Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ultimate Book Tag

My friend Rachael over at Tinder Box and Trinket shared this book tag and so I figured I'd join the fun!

Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Nope. Never have. Thank goodness. I spend a lot of time reading in moving vehicles and would not be happy to lose that time!

Which author's writing style is completely unique to you and why?


Only the second question and I'm stumped! I find Nova Ren Suma's writing unique. It's beautiful and different. But in terms of style I don't think of a particular author but certain books - like Hannah Moskowitz's A History of Glitter and Blood or Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Stylistically, they're out there.

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

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That's easy, Harry Potter always and forever. I like Twilight well enough but Harry Potter is my all time favourite of everything. That's one point. The second is that I'm way more emotionally invested in Harry Potter, and point three - Rowling's magical world wows me more than Meyers.

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what's in it besides books?

Not really, I guess. I always carry two bags, my handbag and a Harry Potter tote that remains on my wheelchair. I always have a book on me. Otherwise I carry my wallet, phone, a notebook, pen, spare contacts, my glasses, a pair of sunglasses, whatever lipstick I'm wearing, eye drops, another tote in case I go book shopping (truly), an umbrella, and a plastic bag in case it rains (to cover my wheelchair's controller - it's fussy).

Do you smell your books?

You know, I really don't. I get the appeal of the book smell, especially with old books, but no, I'm not much of a book sniffer.

Book with or without little illustrations?

I don't mind either way. Books are awesome without and those that have them are cool too.

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

Um, I'm not sure how to answer this. This has never happened? I don't get how you can miss poor quality writing?? I'm not sure if it's because I've always been a Lit student, but I notice poor editing. The tiniest thing can pull me right out of the story, so.

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

Eh, they're not really that funny. There's the time I learned a Library meant I couldn't keep the books which broke my heart, or I got caught by a teacher reading steamy scenes from adult romance novels to my friends. Just last month I cracked a guy up because I was following my Dad around in a hardware store while reading a book and just missed crashing into a display? Shouldn't read and drive but my Dad can spend hours in a hardware store and urgh!

What is the tiniest book on your shelf?


I used to have a mini Utopia that was pocket size, but I don't think I own it anymore. So it's probably my copy of The Little Prince now, as it is so thin.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?


That would be Jay Kristoff's Endsinger at 664 pages! Phew. Possibly why I have yet to read it...

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

Nope and nope. I have no aspirations to write. I'm happy reading.

When did you get into reading?

Before I can remember, actually. I've always loved reading. Reading is something my parents taught me young and I've never given it up.

What is your favourite classic book?


Probably Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is up there too.

In school what was your best subject?

English, always. I love being a Lit student.

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

Smile and say thank you. It'll never happen because no one will buy me books and risk my already owning it, but of course I'd just thank them for the kind gift. And then donate it, most likely. Maybe, depending on the person, I'd see if they kept the receipt for an exchange so they wouldn't have wasted their money. Just depends I guess. But always, always I'd simply thank them.

What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

When scheduling I never remember to hit the publish button. Seriously. No matter how many times I do it, I always hit the save button and then wonder days later why my latest posts aren't showing up. One day, hopefully, I'll learn to just hit that publish button. EDIT: Like with this, that should've posted on Thursday but instead I'm only noticing today, Sunday, that I hit save again.

What is your favourite word?

Serendipity! I love the sound of it and it's meaning.

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

I think of myself as a nerd. As do others. Maybe a geek. Sometimes I'm a dork but I don't think I've been called a dweeb. 

Vampires or fairies? Why?


Vampires because Buffy, The Vampire Slayer.

Shapeshifters or angels? Why?

Oh, hard choice. I quite like both. I guess angels because I've always had a thing for them since I was a kid. I'd decorate my walls with pictures of angels and want a tattoo of angel wings.

Spirits or werewolves? Why?

Jeez, another hard one. Can I just say both? They're pretty even for me.

Zombies or vampires? Why?

That's not fair, vampires was already a choice earlier! So, I'm offering alternatives - Zombies or unicorns? Unicorns. Zombies or ghouls? Zombies. Zombies or demons? Hmm, probably both evenly again. Zombies or dragons? Tough choice, but likely dragons.

Love triangle or forbidden love?


That's choosing the lesser of two evils, but forbidden love because I hate, hate, hate love triangles. There is nothing good about love triangles. They are the devil. And not the hot, sassy kind like Lucifer.

And finally: full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Depends on my mood, really. I love romance, so when I'm in the mood for it a full on romance book is awesome. Then at other times an action-packed book with a little romance is perfect. Honestly, when it comes to the latter, it depends on the romance. With full on romance books I know what I'm in for, you know? But if the romance is truly terrible, as small as it may be, it can ruin the action-packed awesome. For me, I find those kinds of books - action, fantasy, dystopia, etc - have to work harder at their romance even though it's less.

I'm not tagging anyone, but if you feel like it, tell me your answers in the comments or share your link if you post them on your own blog!

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