Celebrating 2 years of blogging // Answering your questions about reading & books!!

Hey everyone!!!

To continue my 2-year blogiversary celebrations, I will be answering some of the questions that you guys have sent in! There were quite a lot of them, so I have divided them into two separate posts: reading & books (this one), and blogging/writing/life (posted on Thursday!) If you don’t see your answer here, stay tuned for the upcoming post late this week πŸ™‚

Favourite genre? (Kristi @ Confessions of a YA reader)

I love young adult books (even though I’m not technically a “young adult” anymore :P) I love the fast pacing, intriguing plots, and characters who I can relate to. As for genres within the YA umbrella, I used to be a huge contemporary fan, but this year I’ve been reaching more towards fantasy and science fiction.

Favourite childhood book? (Megan S)

Harry Potter is a given, but I also really enjoyed the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket and The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin.

Favourite book? (Liana) Favourite book to be turned into a movie? (The Orang-utan Librarian)

This is a hard question!!! My favourite book that I’ve read this year is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, however my favourite of all time would still go to The Book Thief.

The Book Thief is already a movie, but I would LOVE to see The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo on the big screen!

Favourite happy-ending books? (Linda)

This question is harder than I anticipated hahaha. First of all I have the memory of a goldfish when it comes to book so I actually don’t 100% remember the endings of most of the books that I’ve read… And as much as I love happy endings, many of the books that I like actually has ambiguous or neutral endings. Anyway, to avoid spoilers I’ve just chose one book for this πŸ™‚

Favourite author? (Kristi @ Confessions of a YA reader)

I’ve been a big fan of V. E. Schwab since I started book blogging, but it was in the past year that I’ve discovered Leigh Bardugo and Neal Shusterman. Angie Thomas and Becky Albertalli are also some of my favourites!

Favourite female characters? (Nina)

I love novels with strong female characters. Here are some of my favs: Citra (Scythe), Lila (ADSOM), Inej (Six of Crows), Penny (Emergency Contact), Hermione (HP), Evelyn Hugo, and Felicity (The Lady’s Guide).

If you were stuck on a desert island, what fictional character would you want to be stuck with? (Sophie @ Me & Ink)

If I am stuck on a desert island, I would definitely choose a character who I can get along with and also someone with survival skills (because I am not too great at that hahahaha.) My pick would be Hermione Granger because she is nerdy like me, she’s very cool, AND she can wield magic.

What characteristics do you find really annoying for a main character to have? (Sophie @ Me & Ink)

I find it annoying when main characters are beautiful/handsome and are the objects of affection of everyone in town (therefore creating at least one love triangle lol.) In general I don’t like characters who are perfect and talented in everything.

What characters do you see yourself in? (Michelle J)

I immediately related to Felicity from The Lady’s Guide to Piracy and Petticoats. She is ambitious and fierce, wasting no time when it comes to accomplishing her goals. Although I am not as ambitious when it comes to pursuing my career goals, I love to push my limits when it comes to creative projects (like writing! or sewing my wedding dress!)

What are some books you would recommend to everyone? (Kristi @ Confessions of a YA reader) Your favourite stand-alone books! (Nina)

My favourite series are Six of Crows & Scythe!

My favourite standalone are The Book Thief, Evelyn Hugo & Emergency Contact!

How do you choose which book to read next? (Jasmine @ How Useful It Is)

I have a TBR on Goodreads which is based on recommendations and reviews from the book blogging community… but aside from that there is no rhyme or reason to how I choose my books. I am a mood reader, so I just go with my gut feeling! If I hear about a book that isn’t on my TBR that sounds like exactly what I feel like at the moment, then that’s the one that I will read next.

If you could re-write one book what would you choose and why? (Beth @ Reading Every Night)

Hm. I probably talked enough about Want, which I went into with high expectations but didn’t end up liking. It has an intriguing premise and I liked the futuristic Asian setting, however I wasn’t a fan of the characters (who are too perfect and talented and beautiful, see above) and I felt certain aspects were under-researched. If I were to rewrite the book I would definitely rework the characters.

What is your best/happiest reading memory for when you were a child? (Beth @ Reading Every Night)

When I was small, I used to listen to audiotapes of Journey to the West, a classic Chinese novel for children about the pilgrimage of a Buddhist monk and the Monkey King. At bedtime, my grandpa would read to me novels that he’s written (I probably gotten my creative/writing genes from him!)

What are some of your favourite books? How do you choose your next book? Which character would you choose to be stuck on a deserted island with?

Psst!!! My 2-year blogiversary giveaway is still happening!! You guys have until June 15, 2019 at 24:00 (midnight) Pacific Time. I will choose the two winners randomly from the Rafflecopter entries (see below!) Winners will be announced on June 17. Click here (or the happy fishy below) to check out the giveaway post.

31 responses to “Celebrating 2 years of blogging // Answering your questions about reading & books!!”

  1. Congratulations Γ—Γ—Γ— That’s a huge achievement.

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    1. Thank you Priyasha πŸ™‚


  2. I loved seeing your answers for everything! The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is definitely high up on my favorites list. I’m also not a young adult that loves to read YA.

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ And thank you for your questions!! They were fun to answer! Glad that you liked Evelyn Hugo as well πŸ™‚ It’s great that we read YA even as adults- I think this means that we are young in our hearts hahaha πŸ™‚

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      1. That’s what I always say. My husband and I still do “young” things and it keeps us happy.

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      2. That’s great!!! What we do shouldn’t be limited by our age! πŸ™‚

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  3. Congratulations again Sophie! I’m so glad you mentioned Evelyn Hugo, I finally read it a little while ago and damn, this book. I can’t stop thinking about it haha it’s SO GOOD! πŸ˜€

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    1. Hi Marie!!! Yay!! I’m so glad that you read Evelyn Hugo and that you enjoyed it!! Yes it is amazing πŸ˜€ Thank you ❀

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  4. Congratulations on 2 years blogging! I remember reading somewhere that most blogs disappear/stop being updated by the 18 month mark so well done for beating the statistics!

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    1. Hi Christina! Thank you!! I didn’t know that statistic but sounds like I’ve made it past the “dangerous” point hahahah πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes, well done! I can’t remember exactly how long ti was was, but I saw a post at one stage that was looking at cool blogs which were never updated again after that point…

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      2. Oh okay! Yeah it’s unfortunate that some popular blogs aren’t updated anymore but I guess people move on. I’m still loving blogging so far so I’m planning to keep this up at least in the next while πŸ™‚

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      3. Good luck! I didn’t think that I would still be blogging, but so far, so good!

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      4. Haha yes πŸ™‚ Let’s keep at it!

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  5. Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo would be an amazing movie!! And the book thief is wonderful too. Aww I love night of cake and puppets as well πŸ™‚ And Inej is amazing! Awesome answers! Really enjoyed this post πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Orang-utan Librarian πŸ˜€ ❀


  6. The Book Thief is my favorite book of all time too! It was the first book I ever read that really struck me and stayed with me. Since then I’ve picked up a lot more favorites but that one will always have a special place in my heart <3. And all of a sudden I keep hearing great things about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!! It must be a sign that I need to read it lol πŸ™‚ Great post!!

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    1. Hi Jai Lynn! Glad to hear that you enjoyed The Book Thief too! That was definitely a book that haunted my mind long after I finished turned the last page πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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  7. Congratulations for reaching your blog 2nd anniversary!

    I feel like HP series is most people’s childhood reads πŸ˜‚ The series is that HUGE

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    1. Hey Rasya! Absolutely. I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t heard of HP haha πŸ™‚ Thank you ❀


  8. Congratulations for 2 years of blogging! That is such a cool achievement! I look forward to reading more of your posts! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Emma πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  9. Congratulations on 2 years blogging!! That’s a great achievement and I love your blog!! πŸ™‚
    And I really liked your answers and how you split the questions into different topics!!
    I would love the see Evelyn Hugo on the big screen— I know they are doing Daisy Jones, her latest book as a TV show (I think) so hopefully Evelyn Hugo will get picked up. I think it would make a great film. I still need to watch the book thief movie!!
    Yes Hermione would be a great person to have on a desert island– that’s a brilliant idea!! She would have lots of things to talk about and she would be really resourceful as well!!
    And yes too-perfect character can be really annoying– and it isn’t very realistic either.
    Ahh.. I love Six of Crows too– probably one of my favourites too!! I still need to read Emergency Contact but I hope do this year!!
    I loved reading this post and I look forward to the next part!! ❀

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    1. Hello Sophie! Yes so far it seems like lots of people really want to see Evelyn Hugo as a movie haha, so I’m hoping that it will be picked up?! So far no news as far as I know but who knows?!
      Emergency Contact is one of my favourite YA contemporary books this year. I love that it’s subtle and not as much drama as other books in the genre, and there is lots of focus on family. Hope that you’ll enjoy this one πŸ™‚
      Thank you Sophie ❀

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      1. Yes hopefully– it is in high demand so that’s a good sign but I don’t know of any news yet either!!
        I’m glad you loved it. I’m excited to pick it up– I like that there is a focus on family. It sounds great. Thank you 😊

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  10. Congrats on your 2 year blogging anniversary!

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚


  11. Great answers for these questions as well Sophie (I’ve only just realised I commented on part two of your blogiversary post before part one!)
    Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events are two of my childhood faves too. Have you seen the adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix? I have it on my queue I just haven’t gotten around to it just yet. You’ve called out some incredible female characters; Lila and Inej are two of my top picks too, and I loved seeing The Book Thief as your answer for favourite standalone to recommend and favourite book turned into a movie. It’s such an amazing read right? I definitely need to re-read it soon. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hey Beth!
      I haven’t seen the adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events yet but it’s definitely on my list! Yes The Book Thief is wonderful. I’ll have to reread it someday too πŸ™‚


      1. You never know you may even get around to it before me! I’m hoping to read the books again first, refresh myself on the story. πŸ™‚

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      2. Yeah! I should reread the books as well. It’s been a while πŸ™‚

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