Sunday, 27 September 2015

The Bookshelf Tag!

Yes, at long last I am finally getting round to uploading this post - The Bookshelf Tag - which the lovely Laura invited me to complete a little while ago.

1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven't because you know that it'll make you cry? 
For the most part I don't know how a book is going to affect me emotionally until I actually start reading it, but I think that the answer to this question has got to be After You by Jojo Moyes. This book was only released on the 24th September 2015 and, truth be told, I haven't yet obtained a copy of it but I just know that given how Me Before You recently affected me that After You will do the same.

2. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre
I'm going to say the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I think I first started reading this series when I was 15 or 16 and these books helped introduce me to the world of Chick-lit - a genre I now absolutely love. I also found that these books helped me make the transition from reading teenage fiction to reading adult fiction. Even now I still enjoy reading these books and always look forward to the next book being released in the Shopaholic series!

3. Find a book that you want to reread
As a rule I don't tend to reread books, mainly for the reason that there's so many new books being published that I want to read and not enough time to get through them all. However, I think the answer to this question would have to be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Since studying this book for GCSE English I've reread this book several times - there's something about it that I just love - but I haven't read it in a while. I have, however, got Go Set a Watchman sat on my bookshelf and feel that to appreciate this I should reread To Kill a Mockingbird first.

4. Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn't?
I've not a read a lot of series I'll be honest but those which I have read I've really enjoyed and so I wouldn't say that I wish I hadn't read them.

5. If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
This is such a difficult question to which I'd love to answer all of them but as I don't think that's allowed I'm going to have to say McFly - Unsaid Things...Our Story. For those that don't already know I am a massive fan of McFly and to lose this book without knowing for certain whether I would be able to obtain another copy of it would absolutely break my heart.

6. Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?

Yes. There's actually two books (which I'm counting as one because they are a series) and they are Solomon's Tale and Solomon's Kitten by Sheila Jeffries. These will be books I will keep and treasure forever and which every time I look at them will bring back fond memories - of my mum who gave them to me for Christmas and also of my cat, Socksie, who is pretty much identical to Solomon and has a similar story to tell.

7. Find a book that has inspired you the most
It's not your typical book but I'm going to say my Wise Words notebook. Basically it's a notebook but on every page directly adjacent to the page for notes there is a quote. I absolutely love this book and feel that the quotes are both inspirational and uplifting. I was actually given this as a present from someone and am so glad I was as otherwise I don't think I would ever have come across this gem!

8. Do you have any autographed books?
I've got two - a signed copy of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which I won earlier this month in a competition and Tremor by Ryan Mark. Tremor was one of the first books I reviewed on my blog back in May and I'm really excited to announce that I will be taking part in the blog tour for the second book, Fracture, in October.

9. Find the book that you have owned the longest
A lot of the books that I owned as a child have been taken to charity shops, minus a few which I absolutely refuse to be parted with. But, to answer the question, I think the book that I have owned the longest is my now, rather battered copy, of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone which I remember being very excited to get my hands on all those years ago.

10. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy? 
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I never thought that I would read or enjoy this book mainly because of the subject matter but I did. Despite how I approached this book I actually found that I completely fell in love with it and thought that it was touching and beautiful, one that I know I will remember for a long time to come.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I'm not going to tag anyone specific to complete it but if you'd like to do so, go ahead - I'd love to read your answers!

Happy reading! :)