I’ve been tagged! This is the ‘Sisterhood of The World’ tag, which is a wonderful, unique tag idea. Each person who has been tagged gets to make up 10 new questions for the people that they tag, so no tag video is the same! I just love this idea, and I love that it celebrates women and sisterhood and girl power. So I’m over the moon that I finally have a chance to do it!
MY TAG VIDEO
THE QUESTIONS I WAS ASKED
1. What is your favourite thing about reading?
I like reading because it feels like a cheat’s way of learning… you end up learning new things without even trying because you’re just relaxing and being entertained by the book. Win win!
2. If you could trade places with one book character, who would it be and why?
I don’t know for sure but it would definitely be someone with magical skills or powers of some kind because… I mean… duh! Gandalf? Hermione? Calwyn from Tremaris?
3. What is your favourite genre to read from and what do you think that says about you?
Oh. MAN. This question killed me! I can’t pick a single genre that I love most because I honestly read almost everything. I know I’ve named magical realism as a genre that I really like, and that’s mainly because I like the questions that raises about cultural awareness, and just because something seems utterly absurd from your world view doesn’t mean it isn’t entirely real and steeped in validity and history from someone else’s.
4. If your house was on fire and you had time to save only 3 books from your collection, which would you choose and why?
This question seems a little odd to me because the books themselves are only the vehicle through which you gain the story or idea from the author, and as long as there’s another copy of that story somewhere else then the loss of the book isn’t such a big deal… So the three books I chose were –
my special folio society edition of Oscar Wilde’s biography (a 21st birthday gift)
my very well-annotated copy of Homegoing (my first successful foray into book annotation!)
and my much-treasured, well-worn copy of Jane Eyre (one of my favourite books of all time)
5. Share 3 unique things about you that we probably don’t already know
I used to know how to write in Elvish (I taught myself no less!)
I lived in India for half a year
I have never seen any Star Wars movies, not even a single scene from a Star Wars movie!
6. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate?
7. Okay back to books, what’s your least favourite book trope?
I have two that I absolutely cannot stand, that I honestly extremely dislike because I think they are so problematic and so harmful and they are –
“I’m not like other girls” because this implies that stereotypical feminine qualities are a negative thing that any ‘badass’ heroine needs to distance herself from. And usually they distance themselves from ‘normal’ girls by saying that they’re laidback, or confident, or capable or chilling, or rational… and that gets me so mad because it illustrates the fact that femininity STILL has this stigma of ‘hysterity’ and ‘irrationality’ about it. And I do not want any young girl ever reading that.
“I’m not pretty even though every single male character in this book is falling over themselves to try and get with me” because it perpetuates this idea that women aren’t allowed to be confident in themselves or proud of themselves. It pushes the concept of ‘humility’ into ‘insecurity’ and implies that young girls have to practically hate themselves in order to be socially acceptable, or otherwise they’ll be viewed as vain. And boy does that get me riled up! See my GRWM video or my comments on Olivia’s video for further info!
8. Tell us about the book that’s had the greatest impact on your life
Obvious choice would be Lord of The Rings, and not because it’s had an impact on my viewpoint on the world or my priorities or anything like that. But because it was the beginning of my journey into my fascination with languages, which eventually led to me studying a major in linguistics. Which has been my major qualification so far. So yeah, pretty big impact in a literal sense.
9. What’s an average day in your life like?
I keep my phone in the lounge-room so when the alarm goes of I have to leave the bedroom to turn it off. I then post my daily photo on Instagram, put the kettle on, and go to the bathroom to wash my face while the kettle boils. I try then to read 15 minutes while I drink my tea before breakfast but more often than not I’ll get distracted by Bookstagram or BookTube! Then I do the usual boring housework stuff, check on my little bun Lola before heading off to work. Sometimes I let Lola out for a play before work but often I’m too rushed. Usually I ride to work which is only 10-15 minutes away. Work is pretty boring and I’ll usually do some sneaky BookTube planning or editing in spare moments. After work I either have choir or salsa. Choir is only an hour so then I get the evening to myself and I’ll let Lola out, read watch Netflix or film or edit videos… salsa goes until late so on salsa nights I pretty much go home and go straight to bed. That’s pretty much it!
10. Imagine you’re writing a book. What would it be about and what would you call it?
I have said on numerous occasions that I am not by any means a writer. I just feel like I don’t really have a story to tell that is of any value, especially compared to some other people that I know. But if I HAD to write a book, it would have to be about something to do with my own experiences. Which would be something either to do with feminism, or about mental illness awareness, or learning to find your self worth as a woman, or about learning to find your self worth after sexual abuse. I was a victim of sexual abuse for much of my formative teenage years, nothing serious I want to clarify, but enough to cause post traumatic anxiety and of course a whole plethora of insecurities. But it has led to me being a strong advocate for feminism and for battling against victim shaming and insecurity in girls.. so long story short… something about that.
How do you organise your bookshelves? What do you think that says about you as a person?
If someone were to write a book about your life, what genre would it be?
What is your favourite book-to-movie adaptation?
Which fictional world do you wish you could live in?
What is your favourite word? (This can be based on either sound or meaning)
Who is your female book character role model?
What does an average day in your life look like?
What is an aspect of your appearance that you are proud of? (And why?)
What is an aspect of your personality that you are proud of? (And why?)
If you could say one thing to your 15-year-old self, what would it be?