Well, well, well. What is this? Have I been tagged again? Yes, I have. Thanks to Boquinha at Sushi and Pizza for including me in “The Book Blogger TMI Tag”!
How old are you?
Seventeen, and I thought this was a book meme?
What book are you reading?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m embarrassed to say this is not because it’s a classic – I’m reading it because it’s short (so if I don’t like it at least I didn’t waste hours on it) and it has a pretty cover (seriously, it is gorgeous).
I’m also reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, whose last name makes me giggle inexplicably. It’s very long, though, so I took a break to read the book above.
What are you wearing?
Hello. Book meme. Why is this question here?
But I’ll cooperate: I’m wearing pink socks, purple sweatpants, a blue T-shirt, and a pink and purple hoodie. Hey, it was clean. I don’t mind if I look like crayons threw up on me.
(For the old people in the audience: this is short for One True Pairing, or your favorite couple from a story.)
I think I’m supposed to pick a book couple, so that would be Peeta/Katniss.
(Katniss/Peeta isn’t my all-time favorite, though – I love a lot of couples from Doctor Who far more. Nine/Rose, Nine/Jack, Rose/Jack, Ten/Martha, Mickey/Martha, Ten/Donna just as friends, Ten/River, Eleven/River, Jenny/Vastra, and I’ll stop there because basically all the couples in that show are nice.)
(I’m sorry, that wasn’t relevant to the question. This has been another installment of Pointless Thoughts By Engie.)
Blogger or WordPress?
WordPress, definitely. I don’t think Blogger’s themes look very nice and it’s often difficult to comment on blogs hosted by that site.
Going outside being active or staying in and reading a book?
I need the fresh air more, but I want to read. At least I have an excuse right now – it’s freezing and very windy. It has been for days. Ugh, I hate winter. The only good part, besides Christmas, is snuggling under a blanket with a book. And possibly a cat.
What is the last book you read?
Ash by Malinda Lo – a lesbian retelling of Cinderella. I think it’s a new all-time favorite. I spent half the book being jealous of the author’s writing talent and the other half going OH MY GOD ASH AND KAISA ARE SO ADORABLE TOGETHER AAAAH I CAN’T DEAL WITH THIS LEVEL OF CUTENESS YOU TWO ARE PERFECT I JUST WANT TO HUG YOU SO HARD!
Expect a review in the near future. It may or may not have lots of keysmashing and caps lock because I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK OK.
What is the book you’re going to read next?
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, Huntress by Malinda Lo, Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah, Lament by Maggie Stiefvater, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan.
Oh wait, one book. Whoops.
Ebooks – yes or no?
I’ll read them if I have to (like if I’m desperate to read a book and won’t be at the library any time soon) but I prefer a paper book. I like holding books, I guess, and I miss that with ebooks.
Where do you prefer to read?
In my room, wrapped up in a blanket. But I’ll read anywhere, given the chance.
Who is the last person you tweeted?
I don’t have a Twitter, sorry. If I did I’d only procrastinate more than I do already.
Whose blog did you look at last?
Bottled Worder, a blog that I’m not sure how to describe. It’s about everything. Like mine, I guess.
Who is your favorite blogger?
It’s a tie between Miriam Joy Writes and The Little Engine That Couldn’t. I love the first for her writing style and the second for his sense of humor.
Who is your favorite booktuber?
I don’t really follow any YouTubers who talk about books, partially because YouTube causes my new computer to crash for whatever reason. (I know. It’s torture.) Miriam Joy sometimes posts bookish videos, if that counts. I only follow a couple of people there anyway.
What do you do when someone tells you reading is boring?
This wouldn’t happen because I would be too busy reading to even hear them.
Who is the last author you spoke to?
I have never spoken to an author, unless you count emailing them. And then it would probably be Lev AC Rosen, because he is awesome that way.
Who is the last person you texted?
What part of “book meme” don’t you understand?
Anyway, I think it was my mother. I needed to be picked up from a meeting. I don’t often text my friends.
Who is your all-time favorite book character?
I hate you for making me pick only one. Remus Lupin, I suppose. Humble, clever, kind guy. I wish he were real.
UKYA or USYA?
Most of my favorite British books were written for either children or adults, so I think I like US YA better.
What is your preferred drink whilst reading?
I don’t usually drink while reading but when I do, it’s typically tea.
If you hated reading, what would you be doing instead?
Writing, I suppose. Cooking, maybe? Or watching movies and Doctor Who? Those are some of my other interests.
How many bookshelves / bookcases do you have?
I have six bookcases with a total of eleven shelves.
If you had the choice to meet all of your favorite book bloggers or all of your favorite authors, which would you pick? You can only pick one.
As many of my favorite authors are dead and none of my favorite bloggers are – unless they’re technologically-proficient zombies – I choose bloggers.
Insta-love: yes or no?
No! I can’t stand Insta-Romance (as I call it) and it’s my biggest YA pet peeve. What is the point in reading a love story when the characters get together within a couple of pages? There’s no tension, little development of that “spark” between them, and you already know who will end up with whom.
It’s a four-way tie between J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Maggie Stiefvater, and Suzanne Collins.
What is the number-one book on your wishlist?
Maggie Stiefvater’s as-yet-untitled sequel to The Dream Thieves!
Do you prefer books with female or male protagonists?
Female, of course, because then I develop major crushes on them and despair over Blue Sargent and Linh Cinder not being real.
It depends on the protagonist. I’d much rather read about girls kicking butt (in any number of ways – being good with swords, being persistent, whatever) than boys doing the same, but I prefer dorky male main characters to similar female protagonists.
Which is your favourite book-to-film adaption?
The Hunger Games! I’m in the movie fandom much more than I am in the book fandom, possibly because I watched the story before reading it.
What is the last song you listened to?
“The Return of the King” from, um, The Return of the King. It was composed by Howard Shore. My head has hurt all day so I wanted something quiet and peaceful…
Which do you enjoy reading more – negative reviews or positive reviews?
I like writing negative reviews more – it’s kind of fun to complain and nitpick – but reading positive reviews is awesome. It helps add to my to-read list!
Who are you going to tag?
A Mirror Made of Words, Alien Cows, Miriam Joy Writes, The Little Engine That Couldn’t, The Meeping Koala, The Quiet Voice, Miss Alexandrina, This Page Intentionally Left Blank, The Magic Fishy, Aspiring Words, and Notebook Sisters!
Feel free to participate, whether or not you were tagged!