OKAY so now I'm really excited to do this. Thanks to Nads over at Words Beneath The Wings for tagging me for this challenge. I tag my pal Meg at Blue Eyed Demon. Go check out both blogs mentioned because they are FAB!
1) E-BOOK OR PHYSICAL BOOK?
Physical books. I had a Kindle a few years back and didn't really like it. I prefer to have a paperback in my hands and one to add to your collection on display once you're done.
2) PAPERBACK OR HARDBACK?
I prefer paperbacks for sure. They're easier to read and kind of softer in a way that makes me appreciate them more. Sometimes it can be hard to try not to crack the spine, but I manage. Although, I do like hardbacks as well as paperbacks of books that I adore.
3) ONLINE OR IN-STORE BOOK SHOPPING?
In-store. The atmosphere in bookshops is so inviting and you are literally surrounded by others who love books like you. I use BD and Amazon occasionally but the wait to get the book always bugs me.
4) TRILOGIES OR SERIES?
I love trilogies, but I prefer series. Especially if I love the characters and plot, who wouldn't want more books with them in it?
5) HEROES OR VILLAINS?
Villains because sometimes they're crazy methods of getting what they want (i.e. murder, arson, genocide) are more fun to read (and write)! I love writing my villains much more than I do writing my good characters.
6) A BOOK YOU WANT EVERYONE TO READ?
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I know it's a classic but I couldn't do this without mentioning it. It's my favourite book. I think the characters are amazing, the plot so creative and everything about it (especially the setting and time period) is fantastic. My daughter is going to be called Estella without a doubt.
7) RECOMMEND AN UNDERRATED BOOK
Anything by Annabel Pitcher. Probably My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece. I mean, a lot of people have probably read it and the rest but I think they're just too brilliant to not be mentioned.
8) THE LAST BOOK YOU FINISHED?
Well, I'm currently half way through The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas (incredible) but my last read was a buddy read of Heartless by Marissa Meyer. It was an amazing retelling of the Queen of Hearts before Alice in Wonderland.
9) THE LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT?
The world book day Dead of Night by Michael Grant.
10) WEIRDEST THING YOU'VE USED AS A BOOKMARK?
I think I'm going to leave this question unanswered. I don't think I've ever used anything other than an actual bookmark. I made my own bookmarks for Doctor Who like when I was 12. They're terrible lmao.
11) USED BOOKS: YES OR NO?
I'm going to say no, because I can't own a book with a cracked spine and most used books HAVE A CRACKED SPINE. AND DOGGY EARS UGH.
12) TOP 3 FAVOURITE GENRES
YA, obvs, Historical Fiction and Fantasy
13) BORROW OR BUY?
Buy! I rarely, rarely borrow books because I like to own them all in the hopes of them being part of a library I own when I'm older haha.
14) CHARACTERS OR PLOT?
Characters! Some of them you can just fall in love with so much more than the book.
15) LONG OR SHORT BOOKS?
Depends, really. I'm going to say short books but I do love long books.
16) LONG OR SHORT CHAPTERS?
Short chapters. You always end up telling yourself 'one more chapter' and I find I get those books finished quicker.
17) NAME THE FIRST THREE BOOKS YOU CAN THINK OF
Divergent, Harry Potter and The Fault in Our Stars because I'm literally looking at Nad's blog post for the questions hahaha.
18) BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR CRY?
I love laughing out loud at a book but I prefer the more emotional ones that make you cry because I believe that's when writing is at its best.
19) OUR WORLDS OR FICTIONAL WORLDS?
Is this even a question? Fictional worlds.
20) AUDIOBOOKS: YES OR NO?
No, unfortunately. They're just not something I can concentrate on.
21) DO YOU EVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER?
Of course. Who doesn't?
22) BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATIONS OR BOOK-TO-TV ADAPTATIONS?
Book-to-TV because I'm addicted to TV shows and movies aren't really my thing.
23) A MOVIE OR TV SHOW YOU PREFERRED TO ITS BOOK?
The Girl on the Train. It was just one of those stories that was told better on screen rather than in a book.
24) SERIES OR STANDALONES?
Series! I love having more than one book with characters and plots that I love!!
From left to right: Marie Lu, Alwyn Hamilton and Ally Carter
Today, Eason in Dublin hosted an amazing YA event with three amazing authors: Marie Lu, Ally Carter and Alwyn Hamilton.
And I've been thinking of uploading blogs on this site aswell as reviews for a while, so this stirred something in me to start.
I came to this event with my good friend Megan and another friend Sarah, who I both met back in October at Eason's DeptCon 2.
I went into this event blind regarding Ally Carter. Unfortunately I hadn't even heard of her before she was announced to come so I didn't have time to get any of her books. I'm glad she was there, though, because she is bloody hilarious and so lovely that I want to go buy all her books right now.
When asked about her female badass heroines, she said something like "I always think Molly Weasley is just as powerful as someone like Katniss Everdeen. Like she's feeding a family of nine on a goverment budget. You go, girl!"
Like she just came out with these witty lines that made the audience laugh a good few times. I'll definitely be splashing out on her books soon :)
The calm before the storm...
So I'm very disappointed that I went into this event without having read anything of Lu's either. She was a delightful author to listen to tonight and she had some great advice on how to get over writer's block, such as an old metaphor she'd found on the internet somewhere.
"Writing your first draft is like shovelling sand into a sandbox. Revising and editing is like building the sandcastle, because you can't build it without the sand, and hence you can't revise the novel without a first draft."
As an aspiring writer myself, this advice was really reassuring to hear and will be great for me to take on board because, in the words of Ally Carter, I need to stop comparing my first drafts to finished drafts.
At one point in the event, Marie joked "One of my titles for Legend at one point was Daylight and that was crap. It was like a Twilight....but in the day."
Now, not gonna lie, this was the reason I went to the event. When I found out Alwyn was coming to Ireland, I totally freaked. I was like, I need to be there. Of course I did because Rebel and Traitor are two of my favourite YA novels because they're so diverse and unique... and they hold Amani on their pages, a female badass epic gunslinger who has turned into one of my favourite characters of all time!!!
Alwyn had incredible chemistry with the other two authors and at one point she ended up talking about druglords and cartels when asked about a potential movie/tv show adaptation. Then rather ominously announced that "In Alaska, no one can hear you scream."
She was really lovely when I went up to her at the signing too, telling me a story about how she accidentally signed the name of a book to a person instead of their name. A true conversationalist, hehe.
AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF...
Eason ended the event with giving the guests a goody bag at each...and the contents?
* A copy of The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School
* An ARC of Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson, one that is on my most anticpated reads for 2017.
*And most importantly, a freaking sampler for Lord of Shadows not coming out till May. I already devoured it earlier and loved it.
It's in all its beauty and glory below...
Until next time, which will probably be my review of Unconventional (probably tomorrow)! Peace and love x
A sixteen-year-old book-lover from Ireland. Reviews will come as often as I finish a book, which is quite quickly, to be fair!