The Bookshelf Tag

Many thanks to The Paper Butterfly for tagging me! I appreciate her thinking of me. Her answers to the questions were an enjoyable read. She also has a wonderful, insightful blog—visit her if you haven’t done so already.


Answer the following questions about books, and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.


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

No. Crying after a book is extremely rare for me. I expected to cry after reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but I didn’t.

2) Pick one that helped introduce you to a new genre:

Strangely, before Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, I had never read any mystery-thriller type books. After reading Gone Girl, however, I am excited to read more books in that genre. Also, the movie is coming out in the fall (in the U.S.)!

3) Find a book that you want to reread.

I want to reread The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. It is one of the most haunting, beautiful books I have ever read. It was also made into a movie, one that I also adore (but not as much as the book)!


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

Usually, if I read the first few chapters of a book and it doesn’t grab my attention, I don’t finish it… so I can’t think of a book series that I read and didn’t like. But, I didn’t like reading The White Queen by Philippa Gregory at all. I had read her other books and enjoyed them—and I felt like this one was a disappointment.

5) If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?

Hm, I’d probably save my journals. I don’t write in them daily, as I would like to, but they do hold fond memories and have chronicled how I’ve grown as a person. I find it interesting to look back and see how much my way of thought has changed.

6) Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?

One of my favorites has always been, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a children’s book. I don’t own this book, but when I thought about fond memories, this book came to mind. I remember reading it when I was young and enjoying every page.

7) Find a book that has inspired you most.

One book that has inspired me the most? It’s such a difficult question because there are many books that have inspired me in multiple ways; some have inspired me to change my own writing style, think about a particular issue, or have expanded my way of thinking. But if I had to narrow it down… I’d pick Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Mastery of Love. I liked his ideas, and I try to apply them to my life today.

8) Do you have any autographed books?

Not yet!

9) Find the book that you have owned the longest.

I have always borrowed books from the library, so I don’t own many books. The first book I purchased for myself was at a used bookstore. Like Water for Chocolate still remains as one of my favorites today. I still need to watch the movie!

10) Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?

This is not a stand-alone book, but rather a series. Patricia Brigg’s Moon Called is wonderful. I usually don’t read series because some books tend to be disappointing, but I actually love it.

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1) The Writer Girl’s Diary

2) Let Us Sail to the Moon

3) A Muslim Latina

4) Crystal Rivera

5) Urban Poetrees

If you haven’t been tagged yet but want to answer these questions, I tag you! I look forward to reading everyone’s responses and adding new books to my reading list. 🙂