I saw Caz and Piera do this tag together on Caz’s channel, Little Book Owl, and thought it was a really fun tag, so I decided to do it here on my blog!
How do you find out about new books to read?
I think social media and the BookTube/book blogging community are probably the main way that I learn about new books. I try to follow a good mix of people so I’m hearing about all kinds of books, even ones I might not necessarily gravitate towards. I really enjoy it when an author I follow on Twitter starts raving about the latest book they loved or when someone on YouTube makes a video around a theme that I didn’t know I needed. And of course if a book pops up often enough across multiple platforms, I have to try it for myself!
A more unique way I find books is through the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. It’s a great motivator for me to actively search for books I might not normally hear about and an excellent way to expand my reading horizons. I wrote a whole post about some of the books I found for this year’s challenge!
How did you get into reading?
Reading has always been a part of my life. My mom got me reading at a really young age and was always bringing me to the library and encouraging me to read every day. I like to think I’d be a reader even if it weren’t for that upbringing, but my mom definitely cemented my love of books in me early on, and I can’t remember a time I didn’t love reading.
How has your taste in books changed as you’ve gotten older?
I’ve always loved fantasy and romance, but I like to think I’ve gotten a bit more selective about which ones I pick up as an adult. I have a better sense of what I like now, and I try to use that to inform what I read. Though I try not to be too careful and try something new everyone once in a while. And since graduating from college, I’ve found myself picking up a lot more nonfiction, whether it’s a history book or biography or a memoir or a book about a topic I know nothing about. It’s way easier to enjoy nonfiction when my life doesn’t revolve around school!
How often do you buy books?
I mean, it was definitely too often there for a while until I started analyzing my book buying habits more. Right now it goes in streaks. I only bought two books in March and April when I was at book signings, but I bought a bunch of books in May because there were a lot of new releases I was excited about and I had a coupon that I decided to use on a bunch of books I’ve been eyeing. Given how many new books I accumulated, though, and my goal to read from my own shelves, I’m planning to cut back again throughout the summer and only buy a few new releases that I’m excited about. There are a lot of books coming out in September, and I want to read as many books from my shelves as possible before then!
How did you get into book blogging?
I found BookTube when Emily from BeautywithEmilyFox decided to create a BookTube channel, BookswithEmilyFox. As a big reader myself, I was thrilled to discover a part of the internet that loved books as much as myself, and I lurked for a year or so before finally deciding that I wanted to take a more active role in the community and meet other readers. However, I have no interest in being on camera and I have a lot of experience writing, so a book blog seemed like a more natural fit.
How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?
Disappointment is definitely the immediate reaction, but a lot of how I react after that depends on the book. For some books, I can eventually see why the author did it and why it works even if I don’t like it (*cough* Crooked Kingdom *cough*), while others might just inspire me to think of ways I would have preferred it to end instead. And still other endings can entirely ruin a book for me depending on what happened, though that’s pretty rare. Regardless, it definitely makes me want to seek someone out so we can further discuss the ending!
How often do you take a “sneak peak” at the end of a book to see if there is a happy ending?
Um, always. Or at least, it’s not unheard of for me to sneak a peak at the ending. I understand why people don’t like spoilers, but for me, I tend to like knowing how a book ends because it lets me enjoy the journey to get there more, though sometimes I do regret looking because it can ruin the suspense. But I can be a really impatient person, so if the suspense gets to the point where I’m reading through a book way too quickly, then I’ll find out what happens at the end.
And that’s it for this tag! Consider yourself tagged if you’re interested in participating as well!