Hello dear bookworms ! It is the first tag I’m doing on this blog, and I would not even be doing it without the wonderful Estelle from The Bookish Garden, so thank you love for tagging me and let’s begin !
Which book, most recently, didn’t you finish?
The last book I did not finish is The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I loved the Heroes of Olympus series and I think that I am not ready for the end of these adventures right now. Moreover, I know that as soon I have finished this series, I will want to begin The Trials of Apollo, and I am not really in the mood for a series right now !
Which book is your guilty pleasure?
Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series is my guilty pleasure. Unlike the most of bookbloggers/bookstagrammers, Percy Jackson is not a series which kept me company during my teenagehood. In fact, as a child, I did not really have a favorite series since I already preferred standalones. I was nineteen when I discovered Percy Jackson and when I started reading them for the first time, and it brought me to childhood. Not because it reminded me some moments of mine ; but because it allowed me to read a book with my child’s eyes, even though I never had the opportunity to follow a character with such assiduity.
Which book do you love to hate?
I’m not very much of a book hater, for I think every book could find its public and could be pleasant for someone. However, I really have difficulty reading old classics, especially when written by a white man. For instance, not so long ago, I tried reading one of Poe’s short stories, and since I had very much appreciated The Tell Tale’s Heart in High School, I didn’t think the author’s other stories would not be for me. However, I realized that the racism, and sometimes the sexism, present in old (and recent) books really bother me. Therefore it is even more frustrating when the book in question is considered a classic.
Which book would you throw into the sea?
I love this question for I think it can be answered in two ways ! Throwing a bottle into the sea usually means that you want to convey a message across the ocean, and I really love this idea of sending a book across the sea, in the hope that someone might find it and love it as much as I did. Taking the question under this angle, I would say Nina Lacour’s We Are Okay. This novel is among my favorites, and if you want to know more about my emotional opinion : click here. However, this question can also mean that I disliked a book so much that I want it to drown in the sea, and to answer that, I would say Hamlet. Now, mark my words, I have this play more than four times. I have watched so many documentaries about it, and so many interviews ; and I read so many critical essays about it that… I just can not anymore. I still did not understand what happened in that play ; and I think that my mind just decided to wipe out all the memories I had of it. Never talk to me about Hamlet again, I am begging you.
Which book have you read the most?
I rarely re-read books, and so this question is not so difficult to answer ! When I re-read books, it is usually that I want to understand them fully for my literature classes. However, in middle-school, I had to read Antigone by Jean Anouilh and I read it more than ten times. It was the first time that a play would strike me that much, and unfortunately, it was also the first time I related that much to a main character.
Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
I really would not like to receive any Sarah J. Maas’ novel as a present. At first, I was really hopeful concerning her novels but many of my poc friends told me about the bad representation in her books, and so I decided that I would rather read fantasy novels with better representation (and less toxic relationships)
Which book coudn’t you live without?
At the moment, I can not live without any of Woolf’s or Mansfield’s work, since I’m writing a master paper about these two, haha. Joke aside, I think Circe will always be my favorite novel and the reason why I read it only once is because I know I will need some time after my re-read before reading something else, and for universitary reasons, I can not afford a reading slump right now
Which book made you the angriest?
I honestly do not know how to respond to this question. Though I get angry very easily in my daily life, reading is not a time during which I let myself have bad feelings or resentment.
Which book had made you cry the most?
The Song of Achilles made me literally sob. When I dived into the novel, I did not really know about Patroclus’ story and absolutely did not expect an ending this sad.
Which book cover do you hate the most?
I really do not like Percy Jackson’s or any Rick Riordan’s novel cover. I think they are very childish and I don’t enjoy the aesthetic of the covers. It makes me sad of course, since Percy Jackson is my favorite middle-grade series ; but eh, that’s life !