My Life in Books Tag

Happy (almost) 2018 everyone! New Years has never been one of my favorite holidays. Personally I can’t understand why we would wait til January for new beginnings, just start NOW. But I AM really looking forward to 2018 and what it is going to bring, especially for my blog.

Thanks to Naty at Naty’s Bookshelf for tagging me in this one! I think it’s a great one to roll out the new year with, and let you all get to know me just a little better.

As usual, any prompt that requires me to use my bookshelf will use the Goodreads random feature.

Find a book for each of your initials.

I liked how Naty spelled out her name instead. That’s more fun. So I’m doing that. (Get over it.)

Kite Runner (oooo, depressing choice!)

And Then There Were None (one of my top choices of 2017!)

Two Towers (LOTR is my all-time favorite!)

Inheritance (easily the WORST book on this list…)

Eleanor & Park (<3)

Count your age along your bookshelf. What book is it?

29. I can’t believe I’m almost 30! I still feel like I’m like, 18. Except, you know, the mortgage and the kids. And the job. And life. Okay, maybe I don’t feel 18.

Ready Player One

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Ooooo, what a fun book! I always joke that this book is more “nerd fiction” than it is sci-fi, and people get offended like I’m insulting it or them or something. Understand that from me, nerd is high praise. But what I mean is that Ernest Cline, king of the nerds, used the book as an outlet/setting for all his nerd trivia rather than an outlet for speculative science or something. Very entertaining read. Movie looks like it’s going to have very little to do with the book, but visually stunning.

Pick a book set in your city/country.

America, too easy. City, too hard. (I live in a suburb. Try finding a book taking place in your suburb.)

However, I live very close to Fort Worth, Texas. And while I’ve never read this book, there is a great one set there.

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Same Kind of Different as Me is a true story about a business man and a homeless man who, through unlikely circumstances, become friends. As a result of their friendship they both become better people. I’m told it’s touching and amazing in every way. So much so that I’ve even gifted it on the Reddit book exchange even though I’ve never read it. I need to though.

(Huh, apparently there is a movie coming out this year. Who knew?)

Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

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I want to travel everywhere, so I’m choosing Around the World in 80 Days. While I don’t think I will ever make it to any of these places, I most want to go to:

  • Australia (ALL OF IT)
  • Britain/Scotland/Ireland
  • Austria, maybe Salzburg and Vienna?
  • Greece, historic and picturesque
  • New Zealand
  • Hawaii
  • Coppenhagen

Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

Sometimes I like blue the best, sometimes I like purple. Lately it’s blue. I’m going to go pick the first blue book I see on my random shelf.

The Name of the Wind

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Ooooo, great fantasy novel! Too bad number two was kind of a let-down and number three seems to be nowhere in sight… Still, can’t recommend this book highly enough to fantasy lovers!

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

SO. MANY. BOOKS.

Seriously, how am I supposed to pick one? I could pick Harry Potter, Animorphs, Bunnicula, The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, all for different reasons! But because I’ll feel like the world’s biggest fangirl if I don’t…

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Harry Potter is everything. It represents my childhood, my teen years, my adulthood. It’s the book I most look forward to reading to my kids. It’s the fandom I’ve spent years investing in, writing about, making friends in. Harry Potter is so much more than a book series, it’s so much bigger than that. I love re-reading these books, and I will never stop reading them.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

I’m assuming it would be a cop-out to choose a dnf…

I’m also skipping required reading books, because that seems obvious.

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In 2017 I read Catch 22, and boy did I get stuck there for a long while! 20th century American literature just really isn’t my thing, and I didn’t get the sense of humor at all. On top of that, it’s long, it doesn’t have a straight-forward timeline, and there’s like a million characters. It probably took me a good month.

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

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really want to read Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, especially right now when I’m kind of perusing Hamilton: The Revolution. I love history, especially the founding fathers, I’ve heard so many great things about Chernow and his books, and it just looks fascinating.

BUUUUUUUUUUUT, it’s like a million pages long and I find non-fiction extremely intimidating. I have no plans in the immediate future to tackle this behemoth. lol


Let’s see, I’m going to tag…

Happy New Year everyone!

14 thoughts on “My Life in Books Tag

    1. It’s so funny, there is ALWAYS someone who says that when I post about Animorphs (which I do every few months, tbh), but growing up I didn’t really ever know anyone else who read them. I mean, I know people must have or she wouldn’t have kept getting approved to write them, but at the time I felt like I was living by myself in this Animorphs fan bubble. The internet has changed everything!

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  1. Ooh love how you spelt your name out in books (and I love Two Towers and Kite Runner) hehe being a nerd can never be an insult! Totally agree about wise man’s fear- I loved Name of the wind, but that was such a letdown. Catch 22 is very tough to get through stylistically to be honest (actually I find most old satire hard to get through in general, cos there’s so many gaps where the humour doesn’t land as much)

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    1. Yeah, in general I’ve also found myself unamused by satire because I don’t know enough about the historical political situation. I wish that wasn’t the case though, because satire is dying. People don’t get it anymore. 😦

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      1. Oh, the number of people who look shocked when I call myself a nerd is remarkable. There are so many people out there who still think of the word ‘nerd’ as an insult. Look everyone, I am a nerd and I am damn proud of that fact.

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