All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
Today's post is a little bit about my reading habits. The idea comes from the blog of a friend of mine on Goodreads, where she attempted to write out 50 questions related to her reading (but managed 43).
Her answers are here, if you want to read them too.
So without further ado, here are my answers to these 43 bookish questions. :)
1. What was the last book you read?
It was 'One Dark Throne' by Kendare Blake.
2. Was it a good book?
Yes, I really enjoyed it.
3. What made it good?
As the second in this particular series, I found the stakes were higher, it was faster paced and everything was just stronger.
4. Would you recommend it to other people?
Yes. I know some people had mixed opinions on the first book, but the second improves quite a bit.
5. How often do you read?
I try to read every day, but realistically, it's sometimes every other day.
6. Do you like to read?
Yes. I've been reading often for as long as I can remember.
7. What was the last bad book you read?
It was 'The Snow Rose' over the summer. I ended up not finishing it, and that's rare for me.
8. What made you dislike it?
There was far too much info dumping at the start and I didn't really for any of the characters. I heard about the ending which I know would have either creeped me out, confused me, or both.
9. Do you wish to be a writer?
Yes. I've been writing for a number of years now, but it's mostly a creative outlet for me and in that way, I call myself a writer. Though it would be nice to get published one day, I'm not after that right now.
10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
Many books have had a huge impact on me over the years. Most recently, I would say 'Moxie' has been important- even as a self-described feminist, it made me realise how little things can have a huge impact wherever you are. It was fantastic.
11. Do you read fan fiction?
I tried it once or twice and some I found were quite good. But I don't anymore.
12. Do you write fan fiction?
I used to a little bit a few years ago. As with the above question, writing it for a while made me read some, but then I realised how much I wanted to make my own material, rather than dream up 'what could have been' for other people's characters. Their story went a certain way for a reason.
13. What's your favourite book?
You might as well ask 'What's your favourite child?'. :) (Though I don't have any of those yet.)
Ok,...of all time? I'll say all of the Narnia books, and all Harry Potter books, because you can't make me choose. And my favourite book not from my childhood? I'll say A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. Please don't ask me to name by very long list of reasons for these answers- thanks...
14. What's your least favourite book?
I think that would have to be 'The Morganville Vampires' series. I started liking them, but by the fourth or fifth book I just lost interest completely. I didn't care about the characters or their circumstances anymore.
15. Do you prefer physical books or reading on a device?
Physical books. I once wanted a Kindle but didn't go through with it. I adore hearing pages being turned and holding the book. Plus, walking into a shop filled with books always relaxes me. You can't get that with an electronic library.
16. When did you learn to read?
I want to say school. But I think my parents were reading to me even before then, so maybe a mixture of both??
17. What your favourite book you had to read in school?
Hmm...'An Inspector Calls' by J. B. Priestley. It was for my English Literature GCSE in Year 11. Something about the characters and how it was still relatable to the modern day really stuck with me. I still like it now, seven years later.
18. What is your favourite book series?
Aforementioned childhood aside, A Court of Thorns and Roses series, Six of Crows duology and the Talon saga. Sorry, but choosing one only is really hard!!
19. Who is your favourite author?
Both Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo. On a side note, my author discovery of the year has been Victoria Schwab. I don't know why I waited so long to begin reading her books.
20. What is your favourite genre?
YA, Fantasy, a bit of historical fiction thrown in sometimes.
21. Who is your favourite character in a book series?
Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood. Please don't make me choose between them.
22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
All the time. I love visiting- and then re-visiting- my favourite worlds and exploring new ones.
23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?
I want to say 'Radio Silence' by Alice Oseman. It ended on such a positive note and had everything tied up. But I kind of want to know where the characters go next in life.
24. Which book do you wish didn't have a sequel?
This is also a hard one. I'm going to say 'The Lovegrove Legacy' trilogy by Alyxandra Harvey. Not because they were bad, but because unfortunately, the publisher dropped it after the second book for some reason. The third had to come out as an E-novella, rather than a full book, which I sadly can't access. It's good that the author managed to resolve things, but many people have said it was too short. It was a really hard situation to have happened to what otherwise was shaping up to be, and would have been, a great trilogy.
25. How long does it take you to read a book?
This is completely dependant on how busy I am. But on average, a couple of days to a week. Really long books can take between a week and two, and I have been known to devour a fantastic book in a matter of hours. But these latter books are rare for me.
26. Do you like it when books become movies?
Of course, provided they're adapted well. A lot of people sadly don't seem to have time to read books and usually rely on a film version for the story. Though I always think the books are usually still better than the film.
27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
I'm nominating 'The Golden Compass'- the book-to-film adaptation of 'Northern Lights'.
28. Which movie has done a book justice?
I thought 'Divergent' was done well and I was impressed that it mostly stuck to the book.
29. Do you read newspapers?
Usually. Though I try not to look at the horrible stuff if I can help it.
30. Do you read magazines?
Not really, unless I want a new hairstyle.
31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
Neither really. I just have easier access to newspapers.
32. Do you read while in bed?
Yes. I sometimes read when I wake up, but I'm usually still too sleepy to properly concentrate. But my bed makes a comfortable spot later on for reading. :)
33. Do you read while on the toilet?
34. Do you read while in the car?
I can, but only do if it's on journeys longer than ten minutes.
35. Do you read while in the bath?
No. What if I ruin a book by dropping it in the water?!?!
36. Are you a fast reader?
Yeah, usually, though it can depend on the book..
37. Are you a slow reader?
That would depend on the book and how much- or not- I'm enjoying it. I also tend to go slower on bigger books sometimes.
38. Where is your favourite place to read?
Curled up on my bed. :)
39. Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read?
As my bedroom is in a quiet part of the house, it mostly depends on how tired I am and if I have things on my mind. Otherwise, no I don't think so.
40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
I can have some background noise, but I like to be able to properly concentrate on the world I'm reading about. Having something like the TV on in the background can at times be a bit jarring, so usually I like the peace and quiet.
41. Who gave you your love for reading?
My mum and ad read to me when I was young, so I'm going to thank them for it.
42. What is next on your to read list?
I've just started 'The Vanishing Throne' today. After that, it's 'Legend' by Marie Lu and 'Ash and Quill' by Rachel Caine.
43. When did you start to read chapter books?
I think it was both 'Malory Towers' and 'The Famous Five' series by Enid Blyton...maybe?? I remember my mum and me reading the latter together, while I read the Malory books by myself. (I still have a shelf dedicated to her books.) So I'm going to say those.
There we are, those are my 43 answers. Thanks Katherine! :D
Feel free to add your own answers on your blogs. All the best.