Hey guys! I’ve been blogging a lot less since the start of the year and I’m really bummed about that. I tend to think either very short-term or incredibly long-term, so I forgot about all the time that my IAs and studying would take and I’ve rarely been in the mood to read. I’ve only read one book and that was Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven exactly on January 1st and I haven’t picked anything up since.
I won’t say I’ll be taking a break from blogging, but my posts may be very backed up until I finish my exams or at least feel confident enough that I can spare time for reading. That may or may not be late April or mid-May.
As it stands physics makes me want to beat myself over the head and computer science has me very close to setting my laptop on fire. But I’m doing well overall, so this time has been worth it. I will likely be salutatorian for my year and though I have no plans to attend graduation, I am happy with my achievement.
But enough of that. I’ve been tagged by Maxine @ The Rogue Storyteller to do the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thanks, Maxine! On to the questions!
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and then write 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo in a post/on your site.
What fictional universe would you like to live in if given the chance?
The problem with this question is that it assumes that the fictional universes that I read are desirable… All my favorite books are set in pretty dismal places so I guess I’d have to go with the universe in The Square Root of Summer. I really loved that book and I might as well choose somewhere I would actually be alive.
Where are your top three travel destinations?
France is #1! Not just Paris, but may be also Lyon and Saint-Malo. Hopefully I can get a study abroad opportunity at the Sorbonne while in college, but if not at some point I really want to visit.
Washington, D.C., too. My sister has visited a couple times with organizations at her university and her experiences sound incredible. We both want to go into politics so it would be a really great place to get some insight.
Also, this one is kinda random, but Lake Retba, purely because it is pink and pretty as hell.
Describe your reading habits in as few words as possible.
Always or never reading.
What do you like most about your favorite book?
It changes based on what book I feel is my favorite. If it’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson, then it’s Tiny because Tiny. If it’s Aristotle and Dante, then the gay Mexicans because I love seeing myself in books and things that will make me cry.
If you could get a book related tattoo, what would it be?
None, really. There are a lot of pretty ones but I just prefer watercolor floral and geometric tatoos more. If I got anything it would be something like this on my side.
What book or book series do you think could have been a major hit if it had just a little more oomf?
The Monstrumologist Series by Rick Yancey. I feel like the 5th Wave got hyped up but I think this series is way better. It is slow-paced at first, though, so I can understand why, but everything just gets so crazy.
Have you ever read a book in a language different to your native one?
All the time. I mainly read in my second language. Spanish is my first. I occasionally read in French, too.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t really remember the wording but it was something along the lines of: Don’t force yourself to be around toxic people. If you wouldn’t make the effort to stay in touch with them if you didn’t go to the same school, then reconsider that friendship.
What would you like to see more of in YA fiction?
Diversity without the cultural identity being the main focus and without the negative portrayals of said culture. Asians hating their repressive culture, unsupportive and strict Indian families, Latinx families with careless parents and 6 children. Do these things happen? Of course. But I don’t only want to see these stereotypes. I want to see Indian parents who support their children’s aspirations, and Asians who don’t wish they were white, Latinx characters that come from small families where the parents are very involved in their lives.
I want to see these characters as superheroes, witches and wizards, time travelers, etc etc. I’ve seen this done well a few times but not nearly enough. (If you want an example, read Hero by Perry Moore. It’s about a gay superhero and it’s great. And there’s a female superhero with a disability too.)
What kind of music/which artists do you like to listen to when you’re happy?
Pop punk! I live for it. Man Overboard, All Time Low, New Found Glory, etc etc. Also chip tune sometimes and chill wave because it’s so upbeat.
If you were a book character, what genre would you most likely be found in?
I’d be the first person to die in a horror.
1. Describe yourself like a character in a YA book.
2. What is a body modification from a book you have read that you would like to have?
3. If you were a character in a book, what would be your role?
4. What is one bad bookish habit that you have?
5. You can have any 3 items in the world, what do you choose?
6. What do you think about fan art/fiction?
7. What movie/TV show always cheers you up?
8. What’s your ideal meal?
9. Musicals! What do you think about them?
10. You can change the ending to any book/movie. Which book and what do you change?
11. What does your ideal library look like and have?