The Life in Books Tag

I’ll return to normal posting from Monday — after posting few and far between for a while —- but I saw this tag on Hannah’s blog and knew I had to give it a go.

Find a book for each of your initials

JJust Friends by Holly McCulloch

L – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

R – The Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman

Count your age along your bookshelf — what book is it?

I’m 23 so the book I landed on was… Fierce Fairytales & Other Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill. This book was a gift for my sister from a friend and — despite the fact I love a good fairytale and poetry —- I haven’t read it yet!

Name a book set in your city/country

Nothing I’ve read particularly springs to mind (which maybe tells me I should write something set in my city?) but Love, Almost by Hayley Doyle does mention Liverpool a few times and is one of the only books I’ve come across with a Scouse protagonist —- so it finally made sense reading a book in my own accent!

Name a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

It’s funny that, after a year of not being able to travel, the first place I thought of wasn’t actually that far. I’d have to say Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern because — as much as sunshine and Spanish food is calling my name —- I love Dublin and would really like to visit the beautiful city again when I can (plus if there’s anyone there that looks remotely like the Alex I pictured reading this book and the Alex they absolutely delivered in the film version, I’m there!).

Name your favourite childhood book

I think I covered this in my Reading Journey Tag but, if you haven’t got round to reading that, I’ll tell you now.

As a child I loved anything by Roald Dahl (apart from The Witches, which still creeps me out to this day!) but I also loved books like the Megastar Mysteries series by Annabelle Starr and the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.

Name a book that’s your favourite colour

Despite my less than sunny disposition, my favourite colour is yellow. A book that’s my favourite colour is Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton which I could talk about forever!

Name a character who matches the description of your star sign

Libras are typically described as confident, diplomatic but indecisive. I think Amy March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott fits the bill as is creative, passionate and very eager for love.

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

This is a tough one! I guess, despite the fact I wouldn’t particularly rate this book series now, I’d say The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. As I didn’t get into Harry Potter, this series of books was my first taste of how a series and a fandom can truly take hold. I remember attending an event at my local Waterstones with my mates dressed as Shadowhunters. It was just lovely to see a room of strangers united by their love of something.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

I don’t tend to find books difficult to read (or, more realistically, I don’t tend to stick with books I find difficult) but I remember having trouble with The Turn of the Screw by Henry James when I studied it (not by choice) at uni.

Though I did philosophy at A-Level, this text was a mess of views and ideas and I just didn’t gel with any of the characters (although the recent Netflix adaptation, The Haunting of Bly Manor did fare better!).

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

I don’t have any particularly giant books on my TBR but I think the one that I’ll feel the best about finishing is Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I recently finished her latest book —- my first time reading this author —- and I’d be interested to see if this one lives up to the hype as well.


I won’t be tagging anyone in this tag but obviously if anyone fancies giving it a go, I’d definitely recommend!


How would you answer these questions? I’d love to know!

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