Last 10 Books Tag

I saw this tag on Rachel’s blog and it looked so much fun I decided to steal it.

1. What was the last book you DNFed?

41747005I have two DNF shelves on my Goodreads, “Will probably not finish” and “on hold”. Both show how unsure I am whether a book is really properly DNFed or if I will pick it back up at some point. The last book I put down, and I am dreading admitting this because it is so very beloved, is The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I will maybe pick it back up at some other point but it is very much not a book for me. I can see why people love it for sure, but for me the melodrama and over-the-topness did not work. I also wished the protagonist would stop talking about his penis so much.

2. Last book you reread?

Oh, hello again, rereading questions. The last book I reread was Kassandra by Christa Wolf. It is my all-time favourite book and the only one I really make a habit out of regularly rereading.

3. Last book you bought?

32802595I preordered the UK paperback edition of Becky Chambers Record of a Spaceborn Few, the third in the Wayfarer series, which I love. I also love this title and I am so glad to proper-sized paperback edition is publishing soon.

 

 

4. Last book you said you read but didn’t?

I rarely do that. But, technically, I did not finish War and Peace because I ragequit it way too close to the end. The only character I found interesting died and I put the book down and just never picked it back up. I read enough to have an opinion of the book (and it is as follows: Tolstoy got worse the older he got and his didactics ruin an otherwise brilliant writer) and as such might have said to have read it at some point.

5. Last book you wrote in the margins of?

It’s probably the last book I bought for my thesis, and I couldn’t say which one it is. I only write in the margins of books I read for an academic purpose.

6. Last book you got signed?

None.

7. Last book you lost?

Not technically lost but I don’t have the first two books in The Hunger Games trilogy anymore and coincidentally, the exact same editions are in my youngest stepsister’s room at her mum’s house. But everybody is backing her up in that these are her books and it seems petty to argue. I still haven’t replaced the books though.

8. Last book you had to replace?

10860047A friend of mine I am no longer speaking to still has my copy of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I went ahead and just replaced the book because it looks pretty and I really loved it when I read it.

 

 

9. Last book you had an argument over?

Not argument per se but I tried listening to It by Stephen King and when I gave up halfway through (after more than 20 hours I might add!), I may have ranted at my boyfriend for long enough for him (who is a very patient man, an attribute I adore) to tell me that maybe I am overreacting. He really likes Stephen King so it was not my most diplomatic moment. But that book drove me up the walls!

10. Last book you couldn’t get a hold of?

Lidia Yuknavitch has two short story collections that are impossible to find. I would love to be able to read those because she is my hero and I think her style would lend itself beautifully to the format.

As I wasn’t tagged, I also won’t do that but if you decide to do a post on this, please let me know!

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8 thoughts on “Last 10 Books Tag

  1. While I am sad that you weren’t getting on with The Heart’s Invisible Furies I did kind of fear that outcome, as I think that’s where our reading taste really diverges. I absolutely loved the unapologetic melodrama (I mean, given how much I love Greek tragedies, how could I not). And despite all the positive reviews it really is not a book for everyone.

    I am sad for you re: the Lidia Yuknavitch short stories! Maybe she’ll write another novel that will become a big hit and then they’ll start reissuing her backlist.

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    1. I think if I hadn’t gotten so hung up on the penis-descriptions and just read it quickly it would have been a perfectly fine book for me; probably closer to 3 stars than 4 but still worth reading. I also read it at the worst possible time.
      She does not even have her short story collections on her website anymore and I am very worried that I’ll never get to read them. But maybe, instead of whining, I should just finally read the two novels I haven’t yet.

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    1. Sometimes I just know it’s just my reading mood but sometimes I am unsure. And properly DNFing a book always feels so very final that I need to give myself the theoretical option to pick it back up later.

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  2. Kassandra seems like a fascinating book! I’m also not a big fan of spending time on rereading books, but there are a few that are too personally meaningful not to reread regularly.

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