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.





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.





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.





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.





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.


  • 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




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.




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 :).





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.




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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.





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.




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.





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.






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