I've seen this tag around booktube and blogs for a while and always thought it seemed like fun so although I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do it I'm going to do so anyway! I’m assuming these have to be books I own/have on my shelf so that’s what I’m going to use.
1. Find a book for each of your initials:
Ohhhh let's see:
Emma – Everything, Everything
Denise - Delerium
Ferrier - Forbidden
2. Count your age along your bookshelf: what book is it?
On my tall bookcase which mostly holds series it is Hollow City by Ransom Riggs but on my small bookcase which is my standalones the 20th book is Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
3. Pick a book set in your city/country
Ohhh. Now, there are definitely books out there set in Scotland (Outlander) and Edinburgh (Trainspotting) but I don’t own either of these... OH! I own Doon, which is set in Scotland. As for Edinburgh I fall short.
4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to
The Egyptian Myths. I’m obsessed with ancient Egypt and would love to be able to time travel and see what that world was like. I would also love to visit Caraval – and, of course, Hogwarts.
5. Pick a book that’s your favourite colour
I love bluey-green shades such as turquoise, mint, duck egg etc. I can’t pick just one! Hmmm. Jackaby, Wild Lily, Windfall, Paperweight. Oh, my Egyptian myths would fit in here too!
6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of
As mentioned in my favourite childhood books post, I have to go with the Fudge Series!
7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading
There have been a few. The Ron Chernow Alexander Hamilton biography has definitely been a struggle for me to get through and, in all honesty, I will probably never read it so why I own two copies is beyond me. As for books I have actually finished, there are plenty of books I really didn’t like and forced myself to finish such as Dumplin’ and When Everything Feels Like the Movies, but in terms of a book I did love but found difficult to read, I’d have to go with Wicked by Gregory Maguire. It took me two attempts to read this, a few years apart, as I was just too young the first time and even when I did sit down and take my time to get through it, it was a struggle as I am by no means a high fantasy reader and the world politics is my least favourite aspect of fantasy books. However, I pushed through and although it was a long, hard ride, Wicked is dear to my heart and I’m now halfway through the four book series!
8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
Les Miserables, without a doubt. I have wanted to read this book for seven years, when I first discovered the musical and fell in love with it. I wanted to devour it entirely and watched the 25th anniversary concert almost 200 days in a row before I finally saw it live in May 2011. I first bought and attempted to read the Wordsworth Classic edition, which comes in two parts, but the translation is old and horrific – (Funny story, I bought this from a bookstore in Cockermouth which is actually home to Wordsworth’s house!) so I eventually bought both the paperback and clothbound edition of Norman Denny’s translation for Penguin! I’ve yet to pick it up and although everyone tells me you get sucked in and fly through it, it’s a story I hold so dear to my heart and I want to be ready to take it all in. I also hope to one day be able to read French well enough and read Victor Hugo’s original story, rather than a translation. But for now, ma francaise est mal. Does that make sense? I have no idea, French speakers, let me know!