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The 50 Bookish Questions Tag

Happy Friday bookish people! Today I’m posting a book tag that I saw on Adventures of a Bookish Girl’s blog – the 50 bookish questions tag! If you want to do this tag yourself, then consider yourself tagged.

  1. What was the last book you read? This might be cheating a little but I’m about 100 pages away from finishing The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss.
  2. Was it a good one? Yes! The first 100 pages were a bit slow but since the action picked up I’m loving it.
  3. What made it good? Hmm.. a lot of things are good about it but I think I’ll go with the mix of characters in the story.
  4. Would you recommend it to other people? Yes, definitely!
  5. How often do you read? I try to read every day but with my job and University work at the moment It’s been more like three or four times a week.
  6. Do you like to read? Um…yes.
  7. What was the last bad book you read? What A Way To Go by Julia Forster. It isn’t a bad book and other people might love it, that’s the great thing about books, I just got no enjoyment from reading it at all.
  8. What made you dislike it? I didn’t understand the setting or what was happening in the plot and I didn’t feel anything for the characters.
  9. Do you wish to be a writer? Yes, hopefully…I’m just finishing up my Creative Writing Master’s degree right now.
  10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly? Yes, although right now I’m blanking on the names of all of them.. of course.
  11. Do you read fan fiction? Nope.
  12. Do you write fan fiction? That’s also a no.
  13. What’s your favourite book? Right now my favourite book is, and it has been for a while, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.
  14. What’s your least favourite book? I can think of a lot of these, most of them are books I’ve had to read for my classes like the Odyssey by Homer, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and Ulysses by James Joyce.
  15. Do you prefer physical books or read on a device? Physical books definitely, I don’t quite get into them as much if I read them on a device – plus glare from the screen.
  16. When did you learn to read? According to my mum I learnt to read before I went to nursery, which is age 4 in the UK, so I was quite young.
  17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school? Ooh that would either be Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck or Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.
  18. What is your favourite book series? At the moment it is Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
  19. Who is your favourite author? I can’t pick one for this, I have too many!
  20. What is your favourite genre? YA, Fantasy, Historical Ficiton, Crime/Thriller – oh wait that’s most of them…
  21. Who is your favourite character in a book series? …I can’t choose.
  22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else? All the time! Every book really.
  23. Which book do you wish had a sequel? Hm..for this I’m going to say The Left Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix, I have to know what happened to the characters after the end of that book!
  24. Which book do you wish didn’t have a sequel? Ah, I don’t know an answer for this one – so far I don’t remember reading any sequels and thinking they would have been better leaving it at the first book.
  25. How long does it take you to read a book? That depends on how long it is. I usually read 100 pages an hour on average so a 400 page book I will read in about four hours.
  26. Do you like when books become movies? That’s a tough one because sometimes I like them and other times I don’t.
  27. Which book was ruined by it’s movie adaptation? The first one that comes to mind for me is Allegiant, the last book in the Divergent series.
  28. Which movie has done a book justice? Well, I think The Hunger Games was quite good, but the books are still better.
  29. Do you read newspapers? Not usually, sometimes I read the local one that comes through the letterbox.
  30. Do you read magazines? Only my monthly writing magazine and sometimes the odd history magazine if it is something I’m interested in.
  31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines? Magazines.
  32. Do you read while in bed? Only if I can’t sleep and I decide to read to pass the time.
  33. Do you read while on the toilet? Um.. no.
  34. Do you read while in the car? Yes, especially on a long journey it makes the time fly by.
  35. Do you read while in the bath? After an unfortunate incident definitely not.
  36. Are you a fast reader? I’m told that I am so I guess so.
  37. Are you a slow reader? No.
  38. Where is your favourite place to read? It will sound strange but there’s this spot at the top of the stairs right outside the bathroom where the light is just perfect.
  39. Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read? No, it’s very easy for me.
  40. Do you need a room to be silent when you read? No, actually I like to have a show that I’ve seen a lot of times on in the background – but I do need people to not interrupt and try to talk to me a lot because that’s just annoying.
  41. Who gave you your love for reading? Nobody that I know, my family don’t read that much, other than me.
  42. What book is next on your list to read? Either Lore by Alexandra Bracken or Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.
  43. When did you start to read chapter books? I don’t know exactly but it was early apparently.
  44. Who is your favourite children’s book author? Tanya Landman probably, I loved her books.
  45. What author would you most want to interview? Stephanie Garber, the author of Caraval, I love her books and from her instagram she looks so lovely!
  46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with? All of them, I think I’m quite friendly so I’d just want to be friends with everyone.
  47. What book have you reread the most? The lady in the Tower by Marie Louise Jenson, historical fiction. The book is in quite the state.
  48. Which books do you consider classics? um.. classical books like pre-1800s maybe.
  49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school? Too many to even begin mentioning them here.
  50. Which books should be banned in all schools? I don’t really agree with banning books so I’m not going to answer this question.

That’s it for this book tag, I hope everyone enjoyed it!

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Cake Flavoured Book Tag

Good morning bookish people! It’s Friday again. This week has been a rough one for me, my Mum has had to have a big operation so it’s been rather stressful. So I thought for today’s post I’d do a short. light-hearted book tag about cake. I mean who doesn’t like cake?! I found this tag on ZeeZeewithbooks. Let me know- what’s your favourite type of cake? And what books would you answer these questions with?

Enjoy!

Starting off very nicely with chocolate cake: a dark book that you absolutely love?
For this one I’m going to go with The Bear and the Nightengale by Katherine Arden. It was my first five star read of 2021 and I LOVED it, the atmosphere is really dark though and I’ve heard that the series gets darker…

Vanilla cake: A light read?
Hmm… most of the books I read are pretty dark fantasies but one that is coming to mind is Blooming Grand by Carmella McKenzie about a girl, a boy, a garden shop and a little it of magic. It’s light hearted and just a lovely story.

Red Velvet Cake: A book that gave you mixed emotions?
Ooh, so many! I think I’m going to go with The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen. It was good and I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it, in particular the ending. Confession time.. I have never had red velvet cake…

Cheesecake: (I love cheesecake!) A book you would recommend to anyone?
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern hands down! It’s my favourite book, I suggested my friend read it – she did and loved it, it’s just a wonderful, magical, whimsical book.

Coffee Cake: A book you started but never finished?
I am ashamed to say it but this has to be The City of Brass by S A Chakraborty, I rarely don’t finish books but I put this one down to do something and just could not find the motivation to pick it back up. I will eventually but right now.. not so much. It’s a big book.

Carrot Cake: A book with great writing?
Again, so many! For this one I think I’ll go with the Spellslinger series by Sebastien De Castell. I love this series, it hooked me from the first page and the writing, I think, is brilliant.

Tiramasu: A book that left you wanting more:
This tag is full of tough decisions! I’ll choose Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson for this one. Simply because it’s a stand alone book that ends on a sort of cliffhanger and when I finished reading it I would have given pretty much anything to find out what happened after that ending.

Cupcakes: A series with 4+ books?
I literally can’t choose one for this, pretty much all of my books are in series’ longer than four books… nope, I can’t do it. I won’t choose between them!

And finally Fruit Cake: A book that wasn’t what you anticipated?
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, not in a bad way, I enjoyed the book and I’m going to continue with the series but I expected James Bond mixed with librarians but it wasn’t like that at all.

That’s it for this book tag, I hope everyone enjoyed it!

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The Bookshelf Tag

Happy Friday bookish people! I hope everyone has nice days planned for themselves, I have some work to do for a University assignment and a transcript to write but I might be able to squeeze some reading in later. It’s been almost a week since I’ve had chance to read anything and I’m feeling the effects.

Today’s post is the Bookshelf Tag! I had a really good time answering the questions in this tag, it made me look at my bookshelf for a looong time.

  1. Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from?
    well, my room is small, like really really small. There’s enough room for my chest of drawers, my bed and a tiny walking space. That’s it. Literally my wardrobe is in the hallway so there’s no room for a bookshelf in my room. My Dad built shelves all around the walls of my room so that’s where my books are – and of course in my new book cart I got yesterday for my birthday!
  2. How do you organise your books?
    Okay, here’s something about me – I love organising, anything lists, books, documents, EVERYTHING so I change how I organise my books all the time. Currently they are split into two halves – books I’ve read in alphabetical order then moves into books I haven’t read in alphabetical order. I don’t know how long it will stay like this…
  3. What’s the longest book on your shelf?
    With 984 pages it has to be Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas which I actually have two copies of

4. What’s the shortest book on your shelf?
It’s actually a book that I’m borrowing from my partner, and I have had it for many months, called The Oubliette (I think? I might even have the title wrong! oh dear…) it has under 300 pages.

5. Is there a book that you received as a birthday gift?
Well, yesterday being my birthday (I now have to remember I’m 22) so I got a few books there: I hope you’re listening by Tom Ryan, Cosy Crime Short Stories, Detective Short Stories, the Caraval Collectors Edition, the Throne Of Glass Collectors Edition, Paris by Starlight and All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace. I’m very excited for all of them.

6. Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?
My friend got me Paris by Starlight for me for my birthday so I guess that counts, otherwise I actually don’t think there is. There’s lots of books that were recommended to me by my friends but none they actually got me.

7. The most expensive book on your shelf?
I have a beautiful version of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo with gold page edges and it’s so nice I don’t let anyone touch it. I’m not sure exactly how much it cost but I think it was about £50…

8. The last book you read on your shelf?
Ooh this was What A Way To Go by Julia Forster and I must say I did not enjoy this book very much at all.

9. Do you have a complete series?
Yes, many, but the one in particular that is coming to mind is the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri maniscalco. I LOVE this series, I’m pretty sure it’s always going to be one of my favourite series’ and also one of my top OTPs.

10. What’s the newest addition to your shelf?
The Caraval Collectors Edition. It took me ages to put it on my shelf because I didn’t want to let go of it, I love it so much. It has a chapter in Julian’s POV and it’s all I’ve ever wanted.

11. The oldest book on your shelf?
That would be Robinson Crusoe but the less said about that the better.

12. What’s a book you’d hate to let out of your sight?
All of them. If you take my books then you’re honestly risking your life.

13. Most beat up book?
I’m actually not sure, there’s an awful crack down the spine (and in my heart!) of my copy of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

14. Most pristine book?
All the ones I haven’t read yet, and there are many many books I haven’t read yet on my shelves…

15. A book that doesn’t belong to you?
A Deal With the Elf King by Elise Kova, it’s actually my mum’s but she keeps it on my shelf.

16. A book that is your favourite colour?
Well, my favourite colour is forest green so.. ooh the Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter by Theodora Goss is really close to my favourite colour!

17. A book that’s been on your shelf the longest and you still haven’t read it?
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I even did a module about Austen on my University course and still didn’t read it.

18. Any signed books?
I have many signed books. Where I live it’s very difficult to just go and get books signed so whenever a book I want has a signed edition to buy I’ll always choose the signed one if I can.

That’s it for today’s tag! I hope you all enjoyed it! My next post is going to be some book reviews so come back for them if you’re interested.

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The Last Ten Books Tag

It is Friday! And that only means one thing – Today I’m doing a Book Tag! (Friday’s won’t always be for Book Tags but I do love doing them). The Book Tag I am doing I found on @LousBookStuff and it is ‘The Last Ten Books Tag’! It was a really fun tag to do because it made me think about my answers – and how many books I’m buying because there’s a lot of them (I’m not sorry!) So.. here it is!

  1. The Last Book I Gave Up On:
    Now this would be Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher. I very rarely give up on books – I have to finish them or I’ll be noticing them on my shelves all the time, they’d be looking at me like YOU! How dare you not finish reading me! And I just can’t handle that. So I read This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher first and I enjoyed it but it scared me so much that I didn’t sleep that night … so I did what any book obsessed person would do – I picked up Lies Like Poison. I put it down after two chapters and the week after I gave it away to my friend who loved it so there’s a happy ending in there somewhere.

2. The Last Book I Reread:
The Lady In The Tower by Marie Louise Jenson. This is one of my favourite books ever. I’ve read it so many times that the book looks a bit, well… battered but I never get tired of this story. And Lord Phillip Stanton, yep, definitely won’t get tired of his character.

3. The Last Book I Bought:
Do Pre-orders count? I’ve just pre-ordered Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo, Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin and Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard. If they don’t count (they should) the last book I bought was the Wolf Hall boxset – and they are beautiful!

4. The Last Book That I Said I Read But Actually Didn’t:
I don’t do this… I mean if I’ve said I’ve read a book then I’ve read it and I could easily summarise it for anyone who asks.

5. The Last Book I Wrote Into The Margins Of:
I didn’t write into the actual book but I did write on bright pink sticky notes and put them into the margins… I’m going to say that counts. Oh, and the book was Howdunnit: A Masterclass In Crime Writing.

6. The Last Book I Had Signed:
That would probably be my February Illumicrate book – A Dark And Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth. I cannot wait to read this book! The cover is gorgeous and the story sounds so good!

7. The Last Book I Lost:
I don’t lose books – or at least I haven’t so far in my 21 years of life. I hope I haven’t just jinxed that…

8. The Last Book I Had To Replace:
This would by my copy of The Hunger Games. I lent it to a friend when I was in Secondary School and she left it in her bag and she left her bag outside, it rained, and I was left with a very badly water damaged version of it. So I bought a new copy.

9. The Last Book I Argued over:
I don’t think I’ve ever done this – not that I can remember at least.

10. The Last Book I Couldn’t Find:
Hmm.. I know where all my books are. There is a strict organizational system in place with my books (there kind of needs to be when you’re Visually Impaired).

So that’s it for today! I’ll be putting up a VERY exciting blog post later today so watch out for that and next Friday I’ll be doing something a little different which will hopefully go to plan. I hope you enjoyed my Book Tag. As for tagging other people I’d say anyone who wants to do it consider yourself tagged!

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20 Questions Book Tag

Hello bookish people!
It is finally Friday, and Friday’s are for doing fun bookish things. So today I am doing the 20 Questions Book Tag that I saw on @Paper Fury’s blog. It looked like it could be fun so I decided to have a go at doing it as well. I hope you all enjoy it!

  1. How Many Books Are Too Many For A Series?
    Hmm… if I am enjoying a series then there’s never too many books because you know I’m going to keep coming back and buying them all BUT if I’m not completely obsessed with a series then I’d say I lose interest after about the 4th book. My perfect amount is probably a trilogy.

2. How Do You Feel About Cliffhangers?
Ah cliffhangers, the the stomach-dropping feeling when you don’t know how long it will be until you can get your hands on the next book in the series and complete the story. Inside I’m throwing the book against the wall and screaming because it hurts my soul to leave a story unfinished.

3. Hardcover or Paperback?
Hardcover. I’d definitely choose a hardback book over a paperback one, I know they’re more expensive but thinking about paperbacks and their cracked spines.. I just can’t do it. Also, on the practical side – hardcovers usually have slightly larger print and well, you know, every little helps.

4. Favourite Book?
That is an extremely difficult question to ask someone who loves books! But I’ll give it a go.. hmm, probably The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. It’s whimsical and magical and it has BOOKS in it and a masquerade party and great characters and.. I could go on and on all day about this book but I won’t I’ll just say that if you haven’t read it I would recommend it.

5. Least Favourite Book?
I don’t have a least favourite book. There have been a few books I didn’t enjoy but I won’t name any here, if you want to know what books I did and didn’t enjoy I will be putting up weekly book reviews starting on Monday so check them out, I will always be honest within my reviews!

6. Love Triangles, Yes or No?
No. No. Nope. No. NO! I do not like love triangles. Do I still enjoy books that happen to have love triangles in? Yes, I do. But will it lessen my enjoyment of it? Also, usually yes. (I’m just going to pretend that the ACOTAR series doesn’t include a love triangle because that series is amazing.)

7. The Most Recent Book You Couldn’t Finish?
Well.. the answer for this one is Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell, the third book in the Spellslinger series. Now, it wasn’t that I didn’t finish the book because I wasn’t enjoying it or I wasn’t feeling it at the time because I was loving it – the problem was that I was reading it at like 4 AM because I’d woken up desperate to read something (does anyone else ever get like that?) and it was the first book I saw but I was actually still really tired so I had to go back to sleep.

8. A Book You’re Currently Reading?
That would be Bridge Of Souls by Victoria Schwab because my pre-order of it arrived yesterday and I couldn’t wait to dive into it. It’s not on my March TBR but shhhh, that doesn’t matter.

9. The Last Book You Recommended To Someone?
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. My friend and I have pretty much the same reading tastes and she also loves books about Fae, and they don’t get much better than Cardan.. anyway, I lent the book to her and then we went into another national lockdown. So.. she still has my book. I asked her if she’d send me photos of it each week so I knew it was safe but she said no.

10. Oldest Book You’ve Read By Publication Date?
My answer to this is the same as PaperFury’s – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. I had to read it for my University classes.

11. Newest Book You’ve Read By Publication Date?
Definitely the Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab that I’m currently reading as it’s publication date was the 4th March 2021.

12. Favourite Author?
I know I can’t pick just one for this! Here’s a short list: Philippa Gregory, Terry Pratchett, V E Schwab, Kerri Maniscalco, Stephanie Garber….

13. Buying Books or Borrowing Books?
Buying. I like owning my books so that I can just grab them and read them whenever I want to.

14. A Book That You Dislike That Everyone Seems To Like?
Hmm.. I’m going to go for the Guest List by Lucy Foley, I didn’t exactly dislike this book but I picked it up because I saw a lot of people on BookTube loving it and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

15. Bookmarks Or Dog Ears?
Dog ears would ruin my books so there is no way I will be doing that! I always have a bookmark handy for when I start reading.

16. A Book You Can Always Reread?
Anything by Stephanie Garber or Kerri Maniscalco, the Villains series by V E Schwab, the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead… the list goes on

17. Can You Read While Listening To Music?
Nope. I like there to be quiet when I am reading and music makes me daydream so it would be difficult to read at the same time.

18. One POV Or Multiple?
That depends on the book. Usually I prefer one POV because it’s easier to follow the story that way, in my opinion, but I can get on board with multiple POVs if the characters are good (cough*Six Of Crows*cough).

19. Do You Read A Book In One Sitting Or Over Multiple Days?
Physically, I can do either. Mentally, if I can’t read the book in one sitting and I have to put it down for more than a few hours it is much harder for me to pick it up again.

20. Who Do You Tag?
Everyone! Anyone who wants to do this tag! It was pretty fun to do, if you have different opinions or want to talk to me about anything bookish let me know in the comments!

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Getting to Know Me

For my first post I thought that some of you might be interested in getting to know a little more about me! So read on below some questions and answers!

  1. What is your full name? Olivia Templeton.
  2. What does your name mean? Traditionally before Shakespeare used Olivia in the Twelfth Night, it was just Olive. So I guess my name means peace.
  3. Does your name make any interesting anagrams? Sort of, you can make the word malevolent out of it!
  4. Who did you look up to growing up? That would be the girls in the books I was reading about.
  5. What would your parents have named you if you were the other gender? Connor, apparently!
  6. What is your biggest accomplishment? Being awarded as Plymouth Young City Laureate for a year.
  7. What is your biggest fear? There are too many to list! Haha!!
  8. What has required you to have the most courage? Probably my eye operations I’ve had.
  9. What is your favourite fairy tale? Beauty and the Beast.
  10. What is your favourite quote? “I am a free bird and no net ensnares me”. It’s a powerful quote from Jayne Eyre.
  11. Can you dance? I used to be able to but when your sight starts going it becomes a bit too difficult to continue.
  12. Do you save old greeting cards? Yes. I put everything in a scrapbook.
  13. Do you have pets? Not me, but my sister has the cutest kitten.
  14. Who sent the last text you received? My boyfriend.
  15. Who would you tell first if you found a dead body in your garden? My Sister!
  16. What is your most embarrassing moment? Probably when I pulled my trousers down in the primary school playground in front of everyone!