As part of my 2020 Reading Resolutions, I have resolved to do at least one book tag every month. I find it an insightful way to know fellow readers and a way for other bloggers to know more about me as well. For this month’s book tag edition, I am doing the Rainbow Book Tag which I stumbled upon over at URL Phantomhive. It is a great book blog so I hope you do check it out as well.
When I was younger, I used to buy books because of their flashy covers (and well, interesting titles). I like colorful and imaginative covers, hence, this book tag. Lately, however, I have been basing my purchases on recommendations from fellow readers and must-read lists. Created by Le Book Chronicles, the original mechanics stated that one must choose one’s favorite book per color. However, it presented a challenge to me so I picked books that I think represented the color, or at least the closest representation of it. Before I start talking further, here’s my own version of the book tag.
- It must be the dominant color of the COVER, not the spine!
- If you do not own a book of a certain color, just choose one that has the color on it somewhere
- It has to be a book you own and/or has to be the exact edition you read
- TAG some people to do it! Whether they be Bloggers, Bookstagrammers or BookTubers
I remember purchasing Daniel Handler’s Why We Broke Up a couple of years ago. It was an impulse buy because I was captivated by the cover (plus it was hardbound, a personal preference). I would later on learn that Daniel Handler also published a famous children’s series under the pseudonym Lemony Snickett. My take on Why We Broke Up? It was cute and the artworks added flavor but the story was bland, a teenage girl’s rant on losing the love of her life.
Patrick Suskind’s Perfume is a book I have been looking forward for so long. I finally managed to purchase a copy of the book last year and I immediately included it in my 2020 Top 20 Reading List. It is a sinister tale about a disfigured man who was driven both by impulse and ambition. Whilst it is “The Story of a Murderer”, it doesn’t reduce itself to the trite definition of the mystery and suspense genres. It was both eccentric and compelling at the same time.
The 2015 Man Booker Prize winner, Jamaican writer Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings paints an evocative picture of his home country. I think I bought the book just because it won the Man Booker Prize (HAHA). It is an exploration of the history of Jamaica starting with the attempted murder of Bob Marley and the story moved on from there.
Nobel Laureate in Literature Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude is another impulse buy (yes, I can be such an impulse buyer). I bought it even though I barely had any iota on who Garcia Marquez was or what the book was about; I picked it up because it was in the “classics/award winning” section. And what an experience it was! This was one of my first magical realist works and I was astounded, shocked and surprised with the many WTF moments. It certainly was memorable.
Merlinda Bobis’ Fish-Hair Woman is one of the very few ventures I had with Filipino venture (it is a part of literature that I am exploring further). It is a story about insurgency with whiffs of magical realism on the side. Bobis wrote about a very familiar world – the insurgency, the historical revisionism, the corruption, the greed. It was, to say the least, a worthy purchase.
(I had a difficult one with with because I grew up believing Indigo is brown! HAHA) I think the closest I have with indigo is Nigerian writer Abi Dare’s The Girl With the Louding Voice. Apart of my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward To, it is a vivid story about the struggles of young women in Nigeria. The realities they have to deal with is heartbreaking but this book is a shout to the void, a beacon of hope that reminds young Nigerian girls to keep on dreaming and to work hard on those dreams.
Here is one of my favorite literary works. Nobel Laureate in Literature Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye was my first (and so far the only) of her works. It is a very dark tale about racism and sexism but it is also powerful in that it also flowed with hope.
I bought a copy of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot during this year’s Big Bad Wolf Sale (the third consecutive year I participated in the book fair). I know that the book received some critical acclaim after its publication but unfortunately, I have yet to read it; it might take some time though.
Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind is a book I’ve been shelving for so long until I finally decided to read it this year because of positive feedback from fellow readers. Reading it made me kick myself for waiting for so long before reading it. It is an atmospheric story about books, romance, and, Barcelona. I was saddened to hear about Ruiz Zafon’s passing this year.
Definitely not the easiest book to read, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is a truly distinct book and experience. It is parts speculative, parts dystopian but also a labyrinthine literary endeavor. Yes, it was a challenging read but also a satisfying one for it treads relevant and timely subjects such as mental health, drug abuse, and politics.
Saturday is just my third Ian McEwan after Atonement and On Chesil Beach. It is a story that revolves around the events of one Saturday in the life of a neurosurgeon, Henry Perowne. It is no ordinary day as on the fringes lurks political discussions, and confrontations. Saturday reminded me the beauty of understated writing. McEwan has the canny ability of making something ordinary sound interesting.
So that’s my version of the Rainbow Book Tag. I know I am supposed to tag (part of the rules) but I don’t want to impose on anyone. However, if you are interested in this book tag, feel free to do your own. Just don’t forget to tag me.
Have a blessed Sunday everyone!