1. How do you find out about new books to read?
The last two books I’ve read were ‘Maze Runner by James Dashner' and 'Matched by Ally Condle’. Both of these books were recommended by Youtuber Elle Fowler. I’m not sure if I’ll be purchasing any of the sequels yet.
2. How did you get into reading?
I had always loved to read. For as long as I can remember I’ve been reading. I got serious about reading when I read the Harry Potter series and it’s only within the last year or so, almost 14 years after reading Harry Potter, that I’m branching out and sampling different genres.
3. How has your taste in books changed as you’ve gotten older?
It’s changed but not dramatically. When I was younger I read a lot of fantasy and I still do, though my fantasy taste is very limited. I read a lot of teen books and I love to read true stories. Aside from true stories everything I read is somewhat childlike and teenageer-ish.
4. How often do you buy books?
Whenever I get recommended a good book or if an author releases something I’m interested in. Usually about once or twice every two months.
5. How did you get into BookTubing? (bookblogging, in this case.)
I don’t actually BookBlog at all. It’s a first for me.
6. How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?
I stare at it menacingly and and if it’s got a sequel I’ll google the plot to it. I need to know *_*
7. How often have you taken a sneaky look at the back page of a book to see if it’s a happy ending?
Sometimes. If I’ve fallen in love with a character I’ll sometimes go look at their future. Severus Snape is the best example of this. I wanted to know if he was still around in Order of the Phoenix, so I might have skipped a bit into the book to check if there was dialogue from him. There was.
8. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yes. I am a very poor passenger whether it be on the bus or in the car. Reading is not my friend in vehicles.
9. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Jacqueline Wilson. Her writing is so simplistic but has this pretty tone to it. It’s so easy to read and so easy to be captivated by.
10. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter. I didn’t even have to consider it. While I love both series, Harry is where it all began for me. Why?
1. All of the characters are 4D - there’s more to all of them than what we ever believed.
2. It’s got an amazing alternative universe that became my home.
3. It’s got Remus Lupin, the sweetest, yet most cowardly werewolf I know.
11. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
I do. I also carry stickers, talc powder, hairbrush, clips, purse and some other little bits in it.
12. Do you smell your books?
NEVER. I’ve got a hypersensitivity issue which makes certain smells - books being one of them - very difficult for me to bare.
13. Books with or without little illustrations?
I can read books with both but love books with a little.
14. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Maze Runner and Matched. At times it seemed like the author was trying too hard or not enough. There was no even ground for me while reading them.
15. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?
Well, I don’t admit this to many, but my first Harry Potter book was stolen from my school library. I felt so guilty for so long about it that I had to purchase a brand new copy to put back into the school library. I never did put it back and now own two copies of GOF.
16. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Nearest to me is 'The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney'.
17. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Nearest to me is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey by EL. James’.
18. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I do. I don’t. I can’t commit enough to anything I write to even consider being published. I would like to write a children’s book … maybe.
20. What is your favorite classic book?
'Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte'. I fell in love with that book when it became part of my 5th year reading group. I’ve read it 3 times since.
21. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
It was. I did higher level and did very well in my finals.
22. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I’d see it as a sign to try the book again. It’s happened.
23. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
'The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney' and ‘Cirque the Freak by Darren Shan’.
24. What is your favorite word?
'Fait Acompli'. It's two words I know but let me off. It just sounds so good on the lips. My mouth also loves to name 'Katerina' and 'Niklaus Mikaelson'. Let me know if you know where the final two are from!
25. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Can you provide a definition for these?
26. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires because Damon and Klaus.
27. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters because I know no angels.
28. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves because Remus Lupin
29. Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires again, because Damon and Klaus.
30. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Forbiddon love. Love triangles break my heart!
31. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Action packed with a few love scenes thrown in - The Hunger Games.
Now, I tag all of you books lovers to complete this survey. May the odds be ever in your favour.
Love is awesome but it’s a very scary process! A lot of the reasons I mistrust too easily are because of love. Not just romantic love either, love in all forms.
(and why it’s not everything it’s hyped up to be)
'Just be yourself.'
You’ve heard that before, haven’t you? You might have heard it from a friend/parent/teacher whose failing to encourage you after you’ve been dragged backward through society and made a mockery. Or if you’re anything like me, you’ll have read it on the internet as you try to google why you don’t fit in. There’s no amount of being myself that’s going to bring me around from being called 'the goth one' and being told 'I'd love to dump a bottle of coke over your head' . Let’s face it; my social order was dictated the minute I wore that black studded ring to school when I was 8-years-old. After that it just went fucking down hill.
That black studded ring was a pivotal moment in my self development now that I look back and think about it. I can’t remember where I got it from and I didn’t even know what it was; I just knew I liked it! I was 8, for Gods sake, I knew nothing of social order and stereotypes. How was I supposed to know that ring would be the deciding factor of who I would eat lunch with for the next 8 years.
'Look at the state of the ring. Goth. Goth. Goth. Do you not care I'm calling you names?'
'No. It doesn't matter as long as I know the truth.'
I was a fucking awesome kid, right? How many 8 year old kids do you know that can spit out that comment? (I hope you know a lot of them, tbh). I can remember exactly the dumbstruck look on my bullies face. They even slowed their pace down, considering my words and before they could threaten to kill me, I had skipped merrily out the school yard.
I revisit that memory very often, I think it’s one of the prouder moments in the history of my insanity. I was a lot tougher at the age of 8 than I was at 18, but that’s another story. What astounds me most about this memory is that everyone else seemed to know what the fuck a goth was. Was I really that naïve? Was I already so out of whack with society that I was behind the times? I’m 23-years-old now and I’m still not sure what a goth is! I’m a 90’s kid and that was awkward enough in itself. Look at that fashion sense!
I was about 4 there and already destined to stick out like Hagrid on the underground.
So in all I think that leather studded ring wasn’t the very beginning of my ending, my parents had already contributed to my social issues long before that, but that one ring was definitely the first conscious, albeit innocent, contribution to how being yourself isn’t all it’s worked up to be. It’s one of the more positive ones, actually. I stood up for myself that time. Everything after that? Well, you’ll see.
There’s a method to my madness. Ktnxbai.
I’d fuck Billie, then I’d dump Mike (my understanding of ‘dump’ is that we would have previously dated and I got fed up and ‘dumped’ him, thus meaning I’d have already fucked him and we just didn’t get to the married stage); and after that tragic ordeal, I’d meet and marry Tre. Making my way through Green Day like the town bicycle. HUP!