First Ever Q&A! | Part 2: Books


If you haven’t seen part one, go watch it first here.


Hello and welcome to my first ever Q&A part two! In this one, I will answer bookish questions. I will mention some books that I’ve read this month, so you will see some names pop up in my March wrap up. Let’s get started!

Who are some BookTubers you would recommend? I still don’t really watch a lot of BookTube, I need to get on it and do that. But for the ones I do watch right now, I’ll give you a list.

Short list, I know. But like I said, I don’t watch a lot BookTube right now. But if you know of any BookTubers or people who talk about books that I definitely should check out, leave them in the comments! Also add if they caption or not. I like to know that before I check people out.

Top five must read for children? High school students? College students? Children: *shrugs* I haven’t really read that many children’s books lately, except for what I read growing up. So… I also read at a pretty advanced level for my age, so I really don’t know what’s a “good children’s book.” If you have recommendations, leave them below please! High school students: I will recommend a few books that I’ve read recently, YA/contemporary books. Ramona Blue, Radio Silence, The Hate U Give, Turtles All the Way Down. For the fifth, last one, I can’t pick between these two. They’re by the same author. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Those two are… Fantastic. College: I don’t really know what’s considered college books, so I’m just going to recommend a few more books that I’ve read recently. Homegoing, Behold the Dreamers, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Writings on the Wall, and Mudbound.

Top five books of all time? Authors? Top five books? IMPOSSIBLE. I can’t pick a top five. I can’t. I won’t do it. Authors… One that’s in the top five for sure is Clive Cussler. I just love all of his books. I love a lot of other authors, but he’s the only one that I can think of right now for the top five. (Editor’s note: An author that is quickly becoming a new favorite is Alice Oseman!)

What fandom would you like to live in? My mind immediately goes to Harry Potter. But only if I have magic.

Favorite book/s from your childhood? Thank you for giving me the option to answer in multiples! Well, I read A LOT as a kid. So I will tell you many, and most of them are series. Harry Potter. An obvious one, though that’s not exactly CHILDHOOD, I started reading them when I was 12, 13. Next, for this series, I read when I was in about middle school and continued reading it throughout high school. I’ll count it anyway. So You Want to Be a Wizard. The last time I read these was in middle/high school, so I don’t really remember if they’re actually that good or what. I enjoyed them when I read them, so take what you will from that. I loved The Boxcar Children, Hardy Boys, and The Magic Treehouse. Yes. I read those over and over. I have a whole section of them, like 45, 50 books from The Boxcar Children so… Yeah. Next! The Inkworld trilogy. I’m actually planning to re-read these soon, because I recently got the third book in the trilogy. So I’m excited about that. (Editor’s note: At the time of posting the video and writing this post, I’ve already started re-reading the series, and am currently on Inkspell which is #2.)

Are there any books you read as a child, re-read as an adult, that are either exactly the same as you remember, or wildly different, either good or bad? I’m not really a huge re-reader, so I haven’t re-read any books from my childhood except for Harry Potter. That doesn’t really count though, because I’ve read that multiple times. Like I just mentioned, I’m planning to re-read Inkheart, so we’ll see!

If you were stranded on an island, which fictional book would you like to have until rescue arrived? Even though it’s not that great from what I remember, I would choose Under the Dome, because it’s SO LONG. And it has SO MANY characters in it. I actually never finished it. I read like two-thirds of it, then stopped. Never got back to it, so… Also, I’m sure there’s plenty of unnecessary pages that could be ripped out for kindling if necessary.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Favorite mash-up? I will read pretty much anything, but I do have a particular liking for sci-fi, adventure, fantasy. I also have a liking for historical fiction. Favorite mash-up. I think I already answered that with my previous answer. I will read pretty much anything, and mash-ups of the genres I have a liking for are fantastic!

Favorite fantasy novel? Impossible to choose one! I already mentioned Harry Potter, so I will throw in another series that I read growing up, Ranger’s Apprentice. I enjoyed it. I’m thinking maybe I will re-read that. I don’t know, we’ll see.

What kind of nonfiction books do you like to read? Read any philosophy books? Like I’ve said, I’ll read anything. I do like reading books that I learn something from. I’ll give you a sample of nonfiction books I’ve read. Merger of the Century, Mindsharing, Brewing Revolution, Language at the Speed of Sight, Hidden Figures, and The Card Catalog. It’s pretty diverse. I have a lot of interests. For philosophy books, not really. But if you have any suggestions, I’ll take them!

What would it take to make you give up reading a book? I’m assuming you mean give up on a book I’m currently reading. If the writing is HORRENDOUS, I will give up. But it’s very rare I DNF (Did Not Finish) a book. I power through so others don’t have to suffer.

Has a book ever made you cry? Full-out weeping, no. I’m not much of a crier. But tear up? Yes. Two books recently that made me do that: A Man Called Ove, and The Hate U Give.

If they decided to stop making books due to the enviroment, would you still buy/read through tablets, the Kindle, etc? Yes! I do that now, I borrow ebooks through my library and read them on my iPad mini. Yeah, I do strongly prefer the feel of physical books, but I have no problem with ebooks.

Any dreams about being an author, librarian, book collector? Literal sleeping dreams, or aspirations? Kidding. For author, see the next question. Yes, I’ve thought about becoming a librarian, or at least working in one, as well as bookstores. Er… Am I not already a book collector? *whispering* My family combined owns over 1,000 books, and I think about half of them are mine.

If you could write a book, what would it be about? I don’t know if I would ever actually write a book, but if I did, I would want to write several. In fiction, I would want to write stories with deaf characters, but being deaf is not the focus of the story. A good example of that type is You’re Welcome Universe. For nonfiction (maybe fiction too), I would want to write books about the queer deaf community. There’s a LACK of that. We do have some deaf stories, but… Not many good ones, and very few of them have queer deaf characters in them.

That went much faster than the first one! I have a feeling that the next part will be long too, because there are a lot of deaf/ASL-related questions. So make sure you check that out!

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Hello there! I'm Rogan, a queer deaf guy who has a passion for leadership and advocacy. I create YouTube videos about a lot of different topics - being deaf, queer, reading, language, and whatever else interests me!

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