Coming back at you with another tag! I found this tag on Book Loving Nut’s blog and I figured it would be a great way for my readers to get a little glimpse of who I am. Because I primarily e-read, my physical bookshelves are not exactly ready for a bookshelf tag quite yet!
Pick a book for each of your initials
E – Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I just finished this book and I loved it so much. Celeste Ng’s writing is absolutely beautiful. Keep an eye out for my April Wrap Up for my full thoughts.
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.“
F – The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
This is a sweet romance with the tried-and-true bed sharing romance trope. I had a good time reading this but it’s definitely not my favorite romance.
“Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…“
Count your age along your bookshelf, what is it?
The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George MacDonald
I was getting nervous when I was counting because my books were slowly starting to mix with my boyfriend’s. But this one was a great middle ground! He recommended this to me a few months ago. This short novella was perfect for getting me out of a slump while also reading an author that my partner really enjoyed. I did originally listen to the audio book but I loved it so much that I wanted a physical copy! 26 turned out ok.
Pick a book set in your city/country.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Having been a 14 year old girl during the height of Twilight mania, of course I loved reading that Bella grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Everytime I read this book, I look forward to the scene where Bella uses the bathroom at Phoenix Sky Habor International Airport to give a vampire the slip. When I travel, I always think of Bella when I use the restroom in the airport. She was right though, they do have two exits. Perfect for tricking vampires.
Pick a book that represents a place you’d like to travel to.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
I would love to travel to Ireland. While the main characters, Marianne and Connell, don’t necessarily hit all of the tourist spots, they do attend univeristy in Dublin. It will probably be a while before I get to Ireland (just pandemic things), but I have heard nothing but great things from my friends who have been there.
Pick a book that’s your favorite color.
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
When I was growing up, I never really had a favorite color because all colors seemed to have the same impact on me. I decided when I was 10 years old that purple was my favorite color because I heard that it was the color of royalty. Is purple actually my favorite color? I don’t know, I just always say it is so I picked the Lost Apothecary. I love the dark purple on this cover. The gold foil in contrast with the deep purple make this cover one of my favorites that I have on my physical shelf.
Which book do you have fondest memories of?
Forever by Judy Blume
I read this book when I was about 15. This story introduced me to the romance genre while also being pretty realistic about teenage relationships. Whenever I think about this book, I am transported to the summer after my sophomore year of high school, reading this book in my parents’ backyard with my family dog swimming laps in the pool. I haven’t read it since then and I’m a little scared to revisit because I don’t know how well it has aged.
Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The writing style mixed with the subject matter made this book such a slog. I couldn’t get into it. As someone who has listened to an extensive amount of true crime podcasts, this seemed like it would be right up my alley. The difference was 100% in the delivery. Truman Capote is very verbose and descriptive which didn’t include many natural breaks. I am glad that I finished it but if it hadn’t been for my book club, I would have DNFd.
Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
I have heard nothing but incredible things about this book. All this hype has made me nervous to start it. What if I hate it? I don’t want to break some hearts with a negative review so I have just let it sit on my shelf. I did get a physical copy of this book which is also contibuting to my hesitation. It’s so big! I’m currently waiting on the audio book from my library so I’m hoping that will help me tackle it.
Thanks for taking a read! Some of these books really brought me back. I won’t be doing a reread of Twilight again this year, but maybe I’ll revisit Judy Blume for a summer read! Did any of these answers surpise you? Let me know in the comments below.