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The A-Z Book Tag

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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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


Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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):

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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! 🙂

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The Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag 2017

Hello everybody! I hope you’re doing well. Today I thought I’d do the Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag, because I’ve had so much fun doing this tag in previous years.

If you’ve done this tag recently, let me know down below, as I’d love to see all of your answers, and find some more books to add to my TBR. (I’m not supposed to be buying books right now, but w/e).

Before I get started, I just wanted to let you guys know that The Mud and Stars Book Blog officially turns TWO YEAR’S OLD this week! Thank you so much to everyone in the book-blogging community for your support and general awesomeness over the past two years. I love you guys so much, and I couldn’t have made it this far without you.

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Without further ado, here are my answers to the tag…


Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2017

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My favourite book of 2017 so far has been Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This book was so well written, so hilarious, and so deeply moving. Eleanor was such a memorable character, and reading from her perspective was a delight. This book completely blew me away and I can’t believe it’s a debut! You can read my review here.


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

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Hands down this has to be Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. The ending may have ripped my still-beating heart out of my chest, causing a great big bloody mess, and I may be ever-so-slightly pissed off that I have to wait until 2019 to find out what happens next, but this book wowed me on so many levels. It’s one of the best books Cassandra Clare has ever written. My full review can be found here.


New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book, and the subject matter (racism and police brutality) is so important and relevant. It’s one of those books which everybody should read, and now I finally have a copy, that’s exactly what I’m going to do, asap.


Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

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I was going to say The Treatment by C.L. Taylor for this question,  which comes out in October, but I managed to land an ARC of this book at YALC, so THE WAIT IS OVER (for me). I am SO excited to read this book. I love C.L. Taylor’s adult thrillers, so imagine my delight in finding out she has written a YA novel about a creepy reform school brainwashing its students. SO DOWN.


Biggest Disappointment

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After Me Comes The Flood by Sarah Perry. The writing in this book was beautiful, but the plot was such a let-down. When I bought this book, I thought it sounded AMAZING and creepy and intriguing. The premise is that a man’s car breaks down in the middle of nowhere… he goes in search of help, and stumbles across a house. When he knocks at the door, he finds that the strange people who live there all know his name, and have been waiting for him… WHAT A CONCEPT, RIGHT?

Unfortunately, instead of something sinister and cool, the whole thing ends up being a coincidence caused by their actual expected guest having a similar name. The rest of the book is very slice of life, not much happens, and the ending had very little impact on me (in fact, I can’t even remember how it ended.) Basically, yawn.


Biggest Surprise

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I don’t know why, but I’m always surprised by how much I enjoy romance books. I only ever reach for them when I’m so tired my brain is mush, and I just want something fluffy to escape reality with. I never expect to be bowled away by books like this one, but I ended up giving The Hating Game four stars. I loved the characters, the publishing house setting, the enemies-to-lovers romance, and the unbearable sexual tension. UGH, SO GOOD.


Favourite New Author

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Catherine Doyle. I binge-read her Blood for Blood trilogy (YA mafia romance, FYI) and I completely fell in love with it. I loved her writing style, her characters, ALL THE DRAMA AND ACTION AND DARKNESS, and, most importantly, the swoony, swoony romance. Highly recommend this trilogy if you’re looking for some excitement. You can read my mini review of the first book here.


Newest Fictional Crush

That would have to be Luca from the Blood for Blood trilogy. He’s the (stunningly attractive) underboss of a mafia clan, but deep down, he hates his family’s way of life, and just wants to be good. No YOU’RE lustfully fanning yourself at the thought of him!

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Newest Favourite Character

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Eleanor Oliphant; a lonely person, a bit of an oddball, and utterly, utterly herself. Her voice was so distinctive, and she felt so real. I loved her to pieces.


Book That Made You Cry

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I haven’t read many sad books this year, but the ending of Lord of Shadows, as you know, destroyed me, and History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, dear God, had me weeping from chapter one. I haven’t written a review for this one because I’m not really sure what to say about it other than it caused me to expel a lot of liquid from my eyeballs.


Book That Made You Happy

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That would have to be The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Molly was an adorable main character with really cool creative hobbies, her romance with Reid was super-cute, and basically this book was FULL OF RAINBOWS. You can read my review here.


Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

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I recently watched the movie adaptation of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver on Netflix and I thought it was fantastic. The actress who played Sam portrayed her so well – she was exactly as I had imagined her – and the ending of the movie had me sobbing just as hard as the book’s final page.


Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

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I think the post I am most proud of is my ‘Self-care tips for book bloggers’ post. I wrote it initially because it was something I needed to hear myself, but I was also so happy that other people managed to find something helpful in what I wrote. ❤

Here’s the post if you’d like to take a look. It contains lots and lots of Pusheen gifs and it was made with love.


Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

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I am still very in love with the cover of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. It’s STUNNING. My review of this book can be found here.


What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?

So, I bought several books at YALC…

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Ahem. I need to read all 22 books I hauled, because I am on a book-buying ban until I have done so. I don’t think I need to explain why. ^^


What’s been your favourite book of 2017? I’d love to hear from you. Much love to you all and I hope you have a fantastic week! xxx

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The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag is one of my favourite tags to watch on BookTube, and one of my favourite tags to read on WordPress. I’ve never done it myself, but I’ve always wanted to, so I thought I would give it a go today. I’ve done way too much gushing over 5 star books recently, so I think it’s time for a bit of balance around here, y’know?

Apologies in advance if I trash your favourite book or character. These are just my opinions, and if you loved these books that’s totally okay, they just weren’t for moi! 🙂

Without further ado…


A popular book or series you didn’t like.

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I actually DNFd this book 100 pages in because I hated the writing style SO much. Everything was described using nonsensical, douchey metaphors that were so jarring to the narrative, and the romance was just nauseating. You know when there’s a gross couple on the bus eating each other’s faces on the seat in front of yours? It felt like the literary equivalent of that.


A book or series everyone hates but you love.

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My answer to this question has to be Twilight. I know, okay, I KNOW that Twilight is shit. But… I will always have a soft spot for it. Twilight was the book that made me fall in love with reading again after spending the majority of my teenage years barely picking up a book. If I hadn’t gotten back into reading, I probably wouldn’t have studied English Literature at university, so, if you think about it, Stephanie Meyer is the reason I have a degree.


An OTP you don’t like.

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I’m not going to name names as I don’t want to spoil anything for the very small percentage of people on this planet who have not yet read Harry Potter, but I’m not keen on any of the pairings in this series. Perhaps it’s because I was way more invested in all of the Voldy-dramz, or perhaps it’s because all of my OTPs were non-canon 😉 but I just didn’t really care about any of the romantic subplots in the later books (unless we’re talking “always”.)


A popular genre you never reach for.

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I’m going to have to say historical fiction for this one. I own several historical fiction books, but they are gathering dust on my shelves and have been for a good while. I had The Book Thief for approx. a decade before reading it (though I ended up loving it), and I have a feeling it’ll be another ten years before I reach for All the Light we Cannot See; I’ve had it for two years already, and I’m just never excited enough to choose it next.


A beloved character you do not like.

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Sorry Chaolaena shippers, but I’m really not a fan of Chaol Westfall from the Throne of Glass series. From the very beginning, I felt like he had his priorities all wrong (what with the whole fierce-loyalty-to-a-barbaric-conquering-dictator thing), and he only continued to disappoint me. The man is a hypocrite because everything he struggles to accept in Celaena, he turns a blind eye to in the King. I hated the way he thought he could pick and choose which parts of Celaena to love. Not cool, man. It’s not love unless you accept a person in their entirety.


A popular author you can’t seem to get into.

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Neil Gaiman. I’ve read several of his books now, and, although I think he writes well, and his concepts are always intriguing, I’ve never been able to find an emotional connection with his writing. His books are reasonably entertaining when I read them, but they never leave a lasting impact on me. I finish them, then forget everything I’ve read.


A popular trope you’re tired of seeing.

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I am so sick of characters in YA novels who don’t understand how to breathe. How can you hold your breath so many times per chapter without realising you’re doing so? Unfathomable!


A popular series you have no interest in reading.

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So many! I have no interest in reading the rest of the Red Queen series (because the first book was just riddled with dystopian and love-triangle clichés.) I also doubt I’ll ever finish the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series. Let me clarify: I LOVED the first half of the first book, because it was all mysterious, atmospheric, and creepy… But as soon as we had met the peculiar children, all of that tension fizzled out, and I got bored, because there was nothing to anticipate any more. I enjoyed the build up so much more than the reveal, and I’m not all that interested in the story without all that awesome suspense from the beginning.


A movie or TV series you like better than the book.

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The Vampire Diaries TV show is infinitely better than the book series. I think it’s partly because the books feel very dated, but mainly because the characters have so much more depth in the TV series. Plus, book-Elena is precocious, irritating, and shallow, but TV Elena is an actually-likeable person. Also, and most importantly, the TV adaptation has Ian Somerhalder. Anything involving Ian Somerhalder wins.


Do you share any of my unpopular opinions? What are some of yours? I’d love to hear from you!

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The Ben & Jerry’s Book Tag

Hi everyone! Sorry for my (unannounced) hiatus of approx three weeks. I’ve missed you all lots, and hope your days since we last spoke have been filled with good books, snuggly blankets, and gigantic tubs of ice-cream. You deserve those things! ❤

I’m struggling to keep up with blogging (and reading) at the moment due to good old anxiety, so I’m not going to make any promises about posting more regularly this month… But for now, I thought I’d do a book tag, because book tags are fun, and I haven’t done a single one so far in 2017.

I was tagged for this one by The Orangutan Librarian, and I’m ashamed to say this was actually over a year ago! Better late than never, I guess 😊 Please go check out her fantastic blog immediately – she’s one of my favourite book bloggers, and if you’re not already following her, you are very silly 😝


 VANILLA CARAMEL FUDGE: PICK A LIGHT, FLUFFY CONTEMPORARY

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve loved all of Stephanie’s books, but Anna was by far my favourite. I loved the Paris setting (Paris being one of my favourite places on this planet we call Earth), I loved Anna (because she was dorky and funny and relatable), and I loved Etienne (because I couldn’t help but make swoony eyes whenever he appeared on the page).


MINT CHOCOLATE COOKIE: A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU WISH EVERYBODY WOULD READ

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Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney. I just finished reading this book, and I could NOT put it down. I have been getting a bit bored with psych thrillers recently because they’re all so samey and predictable, but this one surprised me, and had some very interesting, very screwed up, characters. It’s narrated by a woman in a coma, so it also has a creepy, claustrophobic feel, which made the reading experience unbearably tense, in the best possible way. And, most importantly, I DID NOT PREDICT THE ENDING.


CHERRY GARCIA: AN ENDING THAT WAS BITTERSWEET

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. There’s an overwhelming feeling of triumph, but an undercurrent of loss. I knew not everyone would make it out alive, but some of those deaths still SLAY me today.


STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: A BOOK CONTAINING YOUR OTP OF OTPS

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It’s a toss up between City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (because I just can’t with all my fluffy Malec feels) and Carry On (because I also have pretty intense Simon and Baz feels). #dilemma


MILK AND COOKIES: TWO AUTHORS THAT IF THEY COLLABORATED, THEY WOULD GO PERFECTLY TOGETHER

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Sara Barnard and Holly Bourne. These ladies are two of my favourite UKYA authors, and both prioritise female friendship over romance in their books, which I think is just FABULOUS. Both have also written about characters with anxiety issues, which is something I relate to, too hard, and both did so in realistic, poignant, yet often humorous ways. I think these two authors would write a wonderful collaboration, filled with smart, funny, and extremely relatable young women.


BOSTON CREAM PIE: A BOOK THAT HAD YOU TURNING YOUR PAGES LATE INTO THE NIGHT

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The Magpies by Mark Edwards. This was the first thriller I ever read, and I remember finishing it in a single sitting. It’s about a couple who move into a new flat, and start getting harassed by their next-door neighbours. The harassment gets worse and worse, creepier and creepier, and, let’s just say, there’s a scene involving spiders mid-way through the book that legit gave me nightmares. So many thrillers fail to be SCARY, but this one nailed it. I highly recommend all of Mark Edwards’ books. He always has such original concepts, which stand out in the overcrowded thriller market.


CHOCOLATE THERAPY: A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER AFTER A LONG DAY OF LIFE

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book only came out in 2015, but I’ve already read it several times. It’s my go-to book when I’ve had a rubbish day because Simon and Blue’s adorable romance never fails to make me feel all happy and fluffy inside.


COFFEE, COFFEE, BUZZBUZZBUZZ!: A BOOK NOT YET RELEASED THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I absolutely adore all of Cassandra Clare’s books, and Lady Midnight last year was no exception. I’m so excited to read the sequel – I picked up a free sample of the first chapter in Waterstones the other day, and I may or may not have squealed. I’m planning on re-reading Lady Midnight over the next month in preparation. I’m so excited for more Emma and Julian, more cameos from Malec (pretty please?), but mainly more Mark Blackthorn. #swoon


I’m not going to tag anybody, because, as I mentioned, this tag has been floating around in my shameful list of tags-I-haven’t-done-because-I-suck for over a year. However, if you feel so inclined, feel free to give this tag a go, and link me to your answers, so I can find bookish inspiration, and spend further time fantasizing about ice-cream. ❤

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2016 End of Year Book Survey

Hi lovely people! I can’t believe there’s only one day left of 2016! As we all know, it hasn’t been the most fabulous of years, but I’m sure we can all agree we’ve at least read some fabulous books during 2016.

I saw this tag over at Ann’s Reading Corner and thought it looked fun. The survey was created by The Perpetual Page Turner, who also created the graphics for this tag. Make sure you go check out both of their blogs, asap.


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Number of books you read: 104
Number of re-reads: 10
Genre you read the most from: Contemporary, apparently! Which is news to me because I swear I hardly ever read contemporary…


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Best book you read in 2016?

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This book blew me away with feelings (many of them lustful), Feyre’s character development was epic and inspiring, and the worldbuilding was flawless. A Court of Wings and Ruin is going to RUIN me. #punintended


Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

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I thought I was going to fall in love with this book, but the beautiful cover had me infatuated. I liked it, but I didn’t love it, and it was way, way too long.


Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

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I love horror, so I expected to enjoy this book, but I had no idea it was going to hit me so hard in the feels; it totally blew me away.


Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?

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Hmm, I don’t really have an answer for this… But I have been gradually buying The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices books for my friend Tash over the past few years (a couple books at Christmas, a couple more at birthday, etc.) She now loves them as much as I do!


Best series you started in 2016? Best sequel of 2016? Best series-ender of 2016?

Best series started in 2016:

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Lady Midnight was one of my favourite books of 2016. I will never get bored of the Shadowhunter world. As far as I’m concerned, Cassie can keep on writing spin-offs 5eva.


Best sequel of 2016:

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Gotta be ACOMAF again.


Best series-ender of 2016:

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Such a fabulous ending to the Spinster Club trilogy. Thoroughly recommend this wonderful series centered around friendship and feminism.


Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?

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Jennifer Niven! Technically I’ve only read one of her books (Holding Up the Universe) but I loved it, and can’t wait to finally read All the Bright Places which I already own a copy of. Her characters are so authentic and relatable.


Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

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I don’t read much historical fiction, but I finally finished The Book Thief this month and thought it was outstanding. And yes, I did weep a million tears. 5 stars, no question.


Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things was unbelievably tense and creepy (possibly the creepiest book I’ve ever read) and I finished it in a single sitting.


Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

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There was so much meaning and wisdom packed into this tiny little book, and I feel like The Little Prince is the kind of book you’ll gain even more from the second time around.


Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?

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My special edition of Lady Midnight. *swoon*


Most memorable character of 2016?

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Libby Strout from Holding Up The Universe. Libby is smart, funny, kind, brave, and completely herself. She’s everything I aspire to be.


Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

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This book was written with a lovely, magical, storyteller kind of voice which stirred my imagination and filled it with wonderful pictures.


Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016?

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I mention this not because it’s a good book (it isn’t, I detested it), but because I disagreed with it’s approach to anxiety so fundamentally that it helped me realise I know far better what’s right for me, and I’m going to ignore the advice of this crappy book.


Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?

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It honestly sat on my shelf for about 10 years. Why did I wait so long?!


Favorite passage/quote from a book you read In 2016?

This comic strip from Sarah Scribbles’s Adulthood is a Myth spoke to me on many a level:

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Shortest and longest book you read in 2016?

Shortest: The Little Prince (83 pages)

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Longest: Four Past Midnight (930 pages)

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Book that shocked you the most?

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THAT TWIST though. I can’t even EVEN.


OTP OF THE YEAR? (You will go down with this ship!)

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Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year?

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Ollie and Moritz’s friendship in Because You’ll Never Meet Me was EVERYTHING.


Favourite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously?

I can mention ACOMAF again, right?


Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?

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So many people recommended and raved about this book. and it totally lived up to the hype. What a fabulous book!


Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

C’mon, y’all must know the answer is Rhysand by now?!


Best 2016 debut you read?

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This was such a brutally honest depiction of agoraphobia, and the descriptions of Norah’s anxiety really resonated with me.


Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

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I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter books, and tbh I don’t think wordbuilding better than J.K Rowling’s exists 🙂


Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?

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Sounds like a weird choice, but I have so much fun reading ghost stories. Creepy things excite me!


Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016?

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Me upon finishing this book:

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Hidden gem of the year?

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This is only really “hidden” because it hasn’t been released yet. My review is coming soon, and you’ll get to discover this gem for yourselves from 12th Jan.


Book that crushed your soul?

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Every single one of the books in the Chaos Walking trilogy DESTROYED me.


Most unique book you read in 2016?

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The Vegetarian was bizarre and intriguing and disturbing and like nothing I have ever experienced before.


Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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Me upon finishing this book:

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New favourite book blog you discovered in 2016?

I discovered so many incredible blogs this year, but a special shoutout goes to Sammie, Lauren, and Amanda. These ladies have fabulous blogs you should all be following, and are also fabulous humans themselves.


Favourite review that you wrote in 2016?

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My review oHarry Potter and the Cursed Child. I had much fun reliving the memories of watching this magical piece of theatre. Wish I could go and see it again!


Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I’m proud of my post about Book Blogging with Anxiety. I was nervous about posting it, but the responses from fellow bloggers really helped me feel less alone.


Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

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I MET SARAH J. MAAS AT BATH CHILDRENS LITERATURE FESTIVAL. IT WAS GLORIOUS.


Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

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I was so excited to discover that a quote from my review of Frozen Charlotte was chosen for the praise page in the new Zoella Book Club edition of the book!!!! I jumped around and squealed A LOT. 🙂 🙂


Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Keeping up with reading, blogging, and replying to comments in my lowest moments. It can feel so overwhelming sometimes.


Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I wrote a post about Why Adults Need YA and was blown away by the number of people who took the time to comment and join the discussion.


Post you wished got a little more love?

My review of Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough because I’m dying for you guys to pre-order this book! I DESPERATELY need to talk about that ending.


Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Jesse drew my attention to BOOKBEAU book-sleeves on his post about bookish gifts, and I need one of these in my life. There’s nothing worse than a beautiful book getting battered inside your handbag.


Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

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One book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your number 1 priority in 2017?

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This was my most anticipated book of 2016, so I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet! Getting on that ASAP.


Book you are most anticipating for 2017 (non-debut)?

You know the drill:

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2017 debut you are most anticipating?

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This book sounds so magical and intriguing, everyone is saying the hype should be believed, and the cover is stunning. I NEED IT LIKE NOW.


Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2017?

Hmm, let’s see if you can work that one out for yourselves based on the series I have namedropped the most in the post… 😛


One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017?

I want to spend more time chatting with you guys and reading all of your wonderful blogs!

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2017 is a fantastic one! 🙂 xxx

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The Narnia Book Tag

Hi lovely people! Today, I thought I’d do The Narnia Book Tag, which Diana over at Diana Prince Reviews kindly tagged me to do back in October. I know, I know, I’m very behind on my tags (and this isn’t even the oldest on my list… the shame!)

Please make sure you go and check out Diana’s fabulous blog here.

The Narnia books make me feel Christmassy (well, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe does, at any rate) so I thought this would be the perfect book tag to get me in the festive mood.


NARNIA – A magical world you would like to visit

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Is it cheating if I choose Narnia itself? All that lives at the back of my mundane wardrobe are some squished old clothes I never wear… it would be far more exciting if said wardrobe were carpeted with snowflakes, and enabled passage to a magical frozen forest filled with talking animals and enchanted Turkish Delight.


THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – A book you think is underrated

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All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman

I don’t know anyone else who’s read this quirky, strange, and lovely little book. It’s about a man named Tom whose wife, a superhero known as “The Perfectionist”, has been hypnotised by her ex boyfriend “Hypno” into believing Tom is invisible. As she can no longer see or hear him, The Perfectionist assumes Tom has abandoned her, and this story follows Tom’s final attempt to convince his wife he’s still there before she gives up on him forever. I read this at least ten years ago, but I can still remember how much I adored this small, but satisfying love story.


THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – A classic that you love

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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

This classic could probably also be classed as a YA novel. It’s a coming-of-age story about a girl named Cassandra who writes a diary about her experiences when her family go to live in a falling-to-pieces castle in the middle of nowhere. I remember loving the descriptions of the family and their everyday lives in the castle (which were a lot less grand than you might expect). The castle was given so much personality in the story it could almost have been a character itself. I must re-read this book soon!


THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This is what was written on the back cover of my edition:

 “Not everyone has to be the chosen one.

What if you were Mikey? And just want to graduate and go to prom before someone blows up the high school again?

Patrick Ness’s bold and original novel shows how ordinary lives can be extraordinary and that there are many different types of remarkable.”

How vague and intriguing is that blurb though? If you’d like to know more, you can read my review here.


PRINCE CASPIAN – A sequel that you loved

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I feel like I mention this book at every opportunity I get, and I’m sure you’re all sick of my unintelligable blathering about it by now, but how could I have chosen anything else for this question? This book enthralled and obsessed me (well, more specifically, Rhysand enthralled and obsessed me.) I’ve never read a 600-page book so speedily, and I’ve never shipped two heterosexual characters so hard before. I need A Court of Wings and Ruin like air, and the wait is going to be torturous.


THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – A quest you’d like to be a part of

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From what I can remember of A.A. Milne’s wonderful books, Winnie the Pooh spends a not insignificant amount of time on quests to find food. That’s definitely something I can see myself getting involved in; I’m only really valiant when a mission involves breakfast.


THE SILVER CHAIR – A book you didn’t expect to love

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A book I was pleasantly surprised by was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I’m not a big reader of YA contemporary romance, and I couldn’t get into this book the first time I picked it up, but I revisited it when I was in the mood for fluffy feelings and I ended up adoring it. Minimal angst, and full of warm fuzzies, this is the perfect book to read when you’re in need of a literary hug.


THE LAST BATTLE – A perfect ending to a series you love

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Will I ever have a different answer to this question?

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THE PEVENSIES – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of

The Weasleys, obvs.

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I so desperately want to live in The Burrow, y’know.


EUSTACE SCRUBB – A character who grew on you

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Sam Kingston, the protagonist of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, was something of a ‘mean girl’ stereotype to begin with, and I found her shallow and difficult to like. But, as the story progressed, she went through an incredible character arc and by the end I had connected with her so strongly that this book found a permanent place in my (shattered) heart.


MR. TUMNUS – Your favourite mystical creature

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I really love the idea of the daemons from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. In the world of these stories, your daemon is a talking animal which remains by your side throughout your life, and is supposed to be representative of your spirit/soul. Lyra, our heroine, has a daemon called Pantalaimon who is constantly shifting into different forms (moth, wildcat, mouse, etc.), and I adored the bond between them.

I love the idea of having a constant creature companion like Pantalaimon by my side, but if I had my own daemon, I’m pretty sure he’d look something like this:

(Yes, yes, those ARE pictures of my stuffed pig in various locations around the city of Edinburgh. I’m a real adult, I swear.)


CASPIAN – A character with regal qualities

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Fan art found here.

Princess Nehemia from the Throne of Glass books by Sarah J. Maas embodies every quality needed to be a strong leader of her people; loyalty, integrity, and courage being the most important, and the reasons why she is one of my favourite characters in the entire series.


THE WARDROBE – Your favourite hideout/place to read

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I really wish I had an actual hideout because I’m anti-social af, but my warm, snuggly bed is a pretty good alternative, especially when accompanied with hot chocolate and Christmassy scented candles.

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I am tagging the following lovely ladies who have all been there for me in some way this year, even if they don’t realise it. No worries if you don’t fancy doing the tag – I just wanted the opportunity to let you all know that I appreciate you muchly and think you are wonderful human beings! ❤

Anne @ The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

CW @ Read Think Ponder

Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

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The (Belated) Halloween Book Tag

I’m unfashionably late to the Halloween Book Tag party, but if Christmas can last for approx. three months of every year, I think I can just about get away with doing a Halloween tag on November 1st.

I was tagged for this one by the fabulous Eve over at Eve Messenger’s OtherWORDly Endeavors. Go check out her awesome blog, around about now.

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I was planning to do this tag yesterday, but I was rather late getting back from the creepy Halloween tour of Oxford Castle I went on last night. (I’m ever-so-slightly disturbed-for-life by the experience of our tour guide wrapping up the evening by saying ‘this is where I leave you’ and then abandoning us all to find our own way out of the pitch-black castle, with creepy figures in ominous hoods lurking all around and jumping out at us as we stumbled around in the dark… definitely not for the fainthearted!!)

I didn’t dress up last night, nor did I have any kind of pumpkin placed outside my abode, but this morning, in continuation of the festivities, I dressed my stuffed pig (“Piggly Puff”) up as a gothic fairy, and he’s kinda pumpkin shaped, so at least I *tried*.

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Anyhoo, here are my answers to this belated holiday tag…


Carving Pumpkins: What book would you carve up and light on fire?

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I think that would have to be the frightfully bad Fifty Shades of Grey. My *Inner Goddess* would get out her maracas and do a samba dance as she watched those pages burn.


Trick or Treat? Which character is a treat and which character is a trick?

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I’m going to choose two characters from The Lunar Chronicles for this question. Queen Levana is undoubtedly the trick, because her hypnotizingly beautiful face is an illusion she has chillingly manipulated an entire populace into perceiving as reality. Carswell Thorne is certainly the treat – loveable rogue and frighteningly handsome captain of the Rampion (the only fictional spaceship I have ever given a damn about), he is all kinds of swoon and was my first book-crush of 2016.


Candy Corn: What book is always sweet?

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I haven’t fangirled about this book in a while, but Know Not Why by Hannah Johnson fits the bill so well; it’s the cutest, fluffiest, funniest, and shippiest M/M romance I’ve ever read. I adore this book, and in keeping with the festive spirit, there is also a sequel Halloween novella – Toil and Trouble – which is just as witty and warm-fuzzies-inducing as the first book.


Ghost: What character would you like to visit you as a ghost?

HARRY POTTER SPOILERS COMING UP




I’d love to have a visit from Dumbledore’s ghost. I can just imagine him offering sage advice and spirit-lifting sentiments from beyond the grave in a whimsical, twinkly-eyed manner.

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Dressing Up in Costume: What character would you want to be for a day?

I would love to be Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments for a day. I’d have a fabulous wardrobe full of flamboyant clothes, and a head fully of sassy, witty, quips at my disposal. I’d open portals and travel the world, and at the end of the day, after all my magical adventures, I’d get to snuggle up with Alec Lightwood, aka the fairest Shadowhunter of them all.

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Wizards and Witches: What’s your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Basically every single time Neville Longbottom was a total badass and Gryffindor-to-the-core.

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Blood and Gore: What was a book that was so creepy that you had to take a break from it?

So, this probably isn’t what you were expecting, but…

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When I was 9, I read the beginning of The Goblet of Fire and got so frightened by the callous murderyness of a certain Mr He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named that I stopped reading the book. I actually didn’t pick it up again until Deathly Hallows came out, when I binge-read all 7 books in one week of sleepless, magical awesomeness.


As Halloween has been and gone, I won’t be tagging anyone, but if you would like to carry on the pumpkin party, you are unofficially tagged to do so.

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The New York Times ‘By the Book’ tag

Hi guys! How are we all doing today? Hang in there, it’s almost Friday…

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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Today I thought I’d do the NY Times book tag, which the wonderful Sammie at Bookshelves and Biros, and the wonderful Charley at Books and Bakes tagged me to participate in! Please do go check out the blogs of these lovely ladies, pronto.

(The NY Times By the Book Tag was originally created by Marie Berg and you can watch her original video here.)


1. What book is on your night stand now?

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I have three books on my bedside table right now – my current read is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (I’m re-reading the entire ToG series in preparation for Empire of Storms, which arrived earlier this week and looks GLORIOUS.)

On top of this, I’m also re-reading The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (because it’s such an awesome comfort read ‘bedtime’ book) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (because Harry Potter, duh).


2. What was the last truly great book you read?

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That would have to be Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas. I picked this book up at YALC on a whim because of a three for £10 deal, and I’m so glad I did. This book was outstandingly brilliant. The characters were authentic (and adorable), the story was touching, the sci-fi elements (which I wasn’t really expecting, thinking this was pure contemporary) were intriguing, and the friendship between Olly and Moritz was flawlessly developed (and again, adorable!)


3. If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

If I could meet any living author, obvs that would be J.K. Rowling a.k.a. the Queen of Everything ❤️ but if I could meet a deceased author, I would want to meet Thomas Hardy.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles is one of my favourite books of all time, and I would love to talk to Hardy about feminism, because I believe he was an early feminist. The non-judgemental way he writes (and defends) Tess’s character, and the way he challenges the double standards within 19th century society regarding male and female sexuality makes him streets ahead of his time. This novel had a huge impact on me, and is a book which I believe helped shape me into a feminist.


4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

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I don’t think there are many surprises on my shelves, as I’ll read pretty much any genre, but perhaps the recipe books I own may be unexpected considering I’m not exactly Star Baker. This autumn I’m planning on doing some cooking and baking to improve my (non-existent) skillz, and this book will be the first port of call on my cakey adventure.


5. How do you organize your personal library?

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At the moment, I have my books loosely arranged by genre. I have a horror/thriller shelf, a fantasy shelf, a contemporary shelf, a nostalgic childhood books shelf, etc.

BTW, my Snape and Captain Hook Funkos are standing guard there on my horror/thriller shelf, in case any creepy monsters, psychopaths, ghosts or demons escape from between the pages and eat and/or possess me in my sleep.


6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around yet?

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I bought Let The Right One In about 8 years ago when I was at the height of my Twilight obsession, because I wanted more vampire stories in my life. For some reason, I never got around to reading this one, but I’m planning on picking it up this October.


7. Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I’m not saying this book is bad, but looking back, I think I gave it a more generous review than I would now, because I was so swayed by all the hype. The beginning of this book was incredibly slow, and there was too much exposition. Although there were a lot of things I enjoyed about it as a whole (mainly the romance, tbh), I think this book was way overhyped. In my review, I said I planned to read the next book, but now I’ve kind of lost interest. We’ll see…


8. What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?


I am drawn to dark and creepy stories. I love books which have the ability to give me the shivers and/or heebie-jeebies. My favourite kind of books are ones with an ‘odd’ atmosphere – where something feels off-kilter, but you can’t quite put your finger on it.

I wouldn’t say there are any genres I steer clear of completely, but I’m not the biggest reader of historical fiction. I guess that explains why The Book Thief has sat on my shelf for about 10 years whilst everyone else in the world has read it but me.


9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I would require the leaders of every country to read a novel from the perspective of a refugee. It breaks my heart that people who are fleeing from their homes for their lives are currently being treated like an unwanted problem, instead of human beings in need of compassion from their fellow human beings, by those in positions of power.


10. What do you plan to read next?

The next book I plan to read is Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (in my epic re-read of the ToG series), but after that, I’m hoping to get started on Holly Bourne’s new book, What’s a Girl Gotta Do? This is the final book in her Spinster Club trilogy, which has an awesome focus on friendship and feminism. Can’t wait to read this one!


I am tagging the following lovely people:

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Emily @ RoseRead
Imogen @ Foureyedfangirl
Anne @ Inked Brownies

No worries if you’ve already done the tag/tags aren’t your thing! 🙂

Have a lovely weekend everyone! xxx

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2016

So, I’m aware I’m a bit late to the Mid Year Freak Out party, as it’s almost September, but today I’m doing the Mid Year Book Freak Out tag. I was tagged for this one by the lovely Amanda at Cover 2 Cover Mom and the lovely Codie at Readers Anonymous. Make sure you check out both of their fantastic blogs, and follow these wonderful people!

Without further ado, here are the books I’ve been freaking out over this year…


Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016

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This is a really tough question, because I’ve read so many fantastic books this year, but the one that stands out for me so far is More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. This was a beautifully written, heartbreaking story, which explored so many different issues without becoming an ‘issue book’. It was achingly honest, had me in tears more than once, and made me fall completely in love with its characters. You can read my review here.


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016

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I am IN LOVE with A Court of Mist and Fury and already want to re-read it. This may or may not have something to do with my Rhysand obsession. I enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, but this sequel outshone it by 1000%. I’ve never whizzed through a 600 page book so quickly. You can read my review here. Disclaimer: may contain fangirling.


New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

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So, I haven’t read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet, you guys. And, controversially, I’m not going to… I want to, believe me, but I have tickets to see the play in December, and I want to go to the show and be completely surprised. Avoiding spoilers, and trying not to let the ‘I was so disappointed with this book’ comments worry me too much, has been somewhat torturous. But I am SO excited to see this on the stage!


Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

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No surprises here; Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas! There has been some drama on Twitter over the past few days, as some spoilers were released, and some people were sending abuse to Sarah because they didn’t like what they read. Just want to throw this out there: authors can write their novels in whatever way they choose, and they don’t owe us anything. It’s their story. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinions, but the nastiness I have seen is thoroughly uncalled for. Personally, I’m still very excited to read this book!


Biggest Disappointment

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Sadly, that would be the The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow. I was really excited to read this book – the concept of another world, only accessible by dreaming, was an awesome one – but the romance and ‘chosen one’ clichés killed this one for me. You can read my review here.


Biggest Surprise

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I don’t know why, but I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin so much. I tried starting it a couple of years ago, and got confused by the numerous characters, put off by the beheading in the first chapter (because overly-violent stuff freaks me out), and then of course there was the incest… But… I gave this another go recently, and I was completely gripped by it. The story was genius-ly constructed, and all of the characters memorable; I either fiercely loved them, or completely detested them. And I can tell you right now I have never hated a character as much as I hate Prince Joffrey. That kid is the ULTIMATE douchecanoe, and the epitome of evil. Can’t wait to read A Clash of Kings.


Favourite New Author

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Definitely Patrick Ness! I read The Rest of Us Just Live Here last year, and enjoyed it, but wasn’t overly impressed. This year I read his Chaos Walking Trilogy and fell head over heels in love with it. I adore Todd so much, his voice is so distinctive, and this book has so much action, so much tension, and left me with SO MANY FEELINGS. I rated every book five stars, and bumped Ness up into the favourite author category!


Newest Fictional Crush

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I’ve mentioned him already, but that would have to be Rhysand (SWOON). I wasn’t sure what to make of him in the first book, however he completely won me over in the second. He’s a complex character who has sacrificed and suffered so much to protect the people he cares about. He’s also charming, funny, flirtatious, and (I imagine) somewhat stunningly gorgeous.


Newest Favourite Character

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Tyrion Lannister from A Game of Thrones. I looked forward to all of his chapters the most, because his wit never failed to make me laugh. He also seems to be the only character with a shred of morality in his (to put it lightly) completely evil family.


Book That Made You Cry

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Oh dear God, I cried a river during a certain scene in this book. I still get a bit teary eyed just thinking about it. If you’ve read it, I’m sure you understand what I mean.


Book That Made You Happy

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Smut by Karina Halle. This book is about two creative writing students who hate each other (and by hate I mean they are obv. secretly attracted to one another), and end up getting paired up together for a project. To their surprise, they want to continue writing together (and maybe more… ;)), so they decide to write a collaborative erotic novel and self publish it to make some moneyz. This book cheered me up on a crappy day – it was steamy, funny, romantic, and just so much fun. One of my favourite New Adult reads, ever!


Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

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I haven’t actually seen any! I’m pretty excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them though.


Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

I really enjoyed writing my first ever discussion post on Why Adults Need YA. I was also so happy and overwhelmed that people took the time to write such thoughtful and engaging responses to the post. I want to write more discussion posts in future, so watch this space.


Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

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This glorious edition of Lady Midnight. I still take this out of my bookcase and stare at it with googly eyes from time to time.


What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year


I bought some really beautiful editions of some classics earlier this year, and I definitely want to get stuck into those before the end of the year. I’ve just finished Frankenstein (which was a FANTASTIC book), and I can’t wait to pick up Jane Eyre and Dracula soon.


As we’re basically ¾ through the year, I imagine most people will have done this tag by now. However, if you haven’t, and would like to, be my guest, be my guest, be my guest… 🙂 xxx

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The ‘Slumps are for Chumps’ Book Tag

Hi guys! Hope you’re all having a lovely Friday! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much recently – I’m going through some stuff, and unfortunately it has put me in a big slump. Seeing as this is the Slumps are for Chumps book tag, I guess that makes me a chump. 😛

Thanks to Emma over at The Book Crunch for tagging me! You should definitely go and check out her awesome blog, right now, and you can read her answers to the tag here.


Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

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I started reading All The Bright Places earlier in the week, and after the first chapter, realised I couldn’t carry on with it. I want to come back to it someday, but I’m not in a healthy place myself right now, and I realised that now is not the right time for me to read a book with depressed characters. I need all the happy and fluffy I can get right now, so if you have any suggestions, please share them with me in the comments. I will love you forever. ❤


Which book is your guilty pleasure?

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I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures (we should NOT feel bad about loving the things we love!), but if I had to pick one, it would be the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I know a lot of people feel that vampire books are so 2000-and-LATE but I have a real soft spot for these books. I love how sassy and snarky Rose is, and these books are simply a lot of fun. I read the first four a couple of years ago, and I’m hoping to finish the series this year.


Which book do you love to hate?

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I LOVE mocking Fifty Shades of Grey. I almost enjoyed this book, purely because it’s so hilariously bad. I sometimes wonder if the whole thing is meant to be an elaborate joke, and the author is rolling in her millions because her trolling paid off. I mean, Ana describes her face as blushing ‘the colour of the Communist manifesto’, and Christian’s peen as a ‘Christian Grey flavoured popsicle’. I CAN’T EVEN.


Which book would you throw into the sea?

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Apologies to fans of Shatter Me, but myself and this book did NOT get along. I just couldn’t stomach the flowery, metaphor-in-every-sentence writing style, and don’t get me started on the insta-love. It’s a shame because I really thought I was going to love this one, but I couldn’t bring myself finish it. I appreciate that some people LOVE the Shatter Me series, but it really wasn’t my cup of chai.


Which book have you read the most?

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I have read this book (also known as Confessions of a Shopaholic in some countries) countless times. I’ve had my copy for about 13 years, and it’s falling apart because it’s so well loved. Sophie Kinsella is one of the few authors who has managed to make me genuinely LOL. I’m so excited she’s going to be at YALC this year. If I get to meet her, I will probably bow down before her in some variety of worship.


Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

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I feel like reading War and Peace would make me extremely miserable. I struggled through Anna Karenina last year (it took me an entire month) and I was determined to finish it, even though I wasn’t enjoying it. I have learnt my lesson. Tolstoy is not for me.


Which book could you not live without?

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I couldn’t live without the Harry Potter books because they were the first books I ever loved, but I also couldn’t bear it if I didn’t have The Mortal Instruments series in my life. Those books mean the world to me, and I don’t think I’ve ever been so obsessed by a series. TMI made me the fangirl I am today!

Oh, and I don’t think I’ve ever shared this fact about myself, so for the record, MALEC = my OTP. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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Which book made you the angriest?

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Asking For It made me angry, not because it was a bad book, but because of the subject matter. It’s about an 18-year-old girl who is raped at a party, and the story follows the aftermath of her attack. The reactions of her judgemental classmates, the victim-shaming press, and basically everything she endured within these pages filled me with rage. Because everything that happens in this book could and does happen in real life. You can read my review of the book here.


Which book made you cry the most?

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A lot of books have made me cry, but I think the two which made me blub the most were Bright Side by Kim Holden, and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. The reason these books devastated me so much is because I didn’t know what was coming  – they both involve the reveal of a secret/twist, and both completely blew me away with emotions I wasn’t at all prepared to handle. DON’T wear mascara whilst reading either of these books. You WILL end up looking like The Joker.


Which book cover do you hate the most?

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Anyone else remember when Harper Collins released a ‘Twilight’ edition of Wuthering Heights? Look, it’s ‘Bella and Edward’s favourite book’, guys!

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And that is all I have to say on the subject.


I’m not going to tag anyone specifically, because my brain is tired, so I’m leaving this open… if you haven’t done this one yet and would like to, consider yourself tagged!

Hope you all have a glorious weekend xxx

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