This book tag was created by Jen Campbell and I was tagged by my lovely book BFF Michelle at MichellisLife… Ok, so idk if she actually tagged me, but she told me about it and so I’m doing this 😍
So the idea of this tag is to pick 10 books from your shelves that you associate with a specific time and place in your life. Tell the story behind the choices and what the book is about.
So I’m going to start by saying that I did pick a couple important books that I don’t actually own yet, but that I read at important times and that stick out to me so I will insert photos of the covers I found with Google 😏 I’ll start with these.
1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
I read this when I was about 22ish, when I worked in a clinic. I loved this job so much, I loved all the people that I worked with and I consider it to be one of the best periods of my life. These books spread through our workplace like wildfire, we all passed them around and this was close to the time when the first movie was coming out. There was a whole lot of Team Jacob (me 😍) and Team Edward wars going on lol. This book always reminds me of those ladies… If you haven’t heard of it, it’s about Vampires… And a human who falls in love with one of them. I still love these, no matter how annoyed I get at them… I will probably buy them someday.
2. The Indian Captive by Lois Lenski
This book is about a girl who is captured by Seneca Indians and they raise her. It’s a amazing story, it’s been a while since I read it so I don’t remember a lot of details. I picked this one because it was first book I chose for myself to read. My mother took me to the library one day, I was about 10ish, and I didn’t want to be there that day (so sad). She took me to the kids section and told me that I had to pick a book and that I was going to read it. I just picked this at random because I was mad that she was making me, I ended up loving this book to pieces and I credit it with making me fall in love with reading… So thanks mom and Lois Lenski 😀
3. He’s just not that into you by Greg Behrendt
This is a self help book, about all the excuses girls give men when they just really aren’t that into you… Let me start by saying, I was extremely sheltered. I was homeschooled my whole life, the only social circle I had was church youth group and I was considered “the good girl” so they also seemed to shelter me from real world stuff as much as my family did… I truly believed when I was young that the first guy I met would be amazing, and we would fall in love and have that cute little story to tell people… Ha! I think you know where this is going, and that definitely didn’t happen. I also had lots of crushes on guys I knew and I became maybe, a little desperate… This is not a time I look back on fondly, until I read this book… It helped me realize that the right guy would put as much effort as I did into a relationship, and that I didn’t have to push so hard or be someone I’m not. I truly believe it changed my life and gave me the freedom to find my own confidence.
Now on to the books I actually own lol 😘
4. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
When I was a kid, my mom used to read to us and this book was my favorite of all the ones she chose. It’s about 4 children who find secret passage through a closet to the magical land of Narnia, where animals talk and there are all kinds of magical creatures. The kids have to help them defeat the evil queen… Not all of the story follows the same 4 children but it’s been so long since I’ve heard the story and I can only remember the 1st book. But I plan to read this as an adult soon, or maybe just read it to my son 😍
5. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
So… I didn’t actually finish this book… But the story I associate with it makes me laugh. Like I said, I was homeschooled, and my mom chose our reading material from lists of books for whatever curriculum she was using at the time. This was one of the choices, and I personally never really liked the books that she chose. So instead of reading the books, I would read random pages so I could give her details without actually reading the book… It worked lol, and it’s actually a funny story about how my brother and I duped her… However, I do want to read this book I’ve seen lots of movies about this which is why I own it now 😊
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers /Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling
I remember when this book came out, it was so popular and everyone I knew had read it… My mom kind of boycotted it because she didn’t really like us to read things about witches and stuff… I don’t think she really knew what the book was about to be honest. So my brother went to actual high school for a couple years and this book was on his required reading list so, she had to let him read it. I don’t think he liked it, my brothers not a reader. But, because she let him read it, she had to let me also and I LOVED it… It will always be one of my most favorite series ever… Funny twist, my mom actually picked it up too and she loved it even more than me lol
7. I’m a Believer by Micky Dolenz and Mark Bego
This is an autobiography by Micky Dolenz from The Monkees. Most people know that I’m a huge Monkees fan, and if you didn’t…. You do now 😉 I became a fan in 2000 when VH1 made a movie about them, I even got to see them on their 35th anniversary tourin 2001 (2nd row seats, thank you very much lol). So I watched all the shows and read lots of stuff about them, but I really loved Micky’s book… It also had lots of pictures… I recently got Davy Jones’s book on my nook also, so hoping to read that also.
8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This book is about a boy who discovers a secret world full of peculiar children whose are being hunted by these evil guys called wights who was to eat their souls 😱 I worked at a library in a small town in Oklahoma for a while, and they were always sent boxes of ARCs. This happened to stand out to me because the cover, wow. So my boss let me read it, I loved the whole thing and it really helped me get back into reading at that time… I was going through some stuff, I had just gotten married a few months before and my husband is in the military and was sent to Korea for a year. I was living with my in-laws whom I had only met a couple times before and not for long periods, my dad had passed away suddenly earlier that year and I really was just having a hard time… But this book helped me remember how healing it can be to escape into a different world for a while, and it will always be special to me.
9. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
This book is about a girl in California in 1918, during the Spanish flu epidemic. She loses the guy she’s in love with to war but he comes back to haunt her and she has to figure out why. It’s a beautiful story and the author did a wonderful job researching the history. I love this book because it was one I picked for the only book club I’ve ever joined, and everyone loved it! This rarely happens to me, people I recommend books too don’t usually like them lol, so I was pretty excited that they all really liked it… So this book always reminds me of those ladies, and the awesomest book club ever 😍
10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I’ve talked about this one before, it’s about 4 boys from a prestigious school and a girl from a family of psychics, she being the only one without the gift, who go on a quest to find an ancient Welsh King who will grant them a wish. This book I buddy read with Michelle (I linked her booktube above, check her out ☺️) and while we have read a few books together now, this was one I feel we both loved equally. So this series will always remind me of her, and that one part in the first book where we were like OMGosh, he’s what! 😏 no spoilers, just read it!!!
So those are my 10 books, thanks for reading! I don’t know who to tag but if this sounds interesting to you, please do it and send me the link so I can read your choices 😀