My lovely friend Eva over at Coffee, Classics, and Craziness tagged me in this wonderful book tag and I decided to do it! (I rarely do tags, not because I don’t like them, but because I usually forget. Keep tagging me, guys! One of these days I’ll remember to do them. XD)
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.
1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
I’m gonna have to go with the trilogy of E.B. White books my godfather got for me when I was a baby, or Spy for the Confederacy, which I’m pretty sure is the very first book I ever bought myself. It was on a shelf at a homeschooling convention, and little eight-year-old me, with such a massive love of both spies and the Civil War, decided to buy it. I still love it.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Current read: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter. Oh my gosh, where has this book been all of my life?! I would’ve liked it a lot when I was a little younger, but I’m super glad I found it now. It’s about spies and forbidden teen love and it’s just so great. 10/10.
Last read: Always a Bridesmaid For Hire by Jen Glantz. I enjoyed most of it, as it’s probably a good overview of what my life will look like for the next few years (minus the business part). See my review here.
Next read: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker. The plot sounds great and I’m always looking for random books to try out. Plus, that cover tho. *heart eyes emoji*
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
I try not to hate books, but I really didn’t like The DUFF or Eleanor and Park (which, arguably, was only my second RR book, and I’m planning on rereading it again in the future to see if my opinion has changed). I also greatly despise a lot of those conservative purity books that I got pulled into when I was younger – So Much More and Before You Meet Prince Charming, for instance. (I’ll write a post about it in the future if y’all want to read my ranty opinion, but the short of it is that a girl isn’t a sub-helpmeet for her dad and should be free to decide, with guided wisdom from authorities, what to do with her life – and, yeah, that includes moving out, getting a job, and going to college if she feels like that’s God’s will for her life. These books basically tell girls that their only biblical place is in the home, under her father’s authority, until she gets married. I know young women aged 25-30 who still live with their parents, uneducated and jobless. Do. Not. Like.)
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
My goal in life is to READ ALL THE BOOKS, but there are probably a few that I’ll never get around to – the other Mitch Rapp books (unless they’re made into more movies bc Dylan O’Brien tho), and various classics that I have no interest in.
5. What book are you saving for retirement?
What’s retirement??? I’ve got a few books that I’ve been stockpiling for when we move into our internet-less house, including Les Mis, Tumble Fall, Everything Leads to You, The Unexpected Everything, Illuminae, and The Infinite Moment of Us – all of which I’ve gotten recently specifically for this move. (Except for Illuminae, which a friend sent me. Oh, and Les Mis, which has sat, in all it’s bricklike, unabridged glory on my shelf for about six years. I’ll get to it.)
6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
I AIN’T ABOUT THAT SPOILER LIFE, FAM. If the wind flips pages forward and I see stuff that hasn’t happened yet, I get all annoyed and heartbroken and achy inside and question whether or not I want to even finish the book. Last-page-readers are sub-human and will not survive the winter or the zombie apocalypse.
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
I adore acknowledgments. Probably because I’m a writer, but I just love seeing who has influenced the author. It’s so much fun to also get a sneak peek into their life and the little inside jokes they have with people they thank. Plus, it’s a great way to find agents to pester to represent my book.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Hermione Granger or someone from The Berinfell Prophecies, preferably whoever kisses Jimmy, whom I’ve had a crush on for the last eight years, with absolutely no sign of ceasing. Or maybe Jo March, since I’m already basically her already. (I’d say yes to Laurie in a heartbeat. Screw whatever’s “supposed to happen,” to quote Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton, “THAT BOY IS MIIIIIINE!”)
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
Oh heck yes. I can’t read Fangirl without thinking of the porch swing at my grandparents’ house where I inhaled it for the first time, or The Final Storm without remembering literally chucking it against a wall in my room while screaming “NO!” and sobbing, or The List without flashbacks to remembering the skiing trip where I was first introduced to Robert Whitlow (and remembering that a friend of mine gave me a signed copy of it because he met Robert), or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone without thinking of all the minds I’d blow by reading it, or The Scarlet Pimpernel without thinking, “This is a classic??? And I’m ENJOYING IT???” Every single book holds memories for me, and sometimes I reread books just to revisit the memories surrounding them. True story.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Besides the previous story about a book personally signed to me by Robert Whitlow (*heart eyes emoji*), I think the next most interesting story is the story behind A Thief in the Theater: A Kit Mystery. Yes, that Kit. Ever since a good friend had gotten to go to the American Girl store in NYC back when I was like ten, I’d always dreamed of going. So when my dad took me to NYC for my high school graduation, the American Girl store was one of the first things on our to-do list. I walked out of that store with that book and two t-shirts (one for me and one for my doll, of course) with PRIDE.
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
All of my books are my precious babies, but I did buy three copies of If You Find This Letter to write in and give to people as Christmas presents. Still one of the best gifts I’ve ever given someone. That book is literally life-changing. Read it.
12. Which book has been with you most places?
Probably Fangirl or The Martian. When I was reading them (and then rereading both), I couldn’t put them down. Even when I wasn’t reading them, they had to be by my side, in my “mommy purse.” Other than that, I’m gonna have to go with Eva’s answer and say my Bible. It’s been on almost all of my vacations, plus all over Charlotte when I did summer missions.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I was never a classics person when I was younger, which I’m not ashamed of, especially since I’m able to come to them now, for the first time, with an adult mindset that I didn’t have when I was younger. For instance, a friend and I were talking the other day about girls who got into Austen when they were teenagers and loved them purely for the romance – which is fine, but I’m so happy I’m able to see past the romance and enjoy Jane for her satire and wit, not to mention her feminism and the fact that she was so far ahead of her time.
14. Used or brand new?
Used that looks brand new. I prefer cheap books, and if I can find a new copy of a book for $5, I’ll absolutely get it. I like my books in pristine condition and will pay a few extra dollars to get a new book over a used one, but I’m blessed with knowing a few different places to get cheap, beautiful used books. (*cough* 2nd and Charles, where I got 2 books, a movie, and the first season of Graceland for $14 the other day *cough*)
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Nope! I’m vaguely interested in The Da Vinci Code, though!
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Mockingjay. I thought Part 2 did a great job of fixing the problems in the book.
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
Are you kidding; every book makes me hungry. There are a few books that make me especially hungry, though, including The Little Women Letters and Harry Potter. (One word: BUTTERBEER).
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Cait (Paper Fury). I adore her. Plus, she’s so incredibly sweet and friendly – it seriously feels like we’re friends whenever she replies to my comments on her reviews. Read all of the posts on her website. She’s hilarious, too, and I want to be just like her when I grow up.
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
Classics are a recent pleasure, thanks to the Lit courses I took in college
(how is that past tense already it feels like i just started college i can’t evennnnnn) that made me study quite a few classics. (we’re talking 50+, 12 of which I read and wrote essays on in two months. college is hard, y’all.) I’ve also started really enjoying memoirs, thanks to Unbroken and If You Find This Letter. People are fascinating.
Alrighty, I tag all of my followers who want to do it either in the comments or on their own blogs, especially Jessica and Katelyn. ❤