The Television Tag

I actually don’t watch very much TV anymore. I used to have one show to watch just about every day of the week, including big reality shows like Survivor or American Idol. Now, I find it hard to keep up-to-date with so many shows, especially with Netflix putting out so many series, but I have a few that I record each week and catch up on each weekend. In the past year or two, I’ve also discovered the fun of binge-watching shows on Netflix. I saw this tag on CeCe’s channel ProblemsofaBookNerd, and thought it would be a nice change from talking about books.

1. Favourite shows?

My all-time favourites are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Addams Family and Boy Meets World, but I also like The Big Bang Theory, Dawson’s Creek, The Simpsons (although admittedly, the new seasons aren’t as good) and a few anime like Death Note, Black Butler and especially Clannad. I also loved House and Bones, which didn’t come to mind immediately since they are both over now.

2. Favourite genre?

I tend to watch fantasy, comedy, or drama.

3. Least favourite show?

South Park. I could never get into it, and I just don’t find it funny at all.

4. Most rewatched show/favourite show to binge watch?

Boy Meets World, Buffy, and Friends. I wouldn’t necessarily consider Friends one of my top favourite shows, but it’s a lot of fun to binge-watch. I’ve also been rewatching Degrassi The Next Generation.

5. Do you prefer watching things week-by-week or binge-watching?

At this point, binge-watching. My time during the week is limited, and I often find I’m so tired by the evening that I end up falling asleep when I sit down on the couch to watch TV. Instead, I either binge-watch online or PVR the shows and watch them over the weekend. I try to keep up with them week-by-week if they are recorded to save space, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

6. Favourite television characters?

  • The Addams Family (most of the characters, but especially Morticia and Wednesday, although Wednesday in the New Addams Family and movies more than the original TV series)
  • Willow, Tara, Oz and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love most of the characters, but those 4 are my favourites
  • Shawn Hunter, Topanga Lawrence, and Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World
  • Pacey Whitter, Joey Potter and Jen Lindley from Dawson’s Creek
  • Homer Simpson
  • Phoebe Buffay from Friends
  • Dr. House
  • Dr. Brennan and Agent Booth from Bones
  • Sheldon Cooper

7. Favourite television ships?

  • Willow and Tara, but I also really liked Willow and Oz on Buffy
  • Buffy and Spike. I know there are a lot of problems with their relationship, but I really liked them together
  • Cory and Topanga on Boy Meets World
  • Pacey and Joey on Dawson’s Creek
  • Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler
  • Gomez and Morticia Addams

8. Show you could never get into?

Family Guy and South Park

9. Show you fell out of love with?

Reality shows, mainly. I used to love Survivor but I got bored with it. I especially got frustrated with American Idol because the shows dragged out so long and I just didn’t have the time to commit to watching it. I also started to not really like many of the people they picked, especially when the top 2 contestants in season 11 were both country singers and I didn’t like either of them. That was the last season I watched.

10. Cancelled too soon?

Tru Calling! I still can’t believe they stopped making this show just a few episodes into season 2, and just when they started leading up to what seemed to be a bigger story arc. The show had such a great concept, and I wish they had at least finished the season before giving it up.

11. Guilty pleasure show?

Re-watching old favourites, including Disney channel shows like Lizze McGuire, Even Stevens, and That’s So Raven. I’m not sure if I’d consider Degrassi a guilty pleasure, but it definitely could be.

12. What are you currently watching?

  • Hell’s Kitchen (the one reality show I haven’t gotten bored of yet)
  • The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon
  • The Simpsons
  • Buffy and Angel (I’ve never seen most of Angel, so I’m watching the episodes of both together in the “correct” viewing order)
  • Will and Grace (I never saw the complete original series, but the revival is a lot of fun)
  • Degrassi

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The End Of Year Book Tag

It’s hard to believe we’re already so close to the end of the year! It definitely means I have my work cut out for me trying to finish off my challenges in time, but things are going pretty well so far. I’ve spent quite a while today starting to really focus on putting together my list of options for next year’s challenges as well. Nothing I’m picking right now is set in stone, but since I use the library to get the vast majority of my books, it’s good to have them at least partially planned in advance. I saw this tag earlier today on Regan’s channel ThePeruseProject (video here), which inspired me to try the tag for myself. I’ve only just learned that the tag was originated by Ariel Bissett (here), and it seems like a good way to start wrapping up the year.

1) Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

7600924Not really, since I only read one book at a time. I guess technically, I’m still in the middle of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, but it’s not like it was a book I picked up and then abandoned. I’m actually expecting to be finished with it by the end of the day today. And I have to say, given the subject matter, I wasn’t really expecting to like it very much but it is quite well-done. The book is about a pair of siblings who have never really seen each other as just brother and sister, since they have taken over parenting their younger siblings to step in for their alcoholic mother. As teenagers, they fall in love with each other, a storyline I expected to hate. I decided to pick this book up in the first place because I’d seen so many reviews going on about how good it is despite the incest angle, so I was curious how that was possible.

2) Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

28449150I don’t have one specific book that I read ever autumn or anything like that, but over the past few years, I tend to read more creepy, Halloweenish books around the start of October. This year, the main book that I really felt like was my transition to the Halloween season was And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich, which I read toward the end of the first week of October. Last year, it was The Night Circus at the beginning of October, and The Thirteenth Tale just before Halloween. I wouldn’t necessarily consider any of these autumnal, but they definitely get me in the Halloween spirit…which is ironic, since I don’t actually do anything for Halloween anymore.

3) Is there a new release you are still waiting for?

33413929Is it bad that I’ve already started adding a bunch of upcoming 2018 releases to my TBR list? Of the books that are due out this year, the one I am most looking forward to is The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle. This book is due out right at the end of the year, on December 26. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s the most anticipated book I had for the year, but I’m definitely interested in reading it. It is about a girl named Lily who has ADHD, and a boy named Abelard who has Asperger’s Syndrome. They start chatting online after Abelard posts a quote from an ancient love letter, and soon fall for each other. It sounds like such a cute love story! Actually, now that I’ve looked at the synopsis again, it’s made me anticipate it even more all over again.

4) What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

281108628490112The book I want to read most by the end of the year is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I’ve had a very good run this year of trying series that I thought were overhyped, and ended up loving all of them! Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the last remaining new series that I intended to try, and I’m hoping to get to it pretty soon. Another book that I’m really looking forward to is Wrecked by Maria Padian, which ironically enough, was one of the first books I’d decided I wanted to read this year, and somehow ended up being one of the last I will actually read. I don’t really have a third one that I want to read on the same level as those two, but if I had to pick one (no picture, unfortunately, since I couldn’t figure out how to make the layout work), I would say Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, because I absolutely adored the Agatha Christie book I read last year!

5) Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

28220826Possibly When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. I like magical realism, but it is not a genre I read very often because I sometimes find the books confusing. Unless the magical elements are handled very well, I have trouble getting immersed in the story. It’s another book that I decided very early on that I wanted to try, but somehow ended up putting off until the very end. Also, the cover art on this one is just stunning! I’m expecting to like it, but I will be pleasantly surprised if it ends up becoming one of my favourites.

6) Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Yes! I’ve committed to doing both the Around the Year challenge and the PopSugar challenge, and over this weekend I’ve started the very early stages of compiling my lists of which books I want to read. Up until now, I’ve had a bunch of books in mind that I wanted to read in, but I’ve just started the process of actually writing everything down. It really helps to see which categories I still need to fulfill, and part of the fun is always playing around with the list to see how to fit in even more books! I’d love to try the BookRiot challenge as well when it comes out, if the prompts aren’t too obnoxiously specific. It looks like that won’t be out for another month or so.

Anyone else started planning for next year yet? I’m very open to recommendations. As for the tag, I tag anyone who has not done this one  yet and would like to!

The Currently Reading Book Tag

When I first saw this tag done by Destiny @Howling Libraries,  I was a little confused. How many questions could possibly be asked about the book you are currently reading? It turned out that this was a tag that had more to do with reading habits, which I find it strangely fun to talk about. For anyone who is curious about what I am actually currently reading, it is Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Audrey Niffenegger, just in time for Halloween!

1) How many books do you usually read at once?

I’ve only ever been able to read one book at a time, which probably explains why I couldn’t do much reading all the years I was in school. When I try to read more than one, I end up prioritizing one over the other anyway so it ends up being like reading just one. If anything, having more than one in progress at once irritates me since I track my reading on Goodreads, and it bugs me when it shows that a book takes too long (or whatever I think is too long) to finish. My TBR list is massive, but I don’t find reading multiple books at once actually helps me in any productive way.

2) If you’re reading more than one book at once, how do you decide when to switch books?

I guess I’ll answer this one hypothetically, since I don’t read more than for exactly this problem. In reality, I wouldn’t switch very effectively. I’d either get so absorbed in one book that I’d abandon the other, or so bored of one that I’d avoid it and keep picking up something else. If for whatever reason I had to read more than one at a time, I’d probably switch depending on my mood or depending what is due back to the library soonest.

3) Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book.

No? Why would anyone do that? The only time I change bookmarks is if I can’t find mine. I don’t collect bookmarks and don’t really care what my bookmark looks like. There are some very nice ones out there, but I don’t see the purpose in randomly switching in the middle of a book.

4) Where do you keep the book(s) you are currently reading?

On my desk, with a stack from the library of my upcoming reads on the floor next to my desk.

5) What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

In the evenings, mostly, since that’s the only time I have during the week. I work 8:30 to 4:30 every day, and in the kind of job where reading during the day is impossible. Even on my lunch break, it’s often too noisy in the staff room to focus on a book plus my coworkers like to socialize during breaks.  On weekends, unless I’m out for the day, I read most of the day.

6) How long do you typically read in one sitting?

Generally a couple of hours at a time.

7) Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

I used to only read with the dust jacket on, but I found it was likely to get ripped or dirty that way. Now I leave it off, and safely out of the way.

8) What position do you mainly use to read?

Usually sitting at my desk, but sometimes sitting with the pillows propped up behind me on the bed. I can’t read comfortably lying down.

9) Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

When I was in university and college, I always had a book with me to the point where even my TA’s were asking if I was an English major. Now there’s no point since I wouldn’t be able to read in the places I’m going (generally work), and I can’t read on public transit or in cars at all.

10) How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you are currently reading?

Usually I only update once at the end of the day, unless I have a status I want to add about a specific quote, event, character, etc.

For once, I remembered to tag! I will tag:

Harini @ BooksandReaders
Kourtni @ KourtniReads
FNM @ FNMBookReviews
Anushka @ GoingThroughBooks
Beth @ ReadingEveryNight

 

This Or That Book Tag

I could have sworn I already did this tag, but apparently I hadn’t! I realized it had been almost a month since I had done a tag, so I thought it was a good time to try a new one. There are so many fall and Halloween-themed tags around, and I’m sure I will be getting to some of those a little closer to the end of the month, but I thought this one would be a good break from all the creepy settings and fall-themed topics lately. I love these kinds of “pick one” tags since they really make me stop and think about my reading habits in a way I usually haven’t before.

This tag was created by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks, and I saw it recently by Icebreaker’s blog (post here) and it looked like a fun one. I wasn’t directly tag, but Icebreaker left it open to everyone who wants to so I’m considering myself tagged. Since I’m so horrible at remembering to tag anyone at the end, I will say the same upfront: I’m sure this tag has been a popular one for a while, so anyone who has not done so and would like to, consider yourself tagged!

1) Reading on the couch or reading on the bed?

I actually generally read on my chair at my desk since I’m often reading while listening to music or otherwise using my computer. If I had to pick between these two, I’m a lot more likely to read on my bed than on the couch because I usually read in my room. I actually find it pretty hard to get comfortable on the couch while reading.

2) Male main character or female main character?

I honestly don’t care, as long as the character is well-written. I don’t necessarily find one POV harder to relate to than the other just because of their gender, and I don’t actively seek out books with a certain kind of main character.

3) Sweet or salty snacks while reading?

I don’t eat anything while reading since I’m worried about staining my books. In general, I prefer sweet snacks but if I had to pick something to read while I had a book in my hand, I would probably pick popcorn since it’s not too messy if it’s not too buttery. Sweet snacks tend to be very messy and ever since I stained Prisoner of Azkaban with chocolate, I won’t eat anywhere near my books!

4) Trilogies or quartets?

I don’t think I’ve ever read any quartets, so I guess trilogies by default? I’ve read a few longer series and quite a few trilogies, but the only quartet I’ve read so far is The Lunar Chronicles. I enjoyed that one more than some trilogies, but given the choice, I would choose trilogies. I find longer series sometimes tend to drag things out and it’s hard to keep momentum going for many books.

5) First person POV or third person POV?

Again, I don’t necessarily have a preference or seek out one over the other. The only tense I tend to hate is when it’s a really awkward third person, present tense (if I have that right). For example “Lisa walks over to the phone and calls her friend, thinking about the fight they had earlier.” Almost every time I read a book in this tense, I find the style awkward. Otherwise, I like first person for giving insight into the character’s mindset, and I also really like third person because it lets you follow multiple characters.

6) Reading at night or in the morning?

I am really not a morning person, so definitely at night! There have been a couple of times recently where I wake up unnecessarily early on a weekend and instead of going back to sleep, I’ll grab a book and read for a bit before getting out of bed, but in general I like to read in the evening.

7) Libraries or bookstores?

Right now, definitely libraries! Books have become very expensive, and I’ve also become quite picky about which copy of the book I want (ie. hardcover vs. softcover) when I decide to spend the money on it. I happen to live close to quite a good public library, so I’m very lucky.

8) Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

I like both, but I find I’m a lot more likely to cry from a book than to laugh. Sometimes the intended humour just falls flat for me, but I do love funny/snarky characters. Books that make me cry are the ones that tend to stay with me though.

9) Black book covers or white book covers?

I’ve literally never thought about it, but I guess black covers. White covers seem like they’d be very easy to stain or smudge.

10) Character-driven or plot-driven books? 

Definitely character-driven. I don’t necessarily need to think the character is a likable person, but I need to be invested in who they are and what they are doing.

Books I Will Probably Never Read Tag

It’s been a while since I did a book tag, but I saw this one recently on Kourtni Reads (link here), and it seemed like a very interesting one! I’m always hesitant to say that I will never read a book because it’s impossible to predict, especially when I do so many reading challenges. Who knows? Maybe one will require me to read a book I thought I’d never try. The books I thought of for the questions today are books that I can safely say I have no interest in as of right now, but I guess there’s always a chance I could change my mind.

1) A really hyped book that you’re not interested in reading

10964As I’ve mentioned in past posts, over-hype really tends to kill my interest in books. I will actively go out of my way to avoid reading something until all the hype dies down. It wasn’t until fairly recently that I really started to get more interested in trying the books that everyone else seems to be reading, although I still tend to read them at a bit of  a delay after most of the hype has stopped.

I actually really struggled to find something for this, since many of the books I looked at are ones that I had at least a mild interest in. Any books that I had no interest whatsoever were already a bit older and not that hyped anymore. I think as of right now, I would have to go with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I was actually looking to pick something more recent, but this one’s gained back a lot of hype because of the TV series. Although I keep hearing about how amazing this book is, I can honestly say it has never really appealed to me.

2) A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing

28187Luckily this was a much easier choice: The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I think I’ve just outgrown this series by now. Although I love mythology, I never had much interest in this series when I was in the intended age range and it’s never really caught my attention since then either. I’ve always been a little confused about whether Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus and Magnus Chase series are connected to Percy Jackson, and if so it would be an overwhelming number of books to catch up on. Although I do enjoy a lot of YA and some middle grade, I sometimes feel like I’ve outgrown books geared toward a much younger audience and there is enough on my TBR already that I just don’t see myself getting to this one any time soon (or at all).

3) A classic you’re just not interested in?

62111My first instinct is to say Ulysses by James Joyce, just because that book seems incredibly intimidating and confusing, but it also seems like a bit of a cop-out to choose it since it does not seem to be a book that anyone really wants to read. There are several lengthy classics on my list (Moby Dick or War and Peace, just to name a few) that I’m theoretically interested in trying, but also can’t really see myself reading any time soon. But in terms of one I’m not interested in at all, I’d have to say Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. I tend not to enjoy stories that involve boats or sea travel, nor do I enjoy books that focus a lot on survival skills. This is one of the few classics I’ve never had any interest in at all.

4) A genre you never read

I never really read horror or New Adult books. I actually think New Adult has a lot of potential as a genre, but it seems to be stuck in this weird rut where all the books are romances and they all seem fairly similar to me. It would be great to have more options for people in their 20s to find characters their own age and going through some of the same experiences. I have nothing against romance as a genre, although it’s another one that I don’t read often on its own, but when all the books seem to be heavy on the romance side, it seems more like a subgenre of romance than a genre on its own.

And I almost forgot one other big one — non-fiction. It is extremely rare for me to voluntarily read non-fiction, and I often do not enjoy them every much. When I do read non-fiction, it tends to be something related to psychology or my field of work (working with individuals with special needs), and even then it’s hit or miss. I typically find non-fiction pretty dry and strongly prefer fiction.

5) A book on your shelves you’ll probably never read

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. I have this book on both my TBR and my actual bookshelves, and to be honest, I’ve been debating removing it. I’m hesitant to take it off (as irrational as that is, since I can always add it again) since I must have put it there for a reason, but I can’t for the life of me remember what that reason was. I saw at least part of the movie when I was younger, but I think I was too young at the time to understand it, and given that this book is non-fiction, I don’t think I’d enjoy it very much.

Since I always forget to tag people when I post tags, I will leave it up to you. I tag anyone who is interested and who has not done this one yet!

I’m A Guilty Reader Book Tag

It’s been quite a while since I did a book tag related to my reading habits. I stumbled across this one recently in one of my Goodreads groups, and I thought it was a great follow-up to the Reader Confessions tag that I participated in a couple of months ago. The I’m a Guilty Reader tag was created by Chami at ReadLikeWildfire, and her video can be found here.

1) Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

No. I struggle as it is to give up my books, even when I haven’t read them in years. Earlier this year, I went through my closet and finally got rid of some of the books that I’d gathered at library book sales, where you paid a certain fee per bag of books. I had tons that I’d been holding onto for years because they seemed vaguely interesting, but never actually bothered to read. Even giving those up were a struggle!

Surprisingly, I don’t receive too many books as gifts. Usually I just get gift cards to the bookstore and I choose my own, or I just buy the books I want myself. If I choose to buy the book, it’s practically guaranteed that I will not give it away because it is a book that I actually wanted to own.

2) Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

I’ve never outright lied about reading a book, but there was one textbook in university that I just couldn’t get through. I had two deaths in the family back-to-back at the time and needed to read quite a huge chunk of the book for an assignment. Using the index and skimming subheadings, I managed to complete my assignment (and got an A!) without properly reading the chapter. That was the first and only time I’ve ever skipped a required reading, but I just couldn’t manage it and everything else going on at the same time.

3) Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

I only ever borrow books from the library, and I always return them. I’m pretty careful not to take out more than I can manage, and I’m pretty on top of renewing things when needed.  I’m not even sure if I’ve ever returned a book late.

4) Have you ever read a series out of order?

Not unless you count the Narnia books, and I don’t really since there seem to be two “acceptable” orders for reading them (chronologically, or in publishing order). I’ve honestly never understood how people can read series out of order since in most of the series I read, the events follow from one book to the next. There’s no way I would understand what’s going on without reading the previous books.

5) Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Not intentionally. Ever since I had Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince spoiled for me, I’ve been pretty careful. One of the reasons I’m so hesitant to write reviews is because I have a hard time talking about the books without risking spoiling anything.

6) Have you ever dog-eared a book?

This is one that I actually am guilty of! I used to dog-ear all of my books up until about sixth grade, when someone pointed out that it was damaging them. I have no idea why that thought never crossed my mind before that. I think I continued to do it a little while longer, but now I would never dog-ear my books! I hate when they get damaged.

7) Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

No, but I have told them that I don’t know where my copy is when they are really intent on borrowing it. I don’t like lending out my books to anyone, but sometimes I feel bad saying no. Most people who know me would know how many books I have everywhere in my room, so claiming I don’t know where it is would be a very feasible excuse (unless it was something like Harry Potter, which is pretty obviously on my shelves).

8) Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Not that I know of. There are some books that I read so long ago that I might not remember whether I’ve read them, but I don’t think that’s what is being asked here. I’m not embarrassed by the books I’ve read, so I’d have no problem talking about them.

9) Have you every skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Only the occasion that I mentioned above. Like I said for series, I don’t really understand how people can skip ahead in a book without missing anything, unless it is something like an anthology where nothing is connected to each other anyway. If I did skip chapters, I know I’d just get annoyed later on when reference was made to something I’d missed.

10) Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

No, not that I know of. Like I said, I’m not embarrassed by the books I read and I have no problem having the unpopular opinion about them. I don’t see any reason why I would need to badmouth a book that I liked. Just to be clear, I think there’s a big difference between badmouthing and reading critically/being aware of the problems in it.

Looking back at my answers, apparently I am not a very “guilty” reader but I’m curious to know about other people’s reading habits. I will tag:

Harini @ BooksandReaders
Kourtni @ KourtniReads
FNM @ FNMBookReviews
Anushka @ GoingThroughBooks
Beth @ ReadingEveryNight

The Goodreads Book Tag

It’s no secret that I’m a little obsessed with Goodreads! I’ve had my Goodreads account for about two years now, and I use it mostly for my reading challenges and to keep track of my massive (1500+) TBR list. I was tagged by Beth at Reading Every Night, an amazing blog that I only recently discovered. Thanks for tagging me!

1) What was the last book you marked as read?

7613I just finished reading Animal Farm last night, which I read for the first time. My school was a bit of a weird one since we never covered many of the classics that most people read in high school. I never read 1984, Brave New World, The Handmaid’s Tale, or Animal Farm in school like most other people did. I’m pretty sure my brother, who went to the same school but four years ahead of me read at least some of those books in high school.

2) What are you currently reading?

25756328I’m about to start Love & Gelato. Honestly, it is not really the kind of book I would usually read. Although I do love YA contemporary, I’m not usually very interested in books that focus heavily on travelling. This one has quite a high average rating on Goodreads though, so we’ll see how it goes. I chose it because one of my reading challenges required a book set in Italy and I was having trouble finding one that I really wanted to read.

3) What was the last book you marked as TBR?

33785151I added a few books yesterday. If you want to be technical, the very last book that I added was Friend Request by Laura Marshall, which is due out later this year. I marked it as TBR because we managed to get an ARC copy that was donated to the library book sale. I probably won’t be getting to it any time soon, but it looks very interesting! The other books I added yesterday are: The Cost of All Things (Maggie Lehrman), If You Knew My Sister (Michelle Adams), and So Much Love (Rebecca Rosenblum).

4) What book do you plan to read next?

16115612I literally have a stack of books on my floor beside me right now from the library, which are the next few books that I’m going to read for my reading challenges. Technically Love & Gelato is next because I haven’t started that one yet, but after that will be And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I actually have quite a few books in that pile that I’m looking forward to, but also a couple that I’m a little more on the fence about, and chose just to fulfill challenge prompts. Other books in the pile right now are: This Savage Song, The Beach House, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Illuminae.

5) Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, and I hate that it does not allow half-stars! There are so many books that I’ve read that don’t quite fit neatly into one of the star ratings, so I’m always left to decide whether to round my ratings up or down. Usually I end up rounding up, but it’s annoying because it means that among my 5 star reviews, there are some “true” 5 stars, and many others that are 4.5 stars rounded up. It’s not quite the same thing!

6) Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yes, I’m doing a few:

  • GoodReads Around the Year – 52 books + one additional “wild card” topic
  • PopSugar 2017 – 52 books in total, 40 for the main challenge and 12 for the “advanced” challenge.
  • PopSugar Summer 2016 – A challenge I discovered last year too late to give it a fair chance, consisting of 29 prompts, most of which are summer-themed in some way
  • BookRiot Read Harder 2017 – A list of 24 prompts, usually quite difficult to fulfill!

7) Do you have a wishlist?

I don’t know what a Goodreads wishlist is. I would assume it’s just a list of the books I want to read and/or buy. I have a TBR list consisting of over 1500 books. While I don’t necessarily want to buy all of those, I do consider it my reading wishlist.

8) What book do you plan to buy next?

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, if it ever drops down to a reasonable price!

9) Do you have any favourite quotes? Share a few.

I have a bunch of quotes marked on Goodreads, but I’ve never really been one to memorize favourite lines. Here are some of my favourites, according to what I’ve marked:

A person’s a person, no matter how small — Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so — Lemony Snicket

Sometimes, when you don’t ask questions, it’s not because you are afraid that someone will lie to your face. It’s because you’re afraid they’ll tell you the truth. — Jodi Picoult

Today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better — Kevin Henkes, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Who are your favourite authors?

Jodi Picoult, J.K. Rowling, Audrey Niffenegger, Philippa Gregory, Gregory Maguire, and Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket).

Have you joined any groups?

Yes, mostly related to my reading challenges. The only groups I participate in regularly are for my challenges, and I’ve also joined the Top 5 Wednesday group to get my weekly topics.

Who do I tag?

I’m sure this tag has been around for a while, so I’m not sure who has done it already, but I will tag:

Anushka @ Going Through Books
booksophisticate @Book Sophisticate
Harini @Books and Readers
Kourtni @Kourtni Reads
Krysti @YA and Wine