How I Choose My Books Tag

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A few weeks ago, I started writing a post about how and why I choose the books I will be reading next. I didn’t get very far. And then, when I was trying to figure out what post I wanted to publish today, I saw this tag on Thrice Read. And I thought it might be kind of fun to write this post in the form of a book tag, especially since I so rarely do tags anymore. So, without further ado, here is the How I Choose My Books tag:

Find a book on your shelves with a blue cover. What made you pick up that book in the first place?

I picked up Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff for two reasons. 1. President Obama really enjoyed it, and I think he has great taste in books. And 2. it was on Book Outlet for like $7. I’m not sure I’m actually in a place in my life where I can fully appreciate a book about the intricacies of marriage, but I’ve heard enough good things that I still want to read this one. Eventually.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

I actually didn’t like Paul Beatty’s The Sellout the first time I tried to read it. So I definitely did not expect to like it when I gave it a second shot, but I did. I picked it up because it won the Man Booker Prize and there was a lot of buzz. I enjoy satire, and it sounded interesting. Glad I read it, even though it took me a while to get into it.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book? 
Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

A friend’s husband recommended The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North after we discovered that we have very similar taste in books. And I absolutely loved it! It’s one of my all-time favorites.

Pick a book you discovered through book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

For this one, I’d have to go with Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, because it was everywhere when it came out. And I’d say it definitely lived up to the hype. I’m really enjoying the whole series, and I’m definitely glad I read it.

Find a book on your shelves with a one word title. What drew you to this book?

I picked up Habibi by Craig Thompson almost entirely because of the title. In Arabic, habibi means something like “sweetheart”, and it’s what my grandmother always calls me. So it was totally nostalgic. It ended up being the most beautiful graphic novel I’ve ever read.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

Definitely Hidden Figures. I only found out about this book because of the film, and read it because I loved the movie so much. The book wasn’t quite as good in my opinion (mostly because it is a history book, so it can be a bit dry), but I did enjoy it and learned a lot.

Think of your all-time favourite books. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

So, funny story. When I got my first tax return post-college, I decided to spend almost all of it on books (no regrets). I picked up Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy, because I’d heard a lot about it. But before I’d read it, Amazon suggested I also get Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, which had just come out. One of those, “if you liked that, read this” sort of things. I blindly got both. Turns out I hated Legend, but Red Rising is still one of my favorite books. I still don’t understand that recommendation, but I’m glad it was there.

I hope you enjoyed this tag! I thought it was a lot of fun. Thanks to Jenn at Thrice Read (I hope you don’t mind that I borrowed this tag!). As always, if you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged.

What is the strangest reason you’ve ever bought and/or read a book? Let me know in the comments!

14 thoughts on “How I Choose My Books Tag

    1. Thanks! Unfortunately, I don’t think I did a review for Harry. But I’m planning on rereading it eventually, so maybe I’ll do one then. It’s a great book! I was happy to sit in traffic because it meant I got to listen to more of he audiobook.

  1. I love the idea of this tag and I enjoyed reading your thoughtful answers — I think I’ll do it too! As I’m sure I’ve mentioned, I’m a huge fan of the Red Rising series too! I never did get around to reading Morning Star (mostly because of our move) and I had planned to read it this summer, but after talking to a friend whom I convinced to read the series I realized how many finer details I had forgotten, so I’m going to re-read the other two books first. (A big deal for me — I seldom re-read anything but HP!) I’m so excited to dive back into that world — and I’m looking forward to Iron Gold too!

    1. It is one of the few series I’ve reread, too (I think the only other ones are HP and Hunger Games) and I loved it just as much! I think rereading is a great plan, because there are a lot of details that come back up. And I can’t wait for Iron Gold! Hope you enjoy your reread, and I look forward to seeing your tag post!

  2. Hi Stephanie! I love reading, however lately I couldn’t find a book that I could call fascinating in a long time…So I keep on re-reading old ones… Back in the days my school librarian sensed my “style” and recommended me the books that I simply fell in love with… However my school days are long over and I couldn’t find another human being who would share same interest that I do…. I like meaningful (even historic) literature that makes you think and form your own opinion & thought…. not some silly, straight forward and so easily predictable books that I’ve been reading lately… Perhaps I could ask you for some advice? What would you recommend ?

    1. Hi! I definitely enjoy books like that as well. I’m not sure what your specific tastes are, but a few books I enjoyed that really made me think are Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. A recent read that was a bit lighter, but definitely made me think a lot about life is Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore (it’ll be out on the 22nd). A Man Called Ove is also very good. And if you’re looking for more historical literature, maybe try Elizabeth Kostova. I hope these recommendations work for you! Let me know if you’re looking for something more specific. Happy reading!

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