The School Days Book Tag


The School Days tag was created by What Victoria Read. The questions are linked to times of day during school, as well as the subjects, which is such a good idea! It might have been nearly 8 years since I was in Secondary school, but we’re ignoring that πŸ˜‚

There were 11 subjects, but I’ve merged the time of the days and the former so that you can see what a day could have looked like when I was in secondary school from years 7-9 (we had double periods after that with some of these lessons taken out). For the other questions, check out Victoria’s video which is linked above~

I’m from the UK, and here we start our first class at 9am and finish at 3:30pm. Some schools are different, as the school next to mine finished at 3:15 and I know a school in my town that finishes at 3, but I believe my school had a longer lunch so it balanced that out (?).

First Bell: Tell us about the book that first got you into reading!

Does first bell come after assembly? Or after form time/the register? Is that even a thing in America?

I’m not really sure as I don’t remember a time when I didn’t read and can’t remember much… of anything πŸ˜… But what I think really made me love reading, and most prominently reading fantasy, were the Magic Key series of the Biff and Chip books. They were written by Roderick Hunt and illustrated by Alex Brychta. They were used in my primary school for every stage of the curriculum and I believe they’re still used, but don’t quote me on that.

Maths: How do you rate your books?

I was not good at maths, but mymaths was so fun for some reason!

  1. ⭐ – Hated it/Boring
  2. ⭐⭐ – Didn’t hate it, but didn’t really like it/disappointing
  3. ⭐⭐⭐ – Good. It’s an okay book and liked it for the most part
  4. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Really good book! Great characters and plot, but might have been too long/not the best ending etc.
  5. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – LOVED IT!

I think my rating style is pretty similar to the Goodreads way of rating.

Science: Which book couple do you think has the best chemistry?

Science was the subject I was the worst at. And to be more specific, I hate physics with a passion. It’s maths but they made it worse! I also didn’t really like chemistry, but that’s because I don’t like experiments and I would get anxious when we had to use the Bunsen burners…

I obviously think that Lizzie and Darcy have great chemistry β™₯ I really love Chole and Derek (Darkest Powers Trilogy; Kelley Armstrong), they really grew as friends which strengthened their chemistry. Lastly, I recently read the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden – Vasya and Morozko were wonderful together!

Break time: Which book have you most recently had to take a break from or DNF?

Our break was 20 minutes and was time to eat a snack, chill out and potentially rush homework for the next lessons that we’d forgotten about (or letting your friends copy yours) πŸ˜‚

The most recent one I took a break from was City of Snakes by Darren Shan. It’s the third book in the City Trilogy and I was enjoying the first few chapters, but then we shifted to a different narrator and his voice was just so different from book 2 that it was jarring… I do plan to try and pick it up again, but not sure when.

Geography: Describe a book that had a strong sense of place or great world building.

I’m not good at geography… I can’t read maps and I barely know the actual layout of my own country… I’m not great at giving directions, even in my own home town lol. I’m not observant enough for directions πŸ˜… I did really like my geography teacher though~

For world building, Trudi Canavan is great at doing it really well and of course, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings world is incredibly detailed (books 2 and 3 are amazing!). Mentioning the Winternight trilogy again, those books have a strong sense of place through the smells, tastes, weather and magic woven through every aspect of the life around Vasya. We get to experience being in medieval Russia – both in rural and city settings – and it’s wonderful.

History: Which three historical fiction novels have you most enjoyed?

History was one of my favourite subjects at school. We luckily had some really good and fun teachers in that department!

  • The Book Thief; Markus Zusak
  • Charlotte Gray; Sebastian Faulks
  • The Essex Serpent; Sarah Perry

I’m not sure if these count, but I also really enjoyed The Song of Achilles; Madeline Miller + The Miniaturist; Jessie Burton + The Wrath & The Dawn; RenΓ©e Ahdieh.

Lunch time: Tell us about your favourite book that features food!

Food is certainly not something I think about or remember while reading… I don’t read contemporaries so I can’t even pick a book set in a bakery or something lol… Oh wait, Bloom is set in a bakery. This is a queer graphic novel written by Kevin Panetta and illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau, that is beautifully coloured in shades of blue. I wouldn’t say it’s a favourite, more of the only one I can think of.

Art: Show us three books that you think have the best covers!

I realised I don’t really like a lot of book covers on my shelves…

Melmoth; Sarah Perry. The Blood of Stars Duology; Elizabeth Lim

PE: Show us the biggest book on your TBR!

P.E. is the worst subject ever. I hated every single lesson… I went to an all girl’s school, so we mostly did netball, hockey and rounders. I’m not coordinated, plus I’m lazy and fat. And my form was full of sporty and competitive girls – PE was dangerous!

This book is haunting me. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Suzanne Collins is just over 1000 pages and I’ve been halfway through for what feels like ever! One day I will pick it back up…

Final bell: Which book have you most recently finished reading?

I’ve never quite understood why you need a bell to tell you it’s time to leave school… We’re all watching that clock, teacher included, so we’re very aware when it’s time to leave πŸ˜‚

The last book I finished was The Good Immigrant. Edited by Nikesh Shukla, this is a collection of essays/anecdotes from 21 known or rising Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME – I’m uncertain if this is an okay term as I’ve seen a few people against it, but the book – it’s on the cover – and several of the authors use it) in Britain. This is such an intimate and important collection. I suggest, especially if you’re a Brit like me too, to read this!

Homework: What was the last non-fiction book that you read and enjoyed?

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but it just so happened that my last read was one. The last, before that, was Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. This is a book that talks about the racism in Britain. It’s incredibly well written, researched and incredibly insightful. I highly recommend it!

Staff room: Tell us about a book that you go to when you need to take a breath!

We were never allowed in the staff room, we had to knock, ask for the teacher and then they’d shut the door on us until they came over… is that normal? πŸ˜‚

This one is pretty obvious if you’ve been here a while, but it’s definitely Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I adore this book! The writing is witty and it has the charm of the regency countryside with an abundance of drama~ It’s perfect β™₯

Let me know some of your answers and if you had a favourite subject at school in the comments!

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe β™₯


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