Tag | My Life in Books


I was tagged do to the ‘My Life In Books’ tag by Ariana at The Quirky Book Nerd so thank you very much to her and her blog is lovely so do go take a look! Let’s get straight onto the tag…

Find a book for each of your initials.

mlib_1My initials are ELB so E is for Emma by Jane Austen – actually my name! L is for Landline by Rainbow Rowell – a book I recall enjoying but don’t actually remember much of aside from the fact its protagonist is a TV writer with a rocky marriage and finds a phone at her parents’ house that allows her to call her then-boyfriend-now-husband in the past? Because, who doesn’t find gaudy yellow landline phones that let them call the past? And finally B is for (The) Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – love it, love it, go read it!

Count your age along your bookshelf—which book is it?

mlib_2I’m 23 and roughly speaking the 23rd book on my shelf is Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot – this is so cutesy chick lit and it is gloriously fluffy and fun and I think I need to re-read it soon.

Pick a book set in your city/state/country.

mlib_3I had to loosely interpret this because no one writes books about Teesside, they really don’t. So I’m technically included in the county of North Yorkshire so I chose Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, most of which takes place at the fictional Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire.

Pick a book that represents a destination you would like to travel to.

mlib_4I’m going to have to go with A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, both of which take place (at least in part) in New York City. I’d love to visit one day, if only to do horrendously touristy things like go to the Strand to buy books and explore Central Park and see a Broadway show.

Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.

mlib_5Teal is my favourite colour so I’ll choose The Humans by Matt Haig whose front cover is a night sky which has a pleasing blue-y gradient which fades into a teal-y colour. Beautiful cover, I hope the book is fittingly beautiful too!

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

mlib_6This is a very cliché answer but probably the Harry Potter series, I grew up with the films and books and they were a firm part of my teenage years so I will be re-reading them for many years to come. I also already have plans to force them on my nephew when he’s a bit older since I think 3 is a bit young to start him on the series.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

mlib_7Nineteenth-century classics and long fantasy books seem to be my nemeses. So probably Adam Bede by George Eliot or The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The former I had to read for a university course but I hated every second of it because it was just so long and the pacing was so slow, even for a Victorian novel. I enjoyed talking about the social and political aspects that the text explored though so maybe I should give it another chance one of these days. The Name of the Wind is waiting on my shelves to be taken back to the library, unread. I got to page 200 before I realised I was not in the right mood for that much-loved book because I wasn’t enjoying it at all and yet it should be right up my street. I’ll try again in the new year maybe.

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest
sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

mlib_8Probably The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (it’s fantasy, do I need to say any more?) or A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Both are whoppers, so just in term of sheer number of words/pages, they’re challenging, and will result in a great big pat on the back to myself if I manage to get them read, hopefully before the end of the year. Is that overreaching too far?? 1367 pages say ‘yes, that is a bit of a stretch’! Still, we’ll see.

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3 responses to “Tag | My Life in Books”

  1. Thank you so much for doing the tag! I absolutely loved reading your answers :D The Secret Garden is an old favorite of mine. This really makes me want to go back and reread it; it’s been ages! The Final Empire is definitely a book that will give me a huge sense of accomplishment after I finish it as well. I also totally need to buy the box set of those editions, because those covers are beautiful!


    • Thank you for tagging me!

      I had to read The Secret Garden for a Popular Victorian Fiction class I took at university and it was such a fun class, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. :)

      I’ve since finished The Final Empire and am onto The Well of Ascension and it’s SO good, I would definitely recommend persevering with these books, even if they are very intimidating in their chunkiness. The covers are so beautiful, I agree. I’m reading library copies at the moment but I might have to treat myself to the boxset if I end up enjoying the 2nd/3rd book as much as I did the 1st.

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