TAG: Would You Rather (Summer)?

I was tagged for this by Jay over at This is My Truth Now…what can I say but best blog ever! Go check him out if you’ve somehow managed to miss the Jay boat! Jay merged a couple of tags to create this one so we have a whole new tag going now! Hope you enjoy, I’m not going to tag anybody at the end so if you would like to have a go just pick it up and run with it.

Would You Rather Questions?

live in a tree house or a castle?

Castle

be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?

Sing

ride a horse or a camel?

Horse

Know a fairy or a unicorn?

Fairy

have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?

bounce house

travel or stay home?

travel

be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?

fly

know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?

know

be on a boat or on an airplane?

Airplane

be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?

Never get tired

go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?

Beach

have picnics in the forest or in the park?

forest

swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?

Ocean

be a dolphin or a cheetah?

cheetah

be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?

trust

be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?

pick

eat popsicles or watermelon?

popsicles

go camping or stay in a hotel?

hotel

do art or read?

read

experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?

Zip Line

Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N giftcard?

unlimited

Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

J K Rowling

Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?

Visit

Choose  Jarrod or Bash?  (Insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle)

Jarrod

Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

Travel the world

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Summer Books

1.) what book cover makes you think of summer?

The Little Theatre by the Sea - Rosanna Ley

2.) what book has brightened your day?

Reality Blurred - Aven Ellis

3.) find a book cover with yellow on it

Raw and Dirty - Violet Blaze

 

4.) what is your favorite summer beach read?

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel - Lilly Bartlett

 

5.) what action book had you running for the ice cream man?

Neil - Sybil Bartel

6.) (sunburn) what book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?

Alphabet of Thorn - Patricia A. McKillip

 

7.) (sunset) what book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended? 

A Week to be WIld - JC Harroway

8.) what book cover reminds you of a sunset?

Kiss My Boots - Harper Sloan

 

9.) what is one book or series you hope to read this summer?

Castaways - Lily Harlem

TAG: 20 Questions Book Tag

I picked this tag up from Danielle at Books, Vertigo and Tea, she did an open nomination and I thought it looked fun!

The 20 Questions

 

1. How many books are too many books in a book series? 

I really enjoy trilogies but too be honest if I’m really into a series I will happily just keep reading. The only issue I have is the size of my TBR which means I end up slipping way behind so you get series like Anita Blake for example I’m at I think number 7 and the series is now at something like 27! haha

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? 

Despite the intense pain, emotional trauma, and untold sleepless nights they cause. I like them, I like knowing something big will happen in the next book to answer questions, I like knowing that the author is thinking ahead and leaving the readers wanting more. I love when a book leaves me so stunned I have to message the author and check that there will be another book…which I have done!

3. Hardback or paperback? 

I prefer reading from my Kindle but I love Hardback books and often will read the ebook and then go and buy the hardback edition for my shelves…however I only have one floor to ceiling bookshelf and no more space for books so I have to be a little reserved in what I buy, especially as it is already full!

4. Favorite book?

That’s a completely impossible question to answer, I read two genres and have a list of books in each genre I love for different reasons. I guess The Copper Promise by Jen Williams and Groupie by C.M. Stunich

 

5. Least favorite book? 

This is not a popular choice but probably Pride and Prejudice…I am not an Austen fan at all.

6. Love triangles, yes or no? 

NO! I hate them with a passion, a romance should be a romance or a menage (which I love to read) but triangles drive me nuts…having just written this I realise I have a triangle in my book I’m writing so that’s really well done Claire…pats self sarcatically on back.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish? 

Fallen Angel by Kim Wilkins, I did something I never do and borrowed this from a friend. She gave it such positive reviews I felt compelled to give it a go. Unfortunately I just couldn’t get into it, the setting, pace, story just didn’t give me anything I look for in a book

 

8. A book you’re currently reading? 

I have just finished All For 1 by C.M. Stunich which I was quite disappointed to discover was a novella which ends quite suddenly. As soon as I have finished this I will be starting Ruin by Samantha Towle which is an advanced copy sent to me by Headline Eternal. They are one of my favourite publishers and I love pretty much everything they send my way.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Ooooh, Oh I know it was Andre by Sybil Bartel. But honestly any of Sybil’s books will blow your mind 😉

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date) 

Cripes, that’s got to be Shakespeare, I’ve read them all and they are the 1590’s, The next oldest I can think of is The Monk by Matthew Lews which is 1796

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

The Wanted by Nikki Hunter which was published 30 March 2018

12. Favorite author?

Oh Cripes here we go again. OK…

Fantasy: Jen Williams, Anna Stephens, Ed McDonald, James Bennett, and Paul Crilley
Romance: C.M. Stunich, Kierney Scott, Sybil Bartel, Nikki Landis, Tate James

Sorry I cannot just pick one I love them all equally.

13. Buying books or borrowing books? 

I’m a buyer. I would love to borrow books and support my library but I’m afraid it SUCKS, my nearest library is just a hub with a smaller shelf than I have in my house (I am not joking), there are two bigger libraries both about 3 miles in different directions from my home. But neither of them stock anything that I read except for very old books I’ve already read. I ocassionally pop in just to see if there is anything new I fancy but in four years of doing this I’ve never seen anything I want to read. 😦

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Twilight (the whole series actually), This was a painful read, I hadn’t reached my I’m gone of YA phase when I read this yet either so I don’t know. I could write an essay on what I hated about this series but let’s just say I disagree with almost everybody’s reasons for liking it!

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears? 

Bookmarks…why would you damage a book on purpose?!

16. A book you can always reread? 

 

The Firing Line Series by Kierney Scott this series got me back into reading romance again. I had read some bad romace novels and hadn’t read any for a long time. Then I read this series and was hooked, Kierney gave me a heroine I could love, who had an attitude, and a kick ass job, and didn’t need a man…but hell she wanted him. I love to re-read this now and again especially when I’m in a slump.

17. Can you read while hearing music? 

Yes, I also don’t care what music. I can’t read without it.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views) 

I have no preference, I think books work well both ways so I am happy to go along for the ride.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? 

Both, yesterday I read two books because they were both quite short. Today I have a bigger book so it will probably take a couple of days for me to get through…just depends.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

Groupie - C.M. StunichGroupie by C.M. Stunich, I was sent a blog tour request for this book and I took one look at the cover and signed up. I didn’t look at the genre, I didn’t read the book description. I just fell in love with that artwork and had to see what was between the pages.

I didn’t know that I was going to discover a new sub-genre: reverse harem, or that this book would tear my emotions to pieces. I didn’t know that C.M. Stunich would become an author I bought automatically as soon as she put a book on sale, just because she wrote it, and I would always prioritise her books. I didn’t know that Groupie would become one of my all-time favourite books, or that I would contact the cover designer one day and thank her for designing this cover that made me request to be on that blog tour.

So…Yep…I don’t normally read a book because of the cover, I do judge books by the cover but I won’t read one solely because of it, but in this case I did and it totally paid off!


I’m not tagging, if you would like to take part please do and let me know you have so I can come say Hi!

AWARD: Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you so much, Angie @ Angie Dokos for nominating me for the mystery blog award!

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers, who have yet to be discovered. They are one of the best out there, they deserve every recognition they get. Okoto Enigma (Mystery Blogger Award creator)

The Rules

  • Put the logo on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and add a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and a link
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions you were asked
  • Nominate 8-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice. One weird and one funny one.
  • Share a link to your best post

Here are three things about myself:

  • I lived in Greece for a year when I was 20
  • I’ve recently become a gym rat
  • I’m six years sober

I was asked five questions. Here are my answers:

  • What is your favorite pastime, besides reading? Going to gigs, I’m a massive heavy metal fan and I spend a shocking amount of money on going to see bands.
  • What is at least one thing you feel that you are really good at? Anything musical, I’m a natural musician. I don’t practice anymore and don’t have any instruments anymore but I can sing, write, play and I have a natural ear for music which is how I know pop music is evil!
  • If you could be an animal, which animal would you pick? Why? I really want to say dragon but I’m going to go with the theory they don’t exist (they so do) and say a horse…they are intelligent, graceful, caring creatures.
  • What is your worst fear? Snow. It’s that simple, snow terrifies me, I’ve had the fear since I was a child and it’s never left me, I’ve had therapy for it, it has a name Chionophobia, I am better than I used to be but my default setting when it snows is to stay inside with all the curtains drawn. Even pictures of snow can set off a panic attack!
  • What would the title of your life story be? Living with the Crazy

So many people have already been tagged for this over time that I’m not going to retag people if you want to do this please do. I’m also going to keep Angie’s questions and pass them on because they are great questions.

Happy Easter guys!

AWARD: One Lovely Blog Award – The Music Edition

Huge thanks to the lovely Mischenko at Read Rant Rock & Roll for the nomination on this one. I absolutely love Mischenko’s blog so do head over and see her! Now, I’ve already done this award, but this one had a little twist on it, being all about music so I couldn’t resist giving it another go!

Rules

  1. Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves and then nominate 15 people.

My Musical Facts

#1 When I was in my early teens I had what I can only describe as a mind fart where I went completely nuts for Take That, my punishment for this severe lack in judgement was to get knocked over on my way home from school on the night of a concert meaning I was in hospital getting brain scans instead of going to see them. I look back and see those brain scans were definitely needed, and sometimes wondered if the brain damage was a result of being knocked over or listening to such terrible music!

#2 My intention as a child/teen was to be a professional musician, my dream was to go to The Royal College of Music in London. Unfortunately, a breakdown brought on by pressure by one of my music teachers destroyed my dreams and I gave up music at 16, despite being on track for early admission.

#3 I’ve played several instruments over the years, the Cello briefly, the Clarinet and Saxophone seriously. I also self-taught the flute and piano badly. I also studied theory and wrote a piece of music for the school’s 80-piece wind band. Oh and I could/can sing, I sang the solo for Ava Maria in a big concert when I was 16, couldn’t do that now, my voice has definitely fallen apart since then! I’ve also won a few competitions when I was kid and as an adult. But I haven’t sung in public for at least 8 years!

#4 Despite being a massive heavy metal fan and being quite tunnel visioned about music, I am a huge fan of classical music and I also love jazz. There is so much technical skill involved in writing and playing both of these styles and I get completely sucked into them.

#5 I have a weakness for the Cello, it is by far my favourite instrument. It has such a sensual sound and it’s easily the most emotive instrument I’ve ever listened to. It was the first instrument I was ever taught, I wasn’t particularly great at it, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to try. My absolute favourite band, Apocalyptica, are a heavy metal band made up of cellists. It’s my ultimate turn on (haha!) long haired rockers playing Cellos, I even played some of their music during my wedding service.

#6 I absolutely love the ballet, the combination of dance with the music gets me every time. My favourite dance company is Matthew Bourne they do fabulous modern contemporary ballet which is often a twist on a traditional story. My favourite so far was Sleeping Beauty which I saw a few years ago, incredibly gothic and dark. Absolutely brilliant.

#7 I am addicted to TV music soundtracks, I analyse them, memorise them, and I can almost perfectly spot who the composer is before reading the titles. It’s an uncanny talent I have, but I absolutely the music and skill it takes to evoke emotion through music on TV. My favourite soundtrack composer is Bear McCreary, I absolutely idolise this man he is so talented, and I have so many albums of his soundtracks it’s ridiculous.

My Nominees

I can’t remember who I nominated the first time, so please ignore me if I’m repeating myself, I’ve also not done the full 15 because it’s just so many! Also don’t feel you have to do this on the music theme, just go random if you want, and no pressure to take part as always!

Book Review | The Raven Boys

https://booksteacupnreviews.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/secret-agent-josephine-in-paris-by-brenda-ponnay/

https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/my-newest-book-haul/

Sweet Oblivion by Jasmin Loren #poetry

https://errinkrystal.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/the-romance-reviews-trr-the-last-dragon-rider-bookreview-fantasy-romance/

https://reactionarytales.com/facebook-friday-92217/

 

AWARD: The Miranda Sings Award

I was quite excited for the nomination on this award, it’s a brand new one to me so a fresh take from the tags I’ve had recently which have been a re-take on tags I’ve already done in the past. Hopefully those people I’ve tagged below feel the same as well. Now that I’ve said that those thanks are aimed at the absolutely lovely Mischenko from Read, Rant, Rock & Roll. Mischenko runs one of my favourite blogs, and has so much in common with me it’s almost ridiculous. I highly recommend her blog as a daily visit.

Rules

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

7 Things I Love About Myself

Eeeek….Like Mischenko I’m going to avoid that paragraph on how much I hate this, let’s just say it’s a given!

  1. Being Fit & Healthy (I promise I’m not copying you Mischenko) On the other blog, I’ve written about all of this in detail but. My physical health was so bad I was spending weeks at a time in hospital, my mental health got so bad at one point I almost died and it was thanks to the hard work of A&E staff I am still here. I was sick physically and mentally and the past 3-4 years have been spent turning everything around. Physically I’m a different person and mentally i have a much better grasp on the bipolar than ever before, I have moments, but they are manageable and not extreme.
  2. I’m Ambitious I’ve always been ambitious, and in everything I do. I’m never happy to make do with what is given to me. I grew up in a very poor area, my parents didn’t have money to send me to Uni, so I found another way to achieve my goals and discovered professional qualifications, my employers paid for me to study while I worked. Anything I’ve wanted I’ve found a way to get it, I’ve never let anything get in my way, but I also won’t be mean or step on other people to achieve my goals. I’ve had people use me, lie to me and deceive me to achieve their ambitions and I wouldn’t do that to others. I’ve done lots of cool things in my life, working overseas, writing for magazines, meeting some of my favourite bands, all because I’ve strived for things I’ve wanted.
  3. I Volunteer I have always volunteered for one organisation or another. I first started volunteering when I was about 17. I’ve always felt it’s important to give something back to the community. The organisations I’ve volunteered with have varied from local community organisations to national organisations like Help for Heroes. I’m currently volunteering one day per week with a local mental health organisation called Second Step. I work with the communications team running all of their Digital Marketing. This is my area of expertise professionally so there is loads of help I can give them and I’m pretty much left to manage it I just need to create regular reports for the board and produce a regular strategy so that everybody knows what the plan is. Second Step are particularly close to my heart because one of their delivery teams supported me for 18months while I was at my sickest and helped me get to where I am today. Without them I may not have got better.
  4. I Bit The Bullet I’ve been saying for years, literally since I was a teenager, that I want to write a book. I finally bit the bullet and started writing. I have my author friend, Kierney Scott, to thank for it. I wrote a short story and after reading it she convinced me that the story was good enough to be turned into a novel. I’m working on that novel now and I’m actually liking the direction it’s going in! I’ve been so lucky to have a published author like Kierney on my side, and I’ve had another friend who is also writing who is my day to day kick in the backside and his help has been so invaluable and the book probably wouldn’t be anywhere near the point it’s at now without his help.
  5. I’ve Embraced Me It took me a long time to feel comfortable to be myself. I worked in legal marketing for a long time and I felt pressured to be a certain way to fit their professional mould. Even colouring my hair a very dull red was frowned on and I was made to feel as though I was doing something wrong because I wouldn’t wear heels. Learning to break out of that mould that society puts you in and becoming yourself is hard. I’ve finally reached the point where I don’t care what people think, I’ve embraced who I am. If people don’t like what I look like, how I dress then they don’t have to speak to me. If a potential employer doesn’t like it, then they don’t have to employ me, but they are missing out on my brain, my intelligence, my knowledge, and that’s their loss not mine.
  6. I’m Strong I’m not going to regurgitate my life story but I’ve been through the pepper grinder in life. What it has taught me is how to stay strong. I’ve met some people over the years who have been through similar and they’ve been beaten by it, it’s devastating to see and I’m so glad I found that inner strength to use my experiences in a positive way. I talk about them, I share them, I use them to tell people that these things don’t have to control your life.
  7. I Can Cook I love cooking, and one of the things I had to do as part of getting healthy was to convert to a new diet. It’s a much healthier diet but also means I need to cook from scratch. At first I was quite freaked out, society today doesn’t teach us to do this anymore, we get used to picking up packets and cheating our way through cooking. But now I don’t think anything of it. I very rarely use a jar or packet for anything, I make all my food from beginning to end, I’ve converted recipes to suit my diet, cookery books are full of scribbles where I’ve substituted ingredients and there are pages stuck together on recipes I use regularly. I still can’t bake though!

My Nominees

  1. Angie Dokos
  2. Liz @ Cover to Cover
  3. Cathy @ Between the Lines
  4. Joanne @ My Chestnut Reading Tree
  5. Ali @ Ali – The Dragon Slayer
  6. Yesha @ Books Teacup and Reviews
  7. Lorraine @ The Book Review Cafe
  8. Joanna @ Over The Rainbow Book Blog
  9. Abby @ Anne Bonny Book Reviews
  10. Judith Barrow

AWARD: The Sunshine Blogger Award … Take 3

The very lovely Mischenko at Read Rant Rock & Roll nominated me for this one. It’s my third time around the block with this one, I have a feeling these are just going to keep on coming! Go say Hi to Mischenko she has a fab blog, it’s one of my absolute favourites!

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 person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent 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 on your post and/or on your blog

Mischenko’s Questions

What was the date of your very first blog post?

Oh yikes, my very first blog post was back in 2002, and I don’t have the blog archives any more so I don’t know, from memory I think it was around April/May but that’s a guess.

For this blog my first post was April 12 2015 it’s for a book a really close friend of mine wrote, it’s actually not bad considering I had no idea what I was doing, the book is The Art of Postcard Writing, and although it’s written by a good friend of mine it’s a great little book on ideas for writing postcards, something I do loads of, and I’m always happy to add people to my crazy postcard writing rotation as well. *wink*

Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Funny you should ask! I’ve just started working on the second draft of my first novel. It’s a romance, but I’m putting a mental health element in and trying to make sure it shows mental illness as it really is not how people perceive it. I’ve been very lucky to have two people who have been reading my work at different points and offering advice along the way so I’m not just blindly writing rubbish. One has multiple romance books published the other is about to be published so I feel very lucky to not only be supported and encouraged by such successful people but have them as friends.

Is there a quote or saying that you simply don’t like?

If I’m honest, most of them! I really hate motivational quotes and things like that, they tend to rub me up the wrong way almost every time. I’m a firm believer in just believing in yourself and getting on with things. I don’t know why people need to rely on a bunch of meaningless words (sorry…I’m ranting).

I’m trying to think of one that’s really annoyed me recently…Oh I know, someone sent this to me on Facebook recently. took everything I had not to go into major rant mode and just ignore it. I’ve been sent this a few times over the years and it’s infuriating.

Name a book that you would NEVER recommend.

The Dragon's Legacy - Deborah A. Wolf

Oooh that’s difficult, because I actually think all books are suited to someone. Even some that I’ve thought were totally ridiculous someone else will think is a 5* read.

I would probably say The Dragon’s Legacy though, this was a DNF for me, and whilst most fantasy bloggers I know loved it, so I know I was in the minority and I think most fantasy fans would love it. I had no clue what was going on and didn’t understand the plot at all. So in recommending I wouldn’t have a clue how to explain this book to somebody at all so probably just wouldn’t.

What are the best and worst books you’ve ever bought?

Best, now that’s hard and I guess like most people it can change with the wind. I think at the moment I’m sitting with Jen Williams Copper Cat trilogy, I have the UK and US versions of the books because I just loved the US covers I had to buy them as well! I only have three shelves for physical books and one is taken up almost entirely by her books!

Worst, easily the Twilight saga. What was I thinking getting into those?! Terrible writing, Terrible story, the worst thing is I was stuck in a cottage in Norwich in November with nothing else to do when I had them and they were my best entertainment option so I read them. I think had my options been different I would have given up a few chapters into the first one and saved myself a lot of mental torture!

Name a book that you wish had a sequel.

Blood Bank - Zoe MarkhamBlood Bank by Zoë Markham, this is a short book which in true Markham style has an open ending. But it’s got such evocative characters that you just want more and the best thing is you don’t particularly like any of them which is such clever writing. I would love for her to write a sequel and tell us what happens next with these brilliant characters she’s created. I feel like there’s so much more that could happen.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

I read this earlier this morning and it is definitely something I’m really interested in and something that makes me happy to see although we still have such a long way to go with this.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/suicide-statistics_uk_59b0f5a8e4b0354e440f53fe?utm_hp_ref=uk&utm_hp_ref=uk

What are some favorite childhood books?

When I was really young, I was obsessed with a book called Miss Penelope Strawberry, it was part of a set called The Garden Gang which has now been discontinued. My Mum knew the whole book by heart because even at 2yrs I wouldn’t let her read anything else to me.

As an older child my love of the spooky and fantasy started to show through. I was obsessed with The Worst Witch for a while, R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike’s books, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe set, Roald Dahl, and believe it or not but Lord of the Rings. I was 12 when I was gifted those books and they opened my eyes to whole new possibilities, I jumped from those to Shannara by Terry Brooks. The Librarian at our library didn’t quite know what to do with me as I stopped using the childrens section and became glued to the fantasy section.

Do you read newspapers and magazines?

Physical newspapers no. I haven’t for about 15 years. I read a couple of websites for news online, but I’m fussy where I get my news from. Too many news outlets are biased, their journalists write badly and the news they are putting out is just bad in so many other ways. The BBC is one of the worst in my opinion, I literally won’t have anything at all to do with anything the BBC puts out if I can help it.

Magazines, I have a subscription to one magazine called Metal Hammer. I’ve had a subscription to this magazine since I was, I want to say 13, that seems right, it’s around the time the magazine first started. I get a free CD with the magazine every month as well which is great. Small factoid, but back when I was doing my reviewing thing for music, I actually did a few paid guest spots in the magazine reviewing CDs. Absolute highlight of my writing career.

What influenced your love for reading?

Reading comes naturally to me, I have always read, I actually can’t remember a time in my life where I’ve not had a book by my side. Even the few points where I’ve been in a slump I’ve still had books ready to pick up on my nightstand. My Mum is a big reader as well, although nowhere near as obsessive as me, and my Gramps, her father, was like me, always had a book in his hands and we would talk for hours about what we were reading. Whenever I visited him he would hand me piles of books he had finished with.

What book have you reread the most and how many times?

That’s probably a tie between The Catcher in the Rye and Wuthering Heights and I couldn’t tell you the number of times but it would be a lot for both of them. They are both comforting books for me and I randomly pick them up just because.

My Nominees

I’ve done so many of these things recently I feel like I’m tagging the same people repeatedly, if you’re sick of it please feel free to tell me to get lost!

  1. Danielle @ Books Vertigo and Tea
  2. Joanna @ Over The Rainbow Book Blog
  3. Raven @ Everywhere and Nowhere
  4. Noelle @ Crime Book Junkie
  5. Laura @ Snazzy Books
  6. Shelley Wilson
  7. Cleo @ Cleopatra Loves Books
  8. Tina @ Reading Between The Pages
  9. Vicki @ Cosy Books
  10. Sarah @ Sarah’s Vignettes
  11. Hayley @ Rather Too Fond of Books

My Questions

  1. You can live anywhere in the world, where do you choose?
  2. What are you reading right now?
  3. What was the last live music show you went to?
  4. If you weren’t a book blogger, what would you blog about?
  5. What is top of your bucket list?
  6. What is your autobiography called?
  7. What’s your favourite season?
  8. Coffee or Tea?
  9. Chocolate or Wine?
  10. Walk or Cycle?
  11. Finally, your favourite book this year?

AWARD: Unique Blogger Award Take Two

A huge thank you to my dear friend Mischenko over at ReadRantRock&Roll for this nomination. I have done this one before, but as the questions change it’s good fun to have another go! Please go and visit Mischenko, she has a lovely site with some great features.

The Rules

  • Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Mischenko’s Questions

What’s something unique about you?

My hair is pretty unique! Not only do I bleach it then dye it bright red, but I also have my entire head shaved on one side. For someone who is almost forty it’s a pretty unique hairstyle!

What’s a favorite book, movie, or song you enjoyed this month?

You know I watched the most recent Underworld movie last week and I loved it, I have been a huge fan of these movies since the beginning but I will admit to thinking after such a big break this one would be, well, pants. But it wasn’t.

What’s your favorite thing to do in your free-time and what do you love about it?

You mean other than read don’t you?! I love walking, I go out walking quite a lot and I also recently started going to fitness classes, including a circuit training class which is incredibly hard, but I love it. So it seems physical exercise is a thing for me right now.

My Questions

You can have dinner with one fictional character, who would you choose and why?

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

How many books are on your TBR pile at the moment?

 

My Nominees

  1. Chantelle Griffin
  2. Dee @ It’s All About The Books
  3. Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek
  4. Shananigan @ Reads & Reels
  5. Mairead @ Swirl & Thread
  6. Kerry @ Chat About Books
  7. Emma @ DampPebbles
  8. Lisa @ Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews