m also a sucker for an enemies to lovers trope so please let me know of any good books that I need to read in the comments below.

Favourite place to read?

My new book nook! At the beginning of summer I made the momentous journey to Ikea to finally buy myself a BILLY bookshelf, and honestly it has been the highlight of my year! I’ve spent ages sorting everything out and I’ve managed to create this lovely little reading corner in my bedroom, which is now where I spent most of my time!

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Budapest, Prague and the Scottish Highlands are currently on the top of my bucket list.

Best childhood memory?

Growing up I used to be obsessed with fairies. My mum would plan little fairy treasure hunts around the woods near our house, and no matter the weather, we would look for fairies and build little fairy houses for them, it was adorable. Looking back at all the magical fun I had fills me with so much joy and it’s definitely something I want to do for my future children.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I think about this question wayyyyyy to much! And I think I’ve decided that I’d love to have the power to control the elements, the possibilities would be endless! I’d be able to keep all my plants alive, stop my hair from getting wet in the rain and light all my candles from the comfort of my sofa!

Last book you read?

I mentioned in my August Wrap up post that my reading has been terrible recently, so the last book I read was The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater and that was weeks ago! Stay tuned for a series review soon!

Most anticipated book?

It’s got to be A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas! They released the cover the other day and I’m so annoyed that they’ve changed the design! I’m not a massive fan of the new covers so I don’t really want to buy the whole series again just so that it looks nice on my bookshelves. I’ve never defaced a book cover before but I’m seriously considering whether or not to put my own creative spin on things…

Would you go into space if you had the chance?

YES! I don’t know if I’m brave enough to do a lifetime trip to Mars but I’d happily go a visit the moon! Everything about the universe fascinates me, there’s so much we don’t know and so much to explore!

Fantasy or sci-fi?

Please don’t make me choose! If I had to choose then I’d probably pick fantasy books and sci-fi films.

Whose blog should I follow?

Sofii @A Book. A Thought. She is always so positive and one of my favourite bloggers! She never fails to make the blogging community such a wonderful place and I love reading her posts!

Sand or snow?

Snow 100%! One of the things I hate most in the world is when sand manages to sneak into every part of your body and belongings after a trip to the beach! I’d much rather go sledding or for a cosy walk in the snow.

My Questions

  1. In a movie of your life, who would play you?
  2. What’s your least favourite bookish trope?
  3. Why did you start blogging?
  4. Name three things that make you happy?
  5. What book character would you like to hang out with if you were having a bad day?
  6. Favourite Season?
  7. Which animal do you think would be your daemon (His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman)?
  8. Favourite quote?
  9. What is your top tip to beat a reading slump?
  10. Best book you’ve read, so far, this year?
  11. What are you watching on Netflix or on TV right now?

I Tag:

Sofii @A Book. A Thought.

Ali @Ali’s Books

Evelyn @Evelyn Reads

Mara @Mara’s Folded Pages

Raven @Dreamy Addictions

Madeline @The Bookish Mutant

Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books

Jasmine @My Quiet Little Corner

And anyone else who fancies answering my questions!

The Folklore Book Tag

Another post that has been patiently sitting in my drafts, but when I saw this tag I just couldn’t resist. Like most of the world, I am OBSESSED with this album, it’s everything we’ve been waiting for, especially after the disappointment that was Lover. This is the perfect album for those cosy autumn afternoons and my favourites at the moment are The Last American Dynasty, Illicit Affairs, August and Betty!

I have to give a HUGE shout out to Ilsa over at @A Whisper of Ink who created this tag and all these fabulous graphics! I’ll a link to her post here so you can all go and check it out! Plus if you’ve done this tag please leave a link in the comments as I always love reading other peoples answers.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. This gave me a MAJOR book hangover. I remember finishing this book and just sitting there in awe at what just happened. I don’t think my heart will ever fully recover from that ending, it was tragically fitting and a beautiful conclusion to such an epic series.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas. I love these character and this entire series but it was heartbreaking to say goodbye to them. Those last 100 pages had me sobbing but I’m happy that they all got to live happily ever after!

Circe by Madeline Miller. I tried to pick something that wasn’t by Sarah J Maas or Brandon Sanderson! Circe is a wonderfully original and captivating read that explores the shadows of villainized women Greek Mythology. Millers choice to tell Circe’s story in first person was genius, it made transcending her emotions and hurting off the page more impactful and somewhat realistic.

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green. The synopsis of this book did me dirty, I was promised a Game of Thrones inspired storyline for younger readers and I was majorly disappointed. Admittedly it was a little young for me, but I still my younger self would be disappointed with the lack of depth and intrigue.

P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. I was wreck reading this book, I don’t think there was a chapter where I didn’t cry. Ahern beautifully captures the heart wrenching journey and magic of love, loss and acceptance, it truly is a wonderful read!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is book is pure magic. Morgenstern’s writing successfully transports you to the beautiful and enchanting world of the Night Circus where anything is possible; you truly feel like apart of this world and its incredible.

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald/ Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. These characters and their adventures helped define my childhood and I remember devouring these books with so much joy. I’ve been really into Greek Mythology lately so I might have to re-read of Percy Jackson again!

Any Morgan Matson Book. Her books are always so lovely and include some sort of light-hearted, summer romance that never fails to make me feel all warm and fluffy inside.

Out of Love by Hazel Hayes. Most of us have endured the repercussions of heartbreak and even if you are fortunate enough to have avoided such pain, then still you won’t be immune to the poignant and soul-stirring effects of her writing. The first chapter breaks your heart, and we spend the rest of the novel, alongside our narrator, tentatively putting ourselves back together and remising on the highs and lows of love. 

Crescent City by Sarah J Maas. So much happened in this book and then she goes and ends it like THAT! Like everyone else I’m constantly reading fan theories and trying to predict what’s going to happen in the next book!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. I know, I know, I can’t pick a Sarah J Maas book for every answer but this book holds such a special place in my heart. It was this book that helped me discover the wonderful and endless world of YA fantasy and was a book that encouraged me to start this blogging journey.

Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. I adore Lila, she’s strong-willed, quick-witted and the perfect protagonist for such a wonderfully imaginative series.

Blue Nights/The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. These books are haunting in the fact that they are so heartbreakingly raw and real. Both are memoirs on mourning as Didion reflects on the death of her daughter, Quintana and husband, John.

Adrienne and Hawk from Behind the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning. I need a man like Hawk in my life and I’d give anything to pack up my life and move into a grand manor in the middle of the highlands. A girls can dream, can’t she?

Either Azriel from A Court of Mist and Fury or Kaz from Six of Crows. They both need to be protected at all costs!

I’m also really looking forward to seeing Kaz brought to life by Freddy Carter in the upcoming Netflix adaptation.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s not that I don’t love this series, it’s just that I was so disappointed by the second book in the series. I felt like we were missing the camaraderie and brotherhood of the first book, I understand that it’s good for each characters to have their own time and storyline but it just felt a little empty.

7 Books I’d Sell My Soul To Read for the First Time Again

This trend is ALL over TikTok, and I thought why not bring it over to the blogging community! Like the title states, here is a list of all the books I’d sell my soul to experience again for the first time and whose reading experiences brought me so much joy, heartache and wonder.

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This book earns a spot of my list because of its incredibly detailed and magically crafted world building that is utterly breathtaking. Morgenstern includes every element you’d want in a book, a whirlwind romance, a beguiling mystery and peculiar characters that drive the story. This truly captivating adventure is proof that magic does exists.
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Bardugo manages to combine two of my favourites things: heists and a fantasy adventure filled with a unique characters. Words can’t describe how excited I am for the Netflix adaptation, and from the looks of things a lot of thought and care (and money) has been put into this series, so it’s fair to say that I’ve got high expectations.
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – This series means the world to me, words can’t truly comprehend my feelings towards these books but I’m envious of anyone starting this series. Brace yourselves, you’re in for a ride.
  4. Atonement by Ian McEwan – I loved this book so much that I based my dissertation around it and even after multiple re-reads and in-depth analysis this book still remains another favourite.
  5. Eagle in the Sky by Wilbur Smith – It’s been ten years since I read this book and it still remains one of my favourite books ever. I’m scared to re-read it as I’m terrified that I’m not going to love it as much as I did but the opportunity to have the same experience again would be ideal.
  6. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – I don’t think I’ll ever stop gushing about how incredible this series is, everything is crafted and created to perfection. This series left me in awe and I’d give anything to experience that feeling of heart-stopping euphoria again.
  7. Out of Love by Hazel Hayes – Hazel posses the rare ability to craft an effortlessly real and raw narrative, that takes its readers by the hand and invites them to experience the intimate inner-workings of her characters psyche and emotions. Hazels trademark cynical humour and witty sarcasm masks the true sentiment of a break-up, creating a warming sense of security that successfully avoids the sappy cliches of many contemporary love stories. It’s cliche but this book took me on a rollercoaster of emotions that I would happily ride again.

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Isn’t it crazy that we are half way through the year? So much has happened so far this year, I’m just hoping that the rest of 2020 is little bit more chill!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone but it’s a post I keep seeing it all over the blogging community and I thought I’d give it a go! I’ve read enough books so far this year to justify doing this tag, and I think it’s such a great post to look back on at the end of the year! If anyone hasn’t done this post yet, then I tag YOU! And if you have done this tag or are planning to then please leave a link or comment below as I always love reading other peoples answers!

Best Book You Have Read So Far in 2020?

Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Two very different books but two that I just absolutely adored, both have a cast of individually loveable and powerful characters that steal the show and take control of the story.

Best Sequel You Have Read in 2020?

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. This was everything I wanted it to be and more, it was wonderful and I devoured every page with pure enjoyment and awe. I’m still trying to put all of my thoughts and emotions into words but keep your eyes peeled for a series review soon!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. It’s patiently waiting on my shelf for me to find the right time to start it, but I need to finish Queen of Air and Darkness before I can dive straight in!

Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2020?

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir. December 2020 can’t come quick enough! After the ending of the last book, I don’t think I’m ready for the events of the sequel. If you haven’t yet started The Ember in the Ashes series then I highly recommend that it finds its way on to your TBR list soon!

Biggest Disappointment?

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. As I mentioned in my review, I’ve got no idea why I didn’t click with this book?

Biggest Surprise?

Out of Love by Hazel Hayes. I knew this book was going to be good, but I didn’t expect it to be this good! For the past five years I’ve followed Hazel on all her creative journeys, her short-film Happy and Time of the Month series being a stand-out favourites and videos I continue to re-watch, always with a box of tissues at the ready. So, when I heard she was writing a novel, I knew I was in for a treat. 

Favourite New Author?

Susan Deannard. I started the Truthwitch series earlier this year during the O.W.L.S read-a-thon and absolutely loved it. I instantly clicked with the writing and the world building, which made it such an enjoyable and easy read.

Newest Fictional Crush?

Azriel from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. But Amy you haven’t read ACOMAF this year? Yes, but I have fallen down the dangerous (but wonderful) path of fan art and fan-fiction, which has reignited my love for all things Illyrian! I miss this series so much that I’m definitely going to have to re-read the series by the end of the year and relive all the magic!

Newest Favourite Character? 

Bryce Quinlan from Crescent City by Sarah J Maas. Bryce is strong-willed, quick witted, emotionally raw and has her fair share of flaws and problems; everything about her was quintessential Maas and I loved her. Crescent City is ultimately her journey of self-discovery and acceptance, and it was a privilege to have been able to share it.

Book That Made You Cry?

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas. This tag is very Sarah J Maas dominated, but I can’t help it, I just love her characters and her storylines so much! Saying goodbye to these characters was harder than expected, I just couldn’t stop crying. It sounds cliche but this series has been a huge part of my life, so I knew this wasn’t going to be a simple and easy goodbye.

Book That Made You Happy?

Normal People by Sally Rooney. This isn’t a heartwarming and fluffy contemporary read by any standards but nevertheless my reading experience with this book is one of my favourites.

Favourite Book To Movie Adaption You Saw This Year? 

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of seeing Max Martin’s wonderful jukebox musical &Juliet, a high energy performance that creatively subverts Shakespeare’s most beloved show, Romeo and Juliet, by exploring an alternative ending and an innovative rewrite. This wonderfully uplifting adaptation exceeded expectations and even now I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack!

Favourite Review You Have Written This Year?

Out of Love by Hazel Hayes. I worked so hard on this review and it took me ages to find the right words to truly express my love for this book! I’ll leave a link here and it would mean the world if you checked it out!

Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought So Far This Year?

Crescent City by Sarah J Maas. I have no words, this cover is just stunning!

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?

My TBR for the rest of this year is huge but the top three book on my list are Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson and Children of Blood and Bone by Tommy Adeyemi.

I Should Have Read That Book Tag

I’m notorious for having huge TBR piles and endless lists of recommendations so this book tag is perfect for me! Thank you to Erin over at KittyJadeBlog for tagging me in this book tag, it’s been ages since I’ve done one! I tag anyone else like me, who has an endless TBR and an Amazon basket that is filled to the brim! If you’ve done this tag or are planning to then please either tag me or leave a link in the comments, as I always love reading other people’s answers!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

More Joan Didion! I studied Didion at university and fell utterly in love with her writing style and with just how fabulous she is!

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t read it

Recently I’ve been really good and have been going through loads of books and series on my TBR pile, I don’t want to toot my own horn but I’m smashing it! However, my TBR pile is still huge, and both And I Darken by Kiersten White or Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson have been on that list forever. They’re both currently sitting patiently in my Amazon basket, so maybe next month I might treat myself!

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard! After I’ve finished the Raven Boys, I’ve decided that I’m going to re-read the entire series and finally finish it! It’s been YEARS since I picked up a book in this series and I remember clearly loving it!

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but have never actually read

War and Peace or Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I’m obsessed with their book adaptations and one day I hope to read both of them, there’s just something wonderful about the Russian high society.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

Children of Blood and Bone by Tommy Adeyemi or Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Another two books that have been sitting in my Amazon basket for months! I’ve heard nothing but good things about these books and my plan is to read them both in August (my TBR for July is HUGE!).

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but just haven’t picked up yet

The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski. Another book adaptation that I fell utterly in love with, I’m eager to discover more of Sapkowski’s world and what adventures he has in store for his characters. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t yet watched the show on Netflix, then I highly recommend that you drop everything now and dive in!

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

Instagram is worse than Goodreads when it comes to book recommendations, there are so many stunning covers, cosplays, and bookstagram posts that keep tempting me! The top three I keep seeing are Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin, All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace, and The Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie! All three of them sound amazing and have earned themselves a place in my over-flowing Amazon basket! Plus how gorgeous are those covers!