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The Bookworm's Tag

On a teal background different colored pastel books. The Bookworm's Tag
Original graphic from Rambling Reviews

THANK YOU Whispering Stories for coming through again with another fun tag! This one features multiple questions about books--the first ten come from the original post, then ten new ones are added from the poster for you to answer on your own. I'm answering all of the ones that appeared in this post, and then asking questions for you to do, too! Enjoy!



  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you. [Yep!]

  • Include the tag graphic in your post. [Yep!]

  • Answer the ten questions the blogger asked. [Gonna do more than this]

  • Nominate between five and ten bloggers. [Gonna pass on this--I nominate YOU!]

  • Ask your nominees ten book-related questions! [Will do!]

  • Don’t feel bound to these rules. [I don't, tee hee]

  • (Most importantly) Have fun!


Millay’s Questions:

What is your favorite childhood book?

Probably Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.

Where do you find the most comfortable to read?

I like to read in bed more than any other place. Sometimes the couch in the living room works, but I like to stretch out on my back.

Book or eBook?

The past me would be so shocked to say this, but eBook. They're how I screen the books I want to physically own. Plus, I can stock a ton; when they go on sale they're so much cheaper than a paperback or hardcover; and they're discreet (saying this as someone who regularly purchases BL).

Which author do you believe to be the most poetic in his or her books?

I think Shea Earnshaw has a lot of moody, poetic writing and vivid description.

What was the grittiest and raw book you’ve read?

I don't really like grittiness in my books. As for raw and emotional, Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry ripped my heart to pieces.

What is a turn-off in a book for you?

When an author uses a character to show off their vocabulary in a way that breaks characterization.

What makes you DNF a book?

Pacing and voice.

If there were ONE fandom that you were able to live in for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I think I'd be happy to live in the Folk of the Air/Stolen Heir fandom. It creates the most beautiful artwork of the characters.

What is the best line you’ve read in a book?

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." This is said by Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

What book has the worst ending that you’ve read so far?

I'm not going to name and shame but it was a WTF ending in a book about a creative writing MFA program and a group of cohorts who all call each other the same cutesy nickname.

Flora’s Questions:

Fave book you’ve ever read and why?

I can't choose a single favorite because I love too many of them. But among my keepers are the Cursebreakers trilogy; The Folk of the Air series; Sorcery of Thorns; An Enchantment of Ravens; the Camelot Rising trilogy; and Heaven Official's Blessing.

Who are your all time fave authors?

Juliet Marillier, N.K. Jemisin, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Alix E. Harrow, Holly Black, Margaret Rogerson, and more!

What is your ideal, dream reading place?

I have a hard time reading in locations away from home because often I'm too excited about the different scenery and atmosphere that I can't concentrate on reading a book. However there have been hotels in Japan with soft, comfy beds that were great for reading. I'd always bring my Kindle with me for an overnight stay just in case.

What are your reading goals for April?

Continue reading tons of BL but also get through a few YA books on my radar: Where the Dark Stands Still; The Forest Grimm; The Prisoner's Throne; and more.

What is your TBR (to be read) looking like?

My eBook is crammed full of tons of books I got for dirt cheap (like $1.99 and $2.99) that haven't been read yet. I'm going to guess at least 100 books are unread.

What is the best thing about starting a new book?

Meeting new wonderful characters for the first time, and encountering a world different from my own.

Are you a day reader or night reader?

Sometimes I read during the day (early afternoon) but I usually fall asleep, so I tend to read at night before bed.

If you had to chose 5 books to read over and over again, which books would you choose?

  1. Sorcery of Thorns

  2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely

  3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

  4. Daughter of the Forest

  5. Therapy Game (yep, a BL manga series)

Have you ever stumbled on a book that you never thought you’d like but grew to love it?

Not really. If I never thought I'd like it, I'd probably DNF it.

Do you listen to music while reading?

No. It's too distracting to me.

Whispering Stories' Questions

Has a book ever changed your life? If yes, which book is it?

I guess Ghosts of the Tsunami did. When I lived in Japan I was terrified of natural disasters like earthquakes, flooding, and mudslides, and the book really made me admire how people dealt with tragedy on a large scale. The book broke my heart.

What book or series do you hope and pray will be turned into a movie or TV show one day?

Seriously? I want Son of the Siren to be turned into an animated film or series by Kyoto Animation from Japan. I want both a Japanese dub and an English dub of it.

What attracts you to a book? The cover? Blurb? Recommendation from others?

The cover and the back-of-the-book blurb that shares part of the plot and characters.

Are there any books that are really popular but you dislike?

Not going to name and shame, but I haven't read them and never will, thanks to the multiple deep-dive critiques from BookTube I have watched on them. I'll directly quote the two books I won't touch: "The sun was a yolky thing" and "Holy. Fucking. Hot." That should probably be enough of a clue for you to guess which books I'm talking about.

Are there any books that are considered terrible but are your secret pleasure?

When I did my article on one-star reviews of books I love, The Cruel Prince got some hate. It's not the best book in the series, but I still enjoyed it. I wouldn't call it a secret pleasure, though. I'm pretty open about liking it.

What’s your favorite book cover?

Thoughts on secondhand books?

I love secondhand books. I used to go to Half Price Books all the time in Columbus to pick up books that I'd like. They just have to be in really good condition--no cracked spines, bent or folded covers, or writing in the book.

How many books do you read a month? (On an average)

About 34 books a month. Most of this is manga, which is shorter, but it's still over 150 pages or so.

What deceased author would you have liked to meet?

Charlotte Brontë or Louisa May Alcott.

What book will you read next?

Cosmetic Playlover Volume 5. I really enjoy this BL series about beauticians who have fallen in love with each other after a rough start.

My Questions for You

  1. What book are you reading right now?

  2. What is your favorite genre to read?

  3. What is a genre that you'd never read?

  4. Who is an author you'd avoid based on bad behavior?

  5. Where do you like to buy books?

  6. What is the most overused trope in books today?

  7. Which book do you wish you wrote yourself?

  8. If you could live in any book you've read, which one would it be?

  9. Who's your favorite gray-morality character?

  10. Which character would you like to marry?


Well, that was a lot of fun! I hope you give this a try on your own social media or blogs, or even in the comments below!

See you next time!


Kelly McCarty
Kelly McCarty

I don't have a blog but I want to answer some of these questions.

  1. What book are you reading right now?

  2. What is your favorite genre to read?

  3. What is a genre that you'd never read?

  4. What was the grittiest and raw book you’ve read?

  5. What is a turn-off in a book for you?

  6. What book or series do you hope and pray will be turned into a movie or TV show one day?

Kristina Elyse Butke
Kristina Elyse Butke

Sure! Answer away! You can do it on your social media or answer here....I'd love to see what you have to say!

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