The Ultimate Book Tag

I serendipitously stumbled onto this tag here, at xingsings. It looked really fun and I love reading, so I decided to answer the questions for myself. So, I present to you: The *Ultimate* Book Tag

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Fortunately, no! Unfortunately, I do get sleepy… :/

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Tahereh Mafi. Her writing, although a bit heavy at times, is very lyrical.

The Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter, because:

  1. The characters are more diverse, developed and well-rounded
  2. There are layers of meaning and little details that can be discovered with each read, all bound together in a a story that readers of all ages can enjoy
  3. MAGIC. Accio Hogwarts acceptance letter. And a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.
Just look at all that magic.


Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it?
A bag specifically for books? No. A bag with a book in it? Usually.

I usually carry a backpack (I’ve sworn off shoulder bags if I have to carry anything heavier than a pear) which has, apart from a book, a notebook and pen, school stuff, and boring things like my wallet, water bottle, keys to my time machine…

Do you smell your books?
Yeah… Not all the time, though (because then how would I read?)

Books with or without little illustrations?
Without, unless it’s a graphic novel. 😛

What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Twilight. My early-teen self loved it, but it seems to have lost its charm over time…

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
When I was about 8 or 9, my parents and I went to a book fair. My mum really wanted to buy a collection of stories in Bengali, but the stall owner said it wasn’t for sale. But then he thought I must’ve really wanted it and probably didn’t want to disappoint a kid so he ended up selling it to us. We left without telling him that I can’t read in Bengali… 😛 (Not sure if that qualifies as “funny,” but… it’s a story.)

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

I have a bunch of different bookshelves, not to mention piles of books lying around here and there. 😛 The thinnest book I can find right now is a translated version of Satyajit Ray’s The Bandits of Bombay.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The thickest book I can find right now is The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes, I write as well as reading. I hope to be a published author someday!

When did you get into reading?
Around the age of 7.

What is your favorite classic book?
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

In school, was your best subject Language Arts/English?


If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I would accept it and then throw it out the window.

Just kidding, I would probably give it to someone else.

What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?
I get distracted very easily while I’m writing. Youtube videos are usually the culprits.

What is your favorite word?
Serendipity. I try to sneak it into casual conversation as much as possible. 😀

Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
According to Google…

A nerd: a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious
A dork: a dull, slow-witted, or socially inept person
A dweeb: a boring, studious, or socially inept person

Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Choices… *aaaah*

I’ll go with fairies because they can fly.

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters, because there are so many more choices. In a hurry? Turn into a cheetah. Stuck in a desert? Turn into a camel.

Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Can I say neither, because they both creep me out?

Zombies or Vampires?
Can I say neither, because they both creep me out?

Love triangle or forbidden love
They can both be equally painful to read. If I had to choose, I’d say love triangle.

Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Action! *reads the Hunger Games trilogy for the 74th time*


And that marks the end of the Ultimate Book Tag. Thanks for reading! Feel free to try the tag yourself; I would love to read your answers.

Until next time!


4 thoughts on “The Ultimate Book Tag

  1. Summer @ Xingsings

    Lovely answers, Sohini! I didn’t enjoy Of Mice and Men as much as my friends but I definitely understand the appeal since I’m a big Steinbeck fan! Have you read East of Eden? It’s so awesome. Definitely get a chance to check it out if you haven’t already. And your funny story is quite humorous actually, haha. And that’s so cool, are you Bangladeshi? I have a Bangladeshi friend and Bengali seems very interesting!

    And thanks so much for linking back! ^.^


    • Sohini

      Thanks so much Summer! No, I haven’t read East of Eden, but I’ll definitely add it to my to-read list. I generally find classics quite difficult to read, but for some reason Steinbeck held my interest. What do you like about his writing? And thank you, some things I tend to find hilarious aren’t always as funny to others XD I’m actually from India (West Bengal). Bengali really is a beautiful language (even though I say so myself)! I’m trying to teach myself to read it, who knows, I might end up reading that collection of stories one day! And of course, I really enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for reading and commenting! ^_^

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      • Summer @ Xingsings

        You’re not the only one! Classics are quite tedious for me as well. Instead of the writing, it’s more of just the storytelling that really makes Steinbeck’s novels gripping. Not to mention the short length, which is kind of relieving. I’ve only read Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and his other short works. East of Eden is definitely one of the more lengthy one of the bunch. EoE is great because of the underlying morals he weaves in as well. The themes and parallelisms to society and religion are really interesting. I think you’ll really like it once you get to it!

        And you’re welcome, Sohini! I don’t get on as often (clearly, since it took me a week to respond to this, so sorry!) but I love commenting/interacting with other bloggers. Happy reading and blogging, Sohini! And have an awesome weekend! 😀


        • Sohini

          Glad to hear I’m not alone there! Even though I really like Steinbeck, I’ve only read Of Mice and Men, so I will definitely read East of Eden when I get the chance. And no worries at all, I understand! Talking with other bloggers (especially book lovers) is one of my favourite parts of being in the WordPress community, so I do hope we keep in touch. Thanks for your thoughts and comments, and happy reading/blogging to you too! Hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend 😀

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