Bookish Book Lover Tag

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It appears that I am finally getting around to doing this tag. Thank you to my good friend Emily from acupofwittea for tagging me; I’ve taken a few liberties and only picked out certain questions, but without further ado…

The rules:

  • Use the original banner
  • Answer the questions
  • Use lots of book covers
  • Tag your friends

What book are you currently reading?

There are two books that I am currently reading – Emma by Jane Austen is a re-read, and I am loving it even more second time around. I’m also reading Half a King by Joe Abercrombie, but if I’m honest, I’m not feeling it so far.

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What’s the last book you finished?

As anyone who has read my last few blog posts will know, I just finished reading Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas. It was PERFECT, and completely deserving of five out of five stars.

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What is the last book you bought?

I’ve been very good recently at keeping my book-buying to a minimum; I think I’ve maybe bought two books in the last six months! The last one I did buy, however, was just a few days ago and was Koi Fresco’s autobiographical account/guidebook A (Not So) Enlightened Youth – My Uneasy Road to Awareness: A Guide to Finding Yourself from Within. I’m very excited about this one, although there’ll be more to come on that in the near future!

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What book are you saving up for to buy?

There aren’t any at the moment; I’ve become very pro-library.

How many books did you check out last library visit?

I haven’t actually got any fiction books on loan at the minute; the last library trip I made was to get two books out on the Civil Rights Movement for coursework.

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

There are two that I’m particularly looking forward to. I’ve been wanting to read How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran for a long time, and one of my goals for this year was to be more widely read on feminism, so it makes sense to pick this up! Also, I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Truthwitch by Susan Dennard in the past few months and seeing as I’m completely in the mood for fantasy (not that I’m not always in the mood for fantasy anyway…) I can’t see that it will be long before this is on my currently reading shelf.

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What is a series you’d recommend to anyone?

This was hands down the easiest answer of this tag…

… THE. INHERITANCE. CYCLE.

Everyone should read this series. I honestly cannot understand why it is not in the ‘mainstream’ of epic fantasy sagas; it’s incredibly well-written, incredibly developed, and contains some of the most imaginative imagery, character development and plot twists that I’ve ever come across. The series primarily follows Eragon, a young man from a small village who one day stumbles upon a stone in the mountains that is soon revealed to be a dragon egg. From this point on, he becomes embroiled in an epic journey to end the reign of King Galbatorix, who is hell bent on destroying the peace in Alagaësia. If that plotline isn’t incentive enough, did I mention that Christopher Paolini was just eighteen years old when the first instalment was published? Only sixteen when he began writing it? And yet it reads on the same level as the greats such as Lord of the Rings. If that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is.

Side note: Please don’t watch the film adaptation and use that to inform your opinion of the novels. It’s not only the worst book-to-film adaptation I’ve ever seen (and yes, I have seen the film adaptation of Percy Jackson) but just as a film on its own, it’s also terrible.

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Who is an author you’re hoping writes more?

I’d have to say Benjamin Alire Sáenz. After reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe I’ve been craving more of his beautiful writing, although I hear that a new novel from him is in the works for 2017 (someone please confirm this for me if you know for sure!)

A few books your heart adores?

Other than the obvious Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings answers, I’ve decided to pick three stand-alone novels which have stayed with me months or years after turning the final page.

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Which series’ upcoming conclusion is making you sad?

This has to be the final novel in the Throne of Glass series, which has been postponed to 2018. I’m so invested in the stories of each character and the world itself that I’ll be sad to see it end. Fingers crossed we’ll get a satisfying conclusion though!

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I’m tagging Lia from Lost in a Story, although it’s entirely up to you if you want to do the tag or not!

And there we have it. I do love doing book tags, even if it does take me a while to actually get my act together and write them…

Until next time,

– Bex

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