Ciao, book kittens! Today is Friday, which means it’s a great day; a day for total unwinding as we steer our way into the weekend. As I sat down at my computer to compose some sort of scribbles for the day’s post, I decided to partake in a book tag that is quite old and outdated, but still sounded fun nonetheless. It’s silly, it’s easy, it’s perfect for a day like Friday!
Today’s book tag is known as The GoodReads Book Tag! I found it on a couple of blogs that I follow. After looking over the questions, and chuckling at the responses that sprouted into me brain, I knew I had to do it. There are 12 straightforward questions involved in le tag. If you’re interested in doing it (or if you’ve already done this, since it’s like five thousand years old), go ahead and leave me a link to your video/post in the comments section. I would love to check out your guys’ replies.
Alrighty, time for za tag!
- What was the last book that you marked as “read?”
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan, which is book four in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians middle-grade fantasy/mythology series. It was a very good read, and I highly recommend it, whether you’re a kiddo or an adulto.
- What are you currently reading?
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan, which is the fifth and final installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I just started it this morning and so far, I’m very excited about it.
- What was the last book that you marked as “to-read?”
According to my shelf, it is the comic book called, Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona.
- What book do you plan to read next?
I’m usually not someone who can plan for the next book (unless it’s in a series that I’m really digging). I’m one of those weird creatures that just stares at her bookshelves until something pops out and bitch slaps me with interest. But a couple of books that I am hoping to read relatively soon are: Meg by Steve Alten (it looks so baaaad, but in a fantastically fun way) and the comic Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda.
- Do you use the Star Rating System?
I do use it on GoodReads and my written blog, however. On BookTube, I either recommend a book or I don’t with a brief list of reasons why.
- Are you doing a 2016 Reading Challenge?
Yes! The Reading Challenge is actually one of my favourite aspects of GoodReads. I started it four years ago, and every year if I meet the challenge, I will increase my goal by 25 books for the following year. This year my goal is to read 200 books. This total includes manga volumes as well as regular novels, which I keep track of separately in an excel document on my compooper. For example, this year I’m trying to read 50 novels and 150 manga volumes. Next year I’m hoping to add comic volumes to the total. I know this all seems excruciatingly tedious, but it really helps me satisfy my O.C.D tendencies, keeping them under control.
- Do you have a wish-list?
I definitely have a wish-list on my phone and on Amazon. I actually wasn’t aware I could create wish-lists on GoodReads, so that’s something new I’ve learned today!
- What book do you plan to buy next?
There are actually three titles that I will be purchasing this upcoming weekend. They include:
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
- Steamborn: The Complete Trilogy by Eric R. Asher
- The Beauty: Volume 1 by Jeremy Haun
The first one is a fantasy novel that was recommended by another book blogger to fans of the Percy Jackson series, but geared towards adults. Seeing that it was written by the brilliant Gaiman, I couldn’t pass it up. The second one is steampunk, fantasy young adult series of which I greatly enjoyed the first installment. If you’re interested in checking out my review for it, you can do so here –> Steamborn. The third one is a comic book that’s published by my absolute favourite publisher, Image Comics, and had a very dark and interesting concept behind the desire and consequences of physical beauty, where improvements in said physical attributes are passed along like an STD via intercourse.
- Do you have any favourite quotes? Would you like to share a few?
Oh man, I have a shit ton of quotes that I consider to be my favourites. Reading and collecting quotes (in a gorgeous Japanese notebook) are some of the best tools in helping me combat my Depression, so I always have them lying around. But for the moment, these four are my go-to quotes on a bad day:
“It is better, I think, to grab at the stars than to sit flustered because you know you cannot reach them.” – R.A. Salvatore, Sojourn
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert, Dune
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can be never be your weakness. Armor yourself with in it, and it will be never be used to hurt you.” – George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
- Who are your favourite authors?
Well damn, this is a difficult fricking question. How about instead of listing my favourite authors, I just list the ones that have had the most profound impact on me as a person, as well as a reader? All positive, of course.
- Japanese Literature: Haruki Murakami & Natsume Sōseki.
- Science-Fiction: Frank Herbert
- Fantasy: Robert E. Howard, J.R.R. Tolkien, R.A. Salvatore
- Comics: Brian K. Vaughan, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison
If you’d like specific books on why these people are so influential to me, drop me a comment and I’ll make a post about it.
- Have you joined any groups?
Yes, I have joined many groups on GoodReads, but the vast majority of them are related to my BookTubing theatrics. There are two groups that I either participate in regularly, or follow consistently and they are the: Japanese Novel & Light Novel Book Club and Diverse SFF Book Club.
- How many shelves do you have on GoodReads?
Ha! This is sort of embarrassing to answer, but if you exclude the standard “read,” “to-read,” “currently-reading,” and “favourites” shelves I have 48 shelves. I am working on pushing that down to a smaller number, but I suppose this is what happens when you’ve got nutty O.C.D.
Well, if you made it all the way to the bottom then I’m very thankful and hope you enjoyed this slightly-over-prattled book tag. I wish you all a lovely weekend, and bid thee adieu! ♥