Weekend Reads #64: Answers to Your Questions

A couple weeks ago, I shared the wonderful news that I now have over 800 subscribers to my blog and that I’d celebrate by doing a Q&A. Well, now I’m here to answer the questions you all asked.

I never thought I’d have so many people subscribed to my blog, but I’m happy for it and I do appreciate you all following along with me here, reading and sharing my posts, and tagging me in things. You all have helped to make this hobby enjoyable.

The first questions were from Liz at Cover to Cover, who asked:

If you owned a bookshop, what would you call it and what would it look like inside (apart from the bookshelves of course, get creative 😉)?

Ha! Well, if my fervent wish to work in a bookstore some day doesn’t work out, then I guess I will have to open my own. It will be a small shop and quite cozy inside but a little quirky too. I’d call it Journeys and it would be painted in sea green so when you enter, you’d feel like you were at sea.

The shop would have an air of mystery about it and there’d be lots of odd art and sculptures on the walls, almost as if they’re growing out of the walls, so that whenever you enter the shop, wherever you look, you’d see something you’d never noticed before. There would be coffee, but I’ll mostly serve herbal tea and there would be cushy sofas so comfortable that you could pass the whole day reading in them.

Name your favorite classic book.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. It’s the first classic novel I read and immediately loved. I love the story; I love how it’s written, poetic and rhythmic; I love the strong imagery; and I love the characters, who have remained with me though it has been a couple years since I last read this book. I admired Janie and TeaCake was a sweetheart.

If the world came to an end and you could only save one book, which book and why?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Gosh Liz! Such hard questions. Well, being superstitious and a bit religious and all, if the world was ending, I’d be scared shitless and grab my Bible and run. But if I had time to think about it, then I’d probably grab all my Harry Potter books, or just the fourth book if the one-book rule is enforced, in addition to my Bible. Lol!

Next was Liam at Hey Ashers, who asked:

What is a book that severely disappointed you, and how exactly would you have improved it (assuming you magically transformed into its writer or editor)? I’d love to hear as many gritty details as you care to share!

air-awakens

Lol! Well, I can’t share much gritty details since that book is one I DNF’d — Air Awakens by Elise Kova, a young-adult fantasy book. I thought I would love it but after a few pages in, I was too annoyed by the protagonist and how the story is written to continue. The story was interesting at first and the protagonist gave off a Hermione vibe so I was happy, but she quickly declined from there becoming very indecisive. There were some inconsistencies, such as a character being referred to a boy at first and then later as man which made very confused. I think I gave up then. So if I could magically transform it, I would tighten up the story a bit, have it edited to maintain consistency in how characters are described, and make the protagonist a bit more confident (though it’s possible that she gains more confidence in the pages I didn’t bother reading).

Megan at Book Slayer Reads popped in and asked:

What is your favorite part of blogging?

Being able to totally indulge in something I love: reading and talking about books. Blogging is just a tool I use to further indulge in my love of books and connect with people who share a similar interest.

Based on a recent read she enjoyed, the Orang-utan Librarian asked:

Which book do your wish had never ended?

Bloomsbury’s September 2014 cover by Jonny Duddle.

I have two. The first, of course, is the original Harry Potter story. Sure, J.K. Rowling keeps writing random tidbits about the Harry Potter world, but I’d like a definite story. By the way, does Hogwarts have graduations? If so, I wonder what the ceremonies are like.

The Night Circus

The next is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I NEED MORE!! I want to know how the ahh…new circus owners are keeping up the circus. I just want to be in that world once more.

Shadow Scale

Okay, I have three books, actually, and the third is the Seraphina duology by Rachel Hartman because there’s SOOO much potential for additional stories in that world. So much!

That’s it. 🙂

Vicky at Books & Strips then asked:

How do you find time to interact and create meaningful friendships here?

It is pretty difficult to keep up with blog posts sometimes, but I try to make time every so often to check out new posts listed on my WordPress reader. If I have time, I pop in almost everyday to read new posts. Otherwise, I read them when I see them. I follow a lot of people so it’s often hard to read everyone’s posts. Reading them on my phone is usually best, though that makes it hard to comment sometimes if the blog isn’t hosted on WordPress. I think the best way to make meaningful connections on here is by showing interest in a person’s blog by commenting, sharing, and tagging their posts and returning often to do so. It’s easier if the person shares your interests.

Sara Latourneau dropped by and asked:

If you could be any animal, what would you choose? Why?

panda baby

I love this question! 😀 I would be a panda. They’re my favorite animals because they are so clumsy. They’re always falling or rolling somewhere.

peregrine-falcon

…But I’d also like to be a falcon just so I have the freedom to fly wherever I want. I chose the falcon because I’ve been a little obsessed with them ever since I saw a peregrine falcon staring at me as I ran for the train to get to work. I’d never before seen a falcon or any such bird in my area before, much less so close to the busy train station. I didn’t know what sort of bird it was but when I got to work, the first thing I saw on my desk was a picture of the bird on an envelop in the stack of mail on my desk. I thought that was weird and not a coincidence. Obviously I was being stalked by the falcon.

Do you like any books that seemed to have slipped under other people’s radars? If so, pick one and tell us why you’d recommend it.

Why is the Penis Shaped Like That

I sure do! I never hear anyone talk about Jesse Bering’s book Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? And Other Reflections on Being Human and it’s such a good read. It’s nonfiction, but it’s accessible to the general reader and pretty funny too, and it discusses a variety of topics based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender. I think everyone should read it and discover why the penis is shaped as it is. It’s a pretty interesting answer, from an evolutionary point of view. Bering is an evolutionary psychologist who has written several articles and writes a column in Scientific American MIND (love that magazine!).

What is your favorite way of relaxing after a long or stressful day?

It depends on whether or not I have a headache. If I don’t have a headache, I head to a bookstore or museum. Being surrounded by my favorite things help me to feel better. But if I have a headache, then I head home and relax with a cup of tea.

If I’ve been home all day and am stressed, then I might go for a walk or get a cup of tea and play Sims or watch a TV show/movie. I hardly read at home these days so I hardly do so anymore when stressed.

And then Diana at A Haven for Book Lovers came by and said:

I notice that you like diverse books. What is it that draws you to these books and why do you think diversity in literature is important?

Well, consciously reading diversely is something I recently (within the past few years) started doing. Before that, I’d yearn to see myself or my culture represented in the media I consume but didn’t make the effort to branch out and seek it so I try to do so now. What draws me to those books is the chance to learn about different places and people and the cultures that surround me. Also, I’m curious to see if I’ll ever come across a story of which I can say “That’s so me.” Soledad by Angie Cruz gave me that vibe, but not fully.

Why do I think diversity in literature is important? For the same reasons I stated above about what draws me to diverse books: to learn about others and to see yourself and know you matter too.

Those are all the questions I received. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to congratulate and/or leave a question. I really appreciate it! 😀

Since this is a Weekend Reads post, here are the books I’m currently reading:

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

I’m still buddy-reading this with Emily at Embuhlee liest. I am enjoying it, but all the characters — except Brashen, Paragon, and Amber — really annoy me; like Malta. If a kid like that grew up in my family, she’d get some whopping for mouthing off like that to her elders. And Kyle, gah!!! I hope he gets eaten by a serpent. Sometimes I like Althea, sometimes I don’t. I’ve been mad at Ronica since the funeral and Keffria needs to grow a spine (I think I’m more pissed at her because we are a bit similar). I don’t mind Kennit much despite him being an ass and I wonder what those migrating serpents are up to. They seem kinda high.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I’m listening to it on audio book and it’s such fun. Great job Jim Dale! It’s still my least liked book of the series because Harry is such an ass in this one. Doesn’t Hogwarts have a counselor? Harry obviously has anger issues and needs to talk to someone.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I have an ARC copy that I plan to start reading this weekend since the book will be published in January.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I got distracted by other books so I’ll try to make some progress in it this weekend.

That’s all. What are you reading this weekend?
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17 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #64: Answers to Your Questions

  1. Perfect answers! Journeys is such a great name for a bookstore. I didn’t know Seraphina was a duology though. That’s a bummer. Oh, and you’re also reading some really awesome books right now! Hope they’re all entertaining you. 😛 Happy reading!

    – Lashaan

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  2. This was a lovely Q&A, Zezee! I love your description for your dream bookshop; it sounds cozy, soothing, and unique. Loved your answers to the animal and diversity in literature questions, too – and for different reasons. (I think diversity in reading and writing books is more important than ever now, tbh… )

    Are you planning to review Caraval once you finish reading it? I’m curious about it, too, but I’ve been burned by heavily hyped YA fantasy debuts often enough to still feel on-the-fence about it.

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    • Ah soothing! That’s what I was going for. Glad you got that from the description. And yea, I agree that diversity is important now too.
      I’ve been burned by a few hyped books too, like Throne of Fire, but I have my fingers crossed that Caraval will be good. I plan to review it when done.

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  3. Love your answers!

    Heck yes, peregrine falcons. And three cheers for relaxing at a museum or bookstore, with a peaceful walk, or with a lovely cup of tea at the end of a long day. Those all sounds like heaven.

    Ugh, Air Awakens sounds terribly disappointing. I wish you’d had a hand in publishing it; sounds like you would’ve made it worth my time. Oh, well.

    Hope you’re loving the books you’re currently reading! And congrats again on all the followers! =)

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    • Thanks! As for Air Awakens, I suspect that the books in the series get better, or I hope so. The story is interesting and so too the fantasy world so I just hope it improves. I think it was the author’s first book.

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  4. I’d pick a falcon too. But then I’d have to eat rats and that’s no fun. But pandas eat bamboo right? That’s no fun either. Hmmm. This is so hard. I’m glad it’s you answering. Haha. Congrats on 800! And thanks for answering mine!

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  5. Haha Your falcons cousin is stalking me!, about 3days ago a nz falcon was staring in my front window, i had the stereo on full blast listening to ‘tank up’, it seemed to be enjoying the music.

    Great answers!! Hmmm I’m still thinking some up Btw,
    (you always ask such good questions)
    Congratulations on the 800+ though, that’s really well deserved with all the effort you put into your blogging!

    And journeys is such a cool name for a book store, hopefully see you there one day 🙂

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