Hi friends! The moment I saw Sophie over at Me and Ink post this tag, I knew that I had to give it a go. Make sure you check out her tag and all of her other posts—they’re incredible!
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.
What book has been on your shelf the longest?
In total honesty, I didn’t even own a true bookshelf up until two years ago.
Before then, I just had stacks on the floor—I know, I’m the worst kind of person. But, I have the most significant memory of a little yellow book called Chicken Soup with Rice because I made my dad read it to me every single night when I was a kid. It’s currently residing on a shelf in our basement, but that book is completely torn up. Has anyone else heard of this book??
what is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Current read(s): it’s actually super unlike me to read more than one book at once, but I’m currently reading three books: Warcross by Marie Lu; The Stand by Stephen King; and David Bowie, The Oral History by Dylan Jones
Last read: I just finished a reread of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, and I somehow managed to repress just how HEARTBREAKING the ending is.
Next read: I’m genuinely horrible at pick my “next books,” but if I enjoy Warcross, I’ll probably pick up its sequel, Wildcard.
what book did everyone like, but you hated?
I’m so sorry to all lovers of YA books because it seems as if this one is a total staple of the genre, but I have tried to read I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson on four seperate occasions, and I’ve never been able to get very far.
what book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I’ve heard such wonderful things about Circe by Madeline Miller, but I’m not quite sure that I’ll ever pick it up. From it being my friend’s favorite book to everyone telling me to read it, it has a lot of hype. So much so that it makes me nervous to read it, and I’m doubtful that I’ll ever pick it up. Think you can change my mind??
what book are you saving for retirement?
Alright, so I’m not necessarily saving Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for retirement, but it’s been on my TBR for so long. I’m really hoping to get to it soon though.
last page: read it first or wait ’til the end?
Definitely wait until the end. I already have problems with wandering eyes when I get too excited and unconsciously skip ahead on a certain page, I’m not sure that I would be able to handle knowing the ending even before I started.
acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?
I LOVE THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT PAGE! It’s my absolute favorite thing. It’s always really sweet to see the other author’s that particular author thanks, as well as all of their family members and friends. I also really love when an author of a series thanks their readers for following along with their main character.
ie: Alexandra Bracken’s acknowledgments in In The Afterlight.
which book character would you switch places with?
I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I would love to be Luna Lovegood. She’s doesn’t give much thought about what others think of her, and she’s just so adamant on taking care of her friends before ever taking care of herself.
do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (place, time, person)?
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone will always remind me of my sister, her obsession with the books, and my initial unwillingness of reading the books.
name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Like a lot of people I’m sure, I’ve met some incredible friends through our shared love of specific books, and it becomes even more bittersweet when I get to meet those people. When I was working at BookCon last summer, I was able to meet two of my friends I met through The Darkest Minds (hi Issa & Julia!), and they won a movie edition of the first book of the series, got it signed by Alexandra Bracken, and gave it to me the second my shift ended. Honestly, how sweet??
have you ever given a book away for a special reason/to a special person?
I actually don’t think I’ve ever given a book away? It’s not so much so that I won’t give a book away; the occasion just hasn’t risen yet!
which book has been with you to the most places?
I took Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire with me to my university on the other side of the state, and it ended up coming along with me on a flight to California. As fun as it was to busy myself with a book and ignore the homework that I probably should’ve been working on during that trip, I ended up reading about a certain character’s death while on a crowded plane, and I DO NOT recommend that experience.
any ‘required reading’ you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I don’t know that I ever ended up liking the books I originally didn’t when they were labeled as “required reading,” but I’ve always loved To Kill A Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby even though both of those were required at my high school.
used or brand new?
This really depends for me! I used to be all about unbroken spines and books in perfect condition, but I also love the look of a well-loved book. Even more so, I just recently picked up a used F. Scott Fitzgerald book that was originally published in 1942—try getting that new!
have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
I haven’t read a Dan Brown book, but I’ve definitely seen his two-shelves-full of stock at local grocery stores.
have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Now, take this with a grain of salt: When I first read Simon Vs. The Homosapien Agenda, I was in a horrible reading slump, so it was hard for me to get really invested in the story. I fell head-over-heels in love with the movie though, and I really, really need to go back to reread it.
have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
Um, without a doubt, the the sour cherry scones from Carry On make me hungry every time. Also, I made those a few summers back, and they were INCREDIBLE. (I used this recipe if you’re interested!)
who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
As a lot of you probably know, I studied at a publishing program last summer in New York, and I was constantly surrounded by other people that love books. I got an incredible friend group out of this (we still talk daily!), and I will always trust them for book recommendations. I’ll also always take book advice from my sister, because she has an (almost) literal library in her house.
is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g. outside of your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
IT BY STEPHEN KING TIMES 100. Never did I think I would lay my hands on a horror book, but It became one of my favorite books of all time. Now I just want to get my hands on more King books. It just goes to show you that getting out of your comfort zone sometimes is so worth it.
I would love to see all of your answers to these prompts, so I do hope that if you’re interested in this tag that you’ll do it! But, I specially tag Tiffany at Read by Tiffany, Becky at Blogs of a Bookaholic, Lais at The Bookish Skies, and Noémie at Tempest of Books!
Thank you for checking out my post, and I’ll see you soon!