This is another book tag I’m borrowing from my girl Becca, because she’s a wonderful human and I love her and love her blog & everything in it (go check it out!).
I had so much fun doing this one!
1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
Probably my hardcover copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I didn’t have a complete collection of the books until recently due to losing a lot of them over the years in moving and housing shuffles, but I kept that one because it was given to me by my mom while I was in the hospital as a kid/teen, and it’s got a written inscription from her. Soon after receiving it, I spilled juice all over it, and was devastated – but it ended up being & staying my favorite of the entire series. I love it so much!
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Current Read: FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven (with my #Bookstaghouls reading group on Bookstagram!)
Last Read: The Forgotten Island by David Sodergren
Next Read: If You See Her by Ania Ahlborn
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Most people I know enjoyed King’s ELEVATION last year, and I… didn’t, haha.
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I WILL GET TO THEM ALL EVENTUALLY.
5. What book are you saving for retirement?
6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
Wait ’til the end. Do people really read the last page first? How could you do that?! Ahhhh!
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
I like reading them! Also, ‘waste of paper and ink’ is a way harsh thing to say about a page dedicated to acknowledging people / things to which an author is normally grateful, wow.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
I have lots of these, going all the way back to when I was a little kid! The most notable one is probably the fourth Harry Potter book; so like I mentioned, it was released when I was in the hospital, so my mom brought it to me and wrote a little note for me on the inside of the front cover. I was super grateful for the book ’cause I’d been devastated that I was hospitalized and couldn’t get to the release, so being able to read it and distract myself from the stuff happening where I was worked out really well.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
I’m already failing this ’cause I can’t remember the actual name of the book, BUT! Last year, an author offered to send me a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review. When the package came, the mailman explained that he wasn’t sure what happened, but the package had been opened and it was empty. However, he did find a random book laying nearby in the back of the truck – it wasn’t the one I was being sent, and had no packaging for itself. So the mailman gave it to me (and also explained how to file a claim, lol). It was super weird, and I ended up keeping the book – it was about theme parks! The author had to resend the book he wrote to me, and the second time I received it without issue!
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Haha, I feel like these questions aren’t really geared toward people who read avidly, haha. My answer is yes to most of them! I give books to everyone, for every reason. Normally I only gift books to people I think will enjoy them or appreciate them in some way, so it’s typically a ~personal~ thing.
12. Which book has been with you most places?
I read very quickly, so I normally don’t bring physical books on trips or anything. I have an iPad and a lot of Kindle books I bring though! Can I just count eBooks as a whole for this one? They’ve been with me to other states, other countries, all over!
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I loved required reading in school, haha. It was an excuse to buy a new book, so I was always 100% on board with it! I normally loved everything I read, too.
14. Used or brand new?
I’m not picky! I’ve got loads of both in my collections.
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Yeah, and I don’t know why people talk shit about them so much? They’re entertaining af, haters gon’ hate. It’s important to read, period – it doesn’t really matter what you read. If you like Dan Brown, read him, haha.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
None that I can think of as liking more, but I normally love both the movie and book adaptations of things. I try going into movies as its own experience, not really reliant on the book it’s based from. I find that trying to replicate them exactly, or expecting that the directors have done so, is just gonna lead to disappointment. Some things work better in books than they do in movies, and vice versa!
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
I’m reeeeally impressionable, haha. I have to fast-forward through commercials or else I run the risk of getting a craving I can’t shake for something being advertised, and making a fast food run at 2 in the morning. Reading about food in detail, especially if it’s described in a way that makes it sound yummy, will make me want to eat it.
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
I actually have quite a few friends whose book advice I never run intro troubles with! My friend Tracy in particular is an incredible book recommender – is that a thing? I’ve made it a thing – and I trust her recs completely.
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
Not that I can think of, BUT! I’ve made it a goal to branch out more in genres, so I’ll hopefully have a different answer to this one soon!
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