Thank you Net Galley for approving me for an eARC…
Here are the rules:
- You must be honest
- You must answer all questions
- You have to tag at least four people
Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
I don’t actually buy a lot of books, so I am going to say that my shelves are my to be read books. I have a lot of books on my to be read shelf, but the one book that comes to mind is Eragon. I have students recommend this book every year, I have borrowed it from the library multiple times, and yet I have not read it. I will though, just give me time.
What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Currently Reading: Brown Girl Dreaming
Last Read: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Next Read: Pennyroyal Academy (hopefully)
What book did everyone like, but you hated?
The Divergent Series. I wouldn’t say that I started out hating it, but I find myself disliking it more as time goes by. It may have been the ending of the final book. It is one of the few books I don’t recommend a lot.
What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Any series by Rick Riordan. (I know-I love fantasy and mythology, yet I am not a fan of Riordan!) My students love his books, but I’ve only read Lightning Thief (it was a read aloud to my students, so I had to finish it.) I do enjoy the humor and the mythology, but I just cannot get into them. I will make it my goal to read one in each series, but I don’t think I will ever finish the entire series.
Which book are you saving for retirement?
Count of Monte Cristo-or any lengthy classic really. I’ll save those for when I have more time to focus on them!
Last page: Read it first or wait until the end?
WAIT! I never read the ending. I do, however, find myself skimming ahead when I am at a good part-usually suspensful-and I have to stop myself from looking ahead.
Acknowledgements: Waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?
Interesting aside. I like to get a glimpse into the author’s personal side. I also know that it takes a lot to write a book, so giving thanks is important. I like to skim through them to see who helped and how. It’s more for the author to be able to thank those that helped than for us casual readers to enjoy.
Which book character would you switch places with?
My initial choice is Hermione. She is so brave and intelligent. However, Luna Lovegood would be an amazing person to be. She is also brave-brave to be herself, even if she is ridiculed. I love her spunk and her brutal honesty. I am a little jealous because I am such a people pleaser and an avoider-I hate conflict! I wish I stood up for myself more often though, which is why I would love to be Luna. So, I choose Luna!
Do you have a book that reminds of something specific in your life? (Person, place, time?)
Oh do I! Let me get my list ready…
Harry Potter Series: I remember reading this series during my annual road trips with my mom, brother, step-dad, and step-sister.
Left Behind Series: Summers with my Grandma (Mee-Mee)
Little House Series: My Mee-Mee. She loved these books, and so do I.
Love You Forever: My mom-she always read this to me.
There are many, many more. Every book reminds me of something.
Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
This is the best I can come up with: I remember getting my first Harry Potter book. (I know, I can’t help but talk about HP!) I was in a bookshop in Michigan and a relative of my step-dad told me that it was a really popular book! So, I picked up a copy, and let’s just say the rest is history!
Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special friend?
Not that I can think of. (I am now going to make it a personal goal to give a book to a friend in need.)
Which book has been with you the most places?
If we are talking about distance, there are two books that come to mind. The first is Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants because it came with me to England, Ireland, and Wales. The second is the Harry Potter series because I took them on my annual family trips to Michigan. Also, my Kindle goes everywhere, so all of those books pretty much go everywhere too!
If we are speaking figuratively, then again it is Harry Potter. I have reread these books so many times. Usually I reread when I am going through something major and need a good escape. So, Harry Potter has been with me in that sense as well.
Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad later?
Not that I can think of, but then again I can’t really think of any required reading in high school!
What is the strangest item you’ve found in a book?
This isn’t really that strange-but I have found receipts! I know, it’s lame, but I can’t think of anything else!
Use or brand new?
Brand new books: They smell so good, but stress me out at the same time! The cost and breaking the spine/making them look used…it all stresses me out.
Used books: cheap! I love it!
So, I guess I choose used books-mainly for the cost.
Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Yes, almost all of them…thank you Da Vinci Code for getting me started on this author.
Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Nope. I always try to keep movies and books separate in my mind. Otherwise, I would be screaming at the movies about all that they messed up-and I have done that many times. I have not found a movie that was on par with the book.
A book that should have NEVER been published.
None come to mind-I am easily entertained when it comes to reading. I can find good in almost all books.
Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks excluded?
Oh yes! Harry Potter mentions food all the time and it makes me envious of those characters to enjoy such delicious food. Books and food go so well together, so really I am hungry whenever I read.
Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Mrs. Kindle-our librarian aid. She is my go-to person and we are also in a book club together.
I dare you! Don’t forget to tag me in your post!
If my students would like to join in, feel free to adjust the questions as some of them would be difficult or irrelevant.