Hello, I’m trying to catch up on the humongous pile of things I’ve been tagged in.
Thank you so much to Laura @ Laura Herondale for nominating me for this award! She nominated me back when she was still posting, so you can guess how long overdue this post is. Anyways, please go follow Laura even though she’s on hiatus. Her content is god tier amazing, and she has the most iconic personality!!
1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.
What’s your most anticipated release of next month?
There are so many good books to be released on October—help me I’m drowning in the books I need to read! (The bookish deities didn’t make me a fast reader because they knew I’d be too powerful. 😞)
One book that I’m really excited for is The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao—which I’m part of the blog tour for! I received a physical arc of it earlier (my first physical arc!!!), and I can’t wait to dive in, because I feel like I’ll relate to it a lot, but also have a fun reading experience. Plus, I haven’t read a middle grade in such a long time.
What’s a genre you’d like to read more of?
Hello, 911, this question just called me out. I really need to diversify the genres I read. I usually pick the books on my TBR based on my certainty on whether I’ll like it or not. That means that the books I read are usually fantasy.
I want to read more contemporary books, because I know that the genre has a lot of things to offer. I particularly want to read more hard-hitting ones that focus on deeper themes, like Darius the Great is Not Okay, Don’t Date Rosa Santos, A List of Cages, The Boy Who Steals Houses, Starfish, and With the Fire on High, just to name
a lot a few.
I also would like to read more mystery/thriller, though admittedly not in the YA category, because I feel like adult mystery/thriller books are where it’s at. From the way some people talk about thrillers, the twists in them can really make you question your existence, and as someone who is really bad at guessing twists, I’m excited to see what mystery/thrillers will put my mind through!
If you had to choose just five books to read for the rest of your life, which books would you choose and why?
I’m pretty sure Laura asked me this same question in my 200 follower Q&A, so I’ll just link that here, because I’m too lazy to think of new answers and type them out.
Who are 3 of your autobuy authors and why?
Here’s the thing: I don’t really have auto-buy authors, because I almost never base what I read off the author—it’s always the reviews, the synopsis, or hype. That being said, two authors that I trust are Leigh Bardugo and C.S. Pacat.
What’s a book that you changed your mind about and why?
We’re about to get a lil’ controversial here!! It’s Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Here’s the thing: When I first read it, it was an automatic five stars. I loved how fun my reading experience was, how the book subverted tropes, and most of all, SIMON AND BAZ!
Two things happened that made me rethink my thoughts. First, I reread Carry On after Wayward Son was announced (by the way, I’ve already read Wayward Son and my review is coming soon). And my reread made the book lose its spark, which is what usually happens when I reread books, because I already know what’s gonna happen and get bored.
Second, the author got called out on a lot of problematic stuff that I do not condone at all. In Carry On specifically, a lot of reviewers criticized the fact that the possibility of Simon being bisexual was never mentioned on page, even though he literally had a long-term girlfriend before realizing his feelings for Baz. Plus, the announcement of the Eleanor and Park movie led a lot of readers, especially Asian readers, to call the book out on its racism against Asians.
But hey, the good news is that these experiences have made my reading experience of Wayward Son really interesting, and I think that my review will be pretty tea-filled. 😉
What’s a book that used to be hyped that isn’t anymore that you think still deserves to be talked about?
Angelfall by Susan Ee!! Your favorite YA books then could never, and your favorite YA books now still could never! The book came out around the YA dystopian craze, and it was decently hyped at the time. It’s set in a near-future Earth wherein angels have descended upon us to bring about the end of times. We follow Penryn, who teams up with the archangel Raffe to save her sister Paige.
The concept of angels bringing about the end of the world sounds super cheesy, but I promise that the author knows and subverts a lot of the expectations that come with that. The characters actually poke fun at the trope of teenage girls falling in love with fallen angels—it’s the best. Also, Penryn is one of the strongest female protagonists I’ve ever read about, but she’s realistic at the same time.
Sure, the series isn’t perfect, but it still holds up now, and I think that a lot of people would have fun while reading it!
How do you organise your bookshelf and why is that method right for you?
I have no bookshelf! The few physical books I own are kept in cabinets, because my mom doesn’t want them to get dusty. The first cabinet is arranged according to how the books will fit, and the second is arranged according to which ones I’ve read already and which ones I haven’t.
Though if I had the opportunity to have a bookshelf in the future, I’d probably try and have rainbow shelves, because those look really aesthetically pleasing, and I have no qualms about separating books in the same series or books by the same author *insert evil laughter here*.
Do you prefer hardbacks, paperbacks, audiobooks, or e-books? Why?
I mostly read e-books, because they are way cheaper. I have about a hundred of them on my phone, and I never get any reading done, because Twitter and WordPress always distract me! #basicreaderproblems
I’ve tried to get into audiobooks, and I’m actually still trying to get into them, but they’re just not working for me? I space out while listening to them all the time, so whenever I listen to audiobooks, I feel like I only get half of the story.
This leaves us with the two physical book formats, and from those two choices, I’d have to choose hardbacks, because they are way more aesthetically pleasing. But I know that my usual reading format will always be e-books because that’s what I can afford, and I’m happy as long as I’m reading books!
Who are your three favourite musical artists right now? Recommend some of their best songs.
I’ve really been liking Lizzo lately. I don’t think her music is for everyone (whose is), but when I first listened to Truth Hurts, I was shook to my core. That song has so many iconic lines, I swear. Besides Truth Hurts, I really like Good as Hell and Juice.
Third, I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift‘s new Lover album a lot as I do homework. Not gonna lie, there are a few tracks on there that I skip, but my faves are I Forgot that You Existed and Paper Rings!
What’s a book that you want to be turned into a movie or TV show? Why do you think it would work well as an adaptation?
OH! A little unrelated, but I’ve been slowly but steadily building a list of books I’ve read that I can perfectly imagine being adapted, and I can’t wait to share it with you all!
A month ago, I read If We Were Villains, which follows a group of seven Shakespearean actors who get tangled up in a murder. I think that the Shakespearean aspects of the book are just begging to be adapted into a film or TV show. The adaptation would win awards, or at the very least, be really big on the internet, because people would analyze the themes of the story and speculate about whether or not Oliver and James were in love.
What are the three most recent TV shows you watched and did you enjoy them?
Ahhhh, I suck at watching TV shows! I haven’t watched a TV show in a long time, and it doesn’t help that I never have time to watch them during the school year. I think the last time I watched a TV show was in May, and it was Killing Eve, which I enjoyed, but it was more of a comfort watch—something that gave me entertainment in the moment, but didn’t stick with me.
11 Random Facts About Me!!
- I’m 5’7, maybe 5’8, which is quite tall for my age and for Philippine standards.
- I live in the Philippines! I was born and have always lived here.
- Though I live in the Philippines, I’m full Chinese.
- My Chinese name is 洪季缘, aka Hong Jiyuan.
- I regularly play table tennis.
- I don’t use bookmarks, even when I read physical books 😎
- My favorite color is green, the more pastel the better.
- I’ve never experienced winter before.
- I suck at making friends, help.
- I have been wearing glasses for years now, but I can survive without them, as long as I’m not staring at a screen.
- I love to procrastinate (guess what I’m doing right now).
- Explain you rating system.
- Which books do you need to reread?
- Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
- Who are some of your blogging inspirations?
- What’s your favorite character name?
- What’s your biggest blogging insecurity?
- What genre do you want to read more of?
- Biggest regret in life?
- Why do you cry because of a book?
- What’s your dream job?
- Give your opinion on each generic blog post (reviews, tags/awards, discussions, recommendations, lists, TBRs and wrap-ups).