The #IDareYou book tag!

I’ve never done a tag on here before and I technically stole this from Cait (@paperfury on Instagram and from the Paper Fury blog), but I thought I’d try this out!

1. What book has been on your shelves the longest? Yikes. At this point I’m not even sure, but it’d probably be safe to say any Nancy Drew book or my hardcover Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have lived there for a while. Though, many have been collecting dust for actual ages, so I can’t really say.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next? I’m currently reading The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I finished The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye last night (and gave it five stars, yay!). As for what I’m reading next, I’m horrible at planning ahead, so I can’t say for sure…but it might be one of the ARCs I got at Yallwest because I’m dying of excitement for them. Though, I have A Torch Against the Night on my mind as well…

Also, in case you’re wondering, The Star-Touched Queen is beautiful (and Roshani Chokshi is a doll) and I fell in love from the first page!

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated? Anyone who has been following my bookstagram for a while knows of my absolute distaste of the Shatter Me trilogy. I didn’t even make it to Ignite Me. Oops. Seriously though, Juliette is the single-most annoying main character I have ever read about–she’s even worse than Lola Nolan from Lola and the Boy Next-Door. That being said, I may try it again, because I have heard that the character development is really strong by Ignite Me. I just…I can’t handle the drama of that series…or the writing. Poetic as it may be, it felt so disjointed.

Hopefully, I didn’t just rip apart your favorite book…but I guess we all have our own opinions!

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t? This is actually extremely hard because I don’t put things off that much. Though, I do say that every summer I’ll finally finish Pride & Prejudice, so maybe that’ll just never happen. I can’t exactly say I’m thrilled to read it, though, either.

5. Which book are you saving for retirement? Does War & Peace count? It’s a moose; I don’t exactly want to read it ever, but if I’m going to, it’ll probably be then…when I have hours and hours on hand. However, my ideal profession is an author and can you really retire from that? More importantly, would I want to retire from that? These are important questions, guys.

6. Last page: do you read it first or wait to the end? I usually don’t read it purposely, but I usually check the page count and I’ll accidentally see a sentence or two. Hardly ever do I choose to read the last line because that’s its own version of self-destruction.

7. Acknowledgements: Are they a waste of paper and ink, or interesting? If done right, acknowledgements are actually amazing. Some of them are quite hilarious. I highly recommend reading them. Sometimes boring, sometimes awesome, but always a display of gratitude and effort put into a novel.

8. Which book character would you switch places with? THERE’S SO MANY. Hermione would be awesome, because of Hogwarts, mainly. I’d also love to switch with Alec Lightwood because I’d get Magnus, who is perfect (not actually, but pretty dang close). OR, I’d switch with Blue Sargent, so I could be around Gansey, Ronan, and Adam. AND I’D HAVE MY OWN GANSEY. YES. Decision made.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? Harry Potter reminds me of my childhood. I don’t think I’d be me without those books. Specific memory is harder though because I think a piece of me is attached to every book I’ve read. I remember standing by my mom’s chair when a well-loved wizard died in The Deathly Hallows. I remember my 6th grade teacher reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio to us in class and loving every minute of it. Each book has my heart and I can’t just mention one specific thing because I am what I have read.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way? I don’t think I have overly interesting stories for any of my books. I got two copies of Nancy Drew from a used book store and they have black stained pages. Is that interesting? I have copies of books from Yallwest. The most interesting might be the old copies of books, such as The Wizard of Oz and The Bobsy Twins that were passed down my family to me.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person? I’ve never given a book to someone. Borrowed and never got back is a better term. I lend my books out quite often, actually, but I only do it to people I trust for the aforementioned reason. I’ve never given a copy away that I cared about a lot.

12. Which book has been with you the most places? The Raven Boys and City of Bones went to three European countries (England, France, and Scotland). More localized, my Harry Potter copies have probably been brought all over my city because I’ve read them so many times.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later? I’m still in high school…so no.

14. Used or brand new? Brand new. Used might be cheaper, but I’m a book snob.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? Unfortunately, yes. I can’t say I really liked The DaVinci Code. It was a disappointing two stars. I will not be reading another book of his because in a short description, it was as boring as watching golf and the writing was bleh.

16. Have you ever seen a movie that you liked more than the book? I liked the movie for The Shack better than the book. The same thing works for The Lord of the Rings trilogy because the movies were epic and the books were (as my friend puts it) flowery. I might try to reread them later, but I was bored the first time.

17. A book that’s made you hungry? Any of the Harry Potter books made me hungry because those students eat like kings. Thank you, House Elves, for providing great service to the students sans pay. (S.P.E.W. speaker here). Other than Harry Potter, Heartless was about a baker in Wonderland and Divergent had Dauntless cake. I’m with Four there; I’m in it for the cake.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take? I’ll take my friend’s advice because we usually fall in love with the same stories, but when it comes to reviewers Cait’s reviews are usually on-point and hilarious. See the link to her blog and bookstagram at the top of this page!

19. Most read authors? I would be in shock if Cassandra Clare wasn’t my most read author according to some Goodreads statistic. The same could probably be said for Rick Riordan because he’s written so many books and the only ones I haven’t read are from the Magnus Chase series. Speaking of Rick Riordan, Trials of Apollo number two comes out so so so soon!!! Do we get more Solangelo? I’m hoping and praying!

20. Ship from two different books? Ooooh this is fun! Okay…I think Simon Lewis and Cath from Fangirl would get along perfectly. They’d be really cute. Both geeky and adorable and awkward. Though, I love that their canon ships are the opposites attract trope, so I’m not sure about this one…With how little I know or understand about relationships, I think two similar people could get along well enough.

-Book Hugger


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