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The Book Snob Tag!

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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 Virginia๐Ÿ’•ย 


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 ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.


๐ŸŒผEverywhere you look flowers are blooming! Choose a book you love or think you will love with flowers on the cover๐ŸŒผ

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

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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

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Pro-Wrestling is my weird interest // Book Tag

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We all have our hobbies. Some we shout from the roofs about, hence why I have this blog dedicated to books and reading, and others we keep hush-hush, like my love for professional wrestling.

As a kid I used to love watching WWE. I’d make my brother watch it even though he didn’t care in the slightest. As I got older I kind of lost interest though, until I heard about this new wrestling company in 2020 called AEW which is a bit more mature, more violent and a lot of fun. It dragged me back in and now I watch weekly and stay up til 5am every three months to watch the pay-per-views.

I saw Lauren @ Narrative Paradise do the Pro-Wrestling Book Tag and I knew I had to do this tag too!


Power Bomb // A book or book series that lifted you up only to slam you right back down hard at the end.

R.I.P Brodie Lee ๐Ÿ’œ

For this answer I’m choosing a book that lifted me up and then slammed me down hard emotionally. That book being Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. The ending of this book still hurts!

I had so much fun with this book and then BAM emotional trauma!! Cassandra Clare did to me what Brodie Lee is doing to Jon Moxley in that gif.


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๐Ÿ’˜The Lover Book Tag!๐Ÿ’˜

Hello. I am spiralling.

Why am I spiralling you might ask?? Because I hate all my clothes and just impulse bought a new jacket online which has only added to the spiralling. It sounds stupid, I know. My anxiety is clutching at straws and running with it.

Anyways. To distract myself from the spiralling and the weird feeling that there’s a hole in my chest, I thought I’d do the Taylor Swift Lovers Book Tag.

I’ve done the Folklore and Evermore tags and I’ve had every intention of working my way back through her albums and doing those tags. But, because I’m a genius I waited until February, the month of love, to do the Lover Book Tag created by Nish & Ngoc’s Book Nook.

Yes that’s right. I’m continuing to milk the Valentines Day cow. Woop Woop!!


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Did I read the books I hauled last year?

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One of my new years resolutions is to buy less books and really focus on reading the books I already own. Some may say I’ve already failed that resolution because I bought a half price copy of Six Crimson Cranes but …. I digress.

Since I’m on a book-buying-ban at the minute, I thought it’d be interesting to take a look back at what books I bought last year, starting Christmas 2020 up until November 2021 and see if I actually got around to reading them!


Christmas

  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
  • Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
  • Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
  • One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  • The Tyrants Tomb by Rick Riordan

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New Years Book Tag + 2022 Reading Goals๐ŸŽ‰

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I’m trying to write my personal statement for my study abroad application. I don’t know if it’s the head cold or my inability to do anything until the last possible minute but I’m failing miserably. (it could also be the fact that it’s now 1am but I work better at night when my distractions, aka my dogs, are asleep).

My approach is just to make me living in Spain my entire personality. It worked for my Uni applications, fingers crossed it works here. Thank you parents for giving me an interesting backstory (and a better life with the chance to learn a new language but that’s besides the point).

I need to take a break though. Might even give up and finish it off tomorrow. I’ll see how I’m feeling after I … share my 2022 Goals and do the New Years Book Tag!!!



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The Joy of Christmas Book Tag ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas Eve is a lawless day. I don’t know about your family, but we only really have traditions on the night: nice bath, new pyjamas, etc. So the daytime always feels chaotic.

Right now my brother is having a minor mental-breakdown in the kitchen because we’re making him follow through and make the brownies he promised us weeks ago. And I’m not so patiently waiting for him to finish so I can have a bacon sandwich. With the rate he’s going, I’m going to stave before I can have my breakfast.

While we drown out his complaining with some not-Christmas music (we really should have some Michael Buble on but we’ve got Little Mix instead), and I wait for food, I figured I’d do the Joy of Christmas Book Tag!


1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating? โœจ

I feel like I’m a bit behind on the 2022 releases compared to previous years. Besides from new books from my faves (which I talked about in a post the other day) I don’t know too much.

There are definitly two I have my eye on though. The first being So This is Ever After by F.T Lukens. I’m drawn to anything with such a pretty cover, the fact it’s pegged as Carry On but with Arthurian Legend makes me very excited.

And then there’s also This May End Badly by Samantha Markum which I actually thought was coming out in 2021 and was very disappointed when I realised I had to wait longer. I’m pretty sure this is just a romance with a boarding school and a leather-jacket-wearing bad boy. That’s really all it takes to get me interested.


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The Modern-Day Christmas Song Book Tag (Original)

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I’m going to hold my hands up and admit that, the last couple of years, I’ve been a bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas. In my defence, usually the Christmas season isn’t merry and festive. Instead it’s stressful and anxiety inducing cause this is always when I’m slummed down with exams.

me!

This year was totally different though. With me being away at uni, Christmas was now something I could get excited about, especially since it meant going home and seeing my family. (and I don’t have to do exams for my course which is even better).

Me and my housemates have been in the festive spirit blasting Christmas music since mid-November. More or less all the songs we’ve listened to though have been more modern Christmas songs.

Because I love a festive book-tag as much as anyone else, and I’ve enjoyed these modern day Christmas songs, I figured I’d combine the two and make my own tag. I googled this idea and didn’t find anything so I’m pretty sure this is original, birthed from my own brain.


Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarckson

A book you want to find under the Christmas tree this year.

This is the best Christmas song of all time. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion but if you disagree then you’re just wrong.

The first question of my own tag and I’m cheating. Because I’ve flown home for Christmas there’s only so much room in my case so my mum had me order myself a couple of books to uni using her card a couple of weeks ago.

In an effort to stick to the question though, I’d say I’d love to find the special editions of the Six of Crows duology. The black hardbacks with the pretty red and gold foiling. I saw one in the shop the other week. So pretty!! In an effort to stick to the question though, I’d say I’d love to find the special editions of the Six of Crows duology. The black hardbacks with the pretty red and gold foiling. I saw one in the shop the other week. So pretty!!

Like I said, I won’t be getting these. I’m actually considering treating myself to these special editions as a graduation gift to myself … or as a “you survived your first year at uni” gift because, thinking now, I don’t know if I can wait three years to own these.


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Finally doing the Liebster Award #4

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I was nominated for a couple of awards and tags and I am a fair few month behind on sharing them. It’s been a crazy few months and trying to find time to answer these questions has been near impossible.

I have the week off from uni this week though so now’s the perfect time to do the Liebster Award by Virginia @ The Sassy Library Fox


The Liebster Award

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think deserve the award
  • Ask 11 innovative questions to the ones you have nominated
  • Remember to notify your nominees once you have uploaded your acknowledgement post

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