It’s been a long time since I got round to doing a book tag, so thought I’d do this one straight away to stop me forgetting. Thanks to Jess for tagging me!
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1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
Probably my copy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Lost World’. Either that or my ‘Sharpe’ collection by Bernard Cornwell.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I am currently reading two books; ‘Assassin’s Creed Renaissance’ by Oliver Bowden (paperback) and ‘Clockwork Wonderland’ (horror anthology based in Wonderland) courtesy of Horroraddicts.net. My last read was ‘Critical Failures’ by Robert Bevan. My next read will either be ‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo or ‘Critical Failures 2 (A Storm of S-words)’ by Robert Bevan.
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
American Gods. I have never been so bored when reading/listening a novel/audiobook rated so highly by so many.
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I haven’t actually told myself this and let myself down. I read everything I’m interested in reading.
5. What book are you saving for retirement?
None. Why save abook for another 40 years when I could drop dead next week? Madness.
6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
Read the last page first? Are you mad? Why ruin the hard work of the author to build up to an ending by reading it? I struggle to enjoy something if I know what’s going to happen.
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
As an author, myself, I feel it’s only proper to thank those that helped you succeed. So I’d never call it a waste of paper.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Fitz from the Farseer Trilogy. I’d try and do the impossible; make it so he’s not a miserable bugger.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
My dad and I are big fans of the Sharpe TV series and the novels by Bernard Cornwell. So reading those always makes me think of him. He used to make little dioramas set in the Napoleonic era. So it makes me think of those.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
I used to proofread the warhammer novels for the Black Library, I have a contributor copy, signed by the author, which is nice.
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
I don’t give books away. Unless I really don’t like them. Then it’s only to the charity shops.
12. Which book has been with you most places?
My Kindle goes to work with me and goes on holiday with me. As do my audiobooks. So it’s never one specific book.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
Nope. Still hate Pride and Prejudice with every fibre of being.
14. Used or brand new?
I like both. Nothing beats finding a little gem in a charity shop. There’s a used book store in my town and I often come out with five books for less than a brand new novel would cost me.
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Angels and Demons, the Da Vinci Code and part of the Lost Symbol.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
I’ve seen a few that I would say are on par, but none I think was better. But then, I don’t really enjoy sitting down for ages to watch films. So books always win for me.
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
There is a chef in the Powder Mage trilogy that can make anything, quite literally out of thin air. The descriptions often make me hungry. As did the descriptions of meals in A Song of Ice and Fire, but that’s because George R.R Martin takes six pages to describe a meal.
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Drew from Tattooed Book Geek. We both have incredibly similar taste in books. The general rule of thumb is that if he likes something I’ll like it, and vice versa …except for Cold Feet. No way I’m reading that.
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
The only thing I can think of is ‘The Lost World’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Before I read that, I had no interest in books by the classic authors, or historical fiction. Now both are what I’d class as some of ‘my favourite generes’.
Liz at Cover to Cover
Drew at Tattooed Book Geek
Lashaan at Bookidote
Rose at Around the Library in 80 Days (my favourite blog name. Ever).
Mel at Meltotheany
Krysti at YA and Wine
Don’t worry if you’ve already been tagged or, simply, don’t do tags 🙂