Major thanks to Anna @ Adventures With a Book Nerd for tagging me in her post!
1) What do you look for the most when you pick up a book?
a.) a beautiful writing style; b.) a character driven story; c.) a plot driven story
Ideally, all of the above. However, I am definitely a character-driven reader. If I connect to a character, I turn into absolute trash for a book. A beautiful writing style would be a close second, though. As a writer myself, I always appreciate when someone clearly has excellent control of the craft.
2) What are your pet peeves in books?
Is it weird that I can’t think of anything off the top of my head? One thing I’ve complained about a lot in reviews is when entire conflicts and plot points are based off of miscommunication/the protagonist’s inability to be honest about something. It’s really hard for me to explain this one without concrete examples, because obviously secrets and hiding things can be SO MUCH FUN IN NOVELS.
So I’ll throw out an example. Though I still really enjoyed this novel, MORE THAN WE CAN TELL by Brigid Kemmerer has a case of this. Rev’s life is literally imploding because he can’t bring himself to talk about something in his life and it just DROVE ME CRAZY. I am an honest-to-a-fault person, so I really hate when people’s lives keep falling apart because they refuse to tell the truth.
3) If you could print one quote on your wall, which one would it be?
Oh, this one is IMPOSSIBLE. Like I really and truly cannot answer this one, but I will say Lauren Oliver and Tahereh Mafi have some really beautiful quotes out there.
I think that song lyrics tend to be more memorable to me. I could pretty much choose anything from Twenty One Pilots or Hippo Campus.
4) Which genre would you like to explore more?
This is actually something I’m working on right now. I’d love to become better acquainted with non-fiction and graphic novels!
5) Was there ever a movie adaptation you liked better than the book?
Yes, actually! Does that make me a bad book lover? I liked the WARM BODIES movie better than the book. I also think THE VAMPIRE DIARIES TV show is FAR superior to the book. I’m sure there are more, but those are the ones that immediately come to mind.
6) If one of your favorite books would be adapted or get a new adaptation, which book would it be and what role would you like to play?
THIS IS THE HILL I WILL DIE ON, OKAY? The VAMPIRE ACADEMY series deserves a TV series!!!!! My dream is to be the one who writes the script haha! But also, I’ve wanted to play Rose Hathaway since I was in middle school. I definitely do not fit the physical description in any way, shape, or form, but DON’T KILL MY MIDDLE SCHOOL DREAMS.
7) A hyped book you wouldn’t recommend at all?
Oh boy. Get your pitch forks ready because this answer will ENRAGE so many of you. But, here it is: Harry Potter. I’ve only read the first 2 books in the series, so maybe I’m not qualified enough to say this, but I think there are so many magical books out there with better writing and, honestly, a better plot. I think the people who love HP are the ones who grew up with it, and I wasn’t one of those people, so I’m not afraid to point out that it actually is pretty basic in terms of plot and whatnot. I get that it’s for kids, but I still think there’s better work out there.
8) A book that highly influenced your life and way of thinking?
My go-to for questions like this is ALWAYS VAMPIRE ACADEMY. That series helped me through SO MUCH in my life. THE HUNGER GAMES led me to book blogging, so that’s a good answer too.
9) Are you a fan of rereading books? Do you do it often?
I am SUCH a fan of re-reading books! There are some books I cannot imagine only experiencing once in my life. I do it kind of often, but not as often as I wish I could. I always have a list of books in my mind that I want to re-read, but it’s hard to justify it sometimes when there are so many other books I have to read for the first time. Still, sometime you just have to return to an old favorite!
10) Which book title could easily be the title of your life?
Ooooh, this is a good one! I went to Goodreads and found a few!
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
This list could go on forever.
11) Which book should be required reading for everyone?
I always have trouble with questions like this because I firmly believe that there is not a single book in this world that EVERYONE should read and I know that’s such a literal interpretation of this question, but I can’t help it.
I think WHAT TO SAY NEXT by Julie Buxbaum is a good one. I think a lot of people could take something different away from it, so let’s go with that.
12) Who do you tag?
Anyone who wants to do this tag!! Make sure to leave a link in the comments if you do this so I can check it out!