Book Tag – The Book Snob Tag

It’s been a long time since I have done a book tag, but this one seemed so fun I had to join in! Thank you John @ Tales From Absurdia for the tag! You should totally check out his responses if you haven’t seen them already!

Tag Credit: Tia and All the Books

The Book Snob Tag

Adaptation Snob

Do you always read the book before watching the film / TV show?

Not really, if I’m really excited about an adaptation but it’s not coming out for a while then I will pick up the book first, similarly if it’s something that’s been on my TBR for a while I will try to read the book before seeing the adaptation… but I don’t have to read the book first.

In fact, in some ways it’s easier for me to watch an adaptation first and then read the books as I’m far less likely to watch a TV show or film based on a book if I’ve already read the book (purely because I’ve been so disappointed so many times now!). Whereas, if I do watch the adaptation first and really like it I’ll generally get the book to see how different it was.

Format Snob

You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life.

Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks or audiobooks?

Even though I definitely wouldn’t have the space, I would still choose physical books. As much as I love the convenience of my kindle, especially for commuting or travelling, it still doesn’t beat the satisfaction of having full bookshelves and the feel of the pages!

To be really specific I do prefer paperbacks (especially floppy paperbacks) over hardbacks… Mainly because it’s easier to find a comfortable position to read in and it’s easier to take them around if the book you’re reading isn’t on your kindle. I also prefer the covers of paperbacks too whereas some hardbacks can be quite disappointing once the dust jacket is off… Although, I do feel fancy sitting outside with a naked hardback resting in one hand like a heroine from an Austen novel…

Ship Snob

Would you date / marry a non-reader?

Whilst not reading isn’t exactly a dealbreaker for me (as everyone has more than one interest or hobby to connect with) I think their reason for not reading could be. If someone just doesn’t enjoy it for themselves or prefers to do other things that’s totally fine, but if they have an actively negative opinion on books and reading then that would be an issue. As long as there is mutual respect for differing interests it’s all good!

Genre Snob

You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life.

Which one do you ditch?

Now, the obvious answer for me is non-fiction but to make it interesting I’ll also choose a fiction genre… Which would probably be crime thriller novels.

This is the genre I reach for the least. I like detective fiction and whodunits (which I classify separately, no it isn’t cheating) but when it comes to gritty crime novels or true crime novels I just don’t have that much of an interest… The world can be terrible enough at times so the last thing I want is for that to follow me into my reading too!

Uber Genre Snob

You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life.

Which genre do you choose?

This is a tough one as I read so many different genres and am very much a mood reader! 

If we are counting this as a genre then I would say translated fiction as I love reading books from other cultures, especially East Asian. However, if I’m not allowed to group translated fiction together then it would most likely be fantasy… Which is not something I thought I would say a couple of years ago!

Community Snob

Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

When I first started book blogging back in 2010 I would have said that a lot of bloggers looked down on the ‘chick lit’ (now ‘women’s fiction’) community and would try to pass it off as not ‘proper’ reading or just ‘trashy holiday’ reading. I think now that it has been rebranded as ‘women’s fiction’ I see less negativity around it (although there is still some).

Now, I would say that it’s probably the Young Adult community that gets put down a lot, especially the adults that are part of it as the books are deemed ‘too young’ for them which is dumb.

I tag…

Livy @ Shelves of Starlight

Isabelle @ The Shaggy Shepherd

Zoe @ Zoe’s Book Nook

Callum @ Callum McLaughlin

I’m generally late to the party on tags so, apologies if you have already done it!

Book Tag Tuesday – The Mystery Blogger Award

So, today I am posting my first (of many, I hope!) tag of 2021. I was nominated by the lovely Stephen over at Stephen Writes, if you don’t follow him already you should definitely check out his blog! Thank you Stephen for the tag!

This award was created by Okoto @ OkotoEnigmasBlog.

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate some other bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me

  1. Although I’m terrible at it, I love ice skating and it’s something I’ve always wanted to get better at. I love watching Figure Skating and went to the World Championships in Helsinki in 2017; I also love ice hockey and went every weekend in my last year of university to support the local team!
  2. When I was 15 I spent a week at Huntsville, Alabama’s Space Camp where, as well as doing fun things like the G-force simulator and the outdoor obstacle courses, I had to complete various engineering challenges and take part in a six hour mission in order to graduate.
  3. I have been lucky enough to only have to work two retail jobs whilst I was in school / a student the first was a bridal shop (which was nowhere near as glamorous as people imagine it to be) and my university bookshop (which was one of the best jobs I’ve had). 

My Favourite Post

It’s quite difficult to think of a favourite post of mine, especially as I generally post a lot of reviews. However, the post that immediately comes to mind is my Top 5 Friday – Video Games for Book Lovers. I was really pleased with the way it turned out and how I was able to combine my two biggest loves into one post. I remember working on it fairly early on before deciding to post it in November to tie in with the PlayStation 5 release.

Questions from Stephen

Is there a particular genre that you are aiming to read more in 2021?

I would like to read more Gothic fiction, I was reminded of how much I love this genre towards the end of last year and it’s something that I want to read more of this year. Whenever I thought of Gothic fiction I would always think of the classics, however there is so much contemporary Gothic that has been released in the past couple of years that I’ve been seriously missing out on!

What is your favourite pastime besides reading?

Playing video games on my PS4 or Switch! As my answer in the favourite post section shows, I’m really into my RPGs and JRPGs. I fell a little out of the habit of playing them last year as, with lockdown, I was more interested in being in the garden reading or gardening. However, this year I plan on finishing as many games as I can! Especially those I’ve already started… For now though, I’m focusing on getting the platinum trophy for Danganronpa 1-2 Reload.

Which book has been on your TBR for the longest amount of time?

With lockdown last year, I did actually manage to get through quite a lot of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for a few years! However, there are still a few that I still haven’t got round to yet… The one that comes to mind immediately is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. My dad read them years ago, when I was about 11, and gave me his copies to read and they have sat on my shelf ever since… I will get round to them though!

Are there any books you have bought simply because you loved the cover?

There have been quite a lot of books I’ve bought because of the cover. Actually, a pretty embarrassing amount as I do love a pretty cover regardless of whether I already have a copy of the book or not! Most recently, though, I would say that it was The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi.

If you could have one superpower, which one would you choose and why?

Ooh this is a tough one, it would either be healing powers or teleportation… I feel like healing powers is the sensible answer (and the fact I play a healer in a lot of RPGs) but teleportation would be a lot more fun and make my trips to Japan much cheaper, and it would cut my commute time I could get a few extra hours in bed!

My Questions

  1. What is one genre you’ve tried to read but just can’t get into? 
  2. Where is your favourite place to read?
  3. Do you have any pets?
  4. Would you rather speak every human language or be able to speak to animals? 
  5. If you didn’t blog about books, what would you blog about instead?

I Tag…

No pressure at all to do the tag, and if I haven’t tagged someone who wants to take part please do!

Animal Crossing New Horizons Book Tag

In my favourite place with my favourite villager…

Firstly, huge thanks to Two Book Thieves for creating this brilliant book tag! As soon as I saw it on another blog I just knew that this would be a perfect one for me to do! As well as books, my other huge passion is video games and I, like most other people, have been obsessively playing Animal Crossing New Horizons since it came out in March. I also thought it was quite appropriate to post this today with the second Summer update going live!

Past Villager – Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?

I think I would have to say Alex Rider from the series by Anthony Horowitz. Whilst I haven’t kept up with the series in recent years, I loved Alex’s adventures and I was always excited to start reading the next instalment. The character is still very much in my heart, especially after reliving my favourite of his missions, Point Blanc, in the recent TV adaptation Alex Rider on Amazon Prime.

Blather’s Blatherings – Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read.

No doubt about it, everybody should read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (then again, I’m not sure if there are many people left that haven’t read it at this point!). It’s a phenomenal story set in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death. I read the novel in 2007 and it has stuck with me ever since.

Celeste’s Wish – What is a future book you wish you could read now?

I wish I could read The Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss, which doesn’t yet have a release date. After finishing The Wise Man’s Fear I have been eager to get my hands on the final instalment of the series! However, I trust Patrick Rothfuss and his writing to know that the novel will be well worth the wait no matter how long it may be.

Timmy & Tommy – What is your favourite sibling relationship in a book?

The siblings that immediately came to mind were the Weasley twins – how could they not?

The Easter Bunny – A popular book character you’re not a big fan of.

Professor Snape. I feel like getting backstory for him, and the reveal of why he’s mean to Harry, just didn’t sit well with me. It was interesting but, to me, it made him bullying Harry all these years make less sense. Okay, we get that you hate his father but, is that any way to treat the child of the woman you supposedly loved?

Nook’s Loans – An author you would give all your money to.

Haruki Murakami, I mean, I practically have already with all of the books of his that I’ve bought and read so far!

The Sisters Able – What is your favourite fictional family (found or otherwise)?

Kind of a mix of found and blood family, but I love the Housekeeper, her son Root and the Professor in Yōko Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor. Whilst only two are actually blood related, the way that the Housekeeper looks after the Professor and builds a strong bond with him was beautiful. The way the Professor took to Root too, as if he was his grandson, was also very touching.

It’s a C+ – What is a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up?

Love triangles. Nothing more needs to be said.

The Wandering Camel – What is your favourite book set in a land far away from yours?

As a literature enthusiast, it is impossible for me to have a favourite book (how do you manage to pick just one?!). However, the one that I have chosen for this question is Dawn by Octavia Butler. This was on my reading list for a module at university and I adored it. I was fascinated by the Oankali aliens and their plans for the last remaining humans on a new planet. Thinking about this book again makes me want to re-read it and finish the series…

What Would Dodos Do? – A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment.

It would have to be the wizarding world in the Harry Potter series. After growing up with the series, it felt like home to me and probably always will. Although, I’d like to go to Hogwarts when Harry isn’t a student: I couldn’t be dealing with the stress of Voldemort making an appearance every year AND exams.