Inside & Out Book Tag

in out book tga.png

First of all, thanks to Anna@mybookishdream for tagging me to do this. It was really fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anna has an amazing blog, I truly recommend you all to check it out!

I know I wasn’t as active lately, but I just had so many things to do… I also adopted two chinchillas a few days ago and they have to adapt so I’ve been very focused on them. I don’t want the introduction to be too long, but I’ll explain a bit more at the end of the post, if anyone’s interested.* So, let’s get to my answers:

1. Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

Well, it really depends, there are all kinds of summaries. I don’t think they give up too much information, but sometimes they can be misleading, which I find annoying. There are also some books with no information about the story whatsoever, and that’s really horrible. How am I supposed to know if I want the book or not? ๐Ÿ˜„ Solution: Google. But it’s still annoying. Why not put at least a teeny-tiny description?

giphy (2).gif

2.ย New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?

A nice paperback. I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers, but I don’t like the really small ones, with tiny letters. I have nothing against e-books, but if I really like a book I want to have a physical copy. And audiobooks are just not for me, sadly. I cannot concentrate on them at all, my mind just wanders off. Physical copies are just the best. ๐Ÿ™‚

tumblr_mk8bzwRnH41rjbvjvo1_500.gif

3.ย Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

I do sometimes underline a quote I like, but that’s mostly it. Lately, I decided to start writing down my thoughts on Goodreads, so we’ll see how that goes.

4.ย Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when youโ€™re deciding on a book? What if youโ€™re unsure of the authorโ€™s gender?

I don’t care about the gender of the author. Why would I? And wouldn’t that be a bit sexist? I read the books I think I would enjoy, that’s the only criteria.

5. Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

Oooo, reading the last page… I used to do that a lot when I was a kid, though it’s not really a logical thing to do. ๐Ÿ˜„ Sometimes I would get nervous something would not go the way I wanted it to, so I’d read the last page in hopes it will console me. I’m sure you know thet feeling. When you read something and it makes you anxious…

http-%2F%2Fmashable.com%2Fwp-content%2Fgallery%2Fbook-lovers%2Funcle-fester.gif

6. Organised bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves?

Organised bookshelves. I’m running out of space so they’re not as organised as I would like them to be. The way I arrange my books may seem random, but it makes sense in my mind.

merlin-books.gif

7.ย Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

I haven’t. I can be drawn by the cover, but I would never buy a book without checking what it’s about. I’m not that rich. ๐Ÿ˜„

8.ย Take it outside to read, or stay in?

Stay in, definitely. I rarely read outside. I like to spend time in nature, but I’m not the kind of person who takes a book, sits on a bench, and reads. I like to be at home, preferably in bed.

giphy (3).gif

And that’s it! I will tag some people, but of course, don’t feel obligated to do the tag. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sarah @betweenthepages

Marie @marieslibrary

Shanah @bionicbookwormblog

@ignitedmoth

@ardentattachments


* My country, Croatia, recently passed a law that forbids farming animals for fur (finally!) Little, fluffy chinchillas are safe now. A local animal righs group is now trying to find people to adopt the chinchillas. Sadly, only one farmer actually gave his chinchillas for adoption. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope others will follow. Anyway, I adopted two girls – Kira (Valkira = Valkyrie in Croatian) and Seffi (Persephone). They are beyond adorable, but still very scared, poor babies…

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

book-tah

I was tagged by Anna at itsmybirthwriteย to do this tag, and you can see her post HERE. I’m actually very exited to do this, thanks Anna!

Here go the questions. Just please don’t hate me after this! ๐Ÿ˜„

1. A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDNโ€™T LIKE

Well, I have to be honest with you, I haven’t read most of the popular book series that people talk about on book blogs, bookstagram and booktube. I just don’t really like YA (sorry!) Now, the series I’m going to mention is not that popular, but I’ve seen it around, and it’s the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I’ve read the first book, and it started fine but then it turned into a cheesy forbidden love story and I lost interest. I tried reading the second book in the series but I gave up. Also, when it comes to classics, I really, really dislike On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Sorry, I understand this is a classic, and I think I can see why, but I barely finished it.

2. A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE.

I wrote about a similar topic for Top 5 Wednesday (shameless link), but I decided to choose a book I haven’t mentioned before – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. This was a four-star book for me, and I can see where some criticism is coming from, but I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was great.

DSC01874.JPG

3.ย AN OTP THAT I DONโ€™T LIKE.

Harry and Hermione. I just like them as friends, and I don’t like that so many people are hating on Ron. Ron is great!

4. A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR.

I think I said this a few times before, but I don’t read romance. If a love story is the only plot of the book, I will not read it. It just doesn’t interest me.

5. A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE.

Draco Malfoy. And, yes, he goes into this category because so many people seem to romanticize him and ship him with Hermione – oh, this is even worse than Harry-Hermione, I totally failed at that question, probably because I just refuse to admit this ship exists. ๐Ÿ˜„ I’m not saying he can never redeem himself, but still, Hermione deserves better. Also, he wanted Buckbeak dead. Sweet Buckbeak! That I cannot forgive. (Tom Felton is great, though. Love him! Just read this article, he addressed this very issue himself.)

Draco-Malfoy-Harry-Potter.jpg

6. A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CANโ€™T SEEM TO GET INTO.

I tend to stay away from books I think won’t suit me, and I’ve gotten quite good at choosing what to read. So, let’s say Deborah Harkness again…

7. A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOUโ€™RE TIRED OF SEEING.

This was also a topic for Top 5 Wednesdayย but I forgot to mention an important one in that post. Girl-hate. When two women or girls hate each other just because they’re both female, for no other apparent reason. Or because of a guy. It basically means girls are taught they should see each other as competition, which is horrible.

8. A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING.

There are a few, but I’d say The Selection series. Those sound quite horrible. Maybe I’m wrong, but I doubt it…

9. THE SAYING GOES โ€œTHE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIEโ€, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK?

Well, I don’t think I have an answer for this one… The closest I can get is the adaptation of A Monster Calls.ย They added some things in the movie andย I loved how it was done, but they also left out a character I liked so I’d say the book and the movie are equally good.

dsc03354-4

And that’s it! Now, let me tag some people, if they wish to do the it:

Luna @bookishluna

Azia @amwillisjournal

Sophie @blameitonchocolate

Deanna @deannawritesabout

Ellie @bloggingfordopamine

Flexie @flexiereads

Ali @devouringbookksandlattes

โ€œThis Is My Genre, Tell Me Yoursโ€ Book Tag

tag-tag

Today is a perfect day for a fun tag! Ellie at Blogging for Dopamineย tagged me fo the This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours book tag and she really made me think… I wasn’t even sure what my favourite genre was! ๐Ÿ˜„ Thank you, Ellie, so much for the tag! โค

First things first, here are the rules:

  • Credit ย Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeekย as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to hisย blog. (Also, if you want to learn more about the tag you can see Drew’s post HERE.)
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

And now, let’s get to the questions!

1. What is your favourite genre?

So, in the end, I decided that my favourite genre is Gothic fiction, in all of its different shapes and forms. From the Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, published in 1764, the classics such as Samuel Talylor Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and many others, through books that are only slightly gothic (like my beloved Wuthering Heightsย or most of Daphne du Maurier’s books) to some modern takes on the genre. This is the genre from which some amazing characters were born, characters we never stop talking about – Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera, Carmilla, Dorian Gray, Jekyll and Hyde… It’s characterised by creepy atmosphere, old castles, dark woods, and often with some paranormal occurences (though not always). It is also the genre that gave us horror fiction. What’s not to love?

notre-dame-1715909_640

2. Who is your favourite author from the genre?

Another hard decision! ๐Ÿ˜„ When it comes to Gothic classics, then it has to be Mary Shelley. I’ve talked so many times about my love for her and her writing, so I don’t want to repeat myself, but she is my queen! And my other, modern, queen is Anne Rice. She introduced me to the vampire lore and I’ve never stopped being intrigued by it.

3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

Mostly, it’s the atmosphere. I think Gothic fiction is the most atmospheric of all fiction. It’s dark and mysterious, beautiful and desciptive, but also creepy and un-put-downable. (Is that a word? Now it is.) And there are just so many possibilities! Many Gothic stories use some folkloric elements and make them their own, which is very interesting to me. I like seeing how different authors interpret similar ideas.

nature-1487887_640

4. What is the book that started your love for the genre?

Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles – the first three in the series are soooo amazing and I love them to death. Lestat is one of my favourite fictional characters. After reading Anne Rice’s books when I was about 14, I just had to read Dracula and that’s how my little obsession started.

5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

If that person wants to start with Gothic classics, then I’d recommedย Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Those are my favourites. (I think everyone should read Frankenstein, even if they’re not interested in Gothic fiction, to be honest;)) If the person wants to start with something modern, then Anne Rice, of course. Or Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I think his books are approachable to (and loved by) the people who are not fans of the Gothic genre as well as those who are.

6. Why do you read?

Because that’s how I have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve always loved stories, and even before I could read, my parents read to me. My father sometimes even made up stories. I learned to love reading from an early age and my love for books only grew from there. I read to have fun, yes, but I also read to learn, to feel, to be intrigued, to have my thoughts provoked, and even to cry. ๐Ÿ™‚

And in the end, I tag these lovely people: Misty@mistysbookspace,ย Matxi@matxibooks, Sophie@blameitonchocolate, Anna@itsmybirthwrite,ย Caffeinated Bibliophileย and Elena@elenasquareeyes.

Happy blogging! ๐Ÿ™‚


First two pictures are from pixabay.com, the other two are mine.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

award.png

Katy from Ardent Attachments nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much for this! :* If you want to see her post, click HERE.

Now let me start from the beginning. Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and then write 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo in a post/on your site.

And here are my answers to the questions:

1. Favourite book-to-film adaptation?

I usually don’t like the film adaptations… But I’ve seen A Monster Calls recently, and I think the film was amazing! There were some changes but they were done great. I also like theย Interview with the Vampire film.

2. Following on โ€“ what book do you want to be made into a TV show/film?

None. Just let books be books. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maaaaybe The Vampire Chronicles series? But one-season series, I don’t want it to go to far from the books.

3. Lastly โ€“ now dreamcast that film/tv show, only a few characters.

I think Jared Leto would be a great Lestat. And someone nice for Louis, maybe Tom Hiddleston since he already played a brooding vampire in Only Lovers Left Alive and he was great. Natalie Dormer would definitely be a great Gabrielle! And when you say Akasha, I think Aaliyah… She was so perfect, I don’t think anyone would be able to compare to her… Just look at her! It’s so sad and unfair that she’s gone…

aaliyah_queen_of_the_damned_003.jpg

4. If you were to write a book, what do you think your main character would be called?

Well, the main character of my WIP is called Evelyn.

5. What are three songs you adore and why?

This is soooo hard! *spends an hour thinking* OK, I’ll just say these three before I change my mind: “White Flag” by The Romanovs, “Deception” by The Crรผxshadows, and “Pain Looks Good on You” by London After Midnight.

6. Do you play video games? What are a couple of your favourites?

I don’t play as much as I used to. My all time favourite game is Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. (Vampires seem to be the theme of this post. XD) And I love The Sims, I have to admit. They are my on-and-off obsession.

7. What book would you like to play through as a video game?

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I think that would be very fun!

8. What is your favourite Disney film?

Just one? Oh, I can’t pick one, so here’s a few: The Emperor’s New Groove, Tangled, Mulan, The Huchback of Notre Dame, Lilo and Stitch

9. What three book characters would you like to have lunch with?

Hermione Granger, because she’s great and bookish and I think we would get along quite well. Lady Trent from A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – we would talk about dragons and she would teach me a lot. And Newt Scamander, because we could talk about magical creatures. I think Newt, Lady Trent and Hermione would all get along perfectly so if we all had luch together, that would be great. ๐Ÿ™‚

10. If you were to get a book related tattoo, what would you get?

A quote, definitely. I love quote tattoos! I’d pick one from Fankenstein because that’s my favourite book, but there are a few I like so I’m not sure which one… Or, since we’re talking so much about The Vampire Chronicles, this one from The Vampire Lestat: โ€œWho cares? Kingdoms rise and fall. Just don’t burn the paintings in the Louvre, that’s all.โ€

11. Whatโ€™s your favourite breakfast food?

Oatmeal, either with grated apple and cinnamon, or with cocoa and coconut crumbs. Mmmmmm…

I tag: Blogging for Dopamine,ย Slamah’s Bookshelf, Nicole,ย llady literary,ย Misty,ย Azia, Reg,ย bookowly,ย The Storyteller’s Abode,ย Cat’s Shelf, Birdie Bookworm, Silvia.

And here are my questions, if you want to answer them (no pressure, of course!)

1. What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?
2. If you had a theme song, which song would it be?
3.ย What is the last movie you’ve seen? Would you recommend it?
4. Besidesย reading, what are some of your other passions?
5. What fictional world would you like to visit?
6. Now, let’s get back to real life – what is the place in real world you want to visit most?
7. What’s your favourite mythological creature?
8.ย Which is the last book, film or series that made you cry (or really sad).
9. Do you have a favourite superhero? Who is it?
10. What superpowers would you like to have?
11. Share one of your favourite quotes!

Happy blogging! ๐Ÿ™‚

The 2016/2017 Book Tag

tag ..png

Thank you, dear Azia atย The Uncharted World for tagging me to do this tag! I loved these questions, especially since they are not all about books! The creator of the tag isย David atย theguywhosaidalwaysnoย so thanks to you, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you want to read Azia’s post, click HERE.

First, here are the rules:

  1. Mention the creator of the tag.
  2. Use the image that you find in this article.
  3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you.
  4. Answer the questions.
  5. Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

Now, let’s get to the questions:

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

Bitter, sweet, unforgettable.

2. Write the name of two people that have characterized your 2016.

Two is really not that much… First of all, my boyfriend. And the other person would probably be my mentor. I worked with her for a year, exactly for the span of 2016, and she was a great mentor, I couldn’t have wished for a better one. Working in a school for the first time, with so many children, was an experience I will never forget.

3. Write the most beautiful place yoou have visited in 2016 and wwhy you liked it so much.

Oh, no… How can I choose between Dublin and Vienna?!

DSC02141.JPG

dsc03259

It’s impossible… So, maybe, I’ll choose the Cliffs of Moher, because just looking at them makes you appreciate nature even more than you did before. The beauty of nature is the greatest!

DSC02161.JPG

4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted.

2016 was the year I discovered homemade almond butter! I don’t know how I lived without it before. And it’s so easy to make! All you need are almods! Here’s a link if you’re interested.

5. Write the event that has marked you most in 2016 (even a global event).

Speaking of global events, that would definitely be the so-called refugee crisis. Some people really showed their worst, countries have closed borders, and it made me so sad. I’m from Croatia, so our country was on the so-called Balkan Route, and I think we initially handled it well, without closing the borders (though there were some shameful incidents). Now with the new, conservative government, I don’t know how our country is going to proceed with it.

6. Write the finest purchase you made in 2016, and if you want, link a photo.

I’ve bought several amazing books. But somehow, I’m most proud of some graphic novels I’ve read, since I don’t read them often. Especially Watchmen!ย I love love this one!

untitled1

7. Write 3 good intentions for 2017.

I’d like to write more, keep up with my blog, and be happy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

Just one? I want to travel EVERYWHERE! If I had to choose one place, then probably Iceland.

9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.

Something wonderful that I haven’t eaten before. I’ll let it be a surprise for me! ๐Ÿ˜„

And, in the end, I tag these wonderful people:ย abitbookishblog, The Looking Glass, Books ‘n’ Reviews Oh My, Quill’s Corner, The Night is Dark and Full of Books, Paradisbooks, Ann Reads Them, Caffeinated Bibliophile,ย The Book Wench,ย Beth Jonesย and Closet Readers.

If you choose to do it, I’m looking forward to your posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Marry, Kiss, Cliff Tag

Untitled.png

This is going to be silly and fun! Thank you Misty for tagging me to do the Marry Kiss Cliff tag! โค You can all check out her post here. You should check out her blog in any case!

Now, let’s get started!

The rules are simple:

  1. Put names of characters (whatever sex youโ€™re attracted to) written in pieces of separate papers in an empty jar or a pen holder.
  2. Shake the jar.
  3. Pull out 3 pieces of paper in each round and tell us which character you would Kiss, Marry, or Cliff!

I tried to mix some nice and some horrible characters, so we’ll see how this ends. There will be five rounds in my case, that’s how many little papers I cut from the piece of paper I had. ๐Ÿ˜„ Here it goes!

Round 1:ย Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles), Victor (Vicious) and Spider-man

As much as I love Lestat, I’m not sure I’d like to marry him. But I want him to make me a vampire. ๐Ÿ˜› And that means I don’t want to cliff him and makke him angry. (Cliffing him wouldn’t kill him, of course.) So I guess I’ll kiss him, and we can be friends later. I would cliff Victor because I would definitely marry Peter Parker. Always marry Peter Parker! Hopefully, a villain won’t kill me.

Round 2:ย Ron Weasley (Harry Potter series), Elend Venture (Mistborn series) and Frey (Tales of Ketty Jay)

Well, first of all, I would kiss Frey. Again, not the guy I would like to marry, but I really like him so no cliffing. And now we have a problem… Elend always seemed very attractive to me, but I don’t want to kill Ron. Nooo! Then again, Elend kind of lost his attractiveness later on, when he became a king and stopped being buried in books all the time. So I’ll chose Ron, and cliff Elend. Sorry!

Round 3:ย Eli (Vicious), Rochester (Jane Eyre), Kell (Shades of Magic series)

Out of these three, I would definitely marry Kell. As much as I don’t like Rochester, I hate Eli’s fanaticism more, so I’d kiss Rochester and cliff Eli.

Round 4:ย Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein), Koscei (the one from Deathless, not from folklore), Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter series)

Oh, come on! I can’t marry anyone! I’m in trouble whoever I marry! Frankenstein is egocentric and heartless, Koscei is basically the villain of Russian folklore, and Draco wanted to get Buckbeak killed! (Yes, that’s the thing I can’t forgive him.) And I can’t really cliff Koscei, he can’t die. Let’s just pretend this never happened, shall we? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Round 5:ย Voldemort (Harry Potter series), Heatcliff (Wuthering Heights), Tyrion Lannister (ASOIAF)

Well, let’s pretend I can actually cliff Voldemort… ย Why did I even write his name down? I’m crazy… Anyway, I’d cliff him after all the horcruxes are destroyed because I don’t want to just make him angry. If he falls, he has to stay down. ๐Ÿ˜„ I’d kiss Heatcliff because I definitely wouldn’t want to marry him, but I feel sorry for him and I don’t want to cliff him. So, that means I would marry Tyrion. ๐Ÿ˜„

Hope this was fun for you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now, I’ll tag a few people. If you want to do the tag, I’d be happy to read your posts, but of course, you don’t need to do it: Nicole,ย Beatriz,ย Jen,ย Zezee,ย Anna.

Anonymous Bookaholics Tag #amreading

bookaholics

Hi, bloggers! Once again, I haven’t posted in a while… I’ve beeen quite busy. But, now, the lovely Nicole from Sorry, I’m Bookedย tagged me to do this fun tag, and I had to do it. Thanks, Nicole, so much ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s start!

My name is Irena and I’m a bookaholic. Here are my answers:

What Do You Like About New Books?

Everything! ๐Ÿ˜„ I like the excitement you get from getting a new book, especially if it’s a book you’ve been wanting to read for a while. And the smell! New books smell amazing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How Often Do You Buy New Books?

It depends. Now, when I have a job, I buy more than before, becuse I can. ๐Ÿ˜„ I’m actually not an impulse buyer, so I don’t often get carried away.

Bookstore Or Online Shopping โ€” Which Do You Prefer?

I love browsing thrugh the books in a bookstore, but bookstores here suck. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ So, unfortunately, online shopping is the only way for me to get the books I want. Especially if I want to read them in English, not in translation. I don’t like reading translated books if I can read them in their original language.

Do You Have A Favorite Bookshop?

Well, as you can see in the previous answer, not really… There is only one bookstore that I like, but it’s not that great… When it comes to online shopping, I order books from Book Depository.

Do You Pre-Order Books?

Very rarely. Most of the books were already published when I read them. ๐Ÿ˜„ I guess people mostly pre-order books from series, because they can’t wait to see what happens next, but I don’t read many series, so this doesn’t really apply to me.

Do You Have A Monthly Book-Buying Limit?

Not really. ๐Ÿ˜„

Book-Buying Bans, Are They Something For You?

As I said, I don’t really have a problem with over-buying. (Is that even a word?) I don’t like to pile up too many books, and having a huge TBR pile. So there’s no need for me to be on a book-buying ban.

How Big Is Your Wish List?

I have about 200 books on my Goodreads TBR, but I’m sure there’s even more on my mind. ๐Ÿ˜„

Which Three Books From Your Wish List Do You Wish You Owned Right Now?

Just three? This is hard… ๐Ÿ˜„
Let’s say: Fudoki by Kij Johnson,ย Nothing Like the Sunย by Anthony Burgess,ย and The Winter Kingย by Bernard Cornwell (though it’s the first in a series, so I’d have to get the others, too. ;)).

In the end, I have to tag a few people. So, if you want to do it, I’d be happy to hear your answers: Jeanyjanez,ย Misty,ย That Weird Brown Girlย ,ย Genie Reads

untitled3