I was tagged by folding-corners. Thanks! :D
1.) always post the rules
2.) answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write 11 new ones
3.) tag 11 people and link them to the post
4.) actually tell them you tagged them
1. What is the first sentence of the book you are currently reading and the last one of the book you finished last?
"From July of his sophomore year in college until the following January, all Tsukuru Tazaki could think about was dying." - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Murakami Haruki
The actual last book I’ve read had been returned, so I’m going to post from the last book I read that I have with me, which is really 3 books ago:
"A chance find in a charity shop had led me to him, to this moment, but this was just the beginning and, from the way Niall was still holding me, I knew it was the start of something special." - Playlist for a Broken Heart, Cathy Hopkins
2. Did you set yourself a reading goal this year/month? If yes, what is it?
I set myself a series of goals - some I’m still following now, others forgotten. One of the ones I’ve given up on is to read one local book a month. Usually I’d be reading stuff for work, and after April (our store’s anniversary, which means lots of work for the buying team) I stopped picking out local titles to read. I still want to read more local titles, but I don’t think I can adhere to set goals right now.
3. Tell me one book everyone loves but which you hate. What bothers you about it?
I can’t really think of anything at the moment. Usually I either enjoy the books the people around me do, or I have zero interest in picking them up - I couldn’t hate the book if I hadn’t read them! I AM a bit fed up with TFIOS right now, though - I liked the book, but my YA section is drowning in it, and it’s ALL people ask for, when I would like to move on to other titles by now. We’re working on that, one highlight at a time XD
4. Which has been your favourite read this year, so far?
Hmm… it’s a three-way tie right now.
Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice for SF.
Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor for Fantasy.
E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars for YA/Contemporary.
5. If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, which one would you choose and why?
I don’t know. I’d probably choose an omnibus or anthology, but right now all I can think of is Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin. Or maybe Megan Whelan Turner’s Queen’s Thief books, but that’d be cheating, and I can’t just choose one of them. (Maybe A Conspiracy of Kings. Maybe.)
6. Name one absolutely underrated book that you would like a lot more people to know about.
Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin. I think it may be an acquired taste, though.
7. Do you like to keep your book shelves in any particular order? If yes, in which?
I do keep my books in order, in a general kind of way. The fiction and non-fiction are separated (books on reading and bookselling, and mythology/folklore get their own shelves). So are the manga and graphic novels. The manga are further separated into shonen, seinen, shojo and josei shelves. Fiction into the usual categories, but Japanese fiction (translated and original) get their own shelf. The YA are separated by themes (popular series / fairy-tale re-tellings / fantasy / Madeleine L’Engle / Diana Wynne Jones / queer YA / other contemporary YA, in that order). But I don’t sort them alphabetically or anything.
8. Which movie adaptation of a book do you think is actually better than the book itself?
Probably an unpopular opinion, but I enjoyed the first Hunger Games movie more than the book. It’s just less… mushy. I’m still not completely into the movie, though, because I’d prefer a non-whitewashed Katniss.
9. Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?
No. I was two. I don’t know. A Snoopy/Peanuts book, I think. I had a lot of those back then.
10. Look at your favourite book’s covers. Can you name one book for every colour?
Black, black, green, green. Hmm. I sense a pattern here :D
11. Which book has been on your TBR pile the longest? Do you think you will ever actually read it?
*looks at TBR pile* I don’t know which book has been there longest. It’s probably this Ann Rule book, which I’ve left at my parents’ place, which I don’t think I’ll ever read. I’d give it away, except that it was a gift and had the nicest inscription from the person that gave it to me, so I just kept the book for the memory of that person/time.
My questions! (really you don’t have to answer all of them if you don’t want to :p)
* What’s your favourite book from last year?
* Do you usually read within the same genre, or do you prefer to read different things?
* What books would you love to see as a movie or tv series? Are there any tv series or movies that you’d love to read as a book, instead?
* If you spot a stranger in the train or in a cafetaria reading something you loved, would you go up and talk to them?
* Have you ever read a book you found extremely problematic, but loved anyway? How did you deal with that?
* Have you absolutely hated a book your best friend loved, or vice versa? Do you tell them?
* Where do you usually shop for books?
* What would your ideal bookstore be like?
* How many languages do you read in?
* Do you give away books to make space on your shelves? How often do you do that, and how do you decide what goes?
* Do you write notes and highlight sentences in physical books? Why/why not?
I tag: (these are randomly chosen from people I follow at my main blog, marineko)