I Dare You Book Tag

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Guess who’s back – did you miss me? I sure as heck missed all of you!

So I’m back from my brief week hiatus. If you missed my October Wrap-Up I was away for five days volunteering for charity on an annual event I do with my family. More on that to come. The thing is, I actually didn’t plan on you noticing my absence. True story. I was going to pre-write and schedule my posts but as it generally does, life got in the way.

Anyway, today I’m back with a fun tag thanks to my bookish bestie Sibby from Siobhan’s Novelties. As always, be sure to check out Siobhan’s blog because it’s required reading. Thanks for that tag Sibby! x

So, let’s get into it as I spill the beans on some of my bookish habits and pet peeves in the I Dare You Book Tag.

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1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

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I could be wrong [I was obsessed with Warriors around the same time] but I think it’s my paperback edition of Dragonskin Slippers. If you haven’t read this book than what are you even doing with your life? Dragonskin Slippers is required reading.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

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Last read: Frozen Tides. Current reads: Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years [basically required reading] and Jane Eyre [Darcy who?]. Next read: I need to read Sourcery but we’ll see.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?


Do we really need to do this again? I’m sure you all know by now just how much Wintersong made my toes curl and my blood boil – and not in a good way. Basically, we didn’t need a 50 Shades of labyrinth. #notmygoblinking.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

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Okay, I promise I’ll eventually finish the Grishaverse and A Darker Shade of Magic. I’m just not feeling these? I mean, I want to love them but they’re just not for me. Also, Mal is an idiot.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?


I always say I’ll read Gone With the Wind but let’s face it – it’s just so dang intimidating! I mean, it’s a classic and it’s over a thousand pages! Maybe we’ll save this one for retirement when I have the time and the patience?

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

So let’s be real – you just know I’m looking at that last page. I’ll probably tell myself I’m just checking the page count but you know I’m reading that last sentence. You also know I’m going to be super pissed when I spoil the ending for myself.

7. Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Interesting aside – acknowledgments are my favorite part!

8. Which book character would you switch places with?


I would love to switch places with either Celaena Sardothien [Assassin’s Blade era] or Feyre in A Court of Mist and Fury. In a word? Rhysand. Enough said.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (place, time, person?)


The Secret Garden always reminds me of the woodlands on my childhood property and, basically just my childhood in general. #nostalgia. I basically grew up re-reading this heart warming moorland classic.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way


I’m pretty basic and boring – all of my books have been acquired either online or in one of Melbourne’s cozy bookshops. If there was one acquisition that stand’s out as special it would be my hardcover editions of the House of Night series which are all (twelve of them) signed by both P.C. and Kristin Cast. That being said, I only ordered them from the author’s personal website.

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Ah, it’s a no from me. I don’t give my books away.  Period.

12. Which book has been with you most places?


Pretty much the entire Twilight saga. These books followed me everywhere when I was a teen. I was probably even more obsessed with Edward Cullen than Bella was. Any holiday, any road trip, any family event you can bet I had my contacted “travelling” edition under my arm.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I have never re-read a book I read in high school [Eww – The Giver *shudders*]. That being said, I have read a lot of books that were required reading at some stage. Apparently I didn’t get to read the good ones? Books like The Great Gatsby, Lolita, Jane Eyre and The Lord of the Flies are among my favorites.

14. Used or brand new?

I’m a bookish snob. Always new.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Who’s Dan Brown???

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

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There has been a couple of adaptions that I really liked but one stands out among the rest. Brace yourselves – it’s the very much despised Vampire Academy. I watched the movie first and found the book to be lacking after falling in love with Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Danila Kozlovski. Also, am I the only one who thought the film handled the mystery around the whole Miss Karp thing better?

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?


Lara Jean’s baking always makes me crave something sugary and sweet.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Fun fact: I’m not very good at taking bookish advice. Exhibit A: Twilight. Exhibit B: Vampire Academy. Exhibit C: The Mortal Instruments. In my defense, since I’ve become a literary blogger I tend to listen to what my bookish friends tell me to read.

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

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Besides a few classics I’ve picked up and adored I think the main book I’ve ended up loving is Home Work. I don’t typically reach for biographies or memoirs. Ever. But, one of my bookish resolutions was to broaden my horizons so here we are. And I loved it. I actually had to slow down because I never wanted it to end.

Honorable mention: After

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I tag you! [Yes, YOU]Alexandra



12 thoughts on “I Dare You Book Tag

  1. I’m considering myself tagged hehe 😄 Also, I kind of lowkey love The Vampire Academy movie, mainly because of Zoey Deutch. And I’m so sad the franchise didn’t kick off for her because she’s so good. Now I just want to go and re-watch that movie!

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    • You know what? I was just lazy! Otherwise I definitely would have tagged you. Consider yourself officially tagged!

      I’m so relieved to hear that I’m not the only one who doesn’t hate all over Vampire Academy. I’m still crushed we didn’t get a franchise. I actually watched it not so long ago and I was like why the heck does everyone hate this??? It’s not that bad!

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    • I’m so glad it is because Home Work was a masterpiece! It took me a good few weeks to read – not because I was bored or it dragged but because I just didn’t want it to end. It just oozes her class and charm. You can really hear her voice bleeding through the page. I hope you love it as much as I did.

      Funnily enough I haven’t yet read Home. It was summarized in Home Work’s prologue and I couldn’t get my hands on a copy. I’ve ordered it online though and I’m hoping to read it for Non-Fiction November. ❤

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  2. What did you think of Frozen Tides and the rest of the Falling Kingdoms series? I’ve had the first two books for forever but haven’t gotten around to them.

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    • Hmmmm… to be honest, I had a lot of fun with the Falling Kingdoms series [especially the later books] but I was never 100% blown away. There was always just something missing but I can’t exactly put my finger on what. That being said, I would still highly recommend the series. I’d love to hear you’re thoughts if you do pick up Falling Kingdoms – happy reading! 💙

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