1) Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
2) Answer the questions asked on this post.
3) Nominate and notify some peeps. 5 preferred.
1. What are your top 3 bookish pet peeves?
- There’s this specific type of paper some books are made of that really irritates my fingers and I hate it, e.g. the paperback I have of Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher has it
- Love triangles when you could have just polyamory (even worse if it involves cheating, double worse if it’s treated casually/like it’s no big deal)
- All the main characters pairing up, e.g. there’s 6 mains and they form 3 couples (even worse if it’s all allocishet ships, but tbh it still annoys me if it has one queer couple, like in Six of Crows or The Mortal Instruments. let some people be single and happy! double worse if they all marry and have kids in the epilogue.)
Like Louise, I took this question to mean the smaller, “petty” things and not serious issues. I could talk about those as well, but not here and now.
2. Name a perfect reading spot:
Honestly? I read mostly ebooks on my laptop, and even when I read a physical book, I’m usually at my desk. I like reading outside if the weather is nice, but it’s difficult to find a spot that’s both comfortable, allows me to see the text, and the sun isn’t in my eyes.
3. Give 3 reading confessions:
- I once bought a second hardcover copy of The Host just because the dust jacket had the actors from the movie and I thought (still think) that they were hot. My mom wasn’t impressed.
- Back when I was 8-10, either the 5th or 6th Harry Potter book was coming out, and I went to a midnight release with my mom and didn’t go to school the next day. I also openly told this to the journalist who wanted to interview me because I was one of the youngest there.
- I don’t remember the plot of half the books I read because my memory is horrible. My Goodreads notes/quotes help sometimes.
4. When was the last time you cried during a book?
First one that comes to mind is the Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts, and it had to do with the Chimp dancing. If you read the book, you might understand.
5. Number of books on your bedside table?
I don’t have a bedside table, but my desk is near my bed I guess? Right now it has no books on it because I organised it the same day I’m writing this post, but before that it had the Warrior anthology by Ink & Locket Press. Again, I mostly read ebooks, but I actually read some physical books from my shelf lately… I just put them back already. (Note: my desk does have multiple textbooks, notebooks and two colouring books on it, but I didn’t count those for this question.)
6. Favorite reading snack?
No specific reading snacks. I drink a lot of water? I usually don’t eat while reading (anymore).
7. What are 3 books you’d recommend to anyone?
This is tough. I love recommending Chameleon Moon (sequel: The Lifeline Signal) because I love the world, but I realise the number of characters and the pacing can put people off. I also tend to recommend The Queen of Ieflaria (F/F YA fantasy with princesses), because I absolutely loved it, but I know for a fact that some of my friends don’t read fantasy. I want to recommend Failure to Communicate (sequel: Tone of Voice) more often because it is a very underappreciated sci-fi book with an amazing #ownvoices autistic bisexual protag, loveable side characters, future polyamorous relationship, and many well-developed alien species.
Oh! Bonus pick because it’s not queer, but A Duke by Default has a Black heroine and an older, Scottish/Chilean love interest, and it’s one of the best romances I’ve ever read.
(Shout out to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, which I loved and would definitely always recommend, but so does everyone else so you’ve probably heard about it by now.)
8. Provide a picture of your bookshelf:
I have two! They’re twins. The one on the left has older books that I don’t really touch anymore (including compulsory reading for elementary school + some books that actually belong to my parents but I have more space). The one on the right has my more recent books, including two and a half books dedicated to English books. The queer books are mostly in one cluster. And yes, I do own the entire Harry Potter series twice – the Hungarian editions are on the left shelf and the English ones are on the right.
9. How much do books mean to you in 3 words?
Fun, Escapism, Validation. Many people talk about how reading or books changed their lives and I always feel awkward because I don’t feel it’s /that/ important – but it is definitely a hobby that I enjoy, and when things are tough, it’s great to pick up a book where queer people can live happily.
10. Biggest reading secret?
I had to look up what deckled edges are and also I don’t think I’ve ever seen them used. Hey, this is unfair, there was already a “confessions” question! I’m really not sure what else to say here. I could list a few popular/hyped books I was unimpressed by but I don’t want to spread negativity.
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