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The Bookworm's Tag #4


Man, I cannot believe I have done four of these tags! WOW! Thanks to Lillian Keith for tagging me for this one! Her questions are so fun, and I can't wait to dive into them!

 

the rules

  • Thank and link the blogger who nominated you (Thank you so much, Lillian!)

  • Include the tag graphic in your post

  • Answer the ten questions the blogger asked

  • Nominate between five and ten bloggers

  • Ask your nominees ten book-related questions!

  • Don’t feel bound to these rules

  • (Most importantly) Have fun!

 

the questions

What’s one book that you wished you would’ve written instead? (i.e The False Prince, Chronicles of Narnia, Hunger Games, Charlotte’s Web, etc.)

Well, this could go two ways. (1) I want to write it myself because it was so good and successful...or (2) because it was so poorly done and I feel I could do better. Why don’t I just do both?

I would love to have written any of Julie Lessman’s books because they are so. good. I’m still holding out hope that I’ll get to at least collab with her on a project one day—that would be a dream come true!

And for the second point, I honestly wouldn’t mind having written Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love...because it has redeeming qualities, but I think the execution was lacking in some ways. I’d like to take the feedback, criticism, and insight readers and reviewers have provided for it over the last few decades and create a story that’s stronger and more universal!

What type of book character would you be? (i.e best friend, comedic side character, wise mentor, etc.)

The mama. And not just any mama. I mean the old-fashioned Southern mama who gives advice from the Good Book and fries chicken.

Either that, or the beautiful and virtuous but stubborn and strong-willed heroine who falls for the dashing but sometimes grumpy hero. *sighs* A girl can dream, can’t she?

Do you prefer humorous stories, more serious stories, or both?


Definitely both! I love stories with serious themes but lighthearted moments to add some life and joy to it! (I’m honestly thinking of The Last Samurai right now. It was a very serious and gory war movie, but it had its moments of beauty, tenderness, and humor, giving it a balanced and well-rounded quality!)

(And there was your movie review of the day! The Last Samurai is actually one of my new favorites!)

What’s one book that you’d like to change the ending to?


Um. Shoot. That’s tough. I typically gravitate toward happy endings, so I can’t think of many bittersweet ones...but maybe Unbreakable by Sara Ella? I just really needed an epilogue with Ky and Em married and ruling together.


Which author is your favorite and why? (Ooo, see what I did there?)


AUGH. WHY SUCH A HARD QUESTION?!

I have many different favorites, for many different reasons...but if I had to pick just one, y’all know it’d be Julie Lessman! I can’t gush about this woman enough! She is so on fire for God, such a blessing to me and to the literary community, and her books are just AH-MAY-ZING!

And then there’s Kellyn Roth, Hannah Linder, Victoria Lynn, Roseanna M. White, Karen Witemeyer, Sara Ella, and so. many. more!


Where is your favorite place to read a book?

I haven’t found one yet, to be honest. I usually read on my bed before I go to sleep because it’s quieter and more comfortable, but I feel like there’s a better place out there somewhere...with a window bench seat...and bookshelves everywhere...and cool breezes...and perfect natural light...and steaming tea...


What genre of book would best describe your personality? (i.e drama, comedy, adventure, etc.)

Definitely drama. Drama and romance. The romance would be the feminine, vintage, daydreamer side...and the drama would be the loud, annoying, anxious side. *winks*


What’s your favorite book cover?

Dude. No. I can’t do that. I just...there are so many, for gosh’s sakes!

Although I am quite partial to the cover of Prisoner at Heart by this one girl named Grace A. Johnson...

Have you ever been carsick while reading a book during a drive?


Pft, no. I don’t get carsick, and I’ve been reading in cars all the time for years.

What’s one fiction book that’d you’d give to a friend with no hesitation?

Um. None of them. Like, I read very niche books (some of which are slightly edgy), so I couldn’t just hand any of them to a random friend without knowing what their preferences are and whatnot. Psh, I wouldn’t even hand my own books to most of my friends, so. *shrugs * I definitely think everyone should read something by Julie Lessman—either A Passion Most Pure or Unfailing Love! Yes, her stuff is edgy and “preachy” and whatnot...but SO POWERFUL. If you can focus on the message and the authenticity and the beauty and the relevance of her work instead of getting your panties in a wad because one character talked about God for a whole paragraph or the love interests kissed, then your life will be changed for the better, trust me.

On the nonfiction side of things, apart from the Bible, I would DEFINITELY hand The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer to ANYONE. Y’all. That book is just...so good. I can’t even think of an adjective to describe it, but every Christian needs to read it. Like, immediately.

 

tags + questions

I’m only gonna tag the first five people that pop into my head, so if you wanna do this but I didn’t tag you, ye know what to do, me hearty. Ye steal it.

  • Saraina Whitney

  • Allyson Jamison

  • Kristianne Hassman

  • E. G. Bella

  • Sisters Three

And because I am (1) tired and (2) out of creativity, I’m just gonna give y’all a clean copy of Lillian’s questions. Hers were much better than whatever I could conjure up, trust me.

  • What’s one book that you wished you would’ve written instead? (i.e The False Prince, Chronicles of Narnia, Hunger Games, Charlotte’s Web, etc.)

  • What type of book character would you be? (i.e best friend, comedic side character, wise mentor, etc.)

  • Do you prefer humorous stories, more serious stories, or both?

  • What’s one book that you’d like to change the ending to?

  • Which author is your favorite and why? (Ooo, see what I did there?)

  • Where is your favorite place to read a book?

  • What genre of book would best describe your personality? (i.e drama, comedy, adventure, etc.)

  • What’s your favorite book cover?

  • Have you ever been carsick while reading a book during a drive?

  • What’s one fiction book that’d you’d give to a friend with no hesitation?

What about you? What kind of book character would you be? What genre describes your personality? Let me know in the comments below!


yours in spirit and script,

Grace


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Issabelle Perry
Jun 16, 2022

Aaaaaah this was SUCH a fun post!!!!! I've gotta say I'm also quite partial to this cover of this book Prisoner at Heart by some southern gal named Grace A. Johnson... XD Though seriously, it's one of the best book covers I own!!!!! And I LOVED your answer for the type of book character you'd be. Yes. Just yes. XD I get carsick ALL THE TIME so I am jealous that you can do it and I can't. *pouts* I think drama might be the genre for my personality too. Either that or humor. Maybe a mix of both. XD Enjoyed reading this post!!!!

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Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Jun 17, 2022
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EEE!! Thank you!!! Haha, good to know! EEE THANK YOUUUU!!! That makes me SOOO happy! *squeals* XDDD OOF. I'm sorryyyyy!!! *pats your back* OMGOSH YES YOU ARE SUCH A DRAMEDY I LOVE IT. So glad you did, sis! <333

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Tasha Van Kesteren
Jun 09, 2022

Awesome post!!!

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Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Jun 09, 2022
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Thank you! :D

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Saraina Whitney
Jun 08, 2022

Aaah, I always love your answers to these kinds of tag questions!! (And girl, your answer to the second question was gold.) Wowww, I totally forgot about The Last Samurai!! That was an amazingly good movie! And it actually goes with the "Faith By the Era" post you reposted on Book Nations in terms of staying true to the historical time period and the prejudices and whatnot that was unique to that time.


And I agree about Redeeming Love... the execution really was lacking in some ways, not the least of which was the headhopping. That can be hard to pull off. (ALSO I have to read Unfailing Love by Julie Lessman! I've read all the books she has at…


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Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Jun 09, 2022
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Aww, thanks, girl! (Thank you!! :D) YAS!!! Ooh...dude...I didn't even realize that! POST IDEA!!!


OMGOSH YES THE HEADHOPPING. *cringes* (YEEESSS YOU DOOOOO IT IS SOOOO GOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never enough, right? XD)


You are so welcome! I can't wait to read them! (Aw, I'm so glad! *grins*)

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Lily Keith
Jun 08, 2022

"And not just any mama. I mean the old-fashioned Southern mama who gives advice from the Good Book and fries chicken."

XD! I loved that! I'd totally want to meet that kind of character (seriously, I need more of them in books!)


Ooo, I have heard of the famous author Grace Johnson...she sounds like quite the author! Do you know her personally? ;)


Thanks so much for doing the tag, Grace! I had so much fun reading your answers :)

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Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Jun 09, 2022
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Aww, thanks, girl! YES YES YES!!


I've seen her here and there...she's not all that she's cracked up to be, though. Rather quirky, talks to herself, very messy eater... *shudders*


You are SO welcome! :D Thank YOU! <333

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Kristina Hall
Jun 08, 2022

Yum, fried chicken!! If I come across any grumpy guys in books, I'll have to send them your way 🤣

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Grace A. Johnson
Grace A. Johnson
Jun 08, 2022
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Please do! ;)

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