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[Tag] My Life in Books


Firstly, I’d like to thank Helen at Finally Got Around to It  for tagging me in for this post. She’s a book blogger who enjoys sci-fi, fantasy, and the paranormal. Do consider giving her a follow if you’re into those genres.

1. Find a book for each of your initials

J Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

O The Outsider, Albert Camus

H The Horse and His Boy, C.S. Lewis

N Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

2. Count your age along your bookshelf

For Esme – With Love and Squalor, JD Salinger

Weird book is this. I adore Catcher in the Rye – it’s one of my favourite books of all time, but this collection of short stories is all over the place.

The titular tale, For Esme actually moved me to tears. The rest of it is sadly forgettable.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country

Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen

Well, I live in Derbyshire so the first book that comes to mind is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is speculated that Austen was staying in Bakewell whilst writing the novel, and used Chatsworth House as an inspiration for Pemberley, Mr Darcy’s residence!

Fantastic book though – it’s a hilarious parody of Austen’s contemporary society.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

Damascus, Christos Tsiolkas

Damascus is a place that I feel immensely drawn to, though I don’t quite know why. Syria has obviously gone through some horrific times over the years, with Damascus unfortunately featuring as a battle ground for warring factions.

That being said, it looks like it was once a truly beautiful place. I hope to travel there one day, once the fighting has stopped.

View of Damascus from Mount Qasioun

5. Pick a book cover with your favourite colour on it

My Life in Books Unfinished Tales

Unfinished Tales, J.R.R. Tolkien

Just look at that cover. It’s probably one of my favourite book covers of all time!

I also love that it even includes the two ‘blue wizards’ of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth; characters we hear of but never meet. Because of this, they retain an air of mystery. It’s a lovely, lovely book cover.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Danny, the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl

This is the single, toughest question I’ll ever be asked (I hope).

I am going to go with Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I didn’t expect much from it as a kid – ‘weird title,’ I thought as I picked it up for the first time.

But Roald Dahl is a wonderful storyteller, and the subject matter means a lot to me. Namely, Danny’s relationship with his father.

Special mention goes to The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy though.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy

I should start by saying that I love this book.

Okay, maybe love isn’t the word – it’s soul-destroyingly [sic] sad. But that’s part of the reason I found it so hard to read.

“Done because we are too menny”. Ugh. Those who have read the book know exactly what I mean.

Thomas Hardy’s Wessex dialect is really interesting but until you get used to it, the book can be a challenging read.

8. Which book on your TBR pile will give you the most achievement when you finish it?

The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie

I love Rushdie’s writing. He’s the king of magic realism.

However, The Satanic Verses is a long and hefty book, and it’s full of metaphors and quranic allusions. I started reading it at university but never got around to finishing it, so I’d love to finally read it from cover to cover.

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