I saw this fun tag over at Tales from Absurdia – definitely a great blog and one well worth checking out!
1. Find a Book For Each of Your Initials
E – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
L – Lava Red Feather Blue by Molly Ringle – Review
L – (The) Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner – Review
E – Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
2. Count Your Age Along Your Bookshelf
Wait…how old am I again? Well I am not answering that here, but what I can tell you is the top shelf of my bookcase is all graphic novels and counting along to [redacted] brings us to…
Glitter Vipers by Joe Glass – Review
This is a fun graphic novel and like all of Glass’ work I suggest checking it out!
3. Pick a Book Set In Your City/Country
This isn’t an easy one – it definitely feels like there’s not a whole lot of books set in Cardiff or Wales? Not that I’ve read anyway. One that does spring to mind though and it’s one I read many years ago, I think it pops into my head because it was one of the first I read, is –
Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
I really did love this book a lot when I was a kid
4. Pick a Book That Represents a Destination You’d Love to Travel To
If you saw my Top Ten Tuesday post from yesterday, there’s a whole list there of places I’d love to visit – though a few of them were fictional. But if I had to pinpoint one book for one location it’d be
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin – Review
Not only is this a fantastic book but it captures New York really well, and reminded me how much I’d like to go there
5. Pick a Book Cover With Your Favourite Colour on It
This is interesting – because I read so much on Kindle, I often don’t really know book cover colours until I look up the book to write my review. But one recent one that does stand out with lovely shades of my favourite colour red is
Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez – Review
It really is a striking, beautiful cover.
6. Which Book Do You Have the Fondest Memories Of?
Ah there are so many options for this! I always loved reading as a kid, and would grab any book I could. Anything that, of course, had fun characters and adventures I would devour. One that stands out (and that I can remember the title of!) is
The Jolly Postma or Other People’s Letters by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
I didn’t actually have a copy of this but my cousins did, and I would try to read it every time I went over. If you have little kids in your life this makes for an excellent present!
7. Which Book Did You Have the Most Difficulty Reading?
For this one, I am going with a book I remember as being the first I deliberately, consciously chose to DNF, before ‘DNF’ was a term, before book blogging was a thing, before, well, I was very young, probably a bit too young to read this book, to the point it was years before I even realised incest was a key plot point because I quite simply did not get far enough into it.
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
I was just so incredibly bored by it, I just about got to where the kids were in the attic. I think I was expecting something vastly different? But as well as that, the idea of something happening to my dad that would cause my mother to lock us up somewhere really got under my skin, despite having wonderfully lovely grandparents. So yeah. And I have never picked it up since!
8. Which Book on Your TBR Pile Will Give You The Most Achievement When You Finish It?
Oh this is a very easy one. It’s sat there for ages, and is actually the oldest book on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf.
Under the Dome by Stephen King
This is one of those books that catches my eye every time I’m near it, and I kind of just stare at it like…no, book, not yet. It’s huge! And I have so many ARCs! And so many excellent books to get to already! I do really want to read this but finding the time is…tricky.
And there we have it. What did you think of my answers? As usual if you want to give this a go please do, just make sure you let me know so I can check out your answers too.