Welcome to another book blogger tag! A big thank you to Ellie for tagging me this time, because some of these questions were just enough to make me cackle trying to answer. Whoever came up with question one in particular owes me a gin and tonic.
How many books do you currently own?
Ouch. Like I said, G&T please. In my bedroom I have 30. On my Kindle I have 492, approximately 80 on Audible. And on the bookcases in the living room, I have 473, making a total all together of 1,075. The only comment I’m going to make on that is that it shows how useful a Kindle can be, and will be sticking with No Comment when my husband asks me for the answer.
How many books are you currently reading?
WELL that’s a loaded question. Thankfully I know for a fact that I am not the only book blogger who has a habit of reading as many books as possible at one time. Currently I’m reading:
- Two ARC books for review
- Two books for fun
- One audiobook
I flutter between which books I’m reading depending on my mood, and my audiobook is great for when I’m crafting or drifting off to sleep. Using Audible on my phone I can set a timer for it to automatically stop, so if I don’t feel like physically reading but still want words to make me sleepy, it’s perfect.
Choose a couple of books you read but didn’t enjoy?
I’m going to have to tweak that slightly and said “tried to read” because I stand very much by the statement that if a book doesn’t capture you, life is too short to read it. Last year I read the first few chapters of Blood Orange and couldn’t stand it; it just made me angry as well as bored. Maybe slightly controversial, but I also didn’t enjoy Wolf Hall. I tried to read it SO many times, and in every format. Doesn’t work for me at all.
A cover buy?
I originally bought The Ten Thousand Doors of January based on the cover, and quickly fell in love with it. It’s been one of my top reads this year, if not of all time. The cover is utterly stunning, and in this case the content definitely matches the exterior, because I absolutely cannot recommend this one enough.
A book you own but hate the cover of?
I have a copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare which I feel is an essential for every book shelf, but it really isn’t pretty. It’s a second hand copy that I bought at a car boot if I remember correctly, when I was first expanding my book space having moved out of my family home at 19. It’s one of those I will eventually buy a lovely copy of, but until then, it fills the gap.
A book you haven’t read in years?
The book that immediately springs to mind for this is I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan. I loved this book as a teenager, partially because it was in utter rebellion to what my parents thought I should be reading, and I gave it to a girlfriend to borrow in my early 20s. When we broke up, she didn’t give the book back (this was more outrageous than the break up as far as I’m concerned), so I replaced it a few years ago, but am yet to reread it.
A book you will always recommend?
Regardless of whether people are fans of classics or not, I always recommend Les Miserables. A while ago I wrote a post about classics for people who don’t like classics and while this wasn’t on my list, it is always my go-to recommendation. I encourage people who are intimidated by the size of it to read the abridged version if the full length seems like it isn’t manageable.
All time favourite book series?
If you had asked me this before June, I would have said Harry Potter, but since then I’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses, which is now in my top spot. There is something fantastic about ACOTAR that captures me beyond the degree that Harry Potter does. I’ll always love it, but it’s been a long time since a series has had me rereading the books immediately after finishing them.
Also token mention for Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood, which is the first book in a series, but has already got me waiting for the next one, despite it only coming out this year.
Where do you read?
EVERYWHERE. Honestly, I’m a bit like a cat; if it fits, I sits – and read. I don’t yet have that perfect comfy armchair of my dreams to curl up in, but when I do, most reading will be done there. For now, I read in bed, in my craft room, on the sofa, and out when travelling (prior to lockdown, obvs).
What are the last two books you gave a 5 star rating?
I gave the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th books in A Court of Thorns and Roses five stars (review for book two here) but it would be incredibly dull to just mention those, no matter how much I am currently obsessed by them. Before that, I gave five stars to Hamnet which is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I must admit, this year has been a year of a lot of five stars from me, to my surprise, right from the beginning of the year. I’ve never had a year where I’ve rating so many things so highly! But those are my latest ones.
Well, there we are! Another day, another book tag, and hopefully another interesting blog post. I’ve loved seeing other people answer these so I tag you, whoever you are, to join in. Thanks for joining me here today.