I rarely pay attention to these 'blah blah day' things, but when it is relation to books, I felt I'd better celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than with a tag. The tag is borrowed from the lovely Kayleigh, and you should certainly check out her book blog.
1. What was the last book you read?
I finally completed Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
2. Was it a good one?
Yes. It is quite absorbing and took a lot to get through. Though the story is interesting, and not really what I would normally read.
3. What made it good?
Most of the books I look at, are either modern day or fantasy. This book had more of a period setting, and it has actually made me want to read more like this.
4. Would you recommend it to other people?
Yes, though if you have a short attention span, like me, it may take a while to get through. It is well worth it.
5. How often do you read?
Sometimes I get a little bit of information overload, and I can focus on anything, including reading. Which blows. But I counter that with the days where I can read books in one go.
6. Do you like to read?
Yes. It has been a relaxing thing for me to do for most of my life.
7. What was the last bad book you read?
About A Girl by Lindsey Kelk.
8. What made you dislike it?
The characterisation felt so contrived and fake. I couldn't feel anything for any of the characters. It made me think of reality TV and I hate reality TV.
9. Do you wish to be a writer?
I think that's the dream, isn't it. To just write anything that touches someone. It's kind of magical.
10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
Probably The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It was a book that helped settle my mind, when I struggled most with my mental health. It's a great book.
11. Do you read fan fiction?
Yes. Started with boy bands, progressed into anime… a true captain will go down their ship. 😂
12. Do you write fan fiction?
I did, a long time ago.
13. What's your favorite book?
Out by Natsuo Kirino
14. What's your least favorite book?
The Twilight saga… in general. I bought the whole lot, read the first one, and donated the lot to my local library. I maybe would have liked it when I was younger, but I was in my 20s and it was strange.
15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?
Whilst I like having books anywhere I am, like on my phone, nothing beats a book. I love the whole process of reading a physical book. And, second hand books are great, because you can think about any differences the last reader had about the imaginary world unfolding in front of you. It's why I rent a lot at the library.
16. When did you learn to read?
Probably early Primary School, with Link-Up books and Puddle Lane.
17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
I really loved To Kill A Mockingbird at school, to the point I bought it as an adult.
18. What is your favorite book series?
Harry Potter by JK Rowling, The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dan and The Millenium saga by Steig Larrson.
19. Who is your favorite author?
Only one? Between Chuck Palahnuik, John Grisham and Paulo Coelho.
20. What is your favorite genre?
Depends on my mood, but I like drama orientated books, but will try to read anything.
21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?
Sasuke Uchiha, because I made it this far without mentioning NARUTO. I like this character, because when I was younger and starting to have mental health issues, i felt I understood Sasuke's take on the world. Why he became so focused on one thing. He was hurting, and I empathised with that.
22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
A good book should always paint a world and take you there.
23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?
I don't know. I tend to find things go a bit off kilter in a sequel, so I prefer stand alone books.
24. Which book do you wish DIDN'T have a sequel?
50 Shades… I tried, I did. It is horrible in every way, and it shouldn't have a first book, never mind sequels and movies.
25. How long does it take you to read a book?
It depends, but because I have an awful attention span, I normally flit between one or two books at a time. So longer than it would be if I just read one.
26. Do you like when books become movies?
Most of the time I have imagined something completely different, so I am left disappoint. The Harry Potter books were okay, and John Green adaptations tend to be pretty spot on.
27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
Not really the point, but my interpretation of Harry Potter changed after the movies started coming out. And that disappoints me. I started reading Harry Potter back in the late 90s, before any movies. The world was good, but I thought differently of the characters.
28. Which movie has done a book justice?
I think Lord of The Rings did a good job, considering all the the walking.
29. Do you read newspapers?
Sometimes, more editorials rather than tabloid-y stuff.
30. Do you read magazines?
Mostly anime or food related. Sometimes music. I used to buy loads of magazines, I've cut down a lot.
31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
Magazines, because rather than an overview, you can get what you are actually interested in.
32. Do you read while in bed?
Yes. Sometimes just before bed, and in the morning when I'm waking up.
33. Do you read while on the toilet?
Sometimes. Usually end up playing a game on my phone.
34. Do you read while in the car?
Not really. I did when I had to get the bus, now I have my own car. I read the road… if that counts.
35. Do you read while in the bath?
I drop things in the bath. So not really.
36. Are you a fast reader?
If I can get into the book.
37. Are you a slow reader?
Probably. It's to with my attention span, again.
38. Where is your favorite place to read?
Anywhere, really. But I love sitting in the garden on a sunny day.
39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
Normally I'll be able to focus for a while. After about 20 minutes my brain starts ticking on to something else. Unless the book is super good.
40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
I like music. So no.
41. Who gave you your love for reading?
Both my Mum and Dad love books, and still read a lot.
42. What book is next on your list to read?
I have a selection. Amy Poehler's Yes Please probably, because I need a laugh these days.
43. When did you start to read chapter books?
Primary 3/4… I'd be about 7ish… I am guessing.
44. Who is your favorite children's book author?
45. Which author would you most want to interview?
I don't really know. Maybe John Green or Paulo Coelho.
46. Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
Anyone. I think being friends with someone who is good at writing, would be so great. I'd just ogle them, no matter who it was.
47. What book have you reread the most?
Probably Lord of The Rings by JRR Tolkien. It just pulls me in, so hard. I could get lost for days.
48. Which books do you consider "classics"?
Books like Emma… books that have been published for possibly hundreds of years.
49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dan. It's animals traveling from their woodland home, which is being bulldozed to build houses. Lots of animals travel together to find sanctuary in White Deer Park. It has a lot of lessons about how the human world hurts the animals living around us. And although I read it when I was at Primary School, it wasn't taught.
50. Which books should be banned from all schools?
Books breed ideas… no book should be banned. Allow for free critique, but don't ban.