I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw it on Books Are 42 (go follow her – her posts are a ton of fun to read!) and thought it would be a lot of fun.
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?
First of all, I’d be wondering why I have to get rid of all my books. Like, is this a Fahrenheit 451 situation and I only have enough good hiding places for 4 books? Second of all, I don’t read nonfiction, so I’d also be wondering why one of the books I get to keep has to be nonfiction.
Moving on, though, I think the contemporary novel I’d keep is Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers because the pain of figuring and re-figuring yourself out always feels relevant. The fantasy one would be The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick because I think I could spend a lifetime picking out all the details of the world and story. I don’t have many nonfiction books, so I guess I’ll pick The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin because I’ve been trying to read and finish it for almost 20 years. My last pick would have to be We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen because the friendship in that one absolutely stole my heart and I’m still waiting to get it back.
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?
Well, I’m too shy and introverted and scared of my own voice to do this, but I remember when I was a teen and there were some books floating around among my peers (I only gave in once). I’d have to say that whatever is popular is the one I’d recommend. What teen wants to be left out?
You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a good mood?
Not a single book, but a lovely children’s quartet that’s gone through thick and thin with me: The Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce. I love the near absence of romance and the absolutely wonderful friendship formed between four very different children. For me, this series is the ultimate comfort read and has never failed to make me feel better. Even just thinking of some of my favorite scenes makes me feel better.
You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?
So, I wasn’t the teen who wanted to read what everyone else was reading. I had my years of fantasy and a year of classics and a year where I actually did read nonfiction and tried to read through The Federalist Papers. But I think I’d probably be caught reading The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan because I discovered those in the spring of my freshman year and spent the rest of high school catching up. Or maybe War and Peace because it took me 3 months and 3 days to read it.
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?
Well, my friend and I would probably spend the whole way getting there talking because there’s one who lives an ocean away and another who lives almost 2 hours away and all our lives are just so busy. Also, I get motion sickness, so, unless it’s a plane ride, I’m not reading. Assuming I’ll be on a plane and my friend knocks out, I’d probably read whatever I’m currently reading. I’m the sort of book blogger who plans out all their reviews, so keeps to a fairly rigid list in which I read the books in order. Currently, I’m reading In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power.
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?
I guess stealing books is cheaper than buying them? For some, that $0.99 for an ebook can be steep. Especially right now when I could probably buy 2-3 ebooks, at least, for the price of one gallon of gas. I’ll have to go with hoping The Savage Garden by Mark Mills is still there. This is one of the books I picked up while studying in Denmark, so it still has the price sticker. I loved this one so much I read it on repeat for months after I returned home.
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?
My two closest friends, the only friends I’d probably ever lend my books to, would never do that to me. We all love books. But I’d probably go with A. I’m not the type to raise a fuss (though my mom would disagree when she broke the spine of one of my books) and I’d probably get another copy. Or not. I never replaced the one with the broken spine. But there’s also the chance I probably really won’t notice because I don’t loan out books I haven’t read yet and I don’t pay attention to imperfections when the books are on my shelf.