As I have always stated, doing book tags is a great way for me to let other fellow readers know more about me and my tendency, at least vis-a-vis books and reading. Book tags never get old, so here I am, doing yet another book tag. (I hope that my New Year Book Tag is not too late! Haha).

Anyway, I encountered this book tag last year, although I am no longer sure from whose blog I encountered this one. I meant to do a 2018 version but I guess I got too lazy in the end. To make amends, I am doing a 2019 version.

P.S. I am actually completing a book review but my mind just simply went blank so to amuse myself, and to keep the juices flowing, I decided to do this book tag 🙂

Happy reading! And again, happy new year!

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  • HOW MANY BOOKS ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ IN 2019?

50 Books (initial target). I had a great reading year in 2018. I originally targeted to read 50 books for the year but I ended reading more than that (63 books). However, for 2019, I am going to stick to 50 books again. Should I pick up my pace the same way I did last year, then I think 60 books would be a reasonable number. But let us see how this year goes. 🙂

  • NAME FIVE BOOKS YOU DIDN’T GET TO READ IN 2018 THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE A PRIORITY IN 2019.

  1. GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
  2. ON BEAUTY by Zadie Smith
  3. FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen
  4. HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES by Salman Rushdie
  5. HALF OF A YELLOW SUN by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

  • NAME A GENRE YOU WANT TO READ MORE OF.

Magical Realism! I chose this over horror (which I really am averse of!) simply for the reason that I am still perplexed by the art of magical realism ala Haruki Murakami. Regardless, I am always up to the challenge to reading books of diverse genre (except horror! Haha).

  • WHAT’S A BOOK YOU’VE HAD FOREVER THAT YOU STILL NEED TO READ?

Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust. I have a lot of books that I have purchased as far a back as 2015 and it is my goal to read them this year. I am about to put George Eliot’s Middlemarch but I am already done with it so I am going with the Marcel Proust classic, the first book in his series In Search of Lost Time. I’ve been sleeping on this one because I am yet to buy the rest of the series. However, it has gathered a very thick dust in my bookshelf so, yes, I am planning to beat the backlist!

  • ONE WORD YOU’RE HOPING 2019 WILL BE?

SATISFYING! Such a simple question but really really difficult one. With the range of words that I could choose from, I could go all philosophical or witty but, ultimately, I chose to be plain simple.

Why satisfying? I am the type of reader that, most of the time, doesn’t get to enjoy what he is reading. In my rush to complete reading books, I fail to appreciate it or even understand its gist (as was the case in 2016). Starting 2017, I have beaten myself to slow things down, to drink in the words the same way I drink in wonderful sceneries. In slowing down I have become a more fulfilled reader, as is the case in both 2017 and 2018. But still, I want my 2019 to be the same.

Beyond satisfying, I want my year to be enjoyable – not just in reading but also in blogging/writing and life in general. I will again slow things down because I have realized that I am not great at a breakneck speed. 2019 will not be hampered by any kinds of pressure as I will read the books I want to read whenever I want to or feel like it. I will also review how I want to, take pictures how I want to and just update everyone how life is going for me. So do watch out! I am actually thrilled for what is in store for me for the year!


As has been customary, I don’t want to burden fellow bloggers by tagging them to do this book tag. However, if you want to do it, go ahead! Just don’t forget to tag me so that I can check out your version.

Happy Reading!

~ CLB

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“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

John Green, The Fault in our Stars

 

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