The I Dare You Book Tag

I found this book tag at Peace, Amore, Libre while out hunting through the various tags available to write. Nobody seems to know where the book tag originated, so if you do know, please let me know!

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RULES:
You must be honest
You must answer all the questions
You must tag at least 4 people

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1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Physically, probably one of the books I got as a kid. I want to say it’s Island of the Blue Dolphins. I remember buying that one from a secondhand book shop in Harve de Grace, Maryland. I can’t remember the name of the shop any more.

However, it’s probably most likely the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I got the whole set for Christmas one year when I was very young. Those are the two books that are just set in my memory.

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2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Yikes. Honestly, this changes on a day to day basis.

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3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Oh, and Looking for Alaska. Basically every John Green book because I think he’s a subpar writer who relies heavily on tropes/stereotypes to carry him through life. Also, he’s kind of a jerk, according to one of my former managers who grew up and went to school with him.

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4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Oh, now this is a tough one. I’m trying to think of something I’ve had on my to-read list for a long time. Probably Great Expectations or something along those lines. I’ve got an entire beautiful collection of classic novels (20, to be exact) that I bought when I worked at the bookstore, and I’m pretty sure there are some in there that I’ll never read.

Yes, I literally just bought books to make my shelf look pretty, and have little inclination to read like three of them.

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5. What book are you saving for retirement?

Let’s try War and Peace or maybe Gone with the Wind. I’ve tried so hard to read Gone with the Wind but can’t get into it. Maybe all I need is enough time on my hands and to be bored enough to actually finish it.

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6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

Sometimes I flip through the book and linger on the last page, telling myself not to read it. Sometimes I can’t help but read the last page (usually not first, though). I don’t know what to do with myself sometimes.

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7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

It’s really cruel to call them a waste of paper and ink. I’m sure if you wrote a book, you’d want to acknowledge all the people who helped you along the way! I happen to like at least skimming over the acknowledgements. If they’re funny, I’ll usually read them all the way through.

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8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Ohh my gosh.

Most people would pick their favorite book and say they’d switch with the main character (or the love interest). However, my favorite books happen to be very morbid and are usually set in Germany/France in World War II, which was a terrible place/time to be alive.

The majority of the books that I read are usually not very pleasant, so there’s little reason to want to switch places with a character in book. When I was little, I would dream about appearing in the world of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter, to teach the cats there about how the human world worked. I wouldn’t want to do that now, though.

Can I pick “None” for right now?

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9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

Miss Suzy. My grandmother read it to me almost every night when I was little and we were visiting her. When I got a little older (and the Internet was a more common thing), my dad bought my sister and me our own copies from ebay. I wish mine was in better condition, but it’s the most wonderful story and I have it memorized. Miss Suzy was a little grey squirrel who lived in the tip-tip-top of a tall oak tree…

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10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Well, my copy of And Then There Were None came from my middle school’s library, because the movers packed it up before I could return it.

I’ve saved a couple books from dumpsters, but can’t recall the exact titles at this moment.

I’ve filched a couple of books from the take tables on campus.

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11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

I remember giving my first copy of Little House on the Prairie to my next door neighbor Isabel when she moved away. I also remember giving my copy of Scooby Doo!: The Movie Novelization to my cousin Jenna after she came and stayed with me.

I don’t remember ever giving one as a copy for a specific special reason, though.

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12. Which book has been with you most places?

Probably The Book Thief, if I were to take a guess. Although if we’re being literal, it’d be one of my numerous copies of the Bible.

Or maybe Lord of the Rings.

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13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I loathed Wuthering Heights, but I don’t mind it so much now. I also hated Fahrenheit 451, but it’s one of my favorites now. I did an entire post on this several months back, if you want to read it. You should always be open to rereading books that challenged you.

Except Crime and Punishment or Anna Karenina. There’s no need to do that to yourself.

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14. Used or brand new?

I would prefer to only buy brand-new books, as I’m a little OCD about the condition my books are in. I also love searching through 2nd & Charles, which is a huge used bookstore by my house. You can always find wonderful treasures in a secondhand bookstore, like I did when I found my copy of Island of the Blue Dolphins. Sometimes, there are books you can only get secondhand.

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15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Why’s this it’s own question? And yes, I have: The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. I wasn’t impressed with either one, to be honest.

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16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

I personally haven’t, but my sister says Stardust by Neil Gaiman is better as a movie than as a book. Also, The Princess Bride is so much better as a movie. The book is tedious and takes far too long to do anything.

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17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

The Redwall series! Every book revolves so much around food it’s ridiculous! I love everything they describe, and I totally want to buy the Redwall Cookbook!

I also own several cookbooks and reading through any of them makes me hungry.

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18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Eh…I don’t really have any one person. I will give most stuff The Bloggess talks about a chance, but I don’t really follow many people solely for their book-advice, nor do I have anyone who reads the same genres that I do enough that I trust.

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19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Reading out of my comfort zone would mean reading romance and chick-lit (to use that terrible and worn-out term), and I think I’d rather stick rusty pins in my eyes than open a romance novel. Yuck.

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I hope that some of these answers weren’t too much.

And as always, keep reading.

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