Hello everyone, and welcome back! I hope you’re all having a beautiful day so far. The lovely MT @ The Last Book On The Left nominated me for the Liebster Award last month!! Thank you so much, MT!! It wouldn’t be an award post without me sobbing over how amazing this community is, and as this is already the third time I’ve been nominated for this award, I think this calls for some extra-profuse weeping 🥰🥺😭
Oh, and a quick reading update: If you’ve been noticing a shortage of book reviews on the blog the last couple of weeks, you have hit the mark. I’m in the middle of five different books right now, and I… yeah. I haven’t finished a single book in October yet. But it’s alright! At the time of writing, I’m almost done with Skyhunter by the one and only Marie Lu, and it. is. amazing!! Hopefully I’ll finish that and a few other books soon!
And without further ado, let’s get into answering MT’s questions!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
- Answer the 11 questions given to you.
- Nominate between 5-11 other bloggers.
- Ask your nominees 11 questions.
- Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.
How did you get into blogging?
Ooh, I don’t think I’ve ever answered this question on my blog before! Let’s see… I discovered Cait @ Paper Fury a few years back and became absolutely obsessed with everything she posted. You see, I was a lonely bookworm in those days. I fell in love with the idea of a bunch of people hanging out in a corner of the Internet just to flail about books. And I loved the idea of getting to express my ideas through writing, having people actually see them, and interacting with people who relate to my ideas. I’d been pondering over (and praying about) starting my own book blog for several months before this pandemic hit. I wanted to find a way to combine my love for reading with my love for Christ into a clear, defined way, but I wasn’t sure if I could do it. But then we were all forced into lockdown, and voila — I suddenly had a lot of spare time on my hands, and so Beyond the Read was born!
What is your favourite book trope?
A weirdly specific trope that I can’t get enough of these days is the robot-learns-to-have-feelings trope!! This is primarily a sci-fi thing, but I absolutely love it whenever it makes an appearance. I adore watching the process of the robot/AI learning to process its own feelings. And it’s an immediate plus if the author explores themes of identity and free will through the character development! Examples include: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray, Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman, Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson (on my loans shelf as we speak!).
Do you like a happy, tragic or bittersweet ending the most?
Bittersweet!!! I have absolutely nothing against happy endings, but sometimes it seems like authors feel obligated to tie up all the loose ends neatly by the end of a couple hundred pages, sometimes in a really unrealistic way. But I’m too much of a coward for all-out tragic endings, so bittersweet it is 😂
What book would you most like to see adapted to a film or TV show?
I started this post talking about Marie Lu, and I’m going to continue to talk about her: I’d love to see Legend on the silver screen! I know that the book was acquired in 2011 by CBS Films, and moved to BCDF Pictures two years ago, but apparently nobody knows yet if an actual movie is in the works. Please make this a thing, Hollywood! (As soon as it’s safe to film!)
Which author have you read the most books by?
Being able to see what author you’ve read most is apparently a function on Goodreads, and as I don’t have Goodreads, I have absolutely no idea 😅 I’m taking a wild guess and saying Marissa Meyer? She’s immediately at an advantage because The Lunar Chronicles series is 6 books long, and I’ve also read her standalone Heartless… yeah, she’s definitely my answer for this question.
What is your favourite book series and why?
Ha ha ha… ha ha… *breaks out into cold sweat* You can’t possibly expect me to choose… so I’m going to deliberately misunderstand the question and tell you all about a book series I’m expecting to become one of my favorites!! I recently hauled Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles, and I am so. excited. to start it!! I haven’t listened to Moulin Rouge! (yet), but Phantom is one of my favorite musical soundtracks, and a book pitched as a retelling of those musicals is something I didn’t know I needed in my life!!
Which authors do you auto-buy when they have new books out?
I can’t say in good conscience that I “auto-buy” any authors, because I am such a procrastinator even in getting to the books I look forward to the most. But V. E. Schwab and Marie Lu (I can’t seem to stop talking about her books today 😂) are two authors whose entire backlogs are on my TBR. And June Hur also recently became one of my favorite authors!
How do you decide what rating to give a book?
It’s very spur-of-the-moment. I rate a book based on how it has me feeling by the end — in awe? Intrigued? Tired? Relieved that it’s finally over? And I also take into consideration the different elements I enjoyed throughout.
I’ve been thinking about switching my system up though, recently. I have a tendency to use quarter stars and I’m thinking maybeeee that’s a little too much? Maybe the CAWPILE rating system (an explanation on which can be found on Kristin’s beautiful blog) might work better? It seems much more objective than my system (if you can call it a system)… or maybe I should just go all Goodreads on you and abolish half stars entirely 😂😅 Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!!
What is your favourite genre?
Ahhhh this is so hard!! I love fantasy and science fiction so much, and I adore historical fiction as well. It’s definitely a tie between those three genres!
What genre do you not usually read but would like to try?
I’m interested in trying out some mysteries/thrillers some time soon! I had a fantastic time following the mystery in June Hur’s The Silence of Bones, and I’d love to try my hand with other mystery books! Recommendations are welcomed in the comments!
What is the best book you’ve read in 2020 so far?
I’m allergic to superlatives when it comes to books 😂😅 The two most recent additions to my favorites shelf are The Silence of Bones and Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim!
- Who/what is your biggest inspiration?
- What’s a book/movie you’ve read that takes place where you live?
- What’s something that you can’t imagine a life without?
- What’s your favorite type of weather?
- What’s a playlist/album/song you’ve had on repeat recently?
- What was your favorite book/series when you were younger?
- Who would you invite as a guest on your very own late night talk show?
- Where do you see yourself in ten years?
- Do you have a language you’d like to learn?
- What is one thing that you want to be better at?
- If you could donate a million dollars to any charity, what cause would you choose?
As always, no pressure if you’re not interested in doing the tag! 💕
That’s it for today — thank you for reading everyone!! How about you? Do you have any mystery/thriller recommendations for me? What rating system do you recommend? What’s your favorite book trope? Chat with me in the comments below!