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The Questions, The Answers
What was the last book you rated three stars, and why?
My last three star book was The Women’s War by Jenna Glass. It was not a bad book by any sense and I actually never got bored or wanted to put it down. It’s just that I had so much expectations from a feminist fantasy and this book felt like a good setup for a much more interesting sequel.
Do you read short fiction?
I don’t read short fiction individually but I am a huge fan of anthologies, especially ones featuring diverse authors. My favorites are A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and A People’s Future of the United States. And I’m very excited for the upcoming releases Hungry Hearts and Color Outside the Lines.
A book you’re anticipating that isn’t getting much hype?
I am usually someone who gets to know about upcoming releases because of the hype surrounding them. But if there’s one book I have to choose, it would be The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma. It’s a wonderful romance with amazing desi characters and I think it deserves so much more hype.
Have you ever felt like a book/its writing was manipulative?
I have never felt that way while reading a book but in hindsight, Sarah J Maas does quite a job romanticizing Tamlin in A Court of Thorns and Roses and I never even noticed his abusive tendencies.
A trope you don’t like?
I don’t like alpha male characters anymore and also the whole “the character is an asshole to everybody except their love interest” trope. What’s wrong with having more polite and kind characters.
Is there anything (like a trope, a setting, or a specific subgenre) that recurs often in your favorite books?
I read romance a lot and the one trope I never get tired of is “best friends to lovers”. I love the idea of two characters who know each other very well falling in love.
Two random non-bookish facts about you?
Despite being such an avid reader, I’m a very lazy person in other aspects of my life. And I love singing even though my voice would probably scare people away 😉😉
A book whose premise was better than the actual content?
Just for Clicks was a fun and entertaining read with a very interesting premise, but there were some elements that I didn’t enjoy and could have been done better.
What’s the weirdest book you’ve ever read?
I truly can’t remember, probably because I would never read a book if I thought it sounded weird.
Supposing that plot and characters are both well-written, which do you value more in fantasy: atmosphere or a well-defined magic system?
I would always prefer a well-defined magic system. And that’s one major reason Foundryside was my favorite fantasy read of last year.
Is there anything you wish was talked about more in the book community?
There are obviously a lot of conversations going on about diversity in the community and I just think it should continue and be more widespread.
Stephen @ Stephen Writes
Cassie @ Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile
Carly @ Reading Is My Kind of Thing
Mahana @ Sapphic Library
- What has been your favorite book this year and why?
- What are your favorite tropes in books?
- Is there a book or something that you usually see in books that makes you mad?
- Which characters in books have you related to or seen yourself in the most?
- Which genre would you recommend to newbie readers and why?
- How do you think hype affects your perceptions about a book?
- Is there a particular fantasy world you would love to visit or live in?
- What’s one book that you would love to see on screen?
- What representation would you love to see more of in books?
- Is there any genre you don’t read much but would love to try?
- What’s the one book you love to reread for comfort?