I enjoy doing book tags and have a bunch stored away to do on rainy days, so since today is a rainy day somewhere, I decided to designate it as a book tag day. From now on, Thursdays will be Book Tag Thursdays on here so I can get through all the tags I have stored up.
No. 1: The First Book You Ever Read (or was read to you)
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
I can’t remember the first book I’ve ever read, but The Neverending Story is a childhood favorite and one of the first fantasy books I read. I loved the story as a kid and would like to reread it since I’ve forgotten much about it.
No 2: The First Book You Ever Bought With Your Own Money
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I can’t remember the first book I ever bought, but when I decided to start collecting books in college, I started by purchasing childhood favorites such as all the Narnia books I could find. In addition to The Neverending Story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is another early favorite that got me hooked on fantasy.
No 3: A Book You Stayed Up All Night Reading
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I think I stayed up all night on a Christmas Eve or Boxing Day reading this. I was so hooked, although I was also frustrated by the protagonist. It’s a thriller set in Lagos, Nigeria, about a young woman who suspects her sister of being a serial killer. It was a quick read for me, and I managed to complete it in one sitting. I’d love to try something else by the author.
No 4: What Book or Series Will You Never Forget?
Harry Potter series
Because I’ve read it too many times.
No 5: A Book You Frequently Think About
Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb
Other than the Harry Potter books, I often think about Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series, which begins with Assassin’s Apprentice, the first book in the Farseer trilogy, which focuses on the bastard son of a prince. I really enjoyed reading these books and many of them are favorites.
No 6: A Scene That Has Haunted You for Years After Reading It
The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey
Probably the end of The Curse of Crow Hollow, which was surprising and a bit scary to me because I didn’t expect the figure that popped up. I read an ARC of this years ago and really liked it. The story is set in a small town in Virginia, where the townspeople are led to believe that the witch Alvaretta has cursed them. I remember enjoying the story because it could be argued that the curse isn’t real, and it’s kind of up to the reader to decide.
No 7: An Unforgettable Character
The Fool from the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb
There’s no way I’ll ever forget the Fool. He’s odd and quirky in the Farseer books, but I loved his character then and loved him even more as he takes on different personas in the other books. I think Lord Golden is my favorite of his personas.
No 8: A Book That Changed Your Opinion About Something
Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by Pema Chödrön
It helped change the way I consider failure and how I react to it. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it if you too struggle with failure or are super hard on yourself when things don’t work out.
No 9: Share a Random Bookish Memory
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (illus.)
Well, my memory is that I’ve forgotten to return this to the library and have had it out since 2017. I’ll return it eventually. The librarian forgot to check it out to me and I didn’t realize until I got home.