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.

25 questions nobody asks tag

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Helllllo readers, it’s one of those day where I’m a little booked-out and I wanted to do something completely different and I stumbled across the 25 questions nobody asks tag and thought it sounded like a little bit of fun. Enjoy.

Do you sleep with your closet doors closed or open?

Why would you sleep with the doors open? (Unless there’s too much stuff to shut them – maybee then) I definitely sleep with the closet doors shut to keep the monsters in.

Do you take shampoo and conditioner  bottles from hotels?

Yes, I’m a terrible person.

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Normally the sheets are falling off everywhere, I’m a terribly restless person.

Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

No, but I did witness one of my intoxicated friends pick up a sold house sign and dance with it before falling over with it. Those were the days.

Do you like to use post-it notes?

Not really, I prefer lists or big sheets of paper with lots of ideas. Post-it notes just get lost or stuck to one of your limbs. Sexy.

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Do you cut out coupons but never use them?

I never cut out coupons but I think maybe I should – I just don’t really have/make time for it.

Would you rather be attacked by a bear or a swarm of bees?

I think bees, I’m not sure whether I would survive a bear attack really.

Do you have any freckles?

Yesssss all over the bridge of my nose and my cheeks!

Do you always smile for pictures?

DUCK FACE. Nah, I often do a couple of funny faces or a cheeky teeth smile.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

I think bad emailing practice; think how you would feel if you opened that email and it was horrible. I don’t like rude people very much.

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Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

Allllllll the time, but I always lose count so there’s no point. Maybe it’s relaxing?

Have you ever peed in the woods?

Yessss

Have you ever pooped in the woods?

Three letters: DOE

Do you ever dance when there is no music playing?

Yees, who doesn’t do a cheeky celebration dance once in a while? #holla

Do you ever chew on your pens and pencils?

Yep, and last week I saw someone chew on a pen I had chewed. I need to stop that, tis gross.

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How many people have you slept with this week?

Well I always sleep in bed with Eeyore, so I guess one?

What size is your bed?

Doubleeee bed, although when T sleeps in it it might as well be half a single. Bloody starfishing.

What is your song of the week?

Kind of really loving Down Town by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Is it ok for guys to wear pink?

It mean if it brings out the colour in their eyes then of course.. anyone can wear whichever colour they wish.

Do you still watch cartoons?

C’mon, Disney films, everyone watches them and if they don’t then they should. Stat.

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 What’s your least favourite movie? 

Anything realllllllly scary!

Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?

I would buy things with it…sorrrrrrrrry

What do you drink with dinner? 

Alllll of the wine.

What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

Barbecue sauce m8.

What is your favourite food? 

MASHED POTATO. With tiny sausages if possible.

There you go: 25 questions nobody asks probably for good reason but just a little bit of fun. I now tag..

Bronagh at Bronagh’s Beauty and Books

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

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Franzi at Books, Movies, Tea

The Summer Madness Book Tag

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Helllllo readers, it’s Friday once again *cheers* and me and the blogging schedule are finally getting along. I’m finding writing more means I’m enjoying it more, I hate to say it but the dreaded writer’s blogging block hasn’t reared its head for a number of months now. I’m also really enjoying all the book bloggers non-bookish posts recently, there’s so much to write about and it’s nice to get something a little rambleier once in a while.

Today I was tagged by the wonderful Samantha over at ‘Sleepy book dragon,’ (Thank you for nominating mee!) a brilliant blog with some really interesting and unique bookish posts, definitely one to take a wander through. For now, onto le tag.

Show a book with a summery cover

I’ve decided to pick something a little different, but I think ‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven has such a summery feel to the cover. I know that content is a little darker for a summer read but I think the neutral colours are all so beautiful and have a really summery feel!

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Pick a fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a summer holiday.
I think the beach on the island in the book Kensuke’s Kingdom. It’s described as island that is shaped like an elongated peanut in the Pacific Ocean. I always thought it was really beautifully described as a child. A couple of days there reading and lazing in the sun sounds perfecto.

You’re about to go on a flight for your summer holidays but you want to read a book that lasts the whole flight. What novella do you choose?

For his birthday just gone I bought T, the New York Trilogy written by Paul Auster because it was recommended as quite similar to Murakami’s writing style. He thought it was pretty good and picked up Moon Palace which he has been begging me to read but I kinda fancy his book Travels in the Scriptorium

You have a case of summertime sadness – what book do you pick to shine a smile on your face?

Maybe an odd choice but I think  The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. It’s nice to go back and read something that always used to put a smile on your face and this definitely did for me.

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You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

I think Sophie Klein from Stella Newman’s Pear Shaped. We could snack on Pirngles drink Margaritas and have a good ole’ chat about all things life throws at you. She would be an utter babe of a friend to have at the beach.

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To match your ice cream, you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?

I think it would have to be Ron Weasley. I can see him cavorting up and down the beach causing mischief and mayhem. He’d be killer on the barbeque and I recon he can throw a frisbee. Pretty perfect.

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I now tag the wonderful Jenny from Jenny in Neverland to complete le tag.

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*