I follow many book related people on You Tube. One of my favourite types of video to watch are the tags. In my perusal, I came across the ‘My Life in Books’ tag.
It looked fun so I thought I would answer the questions myself. If you fancy having a go too then I’d love to read your choices in the comments. Tags like these fascinate me as everyone will have various answers and rarely will two be the same. OK, so here we go.
Find a book on your shelf for each of your initials.
I wasn’t sure whether this meant titles of books or the author so as it is for fun, I have done both. My initials are LEP (Laura Elizabeth.) Looking at my shelf, I have Lisa Jewell (the L) with 31 Dream Street. I loved this book when I read it. It’s very romantic and whimsical and the cover is beautiful.
For the ‘E’ initial, I have Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. I adored this book when I first read it. The behaviour of the characters (Rachel, Dex and Darcy,) are bad and yet I had sympathy for all of them. If you’ve not read this book (and the sequel, something Blue,) then I totally recommend them.
For P, I have The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory. I have seen the movie but am yet to read the book. I love this era of history and I know that it may not be completely accurate but I still love it.
For the book titles with my initials, I have Landline by Rainbow Rowell (which I still need to read. So many books, so little time.)
E. A novel by Matt Beaumont. It’s written in the format of e-mails. If you’ve ever worked in an office, then this book will have you recognising many of the characters. I love it. It’s hilarious.
Finally, I have P.S, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. I love this book (the film was OK but the book had more charm.)
Count your age along your book shelf.
Which book is it? I had to count, cough, thirty-five steps. The book is Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. This was a book that I borrowed from my friend Michelle. I’ve not read it or returned it yet (sorry Michelle) but it’s been on my TBR list for a while. I’ve heard it’s similar to Event Horizon.
Book set in your city, state and county?
I am originally from Bournemouth and this was the question I am struggling most with as I couldn’t recall any books set in my county or town. Then I spotted A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke on my book shelf. A fantastic book that is partly set in Christchurch which is close enough to where I grew up. Another book I totally recommend.
Pick a book that represents a place I would like to travel to.
Easy, From Notting Hill to New York Actually. I have been to New York. I went for my honeymoon nearly ten years ago. Eeeek! I absolutely adore New York. Especially at Christmas. I have a bit of a thing about Christmas and that tree at Rockafeller Centre is something else.
Pick a book that is my favourite colour?
My favourite colour is Pink. Sitting on my shelf waiting to be read is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. This has a gorgeous bright pink cover. I love it.
Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
This was probably the easiest of the questions from this tag to ask. It’s The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. I brought this book whilst on holiday back in 2007. I brought it in the book shop in the Time Warner building. I can’t remember if it was a Borders or a Barnes and Noble. This book (and excellent film) will always remind me of my time in one of my favourite cities. I really do want to go back.
Which book did I have the most difficulty reading?
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Elinor McBride. The plot was interesting don’t get me wrong. I just couldn’t get on with the style of writing. I found it hard to stay engaged with it when there was little to no punctuation. I couldn’t get on with it as much as I’d hoped to.
Which book in my TBR pile will give me the biggest feeling of accomplishment when I’ve read it?
The Luminaries. Have you seen that book? It’s huge!
What books would be included in your life in book tag? Let me know below.
(I saw this tag over on the ShoutaMe You Tube channel.)
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