I found this tag on on Jenna’s Page at Bookmark Your Thoughts and I thought it would be fun to answer some of these questions myself! I love when tags ask about reading preferences as well as book recommendations so this will be a whole lot of fun!
Question One. What are your top 3 bookish pet peeves?
- Stickers on Book Covers – This is one most people agree with but I personally love seeing the gorgeous cover, not the discount or signed copy sticker that gets placed on the front sometimes.
- Villain/Main Character love interests – I’m just not a fan of good and evil people falling in love. I get that sometimes there is more complexity to the situation but we rarely get to see all of the complexity so it just leads to a toxic relationship.
- The idea that if a character is sweet and innocent they are boring – Don’t get me wrong I love all the assassins and battle hardened main characters in fantasy books but sometimes I want a character who is a little naive, especially in young adult books. Young Adults are supposed to be learning, they make mistakes, trust the wrong people and then learn from it. That’s kind of the point! Why can’t the person who saves everyone also be sweet and loving? Why do they always have to be a snarky warrior?
Question Two. Name a perfect reading spot.
I have two, the first is sitting on my couch curled up in a giant pile of blankets with a mug of tea and a brownie sitting next to me. If my cat is tucked in with me as well its even better! The second reading spot I love is lounging on a blanket spread out under a tree with a picnic next to me. (And nobody walking up to me asking me what I’m reading)
Question Three. Give 3 reading confessions
- I don’t understand the amount of hype for Leigh Bardugo and Six of Crows. The books were good, but I didn’t think they were as incredible as everyone says. I enjoyed them, and I will still read the books set within the Grishaverse but they just aren’t my all time favorites. The Grisha trilogy was one of the first YA fantasy series I read so continuing with everything is more about nostalgia than anything.
- I’ve cracked the spines of the paperbacks I own. I don’t really understand why most people are so offended by cracked spines. I don’t want my books to be unreadable and with a lot of paperbacks you have to crack the spine to read them.
- I prefer long series to trilogies or duologies. I get that everyone wants their series to be done quickly and wrapped up nicely but I love staying with characters over a long amount of time. I like the long drawn out expansion of different worlds.
Question Four. When was the last time you cried during a book?
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I know that this book isn’t meant to be a tear jerker but it ended up being a book that made me feel a lot of emotions. There were many times when I put it down because I was crying unexpectedly.
Question Five. Number of books on your beside table
The only books on my bedside table are my Bible and my prayer books. I keep all the books I’m reading in my TBR basket next to my reading chair.
Question Six. Favourite reading snack
Most recently I’ve been eating a lot of stroopwafels. I don’t know why but I had one a few weeks ago and now I’m obsessed. I also drink a lot of tea while I read.
Question Seven. What are three books you’d recommend to anyone?
- Educated by Tara Westover
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
- The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Question Eight. Provide a picture of your bookshelf
I don’t have any pictures of my bookshelf at the moment because I’m moving soon and I will be getting new bookshelves. The ones I have right now are a bit of a mess.
Question Nine. How much do books mean to you in three words
Stories are love
Question Ten. Biggest reading secret?
I guess the only secret I really have about reading is that I decided not to finish The Fault in Our Stars because I was bored with it and then my friend asked if I had read it yet I told her yes. So it’s kind of true but kind of not. I don’t know