I Dare You Book Tag

This is a new one from Ignited Moth!  I wasn’t technically tagged in it, because it was open to everyone, which is what I’m more than likely going to do.  I’m getting lazy lol.

1.) What book has been on your shelves the longest?

Oh my God, are you seriously going to make me get up, you cruel thing?  Didn’t I just say I was going to be lazy?  Wait…I have a Goodreads shelf for all of the books I physically own.  Hooray technology!  Helping roly-poly kids like me be lazy at 2 in the morning 😀

I think it’s Deerskin by Robin McKinley.

Wow, I’ve had this book for a long time.  Since high school and it shows.  The spine is held together with duct tape.  I want to start doing “classic” reviews as in reviews of books I read a long time ago.  I also want to reread it, because it was one of my favorite books (if really disturbing) in high school, and it helped cultivate my love of retold fairy tales.

2.) What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading seven books, which you can find out more about from my last State of the Reader post.

The last book I finished was Abstract Clarity by my blogger friend B. W. Ginsburg , and I’m in the process of writing a review for that.

Finally, my to-read-next list also has seven books on it, because I update it as finish so I’m always reading seven books at a time.  Yes, I’m ridiculous.  Yes, I have to keep notes.  I generally read two fantasy/fictions on my Kindle, a chapter or two a day at lunch if I’m at work; a classic; a reference, a physical fantasy/fiction; a comic/graphic novel or manga, and a library book.  I’m actually reading five books on my Kindle right now, because the The Winter’s Tale (the classic) and the Steven Attewell reference are on there, as well as The City of Ember from the library. I’m picking up another book tomorrow that’s a graphic novel, because the library is awesome.

3.) What book did everyone like, but you hated?

I’ve got some pretty popular books on my DNF shelf lol.  I’d have to say City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is probably the most popular book that I couldn’t stand (besides the problematically popular Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey, which would’ve been my fall backs if I couldn’t think of anything else).  I didn’t like any of the characters, and the writing came off as amateurish.  Oddly enough I have another of Clare book on my TBR list Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices series. Actually, someone commented on my review of City of Bones suggesting this, and I enjoyed the sample immensely.

4.) What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

My TBR list could bury a small child, but there are a few books I’m kind of just waiting to DNF once I give them a full chance.  One of them is Dolor and Shadow by Angela B. Chrysler, which I added because of the first word in the title, whose meaning I know because of the below lyric:

Saevam iram, iram et dolorem

And the song always and immediately gets stuck in my head whenever I see the title.  I read a little bit of it, but then decided to read something else.  It was  bit slower than I was hoping, and I keep not going back to it, because I don’t want to DNF it because I really love the title, but eventually, I’ll have to put it through its paces and decide from there.

5.) Which book are you saving for retirement?

Possibly Frazer’s The Golden Bough.  I attempted to read that a few months ago, but had to declare it DNF.  I had no idea it was more like an encyclopedia in terms of how many examples it used of one concept, and I really only have my own ignorance to blame.  I initially only had it on my Kindle, but I bought a physical copy so I can use it as a research reference.  I know I can do that with the eBook, but I just wanted a physical copy of the volume.

6.) Last Page: Do you read it first or wait til the end?

Why would I ruin the ending for myself?  I know there are people who don’t care about spoilers.  I am not one of those people.

7.) Acknowledgements: Are they a waste of paper and ink or interesting?

Even if I didn’t read them, I wouldn’t think they’re a waste of paper and ink.  Writing is a momentous undertaking that spans not only years but people as well.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving credit where it’s due.

8.) Which book character would you switch places with?

I’m going to play my shallow card her and say Lenore from Gaslight Hades by Grace Draven.  She’s paired with Nathaniel, the lovely creature on the below cover, and that’s my aesthetic.

The book takes place in a Victorian steampunk setting where alchemy, reanimation, and Lovecraftian portals exist.  Oddly enough, the act of switching with Lenore would be meta for the story, since Nathaniel isn’t in his original body either (re: alchemy and reanimation).

9.) Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

Hm, well inThe Fault in Our Stars, Hazel loves this in-universe story titled An Imperial Infliction, and her obsession with it is the same as my obsession with Final Fantasy VII.  I suppose that’s more of a book reminding me of another narrative, but it’s what I’ve got.

10.) Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

The recently reviewed Stone & Iris Jonathan Ballahgh by was sent to me by the author himself!  I count that as interesting 🙂

11.) Have you ever given away a certain book for a special reason to a special person?

Definitely!  Though I’m often disappointed that the person doesn’t appreciate or sometimes even read the book.  I once gave a friend a copy of 3 Gates of the Dead by Jonathan Ryan whom I actually know/interact with IRL (huh, I sort of personally know two authors named Jonathan.  That’s amusing), because the protagonist reminded me of him to the point that I actually pictured a version of him while I was reading it.

12.) Which book has been with you the most places?

I used to carry a book with me wherever I went, but now I have a Kindle so I carry a ton of books me me wherever I go :p  I do remember toting around Watership Down by Richard Adams, various titles in Anne Rice’s Vampire Series, the fore mentioned Deerskin by Robin McKinley, and pretty much any book I happened to be reading at the time.

13.) Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I want to reread Rebecca, because I didn’t like it at all back in high school, but I think it deserves a second chance.

14.) Used or brand new?

I love the smell of new books.  I won’t turn down a used book, but I do prefer new and crisp.

15.) Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yup, I’ve read two: The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.  They’re pretty much the same book.  He’s very formulaic, but then again so is every author lol.  It’s just that Dan Brown uses the exact same plot with no real deviations (at least in these two novels).  I still liked them though.

16.) Have you ever seen a movie that you liked better than the book?

I had to google “movies better than the book,” and see if I agreed with (and had both seen and read) any of the ones on the Buzzfeed list, and I did find one with which I concur:  The Princess Bride.  While I didn’t dislike the book, and it fleshed some things out, they were mostly just informative and didn’t add anything else to the narrative.

17.) A book that’s made you hungry?

Anything in the Redwall series.  Ohhhhhh myyyyy goooooooddddd.  Everything sounds so good, and apparently it’s all possible to make, since there’s a Redwall cookbook.

18.) Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Cupcakes and Machetes and Kim of By Hook or By Book are my two go-to book pals ♥

19.) Most read authors?

George R. R. Martin and Anne Rice.  I read more Martin than Rice now, but I do own her more recent Prince Lestat.  I started reading it a while ago and will probably have to start over when I pick it up again, but I do intend to finish it and read the next book in the revived series.  I guess I should mention Piers Anthony, Charles de Lint, Laurell K. Hamilton, Brian Jacques, and Terry Pratchett whom I probably have 100 books read between.

20.) Ship from two different books?

I think Ronan from The Raven Cycle and Mercy from Mercy Thompson would make an interesting couple.  A dream weaver .with a coyote skinwalker.  I wonder how that would work out :p


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11 thoughts on “I Dare You Book Tag

  1. Awesome list! That’s interesting what you say about the Princess Bride. I’ve only seen the movie, but the few people I know who read the book were underwhelmed.

    I’d feel weird suddenly posting about books on my site, so I’ll just take up space over here with my answers 😉 Let the wall of text commence!

    1. I literally have books on my shelf from when I was a kid (like, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” sort of books), but in regards to novels… I have a few “Great Illustrated Classics” versions of books… But my Chronicles of Narnia set has probably been there the longest, in regards to actual grown-up novels.

    2. Current: Incognito (1 chapter left!)
    Last: Miss Peregine series… Library of Souls is the third one
    Next: either “Getting Gamers” or “NeuroTribes” (to finish)

    3. Um… probably War of the Worlds by HG Wells, but I had read two of his novels immediately preceding that one, and I was really tired of how he portrayed his main characters. It was a good story, but I was a teenager and was probably being overly harsh.

    4. The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell. I have no concrete reason, but I just keep finding other books to read before it. Same with the Shannara books I have. I’d probably like them if I started, though.

    5. Good heavens. I’m not actively waiting to read anything. I don’t have an ordered list of books to read next (which is possibly a problem), but I’m sure there are books on my list now that I just won’t *get* to until I retire. Of course, at the rate I’m going, I’ll have to
    retire 8 years after I die, so maybe I should take my book list a little more seriously…

    6. I wait until the end of the story. My mother is the opposite, and gets annoyed when I don’t want her to spoil things for me.

    7. No, they’re not a waste of space. A reader’s lack of interest in the work and dedication of the people in the author’s life doesn’t make it a waste of space.

    8. I never wanted to switch places with a character, but I wanted to live in the Harry Potter universe in the worst way. I was very sick growing up and was out of school, so the only friends I had were book characters. Harry, Hermione, and Ron were my age when I first started reading the books, and we “grew up” together (like, the final book when they “come of age” was released when I was around 19 or 20 and “coming of age”), so I just wanted to be with my friends, I suppose.

    9. Erm… Too Soon to Say Goodbye sort of reminded me of my journey with my illness, even though it wasn’t a cancer diagnosis that I had.

    10. I put down, picked up, put down, picked up, put down, walked away two steps, reconsidered, and picked up NeuroTribes. haha I don’t have any really interesting stories about my book acquiring process.

    11. Nope. I’ve given books as gifts because I thought the person would like them, but no amazing “special reason.”

    12. Um… Maybe the Chronicles of Narnia, just because I’ve had them the longest?

    13. Rise to Rebellion. I never finished it, but I own it because I told myself I’d read it one day. Oh, can I change my answer to #4, then?

    14. Either, but I love the smell of new books. But I love the acidic smell of old library books, too.

    15. Yes. I’ve read every Dan Brown book that is currently in print, and will not be picking up Origin in October. It’s literally the same story in every book. Even the ones that don’t star Robert Langdon are the same story. I mean, he makes a lot of money, I guess, so I shouldn’t judge, should I?

    16. I usually like movies *differently* than books, but I really liked the movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children better than the books. There were *parts* of the book I liked better, but the books were a trilogy that could have been made into one slightly longer novel and been a lot better.

    17. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. No, I’m just kidding. I actually don’t think a book has ever made me hungry. Maybe I wanted to try one of the recipes the next time I was hungry, but that was about it.

    18. Gosh this is going to make me sound like a selfish jerk, but I don’t have one person who can tell me a book title and I’ll go read it. If I was thinking about the book in the first place and sort of wavering, I can be swayed, but I’ll take a book recommendation from anyone that makes a good enough point for the book.

    19. Ransom Riggs and David Eagleman.

    20. The Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the Pequod from Moby Dick

    Ta da! haha

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    • It’s a tricky thing! I actually considered making separate sites for separate types of posts, but it’s already a full time job keeping up with the blog I have, and I figured I was aeclectic enough that I could pretty much get away with anything especially under the blanket of review.

      I have the Shannara books on my TBR list. I accidentally bought the second one then bought the first, but I haven’t read either. It’s very old school fantasy, the kind of grew up with. I haven’t seen the show yet either.

      I think Dan Brown gets a lot of unneeded hatred. While I don’t think his books are going to win any awards, they’re not promoting abusive relationships like Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey, and they’re decent mystery/thrillers.

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      • Yikes. I agree. I can barely keep up with mine, and I’m not nearly as prolific a writer as you!

        There’s a show?? Uh-oh… haha

        Oh, I hardly hate Dan Brown. I’ve read all of his books, after all. But after Inferno… I sort of decided I didn’t want to put myself through another story like that… again. They get the job done, though, and I do like the mysteries.

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  2. Great answers! 😀 C&M is my go-to book pusher, too. 😛 She always nails it with her book recommendations!
    Now I feel like I need to try reading Deerskin again and give it another chance. I tried it out a few years ago and it ended up being a DNF for me. It’s happened before with different books regarding certain subject matters. I think sometimes I’m more sensitive to reading about that sort of thing than other times and I may have just caught it at a bad time.

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