Happy Saturday bookworms!
Welcome to our second book tag post! Last week’s was just so fun that when I saw this one I knew Antonia and I had to do it together. I found this book tag in my reader, Alana over at The Bookish Chick posted it and it looked like fun. Thanks for posting Alana!
So here goes!
Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Amanda- No, thank god. I wouldn’t have survived my childhood if I had motion sickness (like my brother does). Books were the only thing that kept me sane on family road trips and vacations.
Antonia- Usually only if I’m in the backseat. It can be pretty random though, long car rides when it’s raining and mercury is in retrograde. There’s not really any rhyme or reason to it, but sometimes I get car sick and sometimes I don’t.
Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Amanda- I’m going to say Ellen Hopkins just because the way she writes her books is so unique and I’ve never seen any other books (aside from poetry) written the way she has them set up. Also, the topics she writes about are hard and serious topics that need to be discussed more.
Antonia- Patrick Rothfuss because the books are narrated by the main character as if they’re talking to you and telling you their story. He also uses a really good mix of descriptive writing and does a great job of showing us what’s happening instead of just telling us.
Harry Potter Series or Twilight Saga? Give three reasons to defend your answer.
Amanda- Harry Potter (nothing against Twilight though because I was a huge fan before those horrible movies came out)
- Hogwarts, who doesn’t want to go to school there?
- Wizards, who doesn’t want to be a magical witch or wizard?
- I read the Harry Potter books first and loved them first, so they hold first place in my heart. (Sorry Twilight.)
Antonia- Harry Potter (said with a duh tone of voice.)
- The Twilight movie
- Magic is my favorite and I’d love to be a witch.
- I just love the Harry Potter world that Rowling created better than what’s in the Twilight books. It’s so well planned and thought out and it’s become a place that millions of people dream of going to.
Do you carry a bookbag? If so, what’s in it (besides books)?
Amanda- Okay, so I carry a small backpack as a purse. I’ve hated carrying “shoulder purses” for years now, so I stick with mini(ish) backpacks, but I wouldn’t consider it a bookbag. I always have either my Kindle or whatever I’m currently reading (sometimes both), my mascara and some lipstick for when I need to feel fabulous at a moments notice, about a hundred lip balms because I’m addicted to buying them, all the pens of life (I’m actually a pen thief so watch out), my wallet, keys, sunglasses and whatever miscellaneous junk rolls around at the bottom.
Antonia- No, I just carry a purse. I don’t really even put books in my purse anymore because half the time they don’t even fit so I just carry them.
Do you smell your books?
Amanda- I’m sorry, are there people that don’t smell their books?
Antonia- Of course, what kind of bookworm doesn’t smell their books?
Books with or without little illustrations?
Amanda- Only if they’re significant to the story. If they’re just random little drawings then I don’t care, but I do enjoy when the illustrations add to the story.
Antonia- I enjoy them because I think it adds a little something and helps me picture what’s going on a little better.
What book did you love while reading but discovered later that it wasn’t quality writing? (We’re just going to mention books that we outgrew, who are we to say what’s good writing or bad writing.)
Amanda- I’m thinking the House of Night by P.C. & Kristen Cast. I’d say I outgrew these, mostly because I never even finished the series and I don’t know that I have any interest in ever doing so.
Antonia- I definitely outgrew Twilight by Stephenie Meyer because of a combination of the movies being awful and just growing up in general. I still have fond memories of the books (I mean they kind of started my friendship with Amanda,) but I could never read them again.
Do you have any funny stories from your childhood involving books? Please share!
Amanda- This is super not funny (though my siblings will say differently) but my step sister and my older brother used to steal my books while I was reading them to make me chase them around to get my book back. They did this because they wanted me to play with them and I wanted to read. It was not funny and actually traumatizing, but I’m sure they would tell you it was hilarious.
Antonia- So I totally convinced my mom to let me have Christmas lights in my room because I “didn’t like the dark” but in reality, it was so that I could read past my bedtime without anyone seeing light from my flashlight under my door. And if someone came to check on me I could just slip my book under the covers and pretend I was sleeping.
What is the tiniest book on your shelf?
Amanda- It’s between The Alchemist by Paul Coelho and The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. I could get up and actually check the page count, but I’m lazy so I’m not going to. I could also probably google it too but I’m not going to do that either.
Antonia- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.
What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Amanda- It’s tied between Cassandra Clare’s two books Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows. They’re both around the same size and that size is giant.
Antonia- Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself being an author in the future?
Amanda- That’s the goal. I’m actually in the middle of writing two stories at the moment, one short story and one (hopefully) novel. I have a few short stories and half-finished novels already along with tons of ideas that have yet to make it to paper.
Antonia- Yes, that would be lovely, if I could ever finish writing a book.
When did you get into reading?
Amanda- When I would go to visit my mother for the weekend. I would spend the whole time reading with my Nana and Great Aunt because that’s all I’d ever see them doing, so I wanted to see why. I started with The Ugly Duckling by Iris Johanson and haven’t stopped reading since.
Antonia- I don’t remember a time that I didn’t love books.
What is your favorite classic book?
Amanda- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, mostly because I don’t read many classics but I read these as a kid.
Antonia- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Duman
In school, what was your best subject?
Amanda- English, duh.
If you were given a book that you had read before and hated as a present, what would you do?
Amanda- I don’t think this would happen to me because people don’t buy me physical books unless I tell them a specific book I want. But if it did, I would probably be honest and say that I’d already read and that I didn’t love it. (I would be nice and wouldn’t say it was garbage or anything.)
Antonia- It would depend on who gave it to me. If it was Amanda or my mom I would be honest and say that I’d read it and it was awful. But if it was my MIL or something, I’d probably awkwardly thank her and keep it, maybe eventually donate it.
What is a lesser known series that you have read that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
Amanda- The Secret of Spellshadow Manor by Bella Forrest is a series about kids with magic (though a different sort of magic from those in Harry Potter) who all go to this school together that the rest of the regular world doesn’t know about it. I actually loved these books, so read them (ahem, Antonia.)
Antonia- The Valkyrie Series by Linsey Hall is the only series I can think of that can even come close to being okay for this question. Everything else I’ve read that’s similar to either series is super well known. So, here you go magic school (kind of.)
What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?
Amanda- Once I’m blogging I’m fine, but I’m forever procrastinating everything. So not blogging is my bad habit?
Antonia- Getting distracted by the internet.
What is your favorite word?
Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Amanda- Nerd, more specifically a book-nerd. If you’re going to call me names, at least use the right one.
Antonia- NERD. (Nerd Camp forever.)
Vampires or Faeries? Why?
Amanda- Faeries, How can I not choose faeries when I have so much love for Rhysand from ACOTAR. They’re just way cooler (and I’m not sorry for saying that.)
Antonia- Faeries, they usually have more magic and also their own special realms. Vampires mostly just hang out in the real world and kill stuff or sparkle.
Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Amanda- Shapeshifters mostly because the books I read with angels in them are usually fallen angels, so regular angels seem pretty lame in comparison.
Antonia- Shapeshifters because of the variety of what they can do. Angels are just angels but shapeshifters can be anything.
Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Amanda- Spirits. Love me some ghosts man. Just think of the stories they have? Plus werewolves always want to eat people or have to struggle to refrain from eating people.
Antonia- Neither? I don’t hate either, but they’re certainly not go-to topics for me.
Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Amanda- Vampires because zombies pretty much terrify me.
Antonia- Vampires because they’re not always soulless monsters whereas zombies legit don’t have brains so they can’t exactly make interesting characters.
Love Triangle or Forbidden Love? Why?
Amanda- Forbidden love. I feel like stories with forbidden love just have more to them. The stories more interesting and has more depth. The love triangle has been totally overdone and is just annoying.
Antonia- Forbidden love because I’m so so sick of love triangles.
Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Amanda- Both. I love me some sappy mushy sexy romance novels, but I also really love seeing characters kick butt and save the world.
Antonia- Also both, it depends on what I’m in the mood for. Sometimes I love super sappy love stories and sometimes I like more fighting and action and suspense.
That’s all the questions we have today! I hope you had as much fun reading this as we did writing it. Feel free to tag us if you choose to participate in this book tag!
Amanda & Antonia.