Get to Know the Fantasy Reader | Tag

Hello lovely people! Today I have a fun tag that I saw on Sam’s channel on Thoughts on Tomes. The original creator of this tag, Bree of Falling for Romance, created the tag to get to know the romance reader, but the questions here were tailored more toward those who read fantasy (which I do lol). So, let’s jump right into the tag, shall we?

1 . What is your fantasy origin story? (How you came to read your first fantasy novel)

Oh man, I have to think way back. Unlike many people my age (late twenties), my first fantasy read wasn’t Harry Potter or Percy Jackson (both of which I’m reading for the first time now, in my twenties). I think for me it was a collection of some fairy tales such as Rumpelstiltskin, The Old Lady in the Shoe, etc. I can’t for the life of me remember who this particular collection was by, but it should still be at my parents’ house somewhere.

But, in much further memory, the first fantasy/paranormal book that really pulled me into the genre was A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. It was on the reading list for that year’s summer reading and, admittedly, the only time I actually did summer reading and enjoyed it. I mean, it’s hard to get high schoolers to actually read something off of those lists, let me tell you, so to say I’m glad it was on her list is an understatement.

It was the first young adult novel I read where I was actually hooked on the story and the characters and wanted to learn so much more about them. I still have the book and hope to do a reread of it sometime this year or soon to see if I’ll still enjoy it, but it has a special place in my heart as the first fantasy-esque book that sent me off on my current journey today.

2. If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

Oh man, Laini Taylor, hands down. I’d love to be written beautifully into one of her worlds – new or old. She’s an incredibly poetic author and I love her books and worlds so much.

As for a trope I’d insist being written into the story… Ooh, I know: give me that enemies-to-friends-to-lovers trope. I love iiiiiiiit~

3. What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?

I mean, considering at the time of writing this post I’ve only read one fantasy novel so far this year, and that’s Strange the Dreamer (which I loved, spoiler alert), I definitely want more people to read it. It’s beautiful and so complex and intriguing. Go check out my review for more mushy feelings about it.

BUT, I do have a few fantasy-esque webtoons/comics I can definitely recommend!

4. What is your favorite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?

My favorite fantasy subgenre is probably high/epic fantasy. I love to be immersed in new worlds, magic systems, political systems, and just all manner of things. And the books and series are usually super huge, so I can stay with those characters for a lot longer, which is nice.

The subgenre I haven’t read much from is probably grim dark. I’m the kind of person that enjoys reading about happy things and really loves fluff. Not that I mind reading the darker stuff, I just don’t like it when it’s all encapsulating in the novel. But sometimes the darkness of my soul needs to be fed, so.

5. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

Laini Taylor

I was just going to move onto the next question, but I guess I’ll elaborate a little lol I just love her worlds and the way she writes. I feel like I can taste and feel and sense what her characters do, and I get so attached and want to know what will happen next. She’s just a fantastic writer and I look forward to her work.

6. How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)

Ah, well, because I pulled back a lot from the book community in the last year, I haven’t actually been getting a lot of recommendations (which is fine, my TBR appreciates it), but typically through YouTube or just browsing sites like Amazon or WEBTOON.

7. What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?

The Stormlight Archives book 4, Rhythm of War, by Brandon Sanderson. I mean, I know I’ve only finished the first book in the series – Way of Kings – but it’s one of my new favorite series of all time, so of COURSE I’m excited for this book, even if it takes another five years to get to it, but by that time, the fifth book will have come out, so it all evens out haha!

8. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

Not all GOOD fantasy books are written by white, straight, male authors. There are many female writers who write amazing worlds, stories, characters, scenes, etc.

9. If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

Oh man. This is a tough question because 1) every book I ever read would cease to exist in my mind, and 2) I’d need to know their own reading tastes and such before telling them, but these three are ones I think I’d recommend:

10. Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?

I don’t think I have any new ones, but I’ll shoutout some of my favorites:

And that’s it for the tag! If you’d like to do this, please feel free to do so, and let me know if you do!

What’s one fantasy book/series you’d recommend anyone? Let me know!

A to Z Bookish Survey

This is a popular survey/tag going around the BookTube and book blog community, so I finally made my own! It was originally created by Perpetual Page Turner on her blog post here.

Pretty much this a survey with questions/statements beginning with the letter in which it corresponds, pretty straight forward.

A – Author you’ve read the most books from. As it stands right now: Stephenie Meyer and Veronica Roth. I’ve read four books from each of these authors.

BBest Sequel Ever I choose “Crown of Midnight” and “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas, each of which is a sequel to itself, respectively. The series just continues to get better and I definitely love both.

CCurrently Reading City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare. It’s a reread, but I’m marathoning the series, so… yeah.

DDrink of choice while reading Depends on my mood. It can be either milk, juice, water, tea… whatever I’m in the mood for.

EE-Reader or physical book? Physical books, for sure. I love the smell, the turn of the pages, the physical weight. It’s wonderful.

FFictional character most likely to have dated in high school I chose Simon from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He’s nerdy and funny and he just seems like someone I would have dated.

G Glad you gave this book a chance The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer. It’s a fantastic book that I picked up randomly when I was in middle school/early high school and I loved it. Highly recommend it.

HHidden gem book A Certain Slant of Light” by Laura Whitcomb. It’s a book I read for summer reading in high school, and usually those books are way boring, but this one was fun and exciting. Again, highly recommend it.

I Important moment in reading life I don’t really think I have an important moment as I’ve always loved reading. I’m really not sure what to say about this one, haha!

JJust finished City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare. It took me almost the full month to read this book, and I don’t know why. It really wasn’t even that bad.

KKind of books you don’t read Mystery, most non-fiction, horror…

LLongest book you’ve readBreaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer. It’s about 750+ pages, and it’s my longest read book to date.

MMajor book hangover because of… Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. ‘Nuff said.

NNumber of bookcases you own Three total in the apartment, but the largest is my personal one.

OOne book you’ve read multiple times Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read it four times, and I was working on a fifth when I stopped.

PPreferred place to read The couch is a nice place, or my desk.

QQuote that inspires/gives you the feels from a book It’s a quote from “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I’ll link it here.

RReading regret April Morning” by Howard Fast. Boring. So boring.

SSeries you started and need to finish (all the books are out) …Where do I even begin?

TThree of all time favorite books “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer, “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J Maas, and “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. Each are series/trilogies/sagas, so I loved all of the books in each.

UUnapologetic fangirl for “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J Maas. I love each book, and they just keep getting better and better.

VVery excited for this release more so than others The next book in the “Throne of Glass” series, which will be released next year around late August/early September.

W Worst bookish habit I like sticking books in my purse. They often fold as a result.

XX marks the spot: start at the top left and pick the 27th book on your shelf Crewel” by Gennifer Albin. Haven’t read this yet, but I will eventually.

YYour latest book purchase Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes, “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios, and “Snow Like Ashes” by Sarah Raasch.

ZZzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late) I’m really not sure about this because I try to go to bed at reasonable hours…

Accompanying video: A to Z Bookish Survey

So what about you? How would you answer these survey questions? Let me know in the comments below or link your own blog post in the comments with this survey!