A-Z Bookish Questions

I found this questionnaire/book tag over at the Boundless Books blog. Head over there if you want to read their answers!

Author You’ve Read the Most From:

Recently, I’ve read a lot of books by Robert Beatty. I was reading his Serafina quartet and found it to be interesting.  I’ve also read a number of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. 

Best Sequel Ever:

Technically “Divergent” by Veronica Roth has two sequels since it’s a trilogy but I liked all the books in that trilogy.

Currently Reading:

Right now I’m reading Ashfall by Mike Mullin and I’m nearly finished with it. So intense!

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Depends on what’s in the fridge, I suppose. Flavored water or Cranberry/Raspberry juice.

E-Reader or Physical Book:

Right now a physical book. I’d like to give e-readers a go again soon.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:

I don’t know, since I can’t visualize characters well or think about this question much. I do like Harry Potter, though. Or the Weasley twins because they make me laugh.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:

I’m not into romance novels, but I read The Viscount and I (the Bridgerton books) and mostly enjoyed it. There’s a couple of points that really bothered me but generally they’re good.

Hidden Gem Book:

Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson. If someone hadn’t posted about it, I probably wouldn’t have known about it. A wonderful book that brought out some real, intense emotions out of me.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

When I started to blog about books…granted I don’t write about books all the time, but it’s nice to talk about the books I’ve read and want to read in my own space.

Just Finished:

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

Kind of Books You Won’t Read:

Erotica, westerns, romance novels (w/ few exceptions)

Longest Book You Read:

Roots by Alex Haley and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Major Book Hangover:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. And the Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. I wanted to read more….

Number of Bookcases You Own:

In my house, 3. If you count the books I still have at my mom’s house, then 5ish? 

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Harry Potter, A Great and Terrible Beauty, If I Stay.

Preferred Place to Read:

In bed, on the couch, or in the sunshine outside. I don’t really have a happy place.

Quotes that Inspires You/Gives You All the Feels From a Book You’ve Read:

My favorite is too long to post, so here’s the next best one from the same book:
“What have we got to hold onto, Sam?”
“That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”

Reading Regret:

Chime. I don’t remember the author. I read it because some work people wanted me to read it. I don’t even remember the story but it was painful. I also didn’t like The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Too weird and intense. 

Series You Started and Need to Finish (all books are out in series):

There’s a few because I tend to get bored and move on to other books. But, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (even though I wasn’t fond of the first book, I’d still like to finish it), the Bridgerton series.

Three of Your All Time Favorite Books:

Of course, this is hard to rate, but here it goes:

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

I don’t know…I’ll always read the next Robert Dugoni book (or at least eventually.) I love his Tracy Crosswhite books.

Worst Book Habit:

Check out/buy a bunch of books and only read a couple. Start a series but never finish it.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the Top Lef of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book:

Jane Austen: 7 Novels. (so technically 7)

Your Latest Book Purchase:

I’ve had a few. 

ZZZ-Snatcher Book (last book that kept you up Way Late):

I don’t remember since I can’t stay up late anymore. I think when I was in elementary school, one of my books was due the next day and I stayed up to finish it.

The Book Life Tag

casual siblings resting on picnic in park
Photo by Gustavo Fring on Pexels.com

I stole this tag from the blog “I Won’t Say I’m in Love With Reading.” You can find her answers to the blog right here. Of course, all answers are literary characters, not real life!

So without further ado, let’s get started!

Who would your parents be?

Mr. & Mrs. Weasley, because why not? Or maybe even Ned & Catlin Stark.

Who would be your sister?

Tracy Crosswhite from the Tracy Crosswhite mystery series. She seems down to earth and protective, plus she’s good at solving stuff. So what’s not to love?

Who would be your brother?

Harry Potter. Because he seems to be the kind of brother type material.

Who would be your pet?

Yeller from the book Old Yeller

Where would you live?

Westeros. Because even though they’re fighting for the throne, I think it’d be cool in peaceful times.

Where would you go to school?

Hogwarts, as most people would probably choose to answer.

Who would be your best friend?

Will  Traynor. Because he goes out and sky dives and scuba dives and rock climbs. Seems like he’d be an adventitious type of dude to hang out with.

Who would be your significant other?

Peter Lake from Winter’s Tale. My, was he a dream, both in the book and movie.

What would you choose? Would they change as often as mine did? Let me know in the comments below!

30 Questions

I found this at Paul’s blog, The Captain’s Speech and thought I’d answer the questions for my own. Plus I’m bored and didn’t want to write a well thought out blog post.

1. What is your favorite childhood book?

The Folk of the Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. As far as picture books were concerned, I loved Dr. Seuss, Clifford, and a couple Golden Books, one about first day of school and the other about a brother and sister visiting grandma and grandpa. It was fun. Oh, and the American Girl doll books. The originals. Those were awesome.

2. What was your favorite tv show as a child?

I didn’t really watch tv. But I liked Barney a lot. And Kids Say the Darndest Things and Candid Camera. I was a weird child, I liked watching the grown up shows.

3. What book did you read in secret as a child?

I don’t remember any books being a secret. I read just about anything.

4. What album and CD do you own and know by heart?

I know most of Shania Twain’s “Come on Over” CD, mainly because most of her songs on that CD were singles. Those were the memories. I usually just listen to singles, I wouldn’t know a whole CD by heart.

5. What book did you hate as a student?

Mm…probably Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I had to read it over the summer for advanced placement English and I hate to read it and write a journal about it and the due date was the same day that the latest Harry Potter book was coming out. I was annoyed that I had to do class work when I’d rather be reading Harry Potter.

6. What is your all time favorite movie?

Mm…either Titanic or Cold Mountain. Or The Lion King.

7. What song always lifts your mood?

Depends I suppose. Right now I like Nathan Carter’s version of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” and the “One Day More” from Les Miserables.

8. What is the last book you read?

The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

9. Which tv shows have you binge watched?

I don’t watch a lot of tv, but I used to sit and watch House, M.D. a lot back when we had cable and they did tv marathons. Or some History and Travel Channel series. I guess Game of Thrones too since I had to watch the previous season as it came out on DVD. Didn’t watch the last season though, heard it was underwhelming and I was no longer invested in the characters. I like House’s grumpy old man sarcasm. And I liked Tyrion.

10. If you were an animal, what would you be?

An elephant. They’re smart and loyal. Or a wolf. Because they’re free and live in family packs and do so well together.

11. What was your most embarrassing moment?

I don’t know. My first patron who yelled at me, I suppose. But I don’t remember that anymore since I get subsequently yelled at at least once a month. Lol. Or falling down in my first try on a snowboard.

12. What famous author would you most like to meet?

At the moment, none to be honest. Though I think it’d be cool to meet the actual person behind my favorite books. Stephen King is a funny man in person, so I hear and I’d love to talk to him. I used to want to meet J.K. Rowling.

13. What in your past would you most like to change?

Live in the dorms on campus instead of commuting from home, just to have that experience. Get my driver’s license earlier than I did. Change my college major. Study abroad for a semester. Travel more.

14. Describe your most profound musical experience.

Seeing Les Miserables on stage for the first time. I’d never seen it before, so seeing it in a theater with actual stage actors was amazing. Chill worthy. If you mean actual music…I remember having a hard semester once and Josh Groban’s song “You Are Loved…Don’t Give Up” came on and gave me something to hang on to. I listened to that every day for months just to keep me going.

15. What important classic book have you never read?

A lot of them, to be honest. For having studied English in college and being in honors and advanced English in high school, we read few novels. Mostly poetry and excerpts. I haven’t read a lot of American literature. I’m sure there’s a lot of European classics I haven’t read yet. Just have to be in a mood to read it.

16. What is your least favorite food?

Spinach, Brussel sprouts and shrimp. Lol.

17. What movie, book, or music always makes you cry?

Cold Mountain always makes me profoundly sad. The movie The Fault in Our Stars brought tears in my eyes at the end when she gets the phone call about Augustus. Otherwise, I don’t really cry that much?

18. What actor or actress do you have a crush on?

I like Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s my first celebrity crush and I’ll always have a soft spot for him.

19. Would you rather be a vampire or a zombie? Why?

A vampire because I don’t like zombies. Not that I like vampires, but it’s the lesser of the two evil choices presented.

20. What book at home would you use to squash a bug?

None. I get a tissue and squish it.

21. Which character would you like to be in Harry Potter?

Fred and George Weasley. They always made me laugh.

22. What song would you like to sing on stage?

99 Years by Josh Groban.

23. Do you like your name? What name would you prefer?

I didn’t used to like my name, because so many people have it. I wouldn’t change it because I don’t know what would be better. I like Sophie though.

24. What do most people not know about you?

That I don’t have a dual citizenship.

25. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

Tennessee or North Carolina.

26. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Maybe college. Or my senior year of high school.

27. What poems have you memorized? Recite them.

I sort of know an Emily Dickinson poem. “This is my letter to the world/who never wrote to me/the simple news that nature holds/with tender majesty./Her message is committed/to hands I cannot see./for love of her, sweet Countrymen/judge tenderly of me.” (I don’t know the line breaks but those are the words. How nice, eh?)

28. Who in your life has made a strong impression on you?

George Frey, my media literature instructor.

29. Do you have a recurring dream? Describe it.

Not anymore. I used to dream that some kind of monster was chasing me growing up until my mid 20’s. Sometimes I would run down the street trying to get away but I never could get away fast enough, or I’d run across the street to the neighbor’s house. Sometimes they’d answer, sometimes not but when they did I’d try to hide under the chest of drawers or run through the house looking for a place to hide. It was weird.

30. What epitaph would you like on your tombstone?

“I told you so.”

Those were some interesting questions. Let me know what you think!