Ultimate Book Tag

I was tagged by my friend Sam @A Book Haven to take part in this tags… I love bookish tags so much so I’m looking forward to this one.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Absolutely! I can’t read on any type of transportation because I easily get nauseated by movement.

2. The Harry Potter Series or The Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer


  • I’ve never actually read any of the Harry Potter series and have no desire to do so… I know. This tends to upset and baffle many people but I just am not a fan of the massive hype nor am I a fan of books featuring too much wizardry and magic
  • Twilight has Edward Cullen. He sparkles. The series is so fabulously trashtastic that how could I not love it. The books are so easy to read… Don’t worry. I know they are ridiculous but my basic soul loves that.
  • Twilight is pure escapist reading. I read them when I was in uni over Christmas break after a really long and draining semester and they really cheered me up and essentially revitalised my soul ready for the next semester.

3. Do you carry a book bag? If so what is in it?

I do bring a book bag with me when I have hospital appointments or when I am going to the library and shockingly enough it just has books in it!! And maybe a scarf!

4. Do you smell your books?

Yes. Especially when they are second hand or just really old. I love the smell of old books. I want a room spray that smells like old books and dusty libraries.

5. Books with or without illustrations?

Without is my preference. I find that they detract from my reading and my own ability to conjure up the images of what I think the places and characters in the book should look like.

6. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I really enjoyed reading Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. But it was only later on I realised how ableist it was and how it was quite problematic with some of its message. If you want to know more about why it is problematic then you should really check out this YouTube video.

7. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

I can’t think of any. Sorry… wow that’s the most boring answer ever. I mean my dog did eat the cover of my favourite book when I was about 4… But that is hardly a funny anecdote lol!

8. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

I have three books from my childhood that are just eight pages long each. They are from the ‘Anna and Peter’ series and are called ‘The Little Painters’, ‘The Little Music Box’ and ‘The Big Time Circus’. I couldn’t ever bear to give them away as they hold such sentimental value.

9. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The thickest book I own is a copy of The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde that clocks in at 1,216 pages. I have read it all but definitely not in one sitting!

10. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future becoming an author?

Oh gosh no. I have absolutely zero creative talent when it comes to writing. It is quite funny that I have a blog really as I am not a fan of writing at all but I view blogging and reviewing books as very much not writing!

11. When did you get into reading?

From the earliest age. I simply cannot remember a time before reading. Me without a book is just anathema really.

12. What is Your Favourite Classic Book?

I HAVE SO MANY!!!! Classics have always been my favourites. I love all of Austen’s books obviously (seeing as I claim that she is my favourite author) but I also love ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens. I love ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte, Homer’s The Odyssey and The Illiad, Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’, Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’, L.M Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series and her ‘Emily Climbs’ series. I adore ‘Daddy Long Legs’ by Jean Webster, The What Katy Did books by Susan Coolidge, ‘Twelfth Night’ by Shakespeare… I could go on. I have read so many classics, be they children’s or adult’s, modern or ancient and I have never really read one that I did not like… Except for The Great Gatsby…wasn’t a fan at all.

13. In school was your best subject English or another Language Arts subject?

I very much enjoyed English at school but I am a scientist at heart. Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics were my favs and best subjects.

14. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

Two Christmases ago a relative gave me ‘Oh My God What a Complete Aisling’ by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen and I haaaaaaaaated it but never said it to them because it is always so lovely when someone is thoughtful and gives me a book as a present… So obviously that same relative gave me the sequel last Christmas… I haven’t read it, it’s still sitting on my bookshelf, and have successfully (I think) managed to avoid conversations about it. So I am just waiting for this coming Christmas to probably receive the third book in the series because life is funny like that!!

15. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

I recently picked up the first book in The Extinction Trials series because it has been pegged as The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park and that just sounded cool to me!


Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials.

In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other…

16. What is your favourite word?

Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

I just think both it and its meaning are beautiful.

17. Are you a Nerd, Dork, or Dweeb? Or all of the above?

Proud nerd! Definitely a dork. And probably a dweeb because they are very studious and straitlaced right? And I am certainly that. But I don’t believe in labels anyway. I believe in just being true to myself and to treat everyone I meet with kindness. The world needs more kindness and understanding.

18. Vampires or Faeries?

Vampires… Hi my sparkly Edward!!! LOL

19. Bookmark or Random Piece of Paper?

Bookmark! I love bookmarks. I am always collecting them and have probably more than I should admit to! And I really love when bookshops give me free bookmarks when I buy a number of books together. I got the matching bookmark to Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing when I bought a copy of it in my local bookshop…Made my day!

20. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

OOOOOOH I DO NOT KNOW!!! I like both if they are done well… but there is something about forbidden love. I remember as a child being utterly entranced by the fable behind the Blue Willow Pattern Plate that told the story of a poor boy and rich girl that had to elope because their love was forbidden… I mean I know now that it was nothing more than a marketing ploy for pretty pieces of porcelain but I still love it. So I think I choose forbidden love.

21. One book at a time or several books at once?

Typically just one book. But I sometimes like to read a fiction alongside a science non-fiction.

22. Can you stop reading at any part of the book or does it have to be the end of the chapter?

I like to stop at the end of a chapter but if I feel I am getting sleepy then the end of a paragraph will do!!

23. Do you write in your books?

I sometimes like to write and make notes in my books if a passage really moves me. I also like to highlight my favourite passages and then later transcribe them to a notebook that I have with all my favourite quotes.

24. Can you read while listening to music or watching TV?

I can read while listening to certain types of music, typically instrumental pieces but no way can I read while watching telly. I find it much too distracting. I prefer quiet.

25. Do you read out loud or silently in your head?

Ordinarily I will read with that silent voice in my head but if a passage is particularly beautiful then I do like to read it aloud. I found myself doing that a lot when I read Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

BONUS QUESTION: Physical book, e-book or audio book?

Well definitely not an audio book! I love to buy physical books the most but I’m very attached to my eReader because I can read it while lying down… this is too hard!! Physical books so I can look at them on my shelf I think.

And that’s it! What do you guys think of my answers?? Let me know in the comments below. And if you want to do this tag don’t forget to come back and paste a link in my comments section so I can read your answers too.

21 thoughts on “Ultimate Book Tag

  1. “Hi my sparkly Edward!” HAHAHA I love it! Also, SERENDIPITY! I have loved the word and the meaning ever since learning of it (mostly after watching the movie Serendipity in all its absurdness but the hopeless romantic in me swoons every. single. time)! Love this tag and your answers, Emer! 😍

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    1. Oh that film is one of my favs purely because of that place with the hot chocolate… I NEED TO GO THERE ALREADY πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      And how could I not love Edward sparklepants Cullen, hes too hilarious to not adore πŸ˜‚

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  2. I like that you added the video for Me Before You. I watched the movie but didn’t know how problematic it was. Thanks for the information!

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  3. I was more of a Twilight fan too. I have a hit and miss relationship with Harry Potter so Twilight was always my go to easy read when I wanted to escape from school and university reading. I also got very interested in the world lore and the backgrounds of all the secondary characters. If I didn’t read it for Edward and Bella, it was for the Cullens and all the backstories.

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          1. Oh definitely. It is the reason why I constantly watched Eclipse in my first three years at university. That was always my favourite one so I’d watch it the most.

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