So, I like tag videos on BookTube, I don’t have a BookTube channel but didn’t want to miss out so I am doing one here, and will probably do more later. I searched through some blogs to find a tag I liked, it’s not new but never mind. I don’t know where it originally came from, the blog I found it on (spinesandcovers.com) doesn’t say. Here goes….
1. Have you ever damaged your own book?
When I was younger, instead of using bookmarks, I would fold down the edges of pages to mark my place, gasp…..
If that doesn’t count I once threw a revision style textbook on the floor when I was mad at my boyfriend. I literally threw it straight down from standing but a couple of the pages somehow separated and came out.
2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
Just the page corner thing again.
3. How long does it take you to read a book?
I think I am actually a slow reader. Apparently when most people read, they read the words in clusters of 3 or 4 rather than each word individually. I can do that, but naturally I read each individual word on it’s own.
How long it takes me to read a book varies. It obviously depends on how long the book is but the more fun or interesting the book, the quicker I read it. That’s mostly because I am more keen to pick it up and read it for longer stretches at a time than I am with books I’m not really enjoying, rather than actually reading the words faster. I guess if I have as much time as I want I would read a great book, of average length, in about half a day.
4. Books that you haven’t finished?
I almost always finish books, even when I don’t really like them I find it hard to stop. There are a few though.
I just don’t understand the hype around this book. I read exactly 10% according to my kindle and hated it so much I actually went to the effort of permanently deleting it!
I loved the first book (and movie), the second one less so, and this one even less to the point where I couldn’t finish it and haven’t seen the movie.
I started reading this before I was really properly back into reading so maybe that was part of it. I love the movie of this so will probably give it another go at some point.
I just couldn’t get into this. I was trying to read it when I didn’t have much time so could only read little bits quite rarely, so maybe that is part of the problem. I might try again at some point.
5. Hyped/popular books you don’t like?
Well, there are a lot of hyped books I haven’t read so I don’t know how I feel about them, Twilight for example.
The School of Good and Evil (see above) would be the first on the list. Other than that….
I just don’t like this. I think part of that is because I am not the biggest fan of YA. With a lot of YA I feel nothing really happens. I think if I was younger I might have liked it more. I was watching BookTube last night though and according to one video (I don’t remember which) a lot of people that originally loved and hyped this have now realised it’s not very good and have changed their reviews?
I didn’t hate this, this is my favourite in this list, but again I thought not a lot happened.
Everyone seems to love this, I haven’t heard a single negative thing about it, I just don’t get the hype though.
I was so keen to read this, literally couldn’t wait, so paid loads more for it than I normally spend on books. I was hugely disappointed. The parts about the sister were interesting but all the stuff about training etc was just dull. Half of the ending was predictable, the other half was actually a good twist though.
Again, I just don’t get the hype, the pictures are cool though. I wont be reading the others.
Now I read this a while ago so don’t remember all the details but I really didn’t like it. The “reasons” were mostly things that were so minor it just didn’t seem realistic. Yes, some people are more sensitive than others, I get that, but even if the character has underlying mental health issues I just don’t buy this story. I have done an ED job, and when kids do this sort of thing there are bigger reasons behind it. Also, what the main character did is so unbelievably selfish. She scarred these people for life, and potentially effectively ended all their lives. Her reasons being so minor could make them terrified to ever even speak to anyone again for fear of them responding the way she did. People talk about this being a beautiful, moving book, and I think that’s incredibly dangerous. We should be teaching kids to speak out if they have a problem, not do something terrible to themselves and destroy people as revenge for minor slights.
6. Classics you didn’t enjoy?
If you have read some of my other posts you will know I haven’t read that many classics due to my disjointed education growing up. I have read a few though, those I didn’t enjoy…
I didn’t know anything about the story going in but assumed I would enjoy it because I liked Pride and Prejudice, I was wrong. I have forgotten a lot of the story already because it just didn’t do it for me. One a side note, not something that particularly puts me off but I am always surprised at how bitchy some of the women are in the classics, anyone else?
This is the only classic I read at school. So, it was forced on me at an age where I was probably too young to enjoy it. Maybe I would like it now and will read it again at some point. Knowing I hated it before makes it hard to pick up though when there are so many cool sounding books out there that I want to read.
7. Books you bought just for the intellectual-ness of it all?
None, I’m too poor for that! I only buy books I really think I will enjoy. Doctors do not have the kind of cash people seem to think we do and it actually costs us thousands every year just to be a doctor, and be able to progress in our careers. Medicine sucks!
8. Any books you haven’t given back?
Probably when I was little, we moved around a lot so potentially didn’t get around to giving every library book back. There are none that come to mind though.
So, that’s it! Feel free to do the tag yourselves and let me know what you think!