Kate over at Once Upon An Ordinary tagged me in this tag when she said “I happen to know you are a fellow book-lover (why else would you be reading this?), so I would love to see your answers to these questions!”. So here are the questions and my answers. (I feel like I talk about movies more than books on this blog, even though I love books better. Must rectify that.)
~Name a book you’re embarrassed to say you haven’t read yet.
Well, I wouldn’t say I’m embarrassed about this, but I haven’t read Jane Austen’s Sandition yet, even though I’m an ardent Austenite.
~What is the strangest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?
No idea. Most of the time, I either use a bookmark or try to remember whatever page number I was on. (Which rarely works.)
~Look at your bookshelf. What’s the first book you see with a yellow spine?
The first totally yellow one (besides the title, of course) was Shane by Jack Schaefer. *heart-eyed emoji*
~If you could have one new book from a deceased author, who would it be?
Jane Austen. Duh.
~Name an author who deserves more readership.
JACK CAVANAUGH. Seriously, people. Though my obsession with his books has cooled slightly (he’s no longer my favoritest author ever) he is still a genius in the world of Christian fiction. And historical fiction in general, for that matter. If you want to know where to start, I suggest The Victors. It’s part of a series, but you can easily read it and not be confused in the least. He’s a great author and his Songs in the Night series has impacted my life probably more than any other.
~Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmark. Sometimes a library receipt, but usually a real bookmark.
~Can you stop anywhere in a book or do you have to finish the chapter?
If I absolutely have to, I can stop anywhere, but it’s so much more comfortable to finish the chapter.
~One book at a time or several?
I used to be a ‘one book at a time’ girl, but not so much anymore. For instance, recently I’ve been reading a book for school, a Christian historical romance, and a Suzanne Collins book, all pretty much at once. But if I come across an epic book, chances are I’ll ignore all the others until I’m done that one.
~Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I don’t read ahead and the only reasons I have for skipping pages are: 1) an inappropriate scene or 2) I’ve read the book before and I know of a particularly boring part that I don’t want to re-read.
~Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
If it’s a paperback (especially a cheap one), I’ll probably end up breaking the spine. It doesn’t really stress me out to see cracked spines (unless pages are falling out, or something) ’cause it’s usually the sign of a well-loved favorite.
~What book do you regret reading?
The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Just no.
~On average, how many books do you read per year?
2014: 268 books read. 2o15: 167 books read. 2016: 107 books read. 2017: 58 books read (so far). So I have no idea.
~What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?
Emma by Jane Austen, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and anything by Suzanne Collins.
~What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?
Unless we’re talking about the Bible (in which case, there are probably dozens of lessons) it’s hard for me to say. I really don’t know.
~What is the most recent book you’ve read?
Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins. An awesome conclusion to an awesome series. For a week or two each year, I live in the world of the Underland – if you’ve never read the series, you need to because it’s an incredible experience. Just don’t ever make a bad movie out of it, Hollywood. Please.
~What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?
Major spoilers for Gregor and the Marks of Secret. Y’all have been warned.
[Hazard’s almost-bond, Thalia, has died. Howard tells him of his own bat, Pandora, who was killed earlier.]
“You’re not crying about her now,” said Hazard.
“No,” said Howard. “I have become used to carrying her in my heart.”
“My heart is crowded already,” whispered Hazard. “But I’m sure the other will make room for Thalia. She is not a very big bat.” And with that, he drifted off to sleep.
Don’t worry about me. It’s just FEELS. It’s stuck with me for so long, too, that quote.
~How many books do you own?
No idea. Probably over two hundred, though, counting what I’ve got on my Kindle as well.
~In the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?
I’m not sure exactly what year this question refers to. In 2016, it was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This year, so far, it’s Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray even though I hated the ending.
So, those are my answers. If you love books and want to participate, please do!