Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Acqua for tagging me! If you’re not already, please go follow her, she’s one of my favorite bloggers.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site. 
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.

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Acqua’s questions:

  1. What was the last book you rated three stars, and why?
    The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. I know!!! I was anticipating not giving it less than four stars , but something just didn’t click with the audiobook and the book itself. Read my full review to find out more I guess!
  2. Do you read short fiction?
    I do! Not always, and it’s not something I usually reach for unless I’ve heard great things from other bloggers and reviewers.
  3. A book you’re anticipating that isn’t getting much hype?
    A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics and Going Off Script.
  4. Have you ever felt like a book/its writing was manipulative?
    I don’t know if I understand/interpret the question correctly, but to me a book is manipulative when it doesn’t leave much room for the reader to make up their own mind about what’s going on. When it feels like the writer doesn’t trust the reader to use their brain to put together two and two. They should have faith that readers will be able to pick up subtle things even if they don’t just dump everything on the page *coughs*SJM*cough*. 
  5. A trope you don’t like?
    In romances, a big age gap.
  6. Is there anything (like a trope, a setting, or a specific subgenre) that recurs often in your favorite books?
    I read across different tropes/genres/settings and my favorite books tend to reflect that but one thing that’s definitely always there the character that seems unfeeling and cold but is only like that because of trauma and once they open up they’re actually very soft but only in specific situations/with specific people.
  7. Two random non-bookish facts about you?
    – I can cook pretty well but I’m not a good baker and I don’t enjoy doing it
    – I never attended religion hour in school (it’s optional in Italy)
  8. A book whose premise was better than the actual content?
    I had to look through all my shelves for this so here are two: Odd One Out, Flame in the Mist. There are more but the authors turned out to be trash so I don’t even want to mention them.
  9. What’s the weirdest book you’ve ever read?
    I’ve read some pretty weird ones in my life before becoming a reviewer but I can’t remember them because my memory is pretty shit, but of the ones I read recently off the top of my head I’d say In Other Lands. It’s the exact type or weird that clicks so much with my tastes and sense of humor that I don’t even find it weird (but I know it is).
  10. Supposing that plot and characters are both well-written, which do you value more in fantasy: atmosphere or a well-defined magic system?
    I know this is a total cop-out of an answer, but I feel like it really depends on the book! Sometimes books are very atmospheric but you just don’t care about that particular atmosphere. On the other hand a well-defined magic system can make things interesting while you read but it’s probably not the first thing you think about when you remember the book after months or years of reading it, whereas the atmosphere might stay with you longer.
  11. Is there anything you wish was talked about more in the book community?
    Looots of things! One topic that I’ve encountered a lot lately is the author/reviewer relationship and how both authors and readers don’t seem to understand their boundaries: authors comment on reviews they’re not tagged in and reviewers tag authors in negative reviews. I feel like this is going to be something we’ll talk about for the whole year, but I haven’t seen much of this topic outside of book twitter.

 

My questions:

1. What’s one book you don’t often talk about, but it was important to you at one point of your life?

2. If given the chance to live only one day in the setting of one of your favorite books, where would you go?

3. What’s one thing you’d change about your favorite book?

4. Is there any kind of adaptation for your favorite book, like a movie or a series? If not, what kind of adaptation would you want it to have, if any?

5. Is there one book you read even though it was definitely outside of your comfort zone and became one of your favorite books?

6. Do you listen to audiobooks? If not, why?

7. Who is your favorite villain?

8. You can only keep one genre: fantasy or contemporary?

9. Describe one random book exclusively in emojis/gifs/memes without naming it.

10. Do you listen to music while you read?

11. Think of your most favorite character from a book: in what relationship would you want to be with them? Are they your love interest, your best friend, your best friend, your child?

I tag (but feel free to ignore!):

Laura | Sakhile | Marie | Steffy | Dorka | Ash | Nick | Chaima | Kate | May | Julianna

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Dreamy Book Covers Tag

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I realize I don’t talk about covers like, at all, so I’m so happy that my lovely friend Ash @ Wild Heart Reads tagged me to do this fun tag, which was created by Tiana @ The Book Raven (who also did the stunning tag image here above!) Please check out both their blogs!

The Rules: 

1. Thank the lovely person who tagged you, spread the love!

2. Mention Tiana @ The Book Raven as the creator of this book tag!

3. Use the original tag image in your post. (However, Feel free to add whatever other graphics your heart desires!)

4. At least tag 1 fellow blogger for this tag.

5. List the rules

divider-2461548_960_720“No Ideas But in Things” A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it

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I had to think about this question for a bit and decided to go with the cover for Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I think it perfectly expresses how the novel deconstructs the on-the-surface perfect lives of the suburban families that are portrayed in the book.

“Dark and Lovely” A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up

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I don’t read a ton of creepy novels lately but I had to go with Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh. I’m not much into creepy stuff but this cover makes it clear that the themes in the book are not going to shy away from punching you in the gut while also giving you a soft pink background to soft it down (because despite all the heavy stuff, this book is also hopeful).

“Sugary Sweet” A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug

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The Nowhere Girls – look, I can’t really claim that this book is fluffy, at all, but the cover is so pretty and it makes me feel all fluffy inside because I associate it with the book itself and it makes me think of female friendships and girls supporting girls and intersectionality and fighting against everything that’s wrong with society and that makes me want to give this whole book a big hug.

“The Simple Aesthetic” A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design

I love the new cover of Vicious that matches the upcoming Vengeful. It’s just so simple and it perfectly gives off the vibes of the series (also if you happen to also own the Shades of Magic trilogy, you can have your own color-matching V.E. Schwab shelf and that’s one of my long-term life goals tbh)

“Cover Envy” A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black is a book I adored and I also find the cover so pretty. You all know I don’t own many physical copies for many reasons but this is absolutely one of those books I’d love to have on my physical bookshelf.

“Traveling Abroad” A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own

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Calling Calling Calling Me by Natasha Washington features San Francisco on the cover and it couldn’t be more fitting since a lot of the novel almost feels like a love letter to this unique city. I loved this book (it’s going to be out on September 4th) and its descriptions of San Francisco somewhat reconciled my own (mostly negative) impression of the city when I visited it last year.

“The Color Wheel” A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors 

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I can never decide on a favorite color but I usually answer with purple, so for this answer I chose this edition of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I love the purple feathers on this and I think it’s such a relaxing cover to look at.

“Switching Gears” A cover change you absolutely adore 

Hear me out, I find the first cover of Carry On easier on the eye and I generally prefer a cover that’s more minimalistic, but I think the new paperback gives a better idea of the book inside. I’m also not someone who can see faces in her head so I absolutely LOVE having canon art of characters, especially for books I love so much, and I adore Kevin Wada’s art. This cover also means we’re getting the stunning matching cover for Wayward Son with older Simon and Baz and with both of them being absolute fashion icons so……..

“Oldie but Goodie” A favorite cover of your favorite classic

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I don’t have a favorite classic but the first cover that came to my mind when I read this question is this cover of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (I guess you could say it’s my favorite classic from when I was a kid). Like with all books illustrated by Luzzati, probably the most famous modern artist from my hometown, he didn’t only do the cover art but he illustrated the whole book in his very unique style, and I think that makes this edition so special to me, not because I particularly love his art style but because I’ve basically grown up seeing it everywhere in my town and it just feels like home.

“And the Winner is…” Which book cover meantioned above is your favorite?

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WHY IS IT SO HARD TO CHOOSE ONE FAVORITE. Look, I went for this because I love a simple style and there’s just something about it that makes it exactly the type of cover I adore.

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I tag:

Sakhile @ Sakhile Whispers

Acqua @ Acquadimore

Elise @ The Bookish Actress

Jess @ Beaucoupbooks

Marie @ Drizzle And Hurricane

If you’re not tagged, consider yourself tagged if you want to do this too! Also no pressure if I tagged you!

🌈Pride Flag Book Tag🏳️‍🌈

Happy last day of Pride!

please someone appreciate my effort to recreate a MSN-messenger-style rainbow text to the best of my abilities

For my last post this month I wanted to do this tag even though I wasn’t technically tagged by anyone (I don’t think!)

The tag was created by Common Spence (whose videos you should totally check out btw!!!) and what a better way to end this beautiful, colorful month than with the rainbow colors all over this post and with some great LGBTQIAP+ recs!

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❤ 1. Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE!

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Whenever I read the description of this first category in other people’s posts, the first character that’s always come to my mind is Alex Fierro from the Magnus Chase trilogy! She’s so fierce and utterly proud of her identity, she embraces all of it unapologetically, and a huge part of who she is is her being genderfluid, so if you’re looking for that rep I definitely recommend reading this series (of which I’ve done a series review that you should definitely check out!).

🧡 2. Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.

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Not necessarily a single book but the whole All For the Game series. It’s really weird to mention this when I couldn’t be more different from every single character in the series, but it’s the small things that gave me some sort of catharsis in the place where I least expected it. Also I’m super proud that this is the orange question and the Foxes’ team color is orange.

💛 3. Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.

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Not exactly a book but a webcomic — Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth. You can read my review to see how much I loved it. It’s not that the comic is all joyful and happy (it mostly is!), but the overall feel of it filled me with so much joy while reading it, and I find myself grinning every time I think about it.

💚 4. Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own.

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I’d say a world full of magic and where cats made of shadow can talk is pretty different to our own. If I loved Nevernight because of how different and fucked up it is, Godsgrave (while being those things too) is The Book I think about when I ask myself where I can find the perfect bi rep (not that such a thing exists or that it even makes sense to worry about what perfect bi rep even is, but you get what I mean).

💙 5. Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.

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The whole Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat but mostly the final book, Kings Rising. As some of you might know, this is my favorite book series of all times, and there’s more than one difficult truth that both MCs need to come to terms with.

As a bonus, I’d like to mention The Summer Palace, the second post-series short story. While Kings Rising is where both characters start to accept what’s happened and what’s happening to them, The Summer Palace is the aftermath of those truths being fully accepted, and Damen and Laurent get to have their true happy ending.

💜 6. Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion.

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How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis mostly deals with fandom and fanfiction and stuff, but it also talks about religion since the main character is gay and he comes from a very religious family who doesn’t fully accept him. Despite this, it’s a very light-hearted and cute novel, and the humor is so funny you’ll pee your pants from laughing (metaphorically).

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That’s it for this post and for this month. I want to wish everyone who’s LGBTQIAP+ a safe July and a safe rest of the year, and I want to remind our allies to not forget about us once this month is over. We’re always here, we’re always queer, we exist and we matter.

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20 Questions Book Tag

I was tagged by my lovely friend May @ Forever and Everly and this tag looked so fun I couldn’t not do it. Yes I know I’m bad at actually posting the tags people have tagged me in (I have about 2489 almost-ready-to-be-posted tags in my drafts that now are it’s-been-too-long-since-I-was-tagged tags) but look!!! I liked this one okay!!!!! Also in case you’re still not following May I will give you about five seconds to fix that (but then please come back and read my answers thx).

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1. how many books are too many books in a book series?

Okay look this is not an easy question to answer but I think it all depends on whether the books were planned from the beginning or not. I know that the creative process is different for everyone blah blah but if you promised a trilogy  you should stick to a trilogy (I’m fine with spinoffs and novellas unless they become necessary to be able to understand the main plot). I think readers are clever enough to understand when prolonging a series is just a money grabber or it’s something that makes sense, and that the author should do their best to be respectful of their readers and deliver the best product they can deliver, which is something that simply not always happens. And if you’ve been following me here or on twitter you might know that I have a specific author in mind.

2. how do you feel about cliffhangers?

Do I have the next book in the series? Because then I’m good. Otherwise I respectfully hate them 🙂

Bonus: some of the best-worst cliffhangers I found

3. hardback or paperback?

Hardback, but since you’re asking: ebooks > audiobooks > hardcovers > paperbacks

4. favorite book?

Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat

5. least favorite book?

I don’t feel like going on GR to take a look so I’m just mentioning the two that come to mind: A Flame in the Mist and A Court of Frost and Starlight.

6. love triangles, yes or no?

No if they’re what people usually mean by love triangle. Yes if there’s a twist on them: they have queer characters (although you need to be careful not to promote bad stereotypes about queer people) and/or the characters end up in a polyam relationship etc etc

7. the most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Officially that would be Curved Horizon but I think I’m going to officially DNF The Right Thing to Do at the Time soon because even though I like the writing style it’s really a bit Much and I feel like it takes me forever to read.

8. a book you’re currently reading?

The Pros of Cons (ebook; YA contemporary that takes place at a convention and one of the three MCs is a queer girl and I think her LI is going to be an enby character but I’m not sure yet) and The Dark Prophecy (audiobook, I’ve been reading it slowly bc I started my new job but I love it).

9. last book you recommended to someone?

Probably the Magnus Chase trilogy to a GR/twitter friend!

10. oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)

Probably all those Greek tragedies I studied in high school but I don’t feel like looking up which one is older.

11. newest book you’ve read? (publication date)

A Tiny Piece of Something Greater, which released on May 17th!

12. favorite author?

CS Pacat, VE Schwab, Rick Riordan, Leigh Bardugo, Giacomo Leopardi, Lorenzo Da Ponte (for his librettos), idk don’t make me choose please

13. buying books or borrowing books?

Would be great to borrow if there was a library. Okay to be fair I found out not long ago that there’s actually an English Library in my town and it’s the only one in the country and they actually have a decent selection. But I usually prefer reading ebooks anyway so yeah I guess I save money by buying digital copies (but I try to “borrow” those too if I can, like on Riveted).

14. a book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

ACOWAR, Flame in the Mist

15. bookmarks or dog-ears?

B O O K M A R K S

16. a book you can always reread?

Simon VS and I’m sure something else too but right now I can’t remember

17. can you read while hearing music?

I can if it’s instrumental music, otherwise I find it very difficult unless I’m like on a train or something, but it kinda needs to fit the book.

18. one POV or multiple POVs?

I loooove multiple POVs!!! I think if done right it’s so much better than having only one POV, even though it always, always depends on the story you want to tell. Some books just wouldn’t make sense with multiple POVs.

19. do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I wish I was so fast that reading books in one sitting is something I do, but sadly that’s not realistic for me. The last book I read in “one sitting” (which meant reading it for the whole day without barely doing anything else) was Restore Me. Otherwise I usually try to read it in as little time as possible (2-3 days) because that’s what works best for me to keep engaged in the story, but it still doesn’t count as one sitting.

20. who do you tag?

Rin @ The Lost Planet

Emma @ In Search Of Dragons

Sakhile @ Sakhile Whispers

Honestly I don’t know who else to tag because I think everyone else has already been tagged but if you haven’t then feel free to do it and mention me (reminder: to send a mention always link to a post so I can be notified, otherwise if you link to my homepage wordpress won’t notify me!) as having tagged you so I can see your answers!

Here are the questions made easier to copy-paste, enjoy and don’t feel pressure to do the tag if you don’t want to!

1. how many books are too many books in a book series?
2. how do you feel about cliffhangers?
3. hardback or paperback?
4. favorite book?
5. least favorite book?
6. love triangles, yes or no?
7. the most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
8. a book you’re currently reading?
9. last book you recommended to someone?
10. oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)
11. newest book you’ve read? (publication date)
12. favorite author?
13. buying books or borrowing books?
14. a book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
15. bookmarks or dog-ears?
16. a book you can always reread?
17. can you read while hearing music?
18. one POV or multiple POVs?
19. do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
20. who do you tag?

Book Blogger Insider Tag

Thank you so much Laura for the tag! If you’re not following her yet definitely go check out her blog (it’s one of my favorites!)

Rules

1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun!


1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Usually at my desk but sometimes on the couch under a warm blanket (like right now!)

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

It depends a lot on the book, whether I liked it or not, if it’s an ARC or a book I bought myself. Generally I tend to put more effort in a review if I liked the book and it was an ARC that not many other people have reviewed yet (as it was for my Ace of Shades review). Such a review takes me a long time because I will probably write down my thoughts in a messy way, then organize them better after a few hours, then polish it and post it the next day. The total amount of hours it takes me is probably 3-4? Which is a lot.
For other books I will try to do shorter reviews and just get to the main points, and those can take me around half an hour.

3. When did you start your book blog?

I started it in October 2016 and been blogging on and off ever since (well now I haven’t had a blog hiatus since the summer so yay!)

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Is this a trick question? Okay okay I will admit that blogging isn’t always fun, it can create a lot of pressure (mostly it’s pressure you put on yourself). I’d say the worst feeling I’ve ever gotten was being on hiatus for a few months and wondering if this blog was yet another thing I’d left unfinished, but it turned out the hiatus was actually good and I came back with a lot of new ideas and more passionate about it than I ever was.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I know I should say something about all the amazing people you meet through blogging, and that’s definitely one of the best things about blogging (especially when it comes to meeting them on other platforms like twitter because I feel like that’s where you see more of the person), but for me the best thing was finding my own voice and allowing myself to be heard.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Off the top of my head I had a lot of fun writing my LGBTQ+ webcomic recs post!

7. What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

Without any doubt discussion posts. I need to be very passionate about the topic and I’ll typically spill tears and blood while writing them, and get a lot of condescending/patronizing comments afterwards, but damn if I don’t love writing them anyway.

8. When do you typically write?

It depends a lot but I find that I usually tend to write posts in the morning for some reason, but sometimes you’ll catch me writing something throughout the day.

9. Do you review every book you read?

That’s the goal (even if I have some RTCs from almost a year ago…oops). I don’t post every review on the blog but I try to always write something on my goodreads even if it’s just a few lines. Like I said in an earlier reply, I’m more likely to write something if the book is new and I loved it and had a lot of meaning to me, but if the book is already super well known I always kinda have this “it doesn’t really matter if I review it or not” attitude. Also sometimes I’m just not in the mood and I only want to read for fun without the pressure of having to write a review.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I always have a cup of tea (or coffee, if I’m writing right after breakfast) while I’m reviewing. While I can’t write (as in, fiction-write) with music on, I love writing reviews with music. I usually just choose a Spotify playlist depending on my mood and/or the mood of the book I’m reviewing. I absolutely can’t review if there’s Netflix on??? Like how would I do that? I’m someone who can’t just passively watch something on TV while I do other stuff so if I’m watching a show on Netflix then I’m watching it lmao. Also, if I had a cat I’d totally write reviews with it next to me, but sadly I don’t have a cat yet 😦

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

This one also depends on a lot of factors, but lately I’ve learned to write down my messy thoughts almost right away in a word document and then go back and edit it and write a proper review. I just find it easier to fix my thoughts later than trying to remember every single thing I thought right after finishing, and if something doesn’t fit the review then I’ll just delete it or write it better.

12. How often do you post?

My current schedule is three posts a week, but both in January and in February I went a little overboard and sometimes posted four times a week, mostly because I had more planned and somewhat time-sensitive posts than I had days in my schedule. I feel like I’m heading towards a little blogging slump and I’m also not reading as much as I’d like to, but I also have a lot of ideas and a few projects in store so I hope I’ll manage to keep up my three times a week schedule.

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I tag:

@InsideMyLibraryMind
Kate @ReadingThroughInfinity
Taiwo @StuffedShelves
Michaela @JourneyIntoBooks
Sionna @BooksInHerEyes
Marta @TheCursedBooks
and everyone else who feels like doing this! Also no pressure to do it if I’ve tagged you!

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The lovely Ash @ wildheartreads has tagged me to this and I’m so honored! Also look at me, I’m actually doing a tag and not postponing it until it’s 347832 months later and at that point it doesn’t even make sense to post it anymore and- well my point is that I’m doing this now so y’all can be proud of me (and sorry to everyone who has tagged me and never heard back from me lmao – Laura this one goes to you).

I actually did this same tag a looooooong time ago I believe but the questions are different so it’s all good!

How Does it Work?

  1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

Ash’ questions

  1. If your favourite book was adapted would you prefer it as a film or TV series?

    My favorite book series is Captive Prince and a film (or even three) wouldn’t do it justice, so I’d have to go with TV series! It would make much more sense and if done right it would be the best way to convey the same exact slow burn vibe that the books have.

  2. What would your dream reading nook look like?

    You know those couches shaped like an L? I love the corner part because I can sit however I want and stretch my legs all the way and I feel “safe” I guess.

  3. Paperbacks or Hardcovers?

    Ebooks actually gsdhlgsgh but I guess hardcovers because they look nicer and you don’t have to hold the book open the whole time, you can just put them on a surface and keep reading.

  4. Do you listen to music when you read or do you need silence?

    I very rarely listen to music when I read, mostly I just don’t think about it and start reading in silence. If someone else is listening to music I can read but it can’t be something with a lot of lyrics if that makes sense, and it also can’t be something that I already know because if I know the lyrics and music I just start humming along and get distracted from my book.

  5. Favourite meme that describes you reading?

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    You get the idea

  6. Favourite genre?

    It used to be fantasy but now I see that I can’t read only fantasy anymore, I also need to read some contemporary stuff sometimes, so I have no idea. But I’ll just go with YA in general I guess.

  7. Do you fancast characters or do you prefer to let your imagination do the work?

    Neither, I don’t really see faces in my head when I read so I can’t fancast.

  8. Favourite trope/least favourite?

    Favorite romance trope: enemies to lovers
    Least favorite generic trope: dead queer people for the sake of furthering straight people’s narrative

  9. What fictional world would you love to visit?

    Earlier I would have said the Harry Potter one but since it’s apparently impossible to be a queer person there I’d rather go visit the Always Human world so I could try different mods for different hairstyles and looks and also knowledge mods would be super cool.

  10. What book surprised you the most (good or bad)?

    I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into when I started The Darkest Part of the Forest and I guess I thought it would all take place in a faerie world but it actually mostly takes place in the real world but then again nothing about it feels like our world because it’s all so magical and the writing is perfect to give you this sort of magical vibe. The romances also surprised me a lot in a very positive way.

  11. What was your last 5 star read?

    That would be At the Edge of the Universe (my review)! I loved it and it made me fall in love with SDH, now I really need to check out all his books.


My questions!

  1. What was your favorite book as a child?
  2. Do you get reading slumps? How do you get out of them?
  3. What’s the one book or series that made you fall in love with reading?
  4. What are your thoughts on ebooks?
  5. Are you more of a fantasy or a contemporary person?
  6. Who’s your all time favorite author?
  7. Do you read audiobooks? Why or why not?
  8. First person or third person?
  9. Plot or characters?
  10. Heroes or antiheroes?
  11. Single point of view or double/multiple POV?

I tag:

Elise @ thebookishactress
Laura @ thebookcorps
Em @ emspermanentink
May @ foreverandeverly
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Down the TBR hole #2

down the TBR hole

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. These are the rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

(I’m doing a softcore version of this, and some books will end up on my “maybe” shelf!)

TBR count after the last post: 490

Current TBR count: 492

(don’t ask how it happened)


46465

 

The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett

I have no recollection of adding this and yeah I also don’t think I want to read it, like I really don’t think I’ll be in the right headspace for it now or ever.

VERDICT: remove

 

 

6342491

 

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

I actually own the whole series as ebooks and I do plan to read it. It’s not one of my priorities because I also need to be in the right mood for epic fantasy and I want to have time to binge the series in case I find it bingeable, which is something I can’t do right now. So this stays.

VERDICT: keep

 

 

3236307

 

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I remember hearing about this when I first started navigating booktube (I don’t remember who mentioned it though) back when all I read was YA fantasy and it caught my interest. Now that I’m active in the book community I still hear about this book and a few trusted friends love it so I’m definitely keeping it (2014 me would be proud but she’d wish 2018 me had the time to actually read it).

VERDICT: keep

 

9275658

 

Legend by Marie Lu

Eh. I still haven’t read a single Marie Lu book, and tbh I’ll probably read something else by her before this. If I read this. I keep seeing people giving it four stars but it doesn’t actually sound mindblowing or anything.

VERDICT: maybe

 

 

10929432

 

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I don’t even need to read reviews or a synopsis lmao

VERDICT: keep

 

 

 

11235712

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Eh. Sounds a little too straight for me.

VERDICT: remove

 

 

 

15851619

 

Die Verratenen by Ursula Poznanski

No idea if this was also translated in English, but it sounds good and I really can’t afford to delete books in German from my TBR since I can’t find that many that I’m interested in.

VERDICT: keep

 

 

22811807

 

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

This sounds really interesting but at the same time it’s not something I see myself getting to anytime soon. I’m definitely more interested in the future and upcoming novels by Lee, and maybe eventually I’ll check this one out too.

VERDICT: maybe

 

23430471

 

Riders by Veronica Rossi

I added this because I loved Rossi’s Under the Never Sky trilogy, but at this point I’m not very interested in it so…

VERDICT: remove

 

 

 

 

19161852

 

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This was actually recommended to me more than once, but what really made it stand out from the recs I received is that apparently it has lgbtq+ characters that are just there and I love it when fantasy books do that, so.

VERDICT: keep

 

 


FINAL TBR COUNT: 488 BOOKS

 

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with my decisions to keep/remove them from my TBR?