It’s still technically the holidays for one last week! I am dreading the return to work so so much! Anyway, the perfect distraction from those thoughts was completing this mammoth ‘Ultimate Book Tag’!
I first saw this over at Witty and Sarcastic Book Club and knew that I had to add it to my Tags list. It’s a long one so grab the popcorn (or any other bookish snack!).
Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Weirdly, this completely depends on how I’m feeling. Sometimes I get sick if I’m reading an e-book, sometimes I get sick reading a physical book and other times I’m absolutely fine with either… I take ‘mood reader’ to the next level with that answer! 😂
Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Carlos Ruiz Zafón – he just has such a way with words and descriptions. Thing seem so lyrical, haunting and beautiful all at the same time.
Harry Potter or Twilight? Give Three Reasons Why?
Harry Potter – All. The. Way.
- I am the age range that grew up alongside Harry Potter and remember the agonizing wait for the next book to be released – it is such a huge part of my life whereas Twilight didn’t have that same impact on me.
- The Wizarding World is such a diverse place that you can find different things there each time you visit depending on what you’re looking for: comfort, humour, acceptance, family, villains, nifflers, the Room of Requirement… etc.
- In my own very small and humble opinion – There’s only one kick-ass vampire world that reigns supreme and that is Buffy! There’s no way Twilight’s topping that for me!
Do you carry a book bag? If so, what’s in it?
I always carry a physical book in my bag if I’m carrying one – and if not, then there’s always my NetGalley shelf app and iBooks on my phone!
Do you smell your books?
I’m officially enrolled at Book Sniffers Anonymous but sshhh… don’t tell! 🤐
Books with or without illustrations?
Tricky one… I’d probably say either way! The only difficulty comes when the illustration doesn’t match the picture I’ve built in my head, then I’d wish they weren’t there!
What book did you love while reading, but discovered later didn’t have quality writing?
The Given Duology by Mindy McGinnis – I think the story and world was incredibly interesting but the writing style was strange to get my head around. There were so many different perspectives and some would be first person whereas other would be third person. It wasn’t enough to stop me enjoying the series though.
Do you have any funny stories from your childhood involving books?
It isn’t really funny (ha ha!) but my grandparents had a bookshelf in this tiny little room outside their bathroom – I used to hide in there reading all the books and I was obsessed with one called Cyril Fletcher’s Odd Odes (from 1974) – I can’t tell you anything about the book but I can still see every part of that book cover in my mind. Looking back on it now, it seems like the strangest place to put a bookshelf!
What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
I have countless skinny children’s books and picture books – one of my thinnest and smallest amongst them is Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.
What is the thickest book you own?
The Norton Anthology of Poetry at 2182 pages – I purchased it for a university module and can’t bear to part with it. It’s great for dipping in and out of to get my poetry fix.
Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself becoming an author in the future?
I don’t write other than reviewing and blogging. One of my dreams is to have a book of my own – perhaps a book of short stories or novellas; I’ve got quite a few ideas swirling up there in my head.
When did you first get into reading?
I wouldn’t be surprised if I was born with a book in my hand! My Dad would always read me a bedtime story every night. My Granddad would always buy me books at car boot sales and one of my earliest school photographs is me sat in the book corner reading Thomas the Tank Engine.
What is your favorite classic book?
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. I had to read it for school so it was kind of a ‘forced read’ but it’s one of the first classics I remember really enjoying. Failing that, absolutely any fairy tales (they’re the classics of classics right?!).
If you were given a book as a present that you’ve already read and hated, what would you do?
Smile gracefully then do one of those “leaving books in places as gifts for strangers” type things.
What is a lesser known book you know of that is similar to the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games series?
Harry Potter – Chloe Shipton and The Quill of LeFay by Lynn Veevers. Lynn approached me back in 2018 to read this. She wrote it for her daughter who loved Harry Potter and wanted another ‘magical school’ type story to read.
The Hunger Games – I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like The Hunger Games but the Divergent series sometimes reminds me of it. I know that’s not quite lesser known but still…
What is a bad writing habit you have?
I use ‘really’ an awful lot and then have to take it out when I read my writing back to myself.
What is your favorite word?
I have so many – I’m such a logophile!
Meadow, effervescence, mystic, ethereal and ever bookishly: vellichor
Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb?
I can’t say that I actually know the difference between them so I’d probably say nerd and then get told that I’m one of the other two!
Vampires or faeries? Why?
Vampires on TV, Faeries in books – I struggle to like bookish vampires and I’m not a fan of TV faeries.
Shapeshifters or angels? Why?
Angels for guidance; shapeshifters for their cool abilities. I can’t pick! I’m so bad at either/or questions!
Spirits or werewolves?
Spirits – I can’t think of a werewolf I actually liked.
Zombies or vampires? Why?
Vampires – at least they have characterisations whereas zombies always seem to just be the literal walking dead.
Love triangles or forbidden love?
Forbidden love – I’m a sucker for a bit of angst! Love triangles always seem to end up with one person being hurt and I just can’t deal with constantly routing for one person then flipping to the other or even both together! They’re just too complicated for me whereas forbidden love brings a much more satisfying kind of dramatic tension.
Full-on romance books or action-filled books with a little romance?
It has to be action-filled with a little romance. I think Fifty Shades ruined ‘romance’ for me for life! I know I sound like Goldilocks but I find romance to be either too chick-lit, too smutty or too predictable or a whole range of too ‘insert-adjective-here’ for me to actually immerse myself in it.
Blimey what a long tag! I feel like I’ve waffled my way through all of it but I guess they don’t call it the ‘ultimate’ for no good reason!
Thanks for reading if you got this far! Consider yourself tagged and give me a pingback to your post! I can’t wait to read your answers!
Have a good week everyone!