Sunday Book Tag
I’ve decided to do a weekly (every Sunday) post where I answer some book tag questions. I’ve always thought tags were really fun – hopefully you’ll all enjoy this as much as I do! Feel free to tag yourselves in any and all that you’d like.
This week, to kick things off, I’m going to do the Fifty Bookish Questions tag, which I found on Life of a Female Bibliophile.
1. What was the last book you read?
2. Was it a good one?
3. What made it good?
I had low expectations going in, and they were COMPLETELY surpassed. A fun, intelligent sci-fi / dystopian read.
4. Would you recommend it to other people?
Absolutely – although, as stated in my review, I would give a trigger warning for sexual abuse, as occasionally the topic was explored and it could cause some people issues.
5. How often do you read?
I try to read a little every day – even during a reading slump I’ll get a couple of pages in.
6. Do you like to read?
I love it, and have done for as long as I can remember. One of the greatest things for me growing up was escaping into fantastical worlds and pretending I was the heroine of each and every one of them!
7.What was the last bad book you read?
8. What made you dislike it?
It was a bit all over the place – a mixture of inconsistent writing, poor character development and a patchy translation I think.
9. Do you wish to be a writer?
I would love to, but I think writing is something which is a mixture of talent and work. I can’t claim to have natural talent, or the time to work on it (I’m far too busy spending my time doing book tags instead!!)
10. Has any book every influenced you greatly?
I have a deep connection with the Harry Potter series (as I think do most young adults) – I would also say that the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce was something I looked to for both escapism and strength in childhood. In terms of classics – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen taught me a lot about what I wanted in love and in life.
11. Do you read fan fiction?
12. Do you write fan fiction?
I’ve been known to dabble – I wrote a couple of Harry Potter pieces and a LOTR one back a few years ago.
13. What’s your favorite book?
Big question! I don’t know if I can pinpoint my favorite ever. I think different books offer different things. On my Goodreads favorite list I have fifty four titles – each are important to me in a number of ways.
14. What’s your least favorite book?
Angel of Death by G.P Burdon and The Cabal by Saul Dunn are particular low points in my reading history.
15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?
I like a mixture – as a public transport commuter I find my Kindle indispensable. However there’s nothing quite like a paper back!
16. When did you learn to read?
I think at a fairly average age – probably about five or six?
17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
I was particularly unblessed when it came to set texts at school. My favorite read was a play – Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
18. What is your favorite book series?
The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
19. Who is your favorite author?
That’s a tough one. J.K Rowling wrote my favorite series so she gets a mention, but I think Jane Austen was one of the most influential and brave writers of her time. I love her work and think it still enchants hundreds of years later.
20. What is your favorite genre?
Fantasy, without doubt.
21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?
Growing up I identified a lot of Hermione Granger – to be perfectly honest I still do!
22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
If I’ve ever rated a book five stars, then that is something that it has achieved.
23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?
That’s a tough one. I really loved Fire by Kristen Cashore, which itself was a prequel to Graceling. I would have loved a direct sequel (as opposed to one set decades later – aka Bitterblue) which showed more of Fire’s life with Brigan.
24. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
25. How long does it take you to read a book?
That depends on a lot of factors – how busy I am (in my personal life as well as work life), how long the book is I’m reading, what the subject matter of the book is…
I would say usually anywhere between two and six days.
26. Do you like when books become movies?
It depends on the book. Sometimes a TV series would have been a better fit. Sometimes its original ink and paper format is all that’s required.
27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
28. Which movie has done a book justice?
The Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson, did a phenomenal job.
29. Do you read newspapers?
30: Do you read magazines?
If there’s an interview with an actor or public figure that I’m interested in then I will occasionally pick one up.
31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
Probably magazines if I’m talking about physical copies – I prefer to read my news online.
32. Do you read while in bed?
33. Do you read while on the toilet?
I’ve been known to – never in public toilets though; that’s gross.
34. Do you read while in the car?
I wish I could, but I get travel sick if I try. I can read on trains!
35. Do you read while in the bath?
I am more of a shower person, but if I have a bath I will usually either watch a movie or read a book at the same time.
36. Are you a fast reader?
I’d say I’m decidedly average in the speed department.
37. Are you a slow reader?
38. Where is your favorite place to read?
I love reading outside – also in cafes.
39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
That depends. If it’s too noisy then sometimes yes.
40.Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
Not silent, no. But not chaotic either!
41. Who gave you your love for reading?
My Mom was, and is, a massive reader – stealing her books to read growing up definitely compounded my love of reading!
42. What book is next on your list to read?
I’ve been kindly sent The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight, so that’s next on my tbr.
43. When did you start to read chapter books?
Probably at around seven or eight.
44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?
45. Which author would you most want to interview?
Dead or alive? J.R.R Tolkien, J.K Rowling, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Lewis Carroll, Tamora Pierce and Suzanne Collins. There’s probably more but I can’t think of them off the top of my head!
46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?
I would like to think I’d get on well with Austen. I think she was a pragmatist and fiercely intelligent – qualities I admire in people.
47.What book have you reread the most?
I would actually say that Lord of Misrule, Christopher Lee’s autobiography, is my most re-read. And closely behind that is Harry Potter, of course.
48. Which books do you consider “classics”?
That’s a tricky one. I once walked into a Waterstones and asked for the classics, and the assistant asked what I meant. When I confirmed I was looking for Bronte, he said that they had three different types of classic – Ancient (think The Iliad), 17th/18th Century (Pride and Prejudice) and Modern (To Kill a Mockingbird).
One man’s classic is another man’s trash. If I love a book and that book stands the test of time I would consider it a personal classic. Sense and Sensibility is my ultimate classic recommendation.
49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
To Kill a Mockingbird is a must. I would also say that Farenheit 451 is an important lesson.
50. Which books should be banned from all schools?
I see no point in book banning whatsoever.
Phew! Let me know if you enjoyed this and link any of your fifty bookish question tags! I’d love to see your responses!