The Last Book I ……… Book Tag!

It’s Thursday which is always a good day to do a book tag. I saw this tag on Becky’s Book Blog but it apparently began on Instagram before Becky adapted it for her blog post. It’s a really simple fun tag so let’s get started.

The last book I bought

I bought this two days ago in preparation for going on holiday next week. I love the world that Melissa Caruso has created in this series and her previous trilogy and I’m really looking forward to reading this latest instalment.

The last book I borrowed

I borrowed these books from the library on Monday, again in preparation for our holiday next week. I am so excited about going to Venice next week!

The last book I was gifted

The last time I received a book as a gift was at Christmas when I received this from my son.

The last book I gave to someone else

The last time I gave books to anyone else was also at Christmas. I gave A Little Hatred to my husband and Defy the Night to my daughter.

The last book I started

I’m really enjoying this tale of family secrets as an estranged brother and sister find out a lot more about their mother than they expected after her death.

The last book I finished

This was my last finished book which is a Net Galley ARC. Set in Aquitaine, France, Chief of Police Bruno is faced with a terrorist incident when a folk song becomes the subject of political uproar and the songwriter might the focus of an assassination attempt.

The last book I rated 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved this story of the aristocratic Count Rostov who is sentenced to house arrest at the Hotel Metropole. It’s quite a gentle slow moving story that details his life over the next 3 decades. At its heart, it’s the story of found family.

The last book I rated 2 stars ⭐⭐

This sounded brilliant but I was just bored with it. Apparently it’s a TV series and it seemed to have been written with that in mind rather than a novel to be read.

The last book I DNF’d

I couldn’t get on with this at all and when the snake started to contribute to the story it was time to give it up.

The last book I listened to

I don’t listen to audio books so I think the last book I listened to was the radio dramatisation of the Hobbit years ago.

This was a fun tag to do. Thank you Becky for creating this version.

What would your ‘last’ books be?

The Count to 10 with me tag

It’s at least three weeks since I did a book tag so when I saw this one on Ashlee’s site Books are 42 it seemed like a good time to do another one. The Count to 10 With Me Tag, was created by The Bumbling Blogger’s partner on BookTube. Other bloggers who have done it are For Books Sake and the Irresponsible Reader . If you enjoy reading this post, then why not check out their answers too?

So let’s count to 10 in books!

Book One of a series


The first book I read this year is the first book in a series and I loved it. The Mask of Mirrors is a fantasy book where a con artist, a mysterious vigilante and and a crime lord have to work together to save their city. The novel has strong echoes of Italian political history, think of the Medici family and has such amazing strong characters.

Two or more copies of the same book

No surprises for guessing Lord of the Rings. I have a paperback edition and also my classic hardbacks.

Three colours on a book cover

This involved pulling lots of books off the shelves. I seem to have a lot of books with 4 colours on the cover but I eventually found The Bone Shard Daughter. This is another new and as yet unfinished series but another one that I loved and am eagerly awaiting the final part.

Four or more points of view

Sometimes it seems hard to find a fantasy novel that doesn’t have multiple points of view. Joe Abercrombie’s latest trilogy has many more than 4 points of view but the chaotic number of viewpoints just helps reinforce the chaos of the society he writes about.

A Five Star Read

I’ve had a few 5 star reads this year and this was one of the most recent ones. I loved this account of a set of characters in New York at three different times, 1893, 1993 and 2093. The last section in particular stayed in my head for ages.

Six or more short stories

I don’t read many short stories but I have recently read this collection of murder mysteries that are set in bookshops or libraries. I often find short stories irritating as I’m just getting interested in the characters when the story ends. This was an interesting collection though.

Seven on the cover or spine

This is the first in the Seven Sisters series. I bought it at Heathrow airport and read it as we flew across the Atlantic to New York in 2019. That’s the last time we went abroad and this book brings back some very happy memories of that holiday.

Eight letters in the title

It took a while to find a book with only 8 letters. I seem to have lots of books with 9 or 10 . Magician is one of the best fantasy novels ever written and has featured on many tags that I have taken part in.

A book that ends on a page ending in 9

This is the prequel to Terry Brooks brilliant and now complete Shannara and is a great read as a stand alone. My copy of this book finishes on page 489.

Ten Books in the Series

This might be cheating a bit as the series is only half way through but certainly Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive is planned to be 10 books long. We might have to wait a while for the next 5 though as apparently they aren’t going to be written until he’s finished the next Mistborn set.

I’ve really enjoyed searching my book shelves for books to fit this tag so thank you to The Bumbling Blogger’s Partner for creating it. As usual most of my answers are fantasy books simply because that’s the genre I buy most of. I tend to get my crime novels and contemporary fiction from the library.

What would your answers be.

Meet the Blogger – Book Tag

I love to take part in tags but haven’t done one in a while so when I was tagged by Becky at Becky’s Book Blog for this tag, it seemed the perfect time to do this. If you enjoy reading my answers, then why not pop along and visit Becky’s blog to read her answers too.

I did do another Meet the Blogger post last year but that was a different creator and completely different questions so this is a completely new post.

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you (Thank you, Becky)
  • Mention the creator Lauren @ Lala’s Book Reviews
  • Tag as many (or as few) people as you’d like
  • Have fun and get to know one another!

Introduce yourself


Hello! I’m Janette and I’m an almost retired primary school teacher from Leicester in England. I officially retired last Summer but still go in for one or two days a week which is just perfect. I have loved reading for as long as I can remember and really enjoy sharing this love on my blog. As well as reading, I perform in amateur musicals on stage whenever I can and also love walking, preferably along a beach.

Do you have any pets?

I have an 18 month tabby cat called Sylvie who is currently having a mad half hour tearing around the house and jumping on as many things as she can.

What is your favourite thing to drink?

My favourite drink is a cold glass of dry white wine, preferably Sauvignon Blanc. My idea of heaven is a glass of wine, a bar of chocolate and a book.

What is your favourite season?

Spring without a doubt. I love the days getting lighter and warmer and all of the Spring colours appearing. Spring means is getting close to holiday season too so going to the beach gets a bit nearer

Love the gorgeous Spring b.ossom

Do you have any special talents?

I used to have a reasonable singing voice but sadly, that seems to have deteriorated with age. I still love to sing and perform though. I also love to draw and paint but am definitely not talented in that area.

When and why did you start your blog?

I started blogging as a teacher way back in 2012 and I also used to run a class blog for my children. Those class blogs are still on WordPress and every so often I get notifications that people have read them. However, that tailed off until I decided to give it a new lease of life last year as a book blog. I was inspired initially by bloggers I saw on Twitter and then it sort of took on a life of its own.

What is something that you wish you knew about blogging when you first started?

That it takes time but you will get an audience. At first it seemed as though I was just keeping a diary that only I saw but gradually people started to find and read my blog. It’s still only tiny in terms of views but that’s OK. Every comment still makes me excited.

What has been the hardest part about blogging?

Linked to the above answer, writing a blog post that nobody reads can be disheartening.

What has been the most rewarding part of blogging?

Definitely being part of a new community. Finding people who read and enjoy the same books as me is brilliant. And I have found so many new books and authors to read by reading blogs.

Do you write your posts ahead of time or write them the day of posting?

Mainly I write them on the day of publication. I will publish this one as soon as I’ve written it. As I’m mostly retired now, I have plenty of time to write. Sometimes though, if it’s a weekly meme such as WWW Wednesday, I will write the night before and publish the next day.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

That is such a mean question!!!!! How on earth can I pick just 5 out of all the authors I love???

  1. Ann Cleeves
  2. Beth O’Leary
  3. Leigh Bardugo
  4. Melissa Caruso
  5. Joe Abercrombie

However, that’s just 5 that I have thought of today. If you ask me next week, it might be a completely different 5 authors.

What genre do you read the most?

It’s probably an even split between crime/mystery novels and fantasy. I love them both.

What genre surprised you by how much you love it?

Oooh, that’s another tricky one. I can’t think of an actual genre but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the grimdark side of fantasy by Joe Abercrombie and other authors.

Which popular book didn’t live up to the hype for you?

The Atlas Six was a distinct let down for me. Also The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo which everyone seems to love and I really didn’t enjoy at all.

Who are some popular authors you haven’t read?

I’ve never read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve never read any Cassandra Clare either

What upcoming release are you excited to read?

Definitely No Show by Beth O’Leary. I have loved all of her books so far and can’t wait to read this latest one.

Do you listen to music while reading?

I always have music on in the house but whether I’m actually listening to it as I read is a different question entirely. That probably depends on how good my current book is.

Where else can we find you online?

Twitter

Instagram

Tags

I think that most of the people I would tag have already been tagged but if you would like to do this then please join in. Tag me in your answers and we can all get to know each other a bit better.

The 2021 Good News Tag

This was an exciting event in my little corner of the bookblogging world. I love reading Tags and often take part in them just because they appeal to me. However, this week I was actually tagged to take part which is a first!!!!! Thank you Laura for creating this fun tag and for tagging me to do it.

The tag was created by Laura after being inspired by a tag created by Phoenix @ Books with Wings. The intention is to celebrate the good things that happened in 2021. Laura also created the graphics that I’ve used to so please pop along to her site to read the original post.

Rules

  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (Text prompts are at the end of the tag if you’d prefer to use those)
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.

I absolutely loved this book when I read it last year and certainly hope that they live happily after.

The brilliant character of Mephi was one of my favourite parts of this book.

Science plays a huge part in the third part of this amazing book.

I definitely felt that this was a real celebration of British Nigerian culture

I really loved this historical fantasy set in Shanghai and can’t wait to read the sequel.

Kaz Brekker is definitely a kick ass disabled character. This still seems to be an area where there is still a lack of representation in books as I couldn’t think of many protagonists with physical disabilities.

I’m not tagging anyone but if you’ve enjoyed reading this post, then consider yourself tagged.

Thanks again to Laura for the tag and for tagging me.

The Cat Markings Book Tag

Cat Markings Book Tag

I haven’t done a tag for a couple of weeks and so I thought it was about that I did. This tag was created by Laura at The Corner of Laura. As a long time cat owner or possibly cat servant, this seemed like the perfect tag to do

Sylvie looking suitably regal

Rules

  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to her page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (Text prompts are at the end of the tag if you’d prefer to use those)
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.
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Black Cats: Pick a book that doesn’t get the love it deserves

I don’t think that this book is as well loved as it should be because it’s Science Fiction which sometimes gets seen as a niche genre all about aliens and huge space battles. There are as many different types of Sci Fi as Fantasy though and this is a brilliant romance combined with a murder mystery and some politics. It just happens to be set on a different world.

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White Cats: Pick a book with great disability rep

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I’ve read several books about characters with issues such as autism. However, this was the only book that I can remember reading with a physically disabled character. Marie-Laure is a blind teenager in Nazi occupied France. It’s a beautiful book and definitely has a positive view of a disabled character.

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Ginger Cats: Name your favourite male character

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More Sci fi for this one. Damien Montgomery from Glynn Stewart’s Starship Mage series is definitely my favourite male character. He is an unassuming mage who is only 5ft 2 in tall but wields tremendous power through the use of runes carved into his skin. I think that he is the best character Glynn Stewart has ever created and am sorry that he is only a peripheral character in the latest books.

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Tortoiseshell Cats: Name your favourite female character

My favourite female has to be Mara from the Empire series by Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist. Her family is completely destroyed in a feud with another house but she gives up her planned life as a priestess to take up her new role as head of her house. She is such a brilliant character, brave, loyal, caring and not afraid to make hard decisions when she needs to.

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Calico Cats: Name a character you wish was your best friend

A character that I would to have as a best friend would be Aadhya from Naomi Novik’s Scholomance books. She is such a great friend to El even when El is in a foul mood which is often. She’s patient and sensible and everything that you would want your best friend to be.

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Tabby Cats: Name a character who’s the life and soul of the party

This one was hard to think of. I don’t seem to read many books with extroverts. I wonder what that says about me? In the end I settled for Firesong, a very extrovert mage from Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books. He would certainly be the life and soul of the party as well as definitely being the most extravagantly dressed person there. I have to say that my tabby doesn’t fit this particular statement. She runs and hides as soon as anyone comes to our house.

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A Clowder of Cats: Name your favourite fictional squad

This one is going back a bit but my favourite fictional squad has to be the characters that David Eddings created in The Belgariad. Belgarath, Polgara, Silk, Barak and the rest of the crew are such a brilliant team, The banter between them used to make me laugh out loud. I have read the books several times and the series remains one of my all time favourites.

Thanks to Laura for creating this tag. Why not visit her page to see the original answers?

Are you a cat lover? What would your answers be?

The Book Blogger Memory Challenge Book Tag

I love a good tag and when I saw this yesterday on Kerri McBookNerd , it was definitely one that I wanted to do. I have a very unreliable memory for useful things like dentist appointments and where I put the keys but have a brilliant memory for useless trivia such as what I was wearing on a certain day 10 days years ago. I thought that maybe a good memory for trivia might help with a challenge that relied on memory rather than looking things up.

This tag was originally created by Laura @ Laura’s Book Reviews. The original link doesn’t seem to work anymore which is a shame as Laura seems to have created several tags that are still floating around today. That’s quite an achievement I think.

The rules of the tag appear to just be to answer the questions from memory without googling or looking at your bookshelves. The second one is quite hard as it’s difficult to sit out of sight of a bookshelf in my house but I will try not to peep.

Name a book by an author called Michael
This one is quite easy as I can think of at least four different authors but I’ll go with The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo, the children’s author who is probably most famous for War Horse.

Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

Another easy one as I own many, many books with dragons on the cover but I’ll go with Dragonquest by Anne McCaffery, the first book she wrote in the Dragons of Pern series.

Name a book about a character called George

George’s Marvellous Medicine by the incomparable Roald Dahl

Name a book by an author called Smith

This one stumped me for a bit and then I remembered Dick King Smith, another children’s author. He’s probably most well-known for writing The Sheep Pig which was turned into the film Babe. However, I best remember Sophie’s Snail which my daughter used to love.

Name a book set in Australia

The Dry by Jane Harper is set in Australia as are all of her books. If you enjoy a good crime fiction novel and haven’t already read her books, then you really should.

Name a book with the name of a month in the title


I couldn’t think of one but then I remembered A Wedding in December. I think that it was written by Sarah Morgan but I could be wrong about that.

Name a book with a knife on the cover

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman which is the second part of his Dark Materials trilogy.

Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title

This was really hard. I left it until last and went out for a walk. I’m going with One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest but I have no idea who the author was.

Name a book with an eponymous title

I think that eponymous means giving your name to something so I think a book that uses a character’s name as the title would work. I’m going for Violeta by Isabel Allende which I read recently and is really good.

Name a book turned into a movie

I could just go with Babe from the earlier answer but that seems a bit like cheating so I’ll go with Children of Men by P D James. I loved the book and it was turned into a film starring the gorgeous Clive Owen.

This was really fun to do and I’m quite pleased that I managed to answer all of the prompts. Interesting that several of them are children’s books which probably reflects how often I read them to my children. Thank you Kerri for posting this tag.

How good is your bookish memory? What would your answers be?

Bookish Boxes and Buzzwords Tag

I love to do a tag sometime during the week and I just loved the title of this one. I spotted this on Shelves of Starlight (such a gorgeous name for a book blog) but it seems to have originally created by LizziefayeLovesBooks. Thanks to Books are 42 for researching that.

Here are my answers to the questions:

Your Go-To or favourite genre:
Definitely fantasy. I love a bit of escapism that takes me to another world completely. If it has dragons in it, so much the better. Series such as Anne McCaffery’s Dragons of Pern or Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series are my ultimates favourites.

Retellings that you are drawn to:
I’m not that struck on retellings of fairy tales but I have loved the latest crop of Greek Myth retellings. Ariadne is my favourite of the ones I’ve read

Lifestyles or careers of the book characters:
Like a lot of readers, I love books about people who love books. One of my favourites last year was The Bookish Life of Nina Hill which was laugh out loud funny.

Places or settings that you are drawn to:
I love books that are set in places that I have been as I can picture the locations so clearly but I also love books set in places that I have never been. I think the key is that I love books where the setting is important and described well by the author. I love Jane Harper’s novels set in Australia as she describes the settings so vividly.

Relationships you love reading about
I really enjoy those friendships that include a lot of humour and banter between characters but also you can’t beat a good romance that creeps up on the characters even though the reader can see it coming a mile off.

Buzzwords in the title of a book
My second love is crime fiction so I’m often attracted by books that include the words Death or Murder in the title.

Things on book covers that draw you in:
Dragons!!!!!! Pretty covers in general. Looking at my books, I seem to be drawn to books with blue based covers.

Non fiction buzzwords or a non fiction area that you are drawn to:
I can’t think of any buzzwords as I don’t read much non-fiction – something I’m trying to rectify this year. My main area would be history or biogaphies of historical figures.

Medical Conditions of Characters
I can’t think of anything specific but I always enjoy any books where the characters are overcoming difficulties of any sort. I do think that there need to be more characters in contemporary fiction with medical conditions so that people have more representation. It’s really rare in fantasy as well. The only character I can think of immediately is Amalia in Melissa Caruso’s Swords and Fire trilogy.

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Time of Year or time in history or the future that you are drawn to
Strangely, although I hate the cold, I love stories set in the Winter. I also love dystopian fiction set in the not too distant future.

Bonus- Any bookish boxes or buzzwords not already mentioned
Not that I can think of 😒

What bookish boxes or buzzwords turn you away from a book?
When I see that the series goes on forever. I love series of books where there a lots of books set in the same place or world but each one stands by itself but my heart sinks if I have to wait for 14 books to find out who is the Dragon Reborn.

Thanks for reading my answers to this tag and thanks to Shelves of Starlight and Books are 42 for their posts.

What would your answers be?

Get to know the Fantasy Reader Tag

It’s Thursday and I don’t have any brilliant ideas for a blog post so I thought I would do a book tag. I felt I needed to post today to celebrate the fact that yesterday, over 30 people visited my tiny of the internet and read at least one of my blogs. That might not be a huge number to most of you but to me, it’s a record for my baby book blog.

To find a tag, I visited that oracle of all book tags Zezee who has compiled a huge list of tags. Have a look at the post, it’s an amazing list. As a lover of all things fantasy, I decided to do the Fantasy Reader tag. This was created by  which booktuber the Book Pusher adapted from Bree Hill’s Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag. Zezee’s own post is also here.

What is your fantasy origin story? How did you come to read your first fantasy novel?

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Like many people around my age, my first memory of a fantasy story was having The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe read to me at school. I was 7 and can still remember parts of it really vividly. That led me to getting the rest of the series from the library and I was hooked on fantasy from then on.

If you could be the heroine in a fantasy novel, who would you want to write it and what’s one trope you would insist on being in the story?

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I would want my story to be written by Australian author Jennifer Fallon. I love her writing and would adore being in one of her books. As for the trope, well obviously I would need to be the chosen one. We mostly lead fairly ordinary lives but don’t we all dream of being chosen to do something special one day?

What’s a fantasy that you’ve read this year that you want more people to read?

It’s only January so I’ve cheated a bit and gone back to the end of last year too. Raybearer and Mask of Mirrors are both great books but I haven’t seen them in any bookshops so a lot of people will not know anything about them.

What is your favourite fantasy sub genre and which sub genre have you not read much from?

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I’ve never really thought much about sub genres but I guess my favourite would be Epic or Heroic fantasy. I love it when I get transported to a completely different world and get involved in the politics, battles and romances. Lord of the Rings set me up nicely for series such as Wheel of Time and A Game of Thrones as well as the examples I’ve mentioned already in this post.

I don’t read much magic realism or paranormal stuff. I prefer my fantasy to be completely removed from my real world. I did read Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo last year and enjoyed that but it’s not my preferred form of fantasy reading.

Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

This is so hard to answer. I don’t think I could say just one. Jennifer Fallon for certain, Mercedes Lackey and L E Modessit would all be authors that I would definitely buy whatever they published.

How do you typically find book recommendations?

Definitely through book blogs. I used to really struggle to find recommendations. If I didn’t see it on the shelf in a shop, then I didn’t really hear about it. The library sometimes has new fantasy authors but there doesn’t seem to be much demand for fantasy books in Leicestershire so they don’t put much money into buying stock. Discovering the world of Book blogging has been a revelation. I have discovered so many amazing books over the past 6 months that I would never have heard of otherwise. Thank to all the people who have written posts about fantasy books that I have gone to love.

What is an upcoming fantasy release that you are excited for?

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Definitely the Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham. I loved his series The Dagger and the Coin and this one sounds really interesting. It’s the story of a single city over a year with different stories all impacting upon one another.

What is one misconception about Fantasy that you would lay to rest?

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Lord of the Rings can lead people to believe that all fantasy is about elves, dwarves etc which can have a fairy tale aspect and lead people to dismiss fantasy as a bit childish. To be fair, they do appear in a lot of other popular series such as Shannara but Fantasy is so much more more than that. You can probably find a fantasy book to suit any reader. Joe Abercrombie is one of my favourite authors and definitely no elves here.

If someone had never read a fantasy book and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that came to mind as places to start, what would they be?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy has to be a great place to start. If you don’t read that, then you can’t recognise the huge debt that so many other fantasy writers owe to Tolkein. It is a bit light on good female representation I admit but still a great story.

Six of Crows is just a such a brilliant cast of characters. There has to be someone in there that everyone can identify with.

Magician is one of the all time great fantasy stories. Yes, it has elves, dwarves and dragons so maybe reinforces stereotypes but it is just a great read.

Who is the most recent fantasy content creator you came across that you would like to give a shout out to?

Ummm. Sorry but I can’t answer this as I don’t really look at YouTube or TikTok so I haven’t come across anybody. Maybe that’s something that I need to look into. Does anyone have any recommendations of where I could start?

That’s my fantasy reading tag. Thank you for reading this so far. And thank you to Zezee for her brilliant list of tags.

New Year’s Book Tag

I was walking home and thinking that it would be a nice idea to find a New Year Tag and then Ashlee posted this on her blog Books are 42 so it seemed to be the perfect reason to write a post. Thanks Ashlee! I can’t find the original post which appears to have been by Tina at As Told by Tina but isn’t available now.

So here goes my first book tag of 2022

How many books are you planning to read in 2022?

My goodread challenge is set at 200. I read nearly 300 in 2021 but that was because I couldn’t go out and do other things for much of the year.

Name 5 books that you didn’t get to in 2021 but want to make a priority in 2022

Five books that I didn’t manage to read in 2021 include The city we became by N K Jemison, Magpie by Elizabeth Day, The White Ship by Charles Spencer, Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell and The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant.

What Genre do you want to read more of?

Non Fiction so I’ve signed up to the non fiction reading challenge this year to try and actually do that. I’ve owned The White Ship for months but still haven’t started it yet.

Name 3 non book related goals for 2022

I – To actually get to Venice. We should have gone in 2020 and in 2021 and have rebooked our holiday for the third time

2. – Linked to the above, to try and learn Italian properly. I’m using Duolingo but would like to find a proper class.

3- Just to get out more and visit local places rather than just walk around the area close to my home.

What’s a book that you’ve had forever and are determined to read?

I don’t actually have one. I did have Great Expectations which I had owned for years but I finally got around to reading it last Summer. This year my intention is to read Bleak House.

One word that you hope 2022 will be

Restriction-free.
Does that count as one word? Or maybe ‘normal’. I’m just hoping for a world where we can get back to normal daily lives and see our friends and families.

And that’s the first tag of this year done. What would your answers be?

The Last Ten Books Tag

As it’s the last day of the year I thought that it would be appropriate to do the Last 10 Books tag. I saw this here on Leslie’s Books are the new black blog. However the original tag was created by booktuber: Marc Nash 

The Last book I gave up on

I very rarely give up on a book. I’m far more likely to skim read it really quickly just to find out how it all ends. However, I just couldn’t be bothered to finish this one. It sounded brilliant. A murder mystery set in a dystopian setting when the world is ending sounded right up my street but sadly, it didn’t live up to its promise. I think it was the characters. I just didn’t care about any of them and there didn’t seem to be any real tension in the novel.

The Last Book I Bought

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I bought this yesterday after seeing some amazing reviews for it. It’s going to be my first read of 2022 as I will start it tomorrow.

The Last Book I Wrote in the Margins of

Writing in the margins!!!! Horror of horrors! I haven’t done that since I studied A Level English Literature and wrote margin notes in my Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy novels.

The Last Book that I had Signed

You can pick up signed copies in nearly every book shop now but the last book that I had signed personally after chatting to the author was by the late, great Anne McCaffrey.

The Last Book I Lost

I don’t normally lose books but I was in the middle of reading this when we moved house and managed to lose it so I had to replace it

The Last Book that I had to replace

My original Pan paperback was second hand and fell to pieces so I had to replace it. Very sad as the new covers are very insipid.

The Last Book I argued over

Probably Mansfield Park again which I remember having a healthy discussion over during a degree tutorial. The question was ‘Is Fanny Price a wimp?’ I don’t tend to argue over books though. I’ll just disagree quietly 😃

The Last Book I pre-ordered

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I love L E Modessit and often pre-order his books. This was the last one released in November and I was sooooo disappointed.

What would your last 10 books be? Do you write in the margins? 😲

That’s my last post for 2021. I’ll see you all in the new year!