I haven’t actually been tagged by another blogger for this post, but I’ve seen it flitting around the blogosphere and love reading these, so I thought I might as well give it a go. Enjoy!
1. What book has been on your shelves the longest?
Probably Little Women, but it was on my mom’s shelves and then mine…same house though, so does that count? If not, then The Chronicles of Narnia, of course (be prepared so see this series pop up several times in this tag).
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I have two current reads: The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop and The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh. My last read was A Little Princess. My next read will probably be Theft of Swords because I’m craving fantasy, but I’m also receiving a huge book order in the next few days, so…we shall see.
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Throne of Glass. It was so hyped, and I couldn’t wait to read it, but it was a huge disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it well enough while reading, but for a while I thought I would continue the series and after having more time to think about it, I’m not sure I could continue. The protagonist just doesn’t match her character, which is problematic. I’d be interested in reading the author’s other series, however.
4. What book do you keep telling yourself to read, but you probably won’t?
The Count of Monte Cristo. I started it a few years ago…couldn’t make it through. I just saw it in a bookstore the other day and I forgot how long it was. I’m scared.
5. Which book are you saving for retirement?
Gone with the Wind. I borrowed it from my grandmother years ago… I have neither read it nor returned it. Sorry, Gommie.
6. Last page: read it first, or wait till the end?
Once upon a time I gave a book to a friend. I then caught said friend flipping to the very last page of the book. I think I blacked out because I can’t quite remember what happened next except that my voice reached octaves it had never before known…
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or an interesting aside?
I don’t always read the acknowledgements, but if I’ve particularly enjoyed a certain book, I like to see what the author has to say to those involved.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Lucy Pevensie. I just want to go to Narnia.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
Perhaps this is more of a sense of nostalgia, a nod to a pivotal turn in my life, but The Chronicles of Narnia affected me in a big way. The series inspired me to start writing seriously and helped me cope after my brain surgery; it remains a beloved series in my heart.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
(I could live here)
I’m not sure how unique this is, but I have a couple of old books from the 1800s that I got from The Brattle Book Shop in Boston. One is in German, the other is a collection of stories by George Eliot, whom you probably know was actually a woman named Mary Anne Evans (she wrote stories such as Daniel Deronda and Middlemarch). That was a good day.
11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Given away one of my own books? No, I don’t think so. I hoard… But I have bought books I love and given them to friends.
12. Which book has been with you the most places?
The Bible. And The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
13. Any “acquired reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I honestly haven’t revisited anything since high school, so I have no idea. I can tell you one thing, though. No amount of time is going to erase the horrific awfulness that was Lord of the Flies…
14. Used or brand new
Y’all know how I love shiny, crisp, crinkly, bright new books, but I also love finding old editions at flea markets. Honestly, just put a book in my hands, and I’ll be happy.
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Does this have to do with the tag? This question seems random and I have no idea who that is…sorry, Dan Brown.
16. Have you ever seen a movie that you liked more than the book?
Oh, dare I say it…The Hobbit movies? To be fair, I still haven’t read The Hobbit, but I’ve gotten about a third of the way through at least three times and just can’t seem to finish it.
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks excluded?
I’ve always felt rather disconnected from food in books, so no. However, I really want to get my hands on some Turkish Delight…
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
My brother, Sam. He doesn’t read much or particularly enjoy reading, so when he recommends a book, there’s a 95% chance I’ll love it.
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g. outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
I’ve started reading more nonfiction (namely autobiographies), something I always avoided like the plague as a teenager, and am really loving it.
I’m suppose to tag four others, but I want to open this up to anybody with a blog who wants to partake in the tag. If you participate, let me know so I can read your answers!