With the dawn of a new month comes with it yet a new set of book tag! I did promise my self a year ago that I will be completing one book tag every month as a means of engaging my readers. It is also a way for them to get to know me better as a book reader. I think, so far, that I have accomplished this but it doesn’t mean that I’ll be stopping. Moreover, book tags are always fun to do.

For this month’s book tag, I’ve chosen to do Night and Day Tag which I found in Kristin Kraves Books. I found it interesting and aptly describes how our lives have been these past few months. During this lockdown and quarantine period, most of us were reduced to watching the days pass by. I sure hope that this pandemic will soon draw to a close. Before I lose myself further, it’s time to go back to this book tag. Without any more ado, here’s my own version.


Do you read more in the morning or at night?

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I am a morning person but, ironically, I read more at night. As a physically active person, I tend to find more physical activities during the day. I still find the time to read but my body clamors for other things – I guess work can count on here. I find reading at night better and more relaxing because the day’s pace starts to slow down. There are times, however, when I read more in the morning. Either way, reading is a great way to end the day and start the day.


Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?

There is quite a lot of books actually such as Coelho’s Veronika Decides to Die, Yanagihara’s A Little Life, and Adebayo’s Stay With Me. However, Coelho’s The Alchemist and Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie stayed with me the longest. These books were written simply but the writing belies the weighty message they hold underneath. The former reminded me to appreciate the small things before me whilst the latter reminded me to live my life to the fullest. Both books created lasting impressions on me.


YA or not?

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My initial answer is NO because I am averse to this genre. I am on the fence on most of these works but I have realized that these are also necessary in attracting more readers. To most, they are the gateways to literature. It also plays a seminal role in the growth of literature as a whole. Despite my ambivalence, I did find some great Young Adult works.


Are there characters that you honestly believe are real?

No. However, there are times that I did get that tingling sensation that the characters I am reading felt real. This is credit mostly to the author’s  writing skills and bold character development. They draw characters that readers can easily connect to. In my years of reading, I came across a lot of these writers. They have admirable writing skills that everything feels authentic. What is preventing me from fully believing that they are actual figures is the cognizance that I am reading a work of fiction.


Nobody touches my books or I don’t mind loaning my books out?

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I have had a traumatic experience with loaning my books out. I trusted my friend to handle to take care of the book she borrowed but, unfortunately, she returned my book in a not so immaculate condition. This is one of the reasons why I don’t like lending my books. Over the years, however, I’ve outgrown this trauma and I am now willing to lend my book… to a select group of people. Thankfully, most of my friends would rather borrow books that I don’t care for. Haha!


Do you ever smell your books?

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I do, once in a while. I always do this for second hand books I bought or books that have been stored for too long. They just have a distinct scent that arouses the olfactory senses. The scent is quite addicting. I don’t do the same for newly printed books, however; they smell of newly ripped papers.


Not everyone loves books…is this a positive or negative?

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My initial instinct is to proclaim that is negative. I believe that everyone must read books to enrich one’s perspective. However, the more that I think about my answer, the more I careen towards positive. Imposing on someone and forcing them to read just because I love reading is plain rude. Each of us has his or her own interests that he/she is passionate of. they should and must pursue. It just so happens that my interest is on writing and reading.


Gosh, I have too many books! True or False?

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False. I have quite a lot of books, I think have over eight hundred books already. There are times I think I have quite a lot; even my family think so and they keep on suggesting that I dispose or sell some of them but I refuse to as they are my treasures. But when I think of the number of books I still want to read, I tend to think that I don’t have that many books.


Have you ever spilled or stained books before with something, if so how?

No. Because I want to keep my books in immaculate condition, I am often careful around my books. I might have sprinkled some droplets of coffee or water but I have never doused any of my books.


Toned or untoned? In other words, do you read and workout at the same time?

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Hahaha. Nope. I do them separately. I bring a book whenever I go to the gym and play badminton to kill the time in between games.


I tag… Everyone who wants to do this tag! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy amidst this pandemic. Happy reading everyone!