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    Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

    Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

    I was tagged by the wonderful Jenn from Jenniely to do the Bookish Naughty or Nice tag that she set up last year, and it was such a good one that I couldn’t not do it. I’m constantly amazed when I see people creating new tags – where do they get the ideas from?!

    As always, there a couple of rules to go along with this tag:

    ♥ Tag and link the person who tagged you

    Tag and link Jenn

    Tick/cross off the ones you have done or not done

    Tag another 10 people (I’ve only tagged five because that is as many as I could be bothered doing lol)

    Even if you haven’t been tagged, why not go ahead and do it anyway! Only six days left till Christmas to fit it in…


    • Received an ARC and not reviewed it

    Many, many, an ARC gone unread…

    • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

    Currently sitting at 39% lol OOPS how did that happen?!?! To be fair, I barely ever use it any more. I used it a lot more when I didn’t have a blog because that was my only source of free books. I really should go back to it though because there were always such good choices.

    • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

    Technically NO because I don’t have my blog and my Goodreads linked yet – I know, I know, I’ll get round to it eventually.

    • Folded down the page of a book

    More times than I like to admit.

    • Accidentially spilled on a book

    Coffee and tear stains all over my uni books. Not tears from a sad story either. Tears of STRESS.

    • DNF a book this year

    Noly from The Artsy Reader is going to be appalled when I say this again, but I still haven’t finished A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. It’s not even that I don’t like it – I absolutely loved it! I don’t really know what happened, I think it was just so long and I had so much uni stuff going on at the same time that I took too long a break in the middle and never went back to it. I am planning on restarting it though, hopefully over Christmas.

    • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

    Just about all of the classics I own.

    • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

    Homework, sleeping, working, tidying, you name it.

    • Skim read a book

    I’m so bad for skim reading, I have to stop. I read something and think, “hold on, what?” because it doesn’t make sense from me skipping over an important sentence.

    • Completely missed your Goodreads goal

    I have ticked this because I was way off track for a couple of months, but I think I am actually redeeming myself and I might juuuuust make it in time for the end of 2018.

    • Borrowed a book and not returned it

    My friend Emma (unwillingly) stores many books in my home.

    • Broke a book buying ban

    I am constantly on a book buying ban, meaning I am constantly breaking my book buying ban.

    • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

    I have lost count of the amount of times I have written just the title of the book and left it in drafts for too long, and so now you will never see the review for it unless I reread the book or something.

    • Wrote in a book you were reading

    I would never write in a book that I am reading for pleasure, but all my uni books are notes and highlights galore for essays and class discussion.

    • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

    I read a lot on my kindle while I was on holiday in Spain at Easter and I think I missed adding half of them to Goodreads. Probably would’ve already been at my 2018 goal if I had actually done it.

    • Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

    It is too precious to give them incase I don’t get it back, a.k.a. what I do when I borrow one from them.

    • Broke the spine of someone else’s book

    I could never! That is outrageous.

    • Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

    Noooo, the jacket has to stay on! That’s all part of the fun!

    • Sat on a book accidentally

    Technically no, but I have accidentally bent pages back from the book being in my bag which is absolutely heartbreaking. Damn books. They make us feel so many emotions.


    Ok. 15/20. I have been seriously naughty this year. Sorry, Santa. Please forgive me and bring me more books.


    I TAG:

    Noly @ The Artsy Reader

    Kerry @ Herding Cats

    Evie @ Evie Jayne

    Emma @ Booking Good Read

    Princess of Pages

    and anyone else that wants to do it! Feel free to leave your links below.

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    Bookish This or That Tag

    Hello everyone! I am back today with another tag post (I absolutely loved doing the book blogger tag, Behind the Screen, which you can read here. I have been tagged in quite a few different ones recently so I will slowly be working my way through them in amongst my book reviews and other chatty discussion posts and may be caught up around, oh, say next year sometime.

    A massive thank you to my friend Noly from The Artsy Reader for tagging me in this one! There were some seriously hard choices in there but I struggled through this “torture” tag, as Noly very aptly named it.

    I am also going to cheat and not tag anyone in particular to do this (lol lazy I know, don’t hate me), because I have so many tags to get through that I don’t think I even know that many bloggers!! So, I am taking the easy way out and just saying that if you fancy doing this tag, then help yourself, and leave a link for me to have a read. It’s a good one, even if was so incredibly hard.

    Now, without further ado, here are my answers…

    1. Series or standalone?

    As much as I love standalones for the fact that you get to read book after book and inhale so many stories and worlds, there is nothing better than reading a great book and being able to pick up the next one right away and find out what happens next! I am never ready for my favourite characters’ stories to end.

    2. Magic earned or magic born?

    I’m going to say magic earned (I’m guessing this is like Feyre a la A Court of Thorns and Roses?) because that probably makes for a more exciting story in my eyes! I love seeing how they adapt to this new world and how they bring their own world along with them.

    3. Enemies to lovers or friends to lovers?

    Ooooh enemies to lovers, for sure. All that tension.

    4. Hilarious banter or emotional ruin? 

    Noly – can I copy you and say both???

    5. Love triangle or insta love? 

    Love triangles quite often get on my nerves because there is always either the one person they are quite obviously going to choose, or – worse – they choose the wrong one and I am not happy with the ending. An insta love story can be a little on the corny side but if done well, it goes down a treat!

    6. Keyboard smash names or names start with the same letter?

    I can be quite bad for not remembering who is who if there are loads of characters in a book, so a bunch of keyboard smash names would be a recipe for disaster. As annoying as names all starting with the same letter would be, I would definitely have to choose that one.

    7. Mean parents or dead parents?

    Is it cruel to say dead parents? Mean parents is so hard to read but dead parents might mean happy memories? (Apparently I just stole your answer Noly lol sorry).

    8. Supermodel looks or constantly says how “plain” they are?

    Supermodel looks, because that doesn’t necessarily mean that they boast about it all the time, or really recognise it much themselves. A constant reminder of their “plainness” though is boring and frankly a little annoying.

    9. Face on cover vs. typography on cover?

    That is HARD. I THINK I prefer typography on a book over a face the majority of the time, but it really does depend on the individual cover.

    10. Villain turning a little good or hero turning a little bad?

    No! Don’t give us the disappointment of a hero not staying a true hero! It is much nicer to think everyone has a good side to them.

    11. Best friend dies or love interest dies?

    Oh, god. Do I really have to pick? Um, the best friend? Is that mean? I don’t want my friends to die, I promise!!! But if it’s their one true love they can’t die! But no wait, their best friend in the whole world? ARGH. NO ONE. NO ONE SHOULD DIE.

    12. Awesome writing with a dull plot or amazing plot with murderously bad writing?

    Awesome writing all the way. I would barely get two chapters into a book with bad writing, I can’t stand it. How does it even get published, or past the editing stage?! A dull plot would just mean it wouldn’t be an all round amazing book, but it would be readable at least.

    13. Cliffhanger ending or heartbreaking ending?

    I’d rather have neither but if I have to be absolutely pushed for an answer then I suppose I would have to pick heartbreaking ending because although I may never get over it, I hate the idea of a story unfinished. I don’t want to wonder what happened next. I need to know.

    14. Breaking the spine or dog-earing the pages?

    I really should use a bookmark more often but I usually just end up dog-earing the pages because then at least you can’t see that when it is sitting in your bookcase, whereas you would see a worn spine. It is such a shame if the spine is a pretty one!

    Then again, how good does it look when the spine has been broken so many times and it looks so well-loved? Ok – I am going to say a very unbroken spine (not one or two pesky little lines) and dog-earing the pages as well. Is that allowed? Screw it. My blog, I make the rules.

    15. “Bad boy” trope or “perfect golden boy” trope as love interest. 

    Oh, we all like a bad boy, don’t we.

    And I will leave it at that.

    books, personal, tag

    Behind the Screen – A Book Blogger Tag

    Happy Tuesday! If you live in the UK (particularly Scotland) and enjoy sunny weather, you will have been basking in the heat as much as I have and spending every waking second outside in the garden when you aren’t stuck in your sweaty place of work with a disgusting amount of perspiration leaking from every pore on your body. I even have a ~tan~ in SCOTLAND. Unheard of. If the weather was like this every summer we would never need to spend so much money on holidays to Spain! Mind you, I do still enjoy a proper authentic sangria or two…

    Anyway, I was so happy to get a Twitter notification the other day telling me that I had been tagged in my very first tag. I have already done the writer tag, but I found it and chose to do it myself rather than being tagged by someone, so thank you Adrianna! You can find her blog, For The Love of Books, and read her answers to these questions here.

    The “Behind the Screen” book blogger tag was first created by Amber at Du Livre, who I am so glad to have found now as her reviews are amazing! You should definitely check out her blog, as well as Adrianna’s and the ones I am going to be tagging myself at the bottom of this post (especially my new blogger friend Noly).

    I love tags, and this is a long hearty one at that. They let me ramble to my heart’s content, but you also get to know the person doing the rambling too, so let’s just have at it, eh.


    I have only been blogging for just under two months now, and I am loving it so far. My first review was Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher which I have no doubts you will have at least heard of by now, if not read it yourself. I am so excited for the rest of the trilogy if the first instalment is anything to go by!


    I really wanted somewhere that could let me write more, especially as I am about to start my final year of university studying English Literature, Journalism and Creative Writing. I also know a lot of authors started out as journalists and bloggers and that is exactly where I would like my life to end up. It also meant the ability to connect with people who love books as much as I do and would understand the struggle between choosing whether to organise my bookcase in alphabetical order by author surname or to colour co-ordinate it.


    I’m not necessarily huge on numbers (although I love seeing the follower count rising – such a good feeling knowing that people have found your blog and like it enough to stick around for more) so instead I would like to find ~quality~ readers who it is fun to interact with. I love my blog twitter account for this too. I would also love if my blog provided me with some outside writing opportunities in the future, so hit me up people.


    God, isn’t it TIME CONSUMING. There’s the actual writing process, taking the photos and editing them, not to mention coming up with ideas, designing your blog, promoting yourself on various social media, the list goes on. It’s a good thing it is fun.


    Working with people from the real book world! I was lucky enough to take part in my first cover reveal last month for Katie McGarry’s newest book, and next week I have a review of Alexandra McCann’s New Adult novella Angels Can’t Swim, as well as a short Q&A with her. It feels like quite an accomplishment for a new blogger as I was contacted by her and asked if I wanted to review it. She actually read my blog and wanted me to do an unsolicited review! This might not seem much for established bloggers and probably happens every day for them, but I’m sure you all remember your first review request and how exciting it was.


    I love writing lists (like my 7 Tips for Studying An English Literature or Creative Writing Degree or 8 Of The Best Kindle 99p Bargains) and rambly posts that aren’t about one particular thing. I’m terrible for just writing and writing when it could have been so much shorter – as my university tutors are well aware of when they frequently comment on how ridiculously close to the top margin of the word count I am – but I love the ability to just write as much or as little as I want on any topic. Imagine blog posts had a word limit too?!?! We would all be doomed.


    Ignore how absolutely vile my laptop keyboard is. It needs a scrub, seriously.

    So far I have written every single blog post from the comfort of my office, also known as my bed. I really want to be that person that sits in a coffee shop with their cappuccino and their laptop though so maybe one day (who am I kidding).


    I have just finished reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas and it was BREATHTAKING. I thought ACOTAR (book 1) was good, but this was a whole other game entirely. Planning on doing a full review of either the book or the series so far, but for now, you can read my Goodreads review of this book here.


    I very rarely rate a book as one star, but the last book I marked as DNF was Things Liars Say by Sara Ney. I thought it was going to be a nice, easy, light-hearted read but I couldn’t get past the majorly cringe-worthy dialogue to actually enjoy it.


    Love. Forbidden. Breathtaking.


    Hufflepuff all the way.


    Talking of warm sunny weather, I love reading out in the garden lying on a sun lounger or deck chair. In winter, I like to get all wrapped up in my bed under a million covers. Never the couch, for some unknown reason.


    I’m not sure I am quite qualified to give advice yet when I am such a new blogger myself, but I would definitely suggest setting up a twitter account for your blog as the majority of my traffic and new followers have found me through that. It is also great to find other blogs like yours to follow that you would never otherwise know about, and get the chance to interact with people who love your chosen obsession as much as you do!

    Thanks again for tagging me, Adrianna!

    I tag:

    Here are the questions all together to make it easier for you all (it’s a nice hearty, long blog post for when you are really in the mood for a good ramble and some typing):
    • When did you start blogging and what was your first review?
    • Who/what inspired you to start blogging?
    • What is a blog-related goal you have?
    • What is the one thing you wish someone told you about blogging?
    • What is your biggest blog-related accomplishment?
    • What type of posts do you enjoy writing?
    • Where do you usually blog? What is your set-up like?
    • What was your last five star read?
    • What was your last one star read?
    • What are three words that make you pick up a book?
    • What is your Hogwarts house?
    • What is your favourite reading environment?
    • What advice would you give to new bloggers?

    Looking forward to reading your answers girls! If you have done the tag before, feel free to leave a link to it in the comments – I’d love to have a nosy.

    Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!