At the start of the year, I promised to continue publishing at least one book tag every month. I successfully managed to do it in 2019 and I plan to do the same in 2020. For this month’s book tag, I have decided to do the Books As First Date Book Tag. I encountered this interesting book tag through Florence @ Miscellany Pages; she does have incredible book content so do check it out.
- Link back to the original tag by Alice @ Love for Words.
- Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
- Tag 5+ bloggers.
- Have fun!
FIRST AND LAST: A book/series you’ve read and enjoyed, but can’t bring yourself to read again.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
I wouldn’t exactly say I enjoyed the book when I read it; this was, by the way, my first venture into the world of Haruki Murakami. However, I enjoyed the challenge of unraveling and discovering a new world. If you’re a devout Murakami reader, you’ll know how surrealistic his worlds can be. It took me some time to truly appreciate the stormy (and imaginative) genius that is Murakami but 1Q84 is a challenge I truly relish. However, it is not a reading experience I am willfully going to make myself redo. LOL.
WITH A FRIEND OF MY FRIEND: A book/series someone recommended to you that turned out to be different from what you had expected
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
To be fair, I am aware that Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is one of the most controversial tomes in the Pantheons of literature. Its reputation precedes it after all. It carries with it a dark and heavy theme, and, apparently, a score of misconceptions. I was drawn into Humbert Humbert’s character. Nabokov brilliantly created him while simultaneously painting a most amazing prose. It was simply beyond what I expected.
DOUBLE DATE: A book whose sequel you immediately had to read.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
This one is an easy call. Of course I had to go with J.K. Rowling’s magical work. Although I have watched all the movies before I could read the series, I simply cannot hold on to the suspense. The series is good for all ages.
LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES: A book/series that should be adapted to the screen.
Circe by Madeline Miller
I am not really a movie fan but if I were have to choose a book that would be great for the big screen adaptation, it would be Madeline Miller’s Circe. Circe has always been portrayed as a villain and this book depicts her in a different life. Moreover, nothing ever goes wrong with Greek mythology.
DREAMY STARGAZING: A book that made you go ahhhh and ohhhh.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
No book has inspired as many OHHHHs and AHHHHs in me than (well, except perhaps for 1Q84) this labyrinthine literary masterpiece intricately woven by David Mitchell. It was simply set apart from my typical literary haunts. It was a unique experience and despite its complex structure, it was a fulfilling read. It was a roller coaster ride.
FUN AT THE FAIR: A book full of colours.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini makes the reader experience a different Afghanistan, way beyond the pandemonium left by the Taliban and the war in its aftermath. The Kite Runner, in particular, is filled with colors and verve and life. Hosseini made me walk down narrow alleys and immerse in the colorful souks.
AMUSEMENT PARK ADVENTURE: A book that was a rollercoaster.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
I know. Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life is rather a strange choice. It is dark and heavy, rife with melodrama and permeating with self-harm. However, in its wake, it makes the reader experience a proverbial emotional roller coaster. A totally heartbreaking but necessary tale.
PICNIC WITH CHERRIES: A book whose food descriptions made you feel all *heart eyes*.
Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
The title itself is enough to tickle one’s olfactory senses and imagination. I just wished that I enjoyed Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread’s narrative the way the vivid and scrumptious descriptions of food made me salivate.
TRIP TO THE MUSEUM: A book that taught you valuable stuff.
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
These three books will always be my brutal combination for “books that have inspired me” or “books that have taught me valuable stuff.” I equally love these three books and they have all taught me valuable life lessons. Tuesdays with Morrie taught me to appreciate life. The Alchemist taught me to value the things given to me. The Little Prince taught me to appreciate the small things.
I truly enjoyed this book tag, as I always do. However, I am not going to tag anyone specific to do this book tag. Interested to do it? Go ahead. Just don’t forget to tag me. 🙂