09 July 2015

Inside Out Book Tag

A Reading in the Garden by Theo van Rysselberghe, 1902

Confession time: I'm pretty ambivalent about Pixar movies. I've seen the three Toy Story films (the first two as a kid on the Disney Channel, the third on Netflix on a night of boredom) and nothing else the studio has ever made, and I'm content with that. The premises of their movies just don't grab me, and I prefer a more old-fashioned style of animation.

That being said, I thought that Kristina Horner's book tag based on Pixar's latest release Inside Out looked like fun, so despite my lack of interest in the film I'm going to answer the tag questions anyway!

1. Which book brings you the most joy?

I almost always include A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh and/or House at Pooh Corner in these kinds of posts, but they truly have brought me the most joy throughout my life. I can't help but smile when I read a passage of Pooh!

2. Which book grossed you out the most?

Gross moments are almost always a deal-breaker for me when I'm reading--if I come across one, I'm usually done with that book permanently. One exception I can think of is Diana Wynne Jones' The Pinhoe Egg, which I read despite a particular passage that I will not repeat here.

3. Which book scared you more than any other?

I really like supernatural stories and love Barbara Michaels' books in the genre, but some of her novels have seriously spooked me. Her book Witch, in particular, caused me to lie awake with nerves on more than one night!

4. Which book made you cry the most?

Funnily enough, while I cry absurdly easily at movies and television shows I tend not to cry as much at books. I recall getting a little teary when reading the end of one of Beverley Nichols' books--I think it was A Thatched Roof.

5. Which book really made you angry?

I mentioned in my Seven Deadly Sins book post that Diana Wynne Jones' Fire and Hemlock was a frustrating reading experience for me, although it didn't make me angry per se. Like with gross-out moments, I tend to toss aside any books that seriously annoy me, so I don't really reach the point of anger when reading.

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