Leap Year Book Tag

It’s been quite a while since I did a ‘Book Tag’. Book Tags are so much fun and I always intend to do one, yet there is something or the other. So, I didn’t wish to miss out on the ‘Leap Year Book Tag’ when I saw this on Blair Leftly’s blog ‘Feed the Crime’, one of my favourite blogs.

2020 gives an extra day for book lovers to read a bit extra. And, let me see what I can pack on this celestially gifted extra day.

1. An extra day: what is one book that brought a little something extra?

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom. I read the book after watching the movie and was so surprised when the book turned out to be so different. Now I look forward to reading the sequel ‘Gump & Co’.   

2. Taking a big leap: what is one book that you are/were afraid to read?

‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce has been with me for over a year now. Considering how tough it was to understand ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’, I am quite at lack of confidence in starting this one. Hopefully, 2020 makes me read this one and I can tick this off my TBR.

3. Every 4 years: what is the 4th book you read this year?

The 4th book this year – ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood. Yeah, finally after all these years, I have read this one. And, now I can head towards ‘The Testaments’.

4. 366 days in the year: looking at your 3rd shelf, name the 6th book on that shelf, and name the 6th book after that!

I have two bookcases, one is narrow and it doesn’t accommodate more than ten books in a row. So, jumping to the broader bookcase on which the third shelf is designated for ‘Classics’. The sixth book on the shelf is ‘The Portrait is an Artist as a Young Man’ by James Joyce and then the sixth book after that is ‘Three Novellas’ by Leo Tolstoy. ‘Three Novellas’ comprises ‘A Landowner’s Morning’, ‘The Devil’ and ‘Family Happiness’. Sadly, I have only read ‘A Landowner’s Morning’ from this book, now this post makes me go back to Tolstoy and read the other two novellas as well.     

5. Leaping ahead: name 4 books that you want to read by the next leap year [alternative: name something on your bookish bucket list that you want to complete by the next leap year].

  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

6. Leapfrog: name a book on your TBR that has green in it.

Oh…how I wish I had read John Green but haven’t. I didn’t find any book with ‘green’ on it but had so many book covers in green. So, I chose these four books with maximum green on them.

  • The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
  • The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Myth=Mithya Decoding Hindu Mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King  

7. Bad luck: what bookish things do you steer clear from?

I steer clear of Book Clubs now-a-days. Book Clubs are great but I feel jinxed; every time there is discussion regarding a book, it turns out I am unable to read that author for the next few months. It happens unconsciously but now that I have taken note of it, I cannot get myself to attend Book Club meetings.

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