Monday, 2 October 2017

The Liebster Award

OK so I have been nominated several times for this and already wear the badge on my blog (we all need a bit of vanity in our lives at times!) However I really like the questions that AJ over at asked so I decided to answer them for fun! 

Rules? Answer the 11 questions, nominate 11 bloggers (or leave the tag open as I do) and ask them 11 questions! Here is what AJ asked...
1. If you could force any author to write any book, which author would you choose, and what would the book be about? 
I would force JK Rowling to write seven books about the adventures of Remus, Sirius, James and Peter at school, then make her write a trilogy about the war of the Order v Voldemort, covering the forming and recruiting of the Order, the fights that killed Order members, death of the Potters, Snape's defection, the fate of the Longbottoms, the trials etc. You shall do my bidding, woman!!!
2. What book has been sitting on your to-be-read shelf the longest? Why haven’t you read it yet? 
Erk I dread to think how long some have been sitting! The Richard Laymon ones have been there on Goodreads a while (2010) and I guess I haven't read them because the poor man is dead and won't write any more and I just didn't want to be done with his books, y'know? I think I have had them longer than 2010 on my shelves though!
3. What’s the story behind your blog’s title? 
I call myself Chuckles because I can be a right miserable and grumpy sod! It seemed a bit ironic! The Book Cave comes from a nasty dispute with former neighbours when I was heckled and abused every time I went outside so I drew the curtains in my room permanantly and sat up there most of my time reading or watching TV in my nice dark book cave. It was my refuge and I felt safe there, so I used that as my blog name.
4. Do you ever read sample chapters of a book before you buy it? 
I've only recently started doing that. I think it is a good idea. By the end of a couple of chapters I can get a sense of the writing style and the characters, and whether I have a chance of liking it or not. If it is slow, the characters are dreadful or it has tropes or subjects I'm not interested in, samples can help pinpoint this before spending money on it. Not every sample is useful though and some leave you none the wiser! Mostly, they are useful though!
5. What are some of your favorite book covers? 
I love the Morganville Vampires set and those shiny new Harry Potter books I always rave about! Also love the scenic covers of my Game of Thrones books. Shiny! Precciioouuss...

6. Are there keywords in a book’s synopsis that will immediately make you want to read the book? Which words/subjects get your attention? 
Subjects that always make me consider a book are apocalypses, preppers, zombies, tudors, monsters, horror. I like words and phrases like EMP, society breakdown, dangerous journey home, fast paced, high body count, gory, tension filled, angry Sasquatches, sharks, solar flares, pandemics, Ebola, Brexit, military units in the zombie apocalypse, killer animals...I sound a bit twisted I guess!
7. Your to-be-read shelf is overflowing with unread books. How do you choose what to read next? 
Sometimes I do themed months and choose a list of the books I want to read...this usually works for two or three books and then I start flagging! Sometimes I mood read but usually I like some element of planning which I won't always stick to. Ideally I'd like to pick six books from different genres and read them all to mix things up, then pick another six but I don't see it working as sometimes you are just in the mood to genre binge!
8. What are the best and worst books you were forced to read in school? 
I didn't really like any of the books I was forced to read at school-Sons and Lovers, Death of a Salesman, Animal Farm, Pygmalion, Laidlaw...ugh! I did better at the local and school libraries! Hamlet was the best of the bunch though it was hard to understand at times because of the language. I'd like to see his works written in modern English as his plots were good.
9. Which 2017 release were you most excited to read? Have you read it yet? 
I'm not usually one to pay much attention to upcoming books unless they are new releases in a favourite series or new political non fiction which I love! I am looking forward to the final books in two of my favourite series-Extinction and Arisen. I have new books by favourite authors like Kevin Hearne, Darrell Maloney and Patricia Briggs still to be read. 
10. How do you stay motivated to keep blogging? 
I think it has to be the interaction with other bloggers that I enjoy most, sharing thoughts on each others posts. I like doing the regular posts and memes so I don't find that hard to keep up with. I do sometimes struggle with the motivation to get book reviews done. I'm not sure why as that was the reason for doing a book blog to start with!
11. I assume you follow a lot of blogs. I also assume that you don’t have time to read every post on every blog you follow. What makes you click on a blog post and read it?
I like discussion posts on most topics, and I usually comment on things like weekend posts, Top Ten Tuesday and Can't Wait Wednesday. I like things like monthly reading plans and end of month reviews, posts about things I like on TV ie Game of Thrones. I like doing book tags and seeing what questions are answered on award posts. I read reviews in genres that interest me and some that I don't like, depending on the blogger but never classics contemporary or romance. If a post title catches my eye I read it and I tend to look at pretty much everything from my favourite bloggers. I tend to avoid posts on giveaways, fashion, beauty, music, TV shows I don't follow or I'm not up to date on, blog tours, flash fiction, those memes where you need to pick lines or pages from books.


I've already done this a few time and can't think of anything new to ask. I like AJ's questions so if you want to take part, please answer her questions!


  1. Thanks for answering my questions! I’d probably force JK Rowling to write Harry Potter prequels. I want to know about Harry’s parents.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. There could never be too many Harry Potter prequels! They have to be done!!!

  2. Those Potter covers are the best! I have them as Hardcovers (which I normally don't buy!) on my shelf up to book 5 so far and they look so good! I am a fan of those new ASOIAF covers as well, although I prefer the old and plain ones still. They just had every book in a different color. I think the first was yellow.

    I'd join you and help make JKR write all of those prequels. The more I think about it, the more I like it. Haha!

    Your former neighbours sound like dicks! We are mostly okay with ours, not much contact there, but one old couple... they are the worst, they have a dog who starts barking in the middle of the night and sometimes they are spying on us when we are in the garden. They obviously don't have better things to do. Maybe they should walk their poor dog more.

    1. I love these covers! And today I received my illustrated Prisoner of Azkaban which was great! I love the new GoT books and I just hope the last books are released with these cover options to complete my set. I hate incomplete sets! I think we should arrange a protest march and petition for these books! More Harry Potter! More Harry Potter!

      My former neighbours were complete arses and made our lives miserable for five years. It caused a lot of my depression at that time.Ugh you always get some neighbour ruining things don't you...

  3. Ooh J.K. writing lol. I wasn't a fan of most of my required reading either, in school.

    1. They need to do something about the books in school or it will switch kids off from reading!

  4. Fun answers! I always love learning how each blog got its name.

    1. I think Book Cave sounds like a warm winter book haven!