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

 

 

The Grinch Book Tag

Hi guys, I hope you all are well. It is now blogmas day 18 and I am getting very excited for Christmas – just a week to go. I hope you are all getting into the festive mood :). So today’s blogmas post is the Grinch Book Tag. It was created by Sam over at Thoughts on tomes. The Grinch is a classic Christmas film for me – I remember watching it as a child, so when I saw this tag I had to do it :). Let’s move onto the questions.

 

1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill:
For this I think I would have to go with Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I read this last year and I was very disappointed. It started out quite well – the main character is cryogenically frozen but is woken up early. However the book started to deteriorate quickly. The characters were flat and kind of annoying, the writing was average and the plot was pretty boring, as well as being a little predictable. I liked the beginning, but overall I did not get on with this book.

 

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away:
This has to be any Sarah J Maas book – seriously they are everywhere. I read the first two books and attempted to read the third of the Throne of Glass series, but I could not get into it. I just don’t understand the love for this series. I haven’t read her other series, so I can’t comment on that, but I did not get on with the Throne of Glass series. You can’t escape seeing her books everywhere though.

 

3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)
I am having a really hard time coming up with an answer for this, but maybe Malta from the Liveship Traders trilogy. Especially in the earlier books. When we first meet her, she only really thinks of herself and doesn’t think about how her actions may affect others.

 

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for
The only thing I can think of are the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. I remember seeing the fifth film (Order of the Phoenix) when it came out (I would have been 13) and really enjoying it. So I subsequently picked up the books, but obviously I already knew what happened in the first five books because I’d seen the films.

 

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with
Well I am going to say all of the characters from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. I read the first two books in this series and I just could not connect with any of the characters. Magnus is a complete arsehole (seriously I really dislike this guy), Cleo is spoiled and two-dimensional, Jonas is just kind of there and Lucia is naive, annoying and kind of stupid. To me they were all flat, two-dimensional and cliched. I could not connect with them at all.

 

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand
I had a hard time coming up with an answer for this one, but the first one that comes to mind is the end relationship of the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – basically who Alina ends up with. I just did not like their relationship and did not get on with the guy.

 

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of
I don’t really have an answer for this as I don’t want to get rid of any unread books on my shelf right now, but a book that has been on my shelf for a while is The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth. I just haven’t been motivated to read this book. I think because it is written in a version of Old English, I kind of feel a little intimidated by it. I do want to read it at some point, but I have to work up the courage first :).

 

8. Grandma Got Run-over by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)
There are so many that I could choose, but I think I am going to have to go for one in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Without spoiling it for any one in the final book (I think) there is a death of a non human and it absolutely broke me. I don’t see that it was necessary and I like to pretend that it never happened. I am sure if you’ve read the series you will know what I am referring to.  Also the death of a certain character in Orphan Black in season three was devastating – I am not one to ship things but this death sunk one of my only ships.

 

9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long
To be honest I can’t really think of any for this. I think I’ve been pretty lucky with the series I’ve read – in that I haven’t thought that the series is too long. The only thing I can think of is the Mortal Instruments series. I don’t think it needed to be six books.

 

10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villains again!)
Hate is a strong word but I definitely strongly dislike this character. This is a bit of a repeat answer, so sorry about that, but this has to go to Celeana Saradothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. As I mentioned earlier I am not a fan of this series and one of the main reasons is the main character. She is the most infuriating character I’ve ever come across – she is arrogant, selfish, judgemental, vain, immature, vindictive and emotionally unstable. I could go on but I think I’ve made my point :). I do not understand the love people have for her.

 

 

That is the Grinch Book tag. I am sorry if I’ve offended anyone with my opinions but I am just being honest :). I’d be interested in know what you guys think and so I tag anyone who wants to do this tag. I had a hard time with coming up with some of these answers but it was a fun tag to do. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

Underrated Book Tag

Hi guys how are you all today? It is day 11 of blogmas :). As the title suggests, today I am talking about some underrated books. I have no idea who created this tag so sorry about that, but I thought it was a great tag for me to do, so here we are :). What constitutes a underrated book is pretty subjective, so I am going to be sharing some books that I don’t see enough in the bookish community. Let’s get started.

 

A favourite book you find underrated?
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi. It is such an enjoyable book but I haven’t really seen it around in the book blog/vlog world. I don’t know, maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places, but I highly recommend this book. This was my first Scalzi book and I am now a huge fan of this author.

 

An underrated book I’d want to make into a movie?
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver. I think this would make a great film or tv series and I absolutely love this series. I think it is marketed for younger readers, but it can be enjoyed by a variety of readers and ages (at least I think so). An animated film or tv would work really well I think.

 

A favourite author that more people should know?
There are so many authors I love but I think I am going to go with Brian McClellan. At the start of this year I read his Powder Mage trilogy and loved it, but I haven’t seen it around at all so… I also absolutely adore Garth Nix and Trudi Canavan but I think they are quite well known… I really don’t know.

One book that I’d choose to promote and make well known?
Fudoki by Kij Johnson. You guys should know my love for this book by now :). I feel like I can’t recommend this book enough. I was immediately engaged with the writing, the plot and the characters – normally it takes me a little while to get into a new authors writing but that wasn’t true with this book. I have a full non-spoiler review which you can check out here. Go read this book – you won’t regret it.

 

A book series that is underrated?
The Pellinor series by Alison Croggon. I absolutely adore this series but I just don’t see it talked about. This series has such amazing characters and a engaging plot – it is amazing. Seriously go read it. I mean, I love it so much I created a tag about it – Pellinor Book Tag (Original).

 

A favourite character in an underrated book?
Kitai from the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. She is an incredible character and it is so enjoyable to see her character arc throughout the six books. She is one of my favourite female characters . I definitely recommend this series as well.

 

What book character would you like to turn into a real life celebrity?
I don’t really know: it’s not something I’ve thought about so I think I’m going to pass.

 

Do I like to keep unknown books a secret, or share them with the world?
Definitely share them with the world. I think they deserve more attention and appreciation.

 

That is the underrated book tag. It was kind of tricky to answer these questions as it’s kind of subjective as to what is underrated. If that makes sense – what makes a book or author underrated? I don’t really know but I answered the questions to the best of my abilities :). Let me know if you have any underrated books or author to recommend me and I hope you have a great day.

 

See you next time

 

Pippa

 

Legend of Zelda Book Tag

Good morning. For today’s post I have a tag for you all. This tag was created LorienKittyBooks and you can see the original video here. I originally saw this on Sam’s Nonsense channel (hosted by the lovely Sam) which you can check out here. I actually only got into Zelda games last year when I got Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on 3DS for my birthday and I absolutely loved it. I now have all the Zelda games on 3DS and have been playing Hyrule Warriors: Legends on my 3DS a whole lot. Anyway back to the tag.

 

Legend of Zelda – Your favourite classic
That is a tricky one as I’m not great at picking just one favourite, but one of my favourite classics is Jane Eyre. I have reread this book quite a few times now and would recommend this classic to everyone. I also love Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion by Jane Austen, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, The Three Musketeers by Alexandra Dumas, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy etc.

 

The Adventure of Link – A sequel that was just as good if not better than the original
For this one I am choosing Golden Son (book 2) and Morning Star (book 3) from the Red Rising trilogy. The first book definitely had its flaw but it was great, the second book was even better and the third book just blew all of it out of the water. I highly recommend this trilogy: it is amazing.

 

Link’s Awakening – Saddest book you ever read
To be honest, I don’t read alot of sad books, but I am choosing The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I don’t know if it’s the saddest book but it deals with heavy content (set during the Nazi rule in Germany) and there is sadness within this book. If you’ve read it, you know what I mean.

 

Ocarina of Time – A book where the main character matures
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Not only do we see Kvothe as a child and a teenager, but we also see him as a grown man recounting his past. We see him develop and grow, perhaps not always in the best way and we also get to see him as an adult in the present.

 

Majora’s Mask – A book where time is an important element
I think I am going to pass on this one, because nothing comes to mind.

 

Oracle of Ages/Seasons – A duology or two books that don’t get the attention they deserve
I haven’t read too many duology (I think I’ve read two) so I am going to share two different books instead. Firstly Fudoki by Kij Johnson – I read this a few months ago now and I absolutely loved it. It is a phenomenal mix of historical fiction and fantasy but I think it deserves more attention – it has 2 reviews on Amazon and 85 reviews on goodreads. Second book is The City by Stella Gemmell, which I think is now the first book in a duology but I haven’t read the sequel yet. When I read it I thought it was a standalone, although it was left open for a sequel. I enjoyed this book, although it was a bit slow at times.

 

Wind Waker – A book revolving around the sea in some way
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. I mean it’s got the word sea in the title as well so bonus points for that :). Part of this book takes place on a ship at sea so its the perfect answer.

 

Four Swords – Book or series with the best fandom
I don’t really know so I’m going to choose the Potter fandom? I really don’t know.

 

Minish Cap – A book that reminds you of being little
Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski. It is a long standing series following Meg (a witch) and Mog (her cat). I absolutely adored this series when I was younger, so of course it reminds me of being little.

 

Twilight Princess – A book with a dark theme
I wasn’t really sure about this one, but I guess a book that I recently finished would count and that is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – it definitely deals with darker themes, at least I think it does. It deals with things such as vanity, obsession, cruelty, manipulation etc.

 

Skyward Sword – A book that was difficult to get through
I don’t really have an answer for this. A book that took me a while to read was War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I didn’t find it difficult to get through but it did take me pretty much a whole month to read because it’s over a thousand pages. I really enjoyed it though.

 

Hyrule Warriors – Most anticipated upcoming release
I have quite alot of anticipated releases but two of my most anticipated (I couldn’t choose just one) are The Successor’s Son by Trudi Canavan (third and final book in the Millenniums Rule trilogy) and The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon, which is a prequel novella in the Bone Season seriesI am beyond excited for both of these. If you want to know more about the books I am the most excited for than check out my most anticipated books blog post here.

 

A Link Between Worlds: Your Favourite Spin-Off Book
I don’t know whether it is really a spin-off book but The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. It is kind of a spin off of Odyssey by Homer but it focuses on Penelope (Odyssey’s wife) instead of the hero himself. I highly recommend this book and it is really interesting to see this from Penelope’s perspective.

 

So that is the Legend of Zelda Book Tag. If you play Zelda games, which one is your favourite?  I hope you are all having a wonderful and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Opposite Book Tag

Hi guys, today I have a tag for you. Now I am unaware of who created this tag but if you know feel free to let me know in the comments so I can give them credit. This tag is all about opposites. Let’s move onto the questions.

 

The first book in your collection and the last book you bought
I think the first would be my papberback edition of Watership Down by Richard Adams… I think – it was actually my mums before I kind of nicked it. It is definitely one of my most loved books in my collection. The last book I bought was To the Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi, which is a stunning book.

 

A cheap book and an expensive book
I’m not sure it counts but I recently got What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang which was £2.49 as an e-book. Other than that I am not sure. An expensive book would probably be my illustrated edition of Watership Down, which is amazing.

 

A book with a male protagonist and one with a female protagonist 
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (first book in the Inheritance Cycle) for the male protagonist. For the female protagonist, The Gift by Alison Croggon (first book in the Pellinor series). These are two of my favourite series and I love both of these characters so much.

 

A book you read fast and one that took you a long time to read
I raced through The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan (Ranger’s Apprentice book 1) – it is a middle grade fantasy series (not that I really know what middle grade means) and I really enjoyed it. A book that took me about a month to read was War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. For this, it wasn’t that I was struggling with it or that I wasn’t enjoying it, but it is just a very long book. The edition I have is around 1,400 pages long (I think) so it took me about a month to read, but I ended up loving it.

 

A book with a pretty cover and one with an ugly one 
I couldn’t find an ugly cover in my book collection, which I’m quite happy with :). For the beautiful cover I have chosen some of my favourite covers from my book collection. There are so many amazing covers I couldn’t pick just one.
A national book and an international book 
I’m guessing it’s a national book for your own country – I’m a Brit so I’m going with Wolf Hall by  Hillary Mantel – not only is she a British author but the book focuses on a part of British history. For an international book I am going with The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri who is an Italian author and it is the first book in the Inspector Montalbano series.

 

A thin book and a thick book
A thin book that I have read and own is Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata – the edition I own is about 120 pages. For a big book I am going to go with The Count of Monte Critso by Alexandre Dumas – it is over 1,000 but well worth a read.

 

A Fiction book and a non-fiction book
For a fiction book I am choosing The Chrysalids by John Wyndham and for a non-fiction I am going with Persian Fire by Tom Holland – both of which I have read and enjoyed.

 

A way to romantic book and an action book
To be honest I don’t really read romance books but a book with fantastic romance is of course Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. For an action book, maybe The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

 

A book that made you happy and one that made you sad
I can’t actually pick one – reading in general makes me happy (in a non cheesy way) so any book that I enjoy. For a book that made me sad, I would have to go for The Book Thief. If you’ve read the book than you know what I mean  – it is set in Germany during World War II.

 

So that is the opposite book tag. I had to really rack my brain for some of these – I swear it’s as if my mind goes completely blank when I’m trying to answer questions :). I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa