Cait and Meme over at The Notebook Sisters are hosting all sorts of Alice in Wonderland themed games and tags this week for their 3rd Bloggy Birthday! Today’s celebrations include a 10 Questions tag and the chance to win some beautiful Alice in Wonderland themed notebooks (you should go check it out!). On to the questions!
1. Just Alice: What book cover(s) has made you super curious?
Easy, the new covers of the Shatter Me series. Even before all of the hype surrounding these books exploded on the blogosphere, those covers were just absolutely delicious and I wanted to own them/read them/stare at them. I started hearing some mixed reviews so instead of rushing out and buying the whole series, I was very restrained and just bought the first one. It’s next on my to-read list after I finish The Book Thief. I series-binge so I think I’m putting it off because I’d rather have the rest of the series ready to go…
2. Mad Hatter: List the craziest character(s) you’ve ever read.
- Kevin, from We Need to Talk About Kevin
- Triss, from Cuckoo Song (I DNF’d this)
- Frank, from The Wasp Factory
3. Red Queen, Off With Your Head! What book have you felt like beheading?
4. White Rabbit: What books or series have been insanely popular but you’ve been “late” to pick them up?
Loads! I used to read A LOT when I was younger, and then my teenage years happened (16-18), and then University happened (required reading lists, recommended reading lists and text books became all I read for 4 years). When I graduated the first thing I did was pick up a book and read “for fun” again. At the time, the talk everywhere was 50 Shades of Grey. I binge-read the series in 4 days. I still didn’t read a huge amount, by this time I loved TV shows and movies nearly as much as I loved books, so my time was divided. I started blogging at the start of this year, so now I’m aware of all the reads I missed out on. But I’m catching up. Slowly. I’m currently reading The Book Thief, and I’d say that is definitely one I was late picking up.
5. Caterpillar: What’s the most confusing book you’ve read?
Again, The Cuckoo Song, and The Wasp Factory, two books I haven’t been able to finish. I requested Cuckoo Song via NetGalley and thought the cover was stunning. The story just confused the hell out of me. I felt that it was world-building gone wrong. It was over-complicated, over-descriptive (in the wrong places) and that there was too much going on that wasn’t being explained properly. I looked it up on Goodreads and was surprised to find a ton of comments that said how great this author’s work is and how much people were looking forward to this new book. So maybe I’m on my own with this one. The Wasp Factory is just insane. The protagonist is very dark and psychotic and I can’t wrap my head around the story. I will finish it someday. Just not someday soon.
6. Dormouse: What was the last book that sent you to sleep?
There hasn’t been one in a while… I usually read before bed anyway, but I can’t say any books have been responsible for sending me to sleep. I’ve talked before about having difficulty DNF’ing a book I’m not enjoying, but I’m getting better at it.
7. Cheshire Cat: Book that made you laugh and smile?
8. Knave of Hearts: Most recent character who stole your heart?
9. Jabberwocky: Best villain you’ve read this year?
This year, it would either be the bullies in Tease or the guy from Room. I struggled a little with Tease (OK, maybe more than a little), because the main characters were so unlikable, and the story itself wasn’t “comfortable” to read. But it definitely got me thinking, and stayed with me when I finished it (here comes the review link). I have to say “the guy” from room because if I say anything more it might give away part of the story. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Room (can you guess what this is? Yup, it’s my review), definitely give it a go. It was surprisingly good – tense, interesting view point, based on real-life events…
10. Down the Rabbit Hole: What’s the latest book/series/author that’s completely swallowed your interest?
Since reading Maybe Someday, I would say Colleen Hoover. I’m hoping her other books are as good (I want all the Colleen Hoover books!), but I think Maybe Someday will be a tough act to follow because of the mixed media it uses. This New Adult genre has been receiving a lot of negativity, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but if Maybe Someday is anything to go by, C Hoover has it down.
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