The Ultimate Book Tag

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a book tag on here. Last week I did the Liebster Award, but I want to get back to my regulated posting schedule that I had before winter break took me out.

This is the Ultimate Book Tag. I am unsure as to who started this tag, because even while going through some old tags, I still couldn’t find an originator. I found this tag on The Introverted Book Nerd.

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

If I’m in the front seat and the roads are relatively straight, no. If I’m in the backseat, it’s a hit or a miss. I remember getting violently carsick when I was about eight years old, and I was just flipping through an American Girl magazine… There also can’t be any pesky tree shadows on the road, because the different light quality makes me ill. In a perfect world, I’d be able to read in a car…but alas, it’s such a fickle thing…

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

I really like the way Jonathan Stroud writes. He’s the author of the Bartimaeus trilogy, which is centered around a demon named Bartimaeus and the people who summon him to the mortal realm. It starts off just being about Bartimaeus and John, but a third character named Kitty shows up in the second and third books. I love the way Stroud uses footnotes in the novels. It may be a bit of a younger series, but it’s entertaining all the same. And the ending… man, the ending.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter, for numerous reasons.

  1. The characters are believable and well-written. While they may have some flaws, and they may sometimes be a bit Mary-Sue, they’re nowhere near the level of Bella and Edward, the two most perfect people in Forks, Washington. Do we really need another story about how the awkward teen girl is actually the love interest of every boy in school?
  2. There is a believable buildup to anything that happens. Instead of things just being thrown at the wall with the hopes that they stick (that final battle with the Volturi, anyone?), there is a proper amount of preparation and world building that gets us to that point.
  3. There’s no uncomfortable underlying sexual tension, which honestly made the Twilight books so difficult to read….

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

I don’t have a bookbag. When I go to class, I do have a small backpack that I usually put whatever book I’m reading for class in, as well as whatever book I’m currently reading for pleasure. Whenever I go on vacation, though, I do take a bag that is full of just books (and my 3DS case, of course).

5. Do you smell your books?

Duh. Who doesn’t? The smell of a new book tells you so much, and the smell of an old book might literally kill you (mold spores, don’tcha know…)

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I like books with illustrations. The Inkheart series has some really pretty illustrations in it, and I absolutely LOVE the illustrated borders in A Language of Thorns. Plus, you can never go wrong with a really good map.

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

A Great and Terrible Beauty. It was one of my favorite books by Libba Bray when I was in high school. I reread it for a reading challenge back in September, and realized just how terribly written it actually is. My roommate asked to borrow it, and she ended up reading the entire trilogy and saying, “Well, I could’ve seen that coming from a mile away!” We both agreed it had too many extraneous details and the main love interest, Kartik, is utterly forgettable. It’s not a bad book, per se, but you can tell it was certainly written at the beginning of the whole feminist-Victorian-schoolgirl movement going on. It’s an old series, but it has its good parts and its bad parts.

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

Funny stories involving childhood books? No, not really. Books were for reading, not playing games with.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Ooh! One of these actually just came in last week. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. It’s one of the books my advisor wants me to read for my thesis. The Vonnegut books I’ve received so far are also pretty thin…

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Probably Ulysses. But if we’re talking about books I actually want to read, it’s one of the Expanse books by James SA Corey, or my collected edition of The Lord of the Rings. There’s also That Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray, the ending of the aforementioned trilogy.

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

I’m working on my thesis for my final semester of graduate school. I’m turning in the first part of my novel…at least, I will, if I could ever get over this writer’s block that has settled into me for some reason. I’ve also submitted some short stories to a publication house (they emailed me and asked me to submit, so I have high hopes!), and I want to put together a short story collection some day. My goal is to have a book published in the next five years.

12. When did you get into reading?

My parents always read to me when I was little. I would turn bedtime into storytime and pick like five or six books to be read to me instead of just one like they asked. I loved going to my grandma’s house because she would let me pick as many books as I wanted and we would read them all before going to bed. I’ve always been a reader. The first book I read was Miss Suzy, and that was because I had it memorized. I still have it memorized, over twenty years later…

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I really like Dracula. Honestly, I need to reread it. I also like Frankenstein, and Northanger Abbey. If I could get into The Count of Monte Cristo, I think I’d like it, but I just can’t dive into that French prose. I prefer the movie, honestly.

14. In school what was your best subject?

English! I always had top marks, and I don’t think I ever got below a B on any papers I turned in. I’m an English grad student now, with a perfect 4.0.

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

I would still say thank you. It’s the polite thing to do. Don’t mention that you’ve read it before; just say, “Oh, this one looks interesting! Thank you!” And then you can donate it, or take it back to a bookstore and see if they’d give you store credit. **Note: Returning it only works if you’ve got an idea of where they bought it. If you don’t, then donate the book. Don’t make the retail slave’s life hell by not having a receipt!

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

I would say the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage is not as well known as Harry Potter, although I do prefer it to Harry Potter. You can read why here. I first discovered this series in middle school, and I own all of them now. I haven’t yet brought myself to read the final book in the series, Fyre, but I hope that’s a series I’ll be able to reread this year and finally finish.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

I don’t film anything. I’m too camera-shy. Maybe, just maybe, if I end up with Steven for the rest of my life, we could try some sort of book vlog, because he’s got a great radio voice, but I doubt it. I just don’t like being in front of a camera. I’m much better in writing.

18. What is your favorite word?

I don’t know if I have a favorite word. I’ve never thought about it before.

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

I’m a nerd. I’m absolutely proud of it, too. Being a nerd has opened the way to so many amazing friendships, and it’s the entire reason I’m dating the wonderful man that I am ❤ We met at a comic book shop while playing a Star Wars tabletop miniatures game, X-Wing. You can’t get much nerdier than that!

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

I think I’ve read more books about vampires, so I’m going to go with that because I’m more informed. I think I prefer vampires because they’re old and powerful and mystifying. While fairies, or the Fey, as I think they’re called, may be older than the world, the vampires know how to deal with the human race. It’s easy to spot a fairy; not so much a vampire.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

I would take shapeshifters. I think their powers are much more diverse than that of an angel. Plus, what type of angel are we talking about? Fallen angel? Archangel? If we don’t know what we’re dealing with, we can’t pick!

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why? 

I would say spirits. When I was younger, I watched Werewolf Skin, one of the Goosebump movies, during an indoor recess day and promptly became absolutely terrified of wolves and werewolves. I even had a cute wolf stuffed animal that I put in a shoe box and duct taped the box shut because I was terrified it was going to turn into a werewolf at night and eat me. I don’t think I’m fully over my werewolf fear, either. Plus, I’ve written stories about ghosts. I love them.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Both are so played out, but I think I would choose vampires over zombies. They’re just more interesting, and they’re certainly a craftier villain. You can plow through a torrent of zombies, but you have to think carefully to outwit a vampire.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Ugh, I hate both of these. Love triangles and forbidden loves are both so cliche and boring. I really don’t like reading about either unless I’m picking up a strictly romance book. And you know what I never do? Pick up romance books. I hate them.

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

Can I take the action book WITHOUT the love scenes? Love scenes ruin the entire book for me, because the majority of the time, the person writing the book uses those love scenes to unleash a hidden inner desire that they’ve got, and the love scenes become so fantastical that I can’t stomach them. Give me something that doesn’t force the two heroes into bed with each other and I’m all for it!


Well, that was certainly interesting! I learned a lot about myself and I hope you did, too. I know that reading book tags may not be your favorite thing in the world, but I certainly enjoy writing them.

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag. Please let me know if you do it, so I can take a look at your answers!

And as always, keep reading.



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