It’s time for another lovely tag. This time, I’ll be doing the Meet the Book Blogger tag, which I was tagged for by the wonderful Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog! Thank you so much for the tag, Becky. I’m sorry it’s taken me forever to get to it 😅 Becky has an incredible blog where she talks about all things bookish. If you haven’t checked her out, you definitely should! And maybe give her a follow when you drop by.
So, as I’m sure you can imagine, this tag will teach you a little bit more about me, your friendly neighborhood McBookNerd! I always love doing tags like these because the questions are usually a lot of fun. This particular one was created by Samantha and Amber @Bibliomavens. They came up with some great questions, too!
That being said, let’s jump in, shall we?
- Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.
- Use the same questions from the tag.
Who is your all-time favourite book character?
Okay, so we’re not starting off easy, huh? Ummm… I’m going to go with a recent favorite in an attempt to not talk about the same book for all of these questions 😂 So I’m picking Xiala from Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse! She’s a Teek sailor that is tasked with transporting a “harmless” man across the sea. She’s everything I love in a main character! She’s sarcastic, she’s flawed, and she has a heart that is both bold and caring. I loved all the POVs in this book, but Xiala was far and away my favorite.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books do not count)
Hahahaha, WHY U DO THIS?! This is tough because a lot of books I love are parts of series and there’s no way I’m trying to exist on a desert island with only part of a well-loved series! So now I gotta think of all the standalones I’ve loved… Okay. Okay okay okay. This was a tough decision, but I’m going with The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern for a couple of reasons. One, I adore Morgenstern’s writing, so I don’t think I would ever get tired of reading it. And, two, it’s the kind of book that hits differently each time you pick it up, so I wouldn’t get bored!
What’s your most unpopular book opinion?
Um… hmm. I don’t know if this counts, but probably the way I have my bookshelves set up? Or, rather, the complete lack of organization that is my bookshelves. I just throw the books on there are pray for more room, at this point, lol. The only other thing I can think of is that I’m very lukewarm about fae books. I dunno… they just don’t really capture my interest 🤷🏾♀️
What’s your weirdest bookish habit?
This probably isn’t all that weird, but I cannot stop reading a book in the middle of a chapter. I have to get to the next chapter before I’ll put it down. I think I’ve been burned one too many times by bookmarks that fall out. Ending at the beginning of a new chapter makes it easier to find my place if I do happen to lose my bookmark!
What character would you bring to a family event as your fake partner?
Seeming as I’m firmly in my 30s (almost to my 40s!) and most protagonists in the books I read are in their 20s at best, I had to dig for an answer to this question 😂 I’m not tryna be a creep! I came upon the perfect solution for my fake date, though. I’m going with Thomas Nightingale from the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. He’d be respectful, polite, and I could secretly drill him about all things magic while the family wasn’t paying attention! Also, I feel like he has a lot of great stories he could tell.
What made you decide to start a book blog?
I wanted a space where I could not only talk about books ad nauseum, but where I could connect with likeminded bookish people. I’d been floating about on the outskirts of the bookish community for awhile and it seemed like someplace I wanted to be. Thus, my blog was created. Now I get to jabber about books to my heart’s content and I’ve met some incredible people along the way. I couldn’t be happier!
What about reading and books do you love the most?
Literally everything? Seriously, though, I think my favorite thing about reading/books is the ability to get lost in so many different worlds/lives. I can become immersed in different cultures, explore fantasy realms, and see what life could be like for people who aren’t like me. It’s amazing being able to sample so many different ideas and possibilities all from the comfort of my home! Or, ya know, wherever I’m reading that day.
What is your field of study/desired profession/current profession?
My Bachelor’s degree is in Animal Sciences, but I currently work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. When your blood gets drawn or you drop off a urine at the doctor’s office, it’s my job to run whatever tests the doctor orders. Currently, I work solely in microbiology, where we grow bacteria from various different samples to try and determine what might be making someone sick. We also deal with testing all the Covid samples we receive from our outpatient clinics. Which was intense when the pandemic first started, let me tell you! I absolutely love my job 💕
What are some book recommendations that became your favourites/obsessions?
The one that instantly pops into my head is The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. This was a book that had been on my radar for ages because the bookish community would not stop talking about it. And now I know why because oof! This book will make you feel a lot of things, most of them unpleasant, and still, somehow, make you love it. There are some pretty big trigger warnings for this one, though, so I’m not going to say it’s for everyone. But damn if it didn’t rock me to my core. I still haven’t read the last book in the series because I know it’s gonna destroy me even more!
What is the book you shove down everyone’s throat?
RAYBEARER BY JORDAN IFUEKO!
I just want to buy a pile of this book and throw them at everyone I know as I shout “READ THIS NOW!” Which is probably not the best way to get them to love this as much as I do… but my feelings for this book are that intense! This was my favorite read of 2020 and just want to share that joy, okay? It’s a young adult fantasy that is sweeping in it’s world-building, has an incredible cast of characters, and an intense plot that keeps you captivated from beginning to end. It’s everything I love about fantasy all bound in a this beautiful cover. And, as if that’s not enough, it’s just the first book in a duology! Which means we’re getting even more of this lush, gorgeous world!