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This Or That Tag

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I haven’t done a tag in a while, so thank you Ash for tagging me!

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

Without further ado, the tag.

THE QUESTIONS:


Reading on the couch or on the bed?
I don’t mind either, but I am more likely to read in bed. There’s nearly always people in the living room, and I can’t read when the TV is on or if I can hear people talking, as it distracts me.

Male main character or female main character?
Female. I think it’s because I can relate to them easier than I can to a male character.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
Hmm. I’d say that depends on what I’m in the mood for!

Trilogies or quartets?
Trilogies.

First person point of view or third person point of view?
Either one is fine by me, I’m not too bothered as long as the book is well written.

Reading at night or in the morning?
I never have the time in the morning! I’m up at 7, and out at 8 in the week, and then on weekends I either lie in, or I’m busy. So definitely night.

Libraries or bookstores?
Bookstores. I know this makes me sound terrible, but I actually rarely go to the library. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love them, how could I not, they’re full of books! But I like to keep my books. I guess you could say I’m building up a library of my own.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
Again, this depends on my mood!

Black book covers or white book covers?
Never really thought of this before, but I guess black. I don’t really have a reason why. Although Ash did make a good point, white books get marked quite easily.

Character driven or plot driven stories?
I like my books with a bit of both. If I can’t connect to the characters, I don’t feel attached the the book. But if the plot isn’t the best, then it’s just not memorable.


 

I Tag:

Anyone who wants to do this tag!

-Books&Belle xx

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Second Hand Challenge

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The second hand challenge is something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while now, but just haven’t had the time. What you do is, you go into a charity shop, or in my case, more than one, with £10 and see what you can get. This was so much fun, and the amount of books I came out with was amazing! I didn’t even spend my full £10 budget and I came out with several books that I can’t wait to read.

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The first charity shop I went into, I came out with one book. The Time Travellers Wife. I’d heard of this one before, but never really considered reading it. However, when I saw it on the shelf for only 50p, I decided to give it ago. After all, even if I don’t end up enjoying it much, it’s not like I’ve spent a small fortune on it!

The next charity shop I went into, I came out with a few more books. I spent quite a while in this one browsing their selection of books. There were just so many, I wish I had taken a photo of their shelves, but I was far too busy. The Roanoke Girls is one I’ve wanted to read for a while now, so I was so happy to find it for only 50p! I know eventually I would’ve caved and spent the £4 on it in Tesco, so I saved myself £3.50! Room is another that I’ve been considering reading, so I couldn’t pass it up when I found it for 50p. The last two, I hadn’t heard of before, but they intrigued me so I decided to give them a go.

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This next charity shop provided me with my two favourite finds! Villette by Charlotte brontë, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. They were £1 each, which I thought was amazing. I already have The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, but it’s paperback and not nearly as beautiful as this edition, so I couldn’t leave it sat in a charity shop! I love the classics, and I can’t wait to get around to reading these two.

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The final book I picked up was The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. This one caught my eye because I’d seen some people in the book community saying how good it was, so I decided to give it ago. It was 50p, and I love the cover!

I finished this trip with eight new books, and having spent only £5, half of my budget! I’d definitely recommend doing this, not only did I get some amazing new books for practically peanuts, but it was really fun. I know that my cousin, who I dragged along with me, got a bit annoyed when I was taking what she called an ‘eternity’ to pick my books, so I’d recommend taking someone with a bit more patience! This is definitely something that I plan to do again in the future.

-Books&Belle xx

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books Featuring Vampires

Top 5 Wednesday (#T5W) is something that I discovered through Ash’s blog, so go check her out! It was created by Lainey and Samantha in 2013 and is still going strong. There is a new topic every week, and you choose 5 books that are related to that topic. If you’re interested in joining in, have a look at their Goodreads group for more information.

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The topic this week is books featuring a paranormal creature of your choice. I chose vampires. The reason for this is that they’re my favourite paranormal creatures, and I love reading about them.

1. The Vampire Diaries

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Like I’ve said plenty of times before, I love The Vampire Diaries… as a TV show. The books, not so much. However, the show was based on them and I love how the vampires are portrayed in this series.

2. Twilight

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I really can’t believe that this wasn’t the first one that came to mind when I thought of vampire books. Say what you want about it, I loved these books, and the films, when I first discovered them. They started my fascination with vampires, and whilst there were things that were so cringey, I couldn’t get enough with them. I was always Team Edward, in case you were wondering.

3. The House of Night Series

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This is another series that I love. I started this when I was 12 or 13, and I still haven’t finished it! There is so many books, and I’ll go through stages of devouring a book or two in a few days, and then won’t touch the next one for another year. Perhaps it’s my subconscious trying to make the series last as long as possible.

4. Glass Houses

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I’ve only read the first book in this series, but I did enjoy it. The vampires in it weren’t my favourite, as you can probably tell from the above picks, I like the vampires to be the protagonists of the story. They were written well, however, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

5. Dracula

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I wasn’t actually going to include this one, for the simple reason that I’ve not read it. But I do want to, and I felt I couldn’t do a vampire post and not include Dracula. I’m definitely bumping it up my TBR a few places!

Remember, if you’re interested in taking part in #T5W, check out their Goodreads group!

-Books&Belle xx

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Creepy Settings

Top 5 Wednesday (#T5W) is something that I discovered through Ash’s blog, so go check her out! It was created by Lainey and Samantha in 2013 and is still going strong. There is a new topic every week, and you choose 5 books that are related to that topic. If you’re interested in joining in, have a look at their Goodreads group for more information.

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This week, the topic is favourite creepy places. There’s so many amazing locations in books that I’ve found creepy!

1. Knockturn Alley – Harry Potter

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Knockturn Alley always creeped me out a bit, especially after watching the film and seeing all the scary people approach Harry when he’s there! It’s the Wizarding World, though, so I’d still love to go there, despite it’s bad reputation.

2. Under The Mountains – ACOTAR

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Okay, I definitely would not like to visit here. Let alone spend months down there like Feyre did! Even the visits from Rhysand wouldn’t make up for it.

3. The valley of Glendalough – Sleeping Beauties

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This is where the killer buried the women that he murdered, so it’s safe to say this would be one of the last places I would want to go. The way Jo Spain described it was brilliant, however.

4. Withering Heights (Home of the Earnshaws) – Withering Heights

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I find this whole book pretty creepy. It’s my favourite classic, but yes, very creepy!

5. The Apartment Francesca Rents – Local Girl Missing

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If you’ve read this book you’d know why. She’s all alone when she’s there, and that coupled with the plot just makes me think.. no I would not be there. Plus, she hears noises and creepy stuff happens!

I love all of these books, and their creepy settings!

Remember, if you’re interested in taking part in #T5W, check out their Goodreads group!

-Books&Belle xx

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books Featuring Witches

Top 5 Wednesday (#T5W) is something that I discovered through Ash’s blog, so go check her out! It was created by Lainey and Samantha in 2013 and is still going strong. There is a new topic every week, and you choose 5 books that are related to that topic. If you’re interested in joining in, have a look at their Goodreads group for more information.

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This week, the topic is books featuring witches! I looooove witches, so I’m super excited about this one.

1. Harry Potter

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This book has some of the most badass witches in existence, so it is obviously my first choice. Plus, by favourite fictional character is the Brightest Witch of Her Age in this, so duuuh.

2. The Vampire Diaries

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This may not be the best book series, but it is a good TV series, and Bonnie Bennett is one of the first characters that comes to mind when I think of witches, after the Harry Potter ladies, of course.

3. The Witches

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I loved this book so much as a child! I received it on one of those Christmas events they do when the kid meets Santa and gets a present. Roald Dahl was one of my favourite authors.

4. A Discovery Of Witches

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I read this a while ago now, and I definitely want to re-read to to refresh my memory.

5. Macbeth

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I know that this one is a play, but it still involves witches, and I really enjoyed it when I studied it at school a few years back.

So, they’re my five witchy-themed books. What are your favourite books that include witches?

-Books&Belle xx

 

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Down The TBR Hole #4: Conquer your TBR

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I originally saw this post from Boston Book Reader, but it was created by Lost In A Story, and I loved the idea.

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

1. Looking For Alaska

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I really like John Green, so I will get around to reading this.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

2. Lady Ever After

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I’m not really interested in this at the moment.

JUDGEMENT: GO.

3. Girls Made Of Snow And Glass

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I’ve heard so much great stuff about this, so I want to see what the hype is all about.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

4. Little Monsters

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Again, I’ve heard good things about this book.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

5. The People At Number 9

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Not interested in this book at the moment.

JUDGEMENT: GO.

-Books&Belle xx

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Reader Problems Book Tag

Screen Shot 2017-09-30 at 21.15.51I was tagged by Dorka over at Berries and Books to do the Reader Problems Tag, so thank you to Dorka, and make sure that you go and check out her blog! The tag originally was created by Tiffany over at Youtube. You can watch her video here.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

20,000?!?! Whatever I read next always depends on my mood, so I’d just stick with that. Having 20,000 books on my TBR would definitely stress me out, though.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

If I’ve started a book I’ll try my absolute hardest to keep reading it until the end. I’ve only ever stopped reading two books, if I remember correctly. Obviously if I’m really not liking it, and it’s taking me ages to get through I will put it down, but I don’t like to do so.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I’d definitely try and catch up. I guess by cutting down on the time I spend watching Prison Break (or whatever TV Series I’m obsessed with at that moment). I don’t see this happening this year, thank god, as I’m already a book or two in front!

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

All of my book series match up, which I’m happy about! I don’t think it would bother me too much if they didn’t, but I do prefer the matching ones.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Hmm, I’m struggling with this one. The books I’ve read that I don’t really like are ones that aren’t very well-known.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I hate people seeing me cry, so I’d without a doubt put the book down until I got home and was alone.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

Ahhh, I don’t know. It’d depend how much I had forgotten. I think I’d have a go at reading the sequel,  but if I’d forgotten so much that it wasn’t making sense I’d re-read the first book. However, I’m pretty good at remembering things, so this hasn’t happened to me yet!

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

This is so me! I’ve heard way to many horror stories of people not returning borrowed books, so unless I really trust you, you’re not getting your hands on my books. I’d just tell them that I didn’t have the book, or that I couldn’t find it.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Stop trying for a few days. If I’m in a slump, I’m not going to force myself to read. It takes the enjoyment out of it.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I’ll usually try and wait until they’re cheaper, but if I really can’t, I will order it. I’d restrict myself to 2 or 3, though.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Sometimes a day, sometimes several months. It all depends on what I want to read when I finish my most latest read.

I tag anyone that wants to do this tag!

-Books&Belle xx

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’ve Read Because of Bookstagram/Blogging

Top 5 Wednesday (#T5W) is something that I discovered through Ash’s blog, so go check her out! It was created by Lainey and Samantha in 2013 and is still going strong. There is a new topic every week, and you choose 5 books that are related to that topic. If you’re interested in joining in, have a look at their Goodreads group for more information.

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This week, the topic is books I’ve read because of bookstagram/blogging!

1. The ACOTAR series

This is the series that I’m most thankful to the book community for helping me to discover. It’s one of my favourite book series after Harry Potter and I love it!

2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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I recently reviewed this one, and I did enjoy it, although there were a few things I didn’t like. I’m still happy I found it, though!

3. Everything, Everything

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I saw this one on my Bookstagram and loved the cover, so I went out and brought it. I read it in one sitting, so I definitely liked it. I can’t wait to see the move!

4. Odd & True

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I received Odd & True as an ARC from the publisher, and I thought it was a really good book. Another one I’m happy to have discovered!

5. The Hate U Give

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I haven’t actually read this one yet, but I did buy it a few months back. I saw so many people from the book community saying how brilliant it was, so I knew I had to give it a go. I’m really excited to read it.

Well, that’s that done! I’m glad to have discovered all of these books, and I’m very thankful to the book community!

Remember, if you’re interested in taking part in #T5W, check out their Goodreads group!

-Books&Belle xx

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Down The TBR Hole #3: Conquer your TBR

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I originally saw this post from Boston Book Reader, but it was created by Lost In A Story, and I loved the idea.

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

1. Hold Still

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I have this book on my shelves already, so I will eventually read it. Plus, the plot looks pretty intriguing.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

2. Return to Paradise (Leaving Paradise, #2)

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I have this one too! As soon as I finished the first book in the series I ordered it. Leaving Paradise was really good, so I’m hoping I enjoy this one just as much.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

3. The Book Of You

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I do like this author, but I don’t see myself getting around to this anytime soon.

JUDGEMENT: GO.

4. The Beast Is An Animal

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Not only do I love the cover of this book (so pretty!!) but the plot sounds really interesting too.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

5. Little Sister

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I’m not interested in this right now. Maybe I’ll come back to it in the future because I do like Thrillers, but at the moment I’m going to say goodbye to this one.

JUDGEMENT: GO.

So, I got rid of 3/5 books this week!

-Books&Belle xx

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The TBR Tag

So, I was tagged by Megs over at Between The Pages to do the TBR Tag! Go check out her blog! Thank you Megs for tagging me, I’m so excited to do it!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I’m a little disorganised with how I keep up with my TBR pile. Some of them are on my Goodreads account, but then sometimes I’ll see a book on Instagram or Twitter that looks interesting so I’ll just screenshot it so I don’t forget about it. I should probably just put them all into Goodreads but I’m lazy.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Print. I’ve read less than 5 e-books. I like having and keeping the physical book!

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’m not sure, I just look through it and pick whatever one I’m feeling at that moment.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest?

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It’s been on there sooo long, but I haven’t gotten rid of it in my recent Down The TBR Hole posts because I do really want to get around to it at some point.

A book that you recently added to your TBR?

Warcross by Marie Lu.

A book on your TBR strictly because it has a beautiful cover.

A Reign of The Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.

I don’t know! I hope to eventually read all of the books on my TBR, so I don’t think that I can’t answer this question!

An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited for.

Genesis by Brendan Reichs!! I LOVED Nemesis, the first book in the series, so much! I’m so excited for the release of Genesis next year. I need to know what happens!

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I really want to read this, I’ve heard so many good things about it.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I have this book on my shelf ready to be read, it’s just finding the time to read it!

A book on your TBR that you are dying to read.

There’s waaaay too many to choose just one!

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR.

53, at the moment. This has been going up and down though!

Thanks again to Megs for that tag! I tag absolutely anyone that wants to do the tag!

-Books&Belle xx