Since this blog is still quite new, I thought I would do a book tag to give you all a better idea of the kind of reader/book buyer I am. I’ve seen this tag on a lot of book blogs in recent months, so I thought I’d answer these questions too.
1. What percent of books do you get from the library and what percent do you get elsewhere?
I haven’t actually borrowed a book from the library for years and years. So, in this moment, I’d say that 100% of my books are from elsewhere. I have been thinking about borrowing some audiobooks from the library, so the answer to this question might change sometime in the future.
2. What character would you want to be and why?
I’ve surprisingly never thought about this. I think I’d want to be someone kickass like Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles. She’s a gifted mechanic, with the most fun group of friends. A prince is also in love with her. So aside from all the terrible things that have happened to her, I think she’d be a great person to be.
I’d also want to be Tessa Gray because… you know… Will Herondale.
3. What is your favourite book from your childhood?
I definitely read Harry Potter A LOT. That was definitely a series that I grew up with. But before I discovered the Harry Potter series, I read a lot of Enid Blyton books. The Magic Faraway Tree was definitely one of my favourites.
4. What is your favourite book?
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I’ve written a review for it, which I’ve linked. I don’t think I can put into words why I love it so much… but it’s a combination of everything that I love.
5. Which book series do you have the most of?
I own a lot of manga, which all have lots of volumes, but I don’t think those count. My answer would probably have to be the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. And I also own all of the Infernal Devices, as well as the Bane Chronicles and the Shadowhunter Codex.
6. Do you buy used books or use swap.com?
I very very very rarely buy used books. I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to the books I own. They need to be in perfect condition when I buy them. The last used book I probably bought was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, which I got at a book fair in 2011 (and I still haven’t read it yet).
7. Who is your favourite/hottest guy or girl?
8. What is your favourite book cover?
I’d probably have to say All the Light We Cannot See. I have the hardback version, published by Scribner, and it’s just so beautiful. I also think the original Shadowhunter covers are beautiful too.
9. What is your favourite type of book cover?
I’m definitely drawn to hardcover books. Australian publishers only really come out with paperbacks so whenever I see a hardcover on the shelves, I’m automatically drawn to those first. But I also like shimmery covers… or covers with cool graphics.
10. What was the first book you read?
Oh gosh. I can’t remember. I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember so I have no idea what my first book was.
11. What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
The one that sticks out the most in my mind is The Book Thief.
12. When did you start blogging/booktubing?
I started this blog around the beginning of June 2015.
13. Where is the best place to read?
I like reading in bed or curled up on a couch. But I also do a lot of reading on the train, to and from university.
14. Have you written your own fan fiction for a book?
I wrote one chapter of a Harry Potter fan fiction when I was about 15. I kind of quickly realised that I’m much better at reading than I am at writing fiction. I still read fan fiction on a regular basis.
15. If you could only read 3 books for the rest of your life what would they be?
1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (which would be weird since it’s the last book in the trilogy)
3. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
16. What is the longest book you have read?
Goodreads tells me that it’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. But I recently read Ulysses by James Joyce, which is supposed to have over 1000 pages. My copy had teeny tiny text so it was condensed into 650 pages.
17. If you were to write a book, what would the title be and why?
I have nooooo idea. If I ever wrote a book, it would probably be a YA contemporary… so something with a cute name like Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (I love that book!). But I also love literary fiction titles like All the Light We Cannot See. I know I keep harping on about that book but I just really love it.
18. How many books did you read last month?
In June 2015 I read 18 books. I’m quite a fast reader and I don’t really get into any significant reading slumps. So I typically read 12-20 books a month.
19. What is the last book you read?
Ulysses by James Joyce. And I am now reading The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
20. Do you fantasise yourself in books you like?
A lot of the time and especially if there’s a cute male love interest.
21. What is your favourite bookstore?
There are two bookstores in Sydney that I frequent. I love going to Kinokuniya, where I can buy fiction, manga and cute Japanese stationery. I also go to Dymocks frequently because they always have sales and signed copies. They also often have discounts on new releases.
My favourite place to buy books online is Book Depository. They have free shipping on all orders so it’s just very convenient to order from them. Plus they have a huge variety, with UK and US covers. I find that shipping is also relatively fast.
22. Hardback or paperback?
Definitely hardback. However, hardbacks are very hard to get hold of in Australia. I usually buy my hardbacks on Book Depository. If I know that I’m going to love a book, I will probably buy it in hardback. If I’m not sure whether I’m going to like it or not, I will pick up the paperback version.
23. Do you have more than one copy of the same book?
I have two copies of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (one Australian paperback and one US hardback). I also have two copies of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (one Australian vintage paperback version and one Pulp classics paperback version with Ryan Gosling on the cover!)
24. Would you rather read about vampires or werewolves?
I’m not really sure. I’m not particularly into either of them to be honest. There are books about both that I like and others that I dislike.
25. Do you own more than 150 books? If not, would you?
I probably own about 500 physical books, not including manga… which is quite depressing because I’ve bought almost all of them with my own money. I also own about 140 ebooks.
Thanks for taking the time to read my responses! I hope you were able to learn more about my reading and book buying habits. I’m still new to the blogosphere so I’m going to tag everyone. Let me know if you’ve done this tag. I’d love to check out your answers!