Hello, friends! Sorry for being so absent! Life ... you know. *winks* Anyway, today I come to you with a fun book tag!
The Bookish Tag Rules:
-You must be honest.
-You must answer every question.
-You must tag at least 4 people.
-You must tag at least 4 people.
1) What book has been on your shelf the longest?
Probably Meet Felicity by Valerie Tripp or The Secret of the Old Clock/The Hidden Staircase set by Carolyn Keene
2) What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next?
I am currently reading An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter - the fourth book in a fantastic Regency series. (As well as The Road to Becoming by Jenny Simmons and Perception by Emily Ann Benedict.)
The last book I read was These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart. Lovely book, by the way!
I'm planning to read The Dishonorable Miss Delancey by Carolyn Miller next.
3) What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Hated? That everyone loved? *blink blink* Well, I wasn't particularly fond of The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson, while many others enjoyed it.
I did not like The Siren by Kiera Cass. That may or may not be a popular read - I'm not sure.
4) What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?
Probably The Hobbit and THE LORD OF THE RINGS series by J.R.R. Tolkien. *hides from all the dedicated fans*
I just don't know when I'll have the time and energy to work through such big, old, dense, epic classics. Haha. I generally have trouble with the writing style of books that were written a long time ago ...
5) What book are you saving for retirement?
The Hobbit?? Haha!
6) Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end?
*GASP* How is this even a question? You can not read the last page first. That should be like, banned!
Never, ever read ahead. Not even a couple pages ahead.
7) Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
Interesting! I usually always read those. Let's me know a little more about the author. *smiles*
8) Which book character would you switch places with?
Hmm. I don't know that I would switch places ... my life isn't perfect but it is uniquely my own and I think I'd like to keep it. *winks*
However, I might like to go visit Rynnaia, Justin, Erielle and Cazien from the EYES OF E'VERIA series by Serena Chase so I can spend a couple days in the fantastical E'veria.
Or hop into THE GRAND TOUR series by Lisa Tawn Bergren and be Cora's sister for a few weeks/months, because I would have adored to go on a tour of Europe with them! *grins*
9) Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
Perhaps Entwined by Heather Dixon. I identify with Azalea's big sister status, a lot of her personality, and *some* of the things she faces in life. (Stress on the some, haha!)
10) Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Well ... I received Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte through an online book exchange.
11) Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Hmm ... I've given away/bought books quite a bit for people. But I don't know that there was ever a super special reason. It was their birthday or Christmas or Mother's Day or their wedding (hehe) so I tried to find a book they'd like. *grins*
12) Which book has been with you most places?
I don't really know. Well, actually, probably my Bible.
Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz has also come with me to interesting places. It's probably one of the first books I pack when I'm moving. And it also came along for my graduation photo shoot. *smiles*
13) Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?
I was convinced I hated The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Well, I do not like that book - the storyline, you know. But I will admit that the writing style actually wasn't all that bad.
But most of those books I had to read ... The Pearl by John Steinbeck and The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway ... the writing styles may not have been hard to read, but I just didn't really get the point of the stories. They kinda irritated me. Ha.
14) Used or brand new?
Used, usually. Though I try to get as pristine-looking copies as I can. I like thrift shopping, finding cool deals, and all that.
15) Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
16) Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
THE HUNGER GAMES series, for sure. It seemed the movies perhaps weren't as violent/filled with hate. The characters had softer hearts. There was way more hope. Mockingjay: Part Two ... that ending. ^__^
17) Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included?
I distinctly remember Nadine Brandes's A Time to Speak making me wildly crave hot stew and a mountain of blankets to snuggle in. (She writes some crazy intense winter/starving/prison scenes, haha!)
18) Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?
*is still thinking*
*is thinking still*
I don't know. My own? Hahaha! I don't know many book lovers quite like myself, though Deborah O'Carroll understands me pretty well. It's kinda crazy how many things we're the same on. *smiles and winks*
But, she still has a little different reading preferences than me.
19) Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer! I was pretty wary going into Cinder, but I ended up falling for the characters and even the crazy sci-fi world. *winks*
Some of the violence and romantic content got a little edgy, in my opinion, in later books. But overall it was a very good series.
Sam @ Books and Arrows
Deborah @ The Page Dreamer
Natasha @ A Camera and a Dreamer
Olivia @ Liv K. Fisher