My 2023 Reading Challenge: Persuasion by Jane Austen


Every year, I like to set myself a reading challenge. Usually nothing to big, last year it was to end the year with an average page count over over 500 (which I did at 501 pages according to Goodreads).

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This or That Tag

This or That Tag


It’s time for another tag post that no-one has actually tagged me in. Can’t you tell I’m just trying to fill the void before I go on holiday? Only a week and a bit to go. As usual, I’m not tagging anyone so if you want to do it, go ahead.

I also don’t know where this tag originated so, if anyone knows, tell me and I’ll link it.

Reading on the Bed or the Couch?

Bed, definitely bed. My bed is far more comfortable than the couch.

Male Main Character or Female Main Character?

I can genuinely say that I have no preference one way or the other. The gender of the main character doesn’t matter, what matters is that they are well written characters in an interesting and compelling plot.

There are male characters that I love, there are female characters that I love but I don’t love them because of their gender, I loved them because they are excellent characters.

Sweet Snacks or Salty Snacks while reading?

People actually eat while they are reading? What if you got greasy fingerprints all over your nice clean books? No thank you.

Trilogies or Quartets?

Trilogies, for the most part. There are a few quartets that I really love, The Faithful and Fallen by John Gwynne and The Greatcoats by Sebastien de Castell for example, but I prefer trilogies. It’s very rare that you can draw a series out for more than three books without it feeling like it was just done for the money.

Reading First Person or Third Person POV?

Third person. There was a time when I utterly detested first person narratives thanks to The Handmaid’s Tale and, although I have got over that to an extent, I still much prefer a third person narrative. Even though Robin Hobb happens to be one of my favourite authors, he he.

Reading at Night, or in the Morning?

I usually read more in the morning, just because for the last few years I have worked a lot of afternoons and evenings so it has just been easier to read in the morning. My concentration tends to be better in the mornings as well.

Libraries or Bookstores?

At the moment I am going to have to say bookstores. I buy most of the books I read and I love browsing a bookstore. My village doesn’t have a library and my nearest ones don’t have a great fantasy section, meaning I have to order them in so it is just easier to go to a shop.

Although, my county council is on the Libby app so I am going to try and borrow books form there rather than buying books if I can.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

There aren’t many books that have ever made me cry, even the emotional ones. I do love a book that can make me laugh, though. I would rather be happy reading a book than sad because I hate crying.

Black book covers or white covers?

White. As I write this I am looking at my Oxford World Classic editions of Émile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series and they look so beautiful with their pristine white spines. Of course, white turns to yellow after a while but when they’re knew, they are gorgeous.

Character driven or Plot driven?

Character driven. That’s not even a hard question to answer. It’s always going to be character. I have always said I can forgive a weaker plot as long as there are compelling and interesting characters but I cannot enjoy a brilliant plot with boring or clichéd characters. The characters are the heart of the story, at the end of the day so if I don’t like them then I cannot love a book.

Life in Books tag


Wow, the last couple of weeks have been busy at work. So much so that I have not got anything to post and I haven’t finished another book to review, so I’m doing a quick book tag that I came across by searching “book tag”on WordPress because I am feeling so lazy at the minute. This one is The Life in Books tag.  You might see a few of these pop up if I don’t have time to do anything else.

1. Find a book for each of your initials

J: James and the Giant Peach- Roald Dahl
O: Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens

2. Count your age along your bookshelf – what book is it?

A Man’s Life by Jack Lawson. Local history ftw.

3. A book set in your city/country

I’m going to say The Vicomte de Bragelonne because part of that book is set in Newcastle. Of course, Dumas got the location of Newcastle wrong but, still, it is set there for a little part of the novel.

4. A book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I’d love to visit any of the Scandinavian countries.

5. A book that’s your favorite color

Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky. The cover is purple.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Matilda by Roald Dahl

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

It’s a toss up between War and Peace or Atlas Shrugged. Both were long and both were incredibly boring.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

The Crimson Petal and the White. I got quarter of the way through and gave up so I’m planning to give it another go.

I’m not tagging anyone because I can’t be bothered.