Hello, my fellow book lovers. This Sunday, I’ll be doing the A to Z Survey book tag! I was tagged by the lovely romie we deserve love and this tag was created by The Perpetual Page-Turner. Thank you very much for tagging me!
Probably J.K. Rowling. I’ve read all the seven books in the Harry Potter series multiple times already and I’ve also read some of her other work, such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The Dream Thieves is my favourite book in The Raven Cycle! I love this series because of the characters, so I don’t mind that the second instalment doesn’t revolve around quest as much.
I’m currently reading Braced by Alyson Gerber. I received this book thanks to Disability in Kidlit because they needed someone to check how the scoliosis and back brace are represented.
Throughout the entire day, I drink water. I only drink Ice Tea Green while having lunch and/or dinner. So my drink of choice while reading is probably water. How boring!
At the moment, neither. I’ve been struggling sitting down and actually picking up a book. I usually read in the evening, but I’m often not in the mood to read anymore. I have, however, been listening to audiobooks daily. So that’s currently my favourite format. Overall, however, I do prefer physical books. I like that I can add notes and bookmarks in e-books, but there’s just something special about holding a book in your hands.
To be honest, I don’t easily get crushes on fictional characters, there are some I really, really love, such as Sansa Stark and Claire Fraser, but I don’t know whether that love is romantic. But when I read Queens of Geek, I thought Jamie would’ve made a good book boyfriend!
I don’t usually read New Adult romances or novellas. But I’m so glad I picked up M. Hollis’ work! As long as the relationships that are portrayed are diverse, I can enjoy this genre. So I definitely added some similar titles on my TBR!
How does How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake not have a thousand ratings on Goodreads?! That book means a lot to me because I have so much in common with the main character. I definitely plan on buying a physical copy (I read this as an ARC) to re-read this.
Joining the YA book community on Twitter has made me much more conscience about the books I read. Before I joined, I already wanted to read diverse books, but it was so hard to actually find those titles. Not anymore. My TBR is keeps on growing. Sometimes, I do feel a bit isolated from the community and it has exposed me much more to triggering or harmful content. But I’ve learnt so much about books and diversity, and even about myself. I’ve learnt to accept my mental illnesses, disability and sexual orientation more than I used to.
A couple of days ago, I finished Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I enjoy listening to autobiographies because the narration is so good and I wouldn’t usually pick up physical copies of those books.
Never say never, but there are a number of genres I don’t reach for. Classics is one of them. I’ve talked about this before: English isn’t my first language, so classics aren’t easy reads for me. Furthermore, they remind me of mandatory reads in high school and college, and I HATE being forced to read something.
That’s definitely one of the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Most of the books in that series are over a thousand pages long!
I get into reading slumps often, but I don’t know whether they’re caused by book hangovers. The only novels I can think of right away, are the ones in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. After finishing one of Martin’s books, I immediately want to pick up the next one, but I don’t because they’re so big and take ages to read. So I end up in this hesitant state of wanting to read the book, but not being prepared to dedicate the time to it.
I own two Billy book cases from Ikea. I own more book cases than these two, but the other ones contains books I’m planning to unhaul, books I will probably never read, etc. So I only consider the two you see on my Instagram and on my blog as my real bookcases.
I’ve read many books – especially series – multiple times. I recently read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli for the third time, this time on audiobook. I love Albertalli so much, she is my favourite author!
Last summer, I loved to read outside when the weather was very good. Unfortunately, this summer, the weather has been dreadful. So I usually read in bed. Though that’s not actually my preferred place to read, since that gets uncomfortable soon.
In my opinion, Dumbledore was manipulative, but damn, that man had so many good quotes! I have “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” engraved on my iPad because it’s one of my favourite quotes from the series and it something I live by. I don’t see myself as a dreamer. I’m not an optimist. So this quote suits me very well. Though I daydream a lot and because of my mental illnesses, it’s sometimes hard to actually live, but I do think I’m realistic when it comes to my expectations. Oops, I’m rambling.
There are a number of books I did not enjoy reading. And there are a number of books I couldn’t even finish. But regrets? That’s a difficult question! Hmm, possibly A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. I had to read this book in college and I absolutely despised it. The premise was a suicide attempt, but all the characters were plain awful (though I don’t think intentionally) and problematic AF. I was the only one who felt that way during the class discussion. And of course, there were those readers on Goodreads who told me that “I didn’t get the novel”. Whatever.
Oh my, there are SO MANY series I can choose from! I’d say A Song of Ice and Fire because I need to read A Dance With Dragons ASAP, but Winds of Winter isn’t out yet, so this series doesn’t count.
I read The Winner’s Curse in one sitting last year and I bought the other books in this trilogy right away. Yet I still haven’t continued this series!
- The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater
- Harry Potter and the I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE’S MY FAVOURITE – J.K. Rowling
- The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
I don’t want to be an unapologetic fangirl, because I believe it’s very important to be critical, even and perhaps especially of your favourites. I mentioned Stiefvater and Rowling above and I could say a lot of critical things about them. But when it comes to The Upside of Unrequited, I have yet to see any criticism I consider valid. I’m incredibly protective of this novel because it’s so very relatable.
There are so many books I’m excited for, so it’s hard to pick this one. But I swear, if we don’t get Winds of Winter anytime soon! I love Game of Thrones, but it’s also complete trash at times. I an even bigger fan of the books, so I really hope we don’t have to wait too much longer.
These aren’t exactly bookish habits, but rather bad reader traits. I’m a mood reader and I absolutely hate that! Why can’t I stick to a TBR? Why do I have to contemplate for so long what book I’m going to read next? Another bad habit of mine, is being a slow reader. I can’t finish a moderate sized novel in just a few hours! That’s why I’m glad I discovered audiobooks, because reading those goes much faster.
That’s The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco! I haven’t yet this one yet and I’m wondering whether the audiobook is any good. Let me know if you’ve listened to this one!
I haven’t been buying many books lately, but I recently ordered FIVE books! Eliza and Her Monsters was one of those.
Even though I had to go to work early the next morning, I stayed up very late to finish We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. At first, I was thinking about DNF’ing it, because I wasn’t in the mood for it. Thankfully, I didn’t! I ended up loving it 😀
Thank you for reading my answers. As usual, I won’t nominate anyone, but if you are interested in doing this tag, definitely consider yourself tagged by me!
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