It is time to talk about a very nefariously marvellous topic today: me.
I do talk about myself a lot since this is, in fact, my blog. I’ve been blogging for 5 years and recently went over 1,500 posts, which seems like a lot of talking about myself. Am I out of things to say? APPARENTLY NOT. Plus a huge conglomeration of newbies followers have appeared lately and I feel like some introductions and exchanging of tea and cake and pledges to my evil world rulership are in order. And plus what is more fun than discussing bookish facts? NOTHING. *
I will be listing 30 bookish questions that I’ve mostly made up. It occurred to me that it’s been 94 years since I did a random fiendishly fun fact post. Everything around here is discussions and reviews, which, DON’T GET ME WRONG I LOVE, but time for some nonsense.
* Except perhaps actually reading the books is more fun. And also cake is hugely fun. And I’ve got a suspicion that world domination and smiting infidels is actually quite pleasantly fun too. So basically ignore me in this post, I don’t even know what I’m saying.
1) Currently reading? Re-reading Six of Crows because what can I say…OBSESSED WITH CRIMINALS WHO STEAL ALL THE THINGS. I’m sure this is normal.
2) Should’ve read, like, yesterday? My TBR is a terrifying thing. There are 60 books piled ontop of my bookshelf in the “to-read like immediately” pile. Let’s not talk about the depths of my kindle. HELP ME I’M DROWNING. But I’m particularly ashamed of the fact I haven’t read The Rose And the Dagger or Trials of Apollo or Wolf by Wolf yet. What is my life. WHAT ARE MY CHOICES.
3) Book that impacted you? Half Bad gave me a lot of writing encouragement, actaully. The style is similar to mine (not like matchy matchy but similar) and I’d been told 398439 times that “No no Cait that won’t work”…BUT HA! LOOK! IT DOES WORK. #TragicAntiHeroesFTW
4) Hyped vs backlist titles? Honestly…the hyped ones are my weakness. I think backlist titles are glorious, but it’s quite lonely reading them. Whereas if I devour a hyped book I can RANT OR FLAIL WITH THE MULTITUDES. I know it shouldn’t be about the stats…but I get more likes/comments on books people have heard of. #confession
5) Current series crush? Permanently The Raven Cycle. It’s about friendship, sass, identity, and dead boys and I think those are all super important.
6) How strong is your self-control around books? Buying books = I am very stingy and picky because I loathe wasting money on soggy books. Libraries = I’m hopeless, leave me TO BORROW ALL THE BOOKS AND DIE. ARC requests on Netgalley/Edelweiss = someone sedate me.
7) Plot vs characters? Characters. Because there are only like, what, 8 different kinds of plots??? THAT’S NOT A LOT. But if you put a different conglomeration of character personalities together, that can spice up the most cliche epic fantasy quest or highschool drama.
8) Would you write under a pseudonym? I always wanted to…except then I have a suspicion no one would believe it was me. THE EARTH MUST KNOW MY TRUE NAME.
9) Would you marry your bookshelf? Oh you got me. Yes.
10) Do you ever get sick of reading? Well curse and burn this quesiton…but to be truthful? YES. SOMETIMES. Particularly if I read a bunch of awful snippy little books that I want to stuff down an incinerator. Do you what cures me? I go write a book. Then I (A) remember how freaking hard writing is and feel like every author ever needs an award and a mountain of cake, and (B) the break is delicious and I come back hungry for books.
11) Random bookish memory? This conversation with my 5yo nephew on the library:
5yo: Cait you need to borrow a book.
Me: I’m looking I’m looking!
5yo: I’ll find you one. Where do they keep the bad scary books?
12) Character you relate to? Relating to characters is like “ONCE IN A BLUE CHEESE MOON BETWEEN THE AUTUMN EQUINOX ON A TUESDAY” sort of experience. What can I say? I’m unique. (Code for disagreeable probably.) But I did mildly relate to Cath from Fangirl, also Finch from All The Bright Places, and August from This Savage Song.
13) Do you own bookish merchandise? ONLY ONE THING: Mockingjay necklace.
14) Controversial opinion? I’m dubious about the #ownvoices movement in writing. I think #ownvoices books are important — don’t get me wrong! Having accurate and correct representation of diversity is invaluable. But I think it’s dangerous to say (A) what an author should or should not be writing about, because (B) it limits authors and it stifles stories and it can kill passion, and (C) if you only write about your own life experiences, you’ll run out of stories real fast, also (D) books are very subjective and I’m don’t think they should have their whole worth judged based on their author’s diversity. Excuse me, I’ll be hiding now.
15) NOTP? In case you don’t know what this bizarre conglomeration of letters means: it’s a bookish pairing you don’t ship. That would be = Alina/Mal from The Grisha Trilogy and Ron/Hermione from Harry Potter.
17) Hardcover vs paperback? Hardcovers that stand on their own and need no man.
18) Do you ever like villains? The real questions is “do I ever like heroes” because villains = yes; heroes = eh. Nothing wrong with a little psychopathy and stabbing. (I’m joking, please don’t stab anyone, impressionable children readers.)
19) Cringeable reads? This would go, most emphatically, to The Looking Glass Wars. Way to murder Wonderland, peoples.
20) Where do you get your books from? WELL NOT A BOOKISH FAIRY GODMOTHER THAT’S FOR SURE. (But if anyone knows where I can sign up for one, lemme know.) But here are some vague stats I’m making up on the spot here (totally scientific): about 60% ARCs or eARCs, 20% bought, 20% libraried, 0% gifted because no one loves me. [distant sobbing]
21) Haunting read? Unwind. I ACTUALLY LEGIT COULD NOT FUNCTION AFTERWARDS.
23) Annoying character qualities? Those humanoids who cannot function in life without thinking about roooooomance. Just get a hobby, dude, seriously. I also dislike over-the-top sarcasm. It’s always code for “WOE IS ME” and if I could turn that character into a turnip and bake them into a pie and then serve that pie to a Frost Giant…I would. #TurnipPiesForFrostGiantsFTW
24) Least favourite genre? I am yet to find a steampunk that didn’t make my eyes bleed. I only do Historical Fiction if it’s stabby. And thrillers never thrill me.
25) Best tropes? Lost princesses! Dead boys! Sassy best friends! Shape-shifting dragons! OR better yet…COMBGINED: a lost dead sassy shape-shifting dragon princess! PERFECT.
26) Rereading? Oh re-reading is awesome. I don’t do it often, however, because MY TBR IS GONNA KILL ME. And also re-reading is slightly embarrassing because I literally remember nothing and spend the entire re-read going “Oh! What a plot twist! Wow!” despite the fact I should’ve known that already. So much fail.
27) Have you abused a book? Yes. I’m sorry, okay? But firstly (A) I cut up books for my etsy store, then (B) I’ve actually dropped a book in a mud puddle while trying to #bookstagram (still not over that trauma…the book as Bird by the way and I 100% attest to the fact that it does not fly) and then (C) I took Divergent camping and it returned with massive gouges in the cover. Which match the gouges in my heart so it’s probably just karma.
28) Series you quit on? Throne of Glass. Talk about giving every. character. ever a complete pendulum personality swing. There’s a difference between “character development” and just changing the characters completely argh.
29) Wish it wasn’t a standalone? Maggie Stiefvater actually teased the fact on twitter that The Scorpio Races miiiiiiight be getting a companion book. THIS WOULD MAKE MY LIFE. NOVEMBER CAKES FOR EVERYONE.
30) Bad bookworm side-effects? Sometimes I read too long about dragons and think I am a dragon and then jump off mountainsides to burn and devour the world and this is why I can’t be let outside.