And here we are on the last day of BOOK TAG WEEK!!! Did you have a good time? I sure did since I wanted to post stuff and was able to do so despite being unprepared for the week. So I’ll consider this BOOK TAG WEEK!!! a success.
I’ve decided to wrap up BOOK TAG WEEK!!! with the Indie Bookstore Tag, which was created by Vintage Books over on YouTube. Sure, I should have waited for Independent Bookstore Day to do it, but… eh. (I think it has already passed in the U.S.) I’m not patient. (I’m an inpatient procrastinator, yes indeedie.)
What book(s) are currently in your bag?
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
I usually have one of my current reads in my bag so I can read on the go if I’m taking public transit or I can read while having to wait somewhere.
What’s the last great book you read?
Ocean Meets Sky by the Fan Brothers (illus.)
I’ve already mentioned many of the great books I read this year in the tags I did earlier this week, so instead I’ve chosen one of the great reads of last year. Ocean Meets Sky is a children’s picture book about a boy remembering his grandfather who has passed and the fantastical stories he’d tell. I read it at just the right time and had a wonderful experience with it. The illustrations are gorgeous.
What book have you gifted the most?
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I hardly ever give books as gifts. Most of the people I know aren’t readers like that and those who are, I tend to give gift cards so they can make their own decisions. However, I liked In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce so much that I bought a copy for my aunt and same with Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which I gave as a housewarming gift to a friend.
I highlighted Becoming here since I’ve already mentioned the other two books earlier this week. I bought Becoming for another aunt when it came out because she was interested in it. Back then, I had no intention to read it because I shy away from political bios and autobios, but I’m glad I gave this one a chance. It was a good read and motivating too.
What’s your favourite independent bookshop?
It’s an indie bookstore in Washington, D.C., that has a restaurant attached. I loved it more couple years ago when the bar area was separate from the restaurant. I tend to find some great children’s picture books there.
What’s been your favourite book recommended by a bookseller (or fellow booktuber)?
To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer
It’s an epistolary contemporary middle grade novel (on the older end of MG, almost YA) that’s similar to the movie The Parent Trap. It’s about two girls whose dads are dating. I think it’s while the girls are at summer camp that they devise a plan to split them up. It was a fast-paced, entertaining read that was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the characters and almost finished the story in one sitting. It was recommended to me through Book Riot’s All the Books podcast.
What’s your favourite bookshop memory?
Bookseller read to me
Couple years ago at a Barnes & Noble bookstore, a bookseller shared her favorite newly published children’s picture book with me by reading the entire thing to me. I thought that was sweet. I wanted to buy it, but had already bought several at the time. I’ve been searching for that book ever since, but I can’t remember the title or the author. It’s about a girl having a bad day, and I think a rain cloud was following her.
What do bookshops mean to you? What do you love about them?
I love to browse
I don’t know what they mean to me, but I do enjoy visiting them. I prefer to purchase my books in-person from the store because I love to browse and hopefully stumble upon something that might interest me. Although I don’t like to be interrupted when browsing, I do like it when I have a good conversation with a bookseller or another customer.
What are the books that made you? Which books have most affected or influenced you?
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
I’m starting to not like these questions because I don’t know how to answer them. Classic children’s fantasy books like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and The Neverending Story by Michael Ende were seminal in me becoming a fantasy reader. And I think the Bible too because I’d sometimes flip to the most fantastical parts to read.
What book do you recommend readers gift for Father’s Day?
Whatever book Pops wants
Good question. I’d say whatever it is your father likes. Mine loves those Louis L’Amour westerns, so I’ve bought him a couple of those. (A good question would be “Has he read any?” And I’d reply saying that I’m wondering the same thing.)
What book is currently at the top of your TBR pile?
Uzumaki by Junji Ito (illus.)
Because I friend recently highly recommended Ito’s work and I’m curious about the spirals.