I am hardcore procrastinating some edits…so let me flop across my blog with a book tag.
I often have people say “oh so you’re a blogger turned author?” but, look, let me be perfectly honest with you. I was a writer first. I started blogging to constructively procrastinate lmaooo. I confess to being a little thin on ideas right now, but I was most thankfully tagged for the…
20 Questions Book Tag
thanks to Heather and Lilian! and I love answering questions so thank you! (Also, feel free to tag me for things! If I don’t do it, it’s only because I already have…I have been here for 7 years ok I’m like an ancient tree.)
But before I dive in…I have a new blog look! In case you haven’t heard my dramatic perilous saga before: back in October my blog just gave up emailing people my posts. Devastating? I think yes. My sister’s husband does my blog maintenance and hosts it, etc, so we decided to try a new theme to see if that would fix the issue. (Trust me, I tried everything. I deleted half my frikkin’ widgets at one stage.)
I’m pretty much holding my breath and hoping this post will turn up in people’s inboxes again. (UNIVERSE, PLEASE.) Because I have a book coming out in 40 days and I kind of want !! to be able to promote it !! I haven’t been the best blogger lately and this is partially due to a blogging-crisis (I perhaps will post about that) and partially because of my broke blog.
I’m still tidying and I have to reformat all of my featured images — so if you see anything untamed, let me know and I’ll fix it! And tell me if it emails you again!! (I’m really excited to have my instagram feed displaying at the end of my blog!! And my books are in the side bar all shiny and professional!)
20 Questions Book Tag
1. How many books are too many for a series?
Mate, if you’re enjoying it, then the answer is: NEVER TOO MANY. My preference of delight is either trilogies or quartets. I love duologies, don’t get me wrong, but there has literally never been a duology where I didn’t say “ummm wait I want more” like the ungrateful sea urchin I am. For instance: Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares? PERFECTION. Did I want more? Heck yes.
Ok ok but I do admit if a series goes on too long, then I fall into problems. Like (1) do I reread them each year?! bc I only feel like it if I’m absolutely obsessed with the series and that’s rare. And (2) sometimes I outgrow the series before it’s done and that’s p a i n.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I will whinge for yeeeeeeeears. But also please do this to me. Just hurl my limp carcass off a cliff, go on. I will (a) remember the book better, and (b) buy the next book faster.
3. Hardcover or paperback?
I love collecting hardcovers but I prefer reading paperbacks! So in a well-ordered universe where I am a billionaire and have a castle in Scotland full of books — I will collect both. Currently my collection is mostly paperbacks because (a) cheaper! and (b) Australia is allergic to hardcovers anyway. *
* seriously why don’t we print tHeM?!?!?!?!
4. Favourite book?
As if this question has a SINGULAR ANSWER. I’m going to turn into a stressed coral reef and collapse at this rate thx so much. Just let me…have a list.
(And we’re assuming that me putting the first book in a series = the whole series is the best.)
5. Least favourite book?
With the whole “am an author and not just a blogger now” thing…I’m actually piping down on negative opinions. Obviously I’m not against them!! Analysing and critiquing literature is part of blogging! So go for it. But I’m going to hush. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
If Cassandra Clare writes them then 10000 x yes.
Look I kind of hate triangles because they’re sloppy?! It’s always so obvious who’ll get chosen. BUT. There are so many cool twists that excite my little bookworm soul. So please leave me with triangles that: (a) they all break up (shhsh I’m mean), or (b) they just all kiss, (c) they decide they’re not actually in love, they just make a good team, or (d) two parts are fighting over one part but then THEY fall in love instead and run off from the one who couldn’t choose between them.
Aw so many options for such a tired trope!
7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?
I finish everything sob sob. Sometimes I wish I didn’t?! But I hate things that linger — like half read books and ghosts and siblings who hover when you get the chocolate out.
8. A book you’re currently reading?
➸ The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic — actually a reread because I’m so in love with this series and how it sTAbs me in the chest after every chapter.
➸ Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott — I mean technically as I write this post I haven’t started it…!! But I will today!
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
With every last wisp of air in my lungs, I will forever tell you to read The Raven Cycle. FOR EVER. (Have you yet???)
10. Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?
Oh wow. Make me stop and think why don’t you…
I’ve read a fair few classics? So I don’t know…Treasure Island or Oliver Twist or Robinson Crusoe, I guess?! (Ooh the latter was 1719 so probably dear old Crusoe…WHO I HATED. What a racist creep.)
11. Newest book you’ve read by publication date?
➸ Keep This To Yourself by Tom Ryan! It doesn’t come out till May 7th. (Also it was good! It’s a murder mystery with some serious twists and it’s #ownvoices queer!)
But seriously pause for a moment for me to climb atop a small box and shout — LOOK I HAVE MY ACT TOGETHER FOR AN ARC FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE.
12. Favourite author?
There. are. so. many. Let’s go with my auto-buy authors, including: Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare, K. Ancrum, Adam Silvera, Laini Taylor, and Holly Black.
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
At this point in my life: I buy books more than I borrow. This is because I don’t have a good local libraryyyyy and my soul is turning to miss and fading into the carpet.
I love libraries so so much. Why? Because (1) no pressure reading, (2) no demands for WHEN to read, aka like it is with ARCs, and (3) if I don’t like it, no worries, I didn’t waste money!
(But my book buying budget is very small because I am very small. Most of my books are gifts from publishers or book boxes I work with!)
14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?
everything by s a r a h j m a a s
15. Bookmarks or dog ears?
That this even has to be ASKED is disturbing?! Tell me the majority of us use bookmarks??? PLEASE???
16. A book you can always re-read?
I’m planning on doing yearly Stiefvater rereads! But that surprises no one haha. I also have read The Wicker King, The Foxhole Court and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue several times and always am here for mooooore.
17. Can you read while listening to music?
I can’t do anything while listening to music. [insert wail here] I need 1000% quiet if I want to focus. I have pretty intense sensory processing disorder, so everything is too L O U D for me all the time.
18. One POV or multiple?
Ooof. I love one because it can truly immerse you in the story and you can be entirely someone else for 300+ pages. And some books would lose impact if they had multiple perspectives. HOWEVER. Almost all my favourites have several POVs.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I love reading books in ONE day + MULTIPLE sittings. But I have this tragic habit of avoiding books I can’t read in one day. And that’s ridiculous, Cait?? Can you please get your life together??? Like I will literally read nothing for a day instead of pacing myself out to read a book over several days.
I have like zero explanation except for being a chronic overachiever?? If you can’t SUCCEED all at once, then WEEP.
20. Who do you tag?
Anyone! I have no idea who has vs hasn’t done this tag…so go for it if you want to! I also don’t know who invented it, but if anyone knows, shout out and I’ll credit this better.)