I’ve been tagged for something? I’m… emotional right now? I’m here (well, not really, there) from 2015, but it’s the first time that it’s ever happened to me.
Thank you, Elise (@thebookishactress).
1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog(s)
2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person(s) who nominated you
3. Nominate 11 new blogs and write 11 questions for them
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post
The Questions, the Answers
A book you love from a genre you don’t read?
I could answer Hammers on Bone/A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw because I don’t usually read horror and those novellas are horror, but I’m always talking about them (they’re good!) and I wanted to talk about something else for once.
Another genre I don’t read is post-apocalyptic fiction, because it’s just… too sad? Too much? But Borne by Jeff VanderMeer is the most colorful, weird apocalypse you’ll ever read and you should try it even if you don’t like this subgenre or adult sci-fi in general.
Favorite netflix original series?
I think we’re talking about these? I’ve heard of most of these, but I’ve never watched any. After all, last year I didn’t know what netflix was.
Most anticipated debuts?
I’ve just looked at my goodreads TBR and there are less than I expected. The only ones from 2018 I’m really interested in right now are Reign of the Fallen (bi fantasy!), The Poet X (just look at that cover) and The Hazel Wood (hyped as well-written horror by the person who recommended Cassandra Khaw, so I trust her). In December I’ll probably be able to list more than ten.
For 2017 debuts, the ones I haven’t read yet are: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (give me all the villains), Barbary Station (adult f/f sci-fi, I need this one) and This Mortal Coil (maybe a YA sci-fi that won’t disappoint me? If you have other YA sci-fi recommendations, tell me. No Lunar Chronicles, please.)
A few series you’re not sure about continuing?
Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I was disappointed by the first book – it was probably something new when it was published, but I read it this year and it was just yet another fantasy, badly written (but that was probably also the Italian Translation, as always). So… maybe the series gets better? Maybe I should read them, but in English? I don’t know. I’ll try Jane, Unlimited for sure.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. I actually liked the first book (not the sex scenes, those were terrible), but… it has probably the worst stereotypes about Italians I’ve ever read. I’m not sure I want to read more of it.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber. The first book was a 3 star read for me, so I’m not sure about Legendary. I liked the magical carnival, but I hated Tella. Unrelated: Am I the only one who really doesn’t like the Legendary cover?
Best format for book-to-screen adaptations?
I can’t answer this question because I’ve never seen a TV show in my life. So my answer should be “movie” because maybe, maybe then I’ll watch it?
Character you like that everyone hates?
I can’t think of a character I like that is universally hated. I don’t hate Mal from Shadow and Bone, but I don’t like him that much either (Mal Neutrality Blog), I just don’t think he deserves all that hate. I still wanted to punch him many times during the series.
I also don’t get the Dimple Shah and the Alina Starkov hate. They’re teenagers who actually feel like teenagers – they make mistakes and sometimes they’re irritating. But they’re far more realistic teens than every character in Six of Crows (look, I love them, but they feel 20+). Let teens be teens.
I also don’t hate Mare Barrow. She’s just… boring.
Also, Blue > all the Raven Boys, but she’s not hated.
Villain that deserves redemption?
The real question is, why would you redeem a villain? I like them the way they are (evil). I also have yet to read a redemption arc that doesn’t feel forced/cheesy. (If you have recommendations, tell me.)
I am Into Villains, and I don’t care for redemption arcs – I want well-developed, competent villains with motivations that actually make sense. Just think of the potential – why write friends to lovers or enemies to lovers when you could have enemies to enemies with benefits? Let the villain kiss someone and maybe I’ll care about the romance for once. And! More well-written female villains, please.
And no, I don’t want a Romanticized Abuse Ship. We already have too many of those (and that’s also a boring dynamic tbh). The characters must have agency (especially the one who is not the villain) and there shouldn’t be too much power imbalance. If it’s done well, it’s everything.
Fave noncanon ship?
The only one I can think of is Vassa + Night from Vassa in the Night. Yes, I’m actually shipping the main character with the night, as in, the period of time. It’s not exactly a character (it’s difficult to explain if you haven’t read the book). But they kissed! So… no one can stop me.
But I can’t think of any ship between two characters that I wanted and didn’t happen. Here’s the thing – I don’t usually go there? Like, books are already so full of romantic relationships, and I don’t want to look for even more romance. It will always astound me how some noncanon m/m ships of side characters get far more attention that canon PoV f/f ones, but right now I can’t think of any f/f noncanon ship I wanted (maybe Victoria/Mercedes from The Gallery of Unfinished Girls?), and I don’t like some of the most popular ones in fandoms I’m in (like Ninej or Zoyalina).
If we’re talking about ships that were canon but not endgame, I have one (a villain ship, the most popular villain ship in YA, no one is surprised) but I won’t name it because spoilers. But I’m not sure I wanted that one to be endgame either? I just wanted more of their interactions.
Snack as in thing I will compulsively eat even if I’m not that hungry? Pane carasau.
Underrated fave booktuber?
I don’t watch booktube regularly anymore so I don’t know. The only one I watch every week is Sam from thoughtsontomes (even if we never agree on adult books) and she’s not underrated. The mailbag videos from SFF180 are great too – I discover many adult new releases this way – but I don’t watch his reviews because we don’t have similar tastes.
Delightfully evil villain?
I’m not sure if “villain” is the right term because everyone from The Machineries of Empire is kind of evil, but Hexarch Nirai Kujen. He makes the main character of the series (who is literally a mass murderer) look like a nice, wholesome person.
Who is Kujen? He’s a 900-year-old ghost and the hexarch of the faction of scientists (Nirai). Brilliant mathematician, will probably be nice to you if you can have interesting conversations about number theory. It’s also implied that he tortured and deleted/altered people’s memories for fun (and he did really creepy, spoilery stuff).
I like him. I also want him to die, the sooner the better.
I’m not going to nominate other 11 blogs, because I don’t know other 11 blogs. There are some that I want to check out but I haven’t yet because I’m still getting used to manage 2 blogs + goodreads + twitter + reading + school, and I have little time. But I will, soon (if I can).