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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

Happy reading!