I Dare You Book Tag

I was tagged by Hadeer for the I Dare You book tag – thank you!  Not sure who started this tag, but if anyone knows lmk so I can pingback to them.  This looks like fun.

You must be honest
You must answer all the questions
You must tag at least 4 people

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

On my physical shelf?  I have absolutely no idea.  I mean… Harry Potter, probably?!

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

Current: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land; War and Peace by Tolstoy; The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride; The War That Killed Achilles by Caroline Alexander (on hold).  I am chronically unable to read just one book at a time.

Last: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini.  Review HERE.

Next: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld.

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

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

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

Probably anything by Neil Gaiman that I haven’t read already….. I absolutely hated The Ocean at the End of the Lane and I couldn’t make it through Neverwhere.  So many of my friends love him so I’ve vowed to give him another chance, but I think I’m fairly confident that he just isn’t for me.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

Maybe The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire?!  I’d love to read that but I don’t see it happening any time soon…

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

Wait until the end!  I don’t really mind spoilers if I find something out accidentally, but I don’t go looking for them.

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

I love reading acknowledgements!  ‘Waste of paper and ink’ is a bit harsh…

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Richard Papen from The Secret History because I too am classics trash with a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.

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

In high school, my best friend and I were obsessed with The Catcher in the Rye (I was definitely that emo teenager who felt like Holden Caulfield saw into my soul).  We’d go up to Montreal a lot – it’s the nearest big city to where I live – and for some reason we made it a tradition of reading The Catcher in the Rye by our hotel pools every time we were up there, so I just have this really strong association between The Catcher in the Rye and the city of Montreal.

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

This is so boring but I literally cannot think of anything.

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

I don’t think so??

12. Which book has been with you most places?

Harry Potter.

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

I absolutely hated Frankenstein and Ethan Frome, but I have a feeling I’d actually like both of those if I read them now.  I plan to give Frankenstein another chance hopefully soonish…

14. Used or brand new?

Both!  I love the look of new books, but I can’t afford to only buy new.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

First – why does Dan Brown get his own question?!  Second – no, I have not.

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

I’ll second what Hadeer said – I liked the Twilight movie better than the book.

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

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy – that man really did like to talk about sandwiches, didn’t he.

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

Chelsea really gets me – it’s funny because we read different genres (she veers toward fantasy and I veer toward literary fiction) but we like similar elements in our stories and when books overlap for us we almost always agree.  She really understands my tastes, so if she says I’d like something I’ll automatically add it to my TBR.

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

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo!  Not a big YA fantasy fan, but I loved this duology a lot.

Tagging: Ella / Ann / AllyShanah


26 thoughts on “I Dare You Book Tag

  1. Thank you for the tag! I agree about acknowledgements, I love them! That’s too bad about Neil Gaiman, he’s one of my favourites but my brother doesn’t like his writing at all, so I totally understand not liking him. I don’t think you’re really missing anything if you don’t read Dan Brown tbh, but Angels and Demons was not bad (not good either, but like a fun and interesting read)

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    • I think I just totally missed the boat with him… like I’m sure I would have liked his books if I read them when they were popular!!! But for as much as I try not to be a book snob I think I would be embarrassed to mark The Da Vinci Code as “currently reading” in 2017 tbh…..

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      • LOL yes I think that ship has sailed…and honestly I don’t even remember much of the plots from his books but I remember they had the same male protagonist and in each of his books he had a new female ~sidekick~ and in each one he “fell for her” and that’s ultimately why I quit his books.


  2. I feel exactly the same about the Six of Crows duology, I am not normally a massive YA fantasy fan but I loved Six of Crows and I am currently really enjoying Crooked Kingdom too!

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    • That’s awesome!!! I wonder what it is about those books that appeals to non-fantasy readers… in any case, I’m glad you’re enjoying CK! I think I liked that one even better than SoC.

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  3. Thank you so much for tagging me, will try to do this as soon as possible! Great answers, man I actually agree with you on Gaiman, or a bit at least. His books are just not for me even though I like them. Like his children’s books are great, but I was quite disappointed in his adult books like American Gods and Neverwhere (I had managed to spoil like EVERYTHING before hand so knew what was gonna happen and that prob ruin the book for me though…) except Good Omens, with he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett and THAT book I really recommend you to read if you are gonna read any Gaiman book. xx

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    • I do remember liking Coraline a lot! His adult books just seem to have that ambiguous ‘I don’t know if I’m writing this for a child or an adult’ narrative voice that I find really grating for some reason… But that’s good to know about Good Omens, I know a lot of people who really like that book! I’ll keep it in mind.

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  4. Awww thanks! Right back at ya on the automatically adding to the TBR! ❤

    Wow, I can't believe you didn't like Frankenstein! I read it in first year uni, so I was probably 18 or 19?? but I enjoyed it, more than I expected to actually. And now I've seen it as a play and a ballet too!

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    • Omg I know, I feel so guilty that Frankenstein has a 2 star rating from me on GR because it doesn’t seem fair??? Like I am going off a vague impression I had when I read the book when I was 15. I just remember being really bored by it… but to be fair I was 15! I REALLY need to prioritize giving this book a second chance. I’m sure I’ll love it.


  5. […] Rachel @ pace amore libri may not read the same genres as me generally, but we’re weirdly exactly in sync on what we enjoy about books, what kinds of characters we like reading about, and the types of writing styles that appeal to us. I think we also have a really great idea of what the other person likes and what might not appeal to them as much. […]


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