Whenever I’m in the middle of a difficult draft, I put it off with as many book tags as I can find.
So, you’ve been seeing a lot of books tags from me, eh?
Let’s not talk about that.
I found this on Charlotte’s blog – from the sounds of it, she was ALSO procrastinating.
Birds of a feather.
What book has been on your shelf the longest?
The Princess Diaries, for SURE.
I’ve been rereading the same beat-up paperback since 7th grade.
What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I don’t want to admit the number of books I’m currently reading…
I did just start Busy Phillips’ This Will Only Hurt a Little.
I just read Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book and, of course, LOVED IT!
Matt and Hugo are severely underrated and I wish they received more support.
My copy of Little Fires Everywhere is due soon, so I SHOULD start that, but I’m more interested in starting Sourdough or John Schoffstall’s The Half-Witch.
Also, I’ll be reading These Witches Don’t Burn AS SOON AS IT ARRIVES.
What book did everyone like but you hated?
I REALLY didn’t enjoy Hot Dog Girl.
All the reviews I’ve seen have been super positive.
Also, I heard tons of buzz about One of Us is Lying and it wasn’t for me.
That mystery fell flaaaat.
And I’m super tired of the “gay jock” surprise.
What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?
I checked out a copy of Bridge of Clay that over 200 people have on hold.
I’ve been feeling pretty meh about the book since its release, so this might be one I pass on.
What book are you saving for retirement?
Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers.
It looks fun-ish, but I have so many other queer/wacky/speculative books to read.
Last page: read it first or wait til’ the end?
I never read the last page.
I don’t want to know.
Acknowledgments: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?
Super interesting, very important. I love seeing other authors’ names pop up in the acknowledgments alongside family, friends, and spouses that assisted in the writing process.
Which book character would you switch places with?
ANY of the dads in Dream Daddy.
I want to hang with hot dads!
I want to post memes on Dadbook and take cute selfies for Dadstagram!
I want to play D&D with Hugo!
(Just kidding, I will likely never play.)
Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (Place, time, person?
Why not do all three?
I read The Tiger’s Curse while in Nellore, India.
I can still picture the hotel room I stayed in.
The Princess Diaries reminds me of my time at Christian school, back when I was a semi-rebellious, mostly-passive people pleaser.
Chemistry reminds me of a guy I used to like who had a PhD and a distinct lack of empathy.
I noticed the book while we were on a date? Hanging out? Exploring the city? (Who knows?)
OR I noticed it on a separate visit and thought of him and wanted to show it to him when we visited the bookstore together.
However it happened, that nascent relationship (acquaintanceship?) did not work out.
Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
I found an abandoned ARC of Marieke Nijkamp’s Before I Let Go at the cafe where I used to work.
Someone had left a sticky note that said, “Free!! Please read me!! :)”
It felt like a trap (I suspected viral contamination for some reason?) but I still took the book.
And I DID NOT like it.
Have you ever given a book away for a special reason/to a special person?
I had a devotional I really loved that seemed relevant to a good friend’s life.
[insert generic college-aged devotional]
(Seriously, I can’t find this book anywhere.)
I wanted to share my good fortune, so I slipped my friend the book before she moved across the world.
It took me a few years to realize neither the book nor the person were all that great.
Which book has been with you the most places?
Because I carry it in my heart always, Someday, Someday, Maybe qualifies.
I reread this book often. I’ve taken it to multiple cities, houses, and workplaces.
(You Know Me Well scores second place for accompanying me on the ferry several times.)
Any “required reading” in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I really hated Siddharta by Herman Hesse when I read it in high school.
However, in the many years since, my hatred has decreased.
I no longer feel threatened by this slim spiritual volume.
Used or brand new?
I prefer brand new, but I’ll take a used and/or library copy to save money.
Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Why would I do such a thing?
Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
As a movie, Ella Enchanted might not be strictly good, but it’s a damn sight better than that stupid book.
I love every other Gail Carson Levine book but this one (and the awful sorta-sequel.)
I hate Ella Enchanted. I really do.
Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
ANY book that has recipes makes my tummy rumble.
Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
I follow a number of reliable book bloggers.
Charlotte and Anna rep great LGBTQ+ reads; I always find more to add to my TBR.
My partner and I like very different books, but I still take her recommendations seriously. If something excites her, I want to check it out.
Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
I enjoyed A Natural History of Dragons quite a bit.
The story was more realistic than the ones I usually go for (I prefer magic to science) and I still really liked it.
WE HAVE REACHED THE END.
Happy Memorial Day (and a happy regular day for anyone else.)