I Dare You Book Tag || Broken Spines, Sour Cherry Scones, and So Much Love for the Loser’s Club

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!


The Rules:
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!

So what do you think? Do you still have one of your childhood favorites on your bookshelf? What book have you been promising you’ll read? Do you like acknowledgments? Let’s chat!

18 thoughts on “I Dare You Book Tag || Broken Spines, Sour Cherry Scones, and So Much Love for the Loser’s Club

  1. Thank you so much for tagging me! ♥ I really recommend Jane Eyre, it’s my absolute favourite classic 🙂 I have a lot of childhood books left in my house, funnily enough one with my name as the title (perks of having a somewhat common name in France I guess?)! I didn’t use to read acknowledgments but now I just think they’re super sweet and I often read them.

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    1. I’m really excited to get to Jane Eyre! I actually was assigned a retelling of Jane Eyre while at college in which Jane was struggling with her Asian American identity, and I absolutely loved it—I’ll probably love the original!

      And that’s so cool to have your name as a book title! Even if it’s just because your name is common. 😊

      Acknowledgments are so sweet! I think that they really help you get a small idea of how the book came to be and what kind of support the author received.

      Thank you so, so much for checking out my post 💕

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  2. Ah.. I’m so glad you did this tag and I loved reading your answers!! And thank you so much for your lovely words!! ❤
    I have never heard of Chicken Soup with Rice before– but it always great to keep childhood books. They carry so many memories!!
    I hope you enjoy Warcross– I have been meaning to pick up Wild Card myself!!
    Yes acknowledgements are great and it is lovely when the mention the readers– it's so sweet. And in a recent book that I read the acknowledgements had a Hamilton reference and I loved it!!
    Luna is amazing!! I would love to be a little more like Luna!!
    Reading Goblet of Fire on the plane— reading in a public place can be dangerous!! *all the tears*
    I agree trying out books out of your comfort zone can be really good and rewarding. You can find unexpected favourites and you get to see something different because obviously I love books in my comfort zone as they are my favourite type of books but sometimes it is nice to have a change!!
    Great post– I loved reading it!! 🙂

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    1. I honestly don’t remember much of Chicken Soup with Rice, I just know that I was overly obsessed with it as a kid. 😂

      I’m definitely enjoying Warcross so far, and I’m only 50 pages in, so that’s super promising!

      Ah!! A Hamilton reference? The best kind of reference! What book was that in, do you remember?

      Yeah, that character’s death was spoiled for me unfortunately, but it didn’t make it any easier to read!

      Exactly! I’m a total wimp so I never would’ve expected to love a horror book so much. I’ve even deviated from my usual YA for general adult fiction, and I’ve really been loving it as well. Like you said, it’s really nice to get out of your comfort zone sometimes!

      As always, thank you for reading my post, Sophie! ❤️

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      1. Yes– I have things that I don’t remember the details from when I was younger too!! 😂😂
        That is good indeed– and it keeps getting better 😂
        Yes I love all the Hamilton references 😂!! It was in the poppy war by R F Kuang in the acknowledgements– I loved it so much!!
        Aww.. that’s a shame but still painful to read!! 😭
        Very unexpected then!! I am glad you are enjoying trying new things out!! 😊
        You’re very welcome!! 💕

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      2. I just looked up Poppy War, and it looks really interesting! And honestly, don’t we all just feel the need to thank Hamilton in every aspect of our lives? 😂

        Yes! I actually hadn’t seen any of the HP movies before and I only knew of a few spoilers, so I was surprised that not more was spoiled for me. I only was spoiled for smaller plot points as well—I had no idea how things ended between Harry and Voldemort!

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      3. It is a really good book but very heavy!! Yes we do need to thank Hamilton 😂 it is great!!
        You did very well to avoid Harry Potter spoilers. When I read the books I had seen all the movies so I kind of knew everything!! 😂

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  3. Thank you so much for tagging me!! I hope you’re enjoying Warcross so far. I really liked it a lot! I thought the world-building was so cool, and Emika was such a badass 🙂 I also agree with you about Simon vs. I definitely liked the movie more than the book ❤ and OMG those cherry scones look sooooo good. I'll definitely try to make them in the future~

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    1. Of course! 😊

      And I am enjoying it so far! Unfortunately, I’m not having much time to read it so it’s taking me a bit of time, but Emika just found out what’s happening in the game and I REALLY want to keep reading it now!!

      Ah! Yay! I know that people loved Love, Simon, but I wasn’t sure if anyone else liked the movie more than the book! I have read all of Becky’s books since, so I think I may enjoy Simon Vs. more if I go back to it.

      PLEASE MAKE THE CHERRY SCONES! They were so, so good, and I consider remaking them everyday of my life. And, from what I remember, they weren’t difficult to make!

      Thank you so, so much for reading my post and commenting—it means the world to me! ❤️

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  4. CHICKEN SOOOOUP WITH RICE! My sister and I actually had Maurice Sendak’s “Really Rosie Starring The Nutshell Kids” book which I think also had Chicken Soup with Rice in it as well! (it was a compilation of Maurice Sendak’s stories, if I’m not mistaken, and also had a CD where Carole King sang a bunch of the stories 😂) I love Maurice Sendak! ❤

    I want to reread Eleanor & Park sometime soon, but I am terrified of how sad it's going to make me :/ And I'm actually currently reading I'll Give You The Sun (having never read it before) – I'm right near the end 😂

    Jane Eyre is brilliant, but I probably also wouldn't have read it if I hadn't been required to for English Lit at college! I think you'll really love it when you get to it 🙂

    I read Simon in a day flat because I'd won tickets to see the movie the next day and felt *compelled* to read the book first 😂 so my memories of the two are super intwined! But I thought the movie was fantastic, and a really brilliant adaption of the book.

    Aaaaand I'm with you on the sour cherry scones front – EVERY.TIME. they were mentioned my mouth watered! I never went as far as actually making them though, but that's probably going to change now that you've provided me with a recipe 😉

    What an awesome post – thanks for sharing 😀

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    1. AH!! That’s so exciting that you’ve heard of Chicken Soup! Also, that CD of Carole King singing the stories sounds incredible, and I’m upset that I’m just now learning about it.

      I definitely can’t blame you there! E&P always pulls me in that way-I know that it’s going to wreck my heart, but it’s just so good.

      I hope you’re enjoying I’ll Give You the Sun! I’ve genuinely heard nothing but good things about it, so I think that I’m just the odd man out!

      I’m so, so excited to get to Jane Eyre! It definitely sounds like a story that I will love; not to mention, I found a really beautiful edition at an independent bookstore, so that’s driving me even more to get to it soon.

      Oh, that’s so awesome that you won tickets! I will for sure agree that it was a great adaption. They kept the really plot-crucial parts, and I loved the casting. Like I said, I really need to reread Simon because I loved all of Becky’s other books!

      The sour cherry scones just sound SO GOOD. And honestly, how can you not want one every time that they’re mentioned because Simon talks about them as if they’re the solution to all of the world’s problems. I highly recommend you make them, and I hope you enjoy them! You’ll have to tell me what you think!

      Thank you so, so much for checking out my post and taking the time to comment. It absolutely means the world to me. ❤

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      1. I’m sure we still have that book on a shelf somewhere! My parents just moved across the country but it’s one of my mom’s prized possessions, so I’m sure it’s somewhere safe XD I’ll ask her to track it down!

        Classic Rainbow Rowell, honestly. I’m so anxious about Wayward Son! :/ Her books Landline and Attachments, which are less YA, are also DFLHDSFGEW with all the emotion!

        I finished I’ll Give You The Sun on Monday and I did actually really enjoy it 🙂 Not my best read of the year or anything, but there were some super pertinent lines towards the end that I took note of. But I don’t think you’re an anomaly – if I think back to the start of the book, I can see why it’d be tough to get into! Plus, I totally know what it’s like to just Not Get a book that everyone else is obsessed with 😉

        There’s something about gorgeous editions of books that just makes them even more compelling to read, isn’t there?! So much for “don’t judge a book by its cover” – I think we can recycle that phrase because I do a LOT of judging based on covers and editions 😉

        I haven’t read any more of Becky’s books but I really really want to! Soooooon.

        I promise to bookmark the recipe and let you know as soon as I’ve tried ’em out! 😀 (I’m also obsessed with the fact that there’s a whole website devoted to recipes from fiction – that’s my level of devotion right there.) I spy a project for a weekend!

        And it’s a total pleasure 🙂 I love your blog! Hope you’re having a great week!

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      2. Landline and Attachments were both SO GOOD, so I totally relate with feeling ALL of the emotions. And oh my gosh, I know. I’m so excited for Wayward Son, but I’m also not ready at all.

        I’m glad you enjoyed I’ll Give You The Sun! And maybe I should pick it up sometime again and try to push through the beginning; who knows, maybe I’ll get hooked!

        EXACTLY! So many people, myself included, continue to buy new editions of books because they’re so gorgeous. Plus, if you’re not at least a little bit interested in what the cover is telling you, are you as apt to pick it up?

        YES! You for sure need to. I think my favorite of hers is actually the book she wrote with Adam Silvera: What If It’s Us.

        Right?? I really admire the fact that someone took the time to create a website for fictional recipes. There are just so many delicious-sounding foods in books, so I can’t blame them! I hope you enjoy the scones!

        Oh my word, you just absolutely made my week! Thank you for saying that, it really does mean a lot to me 💜💜 I hope that you’re having a great week as well!

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  5. Lauren, thank you so so sooooo much for tagging me, I am absolutely in love with this tag! All the questions are so much fun and I’m very excited to answer to them all.
    I think we’ll have some similar answers, especially when it comes to Love Simon. I thought the book was pretty average and very forgettable. For some reason, it felt more like it was a lower YA (for 14~15 year olds) and I didn’t connect as much with it. However, I watched the movie multiple times and cried in every single one of them. I could relate so much with Simon’s struggles with wanting everything around him to remain the same.
    I absolutely love reading acknowledgements, though I’ll be honest that I skip to the last few paragraphs where people usually thank their families, closest friends and relatives. I love hearing the more personal side of authors!
    The question about “saving for retirement” is probably my favorite question. I have so many books I want to read, but I know I’ll never get around to them in the next few years because they’re way too long and I can’t spare an entire month dedicated to only one book. Perhaps when I’m retired, I’ll have a lot of time and I’ll just be able to read all day and finish all these tomes!
    Once again, thank you so much for tagging me! 💞

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    1. Of course! I’m so excited to see your answers! I had an absolute time and a half with this tag, and I really hope you do too!

      That’s so interesting! I’ve met a lot of people that fell in love with the book, but I think I’m on the same wavelength as you. It’s not so much so that I didn’t enjoy the story (I really do want to go back and rearead it), but, like you said, I had difficulty connecting with what felt like a younger voice. I really do think the story in and of itself is so important in our world, and the movie got so many conversations started. I’m so happy that you were able to connect with that part of Simon’s world! Connecting with characters and their hardships/battles/strengths/weaknesses is one of my favorite elements of fiction.

      Authors mentioning their friends and families is so heart-warming. I especially like it when you’re able to connect a person from the acknowledgments to the dedication. It may sound strange because authors are obviously human, but being able to learn of their biggest supporters and cheerleaders humanizes them that much more.

      Exactly! I thought that it was an interesting question as well, and it definitely made me think. I can’t even begin to count the books on my shelves that I’ve owned for far too long and never pick up because “I’m not in the mood right now.” Maybe some day!

      Like I said, I’m really looking forward to reading your answers, and I hope you have as much fun with this tag as I did!

      As always, thanks for being a sweetheart, reading my posts, and taking the time to comment ❤

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      1. I completely agree that both the book and the movie for Love Simon were discussing very important topics. I especially loved how the movie approached sexuality while still being a family-friendly movie. I watched it with my mom recently and even though she’s still a fan of The Fault in Our Stars over everything else (it’s a struggle getting her to watch any teenage movie without immediately comparing it to TFIOS, lol), it was a great way to start a conversation about Simon’s relationship with his family and his friends too. So even though I didn’t love the book, I am glad it got so much hype that it ended up becoming this amazing movie I can chat with people about.
        💛

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