I was recently chosen to participate in a bookshelf tag! Thanks, Sabrina Wolfheart @ Books and Bark!
Answer the following questions about books on your blog and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.
First, the questions.
1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?
I keep hearing that Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is really good, but also super sad! So what do I do?!
2. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.
No! I’m going to pick two! Take that, bookshelf tag!
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games was not the first dystopian I’d ever read, but it was the one that really got me interested in the series. I mean, I’d loved others before (like the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix and The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer), but the others had very small fandoms. It’s much more fun to fangirl over a book when there’s loads of people to do it with!
Anyway, after that I read many more dystopian books. It’s a really interesting genre.
Secondly, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None affected me similarly: I’d read mysteries before, but didn’t really care about them one way or another. After reading her story, though, I knew that someday I wanted to write a mystery novel of my own.
3. Find a book that you want to reread.
Speaking of The Hunger Games, I really should reread the entire trilogy. I’ve never done that before!
4. Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn’t?
Uh, does it count if I’ve only read the first book of the series? If yes, then I nominate Veronica Roth’s Divergent. I kind of wish I hadn’t read it because now I want to read its two sequels in order to learn more about the dystopian Chicago featured in her stories.
But if I do that, then I have to read page after page of dull, sub-par Tris/Four romance…
5. If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
Oh, that’s a hard choice. I’d have to say it would be either Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins or Boy by Roald Dahl. I’ve had both books since I was a little girl.
6. Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
The entire Harry Potter series, honestly. I’m not a huge fan of them anymore, but you know what? I have soooo many memories of reading the series, watching the movies, being excited as new books and movies were released, talking about them with friends, et cetera. And I can’t forget them.
7. Find a book that has inspired you the most.
Uh… well, Roald Dahl’s children’s books inspired me to start writing. Harry Potter inspired me to continue. More recent inspirations, however, were found in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series, and Malinda Lo’s books.
8. Do you have any autographed books?
Scimitar Moon by Chris A. Jackson and A Girl’s Guide to Guns and Monsters by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes. I’ve never read either, actually. They were a birthday present from a friend and I guess I just got distracted by other books… I really should at least try them.
9. Find the book that you have owned the longest.
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann! It’s a picture book that doesn’t even have words. Apparently I loved it when I was, like, one. Or possibly younger. I don’t even remember that far back!
Our copy of it is actually kind of disgusting now; I chewed it when I was a baby. Apparently.
10. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
Yes, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I just didn’t think those books could live up to what the authors had written previously.
And now for my nominations!
- Cait and Mime @ Notebook Sisters
- Miriam Joy @ Miriam Joy Writes
- Orphu44 @ A Mirror Made of Words
- Kate @ The Magic Violinist
- Holly @ Lines of Colour, Palette of Words
- Matt @ The Little Engine That Couldn’t
And yes, I am aware that that’s actually six blogs, not five. Oh, well. I couldn’t narrow it down any further than that.
P.S. Feel free to answer these questions on your own blog, whether or not you’ve been tagged!