I find that book tags are typically a really good time, and get me thinking about things I might not otherwise think about if not for the questions in the tag (like the last question in this tag, which is a lot of fun!!!), so I was perusing the good ol’ interwebs looking for a fun tag with really interesting questions (yeah, no one tagged me in this). I ended up stealing this book tag from Cait at Paper Fury (it’s okay, she said we could!). You can read her take on the tag here (she’s hilarious). But if you want to see my answers to the diverse and captivating questions in the #IDareYou book tag, just keep scrolling!
What book has been on your shelves the longest?
That’s a tough one. I’ve had a lot of books for quite a long time. I don’t have any of my children’s books anymore (like Golden books and the like), so I would assume at this point the book that’s been on my shelves the longest is my first copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Aw. That’s nice to think about, actually. That made me a little emotional.
What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (review coming soon!). My last read was The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (4.5/5 stars), and next??? I usually pick based on my mood when I am ready to start a new book, but I think I will either read Cress by Marissa Meyer, Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle, or Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker.
What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Ugh, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I feel like I am one of the only people in the wooorrlllddd who despised this book. If you want specifics, you can read more about my burning hatred for this book here in this blog post all about it.
What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Eep. I don’t have a lot of books I don’t fully intend to read, so maybe War and Peace? Several years ago, a professor bought me a copy of War and Peace and said something along the lines of, “Even if you don’t read this, everyone should have a copy on their bookshelves. It’ll look great.” I always tell myself I will read it, but it seems like such a huge undertaking I’m just not sure if I will!
Which book are you saving for retirement?
Maybe War and Peace? Haha if I never get around to it any other time, I’ll go ahead and tackle it in my old age, okay? Okay!
Last page: do you read it first or wait to the end?
What am I, a monster? Of course I wait til the end! I have never, ever, ever understood people who say they read the last page first. Everything about that sounds horrible!
Acknowledgements: are they a waste of paper and ink or interesting?
Interesting! I have no idea who a lot of the people are that the author is thanking, but I still read them! I love to see the cute, kind things authors say to their significant others, their friends, and their family members. Plus, sometimes, when you read the acknowledgements, you find out that some of your favorite authors are friends with each other. And of course, the biggest reason they are not a waste of paper is because the author spent a ton of time and effort writing that book, put their blood, sweat, and tears into it, and they have every right to thank every single person they’ve ever met in alphabetical order if they want to!
Which book character would you switch places with?
Angelina Johnson so I could go to the Yule Ball with Fred Weasley.
WHAT. Judge me, I don’t care.
Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?
Several. The Grace That Keeps This World by Tom Bailey and The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien remind me of college and my education. On Writing by Stephen King reminds me of when I was in high school and really started seriously pursuing writing as a career/realizing it could be a real career.
And maybe most significantly, I have a book called Vampyre: The Terrifying Last Journal of Dr. Cornelius Van Helsing that reminds me of two significant events with my husband: one was our first date, when we went to the movies and walked around the bookstore inside the mall, and I first saw the book, picked it up and talked about how cool it was, but didn’t end up purchasing it. Later, when I was very, very sick, my husband (well, he wasn’t my husband back then, we were just high schoolers), bought me the book and surprised it with me at my house where I was sick in bed. Every time I see it I think of those two times and how sweet it was!
Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Oooh, I talked about this on a recent Instagram post actually when I did the “5 Bookish Facts About Me” tag. I have a whole set of books published by Walter J. Black Inc. in 1928 featuring the complete works of authors like Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, and many, many more authors which I got for free because an elderly lady my mom had known passed away and the lady’s kids were going to throw her books away. In the garbage. And I was like helllll no and I took them and gave them a better life with me. Also, my copy of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien was kind of sort of permanently borrowed (OKAY, FINE, STOLEN) from my ex’s little brother.
Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
I have bought specific books for other people, but honestly, I’ve never given away one of my books to anyone for a special reason. I don’t know, maybe that makes me sound selfish, but I can’t bear to part with any of my books for any reason at all. It just isn’t going to happen! Haha #sorrynotsorry.
Which book has been with you the most places?
Definitely Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, just because I’ve moved so, so, so many times since first getting it.
Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I didn’t really hate any of the required reading we had in high school. I think people grumble a lot about required reading really unnecessarily. If they would just give it a chance, they would probably find it’s not so bad, and that you can really learn something from it even if it wasn’t your favorite book in the world. My favorite required reading, though, was Romeo and Juliet (or anything by Shakespeare) and The Great Gatsby.
Oh, weird, Leo was in both those movie adaptations.
Used or brand new?
Either! Both! I don’t really care, as long as I get books! I just want all the books!
Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Yes, actually, I had to read The Da Vinci Code for school when I was in high school. I know that sounds weird because that’s not a typical book that you would read in school, but I took a class called Contemporary Novels, which was exactly what it sounds like, and my teacher chose The Da Vinci Code for us. I also saw the movie. Actually, I think we watched it in class, which was a good time, because who doesn’t love watching movies in school?
Have you ever seen a movie that you liked more than the book?
I can’t think of any, but I have seen some movie adaptations that I think were done really well. I really enjoyed the movie adaptation for Fight Club, for example. I like the Harry Potter movies even though some of the changes unnerve me a bit, but I live with them because I like to see some of my favorite books brought to life on screen by some really, really talented actors and actresses. And even though it strayed so far from the book, I actually do like watching The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie adaptation. I adore Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins. And I’d much rather watch that movie than the show.
We don’t talk about that show.
A book that’s made you hungry?
The Harry Potter books always make me hungry!!! Between the feasts, all the candy and sweets, and pumpkin everything, I always want some snacks when I read the Harry Potter books. Also, Abroad by Katie Crouch takes place in Italy and they are always eating Italian food (and Crouch’s descriptions of the food are just sooo good), so I end up seriously craving some genuine Italian food!
Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
I don’t know if there’s any one person whose book advice I will always, always unfailingly take, because for one thing, I’m really bad at taking advice. Seriously, ask my husband or any of my friends. I’m like Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I just do not listen. Even when I know I should. But also, because there are no two people who really exactly alike, and our tastes differ so much, so you can never really guarantee that you’ll definitely like something that someone else does, even if you’re very similar in other ways. But my friend Chelsea usually has very good recommendations for books, and she likes a lot of similar things to me, so I can trust her!
Most read authors?
J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Chuck Palahniuk, Sue Miller, Katie Crouch, William Shakespeare, Tim O’Brien, & Rainbow Rowell.
Ship from two different books?
Ooooh, this is fun.
Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles and Raven from The 100 series (they actually have a lot in common and are both strong, kickass women who can support each other through thick and thin).
Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments and Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series (she’d put him in his place and they’d endlessly entertain each other with their sarcastic remarks. Plus, I’d much rather see her with Draco than with Simon, which is probably an unpopular opinion but oh, well).
Brooklyn from the The Merciless series and Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments (they’re both evil, but they’re the interesting kind of evil, and they can talk about their journey to becoming evil, and just run around doing evil things together and having a lot of fun. Plus Brooklyn’s got an in with the demons, so, it all kind of works out).
So what about everyone else?! What is the most interesting way you’ve acquired a book? What two characters from different books would you ship? Let me know in the comments! You know I’d love to talk. <3
And feel free to do the whole tag if you wish! I’d love to see your answers!