I Dare You | Book Tag

Happy Friday!! I hope you’ve all had a great week and are looking forward to an even better weekend. Today I’m here with an exciting tag I’ve never come across before: the I Dare You Book Tag. Thanks so much to Emily @ Mixed Margins for tagging me!

Which book has been on your shelf the longest?

In general, probably Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I first read it in second grade and I’ve kept the same beloved, tattered copy ever since– I can’t bear to part with it!

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

  • Current: Sartoris by William Faulkner
  • Last: The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
  • Next: VERY UNDECIDED (help?!?!?!)

What book did everyone like but you hated?

I’m going to use my go-to answer for this one: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I feel like I talk about this a lot, but it was just SO disappointing because everyone else seems to really love it.

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

Unfortunately, I’ve been telling myself that I’ll read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion for YEARS but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I tried to start it once when I was younger but immediately set it aside because it was incredibly confusing at the time. I would really love to check it off my TBR list someday, but today is not that day. (See what I did there?!)

What books are you saving for retirement?

To be realistic, probably something huge like War and Peace. 

Last page: Read it first or wait until the end?

Story time: I’m someone who likes to know how many pages are in a book before I start reading it so I can keep track of my progress. Consequently, I always look at the very last page just to see the number. However, when I was reading Looking for Alaska by John Green years ago I accidentally read a HUGE SPOILER when I flipped to the back of the book. (Thanks reading circle questions.) Ever since then I’m always overly cautious when I flip to the back of a book.

In short: DEFINITELY wait until the end.

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

I used to always skim the acknowledgments, but now I skip right over them unless I’m particularly interested in what a specific author has to say for some reason. I think they’re important and valuable for the author to include, but from a reader’s perspective I don’t usually give them much thought.

Which book character would you switch places with?

My immediate response is HERMIONE (obviously), but a more creative response would be Blue from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Can you imagine how amazing it would be to go on all of those adventures?!

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

SO MANY. Some books I associate with specific songs I listened to a lot when reading them. For instance, The Fellowship of the Ring reminds me of the song “Even Flow” by Pearl Jam because I read most of it in the back of my dad’s truck the summer before sixth grade and apparently he played that song quite often.

Name an interesting book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I’m not sure if this necessarily counts as super interesting, but the first book that comes to mind is my copy of A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland that I bought at the Met gift shop last year when I went to New York City with my friends. The weird part is that we didn’t actually end up looking at art at the Met that day; rather, we had some time to kill before our bus picked us up so we decided to peruse the gift shop.

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

I’ve given a lot of people books for gifts over the years, but besides that I don’t think I’ve given books away for any other special reasons.

Which book has been with you most places?

Ooooh, what an interesting question! I take a lot of books camping with me every year when my family goes tenting for a week in the summer, but the books I bring change each year. I would probably say any of the Lord of the Rings books simply because I’ve read them so many times that they’ve probably been toted around to countless different places.

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

Absolutely!! To name a few: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Used or brand new?

Ideally: new. Realistically: used, because they’re usually a lot cheaper.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope! I’m hoping to read The Da Vinci Code at some point, though.

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

YES. I really loved the movie version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The book was great as well, but something about the movie has always stuck with me. (Also, it has a fantastic soundtrack!)

Have you ever read a book that made you hungry (cook books included)?

The first book that comes to mind is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (especially the Italy section!).

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

I always take my friends’ advice about books– luckily they have excellent taste in books!!

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

Last semester I took a history class about Modern Spanish America that focused primarily on Argentina and Mexico from 1800 to the present. We read several monographs for that class that I expected to have to trudge through, but I ended up actually really enjoying the majority of them. The two that were the most interesting to me were Becoming Campesinos by Christopher Boyer and Lexicon of Terror by Marguerite Feitlowitz. They weren’t necessarily uplifting or enjoyable reads, but they were incredibly eye-opening, thought-provoking, and valuable ones.

What are your answers to these questions? What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments section below!



33 Replies to “I Dare You | Book Tag”

  1. The new book by Dan Brown is coming out this September, I believe! And I am sooo excited. I’ve read all of his books and they are always the perfect combination of mystery and art or literature or science (any topic he decides to investigate further). Definitely give them a try! ❤

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    1. Thank you!! 🙂 That’s so sad that your original Harry Potters broke 😦 My original copies of the Lord of the Rings are in pretty rough shape.


  2. Great post Holly!
    I still have my battered Philosopher’s Stone book from when I was younger. 🙂
    Dan Brown is one of my favourite authors (an unpopular opinion!) and Angels and Demons is my favourite of his. Looking forward to his new book, Origin, that comes out this year!

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  3. Eeep, I’m so glad you did this. 😀
    I feel so bad about your Looking for Alaska spoiler. It’s not one you could really see coming. You’ll never know what it’s like to flip between that before/after threshold and have your jaw hit the floor. (although it was probably less painful that way).

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    1. I know, right! If I could go back and experience reading one book for the first time again it would definitely be Looking for Alaska because I never got to experience that initial emotional shock (not that it’s pleasant, but I feel like it’s an important part of the story).


  4. AGH THANK YOU FOR NOMINATING ME! ❤ And haha, I should probably read LOTR soon, right??? XD I always pronounce Silmarillion as Similarillon. 😛 Hmm, have you read Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before series? I just started the series last month and I really love it! (I NEEEEED the third book!) And yaaas Blue goes on so many great adventures with the Raven Boys. HAHA you described me perfectly: ideally, new, but realistically, used because #CHEAP.

    Love this tag, and thanks again for nominating me!

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    1. No problem!! ❤ ❤ I haven't read To All the Boys I've Loved Before, but I've been thinking about giving it a try recently… it's good to hear that you really love it!!
      And YES, DEFINITELY read Lord of the Rings!!!! To be honest, it's probably my favorite book series EVER which is saying a lot because I have so many favorites. ❤

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  5. Cool tag! I totally feel you about The Silmarillion…. I tried to read it earlier this year and it put me into a crazy long reading slump. So dense.

    I really enjoyed reading your answers for this 🙂

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    1. Thank you!!! 🙂 OMG, I have no idea how you read the last page first… I feel like I would hate knowing how it ends? But maybe I’ll try it sometime haha


  6. You were so lucky to have F451 as required reading! My school gave us Lord Of The Flies-ugh!
    I must admit I’ve had LOTR on my TBR for as long as I can remember, and I’ve never read it to the end. It’s technically one book that’s over 1,00 pages, but that’s a weak excuse considering that I’ve read HP several times.

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    1. We also read Lord of the Flies in my English class freshman year, though it was definitely less well received. (That scene with Piggy– ugh!!) I highly, HIGHLY recommend giving LOTR another go– it’s definitely worth it and adds so much depth to the story when you watch the movies!


  7. Perks of being a Wallflower is so beautiful! I liked both the same way, but I do recognize the fact that they have different elements that make them appealing at the same way. The changes on Charlie (book vs movie) and I think the conclusion in the movie is more clear and shocking than the one of the book.

    I have not being able to finish or start properly The Silmarillion ( I am a bit behind my LOTR reading 😦 )

    I had to read Gatsby too and I hated it because I was forced to read it, but at the end it was not bad, I really liked it. I bought a new copy and I will be reading it soon! The Catcher in the Rye is so good! (my essay was not as good tho XD) If I could I will comment on all the books on the list, but I will not haha

    Great post! Check my blog! Hopefully you will find it too!

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    1. Thanks so much! 🙂
      I definitely agree with you about the pros and cons of both the book and the movie adaptation of Perks of Being a Wallflower. There’s much more character development with Charlie in the book, though I loved the overall vibe of the movie.

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      1. Indeed, I like all the elements that are not alive in the book, like the music. It is so different reading the name of the song from actually listening the song.

        Thank you for the reply! :3

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  8. I love your answers! You and I share the same thoughts when it comes to reading the last page first and interestingly I too was spoiled by my friend when I was reading Looking for Alaska. The worst part, is that she spoiled it just a chapter before *huge facepalm*

    In my answer, I too said I want to switch places with Blue! Haha Hi5!

    Also, I would love it if you could check out my answers to this tag 😀

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