This gif literally describes my reviewing skills as of late. Nothing seems right and i’m struggling to finish book reviews. In the mean time…
HAVE A TOTALLY POINTLESS BUT RIDICULOUSLY FUN BOOK TAG!
I’m that weirdo that loves quizzes. I don’t know why. They just appeal to me. Except school quizzes. They’re yucky.
- First book in your collection/Last book you bought.
The first book in my collection was a book you can even find online. I got it when I was 9 and it was one of those historical/biographical novels aimed at kids. It was a Marie Antoinette book. I bloody loved it. I read it over and over again. In fact I’ve really lost track of how many times I read it. It still sits proudly on my book shelf as I cant bring myself to get rid of it. We go back this book and I. No book gets left behind or forgotten.
The last book I bought was…
The second book in the Outlander series, this is the next book I’m going to pick up to read, despite the fact that my TBR pile is enormous and I’ve had some books on my TBR pile for over 2 years.
2. A cheap book/An expensive book.
The cheapest book I ever purchased was from a School fete and I think it was $3 or something. It was a second hand paperback of Pride and Prejudice which I’ve had for about 10 years. It’s been so well loved it’s pages are starting to come loose and I have to treat it like a museum piece.
Most of the more expensive books in my collection are actually gifts. I dont tend to buy books if they go over a certain amount. A stab in the dark will probably put the Mime Order by Samantha Shannon as one of the more expensive books in my collection. I bought this book maybe or month or two from when it came out after reading the first book and I think I paid maybe $25 AUD for it from a book store chain. Before you freak out, that’s in Australian dollars, and we tend to pay way more for things then everywhere else in the world.
3. A book with a male protagonist/One with a female protagonist.
I actually really struggled with a book with a male protagonist before I remembered, like the dingo I am, that Rainbow Rowell is bae. So for this book I picked…
This book is so good, I honestly get shivers each time I think about it. WE ARE NOT WORTHY.
The female option is overwhelming. For the sake of keeping this really interesting, I decided to pick a book I don’t talk about as often as I should.
This book and the series is honestly fantastic. This book is nothing at all like the musical and I love Maguire for it. It’s honest, brutal and bloody fantastic. Elphaba is brilliant and things are so many different shades of grey and black it’s hard to imagine what the musical’s creators even based the play off. Do not judge this book by it’s cover- it will stab you in the back with it’s wicked iron claws and rip down your back if you do. Trust me, READ this book.
4. A book you read fast/One that took you long to read.
I honestly read this book in a matter of hours. This wasnt a skinny book. It was honestly that good that I spent a few hours on a cruise, by the pool reading the whole book from cover to cover. Stiefvater has a way with words and this second book in the Raven Cycle series ups the anti so much higher than the first. I was so scared to put the book down, thats how good this book was.
The book that took me forever to read probably wont surprise those who know it.
Weighing in at something like 850 pages of tiny tiny text, this book was an epic… which is worrying because the books actually get bigger as the series progresses. I loved every second I spent with my nose glued to the pages of this book. Reading for about 2hrs plus each day for 4 weeks, this book just had me. I savoured it. I loved it. I enjoyed the heck out of it. Stay tuned for my official book review on it to come.
5. Pretty cover/Ugly cover.
This one is easy;
As for an ugly one…. I see books as all beautiful… but perhaps this one is a bit…. plain.
Don’t really know what Harris’ people were doing on this one…. let’s just leave it at that.
6. A national book/An international book.
TBH, there’s only one Aussie classic that I truly care about…
I would argue this book (and the whole series) is a national treasure and I honestly don’t know why Marsden hasn’t won all the awards. This is a staple to every Aussie child’s education with most kids reading it for English class or borrowing it off a friend that had to. I read it for pleasure and this book had perhaps one of the most profound influences on me. You know how you can name only a few books that changed your life and entire outlook? This book was one of mine. Honestly? Still get teary eyed over this series.
International books are honestly too easy. But let’s be real, there’s one book that all the world loves and there’s a reason it’s been translated into most world languages;
One of the few books in the world that unites us all, even in the darkest of times. #hogwartsalumni
7. A thin book/A thick book.
One book that recently came into my possession was a gorgeous rebound copy of the Time Machine by H.G Wells. It’s probably only a few centimeters thick but the cover is gorgeous;
The book (and picture) are by Rock Paper Books and they have so many beautiful titles on offer. Honestly, check them out.
As for thick books, I’ve already stupidly mentioned the thickest books in my collection earlier on in this blog (*cough* Dragonfly in Amber, Outlander and Mime Order *cough*). The next thickest book that I own is…
Felt like I was logging around a brick each time I took it with me but so, so worth it
8. Fiction book/Non-fiction book.
For the fiction book, let’s go with another book I don’t mention enough but probably should;
This was probably the first book I read that got me addicted to reading. 10 year old Ashleigh LOVED this book and the series. I think I read the whole kit and Kavoodle in a year and was the biggest series of unfortunate events trash. I’m rather desperately awaiting the netflix series to come out all these years later.
I’ve read so many non-fiction books that I didn’t like, it’s more of a struggle to find one that I did. One of the few ones that I still own is ‘The Prince’ by Machiavelli. It’s a remnant from Uni days past. But still an interesting read
8. Very (way too) romantic book/Action book.
As someone who tends to stay away from Romance Books in general, this is a tricky question. For me however, the one that instantly came into my head was…
I adored this book. I loved how it pulled apart the traditional Romeo and Juliet, I liked the mystery and I loved that the ‘destined to be together’ romance wasn’t too teeth-numbingly sweet.
As for the Action book;-
This whole series is full of action, but I would argue that this book is the most action packed. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time biting my nails. This book was so bloody (heh sorry about that pun) exciting that it was kind of insane. I loved it and it may be my favourite book in the entire series.
9. A book that made you happy/One that made you sad.
This book made me ridiculously happy. The whole book- from page to page- was an utter delight. I loved every second of it. Even though Cath went through a lot, I still felt happy because Cath was such an easy character to connect and empathize with. And hello? Emergency Kanye Dance Party’s for the win!
There is one book that has made me so overwhelmingly sad I sat and cried for a good 30 mins afterwards…
I think a lot of people may agree with me on this one.
So… there you have my pointless tag. I tag absolutely everyone;- If you want to do this, you go right ahead and you do it. Unfortunately, I was not able to track down the original creator of this tag. If someone does know, please let me know so I can amend this blog to credit them.