I haven’t done anything that’s not a book review in a while, so here, have a book tag! I found it on Thrice Reads. Ping back to me if you decide to do this!
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I wish! One of the reasons I don’t like reading at home is because I can never get comfortable. We don’t really have a living room in my house, so we don’t have chairs or sofas that I can curl up in. So I usually either end up contorted on my bed in a weird and uncomfortable position or sitting in my desk chair, which would be fine if I didn’t have such terrible lighting in my room.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
BOOKMARKS. I love bookmarks so much. I delight in having multiple bookmarks with various types of designs and styles.
Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop reading at a certain page, chapter, part ect.?
Any time! I mean, I can’t deny that I get a thrill of satisfaction if I stop reading at the end of a chapter just as my subway stop arrives, but generally I’m not too picky about it.
Do you eat or drink while you read?
I don’t usually eat when I read; if I do, it means the book is so good I can’t put it down. This rarely happens (the last book to hold this honor was Alison Goodman’s The Dark Days Club). Drinking, sometimes! I like to have tea with my books for The Aesthetic.
Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?
Definitely not TV, and as for music, I could, but I’d prefer not to. I’ll get distracted. I can’t even write while listening to music that isn’t instrumental ( and even then, sometimes I’ll turn it off so I can concentrate).
One book at a time or several at once?
It’s funny, I used to be very staunch about reading one book at a time, but in the past year it’s become anathema to me. Now I usually read 2-4 books at once, usually 3.
Reading at home or everywhere?
Oddly enough, I do most of my reading on the bus and subway because that’s where I can concentrate the most! I think it’s because I have nothing else to distract me – not my family nor the internet.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
I hate reading out loud; my mouth gets dry wicked fast. And my throat hurts.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
No way. The only time I might skim is if I’m nearing the end of a terrible book.
Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
Breaking the spine. I’d love to keep the book looking new, but then it’s torture for me to read it that way. I’m more practical than anything, I’m afraid.
Do you write in books?
Well, for fiction books I rarely have a reason to write in them, but I’m not against the idea! I write and highlight in my non-fiction books all the time.
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantastic Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic:
FEBRUARY 6TH – Top 5 Cover Buys
Now, I don’t actually buy a ton of books, so I just talked about the books that I added to my TBR because of their cover. Not just because of their cover, though – their summaries enticed me to, but the major draw was the cover. I…kind of overdid this a bit, since I have nine and not five books, but oh well. Pretty covers and all.
Does anyone see the pattern? Because I sure do! It seems I love really detailed, busy covers with a ton of color and pattern-work. I think the exception is The Crimson Ribbon? I especially love it if covers are bordered in the corners (I’m sure there’s a word for this), like Under the Pendulum Sun (the only book here I actually own, purchased without reading the summary, because THAT COVER), Jane Steele, A Curious Beginning, and Beast.
Don’t get me wrong; I sometimes like simple, minimalist designs as well, but there’s just something about this style that makes me feel like the artist is taking full advantage of the fact that they’re, well, an artists. You know? Pretty much anyone can make a decent minimalist cover design, but these covers here take some serious skill.
P.S. I have to give a shout-out to The City of Brass and the two books in the Dreamblood Duology. They don’t really match the style I discussed above, but they’re absolutely gorgeous and take some serious artistic skill too.
P.P.S. If I ever get a book published and I get to have some say over the cover, I’m showing them this post.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (★★★★☆)
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (★★★★☆)
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (★★★★★)
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (★★★★☆)
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (★★★☆☆)
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (★★★★★)
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (★★★☆☆)
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena (★★★★★)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 8 YEARLY SO FAR: 8
January was an incredible reading month for me! Eight books is kind of a record! My average per month is normally something like 4-6, at most, so I’m really proud of myself. I can’t take all the credit, though – most of these books were pretty fantastic, which of course made it easy to zip through them quickly.
There were only two outliers, and even those weren’t terrible! Children of Blood and Bone was disappointing and dragged on for quite a bit, but it was still fun. The Good Daughter, though not something I would reach for again, was nevertheless a page turner. All the other books were pretty amazing; some of them may even go on my “best of” list at the end of this year. January has set the standard high for this year, haha.
Right now I’m reading three books. First is Stalking Jack the Ripper, which is unfortunately not turning out to be as gripping as I had hoped. It’s also a little bit ridiculous. I literally just started Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight, and it’s very weird so I have no idea how I feel about it just yet. And in my effort to read non-fiction and also do research for my book, I’m reading Policing Egyptian Women: Sex, Law, and Medicine in Khedival Egypt which is just so fascinating, you guys. I’m learning so much.
In terms of TBR I’ve already gotten Red Sister out of the library. I also have soooooo many incredible ARCs, including The Queens of Innis Lear, Toil and Trouble, All Out, The Diminished, Ace of Shades, Circe, Freshwater, Girls Burn Bright, and Furyborn! I don’t even know where to begin! Help me out, y’all, have you read any of these ARCs and think there’s somewhere in particular I should start?