How I Choose My Books Tag | Let’s Take a Look at What’s on my Shelf

I saw this tag over at Sydney’s blog Fire and Rain Books and it looked like much fun! This tag is quite self-explanatory, the title says it all so let’s get into it! I just reorganized my bookshelves so it’s the perfect time to go on a little scavenger hunt!

I actually have two shelves, one with all my YA books and one with all my adult, middle grade, classics and non-fiction books and then I also have my ereader (which is actually a very old ipad but it still works). Anyway, I’m going to find some books on all of those shelves and my ereader and there are 8 questions so I’ll be doing 3 from my YA shelf, 3 from my other shelf and 2 from my ereader (because I have much fewer books on there).



1. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?


I picked up Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid because it was on sale (that sounds bad haha). I read one of Adi Alsaid’s other books (Let’s Get Lost) and quite enjoyed it and then I saw this one was only a few euros in ebook format so I bought it. I quite liked it (that seems to be the lesson here: I quite like Adi Alsaid’s books haha).

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the darkroom of damocles

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

The Darkroom of Damocles by Willem Frederik Hermans is a book I needed to read for my Dutch literature class and I expected to hate it because it’s Dutch literature and I really don’t like Dutch literature. However, I liked it! I loved the mystery aspect and the unreliable narrator aspect a lot and I still find myself thinking about it every now and then, which is something that’s rare for me. Especially since it has been years since I read it.



3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?


I discovered Radio Silence by Alice Oseman through Eve’s blog, I think. I don’t quite remember. Anyway, I absolutely loved it! I got the book through this book service that send out books to bloggers for review and after writing my review I never heard from them again haha.




4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

Warcross by Marie Lu has been recommended to me by pretty much everyone that read it so I think this counts. I actually have a lot of books that were recommended to me still unread on my ereader. For some reason I tend to pick those up not as soon as other books.

Anyway, I really enjoyed Warcross, it was so action-packed with twists and I liked the characters, so yeah, it was a success!



5. Pick a book that you discovered through booktube/book blogs


The fact that Victoria Schwab’s Shades of Magic series is now one of my favourite book series is entirely because of book blogs and bloggers (including Ilsa). I don’t think I would ever heard about it, let alone picked it up if it weren’t for the hype. I LOVE THIS SERIES.




294565986. Find a book with a one word title. What drew you to this book?


Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – HAVE YOU SEEN THIS COVER?? It’s absolutely gorgeous! I won this copy (it’s an ARC) from a giveaway held by Akemi herself and I adored this book so much.




Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the hunger games book cover7. What book did you discover through a film/tv adaptation?

The only book I can think of that I discovered through an adaptation is The Hunger Games (and the rest of the trilogy). I saw the first movie before reading the book, I think. I’m not exactly sure anymore. It has been a long time! I do remember really well going to the movie with my friends from high school and really enjoying the movie!





8. Think of your all time favourite book(s). When did you read them and why did you pick them up in the first place?

My all time favourite book is Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I first read it for my English class. You needed to read a couple of books but you could decide for yourself which books you wanted to read so I went to my school library and found this book. And then I put it back because I thought it would be too difficult to read such a big book (it’s not really big, but I was really bad at English and preferred my books to be less than 200 pages if possible). But it intrigued me and I ended up reading it (and I’m rereading it for the 5th? 6th? time next week!)


What is one book on your shelf you picked up because of a recommendation? How did you discover your favourite book? Which book did you read that you thought you would hate but ended up loving?

22 thoughts on “How I Choose My Books Tag | Let’s Take a Look at What’s on my Shelf

  1. Great post! πŸ™‚ I read Hide by Lisa Gardner, both as a recommendation and not really expecting to like it (I’m not usually a fan of mysteries). I loved it, and actually started reading a few more great mysteries by the author since!

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  2. Starfish is absolutely gorgeous, I adore the cover from that one!! ❀ Also, I'm just like you with taking so much more time reading the books that have been recommended to me than with others, it's like once someone recommended me that book, I get 1000000x times more anxious about whether I will like it or not.
    Lovely answers!

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    1. It’s so pretty! Yeah, exactly! Because I’m basically reading for someone else, I’m less tempted to pick it up (even if I want to) because I’m afraid I won’t like it as much as the other person!

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  3. What a great tag, I loved reading your answers here πŸ™‚
    I also discovered the ADSOM series thanks to book blogging and I am so, so glad I did, it was such a great story. And YES for Radio Silence – I knew the author from her debut, Solitaire, but Radio Silence won my heart, really, I loved it so much ❀

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    1. Thank you ❀
      Yesss, it's so good! I wouldn't have read ADSOM if it weren't for book blogging! I read Solitaire after Radio Silence and I actually was a bit disappointed by it. I really didn't like Tori 😦

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      1. I get it – I read Solitaire before, so I had a good impression of it and of the author’s writing… then I read Radio Silence and fell in love with it even more! I think that, if I came back to Solitaire, maybe I’d fall less in love with it than before. I can’t WAIT for her next book to be released!

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  4. I picked up my favorite book because of the cover first, and then because my school librarian told me it was one of her favorites – Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan.
    I picked up The Hate U Give because I had so many people tell me that it was excellent – and it was!!
    This is such a fun tag!! I think I will do it over on my blog too! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great idea!

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    1. Oh that’s great! I haven’t heard about that book yet!
      I actually read The Hate U Give but it disappointed me a bit, with all the hype I thought I was going to love it but I didn’t 😦


  5. i loved extremely loud and incredibly close, i read it for an english class in college. i don’t think i could choose an all time favorite book though. i’m so bad at that…i read such a variety of genres that i love a lot of different books for different reasons.

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    1. I’ve read and reread EL&IC so many times, I think it has to be my favourite. I do LOVE so many other books too though and picking a favourite can definitely be hard!

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  6. There are so many books I picked up because of book blogs haha. Six of Crows immediately comes to mind though, because I saw it EVERYWHERE. I’m glad I finally picked it up last year though, as it definitely lived up to the hype πŸ™‚

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