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The I Dare You Book Tag

Time for more reader-ly confessions!

A special thank you to the The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me and being my second ever tagger!

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I’d put the Harry Potter books like everyone else but the books aren’t technically mine (note to self, get my own editions). The oldest book I own is Hamlet, which I’ve owned since A Levels and has been utterly defaced with underlinings and annotations so there’s no way I can get rid of it even I wanted to.

hamlet arden

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

At the time of reading, my current (physical/non-CROWS) read is Anna Dressed In Blood, picked in honour of Halloween. My last read was Clariel (which was meh) and my next read will probably be one of my sci-fi Reading Challenge books . I kind of want to keep the fantasy ones for December since it feels more appropriate. So, possibly, The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish.

What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Okay, time to stick my neck out. I really didn’t like Carry On as much as I expected for reasons I still can’t quite fathom and I didn’t like The English Patient because I couldn’t follow it at all.

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

I adored Jane Eyre and, every time I return to it, I tell myself that I’m going to read the other Charlotte Bronte novels but do I even make the attempt? Do I heck!

What book are you saving for retirement?

Les Miserables. I love the musical and BBC TV series and I’ve got the audiobook and everything but I’ve come to terms with the fact that I definitely won’t have the time to listen to it while I have a full time job and all my other commitments. So, this’ll have to sit in my library until I’m retired.

les miserables

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

cat reading

Wait ’til the end, of course! Unless it’s to carefully check the last page number to see how far I have to go until the end but I always make sure not to look anything else!

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

Ah, I don’t want to call it a waste of paper but – yeah, I always skip them. Unless they contain a list of stories that inspired the book like Anno Dracula. It’s fascinating insight into the inspiration process.

Which book character would you switch places with?

Thursday Next. Who wouldn’t want the ability to nip in and out of fiction and to work for Jurisfiction?

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

The most vivid memory I have connected to a book is only a year old. I was having an utterly miserable holiday but, luckily, I had brought The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. It livened up that terrible holiday and ignited a love of Neil Gaiman’s work.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I’ve already told the story of how I sort-of stole a book from my school and I can’t think of any other interesting acquisitions. So, I’m going to cheat and tell you a story of an interesting way I got rid of a book.

let me explain

In uni, I bought a lot of cookery books from charity shops. A couple of weeks after I bought one, I came to the conclusion that I would never try any of the recipes. So, I decided to take it back to the charity shop and get a refund. I still had the receipt and I hadn’t taken the price sticker off. The latter will be an important fact.

I got to the shop and no one was at the counter. So, being the impatient person I am, I decided to just put it back on the shelf where I found it and walk out!

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

pikachu no

Not really. None of my immediate circle are very bookish people.

Which book has been with you most places?

I always take new physical books when I go anywhere but, in terms of audiobooks, I think it’s got to be the Harry Potter ones. They’ve been with me the longest and been almost everywhere with me, ready for me to dive in if I need a comfort listen.

potter series

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

Angela Carter really rubbed me up the wrong way when I studied her short stories at university. However, when I picked it up again a few years later when I wasn’t told to interpret it from a post-colonial perspective, I liked it a bit better.

Used or brand new?

Used all the way! I don’t have nearly enough money for brand new books and who cares how ratty a book looks so long as you can read it?

donald broke

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yep. In my defence, my mum recommended it and it was just before I went on holiday to Florence so Inferno provided a bit of advance background information on the city.

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

Does a TV series count? It’s tricky to do a good job of adapting Good Omens but the TV show pulled it off and then some!

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

With October in the past, my mind now turns to Christmas and Christmas food. And, when I think of Christmas food, I think of how much my mind watered as the lavish descriptions of feasts in A Christmas Carol. Seriously, try and read them without drooling!

christmas carol

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

I could name a lot of book bloggers but, in terms of people I know IRL, I would have to say my yoga teacher. She’s a massive fan of sci fi and fantasy too and her picks for the book club are usually great. Pity they never get voted in.

is this just fantasysci fi

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

Historic romance is definitely not my cup of tea but Ursula Flight is such a fun main character and the style is so unique that, unbelievably, I loved it!

I tag/dare: thebeccafowellOwlBeSatReading, snailycanfly, Life of a Literary Nerd and Cupcakes and Machetes

And anyone else who feels like coming clean!

I hope to see you again very soon.

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9 thoughts on “The I Dare You Book Tag”

  1. Don’t worry, I didn’t get the fuss over Carry On either. I wanted to love it and expected it to be great, but ultimately, it let me down. My biggest complaint is that I felt thrust into the middle of a story and like I was struggling to figure out what I had missed. The characters had already had so many adventures together, and the way they’d reference them made me feel like the new kid at the table who isn’t in on any of the inside jokes. It was like an awkward dinner party I couldn’t wait to leave lol

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