Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What Books Are You Most Excited to Read?

Hi, everyone! Today I've got another tag, this time to celebrate new releases -- or releases coming now/late summer/fall (or even later, with Passenger, which just made for an easy question). You can change the questions by putting in titles that you'd like to promote if you want. Mostly I just want to help promote these titles & bring your awareness to them, especially as a few of them are being released really soon!

Also feel free to answer as many of the questions as you'd like, whether that's only one or them all :). And and and! Feel free to interpret them as you like (e.g. Q1: not just tropes but characteristics of a fave; Q7: monsters on your feels as in favorites instead of psychological thrillers, etc.).

1. What makes you MORE HAPPY THAN NOT (in books)?
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera | Release Date: June 2, 2015
A book to anticipate!

So this question is actually the reason I started this tag. I received an email from SoHo Press about the #MoreHappyThanNot tour where people across social media were meant to answer: What Makes You More Happy Than Not? But I wanted to promote more than one book, and because I'm a cheeseball, I'd probably answer that my friends and family and the love and connections that I have make me more happy than not, so ANYWAY I figured that I would mention both the book & BOOKS in general.

So! What tropes make me happy in books? What elements are like "key words" to me to pick up the book? Alternatively, I could've interpreted this question to mean what sort of things make for favorite books - not necessarily tropes - but oh well. I was filming at midnight lol. Be glad I'm awake.

Essentially I said that the trope of the Hidden Identity was one of the things that I absolutely loved in fantasy when done well and two examples I give are: The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas & The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, the latter of which inspired ToG.

2. (I) MADE YOU UP: which fictional character do you wish was real?
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | Release Date: May 19, 2015
Read my second interview here.

I actually refilmed this question! I didn't like my first answer. So I gave two answers: if I were to interpret this question a la book boyfriend type, I'd say Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door because Nerdy Sweet Boy Next Door types = my fave. Also the kind of guy I'm probably going to end up with later in my life, as that seems to be my type hahaha.

But if I were to choose a best friend type, I'd go for Fire by Kristin Cashore. It upsets me a little when I see people complain about Fire's "hand-wringing." NGL, I judge people a little bit by how they react to this book / Fire as a main character. If they don't like the writing style or the book, totally fine. But if they think that Fire is somehow weak, my inner judgment meter rises a notch. I don't like being that person but hey, everyone has a character who's like that for them, no? And I admire Fire's quiet strength A LOT. I also love the way Cashore wrote a heroine who has extraordinary powers but who is not a Mary Sue at ALL.

3. In high school, you were THE BOY (/girl) MOST LIKELY to ...?
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick | Release Date: August 18, 2015
A book to anticipate!

My middle school actually had one of those yearbook category things. We all voted. I was in the "Best Eyes" category. Does it count if you're voted into something you're literally not responsible for having and/or doing? Lol, well, even if I weren't voted into that category in my middle school, I would've been voted into "Most Academic."

In high school, as arrogant as it sounds, probably Most Likely to Succeed as I did all those cliche things to pad my resume and was pretty high in rank for GPA/SAT/again all the cliche markers of "success" that don't actually mean much.

4. Which century would you like to be a PASSENGER to?
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | Release Date: January 5, 2016
A book to anticipate!

Well, if I had my choice, I wouldn't want to leave our century as women have historically been treated awfully and at least we may? be getting better.

But if I really had to time travel, which centuries am I most fascinated by? Well, even though the Victorian period has been used by so many books, I'm still fascinated by it. Also by the Romans, especially if I can just be a Passenger & leave that brutality by the end of the day.

5. P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU: which of your childhood reads gets this letter?
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | Release Date: May 26, 2015

I've been told that I read a lot when I was a kid, but I only vaguely remember reading. I remember reading what few Nancy Drew hardcovers there were. I remember a lot of other books on the shelf but not whether I read them. The real exception were those American Girl novels. I devoured them. They were my first exposure to diverse books, girls of different heritage or class and how they coped with the challenges presented to them. Don't remember if they were stereotypes, but I guess I would write that letter to them because they definitely also encouraged my enthusiasm for reading.

Also, lol, Harry Potter. #hpforlife

6. You're not a DUMPLIN' but a ...?
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy | Release Date: September 15, 2015
Read my review here.

Dumplin' is the main character's nickname, so this is a sort of "get to know you better" question. What nicknames do you have? Well, I'm a Chris, Stina, Xtina, Tina, Stinkle, Teenie, Teen, C, Cree Cree, Cokiri, Crystal, Kawthar. Probably more. Kawthar was given to me by my Arabic professor in college. For whatever reason, the other Arabic professor decided to give me another "Arabic name," but LOL Crystal is not Arabic. *shrug*

7. Which books are DELICATE MONSTERS on your feels?
Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn | Release Date: June 9, 2015
Read my review here.

So, multiple ways to answer this question. Monsters on your feels as in your faves, or monsters on your feels like Kuehn's psychological thriller, heart-pounding & intense? I did the latter & recommended BLACK IRIS. You can read my review of that here :) but essentially: gorgeous, magical writing + dreamy atmosphere + unreliable narrator who says she's an unreliable narrator + total unpredictability + dark revenge + suspense = pulse-pounding AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Like that formula?!?!?

A.) I seriously tag all of you. You don't need me to specifically tag you to do this but if you want, I will edit this post to mention you :)

B.) I tag Ameriie at Books Beauty Ameriie, Mel at the Daily Prophecy, Tara at Literally Tara, and Amber at Books of Amber.

C.) And I also tag all the people who I tagged in my Extraordinary Means tag because hey, if you didn't like the questions there, maybe you'll like them here & want to promote some upcoming new releases?

How would y'all answer these questions?

(P.S. - Still planing on doing bookish rounds... but so hard to catch up...)

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