I have previously received PR products from Penguin and Picador. Images used in this post contain the Penguin edition of Moby-Dick. Books published by Penguin or Picador are marked [PR relationship].
It’s my second and third time being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, how exciting! Today, I have Intisar and Danni to thank for the tag, from IntisarSpeaks and ForBooksSake respectively. Thank you so much!
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- What’s your favourite trope?
I don’t really like tropes at all! I don’t tend to read genres that rely heavily on tropes.
- What’s a book you wish you could read for the first time again?
[PR relationship] Moby-Dick! It’s such an intricate, strange, experimental book. To be honest, I think I’d get more out of reading it for the second time than I would if I were to somehow read it for the first time again, but it’s such an experience to read that I’d love to go through it blind again.
- Which hyped book/series do you love?
I don’t really read very may hyped books to be honest! One that I used to love when I read a lot of YA was [PR relationship] The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.
- Which hyped book/series do you hate?
Most of them I haven’t read, but I’m pretty sure I would hate the Sarah J. Maas books if I were to read them.
- Who are your auto-read authors?
[PR relationship] Jessie Burton, perhaps! I still usually research writers before I buy books though.
- Where is your favourite place to read?
In bed, or maybe on the sofa! Preferably with a cup of tea next to me.
- Can you read with music or noise in the background?
I can, but I more often read in silence because I do sometimes get distracted by the TV if it’s on.
- What do you enjoy the most and the least about blogging/book social media as a whole?
Most: connecting with other readers and making friendships based on our love of books!
Least favourite: the drama that can happen on social media.
- Preferred format: ebook or physical book or audiobook?
Physical for sure! I don’t get on with audiobooks that well, and I like the feeling of holding physical books too much for eBooks to take the crown.
- Do you like to re-read books?
I do, but I have so many unread books to read that I’ve been focusing on those as much as possible and limiting my rereads until my TBR is reduced.
- Favourite song of 2020?
Betty by Taylor Swift! (A surprise to nobody).
- Have you set a GoodReads Reading Goal for the year? If yes, how many books are you hoping to read?
I set a goal of 70 books, and I’ve pretty much met that target! I think I’ll stick to 70 again next year.
- What has been your favourite book of 2020 so far?
Probably Pride and Prejudice I guess! It’s definitely up there in the top few!
- What book on your TBR are you most looking forward to reading?
Tricky one!! I’m going to go with one that I’m going to read really soon and say [PR relationship] A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes.
- Do you have any pets? If yes, please post pictures! (I want to see your cute animals)
I don’t, sadly! I wish I did though.
- Who are your auto buy authors?
Already answered that one above!
- What are your favourite books from your childhood?
I used to love the Rainbow Fairy books when I was really young!
- Describe your dream reading space.
Cozy window seat with lots of cushions, some kind of magical tap that produces whatever drink I fancy at the time, and a supply of biscuits! Some plants nearby, maybe rain outside…
- What is your favourite bookish merch?
I don’t buy bookish merch really! I like bookmarks because they’re useful and I’m always misplacing them so it’s useful for me to have a load around. Posters and decorative things I don’t really like to be bookish themed though.
- What are your biggest bookish pet peeves?
People who lump classics together as ‘boring books by old white men’. While a lot of the Western canon is written by old white men, there are classics by people who aren’t old white men, and I think it’s really interesting to read classics to see where a lot of contemporary inspiration stems from. Plus, classics really isn’t a genre, and there’s a lot of genre diversity within “classics” that I’m sure there is a classic for everyone! Some of my favourites (a mix of classics and modern classics) are Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, [PR relationship for following 3 books] Ulysses, Things Fall Apart, To The Lighthouse and The Color Purple.
- How do you feel about DNF’ing a book?
I don’t do it often because I do tend to read about books before I buy them, and I’m fairly good at guessing what I’ll think before I read a book, but on the rare occasion I don’t enjoy it, I am open to DNF’ing.
- You can only read one genre for the rest of your life, what are you choosing, and why?
Tricky question! My most-read genres are either contemporary lit-fic or historical fiction. I think I’d pick contemporary if I had to pick one, because I could still learn about historical time periods by reading contemporary books from that time period, e.g. Jane Austen.
- What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts so far?
- What’s a genre you’d like to read more of?
- Have you started thinking about your 2021 reading goals yet or is it way too soon?
- What’s a book that brings you comfort to read/think about?
- What’s your ideal reading conditions? Location, drinks, snacks etc
- What’s a book series you need to start?
- What’s the most recent book you rated 5 stars?
- Any upcoming releases you’re excited for?
- What’s your favourite thing about autumn?
- Do you pay attention to any book awards? Which ones?
- If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy/do with your winnings?
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