Tag: My TBR Shame Tag.

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I saw this tag a few weeks ago and thought I’d share all the books on my TBR. I can’t remember where I saw it though so I can’t link their blog. Sorry.

Anyway, all you have to do if you want to do this tag is share the unread books on your selves in series and stand alones. I’m just going to get into it now.

Series 
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Iron King by Maurice Druon
Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Half Bad by Sally Green
Pathfinder by Angie Sage
Silent Echo by Elisa Freilich
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Firstlife by Gena Showalter
Tales from the Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Francis Burton
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Quarantine: The Loner by Lex Thomas
Devolve: The Wolf by Mike Hooper
The Black Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
Thatchthorpe by Elizabeth Pulford
The Towers of Illica by Emily Rodda
The Witch’s Kiss by Katherine & Elizabeth Corr
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Heir of Night by Helen Lowe
The Gathering of the Lost by Helen Lowe
Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe
Curio by Evangeline Denmark
Unrivaled by Alyson Noel
American Monsters by Derek Landy
Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol 1 by Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol 2 by Danielle Paige
Disruption by Jessica Shirvington
Corruption by Jessica Shirvington
The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
Replica by Lauren Oliver
End of Watch by Stephen King
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti
Angelfall by Susan Ee
World After by Susan Ee
End of Days by Susan Ee
Dangerous Deception by Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia
Four by Veronica Roth
Lola and the Boy Next by Stephanie Perkins
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
United as One by Pittacus Lore

Stand Alones
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Dangerous Women by George R.R. Martin
South of Darkness by John Marsden
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Woman in Black and Other Ghost Stories by Susan Hill (DNF)
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
Dark Alchemy: Magical Tales from Masters of Modern Fantasy by Jack Dann
After Alice by George Maguire
The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis
A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech
The Honors by Time Clare
This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
The Rest of Us Just Lived Here by Patrick Ness
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Raven and Other Stories by Edgar Allen Poe
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Best Loved Fairy-Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The Night is Darkening Around Me by Emily Bronte
A Slip Under the Microscope by H.G. Wells
The Robber Bridegroom by The Brothers Grimm
It was Snowing Butterflies by Charles Darwin
The Fall of Icarus by Ovid
Circe and the Cyclops by Homer
Leonardo da Vinci by Gioraio Vasari
Antigone by Sophocles
The Great Fire of London by Samuel Pepys
The Winglebury Duel by Charles Dickens
The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen
Circles of Hell by Dante
The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen
Jason and Medea by Apollonius of Rhodes
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Maladapted by Richard Kurti
The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes
Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane
Run by Kody Keplinger
The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt
The Crystal Run by Sheila O’Flanagan
Blind by Cath Weeks
The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Revelations of Carey Ravine by Debra Daley
The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
Revenger by Alastair Reynolds
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Let it Snow by John Green
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
One Day by David Nicholls
Atlantia by Ally Condie
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

I have no idea how many books are on this list and I’m kind of scared to know. This is really embarrassing. I’ve had some of these books for years sitting on my shelves unread…

How many books do you have unread on your shelves?

– Aimee.

Tag: This or That Book Tag.

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I was tagged to do this a while ago but I forgot who tagged me. I’m so sorry. I think I’ve done this before but I can’t remember these questions so I’m not sure.

1. Reading on the couch or on the bed?
My bed is so uncomfortable to sit up and read in because I don’t have a headboard that I don’t even bother reading in it anymore. I have an armchair that I sit and read in. So, my answer to this one is neither.

2. Male main character or female main character?
Doesn’t matter to me.

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
That depends on what I’m in the mood for at the time.

4. Trilogies or quartets?
I think that depends on the story. I don’t like stories being dragged on for no reason. I have a lot of trilogies and only one quartet that I can think of.

5. First-person point of view or third-person point of view?
Again, I don’t really care. I can read both.

6. Reading at night or in the morning?
I read more in the morning that I do at night. When people get home from work, they want to talk and it interrupts my reading. Sometimes I don’t even care what they’re talking about. Or they talk as I’m reading and I don’t hear them.

7. Libraries or bookstores?
Why would I have to choose? I love both.

8. Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
I don’t read a lot of books that make me laugh, there have been a few. But then not a lot of books have made me cry either. There are exceptions to both but not that many. I don’t know which I’d prefer? A book that makes me cry normally means a character I care about is dead. So, laugh I guess.

9. Black book covers or white book covers?
Even though white books look ridiculous on my white shelves I do prefer them.

10. Character-driven or plot-driven stories?
Again, this depends. If I don’t like the characters I can’t connect with the story. But if a plot line is dragged on too much then it can just get really boring and ruin the book. I think for me it’s a combination of both.

So I sucked at this tag. There were only a couple of questions where I actually picked one over the other. But the choices were too difficult.

I’m not going to tag anyone to do this. I never tag anyone in these things. But feel free to do it if you want to. I’d love to know what you’d choose.

– Aimee.

Tag: Harry Potter Book Tag.

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I saw Nicole do this tag on her blog on the weekend and I love Harry Potter so I decided to do it too. You can check out her post here.

Like Nicole, I have no idea where the spell images came from. I took them from her post.

img_9908A book you found interesting but would like to rewrite:
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I found this interesting and I did want to know what happened to Janie and Micah but I didn’t like the characters very much (Janie not at all) so I’d re-write them to be more likable.

img_9909The first book in a series that got you hooked:
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There are so many books I could put here (Percy, Harry, The Lunar Chronicles) but I wanted to do something different. I read These Broken Stars last year and loved it so I had high expectations for the other two books in the trilogy and even though the second wasn’t as good the last one made up for it. But overall I loved this trilogy.

img_9910A Book that you wish you could have right now:
Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’m really looking forward to this book!

img_9911A killer book:
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I know a lot of people didn’t like this but I loved it! And that ending… OMG!

img_9912A book you find confusing:
12167920_10156031693245018_1468252055_nI managed to read half of this book and I just don’t get it. Some of the stories were really boring and the one I gave up on was the worst out of the three or four I’d read. It was so confusing, I didn’t know whose perspective I was it and it would change with no warning. This was my first ever DNF.

img_9913Your spirit animal book:
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The Harry Potter Series always makes me happy and I have a lot of happy memories reading this series when I was younger.

img_9914 (1)A dark, twisted book:
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I don’t know if this was dark but it was definitely twisted. I think all of the books by Gillian Flynn that I’ve read have been dark and twisted.

img_9915A book that surprised you in a great way:
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I loved Kiera Cass’s The Selection Series so when I heard her first novel was being released (re-released??) I was excited to read it. Then I figured it was a love story and was a bit put off but I kept going and it was even better than I expected. I’m glad I gave it a chance.

I’m tagging anyone that wants to do it!

Aimee.

Tag: Intimidating TBR Book Tag.

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I was going to do my Top Ten Tuesday today but I don’t visit any non bookish sites daily other than Outlook and Twitter so I decided to do this tag instead. I’m not sure how far I’ll get.

What book have you been unable to finish?
The Woman in Black and Other Ghost Stories by Susan Hill. I was sent a copy of this to review from Allen and Unwin New Zealand last year and I think I managed to read three stories and couldn’t get past the fourth. It was putting me into a really bad mood and I could feel a reading slump coming on.
I did feel bad not being able to finish a review book but it was just so badly written in my opinion. The story I gave up on was in two perspectives and there was no clue whose point of view you were in from chapter to chapter. I did want to try again one day but I don’t know if I will.

What book have you yet to read because…

…you just haven’t had the time?
Um, so many.. I’ve had books sitting on my shelves for years unread. But to narrow it down a little I’m going to say the classics I’ve got in the last year. I’ve wanted to be able to just focus on them but I’ve had too many review books and not enough time. Hopefully one day.

…it’s a sequel?
I can think of two off the top of my head. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and A Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray. I was so excited to get these books and I just haven’t read them.

…it’s brand new?
None. The latest book I got was The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan and I picked it up as soon as I’d finished Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. Normally it would go to the bottom of my review pile but because it’s Riordan and I love the Percy Jackson world I couldn’t wait that long to read it.

…you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?
I’m going with Rick Riordan again here. I loved all of his books that I’ve read… Except The Kane Chronicles. Those three books took me so long to read and in the end I didn’t even think they were worth me forcing myself to finish them. I’m not sure if it was because I’m not really into Egyptian gods or if I didn’t like the characters.  But these books weren’t for me.

…you’re just not in the mood for it?
Right now I’m not in the mood for a cheesy romance so I’ve been putting off Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I read Anna and the French Kiss last year and surprisingly really liked it but it was kind of cheesy in places and I just haven’t been in the mood for that kind of drama.

…it’s humongous?
After reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin a few years ago I don’t think anything is as big as that on my TBR. I have been put of by a book’s size recently but I’ve already finished it so I can’t count it here anymore. A Dance with Dragons was 1117 pages, The City by Stella Gemmell (which I read last week) was 550+ and I’d just finished A Feast for Crows which was 700+ pages. I think going from one fantasy to another is what was putting me off.

…because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
The last cover buy I got was The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I don’t know if it has poor reviews or not but I still haven’t read it. I have talked to someone who struggled a bit with it which may have put me off a little.

What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?
I think this will have to be Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I got this for my birthday in January. I really want to read it but I don’t know. I just haven’t picked it up. I need the time and to be in the right mood for it I think.

That wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Especially since I did it all off the top of my head.

– Aimee.

Tag: Buy the Book.

I felt like doing something different today. I missed this weeks Top Ten Tuesday (completely slipped my mind) so I’ve decided to do a book tag. I saw this on Sophie’s blog and thought it seemed like a bit of fun. I haven’t done a tag in ages. If you want to check out Sophie’s blog the link is here —> Nana Wintour.

Is there a book on your nightstand right now? CgmsostUUAAcNFw
There are a lot of books on my nightstand. I share a photo so you can see. These are the review books I’ve been sent so are at the top of my TBR.

What was the last truly great book you read?
The last book I gave five stars was Storm Siren by Mary Weber, you can read my review for that here. I’m not going to go into all the reasons why I loved the book here because it’s all in my review but I will say that I was hooked from the beginning.

If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you want to know?
Hmm, I’ve always said I’d want to meet J.K. Rowling because even after all these years I still love Harry Potter. But there’s not anything I’d want to ask her. I’d just want to thank her for the magic of those books and Hermione.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
I bought this Disney book three years ago. It’s 365 Stories for Girls or something like that. So each day of the year has a short story. I haven’t read it but I found it in a shop in Australia and just got it. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it because I don’t plan on having kids. Maybe I’ll read it one day.

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I was asked that this morning on Instagram. To be honest I don’t have a system.

This is one of my bookcases in my room. The top three shelves have mostly hardbacks (there are four paperbacks). The next shelf down are trilogies/series but are in no particular order. The shelf with Elsa is random stand alones. The shelves with the Marvel and Supernatural Funkos are empty of books because there isn’t room for the books to stand up. I may have to start using them soon though as I’m running out of room. The bottom shelves are again, just random books I’ve put there. There is a trilogy behind the Superman mug and my Harry Potter books are down there until I can find somewhere else for them.

See, no organisation at all.

Is there a book you have always meant to read but haven’t gotten around to yet?
So many. I have a few classics on the bookcase in the photo that I’ve had for a while and haven’t read. And a few more on another bookcase. I want to read more classics but I just haven’t had the time yet.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good; name a book you feel you were supposed to have liked but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. I read this last year because someone on Booktube said it was really good and i just didn’t get it. I honestly don’t understand how it was even published. It was a waste of my time and I don’t plan on reading any other books by him.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Anything you steer clear of?
I love fantasy books and am slowly getting into sci-fi. I mostly stay away from romance books. I don’t mind relationships in books but I don’t want that to be all that’s happening.

If you could choose a book that the Prime Minister had to read, which would it be?
Ugh, I cannot stand our Prime Minister. I don’t have a specific book for him because I don’t read about politics or really serious topics but I’d want something that would open his eyes to all the children that go to school hungry, with no shoes and cold. They should provide breakfast at school for the kids whose parents can’t afford it. Instead of spending millions of dollars trying to change the freaking flag. But enough of his stupidity. Moving on.

What do you plan to read next?
Erm.. I have no idea. I have a pile of books to read and no clue what I want to read next.

I had fun doing this. I can’t remember what the last book tag I did was but it’s been a long time.

Feel free to do the tag if you want to. I’m not going to tag anyone.

– Aimee.

The Fifty Bookish Questions Tag.

Bookish Questions

1. What was the last book you read?
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

2. Was it a good one?
Yes, I liked it.

3. What made it good?
That it was an alternative to what happened with Hitler. In the book he won the war and it showed what Graudin thinks may have happened as a consequence to that. I have to say I’ve never thought about what would’ve happened if Hitler won and it’s kind of a scary thought.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?
Yes, I already have.

5. How often do you read?
Every day.

6. Do you like to read?
Obviously or I wouldn’t do it.

7.What was the last bad book you read?
The last really bad book I read is either Beautiful Disaster by Jaime McGuire or Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Both for very different reasons.

8. What made you dislike it?
Well Beautiful Disaster was an abusive relationship. Okay, not physical but definitely emotional and controlling. I can’t see how any woman can find that attractive, fictional character or not.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was so boring and just a waste of my time and trees. I cannot believe it got publieshed let alone adapted into a film.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?
No, I’m quite happy just reading books.

10. Has any book every influenced you greatly?
A lot of books have for different reasons. It would take a while to get into it and I cannot be bothered.

11. Do you read fan fiction?
Nope.

12. Do you write fan fiction?
Nope.

13. What’s your favourite book?
It changes every month.

14. What’s your least favourite book?
See question seven.

15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?
Physical books.

16. When did you learn to read?
When I was a kid? When does anyone learn to read? In school I guess.

17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school?
I didn’t read any of the books my teachers told me to read.

18. What is your favourite book series?
The Harry Potter series.

19. Who is your favourite author?
Ugh, so many. J.K. Rowling, Jodi Picoult, Kiera Cass, Rick Riordan..

20. What is your favourite genre?
I read all kinds of books but I love fantasy.

21. Who is your favourite character in a book series?
Just one? Hermione Granger.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
Isn’t that the point in books? To take you out of your life and into the world you hold in your hands? Yes, every book has.

23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?
Umm. A lot of the books I read have sequels. Or have ones coming out.. So I’m not sure about this one.

24. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?
Beautiful Disaster.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?
It depends on the book and my mood. Some I can just fly through while others take me longer.

26. Do you like when books become movies?
Sometimes. I think it depends on if they keep it true to the book or just ruin it like City of Bones and the Percy Jackson movies.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
The ones I just mentioned and Vampire Academy. I didn’t really like that.

28. Which movie has done a book justice?
Aside from the Harry Potter movies I loved The Book Thief.

29. Do you read newspapers?
No.

30. Do you read magazines?
No.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
Considering I don’t read either of them I’m not going to pick.

32. Do you read while in bed?
Yes.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?
No.

34. Do you read while in the car?
No, it makes me feel sick.

35. Do you read while in the bath?
I have showers so no.

36. Are you a fast reader?
I’m an okay reader. Again, it depends on the book for me and my mood.

37. Are you a slow reader?
Really? I just answered this. ^

38. Where is your favourite place to read?
Wherever I’m comfortable but in a chair in the lounge or my bed.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
Nope. I can tune most things out.

40.Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
Again, see above.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?
I don’t know. I just picked up a book one day and never looked back.

42. What book is next on your list to read?
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks.
43. When did you start to read chapter books?
I have no idea. Probably when I was in primary school.

44. Who is your favourite children’s book author?
J.K. Rowling even though I don’t see Harry Potter as children’s books anymore.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?
So many.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?
I don’t know.. J.K Rowling?

47.What book have you reread the most?
Again, Harry Potter.

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?
Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Garden, Great Expectations etc.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
I don’t know because I didn’t pay attention when I was in school. I’d pick The Diary of Anne Frank though. That wasn’t an option for me when I was in school.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?
I don’t think books should be banned at all. It’s up to the parents and the child to make their own choices as to what they read. Banning a book only makes people want to read it more and draws attention to it.

Tag: 🎅Bookish Christmas Tag🎅

thebookishchristmastagpicIt’s Christmas Eve here so I decided to do a Christmas book tag.

🎅 Father Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day.
poohcolourWhen I was a kid I asked for a Winnie the Pooh teddy bear. When I opened my presents on Christmas morning there was no bear but I did get a copy of this book. I’ll be honest, as a seven year old I wasn’t too happy to get a book and not the bear but it’s one of the only presents I’ve actually kept from my childhood so it shows I changed my mind about books eventually.

🎅 The Ghost of Christmas past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmas time?
imrsI know Harry Potter isn’t a Christmas series but I think Christmas comes up in every book. I normally read one of the books at Christmas but I’m not this year. I decided to take a break.

🎅 Friends and family: Name a book with fantastic characters.
9781743319710I would have put Harry Potter for this as well but I already use that too much. The next book that popped into my head was Their Fractured Light. I loved this book when I read it last month and the characters.

🎅 Decorations: Name a book with a gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves.
51BnBUYXmBL._SX423_BO1,204,203,200_I’d definitely display this all year round.

🎅 Christmas cards: Name a book that carries a great message.
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🎅 Ice and snow: Name a book that you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold.
5119iHf8luLI love The Lunar Chronicles, well the ones I’ve read anyway (Cinder, Scarlet and Cress) and I was expecting to like Fairest just as much but I hated it. Not because it was about Levana but because of what Levana did. In the process of controlling her “husband” who she forced to marry her (pathetic) she basically rapes him too because if she gave him back his free will there’s no way he’d sleep with her at all. It was disgusting. I’ll never read it again or be buying a copy. I hope she has a horrible, painful death.

🎅 Christmas lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end.
9780739375976Despite the ending of A Dance with Dragons I enjoyed reading it. My copy has 1117 pages and it’s the longest book I’ve ever read.

🎅 Mince pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying.
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🎅 Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read?
20950716It’s hard to just choose one book for this but I have to go with Spark by Rachael Craw because not only do I love it and the sequel but I don’t know many people who have read it.

🎅 Spreading the festive cheer: Tag some friends to help spread the festive bookish love.
I tag everyone who wants to do it.

Have a happy Christmas or holiday, whatever you celebrate. I’ll be back after the holidays.

Aimee.