Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Amanda, and I am totally, utterly and completely obsessed with reading and books. There is something magical about reading other peoples’ words, and entering the worlds they have built with their imagination. There are lessons to be learned. Experiences to be had. Adventures to embark on. And while one must not judge a book by its cover, the best way you may get to know me is through bookish tags. Enjoy!
The first of two tags I am completing is by Epic Reads. Please visit their website! They offer so many great book recommendations, and I love them!
IF YOU COULD INVITE ONE AUTHOR AND THEIR FICTIONAL CHARACTERS TO TEA, WHO WOULD YOU INVITE AND WHAT WOULD YOU SERVE THEM?
Without a doubt Lewis Carroll and the Mad hatter. I would find it completely entertaining and MAD! Haha.
WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU LIKE A PREQUEL FOR?
I honestly can’t think of anything right now. I guess I would love to read a Harry Potter prequel that is about his parents at Hogwarts and all of their adventures.
WHICH TWO CHARACTERS (not from the same book) DO YOU THINK WOULD MAKE A GOOD COUPLE?
Hmmm this is a good one. Mr. Gatsby and the Little Mermaid (Not the Disney version. The real Mermaid from Hans Christian Anderson fairytales). They are both so similar, trying desperately to belong and be loved. Gatsby would have married her and not chosen the other woman. It would have been a very dramatic and romantic kind of love.
IF YOU RAN INTO YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR ON THE TRAIN AND COULD ONLY SAY ONE SENTENCE TO THEM, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
I WOULD SIMPLY SAY, “Thank you Ms. Bronte for speaking through your words at a time where women’s voices were unheard.”
…fyi I don’t have a favourite author but one of the Bronte sisters is who I would want to meet the most.
WHAT BOOK MADE YOU A READER AND WHY?
I will never forget it. Junior year. The Great Gatsby. The writing was so vivid, lyrical and utterly gorgeous. The setting, the plot, the characters… I fell in love with reading and there was no turning back.
WHAT DYSTOPIAN WORLD WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE AND WHY?
There is not one dystopian world that I would want to live in. I haven’t read The Power by Naomi Alderman yet, but that sounds like the best case scenario in regards to a dystopian world to live in.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST EPIC READ OF ALL TIME?
Yea, I can’t. There is just no way I can possibly choose.
The next tag originated from booktuber Lindsayheartsbooks. Click her link to visit her Youtube channel!
You have to get rid of all your books and you can keep only one from each of these genres: contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choice. Which books do you keep?
Literary Classic: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (but seriously this is just too hard to choose from…I would also want Wuthering heights, Alice in Wonderland.. too many)
Fantasy: Harry Potter (duh)
Non-fiction: This is a genre sadly I haven’t read much of, but it is in my New Years resolution to start reading more non-fiction.
Genre of your choice: Dystopian, so I can have Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood
…since I don’t have a Nonfiction title I am adding a YA novel.. and it would have to be Heartless by Marissa Meyer because it’s a great retelling of Alice and Wonderland and I couldn’t get Alice in Wonderland for my literary Classic so… yes!
You’re at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don’t like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading. What book is it?
I would most likely choose a graphic novel. They are short and filled with beautiful art to look at. They also have some of the most interesting story plots! I would recommend SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan although it may not be suitable for certain teenagers. It has a lot of adult story lines, but it is beautifully written. One hundred nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg is another great graphic novel.
You’re not feeling yourself and you need a pick me up. What book do you read to put yourself in a good mood?
I love reading children’s classic novels if I am feeling down. They take me away to another world and give me a sense of nostalgia. (Harry Potter, Series of Unfortunate Events, Chronicles of Narnia, Golden Compass just to name a few)
You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?
You would probably see me reading Perks of being a Wallflower, anything by Shakespeare, or some other kind of “coming of age” novel. I also really enjoyed modern classics junior year like Fitzgerald, Arthur Miller, JD Salinger… I was a total book nerd.
Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have one hour to pack. Which book do you bring along with you to read on the way?
I don’t know why, but whenever I am on holiday I always gravitate towards a psychological thriller or murder mystery. I have read Gone girl, Girl on a Train, Woman in Cabin 10, The Couple Next Door, and Emma in the Night all while traveling.
Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry, everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been robbed. What’s the book you really hope is safe?
I know this sounds cheesy, but my wedding album. It’s not considered a book, but books to me can be repurchased. My Wedding album with all of our memories means the world to me and I would be devastated if it were damaged or stolen (and slightly wierded out).