Last week I was tagged by Sofia over at Accio Reviews to do the I Dare You book tag and here it is. You should go check out her blog, it’s really cool. Sofia is also the only book blogger I have actually met in real life, it was only for like 30 seconds but hey, at least it shows I’m not a total anti-social hermit.
1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
The longest is probably Journey To The Center of The Earth by Jules Verne which I got as part of a box set when I was a kid. But if you mean book that I haven’t read yet then it’s probably The Penultimate Truth by Philip K Dick.
2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
Currently I’m reading Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian Mcdonald and The Pigeon Tunnel by John le Carre. I’ve just finished Too Like The Lightning by Ada Palmer, at my current rate the next book I’ll start will probably be the sequel to that since it comes out at the end of the month.
3. What book(s) did everyone like and you hated?
I feel bad saying this but pretty much every popular YA book. I managed to read 1 page of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass. I read about 80% of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and skim read the end. I managed to finish Reawakened by Colleen Houck and Angelfall by Susan Ee. I actually felt really bad while reading those two books because I enjoyed the experience of reading them so much because I hated them.
4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Probably the Terry Pratchett books. I bought a copy of Mort last year and really wanted to read it. But I’ve never got around to it and don’t have any urge to read it.
5. Which book are you saving for “retirement”?
Not one specific book but probably the classics. I’ve read a few Buddhist texts and a few things by Greek philosophers and it’s really interesting. But I don’t read them much because I always find something modern that I want to read more.
6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
Wait till the end but if I get bored with a book I will skip straight to the end to find out what happened.
7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
It depends. Most of the time they are just a list of names which is boring. But occasionally the author will mention something or someone which inspired them to write the book and that is interesting.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
I read a lot of sci-fi books and most are not exactly optimistic. I probably wouldn’t mind being a muggle in the Harry Potter world so long as I didn’t live in England.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?
It’s weird. I recently updated my 52 books page and I realised that I have some sort of memory associated with almost every book on that list. Most aren’t very interesting. It’s more what I was doing or where I was when I read that book.
10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
I was on the train to London a few months ago. As we were getting into King’s Cross a woman asked me if I wanted her copy of Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee because she had just finished it. That was cool.
11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
I give people books I enjoyed as birthday or Christmas gifts. But I don’t think I’ve given away my own copy of a book. I would really only give someone a book if I liked it and if I liked it I would want to keep it.
12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Duma Key by Stephen King. It lived in my bag for about a year and I would pull it out to read a little whenever I had a spare moment.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I liked the books I read in high school. One year we got to do Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. I actually remember being annoyed because we didn’t finish the book in class. I had read the book before doing it in school but that did still annoy me.
14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
I once found a receipt from a Barnes & Noble in Colorado and a train ticket from Oxford to Reading in the same book once. I actually wrote a blog post about it *shameless plug*.
15. Used or brand new?
Depends on the price of the book new and the condition of the second hand book. Usually I buy a mixture of both.
16. Have you ever read a Dan Brown?
YES! And I enjoyed them.
17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Probably The Maze Runner. In the movie they changed the whole maze problem to (I assume) make it more visual and it worked so much better. Snowpiercer and Kingsman are two others where I preferred the movie to the comics. But I think Kingsman is a special case because the movie and comic were made at the same time.
18. A book that NEVER should have been published.
Or it should only be sold in the theatre after the performance has ended like what they do with the souvenir brochures.
19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
Probably but I don’t remember specific books.
20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
I can’t really think of a specific person whose advice I take. Sometimes my sister will tell me to read something but only occasionally. She is more into fantasy than science-fiction. But she was the one who told me to read The Martian.