Monday, June 22, 2015

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I've been very uninspired lately, especially when it comes to blog-writing. So what do you do when you can't write a blog post? Why, you answer tag questions. It's probably against the Blogger Code of Rules to answer tag questions that you weren't tagged in, but I'm going to be a rebel here and break that code of rules. (MWAHAHA.)

I found this very interesting tag on a blog I stumbled across, and I want to try it out. So, here goes!

A-Z BOOKISH QUESTIONS

Author you've read the most books from: When it comes down to it, it would frankly be Valerie Tripp, Beverly Cleary, or Lois Gladys Leppard. I read so many American Girl books when I was little that were written by Valerie Tripp; I read all the Ramona books and Henry books and other books by Beverly Cleary; and I read probably around fifteen or twenty of the Mandie books by Lois Gladys Leppard. Yes. Heavy stuff, guys.

Best sequel ever: The first thing that comes to mind is the third installment of the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne of the Island. It was my favorite book in the series, and it counts as a sequel, right? We'll say it does.

Currently reading: A multitude of books, it seems. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Emma by Jane Austen, and Resist by Emily Ann Putzke. Technically, I'm editing that last one. And boy, oh boy! When this book is finally published, you're going to hear all my many, many fangirlish rants thoughts on it. So far, it is so good. So, so good. And it's very different from Ain't We Got Fun. Resist ain't a light read in the least!

Drink of choice while reading: Either lemonade or a smoothie in the summer, or hot chocolate in the winter.

E-reader or physical book: Back a couple months ago, I would have said physical book without a doubt. However, I am now so accustomed to using my screens, be it computer or phone, that it's almost become easier for me to focus on something that's on a screen. It's horrid, really. I need to wean myself from this habit.

Fictional person you would have probably actually dated in high school: Well, I just got out of high school ... but I likely would have dated Peter Pevensie. Heck, I'd still be dating Peter if only he wasn't fictional.

Glad you gave this book a chance: Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. When I was thirteen, I read Stengl's first book, Heartless. And I hated it! It disturbed me to the core of my being, and I didn't dare continue the series. However, as I've grown older, the things that made me uncomfortable to read when I was younger (such as some violence and fantastical imagery) don't bother me as much. So I read Veiled Rose, which was okay. But that led me to read Moonblood, and that story is so rich and beautiful. I emerged christening it one of my favorite books.

Hidden gem books: When I was younger, I rarely read books outside my realm of American Girl and Ramona Quimby books. However, one obscure book that caught my heart was Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. I read that book over and over again.

Another book that I enjoy today (and isn't so very well known) is Interrupted by Rachel Coker. That is another book I didn't love when I was younger, but I've grown to love it as I've grown older and my tastes have changed. It's a sweet little story. If you liked Ain't We Got Fun, you'd probably like Interrupted. It has more heartache than AWGF, but it's still very sweet and fun nonetheless.

Interesting bookish question that you wish this list included: Which book is most dog-eared on your book shelf? Well, this is going to be a toss-up between Heidi, Caddie Woodlawn, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and The Scarlet Letter. The first three are merely childhood favorites, and the latter is a book I had to read for school last year. Meaning I needed to refer to it many times, and it, therefore, wasn't handled in the gentlest of ways. 

Just finished: I honestly cannot recollect what book I read last! I think I reread Interrupted last, but the last new-book I read was The Scarlet Letter, I believe. Or was it The Giver?

Kind of books you won't read: Books with much gore and immorality. Those are books I won't read. Those and the tomes that simply would take too much time to delve into. 

Longest book you read: This is tricky! Which book is longer? Little Women or To Kill a Mockingbird? Because I believe those are the longest books I've read. Unless you count The Lord of the Rings as one whole book. ;)

Major book hangover: I think I'm going to say The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. I don't think you'd be able to leave that series without a major hangover  especially not with the way Lewis ends it! Although, Moonblood left me with a pretty hefty hangover as well.

Number of bookcases you own: One, and I'm quite proud of it. It's my favorite part of my bedroom.

One book you've read multiple times: Well, this is tricky. Perhaps A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett?

Preferred place(s) to read: My bed! Or the sofa. Or the cushioned bench on our back porch.

Quote you like from a book you read: Well, this is rude. I cannot pick just one. Therefore, I'll share a couple.

"There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for." 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

"I'll choose an ugly truth over your pretty lies any day." 
― Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Moonblood

"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks." 
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

"It isn't Narnia, you know," sobbed Lucy. "It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?"
"But you shall meet me, dear one," said Aslan.
"Are - are you there too, Sir?" said Edmund.
"I am," said Aslan. "But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there."

― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


Reading regret: Having become too caught up lately with technology to enjoy a good read. I need to sit down and read again. I'm thinking a good start would be one of the books on my reading list: The Horse and His Boy. It's been too long since a visit to my favorite world.

Series you started and need to finish: Perhaps the Anne of Green Gables series, or the companions to The Giver. 

I stopped after reading Anne of the Island, because the ending felt like a perfect ending to the series. (And my mother said that they rather go downhill after Windy Poplars.

I also own the companions to The Giver, but I haven't had the heart to read them yet.

Three of your all-time favorite books: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (is that cheating? ;)), and Ain't We Got Fun. Wait, I'm not certain the latter counts since I'm one of the authors ... but in all actuality, it's one of my favorite things ever. So perhaps it does count.

Unapologetic fangirl for: The Chronicles of Narnia.

Very excited for this release more than all the others: Resist by Emily Ann Putzke! Oh. Oh, the feels. But I'm not even finished with it yet.

Worst bookish habit: Starting too many books at one time? Dog-earing the pages? Putting a book down to go watch Netflix? You pick the worst.

X marks the spot (that is, bookmarks): I only have one bookmark. As the bad habit hints above, I tend to dog-ear pages. Although, I'm becoming a bit more peevish about that, so maybe that habit is waning. Anyway, I use this bookmark a lot: a Jane Austen sketch bookmark that I won in a giveaway. It's rather pretty, and it has remarkably not gotten lost.

Your last book purchase: I believe it was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

Zzzzz snatcher book: I don't have one in particular. Just any book I happen to be reading for the first time that has me all caught up in the story.

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This took me an entire hour to fill out. I'm off to go contemplate my life choices.

18 comments:

  1. That is an excellent tag - and one I've not seen before either! Perhaps I should be a rebel as well, and do it myself. :D
    I've been thinking about reading 'Interrupted', and now after your recommendation I think I will buy it the next chance I can. :) Have you read 'Chasing Jupiter'?

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    1. Ooh, you should rebel with me! ;) Really, though, this tag is very fun.

      I have read 'Chasing Jupiter'! I really love that one as well, and I'd definitely recommend it. :)

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  2. You have such a fun blog, Emily, and I love reading your work! So, I've nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award! You can check it out on my blog here: http://clarajaneseamstressandsupplies.blogspot.com/2015/06/sisterhood-of-world-bloggers-award.html. And now, you have a tag list that you're actually tagged in!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much, Allison! And thank you for nominating me. :) I feel quite honored.

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  3. YES, YES, YES. I agree so much. I'm an unapologetic Narnia fangirl, too. Isn't it just the greatest? Also, I really need to check out Anne Elisabeth Stengl's books! I've heard a lot of great things about them, and now that I know you like them...I'm gonna hop to it.

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    1. NARNIANS UNITE. Oh, and yes, you definitely ought to check out Stengl's books! I think you'd love them. Just make sure you start with 'Heartless' and go through the series properly. It will help you understand the other books better, even if 'Heartless' isn't the best one. :)

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  4. You are so fun to read Emily! Oh and I'm sorry but Peter's already taken ;)

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, girl! And um, I think you're mistaken. Peter is clearly mine. ;)

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  5. A very enjoyable post, Emily, and tags are quite blog-saving when we run out of ideas, aren't they (on that note, I have a tag attached to my blog giveaway which you are most welcome to join in, if you feel like it, dear!!)! You really got to share about some of my favourite reads ever - I always laugh at how similar our tastes in books are :D. I disliked "Heartless" a lot a few years back, and thought. . . "why is this series so well loved?" (Though Stengl's writing style was charming even in that first book, with her fairy-talish style. But I just hated Una's character). The thing is, I then won a giveaway copy for "Dragonwitch" and the cover was so gorgeous, and the reviews so positive, I couldn't resist giving it a go. Oh my gingersnaps! I LOVED this book so, so much. It was beautiful, tearful, wonderful, challenging, inspiring and EPIC with the best characters ever. I then went back and read the rest of the series, from Veiled Rose, Moonblood (YES, this book is BEAUTIFUL!!!), Starflower, Dragonwitch, Shadow Hand, Golden Daughter and the novellas. Have you read the rest of the series? They are all so good. Highly recommend them, dear!

    I love "To Kill a Mockingbird"; I read it for the first time this year, and just fell in love with the story so much. And it is exciting because a sequel is coming out in July! Atticus Finch is my favourite.

    Narnia. I love Narnia, and "The Last Battle" sure does leave one breathless and emotionally spent with joy, sadness, hope and peace like only a few books ever did to me!
    Blessings, Emily dear :)

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    1. Tags really are a life-saver sometimes. It also helps that they are fun to fill out, when you have the time. :) (On that note, thank you for letting me know about your birthday tag! Your blog birthday party looks smashing.)

      I've definitely been converted to a Goldstone Wood fan. However, I haven't read past 'Moonblood' yet. I'm hoping to fix that soon, though, for I intend on reading 'Starflower' this summer!

      'To Kill a Mockingbird' is certainly a good one! I'm thinking I need to reread it soon, though, because it's been quite awhile since I read it!

      And as for Narnia, three words: I love it. ;)

      Thanks for commenting, friend!

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  6. I just happened to pick up Understood Betsy at our library last year, and I am glad I did. It is certainly a hidden gem book!

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    1. Isn't it a gem? It's been such a long time since I read it last ... I think I need to pull it's ragged remains from the shelf soon and revel in its sweetness again. :)

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  7. I haven't had a chance to finish reading the whole Anne Of Green Gable series myself, but if you are to read any you must read Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside! ( mostly the latter! <3) :D

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    1. Ooh, I've heard a lot of good things about Rilla of Ingleside! I don't know much what it's about, but come to think of it, I think it's among my mother's collection of Anne of Green Gables books. I think I need to read this now. ^.^

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  8. "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks." I love that book! =) I can't wait to read Go Set a Watchman! Also, I've only read to Anne of the Island as well ... I want to finish the series, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Little Women YESYESYES. (But you already knew that.) Interrupted is such a sweet book! I'm eagerly awaiting Rachel's next book, whenever it comes out!! It was also so fun to see my book on this list! =) Lovely bookish post!

    And wait ... PETER'S MINE.

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    1. Ah, when you do read Go Set a Watchman, please send me a full review! ;) I'm almost unsure if I want to read it. Worried about whether it will ruin To Kill a Mockingbird, you see. But we'll see. Knowing me, I'll probably end up reading it anyway. ;)

      Ah, I'm so excited for Rachel's next book!! I want to hear more about it!

      And come to think of it ... maybe we should let Emilie have Peter, and maybe we should just be satisfied with Tom and Will. What say you? I mean, a probably-becomes-doctor and a journalist aren't as glamorous as a High King, but I guess they'll do. ;)

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  9. Awwww you're so sweet:-) I have a special place for Peter as he was my first crush EVER. :D

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