Book Tag: Soundtrack to My Life

Soundtrack-to-My-Life-Book-Tag

Thanks to Kat at Life and Other Disasters for the tag! This one has a bit of variety in it and was an absolute joy to do, especially on Sunday where I just want to lie in bed and roll around. 😛

Opening Credits: Favourite childhood book.

Harry Potter would be too cliched an answer, so I’m going to go with the author whose works jump-started my love for reading: Enid Blyton. I devoured her books when I was younger to the point where it’s hard to say which of her series is my favourite.

The Famous Five made me want to be an adventurer, The Naughtiest Girl and St. Clare made want to go to a boarding school, Five Find-Outers and The Secret Seven made me want to be a detective, and The Wishing Chair made me want a chair half as cool as the characters’. These books were the books from my childhood, and for good reason, too.

Waking Up: A book that got you out of a reading slump.

I was in a three-year reading slump that ended just last year in 2015, when I decided to pick up Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart and also started blogging.

Reading Steelheart was honestly so much like watching a movie (specifically X-Men, which is one of my favourite movie series ever because James McAvoy! Superpowers! And Michael Fassbender!) that I didn’t feel the need to put it down like most books I read during my rut.

School: A book you had to read for school that you ended up loving.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

This is the book that got me thinking more critically as a reader and was taught by my favourite teacher, which might be why I love it so much. It’s a classic dystopian novel has every element right, from setting and symbolism to characterisation, plot, and pacing.

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books.

I’m not very huge on authors–I’m very much a book-by-book kind of person. I’m tempted to say J. K. Rowling, but I have no interest in reading The Casual Vacancy. I’m tempted to say Enid Blyton, but now that I’m an adult, most of her books don’t engage me as they did when I was little. Is anyone else like me? D:

Fight: Book with the best action sequences.

I have no answer for this one–most action sequences are done relatively well, I think–well enough that I haven’t yet found one I hated, and yet perhaps not so well that I don’t think much of them. I can’t even recall one action sequence in which I think, hell yes, this is action in all its glory!

Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish.

Goodness. Veronica Roth’s Divergent.

I only read the first book and I have no intention continuing because of the various problems I feel the series suffers from. Also, it feels like a Hunger Games knock-off and didn’t come across as nearly original or authentic enough. :/

Hanging With Friends: Book you think everyone else should read.

I’m going against the grain with this one and answering with Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. It’s non-fiction, it’s kind of an advice book but it’s honestly one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

It’s not just pretty words, too–anyone who has gone through anything difficult in their life would benefit from Strayed’s wise advice, even if the situation isn’t directly applicable. It’s helped me dig out of my numerous quarter-life crisis meltdowns a few times.

“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”

Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you or had you crying your eyes out.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

It’s such a sad story and became one of my favourite contemporary romance novels ever. I’m planning to reread it before the movie comes out this year.

“All I can say is that you make me… you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you–even the you that you seem to think is diminished–than with anyone else in the world.”

Road Trip: Your favorite series (more than 3 books).

Maybe The Maze Runner by James Dashner? I wouldn’t say they’re my favourite books, but I quite enjoyed the world-building and the characters and the fact that it didn’t focus too heavily on romance.

Most series are inconsistent to me, though; usually I’d like the first book, but dislike the second or the third (The Hunger Games), or I just didn’t feel like it’s worth reading the series as whole. It’s difficult for my interest to be sustained over the years.

Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago.

Ah, 2011: the year I read 121 books (the most I have and probably ever will in 365 days), the year I discovered regency romance, and the year that sent me into a three-year reading slump. According to my Goodreads shelf, I found so many favourites this year, most (all?) of which I’ve mentioned at least once on this blog:

  • Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
  • Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
  • Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  • The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
  • North of Beautiful by Justine Chen

Getting Back Together: A book you can’t stop rereading.

I don’t reread a lot, but I do have comfort books. The first four I mentioned in the previous question are books I’ve reread (or leafed through my favourite sections) at least once.

Wedding: A book that is really special to you.

Most books I read and liked are special to me in one way or another, but I’m going to go with Crush by Richard Siken. It’s a poetry book, and his writing is ridiculously, ridiculously lovely. So many different ways to love and be loved, so many different ways to screw it up and perhaps make amends.

Do you want it? Do you want anything I have? Will you throw me to the ground
like you mean it, reach inside and wrestle it out with your bare hands?
If you love me, Henry, you don’t love me in a way I understand.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read.

I exported my Goodreads library just for this question! Apparently it’s Gone with The Wind, but I have no recollection whatsoever of the story; I only remember flipping through the pages when I was younger as my mum owns a copy.

Because of that, I’m going to go with Haruki Murakami’s magnus opus, 1Q84. It’s as thick as 928 pages and honestly felt quite long. 😛

Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually brilliant how it ended and I commend Flynn’s genius, but it absolutely, truly sucks for Nick. If I were him, I wouldn’t be able to sleep peacefully for even another night.

“Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood? He gets me. She gets me. Isn’t that the simple magic phrase?”

Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue.

The Next Together by Lauren James.

The epilogue irritated me to no end: it didn’t tie up any loose strings, completely dismissed the time travel journey we went through in the book, and was just really lacklustre. That epilogue solidified my decision to not continue with the sequel, despite the interesting premise. It had so much potential and it just failed in all the ways that mattered. 😦

End Credits: Who do you tag?

Feel free to ignore this tag if you’ve done this before or can’t be bothered! HAPPY WEEKEND, FOLKS.

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27 thoughts on “Book Tag: Soundtrack to My Life

  1. I loved the Famous Five series!!!! I’ve read a couple of them and honestly wished I had exciting adventures like they did! I think I own The Famous Five Have a Wondeful Time – the one where they go to that castle on that island. They were funny, sometimes scary and also made me so hungry 😄
    I also have no interest in reading the Divergent series. They sounded very similar to the Hunger Games and I heard that the last book wasn’t that great.

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    • Definitely. I think I acted out some of the adventures occasionally back then, haha. I don’t actually remember most of the adventures, but I remember how excited I felt when reading them. 😛

      Yeah, Divergent was pretty similar to the Hunger Games, I think. It’s really unfortunate. :/

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  2. I am glad you enjoyed doing the tag! Great answers! I had difficulties thinking of one particular action scene too! And I totally get what you mean by the epilogue of The Next Together … that book was a huge disappointment in general…

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  3. I really loved Fahrenheit 451, it’s such a good book! I also don’t plan to finish Divergent. I didn’t particularly like the first book and I heard that it’s get worse with each book, so I have no intention of finishing that trilogy. 🙂

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  4. I don’t blame you for not finishing the Divergent series. When I first read the books I really enjoyed them but now when I look back at the series I just get frustrated with everything that goes on haha. I’m with you on the author love thing. I base every reading experience on the book and the book alone. If I don’t find the book interesting or my cup of tea I probably won’t read it. Thanks for the tag. 😀

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    • Same! I read the first book and enjoyed it when I finished it, but I gave it a few months and when I looked back, it just wasn’t as good.

      I’m glad we’re alike in that sense! 😛 Almost no author is an insta-read for me; I gotta know more about the book in question first.

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  5. Fahrenheit 451! Yes! I remember it was one of the first dystopias I read, and because of that it completely blew my mind. Like for you, it’s basically the first book that made me want to think critically about what I read. And it’s probably one of the scariest books for us booklovers (because of the whole book-burning and all)

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    • HAHA, YES. I think it’s the book that made me love dystopian fiction as a genre. It’s so scary to imagine what could happen to our society, but also a relief in a way? Like “thank goodness this is just fiction” type of thing. 😛

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      • So true! Nothing to make you appreciate your world more than a good ol’ fashion dystopia XD (except for 1984; I saw some very relevant aspects of our world in that dystopia, and after reading it I legit thought our world was headed for a crisis)

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        • I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t actually finished 1984 yet! I keep meaning to (and reading through the first few chapters), and then I’ll be dropping it because it’s not exactly uplifting, haha. Oops? 😛

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