Bookish Questions and My Fumbling Answers

I love talking about books. Who doesn’t? Bookish conversations are simply the best kind of conversation. And the great thing is – Bookish conversations lead to bookish questions.

Every bookworm thinks they’re an expert on books. And we like talking about our expert opinions. Also, arguing about our opinions. And coming up with more opinions. So, bookworms really like questions about books.

After all, we spend so much time reading, someone needs to respect that time, right? And what better way to respect bookworms than thinking we know ALL there is to know about books!

^bookworms when people ASK about our bookish opinions^

But answering bookish questions is hard. Because the more you read, the more you know. And the more you know, the more elusive answers get.

And readers can change our minds, you know. We reserve that privilege.

Right now, I’ve been asked a few questions several times the last couple of months. Apparently, these questions are popular? We’re running on that assumption today. (Blogging takes lots of assumptions, btw)

5 bookish questions

flowersthrone of glass question

Oh my, this is the HARDEST question. I didn’t read Throne of Glass first. I read ACOTAR. And because I really, really liked that story, I decided to try out Throne of Glass.

But the original TOG is almost boring. Or maybe predictable is the word I’m looking for?

 ^ Me reading Throne of Glass ^

I only read the next one because I trusted Maas to make it interesting? But things didn’t grow interesting until Heir of Fire? Which is the third book?

Was Maas wasting my time???

Now, other people I know, love all of them. BUT they started reading with the prequel, The Assassin’s Blade. And they LOVED the prequel. And they told me I should have read that first.

Apparently, I can’t answer this question.  Except with that long paragraph I just wrote. I tried.

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Six of CrowsWell, I read Six of Crows first. BUT I was super confused. I had no idea who the Grisha were, so the Second Army and Heartrenders and Grisha talk just didn’t make sense.

I ended up googling ALOT of information on who the Grisha were. What in the world is the Second Army? 

And maybe I was spoiled for the Grishaverse?

I don’t know completely for sure, because I accidentally read the last Grisha book first.

Well, not accidentally. I picked it up at the library. And when I sat down to read it, I realized it was the last one in the series.

But did I care? Maybe a little. But not too, too much. Because I went ahead and read it.

So, I know the end. But I HAVEN’T read all the good stuff with the Darkling. I am planning on doing this soon. It just hasn’t happened yet.

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the mortal instrument bookish questions

NOPE. I do not need to think about this answer. Because I haven’t read TMI, and I can still get into the Shadowhunter world.

Now, I know A LOT about the Shadowhunters, because I’ve poured over The Infernal Devices and Dark Artifices.  Also, fan wikis are super helpful.

And, confession, I did read City of Bones. But it just wasn’t that interesting? I think Cassandra Clare’s writing style has changed alot. After all, it’s been 10 years since the first TMI was published.

Now, my sister loves TMI. So, feel free. Read them. But I didn’t. flowersshadowhunters tv show

How many times have you read a book, then thought… I could take these character, some fanfiction, and create a popular tv show. 

If you think that, than you probably make shows like Shadowhunters. I mean, it’s the same idea as the book, but not?

Also, let’s cast an actress who’s really not that great at acting. But we’ll make up for that by casting some amazing male leads. Matthew Daddario, anyone? 

In the end, the tv show is meh. Not the books by any stretch of the imagination. It has great moments. Can be kind of funny. But it’s not on Netflix, and I’m not paying extra to watch it. .

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If you’re trying to read Harry Potter as an older reader, the first one seems really slow. Very slow. Yes, it’s slightly entertaining. But not very interesting?

I’ve heard JK Rowling wrote each book at a progressively higher grade level. In that case, The Philosophers Stone is certainly a very young grade level. We’re not reading Lord of the Rings level writing here. More like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

And I admit, I wasn’t really hooked into the first HP book. I read the second just because I felt I should. But I fell in love with the third book. And the writing simply gets deeper and better.

So, if you’re waffling on continuing reading Harry Potter, DO IT! You simply won’t regret it. There are so many cool plot twists, amazing characters, and an epic fight against evil.

^Also, if you don’t read Harry Potter, you’re missing out on one of the best bookworms and heroines, ever.^

Also, of all the books series bookworms like arguing about, Harry Potter takes the cake. Now, if you haven’t read HP, don’t read this. But so you know, you’re missing out on some fantastic fan argument.

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There are so, so, so many great bookish Harry Potter opinions. I just finished watching the entire film series with a friend, and we’re about to argue about these three things.

Feel free to jump in the comments w/ your arguments, too.

  • Snape was kind of terrible. He terrified & abused students as a teacher. Love doesn’t excuse everything
  • Neville should have been the Chosen One
  • Dumbledore was way too secretive. Kind of a poor role model?

Those are my opinions, and as an expert bookworm, I’m sticking to them.

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Another reason you should read my favorite books? So, you don’t have to avoid spoiler warnings. 🙂

Five bookish questions answered! I think that’s called a success. 🙂 

let's chat

Do you like answering bookish questions? What kinds of questions do people ask you?

And, back to my answers… have you read any of the series I mentioned?

Disagree or agree with my thoughts? 

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6 Comments

  1. Samantha@ RedHeadWithABook
    December 17, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Um I found a fellow book blogger redhead hello please be my friend 😂😂😂
    OH NO
    So my aunt gave me Six Of Crows yesterday not looking forward to be confused about it…
    ~Sam https://redheadwithabook.wordpress.com/

    • Elizabeth Hunter
      Author
      December 17, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Um, yes, all redheads are destined to be best of friends, right???
      And maybe my small mind was the only one confused by Six of Crows – hope it all makes sense! I mean, it made sense most of the way, just the beginning was kind of confusing?

  2. Story Sponge
    December 21, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    I agree with you wholeheartedly about Snape! I spend way too much time talking about this to my siblings. So far I have avoided blogging about it but I have such STRONG FEELINGS about his behavior. I would also argue that his love for Lily wasn’t really love at all and would be better described as obsession. I also get so mad at Dumbledore for letting Snape teach. Give him some other job at the school but not that. DON’T LET HIM BULLY NEVILLE.

    • Elizabeth Hunter
      Author
      December 22, 2017 / 11:47 am

      YES! So much agreement. Real love lets people go, you know? I feel like Snape is somewhat of a glorified stalker.
      Maybe we should do this joint blog/rant about Snape. I know there’s got to be more people who agree, but he’s such a holy relic of the Harry Potter world. And I don’t understand the adoration, it makes no sense. (I mean, yeah, Alan Rickman did a fantastic job playing movie Snape. but book Snape was AWFUL!)

      • Story Sponge
        December 22, 2017 / 12:51 pm

        Yes, glorified stalker is an excellent term to describe him! It’s certainly true that Alan Rickman did an exceptional job with Snape, and the movie version of the character is more likeable than his book counterpart, but still, Snape doesn’t deserve so much praise. I am so glad that you agree!

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