The Bookshelf Tag

Posted February 12, 2015 by Debby in Uncategorized

A while back, Nitzan @ The Book Babe’s Reads tagged me for the Bookshelf Tag! (No idea who originally created this one – sorry!) Of course, with moving and everything, I am late in responding, but whatever. Who cares? It’s a tag! It’s fun! Come browse my bookshelves with me!

1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know it’ll make you cry?

Nope! I very rarely cry at books. To date there’s been around 5 books that have made me cry. But I AM scared of reading books that others have said will make me cry – namely Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson and If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch. My fear is that I’m going to be the heartless bitch who has no emotional reaction. It has happened in the past.

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2. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre!

Hmm, I’ll go with the gorgeous A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller, for introducing me to historical fiction. I never really read historical fiction before that. I don’t know why, because period dramas are among my favorite movies ever, so I knew I would be totally into it. But yeah. AMWF was absolutely gorgeous and really got me to pick up some more YA Historical Fiction.

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3. Find a book that you want to re-read!

I know it’s probably entirely all too predictable, but I really want to reread Harry Potter this year. It used to be pretty much the only series I ever read. But when I started reading YA in 2012, I kind of drifted away from it. I don’t know when my last reread was. Possibly 2011? Possibly much earlier than that. Possibly when the last book came out. Ouch.

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4. Is there a book series you read but wish you hadn’t?

I currently still have copies of Divergent and Insurgent, but I’ll probably be selling them to a second-hand bookstore soon. I just… I dunno. I loved Divergent back in the day but hated the rest of the series. I can’t imagine liking the first book as much as I did before if I ever re-read it. That series just wasn’t my thing. I hated Tris and Four and their romance was awful. And the world building, particularly in the last book, totally sucked. Plot wasn’t great either. Other than that, I’m really good at culling books I don’t care for.

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5. If your house was burning down and all your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back in and save?

ONE BOOK? I only get to save one?? Obviously I need to pick one with sentimental value, possibly signed. Arguably I could replace the rest of them. Hmmm… I DON’T KNOW. I’ll go with One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva, because not only is it signed and personalized to me, but it was the first book he ever signed. Can’t let that be destroyed. … I guess. IDK THIS QUESTION IS CRUEL.

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6. Is there one book on your shelf that brings back fond memories?

Hmmm, I’ll go with The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – for two reasons. First, because the book is amazing. Okay, I was completely absorbed by that story and world and I’m SO excited about the rest of the series. But second, because I met Samantha in Amsterdam and got my copy signed. She actually waited for like 15 minutes after her signing ended, in a store where no one really knew her, because I was rushing over from work. And then we chatted for a while about so many things and she’s just a LOVELY person. So yeah, I will treasure that book forever.

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7. Find a book that has inspired you the most!

It’s cliché for me, but I have to come back to Adorkable by Sarra Manning. I KNOW I KNOW but as far as being inspired by books – that one really gave me confidence in blogging and completely re-energized me to keep being myself and build my own unique brand.

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8. Do you have any autographed books?

Surprisingly, there are quite a few! Between a few lucky giveaways, a couple of book events in the Netherlands, and obviously my trip to New York for BEA last year, I’m actually shocked at the number.

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Personalized: Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler, The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout, One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva, All Lined Up by Cora Carmack, The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau, The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris, Wool by Hugh Howey, Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally, The Swift Boys & Me by Kody Keplinger, The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes, Stuff Every College Student Should Know by Blair Thornburgh

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Not personalized: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (x2), The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith, Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

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Book plates: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill, Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

9. Find the book that you’ve owned the longest!

That would probably be this old Dutch copy of The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I don’t think I’ve actually ever read it, but I looooved the movie when I was little. So yeah, it’s always been on my shelf, though it might actually have been my sister or mother’s first. I still do want to read it someday, but I don’t know if I’d read this copy. I never read in Dutch.

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10. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you’d read and enjoy?

I guess probably Candace Bushnell or Jodi Picoult? I mean, I don’t think they would typically write my style of book, but I found these for super cheap at a book fair. I haven’t read either yet, but I am excited to read Between the Lines, because it sounds adorable – and there’s a sequel coming soon!

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I Tag…

You! If you want to! (Sorry, I’m pretty late on this and have no idea who’s done it!)

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14 responses to “The Bookshelf Tag

  1. I feel you on being more worried about NOT being emotionally destroyed/sobbing wreck when it comes to super popular sad books. That’s just the worst. There’s so much pressure, and it’s not like I’m good at emotions when I’m NOT under pressure.

    Oh man, I’m glad I did not get tagged in this, because HAHAHAHA finding all the signed books would take all of my life. That sounds braggy, but I’ve been to four conferences, so it just happens.

    The Dutch Neverending Story is precious.

    • Ugh I’ve been the emotionless bitch too many times already: If I Stay, Where She Went, A Monster Calls… I DO NOT LIKE THIS FEELING.

      LOL you don’t have to find all of them – nor do you have to take pictures for all the questions or anything, I just felt like doing that because why not be an overachiever, heyyyyyyy? But yeah, I have a column in my book inventory spreadsheet for signed yes/personalize/book plate/no, so it was easy for me. If I didn’t have that I wouldn’t have bothered.

      I KNOW. I do like having that cute little cover on my shelf. ♥

      • If it makes you feel better, even though I really liked both IIS and WSW, I still totally did not cry. Ditto for A Monster Calls, which I thought was lovely, but did not find feelsy at all. I mean, I can see where it would slay someone in similar circumstances, but I’ve been lucky. It doesn’t help when the book is so hyped, because I go in with my emotional loins girded.

        Hahaha, you? An overachiever? NEVER. I do not have that in my catalog, though I think it has a place for that info. However, I wasn’t tracking that before I got the software and going through to check signed vs. personalized would be just the worst.

        • Yeah, it’s mostly the grief related stories for me. I just don’t cry because I have not really experienced anything like that. And I have trouble connecting with those characters because of it. Grief-hype needs to not be a thing. DO NOT PROMISE THAT I WILL FEEL THINGS, YOU DO NOT KNOW MY WAYS.

          LOL yeah, I never overachieve on anything >.> I love tempting you with extra organizational things muwahahaha.

  2. I’m not much of a crier either. Ditto on If I Stay by GF. Didn’t cry, unfortunately. I was supposed to, but didn’t. Apparently, I was also supposed to cry when reading Looking for Alaska. Didn’t happen. I am forever cold hearted.

    See. Now I need to read Adorkable. I’ve found my voice when reviewing books, but I’m having trouble figuring out how to have my own signature for the blog. Your blog is probably the cutest place in the YA blogosphere. I’m such a dope when it comes to learning about bloggish design stuff.

    Look at the little dutch man with the sword. It’s sooooo cute. I want to read it. Obviously I can’t: I am not a speaker of the language that lies within that adorable book. I love the pink dragon, tho.

    • Oooh, yeah, Looking for Alaska was another fail for me. I felt NOTHING for that one. So at least you’re not alone!

      Adorkable is FANTASTIC, though the MC is a bit bitchy. But she grows ♥ And thank youuuuuu 🙂

  3. I love this, and the stories behind those two signed books!! I actually got my ONE MAN GUY signed by Michael Barakiva the same night, and he was doing the best personalizations; I’d have to keep that one for sure. And I am totally accepting your tag because I’ve been dying to do a post like this. I love my bookshelves so much <3

    • YES I remember Michael’s personalization to Gillian and I was like SUPER JEALOUS even though mine was awesome too xD He’s awesome!

      YAY I’m excited to see your post 😀 This was actually super fun to make.

  4. EEP! YOU DID IT! And so much better than myself, if you don’t mind my saying! I absolutely loved this post! From your awesome pictures, to your envy inducing amount of signed books (which I can only admire from afar), to the lovely memories shared!
    BTW – I haven’t read Divergent yet. I am super afraid to, cause I actually really don’t want to read book 3. I just have very little faith that I will feel the ending was necessary. I have this thing with major character deaths where I don’t mind it as long as it feel necessary. As long as it adds to the plot/end and it has a meaning. And I’m just not sure that will happen with the Divergent series… :/

    • Awwwww thank you!! I had so much fun doing this, so thanks for tagging me!

      Yeahhh, the character death in Allegiant was definitely unnecessary in my eyes. Some will say otherwise because it’s a whole thing about bravery and sacrifice, but for me it just felt like something to shock people. Something to get a lot of hype and be talked about for ages – not necessarily because it was good, but because no one was expecting it. =/

      • You can count on me to tag you often, you’re at the top of my favorite bloggers list 😉

        I feel you. Have you read Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris? There are a few deaths there, as we’re dealing with the end of the world and everything. Anyways, when it came to major characters, one was wonderfully executed, and the another felt to me like something done just for the shock factor, and the characters ACTED like that’s all it was too, forgetting about him/her (don’t want to spoil too much) almost immediately and focusing on their love life instead. I loved that book until that moment, than I couldn’t really stand it. I still haven’t read the second and final book, and I no longer know if I plan too… I have a strong feeling Allegiant will be the same :/

  5. I hardly cry when it comes to books, so you are not heartless at all. And cry is a big word, since I’m more of the silent sobbing and teary eyes instead of full-on cry mode if a book touches me. It’s understandable that some books are scary to read, but I would mostly recommend Tiger Lily because the writing-style is gorgeous 🙂

    I am currently rereading HP, I need some of that magic in my life now.

    I hate those ‘what if your house is on fire’ questions. I CAN’T CHOOSE OKAY. It’s terrifying to think about this.

    Look at all those pretty personalized/signed books <3

    I also have Between the lines unread on the shelves.. perhaps an idea for the book club?

  6. If You Find Me is a REAL tear-jerker! You are spot on about that book.

    Divergent was a fun book, but Insurgent….UGH.

    The Neverending Story book – that is SO PRETTY!!

  7. I’d totally recommend reading The Neverending Story sometime, I totally loved it and it’s just a lot of fun and cute 🙂 I think I read it in Dutch and my copy had red and blue text for the different worlds. I think I might need to try and track down a copy of this now…
    I’m slightly jealous of all your pretty signed books…