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The Ultimate Book Tag

What happens when you’re bored and you google ‘book tag’? Well, you find a couple of nice book tags to do. Today I’m doing something called The Ultimate Book Tag, created by the Chapter Chicks. Let’s go!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No, but I hardly read in the car anyway, because I get distracted by so many things – people talking, cars passing by, the general view, the radio, etc etc, that I usually just listen to music or something when I’m in a long carride.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

To be honest, I don’t really often think ‘oh hey this writing style is super unique’ or something; so instead I’m just going to choose a unique book and that is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Because of the way the story is written in the book, I just loved it much more than I probably would have if it had been a normal space story.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter, because it just is. To be honest, I haven’t read the Twilight books, so I can’t give my honest opinion on that, but Harry Potter is just so great, the story is great, the characters are great, even the bad characters are great. I have watched the first couple of Twilight movies, and even the Harry Potter movies are better than that (okay I really love the HP movies, but they’re not the greatest, to be honest). So yeah. Harry Potter 4 life.

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4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

I don’t have a specific bag to put books in, I just have all these totebags that I use when I go somewhere and I bring a book. My favourite, at the moment, is my Slytherin one. Other than a book, I usually have my phone(s) (I have one phone I use for phone things, and one for music because we have 21379812 old phones at home and my mp3 player is broken), my wallet (which is literally a cardholder), something to eat (always) and sometimes my camera in it.

5. Do you smell your books?

Sometimes, yeah, especially old books because they smell so great. And some books smell better than others, I don’t know why.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I looooooooove illustrations, so I’m going to go for books with them. It can really make a book better, in my opinion!

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Ehm well, there were some books that I read years ago that I loved but now that I look at them I’m like ‘meh’. I guess the Splintered trilogy by A.G. Howard belongs there, and the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi as well. I loved the first book, enjoyed the second and didn’t really like the third. Nothing to do with the writing, to be honest, but more with my taste in books changing over the years.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

My sister and I used to fight over who got to read the Harry Potter book first, I guess? Eventually, with the last three books, we got them both in English and Dutch – she’d read the English ones, and I’d read the Dutch ones.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

There’s this little black book called ‘The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-Tongue’ and it’s literally just over 50 pages.

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10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

I think it’s the Balefire quartet which I’ve got a bind-up of. It’s almost 1000 pages long. Though I guess my copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix comes close too.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I write sometimes yeah, I’m not really making it my top priority, but I’ve probably been writing ever since I was reading. I hope to one day publish a book, but I don’t see myself becoming a succesful author like J.K. Rowling or Veronica Roth or something like that.

12. When did you get into reading?

Around the time Harry Potter came out, I guess. The first two or so books were read to me, but eventually I started reading them myself. I was really good at it, and we had this thing at school where we had to have our reading.. ‘level’ determined, and I had the highest level very quickly already. I also don’t remember when I started reading in English, but I kind of picked up reading again in 2012 (when I made my Goodreads account).

13. What is your favorite classic book?

To be honest, I don’t like classics. I’ve tried reading several, but didn’t get through them. Though I guess you could techincally call The Hobbit a classic. In that case, that one’s my favourite.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Yes, I really loved English, even though it was way below my level (no seriously I was better in English than my teachers so to say). I’d found it way too easy, but I still enjoyed being busy with English for a couple of hours a week.

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15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I would probably try and be honest with the person, because if I really hated the book, I obviously wouldn’t want to own a copy, so yeah that’s what I’d do. And then hope they still have the receipt or idk they can give it to someone else.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Last year I read a book series called Slated by Teri Terry and it was amazing. It’s a dystopian story that takes place in England, which is rare, because most dystopians happen in America. These three books were so great and thrilling, and I really wish they were more popular!

(I skipped question 17 because I am not filming this).

18. What is your favorite word?

I love the Dutch word ‘Gezellig’ which doesn’t really have a proper English translation, but I guess ‘cozy’ comes very close. And I really like the word ‘Hiraeth’, which is Welsh and loosely translates as ‘a homesickness for a home you cannot return to anymore or a place which never even existed’.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I am definitely a nerd.

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20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

To be honest, I don’t like either that much, but if I have to choose it’s fairies – because I’ve hated vampires for a long time due to Twilight and all those other vampire novels coming out after its succes. And fairies are often really cute (though I guess they can be bitches) and they’re featured in one of my favourite Disney movie of all time, Sleeping Beauty.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Ehm, I don’t know, actually. I don’t really like either that much, but I also don’t dislike them. Shapeshifters are cool because they can become anyone/anything that they want, and angels are cool because angels. If I were still a huge fan of Supernatural, I’d probably have said angels, because Castiel, but idk.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits, because they are usually a lot scarier than werewolves. Like with vampires, I’ve hated werewolves for a long time, for the same reason, and I still haven’t really picked up any werewolf books because none of them have really spoken to me yet.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires. I hate zombies. I think they’re the Umbridge of mythical creatures. Yeah.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Preferably neither, but if I have to choose, I’d go for the forbidden love. I hate love triangles, especially if the main character is leaning towards the person I don’t ship them with. Hehehe.

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25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action packed 5ever. I am not a fan of romance, and I’d rather have some romance in an action-packed book rather than the other way around.

Did you do this book tag?