Yesterday, I was looking for ideas for my blog and by total coincidence I saw Bookdragonism did this tag on her blog and I was like: Yes, this is perfect! I would definitely recommend reading her survey when you are done with mine! (Click here to see her post.)
This tag is called The Bookish A-Z Survey. It contains 26 questions, all starting with one letter of the alphabet. I wanted to do a Q&A, but I think this is better for people to get to know me a bit better before then can start asking me other questions. I do want to say that everyone is free to leave a question in the comments for the actual Q&A sometime later!
(I will put the links of the reviews of all the mentioned books at the end of this post, sorted by author, in case you are interested.)
Author you’ve read the most books of
By far this is Sarah J. Maas. I have read all her currently published books, minus Tower of Dawn, so 10 books. She is also the author I own the most books of.
Best sequel ever
There are two sequels I love to death and I can’t choose like a real booknerd. I am talking about Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Both are amazing writers and I always fall in love all over again when reading another piece of their work.
I started reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo yesterday and I am already at a third of the book. It has been a while since I read the Six of Crows, but going back in the Grishaverse felt like coming home again.
Drink of choice while reading
I am still figuring out how to properly drink, hold your book in one hand without breaking the spine and still read over the top of your cup or glass or without spilling. Now, I just put my book down for a moment to take some sips of tea and still then I am terrified I’d drip on the book. Is there a lifehack for this? If there is, tell me.
E-reader or physical book
Physical books > e-reader all the time. I do have to admit that an e-reader can be nice too. I can actually hold it in one hand and have my tea or a snack in the other. Another pro is that a ton of books on my TBR are cheaper as e-book than as print and it is way easier to take an e-reader with you on a holiday instead of a bunch of books of a couple hundred pages.
Favourite character you would have actually dated in High School
Feyre. She is so strong and knows what she wants, but still is sweet and caring. She has been my bookcrush for a while. I know everyone always fusses about Rhysand, but I wanted to share this.
Glad you gave this book a chance
A Court of Thorns and Roses. My friend read this for English class and told me I would really like it. I wrote down the title, but my messy self lost the note. Months later I was reminded to that moment as I saw the cover on Facebook. That made me buy the trilogy and read it. A world opened for me, damn I love this trilogy SO much! Reading those also introduced me to similar writers like Leigh Bardugo, so giving this book a chance led to more than just one good read.
Hidden gem book
Both this book and the author are hidden gems and deserve just as much or maybe even more love and attention than the more famous authors these days. I am talking about Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. The book has only 3000 reads and 1000 ratings on Goodreads and I firmly believe the bigger part of those numbers are Fairyloot readers and followers of them. Amanda’s work is so good and she only has three books out and is only
Important moment in your reading life
English is a language I have found comfort in for some years now. I picked it up very easily and I am pretty sure I was one of the favourite students of my teacher, she was so sweet and we always had chats after classes. At some point we started to read books in English for presentations and reading books in English felt so good, I felt really comfortable and natural. I decided to stop reading books in Dutch, as they are mostly translated anyway, and start reading English only (except for school assignments ofcourse). It was the best choice I have made as now I can enjoy original writing instead of translations. It also improved my writing and talking in English a lot. I am really happy I took this step as reading got a lot more fun because of this.
I finished A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin yesterday. Such a beautiful story. I will post my review of it later this week!
Kinds of books you won’t read
I really dislike non-fiction and most contemporary books. When I read, I want to escape the real world and dive into another, not read about some soccer player his life or read about a High School girl getting a crush. The reason I said most contemporary is that I have read some I liked, most of them John Green. The contemporary books I like aren’t those sweet love stories, but rather those addressing issues in the world, like diseases, discrimination, violence or being mistreated. Some titles I have on my TBR are Love, Simon and Everything Everything,
Longest book you’ve read
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas with a total of 693 pages and it took me a month to read it. In my defense, I was still recovering from a reading slump, but ~700 pages is a lot in any situation.
Major book hangover
I remember this so well. We were on holiday in Germany last year summer and I had the whole A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy with me. When we were on our way home, I was finishing A Court of Wings and Ruin in the car while there was a major traffic jam and we stood still for hours in total. When I was nearing the end of the book, I was crying. I cried in the car in front of my family, something I never do. I finished the book and I felt so sad and hollow, not believing that was the end of the series.
Number of bookcases you own
None. I just have some shelves. Two big ones on one wall, one above my desk and a smaller one underneath my TV. Only one is filled to the brim with books, the rest just displays a few and is filled with Funko Pop!s.
One book you have read multiple times
When I was younger I loved the Dutch/Flemish series The House Anubis. There were novels made of the series and I am sure I read most of them twice over the years as they were one of the few books I actually owned (I went to the library a lot when I was younger).
Preferred place to read
I have two: On the couch and in my bed. At both places I have ways to arrange the pillows for ultimate comfort. When I have read there for a while and I look up from my book, it feels like waking up from a nap.
Quote that inspires you/Gives you all the feels
There are so many quotes that have moves me and when I look through the pages long lists of quotes of book I loved, all are special. But there is one from A Court of Mist and Fury that clung to me and never left my thoughts:
“To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.”
This quote can seem a bit abstract, but I read it between the lines. For me it represents that, even on lonely moments, there is someone or something that will listen to your thoughts and that you have to keep dreaming. This quote is so powerful for me, I got it printed on my bankpass so I have it close to me at all times.
Somehow, I select the books I want to read so well, I never really regret reading it. Look at my reviews, I give 4.43 stars average.
Series you started and need to finish (all books are out)
A Darker Shade of Magic. I have the two remaining books on my shelf now, so I can read them really soon! I have grown really attached to Kell and Lila over the course of 400 pages, it is absurd.
Three of your all-time favourite books
1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
2. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
3. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I am realising I am falling back on the same bunch of authors almost this entire post. Oh well, there aren’t my favourite authors for nothing!
Unapologetic fangirl for
Gore. Murder. Blood. Fighting. Anything dark really. Even when I watch TV, I can watch vampires ripping out eachothers hearts while sipping my tea as if I am watching a romcom (Which I never do, I don’t like those).
Very excited for this release more than all the others
There are some actually. I really have trouble waiting and if I could, I would go forward in time to each release and just read them all.
- Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (October 23rd 2018)
- King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (February 5th 2019)
- King of Fools by Amanda Foody (April 30th 2019)
Worst bookish habit
That I am always so busy with blogging, instagramming, rearranging my shelf, really everything book related that I forget to actually read. Ugh!
X marks the spot: At the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book
I don’t have 27 books on my top left shelf as I display other things like Funko Pop!s there aswell. I will just go with the shelf below that.
The 27th book is… Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh! Coincidentally the only ARC I own! Haven’t read it yet, got it from a giveaway couple of weeks ago, well after the release date sadly.
Your latest book purchase
My latest book purchase arrived today! I bought the second and third book in the Shades of Magic trilogy when I wasn’t even done with part one, oops!
Zzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up way too late)
Only a few books have done this, but the last one was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I think it was 2am, I was already tired to my core and I had to get up early in the morning. No regrets though.
I hope you enjoyed this tag as much as I enjoyed writing it. It was really fun to do and I hope to be able to do find more tags like this in the future (or you can tag me in some!) I hereby tag everyone who is reading this to do this same tag! Also, if you want to know more of me, you can leave questions in the comments for an upcoming Q&A post!
The highlighted picture I used is a picture I made on the holiday I mentioned at the letter M. It is the first chapter of A Court of Mist and Fury and I just loved the aestethic on the top of that hill with that book. I was sadly not able to sit there and read as we were going to the zoo on that same hill top.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab