According to the women over on the blog Of Wonderland, which is where I found this, the original creator of this book tag seems to have disappeared from the web, with their name lost in the ether! However, if you happen to know who it is/was please do let us all know!
Here are the questions with my answers!
Pick a book for each of your initials…
D: “Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
R: “Restless” by William Boyd
C: “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller
These are all books to which I gave 5/5 stars. For my middle initial, I could have also chosen “Running in the Family” by Michael Ondaatje, but that’s non-fiction! (The R stands for Ruth, by the way.)
Count your age along your bookshelf, what is it?
62: “The Girl on the Landing” by Paul Torday. (Okay, I cheated here. I counted up from the oldest book reviews I’ve written instead of what’s on my bookshelf. That’s because I have several different kinds of bookshelves and didn’t know which one to count from!)
Pick a book set in your city/country
“Forest Dark” by Nicole Krauss takes place in Israel (the one book that I’ve read that takes place mostly in Jerusalem isn’t all that great, so… I figured, better to go with country than city! Mind you, there are a couple others that have a few scenes in Israel, but not as much as this one.)
Pick a book that represents a place you’d like to travel to
Well, I don’t know if it “represents” these places (more like presents them), but the non-fiction book “On Trying to Keep Still,” author Jenny Diski goes to both New Zealand and Lapland – two places I’d love to visit myself.
Pick a book that’s your favourite colour
Turquoise: I’ll go with this cover of “Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebald! Yes, I know, there is lots of blue and gray in this cover, but right in the middle – where it counts – it really is the mostly lovely shade of turquoise, don’t you think?
Which book do you have fondest memories of?
This is very difficult to answer, because I’m fond of so many, many books, but I think that because I read this one to my kids so many times that I still know it by heart (at least mostly), I’ll pick “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. It is always nice to remember my children from when they were young!
Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
I think that because it was so heart-wrenching and so beautiful that I’ll say Maggie O’Farrell’s non-fiction memoir “I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death”. It wasn’t a hard book to read, but the subject matter was unsettling.
Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
When I finish it, or IF I finish it? If the former, maybe “Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women’s Olympic Team” by Elise Hooper because it is the longest book that I have on my TBR right now. However, I’ll also feel good when I finish reading “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson because I heard about the controversy regarding if Jojo Moyes plagiarized this for her book “Giver of Stars”. I read Richardson was unable to mount a legal battle because Moyes has such a big publisher behind her, and Richardson is just indie published and doesn’t have the funds available to fight such a big-name author. Well, I like to help the underdog, so I bought Richardson’s book!