It’s Book Tag day! And today I’m doing one I have actually been tagged in – thank you to Books Are 42 for including me! Make sure you go check out their answers too.
What are you 1-3 favourite books of all time?
Starting right away with a really difficult question! This is hard, I feel like my ‘favourites’ change fairly often, or I read something it quickly jumps into ‘new favourite’. The ones I think of first with this question, however, are –
I love A Darker Shade of Magic – and the whole trilogy – for the world Schwab creates and the characters she populates them with. Wyrd Sisters is a wonderfully fun addition to the Discworld series, and I love the Shakespeare inspiration used throughout. And Interview with the Vampire kicked off a vampire obsession for me as a teenager – I devoured the first handful of books in this series, but this one stands out as being my favourite.
My review of Wyrd Sisters
What are 1-3 of your favourite authors of all time?
This is another hard one and partly because…well, Schwab, Pratchett and Rice were already mentioned in the previous question! Maybe I should have picked some different books. Okay, so for this, I’m sticking with V.E. Schwab out of those three – I do love Pratchett, and he has a firm place in my ‘top authors’ list, but that’s always going to be a given. Secondly, Elizabeth Lim. The books I’ve read so far have all been fantastic and I’m really excited to finally get into Six Crimson Cranes. Thirdly, Neil Gaiman, because of Stardust and American Gods and Good Omens with Terry Pratchett and The Sandman and…do I need to go on? These three writers are ones who, when they have new projects, I always get excited for.
Who is your favourite female character of all time?
This is incredibly difficult! There are so many great ones to choose from, and so many different types of female characters who stand out. I don’t think I’ll get forget Viola in A Lady for a Duke, or Kate in The Man With No Shadow as she tries to protect her campground. Nettle & Bone‘s Marra, or the incredible Zetian in Iron Widow. I could go on! Let’s face it – all the various genres I read have some amazing women at their front! The character I am going to settle on though, who really stands out as a fantastic female character is Essun, from N.K. Jemisin’s wonderful Broken Earth trilogy. Right from the start of The Fifth Season, I loved Essun, and it was incredibly difficult to leave her behind when I finished The Stone Sky.
Who is your favourite male character in a book?
This one is really tricky – I feel like there are so many characters out there who are just totally easy to fall in love with from the first page! But although he’s slipped down my favourite authors list, I have to admit the character I love and miss the most after finishing the books is Roland of Gilead, from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. Introduced in The Gunslinger, Roland is heavily inspired by mythological leader figures, as well as the lone gunman popular in Westerns.
What is your favourite mythical world?
Discworld! Oh, this is actually an easy one. Yeah, Discworld is definitely the place that leaps to the forefront of my mind at this question!
What book has your favourite cover?
This is a tough one – so many books have such excellent, amazing covers, it’s really hard to pick one! A good cover – to me – is one that teases the story, but has something that draws you back once you’ve finished the book, a little thing that makes you go “ah!” But you could ask me this question every day and get a different answer, probably depending on the mood I’m in. For today’s answer, I’d have to say You Should See Me in a Crown. It’s just so joyful and beautiful, and I love the colours used in the background, the text and the crown! It perfectly matches up with the book.
My review of You Should See Me in a Crown
What is your favourite book-to-movie adaptation?
If you could make any book into a movie, what would it be?
There are so many good ones to choose from! I want them all as movies, thank you very much! But right now, I think although I’d love to see A Darker Shade of Magic, Fifth Season, Iron Widow and so many others as films, a completely different book sticks out from my recent reads – A Lady for a Duke. This book was such a joy to read and I truly think it’d make for an excellent film.
What was your favourite childhood book?
This is difficult because there truly is so many, and I was constantly reading and re-reading them – some, however, I can’t even remember the names of anymore! The ones that stand out though, that I received as a Christmas gift, were the Chronicles of Narnia series – I think that was the first longer form series I’d actually read at that point.
Fantasy or sci-fi? (Or neither?)
Fantasy! As if you couldn’t already tell from my answers to this. I’m not a big sci-fi reader though I do dip into it now and then, and I tend to lean more towards Fantasy/Sci-Fi blends, rather than the ‘hard’ sci-fi. When I have read some of that…I didn’t really enjoy it! But yes, Fantasy for sure.
And there are my answers! As usual, not tagging anyone in particular, but if you want to give this a go, I say go for it! Just make sure you drop your link in the comments below so I can check out your answers too.