Saturday, March 31

My Life in Books Tag!!

As you may know I only recently joined The Regal Critiques and I wanted to do a tag that helps people get to know me bookishly (yes that's a word)! So much of my life has been shaped by and around books so this was a really fun tag to try! 

1. Find a book for each of your initials

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of OrĂ¯sha, #1) Ask the Passengers Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Clare - I chose Children of Blood and Bone because I am currently reading it! I am nearly finished and it is probably my favourite book of the year. 

A - Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. It was weirdly hard to find a book beginning with A? But this is one of my all time favourites.

Stone - Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda. Who else is crazy excited for Love, Simon? I will be going to see it with my sister this Friday and I literally can't remember the last time I was this excited for a film!! 

2. Count your age along your bookshelf - which book is it?

Show Stopper

This is really high on my TBR actually - it sounds like The Hunger Games meets Caraval which YES is a really weird mix but I don't care I need it!! 

3. Pick a book set in your city/country

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

The Name of the Star is set in London where I grew up. Maureen Johnson is American so there were plenty of times where I was just saying "that's not real" about situations or places but she does a really good job of capturing the spirit of London. So the books feel like home anyway.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to

The Tombs

For some reason I'm more and more drawn to New York lately. It's pretty far away so I'm unlikely to get there anytime soon but fingers crossed for some day!! 

5. Pick a book that's your favourite colour

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

The British version even has 3 ever so slightly different shades of pink to collect. Also this is the best depiction of agoraphobia (which I have) that I have ever read and I love it. 

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of

Jane Eyre

We read this at school (basically the only book I was forced to read that I actually liked) and it was my best friends favourite book for years so I've read it over and over and over again and know it back to front. 

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading

Turtles All the Way Down

Weird answer cause this actually seems like a really good book but I couldn't finish it. The depiction of anxiety was so realistic and inside the characters head that it made my own anxiety flare up too much for me to continue. I hope one day I'll be able to read it with a bit more distance.

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

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

I'm so intimidated by these books and I don't know why. I know they'll be amazing and I've had them recommended to me so many times but I can never quite bring myself to start them! 

Lets Chat!!

What would some of your answers to these questions be? And what book started your love of reading? Let me know! 

I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you're interested in the tag, feel free!


  1. I definitely agree with you on Turtles All the Way Down! I had the exact same issues with it. While the depictions of OCD and anxiety were very realistic, the book overall was quite triggering for me so I couldn’t fully love it.

    1. Yes that's exactly it which is such a shame! Hopefully it will help people without anxiety to relate but as someone with anxiety it was just too hard to read!

  2. Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time, so I love that you picked this one! And I haven't touched Turtles All the Way Down because I'm worried it might cause me some problems. Glad to get to know you better "bookishly" ;)

    1. It's one of my favourites too!! I never get tired of reading it. I definitely had some problems with Turtles All the Way Down so I'd recommend caution but I do genuinely believe it's a good book. Thank you!! :)

  3. Great tag. I like getting to know the person behind the blog. I’m excited for Love, Simon! I probably won’t be able to see it for a while, though.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. It was going to come out on my birthday then got pushed back so I am super impatiently waiting!

  4. I'd love to do this tag! Also, yaaaas to Children of Blood and Bone!

    - Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf

    1. Go for it! And leave a link when you do so I can check out your answers? And yes - I'm so happy with how much love Children of Blood and Bone is getting because it is incredible!!

  5. I totally understand your excitement for Love, Simon! I've seen it twice already. LOL I'd be hard pressed to come up with a book that takes place in my city - I would just have to choose my state (Florida).
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    1. I'm so jealous! It isn't even released here yet so I'm trying hard to avoid spoilers! There's not a chance of finding a book set where I live now so I went with London because it was so much easier! I bet Florida makes for a great book setting!

  6. Hiya, Clare! Welcome to the blog! I have agoraphobia as well, so when I read that you did too, I immediately felt connected. And honestly, how lovely is Under Rose-Tainted Skies?

    1. Its the best! One of my all time favourite books! I don't know anyone else with agoraphobia - its such a weirdly isolating thing so I'm glad you commented!

  7. Enjoy Love, Simon. It was adorable!

    I've wanted to read Turtles All the Way Down because of the anxiety rep but I can see how it might be too much at times if you have anxiety (which I do).

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. Its weird because some books with anxiety rep don't bother me but Turtles All the Way Down was way too much to handle, for me anyway.


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