As I desperately attempt to not drown in studying endless strings of HTML and XML codes for my impending exam, I’m taking a break to try out a few memes I’ve never done before. I used to know most of these like the back of my hand when I had my old blog, but unfortunately I don’t retain certain kinds of information as well as I should (which is strange considering what I do for a living), so I had to do a little search and found a bunch of these thanks to the Master List of Book Blogging Memes at Girlxoxo.com.
Tell Me Something Tuesday
Hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This week’s question is: Who are your top ten favorite authors? Tough one, because I’ve actually never thought about narrowing it down before, and I’m sure over the course of years, it’s changed up constantly. So I’ll say that these are my top 10 favourite authors at the moment:
- C. S. Lewis: Okay, I lied. I do have a favourite author, and it’s this guy. Every time there’s a list of this sort, I guarantee C. S. Lewis will always be mentioned high on that list — this is mostly in terms of his works of fiction. Some of my favourites by him are Till We Have Faces (!!!), the Screwtape Letters, and of course, the Chronicles of Narnia series.
- Colleen Hoover: She’s the newest addition to my list of favourites. I only recently discovered her books a few weeks ago and after reading one, I couldn’t stop until I finished 4 of them in 3 and a half weeks. My favourites by her are Confess, Ugly Love, and the recently released November 9.
- Cassandra Clare: I’m going to keep this short, because if I start talking about how much I love The Mortal Instruments, this will turn into an essay and a half. If I ever had to consider myself a “fangirl”, it’d be over the Shadowhunter Chronicles. I unashamedly own bookmarks, jewelry, stationary, fake rune tattoos, the whole nine.
- Haruki Murakami: He writes some of the most complex and unusual stories I’ve ever read and I love it. He mixes magic with realism in a way that I’ve never seen anyone else do. My favourites from him are Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, South of the Border, West of the Sun, and Sputnik Sweetheart.
- Rainbow Rowell: Little-known secret: I kept Fangirl at my bedside table on a book stand for a good 10 months because it’s just so good that I wanted to always keep it within arms reach. Other favourites are Attachments and Eleanor & Park. I haven’t started Carry On yet, but who are we kidding — I’ll probably love that, too.
- J.K. Rowling: This shouldn’t come as a surprise. And I’m sure the same can be said for a lot of people. The Harry Potter series was the very first book series that I absolutely fell in love with at a young age and can read over and over to this day as if I’m still a wee one. Still waiting for my letter, though; it’s been about 15 years, but who’s counting?
- Rick Riordan: If anyone knows me personally, they can attest to the fact that I love everything about Greek mythology. So much so that I chose to major in Classic Studies in university. So when I picked up the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, I knew I found a favourite for a lifetime. It brought some fun into all the serious studying and essay-writing I had to do.
- Lois Lowry: The original dystopian author. I read The Giver years after the original publication because I never heard of it — apparently my school wasn’t cool enough to put this on the curriculum. The rest of the series also remains on top of my memorable reads list.
- Markus Zusak: My circle of friends were so hyped up about The Book Thief around its release that I had to find out for myself if it was really that good. It was better. It’s so beautiful and heartbreaking and I can never read it enough times. I immediately had to look for his other books and haven’t been disappointed.
- Kate Quinn: I discovered her books after my cousin let me read her copy of Mistress of Rome during one of my summer vacations. I willingly read the book during an entire moving SeaBus Ferry ride because I couldn’t find it in myself to put it down. I felt so queasy afterwards but it was worth it.
Hosted by A Daily Rhythm. All you do is grab your current read, flip to a random page, and post 2 spoiler-free sentences from that page. Right now, one of the two books I’m reading is Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. It’s a really interesting read so far with some quirky characters that have great dialogue on almost every page. So this was a tough one to pick out of.
She watched Matt squint seriously at his computer as though at any moment he was about to make a breakthrough discovery that would earn him the Nobel Prize for some incomprehensible scientific digital-magnetic-opti-something or other. Well, if he won, she would valiantly take him clothes-shopping so that he could attend the awards ceremony in something besides the awful shirt that he had on.
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. 2011.
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros
The last meme is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Rules are to grab a copy of a book you’re reading or thinking of reading and post the first paragraph (or two) from the first chapter. I recently got a copy of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.
Airports are torture chambers if you’re claustrophobic.
It’s not just the looming threat of the ride ahead–being stuffed into seats like sardines and then catapulted through the air in a narrow metal tube–but also the terminals themselves, the press of people, the blur and spin of the place, a dancing, dizzying hum, all motion and noise, all frenzy and clamor, and the whole thing sealed off by glass windows like some kind of monstrous ant farm.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. 2012. Published by Poppy.
Has anyone read this one? Is it worth continuing? Who are your favourite authors? I’d love to know. Have a great rest of the week, everyone.