Today’s post is going to be, not one, but two tags! I love doing tags so I was so happy to see that Amy @ A Fangirls Opinion had tagged me in these. I’m going to divide this blog post into two posts so without further ado.
Let’s begin with the first tag….
The Last 10 Books Tag
Last Book I Bought
The last book I bought was The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I bought it after writing my Spotlight On: Sylvia Plath blogpost (you can read it here!) I’m super excited to read this book; it always seems to be on top of the lists of books you have to read. I’m really interested in learning more about the life of Sylvia Plath and everything she went through and, as The Bell Jar is semi-autobiographical, I feel like it will be a great opportunity to do so.
Last Book I Re-Read
The last book (or books) that I re-read were The Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. I read these books as a child and never visited them again. The stories have stuck with me through life. It was really interesting to re-read these books as an adult and from an adults’ perspective. It was so different from how I remember it and I noticed that, reading as an adult, there are so many nods towards religion and God that I would not have picked up on as a child.
Last Book I Gave Up On
I’ve never DNF’d a book so this book is quite difficult for me to answer. There have definitely been times when I’ve wanted to DNF a book but my stubborn self wouldn’t let me. I enjoy persevering with books and being on that emotional rollercoaster with a read. The last book where I felt like I really wanted to DNF it (but I didn’t!) was The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I’ve spoken about this a lot and if you read my blog regularly you’re probably sick of me mentioning my experience with this book. I picked it up thinking I would enjoy it; it’s such a well-loved read to the point where it seems to have a cult of very loyal followers hyping it up all the time. However, I just did not vibe with it. When I finished the book, I could see where people were coming from when they said they loved it. It was an ok book but I don’t count myself as one of the people that loved it.
Last Book I Said I Read But Didn’t
I’ve never done this! Even at school and university, I always read the books that were set (that’s my inner Hermione coming out).
Last Book I Wrote in the Margins Of
Like Amy, there’s only a handful of books that I’ve done this to. In fact, I could count on one hand the amount of books I’ve done this to and all of them are poetry collections/books. I like writing in the margins of my poetry books to write down any feelings/thoughts or interpretations of the words I might have whilst reading them. I also like to write down some background information and context on the poem in the margin (e.g. history of the time it was written) as I feel like this helps me to further understand the poem. I think the last actual book I wrote in the margins of was Poems from the First World War edited by Gaby Morgan.
Last Book That I Had Signed
I’ve never got a book signed! Most of my books are classics (especially Victorian classics) so getting those signed are impossible!
Last Book I Lost
I’ve also never lost a book before! My books are far too precious to me for that. I really take pride in my book collection and want to keep it in as perfect condition as possible.
Last Book I Had to Replace
I haven’t had to replace any books recently however, I definitely should replace my Harry Potter book collection. I’ve read them so many times that the spines are all broken and the binding is falling apart. Sellotape is a permanent fixture on many of my Harry Potter books just to keep them intact!
Last Book I Argued Over
There’s not really a specific book that I’ve argued with anyone over. I’m very accepting of other people’s opinions. I completely get that books are so subjective and your tastes can be so varied so what I love, other people might not and that’s absolutely fine! However, my boyfriend does not understand how I can buy different versions of the same book. I have three different copies of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and my boyfriend is constantly trying to persuade me to get rid of the extra two copies. Of course I won’t as I love collecting books and I especially love collecting different editions of my favourite books!
Last Book You Couldn’t Find
I have all my books in piles on the floor so it’s really easy to pick out books that I want to read. I think the last book that I had a mild panic over that I had lost was 1984 by George Orwell. Turns out I just hadn’t put it with the rest of my Orwell books. I really love organising my books in this way as it makes it so much easier to find a specific book that I want to read.
And that’s the first tag done!
Thank you for reading.
Love, Zoë x