Hi guys! How are you? Have you read any good books lately? I just finished reading Children of Blood and Bone yesterday and it was wonderful. It lived up to all my unreasonably high expectations. I had a different post planned for today, but then I saw this tag on Written Word Worlds and thought it looked like a lot fun.The tag was created by Bec’s Books and the graphic by Written Word Worlds
What’s a trope you’d love to see die, and one you’d love to see live, or flourish more often?
I’m so tired of the Secretly Royal Trope. 10 bonus points (or whatever the opposite of bonus points are) if the secretly royal character is the lost princess and another 10 if she doesn’t know. I can’t remember the last time I read this trope without rolling my eyes.
I can’t get enough of the Enemies to Lovers Trope. It doesn’t matter if they’re literal enemies in an intergalactic war or coworkers who can’t stand each other, this trope gets me every time.
What do you immediately connect with when it comes to a book?
A strong sense of atmosphere. One of my favorite feelings is the one you get when you’re so immersed in a book that everything else just fades away, when the world of the book becomes more real to you than reality. For me this usually happens when a book has a very strong sense of atmosphere, a richly drawn setting and evocative writing. A few books that have all those things: The Raven Cycle, All the Crooked Saints, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Bear and the Nightingale, Radiance, Radio Silence, Tiger Lily, and Wild Beauty.
If you could push a book on someone, what would you immediately recommend?
You can probably guess what’s my answer for this one is going to be… It’s The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden! Surprise, surprise. Not only is it my absolute favorite book, it’s also one of those rare ones I’d recommend to anyone. It’s the perfect blend of historical fiction, fantasy and Russian folklore.
If your house was on fire and you could only save one book, what would it be?
Imagining this scenario makes me want to cry and I don’t want to think about this anymore, so let’s just say… Strange the Dreamer. My copy is beautiful with it’s gold foiling and sprayed blue edges, and it’s a book I know I want to reread.
What’s a book that had you floating on air out of happiness?
Questions like this always make my mind jump straight to all the cute contemporaries on my shelf. But there’s only one book that’s made me feel giddy with joy and that’s actually a classic: Emma by Jane Austen. Since it’s a Jane Austen novel a happy ending’s almost guaranteed, but I still stayed up reading it until 4 am just to make sure it would all end well. Spoiler alert: it does and I was grinning like a fool.
A book that’s made an impact (on you, or the world)?
I know this isn’t a very original answer, but it has to be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I can’t think of anything that compares to it’s impactfulness. It tells such an important story and it means to much to so many people. There’s a reason it’s been on the NYT Bestseller list ever since it came out, and I doubt it’s going anywhere anytime soon.
What are your favorite morally grey characters, who do you love that walks between darkness and light?
The whole The Six of Crows crew and especially my two queens Nina and Inej. Morally grey character are my favorites (especially female ones) and I need more of them in my life so if you have any book recommendations for me, please let me know!
Which book had a plot twist you DID NOT SEE COMING and it made you sick with feels?
Definitely Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Usually I either see the plot twists coming or they don’t have an emotional impact on me. But that twist had me reeling.
Name your most anticipated releases for 2018!
There’s way too many to list, but here’s a few of the ones I’m most excited for right now:
Your favorite underrated or side character?
I feel like I talk about my favorite side characters all the time, since they’re often the ones I love the most. So let’s be literal and talk about an animal side character: Solovey from The Bear and the Nightingale. He’s a magical horse and Vasya’s loyal companion.