All About Reading Tag

All AboutReadingTag

Chelles Book Ramblings did the All About Reading Tag and I loved reading her answers. The questions are really different from other tags I have seen/done so I just had to do it as well!

1.What do you look for most when you pick up a book? a) A beautiful writing style b) A character driven story c) A plot driven story

Ideally, I would love for a book to have all three of these things, but characters can truly make or break a book for me. I need to connect to the characters and become invested in their story or it will not be memorable to me, no matter how amazing the writing is or how action-packed it is!

2.What are your pet peeves in books?

I have the usual pet peeves like insta-love, and love triangles, but the one trope that gets to me the most is ‘not like other girls.’ Nothing makes me rolls my eyes quicker than when a character says she is not like other girls or a love-interest tells her she is different from other girls! What is so wrong with other girls!! I find a lot of books make it seem like being feminine or enjoying things that are stereotypically ‘girly’ is a bad thing.

3. If you could print one quote on your wall, which one would it be?

Ohh I love this question! It would definitely be something bookish. I will share a few favourites.

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
—Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”
—Neil Gaiman

“Books may well be the only true magic.”
—Alice Hoffman

4. Which genre would you like to explore more?

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I would love to read more ‘weird science’ novels that are similar to Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. It was so strange and unlike anything I have ever read before, and I know that there are other books out there that are being classified as ‘weird science’ and the genre is becoming more popular. I would love any recommendations!

5. Was there ever a movie adaptation you liked better than the book?

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I have seen Bridget Jones’s Diary so many times and I absolutely love it. It is hysterical and I find that the older I get, the more I relate to her. That said, I could not even get through the book! I think the humour just did not translate on to the page, and that could just be a me problem. It is rare for me to read a book and find it truly funny!

6. If one of your favorite books would be adapted or get a new adaptation, which book would it be and which role would you like to play?

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I would scream if I heard that The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was being made in to a movie! It is an absolutely beautiful book and I think it would translate well on to the screen. I would love to play Evelyn Hugo when she is younger, but I am not sure I would be able to do that character justice!

7. A hyped book you wouldn’t recommend at all?

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I have said this before but Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I had so many problems with the ‘twist’ in that book and it just does not sit right with me.

8. A book that highly influenced your life and way of thinking?

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Here is another opportunity to talk about my favourite book, Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, and to share my favourite quote.

“It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”

9. Are you a fan of re-reading books, do you do it often?

It is very rare for me to reread books! I have a few books that I pick up and reread from time to time but I could count those on one hands. They are Cannery Row, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Life of Pi, and of course, Harry Potter! I would love to start rereading more often but there are just so many books on my TBR!

10. Which book title could easily be the title of your life?

This is such a hard question!! Maybe Carry On? I feel like no matter what comes my way, I always try to push through and just carry on! That is a bit of a stretch…

11. Which book should be required reading for everyone?

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for sure! If I were to choose a book that I read this year, it would have to be Educated by Tara Westover. It is a powerful memoir that was eye-opening for me and is often on my mind.

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14 thoughts on “All About Reading Tag

  1. Usually whenever I’m reading tags by other people, I always go on answering questions side by side. AND LITERALLY ALL MY ANSWERS WERE SIMILIAR TO YOURS! it’s insane bec it’s like you somehow went inside my brain to see what I was thinking lol.

    I can’t reread books either, except two of my ever favourites! And damn that John Steinbeck quote is so deep! Loved it. I was searching for tags to do and I think this is it, I found it!! Love you ❤️

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  2. I can forgive a bad plot if i love the characters 😀

    I keep seeing people not recommending Everything… by N Yoon. Admittedly i just got it cuz the cover was cute, and had some drawing like things in it and it was £1 in the charity shop 😀 So i won’t be extremely disappointed if i don’t like it.

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    1. I completely agree! A good plot is fantastic but doesn’t make or break a book for me, but the characters definitely do! Everything, Everything was a complete cover by for me and the drawings are fun and they were done by her husband, which I think is a nice touch! I think for that price it is worth giving a try to see what you think!

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  3. Good characters can save a book for me. And they don’t necessarily have to be “good” cause I do love a bad guy but you know what I mean 🙂

    I don’t have a lot of weird science recommendations though I enjoy the genre but you should check out Borne by Jeff Vandermeer I enjoyed that one quiet a bit.

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  4. I loved reading your answers! I agree with you about Everything Everything, the plot twist for me was predictable, was it for you? I love character driven books too. But I agree, without all three aspects (writing, characters, plot) the book would feel like it’s lacking something (that’s why I love Fredrik Backman’s book A Man Called Ove, it has all three aspects!). Also, I’m glad that you don’t like the ‘not like other girls’ line because I agree, girls are awesome what’s wrong with being like most girls? 🙂 Great post!

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