Friday, February 24, 2017

10 Important Bookworm Questions

You guys. YOU GUYS. This is my 500th blog post!!!

And now on to the tag, which I stole from Cait at "Paper Fury" (with her permission, of course).

UPDATE: So I got really excited when I posted this and only realized after publishing it that I actually have 500 posts including drafts total. So this is my 481st published post. Not the 500th. Oops.

1. What are your top 5 reads of 2017 so far?

So normally this would be an insane question to answer in February, because how could I possibly have five amazing reads at this point in the year??? But somehow I'm twelve books ahead of schedule for my Goodreads goal and do have five books I can use for this question. They are:

-Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne (This is a reread, and I loved it just as much, if not more, the second time.)
-Wires and Nerve #1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate (Ikoooooo, my precious android warrior, I MISSED YOU. I'm also super happy about how much of Cress and Thorne we got to see, too, because there can never be too much Cress and Thorne. #OTP)
-Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Well rip my heart out and feed it to the freaking wolves, why don't you, Leigh? Thank god for Jesper lightening the mood.)
-Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson (I reviewed this book last week, but ultimately, HOLY WOW.)
-Fairest by Marrissa Meyer (Everything Marissa Meyer writes turns to gold, apparently. This story was one of the best examples of character development I've ever seen.)

2. Top 5 favourite book friendships?


I LOVE well-written friendships in YA. I ship them as much as I ship romances. In fact, I wrote a whole blog post about it.

-Harry, Ron, and Hermione from Harry Potter.
-Calvin and Hobbes from Calvin & Hobbes.
-Cinder and Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles.
-Katniss and Finnick from The Hunger Games. (Apparently I have a thing for annoyingly charming guys driving the female protagonist crazy even though they secretly like the dork.)
-Nimona and Lord Ballister Blackheart from Nimona.

3. Most anticipated releases of 2017?

I also wrote a blog post about this! My excitement shifts from book to book about every six seconds, but for right now, these are the ones I really can't wait for:

-The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (WHICH COMES OUT IN FOUR DAYS AHHHHHH.)
-The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
-Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
-Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
-The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

4. How many books are on your TBR pile?


Ah ha ha ha.


So many.

5. What are your feelings on book merchandise?

LOVE IT LIKE I LOVE CHOCOLATE. I'm a sucker for Etsy products. My wallet glares at me whenever I see something shiny and fandom/book-related.

6. Who is the latest amazing author you have discovered?

Hmmm, most recently, I'd have to say Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Leigh Bardugo. I binged the Six of Crows duology and devoured the audiobook for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe last December. One made me cry from how beautiful it was the other made me cry because of the INTENSE PAIN. You figure out which was which.

7. How long have you been a book blogger?

Ever since I started blogging, so I guess about nine years?

8. What's your favourite thing about reading?

How can I pick a favorite?! I can't. So I'll pick several. Because I'm a rebel.

-Letting my imagination run wild
-Making best (fictional) friends
-Escaping into different lands
-Forgetting about the real world for a while
-Being emotionally manipulated (because I just can't seem to get attached to someone without them dying)
-Learning about people who are different from me
-Reading about people who are like me
-Being entertained

And countless other things.

9. What are you reading soon?

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler for a book club. I have a terrible time deciding what to read next because I want to read everything at once, so I'll probably spend half a day staring at my bookshelf once I'm done with Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.

10. Describe yourself in 5 book titles.

This is such a fun question and I had a hard time narrowing it down to five, but here goes:

-Fangirl (For obvious reasons.)
-The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Me at every party. Why be the center of attention when you can hang out with a couple friends off to the side?)
-You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (It's a good thing there are places for my weirdness to be appreciated.)
-Made You Up (Me with every character I've ever created.)
-The Hunger Games (I'm probably hungry like 80% of the time. Or I just think I'm hungry.)

Tag, you're it! Go ahead and steal this for your own blog or leave responses to the questions in the comments. :)


Dr. Mark said...

481, 500. Alternative facts are fun. :P

Great post by my favorite bookworm.

I always love hearing what you are reading and what's affecting you. I used to be able to keep up, but not anymore, so these posts are really fun.

The Magic Violinist said...

@Dr. Mark

Ooh, if we're doing alternative facts, then this is actually my 1,000th post!

Honestly, I can barely keep up. I can't remember what I read last week if I don't check my Goodreads account.

Cait @ Paper Fury said...

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. Also your title descriptions are A+ and I'm loving particularly The Hunger Games...I should've used that one too. Life is one big HUNGER GAME, let's be real here. *goes to nest on the fridge where is my homeground* Also omg The Hate U Give!! So excited!! I was sooo lucky to get approved for the eARC so I think I might start it this weekend! And KATNISS AND FINNICK. <3 I love dorky friendships. I also love girl and boy friendships that aren't romantic because YAS. 😍

I'm so glad you *stole* the tag. ;D ;D THIS WAS THE BEST!!

Boquinha said...

Yay! A fun post with a Cait comment to boot (love those)!

Are you really always hungry?? *The Portuguese Mamma in me collapses in utter shame*

Fun question about the book titles. And fun GIFs. :)

The Magic Violinist said...



LOL, I was actually surprised you hadn't used that one for yourself. xD I think so many of us can relate.

Ahhhh, I'm still so jealous and so happy for you!!! I've seen nothing but high praise about it. I can't wait.

Yes!! Boy-girl friendships where they each drive each other crazy with their dorkiness. I'd read that for hundreds of pages.

Hehehe, I'm nothing if not a shameless tag criminal. ;)


Me, too!

Nah, more like I always wish I were hungry. That's how much I love food. But trust me, there's always plenty to choose from when I need a snack.

Thanks! :)

Grace Robinson said...

Number four is so me! That's basically my reaction to questions about my TBR list. :-P

Kachingonator said...


The Magic Violinist said...

@Grace Robinson

Right?! I don't understand how anyone can manage their list/pile/shelves of books. I think I might actually have less than a hundred books waiting to be read for a second, and then it's the new year and everyone and their dog gets ready to publish fifty more awesome books. It's a good problem to have, though.


Thank you! I think a lot of us can relate to some of these. xD

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Hi! I happened to find you through the post you made when you were 13 about writing when you don't feel like it, and I was just so amazed and impressed that you were clearly a writer and had been a writer for some time. I immediately wanted to check out your blog, and I'm just... blown away by how amazing and fun it looks and how long you've been doing it. I mean, I'm four or five years older than you [at 21, I'll be 22 in September], and yet I'm pretty sure you've been a writer for longer than I have.

That's incredible. Kudos to you, MV! Keep being amazing :D

Rain said...

...500th?! Wow.

I'm no good at parties either. The moment I lose my friend, it's like, "Where can I go where nobody will try and talk to me?" The answer is usually the kitchen. ;)

Well-written friendships are so much better than romances. My favourits are Sam and Cole from The Wolves of Mercy Falls, and Nico and Reyna, and Nico and Jason from Heroes of Olympus.

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

"Nah, more like I always wish I were hungry. That's how much I love food."

You just described me perfectly. My mom's amazing cooking + plus beautiful American junkfood is a curse. And also a blessing o.o

Btw, forgot to mention, I was also homeschooled!!

The Magic Violinist said...


Thank you so much! :) I'm glad you found me! Any time you start writing is a good time. It's never too late. I hope you keep at it!

LOL, right? If only you could be healthy and lose weight by eating instead of exercising. xD

Hello and nice to meet you, fellow homeschooler!


Hehe, that's also where the food is. ;) The kitchen really is just a great place.

Ooh, I need to keep reading that series. I've heard tons about Sam and Cole and I need more friendship stories in my life.

Evelina said...

9 years!! Wow! That's like... wow!

The Magic Violinist said...


I know, I still kind of can't believe it!