One of my good blogging buddies, Audrey over at Life as Louise, tagged me to participate in this book prompt. Well, I ain’t one to run away from a challenge, unless that challenge is to exercise and/or eat healthy. 😀 Err … kidding. Sort of. Not. Maybe. Anyway … I answered her challenge and challenge anyone interested to play along!
What book has been on your shelf the longest?
Oh gosh. I’m not 100% sure. I think my oldest book is One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. Because of limited space, I gave away a lot of books to make room for new ones in my pre-kindle days. I eventually gave up the Stephanie Plum series but still occasionally reread the early books because they were hilarious.
What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I am currently reading Daisy and the Six from Taylor Jenkins Reid. The last book I read was Verity by Colleen Hoover (good but crazy) and not sure what I’ll read next. I somewhat plan ahead but mostly pick whatever fits my mood.
What Books Did Everyone Like, but You Hated?
The only book that comes to mind is You by Caroline Kepnes. I love me a good serial killer book but … my love for Joe was not strong enough to withstand the hell that was Beck. Seriously, I was begging him to kill her. And frankly his infatuation with her grossed me out. You’d think it would be all the killing but nope. It was his terrible taste in women.
What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Ummmmm … a ton, if we’re being honest. These books have rave reviews and I say that I want to read them but … a part of me really doesn’t. Like when I look closer at the book, it’s not really my jam, even if it is amazing according to everyone and their dog. One book I say I’ll read (but with my fingers crossed) is Me Before You. It’s beloved but every time I look at it, my nose slightly wrinkles and I put it back on the shelf.
What book are you saving for retirement?
None. I plan to read a ton of books in retirement but I’m not saving a particular book to read for retirement. 😀
Last page: read it first or wait ’til the end?
I never read the last page before starting a book but will jump to the end if I’m considering DNFing a book to see if it gets better. When I was younger I used to read a few chapters to make sure that I liked the book, then read the last few pages to make sure it ended well but I don’t do that anymore. Well, not normally.
Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?
I definitely don’t consider it a waste of paper as I hope to write my own acknowledgements in my own novel some day in the future. I don’t always read the acknowledgements but do find them to be rather interesting when I do.
Which book character would you switch places with?
Audrey also mentioned Ginny Weasley (aka the future Mrs. Harry Potter) in her post and I concur. I’d also like to be Professor McGonagall from HP too, because she can turn into a cat! A cat! This cannot surprise you that I want to be able to turn into a cat. I’d like to be Sookie Stackhouse in Dead to the World (book #4) but only the good parts. You know … the ones with Eric. Boom shaka laka.
Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (place, time, person)?
Well, I don’t own these books but The Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boy books remind me of my childhood and my Mom because she introduced me to them and I adored them. My love of mysteries started young! 😀 I remember devouring the Bearstein Bears books when I was a kid. And Harry Potter releases always felt like an event and the later ones were released around my birthday, which felt like a personal gift from J.K. Rowling.
Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
None. I buy books. Borrow books from the library. Get an arc from NetGalley. Occasionally am gifted a book by a friend. But all pretty normal.
Have you ever given a book away for a special reason/to a special person?
This question bothered me because my answer surprised me, which is a resounding “no”. I can’t believe me – a diehard book lover – has never gifted anyone with a book. I’ve given multiple Amazon gift certificates to people that I knew would use them to buy books, but I typically don’t purchase a book for anyone. In part because I’ve received books that weren’t necessarily books I would have picked for myself. Thus I prefer to let people choose what they want to read themselves. At the same time, there are special books that should be shared. Maybe they sit on someone’s bookshelf for years but get read some day by some one and that’s all that matters.
Which book has been with you to the most places?
I don’t know. I’m not a big traveler and only bring my kindle versus physical books when I do take trips.
Any ‘required reading’ you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later
I haven’t reread anything I didn’t like in high school. And I’m actually struggling to remember books that I did not like but had to read (I’m old. High school was a long time ago). The only thing that comes top of mind is Shakespeare, like Romeo and Juliet.
Used or brand new?
No preference. I just care about whether the book is good or not.
Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Yes, hasn’t everyone? The Da Vinci Code, of course. Angels and Demons and Inferno. I wasn’t a big fan of Inferno (didn’t love the ending).
Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
It’s typically the reverse where I like the book much, much more than the movie. I liked The Martian movie version a bit more because less math and science stuff. And I liked Jurassic Park the movie over Jurassic Park the book, although I still enjoyed the book. The movie just really impressed me with how great the dinosaurs looked. But I hated The Lost World movie and loved the book.
Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
All the Harry Potter books typically made me hungry (maybe not The Deathly Hallows) because I was fascinated by their food made by elves. And every good cookbook should make you hungry! I love Ina Garten’s and Chrissy Teigen’s cookbooks.
Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Well, my IRL friend Pammie is a voracious reader and I usually at least consider what she recommends, although she is a bigger sci-fi fan than me so those books I may skip. I love the Show Us Your Books link-up and get most of my recommendations from there. I find both Jana and Steph (the hosts) to have similar tastes when it comes to murdery books. Kristen (See You in a Porridge) is my romance expert. While I don’t read a ton of romances, they can be great palate cleansers after too much murder and she always has great recommendations.
Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g. outside of your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
Well, this may surprise some of you but the first book that came to mind was Harry Potter. I initially had zero interest in it because it was a kid series and I am an adult with no kids. But I saw the movie with a friend, loved it, and became a diehard fan. This is when I also discovered the joys of Young Adult books. The other books that come to mind are The Martian by Andy Weir and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
Oh Books. How I Love Thee.
That was fun! My book love runs deep but sometimes it surprises me how deep it runs. And sometimes I am surprised by some of my answers too, which makes it interesting and insightful. I seriously need to buy people books.
Your turn! Pick a question and share your answer in the comment section. Or grab all the prompts (or the ones you want to answer, I’m not picky!) and play along on your blog.