Reading

Get To Know The Reader

Why do you love books?

What’s there not to love?

Why do you read?

To escape from the real world. Fictional ones are better anyway

What’s your favourite genre?

Anything suspenseful. Crime. Mystery. Thriller.

What’s your least favourite genre? 

Romance. At times, it’s a bit repetitive.

When do you read?

I tend to read in the morning or afternoon. Natural light all the way.

Where do you read?

In my room, in my bed.

Do you have a favourite author?

I can’t choose one. But I like David Baldacci, Pierce Brown, Sarah J. Maas, and Jodi Picoult.

Do you have a reading routine?

Kind of. I wash my hands before reading since I’m a bona fide germaphobe. I update my Goodreads status after (if I remember).

Writing

Different Ways To Organize Your Bookshelves

Lately, I’ve been moving my books around because I’m not entirely happy with the way they’re displayed on my shelves. But I don’t know how I want to rearrange them exactly, so I decided to write a blog post about different ways you can organize your bookshelves.

By alphabetical.

Do the author’s last name or first if you’re so inclined. You might even decide to go organize according to the titles of each book. It’s up to you.

By colour.

Ombré. Rainbow. The possibilities are endless.

By genre.

Have one shelf for fantasy, one for mystery, etc. This is a good way to see what you like or dislike.

By height.

Shelves look more uniform when books are the same size. This is a fact of life. My heart breaks when I buy a novel that doesn’t fit in with the others.

By love.

Have your favourite books on one shelf. You can play favourites with novels. That’s totally ethical.

By status.

What you’ve read, what you’re currently reading, what you want to read. I have a shelf for all the books I own but haven’t read yet. Without fail, I’ll read a few novels on my to-be-read shelf only to buy many more. I almost always enable my own addiction.

By story.

Is it a standalone? A series? Also consider grouping books by the same author together. Because why not?

By type.

Paperbacks here. Hardcovers there. Easy, fast, simple. You’re good to grab and go.

By however you want.

Obviously, you can organize your books any way you like. Feel free to use one or a combination of the methods listed above.

Let me know how you organize your books. I’d love to get some inspiration for my shelves. It doesn’t help that I’m starting to run out of space either. But that’s a problem I’ll tackle another day.

Reading

A Q&A About Book Genres

Questions. Answers. Book genres.

What’s your favourite genre?

That’s a tough one. As of right now, I have to say thriller. Any type. Legal, medical, even political. I’m not the biggest fan of politics, even though I took a class in high school. Shudders.

Least favourite?

Romance. Or anything remotely resembling it. Thanks but no thanks. Maybe when I have a boyfriend, I won’t roll my eyes while reading romantic scenes, but I can’t make any guarantees.

What genre(s) do you write?

Realistic fiction because contemporary young adult is all I know how to write.

Which ones do you read?

Almost everything. You name it, I probably read it, unless the book involves two main characters falling in love within the space of two pages.

What do you want to read more of?

Historical fiction hands down. I don’t read enough about history, but whenever I do, I tend to enjoy the story.

Read less of?

Chick lit romance. Duly noted.

The first genre you fell in love with?

Realistic fiction in general. I went through middle grade chapter books like a girl with nothing better to do. Because I had nothing better to do.

Any you’ve fallen out of love with?

I used to read manga and comics. I haven’t fallen out of love with them per se, but perhaps I’ve fallen more in love with other genres. Maybe I’ll pick them up again in my retirement.

The genre associated with your favourite book or author?

Young adult fantasy and science fiction. I’ve come to appreciate these books more than I used to when I was a narrow-minded kid.

The genre associated with your least favourite book or author?

I kid you not, it’s a young adult fantasy and science fiction. Huh.

The most hit or miss genre in your opinion?

This might explain my two previous answers. Fantasy and science fiction by far. The author either hits the mark or misses it completely for me.

An underrated genre?

All of them. Sports fiction specifically.

Most challenging genre to read or write?

An epic fantasy because I don’t have the chops to pull that sort of book off. Exhibit A: what’s world-building…

As always, I’d love to know your answers in the comments below. Or you could write a blog post answering the questions above.

Reading

Two Genres, Pick One, Some Explanation

Remember this? It’s back. Sort of.

I pit two genres against each other, I choose the one I prefer, and I offer a bit of an explanation. (Because I’m trying to be less lazy and more productive.)

Mystery vs. Fantasy

This is tough. Why did I start with this one? Sorry fantasy, mystery wins. Blame Baldacci.

Realistic Fiction vs. Science Fiction

I’ve always loved realistic fiction because I can understand what’s going on most of the time. Science fiction tends to go over my tiny head.

Horror vs. Thriller

I read King as a kid, so horror for sure.

Action vs. Adventure 

They are quite similar. I like action movies but adventure books. That’s fair, right? I’m not discriminating!

Magical Realism vs. Surrealism

I’ve encountered more magical realism than surrealism, which says a lot since I barely grasp the concept of surrealism.

Romance vs. Comedy

Love triangles will be the death of me. Any novel that can make me laugh out loud is a winner in my books.

Perhaps I’ll do this again with other genres in the distant future.

Let me know your answers. I’m curious. Create your own post or leave a comment down below. I’m not trying to tell you what to do. I promise.

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If You Could Only…

If you could only write books in one genre, which category would you select?

Contemporary. Does that count as a genre? If not, then YA. And if you don’t consider either one to be a genre, too bad.

If you could only purchase one non-essential item (and multiples of it), what would you buy?

Books are essential. I don’t have nearly enough, said every book lover ever.

If you could only read books specific to one genre, which one would you pick?

Mystery. I love them even though sometimes I can’t stand not knowing whodunit though I’m becoming much better at guessing the culprit earlier on rather than be blindsided during the big reveal. Mystery done right is great. Mystery done not so right isn’t so great. It’s a healthy relationship regardless, I promise.

If you could only spend your entire day in one place, where would it be?

A bookstore. I’d eat, sleep, work, read, write, and blog there. What could be better?

If you could only blog about one topic, which one would you choose?

Writing. I can’t help but link everything back to writing.

Just a few questions I created and my answers to go along with them. As always you are welcome to use them however you like.

Reading

“Would You Rather” Book Tag

I was tagged by a beautiful, lovely, and wonderful blogger, and I could go on forever, but I won’t. Don’t do yourself a disservice by neglecting to check out who I’m talking about. She runs this fabulous blog over at Inkcouragement. Phantomwriter143 is such a nice URL. It rolls off the tongue. Try saying it 143 times. I think you’ll agree with me.

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

Trilogies because if I had to read standalones and only standalones, I’d convert them into a trilogy by writing the next two books myself.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

This one is terrible. Can I refuse to answer? I’m going to say male even though I’m currently reading a book written by a female. Does anyone want to go through my Goodreads and create a male to female ratio?

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

Barnes and Noble although I’ve never been to one. Is anyone willing to take me there? I’ll pay for your purchase.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Neither. But if I had to pick, I’d say TV shows. The one movie adaption I watched (i.e. TMR) left me wanting more.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

When it comes to reading, the more the better. Plus reading 5 books a week would be the ultimate dream.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Professional author hands down. I’m not a good reviewer. I’m not sure I’d be a good author either. A girl can dream. Let a girl dream.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

I used to want to be a librarian. Now I’d much rather be a bookseller.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

All other genres because I need variety. Plus reading the same authors over and over again would drive me crazy.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

Physical books. I have yet to read and finish one entire ebook.

I tag all of you because excluding people just isn’t my thing.

Writing

30 Questions To Ask Yourself During NaNoWriMo-Day 1

On top of writing approximately 1,667 words every day, I hope to write 30 blog posts each covering 30 different questions regarding writing—in particular—novel writing.

Question #1

Are you ready?

Seriously. Are you ready to embark on this journey for 30 days? An entire month?!

What I mean is do you have some idea of what your book will be about? Do you have some plot in my mind that will span at least 50,000 words? Have you, at the very least, tried to outline a basic description of your novel? On sticky notes, in a notebook, somewhere you have access to?

Also important to think about: the tense you will write in, point of view, genre, setting, time, place, mood, voice, writing style, length, theme, etc.

So if you are ready, start writing. If you aren’t, you still have 30 days to figure out what exactly your story is about.

Good luck.

Tomorrow’s post will be on: what is your novel about?