Bookish Academy Awards 2017

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating and if you aren’t I hope you have a great day anyway. I did this tag last year and I think it’s quite a good way to round up the year. I will be doing a whole post about all my favourite books though, so keep an eye out for that. If you hadn’t already noticed about me I’m quite an indecisive person so for most of the questions I have multiple answers. Now I’m just going to get straight onto the questions.

 

Best Actor: (Best Male Protagonist) 
Once again I can’t just choose just one so I’ve a couple to share. Two of my favourites are Vaelin from the Raven’s Shadow trilogy by Anthony Ryan, Tormalin from The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams and Ven from the Queens of Renthia trilogy by Sarah Beth Durst.

 

Best Actress: (Best Female Protagonist)
There are so many options for this one so I’m sure you’re not surprised that there’s going to be multiple answers for this one too :). My favourites include Noon from the Ninth Rain by Jen Williams, Mara from the Empire trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts, Vasya from the Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, Daliena from the Queens of Renthia trilogy by Sarah Beth Durst and Pole from Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan.

 

Best Cinematography: (Best Plot Twist)
My answer for this is kind of cheating but I want to mention it anyway as I never expected it to happen and that is the development of Malta in the Rain Wild Chronicles. I know it’s not technically a plot twist but while reading this series I was so surprised by her development. She starts off as a completely unlikable character and slowly progresses to be such an interesting character. Other than that, I’m drawing a blank for this one.

 

Best Costume Design: (Best Book Cover)

 

Best Supporting Actress and Actor: (Best Male and Female Sidekick)
For best male sidekick I’m choosing Hokanu from the Empire trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts and for female sidekick I’m choosing Sonami from the Tensorate novellas by JY Yang. I’d love to know more about both of these characters, although Sonami is more of a secondary character then a sidekick. I don’t know that either of these characters would be considered sidekicks but I want to mention them anyway.

 

Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)
There have been some amazing worlds in the books I’ve read this year so I’ve got a couple to share. Firstly Ebora from The Ninth Rain by Jen Willams, secondly Aratay from the Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst and the world of the Echoes of the Fall series by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I also love the world of the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier.

 

Best Adapted Screenplay: (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)
To be honest I think I’ve only seen one book to movie adaption and that was Fantastic Beasts, although I haven’t actually read the book. I enjoyed the film though.

 

Best Animated Feature: (A book that would work well in animated format)
I’m not too sure about this one but maybe the Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell. I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in the series so far and I think that it has potential for an entertaining animated show.

 

Best Director: (A writer you discovered for the first time)
Once again I have more than one answer for this one. I’ve come across some great new authors this year including Juliet Marillier, Madeleine Thien, C. J. Sansom and Patricia A. McKillip.

 

Best Visual Effects: (Best Action in a Book)
I would say a lot of the books I’ve read this year with action scenes were written really well. I thought the action in The Bear and the Serpent by Adrian Tchaikovsky and Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. The action in Anthony Ryan’s books are great too.

 

Best Short Film: (Best Novella or Short Book)
I don’t actually read a lot of novellas but I did read and really enjoy The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho. It’s only about 50 pages long (I think) so it was a pretty quick read.

 

Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)
The best stand alone is probably The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. Mckillip, which I loved. I picked it up on a bit of a whim and I am so glad I did – it was fantastic. I did also really enjoy Artemis by Andy Weir, which is another great standalone.

 

Best Documentary: (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction)
I haven’t read a lot of historical fiction books this year but I did read the first two books in the Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom. I loved both books so I’m excited to continue on with the series. Another historical fiction book I enjoyed was To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin – I loved the setting of the construction of the Eiffel Tower.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. I’ve read some pretty fantastic books this year so keep an eye out for my favourite 2017 books post which will be posted soon. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As you can already tell from the title I’m going to be sharing a book tag today. This tag is all about book covers and everything else included about the appearance of the book. I love a good book cover so I thought this would be a good tag to do.

 

1. Best colour combo on a book cover 
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I love the blues and green against the black.

 

2. Best typography/font on a book cover
I couldn’t decide between two series so I’ve got two answers for this one.
The Echoes of the Fall series by Adrian Tchaikovsky and the Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan.

 

3. Best simple cover

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The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

 

4. Best end pages
Again I’ve got two answers for this one because I just couldn’t pick one.
Vintage classicedition of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and the hardback edition of Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb.

 

5. Best map
Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn. This is just one of my favourite maps – there are alot of great ones.

 

6. Best naked hardback
The Bees by Laline Paull

 

7. Best back cover
Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu

 

8. Best chapter headers
The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

 

9. Best illustrations
Illustrated edition of Watership Down by Richard Adams

 

10. Best spine

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

 

11. Favourite cover on your shelves
Of course I couldn’t just share one of my favourite covers but three :). There are so many amazing covers. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams, The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst and Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb.

 

I love book covers so this was the perfect tag for me to do. I’m hoping the lighting is OK in the photos as there isn’t great natural lighting at the moment. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Fantasy Bucket List Book Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. I figured it’s been a while since I’ve done a tag post so that’s what I’ll be doing today. A tag all about the fantasy genre seemed like a good tag to do, but I can’t seem to find who came up with this, so sorry for not tagging the creator. Let’s get started.
 
Q1: A fictional world that you would like to tour
There are so many possible answers for this one but I think I’m going to go for Middle-Earth. It’s such a vast place that I think I would be touring for quite some time :). I would especially love to explore the elven cities.

 

Q2: A specific place that you would like to visit
In the theme of my previous answer, I would go for Rivendell and Lothlórien, but I’ll also give a different answer too. Another place I would like to visit is the Clayr’s Glacier and/or the Abhorsen’s House from the Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix. Both places would be interesting to visit – I’ve express my love for this series quite a few times now :).

 

Q3: A character that you would like to meet
I would love to meet Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I think that would be pretty awesome – just to have a chat with him.

 

Q4: An event you would like to witness
I actually had a hard time coming up with an answer for this one but the events of the Rain Wild Chronicles would be pretty awesome to witness. Seeing dragons returning to the land and learning about them would be interesting. That’s all I could come up with.

 

Q5: A sport/activity you would like to try
The only thing that is coming to mind right now is Quidditch and I already know that I wouldn’t be good at that as I’m not great with heights so… I don’t really have an answer for this one.

 

Q6: A weapon you would like to wield
I’m probably going with quite a dull answer as it’s not a magical weapon, but I would go with the bow. I have always loved characters that wield the bow and I would love to be able to do it. I did actually do some archery at school but it didn’t last very long.

 

Q7: An item you would like to use
Definitely the alethiometer from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. I probably wouldn’t be able to read it but I like to think that I could slowly learn to :). I think it is such an interesting machine so it would be amazing to be able to study it.

 

So that’s it for this tag post. Consider yourself tagged, if you want to answer these questions too. I love talking about fantasy so this was a good tag for me. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Totally Should’ve Book Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. I figured I haven’t done a book tag in a while so that’s what I’m doing today. I’m feeling abit uninspired at the moment and feeling like what I’m producing isn’t as good as I want it to be. I don’t know… I’m just having one of those times where I’m a bit unmotivated. If you have any post requests or advice on how to improve than I would love to know. Anyway, as you can tell from the title I am going to be doing the totally should’ve book tag, which was created by emmmabooks. Let’s get started.

 

Q1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
The first book that comes to mind is Fudoki by Kij Johnson. Part of me would love to see more of Kagaya-hime but the other part wonders whether it should just be left a standalone… I don’t know. I do love this book so it would be amazing to have more of this world.

 

Q2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series
I have two answers for this one – the Echoes of the Fall series by Adrian Tchaikovsky and the Queens of Renthia trilogy by Sarah Beth Durst. I know both of these series are unfinished right now but I would love to see more from both of these worlds.

 

Q3. An author who totally should write more books
I would love to see more books coming from Robin Hobb. The huge Realm of the Elderlings series has just been concluded and so I would love to see a brand new world from her. I still have the last trilogy to read but after that I definitely hope to see new books from her. Otherwise I’ll just have to continually reread all her books :).

 

Q4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else
To be honest, I don’t think I really have an answer for this one.

 

5. Totally should’ve ended differently
For this I didn’t exactly want it to end differently I just wanted more time to be spent with the ending and that is Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. There’s quite a big build up in this book and the ending felt quite rushed, which was a little disappointing. It’s still a good ending but it could have been done a bit better.

 

6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise
The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon would make a fantastic movie franchise. I would definitely go and see that film, so I have my fingers crossed that it will happen :). Hopefully it would be done well.

 

7. Totally should’ve had a TV show
Maybe the Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan. I think that could be a really fun TV show and I would love to see the relationship between Royce and Hadrian come to life. I would definitely watch that show. Also I think the Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom would make quite a good TV show.

 

8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view
The first thing that comes to mind is Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan, which is the second book in the Raven Shadow trilogy. The first book there is only one perspective but in the second there are multiple perspectives. I loved the first book but found the second a little disappointed and I can’t help but wonder whether it was due to this change. Having said that, it does give a wider look into the world so I don’t know if it would have worked as just one perspective.

 

9. Totally should have a cover change
Well I’m not the biggest fan of covers of the Other series by Anne Bishop. Typically I don’t like people on the cover and they all have a woman on the cover, so I definitely think they could do with a cover change.

 

10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers
I don’t really have an answer for this one, but I would definitely say that the Penguin English Library editions should have stayed with the rubberised editions. They were so much nicer than the current finish of the editions.

 

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one
Again, I don’t have an answer for this one… Sorry.

 

That’s it for this tag. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Mulan Book Tag

Hi guys, it’s time for a book tag. I was tagged by the lovely Kate (@ Reading Through Infinity) so thank you very much for the tag. You should definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already – it’s fantastic. When I saw that it was a tag based around Mulan, I had to do it. Mulan is probably my favourite Disney film – there is also a really good live action Chinese version that is well worth watching. Anyway let’s get started.

 

THE RULES:
  • Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
  • Thank/mention the person who tagged you
  • Match books or characters to the questions below
  • Tag as many people as you like

 

1. REFLECTION “WHEN WILL MY REFLECTION SHOW WHO I AM INSIDE” – AN INACCURATE BOOK COVER THAT DOESN’T REALLY REFLECT WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT

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Maybe these editions of the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld…  I just thought they could have represented this world better. I don’t hate these covers but I think the second and third book in particular could have been done better.

 

2. MUSHU – A CHARACTER WITH A LOT TO PROVE

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The first character that comes to mind is Daleina from the Queens of Renthia series by Sarah Beth Durst. She has a lot to prove in the sense that everyone underestimates her because she’s not the strongest magically, but she has a lot of strength. I feel like she has a lot to prove to herself too. I am very excited to read book 2, The Reluctant Queen, hopefully this month. Also Mushu is amazing :).

 

3. “I’LL MAKE A MAN OUTTA YOU!” – A CHARACTER WHO DEVELOPS THE MOST OR A BOOK WITH SOME KICK-ASS TRAINING SCENES

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The first character that comes to mind is Tavi from the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. Through this six book series, we see around 10 years of his life and so we see him grow from awkward teenager to a young man. I think the character development is one of the main strengths of this series. I highly recommend checking this series out.

 

4. “A GIRL WORTH FIGHTING FOR” – A SHIP YOU WILL DEFEND TILL YOUR LAST BREATH

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To be honest I don’t really ship things, but if I had to choose I would probably go with Sabriel and Touchstone from the Old Kingdoms trilogy by Garth Nix. I just love their relationship so much and I think they work so well together.

 

5.HUNS – A BOOK/CHARACTER THAT GIVES YOU THE CREEPS

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Adrius au Augustus aka the Jackal from the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. He’s a pretty creepy guy. I definitely wouldn’t want to meet the guy as he’s also quite volatile. His character is so well written though. This trilogy is so good and I am very excited for the release of Iron Gold next year.

 

6. MULAN – YOUR FAVOURITE BADASS FEMALE PROTAGONIST

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There are so many to choose from… some of my favourites from books I’ve read this year include Pole and Vlora from Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan, Nona from Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, Maniye from The Bear and the Serpent by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Daleina from The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst and Sorcha from The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.

 

So that was the Mulan Book Tag. Thanks again to the lovely Kate for tagging me, not that I needed any excuse to do this tag :). I am both excited and sceptical/cautious about the live action remake.  Have you guys read any of the books I mentioned? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Intimidating TBR Tag

Hi guys, how are you? It’s time to do another tag. Now I know I did this tag last year but I thought I would do it again now and see the changes in my answers. I hope that’s alright with you guys. I don’t tend to get intimidated by books, although sometimes I do when it’s a particularly big book. Anyway let’s get started.

 

1. What book have you been unable to finish?
The first book that comes to mind is A Crown of Cold Silver by Alex Marshal. I started reading it when I was in Crete with my family on holiday – I got about 8% through (on my kindle) and I just couldn’t get into it, so I put it aside for the time being. I’m planning to come back to it at some point but so far I’ve been unable to finish it.

 

2. Which book haven’t you read yet because you haven’t had the time?
To be entirely honest, I don’t really have an issue with time as I’m not currently working (more I’m working on myself) but probably Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. I want to be able to put aside time to focus on this one and so far I just haven’t done it.

 

3. Which book haven’t you read yet because it’s a sequel?
A sequel I haven’t read yet because it hasn’t been released is The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst, book 2 in the Queen of Renthia.  One that I own I haven’t read yet is Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb. I just haven’t got around to it yet – I kind of miss Fitz.

 

4. Which book haven’t you read yet because it’s brand new?
The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while and I recently picked up a copy, but obviously haven’t read it yet. Also I was granted a digital copy of The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera which I am very excited to get to.

 

5. Which book haven’t you read yet because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?
Maybe The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. It was going pretty cheaply on kindle recently so I decided to get myself a copy. I read Half a King by the same author a while back and while I thought it was alright I didn’t love it, so I’m a little sceptical. I’ve heard some good things though so I will definitely pick it up at some point.

 

6. Which book haven’t you read yet because you’re just not in the mood for it?
Probably SPQR by Mary Beard as I haven’t been a big non fiction mood recently.  I am sure I will enjoy it when I get to it though – hopefully I’ll read it this year.

 

7. Which book haven’t you read yet because it’s humongous?
Sorry for the repeat answer but definitely Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. It’s size is pretty intimidating so I’ve kind of been putting it off. I will definitely at least try to attempt to read this at some point so wish me luck :).

 

8. Which book haven’t you read yet because because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
I don’t actually have an answer for this one as I don’t tend to buy books based solely on it’s cover.

 

9. What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?
To be honest, I don’t tend to be intimidated by books but if I had to choose I would probably go for (apart from Little Dorrit and The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth) Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan. Not only is it a pretty big book but it’s also the last in the trilogy… and had some mixed feelings about the second book. I will definitely read it this year though.

 

I quite enjoyed revisiting this tag a year after I did it the first time. What is the most intimidating book on your TBR? I hope you are all having a wonderful and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. I thought since we’re now halfway through the year I would do the mid year freak out tag. This is such a great tag to look back on the first half of the year and see what I’ve been liking or not liking. Let’s get started.

 

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016.
This is kind of tough as I’ve read quite a few fantastic books… One of my favourites would have to go to Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. I can’t just mention one book though so two other I’ve loved are The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams and Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan.

 

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2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016.
Probably The Bear and the Serpent by Adrian Tchaikovsky, which is the second book in the Echoes of the Fall series. I thought it was such a great continuation from the first book and I am so excited to see how things progress in the next book.

 

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3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This sounds quite intriguing but I’m going to wait until it’s release in paperback or maybe see if I can get it at my local library. I’ve the first book in her series and didn’t love it if I’m being honest, but this sounds like it might be more my thing.

 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Well I would say I have two: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (October 19th) and Successor’s Promise by Trudi Canavan (September 19th). I am so excited for both of these books.

 

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5. Biggest disappointment.
The first book that comes to mind is Guns of Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I think I had unrealistic expectations of this book – I had loved three other books by this author and so I fully expected to love this one too, but I didn’t.

 

6. Biggest surprise.
Probably Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. I didn’t know that much about it and didn’t really know what to expect, but I ended up loving this book. Other than that I don’t really have an answer for this one.

 

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you).
This has to go to Juliet Marillier. I read Daughter of the Forest back February and I loved it, but I’ve still only read four books by her. I fully intend on checking out a load of her other books. I think her writing is fantastic and the characters are so well written. She is definitely a new favourite author.
8. Newest fictional crush.
To be honest, I don’t really have any fictional crushes. Probably a bit boring but hey…

 

9. Newest favourite character.
Again I find it very hard to choose just one so some of my new favourites include Noon from Ninth Rain, Vaelin from the Raven’s Shadow trilogy, as well as Sorcha and Liadan from the Sevenwaters trilogy. There are quite a few more but I think I’ll leave it at that :).

 

10. Book that made you cry.
I very rarely cry at books – I don’t even remember the last time I cried at a book. Having said that, a book that definitely hits you in the feels was Son of the Shadow by Juliet Marillier. That book is pretty emotional at times.

 

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11. Book that made you happy.
Maybe Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell. It is such a entertaining series and it is such a joy to read them – I have only read the first two books in the series but I have loved both of them. I like that they are quite light and they’ve got good humour. I can’t wait to get to the next book.

 

I have to say I like doing this tag as it’s a great way to look back at my reading over the first half of the year. I’ve had a pretty good reading year so far – hopefully that will continue on over the next 6 months. There a quite a few new favourite books. Have you guys read any of these books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa