Q&A: Katy

A Bookish Q&A

 

In keeping with the tradition of the week I sent my feelers out into the world seeking questions and the world (or you know Facebook) responded with some exceptionally interesting bookish questions, I’ll try my best to answer as many as I can.

So here we go!

 

Matt (@mrmatttorres on Instragram): In Fahrenheit 451, do you believe that Guy Montag stood for some something?

It’s been a suuuuuuper long time (like two years) since I last read ‘Fahrenheit 451’, but I’ve always believed that Montag represents potential. That even if Bradbury wasn’t writing about censorship, or totalitarianism, Montag stands for every person’s often times untapped ability to change and grow no matter how entrenched in a system they may be. But he also serves a warning that while change is spiritually rewarding, you can’t force others to do it with you, so it can often times be extremely alienating.

What Character in The Great Gatsby do you feel had a major impact on the story other than the main character and Gatsby himself?

Jordan Baker. While, like Nick Carraway,  Jordan seems to float around the periphery of the story just being kind of rich and snotty, she’s literally the reason that there is any story to tell at all. She introduces Nick to Gatsby and she suggests that Nick arrange the tea with Daisy and Gatsby and without these two moments this would be a story about a guy who hung out on Long Island for a summer and occasionally hung out with his awful cousin, her even worse husband and their invisible baby. Jordan’s also interesting because she seems to be the only character who is truly upfront with how awful she is.

Opinions on Stephen King and Horror Novels?

A Horror/ Thriller Novel that is well written is an utter joy to read. Ira Levin’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Stepford Wives’ come to mind as horror stories that are exceptionally well written and legitimately terrifying. I usually steer away from horror in my books because I’m often let down by the fact that they don’t affect me in the same way a really good scary movie would. As for Stephen King, I find him to be an interesting writer. I mean his turn out is so exceptionally staggering it’s impossible for him not to have so really fantastic books out there. I dig his older books a lot more than the newer ones—he kind of lost me on ‘The Cell’—because they seem a little more grounded in the horrors of personal experience. This could be because King battled a lot of demons IRL back in the day, but ‘It’, ‘Pet Sematary’ and ‘The Shining’ are books that really chilled me, whereas the newer stuff just leaves me room-temp. All that said, I actually take his reviews of books very seriously, because while his writing is hit or miss, his taste in books is impeccable.

Jennifer: What do you think of [books that are] "spinoffs / extensions"?

I actually think that this is a fascinating trend in fiction, and has been for the past ten or so years. A lot of authors obviously draw from the books that have inspired them in the past… Some fairly subtly: ‘Little Women’ is Louisa May Alcott’s loose interpretation of John Bunyan’s ‘The Pilgrims Progress’ and ‘East of Eden’ is Steinbeck taking a crack at the first few chapter of the Book of Genesis and that’s just naming two. But, what we see today is almost like a sort of legitimized Fan Fiction. Writers who are so enamored with certain worlds (from what I see and you mentioned a lot of people are nuts for the Regency England of Jane Austen) and don’t want to leave them. I think it’s an interesting phenomenon and if I were to ever go back to get my PhD, this is a literary movement I would be extremely interested in making the center piece of my research.

What do you think led to this?

Short answer: love.

People love their fictional worlds. They love their favorite characters, and they want to imagine the kinds of lives that they lead after the original author puts the pen down. Some people feel like certain characters get the short shrift by the original author and so they set out to correct that (good examples of this are ‘March’ by Geraldine Brooks, which tells the story of ‘Little Women’s Mr. March while he’s away at war and ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire which gives a rich backstory to a largely unformed villain). Some writers can’t stand for the notion that the original author won’t fill in certain details about what happily ever after actually entails and so set to work filling in the blank spaces. And finally, a big reason this subgenre cropped up is sex. Readers and writers alike want their favorite characters to have real and relatable lives, and one real and relatable thing that classic novels don’t dip into is how it goes down on Lizzie Bennet’s and Mr. Darcy’s wedding night. There is a sense of titillation that drives some of these newer stories, a guilty little thrill that accompanies imagining our favorite characters getting vulnerable and intimate.

I also have a long winded answer to this question that delves into feminist reclamations and world-building… but I won’t bore you with it.

Do you see a current author having the same effect within next 100 years? Who? Why?

Yes. J.K. Rowling. People LOVE the Harry Potter Universe and it is overflowing with stories that people want desperately to read and write. I mean there is already a HUGE Harry Potter fan fiction community active on the internet and I don’t see it going away. The HP books have countless characters, each one positively brimming with potential to be the hero of their own story. The world that Rowling created is so distinct yet so much of it is left open for us to imagine and to build on to. I firmly believe that when we’re all dead, and the Harry Potter books have become dusty tomes that kids of the future will get to “discover” all over again, that someone is going to be inspired to write a novel that explores the life of and gives new depth to Professor Snape, or fully redeems Draco Malfoy (I’m also assuming that ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will be rightfully forgotten). People will continue to be inspired by the Harry Potter universe and I have no doubt that writers of the future will make the most of the raw material that Rowling has left them.

Jeff: What bestsellers of the last 6 years do you think are most overrated? Most underrated?

    Hmmmm… well my most overrated books would probably be:

  • The Girl on the Train is DEFINITELY an overrated bestseller… I remember being SUPER excited to finally get a chance to read it and then being so let down. I understood what the author was doing with Rachel’s character, but I couldn’t get into her. I couldn’t muster up enough interest or sympathy to really enjoy the story. I still can’t really understand why people enjoyed it so much when it was basically a watered down Lifetime Original Moviesque version of stuff Gillian Flynn had already done better.

  • In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume… this may get me exiled, but while I enjoyed the novel it was NOT as good as its press would lead people to believe. I felt like it was unfocused and really, really slow.

  • The Fault in Our Stars (or really anything by John Green) I’m not say that it’s a bad book, it’s not, and it’s certainly Green’s best work to date, however it is not revolutionary in any way. It’s a sweet book, but it’s also emotionally exploitative in a way that makes me deeply uncomfortable. It’s definitely a meh book that happened to land at exactly the right time for it to become extremely popluar.

  • Go Set a Watchman… IT IS JUST A BAD FIRST DRAFT OF A GOOD NOVEL! There is no reason that this should have ever seen the light of day… I could rant about this all day.

As for underrated books I would say:

  • The Diviners by Libba Bray. I cannot believe that there are people out there that have not at least heard of this book/series. It is lush and creepy and such a late night page-turner. I assume it flies under the radar because it’s not quite YA enough and not Adult enough to really fit into either camp, and I can only imagine how hard it must have been to advertise it… but it’s SO GOOD!

  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender this is the book I will recommend to every human. It is one of the BEST books I’ve read in ages. It’s impossible to explain why it’s amazing… it just is. Read it, right now.

  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Unlike her debut novel, this thriller speeds along and drags you with it by your neck. If you like suspense and mystery this is a winner.

Do you prefer first person or third person narration? Why?

The answer to this entirely depends on the type of story being told. If it’s a deeply personal story, where the main objective is to sit inside the heart and mind of the protagonist then I prefer first person, but if it’s a story that is more plot/theme/concept driven then I think a work benefits more from being third person. This, however can change if the unreliability of a first-person narration is crucial to the experience of the story (see Nick Carraway in ‘The Great Gatsby’). So long answer short, I can dig it either way as long as it’s the best choice to serve the story.

If you start a book do you feel obligated to finish it no matter what?

I used feel obligated to finish a book no matter what. I used to suffer through books I hated just because I had paid for it… putting it aside would cause a crushing sense of guilt. But at some point in the last year and a half I realized that life is too short to finish books that are making you miserable. I rationalize this by reminding myself that every second I spend with a book I don’t like is a second that I could be falling in love with a book that I will like.

Sean: What quality/ies in Moby Dick make it something you esteem so highly?

This is actually a super complicated question to answer. It’s a novel that tells one simple story on the surface but is telling a deeply complex parallel story just beneath the first layer. It’s beautifully written, masterfully combining multiple genres and styles. It is utterly and completely original, no book before or since resembles it in any way. But I suppose that the quality that makes me esteem it so highly is its re-readability. No matter when I pick it up, it is a completely different book every time. I find a new story depending on who I am when open it. It somehow reflects the reader perfectly accurately… and I just don’t know how Melville did. I can’ begin to guess whether it was be genius design or mad fate.

Is there any other book that comes close, and if it does, why is it close and/or what makes it fall short?

Yes, ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern  and Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ come to mind. ‘The Night Circus’ comes close to recreating that sense re-readability. Now, I’m not suggesting that there is any universe in which it is on the same literary level as ‘Moby-Dick’, but both novels are extraordinary examples of immersive, complicated narratives that beg to be re-explored. It’s a complex multilayered story that takes a slightly new shape every time I read it. It falls short though, in that is doesn’t reflect each unique reader, the stories that live on those pages are not your story, ever those stories belong to Erin Morgenstern. You can relate to them but you cannot ever be a part of them… if that makes sense. Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ also has a strong re-readability factor and it’s probably more on par artistically, philosophically and literarily, but again it’s reflective of the author not the reader.

Thank you to everyone who asked questions! I hope I answered them to your satisfaction.

Q&A: Liz

A huge shout out to everyone who asked me questions! And an even huger shoutout to those who actually read this whole thing.

@changingseasonsandholidays: I’m interested in knowing how fast you read one page on average? And how many books do you read per month?

It depends on the book, honestly. If a book is dialogue heavy and is interesting, I can read a page pretty quickly, but I do think overall, I’m a pretty slow reader.

I read about six books a month, but it’s because I’m reading almost constantly. I don’t watch a lot of television or movies.

Becky: Do you prefer to read the book first or watch the movie first? When you read is background music or TV okay, or do you prefer quiet?

I am one of those people who refuse to watch a movie until I’ve read the book. I have to be able to compare them, and since the book is almost always better than the movie, I’d rather have my first experience be the better one. I’ve heard people argue that you aren’t surprised in the movie if you’ve read the book first, but it goes the other way around too, and I’d rather be surprised by a book. Although, honestly, I usually predict the endings anyway. My favorite books are those that I can’t predict.

I used to be really good at reading no matter what was going on around me, but the older I get, the shorter my attention span seems to be. I blame cell phones, tbqh.

Diana: Why do you read such “out there” books?

I’m going to assume you mean sci-fi and fantasy books when you say “out there.” I read these for a couple reasons. The first is that books are an escape from the real world and these take me about as far from this world as I can go without actually leaving it. Second, the creativity these authors have is mind-blowing to me. Many not only create a new world or even universe, but often entirely new languages, customs, children’s stories, etc. while keeping the story familiar enough that it’s still relatable, and that is just incredibly beautiful to me.

Vinny: Have you ever made smoothies out of books? If Harry was a horcrux, why weren’t more people mean to him?

No, ya hotdog!

I really have no idea. They really should have been, especially when he was a whiny little bitch in the fifth book. But I suppose in reality, it’s because his personality (and his one, complete soul) overpowered the horcrux inside him. The other horcruxes made people grumpy because the 1/8th of Voldemort’s soul was the only living thing inside them and there was nothing to drown it out. That’s my best guess.

Stephanie: What’s your favorite book-related food/drink/recipe?

I’m pretty partial to Butterbeer from Orlando Studios, but this is a relatively untapped area for me--one that I definitely think I need to experiment. I see a future blog post coming!

Mariya: Who is your favorite book character of all time?

Ahh! That’s like asking a parent which of their kids they like the most! Sort of. I guess, If I have to pick, it would be Severus Snape. For you Snape haters out there, I don’t think he’s a flawless hero who deserves undying gratitude. I know he was a bully and he was unfair in his teaching methods. However, J.K. Rowling game Snape such a rich and believable back story that made me understand where he was coming from. People don’t realize what bullying does to a person mentally (at least teenagers often don’t), and James and Sirius’s tormenting of Snape had a lasting impact on who he became as an adult. Part of the reason I think I love Snape so much is that the entire time I was growing up and reading Harry Potter, I wanted to believe that there was some good in him; that he was better than we were being lead to believe, and that he was a red herring of sorts. I suppose the fact that I was right makes me like him a little more. I know this answer is crazy long now, but I love Snape’s character because of his flaw, not in spite of them.

Aubrey: If we consider characters and their developmental stages, we see that all of the most famous and infamous ones are always major exaggerations of particular human traits. These traits make the characters (or even just concepts/themes) protagonistic or antagonistic. Which characters do you most relate to on the following criteria: psychologically/mentally; physically/risk-taking (as in adventure seeking or bravery); and personality.

I feel like I could write a ten-page essay on the subject of this question, but I’ll just answer the actual question part. Psychologically/mentally, I relate most to Jo March from Little Women. Whimsically, I wish I could be more like Hermione Granger; that girl’s memory is astounding. Physically/risk-taking, uh, Sam Tarly from Game of Thrones? Haha jk. Probably Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love. I know she’s a real person, and not a character but I admire her sense of adventure and her drive to fix things when she’s not happy. I strive to be that sort of person too. Personality, would be Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Kevin: Do you use a library? If so, what books do you have checked out or on request? Do you read one book at a time or several?

I actually just got my library card last week, my first one since high school. I haven't used it to check anything out yet but I'll probably use it to read books I don't want to buy and for audiobooks.

I I'm usually a one-book-at-a-time kind of girl but lately I've been reading short stories or Harry Potter before be and a different book during the day. Never more than two though.

Abbey: Do you smell books before you read them?

Do you smell your food before you eat it? Duh! It's part of the experience!

Sara: Fold the pages (dog ear) to mark your spot or bookmarks?

I'm a firm believe in bookmarks as an alternative to damaging your books, but I'm not picky about what qualifies as a bookmark. Napkins, dollar bills, receipts, and business cards, all work just fine.

Oliver: What are your views on audiobooks? How is the experience better than/inferior to/different than reading an actual book? Do you think you can get to know the author of a book by reading his/her novels?

I'm afraid my audiobook experiences are very limited. I've only ever listened to David Sedaris books while driving across the country, but I really enjoyed them. I think in a sense you can get more out of them than reading the book yourself, specifically if they author themselves are reading it, because you hear accents and intonations exactly as they were meant to be read, but they also take away the chance for you to make the book your own, which I think is part of the magic of reading. I do wonder though, if listening to a book counts as reading it? I mean you technically didn't do the reading, but you still absorb the information. I'd be interested to find out what other people think about this.

I absolutely think you get to know the author by reading their works. Nearly every book is autobiographical in some way, even if the character is what the author wishes they could be.

Martha: Do you prefer the feel of a real paper book or are ebooks acceptable?

I actually wrote a post about this last week! I read nothing but ebooks for a month, and it was okay. I much prefer the feel of a real book in my hands, but ebooks are a great alternative when you can get the real thing, or if you are traveling and want to pack a dozen books without carrying the extra weight.

Chris: Do you ever not finish reading a book? If so, why?

It takes A LOT for me to not finish a book. I have to really hate it, believe it won't get better, and absolutely dread reading it before I'll give up. And similarly, if I begin a series of books, I want to finish that too. I do my best to finish what I start with all things in life, and books are no exception. However, there are a couple I dnf (did not finish) when they got unbearable. This might also have something to do with the fact that I usually buy my books, and so I feel like I'm wasting money if I don't finish them.

Kat: Who is your favorite fictional character in each genre? Specifically fantasy, children’s, YA, and classics.

Ooh I like this one! Okay, fantasy-Kvothe from The Name of the Wind. He manages to be amazing at everything, but somehow is still humble and likeable. Children’s-Can I choose the entirety of Miss Jewls’ class from Sideways Stories from Wayside School? I was absolutely enchanted by these books when I was younger. YA-Feel free to judge me on this one, but as I had more of an affinity with the characters in YA novels when I was a teen myself, I'd have to say Lena Kaligaris from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I always looked forward to her chapters the most.

Debbie: Do you like others to give you a book or pick it out for yourself? Do you pass off a book or do you hoard them?

I like both! Many of the books I read are recommendations from other people, but nothing is as satisfying as finding an amazing book yourself (and then pushing it onto others).

Does this answer your question? (This is about half of my books.) 

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Marisa: What’s the book that has stuck with you the most/that you still think about months/years later?

The Handmaid’s Tale. It's utterly haunting.

Kirsten: What is a book?

It's dead tree pieces, glued together and bound by cardboard, that causes the reader to hallucinate vividly while getting nothing accomplished.

Jeff: Which books burn the best/brightest/longest?

Fahrenheit 451? 

Q&A: Carina

I want to thank my followers over at my Instagram account @thefictionfaery for showering me with question for this bookish blog Q&A. You all had A LOT of questions for me, and I've tried to answer them to the best of my ability. If you have any follow-up questions or want to leave your input, don't hesitate to leave a me a comment. 

I've split and divided your questions into three categories: photography- and photo-editing related questions, book related questions, and questions about me. 


 

ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY- AND PHOTO EDITING

 

What is your photography process ( from planning to take photos to editing)?

by @sprinkledpages & @bookishpandoras
Also: How do you make your pictures so chocolatey? by @collateraldamagebybooks

I don't know how to answer this in an easy and simple way without getting overly technical and complicated, but I'll give it a go. 

The Tools: I use a Canon 7D DSLR camera with either a 18-55 mm standard lens or my most beloved 50 mm lens (seriously, I'd marry this lens if it was an option... and legal...). Now, I know not everyone owns a DSLR, but never underestimate a phone camera. Those things will rock your socks if you know how to work 'em.

The Set Up: First thing I do is try to get into a creative mindset and try out any and all new ideas that pop into my head. I'm my own worst critic, so this is actually kind of a hardship for me sometimes.

I mostly work alone, but I've gotten friends to assist as well (I have no idea why they put up with me). In any case, I always clear my schedule for the next 4-5 hours and go crazy. And I inhale coffee like a madwoman. Caffeine inspires creativity and crazy ideas. I've got a ton of books and lost of props (because basically EVERYTHING can be used as a prop) and make a mess of it. And yes, I do mean MESS. I usually have to spend about 20 minutes to tidy up my living room afterwards. 

Post Production: After I've spent about a couple of hours taking photos, I spend the next couple of hours editing them. Yep. This takes a lot of work and effort. I love it. The programs I use are Adobe Photoshop, Camera RAW, Adobe Lightroom (this one just for file sharing), and VSCO cam (android app). 

So I basically started to write a step-by-step tutorial just now, and ended up boring even myself... so, no. I'm skipping the overly complicated stuff, and I'll just say this: by adding a touch of Surface Blur to your photos in Photoshop and tweaking the contrast a bit, you'll come a long way. You might not be able to tell too much of a difference between before- and after adding a subtle blur, but it'll make a huge different when you continue editing your photos later on. It makes for a more smooth photo. 

After this is all ready and done, I import my photos to Adobe Lightroom - because I've got the app on my phone, and this makes for a quick transfer from my Mac to my LG mobile. 

After I've transferred my photos and I'm able to see them on my phone, I open up my VSCO cam app WHICH IS GOD'S GIFT TO EDIT-A-HOLICS like myself. I love editing the heck out of my photos! In VSCO you're presented with a lot of filters - which VSCO calls "presets" because filter sounds so tacky now-a-days. You're also allowed to mess with exposure/contrast and so on. It's heaven. I promise.

Now, I always use the same preset for all my photos. I want a clean, aesthetically pleasing theme which means they will need to go nicely together. I recently underwent a theme change on my Instagram, and the preset I'm now using is called "05". I find that this theme fits the mood I'm aiming for really well, it's very autumn-y, and gives my pictures a kind of tumblresque kind of style. I always play with exposure and contrast as well, and the result? This:

And there it is! Did this make sense? Yay? Nay? If you have any additional questions, I've already told you what to do. Ha! 

Do you have any tips for taking better pictures?

by @_vote_jefferson_for_president

Patience and practice! Just keep on it, and never, ever give up. Also, don't compare yourself too much to other photographers and/or Instagrammers. I do that, and it's a serious blow to the self-esteem. Bleh. I also hope the planning/photography/editing tips above help!

 

ABOUT BOOKS

 

What is your favorite reading spot? Do you have a reading nook?

by @tiaramoonbooks

My apartment is tiny (TINY I TELL YOU!), so I don't have many spots to choose from. So I've had to really make it count and cozy it up in here. So yes, I have a reading nook. It also serves as my dining nook, and TV-watching nook. Haha!

If you were going to host a party, which five characters from books would you invite?

by @demmi_writist

We actually wrote some posts on this subject recently! If you want to check out mine, you can find it here.

If you could read only one genre of books for the rest of your life, which would it be?

by @thefictionenthusiast

LGBT (Lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) fiction, NO DOUBT! I have no idea why I love this genre so much, but I just do, and I always have. Maybe because a lot of these books touches upon really heavy and emotional subjects, and I love books that make me feel and tear up. I also find many of them enlightening and educational, and I feel like we could all benefit from reading them, no matter age, gender or sexuality. 

One seriously awesome LGBT writer is TJ Klune.

One seriously awesome LGBT writer is TJ Klune.

If you could choose one book to spend the rest of your life living in, which book would it be?

by @rantingbooks

The Never Never, a world of Faeries presented in The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I love these books, and I adore the Never Never. So magical and alluring, yet deathly and dangerous. I strongly recommend everyone to try out these books - you won't regret it!!!

What is your most hated and most loved book? Only one for each.

by @theenchantedreader

Most beloved must be All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I've mentioned it on this blog multiple times now and I'm sure the other girls on here must be getting tired of me ranting about it. Haha! 

My most hated is Depravity (the Beastly Tales) by MJ Haag. I hate the entire trilogy, and this is why: it's a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast, right? And at first glance it's a lot like Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses, WHICH I LOVE. Anyway, Haag's writing is actually really, really good. The storytelling is captivating and believable and I was really hooked from page one. The one thing that had my guts squirm and made me feel really sick? The male protagonist - aka the Beast and poor, tortured heartthrob of this story? He's a rapist. And for some reason, our female protagonist decides to help him overcome his unfortunate urges to maim and rape. And she falls in love with him. And then she does research on how to please him, totally degrading herself in the process and just... just... 

WHAT?!

Character from your fave read this year you would love to kill?

by @wanderfulpages 

My definite favorite read this year must be A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. And I'd love to have a go at Tamlin. And NOT in a good way. He just really, really frustrates me. Without spoiling too much - the way he treats Feyre really makes my blood boil. Yes I'm a feminist, and YES I HATE DOMINATING AND STUPID MACHO MALES. *Sigh* (OK, I love 'em sometimes, like - Daryl Dixon could boss me around and I'd be fine with it... but he's an exception!). 

If you could replace yourself with any fictional protagonist, who would you choose?

by @nushoesocks

There's no doubt that my love for anything Faery wins this one. I'd love to be Fae! In fact, I want to be an immensely powerful Fae. I want to be Feyre! 

Is there a movie that you’ve found better than its book?

by @alwaysbookstagrammer

Can we all just agree to not hate on me for this? Or at least hate me lightly? Okay, I'm just gonna say this. Out loud. Right here, right now.

The Hunger Games.

I don't like the books. At all. Actually, I only ever read the first book and was like: "Meeeeh".  Love the movies, though! 

*runs and hides*

Also: How I live Now is an awesome movie - and a terrible book, in my opinion. 

Which fictional character do you want as your best friend?

by @bookvibesonly

The Darkling from the Grisha series. Yes, oh yes! I love 'em dark and twisted! He's all disturbed and evil and I just wanna take over the entire world alongside him. Seriously, the two of us together? It would be awesome. I'm not evil, I swear. He just brings out the best/worst in me. 

Most disappointing book turned movie?

 by @collateraldamagebybooks

I'm gonna interpret this as "The movie that totally slaughtered the book". Which is Eragon, no doubt. I love those books, but the movie? They just took the characters and created an entirely new story. Which is borderline blasphemy if you ask me. 

I'd like to add Me Before You as an honorable mention, however. Way to take a serious, deep and utterly tragic topic and make it into a chick flick. That's just downright rude. Ugh! 

Most anticipated read of this year?

by @collateraldamagebybooks 

Out October 4th. I NEED THIS BOOK!

A side character you related more to than the main character from any book?

by @athousanddifferentworlds

Ouuu tricky one! I think I'd have to go with Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, basically because she abhors rule-breaking, and so do I. Well, I'm too chicken shit to break rules. Haha. Oh and she's book-smart so hey, we have that in common!  

Where do you buy your books (since you’re a fellow Norwegian), and do you receive ARCs? If so, how did you go forward in applying for them?

by @marleyreads 

Næmmen så koselig! Hei, du! I mostly buy my books online at Adlibris or Book Depository. Adlibris offer free shipping for purchases above 249,- NOK, and Book Depository has free shipping no matter the purchase - and they ship your items individually so you don't have to worry about customs. Which is awesome. I also go into Oslo regularly to visit Eldorado in Torggata (you know, the old cinema). It's the largest bookstore in the North! 

Yes, I do receive ARCs! Publishers or authors contact me through my Instagram or my blog. My email address is available in my bio on Instagram, people email me and then we take it from there. I've never had to reach out to a publisher or author myself, so I'm not sure how to go about it that way. 

Hope this helped! :) 

If you had to pick an item of clothing to represent your favorite book, what would it be? Also, what color and fabric because they both show how you feel?

by @arkonandannie 

This question is WEIRD. I love it! The book I'm choosing is The Falconer by Elizabeth May and it would be an autumn coat! It would be a teddy coat in a deep ginger color, with a large, fluffy hood and wide sleeves. It would have brass buttons, and they would be adorned with engraved swirls and twirls. It would also have numerous inner pockets to store nick-knacks in. 

Which bookish person is mostly like you?  

by @candlelightreading 

Cath from Fangirl, no doubt. I also have a tad bit social anxiety and god knows I've had my fair share of psychological issues. Haha, that sounded kind of disturbed, but you know know what they say: crazy people are creative people. Both Cath and I love to read and write and we both lose ourself in fandoms and create bizarre ships out of basically nothing. We're also extremely afraid to put ourselves out there, and self-preservation comes first, no matter what (which is annoying, but a hard habit to break). I love Cath to bits! We're also very different in other ways: I work with clothes and fashion and I'm pretty passionate about it. I'm a girly-girl through-and-through. And I don't need, nor do I wear glasses, other than my Ray Bans and then mostly as an accessory. 

An underrated author and book you wish more people knew about?

by @readingisaloveaffair

The Falconer by Elizabeth May. WHY DO NO ONE EVER MENTION THIS SERIES? Here, allow me:

One girl's nightmare is this girl's faery tale
She's a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.
She's a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she's leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense thesìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.
She's a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.
She's a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother's murder—but she'll have to save the world first.

(Goodreads). 

Read and enjoy, dammit! 

You're welcome, haha!

 

ABOUT ME

 

Do you like TV shows or movies more?

by @tiaramoonbooks

TV shows, hands down. CAN YOU SAY THE WALKING DEAD? And it airs on Mondays here in Norway so Monday is actually my favorite day of the week. Sick, I know! Honorable mentions are Battlestar Galactica, Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones and Instant Star (don't judge me, I still love that show). I also love BBC costume dramas like the 2006 adaption of Jane Eyre. 

What career path do you plan on taking?

by @wanderfulpages

Supposedly, I'm a grown up. No idea how that happened, but I actually turn 27 years old next month. Three small years until I'm 30. Wow. Anyway. I work as an assistant manager in a clothing store, where I also substitute as Visual Merchandiser and store manager. I love it! 


And that was all! I hope you found this at least a little enlightening and that I answered your questions to your satisfaction! Again: thank you all for participating in this round's Q&A!

Autumn in New York…

A while ago I taught you lovely readers How to Take a Bookation, to travel the world without leaving the comfiest chair, in the best lit corner of your very own home. Recently, I’ve been both struck with a serious case of wanderlust and an even more serious case of the I-have-no-monies, so I’ve decided to take my own advice, board my imaginary plane (btw not dealing with TSA is a great reason to fly Air Imagination) and wing it east to New York City this Fall.

 

I’ve been to New York a handful of times in my real life (NYC once and Upstate New York twice) but it’s always been one of my favorite literary destinations. The sheer diversity of stories and characters that the city inspires makes it irresistible for readers and writers alike. While not every book I plan on reading this Fall is a New York story, I have made a decided effort to gather up some old NYC favorites as well as a handful of new novels that I splurged on or received as birthday gifts as an attempt to satisfy my longings for places remote.

Here’s my Autumn in New York Reading List

 

September

  • The Group by Mary McCarthy

  • The Regulars by Georgia Clark

  • & Sons by David Gilbert

  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

October

  • The Diviners by Libba Bray (as recommended by Elizabth!)

  • These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

  • Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

  • The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

November

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

  • The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

  • The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelly Rowley

 

What are your favorite New York novels?

 

 

20 Books on my Shelf

... that are waiting to be read! It's no secret that I suffer from a book hoarding affliction, and that I more often than not buy books on a whim - whether it's a new release that I've just got to have, a complete cover buy, a tip from a fellow bookworming friend, something I've spotten on Instagram, or a book that Goodreads has kindly suggested I read based on my other preferences. I basically need no excuse to go online and click home a book.

Which is why my shelves are filled to the brim with unread goodies. 

And here are a select few of them - 20 unread books screaming for my attention (and yes, I do consider 20 books to be "a few" - considering I've got a lot more unread books than just these beauties). 


The Problem with Forever
by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Drown
by Esther Dalseno


Illusions of Fate
by Kiersten White


Nevernight
by Jay Kristoff


My Heart and other Black Holes
by Jasmine Warga


The Dolls
by Kiki Sullivan


Simon VS. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli


Everyday
by David Levithan 


The Oldest Soul - Animus
by Tiffany FitzHenry


The Winner's Curse (I have the whole trilogy)
by Marie Rutkoski 


And I Darken
by Kiersten White


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
by JK. Rowling / John Tiffany & Jack Thorne


The Loneliness of Distant Beings
by Kate Ling


The Bone Season / The Mime Order
by Samantha Shannon


This Raging Light
by Estelle Laure


To All the Boys I've Loved Before
by Jenny Han


The Raven Boys (I have the entire Raven Cycle)
by Maggie Stiefvater


Even the Moon Has Scars
by Steph Campbell


Am I Normal Yet?
by Holly Bourne


Have you read any of these?
Are any of these on your TBR as well?