I was just searching around the Internet for fun book tags to do when I stumbled upon ‘A Little Less Lonely’ book tag by BookTuber Emma Tobias. It’s an old tag (original video published in November 2014) but I watched it a few hours ago and found that I could rattle off answers without too much effort. So, let’s dive right into it.
1. Classic that Seemed to “get you” – basically a classic book, modern or not, where you identified with the main character or any of the characters on a deep level
For this one, I’ve chosen Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I always liked the title of this book more than Pride and Prejudice for some unfathomable reason. When we started reading classics in high school and my friends summarised Pride and Prejudice for me, it seemed kind of silly, so I never touched Jane Austen till 11th grade. That’s when I finally bought a copy of Sense and Sensibility and I remember finishing it in three sittings, which is very rare as I take a LOT of time to read classics. Elinor Dashwood is exactly the kind of young lady I can identify with. She’s collected and thoughtful, whereas her sister, Marianne, is impulsive and passionate. It isn’t as if Elinor has no feelings, but she governs them better as she does not let them cloud her judgement. By the time I got to the end, I was praying for her to have a happy ending because she deserved it. The values she exhibits throughout the story really struck me and I wanted to be all the more like her.
2. A Surprise: A book that surprised you with how much it affected you
I was pleasantly surprised by how much The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis affected me as a little girl. We had one chapter from this book in 4th grade and I loved it so much that it inspired me to finish not just the book but the entire series. It’s the first fantasy series I’ve read and it remains close to my heart because fantasy is still my favourite genre. The characters of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy were all relatable and I loved the sibling relationship portrayed in the book. I recall recommending this book to my mother – that’s how much I liked it. I’m fairly certain I forced her to read it too.
3. Book you read at just the right time
I think this one is open to interpretation, so I’m going with The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. When I started college, my reading habit was all but lost. I’d totally stopped reading books (not academic ones, obviously) in 12th grade and my school discouraged students from borrowing works of fiction from the library in that year. It took me a good long while to settle into engineering and by then I’d fallen out of practice (if that’s possible), so to speak. A friend recommended this book to me and it sucked me into the beautiful world of reading again. I will always be grateful to it because it revived a lost love. I enjoyed the story and its twists – I just couldn’t bring myself to stop reading till I got to the end. Even though the protagonist is an assassin, I began to root for him at some point because of the masterful way in which it is narrated.
4. Book that Inspires you
I had a bit of a problem choosing this one because none of the options felt completely right, but I’ve narrowed it down to The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The first thing that struck me about the book was my inability to pronounce the author’s name. I had no idea what it was about because I didn’t bother reading the book jacket. I found it lying around the house and decided to randomly read it. Until then, I used to heavily favour books of fiction. Initially, it was too much for me as I was only 15 or 16 at that time. I’ve never left a book unfinished, so I forced myself through it and it completely changed my views on just about everything. I know that there a lot of skeptics out there and I don’t apply what the book preaches all the time in my own life, but it is inspirational. It has taught me to leave behind my worries and focus on being happy in the present. It is my go-to book when I’m down in the dumps. It has always given me the courage to try a little harder and be a better version of myself with each passing day.
5. Book that Calms you
At last, here’s my favourite one – The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. It’s not just one book, strictly speaking, but it’s the perfect fit. I’m a huge fangirl only when it comes to this series. I re-read it every year during September and whenever I’m emotionally riled up because Middle-Earth is so captivating that I tend to forget my joys and sorrows every time I pick up any of the three books. Everything around me seems at peace as I escape into the story.
I didn’t get tagged by anyone to do this, so I decided not to tag anyone else either but if you feel compelled to post your own version of the tag because of this post, leave a link in the comments section. Have you read any of the books mentioned above? If so, what are your thoughts on them?