The I Dare You book tag


A girl can’t just sit around waiting to be tagged can she!? I saw this tag in my feed and it looked like such fun I’m just blatantly stealing it and dragging hitherdither with me.

Let’s go!

Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

We’re not off to a good start. I’m confused as to whether this means the book I’ve owned the longest, or the book left unread for the longest.

Let’s go with the first, I might be able to work that out somehow. I’m fairly sure it’s the Swedish translation of Stephen King’s Carrie. I have it in English too, because yea, I love it? Wrote a thesis on it I did.

Probably one of my least favorite covers ever. The book tho, so much love!

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

Since I recovered from my reading slump I’ve taken pride in only reading one book at a time.

Yes well, I’m back to old habits. I’m currently reading three books: Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band, Amy Tan’s Saving Fish from Drowning and Annika Lantz’s Vad ska en flicka göra?

My last read was Kristian Gidlund’s I kroppen min, which I told you about on Wednesday.

I think I’m due for some chick lit next.

What book(s) did everyone like and you hated?

Pretty much any book on any reading list ever. I’m a very critical (read: negative) person, especially when it comes to books picked by an authority (fancy word for teacher). I’m going to nitpick until the end of me, whereas my classmates are more interested in a positive mindset. Not sure why. Is it because they’re being tactical?

I could give you a reverse though; a book I loved that everyone else hated. The Autobiography of My Mother. I LOVE this book. My classmates hated it with a passion. Possibly because of the menstrual scene. It’s how I remember it anyway. It was my favorite scene.

I remember this book as being frequently gross while having a lanuage that reads like poetry, and the main character, Xuela, I love her. Which must mean she’s either bitter, tough, or sarcastic. Or all of the above. It’s been too long, I should schedule a reread.

…and I just went to get it and lo and behold! There’s actually an accurate description of this book on the back:


So I’m not imagining things! There actually is a rhythm to the language.

If you haven’t read The Autobiography of My Mother, you really should. If for no other reason, then to see whose side you’re on.

Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

I’ve been telling myself I need to read the latest Stephen King for years now. Y e a r s. It’s probably not happening.

I used to love Stephen King, and I’d like to think I still do. But it’s been a while since I read one of his books.

Which book are you saving for “retirement”?

None! What if I never retire?! I could miss out on some brilliant stuff! Also I’m impatient. If there’s a book worth reading I’ll read it now or never. Plus, I like my books short, why would I save a short book for my retirement?

…unless. Unless that’s when I’m finally going to finish Ein Meerschwein Frisst die Erde Auf, the Die Ärzte biography.

die ärzte meerschwein
Just look at this beaut!

Best start my body building for that though. The weight of it. I swear if you can get a good hold on it, it could well be used for workout.

die ärzte meerschwein annika lantz vad ska en flicka göra
Normal size book vs Die Ärzte. Think encyclopedia. Actually, there are encyclopedias that are smaller. 

Last page: read it first or wait till the end?

I’m not usually that interested in knowing the end, I’m more interested in finding out how the characters get there, so it would make no sense to read the last page before the end.


If the story bores me, I could read the last page to see if the story is going anywhere good at all, to see if I should stick it out or not.

Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

Complete and utter waste of ink! Having to read acknowledgements by scholars as a job, and edit them, it’s not helping. Their language is never as bad as when they write acknowledgements.

Which book character would you switch places with?

What character wouldn’t I want to switch places with!?

But oh, the Prague in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That Prague, I am so in love with. (Still haven’t finished this book but shhh!)

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

Mists of Avalon – sitting through my thesis seminar wondering how it was even possible these people (my classmates) were going to be teaching English. But you know, they do. The cockiest I’ve been in my entire life.

Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.

Le Petit Prince I got sent to me from a girl in Scotland. The most generous person I have ever met. At the time though, we hadn’t met, it was a LJ friend. Did meet her later when I moved to Scotland, which, coincidentally was where she lived. She was lovely. She probably is, but we lost touch.

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

Mmm…no. I’ll put that on my to-do list. Although it rarely works out does it? It’s like trying to introduce people to your new favorite song. They never get it. Must be because I lack social capital.

Which book has been with you to the most places?

Feminist Political Theory at least looks like it’s been with me to most places!

Had a bit of an accident when I was moving once. Packed a box, stood it next the refrigerator which I was defrosting. Clever.

Still covered in bookmarks and underlinings. Can’t even remember what this particular bookmarks is about. 

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

That is a beast that does not exist I’m telling you. High school is an endless parade of shitty books.

However. I felt like Under det rosa täcket was on my own personal required reading list, and if I recall correctly I didn’t like it much at all at first. Fortunately, I have since seen the light. It introduced me to my all-time favorite Dirty Weekend, safe to say I love Under det rosa täcket.

What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?

Nothing. Nope. No. Nothing weird in my books.

Used or brand new?

I like used books. As long as they’re readable and not falling apart then I’m good. It’s just that lazy streak in me. I don’t buy nearly as many used books as I should on account of it’s just easier to go to Adlibris, type in what you want and presto! Book in your hand. Pretty much.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown?

I’m not 100%, but I think no? Pretty sure no. If yes then I don’t remember it. Which isn’t saying much, the majority of books I’ve read I don’t remember. Would it make you feel better if I said yes? I could go either way, my taste in books is by no means sophisticated.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?

I know I have! But I can’t remember what it was.

I did like Warm Bodies the movie better than the book. But then I wasn’t overly fond of the second half of the movie either, still though.

A book that NEVER should have been published.

The Backyard Babies biography comes to mind. I’ve repressed what it’s called and I’m not going to google it either. Two pages of this book and I was furious about how insanely bad it was. And I LIKE this band. Or used to. Until I read the two first pages of this book.

Also love biographies about musicians in general. But this. JFC.

Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?

Not hungry, but I really want to make bannocks when I read Carol Goodman’s Incubus. They sound delicious!

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

There is literally no such person. Although, to be fair, most people I surround myself with that could recommend me books usually go “you probably wouldn’t like it”, so I’m not exactly drowning in advice here.

What it does mean though! Is that these are some sensible people who have some knowledge of my taste so I should be able to trust them to recommend me books there’s a fair chance I’d like.

Gee that has to be the most boring possible answer to this question.

And on that note!

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