So I’ve been Googling ‘book tag’ as I thought it would be a good way for me to talk a bit more about books in general rather than specific book I’ve been reading. I think this Ultimate Book Tag covers quite a bit of ground, and it seems to have done the rounds over the years so here we go.
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yes! When I was a child our family holidays always involved a lot of driving and the only way I could read (my favourite thing to do!) was to be dosed up with travel sickness tablets.
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Hmm, I’m not sure I’d say it was unique but I was quite surprised by the writing style in Sally Rooney’s Normal People though as it was in the present tense and I can’t remember ever reading a book like that before.
3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
To be quite honest I find this question slightly offensive (lol). I could wax lyrical about Harry Potter and what the series means to me for hours. I’m part of the generation that grew up with Harry Potter, I literally went through school with him by my side. The books came out every two years and coincided with either the school year I’d just finished or was just going into. He was 18 and defeating Lord Voldermort as I was 18 and getting my A Level results. The end of the HP series perfectly coincided with me becoming a (legal) adult and became a bit symbolic of the end of my childhood. But even without any of that personal attachment, there really is no contest, HP wins hands down!
My defence would be:
- JK Rowling is a genius and her story telling is far superior to that of Stephanie Meyer (sorry Stephanie).
- The wizarding world and its lore trumps the vampire world.
- HP doesn’t feature a weird love triangle or any “imprinting” (shudder).
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
No, I don’t. I typically only have one book to take anywhere at any time so just pop it in my rucksack. Usually I use my Kindle anyway, so even less reason to have a book bag!
5. Do you smell your books?
Um, sometimes. I know a lot of people like the smell of books but I’m not that fussed. I do however LOVE the smell of textbooks. You know with the shiny paper? Divine!
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Dan Brown! I read the Da Vinci Code when it came out in 2003, making me 14. It was the first grown up mystery / thriller I’d read and I loved it. I was completely enthralled! I then went back and read Angels & Demons and all of the subsequent books as soon as they came out. I only really realised that they actually weren’t that great when I read Inferno as an adult in 2013 (I do still want to read Origin though).
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?
Not really, sorry, boring answer!
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Probably Animal Farm.
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Heartstone by CJ Sansom.
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
No, I don’t write, I sit firmly in the reader camp.
12. When did you get into reading?
I have been an avid reader as long as I can remember. I loved reading as a child and it was pretty much all I did for fun. My parents like to joke about how much money the must have wasted sending me to piano, ballet, swimming and horse riding lessons as the only thing that I ever actually wanted to do was read! They used to despair at the rate I went through books! When I was at school I’d obviously be able to borrow them or be given them by teachers so that was fine, but when we went on holiday they’d have to buy me (or check out of the library) around ten books for a two week holiday. I wasn’t allowed them until we set off as I was known to read a couple before we went if I was left with them in my room.
The fact I read so much and so fast meant that I read pretty much every book I owned as a child at least five times. I ended up reading some pretty weird books, as I used to raid my parents book shelves whenever I wanted something new!
13. What is your favorite classic book?
It would have to be either Animal Farm or To Kill A Mockingbird. I’d need to re-read them both to make a decision I think!
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Are these my only options? Out of the above my best and favourite subject was English. Out of all my subjects my best and favourite was Sociology.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Donate to a charity shop!
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
Good question! I don’t think I’m in a position to answer really though. I’m kinda out of touch with young adult fantasy / dystopia genre. I would be up for reading something along those lines again though.
17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?
Not really a question I can answer as I don’t film. I would probably be one of those annoying people who stares at themselves in the view finder though.
18. What is your favorite word?
Well, I’ve always said antidisestablishmentarianism as I thought it was the longest word in the English language but I’ve just googled it and I’m not sure it is! More research required.
19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Um, none of the above I don’t think!
20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires! Mega Buffy fan right here.
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
I’m going to go with shapeshifters. I’d be more likely to read a book with shapeshifters than angels.
22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
I’m not really a fan of werewolves generally, but I think I’d pick them over spirits. I think there’s more story potential with werewolves.
23. Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires – see above. Plus I find zombies boring.
24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Hmm. Not that into either of these things to be honest. I find them both quite “problematic”.
25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in (or ideally none…)
That was fun! Thanks for reading 🙂