The 20 Questions Book Tag

Another tag that I found on YA Books Daily is this one – The 20 Questions Book Tag. I’ve only quickly scanned over the questions weeks ago, so I’m looking forward to going into this with no idea of what I’ll respond!

1. How many books is too many in a series?
I personally love a trilogy; it’s not too much but there’s not too little either! It totally depends on the series though.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Ugh. I’m so impatient that I don’t like them! The only time they work is when the rest of the series is already out so I can just go straight onto it haha!

img_37893. Hardback or paperback?
Whilst I am a sucker for a beautiful hardback, I do prefer to read a paperback.

4. Favourite book?
I have too many to choose from! It all depends on genre and what I’m in the mood for. Let’s go for the most obvious choice – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

5. Least favourite book?
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield. SO BAD AND DISTRESSING!

6. Love triangles, yes or no?
I do love a good love triangle…if it’s done well. So long as they’re not for the sake of it, they’re good!

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
Nothing Tastes As Good by Claire Hennessy. I think I made it about 10 pages in; definition of a triggering and poorly written book.

8. A book you’re currently reading?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes audiobook…it’s SO GOOD. I love this book, and luckily I’m loving the audiobook too!

e80e9ad4-2eb2-44ee-9eb4-91a8e9c8e5d59. Last book you recommended to someone?
I’m always recommending books haha, though I’ll go for The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie because it’s out today and I’m very excited to reread it.

10. Oldest book you’ve read?
I’d have to say Macbeth by William Shakespeare…I actually kind enjoyed it too!

11. Newest book you’ve read?
Because of You by Eve Ainsworth…which comes out in July. Very new and shiny!

12. Favourite author?
I’m going to have to go for the lady who’s responsible for my love of reading – Enid Blyton

the goldfish boy13. Buying books or borrowing?
Buying! My OCD means that I still really struggle with touching second hand books!

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
Paper Butterflies…it gets so many good reviews but I just can’t get my head around it!

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?
Bookmarks. I can’t deal with dog ears!

16. A book you’ll always reread?
HARRY POTTER! I try to have an annual reread.

17. Can you read while listening to music?
Not really, I can sometimes read to music that’s in the background like classical or the radio, but generally no.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?
I love both, but I would have to say that I’ve always swayed towards multiple POVs.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I used to be a one sitting person, but unfortunately working full time and being a sleepy person means that it’s multiple days these days!

57506168_433672453868607_531903434716744590_n20. A book you read because of the cover?
Hmm…I am a sucker for a beautiful cover. Malamander by Thomas Taylor is one that springs to mind because I wanted to buy it for the cover and it sounded pretty good, and then I read it and OMG IT’S AMAZING.

That was quite a fun one to do; it really got me thinking about my likes and dislikes with books!

kayleigh

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Top Ten Tuesday: 11th June 2019

Hello and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. I’ve seen lots of people taking part in this tag this week, and I’ve been looking forward to writing my own! I’ve loved all the posts I’ve seen, and it’s been really interesting! This week’s topic is:

Unpopular Bookish Opinions

  1. I don’t like USYA contemporaries. Growing up in England and being very British means that I just don’t relate to the characters or the stories and am not a fan at all. That’s not to say that they’re all bad; they just don’t appeal to me! Off the top of my head, the only exception I can think of is Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds.
  2. I don’t like “literary fiction”. When I first became a bookseller, I encountered a lot of snobbery when I said that I don’t enjoy reading classics and love children’s books…they’re just not for me! There are literally a handful that I’ve loved and they’ve all been fairly short or are very modern for their times.
  3. I can’t stand Julia Donaldson. This may not be such an unpopular opinion among people who don’t have children and who have either a. read her books or b. met her. I’ve heard so many bad stories of how vile she is to booksellers and readers! Add to that her books have next to no morals, don’t flow very well and are long-winded and dull…I just don’t like them!
  4. UK paperbacks > US paperbacks. I don’t like floppy books!
  5. I don’t think that proofs should be sent out unsolicited to booksellers or bloggers. I saw so many books get sent out to booksellers when I used to work in a bookshop, and they had no intention of reading half of them! Admittedly, that’s in part due to time constraints, but also a lot of the time they’re of no interest to the bookseller. I think that people having to choose which ones they request adds accountability for reviewing and for reading.
  6. Let children read what they want to read. I see all too often people saying to their children that they need to read something for their age or something more challenging or a classic…yes, it’s great to read something out of your comfort zone, but don’t do that until you have an avid and confident reader on your hands! Whilst I don’t like some books like Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates, you can’t deny that children love to read them and at least they’re reading. Heck, I’m 25 and I still buy and read picture books for me!
  7. Shiny picture books are awful. Give me matte picture books any day!
  8. I don’t enjoy reading science fiction books. It’s just a genre I’ve never loved and I can’t get into it!
  9. I don’t agree with the whole insisting on diverse books and discriminating against what was in the past the “norm”. Please let me explain this one! I think it’s amazing that there are so many diverse books out there, but I don’t like how some people actively won’t read a book because the main character is a straight white female. Yes, in the past there has been the majority of books aimed at this audience, which was wrong, but we mustn’t forget that those readers do still exist and so it’s vital that everyone is represented and it doesn’t go the other way. I love diverse books where that’s not used as the main plot and where it’s just a matter of fact. Maybe that’s just me, because I’m a straight white female and I really don’t mind if someone is gay or a different race to me (why anyone would is beyond me!) and I don’t like how it’s become such a focus, when it should always be about good books that people love and not about who the author is in terms of race and sexuality. I really hope that this opinion makes sense!
  10. I don’t like Waterstones. If you’ve followed me for a while, you might know that I can’t stand this company and have been very badly treated by managers. I know I’m not the exception, and I feel so sad for anyone who posts that they would love to work there because I know firsthand how it’s not the company that us booklovers have grown up thinking it is!

Wow. That was such a fun yet nerve-wracking post to write…

It does feel good to get out all my bookish irritations out though! Please don’t hesitate to comment if anything doesn’t make sense or you want to discuss any!

What are your unpopular bookish opinions?

kayleigh

The Cheesy Goodness Book Tag

Hello! I love doing tag posts, and on my quest to find some new and fun ones to do I came across The Cheesy Goodness Book Tag. As a lover of a good cheese board and books, this tag stood out and was one I definitely wanted to have a go at! This tag was originally created by Fire and Rain Books, although I did discover it through YA Books Daily as part of their Book Tag Sunday series – definitely go and check out their posts!

1. Cheddar, The Classic Cheese: Pick Your Favorite Classic Novel

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I’d have to say that my favourite classic novel is definitely The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I’m not a massive fan of classics; I just have never really enjoyed them or got into them. However, I couldn’t put this one down and I love that it’s not too daunting!

2. Swiss, The Hole-y Cheese: Pick an Emotional Rollercoaster

Image result for swiss cheeseAll The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven sticks out for this one; this book is the definition of an emotional rollercoaster!

3. Blue Cheese, The Controversial Cheese: Name an Unpopular Opinion

Image result for blue cheeseI have absolutely no intention of reading The Hate You Give. It doesn’t sound like a book that’ll interest me in the slightest and I feel like it’s been a bit of a “let’s all jump on the bandwagon” kind of book. I do get that it’s an important topic though!

4. Brie, The Favorite Cheese: Name an Author You Always Want More From

Image result for brie cheeseHow do I decide this?! It depends on the genre and everything…I’m going to go with YA Contemporary and therefore Sara Barnard. I ADORE her books and always want to read on and on!

5. Gouda, The Dutch Cheese: A Book That Makes You Want to Travel

Image result for gouda cheeseHmm…so there are two ways that I’ve thought about this. The first is books that feature travel and so make me want to travel, and the book that springs to mind is The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie (amazing bookish roadtrip!). Then, on the other hand, are books that make me want to travel because they remind me of being on holiday, and the one for this is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I read this whilst on a cruise ship sailing around the Mediterranean so of course it brings back good memories!

6. American, The Fake Cheese: Your Least Favourite Book

Image result for american cheeseI’m between books for this. One title that immediately came to mind is Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield. Years after reading it I’m still yet to find a book that left me feeling so uncomfortable throughout reading it and wasn’t enjoyable in the slightest. Its one redeeming factor is that the writing itself was brilliant. Another book in the running is Nothing Tastes As Good by Claire Hennessy. I recently DNFd this one on account of the writing being awful and highly triggering.

7. Colby Jack, The Mixed Cheese: Pick Your Favourite Ship

Image result for colby jack cheeseRHYS AND FEYRE! I adore these two together and Rhys…oh how I love him.

8. Mozzarella Cheese, The Simple Cheese: An Old Favourite You’ll Never Stop Loving

Image result for mozzarella cheeseI have so many of these; I love to hoard and reread my favourite books! I think for this one I’m going to go for the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton as she’s the main reason that I adore reading so much!

9. Pepper Jack, The Spicy Cheese: A Book You Can’t Judge by the Cover

Image result for pepper jack cheeseI’m going to go for a cover change; The Diamond of Drury Lane was rereleased with HORRIBLE new covers which totally don’t do the book justice! I love this series so much and I’ve seen so many people turn up their nose at the newer covers. Luckily, they have released a new edition of the first book which is much prettier!

10. Muenster Cheese, The Monster Cheese: A Villain that Should Never Have the Chance to Eat Cheese Again

Image result for muenster cheeseThe King of Adarlan is hands down one of my least favourite villains; he’s pure evil!

Well this was a fun tag to do! I learnt some new cheeses (some of my favourites weren’t on here, but I’d never heard of others!). I tag anyone who loves cheese and books to have a go!

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 19th May 2019

Hello! I’ve been fairly quiet on the reading front; it was Mental Health Awareness Week so I tried to do a post most days for that. Please do feel free to check them out! However, linking in to that, I’ve been really struggling with the side effects of reducing my medication this week so have been so sleepy and tired so I just haven’t had a chance to read! Anyway, this week’s Six for Sunday has me thinking about which books I simply must get around to! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

The Ever Growing TBR: 2019 books I want to read

  1. 51836878_259219134954383_139597421038497182_nFinale – Stephanie Garber
  2. Starfell – Dominique Valente
  3. img_4517The Day I Was Erased – Lisa Thompson
  4. A Girl Called Shameless – Laura Steven
  5. A Pinch of Magic – Michelle Harrison
  6. A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

I can’t believe I haven’t got around to these ones yet; they’re all books that I’ve been so excited to read! Have you read any of these and think I need to make time ASAP?

kayleigh

 

Six for Sunday: 5th May 2019

It’s always good when you go to edit the previous week’s post to do this week’s and find that you also went book shopping last Sunday! Today, I was fairly restrained again…I bought another three books! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

The Ever Growing TBR: 2018 books still unread

  1. img_3179Peril in Paris – Katherine Woodfine
  2. The Mermaid – Christina Henry
  3. i stop somewhereThe Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
  4. Skylarks – Karen Gregory
  5. The Colour of the Sun – David Almond
  6. I Stop Somewhere – T.E. Carter

So last year was a learning curve with regards to NetGalley…I still have a fair backlog of 2018 titles that I need to get to! Have you read any of these?

kayleigh

 

WWW Wednesday: 1st May 2019

Good evening! I thought I’d check in with a WWW Wednesday post, seeing as I haven’t done one since March…

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What are you currently reading? 

I won a finished copy of Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly (you may remember it from March when I received a proof) and I know I really need to get my bum into gear and read it! I honestly did love what I read, but have just not had enough focus for a fantasy book, but I’m planning on going to bed early tonight and reading!

What did you recently finish reading?

I read a whole book last week (hurrah!) and I LOVED it! It was The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie, and I can’t wait to get reviewing whilst I eagerly wait for it to publish so I can reread it!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t know to be honest haha! I’m still working my way through my April TBR…

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 28th April 2019

Today I’ve had a fairly bookish day as I got to spend some time in several bookshops! I was very good and only bought three! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Kid’s Lit Represent: 2019 KidLit Recommendations

  1. 55837766_2162176580518359_8716889922690661966_nA Girl Called Justice – Elly Griffiths
  2. The Golden Butterfly – Sharon Gosling
  3. The Star-Spun Web – Sinéad O’Hart
  4. img_4359Murder Most Unladylike Book 8 – Robin Stevens
  5. The Day I Was Erased – Lisa Thompson
  6. A Pinch of Magic – Michelle Harrison

I’ve read the first three and LOVED them! I highly highly recommend checking them out! The next three are ones that I’m excited to get to this year that are either out already or coming soon! Have you read any of these/are you going to?

kayleigh

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 23rd April 2019

Hello! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

First Books I Reviewed

  1. THE GOLDFISH BOY – Lisa Thompson
  2. WITCH FOR A WEEK – Kaye Umansky, Ashley King
  3. SUNFLOWERS IN FEBRUARY – Phyllida Shrimpton
  4. THE SMOKING HOURGLASS – Jennifer Bell, Karl J Mountford
  5. THE LIGHT JAR – Lisa Thompson
  6. THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS – Emily Barr
  7. THE TRUTH AND LIES OF ELLA BLACK – Emily Barr
  8. THE HAZEL WOOD – Melissa Albert
  9. ALMOST ANYTHING – Sophy Henn
  10. THE SACRIFICE BOX – Martin Stewart

Some of the reviews that I’m most proud of are included here! I didn’t realise quite how many books I’ve reviewed in the past year or so!

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 21st April 2019

Hello! I’m liking this month’s topic of children’s books! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Kid’s Lit Represent: 2018 KidLit Recommendations

  1. death in the spotlightDeath in the Spotlight – Robin Stevens
  2. The Truth Pixie – Matt Haig
  3. The Light Jar – Lisa Thompson
  4. the eye of the northThe Eye of the North – Sinéad O’Hart
  5. The Secret Seven: The Mystery of the Skull – Pamela Butchart
  6. A Spoonful of Murder – Robin Stevens

2018 was a fairly quiet year I felt for Middle Grade, but, that said, the ones that did come out were incredible! I loved all of the books I’ve chosen today. Have you read any of them?

kayleigh

 

Six for Sunday: 14th April 2019

Good evening! I’m back today with another Six for Sunday post after a very busy week! I joined the gym and am so proud of myself! Anyway, back to books…this week’s topic was so so hard to narrow down to six! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Kid’s Lit Represent: Books From My Childhood

  1. Midnight For Charlie Bone – Jenny Nimmo
  2. First Term at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton
  3. The Great Good Thing – Roderick Townley
  4. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
  5. The Doomspell – Cliff McNish
  6. The Prophecy of the Gems – Flavia Bujor

Have you read any of these? I can’t wait to reread them all!

kayleigh