As you know, I love doing book tags. They’re always tons of fun to do – and to read – and it’s a nice change from book reviews and book haul posts. Since I haven’t done any book tag posts in a while and I know you guys enjoyed my previous attempts as well, I decided to bring this feature back to the blog.
The tag I’m going to do today is the opposite book tag, which – I believe – was originally created by minhaestante on YouTube. As always, I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but if you’re reading this and you feel like joining the fun, do it! 🙂 I’d love to see your answers, so make sure to let me know if you did it and I’ll stop by your blog.
Right. *rolls up sleeves* Let’s get started.
Honestly? I have no idea what my first book was. Reading has always been a massive part of my life, and I’ve been surrounded by books ever since I was little. I got my first books from parents and relatives and since I was just a kid at the time, I have absolutely no clue what these books were. I remember reading Winnie the Pooh many, many times, but I know it wasn’t the first book in my collection.
The last book I bought is The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie. Christie is one of my favourite authors and I’ve read more than 30 of her books so far. I lost count of how many I actually own – I moved house two years ago and most of them are still at my parents’ – but it must be over 40 now. I saw this one in a local charity shop for 50p (!) last week, so I couldn’t resist!
This one is a lot easier. Since there’s a charity shop just around the corner and all their books are 80p (except for the weeks when there’s a buy one get one free offer), I always end up buying something when I’m in there. They always have a great selection of crime novels, so it’s practically impossible to leave empty-handed. I guess one of the cheapest ones I got from there was The Lie by C.L. Taylor – for only £0.40!
To be frank, I almost never buy hardbacks because I’m always out and they would be way too heavy to carry with me. However, I do have a few and most of them were a lot more expensive than my paperbacks. The most expensive one is probably Saved by Cake by Marian Keyes, one of my favourite recipe and non-fiction books for many reasons, which I’m not going to bore you with now.
One of my all-time favourite books with a male protagonist is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I’ve never really enjoyed books I was made to read (for class, for exams, etc.) but this one was definitely a pleasant surprise. I loved Holden and even though it’s been a few years since I’ve read the book, I still remember the characters and the whole atmosphere of the novel vividly! As for female protagonists… I could name any of my books, really. There are so many! But I’ll say Divergent because I flippin’ loved that book.
I’m quite a slow reader so if I manage to finish a book really fast, you’ll know that it’s guaranteed to blow your mind. Some of the books I finished really fast (and the ones I was reading pretty much non-stop until I turned the last page) are And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks, Divergent by Veronica Roth and basically all of the Harry Potter books.
One of the books that took me quite a long time to finish was The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I loved the idea but I know it took me a long time to get used to the writing and it was way too slow-paced for me. I don’t usually prefer film adaptations to books but in this case, I think the film was much better.
Oh, there are so many! I recently saw the new paperback cover of The A to Z of You and Me and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I have the proof which looks completely different but… it still counts, right? I also love the cover of A Life Apart by Mariapia Veladiano (I even attempted to do a matching nail design after reading it!) and Debutantes by Cora Harrison.
I don’t think I actually have books with ugly covers – I think I’d rather wait for another format to come out or just buy the ebook – so I’ll probably say the classics we had to read for university.
As for national books, I’d say Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton. I adored this series and I really hope there’s going to be a third book soon! For the international, I’ll pick The Never List by Korethi Zan. It’s one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read and one I’ll remember for a pretty long time.
Surprisingly, I don’t have any particularly thin or thick books. I think the biggest book I have is a Sherlock Holmes short story collection, which is still at my parents and which, if I remember correctly, is over 900 pages. The thinnest one is probably The Perks of Being a Wallflower (the font is tiny, though) or Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
The majority of the books I read are fiction books, so it’s not an easy choice. I can’t just pick one, can I? I really enjoyed Dead Ends by Erin Lange, The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen, and In the Woods by Tana French – and hundreds more – but I honestly couldn’t pick just one.
I’m not a big fan of non-fiction and I very rarely read non-fiction books, but I adored Miranda Hart’s book. I love Miranda as a person and I’ve seen her TV show waaaay too many times (when you can quote entire dialogues it’s pretty obvious that you have a problem), so I was really looking forward to reading this – and it’s hilarious. I’m hoping to pick it up again in the near future because I forgot to review it when I first read it, so keep an eye on the blog!
Gosh. I don’t really read romantic books so I’ll just pick one that’s not *actually* a romance, but was way too romantic for my taste. *scans bookcase* Well, the last one I read was A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon. It’s kind of chick-lit-y, so technically it should be slighly romantic, but… y’know.
And… well, I don’t really read action books either. I love books that are fast-paced and action-packed, but they’re mostly thrillers. Do they count? If so, One by One by Chris Carter and Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton have definitely been the craziest and most unputdownable novels I’ve ever read.
There were so many! But I’ll say Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – it literally made me cry with laughter. As for the one that made me sad – again, there were quite a lot. One of the most memorable ones is Undone by Cat Clarke, which I absolutely loved, despite the fact that it’s not exactly a happy book.
What about you guys? Which books would you pick? 🙂