The Last 10 Books | Tag Thursday

I’ve been seeing this tag post around in the book blog sphere, but it appeared originally on BookerTalk and AnZLitLovers, so check out those posts to see more of this tag!

This post turned out to be quite thought-provoking – I made sure to answer as honestly as possible, so feel free to comment on my answers with your own that might fit in this post, I’d be curious to know!

The Last Book I Gave Up On

We Are the Fire by Sam Taylor

This is an ARC I was approved for on NetGalley. I saw it on another blogger’s anticipated books of 2021 blog and it sounded pretty good, so I went and checked to see if I could read the ARC and I could!

So I began reading and…it just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t get into it, even though it was a YA fantasy promising action and intrigue. Normally, I’d probably try to muscle through it, but I made a promise to myself this year to not be afraid of DNF-ing books if they don’t grab me, so I went ahead and DNF-ed this one. And I’m not sorry!


The Last Book I Re-Read

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Boy do I love this book. I read it a while back for my Gal Pal book club and it was really gripping. I had a couple issues with some aspects, but overall it was very enjoyable and I did want to finish the series. Now, it’s been a couple years, so this year I decided to re-read it so that I could then finish the series. This year, I want to try and finish series that I started but didn’t continue and still want to.

If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. I’ve started on the second now and it is really good, a page-turner! I hope to finish it this month and then finish the last book next month.


The Last Book I Bought

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I bought this just this month for a book club because my library has way too many holds on it. It’s fairly new and apparently it’s on everyone’s to-read list. It got a lot of acclaim and apparently people really love the author from his other books, so this necessitated me purchasing the book so I’d be able to read it in time.

So far, it’s been really interesting and I look forward to seeing how I feel when I get to the end. I do like this kind of magical realism as it involves parallel universes, which always interests me! Several of my friends who have read it really enjoyed it, so it comes well recommended to me.


The Last Book I Said I Read But Actually Didn’t

None!

Honestly, this has never happened to me. Even in high school, I read every book that was assigned, even if I didn’t like it. I’ve never been one to hide if I haven’t read something, but mostly I just don’t get into situations where I would even be presented with an opportunity to pretend I had read something, but hadn’t. I don’t know that I would ever, since I love reading and if I haven’t read something and someone is curious if I have, I’d generally show interest in why I should read that book.


The Last Book I Wrote in the Margins Of

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

This was another book I ended up buying because the holds list at the library was miles long and I really wanted to read it. I read it just last year because I wanted to actively do something to engage in the discussion surrounding Racial Equality. Lots of protests across the country have necessitated a response from us as a nation (The United States). I wanted to do my part to be a part of that response by studying up and seeing what all I could do on my end.

I highly recommend this book. It is so well written and that’s why I was writing in the margins because it prompted so many responses in me that I didn’t want to forget. I highlighted and made notes and I’m glad I purchased a copy so that I could do that. Being antiracist is a life-long process and it takes real work. This book is an excellent place to start. I plan on reading Kendi’s other book, Stamped from the Beginning, this year.


The Last Book I Had Signed

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

I’m a huge “Office” fan and so when I saw that Ellie Kemper (who plays Erin on the show) was coming to my city to do a book talk/signing, I jumped at the chance. Signing up for the event meant purchasing her book and then subsequently getting to have it signed. I was really excited because I haven’t really gone to a lot of book signings and I really love Ellie Kemper (I thoroughly enjoyed “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”).

She was so, so nice, and I even got a photo with her. The book is hilarious. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy her as an actress or celebrity memoirs. It’s really fun and it will probably make you laugh.

The Last Book I Lost

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

It’s funny, I wanted to read this story again because of a reading challenge prompt, I think, and I was certain I owned a copy, which I’d bought a while back. When I was still in school, I tended to focus a lot more on reading classic literature on the side, so I would usually buy classic lit books whenever I went to a bookstore.

So I bought a copy, the one shown here. I had a vivid memory of it, so when I went to find it in order to re-read it for this reading challenge, I was shocked that I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere! I looked on all of my bookshelves, I looked in various other places I’ve been known to stash books away and it was nowhere to be found. So I bought another copy. Cue several months later and…I found it. I was mad! It was in a pretty typical place, but somehow I’d overlooked it. Now I have two copies and I don’t even particularly like the book. So that was a fun time.


The Last Book I Had to Replace

Villanelles edited by Annie Finch

This is one of my favorite books that I own. I really enjoy poetry, and villanelles are my favorite poetic structure. There are some pretty famous ones, for example you’ve probably heard of Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night” or Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art,” which are prime examples of the form. This little book is a compilation of some of the best villanelles, as selected by Finch.

I really love the book and I was talking it up to a family friend. I ended up loaning it to her and…it’s been years since I’ve seen it. I doubt she even knows she has it or where it might be. I am not one to confront people on…anything…so I quietly bought myself another and called it a day. It’s a really beautiful book, I highly recommend it!


The Last Book I Argued Over

Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

I had to think long and hard about this one. I don’t normally “argue” with people about books. Usually it’s more of a discussion. I think I’d only argue if I felt really strongly about something.

There was I guy I knew in college who was also a pretty big reader and he made the case that Catcher in the Rye was a dumb book essentially, that it shouldn’t be taught in schools. He thought A Clockwork Orange was much more deserving of being studied. His point was that Salinger never wrote anything else, so why all the focus on this one book. I argued that yes, he has written other things and I point blank named Franky and Zooey, to which he really didn’t have anything else to say other than that most people haven’t read/even heard of that book.

Long story short, we agreed to disagree. I know this book tends to be a love it/hate it book, so really in the long run, he’s not alone in his feelings, though I really disagree about A Clockwork Orange deserving to be taught in high school.


The Last Book I Couldn’t Find

The Stories of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury

I really love Ray Bradbury and I had this complete collection of his stories that I would read from every once in a while. It was huge, a bit of a tome, so it was usually pretty easy to find.

Well, then my family moved and for some reason I couldn’t find it. I looked all over and I swore up and down there was no way I would have purged it during the move when we were deciding what should be kept and what should go. But, alas, it never turned up. I ended up purchasing another copy, because I really do like having it around. The stories are pretty short and really thought-provoking. It’s a great read-aloud if you have the company that enjoys that sort of thing.

Thoughts & Thanks

What I found particularly enjoyable about this tag is that it really made me think. I also got to highlight books I wouldn’t normally end up highlighting, because this tag runs more on honest answers than “pick your favorites,” like tags usually do. What did you think of my answers?

Though I like participating in tags, I’m bad at tagging people. My favorite thing is just to say, if you’ve read this post and like it, please consider yourself tagged! And feel free to share your Tag post in the comments so I can see what you picked.

As always, thank you for visiting and happy reading!

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