I wasn’t tagged in this one, but I came across it on Steph from Lost Purple Quill’s blog and couldn’t resist!
A. Author you’ve read the most books from
As an adult, I believe it’s Lois McMaster Bujold. I’ve been slowly picking away at her Vorkosigan Saga space opera series when I have a gap between books, and have also read the first in her fantasy series, The Curse of Chalion.
B. Best sequel ever
I have to go with Steph here and say Maggie Stiefvater’s The Dream Thieves. As much as I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Dream Thieves was so much better and focused on showing Ronan Lynch’s depth. It’s a wonderful book. OH actually, also Sarah Monette’s The Virtu. One of my favourite books of all time (although her Doctrine of Labyrinths series is heavy on the trigger warnings), and improves upon the first book in the series, Melusine.
C. Currently reading
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao. Its an East Asian-inspired fantasy re-imagining of The Evil Queen legend. So far I love the world building and I find Xifeng really interesting.
D. Drink of choice
If I could only drink one thing for the rest of my life it would be cold water. I am such a fan of plain, cold water. While reading though I love a cup of flavored black tea!
E. E-reader or physical book
I prefer physical books.
F. Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school.
I was too shy to date anyone in high school. I definitely had a crush on Elijah Wood’s Frodo though.
G. Glad you gave this book a chance
Room by Emma Donoghue. It’s not something I would have picked up if my book club hadn’t chosen it, because the subject matter just does not appeal to me, but I wound up really loving it. The narrative voice of a five-year-old was perfect, and just when the routine of mama and Jack’s days was getting dull, Donoghue changes it up.
H. Hidden gem
I’m honestly so baffled that Robert Jackson Bennett hasn’t received the sort of attention that some fantasy authors have. I didn’t love the third book in the series as much, but City of Stairs and City of Blades are brilliant. They feature intelligent, courageous WoC protagonists, exquisite world building, and engaging plots that deal with the lasting impact of colonialism. I highly recommend this series!
I. Important moment in your reading life
The moment when I finished the last course of my English degree in University. I read a few really excellent books during my degree, largely due to a wonderful professor who taught a Science Fiction and Fantasy course, but I also read a lot of really meh or just plain bad books, and picking them apart to analyze took away from my enjoyment of books. After I graduated, I rediscovered reading for pleasure and read voraciously. Also, when I worked at Chapters, the major bookstore chain in Canada, and met people who were similarly passionate about reading and recommended books to me.
J. Just finished
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani, about 17th century Persian carpet weavers. I really enjoyed the flowing prose, sensory world building, and the storytelling aspect to it.
K. Kind of book you won’t read
L. Longest book you’ve read
Yes, you guessed it, it’s still Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Despite the length, and Hugo’s occasional digressions, it’s very much worth reading and moved me deeply.
M. Major book hangover because of…
When I finish a series that I really love, it’s so hard to move on and say goodbye to the characters I’ve loved so much. Sometimes the desire to just re-read immediately is overwhelming. I had a really hard time finishing and moving on from Crooked Kingdom, A Conjuring of Light, The Raven King, and Checkmate.
N. Number of bookshelves you own
Just two in my apartment (each with six shelves), and I also have one in my bedroom at my parents’ house holding some of my additional books. I’m trying to avoid expanding to a third by only buying keeper copies of books I love and new copies of books I can’t wait to read, and by periodically weeding my collection.
O. One book you’ve read multiple times
I’ve read The Game of Kings three times? I think, and I’m beginning it for a fourth in 2018!
P. Preferred place to read
It depends on the season! I do a lot of pool-side (outdoor) or balcony reading when it’s warm enough in Toronto, but this time of year I love to read on the couch beside my Christmas tree!
Q. Quote that inspires you
I’m really not one for inspiring quotes, but I do like Rowling’s “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
R. Reading regrets
Why oh why did I read The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu this year? What a taste of time. 500 dense pages of so misogynistic it’s hard to believe people praise this book at all. The first book had redeemable qualities but this one just didn’t.
S. Series you’ve started and need to finish
I have a few historical fiction series like this, so I’ll say Sandra Gulland’s Josephine Bonaparte trilogy and Sharon Kay Penman’s Welsh Princes series.
T. Three of your time favorite books
U: Unapologetic fangirl
I tend to be all-in when it comes to fandoms, but especially Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology, Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, and Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles.
V. Very excited for this release more than others
There aren’t many upcoming releases that I’m excited about actually – but longer term I can’t wait for the Nikolai series promised by Leigh Bardugo, as well as the Dreamer Trilogy that Maggie Stiefvater is working on!
W. Worst bookish habit
Returning books late to the library! I’m really bad for that and end up having to pay down my fines periodically.
X. X marks the spot: Pick the 27th book from the top left shelf
None of my bookshelves are wide enough for this!
Y: Your Latest Purchase
It’s been awhile actually, possibly An Arrow’s Flight which I bought second-hand on Steph’s recommendation.
Z. Z snatcher–book that kept you up way too late
I read A Little Life in a matter of days despite it being 700 pages because I just COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN.
I wasn’t tagged so I won’t tag anyone in turn, but feel free to do this tag if you’re interested. It’s a lot of fun!