Since I’m really tired (I woke up at 6am and I’m not a morning person) and didn’t prepare anything for today (yay for my procrastination skills), I decided to do a fun tag today! I actually haven’t seen this around but I googled and found it and I thought it would be nice to just chat a bit about how big of a book nerd I am haha. I don’t know who created the tag, and I wasn’t tagged so I guess we should just get started!
As you might have noticed, Camp NaNoWriMo has started! If you don’t know what that is, it is basically a smaller version of NaNoWriMo in which you can set your own goals AND if you don’t know what that is: NaNoWriMo is a month long writing challenge in which people try to write a full novel (or at least 50k words of it) which takes place in November.
Anyway, I am taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo because… why not? I love writing and taking part has always inspired me to write much more than I normally would. Now, this month I must say, the dedication is not that strong, in fact, I haven’t written anything in over a week, so that’s going well oops.
May – whose blog posts I am very sad to have been neglecting this past month (I AM SO SORRY) but whose blog I absolutely adore – tagged me in the Rising Author Tag! Thank you May! And I thought that would be a perfect introduction to my Camp NaNoWriMo project! You might have heard of it before because I once talked about it months ago, but it has changed dramatically from then!
I saw this tag over at Sydney’s blog Fire and Rain Books and it looked like much fun! This tag is quite self-explanatory, the title says it all so let’s get into it! I just reorganized my bookshelves so it’s the perfect time to go on a little scavenger hunt!
I actually have two shelves, one with all my YA books and one with all my adult, middle grade, classics and non-fiction books and then I also have my ereader (which is actually a very old ipad but it still works). Anyway, I’m going to find some books on all of those shelves and my ereader and there are 8 questions so I’ll be doing 3 from my YA shelf, 3 from my other shelf and 2 from my ereader (because I have much fewer books on there).
1. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
I picked up Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid because it was on sale (that sounds bad haha). I read one of Adi Alsaid’s other books (Let’s Get Lost) and quite enjoyed it and then I saw this one was only a few euros in ebook format so I bought it. I quite liked it (that seems to be the lesson here: I quite like Adi Alsaid’s books haha).
2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?
The Darkroom of Damocles by Willem Frederik Hermans is a book I needed to read for my Dutch literature class and I expected to hate it because it’s Dutch literature and I really don’t like Dutch literature. However, I liked it! I loved the mystery aspect and the unreliable narrator aspect a lot and I still find myself thinking about it every now and then, which is something that’s rare for me. Especially since it has been years since I read it.
3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?
I discovered Radio Silence by Alice Oseman through Eve’s blog, I think. I don’t quite remember. Anyway, I absolutely loved it! I got the book through this book service that send out books to bloggers for review and after writing my review I never heard from them again haha.
4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?
Warcross by Marie Lu has been recommended to me by pretty much everyone that read it so I think this counts. I actually have a lot of books that were recommended to me still unread on my ereader. For some reason I tend to pick those up not as soon as other books.
Anyway, I really enjoyed Warcross, it was so action-packed with twists and I liked the characters, so yeah, it was a success!
5. Pick a book that you discovered through booktube/book blogs
The fact that Victoria Schwab’s Shades of Magic series is now one of my favourite book series is entirely because of book blogs and bloggers (including Ilsa). I don’t think I would ever heard about it, let alone picked it up if it weren’t for the hype. I LOVE THIS SERIES.
6. Find a book with a one word title. What drew you to this book?
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – HAVE YOU SEEN THIS COVER?? It’s absolutely gorgeous! I won this copy (it’s an ARC) from a giveaway held by Akemi herself and I adored this book so much.
7. What book did you discover through a film/tv adaptation?
The only book I can think of that I discovered through an adaptation is The Hunger Games (and the rest of the trilogy). I saw the first movie before reading the book, I think. I’m not exactly sure anymore. It has been a long time! I do remember really well going to the movie with my friends from high school and really enjoying the movie!
8. Think of your all time favourite book(s). When did you read them and why did you pick them up in the first place?
My all time favourite book is Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I first read it for my English class. You needed to read a couple of books but you could decide for yourself which books you wanted to read so I went to my school library and found this book. And then I put it back because I thought it would be too difficult to read such a big book (it’s not really big, but I was really bad at English and preferred my books to be less than 200 pages if possible). But it intrigued me and I ended up reading it (and I’m rereading it for the 5th? 6th? time next week!)
What is one book on your shelf you picked up because of a recommendation? How did you discover your favourite book? Which book did you read that you thought you would hate but ended up loving?
As you might know, I have been anticipating the release of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody for a while (okay, for over half a year…) and I was so happy to have received an eARC but even more, I’m also in the Ace of Shades street team (go #Scars!). Ace of Shades has been compared to Six of Crows (I mean, now you have to read it, right?) and is about a girl, Enne, who is trying to find her mother in the City of Sin with gangs and criminals and I’ll just let you read the synopsis (below) because it’s amazing. This tag was created by some members of the Doves, which is another team in the AoS street team: Katy and Min. Thanks guys! (also thanks for letting me do this tag :))
My friend Jenn did this tag on her blog and tagged me, so thank you Jenn! I didn’t know what I wanted to post about today so this is perfect timing. I don’t know who created this tag, but if you do, let me know! Let’s talk about my 2018 reading plans (and yours :P)!
This time last year, I made a list of goals and I just remembered I did that so now we’re going to look back at these goals and see if I actually accomplished them! I did the This Time Next Year Tag and I’ll look back at that! I will also make new goals for 2018.
I think we’ve all done things we rather not admit we did. In this post, I’ll be confessing some of these things (but only the book-related ones :P).
This tag is created by my wonderful friend Jenn from Jenniely. Thank you, Jenn! I highly recommend everyone to check out her blog because she’s amazing and so dedicated to her blog! The only rule to this tag is to go through the list and tick all the one’s you’re guilty of and tag 10 people to do the same!