THE BOOK BLOGGER TEST

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Hellllllllllllllllo readers, IT’S FRIDAAAAAY, and I’m actually writing this on a Friday which is pretty ideal. I’m currently really enjoying writing book tags again and I found this pretty brilliant on Brins Book Blog which is a blog I kind of recently discovered but it’s  really worth a little look because it’s a fantastic blog – so off you go see. Once you’ve read this – obviously (wink face.) Enjoy!

what are your top three book pet hates?

1. When romance books have reaaaaally risque covers and you can’t read them on public transport without an old lady or a man giving you the eyebrow.

2. Characters falling in love at first sight or within the first chapter – seriously. Lust, yes, attraction, yes, true love – HELL NO. The reader wants to experience the build-up of the relationship, why do so many authors seem to struggle with this.

3. Novella’s that are really too short; I love novella’s but recently lots that I’ve read have been basically the shortest stories ever. #sadface.

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describe your perfect reading spot

I’m definitely an in bed reader – I change into my pyjamas as soon as I get home from work. So pjs,  comfy blanket, hot chocolate (or Pepsi Max) and Eeyore would be there too! Oooo and maybe some Minstrels as they are my favourites at the moment.

tell us three book confessions

1. I  STILL haven’t read anything by Virginia Woolf even though I have paperbacks and Ebooks of a number of her books. I just haven’t got round to it yet.

2. I am a massive fan of a really trashy romance every so often. I talk about my love of Bukowski, the Bronte sisters, classic literature, but some days give me the worst of the trashy romances and I’ll be a happy bunny.

3.  My DNF reading list is a lot longer than people think it is. I can normally review a book based on the half mark stage but if I’m really struggling I will stop reading and review despite that – I just don’t always tell everyone.

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when was the last time you cried during a book?

I’m currently reading ‘The End of Your Life Book Club
by Will Schwalbe’ and oh my  have I been close to crying many, many times. It’s one of those books that I am not ready to get to the end of because it’s just so damn good. The review for that book is going to be hella difficult.

how many books are on your bedside table?

Currently! ZEEERRRROOO. I have two sets of flowers there instead one from T and one from me to me.

what is your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?

PRINGLES AND MINSTRELS. I am alllll for reading snacks although I know lots of people tend to avoid snacking when reading.

name three books you would recommend to everyone

This is soooooo hard, but I’m going to go with:

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Anything by Bukowski

1Q84 by Haruki Murakamii

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show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase

No shelves! Just a book-suitcase *it’s so prettttty.*

write how much books mean to you in just three words

Maybe, just everything?

what is your biggest reading secret?

I love Harry Potter as a series, but I’m actually not a massive fan of Harry Potter as a character. He’s always getting Ron and Hermione into trouble and then when they solve the problem Harry takes the credit – not cool maaaaan.

So we’re at the end of the taaag, and I’m going to tag anyone with an L in their first name! (Or ya know if you fancy doing the tag!) Remember to comment or let me know on twittttter @littlebookblog1! HAPPY FRIDAY Y’ALLLL.

The Wacky Bookish Blog Tag

The Wacky Bookish
Who doesn’t love a bookish blog tag? Thought not – I love writing these bookish discussion ramblings with you and I found this one on one of my favourite blogs ‘The Bookish Monsters’ and thought I would make a lovely addition this wintery Friday afternoon. I’m a little worried because Tash struggled a bit with finding answers but fingers crossed I’ll make it all the way through.

WEIRD: THE WEIRDEST THING YOU HAVE READ

I think maybe ‘Story of the Eye by George Bastille.’ I read and reviewed this a few weeks ago but honestly the story is the oddest I think I have ever come across – it’s a very intense and disturbing erotic book – definitely eye opening to say the least.


A MAZING: THE MOST AMAZING BOOK THAT YOU CAN’T FIND ANY OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE

I wrote a review of Sugar and Snails by Anne Goodwin recently and the book really was a brilliant read but it was really difficult to get into words why it was so great without giving everything away – I tried my best Anne I really did.


CRAZY: A KIND OF INSANE CHARACTER

I think I’m going to go with Jess from The Morning After Memoirs. She has a Bridget Jones style feel and isn’t afraid to get her mixed-up in all kinds of outrageous situations. She’s a wonderfully, insanely, crazy kind of Lady.


KICK BUTT – YOUR FAVOURITE STRONG SIDE CHARACTER

Ron Weasley is the one I’m going to go for – he puts up with Harry and his often selfish and very dangerous plans/adventures/ideas and yet they still stay best friends? How I ask – how? Ron is straight up brilliant.


YING-YANG – TWO BOOKS THAT ARE DIFFERENT, BUT CONNECTED SOMEHOW

This is a difficult one – I’m going to go with The Stieg Larsson trilogy and Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn which is a fantastic book if you’re yet to read it. They are both complex and written beautifully but they flow and are written simply it’s masterful how great they both are.


BOOKS – THE NUMBER OF BOOKS YOU HAVE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR

I think well over 100 now – it’s been the craziest reading year so far for me.


LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT – YOUR OTP

I think it might have to be Luna and Neville from Harry Potter – they remind me a little of me and T.


ORIGINAL – THE MOST ORIGINAL BOOK BLOGGER OR BOOKTUBER YOU READ/WATCH

I couldn’t pick just one – that’s a little mean.


GIDDY – A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU EXTREMELY HAPPY

I stilllllll haven’t finished 1Q84 but that book is goddamn brilliant – as soon as I sit down to read it I just feel a sense of calm and tranqility. Murakami just has a way with words that I rarely see.



TICK-TOCK – A BOOK YOU READ EXTREMELY QUICK

I recently read How to Build a girl by one of my idols Caitlin Moran and I seriously devoured it in two train journeys. It was THAT good although very similar to the previous book she wrote but still a really great read.


ABRACADABRA – YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK THAT HAS MAGIC

If we take out Harry Potter – because I think it will/has be/been picked by lots of other blogger, I’m going to go with Katie Cross’s Miss Mabel’s School for girls (and the books that follow.) I’m not a big fantasy reader, but these books I thought were beautifully written.


GECKO – THE MOST RANDOM BLOGGER/YOUTUBER YOU READ/WATCH

I’m going to actually tag Tasha for this one although random is the wrong word. I think diverse would be a better word – she has lots of different features and they create this beautifully varied blog that always has new posts to read – it really is a blog to follow.


Who Do You Tag?

As I haven’t seen this tag before I’m going to tag anyone that fancies taking part but make sure to comment me a link or tag me on twitter @littlebookblog1. Have a wonderful weekend lovely readers.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit

Hellllllo readers, hope you’re well! Sorry I haven’t been as active recently in terms of comments and tweets and the like. My new job is incredible, honestly incredible and yet it is taking the energy out of me. My bum might sit on a chair most of the day but keeping up with everything has meant that by the time I get home it’s pjs, blankets and rewatching Great British Menu episodes. I am a granny yes indeed. Today is Tuesday and that means TOP TEN TUESDAY. Today’s is ten bookish things I have quit and some I still need to! Enjoy book worms!

Going into a book store and buying 183756392474 books

Don’t ask me how I’ve done this but I’ve finally managed to stop myself buying alllll the books. It may be because I’m more organised and I’m picking up less library fines so I’m taking more books out. Last week T and I went to one of our favourite bookstores which is shutting down (goddamn) and they had books for 20p and I bought one. Just one. #HOLLA

Forgetting to take back library books

Totally linked to the last point but I have recently been super good at taking books back or at least remembering where they are and not leaving them in places where I can’t get at them i.e at home or on the bus. Thumbs up Lizzo.

Remembering to put my reviews on Amazon/Goodreads/Twitter

I’ve writing/written a post on this, which is a little critical of this, but I do seem to remember to put all my reviews on all of those lovely social media sites that I connect with you all on. Although they don’t go up straight after they go live on le blog, I do try and make sure the weeks reviews should (should) all go up on the Saturday of that week.

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Reading 14657829385 books at the same time

When I started book blogging I was a definite one book at a time kind of gal, but as the book blog got bigger the number of books being read at the same time got a bit ridiculous. However I’m now back to a happy medium of two, maybe stretched to three but it’s a lot more manageable. Yes m8.

Not turning over the corners in books

This was one of the things I really wanted to stop doing, and to a point I’m a lot better at is remembering to pick up a train ticket or a receipt to make sure I have something to whack in when I finally put my book now at 2am.

Now onto things I want to quit….

Not finishing books!

Every time I write one of these I mention 1Q84 but much to T’s utter disgust I am yet to finish it. Why you ask? Because I’m an idiot and keep forgetting to read it instead of reaching for something new. Bugger.

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Not Reading books I have mentioned on TTT lists

This one is annoying because I write all of these lists and then never end up reading them? Why? Because rather stupidly I’m reading other lists and making an even longer TBR. What is wrong with me?

Buying books I have already read

Anyone else do this? A publisher brings out a new cover and you’re just like… gahhhhh, I want but I already have but it’s so pretty. Yep, I need to stop buying duplicates.

Agreeing to read every single book that enters my blog email.

I have to say no at some point, I currently have hundreds of books to read. Damn, Damn, Damn, Damn.

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Not reading outside on my lunchbreak rather than working all the way through

I really should go get some fresh air, my head is already frazzled enough. Yeeeee.

(ALSO, that might be my favourite bookish gif eva)

A bit different for me this week five of each! As always what bookish bad habits have you stopped? What do you wish you could stop doing? Leave me all your quibbles in le comments. Tar babes.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my autumn to be read list.

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Holla readers, it’s nearly Autumn, my favourite time of year. Snuggly jumpers, woolen scarves, leggings with wooly socks, I can almost feel the cosy roll-necks, long morning cuddles and steaming cups of coffee drank whilst walking through crunchie leaves. GIVE IT TOO ME. But, before I get a little Autumn crazy, I need to have a list of books to get me through the colder, darker nights and that is today’s post brought to us by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish.

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close:

I’ve been really hooked on ‘reading lists’ recently. Whether it’s to read during your Twenties, during Autumn, or when you’re going through a break-up I’m all for them. This book tells the tale of three females as they struggle with family trouble, career stresses and heart-break. The perfect cosy, female strong book for the Autumn.

MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche:

This book is about a newly married lady, who realises she needs a couple of ladies as her besties. She goes on a number of friend-dates in the hope of finding her perfect BFF. A cool, cute read for the fall months.

What She Saw by Lucinda Rosenfeld:

I stumbled across this book on another blogging site and thought it looked brilliant. A mixture of breaking up, growing up and starting a new lease of life this is the perfect light-hearted read that I need after all those classics.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young:

Ive seen a bit of the film but had never realised it was a book. I’m really interested to get this read because I’ve heard it’s a really comical read; witty, ironic and very jokey it sounds right up my street.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway:

I have yet to read any of this authors books and after my classics challenge I think it’s finally time to get hold of a book of his and tell you all my thoughts. Seen as one of Hemingway’s main masterpieces and set at the end of WW1 this may just be perfect.

My Misspent Youth by Meghan Dunn:

This is a little different because it is more of a collection of non-fiction essays I guess. They talk of real life worries especially relating to young people and I think it would make a different book type to review on MLBB and to see if I enjoy it as much as I think I will.

Just Kids by Patti Smith:

*eee* really excited by this book, set in the 60’s and 70’s it really does make my historical fiction senses tingle. It follows the authors relationship with a famous photographer and the idea of a romance set in the era following the glitz and the glamour of said famous photographer it sounds just, perfect.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff:

Still on my TBR, still needs to be read, will be read this autumn finally.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven:

This book is literally on every blog I read. I need to read it and get it reviewed ASAP.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe:

Not only a brilliant title but the story of growing up gay in the 80’s and the exploration of sexuality and romances sounds brilliant. Right up me street.

Ten fantastic books, ten that will be reviewed, ten I need to buy now damn you bank balance. What would add? Which do you want to know more about? Let me know in le comments or tweet me @littlebookblog1.

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.

 Okay,

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 🙂