I Dare You // Book Tag

Huge thanks to SW at A Free Mind for tagging me!

1) You must be honest
2) You must answer all the questions
3) You must tag at least 4 people

1. Which Book Has Been On Your Shelf The Longest?
I honestly don’t know. My best guess is my copy of Peter Pan, which I read in 6th grade. My copy came with a necklace, so I think I must have still been pretty young when I received it. Soldified my love for books, really.


2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
current: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yubal Noah Harari
last: Attack on Titan, vol. 8 by Hajime Isayama
next: probably P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
or Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer


3. What book did everyone like but you hated?
I actually did a whole post on this for a Top Ten Tuesday, but probably the #1 is All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.


4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?
Ugh, so many. I’m really bad about actually getting around to reading.
I’ve had Bone Gap checked out from the library for a few months now and haven’t even opened it. And I’ve had The Complete Persepolis #1 on my TBR for over a year now but always pick up something else instead.


5. What books are you saving for retirement?
I mean, but the looks of my TBR, I’m saving all the books for retirement.


6. Last page: Read it first or wait until the end?
I totally used to read it first, but then got a really bad spoiler (I forget which book it was) and decided to kick the habit.


7. Acknowledgments: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
I love reading acknowledgments. Sometimes it’s just because I don’t want the book to end. But I also find it interesting to see just how many people it takes to make a book.


8. Which book character would you switch places with?
(Okay, this is going to sound really … ridiculous. I know that. Don’t judge!)
I actually think Bella from Twilight would be a good person to switch places with? I mean, she pretty much has everything she could ever want. Hot vampire boyfriend who is totally in to her, awesome vampire in-laws that protect her, werewolf friends that also protect her, parents that love her, and pretty much an endless amount of money and resources at her dispense. Her main complaint is not being a vampire herself…and well…


9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person)
It’s kinda strange how you can remember where you were when you read some books. Like I clearly remember reading Life of Pi outside in the summer while drinking iced tea. I remember reading Bridge to Terabithia on a camping trip with my family and best friend. And I remember reading Fangirl on my Kindle in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep. But then I have books that remind me of things that have nothing to do with when I read them. Like Fangirl reminds me a lot of my time away at college, even though I read it after I had graduated.


10. Name an interesting book that you acquired in an interesting way.
So my dad used to have a book membership thing and would cancel the months where he wasn’t interested in the book. But one month he forgot to cancel and they sent him For One More Day by Mitch Albom. I’m not sure if he told me he wasn’t interested in it or if I just inferred it…but I kinda stole the book from him and it ended up becoming one of my favorites. And then I leant it to a friend and we had a kinda bad falling out and I never got it back, so Deacon bought me a replacement. But it was difficult for him to find because they changed the cover to this ugly yellow and blue, so he had to hunt down one with the original cover. And he wrote me a love letter inside it. So…yeah. Long history with that book.


11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
I guess I don’t give a lot of books away, because nothing is coming to mind. I need to change that.


12. Which book has been with you most places?
This is a tough question! Probably the Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath? It’s a huge book and I’ve only read about 200 pages, but there was a time where I kinda took it with me anywhere in case I got any downtime.


13. Any required reading in High School that wasn’t so bad two years later?
We read a lot of great stuff in high school. I loved The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, and October Sky. I was less in love with Night and one I can’t remember but it was formatted as a script. Also we read Johnny Tremain in middle school and it was just torture. It was so so so boring.


14. Used or brand new?
I mean, brand new is better but I don’t mind used if it’s in relatively good condition and not sticky. Why do people always get books sticky?


15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?


16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Yes! (Have I done a post on this? If not I should.) A short list:
A Walk to Remember; Atonement; Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist; Stardust; The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; To Kill a Mockingbird


17. Have you ever read a book that made you hungry (cook books included)?
Not especially…execpt for maybe Heartless by Marissa Meyer.


18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
I follow Emily May’s reviews on Goodreads and I find that she’s pretty spot-on.


19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
I love a lot of books out of my comfort zone! The Green Mile, The Things They Carried, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Saga, Attack on Titan.
All of these break the typical YA contemporary that I gravitate to.


I tag:
1. Marcilla at The Plot Bunny
2. Mikaela at The Well-Thumbed Reader
3. Holly at Nut Free Nerd
4. Anyone else who wants to do this. 😆

currently listening to: Tell Me How by Paramore


  1. SW
    May 14, 2017

    Your answers were fun to read. 🙂 I love Peter Pan, your copy sounds special.
    I just realized that I totally misunderstood question 7 when I answered it. xD

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    1. Emily Seals
      May 17, 2017


      It’s not really that special of a copy; it’s just one I’ve had forever. I’d actually like one that was hardcover.

      That’s fine! I was a bit confused by your answer…but I often interpret things in different ways, too. XD
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  2. Aw, thanks for tagging me! This is the second time I was tagged for this, so, obviously, I must do this one soon! 😂

    I agree with Emily May! I’m not on Goodreads anymore, but I still occasionally check in on her reviews to see what she says and recommends! It’s usually spot-on for me as well (even though we sometimes disagree on fave series lol)! 😄

    1. Emily Seals
      May 17, 2017

      You must! (Actually no do what you want) 😉

      Is there a reason why you’re not on Goodreads anymore? I love it, but I’m trying to keep myself from reading as many reviews these days because it takes away a lot of the surprise/joy of reading something new.

      1. I wrote it up! It ended up much longer than it should have! 😂

        I used to “professionally” review on there – basically, like blogging, except only the reviewing part – and I started getting stressed about it. Not to mention that it seemed like no one cared about my reviews coupled with the fact that I felt I was being influenced by too many people’s reviews, so I left a couple months before I started blogging! 😄

        1. Emily Seals
          June 6, 2017

          I can definitely understand that. Reviewing can be stressful! I’m just a casual reader/reviewer, so it’s not so bad, but I am being more careful about reading reviews. I’ve been spoiled too many times.

  3. Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
    May 15, 2017

    Ahhh the Stardust movie is SO GOOD. I had read the book a few times before watching the movie and was wondering how they would be able to pull it off, but they actually captured Neil Gaiman’s bizarre charm PERFECTLY. I still really love the book, though the movie definitely rivals it!
    Thanks so much for tagging me!! <3 Can't wait to do it!

    1. Emily Seals
      May 17, 2017

      I guess I was…unprepared for the book. The movie is so fun and kid friendly, but the book is definitely for adults.

      I can’t wait to see your answers. 🙂

  4. Amy
    May 22, 2017

    I love all of your answers! I totally had mixed feelings about All The Bright Places ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

    1. Emily Seals
      May 22, 2017

      Thanks! And that’s a relief to hear. Everyone always praises All the Bright Places so it’s nice to hear someone also had mixed feelings. 🙂

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