Hello everyone, and welcome back!
I thought it would be fun today to jump in on the A to Z book meme, since I saw it on BookTube and went down a rabbithole of finding videos/blog posts of bookish folks doing the thing. (If you’re stopping by and like to blog about bookish things, consider yourself tagged, since I’m junk at doing that.)
And in advance: thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you Friday for more Weekly Reads!
A: Author you’ve read the most books from 〉〉〉 Jacqueline Carey. I’ve read the Kushiel’s Legacy trilogies (love the first one, meh on the second one; wasn’t in love with Imriel’s POV), the Naamah’s Kiss trilogy (love Moirin), and Santa Olivia. (I own but have yet to read the sequel, Saints Astray.) I’ve read the same amount of J.K. Rowling but I feel like the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Throughout the Ages mini-textbooks for charity kinda don’t count since they’re so short. (Also as a kid I read so much Nancy Drew and Babysitter’s Club but different authors, technically.)
B: Best sequel ever 〉〉〉 Catching Fire, maybe. In that I wasn’t expecting that a sequel could live up to the original (flawed though it is, it’s very exciting and I loved it), but Catching Fire exceeded my expectations by far. But so did The Subtle Knife for The Golden Compass. I also loved Kushiel’s Chosen, the Harry Potter books mostly improve as you continue; basically, there are a lot of awesome sequels in the world if you can escape those series where the first book has “so much potential” but there’s no delivery.
C: Currently reading 〉〉〉 Nothing! I wanted to start Scythe by Neal Shusterman last night, but I fell asleep. Normally I read each book in one day, so I don’t tend to be in the middle of anything on off-days.
D: Drink of choice while reading 〉〉〉 I’m usually reading in transit, so often nothing. If I’m home and reading, I’m likely in bed feeling tired or ill, so water. In an ideal world, I can read and have a cup of tea (chai, probably).
E: E-Reader or Physical books 〉〉〉 Physical books, but that costs me a lot and makes it annoying to travel, so also my iPad sometimes. I seem to read physical books faster and I prefer having an object that reminds me of the ones I like. The pesky part is how many books I get and don’t want to keep.
F: Fictional character you would have dated in High School 〉〉〉 My taste in high school was pretty messy so as much as I’d like to say Lila Bard or Hermione or something, I’d have to say, like, Tamlin. Sigh.
G: Glad you gave this book a chance 〉〉〉 A Court of Mist and Fury. I have issues with it, especially closer to the end and the more I think about it, but I also had a lot of fun reading it? And I was thinking about giving up on Sarah J. Maas, so.
H: Hidden gem book 〉〉〉 Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Read this instead of Anna Dressed in Blood. Trust me. (It’s not a perfect book, but it cares more about setting and ghostly aesthetics and worldbuilding and character and maybe just everything.) I want to read more not-at-all hyped books in future so I can bring you this kind of recommendation realness (alternatives to super-hyped letdowns).
I: Important moment in your reading life 〉〉〉 There have been many, but I’ll go with last February, when I decided to do 95 books for no particular reason. I started by reading a series my coworkers were into to try to be friendly, but I ended up disliking it because there is no joy in my heart.
…that’s not totally true, but I am very nitpick-y about writing in ways that some others aren’t because of my background. Also subjective taste. (Give me a protagonist I care about or give me death.)
J: Just finished reading… 〉〉〉 Well, last week by now, but it was A Court of Mist and Fury.
K: Kinds of books you won’t read 〉〉〉 I don’t know that I have anything to stand for here because the only books I actively won’t read are books I know are problematic messes, but I’ve also sometimes read those in the past to write papers. (I once read all of the 50 Shades trilogy because I was sketching out a paper about fanfiction and ethics and story patterns, which I quit grad school too soon to write, and now I’ve just read all of 50 Shades agh.)
L: Longest book you’ve read 〉〉〉 I really have no earthly way of knowing. My friends handed me quite a bit of epic fantasy in my teens. (I also read a lot that felt long in university, but epic fantasy takes the cake.) From what’s on my shelves right now, probably A Storm of Swords.
M: Major book hangover because of… 〉〉〉 I’m not sure exactly what a book hangover is supposed to be, but okay. Throne of Glass. It was an utter slog for me to get through and it really took it out of me to read; I didn’t want to pick anything else up for a few days. There were some glimmers of interesting stuff there, and I hear it’s much improved upon as the series goes on, but ouch.
N: Number of book cases you own 〉〉〉 Two and a half. (One is a very skinny sideless shelf I’m using for my TBR.)
O: One book you’ve read multiple times 〉〉〉 Re-reading is my natural state, which is why I’m trying to purge all books I wouldn’t re-read until they look completely trashed. (If I’m really into what I’m reading, I’ll eat while reading, take it into the bath, take it around everywhere—my favourite books get really ugly.) I think a safe bet for most re-read is probably Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets or Prisoner of Azkaban or Kushiel’s Dart, at this point.
P: Preferred place to read 〉〉〉 Ideally a cozy chair not far from the kitchen with good lighting and a blanket, but since that’s not often possible, I read a lot in transit and in bed.
Q: Quote that inspires you / gives you the “feels” 〉〉〉 So I wanted to love the Grisha trilogy, but it fell short for me in a lot of ways, which was a shame because this paragraph from the prologue of Shadow and Bone kicked me in the feels:
“The boy and the girl glanced at each other and, because the adults were not paying close attention, they did not see the girl reach out to clasp the boy’s hand or the look that passed between them. The Duke would have recognized that look. He had spent long years on the ravaged northern borders, where the villages were constantly under siege and the peasants fought their battles with little aid from the King or anyone else. He had seen a woman, barefoot and unflinching in her doorway, face down a row of bayonets. He knew the look of a man defending his home with nothing but a rock in his hand.”
R: Reading regret 〉〉〉 Contrary to my usual seeming joylessness as a reviewer, I’m just happy to be here reading books, honestly.
S: Series you started, but need to finish 〉〉〉 Generally if I’m really stoked, I’ll read the rest of a series right away unless it’s not all out. So I wouldn’t qualify it as a need, but I’d like to finish the Wolf by Wolf duology (and I have the Iron to Iron novella as well).
T: Three of your all-time favorite books 〉〉〉 I don’t want to get too repetitive, so how about three new favourites from last year? A Darker Shade of Magic, Two Boys Kissing, and The Things They Carried.
U: Unapologetic fangirl for… 〉〉〉 Katniss. Fight me. (Not movie Katniss, though. Still salty that they cast a white Katniss.)
V: Very excited for this release more than any others 〉〉〉 A Conjuring of Light! Now there’s a series I need to finish.
W: Worst habit 〉〉〉 Finishing books that I should probably just DNF. Because afterwards, I just feel annoyed and often can’t decide what to read next, because if I get on a streak of bad books I’ll be demoralized and not want to read anything.
X: X Marks the Spot: the 27th book on your shelf 〉〉〉 Went to my YA shelf to do this because obviously. It was Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley. I debated throwing it in the donate pile, because I’m still disappointed with it, but to be honest it’s probably just because it followed Magonia, which I thought was especially promising.
Y: Your latest book purchase 〉〉〉 The latest one to arrive was Illuminae, but the most recent one to ship has The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson and All the Rage by Courtney Summers in it. And I just ordered The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin today.
Z: Zzzz snatcher: last book that kept you up way too late 〉〉〉 It wasn’t really the book’s fault, but The Diabolic, because I had burned my hand pretty badly and I couldn’t not keep cold on it so I had to be awake and decided to read.