The beauty of these tags is that sometimes, someone will suggest you to do them. For the last few tags I’ve filled in, I’ve found them online myself. This one is different – someone actually thought of me to do it. ZeeZee tagged me in the New Year’s Book Resolutions post on her blog, and I love this as it’s a great way to think deeper about what’s on your bookshelf. It’s a little break from the book reviews too.
Get in shape: Name a book that doesn’t quite fit on your shelf correctly.
My shelves are pretty spacious, but I can’t seem to still find any space on there for my copy of Best Wishes, Warmest Regards, the book about Schitt’s Creek. It’s a tall and wide book that seems to just not fit in anywhere, not even where I keep my other hardbacks.
Eat healthy: Name a book you feel was good for you to read.
Absolutely everyone should read Asking for It by Louise O’Neill/ It will completely change your life. For me, it was a really insightful (and absolutely terrifying) look into the small town mentality you can see when it comes to sexual assault and things like that. Don’t pretend if something like this happened to you, your whole town/school wouldn’t react in a similar way.
Read more: Name a book you keep telling yourself to read but haven’t yet.
I’ve heard such good things about Jonas Jonasson’s books. My Dad has read The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden and he loved it. I’ve yet to pick it up, but when I do I will probably devour it in a couple days. At most. And then move onto King of Sweden.
Quit smoking: Name a book you kept going back to even though you had finished it.
I cannot count how many times I’ve picked up Where Rainbows End (also published as Love Rosie). I feel like Rosie and Alex are my close friends every time I read them, the story is so beautifully told and so familiar to me.I did try to listen to the audiobook, but I admit the Oirish accents rather ruined it for me.
Save more money: Name a book you got for a really good price.
I swear by eBay for bargains on books. I’ve been rebuilding my library, refinding books I used to own but gave away. I once had a set of four Geraldine McCaughrean’s books, and brought them with me on my holiday to Australia, but I left some there for my host Sinéad to read. I found most of them again on eBay for no more than €2.99. Bargain.
Be more organized: How do you organize your bookshelf?
I stack my books according to colour. A lot of people don’t understand it or even enjoy it, but it really soothes me.
Be punctual: Shortest time and longest time it took you to read a book.
Shortest time was probably about three hours. Back before there was such a thing as WiFi and Facebook and distractions.
Longest was a few months, which happened when I was doing my Masters and in the middle of a degree, article submissions and assignments. Thankfully, it has much improved
Go out more: What book made you isolate yourself from the outside world?
I brought One Day on holiday with me to Lanzarote about 10 years ago. I’d given up on it previously, but my cousin convinced me to pick it back up again.
I am so glad she did. I absolutely loved it. While my family went swimming, I sat on my deck chair happy out, burning to a crisp and speeding through the book. I had it finished over two days, I picked it up first in the evening and had turned the last page by the end of the next day. Maybe that’s just one day?
Be unique: What was your favorite book of 2021?
I was completely thrown aback by Beartown by Frederik Backman. It was an abandon I came back to, and I’m really glad I picked it back up again.
Be more personal: What book are you waiting for most this year?
There are quite a few books I cannot wait to get my hands on in 2022. On the absolute top of the list has to be Again Rachel by Marian Keyes.
Really, resolutions?: What book do you promise to read this year?
There are so many books I want to read this year I don’t actually know where to begin.