A to Z Bookish Tag

Another tag post! I love completing these, and ones that get to discuss books are my absolute favourite! Over the summer months I absolutely love spending time in the garden, relaxing in the sun with a cocktail and a book in hand. And if I happen to go away on holiday, I probably end up taking more books than clothes!

Author you’ve read the most books from
I’d have to say Enid Blyton or RL Stine as a child, or Kelley Armstrong, Jodi Picoult or JK Rowling as an adult. I love Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series and have read all of them (there’s a lot!), and Jodi Picoult’s courtroom dramas are my fave.

Best Sequel Ever
This is a hard one! Obviously I love the Harry Potter collection, and count them as the best sequels I’ve read, but I have to say I genuinely enjoyed reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, and also some of the Lee Child novels.

Currently Reading The second Game of Thrones book. I love the TV show and have been (slowly) working my way through the books. 

Drink of Choice While Reading
I have to say I’m a tea or coffee kinda gal! Depending on my mood, I’ll either have a decaf coffe or a herbal tea, unless I’m on holiday in which case it’ll be a cocktail!

E-reader or Physical Book?
I definitely prefer a physical book, but I just didn’t have the room for them all so I’ve switched to a Kindle. I still love having an actual copy of certain books, but for everything else I have the Kindle. It’s especially useful when travelling, as I can take my entire library but take no space up at all!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School
I always liked Ron Weasley or one of the Weasley Twins, so probably one of them!

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
This is a hard one, it’s taken me a while to think of one because I tend to read everything! I think probably His Dark Materials, by Phillip Pullman. A fried told me to read them as I’d like them, but it took me a while to get round to it. Once I did, I completely loved them, and have read them countless times since!

 

Hidden Gem Book
North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell. I love everything about this book, and the characters are wonderful.

Important Moment in your Reading Life
When I first read To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harpur Lee. This was a book I was studying for my GCSE exams, and at first I didn’t take it seriously. As the story developed, I completely fell in love with the characters. It was the first ‘serious’ book I remember reading (Despite reading a ton of books up until this point) and one I’ve read many times since.

Just Finished A street cat named Bob. I read this a few years ago and loved it, so after I watched the film recently (and also loved it!) I decided to reread it. I find it so uplifting, and it proves that no matter how low things may get, you always have hope. 

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
Fifty Shades of Grey-esque novels. Cannot be dealing with that.

Longest Book You’ve Read
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Whilst each individual book may not be that long, the book I had contained all three stories, and The Hobbit, and it was HUGE! I could barely lift it!

The Wasp Factory book cover

Major book hangover
Flowers for Algernon because it completely broke my heart. Or The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. That book completely messed me up.

Number of Bookcases You Own
Three. I’ve had to stop buying books as I have no where else to put them. I’ve got some in my loft and garage, and others stored in my mom and dad’s loft. Hence my husband buying me the Kindle.

 

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times
Need I say it, but Harry Potter.

Preferred Place To Read
Probably in bed or in the bath. I find both so relaxing.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read
– “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies”, said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one”. – George RR Martin, A Dance with Dragons.

– “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Reading Regret
Fifty Shades of Grey. I could barely finish the first one it was so cringe worthy, so safe to say I did not read the rest!

Based on our test results, it would take us 118 days to read the whole Game of Thrones book series by George R. R. Martin (pictured). This is 306 days faster than the average reader

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series)
The Game of Thrones collection. Even though technically The Winds of Winter hasn’t been released (and probably won’t any day soon!!) I need to catch up and read the rest first. I’ve read the first two, but just haven’t gotten around to the others yet.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books
Other than the obvious, my favourites are To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harpur Lee, The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.

Unapologetic Fan-girl For
Harry Potter. ‘Nuff said.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others
Origin, by Dan Brown. I love the Da Vinci Code books and am very excited for the newest release. Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins. I loved The Girl on the Train, and cannot wait to read her newest release.

Worst Bookish Habit
Folding down pages and bending the spines of them. I try not to borrow books from people too often because I just ruin them.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book
I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou.

 

Your latest book purchase
I didn’t technically buy it because it was free to download, but Tess of the D’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)
Me before You, by Jojo Moyes. I couldn’t go to sleep until I’d finished it!

I’m not tagging anyone to complete this tag, so if you’d like to do it, just leave me your links when you’re done so I can have a read!

 Gemma signoff

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