My Life in Books Tag

Subscribing to book blogs was likely one of the better choices I made in 2016. If there is ever a case of bloggers-block, I feel like I am always able to go there for inspiration. And obviously all the regular WordPress subscription emails help too.
So here I am. Starting a new year off with a book tag, in a sense cleansing my blog palette and getting ready for some quality book posts to come.

I got the idea to do this tag upon receiving my subscription email from DreamlandBookBlog and upon scrolling through it – decided that it was something that didn’t require too much effort but still looked great later on.

Find a book for each of your initials

Bram Stoker – Dracula

As my initials are A.K. these were not too hard to find, they seem to be relatively common letters in authors names or titles of books.

Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

As of posting this I’m only a few days from my 20th birthday, and that would land me on a book which I really do not like and did not enjoy reading, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Yet, if I count up to 19, my actual age, then we land on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which is a much better book than the former.

Pick a book set in your city/country

I don’t think I have a book that is set in either Norway or Poland unfortunately, at least I can’t remember off the top of my head.

Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

Most of the books on my self are ones that take place in the real world, and settings are of places that I’ve been in.

Pick a book that’s your favorite color

The book with the prettiest cover that I own is Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Though orange is not my favorite color, I quite like books that pop out on a bookshelf when you first look at it. To me, it makes the book even more attention grabbing than others that are placed around it.

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Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

There are so many books that I’ve read and each has great memories that go along with them. But if I had to chose just a single one I feel as if it would be a book that I received years ago in a book swap sort of thing. The book is Puffin at Sea by Delia Huddy and Sue Heap which can be seen to the right. It is a short story about the puffin on the cover going on a little trip. I believe I coincidentally got this from one of my closest friends then, and it has stayed with me as a piece of memorabilia that I would like to have with me for years to come, hopefully passing it down.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Once I chose a book to read I often finish it quite quickly – or I try to at least. However, there are some that seem to just be impossible to get through in a quick manner. And unfortunately, I think I’m going to have to repeat myself on this one and say Gone Girl again.

Which book in your to-be-read pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

At this point I have such a large to-be-read pile that I’m not sure which one will be the. I think one of those would have to be Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, within which I’ve only reached around the halfway point at. I’ll also hopefully get to Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee that I mentioned earlier on.

 

And that would be it for the tag! A really quick one really, and I urge anyone who wants to do it.

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The Harry Potter Spells Tag

In honor of The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them making an appearance in cinemas, and yes, I know, it’s not as Harry Potter centered as HP and the Cursed Child was, but it’s still the same world. But does a Harry Potter fan really need a reason to post an HP tag? I will also be running to the cinema trying to see it as soon as possible.

Since following DreamlandBookBlog, I get updates of her posts, and this was one of them, and if you click this link you will be redirected to her post if you want to check that out. Naturally, depending on the blogger, posts will be structured differently and I decided to have the spells in alphabetical order, as that seemed to make the most sense to me.

Accio – Summoning Spell – A book you wish you could have right now

Honestly? Probably my copy of the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I believe this is the actual film script that is getting published. And I have pre-ordered it. So I am now just patiently waiting.

Alohomora – Unlocking Charm – A first book in a series that got you hooked

The Maze Runner by James Dashner really had me hooked. And the series only got better after that! If you haven’t read it i seriously recommend the entire trilogy (and then see the film). To me, it was a series gripping from the very beginning and I could barely put the books down once I had started them.

Avada Kedavra – Killing Curse – A killer book

Can we take a moment and discuss how great of a book The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was? I practically devoured that book in two tor three days – and that hasn’t happened since Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The number of times that I have mentioned this text to people is very high, especially now that the film has come out.

Confundo – Confusion Charm – A book you found confusing

To this day I am confused about the main character of the Molly Moon series by Georgia Byng. Was the protagonist a dog? Was it a person? I still do not know. I mean, obviously it’s not that important at this point anymore as the books are great regardless. However, maybe if I read the first book of the series I’d have more clarity.

Crucio – Torture Curse – A book that was painful to read

Unfortunately I have a few books that could fit into this category, but I think my top choice will have to be Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. This book took me about three months to read, which, to me, for a book that is a mystery, is an excessive amount of time. It was truly, a pain to read, and despite how quickly I wanted to finish it I just was not able to do it. The story seemed to drag on at certain points, and despite having some gripping parts, the ending was really anti climactic, and thus I never recommend this book.

Expecto Partonum – Guarding Spells – A childhood book connected to good memories

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is probably my top choice for this, as it was read to me when I was little every night by my mom before I went to sleep, so it has some sentimental value to me.

Expelliarmus – Disarming Spell – A book that took you by surprise

Wuthering Hights by Emily Bronte. After all the hype of how good it was I was really surprised to find myself struggling through it. To this day I am still only about half way done with it.

Flagrate – The Writing Charm – A book that you found interesting but you would like to rewrite

Not that I would be any good at rewriting a book, but I feel like the start and ending of I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak needs some changes. Naturally, that may just boil down to personal preference and the want to have a quicker introduction and a more shocking ending that what I got.

Imperio – Controlling Curse – A book you had to read for school

Since the degree I’m studying in University is English Literature there are a lot of books from different eras on my reading list. This included Dracula by Bram Stoker. Though it was not my favorite book, it deserves a mention as it’s still better than others that have been on my reading list.

Obliviate – Memory Charm – A book or spoiler you would like to forget

I think the book that fits this is my favorite Harry Potter book. Honestly, what would an HP tag be without the mention of at least one of the books? In this case, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, which will always have a special place in my heart. Not trying to bash the other books, but this is one that especially stands out to me due to it’s darkness and fascinating descriptions, and I believe as it delves in to the past, so much more is explained through it.

Prior Incantato – Reverse Spell – The last book you read

The one struggle I have with studying English Literature is that I have a new book to read every week and I simply can never finish them in a week and I just have all of these unfinished pieces of literature stacked about my dorm room collecting dust. But the last book that was required to be read was The Picture of Dorain Gray by Oscar Wilde – which by the time this goes up I have hopefully finished reading.

Riddiculus – Boggart Banishing Spell – A funny book you’ve read

I don’t really think I’ve ever read a book that made me laugh so I’m going to have to pass this one…

Sectumsempra – Dark Curse – A dark, twisted book

The Collector by John Fowles is one of the few books that have made me feel a little strange on the inside. Though it was a relatively dark and twisted book, it was none-the-less one that was quite enjoyable to read that I would recommend to anyone who wants to read something unusual.

Sonorus – Amplifying Charm – A book you think everybody should know about

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by R. L. Stevenson is an already well known book, but I do believe that everyone should at least give it a read at least once as it is so well structured and gets you into the story from page one – which can be quite rare in books now.

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag

As my reading has gone downhill slightly, and I know that I will not be reviewing Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë after I finish it, a tag seems a perfectly reasonable post. So I went on a hunt to find tags, and I stumbled upon DreamlandBookBlog and their Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt (which features beautiful photos of all her books, and is a super old tag, but do check her out regardless).

Now, there is a super long list of things to find, but I’ve decided to skip out on some of them and only do the ones that are in bold, which are the only ones I was able to find. As there are a few images that will go into the tag, I’ve only added them where I have either not read the book or not reviewed it. All the others are linked to the post where you can see the cover.

Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it
Find a classic
Find a book with a key on it
Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book
Find the oldest book on your shelf
Find a book with a girl on the cover
Find a book with a boy on the cover
Find a book that has an animal in it
Find a book with a male protagonist
Find a book with only words on it
Find a book with illustrations in it
Find a book with gold lettering
Find a book written by someone with a common name
Find a book that has a close up of something on it
Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period
Find a hardcover book without a jacket – I literally don’t own any hardcover books because I find them so hard to read
Find a teal/turquoise colored book
Find a book with stars on it
Find a non YA book
Find the longest book you own
Find the shortest book you own
Find a book with multiple points of view
Find a shiny book
Find a book with flowers on it

Here we go!

Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it

This was relatively easy, as I have read, not too long ago, I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.

Find a classic

I seem to either love or hate classics, but I have read some in my time, and despite having a few on my shelf, it seems reasonable to mention my favorite one here. And that being The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Find the oldest book on your shelf

The most worn out book  with yellowing pages on my shelf is A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie from the year 2000, however the original text was published in 1964. And yes,  I have Dracula by Bram Stoker on my shelf, but it was purchased just a few months ago and I wanted to feature something that looked old.

Find a book with a girl on the cover

The book I chose for this is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, which I have yet to read.

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Find a book with a boy on the cover

I feel like the majority of books that I read are centered around a male character, but the covers are relatively blank no, but the one I chose is The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, which just so happens to have a man running.

Find a book that has an animal in it

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins! I thought I wouldn’t have one of these, but here we are.

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Find a book with a male protagonist

Another of my favorites, and one that was one of the first books that I read and published on this blog is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

Find a book with only words on it

I was so into this, that I nearly forgot about my edition of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, which features typography by Seb Lester.

Find a book with illustrations in it

A classic Christmas story always has illustrations, so naturally, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has to be featured somewhere here.

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Find a book with gold lettering

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith is one of the few texts that I have that have gold lettering featured somewhere on the cover, in this case it’s the authors name.

Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period

I think Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is the one text on my shelf that is the oldest, and as it was published in 1719 it likely is so.

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Find a teal/turquoise colored book

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer has a beautiful cover (one of the reasons I bought it), which features a mix of teals, blacks, and blues.

Find a non YA book

The Collector by John Fowles is labeled as a horror novel. Though it is an uncomfortable read I would not call it a horror, however it definitely does not fit the young-adult genre.

Find the longest book you own

The longest book that is sat on my read / to be read bookshelf is the entire trilogy of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. This book looks like a brick.

Find the shortest book you own

The Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is literally like 75 pages. The edition that I have is extended with another short story present in it hence making the whole text appear twice the size.

Find a book with flowers on it

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern has a very simple cover, but has a relatively small bouquet of flowers thrown on there, making it a perfect candidate.

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I leave this tag open to whoever wants to do it too! Since I was not tagged but just did it because I needed something to post, it’s only reasonable for me to just tell anyone to join in the fun and spread this around.

The Ultimate Game of Thrones Tag

As I follow a fair few book blogs on WordPress, I get the occasional email as they post, and an interesting one came up from Clockwork Bibliophile (here‘s the link to her version of the tag). It seemed interesting enough, I watch Game of Thrones and have gotten into it more and more the longer I’ve watched it, so I thought that giving this tag a go would not be too bad. (Thankfully it doesn’t go into the books as I have not read those..) The second part of the tag will feature spoilers, so I do recommend skipping that if you are not caught up with the show, as it does refer to some relatively large events.

As with any tag, there are rules which include;
1. mentioning the orang-utan librarian
2. answering all the questions
3. and tagging other bloggers to keep this going.

Part one – the book related questions

We do not sow – a book you are not willing to invest in
we-do-not-sowUntil I got to university I would check out books from my school library, which always turned out to be beneficial as it allowed me to save money. When still in High School I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. After so much hype, I thought this book was going to be a piece of literary art, which in my eyes, it was not. Thus, it is not something that I will be either re-reading or purchasing, as I see absolutely no point and it would be simply sat on my bookshelf collecting dust.

Fire and blood – a book that evokes strong emotions in you
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A book that evoked emotion while reading was most likely The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. There was something calming about it, and I firmly believe that calmness is a very important feeling one could have and if a book evokes that kind of emotion in me,  it is definitely one that I would recommend.

Winter is coming – your favorite winter read
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My favorite book that I read during the winter time would have to be The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. There was just something in this book that made you want to curl up into a ball and read this book from page one till the end. However, a strong contestant for this title is Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith, which I read in the spring, which also happens to be a mystery. Maybe it’s just something about mysteries that makes them winter-y.

Family. Duty. Honor. – a book about strong family ties
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I feel like a book, or a series rather fits this the most. Now I may not have read the whole of it, but I did majority and thus I believe that A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (or Daniel Handler, as Lemony was his pen name). Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve read any recent books that have had strong family bonds. This series, in my opinion, brings the already close siblings closer as they discover what they can do in order to go through life after an unfortunate event.

Growing strong – a book you had low expectations of but grew on you
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There have been a fair few books that I’ve had high expectations for that turned out to be complete flops, but unfortunately, this is not the question. But in this case, I could probably say that Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan is probably the number one contender. I had read The Fault in our Stars and despite enjoying it, it was not a favorite and did not expect much from his other books, also John Greens voice just takes a while to get used to. Maybe this was a favorite due to being written by two authors alternatively.

Ours is the fury – a book that made you furious
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It took me a while to think of a book for this. And then I realized. I am Legend by Richard Matheson was probably the most frustrating book I had read in a long time. It took forever, and was just dull in my opinion, and the only reason why I finally finished it was because I was bored but no, never again.

Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken. – a book you have unwavering devotion to
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A book that I feel devoted to is the entire Harry Potter series. I watched the movies, as they came out, from the age of about 5 or 6 till about 14 or 15. After all of this was done, I decided that it was finally time to read the books. So naturally, I read them twice. I vowed to read them every summer, however that has not quite happened. These books may not have helped me with any issues I have had, but it is something that I would gladly read whenever and where ever, no matter my mood or obligations. But basically, I will forever love the series, no matter what age.

A Lannister always pays his debts – a book you feel indebted to
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When I was a little primary schooler, my mom would read me books before I went to sleep and a series that she read to me was Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Due to her doing this, it brought us closer and inspired me to read more. I soon became an avid reader and putting books down was harder and harder. I feel that to this day, my love for a paper copy of a book and a cup of tea (or glass of wine) is all thanks to my mom who read to me all those years ago and inspired me.

Part two – Fan Theories

Who do you want to win the Game of Thrones?
I’m not too sure who I want to win GoT. I’d be very content with the whole R+T=J theory and I hope that plays out.

I believe that Sansa will definitely have some part in the ending, as well as Jon, Daenerys, and Tyrion. Though I can not pin point exactly which one of those will win, maybe they’ll come together as a big squad.However, you also have to consider the recent events, where everyone seems to want to fight their way through to somehow get to Meereen or gain more power.

Despite Bran’s slight (big) mistake in S06E05, I feel like he’ll have something big coming for him soon, and though he may not win the Game of Thrones, he will most likely be in the front lines of it. Another thought is, that it is simply to hard at this moment for me to gather my thoughts and give a solid answer about the winner. It’s been a peculiar season.

Who do you think will make it to the end and who do you think will die?
I hope the Lannister’s die (minus Tyrion and Tommen who is in some sense connects to the Lannisters). They are probably my least favorite character group on the show.

I hope that the Starks stop dying off, it’s getting a little annoying, and I’m not even sure why they’re such a popular target. As for Arya however, I just need less of her in the current events, so I’m unsure of whether I’d want her dead or not at the moment.

Daenerys seems to be having issues here and there, but I think that in the long run all her problems will eventually fall apart and she’ll get some of what she wants.

This is another question that is tough to answer, as the show is so hard to predict. Literally any one could die at any moment (Hodor) and come back to life just the same (Jon and the Hound), so predicting deaths can be left to the author and producer of the show.

Part three – My Game of Thrones

Would you win or die?
Well.. personally I would just try to avoid everyone and everything. However, looking at the below question and answer, it would appear I do fine until someone attacks or stands in my way. Though, if it were just me, I’d be dead way before the 6th season. I feel like my character may have not even made it to the show..

What house are you in?
Well – according to a Game of Thrones music quiz on Spotify, I got House Baratheon. However, when I took this quiz, I got House Bolton. Probably not something I would really want to tell anyone given what has been going on with them.

Here’s what it says on the website for the house as the results come up: Yeah, somebody’s slightly creepy. Did I say slightly? Very creepy – you are very creepy. Congratulations on winning Most Likely to Be Evil, Most Likely to Own a Murder Dungeon, and Most Likely to Make Children Everywhere Wake Up Screaming. You are ambitious, clever and strategic – but honestly, nobody cares about all that when you’re chasing them through the woods with a bow and arrow in one hand and a castration knife in the other.*

*No actual psychological correlation guaranteed. Please don’t be sad. Unless you DO own a murder dungeon, in which case please seek help ASAP.

Above it, it also features a lovely picture of Ramsey covered in blood…

Who I’m nominating;

*Images for this post where taken off of Google Images*

To Be Read Pile – TAG

I decided that I have not done a tag in a while, and I stumbled upon this one while browsing abooknation‘s blog, and thought “why not?” So here it goes, the TBR Pile tag.

What book are you unable to finish?
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

I started this book in 2014 probably and it took me a whole year just to read the first part, and that’s where I stopped. It is currently sitting on my shelf collecting dust with a bookmark at the point where I last left it.

What book have you yet to read because you don’t have the time?
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

This is something that I was supposed to read for my degree module five weeks ago. It clearly has not happened.

Is it brand new?
Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee

This book only came out recently, so it’s perfectly understandable that it is still on my shelf.

You read a book by the same author?
A Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

I read The Importance of Being Earnest in High School and got slightly obsessed with this author, so after years I finally bought the book. However, I have a valid reason this book is on my shelf, which is that it’s on the curriculum for my course for next year.

You’re just not in the mood for it?
Mort – Terry Pratchett

I bought this on a whim while I was waiting for someone. I heard good things about the author and decided to give it a try, however I have only read one chapter and decided it just needed to wait.

Is it humongous?
I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak

I believe that is may be the thickest book (excluding my Norton Anthology of English Literature Vol. 1 which can easily be compared to a brick) that is currently sitting on my shelf in my dorm room, and I enjoyed The Book Thief so this should likely have a similar effect on me – right?

What is the most intimidating book on your to-be-read pile?
The Book of Human Emotions – Tiffany Watt Smith

I feel like I need a valid reason to read an encyclopedia on human emotions. And as I am not a psychology student, I’m not sure if I will ever come up with a valid reason to just sit around all day and read this.

I tag the following users to do it
acraveforbooks
currentlyreadingthisbook
nerdychampagne
justanotherbookishblog