It’s tag time. As usual I wasn’t tagged (when will someone tag me?!), I just stumbled across this on Bookish Unicorn, and thought it looked like a good tag. Bring on the questions!
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Rarely, but it depends on the road type. I’m generally fine on motorways and other major roads, but country lanes are my downfall, so I avoid it where possible. I have noticed I feel less sick (or perhaps simply feel sick less often) when reading on my Kindle as opposed to reading a physical book though.
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you, and why?
Lemony Snicket. I don’t think this fact can be disputed. The way he writes the ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ books is quite astounding. I love that he interrupts the flow of the story by telling the reader what certain words mean in the context in which they are given, even though it can be interpreted as patronising – it’s certainly unique.
3. Harry Potter series or The Twilight Saga? Give three points to defend your answer.
Despite recently falling in love with ‘The Twilight Saga’, ‘Harry Potter’ will always have my heart. I grew up with the books (and movies) from age seven (the last book came out when I was 13), the story is so beautifully written with so many important messages about friendship, bravery and loss, and as a kid I saw a lot of myself in Hermione and I related to her character much more than I had done with any other character before. I will forever be a Potterhead.
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?
No, I haven’t carried a book bag since primary school. My bag never has a book in it – I’ll bring my Kindle if I know I’m going somewhere where I might require it, but the only things I regularly take anywhere are my purse and my inhaler.
5. Do you smell your books?
Occasionally I’ll have a whiff – it has to be a new book though. I’d never sniff a second hand book, that’s just gross.
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I genuinely don’t mind, and I don’t judge books either way. I love the surprise of seeing illustrations though, since they are so rare in UK publications, but if I had to choose: without, as they can conjure images which are remarkably different from the picture in my head.
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
“New Moon”, “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer. I think the whole world is aware that ‘The Twilight Saga’ isn’t quality writing, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the final three volumes in the series.
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I don’t think I have any funny stories. I’ve always taken books at face value, and not read into them into any further detail than the words on the page (with the exception of literary analysis for school). I’ve always been extremely open to new ideas, and as a child I read novels with material that was intended for a far more mature audience, and as a result I’ve never found a novel shocking or distressing, or it seems, funny.
9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?
“Quidditch Through The Ages” by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling), which including all preamble stands at 64 pages. (“Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling) is the next tiniest at 65 – I checked).
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
“The Stand” by Stephen King, which totals 1,325 pages. I’ve yet to even attempt the beast. I’m more than a little intimidated – if someone could tell me where to begin with Stephen King, that would be much appreciated.
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
On my laptop I have several book premises, characters, plots and settings lined up ready to be written. I love doing the background thinking – who’s related to whom, what the situation is, what the outcome would be – but I stall when it comes to putting pen to paper. In the future I’d absolutely love to write, and it would be a dream come true to be a published author, but for the moment I am loving blogging, and I’ll be sticking around for the foreseeable future.
12. When did you get into reading?
I don’t remember learning to read, but I’ve been avidly reading for as long as I can remember. However, since I joined BookTube and all associated social medias (including Goodreads) a couple of years ago, the number of books I read annually has increased.
13. What is your favourite classic book?
“Tess of the D’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy. I love how emotional it is, and it is flawlessly and beautifully written.
14. In school what was your best subject?
Probably English, although I got straight A’s across the board, with the exception of my B in Statistics. However, I really hated English in Year 11 as I had a thoroughly uninspiring teacher, who thankfully didn’t pay my friends and I any attention when we did our maths and science homework in his lessons.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
If it happened to be a first edition, I’d shelve it, otherwise I’d probably say “thank you” and bury it in a random pile of books elsewhere, or donate it to the charity shop. I’d also ask the person who gave it to me why they chose that particular book – maybe they loved it for a reason I hadn’t thought of, in which case I’d keep it for sentimental reasons.
16. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?
I frequently begin writing blog posts (such as this), then leave them for weeks unattended, which causes me to lose my train of thought. I also punctauate in ways I never would in any other means of written communication. I’m trying to stop, I really am.
17. What is your favourite word?
Etymology. I adore etymology in theory and practice, in fact I wrote my Extended Project on etymology within ‘Harry Potter’, which you can read here if you are interested.
18. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I’m pretty nerdy, I guess.
19. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires: purely because I love the Cullens.
20. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Whilst I haven’t really had much experience with either in books I’ve read to date, I’d say Shapeshifters. My reasoning here is purely ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ based, because that book was brilliant – shape shifting faerie lords?! Amazing.
21. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves! Spirits freak me out, whereas Werewolves can be interesting and good intentioned – just look at Remus Lupin in ‘Harry Potter’ and Jacob Black and his pack in ‘The Twilight Saga’.
22. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Vampires! Zombies give me the creeps, and Vampires are cool – I’m totally pro Cullen way of life. Other than that I haven’t really discovered either mythical creature in books I’ve read – I guess they’re not really my style.
23. Love triangle or forbidden love?
Forbidden love is more exciting – I tend to dislike the lack of endgame clarification with love triangles (Sarah J. Maas, I’m looking at you – stop messing with me!) even if I adore the books. That being said, one of my favourite series – ‘The Twilight Saga’ – is a love triangle and it doesn’t bother me one iota.
24. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
I much prefer action-packed reads (in general) with possibly a few love scenes mixed in. I have to really be in the mood for a romance book to want to pick one up – and that’s incredibly rare, as I generally find them boring and predictable.
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