The rules of the bookshelf tag are quite simple: answer the following questions about books on your bookshelf and then tag five bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so that they can read it. 🙂
Now, without further ado, the book tag!
1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein — I bought this book because it came highly recommended, but I never read it because it deals with elderly dogs and my family had to put our dog to sleep shortly after I bought it. I still haven’t read it because I’m still worried that it’ll turn me into a crying mess.
2. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.
The Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning — This was the first proper romance novel that I ever read. I picked it up from the now-gone Borders Books and immediately fell in love with the Highlander romance genre.
3. Find a book that you want to reread.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice — It’s been probably ten years since I first read this book, and I would love to read it again. Plus Anne Rice has announced that she’ll be releasing a new book featuring Lestat this fall. I’d like to reread the whole series before I pick up that one.
4. Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn’t?
Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris — I bought the first couple of books because I really enjoyed the True Blood TV series on HBO. The books, unfortunately, didn’t live up to the hype.
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?
The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle — This book pretty much started my love affair with Sherlock Holmes, and I wouldn’t be the writer that I am today without this book.
6. Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling — The very first time I read the first Harry Potter book, I wasn’t quite ready to read it by myself so my mom read it to me. I loved getting to sit down with her every night and listen to her read a chapter.
7. Find a book that has inspired you the most.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert — This book inspired me to embrace travel writing and ignited the travel bug in me again. Plus it was a lot of fun to read.
8. Do you have any autographed books?
Shapes that Haunt New England by Edward Lodi — I have several autographed books, but Shapes that Haunt New England was the first. I got it for Christmas from my mother when I was still in middle school.
9. Find the book that you have owned the longest.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling — I got this book shortly after it was published in the United States, so I’ve probably owned it for at least 15 or 16 years.
10. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
The Gunseller by Hugh Laurie — I used to really enjoy House featuring Hugh Laurie, though I didn’t realize he also wrote a book until a fellow student at college recommended it.
Those are my answers to the ten questions. Here are the five bloggers I’m tagging.
Check out their blogs because they’re pretty awesome and feel free to do this tag yourself! If you do, let me know since I’d love to read them. I’m pretty nosy when it comes to other people’s bookshelves so I love any excuse to check them out.