How I Choose My Books Tag

There are many ways we choose to read a book. It can be a required book, a recommended book, or a book you choose on your own.

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

I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy To Kill a Mockingbird—a book meant for 9th grade, but my particular class never got to it. For several years, my parents were encouraging me to read the book, but it was the title that through me off.

I don’t know why, but last year I decided to finally watch the movie. Just by doing that, I decided to read the book for 2021. Here is what I know- if it was a required book for 9th grade, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did NOW.

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

This can actually can apply to series- not a standalone book. Back in elementary school, I first watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—-just by watching that, I continued with the other films during the years. Soon enough, I found myself reading those books—a reread I will eventually do (plan for that to happen in 2022)

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

I first heard of the Nevermoor series through one of the book blogs. Considering that I really enjoyed the first book and already reading Wundersmith shows my love for the series. Morrigan Crow is a wonderful protagonist- other characters I love (Hawthorne, Jupiter, Fenestra…)

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

I thought of my dad when I saw this- he recommended a number of classics to me. I have loved all of them so far. Tale of Two Cities was my dad’s first recommendation- it was because it takes place prior to the events of Les Misérables, as in The French Revolution.

I actually don’t know why I loved Tale of Two Cities, but know I did.

Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Spinning Silver- yes, I get kinda of nervous around retellings, but this was an exception. I had already read one Naomi Novik book, which was Uprooted—that is what made me want to read SS.

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

Les Misérables- that would come of no surprise. It is such an inspiring and moving story. If the musical didn’t enter my life, I never would have thought about reading the book due to how long the book is. Yes, its a tragedy, but due to its underlying spirituality, it is so much more than a tragedy.

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

Uprooted- the cover drew me initially drew me to the book, and than read the blurb. If I NEVER read this book. probably wouldn’t have been interested in SS

Think of your all-time favorite books. When did you read these, and why did you pick them up in the first place?


I read my all-time favorite books at different time periods in my life- elementary, middle, high, college, and even now. I found them through being required, being recommended by parents/bookstores/book blogs, and finding them on my own.

MOST of my favorite books fall under two categories- fantasy and classics. When I talk about fantasy, I also am including mythology due to the similarity it has to the genre.

4 thoughts on “How I Choose My Books Tag

  1. Meg, I love this post. My wife and I read a lot, so during the pandemic, I would pick up a book she read and ask would I like this? So, it opened me up to many wonderful books such as “Where the Crawdads sing” and “Caleb’s Crossing.” Keep on reading and sharing your stories. Keith


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