The Bookish Q&A Tag

Heyo, everyone! I’m back with another Q&A tag! This one was created by Deborah Kelty, and I was tagged for it by S. M. Metzler @ Tea with Tumness. So let’s dive right in!


Bookish Tag


Q1: What books do you remember reading that kick-started your bookworm habit?

There are a couple of books that come to mind for this question. The first one is The HobbitI would get the audiobook out from the library and listen to it over and over, to the point that I can recite entire passages from memory to this day. I was also a very ‘horse crazy’ girl when I was younger, and there was a series of horse books that my mom got me for my birthday that really kickstarted my obsession with horse books and books in general. It was called the Sneaky Pony series and they were my favorite books when I was younger. I read them over and over again. I would definitely recommend them if you have any horse-crazy children in your life. 😛

Q2: What genre, or genres, would you normally choose? 

This is a little difficult to answer, because I would say fantasy, but then have to specify that I don’t usually like traditional (often cliche) sword-and-sorcery type fantasy. So I guess I’d have to say urban fantasy, sci-fi, and whatever genre Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon fall into. I’m also quite partial to memoirs and poetry.

Q3: Do you eat while you read and if yes, what exactly?

Every once in a while I will have a snack while I read. More often than not, it’ll be some kind of cracker (like Goldfish) or chips. Sometimes I’ll have some hot chocolate while I read, but only on mornings after I haven’t slept very well, because can’t really drink any other kind of caffeinated beverage.

Q4: Are there any scenes from your favorite novels that you remember vividly?

I tend to remember the emotional impression a book makes on me way more than specific scenes or moments (or even plot details!) You know a book is really good when it leaves a lingering emotional impression long after you’ve forgotten character names or specific events.

Q5: Were there any least favorites?

I’m honestly a tad confused about this question. I’m not sure whether it means “Are there any least favorite scenes from your favorite books that your remember?” or something else entirely! I’m going to go with that first interpretation and say, yes, there are scenes and moments from some of my favorite books that have made unfortunate impressions in my memory, and I can actually name some specifics this time! Often the scenes that make the deepest impressions on me are scenes where characters are put into awkward or embarrassing situations, or when characters I love are mistreated by mean authors 😛 I’m thinking of certain moments in the Emily books by L. M. Montgomery; specifically, the many times Emily is misunderstood or mistreated by her relatives, or the moment where she burns all her old stories and scribblings rather than let her relatives see them. I identify with Emily so much that these moments sort of ‘cut me to the heart’, as they say.

Q6: So, as you’re a bookworm, what are you reading currently today? (Optional)

I’m currently reading a couple of books for the Back to the Classics Challenge, specifically A Little Princess and Jane Eyre, as well as Emily Climbs, the second book in the Emily trilogy, which might be why poor Emily’s plights are so fresh in my mind…

Q7: How’s it getting along for you? (Optional)

I’m enjoying all three books thoroughly. Jane Eyre is a little hard to read, as I’m still in the first part of the book, and poor Jane is being abused and trodden on left and right. But still, I’m enjoying reading a classic for the first time, and rereading a couple of books I haven’t even touched in a few years!

Q8: Have you then got a large bookshelf, or do you plan to?

I would love to have more bookshelf space. Currently, my shelf is absolutely jam-packed, to the point where I can’t actually fit all the books I own on it. I’d like to get a little bookshelf specifically for indie books, as I appear to have acquired quite a few of those over the past couple of months, but we’ll see. I probably wouldn’t have anywhere to put another shelf even if I did get one… 😅

Q9: Do you have a liking to indie or traditional books?

For me, it doesn’t matter whether a book is traditional or small press or indie: what matters is whether or not it’s a good book. While I would love to support more indie authors, I’m not going to do it just because they’re indie. They’ve got to write a good book first. Same goes for traditional publishing. Personally, I try to judge all art on its own merits, and not by any external biases.

Q10: And lastly, do you plan to promote reading in some way, or already are?

I love promoting reading and books that I love! I do it on Twitter, on Instagram, over on my Goodreads (you can follow me there, if you’d like to see all of my book reviews) and on this blog as well. I love doing bookish tag posts like this, and I’m hoping to do a few book recommendation posts in the future, so stay tuned for that as well!


Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed my Bookish Q&A post. I had tons of fun writing it! Make sure you check out S. M. Metzler, who tagged me, and Deborah, the creator of this awesome tag.

Today I’m tagging:

Hannah Marie @ Plottinger Twist

Daley Downing @ The Invisible Moth


See you again very soon!

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The Writer’s Book Tag

Hey, everyone. I’ve never been tagged by anyone before, but over the last two days I was actually tagged twice by two different people for two separate blog tags! Confusing? Yes. Awesome? Of course! I’ll be doing the first tag, the Writer’s Book Tag, today, and then the second tag on Thursday. Thank you so much to Jenn @ The Book Nook for tagging me! Here goes…


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First Draft

A book or series that you’ve never read before.

I have several books on my shelf by authors that I like, but which I haven’t yet found time to read. Most notably, Guardians of the West by David Eddings, has been sitting there for several months now, unopened. I love-love-loved Eddings’ Belgariad series (it is yet another entry on the ever growing list of books and series that I need to reread but don’t have time to reread), but I haven’t yet found time to crack open this first book of the Malloreon.


Second Draft

A book or series you didn’t like as much the second time you read it.

Sue me, but I’m going to have to say the Harry Potter books on this one. I was obsessed with them the first time through, but later rereadings haven’t been kind to this series. I own all the books, including the companion Hogwarts Library set, but I haven’t touched them in a couple of years.


Final Draft

A book or series that you’ve liked for a really long time.

There are a ton of books that I’ve loved since I was little, but I don’t think any of them have made such a big impact on me as The School Story by Andrew Clements. It tells the story of a twelve year old girl who publishes her own book, and it really inspired me to become a writer myself, and dream big even at a young age.


Killing Off Your Characters

A book or series that made you cry.

This is a bit difficult, because I don’t usually physically cry about books, and I can’t clearly remember any times that I actually have. One book that did make me really sad, though, was Fairest by Marissa Meyer. It tells the story of the villain of her Lunar Chronicles series from the perspective of said villain, and the story and writing were honestly super heart wrenching and very, very sad.


Plot Holes

A book or series that disappointed you.

I really, really, really wanted to like Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, but it was so dark and problematic and very immoral, and all the fantastic, spellbinding writing in the world couldn’t rescue it for me.

I was also very disappointed by the end of A Series of Unfortunate EventsAfter building up and sustaining and exciting mystery over thirteen books, the ending fell flat and failed to explain much of anything.


Writer’s Block

A book or series you never finished.

Once again, two series come to mind. I started reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, just to see what all the hype was about. The first book was not at all impressive, with poorly constructed dialogue and undeveloped writing skills, and although the second book was more interesting, I dropped it after I heard that the later books contained R-rated content. Not worth my time, especially if I can’t even finish reading the story because of the content.

I also never finished The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. The first book, Eragon, was okay, but I had to force myself to finish the massive second book, Eldest, because it was so boring, and the third book was even worse, so I dropped it after about five chapters worth of overly flowery description and unexciting action.


Feedback

A book or series you’d recommend to anyone and everyone.

There are literally so many answers I could put here, but I’ll try to narrow it down to just a few…

First of all, I always recommend the Evenmere Chronicles to everyone. It’s not very well known, but the writing and characters are amazing and it’s a very fresh take on a genre (epic fantasy) that seems to have been done to death in recent years.

I also never hesitate to recommend any and all of N. D. Wilson’s books. His novels are, of course, fantastic (I own well-loved copies of all of them, except Leepike Ridgehis first book, which for some reason I never seem to have gotten hold of), and his two non-fiction books, Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl and Death by Living are also amazing takes on the Christian faith. 10/10 would recommend everything N. D. Wilson.


That’s it for my answers! Today, I’ll be tagging three awesome bloggers to join in the fun:


Thanks for reading today! I hope you enjoyed all my answers, and that you check out a couple of those books I recommended back there *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*. Also don’t forget to check out Katie @ The Act Diary, who created this tag.

See you again soon!

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7 Reader Facts About Me (For All the Bookworms)

Hey, everyone! Big surprise, but I’ve stolen another tag from Cait over at Paper Fury for today’s blog post. (Well, I didn’t actually steal the last one. It was for authors to use on their blogs, but anyway…)

This tag is called 7 Reader Facts, and it is actually a #bookstagram tag that Cait borrowed for her lovely blog post today, and which I am borrowing as well. You can find the original tag here. Feel free to use this tag for your blog as well! Just link back to the original bookstagram tag with the link above. 🙂


The Questions

1. What books are you too lazy to read?

Cyndere's Midnight CoverAnd the prize goes to… Cyndere’s Midnightand the rest of the Auralia Thread. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I own them all and they have absolutely beautiful covers (if I was not currently on vacation about 500 miles from my house, I would go take a few photos like right now), and I don’t really have a good reason except that there are so many other books to read and I haven’t read them yet and my TBR is killing me cause now that I’m following so many other amazing book bloggers and bookstagrammers and stuff I just keep finding things to add to my poor to-read list. So, yeah. And I’m lazy. That is also true. I am also writing and working and doing school, so there’s that.

2. What book made you swoon?

Heartless

I usually really hate romance in books, but it is hard to hate Marissa Meyer’s adorable fairy-tale couples in both The Lunar Chronicles and HeartlessI know Heartless does NOT have a happy ending, but I just loved Cath and Jest so much and they were the best and that ending was brutal, so, yeah. You’re making me cry, book. Stop it.

3. What book gave you a hangover?

Still Life

Ooh, this is difficult. I’ll have to think back a little bit… There are many books that have left me feeling lost or wanting more. Still Life by Jaqueline West, the last book in her amazing Books of Elsewhere series, left me with that sort of bittersweet book-hangover-y feeling.

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The End

The End of the Series of Unfortunate Events did as well, although that was more a hangover of disappointment because up until then the series had been so good, and then absolutely zero of our questions were answered and it was all ambiguous and blah and I was very upset, so yeah. That happened.

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Chestnut King

Basically all the final books of all the N. D. Wilson series’ have made me sad inside, especially the end of The Chestnut King and Empire of Bones, although Empire of Bones is apparently not the end and we have been lied to, which of course I am very glad about. Obviously. Also The Song of Glory and Ghost, although that isn’t the end either (I am very releived). So, yeah. All N. D. Wilson books ever.

Oh. And Anne of Ingleside. And A Girl of the Limberlost. And Heartless. And about eight million other ones I’m not thinking of. Basically, I am very prone to book hangovers, and I haven’t actually realized that till just now, so…

4. What book will you always recommend?

Evenmere 1I will never not recommend The Evenmere Chronicles by James Stoddard, which are in know way as well known and loved as they should be. A magical Victorian house with mysterious denizens and evil anarchists and battles and trickery and a sort of steampunk/fairy-tale/Narnia-style aesthetic? Count me in for sure!

I also found myself heartily recommending The Ashtown Burials by N. D. Wilson to a Twitter friend the other day, and I would definetly recommend all N. D. Wilson books to everyone ever in a heartbeat. They are amazing! (I’m still waiting on Ashtown book 4, though…)

5. What book will you always reread?

God's Smuggler

God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew is my absolutely favorite book ever. I’ve reread it many times, and I hope to reread it again when I get the chance. It’s just such a powerful true story, and another book I would heartily recommend to everyone.

The School Story by Andrew Clements is also another book I try to reread every so often. It’s one of the books that really made me want to be an author when I was younger.

6. What are your favorite male authors?

Do I even need to say? You can probably guess the first two at this point. 😛 The rest are in no particular order of favoritism.

  1. N. D. Wilson, obviously
  2. James Stoddard
  3. Anthony Esolen (although I really didn’t enjoy his latest book very much)
  4. Terry Pratchett
  5. Andrew Peterson
  6. C. S. Lewis (throwing him in because I love That Hideous Strength like a lot)
  7. Charles Dickens

7. What are your favorite female authors?

This is actually slightly easier, cause to be honest there are a way less authors in this list, but, here goes:

  1. Marissa Meyer
  2. Jeanne DuPrau (The City of Ember ❤ ❤ ❤)
  3. L. M. Montgomery

And… that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post. If you want to check out another post like this (with many more beautiful colorful original pictures that I really just want to eat), go check out Cait’s post! And her whole blog! I cannot say this enough times, but in the short time I’ve been reading it, Cait’s blog Paper Fury has become my absolute favorite blog ever. Just go read it. It’s lovely. 🙂


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