- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
- Answer the questions.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
- Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
- List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.
Questions for Me:
1. If you could change the genre of one of your favorite books, which book would you pick, which genre, and why? One of the books I really love is The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, and I’d really love to see the legend/myth of Achilles and Patroclus as a space opera. I think the drama would translate well and I just like space. Imagine all the lyrical prose you could write about the vastness of a galaxy and being able to find your soulmate right beside you. Fuck me up.
2. Do you read graphic novels? Why or why not? I do, I’m just very picky! The last graphic novel I read was The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks, which was just Okay. Some I really love, though, are Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, and The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by The McElroys and Carey Pietsch.
3. What’s one book you read that was hyped up so much by other people, yet you were disappointed when you read it? Act Like It by Lucy Parker. I just really don’t like alpha heroes, especially ones who are extremely entitled and borderline abusive.
4. What’s the last book you rated five (5) stars, and why did you love it so much? The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo! I love her verses, and the fact that it made me tear up at the beach while reading the scene where Xiomara confronts her mother. Fuck!!!
5. When rating a book three (3) stars, do you consider that a bad or good rating? Or neither? Show your work! I consider it a mediocre rating. Sometimes I’m just personally unable to give it 4 stars due to my own personal misgivings with the book (see: Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters, which had the first gay Latina I ever read about but the portrayal of her makes absolutely no sense).
6. Share five (5) of your favorite tropes and recommend at least one book to go with each trope!
- enemies to lovers – I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest
- heists! – The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
- latinas defying the patriarchy – Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
- bisexual love triangle – Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
- found family – Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
7. If you worked in a library and were asked to recommend three (3) YA fantasy books, which would you choose and why? We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia for its complexity in that it’s not a magical fantasy, nor an Earthen fantasy, but it’s a world closely resembling ours with political crises similar to ours. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, because you can have a romance full of lush, delicious prose, while still having fun. And Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova, because you can have urban fantasy full of zombies while still being able to talk about trauma and family.
8. Which books are your most anticipated for the rest of 2019? Nocturna by Maya Motayne, Zoraida Córdova’s A Crash of Fate, The Fire Keeper by J.C. Cervantes because I need to know how Zane is doing, The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring, Slay by Brittany Morris, Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron, Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite, Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi dDeyemi, and so many more oh God.
9. Share one author who you think is underrated/underhyped and which book of theirs you think someone should start with to get the best feel for the author’s style. Anna Meriano and Mia Garcia. I loved A Dash of Trouble and I loved The Resolutions, so that should tell you where to start.
10. Alpha males or beta males? Why? Betas! I already gave good reasons, but I still have yet to find an Alpha hero that is fucking respectful toward their LI. Anyway, read Take the Lead by Alexis Daria.
11. What is your GoodReads goal for 2019? My goal is to read 50 books in 2019, but I’m already at 32/50 and it’s mid-April.
- Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
- What’s an overly hyped book/series that you haven’t been able to get into?
- What genre (sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, etc) do you wish you read more of?
- What’s a book you’d hand-sell to anyone and everyone who crosses your path?
- Which book has lit up your heart and made you feel loved?
- Mention a book with a plot twist that had you gasping out loud.
- This is a no-judgement zone: do you dog-ear pages?
- What was the last book by a Black woman that you read? The last book by a Latina? By an Asian woman? By a Native or Indigenous woman? Are you conscious of who’s writing the media you consume?
- When was the last time words moved you and shifted the perception of something in your head?
- Do you review all the books you read or only specific ones?
- As book bloggers, we are both consumers and creators: we consume books and proceed to create content about what we’ve consumed, only for someone else to consume what you’ve created. Is there ever a break between being both consumer and creator? ….In all seriousness, what’s your favorite post you’ve created and why?
Thank you all for reading! Tomorrow, my review of Sal and Gabi will be up, so make sure you come back and check it out, since it’s been a long time in the making.