I Dare You Book Tag

Yeahie!! 😀 I’m finally doing a tag I was tagged for!! (**pats self on back**)

I was tagged by Heather, the Sassy Book Geek, whose blog I enjoy visiting so def check her out! 😀

Heather couldn’t find the original creator of the tag and I’m not even gonna try searching for it, so….to the questions!

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I think it’s this copy of the Harry Potter books because my dad got it for me as soon as it was published. It’s one of few books I’ve kept on my personal shelves since my teen years.

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

Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, narr. by Ruthie Henshall

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

I’m currently buddy-reading Sheepfarmer’s Daughter with Sarah from Dragons & Zombies. It’s an old fantasy novel (was published in 1988) about a sheepfarmer’s daughter who ran away to join an army. So far, both Sarah and I enjoyed the first six chapter but found the six chapters that followed those immensely boring.

The last book I read was a reread. It was the audio book of The Other Boleyn Girl, a historical fiction novel about how Anne Boleyn became King Henry VIII of England’s second wife. Henshall did a great job narrating this and I enjoyed it as much as I did reading the novel the first time.

Sheepfarmer’s Daughter has got me in the mood for more stories about female knights so I’d like to reread the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce, a YA fantasy series about a girl who poses as a boy so she can become a knight.

What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Talon by Julie Kagawa

A YA fantasy novel about dragons that can take on human form. The story is about a girl and her brother who are learning to act like humans. Many people enjoyed this book but I didn’t and I DNF’d it.

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

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

I doubt I’ll ever read it and also the Bible. I doubt I’ll ever read the entire thing as I’d like to.

What book are you saving for retirement?

None.

Last page: read it first or wait until the end?

Depends on the book.

If it’s a mystery or thriller, I’ll read the end first or wait until I’m in the middle of the book before reading it. I can’t take the suspense.

Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

Interesting.

It’s interesting sometimes. I don’t always care for it, but I don’t think it’s a waste. It must mean something to some authors.

Which book character would you switch places with?

Veronica from the Archie comics

Because she’s rich and I could use the money to book myself a ticket to Europe to go backpacking across the continent.

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

All of them do.

That’s why I prefer to read physical books and own them because of the memories I’ve associated with the books, either when I bought it or when I read it. The memories come back when I pick up the book.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Probably The Hunger Games. I had no intention of reading it, but a bookseller at a Barnes & Noble store, back when the movie came out, was so excited about it that she shoved it into my hands and urged me to read it. I was hooked by the time I got off the train on my home.

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

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda

I think I bought a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers for an ex, but I can’t remember. I did purchase a copy of the first volume of Monstress for my cousin’s wife back when it came out because she likes fantasy stories too.

Which book has been with you the most places?

This notebook

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

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s been more than 2 years since I first read this in high school. I hated it back then but when older me read it, I loved it. It’s now one of my favorite classics.

Used or brand new?

Brand new

I like being the first.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

I have. I read my first Dan Brown novel, Angels & Demons, earlier this year and enjoyed every minute of it. I didn’t expect that since mystery and thriller aren’t my go-to genres, but this was such an entertaining read that I breezed through it.

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

Lord of the Rings trilogy

I much prefer the movie to the books. I’ve tried the books several times in various formats and they all bore me except The Hobbit, which I love.

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

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

It’s a contemporary novel about a young woman who gets a job at a food magazine in New York City. Reading this made me hungry and made me call up my cousin to tell her we will go out to brunch everyday for a week in NYC this summer.

…it’s now summer and that hasn’t happened yet ’cause we broke.

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

The bloggers…

…on here whose recommendations I always take. Whenever they say a book is good, I usually add it to my TBR immediately. I’m lazy so I won’t list names, but they probably know who they are.

Is there a book out of your comfort zone that you ended up loving?

The Shining by Stephen King

Horror novels are not my comfort zone, but so far I’ve really enjoyed all the Stephen King ones I’ve read and The Shining was the best of them all. I’m reading his novels in publication order and have since completed ‘Salem’s Lot, which I also loved, and Carrie, which I didn’t.

Well, that’s it for this tag.
If you feel like doing it, then consider yourself tagged.

35 thoughts on “I Dare You Book Tag

  1. good post, some instant classics are here. I still remember reading harry potter in one go without getting any rest and falling half asleep while harry was busy upon playing the chess.

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  2. About books that make one hungry: I remember that Like Water For Chocolate had me ravenous when I read it back in the 1990s! And because the recipes in that tale called for some “exotic” ingredients, it was hard for me to cook something to satisfy the hunger that book brought on!

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  3. Oh my god yes -I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Alanna series!! You have to tell me how you like it -it’s one of my absolute favourites ❤️

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  4. Great tag and loved your answers! ♥️
    Was disappointed by Talon too. It’s funny how you hate a book that is a required reading in school, then re-read it again later and love it. That happened to me with The Great Gatsby. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  5. The Art of War is also one book that I tell myself I’ll check out from cover to cover but deep down I feel like I never will hahah The formatting of that book is also more like… a rulebook? Don’t think I’d be able to complete such a thing right now anyways LOL

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    1. She does have a great blog. So far I like Moon’s story but it’s obvious that it’s her first book. I bet her later books are really good.
      Yup. I keep thinking I can probably make it through the Bible if I read one of those versions written more like a story for the modern reader.

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        1. It’s a bit of the same for me. I hop all over but I’ve read most of the New Testament. I prefer those chaps, especially Revelations which sometimes feels like a fantasy story.

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  6. Such a cute notebook you have! I also read The Shining feeling like it was totally out of my comfort zone. I ended up really enjoying it (if you consider being freaked out and scared out of my wits enjoying) and began exploring books related to horror and mystery/thriller until today 🙂

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  7. Thank you Zezee and glad you had fun with this tag! I really enjoyed both Monstress and Angels and Demons as well. I breezed right through Angels and Demons too and honestly it’s my favorite in that series so far although I thought The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol were both good too! Hopefully you enjoy the rest of them just as much! 🙂

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    1. I hope so too. I plan to pick up Date Vinci Code soon. I think that’s the next one. I love books that include lots of references to classic art n literature n history.

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