Up until recently I was wary of doing tags because I was under the impression someone was supposed to tag you in order for you to be eligible. But I was going through Brin’s blog and I saw that it doesn’t really matter so, here is my attempt.
“List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Do not take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Paste these instructions and tag 10 friends, including me, so I can see your list.”
I. A Book that made me think
I think it’s because of how well he described Werner’s dilemma of whether to get involved in a fight that doesn’t concern him, just because it goes against his morals. I think it’s something we all go through, we see something that is wrong but we look away and convince ourselves it’s not our problem.
It’s easy to point out that if something is wrong and you can do something about it, then you absolutely should. But, when the situation arises and it has nothing to do with me, will I?
You can read my review, if you need more convincing.
II. A Book that surprised me
I just wanted to read it because everyone else was reading it. As a rule, I tend to despise overly passionate romance novels, because let’s face it, that’s exactly what this book is. (The magical elements are dormant, skirting in the shadows, flashing a bit of skin then and now.) I never expected to love it as much as I do now.
Khalid is bae, Jalal and Despina need to adopt me and when she’s not being a bit of a dim bulb, Shazi is a fantastic POC heroine.
III. A Book that made me happy
The story is just perfect. If I ever need a pick-me-up, this is my go to book.
There’s aviation, small, tightly-knit families in a small tightly knit island and a boy that has to suffer through hell but comes out on top – literally – after it all. I feel all kinds of fuzzy feels rooting for Conor Broekhart.
IV. A Book that made me sad
Is this what domestic abuse really is like? It was displayed poignantly and without pretence and it was like a punch to the gut.
Nora and Kettle are both true-to-life examples of the fates so many children are continuing to suffer through, something that hasn’t changed since before, during and after 1953.
This is one of those good sad books that you must read.
V. A Book that made me feel nostalgic
After my recent gazillionth re-read. I miss school, I just really do.
VI. A Book I have a love/hate relationship with
I maintain again and again that this was an unnecessary part of the Inheritance Cycle which should have ended in a trilogy as previously planned. So I hate Brisingr to my very bones, but at the same time, have to include it in my re-reads because it’s part of a fantasy series that I love a lot.
VII. A Book that I’ve read the most
My first crush and hero, his dog, his Captain, his nutty professor and his useless detective twinsies.
My Daddy bought me Destination Moon when I was under house arrest after contracting measles when I was 5. He read it to me, voices and all and that was the start of a long and torturous love affair with books.
VIII. A Book Movie that made me want to travel
Anything Ghibli – Hayao Miyazaki
I’m cheating because I don’t really have any books that are not exactly fantasy so unless I want to travel to Middle Earth and Alagaesia and Red London, I’m at a loss.
I’m a Ghibli fanatic and have a debilitating desire to travel to Japan.
IX. A Book that gave me all the feels
I love how Clare explores the tumult the arrival of the American girl turns the lives of parabatai Jem and Will upside down. The fantastical elements were almost background for me in this series and I am shocked because I, who prefers knives cutting to lips kissing was all over this fragility of human relationships and also the beauty of it.
All the feels!
X. A Book I wish I hadn’t read
Because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t connect to anyone in this book but Helene Aquila. And because everyone on my Bookstagram loved it to pieces and are eagerly waiting for the sequel, I feel like the only one in the crowd that didn’t get the joke and laughs haltingly to save face. Haha…hahahaha… hahahahahaha!
I hope I’ve done this right?
If you have books that fit these titles, or absolutely agree or strongly disagree with my choices, let’s chat. *offers you cuppa, pushes you into a chair*
I’m tagging my new blog friends and compatriots for this challenge;
- Ruzaika @ The Regal Critiques
- Gabrielle @ So We Read This Book
- Zena @ Cinderzenablogs
- Nuzaifa @ Word Contessa
- Ranu @ The Araliya Bookshelf
- Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales