Get To Know Me Tag

I wasn’t tagged for this, but I was bored, so I’m going to do the Get to Know Me Tag which I copied from Callum.  I also contemplated queueing this so I wouldn’t have 2 posts in one day… but then I realized I do not care that much about my blogging schedule lol.

FAVORITE COLOR AND DO YOU HAVE A BOOK IN THAT COLOR?

Red.  I know it just asked for one, but I couldn’t resist.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 BOOK CHARACTERS

Sansa Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (often underestimated for being quiet; idealistic; perceptive), Esther Greenwood from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (often directionless and apathetic), and Francis Abernathy from The Secret History by Donna Tartt (melodramatic [dyed] ginger hypochondriac).

HYPED BOOKS YAY OR NAY? IF YAY, WHAT WAS THE MOST HYPED BOOK YOU EVER READ? IF NAY, WHAT WAS THE MOST HYPED BOOK YOU DECIDED NOT TO READ?

Sure, I read a lot of hyped books and bestsellers.  The Girl on the Train is probably the most hyped book I’ve read… it was okay, not my favorite book ever but I didn’t hate it.

RECOMMEND ONE BOOK PER SEASON. SPRING. SUMMER. FALL. WINTER.

SpringTell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rivka Brunt.  For no particular reason other than that is an excellent bildungsroman, and coming of age/transitional books make me think of spring.

SummerCastle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge.  It’s set on a deserted island in the middle of the South Pacific, so, a very good beach read.

FallThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.  This is one of the few books I can think of that almost needs to be read in a particular season.  The atmosphere of gloomy Irish November is so vivid in this book, so reading it during that time of year only enhances the experience.

Winter.  Elmet by Fiona Mozley.  It’s about a family living in rural Yorkshire, and it doesn’t entirely take place in the winter, but this book has a very wintry soul.

NAME ONE BOOK THAT WRECKED YOU EMOTIONALLY

35294274I’ll copy Callum’s answer and say Jo Cox: More in Common by Brendan Cox, which I recently read and reviewed.  It’s a biography of Jo, a British Labour MP who was brutally murdered in 2016, written by her husband.  It’s such a touching look at Jo’s life and everything she was able to achieve, both on a personal and a political level.  She seems to have been a truly beautiful soul, and I cried a lot on a plane listening to this audiobook, thinking about what a brilliant person was lost to a horrible and senseless act of violence.

NAME ONE BOOK YOU WOULD RECOMMEND WITH TEA AND COOKIES?

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The English Wife by Lauren Willig, because it has an excellent wintry Victorian vibe so you’ll probably need some tea to keep warm while reading it.

 

 

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE BOOK?

35356382I don’t have a lot of guilty pleasures simply because I rarely feel guilt over enjoying the things I enjoy, even if they’re embarrassing.  But I’ll say something like The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor – it’s the kind of book that initially got a lot of hype from a few bloggers with ARCs – me included – then when it was released there were a lot of people, including several of my friends, who read it and went ‘what, that was it??’ which I totally understand on an intellectual level.  There was absolutely nothing groundbreaking about this book, but as it was good creepy entertainment, I can’t help but to like it.

FAVORITE DESSERT AND A BOOK THAT REMINDS YOU OF THAT

25614298Anything with dark chocolate… I think I have to go with tiramisu though.  Preferably good Italian tiramisu.  American tiramisu usually makes me sad.  For the book I’ll say In altre parole/In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, her memoir about her experience with the Italian language and living in Italy, which was the most unnervingly #relatable memoir I’ve ever read – I literally saw so many of my own experiences reflected in her own story.  But anyway, it’s a book about Italy, hence the connection.

ARE YOU A PROCRASTINATOR? WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU BEEN PROCRASTINATING READING?

10357575I am such a procrastinator.  Both in my life and with reading.  There are so many, but I’ll go with 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami which has been on my shelf pretty much since the day it was published.  Murakami’s writing is never even particularly dense, so I’m sure it won’t even take me that long once I get around to it, but the 1000+ page count is intimidating.

 

Tagging whoever wants to do it!

Get to Know Me Tag

I was tagged by Christen @ Read by Chris for the Get to Know Me tag – thank you!!  Sorry it took so long to get around to this.  Anyway, go check out Chris’s blog, she’s awesome!


Name: Rachel

Nicknames: Some people call me Rach, I guess?  If that counts.  I don’t have a lot of nicknames.

Birthday: March 31.

Star Sign: Aries.

Occupation: I work for an international book distributor.  What that means is our company has a representation agreement with certain publishers, and we promote their books to our client base (mainly in Central and South America).  We then supply our customers with their book orders so they don’t have to order directly from the publishers, which saves the customer money in international shipping fees.  Usually I say I work at a book distributor and I get ‘oh cool, I love bookstores.’  Nope, not a bookstore.  I wish I got discounted books from work.  I’m afraid not.


APPEARANCE:

Hair color: Naturally brown, highlighted red and blonde.  Senior year of college I dyed my hair red all year because why not, and then when I went to a stylist after I graduated to dye it back to my natural color she was like, ‘the red is so fun though, can I try something with it?!’ and I said ‘sure’ and we arrived at my red-blonde-brown hybrid thingy that I’ve been rocking now since 2014.  After I get it done it looks like it does in my profile picture here, but the red washes out quickly, and I haven’t gotten it dyed since… November or December (I have an appointment on Monday, yay) so now it’s just brown with blonde highlights.  That was a long answer.

Hair length: A bit past my shoulders.

Eye color: Hazel.

Best feature: … the aforementioned hair.  Also, eyebrows.

Braces: Twice 😦  I have a lot of dental issues, to put it mildly.

Piercings: Just my ears, but I actually haven’t worn earrings in probably around 5 years, so I doubt I’d be able to get an earring in at this point.  I’m not sure why I did that, I guess I just wasn’t feeling it for a while.  I’ve finally been considering getting them re-pierced, though, I just keep forgetting about it.

Tattoos: None, and I don’t want any.  It’s not the needles/pain, it’s my personality.  I get really intensely obsessed with certain things for years, and then the obsession fades and I’ll find a new thing.  At this point in my life I’d probably get a tattoo of a line from the Iliad or something, and in ten years I’d look at it and go ‘Rachel why.’

Right or left: Right handed, left politically.


FIRSTS:

Holiday: Absolutely no idea.

Best Friend: My friend Sarah who I went to elementary school with, we were friends in high school too but we both had different best friends by that point so we weren’t as close.  I’m friends with her on Facebook but we haven’t talked in years.

Award: No clue!!  I won an international poetry contest when I was about 11, so maybe that.

Sport: I’ve played tennis since I was 3.  When I started playing I was so small I couldn’t hold the racquet properly so I had to use two-hands, and I still hit with a two-handed forehand to this day.

Concert: The exact same as Chris who I’m copying this survey from – A*Teens and Aaron Carter.  I went for the A*Teens, who were my elementary school obsession – Aaron Carter was just an unfortunate side effect.


FAVORITES:

TV shows: Survivor, Six Feet Under, Coronation Street, Downton Abbey back when it was good (I have Really Strong Opinions about how Thomas Barrow deserved better)… I don’t know!  I used to watch Breaking Bad when it was still airing…. and I used to be obsessed with Doctor Who, pre-Moffat era…. I don’t know.  I’m bad at TV.

Color: Red.

Song: Conversation 16 by The National // Nude by Radiohead // Exit Music (For a Film) by Radiohead.  Probably one of those.

Restaurant: The Smith in New York.  If you live in NYC, stop what you’re doing and make a reservation to eat brunch there.  Their avocado toast changed my life.

Shop: Lush Cosmetics.  I hate clothes shopping, but I could spend an hour (and a small fortune) in Lush.

Books: My about page should give you some idea.

Shoes: I have these white flats from Modcloth that I’ve nearly worn to death.  Usually I just wear tennis shoes though, if I’m being honest.


CURRENTLY:

Feeling: A bit stressed – it’s been a rough week, work wise.  But my friend Hadeer is visiting me tomorrow – yay!  So I’m excited for that.

Single or Taken: Single, contentedly so.

Eating: I just had some strawberries.

Thinking About: What to make for dinner.

Watching: This computer screen.

Wearing: Jeans, tennis shoes, black t-shirt, seafoam green hoodie.  #fashionista


FUTURE:

Want Children: Not at all.

Want to be married: I don’t really care either way, to be honest.  If Colin Farrell is single I meet the right person, great.  If I don’t, oh well.

Careers in mind: I’ll probably continue working in publishing in some capacity, either as an editor or a literary agent… But if someone wants to pay me to review books, I will not say no!  (I’ve always fancied the idea of being an author, too, but I have the most debilitating writer’s block, mainly because I never seem to have any ideas.  I’m a good enough writer when I actually… have something to write about.)

Where you want to live: Ugh, isn’t that the million dollar question.  My whole life is in the US northeast and I know I want to live in a city, so I’ve mainly considered New York, Boston, and Montreal, all of which I’m decently familiar with/comfortable in.  But I’ve also thought about LA… I don’t know.  And I’d love to live in Europe, but that would be difficult.  I wish the world were smaller, sometimes.


DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

God: I’m afraid not.

Miracles: Not really.

Love at first sight: No.  That’s lust, not love.

Ghosts: No, but I’m fascinated by the concept of ghosts.  I’d way rather read a ghost story than any other kind of paranormal story.

Aliens: Of course.  Probably not little red people who live on Mars and speak perfect English, but it’s impossible that in this vast universe we’re the only sentient life.

Soul Mates: Not in the predestined sense, but I’m sure some people feel that profound connection with their partners, and if they want to call that connection ‘soulmates,’ fine.

Heaven: I really wish I did, but no.

Hell: Nope.

Kissing on the first date: Sure.

Yourself: At times.

Not tagging anyone specifically, do it if you want!  And tag me so I can read your answers.  🙂