Saturday, 25 April 2015

Get Ready for the Ultimate Book Tag!

Well hello, beautiful people! I was trawling the internet, as you do, and found this - The Ultimate Book Tag. I know some people don't really care for tags, so if that's you I do apologise. On the flippity flip, if you love a good ol' tag, then it's your lucky day!* 

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I don't read in the car, as I'm usually acting as sat-nav, but I can read on the train with no problem at all. That's probably completely different to reading in the car, but I won't tell if you don't. 

2. Which author's writing style is completely unique to you and why?
I think it would have to be Eimear McBride's style is really different. Her award winning A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing really made me work to read it, if that makes sense, and added an extra layer of struggle in an already bleak book. It's excellent though, and won the last Baileys Woman's Prize for Fiction, so do give it a read if you haven't had the chance already. 

3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Gunna go with HP. I actually read the Twilight books when I was at college (and totally old enough to know better), and they were just super bad. So that's point number one, point number two is that because of these books, 50 Shades of shite now exists. Point number three would be that Harry Potter gave us Neville Longbottom, and my goodness, what a fine young man he became. 

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books...)?
Is that meant to be, 'if so, wha is in it...'? How oddly phrased. Anyways, I have a few canvas Books Are My Bag bags, and one that says Read Is The New Black from I've Read That, and I try to tote them around as much as possible. They don't actually have books in them, I think, although one might have Dylan's weekend book from nursery and some Bing Bunny story books in there.

5. Do you smell your books? 
Not often, but I do like flicking the pages really fast so it makes that fluttery sound. Wow, that was the oddest sentence I've wrote in a while... 

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I don't mind whatsoever. I guess it depends on the book. The last book I read with illustrations was Wonder by R. J. Palacio and I thought it really added to the story. I'd love to read the illustrated version of A Monster Calls, so *hint hint* to any family members reading this. 

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn't quality writing? 
Erm, I'm not sure really. I absolutely adored The Fault In Our Stars when I read it, and gave it a high rating on goodreads, but after reading a few other books I went back and lowered my score as although it deals with some issues that I could relate to, I thought it was a bit farfetched, and found the narrative to be unrealistic. That's just my opinion, of course, if you love this book then don't hate on me. 

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I don't really have any funny stories. I know it's not a book. but I used to collect the Little Mermaid magazines when I was around five or something, and my mam decided to surprise me one day and paint my whole bedroom in an underwater seascape thing with all the characters in it. She'd used my awesome projector sketcher thing (please tell me you know what I mean) and had traced all the characters, and they looked perfect. Sadly, she hadn't really thought about placement, and had put Ursula the sea witch on the wall, exactly where I looked when I fell asleep, so the last thing I saw at night would be her glow in the dark eyes and teeth (why mother, why?). Took me months to train myself to sleep facing the other side, haha!

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
I need to go and check, but I think it's probably Animal Farm by George Orwell.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf? 
Goodness, we've got a few thick tomes on the shelf, but it's...

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I only really write this blog, so I wouldn't say so. I do hope to work with authors in the future though. Just gotta hope that some snazzy publisher will hire me.

12. When did you get into reading? 
I've always read, or been read to, at least. It started with Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit, and then Ally's World and Harry Potter, before reading Wuthering Heights and a whole host of other stuff from basically ever genre going. I'm really glad that throughout my life, I've always had reading there.

13. What is your favourite classic book? 
I've just mentioned it, but it has to be Wuthering Heights. Oh man, I have so much love for this book. So much so, I own four copies of it, and I'm constantly having to remind myself that when they issue out new cover designs.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Wut? I did really well in both English Literature and English Language, but my best subject was probably Mathematics, would you believe? I even did an additional Statistics GCSE as I was such a hardcore mathlete.        

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated... what would you do?
I would burn that mo'fo. Jokes, I would be thankful they know me well enough to know that books are an ideal gift and regift it, probably, or give it to charity. This doesn't really happen though as I'm always talking about books I'd like to read/buy hoping that someone will help poor student me.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games? 
I don't really read many books like Harry Potter or the Hunger Games, but one of the best book series I've ever read is Margaret Atwood's MaddAdam trilogy. It's dystopian, so sort of along the lines of Hunger Games I guess, but completely different and so amazing and just read it omg. 

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?
I don't film book reviews (I'm guessing that's what it means), but I would like to. I think my bad book habit would be that I hate stopping before the end of a chapter. I could be so, so tired and just keep reading to the end of the chapter, even if I know I'm not fully taking it in, and will probably need to re-read it before I continue. Woe. 

18. What is your favourite word?
My favourite word? It's probably cleave, which I remember learning about when we read the Scottish play at school. Not entirely sure if it's even in it, but it basically means to pull apart or to stick together, which I quite like. 

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
What a stupid question.

20. Finally, full on romance or action-packed with a few love scenes thrown in? 
I'd probably go for the latter, but romance or 'action-packed' books aren't really my thing. Gimme a bit of mystery, or something completely bizarre, and I'm a happy reader.  

I hope you enjoyed the Ultimate Book Tag, link me up if you give it a go! 

Chelsea xo

*probably. If you win the lottery, remember you owe me.

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