Saturday, October 5, 2013

Book Q&A

Books are probably my longest standing friends. I honestly believe there is nothing nicer in the world that sitting and re-reading your most loved book, all tattered, dog-eared and falling apart because you have flicked through those pages so many times.

I saw a book Q&A tag on Hayley's blog from Water Painted Dreams and I couldn't resist. I know it's not beauty related, but fellow book lovers will understand my need to do this!

What are you reading right now?
I literally just finished an incredible book called Unwind by Neil Schusterman. When I first borrowed it from the library I had no idea that I was going to love it so much, and that it would be so challenging and thought provoking. I'll be purchasing a copy for myself!

Do you have any idea what you'll read when you're done with that?
I have had a stack of books piling up for so long now. Included in that pile is:
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The Great Gatsby byF. Scott Fitzgerald
- Watership Down by Richard Adams

They are basically all books other English classes in my school have read but I haven't had the opportunity to because our class reads different texts (Shakespeare, yuck!).

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven't gotten round to yet?
The books I listed in the previous question!

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
I haven't read magazines in ages, actually.

What's the worst book that you've ever read?
That's a tough call, I've read some pretty horrendous ones. I really don't like fantasy books much.

What book seems really popular but you actually hated?
Well I've never actually read the Twilight books but I saw one of the movies (who knows which one) and that was so painful to get through, so I imagine I would feel the same about the books!

What's the one book that you recommend to just about everyone?
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. This book has so many memories, thoughts, experiences and people attached to it for me, it's amazing. To Kill a Mockingbird is another that I adore.

What are you favourite 3 poems?
Sadly I just don't 'do' poetry, it is just not my thing.

Where do you usually get your books?
The book depository.

Where do you usually read your books?
In bed or on a picnic blanket in the backyard with my dog in summer when the sun comes out.

When you were little did you have any particular reading habits?
I would read before bed every night. I also had a habitat for flying through an entire book in one sitting and then having 6 days off, then repeating that process over and over.

What's the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn't put it down?
Unwind, the book I just finished. It was 1am on a Thursday night when I closed it and went to sleep. That Friday morning was hell.

Have you ever 'faked' reading a book?
Kind of. For English we had two texts to read and write a comparative essay on. I had read both (Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee) of them before so I knew very well what they were about, but I may not have actually read them for the project. I received an A+ for that essay though so it wasn't too bad...

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
I borrow books from the library because the cover is nice, but the books I buy are ones I have read beforehand and loved.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
I enjoyed the Harry Potter books when I was little.

What book changed your life?
No single book has been life changing, but them all together, collectively, certainly has.

What is your favourite passage from a book?
She laughed when there was no joke.
She danced when there was no music.
She had no friends yet she was the friendliest person in school.
In her answers in class, she often spoke of sea horses and stars, but did not know what a football was.
She said there was no television in her house.
She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow.
She was the faintest scent of cactus flowers, the flitting shadow of an elf owl.
We did not know what to make of her.
In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the min merely went through and away she flew.
- Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli

Who are your top 3 favourite authors?
Jerry Spinelli, Harper Lee and Markus Zusak.

What book has no one heard about but should read?
My sister lives on the mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher.

What is your favourite classic?
To Kill a Mockingbird.

Oh my goodness, I loved doing this tag! If there are any fellow book worms, please do this because I would love to read your answers!


  1. Oh lovely!! I read To Kill a Mocking Bird 3 times for an English exam XD I remember liking it a lot...But only read it because we were forced to XD

    恵美より ♥

    1. It's pretty popular to study in English, but I could read it 1000 times over, I love it! :)

  2. Oh hey, To Kill a Mocking Bird was the book that was used in Pretty Little Liars English class as well! :D
    We don't have any reading obligation in our English class, so no reading target to be accomplished.

    Actually, I have a Goodreads account where you can read what books I'm currently reading until now (and all this time). But I will tag my self and start answering those questions on my book-review blog:

  3. I loved this post, books are amazing. I see you really like classics; all the books on your to-read list are classics! Might have to look into Unwind, I can only read books that you CAN'T put down otherwise I get really bored, LOL!

    1. I definitely think you should check out Unwind, I've re-read it since and it's just wonderful :)

  4. Loved this tag! I love reading books but unfortunately I stopped reading altogether. Hopefully, I'll make remember to bring a book on the train with me or something!

    1. Thanks Melissa! Oh you must start reading again! x

  5. Loved reading this tag! I see that classics are your thing, haha. Lord of the Flies is amazing! We studied it in English and I seriously loved it! I'm glad I studied it because you learn so much more in detail about the underlying themes than you would otherwise (IMO). Currently, I'm reading The Great Gatsby for school and I'm enjoying it so far. Fantasy and Adventure are probably my fave genres haha, but I really like reading in general. It makes me sad when people say they hate reading, or 'how can you read for fun?!' <-- I find that pretty annoying :/

    1. Thanks for the feedback Tashi! Completely agree about learning so much more about the text when you study it in class! Oh my gosh, hate it when people remark about how they hate reading...they are missing out on so much!


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