Tag Sunday – The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

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So I’m back for another Tag Sunday! I was tagged by Sue’s Reading Corner to do this tag and you can check out her post HERE! I have done this tag before! But I feel like this is one that you could do a tonne of times as it’s not just answering questions! I will just make sure I use different books for this one.


The Rules:

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
  • Cry at how screwed you are…
  • Tag some more people to join in the fun

My Books:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


Categories!

The first person to die: Persephone (The Raven Boys)

The first person you trip to escape the zombies: Gansey (The Raven Boys

Well I guarantee I wouldn’t do that, but alright.

The first person to trip you to escape the zombies: Theron (Snow Like Ashes)

The team idiot: Sir (Snow Like Ashes)

Uhmmm, no.

The Brains of the group: Newt (Fantastic Beasts)

I’m okay with this.

The team medic: Tina (Fantastic Beasts)

Well she is a witch, so this could work!

Weapons expert: Sarai (Strange The Dreamer)

Well I don’t know how much experience she has with weapons, so this could be interesting!

The team brawler: Ruby (Strange The Dreamer)

Wouldn’t want to brawl with her!

The first to turn into a zombie: Clary (City of Bones)

Well she is always putting herself in stupid situations.

The team leader: Jace (City of Bones)

Kind of okay with this!

Well this is a pretty good team, just don’t agree about their roles! But as a whole these people would be pretty good! Ruby can set them on fire! Sir, Theron, Clary & Jace are all trained in combat! Tina & Newt have magic on their side! Only Sarai, Gansey & Persephone don’t really have much going for them in a Zombie Apocalypse!


I Tag:

Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 1 person in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest follower! Hopefully there will be a new ones each week to tag.

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And that is all for this weeks Tag Sunday!

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Sunshine Blogger Award #3 – Also I want your opinions!

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So yes, this is my 3rd time doing this award! But I love nominating new people who I have recently discovered who I think deserve this!


I need your opinion!

Okay, so this bit has nothing to do with the award. My bad.

So I have been participating in Friday 5@5 for a couple weeks now and really enjoy it. But lately the creator has been getting a little slack and not posting. As she usually posts the next weeks prompt in her weekly Friday 5@5, but hasn’t posted it, I have no prompt to go by. So it’s starting to irritate me a little bit, so I’m going to stop doing that weekly meme.

Here is where I need your opinion, I have been thinking about starting to do discussions posts. I haven’t really done any before on this blog. So I don’t know if people will interact with them or not. The discussion topics will mostly be book related and I will post them on Fridays seen as I no longer have a meme going on on that day. So I just want to know what you think about that? Would you like to read discussion posts by me and interact with them? Just let me know in the comments!! 😊


Onto the award!

I was nominated by Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews for this award! Click HERE to see her post! Thank you heaps for the nomination!

This award has a different logo than the first one I did, so I don’t know if the logo below on the left was created by someone that did the award and people have just kept it going from there or not, but I am just going to leave the old logo in my sidebar.

The Image on the right belongs to me!


Rules

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

Mandy’s Questions

1. If you had to sort your own personal library, how would you do it – color, author, another way?

Well I currently sort my shelves into a couple different ways, my Read and TBR are separate. My TBR is sorted by colour and my Read are separated into genre. I don’t actually own a TONNE of books, so it’s easy to do that. If I had more books I would like to sort them all by colour, but still keep my TBR separate. I like keeping my TBR in one place, so I can see what I need to read. My read books I would still kind of keep the genres different. Like Fantasy, Sci-Fi, dystopian, retellings, etc would be in one place and Contemporary, Historical Fiction, etc in another. I don’t know why but I like keeping them seperate!

2. How important is a cover on a book for you?

It is fairly important. It’s the first thing you see and that is what is going to catch my eye in a book shop or on BD or Goodreads. It’s the first thing I see, I never buy a book strictly on book cover. But if there is a beautiful book cover that stands out to me, I’m going to have a look at that book synopsis and see if it is actually something I will like more than I’m going to pick up the book with the ugly or cheap looking cover and sus it out. That’s just how it works.

3.What made you choose blogging – not Youtube or etc. but blogging?

Well the main reason is just expressing my views on books. I don’t have anyone in my life that is as bookish as me, so I don’t really have anyone to talk to about books. I can talk to my mum, who listens but half the time has no idea what I’m talking about. Steph and Rena I can kind of talk to as they have read some of the more well known books series over the years. Ryan listens to me and asks questions but doesn’t actually read books himself. So this was my outlet for all my views and opinions on books.

4. What Princess (or Disney character) can you relate the most with? IF you don’t watch much Disney, what fictional character period can you?

Honestly I have never thought I’ve related to any of the Disney Princess or characters really. When I read I have never thought ‘hey that person is relatable to me’.  I don’t know why but that’s just not how I think when reading. There is the odd character who has a similar personality to me, like Rose Hathaway (towards the end of the series) who is fiery, but also calculated and will do anything to help the people she loves. I feel like that’s similar to who I am. But I still don’t see her as ‘relatable’ that’s just not how I think. So I quite simply don’t actually have an answer to this question.

5. If you could only have one song as mood music to reading, what you choose?

None, I CANNOT STAND noise when reading. It drives me insane and distracts me so much. That is my I mostly read in my room which is nearly sound proof and the only thing I can occasionally hear is Duke, the Rottie next door barking if someone comes too close to his house.

6. If you had to have your favorite meal – sans arugula of course – what would it be?

Home made Spaghetti and meatballs, made only by my mum or myself.

7. Do you have a favorite time of year? If so, when is it and why?

Any time that is cold. Which isn’t often and is getting less and less each year. Which is absolute shit. I live in outback Australia and it’s hot majority of the time. Which I can stand and it doesn’t really worry me because I’ve grown up with it and am used to it. But the main thing I love is the cold and being able to wear Hoodies, Jeans, Trackies!  I could wear Jeans 24/7 in the cold, even to bed, which I have done many times! That is bliss to me.

8. What was your last binge watch/read?

I honestly don’t really binge on anything. If I am the only one home I either have OITNB (rewatching) playing on Netflix on my TV or the Harry Potter Audiobooks playing. But that is just for background noise mainly as I’m always doing 52 other things.

9. What was your favorite story (folktale or fairytale maybe?) as a kid?

I didn’t read as a kid and I wasn’t into fairy tales or anything much. I was more into movies, so my favourite movie to watch was Spirit.

10. Do you discuss books with anyone in real life?

Answered that in the 3rd question.

11. If you could meet your favorite author, who would it be and what one question would you ask them?

Well my favourite author is J.K. Rowling and I would love to meet her! I mean, who wouldn’t! And I have no idea what I would ask her. I have millions of questions that I could ask, however I would ask

Does Mad-Eye Moody see the real form of a boggart with his magical eye and what is the boggarts real form?


I nominate:

I will try to not nominate the same people I did on my last two of these posts!

TeacherofYA / Lauren’s Page Turners / Geybie’s Book Blog / Cozy Room Readings / Olga’s Oddish Obsession / Kdrewkthebookworm / Whimsy Pages / Big City Book Worm / The Book Raven / Sue’s Reading Corner / Reading With Rendz


My Questions:

1. What fictional character would you choose to spend the day with in their world?

2. Pick one book that you would choose to completely forget? Whether it be to read it again for the first time or because you disliked it.

3. What food would you like to try from a fictional world? e.g. Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans

4. What colour book spines do you have the most of?

5. What is your favourite book cover out of the books you own? Make sure you say which edition it is or add a photo as most books have multiple covers

6. What’s one item/device you wish you could own from any fictional world?

7. Pretty sure I’ve used this question before, but what power/ability do you wish you could have?

8. What is your favourite genre to read, even if you don’t read it the most?

9. Do you listen to audiobooks? Or want to?

10. Where is your favourite place to read?

11. Are your book shelves full or have you still got room for more?


Well that is all for this award! Do not feel like you have to do this award if you were nominated, but if you do I hope you enjoy answering them!

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Book Travelling Thursday – Book With A POC As A Main Character

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Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

This week’s prompt is: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was a couple of days ago… Choose a book with a POC as a main character.

And I’m choosing Rebel of the Sands as it is the only book that I can think of that has a POC as the main character, that I have read that is.


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Original Cover:

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Cover I Own:

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Favourite Covers:

Least Favourite Covers:

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I know this post is a tad short as there is only 3 covers as far as I know. But, like I said it was the only book I could think of that I’ve read.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Of The Shortest Books I’ve Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

A few of these will be Harry Potter related!


1. Quidditch Through The Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

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2. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

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3. Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

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4. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling

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5. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling

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6. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling

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7. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

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8. New Edition – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

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9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

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10. Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth

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That is all for today!  Pretty easy list as 8 of them were by J.K. Rowling!!

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Goodreads Monday – Words In Deep Blue

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This meme was created by Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners and I think it’s such an awesome idea to share books on your TBR and introduce people to new books! All you have to do is to pick a book on your TBR and show it off!

If you have read this book please tell me your thoughts, with NO SPOILERS please!!!

I’m choosing books that I own for a while!


Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

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My Comments:

I received this book in The YA Chronicles subscription box last year sometime. I still haven’t read this book yet, but I hope to soon! This book always intrigued me as it says that the book is about books.

The Book:

Publication Date:  I have no idea, Goodreads says June 6th, 2017. But that’s 3 months away, but I have had a copy of the book since last year sometime.
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 352

Goodreads Synopsis:

This is a love story. It’s the story of a second-hand bookshop called Howling Books where people leave letters to strangers, or those they love, or want to love, between the pages of books in the Letter Library.


Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie are best friends. Or they were. Before Rachel moved away to the sea. Now, she’s back, grieving for her brother Cal who drowned in the sea that he loved.

Rachel loves Henry. Henry loves Amy. Amy loves Amy but is happy for Henry to love her too.

This is a book about books. About the power of literature to cradle our past, present and future selves. It’s about how we leave ourselves behind when we die. How we leave our histories in the things we love – like books.


And that is all for this week! Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought if you did! No spoilers please!!

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Tag Sunday – The Who Am I Tag

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Okay, so I’m a little late with this post as it is currently 11:40am on Monday morning when I’m starting this post. But oh well, it’s still Sunday in other places across the world, so I’m all good!

Just going to jump straight into the questions!


1. What is the meaning of my name?

Well my name is Eliza, not short for Elizabeth! Just Eliza. On about 5 different websites I checked there was nothing specifically for Eliza, they were all for Elizabeth. So Elizabeth means: God is my Oath. Which is hilarious because I’m one of the most non religious people you could meet. I was not named because of this so called meaning, I was named after my Great Grandmother, who was religious, but that is where the religion died in that side of the family as neither my mum or grandmother are religious either.

2. What is my Myer-Briggs personality type? (Link)

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I think this is fairly accurate. I don’t mind being the leader and if I want to I will get shit done, so I guess it’s right.

3. What is my Zodiac Sign?

Cancer, unless you consider there to be 13 star signs and not 12, then I’m Gemini.

4. What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

Gryffindor! Through Pottermore and ever test I have taken, I have been Gryffindor. However the link to the test in this question in my opinion was stupid and the options that were given 90% of the time I would not do any of those things. I still answered as if they were my only options and I got:

Gryffindor – 15
Ravenclaw – 12
Hufflepuff – 10
Slytherin – 9

If you want to know what your house is just go sign up for Pottermore if you haven’t already because I believe that the test J.K. Rowling created is going to be more accurate seen as she created the 4 Hogwarts Houses and their traits to begin with..

5. What is your learning style? (Link)

This is the VARK learning test, which I did not that long ago for one of my Beauty Professional and development assignments for my Diploma of Beauty Therapy, so I didn’t bother doing it again.

Visual – 12
Aural – 10
Read/Write – 11
Kinesthetic – 11

Multimodal learning – which just means that I learn in many different ways not just one specific way works best for me.

6. Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link)

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7. What is my Blood Type?

No idea.

8. What Career am I meant to have? (Link)

Writer

You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. you were born to turn words into magical stories.

9. Which Divergent faction do I belong in? (Link)

Divergent

You deviate from the norm. The aptitude test is inconclusive. It cannot determine just one faction for you, Divergent. Your mind is ceaselessly changing. You’re creative with a strong sense of self and you have a clear picture of who you are and what you want. You stand out from the crowd. You may pose a threat to the norms of society, but you are unwilling to give into them.

10. What does my birth order say about me? (Link)

I’m an only child and they don’t specifically have anything for only childs. However Firstborn says – Natural leader, ambitious and responsible.


I TAG

Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 1 person in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest follower! Hopefully there will be a new ones each week to tag.

These Novel Thoughts


Well that is all for this weeks tag!

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Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gena Showalter – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Firstlife
Author: 
Gena Showalter
Series Name: Everlife
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016
Pages: 467
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Rating:

4 star

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Checkout my review for Lifeblood, the next book in the series, HERE!

I’m going to do something slightly different with this review as I want to add in a section about the book covers into my review. For books that only have one cover I will just share my opinion of them and for books that have more than one I will say which I own and which is my favourite.

Cover Art:

This book only has one cover. I like the concept of this cover art, Myriad at the top and Troika at the bottom of the hour glass. Light vs Dark. I also love that they continued this same idea onto the next books cover and I hope they do that for the 3rd book in the trilogy as well.

Writing:

I did enjoy Gena Showalter’s writing. It wasn’t as beautiful and detailed as the last book I read which I just adored the writing of, but it was still well done. I loved all the little quotes at the top of each paragraph, each paragraph swapping between a Myriad and Troika quote. Some of the quotes were directly related to the realms and what was going on in the book, but some of them can be applied to everyday life as well. For Example:

“Your mistakes do not define you, only the emotion you feel.”
– Myriad

Plot:

The plot was really good and fairly unique to anything I have read before. There is some things in this book that are in most YA books, like the being treated crappily by parents, which seems to be popping up in sooo many YA books lately (or the lack of parents) and also the strong female who has some ability/power/job to do that she has only just found out about.. But besides those tropes the actual plot is different from anything I have read. And I really enjoyed it! The story did start off a little slow and a little confusing, it took a few chapters to figure out what exactly was going on, but once you got past that little bit at the start it was really good. The book also ending in a little bit of a shocking twist to do with Sloan, which I was not prepared for.

Characters:

I really liked Ten, of course another strong female character! I also enjoyed Archer & Killian and I liked that they had a backstory and history that came out strong in this book. Sloan was a character where your view of her changed a couple times and you still weren’t sure if she was on the good or bad side. But I get why she did what she did at the end, because of what she was put through. So in my opinion she was still kind of on the good side. Just a very broken good side. She gives me Draco Malfoy Vibes, doing the wrong thing for all the right reasons. There were other characters that came and went in the book that weren’t there long enough to get to know really well, like Elena, Deacon & Clay. I’m guessing we will see more of at least Deacon and Clay in the next book, which I am looking forward to!

Overall:

I enjoyed this book. I only gave it 4 stars though and that was because it was just lacking a little in a couple areas. But I can also overlook them as I enjoyed the rest of it. I will be starting Lifeblood, the second book in the series, later today.


I was interested in this series a little while ago but didn’t plan on reading it until Lifeblood came out as it was coming fairly soon and then I could read both at once. Then I saw Lifeblood on NetGalley and as it was my first time on there, i didn’t really know what to expect, I requested it and amazingly got approved. So I quickly bought an iBook of Firstlife so I could get to Lifeblood straight away!

So that will be my next review!

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