I saw this over on Dani’s Bookshelf and though it looked like a quick and fun tag to do!
Also shoutout to The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of this tag!
What is your favorite genre?
I have a number of favorite genres. There area actually very few genres that I don’t enjoy. But for the purpose of this tag I am going to go with Fantasy. (Maybe in the future I will do this again about some of my other favorite genres).
Who’s your favorite author from this genre?
If you have read anything on my blog you should know this answer to this question. My favorite author is J.K. Rowling. I am obsessed with Harry Potter. I love the the way she is able to completely capture you in that world. She is a genius with her words and her storytelling talent!
I also love V. E. Schwab, Neil Gaiman, Shaun David Hutchinson (some of his book straddle the line between Fantasy and Science-Fiction).
What is it about this genre that keeps pulling you back?
I love the range of possibilities you get with Fantasy stories. There is literally nothing that is impossible. You can fly, alternate realities exist, magic is an everyday thing, people can be raised from the dead and so much more. I love the way I can be sitting in my room but also be in a new world. A world that I could never ever encounter in my everyday life.
Fantasy has the power to provide you with the feeling that you can conquer whole mountains, defeat dragons and end up where you are meant to be. I feel like the genre allows us to learn how to fight for what we want, see that trials and tribulations aren’t the end and realize that the impossible is possible.
What is the book that started your love for your favorite genre?
Harry Potter is the series that I remember reading and falling into a world that I had never encountered before. It was the first time I remember being completely swept away, though I had read a lot before I found the book series.
I also remember certain books having an impact on me like The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. The weird, strange world that left you wondering, questioning and excited is what made me want to keep reading the genre.
I also adored the Everworld series by Katherine Applegate. That one played with my love of fantasy and mythology. It was just so interesting and intriguing that I wanted to keep finding books like them.
If you had to recommend one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre what would you chose and why?
This is a really difficult question because fantasy is such a diverse genre. You have high fantasy that is entirely in another world while you then have more subtle fantasy that is closer to our world. I think it would entirely depend on the person.
I would always recommend Harry Potter but I also think I would suggest some books like The Phantom Tollbooth or The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, The Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke, or The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
I think each of those is unique and easy reading while also being so enthralling and would capture a reader’s imagination without leaving them feeling lost or confused.
Why do you read?
I could write pages and pages on why I read but I will try to keep this simple. I read because it makes me happy, it relaxes me and it allows me to see the world from so many points of view.
Reading opens the world up to me, sometimes allowing me into minds of people I could never have entered into before. I will never be able to meet every type of person in this world but through reading I can meet so many different types of people. I can learn how to walk in someone else’s shoes.
Reading also allows me a way to step outside my problems and relax. I feel more confident and strong after I have read. I see that problems can be solved, people can change and you can succeed if you are willing to find a way.
Reading is my way of making sense of the world and allowing myself to step outside of the world when I need a moment to detach and relax.
What is your favorite genre? And what is one book you would highly recommend from that genre?
I am not going to tag anyone but if you are interested in this one, considered yourself tagged!
I saw this tag over on queenpea77. I liked the questions and thought it would be fun to do.
What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
Probably about 12 hours or so. I read before work and before bed just about every day. I can hold off longer right after I finish a book because sometimes I need time to digest the story. It is extremely rare that I will go a day or more without picking up a book and that is usually because of life events that get in the way.
How many books do you carry on your person (kindle) at any one time?
I don’t usually take my book with me to work because I just don’t have time to read while I’m at work. I will take one with me though whenever I go to an appointment or when I think I will have some extra time on my hands. Usually it is just the book I am currently reading but sometimes I will bring two if I think I may finish the first one and still have some time left.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
It all depends on the book. If I enjoy the book then yes, I keep them. I love having bookshelves full of books I enjoyed. I love knowing I always have something around to read. If it is a book that I was just alright with then I will put it in a pile to donate or give to someone.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
I could spend hours in a bookstore. I can spend the whole day browsing and finding something new and fun to read. My family and friends know that they need to keep an eye on me or else I will spend every dollar I have on new books.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
I would say at least 2 but sometimes more depending on where I am in my book. Sometimes it is less if I am too tired to read before bed, but on average it is at least 2 hours.
Where does the task “picking up a book” appear on your daily to-do list?
It is just implied. I don’t write it on the list because it is just part of my every day life. Reading is part of who I am and it is not a task to complete but a way that I live my life.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
That is a tough questions. I have 5 bookshelves full. I think though it has to be at least 200 if not more. One day I will actually try to count them and see.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
Depends on the conversation. If it fits in, I will add to the conversation. I do work somewhere where reading and writing is a main topic of conversation so books do come up much more frequently in conversations then they used to.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
I think that would probably be “Gone With the Wind.” I remember it being at least 1000 pages and I read it in 7th or 8th grade. I remember it taking me a while and my school librarian getting mad because I wasn’t returning it. My parents got annoyed because there was few people who were taking that one out and she should have just been happy I was reading something that much higher than my reading level.
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e. searching bookshops, online digging etc?
I was always eager to get the newest Harry Potter book when it came out. I also remember the newest book in the Lord of the Underworld series coming out when I was in London and having to email and search bookstores for it. Whenever I finish a book in a series though I always have to find the next one to continue it.
A book you struggled to to finish but refused to DNF?
Most recently that would be Origin by Dan Brown. I only finished it because I wanted to see if the ending got better but it never did. It was a tough one to get through.
What are your 3 main book goals for 2018?
- Get through most of my TBR
- Try to go over my Goodreads goal by at least 5 books
- Read books with more diverse topics and authors
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
I don’t know. I think most people I know do read though I may have helped them find a new book. I hope to get the kids I work with more interested in reading.
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
I saw this on Destiny @ Howling Libraries and thought it was a fun tag to try. I also thought it was time for another tag.
- How many books are too many books in a series?
I don’t know if there is a magic number of too many books. I think it all depends on the series. Some series need more books while others could wrap things up in two to three books. I am currently reading a series that is at 12 books right now and will end up being at least 15.
Though I will say that what does annoy me is if the series doesn’t get finished. I don’t care the number of books, I just want the series to be finished. Leaving me hanging, (cough GRRM cough), drives me crazy
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I love a good cliffhanger. I love to wonder and anticipate the next book or story. It does drive me crazy when it is a long wait but I usually can manage. Though if things are left on a cliffhanger and I never get a hint at a resolution, that doesn’t make me too happy.
3. Hardcopy or Paperback
Paperbacks are easier to travel with and easier to find a place on my shelf for. They are also easier to read in bed, when I can bend back the spine. Though I do own a lot of hardbacks because I usually can’t wait for the paperback to come for most of the series I am reading.
4 . Favorite Book
This is a difficult yet easy one at the same time. My all time favorite book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The way it just drives the whole Harry Potter series will always enthrall me. But I also love a number of other books as well. The list could go on and one but some of my all time favorites are, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, We are the ants by Shaun David Hutchinson, Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern, The Giver by Louis Lowry, and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli to name a few.
5. Least Favorite Book
This one is difficult because books I don’t like I tend to not think about. I would have to say I didn’t particularly like Mockingjay because I felt like it didn’t wrap up the Hunger Games story very well. I also really didn’t like the Maze Runner series. I felt like that series never went anywhere and we never got any answers to any questions in the series
I also am not a huge fan of classic books and one of my least favorite is Pride and Prejudice. Which I know will hurt many but it didn’t hit any cord with me and just left me bored.
6. Love Triangles Yes or No
Yes, if they are done right. Love triangles can be interesting, they can be full of fun drama. Or they can be cliche and annoying. I haven’t read a ton of books with love triangles but The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare did a love triangle really well.
7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish
I honestly can’t remember. I have been in a pretty good reading run right now. Though I will say I read a book of short stories called Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang and that was slow going.
8. A book you are currently reading
I am reading Dream Thieves (Book 2 in The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater and I am loving it.
9. Last book you recommended to someone
I can’t remember, really. I am sure I have recommended something but nothing is coming to mind.
10. Oldest book you’ve read
I mean if we are going to go far back I have read portions of the Bible. Though if we don’t count that then probably Beowulf.
11. Newest book you’ve read
I just finished, The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson which was published in February.
12. Favorite Author
I have a number of these. There is of course, J.K. Rowling but I also love Victoria Schwab, Adam Silver, Shaun David Hutchinson, Gena Showalter, Joe Hill, and David Levithan.
13. Buying book or borrowing books
I buy all my books, but that is only because I don’t like to read on a deadline. Having a return date looming over me is daunting. I also love to be surrounded by by bookshelves. Though I will say I adore libraries. They are some of the most important things we have as a society and they need to be preserved at all costs!
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to like
I recently finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I have heard so many great things about it but I didn’t end up loving it like I thought I would. It was decent but most of the story itself pissed me off. I liked the dog POV but that wasn’t prominent enough for me to fall in love with the book like so many others seemed to have.
15. Bookmarks or dog ears
I know this answers is going to annoy a lot of people but I dog ear all my books. I have tried to use bookmarks but I ALWAYS lose them between books. For some unknown reason I cannot keep them for more than two books.
I dog ear pages I like and where I left off. I think it gives my book a well read look and feel. I know it hurts the pages but I only do the corner. I never do it for a borrowed book but for my books I do every time.
16. A book you can always re-read
Harry Potter series as a whole. As well as all the books I listed as my favorites above.
17. Can you read while listening to music
Yes, I actually do most of my work while listening to music. Music helps me not to get distracted. If it is too quiet my brain starts going into overdrive and I can’t concentrate. Music helps keep me focused.
18.One POv or Multiple POVs
Either. I have read books with one POV which were great and I have read books with multiple POVS which were awesome as well. The trick with multiple POVS is to make sure to keep them all unique and separate. As long as they don’t start to sound like each other, I am all for it.
19.Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I think the last three Harry Potter books are a few of the books that I have read all in one sitting. I don’t usually have the time or concentration to read all one one sitting. Plus I feel like if I read it that fast I am rushing the story. I want to savor a story so I try to read it over a period of time.
20. A book you read because of the cover
I can’t think of a recent book that I read for the cover only. I think the last one I can remember was The Watch by Dennis Danvers. The bright green caught my eye right away. I do remember loving it so I think it may be time for a re-read of that one!
I am not going to tag anyone. If yo u enjoy tags this one is easy and fun!
I saw this tag over on Torn Pages and Roses and thought it looked like fun. I have linked any reviews I have done for books that are mentioned.
A book series that made you smile or laugh:
This one is easy. I just finished Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Beck Albertalli and it made me giddy with happiness. I was so excited to read a book about coming out and a homosexual relationship that ended happy.
A book/series that made you sad or want to cry:
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silver. Adam Silvera’s books all make me want to cry but this one hurt the most. It was just a journey of confusion and pain and trying to find oneself that doesn’t end well. I actually read it on a African safari and I was glad to be alone in the tent when I finished it.
A book/series that you love:
I have a bunch of books/series that I adore. Harry Potter is of course the one at the top of the list. That is a book series that has defined my life.
Outside of the Harry Potter series I also adored We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. One of the best books I have ever read. It has some of the greatest characters. The story is compelling and emotional. It needs to be known by more people.
A book/series you didn’t particularly like:
I have shelves of book and only a handful that I can think of that I really disliked. I think the last one that I really didn’t enjoy was The Shack by W.M. Paul Young. It was too preachy, felt like I was sitting in a sermon and not reading a story.
A book/series that was made into a movie that you liked:
I enjoyed the Hunger Games movies. I think they were actually better than the books. I feel like they flowed better, especially the last one. I didn’t like the way the book series ended but I did enjoy the movies.
A book/series that was made into a movie that you didn’t like:
Most books that become movies have a hard time impressing me. I am just one of those people who want things be exactly the same. I think World War Z was a huge disappointment. The book was like a documentary while the movie was just a typical action movie. The movie completely missed the point of the book.
A book/series you have mixed feelings about:
For this one I would have to say The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman. I heard great things about it. I heard it was exciting and compelling. I didn’t get any of that from the series. It was okay but it was not what I expected. None of the books seemed to flow into each other and at times it got very boring. I do want to watch the SyFy series to see if I like that better.
A book/series you haven’t read but are totally excited about:
Shaun David Hutchinson just published a new book, The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza and I am desperate to read it. Next time I have extra money I am definitely getting it.
A book/series that made you angry:
I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and I was not happy for most of that book. I detested what happened to the main character. The whole book was him dealing with these horrible events and none were his fault. Even the dog P.O.V. couldn’t make me not want to throw the book against a wall.
A book/series you can feel like you can relate to:
I am going to go bit different with this one and not choose a novel. I recently bought What Do You Do With a Chance by Kobi Yamad. It is a picture book but it has a very poignant message. The whole book hit close to home for me. I just recently saw some huge chances pay off and I love reflecting back on my journey through that story.
I am not going to tag anyone. If you are bored try this one out.
I wasn’t actually tagged for this but it looked like fun and I decided I felt like doing it!
-Randomly choose 3 books.(You can use the ‘Random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf.)
-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
-Repeat until you completed three rounds.
Reread- I would reread The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This is one of my all time favorite books. I could never burn it and I can’t for a minute think of an aspect that could be rewritten.
Rewrite- I would rewrite The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter. I loved this book but there was a few pieces I would have probably redone. I anticipated a big reunion scene with a certain character that never came, which was disappointing. I might also rewrite it to go beyond her usual formula for these novels. Just to change things up a bit.
Burn- That leaves me having to burn The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. Now I actually enjoyed this book but I do remember it being a bit long at times. It has been a long time since I read it and it didn’t really stay with me over the years, so if I had to choose a book to burn this would be it.
This was a difficult one because I love all these books.
Reread- I would reread Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I adore the Harry Potter novels and can’t imagine rewriting any part of it. And it would be a nightmare if I had to burn them!
Rewrite- If I had to rewrite one I think I would rewrite A Clash of Kings by GRRM, mostly because it is so long and I think it could be cut down a bit. The whole series could probably be rewritten to take out some unnecessary elements.
Burn- I love The Road by Cormac McCarthy but it is the one that is left. I don’t want to burn it but it just got the short end with these three.
This one was probably the easiest to decide on.
Reread- I would reread The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is another of my all time favorite books. It is so different than anything I have ever read before.
Rewrite- The Littlest Uninvited One by Charles Tazewell is a heart warming story about a dog taken in by an angel. The ending is perfect for anyone who has lost a pet. I would only rewrite the end to have a bunch of reunion stories just for the warm hearted feeling.
Burn – This one was easy. Marley and Me by John Grogan is one of the saddest stories I have ever watched and read. I am a huge animal lover and I balled in the theaters watching the movie and cried again reading the book. I would burn it just because I can’t ever go through that sorrow again!
This was a fun tag. So I tag anyone who wants to have fun!