I know last Tuesday was book day but can one ever really talk too much about books? I followed through to a commenter’s blog last week and found this book tag. (Thank you, Jade of The Elder Books!)
There are rules: Answer honestly, answer all the questions, tag four book people.
On to the fun…
🌼 What book has been on your shelf the longest?
My mom’s grade school copy of Alice in Wonderland. I love reading from it. The pages and the smell and everything about. Also, the books from my childhood that still sit on my adult shelves are The Cricket in Times Square, Little Bo, and Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile.
🌼 What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I finished a few of the Saga volumes recently. I can’t seem to finish The Lost World, even though I’m enjoying it. I’m also reading Wundersmith and Seduction. Next up is The Matrimonial Advertisement and The Other Lady Vanishes.
🌼 What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Hmm. This is tough because I know there are no universal “loves”… but hyped books that I didn’t love are The Woman in Cabin 10, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Great Gatsby.
🌼 What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I can’t seem to get thought The Casual Vacancy or Wicked.
🌼 What book are you saving for retirement?
This is a strange question. All books I don’t get to before then…? Lol. Probably the GoT novels. Hahaha. I imagine I’ll reread my favorites when I have all the time in the world (Alice, Harry Potter, etc.).
🌼 Last page: read it first or wait ’til the end?
I always look at the page count but I only read the final page if I’m worried a character I love might die.
🌼 Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?
I don’t really care about the acknowledgment section. Sometimes if the author was/is a blogger I’ll read through to see if I know any bloggers they thank. I think it’s Marissa Meyer/The Lunar Chronicles that lists acknowledgments in a creative way.
🌼 Which book character would you switch places with?
Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter after CoS), Vanessa (Winnipeg), or Amory Ames.
🌼 Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (place, time, person)?
Not really… Is that sad? Harry Potter will always remind me of my mom because she was/is into all the book and movie releases like I was. My grandma used to read Uncle Remus stories to us when we were little so those remind me of her, lol.
🌼 Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
I don’t know that I have any… Most books were gifts or I bought them. A few ARCs here and there. I did buy Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone when I was in India because I wanted a British version of the book.
🌼 Have you ever given a book away for a special reason/to a special person?
I gifted a NEW version of a book I loved to my husband’s grandpa (The Sisters Brothers). Also, I loaned Evelyn Hugo to a friend… but she’s about to move to Tampa so it might be considered “gifted” at this point. Lol.
🌼 Which book has been with you to the most places?
When I was reading The Lunar Chronicles I took a few of them on a trip or two for work. I *think* I took the first GoT book to India with me…? But I didn’t read it.
🌼 Any ‘required reading’ you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I hated The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights. Spoiler alert… I still do. LOL
🌼 Used or brand new?
I don’t really have a preference. I just like a certain font size and a good spine.
🌼 Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Yep- I read both Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code when they were popular. I remember really liking A&D.
🌼 Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
I can think of a bunch of books I loved & movies I HATED. Haha. I couldn’t get into Crazy Rich Asians (book) but I enjoyed the movie. And like I said- I just can’t get through Wicked, but I loved the musical.
🌼 Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
The only one I can really think of is Heartless. The main character was a pastry chef and her creations sounded amazing.
🌼 Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Most of my real world friends don’t read like me. (Although my cousin is a reading fiend.) On the world wide web I usually end up loving the books that Kristen, Alexandra, and Olya recommend. Many blog friends make awesome suggestions, but those three typically read the genres I love.
🌼 Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g. outside of your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
I think the recommendation came from both Jana and Erin. The Sisters Brothers is a rough and tumble, violent and gory, almost unredeemable western. And I loved it. Saga is also a far cry from my normal read, but it has me hooked right now.
Now I’m supposed to tag people, but I feel like lots of bloggers would have fun with this 🙂 I know Tanya and Rebecca Jo especially enjoy these kinds of posts. I think Alexandra would have fun with it, too. But no one need feel obliged! And if you want to “steal” and post, go for it 😉
18 Comments Add yours
I love this post. I’m definitely going to give this tag a try. Thank you for sharing!
Yeah! Go for it! You’re welcome!
This is so fun, I LOVE that you have your Mom’s copy of Alice in Wonderland, how special!
It’s probably what got me hooked on Alice in the first place. LOL
You should do it! 🙂 lol
Too fun! The Harry Potter books are basically my childhood, and I love that. I’ve never read Crazy Rich Asians, and I don’t care to, but I loved the movie. 🙂
I loved being a part of the generation that essentially grew with Harry. And I think my mom loved that I loved it so much! Now that I have faces for allllll the characters I think I’d enjoy the book CRA more. I couldn’t get through Chapter 1 when I picked it up!
I started reading this post and wondered if she’ll tag me … and yup, she did! Woo-hoo! Although it will be a couple of weeks until I get to it but I will get to it (another post planned for Thursday and taking Memorial week off from blogging). It’s not a question from the tag but the one thing that always both impresses and confuses me is people who can read multiple books at time. That is something I typically cannot do. The only exception is if I’m reading a self-help book. Sometimes I need to take breaks to absorb what they’ve said, so I’ll read a fiction book. But I cannot toggle back-and-forth between books. It’s too confusing for me. Maybe because I tend to stick to the mystery/thriller genre so the stories start to blend together.
Hahaha- of course I tagged you! 😉 Take your time! Lol
I need multiple books on my plate. I get bored and tired of just one story. That said, I’d learned that I can’t read similar stories. Maybe a romance and a historical fiction and a fantasy. But not two fantasy books. And I DEFINITELY couldn’t go between thrillers. I’d get lost!
I felt the same about those books, also any Ruth Ware book.
After Cabin 10 I haven’t picked up another Ware book. I’ve thought about it, but too many good ones have crossed my path to double back and give her another shot. *shrug*
I love this post… my book heart is smiling.
I have tried MULTIPLE times to read Wicked – I just can’t – its HORRIBLE to me… I havent gotten past the first 100 pages.
I have like 2 versions of it too – one beautiful bound book. I’ll keep that one for looks – I gave my other one away.
Love you got a version of HP on a trip. that’s a good vacation keepsake – I need to remember to do that myself!
Glad it’s not just me with Wicked. I read one of Maguire’s other books, After Alice, and I flipping hated it sooooo… maybe he’s just not the author for me. I’ve bought so many books on trips and vacations. Lol. It’s kind of ridiculous!
These are great and interesting questions! I enjoyed this!
Thanks, Kristen! It’s kind of a no-brainer post & my creative juices just weren’t flowing. Lol
No, we can never have enough book posts.
I’ve never read the last page of a book before I got to it. My mom regularly reads the end first.
I used to do it all the time no matter what. But I ruined a story for myself that way once so now I only look in action/thrillers and I just skimmed for a name or confirmation of my character’s safety 🤣