Hello all, I hope you are well! I love a good book tag and always find them a lot of fun. I found this one not too long ago on The Little Contemporary Corner (a fave blog of mine)! It is the History of my Bookshelf tag and was created by Emmmabooks on Youtube. It is all about the history of your shelves, what you have read in the past and how your shelves have changed over the years.
The oldest book on your shelf
If we are talking about the book that I have had for the longest amount of time, this would have to be an old and battered copy of Matilda by Roald Dahl. I have owned this since being a child and I used to read it over and over again!
A book you read in 2013
Animal Farm by George Orwell. I read this for my English Language or Literature (I can’t remember which) GCSE and was throughly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
A book you read in 2014
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This is the book that got me back into reading after a 5 year reading slump throughout high school. It helped be rediscover my love for reading and books.
A book you read in 2015
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. This is still one of my favourite books which I re-read quite recently. There are some issues with it reading it now but back then this book was my life.
A book you read in 2016
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I remember vividly reading this book in one sitting and having my mum ask me when I was going to stop reading to eat.
A book you read in 2017
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. My all-time favourite book!
A book you read in 2018
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman. This book came into my life exactly when I needed it and to this day I still adore this book with all my heart.
A book you read in 2019
All the Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman. If you are yet to read this one I cannot recommend it enough.
A book you’ve read more than once
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is the first one that comes to mind. I’ve read a few books more than once but I think this one might by my most recently re-read book.
A book you waited over a year to be published
There are so many books that could fit into this category but I am going to say The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James. I was hyped for this book as soon as Lauren announced it and waited well over a year until it was released.
A book you read on vacation/away from home
I always tend to read Karen M. McManus’ books whilst on holiday. I really remember reading One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus in Lanzarote and getting sunburnt because I couldn’t stop reading.
A book you got from someplace special (anything that’s not your local bookstore/online retailer)
I got my copy of The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper from a bookstore in New York! My mum picked this up for me in February and I loved the book and cherish it.
A book that made you cry
I don’t often cry when reading books but one I remember crying a lot whilst reading was The First Day of My Life by Lisa Williamson which is out in 2021.
A book you read in one sitting
Dear Martin by Nic Stone is a book I read in around 3 hours. I picked it up one night with the intention to read it over the course of a few days and then couldn’t put it down.
A book that was a gift
Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness was gifted to me by Sarah (from The Little Contemporary Corner) for my birthday last year. I love the book a lot and it is extra special because it was a present.
A book you read before owning (library, borrowed from a friend)
I’m really struggling to think of one book for this but I know I borrowed the entire A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket from my library as a child. Now I own the entire series.
A book you lent to someone else
Currently my copy of Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano is being borrowed by Sophie and then Sarah (The Little Contemporary Corner) . I loved this book and gave my copy to Sophie when I last saw her.
A book that has been damaged
My copy of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is a mess. I damaged it during my first re-read and recently discovered something spilt on it where it was being stored so it has a big stain on the pages. I still love it though.
A book you got on sale/discount
I need to shop in charity shops more. I recently got the entire A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket in a charity shop for just short of £25 and I was incredibly happy.
A book you read with someone else (buddy read/read with a book club)
I have recently started co-reading with a lot of people and I am part of a book club too. Most recently I finished a co-read of Pet by Akwaeke Emezi with Sarah and Sophie (The Little Contemporary Corner), Jaz (Travels in Fiction) and Charlotte (Wonderfully Bookish) and I throughly enjoyed it.
A book you associate with a song
I really associate The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli with Harry Style’s first album as it was what I was listening to on repeat at the time.
A book you associate with a food
I associate Simon Vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli with oreos, for obvious reasons if you have read the book.
A book you got years ago that you probably wouldn’t buy now
So many! I buy a lot of books on impulse and never get round to reading them. One that comes to mind is when I bought The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins because it has raving reviews and I absolutely hated it. I should have looked into that book more before buying.
A book you associate with a specific time in your life
I really associate Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel with my job in a supermarket. I remember listening to the audio book on my late night shifts and loving it so much that I bought the physical book and immediately re-read it.
A book you used to like, but don’t anymore
I’ve not re-read any books recently that I have gone from loving to hating, so, for this one I really have no idea.
The newest book on your shelf
The newest book on my shelf has to be The Rules by Tracy Darnton which I was gifted by the publishers!
There you have it, that was the History of my Bookshelf tag! I hope you enjoyed that, I know that I did!