The Book Blogger Test

I was tagged to do this by Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole (she’s been pointing me in the direction of all sorts of neat things to help me get my blog started) and I thought it would be a great way to introduce myself!

What are your top three book pet hates?

  1. Excessive internal dialogue – every once in a while I stumble across a book where the main character/narrator just has so much to say, to themselves.  Most books find a nice balance between showing and telling in regards to characters’ reactions, but when they go overboard on the telling I eventually start to imagine that the characters are muttering all of their thoughts out loud to themselves and that’s probably not what the authors were going for.
  2. Cover changes in a series – I just want all of my book shelves to look pretty okay!  For example, I have the First Edition Hardcover of Jonathan Stroud’s The Amulet of Samarkand (the first book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy), it’s a nice cover, nothing too exceptional, but when the the second two books came out they changed the covers.  Now the first book sits next to the other two all sad and un-matching.  Super frustrating.
  3. Long periods of time between book releases – this is definitely just a product of me being an extremely impatient person.  I don’t like to wait for things, and I especially don’t like to wait for things I know I’m going to love, but wait I will (totally side-eyeing George R.R. Martin right now).

Describe your perfect reading spot:
My absolute favorite place to read is outside or outside-adjacent.  I’ve done a lot of reading laying out on my deck in the sun, curled up in a chair in the front room of the cabin with all the windows wide open, even out on the dock in the early morning with a cup of coffee.  There’s just something about nature and reading, they’re both wonderful, but they’re even better when enjoyed together.

Tell us three book confessions:

  1. I went to a midnight release party for Breaking Dawn with my best friend from high school at our local Borders, which is a whole lot less embarrassing now than I thought it was back then (but clearly I wasn’t embarrassed enough to not go).
  2.  I own multiple versions/editions of most of Tolkien’s works, I have a problem.
  3. I have a whole lot of love for coffee table books.  My future home won’t need an actual coffee table, I’ll just build one out of my coffee table book collection.

When was the last time you cried during a book?
Probably during my re-read of a couple of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall series earlier this year.  I am extremely attached to her characters so I tend to get a little caught up in their lives no matter how many times I read the books.  I’m not usually one to cry during books, but I will say that the one time I was surprised in to tears was when I read Alexandra Fuller’s The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, not my typical read but an excellent one all the same.

How many books are on your bedside table?
Fifteen.  Holy crap, that’s kind of a lot.  There are also two more on/in my bed, I tend to stash my current reads under my pillows.

What is your favorite snack to eat while reading?
I’m not much for snacking and reading, but I am definitely a fan of curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee (preferably iced now that summer has finally arrived).

Name three books you would recommend to everyone:

  1. Into the Wild by John Krakauer [x] – I felt an extremely strong connection to this book the first time I read it, I can’t say exactly why but it is definitely an enlightening read.
  2. Squire by Tamora Pierce [x] – I’m really recommending the entire Protector of the Small series here, but this is the third book and my absolute favorite.
  3. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [x] – I’ve considered this to be one of my favorite books for a very long time, it’s just a solid good read.  I also spent a lot of time watching the TV show that was inspired by it when I was younger (I’m probably the only person on the planet who owns every season of that show on DVD).

Write how much books mean to you in just three words:
Best Friends Forever – is that cheesy?  That’s totally cheesy.

What is your biggest reading secret?
Hmm, I think I’ll just keep on keeping that one to myself.

I’m tagging:
Oh no!  I’m too shiny new to the book blogging world to know who to tag – help a girl out and recommend your favorite book blogs? That way I’ll have plenty of people to tag next time around!