Hey everyone! I know I’m a pretty new blog and I don’t have a lot of posts up , but I’m partially doing Love-A-Thon to change that and get my blogging habits started. Therefore, I’m going to fill out a little question sheet so you guys can kind of get to know me a little bit.
1. What’s your name? My name is Hannie.
2. Where in the world are you blogging from? I am blogging from a college dorm in the midwestern portion of the good old USA.
3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? I went through a huge reading slump through most of college, which I realized was mostly because my family were the only people in my life who read, and they were now pretty far away from me. Starting this blog allowed me to share my views on books and get back into reading more frequently.
4. How did you come up with your blog name? Hanniebee sounds like Honeybee. Seriously, that’s about as creative as I can generally be.
5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? Well, as you can tell, I don’t actually have any reviews up. In terms of reading, I used to read mostly YA books but I am trying to sort of find my place in Adult fiction because I’ve read nearly everything I ever wanted to read in YA.
6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? Honestly, I really like to make top lists from varying categories and do stuff like reading wrap-ups. I have lots of plans for this blog in the future, but I still need to start writing.
7. Best blogging experience so far? I loved writing my first ever wrap-up and seeing how much I had read after such a long and terrible slump. It was a really great feeling to be back into my childhood love of reading.
8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? How open and kind you guys are! You have such a variety of different interests but those interests don’t seem to conflict with one another and you share opinions with each other openly.
9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the second book in the Illuminae series. The first book was one of my favorite books of 2015 and I was so excited to find out there was more to this world.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay. I read Bad Feminist over the past summer for a literature class and I adored it, so I am really excited to read more by this author.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. Let’s be honest: who isn’t beyond excited to revisit this world? I’ll admit, I squealed a tiny bit when it was announced (more than a bit, but I’m trying to end this post with at least a shred of dignity).
The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell. I really can’t exactly explain what draws me to this book, but the plot of of a mystery novel of sorts combined with a deep character study of human emotions brings out the English major in me. I can’t help but be excited to read this.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Now, I do want to start sliding a little away from YA, but I also realize that baby steps must be made and I probably can’t change from reading 95% YA to 0% YA in a single year. Therefore, I’m trying to keep a balance of anticipated releases between YA and adult. Laini Taylor is one of my favorite authors, so I am really excited for this book.
10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in
I’m going to do something a little fun and only talk about books I actually own, since those are the books I should probably read first.
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin. I am a sucker for a good horror book, so I’m not sure why I didn’t pick this up the second I bought it and spend an hour or two reading it. It is only about 150 pages. Still, I’m going to make this a 2016 priority.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve heard this is a book that you either love or hate, which made me a little wary given how long the book is. Even still, I should at least give it a shot before I just toss it aside as something I assume won’t be for me.
The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien. I have literally been halfway through this book for over a year and never picked it up again. For some reason, I can’t get into this series the way I’d like to (my mom is a massive fan). I’ll give it another shot though, and at least finish this first book.
The Circle by Dave Eggers. I’ve never read a book by Eggers before, but this one sounds fantastic. A 1984-esque book written about the internet-connected world? Yes, please!
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’m trying to avoid picking up new YA unless it’s a really special book, and I get the impression that this book should probably make that cut. It sounds really cool, so I’m really hoping I enjoy it!
11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? Without a doubt, Hell or High Water by Joy Castro. This book is a mystery/thriller set in modern day New Orleans, and it is absolutely phenomenal. My biggest problem with thrillers sometimes is that they’re either too predictable or the characters aren’t fleshed out fully enough for my taste. Neither of these problems exist in Hell or High Water. Just trust me on this, guys: it’s really good.
12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? Well, I suspect that I am probably going with a pretty common choice, but definitely Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter books. I was always a really studious child and I grew up kind of identifying Hermione as my bookish counterpart, so we would definitely get along if we knew each other in real life. Plus, you know, knowing her for real means I’d probably be at Hogwarts, which I’m hardly complaining about.
(Honorable mention goes to Ramona from the Romona series. Can you imagine what an awesome person Ramona would grow up to be and how much fun she would be to hang out with?)
13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
I’m going to preface this by saying that I don’t really romantically fall for characters in books, so this is a bit of a hard question for me. With that said, I thought that Ezra from Illuminae could be a really great close opposite-gendered companion pal for me in that he has a great sense of humor. The world is ending and he is completely incapable of being serious, which I actually think is a really great quality about him.
14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)
I’m going to start with recruiting my close pal Ezra from Illuminae because he will keep us grounded and stop us from nervous breakdowns.
I also have to bring back Hermione Granger from Harry Potter to be our head of intelligence and strategy.
Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy is going to be one of our front-lines defenders for the base.
Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bones can be our medic in case of emergencies.
Finally, I would take Violet from A Series of Unfortunate Events to be our crew’s inventor of crazy contraptions to get us out of tight spots.
15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? Primarily, I play video games. In fact, one of my biggest difficulties in life is striking an even hobby balance between playing my games and reading my books. At the moment, I am playing Borderlands 2 and Fallout 4. 2016 will (hopefully) bring about the release of Persona 5, which is easily my most anticipated game at the moment.
16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? Well, again, mostly video games. I have a bit of a hoarding habit regarding digital purchases of PC games. To put it in perspective, I have about 50 unread books (most of these are comics, so they won’t take long)…but I have 350 (at least) unplayed video games on my PC alone, not counting my Xbox and Playstation systems. Yes, I have a problem…
17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song
would be playing? Well, going with the theme of video games that I just talked about, one of my favorite songs is called “Everything’s Alright” by Laura Shigihara. You can listen to it below. I promise, even if you hate video games, you will love this song.
18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV
show you want turned into a book.
For this one, I have to go with The True Confessions Charlotte Doyle by Avi. This was one of my favorite books ever written as a child in elementary school. Pirates on a high seas adventure? How has this not become a movie yet?
19. What would your dream library look like? Like this:
For real, though. A huge library with spiral stairs and books stacked high above my head and enormous windows would be a dream come true for me.
20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with? Stephen King, without a doubt. The Stand is my favorite book of all time and I would love to meet and chat with the man behind the book.
Well, there you have it! I hope you liked getting to know me! Let me know down below if anything I said interested you, or if you want to share your responses to anything.