Summertime Madness Book Tag

Summer is here, apparently. Although as I write this I’m staring at a rain, the likes of which were seen prior to the Ark setting sail. Hopefully it will soon pass and the sun will return, but in the meantime I’m going to try and get my summer vibe working by completing the Summertime Madness Book Tag, although I can’t remember where I first came across it.

A book with a summer cover

The Honeymoon

I have gone with The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis. The tropical image screams summer to me and would be a perfect place to chill out and read.

A fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a summer vacation

Harry Potter #1.jpg

Although it’s a school, I think Hogwarts would be a fantastic place to visit for a summer vacation. Just think about it, you would be able to explore without being distracted by all the teachers and students. You could also nip through the secret passageway and explore Hogsmeade.

You have a case of summertime sadness. What happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

If I’m honest my preferred genre (thrillers/crime) of books doesn’t really lend itself to happy books. However I do read a lot with the kids so I would have to say Matilda or The Twits by Roald Dahl.

You’re sitting at the beach all alone. Which fictional character would be your beach babe?

This is a pretty tough question as I wasn’t sure whether to go male or female with my beach babe.

After some careful deliberation I have gone male with David Booker from Oliver Tidy’s Booker and Cash series. This is because he owns a coffee shop full of books by the beach, what more could you ask for.

To match your ice cream you need a cool sidekick! Which fictional character do you pick?

Carrots

I’ve recently read Carrots by Colleen Helme so I would have to pick Shelby Nichols to be my sidekick. It would be fun to use her powers to see what everyone was thinking.

Like a sunburn, what book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?

The Breakdown

There have been a couple over the course of this year, but my most recent one has to be The Breakdown by B A Paris.

Like a sunset, which book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended?

Alice_ The Wanderland ChroniclesThis would be Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles. Although this may not be the kind of book associates with happy feelings, the ending implied there may be another book in the series and that made me happy.

I hope you enjoyed this tag and in the interest of sharing the love I’m tagging the following.

Emma at Read Write Inspire

Debbie at My Random Musings

Emma at Devon Mum

Stephanie at Our Cherry Tree

Laura at Edinburgh with Kids

Plus anyone who reads this post and wants to join in.

If you enjoyed today’s tag, don’t forget to comment, like and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading

Debbie x

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Mid Year Freak Out Tag

So I’ve been tagged by the lovely Emma-Louise over at Read Write Inspire in the Mid Year Freak Out tag. You can read Emma’s responses here.

1) Best books you’ve read so far in 2017

Trust Me

There have been so many this year, including most of the ones I’ve mentioned below but I would have to say that one of my favourite reads of 2017 that hasn’t been mentioned is Trust Me by Gemma Metcalfe. This fantastic debut thriller had me hooked from the first page.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

IN YOUR NAME 2

This would have to be In Your Name by Rob Ashman. I read this book as part of a blog tour last month and really enjoyed it. My review of the final book of the trilogy was published on 13th August, you can read it here

3) New release you haven’t read yet but want to

Lost Boy

Again there are quite a few books that fit this question but I would have to go for Lost Boy by Christina Henry. I read her Alice in Wonderland retellings last year and really enjoyed them so am hoping to get around to this Peter Pan retelling very soon.

4) Most anticipated release in the 2nd half of the year

The Good Daughter

For me this would have to be The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. I haven’t read any of her books for a long time for a number of reasons but this new book is a standalone and I think it would be a perfect book to get me back into reading her books.

5) Biggest disappointment

The Roses of May

The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison is probably my biggest disappointment so far this year. After reading The Butterfly Garden I was really looking forward to the next book, however it wasn’t as good as I was hoping for.

6) Biggest surprise

Alice_ The Wanderland Chronicles

J M Sullivan’s debut novel, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles. I’m not usually a big horror fan but I truly loved this book and am all but stalking the author for news of the sequel.

7) Fav new author

 

Without a doubt this has to be Conrad Jones. I have been part of two blog tours showcasing Conrad’s books and, although they are very dark and gruesome, there is something about his writing that I love. I am definitely adding some more books by Conrad to my upcoming reading pile.

8) Fav new crush

 

Oliver Tidy’s character David Booker from the Booker and Cash series is my current new crush. I have to be honest with you all here and say this has nothing to do with looks and everything to do with the fact he owns a coffee shop full of limited edition books.

9) Fav new characters

 

My new favourite character has to be Mechanic from Rob Ashman’s Mechanic Trilogy. Although a serial killer with a slightly sadistic streak there is just something about this character that has me liking them.

10) Book that made you cry

There are very few books that make me cry and so far this year I can’t think of a single one that has forced me to shed a tear.

11) Book that made you happy

Breathless

Since my preferred genre doesn’t really lend itself to ‘happy’ books I found this hard to answer initially. So much so that I had to take myself off to review my Goodreads challenge to see what I had actually read this year.

I soon spotted Breathless by Nicola Claire and knew this was the one. I love the the fact that the female protagonist in the book is forging a career in a male dominated environment during a time when women weren’t even allowed to vote. This is why the book makes me happy.

12) Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year

Wintersong

If we are going on cover alone, I think I would have to say Wintersong by S Jae-Jones. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the book itself I really do love the cover.

13) What books do you need to read before the end of the year

 

Far too many to list. Aside from the ever increasing NetGalley shelf and my upcoming blog tours here are a few books that will reach the top of my TBR pile: The Ressurector by Layton Green; Nemesis by Brendan Reichs and Two Nights by Kathy Reichs.

So there we have my mid year freak out. I’m not tagging anyone this time around, but if you want to have a go yourself, then please feel free. But don’t forget to let me know if you do, I’d love to read your answers.

Happy reading

Debbie x

Book Buying Habits Tag

I recently came across the “Book Buying Habits” tag over at An Infinite Book World, you can read Alaina’s post here. Since I haven’t done a book tag for ages, I thought I would give this one a go, so today I will be sharing with you my book buying habits.

Where do you buy your books?

Anywhere and everywhere! My main source of reading material is Amazon, but I have picked up books from car boot sales, charity shops and the usual bookstores such as, Waterstones and W H Smith. I also like The Book People and The Works.

If I’m honest I’m a bit of a tight arse when it comes to buying books and will more often than not try to avoid paying full price for them, unless it’s something I really want to read or if I’m looking for a specific edition.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?

Since I review quite a lot of ARC’s before they are published I don’t really need to pre-order. However, if I really like a book and want to keep a copy I will pre-order it. One such book was my most recent pre-order Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

This varies from month to month. It also depends on the format of the book. I do have a tendency to download any free books that I think I might enjoy, which can sometimes mean I’m downloading a book a day. However most of these are usually free.

As for books I actually pay for this would probably average out at between 1-3 books every month unless I come across any bargains or deals.

Do you use your local library?

Nope. I don’t even have a library card, although I think the kids might have one somewhere. They downsized our local library years ago and the atmosphere just wasn’t the same so I stopped going.

What is your opinion on library books?

I think they are brilliant! I love that they make books so accessible for everyone.

How do you feel about second-hand books?

Second hand books are fantastic. You can get some really great bargains for next to nothing. I can often be found scouring the local charity shops for some book bargains, although some of the previous owners can be page folders and spine benders which upsets me a little bit.

Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelf, or no?

Yes and no. I read a lot of books on my kindle so I have several collections on there for my TBR books. Other than than all my other books are on my main bookshelf. They have their own shelf solely for books I have yet to read.

Do you plan to read all of the books you own?

Definitely! I never buy a book that I have no intention of reading one day. That said I do find myself wondering why I’ve purchased/downloaded some of them if I don’t read them quite soon after purchasing. I usually keep hold of them though as my reading tastes change. My TBR list has everything from classics to YA; horror to historical romance and everything in between.

What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?

I usually pass them on to someone else to read if they are hard copies. Kindle books usually just get deleted from my device.

Have you ever donated books?

Regularly. I only have a small bookshelf, hence the kindle, so I have to regularly cull my books. Ones that haven’t made the cut to remain get donated to charity shops, friends, relatives or sometimes sold on.

I also have regular clear outs of the kids books these usually get donated to the school.

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

Never, and I can’t see me ever putting myself on one. I do try to restrict my purchases, especially of paperbacks due to lack of space but other than that I’m free to buy as and when I please.

Do you feel that you buy too many books?

Most definitely! In fact I don’t think there is a reader out there who doesn’t.

 

I really enjoyed this tag and in the interest of sharing the love I tag the following people.

Emma at Read Write Inspire

Debbie at My Random Musings

Emma at Devon Mum

Stephanie at Our Cherry Tree

Laura at Edinburgh with Kids

Plus anyone who reads this post and wants to join in.

I hope you enjoyed today’s tag. Don’t forget to comment, like and follow for more posts!

Happy Reading

Debbie x

The Social Media Book Tag

Hi everyone!

I won’t have any reviews for you today as I’m on holiday. However instead of leaving a blank space where my review should be I have decided to do a book tag instead. I found this one over at An Infinite Book World and thought it looked like fun. So let’s get started.

Becoming QuinnTwitter: Your Favorite Short Book

OK, so we’ve started off with a pretty tough one since I cant remember what short books I’ve read. To help me out I’ve assumed a short book to be around 200 pages and after a quick reshuffle of my Goodreads book list I have settled on Becoming Quinn by Brett Battles.

This is the prequel to the Jonathan Quinn series which I still have to read. I really enjoyed this book about how Jake Oliver becomes Quinn, a top class cleaner skilled at making bodies disappear.

We Were LiarsFacebook: A Book Everyone Pressured You To Read

I’m not sure I’ve ever been pressured to read a book, unless you count that time at school when I had to read Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Since then I’ve just read whatever I’ve had available (which thanks to cheap Kindle books/charity shops is loads).

That said I did read We Were Liars following all the hype and didn’t enjoy it at all which means I’m unlikely to be jumping on the bandwagon again anytime soon.

That said I think it might just have been the wrong book/wrong genre for me.

Deja DeadTumblr: A Book You Read Before It Was Cool

I don’t think I have an answer for this. I was never really one of the cool kids (and probably still aren’t). Most of the books I’ve been reading recently have been published for a good while and subsequently have had lots of people read them.

That said I read most of the Temperance Brennan novels by Kathy Reichs long before Bones was even thought about so I have gone with the first book in the series Déjà Dead.

 

Final JeopardyMySpace: A Book You Don’t Remember If You Liked Or Not

This would have to be Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein. I read this many years ago while on holiday and while I have a vague recollection of the book I can’t remember whether I liked it or not.

I have a feeling that is might have been as success as I have since read several other books by the same author. It is also the kinds of book I used to devour when I was younger, especially on holiday when I had nothing to do but lay by the pool and read.

Alice_ The Wanderland ChroniclesInstagram: A Book That Was So Beautiful You Had To Instagram It

This is quite a difficult choice. I’m still quite new to the whole bookstagram scene but I do love a pretty cover. I’ve seen quite a few recently that have caught my eye but if I had to pick only one it would have to be the debut novel by J M Sullivan. The cover of Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles is gorgeous. I’m not a lover of overly colourful covers so this one is perfect. I love the simplicity of the colours and the background detail is beautiful.

Unfortunately I chose to read this book on my Kindle so don’t actually have paper copy (yet).

Grave SituationYouTube: A Book You Wish Would Be Turned Into A Movie

I’m beginning to wonder why I chose to do a book tag as I have so many answers to each prompt. I’ve read loads of books that I feel would make excellent movies and it’s hard to pick one particular book.

However I have gone with Grave Situation by Alex MacLean. I love a good crime thriller both to read and watch, and think this would make an excellent movie. In fact it could be a whole series of films based on the main protagonist, Allan Stanton.

Trust MeGoodreads: A Book You Recommend To Everyone

This is a toss up between one of my all time favourite books To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and a more recent read Trust Me by Gemma Metcalfe.

Since To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic, and a book I think most people will have heard of even if they haven’t read it I have gone with my second choice.

Trust Me is Gemma’s debut novel and one that I think anyone who loves a good psychological thriller should read.

 

SpookshowSkype: A Book With Characters You Wish You Could Talk To Instead Of Just Read About

Since I’m a major crime/thriller junkie I’m not sure I’d like to have a face to face with many of the characters from the books I read.

However, after some thought I have gone with The Spookshow. I love a good paranormal mystery and would love to chat with Billie Culpepper about what it’s like to see ghosts/spirits.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did compiling it. I’m only tagging one person this time around (Emma at The Stationery Geekette) but feel free to tag yourself if you want to join in. Don’t forget to link back so I can see your responses.

Debbie x