Umbreen from Read by Umbreen has been kind enough to tag me for the My Life in Books tag! I’m quite picky about which tags I do these days because there are a lot floating around, but this one seemed like great fun so I decided to give it a go. So, onwards dear readers!
Find a book for each of your initials.
This was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be! I guess I’m lucky to have initials that are on quite a few book titles. I picked Beautiful Creatures because despite the novel having many flaws and somewhat frustrating characters, it’s one of the most atmospherically gothic tales I’ve ever read and it also has epic library descriptions! I still have yet to finish this series, I really need to get back to it! Am I Normal Yet is a novel I read this year about a teen with an anxiety disorder who is going to weekly therapy sessions and trying to slowly come off medication. It’s one of the most accurate books about mental health I’ve ever read, and I hope to review it soon. 🙂 Finally, I picked Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares because it’s a Christmassy book about two teens running around New York City writing in a red notebook!
Count your age along your bookshelf – which book is it?
I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m really looking forward to it! I first heard about this book when Maggie reviewed it and it sounded exactly like my sort of thing. I’ve also recorded the TV mini series, but I haven’t watched it yet because I want to read the book first. All I can really remember about the plot is that it’s a fantasy, which is good because it’s much more fun to go in blind!
Pick a book set in your city/state/country.
The Bone Season is an adult dystopian fantasy novel set in, around and underneath a future London, and it’s freakin’ awesome! While I don’t live in London now, I went to university there for the past 3 years and regularly go back up there to meet friends, so this seemed like a good choice!
Pick a book that represents a destination you would like to travel to.
It would be cheating to put Harry Potter here, right? Yeah, I thought so. In that case…
I struggled with this one a little bit. There are lots of places I would like to travel to, but I didn’t seem to have many books on my shelves that included them. Luckily I had a little brain wave with New Moon from the Twilight series. In the final showdown, the characters find themselves jetting off to Italy, which is somewhere I have always wanted to go because it looks like a beautiful country. Not to mention the food. Need I say more?!
Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.
My favourite colour is blue. I love all the different hues that you can get, however, for the last year or so I have been obsessed with pastel blue and mint green, and the cover of Fangirl uses the exact right shade of mint. 🙂
Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
Book of Shadows and the rest of the Wicca series always remind me of some of the great times I had in secondary school. I was obsessed with these books, and soon all my friends were reading them too. I had one friend in particular who was reading them at the exact same time as me, and we used to take trips to the library together and fight over who would get to take out the next book in the series first! We always had fun at break times having discussions about these books, and I even remember telling my boyfriend at the time to go away at lunch because I was busy reading them and was at a crucial point in the story, LOL!
Which book did you have the most difficult reading?
For such a short book The Great Gatsby was one heck of a difficult read for me. There was something about Fitzgerald’s writing that kept making me zone out. The sentences individually were so beautiful, but when they were all strung together in a book, phew, it was seriously hard work. The themes and imagery in this novel are incredible, but this author and I did not click. It’s one of those rare cases where I have to admit to preferring the movie.
Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?
I think I’ll be feeling pretty epic when I finish my beautiful leatherbound copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. Honestly, a heavyweight boxer could use this thing as part of their training, it is heaaavvvvvyyy! I haven’t read a single one of the stories in it yet and it has all the novels and short stories included. My favourite pastime is to stare at it obsessively and stroke it. It’s predddyyyy. 😀
So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my life in books.
(Sorry in advance if I’ve tagged you and you’ve already done it!)