the “get to know ya” book tag.

I have a few minutes to kill before I need to start making dinner and participating in a book tag sounds like more fun than cleaning, so let’s dig into this Getting To Know You tag that I spotted at Bionic Bookworm. This one is a bookish tag that should give you a good peek at my reading style and preferences.

FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME:

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::Snorts:: because that’s an easy question to start with. I really don’t know how to answer this succinctly. Like Harry Potter Pride and Prejudice Anne of Green Gables Cinder Fangirl Gone With the Wind ::gasps for breath::

FAVORITE BOOK FROM FIVE YEARS AGO:

Hmm that would be a toss up between The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Selection by Kiera Cass. Both were new-to-me authors back then and I’ve gone on to read a lot of books by both since then.

FAVORITE DUOLOGY/TRILOGY/SERIES:

I think favorite would have to be Harry Potter but honorable mention must go to the Lunar Chronicles. I pretty much can’t go twelve minutes without insisting that somebody read Cinder by Marissa Meyer and being a Potterhead is basically stitched into the fiber of my being.

LAST BOOK YOU READ:

40604267From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon – I finished this one a few weeks ago. Very bingeable YA book. I stayed up late 3 nights in a row with this one (old person late, like 11pm). Sahlil will be your next book crush. This was my first read by Menon and I really liked her writing style and voice. Twinkle was easy to root for if a bit frustratingly dense at times.

LAST BOOK OF POETRY YOU READ:

I’m slowly reading my way through Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins but I definitely seem to be taking my time with it. I don’t read poetry often, but I like to keep a book of poetry by my bed for when I don’t have time to read a chapter or for when I just need a little poetry in my life. Billy Collins has definitely been a great choice for me. I especially liked this one:

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WHAT BOOK MOST INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE?

This is almost as hard to answer as “favorite book” – I spent my formative years reading The Babysitters Club obsessively. Harry Potter consumed the next big chunk. I read Gone With the Wind at a really pivotal moment in my life and I remember being wowed by the idea that the heroine of a story can be kind of awful sometimes but still worth rooting for.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU UGLY CRY:

41+6Cbue6sLA recent stand out would be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It was one of those stories that I think will stay with me for awhile.

I actually found the book to be surprisingly undepressing for the subject matter. Thomas does a great job of keeping it from getting overwhelmingly heavy. It has a heavy subject matter at heart but it’s also about life and love and growing up and she gives equal time and attention to all of these things.  But, yeah, definite tears.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH:

25556709Again, I’m going with “recently” for this because trying to remember every book that has made me laugh sounds impossible. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick was great and I’m pretty sure we’re best friends now.

A CHARACTER YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE FOR A DAY:

A BOOK SO GOOD YOU DREAMT ABOUT IT

I’ll be honest, nothing is immediately coming to mind. Is this a normal thing? Why don’t I get to dream about my books? Because that sounds pretty awesome.

 A BOOK YOU DNF’D (DID NOT FINISH)

The last book I marked as a DNF was My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman and I’m still feeling kinda guilty about it. I really like Backman’s writing style but it’s a bit meandery which makes it a slow read for me. I found the pace to be too slow to keep excited about and I had a lot of other books in rotation at the time. My library hold expired and my kindle copy was whisked away from my device and I opted not to do anything about it. I might return to it another time when I feel like I can devote my attention to it. Or maybe not?

WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO READ?

51p1nq4TogLAnne Bogel’s new book, I’d Rather Be Reading is coming out on September 4th and I’m definitely looking forward to digging into that. It’s a collection of essays on reading and the reading life – a topic I think we can all probably relate to given the fact that we are reading / writing a tag about books right now.

Okay that’s all for now – and now I’m running behind on cooking dinner – whoops!

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