Book Courtship Tag

I was tagged once again by MageChild – this is the Book Courtship Tag! This one required some thinking on my part, as I wanted to limit my responses to books I’ve read in the past two years.


1.) Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

tbs-aussie-coverThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner – I bought this a couple years ago, and have finally started reading it this month. It’s REALLY good, ya’ll. The writing is superb, especially for YA (not saying anything against YA, but those books are harder for me to get into). It’s just a really engaging, beautifully done book with good characters – which matches the stunning cover perfectly. For those who don’t know, the premise is basically “Titanic in space,” and leads to a sci-fi romance between an underdog soldier and the richest girl in the galaxy.

2.) First Impressions: A  book that you got because of the summary?

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski– When I discovered the niche of postmodernism, House of Leaves was title that kept cropping up. The premise – a house that’s bigger on the inside and the family that it torments, all written in a topsy-turvy experiment of typography – intrigued me incredibly. Thank goodness it did not disappoint. House of Leaves was about everything I expected it to be and everything I wanted.

3.) Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

Ada or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov – This book is so complex and confusing that I can barely tell what’s going on in it. But I don’t care, because Nabokov’s beautiful, unusual, synesthetic prose is so lovely to read. He describes people in a particularly interesting way, always focusing on the most obscure and sometimes unflattering aspects of their physical appearance, while still making them charming. I have a few works of Nabokov on my shelf, not because I really care about the Russian chronicles he writes about, but because maybe immersing myself in his talent will rub off on me. Whenever I feel like my style is suffering, I open one of his  anthologies and work through a few short stories. It’s just a nice reminder of this is how it’s done.

4.) First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

Divergent by Veronica Roth – I haven’t actually read Insurgent or Allegiant yet, but I think Divergent did a good job of introducing an interesting world with enough questions to keep the reader moving through the series. Honestly though, I found out that some of the questions were just there as bait and ended up with rather unsatisfying answers, so that’s put me off finishing the series. I….tend not to support books that do this to their readers. There are better ways to build suspense.

63345.) Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – This book had a lot of intrigue. Once I started reading, I just couldn’t stop. Unfortunately, the ending was a bit of a let down after all that build-up.

6.) Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn– Rarely does a book hit me in the face with some real-life observations and cause me to reevaluate my life, but man. Gone Girl called me out on so many problematic things I did on a daily basis, from trying to please everyone to judging other women for being “bitchy”. Amy pulled me in with her first 100 pages with that likeable persona of hers, and when she proceeded to call me out for going along with it…man. Gillian Flynn is brilliant. That is all.

7.) Getting Physical: A book which you lolovecraftleatherve the way it feels/looks?

H.P LoveCraft – The Complete Fiction– Any of these Barnes and Noble collectors editions are beautiful, with their gold-leafed pages and leather bound covers. The H.P Lovecraft one is especially pretty, as the nebula on the front is foiled and sparkly. The pages have a nice weight to them too. These anthologies are the best looking things I have on my shelf.

8.) Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin – I had to think hard about a book that is “for everyone”, and really, there’s no such thing. But I think this book has a message that everyone ought to hear, and does a good job of offering multiple perspectives on a very sensitive issue. Plus, if I’m asked to recommend something, I like offering indie/small-press books over mainstream novels, as word of mouth is so much more important to those without a PR team and NYT bestseller buzz.

9.) Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – This series was my first fandom, sparked my first fanfic, and I am still stoked about the (potential) movie that’s stuck in perpetual pre-production. Colfer is an amazing writer and the entire cast of characters in Artemis Fowl will stick with me forever. Especially Holly – one of the best female characters ever put to page.

10.) Share the love:

Any takers can leave their responses in the comments or do it on their own blog ;) Read any of the books on this list? Agree or disagree?

The Random Tag Questionarre!

Thank you to my new friend Magechild, who nominated me for The Random Tag! It’s an opportunity for bloggers to answer questions about themselves and then ask those questions of readers by “tagging” them.

Random Tag

1. What is your favorite food?

Off the top of my head, I don’t really know. I have a weakness for sweets of all kinds, though.

2. What are you having for dinner tonight?

Whatever Austin decides to cook. Probably chicken, as he saves pasta and shrimp for Fridays during Lent.

3. Who was the last person you emailed?

My mother. We were trying to figure out what time to meet and caravan over to the Bush rally (quick recap: George W. Bush had some interesting things to say about what it’s like to be President. I believe there are only 5 current or former American Presidents alive at the moment, so to be in their presence is certainly rare. And I dunno, hearing about what it was like to hold that office, straight from a man standing in front of me, was far more profound than seeing him on TV or on the radio. It’s like the difference between hearing a rumor and hearing a first person account. I think I regained a lot of respect back for him when he talked about all the pressure, and how you have to live with both the good and the bad choices….man, you could not pay me enough to do that job. How do Presidents sleep?)

4. What sports do you do?

Lol, no.

5. Do you have any pet hates?

My biggest pet peeve….that forgive me, is about to become a rant….involves inviting people to events on Facebook. If I invite you to a community event that you might be interested in, I won’t be offended if you ignore it or decline it. I would hope that goes both ways, as those sorts of invites are usually “let’s invite my entire friends list” and are not targeted at me or you specifically.

But if I invite you to my home for a small party because I consider you a legit friend, you better have the decency to send a response. Even if that response is “no”. Even if that response is a “I want to come but there’s this other thing I might have to go to” or “Gosh, thanks for inviting me, but this week was exhausting. I just want to be a homebody tonight.” I am an introvert too, so I get it. But I’ve had so many people straight up ignore me, or hit “maybe” with no other comment. People are so afraid of “conflict” these days….geez. I promise I’m not going to bite your head off if you don’t want to hang out with me. Believe me, I’m far more pissed when I make extra food and buy extra booze for people who don’t ever show up. As introverted as I am, I strive to give people a straight answer about whether or not they can expect me.

Overall, there is far more honor in honesty than in passive aggressiveness, even if you’re using your honesty to tell me that I’m a garbage person you don’t want to be friends with :P

6. Do you play any instruments?

I am musically inept, unfortunately. Austin has 100% of the musical talent between us.

I’m not tagging anyone specifically, as some of my friends were already tagged by Magechild and most others don’t really do tags/memes. but if you’d like to take this on, feel free!

Would You Rather – Writer and Reader Addition (from aspiringwriter22)

Questions taken from asipiringwriter22‘s blog this week. Check her out to see what she said, and feel free to answer these questions on your own blog! These were taken from both her “for writers” and “for readers” posts.

Would you rather only write standalones or trilogies?

Trilogies, probably. I have a few standalones in me, but I’m just more passionate about my  universes that have series potential.

Would you rather be a professional writer or a professional blogger?

I said “pro writer” at first, but I think pro blogger would be more fun because it would allow me to work from home and do something interesting without interfering with my passion projects. Never do a passion project for money, unless you want to ruin it for yourself.

Would you rather hand write or have to type for the rest of your life?

Type! No question.

Would you rather be forced to write everything in uppercase or lowercase letters?

Lowercase. I’ve known a few people who only wrote in lowercase, actually.

Would you rather only write 2 pages per day or 250 pages per week?

250 would certainly make me more productive.

Would you rather be traditionally published or self published?

It depends on the project, honestly. I’ve been doing a lot of research on starting a self-published erotica and nonfiction business. I think self-publishing benefits those markets and will yield the biggest returns. But for novel-lengthed fiction, traditional publishing is still king. The audience is just not there for it in the self-published market right now. Even in the self-publishing manual I was reading this weekend, the guy admits that his methodologies would probably not work well with novels.

Would you rather only write in pen or pencil?

I adore pens. Especially colored pens.

Would you rather only be allowed to write at your desk or anywhere else in the world?

I could happily spend the rest of my life writing exclusively at my desk.

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

When it comes to reading, I’m fine with both, although most trilogies/series these days are overbloated stories that could have been accomplished in one or two books. I find that standalone books usually leave me wanting more, and series books leave me wishing the author would just get to the point.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

I don’t really have a preference, although I think supporting female authors is important.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

Amazon is where I buy pretty much everything. I love browsing in B&N, but everything is way too expensive to buy. I get most of my books from the local used book store.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Movies. Again, I find TV shows often have bloat. Most books don’t translate well to a serial format either. Unless you’ve got a series the length of A Song of Ice and Fire to work with, I don’t see how long a TV Show could last with much things. However, I am super excited about the A Series of Unfortunate Events series that Netflix released a trailer for today. I wonder if they’re going to simply cover the relatively short series, or expand beyond the books and come up with new stories to tell post-“The End.”

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

5 books a week would definitely be more productive.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Professional author. My opinions are probably too unpopular to be a good reviewer.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Hmm. A librarian probably has better pay/benefits.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

I think it’s important to have variety, so every other genre. I’ve also found that I’m really picky when it comes to my favorite genre (fantasy), and I’m more in tuned to the tropes, clichés, etc. of it. It’s actually more difficult for me to enjoy fantasy novels, despite it being my favorite thing to write.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

I could give up ebooks.

Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award! – Nominated by Dena Rogers

I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of The World Bloggers Award, which is actually a pretty interesting little survey! So, I decided to take a break from the writing posts and let you guys know a bit more about myself….

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I was Nommed For The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Thanks to Grady P. Brown for nominating me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award!”. This is the first time I’ve ever been given something like this on WordPress.

Three things that have inspired me this week:

1.) My boyfriend Austin. He gave me a tiny nugget of an idea for how to shake up the plot of Paradisa. I’m running with it! It cleans up so many of the problems with the antagonists and world-building. Even though my next draft will require some massive rewrites, I’m excited to see the end product.

Also, he just moved in with me this weekend and he’s already fixed my garbage disposal. Nothing is more inspiring than having someone else take care of your to-do list :P

2.) Mythology books. There are two in particular, but I’ve held The Encylopedia of World Mythology close this week.  It’s got over 1000 entries! I’m leafing through it and taking note of the coolest gods, and I may incorporate them into sequels or my next draft of Book One.

3.) Chuck. Austin and I are doing a rewatch of this beloved TV show. We’re almost through with season one. I’m realizing that my protagonist Connor is a lot like Chuck, and perhaps giving him some of Chuck’s charming traits will make him more likeable.

I nominate the following bloggers (under the cut). Check it out. You might be one of them :)

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