- https://getinformed.carrd.co/ This is an incredible carrd with information and resources about many of the issues the world is going through right now!
- I find Twitter an extremely useful tool in finding information about these injustices and ways to help. As well as Change.org for petitions!
I saw this book tag on Hardback Hoarders YouTube Channel and I thought it looked fun to do. Some of the questions overlap with my last tag, but hopefully not by much.
The original I Dare You Book tag was created by bookfandom1001
And now to the questions~
1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
I don’t actually know, I think it might be Philosopher’s Stone or Matilda by Roald Dahl.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I’m currently doing round 3 of the Kpop ReadAThon – Team Twice. I’ve kind of fallen into a bit of a slump again which sucks, but I’ve been watching a lot of dramas and I need to find a balance between the two hobbies.
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell; Susanna Clarke (lol, I haven’t picked this up since March…)
- Dead Until Dark; Charlaine Harris
- Siege & Sacrifice; Charlie N. Holmberg
Last read: Unravel the Dusk; Elizabeth Lim
Next read: City of the Sankes; Darren Shan
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
I’m pretty lucky in the fact that I don’t really hate books often. And that my reading tastes fit a lot of “popular” books and well liked tropes.
Oh, maybe The Night Circus; Erin Morgenstern. After thinking more on it I find it kind of boring and a little pointless…
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
At this point it’s looking a lot less likely that I will ever complete Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Susanna Clarke’s writing is beautiful and the amount of work that must have gone in to this book is mindblowing. The problem is, I’ve read 580/1006 and I’m so bored.
5. What book are you saving for retirement?
… I’m 25. By the time I get to retirement age, I’ll probably be about 90 😂
I don’t have any books that I’m saving until I’m old… at least not yet!
6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
Wait for the end!
But to be honest I have such a bad memory that it probably wouldn’t matter if I did read the last page first. Also, I don’t care about spoilers and sometimes actively look for them because it can help alleviate any anxieties.
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
I rarely read acknowledgments. It’s nice that an author has a space where they can thank the people that helped in the process, ie. family and readers etc. I just don’t really care.
A lot of the times I don’t really know what the authors look like or anything about them, so acknowledgments aren’t something that interest me.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Lizzie Bennet! ♥
I would get to just take walks, read, be sarcastic and have a handsome and rich man fall in love with me. Yes, please!
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
I have a few:
- Skulduggery Pleasant; Derek Landy always makes me think of my mum – as does Vampirates; Justin Somper – as I read them to her.
- Wolf Brother; Michelle Paver. This was the first time I’d been to a book signing (I’ve only been to 2 lol). Side note: it was also the only time I ever went to the boy’s school (I went to an all girl’s grammar).
- I have some books from GCSE English (some I definitely wasn’t meant to keep ^^”) and University so they are specific to an academic time of my life.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
I don’t quite know what interesting means in this context, but:
- I won a book giveaway on Twitter with the author of A Shiver of Snow and Sky – Lisa Lueddecke – and got an arc of that book! My first and only ♥ It’s also a really good book!
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
I’ve never given a book away, but in the past when I’ve really enjoyed a book I’ve bought a copy for one of my best friends ♥
12. Which book has been with you most places?
It would probably Pride & Prejudice. I took this to every accommodation in University, including my year abroad in Ireland. I also read it at least once a year and I like to carry a book around when I’m reading it. I have 3 copies, but the one I was given by my nan (which I’ve had the longest) is the copy I tend to read from.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I’m not a big re-reader, especially of classics (old or modern) and I think we had an okay selection of books in secondary school. Also the books I read for my GCSE’s are now from 9 years ago… I’m so old 👵😂
I might re-read my GCSE books for a blog post and see if any got better or worse as I’ve aged.
14. Used or brand new?
It depends on how I feel to be honest. When I was younger I was more interested in shiny new books, but now that I actually understand money, I’m more inclined to go for used. The content is still the same no matter the cover or condition.
Also, if I’m depressed or need to spend money to make myself feel better I’m more likely to head to Waterstones 😅
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
I have not. I’ve also only watched snippets of the first film, never all the way through. My stepmum really likes them though.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Stardust; Neil Gaiman
I’ve read the book twice now and while it did get better on the re-read, I still find the film to be leagues better. The plot, the characters and humour are more compelling and fun. I also love Claire Danes as Yvaine ♥ I’d also put his other book Coraline in here as well.
Oh and Howl’s Moving Castle!! How could I forget that! The Hayao Miyazaki adaptation is one of my favourite films ♥
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
Not that I can recall. Kdramas on the other hand are a different matter!!
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
I don’t really have anyone that gives me book advice… I have friends who will recommend books and my friend Mel is pretty good at knowing what I might like.
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
I’m not big on contemporaries, so I rarely pick those up. Two I loved that surprised me were:
- The Undomestic Goddess; Sophie Kinsella. This book was recommended to me by my sister’s partner and I enjoyed it so much that when I saw it in a charity shop I immediately picked it up!
- The Kiss Quotient; Helen Hoang. The protagonist is on the spectrum (own voices) and it was wonderful seeing her get to grips with romance. I read this on the Overdrive app and purchased a copy as soon as I was done!
Thanks for reading!
I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥