Yo nerds! I GOT TAGGED! I used to get tagged for things, but for some reason people stopped tagging me. *sulks in corner* It’s fine, I’m fine. Then the marvellous Sarah from Book Hooked Nook tagged me in this. Yes! Get in there. I am valid once again. Thank you, Sarah!
Hey ho, let’s go!
All book cover images link to its Goodreads page.
– Neil Gaiman. Ocean was the first Gaiman novel I read, and I instantly followed it up by reading The Graveyard Book, then Stardust, and then Neverwhere. Gaiman is a fantastic writer, but that’s an obvious thing to say.
– Katherine Arden. You remember my screaming for how much I loved The Bear and the Nightingale, and I was not disappointed with the follow up, The Girl in the Tower.
– Rebecca Gransden. Of course. I will never not shout from the rooftops about how much I love Gransden’s writing. I first read anemogram and then Rusticles. I look out for other Gransden short stories published online and in various magazines.
Three Titles I’ve Watched But Haven’t Read
This was really hard!
That’s what she said!! If I watch something that I like, I normally go and read the books it is based on. I did manage to think of 3 though.
– The 100. I’m about two thirds of the way through the first season. I keep hearing people talk about how great it is, but I’m not feeling it so far. It’s not a bad show, but it’s not great either. Maybe it’s one of those that gets better with each season. I’ve heard that the books it is based on are not very good, so I probably won’t read them.
– The Hunger Games. I’ve seen the movie. Not read the books and I don’t really have any intentions to.
– The Shawshank Redemption. Of course, the movie is an all time great. But I have never read the original King story. I should correct that.
– Matilda Wormwood (Matilda by Roald Dahl). It could just be because I am listening to the book whilst writing this, but this was a favourite of mine as a kid and I adored Matilda (still do!).
– The Hempstocks (The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman). Is it cheating to use the same book twice? *shrugs, leans against lamp post, flicks up collar on leather jacket, combs back greased hair* Yeah well I am a rebel and do what I like, innit. I’m also picking three characters in one here. Deal with it. The Hempstocks are marvellous. Mysterious not so obvious witches representing the triple goddess from Irish mythology; The Mother, The Maiden, and The Crone.
– Mina (Skellig). I bloody love Skellig I do. Mina is a supporting character, but she plays a large part in the story. She’s not perfect, far from it. She is often rude and snobbish, and acts like she’s smarter than everyone else. But I love her nonetheless.
Three Series’ Binged
I really don’t binge book… series’? … series? … serieses?… THAT MAKES MY HEAD HURT! I’m going with serieses. I can only come up with 2. Forgive me. Must I now hand back my success badge? Is this why people don’t tag me anymore?! It’s fine. I’m fine.
– The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. Technically, I read these as they came out, but with each new release, I have gone back to the start of the series and binged them all again. They are wonderful.
– The Girl from the Other Side by Nagabe. I read the first 2, then got book 3 and 4 when they were released. As with The Wayward Children, I binged the series from the start as new books were released. Mainly just because I am terrible at remembering anything. Ever. Who are you again? Who am I? What day is it? Potatoes!
Three Unpopular Bookish Opinions
Oh boy, prepare yourself.
1) eBooks are better than physical books. Come on folks, it’s 2018. We can’t afford to keep damaging the earth in the way we currently are. Studies have shown that if you read more than 20-25 books a year, eBooks have much less of a carbon impact than physical books. Personally, I also love the highlighting function of ebooks, and I love the way I can change the size and font of the text, which helps me enormously when I am reading during a bout of poor mental health. I can also stick my kindle in my pocket and carry it anywhere with me. I have 246 books in my pocket. What a time to be alive!
2) Audiobooks are a real, and legitimate way to read books. Do we really need to have this justified? Of course listening to audiobooks is reading. The term ‘read’ has multiple common use definitions (the only kind of definition of a word that really matters) and one of those definitions includes processing and understanding an auditory story, essay etc. People read using many different senses; not just sight.
3) The Harry Potter series (listen to all those deep intakes of breath and the deafening clicks of people unfollowing!), is far from being a bad story, but it is not the masterpiece many people claim it to be. Nothing in those books is original. Everything is influenced by something that came before it. As I said, they are not bad, and I can see why people enjoy them. I get that people grew up with them and that people hold great sentimental attachment to the stories. I recognise how they made a huge impact on getting non-readers into reading. I know of 2 people personally that hadn’t read a book before HP, and now read regularly. That’s all gravy, but they are far from technically sound books, or even contain great writing. They are distinctly average. The way people put them on a pedestal of being the greatest books to have ever been written is an opinion I don’t share. I’m so fed up of seeing the books dominate almost every list of ‘best books’ or dominating everyone’s answers to their most favourite book. Also, I find it a tad irritating how people state their house in their bios. I think those people think they are telling me a lot about their personality, their likes, dislikes, personality traits etc, when in reality they are telling me nothing. All I now know is that they like HP, but I could probably have guessed that would be the case because at times I feel like the only one who didn’t like them! Lonely. I am so lonely…
Hey, let’s remember that those are just my opinions, and I hold no ill will or negative feelings towards those that disagree with any of those points. Everyone else has the right to be wrong…
*side eyes those people* *adds their name to… the list.*
Hey, if you’re one of those definitely not irritating and incredibly helpful individuals that always follows the rules and likes to see other people follow the rules, then… Hey! Look over there! *whispers* I also love these covers.
And many more.
Three Goals for the Year
– The Fainting Goat
– The Boer Goat
– The Pygmy Goat
As always, there is no pressure to complete this, I won’t take offence if you don’t want to.
I will cry though. What? Nothing. It’s fine. I’m fine.
And that’s it. That took forever to complete, but I really did enjoy doing it. Thanks again, Sarah! I learnt a lot about myself whilst doing this. I learnt that I either have 956,254 favourites of something, or 0. There is nothing in between.
Anyway, I’m off to write an open letter of apology to all the HP loving folks. Until next time, Peace and Love!