It feels like it’s been a while. It’s definitely been a while since I talked about books. The week has been very slow in terms of reading, so I thought I’d post this tag which frankly is long overdue. Thanks to my new pal Naz for thinking of me for this tag, and I’m sorry it took me so long to get to it! Also thank you, The Library of Sarah, for creating this tag 🙂
I’d pulled out the books I wanted to use for this post when I was reorganizing my bookshelf (again) about 2 weeks ago, but just hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures and writing the post. I’m not going to lie, I definitely did not think about how time-consuming blogging can be when I started. It’s a lot of fun, but definitely requires a certain amount of response effort and time allocation. I’ll eventually figure out how to fit it into my schedule and make regular posts, hopefully.
Maybe if I didn’t ramble on so much on every post this wouldn’t take so long now would it?
Back to the tag. The rules are pretty straightforward: Find a book that matches the categories provided. Let’s dive right in shall we?
Find a book with the letter “Z” in its title or the author’s name: This one was fairly easy to pull out. I read this book two years ago per my boss’s recommendation. I’m an agnostic/atheist/not sure how to describe my relationship with spirituality or religion, but I find the history of how mythology and cultural beliefs and practices are shaped over the course of time fascinating. Religious/spiritual discourses and scholarly works are in my wheelhouse for sure. An eloquent and insightful read.
Find a Classic: Another easy one, because teenage J was a big fan of the classics. The first time I read Little Women was an abridged version back in the fourth grade for a book report, and then the unabridged version in high school. Each and every one of the March sisters has a life-lesson to impart to the reader.Jo was definitely my favorite, my angsty-teenage self loved her. Now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I’d like to revisit this book and see how I feel about them.
Find the oldest book in your shelves: This one is definitely one of my best used bookstore finds. The first edition was published in 1859. I’ll admit to actually never having the read the whole thing, and only having used it as a reference for biology assignments in high school. One day, maybe.
Find a book with a key on its cover: I agree with Naz, this one was the hardest category, and I absolutely failed. I couldn’t find a book with a key, so I cheated and used the same pick. I’ve loaned my copy to a friend so I had to make do with this generic cover picture. Oyeyemi has done a stellar job with this collection of short stories, and I highly recommend you pick this up. One of my favorites from 2016 so far.
Find something on your bookshelves that isn’t a book: Okay, it was hard to pick one thing, so I picked my Doctor Who mini-shrine. Ten is my favorite, Eleven gave me all the feels, and Nine and Twelve give my life with their snark. Favorite companion? Hmm. Hard to pick one. I prefer the combinations. Ten and Donna were awesome together, Eleven and Amy had the sweetest friendship, and Clara was her best with Twelve. River Song is the most badass of them all. I’m glad Moffat is going to be done, annoyed I have to wait until next year for season 10, excited for the new companion, and strongly support a non-cis dude for the Thirteenth regeneration.
Find a book with an animal on the cover: I actually found a couple of books that fit this category, and Terry Prachett was the winner. If you haven’t read any of the Discworld novels, go to your library and pick one now. Any one. My favorite one is Mort, and this one comes a close second. What happens when somebody decides to stop time? Read and find out.
Find a book with a girl on the cover: Another fairly easy task, I had several options but decided to pick one that I had just finished reading. This is a stunning sequel to The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (pictured below). It’s hard to put either of these books down once you start.
Find a Non-YA Book: I read a lot of adult fiction/non-fiction, so the only thing hard about this book was to pick just one of the several that fit this category. I decided to go with this graphic novel to keep it simple. This collection highlights the stories and illustrations of fourteen Indian women that tell us their real-life stories of discrimination and harassment, activism and debate. A must-read for everyone.
Find a book with stars on its cover: I actually haven’t finished reading this book yet, only because it is not a book that is meant to skimmed through. This book requires your attention, compassion, and evokes some very serious emotions. A quintessential coverage of the intersectionality of race, sex, and relationships.
Find a book with golden letters: I totally forgot about this category until I sat down to write this post, and I got too lazy to go and dig another book out of my shelves, so chose this one which is just the teeniest bit of a cop-out. How gorgeous is that cover though? I was completely blown away by this re-telling of A Thousand And One Nights, and read it in one sitting. Reneé Ahdieh is a fantastic storyteller, and I can’t wait to read more of her work.
Ooh, that was quite fun. i’m glad I remembered to pick out most of the books as I was rearranging my shelves, because this is quite the assignment. It was a joy to browse my shelves though, as small as they are. I’m going to nominate a few people to keep this tag going, and because I’d love to see what you guys pick:
Andi @ Estella’s Revenge
Shaina @ Shaina Reads
Dilane @ Me And New Media
Karena @ The Unread
Deepika @ Worn Corners
Lupita @ Lupita Reads
Jennifer @ Reading The End
Memory Scarlett @ In The Forest Of Stories
Until next time,