How I Choose My Books Tag

I saw this tag on Ash’s For the Love of Books Blog a while back and knew it was something I wanted to try for myself and I’ve finally got time to do it today so here goes and I hope you enjoy it! Don’t forget to check out Ash’s post and her awesome blog after too!

Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I picked up this and Fangirl up together at the Worlds Collide tour Rainbow did with Leigh Bardugo, I had a few of Leigh’s books but I’d never read any of Rainbow’s before (this was also my first book event) and I didn’t want to seem rude when it came to signing that I didn’t have anything of hers. I’d also become intrigued after Rainbow and Leigh did a reading from each of their books.


Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

31870883_10155203264841581_4577211686036963328_nThe Gargoyle By Andrew Davidson
I mentioned this in my last six for Sunday post about my favourite less well known books strangely! Back when Waterstones did their 3 for 2 deals every Christmas I brought two books as gifts and could pick a third for myself for free, I picked this one as it was by the cash desk and was pretty (not pictured are black stained pages!) I don’t think I even read what the book was about before choosing it. Its now one of my favourite books.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

31817387_10155203265021581_2755769502376394752_nCrooked Kingdom By Leigh Bardugo
This is partially linked to the Worlds Collide tour aas well! While I was there I also brought Six of Crows because I’d enjoyed Shadow and bone and knew I wanted to read as much of the Grishverse as possible so decided to pick that one up as well. I honestly can’t remember why I didn’t pick up Crooked Kingdom as well, it did come out that year so maybe it wasn’t out yet? I asked my parents for this for Christmas that year for after I read Six of Crows. I’ve still not read either. Eep.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

By Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
Jess my accidental Instagram friend kept reccomending this to me and I kept saying I’d get round to it, I posted a TBR post on this blog and got you guys to choose what I should read next Illuminae was one of the options and the one most of you reccomended so I finally read it and…It is bascially one of the best things I have ever read and I should have listened to Jess sooner!


Pick a book up that you discovered through booktube/bookstagram/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

The Extinction Trials
By S.M Wilson
I’d seen this book feautured in the Wildest Dream book box and the tag line instrgued me “Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games.” I loved the Jurassic Park films and adored the Hunger games books but I never got around to picking it up until it was picked as the book of the month for the #Cronebookclub and it absoloutley lived up to the hype. The next one is out super soon and I can’t wait!!!

Find a book on your shelves with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?


31890708_10155203265316581_6851838705439604736_nHeartles By Merissa Meyer
Everyone had been posting about this after the special cover in the OwlCrate book box went out and I was super intrigued because it looked gorgeous. I looked further into it and found out that it was about The Queen of Heart’s before Alice came to Wonderland and after seeing Once upon a time in Wonderland and rewatching Alice recently I was up for more things Wonderland and I’m a sucker for villans stories. This book is apty named because it tore my heart out and locked it in a box.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

31793389_10155203265381581_5164314731644715008_nFallen by Lauren Kate
Bored and trawling through Netflix one day I saw the film adaption for Fallen and had heard aboout it briefly in passing and that it was really bad and trashy so decided why not and watched the film. It was totally trashy but I kind of liked it and decided if the film was bad compared to the books I needed to check these books out. I did and brought them all second hand. The first one is the only one I’ve read so far and was not…great for me, I may get around to the rest eventually.

Think of your all-time favorite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

31775984_10155203265401581_898004621379764224_nThe Shadowhunters Books By Cassandra Clare
You can’t just ask someone what their favourite book is! I have so many favourite books so decided to pick one of my favourite groups of books (other than The Illuminae books and basically anything by Maria V Snyder) and those are The Shadowhunters books. There are a butt load of them now and I came into them just when the City of Bones film came to DVD and at the time  it was the first book series I had been really invested in since the original Vampire Diaries books and Harry Potter. The first book hooked me so bad and made me so angry at the same time it was such an experience and I’ve loved reading all the new books and short stories etc since. GIVE ME QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS NOW.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tag, I think this has been one of my favourite ones to do so far so thank you for checking it out. As usual I won’t tag anyone in particular but if you see this post and decided you want to try it yourself let me know and link me your post so I can see your answers!

Speak soon.

Jemma @Fantastic Books And Where To Find Them.

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