KarisBooks did this tag earlier, and I loved the questions (and her answers!), so I figured I’d give it a go!
1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
Probably The Cajun Night Before Christmas. It’s the only book from my childhood that I still have.
2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
Current: Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell
Last: On Writing by Stephen King
Next: I haven’t decided yet! Probably one of the many books I started and then put down to start another book, lol.
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Ya know, I can’t really think of one. I tend to stray from books everyone loves because I’m always scared it’s not gonna live up to the hype, but the times I have read those books, they almost always do live up to it.
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
The Game of Thrones series. I read the first book before I started the show, and then I just got too caught up in the show. But now that I’ve finished the show, idk if I’ll keep going with the books (though I have heard they’re different). They just take so long to get through. I could read so many other books in the time it takes me to read one GoT book, lol.
5. What book are you saving for retirement?
…Probably Game of Thrones. Sorry, Jon.
6. Last page: read it first, or wait until the end?
Okay, look. I don’t know why, but I used to read the last line (sometimes the entire last paragraph) of a book first. I was probably around middle/high school age when I did this, and I honestly don’t know why I did it. Sometimes I still get the urge, and sometimes I’ll even glance at the back page, and ONCE OR TWICE in recent years I’ve read the last sentence. I don’t know what’s wrong with me!
7. Acknowledgements: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
Absolutely not a waste! Books are hella hard to write. You should 100% take the time and space to thank who helped make it a reality. Plus, sometimes they’re actually really interesting/well-written.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Omg there’s so many. Hermione, Meggie from Inkheart, Katniss… I’m seeing a trend here. I really like those YA heroines, I guess.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?
A Clockwork Orange reminds me of high school.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Speaking of A Clockwork Orange, I received 7 copies from a friend one Christmas because I told him I always wanted to let people borrow my copy but didn’t want to risk losing mine. All but two that he gave me were different versions. One was a German version, and I love how stark the contrast is in that one. I can’t read it, but it’s my favorite.
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
I’m horribly selfish when it comes to my books 😂 I lend them out occasionally to people I trust, but if I want to give a book away, I’ll just buy them their own copy.
12. Which book has been with you most places?
Probably The Lord of the Rings. I got an all-in-one copy in middle school and was always carrying that thing around with me. Which, if you can imagine how big that book is, wasn’t the easiest task. And yet I persevered… for Frodo!!!
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
Actually, no. People always talk about how they had to read 1984 and Animal Farm and The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye and all those books in high school, but none of those were on the required reading list at my high school. And I liked them all the first time around when I read them for pleasure. The only required reading I remember was The Crucible, which I didn’t mind, and Hamlet, which I loved.
14. Used or brand new?
I love used books. I’m too scared of carrying new books around. They’re too nice and pristine (and expensive). Used books are already broken in. And sometimes you get lucky and find relics from past owners. I’ve found so many things in used books—leafs being pressed, dollar bills, Chinese New Year goodies…
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Yep. I think I read two, back when they were first coming out.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Never more, but sometimes as much as.
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry?
Not that I can think of, though there are a few on my TBR list that probably would. Especially the ones that include recipes!
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Really anyone who knows me even the littlest bit. My friends are usually really good at giving book recommendations! My bookish friends included!
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone that you ended up loving?
I don’t know if I even have a comfort zone with books. If it sounds interesting, I’m into it.
Tag, you’re it!