I discovered Piera Forde‘s Youtube channel (I’m now obsessed with her) and saw her do this TAG. The questions were great so I thought I’d answer them too.
1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
Rascal by Sterling North. It’s THE book from my childhood (In Dutch it’s called De Kleine Wildernis). I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve read that book and how many fond memories are attached to it.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Current read = Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Last read = Harry Potter and the cursed child = not by JK Rowling
Next read = I have The Twelve and City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin from the library so probably those
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Noughts & Crosses, Paper Towns, I capture the Castle
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Jane Eyre. I have tried to read it before and I just can’t get into it. I keep it on my shelf because I want to read it one day but who knows…
5. What book are you saving for retirement?
I will always read whatever I want, whenever I want. I think I’ll reread a lot of my favorites or whatever I’m in the mood for when I get there.
6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
Wait ’til the end.
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
Not necessarily interesting but I understand that when you’ve spend a long time writing this book, you want to acknowledge the people who’ve been there for you. I rarely read them..
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
I can’t really think of anyone. I’d have to say a not very well-known wizard who was nowhere near the battle of Hogwarts. Who didn’t lose anyone in the war either. Just a nobody really but still a wizard. You know what, I want to switch places with the owners of Flourish and Blotts Bookseller. That’s it!!
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
I picked up The Book Thief in Moscow while I was there for a congress (ICYB, I made a video explaining what it’s about if you’re interested.). It was the first time I ever travelled somewhere far alone and I loved every second of it. I met so many nice people too. It was an amazing trip. My copy is signed by all the people who were there, they wrote little notes in it. Just thinking about it makes me so happy.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
The Time Traveler’s Wife. Almost five years ago, my husband and I travelled to the Lake District in the UK. We went hiking on the sunny days and drove up to Carlisle on the rainy day. I convinced my husband that we should drive a little bit further to see Hadrian’s wall. There was an abbey there, build with stone that was taken from the wall and next to the abbey there was a little church. We had an amazing time and super interesting conversations with the people who worked there and in the church there was a tiny bookshelf with books that were donated which you could then buy to support the church. The Time Traveler’s Wife was one of them and since I had been wanting to read it for a while, I picked it up.
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Not really. There are a couple of people who borrow books from me but I rarely ever buy books for someone else. I bought the Dexter books for my husband to try and get him to read. (they are the only books he’s read in those eight years that we’ve been together) And I’ve bought a tattoo-art-book for my friend because we’re always talking about how we’re going to get a tattoo together. (I should really get to that..I’ve been talking about it for years)
12. Which book has been with you most places?
I take books with me everywhere I go, so this is a difficult one. I’d say my original copy of Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix (the Dutch version so Harry Potter en de orde van de feniks). It’s the only one in the series that I actually bought, or that my mother bought for me. The other ones I borrowed from the library of friends. It’s only recently, as in last year, that I bought the complete series for myself. So that copy has travelled from home, to where I studied in Ghent, to our apartment in Ghent, to the house we rented here in Bruges to the house we bought and live in now.. still in Bruges. I think that’s the one who travelled the most.
14. Used or brand new?
I really like used copies. I don’t know why.
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Yes, I read Inferno and actually really liked it. It was fast paced and it wasn’t something I had to really focus on. It was fun.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
I really liked The Hunger Games movie (first one). I saw it before I read the book so I think that helped. Usually, if I read the book first, I won’t enjoy the movie.
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
Yes! Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. I’m not sure if I ever finished it now that I think about it but I really enjoyed what I read. It’s the story of Julie who sets herself the challenge of cooking every single recipe from one of Julie Child’s cookery books. I remember it was very funny and made me very, very hungry.
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Sophie Carlon. Her reading tastes resemble mine very closely. I’m currently reading Nutshell because she liked it a lot and I have to say.. it’s pretty phenomenal.
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
I don’t read a lot of contemporary YA but I loved Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I liked that it was a parodie (the plot was a bit nonsense) but still it’s own thing. And my god, I loved Baz…
Any chance you want to answer these questions?
If you do, let me know so that I can come over and read your answers.