The Cake Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Cake Book Tag, which I found on Charlotte’s blog ages ago and have been meaning to do ever since. Onto the post!


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The Testing My Memory Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Testing My Memory tag, which I found on Charlotte’s blog, and had so much fun doing. Onto the post!


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The What Makes Me Pick Up a Book? Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the first tag I’ve done in absolutely AGES, which is Charlotte’s What Makes Me Pick Up a Book? tag. Onto the post!


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The Naughty or Nice Book Tag 2019

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the 2019 edition of Jenn’s Naughty or Nice Book tag, which I always love doing at this time of the year. Onto the post!


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Received an ARC and not reviewed it

Yes, but I can only think of one where that’s been the case this year in my defense. There could be more I just can’t remember though. And there are some I’ve not reviewed yet, but I do intend to!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

I don’t use Netgalley.

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

No. I wait till a review post is up then I update Goodreads properly.

Folded down the page of a book

Not intentionally but yes. My uni bag is a tip and where books go to get squashed

Accidentally spilled on a book

Absolutely.

DNF a book this year

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

Yes. Definitely.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

I’ve definitely done this. I did it this weekend actually, by neglecting an online test in favour of We Met in December. I did do it once I finished the book though!

Skim read a book

Guilty as charged. It was boring but I really wanted to see what happened at the end.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

I’ve actually read more than mine already, which I really wasn’t expecting! I hit it by the end of November, not that you’d know given how bad I’ve been with reviews since starting uni!

Borrowed a book and not returned it

I still have library books out, but I’ve not like… stolen them. I’ll return them soon hopefully- I really want to dedicate some time to my library pile while I’m off.

Broke a book buying ban

I don’t do buying bans, so had none to break. There are definitely things I shouldn’t have bought though.

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

Yes! Usually by the time I come to reviews, I have to check a couple of details about the plot and stuff, which is embarrassing. I remember the most important bits of course, and I’m much better with books I enjoy!!

Wrote in a book you were reading

God no, I’d never. I actually have a friend who used to do this with textbooks when we first met, but I have since reformed him.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

There are some I’ve not got to adding yet but I will!

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

I don’t think so? Friends, please tell me if I’ve done this? I’m sorry if I have!

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

No I’ve not. At least I can’t remember doing that.

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

Library books, yes.

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

Nope!

Sat on a book accidentally

Definitely done this. I felt guilty for days.


I’ll not lie, feel like I might be on the naughty list here! What do you think? And do you think you’re on the naughty or nice list? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

The Two Books, One Stone Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Two Books, One Stone tag, which I found on Lainy’s blog. Onto the post!


1) The second-last book you read.

At time of writing, Field Notes on Love. It was pretty meh for me, to be honest.

2) The second book from the top of your TBR

I think the 2nd next thing I’ll read is probably going to be In the Time We Lost but I might totally change my mind!

3) Two 2-star reads.

Bodas de Sangre and the Glass Menagerie are my two most recnt, I think? It’s not a rating I give much.

4) Two great books by the same author

Running on the Roof of the World and When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth are both absolute perfection.

5) Two bails, or two books you’d wished you’d bailed on, or two books you hated.

I’m going to go for ones I’ve DNF, and I think the two most recent have been Running on Empty and the Girl with Shark’s Teeth.

6) Two favourite books this year

I, Cosmo is my fave MG, and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder takes the crown for best YA so far

7) Two new favourite book bloggers.

They’re not really new anymore, but the two newest I’ve become a proper reader of are Rachael and Lily– they’re both brilliant!

8) A book you’ve read twice

I’m struggling to think of many I’ve read exactly twice! The Children of Castle Rock is one, I think.

9) Two fabulous quotes from books you’ve read recently.

Neither of these are very recent but the one about scars from No Ballet Shoes in Syria I mentioned in a Top Ten Tuesday about quotes shortyly after I read it and ‘courage, dear heart’ are my go to answers for this. I actually really want to get the latter as a tattoo!


What would your answers to some of these be? Do you agree with any of mine? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

The Book Snob Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Book Snob Tag, which I found on Lily’s blog and knew I had to do. Onto the post!


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Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

No, I don’t. I’ve still not read the book of Brooklyn, which is one of my favourite films, and I probably won’t if I’m honest. I don’t like snobbery around this at ALL; books aren’t inherently, automatically better than films.

Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

I only read physical books anyway, so it’s a pretty easy choice for me here. Although I do want to try an audio book to see how I do with it, I find it harder to take in information audibly, particularly since I’m hard of hearing.

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

Yeah, definitely. I mean, they’d have to be supportive of the fact that I love reading (my list of post ideas for if I get a partner is tragically long) but I wouldn’t rule out the possible love of my life just because they don’t read as much as I do.

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Dystopia! I barely read any anyway so it wouldn’t change my reading that much at all.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

I’d quite like to steal Lily’s answer and just have the MG and YA sections please. If I can’t, probably fantasy because lots of fantasies have mystery plots too so I’d be getting both my faves. And you get contemporary-set fantasy too so I’d still be reading some contemporary too…

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Middle grade books without doubt, and it REALLY winds me up. You know the GIF of Anger from Inside Out’s head exploding? That’s me when I see yet another review saying “I’d have liked this if I was 8, but I’m not, so 2 stars.”. There’s a valid place for criticism of MG books, and if I don’t like one then I say so. But there’s a big difference between that and slating it solely because it’s middle grade.

Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

Not that I can remember. I don’t tend to tell that many people offline exactly what I read, and those I trust enough to tell anything about my reading are good enough humans that they aren’t weird about it. A really lovely example of this is my French teacher from last year, who I often chatted about books with even though we read completely different things a lot of the time, and neither of us judged the other for what they read (she even said she liked the sound of We Won an Island and Robin Stevens! And as you’ll know if you read my reviews post for last month’s books, I loved the Girl You Left Behind, which she both recommended and bought me a copy of when I left school)


What would your answers to these be? Which ones do we agree and disagree on? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x