I’ve been tagged by…(deep breath) Renee @ Book Boyfriends, Stephanie @ Chasm of Books, Kirsti @ Melbourne On My Mind, and Gina @ Behind The Pages. (You are all super nice to tag me!) This should mean I have about 40 questions to answer, but I’m going to pick and choose from everyone’s.*
* Because I am World Ruler and I do what I want.
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their website.
2. Post the award’s logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions you have been asked.
4. Nominator ten other bloggers and ask them ten other questions.
So I’m going to break most of the the rules because a) I do what I want, b) I am secretly Loki, and c) rules are more like guidelines.
It was Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn! You know that moment when you pick up a book and you know you’re going to love it? That was me and this one.
It also ripped out my heart and stomped on it and horrified me, but that’s all part of being a traumatised bookworm.*
* I have problems.
How many books are on your yearly reading challenge?
100. I, unfortunately, am an over-achiever. So I read a few more than that.
Have you met any authors?
NO I HAVE NOT. Which is probably a good thing because I am awfully shy, to the point where I look a) sad or b) uninterested when I am around other people. Whereas on the inside, I would be flailing to catastrophic John Green proportions.
Are you the only reader in your family or are you a reading family?
I am from a reader family! My mum read to we kids so much. Some of my best memories are listening to her read out loud Beric The Briton and Narnia. My dad isn’t a reader. But my nephew and niece (who are still preschoolers) are avid bookworms already and I AM SO PROUD.
Which book published in 2014 surprised you the most (good or bad)?
In A Good Way: Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor. I just…I didn’t expect to be so emotionally involved in this one! I put off reading it forever for no good reason. AND IT WAS FABULOUS.
In A Bad Way: Noggin by John Corey Whaley. It was boring and not very much about decapitation. Come on. I was reading for headless-ness. I was disappointed.
What new author did you discover this year that you think people should keep an eye on?
This is an excellent question. Holly Black is new to me (although she’s been writing forever) and I cannot recommend her Curseworker series enough. Seriously. STOP READING MY BLOG AND GO READ HER BOOKS.
Which book-to-movie adaptation was your favourite this year?
Don’t make me pick!! I loved Divergent, Mockingjay Part 1, and The Fault in Our Stars! And I still really really desperately and badly want to see The Giver, If I Stay and The Maze Runner.
Do you prefer writing negative or positive reviews?
I like flailing. I love being enthusiastic about an extraordinary book. BUT. I also like thinking critically (although, maybe I do enjoy writing negative reviews, but I loathe posting them…I don’t want to hurt humans).
I just like talking about books.
Is commenting on blogs an easy thing for you to do?
I do a lot of commenting so I’ve steeled myself to not overthink what I say. I used to get horribly nervous. Am I saying something dumb? Do they even care?! What if I sound annoying?! But…I believe people would rather have any comment instead of no comment.*
* Well I totally would! Comments are the life of blogging.
Be nice to me, okay? But I didn’t get The Winner’s Curse. I thought Arin treated Kestrel awfully and I didn’t ship them at all. And I didn’t understand Kestrel’s empathy for Arin’s people, since they were horrible to her. Sure her people were bad too, but if his were equally bad, then why not go off, live in the woods…make it 5-miles for goodness sakes. BE A HERMIT.
What bookish merchandise are you dying to get your hands on?
I could die happy if I had some nerdy shoes.
What’s your most anticipated book of 2015?
DO I EVEN NEED TO SAY IT?
Maybe this sounds a cliche, but I really would love to be friends with Katniss. I admire her. She shoots things really well, which is awesome. She doesn’t seem prone to babbling (my kind of friend) and she appreciates food. We could eat and silence together and be best buds.
What’s your favourite book outside of the genre you read most often?
This is hard for me because I like to read ALL THE GENRES. (As long as they’re YA.) I’m probably most critical towards contemporaries though. Fluff? I don’t do fluff. I do guts and glory. So, in the contemporary circles, I cannot love Since You’ve Been Gone enough!
Any TV shows in particular that you’re addicted to right now?
Do you listen to audiobooks and, if so, where do you get them from?
I really like having friends! I am the most insanely socially awkward person of the world. (Plus I suck at understanding what people are thinking. Humans are confusing.) On the internet, I write (my forte), you write (it’s all black and white) and I have so many friends that life is glorious.
I also like to make people laugh.*
* Although my sense of humour is so deranged sometimes I wonder why any of you put up with me. We are sad little beans. At least we amuse ourselves with our hilarity and weirdness, right?
I cheated in that I haven’t made up new questions (my brain is tired, okay?!) and that there are more than 10. SO. Either pick and choose out of these, or do them all, because they really are marvellous questions. (I seriously admire Renee, Stephanie, Kirsti and Gina’s question-asking-abilities.)
wait! don’t go just yet! i demand you answer two of these questions in the comments! (i demand it, i tell you.) firstly: are you the only reader in your family? and secondly: what tv shows are you addicted to right now?! SPILL ALL.
Cait has been tagged for a zillion things so ‘scuse her if she’s taking a while to get to them. She’s currently meltingly hot (her town is nicknamed “the wok” and seriously feels like being steam fried in summer). She decided to DNF the weirdness that was THE HUNT. Next on her TBR is called EVIL GENIUS and she thinks it might be her life story.