Bookish tags are so much fun! And weird enough, it’s something we don’t do very often here at The Sassologist. So if you ever come across an original book tag, feel free to tag us. Previously, we did the Pokémon Go Book Tag. This time around, it’s time for the Reader Confession Book Tag. And consider yourself tagged by reading this, so go ahead and fill this out on your own site! If you’d like, you can link back to us.
Have you ever damaged a book?
Not on purpose, as far as I can recall. Though I did scribble something in a library book when I was a kid (and felt guilty about it ever since). I only use (flat) bookmarks, never fold pages or even the spine. But, accidents happen and I myself am very, very clumsy. So when I was reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince… I spilled curry soup. YELLOW soup. Over my precious new hardcover book. I still feel like such an idiot. I did learn my lesson though, as I never again ate soup while reading a book.
How long does it take you to read a book?
Well, that really depends on the book. I can finish a book in a day, but that’s very rare. It has to be a very special book and besides, I have a toddler at home and a full-time job, so I don’t have that much time to start with. As a college student this happened more often. I did read all Harry Potters (starting from part four) the day they came out, weary of spoilers.
Nowadays, it takes me somewhere between a couple of days and weeks to finish a book. It all depends on how great I think the book is. If it’s a page turner, I finish it in a couple of days. If it’s not such a great book, I can spend weeks reading it. But, in those cases, I usually read another book in between. Sometimes I’m reading up to four books at a time.
Books that you haven’t finished?
Not a lot. I like to finish books I spend money (and time) on. But sometimes, the book just doesn’t suit me. These are books I marked as DNF at Goodreads:
- At Home – Bill Bryson
I adored A Short History of Nearly Everything and I strongly recommend everybody reading this. But I just struggled to get through At Home and never finished it. Maybe someday I will though, because I liked the premise.
- Kraken – China Miéville
God, I just couldn’t get through this. It wasn’t the setting, because that was the reason I bought the book in the first place. I just kept forgetting who was who and what had happened. Also, I don’t think Miéville’s writing style is it for me.
- Knife of Dreams – Robert Jordan
This is where I gave up on the Wheel of Time series. And I will never finish it. It just became too much. And while I liked The Wheel of Time very much at the beginning and it’s such a cool, epic high fantasy setting, I just decided to stop as it cost me too much energy.
- Gone – Michael Grant
I bought this for the blurb but it never did anything for me. I think of all the four books here, I stopped with Gone the earliest on. None of the characters spoke to me. I even read the Wiki to see if it would get better, but I guess this was never the setting for me.
Hyped/Popular books you didn’t like?
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. The Girls by Emma Cline. 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough. Those are the most recent three that come to mind.
Hyped books almost never do it for me. The big exception is, obviously, Harry Potter. Sometimes I don’t even start a book or series because it’s too hyped.
How many books do you own?
I’m not counting as that’s too much of a hassle but probably a couple of hundred? I gave a way a lot when I recently moved though.
Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
I like to think of myself of a fast reader. I know there are people reading faster, but there are also people who read slower. But in the end: who actually cares how fast anybody reads? Just read at your own pace and you’re set.
Do you like to buddy read?
I’ve never actually done so I think. Anybody want to start a Sassy Book Club?
Do you read better in your head or out loud?
In my head, dear Gods. I would never read out loud. It takes too much time and it’s just distracting for everybody, including the reader. I do have one exception again: I read Transporting in the original Scottish language and it helped me to read some parts of that out loud.
If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?
Do not make me choose. I have an American Gods/Anansi Boys special edition bundled together, which at least would mean two books by my favorite author Neil Gaiman. But I would also want Neverwhere. And, here he is again, Harry Potter. If I had to choose one of those books, it would be Prisoner of Azkaban. Oh Gods, and the Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. Or the above mentioned A Short History of Nearly Everything. See, I’m not fit at all to answer this question.
OK. I thought about it. I would pick Neverwhere in the end because that book is signed and it’s the first Gaiman I ever read. I could just borrow all the other books. But let’s hope this is a choice I will never ever have to make.