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The A-Z Book Tag

on October 5, 2017

Hi guys! Hope you’re all having a lovely week, and enjoying the season of pumpkin-spiced-everything as much as I am.

I haven’t done a book tag in 5eva, so when I saw this one over at YA Allegiance, I couldn’t resist giving it a go, because apparently I am never going to get around to doing any of the tags I have actually been tagged in. I’m the worst.

If you want to give this tag a go, feel free lovely people. Link me to your answers down below if so. Here are mine (and in case you couldn’t tell, I’ve made them as Autumnal as possible because October is my life):

Author You’ve Read The Most Books From:


Lucy Daniels. I read approx. fifty gazillion of the Animal Ark books when I was little, and I was obsessed with them, even though they were all basically the same story but with a different animal. I recently discovered that ‘Lucy Daniels’ is not a real person, but a bunch of different authors writing under a pen name. My childhood imploded.

Best Sequel Ever:


This is such a difficult question, but I think I’m going to have to steal YA Allegiance’s answer and go with A Court of Mist and Fury. It was my favourite book of 2016, and Rhysand is bae. I mean, I really f***ing hate the word ‘bae’, but let’s be real, he is bae.

Currently Reading:


I’m currently reading The Diviners by Libba Bray. I’m in the mood for paranormal reads at the moment because I live and breathe the month of Halloween, and I am enjoying this book SO MUCH. I love the creepy, occult vibes, I love the 1920s New York setting, I love how outrageous and fun the main character is, and I’m very impressed with Libba Bray’s writing.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

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I love cosying up with a mint hot chocolate and a good book.

E–Reader or Physical Book?

I much prefer reading physical books. There’s something so satisfying about turning pages; swiping on a screen is just not the same.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:


Michael Moscovitz from The Princess Diaries, my very first fictional crush, obvs.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:


A Game of Thrones. I put off reading this book for the longest time, because I thought it would be too violent for me, but when I finally got around to reading it, I adored it. I really need to read the rest of the series, but those books are so intimidatingly long, and the TV show has Kit Harrington, so…

Hidden Gem Book:


Know Not Why by Hannah Johnson. Why do people Not Know about this book? It is the most adorable gay romance with the most hilarious narrator of ever. It will make your heart so HAPPY.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

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I guess that would be the moment when, at the age of 17, I fell unconditionally and irrevocably in love with Edward Cullen. I was SUCH a Twihard teenage fangirl. Just to clarify, I fell out of love with Mr Sparklypants eventually, but I still give Twilight and Stephanie Meyer credit for igniting my love of reading, and turning me into the bookworm you see before you today.

Just Finished:


I’ve just finished reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. This is a very short, very strange book, with very odd characters, a cat called Jonas, and a mass-murder involving blackberries. Right up my alley, basically.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m not the hugest reader of historical fiction, unless there are paranormal elements involved, or the characters are LGBTQ+.

Longest Book You’ve Read:


The longest book I’ve ever read is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I enjoyed parts of the book, but on the whole, I was bored to tears, especially the part where there was a ten-page description of some characters mowing a field. TEN F***ING PAGES, PEOPLE!!!!

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

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I don’t often get book hangovers, because I’m usually excited to start another book, but when I binge-read a series I tend to struggle to get into something else straight afterwards, because I’m still wrapped up in the characters I’ve been spending all my time with.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I have three bookcases at my flat in London, and two bookcases at my parents’ house in Oxford, although not all of them are full yet. Why helloooo, Waterstones, I haven’t bought anything from YOU in a while!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:


I’ve read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone over and over and over. It’s not my favourite book in the series (although of course I adore it), but I’m really bad at finishing the full re-read, so I always end up going back and starting at the beginning again. The beginning is pretty magical though, tbh. 🙂

Preferred Place To Read:

Probably on the sofa, because when I get into bed, my eyes automatically get sleepy, and my book gets neglected. This sounds like sacrilege but I think I like sleep more than books, you guys. Don’t throw things at me!

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You’ve Read:


I adore this quote from Wild by Cheryl Strayed (one of my favourite books of all time):

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”

Reading Regret:

That I’ve never, ever read a graphic novel. So many people seem to be into them. I feel like I’m missing out!

Series You Started And Need To Finish:


I seriously need to finish the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, because I really want to read Six of Crows. I enjoyed Shadow and Bone, but I’ve been reading Siege and Storm for ages now and I’m finding it a bit boring.

Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books:

I’ve already mentioned Wild by Cheryl Strayed, so I’ll go with Night Film by Marisha Pessl, Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, and Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

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I’m trash for Malec, Rhysand, and Damon Salvatore.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

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I have no idea what this book will be called, or when it will be released, but I can’t wait to get my hands on Moira Fowley-Doyle’s next book. I read and loved The Accident Season in 2015 (which, btw, is the PERFECT Autumn read, if you’re looking for recs), and I recently finished her second book, The Spellbook of the Lost and Found. If you love magical realism and atmosphere with a capital A, I highly recommend her books.

Worst Bookish Habit:


I’m sure everyone can relate, but definitely buying books and then not reading them, then buying more books, and reading them instead of the ones I already owned, and then buying even more books. And repeat, forever.

X Marks The Spot: Start At The Top Left Of Your Shelf And Pick The 27th Book:


The 27th book on my shelf is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, which I am ashamed to say has been sitting on said shelf since before I started this blog. I am, however, planning to finally read it this month, because it feels like an October kind of book, and I’m trying to read as many of those as possible this October.

Your Latest Book Purchase:


I ordered Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury from Amazon yesterday. It’s a story about a dark carnival, set around Halloween, so it’s top of my TBR for the last week of October.

ZZZ-Snatcher Book (The Last Book That Kept You Up WAY Late):


I don’t often stay up late reading these days, because I get hella cranky without my beloved bed, but when I read I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid, I sacrificed sleep because that book was just too damn addictive. It was also very creepy and legitimately scared me, so I may have struggled to nod off after finishing it too…

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? I’d love to know what you thought of them! 🙂


35 responses to “The A-Z Book Tag

  1. Marie says:

    Lovely answers! Ohhhh yes, Michael Moscovitz was one of my first bookish crushes for sure ❤
    I can't wait for you to finally read The Raven Boys series, hope you'll love it 🙂

    • mudandstars says:

      Thanks Marie! Michael was amazing ❤ I was so obsessed with the third book where he and Mia got together. I used to reread it over and over again haha. Thanks – I'm really excited to read it! Hopefully going to start it this weekend, and if I enjoy it I'm going to buy the rest of the series with my birthday money! 🙂

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Enjoyed your book tag answers. Thanks for the Moira Fowley Doyle recommendation, I have been to check out her books..

  3. This is an absolutely inspired book tag! I hope you enjoy finishing the Grisha series, I really loved those books. And, thanks for all the lovely October choices – no one obsesses about this month and Halloween more than I and now I have more things to read! BTW, graphic novels were hard for me but Nimoma was my gate-way graphic novel.

  4. Great answers! I’m very very guilty of the buying books, not reading them for a long time and then buying more…first world book nerd problem lol. I’m also glad you’re loving “The Diviners”! It’s a perfect read. I do recommend the audio books for that series if you audio 🙂

  5. hehe yes, I am enjoyed pumpkin spiced season 😉 ACOMAF is so awesome!!! Yum hot chocolate!! Ah the problem with Anna Karenina, is that the frame is for some reason about agriculture- which is annoying cos the book begins 100 pages in and ends 100 pages before the end :/ We have always lived in the castle looks good. And YES!!! a million times over to Tess and Noughts and Crosses (also I don’t know enough people on here who’ve read and loved Malorie Blackman OR Hardy!! so *high fives*) And yay Malec! Really hope you like Raven Boys- the characters in that are to die for!!

    • mudandstars says:

      It’s definitely the best season! I say that, but I haven’t even had my first pumpkin spiced latte of the season yet – I’m a disgrace. And yes you’re right about Anna Karenina – that’s exactly what’s wrong with it. I really enjoyed the parts of the story that actually related to Anna, but the agricultural parts really bored me. Ahh I’m so glad you love Tess & Noughts and Crosses too! Such brilliant books 😀 Have you read any other Malorie Blackman books? I’ve only read that series, but I really want to check out more of her books, considering I have considered her one of my favourite authors for half of my life!! Ahh you have made me so excited to read The Raven Boys!! 😀

      • Yes!! hehehe don’t worry, I’ve not either, though I’ve had pumpkin soup, so I let myself off the hook 😉 Yes completely agree! Me too!! I have actually- I went through a phase where I read everything by her (I only haven’t read some of her newer books) the other one I really like is Pig Heart Boy. Yay!!

      • mudandstars says:

        Ahh I haven’t even had pumpkin soup yet. I’m letting myself down! I think I might have seen a TV adaptation of Pig Heart Boy. Will definitely check it out, I really want to read the rest of her books.

      • Ah that’s a pity 😉 Oh cool- I didn’t know there was one- I think I’d like to check it out. Awesome!

      • mudandstars says:

        Yeahh I have a feeling it was on CBBC back in the 90s, or early 00s. No idea if it’s available anywhere now, but I’d like to rewatch it, or maybe I should just read the book! I don’t remember anything about it.

  6. love this tag! ACOMAF was such a good second book! It blew me away coz I was not expecting to love it so so much. Buying books and leaving them untouched is my worst habit too, I’m getting better at prioritising but there’s just so many new releases and I never keep up!

    • mudandstars says:

      I know, me either – I liked ACOWAR but it didn’t blow me away, so ACOMAF was a real surprise 🙂 🙂 And exactly, I always get distracted by new releases and end up leaving other books on my shelf for years. I am the worst. I counted my unread books the other day, and I was quite ashamed of myself haha.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    lol ten pages about a lawn being mowed…sounds thrilling haha. Wild and A Court of Mist and Fury are on my TBR list!

    • mudandstars says:

      Hahah yep, so thrilling I fell asleep in all of the excitement! 😛 Oooh please let me know what you think if you decide to pick them up. ACOMAF was my favourite book of last year, and Wild is one of my favourite books of all time!

  8. denicbt says:
    haha Im so glad I found your tag. I mentioned you in my answers. Loved it!

  9. Such an awesome post!! And man i can totally relate to Edward Cullen, i mean my 13 year old self lived for Twilight and now looking back, i realize how screwed up the book was- but i wouldn’t change a thing about that part of my childhood though. -Avi

    • mudandstars says:

      Thank you! Haha me either, I was so obsessed with it at the time, it was literally all I thought about, and I read soooo much fanfiction. I wouldn’t change a thing either!

  10. your blog is so beautiful and I love your writing style! ❤

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