The Ultimate Book Tag

Ahh! I’m so excited for this one. Thank you, thank you, thank you to my dear friend Jennie (@50sha3s0fjay) for tagging me in her 2019 Edition of the Ultimate Book Tag. I’m ready to answer the 24 bookish questions right now!!

Q1) Do you get sick while reading in the car?

As long as I keep my eyes on the words and don’t look out the window, I’m usually fine but, I do get dizzy from time to time.

Q2) Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Based on the riveting novel, We Were Liars, I’d have to go with E. Lockhart. Her writing style was so different to the point it bothered a lot of reviewers (that’s a good thing). It felt a bit eerie, so poetic, grasping, and beautiful.

Q3) Harry Potter Series or Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Why can’t I love both?? If I had to choose based on the movies, I’m all the way, one thousand percent: Harry Potter but, please, hold your tomatoes… if I had to choose between the books, I never read one HP novel yet, I flew through every one in the Twilight Saga, as they were released…

My Three Points For Why I Read the Twilight Books and NOT Harry Potter:

  1. Twilight is written in 1st person. I have the hardest time reading in the 3rd. Plus, there are different POVs throughout, which is always super entertaining!
  2. I had already watched the first Harry Potter film before I found out there were books so, I thought, “I’ll just continue watching the movies. Forget about the books.” And, I stuck to that.
  3. I am a sucker for romance! No matter how far-fetched and strange. I raaarely read fantasy novels unless there’s love involved.

My Three Points for Why I Choose the Harry Potter Films Over the Twilight Films:

  1. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson have outstanding talent. They captured my heart from Sorcerer’s Stone and still have it to this day. I pretty much grew up with them. ALSO, I still ache for Cedric and rarely think about Edward, LOL. That’s gotta be saying something, right?
  2. The HP films were paced so much better and every scene was thoroughly thought out. There was genius behind everything and nothing ever seemed rushed. There were more films to look forward to than Twilight had, helping us build stronger connections to the characters and storyline– that part is very important.
  3. HP wasn’t all about one helpless little girl (or boy), it was about EVERYTHING. I don’t even feel these two should ever be compared. They’re completely and totally different.

Having only read the first few chapters of the first Fifty Shades of Grey book, I think the comparison between Twilight and that Trilogy would make a LOT more sense.

Q4) Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

I do not tote a book bag around with me. I have all my books downloaded on my phone.

Q5) Do you smell your books?

No, but I do love the smell of them.

Q6) Books with or without little illustrations?

It’s super cute when they’re included but, I’m not upset or ever wondering “why aren’t there any illustrations?” when they aren’t and honestly, they sometimes feel a bit childish.

Q7) What book did you love while reading but, discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I don’t ever reread books so my first impressions are always my only one.

Q8) Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

When I was in 3rd grade, my mom caught me with my stuffed animals spread out like kids in a classroom on the floor. I was reading to them and showing them the illustrations in the book after I finished with each page. My mom had a photo of me doing this but, I have no idea where it’s gone off to.

Q9) What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

I don’t have a real life shelf of physical books, so I’ll see which book, on my Kindle shelf right now, has the least amount of pages… it is: Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails at 274.

Q10) What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo at 401 pages.

Q11) Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

By far, I am better at reading than I am at writing. Though, I do think I’d love to be an author one day– if the right idea ever strikes me.

Q12) When did you get into reading?

I have always, always loved reading; ever since I could!

Q13) What is your favorite classic book?

Hmm… classic book? I’ll go with The Outsiders, Of Mice and Men, and/or Lord of the Flies. I read them all in high school. 😛

Q14) In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Every single report card.

Q15) If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

Gift it to someone else!

Q16) What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I don’t usually read books in that genre but, I do watch the films and I have actually been keeping up with the Miss Peregrine’s series! I think it totally deserves more hype and another film or two, or three! I can see both Harry Potter and Hunger Game fans enjoying it.

Q17) What is your favorite word?

I’ve never gave it much thought… I’ll get back to you…

Q18) Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

LOL, I reeeeally like Jennie’s answer to this one and I have the same one so I’ll copy and paste it here: “None? I wouldn’t describe myself as any of these things really, you tell me!? *crying laughing face*

Q19) Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Both are probably much cooler than being human.

Q20) Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

I’ve never read much about shapeshifters but, who wouldn’t want to be an Angel? Aren’t they the most precious creatures to be?

Q21) Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Hmm… I’d rather be a werewolf than a spirit because… aren’t spirits dead? Don’t they have some sort of unfinished business? Werewolves are awesome in the Twilight Saga, I wouldn’t mind living like them.

Q22) Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires, all the way! I would never want to be a zombie. They are dead, dumb, brain-eaters from what I know.

Q23) Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Oh my gosh, forbidden love tropes are my weakness. Love triangles make me beyond angry YET, I have to admit, I’m a sucker for them, too. Since I have to choose just one, though, it’s gotta be forbidden love!

Q24) AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in. I get a bit bored with full on romance.

Again, all my thanks goes out to Jennie for tagging me to play along. If you’d like to participate in The Ultimate Book Tag, here are the questions:

  1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
  2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
  3. Harry Potter Series or Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
  4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?
  5. Do you smell your books?
  6. Books with or without little illustrations?
  7. What book did you love while reading but, discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
  8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
  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?
  12. When did you get into reading?
  13. What is your favorite classic book?
  14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
  15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
  16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
  17. What is your favorite word?
  18. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
  19. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
  20. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
  21. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
  22. Zombies or Vampires?
  23. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
  24. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

I’d love to read all of your answers!


*All illustrations used in this post were found on Pixabay.

34 thoughts on “The Ultimate Book Tag

  1. So fun to read, I love this Ultimate Book Tag! I haven’t shared any books on my blog yet, I’m considering doing so, but I’m all about the romance with a little mystery! Also, that’s so funny how you mention Cedric, because that’s literally how I feel about Robert Pattinson in those films! He was so good in HP.

    I will admit, I don’t think Twilight was as horrible as people around me talked about it. I actually liked it, and I did read them both whenever I was in younger! Too cute about your mom taking that picture of you with your stuffed animals; I hope it surfaces when you least expect it!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie!! Feel free to fill this tag out on your blog. 🙂 I would be so interested in reading your answers. I like romance with a little mystery, too, those are always fun. Please do share the books you’ve been reading on your blog!

      Oh my gosh, Rob was SO good as Cedric and honestly, I liked him as Edward, too but, he just wasn’t as memorable. I don’t get why I can’t love both Twilight & HP, because I do, lol. I hope the pic surfaces someday, too. 🙂

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      1. I’ve been slacking on my reading lately, but it really makes me wanna carve out more time for a book! The toughest part is finding the time to put the book down though! I certainly find it acceptable to like both Twilight and HP, haha. They can’t even be compared in my opinion!

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    1. It was a really fun tag 🙂 so cool that we have some similar answers! I’d love to see that pic, too. If it ever shows up, I’ll be sure to share it here! Thanks for reading, Mischenko. ❤

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  2. This is such a fun tag – I loved how you laid out your reasons for ordering the HP films to Twilight and for preferring the Twilight Books to HP! I’m the opposite – I devoured the books in both series, but HP holds a much more special place in my heart but the films are my guilty pleasure lol!

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    1. Lol well the question told me to give three reasons to defend my answers so I felt I just had to! HP holds a more special place in my heart, too, even if I’ve only seen the films. ❤

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  3. This was such a fun tag to read!! Loved reading all of your answers, Hunida!! Generally, I like reading in 1st person more too — don’t know why but it just feels more intimate I guess?! It’s cool getting inside the character’s mind! Harry Potter has that awesome nostalgic feel that I adore but I remember reading all of the Twilight books back in high school. I was totally late to the game with the books but read them all in one summer. Good times lol! x

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    1. Aw thank you for reading, Nunzia. ❤ That's the perfect way to put it, reading in 1st person is much more intimate. I like "being" the narrator, you know? Both Twilight & HP are nostalgic for me. So happy to hear you like both, too!!

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    1. Ahh yay, so happy you agree about Lockhart’s style. I’ve read loads of bad reviews on We Were Liars that I just don’t understand! Forbidden love is so fun, right?! Thanks so much for reading!! ❤

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    1. Aw, I’m sorry you get car sick from reading in the car– it seems to be a common thing! & I heard a lot of people listen to audiobooks in the car nowadays so that’s a great idea but, personally, I’m not a fan of audiobooks. 😛 BTW, I sent you a recommendation on Goodreads! I remember reading the book quite some years ago & loving it, since you liked the doctor memoir I thought you might like Waiter Rant, too. 🙂

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  4. I love these sorts of posts – I’ve never seen the book tag one though and this looks like so much fun! I’ve got back into reading over the last couple of years and I regret not doing it sooner as I’ve discovered so many amazing books. I especially think there’s nothing better than the smell of a book! xx

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    1. Yay!! This tag was so much fun!! 😀 I’d love to read your answers to it. ❤ I'm so happy to hear you've been reading more in the last couple years. There really are so many great books out there, my Goodreads TBR is like 1,000 long! & you're right, the smell of books is unbeatable but, I don't actually put my nose to it– usually just turning the pages is good enough for me LOL.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!! ❤

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  5. Alex gets car sick if he reads as well, so he never does it. I cant imagine what that must feel like. I love reading while alex drives though. It’s like my own little time to do whatever I want lol.
    I agree about the points you made on why you watched HP and not twilight. I feel the same. Though to be fair, I’m not a huge fan of twilight to begin with. Anyway, they really shouldn’t be compared. Both have huge fan bases and it’s ok to like one more than the other and vice versa or even both. You definitely get a lot more content with all the characters in HP though. I grew up watching the movies as well and connected with other characters that weren’t the main ones and I even cried over Cedric and other characters. Ok, I think im over explaining now, let me move on..
    I’ve always loved reading too. My parents always told me that when I was younger I would read books by myself before I started kindergarten or 1st grade cant remember which. And they also like to retell the story that I was so ahead of everyone in school that the teacher made me help kids with their reading lol.
    Omg Of Mice and Men was just a good book! We read that in HS I will need to re-read it because I only vaguely remember the ending.
    Surprisingly Language Arts was also my best one lol. I felt like I sucked though. Sometimes i still cant pronounce things properly but let me write things out and I even put out new vocabulary in there hahaha
    I think re gifting books is actually quite nice! Even if the book isnt new-new, it’s the thought that counts and I also see it as a gesture of: “I didnt like this book but hopefully you will” and if they dont they can keep re-gifting it until someone keeps the book because they like it. Kind of like the book finding its forever home lmao. Omg that sounds fucking cheesy!..
    The only books I’ve read with shape shifters were the Sookie Stackhouse series. It’s a very long series with like 12 or 13 books but the books are so small and such easy reads I was able to read 2 or 3 a week lol. Also the series was more about vampires but there were werewolves and Angels in there too. I actually kind of recommend those books because I like them so much lol. They also created a TV show based on it (True Blood) which I also loved. Need to rewatch it lol.
    I think I like forbidden love tropes as well. They just have a different kind of element and the story that goes with it can be different from book to book whereas love triangles are more or less the same?
    Full on romance bores me lol. One of the reasons some of the Nicholas Sparks books were eh to me lol

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    1. Yeah, I get a little dizzy from reading in the car but, I am right now & feeling fine. 🙂 Usually, I just like to chat with bf or stare out the window & sing along to the radio lol.

      I actually did watch all the Twilight movies & didn’t even hate them but, the thing is, I’d never rewatch any whereas HP I could over & over again. There is just soso much more to the HP films. With plot, characters, connection… everything. I cried over Cedric, too lol. I know exactly what you mean! I don’t see how the two are always compared. Makes no sense.

      That’s adorable that your parents retell that story about you teaching other kids to read. They are so proud of how smart you are. I love that! 💗

      Even boyfriend finished reading Of Mice & Men, it was truly a classic. I remember it too much to ever reread it. 😭

      Oh my gosh, there are words that I know what they mean, & it’s not until I say them out loud & someone corrects me that I find out how to actually pronounce. “Tartar” sauce was one of those and “colonel.” 😂

      Aw I, 100%, agree with what you said about regifting books. It’s not cheesy at all! Everyone has different tastes so you never know what someone else might like. 💗

      I’ve heard of the Sookie Stackhouse books & I’ve heard of True Blood, too but, I didn’t know they were one in the same! Interesting to know! I always get Vampire Diaries mixed up with that one. I’ll have to watch both someday!

      Forbidden love is just so fun to root for. Love triangles infuriate me because I always like one option way more than the other. I’ve never read a Nicholas Sparks novel & honestly, rather watch his films because reading full on romance is quite a bore. 😛

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      1. I try not to talk too much while in the car because I’m such a chatterbox and I always feel like Alex gets annoyed LMAO
        Yeah that makes sense, Twilight is more focused on the chick and not so much on everyone else. I can’t remember which one I saw, maybe I saw the first two? I don’t even know how many films they made but for the books is a trilogy right??
        In a way, I feel that because they saw how “smart” I was at that age, they expected more from me when I eventually got to middle and high school. I definitely felt the pressure to get good grades lol. Then again I’m also an over-achiever so it was harder on me haha
        It all came back to me just now honestly, weird, but I remember the entire book again LOL so sad!
        I mentioned both the books and TB a lot last year which was when I was reading them all lol. TB does veer off from the books quite a bit but I like it because it’s a different experience of the same content you know? Kind of like a different take. The same could also be said about The Strain Trilogy, as the author is a movie director as well and decided to produce a TV show, they’re entirely different it’s like watching something I haven’t read before but I did? They also made a comic book which I own as well I still haven’t read them all the way through but I really should. Lately I’ve been really getting into comic books LOL
        Anyway, I went off on a tangent, but the books were compared to Vampire Diares, or maybe Buffy the Vampire Slayer, can’t remember which one?? If you ever watch TB let me know!!!!

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        1. Lol I’m a chatterbox, too. I can’t help it! Sometimes I’ll be like, “are you listening?” & he’ll be like, “yeah but, also driving!” then when he runs errands, he always wants me to go, too, so I think he secretly misses my talking when I’m not in the car LOL.

          Yeah seriously, Twilight is ALL about Bella… I think there are 4 movies & 3 books.

          Eh, I never got the best grades. I was the worst in school, especially once it mattered most– in high school. But in Elementary, I was always pretty smart for my age, too. ;D

          Ahhh, I know, Of Mice & Men is too sad. Sometimes, I just think about it & want to cry!!

          I do remember you talking about True Blood & Sookie Stackhouse now! I knew they sounded familiar. I know exactly what you mean about it being like a different take. I honestly prefer that over an exact remake, you know?

          That’s so cool that you’ve been getting into comic books! There are some cool stores around here that sell so many!

          Will def let you know if I ever watch TB. 🙂 I’ve never seen Vampire Diaries but I do remember watching episodes of Buffy on TV here & there when I was a kiddo.

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  6. Ooh I LOVE this tag! I think I’m going to do it too. So fun and original! I get a little dizzy sometimes in the car too. Not all the time, but sometimes it affects me more than others. I also do not have a physical bookshelf with books. I get frustrated when some people act like you’re not a “real” book lover if you don’t have shelves of physical books lol.

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    1. Oh my gosh, please do!! I would so love to read your answers to this tag. 😀

      It’s the exact same with me & reading in the car, some times it’s harder than other times. & I know, I can’t stand the whole ‘ebooks aren’t real books’ crap. At least we are saving the trees & in the end, we’re all absorbing the same words & story, so what’s the issue??

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      1. It’s such a fun post! I think it’s perfect for all book lovers. ❤

        Ahh good point — we are being more environmentally friendly by not buying physical books!! Love eBooks, they are just the best. So convenient!

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