The Real Neat Blog Award

Hi Everyone! Here I am with the first of my catch-up book tags! I was nominated for this award way back when by the very lovely Audrey @ ForwardsAndBookwords, thank you Audrey! I am still so humbled and excited when I get tagged to write anything! Now let’s get on with it, shall we?

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the seven questions your nominator provided.

3. Nominate seven other bloggers.

4. Create seven questions for your nominees.

Audrey’s Questions for me are:

  • What author would you most like to have as a best friend? 
  • I have to go with the clichéd answer of J.K Rowling; not only does she seem up for talking about Harry Potter at pretty much any time but she is super knowledgeable and full of wisdom which I think would make her a very compassionate best friend and someone you could really learn from.

 

  • What’s the biggest goal you want to achieve in your lifetime?  
  • The biggest goal that I would like to achieve in my lifetime is to be truly happy and fulfilled and to make as many other people as possible feel this way too. I feel that in the materialistic world that we live in happiness is underrated and often overlooked but what is better than making others happy and being happy in the process? For me, nothing.

 

  • Would you rather be the published author of an incredibly successful book or be best friends with all of your favourite authors of incredibly successful books? 
  • This is a tough one but I think I’d rather be an author. It was always a dream of mine when I was little to write and publish my own novel someday and I was always starting novels that never got finished so it would be amazing if one day I had an idea good enough to write a whole novel on! Also my best friend Eilidh @ Turning The Faucet On is going to be an incredibly successful author one day, it’s inevitable, so if I were to be an author too I’d have the best of both worlds!

 

  • Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks? 
  • Ooh another tough one! I love those really floppy paperbacks that you get because they’re just so floppy y’know? But then I always feel that hardbacks are so luxurious and fancy because we don’t generally buy hardbacks that often here in the UK so I guess I see them as a treat? However when it comes to actually reading them I find hardbacks quite tricky to read and also they’re heavier.   Do you see my struggle? So basically I love both, any book will do for me!

 

  • Do you collect anything (beside books)? 
  • I guess you could say that I collect photographs, I am always looking through old photos when I’m at home or my granny’s, I absolutely love that you can catch a moment in time and keep it forever like how amazing is that?! So I love photos and keep even silly ones. One day I hope to have the funds to collect guitars because guitars are beautiful and I need them all, thank you very much.

 

  • When is your favourite time to read? 
  • My favourite time to read is just before bed when I am snuggled up in bed, with the only light being my lamp that casts a warm glow over my whole room. I feel like this is such a magical time to read and it makes me feel really calm and happy. That being said I like to read anytime and anywhere!

 

  • How many books would you estimate you’ve read in your lifetime? 
  • This is something I would absolutely love to know, imagine being able to know exactly how many books you’ve read in your lifetime and what each of them were! I would estimate that I’ve read between 200-400 books in my lifetime which I know is quite a wide range but I’m just not sure!

 

Thank you to Audrey for the awesome questions!

I nominate:

Eilidh @ Turning The Faucet On

Simon

Erika @ Erika In Bookventureland

My 7 Questions for you are:

  1. What is your favourite word?
  2. If you could go on holiday anywhere on earth or somewhere in space where would you choose?
  3. What is your favourite type of cake? (a tough one I know)
  4. Tea or Coffee? Explain your choice.
  5. What is the last film you saw in the cinema and did you enjoy it?
  6. Do you write in your books?
  7. What do you love most in the world besides your friends and family?

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Until next time,

Shannon 🙂

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The Reader Problems Tag

TRPT - 1Hi everyone! Guess whose back with another fun tag? I am! The wonderful Raven over at Dreamy Addictions has tagged me to do this tag, so thank you very much Raven! I have seen this tag going around both in the blogging community and on Booktube so I’m excited to be able to take part. Now let’s dive straight in!

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I used to be very strict with myself when it came to my TBR and what to read next. I would make myself read the books in the order that I got them even if I wasn’t really in the mood for the kind of book it was but nowadays I just read what I want, when I want and let me tell you; it feels gooooood!

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You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Usually I persevere until the end, just because I’m always hopeful that the story will rectify itself and turn out good in the end but there have been cases when I have just decided to put down a book halfway through and never pick it up again, it just depends.

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?

This question describes my life right now, I’m about 2 or 3 books behind schedule for my reading challenge and I really, desperately want to catch up but at the same time I don’t want to rush through books and not fully take the time to enjoy them just to reach a certain number so the answer to this question is; we’ll have to wait and find out!

The covers of a series you love. Do. Not. Match. How do you cope?

Well, at present, the covers of my Harry Potter books don’t match and it really annoys me, to the point where I will not let this happen again and will go out of my way to make sure that all the books in the series I love match (eg the Lunar Chronicles). Also, I plan on buying multiple other editions of the Harry Potter books in the future so that’s what I think about when I look at how muddled they look!

Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Usually I bond over books with my best friend Eilidh – Turning the Faucet On – whether we share the same opinions or not. Most of the time our opinions are the same and we have a great time analysing characters and talking about our favourite parts but equally I think we quite like to squabble over who is right when we disagree (don’t get us started on Ron Vs Draco).   Also, now I get to bond over books with you guys in the comments of my posts and your posts and it is really lovely to feel so included in the bookish community!

You are reading a book and are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Honestly I think I’d just let it all out (quietly, of course). I am of the opinion that crying is nothing to be ashamed about, probably because I cry all the time, and if you can connect with a book on such a level that it has the ability to make you cry then that’s a wonderful thing! And if someone sees you crying over a book then that might spark a conversation and a new bookish friend could be made. And if you’re really embarrassed then you could just hold the book in front of your face so no one would see!

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A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you reread the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads?

I would 100% just reread the first book, what’s not to love about rereading a book that you thoroughly enjoyed? And then the sequel will be even more exciting because you will be reminded of how much you loved the first one!

You do not want anyone, ANYONE, borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope?

I guess it depends who it is, for example if it was my sister I would just say no but if it was a friend I’d probably point them towards the Bookstore or the internet or maybe even the library.

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

If it was a really awful reading slump where I just didn’t want to read anything at all I’d probably pick up one of the Harry Potters because they always get me back into a reading mood. Or I might just reread another of my favourites and sometimes I just let the reading slump be. So I might watch some TV or a movie then see how I feel when I get bored of that.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

This depends on how much spare money I have that month and whether I feel I deserve to treat myself (I can usually find an excuse). I would say that compared to other book lovers I’m actually pretty tame as I never really buy more than 4 or 5 unless it’s been my birthday or Christmas.

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?

Honestly, not that long. Usually I would just read them one after the other as I don’t like to have too many unread books on my shelf and if I can’t wait to get to them then why leave them waiting??

Thanks again to the ever wonderful Raven for tagging me! As for tagging people, I want to tag anyone that reads this so go ahead and take part, it’s fun – I promise!

Until next time,

Shannon x

The Bedtime Book Tag

Hi everyone! I am back with a today with a fun book tag for you all! I was tagged to do this one by the fabulous Kendra @ Student By Day, Reader By Night so go and give her post a read as it was awesome! I know I always say this but it really makes me feel happy and welcome when people tag me in things so thanks everyone! And now let’s begin!

  • A book that kept you up all night

I have to say, it’s rare that I will stay up all night to read a book as I always feel that the more tired I get, the less I take in and remember. However, I do remember staying up late so that I could keep reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because it was just so damn good!

  • A book that made me too scared to sleep

Again, I don’t really read a lot of scary books because I am a wimp who gets scared easily! But one book that really scared me at the start and made me scared to sleep (even though once I actually got into it turned out to be not very scary at all) was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The freaky, old pictures at the start were really frightening because they were real!

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  • A book that made you go to sleep

For this one I’d have to say Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom. I know that a lot of people love this book but I just couldn’t get into it, I found it very boring from the beginning although maybe I didn’t give it enough of a chance. Maybe I will try again in the future!

  • A book that left you tossing and turning all night in anticipation of its release

I was very excited about the release of All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher. I pre-ordered it and couldn’t wait for it to come in and I wasn’t disappointed when it did finally arrive ( a few days late ugh). You can read my review of it – here.

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  • A book that has your dream boyfriend

The Harry Potter Series – Ron Weasley, duh.

Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell – Levi is goals.

  • A book that would be your worst nightmare to live in

For this one I’d have to say the Hunger Games Trilogy because I would never survive in the hunger games because I don’t think I’d be able to kill people, also I can’t run fast so my only option would be to climb a tree and hide there until another competitor shot me down or the creators sent something horrendous to kill me. None of which sound fun!

  • A book that reminds you of night time

To be honest, I find this question quite tricky as there isn’t really a book that springs instantly to mind when I think of night time. However, I do remember reading the Twilight series a lot at night time and it also seems to be night time a lot in that series so we’ll go with that!

  • A book that had a nightmarish cliff-hanger

For this one I have to go with Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. As it’s a sequel I can’t really say why it’s a cliff-hanger but it definitely has one! I seriously need to get round to reading Cress as soon as possible!

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  • A book that you actually dreamed about

I know that this is probably a clichéd answer but never mind; I have had quite a few dreams about Harry Potter. It’s not my fault it’s always on my mind – blame J.K Rowling!

Anyway, who wouldn’t want to dream that they’re a student at Hogwarts?

  • A book monster that you would not like to find under your bed

To be quite honest I wouldn’t really like to find any monsters under my bed but one of the worst ones to find would be a Griever from the Maze Runner Trilogy – those things are horrific!

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So we have come to the end of another book tag! Thanks again to Kendra for tagging me – don’t forget to check out her page!

Now I tag:

Eilidh @ Turning the Faucet On

Erika @ Erika In Bookventureland

Aira @ Aira Reads

Charley @ booksandbakes1

That’s all I have for now!

Until next time,

Shannon x

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge – Day 3

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Hi everyone! Today I’m here with my third and final quote for this challenge. I have really enjoyed taking part so thanks again to Erika for tagging me. Today’s quote comes from another of my favourite ever books (and also one of the prettiest books that I own) and I picked it because it was one of those quotes that just really struck a chord with me when I read it in the book and has stayed with me. So without further ado (and rambling) here it is. . .

” ‘Isn’t it okay to say, “this really hurts so I’m going to stop trying”?’

‘It sets a dangerous precedent’.

‘For avoiding pain?’

‘For avoiding life,’ “

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

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I feel like this is such an important quote and general life lesson; never give up! We all go through pain and it’s impossible to avoid, and if we spent our whole lives trying to protect ourselves from it then we wouldn’t really be living!

Wow, that got deep!

I hope that you enjoyed my posts for this challenge!

My final nominee is: Student By Day, Reader All Night

Until next time,

Shannon x

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge – Day 2

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Hi everyone! So here I am back again with another delightful quote for you! This one comes from one of my favourite books that I have read so far this year (and one that has actually joined my favourite books EVER!) So if you haven’t checked it out already then I seriously recommend that you do. In case you’re interested you can find my review of it – here. And the quote is . . .

 ” And it seemed to me that Dante’s face was a map of the world.  A world without darkness.

Wow, a world without darkness.  How beautiful was that?”

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz

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If the beauty of that quote doesn’t make you want to read the book I don’t know what will! This is just a tiny snippet of the awesomeness that is Ari and Dante!

I hope you enjoyed that quote!

Today I tag: Shannon @ BookLovingShannon

Until tomorrow!

Shannon x

Three Days; Three Quotes Challenge – Day One

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Hi everyone! I was very kindly tagged by the wonderful Erika @ Erika In Bookventureland to do this challenge, thank you Erika! So for each of the three days (starting with this post) I will be posting a quote a day from three of my favourite books!

The Very Simple Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

Since I am still relatively new here and a lot of people have already taken part in this challenge I have decided to simply tag one person per day.

So, the quote I have picked for today is from the novel that I am currently re-reading (and loving) and the reason I picked it can be summed up in one word – Sass!

 “ ‘ Do you remember me telling you we are practising non-verbal spells, Potter?

‘Yes,’ said Harry stiffly.

‘Yes, Sir.’

‘There’s no need to call me “sir”, Professor.’ “

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K Rowling, Page 171

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OOOOH, THE SASS! This is literally one of my favourite quotes from the entire series! I hope you enjoyed day one of this challenge.

Today I tag: Eilidh @ Turning The Faucet On

Until tomorrow!

Shannon x

 

The Extraordinary Means Tag

Hi Everyone! Recently I was tagged by the lovely Raven over at Dreamy Addictions to do this tag! First of all, thanks for tagging me Raven – this is officially the first tag that I have ever been invited to participate in so I am very excited! Secondly, everyone should check out Dreamy Addictions because it’s a great blog and particularly her answers to this tag because her use of Gifs is on point! This tag was created by Robyn Schneider, the author of Extraordinary Means and The Beginning of Everything. I must say, to date, I haven’t read any of Robyn’s books but they are on my amazon wish list so hopefully I’ll get round to buying them soon! Now, on with the questions!

  • I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book . . .

First of all, WOW – a whole month?! I have to say, a month without internet sounds tough but I know I can do it as this happened when I moved house a couple of years ago and then there wasn’t a signed first edition book at stake so I could definitely do it, and there’s one book I would do it for – To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is my favourite book of all time, hence the quote in my blog header, and to get my hands on a SIGNED first edition would be amazing, in fact it would probably be my most treasured possession so, yeah, I’d go without internet for a month for that!

  • I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plane ride . .

A whole year without pizza sounds like something from my nightmares. Pizza is a staple part of my diet, what would I eat?? This is a huge sacrifice but if I had to do it for one author it would have to be J.K Rowling. I know some people see Harry Potter answers as a cliché or an easy option but I disagree so J.K Rowling is my answer. My main reason is that with Harry Potter there are so many questions you could ask and, generally, Rowling is very forthcoming in answering them so you’re guaranteed to get at least some of them answered. Also, I just think that J.K Rowling is a really cool person and she seems to be full of wisdom so I feel like I could learn a lot from having a long chat with her – not to mention the simple fact that being able to sit next to her on a flight would be very cool!

  • I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure that Hollywood made this book into a movie . . .

I had to think long and hard for this one, the reason being that sometimes you wish for one of your favourite books or series to be made into a film and when it happens it’s a disappointment. However, I think that All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr would make an excellent movie. The description in this novel was so rich and beautiful that I’d do anything so see in in real life in the form of a movie. I also think that the story would translate well to the big screen because of the cinematic description and emotional storyline. The more I think about it the more I am sure that this would make an excellent movie, if done right of course.

  • I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book . . .

Oh my god. This has to be the cruellest sacrifice of all, no new books ever again?! I cannot even imagine a life with no new books to read! This is also really difficult as there are so many books with amazing settings; I mean who doesn’t want to live at Hogwarts, right? However, I’d have to say that my final answer would be Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Now, I know that the physical world in this book is dystopian and not very nice but imagine spending your days in the OASIS while the quest is on, the excitement and suspense would be amazing! And even if you weren’t very involved in the quest just living life inside a video game?! It doesn’t get much cooler than that! To anyone who hasn’t ready this, my answer may not make any sense to you but please go and read this book!!!

  • I would let my Google search history be made public if it meant I could be friends with this author . . .

For this one I would have to pick Carrie Hope Fletcher, author of All I Know Now (I have reviewed this – click here to read it). I really admire Carrie and find her personality in both her YouTube videos and her book to be kind and funny. I’d really love the opportunity to be friends with her because she seems to be the kind of person that would be a great friend and really fun to hang out with. Also, she really loves tea and cake just like me so afternoon tea with her would be awesome!

  • I would donate everything I own to Goodwill/Charity if it meant I could date this book character in real life . . .

Seriously?! These questions just keep getting tougher! There are infinite options for this; boys in books are just so lovable! My first choice would have to be Ron Weasley from Harry Potter, seriously I love this character so much! Ron is so loyal and funny and dorky I just can’t resist, not to mention he’s really cute. An honourable mention has to go to Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because he is literally the most perfect boyfriend ever, he’s so sweet and gentle but not too perfect to be unrealistic; I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again but – we all need a Levi! My second honourable mention (this is the last one, I promise) goes to Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (I have also reviewed this one – click here to read) for being the best type of boy-next-door character I’ve ever read about, he’s the kind of character that is so real, which just makes him all the more desirable.

So, we’ve come to the end of what was possibly the most challenging book tag ever! Thanks again to Raven for tagging me – be sure to check her blog out! And I would like to tag anyone reading this who would like to give it a go! Link your answers in the comments if you decide to take part so I can read them! Also, feel free to tell me if you agree or disagree with any of my answers, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

Shannon x