In order to make things a bit more organized on here, I have decided that every other Wednesday will be a tag day! Fingers crossed that I don't run out of tags. This week, I am going to be doing the 'How I Choose My Books' tag.
I found this tag on Bookishly Rebecca, and thought I would give it a shot even though I only read ebooks and audiobooks...and therefore don't have bookshelves... So, instead of looking at books on a bookshelf, I am going to browse my shelves on Goodreads.
I don't know who the original creator was so credit goes to whoever they are.
Here we go!
FIND A BOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELF WITH A BLUE COVER. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PICK UP THIS BOOK?
The first book that popped up was A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. What drew me to this wasn't the cover but the plot. Any book that involves a library or some form of ancient artifact or manuscript captures my attention right away. Sadly, this book didn't out to be as good as I was expecting it to be...
THINK OF A BOOK YOU DIDN'T EXPECT TO ENJOY BUT DID. WHY DID YOU READ IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?
The first book that comes to mind would be Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. I always think of this when a question like this comes up. I picked up this book for Koreadathon as there was a prompt that I couldn't fill in with a book on my TBR. I don't really gravitate towards family/court drama-based books, so I wasn't expecting to enjoy this, but boy did Angie Kim ever write a good story.
This is why I think it is a good idea to do reading challenges or readathons as it makes you think outside of the box and sometimes makes you pick up books you never would have picked up yourself.
STAND IN FRONT OF YOUR BOOKSHELF WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED AND PICK A BOOK AT RANDOM. HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THIS BOOK?
As I said before, I don't have a very expansive bookshelf, and it is mostly filled with books I have already read. Instead, I decided to use a random number generator to pick a book on my TBR. I ended up getting the 1112th book in my TBR which was Songs of Insurrection by J.C. Kang.
I think I found this book on a list of self-published fantasy books by Rob J. Hayes. I would definitely recommend that people check out his lists of self-published books as people are less like to know these books compared to ones that are marketed by publishing companies.
PICK A BOOK THAT SOMEONE PERSONALLY RECOMMENDED TO YOU. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?
As no one I know really reads fantasy, or reads at all, the only book I got recommended to me was The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton by my mom. Well, actually, I was recommended The Andromeda Revolution, but I wasn't going to read the 2nd book without reading the 1st.
I'm going to say that the 2nd book is a whole other vibe because I did not like the 1st book...at all really. It was just a whole lot of science with nothing much else going on and the character development was barely there.
PICK A BOOK UP THAT YOU DISCOVERED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA. DID IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?
I get pretty much all of my books recommendations through either booktube or by browsing blogs or Goodreads. I'm going to go with Final Girls by Riley Sager which I'm pretty sure I found because of Gabby from gabbyreads.
Riley Sager, I find, is more of a miss than a hit for me. I have read three books by him, and only one of them was enjoyable (except for the ending). I think that I should probably just stay away from him.
FIND A BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES WITH A ONE-WORD TITLE. WHAT DREW YOU TO THIS BOOK?
The last book that I added to my TBR (at the time of me creating this post) is a one-word book which is rather convenient. That book is Hollow by Brian Catling. I found this while browsing upcoming books on a website that I now can't remember.
What drew me to this book would be the cover. The unnatural way the horses were drawn was unsettling enough for me to look up the synopsis and add it to my TBR.
WHAT BOOK DID YOU DISCOVER THROUGH A FILM/TV ADAPTATION.
There are a good amount of movies/TV shows that I didn't realize were adapted from books. I don't think that I realized that Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, for example, was originally a book. Unfortunately for me, I should have just kept to the movie as the book was just not it.
One of my all-time favourite movies, as well, was also adapted from a boo and I had absolutely no idea. I love The Mummy, and I watch it every time it is on TV (which is a lot). I am a bit ashamed of myself that I haven't picked up the book yet, but that is probably because I don't want it to ruin my love for the film.
THINK OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOK(S). WHEN DID YOU READ THESE AND WHY DID YOU PICK THEM UP IN THE FIRST PLACE?
I don't think I really consider any book an all-time favourite, but the closest would be the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown. I read these a few years ago during a time when I didn't really read much. I picked them up because I had seen The Da Vinci Code movie and really liked it so I thought I would pick up the books.