Thanks to Beth at Betwixt the Pages for the tag! Definitely go check her blog out if you don’t already follow her!
1. Have you ever damaged a book?
Yes, but always by accident. I hate hate hate books that aren’t in a good condition. I can’t even stand creases in the spine from where a book has been opened.
Once, though, when I was about 12, I took Eclipse from the Twilight Saga (I was obsessed like any other teenage girl at the time) to Guide Camp. It was in perfect condition and then I dropped it and one corner of the spine was all bent and wrinkled upwards from the impact and I’m pretty sure I cried.
2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
No, and I would know because, like I just said, I hate damaged books. I don’t really borrow books though; I like to have my own copy.
3. How long does it take you to read a book?
Depends on whether I’m loving it or hating it, and how busy I am. At the moment, up to a week. But I’ve never been a really fast reader anyway because I like to savour a good book; I don’t want it to end.
4. Books that you haven’t finished?
Lots. I had a bad habit in my early teens of skipping ahead to the end of books because I was impatient and so I’d end up spoiling the book for myself and giving up. Nowadays, I don’t give up unless the book is horrific.
There are some series I don’t think I’ll finish though, like:
- The Divergent series. I liked the first book but I didn’t really enjoy the second one and, after I heard bad things about the ending of the final book, I decided not to bother. I like Veronica Roth though so I think I’ll give her new series a go.
- Harry Potter. I’m sorry but I’ve tried and I can’t even get past the second book! I really enjoy the films and I respect Rowling immensely but I don’t know, I just can’t get into the books.
- The 5th Wave series. I enjoyed the first novel but I just don’t know if I’ll ever read the second and third books.
And I suppose this leads onto…
5. Hyped/Popular books that you don’t like?
- Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Like I said, enjoyed the first book, but it went a bit downhill.
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling (please don’t kill me).
- The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (also please don’t kill me).
- I think John Green is massively over-hyped. He’s good but not that good. And the manic pixie dream girls in his books annoy me beyond belief.
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It started off creepy and I enjoyed it, but then insta-love happened and it lost me, which is a shame because I love wolves. I know everyone loves Maggie Stiefvater’s new series though so maybe I’ll give it a try.
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Just no. I’m sorry, but no.
I could probably go on but I don’t want to be universally hated!
6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?
Nope, I don’t see why you should be ashamed of what you’re reading!
7. How many books do you own?
I don’t have a clue. Definitely hundreds, especially if you count all the books I needed for my English degree. Plus I hate giving books away so I hoard them like there’s no tomorrow.
8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
Somewhere in the middle. I like to enjoy a book but I’ll read fast if it’s really gripping (or if I just want it to end).
9. Do you like to buddy read?
I honestly don’t know what that is! I prefer to read a book by myself to be honest, so no one can rush ahead and make it feel like a contest, or spoil it for me.
10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?
In my head, definitely, so I can do the voices. I can craft a perfect Welsh accent in my brain but try and make me read that out loud? You’ll find yourself being spoken to by Apu from The Simpsons. (That’s the Indian shopkeeper, by the way. Don’t ask why my Welsh accent always becomes Indian).
11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?
I don’t even know where to begin with this. This is like a mother having to choose a favourite child. Maybe something like Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Big book, spans different centuries from the 1800s to the future. You get a bit of everything: historical fiction, sci-fi, contemporary, romance.
Of course, you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, but have fun with the questions if you do!