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How I Choose My Books Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Danielle over at The Introverted Book Nerd! Thank you for tagging me, I’m so excited to do this tag!

Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
So I picked this up because well it’s Stephen King! I love him so much, and his writing literally is one of my favourite things, so of course I had to get it! Also this has a bit of blue on the cover so it fits!

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! I didn’t know whether it would be my type of book, but I’d heard such amazing things on people’s blogs and on Twitter, so I thought I’d give it a try! Well you can read my review here to see just how much I loved it!

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Getting to Know Me Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Ashleigh over at For the Love of Books and by the lovely Jackie over at Bookworm Cafe! I’m so unbelievably excited to do this book, it sounds so much fun and I’ve been blogging for over a year but you all still don’t really know much about me so here we go!

Books:

Can you stop reading at any time, or does it have to be a certain page or chapter?

I have to stop on a chapter! I hate stopping in between chapters because I always lose where I was on the page, and I just feel so much better being at a chapter!

Do you eat or drink anything whilst reading?

Not really! Normally I’m just completely engrossed in reading!

Can you read listening to music or watching TV?

I can listen to music but I much prefer to sit in silence and immerse myself.

One book at a time, or several at once?

It depends! I normally read several at once because my TBR is drowning me haha!

Reading at home or everywhere?

EVERYWHERE! Literally if I have even a second to read my book, you can guarantee I’ve already picked it up.

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Blogger Recognition Award!

Hi everyone!
I am so honoured to be nominated for this award! Thank you so much to the amazing Emily Williams over at http://emilywilliamsauthor.blogspot.co.uk who nominated me for this – I am so lucky! I love you!

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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#ARCAugust TBR

Hi everyone!

So I’ve just finished BookTube-A-Thon (to which you can find a playlist of all my #BTAT17 videos here!), and thought I’d now have a well deserved reading break!

THEN I saw that ARC August was happening over at Read Sleep Repeat this month…so I decided that I’d ignore my reading break and do this readathon instead! I have a lot of ARC’s to catch up on, so this has actually come at the most perfect time!

The ARC’s I’ll be reading for this readathon (in no particular order) are (I’ve included their synopsis too!):


The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world. 

To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special. 

Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do. 

She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . . 

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Anything But Books Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Kris at Boston Book Reader! Thank you for the tag! I’m actually really excited to do this, it’s hard to find bookish tags that aren’t solely focused on books! Here we go:

Name a cartoon(s) that you love

Spongebob Squarepants! I’ve always loved Spongebob from when I was little and still do now!

What is your favorite song right now?

Champion by Fall Out Boy because it’s so uplifting and I’m having a hard time at the moment so it’s definitely something I need right now!

What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

Writing! Whether it’s writing my feelings, writing about books, or just writing nonsense! It’s my absolute passion!

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Cake Flavoured Books Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’m back with ANOTHER tag (I love doing them, and I hope you love reading them!).

I originally saw Cait over at PaperFury post this on #bookstagram, and then she made an entire post about it, so I thought it’d be a shame not to do it since it combines two of my loves!

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A dark book you absolutely love

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – GODSGRAVE BY JAY KRISTOFF! This is one of the darkest books I’ve read, but is also one of the best ever books I’ve ever read! It’s so brilliantly written, and I am in love with it.

VANILLA CAKE 
A light read

I’m not really too much of a ‘light reader’, but I really loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! It was a lot of fun to read, made me laugh and warmed my heart in the best way!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY Plan To)

Hi everyone!

So TTT is actually on a break at the moment over at The Broke and the Bookish, so I thought I’d go back and do some I haven’t blogged about before, because I miss this meme!! This weekly meme was started over at The Broke and the Bookish, so make sure to check out their page!

This weeks TTT post is about the books that were released in 2016 that I STILL haven’t gotten round to! I feel like I have a LOT for this, so here we go!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I have had this on my shelf literally since it came out, so I have no idea why I’ve never gotten round to it! I’ve heard such amazing things about it, and LOVE the covers (there are 3 different ones) so I need to get to it! Also I’ve been dying to read a Kendare Blake book, so even more reason to get to it.

 

The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid

This book was one of the most anticipated for a lot of readers last year, and once again I ended up buying it the week it came out but forgot about it (SEE THE COMMON THEME???). I will get to this soon!

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The Greek Mythology Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’m finally back with a new tag! I posted the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag on my Youtube channel (Find me at: BetweenthePagesofYA), and loved it, so thought I’d do a tag for my blog here too!

I saw this on my feed, I can’t remember who posted it, but if it was you then thank you for creating it and bringing it to my attention! I love Greek Mythology so thought this would be right up my alley! Here we go:

ZEUS: GOD OF SKY AND THUNDER

Favorite Book

Hands down this one is definitely The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I know a lot of people are probably tired of me answering with this book but I can’t help it, I LOVE IT SO MUCH CAN EVERYONE PLEASE READ IT!

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POSEIDON: GOD OF THE SEA

Book that drowned you in feels

I mean 90% of the books I read seem to do this, so I nominate EVERY BOOK. But the book that drowned me in feels the most has to be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. That book chewed my emotions up, and spit them back out in my face. To say I was a wreck was an understatement, and to this day I still haven’t gotten round to reading it again!

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HADES: GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD

Favorite Book with a Dark and Ominous plot

Stephen King was the first author that ran through my mind for this question! I’d definitely say either Pet Sematary, or The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich! Both books are so ominous and creepy, and I loved them both so much!

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HERA: GODDESS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

Cutest fictional couple

SO MANY CHOICES! My heart is crying out to so many fictional couples here, but I’m going to mix it up a bit and not say one I always say! Instead I’m going for Gansey and Blue (yes I have just finished reading The Raven Cycle, how did you guess??). THEY HURT MY HURT THEY ARE SO CUTE! I wanted to read about their slow burning love forever, and cry over their perfection until I have no tears left. (NOT A HEALTHY THING TO DO FYI).

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Why Reading Means the World to Me // #WorldBookDay

Hi everyone!

So this is a little different to my usual posts on this blog but I wanted to write something today in honour of World Book Day and I thought that explaining and expressing my love for books was the perfect way! I apologise if this is a little long!

I’ve always grown up with people around me reading. Whether it was my mum, my nan or my auntie, there was always someone reading around me. I picked it up from them and since being little I’ve never looked back. Reading has been one of the most important things in my life ever since, and I wouldn’t be half the person I am without it.

I wrote a post on my other blog about the positive effects of reading, so I didn’t want to write another of those. This one is my own opinion and my own reasons behind why I love reading so much.

Reading is my escape. It allows me for however long I’m reading to become someone else. The worries I have in my life are no longer bringing me down, for even just an hour I can forget about it all and focus on myself. I’ve always loved how books can allow you to travel through universes without moving a muscle, the power of words are one of the strongest things in the world and until recently I never realised just how true that is.

Since I got diagnosed with depression, books and reading have been my lifeline. I dived into reading because that way I didn’t have to focus on what I was going through and instead I did what I’ve always done when it comes to reading and became someone else. This is one of the reasons I fight so hard. Knowing I have a book to dive into when it all gets too much, it’s a wonderful feeling. For that time my mind is no longer an issue – I get to instead worry about things like whether my favourite character will survive the chapter. Still stressful but a nicer kind of stress and worry.

However until I read Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig last year I never really realised just how much books can change you. That book changed me and gave me hope that I didn’t think I could have. Obviously my friends and family always help but this was in book format. The format I’ve loved for so many years of my life. It hit me right where it needed to.

I realised that the bookish community isn’t just an escape, but books can be a home. A place to feel safe, and somewhere where no matter how dark your life gets, there’s always that little bit of a shining light in a book to clear the dark clouds. And it means the world to me.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if, back when I was a little girl, I’d decided I hated reading. This is in no way saying that those who don’t read are any less than those who do, it’s not what I’m saying. This is purely a personal explanation of why books are one of the lights in my darkness.

They’ve helped me understand more about myself, other people, made me laugh, cry, want to scream but also have helped me make some of the most amazing friends I’ve ever met. I met one of my now closest friends through a book app and that was all down to our mutual love for books.

Books have always been there, and I know always will be. They are my constant companion through everything and I cannot ever thank my family enough for embracing the young book lover I was when I was little and letting me grow up to the person I am now.

Reading led me to starting my own YouTube talking about books, and this blog and let me start to do things to better my career and myself. It helped me further my passion for writing and combine it with my love for reading. It got me published in my student newspaper each issue with book reviews, and improved my confidence in myself. It makes me happy. I have so many things to thank reading for, I don’t think I’ll ever have time to.

But that’s it. That’s a small insight as to why reading means the world to me. It has helped me through the darkest of times, and carried me through the happiest. It works with my family and friends and helps to try corner my depression and keep it at bay, while I try to fight it. Most of all it makes me feel safe and gives me a way to see the world from the comfort of my home.

Happy World Book Day to you all! Happy Reading and I hope your love for books never wavers.

I hope you liked this little explanation!

Keep Reading,

Meggan x

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End of Year Book Survey – 2016!

Hi everyone!

The End of Year Book Survey is created by Jamie over at Perpetual Page Turner, and is a way to sum up your year in books with some questions! I absolutely love this idea, and when I saw it, I knew I just had to do it too! So here is my end of year book survey!

Number Of Books You Read: 74
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas! Read my full review of it here! However a close second is definitely Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, which you can read my review of here!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan! I was so excited for this but I just didn’t get along with it at all. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t my cup of tea! 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! I didn’t know what to expect from this, but after reading the synopsis I wasn’t really expecting too much. However then I read it and I was amazed at how good it was! It completely blew me away, and I went and bought the next books as soon as I’d finished because I was in awe of how amazing it was! Check out my full review here!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I loved this book and I told my friend to read it, and luckily she did! She also loved it too so that was a bonus!

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best Series – Definitely The Infernal Devices. I just love them so much!

Best Sequel – I could say ACOMAF, but I’m going to mix it up and say Starr Lost by Kim Briggs! She’s an amazing author and this book was everything!

Best Series Ender – Winter by Marissa Meyer! I LOVED this book so much, it was everything I’ve ever wanted in a finale book, and I just wanted to reread it instantly!

 6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?

Joe Hill! I read NOS4R2 earlier last year and as soon as I finished it I went and bought basically all his other books because I was hooked!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. I never read poetry, it’s never really been my thing, but this book was absolutely gorgeous! I loved every poem and ended up saving a couple to look at later!

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