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The Ultimate Book Tag // my first collab (!!)

Hello, people of the internet!

Ah, books. I love them. So does the obsessed girl! And we’ve decided to team up for a collab – which will be my first ever!! I’m super excited for this, collabs are the best part of blogging tbh. She did the 20 Songs Tag over on her blog, it’s pretty funny :))

I’ll be doing the Ultimate Book Tag – it sounds pretty interesting and has to do with books so ?? it’s kind of a no-brainer.

(please let’s start this post already, the awkward intro is killing me)

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1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Only after a while – I can read for 20-30 minutes without getting dizzy or sick, but then my brain decides “nah son you’ve had enough” and decides to fuck me up. (It’s okay, brain, I still love you.)

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2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

This is a pretty tough question because there are so many amazing authors with beautiful writing styles out there – but I think I’ll go with Maggie Stiefvater. She’s one of my favourite authors of all time (even though I still haven’t read the Shiver trilogy, oops), and I love the way she portrays magical realism so well!

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3. Harry Potter or Twilight? (Give three reasons to support your answer.)

Easy. Harry Potter, because: 1) has magic and a plot that makes sense, 2) has strong, independent women characters who don’t cry when their boyfriends disappear, and 3) the vampires don’t sparkle. (look I’m legitimately mad about that.)

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4. Do you carry a book bad? If so, what’s in it (besides books)?

I don’t have a book bag, but I think my backpack counts?? and all that’s in it is school books (ugh), a couple other books, random pieces of paper with scraps of poems or doodles, and a notebook.

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5. Do smell your books?

More like who doesn’t.

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me @ everyone

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6. Books with or without illustrations?

I love both, but I think that illustrations help bring a story to life (and also look really pretty in bookstagram pictures).

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7. What book did you love while reading, but later discovered that it wasn’t quality writing?

The Hunger Games – when I first read it, I was around 10 years old (it was a while back haha), and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world (and that by association, it made me cool for having read it). Now that I can actually judge the characters and the plot, I find it pretty bad? Only the first was any good, in my opinion. Everything went to shit in Mockingjay.

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me @ young aris

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8. Do you have any funny stories from your childhood involving books?

Not really a funny story, but it’s the only one I can remember right now: the first book I ever read was called “The Big Pink Bubble”. As you can probably tell, it was about a gigantic pink bubble. The story was great and all, but there was this character in the book called Sonia – and let me tell you straight off the bat that this chick was amazing. She was funny and smart (but not enough to figure out how to stop the bubble from bursting) and pretty and I wanted to be exactly like her. So for three days straight, I refused to be called anything other than “Sonia”. (I got over this pretty quickly though haha.)

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me @ myself

(Also: is it just me, or is Enid Blyton the best children’s story writer ever??)

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9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

I’m not counting my mom’s vintage story collections, since they’re pretty old and thin – other than those, it’s probably Tales of Beedle the Bard.

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10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – yes, I’m a huge nerd, and yes, I’ve read (most of) it.

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11. Do you write as well as read?

Yeah, I really like writing! I’m working on a (shitty) novel right now, hopefully I’ll actually finish it?

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12. When did you get into reading?

Not to sound like a prat, but I honestly can’t imagine my life without books. Both my parents love reading, and they’ve raised me to love it too – so I was surrounded by books since a pretty young age. I started reading seriously when I was around 5 years old and my dad introduced me to Enid Blyton. (Again, best children’s author ever!)

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13. What is your favourite classic book?

ALICE IN WONDERLAND. I’m *cough* very passionate *cough* about Alice, to be honest. (I actually have three versions of the book??) I love the writing style, the illustrations, the storyline, the characters, I love everything. Especially the Cheshire Cat. He’s my favourite. (And also my desktop background haha.)

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14. In school, was your best subject English?

Hell yes! I love English, and my English teacher’s the chillest teacher I’ve ever met. (She just borrowed my copy of “They Both Die At The End” and I await her verdict.) I’m also pretty good at the subject so that doesn’t hurt.

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15. If you were given a book as a gift that you had read (and hated), what would you do?

Thank the person (it’s the thought that counts!), and then give the book to someone who’d enjoy it (doesn’t mean I have to deal with the fruit of the thought). I’m nice, okay?

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16. What’s a lesser known series that you love?

There’s a lot, but probably Keeper of the Lost Cities! It’s rich in everything – it has magic and cute animals and strong characters and representation and the love triangle isn’t annoying!! If we’re being honest, it’s more of a love square pentagon decagon.

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17. What is your favourite word?

I can’t pick, okay? English is beautiful and there’s loads of amazing words that I love saying and hearing and reading. But currently, it’s evanescence. (FEEL THE BEAUTY.)

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18. Vampires or faeries? Why?

I love vampires, but I love the fey more – they’re so magical and mysterious and brimming with secrets and twisted lies and words that will make you go slowly insane. I find it fascinating.

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19. Spirits or werewolves? Why?

Werewolves! Because they’re amazing and wolf-y and turn completely mad during the full moon and for some reason that amazes me. Spirits are cool but not as cool as freaking werewolves. (Speaking of, did y’all see the super blue red blood moon or whatever??)

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20. Full on romance books, or action-packed books with a little romance mixed in?

Definitely the latter. Too much romance makes me pukish and I want to scream because it’s honestly really cringey. (Not all, though. There’s a bunch I quite like.) Action-packed books are great because then the romance feels extra sweet. ❤

shall we chat

What’s your stand on these questions? Agree/disagree?? What’s your favourite word?? Do you like English lessons or are they boring? What’s a favourite series of yours that isn’t very well-known? AND DO YOU LOVE FAERIES???

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hi i'm aris just your everyday trashcan who fangirls over everything • book blogger • reader • ravenclaw • indian • ambivert • i try to be cool but fail miserably

15 thoughts on “The Ultimate Book Tag // my first collab (!!)

  1. Same here with the car issue! I can go for about 10-20 minutes reading, and then I may want to faint after that. It depends on who’s driving, though. XD

    AND I FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES. Well, Mockingjay, to be exact. When I first read it as an 11 or 12-year old, I LOVED it. I had to reread it a few years later for school and nearly died of boredom. This is why I’ll probably NEVER reread the first two books–I want to remember them as books I loved. ❤

    YES TO YOUR LAST ANSWER. I'm okay with a few angst-driven romance books every now and then, but I definitely prefer action-packed books with slight hints of a super sweet romance.


    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  2. I feel the same way about The Hunger Games, especially Mockingjay. I loved the first two and then I absolutelg hated Mockingjay. I kind of had the same reaction to Twilight too; I loved the first three books when I read them but I feel like I’d outgrown the series once I got to the last book and couldn’t finish it because it was so bad 😬
    And I love English lessons so much that I got a Masters degree in English, heehee 😊

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  3. haha “depends on who’s driving” SAME AIMEE SAME. I find it hard to read when my mom’s driving but then when it’s my cousin I have no problem xD

    I’VE NEVER RE-READ THE FIRST TWO EITHER! Your reason is actually a pretty good one, I probably won’t reread them ever now. (I’m still not over the disappointment that was Mockingjay.)

    yeah, I know right!! give me all the fluffy romance in small quantities – too much and it gets tooth rotting.


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  4. it’s so cool to see that so many people agree with my thoughts on the hunger games!! (I thought I was the only person who felt that way xD) I’ve only read the first two books of Twilight, but I was forced to watch the other movies. (A scarring experience.)

    omg that’s so awesome!!


  5. oh god YES to action-packed books with romance in them!! (unless it’s like a fluffy queer book, because god knows we need more of those) I love having romance in it, just as long as it’s kept small and there’s another plot besides that romance — unless it’s, again, queer!! and uhhhh who DOESN’T smell their books????


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  6. yes to all fluffy queer books, they are a blessing and there should be more thanks for listening to my ted talk

    having cishet romance as the main plot point (and no other) is so?? boring???? i mean some are pretty well written but others,,, i cri.



  7. Oh fantastic answers! I really like Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style as well, it’s so, so pretty. AND I SMELL MY BOOKS TOO, who doesn’t, right? And Aliceeeeeeeeeee, I love Alice so much, I think it’s my favorite classic as well ❤

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  8. thanks!! yeah, her writing is one of the prettiest things i’ve ever seen. ❤ THE SMELL OF BOOKS CAN NEVER BE IMITATED. unless you have like, bookish candles. BUT STILL.

    alice is amazing!!!! i'm so glad you love it too 😀

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  9. (honestly your story about wanting to be sonia is me with any girl ever)

    i adore maggie’s writing. she’s a kind of a rude person and she ruined like all of her characters and the plot. but the writing is so good.

    i don’t smell my books??? it makes me nauseous??? (but somehow reading in the car doesn’t??? idk)

    i want to read your novel so badly!! honestly, i’m excited because i like what i’ve seen of your writing style so far and so ahhhhh (i haven’t worked on anything in forever because anxiety makes it impossible to write,,,)

    and honestly i only want to read 100% romantic fluffy books because they make me happy but,,,, 99% of the time they’re forced poorly written hetero couples with love triangles and uneccessary drama (i reread the few good fluffy books i’ve found over and and over again)

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  10. i’ve heard so much problematic stuff about maggie stiefvater but i don’t really know much about her outside of books so :/// her writing is still ❤

    that's weird but ur lovely (& everyone's different) so its ok

    sksjsksj that makes me so happy!!! being the fickle person i am i went back to my old novel for a while because i already have seven-ish chapters of that and it's easier to write when there's a strong base and,, yeah. thank youuu ❤ (that's so sad because i absolutely loved what you shared about your novel in your post!!! (i would die 4 faye) i rlly hope you feel better soon :')) )

    give me all the queer fluffy novels, yes to them all, but the forced hetero ones can burn (tell me the all the names i need some book recs)

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  11. okay, so my stuff with maggie was second hand personally?? like, i used to have a tumblr and there was a blog on there that like i liked, they liked me (we weren’t mutual and we never really interacted but whatever) and like she wrote a post that literally said “petition for me to rewrite trc” and maggie blocked her and essentially subtweeted her, and it was really petty and just mishandled really badly idk :/

    honestly, i’ve had the character of faye for like 20 years (actually 3 but whatever) and so she’ll probably be in something if i try to write like an actual book again?? i’m really attached to all of the characters from that plot bunny so i’ll probably just recycle them and thannnk you so much 🙂

    i personally am a stan of the classics like simon vs, ari and dante but i also am a Huge fan of Know Not Why it is the softest queer book i have ever read. (Honestly, i count we are the ants and the foxhole court as fluffy queer books??? but like?? not really?? and teeth and the song of achilles??? these aren’t even fluffy any more it’s mainly just queer)

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  12. that sounds so dumb?? jesus my opinion of maggie has lowered significantly

    those characters are just so so strong on their own ❤ they could make a whole book tbh

    ahhhh teeth has been on my tbr for the longest time and i would die for a chance to read itttt :/ i hadn't heard of know not why but!!! i just added it to my tbr and it sounds so so good thank u for the rec!!! (lmao they're not even fluffy but i still love them so so much)

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