I have been tagged by the lovely Hundreds and Thousands of Books to do the How I Choose My Books tag!! If you’re not familiar with her account, please check it out because her posts are always so well-written and wonderful! When I read her post I knew I had to do it and I was thrilled when I saw that she tagged me, so thank you so much hun! 💕
Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?
It was The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta! I don’t usually like books written in verse, but I was doing a readathon and found the audiobook which was very short (three hours, I think) so I ended up reading this in one-sitting and unexpectedly teared up when I finished it. It was a beautifully raw book about discovering yourself and fully becoming the person you were meant to be.
What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?
Vampire Academy!! I usually read the books before the movie comes out, but the movie came out in 2014 and I was slowly making my way into YA books as I was 15 and watched the movie first. People who read the books when it cale out were disappointed by the adapatation and I completely understood why because the book is so much better. However, I think they did an amazing job with the casting. I kept picturing the actors when I was reading it.
Pick a book that you discovered through booktube/bookstagram/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?
It’s kind of hard to avoid Elle Kennedy’s books in the book community, especially the Off-Campus series and I honestly did not expect it to be as addictive as it was. I don’t see myself reading the rest of the series because this book severely lacks diversity and there was just something off about the way the author describes their characters but still an enjoyable book.
Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?
My friend Carolina who is a fellow bookstagrammer recommended The Bergman Brothers series to me and it is now one of my favourite series ever. Needless to say that I read now every single book she recommends to me. You can find my 5-star reviews of Always Only You and With You Forever through the links!
Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
Hades and Persephone retellings are my kryptonite and Katee Robert changed my life when I read Your Dad WIll Do, earlier this year. This feels like it’s going to be a new favourite and that I’m going to enjoy it tremendously. I am saving this book for when I have time to savour it.
Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?
Mariana Zapata is notoriously known for writing the best slow burn romances. In August, I asked for romance recommendations and at least three people mentioned All Rhodes Lead Here. I feel like it’s the perfect book for this weather since I can see myself reading this on a rainy, cold weekend or in a cosy coffee shop in Paris.
Find a book on your shelves with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?
I sincerely need to be ashamed by the fact that I still haven’t read this duology. So many people recommended this to me and it is Rae’s favourite book, which is why I bought it. I need to read it soon!! And Black girls in Fantasy books will always be my favourite genre.
Think of your all-time favorite books. When did you read these, and why did you pick them up in the first place?
I have three books that I consider favourites. The first one is Legendborn which I got at Christmas because I kept seeing people mentioning it was a King Arthur retelling with some Black girl magic and I knew I would love it. I read it earlier this year and it remains my favourite book of 2021. Then there’s Daisy Jones and The Six which I randomely picked up because I had loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The audiobook is such a magical experience and I wish I could read it again for the first time. And last but not least, there’s Act Your Age, Eve Brown (find my review here!!) which was my first ever physical ARC and which changed my life in terms of representation. I loved the previous book in the series but this one holds a special place in my heart because Eve is a purple-haired, Black autistic woman (just like me!!) and I have never felt more seen in my life. I read it during my birthday month which made it even more better.
Or anyone that wants to do the tag! 🥰