The A to Z Book Tag

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I saw this book tag posted over on Between the Shelves the other day and thought it looked fun, so have given it a go! Though it was first done over on The Perpetual Page Turner, I think. Hope you enjoy!

 

A: Author You’ve Read the Most Books From

I had to think about this for a bit, but actually, it is definitely Bernard Cornwell. There are 25 Sharpe books, all of which I read as a teenager, never mind any of his other books! Many of which I have read.

 

B: Best Sequel Ever

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I loved it, and actually think it is better than Six of Crows – which is excellent too!

 

C: Currently Reading

I’ve literally just started Caligula by Simon Turney. It was a bit of a spur of the moment pick up from the library. Fingers crossed it is good!

 

D: Drink of Choice While Reading

Tea. I’m English, after all! I have a stereotype to uphold!

 

E: E-Reader or Physical Book

I do prefer a physical book. Reading from my phone screen just doesn’t match the feel, look or experience of a real book. However, I do still read off my phone. The most recent one was The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. It is only out in hardback, but I have the rest of the series in paperback and I can’t go mixing and matching! I’m not a monster.

 

F: Fiction Character You Would Have Dated in High School

Who knows! I guess as a teenager, I would have liked to say Hermione. But really, I have no idea as I didn’t have a serious girlfriend until I went to university.

 

G: Glad You Gave This Book a Chance

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French. I was a little bit sceptical when I started it – I’m not sure why – but I absolutely loved it! I am so glad I gave this book a good chance: it was funny, fast-paced and packed to the rafters with action.

 

H: Hidden Gem Book

A book that I think should be more popular than it is? I could just say the same book as my previous answer; I don’t think it seems to have captured the book blogging’s imagination as some other books, despite being fantastic. However, for sake of being interesting, I will say A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin. Everyone knows his A Song of Ice and Fire/ Game of Thrones books but this series of shortish stories set in the same universe are really good.

 

I: Important Moment in Your Reading Life

Probably reading The Hobbit for the first time as it really sparked my love of fantasy!

 

J: Just Finished

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. It was an excellent end to the Winternight trilogy.

 

K: Kind of Books You Won’t Read

I’m just not a fan of romance books. Count me out, thank you very much.

 

L: Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

So, I have the UK version of Storm of Swords, which is split into two – Steel and Snow and Blood and Gold. If I was in America, where it is one book, then it would be the longest book I have ever read, and so I think it is The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss at 994 pages.

 

M: Minor Book Hangover Because of

I think the book that gave me the biggest book hangover was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is such an emotional book, and I didn’t do much reading straight after. It hit me right in the feels!

 

N: Number of Bookcases You Own

There are currently four book shelves in my house. I wouldn’t mind another one as everything is getting a bit cramped though!

O: One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

The Hobbit! I have read that book sooooo many times since I was a child. It feels like coming when I read those famous first words.

 

P: Preferred Place to Read

In my bed, snuggled up under a duvet with a cup of tea. You can’t beat it!

 

Q: Quote that Inspires You/Gave You All the Feels

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

It is a good quote for reminding us that no matter how bad and bleak things can seem, you still need to soldier on and try to do the right thing. Gandalf is, as it turns out, very wise!

 

R: Reading Regret

I don’t think I have any. Warhammer books tend to be a bit poorly written and just generic violent fantasy but you know what, I have a lot of nostalgia for the setting and some of the books are quite good. The ones that actually focus on characters and the story over just fighting, anyway.

 

S: Series You’ve Started and Need to Finish

I tend to binge read a whole series in a go, if possible. I just want to know what happens next, okay! So, any series I haven’t finished yet I either didn’t really like or hasn’t been finished yet, such as The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss or A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. There are quite a few series I plan to start this year as well, such as the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

 

T: Three of Your All Time Favorite Books

I have mentioned The Hobbit a few times on this post, and it is definitely one of them! Other than that, I’ll go with A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, which is just so funny, and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden because the atmosphere she has conjured in that book is amazing!

 

U: Unapologetic Fanboy For

A hard one, really. I’m gonna have to say J.R.R Tolkien. I just love Middle Earth because it introduced me to fantasy. Though, I have also been gushing a bit about The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French and Empire if Sand by Tasha Suri recently. Both books are top quality fantasy in my eyes, and from debut authors too!

V: Very Excited for This Release

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky sounds right up my street and I have it on pre-order for when it comes out at the end of the month.

 

W: Worst Bookish Habits

I can never, ever stick to my planned TBR for the month. This month is a case in point! I got two books into the plan and then it fell to pot.

X: X Marks the Spot! 27th Book on Your Bookshelf

So, I went through my Goodreads list of books I have read and the 27th book on the list was Nagash Immortal by Mike Lee. An okay Warhammer book actually, but not my favourite. Not one I will probably re-read though.

 

Y: Your Latest Book Purchase

The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan is the last book I bought. Still waiting for it to arrive in the post as I only ordered it the other day!

 

Z: ZZZ Snatched Book: The Last Book that Kept You Up Too Late

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. It was a genuine struggle to put that book down at times!

 

The A to Z Book Tag first appeared on The Perpetual Page Turner 

I maybe supposed to tag someone in it, but I’m just going to tag everyone! If you want to do, do it!

Jack

 

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