Suffice it to say I found another book tag–blame all the holidays in August for my sudden prolificness. I got this one from Bookworms Anonymous – for the sake of anonymity, I did not include his or her name. That was a bad joke. Hi, Chiara!
I added 2019 to the title with the assumption that another book tag with the same name and a different set of questions may be created some months or years later. The probability is high given that multitudes of people create a new set of New Year’s resolution every year.
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I still can read for a decent period of time before I get nauseated. It also depends on how bumpy the road is or what media I’m reading, say a soft copy with minute letters or an e-book.
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Lemony Snicket’s writing style is unique to me. Describing how he could involve his readers to his text–and befuddle them with uncanny definitions of words, appear as an omniscient yet playful narrator and deconstruct his own text in the midst of his narrative will require a full-blown occasional paper from me.
3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give three points to defend your answers.
That I have to enumerate three points to defend my answer to this one is rather challenging but here it goes:
- I have never read Twilight. Believe it or not, I can’t go pass that 90th page.
- Quidditch, Muggles, and Platform 9 3/4 have already infiltrated our vocabulary –unless of course one has not read/ watch the Harry Potter series.
- I am not much of a romance reader unless you consider me reading Hermione and Ron’s love affair from the first book to the last one.
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what’s in it (besides books…)?
My book bag contains all the stuff I need for the office e.g. soothing balm
that I could throw at someone that stressed me out for my special needs.
5. Do you smell your books?
Yes. I love the smell of new books in particular. Or any of my old books. I refrain from smelling the ones I got from second-hand bookshops though.
6. Books with or without little illustrations?
For Young Adult fiction, small illustrations for chapters are appreciated. For classic, I do like the ones in Daddy-Long-Legs. I prefer seeing illustrations in non-fiction works as sometimes written descriptions or explanations prove to be confusing or unsatisfactory.
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Nothing comes to mind. I’m easily put off by a certain writing style and I don’t enjoy a book when I keep stumbling over a poor description or cheesy lines.
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
You meant like the time I ignored everyone in the room because I was reading something? No? Then nothing.
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I saw myself as an author when I was in High School. I have made myself one.
12. When did you get into reading?
Elementary. I loved to do advance reading, not realizing that the habit was called that. I simply did not want to be limited by what my teacher was about to discuss on a particular day so I read most of my textbooks a chapter early. I skipped a number of exercises though but not English. My mother went through the exercises with me and patiently taught me what prepositions follow certain verbs and the like. Reading novels became my interest not until grade 5 or 6.
13. What is your favourite classic book?
The Lord of the Rings and the Two Towers certainly but I also loved The Screwtape Letters.
14. In school what was your best subject?
Structure of English.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated… what would you do?
Ask the giver if I could have something else that I had not read or at least I liked. As the receiver, I also have an option to accept or reject what could possibly end up as trash. Besides, my friends know what I don’t want and are smart enough, I trust, to determine what I like before recommending something to me. Therefore, the likelihood of that happening is very low.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?
17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?
18. What is your favourite word?
19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Is it necessary to fall under any of these categories?
20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Why this question? Vampires because they are nocturnal and they get to wear cool clothes, live forever, and are unlikely to be crushed by stomping feet.
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Angels could fall. Shapeshifters are simply fun.
22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Spirit. The idea that one could lose sanity because of the full moon is not appealing.
23. Zombies or vampires? Why?
To run after me and infect me? I’d rather have the vampires convert me simply because I could spend more years reading, not eating, and observing how time passes by. Being brain dead is repulsive. Getting eaten by one is worse.
24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
25. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Action-packed books without love scenes. I’d still ship Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister though, if ever there was a retelling of A Song of Ice and Fire. Oh, wait. George R.R. Martin would have to finish the books first.
That’s my take on The Ultimate Book Tag. Was it the ultimate though? Time will tell. Go figure and tag yourself while at it.