TAG : 25 Bookish Facts About Me

Hello everyone! I’m back with a tag. And you know how much I love doing them? This time, it’s 25 Bookish Thoughts About me. I was tagged by the lovely Rebecca @ bookishlyrebecca. I love her blog! She always comes up with really interesting posts in addition to her amazing reviews. You absolutely should check out her blog if you haven’t!

Before I start, fair warning – I might get carried away with my rambling.


1. I was primarily a comic fan when I was young. I used to love Tintin, Asterix and even Archies!

2. My love for books started with Harry Potter. My brother first handed me Prisoner of Azkaban when I was in grade 6. I couldn’t make head or tails out of that book and returned it to him with disdain. The next day, he gives me The Sorcerer’s Stone. The rest as they say is history.

3. I confess to having been a avid fanfiction reader. In fact, after falling in love with Harry Potter, instead of moving to new books, I moved to Harry Potter fan-fiction. I specifically got obsessed with Dramione. Don’t judge me! I was an angsty teenager, okay?

4. I grew my affinity for enemies-to-lovers trope mainly because of Dramione. It was through Dramione fanfics that I discovered or rather grew my love for the enemies-to-lovers trope even till this date.

5. I went through an obsessive Manga reading phase for a year or two. I think I read 10 manga that year. I slowly lost interest due to the long waits between the chapters and some manga being dragged too much. I’m looking at you, Naruto.

6. I used to love detective novels growing up. I was a sucker for Sherlock Holmes and other local detective novels.

7. I could never get into Agatha Christie for some reason even though I loved detective and suspense novels so much! Something that my friends gave me a lot of grief over.

8. I have grown this habit of reading mainly e-books and being selective about physical copies. I only buy paperbacks whose e-books I have already read and enjoyed a lot. I also pre-order books by my favorite authors who I trust to never disappoint me.

9. I buy hardbacks only for collection. I end up giving away my paperbacks for books that I liked but not wouldn’t care to hoard.

10. I need a paperback with me when I’m traveling. For some reason, whenever I’m traveling, I can’t make do with e-books only. I need a paperback with me. My backpack always feels incomplete without a book. So, at the cost of pissing my mother off, I always carry a book when I travel.

11. I’m very lazy about updating my bookstagram. I opened it with so much enthusiasm and I wonder where it all went. It’s probably been more than a month since I last updated it.

12. I can never sustain interest for dark romance or eroticas. I sometimes get these moods to read dark romances or erotic novels but if I cave in to those moods, I end up losing interest halfway through the book, most of the times. So now I rarely ever read those genres.

13. I never start a book if I have a short window of time for reading. I don’t like taking very long to finish a book unless it’s so boring that I can’t help myself. I am a fast reader and more often than not, can finish a book in one sitting.

14. A foolproof way of getting me to start a book would be to get me to watch its screen adaptation and enjoy it. If I like a movie or TV show, then there’s 101% chances of me checking out its book right away.

15. It’s tough being a reader of foreign literature in my country. One of the biggest things I dislike about living in my country is how troublesome it is to find some books locally or how expensive they are. If I want a new book that’s not too hyped or the author not too popular then it’s very difficult to find them in the bookshops here. We don’t even have Amazon here, but rather third parties who we have to order through and the shipping costs are unbelievably high! Another reason, I don’t usually buy physical copies of all the books I read. Reading is an expensive habit for sure.

16. Because of this habit being expensive, I had a phase in my teenage years when I would illegally download e-books to read them in my desktop. I know. That was horrible of me. But I think as a punishment for that, I ended up being the only person in my family who has to wear glasses (as I would stay up late and secretly read those e-books with lights turned off). Also, I ended up owning paperbacks of those e-books later on. So I hope that makes up for it.

17. I have started refraining from starting series that are not finished. It’s a torture starting unfinished series and waiting for the next books to come out.

18. Witty banter in a book is my weakness. Nothing gives makes my heart leap in joy than seeing characters engage in banter in a book. In fact, that’s what made me fall in love with a book like Gone with The Wind, in the first place. That banter between Rhett and Scarlett makes me want to pick up the book again.

19. I can read a book at any place but it needs there needs to be silence. I hate it when there’s talking in background when I’m reading. I need it to be totally silent or maybe at times, music of my choice playing in the background.

20. My favorite reading position is lying down. I love nothing more than lying on my bed and reading.

21. I rarely DNF a book. I might skim over some parts if it bores me. But I rarely DNF it. A book has to be absolutely horrible for me to DNF it.

22. I always start writing a review right after I’m done with a book. That’s one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place because I needed a platform or medium to vent about my feelings about a book right after reading it.

23. I like flawed characters. Characters with grey shades always interest me more than characters who are written to be perfect or self-righteous.

24. I can never say no to a friends-to-lovers trope. I used to love enemies-to-lovers initially. But I grew to prefer friends-to-lovers more. There’s something about the feeling of longing and confusion that appeals to me about this trope.

25. I love buying books as gifts. Books are the best gifts, okay? Both for giving and receiving. Well, next to chocolates, of course.

I won’t be tagging anyone. But please feel free to do this post if you’re interested. What’s the biggest bookish fact about you? Do let me know in the comments below!

TAG : Disney Channel Halloween Movies

Tags are the best things! And this one seems like so much fun. Thanks to  Sara @ Bibliophagist for tagging me in this. I think I’ve already said before how she’s one of my most favorite book bloggers. I love her book reviews and tags! So make sure to check out her blog if you haven’t already.


RULES

  1. Tag the creator (bookprincessreviews) of the DHM Tag.
  2. Thank the person who tagged who.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Tag five more people.

Halloweentown: Where is your favorite place to go for Halloween or a place you want to go?

Well, we don’t really celebrate Halloween here in my country. But if I were to ever celebrate Halloween, I think I’d like to visit New Orleans. That is one of the spookiest places I’ve read about, with its reputation for voodoo and haunted places. I also would love to visit Transylvania in Romania. Transylvania has always appealed to me for its beautiful landscapes and Gothic structures. It always seemed to me the perfect setting for a horror book.

Under Wraps: What’s something that used to be scary to you and then you realized it wasn’t just the mummy in this movie?

There’s a big mosquito problem in our country. So our city corporations have this service of sending out their people with huge mosquite smoke guns (?). And people usually call them to spray inside their homes when they come over to our streets.

Growing up, I was scared of these guns. Firstly, the loud sound they made scared the shit out of me. I would always hide myself and close my ears. Not to mention the smoke and the smell. And I’d always try to stop my parents from letting those people spray inside our house. What kid would like their house to smell like that and be all smokey? So, yeah. I was scared of these things.

But now I’m an adult and I know better to be scared of them. Granted, I still find their smell and smoke unpleasant. Thankfully, we don’t see much of these guns anymore.

Tower of Terror: What is the scariest place you’ve ever been?

I can’t think of any particular place, really. All I can say is that any place would be scary if I didn’t have my family with me. Like I remember once nobody came to pick me up for 2 hours at my school and I had a legit panic attack. I also would be scared in crowded places like fairs and festivals.

The thing that probably comes closest to a scary place would be the graveyard behind my elementary school where a couple of the boys from my class went to once and I tagged along. I don’t really remember being terrified but I’m sure I was at least a little scared. By the way, who the hell builds a school beside a graveyard?

Twitches: If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be?

An angel, probably? That’d be cool.

Don’t Look Under the Bed: Were you scared of monsters when you were a kid? When did it stop?

More than monsters, I think I was probably more scared of the unknown, be it an unknown person or place. I probably still am.

Phantom of the Megaplex: Do you watch scary movies? If so, what is your favorite or the one you got most afraid of?

I’ve only watched a handful of horror movies. And I’d never go out of my way to watch one. I have a problem with nightmares, so I usually steer clear of scary movies.

The scariest movie I’ve watched is probably The Ring.

The Scream Team: Who would be on your dream team if you went on a ghost/supernatural creature hunt?

Kate Daniels. From my favorite urban fantasy series. Undoubtedly the best badass heroine I’ve read.

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire: Have you ever witnessed
something/someone that could only be explained by the paranormal? If yes, what/who?

No. But I’ve had enough experiences shared with me to believe in the paranormal.


I’ll tag

Meowcartblog | Fictionnochaser | Daisygal | Mariam | Lindsey

Of course, no pressure if you’ve already done this tag or don’t feel like doing it! If you want to do it and I haven’t tagged you, let me know!

TAG: Halloween Creatures Tag 2.0

I got tagged by the awesome Sara @ Bibliophagist for this really fun prompt! Perfect first tag for October, right? I love tags and love it even more when I get tagged. So thank you, Sara! ❤


Rules
  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

WITCH
A magical character or book


Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone | Literally the first book that comes to mind when I think of magic.

 

WEREWOLF
The perfect book to read at night


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo | I haven’t read enough horrifying horror books or horror books in general. I do think that nothing beats the feeling of reading a thriller at night. And The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo is perhaps the most thrilling book I’ve read.

 


FRANKENSTEIN

A book that truly shocked you


Sadie |I was shocked by how good this book was. I didn’t expect to be phenomenally blown away when I started it. The book itself has quite a lot of shocks.

 


THE DEVIL

A Dark, Evil Character


Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter | Probably the only villain I’ve read who I never could sympathize with andwhose evilness I never doubted for even a second during the whole series.

 

GRIM REAPER
A character that should never have died


Allegiant | The only reason I could find for the death of (spoiler) at the end of this book was that the author simply wanted to prove a point. A point nobody cared for.

 

 


ZOMBIE

A book that made you “HUNGRY” for more


The Girl In The Spider’s Web | Even thinking about it makes me long for the impossible – another book by the original author.

 

GARGOYLE
A Character that you’d protect at all cost


The Trio From Transcend | They probably don’t need me to protect them but I’d do it anyway.

 

VAMPIRE
The book that sucked the life out of you


Gone With The Wind | It drained the life out of me in a good way, I think. I cried for like half an hour after finishing the book and felt depressed for the next week as if somebody had dumped me.

 

GHOST
A book that still haunts you


The Magnolia Inn | How could a book be SO boring? Nothing ever happens!

 

 

DEMON
A book that really scared you

The Silent Child | I was really scared by the behavior of most of the characters of the book. Especially, the protagonist’s paranoia was frightening to read about.

 

 

SKELETON
A character that you have a bone to pick with


Colin Fitzegard from The Chase | I had such high expectations from this book. But Colin let me down. I was so frustrated by his actions or lack thereof throughout, that at one point I wasn’t even sure I wanted him to be with Summer.

 

 

MUMMY
A book that you would preserve throughout time

Harry Potter | What can I say? I’m a Potterhead.

 

 

CREEPY DOLL
A cover too scary to look at


Unwind| I can’t think of any scary covers but I find this cover very creepy – probably one reason I never read it.

 

 


MONSTER MASH
It’s fun to be with friends on Halloween!
Tag your friends!
Meltotheany |Fictionnochaser | Rebecca | BriannaAlyssa | Mewocartblog


There’s no pressure if you’ve already done it or don’t feel like doing it. If I did not tag you and you still want to do it, that’d be great! Just link me on the tag if you do end up doing it! Happy October to you all!

TAG : 3 Days, 3 Quotes (Day 1)

I was recently tagged by Mariam for this challenge. Thank you for the tag! I gotta admit though, it will be difficult, because I’ve got too many favorite quotes to choose only 3 of them. But, that makes it more fun, I guess.


Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

 

“It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”

 

Friedrich Nietzsche          


I have so many favorite quotes by Nietzsche, it’s almost impossible to select one from them. There’s another favorite that I’d like to cheat and enter in here –

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”

And another one –

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”

Okay, I’ll stop here.


I’ll tag – Meowread | Jaywalker | Bristy


 

TAG : The Lady Janies

Yaay! I got tagged by Sara @ Bibliographist. Can I just say that she’s fast become one of my favorite bloggers? I love her insights and reviews. Do follow her if you aren’t already!

The Lady Janies Book Tag was created by Rebecca over at Bookishly Rebecca & Ellyn of Allonsythornraxx and it was created to coincide with the release of the Lady Jane books by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton.


Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer all the questions down below.
  • Pingback to the creators Rebecca & Ellyn.
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag.

Questions:

Jane Lynch: A favorite book featuring a character on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum:

An Exaltation of Larks | Suanne Laqueur knows how to play with your emotions. Her writing’s got a lot of depth and her storytelling is brilliant.
Lady Jane Grey: A short book that packed a punch:


Ferragost | You can never make me shut up about my adoration for Melina Marchetta. This one’s set in the universe of Lumatere Chronicles and features a favorite character. It’s sort of a mystery/romance. I’m still waiting for the author to publish more stories about the pair of Lady Celie and Banyon.
Jane Austen: Favorite heroine in a classic book:

Sophy from The Grand Sophy | Georgette Heyer writes great heroines. Sophy was such a breath of fresh air. She’s as rebellious as she’s graceful. Loved her and this book.

P.S. Wanna know a secret? I was confused between Scarlett O’ Hara from Gone with the Wind and Sophy for this prompt. Scarlett is definitely a better written character but she made me want to slap her a few times. So I guess I favor Sophy more.
Jane Eyre: Your favorite retelling:

A Court of Mist And Fury | The direction Sarah Mass took with this book makes it an automatic favorite. It also helps that I love Hades and Persephone’s story.
Calamity Jane: Your most anticipated release:

99 Percent Mine | This was a tough one but among my anticipated releases, this book’s the only one that presently has not only a proper synopsis but a cover too! Also, I love childhood crushes, friends-to-lovers AND Sally Thorne.
Jane Fonda: A character who upholds feminist ideals:

Jane Eyre | A very easy one. Didn’t even need to think twice.
Jane Krakowski: An underrated book you wish more people would read:

Lumatere Chronicles | I want everybody to read this series.

The Lady Janies: Two or more authors you wish would write a book together:

The million-dollar question. I could think of so many pairs I’d like to see. But maybe off the top of my head, Amy Harmon and Melina Marchetta? Both of them have sort of this unique vibe that I’d be interested to see gelled together.


I’d like to tag Meowread|Mariam|Tukunjil| Libroliv | Bristy

There’s no pressure. If you don’t feel like doing it or have already done it, then feel free to ignore my tags! And if you haven’t been tagged and still want to do it, go ahead! Do leave a link below, either way. 🙂