BOOKISH PROMPTS WITH @WARHAWKESVAULT
Bookish Prompts is my version of a fun interview with fellow book obsessed people on the internet. Today’s episode of Bookish Prompts is with fellow blogger and bookstagrammer Azmira. Azmira’s blog is a fun place to read book reviews, bookish musings, author interviews and blogger interviews. Her blog really is a treasure trove for fellow bookish people as her tag line suggests.
Here is my Q & A with her. Hope you enjoy!!
Let’s get into the questions –
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your bookish habits.
Hi! I’m Azmira but better known online as warhawke. I’m a blogger/bookstagrammer from Malaysia. My preferred genres are Romance and Fantasy, but I also read other genres in between. I like to switch genres and tropes to keep things interesting.
2. What’s your reading ritual like?
I read whenever I want, which is practically all the time ?. I need quietness and solitude to concentrate on my reading.
3. How has your reading journey been like?
I used to be an avid reader as a kid until I was about 10 years old when I completely abandoned books for TV shows.?♀️ Fortunately, I saw the light again in 2012 when I bought a book from a book sale and I’ve been a born again avid reader from 2013.
4. Your ideal reading place, time and food/beverage ?
I prefer to read in the morning when it’s quiet with fewer distractions. I get sleepy when reading at night ?. My ideal place to read is on my bed with just water. I can’t read in a sitting position for long because I get dizzy from having my head down lol!
5. What does your dream personal library look like?
I want a modern, sleek design library. Two storeys with a skylight so I can put lots of plants all over.
6. If you owned your dream bookshop what would you name it?
Rootbound & Hardbound. Because I want to have a bookstore that also sells plants. Ugh, now I really need this to become reality ??.
7. 5 books you wish you could read for the first time again?
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan
8. 5 books you would love to say no to?
I don’t want to say no to anything. Even though a book might not be my preferred genre, it could still have a good story. Oh, wait, actually I’m not interested in nonfiction especially if related to politics/politicians.
9. Books that changed your mindset or life drastically.
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. It was the book that got me started reading for pleasure again.
10. Bookish worlds you would love to live in?
Varenmore in Gothikana by RuNxy. Mysterious gothic castle, deep in the misty woods. Kinda scary but so darkly Romantic.
11. If you could start a new reading or bookish tradition, what would it be?
This should be common sense but apparently, there are still a lot of readers who have no respect for others by posting spoilers without warning. So let’s publicly shame them every time that happened ?.
12. If you couldn’t read in your favorite genre (as in, if the genre didn’t exist) then which genre would you love to read?
I’ve always wanted to read more Magical Realism. Also, I’ve only read a handful of SciFi, so it’d be a good time to do so lol!
13. You are preparing a book bouquet for your family member, partner and friend. Which books would you add to each bouquet and why?
Oh… this is hard because not only the people around me are not readers but I also read the kind of books that will make them think I need help ?. Ok, let’s see. For Romance, I’ll add Amy Harmon’s books because they would appeal to most people. For Fantasy, Sarah J. Maas.
14. A standalone, series, and author you can’t stop recommending.
It might sound weird with me being a blogger. But, I don’t actually like recommending books ?. Because I feel reading is very personal and reading preferences are very subjective. But let’s see…
Standalone: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Series: The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz
Author: Leylah Attar
15. Favorite characters you would want in your inner circle and why?
Benny (Pretty Little Dolls series by Ker Dukey & K. Webster) and Van (Deliver series by Pam Godwin) because they’re badass and I know they can take care of any situation.
16. If you could live as a bookish character for a day, who would it be and why?
Aelin from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Because she’s so damn powerful and of course because of Rowan lol!
17. Genre you cannot live without.
Romance. I need my book boyfriends ?.
18. Bookish pet peeves.
It’s really annoying when people gush about a book but don’t bother to include the title/author. Also, people who recommend books without giving the full info (no author name/title/series name, etc.). I see this a lot in FB groups. If you want to share your favorite books, then do it properly so others can find them too, not just assume everyone heard of the book.
19. Tropes you would kill to read and tropes you would avoid at any cost.
I love dark, taboo stories. I also love retellings and villain origin stories. I’m not interested in anything cute/sweet and perfect people with perfect lives.
20. 5 quotes that live rent free in your head.
“God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.”
― Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love
“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.”
― ML Stedman, The Light Between Oceans
“See, I never understood that. Why pride is looked on as an evil. You work hard at something you’re not born good at? Damn right you should be fucking proud.”
― Jay Kristoff, Empire of the Vampire
“For you, a thousand times over.”
— Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
21. Most shocking book and an unforgettable book that you have read.
The Riding School by C.P. Mandara. I was new to reading kinky erotica and this book slapped me in the face and I was like WTF was that, but I liked it ?.
22. Favorite and unforgettable bookish memory.
When I discovered ebooks! Oh man, it’s life-changing for someone like me who hates having to go out even to a happy place like a bookstore lol!
23. Your ‘The Book Bucket List’.
I have never been to a book signing event. We rarely have them here and certainly not for authors that I read. So I’d love to go to a multi-author signing event abroad. But the problem is, I’m not into people, so it’s hard imagining myself lining up in a crowd who would probably want to chat about the authors. Also, what are we supposed to talk about with the authors? I’d probably just wave, ask them to sign my book, and get the hell out of there ?.
24. It’s book confession time…
I always feel I’m a good reader ?. I take care of my books like they’re my babies, so there’s nothing bad to confess about. Oh… no, actually I did a bad thing. I burned (unused) books but it’s for bookstagram so it’s a good thing right? Lol!
25. Recommend 5 books that you could never get tired of recommending.
These are some of my top favorites:
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – My all-time favorite
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
Captive in the Dark by C.J. Robert – My gateway to Dark Romance
Make sure to check out her blog , you can find her at Warhawke’s Vault Book Blog.
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I’m with Azmira: TV held my attention for a little while, but books are so much more satisfying!
Same!! I have the tendency to get obsessed with shows and TV as well. But I always came back to reading. It definitely is more satisfying!!
The bucket list would be possible if I kidnap you to the event.
Because otherwise I wouldn’t leave my room ? ?? ?