My Book Picking Process | Feature and Follow Friday

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This Week’s Question

How do you decide what books to read?
Hmm, honestly? There’s a few different ways I’ll pick out a book and start reading.
First – I’ll look through reviews and pick out any books that interest me, then I’ll head on over to Goodreads and amazon and get that bad boy on my Kindle pronto.
Second – When I’m on NetGalley I’ll judge the books by the covers first and their synopsis second (don’t judge!) If I like what I see then I’ll get requesting.
When it comes to the actual picking of a book to sit down and dive right into, well, it can be a very spur of the moment thing. Sometimes I’ll just pick a book that I’m craving (who knew you could get book cravings, but apparently you can), other times I’ll read a book because I need to beat a deadline. I like to read books that I enjoy, so I always aim to read books that I like. Quite often I find that I’ll read books with a similar genre and theme one after the other, so I’ll scour my TBR or Kindle for a book that will give me my next fix.
I’m fairly certain my answer just made me sound like a lunatic, but I’m cool with that. I am what I am,  and that’s a crazy book loving lunatic.
How do you pick which books you’re going to read? Let me know in the comments!

What’s My Cure? | Feature and Follow Friday

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This Week’s Question

How do you cure a book hangover/blogging slump/reading slump?

I suppose this is one of those questions where you pick one of the options, but I’m going to go ahead and answer all three.
My cure for a book hangover? Well, first of I all I just need to sit and contemplate what the hell just happened and soak it all in. When I finished The Winner’s Crime I sat with tears streaming down my face while I tried to come to terms with what the author had just done. Then I put on The Princess Diaries 2 because I just needed Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews to cheer me up. And Chris Pine, can’t go forgetting him. I don’t go and read another book straight away if I’m in a book hangover, I need time so I’ll catch up on YouTube or any TV series that I’ve missed. 
Now for the blogging and reading slump, I’m lumping them together as the answers are pretty much the same. If I’m in a slump, whether it be blogging or reading, I need to step away from the keyboard and Kindle, stop overthinking everything and sit down and (as before) watch YouTube. It may sound crazy but watching the beauty gurus of the internet world really relaxes me and helps me just zone out. It’s then after a few sessions of this that I’ll pick up a new book, one that I know I will love. I’ll go to a favourite author that I can always depend upon, or a series that I’m in love with. I can guarantee that the little reading pause will have done the world of good, for both reading and blogging.
So they’re my answers to this week’s question! How do you cure yourself of these terrible ailments? Let me know in the comments!

Been To BEA? | Feature and Follow Friday

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This Week’s Question:

Have you ever been to BEA? If not, what’s stopping you? If you have, what was your best experience there?
No, I havent’t. Before I saw this question  I didn’t even knew it existed. I had to go away and google it because I didn’t have a clue. Turns out BEA stands for BookExpo America, who’d have thought it? It sounds really cool, an event to discover what’s new and exciting in the book world!
So, I haven’t been. It sounds interesting and something I’d like to go to, but unfortunately 3,338 miles stand between me and New York City.
Have you been to BEA? Let me know all about it in the comments!

Inspired by Fiction | Feature and Follow Friday

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This Week’s Question:

Have you ever been inspired by a book character to do something? Who was the character and what was it?
I thought long and hard about this question, and I suppose I have.
I had toyed with the idea of creating a blog for a couple of months, and then when I was on holiday I read The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting. I loved that book, so much (you can find my review here). Bree sets out on a quest to become interesting and started a blog to write all about it. It was then, while in sunny Cyprus, reading The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting, that I just knew that I had to do it. So I did, as soon as I got home I created a Blogger account and Alexandra Florence Books was born. It’s been six months and the blog’s still going strong, in fact it just keeps on developing. 
So thank you Bree, I love my little piece of the internet that is Alexandra Florence Books, and I wouldn’t be where I am right now without you.
Have you been inspired by a fictional character? Let me know in the comments!

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My Weekly Feature | Feature and Follow Friday

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This Week’s Question:

Have you come up with any special memes or features on your blog that you’d like people to visit more?
Why yes, yes I have!
Ta-dah!
First Impression Friday is my weekly feature that, you guessed it, takes place every Friday!
I share my first impressions on whichever book I’m reading, and invite you to do the same! It’s the perfect opportunity to share your thoughts on a book and find out what other people are reading!
It’s really simple to join in, all you have to do is grab the picture which is featured above, link back to me, and link your review up in the linky!
I’d love you to take part in my First Impression Friday feature!
That’s my feature, have you created any? Let me know in the comments!

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My Furry Friends | Feature and Follow Friday

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This Week’s Question:

Do you have any furry friends? Share a picture!

First off we’ve got my beautiful little kitty-cat.
Olive – 3 years old
And then there’s my little girl.
Cleo – 11 years old
And sadly we lost our baby boy just before Christmas.
Titus 
They’re my furry friends, although really they’re all a lot more like family than friends! Have you got any furry friends? Let me know in the comments!

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The Three Books I’d Save In A Fire | Feature and Follow Friday

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This Week’s Question:

Your house is burning down and you have time to select three books you own to take with you. Which three books?

Room by Emma Donoghue

This book was a Birthday present from my Dad and a book I truly love. It’s definitely got mature themes in it, and I wouldn’t consider it a light read to pass time. This is a book that requires time and emotional involvement. I couldn’t recommend it enough, but be prepared for heartbreak. 
Also, it’s a hardback, so you know, that’s just a hundred times better than any paperback ever.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is probably my all time favourite romance novel, and I couldn’t live without it in my life. It’s the ultimate romance, a definite classic. It’s the kind of book that you can pick up at any time and still love it. Sure, it’s on my Kindle, but a physical copy of Pride and Prejudice just feels so right.
The It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

I’ve read this book too many times to count, it’s got a well earned place in my heart. The It Girl was probably the first YA book that I ever read, and I fell in love instantly. I suppose you could say it was my gateway novel into the unknown (and incredible) world of YA. I’ve never looked back.
Kindle

Okay, so this is a cheeky fourth. The question says books, but my Kindle is home to the majority of my books, so it only makes sense that I’d take my book storage with me. Plus it’s got The Winner’s Curse and Red Queen on, and I couldn’t part with them! If I had physical copies of those two books they’d definitely be on the list!
Also, my cat is quite fond of it and seems to sit on/with it a lot.

They’re the three books (and Kindle) that I’d save in a fire. Which books earned the right to be your chosen three? Let me know what you picked in the comments!