Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2021

No one panic, but we’re almost half way through they year? What happened to the past three months? This is the third year that I’ve done this tag, and I alway enjoy looking back at my answers and reflecting on what I’ve read so far this year.

My Goodreads goal for 2021 was to read 52 books, and so far I’m on track as well as being quietly confident that it’s definitely a goal I can achieve! I’ve already read so many amazing books this year and discovered lots of new go-to authors who I’ve fallen head over heels for as well as enjoying some old favourites!

Best Book You Have Read So Far in 2021?

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas. Once again, Sarah has crafted an emotionally intense and beautifully perfect masterpiece that has gifted me with a reading experience like no other. These characters mean the world to me, so being able to join them again on another adventure was the ideal escape and one I wished would never end. It was the perfect ending – and new beginning – to Nesta and Cassian’s relationship and a journey that will stay with me forever. I finished the entire book in 24-hours, and I’m honestly considering re-reading it again soon because I loved every page so much.

Best Sequel You Have Read in 2021?

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare or Gemina by Amie Kaufman. For years, I’ve promised my sister that one day I’ll read The Clockwork series, and this month I finally did! I now understand why she loves it SO MUCH! I’m fully obsessed with this series and I’ve once again fallen down that Shadowhunter rabbit hole!

This year I also fell head over heels for The Illuminae Files, these books are SO good! Hannah and Nik are some of my new favourite characters and I just wish that I’d read this series sooner! Thank you to everyone who recommended this series, I loved it.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout. I swear I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t read this book yet, and I’ve got MAJOR FOMO! It’s always on my monthly TBR but it’s a beast of a book and I’m a little intimidated!

Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2020?

Guess who just received an eARC for Once Upon a Broken Heart? This gal! I’m beyond excited to dive into back into the wonderful world Stephanie Garber has created and for opportunity to get to know Jacks a little better! I’m also really looking forward to finally reading Auroras End by Amie Kaufman, I have lots of questions that need answering especially after THAT ENDING!

Biggest Disappointment?

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson or Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard. These books are by no means bad, it’s just my own fault for setting high expectations leaving me a little disappointed and broken hearted.

The world building in Realm Breaker was so intense that I felt that sometimes it overshadowed the characters and the storyline, I ended up getting so caught up with place names and all the different kingdoms that I wasn’t able to connect enough with everything going on. Nevertheless, I am in love with this band of characters and I’m utterly obsessed with Erida, she is such a complex and unique character and I’m curious to see where the story takes her.

As for Sorcery of Thorns, I loved the whole world Rogerson has created, everything about Grimoires in ancient libraries, sorcerers and demons was so unique and I wish that this was a series rather than a stand-alone as I’d love to explore more of this unique universe. I really like Elisabeth and Nathaniel (and Silas of course), but I wanted more character interaction as I felt like some things were rushed.

Biggest Surprise?

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin. I received this eARC all the way back in February and I haven’t stopped raving about it! What makes this book special is the magic system and way in which Griffin communicates through seasonal magic. Her descriptions and the way in which magic connects with these characters is intricately detailed and adds an additional layer of wonder to an already captivating story. There’s something beautifully enchanting and equally destructive about this book and its characters, a balance that results in a powerful narrative that will keep readers hooked.

Favourite New Author?

Christina Lauren! I’m a hopeless romantic and I’m just starting to get back into reading fun romance novels, so Christina Lauren’s books were perfect! This summer I’m going romance mad and any recommendations would be wonderful!

Newest Fictional Crush?

I finally understand the hype for Will Herondale! That man can come and sweep me off my feet and read me poetry any day! Also please can we take a moment to appreciate Ben Barnes as The Darkling! Hot DAMN!

Newest Favourite Character? 

Fable! I absolutely loved Fable as a character, especially her courage and strength. No matter how many times she was knocked down, she got back up again. 

I was really craving a good-old-fashioned pirate adventure and Fable gave me just that and more. This fast-paced, swashbuckling tale filled with unexpected twists was such a wonderful read and I need to get my hands on the next book ASAP!

Book That Made You Cry?

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas. This book left me with the worst book hangover I’ve ever experienced, I’m not kidding this book broke me and I’m still feeling its effects four months later. My problem is that I get too emotionally attached and invested with these characters and the worlds in which they exist, so when I finish that final page, I can’t help but feel lost and empty. I become apart of the story as it’s an easy and comforting escape from reality.

Book That Made You Happy?

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren! I’m a sucker for Christina Lauren, her books never fail to make me smile and are all just super adorable! The Unhoneymooners didn’t disappoint, this enemies-to-lovers fake dating romantic whirlwind was a joy to read and there’s just something about their writing that makes me fall head over heels! If you’re looking for a light-hearted easy read this summer then be sure to add some of Christina Lauren’s books to your TBR!

Favourite Book To Movie Adaption You Saw This Year? 

Shadow and Bone! I have watched this series FIVE TIMES and I’m still in love with it (and Ben Barnes!) This show has definitely become one of my comfort shows and every time I love it, I fall more and more in love with it and it’s incredible cast! Also if Leigh or Netflix want to cast me in the show then please don’t hesitate and give me a call, I’ll be waiting!

Favourite Post You Have Written This Year?

I discuss this more in my next post, but this year I’ve rediscovered my love and passion for blogging and see it more as a creative outlet rather than a ‘job’. Like many other bloggers, I put so much time, effort and thought into the content I create and some of my most rewarding posts have been those I’ve spent weeks on. Every view, every like, every comment and every follow fills me with so much pride and it’s been so heartwarming to see people enjoying my posts. I’ve got so many more creative post ideas tucked away and I’m excited to see what the rest of the year has in store!

Don’t mind me and my shameless self-promo, but some of my favourite posts this year include my Star Sign Book Recommendations, Greek Mythology and Fairytales that need adaptations and finally my on-going favourites series where I celebrate some of my favourite posts of the month!

Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought So Far This Year?

Ariadne by Jenifer Saint. I will openly admit that I’ve a) taken way too many pictures of this book and b) that I spent a usual amount of time gazing lovingly at this cover as it sits proudly at the centre of my bookcase!

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?

Jade City, The Hating Game, The City of Brass, and Serpent and Dove!

I’m really curious to read other peoples answers to this tag, so I’ve gone a bit mad with my tags!

Maria @The Character Study

Naemi @A Book Owl’s Corner

Sofii @A Book. A Thought

Chelsea @Your Bookish Friend

Stephen @Stephen Writes

Rosina @Lace and Dagger Books

Zoe @Reading By The Moonlight

Jessica @The Awkward Book Blogger

Ally @Ally Writes Things

Georgia @Lost in Neverland

And YOU!

Reading 1 Star Reviews of My Favourite Books

It’s about time I hopped on this bandwagon and read some bad reviews of my favourite books! I don’t know about you, but I hate writing bad reviews. I feel terrible because I understand all of the hard work, love and time that goes into writing, and I end up feeling guilty or worried that I’ve missed something that makes that book special. Nevertheless, when I’m reviewing books, I always give my honest opinion, and I want others to feel the same and not pressured into liking something because it’s popular. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, and I was curious to see to why people hated some of my favourite books if anything these comments made me smile and laugh!

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Surprise surprise, it wouldn’t be a favourites post without including a bit of Sanderson! It’s no secret that I absolutely adore this series, even though it emotionally ruined me. I love everything from the well-written characters to the wonderfully unique magic system, and this book will forever be my one true love. So before reading some bad reviews, I prepared myself for the worst, but out of the 448,957 ratings on Goodreads, only 4000 of them were one-star reviews, so I didn’t feel that heartbroken!

Queasifying amalgam of bad theology, clichés, and preposterous action sequences, set in a bland, quasi-medieval monoculture. Don’t believe the hype.

‘Bland’ is not a word I’d use to describe Sanderson’s world-building and storytelling! I will admit things get a little intense at times and that this book is packed full of epic action sequences, prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster. I know that I hype this book up A LOT, but I’d have to disagree with this comment because this series deserves all the hype and praise!

This book would have benefited from having no characters. […] Every character without exception is, at best, a cardboard cutout without a spark of intelligence or an independent emotional life.

These characters are some of my favourites, they’re all so well developed, brilliantly heroic and unique in their own way! Don’t get me started on Vin, Kell and Marsh, I just love these three so much, and I could easily spend the rest of this post gushing about them! If we’re sticking to the paper inspired metaphor, then these characters are far from ‘cardboard cutouts’ instead they’re beautifully intricate origami masterpieces.

Mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Plot: A band of thieves spends 676 pages frowning, sighing, and raising their eye browns at each other.

I can’t deny that there’s lots of sighing and eyebrow raises, but I’d be doing the same if I had to keep up with Kell and the groups ambitious plans!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is one of those books, you either love it or hate it, so I wasn’t surprised to see a few more bad reviews!

This book was incorrectly marketed. It should have been sold as a sleeping aid because it is so blimmin’ dull. I fell asleep on five separate occasions while reading this. It bored me that much!!

If you’re looking for a fast-paced magical circus-inspired adventure, then you’re better off reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber, but what makes this book special is its magical and sparkling prose. Morgenstern takes you by the hand and transports you to the beautiful and enchanting world of Le Cirque des Rêves, it’s a place made from limitless dreams and a wonderful imagination!

I feel like I was tricked into reading a young adult novel that was written for no reason other than to have the screenplay bought by Tim Burton. […] It seems like the author ran out of adjectives about one-third into the book.

The whole black-and-white colour scheme and whimsically gloomy tone of the book definitely gives me Tim Burton vibes and I’d give anything to watch an adaptation of this book!

Atonement by Ian McEwan

I read this book the summer before starting university and fell utterly in love, and then discovered that we would be studying as a part of my degree. I was over the moon when I saw it on the reading list and it’s fair to say that I proudly dominated that seminar!

One star is not a bad enough review in my opinion. I hated this book with a passion. In fact, after reading the last page I threw it against the wall! The title is a lie, the whole book is a lie. I truly believe that the only reason this book became a best seller is because Hollywood hyped it up.

I will admit that there were a couple of occasions where I wanted to throw this book against the wall out of frustration, but it was that frustration that only fuelled my emotional attachment to this story. If you don’t fancy reading the book, then be sure to check out the beautifully shot adaptation, it’s stunning, and the casting is spot on! If you have watched the film then, please can we take a moment to appreciate the costumes, I have a strong emotional attachment to Kiera Knightly’s green dress, and I’d give anything to have one of my own!

I hated Briony. She’s right up there with Fanny Price, Bella Swan, Professor Umbridge and Lydia Bennet. […] My One-Star is for Robbie, and Robbie alone, because he is the only redeeming factor in this novel despite his inability to a) check his correspondence one last time before sealing the envelope and b) realise that if you give a child a letter to deliver they will almost certainly read it, so it’s better to hand deliver it.

I wasn’t originally Briony’s biggest fan, but after writing my dissertation on her and the trauma that haunted her childhood, I can see a different side to her that makes me understand her actions. I am by no means forgiving her for her actions, but I don’t think she’s on the same level as Umbridge! As for Robbie, I agree that A LOT could have been avoided if he’d just hand-delivered the letter himself!

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

There’s so much hype around this book and it’s now a booktok/bookstagram staple, so I’m sure lots of readers go into this books with high expectations. This book left me in awe and I just want to re-read it again and again.

I hated pretty much everything about this. The only reason I didn’t DNF was because I wanted to watch them die suffering and begging for death. The main characters, that is.

I knew the story. I knew what was going to happen. But the enchanting quality in Millers prose lures us into the comfort of caring for these characters. The emotions shared between Achilles and Patroclus are profoundly physical, and those last five chapters tore the heart from my chest, leaving me empty and alone. I’m still unable to full comprehend my thoughts and emotions about this book but its fair to say that it has earned its place as one of my all time favourites.

I wasn’t four pages into this before I renamed it in my head as ‘The Worst Published Fanfic Ever.’ Granted, I haven’t yet read Fifty Shades of Grey, so that is liable to change. 

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey, and The Song of Achilles is 10000% better! Also there’s nothing wrong with fanfiction!

The Last 10 Books Tag & The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

As usual, things have been a bit chaotic this week, but Stephen and Riddhi have come to my rescue and very kindly tagged me in two different book tags! I haven’t heard of either of these tags, but after reading their answers, I knew I wanted to share my responses too! I don’t know about you, but I love a good old book tag, they are the perfect way to get to know everyone better, so I hope you enjoy reading my answers and learning a little more about me! 

The Last 10 Books Tag

I want to say a big thank you to the wonderful Stephen @Stephen Writes who tagged me to do this tag! If you love unique bookish content and great reviews then please go and check out Stephen’s blog, he’s such a lovely and supportive member of the bookish community whose comments and content never fail to make me smile!

Last Book I Bought:

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint. This book has been on my radar for a while now and every time I see it’s incredible cover I fall more and more in love with it. The other day, I was ordering some bits off Amazon and blatantly refused to pay the £4.99 postage so I just had to spend more and treat myself to qualify for free delivery! As it turns out they forgot to send the item I actually needed so it looks like I’m just going to have to re-order and treat myself again to some more books! Whoops!

Last Book I Re-Read:

I recently re-read Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo as I wanted to refresh my memory before diving headfirst into the Shadow and Bone adaptation. It did just that, as well as reigniting my love and adoration for this series and the incredible world Leigh Bardugo has beautifully created! I’m well and truly obsessed now!

Last Book I Gave Up On:

I hate DNF’ing books, I feel guilty that I’ve missed something that others loved, and I feel terrible about abandoning someone’s passion project, I don’t care how long it takes me I will always finish a book! That being said I did almost give up on King of Scars…

It breaks my heart to admit it, but I didn’t love this book as much as Bardugo’s other Grishaverse adventures and I can’t put my finger on why. I don’t think it helped that I took almost a MONTH to finish it and that fact that April wasn’t a great reading month, but there was something slow about the storyline and I found myself struggling to finish it.

Last Book I Said I Read But Didn’t:

Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. I had to read this for my Gothic Literature module at university but the day before I was suffering from a self-inflicted hangover and couldn’t focus enough to get through it. Somehow I managed to confidently blag my way through a seminar and after hearing my classmates rave about how good it was I decided to give it a second chance! A pre-warning to vampire fans, this book is nothing like Twilight instead it’s a classic horror that will give you goosebumps.

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins Of:

There are only a handful of books that I’ve ever written in, and always in pencil because I not brave enough to commit with a permanent pen. One of those books is The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford, a satirical narrative that follows an upper-class English family during the war and focuses on love, class and relationships. It’s a classic light-hearted storyline that recently got a fabulous BBC adaptation! I re-read this book earlier this year in anticipation for the adaptation and made notes of all the quotes and scenes that I was desperate to see come to life on screen.

Last Book That I Had Signed:

I miss book signings SO MUCH, it’s been far too long! The last book signing I went to was all the way back in 2016, where I met Cassandra Clare on her Lady Midnight book tour. I never see a line like it and I think we ended up queuing for just under two hours! But us Brits love a good queue and we spent those two hours getting to know the people in line with us and by the time we met Cassandra we had all exchanged numbers, socials and book theories. Even now our little group chat is still going strong and the magic of books still continues to surprise me and make my little heart flutter.

Last Book I Lost:

I don’t think I’ve ever lost a book? If I have then I’ve got no idea that it’s missing, whoops!

Last Book I Had to Replace:

Atonement by Ian McEwan and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. These are two of my all-time favourite books and they were so loved and battered that I thought it was time for a little upgrade!

Last Book I Argued Over:

I don’t think I’ve ever argued over a book but some of my university friends continue to tease me over my numerous Hunger Games editions. Teenage Amy adored this series, and I still love it but it doesn’t warrant having five copies of the same three books! We’re now down to two copies after donating two of them and gifting personalised copies to both of my friends for Christmas so that we’ll all always have a copy on our shelves!

Last Book You Couldn’t Find:

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare! I haven’t marked this book as lost just yet, but I’ve searched everywhere and can’t seem to find it! This book is on my TBR for May, after months of me promising my sister that I’ll read it and I’m starting to run out of excuses! But maybe this is the universe’s way of telling me to read something else instead…

The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Another book tag that I hadn’t heard about before, and this time I want to say big thank you to Riddhi @Whispering Stories for tagging me and for leaving some great questions to answer! If you don’t already follow her then please do, she is such lovely person and is always posting fabulous content that I know you will all enjoy!


  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero to qualify for a free blog promotion, shoutout and more blogging opportunities.

Riddhi’s Questions

Who is your favourite music artist?

The Queen herself, Miss Taylor Swift. Like many I’ve grown up with Taylor and I’m not embarrassed to admit that you’ll still catch me dancing around my room, hairbrush in hand, to some of her most iconic anthems.

Favourite month of the year?

I love Christmas and the entire month of December but I work in retail so it’s quite easy to get overwhelmed by all the festivities and chaos. So I’m going to pick October as not only is it my birthday month but I love autumn and the coziness that comes with it.

One thing people love about you/ notice about you?

I’d like to think that the first thing people notice about me is my smile! My daily aim is to make someone’s day a little brighter, and if I can do that with a smile and a positive attitude then that’s mission accomplished. Even with our masks on, I’m always smiling! I take great pride in that fact that you’ll always find me laughing or smiling at work, even on my bad days, and try my best to radiate love and positivity! Life is too short for negativity.

One fictional character you would die for?

Azriel. My batboy deserves a happy ending and I SWEAR if Sarah does give him a suitable ending then I’ll be heartbroken. Watching the people around you fall in love and move into the next chapters of their life is brutal so I will do everything in my power to protect him and make sure that he lives a long and happy life.

What are your hobbies?

My life at this moment in time consists of me working, blogging and reading so there’s not much time for other hobbies! However every week I try my best to get out the house and experience the beautiful countryside that I’m fortunate enough to call home. Whether if it’s in my running shoes or my walking boots, it’s just nice to take a moment and enjoy what nature has to offer and if I happen to stumble upon a country pub then that’s a bonus!

My Questions

  1. Which characters life would you most like to live?
  2. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
  3. List one thing that’s on your bucket list?
  4. What’s your spirt animal?
  5. And finally, what’s one fictional item you wish you had?

I Tag

I loved doing both of these tags so I’ve decided to do one big tag list! Feel free to pick which tag you want to do, or if want do both! There’s no pressure to participate in these tags but I’d love to read your answers!

Naemi @A Book Owls Corner

Michaela @Journey Into Books

Zoe @Reading by the Moonlight

Maria @The Character Study

Georgia @ Lost in Neverland

Amiee @Amie Likes to Ramble

Charley @Books and Bakes

Shannen @Rekindled Bibliophile

Alienor @A Fox’s Wanderings

And YOU!

20 Questions Book Tag & The Aesthete Blogger Award

So many amazing people have recently tagged me in book tags, favourite posts, monthly round-ups and more, so I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU! I adore the blogging community so it’s lovely to nominated for so many fun and creative tags! The wonderful Georgia @Lost in Neverland has very kindly tagged me in both the 20 Questions Book Tag and the The Aesthete Blogger Award, so I thought I’d give them both a go today. If you don’t already follow her then please do, she is such lovely person and is always posting fabulous content that I know you will all enjoy!

Book tags are the perfect way to get to know everyone better, so I hope you enjoy reading my answers and learning a little more about me! 

20 Questions Book Tag

1. How many books are too many books in a series?

If an author is happy to keep writing then the answer is never too many! I’d happily read about some of my favourite characters just doing very mundane things!

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I LOVE a good cliffhanger, they’re emotionally exhausting but they make a reading experience so much more memorable. At the time I hate them because they tend to leave me with some of the worst book hangovers but I love discussing all the different theories with other bloggers and readers!

3. Hardback or Paperback?

I’ve just treated myself to the King of Scars duo-logy in hardback and they’re stunning, but I think my heart (and bank account) will always belong to paperbacks!

4. Favourite book?

Please don’t make me choose! It’s no surprise that The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson is on my list, as well as A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott!

5. Least favourite book?

I struggled to think of one off the top of my head so I had to check my Goodreads account for my one-star reads! I hate giving bad reviews for books but I really hated The DUFF by Kody Keplinger and The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, the protagonists were both so unlikable and unexciting.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

No. They stress me out and cause way too much drama! I understand that fans can get very passionate about certain ships and love interests, but I think I’m still traumatised by the whole Team Edward and Team Jacob fiasco.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Like Georgia, I’ve never DNF’d a book! I feel bad and force myself to continue with the book with the hopes that it’ll get better soon.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m ashamed to admit that I’m still reading King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo! I started this book at the beginning of April but I’ve been so busy with work and other job applications that I just haven’t found the time to switch off and read!

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

I’m going to shamefully plug my recent Star Sign Recommendations post here because I put my heart and soul into that post and had so much fun trying to find the perfect book for each sign! I’ve also got another unique recommendations post ready for Monday and I’m so excited to share it with everyone! I’ve had this idea for ages so I really hope you enjoy it!

10. Oldest book you’ve read?

Aside from a lot of Shakespeare, the oldest book I’ve read, I think, is The Castle of Ontranto by Horace Walpole. This ‘classic’ is regarded as the first gothic novel when it was published in 1764 and is full of all the melodramatic gothic tropes. Was it worth the read, no, but it’s another classic I can tick off the list!

11. Newest book you’ve read?

I haven’t read it yet but I’m patiently waiting for my copy of Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard to arrive! The synopsis of this book sounds epic and I’m beyond excited to dive into this incredible adventure!

12. Favourite author?

Hmmmm, I wonder who I’m going to pick? Of course it’s Sarah J Maas, Leigh Bardugo, and Brandon Sanderson!

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Like many other bookworms, I’m also super protective over my books and I like them to stay perfect with their spines unbroken, so I always get nervous when I let people borrow my books or when I borrow theirs! I’m very fortunate that I can afford to treat myself to new books now and then, and I hope one day to have an entire wall of bookshelves!

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

I’m mentioned this before but I think that The Folk of the Air series is overrated? I enjoyed it but I don’t think it deserves all the hype!

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks! I’m criminally lacking in bookmarks so I tend to used anything I can find or my old faithful and battered book depository freebie!

16. A book you can always re-read?

Atonement by Ian McEwan, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Yes! Listening to music helps enhance my imagination and turns some of my favourite scenes into mini-movies in my head. Different albums and playlists can transport me to different worlds and creates the perfect reading mood, even now there are specific songs I associate with books and when I hear them I get a little flashback!

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

Multiple POV’s! I love getting to know different characters and experiencing a different tone/voice with each chapter, they help provide a greater depth to a story and it’s nice to see different character reactions.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Both! When I’ve got a free day off or when I find a book that I’m head over heels for, then I’ll throw all my energy into reading but recently my reading has taken a backseat. My Goodreads goal for 2021 is to read 52 books (a book a week) and so far I’m confident that I’m going to hit my goal!

20. Who do you tag?

Anyone! I had so much doing this tag and answering all these questions so I want to pass the enjoyment on by tagging everyone!

The Aesthete Blogger Award

“This award is to honour every creative person, irrespective of their number of followers and views. Because, as long as you create, that is all that matters. This award is for those bloggers who put an insane amount of thought in each of their posts and for those who spread creativity like wildfire! Just wow!”

Here are the rules:

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Asmita@ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favourite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Georgia’s Questions

What is something in the world you admire?

Is it cliche if I say the beauty of our world? I’ve been very fortunate to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world and meet so many kind-hearted people along the way. All my experiences have a special place in my heart and I tend to get quite emotional when I reflect on some of these memories. I’ve sailed around the mountains of Yangshuo, seen the Northern Lights in Iceland, and marvelled at the incredible craftsmanship of St Peter’s Basilica and I can’t wait to discover more of the world soon!

What’s your favourite aesthetic?

Any fantasy or cottagecore aesthetic! Get me in a ballgown running through the gardens of some stately home or a beautiful meadow any day, that’s the dream!

How do you organise your physical books?

I spend way too much time organising my bookshelves to make sure they look perfect but at the moment they just look very chaotic as I’ve officially run out of room! I’d share a picture but they’re so messy and I need to trip to Ikea ASAP! I’d love to have a rainbow bookshelf but I don’t have enough colourful books!

My top two shelves are organised by colour, and the third is my favourites shelf which is home to my beautiful Sarah J Maas series and other loves. As for the rest of my shelves, they’re a little more chaotic and are organised by both series and colour, and then we have the bottom shelves of doom which is full of my university and Depop books!

What is your favourite creative outlet to use?

Blogging! I love to write, so blogging is the perfect outlet to let my creative juices flow! I love coming up with new and unique posts as well as getting involved with all the wonderful book tags and people in the bookish community!

What colour is your soul?

I love this question and I was really curious to take the test! I did loads of different tests and the two colours I kept getting were green and red! Red represents passion and the burning energy to go out there and do something and Green symbolises a healers soul which makes me a mediator, balancer and harmonizer or the equilibrium of life, both of which I think is spot on!

This or That – Book Lover Edition

I’m an indecisive Libra so this post has been torture! Nevertheless, I aways enjoy doing these posts on Instagram and Twitter so I thought I’d bring them over to my blog and make a little series out them. I apologise in advance, I’m not very good at this game and I kept picking both answers! Whoops! Let me know in the comments if you agree/disagree with any of my choices!

I’ve always been a paperback girl, but recently I’ve been converted and have splurged on a couple of gorgeous hardbacks! There was no way that I was going to wait for some of these new books to be released in in paperback form, but one of my biggest pet peeves is mismatched series so it looks like I might have to treat myself (again)! And at this rate it look like I’m also going to have to invest in another shelf because it’s overflowing and I’m double stacking!

During Covid I’ve spent far too much time scrolling through Amazon and the Waterstones website but NOTHING beats wandering around a bookshop! I mentioned in my wrap up post that I’ve got a trip to Hay-on-Wye planned and I’m so excited to spend an afternoon wandering around the endless and overflowing shelves of some of my favourite independent bookstores.

100% Series! It’s very easy for me to become invested in a fictional world and with fictional characters, so the more time I get to spend with them the better! Although we have to wait years to continue the adventure, the wait is always worth it!

I’ve recently been loving sci-fi adventures, but my heart will always belong to fantasy. Give me a book packed full of magic, sword fights and fantastical world building any day and the chances are that I’ll love it! A lot of these fantasy worlds are my second home and perfect escape from reality.

I’ve tried audiobooks before but I find it difficult to focus on them and I tend to just ‘zone out’, which is my own fault as I’m constantly thinking about different things and to-do lists! It’s definitely something I want to try again, and I think I just need to find a good audiobook that keeps me hooked, so any recommendations would be wonderful!

I love my little reading nook but there’s just something so serene about sitting in the sunshine and reading! I’d give anything right now to be sitting on a hot beach or by the poolside with stack of books from my TBR.

I’m an early riser so I try and start my day off with a little bit of reading, even if it’s only a chapter, and it’s the perfect way to start the day. That being said, I do enjoy curling up and getting cosy in my reading nook in the evening, but one thing I can’t do is read in bed at night, as soon as I jump into bed I’ll fall fast asleep. It’s clear that I’m terrible at this game!

I go through reading phases, one week I’m binge reading my new favourite fantasy series and the next I’m slowing making my way through another book on my TBR! If I had to choose then I’d pick binge read as I tend to fall head over heels for the most of the books I read, and I can’t get enough of them!

Both! I’m an emotional wreck and tend to cry at everything (even the happy moments)! One of my favourite reading moments is when you’re crying over a book and a character drops an unexpected and witty line that has you laughing through the tears.

I take great pride in my reading playlist and I’m currently in the process of making themed and locations aesthetic playlists! Listening to music helps enhance my imagination and turns some of my favourite scenes into mini-movies in my head. Different albums and playlists can transport me to different worlds and creates the perfect reading mood, even now there are specific songs I associate with books and when I hear them I get a little flashback!

Is it bad that I want to pick the villain? I’ve just finished reading Shadow and Bone, and all this Darkling content we’re going to be getting later this month is pushing me towards the dark side…How could you say no to Ben Barnes! But what I really love is a morally grey character. They aren’t quite villains, but they are too twisted to be traditional heroes, they’re relatable because no one if perfect and have great potential for character development.

I’ve always been a reader driven by plot but after reading A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas I think I’m leaning more towards character! Character development is so important for me, and Nesta’s journey of delicate and powerful determination and acceptance is hands down one of my favourites! But at the same give me an action-packed and intense plot that keeps me on the edge of my seat!

The Book Recommendations Book Tag

I’m back! I’ve been on a little blogging hiatus recently (more on that in my monthly wrap up post), but I’m very happy to be back with lots of exciting and creative posts planned! The wonderful Ally @Ally Writes Things very kindly tagged me in her original book tag, the book recommendations tag! I had so much fun going through my bookshelves and Goodreads to find the perfect answer to these questions! If you’re not following Ally, then you are seriously missing out, her posts always make me smile, and she has great taste when it comes to reading and recommending books! Lately, there have been so many new and creative book tags floating around the blogging community, and this one is no exception! I apologise to your TBR’s in advance as I hope I’ll convince you to add a few of these books to your reading list, you never know you might find a new favourite!


  • Tag Ally @ Ally Writes Things so I can see your recommendations!
  • Give at least one recommendation for each of the prompts below
  • If you don’t have a recommendation, talk about a book you want to read
  • Tag your friends

A Book About Friendship

Found families and strong friendship groups are some of my all-time favourite bookish tropes. There’s just something so heartwarming about a group of unlikely individuals finding comfort in each other and the wonderful banter that comes with it. If you haven’t read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, then where have you been? And if you have, then just give it another read! It’s such a good book, and I can’t wait to see the loyal friendship between the Dregs come to life this April! 

A Translated Book

One of my reading aims this year is to read more translated books, I used to read loads of them when I was studying at university, but recently they’ve fallen to the bottom of my TBR! One of my favourites will always be Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky, a five-part unfinished novel that follows the connected lives of a group of people and their experiences during WW2. Sadly, Némirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942 with only two parts competed, but as a rough draft, this book is nothing short of a masterpiece.

A Diverse Romance

Last month I fell in love with romance novels again, so I decided to treat myself to a few new love stories! I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Kiss Quotient, and its diverse group of characters is what initially attracted me to this book. Our protagonist Stella has Asperger’s syndrome and is convinced that she needs lessons on how to be good at sex and relationships, so she hires Michael, a Vietnamese-Swedish escort, to teach her. This book sounds like the perfect blend of sweet and steamy, and I can’t wait to start it soon! Another diverse romance that I really enjoyed was The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. A thought-provoking and wonderfully unique love story that also tackles issues of immigration and cultural identity.

A Fast-Paced Book

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman! I’m late to the party with this one, and I’m embarrassed that it has taken me this long to start it, but I’m glad that I fianlly did! I’ve fallen head over heels for this series, and I certainly wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did! The unique format and wonderfully witty group of characters make this space adventure an unforgettable read that you won’t want to put down.

A non-fiction book (not a memoir)

Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion. As soon as I saw this prompt I knew I was going to pick Didion! For those who don’t know Joan Didion is an American writer who launched her career in the 1960s after winning an essay contest sponsored by Vogue magazine. There’s something magical and heartbreakingly raw about her writing and her latest collection of essays is at the top of my 2021 TBR.

An Underrated Memoir

Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield. This was book I read with my university book club and one that really surprised me! Who would have thought a musical memoir would be a instant page turner for me? Everything about it was so raw and real, plus the unique playlists for each chapter were a fabulous addition. Sheffield is an American music journalist and long time contributing editor at Rolling Stone, so if into music then I highly recommend you that you check this out!

A Book With Fewer Than 10,000 Ratings on Goodreads

The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan. I always rave about this book, but it’s such an underrated book that deserves endless praise! I’m usually a reader driven by plot rather than character but this book completely subverted that. Coggan’s beautifully evocative prose and world building surrounds a battling story of love and death that will break readers hearts. The characterisation and development is what makes this book truly stunning, Haley’s succession to becoming the Witchling is one heck of a journey that I’m thankful to have experienced.

A Book With a LGBTQ+ Protagonist

I couldn’t decide between They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera or Song of Achillies by Madeline Miller so I’m just going to recommend both of them! Both of these books will break your heart so be sure to have the tissues at the ready!

A Book By a Trans/Non-Binary Author

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. I loved this book so much and it makes my little heart flutter just thinking about it! This was a profoundly moving story about self-discovery, love and revenge and one which took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It was honest, it was real and it was story that I feel honoured to have experienced.

A Book with More Than 500 Pages

My mind instantly went to A Court of Silver Flames, but everyone’s already reading that, so I’m going to choose something completely different and pick Crescent City! 😅 Once again, Maas excels at creating a unique fantasy world filled with an equally fantastic cast of characters and an unexpected storyline that is never once predictable. Like I’ve said before, I could read Sarah’s shopping list, and I’d love it! There’s just something wonderfully magical about her writing that sends me head over heels and into her captivating worlds and adventures. 

A short story collection

I haven’t read many short stories, but I am a big fan of flash fiction. Flash fiction for those who don’t know, is a short piece of fiction that sometimes centres around a snap-shot filled with open-ended questions and a shroud of mystery. I was first introduced to the format whilst studying it at university and instantly fell in love with its ability to hold so much story and possibility within only a couple of hundred words and knew it was something I wanted to try and replicate.

A book you want everyone to read

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson *wink wink* I don’t think it’s possible for me to complete a book tag without mentioning Brandon Sanderson, Sarah J Maas or Madeline Miller! It’s no secret that this is one of my favourite books EVER, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop recommending it. I’m tempted to re-read it and experience the wonder and brilliance all over again!

I want to say a HUGE thank you to Ally for tagging me, I had so much fun answering these questions, and I hope everyone found some great book recommendations! I really enjoyed this tag, so I’m tagging anyone who has any of these books on their TBR!

The Mystery Blogger Award

I haven’t done a book tag in ages, they’re so much fun do, so I thought now would be a perfect time! I want to say a huge thank you to the lovely Georgia @Lost in Neverland for tagging me and if you don’t already follow her then please do, she’s so lovely is always posting fabulous content that I know you will all enjoy! Book tags are the perfect way to get to know everyone better, so I hope you enjoy reading my answers and learning a little more about me! 

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate some other bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me:

1. I’m a dreamer, and one of my lifelong aspirations is to one day own a little independent bookshop somewhere. It would be filled with endless shelves, cosy reading spots, and a quiet little cafe. It would be the perfect bookstagram location and a wonderful escape for readers and writers alike. But right now, the dream is to work in publishing and to share incredible stories with the world.

2. One of my favourite places in the world is the self-proclaimed book-town of Hay-On-Wye. Not only is it a celebrated book town that hosts a fabulous literary festival each year, but it’s also a place that encapsulates the warmth and serenity of any typical Welsh town. To me, it’s like a second home and will forever provide me with that little bit of joy. Even thinking about it and all of its bookshops is making me feel all warm and cosy inside. It was also at the Hay Literary Festival where I met one of my all-time favourite authors Sarah J Maas, her work has had a huge impact on my life, and I look forward to returning to the festival next year.

3. And finally, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I make the BEST lasagne! I used to cook for all of my friends at University, and it was one of my go-to crowd pleaser dishes!

Georgia’s Questions:
Do you have a TBR for March?

Yes! It’s not as big as my usual TBR, but my aim next month is to clear my bookshelf and finally read some of the forgotten books on my shelf! The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern is at the top of my list at the moment and I can’t wait to experience more of her magic.

Do you prefer to read inside or outside?

What I’d give to be on a sun-bed in Greece with a pile of books and not a worry in the world! I love reading outside in summer when it’s lovely and warm but I also love my book nook! It’s the perfect cosy space for those winter evenings or when its dark and stormy outside.

If you could meet a book heroine or hero, who would it be?

I’d give anything to meet any one of Sarah J Maas’s characters, especially Nesta or Azriel! I’d like to think that Azriel would whisk me away somewhere and I’d love to have a girly sleepover with Nesta, Gwyn and Emerie at the House of Wind! I’ve got lots of romance recommendations that I think they’d love!

If you had to burn a book, which would it be?

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. I really enjoyed the first book in the series but everything went downhill after that and it got way too confusing!

Do any bloggers inspire you, if so, who?

SO MANY! The book blogging community is one that is always so supportive and loving and I want to say a HUGE thank you to every single one of you! But I want to highlight a few favourites, and if you’re still not following them then please go and do so!

I might be biased because Georgia tagged me in this post, but she’s so supportive and lovely! Not only does she has great taste in books but she’s constantly posting fun and creative posts that I love to read. Other bloggers I love include Sofii @A Book. A Thought, Becky @Becky’s Book Blog and Ahaana Windows to Worlds! They all radiate positivity and joy, and continue to inspire me to create fun and unique content! They all succeed in making the blogging community such a wonderful and welcoming place and their comments never fail to make me smile!

My Questions
  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What’s your go-to karaoke song?
  3. What book character would you like to hang out with if you were having a bad day?
  4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
  5. Favourite quote?

And finally, I want to nominate some new blogs I’ve discovered recently:

Lea @Lea’s Literary Life

Shannen @Rekindled Bibliophile

Em @Em And Her Books

Aarushi @Aarushi Reads

Louise @Lou’s Book Stuff

And anyone else who wants to give this tag a go!

Classic Fairytales That Need More YA Retellings

I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for a good-old fairytale retelling! And what I love even more is watching an author subvert and adapt these classic adventures to create new and exciting storylines that we can’t help but love. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas and Heartless and The Luna Chronicles by Marissa Myers are a perfect examples of this, not only are they both wonderful retellings that only use the basic framework of the original story but they use their characters to create something entirely different and unique.

Growing up Beauty and the Beast was always one of my favourite Disney classics, but after reading so many different retellings I’m getting a little bored of the same old storyline, which breaks my heart because it’s such a beautiful tale! This then got me thinking about all the other incredible and magical stories that have yet to be retold and adapted, so I wanted to share a few of my favourites that I believe need more attention!

This has been one of my favourite posts to write this year, and has even inspired me to start writing some modern day fairytale inspired flash-fiction that I hope to share in the future! So if you’re up for the challenge or are looking for a new writing prompt then I challenge you to adapt one of your favourite fairytales!

I loved re-searching all the different fairytales from around the world, so much so that I’ve had to write an entirely different post about some of my new favourites that I found as well as the Myths that I think need retellings, so keep an eye out for them soon!

And finally, shout out to the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson for creating some wonderfully dark fantasy fables!

Peter Pan – This whole idea about not growing up sounds pretty good to me, being an adult is WAY too stressful! This beloved children’s classic has so much potential and I can see it being adapted as both a fantasy but also a contemporary novel. I can also see it as a sci-fi inspired adventure, with Neverland being some distant planet with a secret.

Jack and the Beanstalk – What if Jack found something else at the top of the beanstalk? What if instead of a beanstalk, Jack climbed out of a broken elevator only to find a portal leading to a hidden world?

Rapunzel – Tangled is hands down my favourite Disney film EVER, so it’s only right that I request more Rapunzel inspired reading. I loved Cress by Marissa Myers but I need more, so any recommendations would be great!

Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet tells the story of the doomed love of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette. Prince Siegfried goes out hunting one night and chases a group of swans – one of which transforms into a young woman, Odette, who explains that she and her companions were turned into swans by the evil Baron Von Rothbart. The spell can only be broken if someone who has never loved before swears an oath of undying love and promises to marry her. This tale of broken hearts and deception is one that is packed full of drama and one which I could see featuring an enemies-to-lovers-to-enemies dynamic?

The Frog Prince – Another Disney favourite that I’d love to see! If we break it down, the story ultimately revolves around a fatal kiss and from that there is endless opportunity!

The Little Match Girl – This is such a underrated and beautifully heartbreaking story and focuses on a dying child’s dreams and hope. I’d love to see this powerful story used as a narrative to raise attention for youth homelessness.

The Twelve Brothers – One of the lesser known tales by The Brothers Grimm but ultimately is a tale about who should inherit a mighty kingdom. A king wants to kill his twelve sons, but only if his thirteenth child would be a girl. This way, she alone can inherit his kingdom. The Queen warns her son and urges them to escape into the forest where they are forced to live, until they are discovered by their sister years later. I’m a sucker for a fantasy that focuses on a fight for the throne and is another classic fairytale with lots of potential.

A Christmas Nutcracker – A Christmas classic that I’d love to see adapted into a romanic and lighthearted festive contemporary!

The Twelve Dancing Princesses – Aside from the cinematic masterpiece that is Barbie and the Twelve Dancing Princesses, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this story adapted. In short the story follows 12 princesses who are locked away securely every night by the king, but in the morning their dancing shoes are found to be worn through as if they had been dancing all night. Determined to uncover their secret the King offers a reward to anyone who can uncover their whereabouts every night, and is revealed by a solider that every night they escape through a trap door to meet 12 waiting princes and embark on a night of fun and dancing.

The Liebster Award #5 & #6

This is one of my favourite tags as the questions are always different (you’ll never get the same question twice), and its the perfect opportunity to get to know other bloggers better! I’ve been fortunate enough to nominated twice for this tag so I want to say a HUGE thank you to both Pilar @The Bookworm Shelf and Lily @Lilly’s Little Library for nominating me and for sending some great questions to answer! I had so much fun answering them so make sure you check out their blogs, as they are both so lovey and are always posting fabulous content that I know you will all enjoy! 

The rules are simple, answer all the questions created by the person who nominated you and then its your turn to nominate other bloggers to answer your own questions!

Pilar’s questions!

Favourite Ship?

My mind went straight to Feyre and Rhys from ACOMAF, and even though they are one of my ultimate fictional couples, I wanted to choose someone different. Other couples I love include Kaz and Inejz from Six of Crows, Elend and Vin from Mistborn and of course Bryce and Hunt from Crescent City. Can you see I have a type? Anyone tall, dark and handsome, so if the universe would like to send me ANY fictional crush then that would be greatly appreciated!

Favourite blog post you have ever written?

I never thought of having a favourite blog post, but I really enjoyed writing my review of Out of Love by Hazel Hayes, as well as my read-a-thon where I Read Like Rory Gilmore for a Week. I also love my new feature Blog Posts I Loved This Month as I always think its good to celebrate and highlight some of the amazing posts people publish!

Most disappointing book you’ve read this year?

The Cup and The Prince by Day Leitao. This is probably one of my biggest disappointments of 2020 and it breaks my heart to admit that because I hate writing bad reviews. As many of you know I was hooked by this book’s synopsis but sadly this is one of those rare cases of a great premise but not so great execution.

The longest book you have ever read?

Both Game of Thrones and Little Women are chunky reads, but I read them on ebook so that I wasn’t intimidated by their size!

Any series that you’re currently watching or movies that you saw recently?

I’ve fallen back into the Vampire Diaries trap, but since Netflix rudely removed the show earlier this month, I’ve had to settle with The Originals; I need my fix of gorgeous and mysterious vampires!

I also binge-watched Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and it was adorable, the perfect show to watch in the lead up to Christmas. I remember reading the book years ago and falling in love with the storyline, and although I can’t remember everything that happens in the book, it felt like the show was a pretty honest and accurate adaption!

Do you ever get film cravings, or is it just me? The other day I had a real need to re-watch Catching Fire, because that film is PERFECT and one of my all time favourites. I could honestly watch that film every day for the rest of my life and would still love it!

The holiday season is here! What is your favorite holiday and why?

Christmas! Everything is so magical and its the perfect time to spend with your family! Plus I love giving gifts and particularly enjoy a good Christmas dinner!

What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

I’ve had to restrain myself and only pick a couple! Firstly, slow walkers. I understand that its nice to amble along from time to time but I’ve got places to be! Also when you can hear other peoples music through their headphones especially when I’m on the train. Nobody needs to her your heavy metal EDM music, pal, so please keep it to yourself! And lastly people with an inflated sense of their own importance. Just no.

Name three things that you love doing (besides reading and writing). Why do you love them?

I’m really into running and walking at the moment especially with the UK being back in lockdown! Its the perfect way to clear my mind and enjoy the beautiful countryside that’s right on my doorstep. I’m also big into rugby (watching not playing) so at the weekends its very likely that you’ll find me shouting at the television. Finally, I love to travel and did have some amazing travel plans this year that were sadly cancelled, hopefully next year it will be safe to travel and I experience more of the world!

If you don’t mind, what is one of the most embarrassing moments you have had?

Where to start? It’s probably when I was ‘accidentally’ pushed down the stairs of a nightclub and I went FLYING and even managed to take out a few people on the way down! I was completely sober and a friend behind me stumbled and the rest is history! It’s been three years and it’s still something we all laugh about, I’m just glad that no one managed to get the CCTV footage!

If you could have anything right now, what would you ask for?

A job. LOL. No but seriously if anyone wants to hire me then I’m here! Although I love my current job, I’m desperately searching for something with more career progression and that relates to my degree. The dream however would be to have my own little bookshop and cafe! I’d also really love a cure for this virus!

Tell me a weird/ fun fact about you.

I can touch my tongue to my nose! And I have a level one certificate in sign language!

Lilly’s Questions

If you could live anywhere in OUR world, where would you live?

EDINBURGH! I’d honestly give my left arm to finally move out and have a little flat in Edinburgh. The city has this wonderfully magical element to it, so whatever the weather the city still looks beautiful. Plus there are so many hidden gems and historical aspects just waiting to be explored.

What’s your favorite food?

I’m a proper foodie so I’ll pretty much devour anything! But I do love a good old bowl of pasta or a chunky burger, the bigger the better! Last year I went to Rome and the food there was INCREDIBLE, I’d 100% just go back for the food!

If you could choose to be any magical creature for the rest of your life, what would you be?

A dragon, duh! How cool would that be! Or a mermaid, that would be pretty fun! OR I could live out my Vampire Diaries fantasies and book a one way ticket to Mystic Falls as a vampire! I can’t choose!

Would you rather live 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future?

100% in the past!

What character’s life would you most like to live?

I love this question! I’m currently reading the Caraval series so I think I’d like to be Scarlet so I could experience the wonder of Caraval, plus I’d get to spend some quality time with Julian!

What battery percentage is your device on right now?

28%, I like to live on the edge, and I don’t think its ever 100%! I’m constantly using it wether its for work, reading, blogging or check my socials, I’m embarrassed to share my screen time!

If you could only have one hobby from here on out (besides reading of course, how could anyone live without reading?) what would it be?

I think I’d choose writing. I did attempt NaNoWriMo this year (but more on that in my next blog post), and I have such an active imagination that I need an output to channel all my thoughts and ideas!

What is your current favourite song?

I have an Emergency Taylor Swift playlist on my Spotify account for when I’m having a bad day and that’s been getting a lot of attention recently! I’m also loving a bit of Léon, her album Apart has been on repeat all week!

If you could change your first name right now, what would you choose?

I’ve always liked the name Emma, I don’t know why? I’m pretty happy with Amy though, so if given the choice I think I’d stick with my original name!

What book got you into reading?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling! I remember being really determined to finish this book and prove to everyone that I could easily read 600+ pages! Future Amy is still very impressed and thankful for past Amy’s determination.

What’s your favorite book?

I can’t pick just one but my top three are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Finale Empire by Brandon Sanderson and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas!

My Questions

  1. In a movie of your life, who would play you?
  2. Whose blog should I follow?
  3. Why did you start blogging?
  4. What’s your karaoke song?
  5. What book character would you like to hang out with if you were having a bad day?
  6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
  7. What’s your Hogwarts house?
  8. Favourite quote?
  9. What is your top tip to beat a reading slump?
  10. Best book you’ve read, so far, this year?
  11. What book would you like to see under your Christmas tree this year?

I Tag

Anyone who’s new here (or who just likes my questions!) as I want to get to know everyone better! Plus I’ve recently hit 600 followers which is mad, so THANK YOU!

The Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Happy Halloween! I’m a bit too old now to be going trick-or-treating but that doesn’t stop me from ‘celebrating’ Halloween, and by celebrating I mean sitting on the sofa eating lots of chocolate whilst watching something spooky! Anyway, I saw book tag this floating around the blogging community and thought it would be perfect for today!

Also, I’m SIX away from hitting 600 followers, so if you like what you see then please give me a follow! Anyway, I hope you enjoy and as always if you’ve done this tag then please leave a link in the comments as I love reading other peoples answers!

Witch: A magical character or book

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This is a wonderfully captivating read that takes place in a unique and complex world crafted with the upmost perfection and thought. There is no limits or bounds to Schwabs imagination, she has the ability to successfully transports readers to a world of chaos and magic. If you’re looking for a unique and fast paced fantasy adventure then this is the series for you!

Werewolf: The perfect book to read at night

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is the perfect book for that cosy winter evening, as you curl up on the sofa under your blanket with your cup of tea! Morgenstern includes every element you’d want in a book, a whirlwind romance, a beguiling mystery and peculiar characters that drive the story. This truly captivating adventure is proof that magic does exists. I know I always go on about this book but it truly is a masterpiece.

Frankenstein: A book that truly shocked you

Mistborn: The Final Empire. I don’t think its possible to do a book tag without mentioning the Mistborn series! Everything that happens in this series is unexpected, there were so many moments that left me speechless!

The Devil: A dark or evil character

The Darkling! He’s one of my favourite villains and words can’t describe how excited I am to see him in the new TV adaptation!

Grim Reaper: A character that never should have died

Where do I start? I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll stick with the obvious which is Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Fred Weasley from Harry Potter. All of their deaths broke my heart, they all deserved their own happy ending!

Zombie: A book that made you hungry for more

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas. I’m beyond excited for A Court of Silver Flames and this book left us with so many unanswered questions that I need answering ASAP! I’m so excited to see more of Nesta and Cassian’s blossoming relationship and to see what Sarah has in store next for my favourite characters.

Gargoyle: A character that you would protect at all cost

Azriel from ACOMAF or Ronan from The Raven Boys. My mysterious and soft hearted boys who I love unconditionally! Sarah please be kind to Azriel in the next book, he deserves a happy ending.

Vampire: A book that sucked the life out of you

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab. This book ruined me and broke my heart in to millions of little pieces. Everything about it was beautiful, a true masterpiece! I’m still trying to find the words to express my love for this book but do keep your eyes peeled for a glistening review soon!

Ghost: A book that still haunts you

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde or Out of Love by Hazel Hayes. Both these books have stayed with me long after reading them, they are both beautifully written and intricately personal. Their words have the unique ability to come to life with their deep and thought provoking meaning that leaves you in awe.

Demon: A book that really scared you

The Shinning by Stephen King. I read this book whilst I was studying at university and loved it. In this case the book is better than the film and scared the living daylights out of me. I 100% agree with Joey, this book is scary enough to keep in the freezer!

Skeleton: A character you have a bone to pick with

Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments. Earlier this year I re-read the first book in the series and realised just how annoying and selfish she really is, she needs a good shake and attitude adjustment! Admittedly she does get a little more bearable and mature as the series continues and goes through some good character development.

Mummy: A book you would preserve throughout time

Both Circe and Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller! I’ve fallen utterly in love with these books and her writing, so if you’ve yet to dive into her wonderful world of Greek Mythology then you’re seriously missing out. There’s just something poetic and real about her writing that brings these stories to life and I just can’t get enough.

Creepy Doll: A cover too scary to look at

The new ACOTAR covers…