Tuesday, 7 March 2017

I Dare You: Book Tag

I've never done a Book Tag on my blog before, but I enjoy reading them and seeing other people's response so I thought, why not do one myself? This is one that I found while browsing the web one afternoon and it sounded interesting - so here we go!

1. What book had been on your shelf the longest?

I've a few books that have been on my shelves for a long time, too long really, especially when they haven't been read! It's difficult to pin point just one because I regularly cull my books and donate ones I no longer want to keep, but I'd say Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell has had it's fair share of shelf time. I still intend on reading it eventually which is why it's stood the test of time. Maybe at some point this year I'll get around to it...

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next?

I'm currently reading Vindolanda by Adrian Goldsworthy which was kindly sent to me for review, and is due for release this summer. It's a historical fiction novel set in First Century Roman Britain, and my thoughts on it will be revealed once I've finished it. The last book I finished just a few daya ago and that was a re-read of Pride and Prejudice. I hadn't picked it up in years and I was taken with the sudden urge to read it again, and it was just as good now as it was when I first read it. As for my next read I've yet to decide, but possibly Sufficient Grace by Amy Espeseth.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. The reviews for this book are raving but I found it so dull and boring. I made it about 200 pages in before I donated it without ever finishing it, and I not sorry I didn't. 

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?

I've had Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth on my shelves for years and I've never picked it up. One day I assume I'll brave it's size and finally read it but truth be told, I'm a bit intimidated by big books and I think that's what's putting me off. But it's managed to stick around after all this time so some part of me has every intention of giving it ago at some point. 

5. Which book are you saving for retirement?  

In all honesty, I don't intend on saving any until then. If the feeling takes me to pick a certain book up then that's what I'll do. I'm not saving any particulars for a rainy day.

6. Last page: Leave it until the end or read it first?

Leave it until the end. Always.

7. Acknowledgements: Waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

I think acknowledgements are an interesting addition to a book. It's nice to see who influenced the author to keep going as it gives the book life outside of its pages. I can't say I read them all, but if I fall upon that page when I open a book then I usually always read them.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

I'm going to go Lost in Austen here and say Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, and I think my reasoning will be obvious to those of you familiar with the story. 

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

I think a lot of my books have some kind of memory to them, but the one that sprang to mind was Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn. My friend lent it to me one summer and I devoured it in a few days so that book always reminds me of her. 

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Toughie. I have books sent to me and I've borrowed books of people, but I don't think I've ever acquired a book in a way that would be interesting. I get them in the post or from bookshops - sadly, nothing interesting about my purchasing methods. 

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

I un-haul books that I don't like or don't want to keep fairly regularly, but I've never done it for a special reason. I have people I give my books away to but for no other reason that I think they might enjoy them more than I did. 

12. Which book has been with you the most places?

When I travel I take a book or two with me of course, but I couldn't pick just one that's been with me on most of my trips. So instead I'm going to name the book that came with me on my most recent travels which is Sufficient Grace by Amy Espeseth. I took it away with me when I was in Budapest last month, although sadly I didn't get much reading done because city breaks mean lots of sight seeing.

13. Any required reading you hated in high school that wasn't so bad two years later?

I actually enjoyed a lot of the books I read for required reading in high school, the most predominant one at the forefront of my mind is To Kill A Mockingbird which still remains to be one of my favourites today.

14. Used or brand new?

I buy a lot of my books in charity shops so more often than not my books are second hand, although I only buy them if they're in excellent condition.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

I read The Da Vinci Code when I was about 17 and I'll be completely honest - I enjoyed it. It makes me feel silly to admit that since it's not the most well written book, but I devoured it in a couple of days and for a novel of that size I'd say that's pretty good going. 

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

It's not a movie, but it's the BBC TV adaptation of Death Comes to Pemberley. It's kind of my guilty pleasure to read Jane Austen fan-fiction, but I found the novel to be very mediocre and littered with poor characterisation. The TV mini series however, I really enjoyed since it irons out a lot of flaws I found in the book. I actually re-watched it again recently and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

17. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Kate Quinn's duology known as The Borgia Chronicles has a feisty female cook as one of its protagonists, and the food described in those books is simply mouth watering. Plus they're great books in their own right so I recommend them highly, although maybe don't read them if you're hungry...

18. Who is the person who's book advice you'll always take?

I find most of my books through recommendations from Booktubers but I have close friends who I will always take serious book advice from. One of my best friends is never wrong when recommending a book to me that she think I'd like.


To anyone else who fancies doing this tag, then I tag you. Some of the questions were a little harder to answer than I anticipated but it certainly gets you thinking!

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