My Life in Books Tag

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today is a celebratory fun tag for you all because… I have submitted my university dissertation! It’s the largest piece of work my degree has asked of me, and I’m exhausted, excited, anxious, relieved… I’m basically all of the emotions in one bubbling pot! I saw this tag on The Journeys of a Girl blog, so go over and show some love! And so without further ado, lets get on with the tag!

Find a book for each of your initials. For this, I’ve gone for:

Z – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (unread).

O – One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (read).

E – Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (kills me to say, unread).

makes zoe

Count your age along your bookshelf. What book is it? House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones. This is the third and final book in the Howl’s Moving Castle series, and follows Charmain Baker as she goes to look after her great uncle’s magical, mysterious house. This is perfect for YA fans because of the adventure and just how damn charming this is!

house of many ways

Pick a book set in your city/country. For this I’ve chosen a book set in my country, jolly old England! You know, pip-pip tally-ho, jolly hockey sticks, tea and crumpets etc. I feel dirty writing those stereotypes now… Anyway, I’ve chosen The Fearless by Emma Pass. This is a YA standalone dystopian thriller and follows teenager Cass as she survives in a world where soldiers stripped of their humanity, known as The Fearless, make life like something out a nightmare…

the fearless

Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to. For this I’ve chosen, Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott, which is the first book in The Moonlit Lands series. This is a YA fantasy, set in a magical, mystical Japan, that sets out to retell Cinderella – but better! Suzume is a shadow weaver, able to recreate herself in different forms. But who is she really? The noble lady living in fear of her stepfather? The serving girl in her stepfather’s kitchen, living in the ashes? Or the most beautiful courtesan the Moonlit lands has ever seen? Although Japan is wrapped in fantasy here, this is a country I would travel to in an instant, if I could.

shadows on the moon.jpg

Pick a book that’s your favourite colour. I love the colour purple, and so the book I chose was A Brighter Fear by Kerry Drewery. This is a YA standalone that follows Lina, a teenage girl growing up in war torn Baghdad, a country she loves. This is a beautifully written debut novel, and the cover is just beautiful!

a brighter fear

Which book do you have the fondest memories of? For this, I’ve chosen Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling – this was the first book in the series that I picked up (although it’s the third chronologically). I remember reading maybe four chapters before realising, but I was hooked on the series after that. I can still see little Zoe, sitting in front of the living room fire, on the fluffy white rug, brand new book in hand, while mum irons clothes behind her, and dad reads on the sofa…

prisoner of azkaban original

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading? It by Stephen King was definitely a difficult read. The size of the book is very intimidating, and I remember going into it, thinking that Pennywise would reach out the pages and tear me apart like Georgie… This adult horror deals with a lot of heavy themes for the child and adult characters, and it can often be difficult to get through, even when you learn the truth about the terrifying Pennywise.


Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it? For this I’ve chosen Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. This is a huge novel, almost as big as It. This is an adult fantasy which follows the rise of two English magicians, the successes they reap, and the inevitable trouble that follows and plagues them. My edition has small print and footnotes, so I know I will feel very accomplished after finally reading this!

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So that’s it for the tag, please feel free to let me know your answers! And also, as a bonus question for you readers, what was the last book you read, and the last book you DNF’d (did not finish)? I read The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst (an adult psychological thriller), and I DNF’d The Escape by C. L. Taylor (an adult psychological thriller).

– ReadWriteZoe.

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