I particularly liked Jessica’s The Bookworm Chronicles, and Maren’s The Worn Bookmark. And, both of them had done an interesting activity called My Life in Books. Although I told Jessica that I would do the activity this weekend, I couldn’t resist. So, here are my answers to some lovely questions.
1) Find a book for each of your initials.
S – Stories of Hope by Kirthi Jayakumar (It made me shed buckets of tears, when I needed to do it the most)
D – Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones (A book that I intend to reread. I ❤ this book. Heffalump much!)
R – The Remains of the Day (This is going to be my first of Kazuo Ishiguro)
2) Count your age along your bookshelf. Which book is it?
I am 28, and Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is what I see in my bookshelf. In many ways, I made peace with my past with the help of this book. I found this incredibly inspiring.
3) Pick a book set in your city/county/country.
One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan. For I am unable to recall a book that’s set in Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India), I have chosen a liberating book that’s set in Tamil Nadu. Also, for the very reason, that it showed me a Tamil Nadu that I didn’t know all these years.
4) Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.
A Tiger for Malgudi. RK Narayan’s fictitious Malgudi is a place that I long to visit. I know it’s impossible. But, I can’t shrug off the feeling that I belong there. If I were to choose between visiting Hogwarts and Malgudi, I will backpack to the latter. 🙂 RK Narayan wove extraordinary magic by using the ordinary folks of Malgudi. That made the town more special.
5) Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.
Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. Purple.
6) Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
Charlotte’s Web by EB White. It’s my second children’s books, and I devoured every lyrical word of EB White. (Did I mention I was 27 when I read it?) 🙂 If I had a superpower, I would read it to every child, and make the book freely available for adults. I adore Charlotte’s Web.
7) Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. I still haven’t finished it. Perhaps, it’s one of the very few books I have abandoned.
8) Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?
The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Thériault. For reasons that I haven’t established, I still haven’t acquired this book, although I have been spending a lot of money on books every month. My friend Vishy wrote an alluring review, and from that day I have been telling myself that I should buy this book soon. I am going to please myself next month. For sure. 🙂
Ah, this activity was fun! If I have arrived late, please share the link of your My Life in Books. If you find this fun too, then I would love to see your responses. When you write, do not forget to tag me. 🙂