Fun for Monday: Book Buying Habits Tag

Zeezee over at Zeezee With Books did this tag about a month ago. It originated with booktuber Megan Olivier. I do love to answer questions …   Where do you buy your books? Under normal circumstances I buy the majority of my books second-hand. However, this year being what it has, I’ve been using Hive, Blackwells and Waterstones to feed my book habit. I’ve sworn off Amazon because Mr Bezos really doesn’t need any more money. (And I second Zeezee’s sentiment about Borders – that was just the best bookstore!)     Do you ever pre-order books? If so, do … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Book Buying Habits Tag

Fun for Monday: The Opposites Tag

Another Monday, another tag. This one I found over at Dreamlands Book Blog where Beatrice not only shows off some of her beautiful books (I particularly love her copy of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories, it’s just sooo pretty!), but also reminds me just how expensive books can be for a lot of readers, particularly outside of the UK/US. How cool would it be to set up an international book-swapping website?   For this challenge I have tried not to mention any books that I’ve already talked about at some point on my blog. Just for fun. Watch me drop … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Opposites Tag

Fun for Monday: My Life in Books Tag

I’m not quite following the rules for this tag as set out by the literaryelephant because it was too hard to complete the sentences using only titles of books I’ve read this year, so I broadened it out to any books I’ve read. This was a lot of fun to do though, can I tempt anyone else to have a go?   In high school I was: one of the Redshirts i.e. no name and no speaking part     I will never be: Half a King … or half a queen either     People might be surprised that: … Continue reading Fun for Monday: My Life in Books Tag

Fun for Monday: The Confessions Tag

I found this tag over at The Book Nut when trawling for tags to do this month while taking part in the Kushiel’s Dart read-along. Be warned: that’s all you’ll be getting from me during September – read-along posts and tags – I’m on countdown to some much-needed leave, during which time I’ll try to rebuild my store of prepared posts ready for the inevitable depression that’s on it’s way. In the meantime, forgive me fellow book-lovers for I have sinned, it has been I don’t know how long since my last confession…      Which book, most recently, did … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Confessions Tag

Fun for Monday: 7 SFF Books with Incredible Openings

The lovely Sam over at The Book in Hand does a fun thing most weekends called Sunday’s Seven and a couple of weeks ago she chose seven favourite openings from SFF books she’s read. Because sometimes you really are in or out depending on those first few sentences. As Sam has kindly given me permission to play along, here are my seven awesome opening lines, all from books I have yet to read:   The Redemption of Althalus by David & Leigh Eddings “In defense of Althalus, it should be noted that he was in very tight financial circumstances and … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 7 SFF Books with Incredible Openings

Fun for Monday: The Rainbow Tag

A tag that originated with Le Book Chronicles and that I saw first over at Reading Every Night (a blog that has the loveliest header – since I’ve started noticing these things). I’ve gone for books that are on my TBR (because so many of our already-read-and-loved books are still in boxes), and where possible I’ve tried to pick books that I haven’t mentioned before so as not to bore anyone too much.   From my point of view what better way to spend my Sunday afternoon than rummaging through books? Although, obviously reading them would be a lot more … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Rainbow Tag

Fun for Monday: The TBR Tag

I found this tag over at Panic at the Book Store while idly browsing yesterday and decided to do it on a whim. Very possible that I will tread some old ground here, but that’s the sort of mood I’m in today. (Full disclosure: by ‘today’ I mean Sunday which is the when I am writing in, which will be yesterday by the time this post goes live. Who knows what mood I’m in today, by which I mean Monday … *grins slightly manically*)   How do you keep track on your TBR list? I don’t particularly. I write down … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The TBR Tag

Fun for Monday: The Inside and Out Tag

  It’s a very Mondayish Monday today, so here’s a tag I saw The Irresponsible Reader do a while back here (check out his alternative title for this tag) and that The Tattooed Book Geek also had a go at here with hilarious results. I am a lot less funny.     Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough? I am finding nowadays that I rely more and more on everyone’s blogs about awesome books and less and less on book jacket blurbs, but mostly summaries are about right, I think. There’s been the odd summary … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Inside and Out Tag

Fun for Monday: The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

The Orang-utan Librarian did this tag last week and I’m jumping aboard because I wanna do a tag to cheer myself up (it’s a grumpy Sunday over here as I’m writing – I’ve no idea why). So what better way to do that than with a half-year (already?!) squeeing over books read and books still to read? Here we go …     Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year   It’s between Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho and This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Don’t make me choose. … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Fun for Monday: The Wanderlust Tag

  This is a tag that was created by Alexandra of Reading By Starlight and that has been tackled recently by some of my favourite people: the Orang-utan Librarian, Zeezee with Books, Ola and Piotrek of Re-enchantment of the World,  Maddalena of Space and Sorcery and the inimitable Bookstooge. As I am a very reluctant traveller IRL it’s been great to see everyone’s choices and my TBR has swollen yet again. Now it’s time for a little payback, I hope …   Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town The Thread that Binds the Bones by … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Wanderlust Tag