Being brutally honest about books

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The Ultimate Book Tag

Let's say I was tagged by Alise at Readers In Wonderland (though I wasn't individually tagged).

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yes. I can't read in the car at all. I can barely look down at all without feeling dizzy.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Moira Young's in the Dustlands trilogy. She writes with the grammar and spelling that her characters use, and it's very original. (Although I later read The Color Purple, which does the same, but I read Dustlands first!)

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer. 

Harry Potter.
1. I've actually bothered watching the films.
2. It's not about vampires.
3. It's not about an annoying American teenage girl caught in a love triangle. 

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

No, I don't, although sometimes I bring a bag to the library if I'm intending to get out lots of books. (Which rarely happens these days.)

5. Do you smell your books?

Not usually. 

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I don't mind either way - sometimes illustrations are a nice break, but sometimes they just waste space and make the book longer than it has to be. 

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I loved Romeo's Ex: Rosaline's Story by

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.When I first saw this week's theme, I thought that I'd never be able to find ten books I've enjoyed that celebrate diversity, but I was wrong, and here we are.

The Color Purple 
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I'm studying this in English this year, and at first I thought it was just another boring book about racism in America, but it's so much more. The protagonist is a lesbian POC in the early 20th Century, and this book was published in the 80s! Yay for diversity!

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) 
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands Trilogy #1) by Moira Young 

A post-apocalyptic series written how the characters talk. The language takes some getting used to, but it's very effective, just like the above! (That wasn't a conscious decision of mine when doing this meme.) The protagonist may or may not be a WOC, it's hard to say - she describes her brother as light and herself as dark, so it's possibly they're mixed race. But it has been some time since I read it.

The Comet's Curse (Galahad, #1) 
The Comet's Curse (Galahad #1) by Dom Testa

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Would You Rather Book Tag

Technically I wasn't tagged by anyone, but for the sake of the game, let's say Pinkindle tagged me.

Would you rather only read trilogies or standalones?

Standalones. I am so sick of series.

Would you rather read only male or female authors?

Female, but I don't really pay that much attention to whether the book's author is male or female.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

 Neither is that accessible to me but I would say Amazon.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

Five per week! Imagine how fast I would get through my to-read list!

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Author. That's been my dream for about ten years. But being a professional reviewer would be awesome too.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Bookseller. Because then I'd only have to see and touch new, pristine books, and no old, falling apart ones .

Would you rather read only e-books or physical books?

As much as I love ebooks to bits, I would have to say physical, just because they look nice and you can flick and scan through the pages easily.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I've never participated before but I've seen many top 10 posts from the blogs I follow, and this week's prompt was too good to resist!

 Twilight (Twilight, #1)

Do I even need to explain?

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

I have zero interest in reading about abuse disguised as porn and romance.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Apparently I'm really weird for not having ever read the Harry Potter series, but I have never had the slightest interest in the books. The films are okay, though.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower  

I watched the movie and just didn't understand the hype. I wasn't motivated to read the book. 

The Book Thief 

I'll read it someday, when I get around to it. I promise, Mum!

More Than This

My sister said I have to read this, and she never recommends books to me. So it must be excellent.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Another one of those "when I get around to it" books.


You know why I haven't read it? Because it's not bloody written yet! It's rapidly approaching five years since I put this on my to-read list, and other fans of the series have been waiting for thirteen years. Excuse my passive-aggressiveness, but this is insane.

The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)

Love Middle-earth, can't stand Tolkien's writing style. I struggled through Lord of the Rings, so I very much doubt I'd be able to handle The Silmarillion
 Les Misérables
I loved the 2012 movie, but fans refer to the book as the Brick for a reason. I don't have the time, energy, or patience to read it.
I'm Alexandria, a 19-year-old reader/writer/blogger from New Zealand. I love language, history, and sci-fi. Hi! I'm always around if you want to talk, which you can do via comments, the contact form, or Facebook.

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