Good evening, and welcome to…my first ever book tag!
Orrr good afternoon, good morning, whatever time it is when you’re reading this. If your life is anything like mine, good-middle-of-the-night. Heyyy, fellow night owls.
So the tag I’m doing is short and sweet, but if you know me at all, you know I am neither short nor sweet, because I’m not Michelle Tanner, and that’s just not my style, so I can’t promise I will be able to eliminate all of my longwinded-ness from this post. That being said, it is only ten questions, so it isn’t one of those tags that’s downright exhausting.
The Book Nut did this tag wayyy back in 2014 when the world was a totally different place, but, you know, I’m new to the game, so here I am!
Let’s get started, shall we?
1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I know Bardugo and the Grisha-verse in general have a huuuuge fanbase, and people just loved this book and raved about it left and right, but I just…couldn’t. I just couldn’t, guys.
2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t really feel guilty about any of the books I read, per se, but a book/series I really enjoy which I think many people would consider “guilty pleasure reading” is the Maddox Brothers series by Jamie McGuire (Beautiful Disaster, Walking Disaster, Beautiful Oblivion, Beautiful Redemption, and so on and so forth). Full of tropes they may be, but this series is like a sugar addiction I can’t kick, and much like the female leads in these books, I just can’t walk away from a Maddox brother. #sorrynotsorry
3. Which book do you love to hate?
There are a lot of books I actually literally, really, really hate, but I think for “love to hate”, I’m probably going to have to go with Twilight, or any of the books from the Twilight series. I mean I hate them. I hate them so much. But at least I can laugh about how much I hate them.
4. Which book would you throw into the sea?
Awake by Natasha Preston. God, I hated this book so much. Just…so, so much. I can’t even.
Also, just to be clear, I’d never literally throw a book into the sea because that’s littering and #savethefishies and all.
5. Which book have you read the most?
Honestly, probably The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. I know that sounds like some faux-intellectual shit a wannabe hipster might say, but I’ve read it so many times, and I actually collect different copies of Romeo and Juliet (any that are antique or just have beautiful covers). Especially because it’s in old English, I think it’s the type of thing you can read over and over again both to learn and to mine out the various nuances. Plus, I mean come on. It’s a classic.
6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
Probably Fifty Shades of Grey, because I think it’s the only book that not only do I have absolutely no desire to own, I also don’t know anyone else who would want it who I could give it to. And I’m going to assume used bookstores are downright sick of buying back copies of it.
I could get into a whole tirade about why I hate this book so much (and it may not be the reasons you think), but that’s its whole own post, so I won’t torture your eyeballs with it here.
7. Which book could you not live without?
That is a big question. I’m going to go with an answer a lot of people probably give and I’m going to say the Harry Potter series. I realize it’s more than one book (I’m bad at math, but not that bad), but I, like many, consider them a singular entity. I choose this series because unlike some of the younger fans who came into it when Harry Potter was already a fully formed series, myself and many readers from my generation grew up with Harry Potter and the series, so not only does it hold a really special place in my heart, but I really think it influenced the way I grew both as a reader and just as a human.
8. What book made you the angriest?
The first one that comes to mind is Alive by Scott Sigler. To have gone through that whole mystery, the whole “tomb” situation, reading about the “coffins” and “jewels”, etc., and follow along with this entire (intentionally misleading) plot line for the course of the entire book only for the big reveal to be “SURPRISE, WE’RE ON A SPACESHIP”….oh my God, I can’t remember the last time I was so enraged.
9. Which book made you cry the most?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And let me be clear about something here, a lot of sad stuff happens in that book. And I mean a lot. J.K. Rowling took our poor, tortured little hearts and she wrung them out with that book. But I’m choosing it as the book that made me cry the most for one simple reason: Fred Weasley.
I cannot even begin to explain to you how desperately in love with the Weasley twins I am. I cannot. Even. Begin, y’all. I literally never, ever would have guessed that one of the twins would get killed off. Ever. I honestly would have probably been less of a train wreck if one of the Golden Trio had died (no offense). But Fred Weasley’s death tore me to pieces. Absolute pieces. Like ugly sobbing pieces. I’m still not over it, and for the most part, I prefer to just pretend it never happened and that my heart was never so brutally betrayed.
10. Which book cover do you hate the most?
Literally any book cover where they take the pictures from the movie or TV show and put that image on the cover instead. Like this:
You get my point.
I understand why publishers are doing this, really, I do. A lot of people watch TV and movies and making the cover tie in with other media can make the book more recognizable and therefore, fuel more sales, etc., etc…but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. In fact, I absolutely hate it. I have actually not purchased books I wanted because there wasn’t an edition available that didn’t have a picture from the movie or TV show on it. I don’t want Brad Pitt on my cover of Fight Club, I don’t want Daniel Radcliffe on my copy of Horns, and, as handsome as he is, I don’t want Viggo Mortensen on my copy of Return of the King. Call me a picky bitch if you will, but I know what I like…and it’s not movie pictures on my book covers.
So what about everyone else? Did you fall to pieces over the death of Fred Weasley? Do you hate movie picture book covers? Would you actually whip a book into the ocean for disappointing you? Let me know your answers to these or any of the other questions in the comments below! You know I’d love to talk <3