The 50 Bookish Questions Tag

I stumbled upon this tag on Ellie’s Bookshelf and I thought it’d be a good exercise if I can train myself to give short answers as opposed to the mini essays I am predisposed to writing. I didn’t overthink my answers, I just answered.

  1. What was the last book you read? The last book I read in full was ‘The Bride Stripped Bare’ by Nicki Gemmell.
  2. Was it a good one? Yes, check out my review here.
  3. What made it good? In a nutshell, the fact that it gave a rounded and sincere effort to examining women’s sexual desires (despite the improbable nature of the plot).
  4. Would you recommend it to other people? Because it’s a deeply sexual and erotic novel, it would depend on the person (are they open-minded? Will they judge me? What kind of relation do I have them (It’d be too weird if it was a relative or a colleague)?) but this is definitely not a slight on the book.
  5. How often do you read? I know this question refers to actual books so I would say minimum five times a week (if we include various articles and think pieces, then everyday).
  6. Do you like to read? Well I am the proud owner of a book blog so that speaks for itself.
  7. What was the last bad book you read? I had to abandon the non-fiction ‘Game-Changer’ by David McAdams.
  8. What made you dislike it? I found the argument to be quite rigid and incoherent at times, it wasn’t as revolutionary as McAdams liked to think it was. Check out my review here.
  9. Do you wish to be a writer? I think every bookworm has had fleeting dreams of being a writer. I’ve tossed around ideas of writing as my side gig but I don’t think I’ll ever pursue it as my main line of income.
  10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly? When I was in high school, my dad bought me ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens’ by Sean Covey and it changed my way of thinking. It gave me greater focus and the tools I needed to better pursue my goals. I’m so glad it was introduced to me early on.
  11. Do you read fan fiction? …Yes. It is my guilty pleasure.
  12. Do you write fan fiction? I have never thought about writing fan fiction despite my aspirations for writing.
  13. What’s your favourite book? Oh god this question. Ok I’ve answered differently each time but right now, my mood is telling me it’s ‘Freakonomics’. It’s so clever and it pushed economic principles (usually considered the poor man’s science) into the limelight.
  14. What’s your least favourite book? I loathe ‘The Bat’ by Jo Nesbo with every fibre of my being. I felt so cheated by the denouement (and every Australian should, that is not the correct application of terra nullius) that even now, I still get pangs of fury when I think about it.
  15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on device (like a kindle)? Physical books. I like the touch and the feel of them, and I enjoy displaying them after I’m finished, like they’re trophies of my reading achievements (read my long rant here).
  16. When did you learn to read? About 4ish?
  17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school? It’s not a book and it wasn’t assigned to my class (I only read it because I was curious after my friend raved about it) but ‘Twelve Angry Men’ left me in a daze for a few days afterwards. I would pay good money to see an enactment on it.
  18. What is your favourite book series? I hate answering Harry Potter to questions because it’s the lazy person’s answer, it’s too predictable so I’ll say ‘The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’ by Alexander McCall Smith.
  19. Who is your favourite author? God how do I even pick one?! But if I had to select one, the author I would buy with no hesitation, regardless of the material they have written, would be Jeffrey Eugenides. There’s no connecting theme to his stories (maybe coming of age, if you had to select one) but I love all his stories, I have reviewed all three, here, here and here.
  20. What is your favourite genre? Crime fiction, forever and ever. But I’m very selective with the crime fiction I read.
  21. Who is your favourite character in a book series? I would say Atticus but ‘Go Set A Watchman’ ruined it so the most memorable character for me would be Holly Golightly from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. She just shines so brightly and dominates the story, with all her charm and faults.
  22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else? Like made me feel I was somewhere else? Not really, since I don’t read much fantasy. But when I was touring an old fashioned train, you know the ones people used to sleep overnight in, I was suddenly surprised with the understanding of how Poirot was baffled by his mystery in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and immediately, all crime novels set on a 1930s train made sense to me. I have been searching for a similar feeling ever since.
  23. Which book do you wish had a sequel? ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. I don’t know what else you can write about the story I just didn’t want it to end. I wrote about how crazy I am for this book here.
  24. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel? I was happier never learning that Atticus was a disgusting racist in the sequel to ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, ‘Go Set A Watchman’ (although I maintain that the sequel is a first draft of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and that Harper Lee’s lawyer took advantage of her).
  25. How long does it take you to read a book? It depends on the length and reading difficulties. Sometimes it’s two books in one week, sometimes it’s two weeks for one book.
  26. Do you like when books become movies? Yes but I have very polarizing feelings, I either love them or I don’t, I rarely feel ‘meh’ about it.
  27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation? ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. Audrey Hepburn is Holly Golightly but I hated the romance that was tacked on. The story isn’t mean to include a romance, it’s meant to focus on Holly Golightly.
  28. Which movie has done a book justice? ‘Let The Right One In’ By John Ajvide Lindqvist. I’ve only seen the Swedish version, but it really captured the tender childhood friendship in amongst a story about pedophilia and vampires.
  29. Do you read newspapers? I have been an avid reader of newspapers since my English teacher recommended we all get a subscription to the Sydney Morning Herald but ever since I left high school, I haven’t purchased a physical copy, I just read it online everyday.
  30. Do you read magazines? For some reason, one of my hobbies is buying really, really outdated fashion magazines that newsagents sell to try and get rid of stock, like reading Cosmopolitan a year old. I don’t know why.
  31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines? Well, whenever I’m at the Doctor’s I always seem to gravitate to the magazine instead of the newspaper, probably because the pages are unlikely to leave any marks on my hand and I can switch my brain off for twenty minutes.
  32. Do you read while in bed? No, I like to minimize the insomnia.
  33. Do you read while on the toilet? Yes, because I’m classy like that.
  34. Do you read while in the car? I read on articles on my phone but not actual books.
  35. Do you read while in the bath? When I see people in shows relaxing in a tub with a book in one hand and a glass of pinot noir in the other all I can think of is, “What if you dropped it in the tub?”
  36. Are you a fast reader? Yes! I consider myself a speed reader.
  37. Are you a slow reader? See above.
  38. Where is your favourite place to read? I get most of my reading done on the train so I now relish long train rides.
  39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read? Not really, only if it’s dull, but some non-fiction requires more effort from me.
  40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read? I just can’t have people speaking to me.
  41. Who gave you your love for reading? My dad, who always believed that gifting a love of reading in children helped to maintain their curiosity and their natural love of learning.
  42. What book is next on your list to read? ‘The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party’ by Alexander McCall Smith which is the next installment in ‘The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’. It’s my go to series when I need something refreshing and reliable to read.
  43. When did you start to read chapter books? Pretty early, probably in year 1 so 6ish, I think?
  44. Who is your favourite children’s book author? Roald Dahl because his stories are so twisted and he isn’t afraid of sanitizing his stories because they’re for children.
  45. Which author would you most want to interview? I’d want to interview Dan Brown. I think he’d be alot of fun since he doesnt take himself to seriously (at least, I hope he doesn’t).
  46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with? Shamini Flint of the ‘Inspector Singh Series’. Based on her writing style, I think we’d have a lot in common.
  47. What book have you reread the most? I don’t want to answer Harry Potter (for reasons stated in question 18) but it is the series that I’ve re-read the most.
  48. Which books do you consider “classics”? I defer to Mark Twain in that classics are “something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read”.
  49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school? In general, ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy, so students understand that life is difficult and painful but it doesn’t mean you should lose hope. For the Australian audience, ‘Jasper Jones’ by Craig Silvey, because it incorporates so many aspects of Australian culture in a plot that doesn’t feel like it’s only using them to tick off a checklist.
  50. Which books should be banned? This is tricky because we never seem to correctly ban the books that are bad for us but we’ll ban books that challenge us (like Farenheit 451). Overall, I don’t think we should ban anything, we should educate society to read and take everything with a grain of salt but that is a utopia.

2 thoughts on “The 50 Bookish Questions Tag

  1. “…I hate answering Harry Potter to questions because it’s the lazy person’s answer, it’s too predictable”. This is so true. But the Potterhead in me does win sometimes and I answer with Harry Potter. Also, I love crime fiction too!😊 wonderful post!😊

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