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Thursday Tags – Totally Should’ve

This weeks tag is the Totally Should’ve tag, started over on youtube by emmabooks. Its an oldy but a goodie so be sure to check out her original post.

Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

I feel like this is one I would have had a better time answering a few years ago when I didn’t fully appreciate a stand alone book. Sometimes sequels can totally ruin things and stories would have been better off left alone.The only book I could come up with that I would want really another one of would be The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent.

Totally should’ve had a spin off series

So again, this is hard because things that I want to have a spin off already do or have one coming. The Forgotten War again I think would have amazing spin off potential but something else that I think that needs a spin off is. . . Maybe To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I don’t think I need more of this story in particular but I would love maybe more John Ambrose, or one of the other characters.

An author who totally should write more books

I didn’t expect this tag to be so damn hard. Most of my favourite authors pump out books so I can’t really say them. Again I could use Howard Sargent for this one but I am going to go with Felicia Day. I would love to get another book perhaps about how she juggles her life with a daughter now. I don’t know, I just like most things she does.

A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

I don’t think I can actually answer this one. I generally go along with the ships that the authors intended, even if I felt differently at the start of the book or series. A good example Would be I wanted Celena to end up with Dorian in Throne of Glass, and while I don’t mind Rowan now I might really like Dorian with Manon by the end of the series and be fine with them not being together.

Totally should’ve ended differently

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. While I really like one thing that happened in this book, I think the overall plot and why everything was happening wasn’t very thought through and let the trilogy down and should of been taken in a different direction.

Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

Ahhhh why is everything so hard. Most books seem to be movies these days which makes it hard to pick things, that and I don’t want the things to be ruined by them getting a movie either. I think All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven would make a good movie if it was done right.

Totally should’ve had a TV show

While I hate to say it because I don’t want it to be ruined I think A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. The whole series. I know it has been picked up for a movie but that doesn’t seem long enough to capture everything. If they gave it the room it needs I think it would be an awesome series.

Totally should’ve had only one point of view

I literally have nothing for here. Allegiant could almost go here because I didn’t like how four got perspective in the last book but not the others but I get why he did by the end. Other than being bored by character chapters at the start I don’t think I have a book where I just think they should have cut out that perspective.

Totally should have a cover change

Finally an easy one. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. They have the ugliest covers and they did get a change but they were also very boring and ugly. Give them a better cover please and thank you.

Totally should’ve kept the original covers

The first thing that instantly popped into my mind was Across the Universe by Beth Revis. While I didn’t like the book I thought the original covers where beautiful and I just don’t get why they changed them to the ugly things they did.

Totally should’ve stopped at book one

These last few were nice and easy. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I loved that first book but that second one was so unneeded and ruined the feelings you got from the first book.

 

 

 

And thats it! That was a fun tag and I really enjoyed it, but I am struggling to find new and interesting tags to do so if you have a tag you want me to do let me know! I would love the input.

 

Till next Time. . .

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Thursday Tags – Ultimate Book Tag

I googled for a tag to do this week and I came across the Ultimate Book Tag. My googling told me that this particular one was created by Megan on Goodreads and was made for Chapter Chicks YouTube Channel. Its an oldy and a long one but I am very excited to just jump right in.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

At times I do feel a bit ill but for the most part no I don’t get sick while reading in the car. I survived at least 2 hours in the car/bus going back and forth from home to school and back by reading.

2. Which Author’s writing style is completely unique to you & why?

I think I am going to have to go with Leslye Walton who wrote The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Just the way she presented the story and the overall idea and presentation of it is what made me decide on her.

3. Harry Potter or Twilight Saga? (3 Points to defend your answer)

So I still, even though I have started the first book, to actually read the Harry Potter series. While I don’t think its a master piece anymore, Twilight did make a really big impact on my reading life and I will always be thankful for it.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so what is in it? (Besides books)

I don’t tend to carry my physical books or my kindle with me anymore since I started getting more into audiobooks. But when I did they would go in my handbag and that generally always has the following in it:

  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • Keys
  • Painkillers
  • A Pen
  • Lipstick
  • Compact Mirror
  • Headphones
  • Shopping Bags
  • And a few other random things that come and go.

5. Do you smell your books?

This is a dumb question because what person who has physical books is going to say no to this one?

 

6. Books with or without illustrations?

This depends on the age range and the book. I think childrens books require illustrations and anything older doesn’t need them. However, there have been some books in the older ranges who have had an illustration that really brought something to the book. If they are going to have them, they have to bring something. They can’t just be in there for the sake of it.

7. What book did you love while reading, but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

The first two series that pop into my head are Twilight and Fallen. While I would say I still like both of the series and might read them again, I can see now that they are not masterful books.

 

 

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please Share

Its not funny, but I used to really struggle to read and spell (something I think related to dyslexia but I was never checked out) and hated every moment of people making me do these things in school. Then one day one of my favourite teachers brought in a program that for every certain amount of pages you read from a book, you got a book. This changed everything for me. I devoured books from this point on.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling at 105 pages.

 

 

 

10. Thickest book on your shelf?

The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody at 1108. Over a thousand more pages than my smallest.

 

 

 

 

11. Do you write as well as you read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

Yes. But I don’t say this with much confidence. I have dabbled and written a few things, but I am just organising myself to write something for the first time outside of school and I am very excited and hesitant about starting it.

12. When did you get into reading?

I touched on this a little in question 8. I would have been in year 6 I think when this all started to happen.

13. What is your favourite classic book?

Easily Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

 

 

 

14. In school was you best subject Language Arts/English?

Again see question 8. In my early school years it was easily one of my worst subjects. After my love of reading started though it became one of my best subjects next to art.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated… What would you do?

I would keep it for awhile, then once I felt like it was appropriate to get rid of it, I would pass it onto someone else who wants it or donate it.

 

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Since I haven’t read Harry Potter I can’t say about it, and I have never really found anything to be like the Hunger Games. I don’t like to compare books in this way unless its just unavoidable though.

17. What is a bad habit you always do when blogging?

I procrastinate the entire time I am working on it. I will physically write down a review or idea in a book, but when it comes to actually getting it onto the computer it seems to take me forever. For example yesterday I wrote five book reviews down over the span of the day, but today I have only managed to put together three posts including this one and as of writing this question its already 7:12pm. I have been doing it pretty much the whole day.

18. What is your favorite word?

Oh god… why…. Ummm… dear lord…. Bubbles?

19. Are you a nerd or a geek?

Depends on what subject matter! I think overall I would be more geeky though as I am just a fan of most things and don’t actually do the things.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

If you had of asked me a few years ago the answer would have been Vampires 100%. The poor things have been just stripped and pulled apart in literature now though so I would have to go with Fairies. Not the happy go lucky I am always nice Fairies though. I believe Faeries can be down right nasty, ugly things.

 

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Shapeshifters. I have read very few Angel books I love.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Probably Werewolves but I don’t care much either way. I don’t tend to read much paranormal but I love supernatural things.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Vampires 100% hahaha. Zombies are the most boring subject matter to walk the face of the Earth. They have tried to make them more threatening by making it so they move fast now but they still hold no interest for me.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love. That implies that they have things to overcome before they can be together if they actually get to be. I have seen so many bad love triangles.

25. Full on romance or action-packed with love scenes mixed in?

Depends on what I am more in the mood for. Some of my favourite books are ones where the love is just a side note to the story and enhances the main point, rather than it being the main point itself. I do however, really love a good romance novel.

 

And now we have come to the end! If you do this tag let me know so I can have a look at your answers! I hope you enjoyed it as much as me, this was a really interesting tag to do.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Sunday Shopping – Craftedvan

Welcome to Sunday Shopping, where I talk about any goodies I have bought. I will talk about prices, feeling, my impression and whether or not I think I will be going back for another purchase!

craftedvan

I discovered this store after I received my first Happy Hello! order and fell in love with magnetic bookmarks and went on a random etsy hunt for more. After browsing the store I thought the cup of tea would be very appropriate and I love foxes so I went with a fox as well.

How did I find the store – Random etsy searching and probably some youtubers.

How much (AU) + Shipping – $6.50 each + $5.42 shipping to Aus = $18.42. Etsy is super helpful and lets you change what currency and where it is being shipping to so make sure you check your info!

Size – 4.7 and 6.4 cm

Feel – It is the paper from hell. Its sort of tacky and rough to touch, and touching it feels like how I feel when I accidentally run my nails down a chalk board.

Quality – Sturdy and probably wont rip unless you are super rough with it.

My thoughts – I love the designs and think they are super cute but I barely ever use them because I hate touching them.

Will I be visiting this store again – If I found out that they were using different paper I would be back, but sadly I don’t really see that happening. If anyone knows if they changed paper you should let me know!

 

 

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Confessions

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Bookish Confessions

I actually have my doubts about if I can think of ten, but lets give it a go shall we?

  1. I have never read the Harry Potter series. I don’t think I even finished watching the last movie, I just kind of walked off to do something else and didn’t pause it and then never watched it again. Its not cause I don’t like it I do, but yeah…
  2. I adore my Kindle. I was always pro physical book, still am, I love being able to display my books. But my god I love my kindle at the same time. It lets me take notes and it means I don’t have to carry my actual books around with me.
  3. I nearly cry when I lend out books. Im not joking. If I lend a book and it comes back in worst off condition than what I lent it in, like a finger print on a hard cover or a crack in the spine of a paperback, it totally freaks me out. I feel the tears and think I just better go buy a new one. AND I DON”T KNOW HOW TO STOP LENDING ONCE I HAVE STARTED LENDING TO SOMEONE. I have just stopped telling people when I get books and hope they don’t ask.
  4. I judge people on books they like. I say this in the least judgey way possible. If I find out someone likes Fifty Shades of Grey or something I will judge them to like books like that, and will only recommend them books that I consider to be on that same level. AKA, not a high one.
  5. I don’t like using the library. I don’t like reading a book, loving it, then having to get it back. I would much rather not go. So I don’t. The last time I used one I was in primary school and I seriously considered never returning a book cause I wanted it. I chose never to go back rather than steal.
  6. I smell my books. I love picking them up, opening and taking a good old wiff. Stuff new car smell, though I love it, I would rather have books smell.
  7. I can’t spell to save myself. If my life depended on spelling things, I would be dead. And this is coming from someone who wants to be a writer in her spare time. Spell check is the most beautiful thing ever.
  8. I was in special reading/spelling classes in school. Right up until like year 9, then I joined all the advance ones. But seriously I was years bellow where I should have been. I couldn’t read forever, and then with spelling I would read the word I was trying to write and not even notice that I did it wrong. I am pretty sure I have dyslexia. Once I worked out how to read though I didn’t really stop.
  9. I will always like Twilight. I know this conflicts with my number 4, but its sad that I should feel shame about this. These books though not the best were awesome at the time and they will hold a special place in my heart. The movies just tainted it.
  10. I enjoy a good trashy romance. You know the ones, with the ugly half naked people on the front. I don’t know why but god they suck me in. There are a lot of bad ones, but the ones I like I would put in my favourites pile.

And I actually made it to 10. It was a struggle thinking of things. I could probably think of more, if I sat here a really long time. So share your lists with me so I can see your dirty reading secrets!

Till Next Time…

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Things

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I Would Like To Own

Hooker-Furniture-Center-Bookcase-in-Hardwood-Solids-1029-115431. I want large and stunning hardwood bookcases that match. I love my books, they should have something equally lovely to live upon.

 

 

62afa8aa91a807b34495a39c5ffc96b82. I want my favourite quotes and peoms, mainly from On The Jelicoe Road, up on my wall for all the world to see.

 

 

 
fainting-couch3. I want my book nook to be more than just in my head. In this nook must contain a nice day lounge for me to read upon with a lap close by. (And of course books everywhere)

 

FK40164. Some Funko Pop! Vinyl figures from A Song Of Ice And Fire are on my list. Or really any figures that were in any book (or movie) that I like…

 

 

 
Grand_Piano_Bookcase5. A hollowed out piano turned into a bookcase would be epic.

 

 

 

 
Hunger_Games_Pocket_Watch_Necklace6. A mockingjay pin from the Hunger Games would be cool. Or even the pocket watch.

 

 
il_570xN.552335188_bl2z7. Anything really that says “She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain” – Louisa M. Alcott. On the wall of my reading room would be awesome.

 

 

bookends-autumn8. Some pretty book ends for the times I don’t have enough to fill the shelf to the breaking point. Perhaps ones that say So Many Books, So Little Time.

 

9. Many things relating to Jane Austen. Or Charlotte Bronte.

Wuthering Heights Jewellery box

il_570xn-287909457110. A Keep Calm and Read On poster.