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The Ultimate Book Tag

I was tagged by Summer @ xingsings a little while ago so thanks Summer! I’ve really enjoyed following your blog this year and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you and your blog!

So, let the madness begin!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Sometimes I do, but most of the time I don’t. I used to have an hour bus ride to and from my high school so that was when I did most of my reading. Now that I walk to school, I find I can get motion sickness if I’m in a car but only on occasion. (I think sometimes its a weird combo of wearing glasses and using my eReader :S)

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

My first instinct is to say Shakespeare but I think he just really popularized a lot of themes and created a lot of words. I find his works (both plays and poems) are so much fun to analyze because you can interpret them so many different ways. Whether or not that was his intention or it’s just a matter of people reading too much into things, I’m not sure. But he is one of my favourite writers.

Chaucer is my second answer. I’ve only read parts of Canterbury Tales but I’ve never read anything like that before. I loved his satire style and I wish I studied him more in my classes.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

It’s a dirty secret of mine that I have never finished a Harry Potter book in my life. I tried with 3 different books but never managed to finish it. I can appreciate the world J.K. Rowling has created, it just doesn’t appeal to me. (I rarely enjoy witch/wizard books). So Twilight wins by default because:

  1. I actually finished the whole series
  2. I prefer paranormal series to solely magic based ones
  3. I read a lot of AMAZING vampire series because of the popularity of Twilight

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

I assume this means a backpack for school? If so, I just have a paper clipboard, my keys, phone, wallet and pens.

If it means by book bag for the library, it’s just a random cloth bag that I grab with my library card when I go 🙂

5. Do you smell your books?

No, only because 95% of the books I read are eCopies. But when I do get physical copies from the library, I often smell the funky foods people have spilled all over them *bleh* so gross!

6. Books with or without little illustrations.

I mostly read books without illustrations (just a map maybe at the start). I do read the occasional manga though.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Twilight obviously. Fifty Shades of Grey was another. I’m more of a “did I enjoy the story” type of reader than I am a writing/grammar critic so I’m sure there have been a few more.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Not particularly though I did love reading Hurry Up Franklin because I thought the berries looked scrumptious!

9. What is the tinniest book on your shelf?

Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephan Leacock.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

As embarrassing as this is, I think it’s Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer 😛 As I said before, I mostly use eBooks now. My Kobo tells me my “biggest file” is The Line Between by Tamsyn Bester.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

In a dream world I would be an author but I don’t think I have a great talent for it. I try to write in my spare time and I’ve decided to make it a goal this summer to finish one story that I’ve had brewing in my mind for a while but we will see what happens!

12. When did you get into reading?

2006 when I finished The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants in a weekend. Before that, I would only read when we had silent reading in school and never for pleasure.

13. What is your favourite classic book?

I haven’t finished a lot of classics so I guess Pride and Prejudice. Doesn’t 1984 count? Because I really enjoyed that one as well.

14. In school what was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Yes but I also had high marks in the sciences and math, thus my post-secondary degree in Science. But true story: I totally did better in my university English classes than I did in my Science courses 😛

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

I’d keep it and put it on my bookshelf. Maybe lend it out to someone I know might want to read it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

If this was three years ago, I would have said Divergent haha. Now I would say the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu (that series needs more fan-fare in my opinion)

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I blog instead of studying for classes. As I write this I should be studying for my microbiology final exam…

Another one is adding books to my TBR or compulsively putting books on hold at the library. (It’s an embarrassing amount currently and one that requires an excel document)

18. What is your favorite word?

I don’t really have a particular word I like the most. I find I say “really” a lot in my reviews. I can tell you some words I hate: “moist” and when people use “scent” as a verb *cringe*

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I would say nerd–I like a lot of things people consider “nerdy”. I thought dweeb was the same as dork though…

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

I always enjoy faerie stories whereas vampire stories are hit or miss. I just love the cunning strength of faeires with all their mind games. I also find that there are more creative spins on faerie stories.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels have a more interesting back story to me.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

I detest werewolf stories (too much alpha male stuff going on) so I’d go with spirits though I don’t read very many books with them.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

This is tough because vampires are really just brain-powered zombies when you think about it. Both are undead but zombies seem to lack control while vampires can think and blend in with society. (Though the movie Warm Bodies would be the exception). I think I would pick vampires just because they make for better predators.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Love triangles are the worst–they are the only thing that makes a book an immediate pass for me (three people on the cover? You can bet money that I will NOT be picking it up). I really enjoy the tension in forbidden love stories.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Ok, this one is tough because I read a lot of both. I like New Adult romances because I enjoy the drama but I don’t like regular old adult harlequin novels because they are cheesy. I like action-pack novels but the romantic tension needs to have a significant presence for me. So I guess action-packed?

Thanks again Summer! This was a lot of fun!

I just picked a few blogs to tag but please don’t feel obligated to do this tag (especially if you were tagged before!)! Also, anyone can do this tag so feel free to tag yourself 😉 Just leave me a link back so I can see your response!



Comments 4

  • You’re the first to choose Twilight over HP, which is cool. I’m actually not a Twilight lover/hater, I enjoyed them when I read them (I was in 7th grade then, arguably too young to read such things) but have read better books since then (like VA, love love love Rose). And even though I’m a harsh reviewer (I think), I have to agree with your answer for 7. The overall entertainment is what I’m looking for. Thanks for participating and answering the questions! I loved reading your answers, hehe. Good luck on you microbiology final, I hope you do great! 🙂

    • Thanks for the tag! It was a good distracting from my finals 🙂
      Yeah, I’m an oddity among my friends who LOVE all things Harry Potter. I just never managed to get into the books–maybe one day I’ll eventually read them but for now there are so many other great books I want to read!
      And Vampire Academy was totally the book series I was thinking about when I answered that Twilight question haha

      • That’s totally okay! I actually read HP and the Deathly Hallows first, and didn’t read the other 6 until I saw movies 1-5 (I think only 5 were out at the time when the last installment of the book was released, I could be wrong). But I kind of feel that way with Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones. I still haven’t jumped the bandwagon on those yet. I will eventually. I also really want to read The Outlander series too. Okay, I need to stop rambling. What was my point again? Oh, right. I think it’s fine to be the odd one out! 😀 And yes, VA is my favorite vampire series. I also recently discovered Shadow Falls, and I really love the Shadow Falls: After Dark spinoff. So the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy is my second favorite vampire series now. They’re not exactly Richelle Mead epic, but still really enjoyable (I like them better than Bloodlines so far).

        And you’re welcome! Again, I’m glad you did this tag! 🙂

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