TCL’s My Life in Books Tag.

My Life In Books TagAccording 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.)

girl on landingCount 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!)

37cca-forest2bdark2bnicole2bkrauss-1Pick 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.)

e06fa-on2btrying2bto2bkeep2bstill2bjenny2bdiskiPick 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.

05813-lovely_bones_coverPick 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?

Where the Wild Things AReWhich 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!

61XdAfZLvMLWhich 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!

I don’t like to tag people so if you want to do this one, consider yourself tagged!

21 thoughts on “TCL’s My Life in Books Tag.

  1. That sounds really fun! I’m boycotting Jojo’s Bookwoman book. I live almost in the area the book is set just in Ohio and I can’t imagine how she could “capture” it by staying in a Hampton Inn and going out on some interviews, but…. I HAVE loved her other books and she is a must-read other than this book. I’m also pissed that her book got the movie contract though she has worked very hard as a writer and Me Before You means she sells. So hard when the inie deserves more recognition

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    1. You know that this isn’t the first time she’s been accused of plagiarizing, don’t you? She’s a romance writer, but Richardson’s book is NOT a romance novel. I wish there was something to be done to keep her from getting that movie made.


  2. I’d love to give Moyes the benefit of doubt…but I bought The Book Woman of the Troublesome Creek, so I guess I voted with my money. It isn’t easy to get the characters in histfic sound right for the place and period.

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    1. True, but Richardson succeeds admirably here. From what I read via Amazon’s “look inside” of the Moyes book, it feels flat and frankly… boring! I never read anything by Moyes, and from this excerpt, I don’t think I will.

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  3. This is a fun post! I have been wondering about The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek myself. I’ll wait for you review . . .although it does seem like a book my book club would love. I do want to also read The Giver of Stars to compare as well, although I’m afraid it will make me angry!

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    1. I’m about half way through now. And here’s the thing that Richardson did that you don’t find in the Moyes book (from what I read through the Amazon “look inside” option) – Richardson’s voice is VERY much Kentucky, and Moyes’ voice is one of a Brit who is trying to sound like an American. Seriously!

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  4. Love these lists for the insight they provide. I have books that have been on my TBR for so long, it’s embarrassing.

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