Goodreads tag

I nabbed this off book stacks of amber ‘cuz it looked fantabulous! Feel free to have a go if you like! \o/

1. What is the last book you marked as read:

Urban fantasy with a great main character.

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2. What are you currently reading? 

Red rain is a dystopian, christian novella I’ve never read a christian novel before so it’s interesting to see that mixed with the dystopian aspect.

The power of dark HAS A WESTIE IN IT. It’s middle fantasy horror. I’ve read a couple chapter and I’m enjoying it.

3. What is the last book you marked as to be read?

*Drools over cover* I believe, this is some kind of Prince origin story.

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4. What book do you plan to read next?

I’m probably going to read this now. The blurb has me crazy excited. I don’t want to lose that excitement.

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5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I like the simplicity of what each star means. Although, I added an extra star on the rating system for my own blog. 5 was not enough.

6. Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

Yep, I think I’m a book or two behind. D: I’m aiming for a 100 books which 2 books a week.

7. Do you have a wish list?

I have my to read list, which I guess is kind of a wish list? But otherwise, no. I buy books mostly on whim and mood. And no-one loves me enough to buy me books. ;-;

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

Um. I have NO IDEA. 0.0 I just bought three new books, two which I was specifically after so I’ve filled my quota. I have a lot of books to read before I buy more. 

Although, I’d love the Terry Pratchett or The lord of the ring colouring books. Or Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

9. Do you have any favourite quotes to share?

Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. – Terry Pratchett
 
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. – Terry Pratchett
“I’m going on an adventure” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The hobbit

10. Who are your favourite authors?

Terry Pratchett

J. K. Rowling

Koushun Takami

Diana Wynne Jones

Joseph Delaney

Jane Austen

11. Have you joined any groups?

Yes, I’m a member of the Nerdy Pages book club . I really struggle with keeping up with stuff on goodreads, socializing on there is hard.

12. Are there any questions you would want to add? 

…I can haz cookie? \o.o/

Rapid fire book tag

I was tagged by the lovely LetsBookAboutIt. She’s a lover of books and games so if either of those things interest you, head on over!

So without further ado…

Tag Questions!

 E-Book or Physical Book?

I prefer physical books. I just like holding them in my hands and they’re so pretty! I tend to forget about the e-books on my kindle. I’m trying to get better at that because there is some amazing bargains! And a lot of indie authors publish in e-book format only. 

Paperback or Hardback?

I love paperbacks. Much easier to carry around. Although, I rage when I inevitably dent the cover.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

I love going in-store and browsing. It fills that well of satisfaction up for me of a purchase. You don’t get that buying online, (And you have WAIT. D:) There are some great bargains online though.

Trilogies or Series?

I would say I prefer series just from looking at my bookshelves. Big fan of HP, (Who isn’t?) And I love the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. 

Heroes or Villains?

Can I say Anti-hero? Either way, I prefer darker characters. But it really depends.

I’m not a fan of heroes who are little angst balls, completely, (and often instantly), in love with someone and they’re the most important thing, which is why they’re saving the world. It’s come to the point where if I get a whiff of love interest in a blurb, the book is going back on the shelf.

Wow…did not mean this to turn into a rant. (I want to say that if you love that, then that’s great! This is just my preference and there are always exceptions to this where I’ll ship my OTP with the rest of them!)

A book you want everyone to read?

Any book written (<-not a title) by Terry Pratchett.

I feel he’s such an amazing Author that people will be missing out on. He doesn’t write just humorous fantasy, (which would be fine if he did), but the character’s feel real. And some of them have made me look at the world a little diffrent on finishing them.

Recommend an underrated book?

Harry Pot- HAHAHA. Um. I’d say…The night circus by Erin Morgenstern. While it is pretty popular, I think it deserves a little more love. This was SO hard if it’d said underrated games, I could’ve answered easily.

The last book you finished?

Mudman by James A. Hunter. It’s an urban fantasy which, while not perfect, has one of the best and interesting, character’s I’ve read this year.

The Last Book You Bought?

I just bought these three books today. 

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I was PROMISED there would be no romance so I’m pretty excited about it. Whether there’s potential romance in future remains to be seen. Have to read and see if I catch a whiff.

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It’s so yellow. ;-; I love it. This has an incredibly interesting blurb that had me slobbering like a dog waiting for a treat.

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I discovered this in Asda, while food shopping and, not gonna lie, I would’ve bought it for the gorgeous cover alone. (The prince is on the back, similar style.)

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

My dog. If I’m desperate and need to do something quick. I lie it open on his back. Lazy thing doesn’t even twitch an ear. 

Used Books: Yes or No?

Absolutely. I love charity shop hunting for books. (Or buying online.) Give an old book a home. ;-;

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Mainly Fantasy and Sci fi, (including dystopian ect), and either thriller’s or children horror. Not adult. Too scary. ;-; Although, I NEED to try a Stephen King novel.

Borrow or Buy?

I prefer to buy. Or I’d borrow from the library if it’s a book I’m unsure about. I wouldn’t borrow from other people. (Not that I know many readers in IRL. ;-;) Because then I’d have to let them borrow from me and THAT’S NEVER HAPPENING! *Heavy breathing*

Characters or Plot?

Ouch, hmmm. I’d say plot at a push, but these things go hand in hand really. Can’t have a good plot without good characters, (or well written)

Long or Short Books?

Either or. As long as it needs to be. If the book is good then length doesn’t matter. But, if pushed, long books. 

Long or Short Chapters?

I’d rather have short. If I’m pausing in reading then I like to pause at the end of the page on a full stop or I’d forget my place on the page when I come back to it. D:

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Going postal by Terry Pratchett

Battle royale by Koushun Takami

The spook’s apprentice by Joseph Delaney

Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?

The wee free men by Terry Pratchett or just any of the Tiffany aching series. I don’t why, but, wow, I bawled with each of those books. 

Also, the first book that I remember making me cry? Harry potter and the order of the Pheonix by J. K. Rowling.

THAT DEATH. Right near the start, (I think?)

(Even though it’s been years since it was published I still don’t want to write spoilers!)  It was lunch time at junior school and I’m reading this book in the playground, when IT happened. People surrounded me in horror as I sobbed, snot and everything, guys.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I quite like a mixture. Judging from my bookshelves, I would say our world with a fantasy twist, but I’d say fictional at a push

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I tried. I really want to like them, but I can’t connect the story that way. Super frustrating because I’d love to listen to a audio book while doing other stuff. -_-

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Of course. The cover is the first thing you see. I do my best to still read the blurb. But something pretty will catch my eye and make me more likely to pick it up and find out what it’s about.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Hm, I’ve only seen one or two movies that have been faithful to the book. (The Martian by Andy Weir’s movie adaption is excellent.) I think, TV, it could be done for longer and, hopefully, stay true to the subject media. 

I mean, why buy the rights and then make it nothing like the book or change things? You’re just going to make a generic film and anger the book lovers. (I’M LOOKING AT YOU SEVENTH SON, YOU PIECE OF TRASH!)

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

I preferred the Coraline film to Neil Gaiman’s book. D:

Series or Standalone’s?

Series. If I love a book/characters then I want MOAR. More of the world, the character’s ect. If I loved it then I don’t think I could ever be happy with a standalone. I think there are many books that are perfect as standalone’s; doesn’t stop me wanting more. 

NOW FOR ZE TAGS! \o/

Nthato @ A scribe to describe

Holly Evans @ Chaos fox writing

Kat @ Kat the booknerd

Drew @the tattooed book geek

The Harry Potter book tag

Who can resist a tag with Harry Potter in the title? Certainly not me! I was tagged by driftinglexi. She runs a make up and book blog. (Check out her nail gallery. OMG, people. HP nails!!)


Flagrate: A book that you found interesting that you would like to rewrite.

Two came to mind for this and the reasons for both are the same, they’re too short. Both have interesting worldbuilding done, but it only scratches the surface and I would love to delve in deeper.

The books: The Logan series by William F. Nolan and The time machine by H. G. Wells

 

 


Alohomora: The first book in a series which got you hooked.

Oh, wow, this is a tricky one. I’m trying to think of some series that I’ve read recently. Oh! I KNOW! Rosemary and rue by Seanan McGuire. (How could I forget? I’m reading the second one right now!)

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It was the first urban fantasy book I’ve read and I LOVED it! Such a great cast of characters and loads of mystery leaving you desperate for the next one.


 

Accio: A book you wish you could have right now.

I always find it incredibly difficult to hunt down upcoming releases, but one release I’m really looking forward to is… Infernal ties by Holly Evans. It’s urban fantasy.

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Holly is an indie Author who has a blog on here that I follow. I’ve read a few of her writing snippets and they are amazing, not only that, they’re first drafts. UNEDITED. Can you imagine what a polished book will be like?! Ugh, can’t wait.


 

Avada Kedavra: A killer book.

HAH, there’s only one choice for this. Not only did it blow me away, but yeah, loooots of death. I will forever be sad that this Author hasn’t wrote anything else.

Battle royale by Koushun Takami 

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Confundo: A book you find confusing.

The book I’m choosing is most likely going against the crowd. I never got over the sudden switch of style and theme from the first book. *PHWOOSH* You hear that? It’s all the subtext from the last two books flying over my head.

The last star by Rick Yancey

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Expecto Patronum: Your spirit animal book.

Hmm, this is super hard. I don’t really identify with books in this way. (Particularly the kind I read.)

The wee free men by Terry Pratchett

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I remember being incredibly moved by this book, (I.E. Bawling my eyes out). I can’t pinpoint what it is, but I felt so connected to the main character, Tiffany. Not exactly spirit animal, but the best I can do.


 

Sectumsempra: A dark, twisted book.

I knew immediately which book to choose. It was less the plot and an insight into what alcohol can do to a person that I found truly dark.

The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

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Apparecium: A book that surprised you in a great way.

I had to think about this one too. (I forget what I’ve read!) Ah, last year, I read a book by an indie author. I remember reading the blurb and loving it and took a chance. It was short, (MAJOR shame), but I remember thinking, “Wow, this is really good!” I’m still sad by how short it is. I’d love for it to be lengthened into a full novel.

A broken race by Jean Davis

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Phew, that was hard, but fun! I tag:

Vicky @ booksandstrips (When don’t I?)

Kat @ Perks of being a booknerd

*Clicking on the images takes you to their book depository page, (except Infernal ties by Holly Evans and A broken race by Jean Davis as they’re indie authors.) See here for more info.

20 facts about me tag

I was tagged by the wonderful @mybookjacket. Technically, I was tagged on instagram, but I’ve never quite got the hang of it so I figured I’d do it here! \o/

So, 20 facts about me…

  1. Despite how extroverted I seem online, I am the Queen of introverts.
  2. When reading I prefer third pov to first pov. (Although many of my favourite books are in first.)
  3. I’d choose Star trek over Star wars. (Love them both though!)
  4. To this day, the scariest film I have ever seen is Watership down.
  5. I am ginger and proud! \o/
  6. I like to crochet, but cannot knit to save the life of me.
  7. I love watching TV/films with the subtitles. I’m always sad if they’re not available.
  8. I love world cinema films.
  9. I am short sighted and wear, (a very snazzy green), pair of spectacles.
  10. I cannot read a book or watch a film with animals in it because I can’t handle them being hurt.
  11. My favourite Disney film growing up was The little Mermaid. I used to go swimming and pretend I was Mermaid, but not just any mermaid, a CAT mermaid.
  12. I used to swim for my town’s swimming club and won a few medals.
  13. I prefer cooler weather to warmer.
  14. I LOVE blankets. It doesn’t matter how hot it is, you can guarantee that I’ll have a blanket trailing behind me.
  15. My favourite colour is green. I always feel guilty though because I adored blue through my childhood and I feel like I’m cheating on it.
  16. My least liked colour is pink.
  17. I don’t like cake.
  18. I take my tea milky with two sugars. (Just in case you need to know.)
  19. I get crazy motion sickness, just sitting in a motionless car can set it off. Yet I never used to have it when I was young.
  20. I’m learning to play the piano and hopefully the violin
  21.  This was REALLY hard!

Thanks again to @mybookjacket for tagging me. I tag Nthato, Holly Evans and Rachel Poli. Feel free to ignore the tag if you don’t want to do it! 🙂

The reader’s confession tag

I was tagged by the lovely Kat @ perks of being a book nerd. SEE, I’M DOING IT! Ye of little faith. -.-

1. Have you ever damaged a book?

Besides the odd crease from carrying a book in my bag *Sobs*, no I don’t think so. I was taught to love and respect books from birth. The thought of cracking the spine, dog earing or writing in one fills me with unbridled horror.

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Yes, unfortunately. Not personally, by my darling dog at the time destroyed a library book. D:<

3. How long does it take you to read a book?

It depends. If I’m glued to a book then I could finish it in a day. If I’m not into it or in the mood then it could take me aaaaaages!

4. Books that you haven’t finished?

Well, I wish I hadn’t finished The maze runner trilogy. They weren’t worth reading. (That ending!! D:<)

Divergent by Veronica Roth. I got halfway through, put it down and then never picked it back up. I could see where it was going and the writing was really stiff so it never lured me back.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I read the first one because it was ALL people were talking about and then refused to read the rest or watch the films. The entire thing boggles me, but I shall refrain from ranting.

The hunger games by Suzanne Collins. I read the first one and just didn’t enjoy it enough to continue.

The reckoning by Kerry Wilkinson . I got about 20 odd pages into this and just went, nope! It screamed every cliche YA dystopian trope so I just couldn’t be bothered to give it a fair try.

5. Hyped/Popular books that you don’t like?

Besides The reckoning, pretty much everything from above. In fact, I find myself suspicious of overly hyped books because of this and I have to force myself not to pre-judge them.

6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

No, not really. If I ended up reading erotica or something then I probably wouldn’t tell anyone because they aren’t the kind of thing I’d like to have conversations about. I’m quite prudish.

7. How many books do you own?

Hmm, without counting, I’d say between 100-150. Maybe a tad more because who knows how many ebooks I bought because they were a bargain?

8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

I’m both. I used to read much quicker when younger, but I like to savour my novel nowadays. Only reason I’d read fast is if I was desperate to know what happens, (like a thriller), or if I’m forcing myself through a book and want to get it over with.

9. Do you like to buddy read?

YES! I did my first buddy read with @mybookjacket @books and strips and LOVED it! I’m always on the lookout for buddy reads and plan to do a post with the books I have that I have available for buddy reads.

10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?

I cannot stand reading out loud. I’m much better in my head and prefer it that way. I can be more absorbed in the story, but I can read out loud well.

11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

This is the most evil question in the WORLD! D:<

Ummmmmm, Going postal by Terry Pratchett or Order of the pheonix by J K Rowling…or Battle royale by Koushun Takami.

I tag:

mybook jacket @ books and strips

Rachel Poli @ Rachel Poli

Nthato Morakabi @ A scribe to describe

Feel free to do the tag or not. Your choice!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite bookish accounts to follow!

This is a weekly meme created by The broke and the bookish!

I couldn’t resist joining in on this week’s top ten Tuesday. I love reading everyone else’s, but, for some reason, have never taken part in them. UNTIL NOW!

Because sharing some of my fave bookish people I follow? Um, yes please! It was hard to narrow it down to ten though! SO! In no particular order:

Youtubers

  1. Fiona Dunn

Fiona never fails to make me laugh. She has a great sense of humour and even has a laugh at her own expense.

2. Peruse Project

Another youtuber that makes me smile. (The way to my heart is via my funny bone apparently.) And those spectacular spectacles! #jealous

3. Thoughts on tomes

I’ll watch any video by this amazing booktuber even if I know I that the particular books she’s talking about don’t interest me at all. She has such a love for books and I love seeing her reactions to watch she’s read.

4. Ginger reads Lainey

I don’t know what it is, but I always feel so chilled out while listening Lainey. She speaks with such an even voice. She’s also the founder of the top 5 wednesday book meme. (And just look at that glorious hair colour!)

Twitter

5. Paper fury 

Cait has me in awe by her amazingness. Totes a word.She has a seriously fantastic blog, but I’m mentioning twitter because her tweets are so epic. She’s been tweeting snippets of her Camp NaNoWriMo project and I fangirl when I read each one. I want to give her my soul.

6. Bee

I’m telling you right now that Bee is psychic. I don’t know how, but she always knows when I’m not doing what I should be doing. She also has a fantastic blog you should check out!

Blogs

7. Holly Evans @ chaosfoxwriting

While Holly’s blog is predominately writing, she does do the occasional book recommendation post. I understand why she does them rarely because they’re are so amazing that we’d all faint from the sheer number of amazing book choices. I was a noob to urban fantasy and Holly recommended a series and, well, I almost didn’t write the review because I was too busy staring adoringly at the book.

8. My book jacket @Books and strips

Vicky and I met through our desire to read Battle royale and a great friendship has been born. Vicky often recommends fascinating sounding books to me. Books I’d have never have known about it. I’m grateful, my tbr list is not. She often blogs about Indian books, (as well as others), and I’ve already added plenty to the list!

9. Jolien @ The fictional reader

I love reading Jolien’s book reviews. Her blog is one of my favourite for books reviews. The effort she puts into them is obvious, but what I also love is the little snippets into other parts of her life too.

10. Lauren @ Seriesous book reviews

I love this blog because it reviews series book all together and there’s a variety of genres. They’re not reviewed one at a time, she reviews them as a whole so you can find out if the series is worth reading from the get go. (There’s standalone book reviews too!)

Woo! This was great fun and I’m sure you’ll all love these bookish people. I know I do! If you have some favourites then, please, share in the comments below. You can never be following too many bookish people!

 

 

The desert island book tag

I’m doing this tag instead of the usual weekly update, (because I’m boring and have nothing to share and I reeeaaally want to do this.)

I was tagged by fellow book blogger Darling Lauren @ Darling bear. Thanks so much for tagging me!

1. Water: A book you simply cannot live without.

This is such an unbelievably cruel question! I imagine a lot of people have chose Harry Potter (and I get why), but I am going to choose…*Twenty minutes later* Going postal by Terry Pratchett.

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I knew I was going to choose a Discworld novel, but choosing a specific one was SO HARD! This book was my first introduction to Terry Prachett’s novels so I have a soft spot for this particular one and no other books have come close to love I have for Terry Pratchett’s novels.

2. Food: A book that is a close second on your favourites list

I’m going to avoid choosing from the same Author, (see above). I’m actually really surprised myself by my choice. Battle royale by Koushun Takami.

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This is translated from Japanese. I did a buddy read this year of this with My book jacket @ Books and strips and I loved it so, so much! (Vicky did not love it as much as me, but that’s OK, I love it enough for the both of us.)

3. Shelter: A book that makes you feel at home and safe

This was a hard one considering the kind of books that I read. They’re not the kind to make you feel safe.  After staring at my bookshelf for five minutes, I decided on Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

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This is such a sweet, simple, relaxing read. It reads like a Studio Ghibli film (which it actually is. (P.S. If you don’t know Studio Ghibli films know that I have a horrified look on my face.)

4. Flare gun: A book that you would recommend to a person that doesn’t read

But there’s so many different kinds of people! How can I choose without knowing who it is?! *Sigh* For the sake of not being difficult, I’m going to go with The spook’s apprentice by Joseph Delaney.

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I think I’m more in love with the simplistic writing style than the actual story, (which is amazing by the way.) It’s written in first person my least liked POV to read andt his book would make it into my top ten favourite books, (not being allowed multiple of the same Author). That’s how brilliant I think it is. (P.S. The film is an insult to book lovers everywhere. Nay! To life itself.)

5. Fire-matches: A book that warms your heart

I knew immediately which book to choose for this one. I read these book series as they came out and it felt like I was sat beside  everyone else reading them. One of the first times that reading didn’t feel like a lonely venture. (This was before I had discovered the wonders of the internet.) It’s Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J K Rowling.

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(Yeah, calm down. Of course it made the list.)

6. Compass: Book that directed you towards your love for reading

I can’t remember ever not loving books and reading. This is due to my Dad. He taught me to treat books like the sacred objects they are as if they were Gollum’s ring. My Precioussssssssssss. He took me to the library whenever I wanted, bought whatever books I wanted. Now that I’ve enthralled you all with my childhood, my book choice is The witches by Roald Dahl.

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I loved this book when I was young and read it over and over. My love of darker stories started young. >:D

Tagging:

My book jacket @ Books and strips

Rachel Poli @ Rachel Poli

Jasmine Carlisle @ Jasmine Carlisle blog

Nthato Morakabi @ A scribe to describe

Feel free to do the tag if you like, but don’t feel you have to! Leave a link in the comments if you do so I can see it! \o/

 

 

 

 

‘Tis The season book tag!!

@emmathebooklover tagged me in this awesomely, fun looking tag. Thanks for that and you should check out her amazing book blog. You may find a cool new read after reading one of her reviews.

I was also tagged by @rakioddbooks, a lovely person who always has time to chat, (and loves Terry Pratchett like me!)

Alright let’s get to it!

1. Do you have a favourite Winter read?

I love this book, (and the film). It’s a little different from a straightforward Christmas novel. You can see my review of it here.

2. Find a book with a blue cover.

I assume this means on my bookshelf.

This is second in a series of amazing young fantasy novels. Artemis, our main character, is a young, rich, criminal mastermind and add in a bad ass female fairy then how can you not want to read this?!

The first one has a blue cover too, but I’m pretty sure this one mentions Christmas so I figured this was the right choice!

3. Find a book that you’d use as star on a Christmas tree. 

My mind immediately thought of this book, when I think Christmas, I think A Christmas carol. I’d doubt anyone’s not seen the films and a wide majority must’ve read the book. It just exudes Christmas.

4. Pick one Fictional place that would be perfect for a Winter vacation

My first instinct was Hogwarts, it is stunning, but disaster seems to strike that place at Christmas or maybe it’s just because Harry’s there.

So, my choice would be the Unseen University because those dudes clearly know how to have a good time!

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation.

Oooh, toughy. I have lots of favourite characters, but it doesn’t mean we’d get along in real life. Hmmm, I’d have to go for…Oh wow, this is really hard.

GIMLI!

Gimli and Legolas are my favourite! The bromance was real. I think I’d be too busy blushing and babbling like psycho to go on holiday with Legolas.

Gimli and I would bond over our gingerness and shortness.

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6. Name one book on your Christmas wish list this year.

I recently watched the film and, on discovering there was a book, I immediately tried to discover if there was an English version. And guess what, there is. 

Think Hunger games, but more brutal. I’m looking forward to eventually reading it.

7. What is your favourite holiday drink, treat and movie?

I’m quite plain when it comes to food and drink so you won’t find me trying any holiday specific things.

Drink: The closest would be Tea in a Christmas mug. That I use all year round.

Treat: At Christmas the fight for the strawberry rose chocolate begins. I have been known to secretly open the tin, take them all out and hide them. I also love the green triangles which are from quality street, I think?

They’re the only things I have specifically a Christmas time.

Movies: Now this is a question I can actually answer! I love, love, The Muppet Christmas carol, The Grinch, Jingle all the way and Die hard. They’d be my top Christmas films.

And, the obligatory, Christmas day watch, Zulu, Of course.

Wow, this was really fun. The food, drink and who’d to take on a Christmas vacation really stumped me for awhile!

I tag,

@rakioddbooks

@darlingbear

@thegalaxialworld

Hope you have as much fun as me if you decide to have a go!