Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

Hi all! I’m here with another tag. Since I’m having a lazy Sunday I thought a book tag was in order.

Thank you so much to The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me! If you haven’t already, I highly recommend checking her blog out as she posts awesome content.

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS:

  • Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun, of course!

 

 

December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

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Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words by Ella Frances Sanders. Because I think this is the perfect little book, even for people who aren’t big readers.

 

January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

 I didn’t have a resolution in 2015 but my resolution for this year is to read more diversely – both with protagonists and authors. We’ll have to wait until December to see if I stick to this one.

 

February is the month for relationships. Name your favourite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

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Clare and Henry from Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. I adore this couple so much and their complex relationship. They are too cute.

 

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

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I would say The Sunne in Splendor by Sharon Kay Penman. This book is just magical and one I’ll re-read over and over but I would be amazing to experience it again for the first time.

 

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.
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Uprooted by Naomi Novak. I didn’t like this one at all, in fact I DNF’d it. This was just wasn’t for me.

 

The best gift you’ve ever been given

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I’m going to go with bookish gifts but otherwise there are too many to list. Last year for my 21st a family friend of mine got me three beautiful leather bound hardbacks. They are Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey bind-up, The Complete works of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.

 

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you. 

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I know I have mentioned this one a lot but I’m going to say The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader.

 

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

 I always pick up a YA or a retelling when I just need something easy to escape into.

 

July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)

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I’m going to go with fireworks in a happy, good way and say His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. This is hands down one of the best series and worlds I’ve read. I just had all the warm and fuzzies while read this.

 

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

Kirsty Logan 

Kirsty Logan! The Gracekeepers is a beautiful book and everyone should read it! I also want to get my hands on everything she has written and will write.

 

September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed. 4965.jpg

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. I studied this one in my Year 12 English Class and adored it. Year of Wonders tales the tale of how a small, isolated town reacts to the Black Plague. Brooks explores how people’s faith get tested during a crisis.

 

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.

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This one took me a long time to decide by I finial deicide on Daisy from The Great Gatsby. Not only do I love this book but I love the 20’s. The fashion was stunning and would be fun to dress up in.

 

November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

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For this one there are 100s of books I’ve been recommended from both book bloggers and booktubers but I’m going to say Here Be Dragons. My Mama recommended this one for me – in fact she was nagging me for ages to read it – and I’m so glad I did! Thanks again Mum!

 

 

 

I know this is the part where you’re suppose to tag people but I’m not sure who has and who hasn’t done this tag. If you haven’t and you want to, I officially tag you.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna

Dashing Through the Snow Tag

Hi all! I’m here with another tag. Seeing how it is currently Christmas Eve over here, I thought I’d get into the festive spirt with this Christmas tag!

Thank you so much ro Trisha Ann over at The Bookgasm for tagging me! If you haven’t already, I highly recommend checking her blog out as she posts awesome content.

Now onto the Christmassy questions.

1. Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree?

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This is a diffcult question becuase I really want all the books! But I would be so thrilled to see a hardcover copy of Kristy Logan’s The Gracekeepers under the tree. The hardcover UK edition is a stunning book, one of the most beautiful books I’ve seen. It would be a magaical Christmas if I got this one!

 

2. A book you’ll be reading this Christmas season.

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This month I’m reading His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman as apart of Booktuber’s Jen Campbell and Holly for Library at the Edge of the World’s read-along.

 

3. Favourite Christmas movie.

This is a tough one for which I have narrowed it down to three movies. The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Rise of the Gardians and The Godfather. I am aware that The Godfather isn’t a traditional Christmas movie; however, there is a christmas scene and in my house we do class it as a christmas movie. Normally mum and I finish wrapping the presents while watching it.

 

4. Do you like snow?

I do! Since it’s the middle of summer in Australia for Christmas, it is on my wish list to have at least one white Christmas!

5. Name a character you would like to spend Christmas day with.

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Note: image from the BBC adaptation of Philippa Gergory’s The Cousin’s War Series

In the risk of repeating the same books and since I read a lot of historial fiction, I’m going to go with King Edward IV and his Queen, Elizabeth Woodville. Because in every book I’ve read about them their Christmases’, they just sound opulent. And who would’ve want to spend Christmas in the medival court of a Plantagent monarch – oh just me?

 

6. To give or recive?

I love giving people presents – probably why I’m so broke this time of year! I love seeing the look on their face when they see the amazing present I’ve picked out for them. But least be honest – who doesn’t like receving presents also?

7. What fictional place would you like you spend Christmas at?

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The Night Circus peferably somewhere in Europe on a winter’s night. Since it is such a magaical place already I think it would be the perfect place to spend a Christmas!

 

8. Fondest Christmas memory.

Every year around the second week of Novemeber we’d go over to see my Grandparents only to find out that my Granda had brought this year’s Christmas ham. ‘They were going to sell out,’ was his reasoning everytime. The next 6 or so weeks were spend laughing everytime we say the Supermarket’s overflowing leg of ham section. Also we have to find somewhere to store it and every year he managed to buy a bigger one!

 

9. Can you say Christmas tree 10 times fast in a row?

No! Sadly, I get to about 7 before failing every time.

 

 

That’s all for me for today! Merry Christmas to everyone and if you don’t celebrate Christmas I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Until next time, happy reading,

Dearna

The Pastry Book Tag

Hi all! I thought it was time I got to another tag and this one sounded fun. I was tagged by the lovely Aimal from Bookshelves & Paperbacks. Thank you Aimal for thinking of me and tagging me!

 

CROISSANT: NAME A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES THAT EVERYONE (INCLUDING YOU) LOVES13519397

For this one I’m going to say the Throne of Glass series by the wonderful Miss Sarah J. Maas. I was weary of the series because of the hype it had received but am so glad that I got pass all that and read the series. I cannot wait for the last two books,

 

MACARONS: NAME A BOOK THAT WAS HARD TO GET THROUGH BUT WORTH IT IN THE END859561

Lilith by George MacDonald. This was a tough read, the language is quite dense as it was written in 1895. However it was well worth the extra time I spent on it. MacDonald is one of the first fantasy writers and is credited as an inspiration to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Lilith is a beautiful and dark tale – think Alice in Wonderland meets an Edgar Allan Poe short story.

 

VOL-AU-VENT: NAME A BOOK THAT YOU THOUGHT WILL BE AMAZING BUT FELL FLATVIRGIN SUICIDES

For this I’m going to have to say The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides. I had high hopes for this books. I loved the sound of the concept and the opening line drew me in. However the story ultimately fell flat for me. I had some issues with the characters and felt some aspects of the story didn’t equal the consequence or reaction. For more of my thoughts on this book, keep an eye out for my full review.

 

PAIN-AU-CHOCOLAT: NAME A BOOK THAT YOU THOUGH WOULD BE ONE THING BUT TURNED OUT TO BE SOMETHING ELSE17185496

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. I did really enjoy this book it just wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. This is a retelling of a Grimm’s Brother’s fairytale – the Handless Maiden, I think it’s called. I thought the story would unfold as I read it and that it would be set inside this cult. However the story was told retrospectively as Minnow is preparing for a trial.

 

PROFITEROLE: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT DOESN’T GET ENOUGH ATTENTION

The Moorhawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan. I still have to read the final book and it has been a while since I’ve read them but even so I adore these books! Our protagonist, Wynter, returns from a 5-year exile to find her homeland in turmoil and the Crown Prince is missing. These books are filled with a fantastical medieval setting, court intrigue, adventure and romance – what more could you ask for?

 

CROQUEMBOUCHE: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT’S COMPLETELY COMPLEXWARS OF THE ROSES

The Wars of the Roses Series by Conn Iggulden. Well any book set during this time period. The Wars of The Roses was a huge civil war in England during the 15 century. Two houses – The Yorks and Lancasters – are fighting for the throne. This series is full of court and political intrigue, betrayal, battle, bloodshed and the fall of the Plantagenet dynasty.

A little fun fact, this period inspired George R.R. Martin’s Game of Throne’s series.

 

NAPOLEON: NAME A MOVIE OR TV SHOW BASED OFF A BOOK THAT YOU LIKED BETTER THAN THE BOOK ITSELFScreen Shot 2015-12-21 at 7.54.56 pm

This is a tough question, since I generally like both the book and the movie. But for this I will say the 2009 adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, called Dorian Gray. The book is a dense read and is one I want to re-read. I say I enjoy the movie more because I understood the story better than when I read the book – partly because it took me a month or so to read!

 

EMPANADA: NAME A BOOK THAT WAS BITTERSWEET.51VB086Hd7L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_

The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan. This book broke my heart, make me laugh, cry and gave me warm fuzzy feelings. Logan has created a beautiful dystopian world where there is limited land left and the people are divided to ‘landlockers’ and ‘damplings’. I loved both protagonists, Callinish and North. The writing is lyrical and beautiful and the way Logan weaves in Scottish folklore is stunning! Please, if you haven’t read pick this up!

 

KOLOMPEH: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT TAKES PLACETHE MAID SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN YOUR OWN COUNTRY

I chose The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter. I live in Australia so this was an easy question with lots of possibilities. The Maid is set in medieval France and follows Joan of Arc’s live.

 

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I would love to try the chocolate popcorn from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Well actually any food for the Night Circus because it all sounds amazing.

 

 

 

I know this is the part where you’re suppose to tag people but I’m not sure who has and who hasn’t done this tag. If you haven’t and you want to, I officially tag you.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna

Blog Awards: Versatile Blogger

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Hi all! I would like to say a huge thank you to you all for following my blog. I’m overjoyed that people want to hear what I have to say about books. I am very new to the book blog community so thank you again for such a warm welcome.

This is going to be first tag post. I have been tag to do a few tags over the past few days by wonderful book bloggers (A Reading Writer, The Orang-utan Librarian, Bookshelves & Paperbacks and The Bookgasm). I will doing these tags this week and maybe into next week.

Today’s tag is the Versatile Blogger Award! The lovely A Reading Writer tagged me – so thank you again. If you haven’t already, check out her blog! I always love reading her posts.

How does it work? Read on:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

 

Now onto the seven random facts!

 

  1. I am a Music Graduate and I majored in Music Performance. And because – apparently – I love university so much I’m still studying. I’m currently studying Professional Writing and Editing.

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credits: MyCityWeb

 

  1. A part from books, I also collect vinyl and CDs.
credits: The Guardian and The Guardian

 

  1. I’m addicted to the Animal Planet channel on Foxtel – Dogs 101 and My Cat From Hell are my faves but I could seriously watch that channel all day.
credits: Gawker and dailydelights

 

  1. I’m a History buff – if you haven’t guessed from the books I read haha. But seriously I have Richard III’s motto tattooed on my foot and it is my favourite tattoo! It means, Loyalty Binds Me

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[Note: dismiss the horrible angle of this photo. It’s surprisingly hard to take a  photo of your own foot!]

 

  1. I owe my love of reading – also music and writing – to my Mum. I grew up listen to her tell me tales about The Trojan War, Greek Gods. King Arthur and The Plantagenets. So thank you Mama!
credits: wikipedia, wikipedia and wikipedia for something different

 

  1. My favourite, non-Animal Planet, TV shows are Supernatural, Criminal Minds, Code Black, Penny Dreadful, The White Queen and The Last Kingdom. You should check them out they are all amazing!
credits: imbd, imdb and imdb

 

  1. Lastly, I will admit that I’m horrible at Math – borderline illiterate when it come to numbers and equations. I just don’t get it!

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credits: Little Learners Blog

 

I know this is the part where you’re suppose to tag people but I’m not sure who has and who hasn’t done this tag. If you haven’t and you want to, I officially tag you.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna