I’ve been tagged by Watching Sparks Reviews to partake in The Sunshine Blogger Award again! This tag is great because ever single post is always super different because of the different questions people like to ask. The rules for this tag involve thanking the person who tagged you (thank you Helen!), answering 11 questions set by your tagger & then nominating 11 other bloggers to answer 11 questions that you have come up with yourself!
1. Favourite book when you were growing up?
I wasn’t actually much of a reader when I was growing up; I could read & always read what I had to for school, but it wasn’t something I did for fun. If I had to pick something though it would 100% be The Faraway Tree Stories by Enid Blyton! I had the video series for the books & used to constantly watch it (as well as The Wishing-Chair videos, based on the books also by Enid Blyton), so one year my mum bought me the book. I really want to read the stories again at some point because I know how much I loved them.
2. Which 3 fictional characters are you most like?
Maggie Stiefvater’s Isabel Culpeper, whom features in The Wolves of Mercy Falls books & their spin-off Sinner, is the first character who comes to mind whenever I’m asked this question. The combination of her & Cole St Clair’s characters in Sinner created the first time I ever saw my mental health well represented within a book. Isabel’s insecurities & the walls she tries to put up around her made me really emotional because of how much I identified with her – but Cole’s deep depression also reminded me of a past self. The book Sinner is my most listened to audiobook on Audible because I listen to it whenever I’m having a hard time – it helps me cope & reminds me that I’m not the only one who struggles.
Another character I would say I’m similar to is Suzume from Zoe Marriott’s Shadows on the Moon – this is actually my favourite book at the moment & it has been for a while. There are a lot of ways in which I’m not similar to Suzume, but the way her depression operated (there seems to be a mental health theme building here) & the reasons why she self-harmed really resonated with me & I think the mental health rep in the book is some of the best I’ve ever read.
Very, very recently I read the newly-released book The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis; the main character’s love interest, Dez reminded me so much of myself that it kind of scared me! Dez is full of sarcasm & acts like she’s very solid on the outside, but she’s also very sensitive & the way she would react to certain things Adam said definitely made me think of myself. Dez is an addict though (the whole book is about addiction) & apart from if you count when I self-harmed, I’ve never been addicted to anything. Despite this, her sense of humour & attitude were incredibly similar to my own & I would definitely tell someone to read The Temptation of Adam if they wanted a better idea of the type of person I am.
3. Who would you fancast as your favourite characters?
For so long I have loved the idea of Sarah Hay playing Zoey from The House of Night series by PC & Kristin Cast, but this fantasy started before I realised the importance of people playing people of their own race, & as Zoey is part Native American Sarah wouldn’t be right for the role.
I think that Kaley Cuoco would make a great Isabel Culpeper from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater though, & I would love to see Bonnie Wright play Puck from Maggie’s book The Scorpio Races.
I don’t actually pay attention to actors very much so this wasn’t a great question for me!
4. Which book is under-hyped, and that you want everyone to read?
My immediate answer to this is Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriot; Zoe’s work doesn’t get nearly as much attention among the YA community as it should do & this book especially is incredible. Starswept by Mary Fan should also be getting a lot more attention than it is & I would love it if more people spoke about The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim.
5. Which book is over-hyped, and is really not as good as everyone says?
Now, this is a tricky one for me because I very rarely don’t enjoy a book. A lot of people really rave on about The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, & although I enjoyed it I didn’t think it was amazing. It has the potential to be the start of an amazing series though. Who Runs The World by Virginia Bergin also isn’t as wonderful as I expected it to be because it’s kinda’ full of sexism & I also didn’t enjoy The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh as much as other people because I found it a little predictable.
6. What/who inspired you to start blogging?
The main reason I started blogging is because I wanted a place where I could boost the books I really love & also so I could talk about my disabilities & illnesses openly. I love being able to promote books that I think are wonderful & talking about my illnesses has helped me to feel better about discussing them in general; I also like that I’ve helped other spoonies as well.
7. How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging earlier this year, around the start of summer. It wasn’t a great time for me to start as I was still at university & had my exams coming up, but I’m glad I did set up my blog because I’ve made some good friends, received some wonderful presents from authors & publishers, & have learnt things about myself.
8. How many books are on your TBR?
Hahahahaha do we have to go into this? We do? Hmph, oh fine then!
On my TBR list that is full of the books I own & haven’t read are 367 books – do not judge me! And on my to-buy list are 173 books (I keep cutting this down, otherwise it would be a much higher figure); there are also a handful of books that I have e-copies of but want to buy in print format as well because I love them so much.
9. Do you listen to music when you read? And if so, do you pick certain artists/songs to match the book?
I absolutely cannot listen to music whilst I read; not even when on public transport. My dyslexic brain finds it faaar too difficult to process both a book & music at the same time so I just avoid it completely. I have made playlists in the past for books but that was a while ago & I don’t listen to as much music now so I’m not sure I’d be able to put a playlist together now anyway.
10. Which book(s) do you wish you had written?
I find this a difficult question to answer because authors write certain books for personal reasons & I would find it weird to say OH I WISH I HAD DONE THAT because their reasons can’t also be mine, if that makes sense. What I do wish though, is that one day I’m able to write a book that has been floating around in my head for a while, about my syringomyelia, but with a fantasy twist. I hope I’d be able to do it with great representation for disabled folks, but also for other minority groups as well.
11. What book did you most recently finish, what are you reading now, and what do you think you’ll pick up next?
The book I most recently finished was Love, Secrets & Absolution by K. L. Loveley – I read the book as part of a blog tour but due to some family stuff the review isn’t very long or detailed, which is something I plan to rectify soon.
I currently have a small pack of books on my “currently reading” list on GoodReads & that’s for multiple reasons; two of the books (Wit, Wisdom & Timey Wimey Stuff: The Quotable Doctor Who by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright & Here I Stand by Amnesty International UK) are books that I pick up & put down whenever I feel like it, as one is made up of quotes & the other is short stories & poems. The two other books that are currently open are A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin – a book that I’m supposed to read every Monday but have neglected for a few weeks – & These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung. I haven’t finished These Violent Delights yet as I’ve had a bit of a busy week but I plan to try & finish it tonight.
Once I’ve finished These Violent Delights I’m hoping to pick up Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne & Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore, as these are the next on my NetGalley list. I will then need to read The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen & I Wore My Blackest Hair by Carlina Duan (a book I’m really exited about). I’m then hoping I’ll have some time to catch up on my print TBR which includes Zara Zyon & A Maelstrom of Secrets by Melissa Ann Peters, The Sisters of the Crescent Empress by Leena Likitalo & White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht.
I Am Tagging…
I’ve had a bunch of new followers recently I’m going to take the most recent 11 to partake in The Sunshine Blogger Award:
- Ruby (Ruby Rae Reads)
- Jasmine (Life Of A Simple Reader)
- Moon (Life As A Moon Kestrel)
- Taylor (Taylor Is Reading)
- Eram (Literary Tea With ER)
- Phannie (Phannie The Ginger Bookworm)
- Ariel (Beyond The Shelf)
- Marianna (Marianna’s Corner)
- Debbie (Debbie’s Library)
- Nessa (Utopian Pages)
- Nora (Papertea and Bookflowers)
01. What is a fact about yourself that you think highlights who you are?
02. Why did you get into reading?
03. If you could get anyone else in your life to love books, who would it be & why?
04. Which book character would you trust the most in real life?
05. What is the worst book you have ever read? Why?
06. How do you think your life would be different if you weren’t an avid reader?
07. What’s one skill, real or otherwise, from a book that you wish you had?
08. What’s your favourite ever book cover? Include a picture!
09. If you could live through the plot of any book, which one would it be & why?
10. Why did you read the book you most recently finished?
11. Do you think you’re a good person?