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The Book Blogger Test

11 Jun 2014

This post is looonnnnggg overdue, but I've finally managed to finish answering the questions! I was tagged by the lovely Joy@ Thoughts by J and Jaz @ Fiction in Fiction in Fiction.

You can check out their tags HERE FOR JOYS'S and HERE FOR JAZ'S

1.What are your top three book pet hates?
- An infuriatingly indecisive main character who simultaneously leads on two guys and goes back and forth between them. A character that does that doesn’t deserve either guy. So basically, I can’t stand love triangles.
- Books that haven’t been taken care of e.g. dog-eared, creased and especially when I see someone just shoving a book (even textbooks) in their bags.
- Books with grammatical errors/spelling mistakes (yes a lot of published books have mistakes and it pisses me off. Even an abundance of too-short sentences in a paragraph tends to annoy me.…
2.Describe your perfect reading spot
I read anywhere and everywhere! Dining table, on the living room floor, couch, kitchen counter, bus, train, bed. But I guess my favourite would be in bed where it’s warm and comfortable J   
3. Tell us 3 book confessions
- I’m a huge hypocrite with my book pet hates. I say I hate love triangles (AND I DO!!!!!) but sometimes there are love triangles that I can tolerate/accept. I say I hate books centred entirely on romance (AND I DO!!!) but there are certain books that I like which tends to focus more on the romance than plot. I say I think main characters who can’t decide between two guys shouldn’t end up with either one of them, but more likely than not, I’ll still ship her with one of the guys. So yeahhh….
- Romance books are my guilty pleasure. I imagine myself as the female characters and live happily ever after with the ruggedly handsome, astonishingly caring and loving men who would move mountains to be with the girl they love. (i.e. me hahahaa)
- I read a billion books at once…because for some odd reason, ( especially the past few months) I tend to get bored with a lot of the books I start reading, so I'll begin reading another book…then one day I’ll feel like it’s time to resume/finish offthe first book. At the moment, I’ve started Eleanor & Park, The Statistical Probabiltiy of love at First sight, The Geography of You and Me, Take Me On…
4. When was the last time you cried at a book?
I can’t remember O____O For most books that I “cry” in, it’s more I shed a few tears/become slightly teary but I don’t full on cry or bawl my eyes out. The only book that pops into my head is Adeline Yen Mah’s “Falling Leaves” which I read more than 5 years ago….
5. How many books are on your bedside table?
Currently The Statistical Probability of Me and You, The Geography of You and Me, Take Me On, How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You, Down London Road. (And several magazines haha!)
6. What is your favourite snack whilst your reading?
ICE CREAMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!! And Chocolate. Or just food. hahah!
7. Name 3 books you would recommend to everyone
- Harry Potter (all 7 books), because if you haven’t read Harry Potter, we legit cannot be friends.
- The Pact by Jodie Picoult – My mind still wanders to the ending and everything that lead to the heartbreaking truth in The Pact. I suffered a severe book hangover after reading this.
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles– I believe deep down, every girl has a soft spot for the typical good-girl-meets-bad-boy book. It’s been overdone; the plot and characters have been recycled a billion times but I strongly believe every girl should read at least one book with this storyline and characters during their lifetime. 
8. Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase
Yes, it's messy, but so is every other shelf and space in my room. 

9. Write how much books mean to you in just 3 words
More than ice-cream.
10. What is your biggest reading secret?
Despite having lived in Australia (almost) my entire life….I haven’t read many Aussie books.  I’ve never even touched Melina Marchetta’s books, never read Looking for Alibrandi nor Raw Blue, NOT EVEN THE BOOK THIEF or any of those highly regarded and exceptionally awe-inspiring Aussie books that everyone seems to love L

11. Tag 5 people
I tag:
1. You
2. Book Bloggers
3. Anyone who loves books and is willing to answer the above questions
4. Anyone who wants to do this
5. Anyone who has time to do this :) 


  1. Haha, I'm still pretty new to your blog, but I love it - totally hilarious! ("more than ice-cream" is the best answer to that question I've seen yet...even if you did cheat a bit with having ice cream as one word, lol). I LOVE your shelf. And I agree with both Harry Potter and The Pact (plus anything else by Jodi Picoult).

    And btw you should definitely read The Book Thief!

  2. Oh those poor books with broken spines and dog-ears <3 My heart breaks a little when I see people handling their books poorly. And the MC you described: horrible. I can read anywhere and everywhere too if I have too :D
    I am hypocrite too, I guess, haha. Overall I don't like love-triangles, romance etc, but there are always books who prove me otherwise :) It just depends on the story and author.

    THE BOOK THIEF. Change that! It's awesome.

  3. Ooh, I just did this tag today, too! Looks like it's starting to get pretty popular :D Ha, I'm like you, I can't stand love triangles either. UNLESS they're done in a nice way, which is rare. Shadow & Bone had one of the only love triangles I ever supported. I get annoyed with errors in ARCs, so I'm probably worse than you are! Even though I know they're not published yet, I still can't help but cringe every time I see a typo or grammatical error in an ARC.

    Yes to Harry Potter! I'm still constantly surprised at the number of people who haven't yet been enlightened... Those Muggles will never see the light if they don't get their hands on a copy of any HP book now. And lol, I'm one of those people who can't stand bad boys and their relationships with good girls. I just don't find it realistic how a bad boy (who is most likely a womanizer at the same time) can just drop everything for one ordinary girl in a heartbeat. It's just insane. But if the author is able to do that in a non-infuriating way, then maybe... So I guess I should give Perfect Chemistry a try? :P

    Love that your fav bookshelf has the HP books. BUT WAIT. Where's PoA?! Or is it Goblet of Fire that's missing? I can't tell, lol. And don't worry, Shirley. I live in Asia and I've probably never touched a single book published by an author from my country. I don't feel any shame, either. I do want to read The Book Thief, though! Everyone's been raving about it and how they sobbed over it and I'm curious to see my reaction when I actually read it (I don't cry over books. Not ever)!

  4. Oh I love your shelf! I recognise so many books! x) I haven't read the Book Thief either, though I've read 2 of Melina Marchetta's books and I do so love them. More than ice cream? Woah. That is SAYING something right?!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

  5. UMMM EXCUSE ME HOW IS THAT MESSY?! Did you not see my shelves hahahaha they're like a cluster of mess dear lord! Ugh, I totally forgot about the mistakes that you can always catch in books. I don't think it's a pet peeve, I get annoyed but I also feel satisfied that I caught the mistakes as well. I'm definitely the opposite to you reading wise, I can never handle reading a whole lot of books at once otherwise I'd never keep up with the storylines! Yay, hope you had fun doing this test, thanks for sharing you answers with us Shirley xx

  6. I actually do see a few mistakes in published books here and there, but after noticing them I tend to forget and move on with the book lol. I love your shelf, it looks so pretty! I did enjoy the Pact as well but I guess back then I wasn't expecting so many legal scenes. Thanks for sharing Shirley! Yay for Aussie bloggers, now following your blog.

  7. I'm going to do this tag sometime soon. Once I get back into a blogger's mood. I think a tag is just the thing to get me back into blogging. I also read WAY too many books at the one time. And yes, I agree about the grammatical errors and spelling mistakes in published books.


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