Random Book Tag

I love doing a good book tag and this one seemed interesting. I wanted to break things up a little too, the blog has been a lot of reviews lately, and I thought this would be a nice way to do it. I decided to do the Random Book Tag. I found it on Hashtag Book Love’s blog. So let’s go! 

Favourite children’s book/ fairytale?

Favourite Christmas Stories is a book I always think about, it’s a book I read every year with my parents at Christmas. I have so many fond memories of this book, I still have it now and it makes me smile every time I think about it. 

Do you have more than one copy of the same book? Same or different edition?

Hmm. I’m not sure if this counts but I have a couple of books where I have both the graphic novel and the novel. I have three of the Darren Shan saga Mangas and I have both the novel and comic for Iron Man Extremis. I’m not sure this counts but it’s the best I’ve got for you.

If you could change the fate of one book character, whom would you choose?

I feel like Lucy Gray from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins really didn’t get the respect she deserved. She was such a good character and she deserved a better ending than the crap she was given. Honestly I think the whole ending of that book was awful and should have just been fully rewritten. If the last quarter of the book didn’t happen I would have loved it a lot more. 

Do you use bookmark or dog-ear the pages? 

I use a bookmark most of the time, right now I’m using a photo strip from a wedding of my mam and I. I do dog-ear sometimes though when I need to mark a page I want to remember when I write a review. I should start using page flats but I’m way too lazy to get up and go get them. 

Choose a book character you would like to have as a friend in real life.

I would love to be friends with anyone from VFD before the schism. I already have the tattoo on my foot so I think I’ll fit right in with that! I love every member and I would love to think I would fit in with the organisation. 

Which book do you think had the worst plot?

Oh, this is a good one. I would say As Old as Time by Liz Braswell as part of the Twisted Tale series. I just think the concept was interesting, a twisted version of Beauty and the beast, but the plot was just awful. It was a mix of crap. I do want to read the other Twisted Tale books but I don’t think this was a good one to work on.

Which do you prefer: eReaders, tablets or physical books?

Well the whole concept of my blog is based around print and supporting bookshops so I obviously love physical books but that being said I have read books off a tablet before. Books that are too big to carry around, especially when I was at college and had to carry my laptop and textbooks too. I also listen to a lot of audio books. I do always make sure I own the actual physical book though before I read the ebook or listen to the audio book. 

Do you watch book trailers? 

I’ve never ever been interested in book trailers. Maybe I should start checking them out?

Do you prefer a book series or stand alone?

Right now I’m more into stand alone books, I feel if I read a book series I get trapped. Though I still do allow myself to read some book series, normally preferring shorter series. 

Does the book cover affect your decision whether or not to buy a book?

No, it doesn’t. I will be attracted to a pretty cover but I much rather care about the plot, I won’t force myself to read a book just because I like how it looks.

And what is your favourite book cover?

This is another really good one and I can’t decide on just one! I’m going to allow myself a couple. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, cover by whiskytree. I just love this cover so much, I think it’s so beautiful! I want it huge on my wall!

Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets: A Real-Life Scottish Fairy Tale by Jessica A. Fox, cover by Evie Dunne. The cover fits so well with the book, it really gives the feeling of Wigtown and the book.

Mostly Void, Partially Stars by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor. Cover design by Milan Bozic, cover illustration by Jessica Hayworth. Though really I could list all the Welcome to Night Vale books. This one is definitely my favorite though, I love how simple it is. 

(On a side note while looking at my bookshelf for this question I found an unread book I didn’t even know I owned.)

Did you ever buy a book you thought you would love but couldn’t even finish? Which one?

The whole All the Wrong Questions Series. I love Lemony Snicket so I really wanted to like this book but I didn’t, it was boring and just had nothing that I loved from A Series of Unfortunate Events. I do want to go back to these books at some point but right now it just isn’t on my TBR list.

Which book has touched you the most? Why?

Wow, not that’s a question. If you’re asking for a book that I class as defining me, I wrote a blog post about that here. A book that touched me was Becoming by Michelle Obama. I remember when she spoke about visiting the veterans hospital, I sat on the kitchen floor crying almost uncontrollably. It was pathetic. 

Which book have you re-read the most?

I never ever re-read a book. It’s so stupid but it triggers my anxiety, though I am trying to get better at that.

How do you select new books to read?

Normally through recommendations or books that I just think look interesting, just whatever tickles my fancy really.

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