Hi guys! How are you? I’m doing another book-tag today, but plot-twist: I was actually tagged this time. So thanks, JJ Crafts!
3 favorite authors
🌸 Catherynne M. Valente: It makes sense that my most read author is also one of my absolute favorites. She’s the queen of lyrical writing and wild ideas, which is the best combination in the world.
🌸 Laini Taylor: Laini Taylor is the queen of magical world-building . Every time I pick up one of her books I know I’m about to go on a beautiful adventure.
🌸 Katherine Arden: Katherine Arden wrote my favorite book of all time, The Bear and the Nightingale, which basically makes her queen of everything.
3 weirdest things used as a bookmark
🌸 A perfume sample: (The book still smells amazing)
🌸 Paint samples: Which I wrote poems on. That’s so tumblr.
🌸 A photo of a topless stranger: This one probably needs some context. I love thrift shopping and one of my favorite things about used books is all the weird stuff people leave in them. (I should do a post on that) Once I found a photo of a blonde woman posing topless in the ocean in it, so I used it as a bookmark and named her Jess.
3 Series Binged
🌸 The Riyria Revelations: I haven’t talked a lot about this series on the blog. Which is kinda weird, since it’s my favorite epic fantasy series. It’s got wonderful characters, lots of friendship and one of my favorite slow-burn romances.
🌸The Grisha Trilogy: I read all three of these back to back in 2014 and they’re still one of my favorite YA fantasy series. They ‘re also where my love for all Russian-inspired fantasy began.
🌸 A Court of Thorns and Roses: The first book was good, but the second one? Amazing! The biggest glow up from book one to book two I’ve ever experienced.
3 characters you love
🌸 Vasya: Vasya’s a fiercely independent, willful, unapologetic, slightly wild girl in a time and place where girls were only allowed to be one thing: obedient. And I love her for it.
🌸 Serafina: She might be a minor character, but she’s the queen of a witch clan who rides her broomstick underneath the northern lights, so you know… She left an impression.
🌸 Nina Zenik: She’s strong, powerful, brave, bold and understands the importance of dessert. A woman after my own heart.
3 unpopular Bookish opinions
🌸Princes ain’t shit: ‘Never put your faith in a Prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a Witch.’ Catherynne M Valente. I should get this tattooed.
🌸 Purple prose is the prettiest prose: I’ll never understand what people have against lush, lyrical, descriptive writing. I don’t even care if it makes any kind of sense. His kiss taste like dark velvet and moonlight? Ok! His eyes are the color of spring and daydreams? Cool! If it sounds pretty, I’m here for it
🌸 Emma is my fave Jane Austen novel: I know a lot of people dislike Emma, but I find her delightful and Mr. Knightly is even dreamier than Mr. Darcy. I also think it’s the most entertaining of her novels. Plus it inspired Clueless (aka the best 90’s movie ever). P&P is my second favorite though, I promise.
3 popular Bookish opinions
🌸 Characters over plot: We pretty much all agree on this one right? Obviously we want both (plus great writing if at all possible), but if I gotta chose give me characters that steal my heart and destroy my soul please and thank you.
🌸 I believe in fairytales: Fairytales retellings have been very popular for a while now and I’m still. here. for it. I’d love to see more retellings of lesser known tales and non-western stories. Not gonna lie though, I’d probably read another Beauty and the Beast retelling. I’m that girl.
🌸 Enemies to lovers is the best romance trope: I mean, y’all know why. The conflict, the tension, the angst, the chemistry, the banter, the kissing. It’s good, y’all. It’s all good.
3 favourite book covers
The Bone Witch / The Surface Breaks / Under the Pendulum Sun
3 book goals for the year
🌸 Read a book in one sitting: Everytime someone says I loved this book so much I read it in one sitting, it sounds fake to me. Like, I believe you – but how hooman? I’m a pretty fast reader and I’ve never read a book in one sitting. First of all, I’m hungry. Second of all, I’m restless. But if everyone else can do it, so can I…probably.
🌸 Start reviewing books: So I’ve had a book blog for over a year and I’ve only review one book. One. That’s cause I highkey hate writing reviews and never feel like I’ve adequately expresses my thoughts. Book reviews feel like the foundation of book-blogging though, so I’d love to find a way of doing them that’s both fun for me to write and for y’all to read.
🌸 Read more: I’m not thinking about numbers here, cause I’m totally happy with the number of books I’ve read so far this year. But I would like to get better at spending my free time on reading. Instead of you know, taking quizzes that guess my astrology sign (they’re ALWAYS right, it blows my mind) or adding 35 books I don’t need to my amazon cart.