So many amazing people have recently tagged me in book tags, favourite posts, monthly round-ups and more, so I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU! I adore the blogging community so it’s lovely to nominated for so many fun and creative tags! The wonderful Georgia @Lost in Neverland has very kindly tagged me in both the 20 Questions Book Tag and the The Aesthete Blogger Award, so I thought I’d give them both a go today. If you don’t already follow her then please do, she is such lovely person and is always posting fabulous content that I know you will all enjoy!
Book tags are the perfect way to get to know everyone better, so I hope you enjoy reading my answers and learning a little more about me!
20 Questions Book Tag
1. How many books are too many books in a series?
If an author is happy to keep writing then the answer is never too many! I’d happily read about some of my favourite characters just doing very mundane things!
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I LOVE a good cliffhanger, they’re emotionally exhausting but they make a reading experience so much more memorable. At the time I hate them because they tend to leave me with some of the worst book hangovers but I love discussing all the different theories with other bloggers and readers!
3. Hardback or Paperback?
I’ve just treated myself to the King of Scars duo-logy in hardback and they’re stunning, but I think my heart (and bank account) will always belong to paperbacks!
4. Favourite book?
Please don’t make me choose! It’s no surprise that The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson is on my list, as well as A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott!
5. Least favourite book?
I struggled to think of one off the top of my head so I had to check my Goodreads account for my one-star reads! I hate giving bad reviews for books but I really hated The DUFF by Kody Keplinger and The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, the protagonists were both so unlikable and unexciting.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
No. They stress me out and cause way too much drama! I understand that fans can get very passionate about certain ships and love interests, but I think I’m still traumatised by the whole Team Edward and Team Jacob fiasco.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
Like Georgia, I’ve never DNF’d a book! I feel bad and force myself to continue with the book with the hopes that it’ll get better soon.
8. A book you’re currently reading?
I’m ashamed to admit that I’m still reading King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo! I started this book at the beginning of April but I’ve been so busy with work and other job applications that I just haven’t found the time to switch off and read!
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
I’m going to shamefully plug my recent Star Sign Recommendations post here because I put my heart and soul into that post and had so much fun trying to find the perfect book for each sign! I’ve also got another unique recommendations post ready for Monday and I’m so excited to share it with everyone! I’ve had this idea for ages so I really hope you enjoy it!
10. Oldest book you’ve read?
Aside from a lot of Shakespeare, the oldest book I’ve read, I think, is The Castle of Ontranto by Horace Walpole. This ‘classic’ is regarded as the first gothic novel when it was published in 1764 and is full of all the melodramatic gothic tropes. Was it worth the read, no, but it’s another classic I can tick off the list!
11. Newest book you’ve read?
I haven’t read it yet but I’m patiently waiting for my copy of Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard to arrive! The synopsis of this book sounds epic and I’m beyond excited to dive into this incredible adventure!
12. Favourite author?
Hmmmm, I wonder who I’m going to pick? Of course it’s Sarah J Maas, Leigh Bardugo, and Brandon Sanderson!
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
Like many other bookworms, I’m also super protective over my books and I like them to stay perfect with their spines unbroken, so I always get nervous when I let people borrow my books or when I borrow theirs! I’m very fortunate that I can afford to treat myself to new books now and then, and I hope one day to have an entire wall of bookshelves!
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
I’m mentioned this before but I think that The Folk of the Air series is overrated? I enjoyed it but I don’t think it deserves all the hype!
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks! I’m criminally lacking in bookmarks so I tend to used anything I can find or my old faithful and battered book depository freebie!
16. A book you can always re-read?
Atonement by Ian McEwan, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
17. Can you read while listening to music?
Yes! Listening to music helps enhance my imagination and turns some of my favourite scenes into mini-movies in my head. Different albums and playlists can transport me to different worlds and creates the perfect reading mood, even now there are specific songs I associate with books and when I hear them I get a little flashback!
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
Multiple POV’s! I love getting to know different characters and experiencing a different tone/voice with each chapter, they help provide a greater depth to a story and it’s nice to see different character reactions.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Both! When I’ve got a free day off or when I find a book that I’m head over heels for, then I’ll throw all my energy into reading but recently my reading has taken a backseat. My Goodreads goal for 2021 is to read 52 books (a book a week) and so far I’m confident that I’m going to hit my goal!
20. Who do you tag?
Anyone! I had so much doing this tag and answering all these questions so I want to pass the enjoyment on by tagging everyone!
The Aesthete Blogger Award
“This award is to honour every creative person, irrespective of their number of followers and views. Because, as long as you create, that is all that matters. This award is for those bloggers who put an insane amount of thought in each of their posts and for those who spread creativity like wildfire! Just wow!”
Here are the rules:
- Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
- List the rules.
- Show some love to the one who nominated you!
- Mention the creator (Asmita@ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
- Tell me something about this world that you admire.
- What is your favourite form of creativity?
- Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
- Ask your nominees 4 questions.
- Share something you created. (can be anything!)
- And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!
What is something in the world you admire?
Is it cliche if I say the beauty of our world? I’ve been very fortunate to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world and meet so many kind-hearted people along the way. All my experiences have a special place in my heart and I tend to get quite emotional when I reflect on some of these memories. I’ve sailed around the mountains of Yangshuo, seen the Northern Lights in Iceland, and marvelled at the incredible craftsmanship of St Peter’s Basilica and I can’t wait to discover more of the world soon!
What’s your favourite aesthetic?
Any fantasy or cottagecore aesthetic! Get me in a ballgown running through the gardens of some stately home or a beautiful meadow any day, that’s the dream!
How do you organise your physical books?
I spend way too much time organising my bookshelves to make sure they look perfect but at the moment they just look very chaotic as I’ve officially run out of room! I’d share a picture but they’re so messy and I need to trip to Ikea ASAP! I’d love to have a rainbow bookshelf but I don’t have enough colourful books!
My top two shelves are organised by colour, and the third is my favourites shelf which is home to my beautiful Sarah J Maas series and other loves. As for the rest of my shelves, they’re a little more chaotic and are organised by both series and colour, and then we have the bottom shelves of doom which is full of my university and Depop books!
What is your favourite creative outlet to use?
Blogging! I love to write, so blogging is the perfect outlet to let my creative juices flow! I love coming up with new and unique posts as well as getting involved with all the wonderful book tags and people in the bookish community!
What colour is your soul?
I love this question and I was really curious to take the test! I did loads of different tests and the two colours I kept getting were green and red! Red represents passion and the burning energy to go out there and do something and Green symbolises a healers soul which makes me a mediator, balancer and harmonizer or the equilibrium of life, both of which I think is spot on!