Happy Friday, everyone!
And welcome to a post that is positively ginormous even by my standards! I’m really going to have to try to keep this intro brief because, well, the rest of this most certainly isn’t going to be…
Seriously, when I asked for Q&A questions in celebration of A Book Owl’s Corner hitting 500 followers, you guys really delivered! I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of support (and the number of questions) everybody sent my way, so I can only repeat what I already said in my Q&A announcement: You guys are the best community any blogger could ever hope for, and I’m so thankful for each and every one of you! 💙🥰💙
So yeah, without further ado, let’s get to the questions! There are insanely many of them, but, you know, since you guys expected me to answer you and write responses to all of the stuff you asked, I think it’s only fair that you get to read all of this in return… 😁 Have fun!
(And remember, skim-reading is most definitely not allowed 😜)
📚 Meena @ Meena Green asks 📚
We all have a book we want to go into, like going to Hogwarts, but what’s one book you absolutely do not want to go in?
Pretty much any dystopian book ever. But one that I’d particularly like to avoid is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale! A twistedly religious totalitarian regime that completely restricts freedom of movement, speech, and choice is just not my thing, particularly when it involves regularly being raped by some self-righteous rich dude who can’t wait to impregnate you and then snatch your child away once it is born. NO THANK YOU!!!
What’s one book you’d force someone to read as a torture method?
Although I am severely tempted to choose Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – a genuinely horrible book if there ever was one 😬 – I am going to have to go with Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. Torture describes Faulkner’s writing style to a T, and since this book is much, much longer than Heart of Darkness, we have the additional advantage that the torture will be drawn out in the most painful way possible! Also, as awful as my reading experience was, I think Absalom, Absalom! does get across some very poignant messages about oppression and racial trauma. And we want our torturee to come out of the torture as a better person, right?
📚 Line @ First Line Reader asks 📚
If you had to choose, would you rather never reread Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix again or never read another Robin Hobb book, meaning you’ll never finish the Realm of the Elderlings?
First off, Line, in case I didn’t already make it clear: I HATE YOU. While I might have expected such evilness from Nehal, I genuinely thought you were a nice person! HOW DARE YOU MAKE ME CHOOSE BETWEEN THE BOOK I LOVE MOST IN THE ENTIRE WORLD AND A SERIES I’M ABSOLUTELY DYING TO KNOW THE CONCLUSION TO?!? 😭😫😭 I’m very tempted to go with never finishing the Realm of the Elderlings, just so you won’t have anyone to excitedly gush about the rest of those books with! 😤
However, as much as it breaks my heart to say this, I think I’d give up Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 😭😭😭 After all, I’ve read it so many times that I almost know it by heart anyway, so if I get too deprived, maybe I could at least recall my favorite passages in my head and reexperience them that way? And I would still be allowed to read the other Harry Potter books, which should lessen the pain at least a little… I love Goblet of Fire almost as much as Order of the Phoenix, so maybe that would be enough to keep me from going into a complete downward spiral when I have a bad day and realize my ultimate comfort book is inaccessible??? 😥
I just need to know how the rest of the Realm of the Elderlings plays out, okay!! I’m not giving up on Robin Hobb before I’ve even read all the books! Especially when I am sure there is so much greatness I have yet to discover!
If you had to spend a day with a character you absolutely despise, who would it be and how would you spend the time?
I would spend the day with Kyle Haven and gleefully take notes on his mistreatment of Wintrow, so that I could then give a detailed account of Wintrow’s suffering to the person who dared to suggest I would have to choose between rereading Harry Potter and finishing The Realm of the Elderlings.
I would spend the day talking to Father Konstantin from Katherine Arden’s Winternight trilogy – because as horrible as he is, he speaks Russian, meaning that I’d at least get some language practice in! If I already have to spend the day with a terrible person, I might as well get something out of it, right? 🤔 Besides, I think it’d be good for Father Konstantin to have someone apart from Vasya disagree with him from time to time. The man is way too self-righteous!! And if he gets on my nerves too much, I can always tune out all of his stupid babbling and blame my rudeness on language difficulties 😇
📚 Anjali @ Anjali Writes And Reads asks 📚
Your thoughts on Indian bloggers?
Ummmm – I don’t think I have any thoughts in particular? 😅 A blogger’s nationality doesn’t really matter to me, I care about the quality of the person’s content!
However, I do always love learning more about the world, so when bloggers – Indian or otherwise – use their platform to spread awareness about their culture in a way that creatively intertwines with whatever else they usually talk about, I’m a huge fan! Like, Riddhi @ Whispering Stories recently did a post about things in American and British novels that used to astound her as an Indian reader, and I thought that was hilarious, super interesting, and partially also very relatable!
Any assumptions about Indians?
Oh gosh, let’s see 😅 I’m just going to unpack all of the stereotypes I have and hope you don’t hate me too much afterwards 🙈🙈🙈 Please don’t hesitate to correct my ignorance down in the comments!
- You have a much higher tolerance for spices than the average European – which means that India has waaaaay better food than the bland mushy potato stuff which is so vastly popular here!
- Many of you are bilingual prodigies! Like, how on Earth do you also speak English so well when your native language is Hindi or Bengali or Tamil or something?
- Social hierarchies – like remnants of the caste system or a strong emphasis on obeying your elders – still shape society today, which means that there can be quite a bit of academic pressure on young Indians especially.
- A lot of you guys drive motorcycles.
- You can’t fathom why Bollywood movies aren’t more popular in the Western world and secretly think we are to be pitied for not knowing some of your true gems like pk or Three Idiots or Pink…
Fan of K-dramas?
Not really? 😅 I mean, I have nothing against them or anything, I just don’t actively seek them out and religiously binge-watch them to the point that I’ve almost become fluent in Korean. Which I feel like hardcore K-drama fans often tend to do! But if you have any recommendations, I’m definitely not opposed to giving them a try!
📚 Rachel @ A Bookworm’s Paradise asks 📚
Which is your favourite ice cream flavour?
Hazelnut! 🤩🥰🤩 While I do like to spice things up with a bit of variety, basically every second time I buy myself an ice cream cone, it’ll contain at least one scoop of hazelnut…
Spring or winter?
Winter! I love all four seasons, but summer and winter in particular hold a very special place in my heart.
First of all, I absolutely love snow. There’s simply something magical about walking through a forest that is covered in crystalline whiteness, and building snowmen, skiing, sledding, ice skating and the like are just so much fun! And there’s also nothing quite like coming back into the house and warming your half-frozen hands on a mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine…
Also, December happens to have both my birthday and Christmas in it! I basically spend all year looking forward to the Advent season, so obviously, I love winter a little more just because of that 🥰
Do you play a sport?
Does cycling up a hill every day to get to school count? 😅
Alas, no, I do not. I swam competitively up until about eighth grade, but ever since, I have been extremely lazy and not participated in any organized sport outside of school.
The best thing about living in Germany?
Why are you guys giving me all of these horribly difficult questions?!? 😫 I don’t have a freaking clue! Choosing one best thing is way too much pressure!!
So of course, since it’s me answering this, here are several things I value a lot about living here:
- PRIVILEGE: I live in an extremely influential and wealthy country with a functioning democracy and universal healthcare and social security system. I have never had to go hungry, have known peace my entire life, and have never had to worry about being persecuted for something I have said or believe in. Apart from public transportation and copy fees, I have never had to pay a single cent for my education – and that includes university.
- TRAVEL: Being smack-dab in the middle of Europe makes it super easy to travel to other countries. In fact, when I go home to see my parents, I have to pay very careful attention to make sure I sit in the correct half of my train – unless I want to find myself making an impromptu trip to the Czech Republic. (Which isn’t bad per se – it only takes about 30 minutes to get back – but the German train service charges you some pretty hefty fines if you accidentally end up in another country when you bought a discounted ticket that allows you to travel only within Bavaria 😅) Additionally, when you want to travel outside of Europe, it is a huge advantage to have a passport so powerful that it gives you visa-free access to almost all other countries in the world.
- BREAD, CHOCOLATE, YOGHURT: I’m sorry, but apart from our closest neighbors, nobody can possibly compete in this area! Especially as far as bread is concerned. Honestly, for me, I think the hardest part about living in the US was the lack of proper bakeries. What you call “bread” is absolutely disgusting, Americans!
- NATURE: Sure, Germany doesn’t have anything as impressive as luscious tropical rainforests, sweeping deserts, or sprawling canyons… But we do have a pretty diverse landscape – mountains in the south, forests, plains, rivers, and moors spread all around the country, and the sea in the north! And since I love being outside and going hiking, I really appreciate the diversity!
- ADMITTING TO IMPERFECTION: From a really young age, we are taught to view our own country critically and not to gloss over the horrific things it has done in the past. We’re encouraged to discuss what we think is wrong in our society and take responsibility for current problems. We’re supposed to look at other countries for inspiration and strive to work together for a peaceful future. And although Germany is constantly criticized for having no patriotic spirit whatsoever except when it comes to soccer championships, I actually really like this mindset and find it a lot healthier than thinking your country is the best simply because you were born there. Because there are definitely a ton of things I think Germany could still improve on!
📚 Corrie @ Miraculus Homeschool asks 📚
What is your secret happy book? (Like a childish book that makes you happy when you read it)
While I have loads of happy books, I don’t think any of them are particularly secret… I proudly love all of my faves! Like I already said earlier, my number one comfort book is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but since you asked for childish, there are definitely also more juvenile things I like to reach for when I’m looking for happiness. Especially school stories! Enid Blyton, Andrew Clements, Louis Sachar and Roald Dahl are probably my go-to authors in that regard.
What do you want as a superpower if you could have one?
Gosh, this is so freaking hard! Don’t give me this choice!!! I can think of a number of superpowers that I would want to have for various different reasons!!
One power that I think would be super useful, however, is the ability to manipulate emotions.
Yes, I know – that makes me sounds extremely evil, doesn’t it? 😁😈😅 But just think about how much good I could do with it! I could easily de-escalate horrible situations in this world just by making people care for one another and be willing to see each other’s perspectives. Besides, my own life would be so much easier, too, because whenever I was feeling too anxious about something, I could simply tweak my own emotions in the right direction!
What genre would you give up forever: Mystery, fantasy, or adventure/sci-fi?
Mystery. I mean, I do love mystery novels – Agatha Christie is my queen! – but fantasy and science-fiction are my favorite genres, so there’s just no way I’m ever giving them up!
Do you like historical fiction?
Yes! I don’t tend to reach for it that often, since I have a slight tendency to get side-tracked by enormous fantasy tomes, but whenever I do, I usually really enjoy it. Especially if it is very political historical fiction!
Do you like wasabi? (I don’t.)
I will eat it if you serve it to me with sushi and also give me enough soy sauce and ginger to cover up the taste. But if you give it to me in the form of those wasabi nut things, I am staying well away. Those are positively disgusting!
When did you read your last finished book?
Last weekend, so March 12th to 13th. I unfortunately don’t have as much time during the week anymore, which means as much reading as possible has to be squeezed into weekends! And since The Golden Fool was so remarkably good, I just went ahead and binged through it all in one go! 😍
📚 Pauline @ Pow’s Book Nook asks 📚
If you could have dinner with any author (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Gosh, this is such a hard question! I feel like, realistically, I would get so nervous and tongue-tied around authors that it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to have dinner with any of them 😅 However, I don’t want to pass up this opportunity, either!
So maybe Jane Austen? I feel like she had a pretty wicked sense of humor and would be able to keep the conversation going even when I fail to contribute to it… Spending the evening with her would probably be hilarious!
I would also really like to meet Suzanne Collins, though. Apart from absolutely loving her books, I think she’d be an amazing person to have in-depth discussions about morality and philosophy with – topics that usually draw even introverted me out of her shell! Plus, she seems like a rather quiet and really down-to-Earth person despite being super famous, so maybe we would actually be able to have a conversation without me freezing up in terror…
📚 Simran @ Far From Perfect asks 📚
What would be your favourite book’s soundtrack? I. e. choose a song that fits the vibe of your favourite book.
My favorite book – which I think we’ve established often enough in this post is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 😅 – actually already has the perfect soundtrack! Even though I am of the hugely unpopular opinion that the Harry Potter movies aren’t particularly great, the film music is **chef’s kiss** 😍🤩😍 It has interesting, unique, and complex, but still very memorable melodies; it perfectly captures a feeling of magic and brewing tension, and it is just altogether wonderful! I couldn’t have asked for anything better!!
However, since you asked for a song and not something instrumental, I guess you could say that Harry’s general angsty mindset in the book fits very well with Simple Plan’s Welcome To My Life? 🤔
What colour is your soul?
According to the BuzzFeed quiz I took when I was asked this exact same question for The Aesthete Blogger Award about a year ago, my soul is a deep, dark black. Draw from this whichever conclusions you will…
Do you regret reading a particular book?
No! I mean, even when I hated a book, I love being in the know 😁 It’s so fun to be able to
rant talk about specifics with other book nerds! And even when books were so horrible that they kind of tainted my views on entire series and I sometimes wish I could forget everything about them (**cough** The Fate of the Tearling **cough** Cursed Child **cough**), I would be way too curious as to what happened in them to not read them all over again!
Which Harry Potter character are you most like?
Being the book nerd and overachieving student that I am, I’ve obviously always related heavily to Hermione! As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve also seen more and more of myself in Harry’s teachers, most notably Professors McGonagall and Snape.
Which isn’t to say that I approve of how Snape treats his students! I just think that, like Snape, I tend to be absolutely terrible at communicating my emotions to other people and have made quite a few choices in my life that I deeply regret because of it…
And Professor McGonagall simply embodies a lot of qualities I personally also value very highly – fairness, logic, a willingness to defend her students tooth and claw if need be, an unwavering sense of duty to stand up for what is right, and a strong competitive streak that is especially prevalent when it comes to sports 😁 I don’t think I could ever be as awesome as her, but I definitely want to try!
If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose?
I’ve already answered this one above, but if I had to choose a different one, I think the ability to shape-shift into and then communicate with different animals would also be really cool! (And yes, this is definitely a leftover sentiment from my obsessively-writing-stories-about-Amoret days… If you know, you know 😅)
📚 Jan @ Inkspun Tales asks 📚
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?
A bookmark – made from glue 🙈 If there are any other 90s kids around here who went to elementary school in the United States, you might remember that one of the biggest fads back in the day was to color the top of your pencil box with a marker and then pour lots of glue onto it to make colorful strips that you could use as bookmarks when they dried…
Anyway, dumb little me actually used one of those bookmarks – and then proceeded to leave her book out in the Floridian sun… Thankfully, it was “only“ a school workbook, which means I could just rip out the ruined pages, but it still gave me a huge scare!!! Needless to say, I have never used glue bookmarks since. Or any other bookmarks, really. I usually just memorize the page number I‘m on 😇
If dragons were real, would you keep one as a pet?
Immediate answer: YES!!!! OF COURSE!!! WHO WOULDN’T WANT A DRAGON?!? 🤗🤩🥰🤩🤗
Answer after thinking about this question a little bit and realizing that dragons have destructive pyromanic tendencies, eat a ton of meat that I would somehow have to provide them with, and poop so much that cleaning up would probably be an even more awful experience than that time when I was working on a farm and the canal from the cow barn to the manure tank froze over: Noooooooo….. I guess I don’t want a dragon after all… 😥
Choose between the Inkheart series and The Penderwicks 😈
WHY ARE ALL OF YOU SO CRUEL?!? WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME CHOOSE BETWEEN MY FAVORITES? 😫 Can I get out of this because that sentence of yours technically isn‘t even a question?
Still, Jan, I don‘t hate you quite as much as I hate Line – because the choice is actually comparatively easy here! I would choose The Penderwicks, hands down. I love Inkheart, but I absolutely adore The Penderwicks. The series has such wonderfully relatable characters, is simultaneously sad and full of humor, and I just couldn‘t imagine ever giving it up!
📚 Suhani @ Random Reader’s Rambles asks 📚
Paperbacks or hardcovers?
Paperbacks! (At least if they‘re not the super-hard-to-open tiny mass-market type 🙄) Holding them is so much more comfortable than holding hardcovers, the spines don‘t break as easily, and, most importantly, they‘re way cheaper! And buying cheaper books means you can buy more of them!
Pineapples on pizza, yes or no??
Yes! However, I do not understand the need to also add ham or bacon to that pineapple. Pineapple is delicious, so why would you feel the need to mar its taste with disgusting other substances? Just pair it with mushrooms or something!
Do you have any pet peeves? If so, what are they?
If we’re talking bookish pet peeves, I did a whole post on them ages ago, so I’ll just redirect you to that if you’re interested 😉 However, as far as more basic, everyday pet peeves go, some things I absolutely can’t stand are:
a) People feeling the need to continuously crack their knuckles in my presence (I’m looking at you, brother #1! 😠) or to flaunt their disgusting soccer-induced injuries when they (Yes, brother #2, I mean you! 😡) know fully well that I get extremely woozy at the sight of blood!
b) People leaving their unwashed dishes in the sink or all of their hair in the drain after they shower. Clean up the freaking communal areas after you’ve made use of them!
c) People saying “between you and I” and swearing this is correct grammar. The same thing applies to Germans who think “zumindestens” and “einzigste” are words. THEY ARE NOT!
d) People who babble on and on and on without getting to the point when they are asked a question. Just admit straight-out that you don’t know the answer rather than trying to fake knowledge when there clearly isn’t any there!
One fictional world you’d choose to live in for the rest of your life?
I‘m super basic and would just want to live in Hogsmeade and go to Hogwarts. I don‘t even care that I‘m way older than all of the other students – I just wanna be part of the magic!!! Is that really too much to ask for? 😫
Besides, if none of the teachers want me in their classes, I‘d still be open to teaching Muggle Studies. I feel like after living as a Muggle for such a significant part of my life, I‘d be more than qualified 😇 And I could probably have very interesting cultural discussions with the students!
What’s your all-time favourite memory?
I don’t think I have an all-time favorite memory… Thankfully, I’ve experienced quite a few wonderful things in my life, so narrowing it down to one is impossible!
However, for the sake of answering this question, I suppose that one memory I’m very fond of is when my family finally moved into our “new” house back in 2008. We’d already returned to Germany in 2007, but since the old half-timbered house my parents had bought was in complete ruins at the time, we spent a whole year living in a holiday apartment until our house was renovated enough that living in it was feasible. Which also meant that, for over a year, the six of us were cramped into extremely close quarters and basically living out of a suitcase, since all of our stuff was in storage…
But then, on the day we moved into our own place, it was like Christmas! There were so many moving boxes filled with things I loved but hadn’t seen in over a year that I now got to unpack!!! And because it was impossible to get everyone settled into their rooms for the night in just one day, we instead cleared enough space in the living room to set up a huge blanket fort between all of the boxes. Where we then had a hilarious family sleepover/movie night/move-in celebration! 🥰
Odd numbers or even numbers? (24 hours of studying maths for finals and this the state we are at now 🥲🥲🥲)
Both! I don‘t like one over the other, although, coincidentally, my favorite natural numbers – 5, 7, 11, 17 – are all odd. But that doesn‘t mean I generally prefer odd numbers! (It does probably mean I generally prefer prime numbers, though 😁)
📚 Riddhi @ Whispering Stories asks 📚
Do you regret writing a blog post?
Outright regret – no. I tend to overthink what I want to write BEFORE I write it, so if an idea manages to get to the finished product stage, I‘m pretty sure the world is allowed to see it!
There are, however, one or two posts that I think about taking down from time to time – because now that my following has gotten bigger, it kind of freaks me out how many people might read them considering how personal they are 🙈
If you couldn’t choose the name A Book Owl’s Corner for your blog, what name would you choose and why?
Büchereuleneck. Because, reasons 😁
What is your favourite sport? (I am fairly sure it’s football, but well, just asking)
I’m sorry to disappoint you, Riddhi, but no. My favorite sport is swimming 🥰 I do absolutely love watching soccer, though!
What is one sport you want to learn to play?
I don’t think there’s a sport I’m super interested in learning to play, but a sport I’ve always dreamed of learning is horseback riding! I love animals and I love being outside, so riding has always seemed beautifully idyllic to me! However, I’m afraid I’ve never made much progress on this goal beyond my best friend letting me sit on her horse from time to time…
What is one sport you want to start watching? (Hopes the answer is cricket)
If I have to pick one, I’m going with handball 😜 The city I’m from has a pretty successful team whose matches half of my friends attend on a weekly basis. They’ve been trying to drag me there for years, so I’m pretty sure me actually going would be such a sensation that I’d be able to wring something very profitable out of it. Like sponsored food and drink, for example… 😇
What is your favourite food?
Chicken 65!! 🥰 I mean, just look at how delicious it looks 😍😍 And it tastes even better! 🤩🤩🤩
What is one food you could never go wrong with?
Would you rather have Fred Weasley or Sirius Black disappear from everyone’s minds?
**Adds Riddhi to the list of people she hates**
But fine, let’s go with Fred Weasley. Just because I want to spare George at least a bit of his pain 😭 And because Sirius’ story is such a tragic reminder of why people shouldn’t jump to conclusions and point fingers without properly examining evidence first 🥺
What Taylor Swift song is your favourite? (I know you don’t listen to her, but just curious)
I don’t think I listen to enough Taylor Swift to be qualified to answer this question 😅 Her songs all sound the same to me, which is actually the reason I don’t listen to her more. Taylor’s lyrics are phenomenal, yes, but her melodies are just so boringly repetitive!
However, if I have to choose something from the top of my head, I guess we could go with Look What You Made Me Do – at least that one sounds different, and plus, it’s super dark, which is always a bonus in my book 😁 – or Tolerate It, which is just so wonderfully, heartbreakingly sad… 😭
Which blog post of mine is your favourite? (Not exactly a celebratory post kind of question, but I do wanna know)
I don’t know! 😫🙈😫 I’ve loved so many posts of yours that I’ve kind of lost track! Most recently, I’ve been adoring your “Types of … We All Know” series, but I also love all the interactive things you do on your blog – emoji quizzes, reacting to (un)popular bookish opinions, blogger interviews, that hilarious “Types of” collab you did with Nehal – you name it! But maybe the posts of yours I love most of all are the crazily weird ones that are just bursting with creativity. Like your book character tinder thing. Or that time a dog took over the blog 😂 And I love, love, love your poetry and everything that educates us dumb foreigners on Indian culture!
So I dunno – I guess you should just take away from this that I love your blog and am a huge fan of all the variety you have on it?
Which blog post of yours is your favourite?
Just like I can’t pick a favorite post of yours, I also can’t pick a favorite post of mine. Stop asking me all of these super hard questions! 😫
I can, however, give you a list of several favorites that should give you a general idea of what kinds of posts I most enjoy writing and end up being proudest of:
- The weird ones that show off the true extent of my brain damage: Writing the Next Great Bestseller, The Ultimate Step by Step Guide to Designing a Bestselling Book Cover, Dating Tips for Book Nerds, What if… ? || What Synopses of Popular Books Would Look Like If I Were the Protagonist
- The language nerdy ones: The Ultimate Lost in Translation Battle: German vs. Danish Book Titles (featuring Line @First Line Reader), Discussion: The Struggles of Reading Books in Foreign Languages and Why You Should Do It Anyway, Recommending Books Based On Weird Duolingo Sentences
- The short story ones that no one but me is interested in: The Stars in the Sky, Psychopath, A Gift for Hannah
- The book review ones that got completely out of hand – either because the part of me that has a literature degree went into full-on analysis ecstasy or because the slightly immature, overly excited part of me felt the need to comment on every single insignificant detail mentioned in the book: I Read Every Shakespeare Play – Here’s My Takeaway, Series Review: The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb || WARNING: Features Lots of Rambling and Major Spoilers!, My Very Spoilery Thoughts on A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas, My Very Spoilery Thoughts on Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
- The one with the most fascinating comments I’ve ever read in my life: What Do You See in Your Mind When Reading?
Alright, awkward self-promotion is over 🙈 I think you’ve read the majority of these anyway, Riddhi, so you may safely ignore this list!
📚 Georgia @ Lost in Neverland asks 📚
What was your last 5-star read and why?
The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb! Because there is just no way this book could ever deserve anything less. The characterization is phenomenal, the world-building fascinating and unique, and the plot full of political twists and turns. It made me feel intense sadness, longing, heartbreak, joy, embarrassment, pain, and love, and when a book makes you experience the full spectrum of emotions like that, you have no other choice but to love it 🥰
(I wouldn’t consider giving up Order of the Phoenix for any old books, you know! To warrant that, a series has to be truly phenomenal!)
Is there a book/series you’ve been meaning to reread but haven’t yet?
I reread most things I love over and over again, so there actually aren’t that many candidates for this question – because most books I’ve been meaning to reread recently, I’ve actually already reread at least once!
Still, I’ve managed to scrape together a few only-once-read candidates that I definitely want to get back to again at some point:
The only reason I haven’t gotten to them yet is because I do not own them myself!
📚 Anoushka @ Dipped in Ink asks 📚
Why do you hate olives? (I’VE BEEN DYING TO KNOW THIS SINCE FOREVER)
BECAUSE THEY TASTE DISGUSTING!!! Especially the black ones 🤢🤮🤢 Like, duh.
What is one thing you did when you began blogging (or even later on) that you regret to this day?
I have no regrets!
(At least none that are directly related to blogging, and I’m not telling you about any of the more personal ones 🙃)
Sure, I suppose I could have unprivated my website sooner or actually put some effort into the look of my blog right when I started out… But then I wouldn’t be where I am today! I love the community I have built, and I wouldn’t want to risk losing it by doing things differently!
What is the best memory you can remember?
Well, I’ve already given you one of my favorites in response to Suhani’s question, so I suppose it’s only fair if I give you another one. During spring break, back when I was still living in Florida, my best friend’s parents would always take the two of us, my best friend’s twin brother, and his best friend camping at various national parks, and we always had the greatest time ever! Although my best friend and I also narrowly escaped prematurely dying of a heart attack when we were on a 2 a.m. bathroom run through the dark woods and this raccoon jumped out at us…
What is the last lie you told someone?
The lie: “That’s a good starting point and I think you might’ve meant the right thing, but you need to pay more attention to correct mathematical terminology or nobody is going to understand what you mean.”
Who I told this lie to: One of my students.
What I was actually thinking: I have never seen such groundbreaking stupidity 🤯🙄🙈 How the heck did you even make it this far into your school career??! That is most definitely not a good starting point and I doubt you have any idea what we’re even talking about here. But maybe if I’m nice to you there is a 0.0001% chance you might start believing in yourself, using your brain, and actually doing the homework instead of copying it from your equally clueless neighbor, so I suppose it’s worth a try?
Name 3 books you’ve lied about loving.
I can’t recall ever having lied about loving a book… If I hate something, I have no qualms at all about telling people! I mean, you’ve seen my rant reviews, haven’t you? 😁
A book you don’t think is THE BEST but you still LOVE anyway.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 😂 Objectively, it has everything I hate in a novel – a Mary Sue main character who is not like other girls and only reads classics, a horribly toxic love interest, an incredibly stupid love triangle that gets resolved in an even more incredibly stupid way, and almost no plot whatsoever. But do I love it anyway? Yes! It’s so dumb in the most wonderful way possible!
What is one genre you’d read for the rest of your life? (only 1 choice)
FANTASY!!!!! Did you guys seriously think there was even a possibility of me choosing anything else?
How do you always come up with THE BEST POST IDEAS EVER? (We need secrets, Naemi!)
I’m extremely flattered that you hold my ideas in such high regard, Anoushka!! 😇 However, I couldn’t for the life of me tell you how I come up with them… They just kind of pop into my head, I guess?
I know that probably sounds like the cheapest cop-out answer ever, but trust me, you’re not alone in wishing you had that step-by-step guide to amazing content creation… I’m constantly living in fear that every good idea I have will be my last, so I certainly wouldn’t mind if my brain shared some of its subconscious secrets!
Would you live the rest of your life on Earth or in a DANGEROUS fantasy land (LIKE KETTERDAM)?
Oh, I’m definitely choosing the dangerous fantasy land!! I want access to all that magic!!! And as long as I’m not utterly stupid, go looking for danger, and allow myself to be roped into some crazy heist proposed by some wannabe crime lord, I should be fine, right? 🤔 Like, the only reason Ketterdam turned out to be so dangerous to the Crows is because they didn’t exactly shy away from danger… I would be way too much of a scaredy cat to even end up in situations that could potentially be dangerous! 😇
📚 Saima @ Stories with Saima asks 📚
What’s one place you really want to travel to?
Iceland! I mean, the country has absolutely breathtaking scenery you can’t find anywhere else on this planet. It has a writing system that partially still uses runes and a language that I adore the sound of. It has a fascinating history of conquest and resilience. Their soccer team and its fans absolutely stole the show at the last World Cup. And Iceland has more writers, more books published, and more books read per capita than any other country in the world! How could I not want to go there?!? 🤩
If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?
I’ve already mentioned that I would love to spend my life at Hogwarts, but then again, I suppose you could say that Hogwarts isn’t located in a fictional world, but in ours 🤔 So if I had to live in a purely fictional place, I suppose The Island from Eva Ibbotson’s The Secret of Platform 13 wouldn’t be too bad, either – I always wanted to live there as a kid anyway! It has magic and mistmakers!
What is your favourite food?
Like I said above – Chicken 65! And I love it so much that nothing else comes even close, so I can’t even offer you a different alternative 🤣
(And that already brings us to the end of this post, so tell me honestly – how much did you end up skim-reading? I think I can safely say that I, too, was so overwhelmed by the amount of text in this post that I barely managed a complete read-through, so just blame any confusing bits or spelling errors on that 😁)
Anyway, that was it for today! Thanks again to everybody who sent in questions – I hope you were satisfied with the answers you got! And of course, I hope everyone else found something interesting in this absolute monstrosity as well… After all, I have all of you to thank for the reason I did this Q&A in the first place 🥰 Thank you for being such a wonderful community and for putting so much trust in me!