I’ll be honest. I love these surveys. I think they’re so much fun. This one, I found on Callum McLaughlin’s blog: http://callummclaughlin.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/ultimate-book-tag/
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Nope. Though I’ve got to be honest, I rarely read in the car. I like to listen to music and watch the world outside the window.
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
That’s a tough one. The one that has always stood out to me, however, is Madeleine L’Engle. I remember the first time I read A Ring of Endless Light, she simply had me captivated. Her writing, her thoughts, were just so incredibly beautiful. This quote, in particular, has stayed with me for years:
If I’m confused, or upset, or angry, if I can go out and look at the stars I’ll almost always get back to a sense of proportion. It’s not that they make me feel insignificant; it’s the very opposite; they make me feel that everything matters, be it ever so small, and that there’s meaning to life even when it seems most meaningless.
3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Is this even a question? Harry Potter!
1) Harry Potter is real magic. It’s not just a story. JK Rowling created an entire world, a society, a culture. It’s intricate and brilliant and colorful and simply alive.
2) Harry Potter got me through the toughest time in my life. I even wrote a whole blog post about it. https://jackiesmith114.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/i-believe-in-dragons/
3) Characters are always my favorite parts of any book and Harry Potter’s characters are all truly exquisite. I wish several of them were my best friends. Sadly, very few of my very favorite characters actually survived the series.
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
I don’t have a book bag, per se, but when I need to carry a book with me, I use my giant orca purse. It’s a bag with a lot of pretty embroidered killer whales and dolphins on it. It also carries my phone, wallet, planner, and notebook.
5. Do you smell your books?
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I haven’t read a book with illustrations in a while (unless Harry Potter counts with the little pictures at the beginning of every chapter), but I don’t mind them. In fact, I like seeing what the author or illustrator had in mind. It’s always interesting to see others’ interpretations.
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Every Nicholas Sparks book ever. I love them all. I read each one the day it comes out. However, in the end, they all kind of end up being the same book. Except The Guardian. That is one heck of a good book!
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I started wearing glasses when I was in first grade. I didn’t mind really, except that I really, really wanted to be a Disney Princess and none of them wore glasses. So I went through all of my big Disney picture books and drew glasses on all the princesses.
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Either Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard or a book of Episcopal Haikus. Yeah, I’m that kind of person.
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Either The Complete Works of William Shakespeare or The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice.
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Now that you mention it…
12. When did you get into reading?
I can’t remember a time I wasn’t into reading. My mom was reading to me from the day I was born.
13. What is your favorite classic book?
This is going to sound nerdy, but I really love Beowulf.
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Yep. That and Biology. I really love animals and nature.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I would act like I loved it and then sell it to Half-Price Books.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to
Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I recently discovered the Inescapable series by indie author Amy A. Bartol and I’m kind of loving it. However, it’s probably more similar to Twilight than it is to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.
17. What is your favorite word?
Ergo. I love it so much.
18. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I prefer fangirl. Or Ravenclaw.
19. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
I actually haven’t read many Fairy books (unless Midsummer Night’s Dream counts) so I guess I’ll have to go with Vampires.
20. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Angels. Because I secretly wish I had wings.
21. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Spirits. Because Cemetery Tours.
22. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Depends what I’m in the mood for. If I’m in the mood to be scared then ZOMBIES. If I’m in the mood for dark, supernatural romance (or Twilight), then vampires.
23. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Forbidden love. If a girl is going to have two hot guys fighting over her, she’d better be pretty darn awesome.
24. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Oh gosh… I read both and I enjoy both. Again, it depends! If I’m sick or in a particularly girly mood, I’m going to choose romance. Usually, however, I do prefer a bit of action.
To whoever has read this… I tag you! Only if you want to, that is. I hate internet peer pressure.