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Christmas Cracker Book Tag

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I found this christmassy tag and I thought I’d do it since it looks fun! I think the tag has been around for a lot of years so I don’t know where the original is.

QUESTIONS:


1. Pick a book with a wintry cover.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
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2. Pick a book you’re likely to buy as a present.The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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3. Pick a festive themed book.Home for the Holidays (Night Huntress book 6.5) by Jeaniene Frost
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4. Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace.Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
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5. Pick a book you you want to read over the festive period. – I plan on rereading the His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers this year.
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6. Pick a book that’s so good it gives you the chills.This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
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7. Pick a book going on your Christmas wishlist.The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
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What’s a book that’s on your Christmas wishlist?

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Most Anticipated Winter 2019 Releases

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a freebie so I’ve went with: Most Anticipated Winter 2019 Releases. There are so many books coming out in the next few months that I’m so excited for so I tried to narrow it down to the ones I’m MOST excited for.

  • Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children book 5) by Seanan McGuire
  • Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle book 1) by Adam Silvera
  • The King of Crows (The Diviners book 4) by Libba Bray
  • A Throne of Swans by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr
  • The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates book 1) by A.K. Larkwood

 

What books are you looking forward to being released in Winter?

 

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November Wrap Up 2019

What I Read in November:

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This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
– 5 STARS
This book was amazing and so uniquely told, I loved it. The main focus of the book is on two characters from opposing sides of a time war as they strike up a correspondence with each other that leads to something deeper and as each letter is passed back and forth you really feel the deep connection between these characters. I’d highly recommend reading it.

LIFEL1K3 (LifeLike book 1) by Jay Kristoff – 4 STARS
I liked LIFEL1K3 and thought it was a good book with an interesting story. It did kind of take me a while to warm up to the characters but the story was fast paced with a lot of action and intriguing scenes.

Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards book 1) by Jennifer Estep – 3 STARS
I liked this book as I was reading but it didn’t leave much of a lasting impression on me. It was an enjoyable fantasy read that does keep you interested in the story but I did find myself not caring much for the characters as I read but still it was a fun book.

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
– 3 STARS
This is a tricky book to talk about because I lot of people have loved this book and I was looking forward to reading it but I don’t know, maybe it was the hype, but I felt disappointed by it. This is a really well written book but I just didn’t love it and I didn’t get as fully into the story as I hoped but I was interested to see what happened to the main characters.

Spiders in the Grove (In the Company of Killers book 7) by J.A. Redmerski – 4 STARS
The books in this series are so fast to read, I just fly through them. In the Company of Killers is such an exciting series with very unique characters and interesting plot twists and this one was the same, I really enjoyed it and I’m excited for the next in the series.

Relic (The Relic book 1) by Bronwyn Eley – 3 STARS
Relic is a slow paced YA fantasy. I was intrigued by the first chapter and I was interested in the overall story but I thought some of the reasoning’s regarding the job of Kaylan as the shadow to be a bit confusing at times. I also thought all the characters who grew to be friends with Kaylan were very selfish and they didn’t seem to care at all about her which made me dislike them but I still thought the overall story was intriguing.

Blog Posts I Did in November:

The Sunshine Blogger Award
Reasons Why I Love Blogging
Books I Want to Read Before the End of 2019
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin Book Review
Autumnal Book Covers

My November Bookstagram picture (xo_reader_kyla):

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I thought November was a good reading month because I finally picked up some books that have been on my tbr for a while now. I finished Black Sails and I’m so surprised at how underrated this show is, I don’t think I actually heard about this series until earlier this year and it’s been over for two years. The writing is amazing and the acting really brought the characters to life, I’m sad the show is over. GOT7 came back in November with ‘You Calling My Name’ and I loved this song and mv, the whole album is great and I loved ‘Crash & Burn’ too.

What did you read, watch or listen to in November?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I saw a few people post about the Sunshine Blogger Award and it seemed like a lot of fun so I was very surprised when I was actually nominated to do this tag. Thanks so much to Emma @NeverJudgeaBookByItsCover and to Emer @ALittleHazeBookBlog for nominating me to do this. They both listed some really interesting questions and I’ll be answering them both in this post.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?
• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
• Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
• Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

Emer’s Questions:

1. Do you own multiple copies of any book? If yes then what book/s?
Yes, I own two copies of the first Harry Potter book, although one is a paperback and the other is the illustrated edition.

2. What is your current favourite song?
I love Kpop and GOT7 (one of my favourite kpop groups) had a comeback at the beginning of November and I’m still obsessed over it so my current favourite songs would be ‘You Calling My Name’ and ‘Crash & Burn’ by them and I’ve also been loving ‘Money’ by DAWN (I know I’m cheating by choosing three songs, haha).

3. Why did you decide to start blogging?
I started book blogging because I wanted to talk about books with other people and because I’d already been following the book blogging community for years and I kind of already felt like I was a part of it before I started my blog so it felt easy to just start a blog after following the community for so long.

4. If you could get to spend the day with any celebrity who would you choose and what would you spend the day doing?
This is a difficult question because I don’t really have a ‘favourite’ celebrity or look up to many of them. I suppose for this question I’d choose Jackson from GOT7 because I think we’d have a laugh no matter what we did since he seems like such a funny person.

5. Have you any auto-buy authors?
Yes I have quite a few authors that I’d almost always auto-buy their books, like Taylor Jenkins Reid, Adam Silvera, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas, Marie Lu.

6. What is your all time favourite TV show?
I’ve watched and loved so many tv shows so this is a hard question but I think a tv show that has consistently been my favourite is The 100, it’s such an amazing show with great characters.

7. What is the last book you either rated one star or DNFd?
I DNFed The Devouring Gray earlier in November, I don’t think it was a terrible book but it was just one I didn’t really care about so I decided to give up on it and move onto a book I would care about more.

8. Water, still or sparkling?
Still.

9. What is your favourite season?
Autumn.

10. What has been your favourite read of 2019?
I’ve read so many good books this year but my favourite would have to be The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

11. I love contemporary books. What contemporary book would you recommend that I read?
I know I’m cheating but here are three recommendations: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven, I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman and Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard.

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Emma’s Questions:

1. If you could meet your favourite character, what would you say to them?
I’d probably choose Izzy O’Neill (from The Exact Opposite of Okay) and tell her how funny I think she is because her character really made me laugh.

2. Do you judge a book by it’s cover?
I do appreciate a nice looking cover and sometimes that’s what first attracts my attention to a book but mostly I try to not judge solely on the cover and at least check out the blurb to make sure it sounds like something I’d like.

3. What was your last 5 star book?
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I didn’t know what to expect from this book but I loved it, it’s a very uniquely told story.

4. Hyped books, yay or nay?
Probably nay since I mostly seem to end up being disappointed in them more than them living up to their hype but I still read a lot of them.

5. What bookish world would you visit and why?
The world of Harry Potter would definitely be an obvious answer for this one (I mean who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts) but I’m going to choose Narnia instead.

6. If you went to Hogwarts, what would be your favourite lesson?
My favourite lesson in school was always History so I think History of Magic would be great but it seems kind of boring compared to the other lessons so maybe I’d choose Charms or Potions.

7. Has there been a book that has surprised you this year?
Wildcard (Warcross book 2) by Marie Lu surprised me because I heard some mixed things about it when it came out so I put off reading it for a while so I was very surprised when I ended up enjoying it even more than the first book.

8. Can you name your top 3 books of 2019 so far?
I’ve read so many great books this year so here are just some of my favourites: The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles, This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood.

9. Write your current read in emojis?
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10. What is one book you would recommend to everyone?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

11. Favourite reading season, Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn?
Autumn.

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Since I don’t know who’s already did the Sunshine Blogger Award tag I’ll not nominate anyone. What would be some of your answers to these questions?

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Reasons Why I Love Blogging

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a freebie so I decided to talk about some of the reasons why I love blogging. Even though there are many more reasons why I love blogging I thought I’d keep it simple by only listing three.

  • My Own Space– I love how I can just post about whatever I wanted here on my blog, it’s very freeing. I do choose to mainly talk about books and I’m glad that I have my own space on the internet to do it.
  • Talking to people who understand – I don’t know anyone in my real life who loves books and reading as much as I do so it’s great to come online and blog about a book I love (or even a book I hate) and have other people on here talk with me about it. Even though this blog is only a few years old I have been following the book blogging community for a very long time and it still shocks me how many people are just as into books as I am.
  • Happiness – It sounds so simple but one of the reasons I love blogging about books is that it makes me happy. It’s hard to get to grips with the technical side of things sometimes but when you strip things back and realise that the main thing is about sharing your thoughts on books with people it can really make you happy to do so.

Why do you love blogging?

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Books I Want To Read Before The End Of 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Changes in my Reading Life but since it is near the end of the year I thought I’d show some of the books I’m planning on reading before the year ends instead.

books i want to read before the end of 2019
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Relic by Bronwyn Eley
The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannnah
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What books do you want to read before the year ends?