Being brutally honest about books

Friday, 20 November 2015

Book Tag: How I Read

Thank you Nemo at The Moonlight Library!

How do you find out about new books to read?

Through other bloggers who have reviewed or mentioned new and upcoming releases. Sometimes through my mum, as she's a librarian.

How did you get into reading?

I don't remember; I think I always loved stories and books.

How have your tastes in books changed as you got older?

I don't read Jacqueline Wilson anymore, for a start! As well as the natural maturing of tastes that happens as you grow up, I don't read as much fantasy as I used to and I read more adult novels. I have a greater respect for short stories than epic series now, probably due to a shortening attention span.

How often do you buy books?

Hardly ever. I've been very good this year as I'm too poor to afford it and I don't have any shelf space left.

How did you get into reviewing books?

Younger me set up a Blogger account to keep in touch with her mummy, and since books were the light of my life it made sense to write about them.

How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?

I have a little rant on Goodreads or Tumblr.

How often do you take a sneak peek at the ending to see if there is a happy ending?

I tend not to anymore. I've ruined a few too many endings for myself doing that, and I've learnt my lesson (mostly)!

Do you use bookmarks in your books?

Yes, although a lot of my reading is done on my e-reader, which remembers where I'm up to without me having to tell it, the clever thing.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Top Ten Book-to-Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To or I Still Need to Watch

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch.

  1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I loved the book and I can't wait for the film!)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Now that I'm 18 I'm old enough to watch it and compare it to the book.)
  3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (I just need closure for these films, to be honest. I can barely remember what happens in the books.)
  4. The Martian (I haven't read the book, but my sister and my mum loved it and the film, so I should probably watch it.)
  5. Paper Towns (I don't remember this book as anything special, but I should watch the film out of obligation.)
  6. Insurgent (No-one talked about this movie so I didn't even realise it had come out. I loved the books and the first movie so it's a must-see.)
  7. The Looking Glass Wars (These books were really cool, so I'm curious as to how the film turns out, if it gets made.)
  8. The Ruby in the Smoke (I actually watched what I think was the second (TV) movie before I read the books. Now that I've read them all I need to watch the (TV) movies, in order. Billie Piper in Victorian costume? Yes please!)
  9. Anna Karenina (I haven't read the book, but I've watched an older movie adaptation, and now I want to see the newer one. I can't resist Keira Knightley.)
  10. The Three Musketeers (I read the book last year, and I'm thirsty to see Matthew Macfadyen,
    Logan Lerman, Luke Evans, and Orlando Bloom all in the same movie! I'm also interested in the TV adaptation.)


I changed my blog theme again because I wanted the labels on my posts to be visible and I also wanted my sidebar info to fit without having to zoom out. Even though I tried making the font bigger on this new theme that didn't seem to work, but zooming in once makes the text readable.

I have also changed my alias to Alexandria, as that's my pen name. I may as well use the same name across all the websites I use that don't require personal details. I plan to change my real name anyway, some day.  

Another change is that I turned 18 three days ago! I don't feel any older yet, so we'll have to see how that goes. Officially I have finished high school, but I still have exams on at the moment and there is an optional graduation dinner next month (my school doesn't seem to know if it's in New Zealand, the UK, or the USA). So that's an important milestone I have reached.

And here's for some good news: I'm catching up to my reading goal for the year! I'm only two books behind schedule now.
I'm Alexandria, a 19-year-old reader/writer/blogger from New Zealand. I love language, history, and sci-fi. Hi! I'm always around if you want to talk, which you can do via comments, the contact form, or Facebook.

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