The Great British Bake Off Book Tag!

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Everyone is probably most likely well aware of the British programme Great British Bake Off. If you’re not, The Great British Bake Off, often referred to as Bake Off or GBBO, is a television baking competition which selects from amongst its contestants the best amateur baker. And it’s one of the best things that have graced our screen here in the UK. This is my first attempt at a book tag. During my initial search, I hadn’t found a GBBO book tag and, therefore, created this one. But with a little more digging (well for me, clicking google page 2) I found out that ReadingWithJack on YouTube had already made one. I considered not to post my one but then I saw his and realised his ones are actually really different to mine. (And I didn’t want to let the graphics go to waste….)

Rules:

  • Link back to my blog is appreciated but optional. Feel free to use my graphics. TBH it is horrendous so I wouldn’t expect anyone to use them
  • Tag people, don’t tag people, whatever. Just have fun.
  • Ready, get set, Bake! (or tag)

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PokemonGo Book Tag

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I have to be honest with you all… I haven’t played PokemonGO yet. I’m a poor eighteen student who is on a pay-as-you-go phone which means not enough data to play. I’ve played it through my friends, brothers and cousins phone a couple of times.Thank you so much to

Thank you so much to Joey for tagging me!


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I was a HUGE fan of vampires when I was in my early teens. (who wasn’t tbh?) So the Darren Shan Saga and Morganville Vampires were the two series that kicked off my love for reading.

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The Diverse Books Tag

Thank you to cinderzena for tagging me! I love the idea of this tag so much and it really helped me find more diverse books to read. The books in this tag have either already been read or are on my TBR 🙂

A book starring a lesbian character.

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Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.

A book with a Muslim protagonist.

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Zarqa Nawaz has always straddled two cultures. She’s just as likely to be agonizing over which sparkly earrings will “pimp out” her hijab as to be flirting with the Walmart meat manager in a futile attempt to secure halal chicken the day before Eid. Little Mosque on the Prairie brought Zarqa’s own laugh-out-loud take on her everyday culture clash to viewers around the world.

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This or That – Book Tag

I was tagged by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Thank you for tagging me!

One: Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Bed. My house is too busy for the sofa. I always read something before I go to sleep. I shouldn’t because if I like the story too much I wouldn’t go to sleep until I finish it. (Damn you, Captive Prince for messing up my sleep schedule…)

Two: Male main character or female main character?

I don’t care. Just make them well developed with an interesting plot and I’m good

Three: Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

I don’t eat while reading. But maybe tangy sweets?

Four: Trilogies or quartets?

Depends. Actually, I don’t mind. But there seems to be a bigger surge of books as trilogies despite some of them don’t really needing them?

Five: First person point of view or third person point of view?

I’m a bigger fan of third person. But it depends on the story.

Six: Reading at night or in the morning?

I plan my day so that I usually leave myself an hour or so at night before I sleep to read. (As mentioned in Q1, I should stop doing that)

Seven: Libraries or bookstores?

Libraries. I’m broke AF.

Eight: Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

Not many books have made me cry so books that will make me laugh.

Nine: Black book covers or white book covers?

Both, with a leaning towards black, but I like simple minimalistic cover.

Ten: Character driven or plot driven stories?

DEPENDS. But I think I’m more towards plot driven stories.

I tag: (Apologies, if you’ve already been tagged/ completed this, if so, you can ignore this lmao. Also, don’t feel like you have to do this if you don’t want to)

Friends Book Tag

I was tagged by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Thank you for tagging me!

The One Where Eddie Won’t Go – a character I wish would just go away:

Seth Gordon from The Foxhole Court. He was just an ill-tempered idiot and I hated him. (tbh I disliked anyone who was horrible to Nicky and, technically, he did go away in the end but the reason why was actually really sad)

The One Where Ross and Rachel Take A Break – favorite break up scene:

Maia and Jordan from The Mortal Instrument – lmao I don’t even remember if they break up or not but they were pretty crappy because Jordan was an abusive pile of crap who will always be, in my eyes, the boy who attacked Maia, not someone who truly loved her. I’m not a fan of Cassandra Clare,but killing off Jordan was one of the best things she’s ever done.

The One With All The Kissing – a book with lots of kissing:

This just made me realise how little kissing there are in the books I’ve read. I think I’ll have to choose Carry On. But that doesn’t even have much kissing.

The Last One – favourite series finale:

The King’s Men, the final book in the All For The Game series. Even though so much was left unanswered in the series like Aaron’s trial, I just really liked the fact Neil Josten was finally getting the happy ending that he deserved.

The One With a Blackout – a scene I’d like to forget:

The amount of AUs I’ve read where Fred Weasley doesn’t die is unreal…..

The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry – a book that did not make you as emotional as others:

After You, the sequel to Me Before You. I loooved MBY but I just didn’t feel like After You was a worthy sequel and as heart breaking as the first was.

The One Where Joey Doesn’t Share Food  a book you won’t ever lend:

Umm, all my books are on my Amazon Fire and I need it every day for college work and reading so I don’t think I would lend it. I don’t have many physical copies as I used to but I don’t mind lending.

The One With the Thumb – a recent read that you would give two thumbs up to:

The Foxhole Court (mainly it’s third book, The King’s Men)

The One With the Ick Factor – a book with a pet peeve:

Rather than choosing a book, I think I’ll pick Insta-love as it’s a trend many authors tend to use. I don’t think I have the time to launch into on how I hate this trend so I’ll spare you all the 5,000 word essay.

The One With The Lesbian Wedding – favorite LGBTQ book couple:


I’m not nominating this time because I’m writing this at like two in the morning and I don’t think I can keep my eyes open long enough to nominate a couple but if you would like to please link back in the comments so I can read your answers!

My Life in Books – Book Tag

Today I wanted to tackle another tag I’ve been tagged in, the My Life in Books tag.(while editing this post I realised that its actually called Your Life in Books but I didn’t save the file for the featured image and I was too lazy to actually remake it) I was tagged by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts. This seems like such a fun tag! Thank you for tagging me!

Find a book for each of your initials

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Zombie-saurus Rex | Fangirl | Killers of the Dawn

Count your age along your book shelf-which book is it?

Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

I would so want to go to Palmetto State University and watch them play Exy. But I wouldn’t want to play the game myself because I know the Foxes will pummel me to the ground.(Especially Dan or Kevin)

Pick a book that’s your favourite colour. (I’m guessing this means by book cover)

Most of my favourite covers are usually blue.

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
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This book was so weird, and I just have the funniest memories of my year 5 reading group of when we didn’t understand it and we were supposed to answer questions about it. (omg the teachers were no help and never paid any attention to us)

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Before Harry Potter, the only books I read were Jacqueline Wilson’s. And Double Act was one of my favourites.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
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I read this during the summer when I was swamped with loads of college summer work and it took so long to read. Because of it, I originally gave the book a negative review however I did reread and upped my rating a bit because it was much more enjoyable to read when I didn’t have so much homework distracting me.

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

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I’m currently watching CW’s The 100 right now and I love the show so much. I started reading this after season one aired but since I enjoyed the tv plot so much it was weird to read the book because so much has been altered and, to be honest, the TV show has a better plot than the book, in my opinion. (ok i love john murphy) But I have so much work to do that I haven’t had time to pick this one back up.

I’m going to leave this open to anyone who wants to complete so if anyone fancies completing this tag – comment below so I can read it as well!

 

The Deserted Island – Book Tag

Thanks to Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts for tagging me! (omg how do you manage to do so many so quickly?? lmao i still have five left to do )

Water — A book you simply cannot live without

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Quite a recent read but I love it! (Especially Khalila Seif)

Food— A book that is a close second on your favourites list

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Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safe

 

Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read

Most people I know do read quite frequently but its usually harry potter to someone who doesn’t read. A friend of mine had never read them a few years ago until we badgered her to and now she loves it!

Matchsticks — A book that warms your heart

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Maddy and Olly’s relationship is so damn cute.

Compass — A book that directed you towards your love of reading

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Most likely The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine or the Darren Shan saga. They were one of the first books I encountered outside of Harry Potter and primary school reading groups. I remember reading Twilight the same time as Glass Houses, and I just sort of hovered towards MV more because I didn’t like Twilight.


 

And I tag: (Apologises if you’ve already completed the tag from another person, I usually choose people whose post I’ve read recently)

The Seven Deadly Sins – Book Tag

Hi everybody! Sorry you haven’t seen much of me for a while, my life’s been busy. I have my extended project essay due soon and I’ve decided to start my revision really early this year. But I will be making an effort to do more in the next year, especially when I finish my A-levels. I’ve got a couple of new reviews coming, and hopefully more stuff like this tag!

So, since I haven’t been doing much lately, I’ve decided to do this tag. I found it on 4evercrazyforya

1. Greed~ What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?
The majority of the books I buy come from charity shops (thanks british heart foundation) or Amazon with those £00.01 books with like £2 shipping. So the most inexpensive book I’ve ever bought would most likely be The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson which was only £1 because it was sold for World Book Day.

Since most of my books are second hand or given to me as gifts, I think the most expensive book that was given to me was a hardback copy of My Sister Jodie by Jacquel
ine Wilson which was around £12.00? I remember asking my dad to buy it for me when I was ten-ish.

 

87557852. Wrath~ What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Cassandra Clare
I liked the idea of The Mortal Instrument but I hated how the stories played out. I knew who Clare was from her fan fiction writing days and that partially put me off the entire series. The entire series really irritated me. Especially with the portrayal of gay relationships, people of colour and women.

108055883. Gluttony~ What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?
The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson.
I don’t even know why with this book. I just really liked it and have re read it so many times!! I loved how Maureen used the story of Jack the Ripper in this novel and created a really interesting ghost novel! Jack the Ripper is such a huge mystery and I loved learning about it in History during secondary school so when Charlieissocoollike and other youtubers were promoting this book in the UK stores at the time, my sister bought it for me. It’s one of my favourite and, despite its few minor flaws, I will read it again and again.

161011284. Sloth~ What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
The Fifth Wave – I don’t even understand why it’s taken so so long to read this? I really like what i’ve read so far. Ever since I got my Kindle, I’m just just got used to reading with that instead because I liked to read on bus home from college and it’s easier carry a kindle than a paperback copy. Also this copy is an ARC. I found it in a charity shop, and I was really excited so i just bought it!

5. Pride~ What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

492286I’m not sure about this one? I usually talk about books to my friends and we’re all interested in YA novels. And loads of people don’t see YA as an intellectual read. But if I had to choose one, it would probably be any Paulo Coelho or Khaled Hosseini book.

 

 

6. Lust~ What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?
Honestly that’s the problem I have with males in young adult novels. Authors romanticises them waay too much and they always seem to follow the same pattern. I especially hate that those “mean to the protagonist but doesn’t something vaguely nice so all is good.”It does work in some instances but sometimes they’ve done something so horrible I see no way to forgiving them and I find myself rolling my eyes so much and yelling at the main character to get herself the hell away from him? So basically my favourite attributes are when they are decent people, and funny. At the moment, my favourite male characters are Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games or Alex Colby from How To Say I Love You Out Loud or Minho from The Maze Runner. 

7. Envy~ What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter because, oh my god, look how good it looks!!!

I’m not sure who to tag because I don’t know if they’ve already completed this tag. But if you want to do this tag, be sure to comment with yours so I can read it!!

Inside Out Book Tag

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A couple of months ago, Kristina posted a video called the Inside Out Book Tag and I thought it would be fun to do the same thing, but in a blog version rather than vlog. Inside Out is a Disney-Pixar movie which is about 5 different characters who represent 5 basic emotions that live inside the mind of a young girl. It was such a cute movie that’s so important and sends a great message about the role sadness playing in our lives, and how sadness is vital to our wellbeing.

For the book tag you are supposed to choose one book for each emotion.
1. JOY – Which book brings you the most joy?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter was probably a lot of people’s first book love. It was mine too. Whenever I read the books, it makes me so happy and even to this day I discover new things that my younger self skipped over.

2. DISGUST – Which book grossed you out the most?
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Here’s a fun story for you all: I first read fifty shades originally not knowing a single thing about the book. I didn’t even know it was about BDSM book. I read an article title how it beat harry potter sales and I was so offended that I just downloaded the book and began to read it. And that’s the story of how I read my first (and last) erotica. This book is not an accurate or even remotely healthy relationship between two consenting parties. This book perpetuates rape culture and glorifies abuse. This book in one word? Ew.

3. FEAR – Which book scared you?
Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz.

Whenever I think of this book, I think of year 10 maths lesson. I know, weird? It’s only because it was during maths that my friend, Macushla, recommended this book to me. And I loved it! It’s so creepy and thrilling!

4. SADNESS – Which book made you cry the hardest?
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

I never cry at books. It’s a fact. I just don’t get that emotional over book. I do get sad but not to the point where I’m on the verge of tears. Although there are some problematic themes in this but damn this book had me in tears.

5. ANGER – Which book pissed you off?
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I think the main reason this book made me mad is because I had such high expectations for this book. My anger really stems from the fact that there was SO MUCH potential with this, yet the implications with the storyline, and irritating characters made it so disappointing to read.

The Liebster Award

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The Liebster Award is a way for members of the blogging community to recognize new bloggers/blogs. It is a fun way to support our fellow bloggers and create a sense of community. The rules seem to vary a little depending on who is giving the award but here are the basics:

  • Nominate ten blogs and let them know you have nominated them
  • Each nominee must have under 1000 followers
  • Provide a link to the blog that nominated you
  • Answer the questions that they have provided for you
  • Create ten new questions for the blogs that you have nominated
  • Create a post that includes all of this information

I have been nominated by

I have nominated

  • lol im fairly new to wordpress, so I dont follow many people and the people I do follow have already completed this challenge ://///
  • But I nominate anyone who wants to take part in this!

Brittanymariereads’s Questions

1. If you could choose any finished series to come out with one more book which series would you choose?

Penryn and the end of days by Susan Ee. I really didnt like the ending of End of days as I said in my review of the book I think the author wrote the first book, maybe vaguely planning for a series but uncertain if she wanted to write one. Then that book took off and suddenly she had to produce an actual series that she really hadn’t planned for. It was also changed from 5 books to 3 which I don’t mind but ending for the series was seriously unsatisfactory!!

2. If you could choose any series to become a television show which series would you choose?

This book isn’t in a series, but I would choose The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller (link goes to my review of the book). I absolutely loved this book, I’m currently taking Classical Civilisation and starting A2 at the time of writing this. For the first year we read and analysed The Iliad by Homer. Patroklos was one of my favourite characters, and this book is from his POV about the events leading up to the Trojan War and his presumed relationship with the hero Achilles. I would prefer to see this book become a TV series than a movie as there’s so much detail in this book.

If I had to choose a series, I would choose The Shades of London by Maureen Johnson. The Name of the Star is one of the favourite books which takes a new spin on the tale of Jack the Ripper, with the main character coming to terms with her supernatural abilities. Definitely recommend!

3. Which character do you think was poorly cast in a movie based on a book? And who would you have cast instead?
As much as I love Kevin Zegers as an actor, I didn’t like that he was cast as Alec in The City of Bones he appeared too broody and old for Alec. I’m not a fan of The Mortal Instruments anymore (but I do intend to watch ABC’s Shadowhunters). I have no opinion on who I would have liked instead but I would have preferred to have an actor who is actually gay play Alec, which would be excellent for representation!

4. Which character death was the hardest to deal with and why?

I know people will find this weird but I don’t get extremely upset over deaths in books?? I mean, I feel sympathetic but I’ve never really found a characters death hard to deal with?? (I hope that makes sense)

5. If you could spend the day in any fictional world which world would it be?

The Harry Potter Universe (I want my damn owl, accurate housing place, and wand!!)

6. Imagine that you can have any fictional character “guest star” in a fictional world other than its own. Which character would you choose? Which world would you have them appear in? Why?

I’m not sure! I think everyone fits fine in their actual book universe and I cant think of anything one I would want to move and appear in another.

7. Which character do you most identify with?

I know this sounds weird but I don’t really identify with characters, I have many favourite character and there’s certain aspects of them that I also share with them but there’s not one character I could identify myself with.

8. If you could choose any book or series to come out with a companion cookbook that contained recipes for food and drinks mentioned in the book which would you choose?

Probably, the Harry Potter universe, it would be amazing to see how the sweets and foods are created. (fun fact – not really – but I’ve bought bertie botts every flavoured jelly beans from a candy store in Brighton once and it was disgusting, I’m not joking, each one tasted like a stink bomb)

9. If you could choose any book or series to be turned into a video game which would you choose?

Either, Harry Potter (you can tell I’m a HP fan right??- and yes I know there is already HP games) but instead of being through harry’s POV, I would want it be from the player’s own character and how they react to the events that happen in the book. (I’m really bad at explaining but I saw a Tumblr text post about it.) OR Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige!

10. If you could choose any supporting character to get their own book or series who would you choose?

Fred and George Weasley because who wouldn’t want a series about them??? or Paige (Penryn’s sister) from Penryn and the end of days because so much happens to her that wasn’t clearly explained in the series!!


My Questions

  • Your favourite past-time.
  • The 3 wishes you’d make if you get Aladdin’s Lamp.
  • One place where you’d like to travel to.
  • Which songs do you like listening to when you are working on a blog post?
  • One skill you’ll love to acquire and why.
  • Where do you get the ideas for your blog posts?
  • What is the best feedback you have ever gotten on a blog post?
  • What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
  • What is your greatest joy in life?
  • Do you ever get “writer’s block,” and, if so, how do you deal with it?

Thank you to Brittany for nominating me!