Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Ultimate Book Tag

I saw this tag on JennReneeRead http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/ and it was taken from The Book Nut. https://booklovingnut.com/

1) Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I don't read in the car. If I'm in the car I'm with my dad and I prefer sitting talking to him rather than burying my head in a book. If I'm in the company of someone, they get my full attention and I do my reading when I'm alone. I hate to see families eating out together and all four have their faces buried in their mobile phones or tablets while waiting for the food instead of enjoying talking to each other!

2) Which author's writing style is completely unique to you and why?
No such thing. I'm either entertained by a book or I'm not. I'm less worried about other things like this unless it is really bad writing, which switches me off.I don't sit and analyse why I like something, I just get on with reading.

3) Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? (Give 3 points to defend your answer)
Harry Potter but I have no intention of defending my choice to anyone. I just love everything about the series and it is one of my all time favourites. I liked Twilight at the time I read it though it was slow. It would probably be too slow for my taste and the love triangle would drive me even madder now than it did then.

4) Do you carry a book bag? If so what else is in it?
I don't carry a book bag. If I go out I carry a rucksack in case I buy anything but I don't carry stuff around in it except on holiday when I have a cuddly toy and my camera for taking cute monkey selfies!

5) Do you smell your books?
Of course!There is nothing like the smell of that brand new book straight from the shop! I'm careful not to sniff the books in public though as that has led to people giving me really odd looks! They just don't understand...

6) Books With Or Without little Illustrations?
I'm not really bothered as long as the illustrations aren't used to really pad the book out and make me pay more for it...Generally I like to just read the book so probably text only.

7) What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn't quality writing?
I don't really go in for analysing the quality of the writing and I don't give star ratings based on this unless something is really dreadful. I judge a book by whether or not it entertained me and if I'd want to read it again.Usually, plot and characters are more important.

8) Do you have any funny stories about books from your childhood?
I used to drag my grandpa's chair out into the back garden to pretend it was Enid Blyton's Wishing Chair. I had hours of fun with that!I'd get out of the chair and have lots of adventures with my own imagination. I think too many kids today lack that. My friends used to act out things we watched on TV and read in books and we had so much fun!

9) What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
My favourite childhood book, Stan Berenstain's Bears in The Night. I still love reading about their midnight adventure through the woods and up Spook Hill!

10) What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Stephen King's 'It' which is a hefty 1116 pages. Some of my Game of Thrones books are split up into two volumes or they would be longer. A Dance With Dragons is 1125 and A Storm of Swords is 1177.

11) Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I wrote a lot of crime, horror and SF when I was younger but after leaving college I got into a stressful job and it stopped me pursuing my reading and writing. I went back to reading but not to the writing. I have several half finished books lying around but no time or motivation to deal with them. I always had great ideas but would spend so much time editing that I never got far enough with the story. If I could go back in time I'd choose a different college course and job and spend less time with the unreliable friends I had and more time writing my books!

12) When did you get into reading?
My parents always read me bedtime stories and my dad was a big fan of books so I got my love of reading from him. He read me The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings after I got tired of fairy tales! Watching him read Stephen King books from the library got me interested in reading them too as soon as I got my adult library card! When my mum took me shopping each week to pay the bills, if I was good and didn't complain, I was taken to the local bookshop to choose something, followed by a toastie and lime ice drink!

13) What is your favourite classic book?
I don't read classics and have no interest in them. I've tried a few over the years and found them overdescriptive, slow and the language too flowery and formal. They just don't interest me at all.

14) In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
I was decent at English and did pass those exams though grammar and punctuation were a struggle at times for me. My best subject was History. I loved that.

15) If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
Donate it to a charity shop. There's no point in keeping something I don't want when other people can have a chance to read it. My family always asked me what books I wanted to get which avoided this scenario from happening.

16) What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?
Joelle Charbonneau's The Testing is similar to The Hunger Games. Candidates who want a college education and good career take part in a series of tests to weed out the weak. The tests can be deadly if you get them wrong and other students are out to beat the competition. This is followed by a survival trek across a game zone where only the best make it to the end alive. I loved the first book and need to read the rest of the trilogy!

17) What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) when blogging?
Getting distracted. When I'm writing a book review, I remember five other things that I want to do more and start a couple of them and then I get nothing done!

18) What is your favourite word?
Blackpool. It is my favourite holiday destination so nothing beats seeing it finally appear on the sign posts on the motorway at 38 miles to go! The anticipation builds mile by mile and I start scanning the horizon looking for Blackpool Tower! Books are of course also a favourite word, as is chocolate...

19) Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I don't label myself, I'm just me.

20) Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires! Being a Buffy fan I have to say that. I love a good horror story with evil vampires to get the blood pumping! I'm flexible about types of vampires and don't mind some being written as varying degrees of good guys. I've never liked stories about fairies, or the Fae for that matter. Flying fairies don't interest me at all and the Fae aren't the most interesting creatures to read about as the characters all tend to be nasty.

21) Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters! I like the variety of were animals that show up in the books I read. I'm not interested in the soulmate mating PNF but I love shifters in strong paranormal urban fantasy as long as there is more plot than sex. I don't enjoy books about Angels at all. They either seem to be pure evil like the Fae with cold personalities or the angel turned teenage boy who falls in love with a plain schoolgirl. No thanks!

22) Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves! They have always fascinated me in horror and urban fantasy and a good Pack provide lots of good plot if it doesn't overdo the sex. I'm not greatly interested in reading about spirits, ghosts, haunted houses and exorcism to be honest. I prefer full on action to slow burning events in a haunted place. I only read the occasional spirit related book.

23) Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Zombies! I just LOVE zombie books! As a kid my friend and I used to play in a wooded area near her house and we'd take turns pretending to be zombie and victim. I was a strange 10 year old! I love fast paced zombie books and have a ton of them on my bookshelves at home and on my ereaders!

24) Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Hate them both! I will not start reading a book if the blurb suggests a love triangle, however good the rest of the plot sounds. Forbidden love is just too much angst for me to want to read about. I'm not a romance fan at all.

25) Full on romance books or action packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Neither. I never read romance books. I want to read the pliot about the heist, the escape, the expedition, planning to defeat the madman or monster etc, not reads chapters full of sex and relationship angst. Ugh! I'd be happy just reading books that are totally romance free!

Want to take part? Consider yourself tagged!


  1. Great tag! I would go for vampires as well! Love Buffy!

    1. I need to make time to watch that over the winter! My dad is quite keen to see it!

  2. This tag is so long! I’m glad I’m not the only person who doesn’t carry books around outside. If I’m with other people, I pay attention to them. I don’t read or stare at my phone. I try not to smell my books too often. I get most of them used, and I have come across some gross, stinky books. I recently found one that smelled like old fryer grease. Like an abandoned McDonalds or something. It was icky.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Some books can have a pretty bad smell if the previous owner or book shop doesn't store them right-that can be a nasty surprise! I hate it when they stink of smoke! I think some of the gadget obsessed will regret not spending more time with their families once they lose them. I'm trying to ensure that I spend a ton of time with my dad watching fun stuff and going places. Yeah generally I do my reading indoors. I do sometimes take an ereader if my dad wants to go to a nature reserve and I can read while he photographs birds!

  3. Fun post! The whole Enid Blyton wishing chair memory totally made me laugh. And I'm with you on Buffy and choosing vampires over the Fae! :D

    1. I should've mentioned also that I tried to go through my gran's huge wardrobe to find Narnia on countless occasions!

  4. This was a fun tag to read! Like you, I get distracted so easily. I usually have to remind myself multiple times a day to just FINISH what ever I was starting xD

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

    1. It's the same today-I'm trying to watch American Ninja Warrior on the computer, answer these comments and go through posts on bloglovin at the same time, ignoring the book reviews I need to write!

  5. "Do you smell your books?" That question cracked me up. We do though, they smell so gooood lol. People don't understand... :)

    Bears in the Night sounds fun!

    I may have to try The Testing!

    1. They don't understand do they! That day when I was sniffing the new books in Waterstones with a goofy grin on my face, I thought I was going to be asked to leave! I need to finish The Testing trilogy-I loved the first one!

  6. I'm getting to know you. Most of your answers didn't surprise me and many of them made me laugh out loud. LOL I used to imagine this old tree stump in my yard had a magical world you could enter. I spent so much time on imaginary adventures.

    1. Books fed my imagination as a kid. I was always outside making up games and imaginary monsters and stuff. I think kids these days seem to get bored after five minutes and lack that imagination!

  7. YES!! I smell my books too! =)
    I haven't read Harry and Twilight ugh god no.
    But I have seen every movie thanks to my kids.


    1. The Harry Potter books are so good-much better than the films! I was so reluctant to read them but I'm glad I did. I think my views on Twilight would be very different if I read them again now!

    2. Yeah, I think it might have been the in thing and everyone raving how great they are...But, I don't think they were ever that great! I don't plan on reading them.


    3. Sometimes hype can be offputting can't it! Life would also be boring if we all loved the same things and there are so many books out there waiting for us...