Game of Thrones Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag so when Chloe from the wonderful Paint and Butterflies Books tagged me for the Game of Thrones Tag I couldn’t resist. I will admit that I haven’t read the books but I absolutely love the show and will use any excuse to talk about it. The tag was created by Orang-utan Librarian which doesn’t surprise me as it’s a great source of GoT info for those like me who occasionally lose the plot on the show. Anyway,

The Rules:

  1. Mention the creator Orang-utan Librarian.
  2.  Answer ALL of the questions.
  3. Be a Lannister and pay your debts, tag people and keep it going!

Here we go…

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The Harry Potter Book Tag

It feels like it’s been forever since I did a tag so when I was tagged by the wonderful Jess at the The Mud and Stars Book Blog to complete The Harry Potter Book Tag I just couldn’t resist. If you get a chance you should definitely check out her blog. It’s my go to source for great book recommendations 🙂

This awesome tag was created by Trang and Lashaan over at Bookitode, as were the amazing graphics below, which they have very kindly said anyone who completes this tag may use!

The only rule of this tag is that YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE HARRY POTTER AS AN ANSWER. Good news for all Slytherins 🙂


A book in which you found the theme interesting, but you’d like to rewrite it:

Never Never: Part Three (Never Never, #3)

I’ve always had slightly mixed feelings about Colleen Hoover books but really liked the Never Never trilogy she wrote with Tarryn Fisher. It’s a fascinating idea, a boy and a girl suddenly get amnesia and can’t remember anything about their lives. They have to follow the clues to figure out the reason behind it while also getting to know each other. What I’d like to re write is the ending in the third and final book. I have no idea what I’d want the ending to be. Just not that…



The first book in a series that got you hooked:

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

This could be just about every first book in a series I’ve ever read as I have an addictive personality when it comes to series. Once I start I just can’t stop 🙂

However the last series where I read every book I could get my hands on as soon as possible was Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. If you like YA fantasy with strong female characters and a lot of emotion this would definitely be my top recommendation. Although beware there are still a couple of books to come so you may want to wait.


A book you wish you could have right now:

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)

ACCIO A CONJURING OF LIGHTI have a long wait for this one as the third and final part of the Shades of Magic trilogy doesn’t come out till February 2017. I have been stalking the author on Twitter to try and get some hints but I have no idea how I’m supposed to last 8 months.


A killer book. Both senses. Take it as you like:

Jane Steele

My choice for this absolutely has to be Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. It’s a dark and gothic (sort of) retelling of Jane Eyre which is my all time favourite of the classics. The story is set in the same time period and mirrors that of Miss Eyre but this Jane is much more lethal. One of the best books I’ve come across in a while and an absolute killer.


A book that you found really confusing:

The Stranger

I read The Stranger by Albert Camus as part of higher French when I was in school. As we were reading the french version of the book I probably only understood every other word in a sentence (I was too lazy to look up the words I didn’t know). I would love to tell you what it’s about but honestly I have no idea. Maybe I should try re reading the English translation but it seems doubtful.


Your spirit animal book:

Jane Eyre

OK you might be noticing there’s a bit of a theme going here (and not the intended Harry Potter one). There are obviously a lot of differences between myself and Jane Eyre but I like to think that we have a lot in common. She’s pretty quiet and doesn’t like to be the centre of attention, she’s generous, loyal, works hard and most importantly she’s independent (particularly for the time she lives in). Plus I kind of wish I had the same strong morals and determination.


A dark, twisted book:

Black Widow

This is probably a difficult one for me as I don’t really think I read that many dark and twisted books. I will however go for Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre. I wouldn’t necessarily call it dark but it is most definitely twisty. It certainly kept me guessing throughout.


A book that surprised you in a great way:

Before I Fall

When I picked up Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver I was expecting your standard contemporary YA read what I got was something much deeper. The main character is in a car accident and ends up repeating the day over and over again until she figures out what she’s supposed to do to end the cycle. This is one of those stories where I wasn’t keen at the start but by the end I didn’t want it to be over. Absolutely heart breaking.

I think I’m probably the last person in the universe to do this tag so I won’t tag anyone but if you haven’t done it yet, and want to, consider yourself tagged 🙂


3 Days 3 Quotes: Day 3

I was tagged by the awesome Liam at Hey Ashers! to take part in the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. Thanks so much Liam, I love quotes so this tag is perfect for me.

The rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

This is the third and final day of my love and romance themed 3 days 3 quotes so I had to go with a quote from one of my favourite writers, Cassandra Clare. I always find myself highlighting huge chunks of her books on my e reader.

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)Day 3, Quote 3:

“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then”

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

So the final three totally awesome blogs I’m tagging are

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow at Curl Up and Read
  2. The Book Haunt
  3. Donna at Chocolatenwaffles’ blog

I hope you enjoy but feel free to pass

Ali x

3 Days 3 Quotes: Day 2

I was tagged by the awesome Liam at Hey Ashers! to take part in the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. Thanks so much Liam, I love quotes so this tag is perfect for me.

The rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

This is my second round of this tag and I’m going with a bit of a love and romance theme with my quotes. Today’s quote is from one of the greatest romances ever written and one of my favourite books.

The Princess Bride Day 2, Quote 2:

Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.

The Princess Bride by William Golden

Today I’m tagging another three of my favourite blogs. There is a strong possibility you’ve already done this so feel free to pass.

  1. Shannon at Captivated by Fantasy
  2. Madeline at The SFF Bookshelf
  3. Yvo at It’s All About Books

Enjoy x

3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 1

I was tagged by the awesome Liam at Hey Ashers! to take part in the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. This is actually my second round but I’m a quote addict so I will happily have another go. Thanks Liam for giving me an excuse 🙂

The rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

I always find it difficult to pick quotes but I’m feeling a little soppy today so I think I’m going for a bit of love and romance this time around.

The Crown (The Selection, #5)Day 1, Quote 1:

In an instant, everything in the room came alive. Like the sunshine had a melody and the sounds of footsteps had a texture I could feel in my fingertips each time anyone moved.

The world woke up when I looked at him.

– The Crown by Kiera Cass

I think most people have probably already done this challenge at least once so feel free to pass but I’ll tag some of my favourite blogs anyway.

  1. Jess at Mud and Stars
  2. Jill at Rant & Rave About Books
  3. Naz at Read Diverse Books

Enjoy x

Book Tag: This or That


I’ve been falling very, very behind on my book tags but when Cassie at Book Reviews and Haikus nominated me for the This or That tag I couldn’t resist. Cassie has a great blog with lots of reviews, memes and other bookish stuff so I definitely recommend you check it out.

It’s quite a simple and fun tag too so I really have no excuse.

Here are the rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options for each of the questions.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag and spread the love!

The Questions

1. Reading on the couch or on the bed?

This is a difficult one as I’m a big fan of both. Initially I was leaning towards couch as it’s less of an issue if you have a snack while eating (I hate crumbs in the bed) but I think I have to go with bed. I always seem to be cold so I need my big heavy duvet. It’s also slightly safer as the more of me is covered the lower the risk of cat attacks.

My Choice: Bed

2. Male main character or female main character?

Until the start of this year I would have been very definite that I prefer female main characters to male (I was seriously struggling to think of a male MC I’d liked) but with a few exceptions the guys seem to be leading the field this year. Particularly notable books with great male MC’s are The Chaos Walking Trilogy, A Monster Calls, Red Rising, Carry On, Him, Ink and Bone and Know Not Why.

My Choice: Male (sorry, I know I’m a traitor)

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Can’t I have both? I’m terrible for snacking while eating but my choice usually depends on the time of day. Morning and early afternoon I like something sweet whereas later in the day I go for salty. One of my absolute favourite snacks though is sweet & salty popcorn.

My Choice: Both (I refuse to give up either)

4. Trilogies or quartets?

This is a little bit of an odd one as I’m not sure I’ve come across many quartets. If done well though I would probably go for a trilogy. I kind of feel like three books gives plenty of time for world building, character development and exciting plots but still has a definite ending. You know when you’re on the third book there’s a big finish coming and you aren’t going to have to read another heck knows how many books to find out what happens. One series I started to read is up to book 27 now I think. Far too long so I’ve given up.

My Choice: Trilogies

5. First-person point of view or third-person point of view?

I don’t feel particularly strongly either way but I probably lean towards first person. I like to be inside someone’s head and know exactly what they’re thinking and feeling.

My Choice: First-person

6. Reading at night or in the morning?

At night, in the morning, at lunchtime, early evening pretty much anytime is good for me. I probably do read most in the evenings or at night though so I’ll go with that even though there is nothing better than waking up late on a Sunday morning and just spending the full day in bed reading.

My Choice: Night

7. Libraries or bookstores?

I very rarely go to a physical bookstore anymore as I find there’s not as great a selection (particularly in terms of YA) as you get online. I am however loving my local libraries at the moment as I can go on to their website, order the books I want and go pick them up. Another recent discovery is that I can get audio books from the library via the overdrive app on my phone. It’s saving me a fortune and if I connect my phone to the car I can listen to books on the move.

My Choice: Libraries

8. Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

I’ll have to go with books that make me laugh. Sometimes I need a good weepy but mostly I look to books to cheer me up.

My Choice: Books that make me laugh

9. Black book covers or white book covers?

White ones while prettier (I think) get dirty and damaged a lot easier than the black covers so I’ll need to go with black.

My Choice: Black

10. Character-driven or plot-driven stories?

Umm….feeling a bit stumped on this one. I do occasionally suffer from a short attention span so I do like a good plot with lots of action, suspense and twists to keep me turning pages. However when I think about it, the books I’ve enjoyed the most have probably been more character driven. I love it when you really get inside the head of a character and connect with them. I think that’s when you get the most feels.

My Choice: Character-driven

And finally, the bit I hate tagging other bloggers. I’m usually very late to book tags and everyone who wants to do them has usually already done them so I apologise in advance. I will limit my tags to the following five awesome blogs.

  1. Kelly from Kelly’s Rambles
  2. Kate from Bibliophile Book Club
  3. Dream by Day
  4. May at Sunsets and Bookfests
  5. Diana at Voices in my Head

Thanks for reading!


3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

I’m a little bit sad as today is the final day of my 3 days, 3 quotes challenge. I love quotes so it’s been fun trying to choose which ones to use and I’d like to say a final thanks to May at Sunsets and Bookfests for tagging me. As it is the final day I had to pick one of my all time favorite books and all time favorite quotes

Day 3, Quote 3 The Princess Bride

“The Queen’s Pride was his ship, and he loved her. (That was the way his sentences always went: It is raining today and I love you. My cold is better and I love you. Say hello to Horse and I love you. Like that.)”

William GoldmanThe Princess Bride

For my final days 3 tags:

  1. Anyone who hasn’t done this
  2. Anyone who has and wants another go
  3. Anyone else 🙂



3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge – Day 2

I was tagged by the wonderful May at Sunsets and Bookfests to take part in the 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge. I posted my first quote yesterday so here’s the second.

Day 2, Quote 2 No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5)

“Believe it or not, there were rules. Everyone needs rules. After all, how can you break what doesn’t exist? Rules give anarchy something to aim at.”

– Jodi Taylor, No Time Like the Past

I tag:

  1. The Orang-Utan Librarian
  2. Fiona from the bookworm who lived
  3. Yen at Little Calico’s Journal

I’m fairly certain some of you have already been tagged so feel free to ignore or take on the challenge again 🙂


3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge – Day 1

I was tagged by the wonderful May at Sunsets and Bookfests to take part in the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. If you get a chance to check out her blog you definitely should.

I’ve been really bad with tags recently and despite my best intentions never seem to get round to doing them. This however is a nice easy one I’ve been wanting to do for ages so here we go.

The rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

I’m a massive fan of book quotes and when I’m reading I often highlight sentences I love as I go. It’s difficult for me to narrow it down to just three but I think I’ll pick some of my most recent lesser known favourites.

Know Not WhyDay 1, Quote 1:

“You’re funny and quick and interesting and aggravating and attractive. It’s such a wonderful relief to be with you”

Know Not Why, by Hannah Johnson

I think most people have probably already done this challenge so feel free to ignore but I tag:

  1. Maddie A. at Of Reading and Random Things
  2. Candid Cover
  3. sjhigbee

I know you like your quotes so I hope you enjoy