This is a series of questions called “The Ultimate Book Tag” which I preferred as a holiday post to trying to solve problems of theological praxis or how to sew zips in so they don’t tear back out. It makes a change from posting a photograph of an animal!
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Uh, what? If that means, “Which of the authors I have read has the most unique style?”, then, um, probably Shakespeare.
3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
I haven’t read the Twilight Saga, and I didn’t finish Harry Potter. I suppose that counts as a vote for Harry Potter, but it might be hard to justify it at length.
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
No. I put books in my bag. I do not carry a book bag.
5. Do you smell your books?
Not on purpose. Well, not usually. At least, not on a daily basis.
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
With if the illustrations match the text and have artistic quality. Without if not. I never appreciated the type of book which described a golden arrow resting on a red velvet cushion, but accompanied the text with an illustration of a silver arrow resting on a gold and blue brocade cushion.
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Goodness, I’ve enjoyed a lot of books enormously which I’d hardly feel were exactly masterpieces of literary composition.
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
There was the time when I tried to borrow a book on pregnancy (an age-appropriate book about biological development, not a book depicting graphic or inappropriate sex) from the primary school library, and got forbidden in case my parents objected! They didn’t. Despite having established that, the teacher the following year tried to forbid it all over again.
Why on earth the book wasn’t marked reference if they objected to its being borrowed, or kept out of reach of the younger kids if they thought it wasn’t appropriate, I never found out.
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
On my shelf? In the singular? What?
10. What is the thickest book on your bookshelves?
Probably “The Complete Works of Shakespeare”, though at least one of the Bible commentaries runs it fairly close.
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes, I write. But being “an author” or not is something of an “how long is a piece of string” question.
12. When did you get into reading?
As soon as I could read, though I didn’t enjoy stories until I was probably 9 or 10. The school made such a fuss about that. Somehow not wanting to read stories is a sign of depravity! Or something.
13. What is your favourite classic book?
Probably “The Lord of the Rings”, though “The Blue Castle”, “Alice in Wonderland”, and “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe”, run it pretty close.
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
No. It really was not. Though I did better at secondary school because I actually liked literature. Not that this always helped because people were obsessed with the notion that we’d find it boring. So instead of being allowed to enjoy something like the Ancient Mariner and write on it and how it worked we had to carve it up and turn it into a film.
(Yes. I do have strong opinions on education. Moving on…)
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Leave it quietly on a bookshelf somewhere for sentimental reasons. Though it might find its way to a charity shop in the end.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
The Worst Witch. Which I think is actually better composed than Harry Potter* from a literary point of view. It is more coherent, the text is more tightly composed without unnecessary happenings or words, and the characters and the plot fit together better.
*Such of it as I’ve read.
17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Forgetting to tag the posts. It happens about half the time and then I have to go back and edit them.
18. What is your favourite word?
Well, if you mean, “what word do I use most often?” I would guess probably “it”? Or perhaps “to” or “the”.
If you mean “what word do I like the most,” well, difficult. I like five syllable words which have nice assonance and rhythm once you’ve worked out how to pronounce them, and mean something it would usually take a whole sentence or more to express, or is very difficult to describe without a specific word. “Impassible” is fun, though it only has four syllables.
19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I’m probably a geek.
20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Fairies. Vampires give me nightmares.
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
For amusement, shapeshifters. I spent too much time on the (rather speculative but nevertheless interesting and informative) metaphysics of angels. I don’t know how many shapeshifters you can get on the head of a pin! This makes reading about them more relaxing.
Admittedly, I do tend to notice if fantasy writers haven’t thought their story-world’s metaphysics through in a reasonably coherent way, regardless of what they’re writing about.
22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
I don’t mind. So long as it is fantasy and not horror…
23. Zombies or Vampires?
For preference, neither!
24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Now I want to start comparing “Frozen” with” A Midsummer Night’s Dream”…
Forbidden love occurs in both, though with a rather unusual twist in “Frozen”. There’s sort of a love triangle in both too, if the Kristoph-Anna-Hans thing counts.
Perhaps it isn’t so much of an “either-or” thing?
25. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
I definitely prefer romance as a side dish rather than a main.