I was tagged by Doris over at All D Books, so here are my answers to the Anything But Books Tag! No weekly wrap-up this week as I had to be a grown up and drive out of town twice for very adult related chores (car buying). I’m pretty pooped so a tag is what you get! And as always a video is up on the channel if you’d rather listen than read! Continue reading
Winx at Winx & Ink posted a few weeks back the SHReads Tag. It took me a while but I finally got around to doing my own video response! Take a minute, if you can and check it out!
I thought I’d do a tag! I saw this one over on Winx’s channel and really liked it. It’s been around for a while so I’ve seen it a lot of places, and it’s simple but I love talking about books I have on my shelves so I thought it was about time I got around to it. (I’m pretty sure I haven’t done this one, but even if I have it’s been awhile)
1) What book have you been unable to finish?
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – I swear, this should actually be finished by the time I post this but this book has taken me most of the summer to read. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, but that I got the audio book to listen to as I read because the PEL edition I have is huge. However it just wasn’t something I could enjoy on audio. This past month when I read Middlemarch I really enjoyed doing a cheapo/free kindle copy and just highlight and marking my physical copy so I’ve switched to that and it’s really helped.
2) What book have you yet to read because you haven’t had the time?
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison – I want to read this so terribly, terribly bad. It won a Hugo this year and I’ve had it on my shelf since it came out, that’s how excited I was for it. I pre-ordered it. I just haven’t had the time! Right now it’s the 20 some library books holding me back but as soon as I blaze through them I’m going straight to this beautiful thing. I have heard so many amazing things from online reviews and irl friends alike.
3) What book haven’t you read because it’s a sequel?
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning – I thought the first book was fun, but missing something for me. All the reviews and recommendations I get though say to keep going. I have the book, and since it’s an urban fantasy I’ll probably devour it in one sitting I just am not usually one for ‘read the first two books’ to get committed (the dark tower series is the exception) or to get to the good parts of a series. Maybe I’ll save this one for a long weekend when I take some stay-cation time.
4) What book haven’t you read because it’s brand new?
Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Richard Beatty – Okay, so this isn’t that new. But it’s one I haven’t picked up solely because it is new and still pricey. I definitely want to own a copy to go with my copy of Black Cloak and to get signed at YALL Fest. I’ve come very close to buying one from my local B&N but stopped because it was a signed copy and like I said, I want to get it signed at YALL Fest. So close, yet so far.
5) What book haven’t you read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?
I don’t really have an answer for this. I typically will try an author after disliking one of their books, I just can’t actively think of one I’ve not tried at this moment that I want to try. The only book I even had half a twinkle of interest in at one point was the new Ernest Cline book but then I remembered how much I didn’t like Ready Player One and laughed at myself.
6) What book haven’t you read because you just aren’t in the mood for it?
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens – I’m not sure if it’s a mood thing or a size thing. Either way I’ve been staring at the copy my mom let me borrow months ago for the past few weeks trying to churn up the energy. I’m just not there for it yet. Maybe after I read The Woman in White?
7) What book haven’t you read because it’s just so big?
The Stand by Stephen King – It’s no secret I love Stephen King. He’s like the best popcorn novels ever. The Stand is one that I want to read really badly, but I’m not ready for another
huge chunker. The Stand ties into the Dark Tower series which I’m actively working on, which gives me even more reason to want to read it. IT is also high up there with The Stand for a huge Stephen King I want to get to.
8) What book haven’t you read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
Anything by Sarah J. Maas – I have almost all of her books except the most recent in the Throne of Glass series. I remember really enjoying the first book in the series when it first came out. But my reading tastes have evolved a lot in those few short years and honestly I bought the rest of her books just because. The biggest ‘ify’ one of the batch is A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’m just not sure if I’m going to even make it through the book if the romance is as bad as I’ve heard. I have few triggers and one is abusive/toxic relationships. I really just need to take the plunge however.
1) Your favorite genre : I call it Speculative Fiction to be fancy, or simply SF/F
2) Favorite Books in the genre : UUNNNGGHH… I can’t answer these types of questions. It’s going to be a tie between Words of Radiance and Harry Potter. I know I’m terribly unoriginal.
3) Where did it all start : I picked up reading way before most of my classmates, I was let into the advanced section of the library in elementary school by the end of Kindergarten. I devoured a book, which I sadly don’t remember the name of, about a girl who could turn into a seal. I had up till then been reading Nancy Drew. The magic of that book had me jonesing for ages. The first series I remember really kick-starting my love was by Tamora Pierce (aka My Queen). It was the Immortals Quartet, which I quickly followed up with the The Song of the Lioness Quartet. I was a lost cause after that. Signed, sold, and delivered.
4) Hype – A book that deserves the hype and a book that deserves more hype than it has : (I’m going to ignore the obvious answer of Harry Potter from here on out) A book that deserved it’s hype is definitely The Martian by Andy Weir. Can. Not. Explain. My. Love. Just, go read it. Go. Now, forget this tag. Go…
Still here? Alright fine. A book that deserves more hype for me would be The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. This book may have a steep learning curve for most but oh my god, is it so worth it.
5) Biggest Pet Peeve in the Genre : Lack of awesome ladies and Diversity anyone? Adult SF/F is sadly lacking in a lot of awesome, strong ladies and diverse relationships and cast. The stereotype fantasy book is ‘Great Guy Saves Day With Token Friends and Token Ranger/Cleric Girl Who Is Secretly Princess’. A lot of times it’s not far off. We’re getting better (no thanks to some, looking at you Puppies) but it’s still a flaw that I hope to see continually improved on.
6) Name the Authors/Series that are your Must Buy/Auto Buy : Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, Brandon Sanderson, J. K. Rowling (though she does mostly Mystery now), John Scalzi, Chuck Wendig, and Illona Andrews.
7) What places would you love to travel to / People you’d love to meet : Tortall from Tamora Pierce’s books or Valdemar from Mercedes Lackey’s. Those are great and rich fantasy worlds where I think I could survive for longer than… you know, an hour. I’d love to meet Verity Price from Seanan McGuire’s Incryptid series. I just want to pick her brain. Tell me all the Incryptids, teach me your ways!
8) What do you want to see more of in this genre : Just to revisit 5, more diversity and in addition perhaps so more of the classic tropes turned on their heads. I don’t think i need to explain the first but the second… more how Jim C Hines has, in his Libriomancer series, the brains is the scrawny white dude and the muscle is the amazing, Indian woman. That is a good twisted up trope for me.
9) Recommend 3 of your favorite books in the genre : Oh good grief, this is as bad as #2. Hmmm… The Paradox Trilogy by Rachel Bach, The Wool Saga by Hugh Howey, and The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
A fun tag overall! I tried to keep my answers somewhat unique, it’s hard not to harp on lack of diversity though!
Would you rather read only trilogies or read only standalones?
Standalones. I like series, in fact most of what I read is a series of some sort but that is by no means on purpose. Typically series get more publicity, get more hype and so those are the ones I hear about. However I love standalones so much. I have commitment issues and love a well contained single story.
Would you rather read male or female authors?
This question is a terrible question. On one hand it can be sexist, should we read one sex over the other? On the other hand female authors statistically get the shaft when it deals with publishing, publicity, etc especially in my genre of choice (fantasy & sci-fi) so shouldn’t we support them? I want to read more female authors in the way the big ole feminist in me is like ‘HELL YEAH LADY POWER’ but I also am not ashamed to admit I love so many male authors and their books and they as awesome people (I.E. Chuck Wendig is boss guys). So I think I’m not going to answer this question.
Would you rather shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?
I worked at a B&N once, I worked in the cafe. True story, I sort of hated it and them and their attitude (also still do). They do over charge for their items and books (this, we were told at orientation, was to weed out the lesser customers and attract those people that could afford to pay the overcharged prices). So, I get it. Amazon is shady as shit sometimes but there are also other evils. My shopping order is 1) Local bookstore 2) Books-a-Million 3) Amazon.
Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?
Queue the heaviest of sighs. I don’t watch TV, if I do watch anything it’s movies with the hubby who is a movie buff in the way I am a book nerd. That being said, most of what I read would work better as shows because of genre and how long they are. Especially series, I still haven’t watched all the Harry Potter movies because they just didn’t work for me. Sooo… TV I guess? If I had to pick?
Would you only read 5 pages a day or 5 books a week?
Is this a real question? Really?
5 books a week, obviously.
Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?
Librarian. I’ve been a bookseller (at a different store than B&N) and I didn’t enjoy it. You’d be surprised how many people do NOT want recommendations or care to hear your thoughts. I’m actually looking into pursuing my Masters in Library Science so Librarian please!
Would you rather read only your favorite genre or every other genre but your favorite?
My favorite. It’s called my favorite for a reason! Come on!
Would you only rather read ebooks or physical books?
Physical books have a unique magic to them that ebooks are missing for me. I love ebooks and if I find a book I want to read cheap enough (I don’t pay over 6 dollars for ebooks) I’ll get it. However if I like it I will ultimately turn around and buy it for myself in physical form. There are too many ways I could loose my digital books, way to many ways.
Video games and books, what could go wrong!
1) NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) – A classic you want to read.
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I’ve never read the Holmes stories but I’ve always loved the different incarnations and reboots of them. My next classic purchase will be The Hound of Baskerville for sure!
Let’s be honest here. I have a ton of books. I have a whole room dedicated to the books. I probably need another room for books, it’s really messy in there. But I have managed to squeeze some goodies on the shelves to spruce them up!
5. Dolls. I have a small collection of Monster High Dolls. I love the creative takes on the monster girls. It’s a secret love, don’t tell anyone. My favorite by far is Skelita. I love her mold and though the paint job isn’t perfect I really dig her. My VTM character is a Nosferatu with scars and bruising that makes her appear skeletal so Skelita is like a glam version of Lindsey for me.
4. Action Figures. My husband tucks his action figures where he can get to them while we’re gaming and he’ll play with them. Because we’re adults that why. My favorite of his figures are the turtles. We also have the TMNT turtles in their Dungeons & Dragon costumes from the recent season and I keep those with my Ps4. They are the best.
3. Loose Dice. We are big tabletop gamers in this house. We play Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Vampire, Mage. If it’s a tabletop game we’ve played it. So we have literally hundreds of loose dice laying around. It’s pretty impossible to pick my favorite dice but our Pound of Dice has provided me no end of amusement.
2. More gaming supplies. This is stuff like tiny post-it notes for our books to note things, cups of pencils and pens, notebooks of notes from longer stories, sketchbooks for map-making, etc. There is something on almost every shelf. The shelf it’s intended for though is my favorite. I just really love those mugs, so damn handy
1. And the winner today… Stuffed animals. Especially those little ones you win out of claw machines or the little chibi ones. I have just managed to amass a collection without meaning too so they are everywhere, usually themed to their shelf. Gandalf on fantasy, Zombies on zombie shelf, R2D2 and Chewie on the Sci-fi shelf, etc. The clear winner of stuffed animals will be my R2D2 and Chewie. I mean… come on.
Top 5 Wednesday is made by GingerReadsLainey and you can check out the Goodreads group over here!
PS: Did you like how I got lazy and stopped drawing on them? Yuuuup….