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Introduction + 20 Questions Book Tag

Hi, I’m Maria! I’m an avid reader from Spain and I have decided to start a blog. Yes, in 2021. No, I don’t have any idea how to actually make this work and my website-making skills are completely non-existent. But, to quote Daniel Radcliffe in that one sketch “I [am trying] and therefore I should not be criticised.”

Why a blog? And why now?

I graduated from English Studies two years ago (wow time flies), and I’m at a point in my life where I’m equal parts missing doing research and scared that I will lose whatever English skills I might still possess. Plus, the idea of having a book blog has been running through my mind for quite some time, so why not? The worst thing that can happen is that I suck at it and end up either rambling to myself in here (which wouldn’t be too different from what I already do in other corners of the internet) or I simply let it go, but I’ll at least have tried.

Additionally, this might be a good way to save all my friends from my incessant chatter. Although they are very kind and listen to me go on about books they might not have any interest in, I think they sometimes need to be spared of this torture.

I thought a good way to let you know a bit more about my reading tastes would be to do the 20 Questions Book Tag I found over at Paper Fury. I can’t find who the original creator is, but if you know, leave me a comment and I’ll credit them!

20 QUESTIONS BOOK TAG

1. How many books are too many for a series?

Personally, if I want to start a new series I’ll gravitate towards shorter ones, usually 2-4 books is good. If it’s longer than that I’ll probably pass, unless I’m really super interested and I’ve heard nothing but good things.

If it’s for a series I’m up to date with I really don’t mind, the more the better (can you tell I’m a Shadowhunters reader?)

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I like them more if I have the next book in the series ready to read because PAIN. No, in all seriousness, I like them, there’s something about book-induced suffering…

3. Hardcover or paperback?

Neither and both. I’m just very particular about which edition of each book I own, so sometimes I’ll want one or the other (or audiobook!)

4. Favourite book?

Short answer: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Long answer:

And many others because I simply cannot choose. Check out my whole favourites shelf.

5. Least favourite book?

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. I had to read it for class and all I remember is feeling rage.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

As with any trope it depends on the execution. Bonus points if it ends up in a poly relationship.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

Possibly Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

As of right now I’m only reading J.W. Waterhouse by Peter Trippi. I’ve been trying to learn more about the Pre-Raphaelites because I love their paintings so much.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, hehe.

10. Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?

Fragments of Sappho’s poetry compiled and translated by Anne Carson in If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho. Or The Symposium by Plato.

11. Newest book you’ve read by publication date?

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare.

12. Favourite author?

This is difficult because I feel like most authors tend to be hit and miss lately. But if we’re talking about who has a death grip on me and I’ll read anything they put out then Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

I would love to say borrowing, but sadly the libraries here have a very small catalogue, so I’ll usually just buy them myself.

14. A book you dislike everyone seems to love?

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and literally anything Sarah J. Maas writes.

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

Bookmarks for sure, I have quite the collection. Plus I can’t bring myself to dog ear pages unless it’s for class.

16. A book you can always re-read?

I’m not really a re-reader but Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is just an instant shot of serotonin (and I read it twice in a very short span of time), so that.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

If it’s instrumental I can. Otherwise I just don’t have the brain capacity for that.

18. One POV or multiple?

MULTIPLE!! It’s one of my favourite things in books! Give me all the POVs, I want to know every single detail about each character and how they think.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Usually it’ll take me a few days, but if I’m invested I’ll just read it in one sitting. Last time I did was with I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver.

20. Who do you tag?

Since I’m new here and don’t know many people I won’t be tagging anyone, but feel free to do this and link me down below in the comment, I’ll love to get to know some of you!

Let me know what you’re looking forward to reading this year, I need to add some books to my TBR!

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