First Lori’s questions:
1) Which fictional character do you think best represents you?
Oh no, difficult start. I don’t think I’ve found one yet. Which is strange considering how many brown-haired introverted nerdy girls who love reading and writing there are in books, almost like the authors often write someone similiar to themselves. Honestly I would be the supportive side character friend that always gives out advice, and you sometimes see them going on with their outside of the plot. I’m very critical, but all characters that has that trait also seem to have too much cynism, where I constantly shift between “let it burn” and weird optimism.
2) What book do you most regret ever having bought?
I’m not sure there’s any- CURSED CHILD. Holy fuck why does that book exist (the reason is money and wanting to keep relevancy).
3) If you watch BookTube, who are some of your favorite creators?
Ariel Bissett was the first booktuber I liked and I’ve watched her a couple years because she has a similiar taste in books as me, but she’s also been a couple years and steps ahead of me in what kind of books she’s interested in. Like she broadened her reading from mainly young adult books and I was like “but why?” and not long after I felt like doing the same.
4) Who gave you your love of reading?
Not who, but what – Libraries. Started liking books in literally kindergarten because there was a book bus visiting us that had so many varied books. In school we had a little library and when I grew out of the fantasy section there, I fell in love with the big library in the city. And I miss it dearly after moving away.
5) Do you prefer in-person or online book clubs?
Would prefer in-person, but I talk so much about books online because there’s never been anyone of my close friends that’s as much into books.
6) How do you organize your upcoming blog posts?
I mainly post reviews, which then depends on which books I want to read and how many and schedule them. I’ve played around with the days I want to be posting and still haven’t figured that out. I do the top ten tuesday if I like the theme, so tuesday. Want to keep it to thursday and friday/saturday. I recently added some other “regular” posts, like quote of the week (because I really like searching for good quotes and have collected a lot of them) and a semi-weekly update because I wasn’t writing enough about books as I was reading them.
7) What do you think of fans who write angry letters/direct messages to an author?
I’m not really up to speed on how much this happens, if the question is about a certain author or problem. In general be a nice person, harassment is not okay. If something happens to your fav ficitional character that you just don’t like, write fanfic or something, don’t attack the author. The author has created something though, and if they’re a public person, it should be allowed to give opinions on that.
8) How would you try to convert an non-reader into a reader?
As a teen my classmate said she wanted to be a reader, but didn’t know how. She was actually being serious about it and came back after I recommended some young adult love story, it might’ve been Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I wouldn’t go for that now, but the most important thing is to ask what they would like to read about and think of popular books in that genre. I wouldn’t recommend my fav books – like any of Brandon Sanderson’s – because they require more effort to get into.
I did also read my little brother Harry Potter from he was like four years old as a bedtime story and he still didn’t become a reader, so I’m not to be trusted on this one.
9) If you could frame one book cover and hang it up in your house, which cover would it be?
This book is stunning. And I haven’t read anything by Emily Bronte, I bought it solely because of how this 200th annivarsary edition is so perfect looking. I want to embroid it and hang it up, seriously.
10) Which fictional character do you love that you think would be horrible in real life?
Most of them, I feel it would be a “never meet your heroes” kind of moment. Usually you get to see so much into character’s thought processes and some of the people I find horrible in real life I would surely like better if I could get that much insight of reasoning behind actions and behaviors. I’m taking these questions too seriously, oops.
11) What’s one of your favorite blog posts that you would like to receive a little more love?
Like every review, because I want to just discuss books and if someone mails me pointing out details they loved or hated, I’m completely in for it. My review of Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente is kind of messy and rambly, but so was the book and I really liked to pour out my thoughts on it.
And Leslie’s questions:
1) If you have an e-reader, do you have a cover?
Slytherin forever? This gorgeous kindle cover is from Klevercase.co.uk and shipped internationally. It’s amazing, except for being really difficult to remove (at least without breaking it).
2) What was in your last book haul?
I’ve only published one book haul post, but I just got and read “An absolutely remarkable thing” (review coming soon) AND IT WAS SO GREAT
3) What’s your favorite number?
I’m a hp and fantasy fan, obviously it’s seven.
4) Best book to movie adaptation, in your opinion?
There’s so many bad ones. I liked “The Hobbit” I guess, but more so that they’ve come to a level of fame, talent and money to make it so grand and I just love seeing dragons flying.
5) Your favorite food?
6) Something you learned in 2018?
In fiction and telling stories about real life, people like to say things like “and that’s when I hit the bottom and …” about our lives. It’s not given that you hit The Rock Bottom though, where your mentality change and you start digging yourself up. It might be a row of horrible things, decisions or circumstances happening over time and constantly digging to not suffocate. Here’s my pessimistic side coming in, told you earlier.
7) Best bookstore you’ve visited
I have so many I want to visit, but no good ones I’ve actually visited.
8) Are you usually early or late?
Early, because anxious mess. Late is I have to count on the damn bus.
9) If you were given 1 wish today, what would you wish for?
I can’t take these questions not seriously, no matter how hard I try. Are we talking genie-wish? I would wish for cure to autoimmune diseases, because there’s a lot of them and they suck and are difficult to treat. Sponsing cancer research is great people, but so few have heard of autoimmune diseases and there’s soo many.
10) Best book you read/discovered this year?
11) Share a funny or sweet moment you had this week!
Good way to finish this long post! I have autumn vacation this week and have spent time with my little (teenage) brother and we’ve laughed a lot together. Everyday is sometimes very busy and we don’t get much quality time, so it’s been fun to realize again how like himself he still is, while also starting to mature.
Here’s the questions I want to ask:
- Which fictional character would you like most to be real?
- Where would you go and what would you do if you had an endless budget for a vacation?
- What do you honestly like most about blogging?
- Which book was disappointing recently and why?
- If you were magically given the choice of one thing you would succeed at, no matter what, what would you choose?
- When do you stop and DNF a book? Do you give it a set number of pages or just based on feeling?
- What’s a genre or type of book you want to read more of?
- What’s your top three favourite books of the last year?
- Do you write?
- What’s one book you love to recommend to people?
- What’s a book cover you would frame and hang on your wall?
No pressure 🌸🌸