Hey, everyone!! I’ve been trying to do at least a post a week, but life has been hectic. This week, I’m joining in a new weekly event that was formed when a group of bloggers decided we wanted to talk books every week. Please feel free to join us!
This week, the event is hosted by Katy @ The Bookish Cronk. Feel free to answer the questions on your own blog (all or any of them), then link up there! Here goes nothing! I’m answering ALL the questions!
Who or what got you into reading?
I honestly don’t remember a time when I wasn’t a reader. I apparently learned how to before kindergarten, and I’ve had my nose in a book ever since. There have been times I’ve read more or read less, especially when I was in college/grad school/first year teaching, but I always come back to it as something I love.
What are your favorite genres?
Fantasy is probably my most favorite, followed closely by sci-fi (though I’m not a huge hard sci-fi fan…yet). I just really love good world-building and interesting characters. My favorite series growing up was The Chronicles of Narnia, particularly The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, so I think that may have a lot to do with my love of fantasy (I did not pick up on the religious parts of it until I was in high school…). I also really love good celebrity memoirs, particularly in audiobook form as narrated by the author.
What are your least favorite genres?
Horror is not a big genre for me at all. I’ve dabbled a little here and there, but I’m not usually as motivated to read gory and/or scary books these days. If I keep hearing about a book over and over and over that’s in this genre, then I might give it a go–but scariness is not generally preferred. (I live alone–with 2 cats, who aren’t going to protect me).
If you had to choose between bringing a mediocre book series or one great standalone book to a deserted island, which would you pick?
I’ve been pondering this, and I think I really would need to pick a great standalone book, especially one that’s really layered and meaningful, because then I can continue to get something new/interesting out of it as I re-read it many, many times.
How do you organize your bookshelves?
I don’t really. I do tend to group all of the books by one author together, and I do put series books in order, but other than that, there’s no real organization.
What’s the next book on your TBR that you’re excited about?
In the month of March, I’m trying to read mostly or all books by women, which will allow me to catch up on some galleys I haven’t gotten to because of reading for February Blackout. The galley I’m most excited to read is Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartmann. It’s set in the world of Hartmann’s previous duology about dragons and half-dragons and politics. Those books were so wonderful that I can’t wait to revisit the world.
Have you ever gone to any book signings? Which was your favorite?
Living in Nashville I’ve been lucky to attend many signings. We have a free book festival every fall where all of the authors sign, and we also have Parnassus Books, which is owned by Ann Patchett and has amazing events all the time. I think my favorites were V. E./Victoria Schwab on the release day of A Conjuring of Light and Leigh Bardugo on the release day of The Language of Thorns. Both were at Parnassus and were just amazing. Bardugo’s was especially memorable because she told us about King of Scars before it was officially announced & I’m a sucker for Nikolai, but also because an ice cream food truck had Grishaverse themed treats as part of the event.
Hardcovers or paperbacks or ebooks or audiobooks?
All of the above. I used to hate hardcovers, but I’ve revised my opinion recently. They just used to feel so unwieldy–but now I like to buy new books before they’re in paperback sometimes and also I like to have hardcover versions of books I love–and I prefer getting hardcovers signed by authors. I read my Kindle just as much as I read in print most of the time–and I’m a fan of select audiobooks (mainly memoirs and nonfiction–or fiction books I’ve already read in print). I can’t listen to fiction audiobooks I haven’t read in print because I can’t focus and follow the story usually.
What is your favorite book to recommend that isn’t a common recommendation to new readers?
My answer to this question is always the same: Green Rider by Kristen Britain. It’s the first in an ongoing fantasy series. I first read it in high school and just fell in love with Karigan, the heroine. She is forced to deliver a message to the king in her kingdom after she sees one of his Green Riders die, and it opens up her worldview and she has to figure out magic and life and I just adore it. It’s usually at least 4-5 years between books, and some in the series are better than others, but I absolutely love them, and if you start now, you have 6 books to read. The next one doesn’t have a release date–but book 6 does not really have a horrible cliffhanger–very mild.
What does the ideal reading day look like for you?
An ideal reading day for me involves a stack of books, a kitty or two to snuggle with, and lots of tea and blankets. I really love to snuggle in during rainy days & just read. It sounds so delightful just thinking of it!
What makes you DNF a book?
I used to always make myself finish every book I started, but if I dread going back to keep reading a book over multiple attempts, I usually give up. There’s so many books I read and there’s just no time to waste these days.
What book are you most excited about in 2018?
There are so many!! I just got a copy of Tarnished City by Vic James, which is the sequel to Gilded Cage (which was a very dark fantasy). I also have a few on preorder, including The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (sequel to The Bone Witch) and The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (a very nerdy companion to the All Souls trilogy). I’m also majorly looking forward to Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova (sequel to Labyrinth Lost) and Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness, which is set in the All Souls universe. We are also getting a Shades of Magic comic book series, so I’m also here for that.
Which series/book do you like to revisit for self-care/nostalgia?
Lately, my biggest re-read has been the All Souls trilogy. It feels like a guilty pleasure, and it’s not perfect, but I just love Matthew and Diana’s story all the same, and the first book is an especially great re-read.
Do you have a bookish pet?
I have 2 kitty cats named Charlie and Remy. They’re both girls and they’re both brats, but I love them all the same. Occasionally, they let me photograph them with books.
Do you enjoy readathons? If so, which ones can people find you participating in?
I love readathons (hence the name of the blog)! They’re very wonderful ways to relax and get a bunch of reading in. The ones I most consistently participate in are 24 in 48, Bout of Books, and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I’m actually really sad because I just realized my friend is getting married over the next 24 in 48 weekend.
What is one part of bookish life you enjoy that isn’t reading?
The online community! I love reading other blogs, and making friends online during readathons, as well as enjoying friends in Book Riot Insiders with me.
Is there a genre you wish you read more of?
Nonfiction. I used to love reading it, but I just read it so slowly that it’s hard for me. This year, though, I am finally tackling the Chernow biography of Alexander Hamilton…and I’m very excited about it! I’m also trying to read more nonfiction than last year, and audiobooks definitely help.
What is your favorite book cover of all time?
There are so many pretty ones!!! I think my most recent favorite was The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. Not necessarily my all-time favorite–but it’s my right now favorite.
I can’t wait to read everyone else’s answers! If you do this, too, let me know in the comments & I will come check it out (and don’t forget to link up on Katy’s blog!)