Hey guys !
While I was carelessly wandering around Paris this week, the sweet Noémie from Tempest of Books tagged me for the “I Dare You Book Tag” which is basically a little quizz about our book life. As I love giving my unrequired opinion, I’m definitely taking part in this 😂
The rules are:
- You must be honest.
- You must answer all the questions.
- You must tag at least 4 people.
🌼 What book has been on your shelf the longest?
If we’re speaking generally and technically, the book I’ve had the longest is The Little Prince. I’ve had it since I was a child and I don’t think I’ll ever get read of it. It’s my childhood book, the one I’ll hold on to no matter what. I’m pretty sure we all have a book like that ! If we’re talking about unread books however, that would be Kingdom of Ash that I bought when it was released, even though I had not read all the books before it… I still don’t even have Empire of Storms…
🌼 What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Ugh I’m currently reading 4 books, this is such a mess haha. I’m reading ARCs of At the Trough and Across a broken shore (which both seem amazing and I can’t wait to read more) as well as Nevernight and Dry ! Considering those will take me a little while to read, I have absolutely NO IDEA what I’ll read after that. Might be something lighter, like the Lara Jean series ! That would also go well with the weather that is starting to warm up a little here in France !
🌼 What book did everyone like, but you hated?
OMG that’s an easy one. I kept seeing everyone ranting about The Night Circus on bookstagram, so I got a copy of it. Such a disappointment. I did not catch on the magical and whimsical vibe everyone seemed to have. I DNF’ed it after ~100 pages. Not worth the hype.
🌼 What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I actually don’t think there is one… I only have books that I have a genuine interest in on my TBR.
🌼 What book are you saving for retirement?
Is this a thing ??? I don’t have one either ! There are probably some books I’ll reread when I’m older, such as To Kill A Mockingbird, The Hate U Give or The Book Thief, but I don’t save any books for that moment in particular !
🌼 Last page: read it first or wait ’til the end?
I’m not the type who like spoiling herself, so I usually wait until the end. Sometimes though, when a character I like is in a really bad position, I check the last pages of a book to see if they are still alive.
🌼 Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?
Acknowledgment is nice for the people that are thanked, but I honestly never read them. I believe it’s more like an inside thing, like inside jokes. It makes the thanked people happy that they are recognized in public but most reader don’t really care about it. Not sure if I make sense ?
🌼 Which book character would you switch places with?
Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone ! She’s got two worlds open for her and she gets to live amazing adventures ! Also, there’s Akiva. Damn, girl !
🌼 Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (place, time, person)?
The Little Prince again ! It’s one of the first books I ever got, so I treasure it ! It also was a gift from my mom, so I guess it’s a link with her as well (she’s not dead or anything ! It’s just that I’ll always think of her when reading it !). It’s a classic in France, and is absolutely adorable. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend it to you ! If you can get your hands on an edition with pictures, it’s even better !
🌼 Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
I feel really uninteresting writing this 😂 I always buy books the most normal way possible. The ONLY book I have that I did not buy or receive as a kid from family is a hardback edition of Carve the Mark, that I won during a giveaway on Instagram. And it was a signed copy ! That was my first giveaway and I was beyond excited to receive it !
🌼 Have you ever given a book away for a special reason/to a special person?
I never have ! I’m very protective of my books and I never trust people to take good care of them… I only lent my 20th anniversary copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone to a kid I’m tutoring in English, and even then, it was only for a day. I’m waaaay too paranoid with my babies !
🌼 Which book has been with you to the most places?
I don’t move around a lot with books, but I have been to the UK for a few months in 2017 and I traveled there with the first book of the Games of thrones series. I stayed in Birmingham 3 months and still did not manage to finish it in that span of time… It was sooooo long !
🌼 Any ‘required reading’ you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I was in the literary branch in high school, so we did a lot of reading. There are probably a few ones that I did not like, and I still haven’t changed my mind about them. I hated poetry for instance, and I still don’t like it much now. Most of the time however, I truly enjoyed reading the books. There was The Stranger for exemple, or Molière plays that I loved !
🌼 Used or brand new?
I’m a new book freak. Everything I get just has to be new. I love the feeling of knowing I’m the first person to own a book, to hold it and cherish it. There is an exception to the rule though. If I find a pretty edition of a classic, and if it is pristine, I’ll probably get it. I found a 1981 copy of a Jules Verne book belonging to my mom in my grandparents attic. It is good as new and is now exhibited on one of my shelves.
🌼 Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Nooooooooo ! I think I tried reading the Da Vinci Code at some point when I was younger, but I didn’t understand much of the action. I might try to reread it now that I’m an adult, especially as I have been to the Louvre this week and it made me think of this book.
🌼 Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
I actually liked the Lord of the Rings movie (I’ve only seen the first) better than the books, which were way too descriptive and slow paced for my liking. I’m not a huge fan of this series but even I must admit a lot of work has been put in the movie, and it looks amazing ! A second movie I liked, not more than the book, but as much as it, was Divergent. It’s kind of an unpopular opinion, as many readers disliked the movie, but I think the cast was pretty good.
🌼 Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
The baking in Heartless and To All the Boys I’ve loved before made me want to eat, while being too lazy to actually cook or bake anything…
🌼 Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Praise the almighty bookstagram 😂 I’m very active on Instagram, and there are a few bookstagrammers that I love who have similar book tastes to mine, so I generally pick some books that they recommend on social medias.
🌼 Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g. outside of your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
One of my resolution this year was to read more historical fiction. I owned up to it and read The Tattoist of Auschwitz a few months ago. It was a really powerful read, especially when I realized this was inspired by true events, and mostly a transcription of what happened in reality, with some fiction intertwined in it. It gave me all the feels, and I am looking forward to reading the next book by Heather Morris, which will also be following a character from The tattoist of Auschwitz.
That’s all for today folks ! I am tagging Kristin from Kristin Kraves Books, Toya from The Reading Chemist, MJ from One True Daydreamer and Fizah from Book Tales by me. Have fun girls ❤
See you soon !