I Dare You Book Tag

I saw this tag on Dragons & Zombies and since I’ve never done a book tag before, I thought I’d give it a shot.

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Longest ever? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Longest that I haven’t gotten around to? I bought A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton and The Darwin Conspiracy by John Darnton together at a Savers and haven’t gotten around to them yet. They’ve been sitting on my shelves for at least two years.

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

Currently I’m reading The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty (Kindle), Blood Rites (Dresden Files #6) by Jim Butchers (audiobook), Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello (physical book), The Magicians by Lev Grossman (also Kindle) and Buffy Omnibus Vol. 1 (computer/phone). I always tend to be reading four or five books at once because I have something on my Kindle, an audiobook, a physical book, and something to read on my phone when I don’t have a book/my Kindle available.

The last book I read was Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. You can read my review of that one here.

Next up I’m reading a Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I started reading this book a while ago when I did a trial of Kindle Unlimited because at the time it was one of the only books available that seemed interesting. Once my trial ended I dropped it, but I’ve been hearing so much about it lately that I want to get back to it.

What book did everyone like, but you hated?

The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I’ve been wanting to read it for years because everyone said it was “the next Harry Potter.” I finally got around to it, and have been reading it for the past few months because I just cannot get through it. I’m at that point where I’m pretty close to the end so I don’t want to give up, but I also have so many other books I’d rather read.

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

I would love to read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, but it’s like 1000 pages so it feels like such a commitment!

What book are you saving for retirement?

Hmm, maybe The Pillars of the Earth! I also really want to read through The Lord of the Rings. I read the first one back in high school, but would love to finish the series.

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

WHO DOES THAT? Whenever I read a book, I like flipping to the end to see how many pages there are and my greatest fear is that I’ll accidentally spoil myself.

Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

I love acknowledgements. There are so many people who help get a book to print, not just the author. I love seeing all the love that went into getting a book published.

Which book character would you switch places with?

Literally any background Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff character from Harry Potter. Maybe before or after Harry’s time there though. I just want a quiet life of learning magic…

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

Probably Dune. I remember reading that one sitting outside on a bench during my lunch breaks at an old job, so I associate it with that job.

I also read it at a time where I was getting out of a long-term relationship and reconnecting with old friends, so I remember that as well.

It was also the time when my cat that I had adopted a few months prior started being more comfortable around me so I remember reading it with her on my bed, which was a new thing at the time.

I think there are so many different memories because Dune is a long-ass book.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

All of my books were acquired the boring way.

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

I gave my original copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets away to a friend because her dog ate her copy. I wish I’d given a different copy and not the one I originally read. So many regrets!

(So many of my responses are Harry Potter. I promise I read other books too.)

Which book has been with you the most places?

I dunno. Does my Kindle count? That goes everywhere.

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

I never revisited any books that I initially hated, and I pretty much enjoyed most of the required reading in high school anyway.

Used or brand new?

I like the feeling of a new book, but I like being frugal so I always check out the book section at Savers. I get library books more often than buying books, so I guess that would fit in the use category.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?


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

Not a movie, but I think I like the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale more than the book, though I haven’t watched Season 2 yet. It just adds so much to the original story!

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

I’m always hungry.

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

I feel like I haven’t found that person yet. I just kind of read what I want to read.

Is there a book out of your comfort zone that you ended up loving?

Dune was super intimidating at first, but I ended up loving it!

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