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Today I’m bringing you a tag that the lovely Giorgia-May over at Hooked With Books tagged me in, right at the start of September. Thank you so much and I’m so sorry it took me so long to get to it, but I can’t wait to answer your questions! Head over to her post to read her own answers and don’t forget to follow her, she is lovely and you’ll love her blog! 😊

Giorgia-May found this tag over on the A Bookish Chick blog, but I haven’t found where it originated, so if you know, please let me know so I can give the creator full credit!

Time for the Tag!

1) What do you like about buying new books?

I love buying books and then forgetting I got them, and be surprised (even if it’s just a little bit) when I open the parcel. I’m on a bit of a tight budget with being a student and sometimes, just knowing that I have a book on the way is a lovely thing, for me to wait for it and finally open it and put it on my shelves when I get it. I also love rereading the blurb as soon as I unbox a book because it makes me happy and helps me remember the reason I bought it in the first place!

2) How often do you buy new books?

I buy a few books a month for the various book clubs and readathons I participate in or host, I would say an average of 4 or 5 maybe, it depends on the month but I haven’t gone on a proper book-buying splurge for months and months!!

3) Bookstore or online book shopping: which do you prefer?

I prefer bookstores, however, in France, bookstores are crap and they have one series in English: Harry Potter. I don’t want to go through the hassle of them ordering books for me in English and possibly getting it wrong, so instead I just buy my books online. I’ve recently discovered Blackwell’s and I really like them, they have fairly cheap books and postage to France is included so that’s amazing. I would buy my books from an indie store if I could find one that ships to France and without much postage, so if you know of one, please tell me in the comments!

4) Do you have a favourite bookshop?

I really like Waterstones aha, the few times I have been while I was in the U.K., I was like a kid at Christmas and I had to be dragged away or I would have had bags full of books aha! The French retailer Cultura is good for stationary and if I fancy a French book (which rarely happens, I might do a post about that one day!). Other than those two, I haven’t really had the chance to visit many others, let’s not get into the fact that French bookstores are… about 300 years in the past!

5) Do you pre-order books?

I haven’t pre-ordered many, but I have a few. I don’t tend to because twice already my order was cancelled without me knowing about it and I sat waiting for my book for weeks. If anyone knows where I can buy books, from an indie bookstore, not expensive shipping to France and that offer pre-orders, tell me all about it!

6) Do you have a monthly buying limit?

Well, for a few months now I have decided not to buy any books that aren’t going to be read immediately because I have so many books on my shelves. So I have only bought books for my thesis, for readathons and book clubs, I suppose I’ll say yes I have a limit but it’s kind of a warped limit aha.

7) How big is your wishlist?

You don’t want to know. I have an Amazon wishlist that doesn’t have *that* many books on it, but I have one I only share with my family for Christmas and Birthdays and its… out of control shall we say?

8) Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own right now?

Ohhh, this is a really good question and an excuse for me to go peruse the wishlist! I think I am going to say Burn by Patrick Ness because he is my favourite author, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown because I studied Native American History whilst I was in Stirling and it’s kind of an obsession for me now. And finally, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig because I am very intrigued by it.

That was a very hard question and I feel sorry for all the other books, I promise, I love you all equally and want to read you all very soon, aha!

I’m tagging…

Cat, Kat, Noly, Holly, Leah, Stephen, Naty, Candyce & Isabelle, Erika, Danni and Jenny!

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it, see you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx


  1. Such a great tag and answers 😁. I had no idea french bookshops are that bad, I thought there would be more international books seeing as there’s quite a few in central London when I’ve visited bookshops before 😯.
    I can’t wait to read Burn too, am hoping I might get it soon😀🤞. And thank you for tagging me❤️☺️☺️☺️☺️

    1. Aww thank you so much Cat!! Oh no, they are rubbish and they don’t care at all about international books, you get looked at strangely if you ask where the book in English are!! You’re welcome!! ❤️

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