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Infinity Dreams Award and Curious Wren Bookish Tag

I have two tags to do today (one’s referred to as an award but it’s more like a tag).

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First, I mentioned in my last post that a new blog, Curious Wren, has opened, and among other things is hosting a tag to celebrate. The questions for this one:

1. What was the last book you read, and would you recommend it?

The last book I read as of starting to write this post was The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, and yes I’d totally recommend it. Read the 9 books that come before it though!

2. Describe the perfect reading spot.

There are so many different ways it’s impossible to just choose one perfect one. A couple of nice ideas I’ve seen:

up a tree can be a surprisingly nice place as well, if you can get comfortable enough. (Why yes, I have read books up trees on multiple occasions)

3. Favorite book beverage? Tea? Coffee? Hot chocolate? Tears of your readers?

Tea, if anything. I haven’t drunk much tea in a while but I do like it.

4. Share favorite quotes from four books.

A tragic event occurred last Tuesday. Mrs. James Frewen came to tea and there was no pie in the house. Felicity has not yet fully recovered. – The Golden Road by L M Montgomery

“Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder. – Cress by Marrisa Meyer

“A popular song?”
“Yes. One that the feeble-minded can remember the words of and those ignorant of music can whistle or sing.” – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L Frank Baum

I can’t think of a fourth quote that I can remember correctly.

5. What is your most loved fantasy read? Dystopia? Contemporary? Sci-fi? Classic?

Fantasy: The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

Dystopia: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (not so much the sequels though)

Contemporary: The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill

Sci-fi: The Lunar Chronicles by Marrissa Meyer

Classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

6. List three authors you’ve collected the most books from.

Caroline Lawrence – 16 books

L Frank Baum – 16 books

Anne Digby – 11 books

7. What are your thoughts on magic in literature?

Depends on how it’s handled. If it’s witchcraft or something similar, I don’t like it unless it’s only used by villains and isn’t described in great detail. I’m usually fine with fairy tale type magic, or if the ‘magic’ is something innate or creator-given, like bending in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

8. What types of book covers capture your imagination most strongly? Feel free to include images.

I love almost all kinds of covers. Some of my favourite covers:

9. Mention the first book character that comes to mind. Elaborate on this.

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery. Perhaps because she was one of my first favourite book characters. I love Anne and her imaginative, quirky and flowery personality and way of speaking. I’ve read every Anne book there is and loved all of them.

10. Do you lend out your books? Or is that the equivalent to giving away your babies?

Although I’d never refer to my books as my babies, I won’t usually lend them out unless it’s to someone I know I can trust. I do have a couple of books I wouldn’t lend out under any circumstances, like my copy of Anne of Green Gables.

Anne full

This is the copy of Anne of Green Gables I have.

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Next, Write For the King tagged me for the Infinity Dreams Award. (My first time being officially tagged! 😀 ) Thank you!

The rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you.

-Answer their 11 questions

-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions.

The questions:

Who is your favorite villain (either the one whom most love to hate or the one whom you actually cheer for)?

Hmm… This is a hard one. Maybe Levanna from the Lunar Chronicles. She’s wonderfully evil, but everything she does has a reason. (not always a completely sane reason, but still a reason)

Do you have a favorite food, and what is it?

I don’t really have one favourite food. Chocolate’s always nice though.

So if you had to choose one element (fire, water, air, or earth), which one would you choose and why?

Water. I love rain, and the ocean, and swimming, and gahhh. *flails uselessly* Am I seriously fangirling about water? Oh well.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Not sure. I love Hungary for holidays, but I’m not sure I’d want to live there all year round.

Who is your favorite supporting character (movies, TV, or books)?

Darn it this is even harder than the villain question. There’s so many. I’ll just list some of the first that come to mind.

Jellal from Fairy Tail, Brother Juniper from the Mistmantle Chronicles, Marvel’s Hawkeye, Clancy from Ruby Redfort, and Regidor from the Dragon Keeper Chronicles.

What is one interesting or weird quirk about you?

I’m allergic to cut grass. My feet get swollen and itchy if I spend too long in recently mowed fields or lawns.

What is your favorite topic to learn about?

Art, I guess. I like to learn about pretty much anything though.

I think all of you write, so who is your favorite character that you have created?

I remember having difficulty with this one last time I did a tag like this. At the moment it’s probably Gwen or Caelan, for completely different reasons which I can’t be bothered to go into now.

If you could bring one person from the past to the present, whom would you bring?

I don’t know. The first person that comes to mind is Arthur Conan Doyle, but I think he’d mostly just be irritated. (apparently he once said he’d be disappointed if the only thing he was remembered for was Sherlock Holmes, and to be honest I have no idea what else he did or wrote XD)

You can jump into any one fictional world. Which one would you choose?

Equestria. (the world where My Little Pony is set, for those of you who don’t know) Probably not most people’s first choices, but it’s such a gorgeous, peaceful world and it would be lovely to visit.

What is your favorite drink?

Hot chocolate, generally speaking.

I can’t think of eleven people to tag who I know hasn’t done it before, so I tag anyone who feels like doing it. I’ll leave the same questions I did for the Liebster Award since no one grabbed it and I don’t have time to make new ones:

1. If you could spend a day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?

2. What was the last movie you watched?

3. Do you have a favourite super hero, and if so, who?

4. Tea or coffee? (or neither?)

5. What’s the weirdest fact you’ve learnt while researching something (for writing, school, whatever)?

6. What’s your favourite ever book/book series?

7. Are you in any fandoms, and if so, which ones?

8. What’s your favourite place you’ve visited?

9. Author you’ve read the most of?

10. Strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

11. What was (or is) your favourite children’s show?

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Bookshelf Tag

Deborah @ Road of a Writer tagged EVERYONE for the bookshelf tag (which of course includes me) and it looked fun so here we are. I even bothered to photograph all the books (which I’ve never done before), which was fun. Anywho, onto the tag!

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn’t actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from: 

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I actually have a photo 😀 (see above). I think my shelves are from Ikea, and I’ve had the teddy bear book stops for years. I also have some books on top of a book case (also from Ikea, I think). No that is not my art hanging above it (though I do have a couple of canvases that need to be hung up).

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books? My favourite books (the ones in the photo) are arranged in alphabetical order according to author, with series put in reading order. I used to organize them in height order, but that got tedious and made it harder to find things. The rest of my books aren’t in any particular order.

What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf? Cress by Marissa Meyer with 550 pages.

Cress

What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf? Dragonology (author unclear), at 28 pages.

Is this book not gorgeous?

Because what self respecting fantasy nerd doesn’t need a reference book for dragons in their life?

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift? DragonSpell by Donita K. Paul

DragonSpell

What’s the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? Fifth Year Friendships at Trebizon by Anne Digby

Trebizon

What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? Dragonology (funnily enough it’s effectively both the largest and smallest book I own)

here's what it looks like on the inside

here’s what it looks like on the inside

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf? A friend of mine gave me almost the entire Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence for the New Year before last.

the last two books are missing, but this is a pretty impressive gift

the last two books are missing, but this is a pretty impressive gift

Most expensive book? Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery

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The last book you read on your shelf? Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read? The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis, which I first read when I was about seven.

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Do you have more than one copy of a book? Alice in Wonderland is actually the only book I have multiple copies of, one physical and one on my kindle.

Alice

Do you have the complete series of any book series? I actually have annoyingly few complete series, but I do have the complete Bush Boys series by James Tierney courtesy of my Australian second cousins.

Bush Boys

The first two books have gone walkabouts, but I know they’re somewhere.

What’s the newest addition to your shelf? The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Princess Bride

What book has been on your shelf FOREVER? Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (the physical copy)

Alice physical

What’s the most recently published book on your shelf? Fairest by Marissa Meyer (published January 27th 2015)

Fairest

The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)? The Borrowers Omnibus by Mary Norton (my copy is from 1966)

Borrowers

A book you won? The only book I’ve ever won was The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan, which I got for completing the Summer Reading Challenge. (and I am eternally grateful to said Challenge since it introduced me to Ranger’s Apprentice)

Ruins of Gorlan

A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)? Anne of Green Gables, since not only is it basically irreplaceable (I don’t think you can get this copy any more), but it has a lot of sentimental value, since I got it for my birthday in France and it’s pretty much my favourite book ever.

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Most beat up book? The Lost Stories by John Flangan. Our copy is a wreck:

lost stories

lost stories inside

we actually had to tape pages back in

Most pristine book? Considering it’s second hand, Urchin and the Heartstone by M I McAllister, which is still in perfect condition.

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A book from your childhood? The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis. It’s these books that got me into reading in the first place.

Narnia

A book that’s not actually your book? I’m pretty sure my Father Brown Collection technically belongs to my dad, although he doesn’t seem to remember owning it. It has his name written in it anyway.

father brown

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)? Monsterology (by the same person as Dragonology) has an awesome cover:

monsterology

A book that is your favorite color? The Charioteer of Delphi by Caroline Lawrence is a lovely shade of purple

Charioteer of Delphi

Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven’t read? The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson. Man, and I thought The Lord of the Rings was hard to read. I’ve read bits and pieces but still not the whole thing. Amusingly, this book makes it very, very clear where Tolkien got the names for his dwarves from (there’s even a dwarf called Gandalfi!)

prose edda

Any signed books? I have a couple signed by people I know, but none signed by authors.


Phew! That post took most of the afternoon to create. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing all my books. I hereby tag Picklesthehamsterproverbs31teen (if either of you have already done this/don’t do tags, feel free to ignore this), and anyone else who feels like doing it.

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Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite Books Since 2012

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Yes, it’s a day late. Again. I really need to get more organized. Anyway, this week I will be listing my absolute favorite books/series that I read for the first time in the last three years. I can’t usually remember exactly when I read a book unless it was recently, so I might accidentally cheat. Now, on to the list!

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. These books are so Amazing! If you haven’t read them, go and read them now.

2. Urchin and the Rage Tide by M I McAllister. The Mistmantle Chronicles is one of the best series I have ever read. This book was a fantastic close to the series. I wish there were more, but it’s probably for the best she stopped where she did or things might have gotten a little tedious (as super long series usually do)

3. Catch Your Death by Lauren Child. The fact that I read this book two and a half times in a row speaks for itself, I think. Best book in the series so far, in my opinion.

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. This series. Probably the most fun I’ve gotten out of a series in a while. 😀

5. The Oz Books by L. Frank Baum. This series makes me so happy. 🙂 It’s innocent, funny and really quite cleverly done. I don’t even mind the inconsistencies, since the reason for it is that he sometimes changed things so his readers would enjoy it more.

6. The Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K Paul. This was a lovely fantasy series. I read them super-duper fast, despite having to buy every single one to read them. The characters are fantastic, although the plot is somewhat forgettable. (maybe that’s just because I read them so fast though)

7. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. Another one I read several times in a row. This book was awesome! Although it seemed less like a series finale and more like the opening for a spin-off series, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

8. Jo’s Boys by Lousia May Alcott. (there weren’t any nice covers for this one) I’ve enjoyed pretty much any book by Louisa May Alcott, and this was a lovely conclusion to the Little Women series. I liked it about as much as the first one, and that’s saying a lot 🙂

9. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This series was amazing. Although the ending was too depressing in my opinion 😦

10. The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien. My dad read me this series before we watched the films together, and they were amazing. By the way, if you find it hard to get through reading them, I highly recommend listening to them instead. I find it’s much easier to get through that way.

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Dragon Appreciation Day!

Bookwyrm by chromamancer at deviantart

So, yesterday was Dragon Appreciation Day, which is an annual celebration of dragons started in 2004 by Christian fantasy author, Donita K. Paul. This post was supposed to be written yesterday, but I was ill so I’m posting it today instead. To celebrate Dragon Appreciation day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite dragons.

Smaug and Bilbo by yinyuming on Deviantart

Smaug from The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

It must be said, Smaug is pretty awesome. (and a great villain at that) I had been planning on reading The Hobbit yesterday, but I couldn’t find our copy so I ended up reading Donita K. Paul’s Dragonquest instead.

Toothless from the How To Train Your Dragon films

Toothless somehow manages to be severely cool and absolutely adorable at the same time. If you’ve been following my blog you already know how much I adore the HTTYD films (If you haven’t: It’s a LOT) and Toothless is probably one of the best parts. 😀 I’m also going to put in a word for book Toothless, who has a tendency to be irritating but can still be kinda sweet.

Dibl from The Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul

I couldn’t get hold of any pictures of Dibl himself, so… Book cover! 😀 Couldn’t very well leave out the creator of Dragon Appreciation Day, now could I? I love pretty much every dragon in this series, but Dibl is probably my favorite. It’s a pretty close run thing though.

Feniul the Dragon by BlackWidowVenom at Deviantart

Feniul from the Dragon Slippers Trilogy by Jessica Day George

Again, I love almost all the dragons in this series, but I love Feniul especially. His adorable awkwardness, his funniness (wow, who knew that was actually a word?), the fact he collects dogs. The list goes on and on X3

Spike from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

The Brony in me would not allow this list to end without at least mentioning Spike. He’s just so cute and funny 🙂

Did you celebrate Dragon Appreciation Day? If so, how? Any dragon related books, films, etc. you think I should try?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I read in 2014

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, and this time it’s the Top Ten books I read in 2014. It was hard to put these into order, but I did it! I’ve only included books I read for the first time this year. As usual the cover image will link to the book’s Goodreads page.

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This was the first dystopian I read, as well as being the first YA I read, and I must say I couldn’t have found a better entrance. (as far as I know anyway) Very, very awesome book.

2. Urchin and the Rage Tide by M I McAllister. I love this series to pieces, and this was pretty much the best ending it could possibly have. Although it’s sad to have to leave Mistmantle behind, it did have to end eventually and this was an excellent final chapter. *bittersweet sigh*

3. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Books two and three of the same series come in at about the same place, but I think this one’s still my favourite so far. I’ve already made my feelings concerning this series quite clear. If you weren’t around then go over here.

4. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. As a series finale, this could have done better. But as a book, I think it’s awesome. So much so that I actually read it two and a half times in a row.

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This was every bit as awesome as I expected, and I had pretty high expectations.

6. DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul. This whole series was awesome, (the characters are the best) and I think this was my favourite. For one thing it introduces Regidor, Toopka and Bardon, all of which I love. The series is a must for lovers of Christian Fantasy.

7. Brotherband: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan. The best part of this book was the Rangers Apprentice references. Not to say that the book itself isn’t amazing, which it is. Best of the series I’ve read so far.

8. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

9. Emma by Jane Austen. This was the… second Austen I read I think. The first being Pride and Prejudice. Not sure which one of her books to try next. Any suggestions?

10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This series is really quite a commendable fantasy. I still like the first one best. The others have a little too much politics for me to handle. Still good though.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2014

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This week’s Top Ten is about authors I read for the first time in 2014. This time the images will link to the relevant author page on goodreads/author website rather than a book. The books in brackets after the name are ones I’ve read. (I can’t be bothered to list all their books XD)

1. Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles). So, so addicted to the Lunar Chronicles at the moment (I need Scarlet! Hopefully I’ll get it for Christmas :D)

2. Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson books) Almost equally obsessed with Percy Jackson.

3. Cornelia Funke (InkHeart trilogy) Inkheart is just awesome.

4. Donita K. Paul (Dragon Keeper Chronicles)

5. Christopher Paolini (Inheritance Cycle)

6. Pseudonymous Bosch (The Name of This Book is Secret and it’s sequels) This is seriously the only author image I could get for this guy. He’s very secretive XD

7. Bethany Canaan (What Thou Need’st) Bethany only has one novella out at the moment, What Thou Need’st, which you can get hold of for $1.99 here. It’s good 😀 Please do check her out, I know she’ll appreciate it a lot. 🙂 (For those of you wondering, I know her off another site)

8. Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) Okay, so technically Suzanne shouldn’t be on this list since I’ve only read about three chapters of The Hunger Games as yet (and that was actually the preview on Amazon). But those three chapters are awesome enough for her to make it here anyway.

9. Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre) again, I haven’t actually finished Jane Eyre, but I’m running out of authors so there we go.

10. Micheal Buckley (The Fairytale Detectives)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I wish could get their own book

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So, this is a new thing I’ll be doing round here. It’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish and you can find out more here. This week’s theme is characters I wish could get their own book, so here are my top ten characters I wish could get their own book (surprise surprise XD) So here we go:

1. Bradley Baker from the Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child.

Not sure this guy counts since he’s actually dead in the Ruby Redforts, but I would love to read a book about his previous adventures that are constantly being referred to. He sounds like he was a really cool guy. 😀

2. Almondflower from The Mistmantle Chronicles by M. I. McAllister.

This is basically my cheating choice since what I really want is a sequel series about Urchin’s kids, but since they don’t even exist yet at the end of the series I chose the youngest character, Almondflower, instead.

3. Brother Fir from The Mistmantle Chronicles by M. I. McAllister (can you tell I really want another Mistmantle book?)

Judging by several statements in Urchin and the Raven War, this guy had a pretty epic backstory. If I couldn’t have a sequel for Mistmantle, a prequel about Brother Fir would be nice. (preferably with cameos from kid Crispin, Padra, and so on.)

Brother Fir.

Brother Fir.

4. Josie Brooke from Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott

I really want to know how Josie’s theatrical career went after Jo’s Boys, and I think it could make a great book. Also she’s one of my favorite characters from the Little Women series and I want to spend more time with her.

5. Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

This awesome mouse evidently had all sorts of adventures before we meet him in Prince Caspian, and I’d love to read about them.

reepicheep, probably the most awesome mouse I have ever read.

Reepicheep, probably the most awesome mouse I have ever read.

6. Mrs. Emily Mumby from the Larklight trilogy by Philip Reeve

Any of the more eventful of her previous existences is sure to make an interesting story.

7. Regidor from The Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul

Another great character I want to spend more time with. I’m also interested to see what adventures he and Gilda got up to after DragonLight.

8. Ssilissa from the Larklight trilogy by Philip Reeve

Of all the characters from this trilogy, Ssilissa is the one who’s adventures after Mothstorm I’m most interested in. I’m not begging for a Larklight sequel, but if there was one, her story would be the one I’d be most excited for.

9. Angela the Herbalist from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Again, not a book I’d be desperate for, but I would be interested in her adventures before or after we meet her in Eragon.

10. Polychrome from the Oz series by Frank L. Baum

I love everyone in the original Oz books (except Button Bright. He just annoys me), but Polychrome is the only one of my favourites who didn’t get a book that revolved around her. If someone wrote a book about her now though, I wouldn’t read it, since I’m too much in love with the world of the original Oz books to stand reading an Oz book by anyone other than Baum.

Polychrome the Rainbow's Daughter

Polychrome the Rainbow’s Daughter

So that’s my Top Ten! Hopefully I didn’t do too badly for my first one. If you would like to join in on Top Ten Tuesday check out the link at the beginning.

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