This is a #bookstagram tag turned blog post from my AHmazing bookstagrammer friend Cait at Paper Fury. I might do this with #7writerfacts eventually. Somebody don’t let me forget. (Hey. I’ve been working on this blog post for over a month. THAT is how much free time I have now. So. Ahem.)
And I LOVE to talk about books. So here we go.
1. Book you’re too lazy to read:
*nervous laughter* You… mean… some people have only ONE book they’re too lazy to read? Ha. Ha. No. I do manage to keep my bookshelves populated with books I’ve read, but I also have a TBR shelf. Not an entire bookcase, mind you. Just a shelf.
Here is a small selection of books that I’ve not yet managed to read. Here are a (few) reasons why. They’re all staring at my from my shelf with very accusatory eyes.
Outlander: It HURTS. I’ve seen the first two seasons of the show and it just keeps stabbing you. Or maybe it’s just me. I love time-travel and Scotland and the Highlands and I can’t stand for all my beloved characters to suffer.
Dark Eagle: Let’s face it, folks. This book looks pretty cool, but it’s no A Natural History of Dragons (we’ll get to this one later, promise). You have to be feeling pretty hardcore to grab this novel. I’ll get the hankering eventually.
Eragon: THAT FIRST CHAPTER. I CAN’T DO IT. I CAN’T READ THAT. MY EYES ARE BLEEDING. Okay. Maybe not. But as much as people tell me it’s great… I … just… can’t.. do… it. There are too many other great books to read and I’ll never get to read all the ones I want anyway (cue sobbing), so I’m passing this one over forever. Probably.
A Gathering of Shadows: I ADORE the first book ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ and it’s precisely because of that reason that I haven’t been able to pick up AGOS. I have it. I have them all. But what if I don’t love it as much? I’ll be brave enough to see soon. Ish.
2. Book that made you swoon/ book details that made you swoon:
Due to my background as a writer/ editor, I’ve never found an entire book that’s made me swoon. Here’s some book details, though:
– Kell’s Coat (Also, a bonus: Lila’s party outfit, just because. It’s not magical, just cool. Also, Lila’s sass.)
-The Magic System in EVERYTHING THAT BRANDON SANDERSON WRITES. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Everything he writes is genius.
-Also, the magic system in the Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal. Super cool, and it explains why women were always fainting all the time in the Regency Era.
– The Lamppost in Narnia.
-The black/white/red/magic vibe of The Night Circus. The way that some of it is written in 2nd person and it just works. And The Wishing Tree.
– The premise of Stray by Elissa Sussman. If you’re bad a being a royal with magic, your punishment is becoming a fairy godmother? Yes please. So genius. Also, LOOK at that cover.
– There are a whole bunch of beautiful covers out there, speaking of which.(I’m looking at you, Caraval) What’s your favorite?
3. Books that gave you a hangover:
I’ll confess that this doesn’t happen to me often. I mostly just don’t have time to read, and if I decide I don’t want to read, it’s because a book was awful and caused me to doubt the trajectory of the path of literature in general. (*coughTheSelectioncough*)
4. Book that you will always recommend:
Hm. Well, there are so many books I like and so many different kinds of readers that I don’t know if there can be just one book I will always recommend. Here’s a short list of authors I will always recommend, with appropriate genres;
~Epic Fantasy: Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn or The Stormlight Archive
> or V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic Series
~Comedic Historical(ish) Fantasy: The Bartimaeus Series by Jonathan Stroud
~Historical Fantasy: Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal
~Historical Fantasy for Kids: The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
~Dragons: (okay, so that’s not a genre, but still): The Lady Trent Series by Marie Brennan
~Magic Realism (I kind of made this one up too): The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
~Tolkien. Just, Tolkien.
5. Book you will always reread:
Have I talked about Sanderson yet? Huh. Well, anyway, I’ll always reread Sanderson. The thing is…. I have a pretty stupendous TBR pile. And if you’ve read the first part of this blog post and didn’t skip to the middle like a crazy person, you’ll know that in the summer I have NO TIME to read. So.
6. Favorite Male Authors:
So apparently I don’t love as many male authors as I do female. The jury’s out as to why that is…
- Bet you didn’t expect… Brandon Sanderson
- C.S. Lewis
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Jonathan Stroud
- Steve Robinson
- Kevin Sands
- Michael Shaara
7. Favorite Female Authors
- Marie Brennan
- Erin Morgenstern
- V.E. Schwab
- Mary Robinette Kowal
- Naomi Novik
- Heather Dixon
- Kristin Cashore
- Cornelia Funke
- Renee Ahdieh
What I’m reading right now:
LOOK at that cover, people.
Chip in! Do the tag! Read the books! Comment and let me know what’s up in your literary world!