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I Dare You book tag

Earlier this week I saw Donna at The Untitled Book Blog post this book tag and I thought it was a great set of questions. It’s such a long time since I did a post like this that I thought I’d join in the fun. The rules are:

You must be honest
You can’t not answer a question
You have to tag at least four people
So here we go!

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
Most of my longest owned books are in boxes, but my sets of the What Katy Did and Little Women books have been there for a good 25+ years (and they were my mom’s before they were mine so between us they’ve been on our bookshelves for a very long time).

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
Current read: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Last read: Cuckoo by Keren David
Next read: My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Bachman (probably, it’s my book group book and I still have a couple of weeks so I may squeeze another in before I read it).

3. What book(s) did everyone like and you hated?
Not many actually and none in the last few years, mainly because I’ve got much better at not continuing with books I’m not enjoying. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville springs to mind and Every Vow You Break by Julia Crouch.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
So many classics. I started reading Les Miserables about 15 years ago and have very optimistically left my bookmark in the book at the point where I put it down. I’m not sure I’ll ever get back to it (I think by now I’d have to go back to the beginning and start over which makes it even less likely I’ll ever do it) but who knows.

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement”?
None. If I want to read something I’m going to get on and read it now.

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
Wait until the end. Absolutely. I really don’t like to be spoiled for anything.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
Utterly essential. I love reading the acknowledgements, writing a book is super hard and I want to hear what the author has to say about it and about the people who helped along the way.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
I think probably one of the minor characters from the Harry Potter universe, one who gets to stay properly clear of all of the drama but still gets to go to Hogwarts and enjoy the wizarding world.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?
Lots of books do this. The Outsiders was the book that made me sit up and take notice and realise that children’s / teen fiction could be something more than what I’d previously thought. Most of Dorothy Koomson’s books remind me of things – reading The Cupid Effect sat by a pool on holiday, devouring The Woman He Loved Before in a morning while I waited to sit an exam that afternoon, buying The Girl From Nowhere to celebrate the end of my first week living in London and my first week in my new job.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
Last year at YALC I had to play a card game to win a copy of Marcus Sedgwick’s next book Saint Death.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
No. I’ve bought special books for special people, but never given away my own copies.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Is it cheating to say the contents of my Kindle library? Yes? Oh. Well then I don’t know. Probably my Harry Potter books, they’ve moved with me to and from two universities (well, the earliest have, I was doing my first degree while about half of the series was published) and to London and back too.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I was blessed with an English teacher who really carefully chose books from the options set out in the curriculum so I really enjoyed them at the time.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
A piece of cooked bacon, back when I was working in a public library.

15. Used or brand new?
Love the history and stories that come from used books, but my reading preference is brand new.

16. Have you ever read a Dan Brown?
Yes. I’ve read the first three of the Robert Langdon books and both of the not Robert Langdon books.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Not that I can recollect, no.

18. A book that NEVER should have been published.
Ooh, what a harsh question! I don’t think I have an answer for this one, I’m too busy focusing on the happy and the positive.

19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
Yes, I’ve read quite a few books where the main character bakes or runs a tea room – just the mention of delicious cake has me craving some!

20. Who is the person whose book advice you will always take?
I have a couple of friends whose book advice is always spot on.


Fun Stuff

Popcorn, Swedish style.

Tonight I’ve finally got round to watching The Last Leg from two weeks ago when Sandi Toksvig and James Blunt were the guests. During one of the discussions Sandi mentioned the Swedish Chef. 

Last year my friends’ little boy Charlie introduced me to a Swedish Chef sketch that he loved, one I’d never seen before. Hearing the character mentioned had me rush to YouTube to watch it again so naturally I’m sharing it here too.

Fun Stuff

Meme time

After the wittering of my last post I saw Budgie’s version of this and thought I’d have a go.

1. My last kiss… was a while ago, though still fairly memorable.

2. I am listening to… ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ by The Stereophonics. I saw them at the Birmingham NIA on Saturday and they were brilliant!

3. I talk… to the people on the telly even though I know they can’t hear me.

4. I love… books and can happily spend hours exploring a bookshop or library.

5. My best friend… was the circle topic at Beavers this week. It was really funny watching the boys try to remember the names of all their best friends.

6. My first real kiss… was entirely underwhelming.

7. Love is… difficult to define.

8. Marriage is… something I hope to experience one day.

9. Somewhere, someone is thinking… “It can’t possibly be time to get up already!”

10. I’ll always… strive to find the positives in any situation.

11. The last time I really cried was because… I was frustrated.

12. My cell phone… has been set on silent for months.

13. When I wake up in the morning… my first thought is usually tea related.

14. Before I go to bed… I have a final cup of tea. Just like Jackie Tyler.

15. Right now I am thinking about… the answers to the questions I’ve skipped over.

16. Babies are… a wonderful excuse to get crafting.

17. I get on Myspace… if it is the only way to find out about a band. I don’t have an account any more, I couldn’t see the point.

18. Today I… will be having fish and chips for the first time this year.

19. Tomorrow I will be… waving my parents off for the weekend.

20. I really want to be… more confidant.

21. Someone that will most likely repost this is… well I’m not sure that anyone will.