I saw this tag earlier this week on Kristin Kraves Books, and I like that it’s not organized the way tags often are. I’m going to do my best to really tell you about the LAST, and not just my favorite that you’re probably tired of hearing about.
Last Book I Gave Up On
I actually rarely give up on books. I can probably count the number of books I’ve DNFed on two hands, and they’re probably all classics. In 2019 I stopped halfway through The Wind in the Willows, not because it was terrible, just because I didn’t care enough about it to keep reading and there were other things I was more interested in. I see why it was charming for the time it was written in, but I didn’t feel particularly like being nostalgic for a time period that was only good for the landed gentry…
Last Book I Re-Read
HaHA! You still have to hear me go on and on about a book you’re tired of! Because it just so happens that the last book I re-read was The Priory of the Orange Tree. It was purely a mood read, I was feeling like something epic over the holidays. Probably because I knew I would have more time to devote to it each day, so it wouldn’t turn into a month-long process to read like the first time I read it, lol. If you are a fan of epic fantasy and you haven’t read this book yet, you HAVE TO. Good dragons vs. evil dragons, magic-wielding nun-fighters, court intrigue, pirates, this book has it all. And, for the record, this book is even better as a re-read. I upgraded it to five stars!
The Last Book I Bought
For myself, or in general? Because I bought a lot of Christmas presents…
Ah, well, moot point. I’ve just remembered that when we took my son shopping to spend the gift card he got for Christmas I bought myself the most recent illustrated version of Harry Potter from MinaLima*. I try to buy a copy of Sorcerer’s Stone every time they publish a new cover in the US, and this illustrated version is really cool. I like it a lot better than the Jim Kay versions.
*We can talk about the ethics of buying a Harry Potter book in the comments, if you want, but I’ll summarize my stance briefly saying that there’s a lot more people earning a living on those books/films than just J.K. Rowling.
Last Book I Said I Read but Didn’t
This … isn’t something I’ve ever done. *shrug*
Last Book I Wrote in the Margins Of
This is also something I don’t typically do. I’m sensing a theme of this post… I mostly only write in a textbook or a book that I’m studying, say for Church or for work. So the last time I did this was probably in August when my school did a book study of Fostering Resilient Learners. This book is all about making your classroom and school trauma-sensitive, something especially important this particular school year. I wish I had read it years ago.
Last Book That I Had Signed
I’ve only went out of my way to get a book signed once. (It was Angie Thomas, obvs.)* However, signed pre-orders seems to be kind of the trend right now, so I’ve got quite a few signed books on my shelf now! The most recent was A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik. This one was a surprise when it came in the mail, but since Naomi Novik is one of my all time favorite authors, I didn’t complain!
*Oooo, just remembered, it’s actually twice. I went to a Sean Astin book signing during my LOTR obsession days.
Last Book I Lost
Hmmmm… ??? I’m sure I’ve lost books, but if I lost it I obviously didn’t care enough to be upset about it?
The last book I remember losing is The Ellimist Chronicles in sixth grade. I remember this vividly for several reasons: 1) I never finished reading it, so rare for me 2) I spent a few hours looking ALL over the school that day 3) It was literally the only published Animorphs book I didn’t own for many years. Fortunately I found a copy at Half Price Books a few years ago, so my collection is now complete! Except they’re publishing graphic novels now, so I should probably buy those…
Last Book I Had to Replace
See above, lol. Actually, a few years ago I asked for a new copy of Jane Eyre for Christmas because mine has literally fallen apart and is being held together with packing tape. But the new copy is so pretty I can’t bring myself to destroy it, and I’m also surprisingly attached to the old one. So I still have both!
Last Book I Argued Over
Arguing about a book would require me to have friends that read books… so… another thing that doesn’t happen too often for me. Usually it’s on Goodreads, honestly. Memorably a few years ago I got into a fight with a Jane Austin-hating feminist about Sense and Sensibility, which she thinks has no value because it doesn’t pass the Bechdel test. (It does pass the Bechdel test…)
Last Book You Couldn’t Find
There was a time my first year blogging (2018, maybe?) that I wanted to read a particular new release, but it wasn’t a very popular book so I couldn’t find it at any libraries. I don’t remember what the book was, though.
I don’t know if any of you guys even do tags, but whatever. No pressure, I won’t be offended (or probably even notice…) if you don’t. 🙂
Have a great week everyone!
What was the last book YOU read? Let me know in the comments!