Hello everyone! So, it’s raining outside, and school’s out and I am so extremely bored, that I decided to blog. I’ve not got any books ready to review at the moment, so instead I thought I may as well do a book tag! I saw this particular book tag on Tumblr (here), and thought it would be fun to answer. (As for giving credit – I’m unsure as to who to give it to! I’ve taken this from LaurenReadsYA, but she took it from someone else, who probably took it from someone else, and so on. It’s a never ending circle!)
1) What is your favourite book?
My favourite book would have to be The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. (I love it so much, I didn’t even need to check how to spell his name. Beat that!) TPOBAW – awsome acronym there – is very much one of a kind, in my opinion. It’s rare that you come across a book written in letter form that’s actually good, but Chbosky’s rendition of teenage life with a mental health condition is so beautiful, and so heart-wrenchingly honest, it makes me cry every time! The film is also amazing – one of my personal favourites – which is always a bonus. And it does have a 4.2 rating on Goodreads, so it must be good! (I have the film edition cover – the blue one – but I don’t really like it. I have, however, added my favourite version of the book. This cover is so simple yet so unorthodox at the same time – I love it!)
2) Who is your favourite author?
Cassandra Clare by miles! The Shadowhunter world she has created is so much better, and I’d probably go as far as saying I prefer it to my own! CC is a such a talented writer, and I also love how in touch she is with her fandom. On the other hand, I am also a very big fan of Stephanie Perkins, but she has only published 3 books so far (Anna, Lola, Isla). However, she has stated that her next book is going to be horror! Exciting! And a big change from her lovey-dovey style books until now…
3) What genre do you prefer?
In general, I am a big reader of all things YA. I do like a good memoir/biography style book every now and then, though, like A Work In Progress by Connor Franta or Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale. I’m also starting to test the water for historic-based books. I really like the idea of books based in the past, but written now. For example, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak follows this, and I love that book. As well as this, Cassandra Clare (*swoon*) wrote The Infernal Devices trilogy, which is set in Victorian England, and I really enjoyed that as well. I kind of want to get more into horror books at some point in the future, also. Overall, though, contemporary novels are the ones for me!
4) What is your favourite book series?
Do you even need to ask? My favourite book series is obviously The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I will more than happily read anything by CC. Frankly, I would beg to do so. You will come to notice this as I blog more. I’m not a big fantasy lover, finding the majority of it terribly unrealistic and tedious, but TMI is so different, so realistic, so beautifully written, yet still laugh-out-loud funny. CC writes in a way that makes you want more, and God, do I want more. Luckily for me, she’s got some new books coming in 2016 – yay!
5) What books did you hate reading in school?
I came to the conclusion around 6 months ago that I only really enjoy books I have picked out. For example, my aunt told me to read The Dinner by Herman Koch, and I can honestly appreciate the writing and the plot line, but – because she chose it, and I didn’t – I found it very boring, and so very slow. In school, I can only remember of a few books we actually made it all the way through, but – out of all – I vividly remember Animal Farm by George Orwell being the worst. Who makes school kids read about politics in the form of pigs? Barf.
6) What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. Wow. Throwback. Jacqueline Wilson was my hero back in the day! She is what inspired me to read more, write more, and actually made me enjoy the world of books galore. I won’t lie though, I preferred the TV series…
Fun fact: the first YA book series I read was Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia. I adored it! I even tried the recreate the title font obsessively for about 3 years.
7) Book stores or libraries?
Book stores! My library doesn’t have any good or recentbooks ):
Saying that, though, I must look so awful when I go into book stores, because I have a kindle, and I only go into book stores to see what’s on the best selling charts/featured. I literally go in and take photos of the books I like the sound of, and then walk back out again! Does that make me a bad person? A user of books without purchase? Dare I say…a book whore?! *Gasp*
8) How many books do you own?
I actually counted just for this blog post…and if I counted correctly…237! Wow. Now that’s a lot of books. (This is including what books I owned before I got a Kindle, so there’s going to be some childhood books thrown in here and there. Oh well.) P.s. I wish my books looked like the ones in that gif *heart eyes emoji*.
9) Do you read before bed?
Why yes, of course I do.
10) What is your most comfortable reading position?
Lying in bed!
11) What is the most recent book you read?
The most recent book I finished was A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij (you can read the review here), and I am currently reading I Like It Like That by Cecily von Ziegesar, the 5th book in the Gossip Girl series.
12) What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?
“Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached.”
This quote is said in The Host by Stephenie Meyer, and I absolutely love it. It’s significant to me because it stands for the simple fact of life that there are highs and lows, but it fixes it so that they benefit each other. Before reading this, I’d never considered that the “lows” of my life had any impact on the “highs”, but now I know that each time I’m feeling down will be a time that allows me to feel even more positive in the future.
13) Science Fiction or Fantasy?
This one is really tough, because I ordinarily stray away from both! However, I do think it’s more difficult to find SciFi books recently, especially compared to how many fantasy books are out there. I’ve only ever read The Host as a SciFi book, whereas I’ve read plenty of books in the fantasy genre, so I think I’d have to go with fantasy.
14) What books do you regret reading?
I’d like to say none. So far – at least – I haven’t read anything terrible. And if I have, I haven’t regretted it. There are definitely books I regret not reading though, like Harry Potter, for example. I know. Shoot me. I never read it. I would, but I think I’m a bit too old now. Oh well.
15) How large is your bookshelf?
Approximately…8GB. That’s right, Kindle user over here! I do, however, have a real bookshelf. My bookshelf lives downstairs and is about 4.5 feet tall. I say it’s mine, but it’s basically the family bookshelf, and it’s only my old books on there anyway.
16) On average, how many books do you read per year?
I read more and more books as each year comes. I’d say last year I read about 30, and the year before about 20, but I think I’ve found my reading stride this year, considering I’ve read 46 books so far (and counting!) To say my goal was 30, I’d say that’s pretty good. Comment how many books you plan on reading this year, and how many you’re at now!
17) What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?
I’m not a big re-reader, if I’m honest. I really enjoy reading new things, and I should if I ever want to get rid of that existentially long TBR list. However, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins steals this one. What I like about this book is the fact that – despite being part of a trilogy – it is an easy read, and, can be read as a standalone novel. I really enjoy Perkins’ style of writing, and abilty to tell such a beautiful story, whilst still being witty and interesting.
18) Do you like to read outside?
No. Nope. Na. Nada. The sun gets in my eyes way too quickly. My nose starts running due to wind/hay fever. I live on a main road, so it’s really noisy. My neighbours have 2 young sons who love playing on their trampoline when it’s sunny, which makes the worst noise ever. It’s too cold, it’s too warm. I can’t get comfortable on the chair, so I sit on the grass, but the grass is itchy. Basically, the outernet is a scary place, and I do not like to read there.
19) What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?
As a child, My Sister The Vampire taught me that I may have a twin out there who’s a vampire. Maybe I’m the vampire.
Actually, no, as much as I hate going outside, I don’t think I’m a vampire.
Fun fact: I actually got that book for free in a GoGirl magazine. Result.
20) Of the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?
I’ve read so many books this year! So many good books this year! Thus, I am going to make a list of all the books I’ve loved so far:
It by Alexa Chung
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Niell
A Work In Progress By Connor Franta
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Find a full list of everything I’ve read so far this year here. (And follow me on GoodReads while you’re at it (; )
Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this! Hope you enjoyed it!