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I Dare Ya Book Tag: YA Edition


Today, I'm doing another book tag that's not so much themed as answering questions as a getting to know me: bookish edition. I found this one on the web and couldn't figure out who made the tag originally it was done so widely, but if this is your tag or you know whose it is, let me know in the comments! I really want to give credit. 

Anyway, I thought this would be a fun way to start a Tuesday morning. Let me know your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. If I have reviews of the books I talk about, the links are always clickable! 

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I'm assuming this means on my shelf unread? That probably has to go to Internment. I had books that had been there longer, but I realized I was never going to read them, so I gave them away at some point last year. I really do want to read Interment because it got great reviews and is about a very important topic, but I feel like I have to be in the right place for a book like that, and I just haven't found the right time.

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

I'm currently reading One Way Or Another by Kara McDowell (out October 6th), the last book I read was Now That I've Found You by Kristina Forest (review coming tomorrow), and up next will probably be How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi when I get my preorder on Tuesday. 

What Books Did Everyone Like, but You Hated?

I wouldn't say hate, but maybe didn't get the hype? I was never super into The Hunger Games, but I read all the books. I also didn't like Harry Potter, which I feel like I can say much louder now, given that JK Rowling turned out to be a horrible person. My mom read me the first three books when I was super little, but I quit them when they got scary and never looked back. That was a good miss. 

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

This is so hard. Really, it could be any number of books because they all look amazing, but I only have so much time in a day. Probably, this one goes to all the books I got on NetGalley at the end of 2019 when I really fell of blogging. I keep telling myself I'll got back and review them, but it takes so much time to keep up with new books, I probably won't. 

What book are you saving for retirement?

I actually have an answer for this! I always wanted to read The Great Gatsby and 1984 in school, but when it never got assigned, I just never read them (even though I own copies of both). I don't see myself reading them by choice any time soon, even though I'm intrigued. By the time I'm 70, I might be more in a classic lit mood (though I honestly never see that happening). 

Last page: read it first or wait ’til the end?

I've never really thought to do this! I know some people love reading last lines or last pages. I think the last line in particular is a cool idea, but I just never remember to do it when I pick up a book. 

Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

I'm probably in the minority here, but I always at least skim the acknowledgments. Sometimes there are really interesting tidbits in there. If you're a querying writer, it's a great place to start looking at who is who's agent. Otherwise, it's just fun to see which authors are friends with one another. And I think everyone on the publisher's side should get their moment of recognition. 

Which book character would you switch places with?

This is a hard one! I would probably switch places with Charlie from Queen of Geek. She has epic pink hair, a successful YouTube channel, and her acting career is just starting to take off. She seems so cool and confident. She also has a great group of friends by her side to support her. 

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (place, time, person)?

An Abundance of Katherines always makes me think of my mom. She tried to convince me to read it when I was maybe 10 or 11 because I was out of books and looking for a challenge, and I read the first few pages and rejected it as an adult book. I couldn't imagine it ever interesting me. I read it a couple years later when I was 13 or 14 maybe and fell in love with it. It's still one of my favorite John Green books, and it always makes me laugh to think about how harshly I rejected my first taste of YA. 
It's real proof that kids are the best judges of what they're ready for. 

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

This is a hard question. I don't have many interesting stories. I've been gifted a few books by friends and family. I got a book by going to Indianapolis to see John Green at a book event. I've won books from Instagram giveaways. I've even had authors send me signed copies of their books with sweet notes as thank you's for hosting them for interviews or giving some extra love to promoting their books. 

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason/to a special person?

I give a lot of books to one of my best friends who likes to read, and I know she'll take care of them. I've given her a couple of the signed copies I'd gotten at book events that were addressed to me because it would be slightly less weird than giving them away to be found in a bargain bin somewhere. 

Which book has been with you to the most places?

I never owned physical copies of the Percy Jackson series, but I had them on my Kindle, and I would just read the series on loop. It was my comfort book through most of middle school. My Kindle was always on me either in my pencil bag or my pocket or just in my hand. 

Any ‘required reading’ you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later

No. It's all really bad. Probably because I didn't live in any of the times these books were written in. I did enjoy Pride and Prejudice at the time, though most of the assigned reading just made me want to cry. I even broke my personal rule and Cliff Noted a couple (looking at you, The Heart of Darkness). I guess I also have a vendetta against the high school English curriculum because it makes teens think they hate reading because those are the only books they're exposed to. I'll stop here before it turns into a twelve page rant. 

Used or brand new?

Personally, I like new books. I resisted the library a lot when I was younger because the library where I lived as a kid had mostly old, worn out books and the thought of all the people who touched them freaked me out. I've gotten over that now, and I use my library all the time. Where I live now, though, they buy a ton of new releases, so a lot of the times, I get to be the first one to read them. There's nothing better than a brand new library book. 

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Well, this is a divisive question. I've never liked a movie adaption more than the book, but I have thought a couple were equally as good. I would always pick the book first because books just have so much more space to build characters, but I loved the Looking For Alaska Hulu series and The Hate U Give movie, but both of those had heavy creator involvement which is what probably made them so good. 

Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

There are so many YA books that feature food, and they're always my favorite to read, even if I do get super envious of the food on the page. I have a major sweet tooth so all the baking in What I Like About You gave me an epic cupcake craving. 

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

actually have an answer to this. Erin Hahn, author of her own brilliant books (More Than Maybe and You'd Be Mine) is also a brilliant book recommender. If Erin tells me I'll like a book, I know she's right. 

Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g. outside of your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

remember a couple Halloweens ago, I read a ton of thrillers, which I never usually do, and I ended up becoming obsessed with The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas. It was outside my usual genre (kinda), but it fascinated me. 

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