Now I finally have a Goodreads account for my blog I can take part in this tag without feeling like a fraud. Also, now I finally have a Goodreads account for my blog, I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to creating one. I was tagged by Kirstie at Upside-Down Books. Thanks so much for the tag Kirstie, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.
What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?
While I don’t normally read anthologies Because You Love to Hate Me was a highly anticipated release of mine; after all any book that combines stories by V.E. Schwab, Samantha Shannon and Marissa Meyer is a book I need like I need air. Like all anthologies there were some stories I enjoyed and some I didn’t, but overall it was a great read.
What are you currently reading?
Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins
I’m about a third of the way through this book and again, like all anthologies, there are some stories I’ve enjoyed and some I haven’t. There are stories by Cassandra Clare and Stephanie Perkins I still have to look forwards to, and stories by Leigh Bardugo and Nina LaCour that I have already read and loved.
What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
This was a book I kept seeing out of the corner of my eye, I didn’t really check out the blurb until after its release but I was hooked from the first sentence. The Last Magician sounds exactly like my kind of book, and from the look of things it’s a standalone which is a point in its favour because I think there needs to be more fantasy standalones out there.
What book do you plan to read next?
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
I managed to get an ARC of this book from NetGalley, and in order to keep my feedback ratio above 80% I plan to get started on it as soon as possible. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares does sound really good; I’m definitely intrigued by the idea of the curse that surrounds Esther’s family, killing them with their phobias.
Do you use the star rating system?
Yes, both on Goodreads and my blog. I actually modelled my blogs rating system so it was the same as Goodreads, giving five stars to the books I love and one star to the books I don’t. One thing I do wish was that Goodreads did half stars, it’s something I’d love to see made available.
Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?
I set myself a goal of 100 books this year, which was the same goal I set myself last year, and I have currently read 67 books, 12 ahead of schedule. I’m doing pretty well so far, and if I keep reading at this pace for the remainder of the year I’ll definitely beat my goal for this challenge.
Do you have a wishlist?
My wishlist is pretty much the same as my to-read list on Goodreads. While I do actually own a fair few of the books still on my TBR list for the most part it’s made up of books I don’t own and have yet to get to, or books that haven’t been released yet. That being said I do now have a wishlist; it’s a recent addition to my Goodreads account and one I’ll hopefully be able to keep up to date.
What book do you plan to buy next?
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
I don’t normally plan out what books I’ll be buying next, the trials and perils of being a mood reader, and I’ll be at YALC next weekend so will likely get loads there so Tower of Dawn isn’t likely going to be my next buy. I have a load of pre-orders on Amazon, and the next one to be released is Tower of Dawn so at the moment it’s the book I plan to buy next.
Do you have any favourite quotes? Share a few.
I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race—that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.
None of those things, however, came out of my mouth.
All I was able to do was turn to Liesel Meminger and tell her the only truth I truly know. I said it to the book thief and I say it now to you.
I am haunted by humans.
– The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus.
You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.
– The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
“Aren’t you afraid of dying?” he asked Lila now.
She looked at him as if it were a strange question. And then she shook her head. “Death comes for everyone,” she said simply. “I’m not afraid of dying. But I am afraid of dying here.” She swept her hand over the room, the tavern, the city. “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”
– A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”
“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”
– Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
“The only way to survive is to believe you always will.”
– The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Who are your favourite authors?
For an author to make it onto my favourites list I have to have read and loved three or more of their books. So far my favourite authors include; Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, Marissa Meyer, Patrick Ness, V.E. Schwab, Samantha Shannon, and Laini Taylor among a few others.
Have you joined any groups?
No, at the moment I just feel like groups aren’t for me. I can barely keep up with WordPress and Goodreads so I feel joining groups would be a little too much for me to handle, and WordPress is always going to come first. Maybe one day I’ll change my mind and want to join a group but it likely won’t be soon.
And if there’s anyone else out there who wants to take part, consider yourself tagged. Just send me a link to your post in the comments so I can see what your answers are.