30 September 2015

Book Review: Rusty Nailed (Cocktail #2), Alice Clayton

Rusty Nailed (Cocktail, #2)

Title: Rusty Nailed
Series: Cocktail #2
Author: Alice Clayton
Published: 24/06.2014, Gallery Books
Pages: 288
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 3.5/5
"Can living together still be knock-the-paintings-of-your-wall smexy? 
Having it all was never so thrilling... or so complicated. Caroline Reynolds and Simon Parker are all set to play house but their schedules keep coming between them and the sheets. With her boss on an extended honeymoon, Caroline's working crazy-long hours running the business, while Simon gallivants all over the world for his job. Still, their reunion sex is hot, hot, hot proving that absence makes the heart fonder, and the libido stronger... 
Then a trip to his childhood home has Simon questioning his priorities, wondering whether his lifestyle us still the answer for him. Suddenly he's choosing to stay home rather than photograph exotic locales, and Caroline's caught in a quandary. With her interior design career skyrocketing, does she have to choose between personal and professional? And as apple pie ad white picket fences start to loom scarily in their future, is this unconventional couple really ready to quite fooling around? 
Offering a hilarious, honest, and steamy portrait of life as a twenty-first-century girl, Alice Clayton serves sexy straight up... with a twist."

27 September 2015

The Sunday Post (27 September)

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25 September 2015

Feature and Follow (25 September)

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24 September 2015

A-Z Bookish Survey

I saw this tag on The Bookavid and thought it would be great fun to take part in. Even if it has taken me months to complete it!

Author you've read the most books from:

According to Goodreads it's Veronica Roth at 4 books... BUT I've only been on Goodreads since February and I'm only marking books as read since then. It's actually more than likely J.K. Rowling at 11 books.

Best sequel ever:

Umm... so many to choose from... any of the Harry Potter's really.

Currently reading:

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

Drink of choice while reading:

I don't really drink much when I'm reading - I might occasionally have some juice or water though. And I definitely wouldn't say no to wine either... if it was available and I didn't have to drive anywhere.

E-reader or physical book?

Physical book! I actually only have a tablet with the Kindle app and I only use it for ARCs. Mainly because (and it's the same for music, films etc) if I buy something I want to be able to physically hold it, not have it floating around in a cloud somewhere. I like to have physical proof of what I spend my money on. Just call me old fashioned.

Fictional character you would have actually dated in High School:

So hard, it usually changes depending on what I'm reading... maybe Four (Divergent), or Simon (Wallbanger), or Draco (Harry Potter), or Jonah (Your Voice is All I Hear)... I could on and on!

Glad you gave this book a chance:

Woman of the Dead
It's mystery/suspense/thriller not something I usually read but oh my god! I'm so glad I did!

Hidden gem book:
Voice of InnocenceDeceptive Cadence
 Both absolutely gorgeous books.

Important moment in your reading life:

When my teacher gave me her personal copies of the Harry Potter series. She created an obsessive book monster.

Just finished:

Rusty Nailed (Cocktail, #2)

Kinds of books you won't read:

I try to keep an open mind and will try anything once. But I don't tend to read an awful lot of non-fiction, but I'm wanting to.

Longest book you've read:

Off the top of my head, I think it would be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 766 pages. 

Major book hangover because of:

 Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
I couldn't pick up another book for days!


Number of bookcases you own:


1 full length and 1 half.

One book you have read multiple times:

The Princess Bride

Preferred place to read:

In bed, but I can read anywhere

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." - Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Reading regret:

Not reading more Classics.

Series you started and need to finish:

So many! Of the top of my head: House of Night, P.C. Cast; Cocktail, Alice Clayton; Sookie Stackhouse, Charlaine Harris; The Inheritance Cycle, Christopher Paolini.

Three of your all-time favourite books:

The Princess BrideWarm BodiesHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Unapologetic fangirl for:

The Princess Bride, if you mention this book (or movie) in front of me prepare to be terrified by how excitable I will get!

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

The Queen B* Strikes Back (The Queen B*, #2)

Worst bookish habit:

Buying books when I have PLENTY to read at home!

X marks the spot (start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book):

On my read shelf:
Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1)

On my TBR shelf:
A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)

Your latest book purchase:

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Zzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up way late):

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Feel free to take part and let me know if you do!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Judy Blume (Want an easy way to figure this out if you have Goodreads and keep good track of your stuff? Go to your account, hit “my books”and on the left hand side under your shelves you will see “most read authors”)

Best Sequel Ever:

Though The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. I LIKED UTNS but TTEN blew me away.

Currently Reading:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (FINALLY..ok people??)

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Tea! I really like all sorts of green and white teas and always down for recommendations of new teas to try!

E-reader or Physical Book?

I’m definitely a physical book girl but love my Kindle for the gym, review copies and for vacation so I can have lots of options with me.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I definitely went for the nice, kind-of-into-dorky-things boys in high school. Also I had a thing with MY boy next door that never blossomed.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Hidden Gem Book:

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Discovering Goodreads. Without Goodreads I would have never started reading again. I was a huge reader but then fell off the map in high school/some of college. Goodreads led me to book blogs and here we are!

Just Finished:

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy  McGinnis

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m trying to get better about shutting myself off to some genres (you can help me!) without trying them but I’m certain I won’t ever read any erotica. It’s just not my thing. I don’t mind smutty but not super explicit.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (897 pages)
** easy way to find this out. Go to your Goodreads “read” list, don’t scroll down but where you are on the screen there will be this little tab on the bottom that lets you choose how you want to scroll or how many books you want display. There is also a sort option with a drop down and you can sort by page.

Major book hangover because of:

Number of Bookcases You Own:

4. Two are really tall and then the other two are smaller. I’m out of room so I have piles here PLUS I stored some books on bookshelves at my stepdad’s house.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Giver by Lois Lowry — definitely the book I re-read the most ever. I don’t reread often but when I do it’s been just one re-read. The Giver I just kept re-reading over and over again as a kid.

Preferred Place To Read:

In the tub. It really is my favorite place to relax and read. Also, in bed!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Or maybe it’s not a miracle. Maybe this is just life. When you open yourself up to it. When you put yourself in the path of it. When you say yes.” — Just One Day by Gayle Forman. That book actually kind of changed my life and made me say YES to things I had been thinking about.

Reading Regret:

I regret not having read Harry Potter when it came out. I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT CLUB WHO GREW UP WITH IT! You did see my secret project, yes? I was going to list a book I regretted reading but NOT reading this was a bigger regret.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

I have many but I’d say Jessica Darling series. SHOCKING I haven’t finished it considering how much I love it, huh? I’ve read the first three books but just can’t bear to finish it!!

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Pride & Prejudice

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Trish Doller. Her debut, Something Like Normal, is pretty popular in the book blogosphere and one of my favorite contemporaries but Trish deserves so much more praise and I will shout it to everyone who will listen!!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. PLEASE GET IN MY HANDS, book!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Tricky! What I deem as my worst bookish habit or what you all would? haha. I already laid out my book crimes and you guys cringed so I’ll just go with what I deem it to be…overdue library books! ALWAYS. I can never get it there on time!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Your latest book purchase:

Crown of Embers by Rae Carson. I loved The Girl of Fire of Thorns and got book three for review and then I saw this one was on sale!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Program by Suzanne Young. I was going to put it down before bed but was like “what’s one more chapter?” and then uh oh…it’s 3am.
Ahh now I’m going to go put on some Dashboard Confessional and write my most emo post I can that is so perfectly pointed and my meaning is thinly veiled. Oh wait, I’m here…not actually
I’d love to see yours if you do it too — link back to me and then leave your link in the comments so I can come visit yours!
Happy Friday, loves!! Do something fun tonight!
- See more at: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2013/08/some-friday-fun.html#sthash.YpMYLllV.1A5lPpvK.dpuf
Unapologetic Fangirl For: Vampire Academy. Dear God, please hit me with a shovel. When will this obsession ever die?
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Next Together by Lauren E. James!!!!!!!!
"Finding Audrey" is actually already out in English, but I'm still waiting for the German copy to be released by the end of july. I absolutely love Kinsella and can't wait.
Worst Bookish Habit: DNF-ing books is the worst. I like to do that.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami García and Margaret Stohl.
Your latest book purchase: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Too good writing. I'm angry.
- See more at: http://thebookavid.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/tag-z-bookish-survey.html#sthash.MUirMtxv.dpuf
Damn you, David Levithan. This is from Every Day. If I haven't tried to harass you into reading this, regard this as a gentle nudge.
Reading Regret: Trying Jenny Han novels. I'm too old for this.
Series You Started And Need To Finish
Ahahahaha. I'll only list the ones that I would actually bother to finish for the sake of our sanity.
  • Stefan's Diaries Series by L.J. Smith (2/6)
  • The Princess Diaires Series by Meg Cabot (2/15)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
  • Hourglass Trilogy by Myra McEntire (1/3)
  • Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (5/6)
I have so many unfinished series that I actually have an entire site dedicated to that. I call it my page  of shame.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Life's That Way by Jim Beaver
Egmont 2011 Cover.
Unapologetic Fangirl For: Vampire Academy. Dear God, please hit me with a shovel. When will this obsession ever die?
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Next Together by Lauren E. James!!!!!!!!
"Finding Audrey" is actually already out in English, but I'm still waiting for the German copy to be released by the end of july. I absolutely love Kinsella and can't wait.
Worst Bookish Habit: DNF-ing books is the worst. I like to do that.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami García and Margaret Stohl.
Your latest book purchase: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Too good writing. I'm angry.

Thanks for reading and I TAG YOU to do this if you want to. 

Leave your link in the comments if you decide to do the tag, please!

- See more at: http://thebookavid.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/tag-z-bookish-survey.html#sthash.MUirMtxv.dpuf
Damn you, David Levithan. This is from Every Day. If I haven't tried to harass you into reading this, regard this as a gentle nudge.
Reading Regret: Trying Jenny Han novels. I'm too old for this.
Series You Started And Need To Finish
Ahahahaha. I'll only list the ones that I would actually bother to finish for the sake of our sanity.
  • Stefan's Diaries Series by L.J. Smith (2/6)
  • The Princess Diaires Series by Meg Cabot (2/15)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
  • Hourglass Trilogy by Myra McEntire (1/3)
  • Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (5/6)
I have so many unfinished series that I actually have an entire site dedicated to that. I call it my page  of shame.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Life's That Way by Jim Beaver
Egmont 2011 Cover.
Unapologetic Fangirl For: Vampire Academy. Dear God, please hit me with a shovel. When will this obsession ever die?
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Next Together by Lauren E. James!!!!!!!!
"Finding Audrey" is actually already out in English, but I'm still waiting for the German copy to be released by the end of july. I absolutely love Kinsella and can't wait.
Worst Bookish Habit: DNF-ing books is the worst. I like to do that.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami García and Margaret Stohl.
Your latest book purchase: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Too good writing. I'm angry.

Thanks for reading and I TAG YOU to do this if you want to. 

Leave your link in the comments if you decide to do the tag, please!

- See more at: http://thebookavid.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/tag-z-bookish-survey.html#sthash.MUirMtxv.dpuf
I saw this tag on The Perpetual Page Turner and thought it could be fun. Make sure to check out the original post on Jamie's Blog










Author you’ve read the most books from:
According to Goodreads it's L.J. Smith and it's not a surprise to me. 
I hardly stick with a series until the end or committ to an author for more than five or six books. Unless it's L.J. Smith. Whenever I'm sure that I've finally found the best book she's written I encounter another series by her that takes my by storm.  The Forbidden Game series is my latest obsession and I was baffled at how fast I read it. You should definitely check one of her books out. Guaranteed for a creepy read mixed with a swoon-worthy villain love interest.






Best Sequel Ever: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini really redeemed her for me. I absolutely hated the first, but the second one was pretty alright.
Currently Reading: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Drink of Choice While Reading: Tap water. Always stay hydrated, kids.
E-reader or Physical Book? Physical book. I don't own an e-reader.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy series. Oops.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Don't be intimidated by the size, seriously, it's really good. I wasn't a fan of the sequel A Clash of Kings though, but the first one is really a gem.
I'm going to marry the 2013 Ember Cover.
Hidden Gem Book: Starters by Lissa Price. So, so, sooo good.
Important Moment in your Reading Life: Probably every time I read the last page of a book. So satisfying.
Just Finished: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I'm not a fan of religious books in general. Books about religious topics on the other hand are fine with me. I just don't like patronizing stuff.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
If you don't count three-in-one books, I guess it would be the first Game of Thrones book. I think it's about 850-ish pages.
Major book hangover because of: Great world building
Number of Bookcases You Own: 1 1/2
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I have no idea how often I read this, I think I already broke the spine in like 2007.
Preferred Place To Read: Couch, Bed, Balcony. Preferably in that order. I like to change places a lot.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.” 

Damn you, David Levithan. This is from Every Day. If I haven't tried to harass you into reading this, regard this as a gentle nudge.
Reading Regret: Trying Jenny Han novels. I'm too old for this.
Series You Started And Need To Finish
Ahahahaha. I'll only list the ones that I would actually bother to finish for the sake of our sanity.
  • Stefan's Diaries Series by L.J. Smith (2/6)
  • The Princess Diaires Series by Meg Cabot (2/15)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
  • Hourglass Trilogy by Myra McEntire (1/3)
  • Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (5/6)
I have so many unfinished series that I actually have an entire site dedicated to that. I call it my page  of shame.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Life's That Way by Jim Beaver
Egmont 2011 Cover.
Unapologetic Fangirl For: Vampire Academy. Dear God, please hit me with a shovel. When will this obsession ever die?
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Next Together by Lauren E. James!!!!!!!!
"Finding Audrey" is actually already out in English, but I'm still waiting for the German copy to be released by the end of july. I absolutely love Kinsella and can't wait.
Worst Bookish Habit: DNF-ing books is the worst. I like to do that.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami García and Margaret Stohl.
Your latest book purchase: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Too good writing. I'm angry.
- See more at: http://thebookavid.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/tag-z-bookish-survey.html#sthash.MUirMtxv.dpuf
I saw this tag on The Perpetual Page Turner and thought it could be fun. Make sure to check out the original post on Jamie's Blog










Author you’ve read the most books from:
According to Goodreads it's L.J. Smith and it's not a surprise to me. 
I hardly stick with a series until the end or committ to an author for more than five or six books. Unless it's L.J. Smith. Whenever I'm sure that I've finally found the best book she's written I encounter another series by her that takes my by storm.  The Forbidden Game series is my latest obsession and I was baffled at how fast I read it. You should definitely check one of her books out. Guaranteed for a creepy read mixed with a swoon-worthy villain love interest.






Best Sequel Ever: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini really redeemed her for me. I absolutely hated the first, but the second one was pretty alright.
Currently Reading: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Drink of Choice While Reading: Tap water. Always stay hydrated, kids.
E-reader or Physical Book? Physical book. I don't own an e-reader.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy series. Oops.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Don't be intimidated by the size, seriously, it's really good. I wasn't a fan of the sequel A Clash of Kings though, but the first one is really a gem.
I'm going to marry the 2013 Ember Cover.
Hidden Gem Book: Starters by Lissa Price. So, so, sooo good.
Important Moment in your Reading Life: Probably every time I read the last page of a book. So satisfying.
Just Finished: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I'm not a fan of religious books in general. Books about religious topics on the other hand are fine with me. I just don't like patronizing stuff.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
If you don't count three-in-one books, I guess it would be the first Game of Thrones book. I think it's about 850-ish pages.
Major book hangover because of: Great world building
Number of Bookcases You Own: 1 1/2
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I have no idea how often I read this, I think I already broke the spine in like 2007.
Preferred Place To Read: Couch, Bed, Balcony. Preferably in that order. I like to change places a lot.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.” 

Damn you, David Levithan. This is from Every Day. If I haven't tried to harass you into reading this, regard this as a gentle nudge.
Reading Regret: Trying Jenny Han novels. I'm too old for this.
Series You Started And Need To Finish
Ahahahaha. I'll only list the ones that I would actually bother to finish for the sake of our sanity.
  • Stefan's Diaries Series by L.J. Smith (2/6)
  • The Princess Diaires Series by Meg Cabot (2/15)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
  • Hourglass Trilogy by Myra McEntire (1/3)
  • Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (5/6)
I have so many unfinished series that I actually have an entire site dedicated to that. I call it my page  of shame.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Life's That Way by Jim Beaver
Egmont 2011 Cover.
Unapologetic Fangirl For: Vampire Academy. Dear God, please hit me with a shovel. When will this obsession ever die?
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Next Together by Lauren E. James!!!!!!!!
"Finding Audrey" is actually already out in English, but I'm still waiting for the German copy to be released by the end of july. I absolutely love Kinsella and can't wait.
Worst Bookish Habit: DNF-ing books is the worst. I like to do that.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami García and Margaret Stohl.
Your latest book purchase: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Too good writing. I'm angry.
- See more at: http://thebookavid.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/tag-z-bookish-survey.html#sthash.MUirMtxv.dpuf
I saw this tag on The Perpetual Page Turner and thought it could be fun. Make sure to check out the original post on Jamie's Blog










Author you’ve read the most books from:
According to Goodreads it's L.J. Smith and it's not a surprise to me. 
I hardly stick with a series until the end or committ to an author for more than five or six books. Unless it's L.J. Smith. Whenever I'm sure that I've finally found the best book she's written I encounter another series by her that takes my by storm.  The Forbidden Game series is my latest obsession and I was baffled at how fast I read it. You should definitely check one of her books out. Guaranteed for a creepy read mixed with a swoon-worthy villain love interest.






Best Sequel Ever: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini really redeemed her for me. I absolutely hated the first, but the second one was pretty alright.
Currently Reading: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Drink of Choice While Reading: Tap water. Always stay hydrated, kids.
E-reader or Physical Book? Physical book. I don't own an e-reader.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy series. Oops.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Don't be intimidated by the size, seriously, it's really good. I wasn't a fan of the sequel A Clash of Kings though, but the first one is really a gem.
I'm going to marry the 2013 Ember Cover.
Hidden Gem Book: Starters by Lissa Price. So, so, sooo good.
Important Moment in your Reading Life: Probably every time I read the last page of a book. So satisfying.
Just Finished: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I'm not a fan of religious books in general. Books about religious topics on the other hand are fine with me. I just don't like patronizing stuff.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
If you don't count three-in-one books, I guess it would be the first Game of Thrones book. I think it's about 850-ish pages.
Major book hangover because of: Great world building
Number of Bookcases You Own: 1 1/2
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I have no idea how often I read this, I think I already broke the spine in like 2007.
Preferred Place To Read: Couch, Bed, Balcony. Preferably in that order. I like to change places a lot.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.” 

Damn you, David Levithan. This is from Every Day. If I haven't tried to harass you into reading this, regard this as a gentle nudge.
Reading Regret: Trying Jenny Han novels. I'm too old for this.
Series You Started And Need To Finish
Ahahahaha. I'll only list the ones that I would actually bother to finish for the sake of our sanity.
  • Stefan's Diaries Series by L.J. Smith (2/6)
  • The Princess Diaires Series by Meg Cabot (2/15)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
  • Hourglass Trilogy by Myra McEntire (1/3)
  • Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (5/6)
I have so many unfinished series that I actually have an entire site dedicated to that. I call it my page  of shame.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Life's That Way by Jim Beaver
Egmont 2011 Cover.
Unapologetic Fangirl For: Vampire Academy. Dear God, please hit me with a shovel. When will this obsession ever die?
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Next Together by Lauren E. James!!!!!!!!
"Finding Audrey" is actually already out in English, but I'm still waiting for the German copy to be released by the end of july. I absolutely love Kinsella and can't wait.
Worst Bookish Habit: DNF-ing books is the worst. I like to do that.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami García and Margaret Stohl.
Your latest book purchase: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Too good writing. I'm angry.
- See more at: http://thebookavid.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/tag-z-bookish-survey.html#sthash.MUirMtxv.dpuf

22 September 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: My Autumn TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten books on my autumn TBR.

21 September 2015

Book Review: Four (Divergent #0.1-0.4), Veronica Roth

Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)

Title: Four
Series: Divergent #0.1-0.4
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: 08/07/2014, HarperCollins
Pages: 285
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5
"Two years before Beatrice Prior makes her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation's faction leader does the same. Tobias's transfer to Dauntless is his chance to begin again. newly renamed "Four" he discovers that initiation is only the beginning... 
Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. And his decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future - and the future of the entire faction system. 
Two years later, Four is poised to act but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again."

20 September 2015

The Sunday Post (20 September)

Sunday Post
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

18 September 2015

Feature and Follow (18 September)

Increase Blog Followers
The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

17 September 2015

Reader Questionnaire

I saw this Reader Questionnaire at Bookworm Inkorporated a while back and thought I'd give it a go. Feel free to have a go yourself and let me know if you do.

1. Favourite childhood book: 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
It's the first book I remember voluntarily reading.

2. What are you reading right now? 

Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)

3. What books do you have on request at the library? 

Nothing, I've never actually requested books before.

4.Bad book habit: 

Putting my books in my bag, then putting things on top leading to bent pages and covers. No matter how hard I try to be careful it happens every time!

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? 

Nothing at the moment.

6. Do you have an e-reader? 

No, but I do have the Kindle app on my tablet.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? 

One book at a time! it's very rare that I can read two at once.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? 

Definitely! I'm actually reading a lot more! it's helped me get back into reading after not reading for so long whilst at university. I've also become more organised with my reading... if that makes sense!

9. Least favorite book you read this year: 

The Seer, R.R. Sechi. I actually finished it but it was really short so there was no excuse, but I actually hated it.

10. Favorite book I’ve read this year: 

Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1)Your Voice Is All I Hear
A tie between Alica Clayton's Wallbanger and Leah Scheier's Your Voice Is All I Hear. Two completely different books but amazing in their own ways.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? 

I try to read out of my comfort zone as often as possible.

12. What is your reading comfort zone? 

Well, since I started using Goodreads in February it appears I mostly read Young Adult, Fantasy and Romance.

13. Can you read on the bus? 

Yes, but I have to use my bookmark to keep the lines straight in my head.

14. Favorite place to read: 

In my bed or lying on the sofa, but I can read anywhere.

15. What’s your policy on book lending? 

I will only lend someone a book if I have known them a long time and I can trust them with it. They have to earn the trust. At the moment, the only person I let borrow any books is my sister-in-law.

16. Do you dog-ear your books? 

Nope. I try not to anyway, but my bag has other ideas (see Bad Book Habit above).

17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books? 

Nope. I will use post-its if I really need to.

18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books? 

Not on purpose, but it does tend to happen.

19. What is your favourite language to read? 

I have only ever read in English, but I'm trying in vain to learn Spanish and I hope to be able to read that at some point.

20. What makes you love a book? 

Characters. If I love the characters I will generally love the book. Unless the writing is extremely bad.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? 

I'm not too sure... this is a weird question... if I love a book I will recommend it obviously.

22. Favorite genre: 

Apparently it's Young Adult Fantasy and Romance according to Goodreads.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did): 

Crime/Mystery

24. Favorite Memoir:

David Attenborough's Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster
I've not read any memoirs that I can remember. But I do have David Attenborough's Life on Air and I can't wait to read it. I love him so much!

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? (And, was it actually helpful?) 

Nope, don't think so... maybe those ones for job interviews count....

26. Favorite Cookbook: 

I have a student cookbook that I use all the time still.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction): 

Your Voice Is All I Hear

28. Favorite reading snack: 

Anything sweet.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience: 

I can't actually think of any, but I am always so late to the game when it comes to hyped books anyway. They practically lose their hype by the time I get to them.

30. How often do you agree with the critics about a book? 

Occasionally, if I understand where they are coming from.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? 

I did hate it. I'm getting better and now dislike it.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose? 

Spanish.

33. Most intimidating book I’ve read: 

Pass, I haven't got around to the intimidating ones yet.

34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin: 

I really want to read Anna Karenina.I don't actually know why.. the feelings just sort of crept up on me.

35. Favorite Poet: 

Robert Burns

36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time? 

Between 0 and 3. Currently 0.

37. How often do you return books to the library unread? 

All the time. I need more hours in a day/week.

38. Favorite fictional character: 

This is a tough one. I think I'm going to say Ginny Weasley. The book version. She can stand up for herself and isn't afraid to put anyone in their place.

39. Favorite fictional villain: 

Dracula.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation: 

Anything I can pack! I've not been on holiday in 3 years so I can't really answer this one.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading: 

Three years. I know! But it was whilst I was at university and couldn't even bring myself to read during the holidays. I did read a couple during that time but not as much as I would have liked.

42. Name a book you could/would not finish: 

The Dark Light

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? 

Noise, people talking around me, my dogs.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel: 

The Princess Bride

45. Most disappointing film adaptation: 

A Series of Unfortunate Events or The Golden Compass. They both have so much potential to be great films.

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: 

£50 give or take. However on Amazon it would be over one hundred due to my university textbooks.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? 

People skim books before reading?!?

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through? 

Dull characters, crazy in a not-good-way characters, bad writing.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized? 

YES! Alphabetically by author surname. One Read bookcase and one TBR bookcase.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read? 

If I really like it, or it is a brilliantly popular book I will most definitely keep it. I will only give away the rubbish ones.

So yeah, feel free to give this a go yourself and let me know if you do.


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