Hello all and happy Wednesday! I’m having fun churning out reviews for backlist titles at the moment as I prepare for fifteen whole days of traveling for work (and no, I haven’t started packing) but for now, I’m participating in another tag. Thanks to Siobhan for the nomination! If you aren’t following her reviews already I highly recommend that you do. She also writes really thoughtful posts and I’m always delighted when something from Beyond the Blurb appears in my feed.
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.
How does it work?
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
What book was your last one-star or five-star review?
Since I started keeping track of my reading habits again in January 2018 I haven’t had a single one-star read, so I really can’t say. But, of the two-star reviews that I doled out this year, I think Some Choose Darkness came the closest to one star. This was mainly because it fell into the all the bad stereotypes of a man writing a female protagonist that left what could’ve been a witty, intelligent woman coming off as the edgy teen from a bad YA novel. My latest five star review was Magic for Liars. I have seen this book getting lots of mixed reviews, but it really blew me away. I think a lot of the critiques (namely that it doesn’t have a heavy focus on the magic aspect) were valid, but I wasn’t in it for any magical hi-jinks to begin with and loved it all the more for that reason.
Which book was your first ARC?
I actually had to go back and check, but according to NetGalley it was Lord of the Butterflies, the poetry collection by Andrea Gibson. It was brilliant, and I highly recommend it to anyone who might enjoy poems in the style of Rupi Kaur from a queer perspective. Full review here.
What genre do you want to read more of but don’t get the chance?
Thrillers, but which I mean good thrillers. I feel like this is one of the more saturated genres in terms of new releases, and I always have a hard time parsing out anything I really want to read because I’ve been burned by this genre so often. If you have recommendations, please leave them in the comments!
Who’s your favorite secondary character?
I have a big crush on Hero from River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey at the moment. Gotta love beauty and brains in one badass character!
What is your favorite read of this year?
I have been extremely picky with the books I’ve picked up this year which has resulted in a lot of five-star reviews (and probably the impression that I’m super lenient). About 8 books come to mind with this question, but I’ll go with one that I think deserves some more love: Eight Lives. This was one of my earlier reads of the year, and it absolutely blew me away. It had been over a year since a book shocked me the way Eight Lives did and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Full review here.
What book format do you dislike the most?
Audiobooks. I have only listened to one (1) in full, and that was Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide. The only reason I picked it up in that format to begin with is that the authors host a podcast that I avidly listen to and I was used to their voices. Normally, having someone read a book to me is distracting, and in no way immersive.
Which series do you want to read but are hesitant of starting?
Totally neglecting the unread series piled up next to me as I write this, I’ve been interested in Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season but I’m very hesitant to start. This is partially due to the length of the series (three books published, another four scheduled for release through 2021) and the fact that not all books are out yet. Generally I don’t pick up series until the final book has come out because if it’s something I really love, I want to be able to get my hands on the next book instead of waiting around for a year while crucial plot information falls out of my head.
What adaptation do you love watching but haven’t read the series yet?
I’m not aware of any times I’ve done this recently, but I watched The Prestige before reading the book it was based upon, and you know what? The movie was better by a long shot!
What book do you desperately need to read?
Early Riser. I received an eARC, read a little, loved it enough to pick for my BOTM subscription in February, but it’s still hanging out on my book cart as I write this, staring at me longingly.
If you could have just one more sequel, what would it be?
I just want more of books set in Sarah Gailey’s American Hippo universe!! I know we already got two novellas and two short stories but I need more.
Who is your favorite villain?
I can’t think of a good villain off the top of my head that I can talk about without spoiling the book? So if you’ve read Dark Matter: that. I liked that a lot.
- What makes the difference between a four-star read and a five-star read?
- Do you tend to DNF books or power through until the end?
- What’s one underrated book you think everyone should read?
- Do you re-read books you really loved?
- What’s highest on your TBR right now?
- If you could have lunch with any character, who would it be and where would you eat?
- Do you give in to the hype you see surrounding trendy reads?
- What was your last five-star read?
- Which review or post that you’ve written in 2019 are you most proud of?
- What upcoming release are you looking forward to the most?
If I didn’t nominate you but you’d still like to participate in this tag, please do!