Friday Favourites – Worlds We’d Like to Live In.

Author – Kiera.

Laura did an amazing job with her post last week, and I have to say I’m a bit jealous of all the places she chose! I would quite happily live in any of those places. So after a few days thought (and going through most of my reading history)  I have a short list of my own.

 

The Night Circus.

 

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There are so many reasons I would love to live in the Night Circus. It’s beautiful, mystical, magical and many other words that end in ‘al’. I used to love going to the circus as a child, and even though things have changed over the years, I still love them now. Especially in books. There is a picture somewhere of four year old me sitting on an elephant at the circus that used to visit our town each year. Four year olds are fearless! I’m sure I wouldn’t be brave enough to do that now.Most of my clothes are black or white anyway, so no problem there. I’m much more of a night owl than a morning person, and I like traveling on trains (who doesn’t?).  I would quite happily travel the world and explore the Night Circus indefinitely while eating caramel apples, chocolate mice and drinking mulled cider. Meeting new people, discovering new tents filled with wonderful things. All sounds good, right?

 

Wonderland.

There are so many takes on Wonderland, and I have to say I love them all, even the darker versions! Though I will admit it did take me longer than it should have to play through Alice Returns… Scary stuff! I think for purpose of the blog we will assume that I’m going to live in one of the nicer versions. I would love to spend my time drinking tea with the Mad Hatter, or eating jam tarts with the Queen of Hearts. I would try not to make her angry with me though. Wandering around looking for the Cheshire cat and following the White Rabbit… All sounds like fun to me!

 

Rapture.

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Now, this is technically cheating as it’s all based on the game and I do have a stipulation or two to go with it. There is a book set in the same world though, so we’re just going to go with it.

I think Rapture is beautiful place, and while the idea of being in an under water city does terrify me slightly, I think watching all the sea creatures swimming around would be worth it! Also, I would like to make friends with a Big Daddy, better to have them on your side! My stipulation is – I would like to leave before everyone goes crazy on plasmids and splicers wreck the place. I would also try and avoid some of the characters whose sanity isn’t what it used to be….  If you’re not a big gamer I would still recommend the book to you, it is really good in it’s own right, and it might even encourage you to give the game a try.

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Book Tag!

Booktag

 

Author – Kiera

 

To break up the Friday Favourites a little bit, and because we couldn’t decide who got which book boyfriend, (there was a heated discussion) we’re doing a Book Tag. I know that I like finding out people’s reading habits, so here are a few questions we answered about ours.

 

What is your favourite book?

Laura – Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I don’t really even know why. It just makes me happy.

Kiera –  Book…Singular? Really? Ummmmm…. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Shhh don’t tell the other books!

 

What genre do you prefer?

L – Wow. Second question and I’m already umming. Probably Fantasy but I like Thrillers as well. Fantasy Thrillers?

K – I’m going to go with Fantasy.

 

What is your favourite book series?

L – Harry Potter. An obvious choice but they are all so magical. (Pun intended).

K – Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

 

What books did you hate reading in school?

L – We studied Daz 4 Zoe for English GCSE – it was pretty bad.

K – I can’t remember hating any of the books we had to read at school.

 

What is the first book you remember reading as a child?

L – We had the Ladybird book collection – I loved the Cinderella edition with her on the front wearing a pink dress. I always wanted a dress like that *sigh*.

K – The first books I remember reading myself were probably Enid Blyton Books. It would have been either The Famous Five or The Faraway Tree, but I can’t remember which one I read first. Oooh! Or The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

 

Bookstores or libraries?

L – Kiera you buy books from libraries! I would say Bookstore. Especially the really old ones that smell amazing and have wonky floors. Mr B’s anyone?

K – Both? If I had to pick one, could I cheat and say libraries and then still order books online?

 

How many books do you own?

L – Nowhere near as many as I would like.

K – Almost 400. Plus 200ish kindle books.

 

Do you read before bed?

L – Absolutely.

K – Every night.

 

What is your most comfortable reading position?

L – Curled up in a blanket on the sofa with my book on my knees.

K – Sat in bed with my book resting against my knees.

 

What is the most recent book you read?

L – I’m reading Half Bad by Sally Green.

K – I’m currently reading Outpost by Ann Aguirre

 

What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?

L – “I solemnly swear I am up to no good.” – Harry Potter Series. I love that you have to declare your naughtiness before the magic will work 🙂

K‘We can’t expect the world to be better than we make it‘ – DoSB  (there is a pattern here…)

I just think it can be applied to everyone in a personal sense and in the wider sense of global issues.

 
Science Fiction or Fantasy?

L – Fantasy.

K – Fantasy please!

 

What books do you regret reading?

L – I don’t regret reading books. I have been disappointed by a couple of highly acclaimed books recently (no names) but I don’t regret reading them.

K – I don’t think I regret reading anything. There are a few book I wouldn’t read again though!

 

On average, how many books do you read per year?

L – Maybe 3 or 4 a month? I’m a reader, not a mathematician.

K – It varies, depending on what games are out. I can’t read a book and play RPG at the same time, as I find the stories get muddled. As an average I’m going to say 52 full books.

 

What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?

L – Twilight. Please don’t shoot me.

K – The Hobbit.

 

Do you like to read outside?

L – Yes, in my garden with a cold drink and a big hat.

K – No. There are bugs and other people outside :p

 

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?

L – It might sound terrible, but I read to escape, and I don’t generally take much more than feelings back to the real world…

K – Probably to speak out. A lot issues are left not spoken about because they are taboo or sensitive subjects. I think that a lot of problems could be solved if they were just spoken about. Knowledge is power.

 

Of the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?

L – The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern.

K – Half Bad by Sally Green

 

Bookmark or a random piece of paper?

L – I have a lovely magnetic Batman bookmark, but it’s normally a receipt or something.

K – I have a pack of cards I use as bookmarks. I used to buy bookmarks all the time, and lose them just as often, so I started using cards. 52 for the price of 1.

 

Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, ect.?

L – I normally stop when I can’t keep my eyes open any more!

K – I like to at least finish the page, but I can stop reading at any point. It’s a skill developed over years of falling asleep reading, and having no choice but to find the point you can last remember reading.

 

Do you eat or drink while reading?

L – Yes.

K – Drink, yes. Eat, no.

 

Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

L – Yes. Although I wouldn’t choose to.

K – Sometimes. It depends what I’m reading and what is going on around me. I have to start new books on my own in quiet, but once I get into the book I can read through most things. I don’t tend to put music on to read though.

 

One book at a time, or several at once?

L – I quite often have at least 2 on the go.

K – I have on very few occasions read more than one book at a time. I get the stories muddled easily, so generally I read one at a time.

 

Reading at home or everywhere?

L – Duh – everywhere!

K – Everywhere!

 

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

L – I try really hard not to.

K – All the time. If the characters are having a conversation I always read through the dialog and then go back and read the rest. I don’t know why, I have tried to stop doing it, but I’m just too impatient.

 

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

L – Lets just say I am more careful when I borrow other people’s books…

K – New, new, new…. Please.

 

Do you write in books?

L – Who does that?

K – No. Why would you!? That’s what sticky pads or note books are for 😉

 

 

We weren’t tagged by anyone, but questions were found at –

http://acbookjunkies.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/book-tag.html

&

http://laurenreadsya.tumblr.com/post/17329933244/tag-questions-about-books

 

Book Review – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Author – Laura

You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus.
You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.

The Night Circus Book CoverThis book creeps under your skin and, like the titular circus, comes alive at night to invade your dreams.

The Night Circus is full of beautiful description and vivid imagery, which is no mean feat when you consider the circus is entirely black and white; a stark palette which contrasts with the scarlet of the scarves and boutonnières of the people who follow it around the world. But for all the beauty and elegance there is a sinister undertone that one never quite escapes from…

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a dreamer. There is not. But dreams have ways of turning into nightmares.”

The plot centres on a terrible wager made by two old conjurers, which develops into a deep and fragile relationship between the two main characters, Celia and Marco, both of whom are vital to the continuation of the circus. Supporting Celia and Marcus is a host of unusual and unlikely characters, whose stories are all well developed and add both humour and gravity to the tale.

I loved this book. It is luxurious and nostalgic, but with pace and depth that only comes from great writing. Not only is this a great book, but it’s one of the best I’ve ever read.

So I will make a wager of my own with you – I wager that you will fall in love with the Circus, and all it’s mystery. Your move…

Toujours un rêveur x

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