It’s a Friday evening and I am tired and home alone as Emma has now left for home to spend the festive period with her family, so I decided to have a little go at the Bookish Book Lover Tag, which was created by Shantelle @Shantellemaryh (it seems her blog doesn’t exist anymore) I and which I actually saw over at Emma’s blog The Terror of Knowing yesterday evening. I’m a book lover, I like a tag, sounds like it’s up my street. Let’s not mess around too much and just get on with this thing:
What books are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Last Romeo by Justin Meyers. I have only just started reading The Last Romeo, a book about a 34yr old James who is battling through a break-up and a job he hates, and fending for himself in the big bad world of online dating. I’ve barely begun reading it, but I think I’ll like it. The Power is absolutely stunning. I love dystopian anyway, and this is bold and unapologetic and it’s a masterpiece.
What’s the last book you finished?
Technically the last thing I finished reading was a comic, Issue 2 of Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince but I don’t think that counts as a book, so, it was actually Retta’s autobiography So Close To Being The Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know. It was Retta, so of course it was funny, but it was also real. I loved it (the narration by Retta is something to behold).
Favourite book read this year?
I mean, why do this to me? I’ve read a lot of good books this year, I mean, A LOT. I am finding it hard to remember a lot of them, but to pick a few, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoat’s and Piracy, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Ragdoll, but I think my favourite has to be V E Schwab’s City of Ghosts. It was something different and fresh and I really liked it. I’m super excited for the next instalment already!
What genre have you read most of this year?
At a guess I would say romance or YA. I don’t actually consider the first to be a favourite genre, but I read a lot of it as a palette cleanser, or as a pick up/put down read when I am at work/tired before bed. I have really opened my eyes to the YA world this year and found a lot of stuff I like in it.
What genre do you want to read more of?
I would always say that I want to read more classics and critically acclaimed literature because I don’t read enough of it now. I would also like to read more diversely, about other races and sexualities and species and illnesses that aren’t something I am familiar with. I don’t want to feel forced to read this, I want to experience and discover them organically though.
How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?
My Goodreads goal started at 52, and then progressed to 75, and now my goal I think is to read 100 books. It should be possible, I am already at 95 and have a few things I would like to read before the end of the year so I think I will make it.
What’s the last book you bought?
I had a recent binge in a local Oxfam bookshop and acquired 3 books: Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher and Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson to add to collections by those authors, and then The One by John Marrs, which I have seen on shelves and thought about reading before. Our local charity shop has a lot of great books, I get quite a few from there.
What book are you saving up to buy next?
To be honest, I don’t save up to buy books, I just buy them if I want them. I don’t really drink alcohol, I don’t smoke, I don’t go out partying or spending money too much so books are something I quite regularly treat myself too. That said, I might treat myself to a Word Cloud Classic or two after Christmas as they’re more expensive editions of books than I would normally buy myself, and maybe The History of Magic illustrated edition to book, which is super pretty but quite expensive.
How many books did you check out on your last library visit?
I must confess that I don’t really use the physical library. I read books super quickly and tend to borrow from friend’s and family rather than the library. I do support my library through e-books and audiobooks that I read from them, but I don’t remember how many I borrowed last time.
A book you can’t wait to read?
I mean, where to even begin. There is the books I never got to this year like Our Dark Duet and Vengeful by V E Schwab, Seafire by Natalie C. Parker, and then there is new books launching next year such as King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.
What’s a series you would recommend to everyone?
Erm, I mean it’s obvious to say things like Harry Potter but just in case, you should read those. I am a big fan of Shades of Magic by V E Schwab, which is an excellent fantasy series of incredible quality. I am always, forever and always going to rep all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.
Who’s an author you hope writes more?
I mean this is going to be an obvious list, but J K Rowling/Robert Galbraith, Dan Brown, V E Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Mackenzi Lee, and Neil Gaiman to name a few…
A few books your heart adores?
I absolutely love To Kill a Mockingbird and it is my favourite book, but I also love Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and The B.F.G., and An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.
What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?
EVERY SINGLE ONE. Harry Potter was a hard one, as was reading Shades of Magic at the end. I find the end of series so hard. I am currently putting off reading Our Dark Duet because I don’t want to finish that DUOLOGY.
What books are on your wish list?
All of the books are on my list, but, my current wants are The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory, The Mortal World by Genevieve Cogman, Crime and Punishment (Word Cloud edition) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J K Rowling, and Harry Potter – History of Magic Illustrated Edition to name a few on my current list.
If that Tag was a bit of you, then consider yourself tagged,
and link back so I can have a nosey at your answers!