Books

The Bookshelf Book Tag

Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from- If you’re a reader of my blog you know I am a minimalist with my books now! Therefore, I have one bookshelf which is white wooden with built in lights. I was lucky that the previous owners of my apartment left them behind, so they were free!

How do you organise your books?- I split them by ‘unread’ and top 20 favourites! Once I read a book, I donate it if it doesn’t make my top 20! So it’s constantly rotating!

What’s the longest and shortest books on your shelf?- Shortest book is my vintage Paddington bear. The longest book is ‘The Shadow of the Wind’.

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift? I don’t think any were birthday gifts!

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?- Again, I don’t have any! But I have a friend swaps books every few weeks, so there normally is!

The most expensive book on your shelf?- All my books are thrifted/ second hand so none of them were expensive!

The last book you read on your shelf?– ‘Invitation to a Bonfire’

Do you have a complete series?– Unfortunately not!

What’s the newest addition to your shelf?– ‘Paper Butterflies’

The oldest book on your shelf?– Flowers in the brain!

What’s a book you’d hate to let out of your sight?– Again, Flowers in the brain!

Most beat up book?– Cather in the Rye, it’s a beautiful edition!

Most pristine book?– Joyland by Steven King

A book that doesn’t belong to you?– Magpie Murders

A book that is your favourite color?– Catcher in the Rye! Pastel yellow.

A book that’s been on your shelf the longest and you still haven’t read it?– ‘Go set a Watchmen’. The world had to wait 40 years before reading. As I only recently read ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ I want to leave a little time before I pick it up. (Not 40 years haha)

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?– I honestly have no idea

Any signed books?– Not anymore! I had a John Green signed ‘The fault in our stars’ but I gave it away…

This tag was a really fun distraction during this pandemic, therefore I tag anyone reading!

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Out of my comfort zone ~book tag

  • A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements you don’t typically like

Miss Peregrines home for peculiar childen (and subsequent novels). I have no idea how I first picked up this book, but I’m so glad I did. I’m now on book 4. The movies is also great! (Although I’m a wimp as I find it a little spooky haha)

  • A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma against

You’ll be surprised but Harry Potter… I refused to read any fantasy as I assumed I disliked liked all fantasy, oh was I wrong!

  • A book you didn’t know was out of your comfort zone until you started reading it

A monster calls by Patrick ness. It’s not that it was ‘scary’ but it was definitely a shock to the system in comparison to my usual reads. I really enjoyed it.

  • Pick a friend who motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in—is there a book they convinced you to give a try?

As my blog is anonymous I can’t name names, but a book someone lent me was ‘The Kite Runner’ it’s a book I’ve heard about, but didn’t give it a second glance. I’m so glad I was told to read this!

  • A book that is out of your comfort zone, but you would like to read

This previously would have been Harry Potter (if you’ve read my other posts, you’ll know) but I know I think it would have to be the ‘Red Queen’ series. I’m still not the biggest fantasy fan, but it gets sooo much love in the book community!

  • A book or genre so outside of your comfort zone that you’ll probably never give it a chance-

I know it’ll sound harsh to some , but Manga is genre that I doubt I’ll start getting into.

This was a really fun tag, which made me think about my reading choice! I tag anyone reading this, I’d love to see how everyone’s differs! Happy Reading 🙂

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The GoodReads Book Tag

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’? Counting my 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

What are you currently reading? A map days. The fourth Miss Peregrines peculiar children book.

What was the last book you marked ‘TBR’? The boy who steals houses by C.G Drew

What book do you plan on reading next? The fifth book of the Peculiar children series! (I normally hate fantasy, and am so intrigued by this dark fantasy series I’m loving…)

Do you use the star rating system? I do! I like having a consistent system for rating books!

Are you doing a 2020 reading Challenge? I’m doing my own challenge, which is 100 books this year!

Do you have a wish-list? Not particularly, mostly just of a TBR as I rarely buy new books anymore!

What book do you plan to buy next? The new Cathy Glass book that came out last week. (I only buy new books that I can’t get 2nd or in the library because they’re new)

Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few? I’m not one to remember book quotes unless I write them down. But my favorite quote is ‘A comfort zone is a nice place to be, but nothing ever grows there’

Who are your favorite authors? I’m not particularly an author reader, more genre attracted! But Cathy Glass and Torey Hayden are my favorite non fiction authors!

Have you joined any groups? I can’t find a group that works well for me, but I hope to!

I tag everyone who’s currently reading this! I enjoy answering tags, and I hope in a few years to compare how my answers have changed. Happy reading everyone!

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My reading habit book tag/2020 edition

  • DO YOU HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE AT HOME FOR READING? My favorite place to read is in the bath… I can spend hours submerged in a steamy bubble bath with a good book!
  • BOOKMARK OR A RANDOM PIECE OF PAPER? I like to have a bookmark, I have a couple of special ones which I love to use, but I often forget them if I start a new book if I’m out. My current book is has a candy wrapper as a bookmark…
  • CAN YOU STOP READING ANYTIME YOU WANT OR DO YOU HAVE TO STOP AT A CERTAIN PAGE, CHAPTER, PART ETC..? I HAVE to finish at the end of a page, even if it is mid sentence, is that odd?? I feel too much pressure if I have to finish at chapters.
  • DO YOU EAT OR DRINK WHILE READING? I love to snack… Therefore I grab my favorite bowl and fill it with little nibbly snacks that can be eaten without paying attention whilst I read. (Does that make sense?). I also love a hot mug of freshly brewed coffee!
  • CAN YOU READ WHILE LISTENING TO MUSIC/WATCHING TV? I can, but prefer not to! Unpopular opinion, but I’m not much of a music listener…
  • ONE BOOK AT A TIME, OR SEVERAL AT ONCE? Definitely just one book at a time, I like to get to know each character well for a couple days! The only time I read multiple is if it’s a coffee table or self help book.
  • READING AT HOME OR EVERYWHERE? Everywhere!! No matter where I am heading, I’ll always bring a book to read. I read on public transport often.
  • READING OUT LOUD OR SILENTLY IN YOUR HEAD? Silently (or not silent for my mind…) in my head. I love reading out loud, but don’t think anyone would appreciate that!
  • DO YOU READ AHEAD OR SKIP PAGES? Reading ahead is not something you’ll ever see me do!
  • BREAKING THE SPINE OR KEEPING IT NEW? Breaking the spine! I love a pre used book more than a new one…
  • DO YOU WRITE IN BOOKS? Nooooope!
  • When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time? ALL THE TIME
  •  What do you do first – Read or Watch? Always have to read the book before the movie, although it’s rare the books I read actually have adaptions.
  • What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book? Without a doubt physical book! Although I use my kindle too.
  • Do you have a unique habit when you read? Not that I can think of…
  • Do book series have to match? I don’t mind! I don’t actually own a single set of series…
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My 2020 Bookalutions

I’m not one for making new years resolutions (I don’t think you need to wait for the new year to give yourself a fresh start) but decided to make a few book related goals I would like to accomplish this year, and for the whole decade.

-My main book goal is to record EVERY book I read on paper. I am currently in my favorite coffee shop studying and writing blog posts, and on my walk home I shall pop into a independent store (or end up in TJmaxx) and buy myself a special notebook to do this. I’m going to try and find a strong one as I imagine it will take years to fill up. I hope this is a habit I will keep for life. I’m just about to finish a book, and thus this evening the notebook will hopefully begin! I can’t wait to see the book slowly fill with books I’ve read.

-Secondly, I want to keep my orignal goal of reading 100 books a year. This seems overwhelming to say out loud, but it works out to only 8-9 books a month, which is manageable for me! I completed this 5 years in a row! Although this year I’m not sure I did, as I didn’t record any of my read books, nor did I do monthly wrap ups on my blog which I could have worked out overall. Which is a shame… Hence why my first goal is so important!

– Write more book related blog posts. I enjoy my blog in the sense I can write about anything I please. I find it helpful writing about my mental health, and will still do this, but I would like to write more book ones as I do thoroughly enjoy them once I’ve started. I aim to do at least a monthly wrap and an individual book review a month, with a mixture of other posts.

– My last goal is to delete my TBR and not make a new one. This probably shocks all of you with a book blog… I struggle with spontaneity and having lists for literally everything. Therefore, I thought taking away this list would help combat this struggle. It’s a list I refer to quite often, but without it, it won’t increase my anxiety. (If that makes sense?) In comparison to removing a list related to my degree ect. I will pick a book as and when I finish the current one. I’ll still have a TBR in the sense that I have books on my shelf that I want to read, and have a specific shelf for this. (I’m currently writing an update post on my book shelf and how it recently significantly changed)

Do you have any bookalutions?

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Ostrich boys by Keith Gray; Book review.

I picked this book up on a whim in a thrift store, as the description caught my attention; ‘It’s not really kidnapping, is it? He’d have to be alive for it to be proper kidnapping.’ The books was 30cent a piece so I picked up 13 in total… I’ll be re-donating this one now I have finished it. I saw the sticker on the front saying it was shortlisted for a few different book awards. I assumed it was a YA, and it technically is, but the younger side of teenager, I’d say 11+. As I am an adult I found this book quite childish, I still thoroughly enjoyed it, but understand I am not the target audience.

The language flowed well, it was very easy to read. I finished this book in one day. My favorite aspect of the book is the emotion. The 3 main characters, all 15 year old boys have lost their best friend. After attending the funeral, which they didn’t feel reflected their best friend Ross’s life, they decided to take matters into their own hands, taking the urn containing Ross to a little village called Ross in Scotland, to give him the send off he deserves.

Each character had different opinions on what they set out to do, although they were all in agreement to give Ross the send off he would have wanted. Upon finding out the death may not have been accidental, they all responded in different ways. The 3 best friends are experiencing grief differently, and I liked the difference each character bought. They fall out, imagine how hard it would be losing your best friend? I think all the characters are trying their best to ‘keep themselves together’. I didn’t expect the ending, but I enjoyed the quietness it bought. (no spoilers here, sorry!)

I feel I was a little harsh calling this book childish at the start of the review. It encountered some challenging life events, that these teenagers had to go through. I read this book in one day, I enjoyed it! (I think I’m just being a little harsh on myself for reading ‘easier’ books).

I would give this book 3.5/5, and would definitely recommend picking it up if you enjoy YA. (especially if you are a teen!)

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I thought I’d never use a kindle…

As most of us in the book community, we are dedicated to a beautiful physical copy of a book, being able to turn the pages, appreciate the covers, the smell ect. Well I sure was, and can still appreciate this! I was anti E reader for a long long time. (I even had badges on my ruck sake that were anti kindles haha) Until recently..

To start with, I have taken a much more minimalist approach in life. I decluttered nearly 200 books! I only kept my top 10 all time favorite or sentimental books! I thought I would ‘miss’ my books, but it’s been a while since I did this, and haven’t even thought about them. I had read them all anyway, so I have the books in my head! A kindle is equivalent to millions of books, but only 1 item, my current dream!

The main reason (apart from book clutter) I have switched from hard copy to kindle is finance! There is access to lots of free books, and buying a Ereader copy of a new book is normally cheaper than buying a physical copy! Especially if you order online and have to pay for shipping. Therefore, switching to a kindle is more affordable and cost effective!

I am moving apartments soon, and no longer have a library local to me. Even my current local library doesn’t have a very good YA section, so I don’t often visit. Thus I have found a kindle to give me much easier access to more books!

Lastly, I am currently always on the go. I go on long trains journeys and I travel, in addition to getting public transport to work; I have found a kindle to be more convenient for the travelling aspect of my life, which is quite big this year. It is much lighter than a book, and also takes up less space! It also means I don’t have to take multiple books when I travel/go on holiday.

I thought I would always be against kindles/E readers as I have always been such a physical book fan. But life changes, and suddenly I am a kindle user! It fits my current lifestyle better, and I am actually really enjoying it! Sorry book bloggers…