Whazzup blogosphere! I was tagged to this tag a long time ago by Ashley @ Book Tales, a most loverly blogger with whom I initially bonded over our love for Song of Achilles, as well as our mutual dislike of Caraval. 😉 I highly recommend checking out her blog, although she sadly seems to have gone on hiatus while I was gone. (Miss you girl!)
So let’s jump into this tag! I’ve been absent from blogging lately as my family dropped in without warning (why do they treat my place as though it’s a theme park?), so I feel now is the perfect time for me to yank this tag out of the bag.
What is the most expensive book you own? Which is the least expensive?
I bought this Folio Society edition of The Once and Future King by T.H. White last year. It’s been discontinued for almost a decade now, but I’d been eyeing a really nice mint copy on Ebay, and I finally decided to splurge. It was $80 by the way, but in my defense, this is one of my favorite books in the world, and I collect different editions of it.
As for my least expensive book, it would be The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. It was a huge childhood favorite (still is), and it was only a dollar fifty at my local library.
What book or books have you shamelessly devoured many times?
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. These books are hilarious, and they’re perfect for a good cackle (or cry) every now and then. The spines are super cracked.
Also Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (duh). This is my favorite installment in the series because it coughs up so many fun details, and I used to haul it down to breakfast every single morning from the ages 9 to 12; I legit pored over it like it was the Bible!
Lastly, The Chosen by Chaim Potok. It’s such a good standalone.
What attributes do you find most attractive in your characters?
I admire witty characters. Maybe it’s because I have absolutely no sense of humor myself, but I find that even terrible books are alleviated by good doses of humor and snark, so funny characters are a literary lifeline for me. Not to mention, they’re usually pretty chill (rather than melodramatic, which is a trait I find wildly unattractive).
What books would you most like to receive as a gift?
Eh, I’m really trying to avoid buying more books right now, but gun to my head, I’d go with The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I want to check out more epics, and I feel in my gut that this is a book I’ll want to permanently add to my collection.
Also, this Folio Society edition of The Little Prince! I don’t know, it’s just super cute.
What book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?
Fifty Shades of Grey.
No but for reals, anybody who can crack (and actually enjoy) Dune by Frank Herbert is an intellectual reader in my books. I tried knocking them out when I was 15, but I ended up being knocked out instead. Any other series after this is a cakewalk imo.
What book or series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?
Uhhh…I don’t think my lack of reading has ever been due to laziness, but more a fear of being let down? I’m honestly too lazy to think up another answer right now….
Oh, but I do have to mention that I’ve been avoiding re-reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy for over 10 years. I read them when I was 11 and hated them (lol to be fair I read them in 3 days without really digesting ’em, and I did love The Hobbit), so that initial trauma might’ve contributed to me being too lazy to re-read them. One day though!
What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Laini Taylor. I’ve literally read only one of her books (Daughter of Smoke and Bone), and it brought me to the edges of extreme ecstasy and despair all at once. I mean, her prose is so phenomenal (hand down one of the best in YA), but her sappy romance made me want to cry with just how cliche it was. I don’t think I’ve felt so betrayed in my life. 😂
Also, J.K. Rowling. Even as a child, I never believed in idolizing authors, so I was always of the opinion that JK retconned too much and that she’s a li’l snobby. But to be fair, you can’t deny her talent, and I feel kinda bad that she’s facing so much backlash nowadays. I mean, her fans were the ones encouraging her retconning via Pottermore since Day 1, so I find it weird and hypocritical that they’re jumping onto the hate bandwagon only now.
And the thing is, if you don’t like what she says, don’t give her attention. If you don’t want her retconning to become canon, don’t give her attention. People stirring up a fuss every time JKR even remotely sneezes is starting to annoy me just as much when they were blindly putting her on a pedestal. She’s always been this way, SO CHILL OUT.
Okay, I kinda felt the wrath on that last one. I have no idea why I decided to rant about the J.K. Rowling topic right then and there, but I ain’t apologizing for it.
But now, I nominate the following bloggers. You know the drill: no obligation to do this tag if you don’t want to or have already done it. I’m just tapping ya’ll cuz I appreciate you.