Tag: How I Choose My Books

I was tagged (a while ago, sorry) by Hadeer over @ Cairene Librarian for this absolutely wonderful tag. Thank you so much!

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

The first book with a pink cover I found on my shelves is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, one of my favourite authors. I bought this because I enjoyed The Bone Clocks enough to feel like he is somebody I want to read more of – and that book I chose because the cover just spoke to me in a book shop (and it sounded JUST like my type of book). I am in general a huge fan of the way Mitchell’s books look.

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

I don’t think I can think of any of those. I don’t tend to read books I don’t expect to like. And even when I was in school I really enjoyed the books we had to read. (also, and this will make me sound not so great: if I don’t expect to like a book and read it anyways I usually don’t like it indeed and then don’t finish it – for example “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” is a book I should just have let be).

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

25694095I picked A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. I read that because it won the Man Booker Prize in 2015. It also sounded like something I should probably read and I am glad I did but I struggled SO much with this book. I read it over a period of several months and it really made me doubt my English proficiency. If you don’t know, the book is told from numerous perspectives and some of these perspectives are stream-of-consciousness and some are nearly patois and I don’t think I got all out of the book that I could have. Also, Marlon James is publishing the first in a high fantasy trilogy next year and until I heard that I did NOT know how much I needed that in my life.Dav

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

My boyfriend really really wanted me to read more Stephen King; so I did. I read The Shining and Needful Things and Dolores Claiborne (my favourite of the books I read) and listened to half the audiobook of It. He is just not the author for me. And let’s just leave it at that.

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

I don’t think I would have picked up the Kate Daniels’ series when I was looking for a UF series to binge if I hadn’t seen so many positive reviews for the series over time. And how much fun I had! I only have two of the books left to read and then will go on and read the rest of the books the authors have written.

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

I picked a few:

Mean by Myriam Gurba featured on quite a few best of 2017 lists and memoirs written by women are my favourite. I usually read “Best non-fiction of the year” lists between Christmas and New Years and then pre-order the paperbacks for the ones that sound most like my type of books. It’s my Christmas present for me, if you will.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson is a book I read because I like the author and had read two of her other books. I will eventually have read all her non-fiction.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is a modern classic (and SO good but SO disturbing) and I read quite a lot more modern classics a few years back.

And finally, Sterben by Karl Ove Knausgard (which is OBVIOUSLY not called My Struggle in German and which SHOULD not be called that in any language if you ask me) is a book I haven’t read yet because I could either love or hate it and since I bought it I am more and more convinced I won’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It’s one of the books I won’t be reading until I finish my PhD and have more space in my head.

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

15350The only book that comes to mind is Lord of the Rings. I watched the first movie in the cinema with my dad who is a big Tolkien fan and thought it was brilliant. But there was not way I could wait a year to see the next one, so I read the books instead. And while I like the books, I do have to admit to liking the movies more.


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

All-time favourite books is such a difficult thing to say because what can count as an all-time favourite? But I will try my best.

4412083Possibly my favourite book of all time is Kassandra by Christa Wolf (as I’m sure most of you will know). I loved Greek myths as a teenager (in fact still do) and stumbled over this book in my parent’s collection. A lot flew over my head the first time reading it, but I have since frequently returned to the book.

2432563Another favourite is Where Blues Begins by Janice Deaner (I am linking that book’s Goodreads page because seriously not enough people have read it) – my sister owned that book and either recommended it to me or I stole it of her shelves. I adored that book every time I read it – and I really should re-read it soon to see if that is still the case.


As I don’t know who has done this tag already, I won’t be tagging anyone. But do let me know if you decide to participate!

4 thoughts on “Tag: How I Choose My Books

  1. This is a great tag – I might borrow it. Totally agree about Mitchell’s cover designs, and I feel similarly about both A Brief History of Seven Killings, but also the prospect of a Marlon James fantasy epic.

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    1. Oh please do! I’d love to know how you choose your books.
      I really hope Marlon James’ fantasy epic lives up to my very high expectations.


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