Once again, there’s a lot going on and while I create a little schedule for myself that will include when to do dissertation work, novel work, blog work, magazine work, gyming and chilling etc I’m going to post a little book tag for you all! I enjoyed the last one, so I dug around the internet a little bit to find another tag to do! This one is called The Ultimate Book Tag which I found on bookswithbite.net (go check it out!) who got it from YouTubers Chapter Chicks.
So let’s get started:
The Ultimate Book Tag
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Hmm Ocassionally! I’m not very good while travelling anyway, but generally when I read I forget that the roads are all bumpy and uneven (I leave near the countryside so there’s a lot) and once I’m into a story I forget a lot of things haha!
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Okay so I’m going to say my favourite author John Green. I’m sure a lot of people will argue, because there’s a strange view on him that he’s quite a typical romance writer but that is completely wrong. I think he is unique not just in general but to the young adult and romance genre. He has a completely different perspective to love, and the characters are so much more nervous and relatable than many. What’s more is that his content is tailored to young adults to relate to, but that doesn’t affect his style of wording or form. He can be clever, and write intelligently without worrying that people won’t understand, because he understands that Young Adults aren’t as stupid as they’re painted to be! haha
3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
- I’ve never been hugely into vampires. It’s a cool myth but I struggle to be involved in a story with them in. Wizards and fantastical beings on the other hand!
- Despite it being magical, I connect to a lot of the themes raised personally and if a book/film can hit me personally then it’s won my vote.
- This only refers to the film but… Emma Watson. She’s so friggin cool and to be fair even though I’m a man I can relate on a couple levels with Hermione and I’ve always felt a bit sorry for her from the start!
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
Nope. Cool idea though. I have a satchel, which is basically 85% books anyway, uni or otherwise but I don’t have a bag specifically for books.
5. Do you smell your books?
Do people not smell their books? I mean it’s like a blooming ritual for me. I buy a new book and smell it, THAT SMELL IS SO …. BOOKY. Am I sounding weird yet?
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
Hmm. Non fiction: definitely illustrations (or rather photographs) because I love to see the journey, but for fiction I’m quite an imaginative reader so it often disturbs me to see illustrations. Don’t get me wrong I like them sometimes, but in general my imagination of the book because a little disconnected when I see what something looks like, especially if it’s completely different from what I thought when reading it!
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)
Hmm, quite a difficult question, If I don’t like a book I’ll normally stop reading it so it’s quite rare to go back to a book and realise it’s not great. Okay I’m gonna cheat. I’m gonna say Harry Potter (I KNOW I KNOW BUT LET ME EXPLAIN). The writing is great, it is quality, DO NOT GET ME WRONG ON THAT, it is fantastic. HOWEVER the style as an adult is difficult to read sometimes, because it feels very aimed at children, which was (If im correct) the whole point! When I read newer books, or J.K. Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ it’s such a dramatic change that it’s hard to go back to them…. But I’ll probably argue with my past self about that later because they are great!
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I don’t think so! Not funny at least! But let me tell you about a scary one! One of the first authors I got into reading was Anthony Horrowitz, and one of the first books was a collection of short stories called Horowitz Horror; 9 Stories to Chill You To The Bone! Not a great one to read as a child. But it was such a fantastic, and book-defining read that I think I might order a copy again! But anyway there was this one story that involved an axe murderer hiding in someones car and for weeks on end I ran past every car I found parked on it’s own! It petrified me haha
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Ooh either Ibsens ‘A Dolls House’ or Giovanna Fletchers ‘Dream A Little Christmas Dream’. They’re both relatively similar in size.
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
haha that would have to be The RSC William Shakespeare; The Complete Works book! It’s huge obviously.
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yup yup yup. I adore writing, and every time I read more I get back into writing more. I write quite a bit, and I’m constantly trying to finish my first novel, tweaking, changing form and tenses etc Ultimate dream is to be an Actor, Writer and Director!
12. When did you get into reading?
Probably at the age of about 6/7! I was encouraged to read quite a bit as a child because I had a few years of counselling, and one of my counselors suggested I read or write, and so I did for a bit! Nothing hugely taxing but it got me into it without a doubt, it was very freeing.
13. What is your favorite classic book?
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens, without a doubt.
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Generally. I struggled a little in college for some reason, because I couldn’t grapple my style of essay writing! But in school English, French and Drama were my best lessons! Passionately and grade-wise.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Read it again. I might have been mistaken and anyone that gives me a book as a present knows me well.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
Aaaah I don’t know if I know any! I don’t really get into series, ooh actually that’s a lie! It was rather well known, but not as well known! It was called Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman and it was a triumphant series! Absolutely fantastic.
17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?
I’m not a YouTuber so I’ll use this question in terms of my filming as a videographer or director! In which case, it’s probably perfectionism, I know that’s quite a pretentious habit to say but its the main one! If I’m making a film, or I’m creating a video for work or as freelance, I drag the process out a bit longer than I want to sometimes because I’m trying to make sure things are as perfect as possible! Not always bad but often time consuming.
18. What is your favorite word?
Simpatico! I don’t say it much but I just love it, and the meaning matches up so well with how its said!
19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I had to find definitions for Dork and Dweeb because I couldn’t quite remember. All the definitions are quite mean you know?! haha I’d have to say a bit of everything, but most likely close to a dork, a slightly more socially confident dork.
20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Fairies. As mentioned before, not a massive fan of vampires, and fairies are just so interesting! They’re like little powerful beings that can do whatever they want.
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Mmm, tricky. Angels! Mainly because I could never trust a shape-shifter and come on did you ever see Alan Rickman as a eunuch angel in Dogma? That was amazing.
22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
SPIRITS. But only in books and films. Not in real life, please, I’ve had quite a few ‘encounters’ and they were all equally as frightening. But I just love the concept of spirits rising from someones body, or being the aftermath of death and being left with this inner self that we all have but is just inside a body.
23. Zombies or Vampires?
Imma say Zombies. Purely for the reason that I’ve seen a lot more good vampire movies and books than vampires.
24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Eh. Forbidden Love maybe. Always so much more fun to read, and love triangles are just so uncomfortably relatable haha there’s relatable and there’s the weird tension in a love triangle, that you just don’t wanna read!
25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
I’d have to say full on romance. I’m a pretty big romance fan, and I always have been. In fact I’m going to cheat again, a romance book, with a few action scenes mixed in. That’s a cool book for me, one that focuses around a relationship but allows time for the odd environment or situation shake-up.
Well I hope you enjoyed that! Why not try it for yourself?