‘My Life in Books’ Tag

Yayy…it’s a ‘Book Tag’ post.

I read this super interesting book tag on ‘Witty and Sarcastic Book Club’ a couple of days back. It is a wonderful blog and you can visit her blog here.

So, here I go…

1. Find a book for each of your initials

N Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

B Burmese Days by George Orwell

N Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

2. Count your age along your bookshelf – what book is it?

I have two bookshelves; so on the first one, I reached ‘Gold Mine’ by Wilbur Smith. Well, sadly, I haven’t read this one though I received it as a prize ages back. On the second one, it is ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman, this was such a delightful, emotional book.

3. A book set in your city/country

‘Interpreter of Maladies’ by Jhumpa Lahiri comes closest to my present city. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories, the title story is set in Bhubaneswar and Puri in Odisha.

Or else, I could pick ‘The White Tiger’ by Aravind Adiga which takes the protagonist Balram Halwai to New Delhi, the place where I grew up.

4. A book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I live in India so that leaves me with exploring Italy and Indonesia to achieve Gilbert’s mantra of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ bliss.

5. A book that’s your favorite colour

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte in this Puffin Classics edition has a beautiful shade of Olive green on its cover.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

I read Circe by Madeline Miller about a year and a half back and it left me with so many beautiful memories. I could relate instantly to this modern retelling of Circe, her childhood struggles to fit in, and later the grit to survive in a lonely island. The name of my blog ‘Bookishloom’ is inspired by Circe’s loom. I thought, well I cannot spin any cloth but I can weave a few words now and then and this has become my loom to lean on.  

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Undoubtedly, this has to be ‘A Portrait of a Young Man as an Artist’ by James Joyce. It isn’t a book that runs into great lengths but some sections just took so long to register. There were times when I would read a paragraph and feel lost. I think the closest any other book to reach this difficulty level was ‘To The Lighthouse’ by Virginia Woolf. Yes, probably a tie. The dinner at Ramsays had pledged never to end in this one!

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce has been on my TBR for a really long time now. Completing ‘Anna Karenina’ by Leo Tolstoy had given me the feeling of accomplishment and I think finishing ‘Ulysses’ would put me on cloud nine. (that is if it ever happens!)

I am not tagging anyone specifically but if you liked the tag, then go ahead and have fun doing this one! I would love to read your posts!!

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