I’m an English major, so you know I love to read (and write). My favorite nail art blogger, GretalRabbit recently posted this Book Tag and I thought I should follow up with some responses of my own. + I have 45 minutes to kill until my parents wake up. At that point, I need to shower and finish stuffing my car to drive it (and me) into my new apartment! More proper blogging on that later.
This is mostly hard because I read sooo many books every year that it’s hard to differentiate what I read in 2011 and what I read earlier. Also, I’ve been reading so much for college that pleasure reading has gone down immensely. NYU is mean.
1. The best book you read last year
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. Also the followup sequel to this. Such a cute pleasure read!
2. A book you’ve read more than 3 times
I don’t read books more than once normally. For school, that’s a different story. I pick a classic – The Aeneid by Virgil. I’ve read 4 different translations of it 😀
3. Your favorite series
See this is hard, as this is my preferred TYPE of book. I love series. Single books are never filling enough. I’ll list my three favorite series (in that order):
His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
Harry Potter J. K. Rowling
The Dragonriders of Pern Anne McAffrey
4. My favorite book from my favorite series
His Dark Materials – Bah, this is hard. The Amber Spyglass for its lovely ending.
Harry Potter – The Goblet of Fire hands down. Although I never liked books 5-7 after HP went ‘mainstream.’ The 1st four will always be the best for me.
Dragonriders of Pern – Dragonsdawn (Colonization of Pern and discovery of the little dragonets and also Thread) and also the The Harper Hall of Pern.
5. A book that makes you happy
Don’t really read books to make me happy, as reading ITSELF makes me happy. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a pretty great one though.
6. A book that makes you sad
The Amber Spyglass. So bittersweet. Also Night by Elie Wiesel. We wrote him letters back in high school, and he wrote us all back.
7. Most underrated book
I haven’t heard much talk about the Dragonriders of Pern series, but they’re all quite amazing. Artemis Fowl too, it isn’t just for kids. I love the books! And because this is the place for shoutouts, Percy Jackson series are GREATTT. They’d be my #4 favorite series of all time, but I capped my blog post at 3.
8. Most overrated book
The Rats of NIMH. Ugh, could not stand. Also the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. LotR is sooooooo filled with “fluff” its not even funny. Also Twilight series, obviously. They’re okay, but I’ve read better Vampire novels
9. A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism, Georgia Byng. Also the rest of the Molly Moon books. SO QUIRKY!
10. Your favorite classic book
Dante’s Divine Comedy and The Aeneid. No thought needed.
11. A book you hated
Invisible Man and any and all books with existential characters. I also particularly despised The Stranger by Albert Camus. I don’t much hate books but those two were just…*shudder*
12. Your favorite book cover
Its true, I love books with a good cover. But to scour the web for my favorite right now just isn’t happening.
13. Your favorite writer
This question has soo already been asked in other forms. Because I didn’t mention the series before, I pick Rick Riordan
14. Your favorite book by your favorite writer
Hard to pick just one, so I’ll pick the first. Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It really hooked me into the series!
15. Favorite male character
Percy Jackson, Ron Weasley, DRACO MALFOY, and of course, Will from the His Dark Materials trilogy.
16. Favorite female character
Hermoine from HP, Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials, and Zoey Redbird from the House of Night series.
17. Favorite quote from a book
I READ 1000’S OF PAGES A WEEK. I CAN’T JUST SPEW OUT A FAVORITE QUOTE, THIS IS RIDICULOUS. I refuse. There are many. Check out the rotating text on the right hand column of this blog, it has some quotes I like.
18. Didn’t see the question on her page. Her answer was Wicked Witch of the West. I’ve never seen a musical or anything, but that one about a boy who likes ballet was good.
19. Favorite that has been turned into a film
Harry Potter! The earlier ones were great adaptations but BOOO, the later ones were such disappointments.
20. Favorite book illustration
I don’t read many illustrated books.
21. Favorite book from childhood
Winnie the Pooh. Totally partial to it, it was the first book I read by myself growing up. I’ve done book reports and illustrations on it, I love it.
22. Favorite book you own
Well if I own it, I assume I like it, right? Lol another stupid question – I love all the books in my collection.
23. A book you’ve wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t.
The entire and complete LotR trilogy. Quite sad that I’ve never been able to push through and read it all (YAWNNNN) but I need to persevere.
24. A book you wish more people would read
The Percy Jackson & Molly Moon books for sure.
25. The character you relate to the most
Meh. I relate to bits and pieces of many, many characters.
26. A book that changed your opinion about something
Night by Elie Wiesel just because it was such a thorough eye-opener at my tender young age.
27. The most surprising plot twist or ending
*shrug* Read too many to have one strike out at me
28. Favorite Book Title
SO YOU WANT TO BE A WIZARD (How could I not mention the series till now. My sincere apologies, it’d be #4 or #5 on my top series list)
29. A book everyone hated but you liked.
Not a conventional answer, but I enjoyed reading Dante’s Divine Comedy much more than some of the other students in my lectures.
30. Your favorite book of all time
Don’t have one. The 5 series I mentioned are my favorites. Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Percy Jackson, Dragonriders of Pern, So You Want to be a Wizard
It’s now 4:01. Time to finish packing, cheers!