The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag

I was tagged to do the ‘How I Choose my Books’ tag by Ash and Lo over at Windowsill Books and I am really excited because I have no clue how I choose my books! Thank you so much for tagging me!

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FIND A BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES OR E-READER WITH A BLUE COVER. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PICK UP THIS BOOK?

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.

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I had already read and loved I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson so when I spotted The Sky is Everywhere for, like, £3 at The Works, I knew I had to have it!

THINK OF A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO ENJOY, BUT DID. WHY DID YOU READ IT IN THE FIRST PLACE? 

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

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This might sound a bit weird, because I am a huge Maggie Sitefvater fan and am now recommending this series to anyone who will listen (and anyone that won’t!). But, the synopsis of this book really didn’t draw me in!

Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially ones from the local private school. Known as the Raven Boys, they only mean trouble. 

I just don’t feel like this blurb does justice to the actual novel. Thankfully, I had enough faith in Maggie Stiefvater to read it anyway and discovered I never should have doubted that it would be amazing!

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STAND IN FRONT OF YOUR BOOKSHELF WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED AND PICK A BOOK AT RANDOM. HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THIS BOOK? 

The Names they Gave Us – Emery Lord

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I would love to say that there is a deep and meaningful reason why I chose The Names they Gave us but I think it was just that WHSmith’s had a three for two offer on YA so this was one of the ones I chose! Although, to be fair, I was drawn to this book in particular because of it’s gorgeous cover!

PICK A BOOK THAT SOMEONE PERSONALLY RECCOMMENDED TO YOU. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT? 

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

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My little sister begged me for months to read this novel. She was hugely excited about it as she doesn’t normally enjoy contemporary YA but even though I had the best intentions, it just didn’t make it to the top of my TBR for ages! Then, when I finally read it, I absolutely loved it. I am so glad I did because it then led to me reading Carry On which is now one of my favourite books. Ironically, I am now begging my little sister to read it! irony gif.gif

PICK A BOOK THAT YOU DISCOVERED THROUGH BOOKTUBE/BOOK BLOGS. 

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

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Even though I didn’t technically discover it through book blogging, I think it has to be Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I had seen this book around a lot before I started book blogging but I’m pretty sure I never would have picked it up without seeing so many good reviews about it, and being encouraged to read it by fellow book bloggers. Suffice to say, I made the right choice to finally read it as I absolutely loved it!

FIND A BOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELVES OR E-READER WTH A ONE WORD TITLE. WHAT DREW YOU TO THIS BOOK? 

Candor – Pam Bachorz

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I’m pretty sure I got this novel at a high school book fair (you know, when they wheel in the buggy full of books and you get to skip some of class to go and look at them!) I can’t remember what drew me to this book in particular because, although I appreciate it now I know how it relates to the story, the cover is not the prettiest. Even so, I’m really glad I was drawn to this book because it was fantastic and really emotional!

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WHAT BOOK DID YOU DISCOVER THROUGH A FILM/TV ADAPTION?

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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I first found out about The Hunger Games when publicity started for the first film, so although I didn’t watch the films before I read the books, the film adaption did introduce me to the book. I loved these novels and I loved the first two films although by the last two I was slightly bored!

THINK OF YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOK(S). WHEN DID YOU READ THEM AND WHY DID YOU PICK THEM UP IN THE FIRST PLACE? 

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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I first read The Book Thief in 2014 and I’m honestly not sure what made me pick it up, because it is historical fiction and I really don’t read much historical fiction. I think my little sister might have had it for a while but not had time to read it and so when I found myself without a book she suggested it to me. If that is the case, I am extremely grateful to her, because I can’t imagine having never read The Book Thief!

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So, that’s how I choose my books! Thanks for reading, I had a great time doing this tag. Have you read any of the books I mentioned, and how did you choose them?

I tag:

5171 Miles Book Blog / Violet @The Whimsical Words of An Agreeable Bookworm / Sydney @Fire and Rain BooksThe Wanderlust Reader / Beth @Reading Every Night

No worries if you have already done this tag (sorry, I didn’t check) or just don’t fancy it.

Happy reading!

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20 thoughts on “The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag

  1. Thanks so much for tagging me, this looks like a really fun one and I cannot wait to take part. I’m already thinking of books I can pick for this one. 😀
    I loved The Sky is Everywhere, and actually the reason I picked it up was mostly the same as yours. I loved I’ll Give You the Sun and wanted to read anything and everything else Jandy Nelson has written.
    Also The Book Thief is one of my all-time favourites as well, and that was one I picked up because of the film adaptation.
    Great answers, and thanks again for the tag! 🙂

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    1. That’s ok!! 🙂 🙂 I’m not going to lie, I was expecting a bit more from The Sky is Everywhere just because I loved I’ll Give you the Sun so much, but I’m glad you enjoyed it!! Awww The Book Thief, I just love it so much!! That’s really cool that you picked it up because of the film (I have actually never watched the film!). I can’t wait to see what answers you come up with!

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      1. See I was almost the other way around, as much as I loved I’ll Give You the Sun I enjoyed The Sy is Everywhere even more. 🙂
        Oh definitely watch the film, it’s one of my favourite adaptations because it’s just as emotional, just as moving, and stays close to the book as well.
        Thanks. 😀

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      2. Oh that’s really interesting with the Jandy Nelson’s novel, is so cool how people’s tastes are different!! Haha, I keep saying I am going to watch the film and people keep reassuring me that it’s good but I just can’t get myself to do it, like I almost physically cannot make myself watch it!! (not yet anyway!) 😂😂

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  2. I think they definitely dragged out the last two Hunger Games movies. I still love them, but they’re just… drawn out. Since they were trying to make two movies out of one book. Sheesh. And things aren’t exactly the same as the book at some points?? Again, I still enjoy all the movies, but you know.

    And YES about The Book Thief. Seriously one of the most wonderful, beautiful books I’ve ever read. LOVE it.

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    1. Awww, yei for The Book Thief!! 🙂 🙂 Yeah, with The Hunger Games I just feel like it jumped on the trend of splitting the last book of a series into two films when it actually didn’t need to be split, like I think I would really enjoy it if the important bits of the two films were put together to make one and take out all of the filler!! 🙈🙈

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