Hope you’re keeping well. I thought I would pop in to do a fun book tag I found through The Writing Hufflepuff. It seemed like a cool way to catch you up with you guys and discuss what I’ve been reading lately, and vice versa. Hope you enjoy!
What was the last book you marked as read?
The last book I marked as read on Goodreads was The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowing. Knowing I’m a Potterhead you may be thinking, huh? How has Becky not read this by now? Well, I don’t really know. When I was younger the Harry Potter spin offs never really interested to me, but I’ve recently devoured Quiddich through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and now Beedle, and oh, I have to say, I left the best until last! I really didn’t expect to love Beedle as much as I did. IT WAS ADORABLE. IT WAS FUN AND QUIRKY. IT WAS EVERYTHING I LOVE ABOUT ROWLING. Each little tale was smart and clever, with a wizarding world related moral attached, and Albus Dumbledore’s notes on each story added an extra layer of interest that made me yearn to reread HP all over again. *Sigh.*
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading two great, but vastly opposite books. When I’m in a lighthearted mood, I’m working my way through The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas, a prequel book of short stories to Throne of Glass. This basically equals to lots of swish swordfighting, sneaky betrayals and lots of Sardothien shipping. I have to say, prequels usually suck but so far this one is great, because each of the stories link and are actually of interest/relevant to the main series plot-line. I couldn’t say the Throne of Glass series is a must read, I actually find it pretty cringy at times. But its VERY lightweight, fun, and the fantasy world is getting jusssttt interesting enough to pique my interest. Impressive, considering I almost DNF’d the first book and thought it was awful. In other words, this series comes under my favourite term ‘junk food‘.
The second book I’m reading is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and this book? Ohh my gawdddd this boooooook. It’s messing with my head SO BAD. It’s unbelievably intense and the writing is so….visceral. I mean, a world where women exist in society solely to be babymakers and concubines, where there are horrific baby making rituals, just EUGHH. Sometimes when I put this novel down I actually feel sick. Women have absolutely no rights in this dystopian world and it is terrifying. Even scarier is how quickly the world is shown to flip from sexual freedom and women’s rights to containment and suffocating submission. And these women? They can’t even have knives or matches because they might try to kill themselves. It’s that bad people. You know when you’ve barely even started a book and you realise it’s got the power to utterly destroy you and it WILL, its just a matter of time? Yeah, that. What have I gone and done picking this up?! HAAAALLLLPPPP.
What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?
The last book I marked as ‘to read’ on Goodreads was Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It’s actually a collection of poetry which is interesting for me because I hate almost all poetry, but occasionally something will catch my eye. Milk and Honey is one of those. I read a few brilliant excepts and knew I had to try it out. It’s full of little life lessons learnt that are achingly real and true. I think it appeals to me because it’s a lot less poetry-like than normal poetry, if that makes sense. I need to get my hands on a copy, stat!
Do you use the star rating system?
Why indeedy I do. On Goodreads and my blog. I know people sometimes dislike how rigid having only 5 stars can be, but I’ve always had a set idea in my mind that defines each category. I like the star rating system, it’s universally recognised which means you can make a quick glance and know if a book if worth looking into further. Want to know more about how I rate books? Check out my rating system explained.
Are you doing the 2017 reading challenge?
I’ve never been interested in the Goodreads Reading Challenge and have hand on heart never taken part in it. I feel like, for me, it would make me focus on the wrong thing – finishing books rather than enjoying them, looking at the numbers rather than the story. That’s just a weakness in my personality, though! I do, however, look at my reading stats on Goodreads all the time, my number of books read, the different genres read, and I do have a little competition with myself to beat the number of pages I read the previous year (which makes me obsessed with making sure I find the right edition of book on there so the pages match!).
Do you have a wishlist?
Uh, OF COURSE. AND IT IS LONGER THAN MY INTESTINE. AND I HEAR THAT’S PRETTY LONG.
Let’s just say it’s a certainty that my wishlist will outlive me. Such is the life of a bookworm. Behold one small section of it:
Who are your favorite authors?
*Sigh.* To quote Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones the Edge of Reason, I refuse to dignify this question with an answer. (Hopefully my answer will work out better for me than it did for him.)
Have you joined any groups?
I think I belong to one…that I never look at and annoys me with unwanted notifications. Other than that, I haven’t been lucky enough to come across an awesome one I want to join. Not that I’ve looked very hard… RECOMMENDATION TIME PEOPLE.
How many Goodreads shelves do you have?
40. I’m an overachiever. 😉 There are simple ones relating to genre that are useful for blogging or chronicling your reading habits, but then there are also the fun ones like epic sass, quirkiness abound, subverting sterotypes, rooting for the villian, etc. These are the ones that are more useful to readers I guess, and I created them because I’m always looking for exciting books that fit into these categories!
Anyone who wants to do this! Hey, I’m lookin’ at you, bookworm.