In case you didn’t know, I’m totally a daredevil.
I stay up past my bedtime. I’ve run with scissors. I nearly fell off Uluru * once because what is the edge for if not to lurk near it. And you know how they say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Sometimes I don’t eat an apple every day.
Few are as darkly devious as I.
In light of these thrillingly fearless announcements, I’ve decided to politely steal the #IDareYou book tag off Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight. (While we’re speaking of Shannon — you must really follow her blog!! She’s hilarious and my TBR hates her because her reviews are so convincing.) It’s not technically stealing because she said “hey everyone can do this” but because of the whole daredevil thing going on, I NEED TO ACT DEVIOUS AND FIERCE. ERGO. I STOLE IT. Unfortunately the tag has only 18 questions so I’m have to add 2 more. I have to. It has to be done.
I’m not actually sure why this tag is about daring things (??) but nevertheless, I do like to answers questions about me ** and books, so hence I felt the sudden undeniable urge to steal.
* In case you are uncultured swine, this is the most FAMOUS ROCK IN AUSTRALIA. I was about 15 and I have very bad perception of what other people consider “dangerous” and what I just consider “fun”. My parents and I disagreed a lot on this in my youth, BUT HELLO IT COULD’VE BEEN WORSE. I WASN’T DOING ARMED ROBBERY OR ANYTHING. And also I’m still alive. So there.
** What can I say, I’m a fun topic.
1. WHAT BOOK HAS BEEN ON YOUR SHELVES THE LONGEST?
It’s most likely A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, since I’ve been collecting them (ALLL !! MATCHING !! HARDCOVERS !!) since I was twelve because you gotta start obsessions young. It’s healthy I’m sure.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
This question seems like a lot of life commitment, to be honest. I never plan my TBR because I have the decision making skills of a dead eggplant. Nevertheless:
I just finished Tash Hearts Tolstoy and I’m currently reading The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan and I’ll probably start Strange the Dreamer. Soon. Maybe. HELP ME WHY IS IT SO HUGE. I THINK IT SWALLOWED AN ENTIRE PLANET OF MOTHS AND GOT SWOLLEN UP.
3. WHAT BOOK DID EVERYONE LIKE, BUT YOU HATED?
I have so many of these it’s actually embarrassing. But YOU ASKED! *
- A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES: romanticises abusive relationships + insipid perfect snowflake heroine
- THIRTEEN REASONS WHY: romanticises revenge suicide, seriously problematic mental health rep
- PASSENGER: bored, mate, so bored
* Actually you didn’t ask. I stole this tag and so really I’m asking myself. Sheesh, Cait, would you please pull it together.
4. WHAT BOOK DO YOU KEEP TELLING YOURSELF YOU’LL READ, BUT YOU PROBABLY WON’T?
I do absolutely intend to read EVERYTHING OF EVER. Even classics!!
Will I read them!! Except also: absolutely not!! But yet here I am, telling myself that Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Charles Dickens are all on my TBR!! Ha ha ha!! Let me lie to me!!
5. WHICH BOOK ARE YOU SAVING FOR RETIREMENT?
Well I’m going to be immortal when I grow up and never die or retire. I also don’t quite understand the idea of saving a book for a specific time. I just read, mate.
READ IT ALL.
6. LAST PAGE: DO YOU READ IT FIRST OR WAIT TO THE END?
I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE READ THE ENDING FIRST. I ABSOLUTELY HATE SPOILERS. THEY RUIN MY SOUL WHICH IS PRECARIOUSLY BALANCED BETWEEN VILLAINY AND A LOVE OF CUPCAKES AS IS.
Except, while we’re speaking of potential spoilers, I was listening to an audiobook and it decided it’d be Super Cool Fun to start in the middle. I, being a trusting sweet scone, did not know. I thought maybe I was just taking a while to get into the book because it was so confusing.
Then I realised the truth.
But that time I had listened to 29840 spoilers and the sun had died, the moon wept, my dog left for college without a goodbye, the grass perished, and the last dinosaur laid in the dust with the bones of its captives.
7. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: ARE THEY A WASTE OF PAPER AND INK OR INTERESTING?
They’re so interesting!! I absolutely love acknowledgements and always read them!! Here are so reasons why I think acknowledgements are the best:
- Generally you see the author fangirling over their own book child and I LOVE THAT.
- Sometimes the book is the saddest thing of ever and then turn to the acknowledgements and — BOOM — author has made 3 Supernatural references and thanked tacos for existing and suddenly I love them.
- I love recognising author names! Like OH Rick Riordan knows Cassandra Clare!! OMG. FANGIRL MOMENT.
- It’s really encouraging to know how many people go into making a book.
- I want to know how many cats they have.
- ALSO IT PROLONGS THE BOOK FINISHING. WHICH I NEED.
8. WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU SWITCH PLACES WITH?
After watching the Fantastic Beasts movie think I’d do a really good job at being Newt. I am hopeless at people, prefer animals, am awkward yet still adorable, I would absolutely raise an animal that’s terrifying and deadly and shout “MUMMY’S HERE IT’S OKAY” before nearly dying by it. And I want his suitcase so bad. I want to live in it.
Petition to make me Newt Scamander.
(Should I like read the book though???? Probably yes.)
9. DO YOU HAVE A BOOK THAT REMINDS YOU OF SOMETHING SPECIFIC IN YOUR LIFE?
Even though we’ve established that I have the memory of a pecan, I absolutely recall lying on the lounge reading Mockingjay and my family started hanging over me saying “HEY IT’S LUNCH TIME!!”
You know Mockingjay.
YOU KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING.
I was very close to losing my freaking mind and crying more tears than Alice and I think I beat them all back with a hardcover book.
10. NAME A BOOK THAT YOU ACQUIRED IN AN INTERESTING WAY.
Once upon a time, I went into a small 2nd-hand bookstore to “peruse”…which is a phrase here that means “stand amongst piles of books MENTALLY SCREAMING because wants them all yet has no money”. The shop assistant than was trying to shelve Skulduggery Pleasant and they just randomly turned to me and said “Do you know if this is kids or adults?”
Well, yes, sir. I know everything.
In the like 10 mins I was there, I think I instructed the shelving of half a dozen books. Which is actually a big deal for me because #SocialAnxiety. BUT BOOKS.
They gave me a book from the off-cast pile on the way out. It was Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz which I plan to read exactly never but like it was free????? So thanks????!
11. HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN AWAY A BOOK FOR A SPECIAL REASON TO A SPECIAL PERSON?
However I have given a special book to my
special dull sister for the sole reason that I wanted to read it. Boom. Now we own it! Isn’t that wonderful! What a coincidence this life is!
Am I horrible?
12. WHICH BOOK HAS BEEN WITH YOU THE MOST PLACES?
The boring answer is “My kindle!” but a FUN answer is: Lord of the Rings! I took it with me when I went to China because I though if I had absolutely nothing else to read for a month surely I would get through it and love it.
Spoiler: I read it under great duress with tears and crying and no I did not love it and it basically went all the way to China and back and stayed only partially read.
13. ANY “REQUIRED READING” YOU HATED IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT WASN’T SO BAD TWO YEARS LATER?
If I hate a book, I don’t reread it! So my opinions aren’t going to change! I loathed Robinson Crusoe so much I was allowed to DNF it. * Like why couldn’t Friday eat him??? I WOULD’VE EATEN HIM, THE RACIST OGRE.
* Homeschooler perks.
14. USED OR BRAND NEW?
My wallet says used.
My heart says BRAND NEW!! BRAND NEW!! BRAND NEW!!
15. HAVE YOU EVER READ A DAN BROWN BOOK?
Nope. Also will probably not because I doooon’t caaaaaaare!
I watched the Angels and Demons movie though and have been successfully traumatised by the priests pouring oil on themselves and setting themselves on fire. Like, shoutout to my dad for showing me that movie when I was young and impressionable. Thanks.
16. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A MOVIE THAT YOU LIKED MORE THAN THE BOOK?
Probably The Help! That movie is hysterically perfect. And my love for The Maze Runner movie is probably on par with the book. OH WAIT. ENDER’S GAME!! The book was great but movie 10 x better.
Now I feel like I’ve committed and atrocious sin and the Bookworm Police are coming for my soul.
17. A BOOK THAT’S MADE YOU HUNGRY?
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was pretty horribly mean. All those cookies and cupcakes. And I’m going to glare at Heartless and all those tarts and pies. Plus not even going to lie: I need a November Cake SO BAD * from The Scorpio Races and every time I reread it, I gnaw a little further on the cover.
* AND I’LL NEVER GET ONE BECAUSE I’M ALLERGIC TO HONEY. CAN WE CRY FOR ME NOW.
18. WHO IS THE PERSON WHOSE BOOK ADVICE YOU’LL ALWAYS TAKE?
I actually don’t have many people who’s tastes align with mine completely. I mean who reads bloody stabbtastic novels like Nevernight and then goes and reads cake-filled fluff like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before??? I’m spweshul.
But I love Maraia’s recommendations!! And when we buddy-read, there’s a pretty high chance we’ll feel the same about the book!! Also Zoe @ Stories On Stage and I have a history of identical star-ratings.
But if YOU have really similar taste to me, I 500% want to know. Hit me with your recs! Although hit me softly for I am weak and fragile like a delicate glass flower. #Sensitive
19. MOST READ AUTHORS?
Technically it’s Lemony Snicket, who I’ve read AT LEAST 21 books by. But Goodreads informs me that these authors are also winning at my life:
20. SHIP FROM TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS?
I maintain the opinion that Kell and Lila from A Darker Shade Of Magic would get on famously with Inej and Kaz from Six of Crows. I ship ’em — romantically or just friendshipishly! They’d either make a fantastic team with their thievery and their pirate ships, or they’d kill each other.
Either way I vote for a co-written book called Six Darker Shades Of Crows. Immediately.