It’s Thursday Tag Time!
I’m having a quick break from the Down The TBR Hole posts to bring you my latest tag from Jillian @ The Bookish Butterfly.
A little blog update, I’ve recently gone through all my old posts and deleted all the images I’ve used and replaced them with pretty much the exact same ones except for one big difference!
I uploaded them with descriptive names. So my images of book covers have the actual titles and series names, the gifs and all other images have descriptions.
This has already made my blogging more efficient because I can just search key words and immediately find images I’ve already used to pop in my post!
No more searching through pictures manually (which can be such a slow process when the internet is slow) or uploading multiples of the same picture, taking up valuable space in my media library!
This is honestly life changing and I’m so upset I didn’t do it from the start. The whole downloading and then deleting images from my posts and then deleting all the old ones from my media library was v. v. time consuming but it’s already been well worth it.
I’m sure most people already do this but if you don’t and didn’t think to, then I really suggest doing it. Whether you just start uploading your images now with descriptive names or do what I did and re do everything.
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Past Grey Tags
What books or series that intimidate you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish?
│Rejected Princesses│Jason Porath│
What’s ‘suitable for kids’ defines what sort of kids we as a society want. And right now, the girls society wants are the ones who can fit on a short list—while the list for boys is without borders or end.
│Bygone Badass Broads│Mackenzi Lee│
The colours of the universe are there because of the existence of womankind.
Both of these books are non-fic anthologies. They’re collections of badass women from history written with a fun flare and paired with some lovely illustrations.
I’ve owned RP for years and I bought BBB early last year. But I just never got around to reading them, mostly because they’re hardbacks and RP is HUGE so they are really uncomfortable to read.
This year I decided, hell or high water, I was going to read both of them. So I split them up over 11 months. I read 10 entries from RP each month and 5 from BBB.
I take photos of the pages I’m reading that month and read them on the bus so I’m not sacrificing my hands for history. Work smarter, not harder.
I am behind on them though since I was studying and got way too carried away borrowing history books and graphic novels from the library but I’ll catch up hopefully by the end of the month. Present Grey: Have officially caught up now!
What author would you like to co-author a book with?
Girls get under each other’s skin. We get too close, too attached, too crazy, and then we can’t let go. Our claws sink too deep. When we separate, we tear each other apart.
A book about abusive female friendships with alternating perspectives between the abused and the abuser without excusing the abusers behaviour. That part is important.
Maybe a full novel, maybe an anthology with all sorts of stories about abuse told in the same vein???
I love Wake’s writing and I’d love to work with him and I think this is exactly in his lane.
If you could interview any author for your blog, who would it be? What’s one question you would ask?
You must make time for that which matters, for that which defines you: your passion, your progress, your pen. Take it up, and write your own story.
– In Search of Doors, V.E. Schwab
Schwab is my favourite author ever. Not just because I love her books, which I do, but also because of how transparent and honest she is about everything. She talks about the ups and downs of publishing, she talks about being queer, she talks about her physical and mental health, she talks about her self-esteem.
Schwab doesn’t shy away from the taboo topics and I just really love her for that.
I don’t know what one question is at the top of my list. I think mostly I just would love to have a conversation with her about life and craft and everything in between.
As a writer, what genre is out of your comfort zone that you would like to conquer someday and write within?
I know that’s less a genre and more a demographic but its the one I struggle with most.
I think it’s time for Adult and New Adult books to get a bit of a shake up.
I want adult and new adult books that are so diverse you forget that books that aren’t diverse were ever the norm and I want them to be filled with adults who have no idea what the fuck they’re doing and don’t want the hetero-normative happy ending.
I want women who don’t want kids, not because something terrible happened to them, but because it’s just not for them and I want adults who don’t want to get married and men who are emotional and not afraid to show it without punching a goddamn wall.
I just want those books to be so much more and I know we’re getting there. We’re getting to a place where these things are becoming a little more common, but I want to get to a place where it’s the norm and I’d really like to play a hand in that.
What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? It could be a rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you, etc.?
│A Gathering of Shadows│Shades of Magic #2│V. E. Schwab│
She bent most of the rules. She broke the rest.
I’ve been telling myself I’ll buy this for months!
And I still haven’t because I keep getting distracted by buying other things (mostly other books) but I swear to god, I’m buying it this month!
Or at least I’m going to buy it before the collector’s edition of the next book, A Conjuring of Light, comes out in October.
Are there any books or bookish items that you like to collect?
I don’t really collect bookish items because I don’t have much money to spare and I’d rather spend it on books.
But I would love to make my own bookish candles and melts.
And my aunt bought a bookmark mould for making bookmarks out of resin so I’m looking forward to playing around with that.
When you’re too broke to buy bookish items, you make your own.
Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book, a library, bookstore, etc.)
│Scotland│City of Ghosts│Cassidy Blake #1│Victoria Schwab│
“The trouble with Mary King’s Close,” Mom begins, “goes back to the plague.”
“When it comes to corpses,” offers Dad in his teacher’s tone, “there are two great sources in history: sickness and war.”
“And Scotland’s had plenty of both,” adds Mom.
I don’t really understand the rules of this question so I’m just going to give the answer I feel in my heart.
I want to visit Scotland for a whole number of reasons but mostly because City of Ghosts made it sound so magical and beautiful.
+ Bonus answer: I want to visit Ireland because that’s where my WIP is set.
Name a bookish event you’d like to attend (a festival, signing, book fair, etc.)
Can I say all of them? Because all of them.
But mostly I just want to go to at least one YA related one. I’m not picky.
I went to the Adelaide Writer’s Week festival which was great and I had an amazing time and got my first in person book signing but it wasn’t really in line with the books I enjoy the most. it was mostly adult and middle grade fiction. And my heart lives in YA.
Your WIP is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?
I really like minimalist covers.
My current WIP is about queer banshee witches and so I’d love to commission a queer artist to illustrate a feminine hand holding a banshee tarot card.
Something like the one pictured but holding the tarot card.
What a tag!
What books are on your bucket list?
Is there a bookish place you’d like to visit?
What bookish items do you collect?