So I’ve been rather busy recently working on my dissertation, my other Uni work, trying to keep up with my novel writing and writing for The Hippo Collective (go check them out, it’s a cool online magazine that I’m proud to be a part of!) but I’m aware I haven’t been very active on here for a while, so while I’m still pretty busy I thought I’d do a book tag! I’ve always wanted to do one of these as it seemed rather fun, and I get to share my love for some of my favourite books! I wasn’t directly nominated for this tag but I saw Susanne Valenti do this (go check her blog out) and she nominated everyone so i thought what the hell! Let’s go for it! Without further or do here is my Life in Books Tag:
- Find a book for each of your initials
L: I really enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia stories when I was younger and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was my all time favourite, it’s an absolutely classic, it’s timeless and beautiful in so many ways! If somehow you haven’t read it, no matter how old you are you need to read it.
T: This is for my middle name initial, my last name is Xavier, and I cannot think of any books whatsoever beginning with X! So I’ve mixed my middle name and last name into one! The initials of my middle name to come up with I, Tituba; Black Witch of Salem which then relates to my last name and it’s french Caribbean roots as the book is about the history behind a black Caribbean woman named Tituba who many will know from the Salem Witch Trials, and her character and her life is explored really interestingly in this book, and Maryse Conde’s decisions a lot of the time are incredibly respectable, and applaudable. Historical fiction is not my favourite fiction, but books surrounding the Carribean and/or it’s relationship with The United States has always fascinated me. Check it out if you haven’t already, it’s incredibly vivid and easy to visualise!
2. Count your age along your bookshelf – which book is it?
Very happily my grand old age of 20 lead me to one of my favourite books, and to a book I reviewed before! It is a great story, that is so beautiful and colloquial in its dialogue and way of constructing and presenting scenes and situations, and I seriously need to get the Christmas novella soon! Love it! Plus it helps that Giovanna Fletcher from what I’ve seen on YouTube, on her social media and her reaction to my review seems like such a lovely woman!
3. Pick a book set in your City/State/Country
Now I don’t live in the West Country area of England, I’m actually from a small country village/town in Essex so Dream a Little Dream is closer but I’ve already used this so I’ll just do this one for England in general! I love this book, I was so worried reading another J.K, Rowling book after the hazz pott series but as you can see again from my review , I was so surprised and impressed by what I found in The Casual Vacancy. It was such a great change of style, of feeling and of content that I just couldn’t help but love it, and the characters!
4. Pick a Book That Represents a Destination You Would Love to Visit!
Okay hear me out with this one… First of all this book is a masterpiece, and every moment in it is captivating, thrilling albeit a bit weird as well! But seriously read this one, Patrick Suskind is a genius! Perfume is set in Paris, and I have been to Paris but if I had a time machine I would love to visit 18th Century Paris (where this is set) purely because it was such an amazing place…i mean it stank, it was dirty, and crime and punishment wasn’t exactly great and I’m not sure what their view would have been on me being mixed race (I don’t know much about that french history!) but however horrific imagine how much your senses would be exploding! For a writer especially you’d just never run out of feelings and thoughts of how you’d describe your experience once you got back to (in my case) 21st Century England.
5. Pick a Book Thats Your Favourite Colour
I presume autobiography’s aren’t classed as cheating? Either way I love this book, it’s probably my favourite autobiography so far, so truthful, witty and humourous! The main colour is also sky blue which is my all time favourite colour! I have other blue books, but this has the perfect colour!
6. Which Book Do You Have The Fondest Memories Of
So this one works in two ways! I remember laughing and enjoying watching this film with friends before so I’ve always loved the feeling that comes from watching a mixed emotions film like this one! But both the film and book bring up so many fond memories of school…and I didn’t enjoy school hugely, but i enjoyed a lot of the people, and a lot of them were similar to the characters in Perks! It reminds me of the good times, it also reminds me of the bad, but remembering those good times back in school always takes me down a little road of memories where I remember some of the smallest, most random things that bring a smile to my face!
7. Which Book Do You Have The Most Difficulty Reading?
Never again. Like seriously I appreciate it’s literary value, but just no.
8. Which Book In Your TBR Would Give You The Biggest Sense of Accomplishment When You Finish It?
I know, it’s awful I haven’t read them. I’ve watched all the films and I love them, they are my favourite franchise films but I got into reading later than I got into everything else and I never got round to reading all the Harry Potter books! So I think purely out of knowing how long it’s been, and how disgraceful it is I haven’t read them, the most accomplishment would come from reading all of those!
Hopefully this little impromptu book tag was interesting and let me know if you’d like more of them, they’re quite fun to write actually … even if it is midnight at the moment! As Susanne did I’m opening this tag up to anyone that feels like they wanna have a go!