Hey, fellow bookworms! Today, I’m answering a book tag that I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time! The 30 Bookish Facts About Me tag!
It just tells you more about my book habits, and for me at least, I find it very interesting to see what other people do and read.
I’m gonna give a shout out to Cait from paperfury.com because her answers were awesome and she’s the reason why I’m doing this tag right now! So go check her blog out, she’s awesome!
1) Currently reading?
I’m listening to Fat Vampire by Adam Rex on audible, and I’m reading Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Mass.
2) Should’ve read, like, yesterday?
Winter by Marissa Meyer. I’ve been putting this off because it’s the last book, and I just don’t want it to end 😥 . I seriously need to just get this over with because everybody says it’s on of the best in the series and AHH! I just need to read this like ASAP
3) Book that impacted you?
Looking For Alaska by John Green. This book… Ah, this book. I made me look at the world in a different way. It deals with some really really dark topics and I think that every person can relate to it in a different way, and that’s what makes it special!
I also think The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand is a really amazing book that’s impacted me because it really doesn’t romanticize depression and suicide; it just says it as it is. And it shows what actually happens in real life after such a thing happens and how the family deals with it.
4) Hyped vs backlist titles?
There are ups and downs to each one when you think about it. I kind of like hyped books more because you know that there’s a larger chance that you’re gonna actually like them. But there’s even a bigger chance that you’re gonna get spoiled.
But when you read backlist titles, you don’t really have anyone to talk to.
5) Current series crush?
I’m currently moving on with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (Jana is a fanatic, she would be so proud), and also the Lunar Chronicles.
6) How strong is your self-control around books? Buying books, Libraries, ARC requests on Netgalley/Edelweiss
Book buying, I’m horrible at, but I almost never go to the library (we don’t have a lot near by), and I’ve never requested E-ARCS, so I’m only bad at book buying, which I can deal with… a bit.
7) Plot vs characters?
I’m a plot person, I’ll forgive a book if it has a meh set of characters, but if the plot is weak or boring in anyways, then I won’t have anything to look forward to in the book.
8) Would you write under a pseudonym?
I have a feeling that when I do, I would make it pretty close to my real name, so something like R.Z. Manjal or something, just so I can prove that it’s me who wrote the book. But short answer: yeah, I think I would.
9) Would you marry your bookshelf?
Yes. Next question.
10) Do you ever get sick of reading?
Um, no. How could I? I think I’ll be doing a whole post about this soon actually.
11) Random bookish memory?
I once dreamt that I was Blue from the Raven Cycle (I actually DNFed that book, don’t know why I dreamt about it)
12) Character you relate to?
I think every fangirl can relate to Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell in someway. Even though I thought the plot was really lacking in that book.
13) Do you own bookish merchandise?
Yeah, a bunch, but my favourite has to be my Harry Potter Hoodie and my Looking For Alaska Poster
14) Controversial opinion?
I didn’t like how The Hunger Games ended… Mockingly was really disappointing for me, sorry not sorry.
Nick and Parker from Vanishing Girls. I think they should have just stayed friends, and also Dara and Parker. In this whole book, I think they should have just stayed friends and called it a day.
16) Why didn’t I love this?
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it, it was mediocre. I liked the survival aspect, but I don’t think I loved it as much as everyone else loved it. I’ll probably pick up the second book when it’s available in my bookstore.
17) Hardcover vs paperback?
There are pros and cons for each one! With hardbacks, you can’t break the spine, so it’s really flexible but it’s kind of uncomfortable when you’re reading in bed etc.
With paperbacks there’s a risk of breaking the spine, but they’re great to read because of the floppiness.
18) Do you ever like villains?
Yeah! I love a good villain, but not really love, more like love to hate.
19) Cringeable reads?
Username: Evie by Joe Sugg. I think I talked about how much I disliked/detested/cringed/any-other-synonym while reading this. I thought the art was great, but the plot and characters were the worst. Cringe level 100. (I like Joe’s videos, but this is not good at any level.
20) Where do you get your books from?
I get most of my books from Amazon, but when I go out to the bookstore, I usually go to Jarir (a bookstore franchise here in Saudi Arabia)
21) Haunting read?
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn isn’t exactly a book, it’s short story, and oh boy is it one hell of a read. I was so paralysed by it that I have to read all 60 pages of it in a sitting and just see what the ending was! Really great for an October read!
23) Annoying character qualities?
I think self doubt is something that gets really annoying really fast. Sometimes an author can pull it off, but sometimes, it’s just a no-no.
24) Least favorite genre?
I don’t have a least favourite genre, but Historical Fiction isn’t something that I reach for that much, so maybe that counts.
25) Best tropes?
I’m going to answer this with a really broad answer, I swear this isn’t a cop-out method.
My favourite ‘trope’, which isn’t even a trope, is when an author can flip it, like instead of being the chosen one, the character would be the only one without powers. Or instead of having a backstabbing best friend, the character is the backstabber etc. That’s when you know an author has real talent.
I only reread one book, and that’s Looking For Alaska by John Green (yes I mention it way too much, but it is my favourite book to this day), and I’ve absolutely loved doing it. I’m planning on rereading a lot more books soon, so rereading is a Yay for me!
27) Have you abused a book?
Ooo, if you know me, then you know that I take great care of my books, but I have a couple ones that are beat the fuck up, like my copy of The Girl on the Train, I mean the spine is completely ripped, and the front is bent.
My paperback copy of The Fault in Our Stars is also beat because I spilled soy sauce on it while I was out eating. So either one of those books will say yes, I abused a book, but I take great care of the others.
28) Series you quit on?
I quit on reading the Girl Online Series. I read the first one and gave it 2 stars (which is an ok/meh for me), and then I picked up the sequel (IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A STAND ALONE), and gave it 1 star, and now she came out with a third book. I mean, I’m sorry Zoe, but you’re milking for money right now.
29) Wish it wasn’t a standalone?
I think I would say Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I devoured this book, and I so want to see what happens to Untitled Patel (#2), and Lizzie and oh, I just loved this book. So unique!
30) Bad bookworm side-effects?
Under-eye bags. I can’t even call them bags they’re more like duffle bags if I’m being honest.
That’s all I have for you guys today, but I’m back on my 3 times a week schedule, so keep on the look out! Subscribe to not miss new posts!
Much love, Rawan ❤️ …