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The Book Tag

I read Ashley’s post of this really cool Book Tag on Inklings Press a while ago and I just had to do it myself!

Rules
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Either the Little House on the Prairie series or the American Girl Samantha books. Both of which Mom read to me when I was young. Very fond memories of listening to each!

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

Current read: Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren. Second in the River of Time series. It’s a very easy read–I read the first half in about two days (which is fast for me 😉 ). I enjoy her descriptions of Italy and the concept of two modern-day girls transported to the 1300s and accidentally falling in love is really fun. But, even though Gabi’s thoughts are hilarious, the main characters are overall pretty flat. It has potential to be more than just a teenage-angst-romance…but it isn’t, really. That said, I’ll probably finish the series as I’m intrigued to see how Gabi and Marcello can stay together seeing as they belong in, you know, two different time periods and everything. 😉

Last read: Belgravia by Julian Fellowes. I was intrigued to read a novel by the writer and creator of Downton Abbey (one of my favorite TV shows) and I was not disappointed! Told in the style and vocabulary of Jane Austen, but with Fellowes’ own unique characters and plot twists. Although there were perhaps a few too many POVS, I loved how deeply we dived into the characters’ flaws and attributes. In Downton Abbey and Belgravia, Fellowes reminds us that past or present, people are motivated by the same emotions: “ambition, envy, rage, greed, kindness, selflessness and, above all, love”.

Next read: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. I’m more than halfway through reading the Harry Potter series for the first time. It’s very different than I always thought it was, but overall, I’m enjoying it so far!

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Most books I read are fine, some books are AMAZING and others I really, really disliked. As Gail Carson Levine once said, I try not to hate books. As a writer, I know personally just how much work goes into creating a story. That said, some books really are terrible. As for reading a book everyone else liked and I didn’t…I’m not sure I read enough of those bandwagon books to have found one I hated. I choose the books I read pretty carefully because I like to give my books a fair chance to be liked and if I don’t think I’m going to like it, I don’t read it. That all being said, I really disliked A Time for Courage, The Wish and Ever (two of them were written by my favorite author of all time…so it just goes to show–no one is perfect).

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

There are a few classics like The Count of Monte Cristo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and all Shakespeare’s works that I want to read, but I honestly don’t know when I’ll get around to them.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

I’m not sure I’m saving any book for retirement…I want to read them all now. 😉 There are perhaps a few books that I won’t get to until retirement (like the good nonfiction ones), but I think I’d benefit more from reading them throughout my life rather than toward the end of it.

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

NEVER SKIP TO THE END. I can’t stand people who like to peek. It ruins the suspense, the surprise, and it especially ruins the feeling of satisfaction when everything ties up nicely at the end. Because you never know–it might not. But when it does…AH. So satisfying.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I don’t normally read them because they’re often a personal note to someone special to the author and I don’t understand the references made. But some are sweet and I obviously put a lot of effort into my acknowledgements, so I should probably return the favor. 🙂

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

It took me a minute to pick as I don’t normally envy my character’s situations (*cough* Hunger Games) but then it came to me easy: Anne from Anne of Green Gables. To have such a positive outlook on life, an undying spirit, to live in Prince Edward Island and to be married to Gilbert…what more could one want?

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

Of course! If someone lent me or gave me a book, I think of them when I read it. But my favorite favorite books definitely have a distinct visual memory attached to them. For example, when I was reading Rilla of Ingleside (the last book in the Anne series), I remember itching to finish my schoolwork each day and as soon as I did, I ran to my bedroom, jumped on my bed and read and read and read for hours. Or when I was reading Behind the Masks (the best Dear America EVER), I distinctly remember sitting on the couch during the plot twist and Mom called me over to unload the dishwasher and I walked as if in a daze, I was so captivated by it. Or even last summer when I was reading Gregor and the Code of Claw (last in the Underland Chronicles), we were on a family vacation at the beach and I have a very vivid memory of sitting on a chair in the sand and reading as the water lapped at my feet and my shoulders got sunburned because I was out too long.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Twice I have visited Prince Edward Island and the second time we went, I bought two books at the Anne of Green Gables bookstore on the site of what used to be L.M. Montgomery’s home. They are the last two books in the Emily trilogy: Emily Climbs and Emily’s Quest. And the front page of each is stamped inside with red ink: Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home. *squeal*

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

Right before we moved to North Carolina from Texas, I gave my best friend my beautiful copy of Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine. I had already read it and I liked it, but we both loved Levine and I thought it would be something special to give her before I left.

12. Which book has been with you most places?

That depends on how you answer this question. As for a book I bring with me to several places in general, that would be my Bible, but as a book that just happened to go many places as I read it…also my Bible. We travel a lot, so a lot of books I read go many places. 😉

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

I’m assuming this question implies that I re-read books often, which I don’t. However, I will say that I have read a book and not enjoyed it at the time, but then a couple years later, look back and finally understand what had made me uncomfortable before. So perhaps if I did read it again, it wouldn’t be so bad. But honestly, I loved most of the required reading I had in high school. Maybe it’s because I was homeschooled and kinda had a say in the matter, but I loved reading the classics in high school.

14. Used or brand new?

Yes. 😉 I love the look of brand new, but I don’t usually like to pay for it. So it really depends. If I can get 10 books for $10, even though they’re not in grand condition, I’ll do it! I rarely buy books brand brand new because it just costs too much.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope. Had to look him up. 😉

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

Yes! The Fifth Wave was a great movie and although the book has more detail and complexity, the movie fixes Cassie’s character and gets straight to the point.

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

The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve always wanted to try Turkish delight!

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

AnnaScott at Simply Edifying. 🙂 As well as a few close friends whose reading tastes are very similar to mine.

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

Hunger Games! Hunger Games! Hunger Games! I hate first person, present tense. Dystopian is overrated to me. I just don’t like to stray from my historical fiction/classics niche. BUT then a friend whose literature opinion I respected highly recommended The Hunger Games and I never looked back.

I tag AnnaScott over at Simply Edifying (of course), Rayleigh at Literature Approved and Erin at One Word More. 🙂

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