Very excited to do the I Dare You tag today. These questions look like fun ones! Thanks so much to Mary @ Mary and the Words for tagging me.
A hard question! Probably Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, which I remember receiving as a gift when I was in second grade. I used to sit in my bedroom and pretend I could do the spells… what a time!
What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Although I enjoyed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the Summer trilogy just didn’t do it for me. I thought the main character was pretty annoying and the story in general fell a little flat.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin has been on my TBR for the past few years and to be honest… I’m just not that interested in reading about all that violence and incest and confusing character webs? And dedicating so much time to it? It seems like everyone else in the world is interested in this book and tv series, but for some reason I’m just not.
What book are you saving for retirement?
A really interesting question! I’d love to read everything an author has ever written… maybe everything by John Steinbeck? Or Kurt Vonnegut? Or Leo Tolstoy?
Last page: read it first or wait until the end?
Wait until the end! Although I do flip to the last page to see the page number before I start reading. But no peeking at the words, I promise!
Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
Definitely an interesting aside! I always at least skim through the acknowledgements section. Sometimes they are so sweet!
Which book character would you switch places with?
Hermione Granger for sure.
Oh, so many! I always associate books with the places I read them or what was going on at the time. For instance, I read Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman when I was traveling to a handful of European cities with my friend while studying abroad. I always associate that book with short flights and spectacular views!
The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien. I received this book as a gift from my English major advisor at college when I graduated. Such a nice way to remember my time studying English lit at Wheaton!
Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
This past Christmas I gave all of my friends books, and it was so lovely to see their reactions to what I picked out for them and their responses when they eventually read them a while later. I love giving books as presents!
Which book has been with you most places?
Probably Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman–it traveled with me from Edinburgh to Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, and then back to Oxford.
Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I actually liked most of what I was assigned to read in high school. And the books that I disliked then are ones that I still dislike today (Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, notably).
Used or brand new?
Used! I love buying used books because they are cheaper than new books and I feel like I’m giving a book a second chance–less waste for the environment!
Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
This is SUCH a strangely specific question… nope!
I think I liked the movie adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower as much as, if not more than, the novel by Stephen Chbosky. The soundtrack and the setting and the cast all suited the story so perfectly!
Probably To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. All those delicious family dinners! And baking after school! Listening to that book made me want to spend double the time in my kitchen.
Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
One of my best friends is AMAZING at recommending books to me. (She’s the one that recommend I read Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton and I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson.)
Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Although I really love reading memoirs, I generally try to avoid sad books; however, I was assigned to read this one for a class last semester so I didn’t have a choice. But it is honestly one of the most powerful, moving, emotional books I have ever read and I am so, so happy that I was assigned to read it!
UPDATE WHO I TAG
I hope you’ve enjoyed this long tag! What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!