If you didn’t catch Part 1, you can find it here. Let’s get on with Part 2 of the 20 Questions Book Tag. If anyone knows who started this tag, let me know so I can update with proper attribution.
11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?
The Poet X and Children of Blood and Bone. They were released on the same day. I also finished them on the same day. Sticky Note Reviews for both will be posted on YouTube sometime between tomorrow and the end of the week.
12. FAVORITE AUTHOR?
Hmm. I don’t have a single favorite. There is a big part of me that wants to go with Issa Rae’s now infamous comment, “I’m rooting for everyone black.” That’s not entirely true. I’m really feeling Elizabeth Acevedo and Anna-Marie McLemore right now too, and they’re both Latinx.
I hope that didn’t make you want to stop reading my post.
13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?
Even though the last two books I’ve read I own (thank you impulse-buys at Target). I borrow most of my books. I even borrow books from the public library and lend them to my students. Here’s my evidence of my tendency to borrow books…
14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LIKE?
Illuminae. I’ve had serious problems trying to get into it and have tried a few times. It almost makes me feel like there’s something wrong with me as a reader.
15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG EARS?
Bookmarks. Dog ears drive me crazy. At least I make my own, right?
16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?
Harry Potter. When the Moon Was Ours. The Importance of Being Earnest. These are all books I listen to on audio.
17. CAN YOU READ WHILE LISTENING TO MUSIC?
It depends heavily on what I’m reading. If I notice that I’m not understanding, I definitely turn the music off. It’s like what people do when they’re parallel parking.
18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POVs?
It depends on the narrative. Some narratives lend themselves to multiple points of view better than others. I think it needs to make sense for the story being told, like Unwind. It bothers me, though, when you don’t get the points of view of all the characters when you expect to (I’m looking at you, Queens of Geek). To really answer the question, I don’t have a preference.
19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?
Most of the time, over multiple days. Read: I’m doing my dissertation and spend a lot of time reading things for that. I do most of my reading either in the car on my way to or from work (2 hours), right before bed, and listen to audiobooks when I’m running errands. Gotta get those books in however I can.
20. A BOOK YOU’VE READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER?
#bookaday Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann. #stickynotereviews Confession: I love me a good rom com. Let’s Talk About Love? Good rom com. If you’re looking for a review from the perspective of someone who is asexual and can speak to that, check out Julianne Daly’s review at gayya.org. It’s broken down nicely there. For me, I connected with Alice’s relationships with her friends. She doesn’t have many and they’re not the everything-is-fabulous (on the surface) type of friendships. And the fact that her friends fill different needs for her, and her for them, was refreshing and something I think readers can identify with (I definitely could). Also, can we talk about that cover? That’s some beautiful dark-skinned loveliness right there (and is actually why I picked it up to begin with). ~*~*~ Edit: part of my excitement about the cover has to do with the history of both colorism and the whitewashing of covers to make them more palatable to “more readers.” To see a dark-skinned black girl with natural hair on the cover? It brings me #blackgirljoy. #bookreview #bookstagram #bibliophile #reader
What are your answers to these questions? That is to say, I choose you: any reader who wants to participate.