Today is the last day of Blogtober and I thought, what better a way to wrap up this crazy month of blogging the way I started it – with a book tag. To top it off, this book tag, which I was first tagged to do in video format, is called The Last Book I… Tag, which is yet again, fitting. It’s been a hectic month, with every day bringing me a fresh round of panic because, “Oh, I’ve got to write at least these many words for this topic!” but also a sense of achievement that I actually ended up finishing and uploading a piece. Plus, book tags are some of my favorite videos and blog posts to write, so it’s only natural, in yet another way, that I end Blogtober with this one.
Here’s the link to the original tag: The Last Book I… Tag by Shelley Wilson.
The last book I gave up on:
Do Epic Shit by Ankur Warikoo! I got only about 8% into the book before I couldn’t take the toxic positivity anymore. From being in a fragmented format to demotivating the reader by saying (and I’m paraphrasing here), “You’re not successful because you’re lazy,” the book just gets progressively annoying and high and mighty. Which is why I spared myself the pain and DNFed this one.
The last book I re-read:
The Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman. I recently reread the four available volumes of this series so that I could watch the Netflix show. And what an experience it was! The show is almost as heartwarming as the books are, and the fact that the makers have added the little details that make Heartstopper so amazing to the show is, in itself, amazing. Of course, Alice Oseman is involved in the making, so that makes for as close an adaptation to the books as possible.
If you’d like to read my blog post or watch my vlog, here’s where you can do it: Rereading & Watching the Heartstopper Series – Blog Post | Rereading & Watching the Heartstopper Series – Reading Vlog.
The last book I bought:
This happened as recently as Saturday. We went to the city that day and after 3 hours in the Australian Museum, went to a couple of bookstores. Although I didn’t buy anything in Kinokuniya, we did end up getting Babel by R.F. Kuang at Abbey’s Bookshop. It was one of my most anticipated releases of 2022 and I’m super stoked to finally have it with me.
P.S. The excitement of getting this book doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten the painful lightening of the pocket. 😂
The last book I said I read but actually didn’t:
None. I never say I’ve read a book when I haven’t, although the opposite might happen. I might say that I haven’t read a book but I really would have read it and forgotten all about it. This happened with a P.G. Wodehouse book and I was halfway into it before I realized that, “Oh, wait! I’ve read this one before!”
The last book I wrote in the margins:
Even one year ago, my answer would have been: “I don’t write in my books because I don’t like it and there’s never enough space in the book to write down what I’m thinking.” But this year turned something inside me and I’ve started writing in my books. The last book I did this for was Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri. And what a fantastic book it is! It’s academic sounding, yes, but makes some amazing points. Which was why I furiously tabbed, annotated, and wrote in this book.
The next book I’m going to be doing this for is most probably In the Language of Remembering by Aanchal Malhotra.
The last book I had signed:
The sad part is, I’ve never attended a book signing, although I did get a signed copy of Warlord of Ayodhya: Rebellion by Shatrujeet Nath that was sent to me by the author himself. I ended up loving the book and did a whole blog post about it. Now, I can’t wait for the sequel, which the author promises is coming soon. 😀
The last book I lost:
I don’t think I have lost a book yet. Although my memory is a little traitor so if I HAVE indeed lost a book, it wouldn’t tell me until it was too late. Now I’m worried, though, and I need to do a proper inventory of all my books, which is impossible at the moment because all my paperbacks and hardcovers are back in India while I’m here with my eBooks and library copies. 😂
The last book I had to replace:
I think this has to be Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I won the paperback for this book in an Instagram giveaway and rain half-destroyed it. But as I was wallowing in sorrow, my husband went and got me the hardcover of this book. Now I have two copies of the book, which is great because the book is great! 😀
The last book I argued over:
I don’t usually argue over books because I know that not everyone will like or dislike a book. However, I prefer to move away whenever someone talks crap about The Midnight Library or any Nikita Gill book. Opinions are opinions.
The last book I couldn’t find:
If you mean on the market and at a reasonable price, then I’ll have to say These Are The Words by Nikita Gill. But then I realized that the book releases here in Australia in November. Another month of waiting, but it’s okay. I’ll get through it because Nikita Gill is worth it. Yet, I wish I were in India just so I could have bought the hard copy and read it already! Waiting for a book by a loved author/poet to release is a different form of heartache altogether!
So those were my answers to The Last Book I… Tag. What are your answers to these questions? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you! 😊
I went to write ‘I’ll see you in tomorrow’s Blogtober post’ before I realized that Blogtober is over. 😛
So I’ll see you in tomorrow’s wrap up post. 😉
Until next time, keep reading, and add melodrama to your life! ❤