Hello, pals! My friend Sofii @ A Book A Thought challenged me to do this exciting but incredibly long post, and I’m pumped to share with you my answers! It’s been a hot second since I’ve posted a tag, so I thought today would be the perfect day for it.
This is such a long post, so let’s jump right into it!
⭐️ |A| author you’ve read the most books from ⭐️
When I was little, I’d go crazy for series that had dozens of books. So it’s no surprise the authors I’ve read the most are all Portuguese or European authors no one else knows of here in the bookish community!
This specific series was my absolute favorite. It follows a group of five friends and two dogs who get into the craziest problems. There are close to one hundred books, and I think it’s safe to say I devoured at least fifty. They were even turned into a TV show that had several seasons and a movie!
⭐️ |B| best sequel ever ⭐️
I don’t read many series, so it’s hard to pick a sequel. However, I don’t think I have read a better sequel than Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan. It was over the top, hilarious, and did the rest of the serious justice.
⭐️ |C| currently reading ⭐️
At the moment, I am reading three books. The first is The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. The second is The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. And the third is an ARC, This Land Is Our Land by Suketu Mehta.
⭐️ |D| drink of choice while reading ⭐️
I’m a clumsy person, okay? I can’t really be trusted to drink around books. BUT because I am also impulsive and suck at predicting when I’m going to mess up, I love drinking tea or iced coffee (decaf because oh the jitters!)
⭐️ |E| e-reader or physical copy? ⭐️
I’m an e-reader kind of gal! Since I commute every day to go to school and come back home (around two hours per day), my Kindle is always in my bag. It’s convenient! Plus, I can read in the dark without bothering anyone, so that’s a massive win!
⭐️ |F| fictional character you would have dated in high school ⭐️
Oh man. I don’t think I can ever overcome my crush for Levi from Fangirl. It was the first contemporary I read in English and I instantly developed a huge crush for him! Could my choice of a boyfriend now have been influenced by him (farmer boy from Nebraska)? Maybe, but probably HUGE coincidence! 🙈
⭐️ |G| glad you gave this book a chance ⭐️
Fantasy is not my preferred genre, but I’m so glad I picked up The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It was completely out of my love for Game of Thrones and I am SO GLAD I picked it up. It’s one of my all-time favorite books and I will be heartbroken if we don’t get the last book in the trilogy within the next decade.
⭐️ |H| hidden gem book ⭐️
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates is one of those books more people should read. Clocking in at only 152 pages, it is heartbreaking and insightful — one of the best books I have ever read. It’s not exactly a hidden gem (it has 150.000 ratings on Goodreads) but I don’t hear it being talked about enough. If you want a father-to-son non-fiction narrative about the politics of growing up black in America, this book is for you.
⭐️ |I| important moment in your reading life ⭐️
Without a doubt, when I found Booktube. I had always loved reading up until that point (I must have been fourteen when I found Booktube), but that was when I realized other people loved reading too! I got so many awesome recommendations and that was when I really started to read in English AND when I discovered Young Adult literature! Ahhh, good times.
⭐️ |J| just finished ⭐️
The last book I finished was an ARC, The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins. I have mixed feelings about it, but for the most part it was an enjoyable read. I even reviewed it here on the blog!
⭐️ |K| kind of books you won’t read ⭐️
There are some genres I won’t touch with a ten-foot pole. I’ve either had horrible experiences with them or I am just not interested in the topic. They include science fiction (I find it so dull!), erotica (nope nope nope), “bad boy” single white soccer mom books (anything with a half-naked cowboy on the cover, really), and dystopian (THG and Divergent have burned me out).
⭐️ |L| longest book you have ever read ⭐️
Back in 2014 (I was fifteen), I picked up The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons as my first-ever endeavour into Russian historical fiction. At 810 ages (the Portuguese version is even longer), I loved every second of it. Looking back, this is probably one of the most “problematic” books I’ve read and it has such a toxic relationship my 15-year-old self failed to see. I still love the setting, just would rather stay away from this kind of book.
⭐️ |M| major book hangover because of… ⭐️
I fall into reading slumps all the time. Usually because there’s something in my non-bookish life that is sucking up way too much mental energy from me. I rarely fall into a slump because a book is good (or because it’s bad). It’s more of a lack of motivation/mental energy thing!
⭐️ |N| number of bookcases you own ⭐️
Although I live by myself, I was not the one furnishing this home, so I had no impact on how many bookcases there are here! But if I were to take all my books at my mom’s house and combine them with the ones I have here I would have to say I would only need one bookcase.
⭐️ |O| one book you’ve read multiple times ⭐️
I don’t re-read books. Like, ever. At most, I’ll re-read some chapters, which I have only done with Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. I am sure this will be the book I’ll hold closes to my heart as a pick-me-up book for the rest of my life… There are so many precious memories attached to it!
⭐️ |P| preferred place to read ⭐️
There are so many! I love reading on my bed, on the couch, at the beach, on the plane, on the bus, out in nature… As long as I have time and I am undisturbed, I’ll probably love reading there.
⭐️ |Q| quote that inspires you ⭐️
Even though I have yet to read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, this is a quote that speaks volumes to me:
“There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.”
I also love this quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling:
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
⭐️ |R| reading regret ⭐️
Regret is a strong word I save for Coleen Hoover’s books. I tried reading two and I wanted to pull my hairs out. The relationships were abusive and not cute at all and there was so much slut shaming thrown around! I really do regret spending time out of my day reading them.
⭐️ |S| series you started and need to finish (all books are out) ⭐️
I much prefer standalones to series. So now I am only keeping up with series I genuinely care about. There aren’t many, to be honest! The only one I can think of is Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. I haven’t finished reading the first book yet (I left it to read later because I’m a dummy), but I’m itching to get to it this summer.
⭐️ |T| three of your all-time favorite books ⭐️
This is such a tough question! I don’t have just three favorite books, and right now I can’t think of any. But I am pretty in love with these three books I have read in 2019 so far…
⭐️ |U| unapologetic fangirl for ⭐️
I definitely missed out on a lot of awesome experiences as a teen for not being into the “fangirl” culture. I swear I tried pretending like I was obsessed for a book or show or movie or band! But I just… couldn’t?
⭐️ |V| very excited for this release ⭐️
I am so excited to read The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. It is coming out in September and I am so ready to be wrecked by this novel. If you don’t already know, The Testaments will be set in Gilead fifteen years after Ofred’s story, so it’s not a sequel, technically. It will follow the lives of three different women, and this book feels very necessary right now because of everything that’s happening with politics at the moment. I can’t wait for September so we can learn more about Gilead (and how not to become like it!)
⭐️ |W| worst bookish habit ⭐️
Getting carried away by the sheer amount of AWESOME books coming out and totally neglecting my backlist pile of AWESOME books!!! Also spending way too much time on book Twitter 🙈
⭐️ |X| x marks the spot: start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book ⭐️
I don’t even own 27 books! So let me cheat a little and go on my latest additions to my Goodreads TBR… And we have Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy. An exposé nonfiction book about the vicious, unethical practices of corporate capitalist America? Sign me up. It’s actually a book I desperately want to read this summer.
⭐️ |Y| your latest book purchase ⭐️
The last book I bought was Priory of the Orange Tree! I ordered it the week before finals and received it the first day of my summer break! It honestly couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m still reading it and absolutely loving it.
⭐️ |Z| zzz-snatcher book (the last book that kept you up way too late ⭐️
Definitely Pachinko by Min Jin Lee! I buddy read this and stayed up every single night until the wee hours of the morning reading it. It is an addicting story spanning multiple generations, so I always wanted to see what would happen next.
And we’ve finally reached the end of the alphabet! Ooof this has been a long but fun ride. Now it’s my turn to tag my bookish friends: