I can’t actually remember where I found this – I just copy-pasted it into a note months ago because I liked it and then totally failed to actually do it. So sadly I can’t credit whoever made it up – but I can hand on heart say that it wasn’t me.
So here we go, the Ultimate Book Tag:
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yes. Very. With actual sick. (Maps & mobile phones included – do not ask me to navigate.)
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Er. Margaret Atwood – you can just tell it’s one of her books even if you’ve never read it before and get given a random paragraph.
3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter because 1) I am the Harry Potter generation. 2) I can’t get through a day without accidentally thinking something HP related or even saying something (you shout Accio at things you want but can’t find/reach too, right?) and 3) After all this time? Always.
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?
If I carry a bag, it usually contains a book. And more often than not, my keys, camera and wallet and a Thomas the Tank Engine toy or similar (yay kids)
5. Do you smell your books?
Of course. New books smell all fresh and lush but old books…there isn’t a word for the smell of old books but it gives me the shivers in the best possible way.
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
Totally depends on the book – sometimes illustrations make the book, other times I completely ignore them because I either hate them or don’t think they are needed.
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
So, so many books. Twilight Saga, Mortal Instruments series (is that a saga too?) and a large multitude of others that were so average in hindsight that I have forgotten their names. I like to call them popcorn books – enjoyable whilst you read but instantly forgettable afterwards.
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Um, I got obsessed with reading encyclopaedias for a while – that usually makes people laugh at me for being a nerd…
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Excluding the Smalls’ picture books… Gus & Waldo’s Book of Love, 102 pages (though this is a grown up picture book so if we exclude picture book altogether I think it’s Beaver Towers by Nigel Hinton (104 pages))
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
The Stand by Stephen King, which at 1421 pages probably remains the longest book I have ever read (excluding encyclopaedias and dictionaries…_
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes. Though it’s on the back-burner at the moment, I did a degree in Creative Writing – kind of goes with the territory. And who knows, maybe one day.
12. When did you get into reading?
I don’t remember not reading.
13. What is your favorite classic book?
I assume this is on about classic Classics and not ‘Modern Classics’ so, er, I quite liked Lord of the Flies I guess. Not really a big classics girl.
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
It was one of my best all the way through and was my top A-Level grade so I suppose that’s a yes.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Say thank you and then pass it on either to somebody I thought _would_ enjoy it or a charity shop so someone else could grab a bargain.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
YA Fantasy? Um, Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.
17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Start a blog post, then stop for something (like dinner) and not go back to it for three weeks…
18. What is your favorite word?
I have a new favourite word quite frequently. Currently it is ‘apricity’ which describes the warmth of the sun on a cold winter’s day.
19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Nerds and Dweebs are neon coloured sweets (get me, showing my age) and I don’t actually know the definition of Dork. I’m more of a geek.
20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Both, but only when they are true to their roots – no twinkling or flower dust and pink wands here thank you.
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Can’t I have both? Angels can be very cleverly written and shapeshifters come in such a variety they can be awesome too.
22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Spirits. Apart from when werewolves aren’t lame, then werewolves because, well, they’re wolves.
23. Zombies or Vampires?
Zombies freak me out more.
24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love
The phrase ‘Forbidden Love’ just makes me think ‘incest’ and that is rarely a good thing. How about unrequited as a third option? I’ll go with that one.
25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Both have their merits, it depends what mood I’m in.
I’m not tagging anyone because, frankly, I can’t be bothered and probably no-one wants to do it – but if you want to have a go, feel free :)