Thank you Dee over at Under the Midnight Sky for tagging me!
Find a book for each of your initials.
A: American Gods — Neil Gaiman. This is one of my all-time favourite books, I’ve reread it a fair few times. It was the first Neil Gaiman book I ever read and it remains my favourite of his novels.
J: Jane Eyre — Charlotte Brontë. I had to read this at university for one of my first year modules (I don’t actually remember which one…) and I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would.
T: Throne of Glass — Sarah J. Maas. I started this series last year and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books especially. I still can’t really decide how I feel about the most recent book in the series, but its a good YA fantasy series nonetheless.
Count your age along your bookshelf — which book do you land on?
I don’t actually have bookshelves…my books are stacked in random places around my room. I know, I’m a poor excuse for a book blogger. So the 21st book from a randomly selected group of books is The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, the first book in the Mistborn Trilogy. I haven’t read this yet, but I’d really like to get around to it soon.
Pick a book set in your city/state/country.
I picked Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Where I live is classed as Brontë country, because it’s close to Haworth, and I’m certainly close to some bleak Yorkshire moors, so I’m going with it. I haven’t actually read this book either.
Pick a book that represents a destination you’d like to travel to.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a cute, feel-good teen romance. It takes place in a boarding school in Paris, and I really want to go to Paris.
Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.
My favourite colour changes all the time, but beneath the dust jacket Naomi Novik’s Uprooted is a beautiful mint green. This is one of my favourite books of the year so far, I absolutely loved it, so it’s nice that it’s so pretty too.
Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
I read Inkheart by Cornelia Funke over and over again when I was young. I still remember a lot of it quite vividly now. I know there are a fair few people out there who didn’t enjoy it so much, but I still really like it. Or I like what I can remember about it. Did you know the second book in the trilogy is called Inkspell? Yeah. In my defence, I’ve never claimed to be original.
Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
At first I struggled to think of something for this question, but then all my terrible memories of reading Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe came over me like a flood. This was another book I had to read for uni, and it’s probably the most miserably boring book I’ve ever read. I don’t even know if I finished it, that’s how successful I’ve been in repressing my memories of it.
Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finally read it?
There’s a reason people call this book The Brick — Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is well over 1000 pages long. I absolutely love Les Mis, I’ve seen the musical twice and the film countless times, so I’m desperate to read the novel. I did start reading it a year or so ago; I was alternating between reading the clothbound version at home, because I didn’t want to ruin it, and reading it on my Kindle when I was out and about. But then I got overwhelmed with uni work, decided I didn’t like the translation in the clothbound, and preferred the ease of revisiting passages that I couldn’t get when I was reading it on my Kindle. So I think I’m going to try the Rose translation next. I’m collecting copies of this book, apparently.
Thanks for reading!