Let’s do a tag!
My lovely friend Olivia tagged me for the I Dare You Tag… but as Cait pointed out, there is nothing particularly daring about it so I’ll borrow Evangeline‘s name for it – The Nameless Tag.
I would imagine that the rules are rather like the rules of most tags… answer the questions and tag other humans. I will do my best.
And thank you, Olivia, for tagging me. I like you muchly.
What book has been on your shelf the longest?
David gave me a Barnes and Noble anniversary edition of The Chronicles of Narnia that has been on my shelf – ahem, my parents’ shelf for I have not my own, alas – for three years. Which is short, considering how long I’ve been a rabid book-addict – eleven years, people!
But as some of you know, I have never bought a book in my life and only recently begun asking for books as gifts. So my collection is rather smol. Adorable, but smol.
I am feeding it many vegetables in the hopes that it shall grow big and strong and crush me one day in my sleep. Or, uh, maybe not.
What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I am currently reading – brace yourself
– Alas, Babylon
by Pat Frank, Fast Food Nation
by Eric Schlosser, The House of the Seven Gables
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Grimm Brothers Fairytales
by, uh, the Grimm brothers, obviously, The Wizard of Oz
by Frank Baum, Foundlings
by Matthew Christian Harding as recommended to me by Kenzie, my pet marshmallow,
and reading both The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien and Jack and Jill
by Louisa May Alcott aloud to Timothy.
In answer to your unspoken question, no, I do not like to read multiple books at once.
And, no, I am not being in the least facetious. Reading more than one book at a time stresses me out.
Why do I do it, then, you ask? Well, I’ve found that when I am in a Reading Slump, starting a fresh book that piques my interest can get me out of it. This only works if the new book is more interesting than the one that you were stuck on, though… so then I get into this awful habit of jumping from book to book in the hopes that one of them will get me out of my Reading Slump.
Alas, if this does not work, one is left with a mountain of half-finished books… none of which look particularly appetizing. And you’re left in a much worse Slump than you started out in.
So that’s what happened!
I do enjoy reading aloud though and Louisa May Alcott books are heavenly so that, at least, is relaxing.
My next read…? I don’t think that far ahead. And especially not when I have enough current reads to keep me busy for several long centuries. I suppose… something for school might be next?
What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Huzzah! A fresh opportunity to make myself some enemies!
I didn’t care for the Dragons In Our Midst series and I know that it has a huge following. I also don’t like the Tales of Goldstone Wood books, even though they are generally adored. And I don’t like anything by Ernest Hemingway.
Threaten me with pitchforks, fiends. See if I care.
What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Ahem. Why must this tag keep asking questions that require novel-length answers?
The true answer to this question is too many, bro. But if you care for some specific examples… I tell myself that I will read every book on my smol Thedrick, every classic to ever exist, and all of Shakespeare’s plays.
They are lies, my son.
What book are you saving for retirement?
What a lovely idea! I had never thought of this before, but I am definitely going to do so now.
Kind of like Desmond from Lost saving Our Mutual Friend to be the last book he reads before he dies?
Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
If I’m loving the book – absolutely not! I don’t want to get spoiled!
But… if the book is boring me to tears, I might flip ahead or check out the ending to rekindle my interest and motivate myself to finish.
Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
Hmm. Usually I find them boring, but when I finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy, I was so hung over I devoured all the acknowledgments and notes because I couldn’t stand the thought of being done.
Which book character would you switch places with?
Oh, no. Not this question!
No matter how many times you ask me, I still have no perfect answer. Maybe… Eowyn?
Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
The Hunger Games will forever remind me of the Fourth of July. I stole the book from David’s room and had been reading it all day. Rue had just died and I was crushed and there were fireworks going off and we were driving over a bridge and I was eating this amazing Chik-fil-a bacon-chicken sandwich thing and I had never read such a good book in my life and I felt like crying even though I didn’t like Rue and then I heard Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus and don’t you dare laugh at me, but it made me so sad when she said, “Don’t you ever say/I just walked away/I will always want you/I can’t live a lie/Running for my life/I will always want you” and even though it is a stupid song I associate it with The Hunger Games now.
Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
This is not a question.
But I acquire all my books from Barnes and Noble, or a library. Boring, I know. I am not a wild book-acquirer.
Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
I give books to my nephew every year for his birthday because he is a smol devourer of books like myself. I have raised him well.
Which book has been with you most places?
The Lord of the Rings! I used to lug around this old beat up copy that actually belonged to David – wow, I am revealing just how much I abused that poor guy’s books in this post! I took it with me to the hospital whilst I was waiting for various nieces and nephews to be born, to my grandmother’s house, in the car with me, to social gatherings…
It was quite large and could be used as a deadly weapon when necessary…
Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad later?
My curriculum is fabulous and I have enjoyed every classic they’ve thrown at me! Well, almost. Looking at you, Ernest.
Anyway. If I hate a book passionately the first time, I don’t usually read it again later. Is this… not normal?
If I love a book, I will read it again and sometimes find that I despise it upon further acquaintance but I have never in my life picked up a book I loathed and read it again. Never.
Apparently the rest of you did not think of this brilliant strategy. Go me.
Used or brand new?
Brand new! At least, all the books that I have acquired so far have been brand new.
I’ve heard people say that used books have more character for their well-lovedness, but honestly I would prefer to do the loving and imbue the book with my character.
Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Who is Dan Brown again?
Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Oh, dear. I foresee more enemy-making…
Both The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian I thought better than their book counterparts because the movies were quite good and those two are among my least favorite in the series.
Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
I don’t read enough foodie books and it grieves my foodloving soul! But The Road From Home by David Kherdian made me drool just a tiny bit.
Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Oh, goodness. I have so many good friends who I trust implicitly!
is my number one book-and-other-stuff recommender, not only because she gives me recommendations but because she knows what I am and am not okay with
and can preface her recommendations with warnings like, “there is some language,” or “this one episode gets weird and you might need a pillow.”
is someone I trust because she has such high standards herself, so I know she won’t recommend something I will feel uneasy about. For the same reason, I trust Lucy Agnes
, Belle Anne
, and Natalie.
Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
The only book that comes to mind is The Hunger Games. I know, I know, that has been the answer to far too many of these questions but… that was the first time I ever stepped outside my comfort zone. Before then I had read strictly middle grade or adult Christian fiction and a few classics. The Hunger Games kind of rocked my world.
I’m not sure how many
humans I was supposed to tag? So I’ll just tag some of my newer friends… Abi
, and Jem
Go forth and tell me all the bookish things!
And tell me…
Are you saving a book for retirement? Do you ever get Book Hangovers? What book character would you trade places with? Who is Dan Brown? How do you cure Reading Slumps? What movie is better than its book counterpart?