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I spotted this tag on AReaderOfLiterature and decided to do it. I’m such a self inviter.
1. Find a book for each of your initials.
I think I’ll stick to my first and last name here.V and R.
V for Vicious by V.E.Schwab. This was one of my first few attempts into YA and it made me realise that maybe, just maybe I don’t despise the genre as much as I thought I would. I can’t say I remember this fondly, it hasn’t affected me that much but I do remember this because it was a lovely an enjoyable read and made me discover an author I think I will love for years to come.
R for Real World by Natsuo Kirino. This was also a first for me, not my first Japanese author but my first Natsuo Kirini. I really did enjoy this book and the foolishness of the characters thoroughly in contract to their steadfast friendship. It got me interested in more female Japanese female authors because the one thing I have found unsatisfactory in the male authors is their portrayal of the female psyche. Out is another book I have my eye on.
2. Count your age along your bookshelf : What book is it?
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s tale. If you haven’t read a Margaret Atwood so far you have to start with this. It is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read and it got me started on a path to discover all of her books. It’s deep and depressing and strangely hopeful yet numbing at the same time. Do pick it up if you haven’t already.
3. Pick a book set in your state/city/country.
Well I’ve lived in so many places that i think I will stick to the Country bit.
This is a childhood favourite and i thought I would share this instead of an all grown up book.
R.K. Narayan is a very important writer to India and if you are younger or if you have kids in the house Swami and Friends is the place to start.
4. Pick a book that represents a destination you want to travel to.
I assume this has to be a real place and not Hogwarts? Sigh. So be it.
Recommended to me by a booktuber I fell in love with the story and ordered it right away. Set in Iceland, Burial Rites is a heart wrenchingly sad and touching story about a poor worker girl, Agnes, who sufferes through the trials that life throws are her constantly and ends in……. no spoilers. If you liked Alias grace then this is a really good book. not a light read by any means but it did affect me quite a bit.
5. Pick a book that is your favourite colour.
Red. If you haven’t read Casual Vacancy because it isn’t about harry potter then you’re losing out on a great reading experience. It is a brilliant, albeit a little slow, book on the reactions of the people surrounding a “tragic” event in a small town. Beautifully examined and shown. Pick it up if you haven’t already.
6. Which book do you have the fondest memory of?
This was when I decided that I wanted to move to the mountains, get myself some sheep and cows and cook cheese on an open fire and eat it with bread everyday. Heidi is a book that was only made better by the anime and it will forever be one of my childhood favourites.
7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
Ugh. Beowulf. I hated it. I still hate it. Enough said. But I might pick up the graphic novel version. I do hope that is better.
8. Which book in your tbr pile would give you the biggest sense of achievement?
Middlemarch. Something about this just puts me to sleep. I don’t know what it is. I’ve heard people say that it isn’t that bad but I just cannot manage to read it. One day though. I shall.
I tag you. Do this tag if you want to. It seems like fun, and I’ve discovered a couple of books that I want to read from others. Maybe you’ll introduce your favourite books to a few people too!
P.S. PLEASE EXCUSE ANY SPELLING MISTAKES, MY GLASSES NEED TO BE FIXED AND I’M STUCK WAITING FOR A GOOD DOCTOR RECOMMENDATION BECAUSE MINE IS ABROAD.
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