A long, long time ago, Emma tagged us (technically she didn’t tag us but she tagged everyone and we are doing it) in this lovely tag that’s centered around Goodreads. Given that the both of us are rather active on Goodreads — or try to be — we’ve decided to take part in the tag!
She’s super funny and great and I, Caidyn, am a bit intimidated by her since she’s great, but you guys should check her out! Whenever I read the titles of her posts or any of her things, I wind up laughing and agreeing with her, even if I still disagree in the end.
Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.
1. What was the last book you marked as “read”?
The last book I marked as read was Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. For me, it was a re-read. Perhaps it’s an unpopular book, but I think it’s fantastic. Chantel and I will be doing a joint review of this and To Kill a Mockingbird since we accidentally read them both at the same time without meaning to. But, the last book I read, haven’t marked it as finished just yet, was The Grip of It by Jac Jemc. Seriously, one of the best horror books I’ve read this year. Highly recommend it.
The last book I marked as read was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This was one of those instances where I read this book in school and then years later loved it. I see why this book is such a classic and it’s a beautiful book about growing up and facing hard realities. If you haven’t read this book outside of school, go read it. You might have a new appreciation for the story.
Last minute update, actually it was Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.
2. What are you currently reading?
Many, many books. Idyll Threats, The Song of Achilles, and The Temptation of Dragons are a few singular reads. Then, for 2018, I’m trying to read all of the Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. And, I’ve also been reading for the past two years the Bible. I’m planning on buying myself the Inclusivity Bible and starting over since the version I’m reading isn’t working for me.
Oh goodness, I hate this question because my currently reading shelf is my shame right now. I’m reading
Go Set a Watchman, Zealot, and Idyll Threats. Caidyn have a lot of overlap this month with our reading, and that was by accident. However, the worst part of this all is I haven’t even started The Song of Achilles, (YES I HAVE. I’M ON PAGE 15!) the book we chose for the BW Book Club and the shame is real. Especially because I have two other books I want to read now.
3. What was the last book you marked as TBR?
Circe by Madeline Miller! I was looking at what other books she’s written, besides The Song of Achilles, and added it since I thought it looked super interesting. Plus, I’m adoring her writing style so I want more.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I’ve heard multiple booktubers talk this book and how good it is, so I finally broke down and added it to my to-read list. It’s not a top priority, but I’m sure I’ll get to it one day.
4. What book do you plan to read next?
Man, I have seven books out from the library, plus a ton of ARCs and then books I’ve gotten through book subscriptions and things I’ve bought. I have more books than I know what to do with. However, the book I really want to read next is Red Sister by Mark Lawrence.
I hate this question. Seriously. Other than The Song of Achilles, I’d really like to start The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera. I requested for my library to buy the physical copy of this book and I finally picked it up today. Needless to say, I’m super stoked about this book. It’s about queer ladies within a fantasy setting, which is 100% my thing.
5. Do you use the star rating system?
Yep! I do. I think their system really works well for me… minus not having half-star options because that’s ridiculous. Sometimes, books are better than three stars (I liked it) but not to the four-star (I really liked it) range.
Absolutely! [insert complaint about the lack of half star ratings]. I love it.
6. Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?
Again, yes! I challenged myself to read 100 books and, at the moment, I’m at 156 books. The only reason I get so much reading done is because I count the books I DNF towards my goal and listen to tons of audiobooks.
This is the first time I’ve done a reading challenge and I had to increase the number of books read when I realized I was going to meet my original goal. I increased it to 24 and currently I have read 37 books. I don’t count books I’ve DNFed but I’ve only DNFed two books this year.
7. Do you have a wishlist?
I have a wishlist that is severely old on Goodreads. I’m not good at updating it at all. But, I have a slightly more updated Amazon wishlist where you can buy me stuff if you want for books. You guys can buy me stuff and I would not object, but I also know how it feels to not have tons of money and don’t waste your money on me.
Nope. I use Amazon exclusively for my books wishlist. I’ll link it here, but don’t feel any obligation to buy me anything.
8. What book do you plan to buy next?
My Christmas present to myself is going to be the Lockwood & Co. series. I’ve read all of them and don’t own them. So, with the Amazon gift cards, I expect to get this year, I’m going to get them for myself.
Well, since it’s getting close to the end of the year I will probably preorder Beneath the Sugar Sky soon, other than that I probably won’t buy any more books until after I’ve finished Christmas shopping. It feels so good to give.
9. Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.
Yes. I do have a lot of favorite quotes. You can find my quotes here on Goodreads, but I will put in a few of my favorites.
- “I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.” – Brian Selznick
- “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” – Oscar Wilde
- “How guilt refined the method of self-torture, threading the beads of detail into an eternal loop, a rosary to be fingered for a lifetime.” – Ian McEwan
- “I am haunted by humans.” – Markus Zusak
- “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real, too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” – Stephen King
- “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only can remember to turn on the light.” – Dumbledore/JKR
My quotes section is seriously lacking. I want to add a ton from To Kill a Mockingbird and Down Among the Sticks and Bones, but I want to share one from A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
“I wish I had a hundred years, she said, very quietly. A hundred years I could give to you.” —Patrick Ness
And my heart breaks.
10. Who are your favorite authors?
Too many, dammit.
- Oscar Wilde
- Stephen King
- Reza Aslan
- Mark Lawrence
Speaking of Patrick Ness…yes, he is my favorite author and I will read anything he comes out with. In fact, it’s tragic that I haven’t already read everything he’s written and I hope to remedy that soon. I also want to shout out JKR because she is Kween…except when she’s disputing fan theories and her approving Cursed Child. What kind of shit was that JRK?! Sorry, sorry, I’m cool.
11. Have you joined any groups?
Yes, I have joined groups, but I’m really bad at keeping up with reading and communicating and all that. So, I’m a member, but I don’t do anything with it.
I think I joined one group, but I’m not active at all in it. Sorry!
Okay, so there’s that! We don’t really believe in tagging people (just because by the time we get to something, everyone else has been tagged). If you want to do this, please do and have fun!