It’s Friddddaaaay, and which means another book tag *eee.* I’m not going to do much of a introduction because there lots and lots of questions to answer. So without further ado. Comence ‘The Ultimate Book Tag,’ (which as a sidenote I found heree.)
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
A little; as a child I never knew when to stop and suddenly we’d be pulling over and, well ’twas a little gross. I do still as an adult but I know when to stop and look out to the horizon.
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
I think Charles Bukowski, I’ve read Factotum and the style is so blunt and brutal it is just, fantastic. A friend of mine showed my his copy of The Post Office and the chapters are only a page long, it is just such an intriguing way to write a book.
3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
1. I would use the fact I’ve never read Twilight but that would be an insult to HP. I think it’s just such an iconic and wonderfully written book. The characters, the story, the magic; it’s the one fantasy book that truly captivated me
2. This basically was my childhood growing up. Waiting for the next book to come out and furiously reading. I have never felt that way about a series and doubt I ever will again
3. Always (I’m such a Potter-head)
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
I don’t carry a book-bag but I always have a book in my bag so I guess they all are book-bags in a way.
5. Do you smell your books?
Who me? Never… *coughs*
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I honestly like to read both. I recently read Animal Farm by George Orwell and it had a number of illustrations and it did add a lot to the story, but I usually read books minus illustrations.
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
I think before becoming a book blogger I never really thought about how much I actually enjoyed the book in terms of characterisation, plot, pace etc but now I can see it a lot more. I think maybe An Unfortunate Series of Events. As a child they were utterly adored, as an adult, less so. (They are still incredible books saying this.)
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I asked my Mum for this one, and apparently at Nursery I would always be found next to the book box rather than outside on the climbing frame. Still rings true today.
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Anagrams of the Word “A?” No I’m teasing. I have a pocket sized version of the book Alice in Wonderland at home which is really tiny. Either that or a number of My Mr Men or Little Miss books.
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Would have to be 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami although that technically is three books but it is definitely the thickest book *in my suitcase.*
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I’m currently attempting to write a book but it is quite a slow and difficult process. I think one day I might be able to, even if it takes a novella style. I hope one day it will become a reality.
12. When did you get into reading?
I’m not sure there wasn’t a time when I didn’t read. From a very young age I told stories to my monkey’s (I wasn’t really a teddy kind of girl) and it’s something that has grown and grown. Reading was something I apparently found very simple to pick up and I’ve been addicted ever since really.
13. What is your favourite classic book?
I’ve only very recently started reading classics books because I’ve spent the last two decades refusing to read them. I think at the moment, Down and Out in Paris and In London takes the top spot because it was the first to really spark my interest in classic books. However I’m currently reading ‘Gerald’s Party by Robert Coover,’ which although only a chapter in, I am falling utterly in love with.
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
I think English language was my best out of the three that I studied (Media, Literature and Language.) Maths was certainly my worst subject.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I think I would say thank you, review it and write a ‘sandwich review,’ so one that encompasses what I liked/disliked and then pass it on for someone else to enjoy.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I’m not a big series reader if I’m honest. I think I would have to say Game of Thrones? It’s something I’ve been tempted to start but I know I probably will never get round to it.
17. What is a bad habit you always do whilst reading?
Besides folding over corners of pages, I think, every so often I start reading a book and then I start something else, and then when I’ve finished that book, I read a bit more. However, I then pick up something else, and the original book never gets finished. It’s a nightmare.
18. What is your favorite word?
There are too many to pick just one word but I think the word ineffible, meaning ‘too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words,’ is quite special.
19. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
In the last couple of months I have read books that I never thought I would and that’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone more often. It’s mostly in terms of my sudden adoration for classic books. I’m about to start reading ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and I am totally unashamed to say I’m terribly excited about it.
20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Blah fantasy books; I think Vampires. More to get your teeth into.
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Once again, for the love of non-fantasy readers, neither really floats my boat. If I had to, shape-shifters. Creepier.
22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
How many more of these are there? I think I would pick spirits because they often have unfinished business to deal with, which the author can play with.
23. Zombies or Vampires?
I think either for this one.
24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
I’m going to be a bit controversial I think and go for Love Triange. Forbidden Love is so over-rated.
25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Currently I have read toooo many romance books so I’m going to have to go with action with a number of lovey-dovey scenes mixed in. Sounds pretty lovely right now. I now tagggg *drum roll*