Holy guacamole this is a monster of a book tag my friend Emily @Embuhleeliest tagged me in. Thanks Emily! ( ⚆ _ ⚆ )
1) Which book character’s clothes style do you like?
I like the styles of Leetah (in the foreground) and Winnowill (in the background with the long black hair) from the Elfquest series by Wendy & Richard Pini. I would never wear the styles myself (well, except for cosplay maybe) but I do like most of the clothing in the series.
2) Your book boyfriend/girlfriend/ fictional crush?
ART from Artificial Condition by Martha Wells. Or Murderbot…but I love ART more and wish it was in more than one book in the series.
3) Ever loved a character but then started hating them?
I wouldn’t say hate, but the older I get, the more issues I have with Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I agree with Emily that he is kind of a butt.
4) Biggest/Longest book on your shelf?
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon is not the longest book I own…though in fact it might be the longest single book I own that is not a compilation or anthology. It certainly has the most monstrously wide spine out of any of the books I own.
5) Heaviest book on your shelf?
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikubu…maybe? Granted, my copy is a two hardcover book box set. Otherwise, probably one of my old coding textbooks is no doubt the heaviest book I own.
6) Do you have any book posters?
No, I don’t think I do. I should remedy that.
7) Do you have any book themed jewelry?
I collect Alice in Wonderland themed necklaces, but I also have a Tinker Bell necklace and, my favorite, an actual tiny read leather bound book my friend Sarah gave me. She also wrote a story/poem in it for me!
8) Book OTP?
Moony (Remus Lupin) and Padfoot (Sirius Black) from Harry Potter. Tonks can go fuck herself.
(The picture above is taken from my absolute favorite fanfic, Shoebox Project by dorkorific and ladyjaida, and follows the Marauders during their Hogwarts days. In particular, the art was done by dorkorific.)
9) Favorite book series?
Currently? The Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft.
10) Favorite book-to-movie soundtrack?
I’m gonna have to agree with Emily on this one and go with Lord of the Rings. Game of Thrones is a close second though. And if we are talking book-to-video game? Witcher III hands down.
11) A book story you miss/ wish would continue?
Circe by Madeline Miller. It had a perfect ending, but I wish I could have lived longer in that world.
12) Favorite stand-alone?
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami.
13) Since when do you read books?
Uh…since I can remember?
14) Which Hogwarts house are you in?
15) Quality you look for in a book?
16) Favorite book quote?
From Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard:
“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.”
17) Favorite author?
18) Favorite book cover?
Either this particular edition of Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, or the H. P. Lovecraft Tales of Horror compilation.
19) Action or Romance?
Romance…depending on the romance
20) Where do you go when a sad moment happens?
Like, to a safe space?? WTF does this question even mean?
21) How long do you need to finish a book?
Depends on the book. Could be anywhere from a day to 10 years. Typically 2-3 days though.
22) How long is your mourning period?
Uh, like, for character deaths? Depends on the character. **SPOILERS AHEAD** I am still not over Sirius Black from Harry Potter or Estraven in The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. But I got over Tain Hu from The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson in like a day.
23) Least favorite book?
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
24) Turn on in a character?
Brilliant deviousness (think Light from Death Note or Mad Mikkleson’s portrayal of Hannibal Lecter)
25) Turn off in a character?
26) Reason I joined the online book community?
I blame Emily.
27) Name a scary book
Just…name one? Ok. I have heard that The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is scary. Neil Gaiman said so. I don’t really read much horror (cuz I like to, you know, sleep), so yinz are just gonna have to go with Neil on this one.
Though, now that I have thought about it a little more, The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is probably one of the scariest things I have ever read.
28) Last book that made you cry?
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.
29) Last book that you gave 5 stars?
The Devourers by Indra Das.
30) Any favorite book titles?
Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Genius and Mysterious Life of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery.
31) Last book you read?
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by various.
32) Book you’re currently reading?
The Makioka Sisters by Tanizaki Junichiro.
33) Last book adaptation you watched?
Technically I am re-watching this. The first season of Dexter was adapted from the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. If we are talking new-to-me adaptations then probably the anime adaptation of the manga Made in Abyss.
34) A book character you always wanted to talk to?
Basically any of the characters in The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop, but if I had to pick only one…Saetan.
35) An author you always wanted to talk to?
William Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling.
36) Favorite book snack?
Tea and Biscoff cookies.
37) Book world you want to live in most?
Either The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis or Discworld by Terry Pratchett.
38) Book world you least want to live in?
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.
39) Last time you smelled a book?
I dunno, couple of days ago maybe?
40) Weird insults used in books?
If by “weird” you mean “hilarious and brilliant” then, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien:
“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
41) Favorite romance book?
Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr.
42) Do you write?
A poem or two every ten years or so. And blog posts.
43) Favorite magical item?
My favorite magical items are theoretical items my friend Sarah and I came up with, so they aren’t from any book as far as I know. The first one is the All Book. This one might actually have a chance of happening what with technology (ebooks, smart paper, etc.) going the way it is. Essentially, it is a book that can be any book you want. Now, I know that with technology this can be tricky…since not all books are the same length. But even so, you could have a nice, leather-bound book with smart paper pages that you could load any ebook into, and if it is longer than the number of pages, when you get to the last available page, you press “continue” or something and the book reloads with the remaining pages and you “start” again from the beginning.
So, that one is no longer my top magical item since it has a decent chance of actually happening. Therefore my top magical item would be the self-refilling teapot. It is a teapot that never runs out of tea, and any time you pour (for yourself or someone else) it always pours out tea prepared exactly as the person wants (sugar/no sugar, milk/no milk, etc.).
44) Your quidditch position?
45) Name a song you connect to a book
I always have connected The Game by Disturbed to Daemon from The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop.
46) Favorite book related chat up line?
???? What makes you think I wanna chat someone up?
47) Have you ever used it?
48) Favorite book fandom?
49) How many books do you own?
Ebooks? 1540 (ish. I know there are a few not counted in that Kindle total). Print books? No idea, but maybe about half that.
50) Who do you tag?
Anyone who wants to do this tag, have at it. And good luck (it’s a long one).
Phew that was long. Why didn’t you warn me Emily!? ;~;