The Fifty Bookish Questions Tag

I stumbled across this tag on My Little Book Blog and thought it would be fun to do, despite how long it is!

1. What was the last book you read?

The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

2. Was it a good one?

YES! 

3. What made it good?

The characters and the spell-binding writing.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

Till the end of time. You can read my review of it here.

5. How often do you read?

I usually read every day, unless I’m in a reading slump.

6. Do you like to read?

Nope, I hate it. I just read every day as punishment.

7.What was the last bad book you read?

The Bone Witch, unfortunately. You can read my review here.

8. What made you dislike it?

The build-up made me anticipate something actually happening by the end but it was anti-climactic, the story didn’t have a plot, and I wasn’t interested in the characters.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes.

10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

I’m influenced by everything I read but there isn’t anything in particular that stands out as being the most influential to me.

11. Do you read fan-fiction?

Not as often as I’d like to.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

Nope, but I might give it a shot someday. It might be boring because I only explore alternate endings and think about what could happen next in a story, I prefer sticking to canon for everything else (like relationships).

13. What’s your favourite book?

It used to be Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte but I’ve got a vacancy for ‘all time favourite book’ at the moment. Just waiting for the right one. My most recent favourite reads have been The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy, My Beautiful Shadow by Radhika Jha and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

14. What’s your least favourite book?

Howards End by E.M Forster mainly because I HATED studying it at uni, I had to force myself to read it so it was a pretty traumatic experience that will make me hate this book forever.

15. Do you prefer physical books or read on a device (like a kindle)?

I prefer physical books but I tend to buy a lot more Kindle books because it’s easier to take my Kindle around with me.

16. When did you learn to read?

I’m not sure…

17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school?

At primary school, I loved reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to my year five teacher as part of our reading sessions (she told me it was ‘Priv-et Drive’, not ‘Private Drive’). In secondary school, I loved studying Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (if we’re counting plays). I studied English Language and Literature at Sixth Form, and my favourite was Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, which made me cry. I studied too many amazing books at uni to even begin writing them down here, so I’ll stop at Sixth Form. 

18. What is your favourite book series?

Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Wrath and the Dawn, and A Court of Thorns and Roses. I think The WildingsThe Conqueror’s Saga, and Maresi will become favourites too once I read more books in both series.

19. Who is your favourite author?

I don’t have the ‘one’ favourite author.

20. What is your favourite genre?

Fantasy and historical fiction (a mix of both is amazing).

21. Who is your favourite character in a book series?

From the top of my head: Lada (The Conqueror’s Saga), Vasya (The Bear and the Nightingale), Shazi (The Wrath and the Dawn), Beraal and Southpaw (The Wildings), Sirius Black (Harry Potter), Maresi (Maresi), and Cersei and Tyrion Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire).

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

All the good books have!

23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.

24. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?

I wish The Cursed Child wasn’t canon if that counts.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

Usually one or two days for books up to 400 words, but it also depends on how busy I am and how many hours I can dedicate to just reading.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

I actually do, I like to compare what I imagined to the movie.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

So many. RIP.

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

I thought Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was quite good even though bits and bobs had been changed in the movie.

29. Do you read newspapers?

Yup.

30: Do you read magazines?

Occasionally.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

It depends on what I’m in the mood for, I read newspapers to inform myself of current events (or I check Twitter lol) and reach for magazines when I want something entertaining (or I check Twitter).

32. Do you read while in bed?

I almost always read in bed, it’s my cosy reading space.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

No haha.

34. Do you read while in the car?

It depends on who I’m in the car with, if it’s someone I’d rather talk to, then I won’t pull my book out (but I will always take a book/Kindle on a journey with me).

35. Do you read while in the bath?

No, I only have showers! But if I had a bathtub I might be a bathtime reader.

36. Are you a fast reader?

Yes, but I force myself to slow down because I regret speeding through good books and not savouring them.

37. Are you a slow reader?

No, unless I’m in a slump or the writing style/pacing is slowing me down.

38. Where is your favourite place to read?

I prefer reading in bed.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

No, I’m usually good at blocking everything out and focussing on the book.

40.Do you need the room to be silent while you read?

Nope.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

Life 😂 I began reading to escape from boredom and stress.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

I believe that happened when I was 6 or 7, whether I understood everything I was reading is another story.

44. Who is your favourite children’s book author?

Beatrix Potter, A.A. Milne, Roald Dahl, Nilanjana Roy and J.K. Rowling.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Victoria Schwab! I follow her on Twitter and her tweets always make me laugh.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

Probably Nilanjana Roy and Victoria Schwab.

47.What book have you reread the most?

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and the Harry Potter series. There are a lot of books I want to reread but I can’t because my TBR is too long.

48. Which books do you consider ‘classics’?

Books that are timeless in the sense that I can pick them up at various points of my life, re-read them, and always find something in them that pulls at me. Books that can be read straight, upside down, sideways and backwards, and give me a different idea to explore each time. That’s my personal definition of a ‘classic’.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

I feel like the curriculum in the UK needs to be more diverse (and not entirely British!). I’d like to see writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Malorie Blackman, Haruki Murakami, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker (maybe even Hafez and Rumi!) being taught at secondary schools.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I don’t agree with banning books, but I feel like students should be encouraged to acknowledge and criticise problematic themes in books and across all material they read, whether that’s a newspaper or a fiction novel they’re reading in their own time.

I tag anyone who wants to do this! 

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