This will just be a segment describing who I am and my interests, just so you all know what kind of person I am and if you can identify with my character. I think it is very important for you to know the person from whom you’re taking their advice and recommendations – just because I like something, does not necessarily mean you will either.
My name is Arya. Well, it’s my nickname, but this is the name I’m going to be going by on here for the foreseeable future, just to be safe from all the terrors lurking just outside of my frosty bedroom window. But I’m not here to talk about windows, nor the small crystals of ice that settles on them. My purpose here, on this unnavigable matrix known as the Internet, is to simply share my perspective on books, life, the little things in it and skip the way on my pursuit of happiness.
So let’s allow you to get to know me better by a simple, cliched game of ten interesting facts about me!
1. I have an unhealthy attachment to quotes, superhero stories and fairy tales.
2. Writing and reading literature are the primary forces behind my existence, that and hot chocolate.
3. I am, always have been, and will forever strive to be, a fierce optimist.
4. I am young. As in an early adolescent. As in 15, of this day and age. Also am a female, if that wasn’t made obvious enough.
5. I am a firm believer in saving the world. I aspire to one day be an environmental warrior.
6. Alaska, to me, is the embodiment of heaven.
7. My love and admiration of wolves is incomprehensible.
8. I love my family with every shred of strength I have in me.
9. I daydream way too much to be normal.
10. My number one goal in life is to be happy.
Anyway, besides from the name, I figured I should explain some of my favourite genres of book, styles of writing I’m into and other things literacy-based that may be of use/reference.
Firstly, I read a lot of Young Adult, Fantasy (High, Epic, Dark & Urban), Historical, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure, Paranormal Romance and a little action, as well. I’m pretty open-minded and will not limit myself to just one or a few genres, so if you have any suggestions for books please feel free to message me.
Secondly, it is incredibly difficult for me to name my favourite books, simply due to the fact that the list just goes on and on. Two series’ in particular I have always been a massive fan of, and are probably my top-picks if I had to mention two, and that would be Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. Some love it, some aren’t such great fans, however I, having read the series’ right when it was first released in 2007, definitely fall in the former category. Anyway, please don’t be soon to judge, as I, again, do enjoy a variety of literacy works.
Thirdly, as for poetry, a few of my favourite poets are T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Tyler Knott Gregson, Christopher Poindexter, Maya Angelou and Sarah Williams for her poem, The Old Astronomer to His Pupil.
Now, onto the fun part! I thought that a great way for you all to learn a little more about me and my bookish life would be for me to answer the 55 Questions Meme, found here. I’m only going to answer some of them and I’ve changed some other questions as many of the questions are related to ‘current’ things (e.g. current book borrowed from library), and those change all the time!
1) Favourite childhood book?
Aside from the obvious Harry Potter series, Thunderwith by Libby Hathorn or the Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton from when I was really young. I also loved all of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales.
2) Bad book habit?
Sleeping with them by my side.
3) Do you have an e-reader?
No, and probably never will. I love the intimacy of physical books.
4) Do you prefer to read one at a time or several at once?
One at a time – I feel like I’m cheating on the book otherwise.
5) How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I’ve always been quite a diverse reader, however after reading All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque I really took a leap into the deep end and started exploring all these books I’ve never had the courage to read before! I still love all the novels in my favourite genres but every once in the while it’s thrilling to read something a little different.
6) Can you read while in the car?
Easily! One of my favourite places to read.
7) Favourite reading spot?
Curled up on an armchair by the window in winter, with the fireplace crackling, snow falling outside, snuggled up in blankets with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. *sigh*.
8) What is your policy on book loaning?
I used to lend my books out without a care in the world, however from my (terrible) experience with the quality when receiving them back if I got them back at all, I’ve stopped loaning my books out now unless to someone I trust very much. They’re too precious to be manhandled!
9) Do you ever dog ear pages?
Not so much nowadays. I will if I need to, but I have so many bookmarks that usually it’s not the case! I often dog ear favourite parts of my books so I can revisit later as well. I’m not so much one of those people who insist on all their books being in impeccable condition – I love a well loved, worn book. It gives them character!
10) Do you ever write in the margins of books?
Not books that I read for pleasure. Textbooks – yes. School books that I didn’t enjoy – only with pencil so it can be erased later.
11) Favourite language to read in?
12) What makes you love a book?
Many things! Above all, really outstanding characterisation. I love characters that make me ache for them right to the fibre of my being. I’m also a sucker for beautifully eloquent, poetic language.
But I need my adventure and action too.
13) What will inspire you to recommend a book to somebody else?
If I really, really enjoyed it personally and could not put it down. If it explored themes and raised questions which I feel to be very important and intriguing then I’ll recommend that book to everyone, however most of the time I try to take the person to whom I’m recommending’s own preferences into consideration – I’m not going to recommend a soft, sweet contemporary romance to somebody who loves steampunk science fiction that’s filled with blood and guts!
14) Favourite genre?
Fantasy (high, epic, dark, urban), definitely! I also love adventure, science fiction, historical, paranormal romance and psychological thrillers. Getting into horror and mystery now too! YA is great.
15) Genre you read the least of?
Aside from non-fiction, probably anything else adult that aren’t of the genres I read above (excluding classics – love them!). I also read little dystopian and contemporary – I just don’t tend to enjoy them as much. I’d like to read more, though!
16) Favourite reading snack?
Hot chocolate, easy! (If you haven’t gathered, hot chocolate is the love of my life).
17) How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t regularly keep up with critic feedback.
18) How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I feel bad, but I’ll always review the book honestly anyway. I am not afraid to speak my mind on this blog, as I don’t want to deceive any readers into thinking that I liked a book if I didn’t.
19) If you could read any foreign language, which language would you choose?
20) What distracts you when you’re reading?
Nothing. Most of the time I forget everything around me when I read – which is astonishing, considering that I can walk around and do things while reading without noticing.
21) What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Not many things – I really don’t like not finishing books, as sometimes they can really pick up towards the ends. However instant romance, corny-to-the-point-of-scoffing lines, poorly developed characterisation or relationships and lack of action/adventure turn me off. Usually some of these have to be combined in order for me to really put the book down.
22) Do you keep your books organised?
I try to – there are so many! My room is literally just stacks of books upon stacks of books – I ran out of space on the shelves ages ago. I like to keep them organised by genre though.
23) Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Usually I keep them, but every once in a while I’ll go through them and donate to charity.
Anyway, that’s all! If you want to know any further information about myself please check up on my blog where you can read up about my everyday shenanigans and the thoughts that make my little head wonder.