I snagged this tag from Catherine at The Rebelling Muse. Thanks for turning a blind eye while I stole it. ;)
This tag doesn’t actually appear to have any rules, so let’s get into it!
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1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
In total? Of my unread books? Of books I have read but not since I acquired them?
I think I’ve probably had Eragon* the longest, but that’s totally a guesstimation. I really have no idea.
2. What are your current read, your last read, and your book to read next?
Last read: The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch* (4 stars)
Book to read next: Probably Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne* (guess rating: 4-5 stars)
3. What book did everyone like but you hated?
The Collective by R.S. Williams… oh my. I’ve read glowing reviews of this book on Goodreads and it makes me just go “??????” because that’s the first book I ever was okay marking up… and I marked it up significantly. (The above link is to my review.)
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but probably won’t?
All the books waiting to be read on my Kindle. And the majority of the books on my official Goodreads TBR list.
5. What books are you saving for retirement?
Consciously, none. Practically… a lot of them. (‘Cause my TBR is absolutely going to stretch into retirement. XD)
6. Last page: read it first or wait until the end?
WAIT UNTIL THE END.
7. Acknowledgement: waste of ink or interesting aside?
Interesting aside. I mean, I don’t always read the acknowledgements, but when I do I tend to enjoy or at least appreciate them. I understand how many people go into making a book possible, and I think it’s a nice way for an author to show humility, I guess, and give credit where credit is due.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
*references bookshelf* Hope from The Coronation, or Kaylie Keaton from Dreamtreaders*. I’m gonna stop at the top shelf, ’cause I’m sure I could go on. XD Except, y’know, a bunch of characters end up in mortal peril…
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (place, person, time)?
Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker*. It reminds me of a former friend of mine, and the time around him leaving for college. I related a lot to that book, when all that was going on, so now that’s a permanent association.
10. Name a book you acquired in an interesting way
I don’t especially acquire books in interesting ways? But I guess Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy, which I won in a Goodreads giveaway (the first Goodreads giveaway I ever won), then realized has a bunch of LGBTQ+ themes I’m not going to be a fan of, then realized is an Advanced Review Copy. Or, I guess, The Winds of Cumberland by Bodie and Brock Theone, which I got after helping a couple friends help their family-friend clean up their house to sell it, I think? And there was a box of books they were going to get rid of, so I went through it and grabbed that one. That was probably years ago, and I still haven’t read it because I realized when I got it home that it’s book three in a series.
11. Have you ever given a special book away to a special person for a special reason?
There’s never been a super dramatically special thing like that, no. But I bought A Thousand Perfect Notes* for one of my best friends for her birthday in August and read it in two sittings (dinner’s the only reason it wasn’t one) before giving it to her, because 1) I’d been super excited to read it and 2) I wanted to make sure it was good before giving it to her, lol. It was definitely good. It’s one of my favorites now and I really want to get my own copy. XD
12. Which book has been with you the most places?
I don’t really take books places. 1) I tend to be going places I’ll be doing other things and 2) I try to keep my books pristine. So probably Dracula*, because I started reading it at work, took it to choir with me for waiting times, and then finished it at work. Yep, two places is tops for me. XD
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school but wasn’t so bad later?
I’ve avoided any of the required reading I hated. I hated it, so why would I go back to it?
14. Used or brand new books?
I prefer brand new because I like my books to be more pristine, but I have several used books on my shelf and I don’t like them any less. Plus it can be a fun challenge to see if I can make a book look better than it did when I got it. (I tend to challenge myself to that any time I borrow a book from my best friend, who takes her books places and thus doesn’t keep quite so pristine. XD)
15. Have you read a Dan Brown book?
16. Have you seen a movie that you liked better than the book?
The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Fault in Our Stars*. (The Fault in Our Stars book was AMAZING, and I felt like the movie just emphasized that instead of detracting from the source material. The Scorch Trials and Death Cure books were just bad and I was able to enjoy the movies, so definitely an improvement, even though I thought they could easily have changed the ending which was stupid in both versions.)
17. Have you read a book that makes you hungry, including cookbooks?
Not that I can think of.
18. Who is the person whose book advice you will always take?
My best friend’s. Our tastes do differ, in that she tends to prefer sci-fi and I tend to prefer fantasy (there is some overlap), but we appreciate the same quality of writing and we’re uncomfortable with the same sort of content and that kind of thing, so if she recommends a book I know it’s good.
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone or reading genre that you ended up loving?
Several of them, actually. The Secret of the Rose series by Michael Phillips*, which is historical fiction, which I ordinarily really dislike. I don’t like the second, third, or fourth books as well, but I love the first book.
Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker, which is also historical fiction. For some reason this one read more like a contemporary to me, so I didn’t mind it as much.
Fallen Leaves*, The Fault In Our Stars, and A Thousand Perfect Notes. These are the reason I’ve removed contemporary from my mental “genres I don’t like” list. Every time I read a contemporary, I end up thinking “Why do I always think I don’t like contemporary?” XD
I’m not going to tag anyone specifically, but if you’d like to do this tag and you haven’t yet, feel free to steal it. Let me know if you do, so I can read your answers! :)
Bonus question: How many books have you read this year, so far? Let me know in the comments!