The Bookish Bookin Book Tag (English Version)

30 Mai

This Tag was created by Bekah AwesomeBookNut and you can find the original video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCN0hMesny0

I found the questions interesting, some of them really different from other Tags. So I’ll try to inject variety in my answers as well.

This English Version of the Tag focuses on books published in foreign languages, while its French counterpart will focus on… French books, you guessed it!

Many of these books I’ve read in the French publications, so I’m showing you these.

As per usual, these are my opinions. You don’t like them? I don’t care.

  1. What is a well-loved book that you hated?

I could go with The Great Gasby like in in a previous Tag, but there’s actually plenty of choice here, for I often tend to go against the stream… not by design, mind you, that’s just the way it is. So today, let’s say the two last books in the Harry Potter series. After Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix, what a letdown!

  1. What is a guilty pleasure book?

Anything paranormal romance… or romance, period. And I’m currently in the middle of such a guilty pleasure: having just discovered Patricia Briggs, I’m onto the 2nd installment in her Mercy Thompson series.

  1. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone? If so, which book?

I have sort of spoiled parts of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 to my fiancée, but in the end it didn’t interfere much with her reading experience, so I guess it’s OK. And yes, it IS possible to spoil such a book to someone. Kinda.

  1. What book made you ugly cry?

With the hiccups, running snoot and reddening face? I actually have a “made me weep” shelf on Goodreads for those! The latest: A monster calls by Patrick Ness.

  1. What is your latest DNF?

I usually finish my books, or at least attempt to reach the middle point. But I’m no masochist either: if it’s a pain to read, I drop it. Last time was with Edward Rutherfurd’s London. Shame, for the premises were right up my alley.

  1. Which book have you read due to controversy?

I don’t seek controversial material per se. I just sometimes read books that happen to be controversial… which I often discover afterwards, anyway. So, no answer for this question.

  1. Have you read a book where you questioned the authors’ sanity?

You mean, apart from any horror book writer under the sun? Do Stephen King and Cie count? Or, even worse: do the bastards who wrote the Bible and the Quran count? Because these were psychopathic, evil ignoramus.

  1. What is the most cringe-worthy book you’ve read?

Apart from those mentioned in the previous question? Quite a few, but for today I’ll go with Naomi’s Room by Jonathan Aycliffe (AKA Daniel Easterman). That story is just sick.

  1. What book have you read solely due to the cover?

I don’t cover-by. I’m attracted to beautiful covers of course, especially the fantasy kind, which, given what’s available nowadays on the market, might suck for my bank account. Fortunately, I tend to check the author or the story beforehand.

  1. Name a book you’re embarrassed to admit you’ve read.

I’m not really embarrassed for anything I’ve read, I don’t think. Why is it then I didn’t add Lora Leigh or any other Erotica I’ve read on my Goodreads? You tell me…

  1. Name an unknown book you wish more people knew of.

I’ll go with the recently published Picture of Dorian Gray. Uncensored by Oscar Wilde. This version, the one originally intended by the author, brings a whole new light to his inner life and work. Any fan of the canon (censured) version should read it.

  1. Name a favorite villain.

I LOOOVE a well-written villain. And I know of plenty in literature. But I’ll choose It, from the eponym book by Stephen King, the first one I read by him when I was 13: it left marks, of course. If Pennywise the Clown is not a great villain, then very few are!

  1. Name a book you enjoyed that is outside the norm of genre you usually read.

Without a doubt, World War Z (Max Brooks). I never dreamed of enjoying a “zombie book” this much!

  1. Name tropes you actually enjoy reading.

Love Redeems. Beauty and the Beast. Villains in love. Friendship to the end…

  1. What/who inspired you to join book tube?

I’m not a Booktuber and don’t intend to become one, so no answer for that last question.

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