I found this tag through booksoverpeople and it looked like a lot of fun! I’ve watched a ton of booktubers do tags like this, but I’ve never done one myself. So, here’s my first book tag!
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Usually, yes. Especially in the passenger seat. I can read for a bit but have to stop pretty quickly. It’s kind of a bummer during long road trips when I have time to get some reading done.
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Neil Gaiman. Hands down. I don’t even understand how he writes the way he does. There’s so much mystery and magic in his words. Please go read some Gaiman if you haven’t. Neverwhere was my first of his and I highly recommend it.
3. Harry Potter series or Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
I’ve never understood why this comparison became a thing. I guess it’s because of the movie franchises? Obviously Harry Potter. Come on.
1. The world-building. The fantastically rich world that J.K. Rowling came up with? Spectacular. The world-building in Twilight is noticeably superficial.
2. The characters. Essentially all of Rowling’s characters are memorable. I would pretty much read anything she could ever write about any of her side characters. I can’t even pick my favorites. (Well, Lupin is definitely up there.) Twilight, on the other hand, has very one-dimensional characters with little personality. Besides Bella’s dad, most of them are pretty boring.
3. My childhood. Like so many others, I literally grew up reading Harry Potter. I can’t imagine another series ever replacing it as my favorite.
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?
Well, now that I’m not in school anymore, I don’t carry a book bag. But, when I did, I would often have my laptop, notebooks, pens, kindle…Pretty standard.
5. Do you smell your books?
Not usually, but I do love the smell of old books.
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I’m fond of both, but some stories lend themselves well to illustrations. They can add something special if done well.
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Twilight. In either 8th grade or my freshman year of high school, I started reading the Twilight series and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books. I enjoyed them for what they were, but I would definitely feel differently about them if I reread them in my 20s.
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Hmm not really…But I was really obsessed with keeping my books nice, so any scratches or bent pages would really stress me out. I still like to keep my books looking good, but I don’t drive myself crazy over it.
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
I don’t know for sure, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower is definitely one of the thinnest.
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
One of the Harry Potter books, most likely. Maybe Order of the Phoenix?
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future being an author?
I do write! I took a creative writing class my last semester of college, and it definitely helped me with consistently writing and gaining confidence in my work. I would absolutely love to be a published YA author. It’s one of those far-fetched dreams that I hope I can one day achieve.
12. When did you get into reading?
I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. During my teen years, however, I didn’t read much for pleasure, as I was overwhelmed with all the required reading for school. I’m so happy that I’ve made reading a priority during the last few years.
13. What is your favorite classic book?
The Great Gatsby or any of Jane Austen’s novels. I’m also fond of Great Expectations and To Kill a Mockingbird. I plan to read more classics this year!
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Yes, it was through most of school. Ironically, I didn’t take many English classes in college.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I would act like I was excited and hadn’t read it before so the person who gave it to me wouldn’t feel bad. I’d eventually donate it.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I honestly can’t think of one…
17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
I don’t think I’ve been at this long enough to have already acquired a bad habit. 😛
18. What is your favorite word?
I have many words I love, such as silhouette and conundrum.
19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Mostly a nerd, and perhaps a dork as well. 🙂
20. Vampires or fairies? Why?
I’m not sure, since I haven’t actually read any books about fairies. Vampire books can be really terrible, but some are enjoyable.
21. Shapeshifters or angels? Why?
Probably shapeshifters. The idea of shapeshifting is so cool to me. Maybe due to my fascination with animagi?
22. Spirits or werewolves? Why?
I’m not sure whether I simply don’t like books involving spirits. At the very least, I’ve had terrible luck with them. Werewolves can be awesome. Remus Lupin, anyone?
22. Zombies or vampires? Why?
I haven’t read any books about zombies. These questions have shown me that I definitely need to expand my horizons in the fantasy/paranormal genre!
24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Probably love triangle. Maybe. Right? If they’re done well. For example, the love triangle in the Throne of Glass series is great. ( But I’ve only read the first two books.) They can also be super obnoxious.
25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
I’m typically not a fan of full on romance books. They can be a bit nauseating. So I’m gonna go with the latter.
Why is it so fun to answer random book-themed questions? Beats me.
Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my preferences or have any suggestions for fantasy/paranormal books to read! That would be rad.