Thanks to Shannon at ForeverShannon for tagging me! I love reading when other bloggers post these book-themed tags. It gives a lot of insight into the reasons behind each person’s tastes and preferences, so I’m excited to answer one for myself now. ^_^
1. You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres – contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep?
Contemporary– This one is tough because I don’t really like to read books with contemporary settings. So I’m going to cheat a little bit and choose The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie. It’s set in the early part of the 20th century, so by now it’s kind of a historical fiction, but it was contemporary at the time it was published! I’m reading her works in the order they were written and The Seven Dials Mystery is my favorite so far.
Fantasy– Ok, taking away my fantasy books would be like removing a limb. I love so many of them that it’s hard to pick just one to “save.” I could say I’d save my own book. But since I wrote it, I don’t really need to have a copy to read, do I? I’d pick The Wheel of Time series, since I always discover something new when I re-read, but that’s 14 books not 1. So I’m going to pick The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. It’s a lovely story laced with Asian mythology, mystery, and a bit of romance. Highly recommend!
Non-fiction– This one is easy! The Chicago Manual of Style. Without it, editing and proofreading would be an impossible task.
Science-fiction– 14 by Peter Clines. A mix of mystery and sci-fi that kept me guessing (incorrectly!) the entire time.
2. You’re at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don’t like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it?
I would suggest picking up a manga to read, probably Skip Beat! or Full Metal Alchemist. The plots are just as intricate as a novel, but the mixed media of images and text should keep the interest of people who don’t like to “read.”
3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a great mood?
My go-to series for a pick me up is the manga series Skip Beat! It’s lighthearted, cute, and funny. The main character, Kyoko, faces so many challenges as she works toward her dreams, but she does it with unrelenting determination and humor. I always feel lighter after I finish reading a volume.
4. You go back in time for a day to your childhood years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?
Depends on how far back you consider your childhood years. When I was 11/12, I went through a long Stephen King phase so one of his novels would be a good bet. Before that, I was really into The Baby-Sitter’s Club books (that was back when they were first coming out too). Prior to that, I don’t remember many specific books or series that I read–but I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. My parents took me and my brother to the library frequently and we even had a bookmobile stop in front of our house. I do remember loving the Dorrie books by Patricia Combs though!
5. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?
I’d just grab my ipad. It’s already loaded with books on my TBR list so I could choose from The Winner’s Crime, Hidden Huntress, Winter, The Heir, or Air Awakens.
6. Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?
Haha, if they tried to raid my book shelves then they would still be in my house packing. But…I would be most worried about my first edition hardback copy of Memoirs of a Geisha. It’s not particularly valuable, but it would be hard to replace!
7. Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed, b) Ask them to repurchase it, or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs?
I wouldn’t say anything to them, but I would glare menacingly behind their back and never loan them another book. Ever. That’s purely hypothetical though, since no real friend would ever do such a thing.
Ah…I’m terrible when it comes to tagging others. So once again, I’ll leave the invitation open to anyone who would like to tag themselves! ^_^