So euhm, my apologies. Plan was to have this up yesterday evening but well. Plans change? Anyway, it’s here now! Hope you guys like it.
What are you reading right now?
Hmm, depends when. During the day I’m currently reading Wool, by Hugh Howey. At night before I go to sleep I stick with Sherlock Holmes, The Hounds of Baskerville. I have that one on my iPad, so I don’t fall asleep with the lights on in my room anymore.
Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
Well, since Wool is part of a trilogy, I’ll be starting the second book afterwards. When I finish the 3 books? Not sure yet. After I finish ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’, I’ll probably pick up another Holmes book. I’m loving it. ^^
What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to?
Hmm. On that list used to be Hounds of Baskerville, but since I am reading it now… I’m gonna thinking about this one ’cause I can’t think of any right now.
What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
There’s a Vanity Fair (Oscar’s edition) and Empire magazine, and a couple of Flairs. My brother’s girlfriend is an intern there, for a couple of weeks, so my new hobby is spotting her work in the magazine. ^^
What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
That would be Crime and Punishment (Misdaad en straf) by Dostojevski. We had to read this one in our second year languages, as part of our literature course. Seriously. I know that it is considered a masterpiece and all that, but for me it was just the biggest struggle ever. I ended up Reading 3/4 of the book and the ending, I just gave up. I couldn’t take it anymore. ^^
What book seemed really popular but you didn’t like?
Hmm. Another one I don’t really know. Well, there’s 50 Shades of Grey which I really really don’t get. Nope. I read the first chapter and put it back down, the language was giving me the chills. Also, since it’s actually just Twilight Fanfiction, I’m really not digging it.
What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
This actually depends. I’ve read so many, that it’s just about whatever they like. The Fault in our Stars by John Green is always a good idea, of course. So is Harry Potter. If they are looking for crime stuff, I’d be recommending Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs. If they like the historical books, I’ll tell them to check out Philippa Gregory. A book that’s an absolute must-read? I’d saaaaay… The Hobbit? I’d go with The Lord of the Rings, but most people wouldn’t get through the first couple of chapters, probably. Not because they’re not good, just written in a way that not everyone appreciates. It’s so good though!
What are your three favourite poems?
Favourite poems. Tough one, because I don’t read a lot of poetry. What did stick with me after my years of English literature was one by Wordsworth ‘She dwelled among the untrodden ways’
SHE dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove,
A Maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love:
A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eye!
--Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.
She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and, oh,
The difference to me!
I choose this one to analyze for my oral exam, and while studying it, it really spoke to me. I love how the meaning of it all is hidden in the words.
Another that I really like is one that is just a bit less literary, it’s by Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings.
‘All That is Gold Does Not Glitter’
- All that is gold does not glitter,
- Not all those who wander are lost;
- The old that is strong does not wither,
- Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
- From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
- A light from the shadows shall spring;
- Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
- The crownless again shall be king.
A third one? I don’t know. I’m not going start looking for one, because I’ll get stuck behind my computer for the rest of the day, which would be such a shame? ^^ Sun is shining, so I’m taking out ‘Wool’ later, and enjoy the sun for a bit. But anyway, first a bit more tagging to be done!
Where do you usually get your books?
Another ‘depends’. Online? The Book Depository. In store? Waterstone’s in Brussels, or Fnac. I prefer Waterstone’s though, for obvious reasons I’d say. Whenever you step into the bookstore, you instantly feel transported to England, the associates are all speaking British, and the store looks exactly the same as all the ones in London. OBVIOUSLY THE BEST.
Where do you usually read your books?
At home, whenever I have some spare time. If the weather is good like it is now, I’ll spend my time outside in the sun. If, and that’s a bit if, I take the bus or train, I’ll make sure I have a book on me. And at work, when I go on break. Most of the time I’ll be the last one having to go on break, so the breakroom will probably be empty. I don’t mind though, I’ll just whip out my book. ^^
When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
Haha, yes. I would drive my parents crazy, sneaking downstairs to go get a book when I should be sleeping. I would hide them under my bed, completely unaware of the fact that that isn’t really the best place to hide a book. I used to read by the light of my nightlight because turning on my bedroom light always made a loud noise, so I didn’t dare lighting it.
What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
I do this less and less. I used to stay up often, so curious to find out the end of the book, but I’m getting used to going to sleep early, so I can get up earlier as well. One time I pulled an allnighter reading, when the last Harry Potter came out. I finished the whole book in one go, crazy me. I should have enjoyed it longer, since it was the last new one, ever, but I don’t have a lot of patience. Sometimes I just need to know what happens, and then I just can’t stop reading.
Have you ever “faked” reading a book?
Sure, during the schoolyear. I have a problem with books that HAVE to be read. Eventually I will have read the entire readinglist, but in the start I always used to ‘rebel’, not wanting to read obligatory stuff. For some reason this just makes me hesitant and I’ll always have something else more interesting. But, like I said already, most of the time I would read them later, actually enjoying them in the end. One of the exampless? Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Scarlett Letter’, or ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad.
Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
Hi, have you met me? Packaging always gets me, same thing with books. If it looks good, chances are I’ll buy it.
What was your favourite book when you were a child?
I don’t really remember having one favourite… Maybe I should ask my mum if she remembers.
What book changed your life?
The Harry Potter Series. Not sure if it changed my life, I do know I grew up with it, and it has been a part of my life since I was about 10. Seeing how I’m now 25, I think it could be considered life-changing? Well, it even made my blogtitle, so I’d say yes.
What is your favourite passage from a book?
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
Not really a passage as much as it is a quote, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less. This is one of the quotes that actually really does make me feel better, and impacted my life, so there you go. Harry Potter changed mine. ^^ (oh, yeah, the quote is one by Dumbledore)
What are your top five favourite authors?
J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Patricia Cornwell, John Green, Jane Austen. There’s more, of course, but because it says 5 I’ll stick with those. ^^
What book has no one heard about but should read?
Euhm. Hmm. Thing is that most things I tend to read, will be stuff other people will have heard of. One I really did like reading was by Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go. I think this did get turned into a film, so well. There goes the ‘no one heard about it’. But I do believe that I should be more widely read, because he has the most beautiful style.
What is your favourite classic book?
Persuasion by Jane Austen. And Pride and Prejudice. And I’m really liking the Sherlock Holmes novels as well, I think they could be classified as classics, right?
There’s one more question, but it’s another I’m having trouble answering. Here goes.
Five other notable mentions?
I’ve talked about so many now, that I can’t think of 5 more. I’m like this, you know. I know so many, but just, whenever I actually can use the knowledge I’ll just blank. Oh, but wait. Goodreads to the rescue! 😉
I really like the Mortal Instruments series, and the Beautiful Creatures ones. The Divergent trilogy, of course, which I did a little book review on a couple of weeks ago. Oh! Trudi Canavan. She has a few trilogies/series, all in the fantasy genre. I would really recommend those for people who love all things fantasy.
How could I forget? Perks of being a wallflower, of course. If you haven’t read that one, go for it. Or watch the movie, that’s really good too. ^^
Oke, I’m going to stop my post here, because it’s already crazy long? ^^ Feel free to do the tag as well, I’m really curious about y’all answers! Make sure you let me know if you did it, that way I can have a looksie.
Disclaimer, I did not make this tag! I don’t know where it started, but I liked it, so there you go. ^^
Have a great day!