Happy Friday, everyone!
I’ve had another really busy week full of beta-reading and working on math stuff, so instead of the book review for Royal Assassin that I originally had planned for today, you’re getting a tag! Since, you know, writing a review would have meant actually finding the time to read the book first 😜
But tags are great, too! (Plus, I really need to get around to doing them, because, by now, there are over twenty sitting in my drafts folder. Oops… I will work my way through all of them eventually, though, I promise! 😊)
Anyway, since both Amy @ A Fangirl’s Opinion and Zoë @ Reading by the Moonlight were kind enough to tag me for the “Meet the Book Blogger Tag” this week and the questions looked really interesting, I thought I would give this one a try! It was created by Samantha and Amber @ Bibliomavens and sounds like such a fun way to get to know other bloggers better! So thanks again for tagging me, Amy and Zoë! 💚
- Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.
- Use the same questions from the tag.
- Tag the original creator and the blogger who tagged you
Who is your all-time favorite book character?
Don’t make me pick 😳😭😂
Ginny, Hermione, Professor McGonagall, and, of course, Harry, from Harry Potter. Skye from The Penderwicks. Luxa from The Underland Chronicles. Anne from Anne of Green Gables. Alanna and Faithful from the Song of the Lioness quartet. Kestrel and Arin from the Winner’s Curse series. The Thunderhead in Neal Shusterman’s Scythe trilogy. Percy, Annabeth, and Nico from the Percy Jackson series. Elodin from The Name of the Wind. Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight from Erin Hunter’s Warriors series, which was one of my many teenage obsessions… And there are so many more! Basically, if I loved a book, I will also have loved the characters, so all you really need to do is take a look at my favorite books, and you will find your answers there 🥰
If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books do not count)
Why??? Why can’t I take a survival book? Amy and Zoë both said they would pick a long book to keep them occupied during their time on the island, but quite honestly, without a survival book, I would probably die on my very first day there. So I don’t think it matters much 😅
Maybe I should just take one of my favorite books where characters are stranded on deserted islands so I can copy some of their survival tips? Like Theodore Taylor’s The Cay, Gordon Korman’s Island trilogy, or Ann Halam’s Dr. Franklin’s Island… I mean, those aren’t technically survival books, right?
But then again, reading about other characters in the same abysmal situation as I am in would probably just make me more depressed, so maybe I’ll go with the optimistic long book option after all 🤔 In that case, I want to take a Russian copy of Anna Karenina – I’ve always wanted to read it, and if I make it through the whole book in Russian, I will surely have amazing language skills by the time someone rescues me!
(Or maybe I would just take Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and reread that for the five-millionth time? 😍)
What’s your most unpopular book opinion?
You think I have just one of these? 😅😅😅 I am a treasure trove of unpopular opinions!! But, to give you a sampling:
Game of Thrones, Red Rising, and the Shatter Me series are completely overrated.
Rowan Whitethorn is one of the worst love interests I’ve ever encountered – I wouldn’t have minded at all if Sarah J. Maas had just killed him off in Queen of Shadows.
The love triangle in The Infernal Devices was one of the most annoying ones in the history of love triangles, and the way it was resolved was the cheapest cop-out ever.
Deckled edges are actually really pretty.
(Actually, no, I’m not sorry at all 🤣🤣🤣 I proudly stand by these opinions! But still, please don’t hate me? 🥺)
What’s your weirdest bookish habit?
You’re probably gonna think I’m bonkers, but I love fact-checking books and keep lists of mistakes I’ve found in them – logical errors, consistency issues, grammar problems, you name it! 😁
I started this when I was still in elementary school, naively envisioning that I might someday contact the respective authors or publishers to let them know about stuff they might want to fix in later editions. What was I even thinking? Of course, I’m way too terrified and socially awkward to ever reach out to authors and tell them they’re wrong about something 😅
Especially since some of these things are so random that people would probably think you’re crazy to even have noticed this. For example, did you know that in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the first task takes place on Tuesday, November 24, 1994? The day of the week, day, and month are all mentioned at some point in the book, and you can calculate the year knowing other dates, such as Nearly Headless Nick’s Death Day. But guys – Tuesday, November 24, 1994 never actually existed!!! November 24, 1994 was, in fact, a Thursday. A travesty!
I know. I’m weird 😂
What character would you bring to a family event as your fake partner?
Can I just go ahead and pick Peeta Mellark? 🥰
I mean, he already has a bit of experience in the fake dating department, and plus, he’s good with crowds, which is definitely a prerequisite for meeting my chaotic family 😂 There are already six of us in our household alone, plus usually one exchange student, and since my mom has five siblings and my dad has two, most of whom have a ton of children of their own, family events tend to get very out of control… I honestly don’t even know half the kids there anymore, because so many of my cousins have had babies recently that it’s hard to keep track 😅
Most importantly, though, I’ve learned from books that fake dating ends up leading to the real thing more often than not. And who wouldn’t want to date and eventually marry Peeta?
What made you decide to start a book blog?
A mixture of things. I’ve always loved reading and gushing about books, and the discovery of BookTube eventually led to me falling in love with the online book community! However, I was and still am way too camera-shy to ever consider starting a channel of my own. Besides, I’ve always been into writing, whereas video-editing skills are not my forte 🤣
So I toyed with the idea of starting a blog for a while, and then, a homework assignment for one of my coding classes actually gave me the final push I needed! Still, I was way too self-conscious at the time to actually engage with other people, so it took me a few years and a bit of prodding from friends to realize I liked what I wrote enough to let other people see it.
But now that this blog is public, I couldn’t imagine going back! I have so much fun interacting with all of you, and our community is one of my absolute favorite things about this hobby ❤️
What about reading and books do you love the most?
EVERYTHING!!! 🥰🥰🥰 I love escaping into fictional worlds and exploring ideas I haven’t encountered before. I love engaging with language and seeing how every author uses it in their own creative way. I love learning new things. Falling in love with characters. Having my mind blown by crazy twists and turns. Seeing how literature has evolved over time. Honestly, what’s not to love about reading?
What is your field of study/desired profession/current profession?
My study program might sound a bit complicated to those of you not familiar with the German system, but basically, I’m at university studying math, English, and educational science in order to become a teacher! Which means that I pretty much have to take the exact same courses someone majoring in math and English literature and linguistics would, with a few additional classes pertaining to teaching those subjects, as well as in psychology and pedagogy.
I am also simultaneously getting my “regular” master’s degree in math. I already passed the final exam that would allow me to start teaching, so writing my thesis for that math degree is actually the only thing keeping me at university. Well, that and the fact that there are so many interesting classes I can take voluntarily, like supplemental advanced math courses or language classes 😊
And who knows what I am actually going to do once I finish my thesis? I do really enjoy teaching, but I could also see myself staying at university a little bit longer to get a PhD in math. And of course, my life-long dream has always been to become an author, so I will always be writing on the side! Although who knows when I’ll actually be satisfied enough with something I’ve written to try to publish it 😅
What are some book recommendations that became your favorites/obsessions?
Most recently, Katherine Arden’s Winternight trilogy! If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you are probably tired of hearing me gush about it, but it has everything I love in a fantasy novel! Such as beautifully slow, lyrical writing, amazing characters, and a ton of historical, cultural and linguistic references that Russia-obsessed me immediately gobbled up 🤩
What is the book you shove down everyone’s throat?
I don’t think there is a specific one, since I usually tailor my book recommendations to the person I’m giving them to, in order to increase my chances of getting them to actually read the books 😁
But I think the book I have forced the most people to read is probably The Penderwicks 😊 And so far, all of my victims seemed very happy with their predicament, so unless they’re lying to spare my feelings, I really think this is a series everyone should check out!
Who do you tag?
I tag the following amazing people, whose blogs you should most definitely pay a visit:
- Ella @ Ella Isn’t Reading
- Esmeralda @ Lattes and Literature
- Line @ First Line Reader
- Nehal @ Books and Words
- Riddhi @ Whispering Stories
Remember, you are in no way obligated to do this if you don’t want to! I completely understand if tags just aren’t your thing, or if you have so many of them waiting that it’s starting to get a bit overwhelming 😂 Just know that I love your blogs and this is my way of repaying you for all the effort you’ve put in 😉
Also, if anyone else would like to do this, consider yourself tagged! I would love to learn more about all of your reading habits!
So anyway, that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better, and do tell me if you’ve read any of the books you mentioned here and what you thought of them!
Also, what are some of your unpopular opinions? Do any of you feel the need to hide in fear like I probably should after revealing mine? I’d love to know!