The Ultimate Book Tag

Hi, Hey, Hello!

I come with a bookish related offering this Sunday afternoon because the problem with revising the whole Snapshot thing this month is that I have shut it down as an avenue for posting them on here because I am continually editing them for the rest of the month, so don’t be totally unsurprised if there are many of them in May.

Anyway, I saw this crop up a couple of times the last few days/weeks and finally thought I would sit down and give it a shot, so on with the tag:

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Not so much sick as it is…bored. I dunno. I can read in a car and I do it sometimes but I get distracted really easily by like other cars and the rolling countryside, or music be it the stuff that my mum is playing wile we’re driving or the stuff I’m listening to on my iPod, and then there is conversation. So I usually spend a lot of car journeys with a book open on my lap or with my thumb keeping my place in the pages but I’m not usually progressing beyond the same sentence.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Jennifer Egan honestly changed the game for me slightly. I was, at the time, mildly obsessed with A Visit From the Goon Squad because I just loved it so much. Same goes for David Foster Wallace, I don’t necessarily like it, but it is fascinating to read once you get to grips with the fact that it is gonna be mind bend to keep up with it, although I am currently basing this on one book, my opinion could go either way when I eventually tackle the mountain that is Infinite Jest.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Ummmmmm, this isn’t really a competition for me. Harry Potter.

Why?

1) The final film (and yes I know this is about books, but I have a point here) holds a massive importance in my life and Harry Potter was a very big bonding point between my best friend and I. (Our mutual relationship in relation to Twilight is more complicated.)

2) There is are so many complex issues tackled over the seven books, and yes the books also come with their problems but what book doesn’t and in my eyes the good outweigh the bad (I made this answer so much more concise because I could prattle on about this for days, but this may not be the best medium for that)

3) The wizarding world is fudging fantastic and I am still sad 11 years later that I never got my damn letter

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books).

I just tend to throw a book in my already existing bag which also consists of my purse, some hand lotion, antibacterial gel, a notebook, a couple of pens and hopefully my keys.

5. Do you smell your books?

Not actively.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I tend to go without, but some have them. I’m not overly fussed either way.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Okay, it’s not that the writing is bad but in hindsight I don’t think I liked it as much as I did when I was in the bubble. The Mortal Instruments, a couple of summers ago I read the first four and really enjoyed them, but I don’t think I am gonna read the last two books with the enthusiasm that I previously had.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

I really don’t think I do to be honest.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Probably one of my Roald Dahl ones, or maybe somewhat ironically, The Crying Lot of 49, Thomas Pynchon.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

I own Shakespeare’s Complete Works, that is hard to beat in terms of thickness.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I mean yeah I write, it is the primary reason that I started this blog. As for being an author? I mean it’s maybe a dream somewhere down the line, an actuality, hard to say.

12. When did you get into reading?

Young. That’s all I know. Jacqueline Wilson was my gateway for independent reading

13. What is your favorite classic book?

Confession, I haven’t read as many classics as I maybe should have..(maybe the worse English graduate ever, I know, I know). Buuut having said that Pride and Prejudice holds a special place in my heart.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Funnily enough, no. I mean I loved it but I was always better at history. And if you go by my A Level results than I am better at sociology too.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

I wouldn’t get a book that I had read before as a present. The only people who would give me books know me pretty well and see the books that I read so they know what I have and what I don’t. But I would probably just keep it unless I had the exact same edition already.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I don’t know if it counts but The Midnighters is fantasy and a little bit magical.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I get distracted half way through writing some blog posts (I did it with this one) and end up spending hours doing something else. I am basically the queen of procrastination and that translates to a lot of aspects of my life, including blogging.

18. What is your favorite word?

Plethora.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Call me all, call me none. I am not fussed either way, nothing wrong with being any of them.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Fairies. They just interest me more at this point than vampires.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels. More specifically the fallen kind. Again they just interest me a bit more than shapeshifters. The mythology behind them fascinate me.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves. I don’t have a reason other than I think it must be damn difficult to shift into a wolf and back. I want to get into the mind of that process.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Zombies. See answer 20 for a reason.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love

Can I say neither? Either done well can be great (unless that forbidden love is forbidden in the context of cheating, then please go away), but I’m kinda reaching the end of my rope with both.

25. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

I couldn’t actually choose now that I think about it. I like both, I read both quite happily. They are kind of on the same level with me.

So that’s it folks! I quite enjoyed doing this tag, it’s always fun to talk about books.

Parentheses count: 7 (9 if you count the ones in the questions that I didn’t write and then I had to add another for this aside). See you on Wednesday!

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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