I could have sworn I’d done this tag at some point in the past couple of years, but apparently I haven’t. I’ve seen this around so many times, but kept passing by it thinking I had already answered the questions. I was surprised to find that upon doing a search through my blog, I’ve never done this one! It was originally created by Chapter Chicks (video here). Since I always forget to tag people, whoever wants to do this one, consider yourself tagged!
1) Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yes! It makes me extremely nauseous, unfortunately. I have no problem reading on trains or planes, but I can’t read in a car or on the bus. It would have been great if I could have, since it would have made long car rides or commutes to school much more fun.
2) Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Going with the cliched answer for this one, and choosing JK Rowling because of the way she made the Harry Potter world completely come alive, and also how she managed to tie together seemingly minor plot details from previous books in unexpected ways that still made a lot of sense.
3) Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer
Harry Potter by far. It has better characters, better writing, and a much more interesting world/storyline.
4) Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it?
I don’t, but that’s mostly because the places I’m going are not very conducive to reading. I won’t bring books to work because they might get lost or damaged and I have no time to read there, and otherwise I’m generally going out with friends or family so no time to read then either.
5) Do you smell your books?
I actually don’t have much of a sense of smell at all, so there would be no point to me smelling my books.
6) Books with or without illustrations?
I don’t really mind either way. Illustrations are fun, but I don’t go out of my way to look for books that have them either. Most of the books I read don’t have any, but I wouldn’t be opposed to them.
7) What book did you love while reading, but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Tough question. I’d probably have to say my Nicholas Sparks books. I still read and generally enjoy everything he writes, but I wouldn’t necessarily say they are high quality writing either.
8) Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I would say more embarrassing (for me, anyway) than funny, but I once was doing a book report for my class on a Mary Higgins Clark book called Let Me Call You Sweetheart. I was a terrible public speaker and extremely shy, so my teacher didn’t hear the title of the book when I said it, and I had to repeat it a few times. Of course, this being seventh grade, everyone had a good laugh at me saying “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” to my teacher.
9) What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
I think my copies of Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the original “texbook” one, not the screenplay).
10) What is the thickest book on your shelf?
As of yesterday, Kingdom Of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, although strangely enough a couple of the other books in the series that are shorter physically look bigger.
11) Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future being an author?
Being an author has kind of always been a dream job of mine, but I don’t think it would ever happen since I never follow through on writing anything. I like to write, but I don’t do it much anymore, and I’ve never finished any of the stories I started.
12) When did you get into reading?
I actually have no idea when it started, since I’ve been a reader as long as I can remember. It was always a huge part of my family. My mom is a huge reader and we’ve always had tons of books around the house. I used to love Scholastic Book Fairs and the order forms that we got in class, read-a-thons in school to track how many pages we read, and whenever I have free time, I usually read.
13) What is your favourite classic book?
Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Pride & Prejudice, and Little Women
14) In school, was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Generally, yes. I was a good student in general when it came to academics (not so much when it came to the arts or gym), but English was generally one of my highest marks.
15) If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
I’d say thank you and take it, and either give it away or see if I could exchange it at the store for something different. I once got a copy of a book I already owned (but hadn’t read yet) and switched it for another one by the same author, so I guess that’s along the same lines.
16) What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I wouldn’t say they are lesser known, but Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle has a writing style that reminds me of Harry Potter even though the stories are very different, and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas reminded me a bit of The Hunger Games.
The only really lesser-known series that I can think of is Pendragon by D.J. MacHale. I wouldn’t necessarily compare it to either of those series, but it was one of my favourites around the same time that I was also reading Harry Potter for the first time. It is a long series (10 books) following a boy who travels to different worlds where he must help them through a turning point by steering it in the right direction, while his nemesis tries to push the worlds the opposite way into chaos. Each book features a different and interesting world that touches on topics including animal rights, drought, slavery, artificial intelligence, etc.
17) What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
It’s too bad the question already said “besides rambling” because my first answer would have been writing way too much. Aside from that, I think I may tend to repeat myself sometimes, but I wouldn’t say it’s something I “always” do.
18) What is your favourite word?
I’ve literally never thought about it. I have no idea.
19) Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb? Or all of the above?
A nerd, I guess? I don’t really know what the difference is.
20) Vampires or fairies? Why?
I don’t actively reach for stories about either of these, actually. Up until the past year or so, I would have said that I don’t read stories involving fairies but the ACOTAR series changed that. I guess if I had to pick, I would chooes vampires since that is what I’ve read more often, and I tend to like the lore that go along with them.
21) Shapeshifters or angels? Why?
Shapeshifters. I think there is a lot more that can be done with a story involving shapeshifting than with angels. Although with that said, I did really like the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy with involved seraphim.
22) Spirits or werewolves? Why?
I’m much more likely to pick up a book involving ghosts or spirits than werewolves. I’m actually not even sure what it is I have against werewolf stories, they just don’t often interest me very much. Ghosts/spirits creep me out, but they often make for some great stories.
23) Zombies or vampires?
Vampires, again because of the backstory and lore that usually comes along with it.
24) Love triangle or forbidden love?
I don’t mind either of these, as long as they are written well. I’m a little burnt out on love triangles, but that’s usually because it is immediately obvious which partner the person will end up with, so there aren’t really any stakes involved. Forbidden love can be very interesting, depending on what exactly is making it forbidden.
25) Full-on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Depends what I’m in the mood for, but I’m fine with both. I tend to prefer character-driven books in general and sometimes get bored with a lot of action scenes, so I’m okay with full romance too.