I enjoy reading other people’s blogs a lot. Sometimes it inspires me to figure out what to write that day; sometimes, it does not.
I found a website called Dreamland Book Blog that had some great articles, including book tag posts. As I read through them, I thought, “How fun, let’s do this!”
So here we go with “This is the My Life in Books - Book Tag,” and a little more about what makes me me.
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My Life in Books - Book Tag Questions.
1. Find a book for each of your initials
I. Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth
YA Dystopia novel, and one of my favorites. I love this series by Veronica Roth.
G. Gallows View by Peter Robinson.
The very first DCI Banks book, and the very first I read written by Peter Robinson back in 1988
R. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Yes, another YA book. I enjoyed both the book and the movie, despite the differences and creative license the movie had and took.
2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?
The 53rd book in my library is A World of Curiosities: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #18) by Louise Penny. (Hardcover)
3.Pick a book set in your city/country
Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century by Sean Patrick
In case you didn’t know, Tesla was a big player in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
This book is based on history. Tesla was an interesting man. He is one of the fathers of SciFi based on his inventions and technology alone, not to mention his death is a true crime murder mystery.
4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to
Nights of Awe (An Ariel Kafka Mystery Book 1) by Harri Nykanen
I have not read this book yet! I couldn’t think of a book that takes place in Finland, so I had to turn to Google and found this series. Crime fiction, murder, mystery, drama… right up my alley! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color
Skyward (The Skyward Series #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Yep, purple, as if you couldn’t tell by my color scheme on the website.
The fact that this is another YA book on this list should say something about the merit the Young Adult category has for both adults and young adults.
No matter how old you are, a good story is a good story; a good writer is a good writer.
Brandon Sanderson gives a reader both.
I own all of his books to date, and Skyward will not be the last Sanderson book you will see on this list.
6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
What Katie Did by Susan Coolidge is the series of books for me. Stand back; I am about to get mushy and a little emo here.
My cousin Denice read these books to me when I was seven and she was 17. We were born on the same day, ten years apart, and she always referred to me as her “birthday present.” As you can guess, she and I were close.
She passed away young, at the age of 33. I was devastated, as one often is when someone they love leaves. Despite remembering the day my mom called to tell me she was gone like it was 5 minutes ago, I try to remember the time we spent reading books together and listening to music.
When my uncle passed away in 2018, he left a note that I was to get those books she read me many years ago.
I will cherish that memory of her and What Katie did. I will one day pass them down to one of my grandchildren, with the memory of their cousin Denice, whose name is written on the title page of each book.
7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
Ulysses by James Joyce.
Virginia Woolf’s reaction to this book was "an illiterate, underbred book.” After she read the cemetery scene, she stated she was "puzzled, bored, irritated, and disillusioned, as by a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples."
I read this book because it was required in my Advanced English Lit. Class. I wouldn’t have gotten past the first chapter if it hadn't been a requirement.
8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
This book has been in my To Be Read Pile for a while, Novemberish 2020, to be exact.
The mere size of the book, especially in the hardback version, is intimidating for someone who has to schedule reading time into her day.
I love Sanderson’s books and know I will enjoy all 1025 pages worth; I just have to buckle down and read it.
Just to show you how beautifully large the book is, here it is on my shelf of "To Be Read" books.
You can see it compared to the hardback versions of Cassandra Clare's books and a few normal-sized paperbacks.
Over to you!
Do you enjoy doing book tags? I am not tagging anyone, but if you do this, please don’t forget to link to Dream Land Book Blog, and then come over here and put your link in the comments so I can read yours!