The Ultimate Book Tag

I am terribly slow and when someone tags me in something, I often don’t get around to doing it for YEARS (or perhaps weeks) afterwards. Such is the case with The Ultimate Book Tag. Thank you to Steph from The Book Salon for tagging me. Lets get this show on the road.

Book Q&A Rules

1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favourite book cover
3. Answer the questions below
4. Tag a few people to answer them too
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you’ve taken part!

What are you reading right now? I have a few books on the go at the moment because I can’t seem to settle on one in particular. I’m reading Columbine by Dave Cullen, The Magicians by Lev Grossman and Filth by Irvine Welsh.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that? I still have some books left in my winter lineup, Both Flesh And Not by David Foster Wallace, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and the second book in 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. I probably won’t get around to reading any of these anytime soon though. I imagine that I’ll be moving on to more Spring-feeling books towards the end of August.

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Possession by A.S Byatt, A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh, and City of Falling Angels by John Berendt.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now? I don’t read magazines.

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read? I have a longstanding hatred for Wuthering Heights. I read it years and years ago, so my opinion may have changed since then but I’m not game to try for a re-read. It’s certainly not the most poorly written book I’ve ever read, because I HAVE READ TWILIGHT guys – just putting it out there.

What book seemed really popular but you didn’t like? As a general rule I have absolutely no interest in chick lit, which is obviously incredibly popular with the masses. Also to give a more specific answer, I would rather eat arsenic laced donuts than read 50 Shades of Grey.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone? Easily ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak. READ THIS BOOK.

What are your three favourite poems? Just one, by Rilke –

“God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.”

Where do you usually get your books? I shop at The Book Depository a lot. Having said that, if I’m at a shopping centre and I happen to walk past a book shop I always pop in and buy something. I also frequent second hand book stores as often as I can because they seem to be disappearing far too quickly for my liking.

Where do you usually read your books? I commute via train to work, so I get some reading time done there. Other than that I read during my lunch break if I’m not having lunch with someone in particular, and I often read in bed before I go to sleep at night.

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits? I was a voracious reader when I was a kid, so I flew through most of the book series available at the time. Babysitters Club, Babysitters Little Sister, Pen Pals, Nancy Drew, Roald Dahl, Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, Sweet Valley University etc. I remember visiting the local markets and scouring the second hand bookstore shelves for Sweet Valley High or Goosebumps titles that I hadn’t read yet. I was a lot less pedantic about reading things in proper order back then.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down? Sleep is a major joy in my life, so not much tops it and I rarely stay up late reading. I did stay up until after midnight a little while ago reading The Long Walk by Stephen King because I wanted to know how it ended.

Have you ever “faked” reading a book? Not that I can remember, no. Although it’s highly likely I winged a few of my high school English literature exams based on very little reading of the allocated texts.

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover? More often than I should.

What was your favourite book when you were a child? The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.

What book changed your life? The entire Harry Potter series was a life changing experience.

What is your favourite passage from a book? “When death captures me,” the boy vowed, “he will feel my fist in his face.”

What are your top five favourite authors? J.K. Rowling, Markus Zusak, Khaled Hosseini, Cormac McCarthy, and David Foster Wallace.

What book has no one heard about but should read? Consider The Lobster by David Foster Wallace (I’m pretty sure people have heard of this book, but still – read it anyway).

What 3 books are you an “Evangelist” for? The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the Road by Cormac McCarthy & A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

What are your favourite books by a first-time author? The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

What is your favourite classic book? 1984 by George Orwell.

Five other notable mentions? (do these have to be classics? I hope not…) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Beach by Alex Garland, We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Schriver, Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

A lot of the people I had originally intended to tag in this post have since completed it anyway, so I’m throwing an open tag out there but singling out Dee because I’m quite curious to read her answers.