Thursday, November 13, 2014

The (Not So) Ultimate Book Tag

 So I got tagged by Lois to do this - which is apparently the Ultimate book tag. What makes it so? I'm not sure. But I'm not arguing with it's grandeur, since it has chosen to claim it.


1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

OH YES. My friend's mom was mindblown when she learned this. "But you love books and reading so much!" she exclaimed. "You, out of all people, I'd expect to be able to read in the car."

But no.

2. Which author's writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I have a couple here, and they are all unique in their own ways - usually in their methods of description. So: Maggie Stiefvater, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Erin Morgenstern.

3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give three points to defend your answer.

Is this tag trying to start a fanwar? 
But I entirely go with Harry Potter. Full disclaimer: I've never read Twilight and don't plan to. Everyone with similar book tastes to mine didn't like it, so I'm just not going to waste my time on something I probably won't like either. Anyway, here are my reasons:

1. I've heard the plot of Twilight, and to me, there are so many things wrong with it.  HP has a spectacular plot throughout the books (Disclaimer #2: I haven't read HP#7 don'tkillmeplease.)
2. I read a bit of "Midnight Sun" (which is Twilight from Edward's perspective) and find Stephanie Meyer's writing style a bit childish. J. K. Rowling, on the other hand... :-)
3. This:

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

Not usually. I generally have a backpack with a book or two in it, in addition to my schoolbooks.

5. Do you smell your books?

Not customarily, but I love to smell bookstores in general.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

Depends on the book. Some books just need illustrations. What would The Book Thief be without "The Standover Man"?

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? 

I don't love books that aren't quality writing. I was raised on quality writing. As a kid, I avoided Junie B. Jones because I found it to be immature in its wording and to talk down to kids. (Sorry to everyone who considers Junie B. Jones as defining their childhood...)

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

The entire way I started reading was a funny story. I've mentioned it countless times here, the last time being on my Monday Memories post earlier this week.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by the Pearl Poet
This is my book.
It is translated by Brian Stone.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Oooh this one is close. (Tells a lot about my book preferences, doesn't it?) But the winner is The Complete Collection of Shakespeare's Work. However, Les Miserables is definitely coming in a close second, and is taller than Shakespeare's Work. So if it was made slightly squatter, it would win. 
And The Complete Short Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe most definitely deserves an honorable mention.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?


12. When did you get into reading?

Eh - see the post I linked to on question #8.  I'm getting lazy.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

In school my best subject was everything except history. We homeschoolers like to be well rounded. And because I read so much, Language Arts /English wasn't really a school subject - it what what I did in my free time.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

Put it on my shelf for a bit, if it was pretty. And then give it away on Twitter or on this blog.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I have a feeling this tag was written a while ago. I don't like it. It's not as Ultimate as it claims to be. Let's not compare books to HP or the Hunger Games anymore please? Go read one of my favorite unique authors from question #2.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

Haha I love how rambling is a given. :-)
I really don't know what a bad blogging habit of mine is. Writing really short reviews?

18. What is your favorite word?

Loquacious is always fun.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Uh. I looked these up, to better clarify:

Nerd: 1) a single-minded expert in a particular technical field. 2) a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious.

Dork: a dull, slow-witted, or socially inept person.

Dweeb: a boring, studious, or socially inept person.

According to these definitions, I am none of them. However, I do believe that the definition of "nerd" has expanded over the past couple years, to contain other areas beyond technology and computers. Thus, I believe that I am best classified as a nerd. 

Also, the person who wrote this tag seems to be in middle school. What mature person actually would call themselves or others a dork or a dweeb? Seriously. And all these imply that studiousness is a bad quality - this is a uniquely childish perception. Beyond about the second year of high school, no one makes fun of you for wanting to learn things.

I'm afraid this tag is getting less and less ultimate.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Both. If they're done right.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Both. If they're done right.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Both. If they're done right.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Both. If they're done right. I'm seeing a pattern. It all depends on the writing skill. 

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love

Both. If they're done right. Which love triangles rarely are. So, I'll go with forbidden love.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

I'd like more action, I'd say. I'd prefer that there was a different conflict beside the romance (though it doesn't necessarily have to be action-packed).


My final conclusion is that this tag can only claim ultimate-ness for about 50% of it. The rest is definitely sub-ultimate.

I'm not tagging anyone (too tired, too NaNo-ed out), but if you'd like to take it, by all means - take it.

And here's the ultimate question for you - Zombies or Vampires? Haha, no just kidding. Let's do a better one: Got any funny childhood book stories to share? 



  1. Yeah... I didn't like a lot of the questions either. :)

  2. I have to admit....I don't understand at all the war between Twilight and Harry Potter. They're not even the same genre?!! It's completely weird to compare them. That's like me comparing John Green and Maggie Stiefvater...they are just completely different and there's ZILCH middle ground. *shrugs* My respect for Stephan King plummeted when I saw his quotes about Twilight to be honest. Hey, I don't particularly like the book! It was awful, but it wasn't for me. But authors hating on authors? Whaaaat.
    Sorry. ;-) I haven't read HP 7 either. Or 6...or 5...BUT I WILL!! I've got 5 out on audio from the library. This will happen.
    Dork or a dweeb?! ALRIGHTY THEN.
    I had to look up loquacious, but that is suuuch an awesome word.

    1. I mean, as I explained in the post, I have my opinion on Twilight/HP. But really, I don't want to force it on people. I do think there is such a thing as "well written" and "badly written," but I don't want to make fun of the AUTHOR. Or beat a dead horse, and in the world of Twilight-shaming, I think that horse has been beaten quite enough.

      Everyone gets so a;slkdjfl;akjds when I tell them I haven't read HP 7, and it's a bit annoying. Oh well - I'll do it this summer. :-)

  3. Cool! I like all these answers, especially the ones for numbers 6 and 7. Wasn't "The Standover Man" one of the best parts of the whole book?

    Yes, "loquacious" is definitely an interesting word. I actually learned that word in math class of all places because my algebra teacher said that it was his favorite word. :-)

    As for funny childhood stories involving books, I can only think of one: before I could talk, I used to throw books at my mom when I wanted her to read to me.

    1. I love "The Standover Man"! It was glorious.

      And oh your algebra teacher sounds fantastic. Yay for fun math teachers!


    2. XD Yeah, that's pretty much how it went. ;-)

  4. Wow, great questions! My childhood book story is that I used to read ALL. THE. TIME. You couldn't get me to stop at all. For some reason, my primary school put me in this paired reading group, despite the fact I was such a strong reader. Because I was so used to reading in my head, I wasn't sure how to say some words- the main one I remember is struggling to say 'protestant' but being able to describe what it was. After that, my teachers realised what a mistake they'd made and took me out straight away! Also at primary school, I got a poem about snow published in a book- my only claim to fame!


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