Oodles of love to Nara @ Looking for the Panacea for tagging me in this! The rules are simple: answer a few questions and then tag some other bloggers. Here we go!
What are your top three book pet peeves?
1. Glorified romances that are actually unhealthy and/or abusive
2. Sci-fi books that focus more on the romance rather than the SCIENCE (same goes for fantasy, actually)
3. Books with beautiful covers that draw me in but are actually horrible novels. Because I’m such a cover snob and it seems like the book then takes that as a personal challenge.
Describe your perfect reading spot.
In a perfect world: a house by the beach in a hammock, or a cabin in the mountains with a hammock. Either way – outside with a nice breeze, some iced tea, and a hammock. But this is not a perfect world, so I’d have to say my bed.
Tell us three book confessions.
1. If I could read the bodice-ripper type books without the erotica, I would. I love the angst and drama and the “DAMMIT LOOK PAST YOUR SECRETS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND FORBIDDENNESS AND JUST FALL IN LOVE WHY DON’T YOU”. All the ones about the rakes and ladies and high society – I eat that up. Poor fourteen year old me was just trying to read a good historical romance… didn’t know what the Harlequin title entailed. BUT I HAVE LEARNED. This is probably why I love Katie McGarry’s writing so much – it has that flavor of angst, but it’s present day. I make do.
2. I used to dog-ear my book pages. All. The. Time. I use bookmarks now though – I’m reformed!
3. I’m a sucker for the Dean Winchester types. Broken bad boys burdened with the world’s troubles but have hearts of gold underneath and just need someone to love on them. Those boys. It could be the crappiest plot in the world but I WILL LOVE IT ANYWAY.
When was the last time you cried during a book?
SHALL WE COUNT THEM?? Most recent was my reread of The Fault In Our Stars. I was still bawling – but I made it until the last five pages before I lost it this time! And before that it was… Big Fat Disaster. And that was one of those “I’m crying because I’m so angry and crying is a better alternative to punching a hole in my wall” kind of books.
How many books are on your bedside table?
I don’t really have a bedside table; I have a headboard thing with a cavern that I shove books in. Right now it’s holding The Lord of the Rings series and The Chronicles of Narnia series, along with a few hardbacks that are too tall for my bookshelf.
What is your favorite snack to eat while reading?
Apples with nutella works, and I really love popcorn, though I’m afraid I’ll get the pages greasy!
Name three books you’d recommend to everyone.
I’m totally cheating here, and I’m going to add some series. BECAUSE NARA DID IT AND SO WILL I. Oh, and this goes without saying, but Harry Potter is number one. But I’m not adding it because HP is a series that is very close to my heart and shaped part of my childhood, and I understand that for others it may not be as important. Also, understand that this is an UNFAIR question and I could never narrow it down to JUST three books O_O So go forth with that information, and read these three recommendations:
1. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. WHATISTHISACONTEMPORARYONKAYLA’SLIST??? Well that should give you clear proof of how much this book means to me.
2. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. The world building, the characters, the romance, the mythology – it’s all so flawlessly done! Plus, The Darkling. He’s morally ambiguous, seductive, and manipulative, and his psychology is BEYOND interesting to study. And did I mention Sturmhond??? Privateers have never been so sexy; sorry Captain Sparrow.
3. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. With a strong, kickass assassin for a heroine, who also happens to be the one of the most feminine characters I’ve read in a while, Throne of Glass is possibly one of my favorite series ever. Maas proves that you can be both beautiful with silk dresses and makeup, and deadly and get things done when needed.
Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase.
Here’s the whole shelf, in all its slightly-organized, blurry beauty:
And then when you take the books off the front:
I just love all the colors and how they blend together 🙂
Write how much books mean to you in three words.
Kept me company. A more accurate title would be “books made me feel like I wasn’t completely alone in the world.” High school was full of dark days for me, folks. Nowadays they’re more like close friends, but from ages 13-17 they were lifelines.
What is your biggest reading secret?
But I just gave three up at the top?? Uhh okay here’s the best I can do: I read the Twilight books and LOVED them. *Katy Perry singing in the background* Nowadays not so much because ew abusive relationship ahoy. But 14 year old me? Ate. Them. Up.
Time to tag!
I’m going with… Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity, Miranda @ Tempest Books, and anyone else who wants to do it! Sorry I’m lazy – Supernatural season finale just started as I write this and I MUST FOCUS ON MY BABIES NOW.