My first tag! I was tagged by Lauren @ Comma Hangover (thank you Lauren!) to talk about how I choose my books. Go check out Lauren’s answers too, she shared a lot of great books she’s read (and some not so great)!
I wrote my answers while I still had access to my bookshelves, because right now I’m living in residence at university so no books! The way I choose books now has changed a little (basically I only read something if it’s on the syllabus 😛 )
Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald: I found this one at a library book sale and after reading the jacket and the first couple pages I was sold! I can tell this one’s going to be a funny read and I’m looking forward to it. It’s actually a Middle Grade book, which I haven’t read since middle school, but I’ve come across a couple really interesting stories in this genre now so I need to start giving it a chance again.
Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did. Why did you read it in the first place?
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom: I’m Christian but I don’t tend to read much Christian fiction. Sometimes I just feel it comes off as too preachy or closed-off so it’s a genre I tend to avoid. This book though was a pleasant surprise. An old man dies and gets to relive his life in a way as he meets five people who had a significant influence in his life. Though there are obvious religious themes, I think those of you who don’t like Christian fiction can still find an enjoyable read here, because it provides a great look at the role people play in our lives, as well as how your actions could impact others. A very conscientious read!
Stand in front of your bookshelves with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?
A Clue for the Puzzle Lady by Parnell Hall: Five plus years ago (and I still haven’t read it ), my mom and I went for a day trip to Gimli, a little lake town about an hour outside of my hometown, and on the way back we stopped in an even smaller town with a bookstore. I was reading almost solely mysteries at that time and found this one which sounded super cool – an old woman is the amateur detective in this series; she also creates the weekly crossword puzzle for newspapers, thus is known as the “Puzzle Lady”. However, you can try and beat her to the punch because a crossword puzzle is included in the book, and if you’re able to figure out the clues provided in the story you’ll be able to identify the killer!
Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?
The Flower of the Flock by Lilian Ralph-Belanger: I received this one as a gift from family. The author actually lives in the same province as them and they were able to attend a book signing so I have a personalized copy. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I’d hoped to. It’s an autobiography and there are a lot of times that the author comes off as a little arrogant, like the book is set up as a “humble brag”. Still some interesting history there, of both her family and of Canada.
Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith: I’ve heard about this series from a bunch of different sources – book blogs, Goodreads, the newspaper book column – and they all seem equally excited about it. I just received the first book in the series from a giveaway by Jessica @ Hunt for Paperbacks a couple months ago, and obviously because I’m a terrible person who doesn’t read their own books I haven’t read it yet. I’m excited to get started though and I’m sure it will live up the hype!
Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?
Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson: I found (and won) this one through a LibraryThing giveaway. I don’t remember how much information about the book was provided but I do know I haven’t regretted requesting it! This series introduced me to the new-to-me genre of steampunk, something I probably wouldn’t have checked out if I hadn’t read this book first. It’s one of my favourite series though I still have a few more books to read before I’m finished the series.
Fun fact: this series is to thank for me creating this blog! After I read and reviewed the first book on Goodreads, I was approached to review the second one for a blog tour. Since I didn’t have a blog, my review was a guest post on someone else’s blog but it started me thinking – what if I had my own blog? And here we are today 🙂
What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: This one could fit the question below but I’m going to use it here. I’m still pretty bitter about it but let me get into that (just prepare yourselves). I first learned about this book when the movie trailer came out. It looked so good so I was really excited to see it (spoiler: the movie did not live up to its cast or trailer – still angry about it). Right around that time, my mom had gone on a trip and ended up buying Lovely Bones from the airport bookstore. She read it on the flight home and then I borrowed it from her so I could read it before seeing the movie. I loved it so much! It’s one of my favourite books and made me even more excited to see the movie, which is likely in part why I was so disappointed when it wasn’t done well. In my opinion, it really came down to poor direction – the movie seemed to follow more of a whodunit mystery theme than an exploration of love and loss and family – what the book was really about. I think there were even scenes in the trailer that didn’t make it into the final version of the movie; unfortunately those scenes were closer to the original feeling of the book. I want to make one final note though – I don’t hold anything against the cast! Saoirse Ronan is one of my favourite actors and I thought it was cast really well; it was everyone else involved in the production team that let me down.
Been holding that grudge for a while and not giving it up anytime soon, but let’s get back to books!
Think of your all-time favourite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?
The Dark Garden by Margaret Buffie: So I already mentioned Lovely Bones above but one of my other favourites (these 2 are the first that come to mind) is The Dark Garden. I actually recently talked about how I found this one in a guest post (check out my About page). My elementary teacher recommended this one because I couldn’t find a book to check out from the library. This is a ghost story, and she’s written a couple of them, but she’s also got an otherworldly fantasy series as well which I also really liked. One of my fave authors as well as my fave book!
Thank you again to Lauren @ Comma Hangover for the tag. I’ve tagged some bloggers below but feel free to join in even if I haven’t tagged you (and sorry for those I’ve tagged if you’ve already done it)! Just leave me a link to your post in the comments!
Jackie @ Bookworm Cafe
Nandini @ Pages That Rustle
Marissa @ Growing Up Booknerd
Jennee @ Belle of Booktopia
Elise @ Roaming Reader