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Let’s Talk Bookish: Reading Seasonally!

Hello and happy Friday 👋

My goals for this evening are: finish the two books I’m reading for fun, The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead, and then start the book I need to read for uni, We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez.

But … I bought myself a Nintendo Switch this week so I know for a fact I’m probably gonna spend the entire weekend playing Mario Kart. At least me writing this blog post will make me feel productive!!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a bookish meme that was created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, where each Friday, bloggers write posts discussing the topic of the week! Since the beginning of April, I’ve been the host of LTB, and I post each month’s topics here on my blog! September Topics.

This week’s topic is …  Reading seasonally (Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads)

Prompts: Do you read seasonally? Do you like a beach read in summer, a spooky book in the autumn and holiday themed ones in winter? What’s your favorite season? Do you have any favorite seasonal reads?

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Racing to Read Book Tag!

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Today I went to my first American Football game. We managed to piece together what was happening as the game went on, but for the most part I was clueless.

You may be wondering “what is this relevant?” and to that I say: because today we’re doing a sport related tag in the form of The Racing to Read Book Tag and I need a good segueway into things.

The extent of my work-out routine is walking from my bed to my fridge. Just kidding. I do walk literally everywhere though and that’s enough for me when it comes to exercising. I have too much social anxiety for the gym.

I’ve seen Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and Rabhya @ Rabs Bookish Planet do this tag so go check out there’s if you haven’t already :))

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The Summer Book Tag

Today is my second to last day of being at home. Can somebody explain to me how it is that I’ve been here for almost two months and, mercifully, haven’t really seen anybody I went to school with, and yet today I run into two boys on two seperate occasions.

It’s not that deep but also it is. I’m just trying to go get bread and walk my dogs in peace.

Anyways, moving on from that, today I’m going to be doing The Summer Book Tag. For me summer is essentially over. I’m flying back to England and starting uni like a month earlier then I would be if I was staying in York this semester and that’s kind of a bummer so I’m gonna close the season off with an approriatley themed tag!

I’ve seen a fair few people do this tag like Riddhi and Kappa so go check out their posts too :))

Lemonade: Pick a book that started off bitter but then got better.

I really wasn’t loving The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren when I first started reading it.

There was a fair bit of exposition and set up to explain the technology used and also explain why Jess would ultimately decide to use the dating app and I just found myself unable to care.

It wasn’t until the characters started having a bit more chemistry between them and the romance got going that I sat back and enjoyed.

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I’ve survived for 20 years so … My Life in Books Tag

Today is my last day of being a teenager. *screams* Tomorrow I turn twenty years old *SCREAMS EVEN LOUDER*. As you can see I’ve not really come to terms with the fact that it’s my birthday tomorrow.

Please take me back to being 3 years old when all I wanted in life was to be a lion (that was genuinly my answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up?” – hence the face paint).

To celebrate/commiserate moving into my 20’s I thought it’d be the perfect time to do the My Life in Books Tag!!

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The Last Ten Books Tag!

Despite having big blogging plans for this month, I do not have the time or the energy to follow up on all of them. Turns out working 6 days a week, socialising with friends and making the most out of limited family time all while trying to survive 40*C weather is HARD.

So today, just to try and get me back in the swing of it, I’m going to do a tag! It’s been over a year since Rania @ Moonlit Notes tagged me to do The Last Ten Books tag, but I’m finally getting around to it!

The last book I gave up on …

I don’t know if I’ve given up on this book for good, but at least for now I’ve put it down.

I started reading Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan last month as part of my “reading the rainbow” challenge I did. I just couldn’t really get into the swing of things with this book.

This is duo POV and I was clearly liking one characters chapters more then the other which made the second characters chapters feel like a drag.

I might go back to this one at another time, just not right now.

The last book I re-read …

Before I check Goodreads I’m going to guess that it was Hearstopper because after watching the TV show I hopped and skipped right over to WebToon to re-read the entire webcomic.

After checking Goodreads I can confirm that it was infact Hearstopper by Alice Oseman. If you also want to include “last book I started re-reading” then I’ll also include Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. At the start of this month I read the first couple of chapters of numerous book, this being one of them. I got distracted by others but I’ll be going back to it soon.

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The Ice Lolly Book Tag

You wanna know the best thing about having my own blog? It’s that when I’m a raging ball of anxiety and stress, I can hop on here and do a fun and silly little tag about ice-lollies.

And that’s exactly what I’m going to do. This post is inspired by the fact that I’ve developed an ice-lolly addiction. Case in point: I ate two mini-twisters back to back about an hour ago.

As I’m writing this I’ve got about a week left in my uni accommodation which means I’m running my freezers down. All that’s in my freezer draw right now is a bag of peas, chicken nuggets, and you guessed it, a shit ton of ice-lollies!

I found The Ice-Lolly Tag over at Book Murmuration, so check that post out, but I’m gonna dive right in, talk about ice-cream and hopefully get my brain to chill out a bit so I can sleep 😜 (there’s no Ice-Lolly emoji and I’m mad about it).

Mini Milk: Short and Sweet?

While writing this blog post I took a break and decided to read The Tea Dragon graphic novels by Kay O’Neil and oh my God I’m in love. The definition of short and sweet. I’m in love with the art style and would happily have any of these panels tattooed on my body.

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The Book Adaptations Tag 🎬

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Big things are happening when it comes to book-adaptations! Heartstopper has become a worldwide sensation, Shadow & Bone season 2 is filming, the Percy Jackson trio casting has been announced and they are perfection, and there’s so much more!!

All very exciting so it seems like there’s no better time then now to do the Book Adaptations Tag which I was tagged to do by Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant. Thank you Madeline!!

What is the last book adaptation movie you saw?

Not a movie, but I feel like a lot of books are being adapted into TV shows more then movies nowadays so we’re couting. Of course the last book adaption I watched was Hearstopper.

I watched this show in one morning on the day it was released and am still talking and thinking about it. I talked about it in a dedicated post but I’ll repeat it here: THIS IS HOW YOU ADAPT A FAN FAVOURITE!

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The Book Snob Tag!

Hello 🙂

I’m currently at my dads house for the week and legit my favourite thing about being here is that I get to eat my little siblings packed-lunch snacks. I went from my bare shell of a food cupboard back at uni to a legit cornucopia of snacks. Loving it.

Anyways, today I’m going to be doing The Book Snob Tag. I was tagged to do this by Virginia @ The Sassy Library Fox. Thank you Virginia💕 

Format Snob // You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?

So audiobooks are completely out of the equation because no matter how hard I try my brain just does not cooperate. The struggle comes when you make me choose between physical books and e-books.

On one hand I love physical books: the smell, the look of them on my shelf. But then you have e-books which are just so cheap, convenient, and I swear I read them faster somehow!

I feel like in my dream world I’d have enough money to buy as many physical books as I’d like so let’s go with physical books.

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Splendid Spring Book Tag 🌷🌼

It’s been snowing on and off all day. Like full on blizzard, you look out the window and it’s like being in a snow globe. So now’s clearly the perfect time to do the Splendid Spring Book Tag!! I found this tag on paperbackandplanners blog 🙂

I should clarify that it’s March 30th right now. I’m scheduling posts in advance cause I’m going to be a busy bee this Easter holidays. I hope to God it’s not still snowing right now.

🌼Everywhere you look flowers are blooming! Choose a book you love or think you will love with flowers on the cover🌼

This cover is absolutely gorgeous and the flowers are a big part of why I love it and if I’m being honest, a big part of what made me buy the book in the first place.

I have high hopes for House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland. I don’t think I’m going to be able to get to it this month, but I’m thinking it’s going to have to be a top priority for May.

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The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

Hello 👋

I’m currently waiting on an e-mail from my tutor to tell me what the Hell I’m meant to be doing for my assignment. I imagine he’s responding to a lot of emails from people in my class though so I’m probably not gonna hear back for a while yet.

In the mean time, I thought I would finally get around to doing The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag which I was tagged to do by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories!

What do you like about buying new books?

The easier question would be: what don’t I like about buying new books? And the answer to that is seeing my bank balance go down.

There’s just something so therapeutic about browsing the shelves or scrolling online, humming-and-ahhing over which ones I want, and then when you actually do buy it you get that hit of serotonin. Is it a healthy coping mechanism? No, plus it’s expensive, but just remember: there’s worst things to be addicted to.

How often do you buy books?

It used to be not that often. I’d do like a bulk buy of a couple of books I was interested in, or put credit on my Kindle and pick up the e-books for cheap.

But now it’s a lot more often. I can’t help it! I have my bank account now, e-books are going to be my downfall, and it’s not my fault that I have a Waterstones just round the corner from my Uni and friends that tell me to just do it!

Bookstore or online book shopping: which do you prefer?

Bookstores 100%. Back home in Spain I always bought online because in store Spanish books are expensive and English books are hard to find. I always loved visiting the UK and taking trips to Waterstones. Now that I’m back in the UK for uni, me and my friends will just kill an hour between lectures by going around all the bookshops in town, even if we don’t buy anything.

Do you have a favourite bookshop?

York has so many book-shops and I love it. Right now I’ve only bought from Waterstones but there’s a great LGBTQ+ book shop I plan on getting a few things from in the future (I’ve run out of space on the windowsill I’m using as a bookshelf so it’ll be a while yet).

Do you pre-order books?

No. I don’t think I’ve ever pre-ordered a book, definitely never a physical copy of a book. I’d really rather wait until the release date and order it then.

Do you have a monthly buying limit?

Also no, but I should. Not for physical books, I never go to overboard on physical books, but like I said before, e-books are going to be my downfall. They’re just so cheap and accessible and when they’re on your Kindle you don’t realise just how many you have!

How big is your wishlist?

So big even though sometimes, when my mum asks me what books I want for my birthday/Christmas, I’m like a dear caught in headlights and suddenly have no clue what books I want.

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own right now?

  • Terms and Conditions by Lauren Asher – was going to hold off on this one but I keep nearly being spoiled on Tik-Tok. Will probably get myself this as a treat after I finish my assignments this week.
  • Mox by Jon Moxley – I ordered this. Payed for quick delivery. It didn’t arrive. Then I got an e-mail saying it it had been returned to the warehouse. Now it’s unavailable. Fun.
  • Blackout Anthology – I’ve had my eyes on this for a while. I keep seeing it in bookshops. the sprayed black edges are so pretty.

In the space of my writing this my tutor has in fact replied to my email and it really didn’t clear much up for me. Sadly I now I have no reason not to get started so I’m gonna grab a cup of tea, wing it and hope for the best.

I was going to tag people but now I don’t have time so if you’re still reading well then, consider yourself tagged! Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx