Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m bringing you my answers to the Bookish Scenarios Book Tag, which I really enjoyed filling out, as the questions made me stop and think. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s bad, but in this case it was just hard.
You have to get ride of all your books and you can only keep ONE from each of these genres: Contemporary, fantasy, nonfiction and one other of your choosing. What books do you keeps?
Okay well that’s slightly evil!
Contemporary: I’m going to pick The Appeal, which will surprise no one at all if you’ve been around these here parts for a little while. It’s been one of my favourite books of the year, and I’m absolutely in love with it. It’s one I’d reread with happiness somewhere down the line.
Fantasy: This is a tough call for me, but I’m going to pick A Court of Mist and Fury. It’s my favourite of the original ACOTAR books, and is one I could read time and again. It’s a wonderful fantasy adventure but at the same time is about recovery from trauma, and finding yourself after it. I’ll always love it for that.
Non-Fiction: I have a lot of books on Ancient Egypt, but if I absolutely had to pick, I have one that is now very out of date but is about the x-rays of famous mummies, and the process of mumification. I bought it from a charity shop in about 2005 when I was just a teenager, and I’ve kept it through relationships, pregnancies, house moves… and I’ll have it for a long time yet.
Choice: My clothbound copy of Les Miserables. This has been one of my favourite books for over half my life, and this beautiful copy of it will be a treasured item forever.
You’re at the book store and you can hear a teenager telling their mother they don’t like to read, but their mother insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it?
I think if I was recommending to a teenager, I’d do quite well, firstly as I read so much YA and secondly as I have one of them! If they were at the younger end of the teen age bracket, I’d suggest The Inheritance Games (and the sequel, The Hawthorne Legacy) because it’s such a brilliant book to get enveloped in, and the fact it already has a sequel out is a great way of encouraging them to keep reading if they enjoy it.
If they were older, I’d suggest either Good Girls Die First or Ace of Spades. Both involve self discovery in different ways, and both involve a deep mystery at their heart. There’s a lot to take away from both of them, and I think they’d be good books to persuade non-readers that there is something to be found in books.
You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a good mood?
I’ve read a lot of deep books this year, but also read some that have been really good fun. Carry On (Simon Snow #1) is one of those, and I would absolutely come back to it again in the future. The second and third books are a bit deeper, although still funny, and this is a series that manages to find the balance between the more serious and the very witty, which I really respect in them.
You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?
I read a lot of classics in my teens, as well as reading Harry Potter as they were released (I still have my original copies!), and a series called Wicca, or Sweep in America. My friends and I read them at the same time, taking it in turns to borrow them from the school library. I loved that series so much that I had copies of them until fairly recently when we had an essenital book sort out, and I hope they go on to make someone else very happy. I also read a lot of historical fiction, being in that weird in between area of teenager and adult fiction. I read a lot by Phillipa Gregory and Alison Weir.
Your friend surprises you with a four day trip and you have one hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?
Honestly? I’d pick up my Kindle! I have a of stuff I’d need medically for a four day trip, so to save on space my Kindle would be the most sensible option. And I have far too many unread books on there.
Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?
I’m collecting the clothbound classics, so that would be the first shelf I would check! Then for sentimental reasons, I have a couple of old, probably worthless, but beautiful books that I would check on. I have quite a lot of books spread over quite a lot of book shelves so I’d be more concerned about just wanting to make sure everything was still there, while secretly worrying that it might take me longer to notice things missing than I’d like to admit. I don’t have any particularly expensive or fancy books beyond my clothbound classics, but I’m a very emotional person, and a lot of my emotions are tied up in memories, which, in turn, are connected to certain books.
Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you A) Just pretend you haven’t noticed, B) Ask them to repurchase it, or C) Secretly do the same thing to something of theirs?
Firstly, I only lend books to people I explicitly trust to take care of them in the first place. If I lend you a book, I expect it back in the same condition I give it out in, the same as I’d return any book I borrowed in the same condition. So I guess I’d say B; I’d tell the friend that I was upset and that I’d like them to replace it with a similar copy at their earliest convience. Or words to that effect.
I really enjoyed this tag! I’m going to tag in:
- Ellie Mai