March Book Madness! Day 24, My Life in Books Tag

Young Woman Reading by Richard Boyer

An original Book tag by Elaine Howlin, I found this tag on library looter‘s blog. Since I have limited time on my hands currently, I’ve been doing more book tags. This particular tag is quick, easy, and fun! I always put links for the authors and books so feel free to click on the provided links if any seem interesting.

Let’s get started.

Find a book for each of your initials

A- As You Are by Sarah M. Eden

E- Even This: Getting to the Place Where You Can Trust God with Anything by Emily Belle Freeman

M- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Count your age along your bookshelf: What book do you land on?

Pseudonymous Bosch‘s The Name of This Book Is Secret (2007)

SInce all my books are packed away, I went through a library catalog of my books on my phone! Since I am 30 years old, I stopped on this little trinket. It’s a fun book which I think fans of Trenton Lee Stewart‘s The Mysterious Benedict Society, or Lemony Snicket‘s A Series of Unfortunate Events would enjoy.

A book set in your city/country?

Rick Riordan‘s The Titan’s Curse (2007)

Funny story! Percy and his friends go to Cloudcroft, New Mexico. People probably would recognize it as the sad village in the mountains. Percy buys a plastic rat from someone because he feels sorry for them. So I lived there at the time I read this book! I still think its hilarious.

A book that represents a destination that you’d love to travel to?

Jennifer Deibel‘s A Dance in Donegal (2021)

I would love to travel to Ireland like Moira Doherty in this book! I have an extensive Irish ancestry. It is on my bucket list of places I want to see in my lifetime.

A book that’s your favourite colour?

Catherynne M. Valente‘s In the Cities of Coin and Spice (2007)

I love, love, love, love orange! This is one of the first books to pop in my mind with this color.

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Kate DiCamillo‘s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006)

I’ve read this book multiple times throughout my life, and each reading is special to me. No matter how many times I experience this story it remains memorable and heartwarming.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s Crime and Punishment (1866) (In Russian)

I’ve picked my way through several Russian novels but Crime and Punishment is by far the hardest I’ve attempted. I have yet to finish this book completely.

Which book on your TBR will give you the most satisfaction to finish?

Geoffrey Chaucer‘s The Canterbury Tales (1400)

Ever since my European tour in 2013, I’ve wanted to read this book. I finished it once upon a time as a teenager and hated it. However, I learned the history behind this classic collection and realized I had read it with the wrong mindset. I would love to dive back into this novel to understand the archetypes Chaucer tried to depict.

Thank you for reading! Spread this tag around! See you tomorrow.

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March Book Madness! Day 20, The Spring Cleaning Book Tag

May Queen J.C.Leyendecker via Spring Cleaning

Since I am super busy with other personal projects and moving, here is another fun book tag I found via KRISTIN @ KRISTIN KRAVES BOOKS. Let us begin the cleaning!

The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.

Charles DickensDavid Copperfield (1850)

Last December, I started listening to David Copperfield‘s audiobook on Kindle. Though I found the story really interesting, I realized anew I can’t listen to Charles Dickens novels. He adds so much detail and redirects his story so much I get lost in it. I prefer to read the book the old fashioned way.

Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.

All of Cassandra Clare‘s Series

No words can describe the torment and confusing tug of war I went through when reading Clare The Mortal Instruments series. I loved certain parts of her writing and story and hated other parts of it. I kept going through her books wondering if this dissatisfied feeling would go away but . . . it didn’t. I am not her biggest fan but I like seeing her book covers in the the store.

Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing.

Sarah M. Eden‘s As You Are (2008)

So many male figures in books are domineering and aggressive. The main character Corbin was shy and struggled to express himself, the exact opposite of many abusive male leads I’ve come across. It’s always refreshing finding stories whose characters don’t have disturbing or questionable behaviors.

Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in.

Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary.

I would still have this book today if not for the off-putting sex scene and rape vision Marillier wrote into the story. the writing and premise is gorgeous and I like the romance up to that point. Taking the sex scene out in particular would not detract from the story or character development whatsoever.

Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish.

Markus Zusak‘s The Book Thief (2005)

Though the book ends sadly, this conclusion was one of the most satisfying I’ve ever read.

Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

Diane Setterfield‘s Bellman and Black (2013)

If the theme song for The Lego Movie (2014) is “Everything is Awesome” than the theme for Bellman and Black is “Everything is Hopeless.” The main character’s life is devoid of any semblance of love and hope because of an obscure choice he made as a child. Lesson he learns. . . there is no redemption for anyone who kills a rook.

The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through.

Brian JacquesRedwall Series

In high school, I remember checking out all the books for this series. It took me almost a year to read all of them but at the end, I was so happy I did. It’s since remained one of my favorite series.

Thank you for reading! See you tomorrow.

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