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Old Books Tag


After an off-schedule post last week since it was my birthday, we are back on track with 'Tag Time' Wednesdays! This week I am going to be doing the 'old books tag', which did require a bit of running around since I had to go and find the books I was looking for.


I found this on Zezee with Books, but this was created by Books and Pieces, so credit goes to them.


As a final note before diving in, I did end up not properly doing this tag because two of the questions were pretty much the same, so I took them out as to not repeat myself.


Here we go!


 

HAVE YOU EVER BOUGHT A BOOK THAT WAS MADE BEFORE YOU WERE BORN?



I haven't bought any old books, though I would love to but I have acquired some. The oldest book I have in my collection, I think, would be a 1978 illustrated edition of The Canterbury Tales. I remember that my dad would try and censor the book because it was too graphic for young me.


Young me also ruined this book because I ended up writing and drawing all over it which was...my bad. I also find it ironic that I did end up taking courses on Medieval history, so things went full circle for me.



WHICH BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES TAKES PLACE IN THE OLDEST TIME PERIOD?



I was an ancient studies student, so I read, and own, a good amount of Greek plays and other literature. Take The Iliad, for example, which takes place somewhere around the 12th century BCE (1200-1101 BCE), along with plays like Ajax by Sophocles which takes place around the same time.


I did, however, take some Near Eastern history classes as well, which ends up pre-dating any Greek works. The oldest one that comes to mind, which I think may technically be the oldest written story, ever (unless that is now disputed), that I own would be The Epic of Gilgamesh, which takes place in 2700 BCE.


I have also read a lot of creation myths which, due to the nature of the scripture, technically take place at the beginning of time for their given mythology. As you can see, as someone who loves history, I have read a lot of texts that take place a long time ago...



HAVE YOU GOT A BOOK THAT WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE SAME YEAR YOU WERE BORN?



While I have not read this series, I do have a copy of A Game of Thrones lying around somewhere, which was originally published in 1996. I think the only other book that came out that year that I do also own would be The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.



WHICH BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES HAVE YOU HAD THE LONGEST?



I didn't get into reading until late Elementary school, so the only books that I still have that I remember reading when I was younger would be The Real Mother Goose and Green Eggs and Ham. Although those covers clash horribly together, they are two books I kept re-reading over and over again.



WHICH BOOK HAVE YOU HAD THE LONGEST BUT NEVER READ?



I know that I have books in a box somewhere that I got from the Scholastics day at school that I never read. Do I remember what they are, no, but do I want to dig them out of the box and see, also no? Off the top of my mind though, I do have the omnibus for Narnia as well as The Inheritance Cycle, both of which I never finished.


For Narnia, I only started reading the series last year and am on the 3rd book. As for The Inheritance Cycle, I think I only read Eragon and nothing else after it; though I have no interest in reading it now so it is just sitting there on my shelf.

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