Doing book tags have become a thing lately. Through another book blogger I’ve come across yet another book tag, The Ultimate Book Tag and I can’t really resist the temptation to do it. This is the third book tag I’ve done after the New York Times by the Book Tag and the Rapid Fire Book Tag.
So here’s my Ultimate Book Tag. Enjoy reading!
- Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I’ve tried reading on a car and I had mixed results. When the car is going slow or smooth, I can leisurely read. However, if the car is going fast and the ride is bumpy, I tend to get sick.
- Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
I’ve read a lot of works by a lot of authors but I find this question a bit tough to answer. But one of the writing styles that I really find different is that of Haruki Murakami‘s. His style is so unique that I can barely grasp most his books. I found Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84 a testament to this. These are among the books I want to read because I would like to have a deeper understanding of them. On the other hand, style could be quite inconsistent as some of his works like Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage pale in comparison to the high level of narrative that can be found in the first three books I’ve mentioned.
- Harry Potter Series or The Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
This one’s a bit easier to answer. I will go with the Harry Potter series anytime of the day. I’ve actually done done speed reading on both because I was easily hooked up. I finished Harry Potter in a month while I’ve done Twilight in a week. Nonetheless I chose Harry Potter over Twilight because:
- I mean who isn’t fascinated by wizardry and magic right;
- Those magic spells are just awesome although at times they sound capricious;
- The main characters are highly relatable;
- The trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron are the ultimate friendship goals; and
- It’s all Emma Watson’s fault 🙂
I have to admit though that I got to reading the series after watching some of the movies.
- Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books)?
Just my ordinary backpack which also carries my notebooks, my planner and my umbrella. Amongst the clutter are the books I am currently reading.
- Do you smell your books?
This might sound weird but I do smell the older books, the ones kept in storage for so long. Old books just have a unique smell that is spellbinding to the olfactory senses.
- Books with or without little illustrations?
Although I have read more books without illustration, I am impartial to the choices.
- What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)
At first, I really enjoyed Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. At first I thought it was a cute funny read but when I read what a book blogger had to say about it then it hit me. It was just an ordinary work about a whiny teenage girl ranting over a failed love, or I should say, infatuation and she can’t seem to get over it. I guess I was more impressed by the illustrations than by the story itself.
- Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
The only books I read when I was younger were encyclopedias which I borrowed from our neighbors. I still remember how my parents kept on scolding me for indulging too much on reading encyclopedias. Too serious so no, I really don’t have any funny stories to share. Sorry to disappoint.
- What is the thickest book on your shelf?
At 1157 pages, the thickest book on my bookshelf is Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. However, M.M. Kaye’s The Far Pavilions physically looks thicker than the aforementioned Murakami work.
- What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
At 90 pages, The Pearl by John Steinbeck is the thinnest I have.
- Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes, I do write. For quite sometime I’ve been concentrating on my travel experiences. It is just lately that I have started writing book reviews. But beyond travel and book blogs, I do some literary pieces of my own. However, my works are mostly under 3,000 words. I write mostly about my experiences on a plethora of topics but mainly love.
Do I see myself in the future as an author? It is some sort of a dream that somehow I want to realize and I can’t help but see myself as a Noble Peace Prize Winner for Literature. 🙂 I am a little too ambitious like that.
- When did you get into reading?
I was 16 years old when I started reading fictional works. Sidney Sheldon’s works got me spellbound. However, I was introduced to the magical world of books when I was 10 years old. I started with our neighbor’s encyclopedia before starting general knowledge books. I can still remember that the first book I owned was about the history of earthquakes in the Philippines.
- What is your favorite classic book?
I haven’t read that much classic books but I must say that Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen were the ones that really made an impact in me.
- In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Until I was in 5th grade, I topped all my subjects and I always ended up at the top of my class. It was when I was in 6th grade and high school that my overall performance dipped. In spite of this, I still excelled in both English and Math though neither one was my favorite subject, History was. It really puzzled me at how much I excelled in these two subjects.
- If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I’d keep it because according to superstition, giving away what was given to you is bad luck. It is tantamount to giving away your “luck”.
- What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
None unfortunately. I am quite selective in reading series. I limit the series I read to what most recommend as great series to read.
- What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?
I don’t film my books I review. But on reviewing books, I have a bad habit of looking beyond its flaws. Every book is great for me! But now that I am seriously doing book reviews, I am concentrating more on the “spirit” of the book.
- What is your favorite word?
I have a lot of favorite words and it changes almost all the time. My current favorite word is quotidian.
- Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I am neither of the choices though most think of me as nerd sans the glasses.
- Vampires or Fairies? Why?
In a parallel world, I’d choose fairies because I want my wishes to be granted 😁
- Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters seem an interesting choice.
- Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
If it is like Harry Potter’s Remus Lupin then I’ll pick werewolves.
- Zombies or Vampires?
If it is from Carlisle’s family then I’ll pick the vampires.
- Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Forbidden love because I want to see how the characters would turn over their fates to fight for the love they have for each other.
- AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
The choices are really limited considering that I am not really a fan of action-packed books ala Jason Bourne. I pick romance though I would prefer if it is more on the love aspect than on the love-making aspect of it.
I hope you enjoyed reading! You might want to do your own version too.