Blogger Tag – The Social Media Book Tag
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I was actually looking for a book background for my book review featured image when I happened upon this post on Morgan’s blog, Happily Ever Bookish. I’m sorta cheating as I wasn’t tagged in it, but found it very interesting so thought I’d give it a blast and tag a few of my book blogger friends!
The original tag came from this really beautiful lady named, Regan. She did a video on it and I just think she is adorable! Just click Regan’s name above if you fancy watching the video. I recommend that you do, there are quite a few books she recommended that I hadn’t heard of, but when I went and looked them up they were immediately added to my Amazon book wishlist (yes, I have an Amazon book wish-list, don’t you?)
1. What is your our favourite short book?
Oh jeez… I don’t know! What classifies as a short book? I suppose children’s’ book are relatively shorter, aren’t they? There are two books (other than the two I can’t bloody find! Thank you again, Cody, for helping me!) that spring to mind that I read when I was younger and I always remember them and they are:
Goosebumps: The Ghost Next Door – R L Stine
2. What is the name of a book you really enjoyed that was recommended by someone else?
The book is called The Fear of 13 and it was recommended by Joe Rogan (kind of). He had the author, Nick Yarris on his podcast and I listened to the interview and the passion in Nick’s voice whilst talking a little bit about what happened (he was crying at one point). I immediately went on Amazon and bought all three of the books he had written. I highly recommend reading this book, but it is quite sad and depressing in parts. His other books are also worth a read, I can pass along the details of the ones I’ve read if you want to give them ago.
3. What is the name of a book you read before it was cool?
I actually have two:
I actually read this before we were told we’d be reading it for GCSE English Lit. So by the time that had come around I had read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee at least a dozen times. Needless to say, I got top marks on my coursework for that one.
I was on Amazon looking for a book on slavery that my dad had recommended and I came across Twelve Years a Slave. I’ve never cried reading a book before, ever. Not even Disney books make me cry, but I cried reading this book and reading how awful people were (and are) to people of colour. It reminded me of To Kill a Mocking Bird and for some reason (well in a way) The Green Mile and Candy Man, all stories about people of coloured being misrepresented.
4. What is the name of a book you don’t plan on re-reading?
My god, I remember the Myspace days! I was a Jeffree Star follower before he was cool, lol #RIPMyspace. The book I am currently reading. I feel really bad saying this because as someone who is writing her own book, I hate being rude about other authors. I just can’t get into this book, but I’m determined to finish it. I don’t usually read romance novels or chick lit novels as I’m more a mental health, psychology, psychological thriller, non-fiction and true crime type of reader. Even my partner commented on how long it’s taken me to get as far as I’ve had. I read books within hours, this is taking me months.
5. What book do you own that has a gorgeous picture worthy cover?
Purely because these two rides are on it. Look at them! Nick Offerman, if I decided I wanted to become a man I’d go to a surgeon and show his picture and say, “Make me, MAN! Man like Nick Offerman!” Whatta guy! This book is hilarious, I’ve got it as a hardback AND on Audible.
6. What book do you wish would be made into a movie?
All of Jeffery Deaver’s books! What is wrong with Hollywood?! The only two made into movies were Along Came a Spider and The Bone Collector. However, he has written so many other amazing novels that are worthy of the big screen.
Special mention to Patricia Cornwell, too. Some of her novels were made into TV movie’s, they are worth so much more than that. She’s an amazing writer and I honestly think her novels on the big screen would be a smash hit.
7. What book with characters that you wish you could talk to instead of just reading about?
For some reason, I’ve Disney in my head. I honestly would just want to take all the Disney animal characters that lose a parent and hug all of them because they all make me cry.
On the flip side of the Disney coin, I’d like a wee word with Shere Khan (poor daddy wolf), Scar, every single god damn Circus worker in Dumbo and I’d probably clip Pinnochio round the head for his antics, the crap he puts Geppetto through, tut tut.
8. What is the name of a book or books you would recommend to everyone?
I often comment and recommend these books to people on Reddit, Facebook and Goodreads to people who are looking for books on positivity or wellness as reading both these books really helped me through some tough times. My books are so dog eared now, they’ve lots of sections highlighted and are very well used, but I’ll never part with them.
I also highly recommend reading Melanie Murphy’s Fully Function Human (Almost). She covers her eating disorder, love, sexual relationships, LGBTQ+, mental health and so much more. There is so much in this book that I relate to and I’m always ranting about how much I love Melanie. She has a Me Time Journal which I also highly recommend buying. Mine is maroon because I’m a Gryffindor, but Melanie plans to release all the colours of the Hogwarts Houses.
I added two additional questions since this post was done by Regan way back in 2014 when we didn’t have certain social media. That and my OCD wouldn’t let me stop at eight.
9. What is your favourite book of all time?
This is a really difficult one as I’ve read A LOT of books. I remember one book I had that my dad bought me when I was a kid, it was 1001 Questions and Answers. I loved that book and read it over and over. I wish I still had it, I know what it looks like, but can’t find the exact one I had.
Another book that isn’t so much a favourite, but has sentimental value is a book of Horses. It was my granda’s, he was the one that got us the horses, taught me how to ride, and I miss him every single day. I think of him all the time, I think of the impact he had on my life and how my whole personality was moulded by my granda and my dad. It’s crazy to think about, I have a few more books on Belfast and Atheism that I was given when he passed, but the horse one is my favourite.
10. What book do you think needs more recognition?
I promise I’m not biased! With that being said, a friend of mine, Robert Giles co-wrote a book with Chris Clark based on Scottish child serial killer Robert Black that murdered several children in Northern Ireland back in the ’90s. The book is called The Face of Evil, The True Story of Serial Killer Robert Black.
Robert Giles is a Northern Irish author like myself, and the book is so well researched, well written and contains a lot of information you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. It’s also written in such a way that pays homage to the victims of this vile man. If you like True Crime then I recommend you get it! I have included a link to the book above. You’ll see my review on Amazon and Goodreads, I wouldn’t write a review like that if I didn’t think it was worth the salt.
If you’re reading this Robert, I’ll drop you a text to catch up soon, uni season and all that!
I Choose You, Pikachu!
1. My little sister, Lauren
2. Book bestie and favourite book blogger, Cody
3. Partner in Crime, Karen no eggplant pics, please
4. One of my favourite book bloggers, Angela
5. The cuz, Ross
6. The bro, Jay
7. The Amazingness that is Leah
8. I haven’t seen an outfit that she doesn’t look good in – Niamh
9. She still hasn’t sent me anything she has baked – Imogen
10. #TeamCrossfit Ballackigan (I can’t help it, Beth, sorry lol)
11. Fave Scottish brunette. LB
12. Favourite Welsh Lamb Shân
13. Little sis, Casey
14. Sister Wife One Lindsay
15. Sister Wife Two Ida
16. My fave stationery designer and all around amazing one, Rach.
Don’t forget to follow all of these beauties!