Mid Year Freak Out Tag 2020

Where has 2020 gone?? How is it July and why did we decide to skip June this year? Anyway whatever stuff is happening (and there is a lot of stuff happening) at least we can all have a comforting Mid Year Freak Out Tag about books.

I was tagged in this a while ago, so long ago I have actually managed to loose the notification on who tagged me. But thank you mysterious blogger of the past, my disorganised self does appreciate it. I nabbed the questions from Paper Fury’s blog, no idea if they’re the same ones I was originally tagged in but these things tend to change with each new blogger anyway.

You can find my 2018 Mid Year Freak Out Tag here, I seem to have missed 2019 oops. I’m tagging: Secret Library of Books, Becky’s Book Blog, JJBook Blog, HTKing and anyone who just fancies doing the tag!

Best book youโ€™ve read so far in 2020

Cinder

This was a hard choice because I loved Slay, One of Us is Next and The Foundling so much but overall I went with Cinder. I was absolutely enchanted by this cyborg mechanic in the future desperate to escape while discovering she might be Earth’s only hope. I read it in days it was so good.

Best sequel youโ€™ve read so far in 2020

Children of Virtue and Vengeance

So I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about this one but honestly I loved it. I really enjoyed the setting and thought it added a lot of new complexities to Amari and Zelie’s characters, my only issue really was I felt the pacing felt a bit off.

New release you havenโ€™t read yet, but want to

A Heart so Fierce and Broken

Where do I begin? This is a long list of books but overall I’ve gone with A Heart so Fierce and Broken because I did really enjoy A Curse so Dark and Lonely and am very disappointed I still haven’t managed to see Wren, Harper and Grey in the sequel. Also I have completely forgotten the twist at the end of the first one now?? So it’s not looking good.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

The Cousins

After loving One of Us is Lying, One of Us is Next and Two Can Keep a Secret I am completely excited for McManus’s next book, bring on the murder mystery.

Biggest disappointment

Priory of the Orange Tree

That orange cover with the pretty blue glittery dragon and the swirling blue title. Urg it’s amazing, I snap so pictures of this beauty for my insta, it was 100% a cover buy. And about dragons. How did I not love this book? How can a book about dragon riders and dragon slayers and dragon plagues and other mythical animals be so boring? And slow?

Biggest surprise

The Sun is Also A Star

Building on the yucky love at first sight trope, a whole romance set in a day, and just being contemporary at all I did not expect to love this novel. But I definitely did. I did find Daniel a bit pushy at times with the whole love thing but I loved Natasha (I was definitely the brainy science kid who wanted to be a data scientist) and found that nearly 400 pages crammed in a couple hours actually worked??

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Beth O’Leary

Gosh I love her books. The Flatshare and The Switch were both so heart warming and honestly I feel they perfectly represent what it’s like to be a young professional in the UK right now? Tiffy and Leena felt so real to me with their tiny London flats, crazy jobs and realistic and heart warming friendships.

Newest fictional ship

Ali and Nahri

This question was originally my newest fictional crush but I don’t really have any fictional crushes. My brain is just far to sensible to entertain the notion. So, instead, I’m picking a new ship which is Ali and Nahri from City of Brass. Nahri is technically meant to be with Dara in this book but as I said many times in my review this relationship has SO MANY PROBLEMS and I 100% ship Nahri with anyone else, particularly the kind but slightly hopeless prince, although I equally feel she’d be great single.

Newest favorite character

Kiera from Slay

I absolutely loved Kiera, the black computer scientist who built a famous VR video game in her free time. She was also the first female computer scientist in a book that I’ve read who actually knows her stuff and is 100% a programmer, so yes I’m a fan!

Book that made you cry

The Mercies

The Mercies didn’t make me cry but I honestly haven’t cried at a book since I was a very little kid (I’ve grown into a weathered stone of unmoving) but The Mercies was super tragic. What was more tragic was reading the original true story on Wikipedia because it was no where near as happy as Millwood Hargrave portrays it.

Book that made you happy

The Foundling

The ending to this was so sweet. I loved reading about old London and seeing a Victorian co-parent relationship form between the two mothers. I loved the characters, especially Bess, Kezia and Lyle.

Most beautiful book youโ€™ve bought so far this year (or received)

The Starless Sea

This book is so pretty. I have received messages from people just telling me how pretty this book is on my Instagram feed. And yes it features on a ridiculous number of my instagram posts, with that golden bee and pretty blue swirls.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

New VE Schwab new VE Schwab. Eeek. I loved the Shades of Magic series and Vicious and Vengeful are up there for my all time favourite reads (because Sydney and Mitch and the best side kicks ever). I’m so ready for an immortal invisible girl.

Favourite book community member

Jo of the Tagged Book Lovers Blog

This wasn’t even a hard one. Friends since 14 over a love of Percy Jackson and now, a decade later, still friends and still sharing a love of Greek myths and fantasy. And also she has the best book recs.

National Day Tag

I’m back! With another Blogtober post. This one is a tag I was linked to a ridiculously long time ago. The aim is to look at the national days taking place on the day you do the tag and suggest a book that sort of fits that prompt. Thanks to Waves of Pages for coming up with and tagging me in it’s pilot!


National Child Health Day

Muse of Nightmares

This one springs to mind because Mina is most definitely not a well child by the end of this book.


National Consignment Day

A Darker Shade of Magic

Consignment is all about delivering goods and Kell used to take objects from Red London to Grey London and Holland transports between White London and Red London.


National Frappe Day

A Curse so Dark and Lonely

Ok why is national Frappe Day in the middle of winter?! Anyway I thought I’d go with a chilling baddie and who better than Lilith from A Curse so Dark and Lonely?


National Inner Beauty Day

The Hunger Games

With the announcement of the prequel this novel is vaguely on my mind and beauty is definitely a theme, with Katniss getting all dolled up and the ridiculous styles in the Capitol.


National LED Light Day

Caraval

Not as LED focussed as the prompt may want, but Caraval is full of pretty colours, from Scarlett’s power to Legends illusions I felt this novel fitted well to a prompt about lights.


National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day

The Exact Opposite of Okay

Chocolate covered pretzels does not sound like a good combo. The salty tang of pretzels mixed in with sweet chocolate? I’m not convinced. But speaking of weird food combinations we had some very decadent ones in this novel: from milkshakes to Mac and cheese to your classic bag of Doritos.


Let’s Compare Notes

So there you have it! Which of these national holidays will you be celebrating today? Have you read any of the books? I’ll be doing my tagging over on Twitter but feel free to do the tag! Especially if you’re doing Blogtober, saves you coming up with another days post.

Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

For all those following the blocks saga, as I attempt to use WordPress blocks editor, I can confirm they’re driving me mad. I had to make this post five times! Five times!! It kept deleting my text! Urg.

Deep, calming breaths break…

Anyway, welcome to this incredibly hard to create POsT ThAT LITERALLY TOOk HOuRS AND WHy DOES AUTOCORRECT KEEP CoRRECTING THESE CAPITAL LETTERs

Another deep calming breath break.

I’m just going to start the tag (AGAiN) because fantasy books will calm me down.


Five Star Read

Strange The Dreamer

I have rated about a billion fantasy books five stars. Well maybe not a billion but still quite a few, including some questionable reads in my hazy early days where I was far too generous. But. Strange the Dreamer has the lucky honour of this crowning place because I scrolled past a nice photo on Instagram the other day of it.


Always Going to Recommend

A Darker Shade of Magic

Have I mentioned I liked this novel? It’s only featured in about every Top Ten Tuesday post I’ve ever written. Sorry, I’m just too predictable.


Own it but Haven’t Read It

The Raven King

Way to shame me! What a judgy tag, gosh. Ok, ok I still have no idea if our mad and slightly loaded friends are ever going to find that dead Welsh King, but on well. I’ll find out sooooooon I promise.


Would Read Again

Holes

There’s just something about the charming little chapters, goofy characters and the amazing name Stanley Yelnats, which is of course Stanley written backwards that makes this book an easy go to.


In Another World

A Curse so Dark and Lonely

It’s fantasy here, basically 90% of them are in another world. And I’ve gone for one that’s not totally in another world! Hahaha oops.


Back on Earth

Harry Potter

Ooh we’re talking the other 10% now. And how could I make a list of fantasy books and not include my first ever fantasy read. Possibly. Maybe. I don’t actually know, my memories not that good. But anywho, isn’t Harry Potter fab?!


So there you have it! This was an incredibly short tag, once WordPress actually let me write the thing. Although it took agessss…. Grumble grumble blocks grumble.

Anyway, thanks Siobhan for the tag, I highly recommend checking out her blog, it cool, and thanks The Bookworm Dreamer for making the tag! It’s very fun.

These are the bloggers I’m tagging:

๐Ÿ“– Journal of A Bibliophile

๐Ÿ“– The Geekish Brunette

๐Ÿ“– What Em’s Reading

๐Ÿ“– A Lovely Book Affair

๐Ÿ“– Fantastic Books

And anyone else reading. Go ahead, do it, the rules are pretty simple:

โœจ Tag me, five people, the creator and anyone else you just really want to link to

โœจ Answer the five questions

โœจDon’t use WordPress blocks

The last one is more of a recommendation but honestly it should be a rule it’s so annoying.

Anyway, I will be back tomorrow (I know, three posts in one week!) With an exciting post because tomorrow is a really special day, so stay tuned for that!

— grand exit —

Totally Didn’t Book Tag

This is possibly my favourite tag yet, the sass is just on point. Prepare for all the shade, and thanks a lot to Leisha for the tag!

The Totally Didn’t Book Tag


Totally Didn’t Need A Sequel

The Hunger Games

Going to go Controversial here and say The Hunger Games. I know, I know everyone loves them, and the films are great but did really need two more books of Katniss going slightly mad, a very squeezed in their love triangle and the ending that just destroyed everyone?! If you ask me I was totally happy leaving the people Panem being miserable.


Totally Didn’t Need More than One POV

A Conjuring of Light

Because, let’s face it, did we really care what Holland was thinking?


Totally Didn’t Need To Change the Cover Art Mid Way Through the Series

Legendary UK Paperback

Um, why was this orange? And what was with the sandcastle? How did they go from the amazing Caravel paperback to that?! Grim.


Totally Didn’t Need A Love

City of Bones

Does anything need a love triangle? I mean, does any book really need two men basing their entire self worth on a woman who is indecisive and would be a much stronger female character if she remained single.

Buuut City of Bones. Now that took the cake. The love triangle was more of a line and the girl still leads them both on. Despite only actually liking on guy and settling for messing around her best friend. Great romancing Clary.


Totally Didn’t Need This Book in the Series

The Dream Thieves

I know, I know, everyone loves Ronan, but what was the point in this book? We could have explained Ronan’s power in a chapter. They just kept making problems for themselves, got no closer to their Welsh King and completely ignored the big betrayal at the end of the last book. And why was Gansey so focussed on his rowing team?


Totally Didn’t Need A Cliff Hanger

Children of Blood and Bone

That ending was just. Really confusing. But so good. And when is the next one out???


Totally Didn’t Need That Much Hype

Throne of Glass

Is anyone surprised my answer here? I think we all know which hyped book most disappointed me.


Totally Didn’t Need A ‘For Fans of x’ Sticker on the Cover

To Kill A Kingdom

This is literally never needed. Especially when they say the author is the next JK Rowling, um hello, no pressure but here’s a standard you can never live up to. Also how is To Kill a Kingdom at all like Throne of Glass? For one thing, one was actually good.


Totally Didn’t Deserve My Time

Red Queen

Not only did the premise feel super overdone, and Mare was a carbon copy of Katniss, but why did all the girls hate each other? Why were the boys built up to be strong leaders who give advice and only want to get the job done while the girls attend tea parties and gossip and are just super catty and useless. It was like reading Mean Girls but without the realisation that women should build each other up at the end.


So there you have it! A list of sass and shade that I had far too much fun writing. I’m actually going to do the tagging part of this post over on Twitter, but if you want to add all this sass to your blog then consider yourself tagged. I’ll be back on Tuesday with another Top Ten Tuesday list post, all about my auto buy authors so stay tuned for that.

Greek Myths Book Tag

I got tagged in the Greek Gods Book Tag by Literary Leisha! As I was a huge Percy Jackson as a kid and a lover of Greek myths (I played a grainy computer game on a Windows XP computer many years ago, when Windows XP was a thing still, that had some appalling graphics of Zeus destroying your Greek city), I couldn’t have been tagged in anything more perfect. I mean books and myths, sounds pretty good to me.
ZEUS: KING OF THE GODS โ€“ MY FAVOURITE BOOK

Cruel cruel question. Thought this might actually be fun. It changes daily, but I’m really enjoying Strange the Dreamer currently so possibly that…
HERA: QUEEN OF THE GODS โ€“ A BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER

Lila Bard! That magic wielding, pirate of a protagonist, and one of my favourite female characters ever.
JANUS: GOD OF BEGINNINGS โ€“ MY FAVOURITE DEBUT(S)

So many good debuts! Children of Blood and Bone, Caravel, Ace of Shades, To Kill a Kingdom. I could go on…
ATHENA: GODDESS OF WISDOM โ€“ MY FAVORITE NONFICTION BOOK

I don’t actually read much non fiction! Probably The Railway Man.
APHRODITE: GODDESS OF LOVE โ€“ A BOOK I ADORE AND RECOMMEND EVERYONE READ

To Kill a Kingdom. I will sing this books praises for ever.
HADES: GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD โ€“ AN EVIL BOOK I WISH DIDNโ€™T EXIST

The Fandom. I mean what even was that?
POSEIDON: GOD OF THE SEA & EARTHQUAKES โ€“ A BEAUTIFUL & GROUND-BREAKING BOOK

The Hate U Give really showed me a world I didn’t appreciate enough was real and expanded my horizons.
APOLLO: GOD OF THE ARTS โ€“ A BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

Strange the Dreamer ๐Ÿ˜ I’m currently reading it, and it’s already featured in many of my Instagram posts, it’s so pretty.
HYPNOS: GOD OF SLEEP โ€“ A BOOK SO BORING I ALMOST FELL ASLEEP

Alex and Eliza. Yuck. And such a drag.
HERMES: MESSENGER OF THE GODS โ€“ A BOOK I SPED THROUGH

The Raven Boys- I sped through it, after waiting in a queue for hours to get my copy signed by Maggie Stiefvater.

My Tags:

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Elysa

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Books Untold

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Between Folded Pages

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Functionally Fictional

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Fantastic Book Dragon

And anyone else who fancies doing the tag! Grew up on Percy Jackson like me? Enjoy raving about pretty books or fun covers, or just have a strong opinion on my answers? Feel free to do the tag or leave a comment!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello! Hope you’re having a good day, mine has been very chilled so far, which is always nice! Although I did manage to burn soup yesterday (a meal mostly made of water…) So that was quite impressive! And difficult to clean up this morning…

Anyway, on with the tag! Have I done this tag before? I’m not sure but the questions are all new so I thought I’d give it a go! Firstly a big thanks to Keri for tagging me- these are always fun to do! And here is her post!

RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules.

My Answers

Whatโ€™s your favorite book to recommend?

Depends on what I’ve just read! At the moment I’m thrusting To Kill a Kingdom and A Darker Shade of Magic on anyone who will listen!

If you were forced to try out a new type of blog post (e.g. a new format or topic), what would it be about?

I’d like to try podcasts! I really enjoy listening to them and feel I have a face for radio! But I’m way to shy to ever try sadly.

If you had to dye your hair a color from the rainbow, what color would you pick?

Oh I’d love to dye my hair but have never actually done it. Probably red, but also maybe blue! I feel that’s just because I’m currently reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone though ๐Ÿค”

Whoโ€™s an auto-buy author of yours?

At the moment? VE Schwab, Alexandra Christo, Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, I could go on. Although I will caveat this with I will check out the blurb before buying ๐Ÿ˜

Your all-time favourite snack?

How do I pick just one???! Probably Nachos and cheese, or pizza. Or just anything with melted cheese really.

Current obsession? (e.g. movie, song, TV show, book)

Upstart Crow! It’s nerdy and all the jokes require an in depth knowledge of Shakespeare’s work and Network Rail but it’s hilarious!!

Tell us a little bit about your blogging routine?

I blog on the train in the morning and after work, but I sort of lack any official routine… Oops.

Tea or coffee and whatโ€™s your favourite kind?

Tea, my friend got me some chocolate black tea and that’s my favourite at the moment. Also thank you for recognising that not all tea is the same ๐Ÿ˜œ

Whatโ€™s your favourite day of the week?

Saturday! I get to see friends and go on trips and get up late and go to bed late and dinner always includes pudding.

If someone handed you a giftcard to a bookstore right now, what book would you buy with it?

So very hard to choose! Probably The Cruel Prince since I’ve been promising many bloggers I’ll read it ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Whatโ€™s a goal of yours for 2019? (bookish, blogging-wise, other, it doesnโ€™t matter)

To get to 600 followers! Hint hint nudge nudge ๐Ÿ˜

My Questions

  1. What is your current read?
  2. How many books have you read this year so far?
  3. What’s your favourite read of 2018?
  4. What’s your most anticipated read of 2019?
  5. Do you read with music or read silently?
  6. Long books or short books?
  7. What’s your favourite spot to read?
  8. What’s your favourite type of cake?
  9. Do you pronounce scones as ‘skuns’ or ‘scowns’?
  10. Favourite mythical creature?
  11. What would be your dream job?

My tags

(Don’t feel you have to do it haha!)

Norrie

Leslie

Cerys

Aline

Brittany

Emma

Lili

Ava

Jo

Jess

The Nerd Sponge

And anyone reading this who wants to answer my daft questions, feel free!

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a good week. My friends are doing a fake Christmas tomorrow, which I’m so excited for. Today is “Christmas Eve” were we’re having a sleepover (although their flat is tiny so it might be a squeeze!). I’m so excited!

But on with the bookish stuff! I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award!

THE RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Write a post to show your award
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you up want to give this award to
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know youโ€™ve nominated them, and provide a link to the post youโ€™ve created

Firstly thanks to Brunching Bookworms for tagging me! Step 1 โœ”๏ธAnd the post to show the award is this one haha, so step two โœ”๏ธ

How my Blog Started

Good question. My blog basically started because I had no where to put my reviews when uni ended. I’d been spamming the university entertainment magazine for the best part of three years when I graduated university. I then found myself full of words but with no where to put them. I had a friend who’s been a book blogger for a while so guess she kind of inspired me.

Running a blog may seem like a bit of a jump from sending over a text file to an editor every once in a while, but I’d actually been running the afformentioned magazine’s WordPress website for a while then. Hence my blog is hosted on WordPress. The only big jump I found was social media.

As girl who’s Facebook cover photo boasts of a holiday from over a year ago, it’s clear I’m not big on social media. Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads (um, when did I last do anything on that site?) were all vaguely sites I wanted to interact on but I had no where to start, and am still working those out.

For the small hiccups of what to post, how to respond to review requests and how to juggle life and blogging I had my afformentioned friend’s help. She’s a girl who has been rocking the book blogging world for ages now and her advice was invaluable and if you’re ever looking for sassy opinions or funny reviews I suggest you check her blog out.

Two Pieces of Advice for Newbies

My first advice would be don’t be afraid. Blogging seemed very scary to me at first but everyone is very supportive and it’s a real community of bookworms, which is great. I used only have one friend to fangirl with and now seem to have found lots of people to talk books with!

Don’t feel you need to read and review what everyone else is. Whether it’s non fiction, romance, adult or YA, read what you like. Talk about the books you enjoy. Your blog will be more genuine if you don’t just follow the hype and you’ll have a better time for it.

My 15 Tags

๐ŸพElysa

๐ŸพJo

๐ŸพLife at 17

๐ŸพKelly

๐ŸพSophril Reads

๐ŸพShealea

๐ŸพAmy

๐ŸพSahi

๐ŸพMir

๐ŸพWords and Peace

๐ŸพAlexia

๐ŸพJen

๐ŸพSarah

๐ŸพElaine

๐ŸพChrissi Reads

The Fall (Autumn) Book Tag

What’s this, three posts, one week? Crazy! Well I thought since my Avebury stones one wasn’t technically book related you’d all forgive me ๐Ÿ˜ I can’t wait for this weekend, two of my friends from university are coming over and it’s been agessss since we last saw them! Looking forward to Friday night even more than usual, we can have some catch up games of Catan.

But on with the actual post! Not sure if it’s still technically autumn or not anymore but it definitely seems like there’s time for a tag. Which I’m very grateful to Brunching Bookworms for tagging me in! Also, if you do check out their blog be sure to bring a snack, they have lots of food over there!

1. CRISP FALL AIR โ€“ A BOOK THAT FELT FRESH AND NEW

The Hate U Give. It adds something new to the genre, provides a much needed perspective and is so important and powerful, very few novels compare to it.

2. HOWLING WINDS โ€“ AN ENDING THAT BLEW YOU AWAY

Children of Blood and Bone. That ending. It left way more questions than it answered, such a cliff hanger, can the next one come out now please?

3. COMFY SWEATERS โ€“ A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU THE WARM FUZZYโ€™S

I’ve been trying to write a post on books with happy endings for another blogger and I’m beginning to think I don’t often read happy. I’d go with a novel called Kezzie’s War. The whole novel is really sad but, despite it all, it ends very happily. Let me just go sob quietly somewhere as I recall that ending.

4. BRIGHT COLOURS โ€“ A BOOK WITH RED, ORANGE OR YELLOW

This one was easy: A Darker Shade of Magic. All that red on the cover and spine, and an entire London based on the colour. Yep, definitely counts.

Speaking of bright colours here’s an autumnal looking canal shot my boyfriend took last week:

5. LEAF FIGHT โ€“ A BOOK WITH NON STOP ACTION

This is probably every book I read because YA fantasy. I recently read Throne of Glass and that was chopped full of action, so I’ll pick that.

6. PUMPKIN SPICE โ€“ YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED READ

My most anticipated read on my TBR for the fall was easily Hero at the Fall (and yes, it totally lived up to my hopes). I was very excited to read that novel.

My Tags

๐ŸCafe Book Bean

๐Ÿ The Green Tea Librarian

๐Ÿ Rissi

And anyone else feel free to drop a comment on my answers or try it out yourself! Would love to hear what your answers are ๐Ÿ˜

Would you Rather…? The Spooky Edition Tag

Thank you Norrie for tagging me in this spooky Halloween would you rather tag!

๐ŸŽƒ Thrillers or Supernatural(s)?

I think magic and all that counts as supernatural and since fantasy is sort of my jam then this one is easy.

๐ŸŽƒ Ghosts or Zombies?

Ghosts! I’ve read so many cool ghosts and they’re always happy and friendly. Who wouldn’t want to meet Casper?! ๐Ÿ‘ป

๐ŸŽƒ Vampires or Werewolves?

I would have to go Werewolves because Lupin was pretty cool. But I’m not a massive fan of either.

๐ŸŽƒ Witches or Monsters

This wasn’t originally monsters but they needed a shout out. Best villains ever.

๐ŸŽƒ Would you rather read a book with 13 chapters or a book with a black cat on the cover?

If the one with the cat on the front a Warriors then I’d read that… Otherwise don’t judge a book by it’s cover ๐Ÿ˜‰ or its… chapter numbers… ๐Ÿคจ

๐ŸŽƒ Would you rather read a spooky book in the dark with only a candle for light or by yourself in a locked brightly lit room?

I know this really isn’t in the spirit of the tag but can we cut the spooky? How about a nice murder mystery or happy rebellion. I’m so down for a tyrannical government and some plucky teenage heroin.

๐ŸŽƒ Would you rather face your worst fears or be trapped in the mind of a killer?

Ok so we CLEARLY couldn’t cut the spooky. Ummmm I’d go worse fear since I’m pretty sure it’s something silly like a train delay before an exam. What can I say, I live a pretty bland life?

Or it might be velociraptor since I had a scary dream about them prowling around the tube. I made the mistake of telling my work friends and THEY KEEP SENDING ME VELOCIRAPTOR GIFS!! My boyfriend also keeps making velociraptor noises at me, it’s possible people aren’t taking this very real fear seriously.

๐ŸŽƒ Would you rather watch a scary movie or read a scary book?

Scary movie. It’s over quicker and I can hide behind my friends when things get scary. Although, they might get scared too so possibly we’re all going behind the sofa.

๐ŸŽƒ Would you rather read spooky books during the fall time or all year?

Um never. Again, can we get back to magic kingdoms, super powers and sinister regimes?!

๐ŸŽƒ Would you rather read 10 spooky books in October or 10 spooky books all year?

I can possibly achieve one scary book a year if I have enough hot chocolate, snacks and chick flicks to watch after. Ten is a stretch, regardless of the month.

My Tags!

๐ŸฟSara

๐ŸฟKeri

๐ŸฟJolien

And anyone who feels like doing it! Feel free to comment on my answers or give your own in the comments section! Be great to hear from you ๐Ÿ˜„

Books to Read in Pairs

Like Frappuccino’s and books, everything comes better in twos. Tom and Jerry, Ben and Jerry (lot’s of Jerrys in these iconic duos), Sherlock and Watson, Watson and Crick (there’s a Watson theme now…) garlic bread and pizza, ice cream and flakes (I’m just hungry now) I could go on. So why not books?ย I’ve been tagged by the wonderful Beth atย Reading Every Night to do this quite funny tag all about books that go together **cue Greece Music**

The Hate U Giveย andย To Kill a Mockingbird

Similar themes, both with an important message and narrated in a YA coming of age style. Also they both centre around a court case so yeah a pretty good pairing in my humble opinion. Almost as good as butter and icing sugar…

Caravel and The Night Circus

Do you like mystical games? Do you enjoy scary circus’s and cryptic characters and never really knowing what’s going on? With a dramatic ending to top it all off, accompanied by a sinister back drop? These two would make great shelf buddies.

The Hunger Gamesย andย Divergent

Because if you’re a fan of strong female characters, tyrannical governments and rebellions that teeter on the edge of failure then give these both a read. A combo as good as chocolate and raspberry.

Children of Blood and Bone and Skulduggery Pleasant

Both full of funny, confident characters, mystical powers and a girl who has no idea how powerful she is. Lot’s of laughs and quips ensured if you read this duo, as great Nutella and cheese. And yes, that is a thing.

Children of Blood and Bone and Rebel of the Sands

On a similar vein to The Hunger Games, these are stuffed with rebellious teenagers, tyrannical dictatorships, powers no-one quite understands and a writing style that’ll knock your socks off. A great combo in my opinion, almost as good as chips and mayo!

I Tag

Nut Free Nerd (Who loves pairing books in her posts!)

Shealea

Melting Pages (Who recently posted about dynamic duos!)

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Sorry if any of you have done this post before!

Let’s Compare Notes

Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with my picks?ย Would love to hear from you in the comments!