I Dare You Book Tag

So I have no idea where this came from but I have seen this everywhere and I thought I would do it too.

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

The Magic Snowbird by Enid Blyton, I have had this since I was a child and it was the first book I remember ever getting. I can’t even say whether it was new or old. It is well loved. Here is my copy.

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Illuminae, The Illuninae Files #1 by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Wide Window, A Series of Unfortunate Events #3 by Lemony Snickett

The Wide Window by Lemony Snickett

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Fangirl. It was just a meh book and over-hyped. I was just disappointed after getting so excited over it. Read my review here!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

The rest of the Twilight books. I read the first one and was very meh about it, but everyone keeps telling me to continue. I don’t know if I ever will.

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer.jpg

What book are you saving for retirement?

Can I just say, not a book, but a series. Any super long fantasy series, just because I need a lot of time to invest in these. I have three on my list, so any of these:

  1. Malazan Universe by Steven Erikson and Ian Esslemont
  2. Discworld by Terry Pratchett
  3. Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I used to read the last line, but I find no enjoyment for it anymore. Sometimes it makes me DNF a book. So now I just wait until I finish it. I hate spoilers, but secretly I love them… shhhhh… don’t tell anyone.

Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I think they are amazing, a great way to acknowledge everyone that went into writing a book. It is not just the author and publisher, but the 50 others behind that helped influence it.

Also some books acknowledgments can be quite humorous, but alas, I can’t remember a single one.

Which book character would you switch places with?

I don’t know to be honest. Maybe someone out of a Jane Austen book, like Jane Bennett, Anne Elliot, Margaret Dashwood… Wait I know… Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (place, time, person?)

Matilda by Roald Dahl. This book because I have never felt accepted by any of my families, neither my foster family or my biological family. Also the love of books is something I relate to, and like Matilda my family didn’t like my reading. I liked to read high fantasy books and my foster family was very religious, to the point where they told me not to bring books like Harry Potter or the Avalon series home from the school library or they would burn the books. It got to the point where they contacted the school and told them not to lend the books to me. Unbeknownst to them, I read the books at school and my year 5 teacher had magical audiobooks as well… So i really feel for Matilda and the book reminds me so much of my childhood.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way

Actually I have a few books from my biological mother, who stole them from the library. I guess that is an interesting story. Also I got some Slovenian fairy tale books from her.

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Yes, I gave one of my favourite books to the husband of one of my colleagues. I have given this book away twice. I now need another copy. It is the book Run Baby Run by Nicky Cruz.

Which book has been with you most places?

My Bullet Journal!! Well it’s true but novel it would probably be Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Probably because it took so long to read and I couldn’t read more than a few pages at a time. So I took it everywhere for about a year.

Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

The Giver by Lois Lowry. I hate the book and it rubbed me the wrong way. I really need to re-read it now that I can handle more heavy hitting books. What I hated about it was the inhumanity of the book. I just could not read it. It has irked me ever since. I have now seen the movie as an adult and I am now thinking, I need to give it another go. I think I was just too young to read it.

Used or brand new?

Both… I love new books, because there is nothing that excites me more than cracking a spine. But old books are cheaper and also have hidden surprises. I have a book that has some notes by a mystery person and I was so excited to see it. I also just opened a book which had a postcard in it. Books just have so much history and takes a piece of every person with them.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes, I recently read Angels and Demons, the first book in the Robert Langdon Series. I loved it, despite the inaccuracies, I loved the story and suspense. I am just waiting to get a spare moment to read the Da Vinci Code and keep going with this series.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Ok Unpopular opinions… I have two, but don’t get me wrong, the books are amazing and got 4+ stars but they were just dry and I preferred the movies. Those are:

The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings #1 by J.R.R. Tolkien vs Movie

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein

Admit it. It’s a masterpiece of a film. Beautiful, action packed and heart warming at times. The book just took forever.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Ok, I don’t prefer the movie, I actually prefer the musical. I am obsessed and have seen two different productions of it, have all the music, including the original musical. But my favourite is the 25th Anniversary Edition. Also I knew the words to all the songs and sang during the recent movie even though I hadn’t seen it yet.

Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Probably the first couple of Harry Potter Books. When Rowling describes the great feasts that happen, my mouth waters and I want to join in. Also it doesn’t help when there are all these strange and new dishes I NEED to try.

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

No one really. I take many people’s advice.

Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull. I am not used to reading business non-fiction but I loved this so much. Gave me a lot of insight into the world of Pixar but also gave me a lot to think about leadership, company management and team work.

Creativity Inc. By. Ed Catmull

I really enjoyed this tag. I can’t wait to do more.

I now tag everyone that reads this…

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