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!

Am I A Reader?

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Recently there was a lot of drama going around the book community, mostly on the Booktube community, where a content creator made a video belittling Booktubers because they “wear makeup” and that they go to events like Book Expo America (BEA) and Bookcon, and that they don’t read certain kinds of books or book titles, or that all of them only go to get the same eight books. I’ve seen a lot of rebuttle going around, as well as some positive vibe hashtags floating around Twitter, but I watched a video by JBookLover who touched on this topic of am I a reader?

So, let’s start with the basics of what makes a reader:

  • You read books.

That’s it. Quite simply put in the very basic scope of things, this is what makes you a reader. You read books. Many of us in the book community are extremely passionate about books and, yes, it can and often does become more than just a hobby for some of us.

Some people get it in their minds that you have to read a certain amount of books to be declared a reader, or that you have to have read all of the great classics, or that you have to own a certain number of books, or only read a certain genre, or any number of things.

But really, you don’t. You can do whatever you want when it comes to being a reader.

You only like to read mystery books because you love the thrill and trying to figure out who did what on your own? Awesome!

You like to organize your shelves by color and even double stack because, let’s be honest, you don’t have shelf space and you need to fit them somehow? Do it!

You prefer to read eBooks and listen to audiobooks over reading physical books because of the ease of space and the convenience of carrying around a device that can hold thousands of books? Super!

You enjoy going to book signings, book events, wearing makeup (or not), doing Booktube, Bookstagram, Booklr, tweet about books, AND you have a book blog? Great!

All of these things do make you a reader, but also so, so, SO many other things make you a reader. It doesn’t matter if you’re male, female, or however you identify yourself. It doesn’t matter if you like wearing makeup or not or whether or not you read a lot or a little.

The fact that you read is enough to call yourself a reader.

I know that sometimes you may feel pressured to read certain books because everyone seems to be reading the same books, or to read a certain number of books to keep up with everything being published that you’re interested in, or that you need to have already read and liked every classic ever, but really?

What you read is enough.

So am I a reader? Hell yeah I am. I’ve always loved to read. I love Young Adult, adult, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, first person perspective and third person perspective, and more, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I meant to discuss this earlier this week, but I’ve been crazy busy, so I apologize that this post is so late and that I’ve barely posted all week. But I thought that this topic was important to discuss, so here we are!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What do you think about this topic? Did you ever assume that you needed to read certain books or have certain requirements in order to call yourself a reader? Have you ever been to BEA or BookCon or any kind of book event? How were they?

Readers Wanting to Be Authors

I think it’s almost an assumption for many that if you’re part of the reading community that you, in turn, want to become an author yourself. I mean, there’s literally thousands upon thousands of ideas stored up in our brains, and if we want to read a certain story than we have to be the ones to write them, right?

Kind of.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I do want to be a published author one day. Certainly not for the money or fame (which neither could happen, by the way), but because I have a voice and I want to share my voice and story with the world.

I think many of the readers out there who want to be writers might feel the same, but something stops them.

Either they feel they aren’t good at writing or they don’t have enough time or they don’t have an idea, among many other reasons. But I think that those excuses just don’t cut it. If you want to be a writer, then write! You’ll only improve if you keep doing it.

If you don’t like how a certain story turned out or if you have this really cool concept that you’ve never heard of before, or it’s been done a million times, then just write it! Your voice matters.

I started writing a novel and got more than 50,000 words written for it, and it’s no where near complete, but I have written anything since early this year. I also wrote a full novel of 50,000 words, but I’m stuck in the editing process. Motivation comes and goes, but the passion and desire never die. I hope to eventually finish a novel, find an agent, and get published, but I don’t know when or if it’ll happen. I need to finish a story, first!

And it’s the same for those people who love to read but never plan on being writers. That’s perfectly fine, too. Don’t expect to write your own books just because you read. It’s totally understandable and fine.

So don’t let anyone drag you down or convince you one way or another if you’re already set in what you want. I think readers who want to be authors, too, are awesome! I also think those who don’t want to are still awesome, too.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever been questioned as to whether or not you’ll be an author/writer because of how much you read? Or do people just kind of think you won’t do it? Do you think you will? Let me know!

All the Tags!

Because I failed to put these in my posts for my wrap-ups, here’s a collective tag post for the tags I did! These include tags from August to now, but won’t be including a few to come later in the month.

Would You Rather? BookTube Edition

Would you rather…

1. Read only trilogies or stand alones? Stand alones because then I’d be able to read more books and not have to wait for the next book to come out in a trilogy.
2. Read only female or male authors? I seem to lead toward a lot of female authors – not purposefully, but that just seems to be the majority of the books I own.
3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon? B&N because I enjoy walking in bookstores and looking around and taking my time. Picking up physical books and getting to really look at them is something you can’t get on Amazon.
4. All books become movies or t.v. shows? TV shows. Movies are too short and can’t get the full grasp and detail like a TV show can.
5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week? 5 books per week, duh.
6. Be a professional reviewer or author? Author. It’s something I’m working on now.
7. Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before? Read new ones I haven’t before. The old ones would get boring after time, even if they are my favorites.
8. Be a librarian or book seller? Librarian. It sounds a lot more interesting and a lot less stressful than being a bookseller.
9. Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite? Every genre except my favorite because I’ll be able to find romance anywhere!
10. Only read physical books or eBooks? Physical books because they’re better. Not that I don’t like e-books, I just like to hold books instead of a device.

Ice Cream Book Tag

1- Peanut Butter: a very long book series that you really want to read, but probably won’t and why; Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. I’ve outgrown vampires and all that, so I don’t know that I’d want to read them, but I might give them a chance… I don’t know.
2- Chocolate: a book you would read over and over and over and over again; Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. It gets better and better with each book.
3- Pistachio: a book with a green cover; A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
4- Strawberry: a book with the cutest romance; Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. The dynamic between the two grows over time and it’s a great romance because of it.
5- Lemon: a book with a sour ending; Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Need I say more?
6- Mint: a children’s book that you like; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
7- Vanilla: your favorite classic; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. It’s the only classic I’ve read that I’ve enjoyed thus far, so..yeah.
8- Whipped Cream: a very long book that you read really really fast. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith. I read all four of the books before doing a project, so.. yup.

Bookish Scenarios Book Tag

1. You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres – contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep? Contemporary: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; Fantasy: Sabriel by Garth Nix; Non-fiction: The Bible; genre of my choosing: Classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2. You’re at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don’t like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it? I’d have to learn what kinds of interest the kid has before recommending something, and then go from there.

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a great mood? Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas made me pretty happy. I vote that.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading? Lots and lots of manga.

5. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a long book and it sounds fantastic, so it would definitely keep me preoccupied.

6. Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe? All of them. My books are precious to me, so… all of them.

7. Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs? Pretend I haven’t noticed would be my choice out of these options, but in reality I’d be yelling at them and be very angry.

Reader Problems Tag

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?  I pick them up and put them down? I just choose which book I’m in the mood for and go with that.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed? I’m usually committed, but I can put a book down if it’s boring me to death.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how? Currently I am at 14/20 books read for my challenge, and even though I know I won’t be able to catch up, I’m still proud of what I got. So no, I’m not going to catch up. I’m just going to enjoy reading for the sake of reading.
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope? It doesn’t really matter unless the new designs are hella-ugly.
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? Find someone who shares the mutual feelings? Or go search the internet for like minded individuals and ask to spew my thoughts onto them and theirs onto me.
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal? Just go with it. If a book moves me that much, I’m not going to stop myself.
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!? Probably just start reading the sequel and hope my memory remembers some things, otherwise I’ll reread.
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask? Come up with any excuse or berate them with questions on how well they’ll keep my books since I’ve had books returned to me in the past in less than nice conditions.
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump? I either write or draw because usually it’s a sign that my creative juices aren’t pumping the way they’re supposed to.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy? Depends on if it’s a series or not and if I know I’ll actually be reading it next.
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them? A while… I have a lot to read on my shelf now thanks to BookTube.

So those are the tags I’ve done over the past several months. If you have a BookTube channel, feel free to do these tags, but if not, let me know some of your answers in the comments below. I’d love to hear them!

Accompanying videos: Would You Rather BookTube Edition // Ice Cream Book Tag // Bookish Scenarios Tag // Reader Problems Tag