I wanted to post something non-NaNoWriMo-related and decided to go for this tag, which I saw from pensitivity101, who got it from The Haunted Wordsmith, who picked it up from Cole Campfire Blog, who mentioned The Discerning Couch Potato, who credited Kristin Kraves Books, who was tagged by Orange Owl Diaries… and that’s all I got.
Anyway, here goes…
1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been gifted?
But I do know someone who claimed my gift for someone else, and she replaced it with a slightly used book that was a gift to her. I had asked her to do the gift-wrapping, and she liked one of the gifts, so she asked if she could have it. I allowed it as long as she replace it with something else. To my amusement, she saw the book in the room (her room), just took it, and wrapped it.
2. Have you ever claimed to have read a book when you haven’t?
I’m almost pretty sure that I have, especially for school, but I don’t remember a specific book.
I vaguely remember we were supposed to read around five of Shakespeare’s works, and I only read, like, three. OR we were assigned one of the five plays the teacher listed and I read three anyway. I remember being in the group assigned to Romeo & Juliet, which wasn’t very exciting because everybody knows that story already. So I read more. But I think we were still supposed to read all those five plays for an exam… I think.
3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
Yes! I borrowed a Pugad Baboy book from a friend but never returned it.
Pugad Baboy is a Filipino comic strip usually in newspapers that has political satire elements to it. This book is a compilation of these comic strips.
I don’t know where it is now, probably still in Cebu, and I forgot who I borrowed it from except that it was a classmate from college.
4. Have you ever read a series out of order?
I used to read Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Sweet Valley, and the like, when I was a kid. I don’t know if this counts, though, because each book has a different mystery or story that is resolved within that book. I’m pretty sure I read them out of order.
5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
6. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Yes. Usually, when I skip a chapter it’s because it’s boring or I don’t care and I just wanted to get on with the story.
This is true for Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, which I read recently. I really did not enjoy the book and I think I am not the target audience for it. I think I enjoyed reading the footnotes more than the actual story. But, I’m happy to say, the movie was enjoyable. I guess this is a case where I prefer the story told in a visual medium than a written one. In the book, I felt no attachments to Rachel Chu or anyone (in fairness, maybe I would have if I hadn’t skipped sections). In the film, Constance Wu, the actress portraying Rachel Chu, was charming and charismatic and I enjoyed watching her. The same goes for Michelle Yeoh and Awkwafina. Henry Golding was not bad to look at, either.
7. Have you ever bad-mouthed a book you actually liked?
Yes. Lord of the Rings! The first thing I used to tell people about these books was that they’re boring! This is another case where the movies were the more enjoyable medium for me. But interestingly, I never skipped a chapter or section. I just felt like the author really made so much effort that I owe it to him to trudge along. I actually loved these books as a whole, and the epic story and characters captivated me. But honestly, I will still say that the books are “boring” and I will recommend the movies instead – well, except maybe to someone who is the type who loves to read paragraphs and paragraphs of world-building.
I am so sorry to J. R. R. Tolkien, Kevin Kwan, and the classmate who used to have a Pugad Baboy book!
(I would like to tag absolute0 on this.)