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A to Z Book Tag

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I saw this over at Realms of My Mind a while ago and it looked fun, so here we go!

Author you’ve read the most books from
Probably Steven Erikson. All 10 of the main Malazan Book of the Fallen series, the first Bauchelain novella collection, Forge of Darkness, and a few chapters of Fall of Light (before I DNF’d, anyway).

Best sequel ever
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was good, this was excellent. I have rarely related to a character so much. Also made me cry.

Currently reading

  • Hwarhath Stories by Eleanor Arnason (ebook)
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (ebook, buddy read)
  • The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, S.L. Huang, and Rivers Solomon (eARC)
  • Treason’s Shore by Sherwood Smith (paper)

…in short, too many books.

Drink of choice while reading
Black tea, any variety except Earl Gray. Bit of milk but no sugar. When I’m feeling particularly decadent, I go for butterscotch- or caramel-flavoured, with sugar.

Ereader or physical book
Both! I was a strong advocate for physical books, only reading on my phone reluctantly, then I got a kindle for travel and the sheer convenience of it + the fact that it had none of the drawbacks of the phone (eye strain, battery life…) completely won me over. After I got used to it – which admittedly took a few books! But I still love physical books.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school
I…honestly can’t remember a single one.

Glad you gave this book a chance
The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles – I have read barely any romance, thinking it wouldn’t appeal to me (there’s also a laundry list of romance tropes I can’t stand), but this book won me over completely.

Hidden gem book
The Healers’ Road by S.E. Robertson, the book that got me into slice of life fantasy. Two healers from very different backgrounds travelling together, no plot except character development and their evolving relationship (dislike to friendship, not romance).

Important moment in your reading life
Reading Brisingr. It was the first book I read only in English (too impatient to wait for a translation) and while my comprehension at the time wasn’t exactly perfect, it proved that I can do it and opened up so many possibilities.

Just finished
Touch by Claire North is the last one, and that was a week ago. Too many books at once…

Kinds of books I won’t read
Old male-authored sci-fi cause I’ve been burned one too many times (so much sexism). LitRPG. Horror. Most contemp stuff.

Longest book you’ve read
Probably The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. It’s seriously T H I C C.

Major book hangover because of
The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan was the biggest hangover I ever had. I was completely unable to read anything for a month, which has never happened before. I thought it’d be unfair to ruin otherwise perfectly decent books because I couldn’t help but compare them to something they could never compare to (the characters, the prose, the setting, the amount of feelings it gave me…). It got awfully stuck in my head.

Number of bookcases you own
One, technically. But I also have my books spread over two wall shelves, plus the permanent TBR pile near my bed.

One book you have read multiple times
I have read both books of the Kingkiller Chronicle series 11 times. I haven’t attempted another reread in years – the last time I tried, I remembered book 3 isn’t coming out anytime soon, got sad, quit – but it’s still a series very close to my heart.

Preferred place to read
My bed. Or anywhere under a blanket.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you have read
“It’s just that I wanted him to learn to love this world. Even a little. As much as I could teach him to.” 😭

All the conflicted feels. Won’t say from where or what’s the context because, well, spoilers. If you read it, you’ll know, though.

Reading regret
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I made it a bit over halfway in before I quit and it’s the first and the last time I felt cheated that I lasted even that long. At least I didn’t force myself to finish I suppose?

Series you started and need to finish
Too fucking many. Last time I counted it was over 30 unfinished series. Winternight, Lady Trent, Dagger & Coin, Rai-Kirah, The Shadow (Wake of Vultures series), Caeli-Amur, Greatcoats, Realm of the Elderlings, Inda (currently working on it though!), Tanyth Fairport, Wayfarers, Queen’s Thief, Ketty Jay, Ambergris…and those are just the series that have the next books out and that I actively want to continue.

Three of your all-time favourite books

  1. The Gray House. Obviously.
  2. The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar. Some of the loveliest, most poetic prose I ever had a chance to read.
  3. The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich. It’s non-fiction and the book that made me cry the most. Everyone with even a shred of empathy should try it.

…but really, I have so many favourites.

Unapologetic Fangirl For
The Gray House, again. I fangirl loudly and shamelessly enough that people have started to notice (“Oh it’s that book Para likes…”). I don’t care, the more people I can talk about it with, the better.

Very excited for this release more than all the others
I know it’s the most delayed book in history and may or may not ever come out, but I’ll still be reading Doors of Stone on release. Whenever that is, I don’t mind the wait.

Worst Bookish Habit
Not finishing series (see: list above). I start them, and I promise to myself I will, then get distracted by the over 9000 other books and never do. The yearly Bingo challenge doesn’t help with that either. Related, putting everything on my TBR.

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book
King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Your latest book purchase
Physical books: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft, Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman, The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, and A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar. I do bulk orders.

Ebooks: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, it was on sale (why else?).

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up way too late)
Every ebook, lately. I acquired the bad habit of reading at night until way too late. Oops!

Tagging Hannah @ I Have Thoughts on BooksDB @ DB’s Guide to the GalaxyIsabelle @ BookwyrmBites, Tanvi @ A Reader to Whatever End, Michelle @ Michelle Likes Things. And, as always, even if you’re not tagged, if you think it looks fun and you need an idea for a post, consider yourself tagged and go ahead!


25 thoughts on “A to Z Book Tag”

    1. I preordered and got an email that they will send it soon – I don’t have it yet. Neither do I have Stranger in Olondria, but that’s a shipping issue. Just a list of what I threw my money at most recently, really 😂

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  1. Haha I loved reading this, I will say I’m like you I love my ebooks and my physical copy books but it is too easy to read TOO late into the night with an ebook. I’ve actually switched mostly physical books now for bedtime reading so I don’t go crazy. I still have Becky Chambers on my tbr, so I can’t wait to join you in crying when I get to that sequel!…Also….I really need to pick up Poppy Wars…you’ve reminded me of that, I thank you, my wallet will not!

    Great post, it was a lot of fun to read!

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    1. Thank you! Switching to physical book for bedtime reading is very clever. With my kindle it’s way to easy to start, then oops, it’s suddenly 3 am, shit. So I might make Treason’s Shore my current evening book (usually I’m not reading that many at once, though 😛 ).

      I think the ebook of Poppy War is still on sale in some regions, too, so you might want to check if it is for you.

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  2. Great post!
    Reading too many books at the same time is such a problem! And then, being swept away with new releases and forgetting to complete old ones and leaving old series behind…
    Anyway, lovely post 🙂

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    1. Yeah, this is the worst thing about it. I’m not finishing anything anytime soon. And nothing finished = no reviews. So I’m pretty much digging through drafts for post ideas…

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    1. Yes! Or you read one or two books, get distracted by something else entirely, and then it’s a year or two later and you have forgotten everything (this was my problem with Abercrombie’s First Law – no idea what was going on in books 2 and much later 3 because too much time has passed between them and I was too lazy to reread). I’m the WORST with this.

      Treason’s Shore seems fine for now, at least…?

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    1. Thanks!

      And oooh, another one! I found that most people who like black tea prefer earl gray, so stumbling upon another person who doesn’t like it is like finding an unicorn, haha. I’m really not fond of the citrusy aftertaste…

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    1. Hahaha yup! Different people, different tastes. It’d be boring if we all liked the same thing.

      Though honestly, I’ve been slowly easing into reading more romance recently – some can be quite up my alley, and I initially (years ago) avoided it because I had a fairly irrational prejudice, so I’ve been intentionally making an effort because of that, too. I’m still very picky and I doubt I’d ever love it as a whole, but a book now and then is nice.


      1. I’m just such a romantic that I intentionally over look flaws lol, but I understand a lot of people don’t like them. I also love paranormal romance as a whole concept because it’s my favorite genre to write!

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        1. Perfectly fair, haha. On the other hand, I’m very very near aro, which also probably influences things. I like the couple romance books I read and liked for the focus on characters and relationships (which I generally prefer even in romance-less books), but I’ve never been much into shipping, swooning over any of the leads, etc. Even as a teen, I just…didn’t get it, lol.

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  3. I am the same with having started so many series and not continuing, particularly chunky fantasy like Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson.

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    1. Chunky fantasy is the worst for this. I feel so exhausted after I finish reading an epic that I just HAVE to read something else. And then it seems like there’s never the right time to read the sequel…and then you realise you forgot half of what happened…


  4. I think the only problem with reading a physical book at night – is if it’s a chunkster. Picture this, you’re reading late into the evening, you’ve wormed your way down into bed and you’re holding the book up reading it, when you doze off and the book lands splat on your face. Now, imagine that book is The Way of Kings – that’s right – you will be smothered. I mean, I’m not saying it’s not a good way to go, but….
    Lynn 😀

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    1. Hmm, I never actually fell asleep mid-read and had something fall on my face, but I did have my bedside pile of books collapse on me and wake me up – it hurt surprisingly less than one might imagine (there were a couple chonkers in it too, though they luckily missed my face). Literally buried by Mt. TBR.

      “RIP: smothered by what she loved the most” would make one hell of an epitaph tho.


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