Book Tag: I Dare You

I ran across this over at Sara @ The Bibliophagist’s blog and it looked like fun! So here are my answers for the I Dare You Book Tag.

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

My fourth grade teacher gave me a copy of All Creatures Great and Small when I was in her class and it’s been one of my favorites ever since. The copy I currently have is a different one as I read the first one so much it fell apart. Still, it’s definitely the book I’ve owned the longest. I should re-read these books sometime soon…

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

Current Read: The Bone Ships

I’m so behind on this ARC! I’m trying to get through my Netgalley backlist and this one was first up. I started it, stopped, and now I’ve started again. I’m determined to get it read and reviewed by the end of the week.

Last Read: Doctor Sleep

This the sequel to The Shining, which is one of my favorite Stephen King books, and I ended up loving it! My full review is in the works.

Next Read: The Deep

Another book on my Netgalley backlist. I’m excited to read it… but I also have The Starless Sea sitting on my TBR bookshelf just STARING at me…

What book did everyone like, but you hated?

The Fellowship of the Rings has an average star rating of 4.36 on Goodreads and I gave it… one star *cough* Just wasn’t my thing. I have considered giving the whole LotR trilogy another go, though.

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

A lot of classics, tbh. I got out of reading most of the usual required high school reading because my English teacher wanted to have more modern books on her syllabus. I wasn’t complaining! I find most classics to be incredibly dull. I guess if I had to pick one… probably The Catcher in the Rye.

What book are you saving for retirement?

Ohh, that’s a good question! Maybe I’ll try to finish the previously mentioned Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’ll have the time to read paragraphs of backstory about that one elf’s third cousin.

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

Definitely wait! I hate having the end of a book ruined.

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

I think they’re an interesting aside. I tend to skim the names and read why they are being acknowledged or thanked. Some of them can be incredibly touching!

Which book character would you switch places with?

A lot of the book characters I love are often in mortal danger soooo…

But, constant threat of possible death aside, I wouldn’t mind switching places with Vin from the Mistborn series. I mean, cool powers and assassin moves? Yes, please!

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

The Dragonriders of Pern books always make me think of middle school and when I really started to get into science fiction and fantasy.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell just kind of… appeared on my bookshelf. I never bought it, my husband never bought it before or after we met, and it’s not one of the books I purloined from my parents when they were decluttering. I have no idea where it came from, but it’s chilling on my TBR bookshelf, patiently waiting it’s turn.

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

I bought my husband Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass from one of our local indie bookstores because he LOVES Rush and Geddy Lee himself was going to be at the bookstore doing a signing. He was ecstatic and adorably nervous (my husband… not Geddy Lee). Now it has a special spot on our bookshelves.

Which book has been with you most places?

Probably All Creatures Great and Small. I’ve owned it the longest and growing up in the military and eventually marrying a military man meant I moved around A LOT.

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

Nope. All the “required reading” I enjoyed back then I still enjoy and all the ones I despised are still hated to this day. Looking at you, Great Expectations

Used or brand new?

Both! One of my favorite bookstores actually sells both new and used books. They have a great selection, as well!

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Two, actually. The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. I actually enjoyed them and I started reading The Lost Symbol, but I had to return it to the library and just… never picked it back up. Perhaps one day.

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

Hmm… not more but equally? I liked both the movie version and the book version of The Shining.

Oh wait! I’ve got one:

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

I have quite the sweet tooth and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had me drooling over the possibilities!

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

Honestly? I don’t think there’s anyone who’s book advice I’ll always take, but most people who are close to me have a pretty good read on my tastes. Which is hard to do because my tastes are all over the place.

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

As I’ve mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of classics, but I LOVED Jane Eyre.

If you’d like to do this tag, I officially dare you! And happy reading!

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