After taking a long break from blogging, I was feeling a little bit stuck for ideas recently, and so a good old book tag seemed like the perfect way to get back into the swing of things and to hopefully get my creative juices flowing again. I first saw this tag over at Paper Fury, and instantly loved the idea of it, as it seemed a little different to your usual tag where you pick one answer for each question. As per usual, I was also not tagged by anyone to do this, but just liked the sound of it too much to not give it a go myself.
So here is the three bookish things book tag!
How is anyone ever meant to pick just three favourite authors?! I have changed my mind on my choices for this question so many times now, that I’m pretty sure I will never be certain on my answers.
Nonetheless, Maggie Stiefvater should not be a surprise to anyone who has read even one of my posts. I will never stop talking about my love for her books (*cough* The Raven Cycle *cough*), and her writing style that I don’t think I will ever get enough of.
I am also going to have to say John Green, as despite not loving all of his books, the ones that I do adore have meant so much to me that I couldn’t not mention him as one of my favourites. Honestly, even if I had only ever read Turtles All The Way Down by him, I’m sure he still would have made this list!
For the beauty that is the Grisha world, Leigh Bardugo is also one of my favourite authors with her spectacular plots and murderous misfits of characters (looking at you, Six of Crows…). Furthermore, I adore how you can really see her progression as a writer through her books, and so because of that I can not wait to see what she releases next!
Its only in the last two years or so that I have even used bookmarks rather than dog-earing pages (I know, the ultimate bookish sin…), so I haven’t really had a ton of time to use strange things as bookmarks! However, I did use paperclips for a solid year or so, before I realized that it was actually damaging the pages, and have also used sweet wrappers and kirby grips before whilst in desperate situations.
I am not someone who ever usually binge-reads series, and so I don’t actually have a ton to choose from for this one. That said, I did devour Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn duology at the end of last year, as I just could not get enough of this world, these characters, or her gorgeous writing style.
Two more series that I remember binge reading are Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, and the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking, both of which I absolutely loved when I first read them years ago now.
Liesel Merminger will forever and always be one of my favourite book characters! I adore her strength and kindness even after all of the hate and horrors she experiences around her, and I truly believe everyone should try and incorporate a little of her spirit into themselves.
I also had to choose my little cinnamon roll from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, Adam Parrish, because he deserves all of the love! He is so hard-working and determined to create a better life for himself, and I honestly can not wait to revisit him in the Ronan trilogy.
Finally, a new character I have completely fallen in love with is Celia Bowen from the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, whose love and care for those around her was so beautiful and heart-warming throughout this magical story. She is just such a tender and strong character who I truly adored reading about.
I don’t tend to have many unpopular bookish opinions, as I am usually with the majority of readers in my thoughts on popular books or series, so this one was a little difficult!
That said, there are two books that I definitely didn’t enjoy as much as everyone else, the first of these being Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which disappointed me on so many different levels. Similarly, I unfortunately do not understand the hype surrounding Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I didn’t hate this one, but I personally just didn’t think this one was anything special, unlike so many others.
On a slightly more general note, I would also say that my preference of paperbacks over hardbacks seems to be a unpopular opinion, especially in the online bookish community, as so many people seem to live by hardback books! I just find paperbacks so much easier to read and cheaper, so they are definitely my preferred format of book.
Thankfully, this one is a little easier than the last one! For one thing, I tend to always love popular and hyped books – I have an endless list of books I could name for this question, including Six of Crows, Illuminae and Fangirl to name a few!
I am also firmly on board with the love for matching book sets, as I am definitely someone who will search out a particular edition of a book just so that it matches the rest of the series on my shelves. Its just so nice to have all of my books matching neatly alongside each other!
Similarly, like alot of others, I am such a sucker for a pretty book cover, and have to admit to a few cover buys in my time. Honestly, if a book has a gorgeous cover, then I am so much more inclined to give it a go.
My main reading goal for the rest of 2018 is definitely to complete my Goodreads Challenge and read 52 books by the end of the year. So far, I am on track to do this, but we’ll have to wait and see whether it actually happens or not!
As for my TBR pile, I would love to be able to reduce it back down to a reasonable number throughout the coming months, as it is currently worse than it has been in a long while. Whether this be through unhauling more books, or enforcing the dreaded book buying ban, I’d just be very happy if I could enter 2019 without a TBR I am scared will kill me in my sleep.
Last but not least, I am going to aim to keep reading as much as a priority as I have in previous months, and try and make as much time for it as I can. Despite the hectic year I have had so far, 2018 has been an amazing reading year, so I would love for that to continue through the last few busy months as well!
I am going to tag anyone who wants to give this tag a go, because I clearly never stick to the rules of these tags!
Have you done this tag? Do you agree with my thoughts? Have you read any of these – what did you think?