So here’s some more information about my book tastes.
1. A childhood favourite that you could read 100 times and still love.
Oh, there are numerous books that fit well into this category, but I’m going to have to go with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, because I recently finished rereading The Hobbit, and am currently working my way through The Fellowship of the Ring. It has been a few years since reading these books, and while I knew that I loved the story, I had forgotten how much I also appreciate Tolkien’s writing style. I love the rich description that fleshes out his worldbuilding, and the level of humour that I rarely hear anyone talk about. Honestly, the “Good morning” conversation in The Hobbit is one of my absolute favourite passages.
2. A book you DNF’d but would be willing to give a second chance to.
This one would be RoseBlood by A.G. Howard, a Phantom of the Opera inspired retelling. I was really intrigued when I picked this book up in Chapters, and made an impulse buy to get it. Although I was excited when I started reading it, the way that the book switched between the two protagonists was jarring, especially since one was in first person, and the other in third person. I suppose the intension was to keep it less confusing for the reader, but I got pretty annoyed. I’m still interested in seeing where the story goes though, so I can see myself giving this book another try.
3. A newer favorite you would reread.
I’m going to cheat and mention two series: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I have actually reread the first book from each of these series. I reread Cinder because I bought it before I had any of the sequels, and when I finally got them, felt that it would be best to have the story clear in my head before continuing with the others. And I reread The Raven Boys after first listening to the audiobook while commuting to and from school. I had gotten the CDs from my local library, and I had just started the second book when the CD player in my car stopped working, and thankfully with its dying breath spat out the CD for The Dream Thieves.
4. A book you hated and never want to read again.
I was forced to read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad in high school, and I did not enjoy it at all. The plot was confusing, and I didn’t particularly like the writing style.
5. A classic you read in school but want to try again.
I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle in university for a children’s literature course, and didn’t totally love it at the time. Since the movie has come out, I wouldn’t mind seeing that, then rereading the book and seeing if I like it better.
A classic that I didn’t get the chance to read in high school but plan to read is Animal Farm by George Orwell.
6. An author you would reread anything from.
I have been impressed with Carrie Hope Fletcher‘s writing. My best friend is currently borrowing my copy of On the Other Side. I really like the way that she does magical realism.
7. A series you want to reread for the fun of it.
I am going to cheat and do
two three four for this one. (I enjoy too many books to be able to choose between them easily.) The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, Septimus Heap by Angie Sage, The Green Rider series by Kristen Britian, and the good old classic Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I deeply enjoyed each of these when I read them before, and they have all greatly inspired me to write my own novels.
8. A book you’ve read but want to listen to the audiobook.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. This audiobook sounds super interesting since it’s performed by a full cast, and I adored reading my physical book of the book.