Life In Books Tag – Get To Know Me Through My Books

What is life?

Life is much more than our hearts pumping blood through our circulatory system. It’s more than simply breathing and existing. Life is a gift, life is sublime.

Life is so beautiful and complex that…um, that I have no idea what I’m talking about because that’s a difficult question to answer!

All I know is that life is awesome. Especially if books are part of it!!

I want to thank the wonderful and always funny Cinderzena for tagging me to do the Life In Books Tag.

I thought it looked fun, though I’m not sure how all of these categories are supposed to represent my life…Anyway, I digress.  I just want to show off more of my books and take pretty pictures. 

Let’s get started!


Find a book for each of your initials.

Initials

My name is uncommon enough that I don’t need a middle name! In case you didn’t know already, feel free to call me Naz. It rhymes with the American pronunciation of pass, mass, lass, etc. 🙂

Nazahet – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

  • Neil Gaiman is magic. I have met him and said hello (from a distance). Neverwhere is my favorite book of his that I’ve read.

Hernandez – Hollow City – by Ransom Riggs

  • I plan to finish off the trilogy before the film is released.

Count your age along your bookshelf. Which book did you land on?

Please look after mom by kyung-sook shin

I will be 26 in a few weeks (sigh). But for now, I will count from the top left of one of my shelves all the way down to 25 and will land on…

Please Look After Mom – by Kyung-Sook Shin

  • My plan was to read this book along with 9 others during the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge in April. However, I was only able to get to 6 books that month and this one didn’t make the cut. I will try to get to it before the year is over. 

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

If You Look for me, I am not here

If You Look For Me, I Am Not Here – Sarayu Srivatsa

  • This lovely book is set in India. One day I hope to visit and explore Mumbai, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and Delhi as well as many of its other wonders. 

Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

The Moor's Account

The Moor’s Account – by Laila Lalami

  • I love blue in all its hues and textures. This book is one of my favorites from 2015. It’s about the first African explorer of the Americas. You should read it!

 


Which book do you remember most fondly?

Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Like Water For Chocolate – by Laura Esquivel

  • I read this exceptionally unique book when I was a 14 and immediately fell in love with the language, the characters, and the magical realism. It was one of the very first books I ever read that did not star white characters, which revealed worlds and possibilities previously unknown to me. It might have been responsible for kindling the fire that would eventually lead to my ardent activism for better representation of people of color in the publishing industry.

Which book did you have the most difficult time reading?

A Brief history of seven killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings – by Marlon James

  • I read about 80 pages of this very dense and complex book but ultimately had to put it aside. I have a lot of patience and can persevere through most reading experiences, but reading this book was especially tough. Large parts of it are written in Jamaican Patois, which gives the stories an authentic voice that I do appreciate. However, I am not used to reading that dialect so it was very difficult to get into the story and enjoy it. After I noticed how difficult reading the Patois would be, I watched YouTube videos that would help me get more familiar with the dialect for an hour but it still wasn’t enough. When you factor in that the story is complicated and over 600 pages, I eventually moved on to a different book.

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

A little life by hanya yanagihara

A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagihara 

  • This is another book that I keep putting off for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s massive – over 700 pages. Also, I hear that the story harrows the soul and drowns it in anguish. Whitney from Brown Books and Green Tea has been reading it over the last week and has shared how “painful and sad and depressing and hopeless and dreadful and so many other words!” it is. If I manage to emerge from reading A Little Life with my soul in tact I will consider it the biggest accomplishment in my life as a reader.

 


I have no idea who has and has not done this tag. So I will only tag a few of my most recent followers. Feel free to ignore the tag if you’d like, but I think these kinds of tags are really fun and hope you do too!

Amy @ Inkyspells

Morgan @ Happily Ever Bookish

A certain pirate captain @ The Captain’s Quarters


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47 thoughts on “Life In Books Tag – Get To Know Me Through My Books

      1. I’ll let you know! Patois is virtually unintelligible for some people. My family is from the West Indies, so it’s not too hard for me, but we’ll see…I’ve heard that there are far too many characters to make it an easy audiobook.

        1. I really tried to read it but it was so difficult :/ you’re right about the character count possibly making it a tough audiobook. But I listen to the Audio while reading along, haha, so that may help me.

  1. OMG the cover of “If You Look For Me, I Am Not Here” is GORGEOUS! Also, I’m super jealous that you met Neil Gaiman, even from a distance. And blue it also my favorite color.

  2. Thank you for the tag! 🙂

    I feel the exact same way about A Little Life. I’m so intimidated by it because it’s so long, and everyone says it’s devastating! I’ll feel so accomplished when I finally read it.

  3. You will have to let me know how ‘Please Look After Mom’ and ‘A Little Life’ are. I’ve been meaning to read both of them 🙂 ‘The Moor’s Account’ has a beautiful cover, and I’ll definitely be adding that to my tbr list

  4. I really want to read the Miss Peregrine books and Neil Gaiman is now haunting me. I have read a book of his soon! Darn these exams, Its been nearly a month since I read a book! :O That cover of the Moor’s account is lovely!

  5. Great post! Lovely pictures. Alright, now you have to share your story about meeting the fabulous Neil Gaiman? (Unless you’ve already shared it and I just missed it?)

    1. Thank you for complimenting my pictures. I love taking them.

      The story isn’t all that special.
      A few years ago, a few friends and I went to see Amanda Palmer at one of her concerts. Niel Gaiman was travelling with her during a music festival (South by South West in Austin, TX). We got to hear them talk about something or other in a panel (can’t remember; was many years ago). As they were leaving, I said hello/goodbye loudly and waved. He waved back. 🙂 It was great.

  6. Thank you for complimenting my pictures. I love taking them.

    The story isn’t all that special.
    A few years ago, a few friends and I went to see Amanda Palmer at one of her concerts. Niel Gaiman was travelling with her during a music festival (South by South West in Austin, TX). We got to hear them talk about something or other in a panel (can’t remember; was many years ago). As they were leaving, I said hello/goodbye loudly and waved. He waved back. 🙂 It was great.

  7. I think pocobookreader has reviewed “If You Look For Me, I Am Not Here” a while ago and I fell immediately into book lust because of that astounding cover. She reviewed the novel very positively too. Somehow I forgot about it. I may have to get it soon.

    This tag was one of the most fun ones I ever did. I’m glad you had fun doing it.

  8. I love your name. I have thought that before, but now seemed like a good time to say so. 🙂
    Also, the cover of ‘If You Look For Me, I Am Not Here’ is gorgeous. I’d buy it just for the cover!

    1. Thank you, Naomi. 😀
      I know, it’s such a beauty. I won it when the publisher was hosting a giveaway on Twitter. The first three people to retweet one of their tweets got a copy of the book. I was lucky!

  9. Ooh, I love this tag!! I’m gonna pretend you tagged me and add it to my list of tags to do!

    You always have such interesting and diverse books! I’m definitely going to check a bunch of these out on Goodreads. The cover for If You Look For Me, I Am Not Here is absolutely stunning!

    1. I thought about tagging you but I wasn’t sure if you’d already done this one. I think I’ll tag you in all future ones I do. I know you love tags, so I’d rather be safe than sorry for not tagging you.

      So I tag you now!
      Can’t wait to see your answers 🙂

  10. This is a cool tag. I really need to finish the Miss Peregrine’s books, but I read the first one so long ago that I’ve forgotten pretty much everything about it. I’ve been avoiding A Brief History of Seven Killings and A Little Life because they’re intimidating.

    1. I think you should wait until the film comes out to refresh your memory of the first book and then decide if you want to continue with the series.

      Yeah, those two are some of the most intimidating books around. :s

  11. Hi,

    My mission this year is to read more Asian and African authors, and also more books set in those parts of the world. I’ve failed miserably so far. I didn’t know what to read. *looks around* I think I’m on exactly the right blog to solve this problem. 🙂

    Also, this tag is awesome. May I take part?

    Thank you for inspiring better and more diverse reading choices in me.

    Melanie [Orange Juice Edits]

    1. Asian authors definitely need more representation in almost every aspect of media.
      I have reviewed a handful of books by Asian authors, so I hope you will check out my reviews for some of them. On Friday, I will be reviewing The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, if you enjoy reading epic fantasies, stay tuned!

      I really appreciate your effort to diversify your reading. Everyone should try it! It’s very rewarding experience.

      Yes, consider yourself tagged! 🙂

  12. Firstly- wow- you have a cool name! Secondly, I love Neil Gaiman too!! I adore Neverwhere, but it’s just edged out by Anansi Boys as my favourite- because that was the first book by Gaiman I ever read and it was just so darn funny! I want to visit India too one day. And A Little Life sounds good (if that makes sense- I hear a book will crush your soul and my brain goes “yes I’m in the mood for some soul crushing sadness… sort of..”)

    1. Coraline was my first Gaiman book and it certainly was something special. I hope he continues to bless the world with the magic of his words.

      I agree with you on A Little Life. I hear people claiming that the book brought some serious anguish and misery and I want to experience it too. If only to prove that I can withstand it and appreciate it better than others 😛

  13. Great tag! So many books here I want to read, even A Little Life (but am also scared to, because of the content and the amount of pages of depressing content!). Like Water For Chocolate looks so wonderful I will have to look for a copy, you make it sound amazing!

  14. I would love to know your thoughts on A Little Life, then we can all share in the misery with Whitney! haha But I understand if you don’t. It sounds really heavy, dark, and depressing…

    Like Water For Chocolate really is delightful. Gosh. There is also a pretty decent film adaptation if you’re interest, but obviously the book is better. :]

  15. I have only read one of Neil Gaiman book (Coraline) but I really loved it, and I want to read some of his other books soon. I feel like he has a fascinating universe and I loved his writing, I can’t wait to read more. The Moor’s Account has such a gorgeous cover, I think I fell in love. And the story sounds interesting, I need to check it out 🙂
    I’m new to the magical realism genre, but I really want to read more from it as well. I didn’t know about this book, but Chocolate in the title, I feel like that’s a sign (I love chocolate way too much…).
    Great answers, this was such a cute tag, and those pictures are gorgeous, I love it, simple yet so pretty 🙂

    1. Coraline is a good start for reading Gaiman. I am not sure what I enjoyed more, the film or the book. It’s tough choice for me, which is rare.

      Magical realism is very interesting and it’s difficult to get right. But I think Like Water For Chocolate gets its just right. It’s actually well-known for popularizing magical realism.

      it definitely was a cute and fun tag! I loved taking the pictures. You should consider doing it if you ever run a blank for a new blog idea. I would love to see your answers.

  16. This is such a fun post ahha!! And yyayy forNeverwhere and Hollow City 🙌🙌 I havent read Neverwhere yet but I got it at a thrift store for 3 bucks so Im excited 😈! -Trang

  17. Yea, I’ve heard a Brief History is very difficult for those unfamiliar with Jamaican patois. Actually, some Jamaicans have difficulty reading patois because we read and write in English so we’re not used to seeing the way we speak written. I like James’s books for that because in a way it forces us to acknowledge all parts of our culture. (Patois is not held in high regard.)
    I have yet read Brief History but parts of Night Women is in patois. Maybe you can try that novel instead for now if you like. It’s shorter and is also a historical novel.

    1. That’s really interesting. Has Jamaican patois been standardized in written form or is that a work in progress?
      It’s unfortunate that patois isn’t held in high regard, even within native populations. But they are legitimate languages/dialects, so having an important writer like Marlon James writing in that voice is crucial for elevating the language and removing the stigma.

      I still feel really bad about not finishing Brief History. I just wasn’t familiar with the language. :/
      But yes, my plan is to read The Book of Night Women first. It appears to be more accessible and the concept of the novel is a lot more interesting to me.

      1. I don’t know if it’s in the process of being standardized but I doubt it ever will. I feel it’s ingrained in all Jamaicans who speak patois that it’s better to speak “good” English i.e. like the British. I think it will take centuries to get past thinking like that.

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