We’re properly into August now and I am still in the process of working my through the book vs movie posts for Harry Potter, so I thought I would fill today with a simple tag! I have a whole list of tags to choose from, so I just closed my eyes and picked one and came up with the ‘My Life In Books Tag’! I’m pretty excited about this one because some of it is personal that I have to think about an answer for, but there are also plenty of questions that are the count along your bookshelf kind of questions, which I love because it makes it totally random! I’m also going to try my best to mention some books I don’t mention as much in order to mix it up a bit!
I invite you all to do this tag too and feel free to leave your answers in the comments below or come and comment on my most recent Bookstagram photo! @theoriginalbookdragon
Pick a book for each of your initials…
S – Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey
L – Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
D – Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
I really struggled with ‘D’ here because apparently people just don’t write books that start with ‘D’. Dreamless is the only book I own that starts with a ‘D’ that I could see… the more you know 🤷♀️. I actually originally chose ‘Starcrossed’ by Josephine Angelini for ‘S’, but changed it when I realised that Dreamless was the only book that could fit the last one because I didn’t think having 2 books from the same series was very fair. Instead I chose ‘Savage Dawn’ by Melissa Grey, which is the last book in ‘The Girl At Midnight’ Trilogy, which I love very dearly and have followed since the first book was published back when I had just started Secondary School! For ‘L’ I went with Leah on the Offbeat because I didn’t have loads of choice for ‘L’ either and this is my favourite out of the ones I had to pick from.
Count your age along your bookshelf, what is it?
Scythe by Neil Shusterman
For this I chose to count to 16 (my age) along all of my bookshelves to see which shelf I would be picking from and then I counted 16 across, which ended up being ‘Scythe’ by Neil Shusterman. I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve heard amazing things about it, so I can’t wait to finally pick it up!
Pick a book set in your city/country
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I actually really struggled with this one because I live in England and very few books (at least out of the ones I own) are set here. My immediete thought was of course, Harry Potter, but that is so obvious and i really wanted to talk about some different books. Now you might be looking at my choice of ‘Clockwork Angel’ and be thinking: you literally talk about this book all the time, what are you on about Sam… and you would be right, but in my defence, I literally have no other books on my shelf that are set in England other than Harry Potter and Clockwork Angel, so here we are talking about Cassandra Clare again (who is my all-time fav if you didn’t know!)
Pick a book that represents a place you’d like to travel to
How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne
This is a bit of a weird one, but I chose ‘How Hard Can Love Be?’ because in the book the main character and said love interest visit one of the national parks in America. I can’t remember which one at the moment, but I know that I desperately want to go to all of them because they look phenomenal and I think I would have a real field day with my camera there!
Pick a book that’s your favourite colour
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
This one was difficult because, generally speaking, I don’t like any colour. I would consider my favourite colour to be grey, but that isn’t a colour, so if I really had to choose I would say a muted pastel blue and/or pink would be my favourite and ‘Heartstopper’ by Alice Oseman (Vol 1 and 2) are comprised of pretty much only those 2 colours.
Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
The Allegra Biscotti Collection
I could have gone for Harry Potter hear as well, but that’s too obvious. I then thought of the Mallory Towers series by Enid Blyton, which I have talked about a few times now, but then I spotted ‘The Allegra Biscotti Collection’ on my shelf and knew it had to that! If you didn’t know, I used the desperately want to be a fashion designer. I adored sewing (and even had my own sewing machine), the fashion designer barbie movie and those fashion drawing books where you had models and had to draw the clothes on using stencils. The Allegra Biscotti series is all about a young girl who is also passionate about sewing who gets discovered, but lies about who made the dresses saying someone called ‘Allegra Biscotti’ did, when it was really her. It is a really amazing series and the main character was all I ever aspired to be!
Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
Monsters by Ilsa.J.Bick
I rarely end up DNFing books or even just not liking them because I know myself very well, so I rarely buy anything I don’t like, but this was one of the few unfortunte times that I did find something I didn’t like. ‘Monster’ is the third book in the trilogy and I honestly don’t know why I read all the way to book 3, but I did until I got so bored that I just put it down and never picked it back up. I really didn’t care about the characters at all, there were some pretty major plot wholes and all in all I just don’t like zombie things and this was a zombie book despite what the blurb says.
Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
Throne of Glass Series by Sarah.J.Maas
I know this series is very controversial and I am aware of that, but I think I will enjoy the story never the less. I know some people don’t like them because of the lack of diversity and there are apparently some quite abusive relationships (I haven’t ever read a Sarah.J.Maas book, so I can’t confirm this) and some just think the books are boring. I personally think I will enjoy the books because they sound right up my alley in terms of the kind of fantasy I like and I am willing to give them a go even if they are a bit problematic because I read for enjoyment and I think I will still get that out of them. I am also a white, blonde haired, blue-eyed girl, so the lack of diversity is unlikely to affect me, but I absolutely understand why other people find this a problem and I agree, it just doesn’t bother me personally.
And that’s it! I really enjoyed doing this tag because I thought the questions were really good and quite different from ‘normal’ tag questions, so I really had to think about some of my answers. The initials question was hard though because apparently I have really rare initials when it comes to book titles. Who would have known? Make sure you tell me your answers down below and I’ll see you all soon!
Goodbye for now!
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