So the girls over at Epic Reads (Harper Collins) created this book tag, and I've had a pretty good time watching everyone answer their questions.
To get started check out Margot of EpicReads and Aubry of EpicReads.
Now, I am not a booktuber, and I really have no desire to film myself, but I did think these questions were pretty fun. Since I couldn't help but think about my answers as I watched, I figured I'd play along, just in written format. So here it goes.
1. If you could invite one author and one of their
fictional characters to tea, who would you invite and what would you
This is an easy one. I would definitely want to have tea with Shannon Hale. And, if she has to bring a character along, I'd invite Miri Larensdaughter from the Princess Academy Series. I think Shannon Hale is funny and smart and sometimes I like to pretend that we are friends already. Miri is an academic and a teacher. She's best friends with a princess. She's from the mountain. I think we have enough in common to really get along. (Well, I'm not best friends with a princess, but, you know, that other stuff.) I'd invite Paige too, of course. I'll serve brownies? They are a delicious treat from America.
2. What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for and what would the main storyline be?
This isn't a prequel, but I would love for Suzanne Collins to write a book from Peeta's point-of-view that covers the same time span as Mockingjay. I want to know how Peeta dealt with and recovered from the tracker jacker insanity, and Katniss is so caught up with her own PTSD that she can't really tell us.
3. Which two characters, not from the same book, do you think would make a good couple?
This is a hard question for me because I generally feel pretty attached to the couples that are actually in the books, but I think that Jennifer Strange from Jasper Fforde's Chronicles of Kazam and Anthony Lockwood of Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co Series could possibly make a good couple. They are both young and running their own businesses. Plus, they are both completely unfazed by weird things. How would Jennifer do with all of Lockwood's secrets? She's very practical. That would probably be good for him. But if I'm honest, I would never trade the tension between Lucy and Lockwood. Not for anything.
4. If you ran into your favorite author on the subway, and could only say one sentence, what would you say?
Kasie West is my current author crush. If I saw her or really any of my favorite authors I would shout "Authors are my rock stars!" as they zoomed away on the subway.
Okay, in truth, probably not because I'm way too introverted to do that, but I once had this dream that I met Shannon Hale on the street and after being all star struck and tongued tied I shouted "Authors are my rock stars" as we parted ways.
5. What book made you a reader and why?
I've always been a big reader. When I was a kid I was always reading something. After I finished a book, I would go to my parents and say, "what should I read next?" Some of my favorites from child hood are Where the Red Fern Grows (serious ball fest), Ender's Game, and anything by Madeleine L'Engle.
6. Incendio! Your bookshelf caught on fire. What book do you save?
I have a signed copy of Maggie Stiefvater's Sinner that also has a doodle. I got that doodle because I was the very last in line at a book signing, so I'd hate to see that go up in flames. I have the signed copies of all of the Shiver series. Maybe I could save them all from the blaze???!!
7. Which Dystopian world would you live in if you had to choose?
Well, as everyone has pointed out, living in a dystopia is a total nightmare. So, if I had to pick, and if I'm not being too picky about the dystopia definition, I'd go with Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund. If I could live on the island of Albion, I'd probably be okay. Hopefully I could help Persis behind the scenes and wear some really cool dresses.
8. What is your most epic read of all time?
I'm just going to excuse Harry Potter from this question in order to get some variety because, like Aubry said, you can't really top Harry Potter when it comes to epicness. So, barring Harry Potter, Rachel Hartman's Seraphina is blowing my mind right now. Very seldom can I say "this was the hands-down best read of the year," but I feel like I can do that with Seraphina. Also, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series. If ever there was a series to which one need apply the adjectives "epic" and "sweeping" it would be that one.
9. Do a book shimmy!
You can't see me, but I am totally shimmying.
10. TAG people!
I hope that Paige of Intellectual Recreation will answers these questions too.
Now go see these funny and talented authors answer the questions: