March Reading

I was flipping through my old books blog. It was weird going through and reading all the things I use to write about books. The past three months I've dedicated posts to books and it's made me miss how I wrote about books even more. I'm not sure where I'll take this yet. I don't want to do full reviews but I am definitely enjoying the conversation. 

While I was flipping though I came across a Q&A I had done back in 2011, when my friend Heather still had a book blog. Today I want to re-answer some of my favorite questions and compare those to Angela from 2011.=

What is your favorite drink while reading?

2011: Hot spearmint tea is the best, when involved in a book, especially if it makes you cry.

2018: Now I want to find some good spearmint tea and a sad book. I tend to prefer my water bottle or in the case of this photo, cream soda!

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

2011: I try not too. If the book has already been damaged I do, especially if it's a library book. Bad I know... but if it's undamaged I try to keep the spine from bending. Oh, and I am pretty good at memorizing what page I am on and coming back to the book.

2018: I am kinda horrified at my 2011 answer! I don't mark my books. But lately I have been learning about annotating books, Jen Campbell has a great video on it. As my reading style has changed I think it might help me to do it. Especially when reading educational books. 

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?

2011: I can stop anywhere, but I hate doing it.

2018: I am more of a must get to the end of the paragraph before I can stop. But now that I can read whenever I feel like it, I feel like I am more flexible in this. 

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?

2011: I have done it once, and it was a horrible book. Don't remember what it was called, I think I was 15...

2018: I have thrown many book since 2011. However, it's always onto a safe place and thrown in a way that won't damage the inside of the book. There's definitely been a few.

Do you prefer series books or stand alones?

2011: Just give me a good story and I am happy

2018: I prefer stand alones. I tire of cliff hangers or unfinished series or waiting for the next book. Stand alones is one purchase and usually a full and complete story. That said, most of my favorite books are part of a very long series...

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?

2011: Well, I read lots of P.C. Cast

2018: P.C. Cast... I can't believe that was my old recommendation. I am so disappointed in myself. Please DO read Kristin Cashore's books or Rupi Kaur's poetry. 

How do you organize your books (by genre, title, author's last name, etc.)?

2011: hahaha well my books are currently stack on the floor by my door according to size

2018: I wish I had a picture of that book stack from 2011! Now my books are organized via Author's last name. I've tried other ways and just can't do it. 

What was your favorite question?? Do you think your answers would be different years later?

I've come to the realization that this year is the year I will read and I will devour books quickly. My life is very chill and because of that my interest in books has piqued and so I have been plowing through books at an amazing spend. Part of me feels guilty for this and part of me is just happy to be enjoying stories or biographies or opinion pieces. Filling my mind with words is wonderful and I am going to enjoy every second of it and hopefully bet some of my previous records as well.

Here's what I read this March

1. Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli ★★★★ (Library)
2. Home by Nnedi Okorafor ★★★ (Library)
3. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor ★★★★ (Library)
4. Bitch Planet Vol 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick ★★★ (OWN)
5. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia ★★★★★ (Library)
6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★ (OWN) 
7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★ (OWN)
8. Ruin and Rising  by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★ (OWN)
9. The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace ★★★★★ (OWN)
10. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle ★★ (OWN) favorite line "Her father had been found but he had not made everything all right" (movie was better)
11. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
12. The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
13. The Icebound Land by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
14. The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
15. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, no rating (AUDIBLE) 
16. The Sorcerer in the North by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN) I think this one is my favorite of the series
17. The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
18. Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
19. The Kings of Clonmel by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
20. Halt's Peril by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
21. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
22. The Lost Stories by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
23. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, Marlon Bundo, and E.G. Keller ★★★★★ (AUDIBLE) also ordered a physical copy (or two to give to friends)
24. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan ★★★★★ (OWN)
25. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimaamanda Ngozi Adichie ★★★★★ (OWN)


How are your reading goals coming along?

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