Book Tags

The Spring Has Sprung Book Tag

It’s spring! The flowers have blossomed in the trees and the weather is getting (slightly) warmer, despite the rain and wind in the cold Netherlands. So why not celebrate the coming of spring with a book tag?

I was tagged a year ago by Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions, so thank you so much! I try to vary the books I mention here with the books I’ve mentioned in other book tags, and most of them are books that I read in the last 9 months when I was inactive here, so hopefully you won’t get bored of my selection of books!

Flowers: Look on your bookshelves. What is the most beautiful book both inside and out?

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My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster is a small pretty book that I found at the secondhand section of my bookstore. It has a simple cover but I really liked it, and the story inside is also sweet and entertaining.

Grass: What is a book that you find that others like way more than you do?

Unfortunately, I have to choose Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi. I heard so many good things from other people, but I ended up disliking it.

Rain: What’s a great book that lifts your spirits when you’re down?

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I read The Martian by Andy Weir a long time ago but I remembered really liking it and lifting my spirits up! The main character is hilarious and so positive despite his situation.

Dew: What’s a book that made you feel alive?

I’m tweaking this question a little and going to choose another question. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell is a book that makes me feel glad I’m alive. Orwell describes such sad states while he was living as a broke and penniless person, so it makes me really thankful.

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Storms: What’s a book that you found unpredictable?

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn was quite unpredictable, another one is of course the all-famous And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Totally did not see the ending coming.

Rainbow: What was a book that you struggled with, only to be happy that you read it in the end?

The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin, of course! Such a large book, it always takes me such a long time to finish, and the language is hard to digest, but I also enjoy reading it a lot.

Chilly Weather: What’s a book that you couldn’t finish or didn’t enjoy?

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan was my recent dislike. I did finish it, but by the end I just wanted the whole thing to be over, sorry.

Warm Weather: What’s a book that you loved and wanted more of?

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The Dinner by Herman Koch is a recent book that is super interesting, has a great premise, and also makes me wanna read the book without putting it down. A recommend for everyone!

Green: What’s a book that you haven’t read yet, but really want to?

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton is high on my TBR list. I loved Crichton and have read some of his books, and I enjoyed the movies, I just never gotten round to reading the novels.

Pink: What’s a book in which you felt a strong connection to the characters?

A book I read quite some time ago was The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, about an immigrant living in another country and having a family. As a minority living in someone else’s country, I can really connect to the characters in the book. Here’s my review of the book if you wanna find out more.

Purple: What’s a book that when you read it, you feel safe?

Harry Potter by JK Rowling is probably my safe answer. I just looove going back to the story and feeling at home.

Orange: What book do you feel is intelligently written?

The recent book that I absolutely loved is More Than This by Patrick Ness. It’s so filled with suspense and also action, but at the same time describes the characters and the settings really well. The plot is also super exciting. Read about me ranting on how much I loved it in my review here.22551523

Yellow: What book puts a smile on your face?

I really enjoyed reading a children’s book, The Cat Who Came In Off the Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt. It’s a book about a journalist who befriends a cat who became a human, and it’s super fun and makes me smile when I read it on the train. Especially since I love cats so much!

 

Phew, so many questions! Let me know if you like the books I mentioned above, and if you don’t! Also feel free to do the tag if you want to. See you in my next post!

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag

Tag time! Hello, welcome to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks, where I post every Monday! In this post I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Emily Rose @ Rose Reads, and I am super excited to do this tag!!!

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (pro tip: use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ read shelf).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six) (or however many you want to do).

Round 1

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I felt really sorry for the Seekers series, but the main reason why I read the three books in the series years ago was because my dad just randomly bought the first book for me and I was quite interested. Now that I’m older I realized that it’s not a very good book. Also I’d love to reread Jane Eyre, it’s been years since I read it!

Round 2

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I didn’t remember much from A Journey to the Center of the Earth but I don’t think it was one of my favourite classics. I wouldn’t change TSOA for anything in the world, its writing is so beautiful, but compared to The Raven Boys, I’d reread the whole Raven Cycle again and again if I could.

Round 3

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Again, another book my dad bought me, which was A Single Shard. I remember quite liking it when I was younger, but I absolutely do not remember much. All I remember was that it was set in Korea, and it was very interesting to learn about the culture surrounding pottery and all that stuff. I really wanna reread it right now.

Round 4

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Again, another unfair choice because I wouldn’t want to change anything from The Bell Jar – sure the writing sometimes got sort of boring, but it was still super good – but because it was compared to Harry friggin Potter, of course I had to choose Harry Potter to be reread.

Round 5

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I felt super sad about this choice, but I just couldn’t help it. I really liked The Girl on the Train, which I only read recently. I adored Lord of the Flies though, it’s such an amazing book that gave me chills while reading it. Buuuut I had to choose Narnia above them to be reread, cause I absolutely remember nothing from the last two books of the series. It seems like I have a lot of books to reread!!

Phew, that was a fun tag! I really liked the difficult choices, it really made me sad to sacrifice some books. Anyways, I won’t tag anyone, but if you really wanna do this tag, consider yourselves tagged! See you on another post, bye!

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Bookaholics Anonymous Tag

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks! I’m Ayunda, and today I realized that over a month has passed since the last time I posted a book tag, which is quite interesting! I feel like it’s both a conscious decision to try and post more original content on the blog, but also unconscious because who doesn’t love book tags? Anyway, I was recently tagged by Rose @ Rose Read for this book tag, and I’m just gonna jump straight into the questions.

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1. What do you like about buying new books?

The smell, the feel of the smooth unopened pages, and the fact that I actually own that book is basically enough for me to be happy after buying a new book.

2. How often do you buy new books?

I try to order two or less per month, but sometimes I’d go to Amsterdam and explore the secondhand bookstores there, or find an amazing buy and I’d immediately buy it.

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3. Bookstore or online book shopping – which do you prefer?

Bookstore, although most of the time nowadays I’d browse through an online bookstore first and decide what I really wanna buy, then go to the bookstore to buy it. But for the whole vibe of it, I’d say bookstores.

4. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

There are three bookshops near my area, which is amazing, but two of them sell a majority of Dutch books so my favourite is probably the one that sells most English books. The name of the bookstore is the American Book Center, which is a famous bookstore in the Netherlands. I also could spend hours in their secondhand area upstairs.

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5. Do you preorder books?

Not that often, I didn’t preorder a single book for the last two years and only ordered one this year.

6. Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I try to not buy more than 3 books a month, but some months I won’t buy a single books and other months I’d buy 5 books but they’d all be good bargains so no, I don’t have a specific limit.

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7. Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

Nope. It feels a little like a diet, that moment when you’d eat healthy or less for a whole month and then have a “cheat day” where you can eat basically anything for a day. Which makes me feel like you’re basically just keeping all your urge to buy books pent up inside and in the end it will burst out and give horrible effects to you. I just believe in self preservation and the penniless situation of uni students lol.

8. How big is your wishlist?

Huuuuugeeee. My TBR shelf isn’t that big, but my Book Depository wishlist is considered large for me. I recently did a TBR Unhaul post though, where I browse through my wishlists and remove books that I feel like I don’t wanna read or buy anymore.

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9. Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

  1. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  2. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling

10. Tagging?

I’m not in the mood to tag anyone, so I’ll just tag YOU if you want to do this tag!

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