Wednesday, January 29, 2014

TAG: Goodreads

I am back with another TAG! This one was created by SpiralBookMark on Youtube, and consists of questions that relate to your Goodreads page.

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1. What was the last book you marked as "read?"

Technically speaking, the last book I marked as "read" was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, which I reread before picking up it's sequel, Hollow City. The last book I read that was not a reread, however, was Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay.

2. What are you "currently reading?"

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, book two in the Miss Peregrine series.

3. What was the last book you marked as "to-read?"

That would be Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral, a novel told in photographs, pictures and words. I have heard a lot of great things about this book, and adore stories that are unique in their telling and presentation. I look forward to picking this up sometime soon!

4. What book do you plan to read next?

I honestly do not know. I never make a monthly TBR list, simply because I like to be free to choose a book I am in the mood for, rather than being forced to read something just to complete it. There are a few books at the top of my list, however, which include: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

5. Do you use the star rating system?

I do. Sometimes I wish we were able to give half stars, because it is extremely difficult to decide which rating to give a book that is balancing on the border between two different scores. As far as what my different ratings mean:

5 s = An AMAZING read. Beautiful writing/reading experience, all wrapped up into one!

4 s = Missing that special something(s), but still too excellent to receive anything less than four stars.

3 s = Great plot/characters/other, but lacked the follow-through.

2 s = Poor writing, theme, characters, ECT. Not very memorable.

1 = Completely unremarkable in every way.

6. Are you doing a 2014 Reading Challenge?

I am! Last year I challenged myself to read 40 books - then 60. I ended 2013 with 82 books read. This year, I have challenged myself to complete 70 books. 

7. Do you have a wishlist?

I have a list of books that I consider a "priority buy;" ones that I am anxious to get my hands on and do not want to forget. Other than that, I keep a general wishlist in my head.

8. What book do you want to buy next?

I have already pre-ordered Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi, which comes out next week so, technically speaking, it could be considered my next "buy." I would also like to purchase both Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and The Archived by Victoria Schwab sometime in the near future.

9. Do you have any favorite quotes?

I have several:

"I'm happy. Which often looks like crazy." — David Henry Hwang

"I read a book one day and my whole life was changed." — Orhan Pamuk

"Generally speaking, books don't cause much harm. Except when you read them, that is. Then they cause all kinds of problems." — Pseudonymous Bosch

"Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration." — Pat Conroy

"So many books, so little time." — Frank Zappa

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." — J.K. Rowling

10. Who are your favorite authors?

J.K. Rowling, Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, Rick Riordan, Sarah Dessen, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Patrick Ness, Beth Revis, Michelle Hodkin, Veronica Roth, and Alexandra Brakcen. Just to name a few. :)

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