A to Z Bookish Tag

I was in the mood to do something fun and this book tag seemed like just the thing! You can find the original over at The Perpetual Page-Turner!


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Author you’ve read the most books from:

Nalini Singh, hands down. I’ve read and reread the entirety of both her Psy-Changeling series and her Guild Hunter series. So that’s about… Twenty-eight books if I include the anthologies? (If I’m wrong, don’t correct me. Let me be bad at counting.)

Seriously, she could probably write a grocery list and I’d lunge to read it.
Best Sequel Ever: 

Matt Wallace’s second Sin du Jour book, Lustlocked. I’m still in mad love with how he just… turned goblins on their heads and managed a tribute to David Bowie (who’d passed away right before the book came out). Also, there were giant horny lizards everywhere.

Currently Reading:

For some reason, despite the fact that I have other stuff I’m literally obligated to be reading and reviewing, I just restarted Anne Bishop’s Lake Silence.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water usually, but I’ll never say no to a glass of good apple cider.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I prefer e-readers because they’re more convenient and I read faster with them than with physical books.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Eh, this is hard. I guess… Peter Grant from Ben Aaronovitch’s PC Peter Grant/Rivers of London series (but like as a high schooler since he’s my age in the books).

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Kiersten White’s And I Darken. Normally I don’t do so well with alternate takes on history and when I first started the book, I wasn’t sure it was my thing because it obviously wasn’t following along with the history that knew. But I kept reading and then I couldn’t stop reading. I’m glad I didn’t DNF it.

Hidden Gem Book:

Claire Kann’s Let’s Talk About Love was such a lovely and important book and I wished more people read it and loved it. It, for me, captured a lot of the intersecting experiences of being queer (the MC’s a biromantic asexual), sex-meh (kind of repulsed but it’s complicated), and Black.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I was eight, we had a Scholastic Books sale (this was before they set up the little book fair and you shopped) and I dropped $110 on books because my Dad has always spoiled the heck out of me when it came to books. I will never be over that moment of the principal wheeling a MASSIVE box of books into our classroom. Like, that was life changing for me.

Just Finished:

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Poetry books actually. I’ve always felt bad about it, but I just don’t read them. Poetry is a-ok by me, but I haven’t ever picked up a book of poetry to actually read.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Can I substitute a piece of fan fiction here? Because I’m gonna!

At just under a million words long, Glass Houses is maybe the longest thing I’ve read. And I’ve been reading this on-going work of fan fiction since I was like thirteen.

Major book hangover because of:

Any of the Chronicles of Elantra omnibi. Those novels are hefty enough on their own. Stack three of them together and you’ve got a book that’ll leave you dry eyed and exhausted the next morning. And even though I’ve got other books on my plate, I just keep returning to this series at the most ridiculous times… like two in the morning before I have work to do.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Zero. I basically live out of bins now and I don’t know when I’ll be able to afford bookshelves at my mom’s place.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Laurell K. Hamilton’s Kiss of Shadows. It’s the first book in her Merry Gentry series and the book that made me think that series would have more potential than the Anita Blake series and more interesting worldbuilding. I keep rereading it because I think there’s a part of my brain that just wants to try and will Hamilton to have magically become a better writer and change her trajectory with the power of my rereading.

Preferred Place To Read: 

In bed!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

Pass! I don’t really do book quotes and I’ve got a memory like a leaky pot!

Reading Regret:

I regret that I can’t let go of the Anita Blake series. Those books have been infuriating, stress-inducing, and even triggering at times and I don’t even like the author anymore (not since her post-Trump “we all need to get along”/”obama divided us more as a people” post). But I’m not only still reading the books, I’m still talking about them.

Series You Started And Need To Finish

Uh… all of them?

But in all seriousness, I’ve gotten 5% through the newest book in Craig Schaefer’s Daniel Faust series and stalled because it’s literally too good and I want to savor it. Aside from that, most of the stuff I need to finish are things I… haven’t actually started yet.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, Matt Wallace’s Taste of Wrath (I still haven’t gotten to do my review of it, but I will!), and Rebekah Weatherspoon’s FIT trilogy (yeah, the whole dang thing).

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Urban fantasy as a genre!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Well, I just preordered the next book in Tomi Adeyemi’s Orïsha series “Children of Virtue And Vengeance” despite the fact that it’s not coming out until March 2019 so… I guess it’s that!

Worst Bookish Habit:

If I’m reading a book (and it doesn’t even matter if it’s on my kindle) and I need to have my hands free for some reason or move around, I tend to hold the book/kindle with my teeth instead of just… putting the book down or tucking it in my armpit. It’s gross, but I’ve been doing it for ages.

X Marks The Spot:

I bought my 14 year old niece a copy of Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X and then, once I actually listened to Acevedo talk (at an event with Tomi Adeyemi) I bought myself the audiobook.

Your latest book purchase:

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. I preordered it but had to cancel it and THEN I found an amazon giftcard I’d been looking for the day before it came out last week!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Medusa Uploaded. I was up until 2:30am reading it and I loved the experience SO MUCH!

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About Zina

Zina writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories and complaining about stuff. One day, she'll settle down and write that novel.
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4 Responses to A to Z Bookish Tag

  1. Kiki says:

    Oooo, I have Medusa Uploaded so I’m happy to learn it’s an impressive late nighter. What did you think of Roanhorse’s book?

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    • Zina says:

      I enjoyed it immensely! Once I get some time, I’m going to put together a little list of urban fantasy reviews for my summer reads because I really liked how fresh it was and how easy Roanhorse’s writing style and worldbuilding are to get invested in.

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  2. Erin says:

    Great choices! I hadn’t heard of Let’s Talk About Love before – I’ll have to add it to my TBR.

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    • Zina says:

      It’s a really good book! One thing I’d warn for is that in addition to the MC dealing with racism in like the first chapter, there’s a scene in a later chapter (maybe 14) with a stranger at a Halloween party that I felt could be triggering along the lines of sexual harassment/objectification. So read carefully, friend!

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