My Life in Books Tag

I came across this tag a few days ago, and it seemed enjoyable and something to add more variety to my blog. I don’t know who began it unfortunately 😦 But whoever did, thanks!

Q1. Choose a book for each of your initials

E – The Wych Elm by Tana French

M – All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

That might be cheating but it was much harder than I thoughtttt aH

Q2. Count your age along your bookshelf. What book is it?

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

This was a difficult one for me to read. It is very strong science fiction (from my perspective at least, which I can’t say is very reliable in terms of sci-fi) and I found myself becoming lost throughout, and it therefore took me several weeks to finish it. That being said, it is also one of the only books that I have annotated, simply due to the incredible amount of beautiful phrases scattered throughout. Solomon clearly knows what they’re doing here, and their writing is articulate and can be enchanting to read. I just want to sit and admire the art that is Rivers Solomon’s writing. I can safely say I am very happy to have this book associated with my age.

Q3. Pick a Book that Represents a Destination you would like to travel to.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

While this book is set in El Paso, Mexico, to me it resembles a solemn and quiet place. It feels peaceful and luxuriously calm (the setting does at least, maybe not the overall storyline of the novel) and more than anything, it feels stable. While everything seems to be falling apart in the story, the setting seems to always be a reassurance to the characters, and an undisturbed place for them to to mull over their emotions. That sounded pretty philosophical when I could have just given a simple answer but the point is I think it sounds pretty nice to have a place like that to go.

Q4. Pick a Book that’s your favourite colour

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R Carey

I’m not sure the bright yellowness of this book is quite portrayed in the picture, but in reality it is the colour of a sweet sweet sunflower.

Ah the beauty.

Q5. What book do you have the fondest memories of?

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

I’m not sure why I have such fond memories of this book, I just remember it having a huge impact on me at the time, when I was fairly young, probably about 8 or 9. Elements of it haunted my younger self for a long time, which is probably why it stuck so vividly in my mind, though thinking about it I’m not so sure where the pleasantness of the memories comes in… Regardless, this is definitely a book which shaped who I am as a reader and as a person today.

Q6. What is a Book you had difficulty reading?

Beloved by Toni Morrison

This book absolutely tHRASHED me. It took me weeks upon weeks to make my way through Morrisons thick and vivid writing. It was difficult to find enjoyment in the story while I was reading it, simply because I found the way of writing so challenging, but after finishing it I did find myself appreciating the beautiful way Toni Morrison writes. It is a vintage novel, so naturally that would contribute to my more difficult reading experience, but overall I just found it a headache book to read.

Q7. Which book on your TBR pile will give you the most accomplishment when you finish it?

The book I have chosen I actually do not own yet 😦 However once I have gotten through another chunk of my current -owned- TBR books, it is first on my list. The book in question is… *insert drumroll here*

IT by Stephen King! Or any book by Stephen King for that matter. If I read IT it would be the longest book I’ve ever read, and that is quite daunting. Reading a book that is so long and so famous would make me feel very accomplished indeed (even if I do have crippling nightmares for the next seventeen months).

And that is it! 🙂 Peace out homiez


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