I’ve been nominated for this by the lovely Nevillegirl. I just found out that her real name is Engie, (I always just assumed Nevillegirl was her real name) and it was more surprising than all of George R. R. Martin’s character deaths combined.
How old are you?
Fifteen. But in ten years I’ll be twenty-five, so you should pretty much think of me as a twenty-five year old from now on.
What book are you reading?
Since I just finished A Storm of Swords, I’m now reading three (ish) books:
- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, by Douglas Adams. It’s a hilarious book, but it’s the type of book that reels you in and forces you to keep reading.
- Wizard and Glass, by Stephen King. This is the fourth book in his fantasy series, (The Dark Tower series), and it’s wonderful so far. And bizarre. Not many other stories feature Charlie the Choo-Choo Train as a villain and still manage to make him terrifying.
- Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson. It’s a great book so far, but I don’t think you should listen to it as an audio-book, as I tried. There’s a bunch of fictional names I keep forgetting.
What are you wearing?
Nothing, underneath my clothes.
(One True Pairing, for those who don’t know.)
Peter Baelish and Lysa Tully. If only they’d married sooner.
Blogger or WordPress?
WordPress, although I don’t know much about Blogger except that it took me months to figure out how to comment there with a WordPress account. (It seems simple now, but I’m mad at the site for making me look stupid.) Also, I don’t think Blogger has a Freshly Pressed page.
Going outside being active or staying in and reading a book?
Despite the fact that it’s freezing outside, there’s still barely any snow for me to throw around. So I’ll pick reading.
What is the last book you read?
A Storm of Swords. What I like (and hate) about these books is that Martin manages to write a couple truly despicable characters, that make you grit your teeth every time they talk. This makes it so much more satisfying when they get an metaphorical axe to the face.
It also makes me feel horrible for rooting for people who I’d normally hate in real life. (Jaime, Littlefinger, etc.). And I don’t think it’s a good sign when I find myself cheering on a nine year old girl as she repeatedly stabs a man to death.
What is the book you’re going to read next?
Besides the next two books in A Song of Ice and Fire? I guess I’d go with The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater. I know everyone’s raving about her other series, starting with the Raven Boys, but I want to get to know Maggie before I commit myself to another series.
Ebooks – yes or no?
Yes. Although I like the feel of a paper book better, eBooks are a billion times more convenient.
Where do you prefer to read?
In the comfy chair in the living room.
Who is the last person you tweeted?
I barely use my twitter account, so the last person I tweeted was Haley Davidson, way back in 2013.
Whose blog did you look at last?
Musings from Neville’s Navel, who nominated me for this award. Thanks, Engie!
Who is your favorite blogger?
Well, there’s Nathan Badley, because he’s hilarious (and probably doesn’t know I exist due to my lack of comments), and Engie, not just because she chose me as one of hers.
Who is your favorite book-tuber?
I don’t follow a whole lot of book-tubers, but I did do a book tag once, if that’s considered interesting.
What do you do when someone tells you reading is boring?
I say to him/her, “Hey, do you think a hardcover edition of War and Peace could stop a bullet?” Then I’ll proceed to tie the person up against their will, tape the book to their chest, and shoot away.
(Of course, I’d have to get a gun first, and I don’t think they’d give one to someone like me.)
Who is the last author you spoke to?
Well, I’m pretty sure Liam’s going to be a famous author some day, so I hope he counts. (I didn’t actually speak to him, but we communicated via comments.)
Who is the last person you texted?
I lost my phone about a week ago, so the last person I texted was my mom (from my friend’s phone) asking her to pick me up from school.
Who is your all-time favorite book character?
Joffrey Baratheon. I don’t care what anyone says, he is the one true king of Westeros.
Besides him, I guess I’d have to go with Arya Stark. It’s a close call, though.
UKYA or USYA?
It just occurred to me that I don’t read a lot of UK young adult books, but the few I have read were wonderful. In the end, I guess I’ll go with USYA. Why? Because Independence Day is coming up (in like, six months) and I have to show my patriotism.
What is your preferred drink whilst reading?
I’ll answer this question with another question: Is it weird that I enjoy the taste of water? Most people say it doesn’t have a taste, but I beg to differ.
If you hated reading, what would you be doing instead?
I’d probably be out making friends or something. Perhaps I’d buy a boat.
How many bookshelves / bookcases do you have?
I don’t usually buy books (libraries are where it’s at), and when I do, they’re usually eBooks, so I only have one shelf.
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.
My favorite authors, because I have my own mental image of some of my favorite bloggers (the ones without a picture) and I prefer to keep them that way. I’m sure some of my readers have ideas of what I look like as well. (Hint: I do not have a mohawk.)
Insta-love: yes or no?
99% of the time, I’d say no. But there some characters in stories with large casts that haven’t met each other yet, but I’d think they’d make a great couple. How cool would it be if Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryan somehow met up and instantly fell in love? (If this happens somewhere in the fourth or fifth books, don’t tell me.) Just saying, they’d make a wonderful couple. Not as good as Petyr and Lysa Baelish, but still.
It’s a three-way tie between Stephen King, Suzanne Collins and George R. R. Martin. As you can see, I’m not fan of happy stories.
What is the number-one book on your wishlist?
As in, a book I really want to read? I guess I’ll go with Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman.
Do you prefer books with female or male protagonists?
Depends on the character. But I tend to read science fiction/horror/epic fantasy books, which usually favor male protagonists. (Except for George R.R. Martin, who I think has about an equal amount of male-female POV characters, which is awfully nice of him.)
Which is your favourite book-to-film adaption?
Catching Fire. I very much preferred it to it’s predecessor, and hopefully Mockingjay will be better.
Does Game of Thrones count? It’s easily one of the best adaptations I’ve seen so far.
What is the last song you listened to?
Counting Stars, by One Republic. Holy Catchy-ness, Batman!
Which do you enjoy reading more – negative reviews or positive reviews?
When I love a book, I like to read negative reviews, and when I hate a book, I read the positive reviews, because they put me in a bad mood. (“What do you mean, ‘Paper Towns is too self-conscious to be a good book’? That doesn’t even make sense!”) Clearly, I need help.
Who are you going to tag?
Literaryvittles, Apprentice, Never Master, Simply Miko, Jigokucho, Infected Mongoose. And anyone else who happens to be reading this, feel free to take part.