I love talking about books (obviously). I love book tags. I love answering questions about books. That is why, when I saw this tag on Sahi’s blog a few weeks ago, I knew I was going to do it even if she hadn’t tagged me.
This one is going to be a long one, so let’s get right to it!
What was the last book you read?
At the time I am writing this post, the last book I read was The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. I had to read it for my children’s literature class.
Was it a good one?
I liked it.
What made it good?
Cute drawings and a beautiful color palette, with an important social message, I think.
Would you recommend it to other people?
Yes, but only to those who enjoy children’s picture books.
How often do you read?
I try to read at least 20 to 30 pages a day. There were times (like right now) I went several days without reading. Usually, though, I don’t last longer than a day.
Do you like to read?
Is water wet?
What was the last bad book you read?
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
What made you dislike it?
There was no character development and a one-dimensional plot.
Do you wish to be a writer?
Yes. I want to get back into creative writing in 2020. I even have a notebook set aside to write story ideas.
Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
Most of the books I read influence me, to a certain extent. Two examples include The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace, a book that empowered me when I did not feel powerful, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, inspired me to start writing.
Do you read fan fiction?
Not as much as I used to. I was more into it during high school until college, eventually only going back to read really smutty ones when I was bored.
Do you write fan fiction?
I did in middle school, I think.
What is your favorite book?
I do not have a specific favorite book. For the sake of the question, though, I will say my favorite book that I have read so far in 2020 is To Drink Coffee with a Ghost by Amanda Lovelace.
What is your least favorite book?
A surprisingly easy answer: Woman of God by James Patterson.
Do you prefer physical books or reading on a device (like Kindle)?
I exclusively read physical books. Too much screen time makes me feel nauseous.
When did you learn to read?
According to my dad, when I asked him for an assignment last semester, when I was one year old I was pretending to read. But when I actually learned to read, it was probably around five years old.
What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
I enjoyed most of the required reading I did in school. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton….The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald….The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde….The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo….Those are the first ones I thought of, but there are a lot.
What is your favorite book series?
Ummm…I don’t have a single favorite series. Who does? My current top three favorite series are Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir.
Who is your favorite author?
Again, how do you pick just one? Off the top of my head, a few of my favorite authors are Kerri Maniscalco, Sabaa Tahir, Renee Ahdieh, Cassandra Clare, Cynthia Hand, Laurie Halse Anderson, Robert Galbraith, Markus Zusak….
What is your favorite genre?
My favorite genre is fantasy, both adult and young adult.
Who is your favorite character from a series?
A recent new favorite character is Xiomara from The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. She is a strong-willed girl that tries to hide her vulnerable side because the people around her just won’t get it, or at least she thinks most of them won’t. I felt so much for her and I identified with her.
Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
It’s easy for me to get lost in a book, unless I am distracted.
Which book do you wish had a sequel?
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, though I’m not sure how the plot would work out. The twist revealed at the end of this book has potential of being another good psychological thriller, depending on how the author chooses to go about it.
Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, the companion to You, should not exist.
How long does it take you to read a book?
It depends on a bunch of different factors. If I have a lot going on, I sometimes don’t have the energy to read. In those cases, it would take me longer than a week to finish a book. It also depends on page count; longer books, 500 and up, tend to take a while for me to get through, even if I do not have much going on.
Do you like when books become movies?
If it is done right.
Which book was ruined by its movie adaption?
Divergent by Veronica Roth, no question.
Which movie has done the book justice?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, a movie I dare say I liked more than its source material.
Do you read newspapers?
Not as much as I should.
Do you read magazines?
Nope, I find them boring.
Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
Do you read while in bed?
Yes, I have gotten back into reading before bed, although I lapsed after starting the new semester.
Do you read on the toilet?
Do you read while in the car?
Does reading on a bus count? If not, no, I don’t read while in the car. I don’t know how to drive, so I am always the passenger looking out the window. On the bus, I will read if I am awake and the lighting allows it.
Do you read while in the bath?
If I had a bathtub or owned any kind of fancy bath products, I might. I don’t read in the shower, either. I don’t wear my glasses and I would hate to get my book wet.
Are you a fast reader?
I consider myself a fast reader, for the most part. Although sometimes maintaining my focus is hard.
Are you a slow reader?
Sometimes, if I’m struggling to focus or I’m not that invested in a book.
Where is your favorite place to read?
My living room couch.
Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read?
If there are too many distractions or I am just not in a good headspace at the moment, then I do have a hard time concentrating on reading. But if a book is really good, I can usually mentally block out noise around me.
Do you need a room to be silent when you read?
Not necessarily. If I am reading in my bedroom, I prefer to have my white noise machine on. I have managed to focus on reading in other noisier situations as well. Although, now I’m thinking about it, I might prefer silence.
Who gave you your love for reading?
My dad, who read bedtime stories every night when I was a child, and my aunt, who is a librarian and continued to encourage me to read while my parents wanted me to do more “normal” kid things.
What book is next on your list to read?
Right now, I am currently reading The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. While I am working my way through that, I will pick up the next books I need to read for my children’s literature class from the library.
When did you start to read chapter books?
Who is your favorite children’s author?
J.K. Rowling or Rick Riordan.
Which author would you most want to interview?
Carlos Ruiz Zafon seems like he would be interesting to talk to.
Which author do you think you would be friends with?
Christine Ricco of Polandbananasbooks on YouTube and the author of Again, But Better. She’s out loud quirky and I love those kinds of people. I think our respective energy would feed off each other.
What book have you reread the most?
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, a book I have read at least three times.
Which books do you consider “classics?”
Books that have already been labeled “classics” are the books I think of as classics. Though Harry Potter is a good contender for this title.
Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.