How I Read Tag

 

How I Read Book Tag

This tag does what it says on the tin!

Thank you to Deanna at a novel glimpse for tagging me 🙂 It’s only taken my two months to respond. Sorry!


How do you find out about new books to read?

Mostly through blogging! I usually choose books based on the recommendations of other bloggers. I have become a little skeptical of books which receive a lot of hype so I tend to wait until I see a range of reviews before picking those books up. I add most books to my TBR on a Wednesday thank to WWW Wednesday, a weekly book meme hosted by Sam over at Taking On A World of Words. Please join in!

How has your taste in books changed since you got older?

I don’t think it’s changed much! Early favourite authors included Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. I remember when I was about twelve working my way through all the books by Diana Wynn Jones our school library had (about 20 I think) and loving them all. Howl’s Moving Castle is still one of my favourite books. I also started reading Terry Pratchett when I was about the same age (Truckers, Diggers and Wings, and Only You Can Save Mankind before the Discworld). However, while sci-fi and fantasy has always been my “thing”, I also remember enjoying detective stories and mysteries like The Three Investigators and Nancy Drew.

Childhood favourite books

How often do you buy books?

Not as often as you might think. I use my library a lot; mostly because we ran out of shelf space for books a long time ago. Maybe, on average, once a month? I tend to buy quite a few at a time rather than one a week 🙂

On this topic, I found this cartoon the other day and it made me think of lots of the lovely bloggers I follow, so I’ll share it here…

Running out of space for books get new shelves bookish problems cartoon

This cartoon is by Grace Buchele Mineta. You can check out her cartoons here.

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The Real Neat Blog Award

 

Thank you to Charley at booksandbakes1 and Deanna at a novel glimpse for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award. As is becoming a bit of a theme here, it’s taken me a while to get round to responding to these nominations. Sorry. Please check out Charley and Deanna’s lovely blogs to help make up for my tardiness.

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The Rules:

1. Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 7 questions the nomination has provided.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Create 7 questions for your nominees.

I’m going to “bend” the rules. To stop this post becoming ridiculously long, I’m going to answer the first 4 of Charley’s 7 questions and the last 3 of Deanna’s.


1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?

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The Reading Habits Tag

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I was tagged forever ago by Charley over at booksandbakes1 to do the Reading Habits Tag. After doing a post about writing habits last week, I thought this would be a good one to follow that up with. Thank you, Charley!


Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Either on the sofa or in bed. The only problem with reading in bed is that I tend to drift off…

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Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I have bookmarks I forget to use. I sometimes use pieces of paper or I just remember a page number/chapter.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter/a certain amount of pages? 

I do try and finish a chapter just so I can remember where I left things.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

If I’m reading on the sofa it’s always nice to have a cup of tea nearby. If the book’s engrossing this can result in a cold cup of tea!

Wait! There’s more. Click for the rest of my answers and more cute GIFS!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Firstly, apologies to everyone who has tagged me over the past couple of months. I am SO behind. But I thought I had to give this tag priority because we’re already way past “mid-year” and soon there’ll be a “end of year” tag to do!

I was tagged by Illeanas Book Reviews and Travelling in my Bookcase. Please check out their great blogs and their answers to the questions in this tag – they recommend some great books. I’m so sorry it’s taken me a while to do this and thank you for tagging me.

Clicking on a single book cover image to go to the Goodreads page. I’ve linked most titles to my reviews.


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015

Mid-year freak out tag best reads
Wait! There’s more. Click for the rest of my answers!

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

A final thank you to Ashley at Dear World for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge/Book Tag!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

 Quote 3: from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Some (spoiler-free) context: in the last book in the HP series, Harry has been having a slightly unusual conversation with Dumbledore, who says this:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quote

This is one of the lines from the Harry Potter series which has stuck with me.

Nominations/tags:

  1. Love and Other Bookish Things
  2. Nola at Bookfuls
  3. Abby at The Bookish Barrister

If you’ve already been tagged, please ignore me and link me to your posts so I can check them out!

Happy reading! 🙂

 Claire Huston / Art and Soul

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

Thank you again to Ashley at Dear World for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge/Book Tag!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

 Quote 2: from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Some context: Lady Catherine has rudely butted into Colonel Fitzwilliam’s conversation, demanding to know what he’s talking about. He replies, “Music”, leading her to comment:

Lady Catherine pride and prejudice image

This is one of the best quotes to demonstrate the genius of Austen’s style. She lets Lady Catherine reveal how vain and pompous she is through what she says, rather than by the narrator telling us.

Nominations/tags: I’m going to nominate 3 bloggers tomorrow on day 3, rather than 3 a day. I’ve come quite late to this tag and everyone else has already done it!

Last quote and nominations tomorrow 🙂

© Claire Huston / Art and Soul

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1

Thank you to Ashley at Dear World for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge/Book Tag!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

 Quote 1: from Matilda by Roald Dahl (illustrations by the equally marvellous Quentin Blake)

Matilda by Roald Dahl illustrated by Quentin Blake image

This is one of my all-time favourite books and an essential for anyone who loves reading. I’d still love to be able to move things using my mind – it would come in handy, especially now I have a toddler 😉

As for tagging other bloggers – I’ve decided to nominate 3 bloggers on day 3, rather than 3 a day. So many bloggers I know have already done this challenge…

More tomorrow 🙂

 Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

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Thank you to Lia over at BookLand for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award a couple of weeks ago. Sorry it’s taken me so long to accept the nomination and I hope you’re enjoying your holiday! 🙂

Wait! There’s more. Click for my answers and nominees!