It’s been a really long time since I did any sort of tags on this blog – and you know how I like telling you absolutely random facts about myself. So now I’ve been tagged for a couple of tags, I decided to just group them together. This post is massive, apologies in advance.
I tagged people specifically (I never do tags if folks say “whoever wants to join”, do you?) BUT you can, of course, join us if you want – and I’m really sorry if you wanted to be tagged and weren’t (I dislike this tagging business, it’s like picking teams for basketball, somebody always gets left behind, *sigh*). If you’d like, you can also answer some of the questions in the comments – I’d love to hear about you and your reading! :)
I got tagged for One Lovely Blog Award by DJ from MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape – thank you! :) Here, I’m supposed to list seven personal facts about myself, then tag other blogs (it says 15 but that just seems like a HUGE lot so I’m doing 5) and comment on one of their posts to let them know I’ve nominated them. So here goes:
- I am really tall but I’m useless at basketball. Nobody ever believed me that I was useless so they kept trying to get me to join the school team or whatever but they soon found out. So. No balls and hoops for me. I also dislike watching basketball – we’re a hockey family (not that anyone plays it, it’s just the best sport to watch, is all. And did you know Slovenia is actually fairly good in hockey? We even made it to the Olympics).
- I used to collect stamps. You know, back when people still wrote actual postcards and letters? Yep.
- I hate pineapple and raspberries. Mostly because of their scent. I will also not eat/drink: tripe, orange juice with pulp (omg the texture…), clams, snails, raw tomatoes, most fruit juices, fruit-flavoured ice-cream, and I could go on. I do, however, like shrimp and sushi and order my steak half-raw, so there’s that.
- I’m a pretty good cook. I like cooking and baking – and I love trying out new recipes. I follow a bunch of food blogs (my faves can be found in the “reading” tag up top) and have a favourites folder for recipes-to-try that’s about 200 links long.
- I’m 1/4 Serbian but I sadly don’t speak the language. My Grandpa moved to Slovenia decades ago, after WWII, it was still Yugoslavia then but he learned to speak Slovenian, so I was never “exposed” to the language enough to really pick it up. I understand it (as well as Croatian and Bosnian) well enough to get the gist of the conversation and I can make myself understood if I’m travelling in those countries, but I wish I knew the grammar that went with it. Maybe someday…
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy was one of my favourite books in high school. I still remember it fondly, though I’m hazy on the plot. I do remember falling for one of the characters, Count Bolkonsky, he was a Russian Darcy to me.
- When I type, I use all 5 fingers of my left hand and only my index finger of my right hand – I’m right-handed. I have no idea why this is but I’ve tried using more fingers on my right hand and it all feels completely unnatural. Besides, I type really fast (it’s basically a necessity when you’re translating 100k-word novels).
- Create a post to accept your award
- Add the blog award button into your post
- Link to me in the post so they know who has given you the award
- Answer the questions I have set below
- Nominate 5 book bloggers who you think deserve this award
- Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees
- Link them to this post so that they know the rules
Here are my answers to Becky’s questions (I’ll list my own at the bottom along with the nominees):
What is the book/series that you first fangirled over and do you still love it as much now? – Well, Harry Potter is the first one that comes to mind, I’ve re-read them all last year and reviewed most of them, too, but I did lower my rating for Order of the Phoenix by one star. *gasp* Other than that … I was always a reader so I’d probably go with my childhood favourites like Roald Dahl (see this post) or Astrid Lindgren. I love their books so much (I re-read most of them as an adult and they’re still amazing)!
We’re halfway into the year and I’ve already claimed Uprooted as one of my favourite books, name me one of yours and why? – I really should have done this award last year… I haven’t had any 5-star reads in 2016 yet (what is happening, 2016?!) so if I had to pick an absolute favourite from 2015… MAN, that’s tough. Umm… Probably Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. But a voice inside my head is screaming other book titles at me, so here’s a link to my “best of 2015” post in case you missed it.
We all know about hyped books, but which book/series do you love which has never received the attention it deserves from the community? – Oooh, this is such a good question! Well, my first choice would be The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, which is just wonderful. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is also really good and I don’t think it got enough attention. I’m sure there are lots more.
I am a terrible reader who has books on my shelves for months before reading, name me the book which has been gathering dust on your shelf for the longest and why? – Ugh. I… don’t even know. I’d probably say some classic, like Jane Eyre? I’ve had that one for at least 5 years – in a beautiful hardcover, no less – but I always put off reading it in favor of other, newer, shinier titles, and now I’ve been spoiled for the plot so thoroughly, I can’t even bring myself to begin reading it. I will some day (I have a classics challenge lined up for this year) but I’m not looking forward to it as much as I used to.
And to finish with how I began, I’ve heard about your first book/series you fangirled over, now I want to know what book/series you’ve fangirled over most recently? – Umm… let’s see… Oh, definitely Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (and all her books, really – see this post). I’ve also recently been introduced to Daughter of the Forest, which was amazing, and I read Every Word, book 2 in a great Sherlock Holmes-inspired series, and I also just finished book 2 of the Heartstriker series, which was really good.
Your questions are:
- What is the one book/series that you recommend the most?
- What is your favourite thing about blogging?
- What book/series do you wish you could love more (i.e. a series that everyone seems to like but you)?
- What 2016 release are you most excited about?
- What is the craziest/bravest fangirling thing you ever did?
I’m looking forward to reading your answers!
Aaaand last but not least, I got triple-tagged by Adelyn, but I’m only going to do one tag – you know, I have my limits (as do you, I’m sure). Here is the Unpopular Opinions Tag. I’ve thought about doing it before, it’s an interesting way of seeing just where people stick out from the general population.
A popular book or series you didn’t like: Hmm. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson? It’s not that I didn’t like it – I just didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else (seriously, this series has an epic following). Also Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, which fell short of my expectations but most of the blogosphere raved about. Ooh and Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufmann was a recent disappointment. OHH and Joe Abercrombie! Ugh!
A popular book/series everybody hates but you love: HMMM! This is more difficult, somehow. Umm… What does everybody hate? I saw that a lot of people were disappointed by Carry On by Rainbow Rowell but I loved it! And then there’s Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series which is a bestseller but generally considered to be pretty trashy – but I think it’s amazing because it mixes up crime, humor, romance, and really witty social satire.
A love triangle where you didn’t like who the main character ended up with: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. *SPOILER* I think that Rowan should be with Manon (imagine the chemistry!!) and that Aelin should have stayed with Chaol. *END SPOILER*
A popular genre you hardly read: Steampunk? I’ve tried a book or two but they never really clicked. Does anyone have any good recs? Also horror – not that it’s super popular but I see books popping up from time to time with creepy girls on the covers and my reaction is always nope.
A popular/beloved character you dislike: Four and Tris from Divergent. Each for their own reasons but they annoyed me start to finish. And yeah, I finished the trilogy and I really wish I hadn’t.
A popular author you can’t seem to get into: I read one Leigh Bardugo book and didn’t particularly like it… I’m willing to give her another chance with Six of Crows because it’s about thieves, though.
A popular trope you’re tired of reading: The cute-but-ordinary girl who is “not like other girls” and is a special snowflake and is always bewildered by the guy’s attention. Own your beauty, girl. Oh, and slut shaming. That just needs to stop.
A popular series you have no interest in reading: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, anything more written by Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare (I read enough of their books to last me a lifetime).
A movie you liked better than the book: Huh. Let’s see… The Hunger Games? I feel like they changed the story a bit (Katniss seems to have a bit more control over her life in the movies). Also… Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – I felt the book dragged a little in places. But hey, you can’t have everything.
WHEW! This really was a monster of a post. It took me hours to complete. Note to self: keep up with your tags.
I’m really sorry if I tagged you for a tag you already did – pick another one if you want! :)
I’d love to hear from you!