How I Choose My Books Tag

I’ve seen this tag on a few different blogs so I thought I’d give the “How I Choose My Books Tag” a go today.

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – Jen Campbell

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I really love Jen’s Booktube channel and the cover was so beautiful for this collection of short stories that I had to get it. It’s one of my favourite naked hardcovers.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place? 

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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This was one of the books we had to read in year 10 for GCSE and I remember a lot of the books at school didn’t feel very relevant to me, even though I loved English class. Lord of the Flies is one of the books that stands out as a favourite required reading because I loved thinking about how I would want to act if I was in the situation.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

The Good Father – Diane Chamberlain

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Diane Chamberlain is one of my favourite ever authors and I’m trying to collect all of her books so of course I picked The Good Father up.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern


I received this for a Christmas present a few years ago but I really can’t get into fantasy. I just can’t be bothered to learn about new worlds and would much rather read contemporary fiction so I DNF’d this book after a couple of chapters. So many other bloggers seem to love it though, so it’s probably a great book if you like the concept.

Pick a book that you discovered through Youtube/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli


I read this book earlier this year when the hype was around for the movie, although it had been on my TBR for a few years before that. I really wish I’d picked it up sooner because it was a great book, and I’m looking forward to eventually getting to the sequel!

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one word title. What drew you to this book?

Lingo – Gaston Dorren

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As you may know if you’ve read my blog before, I studied linguistics at uni and I really like pop linguistics books (they give me university deja vu) so that’s why I picked this one up. It’s not the best pop linguistics book I’ve read but it’s worth reading for languages or linguistics fans. 

What book did you discover through a film/ TV adaptation?

One Day – David Nicholls

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I loved this movie when it first came out in the cinema. I remember at the climax of the film the entire screening reacted more than I’ve seen in pretty much any other film. I remember really wanting to read the book because I loved Emma.

Think of your all-time favourite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them in the first place?

I have to choose the Harry Potter series (sorry, predictable!). These were obviously everywhere by the time I was old enough to start reading them in the late 90’s. Prisoner of Azkaban had just been released but my first HP was Chamber of Secrets because 7 year old me thought that was the most interesting-sounding.

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