Ultimate Book Tag

This tag was created by Megan over on Goodreads! I saw this tag floating around the internet and decided I’d give it a go!

1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?

Yes. It pains me to have to put down my book every time the car moves, but I really make the most of long lines of stationary traffic!

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

The first author that comes to mind in response to this question is Anna-Marie McLemore. Her writing is just so lyrical, beautiful, and atmospheric. I’ve only read When the Moon Was Ours so far, but I’m picking up her other books ASAP.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I feel like my answer would be just the same as most other people’s, and though both series have flaws, I really enjoy the family aspect of both. I would have to pick Harry Potter however.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

Sticky tabs, a notebook, sweets, dried fruit, earphones.

5. Do you smell your books?

Yep!

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I enjoy books with or without illustrations.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I feel like a lot of the books I read when I was younger, such as the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, probably weren’t quality writing but that series was so important to me once upon a time, so I’m not going to revisit and be disappointed!

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

On the day I got my first Kindle, I was so engrossed in my book that I hid under the stage in the hall while everyone else did P.E. on top of me.

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?

I have most of the Penguin Little Black Classics, which come in at around fifty pages?

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The Stand by Stephen King. My copy is around 1,600 pages and I read it when I was thirteen on holiday because, you know, nice light beach reading, right?

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I’ve always written, even before reading really became as huge as it is now in my life. Every record of me being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, was author. A couple of years ago, my short story was shortlisted for a competition and I was invited down to the Apollo Theatre in London, and that just solidified everything in my mind that, yes it’s going to be difficult, but I’m not going to stop trying.

12. When did you get into reading?

I have two older siblings (both nine years older) and they used to read the Harry Potter books to me. I feel like they must have steered me towards reading because my parents aren’t big readers.

13. What is your favourite classic book?

Jane Eyre!

14. In school what was your best subject?

English.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

Smile politely and then give it to a charity shop!

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Hmm… I feel like a series that does magic and political intrigue flawlessly is the Ember in the Ashes series, so I’ll go with that.

17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

I always get distracted and zone out. Then after ten minutes of just staring at my screen, I get irritated with myself for how long I’m taking and then either go to read or write because I feel like I’m wasting time.

18. What is your favourite word?

I love the word ‘cute’. It just looks cute, doesn’t it? Or ‘cobble’.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I’d say I’m two out of three (guess which)!

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

I think I’d have to go vampires, as long as they’re quite dark and not a sanitised version of them. However, I’ve heard The Cruel Prince by Holly Black has some dark Fairies, so I might have to reserve my judgement until I read that.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Shapeshifters. I feel like they give such a tense, high-stakes atmosphere because you literally cannot trust anyone. Plus, I have a complicated relationship with religion, specifically Christianity, and so a lot of the angel stories I’ve tried to read have made me uncomfortable with that aspect, e.g. Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Oooh, tough one. Spirits wins only by a small margin because I’m a sucker for a ghost story.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Zombies! While I love complex villains and believable motivations, sometimes I just want a black and white zombie book or movie where the only aim is just to survive.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love, even though it’s so painful.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action packed with a few love scenes mixed in, for sure. I’ve never been a huge romance fan, and I often find that for me to enjoy a relationship, the book really has to strike a certain balance between romantic and non-romantic plot. Too much romance and I’m immediately turned off, but tease with little glimmers and build it up – I’m there.

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So that was the Ultimate Book Tag! I’m not going to tag anyone because I have approximately five minutes before I have to catch a plane but if you’re reading this, I tag you!

Until the next one,

Abby.

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