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Feral Friday – Bookstagram

Hello my bookish lovelies!

This week I bring you a happy kind of feral. I always love it when things look aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Be it my desk, window displays, the contents of a drawer. So imagine my utter joy when I discovered Instagram, and more specifically, bookstagram. It is literally just people arranging their books for a picture so that it is visually appealing. It was basically my life for a couple of months.

I was would spend hours looking at peoples accounts and commenting. Then I decided I wanted in on the fun and made my own account, then proceeded to spend some more hours trashing my house so I could get the perfect shot! It is a beautiful obsession.

Now I have taken a step back from bookstagram for the moment as I am trying to balance all my things together again rather than obsessing on the one thing for ages while I let all the other things collect dust from disuse. But it is still something I am very interested in and I will be adding back into my schedule very soon so anyone who is interested should check me out at ThWrittenWord. I would love to see anyone elses as well so be sure to link me in the comments! I always want more inspirational things to look at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Frequently Used Words In Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Frequently Used Words In Book Titles on my Shelves

This week you were supposed to pick a genre or a reading age group and find common words used in whatever you picked, but I thought it would be more interesting for me to look at what is on my shelves and find what words I am apparently attracted to. This list probably isn’t the most accurate as I found it hard to actually the words that appear more than once then keep track of which ones I have already counted. I have also counted plurals and singulars in the same group, for example, shadow and shadows have been mashed together. Lets get started after my large disclaimer~

1. Heart – Takes the winning place appearing on my shelves a total of 8 times.

2. Fire – Liking fantasy I think really helped out here with a total of 7 times.

3. Glass – 7 times. Series of books helped out a little here.

4. City – 7 times. Cassandra Clare is pretty much solely responsible for this word appearing so high on the list.

5. King – times. Again, fantasy.

6. Queen – 6 times. Gotta be equal. I will be honest and a say that my multiple copies of Red Queen helped a little.

7. Shadows – times.

8. Study – 5 times. Maria V. Snyder and her Study series making a strong appearance. It is literally every single one haha.

9. Storm – 4 times.

10. Court – 4 times. Sarah J. Maas pretty much holds this place.

What words are you attracted to when picking out books? I chose to leave out my manga because you can have literally 22 things with the same name and thought it would be pointless. I also didn’t use any words that were not a serious part of the title like ‘the.’

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Top Ten Tuesday – Liked Books I Don’t Remember

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Liked But Don’t Remember Very Much

I would like to thank Goodreads and my Reviewed and Rated list for helping me to remember the books I have read and forgotten about.

1. Every Day by David Levithan. This one easy takes first place for me because I have read it twice in a span of a couple of months, but only because I completely forgot I had ready read it. It wasn’t until I was already a little bit of the way through that I remembered. I enjoyed it both times though hahaha.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Excluding the first three and the one I didn’t like I don’t remember pretty much anything that happens in any of them, but according to my reviews I liked them. IM part of the way through number 10 and I remember nothing.

3. Keeping Her by Cora Carmack. I remember Losing It and I loved that, but for some reason this one just left my brain.

4. Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar. Literally nothing. It was about ghosts maybe?

 

 

 

 

5. The Perks of Being Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This one is on the list for a bit of a different reason. I feel like I remember a good amount of it, but I remember not liking it. Then I look at my review and rating and apparently I liked it?

6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I read this one not long ago but I still could not remember enough detail to write a full review. I remember the ending and some parts but I couldn’t remember the clearly enough.

7. Whats Left of Me by Kat Zhang. I really need to reread this book so I can finish of the rest of the series.

 

 

 

 

8. The Dogs by Allan Stratton. Apparently ones about ghosts leave my mind. I think this book has ghost dogs in it.

9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I have been wanting to reread this one for the longest time cause I know everyone thinks its amazing but for some reason I never wrote a review and then I didn’t pick up the other ones because I didn’t write a review and now I remember nothing.

10. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. I remember being so very pleasantly surprised while reading this book by how much I loved it but I cannot for the life of me remember why I loved it.

 

 

 

 

It disturbs me how easy this list was for me to make.

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Thursday Tags – This or That

This weeks tag I found over at Books and Babbles with the lovely Ayla! She was tagged by someone who doesn’t write in English so I stopped looking for the original post at that point. I wasn’t tagged but I shall tag anyone who wants to do the tag because that’s mostly how I come across the tags I do. Its just for the funs. Moving on~

1. Audiobook or Text Book?

This one feels hard for me right now because I much prefer text. I love the feel, the smell, and displaying all my pretties. But in terms of what I am actually reading at the moment its pretty much solely audiobooks at the moment due to the amount of time I spend in my car and being unable to really settle myself enough to sit and read a physical book. I hope to change this soon though.

2. Paperback or Hardback?

Hardback! The spines are so much safer and they are generally more likely to be the same size and fit more evenly upon my shelves. They are super hard to read when they are like 400+ pages though.

3. Fiction or Non Fiction?

Fiction for sure, though I am starting to appreciate some autobiographies.

4. Harry Potter or Twilight?

Twilight. DON’T THROW THINGS AT ME. I have to answer Twilight as I have not read Harry Potter but I have read Twilight. I am currently making my way through the first HP book!

5. Bookshop or Online?

I love the experience of going into the bookshop and finding something really good randomly, but I have to go with online. In Australia the bookstores don’t tend to have hardbacks and that’s what I want the book to be in most the time so I have to go online to get them. They are also sadly cheaper there online because even our paperbacks are bloody expensive.

6. Standalone or Trilogy?

I think I have to go with standalone. You can easily make one book bloody amazing and while I may want more but I can be happy with what I got. I may get more with a trilogy but quite often the last book is a let down or the story goes on too long or there is something that puts a damper on the whole story.

7. Sweet and Short or Heavy and Long?

Oh god this is so hard. How long and heavy are we talking? Are we talking GoT heavy and long? Because then I would definitely go with sweet and short. But then I don’t really like novellas. Hmmmm. . .  Short and sweet then. Why are you doing this to me?

8. Cosy Read or Reading in the Sun?

When I enter the sun I turn into a tomato that has been grilled so I must go with cosy read! I want to be in bed and under a blanket with my cat for maximum cosy.

9. Hot Chocolate or Coffee?

Hot chocolate! Coffee makes me vomit :D

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Liked Books That Won’t Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Liked But Will Never Re-Read

Oh my gosh I think I will actually be able to get 10 out of this weeks list! In no particular order here we go:

1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I really enjoyed this book once I got over how confusing and trippy it was in the beginning, but I never see myself reading it again. I am really enjoying the TV show too!

2. Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This one got a 5 star rating from me and I really enjoyed it but I just can’t see myself being able to sit through the cringe again. The movie is on my list of things to watch.

3. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. This is the second book in a duology and I really liked both but the second fell a bit flat for me and the first one is an easy book to read by itself.

 

 

 

 

4. The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann. I read the book and really enjoyed it, but I read it because I loved the animated series as a child and I feel like I can leave it now knowing I liked it and just happily re-watch the series.

5. Ashes of Life by Erica Lucke Dean. Apparently I really liked this book but I don’t remember it so I probably will never pick it up again.

6. The Returned by Jason Mott. I did it for the series, so my desire for the book isn’t high even though I liked it. I don’t think I ever finished the series. . .

 

 

 

 

7. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. It ruined some of the first book for me and its fine by itself so I shan’t be doing this one again.

8. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. I would like to think I would re-read this book and the second book in the series at some point because I love them, but then I will feel compelled to do the whole series and that is never going to happen.

9. The Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick. I am really looking forward to watching the movie though.

10. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. This goes at the bottom because I liked it well enough and as it stands I will not re-read it. But you never know, the rest of the series may blow my mind.

 

 

 

 

 

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Feral Friday – Mess

Hey guys!

I don’t know how many of you are sitting there not really expecting much from be being ‘back’ in blogland as my posting schedule has been iffy at best and my physical reading slump is still going strong. But the schedule isn’t actually because of the slump lately, it all has to do with how messy I am.

Deep in my soul I am a messy person. I can be tidy, but I have to really put effort into it to actually be tidy as my natural inclination is to just be messy. I have been working on ways to try and break my habits (and I would really like some suggestions guys). For the kitchen and the dishes I clean while my food is cooking. If I am preparing something that has to sit for a bit in the oven or the stove and I don’t have to pay attention to it I clean the kitchen. I do not allow myself to leave the kitchen unless the food is done or if I have finished cleaning. I live with 3 men and none of them do the kitchen, so quite often it doesn’t get completely clean but I accomplish a large section of it. With clothing I fold it and put it away straight away or it doesn’t get done. God forbid I go away though because I never unpack the bag straight away or a make a mess picking stuff and then I have to train myself back into the habit because by then its messy and I don’t care.

These two things haven’t affected my blog productivity, its my desk mess. Being in a house with a few people, I have very little room for my art stuff or just my stationary stuff in general. I have one major desk which is mine, and one glass (bleh) which I a housemates which I use while not in use by others so I can’t really use it to help store my things. And my desk I discovered the other day is now so old that the bottoms of the drawers are falling out so I cannot use all of them! This combined with just how much stuff I have means that to put it all away everything has to be buried under everything else and when I have a ‘project’ or just anything even slightly more complicated than a single pen or pencil everything goes to hell because everything must come out for me to get the thing. It doesn’t help that I don’t feel like I should put any of it away either because of the same issue. Here is how my space looked the past couple of weeks while I have been trying to get back into the swing of things~

Who on earth could be productive in a space like that?! Like I can to a certain extent, but I don’t want to be. So I decided it was time to take control of my space. I decided against getting a new desk while I still live in this house because of money and because I am super fussy with desks and I want to make sure it works in the space and when I move I can get a better one than one I could get in this current space. I was very limited with options. I rent so all the pretty wall organisations were out, and changing location was out as well. I pretty much had to work with what I already had.

Kmart to the rescue! I marched over to kmart and about $100 later I left with two three cube bookcases, some stationary (because I can’t help myself), some containers, paper shelving, clear removable wall hooks for the side of the bookcases, and some drawer dividers. So I spent my Easter going through things and throwing away a bunch of things I didn’t want or need anymore, organising it to be more functional, and making it just visually appealing.

Now I am not completely happy with the way it is yet. The hooks I bought are too fat to work with the white pen holders you can see in the top left corner. I want those to hang because there isn’t really enough room for them to have a shelf, as I also get ready for work and do my makeup at these desks so I need that top shelf just for my mourning routine things. After saying all this though I am still really happy with how it is at the moment. It is still really cluttered yes but everything can stay where it is while I do things I don’t have to pull it all out to use the things. It will get better the more I work on it and the more I find out what I like in my desk organisation!

And thats it for today I think. Would you guys be interested in seeing more stuff kind of like this? I have recently started trying my hand at bullet journaling and when I actually do it, I really enjoy it. So I might do a few journal posts here and there.

 

Till Next Time. . .

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Liked Characters In Disliked Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Five Characters I Liked In Books I Disliked 

Oh my god I swear I struggle so hard at these lists. I see what the topic is and I scream internally because it sounds really hard to do. If I don’t like a book its normally because I don’t like the characters so I guess we will see…? This might be another five item list again.

1. Arriane from Fallen by Lauren Kate. Specially the third book. I bloody hated the third book.

2. Marcus from Half Wild by Sally Green. Apparently. I remember nothing about this series but in my review apparently I liked this person?

3. Lyra Belaqua from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. The little I remember from the books I think I liked her, but again I am referring to my reviews to give me the answers.

 

 

 

 

4. Adrian from Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. I love him in all books of course, but this was my least liked out of the two series so its on this list.

5. Viv from a Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest. Now I am not sure if she is in the first one, and again I don’t actually remember anything about the books, but the first time I mentioned her in a book review was to complain that she wasn’t really in that book and it made me sad. So she makes it on the list hahahaha.

 

 

 

 

And I am done now. Hopefully sometime soon I can think of ten things to go on a list!

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Top Ten Tuesday – In Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books That Take Place In Another Country

I feel like this weeks challenge is both going to be easier for me and harder because I live in Australia so not many book take place here, but harder because I don’t think I read a lot of books that take place in different parts of the world. Challenge accepted though, hopefully I can think of 10 books I have read that have taken place around the world. I will try not to reuse countries.

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Scotland to the rescue!

2. Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin. Now I know a good chunk of this book also takes place in America, not just China, but its all about his life there in relation to his life and upbringing in China so it counts ok!

3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. United Kingdom. Ok, I am really struggling haha I may only try for five.

 

 

 

 

4. Nana by Ai Yazawa. Japan! Manga totally counts ok.

5. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. Ok we have reached America and now I think I have to stop before I explode my brain.

 

 

 

 

Ok, so I failed to get to 10. I could just name 10 books all from the same country but seems a bit pointless. In what country doesn’t really matter to me so much. I read it and the information just gets thrown straight out again because I have never been to any of these places so I have no idea what they are talking about in reference to anything so it might as well just be a made up place haha.

Be sure to share your lists! I want to see if there are any books on anyone elses lists that I have read and should have put on my list this week.

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Thursday Tags – Reading Habits

The account that started this tag seems to have been deleted so I will link you to a blogger I have found who has done the tag, DreamlandBookBlog. I like the way she has done it.

Reading Habits

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

If I am not listening to an audiobook, which is generally done on a walk or while I cook or sitting outside so my cat gets some outside time, I read all books in bed.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmark! I have so many its fun to pick out a new one for each book.

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

I can just stop reading if I must but I do not really like to. I prefer to end at the end of a page or at the end of a chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

I drink and take eating breaks but nothing that will make my hands dirty and if I am feeling extra paranoid I was my hands before I start reading again.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I cannot do TV while I read at all. I used to pretend that I could but I have realised that I was just fooling myself. Sometimes I think I may be fooling myself about music as well, because if its a really good song I tend to follow along with the words rather than reading but its much better than TV.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I prefer to do one book at a time, but if I am not feeling a book I will sometimes pick something else up but I quite often don’t pick it back up later. I can have an audiobook going at the same time as a normal book though because I spend loads of time in my car.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Audiobooks here there and everywhere. I find it harder to read physical books out in the world but that’s because people don’t seem to want to let me read. Apparently reading dates aren’t appealing to anyone else.

8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?

Silent, except for the random outburst of laughter or horror.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I used to read the very last sentence in a book before I started it but that’s a habit I have tried to break.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

New! Perfection upon the shelf!

11. Do you write in your books?

Get out.

12. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?

I mostly find myself only doing audiobooks these days and they are an all the time kind of thing.

13. What is your best setting to read in?

Comfort, good lighting, cosy and warm and generally in silence.

14. What do you do first – Read or Watch?

I try my hardest to read first but that doesn’t always happen.

15. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?

Physical is king. The smell and the feel and to be able to gloriously display my pretties, but audiobooks have saved my sanity for all the time I spend driving.

16. Do you have a unique habit when you read?

No I’m not that interesting when I read. Maybe that’s why people don’t want to have reading dates.

17. Do book series have to match?

Yes. It kills me when they don’t. Bookshelves are to look perfect as can be.

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Surprising Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books That Surprised Me

Now because I have had some good ad bad surprises I am going to include both! The books are not really in any sort of order.

Good Surprises

1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. This was so surprising for me. I don’t normally do autobiographies but I adored this book. This is a theme for my first three books actually. All autobiographies and I loved.

2. You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. Other than being a good story I think the way she did the audiobook is what really won me over.

3. Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin. SUCH an interesting story. Really based on these three books I should give more of a chance to autobiographies since apparently I like them.

 

 

 

 

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Granted some of my surprise was gone for this one because I knew one was coming, but I didn’t expect that.

5. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I know I have put this on a few of these lists but I am still so surprised by how much I liked it. I am so looking forward to the movie!

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Surprises

6. Sex Criminals: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction. I don’t know what I was expecting but. . . It wasn’t that.

7. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. After falling head over heals in love with her VA series I was very sad to find how little I was into this one.

8. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Everyone else seemed to loved this but I was so surprised by how much the writing irritated me.

 

 

 

 

9. Everything I Never Told you by Celeste Ng. The amount of dislike I felt for this book still surprises me since everyone else seems to love it.

10. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headly. It still upsets me how little I liked this book.

 

 

 

 

 

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