Friday, August 28, 2015

Curious Wren Bookish Party Tag

Through a few friends' blogs I've learned of a new blog that launched this week: Curious Wren. You all should go check it out because Annie sounds like a fun and wonderful person. I think we'd get along great!
Part of her launch includes guest posts on other blogs, a giveaway, and a blog tag, the Bookish Party Tag. Anybody can answer the blog tag questions for fun (if you don't have a blog, you can answer them in the comments on her post). I think Annie, her blog, and these questions are fun, so I decided to answer them!

1. What was the last book you read, and would you recommend it?
The last book I finished (because I'm reading multiple books) was These Happy Golden Years, the eighth book in the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I would definitely recommend it. I love these books; they're dear to my heart. I used to read them over and over again when I was younger. I wanted to be Laura and to travel West on the open plains. I love her spirit, her adventures, and her love for the world.

I know these books aren't for everybody though, but I can't help but fall in love with the stories all over again as I re-read them.

2. Describe the perfect reading spot.
I've always imagined a window seat nook would make a lovely spot to read. Fresh with plump pillows, maybe a blanket, and a place to set a drink... sounds nice. Plus, I'd be able to glance out the window at the sun, rain, snow...

I also think a nice crook in a tree would be fun to read in, out in the menagerie of the world. But I don't know if tree-sitting is comfortable for long-term reading.

3. Favorite book beverage? Tea? Coffee? Hot chocolate? Tears of your readers?
Since I don't like coffee and I've never had tea (come on, I want to try it for the first time in Britain!), I'll go with hot chocolate. :) But even water works if I'm feeling parched from the parchment (ha!).

Tears of my readers would be fun to try as well...

4. Share favorite quotes from four books.
"Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo." -Smaug, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
"Courage, dear heart."-Aslan, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis
"Even those alive can still be dead." -Mortal by Ted Dekker
"It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart." -Finnick, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5. What is your most loved fantasy read? Dystopia? Contemporary? Sci-fi? Classic?
Fantasy: The Chronicles of Narnia
Dystopia: So many as of recent, but Incarceron was too beautiful for words
Contemporary: Hmm...
Sci-fi: The Lunar Chronicles for sure
Classic: I adore Peter Pan, but I love the Little House books too.

6. List three authors you’ve collected the most books from.
Lisa T. Bergren (18ish--do multiple copies of the same book count?)
Ted Dekker (20+)
Lewis or Tolkien (it's probably a tie if you count the Narnia books separate: 9ish each).

7. What are your thoughts on magic in literature?
I firmly believe it's necessary for life. I should write a post about it sometime. We need fantasy and elements of magic. Literature is magic after all.

8. What types of book covers capture your imagination most strongly? Feel free to include images.
Something pretty but mysterious. Gorgeous symbols, designs, objects. I hate books with people on them, drawn or photographs. Silhouettes or faraway shots are ok but up close ones where I can see details irk me. Here's a few favorite covers I've drooled swooned over:

Recently, I got a copy of this Peter Pan (below). There's a whole series of "chalkboard" cover classics. I love the look of it. 

9. Mention the first book character that comes to mind. Elaborate on this.
When I first read this question, I thought of Lucy Pevensie. She was one of my first literary friends. She's a sweet, courageous girl. She believes in Narnia and Aslan despite what everyone else thinks. I hope I'm as strong, brave, and smart as Lucy.

Since finishing answering the question, I also thought of Laura Ingalls (hmmm, I wonder why) and Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief.

10. Do you lend out your books? Or is that the equivalent to giving away your babies?
They are very important to me, but I do let some people borrow them. I keep track of who has what book and how long they have it, so I know I'll get it back. However, I do get upset when they come back worn... or damaged. I lend because I want other people to enjoy the wonders I've found between the pages.

You should think about answering these bookish questions. Let me know if you decide to do it so I can read your answers. And don't forget to stop by Curious Wren for the awesome blog launch fun and giveaway!



  1. I love love the quotes you picked. ^ ^ Those lines are so deep. I need to read the Lunar Chronicles so bad. XD They're on my TBR list. And you've never had tea? Oh my goodness tea is wonderful! I'm a tea addict lol.

    1. You definitely should read The Lunar Chronicles. They easily became my favorites. I think Marissa Meyer does a superb job with the fairy tale re-telling, plus world-building AND making it exciting and work together for a great plot!

      I'm afraid I won't like tea... but I'll give it a try, but I want the real experience in Britain (or in China, where it was originally brewed first).

  2. THOSE PETER PAN COVERS. So pretty. I just recently bought a really pretty hardcover of Peter Pan at Barnes and Noble. It's illustrated and it has a bookmark ribbon. :)

    I STILL NEED TO READ THE LUNAR CHRONICLES. So many people love them, but I haven't gotten around to them yet. :(

    -- Amanda

    1. I've SEEN THE ONE COPY OF PETER PAN AT BOOKS A MILLION BUT I DIDN'T HAVE MONEY FOR IT. I need it. it's so pretty & it has interactive things inside like fold out sheets, notes, games. Aaaah soo pretty. I've got the annotated version so i shouldn't be complaining but... this one is so much prettier.

      & you definitely should read the Lunar Chronicles. I love, love, love them. I love how she changed the fairy tales but also love how she keeps the integrity & spirit of the original tales. :D Brilliant.