May all the tags I never got around to doing rest in peace and my deepest condolsences to those who were kind enough to tag me in the first place. I am awful when it comes to these kinds of posts, even though they always look incredibly fun. And, let’s be real, they’re easy bits of filler content when you’re not feeling so inspired, which is me most of the time. But, looky here! I’m doing this one! The lovely Hollie of Hollieblog tagged me to do the A-Z Bookish Survey. So I A’d some Q’s and I’ll tag some folk at the end!
Author you’ve read the most books from:
Once a messy pile obscuring everything hiding behind it, my Cassandra Clare books now more neatly take up nearly a whole shelf with thirteen books, only one of which I haven’t actually read yet. Magnus Bane, I will get to your short stories in time, I promise. Cassie’s ‘Shadowhunter Chronicles’ have grown with me ever since I read ‘City of Bones’ doing my A Levels and, rather than beginning to find them childish and outdated, she’s continued to make them so socially aware and I continue to be caught up in all the angst.
Best Sequel Ever:
I’m going to pick a sequel series rather than just a book. The follow-up series to the original ‘The Mortal Instruments’, ‘The Dark Artficies’ by Cassandra Clare. Our queen. It’s so inclusive and her writing just seems to grow and progress so naturally. I am obsessed with this trilogy and cannot wait for the final book even though, let’s be real, it’s going to ruin me.
I’ve hopped back on my Harry Potter re-read and am wading through ‘Order of the Phoenix’. Every day is a #ArmDay. This book is a brick.
Drink of Choice While Reading:
No preference. It’s more about the perfect snacks that don’t mean you have to readjust your book every time you wanna take a bite.
E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical book, more specifically paperbacks. That said, there is something lovely about straightening and smoothing over a hardback every once in a while. I do own a kindle and it’s great, especially because it means I can more easily acquire ARCs in e-format. But they ruin the magic of reading for me and, kind of like when we don’t get enough sun, reading a few books in a row from a kindle makes me feel bleak. I like turning crisp pages and getting a waft of that comforting, musky bookish smell.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
In a slightly more miserable, secretive relationship that never really comes to fruition, Peter Kavinsky from the ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ series. He’s that self-assured, cocky kinda popular kid that you definitely weren’t expecting to be interested.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Probably ‘Beautiful Broken Things’. Although not far removed from my usual choices, at the time it not only opened me up to a fab author, but also the world of the bookish community and that plots about friendships can be just as important and wonderful as the romantic loves I was always so hooked on.
Hidden Gem Book:
I will never stop screaming about ‘You Don’t Know Me But I Know You’ by Rebecca Barrow. It was a 2017 release that felt like it snuck under the radar. Set in the US but written by a UK based author, this has the authenticity we love and are proud of in UKYA with such beautiful, vivid writing that fills me with envy. She is such a fantastic writer and it makes me want to scribble words on a page so badly.
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Reading ‘Twilight’ probably. I was very stuck in the endless Jacquline Wilson releases, not reading up and trying other authors, happy in my little bubble. The ‘Twilight’ series made my reading tastes grow up and, you know what, problematic it may be, but I loved it and I’m definitely going to have to give it a re-read soon.
‘The Fandom’ by Anna Day. It was… quite cool. I think it would have done so well if it had been published in the ‘Hunger Games’, dystopian YA era and I would have lapped up a whole trilogy. But I actually enjoyed the beginning with the characters enjoying Comic Con and would have probably liked seeing the actual fandom behaviours than what the plot actually was. Still, I think it was a great concept. Maybe I was just too old for it/had read too many similar books in the past?
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Really bad chick lit? If I can’t even see the god awful plot behind the even worse writing, it’s not happening. Otherwise I think I’m fairly open to trying new things if their premises excite me enough to leave the safety of my mostly-YA bubble.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
Depending on whether Order of the Phoenix or an SJM book is longer, it’s between those two.
Major book hangover because of:
The ‘Six of Crows’ duology killed me.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
This question is a 2 marker.
i. Not as many as I’d like.
ii. Four, but one holds DVDs too – mostly shiny Disney ones.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
I bet you can guess… Until recently, I wasn’t much for the idea of re-reading books, but now I’m excited at the prospect of pulling back the pages of one I’ve read before. However, for now it still stands that the Harry Potter series is my go-to for a reread. More specifically, Half Blood Prince, which is my favourite.
Preferred Place To Read:
Most of my reading right now takes place on my forty minute commute each way to work. Our shower has also been out of action for well over a year, so there’s a lot of reading happening in the tub, too. But my favourite place to read is in an armchair, preferably a Sunday afternoon when there’s nothing left to do and I can sit long enough to find that perfect comfortable spot.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
Spoiler alert: I want this tatted on my arm, maybe real soon.
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
Begrudgingly reading any book purely because I’ve bought it and I don’t like the thought of wasting money.
Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):
I want to read the rest of ‘His Dark Materials’. I have also yet to read the last book in Maggie Steifvater’s ‘Raven Boys’ series.
Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:
‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’
‘Pride & Prejudice’
This is so hard and the first two are go-to answers, because I find new favourites all the time.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Louise O’Neill’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ retelling ‘The Surface Breaks’ and ‘Almost Love’. And ‘Queen of Air & Darkness’, of course.
Worst Bookish Habit:
If I don’t have a bookmark, I have been known to fold down the corners. It doesn’t happen as often these days, but… that is a thing I have done.
Your latest book purchase:
I pre-ordered ‘I Was Born This Way’ by Alice Oseman and ‘The Exact Opposite of Okay’ by Laura Steven.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Throughout uni I read very little, because I was being kept up late doing student things… And now I work full time, so late night reading doesn’t really happen, because I am an exhausted human with a self-inflicted bedtime. So I actually think the answer to this is one of the ‘Twilight’ books. I remember being so absorbed in them and staying up until gone 2am to turn the final pages. I miss being that enraptured by a book, but mostly that carefree and young.
Thanks for reading this self indulgent mess.