It’s time for another tag! I feel like I haven’t done one in ages. Thank you so much Beth @ Reading Every Night for tagging me, I really appreciate it!
A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently.
I’m gonna go with Fern from We are all completely beside ourselves. Misreading this character is the whole point of the book, and it really bothered me, which is why I disliked the novel. (You can read my full review here if you feel like it.)
A character name that you’ve been pronouncing wrong.
There are lots of monsters and creatures from Greek mythology in the Percy Jackson books, and I have no idea how to pronounce any of them. I studied Greek mythology when I was still living in Germany, so I only know how to pronounce those names in German, which is unfortunate and kind of completely useless.
An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure.
Definitely the ‘asshole with tragic childhood’ trope. I love those characters, the ones who aren’t interested in being nice, and who aren’t mean to just a specific group of people but to literally everyone (otherwise we’re getting into discrimination, which I’m not a fan of). Good examples of this type of character are Murphy from The 100 and Brian Kinney from Queer as Folk (two of my all-time favourite characters).
A cliché character type that you like better on screen than reading about.
I guess the same as above. I love reading about the ‘asshole with tragic childhood’ characters, but I like them much better in TV shows.
A word/phrase you learned because of its use in a book.
This is actually a very good question for me specifically, because I kind of learned English through books. I grew up in Germany with Italian parents, so the only English I ever learned was at school (and the vocabulary there didn’t go beyond vegetables and the weather). When I started reading in English I learned so much. I remember reading the Harry Potter books and looking up so many words. I’ve forgotten most of the words I didn’t know, but two I remember looking up are shrug and frown. You only realise how much they’re used in books when you have no idea what they mean.
Have you ever not read or completed a required-reading book for school?
Oh, of course. In Germany we never had required reading (no idea why), but when I moved to Spain my teachers wanted me to read lots of books I wasn’t remotely interested in, so I just never read them. To get a better understanding of that you should know that I used to not really care about my grades, until I turned 16 and decided I wanted to study English literature – then I became the biggest study-freak and got amazing grades everywhere. I started reading the required books at that point, but still didn’t finish most of them (I hate reading in Spanish).
Have you ever skipped (or wanted to) a chapter from the point of view of a character you weren’t interested in?
I never skip anything in books, simply because I love reading them cover-to-cover, but when I read The Picture of Dorian Gray I was seriously considering it. The book is amazing, but there is this really long chapter that consists of nothing but descriptions of a beautiful house. Like, I get it, you bought expensive curtains and can’t stop staring at them. I DON’T CARE.
Have you ever cancelled social plans to read a book?
Where I live I don’t really have friends, which sounds sad but is actually kind of alright. My only friend from here is now at university and I only get to see her a couple times a year when she’s home for a vacation, and the rest of my friends all live in Germany, where I go every summer. So I don’t actually have any social plans except when my friends are around, and because I get to see them so little I completely give up on reading and spend time with them when they are – anything else would be dumb.
I tried to pick people I’ve never tagged before or haven’t tagged in a while. If any of you have already done this, feel free to ignore me.
On a completely unrelated note, I drove on a highway for the first time today! It wasn’t even a proper highway, but I only got my licence a few days ago and I’m still terrified of leaving my street, so I’ve been driving up and down. But today I decided to be brave (ha) and drive on a real road. I shifted into the wrong gear at one point and thought I was going to die (that was fun) but it wasn’t so bad over-all. I’d love to hear some terrible driving stories from you guys, so I don’t feel like the only loser who’s scared of cars.
‘Till next time and happy reading!