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I saw this tag over at readdreamlivenow! There are major spoilers for The Mortal Instruments, so please proceed with caution.

The Shadowhunter Tag

1. The Infernal Devices or The Mortal Instruments?

The Mortal Instruments! I don’t dislike The Infernal Devices, but The Mortal Instruments first introduced me to the Shadowhunter world so it remains my firm favourite for the nostalgia. I think I also identify more with the characters of The Mortal Instruments, but I liked Clockwork Princess more than City of Heavenly Fire.

2. OTP?

Magnus and Alec. Obviously – but I’m also a big fan of Clary and Jace.

3. If you could marry any character which one?

Jace or Will. I really like the Herondales. Their family has a lot of drama and a fear of ducks but they’re pure at heart.

4. What downworlder would you want to be?

Warlock. I’ll put up with weird eyes or fish gills if it means I can do magic and be immortal.

5. Favourite moment from TMI/TID?

The part in The Mortal Instruments – I can’t remember which book – where they’re all hanging out at the down worlder cafe and Jace talks about running around naked with horns on his head. Not that it has ever happened to him, of course. Also the scene in the first book where Clary punches Jace for not being completely sure he wasn’t going to kill her by putting runes on her.

6. What Shadowhunter family would you be in?

Herondales. Definitely.

7. Jace or Will?

I refuse to chose. I can’t. You won’t make me.

8. Wessa or Jessa?

I’m probably in the minority, but Will and Tessa. I didn’t really like Jem that much (or not with Tessa, anyway).

9. Which character would you bring back to life?

Will. I mean, he dies of old age long after The Infernal Devices ends, but still. I’d love to make him immortal and have him meet Jace.

10. What character would you want to be your best friend?

Isabella Lightwood. I’ve cosplayed as her and I think she would be the coolest person to be around.

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I saw this book tag over at readdreamlivenow. Since the tag was so huge, I decided to split the tag in half – this is the second half!

Harry Potter Book Tag

Anapneo – an author whose books can always get you out of a slump

Alice Oseman, definitely! I Was Born For This dragged me out of a giant reading slump by the feet. I also started reading Queen of the Tearling and found it shoved me out of another reading slump. Generally anything that is fantasy or contemporary, depending on my mood, will help me out of a slump.

Jelly-Legs Jinx – a “swoon-worthy” hero or heroine

 

Arresto Momentum – a book that caused you to stop doing other things until you finished

 

Crucio – a book that was painful to read

 

Rictusempra – a book that had you laughing out loud

 

Expelliarmus – a book that made you want to send it flying

 

Portus – a book world you wish to visit

 

Stupify – a book with a shocking twist or ending

 

Avada Kedavra – a character death that destroyed you

 

Finite Incantatem – best series conclusion

 

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I saw this book tag over at readdreamlivenow. Since the tag was so huge, I decided to split the tag in half – catch the second half on Tuesday next week!

Harry Potter Book Tag

Accio – an upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now

I’ve wanted to read The Cruel Prince since I first heard about preorders but I just don’t have the time right now… perhaps once university has started I can justify buying it, but I’m swamped in summer reading that I need to focus on first.

Alohomora – a favourite series starter

Cinder by Marissa Meyer! I enjoyed the series but I especially liked the first book. It had vivid world building that crossed between fantasy and science fiction but at the same time felt believable and concrete – a lot of young adult books could learn from Cinder’s world building.

Cheering Charm – a book that gave you the warm fuzzies

The Sun Is Also A Star is such a warm, happy contemporary that I sped read in less than a day. Nicola Yoon writes the best easy, low maintenance young adult contemporaries with uplifting messages and although I think I’ve begun to outgrow her writing, I would recommend her for anyone on the younger side of young adult.

Aguamenti – a book that made you ugly cry

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman had me stopping at 3am and I don’t cry easily at books. It was the book I really needed to read and came into my life at the perfect time.

Expecto Patronum – a bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life

Jace from The Mortal Instruments. he’s witty, sarcastic and good looking. What more do I need?

Lumos – a book you intentionally spoiled for yourself

I can’t think of a time I’ve ever intentionally spoiled something… it takes all the fun of reading out of it! I sometimes do this with TV shows if they’re taking a long time to progress, or if a character I love leaves the show, but those are the only circumstances I in which I would intentionally spoil myself.

Imperio – a book you would make everyone read if you could

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The book has gained a lot of popularity since the TV series, but I would encourage everyoen to read the book too. It’s scary how realistic the situation could become.

Engorgio – a book series you wish never ended

The Mortal Instruments is a long series but back when I was reading it I really never wanted it to end. I would love for there to be another series focusing on the same characters as adults, but I know it’s a young adult series and that is extremely unlikely to happen. Luckily the same characters appear in The Dark Artifices, so we get to see some aspects of their adult lives.

Wingardium Leviosa – a book with an uplifting message

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S I Still Love You are both great reads – hopefully the series will gain more popularity and recognition with the Netflix film adaptation.

Obliviate – a book you wish you could forget you ever read

I’m staring at my bookshelf as I write this, trying to think of a book I want to forget. Most likely I’ve donated any of the books I bought that I hated, or I borrowed them from the library and quickly returned them. I generally don’t finish reading books that I hate or even dislike, so… there aren’t any books that come to mind that I would love to forget.

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I saw this tag over at Flavia The Bibliophile. Libraries have been a big part of my life so this is the perfect tag. In case you didn’t know, both my parents work/ed at a library and I was employed at a library for two years as a weekend assistant.

The Library Lover’s Book Tag

1. How often do you visit your local library?

I use my university library more than I do a normal public library, but maybe this year is the year I change that! When I was little, my mum would bring books back every day from the library for me to read, and when I was working during college I would be at the library week and I usually borrowed a couple of books every other week.

2. Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you can read or are you someone who checks out the exact amount of books you intend to read before they are due?

I used to check out huge pile of books every few weeks. I usually didn’t get through even half of them, and i’d be stuck in a cycle of forever having too many books – but I wasn’t spending money so it was all good.

3. How old were you when you got your first library card?

I was probably about ten? I think my mum signed me up, so it might have been younger than that, and I was borrow books through my parents when I was way younger than that.

4. Do you go to your library for a particular book or do you check out anything that piques your interest?

I use the library to pick up any and all books that I might be interested in… after all, if I decide I don’t like a book, I can just return it.

5. Do you only check out books or do you also get DVDs, audiobooks, etc.?

The libraries near me charge extra for renting DVDs so I don’t borrow them, but one of the libraries I was signed up to had online books, magazines and audiobooks. I didn’t borrow the audiobooks specifically but I did borrow the digital books and magazines, and it was great – definitely check if your local library has a digital borrowing system!

6. From what section of the library do you check out most of your books?

Young Adult! But if I start going back to the library regularly now I’m almost back at university, it will be non-fiction university related stuff and I’ll probably be looking into books in the fantasy genre and from other adult authors I want to read more of.

7. What is your favorite part of using your local library?

The sense of community – whether it is a public library or a university library – is one of the things I love the most. Other than the free books, obviously. My favourite libraries have lots of study spaces and quiet areas to work, too. My university library, for example, has a platform above a lecturing theatre where there are snack and drink machines, sofas and booths. It is one of my favourite places to work!

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This is my reading wrap up for the month of July – it’s a little late but I wanted to write a summary of what I’ve been reading in July because I’m not quite ready to write full reviews of my university reading until I’ve begun to study them. Read on to find out everything I was up to in July!

July Wrap Up

Finished Books

In July I finished three books:

  1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  2. The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
  3. I was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Lolita 

I’ve never read a book I feel so conflicted about as Lolita. All reviews highlight how difficult the content matter is, and all reviews talk about how beautiful the writing is – but I feel like many synopsis’ exaggerate the supposed “love story”. Lolita is not, nor do I believe it is intended to be, a love story. It’s about a man who feels owed by the universe, a girl just trying to grow up, and the man, driven to desperate lengths to capture her.

The Art of Fiction

This is a great book looking at the ways classic texts have approached a variety of writing topics, from setting to irony, to naming characters and plot structures and allusions.

I Was Born For This

I am a huge fan of Alice Oseman anyway, so saying it is her best novel yet isn’t an exaggeration. I finished most of the book in one go and ended up sobbing at 3am. Totally worth it!

Other Reading Progress

During July I also started reading John Milton’s Paradise Lost, The Queen of The Tearling and Player Piano. These are all books I hope to finish during August, so I’ll write more about them once I’ve finished them – but keep an eye out for my weekly reading updates where I’ll also be talking about them.

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Read on to see what I’m reading this week and how I feel about each book so far. I’m changing up the format a little bit again so let me know what you think in the comments!

Weekly Novellique Reading #9

The Queen Of The Tearling

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Where can I buy it?

Click here to see The Queen Of The Tearling from Amazon!

Why am I reading it?

I’ve owned this book for years and I finally got the chance to pick it up and start reading it for fun. I love reading it before bed; the writing is easy to get into and is thought-provoking at the same time.

What do I think?

I’m absolutely loving The Queen of The Tearling! I thought it was young adult when I first started reading it, but I think it’s more new adult or adult fantasy. If you love fantasy but are bored or disinterested in young adult fantasy – or even if you just want to read more fantasy – The Queen Of The Tearling is definitely for you.


Paradise Lost

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Where can I buy it?

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Why am I reading it?

Paradise Lost is on my university reading list for my crime module.

What do I think?

I’m struggling along with Paradise Lost – I really don’t like it, but I have to read it so I’m trying to remain positive. Sometimes we have to read books we don’t like and this is one of those times… hopefully I will appreciate it more once I’m studying it at university.


Player Piano

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Where can I buy it?

Click this link to see Player Piano on Amazon!

Why am I reading it?

Player Piano is also on my university reading list for my crime module!

What do I think?

The first couple of chapter of Player Piano was really difficult to get into, but now I’m over half way through and really enjoying reading it. It has a lot of discussion about capitalism and socialism. Player Piano is set in a world where machines have replaced the majority of manual labour and everything has become effortless – but leaving behind a working class unemployed and in poverty.

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This is my review of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the base material for the original Bladerunner, is a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time. It is part of my cyborgs and literature module next term at university and is one of the first university books I looked at.

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TITLE–

Although I won’t usually be reviewing the title of books,  I wanted to mention how much I liked the title of this book. It is not only an interesting philosophical question but further relates to the electric sheep Deckard talks about in the opening chapters.

CHARACTERS–

If I had to criticise any element of the book, it would be the characters. I felt like the characterisation of Deckards wife didn’t always make sense and a significant part of this was because the concept of the mood organ and ‘dialing in’ isn’t explained. While it is easy enough to guess what this is some way of manipulating the emotions, I felt like the book should have explained or at least described this a little more. I did love the many twists revolving around a specific character (who I won’t mention to keep this spoiler free, but you’ll know once you reach the final act of the book.

PLOT–

I found it difficult to start Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? purely because of the number of invented words and concepts that aren’t explained.

OVERALL–

I’m giving Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? a 4* rating. I prefer it a lot to the Bladerunner film (which, admittedly, I’ve only watched once; but confused the heck out of me) and I’m interested in reading more of Philip K. Dicks work… I recently bought Electric Dreams which I look forward to reading and comparing.

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