What is this? A BOOK TAG? On MY blog?! It cannot be!
Alas, it’s true, I finally found a book tag I like. (Totally borrowing this from Claire, by the way, who totally pilfered it from someone else.) Enjoy!
Author You’ve Read the Most Books By
Probably a writer of a long series, like the gorgeously witty Karen McCombie.
Best Sequel Ever
Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban… More recently: How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne is great. Heart-warming and gut-wrenching.
Unboxed by (writer and surprisingly versatile cosplayer) Non Pratt.
Drink of Choice While Reading
Absinthe. Or, you know, nO DRINK AT ALL BECAUSE WHY WOULD PUT A GLASS OF LIQUID NEAR PRECIOUS PAPER?? WHYYYYY
E-Reader or Physical Book
My fair and equal temperament says both but my heart says physical books (they’re so much more enjoyable to read).
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School
Charlie Weasley, mostly for the dragons.
Glad You Gave this Book a Chance
Adorkable by Sarra Manning. I was surprised by how much I loved it. And oh, those poetry-inspiring cheekbones.
Hidden Gem Book
Prim Improper by Deidre Sullivan. Delightful, emotional, genuine stuff.
Important Moment in Your Reading Life
“Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.”
(Also discovering that ‘phantasmagorical’ is a real word.)
Just Finished Reading
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.
Kind of Books You Won’t Read
I have so little time to read, I’ve decided just to cut out most adult books altogether, to be honest. And dystopia is so over.
Longest Book You’ve Read
Probably Les Misérables? Seriously, Victor, you don’t need to describe EVERYTHING
Major Book Hangover
Eh, I don’t really do book hangovers. I did have to stare around a bit and read the last pages of Sara Barnard‘s Beautiful Broken Things over and over when I finished it though.
Number of Bookcases You Own
Ha! It’s cute that you think this is a number which can be physically counted.
One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times
ONE? Only one?! I’m a big re-reader, but in the interest of mentioning a book I haven’t talked about yet: I’ve read Lauren James’ The Next Together four times, once just for the epistolary timeline and Kate’s one-liners.
Preferred Place to Read
Somewhere warm, but really, I will read in many situations. It’s part of my charm.
Quote that Inspires You/Gives You all the Feels from a Book You’ve Read
MANY. This line from Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is beautiful and underrated: “Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.”
Reading books because of hype even when I knew I wasn’t going to enjoy them. (Thankfully I’m much better with this now, and have been able to sideline a lot of flashy! blockbuster! American YA the hype machine loves but I have no interest in.)
Series You Started and Need to Finish
The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon and Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles.
Three of Your All-Time Favourite Books
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
The New Policeman by Kate Thompson
The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan (but not the sequels, they’re a downhill slide into mehness)
Unapologetic Fangirl For
ALL OF THE THINGS. Currently: The Great British Bake-Off. Finding sarcastic subtext in the letters and works of Jane Austen. Forever: Harry Potter. Musicals. Badass ladies in high fantasy fiction. DRAGONS.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All Others
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (it really is one of the best high fantasy YA series on the shelf at the moment). AND I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT YET.
Worst Bookish Habit
It’s more blogish than bookish, but most of my reviews come to about 1500 words in first draft and like, that’s not a review, that’s accidentally launching a career as an essayist
X Marks the Sport: Start on the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book
The Selected Poetry and Prose of Lord George Gordon “for god’s sake just leave everyone ALONE your daughter will turn out more interesting than you anyway” Byron.
Your Latest Purchase
What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne, the final book in her brilliant contemporary trilogy.
Zzzzz-Snatcher Book (last book that kept you up way too late)
Kiersten White’s And I Darken, a genderbent alternate history with a ferocious heroine.
And that’s the A-Z of Books Tag! It’s probably done the rounds already, but in the interest of active participation I’ll tag my good friend Rita, the multi-talented Georgia, and the fabulous Lauren (if only because she has a ridiculous work ethic and I need to know if there is SOME SHRED OF FALLIBILITY in there and if she too procrastinates by doing book tags).