Friday, March 3, 2023

The Bookworm Tag

Samantha at Bookshire did this tag recently, and she invited anyone who wanted to do it to consider themselves tagged, so I am!

The (very simple) Rules:
-answer the questions 
-make up new ones 
-tag people

Samantha's Questions and My Answers:

1. Hardback or paperback? 

I tend to prefer paperbacks.  They're cheaper, they take up less space on my shelves, and I can pack more of them when I go on trips.

2. Did you have a favorite comic book or graphic novel as a kid, and if so, what was it? 

As a kid, I loved this fairly odd comic book:

I got it for free from the grocery store, and I read it over and over and over and over.  And, it made me a Spider-man fan!  

3. What is your favorite devotional or inspirational book, and why? 

I really liked Pew Sisters by Katie Schuermann.  It was relatable, made for great discussions at our women's Bible study, and helped me realize that many of the things I struggle with are fairly common and not unique to me.  

4. Would you rather have to read only one book for the rest of your life, or never get to reread a book? 

I hate this question.  It has no good answer.  I love to reread books, but rereading just one book forever also doesn't sound like a great time.  

5. Least favorite literary villain? 

Like, the one I despise the most?  Um.  Hmm.  I don't know.  I dislike most villains, as that's sort of their job, so it's hard to pick just one I dislike the most.  Hmm.  Well, I really hate Cain in The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum, so let's just go with him, huh?

6. What is your favorite romance trope? 

I love friends-to-lovers.  Give me people who like each other as people, and then start to develop deeper feelings for each other, and I am going to be a happy little reader.

But I also love a lot of books where it's more annoyed-with-each-other-to-lovers, which can be very fun too.

7. If you could spend a day with your favorite author, what would you do with them? 

Okay, so, my favorite author is Raymond Chandler, and he was a crabby alcoholic.  Whereas I don't enjoy alcohol much, and I'm not generally a crabby person.  So I would probably spend the day just quietly letting him get on with his drinking and writing.  

Unless it could be a day he was spending on the set of either The Blue Dahlia (1946) or And Now Tomorrow (1944), which he wrote the screenplays for, in which case, I would spend the day quietly stalking Alan Ladd everywhere he went in the least-creepy way I could possibly manage.  I'm not sure if Chandler ever visited either of those sets, but if he did, that's what I would pick.  Which sounds like it's less about loving Chandler and more about loving Alan Ladd, but oh well.  Not everyone is lucky enough to have their favorite author write screenplays for their second-favorite actor, but I am, so there we are.

8. What is the longest book you've ever read, and did you like it? 

That would be The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, and I liked it so much, I have read it nine times.

(From my Instagram account)

9. Do you have a favorite poet, and if so, who is it? When did you learn about them? 

I do!  I love Kenneth Koch because so much of his poetry makes me laugh.  I first learned about him in a lit class during my freshman year of college, and I've been a fan ever since.  I also really love his books on how to teach kids to write poetry, such as Wishes, Lies, and Dreams.

10. Have you ever cried over a fictional death scene, and if so, which one(s)?

SPOILER ALERTS!!!!  I cry over Boromir's death every time I read The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.  And also over Matthew Cuthbert's death in Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.  On a whole, though, I am way more likely to cry over something going unexpectedly, gloriously right in a book than I am over a character death.


Okay!  Those were lots of fun :-)  Time to tag people!  I hereby tag:

And here are my questions for you:

1.  If you had to go into the witness protection program, and they gave you the option of moving inside a book, where would you like to go?

2.  Have you ever claimed to have read a book you actually hadn't read?

3.  What author have you read the most books by?

4.  Do you ever buy fun bookish merch like mugs, shirts, artwork, etc?

5.  Do you usually read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?

6.  Are you a mood reader, or do you plan out your reads?

7.  If you could meet the author of your favorite book and ask them one question, what would you ask them?

8.  Have you ever tried a new food or drink because you read about it in a book or story?

9.  Have you ever named a pet after a book character?

10.  What book are you reading right now?

Play if you want to!


  1. Paperback gang! Speaking of, I'm always happy to see that edition of LOTR... it was the edition I read. I need to catch up with rereading it, though. 9 times, wow!! <3

    1. Marian, high five to another paperback fan AND someone who loves that edition of LOTR!

      There was a time, before I had kids, when I read LOTR every year for like 5 years in a row. I finished my first read-through in 2003, so I'd really like to try to read it again this year, which would make 10 reads in 20 years :-)


    I bow before thee. That's impressive.

    1. Stephen, yup, and I'm hoping for a tenth this year :-)

  3. This is so fun! I'm super impressed that you've read Lord of the Rings 9 times. That's awesome. I read The Hobbit and loved it, but haven't had the chance to read the other LOTR books. Hopefully someday, though. Thanks for the tag! I hope to have a little extra time this week, so if that pans out, I'll definitely play. :D

    1. Thanks, Ashley! I'm hoping to read LOTR a tenth time this year. We'll see! I just got the audiobook version read by Andy Serkis, and I think that would be a really cool way to experience it. His version of The Hobbit is so wonderful.

      Hope you enjoy the tag!

  4. Yes, that was a mean question about rereading only one book forever, or never rereading a book again. The horror!!!!!


  5. Thanks for the tag!

    1. You're welcome, Sarita! I will go check out your post -- thanks for the link!

  6. Fun to see you do this tag, Hamlette!

    Haha, I've never heard anyone describe P&P as "annoyed-with-each-other-to-lovers", but that is 100% on point, and I love it very much.

    LOTR is a good longest book to have read! I haven't reread it nine times, but I'd like to get there someday.

    1. Samantha, oh, P&P is definitely "annoyed-with-each-other-to-lovers." So are the first few Anne of Green Gables books. And many of my favorite romcoms. It's a good trope.

      LOTR just edges out my copy of War & Peace by like 17 pages to be the longest thing I've read ;-)

  7. Thanks for tagging me Rachel. It was fun. My answers:

  8. I wanted to thank you again for the tag and let you know that I finally got my post up. I had a ton of fun answering your questions! :D

    1. Ashley, yay! I'm glad you had fun with it :-) You are welcome!


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