Bookshelf Tag

I was tagged for this post by Fondly Elizabeth at Breaking the Cycle.  I call her Fondly Elizabeth because the comments she leaves me are these darling miniature letters which begin with Dear Jolene: and end with Fondly, Elizabeth.

I’m supposed to tag people, but I don’t suppose I will. Instead, I hope anyone who wants to will share their answers as well. Inspiration and all that.

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

No, but I must say, after watching Sassy bawl her eyes out after John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, I did move it farther from the top, to be read when I was in a good frame of mind. I bawled anyway, and it was worth it.

2- Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.

I was at Viv’s one weekend and I picked up The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. I had previously been uninterested in Anne Rice and her vampires. Supernatural shit is not for me. Or rather, it wasn’t. Despite the fact that The Mister is a big Anne Rice fan, I could never get into Lestat and the earlier books, but I did become a fan of Queen of the Damned, Pandora, and The Blood Canticle. To me, none of her works top The Witching Hour series because witchcraft is more believable than vampires, right?


3- Find a book that you want to reread.

A book? A? As in one? I look forward to rereading The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes, Amy Tan’s Saving Fish from Drowning, Mary Karr’s The Liar’s Club and The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg, but any book on the shelf is a likely target for rereading when the mood to do so strikes.

 4- Is there a book series you’ve read but wish that you hadn’t?

No. I’m not going to reread Anne of Green Gables, Ramona,  Narnia or Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I can’t think of a series I wish I hadn’t read.

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?

My fear of being burned to death far exceeds my love of books. Books can be replaced. I cannot.
(I’m neurotic, what the hell did you think I would say?)
I was recently asked to name my top ten books on Facebook, and it almost killed me.

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

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver always reminds me of Beauty Queen, because we read it at the same time, and we laughed and laughed over prayin to the chicken coop and worryin about scarecrows that leer. The book is a beautifully woven tale, which comes with some unexpected laughs. It’s a book I don’t loan out, because what if I need to read it and it’s not there?!?

7- Find a book that has inspired you the most.

I know I should say Hanh’s books or some incredible spiritual piece of literature, but no, it’s Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. (The movie is not the book you know.) I moved a lot as a child, and could relate to the idea of not having a home, or running away from home, but never being able to escape home while at the same time being unable to find a home. I could relate to breaking norms and defying labels, to the belief in borrowing of others instead of belonging to them, to the idea of people not just as artists, but people as art, and art making people who they are…If you’ve never read it, you should.


8- Do you have any autographed books? 

Yes, my mother has gifted many of them with love and my name is written in almost all of them.
I don’t really understand book signing. I get it from a value sense, but the only books I want inscribed are those written by my friends, because, well, love.

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

The very-popular-suddenly-in-a-phase, almost to the point of redundancy romance book The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. Having been told I just HAD to read it, and knowing it would only take an hour or so, I did it. And it’s a good book. I’m not an overall fan of romances to begin with, so it didn’t make me swoon or gush, but it was a good story. I just prefer my romances are more like Lolita or Atonement. Something incredibly heart-breaking that leaves you sobbing and choking, unable to carry on. Being in love is devastating, and not the same as having a brief affair with Clint Eastwood.


Have you read any, some, all, or most of these books? Are you inspired to answer the questions? Have I made your to-read list longer?
I’m sorry. Kinda.

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27 Responses to Bookshelf Tag

  1. hollie says:

    Love this! I think I’ve not only made my to read list longer but I’m also going to post my own blog about this in the future…after all book posts are so much fun!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    I’ve been tagged in this as well. Hmmm, can I just say “what she said?” for about 4 or 5 of my answers? I particularly like your answer to the “if your house was on fire” question. I may just have to link to this post when I answer that question. But, I do have one book that is out of print.


    • I hadn’t thought about books no longer in print…but nope, still not going into a burning house! Make sure you photograph your rare book, just in case you need to haggle with insurance adjusters! Haha.
      Oh, I don’t like this conversation. Why did the person mention fire? LOL

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  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    Fun to read the answers of a fellow book lover. I never read The Fault in our Skies because I was worried it would be too sad. I usually don’t reread books either. There are just too many others out there I already have too little time to get to. 🙂


    • I think you’re missing out, but then again, I gave a big dismissal to Anna Karenina, and that’s supposedly a must read. Russian literature, blargh, lol — but The Fault in Our Stars is set in Indianapolis 😉


  4. Faith Simone says:

    Yes you did make my TBR list longer and I’m glad of it! I skipped right on over to Amazon to buy The Fault In Our Stars. I’d intended on reading it anyway and your post was a friendly reminder. Lol, at not running into a burning house to save books! I’m with you 100%.

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  5. Sammy D. says:

    I, too, am very fond of “Fondly, Elizabeth”. She is such a thoughtful writer, reader and commenter.
    I haven’t read Marian Keyes book – thanks for that recommendation. I agree – the more heartbreaking and deeply develop characters, the better.

    I wasn’t a fan of The Fault in Our Stars – perhaps heard too much about it before I read it, but I found the whole thing too contrived to elicit my emotion. (That sounds so cold). But I am a basket case about many many other stories so I know I have a heart!


    • Marian Keyes has never failed to entertain me. The book I mentioned is very different from her other works. I’d say Sushi for Beginners and Rachel’s Holiday are the best of the others, but they are light reads in comparison.
      It’s hard to fathom that you didn’t pine over the lofty lines in The Fault in Our Stars, but I reckon you could still have a heart…lol!


      • Sammy D. says:

        Thanks! I’ll check her others out.

        Don’t get me wrong – there was some stellar descriptive writing in Fault, but the plot was so predictable. Or else I’m psychic and don’t know it 🙂

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        • Nooo, I totally get that. I said the same thing about 20 pages in and my daughter said, “You must be psychic!” I said, “No, but we all know it’s a romantic tragedy, so there are only really two options, hm?”
          But still, the lines, oh the lines — loved it!

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  6. cardamone5 says:

    Fondly Elizabeth…love it!

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  7. Sherry says:

    I might have to spend a day or 27 thinking about these questions to answer them…hmmmm where to start..

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  8. pambrittain says:

    I do not want to be tagged, but I like your answers. I have a small collection of autographed books by cyber-friends that I’ve helped by either editing, proofing (both I’m bad at) and beta read. All those writers are successful. It’s a collection I’m quite proud of.

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  9. meg68 says:

    Lol, your meme about sleep disorder? Ha, sitting here at 3am reading “Hostage”.

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  10. Matt Roberts says:

    Nice. I read the Little House books when I was younger and loved them. A few years ago I saw the whole set at a Half Price Books and wanted to get them but thought I’d just get them later. Now I can’t find them. I’d love to re-read them myself. I’ll get right on this little tag thingy 😀

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  12. suzjones says:

    I loved reading this and I do believe that I will take up the baton and do this myself. 🙂

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  14. LindaGHill says:

    Some, no-I’m too tired, and yes, damnit! would be the answers to your questions. 😛
    I agree, the Witchy books of Anne Rice are great. She used to be a wonderful writer… And what kind of question is, “would you enter a burning building for a book?”??? Books are made of paper – they’re the first things to burn anyway!


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  16. Kami says:

    Dan Antion pointed me your direction in his answer post to these same questions. So glad to have found you. Glad for the additional ideas of what to read next, as well.


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