Tuesday 26 May 2020

The Ultimate Book Tag

I saw this tag over at Lili Lost In A Book and loved the questions so had to join in!
Like Lili, I'm not tagging anyone in particular so if you want to give it a go, consider yourself tagged!


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

Yep! The only form of transport I can read on are planes and trains.

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

Erm... I don't really know.
I guess Mariana Zapata's writing style is pretty different from most and definitely wouldn't suit a lot of people.
Kristen Ashley is another that takes a lot of getting used to. The way she phrases things and her characters' speech tends to be pretty whacked.

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

Harry Potter because it's British, it's magic and it's a part of my personal history in a way that Twilight is not and will never be.

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

I have a bag that can hold my kindle and since I predominantly read on my kindle, I don't worry about whether my bag is big enough for books anymore (but my bag is big enough for a paperback).
It also carries my phone, wallet, hairbrush, lip balm, headphones, a notebook, pens, keys etc.
Usual bag bits.

I also have a bookish tote bag that I fold up within my handbag and can pull out if I need more carrying power as well as some fold-up bags for when shopping.
(Our stores don't do free plastic bags so we need our own or to buy them each time.)

5. Do you smell your books?

Nope. I'm not gonna judge those that do but I just don't get the whole book smell thing.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I really don't care. I guess they can enhance the story but I can take or leave them.

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

Nothing jumps to mind and I don't think I really like the judgement of "quality writing".
Some authors can write beautifully but their stories are boring af.
Other authors may not write well but the story engages you regardless.
I tend to just take things as they come. That's not to say I haven't read books and wished a better writer had written them (hello Fifty Shades!) but it is what it is.

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

Not really.
Back when I was a kid, I was the only reader in my house (my mum didn't take to books until I was in my teens and convinced her to read Harry Potter) so most of my bookish stories revolved around late letters from the library because I'd forget when they were due to be returned.
Those letters weren't funny.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

These two!

I bought them when they were released as a special editions for Comic Relief.
They are tiny little things... I think they were re-released later and bulked up a little but I still have these versions.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

This one!

And I still haven't read this series... I bought them as they released with the intention of reading them when the series was complete but still haven't gotten to them. 

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

I attempted NaNoWriMo once! It was a bit of a disaster.
I wouldn't class myself as a writer and I'm extremely unlikely to ever strive for a future as an author but I will admit that I've periodically picked at that book I started during NaNoWriMo 18months ago so who knows?

12. When did you get into reading?

I never "got into" reading. I've been a reader as long as I can remember.
I used to get off the school bus at the library and stay there until my mum finished work and would pick me up so I could sit and read books (rather than head home to the grandparents).
I'd have been no older than my son is now when I did that... aka nine-years-old.
I became an absolute book fiend when I hit university and had funds and constant access to bookstores and a fledgeling Amazon.
Good times.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I'm not a big classics reader but I love Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
Can't really choose between them. 

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

Nope, I excelled at science - Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
I  also got an A in History so I guess that's an Arts subject but I went the science route with my education.
With hindsight, I should have gone with History for I love it! Science got me where I am but it's not my passion...

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

Nod politely, smile and say thank you?
Then, later, I'd pass it onto someone else who hadn't read it and might like it.

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

I have no idea.

17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

I'm going to have to echo Liliana a little and say tabs! I open a million tabs... I read comments on my blog then open a tab for that person's blog to return comments, I click on linked posts on people's posts and open them in new tabs, I have social media tabs, Goodreads, Amazon, picmonkey... You name it. I steadily work my way through it all before closing my browser but it's chaos.

I'm also really bad for saving everything to my desktop and sorting it out later. Much much later.

18. What is your favorite word?

I don't use it much on the blog - or not on published versions of posts - but I think it's my all-time favourite word. I use it plain and I spice it up in many interesting configurations.
I can genuinely make an entire sentence where every other word is fuck.
It's a skill.

19. Are you a nerd or a geek?

Aren't these two pretty much the same thing?
Or is there something fundamental about one of them I'm missing?
Either way, you can call me whichever you please as I'm sure they both fit. 

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires. No Fairies! No... I don't know.
Actually, I do. I'll go faeries.
I'd rather be a living, breathing creature, even if I'm full of trickery and can't lie, than be a reanimated corpse.
Unless we're talking living vampires like the Black Dagger Brotherhood? In that case, I may have to review my answer.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

I would say shapeshifters! I'm not one for theological beings... But if we're talking Nephilim then I'm changing my answer! I like angel spawn stories.
Oh hell... Why do I have to choose?
Gah! Okay. Angels.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

I don't like ghosts.
Ghost stories can never end well for a romance reader.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Even when vampires are the reanimated dead kind they aren't typically portrayed as mindless, brain eating, beasts... But I much prefer the different species or the altered by magic kind of vampires to the brought back from the dead ones.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love! Oh my! The feels...
Love-triangles just piss me off.

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

Why do I have to choose?!
I like full-on romance. I love action with a few love scenes mixed in.
At the end of the day, I'm a romance junkie, I need it. However, I don't like zero to full blown "I'll die for you" in the span of two minutes. Build it up! Mix the action in! Make them earn it. Make me believe it. Slow burning romantic UF is my absolute favourite everything for this very reason.


PS - I have no idea where this tag originally originated from. Liliana found it on two other blogs (tagged in her post) and they seem to have found it on another blog and... Yeah. You get the idea. Many many thanks to whoever came up with it though!


  1. Not being able to read in a car... I think I would cry. LOL I love the way you describe Kristen Ashley's writing. Seems pretty accurate. Ha. I do the same thing with having a million tabs open at the same time. Then I complain to my husband that my computer is slow/sluggish. And I see we share the same favorite word. LOL

  2. I get sick reading in cars too! Makes me so angry because I love to read and it really would pass the time better if I could read on road trips.

  3. This is a great tag. I used to spend a lot of time as a kid at the library as well. My mom would pick me up when she was done with her errands and such. I agree about Harry Potter over Twilight. I'm also a huge werewolf and vampire fan although my husband loves zombies so I end up watching a lot of zombie films. And can I just say yes, I love your favorite word. When my husband and I met, he says I cursed like a sailor. I considered it freedom of speech. I have mellowed some though and try to refrain from using it on my blog - even though there are times I really want to :)

  4. Interesting answers. I had no idea you were a science nerd. *high five* Though I am now doing nothing related to either of my science based degrees, I still love learning about how things work and why things happen. My thing about triangles and forbidden love is that there are times I am ok with it, but times I hate it. It depends on who's involved.

  5. I love that Queen of Air and Darkness is also your biggest book! I'm on the middle of Lord of Shadows, so I'll probably be starting QoAaD soon after I'm done with that, and thankfully since I haven't been going anywhere lately, I won't have to worry about dragging that mammoth of a book everywhere with me πŸ˜‚ I love them angel spawn πŸ˜‰

    I've also tried my hand at NaNo once and it was a disaster, too πŸ˜‚ I actually have better luck with Camp Nano where the word count can be set to much lower. Lol.

    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with a million tabs open πŸ˜‚ Even when I'm not blogging I have a ton of tabs open and idk why. Lol Even right now I have 5 open, but it's not too bad. Lol.

  6. I feel like we have so much in common!! I get sick reading in the car, I also open tabs for all the blogs that I comment back on!! And Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre--they're two of my FAVORITES!!! Great answers, here!

  7. I really enjoyed reading this post.

  8. You’re lucky that you can read on planes and trains. I barf when I read on any moving thing. I also prefer Harry Potter to Twilight. I didn’t read Twilight until my 20s, so it doesn’t have the same memories for me. I read the first HP book when I was in my early teens.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. I totally agree about Mariana Zapata & KA. I can read in any transport as long as it's not a twisty road. I do exactly the same thing when I'm blogging or just have the computer open in general! I have a million tabs open and it drives my husband nuts if I happen to use his desktop which is very rare. Definitely werewolves. I agree, ghost stories never end well for a romance reader. Vampires over zombies. No thanks on the rotting flesh. Jane Eyre is my favorite classic, but I haven't read that many to be honest. I was better in math than English. Great tag post, Nicci! We're on the same page! :)

  10. Someone called Megan on Goodreads is being credited with it. Yes of course to Harry Potter! I didn't read it until I was thirty but I've loved it since. Discovering Harry Potter, Goodreads and Amazon really kicked my reading into gear again! History was my best subject too but I ended up with a few science based jobs that never greatly thrilled me.

  11. I think these tags are always such fun! I totally agree with you on the romance thing---I need an element of romance in my books, but I definitely don't want instalove.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  12. I'm excited finding several tags today. I need a blogging kick in the pants and these always motivate me lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth


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