We’re already one-third through with February. Whew. That was a very quick one. But before I let February end, I want to do at least one bookish tag. The Bookish Heavenly Virtues Tag is a book tag I’ve came across through Hamad at The Book Prescription. It immediately piqued my interest for its fun and thought-provoking questions. Here’s my version. By the way, do check out The Book Prescription; it has variety of interesting content.
CHASTITY: Which author/book/series you wish you had never read?
Oh well. There’s a long list of books I wish I’ve never read but one of the more recent one is this so-called “memoir” written by Irish writer Frank McCourt detailing his childhood in Depression-struck Limerick, Ireland. I loved the writing and I understand the writer’s intentions (at least to some extent). However, what came through is a whiny child who was throwing bile to a city and its institutions. It was an overly creative and imaginative text used to pass off as a “true story”.
TEMPERANCE: Which book/series did you find so good, that you didn’t want to read it all at once, and you read it in doses just to make the pleasure last longer?
I rarely slow down reading a book just to make the leisure linger a little longer. Rather, when I do love a book, I read it quickly because I want to know how it evolves and concludes. The last book that I relished every page is the co-winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize, Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other. It was a very interesting piece of text that I couldn’t keep myself from breathing it all in .
CHARITY: Which book/series/author do you tirelessly push to others, telling them about it or even giving away spare copies bought for that reason?
I loved Hiro Arikawa’s The Travelling Cat Chronicles. Anyone can read this, even non-readers. It is short. It is heartwarming. It is heart-wrenching. It is witty. It is morose. It is a stellar piece of printed text that has all the right elements.
DILIGENCE: Which series/author you follow no matter what happens and how long you have to wait?
The easiest question in this book tag. But of course, currently my two top favorite authors – Haruki Murakami and Salman Rushdie.
PATIENCE: Is there an author/book/series you’ve read that improved with time the most, starting out unpromising, but ultimately proving rewarding?
If there’s one book that really took all my patience, it would have to be David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. I can still vividly remember how utterly perplexing its opening pages were. I’m glad I stuck with it, patiently enduring one page after another. What was, at first, dull and challenging developed into a stellar and innovative narrative that has left me with a major book hangover.
KINDNESS: Which fictitious character would you consider your role-model in the hassle of everyday life?
I have to agree with Hamad on this one. Hermione Granger is such an easy choice. I do admit, however, that I fell for her charms through the movies first rather than through the books. Nonetheless, Hermione is one memorable character.
HUMILITY: Which book/series/author do you find most under-rated?
Dasa Drndic’s Trieste is a very powerful narrative about the Second World War. It is just unfortunate that it is not as mainstream as most books are. It is very abstract and very unusual – it is comprised of a collection of newspaper clippings, court hearing records, and even a list of victims of the concentration camps – yet it is this eccentric manner that Drndic was able to subtly convey her story.
I did enjoy answering all this questions and I hope you all enjoyed it as well. As per practice, I am not going to tag anyone to do this book tag; I don’t want to impose. However, if you find it as interesting as I did, you can do your own. Just don’t forget to tag me so that I can check out your answers as well.