Hello everyone, and welcome back!
It’s been a crazy busy week of reading…stuff that I have to work on, because editing for a living is like that. So for now, I’m jumping on this pretty fun book tag Q&A I had in my drafts in place of a review, and if you want to join in, consider yourself tagged!
What book has been on your shelf the longest?
It’s a boring answer, probably, but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I read a lot of books before that one as a pre-teen, but I also just…didn’t keep them. I’ve moved about thirteen times since my teens, and books are the heaviest thing to contend with. I’ve definitely donated or misplaced a lot of them—except, of course, this one.
What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I don’t really…do the “currently reading” thing because 99% of the time, I start and finish a book on the same day. It’s not, like, sick brags or anything, it’s just that I’m kind of bad at re-engaging with a book if I pick it up and put it down more than a few times, so yeah.
My last read was The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, and my next read is probably Dear Martin by Nic Stone.
What book did everyone like but you hated?
I don’t actively hate many books, really (Beautiful Creatures might come close, as the only book I have DNFd since starting this blog), but I am kind of That Guy who dislikes a lot of things that are beloved in YA book fandom (is that a thing?).
I guess among my more egregious crimes are disliking the Grisha trilogy, The Wrath & The Dawn, The Bone Season, the Red Rising trilogy, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Throne of Glass. (I’m a monster, whatever, but the weird slave/master romance in The Bone Season is still gross af.)
What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?
Probably House of Leaves, honestly. I know it’s using some cool concepts because I read parts of it a few years ago, but it’s not YA and it’s pretty dang long and it’s been sitting on my shelf for a long time.
What book are you saving for retirement?
…yeah, that’s a funny joke on two fronts: a) retirement, and b) “waiting” to read a book I already think I want to read.
Last page: Read it first or save until the end?
I usually start from the beginning these days, but that was always my practice when I was younger: reading the last page first. I really just don’t care about spoilers, in most cases—either a book is going to take me on a great journey or it’s not, and knowing the basic events just isn’t that big a deal to me, because come on. I read a lot of books, and a lot of them already use similar tropes and plots and set-ups. I’m not hanging my enjoyment of a book on whether or not it surprises me. (Actual mysteries are a mild exception.)
Acknowledgement: Waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?
I’ve recently actually started reading acknowledgements? So interesting aside, I guess. But even were I not reading them, I think the author has the right to the space to thank the people who helped the book come into being. Movies get credits. Books get acknowledgements.
Which book character would you switch places with?
Oh sheesh, not most of them. Most YA protagonists are having a real bad time.
I mean, I guess I wouldn’t mind being Cath from Fangirl, because I was once not unlike Cath (a hopelessly introverted first-year creative writing student really into fanfiction), except I wasn’t a big name fan and my first-year-university romance situation was way more of a hot mess. (Not to say that Cath doesn’t have struggles, but…so did I.) So that I could probably handle.
I’m also not opposed to someone turning up and letting me know that I’m actually royalty and then paying me via donation to my favourite charity to do princess stuff, a la The Princess Diaries. Just saying.
Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?
Like a specific event? A specific person? While we’re talking about The Princess Diaries, it does remind me of one of my best friends and how we read those books to one another in the car and at camp one year. I love the experience of reading things to one another with friends.
(If this isn’t something you’ve done, please find some horrible fanfiction, a la My Immortal, and read it with your pals and snacks.)
Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
I own the first Harry Potter in Latin because I successfully petitioned for us to read it in second-year Latin class when I was an undergrad. Heck yeah.
Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
I’ve never really given my own copy of a book away; I usually just buy a copy for someone if I think they’ll like it. That is possibly very boring, but I don’t really own a lot of super special book copies—mostly just plain North American paperbacks.
Which book has been with you most places?
I mean, I’ve moved the most times with the Harry Potter books, as above. I don’t really take any specific book travelling every time, especially because I try to pack light, but I’ve definitely re-read Harry Potter in France and re-read one of the Kushiel’s Legacy books on a plane back from Venice—because I keep those books on my digital devices if I’m not sure what I’m going to read.
Any required reading that you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
Not…really? (Why two years later? Should I only be twenty as a book blogger? Ouch.)
I liked Shakespeare in high school, and I liked it more after when I understood it better. I wasn’t really into or hated most of the novels I read in high school English (The Hobbit, Black Like Me, Crime and Punishment, Away, Frankenstein) and I still feel about the same way about it, although I can recognize that my dislike of Frankenstein is mostly because I find the character of Frankenstein insufferable, and the book itself is full of literary stuff to mine.
Used or brand new?
Either/or is cool with me, but since I do most of my shopping online, I get new books more often than not.
Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Nope! My roommate did and read some of it aloud to me and the writing seemed pretty bad? Also I thought The Da Vinci Code was a pretty ridiculous movie. So I’m just…not going to go there. Sorry, Dan Brown fans!
Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
I was going to say nah but sometimes I like certain adaptational decisions, like in The Hunger Games when they make Katniss’ hallucinations relevant to her past and fears…but actually, I think I read The Little Princess and found it kind of unmemorable, whereas I loved that movie as a child.
Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
I honestly don’t usually get hungry at descriptions of food, even though I love food, but one of the things I like about The Hunger Games is that, particularly in the first book, it pays a lot of attention to the food and Katniss’ desire for food and it does make me pretty hungry.
(I also got hungry in The Sun is Also a Star because Natasha goes out with Daniel for Korean food and she has it for the first time and I just got, like, irrationally jealous because I really like Korean food and I hadn’t had it for a while)
Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
I try to be game for the book advice of all of my reading friends who read similar genres, but I’m still pals with my friend who I read The Princess Diaries with, so I keep reading the things she recommends, especially since she was the person who first bought me The Golden Compass for one of my childhood birthdays!
Is there a book outside your comfort zone you ended up loving?
To answer that, I have to have a comfort zone. I guess I’d say my comfort zone since starting this blog is like “all YA,” but I mean…it’s not as if I didn’t previously read a lot of Serious Adult Literary Fiction, because I took more than one degree in English literature, so if I say The Things We Carried, it really sounds kind of silly to me, because I first read part of that book during school.
What I will say is that non-fiction has definitely always been outside of my comfort zone, since I never really got into it, nor was I ever really required to read it, so I’m hoping to scope out a favourite there over the next year. My next speculative pick to try is The Princess Diarist.
Okay, so this was a ridiculously long tag, so kudos to you if you stuck with me, and again, consider yourself tagged if you want to give it a try! Feel free to post your version in the comments, and I’ll book with you again soon!