The Ultimate Book Tag

Hey, Bookworms!

I found another fun book tag to do this weekend! I found The Ultimate Book Tag on Zezee’s amazing list of Book Tags. 

About The Ultimate Book Tag: It has a long list of questions about all things books, your reading habits and fun bookish stuff. Some I found difficult to write because I can never recommend/mention just ONE book 

I love doing these – because book reviews take time and I’ve gotta wrack my brain for good words to describe what I feel.

 All right – on to the questions. 

Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No, I don’t. But while travelling for work, I usually listen to music than read a book. I need silence while reading. If I’m travelling by train, like a one day travel, then I read books at night – preferring to look at the scenery and listen to music in the day. 

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

This is tough. Having over 1000 books on my read shelf, I feel like the writing styles of all the authors I’ve read kind of blend – especially Contemporary Romances. I recently read this series – Unsainted by K.V. Rose, which I was addicted to because of the writing style and not the characters. 

I mean, if an author can make you like the trope you hate in that book, I think it’s a hit. The same goes for Dark Romance authors – it is indeed difficult to get a reader to like an anti-hero. Sam Mariano’s Untouchable comes to mind. That one has an irredeemable hero and yet I fell in love with him.

Even PNR and Fantasy are a challenge to write. I love Ilona Andrews’ writing style. That writing duo is amazing when it comes to building an Urban Fantasy World.

Magic Bites was my first read and I was caught hook, line and sinker. The series just gets better, each book having some mythological twist in the plot. The authors have done their research and you get so caught up in Kate Daniels’ world.

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

So, Twilight isn’t really the best-written series when compared to Harry Potter, even the plot isn’t dynamic or intricate. Both the books actually mean a lot to me. For this question, I think I’ll go with the Twilight Saga.

  1. It introduced me to a whole new genre of Romance. Paranormal Romance is my favorite and go-to whenever book slump hits me. 
  2. I’ve read the Twilight series more than the Harry Potter series. Eclipse is my favorite – because Edward! *squealing*
  3. I never had a book boyfriend before this series. I was/am Team Edward forever.

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

Yes, I carry a book bag to work (I am not sure if the bag I use is a book bag – I am assuming it looks like a school bag). There’s a notebook, several pens, a lunch box, a water bottle, all the usual stuff. I also end up with crumpled papers, chocolate wrappers, bus tickets all stuffed into a corner after a week or two.

Do you smell your books?

Oh yeah. I love the smell of new books. As soon as I get a new paperback, I flip to the middle of the book and breathe in deep. I even do that with new magazines because they have a good smell too lol.

Books with or without little illustrations?

I am okay with or without illustrations. But I find it helpful if there’s a map in fantasy books. 

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

Tijan’s Fallen Crest was one of the first series that got me into New Adult/Popular Guy in school/New girl in school, tropes. I am crazy about them and I devoured all the Fallen Crest books.

But when I re-read it again, I realised the quality of writing isn’t really great – it is the characters that keep me hooked to it.

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

Naaah, I don’t really have any funny stories. I never read books in my childhood. 

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Going with my paperback collection – I don’t really own many paperbacks and I read e-books, mostly. The Selection by Kiera Cass is the thinnest book at around 320 pages.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Lux Consequences by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It has books 3 and 4 in this bundle totalling 807 pages with some bonus content.

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

I have an active imagination. Sometimes at night, I literally plot out an entire story. And in my teens, I used to write One Direction fanfiction on Wattpad (which I deleted later on). I’m slowly starting with short stories because I really want to become a full-time author in the future.

Here’s a short story I wrote on Wattpad – A Date With A Vampire.

When did you get into reading?

Around 6th-7th grade. I hated reading. But my mom was an avid historical romance reader, and one day I got curious. Since then, I’ve been devouring books. 

What is your favorite classic book?

I’ve read only one classic book – Pride and Prejudice, and I don’t really remember it that much. So I don’t have any favorite classics. 

In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Once upon a time, I hated the English language. I hated reading and writing, and till 8th grade, I never scored well in that subject. But when I started to read and fall in love with books, my best subject was English. And I’d score great in my essays and report writing. 

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

Ummm, one thing for sure – I do not condone putting them on fire or just dumping them in the trash because you hated the book or the author. I’d ask around to see if anyone liked that genre, or if I knew someone would appreciate them better, I’d send it to them.

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

There is a lot of series I’ve read that are similar to Harry Potter. I love Paranormal Academy romance and lately, I’ve been reading PNR RH, which is super fun. I haven’t read the Hunger Games.

Here are some that are similar to the Harry Potter series:

Supernatural Academy (New Adult)
Nightworld Academy (Reverse Harem)
Becoming Alpha (YA/NA)

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

PROCRASTINATION. Even when I don’t have an excuse to, I will still delay writing posts. And rambling, I always go off-topic. Sometimes I tend to overshare or use humor that no one understands.

What is your favorite word?

I don’t have one, actually. But some words stayed in my head like balderdash, juxtaposition, onomatopoeia. Could be because of the way they sound.

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

So I had to google what these words meant, even though I had an inkling.

Nerd: Someone who is passionate about the academics
Dork: Someone who is socially awkward
Dweeb: Someone who is unsophisticated, and awkward (Basically goes back to dork and nerd lol)

I guess I am all three. I am not the life of the party, nor am I aiming to be. I’m usually in this introverted bubble with few friends. I am really shy when I meet new people and tend to not talk to them. 

Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Fairies 100%! I can’t really see myself sucking blood from a blood bag or a person’s wrist because that is disgusting.

The Fae and their world have always fascinated me. I know they seem more inhuman – but they are alluring. I’ve got a recommendation for ya if you want to read about the Fae – Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa.

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

ANGELS! Mainly fallen angels! I remember watching Vampire Diaries and how shapeshifting was painful for Tyler. I’d rather not repeatedly break my bones to shift into something. 

And there’s something about fallen angels. I’ve always preferred them to angels. Their fall from Heaven for reasons we cannot probably comprehend. Of course, this is my understanding of the romance books I’ve read. Some books I’ve read that introduced me to the fallen angel concept are – Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, and Fallen by Lauren Kate

Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

I am not really sure what spirits mean here. If that means ghosts, dealing with souls, afterlife thing, necromancy, then I guess I’ll go with Spirits. What happens after death is a topic I constantly ruminate about.

Zombies or Vampires?

Hands down Vampires. I mean choosing to drink blood for the rest of your immortal life or being a mindless body that is hellbent on eating other people’s brain… Definitely Vampires. 

Note: Vampires like the ones in the Night Huntress series and not the Twilight ones. 

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love. Love Triangles leave me dissatisfied, especially if I love the other guy more than the main hero. And now that I read Reverse Harems, I am very much into the Why Choose trope. I cannot see both of the heroes with anyone other than the heroine, so I avoid Love Triangles.

Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

That depends on the mood I am in. I love a balanced mix of Love, Romance, and an action-packed plot. 

I don’t like plain Contemporary Romances though. My reading patterns constantly shift and these days I lean towards PNR, NA, and Dark Romances.

Thank you for giving me the time of your day. I hope you enjoyed reading my take of The Ultimate Book Tag.

If you haven’t done this tag, consider yourselves tagged now! I enjoyed writing this post – there are so many books I’ve now added to my re-read pile.

Do we have something in common? Do comment!

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