Ultimate Book Tag

So I thought I’d do a book tag because since I’ve been away from the blogosphere for a while I’m trying to do a few posts a day and I do love doing these things. If you’re reading this, I tag you! Feel free to post your answer in the comments section as well as on your own site, or just comment if you don’t have a blog but want to do the tag!

Questions: 1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yes. I hate it, because otherwise reading would be a perfect way to whittle away a long journey.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
This is hard because I think that every writer has a unique style. Jean Rhys has a beautiful, haunting style and I love the way F. Scott Fitzgerald writes- the New York Review claimed that Fitzgerald’s prose has “the tough delicacy of a garnet”, and I think that’s a wonderfully apt way of describing it.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer. HARRY POTTER ALL THE WAY. The Potter series creates a whole, incredibly, amazingly well thought out magical world you can get lost in and believe in; I love the friendships in the Harry Potter series; and Twilight is incredibly sexist- Bella can’t be happy without a man and her relationship with Edward meets almost all of the criteria of an abusive relationship.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
No- haven’t since primary school!

5. Do you smell your books?
Yes. Are you telling me that there are people out there who don’t?

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
Without. I’m not five.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)
I’m ashamed to admit this, but I did love Twilight when I was about thirteen. I didn’t really understand how unhealthy Edward and Bella’s relationship is and you have to admit that the idea of vampires that sparkle is pretty stupid. I picked it up about three years later when I couldn’t sleep and realised what drivel it was.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I thought Hogwarts was real, but then what nine-year-old doesn’t?

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Hmm. Maybe Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad- it’s so short it’s basically a novella (96 pages).

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell- 1011 pages.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author? Yes, I’d love to be an author and I’m working on my first novel right now. It’s hard because I’m so used to writing short stories and I hate planning, but I love doing it- I’d love to get it published but I am realistic about it. Anyway, it’s a while before I’ll be anywhere near completion and it will need a LOT of editing before I even consider maybe sending it off or publishing it via Kindle.

12. When did you get into reading?
I’ve always loved it. When I was little and starting school I couldn’t wait to learn to read- I got so annoyed when they gave us those books without any words where we had to make the story up ourselves! The first book I read that I really loved was The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark when I was eight, and ever since then I’ve pretty much always had a book on the go!

13. What is your favorite classic book?
Oooh, tough one. I love Jane Eyre and Mansfield Park, but then a lot of my favourite books are considered to be ‘modern classics’… so it depends on your definition of classic, really.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
You got it… English and French have always been my favourites!

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Depending on who gave it to me, I’d probably tell them that I’d already read it- but not that I hated it! With gifts it’s definitely the thought that counts so I’d still let them know how much I appreciated it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
Maybe the Maddaddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood- the dystopian elements as well as the hybrid creatures mean (and the Painball arena) mean that Hunger Games fans would probably like it! As for HP… it’s incomparable.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Not proof-reading before I post- I never do that! And not blogging for a long time then listing the boring reasons why. I also often find it hard to think of books I love off of the top of my head and so I tend to repeat myself a lot and talk mainly about books I’ve read recently, leaving some great ones out!

18. What is your favourite word?
Vom, short for vomit. Urrr, in all seriousness I don’t really have one.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I was always called a nerd at school because I cared about schoolwork, but now I’m at uni and everyone’s clever and cares I’ve sort of shed that reputation. I’m probably the least “nerdy” out of my friends- I haven’t read/watched GoT, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Sherlock etc.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
I’m not a huge fantasy fan… I’d probably say vampires at a push because they’re a bit more badass but neither of them really do it for me- I’ve definitely moved on from Y/A fiction.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Again, doesn’t really apply.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Never read a book about spirits so… werewolves.

23. Zombies or Vampires?
I like the movie Warm Bodies so I’ll say zombies.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love
Both can have their merits- I love anything romantic really.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
It really does depend on the book. I enjoy a variety!