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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

Anne Anne 2

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.

Anne 3

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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A Month In Review: February 2015

A Month in Review - Feb. 2015

Wow, so I didn’t post at all this month. I was just really busy, and also life is kind of bonkers at the moment. So, rather than just turning up in March with a vague ‘I was doing stuff’, I thought I’d actually do a post about it. 😀 This will probably become a regular thing (might change it to every other week if it gets too jam-packed), since I kinda need some variety around here. Anyway, on to the actual post!

First off, part of the reason for life being all higgledy-piggledy is that our house is getting some serious work done. Which means we can’t use about half the rooms (including not being able to sleep in the bedrooms for safety reasons and whatever), so that kinda sucks. But it should be done by the end of this week! (Although we said that last week, so…)

Right, now for the fun parts.

Films I Watched

So, my siblings and I are basically trying to watch as many Marvel movies as we can, as quickly as possible. This started in… late December last year, I think. So far we’ve managed to get through, in order of watching, Captain America, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and Big Hero 6 (Which, while yes, it’s a Disney movie, is technically a Marvel movie too). We have yet to get hold of any of the Iron Man movies though.

Anyway, above are the three we watched this month (oh, and Man of Steel, which I forgot about when I first wrote this post and had to edit in). The Avengers was ridiculously awesome. I watched it about seven times in one week (yes I’m crazy).

Thor: The Dark World was also very cool. Although, thanks to the internet, I knew a rather large spoiler beforehand (not going to say what it is, of course. If you’ve seen it, you’ll probably know what I’m talking about).

Man of Steel was actually the only non-Marvel movie we watched for the first time this month. I, having never seen a Super-Man related film, liked it, though the big fight scenes at the end got a bit repetetive. According to my brother (who I believe has watched at least one such film), though, it was pretty mediocre. But there we are.

Lastly, we FINALLY got to see Big Hero 6! 😀 😀 😀 All you lovely Americans got it last year, but we Brits didn’t get it till the end of January, and I was driving myself nuts being careful not to see spoilers on the internet (man that was hard). But it was AWESOME. Unusually for me, I watched all the trailers beforehand, which I don’t think I’ll do again since it turns out watching movies with very little idea of what was going to happen is more fun. Although, I must confess I’ve watched all the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers, but since they reveal hardly anything I think that’s okay. So, so, excited for that movie, by the way. But enough about super hero movies. Let’s move on.

Books I Read

Inkdeath was better than I expected actually. It was rather depressing though. And what was with that ending? It didn’t make much sense. Also several characters seemed to have changed character in this book. Farid just became weird, and Fenoglio was annoying.

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian was every bit as good as it’s predecessors. I’m a little wary of reading Heroes of Olympus though. On one hand, I’d love to spend more time in this universe. On the other hand, I’m not so sure it’ll be as good as the Percy Jackson books. I’ll probably read them eventually anyway.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You was fun. For some reason, pretty much everyone in my family went ‘hey that title sounds dark’ at some point, which I don’t understand, since to me the title screams ‘teen romance with spies in the normal world’, which is pretty much exactly what it was. But whatever.

The Oath of the Brotherhood was awesome. If you’re into Christian Fantasy, I’d totally recommend it.

Things I did

Now we come to the ‘busy’ part.

Art Stuff

I had a renewed artiness recently, so I’ve been drawing all sorts of things. This month, I drew a bunch of dragons first, like this one:

Then I started drawing Ponies. This requires some explanation. First off, as some of you may know, I’m a My Little Pony fan. (don’t judge me. It’s a good show!) Recently I discovered the fantastic art work of kilala97 on DeviantArt, and it is just so awesome. She has this whole ‘Next-Gen’ MLP thing, and it’s really good. Go check her out. Even if you’re not a brony/pegasister. She does other stuff too. So I effectively joined a sub-fandom (or whatever you wanna call it) and art happened. Mostly colouring in her line art (with permission), like this:

(if you wanna see more of my artness, I now have a DeviantArt account, so you can check that out) Shortly after this, I discovered the fascinating world of

Fan Fiction 

(dun, dun, DUN!)

I discovered a site called fimfiction.net, which is a fan-fiction site specifically for My Little Pony fans. There’s a whole group dedicated to fan-fics about kilala97’s characters, and umm, yeah. Much reading was done. Also, since I didn’t have anything to write (being in the middle of world building and stuffs), I went and wrote a random little fan-fiction myself, which isn’t very amazing, but I’m happy anyway. If you want to check that out, click here. I promise that’s it for links this post.

Also, for half term, (which was last week), we drove down to where we used to live, and saw our friends and stuff. (we also watched Big Hero 6 and Man of Steel while down there) So, that’s what I’ve been up to this month. Did you have a fun February?

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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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