First of all, thanks to Sara @ The Bibliophagist for tagging me! I always love doing new tags, and this is such a unique one that also reminds me I should probably stop dragging my feet on
spring summer cleaning. I’ll get round to it…one of these days.
In the meantime, here are my responses to this humorous tag:
- Please link back to Daniel @ Page to Page
- Respond to the scenarios
- Tag 5 people (or however many you like)
It’s time to make your bed, but you’re going to have some friends over later and want to pick the perfect book to place on your nightstand for them all to see that you’re “reading”. Which book do you choose?
This is probably the best compromise between what I want people to think I read and what I actually read. While Circe is award-winning literary fiction, it’s also one of my favourite books, which says a lot considering that I’m the person who can’t sit still long enough to get through 10% of Pride and Prejudice. Also, it’ll be a huge bonus if any of my friends have read or even just heard of Madeline Miller; I could discuss her books all day.
Oh no! The house needs dusting, but you just can’t put that book you’re reading down! What book would you buy on audio just so you could continue the story while cleaning?
I honestly don’t listen to audio books ever, they’re just not my thing. But if there’s a book that was unputdownable enough I’d buy on audio just to learn what happens next, Legendary fits the bill. It’s the first book in forever that I finished within one calendar day. It’s also a book that doesn’t require deep thought beyond “wait, is that love interest evil?” so I’d be able to focus on other tasks while listening to it on the side.
Darn it! The ceiling is leaking! Turns out Mass-Market Paperbacks are the best things to soak water up! Which popular book do you use to soak up the water?
Unravel Me is both longer, so able to soak up more water, and a worse book, so easier to sacrifice, than its predecessor Shatter Me. And Shatter Me is already a pretty awful book. So yeah, Juliette, you’ve got to go–it’s for the greater good.
Bathrooms need a good scrubbing, and your 2007 Cosmos are a little outdated and need replacing. What book do you place in the bathroom for some light reading for when people need to take care of business?
My copy of Divergent is already super beat up, and my view of this series is mediocre at best, so nothing of value is at risk of being destroyed by putting it in the bathroom. Plus everyone has heard of it, more or less, and most people don’t have strong objections to the content, so it seems like decent light reading for ten minutes at a time. If someone hates it, well, it’ll just be incentive for them to vacate my bathroom sooner. So it’s a win-win situation for me.
Family is coming over, but you have no idea what to make for dinner! You read somewhere that tearing up the last chapter of a book whose ending you hated and sprinkling it in a casserole dish makes for the perfect meal! Which book do you choose?
Both of these books fit the prompt, albeit for very different reasons. I quite liked The Queens of Innis Lear, but wow, what an underwhelming ending. Yes, King Lear is the ultimate everybody dies tragedy and it could have been a whole hell of a lot worse, but that’s no excuse to default to the most predictable ending that every average Joe who ever read Shakespeare was rooting for. As for Our Dark Duet, I get why it had to happen the way it did, but please, Victoria Schwab, couldn’t you have had mercy on us just once?
Organization is key, right? When it comes time to organize your bookshelf, you realize you have enough room (and money) to get three new books! Which books do you buy?
Three totally different books, two of which aren’t out yet. I’d buy The Book of M because I got it as an ARC and loved it (plus look at that gorgeous UK cover). I’d pre-order Bright We Burn and Warcross because judging by the previous books, they are both going to be brilliant series finales. These two titles are amongst my most anticipated of the summer, and I’d be more than happy to have them on my shelf.
Finally, some peace and quiet! But, before you can relax, you realize you forgot to send your Aunt a thank you gift for the lovely “ADULT LIFE FOR DUMMIES” book she gave you for Christmas (maybe she’s trying to tell you something?). What book do you send to her to show her how much (this is sarcasm) you appreciate her gift?
I received this book as a gift ages ago myself, and because I’m an anti-intellectual degenerate, I’ve barely touched it. The benefit of which is that my copy is practically brand new, and my aunt wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference. Low effort? Check. Sarcastic? Check. Could pass as a serious gift in case I ever have to defend my choices? Check. Looks like we’ve got a winner here. (N.B. I don’t actually have an aunt who would send me an “ADULT LIFE FOR DUMMIES” book. I’m thinking this is a pretty good thing.)
As always, feel free to participate if you’re interested, whether you’ve been tagged or not. Thanks for reading!