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 SIBLINGHOOD AWARD

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Helllllo readers – it’s Friday which means that it’s time for a bookish post and this week it’s an award! *cheeeers.* I don’t think I have received this one before so I’m excited to get started. Firstly I want to thank Alice at A Book and Two Cups of Tea. I’m really new to her blog but it looks fantastic and her posts are brilliant so you should go check her out now! Without further Lizzo warbling onto the award.

Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
2. Put the award logo on your blog
3. Answer the ten questions you were given
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
5. Nominate ten other blogs

Questions

My Ten Questions to answer!

If you could live in one of the fictional worlds, which one would it be and why?

Hmmmmm – although I say I really struggle with fantasy books it’s got to be Harry Potter really hasn’t it?

What is/are your all time favorite book(s)

I can’t answer because I haven’t read them all yet- but The Book Thief is in my top ten; definitely.

What is your favorite reading setting (at home, drinking tea, etc)?

Beeeeeed. Snuggled up with a hot chocolate and hot water bottle and with Eeyore laying in the crook of my arm. I am actually 22. I swear I am.

If you could give a book as a gift to anyone right now which book would that be?

I would give my best friend Hope The Chocolate Run. For some reason I think she needs to read it and get a little bit of happiness from it. Sometimes love confuses and hurts you and fucks you up but as long as you remember who you are, you’ll be okay.

What are the books you’re most looking forward to reading this year?

I’m going to be finally getting round to The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith and I am so excited! It’s got to be that or Dorian Grey as a really close second.

Who is your favorite fictional character and from which book/series?

Amber from The Chocolate Run – Honestly I adore her and have done since I read the book for the first time. Now I’ve read it nearly ten times I think?

How many books did you read last year?

Over 120! Which is NUTS! However currently I’m really struggling to get back into reading regularly so I’m going to just try and hit 100 this year!

Which format do you prefer your books in Hardcover/ Paperback/ Ebook/ Audiobook?

Paperback definitely although audio-books come a very close second. I’m currently very tempted to invest in audible but I don’t know whether I will definitely make the most of it?

Coffee or tea?

I only really drink green/peppermint tea  so one of them. I currently love one that is mixed with liquorish; it tastes bloody amazing.

What is your favorite movie based on a book you’ve read?

I think it would have to be Ps I love you – I do love The Hunger Games and The Martian but I’m still yet to read those books!

MY TEN NEW QUESTIONS for my nominees to answer.

  1. What word do you think of when I say the word reader?
  2. Do you snack whilst reading? Are crumbs inside books ever acceptable?
  3. What is a bookish/reader/writing habit that you wish you didn’t have
  4. What is your pet peeve when it comes to blogging?
  5. What is your favourite movie based on a book you’ve read? (I’m pinching this question!)
  6. What is the best classic book you’ve read and why?
  7. If you were a magical creature what would you be?
  8. What house are you (either Pottermore or the house you believe you are?)
  9. What’s a blogger that you read reaaaaaaally regularly?
  10. What’s one of your ultimate favourite words?

I now nominate!

I now nominate:

Stefani @ Caught Read Handed 

Georgia Rose @ Georgia Rose Books 

Audrey @ Audrey’s Bookcase

Amanda @ Chocolate Pages 

aaaand

Samantha @ Bookish Library

If you do decide to accept I would love to see your answers, but if you’re not into awards then just know I think your blog is b-e-a-utiful! Have a wonderful Friday y’all.

 

The Reading Habits Tag

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Helllllo readers, it’s a Friday which means it’s time for another bookish tag! *eee* I was tagged by Jane at the Greenish Bookshelf and thought it would be something nice to fill out on this dreary Friday afternoon. I think I’ve filled this out before but I think quite a few of my answers will be different this time because I’m reading differently (if that makes sense?) Ah well, without further wittering I should probably get onto the tag.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Since leaving university, which is now over a year ago, I’ve been renting in and around the Stoke-on-Trent area, so I tend to read in my bed away from everyone. Pyjamas are a must and salt and vinegar pringles are my snack of choice if I haven’t already eaten them all. #fatty.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Just about anything, receipts, pieces of paper, random pieces of material cut up. T uses business cards from unplanned companies that drop them off at work which I think is a little lovely. I tend not to use bookmarks because I buy lovely ones and then lose them. *whimpers*

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

I always used to wait till the end of the chapter but recently because I’ve been reading quite late at night, it tends to be when my attention span just drops and I physically cannot concentrate on the words. I try to stop on chapters but it doesn’t always happen that way.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Recently fizzy water and Indonesian crackers from Phileas Fogg; those things are addictive.

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Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I like to think that I can listen to music whilst reading but I physically can’t, or I blank the music out so when I come back to reality the album is on a terrible track at the end or it’s finished. Television is something I keep separate from reading. One or the other is best I think.

One book at a time or several at once?

I have done this tag at least twice, I now remember this question. I now read at least two books at the same time and have done for a couple of months now. I cannot get myself to finish 1Q84 and have read multiple books alongside it. I wish I could just read one at a time but I don’t have the timeee.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Favourite place is actually on the train; not only does it make the journey go twice as quickly but the gentle lulling of the train is really relaxing.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Reading in my head, although T read to me on the train a couple of weeks back and it was really, really lovely.

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Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

If the suspense is just getting to much I might skip to the next paragraph just to let myself breathe a little but I really try not to.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

If I can read the book without breaking the spine I’ll try and keep it like new. If I accidentally lean on it, drop it on the floor or bend it too far it’s not the end of the world I guess.

Do you write in your books?

Nope, unless it’s a colouring book, which I now own *eee*

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I think it might be my third time answering this but it’s always interesting to see when my answers change as I redo this tag. I now tag

Tasha at That Little Blog Of Everything

Aine at Writing on a Vintage Typewriter

Mara at Across the Books

&

Franzi at Books, Movies, Tea

The Love & Hate Tag

The Love-Hate Tag

Helllllo readers, I’ve been tagged in lots of new blogging awards recently which as always is bloody lovely. I feel like I’ve written a lot of bookish things recently and less ‘lizzy-bits,’ so thought I would take the chance to write out the love & hate tag before I forget. The idea is that you write ten things you love and ten things you hate and then you tag someone else to write theirs down and so on and so on. Simples.

Love:

  1. Reading: Might as well get this one of the waaaaay. I’m an obsessive reader to the point where it’s starting to terrify me. I’m not sure I can balance my life with how much reading I wish I could get done but, imma trying.
  1. Margaritas: Gah my cocktail of choice (or just anything with tequila.)
  1. Blueberry Yoghurt: This is a recent thing but I used to abhor blueberries, horrible little things. But trying blueberry yoghurt in the past month or so I have been an addict. Not sorry.

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  1. Early morning cuddles: If me and the boyf are staying the night with each other, we’ll set the alarm half an hour early so we can have a morning big/little spoon snuggles because we’re gross and we know it.
  1. Walking: I’ve always preferred walking but getting up in the morning is sometimes a little difficult, but recently I found out I could walk to work and save myself £60 or so pounds a month (BONUSSS.) Now I seem to walk everywhere, to the station, to friends, into town. It helps my anxiety too because public transport is killer.
  1. BURRITOS: That is all

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  1. Peppermint tea with nettles and camomile: This stuff is just, beautiful.
  1. Cinema dates with all the gang: Anything with my motely group of friends. Spoons dates, cinema trips, days in the sunshine in the park, traveling to unplanned parts of the world; all good.
  1. Weekends with my parents: I never realised how close my family are but we are a close-knit gang. I love spending the weekend helping Mumma B with the chores, popping out for lunch bits, going for a walk around Stowe. Imma home bird and I do not give a monkeys.

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  1. Driving: Although I still can’t drive I really love driving around and trying not to cause chaos on the roads. It was a little nerve wracking to start but I cannot wait to get my own little car and be whizzing around all over the place.

Hate:

  1. People that are always late: Get a watch? I mean we all check our phones enough we should know that if you say seven, twenty past isn’t going to cut it.
  1. Blackberry soothers: The smell of these things makes me choke; gross.

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  1. Jellllllllllllllllllllly: (or Jello) I think jelly is horrible, the taste and the texture of the stuff is just blergh.
  1. My inability to remember to add reviews to Amazon/Goodreads/My own review list: The organisation of my day-to-day life is pretty on pointe but this I always seem to forget and then have to add tens of them on in one go. Sorrrrry
  1. Emails that don’t answer questions: Is it me or if you email someone a number of questions no matter how carefully bullet pointed they answer the first one, maybe the second if you’re lucky but not all. What is that?

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  1. Snakes: These, terrify me. My desk-neighbour at work is always trying to trick me into looking at pictures of them on his computer. Dude, no.
  1. Going to the dentist: Years of having to go to have my braces tightened has made this an utterly terrifying experience for me, not that it wasn’t already.
  1. Not travelling: I have the travelling bug so much right now and I have no-one to go with *wails*

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  1. Constantly being covered in bruises: Doesn’t matter what I’m doing/wearing/drinking I end up with random uncomfortable bruises and they are so unattractive when they’re on your wrists/elbow/feet. How does that even happen?
  1. Running out of liquid eyeliner: That stuff is ma jam.

Ten things I love, ten things I hate, I now tag Stefani at ‘Caught Read Handed’ to complete said taggg. Enjoy!

The British Tag

Hellllllllo readers, it’s Friday which means it’s another book tag day which is always wonderful. However, something a little British rather than bookish from yours truly. Born and raised in Silverstone, Northampton, I’ve always been a little proud to be British. I love our odd way with words, I have an undeniable adoration of London and I am a sucker for Marmite and buttered toast. Stumbling upon this book tag I thought I would bring you a British tag for you to find out a little more about me.

How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?

This is probably my most fraudulent British quality; I don’t like tea a huge amount. I tend to drink two cups of peppermint tea or green tea per day; one when I get up and go for a shower and the second when I get into work.

Favourite part of your roast?

I guess all of it isn’t a sensible answer? I think maybe Yorkshire puddings covered in gravy. Gah

Favourite dunking biscuit?

I don’t drink a huge amount of tea, but you cannot beat a chocolate hob nob can you?

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Favourite quintessentially British pastime?

I think picnics in the park in the summer; pork pies, mini scotch eggs and a lovely apple cider. Sounds bloody wonderful

“Favourite word?

I think ‘cor blimey’ may just be my favourite British phrase. For any of our friends over the pond it’s used as an exclamation of surprise. If I’m being terrible rude I also like the word bollocks but I’m a lady so should refrain from saying that one.

Cockney rhyme slang?

I don’t use a lot of cockney rhyming slang but Ruby Murray is most definitely a curry

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Favourite sweet?

Flying Saucers, hands down.

What would your pub be called?

We have a wonderful pub in Stoke-on-Trent called ‘The Holy Inadequate,’ which I think is rather wonderful. If I had to pick, I think it would be ‘The Siren’s Call.’ I love Mermaids so that’s what I’m going to go with.

Number One British person?

Other than our lovely Lady the Queen; Audrey Hepburn and J K Rowling I would say.

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Favourite shop / Restaurant?

The White Company, the fabric used is on pointe beautiful.

What British song pops into your head?

Spice Girls Wannabe.

Marmite?

Hell yes, buttered white toast slack with Marmite sounds pretty wonderful right now thank you very much

Blimey! So there yew go wonderful readers, somethin’ ter get yaaahr teef in’er, now I tag all me British pals ter complete dis ‘ere tag. Nuff said, yeah?

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.