The ever wonderful Virginia tagged me in this waaayyy back in April. Yes. That long ago. And then I scheduled it out on my calendar to July because that’s just how I am. So, thank you Virginia for tagging me even if it took me months!
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1. Which book character is the most like you?
Hm. I’ve always felt a certain kinship to Shadow from American Gods. He sees a lot of weird things (and has gone through a lot of shit) but just isn’t bothered anymore. The show kinda dulls that down, but the book is pure Shadow with him just not giving a shit.
2. Which book was your favourite read of 2019? (Of course we’re talking about the first quarter of 2019 here 😉
I actually keep a spreadsheet of bookish stuff each year, including a page for favorite books! So, looking over what I said were my favorites from January-April, I definitely think that The Hero of Ages is my favorite. If we’re looking at up to June, I’d like to add Radio Silence and The Dragon Republic!
3. Which books have made you laugh out loud?
Tbh, I laugh out loud pretty often when I read. Then I repeat the line that made me laugh out loud if it was a really good one. So, I don’t know which books have made me laugh.
4. Is there a book you hate with a fierce passion?
Y’all want to get me going, don’t you? I hate Shade of Magic series by Schwab. I think I hate it so much because it had such promise. And she fucking ruined it. (For me. I know it’s a very beloved series. I just hate it because it sucked ass.)
5. What’s the reason you started blogging?
My one word answer is: Chantel.
The longer answer is that Chantel wanted to start a blog but didn’t want to do it alone. I didn’t really want to start a blog because I already was doing pretty well over on Goodreads. But, she convinced me.
6. What is your favourite quote?
“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.”
I’m a bit of both. As y’all know, I make a TBR each month. I base them off of my mood. If I start a book and don’t like it (or I’m not in the mood for it), I drop it and either DNF or just put it back in the pile to try again later.
I also read lots of books that I don’t include on my list. Just how it is.
8. Also do you prefer to read e-books or physical copies?
I don’t think that I have a preference? I like them both for different reasons! Some books, I need to hold in my hands. Some books, I’d prefer reading them on my phone. Also, e-copies are great because I can read them while at work when I’m cleaning nasty skates.
9. Your most anticipated read for this year?
Hm. I think that it’s going to be The Queen of Nothing. I didn’t expect to love the series as much as I have. And, now that it’s being published this year, I’m dying for it.
10. What are your goals for 2019 and did you already go through with them?
Kind of! I pick 10 books to read each year. Right now, I only have two left to get through. Then, I also decided to expand my reading taste into sci-fi, classics (love them but I don’t read enough of them), historical women, and horror (love it, but don’t read enough). I’m already done with sci-fi and classics. Still working on horror and historical women!
I also kinda make a mental goal of how many books I want to read that I own. That can be physical or e-copies. Just to bring that down and get rid of things I don’t need.
11. If you could go on a date with a book character, who would it be? ;-P
So, I have zero interest in dating. But, I’d totally want to get a coffee with Harry Potter or the above mentioned Shadow. Just to pick their brains about things!
I’m not going to tag anyone or create new questions! If you like Virginia’s questions, you should totally consider yourself tagged and do them. Be sure to tag us so we can read your answers!!
This is our second and third time doing this one. A while ago, we got tagged a first time and it was a whole lot of fun to do. Then, a couple of months ago, we got tagged by Emma. And then, we got tagged by Alienor as well! So, here we are. Doing them at the same time. Because we like doing it like this. Caidyn will be in blue. Chantel will be in purple.
1. Kiss, marry, kill: The main characters of the last three fiction books you read.
I’d kill Siddhu from The Plague, marry Cora from Beneath the Sugar Sky, and kill everyone from And Then There Were Four.
The last three books I read were: Fire Song, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
I would kiss Shane from Fire Song, marry Harry from Chamber of Secrets, and kill Harry from Sorcerer’s Stone because we don’t need two Harrys.
2. Would you rather be an elegant princess/prince type character in a fairytale, or a witchy badass villain? I’d rather be a witchy badass villain. Life as a goody-two-shoes is sooo dull.
Has anyone ever read Princess, Princess Ever After? Well, I would be Princess Amira who is the Princess Charming who saves Princess Sadie because fuck gender roles.
3. You fall into a pit of acid or get bit by an exotic spider or into a verbal altercation with a wizard, and you’re given the power to pull things out of books. Which book are you reaching into first???
okay emma i feel attacked because i hate spiders BUT I’d pick IT because I could a) pull out Pennywise and then we’d all be fucked or b) pull out the Loser’s club.
I don’t like this scenario, but I would probably reach for Harry Potter because it’s magic, yo.
4. You’re being sent to a desert island and you can only bring one book, and it has to be one you haven’t read yet. What book are you bringing?
A BOOK I HAVEN’T READ. COME. ON. I’d pick Insomnia by Stephen King because it’s been on my TBR for years and it’s also huge so I’ll be entertained for ages.
Oh dammmmmnnnnn that’s just mean. I’d probably bring my entire collection of Sherlock Holmes because there are a lot of novels and stories with our favorite detective.
5. Link your favorite blog post of yours!
I really liked our Hogwarts Tag series. Chantel came up with the idea, but I loved it. We did one for each house where we picked a trait from the house and put a character to it. It was a whole lot of fun. Here are the links: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.
That was a lot of fun. I think I liked the OMG This Song Book Tagmost because it combines books and music. Two of my favorite things.
6. Which Hogwarts house would you most want to be in, and which do you want to be in least?
Fun fact: Pottermore has sorted me into every single house. I got Slytherin the first two times. Then Gryffindor a couple of times. Hufflepuff once. Ravenclaw once or twice.
So this is a hard one.
Chantel thinks I’m a Slytherin, as I said above, because I’m very ambitious and can be quite mean at times. However, I would want to be in it least. I’d like to be a Gryffinclaw the most.
You are a Slytherin and I am a proud Hufflepuff, but I don’t want to be a Slytherin. I don’t think I would fit in very well. Especially not if Malfoy was there.
7. Would you rather have a pet unicorn or grow a mermaid’s tail when you touch water?
Pet Unicorn. Obviously.
8. The last book you gave 5 stars and the last book you gave 1 star?
9. Who’s a popular author you’re just…not that into?
Schwab, Bardugo, Clare, Maas, etc. Basically, most authors that everyone raves about.
Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas. Just not interested at all.
10. Show you’re currently watching, or last one you watched?
I’m currently rewatching Hannibal (on my own) and Supernatural (with a friend). I’m also kind of watching The Frankenstein Chronicles on Netflix. It’s not a great TV show, but I kind of want to see where it goes.
Right now I’m rewatching Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning. I stopped watching a long time ago and honestly, I can’t believe the show is still on.
11. Picture this: You’re at the altar, about to say “I do” to Cornelius (or Cornelia) Wainwright III, a disgraced businessperson who is only marrying you for your chocolate factory fortune. You dramatically say “I can’t do this” – which fictional character or celebrity do you confess your love to instead?
I CALL CHRISSY.
Chrissy Teigen. Chantel and I love her.
First, she loves food.
Second, she’s real.
Third, I have major relationship goals of her and John Legend. I MEAN HE WROTE A SONG FOR HER THAT IS SWOON WORTHY.
Fourth, her daughter is ADORABLE.
Fifth, she’s fucking hilarious.
Oh. And she’s pretty.
This might have turned into a sudden Chrissy Teigen appreciation post.
I pick Josh Gates because I want to cuddle that man.
He’s good, too.
1. What is your biggest pet peeve in books?
LOVE. TRIANGLES. Especially ones that make no sense. Oh, and books that wrap-up too neatly and there’s a whole series. Like, yo, leave some tension or the series will be pointless.
I think it’s impossible to pick something that hasn’t been said already. I will say that a “surprise” sexuality reveal pisses me off. It’s never a spoiler and never should be treated as one.
2. What are your thoughts about DNFing books?
Sometimes, I take great glee in it. I DNF books left and right. Life is too short for a bad book
I will only DNF a book if I absolutely dread picking it up. It’s only happened a few times to me, but I’ll do it if I feel it’s impossible to continue on.
3. What’s your favorite novel with LGBTQIA+ romance?
Yes! Usually, I don’t realize that I read them since I don’t pay attention to it being translated. I’d rather read the book in the original language, but I’m not proficient enough in any language to do that.
No? It’s not something I pay attention to.
5. What’s your favorite diverse book?
Oh jeez. The thing is, I don’t read books for diversity. I read them because they sound good to me. If they happen to be diverse, then they are. So, this is hard because I don’t pay attention to diversity for diversity’s sake. But, some ones that I have liked recently are Reign of the Fallen, Evelyn Hugo, and Chameleon Moon.
It would be too easy to say Evelyn Hugo, but that book was perfection. I will say that The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue had great diversity and it’s a popular YA novel with a bisexual main character. That shit makes me happy.
6. What’s the hardest thing about blogging for you?
Keeping on top of everything. Like, damn. All the posts we do, then all the posts everyone does. I try to like everything, but sometimes I fail.
This is lame, but the same. It’s hard getting the motivation to post something as simple as FLF sometimes, but we make it work.
7. What’s your all-time favorite novel and why?
The Book Thief. It utterly destroyed me and made me laugh and smile at the same time. The prose is beautiful. The characters are great. The whole thing is fantastic.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I can’t gush enough about this book. It’s perfect. The end.
8. Where do you usually read?
Either I read on my couch that looks like the one off Titanic.
Or I sit on the floor. Maybe in this weird chair thing I have that you have to lean against things to use otherwise you fall over.
On my bed because it’s all I have to sit on.
9. What’s the review you’re the proudest of and why?
I don’t know. This is hard since I like being proud of all my reviews, but I think I’m proudest of Let’s Talk About Love because I calmly explained why I didn’t like it and what didn’t work, all while trying to balance being nice to people who felt represented by it. I’m also super proud of Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir because I did a TON of outside research to back up my claims because historical fiction people can be mean when you challenge their favorite author.
Any time I do a one-star review, I’m proud because they are the most difficult for me. On the complete opposite side five-star reviews are difficult too because when you love a book that much it’s difficult to write about.
10. What’s your favorite movie adaptation of a novel (or a series)?
Uhm. Harry Potter or The Book Thief. Those were fantastic movies.
AND LET’S NOT FORGET ABOUT THE HONORABLE HANNIBAL MENTION GUYS.
I’ve also watched the whole series sooooooooooo…
I’m going to say Game of Thrones and Harry Potter because I love both the show and the movies.
But you haven’t read GoT.
11. Who is your all-time favorite character and why?
Fuck, man. But, I gotta say, Harry Potter. I mentioned it in our “Me In Characters” Tag, but I always really connected to how selfless he was. His snark and sarcasm are always remembered, but his selflessness is something I will never, ever forget.
Evelyn Hugo is my Kween! This is obvious, she’s just so charismatic, charming, flawed, bisexual, Cuban, what more could I want?