The Ultimate Book Tag

January 23, 2015

books oscar wildeI wouldn’t have called it ultimate, but I enjoyed answering most of the questions. After doing the Book Tag a while ago, I decided to add other tags to the… collection, if I find something some which grab my attention. One of them is this one, created by the girls from Chapter Chicks. I tweaked it a bit and here it is. Have fun!

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1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

I usually don’t read in the car. But no, I do not get sick… although I might forget to get out of the car if it’s a good story.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

It’s not easy to choose, but I’ll say Charlotte Bronte. I love her novels. I wasn’t impressed with The Professor, but I’m in love with Jane Eyre (Shirley and Villette are surprisingly good as well). Her writing is what took my fondness for reading one step further, making me want to discover every little detail the stories had to offer.

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

Harry Potter. Three points, you say. Hm… great plot (more than meets the eye), brilliant characters, that little something that sticks with you, regardless of your age. Or of the number of times you’ve actually read the series.

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

I don’t have a book bag. But even my smallest bag is big enough to hold a book.

5. Do you smell your books?

Sometimes, but I’d much rather feel their texture and admire the writing (if it has a certain style which stands out, like Count Dracula’s diary) or illustrations, if there are any.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I prefer books without illustrations. I get rather distracted when I see them.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Quality writing according to whom? Yes, it happened, but I won’t give titles. I loved those books, so I don’t care if anyone says they’re not “quality writing”. Not even the critics have a say in what I choose to read.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?

I don’t have any funny stories, but I will tell you this: the best stories of my childhood, fairytales, did not come from books, but from my grandfather. He would tell me stories every night. My love for books was born then.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo. One of my favourite books ever.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I used to write short-stories, but I haven’t written fiction since I was about 19 years old. Do I see myself as being an author? Well, I used to. And, to be honest, that wish is still in my heart. Who knows?! Maybe one day I’ll return to this love of mine.

12. When did you get into reading?

I don’t know. As I said before, it all started with fairytales. After that, it was a gradual process… there was no going back.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

Jane Eyre, no doubt about that. I’ll write a review for it, I promise!

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

Thank the one who gave it to me, hope that I didn’t sound too disappointed and put the book on a shelf. Out of sight, if possible.

15. What is your favorite word?

Why? It’s also one of my least favourite words. It depends on who’s using it.

16. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Nerd, plain and simple. What’s a dweeb?

17. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires… like Dracula as described by Stoker and Kostova: old, intelligent, complex. Or like Count Saint Germain.

18. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Can it be an angel with shapeshifing powers? Because, to quote the Doctor, they’re cool.

19. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?tear the historian

If they’re well-written, both. Because I’m curious to see how they’d be presented.

20. Zombies or Vampires?

I haven’t read any zombie stories, so… vampires.

21. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love. Not much of a fan, but I’m even less of a fan of love triangles.

22. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action-packed and love scenes. The best of both worlds!

by Elena Atudosiei

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9 Responses to The Ultimate Book Tag

  1. Alina Andreea Catarau on January 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

    You did a great job, darling! I’m sure I would had had some difficulties answering the questions where you had to choose between two particular books or types of characters. You know that I love very much the literature of the bygone centuries, so postmodern and popular books are not the first option for me. :)) The questions about the thinnest and thickest books in one’s bookcase are a little odd, because, in my case, I have a lot of books – fiction and non-fiction – and why should I care which one is what size or thickness. It matters more what is inside the book, not outside, except for the cover. Just saying. :)

    To end it here, thumbs up for your answers and for the time spent to write this article! Kisses! :*

    • Elena Atudosiei on January 23, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Oh, but size does matter… sometimes :) I agree, what the text has to offer is much more important than the length of the story. However, I finished reading “Agnes Grey” in a little over a day (writing notes and all). But “Les Miserables” kept me company for a couple of weeks. It’s all about the time for me; well, now it is. I love long books, with many details and characters. Yet I will turn my attention to a shorter novel, for instance, if I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands. Lots of hugs! :)

  2. Noexis Llanos on January 27, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Before I engross myself in the article, I must say:
    1- if it works, you could make a “Song/Music Genre Tag”. I’d be furiously typing on it, since music is basically my air :P.
    2- Ellie, I see what you did there :))

    • Elena Atudosiei on January 28, 2015 at 6:11 am

      I didn’t do anything 😛 And I really want to do a song tag (and a film tag, now that I think about it), but I haven’t found one yet. When I do find a new tag, you’ll be the first to know.

      • Noexis Llanos on January 28, 2015 at 3:43 pm

        You better :D. Maybe you could make one yourself? I could help, if you’d like. Just a few musical questions, how bad could it be? :)

        • Elena Atudosiei on January 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

          Actually, that’s not a bad idea. I’ll keep you updated. :)

          • Noexis Llanos on January 28, 2015 at 4:10 pm

            I know, I’m brilliant 😛

  3. Noexis Llanos on January 28, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Oh I loved it! I want to answer these. Ok, here I go, bare with me:

    1- I get very, very dozy if I read in the car, specially when we are on mountains and curves… Which is always 😛
    2- Even if I haven’t read many published books of different authors, I must say I love R.A. Salvatore’s writing style. It is very descriptive, and you can always relate to life, even if it’s talking about elves and magical creatures.
    3- Even if I haven’t read the books and only sticked it a few movies, I must go with Harry Potter: a) No glowing vampires (seriously, why would they even…) b) You can relate to a character or, if I’m not the only one, even relate to a house. (Griffindor forever!) c) Even if I haven’t watched all the movies nor read the books, I can tell that the plot and characters are way waaaay more elaborate than… I don’t know, glittering vampires and teenagers that don’t express a thing.
    4- I only carry bookbags to places I know I’ll delay… Or that I’ll stay. Usually, I carry clothes, my tablet, chargers… The essentials.
    5- I love the smell of pages and books. Yes. :-3
    6- Without illustrations is quite preferable. I could spend 15 minutes looking at the illustration so no thanks jaja.
    7- Honestly, the term “quality writing” should not even exist in literature in my opinion. Because even if the book may not be written in the best way, what really gives a book quality is its ability to express you an emotion or thought. And I would introduce fanfiction as my book(s) around here on… This exact spot. 😛
    8- As Elena, I don’t have stories, but I do have tales that my family told me before napping, as well as little songs and such.
    9- You’ll Always be Mine, Natasha Preston
    10- R.A. Salvatore’s books.
    11- I do write as well as read. My poems are rolling over here. I also write fanfiction. As for being an author, I am one already. Now, being a famous author, no. I don’t see myself writing for a living. I suck at it 😛
    12- Uh, I really don’t know. I guess I grabbed a huge Salvatore book in 11th. grade. That’s when I started reading as a hobby, and not just to pass a class.
    13- It’s not from the 1700’s, but I love “Crónicas de una Muerte Anunciada” from Hispanic writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It’s besutiful in a twisted kind of way.
    14- If I got a book as a gift and didn’t liked it, I’d probably thank the person for the gesture, hide it somewhere and maybe donate it after a while. I sound mega cruel… Ok, moving on.
    15- Wholeness. I think that it is the maximum expression of all positive emotions. That is what we are all looking for: feeling whole. It’s a very deep word, conveying so many emotions and depth, many are afraid of it, I think.
    16- I’m a nerd, dork and dweeb, enclosed in a wrapping of obnoxious, random, crazy happiness. ‘Cause I’m eclectic like that ;))
    17- Why not a fairy vampire? Think about it.
    18- Shapeshifters. They are usually hurt and with a cool, dark and painful background story.
    19- Werewolves. I’ve always been interested in them. They seem to be creatures in constant conflict between their savage side and their rationale. They seem more human that most people in this world.
    20- Vampires. I have an ever-growing distaste for zombies and the absurd attention they receive in the film industry.
    21- Forbidden love due to a love triangle. :3
    22- I like a book in which they can have a lot of action and have me tense. But I also love (good) romantic books. I’m very selective in these last ones, so I’ve barely read any romantic books. (although I have one with Hades and a girl pending and waiting to obtain my tears and suck my soul dry).

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