I recently saw this tag on Paperfury’s blog and had to steal it. I’m sure she would approve of my nefarious deeds. Yay for fun bookish facts!
1. WHAT BOOK HAS BEEN ON YOUR SHELVES THE LONGEST?
Read or unread? The book that has been on my shelf longest and that I’ve read is probably Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I really must treat myself to some shiny new editions of the series; mine are so beat-up* (*well-loved) Unread? Probably Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell. It’s a beast and it scares me.
2. WHAT IS YOUR LAST READ, CURRENT READ, AND THE BOOK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
The last book I finished was Our Dark Duet (and oh my word, it destroyed me). I am currently reading Fellside (my book club’s pick for June) and The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. My next read is going to be a buddy read of The Power, which recently won the Bailey’s Prize!
3. WHAT BOOK DID EVERYONE LIKE, BUT YOU HATED?
I’m not sure! I don’t tend to go in for over-hyped books so if the world and its grandmother are talking about something, chances are I won’t read it until the hype dies down (unless I was already interested in it before the hype!) A couple that come to mind that have disappointed me are Eleanor and Park and A Study in Charlotte.
4. WHAT BOOK DO YOU KEEP TELLING YOURSELF YOU’LL READ, BUT YOU PROBABLY WON’T?
I never say never. But at this moment, I’d probably say something like Crime and Punishment. SO intimidating. But a girl can dream. Maybe one day I’ll just blitz my way through it and feel all of the achievement. (I wrote a blog post about more of the books that intimidate me; you can check it out here.)
5. WHICH BOOK ARE YOU SAVING FOR RETIREMENT?
None of them?! I could get hit by a bus tomorrow and my ghost would be very annoyed if I had never got to read certain books because I’d been saving them for a special occasion.
6. LAST PAGE: DO YOU READ IT FIRST OR WAIT TO THE END?
What kind of heathen reads the last page first?! Why on earth would I want to ruin the ending?!! Consider me confused.
7. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: ARE THEY A WASTE OF PAPER AND INK OR INTERESTING?
I love reading the acknowledgements! They make the authors seem like actual human beings and not mythical creatures who never feel any kind of anxiety or self-doubt.
8. WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU SWITCH PLACES WITH?
A lot of the characters I read about tend to go through a lot of life-threatening situations, so probably not many of them?! Possibly a minor character from the Harry Potter series? That way I’d get to experience the magic and Hogwarts, but I wouldn’t be too close to the psycho evil dude trying to kill Harry and everyone close to him!
9. DO YOU HAVE A BOOK THAT REMINDS YOU OF SOMETHING SPECIFIC IN YOUR LIFE?
During my time at university, reading really took a back seat for me as there just wasn’t time. However, my anxiety was so bad when I was sitting my finals that I started reading voraciously again in order to distract myself. So certain books that I read during that time are all mixed up with that horrendous jumble of emotions!
10. NAME A BOOK THAT YOU ACQUIRED IN AN INTERESTING WAY.
My life is pretty boring so I tend to just acquire books in the usual ways. However, until I joined the bookstagram community, I didn’t tend to get books from kind strangers! So that’s nice. Surprise book-mail on my birthday this year was the best.
11. HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN AWAY A BOOK FOR A SPECIAL REASON TO A SPECIAL PERSON?
I live a sad existence where very few of the people in my life share my passion for reading. (Seriously people, why don’t you read?!) This makes gift-buying extremely boring. That’s one of the reasons I’m glad to have made some really good friends on Instagram, who I can shower with books at every birthday/Christmas/bad day. (Seriously, you should follow me; I’m a very good friend to have.)
12. WHICH BOOK HAS BEEN WITH YOU THE MOST PLACES?
Probably Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I have reread that book SO many times and it has been on many holidays with me since childhood. Pretty sure there’s still a leaf of grass between two of the pages from one of my excursions.
13. ANY “REQUIRED READING” YOU HATED IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT WASN’T SO BAD TWO YEARS LATER?
I actually enjoyed most of my assigned reading in school. We had some very cool topics. For example, I got to read Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein during my Gothic Literature module, and I wrote assignments on The Colour Purple and The Book Thief. I did minor in English Literature during my first year of university and some of those books were less fun. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad was probably my least favourite and I don’t have any intentions of going back to it.
14. USED OR BRAND NEW?
I have to say brand new; I can’t help it, I’m a snob. I just love the feel of those crisp, clean pages and that gorgeous new book smell! I will read used books if they are in excellent condition but they very rarely are; and I can’t bear it when I turn the page and find someone’s dinner staining the next paragraph or suspect hairs lurking. *shudders*
15. HAVE YOU EVER READ A DAN BROWN BOOK?
No. And I can’t say I ever intend to. They just don’t seem like my kind of thing. I did watch The Da Vinci Code a few years ago but it absolutely boggled my brain.
16. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A MOVIE THAT YOU LIKED MORE THAN THE BOOK?
It pains me to say it but… Stardust by Neil Gaiman. That movie was just so brilliant and coming to the book afterwards was a little bit of a letdown. I still loved it because I’m Gaiman trash; it was just that the movie captured the magic so perfectly and had such a wonderful cast.
17. A BOOK THAT’S MADE YOU HUNGRY?
Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Holy Moly, there were cakes everywhere. And with a lemon-scented candle burning, I was all but drooling on the pages. (Almost, but I showed restraint for the sake of my book babies.)
18. WHO IS THE PERSON WHOSE BOOK ADVICE YOU’LL ALWAYS TAKE?
Mia @thecosyreader! We have very similar tastes and I can practically guarantee that any book she recommends I will love.
19. MOST READ AUTHORS?
Lemony Snicket, Terry Pratchett, J.K. Rowling, and Neil Gaiman. Clearly, fantasy authors win out.
20. SHIP FROM TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS?
I can’t say I’ve ever thought about this, but what an interesting question! I feel like Leigh Bardugo and V. E. Schwab’s books would crossover nicely?
What about you? Do you have any ships from two different books? Who are your most-read authors? And which book has been with you to the most places?