Bookish Academy Awards

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the end of the year, which means it time for me to do the bookish academy awards tag. I’ve done this for the last couple of years and I think it’s a great way to round up the year of reading. There are 13 questions in this tag, all about the books you’ve read in the past 12 months. I apologise in advance for the repeat answers but I couldn’t help myself. Let’s get started.

Best Actor: (Best Male Protagonist)
I couldn’t pick just one, so the first is Shen Tai from Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, and the second is Corban from the Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynne. Both of these characters are fantastic.

Best Actress: (Best Female Protagonist)

Sarine from the Ascension Cycle by David Mealing, Cywen from the Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynne and Elin from The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi.

Best Cinematography: (Best Plot Twist)
There are so many possibilities for this one but I’m going with the Fitz and the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb. There were so many twists within this trilogy and while reading you never know what is going to happen next. It was such a fantastic trilogy. 

Best Costume Design: (Best Book Cover)
There were so many fantastic covers this year, I couldn’t choose just one. Instead I have six of my favourites to share with you guys. 

Best Supporting Actress and Actor ( Best Male and Female Sidekick)
For best female sidekick I would have to say Wei Song from Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay. She is such a fantastic character and I would love a book all about her. Sorry for using all the same books but for the male sidekick I’m going with Dath for the Faithful and the Fallen series – he’s just such a loyal friend, I had to include him.

Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)
The first book that comes to mind is The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi. It is unlike anything I’ve read before and found it quite refreshing in that way. I absolutely adored this book and I loved the world. 

Best Adapted Screenplay: (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)
I haven’t actually seen a lot of book-to-movie adaptations this year – I think I’ve only seen a few. My favourite adaptation is Annihilation, based on the book of the same name by Jeff Vandermeer. It does diverge from the book a bit but it was fantastically shot and the acting was so good. I definitely recommend watching it. I also loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, but I haven’t read the book. 

Best Animated Feature: (A book that would work well in animated format)
The Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell would work really well in an animated format. Four books are currently out and each of them have been so enjoyable to read. These books would translate wonderfully into animation and they could do some really cool stuff with the magic system. I would definitely watch this show.

Best Director: (A writer you discovered for the first time)
Once again I couldn’t pick just one… so my favourite first time authors include Guy Gavriel Kay, Nahoko Uehashi, David Mealing and Sean Russell. 

Best Visual Effects: (Best Action in a Book)
Once again I’m sorry for the repeat answer but the first books that come to mind are the Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynne. The battle scenes are so well done. Another book that does battle scenes really well is The Wolf by Leo Carew.

Best Short Film: (Best Novella or Short Book)
I haven’t actually read any novellas this year, so let’s move straight on to the next questions.

Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)
This one has to go to Circe by Madeleine Miller, which is about the sorceress from Greek mythology. I loved this book and I would highly recommend checking it out, especially if you love Greek mythology. Coming up with this answer actually showed me I don’t actually read a lot of standalones. Maybe I’ll try to read more next year.

Best Documentary: (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction)
I continued reading the Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom and I just love these books so much. The characters are so well written, the time period is interesting and the plot is always compelling. If you love historical fiction mixed with mystery then you need to check these books out – they are so good.

That’s it for today. I love doing this tag to round up the last year of reading, although I have to admit that looking back I haven’t read as widely as I wanted to. Ah well maybe next year :). What are your favourite books from 2018? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

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.







This is my genre tell me yours book tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. When in doubt in about what to post, do a tag :). So I saw this tag a couple of weeks ago on the lovely Kate’s blog (check her out – reading through infinity) and thought I’d do it. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I’m going to use this opportunity to talk about my favourite genre. Let’s get started with the questions.


  • Credit Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag. Either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.


What’s your favourite genre?
Take a guess… no surprise to anyone following my blog, it’s fantasy. My favourite subgenres include epic and military fantasy. Urban fantasy is probably the subgenre I read the least of.


Who is your favourite author from the genre?

I have quite a few favourites, so this may take a while :). My favourites include Robin Hobb, Guy Gavriel Kay, Brian McClellan, Ken Liu, Garth Nix, Sebastien de Castell, Nahoko Uehashi, Kij Johnson, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Juliet Marillier.


What is it about the genre that keeps you pulling back?
I think it’s the escapism of it. I love losing myself in a good book, especially if it’s a fantastical world with unforgettable characters. I just love reading fantasy books and have for quite a few years now.


What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

I have four series that got me into the genre – the Old Kingdoms trilogy by Garth Nix, the Magician’s Guild trilogy by Trudi Canavan, the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini and the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon. I first read these series in my mid teens and I attribute them to getting me into fantasy and reading as a whole. I still love each of these series and would definitely recommend checking them out.


If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading the genre, what would you choose and why?
The first thing that comes to mind is The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. I think it can be a great introduction to this genre, as it’s an entertaining read that can be enjoyed by a range of people.  I’ve done a post all about recommending fantasy books to read if you’re new to the genre, which you can check out here if interested. Other books I’d recommend include the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver, the Moribito series by Nahoko Uehashi and the Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell.


Why do you read?
As I mentioned earlier, it’s the escapism of it. I just love reading it.


Adding in a question here: What are your top TBR books from your favourite genre?


I tag:
That’s all I have for you today. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about my favourite genre, so I hope you enjoyed this tag. What’s your favourite genre? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.





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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 :).


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 :).


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.


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.


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 :).


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.


The first thing that comes to mind is the Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.




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.


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.


Either, to be honest.


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.


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.





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


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.






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.


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.



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 :).


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.


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.



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’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.


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.


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.


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.





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


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


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.