Direwolves and Dragons Book Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. I haven’t done a tag for a while now so that is what I’m going to be doing today. This tag was created by Charlotte aka Bookmarks and Vlogging and you can check out the original here. I don’t really have anything else to say so I’m just going to get started.

 

Grey Wind – a book with a strong leader/strong first book in a series
I had to think about this one but I think I’m going to pick Mara from the Empire trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. When her father and old brother die, she becomes the Lady of Acoma and must ensure the survival of her House. Mara is a fantastic protagonist and becomes a strong leader. So this can be used for a book with a strong leader and strong first book in a series. If you enjoy fantasy with a lot of intrigue then I highly recommend reading this trilogy. Check out my full review of this trilogy here.

 

Lady – a book with a noble character/setting
My first answer for this one was kind of a spoiler so instead I’m picking the Queens of Renthia trilogy by Sarah Beth Durst. In this world everything has a spirit and they can only be controlled by the Queen, who is constantly using her powers to protect her citizens. Young women are chosen to train as heirs, so one can replace the Queen as soon as she dies. I love Daleina as a protagonist and the setting of the trilogy is fantastic.

 

Nymeria – a book with an adventurous character/an adventure
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. Bilbo goes on an adventure at the very start of this book. This is a fantastic adventure story and I highly recommend checking it out. I think it’s actually time for a reread for me.

 

Summer – a book with a loyal character/best sidekick
For this one, I think I’m going with Jean from the Gentleman Bastards sequence by Scott Lynch. He is very loyal to Locke, even when he’s being a bit aggravating. They’ve been through a lot together and I cannot wait to see what happens to them in the rest of the series.

 

Shaggydog – a book with a morally grey character
Sorry for the repeat answer, but I’m going with the Gentleman Bastard sequence. Locke is definitely morally grey. He’s pretty ruthless when he wants to be.

 

Ghost – a book that surprised you
This year I was really surprised by The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi. I didn’t know much about it when I picked it up but it’s become one of my favourite books. I loved it and I definitely didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I highly recommend checking it out. The covers is also amazing.

 

Drogon – a book with an aggressive character/a battle
I recently started the Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynne and there are some fantastic battles in these books. So far I’ve read the first two books and loved them both, so I cannot wait to continue with the series.

 

 Rhaegal – a book with an unlucky character
I wasn’t really sure about this one but I’m going with Fitz from the Realm of the Elderlings series. I don’t know if he really fits into this category but he does go through a lot and I’m basing it off that.

 

Viserion – a book with an icy setting/a cold character
The Riddle by Alison Croggon, which is the second book in the Pellinor series. A large portion of the book is spent in the realm of Arkan, the Winterking, who is the personification of ice so this book has an icy setting and a cold character. This is one of my all time favourite series and I will take every opportunity to talk about it.

 

 

That’s the end of this tag. It actually took me a while to come up with some of these answers but I got there in the end :). I tag anyone who wants to do this tag. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

 

Pippa

 

 

 

The Bookshelf Magazine Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. So there is a new online bookish magazine being released in October and in honour of its releases, the creator (Harriet Rose) has made a tag. I’ve written two articles that will be released in October and so I wanted to do this tag to spread the word about the magazine. It’s called Bookshelf Magazine and you can check out it’s twitter here. It’s launching on October 1st so be sure to check out it then.You can subscribe to the mag here.  Let’s get started.

 

 

Author Spotlight: An author you’ve read a lot of books from
I have two authors I want to mention for this one. Firstly, I’ve read 21 books by Garth Nix; the Old kingdom series, the Keys to the Kingdom series, the Seventh Tower series, To Hold the Bridge and Shade’s Children. Secondly, I’ve read 18 books by Robin Hobb; the Realm of the Elderlings series and Shaman’s Crossing.

 

Book review: A book you could talk about for hours
There are a lot of books that could fit into this category. I can always talk about some of my favourite books, for example Watership Down by Richard Adams and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I can also always talk about my fantasy books, although I’m not super talkative.

 

Interviews: A bookish content creator whose brains you’d love to pick
Maybe Jen Campbell… I love her channel and would actually just really enjoy talking books with her, especially because we both adore His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

 

Inside Indie Bookstores: Are they any indie bookstores in your area?
There is a small independent book store in my small town. It’s a great place and it’s always nice to visit independent book store.

 

Genre recommendations: Favourite genre
Obviously, it’s fantasy. It’s been my favourite genre since I was a teenager and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

 

Opinion piece: A bookish opinion you feel strongly about
Maybe breaking spines… I like to keep my books in good condition and I hate broken spines. Obviously not judging those that do but for me personally I don’t do it. I’m also not a fan of dog earring pages, although I have to admit to doing it when I was younger.

 

Creator recommendations: Recommend a book blogger, booktuber or bookstagrammer
It’s always great to spread the love so I’m going to be recommending some of each category.

 

Book blogger:

 

Booktuber:

 

Bookstagrammer:

 

Readathon Round ups: Favourite readathon
I haven’t actually taken part in many readathons but I think there a great idea. I’ve participated in two a couple of times and really liked it. The first one is called Bout of Books; it lasts for a week and the next one is set to start in January. The second one is called Tome Topple; this one last two books and is all about reading books over 500 pages. I’ve enjoyed taking part in both of these readathons.

 

Publishing trends: A trope in enjoy.
Despite it’s overuse I’m still a fan of the Chosen one, if it’s done right. Other ones I like include a school setting and an antagonist turned ally. It actually took me a while to come up with this answer – my mind went completely blank on tropes :).

 

 

That’s all for today. I tag whoever is reading this and wants to do the tag. I hope you will keep an eye out for the release of Bookshelf Magazine on October 1st. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Twenty Questions Book Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As you can see from the title of this post, today I have a tag for you guys. I don’t know who created this but I liked the questions so I thought I’d give it a go. Let me know if you know you created this tag so I can credit them. As the title suggests there are 20 bookish questions to answer so let’s get started.

 

1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A BOOK SERIES?
Well I think I would say any more than five is starting to get too big… but 7 is probably my limit. I think I generally prefer shorter series as I think sometimes longer series can be dragged out too long. Most of the series I read are trilogies but I do also enjoy longer series.

 

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?
When you have to wait for the next book to come out, they can be a little frustrating but generally I enjoy them. They can add a good level of suspense to your reading experience.

 

3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK?
I prefer the look of hardbacks but overall I prefer paperbacks. The majority of the books on my shelves are paperbacks and if I can stand the wait I tend to buy paperbacks, instead of hardbacks.

 

4.  FAVOURITE BOOK?
There are so many to choose from… some of my favourites include Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon, Watership Down by Richard Adams, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Fudoki by Kij Johnson, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, the Realm of the Elderling series by Robin Hobb and His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

 

5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?
The first thing that comes to mind are the first two books in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I read the first two books but then I gave up. I don’t understand why the series is so popular. Another one that kind of makes me angry whenever I think about it is The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. That book was so frustrating.

 

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?
NO! I have never, and will never, like love triangles. If I hear that a book has a love triangle in it then I am immediately less likely to pick it up. Please stop writing love triangles.

 

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?
The last book I couldn’t finish was The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. I had heard so many great things about this trilogy but I just couldn’t get into this book.

 

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?
Well I wrote a load of post in advance, including this one, for my holiday so I have no idea what I’ll be reading when I post this. Hopefully I’ll remember and be able to update this but if not then let’s just move onto the next question :).

 

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?
Probably either Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay or The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi, because I adored both books and will recommend them to as many people as possible :).

 

10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?
In terms of a book, I think it’s Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, which was originally published in 1811. For a play it would be Hamlet by Shakespeare, which was originally publish in 1603.

 

11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?
Probably The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang, which was released this year in May. I wasn’t the biggest fan of it but I’ve seen a lot of good reviews for it.

 

12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?
I couldn’t name just one so some of my favourites include Guy Gavriel Kay, Robin Hobb, Kazuo Ishiguro, Elizabeth Gaskell, Madeleine Thien, Kij Johnson, Jen Williams, Ken Liu, C. J. Sansom, Garth Nix, Jane Austen, Helen Dunmore and Adrian Tchaikovsky. To name a few :).

 

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?
I definitely buy books a lot more then I borrow them but I definitely want to borrow more. Libraries are such a great resource and I don’t use it enough. I do love buying and owning books though.

 

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEM TO LOVE?
The first thing that comes to mind is the Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

 

15.  BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARS?
Bookmarks.

 

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?
I have a few books I love to read including Watership Down by Richard Adams, the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon, the Old Kingdom trilogy byGarth Nix and North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I love rereading books but I haven’t done a lot recently. I definitely want to do more rereading this year.

 

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?
Yes, I can and I do a lot of the time.  I actually have tinnitus in my left ear so I always have some kind of background noise going when I’m reading.

 

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POV’S?
Either, to be honest.

 

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?
I tend to read books over multiple days, unless it’s a particularly short book or a graphic novel. I would say I’m quite a fast reader but I don’t tend to read a book in just one sitting.

 

20. ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER?
The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi.

 

That’s it for this tag. I hope you enjoyed it :). Have you read any of the books I mentioned? I tag anyone who wants to answer these questions. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Since it’s roughly half way through the year I thought I’d do this tag and talk about the books I’ve read so far this year. I’ve done this tag around this time for a couple of years now and I think it’s a good way to look back at the last six months of reading. This tag was co-created by Chanmi and Ely. Let’s get started.

 

Best Book You’ve Read Yet
This would have to go to Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay. This book was fantastic and it went straight onto my favourites list once I’d finished it. I have a full review of it if you’re interested in more of my thoughts.

 

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far
I’m going to cheat a bit with this one and talk about three sequels, because I loved them all. The first one I’m going to mention is Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan, which is the second book in the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy. The second one is The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams (full review), which is the second book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy. I loved the continuation of the plot and the character development in this sequel. I cannot wait for the third and final book to be released. The third sequel is Revelation by C. J. Sansom, which is the fourth book in the Shardlake series. It was probably my favourite book of the series so far and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To
I have so many I could talk about. I feel like I haven’t been that great at reading new releases so far this year. So some of the new releases I haven’t read yet but want to include Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, A Veil of Spears by Bradley Beaulieu, Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan, Circe by Madeleine Miller, King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist and The Hyena and the Hawk by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

 

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
Empire of Ashes / book 3 in the Draconis Memoria series / Anthony Ryan / 5th July
Redemption’s Blade / Adrian Tchaikovsky / 26th July
A River of Stars / Vanessa Hua / 14th August
Bloody Rose / book 2 of the Band series / Nicholas Eames / 30th August
Salvation / Peter F. Hamilton / 9th September
The Ember Blade / Chris Wooding / 20th September
Tombland / book 7 in the Shardlake series / C. J. Sansom
The Consuming Fire / book 2 in the Interdependency series / John Scalzi / 18th October

 

Biggest Disappointment
Well I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a disappointing but one book that just didn’t work for me was The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. I had heard so many great things about this book and the whole trilogy, but I got over 100 pages through and it just wasn’t working for me.

 

Biggest Surprise

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I could pick Under Heaven for this one too but since I’ve mentioned it already I’ll share a different book. The first one that comes to mind is The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi. I was initially drawn in by the cover and the blurb sounded interesting so I picked this one up on a bit of a whim and I am so glad I did. I loved this book. I hope more of her books are translated into English.

 

Favourite New Author (Debut or New To You)
This has to go to Guy Gavriel Kay. I’ve only read two books by him so far but I loved both and I want to work my way through all of his books. High up on my TBR list of his books is Tigana but as I’ve said I want to read all of his books so we’ll see what I read next :).

 

Newest Favourite Character
Wei Song from Under Heaven, Shuyan and Nishima from the Initiate Brother duology and Elin from The Beast Player.

 

Book That Made You Cry
I don’t have an answer for this one, because I don’t really cry when reading books. So onto the next questions.

 

Book That Made You Happy
Any of the amazing books I’ve read so far, I guess.

 

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation
Well I’ve only seen one this year, which was the adaptation of Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer and it was fantastic. The film definitely took some different approaches to things and deviated from the book a bit but it was a fantastic film. I thought the acting was great, the cinematography was so good and I just thought it was really well done.

 

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
Probably the hardback edition of Circe by Madeleine Miller. It is seriously pretty and I love the details on the naked hardback.

 

What Book Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year
To be honest any book sitting on my bookshelves… which includes The Ice by Laline Paull, Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.

 

That’s it for this tag. What are some of your favourite books you’ve read this year? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

Cliche Book Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. A couple of weeks ago I was tagged by my lovely friend Beth aka BooksNest to do the Cliche book tag, so that is what I will be doing today. I don’t have anything else to say. so I’m just going to get started with the questions.

 

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
A Book That Wasn’t or Couldn’t Be Better Than The Movie
I think I’m going to have to agree with Beth on this one and say the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the books but they are very dense and the films are done really well. Although I do get very frustrated with Frodo whenever he’s on screen – he really annoys me.

 

 

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE
A Rags to Riches or Riches to Rags Story
I’m going completely blank for this one, but maybe Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Without spoiling it too much, Jane starts off quite poor but by the end of the book she comes into some money. It’s one of my favourite books so I’ll take any opportunity to mention it :).

 

THE APPLE DOES NOT FALL FAR FROM THE TREE
A Parent/Child Relationship That You Love
The first one that came to mind is the relationship between Atticus and his two children, Scout and Jem from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus is one of my all time favourite characters and I love his relationship with his children.

 

YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
A Good Book That Needs a Better Cover
Maybe the covers of the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. I’m not the biggest fan of these covers and the books themselves are amazing, so it fits pretty well as an answer.

 

 

YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE
A Book You Hate That Everyone love
 Well the obvious answer is the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. So many people love this series but I’m am definitely not one of those people. The main reason I didn’t like the series is the main character – she is seriously one of the most infuriating characters I’ve ever come across. A more recent example, although I didn’t hate the book, would be The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. I had heard so many great things about this book, but I just wasn’t a fan of the writing and didn’t finish it.

 

WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER
What’s a Book That Made You a Better Person For Having Read It
Sorry for the repeat answer but I would have to say To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I first read it when I was around 15 years old and it really opened my eyes to peoples’ propensity to judge each other. There are so many things that Atticus teaches his children that can teach the reader too, such as the importance of think for yourself and to never give up.

 

IGNORANCE IS BLISS
A Book That Is Bad But You Just Don’t Want to Admit It
I don’t have an answer for this one, so I’m going to pass.

 

THERE IS NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT
What is Your Favourite Contemporary Book?
I have to admit that whenever I see contemporary I immediately think of contemporary romance, which I don’t really read, but contemporary is so much more than that. For this one I’m choosing Wonder by R. J. Palacio. It’s a great book about a young boy who has a severe facial disfigurement and his experiences at school.

 

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
A Book You Don’t Want to Read in Case It’s Bad
 Well I don’t think it’s going to be bad but I would say Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. I’ve tried two books by Dickens and to be honest I didn’t love either, so I don’t know whether I’ll enjoy reading Little Dorrit. I do still want to read it and I will definitely give it a go at some point.

 

That’s it for this tag. I don’t know who’s done this so I tag whoever hasn’t done it and wants to do it. Did you agree with me for any of these answers? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

The Author A-Z Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As I mentioned in an earlier post I’m running low on blog post ideas and to be honest I’m feeling a bit unsure about my blog at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing this and I am so grateful to everyone who supports this blog. It’s just that my views haven’t been the best and I haven’t been getting as many as I have done in past months. Anyway, today I have a tag for you guys. I’m basically going to be sharing an author for every letter of the alphabet and I’ve added in my favourite book by that author. This tag was created by the lovely Jen Campbell and you can check out the original video here. Let’s get started

 

I have read and loved books by all of these authors and would highly recommend checking out the books I mentioned for each author. Did you spot any of your favourite authors in my list? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

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