While browsing through Kristin Kraves Books, I came across another interesting book tag (she has become my reference for interesting book tags I want to do a version of! Haha). It was originally created by G-Swizzel, a booktuber. You can check her original video here. I was immediately interested on the book tag so I decided to do my own. Besides, it seemed fun.
Here is my take. Happy reading!
1-What was the last book you DNF?
Ulysses by James Joyce
Easy pick! I hate not completing a book. I really really hate; I feel like I am doing a disservice to the book and to the author. Prior to Ulysses, I completed all the books I have read even though I wasn’t always interested in them. However, Ulysses is an entirely different. One-hundred pages into the novel, I have become conscious of the fact that I am discerning what the story is about. I tried to push further but the more I dug into it, the more perplexed I have become.
Not only is it dense, it was too complex that even if I intentionally slowed down my pace for it, I feel like I still wouldn’t be able to unravel it. Before I could push on further, I decided to shelf it in the meantime and go back to it once I am fully prepared. I read the book in 2017 and I hope that in the coming years, I am fully-equipped to handle uber complex and dense books like it.
2-Last book you reread?
Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon
It is very rare that I reread a book. However, back when I was in college, I didn’t have as extensive a book collection as I have today. Hence, to get through days when classes were suspended due to calamities, I would reread Sidney Sheldon books, such as Bloodline. Now that I have more books than I could possibly imagine, rereading a book is far from my priorities. This is in spite of the fact that I am planning to reread Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore (I honestly didn’t appreciate it the first time around.)
3-Last book you bought?
Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad and Milkman by Anna Burns
I just bought these two books recently, the last time I passed by the mall (oh my, I am really guilty of book hoarding!). When I saw both books, I simply couldn’t resist the temptation to buy them as they are both part of books that I really really want to read; Bangkok Wakes to Rain is part of My 2019 Top 10 Books I Look Forward To. Milkman is also a book I look forward to very much because it won the 2018 Man Booker Prize albeit its unconventional structure. I am currently reading it. I just can no longer hold the anticipation that is slowly eating me up 🙂
4-Last book you said you read but didn’t?
Unfortunately, I have never misrepresented myself as reading one book that I actually didn’t.
5-Last book you wrote in the margins of?
I have an obsessive need to keep my books immaculately clean, hence, I never write on them. Funnily, a friend called me out on this because he writes on the margins of the books he read. He said that a book with many writings mean that it was read in depth, that every detail was taken note of. I guess we all have our preferences.
6-Last book you got signed?
Unfortunately, I don’t attend book signing events whenever famous authors drop by in Manila. Besides, most author who do drop by are young adult fiction writers, a genre that I am particularly averse of.
7-Last book you lost?
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
I can still remember how I lost it. It was before my first airplane flight. I was actually nervous then (because it was my first flight). My nerves got me and I didn’t notice that I left my copy of the book in the fastfood my friend and I last ate in before our flight. Dang it. I hate myself whenever I lose a book. Thankfully, I haven’t lost a single book since then (it was in late 2015).
8-Last book you had to replace?
Refer to question number 7. 🙂
Immediately after losing my copy of Cloud Atlas, I rushed to the bookstore and bought a new copy.
9-Last book you had an argument over?
Most of my friends are not into reading the way I am. Moreover, I tend to respect other book blogger’s point of views so I just try to figure out why they dislike books I like. Besides, not all books are for everyone.
10-Last book you couldn’t get a hold of?
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
I have been searching far and wide for a hardbound copy of the book but it was all for naught! I’ve encountered paperback versions in book stores but I remain hesitant of buying them.
So readers, that is it for me! You want to do your own version? Go ahead, be my guest. Just don’t forget to tag me! Happy reading!