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I am taking a break from the book reviews today just as a bit of relief and because we all know that I love me a tag post. I saw this one on Orange Owl Diaries alllll the way back in September and instantly knew that I had to just file it away for some day this month. Today is the day.
Real talk, I don’t own a bookshelf, I chose a lot of these books by memory and from the ones that I could see because they’ve not been fully put away somewhere. So, without further ado:
FIND A BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES WITH A BLUE COVER. WHAT MADE YOU PICK UP THE BOOK IN THE FIRST PLACE?
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen. The books that are on my reading list for the rest of year are in plain sight so that I can just pick the next one up when I move onto it. And therefore this is the only one that I have just lying around.
THINK OF A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO ENJOY BUT DID. WHY DID YOU READ IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?
I will be honest, I didn’t think I would like Brideshead Revisited. It felt like it was going to be one of those books that you ‘should’ read because it’s considered a classic and well I’m an English Lit grad and to not have read some classics is almost a crime. So I read it, and I was surprised at how quickly I read it and how much I enjoyed it. This surprise also came from the fact that I tried to watch the adaptation of it and got bored very quickly, which was weird because it had Ben Whishaw, Matthew Goode and Hayley Atwell in it. All people that I love usually. Maybe I need to give it another shot now that I’m older and have a better understanding of the text.
STAND IN FRONT OF YOUR BOOKSHELF WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED AND PICK UP A BOOK AT RANDOM. HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THIS BOOK?
The first book I can think of (told you doing this from memory) is The Red Queen. This book was on my radar in the peripheral of my brain because I had seen it on some book blogs over the last couple of years and it’s on my TBR, but the reason it came to mind is because I have a special edition of this book. I was called to this book because of the special edition. It was just sitting pretty and I couldn’t help myself, before I knew it I had picked it up and was buying it. Then I read the first page and knew it would be my kind of thing, when I finally got around to reading. Whenever that may be.
PICK A BOOK THAT SOMEONE PERSONALLY RECOMMENDED TO YOU. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
Someone recommended Station Eleven to me and I am honestly so thankful that they did. It’s not necessarily from a genre that I read very often just because it’s so easy for dystopian novels to be done badly or in way that just feels like it’s been done before, so I tend to work only on recommendations for that genre for that reason. I loved this book.
PICK A BOOK YOU DISCOVERED THROUGH BOOK BLOGS. DID IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?
I’m pretty sure Rainbow Rowell came onto my radar because I kept seeing people talking about Fangirl on Tumblr. And well, that book is my jammmm. If I didn’t have so many new books to read and worlds to discover I would so reread that book. Although having said that, you give me a solid day where I don’t have anything to do I could probably devour it again.
FIND A BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES WITH A ONE WORD TITLE. WHAT DREW YOU TO THIS BOOK?
Godsgrave. It’s the sequel to Nevernight which is one of my favourite books that I have read this year and it’s been mocking me ever since it entered my world in early September because there are other books that I have to read first and also I don’t wanna read it because once I do then I will have to wait until the last book and I want to prolong that happening for as long as possible and in the meantime I will just stare longingly at the gilded black pages.
WHAT BOOK DID YOU DISCOVER THROUGH A FILM/TV ADAPTATION?
Uhhhhhh, Big Little Lies I guess. I was kind of aware of the book because it cropped on my Instagram a couple of times and I filed it away on my mental TBR list, but then I watched the TV adaptation and was gripped by it and so in love with the complex story telling and the many layers to these female characters that I knew I had to read the book just to truly get all those nuances and see how the world was built on paper.
THINK OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS. WHEN DID YOU READ THESE AND WHY DID YOU PICK THEM UP IN THE FIRST PLACE?
One of my all time faves is The Night Circus (surprise, surprise). I read it a couple of years ago now and again I read it because it kept cropping up on Tumblr and kept seeing how it was full of beautiful imagery and was the slowest of burns plot wise and well I’m a sucker for that kind of writing. I was not disappointed. I also read The Secret History a couple of years ago and I picked that up because it was recommended to me by a friend at uni and she had such glowing things to say about, including again that the style of writing was just so beautiful. I’m a sucker for beautiful passages of writing and images that can haunt you for days what can I say?
And that is a little insight into more of my books, whilst also mentioning the same books that I almost always mention. I should really do a full overhaul of my books and truly chronicle what I have…which means what I really need is a bloody bookshelf…
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