- Friends don’t lie.
- You must answer all the questions.
- You must tag 4 people.
WHAT BOOK HAS BEEN ON YOUR SHELF THE LONGEST?
The Chronicles of Narnia has been on my shelf since before I even had a shelf. For some reason I have the whole series except the most famous one: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe. That one I read from the library. I have no idea where we got the books or why we didn’t have that specific one.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT READ, YOUR LAST READ, AND THE BOOK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
Next book (probably):
WHAT BOOK DID EVERYONE LIKE BUT YOU HATED?
Hate is kind of a strong word but definitely:
I did a whole review on it
WHAT BOOK DO YOU KEEP TELLING YOURSELF YOU’LL READ, BUT YOU PROBABLY WON’T?
Most “classics”, everyone keeps telling me to read the classics but I just find contemporary books more entertaining and appealing (barring a few exceptions of course)
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU SAVING FOR YOUR RETIREMENT?
I’ll take this to mean for when I have nothing else to do and can finally get to that book that is too much but I still wanna read.
LAST PAGE: READ IT FIRST OR WAIT TILL THE END?
My eldest sister used to do that and got spoiled a big death in Harry Potter. I’m not about to copy her mistakes.
I don’t mind spoilers at all but I find that reading the last page takes away a little bit from the feeling when you are getting close to the end that is like Omg what if… So I’d rather have the whole story before I take the last steps.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: WASTE OF PAPER AND INK, OR INTERESTING ASIDE?
Listen, a book is a lot of work from a lot of people. If the author decides they want to explicitly thank each and every person who helped them then I say go ahead this is your piece. Never a waste of paper and sometimes, if I really like the book, I’ll read them just to see all the love and support the author had while crafting the story.
WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU SWITCH PLACES WITH?
As in, do I get their lives and story lines? Or do I just get the world? Either way there’s no contest: Arwen from Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
DO YOU HAVE A BOOK THAT REMINDS YOU OF SOMETHING SPECIFIC IN YOUR LIFE? (PLACE, TIME, PERSON?)
Do you know how much I’ve traveled and how many people I’ve met and left behind? A lot. Thus most of the books I read have happy and painful memories tied to them. Just take any book I read till the age of 15 and go wild.
NAME A BOOK THAT YOU ACQUIRED IN AN INTERESTING WAY?
My grandpa has a huge library full of books of all genres and of all time periods. It’s like a treasure room and I love to shut myself in there and pick random books to look at. One day I was perusing the Tolkien shelf (yes, he has a whole shelf of Tolkien and Tolkien-related books) and found a first edition fo the Silmarillion in Spanish, of course. I went and told him how amazing that was and ask if I could take some pictures of the maps and family trees. He told me I could take the book with me (!!!)
It has a special place in my shelf and I’m planning on re-reading it soon.
HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN A BOOK AWAY FOR A SPECIAL REASON TO A SPECIAL PERSON?
I don’t think so? I like giving books for birthdays but I can’t think of a special occasion or a special person…
WHICH BOOK HAS BEEN WITH YOU MOST THE PLACES?
I have personally been to A LOT of places so I had to think for a bit. The one that I remember being with me from as far as I can remember is:
I think we had it since I was born or close to that, I just have so many memories with my dad sitting at the foot of my bed reading to my siblings and I in every house we lived in, in every location we moved to.
It’s one of those children books with short stories and poems inside that you can read a thousand times and still enjoy. I remember most of them and the illustrations were just so pretty.
ANY “REQUIRED READING” THAT YOU HATED IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT WASN’T SO BAD TWO YEARS LATER?
I got a secret, and I’m going to tell you all…
I never did my required reading in highschool. They recommended things that I knew I wouldn’t like so I didn’t bother. Still I had always a high-grade, why? because I read the summary, the first page, the last, and a random page in the middle.
The summary was enough to see how the book went, the first and last pages told me the narrative style and the introduction and conclusion; lastly the random page let me glimpse the style of the story and so I could invent at length a deep review of the book.
USED OR BRAND NEW?
Brand new, but I can see the appeal of used books too. I just like to have new stuff
HAVE YOU EVER READ A DAN BROWN BOOK?
Google: “who is dan brown??”
**Some time later**
Nope, speculative fiction is not my thing and I prefer more straight up fantasy than mysteries.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A MOVIE THAT YOU LIKED MORE THAN THE BOOK?
Here I have to agree with Journey into Books; the movie had a lot of action that was sorely missed on the book.
I mean, I read it like a dozen times anyway but it was the most disappointing of the Twilight books and that’s saying something
HAVE YOU EVER READ A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HUNGRY, COOKBOOKS INCLUDED?
Listen, if you have EVER read a Game of Thrones book then you have had a terrible craving for at least three different meals per chapter. I don’t know how he does it but George RR Martin describes food so well that you can almost taste it and you need to have a snack.
WHO IS A PERSON WHO’S BOOK ADVICE YOU’LL ALWAYS TAKE?
Myself? Probably the internet too.
Aside from that I have a friend called Laura who has almost the exact same taste in books as I do (she is the reason I read Lady Midnight) and she is rarely wrong with her recs.
IS THERE A BOOK OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE THAT YOU ENDED UP LOVING?
I know I have mentioned this before but, The Symposium by Plato. It’s a compilation of dialogues about love by greek philosophers and it sounds incredibly boring, I know, but it’s so deep and real and easy to understand that it made me fall in love with Plato (and Socrates, but everyone is in love with Socrates), it’s also lots of fun and has some situations that seem taken right out of a romcom
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