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The Book Courtship Tag

This tag was created by this person, and we were tagged in it by no one except my own procrastination. Also, it looked cool.

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer – usually I know something about the books that I’m buying, but I’d heard next to nothing about this book when I first found it. I was seduced by all the prettiness on this cover that I bought it.

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern has a brilliant blurb which is lifted from the first three lines of the book.

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I feel like I’ve talked this book down because I wasn’t in love with certain romantic subplots which ended up becoming the main plot but holy damn this book is worth reading for the writing alone. The book is great, I swear, it’s just personal preference when it comes to certain creepy love interests.

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – I read this book quite a while ago but I remember reading it and planning to take the next four books out of the library immediately.

Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – technically I had to put this book down once it got super late because it was kind of terrifying to be reading it alone in the quiet and the dark, but if I wasn’t so scared, I would have kept going all the way into the morning.

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?
Vicious by V.E. Schwab – This book has so many interesting facets to it and different interpretations and as soon as I finished it I wanted to reread it.

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?
I… I have never thought about this before.
The Colossus by Sylvia Plath? I really like these cool paperback editions that have the flappy bits of a hardcover, are slightly more sturdy, but still are light and portable which is what I love about paperbacks. But the feel? I dunno.

Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recomend to your family and friends?
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – I recommend this book to everyone. However, maybe I was supposed to pick a novel. Trying again.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I feel like this is a really obvious choice because it works for a really wide range of ages, has sad and happy moments, only problem is it might put off some people with it’s size.

Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will reread many times in the future?
How to be Both by Ali Smith – I have not thought that far in the future yet, and I don’t reread most of my books, but this is the only book that I’ve actually planned to reread sometime in the future, because its format begs to be read again.

Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?
I tagged myself, and you can too.
Here, look, I’ll tag you right now. Go do it. 🙂

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The Book Combo Tag

I’m pretty sure this tag was made by this lovely person and we were tagged in it by no one. But that’s never stopped us before, and it’s not going to stop us now.

What two authors would you like to see put their writing skills together to write a book?

So immediately my mind goes to Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness because they are two of my favourite authors and I would buy that book in a heartbeat. Can you imagine it? Can you? It would be ridiculously amazing.

What is your favourite author collaboration?

I haven’t read many author collaborations, so this one might be tricky.

Okay, we’re going to half-cheat this one and say The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Volume 1 which is a collection of stories and artwork by the hitRecord community. Maybe not what the question was asking but I’d say that counts.

If you could combine two stories and make them a book of their own, which would they be? And what would the reworked title be?

Ooooh….

Oh there are so many possibilities!

Okay, let’s go with:

The Angel Wave – The 5th Wave meets Angelfall because I read those around the same time and I remember thinking how similar they were in terms of plot and characters and character motivations and structure. Wouldn’t it be so awesome to have a story about two teenage girls trying to survive within a simultaneous alien and angel apocalypse. I think Cassie and Penryn would have a really interesting dynamic being so similar to one another and trying to remain allies while also looking for their siblings and god just make this one book already.
(If I was good at photoshop I would make some gorgeous redesigned book cover for this, but even my paint skills are pretty bad, so sorry :()

What two characters from different books do you ship?

I don’t know if I ship any characters from two different books but let’s see. Who would make a good pair…

I’m trying to think of characters that don’t have canon ships within their books, which is proving to be difficult, but maybe Reyna (from the Heroes of Olympus series) and Fletcher (from the Skulduggery Pleasant series)? That seems like a pretty stereotypical match, but we’ll go with it, because I’m bad at ships.

What two worlds from different stories would you like see come together to be one epic world?

This was my other choice for two books being combined into one:

A Darker Shade of War – A Darker Shade of Magic meets Warbreaker. I love love love the use of colours in both these stories and while I do prefer them separately, I think they kind of work together. The Grey London lacks magic, obviously, and the colourful London’s are bursting with it. Black London was so saturated with the stuff that it destroyed itself. It kind of works.

What series would you have liked to see be combined in to one book?

Well…

They could have made Delirium by Lauren Oliver one book/duology. And by that, I mean just cut the last few sentences off Pandemonium and pretty much all of Requiem and I would have been a whole lot happier with the series.

No, but seriously, maybe the Underdogs trilogy by Markus Zusak? I’m biased because I read it in a bind-up form, but the books are pretty short and I think they work well as three parts of one story.

Top 2 Books From 6 Genres Tag

Who has been watching too many booktube videos? I have been watching too many booktube videos.

If you want better recommendations then go to our top tens page for a full list. These books will be the ones that didn’t make it there but are still worth your time.

Dystopian

Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve – I think this is dystopian? Or is it fantasy? Or is it both?

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – At least watch the movie for this one, because it is really great.

Romance

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan – Probably one of the tiniest books I’ve read.

Lips Touch by Laini Taylor – this one is more of the relationship between lust and love with lots of fantasy thrown in there, but I haven’t read enough Romance to recommend you much else. So there.

Fantasy

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I didn’t include graphic novels in the top tens because they would take up too much space, so I’m saying it here: Nimona is bloody fantastic. And you can read it online, for free, legally, right now. So go. Go!

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – This is also available online, for free, legally, right now. And it is damn good, so go read it.

Sci-Fi

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – It has just occurred to me that I haven’t read much science fiction. Huh.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I haven’t read the rest of this series yet (I plan to! Promise!), but I like fairytales, and I like this.

Paranormal

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake – This has greek gods in it. Is that paranormal? I feel like paranormal refers to ghosts/vampires/werewolves but I haven’t read that much of that stuff. Oh wait, I know!

Angelfall by Susan Ee – This is paranormal, right? I’m saying this is paranormal. Also haven’t read the second book yet, but I’m getting to it, I swear!

Historical

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – How predictable.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – I didn’t know much about this book when I first read it, but I flew through it.

We’re adding a category because why not. We can do what we want here.

Non-Fiction

How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran – While I’m probably not going to do everything this book encourages, this book is great because it is so damn quotable, Caitlin Moran is brilliant, and it is a big ball of fun (and also anger, but angry fun).

Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden – And once you’re all riled up and angry, read this harrowing and horrifying story of one man’s escape from a labour camp in North Korea. Who needs dystopians when the real world is worse?

What a cheerful note to end on. I hope you find something in all of this to read, and we will see you next time!

Reader Problems Book Tag

I saw Katytastic do this tag and it looked fun, so let’s do this!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I ask people what I should read, and they tell me. That or I start reading the first pages of all of the books on my shelves until I get sucked in. I’m constantly making priority lists in my head though for what I want to read next, so this isn’t usually too hard.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
I end up putting it “on hold” which means my Currently-Reading list is massive. I hate quitting books, but I’m also too easily distracted to plough through without a break in between. This break can last years.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
Novellas. Short stories. Graphic novels. Also cheating and lowering that Goodreads challenge.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
I usually don’t own full series on my bookshelves anyway, so this isn’t really a problem.
That being said, if they change the last book cover of the Raven Cycle, I will be upset.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
Goodreads.
Also here is good.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I don’t usually cry while reading books, but if I get super emotional I’ll just put it down for a while and pretend it doesn’t exist while sobbing internally.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
Look up the synopsis on Goodreads/Wikipedia. Or power through it and hope.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I actually don’t mind people borrowing my books as long as they treat them well and return them, and I haven’t had any bad experiences yet. So yeah. Next.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I don’t. I watch youtube videos instead. Or I reread something. Or I read a graphic novel. But mostly the youtube videos thing.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
If I want a book really badly, I’ll just buy it. If it’s not that pretty, or not that long, or if I’m not that desperate, I’ll take it out from the library.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
It can be several years. It can be two minutes. Who knows.

So this was fun. I like not having to come up with the questions myself.

Answer this if you want. I won’t tag people because I am lazy.

See you next time!

2015

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Firefight – Brandon Sanderson (8th January)

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Fairest – Marissa Meyer (27th January)

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The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black (5th February)

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A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab (27th February)

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The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro (3rd March)

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Half Wild – Sally Green (24th March)

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Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman (21st April)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas (7th May)

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End of Days – Susan Ee (12th May)

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness (27th August)

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Queen of Shadows – Sarah J Maas (1st September)

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The Last Star – Rick Yancey (8th September)

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The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater (29th September)

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The Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan (6th October)

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The Rose Society – Marie Lu (6th October)

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Winter – Marissa Meyer (10th November)

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Shadows of Self – Brandon Sanderson (19th November)

(P.S. There’s quite a lot of conflicting information about release dates on the internet (probably because the release dates differ between areas of the world) so apologies if they’re incorrect for you.)

(P.P.S Also, this will get updated as the year goes on and covers get revealed/new books appear.)

(P.P.P.S Also keep in mind that this isn’t a comprehensive list, just one of books that we’re looking forward to.)

2014 Wrap-Up

Before we set out in trying to somehow distil this year into five books, I’m going to say:

  • Each author can only appear once
  • It must be a novel (i.e. fiction, one story, mainly words)
  • One book per place

Now, without further ado, here’s my top five.

1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – I kept going back and forth between this one and The Virgin Suicides, but in the end, this one won out. All I have to say is READ IT.

2. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler – I didn’t expect the book to tear my heart out, but it did. Multiple times. I love the narrative style, and the concept, and the twist. Oh man, the twist.

3. Vicious by V.E. Schwab – I honestly did not know whether this book was going to live up to the hype or not, but it exceeded expectations, and I want a movie. Or a sequel. Or both.

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – Another one with a lot of hype, and for a good reason. This story combines fairytales and messy, wealthy families and gorgeous prose and it is probably the best young adult fiction I have read this year.

5. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – I could not exclude this amazing, spectacular, wonderful ending to a superb fantasy trilogy. I was so blown away by how well everything was wrapped up, and the bravery of the choices made in this series.

Unlike last year, I have quite a few honorary mentions.

In the non-fiction sphere, I fell in love with Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, and I have not ceased to recommend this book to absolutely everyone.

In the graphic novels category, the winners are Blankets by Craig Thompson and The Arrival by Shaun Tan, which are both well worth your time. There were a lot of strong competitors in this round but I did my best to narrow it down to those two which have gorgeous art styles, really interesting themes, and brilliant choices in telling their stories.

Amongst the short story collections, I chose Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro, which hit me hard in the heart. So hard, in fact, that I have a hard time rereading that collection because it makes me so damn emotional.

Hope you guys all had great reading years, and we will see you in 2015!

Xmas BookTube-A-Thon 2014 Wrap-Up

No one is going to be surprised by how I did on this.

So basically I was a lot busier during the Friday to Sunday period than I thought, and I did about… no… reading…

So that was bad.

I decided to change this thing to the 18th, 22nd, and 23rd of December instead. Because then at least I’d have a chance. Which basically meant I cheated but hey, three days, around the Xmas season, still completed all the challenges – that’s not too bad, right?

So I twisted the rules a little. But that’s okay, we’re all friends here.

So what did I read?

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I can’t remember how much of this I read on Thursday, so I’m going to say 100 pages. It was bloody good, let me tell you. I was on the verge of crying many, many times. I also do not accept that ending. It was great, but I’m pretending it didn’t happen. 5 shuriken stars.

2. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
I finally completed this trilogy (which I’ve been meaning to do for FOREVER, so it completes one of the goals). I was already a bit of the way through so I read about 600 pages of this. Oh my god, it was amazing. Brandon Sanderson actually managed to wrap up all the loose ends, even ends that I didn’t realise were loose ends. 5 shuriken stars.

3. Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve
After I spent a good deal of time mourning the end of the Mistborn Trilogy, I picked this up, which fulfils my other two goals (read a book given to you and read a book with red and green on the cover, which is probably being a bit too lenient on the weird turquoisey and pinky-reddish colours, but I don’t care, I’m counting it). I think the series has a lot of potential, and I like the world, but there was not enough of anything yet for me really to decide. Either way, I’m intrigued. 4 shuriken stars.

4. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
I read about 250 pages of this, for no reason other than missing the Mistborn world a hell of a lot. Now that I’ve finished those last 50 or so other pages, I can tell you that it’s (unsurprisingly) 5 shuriken stars.

Page count time!

I read about… 1300 pages! That’s a lot more than I expected actually, so I’m happy with that. Thanks, Brandon Sanderson, for writing massive books.

Happy Holidays Everyone!