Monday, October 9, 2017

<< The Bookish Tag >>

Well, look who's finally doing a tag after like a million years! (#spoiler: it's me)
Faith over at Chosen Vessels was kind enough to tag me for this book-related tag.
And if something's book-related....... you better know I'll be there.

1 ~ What book has been on your shelf the longest? 
Probably a certain book from my childhood: a very worn and scuffed-up edition of "Homer Price". My older siblings used to read it to me before bed. Me and my sister would use our Webkinz stuffed animals to act out the story as it was being read to us.

2 ~ What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next? 
Last book read: (I have to go to Goodreads to see because it's been so long since I've read a book)... ah yes. Candle in the Darkness, by Lynn Austin. The first in a trilogy, the rest of which I have not read.
Current read: For Such a Time, by Kate Breslin. Which I've been working on for at least 2 months. Now you know why I've never been given the 'Fastest Book Reader' Award. Heh. Hehe. *cries*
Next read: I have no idea. Probably whatever I feel motivated to read, which could be anything.

3 ~ What book did everyone like, but you hated? 
That would be Ivanhoe. I tried it for school a couple of years ago, but I. hated. it.
And I mean hate.
(like actually like hate. like. seriously... literally...actually hate)
I'm honestly not sure what I'm missing, because I read some blogs about people who are huge fans of the book. Either I have bad taste, or I'm the only one with good taste. *shrug*

4 ~ What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? 
 Les Misrables. I own it. It is on my shelf. But honestly I don't see myself committing to a book like that. At least not for a looooong time.

5 ~ What book are you saving for retirement?  
Refer to Question #4, please. If not Les Mis, then probably all the classics that I didn't get around to in my high school years. 
Such as Oliver Twist, the rest of Jane Austin's books (other than "Emma" and P&P), and others. Like a few autobiographies. 
To be honest, most of my retirement will be spent reading Lucille Ball biographies.

6 ~ Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end? 
 It depends on the book. Some books I look ahead, others I like to be surprised. Although I get mad at myself every time I purposefully spoil something, so I don't know why I keep doing it

7 ~ Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? 
 It TOTALLY depends on who writes them. If they're like a self-published book (by one of you lovely blogger-people), I like to read them because I love hearing about who/what inspired their journey as a writer.
If it's like a regular published author's book, I don't even care.

8 ~ Which book character would you switch places with? 
Probably an extremely rich character that doesn't have a lot of problems, lives in peace and happiness, and doesn't die a slow and painful death. Someone content and happy with their situation. Like a princess. *shrug* I don't know. Elves live pretty cool lives. Ok, I'll be an elf. From The Lord of the Rings. 
And I'll make sure I never run out of arrows, because that's lame.

9 ~ Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?) 
It was the Summer of 2012 specifically that I took a lot of time to relax and focus on books. 
It was the best summer I ever spent because I just read books in my room- day in and day out- and I savored every drop of sunshine and I read about hobbits and elves and adventures and other lovely things, and I always look back fondly on that summer.
So when I read "The Blue Castle", by L.M. Montgomery, it reminded me of those lovely, relaxed times with myself. It made me very chill and relaxed... just like that Summer.

10 ~ Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. 
Well, two times now I've tried to leave this question and come back to it, hoping I'll think of something, but honestly I just can't. All of my books were bought from normal places, or given to me by normal people. I just don't have any interesting book stories. #i know #so boring  
One time I haggled for a book, and the lady gave it to me for $4 dollars cheaper than she had it priced, and I felt real grown-up and like a real bargainer afterwards (I was like 14). But that's about it.

11 ~ Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Well, if you've read The Book Thief, you know that it has some language in it. So, for my best friend's birthday (or was it for Christmas... I don't remember), I marked out all the icky stuff in a brand new copy and gave it to her. As far as I know, she loved it.

12 ~ Which book has been with you most places? 
The Bible, of course. But to make it interesting, I have to mention that "The Book Thief" went many, many places with me, as well as "The Hobbit", back when I was 14 years old and obsessed with it.  

13 ~ Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?
For the most part, I enjoyed the reading that I did in school. Even at a young age/grade, I had a good time with books for school and recreation... Because they're books, man. 
Basically I've always enjoyed reading.

14 ~ Used or brand new? 
Both are good in their own ways. 
I really like used because they are 1. cheaper, 2. more nostalgic, and 3. worn-out things have a special place in my heart.
At the same time...
Who doesn't like a fresh, new, crisp, pristine book as well?

Basically just give me books. New or used, I won't complain.

15 ~ Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?  
No, and NO
My mom read half of one once, but SHE. NO. LIKE.

16 ~ Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book? 
 No, actually. I usually like movie and book for different reason, but usually the book is better. For instance, when I watched North & South, I thought for SURE the book couldn't possibly be as good as the show... but it was, somehow.
#rule of thumb: the book is better.

17 ~ Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included? 
My mom subscribes to Food Network magazine (that counts as a book just this once, right?) in the mail, and I enjoy reading through the monthly issues. It makes me hungry, for sure! Plus, every recipe we've ever tried from the magazine has been great. This recipe is probably my favorite of all time.  

18 ~ Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take? 
Strangely, I have not yet found a lot of people out there who have the same book tastes as me. I usually like the books that Naomi talks about on her blog, but not EVERY SINGLE one of them, and I also usually like the books that my best friend suggests to me, but not ALL time. 
I guess the answer to this question would be: me.

19 ~ Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? 
(why is there only 19 questions to this...) I don't really read futuristic/thriller/action books, but I ended up loving "The Circle" Series by Ted Dekker.
Ok, I didn't LOOOVE it. But I liked it WAY more than I thought I would, for sure.

Well, that is all, my friends. I hope you enjoyed yet another book-related post on this Blog. :)

Unfortunately, I do not have time today to tag specific people, nor do I have time to post all of the questions here for you to copy, (and I apologize for that...), but let me make it interesting.
If you have a blog, and you have not done this tag yet, and you have a dog, I tag you.



  1. ~I didn’t love Ivanhoe (I think in part because I didn’t love the character) or at least not now. Mom read it aloud over a decade ago, and I may have re-read it once? The story does make for a good movie, but there isn’t enough likeability or development in the characters. I preferred the bad guy.
    ~Usually I consider abridged versions anathema . . . and then I read Les Mis. Read the abridged. You don’t need to know the life story of a character of brief appearance, the details of the Paris sewers and Hugo’s disgusting suggestion of their use, or a romanticized story of a Napoleonic battle with little connection to the story. I estimated the Paris sewers took up 40 pages. Again, another novel that is more plot than novel.
    ~North and South is WAAAY better book than series. I’ve read it 3 times and get more from it each time. I usually think books are FAR and beyond movies. Except for the cases I mentioned, the plot/epic and nothing else novels. Also, The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott. Darling movie, hysterically sappy book (she WAS a teenager when she wrote it).
    ~#18. Haha, yeah. I like getting recommendations from blogs I trust (but I have decided to trust them), but I primarily rely on MY judgement and taste.

    1. Livia:
      I agree. The character in Ivanhoe was quite boring, if you ask me. I think they could improve the story quite a lot by making a movie out of it, for sure!
      I forgot about abridged versions. Perhaps that's what I should do to read Les Mis. I must be honest; I've never actually read an abridged version of anything, so I don't know what it's like, or if it's noticeable. *shrug* Guess I'll find out. :)
      I think it's about time that i read N&S again. I just realllly enjoyed it last time, I'm sure I'll enjoy it again.

      Thank you for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed my post. :)

  2. Thanks for doing the tag, Amaris! I enjoyed reading your answers. :D

    1. You're welcome! Thanks for tagging me! :D I'm glad you enjoyed.

  3. Yes, she does! Your best friend LOVES her beautiful, golden-edged, anniversary edition of the Book Thief. Almost as much as she loves the amazing, thoughtful, lovely person who gave it to her. Almost. ;)
    North&South is just so good. I love that book to pieces. And BBC did an absolutely beautiful job of retelling the story. Each and every one of the actors were spot-on. :) Except Mary. But the rest were fantastic. #mostlyRichardArmitage #hissmiletho #lookbackatme
    The Hobbit always makes me hungry. And The Fellowship of the Ring.
    Speaking of hobbits...I always thought I'd be an Elf, and I still do sometimes. But if I had to switch places with a certain person, I'd switch with a hobbit. Specifically Rosie Cotton. I love Elves, but they have a certain despair about get the sense that they have a lost love that is forever beyond their reach. You know what I'm saying? It's nostalgic...which means, perhaps, that I should be an Elf. They enjoy being alone and lonely. Which you and I both identify with. But another part of me sympathizes greatly with the hobbits. They enjoy the simple things of life: good food, better company, and love of the soil. Hobbits are capable of such deep love, courage and virtue that equals that of Elves.
    I guess I'm half Elf, half Hobbit. :D
    *dramatic gasp* You don't take my opinion on books?!?! I'm offended! Name one book that I told you to read that you didn't like! Actually, now that I think...yeah, don't. Let's not do that. ;) Point taken. :)
    I miss the days when we were obsessed with LotR and the Hobbit. We were young and immature in some ways, yes, but those were good days. The lore of Tolkien is most beautiful when you're first discovering it.
    I think the Fellowship of the Ring has been most places with me, besides the Bible. I used to bring it to every single baseball game. It's been to Florida and Branson with me as well.
    I like reading Acknowledgments. I like reading about the people who all had a hand in this book, and knowing that even though the names are just words to me, to someone somewhere they mean so much. To someone somewhere, that name means the world. I love to think of who they might be.
    I loved this post, Amaris. :) It was full of nostalgia and good memories. Thank you for giving us your thoughts. :)


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