meet the book blogger tag

Hey friends! I’m back!

I’ve been lacking motivation to post lately, but hey, it helps when you get tagged/find good tags multiple times in a week 😂 In order not to fall massively behind on all these tags, I’ve decided to do one. (And yes, I do enjoy them. I’m not doing it because I “have” to — tags are honestly quite fun.)

Thank you to Jan @ The Doodlecrafter, who (sort of) tagged me for the Meet the Book Blogger Tag! (That is, I found it on her blog, and she tagged anyone who was interested.) This tag was created by the Bibliomavens.

who is your all-time favorite book character?

Picking one favorite character is like picking a favorite book! Which is to say… I do have an answer (as I also have an answer for the “favorite book” question):

Wit.

aka Hoid, Cephandrius, the Drifter, and a number of other aliases I can’t remember.

Hoid is a character from the cosmere (a collection of interconnected fantasy series) by Brandon Sanderson; he appears in almost every book, regardless of its time period or planet, and it’s up to the readers to figure out which alias he’s under and how he got there. My personal favorite is his appearance as Wit in the Stormlight Archive, but I also enjoyed him as the Drifter in Mistborn: Secret History.

Yes, yes. Aim for the sun. That way if you miss, at least your arrow will fall far away, and the person it kills will likely be someone you don’t know.

If my previous raving and fangirling didn’t convince you to try Sanderson, hopefully this will.

I am a drifter. A miscreant. The flame’s last breath, made of smoke at its passing.

Honorable mentions:

  • Glorfindel, Eowyn, and Bilbo (Middle-earth)
  • Janner (the Wingfeather Saga)
  • Hermione (Harry Potter)
  • Eanrin (Goldstone Wood)
  • Finnick (Hunger Games)
  • Shallan (the Stormlight Archive)
  • Edmund (Narnia)

if you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you (survival books don’t count)?

The Bible, probably, because that’s the most important book of all, and I should definitely read it more.

This is actually one of those questions I don’t have an answer for… because I also want to bring The Lord of the Rings, the complete Jane Austen, the complete G.K. Chesterton, the complete Flannery O’Connor, and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

I really, really just want to bring a whole library.


what is your most unpopular bookish opinion?

…I don’t know? Maybe that older books are usually better, but newer books are often more fun to read (though I have no idea how unpopular that idea is).

Or that the Hunger Games books, despite their popularity, aren’t objectively that good… Out of Time by Nadine Brandes is better.


what’s your weirdest bookish habit?

I read the last sentence of some books before I read the rest of it.

Also, I tend to read two-page spreads out of order (I don’t turn the page until I’ve read the whole spread, but sometimes I don’t read that spread chronologically).


what character would you bring to a family event as your fake partner?

This is a hilarious question, but the problem is that all the best fictional men are already taken, and I don’t want to separate them from their wives/love interests (Faramir! Eanrin! Adolin!).

I think maybe Edmund, from Narnia? An adult Edmund would probably be very kind and wise, and he’d have a British accent, which would be incredible. Actually, Edmund could be my real partner, if he wanted.

[E]ven a traitor may mend. I have known one who did.


what made you decide to start a book blog?

I’m not sure if my blog counts as a book blog, but I guess I talk about books a lot. And that’s because I love them. I adore reading and one of my favorite things is getting other people to read my favorite books.


what about reading and books do you love the most?

I love it when a book is so good that I can’t stop thinking about it, and it affects the way that I see the real world afterward.

The Ashtown Burials trilogy by N. D. Wilson | Old neon ...
source (all of N.D. Wilson’s work, but especially the Ashtown Burials, did this to me)

what is your field of study or desired/current profession?

Gah. This is a hard question for me. I’m a high school senior right now, and I’m planning to study something liberal-arts related next fall, but I’m currently torn between being a Bible translator/missionary and being a Latin or English teacher. Which would require very different majors in college.

I also want to be a published author, and I’m interested in politics and government, so… I don’t know? *shrugs* I’m going to see where God takes me. As someone said to me the other day, “You picked a college. That’s a good first step.”

Now, everyone, please stop asking me what I want to do!

(I mean, I was literally at a party for graduating seniors, and the first thing everyone asked each other was “What are you doing after graduation?” Followed by commiseration over how much we hate the question. But we still asked it.)


what are some book recommendations that became your favorites/obsessions?

The Stormlight Archive, the Tales of Goldstone Wood, and the Queen’s Thief books are three of my latest obsessions, and I discovered them all via recommendation from friends or blogs.


what is the book you shove down everyone’s throat?

Ehh… *nervous laugh* all of the three series I mentioned in the previous question, plus I really like getting people to read Nadine Brandes and N.D. Wilson. I tend to recommend obscure books the most, because they deserve more love (and I need a bigger fandom to fangirl with). The exception is Sanderson. His fandom is huge, and I hope I make it huger.

//Queen’s Thief spoilers in the next image//

If you haven’t done this tag yet, consider yourself tagged! The only rules are that you must answer the questions and link back to me and to the creator of the tag. 🙂

I have a fun announcement coming up soon, so be on the lookout for that. Until then, though (or until the next time I find a tag),

P.S. How are you? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

30 thoughts on “meet the book blogger tag

    • XD I mean… it’s not a bad situation if you get yourself someone like the guy from the Queen’s Thief, lol. How tall are you? I’m 5’6″ and I was the tallest in my grade at confirmation class until eighth grade… I’m still the tallest among my friends, I think, and among most girls my age, but not by much. As for the guys… ha. It feels like talking to a giant.

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      • I’m 5′ 11″ and as tall as or taller than all the guys my age that I know XD It’s kind of awkward being taller than the guys XD It is a rare treat when I meet someone obviously taller than me.

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  1. Ahhh, this tag is so fun!! I might do it, but…who knows. I have a lot of tags to catch up on. XD
    Oh, man, wait, Hoid is in every Brandon Sanderson book?? That’s super cool, and when I (finally) pick up a Sanderson fantasy novel, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for his aliases.
    The dreaded desert island question.
    ADULT EDMUND. Adult Edmund would be fantastic. FANTASTIC. I’m just grinning over here imagining it right now. 🙂
    YES, the dreaded graduation question. Blech. XP Everyone hates it and yet everyone is curious, so we just keep on asking.
    When I first got to Finnick in Catching Fire, I thought, “Okay…huh…I mean, he’s a little creepy right now, honestly.” XD But now I love him just as much as everyone else. 🙂
    I’m reminded just how much I need to read Sanderson at every turn. XD (I am finally reading the Lunar Chronicles now, though! XD)

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    • I know, me too.

      Oh goodness, you MUST read Sanderson. Everyone’s been telling me that for years, and I was like “nah, whatever. I’ll get around to it someday. I’ve read so much fantasy, it can’t be that much better.” But I was wrong. You just have to try his books.

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  2. YES, I love every single one of those honorable mentions, except for Finnick and Shallan, neither of whom I’ve ever read about. Though I do really like Aragorn and Faramir. And Artham Wingfeather. (And way too many other book characters to ever chose a favorite).
    I haven’t been asked the “What are you going to do after graduation?” question. Yet. My least favorite question is probably when someone asks me some variation of the “Since you have younger siblings are you kind of like their mom sometimes?” question.

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    • I really think you’d love the Stormlight Archive!! You should try it (though I know you still have the Wheel of Time, too).

      Agh, people are always asking me if I want to do childcare for my job. “You’re so good at it since you have so much practice!”

      Um, no. I do that every day already; I don’t need to do it any more, thanks.

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  3. Haha! I had a similar question to the fake partner one in a book tag I did and pretty much reacted the same way! I love Finnick but can’t bear to separate him!!! Even though….ya know. But still!! Also, about the college thing, everything will work out fine! God has it in His hands. You don’t HAVE to go to college right after graduating. People go to college at different times in life ALL the time! Some go to college 2-3 times to get a different degree. So just relax, God will make His Will clear. Great tag, Maya! xoxo

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  4. Thanks for doing the tag!!!
    Eowyn is one of my favourite characters too she’s awesome😊 Edmund is one of my favourite characters from Narnia too, I love that moodboard! I too have no idea what I am going to be in the future and always become an awkward mess when people as me that question. Like, stop asking already!

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  5. Gah, I remember how annoying it was to have people constantly asking me “what are you going to do after graduation?” and then, almost immediately, it switched to “what are you going to do after college??”

    The good news is … eventually, you reach the part where you’re DOING stuff after college, not just planning to do stuff, and nobody comes after you to say, “but this isn’t what you said you were planning to do!!!” At some point, people just accept that you’re doing this now, whatever it is you’ve chosen, and as long as you’re happy, they’re happy for you. ❤

    Great post! I enjoyed it!

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    • Ahhh… now I’m dreading that. XD I wish people had that attitude now! Right now, I’m choosing to be a student. Eventually I will be a college student. Then I will be a college student with a major. Then I will graduate… and all of that is what is right for me.

      Thank you!

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  6. “I really, really just want to bring a whole library.” <<Exactly! I really hope I never actually am stranded on a desert island with just one book…because I would never be able to choose which one to take, and the person who was stranding me would probably give up and just leave me there with no reading material at all. XD

    Um, your "unpopular" bookish opinions are very accurate. Although I do occasionally have a lot of fun reading old books (Lewis, Chesterton, Tolkien…)

    I KNOW that "what are you doing after graduation/what are you majoring in/what do you want to do?" question is the WORST! I'm a senior this year, too, and I get that all the time. I don't mind the majoring question, and I've picked a college at this point, so I've got that part of it together, but if someone asks me what I want to do after college? *blank stare* *slow shrug*

    That Queen's Thief meme! I'm dying! (Those books are the BEST, and I shove them down everyone's throat, too.)

    Oh well, I guess I'm tagged now! Thanks, I think?

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    • Oh yes, I do too! I find them harder in general, though. But give me Till We Have Faces or The Blue Castle any day over the latest YA sensation… Chesterton is a master, and I adore Orthodoxy, but goodness it takes a lot of time (and concentration) to finish.

      What college are you going to?

      You are very welcome 😀

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      • It’s true, a lot of them are definitely more challenging than modern YA! I love Orthodoxy, too, but I definitely have to read it in small chunks to maximize my understanding.

        I’m going to be going to the University of Illinois!

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  7. I loved reading your answers for this tag!! I’ve only read Sanderson’s Mistborn series, but I didn’t know he had a character pop up in all of his books like that. Definitely going to keep an eye out now for him as I read more books! Also loved all your honourable mentions for that questions. Great read! – Amber

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  8. Ok Wit sounds like a super cool character! 😍
    And you’re totally right about older books and newer books! 😂👏 well we share an opinion anyway haha
    This was a really fun post to read! I learned about some different books I’ve never heard of before, and I’m really interested in checking them out 🤩💜

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