August 12, 2017

Ultimate Book Tag

In order to make up for being MIA this week, I have decided to have a little fun this weekend and do a book tag. I found this tag on Book Loving Nut. A tag is just a bunch of questions about a subject (in this case books and reading). You post the question, then your answer. Simple! Here we go:

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I do not. My husband gets nauseous and my daughter gets a headache, but I can read all day in the car. Or until I fall asleep, whichever comes first.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Probably James Joyce. Not that I've really read any James Joyce, but his style is weird and stuff. But actually since I've never read it, I wouldn't know would I? This is an awkward question. Once you read a certain style, it's no longer unique.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Oh gosh. Probably Harry Potter, just because its excellence carried on through most of the books in the series. With the Twilight Saga, I really only liked the first book and kind of liked the second one. After that, the story went off in a weird direction that I wasn't a huge fan of. Not that I really care what the world thinks of anything in general, I do have to point out that, while Twilight became the butt of many jokes, Harry Potter is still revered in many circles and generally admired in the rest of the world. Also, Hermione Grainger is a much better female role model that Bella Swann and is generally a badass girl.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
Um, I carry books in my bag. It's not just a book bag. It's got my wallet and my pen case and my bag of requirements (inhaler, chapstick, etc.). It holds my planner and my school spirals also.

5. Do you smell your books?
I could pretend to ignorance here and say, "Doesn't everyone?" but I know all to well that there are people out there who think that's weird. I married one of them. But yes, I do sniff my books. I am a book sniffer.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
Whichever. I particularly like books with maps.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)
Way back in the days when I was new to the world of books for grownups, I read this book called Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons by Lorna Landvik. While I was reading it and for awhile after, I thought it was so grown up and funny and totally represented what being an adult was all about. A few years later, I tried to read it again, but it was trite and shallow and boring. It's amazing what a few years of reading practice will do to your brain.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
My mom has a picture of me asleep in a chair in the living room holding Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss. I had slid down in the chair so that my back was on the seat and my shirt had slid up to reveal my belly. She thinks it's hilarious.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Probably a book of poems by Pablo Neruda

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
War and Peace? The Count of Monte Cristo? Probably one of those.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Right now, all I right is school papers. I once had pretensions of being a writer, but I think I prefer reading to writing.

12. When did you get into reading?
I learned to read when I was 3 or 4, I'm told. I don't remember not being able to read. I read omnivorously until high school and college when I had to read so much for school, that I had no interest in reading outside of that. After college, I got back into reading again, and that was that.

13. What is your favorite Classic Book?
Pride and Prejudice

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Yup. Well, in high school I struggled with writing essays. I couldn't deal with the "triangle-square-square-square-triangle" essay format. I was three credits away from a minor in English.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Probably find someone who wants it and gift it to them. No harm, no foul.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
The Magicians series has frequently been posited as Harry Potter goes to college and gets ansgty. That could be legitimate.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Typos. There are certain words that I apparently cannot type correctly. I know how they're spelled. It's not a spelling issue. I just can't get the keyboard to cooperate.

18. What is your favorite word?
What is meant by that? Favorite word to say? That would be fox. As in "That's foxed up." or "I don't give a fox." Otherwise, I really like adverbs. Alternatively. Or Consequently. That kind of thing.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Probably Nerd. Mike prefers Geek. I tend to geek about things I am excited about, but I think on the day-to-day, I'm a nerd.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires. They're sexy.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters are way more interesting than Angels.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves. I love doggies.

23. Zombies or Vampires?
That's a tough one. Zombies are interesting, but Vampires are smarter. So, Vampires.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love
I hate love shapes (triangle, square, whatever), so I guess Forbidden love, but those can get gross, sometimes. Incest, anyone?

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
I guess action-packed. Actually, it depends on the mood I'm in when I go to pick up the book. Sometimes I want a romance book with a bunch of witty banter. Sometimes I want something else. Today, I must be in the action mood.

And that is my book tag! Do you have any interesting answers to any of these questions? Lemme hear 'em!