Today I’m doing The Bookish Q&A Tag! Because it’s a beautiful day to be emotionally compromised by books.
I actually also confess I’m flapping about trying to multitask not being murdered by my TBR pile + rewriting a book I love but that’s also being disagreeable + never never sleeping. So I’m just going to throw a fun tag at you and then go lie facedown in the deepest sea, I guess.
But seriously it’s the most fun to answer bookwormish questions. And it’s obviously a topic I nEVER NEVER TALK ABOUT so here we go!
Thanks so much for tagging me Azelyn! And I have changed a few of the questions because I’m a delightful rebel! If anyone wants to take this tag: GO FOR IT.
1) WHAT BOOKS DO YOU REMEMBER READING THAT KICK STARTED YOUR BOOKWORM HABIT?
I do like to say I was raised on books, but this is partially because my mum filled the house with books so like??? What else was I expected to do??? Go raze cities or rob banks or tip over baskets of kittens or something??? I’m not sure what non-bookworms do, but I assume it’s a combination of those. But it was also because I just always prefer books to people. I was the kid who snuck off with TinTin comics to avoid Christmas.
That basically is the best summary of my childhood there is.
Let’s break down the stages of my beginning bookworm habits:
(YOUNG CAIT, THE SIZE OF A LOAF OF BREAD) I imagine I was reading Dick and Dora and picture books and I genuinely don’t remember much else because I didn’t pay attention to my youth.
(YOUNG CAIT, A GRASSHOPPER NOW) I think pre-12 I was into comics a lot, like Tintin. I also was obsessed with Narnia, the Boxcar Children, and Lemony Snicket.
(YOUNG CAIT, AWKWARD PENGUIN YEARS) This is what everyone should call being a teenager btw. But anyway. 12-15 I didn’t actually read that much!! I was still reading mostly Middle-Grade, like Roald Dahl, Ranger’s Apprentice, MORE NARNIA, and also doing Sonlight…if you’re a homeschooler nerd you will be pointing right now and going, “Ohhhh that explains why she reads such bloody books.” Do you realise how stabby historical fiction is!? Thanks for the books, Mum, but I need a sword.
(YOUNG CAIT, INTO THE ARCTIC) So from 15+ I started devouring the library. Basically ANY BOOK EVER. Now I’d glare if someone told me what I could/couldn’t read…I read what I want, fiend. I am Loki. I am free to striek out with my pickaxes and my dogs to the North Pole. Enter The Hunger Games, MAGGIE STIEFVATER (!!!), and Marissa Meyer and John Green.
(NOT YOUNG CAIT, BUT STILL SMOL) Hello, it’s me. 20+ and just read this blog. I read everything YA and please make it dark or feelsy or full of magic or cinnamon children.
2) WHAT GENRES WOULD YOU NORMALLY CHOOSE?
I shall list and rate them for you! Because I like rating things! Did I tell you about the time I rated my siblings??? Because I did.
- Magical realism = I’m just really in love with this one at the moment.
- Contemporary = I find them more diverse and the ones that punch out your heart are just AHHHHH. Yes.
- Paranormal = Or urban? I don’t even know. But I have fun!
- Epic fantasy = Love it, but honestly YA epics need help on the world building. Not everything is about kissing, George, go slay a crocodile or something.
- Historical Fiction = It’s gotta be reeeally good or else I fled out the back door.
- Sci-Fi = There’s only like 5 I like but I like them ferociously.
- Dystopian = I have to go now and shan’t be back for many years.
3) DO YOU EAT WHILE YOU READ AND IF YES, WHAT EXACTLY?
It’s a no. It’s a solid no. I don’t have that kind of coordination. AND I don’t like risking getting my books crummy. I’m absolutely not here to judge people people who love well-worn, well-loved books…but I like mine pristine and perfect and not into necromancy when my back is turned.
4) ARE THERE ANY SCENES FROM YOUR FAVOURITE NOVELS THAT YOU REMEMBER VIVIDLY?
Pretty much the entire Raven Cycle, let’s be real here. Notable examples include:
- Ronan making sure his pet bird Chainsaw has some wooden blocks to play with while he does dark magic or punches someone or whatever.
- Blue’s first meeting with her ultimate OTP basically ending with “IF YOU DIED IN A FIRE THAT’D BE GREAT.”
- Jesse Dittley saying “ANT” at Blue.
- Ronan throwing Noah out of a window for lolz.
- Adam saying, “I am unknowable” in a really moody way while Ronan brings him perfect personalised gifts because he knows him haa ha hahhaha.
- Mallory’s disagreeable anxiety dog just existing disagreeably.
- Blue going out on errands and taking her pet ghost.
- Orla’s very very orange bikini and the boy’s reactions of: (Gansey = 0_0) (Adam = 0___0) (Ronan = ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
5) WERE THERE ANY LEAST FAVOURITES?
I’M JUST GOING TO POINT AT THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO AND THEN SLAM MY DOOR ON THE WAY OUT. PPFFFTGGPFTTTT. I SWEAR. I read book 1 and then four years later I’m going to try book 2 because I’M STILL SO DAMAGED. I HATE EVERYTHING. I NEARLY THREW THE BOOK TWICE.
This news just in: bad things don’t change in rereads and this is odd and unforseen.
6) SO AS YOU’RE A BOOKWORM, WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING TODAY?
I am a bookworm. This tag is so on point.
- IRON GOLD: I think I’m the only person on the planet not enjoying this?! I’m only halfway through and UGHHH I’m bored. There’s 4 narrators aNd I. don’t. caaaare about 3 of them. Darrow’s (precious) character is being kind of ruined. And I’m 0% impressed with how Pierce Brown kills off every queer or just includes them for tragically and I…??? Expected way better.
- SAM AND ILSA’S LAST HURRAH: I’ve read one chapter ha! I should not speak. But I think Sam is a pianist so I’m happy!
- FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE: Okay shhh I’ve just started this one too but I’m excited to read it because Dimple & Rishi was so cute!
7) WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?
I’m so so bad at planning my reads in advance. I literally don’t know what I’m reading next until I’m holding it. But these are on the TBR for soon. *
* Soon is a word here which means: “Cait you frikkin better read them before the sky opens and swallows you for procrastinating like an onion salad.
8) HAVE YOU GOT A LARGE BOOKSHELF OR DO YOU PLAN TO?
Is a bookshelf ever large enough though? I give a heavy sigh and say no. I mean…yes I have a large bookshelf but it is fULL and life just wants me to suffer. But at least I get to suffer beautifully because my bookshelf is, indeed, gorgeous.
9) DO YOU LIKE INDIE OR TRADITIONAL BOOKS BETTER?
I am a fan of traditional…it’s my dream to be a traditional author aaaand those are the books I gravitate to! But that’s not to say there aren’t good indie books because THERE ARE. But I don’t often know what to go for because the hellions I run with (this is you, by the way) all read traditional too. But anyway this year I read The Foxhole Court series and…UGH I LOVE THEM.
10) AND LASTLY WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE AND LEAST FAVOURITE PARTS OF THE BOOK COMMUNITY?
How lovely people are! Honestly I can’t even with how nice you all are to me?!? You cheer me on so much and the support I’ve gotten for my upcoming debut makes me have AN EMOTION. I appreciate you so much, OK?! Proof that encouragement and a kind word make the BIGGEST difference with blogging. (And you honestly inspire me to remember to give out more compliments.)
I hate the Policing Culture, honestly. I think it’s poisonous and might be done with the best intentions, but it backfires too much. Telling people what they can/can’t read and review is one I’m not fond of. Books are for readers. tHE END. I also don’t like policing authors who then have to come out (it’s really not your business to force that) or making someone “prove” they’re allowed to tell a story. Or telling minorities how to feel. Or refusing to support authors who don’t write #ownvoices. It’s TOO MUCH. We all need to take a breathe, eat some cake, and be sTAhhhp.