I am not super familiar with this whole tagging thing, but apparently it is similar to the game in that people “tag” you and you are “it” and nothing like it in every other way (which is awesome because I’ve made a life rule that I do not run).
Anyhoo, I have been tagged twice now (by Ashlea of Disquietus Reads and Gillian of Writer of Wrongs) and as far as I can tell that either means I am winning or I am the slow person the zombies/raptors/bears will zero in on while the rest of you make your escape. YOU’RE WELCOME.
Because I am frightfully lazy (this may contribute to the slow thing), I am combining both sets of questions into one post. They will be labeled 1A, 1G, 2A, 2G, etc (you can figure out who asked what, I believe in you).
So without further ado, here is a bunch of mostly book-related information about me. You asked for this. Remember that.
1A. What is one book or series that you would make everyone read if you could?
The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant.
These books are incredible. The characters and character dynamics are flawless, the world building is incredibly intricate and well-researched, the story is brilliant and the social commentary is on fucking point. I don’t know if people write these off because the whole zombie thing (fair enough, zombies aren’t for everyone and while they aren’t super gory, they can get pretty intense) they are honestly some of the best books I’ve ever reading and I would make them required reading in schools if I could.
1G. Which book do you own the most copies of or authors do you own the most books from?
I own more Terry Pratchett than any other author. That’s kind of cheating because the Discworld series is a billion books long and I don’t even own all of it but I probably own over 20? I don’t feel like getting up and counting, sorry.
As far as book I own the most copies of, though I only have one set in house, I am on something like my 12th edition of the aforementioned Newsflesh trilogy. I have the tendency it get people really excited about it, lend it to them and then buy another set so I can never be separated from it/tell the lendee to keep it to sort of guilt them into actually reading it.
2A. Who is your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?
Um. Favorite meaning one? I…I don’t do one. Let me see, off the top of my head: Mycroft from Every Breath, Levi from Fangirl, Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door, Froi from the Lumatere Chronicles, Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road, Shaun Mason from Newsflesh, honestly the list goes on forever.
2G. What book(s) do you think deserves more hype?
Newsflesh, anything by Melina Marchetta, everything by Rachel Aaron/Rachel Bach (same author), all my favs, books written by someone other than John Green/Veronica Roth/Kiera Cass/Cassandra Clare
3A. What are your favorite book covers?
The Jessica Hische cover version of Pride and Prejudice, the Penguin Dropcaps Classics (designed by Jessica Hische) (Jessica Hische is my favorite designer ever, btw). I’m a sucker for gorgeous typography-focused anything.
3G. *whistles innocently* Seen any good TV lately?
HAVE I MENTIONED THIS LITTLE SHOW CALLED THE 100 THAT I GOT ENTIRELY OBSESSED WITH?
4A. Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.
Hogwarts (duh), Diagonal Alley, Hogsmede (Harry Potter if you are somehow not catching the drift)
4G. Do you have any secret talents or quirks?
I think it would actually be easier to ask if I have any normal behavior patterns but okay, let’s go with the quirks. Let’s see. When I’m really focused on something I kind of mutter to myself and narrate what I’m doing out loud in this weird made up accent. I hold complicated, five person point of view arguments with myself in my head that I occasionally transcribe for the amusement of others. I am deeply soothed by folding candy wrappers and other assorted bits of garbage into tiny, intricate folded envelope ball things, the smaller and more tightly folded I can make them, the more points I award myself. There’s more stuff but I’m going to stop myself there.
5A. What books are you looking forward to most in 2015?
THE LAST RAVEN CYCLE. THE RAVEN CYCLE IS ENDING IN 2015 AND I AM FREAKING THE FUCK OUT. Invasion of the Tearling (greetings from the lonely camp I Loved Queen of the Tearling Haters To The Left, population 5), A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab, The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
5G. What was your favorite book of the last month?
Uuuuggghhhhhhh here’s that one favorite thing again. IT’S TOO HARD *cries*
6A. Name your favorite and least favorite books of 2014.
(See complaint above and repeat)
Least fav: 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James (obvs this did not come out in 2014 but I tried to read it a few months ago and it is worth noting as it is the first book to disgust me to the point I was actually nauseous and had to quit)
6G. How did you start reading YA?
Well I originally read it when I actually was a YA and I read everything I could get my hands on. I got back into when I randomly came across Divergent on sale in the iBooks store and I snagged it because it sounded fun. The next thing I knew I’d discovered goodreads and book bloggers and book twitter and the rest was history.
7A. Who is your most owned author?
7G. What food are you craving right this minute?
Cheese. There’s a block of cheddar in the fridge and it’s getting to be night cheese time.
8A. When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging a little over a year ago. I was kind of lurking on the fringes of the book blogging community and I wanted to participate but I also knew there was no way in hell I could deal with starting and maintaining my own blog. One day my favorite book blog mentioned they were looking for contributors. I sent them the most embarrassingly and possibly scarily enthusiastic email I’ve ever written in my life more or less begging for a shot. Long story short, Steph and Kat emailed back and now I am here, spewing words at you like you guys asked for it.
8G. What’s your Hogwarts House and why?
Hagrid’s Hut. No, seriously, hear me out. I am way too lazy for Gryffindor, way too mean for Hufflepuff, probably not mean enough for Slytherin and if I were put in Ravenclaw the first time that damn riddle door asked me a question on a bad day when I didn’t feel like answering, I would light that shit on fire and get thrown out and hopefully made Groundskeeper’s Apprentice anyway.
9A. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Freaking out about books with other people who are just as into them as I am. This community is the fucking best and I love you guys so much.
9G.If you could make any fictional animal your pet, who would it be?
Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon
10A. What hobbies do you have besides reading?
I like making things. This ranges from crafting to designing fun stuff to drawing (though not so much the last one lately), watching TV, finding weird and funny things on the internet, sitting on my ass. Every now and then I get a burst of active (aka my husband drags me out of the house) and go camping (super weird considering how much I deeply love sitting on my ass, but if you think about it camping is really just sitting on my ass outside).
10G. What’s your superpower? (Not which one do you want, but which one do you have?)
I can do all kinds of complicated braid things and speed read. Also, I am a ninja.
Due to the whole not running thing, I’m not going to tag anyone. Instead I’m going to sit here and watch The 100 (again) and invite you guys to totally join me (Weds at 9 on The CW, you should check it out and watch it live because people keep throwing around scary worlds like ‘might be cancelled’ and I am not emotionally equipped to handle that) because it is awesome and who needs exercise anyway?