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!

Blog Post – Book Blogger Appreciation Week Roundup

As this week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week (which I didn’t actually realise until Sunday), I was originally going to post a Top 5 Friday feature of some of my favourite bloggers in the book community. However, it quickly became apparent that a top 5 was nowhere near enough so instead, this is me rambling and shouting out a group of wonderful people that you should definitely go and follow if you’re not already!

Alex @ Spells & Spaceships

For anyone that is in the SFF sphere of blogging, it won’t come as a surprise to see Alex mentioned on yet another appreciation list. He does so much for the community from hosting readalongs, creating reading challenges and, of course, introducing Norsevember which has been generating excitement since May and this is all on top of his brilliantly insightful and thoughtful reviews (seriously, dude, get some sleep!). However, what I love the most is how he champions self published books and authors, regularly doing what he can to ensure everyone hears about novels they may not otherwise, which I know is immensely appreciated by authors and readers. 

Cara @ The Tattooed Book

Now, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working in a bookshop with Cara and she is as lovely, welcoming and friendly offline as she is online. Her reviews are so articulate and really grasp the heart of the book which makes you compelled to read it (I’ve personally picked up a couple because of her reviews!). I also greatly appreciate being able to dissect darker reads with her knowing that she won’t judge as she enjoys disturbing reads as much as I do! I’m looking forward to our next buddy read! She also runs a cute bookish business – The Cosy Book Cult which you should definitely check out too.

Charlotte @ Sapphistication

Some of you may remember my post regarding ‘own voices in LGBTQIA+ novels’, and if you do then this blogger will sound familiar to you! Charlotte reads a whole host of fiction but if you’re looking for LGBTQIA+ recommendations, particularly featuring gothic themes and lesbians, then her blog is for you! It isn’t just book reviews that she provides, but Charlotte also has some fantastic resources on LGBTQIA+ friendly spaces online! Also, fun fact, Charlotte and I met at university (even if she did temporarily forget that fact when I reached out to her about the post back in February…!).

Dan @ Dan the Man

I couldn’t write this list without mentioning the wonderful, bubbly, Bookstagrammer Dan. By now I’m pretty sure the entire book community is familiar with Dan’s gorgeous photos, which you immediately know are his due to his signature style which always blows me away. When I first joined Twitter and came across Dan I was in awe (and actually a bit intimidated) by his following and the immense respect he has from the blogging community and as well as the publishing industry. I’m so happy I’ve got to know Dan and get to chat to him as he is an absolute delight and, as I’m sure many would agree, the most fabulous of us all. 

Isabelle @ The Shaggy Shepherd

I want to start by saying that Isabelle is lovely and I love that we’re in so many of the same communities and discord servers together! She is genuinely one of the most kind people that I have met online, I always love to read her thoughts about books – whether it be a full review or just a chat on Twitter as they’re always insightful. Even her cover reveals are incredibly enthusiastic which really builds my excitement for books I’ve normally not come across! Also, for an added bonus, if you follow Isabelle you frequently get adorable pet pictures which are guaranteed to make your day!

John @ Tales from Absurdia

I have only been following John’s reviews and content for a shorter space of time and yet I can’t imagine my timeline without him now. In fact, for any new bloggers I highly recommend checking out John’s resources as he has some guides (like The Bookish Glossary which is still helpful to me now after my time blogging) which are invaluable! Not only this but I love how unique and refreshing his reviews are and his love of philosophical books.

Lily @ Literary Lily

Despite promising that I will get better at watching BookTube, I’m still not completely there, someone I always have time to watch is Lily. I love her chill style which is informative as well as entertaining! Additionally, it’s really interesting to me to learn more about autism and autistic representation. Lily is incredibly open and fearless which I greatly admire, she’s not afraid to be herself and I love her for it. As an aside, Lily is a Mario Kart Master and I also love watching her cat, Maggie, launch herself at Lily whilst hosting reading sprints, even if that does mean I don’t get a lot of actual reading done…!

Livy @ Shelves of Starlight

Not only is Livy a wonderful human, she is also a wonderful blogger with a passion for history and mythology as well as books. Both of which she writes about with such enthusiasm and knowledge it’s difficult to not be impressed. Livy was actually one of the first friends I made on book Twitter after both joining at similar times and yet she feels like a pro at it. She’s also a pro at Mario Kart (even if her choice of Daisy as her main is questionable) and is a delight to talk to over discord calls which turns an hour chat into three hours of gushing over books, Marvel and mythology! 

Stephen @ Stephen Writes

The support I got from Stephen early on through comments and shares was incredibly motivating and something I’m very grateful for. It’s also something I’ve noticed he does a lot for bloggers both new and old which makes it so much easier to feel part of a community. He writes brilliant reviews for a whole host of different books but he also writes insightful discussion posts which are always fascinating to read. It isn’t just thoughts on other people’s work he writes, but his own poetry too!

Zoe @ Zoe’s Book Nook

Zoe is an absolute machine when it comes to reviews and blog tours and the rest, I have no idea how she does it! I love the chatty style of her reviews and her unique rating system. Her reviews grab you and instantly make you feel like you’re just getting a recommendation from a friend. She has also been incredibly supportive since I joined, always the first one to like my posts which always puts a smile on my face. Zoe is also incredibly connected and in the know, most of the time I only hear about things because she’s tagged me on Twitter, I would struggle without her!

There are so many people that I could include in this list but, if I did, you would probably still be here reading until next August! I’m so happy to have met such lovely and kind people and to have made such good friends over this last year, I couldn’t ask to be involved in a more wonderful community.

Who are your favourite bloggers? Give them a shout out in the comments!