The Book Tag

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Throughout my entire life, books have been my portal into unexplored emotions and territories. The impact of books extends far beyond mere entertainment; for me (and many others), reading a book is very much like reading the soul of life. It is a way for us to learn the secrets of life that can’t be easily explained- only felt. For me, the notion that we read arranged symbols on a page and understand them is nothing short of a miracle. I cherish every remarkable book that has entered my life, and am so excited to share some of my favorites with you. This is from “The Ultimate Book Tag” by the Chapter Chicks. Enjoy!

Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Unfortunately, I do. I wish I could change that, because I tend to get incredibly bored on long car rides and public transit.

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

When I was younger, I really enjoyed a book by Rebecca Stead titled When You Reach Me. The book is written in 2nd person narrative, which is extremely unusual for a novel. Although the book is aimed for an middle school demographic, I still think about it quite a lot and remember it fondly.

Harry Potter series or the Twilight saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I haven’t read either of them. Fantasy media usually does not appeal to me.

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

I don’t carry one bag specifically designated to books- I just toss them in with my school bag. It’s not uncommon for me to have a novel or too in my bag, on top of textbooks, notebooks, and my laptop. You never know when the urge to pick up a book will strike!

Do you smell your books?

Yes! The smell of a new book is one of my favorites in the whole world.

Books with or without little illustrations?

It would depend on the genre of book, but generally, I like seeing little illustrations. It’s interesting to see the illustrator’s interpretation of the story. That was a lot of alliteration.

What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

That’s a very hard question. I don’t normally pick up books and then disregard them as “low-quality” writing, if that makes any sense. If I think of something, I’ll edit it in here.

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

When I was in elementary school, my favorite book in the school library was Great Women in the Struggle: A Book of Black Heroes Volume II. I renewed it again and again and again, and at the end of 4th grade, I was so worried about having to return it that I considered just stealing it! Luckily, my parents stepped in and bought me my own copy for my tenth birthday- a gift I still cherish and read to this day.

What is the tiniest book on your shelf?

The Little Book of Crystals by Judy Hall.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

Yes, I have always since a young age identified as a writer. When I was in early elementary school, I used to fold sheets of computer in half (hamburger way), staple them, and write picture books about the goofy characters I created. From there I started writing short stories on my family computer, then poetry, and by the time I reached high school, I had written a novel. These days, I am mostly interested in writing essays and blogs about nonfiction topics. I have always wanted to be a writer for a career, in any way, shape or form I could.

When did you get into reading?

My mom used to read The English Roses by Madonna to me when I was very little. I think that’s what got me interested in character development and human archetypes as a writer, as well. I started reading obsessively in middle school when I discovered the Sammy Keyes mystery series. I still have all eighteen books on my bookshelf! I hope I will be able to pass them down to my own son or daughter someday, and that he or she will love them as much as I did.

If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

I certainly wouldn’t tell the gifter that I hated the book they gave me. What I would probably do is re-gift it to somebody else, or donate it to a library.

What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I really enjoyed the Matched trilogy when that came out. It carries the same dystopian-future vibe as The Hunger Games, but not so much Harry Potter. As I’ve said, I never read the Harry Potter series.

What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

I’m not sure how “bad” this really is, but I can get totally obsessed and infatuated with my writing. I’ll ignore everything else I have to do for hours (or days) at a time, and just punch out as much writing as my fingers will let me.

What is your favorite word?

I don’t have a “favorite” word, but one word I use ALL THE TIME is “lovely.” That’s my go-to description word of choice. Everything is lovely to me. Also, I love using “enormously” as an adverb to describe how strongly I feel about something. I do love my blog enormously.

Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I prefer being called a nerd. Dork and dweeb both sound on the derogatory side to me.

Vampires or Fairies? Why?

As I said before, I haven’t spent a lot of time reading fantasy books. I don’t think I know enough about either to form an opinion.

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Same situation as with vampires/fairies.

Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

I love reading horror and thriller stories, so spirits all the way! I’m reading a fabulous collection of scary short stories right now called Ghostly Tales: Spine-Chilling Stories of the Victorian Age.

Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Going back to the whole horror-thing, probably zombies.

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love stories stress me out big time, because I get so involved in the emotions of the characters. A love triangle, on the other hand, can be very amusing!

And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Definitely something action-packed! But truthfully, my favorite genre of book is a well-loved classic that resonates with the past. Books focused on the present or even the future are not appealing to me; I’d much rather get lost in a 1940s city or an 1860s farmland than a dystopian society.

If you bothered to read this far, thank you so very much! I had a lovely time filling this out and answering all the questions. I unfortunately don’t have anybody to tag, but do let me know in the comments if you decide to try this as well!

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