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.
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?
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 – 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 – 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
- 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 – 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
- 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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