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For The Love Of Reading │Book Tag

Hi friends! Today I’m going to be doing this fun tag I found over at The Spectacled Bean. Ally very kindly let me take it up – make sure you go and read her answers here!

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From:

I think that would probably be Jeff Kinney. I’ve been reading The Wimpy Kid books since the fourth grade!

Best Sequel:

Oh definitely The Two Towers by J.R.R Tolkein.

Currently Reading

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I’m fairly sure I attempted to read this book sometime in 2020 but I either didn’t complete it or don’t remember a thing. So, I’m technically re-reading it.

Drink Choice While Reading:

I don’t necessarily drink while reading. But if I had to choose, probably water.

E-reader or physical book:

I’d pick physical books over an e-reader/e-books any day but I often end up reading e-books because they’re easily available.

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school

I just graduated high school and wasn’t that keen on the whole dating culture and it’s not exactly encouraged where I live. I don’t think I would have dated at all even if all of my favourite fictional characters were there. It’d be pretty cool to have had actual friends though, haha!

Glad You Gave this Book a Chance

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste N.G. I was fairly sure the book would be good but I wasn’t keen on a book that made use of the nerdy Asian stereotype. However, I’m glad I gave this a go because it’s a book that lingered for weeks after I’d read it.

Hidden Gem

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi. I read this series years ago when I was a kid but there was something so magical and surreal about it that I remember feeling absolutely in awe of it.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

Probably the time I made a conscious decision to read more diverse books. I used to read just fantasy/thrillers. Lately, I’ve been reading more classics and books that touch upon real-world issues like climate change, LGBTQ+ rights, racism etc. and it has been eye-opening in a way I never thought it’d be.

Just Finished

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It took me ages to finally get around to this book after having it on my TBR for almost a year and it was an absolutely devastating and beautiful book.

Kind of Books I Won’t Read:

Mostly romance and self-help books. I always find those either too bland, story-less or end up regretting reading them.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix by J.K Rowling? I think that’s the longest book because it’s the thickest book I remember holding, haha!

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

Definitely The Lord of The Rings series. I just felt so sad I couldn’t read and experience it all over from scratch ever again.

Number of Cases You Own:

I don’t ‘own’ any cases, haha! But the mini library in our home has about 6 vertical cases.

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, I think? There was this one summer break when I’d read that book every day – it was this period where I was very obsessed with The Hunger Games series.

Preferred Place to Read:

Definitely my room or outdoors. I don’t have any requirements for a place where I can read. As long as it isn’t too hot and noisy, I can read anywhere!

Quote That Inspires You, or Gives You All the Feels, From a Book You’ve Read

“If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.”
-Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Reading Regret:

*cough* Twilight by Stephanie Meyer *cough* I had to skip so many pages and ultimately ended up googling the ending of the books. It’s an utter waste of pages and I’ve never read something I regretted so bad.

Series You Started and Need to Finish:

Probably Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I keep thinking about The Crooked Kingdom and then procrastinate and then finally put it off for another day. *sigh*

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:

Oof.

(I’ll deeply cherish all books by J K Rowling, J.R.R Tolkein and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Excluding their books, my top three favourites are:

  • I’m Thinking Of Ending Things by Ian Reid
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  • Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Unapologetic Fan person For:

The Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings series. Hehe.

Very Excited For This Release (More than all the others):  

I don’t really keep tabs on new releases because I just read books in my own time. But I was intrigued by this book I saw on Goodreads and hope to read it someday:

The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman

It is an ordinary Thursday, and things should finally be returning to normal.

Except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A local news legend is on the hunt for a sensational headline, and soon the gang are hot on the trail of two murders, ten years apart.

To make matters worse, a new nemesis pays Elizabeth a visit, presenting her with a deadly mission: kill or be killed...

While Elizabeth grapples with her conscience (and a gun), the gang and their unlikely new friends (including TV stars, money launderers and ex-KGB colonels) unravel a new mystery. But can they catch the culprit and save Elizabeth before the murderer strikes again?

Worst Bookish Habit:

Probably forgetting books in weird places and then finding them all dusty weeks later. I read books in my room, outside, or in another room and when I finish a book, I just leave it and go off and then forget about it. Terrible habit, really,

X Marks the Spot—start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

Conviction by Richard North Patterson. I confess I’ve never gotten around to reading it, maybe I will someday. The blurb sounds promising in a way!

Your Latest Book Purchase

I never purchase one book alone. My family and I frequent this one book store and buy books in bulk. Among the latest books I bought and among the ones I have yet to read, I’m most looking forward to I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. I liked the movie, so I’m hoping I’ll love the book. And it’s Sci-fi!

Zzz-Snatcher Book (the last book that kept you up late):

I think that would be In the Woods by Tana French or Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger. Absolutely thrilling books, both of them! They’re not necessarily five-star reads but they were fun to read all the same!

And that was it! I had so much fun and look forward to reading your guys’ take on it too! So, I tag everyone reading this as always!

Wishing you a fantastic rest of your week!


Previously on Random Specific Thoughts (my creative writing blog):

4 thoughts on “For The Love Of Reading │Book Tag

  1. Omg Everything I Never Told You was truly insightful. Even though my actual rating was like 3.5 stars, I still feel that it had this uniquely poignant and mysterious aura that few books can capture. I believe we’ll be reading A Thousand Splendid Suns in English, and I’m looking forward to it! Omg YOU HAVE TO READ CROOKED KINGDOM! Although I did like Six of Crows a bit more overall, CK had so many incredible scenes (esp with Kanej!!). Probably the last book that kept me up late was Babel by RFK and Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean. Both I highly recommend :))

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    1. Eleanor! So lovely to see you!
      Ahh I agree so much – I’m so glad I decided to read it, it was a deeply heartfelt book. Yes! It’s such a brilliant book, so well written to the point it feels like a biography.
      Ahh I know – I’ve been putting it off for so long it’s getting ridiculous haha!
      Thanks for the recommendations! I look forward to checking then out! Hope you’ve been well!

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  2. Thanks for linking to my post and for answering the questions. I hadn’t though of kids books as having authors who wrote books I’d read. But of course I did. I’m with you about avoiding romance and self-help books. They used to call to me but no more. Perhaps I’m too jaded for them. You’re ambitious [or crazy] to try to read Ayn Rand. I remember her from my college days and we all moaned under the weight of her words. Good luck

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    1. My pleasure! Thank you for the tag!
      It’s amazing how versatile authors can be! Ahh so glad you agree – I just never seem to be able to keep up with all the advice.
      Haha probably crazy because I’m almost sure I’ve read The Fountainhead before because I have this feeling of deja vu for every page but I can’t remember anything other than the blurb at the back. Thank you – I’ll need that, haha!

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