The Last 10 #BookTag

A little Book Tag, spotted somewhere on the interweb (please let me know if it was you, so I can acknowledge you properly), to get me over a slow blogging weekend.

1. The last book I gave up on:

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous | Ocean Vuong – I wasn’t in the right mood for it.

2. The last book I re-read:

War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy – after an almost twenty year gap between reads.

3. The last book I bought:

The Wild Silence | Raynor Winn – a Christmas present to self after enjoying The Salt Path so much.

4. The last book I said I read but actually didn’t:

Not sure if I’ve ever done this…

5. The last book I wrote in the margins of:

The last book I read.

I make notes and underline in all my books.

Mr Books is horrified, although he also finds it fascinating to wonder why I liked a certain passage or marked a page, when he reads a book after me. When I reread a book, I’m also curious to see which passages stood out during the first read, and if they still resonate second time around.

6. The last book I had signed:

Stalin’s Wine Cellar | John Baker & Nick Place – I procured a signed copy for Mr Books, knowing how much he would enjoy this weird and wonderful tale of high-end wine, politics and shady deals.

Stalin's Wine Cellar

7. The last book I lost:

The Brother’s Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky – lost during a move about 5 yrs ago. I was halfway through it and struggling with all the religious stuff, so was not unhappy that it went missing in the move.

8. The last book I had to replace:

War and Peace when I realised that my first read through was with an abridged version!

9. The last book I argued over:

Where The Crawdads Sing | Delia Owens – I thought it was crap, but everyone else in my book club loved it. We agreed to disagree in the end.

10. The last book you couldn’t find:

Autumn, Winter and Spring | Ali Smith – I was positive I had reading copies of these three books somewhere in my TBR piles. I was thinking of finally reading all four of them this year, now that Summer is out. But I obviously gave them to someone and forgot about it.

22 thoughts on “The Last 10 #BookTag

  1. I’ve seen this meme around, but can’t help you with an originator sorry.
    I re-read books all the time, partly for enjoyment, sometimes by mistake when I borrow them again, and, often with old Australians, because I need to record a review. 1Q84 for instance I’ve listened to 3 times over the last five years or so.
    What I wonder is The last book I said I’d read when I hadn’t. I’m sure I sometimes I imply I’m familiar with books when I’m not, and every now and then I go for a re-read and find the book is completely unfamiliar. No examples off the top of my head.


  2. I share Mr. Books’ horror but whatever works for you! As for pretending to read something, I can’t say that I’ve ever done that intentionally. But having read a *lot* of books over the years I sometimes lose track, although I’m more likely to forget I’ve read a book than pretend I have!!!


    1. Curiously Mr Books has started leaving pencil marks in the occasional non-fiction book now, so he can refer back to certain ideas. I may have drawn him over to the dark side 😂

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    1. Like you I was deadset against reading it, but when my Bookclub picked it last year, I decided to be fair & give it a go. I knew by the end of the first chapter it wasn’t going to work for me. So I just skimmed it. There are too many really good books to read Cathy.


    1. Thanks Anne for the link. Your reading experience was very mixed. For me, there was this weird sense of having read this story before, even though I haven’t & I cannot think of anything similar off the top of my head. But I have read lots of memoirs about people with traumatic childhoods over the years, so maybe I’m just done with that genre for now.


  3. Interesting what you say about On Earth &c. I’ve just picked it up from the library where I had reserved it, and I’m finding it difficult to must the motivation to actually read it. I think you’ve given me permission to take it back to the library unread…


    1. For me it was the traumatised childhood theme. I’ve read so many books like this over the years, & I’m now struggling to go there.
      You can always borrow it again, if you find you want to try it for yourself 😊


  4. #9 – I agreed it was crap as a novel. The author should stick to nature writing. When I’m with people (in person or online) who loved it I just smile and nod…I don’t think it’s possible to argue with them.


    1. I have to do that at work almost every day with customers! I get a bit stuck when someone asks me for a recommendation & I check what was the last book they read & loved & they say Crawdads. I just take a deep breath & give them a Barbara Kingsolver.

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  5. i’ve pretty much given up on modern novels. they are often brutal and repetitious, saying the same things older authors have already and in a much more comprehensive way discussed… i liked some of Vonnegut’s work, but i can’t think of any since then that impressed…


    1. Most of the modern writers I read, are writers of historical fiction, but I have read some that have something important or interesting to say about the modern condition, but, like you, they often don’t absorb me in a way that older books do. If I get lost in a book, it’s usually from a book written before I was born.


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