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 Beautiful Blogger Award

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Hi everyone! The wonderful Charley at booksandbakes1 has nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award! I can’t explain how happy it makes me to be nominated for these blog awards or tagged in a book tag so thank you so much Charley! Thinking up seven random facts is a bit of a challenge but here goes!

The Rules:

  • Link to the blogger who took the time to nominate you.
  • List seven random things about yourself.
  • Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers.
  • Notify the amazing people that you nominated for the award.

7 Random Facts About Me!

I am left handed

My favourite colour is yellow

My all- time favourite movie is 10 things I hate about you (that smile though)

I share a birthday with my Granny

I used to do Highland Dancing

I hardly ever finish TV series that I love because I’m scared of being sad when they end

My favourite ride at Disney World is Expedition Everest

The Beautiful Bloggers That I Nominate Are:

Eilidh @ Turning The Faucet On

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Student By Day, Reader By Night

Shannon @ Booklovingshannon

Aira @Airareads

Thanks again for the nomination Charley! I hope you all enjoyed this post!

Until next time,

Shannon x

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Book Discussion #1: Every Day by David Levithan

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Hi everyone! So, recently I read the extremely popular YA fiction book Every Day by David Levithan. The book follows ‘A’ who, every morning, wakes up in a different body. Then one day he is in the body of a boy named Justin, and he just so happens to feel a strong connection to Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon and begins to desperately yearn to be in her life every day. I enjoyed this book enough to give it a 3.5 stars rating but for some reason I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to or as much as I thought I would. This being the case, I don’t feel like I have enough fully-formed thoughts or opinions on this novel to write a review as I normally would so I have decided to start a series on this blog called ‘Book Discussion’ (this is a really lame title for the series so if anyone has a more fun suggestion, please let me know in the comments!). So, how it will work is that if I read a book and don’t feel that I can or want to write a review on it, I will put up a Book Discussion post about it and we can all have a chat about our opinions in the comments (or feel free to do your own discussion post on it). As for the actual post, I will add the details of the book as I would normally do in a review then I will put some questions for us to discuss in the comments. So I hope that you are all on board with this new series and that you‘ll all get involved! Now, onto the first post!

Book Details

Every Day by David Levithan

Published By: Electric Monkey

Pages: 371

Genre: YA Contemporary

My Rating: 3.5/5

Questions

Did you feel emotionally connected and invested in the main character?

There were times when I did feel that I connected with A and I certainly sympathised with his situation but for the most part I just wasn’t emotionally invested.

How did you feel about the writing style?

I enjoyed that the author was quite descriptive about the body that A was in each day as this kept it interesting, also there were moments when the writing was quite beautiful. The only issue that I had with the writing style was that, at points, it was very clear that the author was pushing his own opinions and it felt a little unnecessary and aggressive.

Did you like/agree with the ending?

I really enjoyed the ending and I thought it was the right thing to do, even though it was quite sad.

How did you feel about the character or Rhiannon?

I liked Rhiannon more than I liked A, she thought about how A’s actions were affecting the people whose bodies he was inhabiting while still managing to be a really good friend and support for A. I thought that her character was very well written and realistic.

What are your thoughts on the situation with Nathan and Reverend Poole?

Although this added some drama to the plot so that it wasn’t all about the relationship between A and Rhiannon, I thought that it was written in a way that was quite judgemental so I feel very conflicted about this element of the plot.

So those are the questions and a little of my opinion of the book, please add your own in the comments and answer the questions if you wish! I look forward to chatting with you all!

Until next time,

Shannon x

Note: Thank you to Eilidh for lending me this book to read!

A Little Peek At My Bucket List

HI Everyone! I am back today with something a bit different. Eilidh over at Turning the Faucet On (go check her out – she’s awesome!) recently did a post about her bucket list which you can read by clicking here. I really enjoyed reading it and she happened to mention to me that she’d like to know what’s on my bucket list. So I thought that I’d do a similar post to hers and share with you all some of the things that are on my ‘to do list’!

  • Release An Album
  • For those of you who may not know, I have three passions in life; Music, Books and cake.   I think I have briefly mentioned before that I am a singer-songwriter (I have a Youtube that you can check out if you want) and so naturally, one of my biggest dreams is to one day release my own album of my own music.  For me, music is one of the most important and most powerful things in the world and I would love to someday be able to help someone or make someone feel happy with my music.
  • Live in New York/Edinburgh
  • When I was younger I was absolutely terrified of every city except Edinburgh, probably because my uncle lived there but also because I just loved it.  Sometimes you just connect with a city and I definitely connect with Edinburgh so I’ve always hoped to live there someday.  This will actually become a reality in a couple of weeks when I move there for University so I am very excited (but also VERY scared).  As for New York, I just have this fascination with it which I will admit started when I began watching Gossip Girl and was intensified when I received the book Humans Of New York which you should definitely check out if you haven’t already!  I just love the massive mix of cultures and styles and I’d love to try and live there maybe just for a month so that I could experience it properly.
  • Have a Library In My House
  • I think this one is pretty self-explanatory given that you’re reading  this on my book blog but I would just love to have a whole room with floor to ceiling bookshelves and a cost reading nook – you would never get me out!

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  • Meet My Friend Kim
  • I have a friend called Kim, she is an amazing artist (check out her Youtube – Here) and an even better friend!  However, she lives in the Netherlands and I live in the UK so as of yet we have never met!  This makes us both a little sad, especially as we’d love to make music together so one of my biggest dreams is to meet Kim in real life!
  • Have A Sold Out Tour
  • This probably makes sense seeing as you’ve already read about my desire to record and release my own album!  I just can’t think of anything that I would love more than to travel all over the world while performing music every night – what a dream!

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  • Learn To Surf
  • For some reason I’ve just always thought that surfing looked really fun.  One of my best friends knows how to surf and is going to teach me so maybe one day I really will be able to catch some waves!

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  • Visit Italy
  • Italian food has got to be my favourite, I mean you have past, pizza and ice-cream – what more could you want?! So that is the main reason why I would like to visit Italy in the future – for the food!
  • Have Children
  • I am one of those people who just can’t imagine not having children at some point in the future.  It has always been something that I’ve wanted, so hopefully when I’m older my wish will come true and I’ll have three or four little people running around!
  • Learn to play the Piano
  • I did actually learn to play the piano when I was around the age of 7 and I remember really loving it, unfortunately I did not like my teacher and we never got round to finding another one.  I’m pretty sure everything that I knew has now gone so I’d probably need to start from the beginning but that’s alright.  I have such a great appreciation for piano music, I’d love to be able to play it, particularly the piece named River Flows in You by Yiruma.
  • Help as many people as possible
  • I think that it is important as human beings that we help each other in any way that we can, whether it be a smile or something much bigger like lending someone money to start their own business or even just saying kind words to someone who is going through a tough time.  I have a very deep desire to help as many people as I can as I wander through life.

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So that was a little peek at some things that are on my bucket list, I would love if you would share some of your bucket list with me in the comments! Or even write your own bucket list post, I’d love to read them!

Have a great day!

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

The Night Is Darkening Round Me By Emily Brontë

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Hi everyone! I am back today with a tiny review of a tiny book of poetry! This cute little collection is an instalment of the Penguin Little Black Classics. There are 80 of these books in total by 80 different authors and they are each 80p. They were brought out as a celebration of Penguin’s 80th birthday and I think they are adorable! I own three in total; the one I am reviewing today which is a collection of poetry by Emily Brontë, The Beautifull Cassandra which is a collection of short stories by Jane Austen and The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. I have only read one so far but I will get round to the other two eventually as they are nice short reads. So now, onto the review!

I am not much of a poetry lover, I have a great appreciation for it but I just don’t read it very often. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this small collection of poems featuring topics such as death, nature and life in general. Overall the selection of poems was put together very nicely, I felt like they read well as a group and I liked that they had similar themes. It has to be said that I failed to understand or connect with a few of them but I think that’s the joy of poetry; the ones you like are the ones that you connect with and the ones you don’t like you can appreciate for what they are anyway. I would say that the main reason that I didn’t like a few of them was because they were pretty long and my taste in poems could be described as ‘short and sweet’.

I have three particular favourites that I would like to mention, the first being the 11th poem in the book which is named ‘To Imagination’ which poignantly details the joy of the imagination and how we are never truly alone because we have our imaginations to imagine light in even the darkest of times. Another of my favourites was number 21 ‘The Old Stoic’ which was surprisingly relevant giving the times that it was written in as it spoke of how we don’t really need riches or fame in our lives as long as we have courage. And lastly, my favourite of all the poems was number 2 ‘Stars’ which talked beautifully of someone who loved to lie awake at night and look at the stars and how they hated when the morning came because then the stars went away. It was written so romantically and was stunning to read.

Overall I thoroughly recommend picking this up if you see it around as it’s a great little book to have lying around for people to look at, or just to read if you are in the mood for some pretty poetry.

What are your thoughts on poetry? Do you have any particular favourites?

Until next time,

Shannon

P.S I have been getting nominated/tagged in a lot of tags and awards recently and I’d just like to say thank you to everyone nominating me, it really means a lot and makes me very happy. I am working on them so look out for them appearing on my blog soon!

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