I have a train to catch at 6:40 tomorrow morning for a trip that I haven't packed for yet. But I procrastinated by checking my email (as one does) and then was caught up in the entertainment that is Cait from Paper Fury. Check her blog out. She has all the awesome, and you will not be sorry. She did the "I Dare You" book tag, and of course, I feel the need to be writing this blog post instead of, you know, doing what I am supposed to be doing. See how daring I am?!
I am not sure of the origin of the tag. My VPN isn't working so I can't Google, and Bing IS NOT THE SAME. If anyone knows, please tell me so I can credit. Cite your sources, Tara.
1. What book has been on your shelves the longest?
This is an interesting question because when I went overseas, I basically gave up all of my physical books for my Kindle. OMG, that was expensive. And frustrating because it has taken me YEARS to build my collection backlog back up. So, either we agree that the three boxes of books that I still have in my mother's attic (I have slowly been getting rid of them over the years. Three is an accomplishment!) But honestly, my kindle.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Current read: And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1) by Kiersten White
Last Read: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Next Read: The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye
I just realized, all of these books are recommendations from Cait. What can I say? She knows her stuff. We have similar enough tastes that I usually pick up any book she has raved about.
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
All of my language textbooks which I have sadly abandoned but keep telling myself that I will get to. Eventually. Someday. Listen, I plan to be multi-lingual and will have to hit the books at some point.
5. Which book are you saving for retirement?
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
by Marcel Proust. Because at this point in my life I don't have time for a twenty-two page first sentence. But I also have aspirations of being an intellectual someday. So, I have it on my list to read but am going to put it off as long as humanly possible.
6. Last Page: read it first, or wait until the end?
OMG, that's not how reading even works! You start at the beginning, and when you get to the end, you stop. Sometimes you start over, but you never start at the end. Never, do you hear!
7. Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
I love them. I can think of some books where I actually liked the acknowledgments more than the book itself. There are so few chances in life to be genuinely happy and excited about something without irony, cynicism, or an attempt to be cool.. Acknowledgments and Lin-Manuel Miranda are two of the last holdouts.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Hermione. There is no question. Maybe Blue but she has a bit too much unfocused hostility. Hermione has herself put together in a way that I aspire to. Yup, I am totally successful at this whole adult thing.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
Harry Potter reminds me of my friend Gabrielle because we often talk about them. The Babysitter Club and especially the first Super Special, Babysitters on Board (the fact that I know this off the top of my head makes me want to roll my eyes at myself) make me think of being seven, getting a library card of my own for the first time, and of my childhood best friend, Virginia. We were so obsessed. The book Beauty makes me think of my middle school library where I checked out the book Beauty. I was in seventh grade, and I have read it at least once a year ever since.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Well, I was at a literacy conference in Thailand last month. All the speakers there were authors. Mostly, of nonfiction how to teach reading and writing correctly, dammit. I won a book by one of the authors who then signed it for me. Yay! We then went on a river cruise (well, like 70 of us) and I ended up sitting next to another author on the bus who asked to see the book and then mocked the books author for his generic inscription. The first author took up the challenge, and we all went out carousing on the town. Yes, I did just make a short and interesting story long and boring. Sorry.