The Pastry Book Tag

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It’s Friddddaaay *cheers* which means not only is it the weekend, but I have another book tag for you which is always a brilliant way to round off the week. I’ve been nominated for quite a few bookish awards in the past weeks but due to my utter adoration of the GBBO, I thought that the Pastry Book Tag was a little fitting for today’s posting. This tag was devised by Áine at ‘writing on a vintage typewriter’ which you should get have a wander through because it’s a lovely little blog. But first, pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a hob-nob and settle down for some bookish/cakey answers.

Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) loves.

The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

It has to be really doesn’t it?

Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.

Odd choice for this one but,

The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon

When writing books that move between time periods, they need to be spelled out to the reader so we don’t end up wondering where they are. This book did that and it took me a chapter or two to work out where I was. Although I found this book difficult to connect to I was glad to finish this.

Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat

Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

So I didn’t think this book would be amazing but I thought it would be an enjoyable and easy read. Turned out to be pretty horrible and tiresome.

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Pain au chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

Although I didn’t know what to expect when reading this, what I did read wasn’t what I was expecting. Saying that, this was a book I really enjoyed and found intriguing to read. I recommended this to T to read and he thought it was something very different from what he tends to read. Thumbs up all round I would say.

Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.

Pearshaped and Leftovers by Stella Newman

I adored both of these books and am yet to read the newest (but I’m sure I’ll really enjoy reading it.) I just don’t see these books darting around the ‘bloggersphere’ all too often and they are brilliant comforting, homey reads.

Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.

Wolfhall by Hilary Mantel

I really struggled with this book and it was such a disappointment. I always think if a book needs a character list at the beginning you’ve got a pinch too many. I read a good chunk of this book but gave up before I got half way. I need to try again because I thought her book ‘An experiment in Love’ was brilliant.

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Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.

This one is so difficult but I pick

50 Shades of Grey by E L James

Both were pretty awful but this trumped the book by a mile.

Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

This book was so sad but the tale was wonderfully and honestly told and the ending is just bittersweet through and through.

Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country:

Madrid Metro by Abigail Kloss-Aycardi

This book is quite obviously set in Spain. It’s a short and sweet read which you can see my review of here.

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Pate a Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.

I think a foaming tankard of Butterbeer would do me nicely. TYVM.

I thought this tag was really special; no wishy-washy questions it’s a change from writing ten facts about yourself. There’s not that much to know about me. Brilliant tag, I now pass the cake onto Nicole at Sorry I’m Booked to complete said tag. *Cheers*

The Book Blogger Task: Where I answer more bookish, blogging questions

The Book Blogger Task

Good morning readers and another Friday, another book tag. I’m working on some new features and I am looking for a number of guest posts from writers, about all things bookish. If you have something book related you’d like to get off your chest or you just fancy rambling a little on my little book blog, comment below. Would be lovely to hear from you. For now, onto le book tag.

What are your top three book hates?

Book ‘hates’ seems a little strong but I would have to pick,

1) Wishy washy characters, or female characters who fall for men that treat them terribly.

2) Books that end on definite a cliff-hanger. Nooooooo

3) Book hangovers. Nuff said.

Describe your perfect reading spot.

I think snuggled up in bed after a long day of work, pyjamas on, Eeyore close by and a mug of steaming camomile and nettle tea as you do. However, I do also adore sitting in the garden with a cider in the sunshine slowly getting a little burnt/tanned. Oh the joy.

Tell us three book confessions.

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1) I don’t get terribly sentimental about many books. I read posts about not liking giving books away; I prefer to pass the books on and let other readers enjoy them

2) I really like having books picked for me. I always get asked which books I’m really craving to read, but I prefer to have people pick ones they think I’ll like. I would rather read something you think I might like rather than pick it myself

3) I think recieving books from other people that have already been read is brilliant. I think recieving pre-loved books is just as special as newly bought.

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When was the last time you cried while reading a book?

I last cried reading Leftovers by Stella Newman, I think it was because I connected with the events in the book so strongly. It was quite a refreshing cry because I related to it so deeply. It was a good cry, I must add. 🙂

What is your favorite snack while you’re reading?

When reading these tags I’ve noticed a number of readers/bloggers mention not eating whilst reading, choosing to read and then snack. However if you ever happen to bump into me whilst I’m reading, I will be most likely munching on salt and vinegar Pringles. Get in my tummy.

 Name three books you would recommend to everyone.

Three books I would recommend to everyone. See readers are all different so this is a little tough. I think, anything by Haruki Murakami. His style is so intense and then so frail, it ebs and flows so gently. Second I think would be Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, it is such a moving and classic novel. Finally I think, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is just, sublime.

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Show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase.

Not quite a bookshelf, but this is an image of my book-suitcase. Which I think is a little perfect.

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Write how much books mean to you in just three words.

Everything and more.

What is your biggest reading secret?

 I think, maybe, that I haven’t read a lot of books that you would expect a ‘reader’ to have read. I recently got round to reading ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ ‘The Bell Jar,’ and ‘Of Mice and Men,’ but not books such as Catcher in the Rye, Great Expectations and Jane Eyre, but I’m trying to read more. I’m currently reading Gerald’s Party by Robert Coover and it is so decadent and so evocative of the time period I think I will have to read more.

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There you go, some really interesting questions answered by yours truly. I now tag anyone that describes themselves as bookish to complete said quiz. Love you all 🙂

The Ultimate Book Tag

The Ultimate Book Tag

It’s Friddddaaaay, and which means another book tag *eee.* I’m not going to do much of a introduction because there lots and lots of questions to answer. So without further ado. Comence ‘The Ultimate Book Tag,’ (which as a sidenote I found heree.)

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

A little; as a child I never knew when to stop and suddenly we’d be pulling over and, well ’twas a little gross. I do still as an adult but I know when to stop and look out to the horizon.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I think Charles Bukowski, I’ve read Factotum and the style is so blunt and brutal it is just, fantastic. A friend of mine showed my his copy of The Post Office and the chapters are only a page long, it is just such an intriguing way to write a book.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

1. I would use the fact I’ve never read Twilight but that would be an insult to HP. I think it’s just such an iconic and wonderfully written book. The characters, the story, the magic; it’s the one fantasy book that truly captivated me

2. This basically was my childhood growing up. Waiting for the next book to come out and furiously reading. I have never felt that way about a series and doubt I ever will again

3. Always (I’m such a Potter-head)

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

I don’t carry a book-bag but I always have a book in my bag so I guess they all are book-bags in a way.

5. Do you smell your books?

Who me? Never… *coughs*

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 6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I honestly like to read both. I recently read Animal Farm by George Orwell and it had a number of illustrations and it did add a lot to the story, but I usually read books minus illustrations.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I think before becoming a book blogger I never really thought about how much I actually enjoyed the book in terms of characterisation, plot, pace etc but now I can see it a lot more. I think maybe An Unfortunate Series of Events. As a child they were utterly adored, as an adult, less so. (They are still incredible books saying this.)

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

I asked my Mum for this one, and apparently at Nursery I would always be found next to the book box rather than outside on the climbing frame. Still rings true today.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Anagrams of the Word “A?” No I’m teasing. I have a pocket sized version of the book Alice in Wonderland at home which is really tiny. Either that or a number of My Mr Men or Little Miss books.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Would have to be 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami although that technically is three books but it is definitely the thickest book *in my suitcase.*

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11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I’m currently attempting to write a book but it is quite a slow and difficult process. I think one day I might be able to, even if it takes a novella style. I hope one day it will become a reality.

12. When did you get into reading?

I’m not sure there wasn’t a time when I didn’t read. From a very young age I told stories to my monkey’s (I wasn’t really a teddy kind of girl) and it’s something that has grown and grown. Reading was something I apparently found very simple to pick up and I’ve been addicted ever since really.

13. What is your favourite classic book?

I’ve only  very recently started reading classics books because I’ve spent the last two decades refusing to read them. I think at the moment, Down and Out in Paris and In London takes the top spot because it was the first to really spark my interest in classic books. However I’m currently reading ‘Gerald’s Party by Robert Coover,’ which although only a chapter in, I am falling utterly in love with.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

I think English language was my best out of the three that I studied (Media, Literature and Language.) Maths was certainly my worst subject.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I think I would say thank you, review it and write a ‘sandwich review,’ so one that encompasses what I liked/disliked and then pass it on for someone else to enjoy.

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16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I’m not a big series reader if I’m honest. I think I would have to say Game of Thrones? It’s something I’ve been tempted to start but I know I probably will never get round to it.

17. What is a bad habit you always do whilst reading?

Besides folding over corners of pages, I think, every so often I start reading a book and then I start something else, and then when I’ve finished that book, I read a bit more. However, I then pick up something else, and the original book never gets finished. It’s a nightmare.

18. What is your favorite word?

There are too many to pick just one word but I think the word  ineffible, meaning ‘too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words,’ is quite special.

19. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

In the last couple of months I have read books that I never thought I would and that’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone more often. It’s mostly in terms of my sudden adoration for classic books. I’m about to start reading ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and I am totally unashamed to say I’m terribly excited about it.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Blah fantasy books; I think Vampires. More to get your teeth into.

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21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Once again, for the love of non-fantasy readers, neither really floats my boat. If I had to, shape-shifters. Creepier.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

How many more of these are there? I think I would pick spirits because they often have unfinished business to deal with, which the author can play with.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

I think either for this one.

 24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

I’m going to be a bit controversial I think and go for Love Triange. Forbidden Love is so over-rated.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

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Currently I have read toooo many romance books so I’m going to have to go with action with a number of lovey-dovey scenes mixed in. Sounds pretty lovely right now. I now tagggg *drum roll*

Aentee at Read At Midnight  to  complete this tag 

Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: My favourite Top Ten Tuesday Topics

It’s Tuesday which means, yes it’s time for another ‘Top Ten Tuesday Topic.’ Today’s is a little special because it’s the five year anniversary of the book tag/meme. In celebration of such a wonderful anniversary, the topic today is a tribute, and although I know I haven’t posted anywhere near the two-hundred-and-sixty posts I’ve just got ten which I’m going to put in order of my favourite.

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10. Top Ten Books I’d love to see as movies or television shows

I found this topic so difficult to finish because I’m such a bookish person. I really struggled to come up with ten so that’s why this is in tenth position.

9. Top Ten Books I will probably never read

This topic appears next on my list because it was a little horrible thinking up books I will probably never read

8. Top Ten all time favourite authors 

This topic was just a killer; how can I narrow it down to just ten?

7. Top Ten most anticipated reads for 2015 (/June) 

Another instance that, in the name of blogging, I add ten more TBR to my ever lengthening list

6. Top Ten authors I really would like/ wish I had been able to meet 

Racking my brains and narrowing it down was wonderful but tough to say the least

5. Top Ten books to be read in Spring 2015

Too many wonderful, wonderful books to read that haven’t how is it nearly Summer already?

4. Top Ten books to be read in Summer 2015

All the books on this list are brilliant reads; I cannot wait to do a bookish haul and review them all for you lovely readers

3. Top Ten books I plan to have in my beach bag this summer

This list was brilliant because I really tried to think what would be good to read before/after one another. Enough contrast in genre, story, characters is needed when going away to somewhere beautifully warm and I adored piecing this together

2. Top Ten bookish problems

The perfect topic to have a little moan about reading and all things bookish

1. Top Ten Books featuring shy or quiet characters 

This was actually the free topic week and  I really wanted to focus on quieter and the more shy characters because often main characters are so extroverted and loud. I also adored seeing how different bloggers took the free topic and ran with it

Overall I have exactly ten top ten topics (that’s a tongue-twister.) Thank you once again to ‘The Broke and the Bookish’ for such a wonderful tag and once again happy five year anniversary.

Day and Night Book Tag

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TGIF: Happy faces, smiles all round and the goddamn wonderful Friday feeling you just cannot beat. Bring on that weekend now please. Friday has become my book-tag day and after finally being tagged in one (I normally just fill them out as and when I please,) I’m a little excited to bring this to you today. First things though, you have to check out the blog that nominated me for this tag, thank you joysofbookworms. It’s a lovely one and I really enjoy delving through and reading through all the book-ish posts. Recently hitting 100 followers I think it’s definitely one to take a look at and click that follow button. Take a look here! Without further delay, onto the taaaaaaaaag.

 D: Do you read more in the morning or at night?

I’m going to say morning? I tend to read when I get up and then on the bus to work and then I’ll squeeze in some reading on the bus home and then finally before bed if I’m not flat-out. So I think morning. Most of the time.

 A: Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?

I think The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch definitely changed the way I see life. Recently I’ve been struggling a little with anxiety and combating those negative feelings, but this book documents the life of Pausch, who is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live. The book is a memoir about what being positive really means and how we can always make a difference even in truly difficult times. It’s really helped to enforce the idea that we only live once and you really should live it to the full.

 Y: YA or not?

Hell Yes.

A: Are there any characters you honestly believe to be real?

Intriguing. Honestly, are there characters I wish were real? Yes, definitely. Are there any I believe to be real, minus books which are based on or written as like autobiographies, no. Unfortunately the fiction world is, well, fiction. Saying that I’ve read The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson so many times that they’re starting to feel real.  Odd.

N: Nobody borrows my books or I don’t mind lending them out?

I really don’t mind lending my books out because I think it’s important to share with others my adoration of reading and if that means getting one of my own back with a broken spine or a slightly ripped page I think that I can deal with that most of the time. I currently don’t own any first editions or books signed by authors so they may be an exception to the rule in the future.

D: Do you ever smell your books?

I tend to smell books when I’m in old second hand book stores, yes I’m a public book sniffer. My own books, less so.

N: Not everyone likes books, is this a positive or a negative?

We’re all allowed our own opinion and judgement and although I adore books, some may not, and just don’t get the same butterfly feeling when opening a new book. I know mylittlebookblog has inspired a number of my friends to read more and I think that’s pretty wonderful. So it’s both.We’re all different and we all like different things and that’s okay.

 I: I keep my books in the best condition or maybe not? Which are you?

I try my best, but ultimately the book will be trawled around with me squashed in my bag with my lunch, iPhone, notebooks, camera. It may be dropped in the bath, the corners may be folded over if I’m about to miss the bus and I might be a little heavy handed and crack the spine if I’m reading late at night. I try my best, but it rarely works.

G: Gosh I have too many books! True or False?

Yes. I think this will be forever true.

 H: Have you ever spilled or stained your books before with something, and if so how?

The most memorable was at a house-party around a year ago now. The idea was to go dressed up as what you wanted to be when you were younger and I wanted to work in publishing and be an editor. I took a book with me, ‘Remember to Breath my Simon Pont,’ and somewhere between the opening of a second bottle of wine and the making of a second bowl of punch the book got liberally soaked in alcohol to the point of it being unreadable. Drunk Lizzy, you suck.

T: Toned or untoned while reading? . . or in other words. . .Do you read and workout at the same time?

Me? Work out. You are kidding right?

So there you go, my answers the Day and Night tag. I now tag Rachael Ritchey to complete this challenge and anyone with the word book in their website name *evil laugh.* Enough from me for now, new review up tomorrow, but happy Friday everyoneeeee.

The Second Coming: The Chocolate Book Tag

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So I’ve been really into book tags recently and this one is definitely right up my street. Chocolate and books what could be better? I’m currently tucking into some Easter egg whilst writing this, which is a little wonderful and also a little fitting. I found this book tag on the lovely blog readerlygeek.wordpress.com you can see her answers here.  As always if you fancy re-blogging and writing your own, comment below or tweet me @littlebookblog1 so I can read your brilliant answers; *breaks off another slab of chocolate and devours*

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The Chocolate Book Tag 

1.) Dark chocolate: a book that covers a dark subject

I think Complicit by Nikki French; it revolves around the finding of a dead body in a flat by Bonnie Graham. She is the immediate suspect but things aren’t quite what they seem. It’s a well-constructed plotline that pulls the reader in by separating the book into two times before and after the crime. I utterly loved it and writing about it I now want to read it again.

2.) White Chocolate: Your favourite light-hearted/humorous read

I think it would have to be Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Book by Morgan Matson. Although it does have a number of deeper themes  and lessons running throughout I thought that this had a humorous or sweet way of making them become aware to the reader. The illustrations and receipt tickets also add to this and make it more of a light-hearted read.

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3.) Milk Chocolate: a book with a lot of hype you’re dying to read

The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins; I still have not read this book! It’s on my TBR Spring list but I haven’t yet got round to it. I’ve heard so much about it and I’ve read so many reviews from book bloggers that I really want to add my opinion. If only I could get round to reading it.

4.) Chocolate with a Caramel Center: A book that makes you feel all gooey inside

This is probably going to seem like a really obvious choice based on the subject of this book tag but Chocolat by Joanne Harris has such a delightfully gooey sense of lyrical writing. The style of the novel as a whole is stunningly beautiful and simply gorgeously written.

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5.) Wafer free KitKat: A book that recently surprised you

A book that surprised me? I think maybe Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. At the beginning I found it really diffiucult to really get into but as I worked my way through it made more and more sense. I found by the end that I missed the real meaning behind the book and actually went back and read bits again to get the final feel. It really made me think and I loved that about it.

6.) Snickers: A book you are going nuts about

I’m currently re-reading Enduring Love by Ian McEwan and I am really enjoying it. I can’t believe how much I disliked it back in English Literature class; boring, lacking in anything, lack lustre I didn’t even finish the book however second time around it’s really rather special and I can’t wait to write it up and review it for you.

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7.) Hot Chocolate with Cream and Marshmallows: a book you would turn to for a comfort read

Leftovers by Stella Newman I think. The book revolves around Susie who is looking for a promotion so she can give up her terrible job and launch herself into a career in food. The book revolves heavily around Susie’s Italian roots and her love of pasta and throughout Susie disperses wonderful pasta recipes based on her Grandmother’s belief that there is a pasta dish for every occasion. It is a warm and cosy read and perfect for snuggling up in bed with.

If you’d like to do The Chocolate Book Tag get book tagging and let me know in the comments or tweet me! Just answer the questions and share your love of books and all things chocolate-y too!

The Bookshelf Tag

So today I’m sick, sick, sick. I’ve just managed to pull my hacking body out of bed and into the living room and I found this bookshelf tag post on a lovely blog called The Book Coop I’ve been following for a little while and thought it was an adorable post to fill out for you. I’m going to split the answers between my two book shelves. Most of you know that after attending university in Stoke-on-Trent I stayed around, got an internship and have been here the past almost four years now. Many of my books are back in Silvy however the number in my rented room is growing higher each day so I’ll try and work it for both. If you fancy tagging yourself and writing your own book shelf post a comment below or tweet me @littlebookblog1

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1. Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn’t actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from.

So at home I have eight shelves, stacked on top of each other. The shelves are heaving but I’ve run out of space for any more and they’re starting to get piled on top of each other on the shelves. Book storage is a constantly battle.

In my rented room in Newcastle under Lyme space is even more limited but the solution is rather adorable. Six months ago I was at a market and bought an adorable vintage leather suitcase. It’s now stuffed full of review copies of books, a couple I’ve given in and bought and my library copies.

2. Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?

Nope, haphazard is the best way to describe my book organisation although trilogies or sets of books I try(ish) to keep together.

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3. What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?

I guess it would have to be a throw up between Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that’s a pretty hefty number in terms of pages, or I recently got given (to borrow) by a friend three books all sandwiched into one paperback by Murakami. I haven’t picked it up to read yet but I remember thinking it was pretty daunting.

4. What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf?

I think some of my Roald Dahl classics are quite thin in terms of pages. I know I have quite an old copy of Charlie’s Marvellous Medicine that has a really beautiful cover and doesn’t have that many pages. It’s still a wonderful read!

5. What’s the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

I have a pocked sized copy of Alice and Wonderland through the looking glass which I have never read, it’s a really lovely book and it’s so goddamn cute I think I’m going to have to go find it and read it.

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6. What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

It’s going to have to be one of my non-fiction books; I have book full of photographs of animals in the wild and it’s a giant weight of a book. My non fiction shelf is right at the bottom of the line of shelves because I’m terrified it’s going to fall of the wall; mainly because it’s stacked full of books like this one. I can’t remember the name of it but it’s a photography style book.

7. Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?

Being a book blogger lots of my books come from friends, but a really thoughtful book given to me for my 21st Birthday was If No One Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor. It’s a very stylish and lyrical book that I loved and it means a great deal that it was given to me with such understanding of my bookish favourites.

 8. Most expensive book?

I honestly have no idea; in terms of me buying books I tend to get them from Amazon or I buy sporadically from Waterstones or independent book stores. Saying that for Christmas last year I received a non-fiction book on all things Titanic and it’s a whopper of a book, I think it may have cost around £25.00 so I’m going to go with that.

 9. The last book you read on your shelf?

Oh, that would be If No One Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor, but I’ve already spoken about that one so I’ll go for Breakfast at Tiffanies by Truman Capote. It’s not actually mine but one I borrowed from the library but it’s sat in my little suitcase after being read a week or so ago; actually is that due back now? *groans*

10. Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

So many books have come and gone from my book shelves but I think it would have to be Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. It came about in 2002 and I would have been ten then. I know that there are obviously books that came before that but maybe the first I read myself, that’s still on the shelf, would be this one.

11. Do you have more than one copy of a book?

Intriguing, I think I must do but for the life of me I cannot remember. I went through a stage of thinking I should rebuy copies of books because mine get so bent and creased but then it only means that they are loved. Thinking about it I’m not sure there are any more, I think I passed them onto friends?

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12. Do you have the complete series of any book series?

Yes, three I believe. Quite obviously the Harry Potter series, I think I have all of the Lord of the Rings books and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

13. What’s the newest addition to your shelf?

I try not to buy too many books because I already have so many to read, but I think it would have to be ‘How to be a woman, by Caitin Moran.’

14. What book has been on your shelf FOREVER?

I have so many books that lots of them have been there forever, I think it would have to be Eva Ibbotson’s Monster Mission. It’s cramped on a shelf right at the end nearest to the window and it’s becoming a little blanched in the sunlight.

15. What’s the most recently published book on your shelf?

I think it would have to be Elizabeth is Missing by
Emma Healey published June 2014.

16. The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)?

I think I have an old and withered copy of What Katie Did which on researching was published in 1872. I’m 100% sure my copy is not that old however it’s looking a little tired and I assume it’s the eldest.

17. A book you won?

I’m not sure I’ve ever won a book; that’s a little sad.

18. A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)?

An interesting one because I do like to lend out my books and let other people read and discover them for themselves. I think one that I would always like to keep near me is On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah. I bought it at a book fair for around fifty pence but it is one of my favourite romance style books; it’s a wonderful little book and it’s one I would hate to not be able to get my paws on when I needed a little pick me up.

19. Most beat up book?

My copy of The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson; I’ve read it so many times including in the bath which it’s been dropped in a number of times and it’s looking a little wearied. However its wear and tear only goes to show how much I love it as a novel.

20. Most pristine book?

Most of the books give to me by my darling parents or by friends. I do have a copy however of Any Human Heart by William Boyd that I loved so much whilst reading that I made sure to have bookmarks at any given point as in to stop me from folding the pages over. It is still a very neat and tidy book.

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21. A book from your childhood?

As a child I loved the stories of Little Mollie Mandy. I think my parents still have nightmares about the inane stories told however I thought they were wonderful and the tales are still propped up waiting to be told.

22. A book that’s not actually your book?

I have a number of books on my shelves that aren’t mine because I’m always squirreling them away with me but at the moment in my book suitcase I have a copy of The Good Plain Cook by Bethan Roberts which is actually my sisters that I am yet to read. I think it was on a Monday morning when I needed something to read on the train home but ultimately feel asleep and therefore I never got round to; I will give it back Char I promise!

23.  A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)?

Not that I know of?

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24. A book that is your favorite color?

Although I love pink, I think a mix of duck egg and turquoise blue is my ultimate favourite colour and the book Elsewhere has a wonderfully blue sea on it which is almost the perfect colour so I’m going to go with that.

25. Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven’t read?

The Philip Pullman His Dark Materials books; I wrote a post about this over a year ago now (nope they’re still not read!)

26. Any signed books?

As a book blogger every so often authors sign the fronts of the books with a little message to me which is rather darling. I think Diary of an intuitive by Vera Gibson was almost definitely signed and that has an utterly beautiful cover also.

So a rather long post on my bookshelf from yours truly. If you do write your own please let me know, would love to hear your answers.

Top Ten Books TBR Spring 201

Afternoon wonderful readers, hope you’ve enjoyed yesterday’s slightly controversial review. It’s sometimes difficult to review a book with so many negative opinions surrounded it but I hope I managed it sensitively and objectively. Today there will (hopefully) be another classic book review of Giovanni’s room by James Baldwin, a book I have been struggling with a little, but firstly, a book tag by The Broke and the Bookish; here are my list of top ten books TBR in Spring 2015

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1)      The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

I have seen so many reviews of this book over the past month both positive and more critical and as always it’s made me want to get stuck in and see what all the fuss is about, and obviously share it with you lovely people

2)      Looking for Alaska by John Green

Once again I have heard so many good things about this book and after finally getting round to reading TFIOS I really want to read more from this delightful author

3)      Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

My parents are always pointing out books for me to read and this is one that my mother suggested upon hearing someone discussing it at work (I believe.) Additionally the cover is rather darling.

4)       The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Once again one from the rents; my Dad is rarely moved by a book but this one he said is a must read. If he suggests a book I know it will be a good’un

5)       Love Letters to the dead by Ava Dellaira

I saw a stunning review of this a week or so ago. It’s been one I’ve been meaning to read for around a year but as always I haven’t quite got round to it.

6)       We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

I saw the film adapatation of this around a little while ago and swore I would get it read. I’ve heard so many good things about it and it’s one of those books you just have to read, and I kind of can’t wait!

7)       The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

One of my 101 things in 1001 days challenge is to read twenty books that friends have recommended and I’m lagging a little behind on it. I recently saw this featured on an online newspaper article on the 100 books or so that everyone should read. Two reasons to get this little beauty read

8)       The Catcher in the rye by J.D Salinger

The next book to be read for my classic book challenge!

9)       Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I saw a wonderful long read on Buzzfeed regarding this book and it’s really intrigued me to get hold of a copy. The cover is super cute too

10)    Finally, The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K Rowling)

For some reason I keep forgetting to buy, beg, borrow a copy of this book but I need to because I have loved everything she has written since my fangirl days of Harry Potter!

So there you go, ten hopefully outstanding books to be read by yours truly this Spring.