Having lost an hour of sleep last night because of Daylight Savings Time in the United States (can we just get rid of this please?) and working a full shift today, I am currently running on fumes. This is when I wish past-Kerri had thought ahead and scheduled a post… but alas! I have been burned by her once again 😂
What I’m trying to say is that I’m currently very much in ‘no thoughts, head empty’ mode, but I still want to do a post for today! When that happens, my go-to post type is a good ol’ fashioned book tag. Thankfully, I had two incredible bloggers, Jenny @ Jen Jen Reviews and Ashlee @ Books Are 42, tag me in the Bookish Scenarios Book Tag! Thanks for bailing me out for the day, y’all! If you’re not already following these two, you should definitely give their blogs a peek. They both create wonderful bookish posts that are a lot more coherent than my ramblings today are gonna be. They’re both also genuinely wonderful people ❤❤ This tag was originally created by LindsayHeartsBooks on YouTube.
Alright, let’s get to the post!
You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep ONE from each of these genres: Contemporary, fantasy, nonfiction and one other of your choosing. What books do you keeps?
This question is cruel! One of each? ONLY ONE FANTASY?!? Fiiiiine…
Contemporary: I’m not gonna cheat and pick a contemporary fantasy, though I am sorely tempted. Instead, I’m going to pick a book that made me realize I could enjoy a contemporary novel. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was such an incredible read that it not only convinced me to not disregard all contemporaries, it re-sparked my interest in YA novels. It also helps that it introduced me to one of my favorite authors!
Fantasy: This one hurts. I have so many five star fantasies that I would want to keep! If it came down to only being able to keep one, though, I’d have to pick The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. One, because it’s one of the few fantasy standalones on my five star list, haha. And, two, because I adore this book and this author and, of her two novels, this is definitely my favorite. I connected with this one on a deep level and I couldn’t imagine letting it go. It’s also signed!
Non-fiction: This is a bit easier as I honestly haven’t read a ton of non-fiction that I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the few non-fiction novels that I would love to keep on my shelves is Becoming by Michelle Obama. It’s a stunning memoir and by a person I truly admire. Of all the non-fiction I actually own, this would be the one I’d want to hang on to.
Reader’s Choice: I suppose I could sneak another fantasy on, at this point. But I’m gonna defy expectations! Kind of. You see, the book I’m picking could be considered a mystery or a thriller or fantasy. It’s also a new favorite and one that I already want to re-read! I recently read The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd for a blog tour and now I can’t stop thinking about it! It’s a clear sign I should keep it around, right? Right *nod*
You’re at the book store and you can hear a teenager telling their mother they don’t like to read, but their mother insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it?
I would need to know more about the teen before I could truly answer this question! What are their interests? Are the open to fantasy? Or do they like more realistic stories? Are they okay with romance? If I knew nothing about the teen in question, I would probably lean towards something contemporary as they are usually quick reads. I’d attempt to keep it light-hearted, as well. I think Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon could work! Even if the ending destroyed me 😭
You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a good mood?
Reading Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko never fails to put me in a good mood! Yes, it’s a book that tackles heavy issues like generational trauma and the freakin’ patriarchy. Yes, there are literal demons and plenty of bloodshed. But this book just makes me happy, okay?! The world-building makes me feel like I’m in Aritsar right with Tarisai and her council siblings. If I were a younger woman, I would want Tarisai to be my best friend! And the found family element, y’all. I cannot stress enough how much joy this book brings me!
You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?
I was a huge Shakespeare nerd when I was a teen. Still kind of am one, if I’m being honest! But my teens was when my love for The Bard was the strongest. I remember reading Macbeth in high school and just falling in love. However, my favorite from back then was hands-down Hamlet. I used to have Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy memorized and would randomly recite it. For no reason. I just loved it that much. I could probably still ramble it off if you gave me a warm up period, haha. Now I kind of want to re-read Hamlet…
Your friend surprises you with a four-day trip and you have one hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?
Hahahahahahahaha, like I would ever pack just one book 😂 I would at least take whatever I was currently reading and then a backup in case I finished that one. But, for the sake of this tag, we’ll say I was literally being pushed out of the house and only had time to snatch up one book. In that case, I would grab The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin because I am determined to read that book this month and, yet, I still haven’t even started it. It’s one of those things where I’ve hyped a book up so much in my head that I’m scared to actually, ya know… read it.
Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?
Oh man, I would be so upset if someone went through my books and stole some! For two reasons. One, they would probably leave everything out of order and strewn everywhere. Yes, my bookshelves have no rhyme or reason to anyone else but they make sense to me and I would be pissed if someone messed with my organized chaos. Two… books ain’t cheap!! But I would be most upset if they took one of my signed books, especially if the book was personalized to me. The two I know are personalized off the top of my head are The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I would be really upset if those were stolen.
Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you A) Just pretend you haven’t noticed, B) Ask them to repurchase it, or C) Secretly do the same thing to something of theirs?
I would feel like an ass if I did B, even though I shouldn’t because they damaged my personal property. It’s only fair they replace it, right? But I just wouldn’t be able to bring myself to ask because I’m not good with confrontation. Also, as mentioned above, books aren’t cheap and I don’t know their financial situation. I also would never do C because WTF?! That is just needlessly cruel.
So, in this scenario, because of who I am as a person, I would probably go with A. And then I would just never let them borrow a book again.
I’ll forgive. But I’ll never forget.
Because my brain is trying to shut down as I type, I’m tagging anyone and everyone who would like to participate with this fun tag! Make sure to share a link, if you do, because I would love to see your answers 😄
Until next time, happy reading!