Once again, another book tag stolen from Kris from Boston Book Reader (thanks!) If you love books and fun bookish tags and posts, then her blog is the place to go! I’ve been really trying to up the amount of bookish themed content on my blog recently. I’m writing this in April and over the coming months, I have more book reviews scheduled than I have done in the past half a year! I’m really enjoying reading at the moment (I’m currently reading When Breath Becomes Air – if you’ve read it, please talk to me!) and blogging more about books takes me back to my roots in a way. Books are the reason I blog; without them I wouldn’t be here so I’ll always be eternally grateful to those wonderful little masterpieces.
A couple of years ago, I did a post called the “random questions generator Q&A” which was, well, what it says on the tin really. I found a random questions generator online, generated 10 random questions (blimey, imagine that!) and answered them in a Q&A! So I thought this would be a fun post to do again because you don’t know what questions you’re going to get and you’re likely going to be answering something a little different from the good old, “why did you start blogging?”. So, I generated 10 questions and I’m answering every question that came up and not skipping any – cos that’s cheating. Here’s what I got!
Ah…. The Sims. One of life’s literal greatest inventions. I truly mean that – The Sims has provided me with hours and hours and hours and hours and days and probably months of entertainment. It’s given me an escape from real life where everything is pretty mundane to my Sims life where I can do whatever I want, whenever I want and achieve things beyond my wildest expectations (but really I’ll probably just spend 13 hours a day playing chess on the computer to try and get that logic skill up). I’ve been a die-hard Sims fan since the days of Mortimer and Bella Goth and literally not being able to leave your own neighborhood until the ever-so-advanced Sims 4 (which I didn’t actually like, so I play number 3) where your Sim looks more human than you do. I’ve played with all the cheats in the book, had families of Aliens, Zombies and Plant People and experimented with every career in the local newspaper. Honestly, I bloody LOVE The Sims. And if you do too, you’ll probably relate to the following thought process.
The ultimate pool party accessories are not what they used to be. Once a chic pair of sunglasses, a wide-brimmed straw hat, or a see-through sarong were the perfect summer pool accessories, but now another item has been added to the list: inflatable pool toys – and the bigger the better.
A little while ago, I ran a poll on Twitter asking what kind of posts you’d like to see more of from me. I’m sure most of the people who voted just voted on the general kind of blog posts they like reading from anyone – not me specifically (I don’t think I’m that special) but still, I like to take on board what people enjoy reading and try and cater to that. One of the most popular options was Disney. Which surprised me a little bit. I know there’s a humongous Disney community on Twitter but there’s also a humongous amount of people who aren’t that bothered about Disney or who like it but wouldn’t necessarily go out of their way to read Disney related blog posts.
When I’m lacking a few blog posts ideas, I find you can’t go wrong with a nice, simple tag post! And if it’s a bookish themed tag post, even better. Luckily… I found just that on Golden Books Girl and you can find her post here. Ready? Let’s answer some booky questions. If you want to do the tag yourself please feel free and link me to them as I’d love to read your answers!
If there’s one thing that I loved when I was younger, especially in school and probably one thing that I spent far too much pocket money on, is stickers. Oh stickers. How I used to love decorating my school books, notebooks even my wardrobe with stickers of dogs cats, ice creams, smiley faces, bees and an array of everything in-between. I think stickers are very nostalgic and our first foray into creativity as youngsters. But now, at the age of 24 and part of the blogging community, I can see that stickers are very much still a “thing” for us oldens and most good stationery brands will stock them in a huge range of designs!
I really love doing fun and personal posts every now and again and I recently stumbled upon Gabriella’s video about ’10 things she would save in a fire‘. This video was intended to be done as a video ‘tag’ but as you’re well aware that I definitely, 100% do not do YouTube I decided to make it into a blog post instead! But credit to Gabby for creating the tag in the first place and you can find her video here. I really enjoyed doing this and thinking of the items I would save; it really makes you realise what is sentimental to you and what isn’t and I was surprised by some of my choices. So let’s assume every human in my house is clever enough to get out themselves, with everything left, here’s the 10 things I would save If my house was on fire *but touch wood it won’t be*.
I stole this from Emma at emmaiswriting and it’s just a bit of fun so enjoy my answers and feel free to steal it if you want too!
Author You’ve Read The Most Books Of: James Patterson by far! He is the God of crime novels in my eyes and his Women’s Murder Club series are amazing! (I’m aware Beckie at beckiesbookmix wrote almost exactly the same thing…) The second I finished 1st To Die (the first book in the series) I knew I was hooked!
Best Sequel Ever: I enjoyed Catching Fire in The Hunger Games series however the third one I struggled with a fair bit! Without sounding like a broken record, the Women’s Murder Club sequels are fantastic – all 11 of them!
Currently Reading: This Child Of Mine by Sinead Moriarty, I wasn’t sure at first but I can tell it’s going to be one of those ‘OH MY GOD!’ kinda books…
Drink Of Choice While Reading: Erm, I don’t know – nothing specific. Probably just water!
eReader or Physical Book: Actual book because still to this day I don’t own a Kindle and I don’t plan to buy a Kindle because I’m a bit technologically challenged so the easier the better!
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: I went to an all girls school, does that mean I have to pick a girl? I’m kidding, possibly Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower :3 He’s so cute.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie. At first I had so many bad things to say about that book but I’m glad I finished it as the ending was really gripping. It wasn’t the best book in the world but I’m glad I stuck it out.
Hidden Gem Book: Stephanie Keyes and The Star Child. This was one of the books I was given by Loveahappyending magazine and I’d never heard of the author or the book before but it was amazing and unlike any other YA books I’ve ever read!
Important Moment In Your Reading Life: The first time I got a review request or the first time one of my favourite authors replied to my tweet! I still remember how excited I was! FYI it was Dorothy Koomson!
Just Finished: The Gift by Cecelia Ahern – amazing book!
Kinds Of Books You Won’t Read: Erm, I’m pretty open to trying any genre! Within reason…
Longest Book You’ve Read: Breaking Dawn possibly? That was pretty long…
Major Book Hangover Because Of: The Fault In Our Stars, ugh I didn’t know what to do with myself after that I was so emotionally drained and I couldn’t really think about anything else for a while. I’ve never cried so much at a book or even a film before reading that!
Number of Bookcases You Own: I don’t own a bookcase, I have shelves and I have 3 of them! And they’re falling down…
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: Again, The Age Of Miracles by Karen Thompson-Walker. I don’t tend to read books more than once except that one which I’ve read twice.
Preferred Place To Read: Wherever!
Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You’ve Read: Ooh I have two, firstly there’s, ” If you accept that the universe is infinite, then that means there’s an infinite amount of chances for things to happen, right? Well, if there’s an infinite amount of chances for something to happen, then eventually it will happen – no matter how small the likelihood. That means, somewhere in space there’s another planet that, by an incredible series of coincidences, developed exactly the same way as ours. Right down to the smallest detail.” From The Beach because I loved that book and that film and that’s my favourite quote of all time. Secondly is, ” So, this is my life. And I want you to know that am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be,” from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I know it’s a bit cliché but at the time I was reading that book that’s exactly how I felt and I’ve never had a feeling like it.
Reading Regret: Nothing springs to mind really. Can’t say I’ve ever read anything that bad ha-ha.
Series You Started And Need To Finish: As sad as this may sound, I really want to finish the 50 Shades of Grey series. I got halfway through no. 2 and got really bored because it was the same things over and over again but I’d like to see how it ends!
Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books: The Beach – Alex Garland, The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky and The Fault In Our Stars – John Green. I have more but I’m only allowed 3 apparently…
Unapologetic Fangirl For: James Patterson. If I met him I’d probably puke. Then faint.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: Oh lord I don’t know, I’m not very good with new releases. I only seem to notice a book once it’s out and slapped me in the face.
Worst Bookish Habit: Oh Christ there’s loads. Judging a book by it’s cover, hoarding books, deciding I don’t like a book 2 chapters in…
X Marks The Spot: Start At The Top Left Of Your Shelf And Pick The 27th Book: The Woman In Black by Susan Hill. I encourage everyone to not only read this but go and see the play! Lots of people can’t understand how a play can be scary but it was terrifying. Amazing but terrifying. There was people in the audience actually crying!
Your Latest Book Purchase: Erm, I can’t remember the last time I actually bought a book for myself but I got some for my birthday and they were: One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): I don’t tend to stay up late and read because it makes me too tired then I don’t know what I’m reading! Sorry!