The Ultimate Book Tag

I found this tag on Musings From Neville’s Navel, and it looked like fun, so… here goes!

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

Not very often, but sometimes, like if we’re on a really curvy road. But usually, I’m fine, which is lucky, because I don’t know what I’d do on long car trips without books.

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

Right now, I’m reading Hild by Nicola Griffith, and the writing style seems really different from anything I’ve read before. I don’t know exactly how to describe it, but… it’s very unique, especially the pacing of the story, and I’m not really sure whether I like it or not.

3. The Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give three points to defend your answer.

Really? That’s a question? It seems like a bit of a no brainer to me, but… to each their own, I guess? Anyway, I’m definitely going with Harry Potter.

  • The series is really strong on the themes of tolerance and acceptance, even if it could have done a much better job diversity-wise.
  • The Harry Potter series is one of those books that you grow up with. It’s simple enough for younger kids to understand and enjoy, but also deep enough for even adults to get a lot out of it.
  • There are several strong female characters that make much better role models than Bella- Ginny, Hermione, and Luna especially. All of them are three dimensional, unique characters that I think every little girl can relate to.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what’s in it? (Beside books!)

Not really. I take one to the library, but that’s about it. My library book bag tends to have lots of crumpled receipts at the bottom, and during the summer time, a reading log (for my library’s summer reading program).

5. Do you smell your books?

Doesn’t everyone?

Seriously, though. My dad likes to make fun of me for it, but I think my mom understands. And since I like to read while I eat, they tend to have very strong smells.

6. Books with or without illustrations?

I’m not a huge fan of the books that have an illustration at the beginning of each chapter. I mean, I read novels because they feed my imagination, and illustrations tend to change the image I already have of a character, if that makes any sense?

But, I mean, I read comic books, and those are great, but that’s because I like them for different reasons.

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

The Maximum Ride series. It’s all over the place, and there’s really no central plot. Except love triangles, of course.

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

When I was reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the first time, I was so scared of the Death Eaters that I hid the book in my closet for a month or two before I decided to pick it up and start reading it again.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelves?

My first “novel”, which was basically a short story that I decided to sort into chapters. Each of them was about half a page long, and there were about five pages, including my hand drawn cover. I believe that it’s called “Wolfwings” or something like that.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelves?

According to Goodreads, the longest book I’ve read is The Name of the Wind, closely followed by Dune. Both of those books are on my Kindle, though, so they aren’t technically on my “shelves”. Maybe Inkspell or The Deathly Hallows?

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

Yes and maybe. I’d like to go into some writing-related career in the future. Possibly journalism or screenwriting?

12. When did you get into reading?

I… don’t remember. I’ve always loved reading, but according to my mom, I was six or seven when I first read a novel all by myself (The Trumpet of the Swan).

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I don’t read a whole lot of classics, to be honest. If I can count comics, then I really love the Excalibur books. Alice in Wonderland is good as well, if you want to stick to novels only.

14. In school, is your best subject Language Arts/ English?

Definitely. I love history as well, though, but I’ve always done well in English.

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

Theoretically speaking, I assume? I mean, I tend to like a lot of the books I read, but there’s the occasional one that I absolutely hate. I would probably just set it aside, thank them, and donate it to my school’s library later.

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

I’d highly recommend Dualed by Elise Chapman for fans of The Hunger Games. Similar concept, similar themes, and less love triangles.

For Harry Potter fans… Maybe The Serpent in the Glass? It was kind of a blatant ripoff, though. Try the Beka Cooper books by Tamora Pierce, or maybe the Tapestry series.

17. Besides rambling, what is a bad habit you always have while blogging?

A lot of the time I feel like my posts are… a little low on content. I rush through them, which is something I’m trying to work on. I’m also pretty erratic with when I post.

18. What is your favorite word?

Aisling (Irish for “dream” or “vision”) is really pretty. I also love the word “wellies”- so much nicer than “rainboots”.

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

Nerd. Definitely a nerd.

20. Vampires or fairies? Why?

I love stories about fairies, especially the ones that stay truer to the original mythology. Fairies aren’t just pretty little butterfly people that live in the woods- they’re tricksters, and a lot of the time, they’re dangerous. Vampires seem kind of bland to me in comparison.

21. Shapeshifters or angels? Why?

The concept of shapeshifting fascinates me. Xavin (from Marvel’s Runaways comics) is one of my all time favorite characters, and she was a really interesting take on the way shapeshifting could be used. Mystique is also amazing, and Kamala Khan, all of whom are shapeshifters. And besides, in my opinion angels are even more bland than vampires. They’re just a cliche.

22. Spirits or werewolves? Why?

Werewolves. Werewolves are awesome.

23. Zombies or vampires?


24. Love triangle or forbidden love?

I’m not a huge fan of romance books. I mean, as a subplot, okay. But it just seems dull when it’s basically the plot of the entire story. That being said, I do enjoy well written romance stories, especially geeky ones (*coughcough Fangirl coughcough*). I guess I’d probably go with forbidden love.

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

Action packed for sure. The more action, the better. I mean, to an extent. There’s such a thing as too much action. But too much romance is a far more prevalent problem.

Anyway, feel free to do this on your own blog!


2 thoughts on “The Ultimate Book Tag

  1. Ooh, I do like the look of this tag. 🙂 (Even though I have plenty of others to be getting on with… *sighs*)

    Also, there was a book called Ash by Malinda Lo that I read some time ago in which the main character was called Aisling. It was kind of like a re-telling of Cinderella, so she got nicknamed Ash, but I thought her name was so pretty. I didn’t realise it was a word as well!

    • It was probably one of my favorite tags so far 🙂 Book tags are a lot of fun to do.

      Ash is one of my all time favorite books! Aisling really is a lovely word, and the Irish language is so beautiful.

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