Miscellaneous

The A To Z Book Tag

I actually have no idea where this tag started, but I have seen it on several blogs before and I wanted to do my own. Let’s go!

A – Author You’ve Read the Most Books From

This would actually be Rick Riordan – according to Goodreads, I have read 19 of his books (some of those are short stories) and I am definitely reading a lot more in the future.

Alex_fierroB – Best Sequel Ever

I am going to stay with the spirit of the first reply here and say The Hammer of Thor (second in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan), simply because Alex Fierro makes everything 10000x better. By this logic, the best sequel ever would actually be the third book in the series, but I haven’t got around to reading that one yet. (Have I mentioned I wrote my BA thesis on Nico di Angelo and Alex Fierro?)

Art of Alex is by Viria and taken from Alex’s wikia page.

C – Currently Reading

I am currently reading The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver – the last thing in the Chameleon Moon series that I haven’t read yet, because I have read through all the other short stories and found them amazing.

D – Drink of Choice While Reading

Hah. Tea or water.

E – E-Reader or Physical Book?

I actually find it easier to read on my computer, mostly because I sit there all the time anyway. Plus, e-readers are great because you can fit so much more books on them! I love paperback books, I really do, but they are heavy and take up a lot of space, so e-books are amazing in that way.

F – Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School

Listen. I have a very complicated relationship with anything Cassandra Clare has written, but I totally would have dated Simon Lewis in high school. (Or would I? He does throw some fits about the friendzone in the first book.) I would also absolutely have dated either Magnus Chase or Alex Fierro, provided they’d been interested in me, but hey.

G – Glad You Gave This Book a Chance

Every Heart a Doorway. This actually took me forever to start, but when I finally did, I read it almost at once and it became one of my favourite books. Please read it (and its sequels). They are all amazing.

22840182H – Hidden Gem Book

Not sure how hidden it is, but I absolutely adored The Summer of Chasing Mermaids and I don’t see nearly enough love for it. It is a YA retelling of The Little Mermaid with a black disabled protagonist and a happy ending. Also positive female friendships, questioning gender roles, and plenty of other little gems. And an absolutely wonderful cover!

I – Important Moment in Your Reading Life

Probably when I started reading LGBTQAI+ books in English. Before that, I haven’t really read anything in years, but seeing all the wonderful LGBTQAI+ characters brought back my love for reading.

J – Just Finished

I just finished reading Life Within Parole by RoAnna Sylver, a short story collection in the world of Chameleon Moon – one of my favourite book series. I have read some of the stories in it in other formats before, but all of them were wonderful, and I loved the chronology they are arranged into in this collection.

K – Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

I don’t really read horror, although I sometimes make exceptions. I also don’t like alternate history novels that is about the Nazis winning/ruling in any way – and wow, there are so many books like this. And there are some heavy topics I just don’t want to deal with… for example that YA book that everyone recommends, and I’m sure it’s great, but it’s also about a school shooting and I just don’t need that in my life.

L – Longest Book You’ve Read

This is most likely The House of Hades by Rick Riordan. Not one of my favourites in the series to be honest, but it was still great, and everything is worth it for Nico.

M – Major Book Hangover Because of . . .

Every Heart a Doorway. I simply adore the world(s) it created, as well as the characters – and while I love the sequels, I am really said that some of my favourites most likely won’t return. (But I haven’t read the third book yet, so hey, everything can happen.)

N – Number of Book Cases You Own

I own two.

O – One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

I have read Chameleon Moon twice, and I am planning to re-read some books I read years ago… but as of now, I actually haven’t read that many books multiple times. Some of the Harry Potter books, probably?

P – Preferred Place to Read

On my bed or at my desk – definitely at my desk if it comes to e-books.

Q – Quote That Inspires You / Gives You the “Feels”

The most inspiring quotes are definitely from Chameleon Moon:

“Words are important. They let you know it’s real, you’re fine, more people like you exist. They let you know you’re not alone.” This is basically my attitude towards labels. If you don’t need to use labels, that’s awesome and valid – but this is (part of) why they are important to me.

Love yourself, love the people around you, and never give up. If you need help, reach out. If you’re drowning, make some noise. There are people who love you, who will throw you a life preserver. That’s what it all comes down to, love. That’s how we’re gonna get through this. And we are gonna get through this.”  Which basically sums up the message of the first book.

My favourite quotes from Every Heart a Doorway (and its sequel) are less inspirational, but absolutely hilarious (and most of them involve Jack). I will only share one because this wasn’t really what the question asked for:

“I could give you children,” said Jack, sounding faintly affronted. “You’d have to tell me how many heads you wanted them to have, and what species you’d like them to be, but what’s the point of having all these graveyards if I can’t give you children when you ask for them?”

–Actually, there is one inspirational quote from Down Among the Sticks and Bones that I love, although you’d have to read both books to get the full context:

This will always, always be your home.

 

R – Reading Regret

I want to say like, anything Cassandra Clare has ever written, but I am actually still attached to some of the characters (mainly Downworlders), so maybe not?

I do regret trying to make myself read a third short story by a certain author after hating the first two. I don’t want to name the author because I don’t know them and don’t have anything against them as a person, but I really disliked the first two stories and actually left the third one halfway.

S – Series You Started, But Need to Finish

The third book in the Wayward Children series (Beneath the Sugar Sky) came out like a week ago and I unfortunately don’t own it yet. Other than that, I’m not really sure. I prefer to read standalones lately.

T – Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books

 

Three?? Uh.

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (but Alexa, you haven’t even re— shut up, I already know it’s my favourite, for Reasons)

U – Unapologetic Fan for . . .

Everything Chameleon Moon.

V – Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Others

I am excited for Beneath the Sugar Sky, but also Let’s Talk About Love, which is a book with a black biromantic ace MC!! Give it to me right now immediately please.

W – Worst Habit

Buying books and then never reading them. Which I’m sure other people do to, but damn, half my shelf is made up of unread books.

X – X Marks the Spot: the 27th Book on Your Shelf

On my physical shelf: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (I swear I didn’t cheat, and also, I have books NOT by Riordan on my shelves…)

32968540Y – Your Latest Book Purchase

This would be Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. I saw it referred to as “the Nigerian Harry Potter” and it’s about a Nigerian albino girl who has magical abilities. I am really excited to read it, and also I love the cover!

Z – Zzzz Snatcher: Last Book That Kept You Up Way Too Late

I can’t remember, but Want by Cindy Pon, maybe? That one was definitely great, and I read it in a challenge on Rivetedlit.com where it was only available for 24 hours, so I had to stay up late to finish it. It was definitely worth it though.

~ Alexa 🐐

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4 thoughts on “The A To Z Book Tag

    1. I do actually xD He’s my favourite non-queer author. His writing has its faults, but I adore the characters he creates and I appreciate that he really seems committed to diversity and supporting marginalised people. … That comment got more serious than I intended! But yes, I love Riordan’s books and I actually wrote my BA thesis on Nico and Alex 🙂

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      1. I totally agree with you about Rick Riordan. Another plus is that his diverse characters are TRULY diverse. They’re not just there to make his books seem diverse (does that make sense?) You have every right to be serious about it. Nico is such a gem!! Alex is in the Magnus Chase series, right? I can’t really remember the first book but I’m going to read it soon!

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  1. Yes, Alex is in the second and third books of the Magnus Chase series! (I haven’t read the third but I heard some really good Alex-related things about it… :))))

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