I’ve never been tagged for a blog post, but in the last month I was tagged four times (2 for the same one). I decided that it would be a hoot to participate in these or at least a modified version of the two.
First of all, thank you for the tag love: Mary @ Dark Thoughts, Lanie @ Lanie’s Book Thoughts, Velvet @ vvb32, and Keionda @ Keionda Hearts Books. You, ladies, gave me a kind shout out for visiting your blogs and I feel the same about your visits to Delighted Reader.
As this is a Yakkety Yak, I thought we could talk about this subject of tagging. I first encountered it on Face Book.
The first few times I was tagged on FB I actually thought I was being punked because the tags went something like: ‘share X post with X amount of friends or something bad will happen. There was the reverse of this, too. Like evil and good fortune cookies. Naturally, I ignored both.
Then there was what amounted to chain letters in the form of sharing something specific, tagging the one who sent it to me, and then tagging a few friends with the instructions and my answer. Now these, I did do a few b/c I thought they were fun. Mostly.
My choice to participate seems to be motivated by a few factors:
One, it depends on me noticing them. See, I don’t spend much time on FB. It was one of my New Year’s resolutions under time management to set a timer each time I went on FB so I wouldn’t spend exorbitant amounts of time on it.
Two, it depends on how much time I have to play on FB after I got my reason for being on there finished. I consider tagging a type of game and as such, it is optional. How many times have I gone on FB and forgot to do or check what I originally meant to do?
Three, it depends on if I find the tag interesting enough to participate. No offense meant, but not everything that goes into my FB, Twitter, and other social media outlets are of equal interest. Admit it, this is true for you, too.
But up until recently, I wasn’t aware that this phenomenon was a thing on blogs, too. I’m guessing that tagging on blog posts runs along the same lines as for FB. Some do it, some do it once in a while, and some never do it. Some will do the tag and tag several others and some will do the tag, but not continue the chain. Again, I’ve observed that participation and participation level has much to do with personality, opportunity, and the interest in the specific tag. As such, I think some would find tags annoying and time wasting while others would have a good ol’ time with them.
Alright, so I was tagged by a few lively gals who picked tags I thought were fun. This seemed a good way to share a bit more about myself when it comes to the book lovin’. I chose a few questions from both the tags.
- Would I rather read trilogies or standalones? Both, of course!
- Would I rather read only male or female authors? Again, no preference!
- Would I rather be a professional author or reviewer? This is tough. I like to write, but I also like to review. I think I could do both, but if I ever did get into writing and selling my books, I would err on the side of ethical caution and stop reviewing review books.
- Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from: My bookshelves are custom built by my talented husband. They are floor to ceiling and cover half of the family room. There are two other recessed shelving areas that display the display-worthy books. Naturally, the shelves are full to bursting and books are also stored away in other places.
- Is there a book from a friend? Yes, several! Shari went to AAD one year and brought me back signed copies of Supernaturally Kissed by Stacey Kennedy and Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson. I treasure them.
- Most Expensive book? That is a tough question. I have several antique books that were gifts. My brother got me a very old copy of Rubyait of Omar Khayyam (a book of Persian 12th century poetry). It is a beautiful book with a cloth cover and brittle thick pages that are sewn to the cover.
- Do you have more than one copy of a book? Yes. This will come as no surprise to many, but I have more than one copy of a few Jane Austen novels.
- Do you have the complete series? Yes. For several favorite authors, I have all their books. I’m a collector. Haha!
- What book has been on your shelf forever? I’ll take this to mean an unread book. Shamefully, there are several. One of them is Beyond the Highland Mist by KMMoning. I have the whole set still to read.
- A book I won? Again, several, but most recent was Love You Madly by Ashley Mallory
- Most beat up? This is tough b/c I am very careful with my books, but I did buy an out of print book To Tame a Tough Land by Louis L’amour that has a tattered cover.
- A book from your childhood? I have all of my childhood books, but to name some, I still have all my Nancy Drew.
- A book not actually yours? None at the moment. I borrow occasionally.
- A book with a special cover (leather/furry)? My copy of Arabian Nights has a leather cover.
- Any signed books? Yes! Several. But here is the surprise: I’ve never actually had an author sign my book in person. That is a mini-bucket list item.
- What dream location would you like to be while reading? Denali wilderness in Alaska, highlands of Scotland, Sicily
- In your current book, is an animal mentioned? Yep, it’s a shifter romance so the hero is a wolf and the heroine is a coyote.
- What book is my significant other reading? John Adams by David McCullough
Okay, so there you have it. Now I’d like to hear from you. What do you think about tagging? Or pick a few of these tag questions and share your answers? Do tell!