The fabulous Belinda @ Bookarahma tagged me to take part in The Ultimate Book Tag – this one looks fun!
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Now that I drive I don’t get the chance to find out that often, but from memory, my brain tricks me into thinking I can read and move at the same time for the first 10 minutes (and I get excited thinking I’ve grown out of it)… and then comes the wave of nausea.
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Tough question. I think JK Rowling has a very distinctive writing style that is easily identifiable, and Colleen Hoover really does add a twist of originality to all her stories that makes them stand out.
3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter. Always. It is my childhood, the stories and characters are so well developed, the morals and underlying themes are excellent, the intricacy and world-building unbelievable. Just, Harry Potter.
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?
I don’t. I have a large handbag, but I don’t carry physical books on a regular basis, what if they get damaged?! I have my phone with me at all times, and I’ve the Kindle app on it, so if I’m ever stuck somewhere and in need of a read I’ll use it.
I smell all the books. It’s SUCH a comforting smell! There’s nothing quite like it. When I walk through the door of Waterstones I literally take a subconscious deep inhale. I didn’t even know I did this, my friend laughed and pointed it out.
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I’m going to say without. But only because I haven’t read any with them. I used to think illustrations were pointless in “grown up” books, but blogging has introduced me to graphic novels (a brief “hello” – I haven’t read any yet) and the idea of books with illustrations. I quite like it.
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Fifty Shades of Grey is the obvious answer, though I knew at the time of reading it that the writing quality wasn’t that great. I can’t think of any others…
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I don’t know about funny stories, but when I was about 11 or so I got to meet Jacqueline Wilson at the release of her latest book Girls In Tears (it baffles me that we don’t get authors visiting where I live anymore, when we used to get them! But I digress…). I was so excited about meeting her, and had planned out what I wanted to say, but as I got closer to her in the line my face just got redder and redder, and when I finally got to meet her I went mute. Go figure.
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
The Song of Ice and Fire series are the thickest books on my shelf, without a doubt.
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I write a lot for my job – official documents, blog posts, marketing materials etc. But from time-to-time I’ll take notions to write personal things too and I enjoy doing it when I have the time. I would love to publish a book, but it’s not something I’m actively working towards at the minute.
12. When did you get into reading?
I remember loving books from a very young age, I couldn’t pin-point exactly when it started, but I have memories going back to when I was maybe 3 or 4. There was a shop in the UK called Bargain Books, and when my sister would take me into town shopping with her, she’d bribe me to be on my best behaviour by getting me a book from that store at the end of the trip. Memories.
13. What is your favorite classic book?
I still haven’t read enough Classics at all, but I intend to change that with the Classics Club.
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
I’m not sure what Language Arts is… But English was definitely one of my best subjects and I loved it!
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated… What would you do?
I’d be grateful someone bought me a book to start with! If I could exchange it, I would, and if not I’d either pass it on to someone who I think would enjoy it, or donate it to a charity shop.
17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
I always schedule half-finished posts with the best intentions of finishing them off before they go live, but loads of times I accidentally publish them, and sometimes lovely people even read them and comment on them, and then I have to go back and take them down until they’re complete. This drives me crazy!
18. What is your favorite word?
I used to love the word “intensity”, but I’ve gone off it. I like onomatopoeia and oxymoron.
19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Think I’m none of the above. I always use the term Geek.
20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires. And why? Damon Salvatore.
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Angels. The Mortal Instruments got me into the idea of them.
22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves. I don’t usually read books about spirits, but I loved The Wolves of Mercy Falls series.
23. Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires, again. I’m fond of them.
24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Forbidden love. Love triangles usually annoy me unless there’s a really good reason for them, or they’re very well done. Forbidden love is usually more risky, dangerous or emotional.
25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Sometimes I like full on romance books, like YA contemporaries, but I can’t read too many of them in a row before I need a break. I prefer an action-packed read with love scenes mixed in, like Throne of Glass ❤