I’d been pondering bookish things to write about. Did you know, it isn’t easy writing about books when you are in a reading slump? Who knew. However, I was scrolling along and stumbled across The Bookish Blog Tag over at Kristin Kraves Books and it sounded like a fun time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find who the creator of the tag is but lets just dive right in, shall we?
What are 1-3 of your favourite books of all time?
Typically, when I am asked my favorite books, I automatically bring up The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon but I thought I would branch out a little here.
For me, a favorite is a book I’ve re-read because it draws me in, makes me feel safe and comfortable like I am spending time with a trusted friend. These three books fit. First we have All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells. I love spending time with Murderbot as they work through their thoughts and issues with humanity. Next is A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book really got me into reading new adult fantasy romance, which is something I discovered I love, and I am always ready to read a little more Cas. Lastly is The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. This is a story I have returned to time and time again with its quiet story flow, creepy vibes, and satisfying conclusion.
What are 1-3 of your favourite authors of all time?
So, this was a toughie. You would assume your favorite authors would be the authors of your favorite books, right? However, that is not necessarily the case. A favorite author is one you return to again and again through their various books and continue to enjoy. At least, that is my take on it.
With that in mind, a few of my favorite authors are:
Samantha Shannon – Look, I knew I’d sneak her in somewhere. You knew I’d sneak her in somewhere. The spider slowly crawling across my ceiling (YIKES) knew I’d sneak her in somewhere. I love Shannon’s writing style and the depths on which she builds her characters. Her worlds are also so vivd and alive!
Notable works: The Bone Season series, Priory of the Orange Tree
Deanna Raybourn – Raybourn writes some fantastic historical fiction/historical mysteries! Her Veronica Speedwell series holds a very special place in my heart. Her characters feel alive with their own flaws and shortcomings and the mysteries she builds up around them are vast and varied.
Notable works: Veronica Speedwell mysteries, Lady Julia Grey mysteries
Sarah J. Maas – I think this woman needs no introduction in the fantasy world. Are her books on my “favorites ever” lists? No, but boy I have read A LOT from her and they all have positive ratings. Her Throne of Glass series is one I find myself re-reading when I am in some kind of mental or emotional distress and need an outlet. What’s more comforting than spending some time with Rhysand, hm?
Notable works: Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Crescent City
Who is your favourite female character of all time?
Don’t do this to me. I can’t. You can’t make me. How do you choose?! Because I refuse to choose, here are three favorites.
Malice (Malice Duology #1) by Heather Walter – This book is the origin story of Maleficent. I have never felt more caring and pain for a character than I did in this book. Reading along as her life absolutely crumbles around her…heart breaking but written so beautifully. I love Alyce.
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – Have you net Nora Walker? Because if you haven’t, I have to ask you, why not? This is a book about a young woman forcibly examining her world and deciding who she wants to be in it. Yes, there is a mystery and magical things going on, too, but at its heart there is Nora discovering herself and she is amazing.
We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal – Zafira is a fucking queen. Her family has been taken from her, her whole world has collapsed around her, she has been introduced to this terrifying and magical new world, and yet she still stands there with her head high and just owns it.
Who is your favourite male character in a book?
Again, how do you choose? So, here is another list! I like lists. Lists are good.
Bryant and May – Bryant and May are two elderly detectives in Christopher Fowler’s Bryant and May series. They solve unusual crimes in unusual ways and these two are so easy to become attached to. They each have their own difficult and complicated back stories that grow throughout the series and they also show you that you are never too old to learn.
Li Shimin – Li Shimin is from Xiran Jay Zhao’s book Iron Widow. He is intelligent and broody and stubborn and misunderstood and just so absolutely glorious I can hardly stand it. Please, give me more of him.
Jacks – Readers of YA fantasy will recognize Jacks from Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber. Jacks is such a little shit but manages to be charming and clever at the same time. I enjoyed him in her Caraval trilogy but he really stomped all over my emotions in Once Upon a Broken Heart.
What is your favourite mythical world?
This tag really isn’t pulling the punches! It just keeps asking my favorite things and it is almost impossible to pick favorites between the books I love. So what am I going to do? Cheat.
In The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman, the main character, Irene, is able to cross between multiple alternate dimensions (instead of picking one world, I will pick many!) of the same world. One could be dominated by chaos and vampires could run rampant, ruling the world. In another world that is more orderly, it would likely be ruled by the dragons but no matter where she ends up, adventure ensues. To be able to cross into alternate worlds and explore would be a dream.
What book has your favourite cover?
Favorite covers, you say? Take a little peak at some of the ones I love!
I’m not saying that I love these books, In the Ravenous Dark and The Ten Thousand Doors of January were very disappointing, but the cover art is fabulous.
What is your favourite book-to-movie adaptation?
I’m going to be up front with you, I don’t really watch movies or television shows all that much. I know The Witcher is an adaptation but I’ve never read the books so I can’t comment on that. But, for the most part, that type of entertainment isn’t my thing so I’m just going to pass on by this one.
If you could make any book into a movie, what would it be?
Please see above.
What was your favourite childhood book?
My mother read me The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede when I was little and this story has stuck with me throughout my life. I absolutely love picking one of these books up and going back to the Enchanted Forest with Cimorene and Mendenbar and feeling that childlike wonder again.
Fantasy or sci-fi? (Or neither?)
I am absolutely more of a fantasy reader than I am of sci-fi. However, one of my goals for 2022 is to try picking up more sci-fi so we’ll see how it goes. Over 80% of what I read has elements of fantasy in it, though, so I doubt that it being my favorite is ever going to change.
We’ve made it to the end! Boy, that tag was longer than I thought it was but it is always fun trying to pick out books for these tag prompts. If you do this prompt, please tag me so I can come check it out!
Happy reading! 🖤