I Dare You Book Tag

Well, I’m a little bit behind in writing reviews (sad trombone sound), but I did have time to fill out this fun book tag!

Not sure who originally created this and I wasn’t quiteΒ officially tagged but I picked this up over at Zezee With Books, a fun book blog with lots of personality. Highly recommend checking it out!

Without further ado…

What book has been on your shelf the longest?


This is a children’s book that I received in 2nd grade from a classroom book exchange. So I’ve had it approximately….somethingsomethingI’mReallyOld years. πŸ˜€Β  I’ve always hung onto this book because it’s just such a lovely little book. I love the art and I love the story and it’s just a delight all around.

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


That 7th Harry Dresden book…what a wild ride. I mean, dinosaurs! I did not expect a dinosaur!!!

What book did everyone like, but you hated?


There are very few books that I actively dislike. Usually I can find some kind of redeeming quality. That being said, I really do question why The Selection is rated so highly. I mean, I read the entire series because it was like crack, but it wasn’t a well-written book at all.

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


For a long time I thought it would be Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb, but I finally made myself read that one. There are a lot of books I’ve told myself I want to read but haven’t gotten around to yet, so this is a tough one. Realistically? Probably The Silmarillion. I find Tolkien’s world-building fascinating but I get so bored by his actual writing style. I’m so sorry. Do I have to turn in my Fantasy Fan card now?

What book are you saving for retirement?

I’m not really saving anything, trying to read as much as I can now because live for today! It would be really nice to retire and have more time to read one day though. πŸ™‚

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

Definitely wait until the end! One time, I picked up the second book in a series as soon as it came out (The Mageborn Traitor by Melanie Rawn) and was looking through the back to see how many pages it was and accidentally saw something about how my favorite character had died and so I couldn’t bring myself to read it. It’s been sitting on my shelf unread since….1997?

Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

Oh, sometimes acknowledgements can be quite interesting! Especially if an author names other authors and you see who their friends and influences are, or who they may be in a writing group with. Or even if it’s just a lovingly written acknowledgement to someone who helped them along the way with support. Some can be quite humorous as well. Some are very straight forward and don’t mean much to us as readers, but I don’t think they’re ever a waste a all. They mean something to someone out there.

Which book character would you switch places with?


Elizabeth Bennet. Obviously. πŸ˜€

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?Β (Place, time, person?)


Gosh, this book is so cheesy and some of it is a bit…questionable looking back on it. But I used to love it back in the day and it will always remind me of being on vacation at a beach town with my family and a friend because I picked it up at a book outlet while we were there. It was the first time my brother and I were old enough to just roam around without our parents and we had a great time on that trip.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.


Hmm, not an exact answer but here’s one I re-acquired! I once lent my copy of Robin McKinley’s Sunshine to a friend and when I asked for it back they swore up and down that they didn’t have it. I didn’t press too much because, even after years, I pretty much knew where it was. One day my friend had a bunch of books they were going to donate to the library and I happened to be doing a book drive for NaNoWriMo so I said I’d take the boxes off of her hands. After collecting them and going through them, lo and behold, my copy of Sunshine. Reunited after 10 or so years. Never give up hope. πŸ™‚

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

Sometimes I like to get signed copies of books and give them to folks that are fans of that author/series as gifts. So, I guess, yes, a few times.

Which book has been with you the most places?


This is a tough one because I always have at least one or two books with me when I go on vacation… OH! I went on a road trip with my brother once across a good chunk of the US. We visited 15 states in 9 days and I took Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon along for the ride and had a lot of fun with it. At one point I did buy another book on the trip because I’d finished that one but I can’t remember what it was.

Any β€œrequired reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?


I don’t think I’ve ever really revisited any required reading that I didn’t like. There were things that I had to read that I absolutely fell in love with (To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, and Kindred by Octavia Butler), but others that I just couldn’t stand (pretty much all of John Steinbeck, sorry not sorry.)

Used or brand new?



Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?


Yes, although to be honest I really don’t remember that much because it’s been a long time. I do remember thinking it was a lot of fun and I bought Angels & Demons but still haven’t read it yet. (That’s a reoccurring thing with me, haha.)

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


I don’t know, I think the movie worked better for me with this one. I think I just really got tired of Harry constantly whining in the book and in the film they cut a lot of that out. A friend and I still argue constantly about this one, lol.

Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry (cookbooks included)?


I mean, it’s all about food stuff so, yeah.

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

Honestly, if I see that someone has similar tastes to mine then I trust their recommendations. There are a lot of people who I receive book advice from! Friends in ‘the real world’ as well as many that I’ve made online. Bloggers give solid recommendations. πŸ™‚

Is there a book out of your comfort zone that you ended up loving?


I don’t really like Magical Realism for the most part, and this book is more Lit than Fantasy, but something about it just really made me think, about all kinds of things. It’s such a strange story and I loved it for never really explaining anything to the reader. I did a review of it a while back here.


That’s it! I don’t really like tagging people in things and making them feel obligated, but if you feel like doing this, please share in the fun! Happy reading! πŸ˜€

13 thoughts on “I Dare You Book Tag

  1. Tammy says:

    I love that story about Sunshine! It reminds me that I loaned a copy of a signed collection of short stories to an ex years ago, and he never returned it (also note that I’ve never forgotten that he still has it, and I can’t even remember the name of the book, lol!). I suspect he’s probably given it away by now😁

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Hah! I always remember when I lend someone a book and it isn’t returned. After a while I have just come to accept I can’t lend out books unless I’m willing to invest in a new copy at some point. πŸ˜‰

  2. cjcasey says:

    I LOVED THIS POST. Your comments made me think about my own book experiences, and I will probably have to write in my journal about it later on today. Thank you!

    I’m still glad you liked “Winters Tale” and your description of it was spot-on. Magic realism is definitely not for everyone (and sometimes it can get a little too full of itself for my taste) but that’s one book I will always think about.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed it, I had a lot of fun answering the questions! I hope I get to see your answers too. πŸ™‚

      Yeah, I think Winter’s Tale is going to be one of those books that stays with me. I still need to finish the Calvino!

  3. @lynnsbooks says:

    Why would you save a book for retirement? I mean, I have a stack of unread books – and they’ll probably still be there by the time I retire, but it isn’t intentional. Great tag.
    And – films that I preferred to the book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman, the book is great but the film is fantastic and a colour extravaganza. Princess Bride – one of the few books where I equally like the film and the book.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Exactly! My tbr is like hundreds of books long, I can’t put one on hold for another 30 years…lol.
      I am so hit or miss with Neil’s stuff. I mostly love but some things just don’t get. I haven’t read Coraline but I LOVED Graveyard Book. I haven’t seen the movie for Coraline either…I need to get on that.
      Agreed about The Princess Bride. I think it benefited from a) the author being a screenwriter and b) so much love for the original material by those adapting it. If you haven’t read Cary Elwes book about the making of the film…it’s a must read for any fan imo. πŸ™‚

  4. Zezee says:

    πŸ˜€ So glad you did this and thanks for the shout-out! I’ll need to reread Kindred too because I certainly did not like it when I read it in college. I don’t get on well with time travel. I always get stuck in a time loop trying to reason out the story.
    Lol at “Never give hope” after being reunited with your book after 10 long years. Great advice. πŸ™‚

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I remember the style of Kindred being very unique feeling at the time. I thought it was a profound book but not sure it will be a good read for everyone of course. πŸ™‚
      It was a very long 10 years, hah!

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