Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

This was a video that we wanted to do back in July but never got round to, and then the longer we left it the less ‘mid-year’ it became! But since we really like the survery-style questions, here it is. We were tagged Liv The Book Nerd (thereby giving us the perfect opportunity to do this!

Q  U  E  S  T  I  O  N  S

253224491. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016.
This is a super hard question, because there were some amazing books that came out in the beginning of the year that seem so far away at this point! One of many is Radio Silence by Alice Oseman! Solitaire was our favourite book of 2015, so it’s no surprise that Radio Silence will be somewhere on that TOP list of 2016! We actually got to meet Alice, along with her book writing BFF Lauren James(!), in March – here’s a video chronicalling it!

2. The best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016.
Maddie: How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne.
Bee: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Maddie & Bee: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

anticipatedfallreleases4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
We have a whole video of anticipated releases for Fall-Winter!

5. Biggest disappointment.
Maddie: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Bee: The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

6. Biggest surprise.
Maddie& Bee: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – we picked it up from the library on a whim with zero expectations and we both ending up really enjoying it!

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Maddie: Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King. It was one of the first books I read this year, and this authors debut, but I loved it and will now read everything he writes…probably.
Bee: V.E. Schwab – we even got to meet her this year! We filmed her entire talk and when she signed our books. She was sooo lovely!

287560538. Newest fictional crush.
Maddie: Tim from The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Bee: It’s been a bit of a disappointing year crush-wise, but if I had to pick: Alucard from A Gathering Of Shadows.

9. Newest favourite character.
Maddie& Bee: Just about every character in Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

10. Book that made you cry.
Maddie: I almost thought I hadn’t cried at any book this year (because it’s seriously not often I do) but then Bee reminded me I had an actual sobbing fest over The Serpent King.
Bee: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloane.

11. Book that made you happy.
Maddie: Spot The Difference by Juno Dawson. Our friend Carys, when she went to YALC, even queued up to meet her so she could get a copy signed and dedicated to give us!
Bee: Sunny Side Up by Holly Smale. Harriet Manners never fails to make me smile!

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Maddie: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead! It’s going to be the series I read this winter, and I’m really hyped for it!
Bee: Asides from university assigned reading…I would love to have at least started the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes! I’ve been saying I want to read it practically since January!

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The GBBO Book Tag!

We were tagged by Aoife at Fred Weasley Died Laughing to do the GBBO book tag, created by ReadingWithJack and what better time to do it than the week Bake Off is back on air!

1. CAKE: The cake has sunk in the middle. Pick a book that didn’t rise to your expectations.
Bee: Across the Universe by Beth Revis. It turned out to be one of the most predictable and boring read!
Maddie: Anything I’ve read this year by E. Lockhart: How to be Bad and the Ruby Oliver series. Nothing has been as cool and plot twist-y as We Were Liars!

2. BISCUITS: Once you’ve eaten one, you’re hungry for more and each time you eat another, they get more and more delicious. Pick a book series or trilogy that got progressively better.
Bee: The second half of the Study Series by Maria V Snyder. I love the original trilogy, but the fourth book kind of let me down. But, Night Study really pulled it back to a kick ass continuation!
Maddie: Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne – Each book got progressively more feminist and filled with girl power, two of my favourite things! Continue reading “The GBBO Book Tag!”

Award: The Book Fangirling Blog Award

We were nominated by Kellie at Book Delights, so a huge thank you to Kellie! Fandoms are definitely something that Bee and I are apart of, but it doesn’t take over our lives as much as it could. So, let’s have fun answering her great questions.

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions they set for you.
  • Set some new questions and nominate five more bloggers.

Questions

1. Which fandom do you think creates the best (subjectively) fanart/fanfiction/gifs…?

We’ve been following the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and seeing all the fanart of the queens has been AMAZING! Drag Queens make such great models for fanart because of their intense costume and makeup, personal favourite artists being: Chad Sell and dariendoodles!

And, more longstanding, the Percy Jackson fandom has always been on point with their fanarts, see Viria if you want to cry your heart out over the beauty.

2. How many fandoms do you identify yourself with? What fandoms are they?

SO MANY. At the moment, our current fandoms are Steven Universe (life-changingly adorable. (Those new episodes, though!)) and Victorious, because we’re discovering old Nickelodeon shows from 2008 and it’s the best thing ever!

3. Do you have any fandom items? If you do, what is your favourite item?

We have a lot of Harry Potter merch, from t-shirts and figurines to actual wands from the Warner Brother Studios, but our favourite things are probably all the dolls we have that assert us as part of the Mattel fandom.

4. Favourite OTP from your favourite fandom?

All time favourite fandom? Oh my goodness, how can anyone decide this? We did a video of our favourite couples, so turn to that to get to know us a little better! Currently, Cat and Robbie from Victorious are fuelling my happiness. (And the fact that they turn up in Ariana’s One Last Time video makes my life complete.)

5. What book (series)/fandom/tv series/anything will you remain a fangirl for until the very end?

Once Upon A Time. No matter how bad people say the writing is, or the trajectory of the character’s fates, we’ll remain in Storybrooke forever, or at least until Rumbelle get their happy ending! Similar things can be said for the Pretty Little Liars fandom. As long as the baes all end up together by the end of season seven, you can count us both as satisfied fans!

Our Questions: 
1. What fandom would you recommend to others?

2. What fandoms have you been part of for the longest and the shortest amount of time?

3. Do you contribute to your fandoms with fanfiction, art, gifs, etc. or do you just support and appreciate it?

4. What’s your all-time favourite fandom?

5. Do you have any head-canons, or only follow the canon?

If you like the sound of this tag, we tag YOU to do it!

Liebster Award 2 & 3!

We were nominated for another two Leibster Awards, by Danissa the Reader, and WrittenWordWorlds – thank you so much girls for the nominations! We’ve already made a post about the Leibster Award but here are the questions we were asked to answer!

  1. What was the last YA contemporary you read?
    Bee: Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
    Maddie: The Princess Diaries: Princess in Training by Meg Cabot
  2. What book have you most recently stopped reading before you made it to the end and not bothered to pick it back up again?
    Bee: Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton
    Maddie: Normally, Bee and I always finish the books we’re reading, even if we don’t think they’re too great, because it makes for an interesting review!
  3. Which book do you connect with the most?
    Bee & Maddie: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It’s about twins, who enjoy fandoms and creative writing, so we’re very similar to Cath!
  4. What book or series do you want to become a movie the most?
    Bee: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – the setting would be absolutely beautiful!
    Maddie: Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I think it would make a great TV show, with all the different perspectives in the later books, like a sci-fi Once Upon A Time!
  5. What is the book or series that you’ve read the most times?
    Bee: Wings by Aprilynne Pike
    Maddie: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  6. What is the book you’ve cried the most over?
    Bee: So many. Perhaps it deserves its own post? I’ll go with Destined, the last in the Wings series.
    Maddie: I cried a lot at The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak
  7. Do you have any books signed by the author and if so, what books are they?
    Bee & Maddie: We got to meet Maria V Snyder in March, so we have the Poison Study series signed, and we’re going to a Sarah J Maas signing this month, so hopefully, Throne of Glass too!
    Maddie: I bought a copy of ‘Serpent’s Shadow’ by Rick Riordan with a signature. That’s pretty cool (and unread!)
  8. Have you ever met any authors?
    See above!
  9. In your opinion, what is the most underrated or under-appreciated book or series?
    Bee: Clearwater Crossing by Laura Peyton Roberts, which meant so much to the both of us when we read it over the course of 2013, but I barely ever hear anything about the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger, which is blurbed by Marie Lu, so has to be good!
    Maddie: The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. Everyone overlooks the Egyptians. Just because Carter isn’t Percy, doesn’t mean the books aren’t worth reading!
  10. What’s your thoughts on slightly damaged/visibly read books? Do you like your books to be in pristine condition or do you think books with dog-eared corners or bended spines feel more loved?
    Bee & Maddie: We used to be really picky about the condition of our books, but since we started buying books from charity shops or ‘new and used’ books, we don’t care so much anymore! It’s a great way to save money, and it’s the content that matters, not the condition!
  11. What is the book you’ve been wanting to read for the longest amount of time but haven’t gotten around to reading yet?
    Bee: Angelfall by Susan Ee. It was one of the first books I bought on my Kindle in 2012, and still haven’t read. And, since the third book is coming out soon, I really need to get on top of this series.
    Maddie: Panic by Lauren Oliver. I love the Delirium series, and bought ‘Panic’ soon after I finished the trilogy, but so far, it’s just gathering pixellated dust on my Kindle.
  1. What book brought you in to the world of reading?
    Bee & Maddie: We did a blog post on our YA Origin Story!
  2. If you could merge two books with different authors together, which would it be and why?
    Bee & Maddie: Check out our Book Combo Tag over on our BookTube channel!
  3. What is the song that you usually listen to while reading a book?
    Bee & Maddie: We don’t really listen to music while we read, but sometimes we’ll have our Kindles read to us, and we’ll knit.
  4. Who is/are your favorite author/s and why?
    Bee: Morgan Matson – many, many reasons. It’s mostly due to the perfection of her character development, and the romances being so realistically constructed.
    Maddie: Rick Riordan, because Percy Jackson, and Marissa Meyer, because fairy tale retellings.
  5. What is your favorite book genre?
    Bee: Fantasy
    Maddie: Fairy Tale
  6. Which book character made a huge life changing impact on you?
    Bee & Maddie: Any geeky girl who embraces her intelligence! We did a video on our Top 5 Geek Girls of YA too!
  7. If you’re gonna write a story, which genre would it be?
    Bee: Something with fairies/ a love-hate relationship/ five teens finding something.
    Maddie: Something with spies/ a boarding school/ magical powers.
  8. What food/beverage do you usually have while reading?
    Bee: Ummmm….water is my poison, and some sort of chocolatey thing. At the moment it’s left over Easter goodies.
    Maddie: Cereal. Yum.
  9. What do you do when you’re not reading or blogging?
    Bee & Maddie: Our lives are voids without those things. But, we did do a post on it.
  10. What or who inspired you to start a book blog?
    Bee & Maddie: Ourselves! We started with our YouTube channel, and wanted a place where we could write more in-depth reviews!
  11. If you could tell you favorite book character something, what would it be?
    Bee: Marry Roger, to Amy Curry
    Maddie: At least like you, to Lena from Delirium.

Would You Rather (Book Edition)

We already have a post for December 1st and 2nd, so Maddie and I decided to try and do Blogmas! So without further ado I have been tagged in the Would You Rather Tag that has been going around booktube and the blog-o-shere. I was tagged by Diary of a Booklover and I do believe that this tag was created by RayKayBooks on YouTube. (Original video here!) Would you rather…

1) Read only trilogies or stand alone novels?

I love a good stand alone novel, and I think it’s so amazing that an author can create a complete set of characters, perhaps in a new world and make us fall in love with the story over the course of only 300 pages. As much as I like trilogies, more often than not there tends to be the trend of the ‘not-so-great sequel.’ There are quite a few series/trilogies that I definitely would’ve happily left at book one. So stand alones for me!

2) Read only female or only male authors?

I don’t think the gender of the author matters when I pick out books. I am interested in women’s fiction, and would like to study it critically at university, but that won’t stop me from picking out books written by men – it’s important to read a mix of both. I know I’m supposed to come down on one side, and I’ll admit that the majority of the books on my shelf are written by women, so even though  this question is super tough, I’ll go with read only female authors because I read to read every single thing that Morgan Matson publishes.

3) Buy books online or in store?

I’m all for supporting book shops, but there aren’t any book stores closest to me, so I find myself buying online more. But that doesn’t stop me from being in bookshops as often as I can, even if I can’t afford to buy anything!

4) Have books made into movies or tv shows?

I don’t actually watch a lot of TV shows, and there is nothing I hate more that something being dragged out for a ridiculously long amount of time, so it really depends whether it’s a stand alone or a series. I’d like to see more book series being made into TV shows (I’m super excited for the TMI TV show, but I am NOT excited for the re-casting) but I live in the UK so even if they did make an AMAZING series adaptation of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I’d have to wait, like, a million years before it became available for my region.

5) Read five pages a day or five books per week?

I’m off to university next year so five books a week would be great!

6) Be a professional reviewer or author?

AUTHOR. I have my ten year plan set out for how I’m going to get myself into the publishing industry and becoming a best-selling author is stage three. But I don’t think I’ll ever give up reviewing books as a hobby.

7) Read only your top 20 books over and overread only new books?

Here is a list of my Top 20 books. There’s no way I could give them up, but I would chose to only read new books so I could find new favourites, but have Maddie read my favourites to me. There, that’s not cheating.

8) Be a librarian or a bookseller?

A librarian, without a doubt. Unlimited books whenever I want? Yes, please!

9) Only read your favorite genre or all genres except your favorite?

YA is my favourite genre in broad terms, and I don’t have a favourite sub-genre, so I’ll cheat and say I’ll be forever reading YA. Because I will be. It’s stage two of the publishing plan.

10) Read only physical or only ebooks? If I had the money and space I would read only physical books, if I didn’t have unlimited funds or storage then my Kindle – called Roger – will suffice.

Thank you so much to Alma for tagging me! This was a really fun tag, and if you haven’t thought about these questions yet, then you definitely should!