Today I decided to try something a little different, I was tagged in the “I Dare You” Book Tag by Kayla @ KDrewTheBookworm, a tag originally created by Lena @Bookfandom1001. Thank you so much for the nomination! And for those reading, be sure to check out their blogs.
Here are the rules:
-You must be honest
-You can’t not answer a question
-You have to tag at least four people
1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
Honestly, I have some books I got within weeks of being born somewhere on my shelves, but they are rather hidden behind the multitude of novels I have collected over the years, so it is probably something rather Polish, most probably some sort of book of the fairytale variety.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I am in the process of reading Six of Crows by the lovely Leigh Bardugo, after having finished Black Waters by India R. Adams this morning. I will most probably be reading Crooked Kingdom right after I am finished with Six of Crows.
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
This year’s example of a book that followed the
pattern that I don’t often get to experience is definitely Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz, you can read what bothered me about it here , but I do realise that I was amongst the minority when it came to opinions on this particular novel.
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Most probably The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I had started it before, and each time gave up miles before it was finished; so I think it’s safe to say that it will reside unfinished on my shelves.
5. Which book are you saving for retirement?
Must I really think that far ahead? Can I say a re-read of Twilight? I think it’ll be interesting to see what old, frail (this one’s a joke, I still want to kick butt once I’m retired) me thinks of Bella and her antics. If that answer is not legitimate enough, I can’t think of any other one – sorry!
6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
Lemme tell you a story… On a bright winter’s morning, 12-year old Ola thought it’d be a brilliant idea to read the last page of The Fault in Our Stars. One might think that it was a brilliant idea, surely nothing could go wrong? Could it? Could it??? I was young and naive, and boy was I in for a surprise. Needless to say, I don’t read the last pages of books since that incident.
7. Acknowledgements: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?
I think that acknowledgements are somewhat a necessary part of novels, but I do find that I am much more likely to read author’s notes than acknowledgements as those usually provide me with more information on the books which I had just read. Although I find the acknowledgement part of books a lovely thank you to those who supported their creation.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Uhm, I think it’s safe to say I’d be at least a wee bit dead if I traded places with most of the characters I love and admire. Could I change places with any of JLA’s girls, though? I mean, they go through some awful things, but for the most part, they come out unscathed and almost all of them are badass. Sign me up!
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
I think I will forever associate The Woman in Black with my English teacher…. whom I honestly had a rather turbulent relationship with. Two years of studying said novel managed to completely ruin it for me.
10. Name a book you acquired in an interesting way.
Daylighters by Rachel Caine was borrowed from my friend… until she decided that it’d be better for me to keep it, as it looked rather at home with its predecessors on my shelves.
11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
I can’t say that I have. I don’t tend to let go of my books once I have them, much like a labrador and a tennis ball – you want my books you’re going to have to chase me around the garden in circles. All jokes aside, I lend books to people, but if I want them to have a copy of a book I deem worthy of their possession, I’m more likely to give them a fresh copy which they can enjoy .
12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
All the books on my Kindle have travelled far and wide with me, across borders, towns, cities, villages, seas. I think we get the gist by now. So the answer is too many to name individually without you falling asleep.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in
high secondary school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
Honestly, I still either despise the books I was forced to read as part of the curriculum (another reason as to why I dropped English at A Level, I didn’t want to ruin any more novels for myself by having to study them repeatedly), or I found them alright, like Tuck Everlasting, I honestly think that book was the best book our school forced us to read, followed closely by Private Peaceful… both of which were read in Year 7 – which tells you how long I have despised required reading for, given that I am currently in year 12.
14. What is the strangest item you’ve found in a book?
Apart from all sorts of bookmarks, all I’ve found in books I’ve borrowed from places like the library was a plethora of questionable stains and possibly the most exciting bookmark of all which was made of dried flowers and dated back to the last century, it was rather remarkable.
15. Used or brand new?
I prefer to buy new books because I have a thing about broken spines and dog-eared pages and sometimes used books have both and my soul dies a little each time and so I just prefer the pristine condition in which I can buy books from bookstores and isn’t this such a long sentence. If someone read that sentence out loud, they would have probably died from lack of oxygen, I apologise for the lack of punctuation but I think it illustrates the mental turmoil that causing harm to books causes me.
16. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
I’ve read bits of Inferno and The Da Vinci Code, but I’m not particularly into those sorts of novels at present. I will most probably finish both books and perhaps read more of his works with time.
17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
I think that TFiOS was definitely a case of this, I cried more at the film than I did at the book. There have been a few more, but I feel like I’m already committing sacrilege by admitting that so I’ll just go now. Moving on.
18. A book that should have NEVER been published.
I agree with Kayla and Lena on this one, such an awful question to demand a blogger to answer, but I am going to have to say any book that is racist, homophobic, sexist or downright rude about anything (unless it is aimed to look down on such outlooks) should not have a right to be published.
19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
Yes, Heartless by Marissa Meyer did a wonderful job of making me hungry with all the descriptions of the cakes made by Catherine…. I wanted to try all of them.
Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
I have some trusted reviewers with whom I usually agree on bookish opinions, so most probably those. But I am usually willing to take any recommendations from anyone really, as long as the book sounds vaguely like something I might want to read.
- Niraja @FantasticBooksandWheretoFindThem
- Kim @ByHookorByBook
- Anyone else who wants to do this tag.
It’s okay if the aforementioned people do not wish to participate in this tag, but I would love to see their responses!
Do you largely disagree with some of my opinions? Or maybe we share an unpopular opinion? Have you read any of the books I have mentioned -or perhaps you want to recommend any of your reads? Tell me in the comments below.