We were tagged in this by my lovely best friend, Shannan over at Twenty Something And Day Dreaming (i’ve done some writing before for her and her blog is generally really great so you should check it out) and i’ve been itching to get my answers out! This tag is what it says on the tin, fifty different questions about books you’re reading, you’ve read in the past and your favourite books. It’s a kind of ‘get to know me as a reader’ tag. I’m excited to share my answers with you, but before i do, you should check out Shannan’s answers.
1. What was the last book you read?
Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett
2. Was it a good one?
I enjoyed it but did not enjoy the writing.
3. What made it good?
It was fast paced and good for a summery read.
4. Would you recommend it to other people?
Probably not, i feel like a lot of people would be disappointed.
5. How often do you read?
I try to read once a day, i find it difficult to fit in time some days and others i can read all day. I try and pick up a book each day and read at least ten pages.
6. Do you like to read?
I wouldn’t be doing this tag on this blog if i didn’t.
7.What was the last bad book you read?
I’ve read a few ‘bad books’ but the last that comes to find that i absolutely hated was Asking For It by Louise O’Neill. This was actually right at the start of the year, luckily i’ve really enjoyed the books i’ve read so far this year.
8. What made you dislike it?
I struggled a lot with the topic of the book and how it was delivered to the audience. I don’t think it was handled particularly well or was believable in some parts. You can read my full thoughts HERE.
9. Do you wish to be a writer?
Yes, very much so. It’s one of my goals in life to have a published book on shelves.
10. Has any book every influenced you greatly?
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch has definitely influenced me. That book has taught me a lot about life and how to live it. Once again if you want to know a little bit more about that, read my lengthy review HERE.
11. Do you read fan fiction?
When i was younger i read a lot of Fan Fiction, it was the basis of my reading. Now i read next to none. A few months ago i had taken to re-reading some old favourites, but once again that fad has gone.
12. Do you write fan fiction?
Once again, i did when i was much younger. In my mid-teens i had written Fan Fiction, it’s still out there somewhere.
13. What’s your favorite book?
I have quite a few ‘favourite’ books for numerous reasons. But the one i always come back to is The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger. This modern classic has a very special place in my heart and is the one book i could read over and over.
14. What’s your least favorite book?
I once started a book called Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt, and i think that was my least favourite book of all time.
15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?
Much prefer physical books.
16. When did you learn to read?
I actually learned how to read extremely late. I touched on this during BEDM and a few other posts including ‘I Feel Like I Missed Out?‘ but i am dyslexic and that means that i actually hadn’t learned to fully read until i was about fifteen. Up until then i managed to get by understanding questions on exams etc, but i couldn’t read a full text.
17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
During secondary school, most classes seemed to read Holes by Louis Sachar, and i genuinely really enjoyed that book.
18. What is your favorite book series?
The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin.
19. Who is your favorite author?
Patrick Ness, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Nicola Yoon, J.D. Salinger, David Levithan, Nina LaCour…to name just a few. I don’t have a set favourite author i don’t think.
20. What is your favorite genre?
I read a lot of YA and i think that is my favourite age range. However i try and read a great variety within that. I read a lot of contemporary, but i do love a really well done YA fantasy.
21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?
This changes quite a lot and once again i don’t really have a set answer. At the moment it’s Newt Scamander from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
All the time.
23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
24. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?
Divergent by Veronica Roth. I feel like if she found a way to condense the world in to one book it would have been extremely powerful.
25. How long does it take you to read a book?
I’m quite a slow reader, at a push i could read a 150 page book in a day. However, on average it takes me anywhere between two days and a week and a half to finish a book.
26. Do you like when books become movies?
Usually i don’t hate it, but some part of me wants this trend of YA books to movies to stop.
27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. Without a doubt this is the worst adaptation of a book i’ve ever seen, which really sucks because the book is incredible.
28. Which movie has done a book justice?
The Hunger Games movies have all be very close to the book and have respected every choice made in the books. I absolutely adore these adaptations.
29. Do you read newspapers?
30: Do you read magazines?
Not at all.
31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
Newspapers – i will pick one up occasionally.
32. Do you read while in bed?
Yes, usually. However it’s started to make me more sleepy reading in bed, not what you want when you’re trying to power through the last fifty pages of a book.
33. Do you read while on the toilet?
34. Do you read while in the car?
I can’t read in a car but i can read on a bus for a short amount of time and on trains and trams. I really like reading on public transport.
35. Do you read while in the bath?
Very rarely, because i’m not a bath person. But when i do have a bath i read in it.
36. Are you a fast reader?
Not at all, but my speed is improving.
37. Are you a slow reader?
Yes, it depends really. If i’m really in to a book then i can read it pretty quickly.
38. Where is your favorite place to read?
I really enjoy reading in public places. So coffee shops, parks etc. I find the background noise that i haven’t made myself very relaxing.
39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
It depends where i am and how much i’m enjoying the book. It also really matters how much i have on my mind and what kind of anxiety day i’m having.
40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
Yes, usually i can’t have the TV on or music. I like it in the background when i can’t control it. For example when i lived in student halls, i liked my flatmate having music on in his room while i read, but couldn’t have it on in my own room.
41. Who gave you your love for reading?
My dad or Sophie. They both encouraged me.
42. What book is next on your list to read?
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
43. When did you start to read chapter books?
As soon as i started reading, so probably about fifteen.
44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?
45. Which author would you most want to interview?
Impossible, but i really would have loved to interview J.D. Salinger. I’d like to know what he’d make of teenagers now reading his novels.
46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?
J.K Rowling, or Jenn Bennett, i keep seeing all the baking she’s doing on Twitter and i feel like we’d really get on.
47.What book have you reread the most?
Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
48. Which books do you consider “classics”?
Anything that’s popular. The books we read now will be the classics in fifty years, along with Charles Dickins and The Bronte Sisters. What we read now shapes the future of reading.
49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
Ever since reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas i have very strong feelings about it being taught in schools.
50. Which books should be banned from all schools?
None. Reading is reading.
That’s fifty questions answered and hopefully not everyone’s time wasted! I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better through these questions and what kind of reader i am.
I really enjoyed doing this tag so i’m going to tag Charlotte from Wonderfully Bookish to give us her answers to these fifty questions.