Hi Virtually readers! As I’ve mentioned before, the last 2 months I’ve been a useless person who has barely commented/done much blogging at all. Why? Because I’ve been travelling! (To see where I’ve been going, click here and follow the Europe Diaries tag). Now I’m at home again, I will try to reply and everything. Before I start, though, I’ll do a monthly roundup of books I read because I feel like it. Continue reading “Cake Flavoured Books Tag”
Hi Virtually Readers! I’m kind of busy travelling at the moment, but I thought I’d do a few quick book tags from Instagram! I’m usually too lazy to type these up on my phone, so this is a good way to get them out the way. PS: Sayyedda @ Literary Hues Sayyedda @ Literary Hues tagged me for these but I don’t know who created them. Continue reading “Book Tags Galore!”
Hi Virtually Readers! I’m adventuring in the mountains somewhere, but May @ Forever and Everly tagged us for The Liebster Award, which was really sweet of her. I’ve already done this once and am somewhat over it, just because it’s been around so long, so I’m not going to tag anyone.
- Thank the person(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
- Nominate 11 blogs and let them know they’ve been tagged.
- Give them 11 questions to answer.
- If you were to stop blogging, what would be the reason?
I’m not planning to stop blogging anytime soon, but it would probably be because I was really busy, or maybe if I got a lot of hate comments or if another big life event consumed me. Hopefully this won’t happen for a while, though I’m not sure that I’ll be blogging forever.
- What are some hobbies you have?
Well, apart from reading, I’m really into playing music! I’m okay at viola and piano. I also love baking, going for runs, and crafting. Oooh, and sewing and knitting. (which are like subsets of crafting but y’know)
- Would you rather be dead or die? (Yes, there’s a difference.)
I prefer the present tense, thank you very much.
- Do you like mangoes???
OF FREAKING COURSE.
- What book would you not feel guilty about stomping on, tearing, and burning in a fire?
Love in the Time of Global Warming, or The Spectacular Now. (not even gonna give them the respect of links to their goodreads pages)
- What blogs do you ALWAYS look forward to reading? (Or, if you’re afraid your dear readers might feel bad: What type of blogs do you tend to follow? ie. book blogs, lifestyle blogs, writing blogs, etc.)
- What’s one moment in your life you’d choose to play over and over again (aka re-experience over and over again?)
I’m not sure…maybe when I did one of my presentations a few weeks ago and it went well, or the moment when I received Strange the Dreamer. Ooh or the moment when I was told that I was the new newspaper editor at school.
- You have the choice of reading a book you HATE, every single day, or reading one good book per year. Which do you choose?
Reading one good book per year…I think it’s better to have one good book than a continuously hateful reading experience.
- What’s one food you will never get tired of eating??? (ONE food, people, ONE.)
Toast. There are so many variations. Vegemite, jam, chese, and let’s not forget the avocados.
- What would you do if someone walked up to you and gave you 100 bucks?
I would ask them why, and then I’d like to think I’d be selfless enough to give it away (or maybe spend it on something I really needed)
- How are you right now?
I’m doing pretty well, thank you very much. I’m a little wet because I just got back from the pool, and there’s a cat next to me and soft acoustic music playing and I’m trying not to think about how much I hate leaving to go hiking….
How are you at the moment, Virtually Readers? Tell me in the comments!
Hi Virtually Readers! A long long long time ago, the lovely Elizabeth@ Musings From Neville’s Navel tagged me from the 5 Truths and 4 Lies tag thingy. Thanks! Now, normally this is a book blog, not a all-about-my-life blog, but I thought I’d do this tag anyway. Basically, the premise is that I tell you 5 true things and 4 false things and you guess which is which in the comments and then at some point I reveal THE TRUTH. Some of this info can probably be found on this blog if you hunt around a little bit. Also, members of my family are barred from playing (sorry, guys). Let’s get to it!
- I really love history.
- I prefer wearing trousers to skirts.
- I did a lot of gymnastics as a child and still can do cartwheels and walkovers and the splits.
- I once managed to injure myself while laughing.
- I once managed to injure myself while brushing my teeth.
- I once managed to injure myself while putting on a scarf.
- I’m really good at origami.
- I like to get up early.
- A librarian once told me that I should be a librarian, and that’s my ultimate life goal.
So have fun guessing! I’ll reveal the answers later this week. And if you like, tell me one interesting fact about yourself in the comments.
Hi Virtually Readers! The lovely Holly at Nut Free Nerd tagged us for the Beauty and the Beast book tag (thanks, Holly–you can read her post here ) and so that is what you get to read today. I watched the movie when it came out and mostly liked it and OH MY GOSH the music. I found that it was very visually saturated but overall enjoyable and Emma Watson and Dan Stevens are cool.
Oh What a Guy, Gaston (a villain you can’t help but love)
I don’t really go for villains. But I thought Declan, from Letters to the Lost, was really interesting, because he was seen as a villain, and he really struggled not to fit those stereotypes, which took a lot of effort. He’s a wonderfully complex, imperfect character who I loved reading about.
Here’s Where She Meets Prince Charming (your OTP)
I Want Much More Than This Provincial Life (a character destined for bigger things)
Princess Anya, from Frogkisser! is just an ordinary Princess ina tiny kingdom. But as she enters her quest, she ends up being involved in a whole lot of things she didn’t expect. This book is really fun, and if you like middle-grade quirky fantasy, read it.
Be Our Guest (a book that makes you hungry)
I’ve only just started it, but North of Happy begins each chapter with the ingredients of a recipe and I love that a lot, and it makes me long for all sorts of food that often I haven’t even heard of before.
Beauty and the Beast (Opposites attract)
This one, to me, is really obvious: Karou and Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I’m not going to say why they’re opposites, because it’s a spoiler, but they come from totally different worlds and their relation is adorable.
I’m taking a break from tagging people, but if you want to do this, go for it. Have you watched Beauty and the Beast? What’s your favourite song? Pair it with a book in the comments!
Hi Virtually Readers! How was your Easter? I’m feeling a bit lazy, so I’m going to do this tag that Marie posted a few weeks ago. Also I felt really lazy with photos so I just used my bed sheet let’s be honest. First I’m going to show you photos of the Easter eggs I made last week because #proud.
We made Easter eggs in two ways. Some we boiled and then drew on with crayon. Because the eggs were hot, the crayon melted. They looked like this:
The others we blew out (used the insides for muffins) then dipped in dye and painted with water colour pencils. They looked like this:
I’m also really happy because I gave up sugar for Lent (I’ll admit I cheated a few times #oopsies) and now I can eat sugar again so YAY. My family also made delicious chocolate eggs that weren’t very photogenic but were delicious. Anyway, on to the questions!
Have you ever damaged a book?
Yes. The worst time was when I puked on Artemis Fowl 2, which was right beside my bed one Christmas eve when I suddenly got sick. I’ve also torn pages (usually by accident, but there was this one classic that was very old and I knew I wouldn’t reread so I’ve been turning all its pages into art.) Recently I’ve got a tiny smudge of Vegemite on Gemina and a bit of chocolate (while making Easter eggs) on Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
Actually, the Artemis Fowl I mentioned actually belonged to the son of one of my mother’s friends. He did not want it back. Actually we still have it since one of my parents managed to wipe off the puke. It doesn’t look or smell bad or anything, miraculously.
How long does it take you to read a book?
In terms of hours, it depends on the fluffiness (i.e how complex the language and plot is). Generally about 4 hours, I think. In terms of days/weeks, it depends how much I’m enjoying it and how much school stuff I have going on and how tired I am, but generally about 4 days.
Are there books you haven’t finished?
Yes! I haven’t finished The Star Touched Queen, although I plan to at some point, and Sabriel, much to Shanti’s consternation. Recently I started The Winner’s Crime, which I want to read, but I haven’t finished it yet because my ereader broke so I have to get an app on my phone which I haven’t yet. I’m also partway through Bright Smoke, Cold Fire on audiobook but I’m very slow because I keep forgetting about it.
What hyped and popular books haven’t you liked?
Well, I don’t plan on rereading Divergent or The Hunger Games in the near future. One time was enough for me. And I also wasn’t a huge fan of Throne of Glass, so I don’t plan on finishing that series. Also I’ve tired of the Selection series and it was just silly and I don’t plan on trying to read after The One. While I’m doing this, I’ll say that I think Shakespeare is massively, massively overrated and I don’t get why school is obsessed with him.
Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?
Sometimes I feel ashamed for rereading too much.
How many books do you own?
That specifically belong to me alone? – about 6
That I share with Shanti/our family? — A lot. On the bookshelf in our room alone there’s about 170, plus other bookshelves in our house.
Are you a fast or slow reader?
Probably fastish, but I’m slower than Shanti.
Do you like to buddy read?
Never done it unless reading a book with your classmates for English counts. Maybe I would like it?
Do you read better in your head or aloud?
In my head, because it’s easier. I often mispronounce words I’ve only read. #readerproblems
If you could only own one book, which one would you choose?
AHHHHHHH I don’t know. I would probably go for the Harry Potter series because it’s long and good, or if just one book, The Book Thief. BUT I CAN’T REALLY CHOOSE.
Could you choose only one book? Are you any good at reading out loud? Have you ever damaged a book? Are you a fast or slow reader?
Hi Virtually Readers! I’m quite excited right now because I finally have break (for like 6 days, but it’s still break) And the incredible Holly@Nut Free Nerd tagged us for the School Book Tag so I’m going to do that (after having a small fight with Shar about who does tags–sorry, Shar) I’m still in school, so I might mix it up a bit to match the classes I actually take. We’ll see.
1. Math; a book that left your head spinning
I mean, I feel like this question is a bit unfair to maths. But the intensity of The Future Collection by BethRevis (a bunch of creepy sci fi short stories) definitely got to me.
2. English; a book with beautiful expression
There are so many! But I really loved the poetry of only the sea keeps, a poetry collection about the 2004 tsunami, and the nuance and detail of Crimson Bound, a dark, edgy, lovely Red Riding Hood retelling.
Physics Psychology; a scientifically minded character
I really loved learning about the science of Wanda from The Host. She’s a great traveller and very curious.
4. Chemistry; Your favourite literary couple
I love a lot of couples, so I always find these superlatvie questions hard. But Evie and Ollie from Am I Normal Yet? have a really great tension and relationship (though they take a long time to get together)
5. Biology; Your favourite character
Again, this is the kind of question which it’s always so hard to answer. I really like Daisy’s (from Revived) spunk and curiousity. Beneath her weird home life (she’s died many times) she just wants to be a good friend, and is struggling to figure out what that means. Bonus points to another character who comes back to life: Wren, from Reboot. (These aren’t necesserily my favourite characters, but just two I like)
French Hindi: A book from another language
I really love Fire and The Key, which were translated from Swedish. Witches, friendship, death, apocalypse, magic, and high school; what combination could be better, right?
7. Art; a book you judged by its cover
I got the hardcover edition of Out of the Easy because it was the same price, and so pretty. I love that muted gree colour, and think the visual elements are totally intriguing too.
8. History; The last historical book you read
I read Tom Standages’ An Edible History of Humanity a few weeks ago, and loved how it used one lense to look at so much important, fascinating stuff.
9. Geography; a literary destination you’d like to visit
I’ve got to say Tortall, from Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small, Song of the Lioness, Immortals, and Beka Cooper series. There’s going to be a new book about Numair and I’m thrilled.
10. Drama; a book with a lot of overdramatic hype
Our Chemical Hearts. I was so excited for this one because SCHOOL NEWSPAPER is something that’s really important to me (though sometimes I’m not sure why haha) but it was ultimately disappointing. I also watched The Breakfast Club a few days ago because it’s so famous that I thought I should; but found it dreadful, and loathed the general experience (which I could rant about for a long time, but I’ll spare you)
Eli @ The Silver Words
Sophia @ Ravens and Writing Desks
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
What is/was your favourite subject at school (Geography and history and english for me)? And are there any books that you’ve learnt a lot from?
Hi Virtually Readers! I was going to write a discussion that week, and hopefully that will come, but I’ve been busy with passing high school (an activity that seems to take up a lot of my time). So when Cait @ Paperfury asked herself some bookish questions, I decided to join in. Also I put random book photos that I took for instagram in for no good reason except pictures.
Top 5 reads of 2017 so far?
I’ve only read maybe 25 books so far (which is a lot for me) but Wing Jones, Radio Silence, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and The Weight of Feathers are up there.
Top five favourite book friendships?
There are a zillion and I cannot remember them all but
- Aled and Frances from Radio Silence
- Apollo and Meg McCaffery from The Trials of Apollo
- Evie, Amber and Lottie from The Spinster Club
- Simon and Abby from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
- Harry, Ron, and Hermione from Harry Potter
How many books are on your TBR pile?
I don’t have one. Muhahahaha! But there are a lot of books I want to read in my life. I just think I would be overwhelmed if I tried to keep track.
What are you reading soon?
This is a scheduled post, but as I write this I’m reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling. It’s kind of weird, because I’d never heard of her before getting this from the library, but the writing style is really accessible. I’m hoping to read You In Five Acts and maybe reread Bookishly Ever After or start Harry Potter 6 as well. But I ave school and stuff this week so. I just finished rereading Harry Potter 5 and it took an entire week but was quite good.
What are your feelings on book merchandise?
I like the idea but (kind of like Cait) I would rather own a book then waste all my money on merch. I’m also quite crafty and perfectly capable of making necklaces/bookmarks/quote posters etc. for myself and I don’t really see the point of buying them. Like candles and funko pops and things are cool but I don’t really need them. And I don’t see the point? Maybe this is because I live in India and don’t want to pay for postage so yeah.
Who is an amazing author you’ve recently discovered?
I really like Katherine Webber.
How long have you been a book blogger?
Shanti and I started this blog as Weavingwaveswords (what were we thinking with the name? who can know) in August 2014, when we were young and impressionable and also not very good at blogging. This became Virtually Read about a year ago, I think.
What’s your favourite thing about reading?
So many things! Some include:
- Being able to imagine what’s happening in your head-so it’s like you and the author are like sharing a world that you created together (if that makes any sense)
- Being able to learn from other people’s experiences
- Just learning more about the world and people in general
- Being able to choose how fast you read the story.
- How portable books are–you can read them anywhere and anytime, unlike, say movies. You can even read in class! (you may get in trouble but whatever)
What books have you finished recently?
I’ve finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Possibility of Somewhere, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and The Trials of Apollo recently. (Considering how I have used several of these titles in previous questions, you can see I have a bad memory)
Describe yourself in 5 book titles
This is hard because I can’t remember any titles but:
- The Girl With All The Gifts (the gift of forgetting things, for sure. Also overcommitting and reading fast)
- The Book Thief (I steal books from the library)
- Good Enough (and if you’re reading this, you are too)
- The Girl Who Could Fly (in my past life before I was born into this one *sob*)
(so what you should get out of this is that I’m a girl)
What’s up in your life?
Thank you for asking, person who wrote this question.
(*cough: me*) Oh look! A non-bookish question! School started two weeks ago and since then I’ve mainly spent my days a) going to school b)going to after school activities (fun ones include rock climbing, robotics, and aerials) c) doing homework. I also somehow squeeze in time for running and piano and blogging and instagram and seeing my family and chores.
Shanti and I are actually about to finish high school which is scary and I am currently in denial and wish the adults in my life knew how to talk to me about things other than university.
How did you find this tag? What are you going to read soon? What has your life been up to recently (this makes it sound like it’s a thing of its own but it’s not)? What are book titles that describe you?
Hi Virtually Readers! Alexa tagged me for the Book Sacrifice Tag, which is really fun, so off we go!
A few days ago, I saw the ‘Book BFF’ tag on Heart Full of Books youtube channel. Given that Shar and I are twins and ‘book BFF’s’ I thought it would be fun if we joined in too. Basically, we have to guess each other’s favourite book or author in each of the groups. It may be a little confusing in written form, but it’ll be fine. Also, I feel too lazy to add links to all these books, so I just list the title and author. However, the categories of books that they had seemed sort of random, so I made up our own categories, because I’m divergent and I can’t be controlled.
Category 1: Favourite Fantasy Series
Shar said hers were Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), Eragon (Christopher Paolini), and Percy Jackson (Rick Riordan). I (Shanti) said that Shar’s favourites were Harry Potter, so she was right.
I said that my favourites were The Old Kingdom Chronicles, by Garth Nix, and also Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. Shar said that my favourite was The Old Kingdom. Again, spot on. This was a pretty easy question, though, because we both like fantasy and read lots and lots of it.
Category 2: Favourite NZ/Au book
Shar said that her favourite were Karen Healey’s When We Wake and Lili Wilkinson’s Love-shy. I had a total mind blank and said any books by Fleur Beale, which was exceedingly stupid of me, because When We Wake was sitting on the shelf.
Anyway, my favourite New Zealandy books are the Dreamhunter books (very creepy) by Elizabeth Knox, and Montmaray Journals (by Michelle Cooper) and The Old Kingdom also. Shar totally guessed on this one and said Lili Wilkinson too. Not that I don’t like her also, she’s just not a favourite.
Category 3: Favourite Contemporary Author
Shar’s favourite contemporary authors and Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell. I said Morgan Matson and Jenny Han, which was close enough.
My favourite contemporary author, in case you haven’t noticed the screeching, is Jenn Marie Thorne. Her books are still fairly new to me, but I love them an absurd amount. With a few wee hints from me, Shar got this one right.
Category 4: Favourite non-YA
Apparently, Shar’s favourite non-YA (or crossover) are Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, and The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger. I absolutely missed the bat on this one and said A Darker Shade of Magic, by VE Schwab. .
I wrote my favourites as The Secret Life of Bees (which is adult-ish) and The True Meaning of Smekday, which is MG and decidedly wonderful. Shar had no idea and said The End of Night, by Paul Bogard, which I also love, so she wasn’t wrong.
Category 5: Favourite Retelling
This was an easy peasy one: The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer, all round. However, points also to A Curse Dark as Gold, The Forbidden Wish, Vicious (it is TOTALLY a Frankenstein retelling), The Weight of Feathers and A Wicked Thing.
Category 6: Favourite Historical Fiction
Shar doesn’t read that much historical, so I sort of gave her hints and we ended up both putting down The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak as her favourite one.
Mine was also pretty obvious: have you heard me tell you how FREAKING AWESOME The Montmaray Journals, by Michelle Cooper are before? They are such excellent books. (If you need convincing, go read this Tis the Season of Rereading review. Also, ‘Tis the Season of Rereading is almost upon us. Be excited!) There is so much great historical fiction out there: If I gave out second place, Ruta Septys would get a lot of credit.
Category 7: Favourite Royal Protagonist
So the problem with The Lunar Chronicles is that there are too many royal characters, which is to say that I said that Shar’s favourite would be Cinder, and she said Prince Kai, adding a lot of hearts after his name and a note saying ‘except he’s Cinder’s’.
Shar said that my favourites would be Winter (who I do love) or Sophia from Montmaray who absolutely wins as one of my favourite characters of all time. So we sussed eacho other out pretty well on this one.
Category 8: Favourite Boarding School Book
Shar said her favourite was White Cat (Holly Black) or Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger). I was utterly confused and wrote Harry Potter or Song of the Lioness (Tamora Pierce) for her. This was quite a random category, so maybe that’s why I was so long.
For my favourite boarding school books, Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small definitely wins. I love Keladry a ridiculous amount. Shar said that my favourite would be White Cat or the School for Good and Evil (Soman Chainani). Sadly, after the mess of the second book, my love for the School for Good and Evil has faded a little.
Category 9: Favourite Literary Family
I love families in literature, so I thought this would be a fun category. Shar said that her favourites were ‘The Weasley’s ?? Idek’ and I put down the Weasley’s for her also.
I said that my favourites were The Garrets (from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick) and The Dregs, from Leigh Bardugo’s 6 of Crows, because they totally count as a family. Shar said Karou & co for me (from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone) which is also true.
This tag was quite random, but a fun chance to look at some favourite books. I tag anyone who has a bookish BFF.