I Dare You Book Tag

I can’t remember where I first saw this tag, and unfortunately I couldn’t find the original creator. If you know, leave a comment and I’ll link them!

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

Probably one of my Stephen King books. I went through a faze of collecting them when I was younger but didn’t read all of them. I burnt myself out reading all of his massive books and then couldn’t face his others. I’m going to give it a go again sometime soon, though.

 

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

I’m not currently reading anything! I finished Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Roberson late last night and I’m up writing this first thing, so I haven’t had chance to pick up my next book yet. I’m thinking my next read might by Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, though.

 

 

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

Okay, I by no means hated this book, but I really didn’t connect with it the way everyone else seemed to. I just found it very forgettable and didn’t click with the story or characters. And that’s More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I know it’s a very important book that’s helped a lot of people, I just wasn’t one of them.

 

  1. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but never do?

The Lord of the Rings. I love the story with my whole heart but as soon as I start reading, I just stop and put the films on. Not only are the films objectively amazing, they also hold a lot of nostalgia for me that the books don’t. I will manage to get through them soon.

 

  1. What book are you saving for retirement?

A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin? I think that’s a pretty basic answer but I’m sticking with it. Either that, or one of those long detective crime series. 

 

  1. Last page: Read it first or wait until the end?

Wait until the end! Always!

 

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

I love acknowledgements. I love being emotionally destroyed by the last few sentences of a book, and then turning over to listen to the author talk about the process, and the people who helped them through it. It just makes me feel closer to them and the story.

 

  1. Which book character would you switch places with?

I would definitely swap places with Elizabeth from A Sorcery of Thorns. Even though she goes through some heavy stuff, the idea of being raised in a library and being surrounded by books sounds just perfect (even if some of them are evil… ish).

 

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

I’m making a whole series based on this concept! The first of which you can find here, and is about my experience while reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

 

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

I have a few answers but I’ll go with the first few books in the Harry Potter series. I have an older brother and sister who read the books as they came out. They weren’t big readers, but used to race each other to finish the new books first, so they’d often disappear into their bedrooms and shout when they’d gotten to the end (of course, then trying to spoil the other). After they were finished with them, I inherited the books and so while I’ve read them hundreds of times, the books that I read have been read by my siblings first, which is something very special to me.

 

  1. Have you ever given a book away to someone for a special reason?

Working in the libraries, I see what’s on our catalogue and what is available to our borrowers. If I find a book that I absolutely love and we don’t have a copy, I’ll buy one myself to add to our collection for other people to enjoy. I recently did this with On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. 

 

  1. Which book has been with you most places?

I’d have to say, it’s probably some random assortment from the Harry Potter series. Whenever we went abroad on holiday, or when we stayed in caravans in England, I always had at least one of the books with me. 

 

  1. Any required reading that you hated in high school but didn’t turn out to be so bad years later?

I’m not far out of high school so I can’t really answer this one totally, but I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood before we had to study it in sixth form, and I enjoyed it much more when I was reading it for myself, and kind of grew to hate it as I studied it to death.

 

  1. What is the strangest thing you’ve found in a book?

I find recipes and receipts and shopping lists in library books all the time. The strangest thing I’ve found has to be a voucher for a free massage I found in a book I bought from a charity shop a few years ago.

 

  1. Used or brand new?

I’m not bothered at all whether a book is used or brand new. It’s nice to have a mix of both.

 

  1. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

I haven’t! They don’t really appeal to me, to be completely honest, though one of my best friends absolutely loves his books. 

 

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

Not a movie, but I started Codename Villanelle recently, which is the book that Killing Eve is based on, and I have a feeling I’m going to much prefer the series. May still change my mind, though!

 

  1. A book that should never have been published?

Not a huge fan of this question, but I’m going to go with a slightly controversial one and say The Time Traveller’s Wife. I know loads of people love this book and so it obviously should have been published as it’s very successful, but I hated it. I still think this question is very harsh!

 

  1. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks excluded?

Yes! Every time a character is talking about food or someone is eating something, I always get hungry. The feasts in Harry Potter used to make me so hungry, and I always want to eat treacle tart even though I know I don’t like it?

 

  1. Who is a person whose book advice you’ll always take?

That’s an upcoming post in itself!

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So that’s the tag! If you’d like to do this tag, then I tag you! And let me know so I can check out your post!

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