I saw this on Zezee’s Blog and realized it’s been quite a while since I last did a book tag, so here you go:
What book has been on your shelf the longest?
I don’t let books sit unread for long. But it’s probably Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson, which I purchased in the start of the year or sometime in the end of last year, I don’t remember. For some reason it didn’t pull me in and I’ve put it aside. I want to pick it up again soon. But you know.. if it’s not doing it for me, I can’t help it. I won’t force myself just because it’s Sanderson. I see how I go.
What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Current reads are Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon as well as The Outsider by Stephen King. The first I am reading together with Zezee and although it started out well, we are both bored by it. There’s no interesting character and they only seem to be travelling around & occasionally fighting. No real storyline so far. I am a bit disappointed. The King novel I just started and am only about 40 pages in. It’s definitely interesting although I am not sure if I like how it’s told yet. Jumping around in time with witness statements in between. I am intrigued though..
Last read was The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. It was okay, but nothing more.
Next read I am not sure about yet. Might be Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. Or Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.
What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Too many haha. I pick The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. It was the worst. Check out my wonderful 1 Star Review, if you want to know more about this trainwreck. And I was really excited to start it. Even got the hardcover. I should have done more research. My fault.
What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Ummmmmmmm. Okay, confession time. It’s probably going to be the Kharkanas Trilogy by Steven Erikson. I know, I know.. I’m listing Erikson as my favourite author and I’ve loved reading his Malazan series. But then looking back and re-reading, I realize there’s only so many parts I really love about the books and half of it is philosophical & depressed rambling 😦 I still LIKE the books and they will have a special place in my heart. But they are not as awesome as I want them to be. I probably won’t read any more, although I still have the Kharkanas Trilogy on my wishlist. I didn’t even make it through Memories of Ice on my ReRead and that book was my favourite. Maybe I have to be in the mood. Or maybe my preferences changed, who knows..
What book are you saving for retirement?
I’m not ‘saving’ anything, I will probably still read what I feel like when I am retired.
Last page: read it first or wait until the end?
Reading the last page first is a sin, I’ve heard. Thou shalt not do it. I don’t like to know how a book ends before I start it. Even if the ending doesn’t make sense to me then. Once I start reading the book, it will. earlier than I want it too. You wouldn’t watch the ending of a movie first, right?
Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?
Well… I could do without. I mostly just quickly skim over it. It’s more a thing for the author and those close to him & involved in the book. Not for me.
Which book character would you switch places with?
Gosh, that is hard. I’m thinking about a character who never gets in trouble and has everything they need. Is comfy. Rich. Happy. Has to be the Discworld’s Nanny Ogg 😀 But maybe as a young lady? I’d love to be a witch.
Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
The Fifty Shades of Grey remind me of meeting Mr. DZ because I was reading it at the time and we were both making fun of it.
Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Can’t think of anything. I am boring. I buy my books. I don’t accidentally get hit by them in the head or fall over them.
Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
I gave my German version of Game of Thrones to my younger brother once and he read the prologue. I think that’s the most of a book he’s EVER read in his life so I will always think of it as a success 😀 (I don’t think he’s picked up a book since).
Which book has been with you the most places?
One that comes to mind is A Cavern of Black Ice by J. V. Jones. It’s kinda my holiday book and has been to lots of different corners in Australia. It’s my plane book 😀
Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
Why would I reread a shitty book?
Used or brand new?
Brand new. I used to buy lots of books second hand, but that was when I was a student and only had a low paying hotel job. Now I am loaded and buy everything new.
Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
I read Angels & Demons but don’t remember so much about the book. It’s been a while. I watched the movies though and remember Tom Hanks and Paul Bettany was kinda hot in them. Is that enough?
Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
The Lord of the Rings! The books just didn’t do it for me. And I read them before the movies.
Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry (cookbooks included)?
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg. The main character was weaving magic into her baked goods and the descriptions were very detailed.
Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Whenever my best friend Ina recommends a book to me, I am sure I will like it. Because she knows what I want in a book and vice versa. We bonded over the Night Watch books by Sergej Lukianenko at uni on our first day 🙂
Is there a book out of your comfort zone that you ended up loving?
The Martian by Andy Weir. Surprised I loved it as much as I did. I was cautious when I bought it but glad I did.