Hello, hello! It’s been a minute since I did a proper book tag. Or has it? Anyway! I saw this post on Swetlana’s blog over on The Caffeinated Bookworm Life and I knew I absolutely had to do it! Because you know, I am a book blogger and I think book tags are fun.
Let’s just jump into it!
What are your 3 bookish pet peeves?
Books Vary in Size in a Series: Yep. You know, how you want to buy all the books in a series and then, you do and when these books actually arrive, you see that they aren’t the same size? Ever had that problem? I absolutely hate when that happens.
Love Triangles/ Unnecessary Romance Plot: I am sure people everywhere can relate to this one. Love triangles as a plot point is one of the worst things I have seen in books and yet, it happens time after time. Sometimes it is done well and I will be the first one to admire it but to use just for the sake of it is ridiculous. I don’t even want to start with the unnecessary romance in books, there are some books where romance needn’t have played a part at all, take out the romance and the book still remains just as good if not better. That’s not a thing that many will agree with, perhaps.
Elitism in bookish communities: People thinking that there are certain books which are better than others or people judging others for their reading tastes. It still happens and I still have no idea why. People still wonder why I read YA despite being thirty years old. Or read MG fantasy despite being an adult. It’s so useless and bizarre and it’s a sad fact that it exists.
Name a perfect reading spot.
Ooh, my favourite reading spot is either my sofa chair near the window in my living room or my bed. To be perfectly honest, I can read anywhere but if I am at home then these are the places you will definitely find me.
Give 3 reading confessions.
I buy used books a lot. I mean, if possible, I will buy new books but the thing is, used books are just something else, you know? I can buy them for cheap, there’s the fact that there’s sometimes annotations from the previous reader and I get to see what they thought, some of them are books I can’t find new copies of (unfortunately). So, yeah, you will see more used books than new copies in my shelf.
I used to skim through books. I mean, sometimes when you aren’t really as much into a book as you want to be, don’t you have that temptation to skip ahead? Right, well, younger me would definitely do that. I sometimes do that now. A result of being impatient perhaps. Most times, I skim ahead and then come back to properly read. But yeah.
I can’t listen to fiction audio books. I literally fall asleep when I listen to fiction novels on audio books whereas if I listen to a non-fiction book, trust me, I am awake and avidly listening to it all the time. It’s weird and I am still not sure why this is the case.
When was the last time you cried during a book.
Oh, boy. This is so easy. I can cry so easily while reading a book or watching a tv show that it’s ridiculous. I think it was Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier? There was a scene in which the main character, Sorcha, is just faced with one blow after another and well, by this time, I was totally invested in her and well, a few tears escaped and I am not even ashamed.
Number of books on your bedside table?
At the moment? Only one. I generally try to read one physical book and one ebook at a time so chances are, there’s always only one book on my bedside table. Not that there’s one, a bedside table that is. It’s just my big bed and near my pillow. That was TMI, I am so sorry.
Favourite reading snack?
Uhhh…I don’t really eat anything while reading, it’s not something I feel confident or comfortable doing. Also, there’s that thought in the back of my head that my mum will shout at me if I did that. Books are as good as gods and they should be treated as such, according to our culture. So. Yeah. (This is where I show my Indian-ness, finally.)
What are 3 books you’d recommend to anyone?
Ooh! What a tough question!
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman : Umm….this is such an underrated book and I just want to scream at the world to pick it up already. It has such good representation of mental illness, sexuality, friendship, and a lot of other things but overall, it’s just a must-read book, okay? Anyone who’s ever felt depressed or anxious or under stress to perform should definitely read this one.
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: I mean, you guys should have seen this coming. This is the book for me. ‘If you are at all into long, descriptive fantasy books and somehow still haven’t read this one, then what are you waiting for?’ This is what I say to every bookish soul I meet. I am not even sorry about it.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt: If you are into literary fiction and secret societies and classical mythology then this is the book for you. The Secret History is such an experience, trust me, from the writing to the characters to the plot. Everything is just addictive and dreamlike. This book, if it brings you in, will not let you go till you have finished it.
How much do books mean to you in 3 words?
Three words? That number is, at once, too little and too big. But! I will attempt this. Books are everything, books are magic, books are heaven.
Biggest reading secret?
Hmmm…I am not sure whether this is even a secret as such because if you look at my Goodreads read list then you will know it anyway. I haven’t read as much classics as many other readers and part of the reason behind it is the length and the language. Most classics have this rather dull (to me! not everyone else, obviously!) tone to it that I sometimes just simply lose any interest I had for it in the beginning. They are too long winded for my comfort and yes, this from me who loves LOTR. It’s weird and it’s there. So, that’s that.
And that’s it! That’s my Book Blogger Test done! This was longer than I thought, not that I regret it or anything. I do hope that my answers make sense or at least you enjoyed read them because otherwise, this was a bit of a fail.
I am not tagging anyone but if anyone wants to do it and haven’t been tagged yet, consider yourself tagged. Feel free to answer any of the questions in the comments because I am always up to get to know you better.