Well, now you guys get to hear all about my amazing (and really large and messy) bookshelf! Desiree B tagged me, and since I have probably overloaded you guys with book reviews the past few days (with more coming up this week!), I thought it might be nice for you to hear a bit about my bookshelf and the stuff I like to read.
Answer the following questions about books on your book and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.
AND OFF WE GO WITH THE QUESTIONS!
1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?
Well, not a book I want to read, but a book I want to reread. I loved A Dog’s Purpose and its sequel, A Dog’s Journey, by W. Bruce Cameron, but they were both horrifyingly sad. I encourage you to read them a first time, though.
2. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.
Oodly enough, I’m going to pick Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. I first read the book when I was eight or nine (my ultimate reading phase). It got me into reading classics. While I never really could get myself into Little Women or Anne of Green Gables, I have always loved Jules Verne’s books. Some of my favorite classics include Around the World in 80 Days (quite obviously), Journey to the Center of the Earth, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
3. Find a book that you want to reread.
For one, I want to reread Jules Verne’s books. I haven’t read any classics (which weren’t for school) for years. Other than that, I’ve been thinking a lot about Inkheart lately, as well as Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher.
4. Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn’t?
Actually, yes. I don’t like saying negative things about books, but this question demands it. I’d have to choose the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I loved the first book, but the last book especially had such a convoluted plot that I think if I’d stopped at Divergent, I would have had a lot more appreciation for the series.
5. If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
Well, probably my Kindle, or my laptop. They’ve both got a lot of my digital books stored on them, plus my laptop has all of my own writing on it as well (some of which is not backed up, which is scary.) 😥 If I had to choose a physical book, I think I might just grab my Agatha Christie collection, because it’s got lots of stories that should keep me satisfied until I can rebuild my shelf.
6. Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
I’d say Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and just the general Harry Potter series in general. This was the first series I really fell in love with, the first world that I really felt I could visit, that was real. (In fact, I unashamedly waited for my Hogwarts letter on my eleventh birthday. My parents still tease me.)
7. Find a book that has inspired you the most.
I’m going to take this question to mean, “find a book that has inspired you the most to write.” Because there have been so many books that have inspired me in different ways, I couldn’t possibly name them all.
Harry Potter made me realize that every day people could write novels. J.K. Rowling was a woman with nothing left in her life. But she’d written when the words came to her, and she’d become one of the most celebrated writers of the 21st century. Anybody can become a writer. Nobody had ever told me that before. And I think that’s when I really sat down and wrote.
I saw myself in What’s Left of Me. When I read the excerpts, I found Kat’s words reminding me of my own, her main character so amazingly well-constructed that, for the first time, I felt that I could become like her, if only I could get Breeze right. I think, more than anything, Kat Zhang made me realize that teens can write.
8. Do you have any autographed books?
Yep! I’m lucky enough to have three! Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard, Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku, and The Secret Life of Dog Catchers by Shirley Zindler.
9. Find the book that you have owned the longest.
I think that would be, I Can’t, Said the Ant, by Polly Cameron. I still love looking through it sometimes. It’s written in rhyme, and used to be one of my favorite books as a child. Plus, it’s got really cute illustrations.
“What’s all the clatter?” asked the platter.
“Teapot fell,” said the dinner bell.
“Teapot broke,” said the artichoke.
“She went kerplop,” said the mop.
“Is she dead?” asked the bread.
10. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy? *spoiler: but then I did*
Strangely enough, I never thought I’d enjoy or read Harry Potter. I’ve always been sort of “against” popular fiction, because I guess I want to appreciate the under-appreciated authors (if that makes any sense at all). But my mom forced me into watching the first movie (I know, I know), and I loved it so much I knew I had to read the book, because it had to be better.