Princess Geek Reads: 3 Bookish Things Tag

Hey guys! So this post has actually been in the works for literally a year, but it kept getting pushed to the back burner. But no more! It will finally see the light of day! In 3 Bookish Things, the answers will be in sets of three. For example, I would have to give my three favorite books. I found this tag over at Zeezee with Books, so go check her out! Now, let’s get started!

3 Read Once And Loved Authors

This one is a little hard. Sometimes I’ll read a book, I’ll fall in love with the author’s writing style, and then I’ll read another book by the same author and end up not liking it so much anymore. However, I became a big fan of these three authors, and I still am a fan after having read more than one book by them!

Brandon Sanderson: After I read The Final Empire, I was blown away by Sanderson’s writing style, character development, and everything else that goes into writing. I quickly read the rest of his Mistborn series, and I’m now on the Wax and Wayne series, and Sanderson is still my role model when it comes to writing. If you have not read any of his books, I highly recommend them!

Leigh Bardugo: Leigh Bardugo’s books have been a major influence on my own writing, especially the Six of Crows duology. I love her worldbuilding and especially her characters! I am currently reading through the Shadow and Bone trilogy (though I hit the pause button to read The Stolen Heir by Holly Black), and though I don’t like it AS much as Six of Crows, it’s still pretty good! She is on my list of authors I hope to meet someday.

Julie Berry: Y’all, when I read Lovely War, it was like someone took my heart so they could stomp all over it. It’s a beautiful story, but gosh, Berry can write. I have never read anything like this before. It transported me right into the setting of World War I, and it was like I was in the story myself at times. Plus, the creativity and cleverness of the plot really got me! I also read All The Truth That’s In Me last year, and that was a good one as well. I can’t wait to pick up The Passion of Dolssa, since it’s set in the Middle Ages!

3 Titles I’ve Watched But Haven’t Read

Y’all, I’m about to say something extremely controversial, and something that is a source of embarrassment for me…

I HAVE NEVER READ LORD OF THE RINGS!!! I absolutely love the movies, but I just haven’t gotten around to, you know, actually reading the books. I did, however, read The Hobbit before I watched the movies, so there’s that. But I will make Lord of the Rings happen this year (hopefully?)!

Second, I never actually read Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, but I watched the movie, which is another one of my favorite films (it’s everything I love smashed into two hours!). Cline recently came out with a sequel, Ready Player Two, and I heard some mixed opinions on that, so if I ever end up reading the first book, I just don’t know if I’d move on to the second. But hey, I have to at least try the first one, right?

Third and last, I have never read The Martian by Andy Weir, but I’ve seen the movie. I actually ended up getting the book for my brother for his birthday right after we watched the movie, since he really liked it. But me? Eh, it was okay. I’m going to need some real motivation to read the book, though. Maybe I’ll get to it someday?

3 Characters I Love

What kind of question is this??? Out of ALL the characters I love, I have to pick just THREE? I’ve read quite a few books with many, many characters that I love, so I’ll have to narrow it down to my top three faves.

Kelsier (Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson): Of course I will put my favorite character from my favorite book! I loved Kelsier pretty much right away, which is really unfortunate considering what happens at the end of that book. My favorites always die *cries*. He might have been a little bit of a psycho, but he was usually very fatherly towards Vin and worked towards something that was ultimately good. And hey…maybe he survived after all? It’s what he does best, anyway…

Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo): I love all the Crows, so it’s hard to pick just one, but I’ll pick Kaz for now. He’s one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever read. He’s crippled, so I thought that was an interesting trait of his, and even more interesting was his Haphephobia (fear of being touched). I’ve never read a character with a fear like that before, and let me tell you, it made his romance with Inej VERY interesting. Plus, he was basically Sherlock Holmes if Sherlock Holmes was a thief. He was just an all-around special character. And I just have to say, Freddy Carter IS Kaz Brekker. I was so impressed with his performance in the Shadow and Bone TV show.

Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan): How can I not say Percy Jackson? I wish Percy was real because I can just tell we would be good friends. I love Percy’s sarcasm and wit, and y’all, I can’t wait for the next book where he’ll FINALLY be the main point-of-view character again. I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed this guy, because he’s great!

3 Series I Binged

I can do some serious binging, whether it be for books, TV shows, or video games. Is it a bad habit? Maybe. I can’t help it when I find something good!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: Everyone I talk to who have read this series seems to have gobbled it up in a matter of days, and I don’t blame them. Percy Jackson is a masterpiece, and though it is aimed at kids, young adults (including myself) make up a lot of the fan base it seems (probably because they grew up with the books). Once I read the first book, I knew I was hooked, and it took me around a week and a half to read them all. It would have been less time if the idiot side of me hadn’t come out when I was packing for a road trip and decided I didn’t need to take more than two books since I thought I wouldn’t finish them during the trip. Way to go, Princess Geek! *eyeroll*

The Folk of the Air by Holly Black: I got this series for Christmas in 2020, and I read them pretty fast, along with the companion story, How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories. I have a little bit of a love-hate relationship with these books, but I clearly loved them enough to read them all within a couple weeks. The characters were great, and I think that’s what really kept me around. I’m currently reading The Stolen Heir, which is the next part in the series, and I’m SO glad to be back in the Elfhame universe!

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: I listened to the audio book version of these, so it was easy to get through them quickly, especially since The Final Empire became my favorite book! This series pulled me in like nothing I’ve read in a while. The characters were just brilliant and completely fleshed out, as was the worldbuilding. And that plot! It kept me guessing until the very end, when I was smacked in the face with that giant plot twist. Amazing story, and I highly recommend it!

3 Unpopular Book Opinions

This one is going to be a bit…awkward for me, I guess. But here goes nothing!

1. I haven’t read Harry Potter, and I never will read it. Do I need to explain myself? No, I don’t.

2. In regards to Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, I know that it is unpopular to ship Celaena with Chaol. But y’all…THIS IS MY OTP!!! I think they have a lot of chemistry together, and even though all my hopes and dreams crashed before my eyes in Crown of Midnight, I will stay loyal to my ship. No, I’ll go DOWN with my ship! (Also, I haven’t finished the series yet, so please don’t go commenting anything about this series if you’ve read it…I want to remain unspoiled.)

3. This one isn’t so bad, but I prefer hardcovers to paperbacks. Now before I get burned at the stake, it’s because I love the dust jackets and I think they look pretty on the shelf. They’re also a lot sturdier. However, if I go on a road trip, I want to bring a paperback because I don’t trust myself not to tear up a hardcover. But yeah. I like hardcovers better.

3 Current Favorite Book Covers

Another hard question… I read a lot of pretty books, because as much as I know I should judge a book by it’s cover, I do that quite often. I’m not going to rank them or anything, because that’s too hard. These are three of my current favorites:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

It’s just so shiny! This is one of the newer versions, and I fell in love with it instantly. This might be my most favorite book cover I have, but like I said, I’m not going to get into ranking them.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

I love all of the Folk of the Air covers, because they are all so shiny and beautiful! But out of all of them, this one might be my favorite. Either this one or The Queen of Nothing (which also has a gorgeous cover). Also, if you get the hardcovers, they have a nice design under the dust jackets, and this one is pretty cool!

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I finally collected the hardcover versions of Mistborn, but this one is my favorite out of the three! This a very thick book, and one I’ll probably never read because I don’t want to mess it up, haha! I also have the mass paperback version of this, so I’ll read that one instead when I go to annotate this story.

3 Bookish Goals For The Year

I have more than a few goals for my 2023 reading year. Here are my top three goals for the year!

Read Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: I said above that I have seen the movies, but I’ve never read the books. Horrifying, I know! But I would really like to read them this year, so I am going to do my best to make it happen!

Read 60 Books: My goal to read 100 books in 2022 went quite well! Now that I can say I’ve read 100 books in a year, I’m going to take a break and only read 60 this year. I’m currently at one read for the year, and I’m hoping to get to two reads tomorrow.

Get Into The Classics: I have a hard time getting into classic stories since usually I can only find them where the font is so tiny that it gives me a headache. But I want to try and read more of them because it feels wrong to be not only a bookworm, but a writer as well, and I have never read things like To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice. I found this beautiful set of classics, so I think I may begin to collect and read them!

That’s all the questions! I hope you enjoyed this tag! Feel free to do it yourself, and link it in the comments so I can check it out! Thanks again to Zeezee with Books, please check her out! Also, if you want to see more book content from me, check out my Instagram @princessgeekreads.

Anyways, God bless y’all and have a wonderful Wednesday!

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