I found this tag over on the Bookie Monster’s blog and though it looked like fun. So here are my book blogger confessions.
Which book, most recently, did you not finish?
Is it really bad that I actually can’t remember? According to Goodreads the last book I shelved as did-not-finish was The Raven’s Head by Karen Maitland. I felt kind of bad about it as well. I had been sent a copy to review but it was just so boring. It got to the point where I literally couldn’t keep reading it. I have better things to do with my time than read awful books.
Which book is your guilty pleasure?
Star Trek novelisations. Or just any book about Star Trek to be honest. I’ve been collecting them for at least 10 years now. When everyone was going through that awkward teenage phase where they read crappy books about vampires I was reading Star Trek Voyager novels. I was so embarrassed about it that I would hide them every time I had friends over. Not an easy feat when you’re trying to hide 30+ books. But I love them even if they are horrendously terrible.
Which book do you love to hate?
Any book about the Habsburgs. One of my very good friends has a strange obsession with the Habsburgs. It got to the point where he made me walk around half of the British Museum just so he could look at one painting of the family. I know if he is talking about a book it is almost definitely going to be about them. Its not that I hate them, its just that it’s fun to complain about it. When we’re in book shops together I’m almost certain he points out every book about the Habsburgs just so I will go “ugh, not them again”.
Which book would you throw into the sea?
50 Shades of Grey, I actually read that on holiday and the only reason it didn’t get thrown in the sea is because I was reading it on my Kindle. Its not that I don’t like it for the dodgy BDSM. Its just that when you actually look into it, it’s obvious that it’s a bad Twilight fanfiction. The entire thing almost exactly follows the plot of Twilight. It feels like all EL James did was change the names from Edward and Bella. I mean really there is no reason why Mr Grey would have a problem eating in front of people unless he was a vampire. I like to think that she was going to write a sequel where Christian tells Ana about his sparkly little problem.
Which book have you read the most?
I’m not sure. It could possibly be Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code or The Fellowship of the Ring. I don’t really count how many times I read books and most of these books I’ve had for at least 15 years. But I will say its probably The Goblet of Fire, only because the copy I got way back (on release day!) in 2000 is so worn out and falling apart that I had to retire it and buy a new copy for reading purposes.
Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
I think possibly any book recommended by a top book tuber/book blogger. Yes I am going to explain why. Don’t get angry just yet. Speaking as a book blogger I feel that many of the top booktube/ blogger people are stuck in the YA bubble. All they talk about and recommend are YA books, which means that other people in the booktube/ blogger community are going to be talking about the same books as them. It almost feels like we are at the point where it’s not a “book” community, and more of a YA community. Now I should say this is not a problem with every booktuber/ blogger, and I will still enjoy watching/ reading the top tubers/ bloggers regardless. However I don’t read the books they recommend because I find most of the time I just don’t like them. I do like YA books, but I’ve found that I don’t like most of the “popular” YA books that booktubers\ bloggers talk about. Sometimes this is because I can’t identify with the main character, sometime there is an inappropriate love interest and sometimes the book is just downright bad.
Which book could you not live without?
Is it cheesy to say all of them? I love books, I love reading. I was really lucky that my parents encouraged me to read from a young age, though I don’t think promising to read me a book then falling asleep after 3 pages really counts as encouragement. It was more of a ‘if you really want to read it you have to read it yourself’ sort of thing. Books like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have been and still are a huge part of my life. They (and many others) have made me the person I am today. Yeah… that was totally cheesy.
Which book made you the angriest?
The Heretics: Adventures With The Enemies of Science by Will Storr. I can almost understand why Young Earth creationists refuse to see reason. Nowadays most of them live in small communities in the middle of nowhere, they don’t really have access to the internet in the same way we do. Its easier for them to spread misinformation to younger generations. But the Holocaust deniers really pissed me off. I don’t understand how these people can walk around Auschwitz and refuse to accept what really happened. And the thing is the more evidence they are shown proving them wrong makes them believe their own theories even more.
Which book made you cry the most?
Possibly Marley and Me by John Grogan. To be honest I pretty much get upset every time an animal is hurt in a book. I’m not sure if this is a sign that I’m getting older or if I’m just becoming way too attached to my pets. Its definitely becoming a problem though. I read The Book of Strange New Things not too long ago, a cat being hurt was the thing I was most upset about in that book. Even more so than the fact there wouldn’t be a sequel.
Which book cover do you hate the most?
There was once a book I wanted to read but the cover was so bad I refused to buy it. However I can’t remember which book it was exactly. I have a feeling it was probably a YA book. Also the UK covers of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness are pretty bad. Also any series where the book covers don’t match pisses me off so much. How hard can it be to publish a series where all the covers match. Clariel was published 10 years after Abhorsen and Hot Key Books still managed to make sure the cover would match the rest of the series. Also the Wordsworth classic editions. I mean I love that you can pick up a classic for £2, but the covers are so ugly. I would rather buy a beat up Penguin Classic than a new Wordsworth edition. [/rant]