I hope that it is not to late to do this book tag (haha) which I came across through last year. Unfortunately, I was not able to do this last year but this year I am finally doing it, even though it is late (I guess, not really because it’s just been five days since Easter). Being stuck at home for four weeks messes up one’s sense of time; I am literally inundated. It was a fun book tag so, naturally, I felt an inclination to do my own version.

Easter Time Book Tag was created by Theresa @ The Calico Books with the following rules:

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Theresa @ The Calico Books)
  • Have fun!

Easter Egg – Name a book that feels like a hidden gem!

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The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

I literally picked Zeyn Joukhadar’s debut novel, The Map of Salt and Stars, from the bookstand without having any iota on what it was. I have never heard of Joukhadar’s name before either so I was mostly in the dark. I was only guided by my love for Middle Easter authors (an influence by Khaled Hosseini). Thankfully, my gamble paid off as I ended up loving this contemporary fiction that fuses folklore with current international affairs.


Bloom – A debut novel you loved!

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Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

My plunge into the heart of African Literature last February gifted me with this gem of a book written by Nigerian writer, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀. A novel about the modern marriage in highly traditional Nigeria, this is a hard-hitting story that nails on many points. It takes on the heartbreaking challenges of having children and how motherhood/parenthood changes us.


Chocolate Bunny – A book so good you didn’t want it to end!

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I really had a difficult time choosing a good book because most good book I read concluded in satisfying manners. Nonetheless, if I had to pick one, I’ll choose Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind. I wish there is a sequel where the readers learn more about Daniel Sempere and Julian Carax’s stories. This novel is part of a quartet but the succeeding book, I have learned, is not related to the this first installment, at least not in a Harry Potter, or a Twilight kind of way.


Cheep, Cheep – A book you bought for super cheap!

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Parallel Stories by Peter Nadas

I have first encountered Hungarian novelist Peter Nadas during last year’s Nobel Prize in Literature race. I didn’t even have an iota on what his works were. Then I came across Parallel Stories through an online book reseller. However, I found it too expensive, for a second had book. And just when I least expected it, I came across a hardbound copy of the book in a secondhand bookstore. At less than 4 dollars, I was able to purchase a copy of the book that was still in immaculate condition, as though it was never touched before. I found another one that cost less than a dollar but the condition was a little shabby. Either way, it was one of my best purchases in a secondhand bookstore.


Jelly Bean – A book you though was just so sweet!

I can’t remember a book that I would call sweet. The books I’ve read are always a combination of sweetness and bitterness (love and tragedy). I am skipping this one.


Church – A book that changed your life!

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I could have picked any of Mitch Albom’s book (like Tuesdays with Morrie) but I decided to go with one of the first books that have inspired me, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. The story was simple – finding meaning in the simplest things that one is surrounded with. In less than 300-pages, Coelho managed to deliver a thought -provoking tale.


Easter Basket – A book filled with so many surprises!

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Surprises? The one I go to are suspense or mystery novels so I ended up with the Queen of Suspense, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Back when I read it, I started losing interest in mystery/suspense fiction. I thought that their plot has become too formulaic, hence, boring. This book changed that. The tenterhook was gripping and the ending is the work of a genius. Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is another masterful execution of a suspenseful plot.


So there ends my Easter Time Book Tag. I hope you enjoyed my answers. Again, as part of my tradition, I am not tagging anyone as I do not want to impose or burden anyone. However, if you find this book tag as interesting as I did, please feel free to do your own version. However, don’t forget to tag me!

Happy reading and happy weekend everyone! Please stay home until this pandemic blows over.