Happy blogoversary to the Notebook Sisters!
Cait & Mime @ The Notebook Sisters are celebrating their 3-year blogoversary this week with a week-long party! It's Alice-in-Wonderland-themed and they're currently giving away Alice in Wonderland notebooks! It's all really exciting and you should all stop by and wish them a happy unbirthday and maybe take part in this tea party blog tag! Whooooo!
(I'm totally supposed to writing an essay on knowledge and belief in Plato's Republic right now but shhhhhh, let me just forget about it for a while and answer some fun questions about books!)
1. Just Alice: What book cover(s) has made you super curious?
ALL THE BOOK COVERS OMG. I just. Love book covers? Here are just four that I can think of at the moment. Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs because it's just such an atmospheric and evocative photo, so still and calm and beautiful. I wanna know if the book is just as quietly lovely. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley because, well, that combined with the blurb makes me think it's gonna be such a powerful and important book! No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace because GIRLS HOLDING HANDS BEHIND A BOY'S BACK yesssssss. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch because it's so pretty and look at those glimpses of two different worlds you get! WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN. IS IT JUST SYMBOLISM OR IS THAT THING AN ACTUAL THING THAT EXISTS IN THE BOOK???? I NEED TO KNOW.
2. Mad Hatter: List the craziest character(s) you've ever read.
This question makes me uncomfortable because I'm not sure about the use of the word 'crazy'. Especially since Mental Health Awareness Month is coming up... I know this is just keeping in with the Alice in Wonderland theme, but well, some characters are actually mentally ill, but I'm not sure that's what 'crazy' in this question is referring to. I mean, people use 'crazy' to mean so many different things! But since we're thinking of the Mad Hatter, I decided that I'm taking this to mean people who are a good kind of weird and think in an interesting way (I'm especially thinking of Johnny Depp's portrayal of him)... So, I present to you:
Austin in Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. The things that Austin thinks! All the stuff that goes on in his head, all the history and the stories and how everything crisscrosses and then suddenly he's thinking about his balls or other people's balls or something.
3. Red Queen, Off With Your Head! What book have you felt like beheading?
I'm a really nice person and I don't really ever feel like beheading books! Honestly, I can't think of a single book I've read that I would like to behead. I tend to avoid all books that I know will make me rage-y by reading reviews, so that helps.
4. White Rabbit: What books or series have been insanely popular but you've been "late" to pick them up?
Uh, I sort of only came back to reading YA a couple months ago and having not read any YA since like, 2011, you can imagine that I have a lot to catch up on. And even back then I wasn't a particular prolific reader and only read a few books every now and then. I haven't got round to most of these popular books/series yet! But I have got round to the first book of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, at least. And it was SO GOOD.
5. Caterpillar: What's the most confusing book you've read?
The Skyscraper Throne trilogy by Tom Pollock: great books, I love them so much, but for some reason I find them so confusing? It always takes me a while to work out what's happening. While I'm reading I'm just like WHAT ON EARTH IS HAPPENING WHAT'S GOING ON WHY IS-- AHHHHHHHH. But I really like that they're more subtle that way? Like, they don't make it GLARINGLY CLEAR THAT THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING because that can be kind of boring. I like that it takes a little time for me to wrap my head around it all. They're just really smart books and I love them.
6. Dormouse: What was the last book that sent you to sleep?
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Yes I gave it 3.5 stars, yes I loved a lot of things about it, but man that book made me feel like I was sleepwalking sometimes.
7. Cheshire Cat: Book that made you laugh and smile?
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan! Everyone needs to read this when it comes out in October. I LOVED THIS. Seriously one of the cutest, most delightful books I have ever read. I laughed a lot. I could really relate to Leila and her voice was just so charming and sweetly humorous.
8. Knave of Hearts: Most recent character who stole your heart?
Darling Parva "Pencil" Khan from the Skyscraper Throne trilogy by Tom Pollock! PEN!!!!! If you read my review for The Glass Republic, you'll know I practically just spent the whole time wailing about Pen. She's a Pakistani girl, and she falls in love with another girl in this book, and it's so wonderful! She goes through a lot in the first book, and she's just so incredibly strong.
9. Jabberwocky: Best villain you've read this year?
Villains don't tend to interest me for the most part for some strange, unknown reason. Or maybe I just haven't found the right villain for me yet. GUYS HOOK ME UP WITH SOME GREAT VILLAINS??? Tell me all your favourite villains!
10. Down the Rabbit Hole: What's the latest book/series/author that's completely swallowed your interest?
Could it be anything other than the Micah Grey series by Laura Lam? MICAH GREY. Intersex genderfluid bisexual protagonist of my heart!!! I just love the whole world that Lam has created. It's so beautiful and imaginative and I could roll in it forever.
... And I'm done! That was fun! BUT SERIOUSLY GUYS HOOK ME UP WITH SOME VILLAINS? And then maybe I'll find out whether villains just aren't my type. (The only fictional villain I can think of that I do like is Loki from the Thor movies. But only the Thor movies. He wasn't interesting to me in Avengers at all.)